Review 6 ‘Last Year’s Mistake’ Gina Ciocca

Hi guys,

Review time – Last Year’s Mistake, Gina Ciocca

 

Spoiler alert!

 

Her family moving away couldn’t have come at a better time for Kelsey, a new school, a new look and a new attitude to life was all it took to hide her past. That is until former best friend David appears back in her life during their senior year. This puts her new life in turmoil as secrets of her past life could ruin everything she has worked for. Last Year’s Mistake follows Kelsey journey as she rekindles her friendship with David and their misunderstandings are cleared up.

It’s a dramatic YA contemporary that I really did not enjoy. Usually if I dislike something I can rant about it for hours and I’m really going to have to reign it in a little.

I was quite looking forward to reading this book. As everyone knows I love a good cheesy romantic contemporary novel but I found this book to be predictable, annoying and boring. It was such a let down.

Neither of the characters know what they want which is extremely infuriating. I believe that the ending would have been better for them to both go their separate ways. To figure shit out instead of getting together for the hell of it which I think is what happened. They could not make their minds up about their feelings for so long and I personally believe that Ciocca rushed the ending a little by getting David and Kelsey together.

Kelsey and David’s friendship/relationship was irritating. The misunderstanding was ridiculous and was easily solved. I’m not going to lie I wouldn’t run away from something like that. I would have confronted him and found out the truth then and there. They were best friends it wouldn’t have been too hard to ask for an explanation and resolve the issue. But no! Kelsey runs away from the one person she is supposed to trust the most and then goes against everything she believed.

Urgh, the fact that Kelsey changes her self and becomes something she is totally against was not ok! I was definitely brought up to be myself and to never change for anyone else. If someone doesn’t like me then they aren’t worth it as my mum used to say to me. I hated how she thought she needed to change herself and becomes ‘popular’. It’s so stupidly annoying.

All the characters in the book are complete dicks and my opinion will not change.

It didn’t take me too long to complete this book and for that I’m glad as I was able to start something more interesting. Although I didn’t like it I did want to know what happened at the end so I kept at it. It’s a thing I do, I hate not completing a book. I think this has happened once and I’m still considering going back to finish it.

 

Memorable Quote:

Not happening!

 

Rating:

I rate this book 2 stars.

The book does earn one good comment from me. The format of the book gets it an extra star. I did like how the past and present were alternated throughout the story.

 

 

 

 

Lucy xx

 

 

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Review 5 ‘Everything Everything’ Nicola Yoon

Hi guys,

Review time – Everything Everything, Nicola Yoon.

 

Spoiler alert!

 

Everything Everything is the tale of Madeline, a young girl who has spent the last 18 years trapped in her own home due to her medical condition. Maddy suffers from SCID, a rare condition where she is allergic to almost everything. Anything could make her severely ill if she does not keep safe in her sterile home. She lives a monotonous life with her he books, studies and her doctor mother and nurse Carla. Both women watch over her and ensure that she has good health on a regular basis.

One day a new family move the empty house next door and she is introduced to Olly. The new cute boy next door who is tackling problems of his own is suddenly fascinated with Maddy and we follow their journey as their friendship grows and a new romance blossoms between them. We watch as they overcome both Maddy’s illness and Olly’s alcoholic, abusive father.

Everything Everything is a heart-warming, lovely read that leaves you with a smile on your face.

Everything about this book is beautiful, from the cover of the book to the main characters through to the relationships between all the characters. (Well almost all the relationships). I love a good young adult contemporary novel and this one did not disappoint. It was a cute, romantic read that was really quite lovely.

The characters that Nicola Yoon created for this book were loveable and genuine, especially Carla who is more of a mother figure that Maddy’s mum. I just love her and her advice. Furthermore, I also love that there was diversity within this book it was realistic and nice and refreshing.

The pace of the book was great at the start. The relationship between Maddy and Olly bloomed at the right time. The I loves you may have been a little rushed but I suppose with Maddy’s situation it is understandable. She’s developing her first crush and everything is new to her I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be holding back if I was in her position. If the only people in my life had been my mother, my nurse and a tutor anyone giving me attention would swiftly gain my sole attention and affection.  I mean someone willing to go through the vigorous health examinations and a thorough decontamination for a short visit where touching is prohibited there is no wonder Maddy is smitten.

Maddy’s need for change was also perfectly timed. The frustration with her life was clear from the very beginning and you can totally understand her need to leave, especially to Hawaii. However, towards the end of the book when the truth unravelled I think the pace swiftly changed and the ending was rushed. I think Yoon could have taken a little more time to go through the tests when Maddy’s suspicion of her SCID diagnosis was questioned and Maddy’s visit to New York could have been dragged out a little longer. That being said this was the only issue I had with the book.

The format of the story was endearing especially with the doodles and graphs that were used throughout the book. They were charming and definitely added another enthralling element to the story.

If you are looking for a quick read, a fast paced book and a lovely romance Everything Everything is perfect.

 

Memorable Quote:

‘Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.’

‘Love is worth everything. Everything.’

 

Rating:

I rate this book 3.5

If only the ending wasn’t rushed.

 

Lucy xx

 

 

December wrap up and January to be read.

Hi guys,

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a belated happy new year!

So this is going to be a ridiculously late December wrap up combined with my January to be read list. I intended on writing these posts a few weeks but Christmas, new year and birthday celebrations took control of my life. To write them as two separate posts at this time of month it seemed too daunting with the amount of time I have left today and the reviews I have to write so joining them together seemed like a great idea.

I didn’t read as much as I intended last month. December was extremely busy for me. At the beginning of the month my mum, sister and nan-nan came to visit me and it was the first time in absolutely ages since I’d seen my family. I didn’t get the chance to do any reading or writing over that weekend.

Then it was suddenly Christmas and new year and with cooking a Christmas dinner for the boyf and I this year I couldn’t sit and read all day. There was also visits to see our friends, shopping to do and copious amounts of work to complete. Although I didn’t get half as much reading done as I would have liked, I did make a small dent on my to read pile.

Throughout December I read Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen, Amie Kaufman’s Illuminae and Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger. All the reviews for these books have already been written and can be found on my blog. It’s no secret that I didn’t enjoy reading Illuminae, but I’m extremely excited to read Aveyard’s Glass Sword and Bracken’s Wayfarer throughout January.

During December I also tried to read Rachel Hawkins’ Rebel Belle. I abandoned this book a few chapters in as I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know if it was me going into this book with a lack of patience or if it was the writing style that had started to irritate me. There is a small chance I will pick it back up and give it another chance some time during the new year. We will have to wait and see what other books I find along the way.

I started reading Dicken’s Oliver Twist quite a while ago (by quite a while I mean months ago) It was a reread for me and I was too busy to complete it the second time around. After watching the movie at the beginning of December I had an urge to complete the book and after getting bored and irritated of Rebel Belle I had some free time. There is nothing better than rereading a book and finding hidden messages that have been missed the first time around.

Two books I intended to read during December were Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Aveyard’s Glass Sword. I’m currently reading Glass Sword and after recently finished Passanger the sequel has taken now top spot on my to be read list. Pushing Six of Crows back a little.

This being said here is my January to be read list.

Victoria Aveyard – Glass Sword.
The second instalment of the Red Queen series. I’m super excited to finally get to read this book. Furthermore, it will be completed with plenty of time to spare to wait for the third instalment.

Alexandra Bracken – Wayfarer
Yet another second instalment, this book is following the time travelling tale Passanger. It’s definetly no Outlander but I’m all kinds of excited to read this book!

Sarah Maas – A court of Thorns and Roses
This will be a new series for me, I know that the third instalment is going to be released in Spring. (May, I think?) My goal is to have caught up with the series by the release date so I can read along at the same time. I’ve heard there is a Beauty and the Beast thing going on and that the first book is not as good as the second. I just hope that it is good enough to keep me enthralled.

Nicola Yoon – The Sun Is Also a Star
A lot of my friends have raved about this book saying that it was a great read. I couldn’t resist picking it up for myself when I was shopping over the weekend.

Nicola Yoon – Everything Everything
I’ve heard mixed reviews for this particular book. I really wanted to give it a go and it has been on my shelf for several months. Especially with The Sun is also a Star in my current to read pile I thought I should give this one a go too.

Gina Ciocca – Last Years Mistake
I have had this book on my bookshelf for a while. When I was organising my bookshelves for more space last weekend I found the book and realised I had yet to read it. I threw it onto my to read pile and I’m determined to complete it by the end of the month.

My fingers and toes are crossed that this month is more productive than December. It’s always tough for me to keep up with my reading at the end and beginning of the year. With Christmas and new year and then my birthday following straight after I always have plans that keep me busy.

I cannot wait to get tucked into January’s reads and I’m hoping you will all help by giving me some book recommendations for the months of February and March. If you know of any books I need to read this year please do let me know. Whether it’s a new series, or a stand alone.

 

 

 

Lucy

xx