Top Ten Tuesday: The Transformative Power of Summer

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc)

In YA books, Summer is filled with endless possibilities. There will certainly be a romance and lots of days on the beach/at the pier/in the ice cream shop hanging out with old (or new) friends. Summer is a time when you can transform into something or somebody new. You might be getting ready for that last year of high school, or maybe even on your way to college. There’s one thing for certain though–anything can happen over the Summer.

Still in High School

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald
The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

Leaving for College

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

P.S. Really several Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson books could have made the list, but I decided to stick with on per author.

P.P.S. Sorry if I miscategorized a book, I don’t quite remember where all of our MCs were heading.


Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Faves


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

I kind of feel like I talk about my faves all the time, so I’ll just give a list of some that I think are underrated.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – This is my FAVORITE Sarah Dessen book. Macy is a really normal protagonist and Wes is basically the best. Definitely my fave Dessen love interest. This book makes me want to work for a catering company.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund – This is a futuristic retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen. I love the underlying story, but the world that the author created is amazing.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick – This is such a summer book. I love all of the characters (especially the old lady…I can’t remember her name). I might even like this one better than My Life Next Door.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith – Everyone always talks about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and while that book is awesome, I like this one even more. Another summer book, and the two main characters just feel so right together…

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I love that each chapter features one of the things that Emily is going to do from Sloane’s list. It kind of gives the book this driving force. I love the way that Matson develops Emily as a character throughout.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – Oh boy, bring the tissues. The thing I love about this book is the way Matson portrays the family. They just seem so real! I also love the real way that she portrays Taylor’s friendships. They’re imperfect and take some work.

The Comeback Season by Jennifer E Smith – Baseball is the most beautiful sport and Smith gets that. This book deals with some heavy topics in a really great way, but the thing that ties it all together is baseball. I love the respect that Smith shows for the game.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – Okay, I know. I talk about this book ALL THE TIME. I seriously love it. So much.

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb – This book was so unexpected! It doesn’t end the way you think it’s going to, but the ending is still SO PERFECT.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – This was the first book that I read from Emery Lord and I am converted. I love, love, LOVE the group of girls in this book. Such a great group of friends! Everything that I wish I had in high school and even now, I wish I had a group of friends like that.


9781419707841_s3No True Echo by Gareth P Jones [ARC]

This book was just okay for me. I liked the characters, especially Eddie and Angus. The story and plot were engaging enough that I did want to finish the book, but in the end I feel like nothing really happened. There just wasn’t a satisfying “THIS IS THE ENDING” moment. I guess it just seemed like a lot of build-up and then a flash in the pan climax/resolution but then we don’t even get to find out what happens afterward… The Echo Technology was a really cool concept, but it felt like it should have been used in a more dynamic context. Overall, this book was enjoyable but forgettable. 3/5

Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren 23848094Baratz-Logsted [ARC]

Oh gosh. I did not like this book. The characters were immature and unrealistic. Drew was okay, but Katie was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Granted, I don’t have much experience with the children of politicians, but I find it really hard to believe that someone would actually act like that. She’s so clueless! The romance seemed forced and I couldn’t picture Drew and Katie really being together if they were real people. The only thing I liked was the ending result of the election (I won’t spoil it). Overall, just not that great a read. (Also, they talk about High School Musical being an old movie. What??? When did that happen? How did I get to be so old?) 2/5

13569338Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Okay, this book was so great! I read it for a book club that I didn’t end up going to (whoops) but I’m so glad that I read it. It had been on my TBR ever since I finished Blackmoore by the same author. These books are seriously everything that is great about regency era romances. If you like Jane Austen, then I really think you’ll like these. The heroine in Edenbrooke is feisty (if a little too self-deprecating), the hero is definitely swoon-worthy, and the villain is…pretty gross really. There were a couple of parts that I was confused about…just one or two plot points that I don’t think were fully explained, but it was still so good! 4/5

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley 18392495Fitzpatrick

Honestly, I was kind of disappointed by this book. I really, really enjoyed her first two books because I thought they were sweet with fun, relatable characters. But with this book I didn’t feel as connected to the characters. I felt like I was supposed to remember more about Tim and Alice from the first book than I actually did. I honestly can’t remember much of anything from My Life Next Door, so maybe that was my problem. I didn’t particularly like Tim or Alice and didn’t really care if they got together or not. I really liked some of the scenes between Tim and Cal–I thought those were really sweet. Overall, it just wasn’t that great and I didn’t really find myself enjoying it as much as I thought I would. 3/5

24885765The Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

Oh gosh. This book was such a let down. First let me say that horror is really not one of my genres but I decided to take a chance on this one since it was a free read on PulseIt. Some of the reviews on GoodReads said that it was really scary so I was mentally preparing myself for that. The book is written in a unique format–we’re reading the main character’s blog posts. I both liked it and didn’t like it. We’re reading summaries of events that have already happened so it’s almost like…there’s less potential for suspense. That wasn’t even the main problem though. I felt pretty unsettled throughout the book–which is expected. But then every time the book was gearing up for something really scary…it wasn’t. In the end, I just feel like nothing really got explained. There was this big deal with the spiders and the flies but I still don’t know what they had to do with anything. The cover is way freakier than the book actually is. 2/5

BOOK TAG: Blog Most Likely To…Talk Too Much About the Characters

I was tagged for this by Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts. In anticipation of the upcoming release of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s new book The Boy Most Likely To Penguin invited bloggers to share their own superlatives in the feature “The Blog Most Likely To…

First off, super excited for Huntley Fitzpatrick’s new book. I absolutely LOVED her first two books so I’m very eager to get my hands on her latest release.

Okay, now on to the book tag… This was actually super hard for me to come up with, but I would have to say my blog is the blog most likely to…talk too much about the characters and not enough about everything else.

What can I say? Characters really have the ability to make or break a book for me, so I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about them. I think that definitely comes across in my blog. Characters don’t have to be likable for me to enjoy them, but they do have to make sense. They have to have virtues and flaws. They have to make reasonable decisions. They have to react to things in a way that feels real. Even if I don’t agree with their actions, I want to at least be able to understand where they’re coming from. I don’t like when authors include characters who feel like a stereotype or a cardboard cutout. Give me characters with depth and conflicting emotions! Give me an individual!

So, yeah. I talk about the characters a lot, but just because that element of the story is really important to me.

As usual, I tag anyone who wants to do this! Make sure to link me in so I can check out your superlatives as well 🙂