Love and Luck | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, blogosphere! It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a full-length book review…as in over a year…yet I still brand myself as a book blogger. Although I have done book-themed posts, this past year my blog has had more of a focus on writing, bullet journaling, and productivity/lifestyle. My audience seems to enjoy these posts, but I miss writing book reviews! ❤︎ Personally, I’ve had a lot of fun branching out and writing posts other than reviews! When I first starting blogging, my reviews were very simple and dry. This being said, from now on, I’ll add book reviews to the mix!

I hope you enjoy this post!

Synopsis

“I wanted this to be real life, not a detour…”

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing that left miserable and heartbroken — and threatens her future. But her brother Ian isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseperatable siblings.

But when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s finally able to escape her anxious mind — and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairytale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is, if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

Expectations

I saw this book in a Barnes & Noble a couple of months ago and picked it up because the cute cover and the synopsis. I was in the mood for a cute YA contemporary!

Likes

The book was relatively fast-paced and got straight to the point. Unlike so many other YA contemporaries, there weren’t random spots in the story where nothing happened. Addie, Ian, and Rowan were always adventuring and continuing their journey. The story continued to progress but still managed to incorporate reflective moments where the characters developed.

The story centered around a secret road-trip through lovely Irish scenery. The detail to culture and geographical locations made the novel more realistic and enjoyable. I loved reading the characters grow as they traveled through the Emerald Isle.

The story as a whole was very sweet and included the best elements of a true YA contemporary: adventure, sibling feuds, and a little bit of romance. My favorite element of this novel over all had to be the writing style. Addie’s witty narration carried the story!

Dislikes

In general, the plot was very linear and predictable, all the way to the end. The book never surprised me, I always knew what was going to happen next. Even the major “plot-twists” of the novel were foreseeable. I would have liked to see a little more surprises to match the scenery and the novel’s element of adventure.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this was a cute and fast-paced read with enjoyable scenery and a predictable plot. The best part of this novel is Jenna Evans Welch’s witty and wise writing style. I would recommend this of you’re in the mood for a quick and bubbly YA contemporary read!

Story and plot: ★★★☆☆

Pacing: ★★★★

Character development: ★★★★

Writing quality: ★★★★

Enjoyment: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★

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Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

Fangirl | Book Review (Spoiler free)

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Greetings bookish friends! *Do you like the new introduction line?* In all seriousness, today I will be reviewing Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, spoiler free. If you would like to skip to the final ratings, scroll down to the end of the post. I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Fangirl
  • Author: Rainbow Rowell
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • AR: 3.9

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IMG_0376Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life – and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. 

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. 

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. 

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she want to move on even if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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ExpectationsI had high expectations of this book because I had heard so many wonderful things about it. I read the synopsis and it sounded interesting as well. The first few chapters were light and fluffy, and eventually set the stage for the overall plot and Cath’s gradual character developement. Fangirl was off to a good start. 

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LikesIn my personal opinion, the best thing about Fangirl was the characters. They were all a quirky and unique set of people who progressed through the story beautifully. I genuinely admired each character, even those who were supposed to be bad in the beginning, like Courtney or Reagan. All of the characters seemed to have their own back story and personal story arc that added a lot of flavor and spice to the novel. In short, the character development was phenomenal.

Another admirable trait about Fangirl is how light and fluffy of a read it is. It was quick read, and very enjoyable. The romance was sweet, but not overkill where it was obnoxious to read. Not to mention that the writing was also high quality.

I think that the pacing was good overall and the book kept me hooked in, but more about that in the Dislikes section.

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DislikesThe climax happens 100 pages before the book actually ends. I found this kind of surprising, and at first I was expecting an ever bigger twist at the end.

I was hoping for more…

Instead, there is a bunch of extra pages of resolution that were cute and fluffy, but could have been wrapped up much quicker. I don’t have much of a problem with this, and it’s kind of being nitpicky.

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Final ThoughtsAll in all, Fangirl delivered. I was a light and sweet read with amazing characters. It was very enjoyable and fun to read. The romance was cute, and it was executed very well. The only critiscim I had was that the plot was a little bit mixed up in some parts, but otherwise, this book was perfect. I highly recomend this book to anyone who likes romance novels, colleage stories, or just so happens to be a  fangirl themselves. *Just like me*

Story and plot: 💖💖💖

Pacing: 💖💖💖💖½

Character development: 💖💖💖💖💖

Writing quality: 💖💖💖💖💖

Enjoyment: 💖💖💖💖💖

Overall: 💖💖💖💖½

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Thank you for reading this post! Have you read this book before? Are you a fangirl? *I can’t be the only one* Did you agree with me final ratings? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Everything Everything | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, squad! Today I will be doing a spoiler free book review of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Everything Everything
  • Author: Nicola Yoon
  • Publisher: Random House Teen
  • AR Reading Level: Unknown/Not listed

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IMG_0376My disease is a rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean, and wearing all black – black t-shirt, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I, Maddy, am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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ExpectationsI expected this book to be good (even though I typically HATE Romance novels because my sister watched the movie adaptation and loved it. This is great news because usually book to movie adaptations are horrible. If the movie is good, the book is 10 times better.

Also, can we just take a moment to stare at the cover. LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS.

IPFF*

*I predict future fangirling

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LikesThe pacing was average, but the chapters were short and I read this novel in less than 24 hours. The story easily captured my attention and I was quickly engaged in the story and plot.

Nicola Yoon perfectly captured Maddy’s wonder when experiencing new things outside of the bubble she grew up in. I honestly don’t think it could have been done any better.

I am quite impressed! Usually I HATE Romance novels, but this was executed very well.

The drawings also added another element to the story. I especially enjoy books with these types of graphs and doodles. It in general makes the story more engaging and keeps the reader interested.

The ending was absolutely perfect.

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DislikesI would have liked to see a little bit more about Olly’s family life. There were so many chances for more development, but it just didn’t happen. We were only given a little bit of back story, which was disappointing. There was a wide open space for flaweless character development, but it just wasn’t there.

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Final ThoughtsIn conclusion, Everything Everything was a wonderful read that easily took the reader away to another world full of truth, discovery, love, and heartbreak. Although some parts were under-developed it was in general a rich novel that almost anyone who picked it up could enjoy.

I recommend this to everyone (especially teens) except those who don’t like romance novels.

Story and plot: 💖💖💖💖½

Pacing: 💖💖💖💖

Character development: 💖💖💖

Writing quality: 💖💖💖💖

Enjoyment: 💖💖💖💖💖

Overall: 💖💖💖💖

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Keep On Booking,

-Katie K