Book Review | Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
Published by: Ballantine Books on April 30th, 2013
Genre: Adult, Chicklit, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 340
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed from the library

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Summary (from Goodreads): A charming and laugh-out-loud novel by Lauren Graham, beloved star of Parenthood and Gilmore Girls, about an aspiring actress trying to make it in mid-nineties New York City.

Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three-year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates – Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material – and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.

Meanwhile, she dreams of doing “important” work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It’s hard to tell if she’ll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won’t call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job. Continue reading

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Book Review | Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross by Marie Lu
Published by: G.P. Putnam’s Sons for Young Readers on September 12th, 2017
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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Summary (from Goodreads): For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.  Continue reading

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Book Review | Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Published by: Atria Books on October 3rd, 2017
Genre: YA, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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Summary (from Goodreads): Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves. Continue reading

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Book Review | The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed 
Published by: Simon Pulse on October 10th, 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Feminism
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: Kindly given by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review

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Summary (from Goodreads): Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

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Monthly Wrap Up | October 2017

Better late than never. I haven’t missed a month yet! I’ve been very busy with my job recently and I am really trying to get back into at least 3 posts a week on my blog. I’ve been reading a lot during my morning commute and listening to a few audiobooks while in the office.

October 2017 Books Read: 6

2017 Goodreads Challenge: 75/60 Continue reading

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Monthly Wrap Up | September 2017

September 2017 Books Read: 4

2017 Goodreads Challenge: 69/60

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
4/5 stars
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Stacking the Shelves | #27

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Click here to go to Tyngas blog.

Audiobooks

Truthwitch / Susan Denard / A Study in Charlotte / Brittany Cavallaro / The Shadow Queen / C.J. Redwine

I will be working from home all weekend which requires me to be glued to my computer for a total of 18 hours. Therefore, I thought it would be the perfect time to listen to a few audiobooks so I borrowed these 3 from the library yesterday. I am starting with A Study in Charlotte… which one should I read after? Continue reading

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