Changing Themes!

If you read the title to this article then you are aware of my intentions on reading more adult literature along with young adult. After my blog hiatus, I began to enjoy reading adult literature more than young adult. The reason I became inactive on my blog again is because my blog is strictly Y.A. and I couldn’t mess up my theme by adding adult literature reviews; if I did decide to post adult reviews, it would not be fair to my audience. However, I decided that I would make known to my audience of my plan to focus my blog more on YA and adult rather than middle grade.

For those of my audience wondering why I am removing the middle-grade section from my blog, it is because my site is based upon ‘a teen helping teens find a love of reading’ and since I have become older on the scale of teenagers, I believe that the reading level on my blog should change. In all honesty, I haven’t read middle-grade book since Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi so incorporating it as part of my theme is pointless. However, I have grown fond of YA, new adult, and adult fiction which is why I have made them my theme of my blog.

To add a sense of clarity, I am going to keep my site teenage friendly. I won’t review erotic books because it is not my genre of choice and my audience still may remain the same. I hope you all understand my interest in changing themes and continue to be a part of my audience.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

TitleThe Summer I Turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Date of Publication:May 5th, 2009

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages:Hardcover, 276 pages

Summary: Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along


summer I turned pretty

I bought the whole series in one book a while ago because I thought it would be worth it. Sadly, the book was not worth the hype.

This review is going to be hard to write because I read the whole series in a short amount of time and since the books were all slammed into one book, I am having a hard time separating details from each book. The Summer I Turned Pretty takes place over the span of a summer. However, there were many random flashbacks that occurred without warning. It was confusing when trying to find out whether the events were occurring now or in the past.

The basis of the story is that Belly returns to her beach house one summer and is pretty. Her mom’s friend’s sons are shocked to see that the Belly that they grew up with was now beautiful. Because of her newly found beauty, the sons, Conrad and Jeremiah, develop feelings for Belly. Belly now has to choose between her lifelong crush, Conrad, and her best friend, Jeremiah.

This book was not one of my favorites. First off, the characters weren’t likable. Our main character, Belly, is a horrible person. Also, do not tell me she is relatable as a teenager because I am a teenager and she is still horrible. Do you need reasons why?

  1. She spends most of the book being selfish and rude. She brings her friend to her shore house and then gets mad at her for liking both boys. Newsflash, you can’t have both boys, Belly! Also, she’s terrible to the people she “loves”. She constantly freaks out on all of them as if she never does anything wrong. She is an emotionally weak character.
  2. Belly obsesses over Conrad, a boy who has shown no interest in her and lacks a personality, for most of her life. She revolved her life around a guy who seemed to not care for her. It was so pathetic.
  3. She annoyed me in so many ways. Whenever she was not included in things, Belly would whine and complain. Also, she always threatened to tattle-tale. Belly wanted to be treated as an adult, but she acted like a helpless child.
  4. SHE WAS SO INSENSITIVE!!! All she cared about was herself. Her comments about other people’s problems were obnoxious. 
  5. Finally, Belly was extremely superficial. Half of the time, Belly would mention how pretty she had become. Also, it seemed like every male in the entire world was attracted to her. I hate when authors make their character seem like everyone’s prized object. Honesty, Belly was too annoying to have all those guys attracted to her.

Next, Conrad was extremely moody. He was supposed to be described as a dark and dreamy love interest. Sadly, he was a helpless asshole who only cared about himself. The children had to always help Conrad despite him being the oldest.

Another thing that I did not enjoy was how superficial the book was. I feel that the message in this story was that if you are pretty then everyone will be attracted to you. Basically, the message says that being pretty is everything. Not a very good message for teenage girls.

Though I did not like this book, I enjoyed a few things. The relationship between the mom and Susannah was adorable. I felt that their bond was expressed very well. I also liked the setting and beach vibe.

Overall, I would not recommend. The good did not outweigh the bad.

Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

*I received this book from Entangled Teen. However, all opinions are my own!* 

TitleRomancing the Nerd

Author: Leah Rae Miller

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Date of Publication:April 4th 2016

Publisher:Entangled: Teen

Pages: Paperback, 352 pages

In all honesty, I did not care much for this book. 

Reading the description of the story, I had high hopes for Romancing the Nerd. However, the hopes feel flat. The story felt very similar to movies and books I have read before. And though I love stories that follow the premise of the plot, I didn’t feel that way with this book.

The major problem I had with the story was the writing. This book featured outdated fads that weren’t relatable to me. In my opinion, I feel like the author should have used fewer fads. Instead, I think she should have created fake apps, brands, and other things so they didn’t end up seeming outdated to the author’s audience. Also, the author used terms like “drama-ramma” which personally, I didn’t particularly enjoy. If the author used the word “drama” in the text, I feel like the book would have been a better read. Terms like “drama-ramma” felt somewhat cheesy.

Another problem that I had was Zelda. I admit, I am stubborn and at times, I do overreact. However, that girl was crazy. Yes, Dan did ditch you once and ACCIDENTALLY hit you in the face with a basketball. Yes, it sucked but to go to the extent where you create a fake account to catfish him to the point of embarrassment is extremely bitchy. Zelda is somewhat crazy and petty.

Finally, the last problem that I had was the whole scheme that Zelda initiated. The plan is used frequently in books and movies. I did not feel that this story complemented the plot. Also, (spoiler) why would Dan end up with her after he realizes her crazy scheme?! I would be running as fast as I could to get away from her (spoiler end).

The book was easy and fun to read. I did not have difficulties getting into the story. Most characters are fun to read about. Also, they have great depth to them. Overall, the book was not something that I enjoyed but it could just be me.

Immortal Embrace by Charlotte Blackwell

 

TitleImmortal Embrace

Author: Charlotte Blackwell

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Date of Publication: June 1st 2011

Publisher:World Castle Publishing

Pages:Paperback, 252 pages

Description: Sophia Pierce has suffered since her brother left, and is unsure if she will ever get over it. That is until her family decided to move to Wenham, Massachusetts. She and her siblings have been ordered to protect their little sister, and must return to high school. This is where Sophia finds her soul mate, Nathanial, and life as she knows it is about to change.

As a vampire, Sophia has always kept to herself, but as a high school student, will she learn to step out of her comfort zone a little? Sophia has found a best friend in a powerful witch and a love to call her own. That is, until something tragic happens and blood is spilled. Will Sophia be able to resist the sweet scent of her beloved’s blood?

This is Sophia’s story, a story of a girl who finds herself, love, and everlasting friendship. The excitement of this story wraps mortals, vampires, witches, and shape shifters all into a romantic tale of young love, friendship, and the meaning of family. The story of a girl who tries to finds herself when she thought it was all lost.


 

disappointed.gifI had high hopes for this book. In fact, I was ecstatic to have the whole series thanks to Charlotte. The description made the book seem fantastic. Sadly, the book did not reach my expectations.

The book was a cross between Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. To me, it felt like a great fanfiction. In all honesty, I thought it could be a wonderful fanfiction. However, the book seemed too close to both franchises to be considered an original work or be published.

The story was okay. Because the plot was similar to Twilight, I felt like I already read it. The concept was great and again, the story was incredible for a spinoff of Twilight.

The romance in the story was not my favorite. I don’t like when a character falls in love at first sight. Also, the chemistry felt rushed. My advice to Charlotte is to make the characters’ relationships develop slower to build anticipation.

The characters were okay. There was a lack of development which made it harder to connect with them. In the next novel, I would like to see more backstories and development.

Overall, I wanted more. It wasn’t awful but I wished for better. I hope to see more originality in the upcoming books. I wish that Charlotte’s other books will take a new perspective on the series. I can see the potential in the story.


 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Date of Publication: July 28th 2015

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Pages: 465

What is wrong with me? Whenever I encounter an overly praised book, I never understand the hype. It isn’t that I don’t like the books but when I read from the category labeled ‘beloved books’ the stories seem to fall flat for me.

Despite my common misfortune, I was certain that Six of Crows would be the exception. Sadly, it did not reach my expectations.

Perhaps it was because I never finished the Grisha trilogy or that my book club decided to read it when I was in a big contemporary phase, but I did not enjoy reading Six of Crows.

After only reading the first book of the Grisha trilogy and loving it, I decided to try and read Six of Crows. Normally I would finish the series first but I had not bought the second book and my book club wanted to read Six of Crows. I had heard from various people that you do not need to read the Grisha trilogy to read Six of Crows.

While reading the first few chapters, I felt like I was starting a TV show in the middle of its series. There were too many characters being introduced and the plot felt like it didn’t have an introduction. With that being said, I did not finish the book. Maybe when I get over my contemporary phase then I will read Six of Crows. I am trying really hard to enjoy the book.