February Wrap-Up and March TBR

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Here’s a list of the books that I read in February:

  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (★ ★ ★)

Mr. Popper's Penguins

  • Judy Moody Declares Independence by Megan McDonald (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

Judy Moody Declares Independence (Judy Moody #6)

  • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately

Here’s what I plan to read in March:

  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend

  • Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark

Icing on the Lake

  • Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne

Snowed In

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The Distance Between Us Review

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The distance between my rating for this book and five stars is very small.

The Distance Between Us focuses on Caymen Meyers, a sarcastic teenager who frequently works at her mother’s doll shop. One day, the rich Xander Spence waltzes into the store. Despite her mother’s warnings, Caymen befriends Xander and finds herself falling for him.

The Distance Between Us is the first book that I read by Kasie West and I was not disappointed! This book was a cute, fluffy, quick read that I couldn’t put down. Although many of the characters seemed standard YA, Kasie West pulled me in with her easy and fun writing style.

While I’m usually not a fan of love triangles, I think Caymen’s two love interests in the book really supported the book’s theme. Caymen found herself caught between a rocker that her mom quickly approved of for his alternative style and Xander who represented all of her mother’s warnings. While Caymen clearly preferred Xander, I liked seeing how her relationships with her family and friends impacted her decisions.

My one complaint would be the end of the story. While Caymen struggled through her problems during the beginning of the story, all of her problems were solved too easily at the end with a quick plot twist tossed in at the end. Caymen easily accepted huge changes to her life so the book could end on an upbeat and positive note.

Overall, The Distance Between Us is a cute and quick YA read. While the story is similar to other YA books, I enjoyed this book more. I give The Distance Between Us four out of five stars.

 

January Reading Wrap-Up

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This month, I tried reading as many books as possible before I headed back to college. With Christmas last month, I had a lot of books under the tree that I wanted to finish this month! Here are the books that I read in January:

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally (★ ★ ★)

Coming up for Air

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (★ ★ ★ ★)

The Distance Between Us

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (★ ★ ★ ★)

Things I Can't Forget

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (★ ★ ★ ★)

Love & Gelato

Winter by Marissa Meyer (★ ★ ★ ★)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky (★)

Kill the Boy Band

September Surprises by Ann M. Martin (★ ★ ★ ★)

September Surprises (Main Street, #6)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (★ ★ ★)

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (★ ★ ★ ★)

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (★ ★ ★)

Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble, #1)

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls #4: Stage Fright by Meg Cabot (★ ★ ★ ★)

Stage Fright (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, #4)

What was the best book that you read in January?

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is 2016 releases that I meant to read, but didn’t. These books are on my TBR list, so hopefully I can read all of them by the end of the year! Here are my choices:

1.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (The Conquerer's Saga, #1)

There was so much hype around And I Darken and the plot sounded so interesting, I added it to my TBR… and it stayed there. Hopefully, I can pick it up in 2017 during the summer when I have more time to read it (it is such a big book!). And I Darken takes the story of Vlad the Impaler, but replaces Vlad with a female lead.

2.) Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

I wan’t that impressed with Red Queen, but I want to give the series another shot. I have Glass Sword checked out of the library, so I definitely plan on reading it this year! In Glass Sword, Mare Borrow attempts to recruit more Reds and Silvers to join her cause against the oppressive government.

3.) A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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I read An Ember in the Ashes last year and thought it was okay. Since this is a well-loved series, I really want to read the next book to see if I get the same spark as other readers. In A Torch Against the Night, Elias and Laia are on the run and are determined to free Laia’s brother from prison. Meanwhile, Helene is sent on a mission by the bloodthirsty Marcus to kill them both.

4.) The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

I loved both The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime in 2016, so I can’t wait to see how the series ends! In The Winner’s Kiss, a war begins with Arin on the front lines and trying to forget about Kestrel. Meanwhile, Kestrel is a prisoner in a work camp who hopes to escape and explain everything to Arin.

5.) Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

The Lunar Chronicles was one of my favorite series that I read in 2016, so I can’t wait to read additional stories set in the same world!

6.) Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins 

Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle, #3)

I LOVED Rebel Belle in 2016, and even though I was less impressed with Miss Mayhem, I really want to finish this series! In Lady Renegades, David leaves Pine Grove and starts transforming other girls into Paladins. With Harper’s Paladin powers slowing fading after David’s departure, Harper may not be able to protect herself from the dangers sure to come.

7.) P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You

In P.S. I Like You, Lilly writes song lyrics on her desk one day in class and finds a response the next day. Soon, she finds herself falling in love with the person writing back. This book sounds like a cute, light-hearted read. I think this book will be perfect to read at the end of August or the beginning of September when school rolls around!

8.) Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky 

Kill the Boy Band

Kill the Boy Band follows a group of friends who kidnap a member of their favorite boyfriend. This book sounds really funny, but also has the potential to make interesting observations about fandoms. They have this my local library’s e-library, so it’s definitely high on my TBR list.

9.) The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star takes place over one day as Natasha’s family is being deported back to Jamaica. I’ve heard so many positive reviews about this book and the plot sounds really interesting to me. I’m really excited to read this during 2017!

10.) Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

Love and Gelato follows Lina as she spends summer in Italy and follows her mother’s journals to uncover a family secret. Love and Gelato looks like the perfect summer read! My sister got this book for Christmas, so I have no excuse to not read it in 2017.

 

What 2016 releases are on your 2017 TBR list?