REVIEW: Charisma by Jeanne Ryan

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Title: Charisma

Author: Jeanne Ryan

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471163937

Rating: 2/5

Synopsis: “Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it’s too late.”


When Nerve was first released, it was all everyone could talk about and the hype was too real. I wanted nothing more than to watch the movie asap and that I did. I couldn’t stop talking about it for a week because the world in the movie was so enchanting I found myself captivated by it. Then I saw this book on the shelf in the Ernest Librairie in Luxembourg and just the fact that this was the very same author who wrote Nerve was enough for me to want to get my hands on it.

Long story short, you can obviously see that it didn’t meet my expectations at all. I found the plot to be very similar to that of Nerve and I was completely okay with it because that was what I was looking for as well: teen lives with a twist in them. And I think the plot had very high potential but the author missed this amazing chance of creating a world that would amaze its readers.

First and I think the most important of all, there was a serious lacking in depth in the characters department. The characters were not easy to relate with and only one personality trait of theirs shone out. This made it very hard for me to like them. It wasn’t that they were spoiled brats who couldn’t do anything on their own (even though some of them were), it was just the fact that they showed no development or change at all. Characters are what make a story significant, in my opinion, so them being so shallow affected my opinion of the book very largely.

The main character, especially, showed no change at all and she kept doing whatever she wanted without listening to anyone and normally I’m a huge supporter of characters who know what they want, but what Aislyn did was pure stupidity and it bugged me a lot.

Everything happened too fast in the book, almost as if some parts of the plot were skipped over on purpose. Normally, I’m not too hung up on details but in a plot like this, details are very important and what make the reader become immersed in the book.

What I’m trying to say is Charisma did not mean anything to me nor did it spark some emotions in me. No difference would have been made if I had not read the book, and I do not recommend it to anyone either.

 

Where to Buy: Amazon // Book Depository

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REVIEW: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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*Beware: Very shitty review because life happens sometimes

Title: The Female of the Species

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

ISBN: 9780062320896

Rating: 2/5

Synopsis: “Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.”

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REVIEW: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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*contains major spoilers*

Title: Hopeless

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

ISBN: 9781471133435

Rating: 1/5

Synopsis: “Sky Davis is starting sixth form having always been home-schooled, and wants to keep a low profile. But then she runs into Dean Holder – messy brown hair, smouldering blue eyes, and a temper straight out of Fight Club, someone who Sky is determined to avoid.

There is something about Holder that sparks memories of Sky’s troubled past, those which she would rather stay buried. Little does she know that the mysterious Dean Holder is harbouring secrets of his own . . . 

When the truth unravels, Sky must piece her life back together and learn to trust again. Only by facing the revelations together can the two of them begin to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live without boundaries.”

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REVIEW: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Guess who’s back,

Back again,

Defne’s back,

Tell a friend 👋

“Defne, where have you been?!” Well, let me tell you where I have been for the past, what, 3 months? Hell. 

There isn’t another way to describe these months for me, even though using the word hell may be going a bit too overboard, I feel like during the 16 years that I’ve been gracing the world with my presence (hello), these three months have been the worst I’ve ever seen. From school, hectic schedules, extracurricular activities and trying to balance every little thing with my flimsy little arms to friendship problems and confusing boys, I’m pretty sure I’m internally dead right now. 

And where does reading belong to in all of this? N o w h e r e. I was only able to read, like, 3 books or something in the last 3 months and I’m sure one of them was a school book that I was forced to finish. I finished reading We Were Never Here, and its review is on Goodreads but other than that, nope, not one page.

Still, here I am, with a brand new review, after a 3-month hiatus! Let the party start!!


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Title:  Tell Me Three Things

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 9780553535648

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: “Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?”

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REVIEW: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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*contains minor spoilers*


Title: The Unexpected Eveything

Author: Morgan Matson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781481404549

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?”

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REVIEW: Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

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Title: Suffer Love

Author: Ashley Herring Blake

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

ISBN: 9780544596320

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: “Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.

Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?”

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REVIEW: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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Title: Love & Gelato

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Publisher: Simon Pulse

ISBN: 9781481432542

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis: “I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.”

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REVIEW: Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

*Trigger Warning*

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Title: Asking For It

Author: Louise O’Neill

Publisher: Quercus Publishing

ISBN: 9781848664173

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: “It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes…”

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REVIEW: Penryn & The End of Days by Susan Ee

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Title: Penryn & The End of Days (Angelfall, World After, End of Days)

Author: Susan Ee

Publisher: Hodder Books

ISBN: 978-1444778519 (Book 1)

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.” (Book 1)

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REVIEW: Confess by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Confess

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN: 9781476791456

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…”

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