Review: Unravel Me




Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia
Publication Date: February 5th, 2013
My Rating: 5 Stars

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  Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

  She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

  Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

  In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

  I liked the first book - I really did, because I wouldn't have read this one otherwise. In fact, I gave that one 4 stars, but it feels like compared to this, it felt like it was boring. 

  Unravel Me was explosive, and my eyes widened and my heart raced throughout the whole novel. There were many surprising - but welcomed - twists and turns that just made the whole book better! And the feels between Warner and Juliette were just amazing! Warner is evil and all, but the way that the two of them were able to relate made me think that they were perfect for each other. Warner showing his more compassionate side didn't hurt either.

  This book was an explosion of emotions and I felt like I just couldn't contain them all in my heart anymore. I am all praise regarding this book! Tahereh Mafi's description of things made me feel the emotions deeper. They were just so beautifully written, and it felt like I just wanted to absorb every single word! There were a lot of amazing quotes in this one! 

  I have so, so many good things to say about this book, and I don't think I can find the right words to describe them. I simply cannot wait to read the third book! I will buy it like, later. Because I seriously can't wait anymore. I need more Warner, and more words that sound like lyrics to a song, and all the feels! 

  I can't wait to learn more about the characters in the next book, and if Ignite Me is anywhere as amazing as this book, then I'm sure I would love it too! I get that this book is not for everyone, but I hope you guys still give it a shot because, seriously. AMAZING!


“Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember them.” 

“On the darkest days you have to search for a spot of brightness, on the coldest days you have to seek out a spot of warmth; on the bleakest days you have to keep your eyes onward and upward and on the saddest days you have to leave them open to let them cry. To then let them dry. To give them a chance to wash out the pain in order to see fresh and clear once again.” 

Review: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?



Title: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?
Author: Sara Hantz
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
My Rating: 5 Stars
  Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.

  Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s gorgeous boyfriend, Jon, mistakes Abi for the real star, Abi's completely smitten. In fact, she’s so in love with her new life, it isn’t long before she doesn’t have time for her old one.

  But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?

  When kickboxer Abi Saunders was offered to be the stunt double for her idol Tilly Watson, she was surprised and scared to do it, especially because of her stutter. But when everyone encouraged her to do it, she finally agreed. As time passed by, Abi learned to have confidence in herself and also, who her true friends are.

  Will the Read Abi Saunders Stand Up was a book that seemed exciting at first, but was a huge disappointment. The manner of speaking and the tone of the whole book felt tense and unnatural. Abi was whiny and bitchy, and for being 18, she sure acts like she's around 14 or so. Abi was, simply put, an ungrateful bitch for most of the book, not caring about anyone but herself.

  The only that I liked about this book was how supportive her friends and family were, and how everything came together with Tilly in the end. Aside from those, I didn't think there were anything to like.

  I felt like the book had a lot of potential when I first read the synopsis, but the book was not able to live up to it. The book didn't capture my attention, and I found myself skimming over the book rather than reading everything. For most parts during the end, I didn't feel like reading anything but the conversations. This book was not for me, and I had a hard time convincing myself to finish it.

“You can dress up and pretend to be someone else, but you'll never be able to hide who you are from me. Because you shine through everything. Forget the glitz and glamour. Just be yourself. No one can compete with that."

Dress Up That Cover #31 - The Archived


  Dress Up That Cover is a new feature where I create an outfit based merely on the cover, not the story nor what the characters would wear. Colors of the outfit will all be taken from the cover design, so the books may be ones that I haven't read yet. All sets will be created via Polyvore.
  This week's featured book is The Archived. I've heard a lot of good things about this book, but the synopsis creeps the crap out of me, so I'm staying away. Haha!


Mini ARC Review: Speechless




Title: Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
My Rating: 4 Stars
  Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret

  Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

  Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

  But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done. If only she can forgive herself.

  Sixteen-year-old Chelsea Knot is known for not knowing how to keep a secret. So when something happens because she spilled the beans, she decides to take a vow of silence. Chelsea used to be on top of the social ladder, but now everyone hates her. Soon, Chelsea learns how to let go of the past and know who her true friends are. 

  Speechless was a book that I ended up enjoying more than I thought I would in the beginning. Starting the book, the main character seemed like a bitch, but this book showed how she transformed into the best that she can be. Sixteen is usually a confusing time in one's life, and I'm glad that Chelsea found herself at that time. I love how this book was about knowing what really matters and what doesn't, and the quotes were really amazing too! 

  Speechless is a book that I highly recommend to everyone, but especially teens who are trying to find themselves. Speechless is a worthy read, and I guarantee that not a minute of your time will be wasted.

“Hate is... It's too easy. Love. Love takes courage.” 

“You can be surrounded by people and still be lonely. You can be the most popular person in school, envied by every girl and wanted by every boy, and still feel completely worthless. The world can be laid at your feet and you can still not know what you want from it.” 

ARC Review: Liars, Inc.



Title: Liars, Inc.
Author: Paula Stokes
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Mystery
Publication Date: March 24, 2015
My Rating: 4 Stars

  Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

  When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

  Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.
  Max Cantrell, along with his girlfriend Parvati and best friend Preston created Liars, Inc. to sell lies to their classmates. They create alibis, forge permission slips and steal test papers. One day, Preston approached Max, needing help with his alibi. Max helped him of course. However, the next day, authorities found out that Preston is missing, and all clues point to Max as the murderer. With the help of Parvati, Max must find out who the real killer is before he gets convicted for a crime that he didn't commit.

  Liars, Inc. was thrilling, gripping, and exciting. The first half of the book was kind of slow, but it just got better and better as the story progressed. The latter part of the book became fast paced, and I wasn't able to put the book down, although I think last few chapters of the book may be congested with information.

  The mystery of this book was well executed and clearly well thought of. I found myself second guessing my guesses as more and more clues were presented. I really loved how the mystery was complex while still made sense when looking back to the story. The clues still all pointed to the killer despite the twists and turns, and I commend the author for that.

   The thing that impressed me the most actually was that despite the author being female, the main character Max really thought like a male character - at least for me. Max's thoughts and speeches really felt genuine to me and not awkward at all. I commend her for this because I know it's hard to write from a perspective that is not one's own.

  I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I would really recommend those looking for a thrilling, mysterious read to try this one out. This was such a great novel for Paula Stokes, and even though this one's really different from The Art of Lainey, the writing is just as good.

“When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn they betrayed you.” 

“To me, Mother Nature isn't nearly as scary as human nature.”

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