Friday, November 29, 2013

Review ~ Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 489 (for Kindle edition)
Publication date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Goodreads Description: 
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane 

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other. 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book through Edelweiss. Thank you, Harlequin!

As I expected, I absolutely adored this book! Katie McGarry did it again: she told a story that I got swept up ina story that reminds me why I consider contemporary to be my favorite genre. 

THE ROMANCE

Not surprisingly, I loved the romance.

I liked how Isaiah and Rachel didn't butt heads very often. They didn't take forever to realize their feelings for each other and they didn't spend a long time pushing each other away. They kind of . . . embraced their feelings early on and worked through complications together. The two did come across many knots in their relationship, but more times than not, they were willing to work together and stand up for one another because they cared for each other too much to throw things away when things got rough. It was a refreshing relationship. The two fell for each other fast, but within good reason. Isaiah and Rachel truly got to know each other before they admitted their feelingsthey spent a lot of time together and it didn't feel like a rushed relationship.

CONNECTIONS

As always, I loved the connections in this book to the previous ones in the series. I really liked seeing familiar characters again, but I also loved meeting a whole new cast of characters that I know I'll meet again in McGarry's next novels. 

CHARACTERS

Isaiah: He was loyal and so willing to make sacrifices for the ones he loves (his family), and I thought he went really with Rachel. Even though he tried to push her away a few times, he was never successful because he never truly wanted to let her go. I loved how he accepted his feelings for hereit was like he wasn't able to let her go or make a big effort to push her away. He never seemed to . . . hide the way he felt, and that was such a nice thing to see in this book.

Rachel: I loved her growth, her weakness, and her innocence. I loved how she never denied her feelings for Isaiahshe was always loyal. I loved how, with the help of Isaiah, she became a much more strong and confident girl than she thought she could ever be. Furthermore, I loved how she had a passion for carsit made her different than the average innocent heroine that falls for the "bad" guy. The author did a great job with this character.

Abby: She was so funny! She had a spunky attitude, but also a very vulnerable side. I would love to see her have her own book. It would be nice to more know more about her. 

Logan: I didn't expect him to be in the book, but I did like his presence. 

Rachel's brothers (primarily West and Ethan): I liked how protective they wereall they wanted was for their little sister to be safe. They came off a little too strong often, but through it all, I could tell they really loved Rachel and were being protective for what they felt were good reasons. 

OVERALL

McGarry doesn't disappoint: Crash Into You is another fantastic contemporary romance that left me craving more. I recommend this to all contemporary fans and anyone who can't resist some seriously good romance and a great set of characters.

My questions for you:

Have you read many books with a special focus on cars?
Do you have a weakness for good contemporary romances like I do?
Have you read this or any other book by Katie McGarry?

The Book Blogger TMI Tag

This tag was started by Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf, and since 

Charli from To Another World tagged everyone in her post, I decided it would be something fun to do. I've never done a tag, so it's something new for me. :)


How old are you? 

18

What book are you reading? 

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead, Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

What are you wearing? 

Comfy t-shirt and sweatpants.

OTP? 

I have to admit: I had to look that one up. (I never know what these abbreviations mean!) Anyway, Sydney and Adrian from the Bloodlines series!

Blogger or Wordpress? 

I'm going with the only one I've used: Blogger

Going outside being active or staying inside and reading a book? 

Reading!

What is the last book you read? 

I reread Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.

What is the next book you are going to read? 

I would like to read Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott next.

Ebooks... yes or no? 

Yes!

Where do you prefer to read? 

My bed is my favorite reading spot. I occasionally read while sitting in my desk chair.

The last person you tweeted? 




Who's blog did you look at last? 

I got these questions off Charli's, so her blog was the last one I looked at. (It's actually still an open tab as I write this.)

Who is your favourite blogger? 

No. I'm not answering this because so many bloggers are too awesome for me to pick. (I always have a really hard time picking favorites.)

Who is your favourite booktuber? 

No one--and I mean it. I don't watch anyone's vlogs regularly.

What do you do when someone tells you reading is boring? 

I think my jaw drops a little in awe. 

Who is the last author you spoke to? 

Technically . . . I've never spoken to an author (only tweeted, emailed, etc.). Unless you counted those who've written an entire book but haven't published it yet--then I can say the last author I spoke to was my Calculus teacher.

Who is the last person you texted?

I texted my best friend. She started college this year and she's going to be in town over the weekend, and the text was finalizing our plans to see Catching Fire on Sunday.  

Who is your all time favourite book character? 

Again with the favorites! I can't pick. I love so many book characters that I couldn't possibly pick one.

UKYA or USYA? 

USYA all the way.

What is your preferred drink whilst reading? 

Whatever I'm drinking at the time is my preferred drink. There's no specific one that I prefer over another while reading.

If you hated reading, what would you be doing instead? 

Jeez, I can't contemplate that.

How many bookcases do you have? 

I have one overflowing bookcase.

If you had the choice to meet all of your favourite book bloggers or all of your favourite authors, which would you pick? You can only pick one. 

It would have to be bloggers. I can relate to them more.

Insta-love... yes or no? 

Yes. As long as it's done well, I'm okay with it. (I have a weakness for good romance.)

Favourite author? 

I know I said I can't pick favorites, but I'm going to choose Markus Zusak for this one. The Book Thief is amazing, and I am the Messenger is pretty darn good too.

What is the number 1 book on your wishlist? 

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. 

Do you prefer books with female or male protagonists?

I'm pretty sure I prefer female protagonists, but that's because I that's what I usually read. Male protagonists can be pretty awesome, though.

Favourite book to film adaptation? 

Hmm . . . probably the Harry Potter series (though I can't decide on which movie). 

What is the last song you listened to? 

Tennis Court by Lorde. I love her album.

Which do you enjoy reading more – negative reviews or positive reviews? 

I'm not sure. I like reading reviews where both the negatives and positives of a book are pointed out, so it's a mix that I enjoy reading.

Who are you going to tag? 

I tag everyone who is even slightly interested in this tag! (It's really easy to do.)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Discussion on Discussion Posts

I love discussion posts. When I comment on other bloggers discussions, I tend to say a lot more than on reviews or memes. There's just more to comment about and it's really nice to express my opinion in a paragraph or two (or three) about the topic at hand. I also love the idea of writing my own discussion posts. 

The problem?

I can never figure out what to say. I start thinking of a topic and come up with all sorts of ideas of how to go about it and getting really excited about the post, but when I try to put my thoughts into actual words . . . 

Poof!

My idea fly right out of my head.
(Sidenote: This is my very first gif post! I only have a vague idea of who that guy is . . .)

My discussion posts turn into DNFs and never see the light of day. A lot of times, it's because I don't get my thoughts down on paper (er, maybe not paper, but I think you get my point) fast enough and the topic doesn't hold enough of my interest for me to think of anything to write. Other times, I may have a lot to say but won't know where to start, so I lose interest in the post and I just delete and forget about it.

Almost every single one of my discussion ideas have poofed into thin air, but I hope to eventually include more discussions on this blog. It would be a great contribution and I would like to use this space to share more of my opinions on certain topics, not just books. I just need to figure out a way for me to put my thoughts into words.

Do you struggle with discussion posts like I do or are they really easy for you to write? 
Any suggestions on how to beat my discussion post writing problem?

Feature and Follow (7) ~ Thanksgiving Food!

This is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read that is meant to be a way for bloggers to increase followers and make friends.

Man, it's been a long time since I've done this meme. August 1st was the last time I did it. o_O

This weeks Question:

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving Day food? If you’re not American or Canadian, what is your favorite holiday food?

I really like this question because I have a new favorite dish! It's my favorite because a) it tastes really good, and b) it's one of the only dishes I made for Thanksgiving this year. 

Deviled Eggs


This was my first time making them, and they turned out pretty good. I actually used to think deviled eggs would be disgusting (it's the mustard that I don't like), but a few years ago, I tried them and discovered that they were very yummy.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving/holiday dish?

Early Review ~ Shadow Allegiance by Lacy Yager

Series: Unholy Alliance #2
Genre: YA paranormal
Pages: 170 (for paperback)
Publication date: December 15th, 2013
Publisher: Lacy Williams Books

Goodreads Description: 
A vampire hunter-turned-vampire seeks to destroy her enemies. Until she falls for one of them.

A Chaser born to kill vampires, sixteen-year-old Rachel Campton has grown up in her older brother's shadow. Until she wakes up a vampire, her own mortal foe. She's stronger, faster than her human self, but haunted by bloodlust and the loss of her beloved younger sister. Friendless and lost in enemy territory, Rachel must rely on Alex Wellington, a former nemesis and centuries old vampire who looks like a college football player.

As Rachel goes deep into vamp territory, she learns there is more to the vampire life than killing humans. She also discovers another side to Alex. He is more than a murderer, he is someone that she starts to fall for. Rachel faces the ultimate choice--her new life and unexpected love or the family she left behind, the family that may now want her dead.
Source: I received an e-arc of this book through Netgalley in return for an honest review. Thank you Aspendawn Books for letting me review it!

Sometime in early 2012, I read an ebook I got for free on Amazon. I'm not sure really what pushed me to read it--I think I just chose a random one that sounded interesting. I had no idea I would like the book as much as I did, but I liked it so much that I immediately went online to find out when the next one would come out, but . . . there was no news of it. There was no news of it for a long time, and until I randomly came across it on Netgalley, I had no idea my wish for a sequel was granted. I was really excited to Shadow Allegiance, and although it didn't live up to the greatness that was Unholy Alliance, it was still a good sequel and I'm still hoping to read more in the series. (I really, really hope the author will continue it!)

PACED WELL

One of my biggest problems I've come across with some other smaller published books have been the pacing. In other words, I've read many smaller published (and indie) books that felt too rushed--rushed to the point where development fell short and depth that could've been there wasn't reached. This book, though, didn't have that problem (except for in one area, which I'll explain soon). Despite being a pretty short novel, it wasn't the kind of short that felt too lacking. I usually avoid shorter books because they feel really unfulfilling for me, but in this case, there was only one part that I felt should've been longer and less rushed.

RUSHED ENDING

I felt like the ending came too soon. There were many things I felt could've been tied up or at least visited once more before the end of the book, like Genevieve (a biochemist). It was like she was forgotten. There were a few chapters told from her POV, but then she sort of disappeared from the story before her role was clear (I believe the last mention of her was at the 70 percent mark of the book). Maybe if the author visited Genevieve's part of the story once more, the ending would've felt less rushed.
CHARACTERS

There were a lot of characters with their own POV's featured in the book: Rachel, Alex, Maggie, Lily, Genevieve, and Shane. I had mixed feelings over Rachel and Alex (whose part of the book took place in the UK). I wasn't a huge fan of Alex, who is basically the "bad boy," but I sort of liked him around Rachel, who was a Chaser (AKA vampire hunter) that turned into a vampire. He seemed like a better guy around her.

Maggie and Shane . . . I just love them. I wish they showed up more in the book together. They were one of the biggest reasons why I wanted a sequel so much--they're both really good characters and they are great together. Hopefully the two will show up more in a sequel. They're my favorite characters from the series!
PLOT

This hadn't initially stood out as a review topic before, but now that I've been thinking more of the book and recalling what happened, I had to include it. This book didn't seem to have a well defined plot to it. Rachel and Alex's feeling for one another kind of . . . dominated it. I know a lot of other stuff happened and the book wasn't just about how that couple worked out their feelings, but . . . I can't remember there being another big part of the plot other than that.

OVERALL

Shadow Allegiance was no where as good as the first book in this series. I still liked it because of the good pacing and the familiar characters, but many things were lacking. I still hope that there will be a third book because I really liked the first one and I would love to see a sequel as good, or even better, than it.

That said, even if you aren't very interested in this series after reading this series, try Unholy Alliance out! I highly recommend it. It's a really good book and I don't recall it lacking the things that its sequel had.

My questions for you:

Have you read a free ebook that you completely surprised you?
What do you think of books that are paced to quickly?
Have you ever read a sequel that didn't live up to the book before it?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (10) ~ A Dark Wizard of Oz

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Coming April 1st, 2014 . . . 
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

Is there such a thing as insta-love for books? Because sometimes I come across books that, just by the cover and description alone, I feel are just perfect for me. I want to read this book so bad. I crossing my fingers that HarperTeen will add it to Edelweiss. 

Oh, how cool is it that this is a retelling of Wizard of Oz? 

Goodreads description:
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sia Blog Tour ~ Excerpt + Giveaway


 Welcome to the Sia Blog Tour!

Sia by Josh Grayson
Release Date: November 20th 2013 
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Kobo

Synopsis:
When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.
 
Excerpt:
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 By the time we return to the bakery, it’s ten o’clock. We stand outside the door talking for a while.
I glance at my wristwatch. “I have to head home,” I say reluctantly.
“Let me drive you,” Kyle offers.
“You have a car?”
He offers a little shrug. “Not exactly. Wait here.” He disappears into the store, leaving me to wait on a bench outside. A few moments later he returns via a side alley, astride a small, beat-up motorcycle. Exhaust rattles against the alley's brick walls. Kyle grins at me and holds out a white helmet. “Climb on!” he shouts over the noise.
I look at the bike, hesitating.
Kyle laughs. “What? You’ll take on the psychos of LA at night, but you’re afraid of a little bike ride?”
Determined not to appear weak, I garner my courage and climb on behind him. He tugs his sweater over his head and hands it to me.
“It’ll be cool once we get going,” he warns. “You should wear this.”
“But what about you?”
He shrugs. “I’m used to it.”
There's already a chill in the air, and I have no doubt the bike ride will be freezing. As much as I want to refuse, I decide the sweater is a necessity. “Okay, thanks.” I pull his sweater on and can't resist inhaling as it slides over my head. I think of Amber complaining about him, but again my nose is graced with that doughy, cinnamony sweet smell, and I don’t see how she could insult him. I hug my soft, woolly arms around my body, feeling absurdly pleased. Being with Kyle is making me happy. I start to wonder if he feels the same way about being with me. Could he? After everything I've done in the past? Probably not. I mean, really, we have nothing in common. Until a few hours ago he couldn't stand me. There's no point in getting interested in him that way, I tell myself.
“Do you know where I live?” I ask.
He rolls his eyes. “Everyone knows where you live, Sia. Helmet.”
I slide it over my head.
Kyle looks back. Once he sees that it’s on right, he gives me a thumbs up. “Hold on,” he suggests.
Battling an insane rush of shyness, I lean against him and wrap my arms around his waist. He’s lean, I discover, but not as skinny as I'd originally presumed. Muscular, not weak. When he pulls into the street I squeeze my eyes shut, expecting a crash at every turn. But after a while I relax and start to enjoy the ride. And though I know I have no right, I secretly relish the strong, solid feel of his body within my arms. By the time we get close to my house, I wish we could just keep on driving.
 
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Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in Martinsville, Virginia. It was his move to the South that stirred his imagination and gave him the courage to start writing. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, jogging, swimming, and watching YouTube videos.

Josh currently works as a medical driver, shuttling people all over Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked as a machinist, film sales rep, administrative assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).

Sia is his debut YA novel.
 
Where you can find him: Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter
 

 
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (9)

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves.

It's officially my Thanksgiving break! I have the rest of the month off of school, so I'll be reading and blogging a lot this upcoming week. I'm hoping to get a lot done before I have to go back to school.

My last Stacking the Shelves was from November 8th, so here are all the books I've added to my bookshelves since then. (Each cover is linked to the books' Goodreads pages.)

Free on Amazon

 

Bought for Kindle

For Review

*Edit*

I forgot one . . . 
ARCycling
Thank you to Angie @ Pinkindle!

I also wanted to add the two books I bought today! I tend to buy books the same day I post my STS, but I'm too excited for these ones to wait until next time to post them.

Bought in Hardcover

 

The Week's Posts Here on Reading is My Treasure


Saturday

Sunday
I made changes to my blog design! (read post)

Monday
Mafia Girl by Deborah Blumenthal (My first ever 1 star review)

Tuesday
I made a list of top ten contemporary recommendations to Meredith @ Pandora's Books! (see post)

Wednesday
I've decided to get back into Waiting on Wednesday! See what exciting space romance I'm waiting on.

Thursday
It was my stop on the The Prophecy Blog Tour! Read my interview with Erin Albert.

Friday
I joined the 2014 Series Challenge and posted my goals for it!


What Did I Read?

Finished
Stained by Cheryl Rainfield
Shadow Allegiance by Lacy Yager (review coming this week)

Started
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkein (my new AP Lit independent novel)
Avalon by Mindee Arnett 
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (I'll be starting today)

Still Reading
Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I started it last week, but I haven't finished it yet)

How was you week?

Friday, November 22, 2013

2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge

Phantasmic Reads
The 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge is hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun and Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads!

This is the second challenge I'll be doing throughout 2014 (the other is the 2014 Series Challenge hosted by Octavia @ Read. Sleep. Repeat). I have a lot of review books at the moment and I know I will just get more as time goes on. This is the perfect challenge for me, as well as for so many bloggers, so I can't resist joining in!

Challenge Levels

1-10: Apprentice
11-20: Journeyman
21-30: Master
31-40: Grand Master
40+: Adept

What level am I aiming for?

I'm aiming for the Adept level because . . . why not? Having the goal of reaching the highest level will just make me work harder to achieve it. 

What Books Will I Be Reading?

I don't have a definite list of review books I'll be starting 2014 off with because I plan to read a bunch before this year ends, but here is the shelf where all my review copies are organized.

Are You Planning to do This Challenge as Well?

2014 Series Challenge! (Goals)

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I can't resist a good challenge. I just can't, especially when it's a year long one hosted by Octavia from Read. Sleep. Repeat. So, I'm joining in on the fun (and it will be a ton of fun) and am going to challenge myself to finish some series that I really need to complete.


My Goals

Gold Badge

I am aiming for at least the gold badge, which is for completing 7-11 series during the year. 

Here are the series I'm interested in reading (I know I'm forgetting a few, so I may be reading something outside this list). I probably won't finish them all (how cool would that be, though?), but I would love to get through a good amount of them. 

SERIES
(I included the number of books I would need to read in order to finish that series.)


HAVEN'T STARTED 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (3)
Slammed by Colleen Hoover (3)
The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan (5)
Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten by Julie Kagawa (3)
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein (I'm currently reading the first one) (3)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (3)
Crewel by Gennifer Albin (2/3 (I'm not sure when the third releases)

STARTED BUT HAVEN'T COMPLETED

Divergent by Veronica Roth (1)
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (1)
Breathing by Rebecca Donovan
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (1)
Hourglass by Myra McEntire (1)
Revenants by Amy Plum (1)
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (1)
The Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStefano (1)
Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore (1)
Newsoul by Jodi Meadows (2)
Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (2)
Dante Walker by Victoria Scott (2)
Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (2)
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting (2)
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (2)
Gone by Michael Grant (2)
Cahill Witch Chronicles (2)
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (2)
Septimus Heap by Angie Stone (3)
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (3)


Which series from my list (or off it) do you recommend I complete?
Are you going to join in on fun and join this challenge with me?

Review ~ Reality Boy by A.S. King

Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 368 (for hardcover edition)
Publication date: October 22nd, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Amazon 


*I receive a small kickback for purchases on Amazon

Goodreads description:
Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.

Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.

In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.


Source: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, for allowing me to read it!

First of all, I want to say awesome it is that this book was in the "Read Now" section of Netgalley. My request for it on Edelweiss was declined, so I jumped at the chance to read this book when I saw that I just download and read it.

Anyway, forward with the review.

Reality Boy is one of those books where I went into it with unclear expectations. I had seen the cover around and I had looked into the book enough to gain an interest. I thought it would be a cool one to read. I had no idea that when I started it, I wouldn't want to stop.

THE WRITING

Something about the writing, the story, the characters, the general way it was set up, had an addicting—captivating—feel to it. I didn't want to put the book down. I picked up this book and lost track of time. I would pick it up to read for a little bit—only a (little) bit, I kept telling myself, and ended up reading 10, 15, 25, 50 percent of the book without getting bored. The times, I had to set the book down to focus on schoolwork, I literally said to myself "I don't want to stop reading."

CHARACTERS WITH FLAWS

I love flawed characters. Just love them. They’re just more relatable and believable. And the characters in this book . . . well, they were pretty messed up. Some thought they were more messed up than they actually were, and others were more messed up than they thought.

The main character, Gerald, was a pretty awesome character. He wasn’t “popular”—at least, not in the traditional sense. He was a “retarded” boy (according to his mother) with anger issues that was never portrayed in a good light on the nanny show he and his family were featured on when he was younger. He was refreshing because 1) he was a male teen character and the sole POV of the book, and 2) I haven’t read many books with main characters like him.

Hannah was also a good character. Flawed too. She had quite a few self-esteem issues, especially when it came to her parents and how she was raised. She referred to herself as the "the junkman’s daughter" often, and although though it was a little annoying, I understood that it was necessary for her to keep repeating it because she wasn’t proud of where she came from. I really liked her, and I really liked her and Gerald’s relationship. I was rooting for those two the entire way.

Gerald’s family was terribly dysfunctional. The sister was absolutely psychotic. The dad didn’t do much. He just let the bad things run their course, but towards the end, he made a surprising adjustment and turned out to be a better parent. The mother . . . it wasn’t blatantly obvious that she was horrible, but she said some awful things about her son and never did anything to help her family become a better one. If there was a 2013 Worst YA Book Mother award, she would be an excellent candidate for it.

GOOD ROMANCE

The romance was a bit quick to develop, but the Gerald actually actually mentions how quickly he’s falling for Hannah. It’s a well developed romance, too. They didn’t just fall head over heels for one another because of nothing and they connected really well. (Again, I was rooting for them the entire way—I loved this couple!)

NICE USE OF FLASHBACKS

It was really nice to see how Gerald and his family were like while the reality tv show was being filmed. It made it easier to understand why they were such a dysfunctional family and how the show deeply affected Gerald.

OVERALL

Brilliant book. Just brilliant. I’m incredibly glad I got to read it and I’m so happy to say it exceeded my expectations. It’s an amazing novel, and I highly recommend Reality Boy to anyone even slightly interested in its premise.



My questions for you:

Do you really like flawed characters like I do?
What do you think of male only POVs?
Who would you nominate to win the 2013 Worst YA Book Mother award?