June Wrap Up


Let’s keep this short and sweet like an ice cream cone with lots of extra sprinkles!

By the way (BR)  means “this book is perfect for a Beach Read!”

What I Have Read

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia ~ Words cannot express how much I love this book. Literally could not put it down even when I had to refill my refreshment and get some snacks in lui of dinner because no way could I put this story down to actually warm up or cook a meal!
What I would reread:
-ALL OF IT, actually I’ll be more specific because I like lists that are longer than one “bullet.”
– Eliza- well rounded, emotional, flawed, amazing character
– Wallace – a quiet character with so much emotional history, sensitive…human
-Sully & Church – loved the parts where Eliza actually “listened” to them (camping trip in the tent) and how they stood up for her with their oblivious but well meaning parents
– Eliza’s parents – reading this YA as an adult that could technically be a parent; I empathized with them and their worries for their daughter
– Wallace’s handwriting
– Eliza’s drawings
– How Wallace and Eliza had their first conversation
– The plot. Perfect.
– The unveiling of Eliza and the direct after effects…even though I knew it was coming, still packed a punch – amazing, tension filled writing
– The “feels” especially in the latter part of the book
– Wallace’s stepmother, Vee and his sisters
– Pacing was spot on, hence reading this 400 page beast in one sitting with only cheetos and salsa for dinner
What I would skip:
– maybe, just maybe, I would skip some of the ‘Monstrous Seas’ transcriptions, know they added depth to the overall story etc but you know…maybe…

Mature Content by Megan Erickson ~ (Warning: very explicit content) #4 of the Cyberlove series.
I liked how Beau and Zane were total polar opposites – entertaining to read their “mutual hate” twitter battles and bantering.
Not really a fan of the whole ‘Warren’ storyline (hence the 3 stars) – thought it took away from Beau and Zane’s story and added too much angsty-drama.
Another reviewer noted that this novel was less angsty than Jesse and Ian’s story and I don’t agree – there was plenty of angst and drama in this story.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee ~ Read this in one long sitting!
What I would reread:
1. Anything with Monty and Percy interacting (bantering, fighting, making up, running away from highwaymen, saving each other…)
2. The adventure! Begins innocently enough with a small box but it builds to an epic adventure that involves alchemy, sinister siblings, Venice, stowaways, friendly pirates, greedy Dukes, a misadventure with a gun, and a truly satisfying ending.
3. Diversity and gender role issues addressed and included seamlessly into the story; also highlighted was the physical abuse doled out by a parental figure and how those beatings affected the character’s personality.
4. First YA book I’ve read that had a main character with epilepsy (interesting to read about how those with epilepsy were treated in the 1700s)
5. Felicity’s sass and the bonding she and Monty had over their adventures.
6. Characters felt REAL and imperfect (Monty definitely a selfish jerk sometimes and Felicity not such a sensitive one herself…)
7. The many many many feels!
What I would skip:
1. …
Nothing! All 500+ pages are worth reading and rereading.

Alienated by Melissa Landers ~ In this case “Don’t judge a book by its cover” – because I did and I didn’t read this book many times because of the cover.
I thought it would be fluffy and too predicable. It wasn’t what I expected at all!
The nuances of prejudice and politics (high school and interplanetary) were written so well!
What I would reread:
-ALL the interactions between the main alien and main human 😉
What I would skip:

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Foster ~ Fantastic “bones” and strong concept/world building – few issues of the pace dragging and over description when not needed; and sometimes the immaturity of the narrator’s voice was too annoyingly grating on my nerves…but overall not a horrible read.
Nisha and her relationships with the cats that communicate and sometimes protect her is great! Thought at first it would get too Disney-ish but it didn’t.

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl ~ Awwww…lovable Agent Coulson  the lethal teddy bear, and all the characters of Marvel revolving around Natasha aka. Black Widow are back in this novel and makes the story fast-paced and interesting. Ava and Alex – what a power couple…literally..

(BR) When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ~ Adorable.
Just 100% adorable….I’m talking about Rishi, the most patient gentleman in the YA universe who also happens to be respectful, kind and totally guileless.
I fell for him in like 4 and a half chapters…
Dimple on the other hand, for me, was an aquired taste…I liked how bold, intelligent, direct and fearless she was, but she also was so bullheaded and unkind that I felt uncomfortable for Rishi and Celia many times.
Story line was perfect though, just the right amount of drama and humor.
Dimple and Rishi complimented each other perfectly, helping the other grow and reach their best potential…even if it was painful for both.

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers ~ A classic to be read every couple of years as you grow older…I’ve read it when I was in 7th grade, then 10th, then during the summer of my Junior year at University…and now when I’m in my 30s…and every time I’ve read this I discover again how beautifully written, and how emotional it is. Think the “feels” get stronger as I grow older. Sigh.

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen ~ Really enjoyable reading about “behind the scenes” POV of the most commercialized thing, besides Christmas and Valentine’s Day (maybe) — the wedding industry.

Since my ‘short and sweet’ promise is kaput; I will try to fix this long wrap-up situation by listing only the titles below 🙂

(BR) The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey ~ best zombie novel I have read for a long time!

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

(BR) Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

An Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army by Georg Rauch ~ a memoir about a young Jewish soldier and his adventures surviving the hell of WWII – the serious content is alleviated by the author’s witty and lighthearted approach in writing about his time as a soldier. Not to give you false hope; it is heartbreaking as well as inspiring.


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