Thoughts|| Mirror Me.

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Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Hannah McCauley doesn’t look at herself in the mirror anymore. After a rebellious past, she now attends a strict private school in a new town, where her recently divorced mother has put her on social lockdown. No driving. No bad grades. No skipping classes. No unapproved friends. No makeup. No boys. And the subject of her best friend from her old school is definitely forbidden. Hannah is being punished for something that happened a year earlier, something that she would like to put behind her. But strange occurrences frighten her, and she’s accused of breaking rules and doing other terrible things without any recollection of them. No one believes her, so she starts distrusting everything, even her own reflection. Is she being haunted by her past? Stalked by someone with a grudge? Or is it all in her head? If she doesn’t figure out what’s happening fast, her existence could end up irreparably shattered.


I read Tara’s book Just A Few Inches last year and I was so excited to read her new book Mirror Me. Kind of a funny story, but right before I was asked by Tara if I wanted to read her new book, I was talking to one of my friend’s about how mirrors creeped me out. The next day I get an email asking if I wanted to read Mirror Me.

Mirror Me was definitely on the creepy side at times and it was totally weird, but in a good way! So many weird and crazy things were happening to Hannah and I wanted to know what was going on. I found myself coming up with so many different scenarios in my head as to what could be happening. At one point I had about 3 or 4 different things that could be happening to Hannah and explanations as to why certain things were happening. Some reasonable and some totally crazy explanations. I really enjoyed that about Mirror Me. It always kept me guessing and it was fun.

I really liked Hannah and her friendships with Zo and Grace. I wasn’t a big fan of Hannah’s mother. She made me so angry, because she wouldn’t let Hannah do anything. It also didn’t help that she would keep getting in trouble for things she didn’t remember doing and her mother would not listen to her at all. I guess it’s a little understandable since Hannah wasn’t the best person a year ago, but I felt like her mom didn’t cut her any slack at all and was way too overbearing. That was one of the things that really bugged me about the story. BUT there are two sides to every story, so you’ll have to see how that unfolds.

Overall, I really enjoyed Mirror Me. It was fun, it was creepy, and it kept me guessing. Great characters and friendships. There were times that it was so hard to put down, because I just wanted to know what was happening to Hannah. I would definitely recommend picking this one up.

It was just released today (July 25th), go check it out! 🙂

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Thoughts|| Alex, Approximately.

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
5 out of 5 stars.

“Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you’re a whole lot stronger than you think.”

Goodreads Description: Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush. Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter. And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


I don’t know why, but when I read the book description for Alex, Approximately a month or so ago I couldn’t stop thinking about how badly I wanted to read this book. Ask Maren (The Worn Bookmark). I think I rambled about wanting to read this book to her a lot, lol. I could never stop thinking about this it, weird. I checked Amazon every single day hoping the e-book would go on sale, lol. I finally caved (I’m trying not to buy so many new books until I read more of what I have) and bought it and I am so happy that I did.

Alex, Approximately was so fun to read and had me laughing out loud so many times. It also had me grinning so hard almost every page. You already know who Alex is when you read the book description, but I found myself LIVING for the Alex and Mink (Bailey) conversations in the book. She would be hanging out with Porter, but I’m always like “buuuut Alex”, haha. It was so fun, seriously. This is the perfect summer read too. There’s California, surfing, beaches, movie quotes, cats, CHURROS! I have been craving churros since I started to read this book. I don’t think I’ve had one since I was a kid and they used to sell them on the street in Miami.

Bailey and Porter are both struggling with things that happened to them in the past, but I think that is one of the things that helped to bring them together. I really liked Bailey a lot and I loved her friendship with Grace. Porter was the perfect swoon worthy character and I loved his and Bailey’s banter. It was fun and had me cracking up so much. There were some serious aspects to the book as well, like with what Bailey and Porter went through in their own lives and another character named Davy. I won’t go into it about him though, you’ll have to check out the book.

Overall, I thought Alex, Approximately was such a fun and cute read. Perfect for summer. I personally loved it so much and I felt like I breezed through it, because it was so hard to put down and easy to read. I was rooting for Bailey and Porter in both their own separate lives and together. I am so glad I decided to finally pick this one up, because it was so worth it. I don’t think I have a negative thing to say about it. I am now off to find myself a dang churro.

Have you read Alex, Approximately? If so, what did you think? What are you currently reading right now?

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Thoughts|| The Unlikelies.

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The Unlikelies by Carrier Firestone
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating. Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral. Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?


The Unlikelies was such a fun read! I took it with me on vacation and it made for a good road trip read. I am a sucker for books that are compared to the Breakfast Club, so I was thrilled when I was sent an ARC from The Novl. (Check out their monthly newsletters for chances to win books from them!)

The description also of course pulled me in as well. It sounded right up my alley and it totally was! Sadie becomes famous when a video of her rescuing a baby goes viral. From that day everything changes and you’re thrown into a really fun story. I grew attached to all of the characters in the book and was rooting for them all. They all came from different backgrounds/family life, but they formed an unlikely friendship with each other and it worked.

I loved their adventures and wanting to stick it to all the bullies. Bullying is a huge thing happening in the world today, especially cyber bullying. I loved that they stood up to the cyber bullies and stood behind all the people getting bullied. They were on their side and it was great. There were also some other things happening in the story as well. It dealt with drug addiction a little bit as they all tried to help their friend get off heroin. Not sure if you know this or not, but heroin over the years has become quite the issue especially today. So many people are falling into addiction and overdosing on heroin or what they think is heroin. Also in the book they were also tasked with doing something pretty huge, which you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Unlikelies. It’s the perfect summer read. Great characters and friendships. So many laugh out loud moments and sad ones too. I was invested in the story and all the characters. I really enjoyed reading it. It deals with some heavy stuff, but it was also such a fun read too. It was the perfect mix. It’s relevant for things happening today. It’s out in the world today, so go check it out. I would definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to go get my finished copy!

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Thoughts|| Amish Guys Don’t Call.

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Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
3 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Samantha is already facing scrutiny and anxiety at the start of her junior year, as she’s finally been accepted into the popular girls’ clique called “The Sherpas.” But when she realizes that her new boyfriend Zach was raised Amish, Sam must tackle a whole new set of challenges! Zach has chosen not to end his Rumspringa, instigating a potential shunning from his family. Not only that, but Sam’s new friends can’t miss this opportunity to tease and torment her. Sam has never really come to terms with her parents’ divorce, so when her world crashes down on her in the form of cyberbullying and Zach’s apparent return to the Amish community, she reverts to old, illegal habits. Does Sam even want friends like these? And, will her culture-crossed love with Zach find a way?


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: June 13th 2017

I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish culture for some reason and it’s always cool learning about other cultures as well. My first impression of Amish Guys Don’t Call was that it was going to be a fun and cute read. It ended up being a pretty weird book, to be honest. It still had it’s fun and cute moments though, don’t get me wrong. I even laughed out loud quite a bit.

Samantha was struggling a lot through this book, she had so many things going on in her life. Her parents divorce, her mother not always home, trying to fit in with the popular girls at school, and she also had a problem with shoplifting. This girl had a lot going on in her life! I felt like she did the best she could though and it helped having Zach in her life. Things with their relationship was a little awkward though, but I guess it was understandable since it was her first relationship and Zach had just left the Amish and was learning how the English (non-Amish) people lived. There were times though that I felt like Sam didn’t always act her age (16-17). I got a younger age vibe from her.

Zach’s dialogue was a bit strange for me. He talked really “proper” like instead of saying “don’t” he would say “do not” or instead of “can’t” he would say “cannot”. It was hard to get used to the way they he talked and worded things. He also threw in some Pennsylvania Dutch at times too since that was the language the Amish talked. That took a bit to get used to, but it was interesting. I wasn’t a huge fan of Samantha’s friends. They were basically the mean girls and they really bugged me. They all had their own things they were dealing with too though.

There were a lot of things going on in this book and there was one scene that was like a “WTF” moment and I had no clue what was happening and I was kind of shocked. It had to do with a haunted house, but I don’t want to go further into it because it could be a spoiler. But it was just so weird and I had no idea what was going on and after reading the authors note at the end of the book, it’s a real thing that happens now and that the author herself experienced. There are a lot of things in this book that the author herself experienced, actually. It’s hard to really point out exactly why I felt a certain way about some things without saying exactly what happened in the book and I hate spoilers. Knowing that a lot of things that happened in the book, happened in real life helped put it in better perspective and took away some of the weirdness that I got from it though.

Overall, I liked the story even if at times it was a bit strange for me. There was just so much happening and sometimes I was like “wait, what?”. Sometimes it felt like too many things happening in such a short amount of time (pages), so it felt a little rushed or things weren’t explained as well and came out of nowhere.  Once I got used to Zach’s dialogue, it was easy to read and I was flying through the book in about a day and a half. It was hard to put down, because I was still really into the story and wanted to see how it ended. I was still rooting for Sam and Zach.

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Thoughts|| The Best Kind of Magic.

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Thoughts|| The Best Kind of Magic.

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The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate. Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: May 16th 2017

I was pretty surprised by how much I really enjoyed The Best Kind of Magic. I flew threw it and read it in just a day. There are lots of different magical elements in this book as well as different magical beings; witches, vampires, werewolves, goblins, fairies and more! It was a lot of fun to read and had me laughing out loud quite a bit. Amber was pretty funny with all her sarcastic remarks and jokes. She was such a fun character. Honestly, the entire book had a good cast of characters that fit well with it.

Amber isn’t a witch like her mother, but she has the magical ability to look at someone and know who their match is; who they’ll spend their lives with. She can see everyone’s matches except for her own. That was a really interesting part of the book. She starts falling for Charlie (who I loved!) as she helps him find his father’s missing girlfriend, but she’s seen his match and it’s not her. That was a little frustrating, because I was really hoping it would be her. Even if Charlie isn’t Amber’s match, deep down I’m still rooting for them. Her best friend Amani is a precog, which means she can see visions of the future. I really loved Amani and Amber’s friendship throughout the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Best Kind of Magic. There was a bit of an adventure with Amber and Charlie running around Chicago looking for Charlie’s father’s girlfriend and that was fun. I really liked that it also throws fate into the mix and gives you a lot to think about when it comes to it. One thing that I noticed is that at times I forgot that Amber was in high school, because sometimes she would come off as a lot younger than someone in high school. Overall that aspect of it didn’t hurt how much I enjoyed the story though. I still had fun reading it and there are a lot of unanswered questions (and a twist) that I am really looking forward to seeing answered in the sequel.

Do you believe in fate? Do you think our lives are predetermined or do you think our choices are the ones that determine our destiny?

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Thoughts|| One of Us Is Lying.

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: May 30th 2017

I was instantly drawn to One of Us Is Lying at first because it gave me Breakfast Club vibes when I read the description; I love that movie. It doesn’t always happen when I read books, but I was sucked in from the first page. There was no way I was putting it down until I finished it and that’s exactly what happened. I read One of Us Is Lying in one day and it was so good! I loved it.

I’m not the biggest fan of books with multiple point of views, but for this book it worked perfectly. I enjoyed reading all of the character’s parts in the book and I was invested in them all. I had no idea what was happening and when I put it together in my head it always ended up being something totally different, so it kept me guessing about who murdered Simon.

Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper were all dealing with big things happening in their life and then they were thrown into this police investigation on top of it. As much as I really liked them all, I honestly didn’t know who to believe at times. Red flags everywhere and everything and everyone seemed suspicious in my eyes. Everyone had secrets. That’s what made this book so fun though.

Overall, I am really glad that I requested this book. It was suspenseful and kept me guessing. It was a really fun read and I enjoyed it so much. I couldn’t put it down. It was happy, it was sad, it had me laughing out loud, and it had me yelling “whaaat?!” a million times. It was more than just solving a murder case. There’s so much more to the story and it tackles some of the important issues happening today. It was a really great book. I highly recommend it.

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Thoughts|| Bang.

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Bang by Barry Lyga
3.5 out of 5 stars.

“Harry Potter is the boy who lived, and I’m the boy who killed.”

Goodreads Description: A chunk of old memory, adrift in a pool of blood. Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one–not even Sebastian himself–can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun. Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend–Aneesa–to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past.  It took a gun to get him into this. Now he needs a gun to get out.


Bang was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, because you all know by now that Barry Lyga is one of my favorite authors. Sadly, I was a bit underwhelmed with Bang.

I wanted to love this one so badly, but I didn’t. I found it to be a little boring at times. I flew through it in about a day and a half, because the chapters are so short. Some chapters were only a couple sentences long. Although I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would, I did still like it.  I really liked Sebastian and I felt so bad for him, because he was struggling with his guilt from accidentally killing his baby sister. How do you even move past that? I can’t even imagine how hard that must feel even if it was an accident and you didn’t know what you were doing.

“Our lives are the sum of our mistakes as well as our triumphs.”

Aneesa was the perfect distraction for Sebastian and I really enjoyed her character. I really liked her parents too. Sebastian’s parents, not so much. Although Bang was really sad, it did have a lot of fun happy moments. I was rooting for Sebastian. It also had ALL THE PIZZA! Lots of pizza in this book and I mean LOTS! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert. You all know how much I love pizza. If anything, this book gave me a lot of new pizza recipe ideas! 😛 Overall, I thought Bang was a good read even though I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. I would still recommend reading this book.

“Each time you start to lose momentum, you look ahead to the next vine. And you jump for it, Sebastian. You don’t think about it; you don’t worry about it. You jump and you trust that you have the strength and the momentum to grasp that next vine.”

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