The Fill-In Boyfriend

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The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Genre: Romance/Contemporary

# of pages: 345

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9

Pace: 10

Plot development: 9

Characters: 9.5

Enjoyability:

Ease of Reading: 10

Do I recommend this book?

ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY! Especially if you’re looking for a cute romance or summer read!

Summary from Goodreads:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

*content sigh* What an adorable book! The Fill-In Boyfriend is an incredibly cute and fun romance to read. I really enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the writing! This book was definitely a win-win for me. 🙂

I also adored the fact that there are some small, kind of subtle, moral lessons that are slipped into this book. They’re pretty subtle, but they are there, and I really appreciated them.

The romance in this story was of course swoon-worthy. It was very dreamy and made me smile so much my cheeks hurt.

This book was also surprisingly really funny. I even laughed out loud a couple of times while reading it.

The ONLY thing (that’s right there’s only one thing) that I didn’t like about this book was how predictable it was. I basically saw everything coming before it happened. But don’t get me wrong, that didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the book whatsoever. It was still very fun to read even though I did have an idea as to what was going to happen.

Honestly, this book was too short. I just wanted so much more of it cause it was that good.

I highly highly recommend this book. Especially for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Kiera Cass, Jennifer E. Smith, or other romance authors similar to them.

Words in Deep Blue

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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Genre: Contemporary

# of Pages: 269

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely! It was so beautiful and touching.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

I really really enjoyed this story a lot. I thought it was such a beautiful and unique story. It was so unlike any other YA contemporary that I’ve read because it was just so touching and beautiful and made me feel so many feelings. It was also a unique story, and not like any other plot that I’ve heard or read about.

This is overall a very adorable, yet sad story. There were lots of great quotes and hidden meanings that really touched my heart.

The setting and characters were just everything to me. It was such a well written story with beautiful writing and I just fell in love with the whole thing.

I was highly anticipating this book and it most definitely did not disappoint me.

The Traitor’s Kiss

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The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 342

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Yes, I think if you like anything like The Selection by Kiera Cass that you’ll like this book.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 8

Pace: 8

Plot development: 8

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was a pretty good story that I enjoyed reading. It reminded me a lot of like an intense version of The Selection, and I loved The Selection. I really did enjoy this book, but parts of it were really confusing and I had no idea what was going on, and even by the end there were still things that I didn’t understand.

The thing that really made this book stand out to me was the way the romance was written. Erin Beaty did a fantastic job with the romance. I couldn’t get enough of it. It was so perfect.

I don’t have anything else really to say. I do recommend this book, just make sure you pay attention when you read it or you’ll get really lost like I did.

 

 

When Dimple Met Rishi

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandy Menon

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

# of Pages: 380

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, it was a very cute story that I recommend to anyone who likes contemporaries.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was such  great story. I loved the uniqueness of the whole thing. I have never read any YA contemporary like this before.

I absolutely adored the characters so much. Dimple and Rishi both had great qualities that made this story all the more interesting. They really worked well together even though they were very different.

There were also great side characters, and a great “sub-plot” that was going on on the side. This was a very character driven story, and I was a little worried that I would get bored, but I didn’t because there was lots of interesting stuff happening on the side with the other characters and the plot.

This was overall a very cute and funny story, but it also felt so real which I really appreciated. And because of these things, I highly recommend When Dimple Met Rishi.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

# of Pages: 325

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Yes! I do. I definitely recommend this trilogy as a whole.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality:  8

Pace: 10

Plot development: 7

Characters: 9

Enjoyability: 9

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was a very cute, adorable story overall, but a lot was left unresolved for me. And that was disappointing because I felt like the whole point of this book was to conclude everything that had been left unresolved after the second book. But a lot of the unresolved things from book 2 weren’t resolved in this book either.

The plot of this book was also not very strong. Not a lot was going on, and I got a little bored sometimes.

Overall, I don’t have a whole lot to say about this book. It was a short book, but I think Jenny Han did a pretty good job of wrapping things up. I’m glad I read this book, I was just hoping for some more satisfaction.

I do recommend this trilogy as a whole for sure, and I think the second book was my favorite, although it’s been a really long time since I’ve read the first book, so I don’t know for sure.

Lord of Shadows

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 720

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely! I think anyone who can read should read this book.

Ratings:

Quality: 10

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Holy cow. Talk about a fantastic sequel. Like wow. Cassandra Clare never ceases to amaze me. this book was so full of action, and it was so hard to put it down. Usually when I read these really long books like this one, there are parts where the plot slows down and I get kind of bored. But that never happened in this book. I was so entertained the whole way through the story.

I was also pleasantly surprised by how much this book made me laugh, cry, scream, and smile. It just evoked so much emotion out of me, and I loved that.

Let’s talk about some of the characters now. Emma is such a great protagonist. I love her so much, and I loved how she’s very strong and supports herself and the Blackthorns.

Julian is also equally as great as Emma, and I love how complex of a character he’s become. He’s very sweet, but he will also do anything to save his family.

All of the other characters in this book were of course fantastic, and I loved how a lot of them played important roles in the story. We got to see parts of the story from their point of views, and not just Emma and Jules’.

There was also some characters included from the other Shadowhunter series, and some of them played important roles, too. You definitely have to read the other books before this one, just a warning.

We also learned a lot more about the Shadowhunter world in this book, and I really enjoyed that. It was very interesting.

The next book is definitely going to be very intense based on how this one ended. The ending actually blew me away, and I still can’t quite comprehend everything that happened in a span of the last 20 pages.

I also don’t know if I liked this book or Lady Midnight more. They were both so fantastic. This may be my favorite series out of all of the Shadowhunter series so far. I don’t know if I can say that for sure yet, because I do also really love the Infernal Devices trilogy. I think it’s actually going to come down to the last book in this trilogy to determine which one is my favorite. Cassie just keeps getting better and better though, so I won’t be surprised if this becomes my all time favorite trilogy.

Definitely go read all of Cassandra Clare’s books. They are all incredible.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 705

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Is this a series? If so, will I continue?

Yes, apparently there are going to be three more books and I will definitely continue.

Do I recommend this book?

ABSOLUTELY, the only thing I have to say is beware of some adult content.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9

Pace: 7

Plot development: 8

Characters: 9

Enjoyability: 9

Ease of Reading: 8

Summary from Goodreads:

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK WAS GREAT. *slow clap* very nicely done Sarah J. Maas.

So let me just start with what I loved: Feyre. She has grown into such a powerful, strong character, and I really admired her throughout this entire book. She’s so much different than she was in the very first book.

I really loved the roles that all the different side characters played in this story as well. I love that Sarah J. Maas gives characters other than just Feyre and Rhys important roles.

There were also just so many great scenes throughout this book. Like it’s not like there was gigantic part that was fantastic. I felt like the thing that really made this book good, was all the scenes Sarah J. Maas imbedded within the story that just enhanced the characters and made the story as a whole just so much more enjoyable.

So let’s discuss why this book only got 4 out of 5 stars. The main things that felt kind of off for me with this book had to do with the fact that I thought this book was too “politics-y”. Basically, I just felt like there were too many meetings or discussions of what to do, instead of actual action.

There were also some parts were I got really confused, or felt that things were left unanswered, so that made certain parts less enjoyable.

It was also just really hard to love this book as much as I loved A Court of Mist and Fury. That book just blows all other books out of the water, honestly. So I think because ACOMAF was so fantastic, my expectations were a little too high for this book, and I ended up being disappointed because I felt like this book was just not near as good as ACOMAF.

I honestly don’t really have anything more to say about this book, surprisingly. I did love it though. Don’t be confused by me only giving it 4 stars. I still loved this book so dang much, I just didn’t feel like it deserved the same rating I gave ACOMAF. I’m also really glad that this isn’t gonna be the last book.