The Treatment (The Program#2):Review

Release Date: Apr 29th 2014
Genres: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Simonpulse (ARC from Edelweiss)
Series: Book 2 of 2
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”How do you stop an epidemic?Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Last year The Program got me out of a MAJOR reading slump I was in and for that I owe that book absolutely everything. I remember connecting so deeply with the love story and I just fell for Sloane and James. I couldn’t even fathom what it would feel like to live in a world with a suicide epidemic and to lose all my friends to either suicide or The Program. That book gave me ALL.THE.FEELS. And so I kept The Program really close to my heart. That being said I was anxious about The Treatment. I wanted my favourite characters to have an ending they deserved. I wanted a sequel that would feel like a necessary continuation to the story not just a random addition. And while I did enjoy The Treatment I couldn’t find it in myself to love it as much as The Program.

Sloane and James continue to be one of my favourite ships in all of YA. They are just so right for each other. But we also got the addition of a few new characters in The Treatment that unexpectedly made the story even more interesting and play key roles in the book. That isn’t to say there werent time I wanted to punch them in the face…because I totally did, but they worked. They had interesting backstories that were unexpected to say the least. And Realm, URGH I justI still can’t…URGHsomeone deserved to just knock him out in this book. I seriously couldn’t stand him.

In all honesty The Treatment didn’t quite give me all the feels or give me the swoon factor I had in The Program. I wanted it to, but it just didn’t. That isn’t to say there weren’t moments that touched me or ones that brought a blush to my cheeks…because there were, it just wasn’t to the same level. And while this book felt completely necessary to close up plot and world building issues The Program continues to be the best book romance wise. Young gave us an ending that felt very real in terms of a world dealing with such a large epidemic.

All in all The Treatment ended the way it needed to end. I was happy with the way we said goodbye to certain characters (even if it was completely heartbreaking for some) and got the closure I needed. I serouisly can’t wait until Suzanne Young writes more books.

The Collector (Dante Walker#1): Review

Release Date: April 2nd 2013
Genres: YA, Romance, Paranormal
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Series: One of Trilogy
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Summary Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.

I find reading books told from male POV’s always very interesting and i tend to gravitate towards them if I hear that they’re done right. It’s hard to find male voices in YA that are authentic and especially harder to find books written in only male POV’s. They are out there of course but i feel like there are just more female POV’s in YA right now. I’ve read quite a few books told from all Male POV’s that have felt like they were done right (Something Like Normal, Where She Went) but while I did love those books and their male leads i have to admit Dante Walker is definitely VERY different than any other male lead i’ve read in YA before.

The stuff Dante said—GOD i couldn’t get stop laughing at some of the things he said in this book.

“Wait? Is she trying to intimidate me? Because if she is… it just might work. Bitch be scary.” ― Victoria Scott, The Collector

The characters in this story were brilliant. Dante is pretty much an asshat from the beginning of the story while Charlie is definitely not your average “pretty girl”. She has bad skin, bad teeth, a lanky figure and everyday for her is a bad hair day but she is quite possibly the most beautiful person inside Dante has ever met. They’re polar opposites and Dante knows it but even with that knowledge something can’t help but start up between the two of them.

Dante Walker is for all intents and purposes an asshole. He’s cocky, vain and looks after his own interests before anyone else’s and isn’t afraid to admit it. He’s worked the last two years as a collector, which basically means he spends his days “tagging” people (putting a black square on their souls) and after they have enough black squares on their souls they are collected. Dante frequently has to visit Hell and hates it so much that when he is offered a promotion to stay earth if he collects Charlie Coopers soul in ten days, he knows it’ll be a piece of cake.

The task proves difficult though and Dante even resorts to using the promise of beauty (remember: she has bad skin, teeth and hair)  to take her soul but little by little he starts feeling guilty.Dante does go through a very unbelievably transformation from the beginning of the story to the end.Now before you guys start thinking that Dante immediately  see’s Charlie and wants to change his ways—he doesn’t. There’s a realy slow remarkable change that happens to Dante but it’s also really endearing. I do kind of wish the romance could have been a bit more swoon worthy in this book but people have told me that book two in this series does bring the swoon so *fingers crossed*.

I guess what I really enjoyed about this one was Dante’s voice. He’s definitely a jerk but i also know for a fact that some of my guy friends sometimes (unfortunetly) have very similar thoughts to him. But they’re not bad people, if anything they’re very funny charismatic people that I feel lucky to have in my life. Sure, sometimes they say things that earn them a smack in the head from me but I also know they can also do some of the nicest things ever.

 

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1):Review

Release Date: February 25th 2014
Genres: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: Book one of trilogy
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

i did not expect to love Fire & Flood as much as i did in all honesty. i was a bit weary on whether or not i would be able to get into the story since I felt like i’d read so many books with “competitions” in them but I was really surpised with just how original Fire & Flood managed to be. The most intriguing aspect of Fire & Flood was defintely the pandora’s. I loved the idea of the competitors having an animal sidekick that had power’s which slowly showed themselves. 

In all honesty I wasn’t a huge fan of Tella in the chapters before she joined the Brimestone Bleed. She seemed too materislitic and self -obsessed at the start but it she quickly got over that once the competition started. That petty side of her did make brief appearances throughout the entire book but instead of those moments being annoying they made me laugh. I felt like they eased the tension in the story. Overall I was happy with her characterization and how she wasn’t a complete helpless bimboo in the competition but a character who rose to the challenge of wanting to save her brother.

“There’s no place like Norstorm, there’s no place like Nordstorm.” —Victoria Scott, Fire & Flood

I also liked how Tella’s relationship with her pandora progressed and how she really did have a soft spot for all the pandora companions. In many ways she seemed like the most human and genuine out of everyone in the race.

There is a slow burning romance in Fire & Flood and I loved it. I’m all for my romance and especially slow burning ones so I was jumping and hollering whenever those two were together. Guy definetly saves Tella’s ass several times in the story but I never got the whole “damsel in distress” vibe from her or “knight in shining armor” from him.

In the Brimstone Bleed competitors have to compete in a race across all the ecosystems in hopes of saving the ones they love. Some competitors are fierce and very much want to take out all the competition while others strive to make alley’s to try and survive. Victoria Scott managed to capture the essence of what it means to be willing to do anything for the ones you love, and perfectly conveyed how certain people do certain things to ensure their loved one’s safety. 

Overall I really did enjoy Fire & Flood, the story as a whole was pretty entertaining and the romance was definetly an added bonus! I’m eagerly waiting for book two in this series too see what happens next.

Reading Reviews Before the Books Come Out

 

A few weeks ago I got into a conversation with a fellow blogger about The Greisha Trilogy chapter sampler that was sent around not so long ago. We were so completely jealous (not in a mean way of course, more like we would have done anything to get our hands on them ourselves because they were so pretty) and well you get the idea. So we were talking about how we’re dying for Ruin and Rising and how utterly excited we are for the last book and we took note on how no ARCS are being distributed for it and how happy we were about that.

Now before you start judging us for being mean and happy about the fact that someone else can’t enjoy the ending of the series beforehand you need to know that we meant it with the best of intentions. You see, we’ve had bad experiences where certain things from books (be it series enders or standalones) are revealed in someone’s review and while it may not be a HUGE SHOCKER it’s something unexpected we would have liked to find out ourselves. Be it because it would have improved our reading experience or whatever. So when I say we meant it with the best of intentions i mean we said it because we just don’t want to see any spoilers online before the books out that might ruin someones reading experience. 

So this led me to start thinking of a question i’ve been meaning to ask for so long but i’ve never had a chance too; do most of you guys read reviews for books your eagerly anticipating (series enders, etc) before they come out? And if you do are you careful about with whose review your reading? 

Usually I tend to only skim reviews for series enders if I read them at all. Mostly I just click on the page and see the rating a blogger has given it if I haven’t read it myself yet or the book isn’t even published yet. I just don’t want ANYTHING to be spoiled. If I do read reviews for series enders I usually stick to reading reviews from certain bloggers I really trust in not “accidently” giving anything away. I also do this with books that are really hyped. i might just end up reading two or three reviews and just leave it at that. I do this because I don’t want the review to end up influencing my opinions on the book, at all. Also, when I notice that a book is beginning to get a lot of hype I stick to just reading things on twitter about it versus reading tons of reviews since i’m always scared they might SEROUSILY influence my opinion of the book.

So, have any of you guys had a bad experience with a book your eagerly anticipating because you read a spoiler online? Do you typicallly read reviews online for series enders or books that are really hyped up? Do you time your reviews to come out AFTER a books released so you don’t feel bad for including a few minor spoilers in your reviews? Let me know! 

Mud Vein:Review

Release Date: April 5th 2014
Genres: NA, Mystery, Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.Tarryn Fisher has been on my autobuy list since i read The Oppurtinist! I loved that book so much and the rest of the series played with my heart strings in a way no other NA book has been able too. I fell head over heels for that series and when people are looking for a real emotional contemporary read i always point them in the direction of the Love Me With Lies series because it’s just so good!  So of course when I read Tarryn Fisher had a new book coming out I was exstatic beyond belief to get my hands on it.

I devoured Mud Vein in just a day. Tarryn Fisher knows how to write. She knows how to carve into your head and pull out all the dark thoughts you’ve ever had and phrase them in a way that’s absoutely beautiful and haunting. It’s what I love about her writing. She’s not afraid to take risks and create stories that are just so damn sad and messed up and that just make you want to yell to up there “What the hell is going on? They don’t deserve to get any more s*** thrown their way!” She makes readers feel very protective over her characters. That being said I did enjoy Mud Vein but i did have a few issues with it:

1)The characters reminded me too much of Olivia and Caleb. This kind of sucked because Senna’s darkness resembled too much of Olivia’s and I just couldn’t help making a few comparisons. The male character also reminded me a bit of Caleb in the early days of The Oppurtunist but i was able to differientiate between them both fairly easily later on and got over it. It was mostly Senna’s resemblance to Olivia that kind of nagged me a bit.

2) Senna’s ending. I’m going to be pretty vague here but while I loved the ending for Mud Vein and how dark it was (it definetly was NOT a happily ever after and I LOVE that) I couldnt help but think it kind of reminded me in of the epilogue for Theif with everything that happens to Olivia but with everything vice versa. The ending for Theif was definetly more positive than the ending for Mud Vein. I’ll say that.

I know some people couldn’t look past these things but when I look back at this book those aren’t the things that stand out too me. I enjoyed reading Mud Vein and felt that it was just the right kind of book I needed at that time. There were so many things i did enjoy from it, too:

1) Tarryn Fisher, like always, writes such a realistic crappy story. I like reading about characters who have crappy lives. It’s just my thing. I know crappy things happen. I’m not oblivouis and i like to every once in a while read books where crappy thing after crappy thing happens to characters because I realize that things like that do happen to some people in life. It’s not fair and it’s not pretty but it’s realistic and I love that.

“You breathed life back into me. It was instinct for me to be there with you. I didn’t want to save you, I just didn’t know how to leave you.”
― Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein

2) The darkness in this book is beautiful. A properly written dark book can be absolutely beautiful and Tarryn Fisher constantly proves that. Mud Vein is deifnetly her darkest book yet but i found so much beauty in it. The symbolize of the tattoo’s, in colours and even in the fall all resonated with me. I wanted to keep highlighting certain quotes in this book because they were so dark and beautiful and I just never wanted to forget them.

“What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Between the love of your life, and your soulmate?”
“One is a choice, and one is not.― Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein

3)I never saw the twists coming. Sure, there were a few things i sort of had hunches on but a lot of the big twists were very unexpected for me. I was shocked when certain things happened because i just wasn’t expecting for them too. Mud Vein definetly had the whole mindf*ck thing for me which I loved.

“Love is a Godgiven tool, she tells me. It screws things back in place that were loose, and it cleans out all the broken pieces that you don’t need anymore.” ― Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein

The truth is Mud Vein is not for everybody. it’s dark and twisted but also ashingly beautiful and haunting. It plays with both your mind and your heart strings and I think that really makes this an either love it or hate it book is whether or not you can connect some way or another with Senna and her darkness. 

“Tell me a truth, Senna.”
“I don’t know how.”
“Then tell me a lie.”
“I don’t love you.”
“The truth is for the mind,” he says. “Lies are for the heart. So let’s just keep lying.”
― Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein

“There is a string that connects us that is not visible to the eye. Maybe every person has more than one soul they are connected to, and all over the world there are those invisible strings… Maybe the chances that you’ll find each and every one of your soul mates is slim. But sometimes you’re lucky enough to stumble across one. And you feel a tug. And it’s not so much a choice to love them though their flaws and through your differences, but rather you love them without even trying. You love their flaws.”
― Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein

Dorothy Must Die(Dorothy Must Die#1): Review

Release Date: April 1st 2014
Genres: YA, Romance, Retelling
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Book one of trilogy
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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Summary:I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.What happened?Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.I’ve been trained to fight.And I have a mission:Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.Take the Lion’s courage.Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

When I look back on my time reading Dorthy Must Die I notice that while i may not have had the best reading experience with it  at the time I did end up enjoying it in the grand scheme of things. Dorothy Must Die ended up not being what I expected, not in a bad way but not in a “whoa, it was so much better than i first expected it to be” way either. In all honesty the ending was really where things started going the way the synopsis had led me to believe the story was going. So I guess in retrospect I like where the second book is going with the story, in theory.But I think to properly discuss my thoughts on Dorothy Must Die I have to break it down:

1) I liked how Amy Gumm knows the original story of the Wizard of Oz. This scored major points in my book. I don’t think i’ve ever read a retelling where the character was properly aware of the original story the book is based upon but in Dorthy Must Die the main Character, Amy starts making connections and comparasons with the original Wizard of Oz and what’s happening to her. I liked the idea of having a character who wasn’t completely oblivouis to what was happening around to her and it this ended uo enhancing my reading experience.

2) I liked visiting the dark side of Oz. In this retelling Dorothy finds a way back to Oz and goes evil. She finds herself loving the idea of power and wants it ALL. I liked how corrupt Dorothy was in Dorothy Must Die and how we got to get a proper sense of how evil she truly is now. Dorothy does some pretty nasty things in this book to other people and it becomes clear that she isn’t the most civilized person in Oz, either. But other than Dorothy being a grade A b****we see how different Oz is now that Dorothy is taking advantage of everything and everyone.  The scarecow is twisted the Lion has no compassion and the munchckins are too scared to even leave their houses.

3)The romance seemed kind of instalove-ish and sort of slow burning...if that makes any sense. To be honest i’m still sort of scratching my head over the romance. I don’t even know how i feel about it. Amy and Nox meet and immedately feel a connection. It’s obvouis and it seems like from one day to the next they have deep feelings of not wanting to leave one another straight away. Which was very unrealistic and also annoying but then they only really share one kiss and Amy is alone for the better part of the second half of the novel. So i’m still really confused with the romance aspect of this novel because I don’t know how i feel about it (although I know i didn’t love it) and don’t know what to classify it as.

4) I liked Amy’s pet rat, Star. I feel like she deserves her own little section because she was awesome. Dorothy had Toto and Amy has Star. She definetly helps Amy out quite a few times and proves to be an intelligent little rat and I ended up really liking her addition to the story.

5) I was a bit confused with the timing of the story. For the better part of the book I felt that the beginning of the story had gone by to slowly and than all of a sudden things started happening all too fast and Amy was suddenly this trained warrior and I felt like no time had passed at all but then we learn that six months had passed and i was just confused. *bangs head on desk* I wish we could have gotten a few instances in the novel where people in the sotry would have mentioned how long has passed since Amy was back in Kansas versus her telling us when we had about fifty pages left in the novel. it was just kind of disconcerting in all honesty.

7. I don’t think Dorothy Must Die reached it’s full potential. It’s sad to say this but I think this book was in a few ways very much a introductory book. Sure, lots of things happen but i never felt like there was all that much tension in this book. The stakes were never raised high enough. It was sort of obvouis that things in this book were being set up for future books. I also felt that a lot of things were rushed (romance..if you can call it that) and some serouis character development for Nox and other members of the army.

8. I still don’t know all that much about the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I was so interested in this particular part of the book but in the end we aren’t really given any real idea of what the revolutionary order of the wicked was. Hell i don’t even know how many people are in it. We only met about five or six characters who are. I hope this is further explored in the next book.

All in all Dorothy Must Die (now that I look back on it) was an enjoyable enough read even if it wasn’t what I was intitally expecting. I do think i’ll continue with this series since I like how things are set up for book two but i sort of feel like this book never reached it’s full potential.

Buying Copies of Books After You’ve Read Them

So I have a confession to make that my wallet isn’t all that happy about. If I really like I book I already read, because I got an ARC of it or borrowed it from the library or a friend i sometime’s still go out and buy myself another copy. I do this because sometimes I just read a book and it gives me ALL.THE.FEELS or challenges my mind in a way something hasn’t in a really long time and I just need to have it in my bookcase. I need to show it off to the world. I want a copy for myself that I am able to hold and pick up whenever I feel like. I want to be able to read it over again or reread just a certain scene when the mood hits.

This of course leads to another problems (other than my wallet always seeming like an empty accessory) I have very little space in my bookcase for more books and I don’t like the idea of giving books away. I’ve only just started to move some of the books i’ve bought that have been two stars reads for me down to the basement to store but I can’t bear to part with them. I don’t like the idea of giving books away, be it to the library or selling them online or whatever it is some people do. Books are like my babies and I don’t want to part with them. Even the one’s I don’t like. I don’t even like the idea of putting them in the basement for storage because I like the idea of keeping them in plain sight for people to see, for me to see. I like looking at the bookcase, seeing a book and remembering my reading expereince with it. Is that crazy?

So how about you? Do you buy your own copies of books even after you’ve read them for your bookcase? Do you buy finished copies of your favouritte ARCS and reread them?Are you a book hoarder? Do you freqeuently donate books you’ve already read? Are there just some books you can’t bear to part with? Or do you (like me) not like the idea of parting with your babies?

 

The Sea of Tranquility: Review

Release Date: November 13th 2012
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Standalone
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: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 one of those books that no one will ever be able to review and do justice too. It’s impossible. The sheer depth this book explored completely floored me. I was not expecting any of that. The thing about this book is that it’s memorable. I don’t think i’ll ever be able to really forget my reading experience with it. I’m pretty sure thirty years from now i’ll look back and think “God, I remember being such a slobbering mess when I read The Sea of Tranquility” and i’m happy about that.

“‘I messed up everything I baked in the beginning,too.’ She tells me, switching back to our last conversation. I find that hard to believe. I imagine she came out of the birth canal holding a cupcake and a spatula.”― Katja Millay, The Sea of Tranquility

The thing about this book is that it’s truly heartbreaking story but it’s also completely hilarouis— Oh and also a complete mind fuck. The begining of this book really takes its time in letting the reader learn more about each individual character. It was a sort of examination of everyone’s psyche. While this part is slower than the rest of the book it was never boring. No, every character was just so properly developed and explored in this part that I was fully invested. Nastya, Drew and Josh all three also had great chemistry with one another and freqeuently said things that had me laughing out loud. The inner dialogue was also just this perfect blend of witty, cheeky and sacastic.There’s also this mystery factor in The Sea of Tranquility surrounding Nastya and Josh that’s the real mind fuck part but I won’t say much about that because you should read that part for yourselves. 

“How come you call her honey and never use terms of endearment on me?’ he fake whines, ‘i do,’ Mrs.Leighton says, patting him on the cheek as she walks by. ‘Just last week I called you the bane of my existence.’― Katja Millay, The Sea of Tranquility

Nastya and Josh both have complicated pasts, they have ghosts that constantly haunt them. But during the first part of the book Nastya takes to running away from her problems while Josh shuts them all out completely.While Josh and Nastya are trying to learn about each other we’re trying to learn about them. What first’s brings Nastya and Josh together are the horrors of their pasts and when their friendship turns into a full fledge romance (it was a slow building romance that was just perfect) they try to help one another cope.While this works at first it quickly becomes apparent that things if held onto for too long and too tightly, inevitably explode.

The second part of this book just completely wrecks your life. Josh and Nastya finally start to understand that they can’t  to run away from their problems and learn that they need to actually acknowledge that they exist.

When a book deals with such important and sensitive issues it’s easy to sometimes get annoyed at the main characters for their lack of judgment based on prevouis life experiences and horrors. Sure, we can sympathize with them but sometime’s there still that nagging feeling that the character should have known better and not done this or that and things would have been so much simpler. But in The Sea of Tranquility Nastya’s psyche was captured so perfectly it felt like someone tied a lasso around her and me and connected our thoughts and feelings togther to mirror each others. I could understand Nasdya and what she was feeling and why she was feeling it. All the poor decisions she made I could understand why they were made and justify them.

I think it’s pretty obvouis that this book made me lose sleep. A ton of sleep actually and i don’t regret one second. The Sea of Tranquility also made me cry, it made me (ugly) cry a lot and you can probably guess that I don’t regret that either. You see, this book made me feel things I haven’t felt in so long. I can’t even begin to describe how intense reading this book was, it was just so powerful that when I wasn’t spending my time reading the book I was constantly thinking about it.

What’s Up With the Cover for The Treatment?

A few days ago I was on twitter when I saw a photo Suzanne Young uploaded of the final two hardback versions of The Program duet books! I was actually lucky enough to have gotten a chance to get an e-arc of The Treatment (which was serouisly awesome) a few months back but noticed that the cover was so different than the final cover version. And while I know this tends to sometimes happen I couldn’t help but notice that the cover’s didn’t sit well with me. While the covers individually look good i didn’t like how they didn’t properly fit together. it annoyed me a bit. When I saw Suzanne’s photo the first thing I immedately thought was “Those aren’t going to look nice on my shelf together”  LOL

 

I’m not a huge fan of the cover for The Treatment. Originally the one that came with my arc was the cover below and I just felt like it suited the book, better? LOL maybe it’s just me and i’m just weird.

Either way i’m interested in hearing what YOU think! Do you like the covers Suzanne Young featured in her twitter photo? Or are you like me and think “other” cover suited the series better? Which one do you think looks best with the first book side by side? Or do you think something else? Let me know, below!

To All the Boys I’ve loved Before(To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before#1):Review

Release Date: April 15th  2014 *UPCOMING*
Genres: YA, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Shuester Books for Young Readers *ARC from Publisher*
Series: Book one of duet
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary:  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.

Jenny Han has been on my auto buy author list since I first read The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. So imagine my surprise when I come home to an ARC of her latest book To All the Boys I Loved Before at my door. I squealed. It was the kind of squeal that I would have been embarrassed about had I not been so excited to get my hands on since I first heard Jenny Han announce the title over twitter back in 2012. And the cover…OhMyGawd guys don’t even get me started on how amazing this cover is.

To All the Boys I Loved Before wasn’t what I expected but it was a nice surprise. Lara Jean experiences the one thing that would freak out any girl, her private love letters to her crushes from over the years get sent out and they read them. What ensues is a major disaster; Lara Jean is forced to own up to the letters and deal with the repercussions.

I have to give Jenny Han major credit here for the most realistic sisterly dynamic i’ve read in YA in a long time. It felt very authentic and I could literally see correlations between the relationship between my sister and I and the three Song sisters in the book. The good and the bad my sister and I experience was within the pages of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and the whole push and pull thing we keep doing now that we’ve entered such different stages in our lives and are learning to do things more and more independently was perfectly potrayed between Lara Jean and Margot.

While the synopsis does give a brief idea as to what happens in the book it doesnt even begin to cover the major plotline and that’s why i’m being extra careful with what I say as I think it’s best going into this book as blind as possible.

I totally thought the book was going to start off with Lara Jean’s letters being sent out and than all the boys knocking on her doorstep looking for answers but it wasn’t. Instead the book starts off by giving us a clear picture into who Lara Jean is, her family dynamic and the important boys in her life and then the whole letters come and ruin everything. I won”t say more about them but will  admit i am super releaved their is another book coming out next year and that it hopefully delves deeper into the romance development as I feel all the romantic interests for Lara Jean and Lara Jean herself weren’t in the best of places in this book so we’ll see.

If your like me and have Jenny Han on your auto buy list than To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is an absolute must read and if your into anything romantic in YA than I highly reccomend checking out Jenny Han if you haven’t before because she never disapoints!