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My Favorite Bookstagram Accounts

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Since this month is pretty much all about spreading the love, I decided it’d be nice to talk about something that I absolutely love: bookstagram. I have an obsession with looking at pretty pictures of books and I love aesthetics, and bookstagram manages to combine both. I follow pretty much all bookstagram accounts, but I have my favorite accounts, and I just wanted to share them all with you!

NOTE: I did this post last month (because I’m an overachiever at blogging, so the pictures of these people’s feeds are probably hella old, so feel free to click their name so you can get a look at their current feed!

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DARKFAERIETALES_

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Just look at her feed! I absolutely adore  the dark filter put on the books, and the way all her photos are unique and original.

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PAPERBACKDREAMS

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Have you seen her character portraits? They are absolute gold. Not to mention her feed is so dark and pretty and eye-catching and she’s a master of make-up. Absolute perfection and seriously underrated.

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PAPERFURY

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I’m sure most people are familiar with Cait from her blog, and her bookstagram is just as fantastic. Look at the background! The bookshelves! The stacks! The bright colors! It just all comes together so well.

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TWIRLINGPAGES

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I’m a sucker for clean feeds setting off white backgrounds and pastels and Alexandra totally nails it. It’s just so aesthetically pleasing to look at! And she has a nice bedroom, and I know that’s completely unrelated, but my room is messy, so, yeah.

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CRIMEBYTHEBOOK

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Abby’s bookstagram was one of the first that I ever discovered and the first I ever followed! It’s always consistent and neat, and since I’m a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, I love her recommendations.

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READSLEEPFANGIRL

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Fiderly is already such a sweet girl herself, and her photos are just as gorgeous. Again, I love the fact that she doesn’t have a theme so all her photos are unique, plus, she has bookshelf goals.

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OHTHEBOOKFEELS

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I watch a lot of Booktube, and I’ve seen Carmen around in some vlogs, but I never knew that she had a bookstagram. I just love the soft photos she takes and how pretty they always look.

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ATHOUSANDBOOKSTOREAD

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My bookstagram skills are awful (I just need to improve on photography in general, to be honest), but Caden is around my age and yet she takes such gorgeous photos??? I am all kinds of jealous.

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CELINEREADS

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Celine’s feed is pure goals. I just love how bright and organized her photos always are, and look at that bookshelf! Also, she introduced me to Passion Planners, so thank you, now I want one really bad. 

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BOOKOTTER

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JUST LOOK AT THE WAY SHE USES PROPS AND COLORS! It’s so unbelievably perfect, and whatever filter she’s using is perfect.

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ALITTLEBOOKWORLD

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I just love bright feeds or the types where the books have this great ombre shade, so this is basically book porn for me.

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MYBOOKACADEMY

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Beautiful crowded photos are always my weakness. And, again, she’s! My! Age!

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ELEGANTBOOKS

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Another feed that uses props perfectly. Look at how unbelievably neat this entire feed looks!

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LIFEANDLITERATURE

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Not only are her photos that take place in nature really nice to look at, but, again, I love minimalist feeds with softer colors.

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And that’s it for my favorite bookstagram accounts! I hope I’m not the only one who’s unhealthily obsessed with bookstagram. Please reassure me.

ALSO, I know some of you guys have already found me, but I decided to start up my bookstagram account this past week! I know I’ve said it’s super stressful, but, so far, it’s really fun, and I’m actually very happy with the way my feed looks (finally!). Here is the link to my account! Feel free to follow me; I’ll probably check you out as well!

(And I’ll probably end up making a Part 2 to this because THERE ARE SO MANY MORE!)

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What are some of your favorite bookstagram accounts? Do you have a bookstagram account? Leave your username or your link in the comments section so we can find each other!

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[REVIEW] My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

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Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Adult

Series: None

Rating: 4 STARS

Description:

It won’t be so bad when you’re there, says my new husband before kissing me on the mouth. He tastes of Rice Krispies and that strong toothpaste of his which I still haven’t gotten used to.

I know, I say before he peels off to the bus stop on the other side of the road.

Two lies. Small white ones. Designed to make the other feel better.

But that’s how some lies start. Small. Well meaning. Until they get too big to handle. 

When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything. 

 But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants. 

When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.

My Thoughts:

“Flash of metal.”

 WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK? I swear to God, my mind was just blown. And twisted. And my mouth is gaping wide open. And I literally can’t even at every single character because I don’t think I liked even one? This is a world record, you guys; I’m actually proud. But let’s dive into this twisty psychological thriller.

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So, about all those characters I hated. Pretty much all of them, in some way, made a stupid decision and/or made me want to punch them in the face. Except Ross. Ross was a pretty good guy. But that was it. We get to be introduced to Lily, one of the main point-of-views of the novel who is completely and totally gullible to literally anything and has a thing for forbidden love between total creeps and/or drunken artists who end up being total assholes. We also have Carla, the other point-of-view, who we see as both a ten-year-old and a twenty-two year-old, and, no surprise, she makes stupid decisions in both those ages. And then there’s Ed, who’s just an asshole…and that’s basically it. He has zero redeeming factors. And, for some reason, that’s what made this book so entertaining. Ranting at people in my head was what made me read on (even though 99% of you will want to smack these characters, I swear to God).

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I absolutely loved the plot. It’s very intricate and twisty. Like, there are plot twists everywhere, especially near the end, and I was just like, “What? Wait, what? WHAT????” And face-palming a lot because, again, stupid characters and decisions all over the place. But definitely one of the biggest positives for me was how the plot played together. There are two timelines; the first part of this book takes place in 2000, and the second takes place twelve years later. I loved seeing how the details and the plot in the first part of this book ended up linking up to the second part of this book, and how all the storylines with the characters ended up getting tangled up, but worked themselves out in the end to make a really good story. Not to mention that how the storylines played out was what made me glued to the pages. I just couldn’t stop reading until I reached the very end.

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I actually really enjoyed the ending. There weren’t any huge plot twists that took place in the epilogue, which is good, because I really didn’t want one nor did there need to any more than there already was. But, oh my God, some crazy stuff went down in the final thirty to forty pages that just kept me on the edge of my seat. I just needed to know what in the world was going to happen next, and what these stupid characters were going to do in the sticky situations they were caught up in.

Overall, this was a pretty great psychological thriller, especially since I wasn’t even planning to add this one to my TBR, much less actually read it. I highly recommend to those who enjoy the genre; maybe you’ll like it as much as I did (and we can’t rant about how dumb the characters are together!).

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Have you read this book? Does it interest you? What is a favorite thriller of yours?

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[REVIEW] City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller, YA

 Series: None

 Rating: 3 STARS

 Description:

 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.

 In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

 With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

 My Thoughts:

“If you’re going to be a thief, the first thing you need to know is that you don’t exist.”

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 Okay, this first paragraph might seem like I’m talking gibberish, but can I just say, this was nothing like Gone Girl. When you have the words “Gone Girl” on the cover, I expect a psychological thriller. But this was more of a murder mystery than a thriller. Sure, the book jacket also mentioned The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which I haven’t read yet, so I have no idea if that was an accurate comparison or a name drop as well), but it greatly annoys me that a domestic/psychological thriller that’s not even within the YA category was in anyway compared to this book. There was literally nothing in common. Nothing! This is more of a forewarning to fans of Gone Girl. And to publishers who keep incorrectly dropping names so people will read their work.

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 But on to the actual book. We get to meet Tina, whose mother died a while ago under Greyhill’s hands, wants to help her sister, and is involved with a dangerous gang that wants to assist her in taking Greyhill down and exposing him for maybe murdering her mom. I thought she was an awesome character, mainly because she’s a thief, and I love heists and robbers and cheering for anti-heroes, as I’m sure you guys might know, so Tina was, of course, my type of girl. We also get to meet Boyboy, a hacker and Tina’s best friend who reminded me so much like Job from one of my favorite TV shows, Banshee (which you should totally watch if you like action and cute badasses as main characters, but that’s not the point of this review), and Michael, the classic love interest that I didn’t care too much about because blah blah blah, he’s loved her since they were little, blah blah blah, I’ve heard this story at least ten billion times before, blah blah blah, this romance is literally not necessary; I came here to see Tina AVENGE HER MOTHER’S DEATH DAMN IT. But, of course, it’s all personal opinion.

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 I thought the pacing of this book and the plot tied together. There were some parts of this book that were totally banging and made me read faster and faster…and then there were some parts of the book that just fell flat and made me bored and were sort of slump-inducing. The pacing was a bit all over the place, and I guess that’s because the story would sometimes reveal new information and action sequences and cliffhangers, which was super exciting, but then we have those moments where we’re sitting around and getting a little bit of exposition or attempting to move the plot forward in the form of story-telling, which, unfortunately, failed keep me entertained. But, fear not those who love plot twists in their thrillers, there are many abound in this novel!

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 Despite my issues with the pacing, I actually really enjoyed the ending. I found the “big battle” really tense and exciting, and the big finish was totally worth it. I also thought that the ending was personally convincing concerning Kiki and the romance between Tina and Daniel. And for those who are worried about the romance over-powering the action and Tina’s mission, it doesn’t, which I found to be a definite positive, besides the fact that I considered it to be realistic and well-developed. I still didn’t think it was necessary, but I feel like at this point, I’ve got to start accepting it.

 Overall, I thought it was an okay murder mystery with pacing that felt like it was all over the place, but this book will definitely work depending on the person and their preferences.

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Have you read this book yet? And if this becomes a movie, would you watch it (I saw that it was optioned for film, which has now convinced me that EVERY BOOK is going to be turned into a movie, my God)?

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[DISCUSSION] Is the Romance Really Necessary?

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And I’m back with another discussion for the month of February! Valentine’s Day has long since passed and love has most likely dissipated from the air, but since it’s still the month of love, I thought I’d center my discussion topic around it! I was also supposed to post this on Friday, but I posted my last discussion post around this time, so why not do it again?

Imagine you’re reading a book. It’s a thriller, a fantasy, a sci-fi, a dystopian, pretty much any genre except contemporary. You’re completely entranced in the world the author has created. The main character is the perfect main character, tailored just for you, a character you’ve always dreamed of. The writing is absolutely stunning. Literally everything about this book is perfect, every element is coming together so wonderfully…and then the Generic Love Interest enters the building and entrances your hero/heroine into insta-love. You sigh, you scream, you throw your book against the wall, because, damn it, why does EVERY YA book have to have a stupid romance in it, when there doesn’t even need to be one? Can there ever be a YA book without a romance? Is that possible?

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Pictured Above: Everyone Reading Insta-Love

Which introduces the discussion topic: Is the Romance Really Necessary in YA Books and Why is It There in the First Place?

I’ve mentioned before in other posts that I just hate when romance comes in and ruins a perfectly good premise. It’s one of my main problems with YA mysteries/thrillers: it’s so damn good, so gory, but the author decides to focus more on the angsty backstory between the heroine and the love interest rather than, you know, solving the mystery. But this isn’t even just a problem in the mystery/thriller genre. This is basically a problem in all different types of genres, whether it be the assassin that’s too busy falling in love to actually do anything in fantasy or the revolutionary symbol who can’t choose between two hot guys in dystopians. 

I definitely am not against all romance that takes place in a different genre other than contemporary. Take Sarah J. Maas, for instance. I know some people hate her books, but I’m a huge fangirl of them, and if you know anything about her books, you know they create the biggest shipping wars the world has ever seen. Both Feyre and Aelin go have at least two different love interests in each of their respective series – the ACOTAR trilogy and the TOG series – but never have I ever felt that that the romance has gone first before the plot. The world-building is epic, the plot is complex, and the characters all shine in their own respective ways, and, yeah, there are hot sex scenes going along with that. Same with series such as the Raven Cycle, where even though the entire premise of the series is surrounding a forbidden kiss, relies more on friendship and magic than romance, or the novels These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner and The Program by Suzanne Young, that both feature gorgeous romances, but also take the time to deliver on their promising premises and push them to their full potential, even beyond what I thought I’d be given.

But with the good, comes the bad. There are two series that I think would’ve been absolutely fantastic if not for the romance – the 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey and The Selection by Kiera Cass. My love for the 5th Wave trilogy waned as the books went on, and, unfortunately, completely halted once I finished The Last Star, and I remember that when writing my review, I realized that the series could have done without the romance. Evan and Cassie weren’t the adorable ship they had been when they first met, instead fighting and partaking in one of the worst sex scenes ever, and Ringer and Ben came out of absolutely nowhere (and you guys know how much I hate ships with zero build-up). And concerning The Selection, it’s probably one of the best examples of a dystomance I’ve seen in recent years. During the rise in popularity of books like The Hunger Games  and Divergent, most authors decided to write their own dystopian novels, where they basically all ended up being about a world where a basic right is taken away and a sixteen-year-old girl has to serve as both a revolution symbol and a love interest at the same time, but focuses more on the romance than the world-building or the plot or basic realisticness, hence dystomance. The Selection could definitely have potential, as expressed much better than I ever could in this Goodreads review from a user named Kiki, but is instead wasted on an infuriatingly stupid heroine and a love triangle between the Boring Prince and the Boring Ex.

This goes without mentioning other popular and extremely loved series whose premises were ruined by romance, in my opinion, namely the Shatter Me trilogy, the Mara Dyer trilogy, and the Winner’s trilogy. All series that had such amazing plots and a great cast of characters, but ruined it with love triangles, crappy love interests, and boring forbidden love subplots.

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And then you have to wonder why it’s there in the first place. And the answer is consumerism, that’s why! We, as readers, usually consume these types of books, hence every new debut that comes out that now explicitly states that we’re in for a “steamy” or “forbidden” romance with a “mysterious stranger.” And though it might be met with snarky pre-reviews or eye-rolls, it really doesn’t matter when it comes down to the sales. It’s sort of the same thing when reviewers complain that books are super cliche, so why are they still being published? Well, of course they’re being published when there are five-star reviews for the book plastered everywhere on Goodreads. 

To conclude this discussion, I thought it’d be nice to include some books that have no romance at all, or little to none to the point where it doesn’t really affect the plot. I haven’t read all of these listed here, most of them have good reviews, and even if they don’t, I believe in reading it for yourself because you never know what you’ll like, so feel free to explore! There are a lot of genres included, so no one should feel left out!

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Vicious, The Giver, Illuminae, 172 Hours on the Moon, and Red Rising

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This Savage Song, Half A King, The Darkest Corners, The Women in the Walls, and Everybody Sees the Ants

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Wonder, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Stranger Game, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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Two Boys Kissing, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, All American Boys,  The Book Thief, and Scythe

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MARY: The Summoning, The Merciless, The Call, Bird Box, and The Detour

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Dangerous Girls, With Malice, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, A Monster Calls, and Scary Out There

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And if you want even more recommendations, here’s Cait @ Paper Fury’s post recommending YA books without romance! I haven’t read many of those either, so, obviously onto the TBR list they go!

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This wouldn’t be a proper discussion post without asking your opinion, so here it is: What do you think about romance in YA books? Do you prefer romance or plot? What are some series that you think balanced the romance well or did it horribly?

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[REVIEW] At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Genre: Sci-fi, Contemporary, YA

 Series: None

 Rating: 5 STARS

 Description:

Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished.

 More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie.

 Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking.

 When Ozzie is paired up with new student Calvin on a physics project, he begins to wonder if Calvin could somehow be involved. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is for him to deny the feelings developing between them, even if he still loves Tommy.

 But Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy–that once the door closes, it can’t be opened again. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as possible.

 My Thoughts:

“I sat beside the window pretending to read Plato’s Republic as the rest of the passengers boarding Flight 1184 zombie-walked to their seats.”

 Oh my God, you guys; I did it! I finally read my first ever Shaun David Hutchinson book after people on Goodreads recommended me to read We Are the Ants! And now that I’ve read one of his books, I need to read them all. Like, right now, damn it.

 First of all, this book was so unexpectedly angst-y??? I mean, I absolutely loved how depressing and realistic this was, but what is with all these angst-y gay books? Why are all these authors duly set on breaking my damn heart? But, seriously, I loved this, and I could relate to it so well. Ozzie is in his senior year of high school, his boyfriend and best friend have vanished, and it seems like everyone in his life is moving forward except him. I’m only in my sophomore year of high school, as you guys might know, but, God, the fear of the unknown feels so realistic. Personally, I’m excited to get the hell out of high school, and I’m ready to go to college and travel and do something with my life that I care about, but do you know how terrified I am to adult? What in the world I’ll do once I’m out of college, especially since I’m a socially anxious mess? Will I make new friends? Will the ones I have now be left behind as memories? Will I still be blogging? Will I still be in love with the books I am now? Clearly, I have a lot of worries about “after college,” so I understood how Ozzie felt about being unsure of the future. I feel like everyone is, just a little.

 And, ugh, the characters! I love Ozzie. He’s a sarcastic asshole who’s crude and might piss you off with the things he won’t do and things he actually DOES do, but I loved him so much. He deserves all the hugs, and he continuously made me laugh throughout the book, especially since I’m a negative, sarcastic person as well. We also get to meet Calvin, who reminded me of Adam from the Raven Cycle, and I LOVE Adam, so you can guess how much I’m in love with him. And we also have Ozzie’s friends, Dustin, who’s a stoner type, but is also a genuinely nice guy, and Lua, who’s gender-fluid (which was awesome, because I’ve never seen a gender-fluid character before in a book, and, I personally thought was handled so well and wasn’t treated like some big deal) and is a rocker type and every word out of their mouth gives me life, honestly, especially that whole rant about how girls don’t get some sort of “free pass” to experiment. I LOVE THEM, OKAY? And we also have Warren, Ozzie’s brother, who goes through some problems that I’m not going to talk about because that would be SPOILERS, but I definitely loved him.

 THE ROMANCE BETWEEN OZZIE AND CALVIN THOUGH. It honestly slayed my life. At first, I didn’t even ship them, but as the book went on, I just couldn’t help myself. It was just so wonderfully realistic and angst-y (this book was angst) because they’re both so awkward and Ozzie still loves Tommy and Calvin cares about him so much, but he also has baggage and Ozzie wants to help him but doesn’t want Calvin to hate him and they’re both total science nerds and just aljflajflajflaj. AND THE ENDING KILLED ME, but again, not talking about spoilers. I just ship them so freaking hard.

 I also loved the concept of this book. I’d say it’s a mix of magical realism and sci-fi, and it was so interesting. I really want to get into sci-fi this year, and it’s like books like this that push me forward. The universe is literally shrinking, and I loved how the chapters showed how it was happening, and then the last few chapters kicked in and it was just so intense. I didn’t think the science was too complicated for people to not understand, and it definitely kept me reading. There’s just something about this book that has an addictive quality that I completely fell in love with.

 Overall, READ THIS BOOK DAMN IT. I literally cannot wait to read We Are the Ants. And, since we’re talking about that book, I see what you did here, Hutchinson.

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Have you read this book yet? Have you read Shaun David Hutchinson’s books yet?

(Also, brief note: I’m going to take a break this whole entire day! I’m not going to be responding to comments, but I’ll probably be around looking at people’s posts who I follow, on occasion! I’m just trying to get everything together because I’ve decided to start a chill bookstagram account – I’m already really happy with the pics I took – and I’ve been trying to make my Goodreads look nice and I’m hoping to plan some stuff out. It’s not a hiatus or anything and I’ll be back tomorrow morning, but I just wanted to let you guys know!)

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My All-Time Favorite Book Boyfriends

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Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean I can’t talk about my book boyfriends. I decided to do the Book Boyfriend Tag because if I just talked about my book boyfriends in general, we’d probably be here all day, to be honest. But, who cares? Let’s talk about the cute boys!

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Most Romantic Boyfriend

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Darrow. I mean, would I necessarily call him romantic? Probably not. But, he’s a total romantic in my mind, so it counts. Plus, he’ll probably give amazing pep talks and speeches when I need encouragement and/or I’m low on self-esteem. Have you read the Red Rising series? #inspirationgoals

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Dark and Moody Bad Boy with a Good Side

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Warner. A.K.A. The only good thing to come from the Shatter Me trilogy. Of course, pretty much everyone was wary of Warner when he first popped up in Shatter Me, but the more you get to learn about his character, the more you just fall in love with him. He’s probably one of the few bad boys in fiction that I don’t roll my eyes at.

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Paranormal Boyfriend

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Percy Jackson. You’re probably thinking, “How is Percy paranormal?” He’s a demigod. That’s totally not human, so, again, counting it. I mean, do I really need to explain why Percy Jackson is the best book boyfriend ever? He’s funny and kind and look at how he treats Annabeth! Give me sweethearts over bad boys any day.

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Boyfriend You Want to Tame

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Kaz Brekker, of course. I mean, I’m not going to try to stop him from going on heists and being a criminal because that’s what makes him awesome, but, you know, he could take me on a date once in a while. Just saying.

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Boy You Friend-Zoned  

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Noah Shaw. I don’t have time for wimpy bad boys who sleep with every girl in the high school, and then spout Edward Cullen-like sentences because “I’m not like other girls.” Barf.

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Your Soul Mate

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Rowan Whitethorn. He’s my top book boyfriend of all time, and even though I love him with Aelin and they’re the most perfect couple ever, he’s meant for me and me only. Sorry, Aelin.

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Boyfriend You Want to Elope With

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Jem! I know so many people prefer Will over Jem, but, unpopular opinion: I don’t like Will that much. Again, I always go for the sweethearts, and the violin is actually one of my favorite instruments to hear (I blame Lindsey Stirling). And look at the way he treats Tessa. He’s so perfect.

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Boyfriend You’d Venture Anywhere With

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Rhysand. Look at what happened when Feyre went with him instead of marrying Tamlin. She got to visit the freaking Night Court. To the Night Court I go!

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Boyfriend You’d Want to Be Stranded on a Desert Island With

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Thorne. He’s absolutely hilarious, plus, he and Cress already survived the Sahara, and that was when he was rendered blind. He’ll find us a way out (and, hopefully, he’ll realize I’m the one for him, not Cress, and he’ll fall in love with me and we’ll get married).

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Most Badass Boyfriend

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Nik. Um, who wouldn’t want a drug-dealing criminal to go around kicking everyone’s ass?Okay, he’s actually more of a sweetheart, and he was traumatized after he had to shoot a living human being, but, you know, I’d still totally want him on my side to protect me.

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And that’s just a sneak peek of some of my book boyfriends! Too bad they don’t really exist and boys in real life always seem to just disappoint.

Also, I feel like I’m on a blogging and reading high right now! I’ve finally gotten back into reading, I’m back to writing reviews again (and I hate writing reviews, so this is a miracle), and I’m on break, so that means I can finish my posts for April (yes, I’m that far ahead)! #killingit

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What are some of your book boyfriends? Do we share the same ones (if we do, I called dibs first)?

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[REVIEW] Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Adult

Series: None

Rating: 5 STARS

Description:

Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes?

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

My Thoughts:

“Pinch myself and say I AM AWAKE once an hour.”

 Okay, so, you’ve probably heard of this book before. It’s been hailed as the Thriller of the Year, you may have seen #WTFThatEnding going around, you’ve probably seen everyone falling in love with this book, etc. I heard about this book first via Bookstagram, and after seeing all the positive reviews, I decided I’d pre-order this book with my Christmas money. And, boy, was it worth it!

 Also, spoilers, spoilers, everywhere! I can’t talk about this book without spoiling, unfortunately.

 I will definitely say, this is a weird book. The entire time, it just had the weirdest vibe to it, not only because we’re dealing with the weirdest triangle (???) ever, where Louise is sleeping with her supposed best friend’s husband, but we’re also shown different sides of the story, you’re completely left in the dark two-thirds of the time, and then you’re fed flashbacks that seem out-of-place and make no sense, but keep your interest piqued nonetheless. But, for some reason, the fact that it was so strange is what made it so addicting, in my opinion. You’ll probably going to be like, “WTF is going on?” but you’ll still turn the pages because you need to know what will happen next and what the damn ending is and why is any of this happening?

 The characters were some of the most interesting I’ve seen in a thriller yet. I’ve mentioned multiple times that for thrillers, I don’t really care too much about characters; all I really care about is the plot and what’s going to happen next. I’m going to blame that on the fact that thrillers are just generally unpredictable, and the character you’re rooting for could end up being a ruthless murderer. I will say, Louise is so annoying. She’s so indecisive about everything, and she’s one of those book cheaters that expects me to feel bad for her because she’s guilty for sleeping with her best friend’s husbands, and I just don’t care, Louise. I don’t. Stop whining, for Pete’s sake!

 And David. Ugh. We find out near the end of the book that Adele is dealing with mental issues and may or may not be a sociopath who killed two cats. David had broken up with Louise earlier in the book once he finds out that she and Adele have been friends, and once Louise finds out that Adele may not have shown all her colors and wants to talk to him, we get to hear David intensely white-knight and talk about how he’s suffered from a trapped marriage because Adele killed Rob, and she has the evidence to blame it on him, and he’s been trying to help her, and Louise was the only bright spot in his life, and when he basically threatened her, it was “for her own good.” I practically rolled my eyes. Just leave the marriage, David. LEAVE. I do not care about the plight of a rich man who says the cheesiest things ever.  And the ending made me even happier for his fate.

 And then we have Adele (or should I say “Adele”?), who is my favorite person out of the entire novel. Meet your next Amy Dunne, a girl who’s out of control, who’s ready to do anything to get her way, and is conniving and corrupt and pure evil. I absolutely loved her, and, to be honest, since I hated both Louise and David, I was ready to watch her plans to mess with them to completely unravel. I think I just met one of my favorite characters of the year!

 Of course, we have to talk about that ending. First of all, I loved it. I heard there were paranormal sort of elements in this book, which worried me a little since I’m not really into that, but I thought Pinborough handled it well; I thought the entire concept of a separate dream world made sense, and it didn’t completely overpower the novel’s premise. I thought I had figured out the ending once Louise got trapped in Adele’s body and died because Adele loved David so much she wanted to in hers, but when it was revealed that it was actually ROB??? Holy crap, that was awesome. I definitely did not see that coming, I thought it made sense with the storyline, and I hated David so much, that it was nice to see him get his just desserts.

 Overall, a gripping thriller with an ending, I think, definitely lived up to the hype.

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Have you read this yet? What did you think about the ending or the characters?