Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | This Book is Basically Just About Oreos {Review}

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, #diversebooks
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Becca’s Bodacious Collective Book Haul!

Yep! Here it is. The mysterious book haul I’ve been promising for months.


Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan

What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn’t take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion…all in one hour or less? With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection.

End of Days by Susan Ee

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

See review here!

Rook by Sharon Cameron

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

See review here!

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. 
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
“Touching and utterly real.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

See review here!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

See review here!

And there it is! At the grand total of: 10 books!

If you’d like to request a review for any of these books, please just leave me a comment!

Hello, I Love You | Book Review

Title: Hello, I Love You

Author: Katie M. Stout

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary



A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.
She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can’t stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can’t deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol. 
Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she’ll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

A big thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin Press for sending me this book! 

Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book as much as I had hoped. To be blunt, this book was awful.

The writing was poor. Very, very poor. There were overused expressions and situations that were just written badly. I really couldn’t get into the book at all because of it. The interactions often felt extremely fake. Much of this book felt that way, actually.

Grace was an insanely frustrating character. I found her to be incredibly immature and childish. She complained all the time, and all of these qualities are not ones you want to find in the main character of a book.

The story arc and plot line was boring and so many situations would never happen in real life. I couldn’t get into this book at all.

This book felt very unrealistic, fake, and just ridiculous. Though I must say there were some little things I enjoyed, overall this book was a big thumbs down.

The Book Thief | Review

Titel: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Genre: Young Adult/Adult, Historical Fiction

Rating: 5/5 oh my goodness I am so sad now I’m going to go in a corner and cry Stars

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
It’s a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

Story Arc/ Plot

Okay, judging by the first half of this book, there is no plot. There is no real conflict. But the book redeems itself, I swear! Any book that makes you feel this many emotions deserves 5 stars, and that’s what really matters.

The story arc is certainly odd. It’s very strong at some times and nonexistent at others. But again, the story redeems itself, though I can’t say anything without spoiling it.

You have to be patient with the plot. I know, really annoying and difficult, but very much worth it.


The writing is insane, and in a very good way. It paints the perfect picture in your mind, and paints the emotions in the same way. It doesn’t just make you see the scene, it makes you smell, taste, touch, and feel the scene.

Now whenever I write a sentence that would make Markus Zusak proud, i think “I’m bringing out my inner Death!” which certainly makes me feel very odd.


Deep breaths, Becca, deep breathes.

The characters were vivid, diverse, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The characters were what kept me going through the first half of the book, and I’m so glad they did.

I would recommend this book to the patient readers! 

The Assassin’s Blade | Review

Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 STARRSSSSSS!!!!!!!

Contains all five novellas.
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out. 

I couldn’t read the last 20 pages through all the tears. I knew it was going to happen and I tried not to get attached, but it was still so—sad. Just sad.

Let’s just take a moment for the writing style. 
Thank you.
Though it’s a collection of novellas, they were all intertwined and connected in one giant spiderweb of a plot, so it was basically just a prequel. Though each little novella did have its own little adventure, so I’ll review them separately. 
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
THIS ONE WAS REALLY REALLY GOOD. It had the classic arrogant Celaena elements with a really fun adventure to read. This is also where you start to love Sam—OH NOOOO I CAAAAAAN’T I NEED TO GO CRY
The Assassin and the Healer.

Meh. This one was a little dull, and it really didn’t capture my attention at all. I felt like the story arc in this one was a little on the weaker side, and was lacking excitement. It was only 30 pages, though, which is why this book is still AN AMAZING 5 STAR BOOK.
The Assassin and the Dessert
This book was absolutely redeemed in this story!!! We got a epic story with an a epic plot twist and lovely little battle scenes. We really got to dwell on the human side of Celaena which is so so much fun to see! It had all those addictive little elements and twists and turns.
The Assassin and the Underworld 
IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!!!! We got more Sam (pauses to sob) and more disgusting evil. Really, it’s so repulsive that you just can’t reading it. The adventure was utterly kickbutt and heroic and the most action-packed of them all!
The Assassin and the Empire
Tears. That’s all I can say about this one. Tears.
Hope you enjoyed that review! Check out my Goodreads for constant updates on what I’m reading here!

9 Things You Require of Your Bookish BFF

1. Casually Uses Book Quotes in Everyday Conversations

If you’re truly a bookish BFF, it shouldn’t be too hard.

2. Updates you on bookish news, even though you already know



3. Is Shamelessly a Fangirl with you

The gif says it all.

4. Cosplays with you on the daily



5. Goes to all the bookish events with you

6. Lends you all their favorite books and vice versa

How else would you know if the friendship is real?

7. Knows who all your favorite authors are

8. Listens to you rant about your least favorite books

Can’t have the good without the bad.

  9. Does Bookish challenges with you


Because everything’s more fun with a friend!



The Naturals | Review

Title: The Naturals

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Rating: 5/5 STARS!!!!!!

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.
What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.
Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Story Arc/Plot

Holy. Crap. THAT WAS SO GOOD!!!!!!!!

Criminal Minds with a touch of Psych. If that doesn’t persuade you to pick it up, I don’t know what will.

The story arc was beautiful, it starts out with the introduction to the program, then the need to solve a case, so it turns into quite the mystery. It flowed so perfectly, and I loved it!

The plot was SO AWESOMELY intricate. There are little tidbits of the murder’s perspective that add to the insane rush and darkness and mystery of the book.

Of course, there was just the right dose of humor to balance everything out.
Also, there was a Gilmore Girls reference, sooo….

Fast-paced, strong storyline, and an intricate plot, The Naturals has got it!


More on the simplistic side, which is absolutely perfect for a fast-paced story like this one. Though it was simplistic, I had a perfect image in my mind of every scene, which I LOVED!



The characters were so different and hilarious and perfectly distinct. There was  a wide variety of personalities, so the interactions and dialogue were always hilarious.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book for people who love Criminal Minds, murder mysteries, and hilarious characters. Or if you don’t, still read it. JUST READ IT OKAY.

To get updates on all the books I’m reading, check out my GoodReads!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Away in Neverland for the nomination! Her blog is absolutely fabulous, so make sure you check it out!

The lovely little rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their sight 
  2. Put the award logo on your blog
  3. Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  4. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  5. Nominate 10 blogs 

1. Did you have a book that meant a lot to you as a child? 
Erm, obviously the Percy Jackson books. They are my babies and I love them.

2. Is there any author of book that you collect and will always welcome multiple editions of the same title? 

Rick Riordan. Do you see a theme here?

3. Say that you find yourself judging a book by its cover (not that we ever do that!); what sort of covers do you go for? Are there any that are an absolute turn off?

Ooooo! Any covers with gorgeous dresses! Also covers with bright colors and tumblr-y illustrations.

4. If you could pick any imaginary animal to bring home to mom with an earnest, “Can we keep him??”, what animal would it be? 

A unicorn. Not that they’re imaginary, of course.

5. Is there any book to movie adaptation that you simply refuse to watch? No way, no how, you’re not even giving them the opportunity to mess it up?

City of Bones, thank you very much. 

6. What is the most unusual book you’ve ever read? (Plot, writing style, chapter layout, etc?)

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. And not unusual in a good way. It’s actually the worst book I’ve every read. It might just be me, but I enjoy having sentences and paragraphs and periods.

7. Is there any book or series that you’ve read that is so totally outside of your normal genre, but you loved it and would recommend it to others as a “take a risk!” type of book?

Angelfall by Susan Ee! I’m SO not a paranormal fan, but THIS SERIES IS SO GOOD I JUST CAN NOT ASDFGHJKLOQKAJSMDNCHDJ .

8. Do you have any bookish collections, or anything you covet and hope to someday collect? Candles, artwork, bookcases?

Um. not really.

9. What book has been on your TBR pile the longest, but you just can’t convince yourself to pick it up?
The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin. Just..too lazy.

10. You get a $500 gift card for all things bookish-do you run to your nearest bookstore and spend like a fiend? Or do you create pro/con lists (a la Rory Gilmore) to make sure you get just the right and perfect and wonderful bookish things? Or are you eyeing a particularly expensive bookcase somewhere?

As much as I aspire to be like Rory Gilmore, let’s be real here. I’m about to buy a whole ton of impulse buy books.

My super awesome nominations that you need to go follow right now:

A Bookworm’s Perfect Apple

Josie the Bookworm

Book Snacks Blog

Books and Feathers

Books Over People

And: Everyone with with the word “book” in their website name!

End of Days | ARC Review

Title: End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3)

Author: Susan Ee

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Rating: 5/5 STARS!!!!!

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other? 

Story Arc/ Plot

That. Was. EPIC.

As usual, this book had a strong story arc with absolutely no plot holes, one conflict after the next.

The plot was full of all the things we love about the series: Humor, epic battles, and Raffyrn!

The book was utterly satisfying and though I’m sad the series was over, I couldn’t ask for a better conclusion!

Everything was fast-paced and it felt like I was watching a movie. And, of course, it was full of action!


Susan Ee has a really great writing style for her stories. It’s very simplistic, but at the same time it’s really goes deep into descriptions so that you always have a crystal clear image in your mind.

World Building

So, since this is the last book in the series, there obviously wasn’t much of any world building.



Penryn is heroic yet unsure as usual and all together awesome. Raffe is his usual arrogant angel self. The twins..please hold on a minute while I burst into laughter.

The character interactions are the most fantastic thing about this book! Obviously, the Raffryn conversations are the best.

I felt like the characters, especially Penryn, really grew into the best they could be in this final book.


Reader’s Problem Book Tag!

I was tagged by the bodacious blog A Bookworm’s Perfect Apple! Go check out their blog, it’s epic!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

20,000 books ain’t got nothing on my TBR!

I am a full-on mood reader, so if I’m feeling like reading a light-hearted contemporary, I’ll read that. if I’m in the mood for high fantasy, then I’ll read that.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Absolutely not. I read for fun, so if I’m not enjoying myself, it’s not worth it.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

First off, I never have this problem. I mean, my challenge is set for 105 books, and I’ve already read 55! But if for some reason I fell drastically behind, then I will read every tiny little picture book I can find and complete that challenge.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

Erm. I don’t.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Internet! I find someone in the blogosphere or on Goodreads who shares my feelings and rant with them.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I’m really not much of a book crier. I know, I’m heartless. But if a book really REALLY hits me hard, I might cry. And if it’s in public, I just ignore the creeped out looks.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? 

Eh. I’m too lazy. I will read an overview/discussion of the book instead.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

Oh, I SO disagree. Believe me, I want my books to remain perfect. But books are meant to be shared and spread and loved. So if someone wants to borrow one of my books, I will gladly lend it to them.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?


‘Nuff said.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

All of the books.

And when I run out of money, I cry.

This is how I deal with my problems😂😂

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Right away! If I’ve gotten ARCs, I’ll read those first, then I’ll read all the books in order I got them, or whatever mood I’m in!


I tag:

Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Infinite Booooks

Josie the Bookworm

And you!

Have fun!