BOOK NOOK: Reviews and Thoughts:

I read anything i can get my hand on! I love young adult books but I will read anything minus pure romance. I love fantsey and mystery but i am growing to love other types of books. In the fall i am going back to school to be theater teacher. I also recently stared book volging here is my link! https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLmauro1

Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity

Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity

 

 

Rating 3

 

Book in a pinch: Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda meets Paper town

 

 

Go into this one knowing

It is a trans story and is the primary focus of the novel.

 

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It took me awhile to get hooked into this story but once I met the character of Chunk and they started the road tip I got a tad more invested. The story also included flashbacks inspired by paintings and it took me a couple of those to get use to that story telling device.                        

SETTING / WORLD BUILDING

I liked the setting it was told through especially the road trip through various states and the feelings those states have about trans people. But the world felt very natural to me and also the various real places I liked learning about.

   

  • FLOW / PACING
  • The pacing of this book was made choppy by the flashbacks and I thought that it made me fall out of the story and not really be in. So that was a downside for the pacing but I loved the pacing of the road trip story.

CHARACTERS

  • I really enjoyed the character of Chunk but had trouble liking jess throughout the novel. It was mostly because of all the issues Chuck saw in Jess, I saw as well. I grew to like Jess more but there were times that I did not like him.
  • CONFLICT
  • The conflict was a slow burn and both focused on the internal struggle of jess and also his changing relationships with chunk and his dad. It was more about self -acceptance and coming of an age story with a lot of emotional heart.

 

THE ENDING

The ending was a little bit abrupt and I wanted a little but more from the story rather then a quick closure.

 

Dead House

Dead House

By L

 

Rating 5

 

Book in a pinch: Psychological horror novel meets the format of Illuminae

 

Go into this one knowing

That some can see it is creepy and it does really mess with your head. The story is told from a non-linear way and also is told through various types of found documents.

 

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The way the format of the story was set up was my hook and I wanted to know who these characters were and what was the “Incident” and it made me wanted to race through this story.

           

  • SETTING / WORLD BUILDING
  • The story does have a pretty gritty world but it comes from mostly the journal entries and the video entries but I liked the world building because it was not always 100% clear if this was a real story or a story with magical elements and that made the story super creepy.
  • FLOW / PACING
  • The unique way this story was told really made me want to push to the end of this book to unravel the mystery so this book had no pacing issues.

CHARACTERS

The characters of the girls were at the heart of the story and depending on what part of the story I was in changed how I viewed the characters very much. I loved learning about the characters and trying to figure out how they were present in the story but the characters could be both unlikeable and unreliable at points to add to the creepy factor.

  • CONFLICT
  • The mystery and finding out the truth is what pushed me to read this story so fast and it was a very well paces mystery.
  • DIALOGUE
  • Since the story was told through various found documents I think the dialogue of this story always felt like I had a buffer between the characters but for this book it worked.

 

THE ENDING

The ending was prefect because however you saw the story is how you could view the ending.

 

 Here is my non-spoiler video review:

Dead House

By L

 

Rating 5

 

Book in a pinch: Psychological horror novel meets the format of Illuminae

 

Go into this one knowing

That some can see it is creepy and it does really mess with your head. The story is told from a non-linear way and also is told through various types of found documents.

 

Ask yourself these types of questions HOOK

The way the format of the story was set up was my hook and I wanted to know who these characters were and what was the “Incident” and it made me wanted to race through this story.

           

  • SETTING / WORLD BUILDING
  • The story does have a pretty gritty world but it comes from mostly the journal entries and the video entries but I liked the world building because it was not always 100% clear if this was a real story or a story with magical elements and that made the story super creepy.
  • FLOW / PACING
  • The unique way this story was told really made me want to push to the end of this book to unravel the mystery so this book had no pacing issues.

CHARACTERS

The characters of the girls were at the heart of the story and depending on what part of the story I was in changed how I viewed the characters very much. I loved learning about the characters and trying to figure out how they were present in the story but the characters could be both unlikeable and unreliable at points to add to the creepy factor.

  • CONFLICT
  • The mystery and finding out the truth is what pushed me to read this story so fast and it was a very well paces mystery.
  • DIALOGUE
  • Since the story was told through various found documents I think the dialogue of this story always felt like I had a buffer between the characters but for this book it worked.

 

THE ENDING

The ending was prefect because however you saw the story is how you could view the ending.

 

 Here is non-spoiler video review about this book:

Dead House

By L

 

Rating 5

 

Book in a pinch: Psychological horror novel meets the format of Illuminae

 

Go into this one knowing

That some can see it is creepy and it does really mess with your head. The story is told from a non-linear way and also is told through various types of found documents.

 

Ask yourself these types of questions HOOK

The way the format of the story was set up was my hook and I wanted to know who these characters were and what was the “Incident” and it made me wanted to race through this story.

           

  • SETTING / WORLD BUILDING
  • The story does have a pretty gritty world but it comes from mostly the journal entries and the video entries but I liked the world building because it was not always 100% clear if this was a real story or a story with magical elements and that made the story super creepy.
  • FLOW / PACING
  • The unique way this story was told really made me want to push to the end of this book to unravel the mystery so this book had no pacing issues.

CHARACTERS

The characters of the girls were at the heart of the story and depending on what part of the story I was in changed how I viewed the characters very much. I loved learning about the characters and trying to figure out how they were present in the story but the characters could be both unlikeable and unreliable at points to add to the creepy factor.

  • CONFLICT
  • The mystery and finding out the truth is what pushed me to read this story so fast and it was a very well paces mystery.
  • DIALOGUE
  • Since the story was told through various found documents I think the dialogue of this story always felt like I had a buffer between the characters but for this book it worked.

 

THE ENDING

The ending was prefect because however you saw the story is how you could view the ending.

 

 Here is non-spoiler video review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m3BTJb3iek

Revenge of the Evil Librarian

Revenge of the Evil Librarian

By L

 

Rating 3

 

Book in a pinch: Summer camp meets the horror of the underworld

 

 

Go into this one knowing

It is book two in a series. It does have a lot of cursing and bad language that are used by the students.

 

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  • I had not read the first book in the series so it took until chapter 3 or four before I had enough of information about book one to feel hooked in enough to read this story. I did appreciate how complete the recap was and it enhanced my enjoyment and my hook into this new story.
  • SETTING / WORLD BUILDING
  • I think this story did set a lot of ground work in boom one for world building but I was able to pick up enough pieces that I was not lost about the demon drama. I loved also love theater camp summer setting as well. I went to very similar camps myself and felt the setting was very accurate.
  • FLOW / PACING
  • After the book one recap the story was moved and was paced and the story keeping making we want to read. The story had a very good pacing throughout the novel.

CHARACTERS

  • I did like the characters especially the demons that we met. I think I enjoyed them more then the humans for a majority of the book but the humans not very unique but hey were fun to follow the drama that occurred. I almost wish would could have seen the story from the demon writer point of view at points.
  • CONFLICT
  • The conflict was two fold putting up the various theater productions and getting rid of the evil librarian. I thought both plots worked well together and both did not drag or and both kept my engaged in the story.
  • DIALOGUE
  • I dialogue was not anything special but does have a lot of cursing as a note.

 

THE ENDING

The ending really ties most thing up but still left the overall story open for my expansion in the future.

 

Check out video mash of non-spoiler review including this book:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YuKzTRwIJc

 

 

 

Lock and Key

Lock and Key

By L

 

Rating 3.5 stars

 

Book in a pinch: Moriarty and Holmes in elite private school and the game is afoot.

 

 

Go into this one knowing

It is book one of a series and does a lot of world building at first so the story can be slow at points.

 

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The story did hook me from page one because it was told from Moriarty sister point of view Moria and I loved seeing this complex story from her POV and I wanted to keep reading from page one.

  • SETTING / WORLD BUILDING
  • This story is set in a well- developed world that includes a boarding school and I love it. I think it is important to note the world building is very important to this novel and it also does take up some space and that does slow down the story at points. I want to see the impact this world building has on how smooth book two will be.
  • FLOW / PACING
  • As I mentioned below the pacing was slow at points but once you got the middle of the story it did speed up and I became super invested in the story.

CHARACTERS

This was a unique way to get to know the characters because it was told from a different character point of view. I grew to really enjoy the character of Moria but also see the two main leads in more of a normal lense because I did not see the story from their POV so I saw them less as always being right and always be wrong but both in shades of gray. I did like the trio dynamics the developed between the characters.

  • CONFLICT
  • The conflict was the letters that were being set and what they mean and also what is it leading James to do. It made the story become very fast pace because I wanted to get to the next clue. So much of what is to come was teased and I expected more in future books.
  • DIALOGUE
  • I think this dialogue was heightened and not typical of kids today that is more because of the story being a Sherlock Holmes story and the dialogue do fit the characters.

 

THE ENDING

The ending was such a tease because it sets up so much for the future but I am excited to see where the long term story goes.

 

Check out my video review where a review of this book is included:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YuKzTRwIJc

 

The Great Shelby Holmes

The Great Shelby Holmes

By L

 

Rating 4 stars

 

Book in a pinch: Holmes and Watson for the middle grade world.

 

 

Go into this one knowing

This book is for middle grade readers and does have a very diverse cast.

 

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This story hooked me from the first page from both the tone and also the character of Watson. I was hooked by the first chapter and wanted to read even more after Holmes and Watson meet.

  • SETTING / WORLD BUILDING
  • The story is set in NYC and that is where I lived so it was very easy for me to connect to this story. I could see she also spent a lot of time crafting the world and hope she writes more in this series because it is a very well-developed world.
  • FLOW / PACING
  • This book is very fast paced especially if you have kids that get board fast this book is a such a fast read and the story did not suffer from how fast pace the novel was either.

CHARACTERS

  • I really enjoyed both main characters of the story so much. I loved how the characters were built and their interactions really stole my heart. I hope we get to see these characters again because they were so much fun to read about.
  • CONFLICT
  • The mystery and the relationship between Holmes and Watson really kept me wanting to read especially the mystery. I did not know the ending until the end and that was very hard to do when I read. The characters interaction also brought another level of conflict to the story as well.
  • DIALOGUE
  • The dialogue in this book is very unique especially Shelby but that is because of the character she is and that is stated by everybody how not normal it is. The dialogue of the other characters is so modern day that it makes holmes dialogue even more unique.

 

THE ENDING

I loved how the story wrapped up and how Shelby wrapped up the case it was a very creative ending and I hope we get more stories like this in the future.

 

Check out my non-spolier review of several novels including this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YuKzTRwIJc

 

 

The loose end List

The Loose Ends List

 

By L

 

Rating 3 stars

 

Book in a pinch This book is book about death and grief and romance.

 

 

Go into this one knowing

This book is very romance heavy but no love triangle. It has dose have elements of gay relationships but it is not the primary focus. This book is also a stand alone.

 

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The story did hook me because the write tone did draw me in. It made me feel like I was back in high school. The one thing that took me out of the first several chapters of the book was we meet so many characters so fast it was hard to keep them straight. The story took awhile for me to get hook after we meet the young mom on the boat.

  • SETTING / WORLD BUILDING
  • The world was very easy to connect to do. It is a present day novel so some hints of
  • future science plans. The world that was created on the boat was super unique and I liked
  • that much better then the setting that started the book it was a tad more unique.
  • FLOW / PACING
  • The book pace was slow at points especially when we were meeting all the family
  • members and the people on the boat. It did pick up after their Rio stop. It was a book that
  • I kept wanting to read but, I would put it down if the characters introductions confused

CHARACTERS

  • I did like Maddie as a main character most of the time but she did get on my nerves at points and that was mostly do to her interactions later in the book with her boy. She made choices that just annoyed me and that was mostly due to her relationship drama. I did feel that the world had a lot of characters as well to the point that it was very hard to feel emotionally connected to anyone minus like two or three. The characters did not grab me by the feels throughout his book.
  • CONFLICT
  • The conflict was very much maddie come to terms with her grandma death and also very much a self-discovery novel. The conflict or the major reason I wanted to read was to see how long the grandma lasted and what happen to the rest of the people on the boat. It was like a ticking time bomb book of who was going to die next on he boat. The conflict was more internal with Maddie then external.
  • DIALOGUE
  • I think the uniqueness of the dialogue would have felt out of place anywhere but the boat. The dialogue was over the top and very brash and in your face but the was culture that was create on the boat. So I did feel the dialogue fit the tone of the book.

THE ENDING

I think the ending was my least favorite part of the book and that mostly because of Maddie and her actions. I did really like the last chapter but then ending was not as strong for Maddie as I would have liked. It also left many things open-ended so small heads up as well.

 

Check out my non-spoiler review mash up where i discuss this book:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YuKzTRwIJc

26 Kisses

26 Kisses by Anna Michels

 

 

Book in a pinch - If you are looking for a super light beach read with t a cute romance pick this up.

 

Go into this one knowing: It does have elements of LGBTQ addressed but not the main focus at all. It is a pure romance but nothing else for the reader to become attached to.

 

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The book took me a couple of chapters to get into. It was a slow book for me to warm up to. I did not think the author voice was that unique but I did like the story. She was able in the first chapter to introduce to me a group of friends and I really wanted to learn more about them. When she started working her summer job and meet her co-worker is when I got hooked.

  • SETTING / WORLD BUILDING 

The book was set in modern day America. It handled a lot of cultural references so common today and was easy for me to place the story. I think the world was not super different from another YA novels. It was nice world that was created but nothing surprised me.

  • FLOW / PACING 
  • This story was a tad slow overall but that was because the premise to kiss 26 boys in a
  • summer was not super imperative to the character. So it felt that point got lost in the
  • novel and it was easy to stop reading and come back. The story was best when she was
  • on the “hunt” for her kisses.
  • CHARACTERS 

    Veda was not my favorite character. She did have a lot of flaws but it was hard to really like her because she made some bad choices throughout the novel and it was hard to always be on her side. She was not too perfect but she made choices that almost made her unlikeable until the end. I really loved the characters of Killian and also Seth. I almost wish we got more info about Seth. He would have been a cool character to get into his head.

  • POINT OF VIEW 

The point of view stayed the same throughout the novel and did not change but I do wish it would have the male POV as well.

CONFLICT 

  • The main plot was her finishing this kissing list but I did not grab my focus as much as “scavenger hunt ” stories normally do. I was more invested in her personal conflict if she was ready for another boyfriend because I was a fan of him a lot. I felt like the conflict was slow and due that book dragged a bit.

DIALOGUE 

I though the dialogue was very good for a high school setting but it did not wow me or make me laugh and it was not super emotional which are some thing I look for in YA romances.

  • THE ENDING 
  • I think ending was rushed and I wanted to see more of what happen after the last page because the ending did not answer all my questions.

 

Check out my Mash up video  review where this review is included:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YuKzTRwIJc

 

 

                       

Summer Of Sloane

The blurb on the back is right this a perfect summer beach read books this is both filed with drama, sun, sand and romance!

 

Sloane life is tuned up side down when a shocking truth about her boy friend and best friends turn her life upside down.

 

She winds up spending the summer in Hawaian town with sun sand and cute boys.

 

I liked how the story focused on only on young girl dealing with a her situation but also how do you forgive or should you forgive when the unthinkable happens. 

 

I also liked how the book really did not go the "traditional" happy route but really showed the story in realstic way. I think the romance was not prefect but the book did not really feel like triangle but could have.

 

I also liked how the story really used the ability to forgive people as a major point in this novel. I also loved the fact that Sloane was a twin and that relationship was the highlight of this novel for me.

 

I wonder if this book could start  series and really focus on all the other characters that we met in this story in their own novel. I really loved the seeing of both Settle and Hawaii and the story has a semi open ended ending and would love to see these characters again in maybe other novels set in the same world. 

 

I did a get a free arc of this from barnes and Noble feast:

 

Check out my Non-Spolier video review of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2You7QKQR5k

SPOILER ALERT!

The Unexpected Everything:

Morgan Matson hit another book out of the park. This book was so good and I loved it. It is about Andie who summer gets messed up when her father actions cause her to loose her internship. It turns her life up side down but her new job changes her life forever and she meets this cute boy that challenges everything she has done in the past with relationships.

 

At the heart of this story minus the romance was also a strong female friendship between four girl characters and some boys sprinkled in but that friendship between those girls was what really made me love the story.

 

The story also follows the boy being creative and being artistic but being stumped and that leads him to create such a cool novel inspired by his summer and that was my favorite part of the series. I loved seeing him use parts of his life to create this new world.

 

The story also focused on Andi relationship with her dad and really help redefine their relationship and was such a important part of this book.

 

THIS BOOK was so good and I loved how honest the book was esp. in regards to friendship and love.

 

Check out my non-Spoiler video review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORn_eeFQ2sA

 

 

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The Serpent King:

Overall, this was a very gritty contemporary novel. It really was more of a self discovery novel for all the characters involved including travis, lydia and Dil. The book was uniquely told because even though it took place during the school year, the school was not really used a set a set throughout the novel. It to me felt like a summer novel because of that. It was a very realistic cont. for kids in modern day that live in smaller towns. I did really enjoy the realtionships between the three characters. 

 

The turning point was a sadly (spoiler) travis death. Again, another one of my favorite characters was killed and in such a cruel way but it def lead the book to become a romance and focused alot on self discovery. It was novel that looked at how to say goodbye to the people you love when you are leaving and they want to to stay. It also really focused on Dill issues with his parents about not believing in his future. 

 

 

Check out my video mash up non-spoiler review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUcMYTT5Nfc

 

 

 

 

The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry

I enjoyed this book up until the very end. It had a unique premise that focused on some version of time travel. The book was a very complicated mystery that really kept me guessing until the very end but the end did not leave me very happy because it felt to open ended to me and I felt like i needed more ending clarity for me. But the mystery really pushed this book foward for me and kept me on the edge go my seat wondering what was going to happen. I did like how the book tried to explain how time travel or world traveling could occur. It also showed how one person presence could really change a world so dramatically. 

 

Overall I like the overall arc of the book with the characters and the world building but I did not like how it ended because it lacked the closure i would have wanted. It made me want more just so I could get my questions answered. 

 

 

Check out my review Mash up the includes this book: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUcMYTT5Nfc

The Wondrous and the Wicked:

Overall this a great conclusion to the series. It was a great ending that justified both the world building and the characters. I was happy how the series ended and it even left up the possibility that we might get more. I still think ingrid and her Brother was the best part of this novel. There relationship really kept me engaged through the entire series but especially the last book. I also did enjoy the romance as well and i did feel the book had the right amount of romance that did not overtake the book because so many other things were happening. The world building in this book was so pretty and I really loved falling back into his world again and again. 

 

 

I thought that it was able to really end all the characters in unique and cool ways. I like books that challenge or do things different then what is expected and I feel that was done in this book.

 

I have compared this book a lot to the something strange and deadly series and they both have great world building but the main character really was the standout in this series for me.

 

Check out my series talk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Gsjmw69-M

 

SPOILER ALERT!

The Hunt:

I really thought this book raised the stakes in both character relationship and where the story took place. It had so many twists and turns that made me not want to put the book down. It also forced all the lead characters to put their feelings in the past and work together to get out of this dangerous situation. I still think Rolf is one of my favorite characters and liked that he was able to grow into a new and better character after all his drama.

 

I did not enjoy the character death. i thought it was well written and important to the plot but I just really liked that character. It was a really gut turning death and I did not see it coming and it caught me off guard. 

 

The ending was a very shocking and could be a very big game changer for the rest of the series but it was def a faster pace read and i became even more attached to the characters.

 

Check out my video series Talk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYTL7QrWy1Y

 

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i loved her first book the night we said yes and was so happy to get this cody for edelweiss. All these thoughts are my own.

I loved this book so much. We follow a girl name Maud who find her self with a family history project and not idea where she comes from because she was adopted and her mother died at her birth. She goes on this wild adventure to find out more about her mother and what that means about her. I loved her as a character and this book really focused on self discovery on many levels. I also loved how this book looked at how college effects friendships and how it can be a good and a bad thing at the same time. I did enjoy the romance as well but it did not over power the book by any means.

I loved seeing where Maud path took and loved seeing how it really changed her as a character. It was a fast pace read and the perfect summer read as well.

Check out my video review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0E7NaKiDC4

The Flip Side:

If you are a gymnastics fan I rec. this read. This book is written by shawn johnson and It is fictional account of her life in gymnastics. Overall it was a great read the involved both Ya world but also gymnastics. I think the story did a very good job of combing stories from both her life and people she experienced in her life. It was such a fast pace read and I hope to pick up a finished copy of the last book to see if the ending was altered because It did end to abrupt for my liking.  

 

I was also invested in the friends and romance that developed and It felt like this story could happen to a girl going for the olympics. It was a super fast pace, engaing story. It was predictable at points, but I enjoyed the character and the story a lot.

 

 

Book given by eddlvise 

 

 

Check Out my Non-Spoiler Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4iX7x-Rljs

 

SPOILER ALERT!

The Glass Sword:

I did enjoy this book but this book was not constant in how unique the story telling was. Some points really did surprise me (deaths of some characters especially the queen) but the ending of Mare going with Maven was so predicable and I really was not wowed by the end of the book. The ending did not wow me but I loved the story overall. It really pushed this story further in a lot of ways and I loved all the new characters that we met as well. It really pushed this book in to more a encompassing story and not just one about some children trying to fight a war.

 

The new characters added some new drama and life to this story. I hope we get more of them in the next book and also Julian is back and that was nice surprise as well.

 

Check Out my Spoiler Video Review 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8qTVDtEX6I