We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

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Publisher Synopsis

Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in Tommy Wallach’s New York Times bestselling “stunning debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). They always say that high school is the best time of your life. Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.
Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth.

Teal Review

I was expecting a lot more from this book. I was pretty much the opposite of what I thought it was going to be! Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…the issue is…it was a Contemporary. And I am not the the biggest fan of Contemporary…at all. HOWEVER, it wasn’t horrible. The characters were nicely developed, a little annoying, but realistic to high schoolers today. The story was pretty slow at first and it took me awhile to really get started on it.

I thought that this book was going to be an apocalyptic book, because it seemed to be about a meteor that was hurtling towards Earth. My natural presumption was that it was going to be how things went down up to, during and after the meteor, but it was just about how this high school kids were handling everything. To say the least I was pretty disappointing. While I do enjoy Tommy Wallach’s writing, it was easy to read and understand the characters and world he built, it still wasn’t what I was hoping and would give it a three out of five stars.

I would suggest this book to people that like Contemporary, but if you don’t enjoy that genre then DON’T READ THIS BOOK, it is not an adventure, pre/post apocalyptic story line! I will definitely look more into Wallach’s writing, just hope it’s not all Contemporary!

Happy Reading

xoxoSarah

My Classics!

Anyone a bibliophile? I AM! I absolutely love literary classics. I have been building my collection of new classic design books that Barnes & Noble carries for about six months now. THEY ARE SO PRETTY!

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Seven Novels by Jane Austen

Beauty and the Beast & Other Classic Fairy Tales

A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Charlotte’s Web and Other Illustrated Classics

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

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Publisher Synopsis

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the US, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family where he attends an elite international school. His friends and peers-fellow rich kids-have plans to attend college somewhere in the US or Europe and someday take over their parents’ businesses. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby.

When his older brother, Felix–who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel–is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother’s voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father’s plan for him. Worrying about his mental health, but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the US and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss’s daughter–a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what’s most important to him and where his true path really lies.

Teal Review

**THANK YOU HARLEQUIN TEEN FOR SENDING ME AN ARC COPY FOR REVIEW**

**SPOILERS ALERT**

This book was amazing! It sounded interesting to me when I received it but I have yet to find a contemporary that I really LOVED…but North of Happy did it for me! Adi Alsaid’s writing style, characters and story structure is so real and makes you feel what the characters are feeling. I love Carlos as a character, and while I can see where Emma is coming from with him missing her dads dinner I think that they were meant for each other and she was a little hard on him.

The only thing I didn’t like about North of Happy was the ending. It wasn’t satisfying at all! While I am glad that Carlos’ dad was OK, I still think he was meant to be in Seattle and should have gone back to try and work things out with Elise at the Provecho restaurant. However! It is super awesome that he will be attending a culinary school!!

I loved all the recipes at the beginning of each chapter, I will definitely be trying some of them! Over all I just really loved the story of North of Happy and will be looking into Adi Alsaid’s other books, he is an amazing writer! I would definitely recommend this book, READ IT! IT’S BEAUTIFUL!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Hello Readers! Today’s blog post is going to be about my most anticipated books of 2017 in order, 1 being my most anticipated and 10 being my lesser anticipated!! I don’t have as many this year as I usually do and I think that’s mostly because I have been so busy with class and planning a wedding that I have not been able to scroll through bookish media! Don’t despair though because I still have A LOT of amazing books that are being released that I want to devour. Lately I have been really into post apocalyptic books, usually about the world ending in some way…why I am not sure! I have also really been enjoying books that take place in space or on other planets, love love love!! Here is a list of the books that I am dying to get my hands on! If you have read any of these or if you are also impatiently waiting for them like I am let me know in the comments down below!

P.S. Some of these I have already read this year and I was a little bit disappointed in some of them. However, I am going to rate them how I would have rated their anticipation before reading them!

  1. Untitled Chaol Novel by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Starfall by Melissa Landers
  4. We All Looked Up by Tommy Walach
  5. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  6. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
  7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  8. The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow
  9. North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
  10. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

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Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Publisher Synopsis

The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.

Teal Review

I have a love hate relationship with this book. Why? Because I am not sure whether or not I enjoyed this book or found it to be depressing. Of Mice and Men is a book that made me realize the ugly in the world and the way people with disabilities are treated. I would go so far as to say that this book made me grow up a little after that realization. I would definitely recommend that every person read Of Mice and Men at least once in their life! John Steinbeck has some amazing books and his writing style is easy to understand and imagine up in your head. He is a “classic” writer to me!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Books I Hated

Hello readers and bloggers! Anyone ever just absolutely hate a book? I know I have, it doesn’t happen often, but when it does I remember it for awhile because I usually enjoy every book I read! Today’s blog post is about the books that I have come across and really didn’t enjoy. I am only going to do a couple that I just really couldn’t finish and/or regretted finishing! If you hated any of these books, or loved them, let me know why in the comments down below!

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

This book was SO LAME! I hated the story and I couldn’t stand any of the characters, the main character, Emy was so whinny and pathetic. She drove me nuts and I couldn’t finish this book because it is. Now keep in mind that I am not a fan of Nina LaCour’s writing at all, so I probably should have never picked this book up in the first place.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I know, this book is a “classic”, however, I could not keep my eyes or mind open for this book. I read this book for the first time in my freshman year of high school and it was so brutal. I didn’t care about the characters or story at all; after I started reading this book, the only reason that kept me going was that I had a midterm project due on it. I am not sure why people loved this book so much, I would love to have been on the band wagon but I just couldn’t! If you really loved this book, please explain why in the comments down below!!

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Okay, this book was just really weird. I finished the book, however, I would not recommend it or pick it up again. I didn’t mine the beginning, but once it got to the part of how the main character got pregnant, and then WHY she got pregnant, just turned me off and made me feel super uncomfortable!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

 

ARC Books!

Hey readers and bloggers! This post is going to be about ARC (Advanced Reader Copies) that I have received from giveaways and book publishers. Below is a list of the books I have been lucky enough to snag and I will also include the publisher synopsis so you can read those to get an idea of what they are about. One of the books I have already posted a review about on my blog, so go check that out in my February archives!

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the US, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family where he attends an elite international school. His friends and peers-fellow rich kids-have plans to attend college somewhere in the US or Europe and someday take over their parents’ businesses. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby.
When his older brother, Felix–who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel–is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother’s voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father’s plan for him. Worrying about his mental health, but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the US and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss’s daughter–a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what’s most important to him and where his true path really lies.

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**Thank you so much Harlequin Books for sending me an early review copy**

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…
Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

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**Thank you so much Penguin Teen for sending me an early review copy**

Blue Tickle Monster by A.M. Shah, Abira Das

This story is about a little girl named Susie Sue who teaches Blue Tickle Monster how to laugh before bedtime. A great story for parents, children, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach kids about facing fears, creating friendships, and laughing. Ages 4 and Up.

(I looked into this book for my niece Evalynn!)

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**Thank you so much to the author, A.M. Shah, for sending me a copy**

Stories of Uncommon Character by Douglas Feavel

This inspiring book is filled with unforgettable people who challenged and changed their world in remarkable and admirable ways. You’ll be introduced to personalities who are living and historical, familiar and unknown, domestic and foreign. Prepare to meet pilots, farmers, missionaries, engineers, martyrs, businessmen, pioneers, presidents, soldiers, writers, and scientists – whose shared motivations become a part of us and our heritage. Together they answer the pertinent questions of our time: What makes a genuine hero? Why is a hero’s life worth understanding? How does a hero personify favorable character?

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**Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy**

Surprised by Faith by Don Bierle

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**Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy**

Reading Challenge 2017 Update

This is just going to be a quick post about my current reading challenge for 2017 (the challenge is through Goodreads). My goal for the year is 30 books, which is a super small goal for me, but because of full time classes and planning a wedding for June, I made my goal small for now! I am currently 30% in to the challenge, that’s 9 books since the beginning of the year! I really like my reading spread so far. There have been some I loved and some I hated. I am just going to put the titles and authors, with a book picture, in a numbered order; one being the first book I read this year and nine being the most recent book I finished. If you have read any of the books listed, or are currently reading any of the books listed, comment down below and let me know your thoughts and feelings on them!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maaschal
  2. The Last Star by Rick Yanceychal2
  3. Kisses from Katie by Katie J. Daviskisses
  4. Undertow by Michael Buckleychal3
  5. Evermore by Brenda Pandoschal4
  6. Starclimber by Kenneth Opelstarclimber
  7. We Are Okay by Nina LaCourweareokay
  8. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCoureverything
  9. Raging Sea by Michael Buckleyragingsea

Books I’m Ashamed I Have Not Read

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

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I know, I know. I am a horrible person for not reading this series yet, BUT in my defense I have read the Thrown of Glass series by Sarah  and that is a long series with lots of words! Plus I didn’t want to read this series so soon after reading the Thrown of Glass series because I didn’t want to confuse the story line and characters; since they s closely related series. This is currently in my TBR pile and I will read it SOON, I promise!

Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo

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Honestly, I don’t know a lot about this series other then that it is really popular and it is a “spin of” of the Grisha series (which I also have not read, sorry!). I usually read the synopsis of books to make sure that I want to read it but I have heard good things about this series so I am just going to go for it!

Clockwork Angel series by Cassandra Clare

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Yeah I know, “you haven’t read this series?! but Cassy Clare wrote it!”, but in my defense I DID start the first book (and I think finished it but I can’t remember) when Clockwork Angel first came out but never picked the second one up…because I have the attention span of a squirrel. It was a good series (of what I read) so I will definitely read the last two, I actually own them, there are sitting on the TBR shelf, so just give me time!

Passenger series by Alexandra Bracken

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I am REALLY interested in this series, especially after Christine, from Polandbananasbooks, put a review up on her Youtube channel about Alex Bracken’s series. Plus all the good stuff I have seen on Instagram! I know a little bit about this book series but not a whole lot, I was initially attracted to the first book because the cover is gorgeous!! Once I get through some of my TBR shelf I will purchase these and add them to the top of the list!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Not only do I love Pierce Brown because he is really attractive and has a great personality but because I have heard amazing things about this series!! And lets be honest, those covers are eye candy. Once again, this series I don’t know a lot about but because they have a beautiful cover, a super hot writer and Piera Forde is always swooning about them on her Youtube channel!

*Shout out to Tashopolis for being lucky enough to get to hang out with Pierce Brown multiple times!

That’s my Books I’m Ashamed I Have Not Read blog tag! Hope you are not too disappointed in the popular books I have yet to read. Hope you enjoyed!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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Synopsis

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life.

Teal Review

I got 1/3 of the way through those book and I couldn’t take it anymore and just stopped reading it. I hated this book. I am not a fan of Nina LaCours writing style, her characters or the relationships she builds within her books. These character drove me nuts. The only one I disliked the least was Charlotte. Everyone else I really couldn’t care less about, mostly Emi and Morgan

 

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah