Booksters, where the heck did September go? Can someone please tell me? Because I was just wrapping up my Summer reads and now it’s October. Me no likey, amigos. Has anyone noticed that I am always talking about how fast time goes by? Am I muting into a grandmother? Or am I just too old for this sh*t. Pardon my language, fam. But I may be having a crisis here. Ah well, you know what? It’s time to get spooky anyway. Yes, click here for the spookiest dance.
If There’s no Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: YA, contemporary
Rating: 4.5/5 | “I knew I couldn’t go back and start a new beginning. I couldn’t rewrite the middle. All I could do was change tomorrow, as long as I had one.” This is a raw and bittersweet YA contemporary that I think every young adult should read. Scratch that, must read. Yes, it has all the delicious elements any other JLA book has: love, cheese, friendship, a perfectly sweet love interest and a flawed main character that goes through, let’s just say, a lot. But even if you are not that big of a fan of the cheese or the romance, I suggest you pick this one up anyway. Because it delves in a very important topic, one that every young adult should be aware of, should talk about and should think about twice. This time around, Armentrout went beyond the sweep me off my feet romance, and delivered a raw and important message. But do not fear, you know she is gentle – after smashing your emotions in a hundred pieces, she does wrap you up in a warm and fuzzy HEA.
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Genre: YA, mystery
Rating: 3.5/5 | “That is when I decided that all the ghost stories got it wrong: evil isn’t a spirit or a monster or a ghost. It lived inside regular people, and it doesn’t know the difference between night and day.” Okay, let’s start from the beginning. This book is a total eye catcher. The cover is gorgeous, the plot forecasts thrill and intrigue and the reviews promise a Pretty Little Liars vibe that will not disappoint you. SO there I went. And yeah, the PLL aftertaste was there, the author does a great job plotting the story and the characters were nothing but intriguing. Seriously, the main characters are so fucked up, it’s amazing to see everything unfold and keep discovering even more layers of fucked up. Like any good thriller or mystery, this book is GRIPPING and basically, I was clueless the whole time. WHO DID IT. I wondered page after page. Who did it?! And then, boom. The mystery is unveiled…
… in the most anticlimactic and rushed way ever. Honestly, way to kill all the anticipation built.
The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: YA, mystery, romance
Rating: 4.5/5 | Jensen’s deep, low chuckle travelled across my throat. “After this morning, we are most definitely together. We just haven’t worked out the specifics of our together-ness.” “Together-ness is not a word.” “Now it is.” What can I say? I love Jennifer. I am physically unable to dislike whatever it is she writes. She just gives me everything I need, every single time. Romance, friendship, action, mystery, humor, sass… I could go on, but let’s just leave it at all the feels. The Dead List made me swoon and sit on the edge of my sit, all at the same time if that’s even possible. Perfect read for October.
Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio
Genre: YA, humor
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4/5 | “And your clothing budget will skyrocket because every time you pose dramatically for a book cover, all your buttons will fly off”. Carrrie Ann DiRisio, I seriously wish we were best friends. This book is something else. Something brilliant, something loaded with the most delicious irony and something absolutely hilarious. If you are one of these YA readers that even if they appreciate the perfection of the YA hero, they often roll their eyes at all the cliches surrounding this sometimes stereotypical character, then this is your book. I was one of the Brooding YA Hero twitter account fangirls. The delicious irony and sarcasm with which Carrie talks about all the stereotypes that follow this swoony fictional specimen is out of this world hilarious. I am serious, I lost track of the number of times I got stared at in public places for snorting or laughing out loud. Carrie’s writing style is smart and full of wit and her sense of humor is so up my alley, I just enjoyed every single word of this book. Pitty that I received an eARC that didn’t include the illustrations. That is why I am leaving this rating as a 4 stars until a final copy falls in my grabby grabby hands.
The Knocked up Plan by Lauren Blakely
Genre: Romance, contemporary
Rating: 5/5 |“…this is how you take a woman into your arms after you’ve told her you’ll help her dreams come true. You give her a kiss that makes her feel like starlight.” OFF-THE-FREAKING-CHARTS. Off the charts hot. Off the charts swoony. Off the charts chemistry. Off the charts sweet. Off the charts funny. And the romance? OFF THE FREAKING CHARTS. I can’t believe this is my first Lauren Blakely. Hey Blakely, I am coming back for more because this? This one was so good and light and sparkly and sweet and panty dropping and as hot as freaking fire and refreshing and heartfelt and cheesy and dramaless *takes breath* that I need more. 2017 romance favourite!
Running into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Genre: Romance, contemporary
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5/5 | “I’m lost in you, baby.” I know right? I would also roll my eyes at that. But I would immediately click on the book anyway. What can I say? I am here for the cheese. Lately I have been having a love hate relationship with the alpha male. Truth is, I love me a good alpha male with all those “baby, come here” and “babe, you are my woman and only mine”. The problem is that I am often disappointed because some authors tend to cross the line to sexism turning their alpha males into possessive d*cks and the female main characters into senseless women that do as they are told. And that, me no likey. And unfortunately, the only two other books by Aurora Rose Reynolds that I have read checked all the boxes of an alpha male gone wrong. Like super wrong (I am talking about Until November and Until Trevor yikes). HOWEVER, in Running into Love I could see all Rose Reynolds potential to deliver a romance that includes an alpha that is actually sweet and doesn’t cross that line that I hate so much. BUT – because there is always a but – in doing so, Rose Reynolds has gathered quite the collection of cliches. So if you are looking for a sweet alpha male, insta love, a dorky but gorgeous female lead that has little to no clue about love and relationships, zero drama, zero angst and a very cheesy happy ending, then and just then, you are in for a treat. Because Running into Love is silly and full of cliches and yes, it may have a couple of scenes where I may have stared in anger into my kindle because alpha was turning d*ckhead, but ah well. Over all, I have to admit, I enjoyed the bliss of reading about one (or many) of my guilty pleasures.
How was your reading month? Mine was certainly an improvement from my summer reads. And now, NOW, we get spooky. Leave a comment with your thoughts or just tell me what you are reading! Do you have anything special in store? Let’s chat!