First off, thank you to Amazon Publishing for sending me a free physical copy in exchange for an honest review! When I first saw this book, I immediately thought, “Wow, it’s so huge! And the cover is gorgeous!” Those initial thoughts haven’t changed, fortunately. 🙂
I had an amazing opportunity to meet 4 fabulous YA authors a few weeks ago, and I’m finally sitting down to write a blog post about it. Writing about these types of events are some of my favorites. Meeting an author whose work(s) I really enjoy is like meeting a celebrity for me–they are celebrities to me. 😛
Perhaps the low rating I gave the first book was an indication of what was to come. But sometimes the second book in a series comes through and is better than the first and then skyrockets to amazing-ness with the rest! Alas, not true for me for this book. 😦
I’m so sorry this is incredibly late! I think the June boxes have already gone out and people have already received them. While I didn’t get a June box, I still haven’t share the May box with you guys. I’ve pushed aside writing this actual post, mainly because I’ve spent most of my spare time editing the fourth draft of my book or playing Horizon Zero Dawn on the PS4 (which is really great. Maybe I’ll do a game review? Not sure. :P).
Anyway… Here we go!
lol Isn’t this all of us? One of the main reasons I’m always hesitant to start series is that most of them have a lot of hype surrounding them, and what if they don’t live up to my expectations? That’s a constant source of worry for me as I read any series. Haha.
Anyway, here are 10 I’ve been meaning to start but…well, haven’t!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
When I heard Julie Murphy was coming to a local bookstore, I immediately started to read Dumplin’ and followed up by both buying and reading Ramona Blue. I absolutely loved Dumplin’. I thought it was adorable and heartfelt, telling us to embrace who we are and to live unapologetically. I think the same can be said for Ramona Blue.
I cannot speak for the LGBTQIA+ rep in this book so I linked some reviews at the bottom of mine, along with some other gushing reviews about the book. Enjoy!
It’s always sad to see a series come to an end, especially one you thoroughly enjoyed. I listened to this entire series via audiobook, which was narrated by Khristine Hvam who did an amazing job! Once I start a series via audiobook, I try to continue with it (which really works out well for my TBR 😛 ).
Now that I finished this series, I can read Strange the Dreamer! 🙂
May was a slow month for me. I’m not complaining, trust me. A while ago, I stopped posting on my bookstagram every day, which relieved me to no end. I feel as if I can finally enjoy that community again without the pressures of competing against bigger, better accounts. Anyway, that’s it’s own story.
Because of that, I’ve read a little slower and didn’t buy as many books. Well, that isn’t really the main reason… Most of it stems from ~adulting~ (I mean, I just paid hundreds of dollars to get brand new tires for my car! Bleh!) and saving for vacation next month since I’ll be on summer break.
When I heard Joelle was coming to my city (which, trust me, we rarely get YA authors), I immediately picked up The Testing. It had been on my shelves for quite some time now, and due to my TBR jar, the odds picking that book are basically 1 in 100. Well, I pushed aside the TBR jar for now in order to read this and wow, why did I wait so long?