Love Me Never by Sara Wolf

***I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM ENTANGLED TEEN IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN!!***

Title: Love Me Never

Original Title: Lovely Vicious

Author: Sara Wolf

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Date of Publication:April 5th 2016

Publisher:Entangled: Teen

Pages: Paperback, 304 pages

SummaryDon’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.

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I have no idea how to put my emotions into words for this book.

When reflecting on this book, I cannot tell you whether I loved it or disliked it. Honestly, I am leaning more towards loving it. Even though there were times where I was extremely frustrated, this may be my favorite Entangled Teen book. In fact, I am dying for the next book.

The main problem that I had with this book was Isis. She was insane. Despite knowing why she was hurt, I feel like she took her revenge towards Jack way too far. Yes, he was rude to Kayla, your friend that you only knew for a chapter. However, you punching him was enough payback. Even Kayla said Isis was going too far. Her motives to destroy Jack in their petty war were psychotic and would hurt him way worse than he hurt Kayla. Also, she had a weird fixation for Kayla. She continuously attacked Jack because he did not apologize to Kayla. Not to mention, (spoiler) Isis paid Jack $200 to make date her so that Kayla was happy (spoiler end). Finally, she rambled on way too much. Half of the story consisted of whole paragraphs of her saying stuff that made no sense. Half of the time, I skipped through her rambling dialogue.

My next problem was Jack. Jack was the epitome of jackasses. He treated everyone like they were dull and he was full of life. Half of the story consisted of him making fun of people for being themselves. He said everyone was boring when, in reality, he never gave anyone a chance. He was a moody, stuck up jerk who needed to be put off his extremely high pedestal.

Finally, parts of the plot were put together sloppily. I feel like the ending came rushed and random. I know, it was supposed to be a “major plot twist” but it felt like it was not needed in the story. If the author wanted to make the event more logical in the story then she should’ve foreshadowed it.

I did enjoy the relationship with Isis and Jack once they became less annoying. I like how Jack changed when Isis arrived in his life. The whole development of Jack created the basis of their relationship. The scene with Jack and Isis at the Halloween party made me want to scream. I had so many emotions!

Another aspect of the book that I liked was how captivating the plot was. I could not put the book down. I spent three days with it attached to me at all times. The story was fast paced and extremely captivating. The writing style was beautiful and intriguing. WHERE IS BOOK TWO?!

Overall, I enjoyed the story. If you had noticed, the faults were small and affected my view of the story barely. I am so happy that Entangled Teen sent me this amazing series starter.

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

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This book was phenomenal!

Initially, I was having trouble reading this book. I just finished another incredible book and was still hung up on that story. I did not want to read this book while facing book-hangover so I put it down for a while.

The first half of the story was fairly slow. The plot did not captivate me to the extent where I could not put the book down. Don’t get me wrong, the first half was a great introductory for the story but the second half is what made me love this book.

The characters in the story are well developed. You get to know all of the characters immensely. The character development that happens to Paige throughout the story is incredible. I love that she got her shit together and started to live her life. She is one of my favorite young adult characters. I love Max enormously. He is my idea of a perfect boyfriend. Max is adorable, nerdy, and funny!

All of the relationships that form in the story are fun to read about. The great thing about the story is that the relationships don’t feel rushed. Emery Lord knows how to form the bonds between the characters at a fantastic pace. The romance did not feel sloppy or pushed. Not to mention, the incredible girl friendship between Paige, Morgan, Tessa, and Kaitlyn. It was nice to read about a tightly bonded girl group that has not too much drama. Overall, the relationships were perfect!

The second half of the book was extremely captivating. I read the second part of the book during my history class, and I was freaking out the whole time. The plot appears to tie together tremendously and turned out glorious. I was close to tears as I finished the book. There were too many emotions to comprehend.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. The Start of Me and You will not only be enjoyable but will make you feel something. The theme of living your life to the fullest and not letting fear get in your way is incredible. I will definitely read more from Emery Lord.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Anna and the French Kiss was the perfect book to kick off 2016! I cannot believe I have postponed reading this book for so long! I finished it in one day and am now on my way to Barnes and Noble to pick up the companion novels, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After. Stephanie Perkins is definitely one of my new favorite authors!

Initially, I was hesitant to read her book. Looking at her original cover and her book’s title, ‘Anna and the French Kiss’, I felt that it would resemble a cheesy romantic comedy. However, I was completely blown away by the story. Yes, it was romantic and funny, but it was a fun story that kept you interested and was not too cheesy.

The characters were amazing. I loved all of them, especially Etienne! All of the characters had unique traits and flaws that gave life to the story. Reading from Anna’s point of view was exceptionally fun. Anna felt like a normal girl in the situation she was in. It was nice to read about Anna’s conflicting feelings for the characters. However, I felt that at various parts of the story, Anna was hypocritical. Eventually, Anna moved away from being hypocritical and I began to like her character again.

The plot was very interesting. I loved to read about Etienne and Anna’s relationship. They were adorable together even though most of the story features only their friendship. Stephanie Perkins makes me want to go to boarding school in Paris in hopes that I will find my own Etienne!

Overall, the book is adorable! If you are in the mood to read something that is filled with incredible characters, a fascinating plot, and a cute romance, this is your book. Please do not diss this book because of the title! I assure you that the book is a must-read.

What I Got For Christmas

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Hello fellow book lovers!

Sorry that I have been M.I.A. I was busy preparing for Christmas and the Monday after the holiday, I had to get my wisdom teeth out. I was going to show you the humiliating video of me after the surgery but I can’t add it to the post:(.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you all what I got for Christmas! Despite Christmas not being all about presents, I wasn’t in the mood to write a review and thought this topic would be fun to write about. Plus, this post gives recognition to all the amazing people who thought of me this holiday. Thank you to everyone who loves and supports me! I Love and support you all, too!

Thank you mom and dad for the gifts you have given me for Christmas (the gifts are listed below)! I love you!

  • V.I.P tickets to Bookcon in Chicago!!!
  • Rapunzel Pop Funko
  • Sadness Pop Funko
  • Captain Hook (OUAT) Pop Funko
  • Emma Swan Pop Funko
  • Rules For 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern
  • Makeup
  • Clothes
  • UGGs
  • A kitten (this was my dad’s gift but it benefits the whole family)
  • A ‘Read Local’ mug
  • An owl Wind and Fire bangle
  • An Raphael the Archangel Wind and Fire bangle (I got this bracelet when I got my wisdom teeth out because Raphael the Archangel is a protector)
  • Pajamas from both my brother and my parents

Thank you to my additional family for the kindhearted gifts and the endless love you have bestowed on me throughout the years.

  • Thank you to my Aunt Diana and Uncle Jordan for giving me two personalized signed books by Emery Lord.
  • Thank you to my Nana and Ron for giving me money and a Victoria Secret perfume.
  • Thank you to my Grandma and Grandpa for giving me money and Philosophy lotion.
  • Thank you for my Aunt Rebecca and Uncle Dave for the energy Alex and Ani bracelet.
  • Thank you to Aunt Deb and Uncle John for a Barnes and Noble gift card which I used to buy A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Thank you to all my incredible friends for their thoughtful gifts. I love you all!

  • Thank you to Taylor who gave me a Disney mug, two Tangled ornaments, and jelly beans. Also, thank you for buying me Dunkin Donuts prior to my surgery, and  Wawa macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes after my surgery.
  •  Thank you, James, for the snowflake Wind and Fire bangle and the giant teddy bear.
  • Thank you to Christina for getting me a Barnes and Noble gift card and a tea tower. I used the Barnes and Noble gift card to buy I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.
  • Thank you to Nicole for buying me a Bath & Bodyworks lotion.
  • Thank you to Chloe for giving me Bath & Bodyworks lotion, EOS lip balm, and a necklace.
  • Thank you to Tori for giving me a paris themed notebook and travel mug, and a Bath and Bodyworks hand sanitizer.
  • Thank you to Emily Medina for a Barnes and Noble gift card which I still need to use.
  • Thank you, Julia, for Bath and Bodyworks lotion and hand sanitizer, and Pink perfume.
  • Finally, thank you to my secret santa (I find out who it is tonight!) for getting me A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson, a notebook, tea, candles, and TMI tattoos.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

ARC Review: Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

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I am at a loss for words because of this beautiful book! Sword and Verse won the title of my favorite fantasy read of 2015 despite its actual release in 2016. Not only has it won my favorite fantasy read of 2015, Sword and Verse is on my top 5 books of the year list as well!

Why do I love Sword and Verse as much as I do? Including everything you need for a great story, who could not love this book. Sword and Verse features many well-developed characters that bring life to the story. Not only were the characters full of life, the book feature a great amount of diversity!

However, the book was not solely focused on character. Like the plot and characters, the romance in the story was fantastic! Raisa and Mati were adorable! I could not stop reading about their romance!

Finally, I loved MacMillan’s writing style! You could see the talent and effort that the author put into Sword and Verse. The writing style matches the story beautifully.

Overall, Sword and Verse is a fantastic story accompanied by beautiful characters. Once you pick up this book, you will not want to put it down!