Another Day by David Levithan

Another Day by David Levithan

Release Date: July 30, 2015
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Series: Every Day, Book 2
Rated: YA 14+
Format: ARC
Source: Pansing
Buy: Available at all good bookstores!
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Read my review of Six Earlier Days HERE
Read my review of Every Day HERE

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. 

She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

I was pleasantly surprised when I received an ARC of Another Day in the mail. Every Day was on my radar, and receiving this book for review meant that I would have to start the series. Luckily, my sister had bought Every Day, which I then proceeded to devour in one sitting because I loved it so much. Knowing that this was the same story from Rhiannon’s point of view, I decided take a little bit of a break between reading Every Day and Another Day. I knew that if this was Rhiannon’s story, the conversations she has with A would be pretty much the same, and I didn’t want to get a headache from reading the same stuff twice in a row. However, I couldn’t hold off for long and after reading only three books in-between, I picked this one up. My sister peeked at this one earlier and was slightly disappointed. She wanted to find out what happens to A after the end of Every Day and got annoyed that this was just the same story, but from another perspective. I will admit that I too was a little sad that this one wasn’t going to continue with A’s story, but I really liked Rhiannon’s character in the first novel so I was excited to find out what exactly was going through her mind throughout Every Day.

I read Another Day in one sitting. I just wish I’d been a little more patient with starting this one because, as I’d predicted, I ended up with a slight headache from re-reading some of the same conversations and storyline regarding Rhiannon and A. That’s not to say I hated the book. Quite the opposite actually. I loved this one! While I still like Every Day better, this one was still amazing. I’m just glad it wasn’t exactly the same–for instance, we get to learn a lot more about Justin and Rhiannon’s relationship with him. While he is a jerk (surprise, surprise) there were some moments when I got WHY she loves him. But yeah, learning more about him was pretty cool since we don’t get much of a glimpse of him in the first novel from A’s perspective. We also got to see more of Rhiannon’s friends, especially Rebecca and Preston. They were barely mentioned in Every Day so it was really interesting to see this other side of her.

Another thing about looking at the story from Rhiannon’s point of view is that we got to see and understand her reactions to her interactions with A. I remembered the several comments that A makes about her reactions in Every Day and surprisingly sometimes they didn’t line up to what A thought she was thinking. This was especially true for the first interaction, when A is in Justin’s body and sees Rhiannon for the first time. It was just intriguing to see the differences in outlook for the same situation. Some of the unanswered questions from the first book were also answered in Another Day. For instance, A and Rhiannon help out a girl that A has possessed for the day. We don’t know much about after, but in this book we find out! There’s also the emails that Rhiannon almost sends and her reactions to the different people that A is every day–it was just pretty cool to see the differences with A’s view of Rhiannon and reading the story from Rhiannon’s POV, because she seems a lot more idolised and perfect in A’s story, but this one shows her flaws, her cracks, and her inner-conflicts.

The end was a bit of a surprise for me. At the end of Every Day we’re lead to believe that Rhiannon’s end of the story is tied up. Well... kind of. However, the end of Another Day changes everything. I want another book in this series–one that alternates between A’s and Rhiannon’s perspectives, because as I see it this story is FAR from over. I mean, it wouldn’t be terrible if the story didn’t continue, but now with this ending there is so much more that could happen...and I’m hoping it does.

Another Day was incredible. It was such a beautiful follow-up to the absolutely gorgeous Every Day, and did not disappoint. I just hope that there’s going to be another book in this series because David Levithan is a wonderful storyteller and I’m DYING to find out what happens after. It goes without saying–my fingers are (very tightly) crossed.

▪ ▪ ▪ Thank you so much to Sasha at Pansing for sending me a copy for review! ▪ ▪ 

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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Walker Books
Rated: YA 14+
Format: Paperback
Source: Pansing
Buy: Available at all good bookstores!
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“I believe that I fell in love with Robyn Plummer last Monday. This feeling is extremely uncomfortable.”

Adam so wants to be Robyn’s superhero, but how can he let himself fall in love when he can’t even save the world? What he needs is a list:

1. Grow immediately.
2. Find courage.
3. Keep courage.
4. Get normal.
5. Marry Robyn Plummer.

A beautiful, funny and heart-wrenching story of love, brokenness and the purest form of bravery: giving in and asking for help.

I hadn’t heard of this one before I was offered a copy for review, but it sounded quite interesting and cute, so I thought “why not?” and started it. There were several things that I didn’t know about the book before starting because the blurb didn’t give too much away. Firstly, I thought this was a middle grade book but I found that it’s more young adult than middle grade. Secondly, this book deals with OCD. Most of the characters mentioned have some form of OCD–which is how Adam meets Robyn. Lastly, the mystery aspect. There’s a whole other side to the story (other than the romance) and it’s kind of a slow-thrillery aspect. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B was a slow read but it was an excellent one. I really learned a lot more about OCD than I have from reading other YA novels on the subject.

I found it pretty interesting that the members of the support group all take on superhero personas. It’s a technique to disassociate with the OCD-part of themselves. It’s great how the superhero identities are the opposite of their problems, as you’ll soon come to learn. Adam’s character was so amazing. I felt so bad for him since on top of his problems he has to solve everyone else’s. He has to be there for his mother, his younger brother, Robyn...he definitely has a lot on his plate, sadly. While I didn’t think the romance was too different from other YA romances, I did love the relationship he had with Sweetie, his younger half-brother. It was really adorable to see how much they care for each other, and how they both have the same way of dealing with their problems. It was sweet to see how much Sweetie looks up to his older brother and doesn’t see him as having a mental illness or a problem, but instead as a hero.

There are slight religious tones to this book. It’s not outright, but it’s very slight in that Robyn is curious about Catholicism and the support group goes to Adam’s Church more than once. I’m not a fan of religious books, but this one wasn’t preachy and it felt like a very natural part of the book. I will admit I was first a bit doubtful when the first mention of religion came up, but as the book went on I came to see that it wasn’t a major part of it, which was good.

Charming and poignant, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B was a wonderful and powerful novel. The ending was fantastic, and I had NO idea it would end like that. Teresa Toten's captivating novel will move readers. I can’t wait to see what this author brings to the table next!

▪ ▪ ▪ Thank you so much to Sasha at Pansing for sending a copy for review! ▪ ▪ 

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Illuminae Bonus Content: Ship Schematics + Teaser Videos

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share some more amazing bonus content from the upcoming release Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the first in a trilogy–THE ILLUMINAE FILES.

October 20, 2015 ● Goodreads

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Every month there’ll be new content released–you can check out last month’s content HERE. This month, the ship schematics for Alexander-78v, Copernicus and Hypatia are available on the ILLUMINAE FILES WEBSITE. Here’s the ship’s layout for Alexander-78v:

Check out the website to see a larger image as well as the other ships’ layouts. There’s also a new teaser video out, “Emergency on the Alexander-78v”:

And I realised that I totally forgot to show you all the main teaser video for Illuminae:

I’m now even more excited than before to read this one. I CAN’T WAIT. Check back around the same time next month for even more exciting content!

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rated: YA 14+
Format: ARC
Source: ALA 2013
Buy: AmazonThe Book Depository
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Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.

I remember picking this one up at ALA way back in the summer of 2013. I was immediately drawn to the cover and, of course, the title. I’d seen it around on goodreads and I knew the book was on my TBR shelf, so I took a copy for review. However, I only got around to reading it now, was okay. Not the best book, but definitely not the worst. It’s a very silly book, but I would be lying if I said it bored me. I first thought this book would be about zombies, but it turned out I was very, VERY wrong.

I was really on the fence with Colette’s character. At the start and for maybe around half of the book, she’s pretty spoiled. Her mother had to work extra shifts just so she could go on this trip to Paris. Heck, her younger brother had to drop out of his private school to go to public school just so she could continue at the same school. This little fact just pissed me off. There’s also the fact that she treats other people like dirt. Definitely not a fun character to have as the heroine of the story. The romance also annoyed me. I didn’t really seem to have a problem with Jules (except his choice in girls maybe), but he also seemed like a pretty flat character. But yes, the romance. I mean, a few days and BAM they’re inseparable. Glad it wasn’t insta-love though–that would have been a disaster on top of everything else. Also, what I didn’t get, was how the heck these girls were able to go around Paris, a city in a different continent let alone country, by themselves. C’est étrange, non?

Speaking of French, there are quite a few French phrases in the book. It’s not too difficult to decipher them if you’ve got a good understanding of être, avoir and faire. Some of them sounded kind of ridiculous, but it’s pretty elementary French. There’s no English translations for some of the parts in the book, so if you have absolutely no experience with French, I suggest a phone or laptop translator on hand just so you don’t end up wondering endlessly what the phrases mean.

Anyway–the main story. Ugh, it all seemed so ridiculous. I mean, okay, with all the murders going on, you still think that this school trip is a good idea, let alone the girls walking around the city by themselves? And the whole history thing tied to a prophecy was pretty predictable. With the ghost of Marie Antoinette to top it all off. The plot was too cliché, too bland, and just too annoying for me. I felt like my eyes were constantly rolling throughout the book. It made you want to read more, yes, but around halfway through I just wanted it to end.

I had high hopes for this one, but I’m sad that Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer wasn’t the book for me. With a semi-ridiculous plot and an annoying main character, only the setting was a major plus–seriously, I NEED to visit France soon after reading some gorgeous descriptions and learning about some of the history in this book. I’ve heard some good things about Katie Alender’s other books, especially about Bad Girls Don’t Die, so I’ll probably give it a try. Oh well–il faut voir.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Week 150

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It’s to spotlight upcoming reads that I’m DYING to get my hands on!

This week’s WoW is:
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie? 

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

September 1, 2015 ● Goodreads

I’m super excited for this one! Even though I do hate it when books take the Disney-fied version of the fairytale, story, legend, etc., Aladdin is one of my favourite childhood movies and I can’t wait to find out what happens. However, I am a little scared–most of the reviews already out don’t seem too favourable :/ Oh well, I’ll just have to see for myself!

What are you waiting on?