Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Book Wrap Up

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and I'm here with my August Wrap Up. I read a total of 5 books this month, and I feel pretty good about it because I know I probably won't be reading that much in September. I stuck to my TBR list for the month of August and again, I feel pretty good with that because I tend go off my list sometimes. Now, let's get on to the books I read in August. 

The first book I finished this month was The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. A few years ago, I read her previous book and I really enjoyed it and I have been meaning to read this one for quite some time, but there was never an opportunity to. And I am so happy to have read this book, and I can't wait to read her next one. I thought this book was an amazing read with both lighthearted and heavier elements tied into it. This is one of those books were it looks like it's going to be a happy-go-lucky, fluffy, cute read. But in actuality, it's not quite what you expected it to be. This is one of my favourite books I've read this year and now of all time. For more on my thoughts, I have a full review on this blog. I highly recommend this book, and I rated it a 5/5 stars. 

The next book I read this month was Every Day by David Levithan. I picked up this book awhile ago and I never had the chance to read it until now. I don't have a full review on this book because I didn't have enough thoughts to make an entire review. My thoughts on this book are very vague but to the point. I loved that the writing style was easy to read, yet it was very poetic. The concept was very unique and that's what made this story enjoyable. I really like "A" as a character, and I would like to read more about him. Anyways, I'm excited to read the second and third book in the next couple of months. I recommend this book for you guys and I rated it a 4/5 stars. 

The third book I read this month was Dreamology by Lucy Keating. I have been anticipating this book since I first heard of it and I loved its original and unique concept. I enjoyed this book as it was a very entertaining, cutesy, and lighthearted book. I loved the romance between the two characters Alice and Max. But my only issue with it, was that Alice's love for Max came off as obsessive, and creepy. Other then that, it was still a great book and I highly recommend it if you want some light and fluffy contemporaries. To read more of my thoughts on this book, check out my past posts for the full review. I rated this a 4/5 stars. 

The fourth book I read this month was The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. This is the first book I have read by him. And I have heard some amazing things about his books, and I wanted to read one of them. I thought this was a very funny and entertaining read. But it dealt with a lot of serious issues that I did not expect going into this book. There were a lot of unpredictable plot twists which I really enjoyed as well. My only complaint was with the main character Mikey. I didn't like how he appeared to be very selfish, needy and whiney. It frustrated me that he was acting like this especially towards the end of the book. Despite that issue, I still really enjoyed the book for what it was and I recommend it. If you want to read my thoughts in more detail, then check the full review I posted. I rated this a 4/5 stars. 

The last book I finished this month was A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. This is the first book to the Firebird trilogy, and I was obsessed. I really enjoyed this first book and I want to read the rest of the series. I loved the world building throughout this story and it gave me an idea for what the rest of the series will look like. Plus I was able to vision what was really happening throughout the book (that's a pus for me). The main character was great, as well as Paul and Theo. I liked some more than others, but they were still incredible characters. There were definitely some plot twists that I didn't expect and (like I said) this made me excited to read the rest of the trilogy. My full review for this book will be up tomorrow on this blog. I highly recommend this book if you want a good science-fiction read with lots of action and romance. I am rating this a 5/5 stars. 

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So that is it for this months wrap up, I hope you all enjoyed. What books did you guys read this month? Let me know in the comments below. Happy reading, and until my next post goodbye for now.                      

August Book Haul (3)

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and I'm here to show you guys the books that I bought throughout the month of August. I bought a total of 11 books! I have never bought that many books in a month, but that's okay with me because I won't be buying this many books for a long time. Since school is beginning in the next week and in order for me save money and use them for school expenses, I am only going to be buying 1 book a month. That's right, 1 book per month. So because of this, I won't be posting any hauls on a monthly basis, but instead it will be one book haul from the next four months. For example: I buy 1 book in September, and 1 in October, November and December. And then I will put those books together to make one haul. Hopefully this will work out for me and sort of limit me from buying 2-3 or more books in one purchase (because I have done that before). 
Anyways, I think this intro has gone on for long enough so with out any further ado, let's get right into the haul. 

The first three books I will be showing you guys are from a used book store. I love used book stores because I can find books for cheap (prices) but you also find them in great condition. And I believe it costed $20 for the 3 books. I highly recommend used book stores if you guys want great books for cheap prices but don't necessarily have the option or want to go online. 

The first book I picked up was Little White Lies by Katie Dale. I thought the premise of the book was rather interesting and mysterious. It's pretty much about this girl named Lou who meets Christian. But Christian isn't exactly telling Lou the whole truth throughout their relationship. But when Christian's house burns down and gets injured in an accident, the whole truth about his life is poured out and Lou believes that everything he's ever told her was all a lie. "Can what the media are saying about him really be true? Should Lou trust him? Or is she in grave danger? And what if their accidental meeting wasn’t an accident at all...?"  *quote is from goodreads*
So yes I'm excited to read this whenever I get the chance too. And hopefully it's a good read.

 The second book I picked up was Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass. This one is more of a light-hearted, and cutesy contemporary. It's about Aubrey and her best friends and they have made a rule that they shouldn't fall in love, to avoid getting their hearts broken. But when Nathan moves into town, Aubrey is smitten and well, she ends up falling in love with him. It's basically another one of those romantic summery type contemporaries and I'm excited to read this book, in order to see what it has to offer. 

The last book I picked up from the used book store was The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. This one is a contemporary novel about a boy named Ezra who was a popular student at school. But that was all before his girlfriend cheats on him, he gets into an accident and he falls in love with new girl Cassidy Thorpe. I have heard a lot of good things about this book except for that it is slow to get into at first, but it picks up once the story progresses. This is one contemporary that I want to get to reading soon. 

The next book I picked up was Away We Go by Emil Ostroviski. I have been drawn to this book even since I first heard of it. I was intrigued to buy it because of its unique concept. It's about 5 or 6 students that have been diagnosed with Peter Pan Syndrome. This means that they all go to Westing high school. But there's a catch--it's for the dying. I have heard some good things about it, and I'm looking forward to reading it sometime in the next few months. Also can we just talk about how beautiful this cover is?!  

This next book I picked up was When We Collided by Emery Lord. I read her two previous books, Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You. And both books were incredible to the extent of me saying that The Start of Me and You is one of my favourites I've read this year and of all time. So because of that, I wanted to read her newest book. This book is mainly about two different people named Vivi and Jonah. Vivi moves to a small town in California and she's dealing with her own battles, while Jonah's father just died and now has to be "the man of the house" in order to take care of his five siblings. The two both meet and they quickly fall in love, as they have to deal with their own circumstance as well as their blooming romance. I'm excited to pick this up soon, and hopefully I enjoy it as much as her other books. 

The next book I picked up was The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I've been meaning to pick up this book, ever since I've heard such amazing things about it. There's also going to be a film based off this book, so I'm excited to see the movie as well. This one is rather a mysterious book about a girl who commutes by train everyday and she sees this perfect couple. Until one day, something is wrong and she contacts the police. She is then sucked into this case and is determined to find out what really happened to the couple on the train. So, like I said I'm excited to pick this one up and hopefully it is as good as everyone says it is. 

The next book I got was It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson. Now, I have been watching Shane's videos since 2008, so I have been a huge supporter of him and his content. I have his previous book I Hate Myselfie and it was a fantastic first book. This book is a collection of essays that Shane has written about his life (and his first book was in this style as well). He has said that this book is a little more personal, as he tells stories that he has never told us all before. I can't wait to read this in the month of September. 

This next book I picked up was Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody. I have been meaning to buy this book for while now because it's not like any other summer/beach read I've seen. This is because most of these types of reads have a female dominated plot, and perspective. So it was interesting to read that this plot revolves around three male best friends who all spend their summer at this place called Winlock Harbour. But that was all before Ian's dad never returned from his last deployment, Grayson's accident and an injured arm affect his further, and Mike having to take more responsibility to provide for his family. So yes, this does look like a typical beach read but it also has some depth into it as well. I'm excited to read this next summer or whenever I get the opportunity. 

This next book I ended up buying was Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown. This is a slightly different contemporary read because it involves LGBT characters. I have been anticipating for this book to release ever since I first heard of it. I thought the premise of the book was interesting as it's about a girl who's name is Joanna and she's openly gay in Atlanta, Georgia. Everyone accepts her, and supports her for being a lesbian, even her father who is a pastor (I think). But when her father remarries, they move to a small town in Georgia and her dad tells her to keep her sexuality on the "down low" for her senior year. She reluctantly agrees and keeps this promise until she meets Mary Carlson. She is now in a conflict with having to decide if she should keep her promise with her dad, or be her true self and pursue a romance with Mary. So yes, I'm excited to read this sometime soon. 

This second last book I picked up was Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray. This is the second book to the Firebird trilogy. And I bought this book because I wanted to read more of this trilogy to see what the rest of the series has to offer. I read the first book this month and it was such an amazing read and I will have a full review for it up soon. Anyways, I can't explain what this book is about because of spoilers but the first book is about a girl whose parents are scientists and her mother invents this device called the Firebird that allows people to travel through different dimensions and alternate universes. So when Paul, a research assistant murders Marguerite's father, she travels through multiple dimensions (with the help of Theo, another assistant) to track down Paul and kill him themselves. So yes, I'm super excited to read this book whenever I get the chance too (but definitely before the last book come out). 

The last book I bought this month was The Lost and Found by Katerina Leno. Before I go any further, can we talk about how beautiful this cover is. It's so simple, and elegant. Anyways, this cover is really what made me want to buy the book. But I do know that it's a contemporary about Frannie and Louis and they meet in an online support group for trauma survivors. They have never met in person, yet they have so much in common. They both have the tendency to lose things, and situations come into their lives unexpectedly. Louis gets a letter about his tennis scholarship but it's further away from home then he expected. While Frannie receives a letter informing her of her mother's death and one last wish. From opposite coasts they go on this road trip to Austin, Texas to find answers and each other. Well, that sounds like an inspiring contemporary that I will get around to reading soon. 

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So that is it for this very long book haul and I hope you all enjoyed. If you bought any books this month, then let me know in the comments below. I am looking forward to be reading all these books sometime soon or in the the next couple of months. Happy reading and until my next post, goodbye for now. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Currently Reading

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson and I am back with another book that I am currently reading at the moment. Now since it is almost the end of summer, I thought I would switch up genres and read more of a science fiction book to get myself in the mood for the fall/winter months. Personally, I tend to read contemporaries in the summer months and supernatural, fantasy, and sic-fi in the later months (I'll sometimes read contemporary during these months too).
 Anyways, I have had this book on my shelf for over a year now and I thought that now would be a good opportunity to start the first book in the Firebird trilogy.
The basic plot to this book is about a girl named Marguerite Caine, and she is the daughter of two scientists (physicists specifically). Her mother invents this device called the Firebird which allows the person wearing it to travel into different dimensions and alternate universes. So when Paul Markov, one of the research assistants, kills Marguerite's father, she and another assistant Theo have to be the ones to track down Paul from different dimensions and murder him. But complications arise when she falls in love with her father's killer.  

Doesn't that sound intense or what!? Moving forward, I am halfway done this book and so far it is pretty good. I am excited to read more to see how the ending turns out. And I will definitely be reading the second book soon. I like both Paul and Marguerite as characters, Theo kind of annoys me at times but he's still a good character. The world building within this book is amazing. And it really helped me to vision exactly what was going on in the book, and I believe it will help me to do the same with the rest of the trilogy.

So, that is it for this post and I hope you all enjoyed. If you have read this book, then let me know what you thought (but no spoilers please). I will have a full review up on this blog once I'm done. Until the next one, goodbye for now.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Genre: young-adult, fantasy, contemporary

Published: October 6, 2015

Pages: 336

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis (from book jacket)

What if you aren't the chosen one? 

The one's who's supposed to be fighting zombies or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is with the blue lights and the death? 
     What if your like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. 
     Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. 
     Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions. 


This is my first Patrick Ness book that I have read by him and I've heard amazing things about all his previous books. But I wanted more of a contemporary read by him, so I decided to pick this one up. Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable and entertaining read and I loved that he poked fun at the idea of the "chosen one." I thought that was a interesting element to the story. My only complaint with this book was the main character Mikey. I personally thought he was extremely needy, selfish and whiney. And I kept on getting frustrated with reading the book because his character was just so irritating. Other than that, I had no other issue. But, would I say this was my favourite book in the world? No, it wasn't. But I still enjoyed it and I recommend it. And I am also looking forward to reading more by him.

I initially had a hard time getting into this book, because I was in a little bit of reading slump. *Note: I previously posted some tips and tricks on how to get out of a reading slump. Go check it out.* So because of that, I really had no motivation to read whatsoever. But once I started reading a few chapters, I flew threw the book in a matter of 2 sittings. At first, it was a bit slow paced but by 100 pages or so, the book started to pick up from there. Bottom line is: Slow start, but fast finish. Despite the pacing, I believe that it is worth the read.

Like I previously mentioned, my biggest issue with this book was the main character Mikey. I thought he was very needy and selfish. Plus, I didn't like the fact that he would get upset over every little thing. However, I do understand that he was going through some struggles in this book, but he shouldn't of acted the way he did. I kept on getting frustrated with him especially towards the end, because that was when I really started to see those qualities within him. He was constantly doubting himself and tearing himself down and he was overall just a very negative person. And it even bummed me out while reading.

An unique aspect to the story, was in the beginning of each chapter there would be a little excerpt on what was going on with the "indie-kids" (who are the chosen-ones). That kept me thinking that there needs to be an entire book about what was going on and really get the full story. To be honest, I was slightly more interested to hear what was going on with them, than with the rest of the book.

Despite my thoughts and comments on the book, I enjoyed it for what it was and I recommend it if you want a more contemporary feel from Patrick Ness.



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tips and Tricks on How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and I am here to give you guys some tips and tricks on how to get out of a reading slump. I have been in a reading slump for almost a whole month and I have just started to read again. I believe that these tips and tricks will help me and you to get out of future reading slumps. So without any further introductions, let's get into it.

Tips and Tricks: 

1. Don't force yourself to read! The biggest mistake in a reading slump is that, people will keep reading and reading until they find the book that clicks. And as a result they will force themselves to read. Instead, do something else with your time like binge watch a Netflix show (Supernatural, Full House and 90210 are really good shows), or spend time with family/friends. This will get you away from the reading world and it will give you time to focus on other things. Eventually, you will want to read again and hopefully get out of the slump.

2. Read light books! I would highly recommend that you guys read easy, fluffy, contemporary books.  And don't read anything over 500 pages with an intense plot. Which means: NO FANTASY BOOKS! By reading lighthearted books, it will make your reading experience more enjoyable and it will get you back in the reading mood.

3. Read what you know! If reading light books or not forcing yourself to read doesn't work, then I would suggest re-reading books you know and love. For me, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a contemporary classic, or even any Rainbow Rowell book will do the trick for me. Reading from one of your favourite authors is another option to get you out of the devastating reading slump.

4. Try new things and get excited! It's always important to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. But the same thing goes for reading. One reason you maybe in your reading slump is because you keep reading the same genres over and over again. Instead, try to stray away from your TBR and go to your local book-store or library and find a new book that you genuinely want to read. This may make you feel motivated to read again. And the same thing happened to me in my reading slump. Just going to my small local bookstore and looking at all the books made me feel inspired to read.

5. Get online! If none of my previous tips worked, then the internet is the best choice for you. And I don't mean binge watch a show on Netflix (unless you want to). But instead, watch your favourite booktubers to hear them rant about about their favourite book or their love for reading in general. I find that this works for me a lot. Besides Youtube, interact with different bookstagram accounts by commenting and liking their photos. I feel that this will further motivate you to read.

Reading Slump Recommendations:

This next section here are books that I recommend if you are ever in a reading slump and you're desperate to escape it. First off, I would highly suggest that you read anything contemporary but more specially anything easy-reading, and lighthearted. For example:

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. But her other two books Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Every After are good to.

2. Any Morgan Matson book. But more specially her books Since You've Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything will get you out for sure.

3. Anything by Huntley Fitzpatrick: My Life Next Door, What I Thought Was True and The Boy Most Likely To are all amazing books.

4. All of Rainbow Rowell books will definitely save you from the tragic reading slump. The books are: Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, Carry On. Her adult books include: Attachments, and Landline.
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So that is it for this blog I hope you all enjoyed it. I also hope that these tips and tricks helped you get out of the awful reading slump you might be in. Happy reading and until my next post, goodbye for now.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Currently Reading

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here, and I apologize for not being too active this month. This is because I haven read too much and I haven't felt the motivation or need to post. For two weeks this month, I have been in a pretty deep reading slump were I had no desire to read. I pretty much have been watching Full House for most of this month, and I needed to get out of the house. So, I did. I knew that I needed the motivation to read again, so I went to a bookstore and that did just the trick. *I posted a picture on my Instagram @nicolehendersonreads*
Anyways, back to the main reason I'm posting. I'm currently reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. This is the first book I'm reading by him and I have to say it's pretty good so far. I am intrigued to read more of his books. I have heard mixed reviews on this book and so I was slightly hesitant to start reading it.

From what I understand from the plot, it's basically about the main character Mikey, living in a world where there are always the chosen ones saving the day (called the 'indie kids') but it's in the perspective of a non-chosen person (Mikey). And in the mist of living in this world, all he wants to do is graduate with his friends, go to prom, and ask out the girl of his dreams, Henna. One thing happens after another and Mikey has to figure out what is going on and prevent more negative things from happening. And sometimes, you just have to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

That is pretty much it for this post, I hope you all enjoyed. There will be a review posted on this blog soon. And until then goodbye for now.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Genre: young-adult, contemporary, romance, fantasy

Published: April 12th 2016

Pages: 336

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis (book jacket)

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max, a boy she's never met. Together they have traveled the world, ridden pink elephants, had cookie-fights at the Metropolitan Museum, and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams--only her dreams--until the morning she finds him sitting next to her in class, very much alive. But he has no idea who Alice is. Or does he? 
     As Alice and Max get to know each other all over again. Alice learns that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He's complicated and stubborn. He also has a girlfriend, and a whole life Alice isn't a part of. 
     Some strange things from their dreams begin popping up while there awake: giant talking parrots, hot-pink autumn leaves, and rainbow-colored shooting stars. Alice and Max have to find a way to make stop--even if it means putting an end to their dream life. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough? 

This book was one of my anticipated releases/buys ever since I first heard of it. And I was intrigued to read this book because of it's original and unique concept. It was definitely refreshing to read a book that involved something that is not often talked about in YA: dreams. The romance between Alice and Max was very well developed and Alice was a decent character to read about. My only issue with this book, was that Alice's love towards Max seemed obsessive and 'insta-lovey' and that her character was slightly unrealistic at times. But I believe that's how her character was supposed to be portrayed, and I'm okay with that. It's just the 'insta-lovey' part that I didn't like. Other then that, I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it if you want a different twist on a contemporary. 

I thought the magical-realism element to this story was well done. And I was able to envision some of the descriptions of the dreams. I find it refreshing that contemporaries have this type of element in a story and it makes it more interesting to read, other than a typical contemporary read. 

Like I previously mentioned, the romance between Alice and Max was well developed, but it was also very stressful to read about. Max had his moods, and Alice was not always in touch with reality. Even though there both two very different people, they were still able to make their relationship work. And it brings on the message within readers that people with different personalities can in fact have a successful and healthy relationship. I loved how things worked out in the end and I thought that ended the book on a nice note. 

I very much enjoyed this book and it was an entertaining read. I look forward to reading other books by this author. So those are pretty much my thoughts on this book, I hope you all enjoyed it. If you have read this book then let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 



Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Goodreads Tag

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and as you can tell from the title of this post, I am going to be doing the Goodreads Book tag. I know that this tag is an older tag, but when I saw this I thought that I needed to do it ASAP. Goodreads is my favourite website in the entire world, and no other book app could ever replace my love for Goodreads. It's just an amazing website. Anyways there are 12 questions in this tag so without any further ado, let's get started.

1. What was the last book you marked as "read"?

The book that I just finished reading was Every Day by David Levithan. It was such a good book and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy soon. And I highly recommend it to all of you. A full review will be up soon, I just need more time to really collect my thoughts.

2. What are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading Dreamology by Lucy Keating. I have been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard of it because it has the most interesting concept ever!

3. What was the last book you marked as "To Read"

I believe it was The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. I still have yet to read the first book, The Kiss of Deception.

4. What do you plan to read next?

I don't really have a plan on when I read my books, I kind of just read them whenever I'm in the mood for them. But right now I'm reading Dreamology so who knows what I'll read next.

5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do, with every book I read.

6. Are you doing a reading challenge? (2014)

Yes, I did the 2014 Reading Challenge and I believe I read about 40 books that year. I am also participating in the 2016 Reading Challenge and I hope to read 45 books. If I read more than that I'll be a very happy camper!

7. Do you have a Wishlist?

I have a wishlist shelf on Goodreads. But with most of the books I have on there, I am not that interested in reading them anymore. But still, I hope to read a few of them in a little while.

8.  What book do you plan to buy next?

I have plenty of books that I plan on buying next. For example: It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake and there are a lot more books on the list.

9. Do you have any favourite quotes?

I don't have any favourite quotes

10. Who are your favourite authors? 

I have a lot of authors that I really enjoy but these are some names that I can think of off the top of my head: Morgan Matson, Robin Constantine, David Levithan, Simone Elkeles, Lauren Barnholdt, Abbi Glines, and Jenny Han.

11. Have you joined any groups? 

I have joined a few groups, I just don't participate in them. Please don't hurt me! But I do want to participate in more groups sometime soon.

12. How many shelves do you have on Goodreads? 

By not counting the mandatory shelves, I have 15 shelves and I plan on making more in the future.

So that is basically it for the Goodreads tag, I hope you all enjoyed. If you have or want to do this tag then let me know and leave your answers in the comments below. I highly encourage you to do this tag and until my next post, goodbye for now.

Currently Reading

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here, and I'm currently reading Dreamology by Lucy Keating. Ever since I've first heard of this book, I have been wanting to read it because of its original and unique content. I am more then halfway done and so far, it's pretty good. But my only issue with this book is that, the love that Alice has for Max sort of seems too 'insta-lovey' and obsessive. And I found that a little annoying. Other than that it's a good book that I recommend.

This book is mainly about a girl named Alice who has been dreaming about Max since as long as she can remember. The only thing is--she's never met him. So he's literally the man of her dreams. When she moves to Boston and sees Max in class on her first day of school, its all a matter of figuring out why they dream about one another. And they have to find a way to make the dreams stop.

So that is pretty much it for this post, I hope you all enjoyed. A full review will definitely be going up soon.  Until my next post, goodbye for now.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Currently Reading

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here, and I'm back with another current read. I've bought this book awhile ago because I was intrigued by the plot and I haven't gotten around to reading yet until now. I am just about halfway done and I can honestly say that this is one of my favourite David Leviathan books. His writing style is easy to read but it's extremely poetic and philosophical at the same time. Because of this style of writing I find myself getting through this book quickly.

The plot to this book is about someone who calls themselves "A" as they wake up every morning in a different body. One day he wakes up in the body of a boy named Justin, and he has a girlfriend named Rhiannon. When "A" (in the body of Justin) sees Rhiannon, they end up falling for her. But when they get up the next morning as somebody else, "A" is still thinking about the same girl.

So that is the basic plot for this first book, and I believe this concept continues into the second book (except it's in Rhiannon's perspective). I am excited to read the second book soon, and I'm curious to see how the final book turns out. Even though I'm almost done this book, I will say that it is an enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.

That is pretty much it for this blog, and my full review will be up soon. So until my next post, goodbye for now.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Genre: young-adult, contemporary, romance

Published: March 1st 2016 (first published March 31st 2015)

Pages: 416

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's

Synopsis (from book)

It's been a year since it happened...

When Paige Hancock's first boyfriend died in a swimming accident, she shut out almost everyone. Now Paige has decided it's finally time to rejoin the world, and she has a plan. First on the list: Go out with Ryan Chase, her long time and newly single crush. And last on the list: swim. Terrifying, yet possible? 

But when Ryan's sweet, nerdy cousin Max moves to town and recruits Paige for the QuizBowl team (of all things!), her prefect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Starting over isn't easy, but Paige knows the scariest things are usually the most difficult. Can she face her fears and open herself up to live life and love again? 


Going into this book, I was very excited to devour it and I had high expectations that I was really going to enjoy it. Well, this book did not disappoint me at all. In fact, I loved this book more than her first one Open Road Summer. Her writing style was easy (for me) to read, but it was also very poetic. And I will say that this is another one of my favourite books this year. I thought that Emery Lord wrote about grief in a realistic way and she did a great job with keeping the characters as believable as possible. The romantic development between Paige and Max was reasonable for the story and I personally think they are so cute. Anyways, I highly recommend this book, if you want an emotional story that has some lighthearted parts added, with a bit of an adorable romance. 

I thought that I could relate to Paige on an emotional level and the fact that we both have the same interests just made me love Paige even more. We both love reading (obviously), and we both want to get into screenwriting for TV and movies. Plus, when I go into a bookstore, I pick up a book to read the first chapter to see if its worth reading. And Paige does the same thing too! For a moment while reading this book, I thought I was Paige. But then I realized that this girl is a fictional character and that I am not anyone else besides myself. I really wish Paige would come to life and be my friend already. 

Max is just another adorable character who was so kind and definitely nerdy. I thought he was a fantastic love interest for Paige just because they have so much in common and they had amazing chemistry. Speaking of their chemistry, their romance was slowly developed but it was understandable for the circumstances in the story. And I loved their romance, there just so cute together. 

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and I will go as far as saying that this is one of my favourite books of the year. I loved everything about this book and I strongly recommend you read this book especially in the summer months.