Review: Always And Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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always and forever lara jean jenny han

Title: Always And Forever, Lara Jean  
Author: Jenny Han  
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #3  
Genre: Contemporary, YA  
Publication date: May 2, 2017 
Rating: ★★½ 

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?

Review: Words On Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton (arc)

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Title: Words On Bathroom Walls  
Author: Julia Walton  
Series: Stand-alone  
Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health, YA  
Publication date: July 4, 2017 
Rating: ★★★★ 

<< ARC received through NetGalley >>

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't. Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

Real is subjective. There are a lot of things that aren’t actually real to everyone. Pain, for example. It’s only real to the one experiencing it. Everyone else has to take your word for it. 

Upcoming Releases: July 2017

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July has arrived, which means it's the perfect time to make work of that huge tbr-pile in the futile hope it will finally shrink a little. Of course we all know that it won't. Because for every book we read, we will at least add two new ones. Here are a couple of candidates! Unsurprisingly there are some swoon-worthy summer romances, but there is also a fair share of mystery and fantasy. I was surprised to find the second book in the Loom Saga here already! I thought I'd have a bit more time to read the first book. Also definitely excited for Because You Love To Hate Me. I'm really curious to see what this collaboration between some of my favourite authors and a couple of booktubers will bring us. Should be interesting at the very least!

Summer tbr - 2017

Last year I discovered that making a tbr for the summer works very well for me. I didn't entirely complete my list that time, but I never strayed too far and I finally got around to reading books that had been on my radar since... I'd say kindergarten but let's not get too dramatic. In all honesty, it made me read more books than I otherwise would have. I like challenges, can't easily walk away from them. When I truly commit to something, I usually stick with it until the end. One look at all the crappy tv shows I've been watching lately is enough to know I'm right. I'm hoping for a repeat succes. I'm also doing Camp NaNo this year, so my time will be a bit limited but I'm hoping to be successful at both. 

Here's my list! Which books are on yours?

June Wrap Up

I can keep this fairly short. June was disastrous. My personal life was a stressful, anxious mess. Which led to me crawling under a rock and just generally avoiding life. (Terrible idea, would not recommend. Comes back to bite you in the ***). So instead of doing anything productive (or reading), I just started bingeing Grey's Anatomy and didn't get off the couch for a while. Seriously, that series is addicting. Makes you put things in perspective too. Suddenly your problems don't seem all that life-threatening anymore. 

So as I said, I didn't read at all. I got through about three chapters of Always And Forever, Lara Jean and then gave up. Now that things are getting back on track and work (thank god) is over for a full two months, I'm spending every free minute trying to catch up with every single responsibility I avoided before. Once I'm back on track and the stress leaves my system, I'm going to get back to reading. I've missed it. My summer tbr should be up one of these days and I'm determined to read as many books as possible in the coming eight weeks. I'm back to being optimistic!

I sincerely hope your June experience was better. What did you read? Anything you'd recommend? 



Upcoming Releases: June 2017

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My upcoming releases post doesn't really cover that many 'upcoming' books this month. It's more like a past releases post. June hasn't really been great for me, so for all sorts of reasons this is coming a little late. Still the books deserve to be talked about. So here we are! I'm most excited for Our Dark Duet, even if technically I haven't read This Savage Song yet. I am so in love with Victoria Schwab's Shades Of Magic series that this can't be anything but good. This summer I'm reading it! She said confidently.

May Wrap Up

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May. How I had been waiting for it to come and how fast it flew past. It should not come as a surprise that ACOWAR was the first book I picked up. I may have mentioned my impatience for its release once or twice try a million in the past year. It was... I don't know. Both the best and worst book of the year, I guess. I haven't gotten around to writing my review. I'm too conflicted. I still don't have full clarity on how I feel about it. There were things I hated, there were things I loved. AJERGHJERG, I'm so frustrated. Luckily there's one thing I'm still a hundred percent positive about: RHYS. More, so much more, on that later. 

Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (arc)

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One Of Us Is Lying Karen M McManus

Title: One Of Us Is Lying  
Author: Karen M. McManus 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery 
Publication date: May 30, 2017 
Rating: ★★★★ 

<< ARC received through NetGalley >>

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

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