Review: Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

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On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.


My Rating is complicated, but let’s think it 5 stars.

“Please,” he whispers. “remember the sky.”

I don’t even know how to describe this book.
This is a very complicated book. Complicated because of all. The main theme. My feelings about this. The MC and the other characters and…
Difficult. Heart-crashing. Nerves-exhausting.

The theme of suicide is a sore subject for me. I’m ready to read a lot of books about it and every time end up reading with the crumpled heart.
I love Amy for the fact that she was not present all in the bright colors.
She showed everything as it is.
She showed the worst traits of people.
She showed that people are just people, and despite the all the bad things we can forgive and we can love.

This book is extremely bright. Even if you don’t like it, it will make you think about your life and about what you do with it.

It happened so that I know a girl like Liz. She behaves just like Liz. Doing the same things.
But I was never able to judge her, because I know that whatever she does, it’s printed on her. I know that she was deeply unhappy. I just hope that she will never begin to plan suicide. Because no matter how bad you are and how many mistakes you made, you deserve to live. You were born. You can live your life well. You just have to want to do it. You have to admit that you need help.

Please read this book.
It’s so important. It’s difficult and sometimes disgusting.
But it’s important.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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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.


My rating: 5 stars.

“Caymen?”
“Yes?”
“You look terrified. Does this scare you?”
“More than anything.”
“Why?”
“Because I didn’t bring my mints.”
“And now the real answer . . .”
“Because I’m afraid that once you catch me, the game’s over.”

This book is very nice. I’m a fan of such romantic books with smart characters and lack of clichés. Heroes are very nice and the atmosphere of the book clearly on top.

Caymen (pronounced just like the islands, yes) is very sarcastic and intelligent heroine. I always laughed at her jokes, because they reminded me of my own sometimes. And it’s great, because I like to establish a connection with the characters.

And Xander one of a dying breed of cute guys in Young Adult (I just got tired of the abundance of alpha males and bad boys). He loves his family.
He wasn’t rude. He didn’t sleep with half of the school. He cares about Caymen.
In short, he’s a nice guy.

I also love the theme of the social classes, because for some reason it’s close to me, and I can understand Caymen and her mother.
And her mother is wonderful. Not everyone will be able to what she did. This whole situation reminds me of Gilmore Girls. I constantly draw parallels with this show and even images of characters in my head merged with the actors.

This book is very sweet and short, and I can’t talk about it for a long time, but it’s really worth reading.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

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A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance–perfect for fans of Ally Carter

Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.


My rating: 5 stars.

“Toska.” He leaned forward, too. “It’s a Russian word. It has no translation into any other language, but the closest I’ve heard is the ache. A longing. The sense that something is missing, and even if you’re not sure what it is, you ache for it. Down to your bones.”

That awkward moment when you know the Russian language…

In general I love books with Russian characters. Not because it’s close to me, it’s just funny to see how people describe them differently. Although I’m a little hate it when people put these stereotypes about vodka and bears. But in this book it was served as a stereotype, and it pleased me.

Okay, I admit, I fell in love with Stellan. This is a very interesting character. And I guessed right about the whole intrigue with him, though it still didn’t spoil the overall picture of mystery.

Yes, I had the mysteries that annotation promised me. It really looks like the Da Vinci Code for teenagers.

Such a family, which Avery has, I wouldn’t wish for the enemy (though… Prada? Masquerades? Okay, it impresses me).

I basically also like Jack, but I have a lot of claims to him, so it prevents me to accept him as part of the love story completely.

And I love Avery, although she didn’t become one of my favorite characters, but overall she’s not quite annoying and nasty person, so I love her at least for that.

I really loved this book and I’m sure that I will reread it many times.

Love triangle not yet available, but an interesting plot and good characters are an integral part of the book, so I strongly recommend it to all fans of such novels.

I’m sorry, I can’t write anything else that wouldn’t be a spoiler.


Here is my fan-art for this book: ji9j9ikoogyhuj

Review: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes (ARC)

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For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.


I recieved a free copy from the publishers via Edelweiss.

My rating: 4.5 stars.

When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn they betrayed you.

For me, the whole meaning of this book is this quote.

That’s why I liked this story. The story of three friends, which is entirely built on lies. Like a mirror in front of another mirror. One liar lied to another. Lie in a lie, in a lie in even more lies. I really love such stories, but I’m was afraid to know what the outcome of this.

Fortunately, it ended well.
But now we go.

Once upon a time three friends, two guys and one girl, decided to make money by spreading lies. In other words, they created covering stories for parents and teachers of the students who asked them about it.

All was going well until one day one of Liars, Inc. named Preston asked the main protagonist Max to create covering story for him.
And then he disappeared.
And Max is accused of killing his friend.

With the help of another member of Liars, Inc. Parvati, which is also his girlfriend, he tries to uncover the truth about the disappearance of Preston.

Interesting? I think so too. Because this story is very exciting. I like almost all aspects of it.

Max’s voice sounds really like a guy’s voice, which is another major plus.

Parvati is quite an interesting character, and despite all of her flaws I like this girl. She is really clever and resourceful. And she is half Indian. (Hello, diversity!)

Preston? …well, you understand.

I also sincerely love relationships between Max and his adoptive parents, especially between his mother and sister. His sister is really cute. I almost shed a few tears when she gave him a mug with surfboards painted on it (Max is a surfer. This is another thing that I like very much).

You should read it because it’s good fast-paced criminal story with wonderful characters and interesting love line. And yes, and it’s a standalone, so you don’t have to wait a sequel.


Here is my fan-art for this book:парпаоро

Review: Book 2 in Silver Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

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My rating: 5 stars.

I’ll start with the most complicated thing. I read this book in Russian, but my blog and all posts here in English, so I can’t write German or Russian names. But I immediately change the cover and add annotation when Henry Holt will publish them.

Now about the book itself. It’s wonderful. In my opinion, even better than the first one.
I love Kerstin’s writing style. It’s funny and cute. I really laughed at many moments.

And the characters are excellent. Liv very sarcastic but sweet heroine. She constantly reminded me of Felicity from Arrow. They both have a constant verbal diarrhea, which is obtained when they are worried. They are reasonable. They are adorable. They are nerds. And they both have a very strange mothers.

Once I saw on Goodreads a review which said that Liv and Grayson have the attraction towards each other…

PLEASE.

JUST.

NO.

PLEASE,

DON’T THINK LIKE THAT.

I like the relationship between Liv and Grayson, because they care about each other… like brother and sister. And it’s very cute.
I will feel sick if there is something else, because it would be terrible for me.
I really like Henry (though in this part he acts like an asshole), and I will not accept another option, no matter what. Fortunately, I know Kerstin’s style from previous books, and she most likely will not allow it.

Talking about the other characters, I love Mia. I’d like to have a sister which would help to cut down Mr. Snuggles (The fact that I would have to cut down it, not even need to be discussed).

So read this book when it comes out.
It’s worth your attention.

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

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


My rating: 4 stars.

It was very nice and not annoying. Lara Jean is one of those characters that don’t need to save the world and who don’t have serious psychological problems. Therefore, the problems that she had a very naive and not serious. But I can’t say it’s bad. At once, I was able to relax when I’m reading a book.
The narrative is slow and viscous, like sugar syrup. In general I associate the whole book with sugar, even its cover.

I really liked the relationship between Lara Jean and Peter. They are funny. Just at this time, I watched an anime about a boy and a girl, who pretend to be a couple, so I had fun twice as strong.

I would be very angry with the fact that Lara Jean fell in love with her sister’s boyfriend, if I looked into it much weaker. But to appreciate the whole situation, I couldn’t be mad about it (although I still don’t like Josh. I sincerely hope that the title of the second book P.S. I Still Love You is not about him)

I also liked the youngest Song girls and these wonderful Korean motifs that constantly reminded me that the main character is half Korean (yay for diversity!)

In general, it is a good and fun book that I recommend to all fans of contemporary novels.

P.S. Big + because of Uno muahaha. Everyone who has ever played in Uno, know that this is not just a game, it’s a religion.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.


My Rating: 1000 stars.

Do you remember this quote from TFIOS? If you don’t, I’ll write it.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.”

And you know what? Don’t read The Sea of Tranquility. I can’t bring myself to tell you something else. This is a betrayal. Because Katja Millay became my personal Peter Van Houten.

Nastya has become a symbol of strength and overcoming difficulties for me. She is such an amazing character! After reading the book, I have for some time ceased to speak. I kinda showed respect for her. Trying to understand her. I can’t say that I got to do it, but I’d feel bad if I didn’t try.

Josh is another example of excellent character. He is not an alpha male. He just Josh. And if you read the book, you’ll understand what I mean. Because Josh is one of my most favorite book characters.

I also very much like the relationship between Nastya and Drew. Their friendship is just wonderful. Reading some of the scenes with them, I always thought of Easy A. That scene where Olive and her gay friend pretended to have sex. It just made me laugh again.

In total, this is a great book that made me laugh and cry at the same time.

But don’t read it.
Now, not even out of my jealousy.
Simply, it can break your heart.
I warned.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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