Mar 17, 2017

The Distance Between Us


The Distance Between Us
By Kasie West

Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
 


4/5 Stars

So one might guess that after having read By Your Side and really not enjoying it, I would either take a break from that genre or stay away from that author. I did neither. So anyways, I didn't have anything to read and I was to lazy to really dive into a complicated fantasy or something like that. I saw this book on my shelf and to be honest I really just started reading purely because I liked the font on the cover. I actually needed up liking this a lot more than By Your Side because Caymen had a personality, unlike Autumn who had nothing. Actually she had really vague and inconsistent anxiety (ok honestly I don't know anything about anxiety so I really don't know) as her personality. I enjoyed hearing Caymen's thoughts because although like 75% of her thoughts were about Xander or whatever that other guy's name was, but at least it wasn't 100%. Ok I am making this sound like I hated this book but I really didn't. I was easy to read. I think I read it in one or two sittings. There was a few times that I really hated the decisions that the characters made or said and I just had to close the book and stare at a wall for a minute or two, but for the most part I really enjoyed it (I swear I use that word in every single review I write). Aren't you proud I wrote this entire review spoiler free? I mean when was the last time I did that. 
-Lily

Mar 10, 2017

By Your Side

By Your Side
By Kasie West

Summary:
In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

SPOILER ALERT
Also just by the way, if you haven't watched Gilmore Girls you may not be able to understand a good portion of this review... Sorry 
3/5 Stars

I have never really liked the young adult romance genre all that much and I tend to stay away from it. However, I received this book in my February Uppercase box so I decided to give it a try. I thought that it could be a cute story so why not?  So the main character Autumn has this almost boyfriend Jeff. Then she gets locked in a library and meets Dax (well she doesn't really meet him exactly, but they are locked in there together). So there is Jeff this nice guy who she has liked for years, who she is good friends with, and who most likely likes her back. Then there is Dax, who is the kind of overdone loner mystery character who really isn't all that nice. I personally would have gone with Jeff. I just got bored with Dax. He was the cliche loner bad boy, who is secretly really sweet and likes to read (omg Jess Mariano!! But Jess is so much better!! Just saying... It's true. I mean Jess was a much more interesting character and I DON'T KNOW HE WAS JUST BETTER). Ok so I don't really know why Dax annoyed me because he was almost Jess and I love Jess. You know what? No! He isn't just like Jess. Jess had a personality besides just being the "loner bad boy" he was funny and he actually had something in common with Rory (You know I am really really sorry if you have never watched Gilmore Girls and you aren't getting any of my references here... But you really should go watch it...). Dax and Autumn had nothing in common. They didn't really have a "surprising connection" as the synopsis suggests. Dax was kind of just bland. He would randomly completely change his personality. One minute he was being mean and rude (his normal self I might add) and the next he was just telling his entire life story to this random girl he just met. He never actually did anything nice for her, except what? Wait in the park? HE WASN'T EVER NICE! Jeff on the other hand was great. He WAS nice and yeah maybe he wasn't all that interesting but at least he was a decent person!I also got to mention that Dallin was a jerk. At first I thought he was ok. He seemed nice enough, but that kid was a jerk. Ok I am making this book sound horrible and it's not. It isn't my favorite, because I really didn't like Dax, but it wasn't all bad. The parts where she visited Jeff was good. Also, I really liked the part in the beginning when she was trapped in the library, before she and Dax had their nonexistent "surprising connection" (Ok I'm sorry, I'm being mean). I liked Autumn as a character for the most part. So people who like this genre of books, I bet really enjoyed this book. It just isn't really for me.

Mar 3, 2017

Caraval

Caraval
By Stephanie Garber

Summary:
Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.


Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

SPOILER ALERT

3.5/5
When I first heard about this book I was very interested. The synopsis of the book sounds amazing and the cover of the book (which is very important to me) was stunning. Even the back of the book was beautiful and had a picture of a ticket to caraval ( I am really sorry if at any point in this review it says caravan instead of caraval spell check is really not helping me here). The line on the cover "Remember, it's only a game..." really drew me in as well. I was ready to read about a whimsical, dark, circus scavenger hunt. Instead I got a girl just worrying about this sailor guy literally the entire time. They could have done so much more. The clues didn't even seem that hard! The heart made of black one? Scarlett just instantly thought it was Julian... WHO HAS THE TATTOO OF A BLACK HEART. Also, if you didn't even see the tattoo JUST FOLLOW THE SHADIEST JERK IN THE ROOM! It's really not that hard. I could tell that this Legend guy was clearly insane from the beginning, so the author could have used that to make a really dark, creepy, how far are people willing to go for this wish thing, kinda story. I just wish that she didn't focus on Scarlett and Julian the ENTIRE TIME! Scarlett was so obsessed with him! When she said that part about him being the most gorgeous person she had ever seen or whatever, I literally had to close the book and just stare at a wall for a second there. HE WASN'T THAT GREAT. He seemed pretty sketchy the entire time. As I keep saying THE AUTHOR COULD HAVE DONE SO MUCH MORE. I mean, if you are getting some kind of all powerful wish at the end of this competition, you know you are going to have to do some crazy most likely not legal stuff. You know? I mean some woman died one year! And if people just do/watch this for fun, you could have done so much more with the how far are people willing to go thing, as I said before. I just feel like there was a lot of wasted potential here. Not to mention, the ending was a disappointment. Her sister planned the whole thing? That makes absolutely no sense. First of all, if all she wanted to do was fake her death, I feel like she could have done that a lot easier (and less emotionally scarring on her sister) at home. Even if she did, for some strange reason need to fake her death at caraval, she could have skipped the whole sending the tickets and trying to convince Scarlett only to kidnap her. She could have just kidnapped her in the first place! Also, she could have just told her sister her plan. I don't buy this whole "it would have put to much pressure on her" thing. Also, does anyone else feel bad for all the other people playing? They were probably like "Yay I'm gonna win this wish!" only to find out that no, that have absolutely no chance. Even though they are probably working twice as hard than this girl who only stares at some guy all day, sorry the entire game is centered around her so you have no chance. Unless they were all performers too. But I feel like that would be quite a waste for Legend. I mean, what could Tella have offered him. Actually though...  I think that there is going to be a second book. I think that they should leave as a stand alone though. Then the book gets to keep some of the mystery and magic that I was hoping for when I first bought this book. I am making this book sound really bad, but it's not. I think that is something both Lark and I really have to work on. We only talk about the bad parts, even with books that we actually liked. I did enjoy this book, I just think that the author could have done so much more. Especially with the ending. I was waiting for a major plot twist to completely change the story. Reveal the twisted, insane Legend. Instead it ended with an awkward, unsatisfying, and underwhelming end. 
-Lily

Feb 24, 2017

Cinder

Hello! I just wanted to apologize for our inconsistent uploading. I am still having some computer troubles and I am the one who usually organizes our posting schedule. We are both really sorry, but expect some new and very exciting posts coming soon!
-Lily
Cinder
By Marissa Meyer

Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.
But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

5/5 Stars

Alright, I'm gonna start this off by saying that I know I give WAY too many books 5 stars, but if any of them deserve it, it's this one. Ok, so I read this book like 2 years ago, so this review is FAR overdue, but this has always been one of my favorite books from the moment I read it. Ok, also now I have a slight dilemma because like I said, I read it like 2 years ago, and now that Winter came out (the newest book of the series), I really want to read it but also kind of forget everything that happens in the first books.... ugh. Ok, I'm getting a little off track here. I LOVE this book. kdjgkaf. Cinderella is pretty much my favorite movie, and when I heard that this book is like Cinderella but she's a cyborg in the future, my nerd self was just like YASSS. Also, if you don't really like Cinderella, don't worry this is WAY different. Like it has the prince romance element, but so much more. It's like a combination of all my favorite types of books: romance, action, sci-fi, futuristic robots, kind of apocalyptic, soooo yeah. What more do I have to say. Oh yeah, and I almost forgot: evil alien moon people. You heard me right. I know it sounds really weird. I hope I didn't just cause you to not read the book, because trust me it's good. Prince Kai is so cute like huhhhhomg I love the scene in the beginning where they meettttttttt. Ok, I know I'm supposed to be talking about Cinder, but all the other books in the series are just as good. If not better. In most books, I find that the sequels are kind of just added on, and are not very good, but the entire series is extremely well done. New characters are added in each book, and at first I thought it was going to be a whole new story, but they are weaved in so good and ahhhhh if you like the first book, you HAVE to read the other books. 
-Lark

Feb 13, 2017

Dorothy Must Die


I know it isn't Friday, but I thought that we should just post this today because we missed the past two weeks (sorry about that) and I FINALLY got Lark to write a review! So here you go!
-Lily

Dorothy Must Die
By Danielle Paige

Summary:

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.


4.5/5 Stars

I loveeeed this book. So action packed and exciting. I was definitely not expecting that when I first picked up the book, I  started reading it only because I had it on my kindle and I was bored.... I know.... but it's SO GOOD. Ok, so at first I was a little skeptical; like Dorothy? MUST DIE????? But then I started reading it and ahhhh. Ok, so the beginning is a little boring, it starts off with her in her high school, and it like describes her high school life in detail, and I don't even really know why that part is included, because it literally never mentions those characters again for the rest of the book, soo like, I mean they literally are only in the beginning....? Ok, now that I'm writing this I'm realizing that maybe those beginning characters are like the same as all the Oz people?? Like how in The Wizard of Oz, all of Dorothy's family members are the same as the Oz characters?? Idk maybe I'm just making this whole thing up. But anyway!! Back to the book review!! At first when I started reading it I was kind of upset that all of the Wizard of Oz characters were evil.... like it took me a REALLY long time to get over that... like seriously?? Even Glinda??? But when you get over that, it's pretty good. I'm gonna try to write this review without spoilers, so I'm not going to talk about what happens in the book that much. In this book, it's kind of hard to tell who's evil and who's not: in the beginning I thought the wicked witches where good? But I honestly don't even know anymore.. And the wizard?? still confused. But I guess that's kinda the point, and I do like myself a good mystery. But I know ONE THING for sure. The monkeys are good..... I think... But anyway, on the subject of monkeys, Ollie is MY FAVORITE THING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD like OH MY GOSHFDHduihfakdshfuah He is so cuteee like ughghhghhhhhh I didn't think it was possible for a book character to be perfect but I was so wrong. jsadjfslkdjfasdlkjf I want a winged monkeyyyyyyyyyyyy jfsdj
Andddddddd that just about wraps it up. Good book.
-Lark


Feb 9, 2017

We are Sorry!


I am sorry that we weren't able to post last Friday. I am having some computer problems but I am trying to get Lark to post something in time for this Friday! Sorry!
-Lily

Jan 27, 2017

Made You Up

Made You Up
By Francesca Zappia

Summary:
Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.



SPOILER ALERT

3/5 Stars
Ok, so I didn't hate it. But I wouldn't call it the best book I've ever read. Also, I just want to say, this review is super long overdue and I am writing this out of my memory... I'm sorry.... Ok, so Lark and I originally chose this book as our second book club book (Join our book club by the way!) because we liked the cover. I mean, the cover is gorgeous! Really, its fantastic. Also, I don't know, it sounded interesting. We were looking for a book similar to All the Bright Places  because we just finished that and you know, we were not over it (still not). Some parts of it I really liked. Other parts, I felt like were added really last minute (SPOILER ALERT) like her sister not actually being there. I mean seriously. Yeah I didn't see it coming, but thats because NO ONE COULD HAVE BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T PUT ANY REASON FOR US TO THINK SO. Its like she thought of that twist right as she wrote it instead of putting hints that would make the reveal surprising but also feel real. Ok, but I am also just wondering why Miles and Alex remembered each other for so many years from and not very extraordinary encounter at a grocery store. Also, that "twist" had the complete opposite problem as the first one I mentioned. I think everyone saw it coming. Lastly, another thing that I didn't really like about the story, was her paranoia seemed really inconsistent. One moment she was too paranoid to eat any food she had without checking it first and the next she just randomly decides to go upstairs after multiple people told her not to. Just saying. Not that I know anything about paranoia soooooo... Although I have only been saying the negative parts of this book, I did enjoy it and some parts of it are really funny and entertaining so again, I didn't hate it.That's all I really have to say (and remember...) so yeah.
-Lily