Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

WHEN WE COLLIDED
Author: Emery Lord
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pub Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Purchased

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We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

 

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

 

A couple months ago, it seemed like every blogger got bit by the When We Collided bug. Everyone wanted a copy! My interest came a few months later when curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to read it. After reading it, I can safely say this is a book that left a powerful impact on me, and made me realize a lot of painful things about myself and other people.

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Guest Post: Brooke @ The Cozy Little Book Nook | 31 Thoughts I Have While Writing a Blog Post

Hi everyone! Today, I have another amazing blogger guest posting on my blog! I don’t want to waste any time getting to her awesome post, but before I turn it over to Brooke, I just want ot say if you’re interested in guest posting on my blog (about anything book/blogging related!) send me an email at fieryreads@gmail.com!

About the Author

Blog // Twitter // Instagram

Brooke is a 15 year old girl from Texas. She’s been reading since she could remember and loves sharing a good book with people which is one of the main reasons she created this blog. Other than reviewing books, she like to post random things (or maybe not so random) discussion posts under the ‘BLOG’ tab. She is also doing some writing which can be found in the Writer’s Corner of this blog/site (it is currently under construction and not on the navigation bar) and she hopes you all will give feedback. She love making new friends and talking to people so don’t feel shy to chat! You can also find her on various social media platforms (facebook, twitter, google plus, and goodreads). Go over to these sites and find Brooke on them 🙂

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Hey Everyone!

I’m Brooke Evans from The Cozy Little Book Nook and I’m so happy to be blogging here today. This is actually my first guest post so it’s an exciting new experience for me! Now, I’m pretty sure everyone has those days (well for me, everyday) where you sit down to write a blog post or something and you end up getting WAYYYY too distracted by literally everything else around you. So today, I thought I would compile a list of 31 thoughts that go through my head while I’m writing any post. Now without further ado, here we go:

31 thoughts I have while writing a blog post

  1. Ok, so I just finished the book, now do I actually remember any of it?

  2. Oh hey look, I have 2 emails

  3. I better look at them, they may be important

  4. Oh, someone posted a new post on their blog, I have to check it out

  5. Hahaha, this is brilliant! ← (me reading any blog post ever)

  6. Ok, time to get started on the review before I forget what I’m going to say.

  7. You know what? I haven’t been on twitter all day. I have to see what’s going on in the world

  8. Hey! Would you look at that? A new twitter chat just started! It’s not too late to join in!

  9. Ok, let’s go, the first question is…. Oh that’s easy. You know, I’ll just be here for 5 minute and then I’ll get started on that post. I swear.

  10. *20 minutes later* Why am I still on twitter? I better get off of here.

  11. …my house is too loud. I’m just going to go to the bookstore and sit in the coffee shop

  12. Ok I’m here now. Let’s start on this post.

  13. Oooo! That frappuccino looks so good! Oh it’s a limited edition frap? I have to have that. It’ll definitely help my concentration. Caffeine=GOOD right?

  14. *after I finish my drink* Now I can finally start on the post. Where’s my book again?

  15. Oh no! I left the book at home! What am I gonna do?

  16. Oh wait, I’m in a book store. I can just go grab a copy of the book.

  17. *wait 5 minutes in line at customer service* Hi! Do you have a copy of _____?

  18. Customer Service: uh, that book doesn’t come out until next week. Do you want to preorder a copy?

  19. Me to myself: How could I have forgotten that it was an ARC? I have to go home now.

  20. To Customer Service: Thanks but not today.

  21. *Go back home* Boy am I tired. You know what? I’m just gonna take a 20 minute nap. After that I’ll be refreshed to write.

  22. *I sleep for eternity*

  23. *FInally wakes up after 6 hours* What time is it? Oh 7pm? I better eat dinner then

  24. *eats dinner while thinking about books*

  25. Ok, I have a due date. I need to finish this post by Friday. Let’s see how far I’ve gotten.

  26. Oh! I haven’t even started? How is that possible? I just spent all day working on it.

  27. You know what? It’s getting late. I better go to bed soon

  28. Well, I guess ti wouldn’t hurt to write some of this now. I can go to bed a little later today

  29. *2 hours later* Ok, I’m almost done, I’m making good progress right now.

  30. *1 hour later* YAYAYAY!!! I’m finally done! It didn’t take too long. I need to do this again tomorrow! It wasn’t too bad.

  31. AH it’s 2 A.M. already. Well, I gotta go to bed. Time to close my laptop.

So this is my list of 31 things that I think/go through while writing a blog post. Of course I jumped a lot near the end because I didn’t want this to get too long but I may write an updated version of this in the future on my blog: The Cozy Little Book Nook. Thanks again to Alex for letting me blog here today! It has been super fun and if you want more, you can go over to my blog and find me on there!

~Brooke

What is your technique like for blogging? Let us know in the comments below!

ARC Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Series: The Conquerors Saga #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Pub Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: #booksfortrade

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NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

 

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 (sort of–see full review!)
DIVERSITY: none | lgbtq+ | racial | religion | disabled | mental illness | body

 

I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of And I Darken by now. It’s had a HUGE marketing campaign, and ARCs are being given out left and right. I got my hands on one, and I was eager to see what all the hubbub was about. So, did I like it? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Not really.

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ARC Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

DEFENDING TAYLOR
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Pub Date: July 5th, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: BEA

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Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend, Ezra. Taylor’s had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it’s hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh 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’ve been in the mood for some cute romances now that it’s summer, so I decided to read Miranda Kenneally’s new book. I’ve always been interested in her books, so I decided to try Defending Taylor. I’m a sucker for the brother’s best friend trope, so I was super excited for this one. Sadly, I don’t think it’s for me.

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Make Me Read It Readathon: Vote for What I Should Read!

Hi guys! Val from The Innocent Smiley and Ely from Tea and Titles are hosting this readathon that I think is super cool and fun! At the time of writing this, I am officially on my last week of school for the year! I thought it would be fun to have a readathon planned for this summer, so I decided to join this one.

If you’re interested in this, here’s the information about the readathon from their blogs:

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

Sounds cool, right? I’m going to mix ARCs with new releases and backlist so I can have a variety. So, without further ado, here are the titles you can vote for!

Click here to vote for the books I should read!

Which books did you vote for? are you signing up for this readathon too? Let me know in the comments!