Top 5 YA Romance Books

Top 5 YA Romance Books

It’s been a week of romance with Valentine’s Day – and I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to post about some of my favourite cliche romance reads. I’m going for overly cheesy and jam-packed with lovey-dovey teenagers, so if that sounds like your guilty-pleasure, check these out!

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The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

I read this book just last summer, when my reading tastes were rapidly changing, yet I still absolutely adored it.

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Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

The absolute definition of guilty pleasure for me, this one was so predictable but I couldn’t help falling for it anyway.

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Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother is moving all the way across the country and needs Amy to drive their car from California to the East Coast. But since the death of her father, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute.

I haven’t read this book in a while, but it’s everything I love about road-trip romance. Including snapshots from a real journey (receipts, photos and playlists), I adored this book.

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Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

This whole trilogy is cotton candy fluff, and sometimes that’s exactly what I need. Cute, sweet and set in the beautiful city of Paris!

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Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. Theo was his best friend, his ex-boyfriend and the one he believed he would end up with. Now, reeling from grief and worsening OCD, Griffin turns to an unexpected person for help. Theo’s new boyfriend.
But as their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, dangerous truths begin to surface. Griffin must make a choice: confront the past, or miss out on his future.

One of my more recent romance reads but I loved it! I only discovered Adam Silvera’s books last year and I’m so glad I did.

Which are your favourite romance reads?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Pt. 4

Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Pt. 4

It’s that time again! I’m talking about every single book I own in a series of posts. We’re onto my second (smaller) bookshelf now with only one more post to go after this one 🙂

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You can find books from my bookshelves on the list below. Clicking the title will take you to Goodreads for the exact edition I own! Clicking on the star will show you my review for those books I have reviewed. Live and updated masterlist page is here!

Shelf Eight

Divergent – Veronica Roth (unread)
Insurgent – Veronica Roth (unread)
Alliegent – Veronica Roth (unread)
Four – Veronica Roth (unread)
The Art of Harry Potter – Marc Sumerak (unread)

Shelf Nine

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur (read 5★)
There’s Someone Inside Your House – Stephanie Perkins (read 3★)
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas (read 4★)
A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas (read 5★)
A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas (read 5★)
A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Maas (read 5★)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin (unread)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin (unread)
The Retribution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin (unread)
The Last Place on Earth – Carol Snow (read 3.5★)
Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour (read 5★)
My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick (read 4.5★)
Cure for the Common Universe – Christian McKay Heidicker (read 3★)
All the Crooked Saints – Maggie Stiefvater (read 3★)

Shelf Ten

Still Alice – Lisa Genova (unread)
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (read 5★)
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (read 5★)
The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien (unread)
The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien (unread)
The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien (unread)
The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon (read 4★)
Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon (read 5★)
Night Owls – Jenn Bennett (read 5★)
Alex, Approximately – Jenn Bennett (read 5★)
Alex & Eliza – Melissa De La Cruz (unread)
Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal Sutherland (read 4★)
One of Us is Lying – Karen M McManus (read 5★)
Your Name. – Makoto Shinkai (read 5★)
Your Name manga 01 – Makoto Shinkai and Ranmaru Kotone (read 5★)
Your Name manga 02 – Makoto Shinkai and Ranmaru Katone (read 5★)

Shelf Eleven

The Fandom – Anna Day (unread)
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton (unread)
Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton (unread)
Hero at the Fall – Alwyn Hamilton (unread)
The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green (unread)
Defy the Stars – Claudia Gray (unread)
Across the Universe – Beth Revis (read 5★)
Soulmates – Holly Bourne (unread)
Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven (read 5★)
How to Be Bad – Lauren Myracle, E. Lockhart, Sarah Mylnowski (read 5★)
Shatter Me – Taherah Mafi (read 4★)
Unravel Me – Taherah Mafi (read 3★)

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #105 / Songs About a Girl

Beautiful Quotes #105 / Songs About a Girl

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hello my lovely readers! A lot has happened in the past week and I’ve been busy. I didn’t manage to get much reading in until I finally picked up Songs About a Boy last night and suddenly I can’t stop reading! I’m already 150 pages in and the pages are speeding by. So what’s kept me so busy?

  • I had my good friend Amy over for a couple of days last week! I showed her my city and we went to the local Christmas market and to a concert.
  • My boyfriend and I went to Comic Con yesterday! Near us, we have one in March and one in November, and we try to go to each one. It was extremely busy but a lot of fun!
  • I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping, and I managed to get some deals on Black Friday. I think I might start wrapping presents this week once we have our Christmas tree up!

So onto this weeks Beautiful Quote. Have you read this series?

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“It was unnerving, the way people moved in herds. Especially when you were the prey.” 
― Chris Russell, Songs About a Girl

-Beth

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Review: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Review: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price. This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

This book is absolutely stunning. I can’t believe it’s taken me until now to read this, but I find short stories so hit and miss! Some (*cough* Tales of Beedle the Bard *cough*) can be blatant gimmicks. And others, like this, can be downright beauty.

I am so, so happy that this one fell into the latter. All 6 of these stories are based on classic fairytales, but with a new and fresh take set in the Grisha universe. I haven’t actually read the Grisha trilogy yet, but I loved Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom! What I love about this book is you don’t actually have to read any of Bardugo’s books to understand any of the tales.

“They pray that their children will be brave and clever and strong, that they will tell the true stories instead of the easy ones.”

I actually can’t chose a favourite of these stories, because they’re all so beautiful in their own ways. Ayama and the Thorn Wood, The Witch of Duva and The Water Sang Fire definitely all stood out for me though! I love how each story took up around 50 pages, and I think having that time and space is just crucial for the reader to know the character enough to connect fully to the story.

I can’t write this blog post without telling you all about the incredible illustrations that come with the hardback edition I own! Round every single page there’s a band of illustrations which build up as the story progresses. For example, in one story we start with a fox, and slowly the band builds up until we have trees and other forest creatures around the perimeter of the double-page spread. I can’t even begin to explain the beauty here, the amount these drawings add to each story and make them feel like fairytales.

“They pray for sons with red eyes and daughters with horns.”

I honestly have so much to say about this book that I’m going to have to stop myself from rambling and just say this. Leigh Bardugo, you have done short stories right. I have never experienced a novella quite like this one. It stands out in the fairytale experience, and it took me to many different worlds between the pages. I found it perfect for this festive time of year, so comforting and interesting. I’m sure these stories are ones I will come back to many times again!

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Masterlist Pt. 3

Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Masterlist Pt. 3

Hi readers! As you may have seen, I’ve been posting about the books I own recently. Here’s the link to the first post and the second – and I also have a permanent page here with all of the shelves!

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You can find books from my bookshelves on the list below. Clicking the title will take you to Goodreads for the exact edition I own! Clicking on the star will show you my review for those books I have reviewed. Live and updated masterlist page is here!

Shelf Six

Illuminae – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (read 5★)
Gemina – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (read 3★)
Obsidio – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (read 2★)
The Twisted Tree – Rachel Burge (read 4★)
Seven Days of You – Cecelia Vinesse (read 4★)
Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson (read 4★)
More Than This – Patrick Ness (unread)
Glass Houses – Rachel Caine (read 4★)
The Dead Girls Dance – Rachel Caine (read 5★)
Midnight Alley – Rachel Caine (read 4★)
Feast of Fools – Rachel Caine (read 4★)
Lord of Misrule – Rachel Caine (read 4★)
Cape Corpus – Rachel Caine (unread)
Fade Out – Rachel Caine (unread)
Kiss of Death – Rachel Caine (unread)
Ghost Town – Rachel Caine (unread)
Bite Club – Rachel Caine (unread)
Last Breath – Rachel Caine (unread)
Black Dawn – Rachel Caine (unread)
Bitter Blood – Rachel Caine (unread)
Daylighters – Rachel Caine (unread)
Midnight Bites – Rachel Caine (unread)

Shelf Seven

The Maze Runner collectors edition – James Dashner (unread)
The Scorch Trials collectors edition – James Dashner (unread)
Summer Days and Summer Nights – Various authors (read 4★)
Carry On – Rainbow Rowell (read 5★)
City of Bones – Cassandra Clare (read 5★)
City of Ashes  – Cassandra Clare (unread)
Life of Pi – Yann Martel (unread)
A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow – George R. R. Martin (unread)
A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold – George R.R. Martin (unread)
A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin (unread)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky (read 5★)
Persuasion – Jane Austen (unread)
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (read 5★)

-Beth

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T5W: Characters I’d Invite to Friendsgiving

T5W: Characters I’d Invite to Friendsgiving

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

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Hi readers and Happy Thanksgiving for my neighbours across the pond! I don’t celebrate here in the UK, but it’s so fun to think about who I’d invite to my Friendsgiving.

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

I’ve just finished A Map of Days (review here!), and the first person I thought of was Jacob and his Peculiar friends.

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I love groups of friends in books, especially the Night Court. Wouldn’t it be so awesome to be able to hang out with this group?

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Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

If I had to choose anyone out of the Harry Potter group, I’d love to talk books with Hermione.

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It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Sorry everyone, all of these include groups of friends I want to join :p I can definitely pick someone from this group though, Noah is my favourite!

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I’m sure this group would have some very interesting stories to tell. If I could chose one, I think it’d be Nina!

Who did you pick?

-Beth

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Review: The Art of Harry Potter by Marc Sumerak

Review: The Art of Harry Potter by Marc Sumerak

 

I got this beautiful book for my birthday from my other half and I decided to properly read it! It’s one of those books that you would usually flick through occasionally, but I felt like reading it was so satisfying and wonderful! I’ve been a big Harry Potter fan since I read the books earlier this year and watched the movies soon after. This book was the perfect way to delve even deeper into the world.

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Chapter One: The Wizarding World contains beautiful scenes of the Muggle world, Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, Wizarding homes and even the Quidditch World Cup!

This was, by far, my favourite chapter in this book. Seeing so many incredible views of the world were just breathtaking. The paper is glossy and shows colours so well, each picture giving off such a rich and lifelike feel.

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Chapter Two: Wizards, Witches, and Muggles. This chapter includes Hogwarts students, the Order of the Phoenix, Hogwarts staff, dark forces and even goes into detail about the Triwizard tournament.

Character sketches include in a location, concept sketches, outfit planning and studies. They are, again, beautiful, and it becomes evident how hard the staff worked on getting every little detail just right.

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Chapter Three: Magical Creatures includes those such as companions, dragons, house elves, Forbidden Forest dwellers and dark creatures.

This topic also happens to contain my favourite page in the entire book – the patronus of Severus Snape. The glow that seems to shine from this page is just incredible, and I had to include a picture above to show you all. I also includes the funniest page – a study of different House Elves! They were never used in the movie but they made me and Josh laugh out loud.

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Chapter Four: Artifacts includes so many items, such as wands, brooms, Quidditch items, dark objects, Horcruxes, portraits and items from Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

Again, you can really see the detail when flicking through these beautiful, complicated studies of seemingly trivial items. The thing that really hit me, when reading these chapters, was the amount that makes up this magical world. Such small items require work, and make the world what it is.

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The last chapter is a more shocking one, Graphic Art of the Wizarding World. This includes book covers, Quidditch posters, documents, blueprints magazines and newspapers, food and drink and even potion bottle labels!

I have to say, this one surprised me. What might seem trivial turned out to be the beating heart of this world. These things are the foundations that the Wizarding World is built upon, the glue that holds it together. And they are absolutely beautiful and full of colour and detail.

Overall, I found this book pure comfort. It felt so relaxing to be able to be in this world once more, but in a fresh and different way. It’s the perfect book to read in bed on a quiet evening.

It’s absolute beauty. It’s breathtaking magic.

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

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