Review: One Small Thing by Erin Watt

one small thing

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: June 26, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 3/5 3 stars

Plot:

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

Review:

Ugh, I have so many feelings about this book. On one hand, it made me gush and swoon and on the other hand, it made me feel upset and angry at times.

To start off, Chase was probably my favourite character. He made the book for me. I loved his personality and how he was very straightforward and told it like it was and owned up to his life. Beth on the other hand wasn’t my favourite but wasn’t the worst. I understood her feelings and what she was going through, especially since her family was not reacting the way she was and that was frustrating for her. I got so angry with her best friend for reasons you will understand when you read this book and I hated how fast her and Beth made up. I get that there was other stuff going on and manipulating the situation, but I still could not forgive her, at least that fast, if she was my friend.

The concept of the characters relationship and how it is so complicated unfolds throughout the book and I found it very intriguing. There were many times that I stopped to think about how it would make me feel if I was in Beth’s shoes and in the end, I honestly don’t know. I don’t know if I would be able to move on like she does, or if I could never look that person in the face again (you will once again understand all of this when you read it, I just don’t want to spoil anyone with specifics).

The ending I found to be quick and rushed. It was very convenient how everything wrapped up and tied together. I would have liked for their to be more to the end than there was but in the end I still liked it, it was cute.

Overall, this was an interesting read and I’m glad that I gave it a go. I look forward to reading more or Erin Watt in the future, I’ve heard a lot about her Royals series. I would recommend this book more for readers that are 16+ or older and for anyone who likes thought provoking contemporaries.

*I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*


I hope you enjoyed my review for One Small Thing by Erin Watt! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and what your thoughts were! Don’t forget to follow my blog and as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.

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February TBR

Happy February! We survived January thankfully. Here in Canada January was full of mixed weather but throughout the end we had extreme cold warnings everyday. February has already been warmer and I am very thankful for that. January also wasn’t the best reading month for me. Second semester at university started and I got very busy with school work so I was only able to read 1 book. I am hoping to read more this month, even though it is the shortest month of the year *fingers crossed*. So here are the books that are on my February TBR!

bewtiched forever

Bewitched Forever: The Immortal Companion to Television’s Most Magical Supernatural Situation Comedy by Herbie J. Pilato

Plot: …a heady dissertation on the culturally profound spells, curses, and machinations behind the seminal series.

talking as fast as I can

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Plot: In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

an unwanted guest

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Plot: A remote lodge in upstate New York is the perfect getaway. . . until the bodies start piling up.It’s winter in the Catskills and the weather outside is frightful. But Mitchell’s Inn is so delightful! The cozy lodge nestled deep in the woods is perfect for a relaxing–maybe even romantic–weekend away. The Inn boasts spacious old rooms with huge wood-burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a book and someone you love. So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity–and all contact with the outside world–the guests settle in for the long haul. The power’s down but they’ve got candles, blankets, and wood–a genuine rustic experience! Soon, though, a body turns up–surely an accident. When a second body appears, they start to panic. Then they find a third body. Within the snowed-in paradise, something–or someone–is picking off the guests one by one. They can’t leave, and with no cell service, there’s no prospect of getting the police in until the weather loosens its icy grip. The weekend getaway has turned deadly. For some couples, it’s their first time away. For others, it will be their last. And there’s nothing they can do about it but huddle down and hope they can survive the storm.

crescendoCrescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Plot: Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.

geekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston

Plot: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.


That’s it for my February TBR. Let me know in the comments what books are on your February TBR or if you’ve read any of these ones and what your thoughts are! Don’t forget to follow my blog and as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.

Top 10 Books of 2018

2018 was a great reading year for me! I read 40 books which is the most that I’ve read in a year in a long time. As much as I enjoyed every book that I read last year, I have narrowed them down and made a list of my top 10.

  1. My Sergei: A Love Story by Ekaterina Gordeeva
  2. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  3. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
  4. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
  5. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  6. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  7. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  8. Reboot by Amy Tintera
  9. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  10. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

 

I loved all of these books so much and I am so happy that I read them last year!


That’s it for my top 10 books of 2018! Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books and what your thoughts were on them and what books you had on your list of best books you read in 2018. I always love getting new recommendations! Don’t forget to follow my blog and as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.

Goals of 2018 Wrap Up

Hello everyone! 2018 has come and gone and we are already into the second month of 2019! It’s a little late, but I thought that I would post a quick little wrap up of my 2018 reading goals. I have added a link here so that you can view my original 2018 Reading Goals post!

Goal #1 was to read 40 books, which I am happy to say that I accomplished!

Goal #2 was to finish series that I have started. Of the list I provided I did not completely accomplish this, however I did finish some. I did finish the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

Goal #3 was to start new series, specifically the 6 that I listed. Of these I started 1, the Flavia de Luce series.

Goal #4 was to read more diversely. Of the books that I listed I read 1. That one book was Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. However, I did read quite a few diverse reads that had not been on my list and I am very happy with that. I read July’s People, Obasan, Call Me by Your Name, and From Twinkle, with Love to name a few. I really did enjoy opening up my reading and I plan to continue this into 2019.


So that’s it for my goals of 2018 wrap up! Let me know in the comments what your goals were and how they worked out for you! Don’t forget to follow my blog and as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.

Review: From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

from twinkle with love

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Rating: 3/5 3 stars

Plot:

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy-a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man N begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

Review:

This book was a cute, light and fun contemporary. I enjoyed my time while reading, but I wasn’t blown away. I loved the concept of this novel. First with it being about a female aspiring filmmaker, and then with it being told through letters that Twinkle writes to her favourite female filmmakers. As much as I was excited for this, I felt that this is where it fell a little flat for me. I was eager to learn about filmmaking and what the process she goes through would be like, however it never really focused on that. This might not bother some readers, as it was something that I was expecting to be apart of the book, but others may not. Also, the fact that the details about filmmaking were not a part of the story doesn’t make the book less enjoyable, it was just something that I was disappointed that I did not get to see.

When it comes to the plot of the story, I did feel that I could guess what was going to happen throughout, so things were not a surprise. There was also a lot of drama in the book amongst the characters which was very entertaining. The characters are in high school and this book definitely felt like it would be something readers that are still in high school would relate to and enjoy more than necessarily older readers.

I did enjoy the characters, especially Sahil. He was my favourite character, so geeky and funny, while being very charming and kind. He is the perfect swoon-worthy, good guy that every girl wants. I loved seeing his text messages throughout the book with his friends. It was nice to see a guy’s perspective and thoughts when it comes to having a crush. Twinkle got a little annoying at times, which I understood from what she was going through and it was nice to see her have flaws. However, I got a little frustrated with her when she became really self-centred and with the fact that she wanted to date someone because they were popular, not because she genuinely liked them. I did love learning about Twinkle and Sahil’s Indian culture, it was one of my favourite parts.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and it was a great contemporary to make you smile and laugh. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick and fun contemporary, especially high school students. This was the first Sandhya Menon book that I’ve read and I will be sure to pick up When Dimple Met Rishi soon.

*I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*


I hope you enjoyed my review for From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and what your thoughts were! Don’t forget to follow my blog and as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Give as Gifts

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a collaborative group of book reviewers across any platform who love sharing lists on every Wednesday. For more information and to join, the group can be found here on Goodreads!

I’m posting a little late but Wednesday’s topic was books to give as gifts. So we’re creating a recommendations guide for books that you can give as gifts. Listed below are 5 books that I would recommend based on specific books, movies or activities that the person you are giving the gift to likes. Here are my recommendations:

reboot

 

If you are giving a book to someone who is a fan of The Hunger Games, I would recommend Reboot by Amy Tintera.

 

 

otherworld

 

If you are giving a book to someone who likes video games, I would recommend Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller.

 

 

Generals Die in Bed

 

If you are giving a book to someone who likes history, I would recommend Generals Die in Bed by Charles Yale Harrison.

 

 

hush hush

 

If you are giving a book to someone who likes Twilight, I would recommend Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

 

 

simon vs the homo sapiens

 

Finally, if you are giving a book to someone who likes comedy-drama movies, I would recommend Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

 

 


That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday. Let me know in the comments which books you would recommend as gifts and why! Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked in the sidebar.

December TBR

Hello bookworms! It’s December, the last month of the year! 2018 has gone by fast and I can’t wait for the start of 2019. Even though it is officially exam season I hope that this reading month can be as good as the last. This month I have 5 books on my TBR as I need to read 5 more to reach my Goodreads goal. So here are the books that I have on my December TBR…

crescendoCrescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Plot: Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.

where she wentWhere She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

Plot: It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

the goldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Plot: It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

save the dateSave the Date by Morgan Matson

Plot: Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractedly cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

geekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston

Plot: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.


That is it for my December TBR! Let me know in the comments which books you plan to read in the month of December or if you have read any of these books and what your thoughts were? Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Wish List

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a collaborative group of book reviewers across any platform who love sharing lists on every Wednesday. For more information and to join, the group can be found here on Goodreads!

This week’s topic is books or bookish items you have on your wish list! The books on the list that I have created are books that I have not yet read, but are on my TBR and are books that I think I will very much enjoy. So here are 5 books that are at the top of my book wish list!

  1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
  3. Circe by Madeline Miller
  4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  5. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir (honestly any Alison Weir book will do)

That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday. Let me know in the comments which books are on your wish list! Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked in the sidebar.

November Wrap Up

And I’m back! These past few months with school have gotten the best of me and kept me very busy but November was my month! I somehow managed to read 5 books on top of all my school work and I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully this reading routine keeps up into December and the New Year. So here are the books that I read in November…

the last olympian

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan

I have finally finished the Percy Jackson series! This was such an enjoyable read, as are  all the Percy Jackson books, and I am so happy that I loved it! With this being the final book in the series I won’t go into any details about the plot. I liked how action packed this one was, from beginning to end there was so much going on. I loved how many characters we saw come together. Overall it was a wonderful way to end such a beloved series. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

reboot

Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

Next, I picked up Reboot by Amy Tintera. I mostly listened to this one on audiobook and I really liked it. I’m not a big fan of zombies, so I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not but I was pleasantly surprised. This book was fast paced, filled with action and anticipation! I did find the romance to happen very suddenly but I did not mind. I found this to be a unique story, not quite like anything I’ve ever read. I gave it 4/5 stars.

rebel

Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera

After reading Reboot, I immediately picked up Rebel. I tried listening to the audiobook for this one, but I didn’t like the male narrator. I understood why it became two narrators compared to the one person from the first book, however I didn’t like the guys voice. It wasn’t how I had pictured Callum to sound, so I physically read this one. I liked this one as well, but I got a lot of Hunger Games vibes from this one. Therefore, I didn’t quite like it as much as the first but I still had a great time reading it as it was just as action packed as the first. I also ended up giving it 4/5 stars.

the sweetness at the bottom of the pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) by Alan Bradley

Then, I decided to go with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. This is a book that I got a few years ago for my birthday and I am so happy that I finally picked it up! My Aunt kept recommending it to me and wanting me to pick it up and she was so right. This book contained so many things that I look for in a good book. It had a very well put together mystery, an extremely witty main character and it took place in England in the 1950’s. It was the perfect mystery novel! I gave it 5/5 stars.

If I Stay

If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman

Finally, this month I read If I Stay by Gayle Forman. THIS BOOK HIT ME SO HARD. Even though this book was published in 2009, I was somehow able to avoid most spoilers over the years and I was shocked at everything that happened. This book is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. The more I think about it, the more I fall in love. While reading this book I experienced so many emotions. I laughed out loud, I had tears and there were many times that I was covered in goosebumps from what I was reading. This book is filled with average, everyday people which I think is what made me care for them even more. I also read this book physically and on audiobook which was awesome because in the audiobook they added some cello playing and it was beautiful! I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I gave it 5/5 stars.


That is it for my November wrap up! Let me know in the comments which books you read in the month of November or if you have read any of these books and what your thoughts were? Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.

Summer 2018 Biannual Bibliothon TBR

It’s time for the Summer 2018 Biannual Bibliothon everyone! I love this readathon and I am so excited for this round! I have been in a reading slump for the past few weeks and I’m hoping that this readathon will help me get out of it! The readathon goes from Saturday, July 14 to Friday, July 20. Check out the Biannual Bibliothon  instagram page to see all of the blog and instagram challenges when they are posted.  Here is the link to the Biannual Bibliothon youtube channel where you can find all of the information! So now let’s move onto the reading challenges for this round and my TBR! For this readathon you are allowed to double up on challenges but you cannot triple up on them. You will see that there are a few that I have doubled up on to try and save time.

Challenges:

  1. Group Book: The Wicked Deep
  2. Choose from someone else’s TBR
  3. Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1
  4. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year
  5. Read a predicted 5 star read
  6. Own voices – different from YOU
  7. Read the last book you bought

My TBR:

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – This will count for the group book challenge, as well as read a predicted 5 star read.

One Small Thing by Erin Watt – This will count for choose from someone else’s TBR, as well as read the last book you bought/acquired (from the library).

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – These will count for try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1, as well as own voices.

Vicious (Pretty Little Liars, #16) by Sara Shepard – This book will count for read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year.


That’s it for my Summer 2018 Biannual Bibliothon TBR! Let me know in the comments if you will be participating and which books are on your TBR! Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.