Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) – Tahereh Mafi


Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) – Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: November 15, 2011

Publisher: Harpercollins

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 338

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

3 out of 5 stars


I buddy read this book with Emily from her Booktube channel emibookish!

This is a dystopian novel following a girl named Juliette. She has a power that means she is unable to touch anyone without killing them, or coming close to killing them. She has never been loved. She hasn’t touched anyone or been touched in over three years. Oh, and she’s been in solitary confinement in an insane asylum for 264 days.

I loved the writing style of this book. It was beautiful and poetic and rambly, but it a wonderful way. The words flowed so perfectly that sometimes it felt like I was reading free verse poetry. I honestly think this was the easiest writing style to read!

I’ve always been intrigued by this book, so when Emily asked me to buddy read it with her I said ABSOLUTELY. ps. I LOVE buddy reading. So much fun. Anyway, I have always wanted to read this because it sounded interesting.

But here’s the thing. I’m wonderful at avoiding spoilers/knowing anything about books before I read them. So I really had no idea what this was about, but I knew a lot of people loved it. So I was excited to pick it up, and it was absolutely NOTHING like what I thought it was going to be. Any preconceived notion was wrong.

Not bad wrong, just completely wrong. It’s actually comical how much I had no idea what this book was about.

This was so much darker at the beginning than I was expecting. The book starts out with Juliette in her solitary confinement and she’s pretty much going crazy because she hasn’t seen another human being in 264 days. Then Adam comes and becomes her roommate in her cell. She has no idea why he’s there, but she remembers him. She went to school with him and he is now with her. Alone. In her cell. Where she’s been alone. She doesn’t know how to cope, so she kind of freaks out.

But then the story progresses and Juliette gets taken away and finds out that Adam is a soldier who has been spying on her. INTENSE.

I enjoyed this book, but I do have to admit, the beginning was kind of slow. I’ve heard that the rest of the series is amazing, so I’m definitely going to continue on! I already downloaded the rest of the series onto my Nook…. oops.

I can’t wait to read more from Tahereh Mafi because her writing style was GORGEOUS!

Review: Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More – Erin Boyle


Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More – Erin Boyle

Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More

Title: Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More

Author: Erin Boyle

Release Date: January 12, 2016

Publisher: Harry M. Abrams

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 192

For anyone looking to declutter, organize, and simplify, author Erin Boyle shares practical guidance and personal insights on small-space living and conscious consumption. At once pragmatic and philosophical, Simple Matters is a nod to the growing consensus that living simply and purposefully is more sustainable not only for the environment, but for our own happiness and well-being, too. Boyle embraces the notion that “living small” is beneficial and accessible to us all—whether we’re renting a tiny apartment or purchasing a three-story house.
 
Filled with personal essays, projects, and helpful advice on how to be inventive and resourceful in a tight space, Simple Matters shows that living simply is about making do with less and ending up with more: more free time, more time with loved ones, more savings, and more things of beauty.

5 out of 5 stars


I loved reading this book and it REALLY inspired me to be more minimalistic with my home and wardrobe.

I think this was the perfect time for me to read this book. My mom read this and knew that I would love it, so she bullied me *lightly* into reading it. I’m just about to move into my first house away from home in August for my second year of college. I lived in the dorms the first year and there is only so much you can add to a dorm to make it your own… cohesively. Anyway, I think this is the most influential time for me to read this because it has so much to do with making your home your safe, happy, cozy place.

I have always had a mindset of minimalism, but haven’t really put that into action. I’m a collector of things, but recently I’ve become overwhelmed with the sheer quantity of items I own. I’ve purged and gotten rid of half my wardrobe, and still have an overflowing closet. I’ve vowed to not purchase any more books unless I know that they’re going to be favorites. I’m just ready to live more simply, and this book was so inspiring for that.

There were some pieces of advice throughout this book that really struck me.

Only keep a few items on surfaces around your space.

Use mason jars for dry goods that you can purchase from a bulk store.

Try and make some of your own beauty and cleaning products.

Move products from the original packaging *with labels* into glass containers.

I just loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who has felt overwhelmed by their things in their house. I’m ready to live a more simple and meaningful life with less.

REREAD Review: Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu


Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

Title: Legend (Legend #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Release Date: November 29, 2011

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 305

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

5 out of 5 stars


This is the second time I’ve read this book and I’m so excited to actually continue on with the series now!

Here is my original review from last year.

I forgot how much I enjoyed this book the first time I read it, but I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I’m starting this thing with myself that I’m only going to try and have 2 series going at once (unless they’re not complete), just to keep myself accountable. This is my brother’s favorite book series and he asked me if I would read the whole series this time around. I told him absolutely, because he never gives me recommendations lol.

This book was so fun to read and it is SO fast paced. I feel like I flew through this! I’ve been reading it for a little less than a week, but I’ve only read it for three days… if that makes any sense.

My first review of this book has more coherent thoughts about plot and characters, but I love Day and June. I love them together and I love them individually. I completely forgot how cool it was how Metias left the message for June. I love that he knew she was smart enough to actually figure it out. So cool.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes! My brother said the last book made him cry but is the best book he’s ever read. Who knows. I’ll probably LOVE it :)

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) – Stephanie Perkins


Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) – Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: August 14, 2014

Publisher: Dutton

Format: ebook

Page Number: 352

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

5 out of 5 stars


YOU GUYS.

This is my favorite book from this series and it’s just so cute I’m fricking smiling to myself and having heart palpitations. o m g. Coherent thoughts, Aubrey. Get it together.

Isla and the Happily Ever After follows Isla as she finally gets to be in a relationship with the boy of her dreams. Her crush for over three years, Josh. He’s been friends with Etienne and the gang from Anna and the French Kiss for forever and was dating the same girl for two years. He is finally single, but shy Isla doesn’t know how to talk to him. She gets nervous and overthinks everything (#relatable), but when she’s hopped up on drugs after getting her wisdom teeth removed she finally talks to him…. and he starts falling for her.

I literally can’t express how cute this was. Yes, it was typical. Yes, it’s a very classic and somewhat cliche romance book. BUT, I couldn’t get enough of it. Oh man who do I get my thoughts together for this one.

I loved that the romance started right away. I love that this relationship happened quickly. I love that there wasn’t any apologizing when it came to them having sex. It felt so organic and real. This book felt the most realistic out of all the books of this series to me because it was so… frantic feeling. In the best way possible.

Isla has been in love with Josh for three years and her crush is MAJOR, so I loved that they pretty much started dating right away. It’s a romance book after all, I want the romance to happen. The majority of this book took place in the first month of them being together and it felt so real. Yes, I can be here for a slow burn romance, but a fast paced one is so refreshing every once in awhile. I love that they confessed their love early, because sometimes you just know.

I love that they didn’t make it such a big deal about having sex. I think everyone can choose what they want to do and when they want to do it, but I think so many young adult books apologize for containing sex. I can’t even express how refreshing it is to read about two people in love without a bad consequence in that regard! They weren’t shunned by their friends. They weren’t looked down on by their parents. They were happy and loved and it was just so nice. It was a healthy and safe relationship.

I related to Isla in so many ways. She was such an over thinker. Just. Like. Me. It sucks because it’s so hard to balance it because most of the time the other person you’re freaking out over literally doesn’t even give the conversation you’re obsessing over a second thought. I can speak from experience lol. I do think that she got annoyingly angry at Josh, but hey it all worked out so it’s fineeeee.

Everything was going way too smoothly the first half of the book, so you knew something bad was going to happen to ruin it. I kind of called it because they decided to take an unauthorized trip to Spain but didn’t think about telling the right people to not report it to whoever. Obviously something was going to go wrong. But there was a somewhat steamy sex scene which was cute and safe and just the right amount of detail.

Of course they’re going to get back together because why wouldn’t they. Again. YA contemporary. But I was kind of convinced near the end that it wasn’t going to happen. I’m SO glad that first inkling was wrong because it got SO MUCH CUTER. yay aww.

The characters from Anna and Lola showed up! And we saw Etienne propose to Anna which was quite possibly the most adorable thing I’ve ever read.

These books just read like a movie. I could see the whole thing unfolding in my mind and it was so vivid in detail. I think this is one of my favorite series of all time because it’s just so damn cute. I know cute is the word of this review, but there’s no other way to describe it!

This is one of those books that you get the ‘have to kind of hold your breath but try and breathe at the same time without making stupid girly aww cute noises.’ I know you know what I mean lol. I mean I hope you do. But DAMN SO GOOD.

I love this series and will FOREVER recommend it to everyone who needs a new book. Please read it; you will be grateful.

Series:

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)

June Wrapup


Read:

  1. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (Nancy Drew #38) – Carolyn Keene *review*
  2. The Diviners (The Diviners #1) – Libba Bray *review*
  3. Turtles All the Way Down – John Green *review*
  4. By Your Side – Kasie West *review*
  5. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black *review*
  6. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green *review*

Update!

I’ve decided that TBRs don’t really work super well for me, so I’m just going to read what I want when I want to. I think planning it out stresses me the heck out *which is dumb to be stressed about fun reading* but I’m excited to see how this goes! I didn’t really set that big of a TBR for June and managed to get 6 books and more than half of another done :)

Review: An Abundance of Katherines – John Green


An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

An Abundance of Katherines

Title: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green

Release Date: 2006

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 215

Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

3 out of 5 stars


I was enjoyed this book and would have given it 4 stars, except for the fact that they used the word ‘retarded’ to refer to someone.

This is one of the things that I am COMPLETELY not okay with because I hate that word and it should NEVER be used as an insult. I do admit that I lost some respect for John Green after that because there were so many other ways to get his message across. This horrible word was used on pages: 66, 121, 122, 175 and 200 of the paperback edition, therefore I am taking off one star for that.

I did enjoy quite a bit about this book aside from that. John Green is the quote master, I swear. He always has very quotable sentences or passages that just make you smile and agree.

The act of leaning in to kiss someone, or asking to kiss them, is fraught with the possibility of rejection, so the person least likely to get rejected should do the leaning in or the asking. And that person, at least in high school heterosexual relationships, is definitely the girl. Think about it: boys, basically, want to kiss girls. Guys want to make out. Always… there’s rarely a time when a boy is thinking, “eh, I think I’d rather not kiss a girl today.” Maybe if a guy is actually, literally, on fire he won’t be thinking about hooking up. But that’s about it. Whereas girls are very fickle about the business of kissing. Sometimes they want to makeout; sometimes they don’t. They’re an impenetrable fortress of unknowability, really.

okay I know that is a hecking long paragraph but I thought it was funny and noteworthy.

There wasn’t a ton of plot to this book, but I don’t believe that parents would just let their overly protected children just leave on a road trip to who knows where without much convincing. I know at least MY parents wouldn’t and I’m 19, not 16. I just thought that wasn’t super plausible, but that also might be growing up with protective parents.

Another quote I liked was:

Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll sit for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.

True, John Green. I see you.

I liked the message of this book that you shouldn’t strive to be remembered for something specific, just live life and people will remember what you did. I really liked that because it’s very true.

I will get forgotten, but the stories will last. And so we all matter–maybe less than a lot, but always more than none.

I think this is my least favorite John Green that I’ve read, but it wasn’t bad. I will still read what he publishes in the future.

I liked the characters of this book, but they’re the same as every single John Green character lol. I feel like they’re all super randomly unique, but they’re all the same… I don’t know if that makes sense, but if you’ve read all of his books you’ll know.

I’m glad I read this, and it’s funny to me that I read two JG books in one month. Turtles was definitely better.

Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

Author: Holly Black

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 384

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

4 out of 5 stars


I knew that I was going to love this book and I’m so glad I picked it up this month!

The Cruel Prince follows a girl named Jude who is mortal and living in Faerie. Her mortal mother used to be married to a faerie but then ran away while pregnant with her older sister, Vivienne. Jude has a twin named Taryn, and at the age of 7, the ex-husband faerie comes and kills the girls’ parents and steals them away to live in Faerie. The three girls grow up as members of the court as their “father” is an important member of the Faerie society. All Jude wants is to be a knight of the faeries, but being mortal sets her back from this. She has to deal with the school bullies who just so happen to be led by one of the princes…

This book was really great! THE PLOT TWISTS. Oh my gosh I literally did not see them coming at all.

I think this is a great fantasy to read if you’re just getting into fantasy because it isn’t too difficult to understand, and even though there are multiple mini storylines, its easy to follow. The world building of this book was beautiful and I can see why people call Holly Black the master of the fae world. I read The Darkest Part of the Forest quite awhile ago, but I’m even more impressed with the world building and characters in this one.

This book is dedicated to Cassandra Clare. Omg.

For Cassandra Clare, who was finally lured into Faerieland.

ugh too cute. I love when authors are best friends cause CUTE.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes because there are SO MANY ROUTES IT COULD TAKE. I am HERE for Prince Cardan. I loved him right away even though he was being horrible to Jude because I knew that there was going to be something about him… I was right.

Prince Cardan is just so…. unique. He is cruel *thee cruel prince? hmm idk* to Jude, but there’s something different about him that I noticed right away. I can’t exactly put my finger on it because it wasn’t just one moment, but I knew that he would become a main character.

Jude is headstrong and knows what she wants, so when she starts getting distracted by the beautiful faerie boys. Girl, I knew that was going to end badly.

I have so many theories of what could happen in the next books and you’ll have to watch my YouTube review that will be going up soon!