Month: October 2016

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | ARC Review

Posted October 31, 2016 in Reviews / 8 Comments
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | ARC Review

Nicola Yoon’s writing contains a grace that I haven’t ever seen another author capture in quite the same way. She takes difficult, heavy, and at times overwhelming topics and manages to have her prose dance through them, keeping her characters challenged by not bogged down by them. Everything, Everything was a beautiful story of trust, deceit, illness, and physical and mental strength, and Yoon’s sophomore novel build upon its the expectations set by its predecessor with an even stronger delivery. First and foremost, the thing I adored above all else in The Sun is Also a Star was the narrative […]


How Could You Be So Heartless?

Posted October 24, 2016 in ARCs, Reviews / 6 Comments
How Could You Be So Heartless?

Heartless is one of the most fantastic ARCs I have ever been privileged enough to receive. I waited two hours in line at YALLWest and it was a hot mess getting it (it was pretty much a swarm) but I can’t be more thankful that I acquired it, because it’s a haunting tale that really shows the range of Marissa Meyer’s writing capabilities. Set from the perspective of the Queen of Hearts before she was royalty, Heartless follows Catherine, the daughter of a Marquess in the land of Hearts who wants nothing more than to open a bakery. Baking is […]


Book Buddies Review: Daughter of Deep Silence

Posted October 19, 2016 in Book Buddies Reviews, Reviews / 2 Comments
Book Buddies Review: Daughter of Deep Silence

Cristina & Lauren Read: Book Buddies is a fun, collaborative review feature that I participate in once a season with my friend Lauren who runs the blog Bookmarklit. We choose a themed book for the season, read it, and then answer fun questions that pertain to the book’s themes and each feature the book in our own way! Check out the second part of our feature on Lauren’s blog! Cover Contest! A new trend in YA book recently seems to be the changing of a book’s cover when it is released in paperback. While this has been something that’s happened […]


Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman | ARC Review

Posted October 17, 2016 in Boyfriend Book Reviews, Reviews / 2 Comments
Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman | ARC Review

Boyfriend Book Reviews is a feature where my book-loving boyfriend, Max, reads and reviews YA that I either haven’t yet read or is outside of my current TBR. If you want a thorough and thoughtful perspective on a guy’s take on YA, keep reading!   “Quiet fell. Quiet so deep it was deafening. And into that quiet, Falk spoke again. ‘Who is in command of this jump station?’ Nobody replied this time. Everyone knew the answer now.” *Author’s note; I will be referencing the events of Illuminae as if you, the reader, have read it. That means spoilers for the […]


If I Can’t Have You, No One Can: Why Do YA Thrillers Focus on Unhealthy Female Friendships?

Posted October 13, 2016 in Discussions / 7 Comments
If I Can’t Have You, No One Can: Why Do YA Thrillers Focus on Unhealthy Female Friendships?

*Warning: This post will contain major spoilers for almost all of the books mentioned!* I’m a huge fan of thrillers, but I don’t read them super often because it can be hard to find quality books in the genre. They can be too predictable, too cliché, have an unsatisfying reveal for who the antagonist is, etc. However, when a good thriller comes along it’s really all anyone can talk about and it tends to take the reading community by storm (for example, I currently have The Girl On the Train in my Amazon shopping cart, because I cannot escape the […]


Month in Review: September 2016

Posted October 9, 2016 in Month In Review / 9 Comments
Month in Review: September 2016

Hello friends! Monthly recap posts are ones that I’ve only done sporadically throughout the past year, as I feel like some months I don’t have a whole ton to say. However, a lot of fun/exciting things have been happening so I’m excited to get back on the bandwagon with this feature! Books I Read This Month Books I Reviewed This Month Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas (3.5 Stars) The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout (3.5 Stars) Stats: Total Books Read: 3 Total Novellas Read: 0 Rereads: 0 Favorite Book Read This Month: Heartless by Marissa Meyer […]


Top Ten Disney Villains (AKA the post where I admit how obsessed I am with Disney at Halloween Time)

Top Ten Disney Villains (AKA the post where I admit how obsessed I am with Disney at Halloween Time)

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is all about villains, and since I just got back from visiting Disneyland during Halloweentime this past weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to focus on my favorite Disney baddies! Ursula is the original bad b. I was apparently obsessed with The Little Mermaid movie when I was little and my favorite character was apparently Ursula soooo… I also LOVED The Lion King when I was little (my favorite character was Simba though, so I don’t ALWAYS […]


One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Review

Posted October 3, 2016 in Reviews / 9 Comments
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Review

I think I am becoming a bit of a Taylor Jenkins Reid junkie. I read and loved Maybe in Another Life a few months ago, and I was just as hooked on her recent release, One True Loves. I read this one over the span of a weekend trip to Disneyland, so you can imagine that it must’ve been good if I was able to focus on it while being in immersed in all things Disney (I’m a bit of a fanatic). One True Loves is a story that refreshes the concept of a love triangle. Emma was married to […]