Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz


Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
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I’m not gonna lie, I tried twice to read this book. Everyone was so in love with this book, with Ari and Dante, with their friendship. I was intrigued. But when I finally finished this book, I wasn’t a fan.

I didn’t like the writing. It was very choppy and not a lot of depth. The whole thing was from Ari’s point of view so the writing style made him seem very heartless and emotionless. He never wanted to talk about anything that was meaningful, or he only gave one worded answers and I just got so frustrated with him.

Going into this, it seemed Ari and Dante were friends but the fanfics and fan art showed them to be in a relationship, and I was pretty sure I had saw somewhere that Ari and Dante fall in love, so it wasn’t really a surprise to me when it happened. I was actually so glad it happened because then the book was over.

This book wasn’t for me, the writing style and me just clashed unfortunately because I really wanted to like it.

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Weekend Reads {22}

I did my best to clear what is on my Currently Reading shelf, had to mark a few as DNF but it’s down to a more tame size (5), and instead of repeating myself, cause I hate doing that, here are the books I want to read this weekend.

My dad’s work is having a family BBQ this weekend and my mom is forcing me to go so I’m hoping to skip out on the activities and instead get my tan on and read. I’m just past the halfway mark on Twisted and I’m really enjoying it! Our movie theater is FINALLY getting Me Before You, and I’ve been wanting to read it before I see the movie, and now that it’s finally here I should probably read the book.

Have you read either of these? What are you reading this weekend?

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How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler


Title: How to Disappear
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Publication Dare: June 14, 2016
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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

I hate to say it, but I could not finish this book. I gave up at 36%, and that’s actually when things started to pick up. I’ve been trying to get through it because I really wanted to know what happens but I would read this book for like 2 mins and just want to bang my head against a wall.

My main problem was the POVs. It’s told in dual narration, which I don’t mind, but it was the narrators that I didn’t mind. Nicolette/Cat/Bean/the million other names she goes by is annoying. I couldn’t stand her. She never explained anything, only saying that she shouldn’t be so compulsive. I get that it’s probably a setup for a big reveal at the end but I just couldn’t stand it. Jack wasn’t that bad but he wasn’t good enough to make up for Nicolette’s POV.

The chapters are really short, only a few pages each, and they are very choppy. I guess I just wasn’t a fan of the writing style and I wasn’t intrigued enough to power through, which I normally do.

I don’t feel fair rating this since I didn’t finish it.

On My Nightstand {1}

So, since I haven’t been reading much lately and haven’t finished a book in time to write a review, I thought I would update you on all of the books I’m reading and what you can expect reviews for.

Anne Frank and Dangerous Women have been on my shelf FOREVER but I got to really boring parts in both books and I seem to lose motivation to read them. I might restart Anne Frank but maybe when my TBR is lower. Speaking of starting over this is my second time trying to read Pride and Prejudice but I’m just not enjoying it.

It took me a while to get into Every Last Word, I have it as an audiobook but I’ve had to restart it several times before I really started caring about what was going on. It’s an alright book but I feel like I would enjoy it more if I were reading instead of listening.

The other 3 I’ve just started reading but keep putting off because I get bored and then do other things like crochet, watch Netflix, play Assassins Creed. But starting tonight I need to really crack down because I’m not starting anything else until most of these are under control.

Wish me luck!

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine


Title: Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

I am so glad to say that I really enjoyed this book! It reminded me of why I fell in love with YA. A future world where life is dim with an all powerful entity, The Library, that benefits society but is secretly evil and a pack of teens must try to over-through said entity.

This book isn’t for sore stomachs though. There is war and Caine is brutally honest about how war affects people. The hunger, the greed, the hopelessness. It’s very real in this book. This is the only book I’ve read by Rachel Caine and just from this I know she is a very good writer! I was never confused on what was going on and when it got a little boring her writing was just so exquisite that I read EVERY single word of this story. That is a huge deal for me! I feel like I’ve skimmed through the majority of books I’ve read this year.

I also really enjoyed the diverse characters. Since The Library recruits teens from all around the world to train to serve the library, there was a diverse group that was present throughout the entire book. There was also some LGBTQA+ happening! If you want a diverse book, this is one to add to the list. Yes, the main is a cis white guy, but not all of the characters are cis white guys.

The only “bad” thing about this book was that it was a little slow at the beginning and I think someone who might not enjoy reading so much, or someone who doesn’t waste time with books that bore them, wouldn’t finish this book. I kept reading because I was really excited to read this one.

I would really recommend this book! If anyone asks me for a good YA read, this will be at the top of my list!

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Weekend Reads {21}

Like I predicted, I didn’t have very much time to read last weekend. But during the week I still managed to finish one book, which means I only have two books left on my NetGalley shelf and this weekend I am determined to at least finish one of them.

I think it will be easy to finish at least one of them. From what I hear they are both very good and I don’t really have plans this weekend. It’s supposed to rain quite a bit, perfect weather for curling up with a good book!

What are you reading this weekend?

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The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle


Title: The Sound of Us
Author: Julie Hammerle
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

I was really excited to read this one. A girl goes off to opera camp for the summer, but there’s a snitch who gets people kicked out of the program so she must risk everything to get a scholarship. Sounds exciting, right?

It wasn’t that exciting. I thought it would be way more cut-throat but basically when the first guy got cut everyone just started following the rules all of the time, which meant that out main, Kiki, didn’t get to have late night jam sessions with her camp bf. Boohoo.

There were a few twists that were thrown in that did catch me off guard a little bit, which made up for the rest of the story since it was kind of boring.

I did like Kiki though. She was a strong character from the beginning despite the type of people she has in her lif . She stayed true to herself and stood up for others. She’s quite inspiring.

The one thing that I didn’t like was that Kiki is a fan of this show called Project Earth and since the book was mentioning other pop culture that was real I thought that it was a real tv show, but it wasn’t. I especially didn’t like that because Kiki kept mentioning the “iconic red dress” that the star of the tv show wore but I never got an idea in my head of what it looked like since that was the only description.

I don’t think I would recommend this book. It was alright, but it wasn’t my favourite. It was a quick read though so it might be a good book for a challenge.

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