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Review: A Little Something Different

Sandy Hall - A Little Something Different

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, somethingis happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really cute read! If you’re the sort of person who loves rooting for a couple in a book, you should read this. A Little Something Different is literally a book about everybody shipping a couple of students. That’s it. That’s the story. And it was a really fun story. It wasn’t the most exciting story, but it was cute.

Why was it so cute? Mostly because the main characters, Lea and Gabe, were really cute together and it was so easy to see why everybody else in the book thought that they should be a couple. You see, the book is written from several points of view – I think there are about 14. That sounds really confusing, but it’s actually not because it’s always really clear who’s talking in each part of the book. Anyway, you only see Lea and Gabe through these different perspectives and so it kind of feels like watching a tv show.

I definitely had some favourite perspectives in this book – I loved the bus driver, and I also really liked Gabe and Lea’s classmate, Victor. He always got really annoyed with them because they weren’t together, and his chapters were really entertaining. I was also a fan of the squirrel and the bench chapters. Yep, even the animals and the inanimate objects in the park were shipping this couple. I personally found the bench to be really entertaining, and the squirrel was just cute.

All in all, I really enjoyed this story. I do have to say though, I didn’t find that much was happening a lot of the time – it’s pretty slow. It’s also very character-driven, and very frustrating to read because you too will end up wanting Lea and Gabe to end up together. It’s a really fun contemporary and worth the read.

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Review: Love and Other Unknown Variables

Shannon Lee Alexander - Love and Other Unkown Variables

Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop—until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns she’s ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publishers!

I have rather mixed feelings about this book. It’s one of those books which aren’t great at the start but then they suddenly take off and the story gets really interesting. I started off not liking this book at all. I thought the main character was a bit of a creep right from the first few pages, and it took me a long time to warm up to him. I also got fed up of the stereotypes very quickly. However, as the book went on, I found myself liking Charlotte, the love interest, a lot. I also liked the best friends of the MC. Basically, I just wasn’t a fan of Charlie.

I’ll start at the start. Charlie and I really didn’t hit it off. I just found him really creepy when it came to girls – he first meets Charlotte by touching the back of her neck to look at her tattoo. See? It’s kind of creepy. Anyway, I did warm to him eventually. The other thing I didn’t like about this book were the stereotypes. From the title, it’s obvious that this book involves maths, but all the people who go to the science-y school are very stereotyped. As a maths student, this annoyed me a lot! I mean, not all science people hate English/reading/books/things that aren’t maths. To be fair, this did improve a bit, but it still annoyed me.

However, I did end up enjoying this book by the end. I really got behind Charlie and Charlotte’s relationship by the end, and I liked getting to know the two of them. I also liked a lot of the side characters, such as Becca (Charlie’s sister) and Greta (Charlie’s best friend). The book also took an interesting turn with Charlotte’s illness because I hadn’t actually been expecting that side of the book at all (even though it is mentioned in the blurb). I thought it was done well, although there wasn’t a point where I got hugely emotional in this book.

Overall, I think this book is worth the read. Even if you don’t like it to begin with, give it a little longer because it might just change your mind.

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Top Ten New Series’ I Want To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and involves making a lists about a certain topic. And who doesn’t like making lists, right?

Top Ten New Series’ I Want To Start

I’m pretty sure this list could go on for a very long time. I mean, it probably looks a lot like this:

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Sadly, I can only put ten on this list, but here goes.

Sarah Fine - Of Metal and Wishes

1. Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

Lori M Lee - Gates of Thread and Stone

2. Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

Marie Brennan - A Natural History of Dragons

3. Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

Trudi Canavan - Thief's Magic

4. Millennium’s Rule by Trudi Canavan

Claudia Gray - A Thousand Pieces of You

5. Firebird by Claudia Gray

Anne Blankman - Prisoner of Night and Fog

6. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Sara Raasch - Snow Like Ashes

7. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Mark Lawrence - Prince of Fools

8. The Red Queen’s War by Mark Lawrence

Marie Lu - The Young Elites

9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Julie Kagawa - Talon

10. Talon by Julie Kagawa

What series’ are you looking forward to starting?

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Why Is Uni So Expensive?

This isn’t a post about how university fees and how they’re too expensive for people to afford etc. No, this is about the fact that my course is insisting that we buy a £35 book about programming. Programming! I’m doing maths, not computer science! Why is one of my modules all about programming?? Alright, it’s probably because that’s actually useful when it comes to jobs, but I don’t like it at all.

Anyway, rant over. I’m not planning on writing a post all about programming. No, this is just one of my updates about university life (and ridiculously expensive books).

So, last time I did an update, I mentioned that I had joined the orchestra. Well, we’re now doing music from Wicked and it’s really awesome! Seriously, I’m in love with this orchestra. We’ve also been doing some Star Trek and some more classical things too. It’s so much fun!

Obviously, I’ve been doing maths as well and I’m so glad that I’m finally settling into a routine. My course definitely doesn’t seem as full on as it did two weeks ago (although it’s still a lot of contact hours compared to literally everybody else at this uni). The problem sheets we get are still hard, and I’m definitely finding that I like stats and probability a lot more than my other modules. The whole course is good though (apart from the programming bit).

Basically, I’m really enjoying it so far (although we’ll see how I feel after I’ve managed a term). I’m also, surprisingly, getting into cooking. I’ve never liked cooking before, but university might just change my mind about that!

Anyway, how’s your week been?

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Review: The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)

Rick Riordan - The Blood of Olympus UK

THE ONLY THING SCARIER THAN A HUNGRY DEMIGOD IS A HUNGRY EARTH MOTHER…

Despite surviving their many deadly quests, Percy, Jason, Annabeth and the rest of the crew are no closer to defeating the all-powerful Earth Mother, Gaia. Now her army of giants has risen and they’re stronger than ever.

They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaia will sacrifice two demigods in Athens. She needs their blood – the blood of Olympus – in order to awaken.

But how can a handful of young demigods hope to battle against Gaia’s legion of giants? In spite of the terrible danger that awaits them in Athens, they have no choice. Because, if Gaia wakes, it is game over. For them all.

The end of the series arrived on 7th October and I can tell you, I was terrified about reading this book. Having finished it, I can tell you it was awesome. And also a bit heart-breaking. But mostly awesome.

The thing is, because I loved it so much, I have no idea how to explain to you why you should read it. I’ve written my review so many times and I just can’t figure out how to write it properly. I’ll try, though. I can’t see it going well, but I’ll try.

My Thoughts

  1. It was a great end to the series. I’ve been following Percy and Annabeth’s story for ten books, and it’s kind of sad to see the end of the series. It was really good though. I loved every minute, even if I do wish that there had been more Percabeth in the book. They didn’t even get their own chapters! What I did see of them though, I loved.
  2. The rest of the demigods were awesome too. Over the past few books, I’ve totally fallen in love with Leo and Reyna, and their chapters in this book were so good. I really enjoyed reading about the developing friendship between Reyna and Nico as well. They’re both such great characters. Actually, friendship in general is one of the reasons I love this series, and I couldn’t get enough of it.
  3. I really loved the humour in this book. Humour is a common theme in all of Rick Riordan’s books, and there were plenty of moments in this book which made me laugh. Even when I was rather sad towards the end, I was still laughing at things. This book gave me very mixed emotions.
  4. The plot itself was really good. I found it so hard to put down because of the crazy amount of stuff that was going on. So much happened! I did think that the final fight was over a little too quickly, but I still really enjoyed it.
  5. And finally, the Greek mythology. That was the original reason that I picked up the books and it’s still a huge part of why I love them so much. I love the way the original myths are worked into the plot and it’s definitely one of the main reasons for why I love the books.

Basically, you should all read this book (and the rest of the series) because it was brilliant and it was the perfect end to a perfect series, and I really have no idea how to explain it to you!

Have you read it? How sad are you that the series has finished?

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Review: Since You’ve Been Gone

Morgan Matson - Since You've Been Gone

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

This book was AMAZING! It gave me so many feelings throughout and I had a smile on my face for most of it, apart from the emotional parts in it. Why did I love this book so much? Because there’s so much about friendship in it. Yes, there’s romance (and I liked it), but the main thing I loved about this book were the close friendships that were developed between Emily and her new friends. Friendship books are the best.

There were plenty of other things I liked though, and the only way I can tell you about this book is a list. I mean, lists are some of the main things in the book!

Why should you read Since You’ve Been Gone?

  1. LISTS! There are quite a few of them in this book. Actually, a list is the basis of the whole book. Sloane leaves Emily a list of things to do before completely disappearing from her life, and so Emily hopes that completing the list will lead her back to her best friend. See? Friendship book.
  2. PLAYLISTS! Okay, these are basically lists, but with music. Awesome, right? To be honest, any book with playlists in it gives the book extra points for me because I love checking out new music. Emily’s country music was definitely something I enjoyed looking up.
  3. EMILY! Our main character. I think Emily is the reason I loved this book so much (apart from friendship of course). I connected with her so much while I was reading. She’d had thoughts that I’ve had before and for once I felt like I was reading a character that was very similar to me (apart from the whole running thing. Definitely not me).
  4. FRIENDSHIP! You knew it was coming. Emily meets several new people over the summer that she’s doing the list, and I loved reading about the developing relationship with each of them. They were all so different but they were also a great group of friends and I just enjoyed reading about their antics.
  5. ROMANCE! I thought it was very well done in this book. It didn’t go too quickly, there was lots of “I’m not sure about my feelings” and I just liked it on the whole. I was definitely rooting for Emily in the book to end up with the guy.
  6. FLASHBACKS! Throughout the book, we learn more about Sloane and Emily’s relationship and it was so nice seeing that develop too. There was just so much friendship and it was perfect.

So, you should definitely read this book. I read it in a day because I literally could not leave Emily’s world alone and I had to know if she ever saw Sloane again and if everything would work out for her. Plus that cover is really cute.

Have you read this book? Did you love it as much as I did?

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Review: Lies We Tell Ourselves

Robin Talley - Lies We Tell Ourselves

It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah Dunbar’s first day of school, as one of the first black students at the previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda Hairston, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda have every reason to despise each other. But as a school project forces them to spend time together, the less their differences seem to matter. And Sarah and Linda start to feel something they’ve never felt before. Something they’re both determined ignore. Because it’s one thing to be frightened by the world around you – and another thing altogether when you’re terrified of what you feel inside.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a hard book to review. It’s all about racism in the late 50’s, and also about a girl fighting with herself because she has feelings for another girl. It’s very hard to explain. What I can definitely tell you though, is that it’s a really, really good book. I found it so hard to put it down, partly because of the issues it addresses, and partly because of the amazing characters that the story follows.

Actually, I think the characters were the main reason I had to keep reading. I needed to see how Sarah, the main character, would cope with the amount of abuse that she got in school and what she would decide to do with her life. I needed to know how Sarah and Linda’s relationship would develop, considering that Linda is white and very privileged. I loved getting to know these characters because they were so well-developed. Linda starts out as a very snobbish, racist character but by the time you start reading her PoV, your opinion completely changes.

Clearly, Robin Talley knows how to tell a story. The writing in this book was really good and made the book so readable. Even though such horrible things were happening, I just had to keep going with the book.

I really liked the fact that this book didn’t only discuss racism. It also went into LGBT, which is so good to see in a historical book. It was done really well in the book.

Basically, I can’t tell you enough that you should read this book. It was so good, and everybody should definitely be picking this one up.