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: First & Then by Emma Mills

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Title: First & Then

Author: Emma Mills

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

ISBN: 9781627792356

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: “Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.”

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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!

 

BOOK HAUL: November

Helloooo hellooo *waves hands*

My TBR pile is getting bigger and bigger and it’s starting to get out of hand, so I decided to stop buying books for a while and just read the ones I already bought.

Everything was great, I spent a whole month (wow) without buying books and I was getting ready for my trip to Germany, I knew that I was going to visit bookstores and buy books but you know, I hadn’t bought anything that month so I wasn’t feeling bad or anything.

I left Germany with 2 books, a bit disappointing but still satisfying.

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REVIEW: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

*This review includes minor spoilers. There are warning signs before and after the spoiler.

Title: Love Letters to the Dead

Author: Ava Dellaira

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374346676

Pages: 336

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: “It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.

Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven’t forgiven?

It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.”

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REVIEW: On The Edge by Allison van Diepen

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Title: On The Edge

Author: Allison van Diepen

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN: 9780062303448

Pages: 294

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn’t, she wouldn’t have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back. 

But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?

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REVIEW: Finding Paris by Joy Preble

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Title: Finding Paris

Author: Joy Preble

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

ISBN: 9780062321305

Pages: 272

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: “Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can’t trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who’s moved them all to Las Vegas. It’s just the two of them: Paris, who’s always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind—going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn’t going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister.

Until Paris ditches Leo at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris—a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared? When Leo reluctantly accepts Max’s offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold inside.”

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