Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
359Pages
My Rating – 5*/5*
‘Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.’

“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.” 

i think this may be one of my favourite books this year…

this was a perfect coming of age novel that i fell in love with as soon as i read the first chapter, i knew it was going to be one of those books that i would sit at my laptop for ages trying to figure out how i can even write a review for something so beautiful???

i adored the complex friendship that ari and dante had with each other, they were best friends but sometimes more and sometimes less as they both tried to deal with things happening in their life as they grow up. obviously i can’t relate to them as much as what other people could but i still found both ari and dante interesting characters to read about.

the writing was amazing and flowed so beautifully and i will definitely be reading more books by this author if this book is anything to go by.

ari and dante were different but i think that’s what worked. ari was mystery and dante was as open as a book – but the two of them went together beautifully, you could see why their friendship worked so well.

also, i feel like both sets of parents deserve a pat on the back, they were so supportive and i just love both of their families.

i’m not even sure how to write a review for such a book like this so i’m going to leave it here and express how happy i am that i have finally gotten around to picking this book up and i highly recommend it! ????

 

eliza and her monsters

eliza and her monsters by francesca zappia
385 pages
my rating – 5* – 5*
‘Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

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.’

“You found me in a constellation.”

i think I’ve just found a new auto buy author!!! 

other than the fact i’m kicking myself for taking so long to read this book, i’ve had absolutely no issues with this book, i loved everything about it!! ? i feel like this review should come with a warning about how much i’ll be gushing about what a great book this is.

i also want to say that i don’t buy hardbacks very often because i’m not money bags and they are soooo expensive, but i made an exception for this because i didn’t want to wait for the paperback to be available and ordered it straight away.

eliza is an easily relatable girl, someone who prefers the online world to the real world – i think most people have felt like this at one point in their life. i was rooting for her from the start, throughout her struggles in this book all i wanted was for her to be happy, i felt for eliza at least 50% of the book, she was just such a lovely character.

then there is wallace a special cinnamon roll who i adore. he is mysterious and silent and i was curious about him as soon as he was introduced to us. i enjoyed so much finding out more about him alongside eliza, the two make a wonderful pair and i loved it whenever the two interacted – whether it was writing on notes or actually talking i loved every bit of it.

basically this book was everything, it was a cute ya contemporary that handled tough topics such as anxiety and grief wonderfully. there are also illustratiosn throughout the books of eliza’s webcomic monstrous sea which was really nice to read.

what i’m trying to say is if you haven’t already picked it up, please, please, please do so.

buddy read with scrill, my snapchat buddy! <3
if you haven’t already pllleeaaasseee check out her wonderful blog!

 

the end of the year book tag

okay, so it’s not exactly the end of the year but it’s pretty close no?

1.) are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

i am determined to finish so many books before the year is up it’s crazy. i need to finish i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson and her super strange writing.

2.) do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

not really, i just sort of read whatever i fancy at the time, i’m currently re reading harry potter so i’d say harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban 🙂

3.) is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

not waiting for exactly but there is a new release that i can’t wait to read which is turtles all the way down by john green, i’m 100% sure i’m going to read it before the end of year tho!!!

4.) what are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

what don’t i!?!?!?!
no urm.
warcross by marie lu
the gentlemans guide to vice and virtue by mackenzie lee
fangirl by rainbow rowell

5.) is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

possibly turtles all the way down?
who know’s i’ve read a lot of amazing books this year.

6.) have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

nope not really, other than thinking about what i want my reading challenge to be.

 

if you want to do this, consider yourself tagged!

Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) – Arc Review

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
First book in the Androma Saga
512Pages
My Rating – 2* – 5*
Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.


But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.
Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.’
 

This is one of those books that are really hard to review because it’s not a bad book, but it’s not a good book. It’s one of those that are just meh? Maybe by the end of this review I’ll come to a conclusion on if it’s a bad book or a good book.

For me, this book reminded me of Throne of Glass but in space and it made me enjoy it a lot less.

Our main character is Androma Racella and I can’t tell you much about her other than she is a runway who is known as the Bloody Baroness because all in all, she wasn’t that much of a memorable character. I spent most of the start of the chapters which were set in multiple POV’s trying to remember who they are – when that happens a book clearly isn’t that memorable. They weren’t bad characters they just were boring characters who I had seen in other books but done slightly different / a little better.

There are a lot of characters in this story and a lot of back stories for each character so I found it was jumbled together with flashbacks of the past and then back into the present day, I was just confused – I wanted to know more about the characters as they are now before I’m thrown into the past to see what they were like then. If I’m finding out all the back story now what’s left to find out in the later chapters or the next book in this series?

Plot?
Hmmm.
Well, the plot was in the first few chapters and the last few chapters the rest was just looking back at past lives and a lot of sexual tension?

Overall to me, this wasn’t the most enjoyable book to read – I think that’s because I have read a lot of YA books so I’ve seen the tropes of this book done before and in a better way – I think this would be a good book for someone who is just starting to get into YA to read but for me, it wasn’t all that great.

➡️ thank you to HQ and Netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.

History Is All You Left Me

3History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silveria
320 Pages
My Rating – 5* – 5*
‘When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. 

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. 

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.’

“I’ll never understand how time can make a moment feel as close as yesterday and as far as years.” 

This book was breathtakingly beautiful!

This is the first book by Adam Silvera that I have actually read and I can say for sure that it won’t be the last, it was an emotional and powerful book and I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it! I feel like such a sensitive topic such as grief has been handled wonderfully in this book – after all everyone grieves differently.

The narrative goes back and forth between the past in which Theo is alive and his relationship with Griffin and into the present day in which Theo is dead and we follow Griffin as he deals with living a life that Theo doesn’t exist in anymore.


“History is nothing. It can be recycled or thrown away completely. It isn’t this sacred treasure chest I mistook it to be. We were something, but history isn’t enough to keep something alive forever.” 

The book was beautifully written, it was emotional, raw, heart-breaking and so real.

I found it quite interested to read about Griffin’s OCD, I don’t have it myself nor do I know anyone who has had it so I can’t comment on how well that was written about but I enjoyed reading about a main character who has it.

Overall, this book was truly a beautiful read and I recommend it to everyone.

Did I cry?

Mebe ☹

BR with Alex @ Comets & Comments, although I couldn’t really put the book down so it was more, read the book myself and fangirl with Alex later! 🙂 If you haven’t already check out her blog its amazing! 🙂

Things about being a bookworm I hate

HI GUYS!
I am having a very bad day today in general so I thought today it would be fun to talk about the things I reaaaaally hate about being a bookworm.
I’m sure many of you will agree! 😀

1) Different sized books.

I HATE THIS,
Okay, so i’m not one of these people who order there bookcase in rainbow or by author or anything, the only thing I do is put series together, my biggest pet peeve is when it’s a trilogy and the two are the same and the last one is a complete different size!! It looks so weird next to each other and infuriates me so much 🙁

WHY CAN’T THERE JUST BE A NORMAL STANDARD SIZE FOR PAPERBACK AND HARDBACK, WHY DO THEY HAVE TO BE SO DIFFERENT?

woops, okay. i’m calm, sorta. maybe?

2) Sequels.

YES I’M PUTTING IT ON THERE DON’T JUDGE ME.
the main problems i have with second books in a series is that they sometimes tend to fall into second book syndrome in which they are just nowhere near as fun and as exciting as the first book.

THEN. yes there’s more.

Then there are times when the second book shouldn’t even exists, there are some books that should just be a stand alone.

3) Waiting for books.

I HATE SO MUCH ABOUT WAITING.
I hate waiting for my books to be delivered.
I hate waiting for them to come in paperback because i’m not rich and can afford hardback for everything.
I hate , hate, hate, hate waiting for the next book in the series with a passion.

4) Spoilers.

HIDE YOUR SPOILERS
simple right?
apparently not.
The amount of time I have been scrolling down goodreads and someone hasn’t hidden a spoiler or wrote that there are spoilers ahead and i’ve had a book ruined for me, it always makes me not want to read that book because you already know what’s going to happen 🙁

5) A book slump.   

This is probably the thing I hate the most about being a bookworm.
Why does such a thing exist?
WHY? WHY?
🙁

So yep, there you have it – some of the things that annoy me.

Do you relate to any of these?
Is there any that aren’t on here that you have, i’d love to see down below in the comments! 🙂

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