“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.” – Veronica Roth, Insurgent
“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.” – Veronica Roth, Insurgent
Andie had it all planned out.
When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.
Important internship? Check.
Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.
Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.
And where’s the fun in that?
2. All the Bright Things, by Jennifer Niven
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
3. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini
Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
4. Love & Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
5. When We Collided, Emery Lord
Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
6. Unrivaled, Alyson Noel
Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.
But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.
She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.
That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.
7. The Loose Ends List, Carrie Firestone
Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way – and give the O’Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.
Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.
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“It just gets hard, always being someone’s second choice.”
– Morgan Matson, Since You’ve Been Gone
Hello my readers!
First I’m going to apologize for the lack of posts, quotes, and reviews. I have been swamped with finals and studying. It also has been a little bit of a reading slump in my book life, but I am soon to be out of it. I promise.
Summer is always my favorite time of the year, just for the fact that my reading time drastically increases. The sun is out, and all I want to do is tan by the pool and read Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson all day.
My “A Court of Mist and Fury” review will be out soon, as I have a million feelings I need to get out caused by that masterpiece of this book. I also only have 20 pages left to finish “Lady Midnight”, which has taken me far to long to get through.
I plan on going to B & N and the library soon for a big book haul, which should be very exciting. I hope all of you are having a great first couple days of summer!
As always, thenerdybookowl
I have no idea how I possibly narrowed this list down to just five amazing fictional boys, but I pushed through the pain and finished it. Trust me when I say there are MANY more fantastic book boyfriends I could have had, but these are my absolute top picks in every category (like looks, humor, personality, fighting ability, and sarcasm level).
1. Rhysand, A Court of Thorns and Roses
How can someone not love this amazing, High Lord of the Night Court? Dark, brooding, mysterious, handsome (incredibly), and sarcastically funny. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore Sarah J Maas and her world building and plot twists. In the end, Rhysand was by far my favorite part of A Court of Thorns and Roses, and especially in A Court of Mist and Fury.
2. Jace Herondale, The Mortal Instruments
Does this one even need any explaining? He’s blonde, a kick ass fighter, and he plays the piano. I’m not seeing any flaws. Except the change of last names three or four times. But that’s ok if I eventually get to have one of them.
3. Maxon Schreave, The Selection Series
This amazing sweetie? I am in love with Maxon, and love his character development throughout the three Selection books, and the other two following novels. He loves photography, reading, and strawberry tarts. I was loving him by the first two pages of meeting him.
4. Noah Shaw, The Mara Dyer Trilogy
I love him. There’s not much to it. His sarcasm, love, sweetness, bad boy attitude, and protection for his loved ones is just too much to handle. Noah and Mara’s relationship was the best parts of the haunting trilogy for me.
5. Kishan Rajaram, The Tiger’s Curse Series
A lot of readers may not know who this wonderful character is, but he is for sure on my top five list. Kishan is one of the main characters in the Tiger’s Curse series, and I read all of those books in about a week. He is the darker brother, complementing his lighter side, Ren. Those copper eyes and strong arms, YES PLEASE.
Now, honestly if I had the option, I wouldn’t date any of these boys. I can’t imagine them without their girls they all fought so hard to love. Their relationships are the most heartbreaking, tear jerking, hilarious, and endearing sections of the novels.
I can still think all of them are cute, though. ❤
“Why are you crying?”
“Because,” she whispered, her voice shaking, “you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be.” – Sarah J Maas, Crown of Midnight
So these are the books I hope to read by this summer!
What is a book you hope to read this summer?
“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.” – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Now that I have sinced calmed down a little bit from my original reaction, I can properly string a few words together to form a functional sentence. My initial reaction was WHAT THE HECK. Why does she not look badass, or amazing, or like a fire breathing bitch queen? This girl looks as though she as no soul, and is in the process of slowly decomposing. It looks nothing like the other four covers, that were screaming with color, and showed the fantasticalness of Sarah J Maas and her writing talent. The series looks beautiful together, and is now going to have this mixed in with this. What color even is that?
Upon further, and closer inspection the front image began to slowly grow on me. VERY SLOWLY. I still despise the color in every way, but I am learning to like the element of fire, mixed with the prominence of the necklace. Ok, and Aelin somewhat looks like a boss queen. Maybe I jumped the gun a tiny bit. It’s a decent cover. This will never be my favorite art in the series, that will remain “Throne of Glass”. But, I have no doubt that the writing, storyline, and character development within the book will be as good, or even better than its four precursors. The page count on the other hand, makes me incredibly happy. Seven hundred and four pages of Aelin, Rowan, fire powers, magic, Terrasen, war, and plenty of kickass fighting sequences.
Can someone in the fandom please start a countdown for September 6th?
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“The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.” – Courtesy of BarnesandNoble.com description.
“The Crown” by Kiera Cass 4.3 / 5
I was very pleasantly surprised with this book, and would like to give Kiera Cass a round of applause. She wrote three fantastic books for a series, then published a mediocre 4th book, and had a great, solid finish with “The Crown”. I was skeptical about reading about it, after seeing some negative reviews written by some of my trustworthy book friends. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the book, and loved seeing the characters grow and mature in all different ways.
During the fourth installment of “The Selection Series”, we were introduced to the new main character of the series, Eadlyn Schreave. This young girl is the oldest of four children from America Singer and Maxon Schreave, birthed to the throne of Illéa.
And I hated her.
She was bossy, ignorant, rude, self absorbed, whiny, and annoying. She was self-entitled to everything, and expected things to just happen for her. She didn’t take any responsibility for her actions or ideas, and was only worried about herself. In the last novel in the series, she stepped up. Eadlyn surprised me so much with her ambitions and hopes, while she took charge for her family. She seems like such more of a queen, like a respected woman as she kept going through the book, earning the trust of her people, and the love of the Selected. She had such a sincere concern for the current state of her country while America and Maxon were unwell, and took control of the situation by herself. She wasn’t allowing people to boss her around in the castle, and in those badass moments, I found myself cheering for the future queen.
During the entirety of the book, Eadlyn had a constant battle between her heart, and what would be best for the country, just has her father did with his own Selection. In my opinion, I thought from “The Heir” that is was always going to be Kile, Henri, or Erik. All of the others were there just as main backup characters, and ways for her to grow to reach her full potential. She needed all of them to teach her different things, and learn from all of their lessons and pasts, but they were never going to be her husband or the new king.
Spoilers in the next two paragraphs!
Eadlyn’s relationship with Erik moved incredibly fast through the book, but I still adored watching it flourish. Their love was filled with secret meetings and endearing glances, long, midnight conversations, and friendship set on fire. They helped each other reach their full potential in different ways, and I feel like Erik was a big reason Eadlyn was prepared to take the crown when she did. The moment they both said goodbye to each other was heartbreaking, as they both had tears streaming down their faces, as they accepted that they had a love that would never be united.
One of Eadlyn’s most selfless moment also happened in this book, right after she said goodbye to Erik. She let go of Kile. Not just said goodbye to him, but sent him away because she knew he would be shackled here by her, and never go and actually live his life. She accepted Ean and Hale’s love with grace, and was a gracious queen with every last breath of saying goodbye to the boys who helped her with so much.
Throughout the entire book I was happy with the growth of the characters and the less complicated plot than other books in the series. The novel had a lot of variety in personalities and discovering events that happened in the past with the other selected. Overall I enjoyed reading the final Selection book a lot, and was glad that all of the loose ends got to be tied up in a beautiful purple bow.
Favorite quote – “And I want us to find our own thing or maybe find out that our own thing is everything, because I feel like if I have him, even the stupid stuff would matter.”
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