Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott

Five Feet Apart
Release Date: November 20th, 2018
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 288 Pages
Format: Egalley
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Review

Can you love someone you can never touch?Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

“...I want to be fearless and free. It's just life, Will. It'II be over before we know it.” 

This. This book is exactly why I adore the Young Adult genre! A charming and captivating story about two teens trying to navigate their way through their lives and their diagnoses.

I went into this book blind. I was sent a Netgalley, and only knowing the genre I decided to dive in without knowing what the book was about. I don't know if that heightened my reading experience at all, but what I do know is that I devoured this novel. I could not, and did not, put it down. It followed me to the kitchen, to work, to the gym and to bed until I, sadly, finished it.  Do you ever just sigh after finished a book? Almost as if you're releasing a breath you didn't even know you were holding? That's exactly how I felt after finishing Five Feet Apart. 

Five Feet Apart is told through the perspectives of Stella and Will. Stella, who has Cystic Fibrosis and "enjoying" another stint in the hospital.Her home away from home. She knows every nurse and is a bit of a control freak when it comes to her meds and routines. Will, who has CF and B. Cepacia, is new to this hospital, though he is not new to treatments. His mother flying him all around the world for trial treatments, that have all eventually failed. He now finds himself at Stella's hospital for a new trial. Will is laid back, a little too laid back for Stella, and she quickly wants to reign in control and "help" Will with his medications and wellness regimen. The hitch? Because of their diagnoses, they must remain 6 feet apart, or they'd be at risk for deadly infection.  Stella and Will's friendship grows and their relationship blossoms before your eyes. You're given the pleasure of learning who they are individually, and then who they become together. 

With its beautiful writing and heartfelt storyline Five Feet Apart is not just a story about 2 teenagers. It is a story about growth resilience. It's about Stella and Will learning who they are, beyond their diseases.  I cannot wait to see this book come alive on the big screen! Check out the trailer below.

Monday, January 21, 2019

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 373 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

“Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a life of wrongs.”

Looking for a book that will make you ugly cry worse the Kim Kardashian? Then today is your lucky day! They Both Die at the End will have you sobbing into the ice cream that you are emotionally eating. 

Okay, all kidding aside, this was one of the most beautiful, well-written stories I have ever read. I laughed and cried. My heart broke, mended, then broke again.

Adam Silvera introduces us to two very different people. Mateo and Rufus, teenagers that both receive their alert and find one another via the Last Friend App. We then get the bittersweet pleasure of joining them on their journey together as they live the last day of their life to the fullest. Could you imagine getting a call notifying you that today is the last day of your life? Adam Silvera did a spectacular job at penning the emotions that would surge through you should you get that alert. The emotions for Mateo, Rufus and those around them radiated off of the pages.

Mateo and Rufus are not the only stars of this novel. There is a winning secondary character cast that compliments the entire novel. Each one adding so much to the reading experience that makes this book a wonderful, complete package.

Adam Silvera's writing is flawless and I am eager to dive into his previous work. I am an instant fan. He captured such raw intensity that made you feel as if you were right there, standing in the background, witnessing their stories with your own eyes.

They Both Die at the End is, honestly, the most genius book title. Though you know the outcome, nothing will prepare you for the ache your heart will feel. Both heart-breaking yet incredibly beautiful. It's the ultimate carpe diem.

I miss this book already. I will re-read this novel. Likely many times over, because I have made great friends in Rufus and Mateo, and I'll want to visit them from time to time. If you have not read They Both Die at the End that needs to be changed immediately! Though, be sure to hit up Costco and buy the biggest skid of Kleenex they have! You'll need it!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us
Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 367 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Local library
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up— she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 
I am so late to the Colleen Hoover party but she has been on my radar for a looong time! Friends, bloggers, co-workers, everyone I know has raved about her. The first book I read from her was All Your Perfects, which I received for review in 2018. I was instantly hooked! I am now making my way through her backlog and decided It Ends with Us to be my next choice!

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Never, have I experienced such an emotional rollercoaster!

This book WRECKED me; I am not exaggerating one bit. I laughed, I cried and there were moments where I wanted to strangle the words right off the pages.

It Ends with Us is the definition of 'Just one more chapter'! I found myself devouring this book any chance I could and even contemplated canceling all plans and calling in sick to work just so I could continue reading...Who needs sleep right?

It Ends with Us is told from Lily's perspective. We learn about her first love Atlas, through 'Dear Ellen' diary entries, where she addresses her entries to Ellen Degeneres, and her new love Ryle Kincaid.

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The story of Atlas and Lily was both beautiful and heart-breaking. I could have read a whole book on just the two of them! And then we meet Ryle. Who is just as swoon-worthy. BUT, to keep this review spoiler free, that is all I am going to say about Ryle. You'll just have to pick up the book to find out for yourself.

Hoover does a spectacular job at drawing you inside the world of her characters. You feel almost intrusive as you are reading through their most raw and vulnerable moments.

And then we hit about partway through the novel

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I was a sobbing mess at times! And though I would never harm a book, there were moments that I wanted to toss my copy across the room.

I am now a proud Colleen Hoover fan! I cannot wait to read my way through her work and will eagerly await her future releases! It Ends with Us is both heart-breaking and heart-warming. It is not only a book about Lily and her journey, but a book about self-discovery. A story about a young woman navigating her way through life and finding where she belongs.

Have you read Colleen Hoover? Comment and let me know what I should read next!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)
Release Date: November 29th, 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 305 Pages
Series: Legend #1
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal interest

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

I'm am SO late to the party on this one! I am trying to knock off some of the books that I have had sitting on my shelf FOREVER.

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 Since its release, I have heard so many amazing things about this series, so I know that it was the first book I was going to go for! I devoured this book in one sitting. It grabbed my attention immediately and I just flew through the pages. Before I knew it, I turned the last page and the book was over(sadly). I definitely see what everyone was raving about. This book is AH-MAZING! An intense plot paired with fantastic characters made for a fast-paced, edge of your seat reading experience!

 Legend is packed in a small 305-page package but don't let that fool you. It keeps your heart pounding from beginning to end. It packs a lot of punch that will leave you breathless. I adored Day. His story is heart-wrenching but he is a fighter. He is so strong yet humble. June will have you screaming GIRL POWER. She is fierce!

I am hating myself for waiting so long to read this book but I am so glad I finally did. I have already ordered the rest of the series and am anxiously awaiting the mailman's arrival!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2018 Wrap-Up! What I Read, Watched, and Listened to

Happy New Year!

I cannot believe 2018 is officially behind us. While 2018 felt like it was 3 years long, now that it's gone it feels like it went so fast. Strange!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and rang in the New Year exactly how you wanted to; whether that was curled up at home with a good book or a night out on the town celebrating. 

2018 was an epic year for entertainment! Amazing books, thrilling shows and thought-provoking podcasts that tackled so many topics! Below, you can find my Top 5 for all of those categories...except books, books is a top 10, because how could I narrow it down to just 5?!

So, without further ado, here is what kept my eyes and ears busy all year long!

I am a true crime junkie. I know that might be a very strange(and possibly alarming) past-time but what can I say? This year, I discovered some new faves and caught up some new seasons with others. 
I listened to:
In The Dark  Season 1 and 2 
Up and Vanished Season 2

I use the app Castbox to catch up on all my favourite podcasts but any of these can be found wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Netflix was on FIRE this year! So many epic shows! It was tough to narrow down to a top 5 but I managed ;) 

Just like Netflix, there was also a lot of amazing films that hit the big screen in 2018. Below are the ones that stuck with me the most:

Even though I did not even come close to my reading goal this year. I only hit 37 out of my 50. *Gasp*. The books I did get around to reading were pretty amazing. I obviously could not narrow it down to just 5. However, I did manage to do a top 10 even though I wanted to add a few others to the list! 

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What kept you busy in 2018? 
Comment and let me know!

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