Saturday, August 20, 2016

Adult Book Reccomendations



So... If you know me, you know that I pretty much stick to YA. But I do sometimes venture out into the world of adult books. So I thought that I would do a post about my favorite adult books.

The first book is The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. This is probably one of my favorite books ever. It's basically Kate Middleton-Prince William FanFiction, but different enough that it's not tacky. Spanning the course of nearly a decade, The Royal We follows an American girl named Bex who has transferred to Oxford University and becomes close friends with before falling in love with Nick, the future king of England. This book was just so great. Even though it's 400+ pages, you will fly through this addicting novel written by the proprietors of the blog Go Fug Yourself. 

Next is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Madeleine Zevin. I don't know how to describe this book, but I'll do my best. The book follows a sullen guy named A.J. Fikry who owns a bookstore on an island, and somehow ends up with a baby that washes ashore. It's a really great story, and it's fun to read a book about books. 

The Heiresses is by one of my favorite authors, Sara Shepard. If you love the Freeform TV show Pretty Little Liars, you should know Sara Shepard is the brains behind it. The Heiresses is essentially a more adult version of PLL, with both the thriller and mystery aspect. The book follows a handful of cousins, Poppy, Rowan, Aster, and Corinne who are all Saybrooks. The Saybrook family founded a huge jewelry company more exclusive than Tiffany & Co. But then tragedy strikes when Poppy, the most exquisite Saybrook falls to her death from her office. And it was no accident. The Heiresses is super fun and if you're a PLL fan, teen or adult and you haven't read The Heiresses, read it now. 

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close was actually the most recent book that I finished. As someone who is super into politics (I just went to the DNC) I absolutely had to pick up this book. It takes place in the world of politics. It follows Beth and her politically driven husband Matt, who move to D.C. for Matt's political career. While in D.C., they meet the Dillon's, Ash and Jimmy. And things go south from there. It was really interesting to see that while politics was the main theme/background for the book, the main character Beth is a fish out of water in the political world and really doesn't care for it. 

The final book is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It's a truly beautiful historical fiction story following two french sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, through the women's war of WWII. The novel is packed with details and events, and while the novel is plot-driven, it's even more character-driven. There's not much to say except that this book is truly phenomenal. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Exciting News!


On 9/1, September 1st, one of the blog tour stops for the first middle grade book by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me), Furthermore, will be HERE, on Reading... One Book @ a Time! Make sure to stop by for a special post inspired by Furthermore!

And... if you go to  PenguinTeen.com/PreorderFurthermore, you will receive a signed bookplate from Tahereh Mafi and a fox pin, AS WELL AS a chance to win an amazing prize basket! 

XOXO, Isabella 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton


As a dancer, I really appreciated this duology, which started with Tiny Pretty Things. Plus, I'm really digging the cover of Shiny Broken Pieces. If you haven't read Tiny Pretty Things, all you need to know (for now) is that I loved this book, I gave it 5 stars and it will be on my list of "Favorite Books of 2016", it had that second book spunk, and it was really, really good. 

Shiny Broken Pieces picks up where the first book left off, just a few months later. Gigi has recovered, June is June (hopefully you know what I mean), Bette has been suspended, and Cassie is back. Shiny Broken Pieces had a lot of action, surprise twists and turns, and character development. First off, on the note of action and twists and turns, I did not see **SPOILER ALERT** that it was Will that pushed Gigi in front of the taxi. I was really surprised by that. Now, on character development. For the most part, in Tiny Pretty Things, I thought that all of the characters were extremely unlikeable, with the exception of Gigi, who was a nice girl. Bette was aterrible, horrible, no good, very bad girl. June was, to, just not in as obvious a way. But in Shiny Broken Pieces, I was so surprised to find that Bette was my favorite character, and Gigi was probably my least favorite. Gigi stooped down to Bette's level; granted, it was under the influence of Cassie, but still, that's no excuse for all the crap she pulled. Bette, on the other hand, seemed to have learned her lesson and decided to change for the better. This shows the incredible character development that took place. 

I also really appreciated that a) there was a great amount of diversity in the book(s) as we NEED diversity in YA and b) the novel simultaneously addressed the lack of diversity/the issue of diversity in the ballet world, which I know all to well. While Bette was a rich, white, blonde girl, June was Korean and Gigi African-American.

Shiny Broken Pieces was excellent; I liked this book a lot more than the first, and the first book was pretty darn good. 

5/5 Stars.
Grade: A

And as Ballet is a big thing in this book, I thought I would post the picture below, of me in The Nutcracker in 2015. ;)


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review Hiatus is Coming to an an End!

Hey Guys!

I have been so busy, so I haven't published reviews in a while. BUT, I have read a lot of books since I posted my last review, so there will be a handful of reviews coming your way soon...

XOXO,
Isabella