Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here with another review! I actually finished this book a few days ago, but just got around to writing the review now!

“No one really wishes to be a queen.”

Stars (Out of 10): 6/10

Overall Thoughts: I quite liked this book, although it was a tad boring/slow in the beginning. The plot really picked up throughout the novel though, and I ended up really enjoying how it ended! I’m extremely curious how everything that happened so fast at the end will be explained later. In addition, I liked the cast of characters we had, and felt each point of view was actually equally interesting, which is not a common trait of multiple POV books.

The Good: I really liked how developed each character was, and how different they all seemed. In addition, we saw how the society and family they were raised in majorly affected their personalities. The ending also shocked me, and I cannot wait to see what this all means for the next book.

The Bad: Not quite what I expected from the whole dark queen war hype, but it’s possible that’s seen in the second book. We also saw a biased amount of POVs for certain characters, as if one queen was favored over the others. There were also portions that seemed a bit boring, and some aspects of the plot that seemed entirely unnecessary or purely for filler plot.

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We Should Hangout Sometime by Josh Sundquist

A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.

Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh’s semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided “grand gesture” at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love–or at least a girlfriend–in all the wrong places.

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here, with another review today since the last one was so short!

Fighting emotion with logic is like bringing a calculator to a knife fight.”

Stars (Out of 10): 8/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. Both the writing style and concept/formatting of this book was really interesting, and I just ended up loving the characters as well!  While it could be classified as a rather simple love story, both the complexity of the character, the variety in relationships and side characters, and the tone/diction used by the author made it much more interesting than any other simple story I had read before!

The Good: I loved so many things, from the writing style, to the characters, and all of the slightly funny/slightly cringey events. In addition, I loved the way the book ended, and how it managed to still pull a deeper meaning out of the research experiment.

The Bad: While I loved it, I didn’t give it 9 or 10 stars since it wasn’t a mind-blowing novel. It was great, and I really enjoyed reading it, but it didn’t go beyond that.

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The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

Carrying just a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother are immigrating to England from Poland. Kasienka isn’t the happiest girl in the world. At home, her mother is suffering from a broken heart as she searches for Kasienka’s father. And at school, Kasienka is having trouble being the new girl and making friends. The only time she feels comforted is when she’s swimming at the pool. But she can’t quite shake the feeling that she’s sinking. Until a new boy swims into her life, and she learns that there might be more than one way to stay afloat.

The Weight of Water is a coming-of-age story that deftly handles issues of immigration, alienation, and first love. Moving and poetically rendered, this novel-in-verse is the story of a young girl whose determination to find out who she is prevails.”

Hey guys! Meaghan here with another review! It was a really short book, so my review reflects that in length as well! 🙂

Since it was such a quick read, I won’t be filling out my usual review format.

While I didn’t dislike this book, I didn’t really like it either. I’ve read books in prose before, but they never seemed to be so quick or read as fast as this one did. As I did see it covered some possibly difficult topics, such as discrimination, bullying, and parent issues, it’s shortness made it feel as if it didn’t really cover those topics as well. In addition, I had a hard time connecting with the main character, which made me feel detached from the book. All in all, it had potential, but didn’t quit meet my hopes for the book.

Kiss Cam by Kiara London

In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what’s a little harmless kissing between friends?

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing… right?

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here again, with another review!

Thanks to Netgalley and the author for providing me this book to review!

Stars (Out of 10): 5/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: If I’m being honest, this book threw my entire taste in novels in the air. Normally, I wouldn’t be so interested in a book with such a simple plot, such immature characters (for the most part, they seemed like 14/15 year olds, not 18 and ready to go to college), and such cliches, but I just couldn’t help myself from becoming slowly obsessed with this book. It frustrated me so much, for so many reasons, but I enjoyed it anyways! If you don’t mind cliches, simple plots, and at times frustrating characters, this will definitely be a cute read for you!

The Good: It’s a cute, quick read, the perfect fluff! It also has a way of grabbing hold of your emotions and not letting go.

The Bad: The technicalities, and actual “writing”, of the book was subpar at best. Many cliches, immature characters (although they really shouldn’t be at the age), and a way too simple plot.

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