on PUNK 57 by Penelope Douglas.

By now I could just be a Penelope Douglas personal fangirl. I’m not even joking anymore. THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING!!!!! You need this book in your life. And I even waited to review just a few hours before PUNK 57 goes live just in case you weren’t hyped up for it yet.

*ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:

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“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.
Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

Review:

*spoiler free*

Have you ever read a book and you just thought “This is it.”? Well THIS IS IT. This is THE book that has EVERYTHING I have ever wanted. Basically, if PUNK 57 was a guy, we would be married. This book is THAT good.

How do I start? PENELOPE DOUGLAS’ BEST WORK. From the first page, I knew I was in trouble. PUNK 57 is not just an ordinary romance. It has angst, mystery, peer pressure, MUSIC (!!!!!!!!!!!), sex, REAL CHARACTERS, growth… the list goes on. Honestly, I have never read a romance book (non-LGBT+) that has so much substance and the plot is so well thought out. There are romance books that deal with things that only unlucky people can relate to. I believe everyone can relate to the topic/theme that PUNK 57 deals with. As much as I love all of Penelope Douglas’ work, I don’t think any of her other work can measure with this gem. I hate when I can predict the plot and I could not have guessed PUNK 57. I read it in a one go, straight away until 3.40 am. Best night in a while, LOL.

The reason why this book is on a whole another level are the characters. Ryen. Oh Ryen. What can I say? She is the star of this book. She is not what you expect. Perfect. Flawed. I hated her. I loved her. Penelope Douglas, never have I felt so strongly about a character in my life. This character is real. And you will understand exactly what I mean when you read PUNK 57. And then there’s Misha. I always said Jared Trent (from Bully and Until You) will always be my favourite. I think Jared might have some serious competition in Misha. He is bad. He has issues. He is so bloody hot. Definitely got my blood going.  Ryen and Misha are incredibly written characters. You will no doubt recognise yourself in them. I am so happy that this book came out now when I am 21 – still growing, but definitely in a position of self-reflection on my high school years.

PUNK 57 is more than worthy of your time. You need this book in your life. I hope and wish this book will get the recognition it deserves because I am judgemental. I read books that I hate with passion. But PUNK 57 just makes me so happy, so proud that I got to chance to read it, I can’t stress enough how much I want you to go and buy this book and fall in love with it as much as I did. This book doesn’t fuck around. It doesn’t drag and doesn’t feel forced. PUNK 57 is so organic and just amazing.

This book went on my close-to-my-heart shelf. And I have been described as cold bitch so this is a big deal. So there you have it. Go buy this book. NOW.

Shout out to the Corrupt characters! When book “cross-overs” happen, I get way too excited.

PUNK 57 IS MUST READ ROMANCE OF 2016. NO DOUBT.

Rating: 6 million out of 5

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on You Against Me by Jenny Downham.

Hello.

This book is everything.

Synopsis:

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If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right?

If your brother’s accused of a terrible crime but says he didn’t do it, you defend him, don’t you?

When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart.

When Ellie’s brother is charged with the offence, her world begins to unravel.

When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.

This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love.

Review:

Wow. I have no words. Completely in love with this story and I will forever hold it close to my heart.

“What happened to me happens to loads of girls. Loads and loads.” – Mikey’s sister

It’s not just a story about a rape victim. It’s about a story of two different families where they would do anything for their loved ones. I identified myself with both Mikey and Ellie. They love their family unconditionally and that comes with protecting it. But where’s the line? Is there one? Is it betrayal if you do or don’t speak up? Is it morally right? What about slut-shaming? And consent? Those are the questions that You Against Me subtly deals with while giving us a moving love story.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Read it and you will understand. This book is incredibly real, heart-breaking and pure beautiful. One of the best thing I have read this year. Maybe ever.

Rating: 5 meaningful stars

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on Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik.

Hello there.

Today I bring you a retelling of Pride an Prejudice. I should have known that my favourite romances will be love/hate relationships, since this is my absolute favourite classic. I am a sucker for Mr Darcy and witty Elizabeth. Anyway, Epic Fail is set in high school in the USA (unexpected, right?) and it was quite a pleasant read.

Synopsis:

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Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?

At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.

As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.

Review:

Epic Fail is the light-hearted retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Pick up this book if you want to relax, giggle and tiny little bit swoon. I’ve picked it up fully prepared that this is not going to be “the best book I have ever read” and enjoyed it.

It is way shorter and simpler than the original story and in some parts didn’t really seem realistic because it did copy Pride and Prejudice’s main plot. The characters were a bit of a cartoon of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, but it didn’t bother me too much – except for the occasional nosiness and a bit of ignorance from Elise. Derek, the incarnation of Mr Darcy, wasn’t described more than brooding, handsome and rich, but at the end I kind of really liked the guy. Other characters seem a bit ridiculous e.g. incarnation of Lydia or of Mr Bennett (I don’t even remember their names in this book anymore). These flaws however did not distract me too much and I could happily carry on reading about sixteen/seventeen-year-olds that seem to have much more exciting life than I do at twenty.

I’m not gonna get too deep into the plot, but I kind of appreciated the not-so-much-drama approach and especially loved the next level cuteness at the end. I did think it ended kind of abruptly, just because the original didn’t say too much about the future, this book could have deal with the issues  of choosing colleges etc., considering it was mentioned in passing. It was a nice break from the emotional distress that Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock gave me few weeks ago!

Rating: 3 out of 5

Yours only,

know-it-all

 

on The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay.

Hello there. Is anyone here?

It’s been over a month since I posted an article/review but I actually do have a valid reason for it. Exams. And then my new obsession with The Flash and Arrow (but that’s for another time). Anyway, I am really sorry. While I have been reading, I was not really feeling in the blogger mode. However, summer is here and I plan to catch up on my reading and post more regularly. Maybe even some personal photos – I feel brave.

Back to the book though. The Sea of Tranquility was waiting for me for over a month and finally, I have finished. So without further ado, here’s my thoughts.

Synopsis:

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Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

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on Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

Hello there.

I have a bucket list. One of the things on there is “win something randomly”. Few weeks ago, I could cross it out because I got a “first-reads” book through Goodreads! Imagine how excited I was. I know, this book isn’t exactly new, but who cares. I haven’t read it and from what I saw, the reviews were very good. So here’s what I thought.

Synopsis:

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They say ‘live every day as if it’s your last’—but you never actually think it’s going to be. At least I didn’t.

The thing is, you don’t get to know when it happens. You don’t remember to tell your family that you love them or—in my case—remember to say goodbye to them at all.

But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you’d want to change…?

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on Teach Me by Amy Lynn Steele.

Hello.

I have been MIA these past few days because… I hit a wall. Not literal one, just writing wise and book wise. I’ve read a few books but let’s be honest, they were not anything special and I didn’t feel like reviewing them. I have finally watched 22 Jump Street though, that was funny! But again, I just didn’t feel it. Weird, right? However, I have an exciting news. I have tickets for Fifty Shades of Grey in 2 weeks. I’m honestly very, very excited for it even though I’m not that big fan of the books. So now I promise you, I will review it. In 2 weeks! But back to business. The other day, I bought a book on Amazon called Teach Me. BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE. And here’s why.

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When she was eight, Allison Starr began spending her summers with her aunt in San Diego. Nearly ten years later she is focused on her last year of high school and which colleges to apply to, not the attractive surfer who keeps showing up at the little corner of beach where she reads. She has no interest in a romantic relationship, especially one that starts in the summer and would be long distance. Ali tries to ignore him, but finds the boy on the beach much more distracting than the words in her books.

Cooper Perez has never surfed the same beach this many days in a row. He just can’t seem to change spots until he has the courage to talk to the girl who is always reading her books in the shade. When he finally approaches her he is overwhelmed with the instant attraction he feels for this beautiful and intelligent girl, even though she is three years younger. Cooper and Allison spend the rest of the summer together discovering their love of many things, including each other.

Summer eventually comes to an end, but their love does not. Allison heads home to start her senior year, but an opportunity brings Cooper closer to Allison than either of them would have expected.

Mr. Perez is the new English teacher at Allison’s high school.

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on Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry.

Hello.

This article was meant for yesterday but some unfortunate things have happened and I needed to postpone it. I found this book few days ago and it was time to read it. I wasn’t disappointed and read it in one go. As usual. This book touched me and I can’t wait to write a review! So here we go.

Synopsis:

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They say be a good girl, get good grades, be popular. They know nothing about me. I can’t remember the night that changed my life. The night I went from popular to loner freak. And my family are determined to keep it that way. They said therapy was supposed to help. They didn’t expect Noah. Noah is the dangerous boy my parents warned me about. But the only one who’ll listen. The only one who’ll help me find the truth. I know every kiss, every promise, every touch is forbidden. But what if finding your destiny means breaking all the rules? A brave and powerful novel about loss, change and growing up, but most of all love.

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