Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More than halfway through Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, I was pleasantly surprised. I say pleasantly because the surprise was happy and unexpected. Of course I had heard of this book with its colorful cover and five-star reviews, but I never picked it up and I’m glad that I finally did.

Everything, Everything tells the story of eighteen-year old Madeline Whittier who is literally allergic to the world. In all her eighteen years she has never been outside, but that changes when all-black wearing Olly moves in next door. Soon Madeline finds herself answering to Maddy, falling in love, and wanting a life she can’t have.

I thoroughly enjoyed Yoon’s storytelling from start to finish. The illustrations within Everything, Everything helps the reader to discover who Maddy is and are fun to read. Maddy herself is a likable and fun character even though she’s sick. Yoon’s writing is solid as she takes you on a journey of love and risks.

Representation matters, and it’s wonderful that there’s such a popular book by a woman of color about a woman of color. Yes, this book had me a bit teary during some chapters but I still recommend this book to everyone. Now that I’ve completed Everything, Everything, The Suns Is Also a Star is definitely on my tbr list.

View all my reviews

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles #1)The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I was browsing through the young adult section in the library, the cover of Farah Oomerbhoy’s The Last of the Firedrakes caught my eye and so I added it to my book haul.

The first in Oomerbhoy’s Avalonia Chronicles, it tells the story of 16-year-old Aurora Darlington who gets kidnapped through a portal to a land of magic. Okay, right away this book grabbed my attention as I spent the night reading half the book before falling asleep. But I admit that picking this book back up wasn’t easy.

In the first half of Oomerbhoy’s novel, Aurora is introduced as a young girl who is bullied and her family’s treatment of her rivals that of the Dursley’s. Right away I’m rooting for Aurora because in my mind there’s no place but up for her to go in gaining self-confidence. As Aurora explores this new land, forms friendships and discovers who she really is, its easy to become annoyed with her. I often found myself asking “why” to her actions as I couldn’t understand her feelings/motives throughout most of the book. It isn’t until the end that Aurora finally seems to gain confidence and come into her own but by then its into someone who the journey doesn’t necessarily reflect.

As this is only the first book in Oomerbhoy’s Avalonia Chronicles I do look forward to reading more. Oomerbhoy’s writing is solid and she does a great job getting right into the action. I do hope her second book plunges right into action! I recommend this book to anyone looking to start a new light YA fantasy series.

View all my reviews

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other DayEvery Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unique. Addictive. Badass. Three words I would use to describe Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I stumbled across this ebook looking for a short, fun romance story to get lost in but found myself reading late into the night whispering, “one more chapter.”

Every Other Day takes place in a world like our own but where supernatural creatures have existed for a while. Kali, a normal high school girl isn’t as normal as everyone thinks, especially her father. Kali finds herself unraveling secrets about who and what she is, while trying to not die again. Oh, and Kali might just be going crazy because an intriguing voice in her head named Zev won’t shut up.

Barnes does a fantastic job of building this world that’s half supernatural and half science. No longer are the creatures that go bump in the night stories, they’re real and even on the endangered species list. I loved reading Every Other Day and still can’t decide if I’m happy or devastated that this is standalone book. I do know that I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if you’re in a book slump!

View all my reviews

Throwback Thursday Review: Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

Dragonswood (Wilde Island Chronicles, #2)Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting YA book that hooked me with the mention of dragons. I enjoyed the characters, especially Tess and Bash but would have liked to see the author go deeper into their characters. While reading I felt the author only touched the surface of the characters and could have fleshed them out more and in doing so would have made this a solid unforgettable YA book.

I really do recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick fantastical YA read. This book only took me six hours to get through.

View all my reviews

Throwback Thursday Review: Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout

Opposition (Lux, #5)Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout blew my mind! I stumbled across the series on a Friday with intentions of only reading the first page to see if it’s something I’d put on my tbr list. By Monday morning I had read the entire series and spent the weekend in my pajamas, overdosed on coffee. Halfway through the first book I thought, “this is Roswell meets Twilight but better.” By the second book, I knew I had to finish Katy and Daemons story! There was no putting down these books until I finished and I am so glad that I did.
Armentrout delivers a fascinating story with great character development where the girl doesn’t straight away fall for the hot alien next door. In the Lux series you never know who’s going to stay alive and that just adds to the mystery behind the Luxens and the secret government branch that keeps them in check.
A great series to check out and easy to read, I recommend to everyone!

View all my reviews

The Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks

Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy, #3)Of Neptune by Anna Banks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First things first, I’m a sucker for mermaid stories. I can’t help it! If there’s a book about mermaids or underwater life then I have to give it a shot and the Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks is one of the better underwater/mermaid series I’ve read. I wish there were more books about mermaids that weren’t YA. Don’t get me wrong, I love YA books but I have yet to find a book about mermaids that leaves me thinking about it weeks later. So with that said, Banks does a pretty good job with her YA Syrena Legacy series. I’d recommend this series to anyone looking for a good underwater romance series to sink their teeth into!

View all my reviews