Loving Ordinary Life

I'm pretty into self-help/self-improvement books, so I was kind of eager to get into this. The advice and quotes in this were enjoyable (I can see myself highlighting some of the quotes to come back to), and the length made this easy to read. My only complaint are the illustrations; they came across kind of kiddish when this is more of an adult book. 

** I received this book for free by the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.

Love & Gelato

I thought this was uber cute and had just enough realistic drama. It makes you want to move to Italy (maybe not live in the cemetery - or, hell, maybe TO live in one) and meet the cute boy. Oh, and don't forget to find the secret bakery and eat your weight in gelato. This was such a feel-good, cute love story. I am highly anticipating Welch's next book!

Black Ice

This was a HUGE surprise for me. I ended up really liking it, and finished it in one (long) sitting. This had cute romance and a really nice twist in it.I kept trying to figure out "who dun it" and just couldn't until near the end. This is a very well-written mystery that I highly recommend.

The Merciless

I devoured this in one sitting. The gore was well done, the story was strong, the characters were great (and it can be hard to juggle five main characters!). Creepiness in YA can be hard and I find so few books that actually give me the creeps. But this is a very impressive, creepy book. Can they make this into a movie, please?

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

Holy crap, you guys. I loved this. It's rare for me to find creepy stories that actually creep me out, but this had a lot of really great ones. This is one of the few I would buy and re-read. It's perfect to pick up in October, or during a sleepover. Everyone that contributed to this is very talented and the stories prove it.

Wink Poppy Midnight

This had a huge hype around it, so I picked it up without even knowing what it was about. I am so happy I did because this was so, so lovely. The writing style is beautiful. The characters are interesting and unique. Everything about this was love, love, love and I can't wait to get my hands on everything else April has written.

Keep Her

I received an ARC of this from the author to review so I can't speak for the final copy, but I definitely had issues with this. 
Let's just get the bad out of the way first, yeah?

Technical errors. My god. I know this was an ARC and it wasn't fully edited, but I expect authors to polish up this draft more than this one was. In the first fifteen pages alone there were dozens of issues. My red pen got one hell of a workout. Yes, I'm a grammar snob, but still. ARCs are usually edited a little or the author has a nice, polished draft for it. This had tons and tons of grammar and sentence structure issues. If this had been the final draft out for publishing, the first fifteen pages would've turned me off so much I wouldn't have even finished this.

There wasn't really much of a plot. This was super light on plot. So there wasn't a ton to keep me interested. I like a strong, interesting plot and this didn't really deliver. 

Okay. On to the good (ish).

The characters were pretty strong. I liked Aiden a lot, and Maddie wasn't bad, either. But they weren't so strong and captivating that they hooked me and drew me into the story.

I really enjoyed Aiden's letters throughout this. They helped the story out a lot and made me feel more connected to Aiden. However, I do wish there had been more about Aiden's struggle about his daughter. It ended up being more of a background story, and I would've liked having it focused on more.

This was more of a road trip/plane ride kind of read for me. Not engrossing, but a quick, nice read. This definitely had potential, so I am curious what changes were made in the final draft.

So this wasn't my favorite but I can see a younger reading crowd liking this.

** I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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