What We Saw Review!

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WARNING: RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT ARE VERY MUCH PRESENT IN THIS BOOK!

This book was difficult to read. I’m not going to lie.

As someone who feels very strongly about the inequality between genders in our society, some parts of this were absolutely spot on and brought light to the double standard that does exist even if some say it doesn’t.

This book takes place after the events of a party at a popular boy’s house. All of a sudden a few days after this party, four boys are taken away in handcuffs due to charges of rape and sexual assault against a female classmate who was impaired. Our narrator, throughout the book, tries to piece together what happened even though she herself was impaired as well.

Hartzler doesn’t shy away from showing the “double standard” thinking that most of us have today. In one scene, a female character states that the girl who was allegedly assaulted should be to blame as she went against “the rules” for girls (not wearing skimpy clothes, not getting drunk, etc.).

This double standard is explored throughout the book as we see our narrator, Kate, try to defy it and look at both sides of this story to see what really happened.

I loved Hartzler’s no holds back attitude when discussing the incident in this story, which did make it a little hard to read at some points. I also loved his exploration of the way we automatically assume the male side in a case and chalk it up to “boys will be boys” instead of thoroughly exploring the case. The eerie feeling was also a nice touch.

The only thing I found lacking was the pace in the beginning, but other than that, this book was really great!

Release Date: September 22nd,2015. Published by HarperTeen. 

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Carry On Review!

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WARNING: SPOILERS FOR FANGIRL AND CARRY ON

After reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell last year, I was certainly excited to see what the world of Simon Snow was like. And, I was not disappointed.

I have been following Katytastic on her social medias for a long time and she and I have similar tastes in books (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Raven Boys, etc). So when she became obsessed with this book in particular (and still is, check her Twitter for proof), I had to move this up my pile. And while I did not love this book, I did enjoy it a lot.

This book is split up into “books” that act as parts. Book One was painfully slow. We spend the entire section building this world and looking for Baz (who has not shown up yet). Once Baz does show up, the story’s pace progressively gets faster. The characters as per usual with Rainbow, are amazing. Baz is a new favorite, along with Simon and Penelope, they were just off the charts awesome. However, I did find some parts of the plot too fast or too slow or not as explained as I would have liked.

For instance, the Mage’s story arc throughout the book was kind of confusing to me. I had trouble understanding what he was trying to accomplish with Lucy along with his ultimate death by the hands of Simon. Some of the action sequences went a little too fast as well, but nothing too bad.

Simon and Baz. A new ship to go along with Cath and Levi. I adored these two together. I also loved Baz’s thoughts regarding Simon and their relationship throughout, how he felt conflicted with his feelings and unsure of himself despite his confident and aloof personality. However, I did feel that they kind of immediately went from being enemies on a truce (still laughing from when they explained that one to Penelope and Agatha) to boyfriends. But I did like that they weren’t all happy and sunshine after that, they went through problems that couples do, just magicked in this case.

A few confusions and some dragging parts. But all together, a great Rainbow Rowell book (:

four half-stars

November Releases!

As the days of the year wind down, it seems as do book releases. Regardless, you always save the best for last!

My most anticipated releases for November 2015 (:

All summaries from Goodreads.com!


Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens. Published by Harper Collins 11/03/15.

ccstevens  I read Courtney’s debut novel Faking Normal at the beginning of this year and absolutely fell in love with her writing and characters. I cannot wait to see how amazing this book will be (:

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she’s unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she’ll always be trapped in the past. (from Goodreads.com)

Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer. Published by Feiwel & Friends 11/10/15.

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The final installment to The Lunar Chronicles (I’m not crying, you’re crying). My most anticipated book of 2015. 800 pages. Am I ready? Are any of us ready? We shall see.

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? (from Goodreads.com)

November 9 by Colleen Hoover. Published by Atria Books 11/10/15

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I will read anything this woman writes. Colleen is fantastic at her craft. She writes characters with so much heart and reality that you can equate them to people you know. Looking forward to loving this as much as I have Confess, Maybe Someday, Slammed and Hopeless.

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist. (from Goodreads.com)

Soundless by Richelle Mead. Published by Razorbill 11/10/15.

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A standalone novel from Richelle Mead?! That’s a new one. Richelle has created some of my favorite characters of all time in two excellent and unique vampire series (Vampire Academy and Bloodlines). I am excited to see her take on Chinese folklore with her extraordinarily fast pacing and wonderful writing, even if it is only for this one book.

From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever… (from Goodreads.com)

Book Review: After You

After You by Jojo Moyes
Published by Pamela Dorman Books

September 29th, 2015 (United States)

I can always count on Jojo Moyes when I need a truly excellent book.

I loved Me Before You. It’s one of my favorite books of all time, but I was skeptical about a sequel to it. I thought that it would be a Hallmark style romance. But I guess I forgot what Moyes is not afraid to do.

She is not afraid to show what’s real. This is not sunshine and rainbows and it shouldn’t be. Moyes shows the real struggles of Louisa and how she truly felt. No holds barred.

Once again, Moyes rips your heart open and tears you apart in the best possible way. This was the embodiment of that and was just as fantastic as its predecessor. The characters we meet are just as amazing as the returning ones and the plot is once again spot on.

Moyes is a master at her craft and I hope to read all of her books in my lifetime (: