We Are Okay | Review

Title: We Are Okay

Author: Nina LaCour

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun.

Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

★ ★ ★ ★ .5

I thought this book was a graphic novel. I honestly did! So I was a bit disappointed to find it wasn’t.



The writing was simple, and full of thought. It doesn’t necessarily make you feel anything deep, but it just expresses the way that our main character is feeling, without making it dramatic.

Throughout this book you’re flashing from the past to the present, trying to figure out what happened. And for me, that was handled pretty well. It wasn’t confusing, and the balance between these chapters were perfect.



The characters were quick to learn, and easy to remember. These are definitely people that I’ll be carrying with me for a while.



This was a beautiful book.That is the adjective that really describes it the best. It was beautifully written, and it’s sure to be one I think about a lot.




Overall Thoughts

This was a book I never thought I’d read. Now that I have, I seriously suggest that you do – it’s not some depressing contemporary, and it’s not supposed to be an eye-opener. Just enjoy it.



One of Us is Lying | Review

Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher:  Delacorte Press

Genre: Thriller & Suspense, Mystery

Synopsis: Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

★ ★ ★ .5

I so badly wanted to give this a four star rating! I keep going back and forth, but ultimately, the ending left me with mixed feelings. If you’ve read this book, please talk about it with me! I need someone to talk about spoilers with!
The writing style hooked me from the beginning, and it fit with the Thriller genre.

The plot was interesting, and it didn’t take me long to get into it. For proof, I finished this book in, like, three days. Which for me, is quickly.
I really enjoyed the characters! No one was who they seemed to be, and it was fun to see all the different perspectives and lifestyles. I think my favorite is Nate, though it’s really hard to decide!
The relationships were really fun to follow, and fit perfectly with the plot! Also some great diversity, which is awesome. I also liked how there was a lot  of girl power – a certain character deciding that she is happy without a boyfriend, which is awesome.

There were also some awesome family relationships, which is always good to see.



There was one thing that significantly lowered the rating. There was a lot of underage drinking in this book, and if you know me at all, you know that is something that I just can’t stand by.

Especially because there are no repercussions – and no, I’m not talking about a certain character drug dealing to help pay bills \ support their family. To me, that is okay. I mean, obviously don’t do that, but this character had no choice.

No, I’m talking about the parties where they were getting drunk, and still drinking. That’s not cool with me, and I’m over seeing it in YA books.



The ending…was realistic, I guess. I don’t know – I was hoping for something a bit better from a murder mystery, and it seemed a little dramatic.

Like, I can’t imagine anyone actually doing that, getting away with it, and dragging 4+ people down with them.




Overall Thoughts

A bit disappointing, but not a bad debut. There was a lot to take from this book, and I’m looking forward to the author’s next book.


YA Chronicles | Bookish product of the Week

Hello everyone!


As you probably know, every week I feature a different bookish product – so I’ll update you on sales, favorite products, etc. all throughout the month.

This month is themed around different subscription boxes. Every week in June I’ll talk about a different book subscription box.


This box for this Friday is…

The YA Chronicles

The YA Chronicles

Website: theyachronicles.com.au

The YA Chronicles is a Australia-based subscription box. Every month they try to find a book that has great diversity, an excellent plot, and amazing writing. It also includes 5-6 items pertaining to a theme.


View past boxes here: Past Boxes


From what I can tell, this is one of the longest-running book boxes. Over two years, I think.

I have not gotten this box, but I have heard good things! Especially from people in Australia, so if that’s where you’re from, this is a good option.

I believe they also do pre-order boxes – for example, I think you can pre-order boxes for September (which has the new Chaol novel from Sarah J. Maas). This isn’t part of the subscription, but a one-time box.



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Owlcrate Unboxing | June 2017


June Theme: Make It Out Alive


June’s Owlcrate box is centered around survival! Some classic dystopians will be featured, including Divergent, The Giver, and more!


If this box sounds cool to you, you can still get a box!


Just go here: Past Boxes

Website: www.owlcrate.com

Gift this box HERE

Subscribe HERE



As per usual, the first thing out of the box is the card with spoilers (I don’t look at it until after I unbox everything!) and the collectible pin.


This item is an exclusive bath bomb. It’s themed around Divergent: when you use it, a charm will come out and sort you into a faction!

Full disclosure, I haven’t read Divergent yet…and I don’t plan to?

Made by Fizzy Fairy Apothecary


This is a patch that you can iron onto a jean jacket. It’s inspired by The Giver by Lois Lowry. Have any of you read it? I really enjoyed it, personally!

Made by Laserbrain Patch Co.


I’m not a huge fan of sleep masks, but my brother is, so I’ll probably end up giving it to him – he loves the zombie designs as well!

Made by Archie McPhee


I’m going to bet the majority of you know this quote! It’s from ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas! The quote is: “You do not fear…you do not falter. You do not yield.”

Made by Hey Atlas Creative


This has to be my favorite item included! This is a giant magnet, with a quote from Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes.

The quote is: “Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.”

I have not read the book, but I love that it’s a magnet! Have you read it? If so, what did you think? I would love to know if I should put it on my TBR or not.

Made by Little Inklings Designs


This is not the book of the month! I did want to read this one though – it’s a dystopian called New World Rising. It’s published by a newer company, and I believe the third book in this series comes out this year, if it is not out already.

Published by Oftomes

Read the synopsis here: New World Rising


Once again, the book for this month came with an exclusive cover! I believe most of the Owlcrate books now will as well. TBH – just another reason to subscribe!

The book for this month is…

The Sandcastle Empire

Kayla Olson


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When all hope is gone, how do you survive? 

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

I haven’t read a dystopian in a while, and I’m actually excited to read this one! It sounds tropey, but it also sounds like it has the potential to be unique. I’m definitely willing to give it a try!

Next month the theme is…


The July box is themed around Wanderlust! If you enjoy travelling, this is your box!

Sneak peak: it will include an (officially licensed) item from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!


That’s it! What item was your favorite?

If your not a subscriber, use this promo code for 10% off: DFT10

(Not my promo code – I don’t have one – but I still wanted to get you guys a discount! It’s from DarkFaerieTales_)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | Review

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I’m really excited for this movie to come out, so I decided to read the book first. Plus I had  a very pushy friend who was about to force me to read it, so.



The writing style was perfect for a contemporary. Really easy to read, and very enjoyable. Same with the dialogue – none of it felt stressed or faked.

Which worked well, as it is also an LGBTQ book, so it’s important that is feels natural.


The plot was exactly to be expected from a contemporary – not necessarily complicated, but still interesting.



The characters were definitely my favorite part! Simon was such a fun main character, and I really enjoyed learning about his family and friends. They were all very realistic, and very relatable.



One of the best things about this book, is all the references to other books, movies, songs, stories etc.

For example: super random, but Tohru from Fruits Basket (which is one of my favorite mangas ever) was brought up, and it just made me so happy!



Overall Thoughts

This is most definitely a must-read contemporary! It’s super funny and relatable, and should be on your TBR!




Bookloot | Bookish Product of the Month



As you probably know, every month I feature a different bookish product – so I’ll update you on sales, favorite products, etc. all throughout the month.

This month is themed around different subscription boxes. Every week in June I’ll talk about a different book subscription box.


This box for this Friday is…

Book Loot

Website: www.bookloot.org

Book Loot is a monthly YA subscription box. Every month you recieve a newly released YA subscription, along with 3-5 bookish items.

Book Loot also includes a short story that was written by a community member! No other subscription box does this, and it’s one of my favorite parts! (Authors retain rights to their work afterward).


View past boxes here: Past Boxes


I haven’t gotten one of these boxes, but they only started in January 2017 and they’re gaining popularity fast. I really think this is a good one to check out if you are new to subscription boxes, or like YA.


Website: www.bookloot.org

Book Loot’s links: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest



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Girls Summer Clothes – Writing Inspiration

Writers Wednesday

Hello everyone!

So if you didn’t know, every Wednesday I do a post for all the writers out there – writing playlists, tips, chats, etc.

And this week is dedicated to photo inspiration!


These are some photos that might inspire a setting, scene, character or something like that for your story. The theme for this week is Girls Summer Clothes.


Perfect outfits for your contemporary main character!

#spring #outfits Beige Hat + White Printed Crop Top + Purple Zipped Skirt. For Everyone. Blog @ #DapperNDame Pinterest. dapperanddame.com:

summer outfits lace crop top yellow maxi skirt

summer outfits halter top denim

summer outfits knit crop top black skirt

summer outfits deep v neck spaghetti strap top

summer outfits crop top maxi skirt

summer outfits chiffon lace top slit pattern print skirt

summer outfits burgundy skirt stripes

#summer #fashion / white t-shirt + floral print skirt

Find your Inspiration @ #DapperNDame Pinterest. dapperanddame.com

Any of these pictures help?


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Dead Men Tell No Tales | Movie Review

Image result for pirates of the caribbean 2017 poster

I know a lot of you weren’t too excited about this movie. The previous Pirates movie (On Stranger Tides) was generally considered a disappointment.

(I mean, there was no Orlando Bloom, sooo…)

Despite that, I was looking forward to seeing it. I took my friend for her birthday, and I’m excited to talk about it!


If your reading this, you probably already know how good the main cast is – I’m not even going to go into it.

The actors who play Henry and Captain Salazar (Brenton Thwaits and Javier Bardem) were perfect and I could not have casted them better!

I wasn’t sure if Kaya Scoderlario could pull off being in a Pirates movie, and I’m not exactly sure why that was. She did really well in her role – less of a pirate, and more of a scholar. It fit her well.



The story made complete sense, and ran perfectly with past movies.

There was one thing that I considered a plot hole (can’t say what), but looking back on it, it’s probably just leading up to the next movie. Because, yes, there is going to be another movie.


I noticed that the jokes in this movie were a little different than past movies, but I actually liked it. It was a nice change.


This movie is obviously a few years after the last one, and Jack isn’t exactly the captain we remember. A lot of it is about him coming back, and trying to return to being the captain he was. Thankfully, this isn’t a problem becuase the story is focused on other characters as well.




This is obviously a high-budget movie, and it was spent well. There wasn’t any moment where the CGI slipped up.




Overall Rating

★★★★½  \  ☆☆☆☆☆

For those of you who are skeptical: I wouldn’t be. This is much better than Stranger Tides…and Orlando Bloom does come up, for those who care.



What did you think of Dead Men Tell No Tales? Yes to the next movie, or are you not looking forward to it?

Fairyloot | Bookish Product of the Month



As you probably know, every month I feature a different bookish product – so I’ll update you on sales, favorite products, etc.

This month is themed around different subscription boxes. Every week in June I’ll talk about a different book subscription box.


This week’s box is…



Website: www.fairyloot.com

Fairyloot is a monthly YA subscription box that ships from the UK, internationally.

It’s themed around Fantasy, which means that every box has a fantasy book, with items from fantasy books.

It includes 5-6 bookish items, a new release, and a letter from the author with a signed bookplate.

PLUS something that I don’t see any other book box do – it includes a little code with numbers to find your reading buddy! So you post a picture of the book with a hashtag including the numbers on your card, so they you find the other person who received a box with the same code!


View past boxes here: Past Boxes


I have never gotten Fairyloot, but I know people who do and they love it! It’s a very popular box, and like I said, it does ship internationally.

And it’s relatively cheap as well. Definitly give it a try if you like Fantasy!


Website: www.fairyloot.com

Fairyloot’s links: Instagram | Twitter| Facebook



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Contemporary Writing Playlist

Writers Wednesday


It’s summer!


…Well, for most of you, anyway. But it’s already warming up (thankfully), so I figured to help bring that summer feeling around, I’d make a writing playlist themed around Contemporary.


Let me know what you listen to when writing contemporary! Did I forget any bands or songs?

Echosmith – Cool Kids

One Republic – Counting Stars

Phillip Phillips – Gone Gone Gone

L’Orchestra Cinematique – Top of the World

Walk the Moon – Shut up and Dance



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