REVIEW: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

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Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN: 9780062336385

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: “When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.”

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LUXEMBOURG!

Hi, again!

From 16th to 20th of March, I was in Luxembourg for the 2016 GIN Conference. GIN stands for Global Issues Network, where you choose a “global” problem and take an action towards solving it by “thinking global, acting local”. Then you prepare presentations about these problems and present them at the GIN conference of your choice.

Basically, that was the main reason behind our trip. However, we missed like 3 days of school and it felt like a much-needed vacation. Obviously, as I always do, I looked at the list of English bookstores in Luxembourg and took note of them.

I went to Alinea Bookstore in Rue Beaumont, the city centre.

It was like the old bookstores you see in movies, walls of shelves and shelves full of books. I loved the smell of books in the store (duh, it is a bookstore) and if it weren’t for my friends who insisted on leaving the bookstore as soon as possible, I would have probably stayed there for an hour or so. Sadly, even though the books there were incredibly precious, I couldn’t find anything on my TBR list, as I am trying to stick to my TBR until I manage to take full control of it. Heh.

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This is a street sign-thing (what are these called?!) in front of Alinea. I kept seeing photos of these things and this was the first time I was seeing something like this in my whole life so I was pretty excited. Heh.

Here is the official website of Alinea (coming soon), where you can also find its address and all.

Next stop is the All-English Bookstore, Ernster.

Sadly, I couldn’t take any photos of the inside of the bookstore because I was absolutely mesmerised by everything in there. As the name suggests, this bookstore had only English books, under different genres: non-fiction, fiction, mystery and thriller, young adult and children.

The young adult section offered a great selection of your favorite YA books. This includes new releases, too. This only consists of paperbacks, though. No hardcovers *wipes non-existing tears*

Not only this but you could also buy bookish related items, too! There were mini stands in between the shelves and they had boxes of teas, pens, candles, stickers or even tote bags?!?!!?

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This one was my favorite but there was also another one that said “So many books, so little time” which was equally adorable.

And here is the address of this lovely bookstore.

Seriously, it should be under the “must visit” list if you ever find yourself in Luxembourg.

Sooo, this was it, basically. Our grand 4-day vacation in Europe would have been better if it weren’t for the bombing in Istanbul but that is a whole different topic that we probably will not discuss.

I definitely had amazing days there, our hotel was amazing and public transportation was very easy to follow. The city-slash-country was quite small and empty for us as we are used to the crowded streets of Istanbul but it was warm nevertheless.

Now, it has been three days since we have come back home and we cannot stop talking about our wonderful time in Luxembourg with my friends.

Farewell, Luxembourg, until next time!

 

REVIEW: Light of Day by Allison van Diepen

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Title: Light of Day

Author: Allison van Diepen

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN: 9780062303479

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: The danger of night can bleed into day.

Like any other Saturday night, Gabby Perez and her best friend, Maria, are out dancing. But this isn’t just another night. When a mysterious stranger warns Gabby their drinks have been drugged, she hurries Maria home. Sure enough, the next day, Maria can’t remember a thing. Gabby’s shaken by their close call. And she’s not going to stay quiet about it.

She opens up on her radio show and discovers an even worse truth: the guy who drugged them was going to force them into prostitution. Then Gabby’s friend Bree never makes it home from a party, and Gabby fears the worst.

Gabby reaches out to the guy who saved her, the gorgeous stranger she knows only as X. As they dive into the seedy underworld of Miami, searching for Bree, they can’t ignore their undeniable attraction. Until Gabby discovers the truth about who X really is and the danger that surrounds him. Can their love survive the light of day?”

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REVIEW: Shatter Me (series) by Tahereh Mafi

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Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN: 9780062085504

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: “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.” (Shatter Me)

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