Book: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Book: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Synopsis: What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Sixteen-year old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are the ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved-five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


Review(Spoilers): This one of the best contemporaries. It has such a nice relationships including the love interest, family, neighbors. I read it at a great time too, right before school starts. It made me excited for school. It makes me believe that school is better than it actually is.

Characters: ⅘ In the beginning of the book I related so much to Lara Jean. Her sister is going off, and she’s sad and scared about how different it’s going to be. My brother is going too, and I’m feeling all of those emotions too.

I liked how enthusiastic and fun Lara Jean was. She made me laugh at her decisions, and overall was so fun to read from. Her snark was funny, especially when bickering with Peter. It improved the relationship so much.

I didn’t love Peter and Lara Jean, but I did their interactions was cute. It was really opposites attract because they are completely different. Peter has that popular set of friends and baths in attention while Lara likes to hide away in crowds.

Plots: ⅗ It was very predictable, but when is a contemporary not? I liked that it kept my attention even if the first bit was a little rocky. I didn’t like the way Josh just popped in and out, not really being present but being a big part of the story. The middle didn’t have as much substance as I wanted to. The main problem didn’t really come till the end.

Writing: ⅗ The dialogue was hilarious. All the character actions flowed. Christmas scenes were my absolute favorite. They were written so well where it made me ache for that time of year.

Overall I really liked this book. If you are looking for a really cute contemporary, this is for you.

Hurricane Harvey

Hello! I had a book tag lined up, but I decided that I wanted to fill you in on how crazy this week has been. It started off with the solar eclipse which was amazing and so cool. The next day school started, and we had three days of it before hurricane harvey. My parents were down in Dallas, and my grandparents were with me. I hoped in the car, and I was told that this seemingly harmless tropical storm was going to upgrade to a category three hurricane. The worst part was that it was going to hit Rockport, where my grandparents live really hard. (They did head to their townhouse in Sugarland.)

Friday was calm. It hit land as a category four. I was scared for a lot of places in Rockport and people that I love. School was cancelled until Tuesday. I just read and stayed home. Pictures of Rockport came in, and they shattered my heart. A bookstore and photography studio I love where completely destroyed. Thankfully my grandparent’s house was standing. They had a few minor roof problems, but there wasn’t damage beyond repair.

Saturday was crazy. Houston was flooding like crazy, and it scared me a lot. There are a lot of people without homes, stranded on roofs, and not enough boats to get to everyone. At this point, I thought that my neighborhood was fine. I was saddened by everything, but I was so thankful for none of my close friends getting flooded.

Sunday was still crazy flooding but not me. I just stayed in my house and read. I watched a lot of news. Several of my friends left town. They were the ones that flooded the past the tax day and memorial floods. Later that night at 11:30 we lost power. I freaked out because I couldn’t see anything, but that was it.

Monday morning was the worst. I woke up to several texts asking from family and friends if we were okay. I went downstairs, and checked outside. There was water coming up to my next door neighbors driveway. There were houses on the end that had about 5 inches of water in their houses. We live on a cul-de-sac, so there is two ways at the end of our street. After turning to the left there was about 10 feet of street until it was flooded. To the right we had to turn the corner and that was the way out of our neighborhood, it was completely flooded. A car was almost completely submerged.

Of course, there was tons of people that didn’t get out in time. There was boats that were trying to pick up a bunch of people. Some friends of ours had a canoe and a kayak in shape, so we got those ready. Using those we got people out and delivered them to the front of the neighborhood. My family, personally didn’t evacuate because our house wasn’t endanger of being flooded, but we didn’t have electricity.

We decided to do some exploring with the canoe. One street down from us the water was about 6 feet high. There wasn’t anyone who stayed in that street. The pond had overflowed, and you couldn’t tell where the street was. Throughout the ride I was calm, until I saw an alligator. I saw its back scales. I was for sure that it was an alligator because it went under, and I didn’t see it when I looked back.

Tuesday the flooding went down, and we got a generator. I was able to go over to my best friend’s for a little. Wednesday has a lot in store. I’m going to be helping one of my friend with his house.

I hope you are all okay. I’m praying for everyone that has lost their house. I’m going to find some stuff to donate. I love you all so much. Please stay safe and strong.

Book: Cinder

Book: Cinderimage

Author: Marissa Meyer

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinde suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteer her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t  take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.


Review (Contains Spoilers): I didn’t really enjoy the book. The ending did leave me absolutely speechless and was very well put together. I might read Scarlett. Most say that we actually get some world building in the next books.

Characters: ⅖ The characters were very empty. We got the same general information and emotions from them. Also, there was never any physical descriptions of anyone. The only thing I really picked up from Cinder was that she is a mechanic, cyborg, and Lunar. She was also hating on her body constantly. “If Cinder’s body had ever been predisposed to femininity, it had ruined by whatever the surgeons had done to her, leaving her with a stick-straight figure. Too angular. Too boyish.” That sentence just annoyed me because you don’t need cleavage to be considered a woman.  Kai I knew as the Prince who was scared to be king.  Their “relationship” didn’t really seem real either because he immediately turned on her. He didn’t care one bit of defense from her.

Plot: 3.5/5 It was quite boring and slow at the beginning. I had to put it aside because nothing was happening. The plot didn’t pick up until the end, then I got super into it. That ending makes me want to know more because I need closure. It was predictable, and none of the plot twists surprised me.

World Building: ⅕ This deserves its own topic because it was the worst part to me. There was way too much that wasn’t expanded. It’s supposedly set in New Beijing, yet there is no Eastern culture. We don’t look into the customs or history.

Lunars are the moon people that are terrible and ruin people’s lives. There was not really any solid proof of things the Queen Levana has done wrong besides rumors. Queen Levana was really the only thing we learned about related Lunars.
Writing Style: ⅖ The story relied heavily on dialogue. The way information was given to the readers by someone sharing it with an uninformed character. I also had a problem with the lack of emotion in the writing. Their emotions were very empty or not present in the text.

Overall, this book is not a favorite. I think I will continue with the story because I was told they get better. I also need closure for the story because the ending just left me with wanting more.

Book: Lucky In Love

Book: Lucky In Love

Author: Kasie West

Synopsis: Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment- she wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?


Review (Spoiler Free): I did not like this book. In almost every aspect I found it lacking. The story wasn’t as easy story to sink into. I was expecting so much more from it.

Characters: ⅖ I really did love that Seth was Asian. There aren’t really many Asian boys in books, so that was nice and refreshing. Sadly, there wasn’t much depth to his character. I honestly didn’t really care for him. He just popped up at convenient times.

Maddie was annoying to me. She just entirely ruined the book for me. I wished she was smarter with her money and life. Maddie realized that she did something that wasn’t smart, yet she goes and does it again. There is so much more she could of done with it instead of using so flippantly. There wasn’t much to her character either. She changed so quickly, like suddenly half way through the book she was a different person that cared about different things.

Plot: ⅗ The plot seemed like it could’ve gone better. The idea of her winning the lottery was such a good idea. If the idea had more of a conflict that would of been good. To me there was just a bunch of little problems way too drawn out. There were a few loose ends that weren’t tied up.

Writing Style: ⅘ The writing style was quite basic and border for the characters, but it wasn’t too choppy. It wasn’t really prominent in my opinion, but it wasn’t bad.

What did you think of Lucky In Love? I would love to talk about it.

My Reading Playlist

Hello, today I have decided to share my reading playlist. I usually read to music. A lot of people find the music distracting, but I find that I focus better when listening to music. In case you have been looking for some music to listen to feel free to check some of these out. Mind you it is quite long because I read for long periods of time.

  1. Sick of Losing Soulmates by Dodie Clark.
  2. When by Dodie Clark
  3. Sorry by Halsey
  4. Walls Could Talk by Halsey
  5. Green Light by Lorde
  6. Sober by Lorde
  7. Homemade Dynamite by Lorde
  8. The Louvre by Lorde
  9. Liability by Lorde
  10. Hard Feelings/Loveless by Lorde
  11. Sober II (Melodrama) by Lorde
  12. Writer in the Dark by Lorde
  13. Supercut by Lorde
  14. Liability (Reprise) by Lord
  15.  Perfect Places by Lorde
  16. Rise Up by Imagine Dragons
  17. Mouth of the River by Imagine Dragons
  18. Dancing in the Dark by Imagine Dragons
  19. Fourth of July by Sufjan Stevens
  20. White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
  21. Skinny Love by Bon Iver
  22. Way Back When by Kodaline
  23. Never Seen Anything “Quite Like You” by the Script
  24. Livewire by Oh Wonder
  25. Body Gold by Oh Wonder
  26. Technicolour Beat by Oh Wonder
  27. Drive by Oh Wonder
  28. Lost It by Oh Wonder
  29. Landslide by Oh Wonder
  30. White Blood by Oh Wonder
  31. All We Do by Oh Wonder
  32. Midnight Moon by Oh Wonder

So that is my reading playlist. If I have my computer with me I may put on a bunch of Dodie Clark because her music is so calming. Otherwise, I will listen to this playlist. My music tastes varies every single day, so I can’t describe it. I don’t have a spotify, I use Amazon Music. I can’t share it with you guys so I’m sorry about that, but this is what I listen to. What is some songs you listen to while reading?

Book: Saint Anything

Book: Saint Anything

Author: Sarah Dessen

Synopsis: Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parent’s attention and-lately- concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is the the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Charathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.


Review (Spoilers): This book was very quick and fast paced. I found myself really indulging in the characters. I wish we got more from the plot, though. The dialogue was very smooth, and helped the conversations between characters very real.

Characters: Sydney was an okay character. Half the things Sydney did was not realistic. I didn’t like how she didn’t communicate with her parents, and it made them seem like villains. I felt that she was a very surface character. There was no way for me to connect to her and her story. I really wished we got perspectives from other characters.

Layla was such a good character. The way she supported Sydney and helped her with Ames, a character who was useless and did nothing for the plot. Their friendship was something that really developed the book. I was sad to see her pushed to the side towards the end.

Mac and Sydney romance was very nice. It was there, but it didn’t take away from the overall theme. He helped her along, but in the end she did it for herself.

Plot: The overall theme for this book is something that we can really take with us. I didn’t like the way the plot taught it. Lack of communication was what really caused it. If Sydney had communicated more with her parents a lot of problems could have been solved. Her parents won’t automatically know what she’s thinking or what goes on while their gone, Ames being a creep, if Sydney doesn’t tell them.

I felt that the book was just a lot of different moments put together, it didn’t flow nicely. The moments were all so cute. It was very fast because of that. The book took me probably four hours to read. The ending did please me. It’s always satisfying when endings solve everything. It was a very loose ending. I spent most of my brain energy understanding what happened because it was all so fast. Sydney’s journey was fun to be a part of.

Writing Style: Saint Anything was, like most contemporaries, easy. There was no slang or made up words. It was very smooth. Sadly, I didn’t feel connected to the story. I was genuinely wanting to learn about the characters, but I wasn’t sucked into the story. That did lead to a drop in my rating.

Overall, it was good. My first Sarah Dessen book. I don’t think I will be picking up anymore in the near future. That may change next summer when my want for contemporaries is at its peak.

Book: Eliza and Her Monsters

Book: Eliza and Her Monsters

Author: Francesca Zappia

Synopsis: In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built-her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity-begins to fall apart.


Review (Minor Spoilers): I really enjoyed this book. To be honest, I found it highly relatable. I prefer the internet too. It was a lot darker and more dramatic than I thought going in. I found myself laughing with Eliza and crying with her. I can’t imagine how the pressure feels, but I still found a way to connect with the story.

Characters: The characters were all very complex. Eliza had anxiety that really affected the way she communicates with people. Wallace had such a very dark background. All the relationships Eliza had really fit her character. I especially loved her online bestfriends.

Eliza was so relatable for me. I don’t have internet fame like her, but the way she preferred the internet to real life. My favorite quote was, “It’s stupid because that’s what I like about the internet-that it gives you time to think about what you want to say before you say it.” A lot of time she had her parents nagging on her about being on the internet and not talking with other people. My parents will sometimes do that, but I am lucky to have supportive parents.

Wallace and Eliza were very cute together. Of course they had bumps in their relationship, but through it all they were very supportive of each other. The book had equal amounts of heartbreak and fluffy scenes between them.

Plot: The entire plot had me turning pages. It was paced so well to me. I didn’t feel like the problem was solved to fast or slow. The end of the book, or the back, the story was so dark. Her anxiety sort of takes over, and some dark thoughts bubble up. It ended perfectly and had me crying from tears of joy and sadness because I loved it so much.

The beginning was hard to get into. We are just thrown into this story. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but slowly I sunk into the story and understood. Beginnings are always hard for me. It takes a while for me to settle down and not get distracted.

Writing Style: Francesca Zappia had a way of putting deep quotes in intense moments. Her scenes with strong emotions are well written. She didn’t use big words, but it wasn’t overly easy. I did like that we get snippets of the story and drawings.

This book was very good. I would recommend it to a lot of my bookstagram friends. It was fluffy but deep, and it was relatable. What more could you want?

July Wrap Up

This month was a very good reading month. I read…

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout ⅗

This book was a very good close to the Lux series.

The Sea of Monsters (reread) ⅘

It reminded me so much of my childhood.

The Beautiful Lost ⅗

It wasn’t the best, but it was good.

The Bone Season ⅘

I loved this book more the second time I read it.

Unravel Me ⅘

Unravel Me took this series to a whole new level.

Ignite Me ⅘

The characters throughout this series are amazing.

Caraval ⅘

This book was so fun to be lost in.

Ivory and Bone ⅗

Definitely different than what I am used to, but still it was an enjoyable read.

The Accident Season ⅗

It had me turning the pages so fast.

Carry On 4.5/5

There is no way to describe how amazing this book and characters are.

Eliza and Her Monsters 4.5/5

I related so much to this book.

City of Bones (reread) ⅘

It wasn’t as good as the first time, but I still love this series and Cassandra Clare.

The Titan’s Curse (reread) ⅗

I found the characters very annoying in this book.

The battle of the Labyrinth (reread) ⅘

This used to be my least favorite of the series. Now it’s my second favorite.

The Last Olympian (reread) ⅘

My love for the series stays strong.

Saint Anything ⅗

The overall theme or lesson for this book is something to really learn from.

A Gathering of Shadows 5/5

This book was amazing. One of the few books that doesn’t have middle book syndrome.


Anne of Avonlea

I found myself so bored. The characters didn’t interest me anymore.

This month I had so much time to read. That will change in the month of August because I have school coming up.

Book: Carry On

Book: Carry On

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis: Simon Snow is the worst chosen who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here- it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Rating: 4.5/5

Review (Spoiler Free): I loved this book. It has the perfect mixture of humor, romance, action, and conversation. The characters are all so written so well, you just can’t help falling in love with them. This book was so much like Harry Potter, but Carry On is so unique.

Characters: I can scream about these characters for days. I don’t like to play favorites but Baz. Everyone was so well written. They were very refreshing because they were different from characters I have read before. Rainbow Rowell is incredible in

Penny was so amazing. She didn’t fade to the background. Penny also wasn’t unappreciated for what she did and her part in the story. Her friendship and love for Simon was so true and wonderful. She wouldn’t let him go through anything alone.

Baz was written so well. Baz was so independent to me. He upheld and was proud of his family, but Baz chose his own way. He wrote his own story. At first glance you might label him as bad, he isn’t entirely. He’s just like a human who sometimes makes mistakes.

The most human heroine I have ever read about is Simon. Simon is supposed to be “The Chosen One” yet he has so much trouble with magic. He constantly doubts himself. At times he can be very selfish, but in the end he does what’s right. We get to watch as his focus changes and he learns. I also love that Simon understands he can’t do stuff alone. He admits that Penny has helped him through tough situations.

Plot: This story was so perfect to me. There was still a ton left out at the end. The entire world was a little confusing, we didn’t get much on the world. I would of liked more on the magic and its rules. It took a while to get into the story. A lot of info dumping right at the beginning probably caused that.

The whole story was very entertaining. Going through the last year with Simon was fun. I liked that it wasn’t new to him and he already knew the school so we didn’t have to wait for him to catch up on that. I liked that it kept my attention. I was so invested in the story that I didn’t notice time passing or turning the pages. It was wonderful to just lose myself in a book.

Writing Style: Rainbow Rowell is amazing at entertaining plots and creating characters that are so different. I loved the different point of views. When we get to look into the thoughts of characters I become so much more attached and involved. Her writing is so smooth and easy to read. It isn’t confusing or hard to understand. I did read the UK edition so words were spelled differently so that was confusing for me.

Overall I loved this book. It was so easy to lose yourself in the story. This definitely ended too soon.

Favorite Books of 2017 So Far

I have read a lot of books this year. I have loved so many, but I have decided to narrow to my top twenty. This doesn’t include rereads of my favorite books. The second half of the year is coming out with so many new releases I am hoping to love so many of them.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

“You see things nobody else sees. You can’t talk about it because no one will understand. You have to keep secrets, and secrets-they break you apart. Cut you open. Make you vulnerable.”

My rating was 5/5 stars. I loved this book so much.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

“I’ll tell you a secret… The really bad monsters never look like monsters.”


My rating was also 5/5 stars. It was a wonderful way to end this amazing duology.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

“Dream up something wild and improbable. Something beautiful and full of monsters.”


I rated it 5/5. Laini Taylor has a way with words and turning her worlds into magic.

Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

“Remember this feeling. This is the moment you stop being the rabbit.”


This was also rated 5/5. These books are so underrated. Foxhole Court is just happiness for me.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

“I gave up practically the whole world for you, the sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you.”


5/5 stars, this book had me laughing, crying, and feel. It was so good and recommend it to everyone.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth.”


This book was amazing, 5/5 stars, I’m so excited for the third book to end it all.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

“Humans were so circular; they lived the same slow circles of joy and misery over and over, never learning. Every lesson in the universe had to be taught billions of times.”


5/5 stars, this book took us deeper into this world and characters.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you.”


I rated this book 5/5. Cath was super relatable and I loved Levi.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

“Words were different when they lived inside of you.”


This book was so cute. 5/5 stars from me.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

“Plenty of humans were monsters, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”


⅘ stars. This book took me awhile to get into, but I loved it.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

“Well, I’m a lovelace. My family quit Shadowhunting due to laziness in the 1700s.”


⅘ stars was my rating . Reading about my bean Simon was amazing.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”


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I rated this ⅘ stars. It was very good and Noah is my son.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

“The last time she was up here, she had been…staring up at the sky and dreaming stars. Now, she looked down and potted flames.”


The characters and world in this ⅘ star book were amazing.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.”


My rating was ⅘ stars. It was an amazing ending to this series that I will dearly miss.  Check out my Review here

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

“You can be noble and brave and beautiful and still find yourself falling.”


⅘ was given to the underrated book. It was very good and made me very emotional for a while.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

“Mental health is usually the last place people go when they think about sick.”


I rated it ⅘ stars. It had very good mental illness rep and cute romance story.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

“This is our life. We get to decide the rules. We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.”


My rating was ⅘ stars. It was a very cute contemporary including some Indian culture.  Check out my Review here

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

“Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.”


This book got a ⅘ stars from me. It had great characters and an amazing world.

Check out my Review here

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”


I gave this ⅘ stars. It was a fluffy summer contemporary with the cutest love interest.

Everyday by David Levithan

“If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish for so much as fantastic or marvelous or outstanding.  We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”


My rate was ⅘ stars. This book makes your eyes water so much. It has such a deep meaning, and I would really recommend.

That was my 20 favorite books of the year so far. What are some of yours? What are you excited for?