My Reading Goals (Sept 2017-Dec 2017)

So, I started out the year with some reading goals. They were just too over ambitious and I knew that going into it. But I decided to give up on those and created new ones that I think I can manage!


The first goal that I have for myself is that I would like to use my TBR Jar more often.

I have a jar that has all of the books I own and I have on my Kindle. I have had a habit of choosing the book and not reading it. So I want to get better about actually using that.



The next goal I have is that I want to read Game of Thrones. Just the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin.

I’m currently 10% through and I have until the end of the year so I don’t see how I wouldn’t be able to.


I also would like to read an Agatha Christie book a month. I have read two of them and I would like to read more. So I’m going to set myself up to read at least one a month. I’m also going to try to read it in order.



Another series that I want to read is the Sookie Stackhouse series. Or the Southern Vampires or whatever books the True Blood show was based on.

I started reading these a while back and just never ended up finishing it. So I want to restart it and get around to actually finishing it. So a book a month is how I’m going to go about that also. I won’t have it done by the end of the year though.


I need to read a single Shakespeare play. I have a Shakespeare collection and I just want to start reading them. I think I’ll end up reading Romeo and Juliet since I’ve already read that once and it’ll be easy to get back into it.



Along those same lines, I would like to read one poetry collection. So recommend some of your favorites down below!


But then there’s my book buying ban. I’m currently on a book buying ban and I would like to make it last to the end of the year. We’ll see, though.


And the last goal that I have for myself is that I would like to read my ARCs two months ahead. I currently get books through NetGalley and I plan on continuing to do so. But I would like to try to stay 2 months ahead. Obviously, that won’t count for books I got after the two month mark but if I have it two months ahead, I’ll read them!


So that’s about it. This was just a quick little check in and you can go watch my video talking about my reading goals, here.


Happy Reading!

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July Wrap Up

Hi Bookies!

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This month has been a very productive month for me. I managed to read 15 books in July! I’ll list the books, some stats about them, then the overall stats.

I apologize, this posted for some reason long before it was meant to. So I took that down. It wasn’t completed and was supposed to be saved as a draft. I don’t know what happened. Here’s the full and updated one.

Let’s just get into this!


Through My Bedroom Window by Teagan Wells

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Genre: Erotica
Page Count:
26
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
June 2016
Form: eBook
Overall Rating:
5/5 
Review:
GoodReads

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

*I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review*

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Genre: Contemporary
Series:
Hundred Oaks
Page Count:
320
Bought/Borrowed From:
Sent by NetGalley
Pub Month/Year:
July 4th, 2017
Form: eBook
Overall Rating:
3/5
Quote:
“If you spend all your time thinking about how someone is going to one-up you, you can’t put your best foot forward.”
Review: 
GoodReads

The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

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Genre: Fantasy
Series:
The Paper Magician Triology (Book 2)
Page Count:
224
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
Nov 2014
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3/5

The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

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Genre: Fantasy
Series:
The Paper Magician Trilogy (Book 3)
Page Count:
226
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
June 2015
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3.5/5

In The Heir by Ruth Cardello

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
Westerly Billionaire (Book 1)
Page Count:
242
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
May 2017
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
4/5
Review:
GoodReads

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Genre: Fantasy/Magical Realism?
Series:
Caraval (Book 1)
Page Count:
407
Bought/Borrowed From:
OwlCrate
Pub Month/Year:
Jan 2017
Form: Hardcover
Overall Rating:
4/5
Review:
Yes

I buddy read this book with April! I’ll leave all of her links below!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy
Series:
Shadow and Bone Trilogy (Book 2)
Page Count:
435
Bought/Borrowed From:
Christmas Gift
Pub Month/Year:
June 2013
Form: Paperback
Overall Rating:
2.5/5
Review:
Series Review

I buddy read this with Melissa! I’ll link her stuff below!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy
Series:
Shadow and Bone Trilogy (Book 3)
Page Count:
422
Bought/Borrowed From:
Christmas Gift
Pub Month/Year:
June 2014
Form: Paperback
Overall Rating:
3.5/5
Review:
Series Review (linked under Siege and Storm)

I also buddy read this with Melissa! Again, she’ll be linked below!

Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
The Bourbon Street Boys (Book 1)
Page Count:
341
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
Sept 2015
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3/5

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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Genre: Contemporary
Page Count:
288
Bought/Borrowed From:
Amazon
Pub Month/Year: March 2017
Form: Paperback
Overall Rating: 5/5
Quote: “That’s what we do. We walk a tightrope every day. Getting out the door is a tightrope. Going grocery shopping is a tightrope. Socializing is a tightrope. Things that most people consider normal, daily parts of life are the very things we fear and struggle with the most, and yet here we are, moving forward anyway. That’s not weak.”
Review:
 Yes

Wrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
The Bourbon Street Boys (Book 2)
Page Count:
330
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
May 2016
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3/5

Love is Love by Mette Bach

*I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review*

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Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 176
Bought/Borrowed From: NetGalley
Pub Month/Year: May 2017
Form: eBook
Overall Rating: 2/5
Review: GoodReads

Sapphire by JA Low

*I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review*

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Genre: Adult Romance/Suspense
Series:
Bratva Jewels Series (Book 1)
Page Count:
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Bought/Borrowed From: NetGalley
Pub Month/Year: July 30, 2016 (according to GoodReads), July 31, 2017 (according to NetGalley)
Form: eBook
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Review: Yes

Wrong Question, Right Answer by Elle Casey

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
The Bourbon Street Boys (Book 3)
Page Count:
335
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
Aug 2016
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
2/5

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

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Genre: Contemporary (Hard-hitting)
Page Count:
320
Bought/Borrowed From: Amazon
Pub Month/Year: Jan 2017
Form: Hardcover
Overall Rating:
4/5
Quote: “Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.”
Review: Yes


Stats

On My July TBR: 14
Read in July: 15
Read From July TBR: 7

Total Pages Read: 4,092 (Not counting Sapphire)
Average Pages Read:
292 (Not counting Sapphire)
Average Pages Per Day:
132 (Not counting Sapphire)
Average Star Rating:
3.46

Genres:
Contemporary – 3
Erotica – 1
Fantasy – 5
Adult Romance – 5

Other Stats:
Series Started – 4
Series Finished – 2

Challenges:
2017 Reading Challenge – 1 (Book about someone who identifies as transgender)
Diversity Bingo – 1 (Neuro-Diverse MC)
A to Z Challenge – 3 (T, R, Q)


Send me all your recs for any of these challenges, let me know. I’ll put the link to the good doc below where you can comment on it!


Links

2017 Reading Challenges Google Doc

April (April’s Book Nook)

Instagram

Melissa (TheWrittenAdventure)

Instagram
Blog
Twitter

Books

*BookOutlet links worked as of 7/30 but they may not any longer*

Through My Bedroom Window

GoodReads
Amazon

Coming Up For Air

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

The Glass Magician

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

The Master Magician

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

In the Heir

GoodReads
Amazon

Caraval

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Siege and Storm

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository
BookOutlet

Ruin and Rising

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Wrong Number Right Guy

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Queens of Geek

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Wrong Place, Right Time

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Love is Love

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Sapphire

GoodReads
Amazon

Wrong Question, Right Answer

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

A List of Cages

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository


Happy Reading!

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Tome Topple TBR

Hi Bookies!

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Today, I’ve got another post for you and that would be my Tome Topple TBR!

Tome Topple is a readathon that is focused on reading only tomes, or books over 500 pages.

This readathon was created by Sam. I’ll have all of the links below, including those of the Co-hosts!

Rules:

  • Book must be over 500 pages
  • Bindups don’t count

Challenges:

  • Read more than 1 tome
  • Read a graphic novel (still has to be over 500 pgs but can be a collection as in: Fruits Basket’s Collector’s Editions (they aren’t technically tomes though since those specifically are under 500))
  • Read a tome that is part of a series
  • Buddy read a tome
  • Read an adult novel

I’ve got 4 books planned out for this readathon but I only really hope to finish 3 of them. Let’s just get into this.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

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I plan on listening to this book on audio while I’m at work. I started listening to it months ago but I’m going to restart it and finish it this time!

This will count for:

Read an adult novel
Read a tome that’s part of a series

Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino

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This one I’m kind of cheating for but that’s okay! It’s not technically a tome for each volume of this but I’m going to read the entire thing during Tome Topple. And I’ll be reading it on my phone/Kindle so it’ll be continuous for me rather than separate books. So I’m counting it.

This will count for:

Read a graphic novel
Read more than one tome

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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This one and the next one are up in the air. I don’t know which Im going to choose so I’m just going to count both and hope that I can get to both of them. I doubt it, though.

*Update 8/3* I’m buddy reading this with Julie, Chelsea, and Taylor. I’ll link all of their stuff below!

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackeni Lee

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I got this book in July’s OwlCrate and I can’t wait to get into it!

I’m buddy reading this with Bree! I’ll link her stuff below!


If you want to buddy read any of these, let me know! Except Angels and Demons. That’s the only one that I would rather not buddy read with anyone. But any of the other three, let me know!


Links

Sam (Thoughts on Tomes) 

Announcment Video
Twitter
GoodReads
Instagram
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Tome Topple

Twitter
GoodReads

Adriana (Perpetual Pages)

Youtube

Sarah-Jane (The Book Life)

YouTube

Sian (Readers Rambles)

YouTube

Ish (Reading Realm)

YouTube

Caz (Little Book Owl)

YouTube

Emma (Aeduan)

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Julie (Pages and Pens/According2Jewls)

YouTube
Twitter
Instagram

Chelsea (AVeryBookishGirl)

Blog
Twitter
Instagram

Taylor (Bookish.Taylor)

YouTube
Twitter
Instagram

Bree (In Love and Words)

Blog
Twitter

Books

(All BookOutlet links worked as of July 30th but may not be any longer)

Angels and Demons

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository
BookOutlet

Vampire Knight (Links are for Vol 1)

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

The Unexpected Everything

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository



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Top 5 Wednesdays: Book Covers You’d Love To Live In

Top 5 Wednesdays was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and is moderated by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out the GoodReads group here!

This week’s topic is book covers you’d like to be transported to. Now I’m taking this as not counting the story on the inside. So I’m going to go through my shelves and decide which I’d like for this!

Now, I’m writing this the morning of this post going up and I’d like to notify you guys that I’m not going to be doing T5W on the 16th. It’s a topic that I don’t want to do and probably couldn’t come up with enough answers for so I’m going to be talking about something else!

I’d also like to let you guys know that I’m not going to be linking anything besides the links above. I am going to be working a last minute 12hr shift so I’m going to need to go to sleep soon. And I want to finish Of Fire and Stars tonight.


1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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This book cover has dogs and ice cream. What else would I need in my life?

2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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Alone on an island? Sign me up.

3. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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Morgan Matson just knows how to get to my heart with these covers. I don’t like swimming but I wouldn’t mind sitting on a dock, the sunset in the background, reading a nice book.

4. Effortless With You by Lizzy Charles

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Because I can’t get through any list/tag without mentioning Lizzy Charles. And because I would adore being alone, surrounded by a field. But my anxiety wouldn’t enjoy that and I’d freak at every noise.

5. Shoot Down the Wendy Bird by Julie Zantopoulos

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The beauty of this. Could you imagine sitting on a porch swing, looking out at that view? Ugh. I need this in my life.


What are some covers you’d like to live in?


Happy Reading

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Tag Tuesday: Wonder Woman Book Tag

Hi Bookies!

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I’m here today with another Tag Tuesday post! Today’s tag is the Wonder Woman Book Tag! This was created by the lovely Amber! I’ll leave all of her links down below!


I’m going to tag:

Jessica
Donna
Chelsea

I linked to everyone’s most recent post as of 7/28 ❤ Except for Chelsea because her blog is through Blogger so I don’t know how that works. I know that WordPress won’t notify the person unless you link to one of their posts.

Let’s just get into this!

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1. Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character

I’d have to say Audrey Rose from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

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2. Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to

I’m going to kind of cheat on this one and go with Supacon from Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. It’s not really another setting but it’s definitely another world. A world that I would fit right into.

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3. London: A hyped book that let you down

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I hyped this book up for myself after reading ACOMAF and I just couldn’t handle it. I wanted it to be so much more than it was. It was boring and the ending bothers me too much.

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4. Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. great personality)

Caraval! I absolutely adore this cover! It’s so gorgeous. And I adored the story inside of it. It was so interesting to me! I have a full review that I’ll link below along with any other reviews that I have for any of the books mentioned.

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5. Lasso of Truth: A book you hated

City. Of. Ashes.

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6. Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad you need a shield

A List of Cages. This was the first book that popped into my head for this question. I cried my eyes out.

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7. No Man’s Land: A book that you want to send through No Man’s Land (i.e. shoot it to death)

I’m going to go with Wrong Question, Right Answer from the Bourbon Steet Boys series by Elle Casey. I enjoyed the first two but this one was just bad in my opinion. I didn’t like Toni at all. I liked her the first two books but I guess that’s because I wasn’t in her head. I am not a fan of her anymore. And now I’m trying to motivate myself to read the last one but I just didn’t like this one.

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8. Ares: A villian that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate

The Darkling! I was typing out these questions before I went through and answered them and I knew that I would choose the Darkling for this.

He was a horrible person. But I just couldn’t seem to hate him. I knew in the last book that he was a bad person. But still! He was just trying to save his country!

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9. Dr. Poison: A villian that has no reason to exist

I wasn’t sure of an answer so I asked my husband. He said Sandman from Spider-Man 3. So, yeah. We’ll go with that.

10. The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation

Okay. Now hear me out for this one. I think that the A Court of Thorns and Roses should have better LGBT+ rep. Maas tried to do it in ACOWAR but it just didn’t work. It was forced and you could tell. I just wish that she wouldn’t have been pressured into it and it ending up badly. I give her props for trying but I personally just didn’t like it.

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11. Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag?

Check above!


Links

Amber (Amber’s Books and More)

Wonder Woman Book Tag video
Twitter
Instagram
GoodReads

Books

(All Book Outlet books were available on 7/28 but they may not be any longer. Just go to the Book Outlet website and look up that book)

Stalking Jack the Ripper

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

Queens of Geek

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

A Court of Thorns and Roses

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

A Court of Mist and Fury

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

A Court of Wings and Ruin

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

Caraval

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

City of Ashes

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository
Book Outlet

A List of Cages

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

Wrong Question, Right Answer

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

Shadow and Bone

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

Siege and Storm

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository
Book Outlet

Ruin and Rising

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository
Book Outlet


Happy Reading

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Unhaulathon TBR

It’s my birthday!!! Yay! Happy birthday to me!!! Finally 22!!!

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This readathon was created by Dylan and hosted by him, Brittany, and Karen! I’ll leave all the links below!

This readathon focuses on reading books you’ve had for over a year and unhauling the books. Because I didn’t get back into reading until October of this past year, I haven’t had any books for more than a year that I’d want to read now. So I’m just going with books I’ve had for a while that I think I can get done and if not, then I’ll unhaul them! Well, besides one of them. But it’s short enough that I don’t doubt that I’ll get it done.


Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

I started reading this book way back around October/November but I don’t think I was in the right mindset for it. I want to finish it. I’ve had it on so many TBRs but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I just want to get it done with!

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

I got this book in my first OwlCrate and I haven’t read it! Someone buddy read this with me. I need the motivation to read it.

Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings

This is the book I won’t unhaul even if I don’t get to it. I started it and want to finish it. And it’s going to go toward a challenge for Diversity Bingo (which I’ve been doing horrible at). So I’m hoping to definitely get to it during Unhaulathon.


Are you participating in Unhaulathon? What are you reading?

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Links

DylantheReader5

Youtube
Instagram
Twitter

Unhaulathon

Twitter

Brittany (Brittany’sBookNook)

Instagram
Twitter

Karen (Reading Addiction)

Youtube
Instagram
Twitter

Books

Incarnate

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

Vassa in the Night

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository
Book Outlet

Blindsided

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository
Book Outlet


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Book Review: A List of Cages (Spoiler-Free)

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I didn’t even realize that I didn’t have any pictures of A List of Cages. What kind of human am I?

Alright. Let’s get into the stats on this book.

Stats

Genre: Hard Hitting Contemporary
Page Count: 320
Pub Month/Year: Jan 2017
Form: Hardcover
Plot Rating: 4/5
Character Rating: 4/5
Ease of Reading: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 (4/5 on GoodReads)
Recommend To: Anyone who wants a contemporary that will make them cry and feel all the feels.
Trigger Warnings: Child abuse (physcial and mental). This is a tough book to get through and I just want you to know that the abuse scenes are described in great detail.


Summary

Let’s start with a general summary. I like going into books knowing as little as possible so I’ll try to keep it to what I would have liked to know going into this book.

This story is a hard hitter, as I’ve already said. It follows two different POVs, Adam and Julian. These two boys have a history together due to a tragic accident in Julian’s past. At the time of this book, Adam is a senior in High School and Julian is a freshman.

Adam is helping out the counselor at the school and is assigned to make sure Julian actually goes to his appointments. During that time, Adam and Julian begin getting closer but Adam realizes that there’s something off about Julian.

Julian just wants to be blend in. He doesn’t want to cause trouble for anyone, especially his uncle, Russell. Anything to keep Russell from getting mad at him. But when Adam starts getting closer to Julian, how will he manage to keep the balance?

(I don’t know if that would be an accurate description of Julian’s side, but we’ll just go with it)


Ease of Reading

Now onto some of my thoughts. Let’s start out with how easy/hard it was to read.

This book was such a quick read for me. After going through the Shadow and Bone trilogy, I’ve been on a contemporary/romance kick. This was another that I managed to read in about 2 days (probably less because I had to work 8 hours both days and sleep during the day).

Now, just because it was a quick read, doesn’t mean it was mentally easy. This book broke my heart so many times. I don’t even know how many times I had to just put the book down because I was reading on my lunch and I didn’t want to break down and cry in the break room.

I still can’t stop thinking about a lot of  what happened in this book. I’ve always been iffy about reading books with child abuse, but this book has pushed me to read more. I want to read A Child Called It at some point. I know that it’ll crush me.

This book read like a children’s classic would for me. All the books I read in school (like The Outsiders and The Giver) had the same feel, even though they were different subjects and writing styles. They just gave off the same feel while reading. Like this would be a book that someone would read in school. If that makes any sense.

I had the lovely Taylor proofread this for me and helped me keep it spoiler free. And she pointed out that during the Java and the Librarians live show, they mentioned Adam’s parts felt YA and Julian’s felt more MG. Which makes sense. Adam was a senior and Julian was a freshman. So well done with that, Roe.


Plot

Now onto the plot.

I was going to do characters first but the characters were such an important part of this story that, in my opinion, they were more important than the plot.

Now, the plot was kind of slow burning but it needed to be. A lot of time went by (I believe it was an entire school year) during these 320 pages but a lot seemed to happen with the character growth. I’ll get more into that in the character portion of this.

Plot wise, there was a lot of lead up to the turning point then a lot of lead up to the climax. But it was all necessary, in my opinion. With a story like this, there needs to be a lot of repetitive behavior and not too much “action.”

Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of “action” in this book. I’ll just get into the characters to get into that more.


Characters

The characters were my favorite part about this book. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such strong feelings about characters. There were characters I loved, characters I absolutely despised (like, more than Umbridge. Yeah), characters I just wanted to snuggle, characters that I needed more of. Everything. I love the characters of this book so much. Robin Roe did such a great job and writing them.

Now, back to the “action.” There were a lot of repetitive scenes and characters doing the same things over and over. But there was always something different. The characters were always changing. Like, (not spoilery) there are a bunch of scenes of Adam and his friends at lunch and every single one of them show growth in all of the characters. It always shows something different. I absolutely love that.

Characters make a story for me. If I hate the characters, I don’t care what happens and I don’t end up liking the story, usually. This book was everything. The characters were wonderful and that kept me very interested in what was going to happen to them.

*Disclaimer: this next part will be semi-spoilery, so tread carefully*

Now, there were some issues with the characters that did bother me and it bothered me a lot. The adults seemed to be useless. They were all either mean people or didn’t seem to care/realize what was going on. Which, I feel like is unrealistic. The way it was all handled would have been pretty obvious for teachers/counselors to suspect something and question it.

*Semi-spoiler is over. Now I have a major spoiler thought I need to share. Skip to Overall if you don’t want spoilers*

The most frustrating part of this entire book was Adam. When he found out about what was going on, he decided not to tell anyone. Which he also knew he should have but he listened to his friends. Which, it makes sense, a little bit. As a teenager, he doesn’t really understand completely what’s going on or how things should be handled. But Roe made him out to be so naive and that frustrated me.

*spoilers over! Continue!*


Overall 

Overall, I adored this book. I only took away .5 stars because there was just something that I can’t put my finger on that make me take away that .5. There was just a little tiny bit of SOMETHING missing. I couldn’t begin to imagine what that is.

Maybe it was the fact that it was a bit slow at times, but I still loved those parts. They may have been slow “action” wise, but they were wonderful for the characters. I don’t know.

I love this book and if you think you can handle reading about child abuse from the victim’s POV, do it. I feel like as long as it’s not triggering for you, you should read it. It’s such an important read.


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