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ARC Review: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means

Release date: May 16th, 2017

My rating: ★★★★★

Characters:

I have come to realize I am a reader who loves character driven stories, and while this book also has a very strong plot, I LOVED the large cast of characters. I did not expect to be able to love and relate to the main character Lucy as much as I did. This is because Lucy is very religious, and religion and church are massive parts of her every day life, which just isn’t something I can relate to at all, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found Lucy to be such a sweet and caring character who has amazing development throughout the novel. Both Lucy’s mom and dad are important roles in the book, and I came to care for both of them as well. Something incredibly noteworthy about this book is that even though there is such large cast of characters, they are all unique and diverse and distinct from one another. I think this book is a good example of an author including diversity in a genuine way, not because they’re trying to jump on the bandwagon. I personally felt Emery Lord did a good job of staying in her lane, but if you read this and disagree with me, definitely let me know!

Plot:

While I lean more towards caring about the characters than the plot, it is important to me that there aren’t parts of the plot that are just boring. This is another thing this book did well. I never found myself bored while reading this, I always wanted to turn to the next page to find out what will happen with Lucy and her fellow camp counselors, and her mother’s illness. The plot was paced very nicely, and was written in such a way that made me not want to put the book down for too long because I kept wanting to read more and see what happens.

Overall thoughts:

I would definitely recommend this book. It does deal with cancer, and the main character has panic attacks, so if those are things that are sensitive to you, be aware that they are in this book. Other than that I would recommend this book to anyone who loves summery heartfelt contemporaries. 🙂

 

Until next time,

Jessi

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Review: The Melody of You and Me & The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis

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The Melody of You and Me is free on kindle unlimited which you can find here,  as well as The Paths We Choose which you can find here.

Goodreads Synopsis(TMOYAM):

After dropping out of university and breaking up with her girlfriend of three years, Chris Morrison’s life is now a mind-numbing mess. She doubts that working at the small neighborhood bookstore is going to change that. The rest of her time is spent mostly playing guitar and ignoring the many messages her mother keeps sending her about going back to college.
But one day, an adorable and charming new bookseller waltzes her way into Chris’s life. Josie Navarro is sweet, flirty, and she always has a new book in her hands. The two girls start a fast friendship that, for Chris, holds the promise of something more. But is she reading too much into this or is it possible that Josie feels the same way?

My Thoughts:

I seriously enjoyed this novella. First of all, it is the first time I have seen the word “pansexual” in a book. I loved how sex positive it was. This was also the first New Adult book i’ve read, and I really liked it! It made me want to read New Adult more.

I really enjoyed both Chris and Josie as characters and even the side characters felt unique and fleshed out. The only thing that I didn’t love about this was that it was written in third person, but some people prefer that so I would still recommend this book regardless.

I really love female/female love stories, and Chris and Josie were just so cute and every time they were together in the book I got so excited and swoony. I also felt that because this wasn’t a full length novel, M. Hollis did a good job pacing the plot. It felt slightly rushed sometimes, but for the most part I felt that for being shorter than a full length novel that the plot was paced well.  Also, CUTE BOOKSTORE SCENES!!! Chris and Josie work at a bookstore together and do I even need to say more? SO CUTE.

Goodreads Synopsis (TPWC):

Lily Ferrari enjoys having control over every detail of her life. Ever since she left her parents’ house to gain her freedom, she decided to fully own her autonomy. But an unexpected visit from her little brother may change the path she chooses to follow.
Add to that a casual fling with the bright architect Mayte González, and Lily’s summer is turning out more interesting than she expected. It certainly beats the routine of working extra shifts at Johnson’s Bookstore.
A few weeks before her college life begins, Lily needs to figure out if she’s wrong about the past or if she should continue to protect her heart at all costs.

Sometimes moving forward is only possible if you have the right people by your side.

My Thoughts:

In the beginning of this, I thought I wasn’t going to like it as much as the first book. Lily and Mayte have a casual hookup going on, which at first I wasn’t a fan of because I wanted the swoony romance! However, my opinion quickly changed. Again, I loved how every character had depth to them, and Lily’s heartbreaking past was explored a lot and she just felt like an extremely fleshed out character. I ended up loving this as much as I loved the first novella, and I cannot wait to read Karen’s story in the third!

Star Rating of Both Novellas: ☆☆☆☆

Until next time,

Jessi

Book Reviews

Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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Synopsis (from goodreads):

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

My Review:

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Plot:

The plot of this book takes place over only three days, yet nothing felt rushed. I was so enthralled in the events of the convention, in the progressing love stories, and all the little bits in between. It was one of those books where you feel excited to flip to the next page to find out what happens next because the plot is just so exciting! I truly have nothing bad to say about the plot.

Characters:

If you love character driven books, Queens of Geek is PERFECT for you, and I mean PERFECT. The characters are definitely the driving force in this story and I loved all of them. It’s told in dual perspective, but each perspective was distinct and individual and I never got the two mixed up. (The two perspectives were two of the main Characters, Taylor and Charlie.) Charlie is a youtuber, which is so cool because I have never read a book where a character is a youtuber, and Charlie is a blogger and a massive fangirl for her favorite book series (which is something I feel a lot of us can relate to.) Our third main character is Jamie, who is a sweet adorable geek who couldn’t be happier to accompany his two best friends to a convention. Seriously, you will fall in love with there characters.

Representation:

Looking to broaden your horizons, read more diversely? Want a book that you might see yourself in? Look no further! One of our main characters is Chinese/Australian and bisexual and I absolutely loved this representation. Another one of our main characters has anxiety and autism, and it is an #ownvoices novel, so we as readers can be sure that the author wrote about those topics with experience and respect. The representation in this book was so so great, and I think so many people could find something valuable in this.

Final Thoughts:

This has become one of my favorite reads of this year and I cannot recommend it highly enough! It’s such a fun, cute, feel good story that is guaranteed to make you smile!

 

Until next time,

Jessi.

Book Reviews

Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

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Synopsis:

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

My Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Review!

Plot:

I felt this book had a very strong plot. It didn’t move to slow nor too fast for me, and it was told in a way that made it interesting enough to be able to read very quickly. There were only a few parts of the plot where I had to sit back and think “wait, what?” But that was mostly because of the world building, which I will get to in a moment. Overall I really enjoyed the plot of adventure, self discovery, and family values.

Characters:

This is the part of the book I have mixed feelings on. On one hand, I loved out main character Alex and her best friend Rishi. I felt like the two of them were very well written and fleshed out. On the other hand, I really never felt like I understood Nova, or many details about her family members. The only two characters I truly connected to were Alex and Rishi, but honestly they were enough to get me to be invested in the story. I love the two of them so much! I loved Alex’s journey of self discovery/ self worth, and realizing that she is enough and she is capable. It felt very empowering and was so fun to read. I loved Rishi, she was such an adorable little cinnamon roll, and Alex and Rishi honestly deserve the world.

World Building:

I don’t read a heavy amount of fantasy, so I’m no expert on world building, but this is really what took a star off for me. I’m not too sure why, but at times I had such a difficult time really envisioning Los Lagos and all of the creatures they met, and the Labyrinth itself. It’s one of those instances were it just felt like there was something missing, but I really cannot put my finger on it.

Final Thoughts:

Overall I’m very glad I picked up this book. It completed a Diversity Bingo 2017 challenge, (Own voices latinx main character) and it was a fun read. This is a book that really proves the importance of Own Voices, because I truly don’t think the culture and traditions of a latinx family could have been accurately written by someone who wasn’t latinx themselves. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a good diverse read, and to people who like books with magic!

 

Until next time,

Jessi.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’m Dying to Meet

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Here’s my list of authors I’m dying to meet!

#1: Angie Thomas

Angie is a 2017 debut author of THE HATE U GIVE (which-hello- debuted at the #1 spot on the NYT best sellers list!) I absolutely loved The Hate U Give, I tabbed that book so many times and I just found it so amazing. I also follow Angie on twitter (https://twitter.com/acthomasbooks) and she just seems like such a cool and fun person to talk to! Meeting her would just be so cool and interesting and if I ever had the chance to get THUG signed, i’d treasure it forever.

#2: Ashley Herring Blake

I recently read How to Make a Wish (which comes out on May 2nd!) And I adored it. I connected with the main character too much, and I would just love to meet Ashley so I can thank her in person and tell her how much How To Make a Wish meat to me. It truly made me so happy and I connected with it so much, I HIGHLY recommend reading it when it comes out!

#3: Adam Silvera

I hadn’t read More Happy Than Not or History is All You Left Me until this year, but once I did read them I fell in love with Adam’s books. So far he has stuck to the “let’s tear out my reader’s hearts” theme, but I still love him. Yes, his books tear out my heart, but only in the best way possible. I would love to meet Adam and talk to him about his characters in person, because I really did love both of his books. (Side note: I cannot wait for They Both Die at the End!)

#4: Nicola Yoon

If you haven’t read The Sun is Also a Star yet, DO IT NOW. It seriously blew me away. You know how everyone complains all the time about insta love? Well, this is the first book I have ever read that somehow managed to make Insta-love seem realistic. I mean, wow. TSIAAS is truly amazing, and for that reason alone I am dying to someday meet Nicola and hopefully get my copy signed by her!

#5: Trevor Noah

I am counting Trevor as an author for this list because he did write a memoir, Born a Crime. It was the first book I read this year, and it was amazing. It talks about apartheid in South Africa, what it was like to grow up there as a mixed race child (while during that time it was illegal for native Africans and white Europeans to have kids.) I just learned so much from that book, but, being the comedian that Trevor Noah is, it also made me laugh so much. I love Trevor on The Daily Show, and meeting him would just be the coolest experience ever.

#6: Marissa Meyer

I know a lot of people think The Lunar Chronicles is over hyped, but it is one of my personal favorite book series of all time. I just loved al the characters, and I felt it had such a strong conclusion. I also loved the first volume of the graphic novel series about Iko. It would just mean to much to me to meet the woman who wrote my favorite series of all time!

That’s all, folks! I’d of course love to meet every author ever, but these are the ones I’m DYING to meet. Comment who you’d love to meet below!

Until next time,

-Jessi

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An Introduction

Hello everyone! My name is Jessi.  I am so excited to get my blog started. I discovered “book tube” two years ago, and ever since then I have immersed myself in the online book community. I am very active on twitter @bibliojessi, and less active on instagram @bibliojessi (I hope to one day master the art of bookstagramming.)

I plan to post book reviews, possibly some wrap up’s and TBR’s, discussion posts, and I hope you enjoy what I have to say! Comments welcome!

About me:

I like to read primarily Young Adult fiction, but sometimes I will stray to other genres. I love fluffy contemporaries, but I also love action packed sci-fi, and everything in between. I live for books featuring LGBTQIA+ main characters, because hey, REPRESENTATION MATERS. Diversity in literature is something that is very important to me and I will try my absolute best to read and promote great diverse reads. Thank you so much for visiting, I hope to se you again soon!