Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

everything everythingEverything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon (Author), David Yoon (Illustrations)
September 1st 2015
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover
310 pages
Young Adult / Contemporary / Romance

Synopsis
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Rating: D – Disliked

This is another unpopular opinion, folks.

What I Liked

POC lead. Putting a POC as the main character is always a huge yes for me. Always.

What I Didn’t Like

The romance. Oh for the love of the young teenage romance. Maddy and Olly are a little bit too cheesy for my liking.

The illustrations. I have nothing against illustrations on books. In fact, I love them cute little doodles. Maybe, I just don’t like the artist’s particular style on this one.

The driving plot. The overall plot is absurd and sloppy. There were details that were disregarded making things somewhat inaccurate. You’ll know that if you actually know something about SCID or basic immunology. Sometimes, it’s just so easy to spot how much little knowledge about the whole topic the author has and yes Nicola Yoon, I’m talking about you specifically. On that note, I just hope that authors would stop trivializing a disease by just using it as a plot device.

The plot twist. Plot holes turned plot twists *shaking my head*.

The happily ever after. I don’t want to spoil at all but I just hated that things ended so perfectly. It just made the ending a little underwhelming and predictable at the same time.

Final thoughts: I should have skipped the book and waited for the movie instead.

Review: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

the summer of chasing mermaidsThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids
by Sarah Ockler
June 2nd 2015
Simon Pulse
Kindle Edition
416 pages
Young Adult / Contemporary / Romance / Retellings

Synopsis
The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.
When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

Rating: F – Loathed (DNF)

What I Liked

The beautiful book cover. The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids looked really promising. The cover alone gave me a happiness and satisfaction that only a beautifully designed book cover can do.

A little bit hyped. I was really excited for this book. I’ve read some promising reviews and it gave my high expectations.

The diversity. I did admire that the author threw in some diversity given that Elyse, the main character, was from Tobago.

What I Didn’t Like 

Disappointing. A lot of people gave this book a shattering five stars – and I totally respect that.  This novel made me feel like I was trying to look for something that was not just there.

Boring. My patience was tested for real. That I can assure you. But just gave up all in all. It was just boring as hell. I feel like I was reading a litany of a sad, whiny girl but that’s just me.

Poetic. Readers enjoyed how lyrical and poetic the author was in writing in this book but that’s not my jam. I just don’t appreciate it as much as the others did.

If I received an ARC I would, by all means, I would’ve tried to finish this novel but since I bought it with my own money, I think I have the right to not finish it.

Review: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

lying out loudLying Out Loud
by Kody Keplinger
April 28th 2015
Scholastic
Kindle Edition
309 pages
Young Adult /  Contemporary / Romance / Chick Lit

Synopsis
Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend’s house every night because she has nowhere else to go.
Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with— secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.
Ryder’s the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can’t stand—a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.
But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there’s one small catch: he thinks he’s been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she’s the girl he’s really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

Rating: B- – Liked

When I first learned about Lying Out Loud on Goodreads, I was ecstatic. I was excited because this is a book companion to The DUFF which is my favorite book btw! I mean look at that cover – its teeny, cutie cover. The color scheme used is so girly and I love it! Now, off to the content of the book.

What I Liked

Fun. I enjoyed this book. It started off fun and light which is something that I was already looking forward to.  Also, the pacing was right on point which is great because lately, I have a very minimal tolerance for slow-paced books.

The plot. It is interesting. The situation can be relatable to teenagers because basically everyone IM’s and I think, everyone had already encountered a catfish at least once. It’s just impossible that you haven’t met or at least seen a fake Facebook profile.

The dialogue. The conversations are witty. I love how the author never fails to write banters in her stories.

What I Didn’t Like

The characterization. It seemed brilliant at first – mind you, at first. Here’s Sonny Ardmore, a certified expert liar. She’s really good at it because for some reason (maybe her charm or there’s something wrong in the water in their small town) the people actually fall for her lies. They absolutely believe her. The thing about Sonny, is at first, I found her likable because of this weird charm she had but in the end, I ended up disliking her. She was dragging things way too long when it comes to her lies which can be unfair for others. Her selfishness was bothering but she’s a teenager so that’s a bit understandable – I guess – given that she had some parent issues going on. Then, there’s Ryder Cross. Personally, I don’t like Ryder. He was rude and a snob which reminds me of a spoiled brat but a male version. Now, Amy Rush. She seemed nice and shy but somehow, something’s off about her. Thanks to the author, she’s not the main female character in this book because she’s no way better than Sonny in my opinion. Overall, the characters’ first impressions (except for Ryder) were great until you get to know and think more of them.

The name Ryder Cross. I just have to mention that his name was definitely and undeniably unoriginal – totally Wattpad-type of name for a male romantic interest. I think the author’s running out of names to give her characters. Look at this. Ryder = cool name. Cross = cooler name. Ryder Cross = this is so obviously a made-up name.

If you’re not into light reads of chick lit-type, then Lying Out Loud is definitely not for you. If you want real depth and a showcase of the technical skills of an author, I’m telling you to drop this book right this instant. But if you’re like me who loves books that are like marshmallows, so fluffy, cute and light with a few hints of humor, then grab this book now.