Review + Giveaway || Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski
Publication Date: April 18th 2017 by Swoon Reads
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?

Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.

But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .

From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher as part of the Blog Tour. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This book is really cute! I definitely enjoyed reading it! I haven’t read a book in which both main characters are queer and I loved every second of it.

Meg and Linus have been friends forever and they share a lot of common things. Their friendship was the main theme of the book and I had a great time seeing it grow and develop further. They both deeply care about each other and it was quite the spectacle to see how this was actually one of the reasons of their small “falling apart”. It’s very much relatable and realistic because as I’m reading the book, I could recall similar events that happened to me and my friends. So yes, this book is like my kindred spirit.

Meg is more relatable for me as compared to Linus, because we’re similar about many things. For one, I do act as a matchmaker between my friends and their crushes, especially if both of them are my friends. Haha! It’s a great feeling to help out, especially if they end up being together. Although, both Meg and Linus are fabulous characters.

“I will just never understand how some people honestly believe that making another person feel severely uncomfortable is the best way to win them over.”

The development between Linus and Danny’s relationship was a treat to read. I really enjoyed them both and I swooned so hard! Their scenes made me smile ear to ear! <3

Another thing I enjoyed about the story was the casual drop of pop culture references. Meg and Linus have this thing of having Star Trek marathons. Even Star Wars and Firefly were mentioned, also the Delorean, which was really cool because I’m a fan of all of these!

The only thing I had an issue with was the pacing. The book was a little slow at first, but then it picks up as you go further into the story. So, albeit that, I was able to read the book in one go. I also enjoyed how Meg and Linus were able to gain more friends throughout the book. Another thing was the depiction of family relationships in the book, it was really great and I love how open the characters were to their parents, and their parents being supportive to them.

Overall, this book was really a great and enjoyable one. It’s such an amazing debut! The LGBTQ+ rep was amazing, friendships and family relationships were perfect! I’m glad both Meg and Linus got a happy ending!

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Blog Tour || History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

history is all you left meHistory Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Publication Date: January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen
Source: ARC for Blog Tour
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

I received a review copy of this book as part of a Blog Tour. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This is my first Adam Silvera book, albeit having a lot of friends that have already read and enjoyed his first book, More Happy Than Not. Good thing though, that I have my copy of MHTN at home so I could read it whenever I want to AKA soon.

Every single praise about this book is true. It’s brutally honest and basically one big emotional sucker punch to the gut. Upon reading the first chapters of the book, I already made the conclusion that I’ll love this book to pieces.

I really enjoyed reading through Griffin’s voice. The story is very character-driven and it was easy to follow suit. What’s interesting about Griffin is he’s actually an unreliable narrator and I didn’t see that coming. It was also eye-opening to read about his OCD impulses, and this was very new to me because the usual stereotype about people having OCD was them being a neat freak. This book is also an #ownvoices novel and it made me realize how hard it is for people to deal with OCD.

“I’ll never understand how time can make a moment feel as close as yesterday and as far as years.”

Each character in the story leaves an impact to the reader. I didn’t have any expectations with Jackson, I knew he would surprise me but Wade surprised me more. I guess he’s one of the most loyal characters I’ve ever encountered in a book.

Another thing I loved about the book is the non-linear narrative. It’s told in two POVs and timelines, both Griffin’s but the present timeline refers to the reader as Theo.

I loved the conflicting and raw emotions from the characters and how they filled the book. It’s definitely one of the most honest and raw novels I’ve read so far. I fell in love with Adam Silvera’s writing the moment I finished the first chapter. His writing style is so genuine, poignant, and full of passion.

“People are complicated puzzles, always trying to piece together a complete picture, but sometimes we get it wrong and sometimes we’re left unfinished. Sometimes that’s for the best. Some pieces can’t be forced into a puzzle, or at least they shouldn’t be, because they won’t make sense.”

Overall, this novel is an exceptional tale of grief, loss, friendship, and most of all love. It’s beautifully crafted and well balanced in terms of light and heavy scenes. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of Adam Silvera’s works, but for now, let me settle with More Happy Than Not.

No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista (ARC Review + Giveaway)

no holding backNo Holding Back by Kate Evangelista
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

A romantic European vacation is the perfect excuse to let go in this highly anticipated sequel to No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista.

Everyone knows that Nathan is in love with his best friend, Preston…Everyone except Preston. Nathan has always accepted that Preston was too focused on his swim training to worry about love. But Preston is heading off to train for the Olympics soon, so if Nathan wants his chance at love, he has to speak up now. But saying “I love you” is surprisingly difficult, even for someone as confident as Nathan. Maybe a whirlwind vacation in Europe could help? But… what if it doesn’t work out and he loses the best friend he’s ever had?

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher as part of the blog tour. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This was one of my most anticipated reads because I truly loved Nathan and Preston since No Love Allowed and I’m so glad that I wasn’t disappointed! It turned out to be a pretty quick read for me and I truly was left wanting more, but at the same time I was satisfied with it.

Nathan and Preston were truly adorable. They do have opposite personalities and I love how their polarities complement each other. I also love that most of the book’s setting was in Europe like this was truly GOALS AF! What wouldn’t you give just to spend a great time with your best friend-turned-lover in Europe? Seriously!

“You don’t need to sacrifice love just because you have a dream.”

Speaking of, one of the best things about this book was that best friends to lovers trope. I’m a sucker for that type of romance and I will never ever get tired of it. This one really did the job great.

The pacing of the book was mostly good, though it lagged a little in the middle but I didn’t really mind it that much. It was also predictable but hey, at least I got a satisfying ending.

“In everything, the one constant was Nathan.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Kate Evangelista’s romantic story skills leaves you wanting more. Speaking of romantic, there’s a hot shower scene in this book so go read!!!

P.S. I’m not sure if it really was me on the Acknowledgement Page. I’ve yet to confirm with Kate, but if in case it was me, WELL, I’M DAMN LUCKY AND GRATEFUL BECAUSE IT’S MY FIRST TIME TO SEE MY NAME ON THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS HUHU!

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Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (ARC)

last seen leavingLast Seen Leaving  by Caleb Roehrig
Publication Date: October 4th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I think that the synopsis of this book is one of the main reasons why I felt so drawn into reading it. I’m still on this phase of reading tons of YA Thrillers and I’m really loving the ride.

From the first sentence of the book, I already felt like I really was going to enjoy it. And I really did. The book is set in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I think that this is the first book I’ve read that’s set in Ann Arbor, and the only connection I have with the place is a friend who lives there so I’m obviously not entirely familiar with the place and it’s nice to read about a new place from time to time.

The main character, Flynn Doherty, is a high school student, a typical one if I may say so. One day, his girlfriend, January, disappeared. Obviously, eyes turn to him, which led him to investigate on his own.

“Don’t let anyone tell you there’s no such thing as coincidence. They happen all the time.”

Most characters are well-rounded and dimensional. I enjoyed Flynn’s voice and his personality. It’s also nice to see that he has a high respect towards January. I can’t really say much about him because it might spoil the story but I really do like Flynn, especially his relationship with his parents.

The story was told in a way that will keep readers on edge and I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It’s a mixture of flashbacks and present narrations which adds depth to the story. The pacing of the story is consistent, with kicks of thrills here and there. Although I have to say that this book really left me speechless. The ending is unpredictable which I enjoyed. I really can’t wait to read more from Caleb Roehrig, because this is such a strong debut.

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