Review: This Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

This Is Kind of an Epic Love StoryTitle: The Is Kind Of an Epic Love Story
Author: Kheryn Callender
Genres: Young Adult contemporary
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A fresh, charming rom-com perfect for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Boy Meets Boy about Nathan Bird, who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town.

Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings.

Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.

Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.

After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

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I have quite a lot of complicated feelings about this one. I liked it, I liked the writing style and I definitely looked forward to picking this book up every time I got the chance, but I just didn’t *love* it. I definitely didn’t love this as much as I expected to, because I definitely went into it expecting it to be a new favorite.

The characters and their relationships felt incredibly real and were super messy, which I loved on the one hand, but also started to annoy me a bit after some time. Especially the main character. He kept messing up and it started to get really hard to root for him, because we mostly saw his not-so-great side. He was pretty pessimistic and tended to run away from his problems, which I could kind of relate to, but it just… it wasn’t a lot of fun for me to read about. And I adored the LI and thought he deserved better, so while I did like the relationship and I’m a sucker for the best-friends-to-lovers-trope, I had a hard time cheering them on. Lees verder

Blitz: Star-Crossed Excerpt and Giveaway

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Title: Star-Crossed
Author: Pintip Dunn
Genres: Young Adult Science-Fiction
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Princess Vela’s people are starving.

Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she’s not the only one.

Now the king is dying, too.

When the boy she’s had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father’s, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.

Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…

Here’s an excerpt of the opening scene of the book!

I break off a piece of raspberry tart, with a crust as light as sunshine, and slide it into the pocket of my caftan. My mouth goes dry in spite of the sweet tang that’s about to burst over my tongue.

Because the hidden bite’s not for me. It’s for my best friend, Astana, and if the royal guards catch me stealing food for a colonist, I could be thrown into the Red Cell Prison. Our laws are clear: actual food, as opposed to nutrition pills, must be reserved for those who can utilize it best.

I shove the rest of the tart into my mouth. It breaks upon contact, littering crumbs across the silver shuttle floor. I’m so nervous the dessert tastes like congealed space dust and raspberries, but I chew and swallow as if nothing’s wrong. As if there isn’t a smooshed-up pie staining the inside of my pocket.

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October TBR

Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s already October? Because I sure can’t. This year is going by so quickly, it’s almost scary. It’s as if an entire day passes each time I blink.

Luckily, I’m incredibly excited about October because I always get into this “I want to read all day every day” mood during autumn. There’s just something about sitting inside, curled up under a blanket, while it’s cold and rainy outside. I love it. And my TBR for this month is looking amazing!

I have to admit, I set up this TBR on the first of the month, and it’s the second while I’m writing this because I want this post to go up tomorrow and I’ve already finished one of these books. And I’m almost halfway through another. I’m very tempted to add more books to this but I know I shouldn’t, because that’ll only make me feel more stressed.

Anyway, I really hope that this month is going to be an amazing reading month for all of us!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Like To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hey everyone! When I first saw the theme of this week I almost didn’t participate. The thing is: meeting new people is terrifying for me, especially when it’s people I admire. And I kind of admire all authors out there. So, if I were to meet an author, I’d probably have a huge panic attack and, as you can probably guess, I’d rather not do that.

But I decided to look at the topic a little differently. Meeting an author doesn’t mean actually having them look at you and talk to you one on one, correct? If I were to be at a certain convention and these authors would be guests there, and I’d hear them speak at a panel, I’d have met them in some way, right? So, this week’s theme for me is basically “authors I’d love to hear speak at a panel”. And once I changed the theme to that in my head, it was very easy to come up with authors. Because there’s a LOT of authors I’d love to hear speak at a panel.

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Wrap-Up: September 2018

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Hi everyone! I’m currently thinking about what to tell you all about my September, but I honestly have no idea what to say. The past month felt incredibly busy, but looking back at it I have no idea what I actually did.

I started school again, which was something. I’m currently taking math and chemistry classes, and I’m also studying sign language. The latter is a lot of fun, but the first two are not. I’m not good with numbers at all, and having to do it all by myself causes a lot of frustrations.

I’ve also done quite a few things exposure therapy wise, like visiting a bookstore half an hour away from me and visiting the forest, and I really hope I’ll be able to continue doing that this month. I’m honestly quite excited about October in general, because I have quite a few books on my TBR that I’m super excited about. But first, let’s take a look at which books I read the past month.

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Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz – This was both heartbreaking and beautiful. I loved learning a bit more about such an important, incredible woman that I didn’t know much about before.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – After rereading this, I can now confirm that John Ambrose McClaren is still my favorite.
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya – I absolutely loved the family relationships and the descriptions in this book.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson – I listened to the audiobook of this one and it completely blew me away. It’s such a short novel and it still had me crying multiple times.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson – This book really confirmed the fact that Jacqueline Woodson is now one of my new favorite authors, and I have to read every book she’s written.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee – This book is so different from what I normally read, but I ended up loving it so much!

The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar – I expected this to be a cute and whimsical book, but it ended up being quite dark and heavy. But I very much enjoyed it nonetheless. Full review here.
Solo by Kwame Alexander – The audiobook of Solo feels very unique because it includes music and songs, and that made this reading experience very special.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Everyone keeps talking about how good this book is so I wanted to try it for myself and… they’re right.
This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow – I finished this book a few hours ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. It was absolutely incredible. Girl bands, a queer black girl mc, a teen mom mc, a recovering alcoholic mc… it was everything.

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Usually I always read at least two books at the same time, but This Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender is the only book I’m currently reading, and I’m liking it a lot! I really can’t wait to continue reading it later tonight!
I’m also pretty excited to pick up a new book as well. I’m currently in that type of reading mood where every single book looks great, and I want to read all the things. And I love it.

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Review: The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar

The Bigfoot FilesTitle: The Bigfoot Files
Author: Lindsay Eagar
Genres: Middle Grade
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From the author of Hour of the Bees comes another captivating story that deftly blurs the line between reality and magic — and will leave you wondering What if?

The Loch Ness Monster. The Frogman. Bigfoot. Twelve-year-old Miranda Cho used to believe in it all, used to love poring over every strange footprint, every stray hair, everything that proved that the world was full of wonders. But that was before her mother’s obsession with monsters cost Miranda her friends and her perfect school record, before Miranda found the stack of unopened bills and notices of foreclosure in the silverware drawer. Now the fact that her mom’s a cryptozoologist doesn’t seem wonderful — it’s embarrassing and irresponsible, and it could cost them everything. So Miranda agrees to go on one last creature hunt, determined to use all her scientific know-how to prove to her mother, once and for all, that Bigfoot isn’t real. Then her mom will have no choice but to grow up and get a real job — one that will pay the mortgage and allow Miranda to attend the leadership camp of her dreams. But when the trip goes horribly awry, will it be Miranda who’s forced to question everything she believes?

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Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book.

This book is incredibly captivating, and it sucked me in from the first word. I just couldn’t put it down. The writing is magical; it feels both heavy and light at the same time, but the overtone of the book is definitely darker. Something I didn’t expect from the synopsis, but something I definitely ended up loving.

I really enjoyed spending some time in the head of the main character, because I liked her a lot as a character, and I could relate to her very much. Miranda is a logical girl; her mother has been searching for these creatures for years and they haven’t found any evidence besides some footprints and scats, which very well could be from another animal. And once Miranda starts to see things that indicate that these strange creatures might actually exist, she banishes these things to the very back of her mind and tries to find logical reasons for everything that’s happening.

Miranda is also a girl who takes on a lot of responsibilities and who wants everything to be absolutely perfect. When she doesn’t succeed in this, the only thing that can calm her down is pulling out hair. This ground her, and gives her a sense of calmness. I’ve never personally dealt with trichotellomenia before, but I do have anxiety and that part of Miranda’s personality was incredibly relatable.

Besides Miranda, Miranda’s mother is also an incredibly interesting character. She’s incredibly messy, doesn’t always behave in a way you’d expect a mother to behave, and you quickly learn to agree with Miranda: her mom is no good and needs to grow up. But after a while you learn that there’s definitely more to her mom. The not-great stuff she does is definitely not excused, but you get to see that there’s more layers to her, and that’s what makes her so incredibly interesting.

Overall, this book was definitely different than what I thought it was going to be, but I was pleasantly surprised and I’d definitely recommend this book to all of you.

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Cover Reveal: Squall by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

Hi everyone! As most of you know I’m a really really big fan of Charlotte Anne Hamilton’s writing, so when she messaged me asking me to do a cover reveal for her upcoming novella I squealed. A lot.

I could talk about how much I love Charlotte’s writing here for ages (and her art! She actually drew the cover art herself!!! WOW) but I can’t wait to show you all the amazing cover, so here it is:

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Olivia has known Doniya for four years, and they’ve been dating for two of those. Only now is the first time she’s getting to meet her girlfriend in real life.

After reading the latest update from her favourite fanfic, Olivia just had to make some fanart for it, tagging the author without any further thought. But when the cute, upbeat fanfic author slid into her DMs to gush about the art, it just seemed to be as if they had known each other the whole time. And after a solid year of crushing on her, Olivia let it slip during a drunken night out.

Now, finally moved out, steadily earning her keep from her freelance art, Olivia cannot wait for the day her girlfriend steps off the train from London into Glasgow Central.

Her excitement is almost enough to make her forget that neither her parents nor Doniya’s know they’re dating. She can deal with that later for all she cares about is finally getting her girlfriend in her arms.

You can add Squall on Goodreads and pre-order the novella on Amazon!

Charlotte Anne HamiltonAbout the Author:

Charlotte Anne Hamilton is a twenty-two-year-old Scottish author with two fur-children. She is an avid reader and gamer, as well as dabbling in art. When not writing like she’s running out of time, she can be found listening to music which inspires more stories.

She currently lives in Ayrshire, Scotland.

You can find her on her website, Instagram, Twitter, Patreon and Goodreads.

I hope you all love the cover as much as I did, and I would definitely encourage you all to look into Charlotte’s earlier releases: The Image of Deception  and Lambs Can Always Become Lions!

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