Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up [ August 9-16, 2020]

I have been having issues starting up my blog again, but it is something I do have a passion for. I want to dedicate more time and effort into my blog. Because it is something I want to share with the world and also maybe because I want more NetGalley approvals. Both are good reasons. So I wanted to start off easier than all of the blog tour posts I’ve been doing and share with y’all what I read last week.

Last week I read 9 books. And here they are (I put say yes summer twice, oops):

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Genre: Adult Thriller/Supense

Synopsis: Teddy Daniels is a US Marshall sent to an island to find a missing mental patient. The circumstances are very peculiar, and Teddy wonders if something more sinister is happening on this island.

Thoughts: This book was mindblowing. I have been doing the whole book movie comparison thing, and this is the first one I really delve into. The movie made me go oh my god the whole time, and the book was the same way. I could not believe how well this book was written, and it was just fantastic. It is one of those books that left me like what the heck. I could not stop reading this, and it is just as good as the movie,. I know some people feel the other way, but I think both are amazing.

Rating: 4 stars ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Say Yes Summer by Lindsay Roth Culli:

Genre: YA contemporary

Synopsis: I already forgot her name because I didn’t like this book a lot. But she is like super boring to everyone, and she is going off to college. But she has one last summer left so she finds this book and decides to say yes to everything happening this last summer. It was not a great book.

My thoughts: I thought this would be awesome because it has a blurb by Kasie West, and she is one of my favorite contemporary authors. But this book was not that great. It is one of those books where just because the MC didn’t like party in high school and likes to stay home, she is missing out on the world. So she decides to just do all of the things, and it just got really dumb. Her best friend was gone the whole summer so she had like this old friend replacement and both of the love interests were dumb. I just did not enjoy this summer book at all, which makes me sad because normally I love them.

Rating: 3 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Boundless by Anna Bright

Genre: YA historical fiction

Synopsis: This is the sequel to The Beholder. Selah is traveling on a ship, taken away from her true love because the ship is full of weapons and she is on a mission with the crew to destroy this evil woman ruler. But she misses her fiancé and wants to go home. But bad evil woman needs to be stopped.

My thoughts: I thought the first book was so good, that I was eager for this one. It took me longer to get through this one than I expected, and I was skimming the pages at times because I didn’t care about what was happening. Selah just seems to let dudes kiss her, and I was like make up your mind. Also, the evil lady was just like introduced towards the middle and was easily defeated. There was no real build up or depth to make me care about her as a villain. Overall, just read the first book and skip this one. Or make up your own ending.

Rating: 3 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

August and Everything After by Jennifer Salvato Dotkorski

Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis: Quinn is living with her aunt in a small beach town, not sure of what to do with her future. When she meets Malcolm, she joins his band and they start to fall for each other. But Quinn is unsure of what the future holds, especially with Malcolm in recovery and her trying to decide what she wants to do with her life.

My thoughts: I loved this book when I started it, I was so entranced. I just felt like this was going to be a book I would just adore. I think I went in expecting a Sarah Dessen type story, but this one is much more intense. Quinn is still dealing with the loss of her best friend, and Malcolm is a recovering addict. Both of these are heavy topics that are pervasive in the book. I think they work well. But this story seems to be more about moving on after loss than a summer love story. So I would say this works for those who want a story about life and living after loss, but not if you want a summer loving story.

Rating: 4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I’ll Be The One By Lyla Lee

Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis: Skye Shinn is a fat, bi Korean girl who wants to be a in a KPop group so she signs up to be part of the You’re My Shining Star talent competition. She is looked down upon because she is fat, but she knows she has the talent to make it. When she is paired up with Insta influencer, Henry Cho as dance partners, she starts to get feelings for him. But she wants to win the show.

My thoughts: This book is so cute. I thought Skye was so sweet, and i loved how open she was about being queer. I do not see many books where the Asian MCs are bi, so that was awesome. Especially because Henry is too. I just thought the way the fatphobia was handled was ace, and Skye was proud of who she is. I am not a kpop person, so I do not have a lot to say about that. However, this is a fab own voices book I think many people will enjoy.

Rating: 4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Pashmina By Nidhi Chanani

Genre: Middle grade graphic novel

Synopsis: A graphic novel about a girl who uses a scarf to imagine she is in India and then goes to India with her mom.

My thoughts: The art is beautiful. I am glad this is an own voices novel, and I think it will really appeal to middle grade readers. It seems to rely more on the illustrations than the story, but it was still not too bad.

Rating: 3 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: The last book in The Three Dark Crowns series. It is now time to deviate the fate of Fennbirn Island.

My thoughts: I fell in love with these books via audio. So the ending to this was sad, because I think it is a great story. But since this is the last one. I do not want to give spoilers. I just want to say, I am a little mad about how it ended. I think it could have been done better. But I still think Blake is a great writer.

Rating: 4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollet

Genre: Memoir

Synopsis: The story of a kid who escapes a cult with his mother and brother, grows up poor, is emotionally abused by his mother, deals with complicated family drama, and starts a band.

My thoughts: This was an ALC from Libro.fm so I was going to listen no matter what. I normally like what they give me, and this one was no exception. It was hard to listen to in some places, mostly when the rabbits are being killed. I felt sad for the poor kid Mikel was, and how he was so abused by his mother for years. He also lost a lot of people to addiction, but it was nice to see him make a better life for himself. I had never heard of him before this, and I had no idea about the cult they escaped from. I thought it was a good memoir, and I would love to hear more about his experiences as a musician in a future book.

4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Genre: Adult fiction

Synopsis: The prequel to Practical Magic, the story of the aunts and the father of Gillian and Sally.

My thoughts: I really liked this one, but I am going to refrain from too many thoughts because I will be doing a longer review on this. I watched the movie Practical Magic, and I will be reading the book. So stay tuned for that. Coming soon.

What have you read this week?

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2 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up [ August 9-16, 2020]

  1. I’ll Be the One had me interested from the title alone, since it immediately makes me think of a Backstreet Boys song (yes I’ll admit to still being a die hard fan!), but your review makes me want to read it even more!

  2. I love these quick mini reviews! I have a ton of reviews I need to write and post and I think I might need to do a similar wrap-up like this just so I can move on with my life and quit feeling guilty over not having reviewed them yet haha. <3

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