Reviewing the Unreviewed: April

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

See Me

See Me by Wendy Higgins. Read April 13-15. 1 Star.

While this book had some cute moments, it was not for me. I think maybe the very young spectrum of YA readers might enjoy this (though there is some mild language and some sexual situations, but it’s not graphic so it could still be ok -as an aside, I find the increasingly graphic scenes in YA is kind of alarming, but I am in the minority of that, so many people may find nothing objectionable at all for the young readers.)

I found the plot of the story pretty laughable (not in a good way) and the characters were not all that likable. I HATED the main character’s younger sister. Like every single thing she did bothered me.

I believe this is a standalone, but the ending was a little too open for me to be satisfied with it.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

While slow paced and a little silly, I enjoyed this book. The main character was really likable and I found that I appreciated how naïve she was about things, as opposed to the type of experienced characters there are in most YA novels. I was super naïve in high school myself, so I found that relatable. I was a little disappointed that this wasn’t a standalone, but I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

What I Thought Was True

What I Thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Read April 19-23. 1 star.

I was pretty disappointed with this book. I enjoyed My Life Next Door and was looking forward to another sweet read, but this just wasn’t it. Most of the characters weren’t very likable and I felt like it left too many storylines open.

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RE-READ

Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2)

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan.

I enjoyed this book just as much the second time around. I can’t wait for the next book. September is so far away!

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut lately where noting new sounds interesting. Rainbow Rowell to the rescue! I love this book. If you haven’t read it, you should.

 

Monday’s Minutes

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I apologize to all those that may care that I haven’t posted much lately. I haven’t really felt much like reading lately and what I have read I haven’t felt like reviewing. But, nevertheless, here is my Monday’s Minutes

The Last Letter from Your Lover

WHAT I’M READING

The Last Letter from you Lover by Jojo Moyes. While I disapprove of infidelity, I’m mostly enjoying this book so far. This is my first Jojo Moyes book and I’m quite impressed with her writing. The character development is A-mazing!

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)  Silenced (Alaskan Courage, #4)

Tomorrow Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins and Silenced by Dani Pettrey comes out, so they are probably next on my list.

What are you reading?

 

Review: The Art of Keeping Faith (Uni Files #2) by Anna Bloom

The Art of Keeping Faith (Uni Files #2)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

Lilah and Ben. They are meant to be a thing.

Well, they were. The best thing ever. That was until Lilah decided to teach herself a lesson and let go of Ben since she’s learned The Art of Letting Go.

Now it’s a new academic year, and Lilah has it all to play for and it all to lose as she battles scary lecturers, evil PR girls, and her own inability to make the right decision at the right time.

Life has moved on for Lilah and her friends, and life off campus is more complicated than any of them would have guessed. As the reality of being second-year students sets in and the study starts to build up, cracks begin to appear in the very fabric of their friendships. There is a chance that none of them are going to complete Year Two in one piece.

Facing down her worst enemy, herself, Lilah has to try and change her own past mistakes when she realizes that the only way she is going to get the future she wants is if she manages to learn The Art of Keeping Faith in herself.

The Art of Keeping Faith is the second year in The Uni File Series and continues Lilah McCannon’s diary as she searches for love, tries to find and earn trust, and ultimately discovers who she is really meant to be.

Sometimes the only way to meet your future is to face your past.

While I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Art of Letting Go, I had some issues with both the main characters. Ben was a little stalkerish and intense and Lilah was very immature and very drunk. However, towards the end of the book they both had grown and I was looking forward to seeing what happens next.

For about the first half -maybe a little more – of this book Lilah is still the same immature, drunken mess. Ben is splitting his time between becoming a rock star in the United States and coming back home to Lilah and living their everyday lives. They struggle through Lilah’s jealousy of tabloid photos of Ben with his PR agent and other random groupies and Ben’s jealousy of Lilah’s growing friendship with Richard.

While there is really not a lot that goes on, I enjoyed reading the relationship between Lilah and Ben when they were together. I also liked when Lilah starts to become independent and was able to live her life and even be a little happy when Ben wasn’t around. I didn’t like that her friends started questioning her love for Ben just because she wasn’t miserable all the time while he was gone.

With all the jealousy and miscommunication that is going on, it’s not a surprise when something tragic happens that seems to split them up for good. Even though the situation was awful, I think it’s the best thing to happen to Lilah. She finally starts to get her life together and really evaluate what she wants from life and from Ben.

I thought Bloom’s writing also improved with this installment of the Uni Files. Even when the pace was slow, I couldn’t put the book down. The writing was extremely emotive and Bloom does a great job of making Lilah a likable character, despite her many flaws.

Overall, I enjoyed The Art of Keeping Faith. While the first half or so of the book seemed to be just “more of the same” from the first book, I really liked Lilah’s turning point and how the rest of the story played out. I hope we get another novella from Ben’s POV as I would love to see what happened with him in the States and the real story behind some of the out-of-context paparazzi photos.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 3.5
Characters: 3.5
Readability: 3.5
Enjoyability: 3.5
Overall Average: 3.5 stars

Monday’s Minutes

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Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

The Art of Keeping Faith (Uni Files #2)

The Art of Keeping Faith (Uni Files #2) by Anna Bloom. I’m about half way through. I’m a little annoyed that Lilah is still an alcoholic and almost every day ends with a drunken blackout. However, I just can not stop reading. Bloom’s writing has just completely sucked me in and I’ve gotten quite invested in the dysfunctional relationship of Lilah and Ben.

What I Thought Was True

What I Thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I got about four or so chapters in before The Art of Keeping Faith completely distracted me. The story hasn’t grabbed me yet, but I’m still going to work on it.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1)

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. I love Veronica Mars. I loved the movie. I’m really hoping I love this book.

What are you reading?

What’s Cobie Smulders going to do!?!

So this weekend I was having dinner with my brother and I mentioned that I liked “that loud guy” on Parks and Rec. And he said, “you know who that is, right?” I did not. We then spent quite a bit of time watching YouTube videos of Billy Eichner. This video was our favorite. Enjoy!