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If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

If There's No Tomorrow
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 376 (Hardcover)

A single choice can change everything.

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

I am a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I was excited to pick this book up. Unfortunately, it didn’t do it for me. The storytelling was mediocre, and character development wasn’t great. I give this book 3 stars out of 5.

What I Like

  • Jennifer L. Armentrout definitely knows how to spin a story with a dreamy relationship. I like Lena’s relationship with her childhood-friend-turned-lover, Sebastian.
  • I love Lena’s dynamic with her friends. There is realistic conflict with Abby and Derry. It makes sense how Lena acted after the tragedy and I also understand how this might make her friends feel.
  • There is also great internal conflict for Lena. She experienced something traumatic and devastating and it shows in her character development. It could have been much more explicit or dark, but it’s appropriate for Armentrout’s audience.
    • It was refreshing to see Lena struggle with mental health and getting help for it. 
  • There were a few passages of writing, mostly Lena’s thoughts and realizations, that I found really beautiful.

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Publication Date: April 7th 2015
Genre(s): YA, Romance, Contemporary, LGBT
Pages: 303

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
After watching Love, Simon over a year ago, I finally picked up the book. The movie broke my heart yet warmed it and made me cry many tears. The book did exactly the same. A wonderful story, fantastic writing, and such raw, beautiful characters warrants a solid 5 stars. I’m putting it up there as one of my favourite contemporaries. I urge you all to check both the book and the movie out!

May 2019: Plan With Me

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I can’t believe we’re five months into 2019 already. So crazy how fast time is flying by! I wanted to share my planning process for May, and perhaps turn this into a monthly feature. I love bullet journalling and try to do it daily. It’s not only a great organizational tool, but a fun and creative outlet!

Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, 1)
by Marie Lu
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 344

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
I’m very excited to finally have this review out. I actually picked up this book years ago and to be honest, I couldn’t really get into it then. This second time around however, I was listening to the audiobook during any free time I had! If this isn’t a sign to give things a second chance, I don’t know what is. After finishing this book after about four years, I’m happy to give it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

2019 Reading Resolutions

I hate how little I read last year (basically none at all), and I'm really hoping to turn things around this year. I decided to make a list of reading resolutions to help me to read more. If you have trouble hitting your reading goals, maybe this will help you as well!

Back from the Dead

Hello, internet friends! I apologize for not being very active over the past year. University has been hectic, but now that my break term is here, I'm going to have a lot more free time on my hands. Hopefully that translates into more reading and blogging. Hopefully.

Top Ten Tuesday | 10 Fandoms I'm In

The Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today's top ten are fandoms that I associate myself with. There are so many more, but I the ones I listed below are pretty representative of what I like. I attempted to broaden the scope by including TV show fandoms, music fandoms, and manga/anime fandoms as well. I had a lot of fun with these gifs, so I hope you enjoy them too.

What fandoms are you in? Let me know in the comments!

1. Supernatural

Just one of my favourite TV shows of all time.
I don't even watch that many shows though-- can I still have a favourite?

2. Teen Wolf

I was absolutely addicted to this show when I started it.
I love the concepts, ideas, and the plot.
A fantastic cast tops it off!

3. Harry Potter

This is one of my longest-standing fandoms.
I grew up with this series.
Once a Potterhead, ALWAYS a Potterhead.