Friday, May 29, 2015

The Isle of the Lost

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I purchased this book when it first released this month/May. I was extremely excited when it came out. I tried to get my hands on an advanced copy but unfortunately my blog had not picked up too much when I requested it! Anyways, I purchased the book at target and got a cool picture frame magnet with it. You can check out other reviews on Goodreads.com. Also, please check out my twitter! @BookswithHayley.

So, let us get right into this! I was so excited for this book release and I went to Target right after work to pick it up. The cover is stunning, I loved the entire look to it. If you purchase a hardcover, the book is all black with metallic purple writing on the side. Overall I really liked the entire jacket design. This book is a very quick read in the best possible way. I was struggling to get through my books lately and I decided to put a hold on the book I was reading. So I picked up this book and I could not put it back down. It was filled with adventure and schemes! It was dark and twisty in the villainous way that it has to be! The characters are so easy to love and you're constantly just wanting to know more about these characters. 

The story revolves around Mal, Jay, Evie, Carlos, and Ben. Mal is the daughter of Maleficent, Jay is the son of Jafar, Evie is the daughter of the Evil Queen, Carlos is the son of Cruella De Vil, and Ben is the son of Belle and the Beast. Mal, Jay, Evie, and Carlos live on the Isle of the Lost under the dome. Ben lives in Auradon, where all the non-evil people live. For example, Belle, the Beast, the dwarfs, the dalmatians, etc. Mal isn't evil enough to be called by her full name, Jay is a cunning thief, Evie is kind, and Carlos is intelligent. Mal and Jay are as thick as thieves and their friendship/non-friendship is just awesome. They get along so well and they are by far my favorite characters. Carlos and Evie are very friendly with each other and Evie even gives Carlos a pillow, that she was going to "throw out anyway". Being kind is totally unheard of and not appropriate for the Isle. Then there is Ben, very unknowing of all the evil children on the Isle. He will soon rule the kingdoms and he is very curious of the Isle. He wants to be a good ruler and unfortunately, getting on top of the table and screaming at the council isn't a great start.

Evie and Mal aren't on the best terms because Mal's mother banished Evie and her mother. So when Evie comes back 10 years later, did she really think that Mal wasn't going to hold a grudge? Mal wants to get back at Evie and plans to do something excessively evil. As the book progresses, the characters seem to start having things in common. For example, their parents. Evil and wicked. Parents that live in the past, parents that are selfish, and parents that are always disappointed. These kids all start to realize that they have things in common. 


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As we get farther into the book, I realized that the quests the children are faced with make you feel sorry for them. Their parents are so selfish and love their birds, money, fur, and beauty over their children. It made me very upset and then Mal is faced with trying to figure out whether or not to go through with her scheme. The children all disappoint their parents and then I realized it is because they weren't as evil and vengeful as their parents.

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The book was amazing and I highly recommend it. I can't wait to find out what happens next! Killer cliff hanger. Be ready for the anxiety of this wait.

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Little Something Different

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I purchased this book at my local Target. It is available on Amazon.com. You can check out other reviews for this book on Goodreads.com. ISBN 13: 9781250061775

I love the cover of this book and as you read through it you start to notice that everything on the cover has relevance to parts in the book. So let's start! This story is just captivating. You are constantly so happy and like me, you'll continue to be swooning after you finish reading it! You are filled with feels for the couple that this story revolves around, Gabe and Lea the adorable duo. They have amazing and accidental run ins. They constantly end up at the same places at the same times. They are adorable!!! Anyway, so Gabe and Lea are both in the same creative writing class and they are the teachers pick for her totally private/secret couple of the semester. So Inga, the teacher, tells her wife, Pam, about this couple all the time and Pam totally likes them is invested in this couple now too. Even the baristas at Starbucks are totally invested in this couple! So this story is told from 14 different points of view and I was very sceptical when I first purchased the book because I thought it might get too confusing but the author did very well writing this book! I found all the characters interest in the couple refreshing. Gabe has a big secret and throughout the entire book you get so upset here and there because things are off or they are acting weird. So, I won't ruin the secret for you future readers or current readers, but it is so juicy! Everything starts to come together once you learn the secret. It isn't your regular book where the couple is loving each other the entire book. This book is like the beginning of that, the lovely tidbits of their maybe relationship. So it is basically their dating/not really dating stage. Overall, the book was beautifully written. I completely loved the couple. Did I mention they are adorable? Happy Reading!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Darkest Part of the Forest

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I received this from the author at the American Library Association conference of 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada in exchange for an honest review. I'm a bit late on getting around to reviewing it but it is available to purchase from Amazon.com. Please check out other reviews on Goodreads.

The cover of this book is something that definitely drew me in when I was walking around the conference room. It was hard to read from afar and looked interesting. So when I got up close I immediately knew I wanted this book! Besides the fact that I really enjoy the author as a writer and a person, I love the cover and the finished cover has a reflective type of butterfly thing. I like it and the book itself is amazing! So the book is about a brother and sister named Ben and Hazel. These two are extremely close and as the book progresses they begin to drift apart. The one thing that stands out about them is the parental neglect and it really made me understand why it was so difficult for Hazel as they started to drift apart. In the town that they live in, humans and faeries co-exist. Well....to be honest I feel like they tolerate each other and there are boundaries to what they can and can't do. Or better yet, what they think they can and can't do. The faeries are scary and mischievous, they are especially devious. There are so many feels to this book because of the  relationships. You'll try to pair them but you won't know until it smacks you in the face! Holly Black wrote this book so well and I adore it! My favorite character in this book is the boy in the casket made of glass. His name is Severin and he is a prince. He is unique and very interesting. Hazel and Ben both love him and he loves them...but he loves one of them more. Who has the heart of this prince? This book is dark, twisty and mysterious. If you like books that keep you guessing, then you'll definitely enjoy this book. Happy reading!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Current read

Hello fellow readers! I'm just checking in to let you know that my school semester is done next week so I'll be posting at least two reviews a week. That's the minimum hopefully! I can read about 3 books a week but that's with work. So we'll see. Anyways, the point of this post was also to tell you about the adorable book I'm reading!! It is called A Little Something Different and it's by Sandy Hall. I'm only on page 75 and I absolutely adore it so far. It's very cute and comical with their love development. You should definitely pick up a copy of this book! Happy reading and have a safe weekend!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Haul

Hello everyone! So last month and this month I have accumulated a lot of books. I'm planning on doing a book haul post with pictures and maybe a YouTube video! I'm not sure yet, but ill keep everyone posted. Make sure to follow!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Netgalley overload

So I went a little crazy and requested tons of books from NetGalley. I was approved for about 20 or so and I'm really excited about it! I have to sit through and read at least half of those though. I've been preoccupied with school but during the summer I'll be all about books and beaches. So be on the lookout for my reviews!:)

Friday, May 15, 2015

3:59

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This book is already available on Amazon.com. If you'd like to see other reviews based on this book visit Goodreads.comAlso, don't forget to check the reviews through Amazon too!

I purchased this book at USC while I was there for the book festival. Overall I really was interested with it as soon as I saw it. It says a lot about the book without actually saying something. The book itself is so unpredictable and it was a very quick read. I hadn't read anything by the author before this book and I was impressed with the book. I was never able to predict what was going to occur next in the book. Twice a day at 3:59, two parallel universes are connected by a portal. Jo lives in a world where everything is just perfect and she is wealthy. Josie lives in a world where her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend, and her mom would prefer working on her experiments than spending time with her daughter. Josie and Jo are doppelgangers in parallel universes. Romance isn't necessarily a big part of the book but it has a bit of it, which you will totally be rooting for the specific couple! This book is a sci-fi/thriller with a bit of a dark twisty type of turn throughout the book and I loved it! You'll overall think that it is all about romance and love but as you read farther along it will pull you in and you won't want to set the book down. The ending made me cry and it was because I had so many feels for this book! I loved it and I loved that the author left it in a way that she could almost continue the story if she wanted to but without leaving us on a cliff hanger. So definitely a sequel, maybe, hopefully!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Homework is in the way! Can I just be a librarian now?

Hello fellow readers! I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to post a review but I'll do it soon! I'm also reading The Darkest Part of the Forest. I have about 40 pages to go but it's honestly amazing! I've had tons of homework this last month and the semester is almost over so I can not slack. As soon as I can I'll post a review about 3:59. Happy reading!

Friday, May 8, 2015

3:59 review

Hello everyone! I just finished reading 3:59 and I'll have a review by the end of the day or tomorrow! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Beginning of Everything

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I purchased this book at The Festival of books in L.A. It is available for purchase through Amazon as well as Barnes and noble.
The cover looks very great. I love the roller coaster idea. Once you read through the book it is a perfect cover for the way the story is. I honestly think that this book was very well written. Ezra Faulkner gets into a car accident and bam, his whole life flips upside down. Ezra's car accident doesn't necessarily ruin his life, but so much of it is just sort of gone. He can't play tennis, his friends are all on the tennis team, he uses a cane to walk around, and his girlfriend cheated on him. Then he goes to school after his accident and Toby, his childhood friend, sits next to him during the pep rally. Did I mention there's a severed head situation at Disneyland while these two are on a ride? Yeah, Toby catches the severed head. So that's where it all honestly begins, with the friendship these two have is rekindled. So Toby is on the debate team and basically the president of nerds. That is totally not meant in a bad way! He's very interesting and funny. But, since he is the president of the debate team he's a "nerd". Anyways, so then there is Cassidy Thorpe....beautiful and smart. So Cassidy Thorpe is the funny, beautiful, smart and of course, love interest of Ezra Faulkner. Did I mention she is the new girl? So in this book, Ezra is relatable and very likable. He turns his life around in a way that is positive for him. Toby is the funny nerdy guy that anyone could get along with as long as they had a great sense of humor. Then there is Cassidy, the girl that you could easily have as a friend. She's outgoing and funny so that's a great combination. So Cassidy and Ezra are literally the cutest couple and you'll have the feels for sure! Anyways, so the ending to this book is very sad and I hate the idea of it but it happens. Coyotes are my life long enemy now. Anyways, this book ended in a way that you wouldn't have expected...with a gigantic plot twist in the worst way. But honestly, it makes the story so much better and beautiful. Happy reading!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Days Like This

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I received this as an e-book from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
This book is avaliable for pre-orders on Amazon.com. If you'd like to see other reviews based on this book visit Goodreads.com
  • ISBN-13: 9780996220507
  • This book was honestly very different from what I thought it would be.  But, to start off I really liked the cover. Very simple but awesome. I was honestly giddy and nervous while reading through this book. Graham Tucker. That's the only name you need to know. That is because he is the man that will literally make your stomach have butterflies from how nervous you'll be while reading through this amazing book! He makes you mad and sad but most of all you'll end up totally crushing on Graham. But, there's Cassie who broke his heart and left without a reason or a word. This story makes you NEED to know why she left and why would she even do that since these two have been basically childhood sweethearts. They were each others first everything and the memories that they share with you constantly make you so giddy. While others make you cry and you'll end up in tears not knowing what to do with yourself. The characters captivate your heart and it is honestly beautiful. They are so well written, just like the entire book is written. I read this book in four hours because I couldn't stop reading. I wanted to know why Cassie left, why did Graham continue to take care of Cassie's mom when needed, why was she totally ignoring the super hunk after he saved her mom from the burning house!!!! These are just probably 7-10 chapters of the book if that. I definitely recommend this book to young adult lovers over 16 who love romance. Some scenes are a bit higher than PG-13 but they are great! Happy reading :) Don't forget to go add me as a friend on Goodreads!

Everything, Everything

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I received this book from Nicola Yoon at Y'all West and from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is by far one of the best Arcs I've received this year and I have tons from the last few book events I've been to this year!
This book is available for Pre-order on Amazon.com. If you would like to see more reviews for this book, please go to Goodreads.com. The book will be available in September, but if you can get it prior you should.
The book cover is honestly marvelous. It is so beautiful and the drawings on it make it that much better.
Overall, this book is literally heart clenching and beautiful. So let's just jump in, shall we? Madeline has SCID which is basically a super rare disease and she is allergic to like everything. She lives at home in something that is basically like a giant bubble. Her father and brother passed away when she was very young. Her mother is a doctor and her nurse's name is Carla. A new neighbor moves in next door and of course....there's a boy. His name is Oliver but they call him Olly. He's utterly perfect in the best ways for Madeline. Unfortunately, she can't leave her house and no one except her tutors are allowed to come in to visit. So when Carla lets her have him over for a visit, her world flips upside down. This boy, these hormones, these amazingly interesting conversations, and of course the romance between them is lovely.
I was hooked immediately and I'm so sad the book is over. But, the ending was lovely and it made me love the book that much more! This book was nothing like I thought it would be at all. Every single time I guessed what would happen I was wrong. I absolutely loved the book and if you liked TFiOS I honestly think you'll love this book.