Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Synopsis:

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Review:

I’m here like..

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FINALLY!!!! 

FREAKING EFFING FINALLY!!!!!! 

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I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT TUCKER AVERY THIS BOOK IT’S INSANE!

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Clara may be one of my most admired and loved female protagonist out there! Despite her “unearthliness”, she’s pretty much like a normal teenage girl. She has her own insecurities about herself, she knows her flaws but she tries to do to her best to not let these things stop her. She’s smart, strong, witty, sweet, kind and very believable! I just wanna be freaking friends with her! 

Her relationship with her family although is not perfect, I still love it! I love how she and her brother, Jeffrey, have that love-hate relationship that siblings have. And her “I-love-you-Mom-but-you-just-annoy-me-sometimes” thing that goes on between her and her mom, is just so relatable! Also, the awkwardness she feels on how to deal with her best friends (who by the way is very much different, Yes. Even in species), Wendy and Angela, at the same time is just so realistic, I’m like..”YEAH! I SO KNOW WHAT YOU FEEL!”

And most importantly…

You know what’s coming…

I LOVE HOW HER RELATIONSHIP WITH TUCKER STARTED! There. I said it. I’m totally Team Tucker from the very first time he opened his mouth!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!! It the “I’m-gonna-annoy-you-to-death-to-show-you-how-much-i-like-you” kind of beginning and it was so FREAKING ADORABLEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, the we-are-meant-to-be-together-love-at-first-sight love doesn’t do it for me anymore. And all their bickering and teasing and annoying the hell out of each other is just so cute, I just turn in to a giggle monster every time! And it doesn’t help that Tucker is such a gentleman, funny, sweet, charming, kind, cute, adorable and an oreo-smelling cowboy!!!!! Who doesn’t want a man like that?! (Especially the oreo-smelling thing. Damn!!! I LOVE OREOS!!!!!!!!!) I just love him so much it causes me physical pain in knowing that he’s not real. *sobs* 

But really, I just went

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from Clara’s birthday up to all their sweet scenes and their adorableness!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s was like..

BAM!!! 

BAM!!!!! 

BAM!!!!!!!!! 

BUTTERFLIES AND RAINBOWS AND EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL AND NOTHING HURTS!!!!!!

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*dies of cuteness overload* 

This was just a very fun ride for me, that I recommend it to all of the people who populate the world!!!

EVERYONE SHOULD NOT MISS A CHANCE OF READING THIS AWESOMENESS! 
 

Now on to Hallowed!

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Review: 

Marissa Meyer is just too amazing a writer for people to not pick up her books. In all honesty, she’s never failed to suck me into one of her stories, and lemme tell you this one does NOT disappoint. 

First off I received this as an ARC way before the release and just got an email saying I will be getting an ARC of book two. I am so excited! Also, before I continue, my review is not shaped or influenced at all by the fact that I have received an ARC from the publisher. Now let us move on to the review!! 



It’s not weird or anything that I can’t wait till I reread this book, right?!

I love Marissa Meyer and I was pretty sure that I would love Renegades.

Yup, I did. I loved it.

Anarchists vs. Renegades

All revolutions come with death; some must die so that others might have life. It is a tragedy, but it is also a truth.

Villains vs. Heroes

This was so well written. There is a lot of political angles to this. This is a world ruled by heroes, and the promises they make to have a peaceful and utopian world… even though, a lot of their promises never actually come into reality.

But why do you need powers to actually make a difference? That’s a key point in this and I think Meyer is trying to get an idea across to her readers: even if you deem yourself ordinary, doesn’t mean that you can’t make the difference.

There is so much diversity and so much creativity in this. Nothing feels forced. Even the “love interest” isn’t forced and it isn’t rushed like most young adult books which is something I absolutely was rooting for. Nothing was instant and nothing was dramatic. It was just adorable. There is another pair I am rooting for that’s hinted at though… and I think you know which pair it is.

Nova is our main girl and she is an Anarchist, which is considered a bad group of guys to the public. She sees the Renegades as the bad guys though and is determined to take them down for the controlling-superheroes they are. When she finally gets to see what really goes on at their headquarters though, she starts to view things a little differently.

One cannot be brave who has no fear.

There are a lot of hints at a bigger plot forming. I’m really excited for the next book (I believe this is going to be a trilogy now?) and I am hoping it goes out with a bang.

Anyways let me sign off before I start a huge rant and make this post into a book.

 

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

SYNOPSIS

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

MY THOUGHTS

This book was so sweet. I probably smiled the entire time. The premise of this story was so unusual and creative I was immediately drawn to this book, and I am sooo glad I read it.

The story focuses on dreamy-eyed Lara Jean and her sisters, Kitty and Margot. Lara Jean keeps a hat box of letters she wrote to the five boys she’s loved, and she never intended to send them. However, through outside circumstances, the letters get sent and what follows is a series of unpredictable events that are sure to take you on a trip with Lara jean that you won’t forget.

The characters are what makes this novel so great. Jenny Han has the ability to create characters with such depth that reading her work is effortless. Lara jean is a wonderful protagonist. I love the Song sisters. Kitty is the little sister everyone should want: quirky, creative, attentive and utterly herself. The family dynamic in this book was wonderful. I love how the sisters have each others’ backs and support one another and make life easier for their father.

Josh is very sweet. He’s the classic boy-next-door, and the story wouldn’t have been the same without him. He’s the character that you can’t help but love. And then there’s Peter. I love Peter. I love how I was introduced to a certain Peter at the beginning of the book, and then by the end, I was introduced to a whole different Peter. His character development was phenomenal.

The twists in this book were great; I didn’t see them coming, and I really enjoyed that.

This was such a lovely story. I’m going straight into the sequel! 🙂

 

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P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

SYNOPSIS

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

MY THOUGHTS

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Seeing my Lara Jean and Peter K together after all this time…
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Lara Jean being the 16 year old that she is
caring way too much about her being labeled ‘Slut’ by everyone…
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Lara Jean coming to a conclusion on her thoughts on love…
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Kitty being all sorts of amazing…
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Peter and Gen constantly being seen together…
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Lara Jean and JOHN what’s-his-name-the-third…
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The stupid arguments… the love square… the unnecessary drama…
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And when your ship decides to be a “roller coaster couple”…
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That being said, all these twisted plots did not make me love the book any less. (Thank god) The realistic aspect of this book clutched me by the heart. I am just really glad that there are no family drama for once. Or I would have screamed bloody murder.

Well, that is all I can gif out of me.

Dear Jenny Han, remember what you did to ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ trilogy? Remember that almost enough epilogue? With all due respect, I think we deserve the same for this series, no?
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“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not.” – Lara Jean

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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

SYNOPSIS

 

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation, she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

REVIEW

This book held my attention throughout and I was able to finish it in a day. I loved Caymen and her dry humor. Makes me jealous. Wish I had such witty things to say. Caymen grew up with a lot of responsibility taking care of the shop and her mom. I really liked how Caymen came out of her shell during the book. She started off really closed off to other people, but later she is out socializing, making new friends, spending time for herself, and just having fun as a teen. Xander, which is a cool name, breaks down rich people stereotypes. He is sweet, thoughtful, and a good match for Caymen. He is not intimidated by Caymen’s comebacks and helps her discover what she likes/wants to do with her life.

FAVORITE QUOTE(S)

“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?”



“I’ve missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.”


FINAL THOUGHTS

It is a 5 star for me, but that ending thoughhhh. Disappointing. Yes, it is a happily ever after, but it’s too abrupt. West kind of just skips over important conversations between characters at the end by summarizing it into something like, “they yelled and cried a lot.” There seemed to be a lot of unanswered question that I had at the end :/


I would definitely recommend this book. Reading about Caymen and Xander’s relationship makes this book totally worth it.



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On the Fence by Kasie West

SYNOPSIS

 

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

REVIEW

On the Fence was a quick summer read for me and I really enjoyed this book. Charlie enters a new world of strange clothes and scary makeup when she gets a new job to pay off her speeding tickets. Playing sports and hanging out with her brothers is what she is used to. She’s afraid that her brothers will laugh at her if they see her in new clothes and makeup. Can she stay true to herself with this new look? Plus, how should she deal with the possibility of a boyfriend!? Charlie faces many new decisions in On the Fence that many of us have probably also faced. In this stand-alone contemporary, Kasie West delivers not only a cute romance but also a relatable main character that I think many readers will like.

I felt bad for Charlie that she never had her mom to help her navigate and understand girl stuff. I thought Charlie was brave for trying something new on her own, even if it took time for her to have the courage to stand before her brothers like that.

Not only clothes though, she also had to deal with boys! Lol, boys and their drama. A new guy is interested in Charlie and she isn’t quite sure how to act around him. Will he like her sporty side? Then there is also the best friend/neighbor who is suddenly acting differently around her. And don’t even get me started on her brothers! After reading this book, I’m 100% sure I would never want older brothers. They were overprotective of her and a lot of times I just wanted to hit them all upside the head.

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I did like Braden though. He understood that Charlie shouldn’t try to be less sporty just to make a guy like her. You should never have to give up something you love for a guy. Braden liked Charlie for who she was and I loved reading their night talks by the fence. On the Fence does touch on some deeper topics that added good depth to this book. This wasn’t just a cute silly romance, but a book with relatable characters and topics. I will say that I didn’t think On the Fence had as much humor for me as Kasie West’s previous books, but I loved it all the same!

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

SYNOPSIS

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

REVIEW

 WHAT I LOVED
  • The cute illustrations! The author’s husband created all of the artwork in the book and I think that’s so sweet 🙂
  • Madeline likes to read!
  • This is a quick and easy read. The book itself is thin and there are a lot of half pages and illustration pages.
  • PLOT TWIST!
  • The romance is so cute and fluffy 😀

 

FAVORITE QUOTE(S)

Thursday, 8:19 P.M. (online chat)
Madeline: Since we’re going to be friends, I have questions: Where are you from? Why do you wear a cap all the time? Is your head oddly shaped? Why do you only ever wear black? Related question: Are you aware that clothing comes in other colors? I have suggestions if you need them. What do you do on the roof? What’s the tattoo on your right arm?
Olly: I have answers: we’re from all over, but mostly the east coast. I shaved my head before we moved here (big mistake). yes. I’m dead sexy in black. yes. none needed, thanks. nothing. barcode
Madeline: What have you got against capital letters and proper punctuation?

Olly’s math says you can’t predict the future. It turns out you can’t predict the past either. Time moves in both directions – forward and backward – and what happens here and now changes both

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I finished Everything, Everything in a few hours and loved it! I really liked Madeline as the main character. She’s a bit naive as she experiences stuff for the first time, but not in an annoying way. Everything, Everything made me smile a lot but was also sad at times. Olly and Madeline both have hard issues they must face.

The way this book is written with the illustrations and chat/emails is perfect. I highly recommend this one if you love contemporary romances 🙂

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