Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

saint anythingHey Night Owls, I’m back and ready to get back into reviewing! I actually mean it this time. Getting back into my school routine was harder than I thought, but I’m ready to start blogging again. I finished Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen earlier this month! Reading it got me out of a huge reading slump. 5/5 stars for both the story and audiobook narration!

 Sydney and her family have been going through some rough stuff lately. Sydney’s older brother, Peyton, has just gone to jail on a drunk driving conviction because he paralyzed a teenager. Their parents put all of their attention on Peyton because of the trial, leaving Sydney cast away in the shadows. Sydney also seems like the only person in her family who cares about the teenage boy that Peyton paralyzed. 

Ames, Peyton’s friend, has also gained attention from Sydney and Peyton’s parents. Especially, their mother because she treats him like another son. His presence startles Sydney because he seems to want to get too close to her.

Sydney’s parents put her into public school because of the fallout from the Peyton scandal. At her new school, Sydney takes awhile to make friends, but quickly makes some after stopping to get a slice of pizza on her way home from school one afternoon. Sydney meets, brother and sister, Mac and Layla at their family-owned pizza restaurant. Not long after their meeting, Sydney joins their friend group. Sydney, finally, feels like she can be herself around Mac and Layla because their family and group accept her without any questions.

I absolutely loved this book! Sydney’s character was very relatable because like her, I also lost touch with some of my friends when I changed schools. The only event that made me uncomfortable while I was reading was Ames’s character because from his first scene I knew he was creepy. It really annoyed me when Sydney’s mother kept encouraging Ames to come around, but by the end of the book I was happy to read about her change of heart.

If you’re looking for a nice book to ease you back into the school year, I highly suggest you pick up this book. If you enjoy audiobooks, the narration for Saint Anything was fantastic! This book got me out of a huge reading slump, so if you’ve been in a reading slump, please this book up!

Happy Reading!!!!!

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The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

sacrifice boxI hope your day has been going well Night Owls because it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a review. Today’s review is The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart. I’m participating in a blog tour that’s promoting the release of U.S. edition. The lovely people at Penguin Teen, gave me a copy for a review, so a big thank you to them. I gave this book 4.5/5 stars because of a few minor details.

   It all started the summer of 1982, when Sep, Hadley, Arkle, Lamb, and Mack made their sacrifices at the Sacrifice Box. They vowed never to visit the box alone, never open the box after sundown, and never take back their sacrifices. The group later went their separate ways. Everything changed in 1986.

   All of the sudden strange things are happening- mirrors are breaking, the electricity keeps flickering, and people are getting really sick. Yet, the group hasn’t spoken to each other since that summer. Someone must’ve broken the rules. It turns out the group sacrificed more than their objects. They also surrendered their secrets and fears, and those are coming back when corpses begin to pile up, as murderous toys from the past, and as undead pets.

   Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was quick-paced and action-packed. It did take me awhile to realize the book took place in Wales; at least that’s where I think it took place, please correct me if I’m wrong. The writing style intrigued me, and the characterization was phenomenal. Sep and Hadley’s arcs developed the most, but Arkle’s arc also grew, too. However, I wish there was more development on both Lamb and Mack’s character arcs.

   The U.S. edition was just released on August 28th, so go get yourselves a copy! Besides, it’s not only is it a horror story, but also a coming-of-age story. We need more coming-of-age stories set in the 1980s!

Discussion Corner: Book Buying Bans

Hey Night Owls! Today, I’m introducing “Discussion Corner” a new series where I ramble about a certain topic that’s on my mind. I’ve been contemplating about starting a “Discussion” series for awhile but I’d always blank when I’d try to write a post. So today is the day I finally share with you guys. I was supposed to post a month ago but I forgot, oops.

Today’s discussion is about book buying bans. For those who are unfamiliar with book buying bans, they are periods of time when you ban yourself from buying books. Receiving books from publishers and authors doesn’t count because obviously you didn’t buy the book.

For the month of July I put myself on a book buying ban and let me tell you it was a challenge. Not only because it’s the month I usually read the most books, but because there were so many new releases that I really wanted to buy.

At the beginning of July, I decided to reread the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. I usually reread this series in December, but I ws just in the mood to read some PLL. Rereading long series is a great way to get through a book buying ban! I read 11 out of the 16 books in the series. I also listened to a lot of audiobooks!

Speaking of audiobooks, they are another great way to get yourself through a book buying ban. All of the audiobooks I listened to were from Overdrive. Overdrive is an app that connects you to your local library’s audiobook and ebook collections. During my ban I listened to a total of 7 books. I know that’s a lot, but it was so worth it.

To wrap this discussion up, here is a quick summary. Rereading a book or series is a great way to get yourself through a book buying ban. Another way to get yourself through a book buying ban is to borrow books from your local library. You could also borrow library books via Overdrive.

2018 Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Hello Night Owls! I can’t believe we’re already more than half way through 2018. Where did all of the time go? I don’t know, but it’s been almost a year since I did a book tag, so figured why not do one. You’ve probably seen this tag on different blogs and booktube, but I saw this tag on emmmabooks YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago. This tag is basically a recap of what you’ve read throughout the first half of the year. Since, I’ve finally stopped rambling let’s get to it!

 

Best Book You’ve Read So Far?

nice try, jane sinner

Hands down it’s Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke. I was blown away that this was a debut because this book was so well-written. The book was so funny, but also serious when it needed to be. If you want to know more about my thoughts, please check out my review from earlier this year.

Favorite Sequel You’ve Read?

privateschoolmurders

This is hard because I haven’t read that many sequels this year. I’m going with Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. This wasn’t my favorite in the series but I think it was better than the last two books. You guys should so read this series!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, but You’re Really Excited To?

love songs & other lies

I haven’t read Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington yet, but I’m really excited to get my hands on a copy!

Most Anticipated Sequel Coming Out Later This Year?

queen of air and darkness

Come on, guys we all know which book I’m gonna choose. Of course my most anticipated sequel is Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. I love all of Cassie’s books and after the cliffhanger in Lord of Shadows I need to know what’s gonna happen. December 4th needs to come sooner!

Biggest Disappointment You’ve Read?

fragments of the lost

I’ve loved most of the books I’ve read this year so for this question I’m going with Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda. This book didn’t click with me while I was reading it, but I did finish it. The story was really slow for me. I’m actually considering picking this book up again because maybe I’ll enjoy it the second time I read it.

Biggest Surprise You’ve Read?

the wrong side of right

That would have to be my most recent read, The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne. I liked it so much the it’s become one of my favorite reads of the year! My more in-depth thoughts can be found in my review.

Who is Your Favorite Debut or New to You Author?

frat girl      nice try, jane sinner

I’m actually picking two authors for this question because I love them so much. The first author is Kiley Roache. She wrote Frat Girl and it was so good! Please read it! I can’t wait to pick up her next book. The second author is Lianne Oelke who wrote Nice Try, Jane Sinner. Her writing style just flows so easily and is extremely funny.

Who is Your New Fictional Crush?

This is really hard to answer because Will Herondale, Jace Wayland, and Daemon Black will always have a special place in my heart. If I had to choose someone it would have to be Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door. He’s just so creative and sweet. I can now say Cricket has officially made it into my top four fictional crushes.

New Favorite Fictional Character?

afterlifeofhollychase

Holly Chase from The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. I really enjoyed how she grew throughout the story. Sure she was shallow at times, but then she’d start to share her true feelings. Just remember not all people are who they seem to be. I knew I was going to love Holly because I mean hello she’s the main character in a retelling of The Christmas Carol.

Book That Made You Cry?

tales from shadowhunter academy     angels twice descending

Ok so this wasn’t a novel, it was a novella I read in a bind up so I’m counting it. “Angels Twice Descending” by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman. It’s the last novella in Tales of Shadowhunter Academy and OMG this book. Someone died and it destroyed me. Cassie has done it again!

A Book That Made You Happy?

lola and the boy next door

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Yes I’m extremely late on the Stephanie Perkins band wagon, but I’m so glad I read this book. It was fun, sweet, and the perfect summer read. Hopefully, I can get to her books later this year!

Favorite Review You’ve Posted This Year?

scream all night

This really hard because I love all of the reviews I’ve posted this year. If I had to choose one it would have to be Scream All Night by Derek Milman. This book is very special to me because it actually comes out on my birthday. Derek was so kind to reach out to me and ask for a review. Of course, I said yes and had such a fun time writing a review for this book!

The Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought or Received This Year?

emergency-contact

For this question I’m going with Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. The cover design was absolutely beautiful with its pink background and main characters on the front. The tattoos on Sam’s arm were drawn with perfection. The story itself was also very beautiful!

Books You Need Before the End of the Year?

Ugh! I have so many books on my TBR. It was really hard, but I’ve narrowed my answer to three books. The first book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Yes, I know I’m really behind when it comes to iconic YA. If all goes as planned I’m gonna try to read this book in the Fall. It seems like the perfect back to school read. The second book I plan to read is The Diviners by Libba Bray. I can’t wait to read this series because I have heard nothing but high praises. I’ll probably read this book in October because it sounds like the perfect Halloween read! Ok guys you’re get so mad that I haven’t read this third book. The third and final book I promise that I’ll read by the end of 2018 is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefavter. I’m planning on reading this book as soon as I can because I currently have it on hold on Overdrive.

 

 

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

the wrong side of rightHappy Fourth Night Owls! It’s Kat and I hope you’re having an amazing day because you guys are in for a treat today. I’m finally sharing my review of The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne. In this novel, we follow Kate Quinn. Kate has just discovered that she is the illegitimate daughter of a Republican Senator running for President. At first, I didn’t think I would like this book, but I was so wrong. I loved it so much that I gave it 5/5 stars!

At the start of the story, we meet Kate who has just finished her APUSH final and there is a herd of reporters waiting outside to greet her because the identity of Kate’s father has been leaked to the press. Kate’s father is Senator Mark Cooper who is trying to gain the Republican nomination for President. As to be expected, Kate is in complete shock. Less than a year ago, her mother died and she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle whom she hardly knew in South Carolina. Now she has a father, a step-mother, and younger twin siblings. The Senator’s campaign team would like Kate to join them on the campaign trail. Kate has moved into the Cooper family home, joined his campaign even though she hardly knows him, and has fallen for a rebellious boy who might not have the best motives. Kate must decide who she truly is when some sensitive issues become the campaign’s main talking points.

When I first saw this book in Barnes & Noble, I thought this book was just going to be a nice beach read, but this book took me by surprise. I enjoyed the role that immigration played in the novel, especially with everything happening today at the U. S. borders. With Midterm elections coming, I highly encourage you guys to read this book.

 

Go out and enjoy some fireworks!

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

little and lionWhat‘s up Night Owls? It’s been awhile since I wrote a review so I thought today would be the perfect time to share one. I’m so excited to share this review with you guys because this book has become one of my favorites of the year! Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert follows a black, Jewish, and bisexual girl named Suzette who just got back home for the summer. Let me just say that this book was amazing! 5/5 stars to this absolute gem!

The novel starts with Suzette coming home to Los Angeles from boarding school in Massachusetts. The thing is Suzette doesn’t want to be back in LA because her family and friends including her crush Emil are here. Her step-brother Lionel was diagnosed with bipolar-disorder last year so he needs her home for emotional support. As Suzette starts falling back into her old life she starts falling for someone new. That someone is the same girl Lionel is in love with. This girl is also destructive towards Lionel’s mental health. Her name is Rafaela. As Lionel starts to spiral Suzette has to find a way to save him before it’s too late.

I could go on and on about how good this book is, but I’m pretty sure you guys don’t want to keep scrolling for that much longer. I’m gonna keep this short. Brandy’s writing style was amazing! It just flowed so naturally. I also love all of the diversity that was included. Suzette’s crush Emil is biracial because his mother is black and his father is Korean. Her best friend DeeDee is a lesbian and Rafaela is pansexual. Alisha Wainwright who plays Maia on Shadowhunters narrates the audiobook. She was an excellent narrator!

Please pick up this book this summer. You won’t regret it! It’s also a great read for Pride  Month.

Happy Reading!

Summer Reading Playlist

Hey, Night Owls it’s Kat here with my summer playlist. I’ll probably be listening to this playlist when I’m at the beach, in the car, and of course reading one of my many books. Please share this playlist with anyone you want because I think it’s pretty bomb ass! If you have any recommendations please let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for new music.

  • Worlds Away by Goody Grace
  • Edition by Rex Orange County
  • Cassette Tapes by L.I.F.T
  • Milk & Coffee by NoMBe
  • Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz
  • Visions by Dirty Heads
  • Miscommunication by Arms Akimbo
  • All My Friends by WRENN
  • Miracle by CHVRCHES
  • Never Let You Go by Third Eye Blind
  • Flying Kites by Jeremy Zucker
  • The Way We Get By by Spoon
  • Infinity by Merrick
  • A Bad Dream by Keane
  • NY to LA by The Hunna
  • Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Dante’s Creek by THEY.
  • Champagne and Sunshine by PLVTINUM
  • Crossing a Line by Mike Shinoda
  • I Love You, Will You Marry Me by YUNGBLUD
  • Every 1’s a Winner by Ty Segall
  • Fire by The Moxies
  • Carousel by blink-182

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

emergency-contactHey, Night Owls! Kat here for my review of Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. I loved this book not only because it was one my most anticipated reads of the year, but also it’s now one of my favorite reads of 2018! I read this back in March so I’m sorry this review a few months late. There is a trigger warning for rape. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

In Emergency Contact, we follow Penny and Sam as their lives awkwardly collide in Austin, Texas. Penny Lee is now attending college in Texas with the hope of becoming a writer. Sam, a filmmaker and baker, works and lives in the empty storage room in the back of a restaurant. He also has over sixteen tattoos. Penny and Sam meet during a very awkward encounter, but in the end exchange cell numbers. Later that night they start texting. They talk about their deepest anxieties and dreams without awkwardly talking face-to-face.

Penny has left everything behind in sunny California. Her life there was pretty uneventful because her friends were just there, her grades were ok, and she somehow got a boyfriend, but he really didn’t really know anything about her. Penny’s dream of becoming a writer is her only opinion of getting out of California. So when she meets her roommate they go out  her roommate’s cute step-uncle. The cute step-uncle turns out to be Sam.

Mary H. K. Choi writing style was beautiful. Especially how the texts messages were written. Throughout the course of the novel, Penny and Sam developed into much deeper characters. I have to admit before I read the synopsis I was just gonna buy the book for its cover because it is gorgeous.

If you want a quick read that is also very deep this is the book for you! If you’ve already read the book please share thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

Scream All Night by Derek Milman

scream all nightHappy Thursday Night Owls! You guys are in for a treat today because I’m finally sharing my review of Scream All Night by Derek Milman. He was kind enough to send me a copy of his debut novel, and I’m so happy he did because I loved this book so much. It also happens to be released on my birthday, which is July 24th. You guys should pick it up on its release date because you’ll love it. 4.5/5 stars from me!

In this novel, we follow Dario Hayward, whose family runs Moldavia Studio. Moldavia was a studio responsible for many cult-classic B-level horror movies. It’s also a castle so it makes sense that horror movies are made there. Dario has come back to Moldavia because his brother, Oren, invited him for a special ceremony honoring their father and his first film. Dario promised himself that he would never return to the studio. He would also have to face his first love, Hayley. This all changes when Dario has been offered the studio in his father’s will.

I loved this book so much! In the beginning it was a little slow, but by the fourth chapter it really picked up. Dario was interesting character to read, but Hayley had to be my favorite character. So Derek, if you’re reading this, please give us more Hayley. Whether it’s a statement, novella, or a sequel, please give us more Hayley.

Night Owls, if you love horror movies, sarcasm, and creepy movie studios this is your book. On July 24th, go out to your local bookstore and buy yourself a copy. This book is perfect to read during a summer storm. You could also save it for October in preparation for halloween.

Happy Reading!

Frat Girl by Kiley Roache

frat girl.jpgWoah I can’t believe it’s already May, Night Owls! That means we’re closer to summer and more time to read more books. It’s Kat here with my review of Frat Girl by Kiley Roache. This was her debut novel, and it was excellently written. Plus she is still in college and already has a published novel. That’s my dream. Let me just say this book is already at the top of my favorite reads of 2018. I really loved this book! 5/5 stars from me.

In this novel we follow feminist Cassie Duncan, as she rushes not into a sorority but a fraternity. Cassie pitched a research project to prove the misogynistic behavior at the fraternity, Delta Tau Chi. DTC already on probation for sexist behavior and has one year to clean their act or they’ll be banned from campus. Cassie already knows what to expect because they’re frat boys and thinks it’ll be so easy, but soon she finds out that it won’t be as easy as she thought. She starts having doubts that all frat guys are sexist misogynistic pigs when she meets Jordan.

I didn’t think I would like this book when I picked it up, but I was so wrong. Kiley wrote an amazing story and everyone should be talking about it. The character development was the best part to read. Cassie really grew into a more open-minded person. She became less judgmental and more accepting. The guys really became her second family. Peter became the protective older brother. Duncan was not your stereotypical football player. Jordan really is that nice guy.

I really loved this book! When I started reading this book, I really needed it. You guys should read this book. It’s a quick read with an interesting concept. I can’t wait to pick up Kiley’s next book, and hopefully she’ll release a sequel!

Happy Reading!