The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw

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Shea Ernshaw (2018)

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself. 

(via Goodreads)


**In honor of it’s release today, March 6, 2018, I want to talk about the YA book, The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw. Surprisingly, I preordered this book from Simon & Shuster directly, and they sent it to me almost two weeks early. Shout out to them for knowing ya girl needed this ASAP.**

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What I Liked

  • The Cover
    • Let’s just state the obvious here for a second. This cover is absolutely stunning. Probably one of the most beautiful covers that I own. And aside from that fact, underneath (I’m told, only for 1st edition books) is a gorgeous stamped cover, that I just HAD to have (pictured below). The picture at the beginning of this post doesn’t even do the book justice because when it catches the light, my goodness, I am mesmerized. It is like the cover itself has locked in elements of the moon and stars, just to show off.
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  • The plot
    • No joke, when I saw that they described this book as a cross between Hocus Pocus and the Salem Witch Trials, I was intrigued, but skeptical. Shea Ernshaw did a FANTASTIC job truly combining those two elements and feels, and projecting them into this story. That is EXACTLY what this story felt like, and I am here for it. I like that the author let the reader determine themselves (after the end of the story) whether or not the Swan sisters were in fact witches, or if what was done to them was unjust. I like that the town experiences an entire “tourist season” during these “hauntings” every year because that is entirely believable. I love the cast of characters, and how they interact with the story. This idea kept me guessing, and doubting throughout and that makes for a good book.
  • The setting
    • This story’s setting was completely immersive. I could literally feel the chill from this wet, fisherman’s town throughout my time there. The characters are quirky, which adds to the feel of this interesting, yet devastating town. Ernshaw does a good job of really letting you sink into the comforts (and horrors) of this little town, which makes you feel like you are a genuine part of it- also important to the plot.
  • The Swan Sisters
    • I found the “witchy” sisters of this town’s history to be completely interesting and a good addition to the story. I enjoyed the small passages throughout the book where we glimpse their lives and what happened those 200 years ago. It was important to include the Salem Witch Trials in the comparisons to this story because a huge part of this book is internally deciding whether or not you believed these sisters were in fact evil/witches. This happened a lot during that time period, where women who were feared or seemed a bit off, maybe even outsiders who came right around the same time a town is turned upside down, were put “on trial” and proved as witches with “evidence” that is laughable by today’s standards.
  • Bo (hate that name though)
    • I loved his character. He compliments Penny well, and you can tell that he brings a sort of light to this book. He is intelligent and determined, and you just know that he is going to be an important part of this town, regardless of the fact that he is an outsider.

What I Disliked

  • I guessed a major plot twist
    • About halfway through, I had a sense I knew what was going to happen. And while I did not predict EVERYTHING that happens at the end, one major “twist” was not all that surprising for me. Granted, I had my doubts leading up to the reveal, but wasn’t nearly as surprised as I am sure Ernshaw was aiming for.
  • Penny’s monther
    • As is classic in modern YA fiction, Penny’s mother seems to be absent for most of this book. She has “lost her mind” at the disappearance of her husband and is therefore removed from Penny’s daily life. That can be a huge turn off, especially being someone who as a teenager, had very strict parents. Like it is impossible given her abilities, that she didn’t know, or didn’t care, that her daughter was spending most nights in the first few weeks of summer with a boy, and not at home. That to me is just super unrealistic but again, I had a very specific upbringing that NEVER would have allowed for that behavior.

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Final Thoughts

WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK!?!?!?!? It was easily my most anticipated release of the year, and JUST came out (I believe the release date was 3/6). With YA readers really into either contemporary or fantasy, I thought this would be a home run, featuring a little bit of both- I may have exaggerated on the fantasy point, my bad. I mean COME ON, they compared it to Hocus Pocus, which we all know is everyone’s favorite movie. It was a fast read; I think I read it in a couple days (which for me is lightening speed). So you know everyone on here can get through it most likely in a day. But seriously. I have only seen it on a few TBRs and Anticipated Release lists, and only one (or two) reviews of it thus far. Ya’ll need to read this book.

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Please tell me you are adding it to your collection. That you plan to read it as soon as you get your hands on it? Let’s chat!


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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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Warcross- Marie Lu

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Marie Lu (2017)

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

(via Goodreads)


I want to start off by saying that it pains me to see that I have not done one of these (book talks/reviews) in almost a month! A lot of that has to do with me trying to figure out how I want to present these from now on, but that is for another time and place- for now, I will continue with what I have been doing so far.

I have to say, going into this book, I had a lot of expectations. Not only did I know that it is a favorite among the book blogging community in general, but when I picked it up for the first time, it reminded me very much of Ready Player One. I loved that book (Ready Player One) so I was skeptical about whether Marie Lu could do something similar, and still make it her own (while also holding my attention). I didn’t intend to like Ready Player One to start with, so I was unsure how to feel when approaching this one.

Starting out, Warcross and Ready Player One had a lot of similarities. They both starred a “hard on their luck” kid with virtually no family, living in the ghetto of their respective worlds. They both lived in a world where a virtual reality game dominated daily life, so much so that reality and game blended into a new kind of normal. They both use run down, outdated equipment to access this game but are super smart/skilled in this game but have no real means of showing off on the grand scale. It took me about a quarter of the way through Warcross to finally start feeling like this was it’s own story. And when that happened, the story itself really took off.

Characters: I am really intrigued by Zero. I kinda knew for a while who it would end up being (at least I had my guesses), but I am completely at a loss for words as to his motive. I get the whole good vs. evil idea, but (without giving too much away) why does Zero stay hidden/anonymous? If I were him, I would have gone about my plan a way different way, perhaps a bit more direct? I don’t want to give away too much so I will leave it at that, but I would really love to chat with you guys about what you think of Zero and his motives.

I am also extremely curious about Emika’s mother. For the beginning half of the book, I was under the impression that she was dead (maybe I missed some context clues or something) but when it was revealed that she simply just left the family, it automatically makes me think that she will have a bigger role sometime later on in the series. I cannot possibly see a way in which they mention that she is still alive and just you know, around, and not reach out to Emika in some way. I mean it’s classic, the struggle between an estranged mother and daughter. Adds a bit of drama that has nothing to do with the game.

As for Hideo, I am really disappointed with how Marie Lu had this character develop through the book. I was completely on board the whole story, until the very end. To me, while I can see the reasoning and what may lead to his ending, I still don’t think it fits what we have already established for this character. I don’t think the ending fits his development arc. But that is just a personal opinion. I am interested to see how he continues to struggle in the next installment of the series.

Finally, there is a character at the very end who is in custody and being interrogated by authorities. I will refrain from giving away that character’s identity, but I am extremely curious what happens to them. The last thing said about them was that they were being interrogated, nothing more. So I am curious to see if they come up again in the next book, and what exactly their part is in the rest of the series.

But what about Emika? Well, she’s your typical main character! I didn’t hate her, but I didn’t exactly love her either. I can relate to the fact that she was super private and didn’t exactly know how to participate on a team, but she wasn’t really my favorite character, though I do love the parts with her and Hideo.

Setting: I wasn’t super impressed by the concept of the game, especially when I already have Ernest Cline’s virtual world fresh in my mind. To me, his world was much more believable as the virtual world we just might see in the near future, as opposed to Marie Lu’s. I felt like I didn’t know much about the actual game of Warcross before the championship games, and even then, I didn’t really understand the whole concept behind it. I am hoping that more of that world gets hashed out and brought to light in the next book in the series.

All in all, I didn’t hate this book, but I definitely did not LOVE it like I wanted to. I could definitely seeing wanting to own the whole series at some point. It did keep me interested throughout, and generally, is an interesting story , not to mention the cover art on Warcross is just beautiful. I don’t think it will be in my top books of the year, but it is way too early to tell.


What did you guys think of Warcross (I know most of you have read it)? Lets chat in the comments :]



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The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore  childrens book

Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt (eARC)  adult book

The Leaving- Tara Altebrando

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Tara Altebrando (2016)

Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max’s sister Avery, who needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story.

(via Goodreads)

I actually almost didn’t want to write a post for this book. It had been on my physical TBR shelf for over 2 months because I had picked it up at the library in passing. The description sounded great, but other, much more anticipated books fell into my lap and I read those first. I finally put my foot down and decided that I had to read this one before I started yet another new one. Ironically, about halfway through reading this, I was approached to read and review an ARC. It had a deadline though, so yet again, The Leaving got placed on the side. With all the drama surrounding this book, I still am not sure how I feel about it.

I know that I always complain about books that have too many character POVs because it gets confusing to me, but in this case I may have liked a few extra ones, especially considering how many characters were involved in the story. I mean six kids were taken, and we are only given the POVs of two of them (plus the missing boy’s sister). I liked the flow of the story, the twists in the development of what happened. And I am fairly content with the conclusion, for the most part. So why am I having such a hard time writing about it?

I know that the writing style of this particular author was different than what I am used to. It was almost a verse-type of writing, with a lot of spacing, slash marks (to represent “clicks”) and other random markings. I have never read any of her other books, so I was not expecting it. I suppose that could have confused my overall feelings about the book, acting as a distraction from the story rather than adding to it. Look, I know that a lot of people enjoy that little extra. They find it interesting and might feel like it really adds another element to the story, but I think that for me, it would have been better without them.

Regardless of the little interruptions throughout the process of actually completing The Leaving, I found the story to be unique and interesting. I liked that it was different from other abductions, and that the kids really helped to figure out exactly what happened, because lets face it, a lot of times when kids are involved, their opinions and ideas often get pushed to the side and/or ignored. I think that those facts helped compensate for the other distractions, to the point where I can say I did actually enjoy this book. I may even look into other books by this author in the future.


Sorry for the shortish post this time, like I said, I almost didn’t even write one! What are your thoughts? Have you read The Leaving? Have you read other books by Tara Altebrando? Lets chat in the comments!



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All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson  graphic novel icon

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern adult book

Warcross by Marie Lu YA-ICON

When Dimple Met Rishi- Sandhya Menon

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Sandhya Menon (2017)

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

(via Goodreads)

This book was just absolutely sweet. I know I have seen it on multiple blogs lately, and I can now say I fully understand why. It was light and very rom-com-y but in the most perfect way. Dimple was such a strong female character, I think I would have liked to explore a bit more of her passion (coding) in order to really sell home how serious this camp was for her, and why she makes the decisions that she does. I feel like the author spent a lot of time focused on Rishi’s passion and his struggle though so at least we had it on that end. 

I wanted to see more of the competition, you know, the whole reason they met in this neutral place? I just wanted more details, more interaction with the program- and I don’t mean in the form of a seamlessly pointless “talent” show. I don’t know if it is just me but I cannot see the connection between a mid project talent show and a coding camp. And it was a camp, was it not? Weren’t they going to take classes on coding or something? To better their skills? That part of the story I really wish was flushed out a bit more than it was. Coding is such an important “interest” to teens right now, and if they had that little extra information, I think it really would have put this book a bit more over the edge than just another contemporary novel.

I found the whole dynamic between Dimple and Rishi, and the “Aberzombies” to be authentic, and truthfully, something that doesn’t get talked about or highlighted too often though. At the risk of getting political, I will say that in today’s current society, it certainly appears that being rich gets you what you want and/or feel you deserve. That is such a negative message to show young people, and yet, it is important in the same light because as of right now (and I assume over the entire course of time) it is often the case. 

I loved the different perspective I got from this book too. It was refreshing to have a very cliche story line, told from a completely different light. I find Indian traditions in terms of how they interact with their families (namely, their parents) to be fascinating, and it really added texture to this story. Actually the whole time I was reading this, I was thinking about that movie The Big Sick (if you haven’t seen it, you absolutely should, it’s great). While the story line was not all that similar, it is one of the few times I have viewed an Indian family interaction (actually, looking it up shows that the character Kumail’s family is Pakistani), and Dimple kind of reminded me Kumail, how she was against her family’s traditional views and wanted to break free of the mold. Rishi on the other hand fully embraces his culture and his family’s wishes, to an extent. 

All in all, it was a light, quick and easy read, perfect for this time of year. With my boyfriend gone for the month, it was nice to lose myself in someone else’s romance for a little while. 

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The Leaving by Tara Altebrando


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series- Jenny Han

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Jenny Han (2014)

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

(via Goodreads)

Oh my good golly gosh. I flew threw this book. I was made aware of it by the various book tags that have been going around since I joined the book blogging community in October. It was always highly regarded and truthfully, I needed a good gooey book (series) to read right now, and this did not disappoint. 

I honestly had (mostly) full intentions of keeping with my schedule- which would mean I read an adult fiction after completing Han’s book- however, that is NOT what is going to happen. I was so into this book (and I will talk about the cliffhanger in a minute) that I immediately put the next (and last) two books in the series on my holds list at the library, while simultaneously checking out the ebook versions (just in case the physical books do not come in fast enough). Luckily for me, they were both available at the moment I needed them and I was able to start P.S. I Still Love You within minutes of finishing To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Let me start by saying how much I really do love Lara Jean. I can relate to her hopeless romantic expectations and sometimes exaggerations. I think that she is a perfectly adorable teenager and it was easy for me to continue to root for her throughout the book. That being said, Kitty would annoy me to no end if she were my sister, as would Margot, so I am glad the series (thus far) focuses on Lara Jean and not either of them instead. 

I like the little bursts of Korean/ethnic references. I think that while it may not appear to obviously add to the main plot of the story, it still makes things interesting, and gives the characters a little more texture. I think Lara Jean’s dad is adorable, and I am secretly pulling for him to find himself something more than just his job and girls to keep him going. 

While I like Josh at the beginning, I have to be honest and say that I really liked Peter throughout the entire book, and was really hoping for a good ending between Lara Jean and him. He comes off as such a guy’s guy but truthfully he reminds me of my first boyfriend. Him and I are no longer together, and most likely never will be, but I can say with confidence that he has the biggest heart, and that he doesn’t really ever let anyone see it. I saw that same personality in Peter, how he was with Kitty, how he paid attention to some details with Lara Jean, it reminded me a lot of my ex-boyfriend, and I think that is why ultimately he was the one I wanted her to end up with. 

I think that while at some parts the story dragged a bit, for the most part, it was well paced. I also liked that some chapters were super short (which made reading “just one more” so much easier). But that cliffhanger? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? Without giving too much away, I am just really lucky that I am reading these books after they have all been published, and don’t have to wait for MAYBE another one. The fact that I was able to check out and start reading the second book within seconds of finishing the first was a game changer. I will not be making that same mistake with the third book, as I have checked it out alongside the second. 

Um but wait guys, I just found out that they are in the process of making a To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie!!! I can’t even breathe, and it comes out in 2018?!? I hope it is sooner rather than later, because if I have to wait until December for this movie I might cry. Now to just find someone to go with me…

Can I just… I’ll just leave these here…

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That being said, I am FLYING through this series at lightening speed! I just finished P.S. I Still Love You this afternoon, and will most likely start Love Always Lara Jean tonight. so instead of reading, stopping to write, and then reading again, I am just going to talk about each book all in the same post (so expect a longer one) and wait to publish this until I have finished all three. If you are reading this, that means that has happened!

Alright, moving on to book two…

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Jenny Han (2015)

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

(via Goodreads)

I literally read this in a day. Like I said, I was able to borrow the ebook from my library instantly after finishing To All the Boys, and obviously started immediately because, hello? How do you not after that cliffhanger?

Anyway, so I don’t know about you, but this one went a lot faster for me than the first. I am not sure if it was because the plot was a bit less complicated than the first or what, but I actually didn’t believe that I finished when I did. I literally double checked the ebook to make sure I didn’t borrow a preview copy of the book by accident (honestly I will probably still not be convinced until I look at the physical book when it FINALLY comes in hopefully sometime this week). 

Let’s talk about Peter and Gen. It was obvious that Peter cared for Lara Jean, and worked hard to keep her happy (and meet her expectations) but his whole dynamic with Genevieve is hard to swallow, even for me. I don’t think that Lara Jean was being difficult and truthfully, putting myself in the same situation, I don’t think I would have let it go on for as long as Lara Jean did. It would have been a huge issue with me from the start, and would have ended up being a deal breaker down the line.

I LOVED John, regardless of the fact that I think Han tried too hard to make him irresistible and perfect. I mean he was the obvious choice wasn’t he? Han made that almost too clear from the beginning, and yet… I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but Lara Jean’s decisions were what I would have done at the end of the day (probably). John was smart and stupid good-looking by the sounds of it. It makes you seriously doubt some of the things he told Lara Jean about his experience with girls (or lack thereof). He definitely seems a better fit for Lara Jean, but the whole time I couldn’t help but feel like Han recycled out Josh for John. They, to me, were interchangeable. Han makes an almost solid case for both boys, making them the obvious choice for Lara Jean. We know who she picks in the first book. Are you surprised then by the conclusion of the second? I don’t think I was (maybe a little bit more surprised but not like OMG).

I liked that Lara Jean is coming a bit more out of her shell since dating Peter. I think it shows believable character development the way Han lays Lara Jean’s character out in this installment. She is still true to who she is, but she is no longer afraid (per say) of living under Margot’s thumb, or sticking to the “goodie two-shoes” persona.

Everybody loves a love triangle. Obviously that was the main draw of this book. Aside from that, I still find that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before as the stronger book thus far. I liked the texture of the story, and how learning about all the characters added to it as well. What did you think?

and finally, book three…

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Jenny Han (2017)

Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

(via Goodreads)

It wasn’t until setting this post up that I realized book three in this series came out THIS YEAR! That is a long two year gap between books, which, if I were reading the books as they came out, would have been torturous. As with TV shows, I still feel as though it is ultimately more worth it to wait until everything is out, and then binge it (but I am an impatient person so what do I really know?).

This really was an awesome senior year for Lara Jean! I have to say, it made me reflect on my own senior year of high school, which was also pretty great. I loved that Lara Jean stayed fairly true to herself throughout the series, and her big “ending” was not unlike what earlier Lara Jean would have ended with.

That being said though, this installment in the series, at least for me, was the least memorable one. In the moment of reading the actual story, it brought me back to my own senior year struggles (whether to go to college close to home or away, to leave with a boyfriend or without), so I could relate to her through a good portion of the story. However, after having a few days to digest the series as a whole, this one falls a little flat in comparison to the others. 

Jenny’s writing and plot development were consistent throughout, but for me, by the midway point of this book, I was rushing to finish. I like that she left it fairly open ended, in order for fans to come to their own conclusions, but it definitely felt like the story ran out of gas by the end. 

I still think that by the end of the series, my favorite character is still Peter. He is just the sweetest boy, he treats Lara Jean well, and is considerate (way more than even Lara Jean gives him credit for). 

I kinda hate how much they pushed Lara Jean’s dad’s relationship with Trina. I understand that Jenny wanted to wrap all the characters up by the end, and she couldn’t fast forward too far without missing a key part of Lara Jean’s development, but it felt very rushed. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy for them, but again, it didn’t even have a chance to feel like a real part of the story because it happened so fast. 

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All in all, I loved the series. It was one of the best, most interesting series I have read in a long time. I forgot how nice it was to actually read a series! I haven’t done that since I myself left high school (or at least not too long after that) so it was refreshing to spend a little extra time time with such lovable characters.  It only makes me that much more excited for the movie versions to come out.

What do you guys think about the To All the Boys series? Which of the three was your favorite? Lets chat in the comments :]



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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon





Library (plus) Book Haul

Hey y’all! So I have been trying to be good about not buying anymore books (at least for a little while). I am already a subscriber to Book of the Month, so in the very least, I get one new (hardcover) book a month, which, if you ask my bookshelf, is more than I need. Instead, I have been utilizing my library to read as many of the suggestions you guys have, as I can. You may (or may not) know that I am actually a children’s librarian here on Long Island. I love my job, and it makes obtaining new books super easy.

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I highly suggest that if you do not have an updated library card, you should change that. And take a quick trip down to your local library. Most, whether they have large collections or not, are now part of an inter-library system, which allows you to request virtually any book you like, and have it sent to your library to borrow (FOR FREE). It has certainly saved me a few bucks as of late, and also prevented me from purchasing a book that I eventually just did not like all that much.

So, for today I am bringing you my most recent Library Haul. I have not done a book haul yet on this blog, and since I have a huge pile of “new” books on my desk, I thought I would share them with you!


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Ok, first up is The Leaving by Tara Altebrando. This is actually just a book I picked up browsing through my library’s YA section. I have mentioned that I tend to read on a schedule- one children’s novel, followed by a YA novel, followed by an adult fiction (and repeat). When I reach my adult fiction, I tend to browse my library’s collection, and select one children’s and one YA to have in the wings for when I restart my cycle. This has been on my desk since before I read Turtles All the Way Down (you can read my review/discussion post with that link). I keep looking at it and wanting to return it, but then I read the back and get interested again. So I am hoping to finally get to this soon.

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Everyone on here seems to mention When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon an awful lot. I have seen mixed (ish) reviews, but mostly ones that say it is light and a quick read, which I could totally use more of in my life right now. It has a completely different perspective than what I am used to so I am even more excited to crack it open, and give it a try.

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Again, this is another one that everyone seems to be raving about. Warcross by Marie Lu, to me, seems like a YA version of Ready Player One, which I loved quite a bit this year. I am anxious to see what this has in store, and to eventually explore Marie Lu’s other books.

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Ahhhh! Does it matter that I have not read The Martian by Andy Weir first? I imagine it does not, since I don’t believe the characters intersect (I have the same question about Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman- can I read that first, if I have not read Practical Magic?) so I grabbed it off the new shelf immediately. Again, this is outside my typical realm of interest reading, but it seems to be super popular among bloggers, and not too technical where I would fall asleep (one of the reasons I won’t read Dan Brown or the Jurassic Park books). I am absolutely kicking myself right now for not adding this to my Book Of the Month for November… so if I like it, I may be adding it in the future- I do like to own books that I enjoy.

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I preordered this as soon as I heard about it. I did however request the audiobook version from the library because, why wouldn’t you LISTEN to a book written by Tom Hanks when he reads it to you? However, this may be placed back on my TBR for a little bit. I am under the impression that someone is getting me the audiobook for Christmas this year, so I can probably attack something else in the meantime.

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Now, I did NOT get this from the library (hence the plus in the title of this post). My brother’s girlfriend works for Simon and Schuster, and I suppose for the holiday, they allowed their employees to order up to 4 books for no charge. Being that I am the huge book collector that I am, she thought of me, and allowed me to use up one of her free orders for myself! I selected All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, because regardless of whether I end up liking it or not, it was was a Pulitzer Prize winner, and it might be nice to have it on my shelf in the future.

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That certainly does not look as bad as it does on my desk, but they are kept company by my unread BOTM selections like Little Fires Everywhere, The Child, Rules of Magic and the Identicals (among a dozen others who have moved from the desk to my bookshelf without being read).

I am actually thinking about going off schedule in order to get some of these library books read. I am currently in the middle of my YA selection, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, which means adult fiction is up next. I was going to start Rules of Magic, but maybe I will knock out a few of these other YA books first (I always read these so much faster than my adult fiction).

What do you guys think? Have you read any of these? Do you have any suggestions (about what to read first, or whether I can read Artemis or Rules of Magic without reading the Martian or Practical Magic first)?

Lets chat in the comments!