REVIEW: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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Title: Everything Leads to You

Author: Nina LaCour

Publisher: Dutton Books

ISBN: 9780525425885

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: “A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.”

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REVIEW: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

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Title: The Night We Said Yes

Author: Lauren Gibaldi

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN: 9780062302199

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis: “Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future. “

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REVIEW: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

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Title: I Was Here

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471124396

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis: “‘I regret to inform you that I have had to take my own life. This decision has been a long time coming, and was mine alone to make. I know it will cause you pain, and for that I am sorry, but please know that I needed to end my own pain. This has nothing to do with you and everything to do with me. It’s not your fault. Meg’ 

Cody and Meg were inseparable – best friends for life. They knew everything about each other. Or Cody thought they did. But how well do you ever really know your best friend? And what do you do when they choose to leave you behind?”

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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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REVIEW: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books

ISBN: 9781406331165

Pages: 343

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: “What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.”

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REVIEW: Just One Day (series) by Gayle Forman

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Title: Just One Day (Just One Day, Just One Year, Just One Night)

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Totally Random Books

ISBN: 9780147518163 (collection)

Pages: Just One Day 369, Just One Year 323, Just One Night 88

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: “Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.”

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REVIEW: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

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Title: Life by Committee

Author: Corey Ann Haydu

ISBN: 9780062294050

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 291

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: “Some secrets are too good to keep.

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?”

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