ARC Review: The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

THE LOOSE ENDS LIST
Author: Carrie Firestone
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Pub Date: June 7th, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown
Source: Borrowed from the amazing Deanna @ Reading in the Rain

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Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way – and give the O’Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.

 

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TITLE: boring | nothing special | pretty good | caught my eye | perfection | music to my ears
COVER: not my favorite | goes well with rest of the series | boring | generic | pretty | series cover change | beautiful | HEART EYES
POV: 1st | 2nd | 3rd limited | 3rd omniscient | multiple POVs | too many POVs
CONCEPT: original as heck | run of the mill in genre | average | has potential | great idea, bad execution
MOOD: dark | hilarious | light hearted | romantic | depressing | suspenseful | fluffy | mysterious
PACING: snail’s pace | couldn’t keep up | mix of fast and slow | slow in the wrong places | fast in the wrong places | what even is pacing?
CHARACTERS: i’m in love | couldn’t connect | too many | well developed (all) | infuriating | annoying | precious babies | underdeveloped (all)| a mix of good and bad | diverse | okay | new favorite characters
ROMANCE: none | steamy | fluffy | OTP status | cute | center stage | barely there | cheesy | instalove | slow burn | i ship it | love triangle
DIVERSITY: none | lgbtq+ | racial | religion | disabled | mental illness | body

 

The weather is warming up, the sun is shining (for the most part, damn you rainy Maryland weather) and the flowers are blooming. That means it’s almost summer! Usually, I’m not a big contemporary fan, but I really love to reading them during spring and summer. So when my friend offered to let me borrow this book, I started reading it almost immediately (read: I was forced to read this book, but it was worth it).

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Guest Post: Maha @ Younicorn Reads | 20 Thoughts I Have on a Book Hangover

Hi everyone! I have a very special treat for you today! Recently, I put the word out on twitter that I was looking for guest bloggers, and my friend Maha @ Younicorn Reads (who has an AMAZING blog, btw) offered to guest post on my blog. I absolutely love what she came up with, and without further ado, I’ll turn it over to her!

About the Author

Blog // twitter // instagram // tumblr

Younicorn Reads is a blog run by a fourteen years old girl named Maha. she is a very little human being with a bag full of books and a head full of dreams.

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aaaah, that moment you finish an amazing book, and feel like you’ve just read the best book in your life. all your feels are mixed up inside you: joy, sadness and excitement. but then…

what do you do with your life? how can you recover from that amazing book? it’s nearly impossible.

yeah, we’ve all been in that stage one day or another. and in that moment, a lot of weird thoughts can rum through your mind, that’s why i decided to list 20 thoughts a reader has on a book hangover.

  1. *closes book* wow. just…wow. HOW CAN A BOOK BE SO FREAKING AMAZING?!

  2. this is too much for me. i can’t. TOO. MANY. FEELS.

  3. it’s seriously the best book i’ve ever read in my life.

  4. *thinks of book* best book in history *sobs*

  5. but…what do i do with my life now? HOW CAN I FORGET ABOUT THIS BOOK?! *cries*

  6. *lays on the bed* *thinks of what happened in the book* *cries*

  7. can i please take a day off? i need to recover.

  8. i mean, why can’t we able to take days off to recover from a book? LIFE IS SO UNFAIR.

  9. *goes to bookshelf* let’s see our next read…

  10. *20 minutes later* i can’t read it. i can’t. *lays on bed again*

  11.  WHY CAN’T I STOP THINKING ABOUT IT?!

  12. HOW CAN A BOOK DO SO MUCH TO SOMEONE?

  13. you know what, i need to forget about it.

  14. *goes on the internet* *sees book on timeline* WHYYYYYY???? *remembers* *sobs*

  15. you know what, i’m going out.

  16. *1 hour later* *returns home* this was the worst idea i’ve ever had.

  17. i think books have a kind of magic to make you feel this way even days after being done with it.

  18. i don’t even know if i can read another book.

  19. WHY IS LIFE SO UNFAIR?!

  20. will i ever be able to recover from this book? i don’t think so.

i really hope you liked this post (and related to it, because i hope i’m not the only one having these thoughts). thank you so much Alex for letting me guest post on your blog, it’s a blast!

what are some thoughts you have on a book hangover? Let me know in the comments below!

*Note from Alex: If you’re interested in guest posting on my blog, shoot me an email at fieryreads@gmail.com!

5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Go to a Book Conference + 5 Giveaways!

As you might know, I went to BEA last week on Wednesday and Thursday and it. was. amazing!!! I was going to do a typical recap, but I decided against it for a few reasons.

1) Because I feel lots of people have better recaps that I could ever make and

2) I hardly took any pictures there, which would make for a boring and visually unappealing blog post.

I knew I wanted to share something about BEA though. I thought about what I could do, and finally I came up with an idea. One of my favorite things about BEA was the atmosphere there–being surrounded by tons of other bookish people and industry professionals and authors was just so enlightening and absolutely amazing. Before then, I’d felt really sluggish and down in the dumps, but being at a book conference made me feel so alive. Those were some of the best days of my life so far, and I think everyone (who’s interested) should go to at least one in their life.

Here are the 5 reasons why everyone should go to a book conference:

  1. You’ll meet online friends and make new ones there!

I met tons of amazing people at BEA, including my amazing friend Ava @ Bookishness and Tea. We’ve talked on twitter and texted for months, and meeting her in person was amazing! BEA involves a lot of lines, and in these lines I met other bloggers, booksellers and industry professionals. Age doesn’t matter–it’s super easy to bond over books, and sharing your love with other people will make you feel so incredibly happy.

2. The energy there will make you feel alive

Like what I said above, just talking about books with other people is sure to put a smile on your face. I know it happened to me dozens of times. But just being at a book conference made me feel so happy. Being surrounded by all of it, the books, the people, made me feel so energized and giddy, and after being upset for awhile, it felt like a weight was lifted off my chest. I got up every day with only a few hours of sleep, and yet I still woke up with a smile on my face and an eagerness to get back to the conference center for another day of fun.

3. You’ll learn about tons of new books you wouldn’t have known about otherwise!

People are constantly pushing books at you at cons. There were dozens of publishers at BEA, and there’s bound to be countless books you haven’t heard of. I picked up a handful of books I didn’t know about before going to the conference, and I learned about even more. For example? I picked up copies of Labyrinth Lost and The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett without knowing much about them, but I got copies because they looked interesting and their lines were short. The Thousandth Floor was also one I hadn’t heard much about, and yet I picked up a copy because it looked intriguing. That’s just three books of many that I picked up on a whim there!

4. You can snag a few ARCs!

You can’t mention book conferences without the books! I won’t deny it–getting ARCs is pretty awesome. I got a lot of amazing copies that I am *super* excited for, and I’m equally excited to share my reviews for you! Getting copies of your most anticipated books is pretty sweet, but don’t forget to use them for their actual purpose–promotion!

5. It’ll rekindle your love for books/blogging

Before I went to BEA, I had been in a huge blogging slump (as you can see from the lack of recent posts in the past couple months). As soon as I got there, I was swept up in y love for books, and every day I got home with a pile of ARCs that I was super excited to review for the blog. Now, a week after BEA, I’m flying through my bookshelf and scheduling reviews again! I can’t tell you how happy I am that I’m back into blogging after being away from it for so long. This community, good or bad, is my home, and I’m happy to be back 🙂

And now, what you’ve probably all been waiting for…

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When I went to BEA, I picked up some titles specifically for you guys! I love my followers–and anyone who takes the time to visit my blog–so I wanted to say thank you 🙂

I thought about doing one big giveaway, but I thought it would be a lot more fun to do multiple, smaller giveaways! That way more people can win overall. You can enter as many giveaways as you want, you just have to fill out the form for each one you want to enter. Also, be sure to check out my twitter for twitter-exclusive giveaways! (Due to shipping costs, all of these giveaways will be US ONLY, but look on twitter for an upcoming international swag giveaway!)

Giveaway #1

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Giveaway number #1 is for 3 short and sweet contemporaries! It’s for 1 ARC of Cloudwish, 1 ARC of Nice Girls Endure and 1 ARC of Love and First Sight.

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Giveaway #2

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Giveaway #2 is all about upcoming sci-fi/futuristic books! This giveaway includes one ARC of Disruption and 1 ARC of The Thousandth Floor.

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GIVEAWAY #3

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These books aren’t from BEA, but I still wanted to give them away because I have extras of them, and they are recent favorites of mine! This giveaway is for 1 ARC of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and 1 hardcover of The Forbidden Wish.

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Giveaway #4

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Giveaway #4 involves books that are out of my comfort zone, so I thought I’d share them with you! It’s 1 middle grade book and 2 adult ones. This giveaway is for 1 ARC of The Secretkeepers, 1 ARC of Love Warrior and 1 ARC of Little Death

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Giveaway #5

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Giveaway #5 is all about contemporaries with pretty covers! This giveaway is for 1 ARC of Defending Taylor and 1 ARC of Our Chemical Hearts.

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hAVE YOU BEEN TO ANY BOOK CONFERENCES? If not, which ones would you want to go to? Let me know in the comments below!

DNF Review: The Remedy by Suzanne Young

THE REMEDY
Author: Suzanne Young
Series: The Program .05
Genre: YA, sci-fi, romance
Pub Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Won

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Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, and studies them through pictures and videos. Soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

 

review-at-a-glance

TITLE: boring | nothing special | pretty good | caught my eye | perfection | music to my ears
COVER: not my favorite | goes well with rest of the series | boring | generic | pretty | series cover change | beautiful | HEART EYES
POV: 1st | 2nd | 3rd limited | 3rd omniscient | multiple POVs | too many POVs
CONCEPT: original as heck | run of the mill in genre | average | has potential | great idea, bad execution
MOOD: dark | hilarious | light hearted | romantic | depressing | suspenseful | fluffy | mysterious
PACING: snail’s pace | couldn’t keep up | mix of fast and slow | slow in the wrong places | fast in the wrong places | what even is pacing?
CHARACTERS: i’m in love | couldn’t connect | too many | well developed (all) | infuriating | annoying | precious babies | underdeveloped (all)| a mix of good and bad | diverse | okay | new favorite characters
ROMANCE: none | steamy | fluffy | OTP status | cute | center stage | barely there | cheesy | instalove | slow burn | i ship it | love triangle
DIVERSITY: none | lgbtq+ | racial | religion | disabled | mental illness | body

 

I was hesitant about starting this book. Suzanne Young books and I have a tumulus relationship. I really liked her first book, The Program, but I wasn’t a *huge* fan of the sequel, The Treatment. I went into this book with little expectations, but I was still pretty disappointed. I tried to get into it, but I just couldn’t, so I finally gave up.

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I’m BEA Bound! + Mini Updates

Hey everyone! This serves as an update post on what’s going to be happening on the blog in the near future. While I enjoyed my unofficial hiatus from blogging, I’ve missed it a lot and I’m ready to jump back into it with everything I’ve got!

First off–I’m going to BEA!

I am SO excited about this!! It’s been a dream of mine to attend BEA for a long, long time, before I was even a blogger. I went to Book Con last year and it was an amazing experience. I got to meet a lot of my favorite authors, wandered the show floor and even picked up a few ARCs! But I know that BEA is a whole different beast.

Personally, I’m SUPER excited to meet a few blogger friends (like my best friend and writer extraordinaire, Ava), maybe go to a panel or two, meet some lovely authors, and pick up some ARCs! I plan to post a recap for the days I’m going (Wednesday and Thursday–not Friday, sadly) and I’m also hoping to have a giveaway up too! That’s at least 2 or 3 posts that will be on the blog in  the upcoming weeks.

guest Posts!

I have a few amazing guest posts lined up for the blog, and I just know you guys are going to love them! I’m also still looking for people to guest post while I get my stuff together and get back in the swing of blogging. If you’re interested, email me at fieryreads@gmail.com.

More Reading = More Reviews!

I’m out of school for the rest of the year (physically, that is) so my free time has exploded! It’s amazing to be able to read all day and not feel like I’m neglecting my other responsibilities. I’ve been a bad reviewer and I’ve spent most of my time rereading series, like Hush Hush and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Fear not, my friends–I still have plenty of books for review! Now that I’m reading so much, you can look forward to reviews filling up the blog once more 🙂

That’s it for my updates! I’m so happy to be back and I’m ready to show you guys some (hopefully) amazing posts 🙂