Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn + GIVEAWAY!


Hello, everybody! Today is my stop on the blog tour for WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE by Jennifer Honeybourn hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of this blog tour.

Down below you'll find my full review of the book, the purchase links, as well the author's social media links, a link to check out the rest of the blog tour and finally, the GIVEAWAY. I hope you all enjoy this one, folks!

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Rating: PG
Genre: Contemporary
Score: ❤❤❤ 1/2
Page Count: 256
Stand Alone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: July 18th, 2017

Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it


Review:
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1. First off, I took a liking to the cute little cover this book has and since it's summer time and the season of contemporary romance reads, I thought this would be a good book to add to my summertime TBR. As if I need to make that list any longer than it already is at this point. Anyhoo, I thought the synopsis sounded pretty cute and lighthearted so I took a shot. I mean, who doesn't love a book with a medieval restaurant and a food truck, am I right? Here are my thoughts: 

2. The book ended up being super cute, and funny at times. It is a super quick read so if you want something to keep you entertained that doesn't take up too much of your valuable reading time, I'd suggest picking this one up as it's cute, fun, lighthearted and a little bubbly. It was a breeze to get through and the humorous tone of the story is present from beginning to end, making it a great summer read.

3. I also liked that the book mentions other issues going on in Quinn's life, not just having the story focus on the love-to-hate relationship she and Wesley have going on through most of the book. Quinn's grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer's which Quinn isn't taking so well as she was so close with her grandmother, as was Wesley but she chooses not to tell him about her current condition and the fact that she's now in a home. Quinn's father is also a gambler who is jobless and often takes advantage of people, including her, his own daughter.  Quinn has been having a hard time dealing with all of this, especially since she believes that Wesley was the reason it all happened, the source of all her problems. It was entertaining to see how Quinn chooses to punish Wesley for ruining her life in various ways, such as trying to get him fired from his job.
CONS:
1. While I liked this book, as it was fun and quirky and cute, it didn't do much for me. The lack of swoon made me feel like this book fell a little flat for me as I wasn't really invested in the romance between Quinn and Wesley. There was also little-to-no transition from Quinn hating his guts to her falling in love with him. It felt rushed and sudden like a snap of the fingers. Personally, I like a slow simmering romance, the build-up, the angst even just a touch of it. This one though? Didn't have really any of that. I also thought the ending was too rushed and would have preferred another two or three chapter for the story to take its time to wrap things up in a cute little bow. 

2. I also liked the characters enough. I felt Quinn's character was overshadowed by the fact that she was so keen and determined to get revenge on Wesley that I didn't really get to know her as a character, even though at some points I did think she was funny and feisty. Wesley didn't really get much character development either which is too bad because I found him to be a quirky character and would've loved to have seen more development, interaction, and more time for the romance to build-up. They had a cute and subtle chemistry, but I needed just a touch more to really get me invested.

Overall, it was cute, quick, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves contemporary reads that aren't too dramatic but choose to take a simpler route with straightforward characters and fun, entertaining antics.  


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About The Author:

Jennifer HoneybournJennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel. 

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

June Book Haul and Wrap-Up!


Hello, everybody! I know, I've been a HORRIBLE blogger these past few weeks with posting almost nothing for two whole months but PLEASE HAVE MERCY! I've been pretty busy with work and school these past few weeks, not to mention been doing a lot of redecorating, organizing my room, getting rid of stuff I don't need, learning how to drive (IT'S TERRIFYING) and a million other things. I promise to get back on a regular schedule as soon as possible!

I've barely had any time at all to read much of anything so while this wrap-up and book haul are rather short, I really hope you all still enjoy this post and please stay tuned for more fun posts I have coming your way! 

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BOUGHT BOOKS
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Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan - Library - $0.25
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen - Half Price Books - $14.59
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - Half Price Books - $3.99
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ALBUMS/CDs

David Archuleta by David Archuleta - Half Price Books - $2
The Cheetah Girls: One World by The Cheetah Girls - Amazon - $3.99
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DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
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Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman - Google Play - $1.29
All Night by Kirstin™ - Google Play - Free with EP Pre-Order
AS IF IT'S YOUR LAST by BLACKPINK - Google Play - $1.29
Move On (C'est La Vie) by Faydee - Google Play - $0.99

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Well, that's it for this month's wrap-up and book haul! I really hope you all enjoyed it at least a little. As a little mini-announcement, I've been wanting to incorporate some non-bookish posts into my blog, since I've somewhat started doing that on my Instagram a few weeks ago. I have plenty of other things I would love to talk about on my blog BUT I want it to be approved first by you guys! So, would you all like to see such posts as day-in-the-life posts such as me dying my hair pink (YES, IT'S HAPPENING), my favorite songs at the moment, my favorite indie-films, shows I'm currently watching,  room tour, my top 10 favorite K-Dramas, posts about my favorite foreign films, first impressions on movies I've never seen before and my thoughts on them, etc?

PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I want to broaden my little blog here by talking about other topics that I think more people would enjoy. Don't worry, I still plan on writing book reviews and fangirling over the newest novel by so-and-so but I would love to also include any or other topics such as the ones listed above. CAST YOUR VOTE, MY LOVELY READERS. K bye!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: Internet Famous by Danika Stone + GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)


Hello, everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for INTERNET FAMOUS by Danika Stone hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of this blog tour.

Down below is my full review of the novel, the author links, full tour schedule, purchase links for the book should you fancy buying yourself a copy and, finally, A GIVEAWAY! Cue confetti cannons! Read on, bookworms!
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Rating: PG-13
Genre: Young Adult
Score: 3 1/2 stars
Page Count: 320
Stand Alone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: June 6th, 2017

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

Review:
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1. When I first stumbled upon this book, I couldn't but think it sounded like probably one of the cutest books ever. Because who doesn't love a book about the one thing that makes this world go round, the internet? This book practically had my name written all over it with the main character running a BLOG and FANGIRLING and the mention of all things interwebs such as vlogging, social media, and the fun and not-so-pretty moments of it all that make internet drama that much more interesting. So, obviously, I was able to snag a spot on the blog tour and was able to read this book only to be left with somewhat mixed feelings. Here's the review: 

2. I thought the premise of the story was pretty cute. It matches the cover perfectly if you ask me. Madi loves her blog more than a lot of things as it provides her an escape from her real life into the beautiful world of fiction in the form of pop-culture entertainment, mainly films such as 80's movies as she blogs about her thoughts on them. She has quite a huge following and with that following comes another set of drama and stress that cause Madi to have to fight yet another world-shattering battle: Internet trolls. I loved getting to see the real life and internet life of our main character as she struggles to keep both as separate as possible. Her life is anything but quiet and calm as her sister (who is autistic) needs Madi's constant watching over to make sure her sister's routine goes UNINTERRUPTED to avoid a freak out, her parents pretty much leaving Madi to "deal" with her sister on her own and also manage to keep up her school grades, getting ready to graduate, apply to colleges, figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life, etc. Basically, the cute premise is only the surface of the story but quickly dives into deeper topics which I appreciated.

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3. The book is cute overall, maybe a little cheesy or corny at some points but it killed it with all the 80's movie references and funny dialogue between characters. I was also a big of the layout of the book as it includes snippets of emails, text messages, Tumblr posts, even memes and pictures which was a great addition as the book kind of revolves around social media and pop-culture. It isn't a YA novel about the internet without a meme, am I right? Madi's blog posts were also fun to read and it made me wish that MadLibs was an actual blog as I was really entertained by Madi's choice of phrasing, internet humor and quirky commentary about whatever movie she watched and either enjoyed or wasn't a fan of. It's a book I found to be very current and familiar as I'm a blogger myself and I think that other bloggers, whether book, pop-culture or geeky bloggers alike would really enjoy this book. 

CONS:
1. Even though I was a fan for most of the book, there were times when I was either really annoyed or kind of frustrated while reading. I thought Madi was a nice character and handled stress somewhat well but at times, especially in the beginning of the book, she tended to overreact big time and fly off the handle a bit before thinking about the situation first. At times, she acted immature for her age and her freakouts got a little bit annoying as she overreacted (in my opinion) to her internet trolls giving her a hard time. 

2. Madi also seemed a bit harsh towards her sister Sarah who is autistic and therefore can't help it when she gets incredibly upset. Madi tended to get frustrated easily with Sarah (which I know is a realistic response from people who take care of kids with special needs) but I just felt like Madi blamed her sister a little without feeling guilty about it. Madi tried her best to take care of her sister as best she could since her parents were little to no help and she is young, has been watching over Sarah her entire life and I understand why she would get frustrated and upset at times. She needed help but I was a little wary about how she talked to or treated her sister. 

3. The romance was cute and cheesy as you'd expect from a quick and fluffy read such as this one but the love interest, Laurent, was just a little too overdone. Describing him as a "super-hot anime character come to life" was an instant turn-off for me. Add on the fact that Madi also described him as super-hot and perfect every other page was a little annoying. He was built up seemingly to have no flaws whatsoever and played more of a Superman role in the book than a love-interest, constantly having to "save" Madi from her freak outs. I think it the dramatics had been toned down a notch or two, I would have enjoyed their relationship a bit more than I did. 

Overall, this book was a cute and quick read and I did enjoy it. Would I reread it? Maybe. But not anytime soon. I would still recommend this book to people who maybe like a little more drama to their cute and fluffy contemporary novels and of course, all the pop-culture references to make your little geeky heart happy.



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About The Author

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Master's thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada. 

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

May Book Haul & Wrap-Up + Life Updates!


Hello, everybody! Well, it's been a while, to say the least. Sorry for kind of going MIA for a little while there, not posting a single thing for almost a month. I've been quite busy with work as the summer season is upon us and a few other things going on in my life which I'll get into a bit later in this post. For now, let's get to the more interesting stuff.

THE BOOK HAUL!!!!

I didn't buy nearly as many books this month as I did in my last book haul, which I take as a very good thing since last month was probably my biggest book haul to date. Here are all the books, CDs, songs, etc. that I obtained in the month of May! Enjoy!

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BOUGHT BOOKS
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Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang - Half Price Books - $3
The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine - Half Price Books - $5.99
Trafficked by Kim Purcell - Library - $1

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CD's/ALBUMS
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Changed by Rascal Flatts - Thrift Shop - $0.50
Nothing Like This by Rascal Flatts - Thrift Shop - $0.50
Still Feels Good by Rascal Flatts - Thrift Shop - $0.50
Unstoppable by Rascal Flatts - Thrift Shop - $0.50
My December by Kelly Clarkson - Thrift Shop - $0.50
Own The Night by Lady Antebellum - Thrift Shop - $0.50
24K Magic by Bruno Mars - Target - $11.49
Square Two by BLACKPINK - Google Play - $3.99
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh by GOT7 - Amazon - $6
O!RUL82? by BTS - Amazon - $16
Love Train by GOT7- Amazon - $9

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

Oh Na Na by K.A.R.D - Google Play - $1.29
Break A Little by Kirstin™ - Google Play - $1.29
Ghost by Ellie Drennan - Google Play - $1.29
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LIFE UPDATES:
I hope you guys enjoyed my book haul for the month! I know I've been a very bad book blogger (THE SHAME IS REAL) but I'm trying my best to try to be more active on my own blog as well as on Of Wonderland which I'm hard at work planning out posts for. One of which is going to take me a few days to get together and I'm SO EXCITED about it. 

Anyhoo, I've also been getting refreshed for the summer by chopping off my hair into a bob, dying it purple, getting new summer clothes and shoes as well as working some extra hours at work. I've also been working on some new artwork for my Wreck This Journal and I'm having tons of fun with it so far. If you want to check out my completed pages, click here to view my art Instagram as I'll be posting all of my completed pages on there as I do them. I've been really uninspired lately so I thought doing a Wreck This Journal would be a good way to get me back into painting.

That's about for any interesting life updates I have for you all. I really hope you all have an awesome Summer and do some relaxing this season. Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

P.S. I also changed the design of the blog. How do you like it? ;)
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