NYXIA BY SCOTT REINTGEN

NYXIA BY SCOTT REINTGENNyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1) by Scott Reintgen
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on September 12th 2017
Genres: science fiction, SFF
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. This is the first in a new three-book series called the Nyxia Triad that will take a group of broken teens to the far reaches of the universe and force them to decide what they're willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune.
Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Forever.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden--a planet that Babel has kept hidden--where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won't forever compromise what it means to be human.

This arc was provided by NetGalley, all thoughts are MY own and this review is 100% honest.

Wow, where do I even begin with this review? How do I even introduce you to the wild ride that is Nyxia? To the adventure, the competition, the incredible characters, and the complete mystery that is Nyxia. Let me start off by saying why isn’t this book on everyone’s list? I’m not kidding you when I say this is definitely going to be on my top 15 books I read this year because it was just… I mean a month later and I am still thinking about this beautiful book. (now that this review up, it’s more like two months later) but I still feel the same.

Nyxia is told in the POV of Emmett and it takes place in space. It sort of reminded me like Hunger Games… in the way that they are NOT trying to kill each other. There is a competition that takes place which spans over the majority of the book and it all spirals to a high point which takes your breath away and leaves you on the edge of your seat.

 

PROS (reasons why you should read this)

  • An extremely likable cast of characters who are so diverse and easy to love and root for. You hear a lot of their background stories, why they are the way they are and as I said, you just start rooting for them and you want all of them to win.
  • The plot is so riveting and halfway through the book the game changes completely and it takes the whole story to a whole new level.
  • The mystery that is the substance Nyxia and why it is so special, and what it can do.
  • The idea of another civilization on a different planet was so mysterious because we don’t learn a lot about them, you are left to wonder what are these people like, what is so special about their planet. I like that they did not explore what Eden is because that just heightens my anticipation for the next book.
  • The fact that you don’t learn a lot about the corporation and while they say that they are there to do good, you just have this feeling that they are up to no good.
  • Emmett’s friendship with his room mate and Bilal was SO special to me.

CONS (going to try to do this without spoiling y’all):

  • Now there were some issues between some of the characters and I just thought that it was a little too much. I felt the other half were taking some things way too far.
  • There was something that happened with one of the characters that I was not a fan of and wished that it did not happen, but I understand why it did.
  • And the fact that I have to wait an entire year for the next book.

Overall I highly recommend that you read Nyxia if you’re looking for something with high stakes, something that will make your heart race and break your heart at the same time. AND IT IS SET IN SPACE!! What more could you ask for?

 

Nyxia comes out on September 12 which is this Tuesday, so don’t hesitate to pick it up!

four-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
four-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

AUGUST 2017 WRAP UP

Gosh, how is it the end of summer already? It’s hard to believe where this year is going and to be honest, it’s hard to believe I am completely caught up with my reading goals. This summer has been such an incredible time for reading for me, I’ve read so many incredible books over the last three months, I kind of wish I could go back in time and re-read these all for the first time. I read 24 books in the span of three months and to me, that is absolutely incredible.

During the month of August, I read a total of 6 books. I finished an incredible series, I read an amazing stand-alone, and I am on my way to finishing another amazing trilogy. Needless to say, I think August has been one of my favorite reading months.

The first book I read was The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski. I will definitely have a review for this coming soon, but this one honestly surprised me. It would have been perfect for fall but since I am impatient and didn’t want to wait for fall— I obviously read it now. I rated this 4.5/5 stars.

The second book I read was Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I will have a series review for this coming sometime in the near future, but I have had my eye on this for such a long time. I finally decided to pick it up because I swear it was haunting me, but all I’m gonna say is that this series is number one on my favorite books ever. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The third book I read was Fire Falling by Elise Kova.  This book was a delight and it ended on SUCH a cliffhanger, I could not even. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The fourth book I read was Earth’s End by Elise Kova. This book played with my emotions and hurt me so much, Elise is brutal okay. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The fifth book I read was Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova. This one destroyed me, I cried so damn hard. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The sixth book I read was Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova. This made me so happy, it ended just the way I wanted it to end, and I rated this 5/5 stars.

So yeah, all 5 star reads practically and I do not regret rating them all five stars because they deserved it.

And yes, A Gathering of Shadows is featured here because I thought I would finish it, but I am definitely not going to get there by the end of the day.

NOW for my haul. I did not get as many books as I did last month, in fact, I got rid of more than I bought which that will be another post for another time. But I also invested in a Barnes and Noble membership card so yeah, goodbye savings!

From Barnes and Noble…

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
The Last Sacrifice by James A. Moore
The Theif by Megan Whalen Turner
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

From Amazon…

Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Earth’s End by Elise Kova
Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova
Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova

From book subscription boxes…

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd Jones
Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic

So that concludes my August wrap up! I’ve read so many books this month and got so many good books, it’s almost unbelievable!

 

REQUIRED READING: FANTASY

So this post is a little late, but y’all know the saying. Better late than never! This weeks topic is things having to do with going back to school. Which I happen to be doing next week and I am a little sad about it but, such is life. For my topic I chose fantasy. If I were a teacher, which I always wanted to be, I would have my students read these books!

001. Air Awakens by Elise Kova
002. Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
003. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
004. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
005. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
006. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
007. Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
008.  A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
009. Wintersong by S.Jae Jones
010: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

So that’s it! I know it’s a very simple post, but this was done at last minute. If you haven’t already, I definitely think you should read these books because you seriously will not regret it!

MY PERSONAL TRAINERS

Hello and welcome to top 5 Wednesday! This weeks topic is characters whose fitness routines that you want. You can choose basically anything that you want to be whether it is characters who are fast, good at dancing or even foodies! The possibilities are endless! I am going to be talking about

001. Aldrik Solaris
This gem of a character is from Air Awakens by Elise Kova and oh my gosh, I am obsessed with him. He is my absolute favorite character in the world, he beats out every other character ever, but that is a topic for another post. Aldrik is a prince and a powerful sorcerer so it only makes sense that he is strong, fast and agile and almost unbreakable. I would honestly love to be unbreakable (or almost) like Aldrik because of y’all have no idea how clumsy I am. I m always spraining my ankles, hurting myself and I just need to be in a bubble. Or I can just have Aldrik follow me around and make sure I don’t get hurt.

002. Cal Calore
He is from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and he is another character I love with all of my heart. Cal is described as being a super good dancer and he is also good at making things. But oh my goodness the dancing. I am very conscious about dancing and Cal would help me get over my fear of dancing.

003. Nikolai Lantsov
If y’all don’t know who he is then… what are you even doing? He is from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and he is full of sass. I would honestly love Nikolai as my best friend because I think he would always make me laugh no matter what. Nikolai would be very good at teaching me jokes and just probably interact with people, in general, a lot more… better? If what I am saying makes any sense.

004. Elias Veturius 
Another gem of a man and he is from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Elias is lovely and I would just like him to be around me in general okay. No explanation needed.

005. Merik Nihar 
He is from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and he is glorious. I would like for him to teach me how to sail the seven seas and just strong and brave.

So that concludes my list and honestly? I would love for all these beautiful men to exist in real life.  But if I did, this doggo is the perfect picture of how I would be.

A VERY AMBITIOUS AUGUST GOALS 2017

I have seriously been slacking with my goals. I post them with every intention of doing them, yet for some dang reason I completely get uninspired and do absolutely nothing. I’m going to change a few things around here because I’ve just felt very… blah. I feel like my anxiety has been a huge factor in this. A big thing I want to do is be a lot more organized than I am right now especially when it comes to my blog. I will definitely… probably be posting something about that sometime in the future so stay tuned!

So this month is very ambitious because I feel like it is the last month that I can read as much as I want because school starts very soon. I am also switching things up this month and I aim to read only arcs. With that, I have decided to participate in ARCAugust hosted by readsleeprepeat because y’all… I have a lot of arcs I need to read ASAP and I feel like this will motivate me.

So without further ado, let’s get onto the list! Last month I read nine books, I’m going to be a little beside myself and aim to finish 10 books, but I at LEAST want to read 5 (hopefully the majority will be arcs) I aim to read whichever is closest to the publishing date.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller: published 9/5/17
Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast: published 8/29/17
Ekata: Fall of Darkness by Dominique Law: published 8/18/17
When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter: published 9/12/17
Achilles by Greg Boose: published 9/26/17
Odd & True by Cat Winters: published 9/17/17
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn: published 11/7/17
Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster: published 10/10/17
NON ARCS
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

Now if by some miracle I manage to finish ALL of these, I just might cry.

Don’t forget to comment below and tell me what are some books you’re planning to read this month?

JULY WRAP UP, I WENT CRAZY THIS MONTH

This is the best reading month that I have had in a LONG time. I have read SO many books, and I have no idea how I managed to read all of these. But oh my gosh, I did it! I enjoyed the majority of the books that I read.

  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: I absolutely loved this book, I read it in practically a day. I do have a review up for this hopefully by the time this post is up? I rated this 5/5 stars.
  • Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olsen: I need to read more dystopian. That’s all. I also hopefully have a review up for this, if not my review WILL be up quite soon. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch: This fell flat for me, could not get into it… won’t be continuing the trilogy. I rated this 2/5 stars.
  • Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie: Loved this anthology and all the stories and the book tubers responses to them! I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • The Third Twin by  C.J Omololu: Finished this in 2.5 hours. Absolutely loved this contemp/thriller. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger: Another book I finished in the same day. I am so mad with this book okay. I rated this 5/5 stars.
  • Nightfall by Jake Halpern: This book took me by surprise. It was creepy and very fun to read. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black: Read this in one sitting, this book was AHMAZING. The review will be up soon! I rated this 5/5 stars.
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody: You need to read this, it is so good. I rated this 5/5 stars. A review will be up soon.

BOOKS I BOUGHT

I was going to hold myself back this month, but I could not because there were so many books that I needed.

  • Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger
  • Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie
  • Halayda by Sarah Delena White
  • Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster
  • All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry
  • Fill in Boyfriend by Kasie West
  • Walk on Earth with a Stranger by Rae Carson
  • Beware the Wild by Natalie Parker
  • Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye
  • Nightfall by Jake Halpern
  • Nemesis by Anna Banks
  • Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khourey
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by McKenzie Lee
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

So yeah, there goes my incredible reading month.

Don’t forget to comment down below and let me know some of your favorite reads this month!

AYE, YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS!

I am sure most people can agree, but I am tired of reading books set in the western world. Like, don’t y’all realize how big the world is? I’d like to start with a disclaimer saying that I have not read ALL of these books, but the reviews for them are incredible and I need to read them as soon as possible. Some of these are books that I have LOVED and some that I have started and loved what I read. All of these books are also by authors of color, and I just rec y’all to check these out!

001. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Necromancy,  elemental magic, witches…  who could want more? This is a book I started but put down due to being busy and just haven’t had the chance to pick it up, but I absolutely loved what I read!

002. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Set in feudal Japan with Mulan elements, this book sounds incredible! I have yet to actually read this one and I definitely plan to do so soon! Renee has incredible writing and world building, so I know that I will love this!

003. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Another rec from this amazing author, no surprise here! I binge read this duology in a matter of days because her writing is so addicting! This is a 1001 Arabain Nights retelling and I just…  highly recommend you all read it!

004. The Fifth Season by N.K Jemison
I have seen this rec’d on book twitter and decided to just check it out myself and see what it’s all about! The synopsis on the back instantly grabbed me. This is another book I started but put down due to being busy, but this is such a unique dystopian and the way the book is being told is just… READ THIS!

005. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
And my final rec is this beautiful book. This is one of my all time favorite books. It is sort of hard to explain what this book is exactly about cause I don’t really want to give anything away. Just go and get yourself a copy, you will not regret it.

To all the books I haven’t read…

I have no idea if people like to read these kinds of things but I thought it might be interesting to show you guys in case people were curious. I am getting new shelves within the next few days and I think I am actually going to have a TBR shelf! That way it would help me figure out what books I need to read and if the shelf fills up, that means no more buying books! (RIGHT, hold me up to this) Once I get my shelves I will do a bookshelf tour/how I organize my books type of post.

So without further ado, here are all the PHYSICAL books I need to read!

A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wold by Jennifer Neilson
The Valiant by Lindsey Livingston
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Illiad + Odyssey by Homer
Greek Mythology by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Demon King, Exiled Queen, Gray Wolf Throne, Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Rose Society, Young Elites by Marie Lu
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer
Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
The Queens Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The Orphan Queen, The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Red Rising, Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Alive by Scott Sigler
Legend, Prodigy, Champion by Marie Lu
Unite Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
Ninth City Burning by J Patrick Black
Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali
Fangirl, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger
The Third Twin by C.J Omololu
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Kisses + Curses by Various
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
This Monstrous Thing by McKenzie Lee
COG, COLS, COFA, COHF, Bane Chronicles, Lady Midnight by Cassie Clare
Raven Boys, Dream Thieves, Blue Lily Lily Blue, Raven King by Maggie Steifvater
Winterviel by Jenna Burtenshaw
Zodiac by Romina Russel
Unbooked by Lisa Maxwell
Never Never by Briana Shrum
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Nemesis by Anna Banks
Nightfall by Jake Halpern
The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye
The Fill in Boyfriend by Kasie West
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khourey
Walk on Earth with a Stranger by Rae Carson

 

So yeah, 71 books that I own and have yet to read! Definitely more than I had anticipated but hopefully by the end of this year I hope I can knock some books off this list! (Even though i’ll MOST likely add more)

So if you’ve stayed till the end of the post, thank you so much! How many books do you have on your tbr??

JULY GOALS 2017 (belated but I’m finally back on track)

This post is a lot later than I had anticipated, and I was not going to post it, but since I already have it written, why not!I had a pretty good reading month in June. I read so many good books and finally (hopefully) have established myself on a schedule but I want to actually MAINTAIN that schedule instead of you know… drifting off and forgetting about it? I’ve just been super lazy and sort of unmotivated to really do anything but you know… sometimes you have to push yourself to do things. Also, since I read seven books in June, I think I am going to shoot for eight!

Anyway, I had a pretty good reading month in June. I read so many good books and finally (hopefully) have established myself on a schedule but I want to actually MAINTAIN that schedule instead of you know… drifting off and forgetting about it? I’ve just been super lazy and sort of unmotivated to really do anything but you know… sometimes you have to push yourself to do things. Also, since I read seven books in June, I think I am going to shoot for eight!

Last month I didn’t really read all the books I listed on my TBR which leads me to believe that I am a mood reader and makes me wonder why I even post these things, but I figured I’d start listing a FEW of the books I hope to get to even if I squeeze in some that aren’t even listed. So without further ado, these are the books that I would like to read this month!

Now I Rise by Kiersten White
I’m not going to say what this is about because uh, spoilers but this is the second book in the Conquerers Saga. I got an arc of the first book last year and really loved it, so I’m quite excited to see what happens!

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab
Once again, not giving a synopsis because this IS a sequel in the Shades of Magic trilogy. I adored the first book and can’t wait to dive into the second!

Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
This is a dystopian novel in which a group of people called the Wolfpack runs the earth and you know how dystopian goes, they’re not the good guys and they took everything away from the main character Eden. Refusing to die by the hands of the Wolfpack she escapes to a place called Sanctuary Island which is the only place in the world untouched by the Wolfpack. Things are great on the island, but soon one of Eden’s new friends go missing and the island just might be deadlier than what Eden left behind. I haven’t read a good dystopian novel in a long time, so I’m hoping this will be good!

Roar by Cora Cormack
This takes place in a land ruled by storms and I don’t know, the synopsis is a little confusing to me but I suppose it is about a girl who does not have the magic she needs to protect her people and if she wants that magic she needs to steal it. it sounds super intriguing so I hope to give it a go!

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
I haven’t heard very many people talk about this book besides just a few videos on youtube. But what caught my eye are these covers. This seems like it is a story about kingdoms based on seasons? I don’t know but it sounds pretty darn cool.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.
I love Renee’s writing and the worlds she creates. This is SORT of like a Mulan retelling? But not really. I mean it has some Mulan elements in the idea of a woman disguising herself as a man to infiltrate. This is also set in feudal Japan so I can’t wait to see what happens!

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S Prendergast
This is actually an arc that I need to get through ASAP, but I feel like this is another dystopian novel? I am not too sure because I don’t want to give away much but,  from what I have heard this book is a sci-fi Beauty and the Beast retelling which is awesome!

Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie
This is the anthology everybody is talking about where a bunch of booktubers collabed with authors and wrote villainy short stories! I adore villains, so I can’t wait to have this!

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
I am not exactly sure what this is about, but what I gathered is that it is about a traveling carnival that caters to the strangest dreams and desires. This book just sounds so cool and I can’t wait for this! (i can’t wait for all of these books, to be honest)

Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell
This is actually an arc so I will hopefully prioritize this one above all the other books. I’m not going to lie, the synopsis sounds super confusing and I don’t know how to translate it into words… I mean, I don’t want to just copy and paste the entire thing so here is the link to the Goodreads page!

Ekata: Fall of Darkness by Dominique Law
Another arc that I will hopefully prioritize but… we’ll see. This takes place in a utopian world where violence is unthinkable but our main character Asher, has had visions of darkness since he can remember. When he turns 18, he finds out a prophecy that is a threat to his world as well as earth. This sounds super cool and unique for a dystopian novel, so I can’t wait to dive in!

 

And as for some blogging/bookstagram goals:

BOOKSTAGRAM

  • Since most of my photos are monthly challenges, I want to start being more…”original” per say. What I mean is that I want to start posting pictures from inspiration and I have zero clues how to word this so hopefully, Y’all understand!
  •  finally changed up my theme for my bookstagram. I had been thinking about it for such a long time but was hesitant and I just decided to finally do it! The photo above is my new theme, and I actually got the background from minibackdrops.com! They provide so many backgrounds and the paper is amazing quality. I suggest you check them out!
  • I also want to be more consistent in my posting, either I’ll post every day or every other day!

BLOGGING

  • I have so many books I need to review as soon as possible, so I do hope to get all of them done this month! At this rate, I am reading more than I can review which honestly isn’t a bad thing.
  • I keep saying I won’t fall off the wagon of blogging, and yet I do it every time. But since school is starting up next month and I want to keep active on this blog, I need to find a set schedule for myself.
  • I also want to start a few discussion posts!

So that’s it for my belated July goals. This month is super busy for me at work, and I realize all of this IS a little ambitious, but, I will do my best!

THE LOVE INTEREST BY CALE DIETRICH

THE LOVE INTEREST BY CALE DIETRICHThe Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 16th 2017
Genres: contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

It has been a long time since a book has made me literally laugh out loud, tear up and felt fuzzies in my heart all at once. I cannot express how much I loved this book like I just… my heart. This is Cale Dietrich’s debut novel and I am just so impressed with this because this book was absolutely incredible! Now before I get onto gushing about how much I loved this book, I did have a few issues with it. Also, beware there are spoilers. I’m not sorry I just need to talk about this book.

 

Honestly, the only gripe I had with this book is towards the end was how LIC was destroyed. I thought that it was rushed and happened too quickly and easily for my taste.

 

NOW. Time to gush.

I am not a big fan of contemporary and I was worried that I wouldn’t like this and it would put me off contemporary forever, but I was wrong! I am absolutely impressed that this is Cale’s debut novel. I felt that the writing was strong and the characters were well developed. The plot was on another level and it had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next and it was just… I really loved this book and I ate it all up in a matter of days. I loved it.

One of the scenes I really loved was Caden’s realization that he is gay and the relationship between him and Dylan was the CUTEST. I rooted for them when they first interacted with each other because they have so much chemistry is unbelievable. Each time these two were on the page interacting with each other my heart was like YAAAS and my brain was like YAAAS. MY PRECIOUS. I even put the book down at times because I couldn’t take how amazing they are together.

 

“Thanks for the apology, Caden, really. Anyway isn’t it pretty normal for a straight girl to fall for a gay guy? All the sitcoms treat it like a rite of passage, something all girls must go through. You’re pretty and kind and way too good to be true. At least I’ve ticked that box now.”


“I…” I don’t exist to teach her a lesson, and it irks me that she thinks labeling me is okay now. Like but liking guys, I automatically take on that role in her life. That I’m suddenly a supporting character in her story rather than the hero of my own.”

So yeah, not really a super critical review because I absolutely loved this book. I do recommend this book to people who are looking for something cute and… honestly, I recommend this to everyone. I can’t wait to see what else Cale has planned!

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • DIVERSE READS 2017