King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Goodreads Synopsis

King’s Cage is the third book in the Red Queen series. If you have not read the previous two books or if you have not read this one, please go and read it and then come back. This review is going to contain SPOILERS.

If you’d like to read my review for the second book in the series, Glass Sword, click here!

I also have reviews for the prequel novella’s!

If you’d like to read my review for Queen Song, click here.

If you’d like to read my review for Steel Scars, click here.


Lets start the review!

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Let me just start by saying that the Red Queen series is by far my favorite series of all time. I love it so much. Red Queen is a special book to me. And Glass Sword is my favorite of the series so far.

I’m a little late reading this book. It came out mid February and I got it immediately and well…it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since. It’s been killing me to have it just sit there unread but…MY HEART JUST WASN’T READY.

One of the reasons I love this series so much is because it’s so high stakes and unpredictable. But it makes my heart hurt so much. After what happened in Glass Sword, I just wasn’t ready yet.

But I finally couldn’t take it anymore and decided it was time to read it. And, from the time I actually began to read to the time I finished it, it took me exactly a week to devour all 528 pages. I barely put it down.

This was a great addition to the series. However, it is my least favorite thus far. I had my problems with this one. It moved a lot slower than the rest of the series.

For almost three fourths of the novel, Mare is in captivity. Which means she isn’t doing much. We basically watch her unravel. In Mare’s own words, she becomes a ghost.

However, her being a prisoner allowed us to see Maven behind the scenes and we got to see the politics of his new court and, instead of seeing the Scarlet Guard operate and plan, we got to see the effect of what they did on the King. It was interesting and allowed for some good insight.

In the last book we got to see Cal and Mare interact. It this one, it was all Maven. I hold a special place for Maven. Like Mare, I struggle not to like him and feel for him. And we got a lot more of his background and we finally got to see him make his own choices without Elara. Which made me feel for him even more. Mavens life truly is depressing.

But he keeps Mare close. We know he loves her in his own wicked way and that he can’t let her go. So we just watch what Maven does. We watch him scheme and plan. He turns reds against the Scarlet Guard and recruits newbloods. He goes on a tour of the country and gains more and more support, painting the Guard as terrorists. And we watch him form an alliance with the Lakelands. Maven is incredibly smart.

Everyone plots against him though. He had House’s in his own court attempt an assassination on him. The Scarlet Guard keeps fighting. Mare tries her hardest to keep fighting. Maven’s reign is truly doomed.

I was just waiting for the first part of the book to end. We’re used to non stop action and twists in this series AND IT WASN’T THERE. It was killing me. Don’t get me wrong, like I said, it was interesting to see everything that was happening with Maven but it dragged and dragged and DRAGGED.

But things finally started to pick up with Maven’s alliance with the Lakelands and his marriage to their Princess, Iris.

I actually really like Iris and I hope we see more of her in the next book. She was a very, very fascinating character. Though, I know that when we do see her again, she will most likely be bringing lethal destruction with her.

So, Maven is married. Something that I find very weird. And when we see him again, I wonder how that will effect what he feels for Mare and the decisions he makes concerning her. He’s unpredictable with her and I wonder if this will enhance that or make him less conflicted. He doesn’t love Iris; their marriage was for power and alliance. But, still. I’m curious to see if this will change him any.

Maven’s wedding turned into a war zone. And I was so ready for it. Something was finally happening. She was finally being rescued. Cal was finally going to be here.

I am Team Cal all the way. Although I love both Maven and Kilorn, I root for Cal.

Evangeline really came to surprise me. She freed Mare. On the condition that Mare wouldn’t go after Ptolemus. But still, she freed her. Chapter Nineteen in Evangeline’s point of view was one of my favorite parts of the book. We finally got to see more to her than just this crown thirsty girl. It was nice to see a different side of her. All the chapters we got in her point of view were great. And, I never thought I’d say this, but they made me feel pity for her. I hope things work out for her. I truly do. I really came to like her. Maybe even Ptolemus a little bit too. I don’t think I’ll ever like him because I am still upset about Shade dying. But, I feel for him a little bit.

From the point that Mare got rescued to the end of the book it was amazing. It was what I was waiting for. We get caught up on what had been happening while Mare was away. And a lot has changed. We see even more newbloods and we see an array of abilities. The Scarlet Guard is up and moving a hundred times better and more effectively than we had in the past and things were actually going well. Very well. I hope that this situation with the Scarlet Guard and Montfort doesn’t come back to bite because like I said, the Scarlet Guard is doing so much better and getting things done and have more people behind them. I have a sneaking suspicion that they will turn on them at some point in the next book. But for now, it’s serving them well. They repeatedly succeeded in defeating Maven and it was so amazing. I hope it continues.

I wanna talk a little bit about Farley. She has always been one of my favorite characters and her being with Shade intensified that because he was one of my top three favorite characters. I loved him and I loved them together. This book made me love her even more if that’s possible. She was pregnant and still fighting and planning. And then once she had her baby, she was still on the front lines fighting for what she believed in and for a better world for her daughter. I loved it. I love that after having the baby she wasn’t just on the sidelines or left at home. It wouldn’t have been true to her character if she had. Farley is a fighter. And I think now even more so. She’s lost Shade and she wants her daughter to grow up without a war strewn country. I love that she named her baby after her mom. I think Clara is a very pretty name. And I love that we get told she looks like Shade. And, I love that when Farley goes out for the big fight at the end of the book that it’s Mare’s mom that looks after Clara. It’s really sweet and it’s a little piece of Shade still in the book and it really makes me happy when she is mentioned.

Now, let’s get to what I didn’t like so much.

So, the whole Samos King thing. I don’t like it. At all. Volo Samos has decided to be a King of his own property and have people act and treat him like the actual King. His wife is Queen. And Ptolemus and Evangeline are Prince and Princess?They have servants and other houses treating them like royalty. I really don’t understand. They have a certain amount of property. It doesn’t sound like it’s an incredibly substantial amount of land. So I mean, you just want to live kingless in your house with servants and other people calling you “your majesty”? EHHH??????? I don’t like it. And I don’t see it lasting at all. Either Maven or Cal will end it eventually. Or maybe even the guard. I guarantee it.

Another thing I didn’t like was the chapters in Cameron’s point of view. I like Cameron, I really do. And I was initially excited to see that we’d be getting her POV. But I hate how it was done. We got a few chapters sprinkled here and there and they weren’t extensive. Just a few pages giving us a little bit of what was happening. We needed more. Mare was imprisoned for so much of the book and we were left in the dark where everyone else and the Scarlet Guard were concerned. We should’ve had more from her point of view so we could know more. Instead we just got the bare minimum from her. And, I feel like her chapters weren’t written as well as the rest of the book. I don’t know. I just was a little disappointed with how it was pulled off.

Also, WHERE THE HELL WAS KILORN. He was there so much in the first two books and he’s one of my top three favorite characters and HE JUST WASN’T THERE DAMMIT. UGH. I love him so much and it’s like he was just left out. He’s in the book for I bet less than 10 pages. Barely mentioned. Barely thought about. I get that it’s because the rivalry between Kilorn and Cal is gone and that Mare has chosen to be with Cal. But come on. That means he disappears? He’s a big part of Mare’s life and her family. He should’ve been way more present.

And finally, the ending. The ending made me mad. We’re trying to make Cal King and Evangeline his Queen. But everyone is saying that they are trying to change the world. For reds and silvers to be united. But the Scarlet Guard does not believe or trust anyone. Not even Cal. They back him for now but their plan is just to let Cal, Maven and the Samos’ to kill each other and then to end up on top. It’s dirty. And won’t get them anywhere in the end. I love Cal, but nothing will change if he ends up King. Nothing will change if Maven remains King. And things will be even worse if Volo Samos remains King. I side with Mare. Why does anyone have to be King? I hope she can find a solution not only to change everything but to change Cal’s mind. It broke my heart when he chose the crown over her.


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My favorite part was when Clara was born. All the Barrow’s were there and even the Colonel was there. It made me really miss Shade but, all together made me really happy. It was a very sweet scene.


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Although it had a few problems, this was still an amazing book. It’s my least favorite of the series so far but I still loved it. This remains my favorite series and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

I was glued to the story and characters as always. This world just keeps getting more and more interesting and I love it.

I can’t wait to see what happens next and I think that the next one is actually the end of the series if I’m not mistaken.


 So, those were all my thoughts and feelings about King’s Cage!

Did you like this installment to the series? Did you find it lacking or did you enjoy it just as much as the others? Which is your favorite of the series? Who are your favorite characters? Which Calore brother do you root for? What was your favorite part? What do you think about the ending and where do you think the series will go from here?

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Goodreads Synopsis

This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Everything, Everything, and you do not wish to be spoiled, please go and read it and come back.

I also did a teaser for this book. If you’d like to read it, click here.


Let’s get on with the review.

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In this book we follow Maddy. And as an infant, she was diagnosed with SCID. Which basically means she’s allergic to the world and that anything can trigger her into an extreme sickness that could be fatal. Because of this, she can not leave the house and hasn’t left her house in 17, almost 18 years. The only people she’s ever had contact with are her mom and her full time nurse Carla.

Maddy and her mom are extremely close. They’re all each other has. And Maddy’s mom clings to her fiercely, not only because she has been dangerously sick her entire life, but also because she lost her husband and son when Maddy was a baby.

I loved the relationship between Maddy and her mom. They make the most out of the situation and find ways to have fun and just enjoy every minute of the time they spend together. Maddy also has a very close relationship with Carla. Instead of acting like nurse and patient, they are friends. And it makes sense why; Carla is the only person that Maddy interacts with besides her mom and they spend all day, everyday together while Maddy’s mom is at work.

Maddy’s life is the same everyday. She has the same routine and sees the same two people. There is no change.

Until Olly moves in next door.

Maddy is instantly intrigued when she sees that a family is moving in next door. And she is especially intrigued by the boy she sees.

They see each other through the window and there’s an instant connection.

The initial contacts between Maddy and Olly were so cute! I loved how he put on this sort of skit with the Bundt cake; it was hilarious. And then when they finally started IM’ing and emailing, ahhhh it was just so adorable. Their conversations were so fun and they really started to get to know each other. Maddy keeps Olly a secret. Until….she can’t take it anymore and asks Carla to let them meet and actually talk.

Carla is incredibly reluctant, as she should be. Maddy has never been around anyone because anything can be a trigger. Anything that comes in her house is air sealed and decontaminated. But Carla finally gives in because she loves Maddy and wants to see her happy and believes that sometimes, just breathing and going on isn’t living.

So Maddy and Olly finally get to meet. On the condition that Olly goes through the decontamination process and under no circumstances are they allowed to touch.

Their first meeting was awkward, cute, interesting and bittersweet all in one. Of course it was awkward; Maddy has never even been around a boy, let alone one that she’s interested in and attracted to. And it’s awkward for Olly because well, lets face it, anything would be awkward if you had to be completely decontaminated first. But, it was very cute. The way they acted around each other and the deep conversations they had….it was just the cutest. It was so bittersweet though! Maddy knew that no matter how much she wanted it, there was no future and it would have to end. All they would ever have was 20 minute talks, where they had to stay on their side of the room and never touch. It was heartbreaking.

But then…….they accidently touch…..and then…..they kiss. And Maddy falls for Olly.

She wants to be able to be with him more than anything. But she knows she can’t. And yet, she doesn’t care. She decides to go by what Carla has always told her; love can’t kill you and risks are a part of living.

It’s very hard to be on the “right” side here. You should hope that Maddy stays in the house and is careful and doesn’t take the risks she does because she’s so ill and the possibility of her dying is so high. But it’s impossible not to hope for Maddy and Olly to be together. IMPOSSIBLE.

When she made the decision to be reckless and not only leave the house, but get on a plane, and go to Maui…..I was cheering her on the entire time. When she said that she didn’t care if she died that at least she finally got to live first, I understood what she meant and completely agreed with the choices she made. And I’m not saying being reckless and risking your life for a boy is what I agree with here. I agree with what she was saying about seeing the world for the first time, and that doing the same old same, seeing the same two people and being surrounded by the same four walls, isn’t living. I would’ve made the same choices had I been in her shoes.

I like that she risked her life and left and knew she could and probably would die and the one place she chose to go was her dads favorite place; Maui. She also chose it because the one thing she always wanted to see was the ocean.

Maddy and Olly’s trip to Maui was absolutely adorable. They had limited time and made the most of it and it was just amazing and so sweet. They did so much and grew so close together and ugh it just made my heart hurt with how cute it all was. And like Maddy, we get hopeful. She’s been out of the house for days now and has been introduced to so many things and be exposed and nothing has happened to her and she’s still alive and fine. We hope that she’ll stay okay and that it will all be okay.

But then, the worst thing happens.

She ends up in the hospital because she gets terribly sick and her heart stops. And her mom goes to Maui and brings her back home.

When Maddy finally wakes up, she’s devastated. She’s back to where she was; stuck and locked up. And away from Olly. And she can’t take it. So she cuts ties with Olly and tries to forget everything and go back to the way things were before she saw him.

It broke my heart.

But we go back to the same routine and try to move on and then Olly moves away and it’s all the way it used to be.

Until…..Maddy gets an email from the doctor in Maui, saying that she doesn’t think Maddy has SCID….or that she ever had it.

This is when we get thrown through a loop. I did not see what happened next coming at all; I was completely shocked.

We find out that her mom has been lying to her for 18 years. Her entire life. She kept her in the house and by herself and away from anything and everything.

After her dad and brother died, Maddy’s mom couldn’t cope. Maddy was all she had and she decided the only way to keep her safe was to not allow her to be a part of the world.

Now don’t get me wrong, I see what Maddy’s mom believed and all she wanted was to keep her safe and I get that and there is nothing wrong with wanting to protect your child. But she took it to the absolute extreme. She took so much away from Maddy and it truly is unfair. She took 18 years away from her. She kept her locked up and told her that she was terribly sick and would die if she left the house. And that is so, so wrong.

Like I said, I didn’t see that coming and it shocked me. And it was a really good twist. But this became the focus of the end of the story.

THE ONLY THING I DIDN’T LIKE WAS THE ENDING.

This book was on it’s way to becoming a five star read. I loved everything I had read and couldn’t put it down.

BUT THEN THE ENDING HAPPENED DAMMIT.

The book was about Maddy and Olly and THEIR STORY. And he wasn’t even in the last forty pages or so. AND THEN. WHEN HE WAS FINALLY BACK IN THE STORY. IT WAS FOR 5 PAGES.

And we don’t even know what happened. It ended with her going to New York to surprise him. She went to this bookstore and told him to go there….and left her favorite book as a clue…..and he saw it…..and then said “I found your book”…..AND IT ENDED.

I was so disappointed. That didn’t tell us what happened. We don’t know if they were going to be able to be together. Or what. It just ended.


So, other than the ending, I completely loved this book. I loved the story and all the characters. And I really loved Nicola Yoons’ writing style and how not every page was filled with text and that we got illustrations throughout the book. It was such an easy and light read and overall it was just great. I just wish we had gotten to know a little more on how things were left between Maddy and Olly.

Also, I’m planning on seeing the movie opening weekend and I’m very excited. I hope that it’s as amazing as the book (but expands on the ending a little bit).

My favorite part:

When Maddy and Olly finally met for the first time in person. It was so cute and just UGH I loved it so much.

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The ending really disappointed me and made the book feel so unfinished so I just can’t rate this 5/5 stars. But I still loved it so, so much.

(I rounded it to 4/5 stars on Goodreads. Again I say, Goodreads really needs to allow half stars)


So, those were all my thoughts and feelings about Everything, Everything!

Did you love the relationship between Maddy and Olly? Would you have made the same choices Maddy did? Did you see the twist coming? Do you agree with what her mom did and/or her reasoning? Or did you agree with how Maddy felt and reacted? Did the ending make you angry?

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May TBR and #AtoZreadathon

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For the first time in a long time, I’m here with a monthly TBR!

I stopped doing monthly TBR’s awhile back. If you’d like to know why, you can click here to read the post I wrote all about it. But, I’ve decided to try reinstating a monthly TBR and I guess we will see how it works out.


I thought that this would be a good month to try doing TBR’s again because I’m participating in the AtoZreadathon!

The AtoZreadathon is a month long readathon in which you try to get through every letter of the alphabet with the books that you read. There are three different difficulty levels in which you can choose to participate.

You can be overly ambitious and try for the hard level. Where the goal is to read 26 books, with each title starting with a different level of the alphabet.

Or you can do the medium level, in which you can read any number of books. You just have to make sure that every letter of the alphabet shows up in the titles.                        (ex. Wildwood would count for letters W, I, L, D and O)

And lastly, the easy level. Where you can read any number of books, ensuring that each letter of the alphabet appears in either the title or the authors name.

(If you’d like to watch the announcement video for this readathon, click here)


So, for the readathon, I’ve decided to go for the medium level. That means that I’ll be trying to get through the entire alphabet with the titles of every book I read.

Not everything I read will be going toward the readathon; there are a few things that I’m just really wanting to pick up. But we’ll see what actually gets read and I’ll hopefully get through the alphabet!

So, let’s get to my TBR for this month!


Image result for tbrFirst on my list is to finish Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I’m very close to finishing this and I’m still really loving it (I will be doing a review as soon as I’m done).    I will be counting this toward the readathon, and it will be going for letters I, V, N, E, Y, G, R, H and T.

Then, I will FINALLY be picking up…….KINGS CAGE by Victoria Aveyard. I still haven’t read it and it’s my most anticipated release of the year and ugh, I just need it. So I’m really excited to get to it. This will be going for letters K, S, C and A.

After that, I’ll be continuing with the Cirque Du Freak series by Darren Shan. I’ll be starting book 5, Trials of Death. I’ve been reading this series for awhile now and I’m slowly working my way through. This will count towards letters O, L, Q, F, U and D.

Next will be, The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I grabbed this the other day because I’m really enjoying Everything, Everything and her writing style (and because I was lucky enough to get a signed copy). I really hope that I enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying Everything, Everything. This book will not be counting toward the readathon.

The last novel on my list for this month is, Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts. I started reading this, I don’t even know how long ago and I put it down and started reading other things and never picked it back up. So, I’m hoping to finish it this month. This one will count towards letters Z and M.

And then, I will be picking up a graphic novel series. My brother has been trying to get me to read the Scott Pilgrim books by Bryan Lee O’Malley because they’re some of his favorites. It’s a six book series but he flew through them and I’m hoping to as well. Two of the books will count for the readathon and they’ll be going for letters P and W.

Lastly, I will be reading some comics. First will be, The Mighty Thor: Vol. 1 No. 413 The Beast Within. And then, X-Factor: Vol. 1 No. 94, Mutant Sacrifice. They both will count toward the readathon and will go for letters X and B.

The only letter that I could  not find something for, was J. I looked through every unread book, graphic novel and comic on my shelf and could not find one. The only way I could get through all the letters was to change the difficulty to easy and I really don’t want to do that. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to pick something up throughout the month that will count. But, sadly, as it stands, that letter will be remaining blank.


And that’s everything I’m hoping to read this month!

What are you currently reading? What are you planning on reading this month? Are you planning on participating in the AtoZreadathon? Let me know down below!


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Teaser Tuesday – 5/2/2017

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Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme where you share a few sentences from your current read in order to entice others to seek it out.

Want to participate?

Just grab your current read, open to a random page and share two teaser sentences that DO NOT include spoilers. Also include the title and author so that others can add it to their never ending TBR’s!


I’m currently on page 195 of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I am loving this book so much so far. I picked it up before bed on the 29th and it’s now the 2nd and I’m 2/3 of the way done. I’ve been reading every time I’ve had a free moment. I think this book may be destined for a spot on my Top 5 Favorite Contemporaries shelf. IT”S SO GOOD.


Today’s teaser is coming from page 166.

“I look up and see particles of dust drifting, crystal white and luminous, in the suspension of light. There are entire worlds that exist just beneath our notice of them.”

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Tell me what you’re currently reading, and give me a teaser!


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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon has come to a close!

I actually had a successful readathon!

I ended up not doing updates throughout because it was time consuming and my reading was sporadic. I got a lot read but it was spread out throughout my day. I slept in both yesterday and today and didn’t read as much as I probably could have. But that’s okay! I still got a lot done and I had fun!

So, let’s get to the wrap-up!


As I said, I slept in. So my readathon actually started at about 11:45ish/ almost noon. But between being distracted and doing other things; I managed to read the remaining 185 pages of Voyager!

After I finished Voyager, I procrastinated picking something else up.

But I eventually decided to try and get through some comics.

I didn’t succeed. I just wasn’t in the mood for comics and it just wasn’t holding my attention. I managed to finish one though, which was, X-Men: The Hidden Years #9. It wasn’t a great comic but it was interesting and it featured The Fantastic 4 which was cool.

After that, I decided to go out with my boyfriend. Which in terms of trying to have a successful readathon, was not the smartest idea. However, I had already completed my only real goal which was to complete Voyager. Which was my justification for going.

I got back pretty late, but I knew that I wasn’t going to get up in time to read more before the readathon ended so I decided to read a little bit before bed. Instead of picking up some more comics, I decided to give Everything, Everything a try. And so far, I LOVE IT. I ended up reading 57 pages before bed and only put it down because I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. But I’m even more excited for the movie now and I’ll probably be done with this book very soon.


And that concludes everything I read for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

To everyone that participated, I hope you got a lot of reading done and had fun!

What did you read? Did you stick to your TBR or did you decide to pick something else up? Did any of your reads surprise you? Let me know down below!


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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR

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I completely forgot that I had signed up to do this readathon and furthermore completely forgot when it was taking place. So when I got a reminder email I flipped out because it’s only two days away and then scrambled to put together a TBR.

The great thing about this readathon is that there are no challenges or requirements! You can read as much or as little as you want and you can read any book you want. So if your goal is to read a graphic novel in 24 hours; that’s perfectly fine! You just have to read and have fun!

The readathon is taking place April 29.

Something unique about this readathon is that everyone in the world starts reading at the same time. Which means that everyone has a different start time due to the different time zones. My start time will be 8am on April 29 and my end time will be 8am on April 30.

If you’d like to join the readathon or would like to see when your start time is, I will be leaving those links down below!

So without further ado, here’s my TBR!


Seeing as this is only a 24 hour readathon and there are no challenges I didn’t pick a lot to read.

The only goal I really have is to finish my current read, Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve been reading it for awhile now and I’m on page 874 of 1059. So hopefully I’ll be able to finish the remaining 185 pages in that 24 hours!

If I do pull through the remainder of Voyager, I plan to pick up some small and fast reads.

I recently went to my local second hand book store and there was a sale on comics for 50 cents a piece. So, needless to say, I picked up a whole stack of them. 11 to be precise. So I figured this would be a good time to sit down and get through them.

If I manage all of that, I would like to at least start Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I just bought this book over the last weekend and I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile now but I want to read it asap because the movie is coming soon.


In addition to reading as much as I can I will also be doing updates throughout the readathon!

I’m unsure how I’m going to do it though. I don’t know if I’d like to update hourly like a lot of people do during Dewey’s readathon. I’ve also thought about doing one at the end of each 12 hour mark or if it would just be better to do a wrap up at the end. Let me know if you have any suggestions on this!


And that completes my TBR!

Are you planning to participate?! If so, are you planning on being ambitious or are you just trying to get some of the faster reads off your shelf? Let me know down below!


Here are the links you will need to participate!

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Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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Before I get into the review, I would just like to say that I am REALLY sorry. I took a little bit of a hiatus for the past 2 almost 3 months and just kind of dropped off the face of the earth. I honestly think I was just in need of a break.

But I’m back now, and I’m hoping to jump right back into things.


I’ve actually been finished with this book for the last month or so and I just kept getting busy and pushing off doing a review.

This review is going to have SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and you do not wish to be spoiled, please go and read it and then come back.


And so, the review begins.

I really wanted to love this book. But I just didn’t.

 The pages dragged by and there wasn’t a lot of depth and I felt like the story wasn’t living up to its full potential. I hated the ending and it really affected how I felt about the good parts of the story because all I could focus on was the let down.

The story starts off with Naomi narrating and then we also see the story through the other characters eyes, (Ely, Bruce, Bruce the second, Robin, etc.). I liked that the story was told through all of the different characters. We got to see how the story and events pertained to everyone involved and not just Naomi/ Ely.

But, on the other hand, I also felt that is the main reason why there wasn’t a lot of depth. I felt like we just bounced around from place to place and character to character too much. I found it hard to keep up with everyone and follow the story. By the time I was getting into what was going on in one persons life and was getting interested and invested, the chapter would be over and then we were just jumping into someone else’s story.. I don’t know, I personally found it frustrating and I think it hindered the story more than it helped portray the message.

Before I read the last 30 pages or so, I was already not loving this book as much as I thought I would. I was getting annoyed and was just trying to hurry up and finish the book at that point. And then I read the ending and it really just made me feel a huge sense of disappointment towards the whole book.

So, lets talk about the ending. The story ended with Ely gaining courage and perspective in his relationship with Bruce, Naomi and Ely making up and Gabriel and Naomi with the promise of their attraction and interest going somewhere. Here are my problems: The story went from Naomi’s story to her becoming a secondary character and Ely becoming the main focus. Ely’s the one that had the big epiphany. Ely’s the one that ended up with the big happy ending. The fight between Naomi and Ely had been stretched through such a big part of the book and then, just like that it was magically solved. And then the story between Naomi and Gabriel was left unfinished. If Naomi had stayed the books main focus, then the relationship between Naomi and Gabriel wouldn’t have been left the way it was. Because of this, I don’t feel like Naomi really came to the same conclusion as Ely.

Side note: I’ve now watched the movie about three times and I LOVE IT. This was a rare case where I felt like the movie was way better than the book.


Overall, this book was a really easy, teen read. It let me down a lot and I wish the ending didn’t feel so unfinished. I was really excited to read this because of David Levithan. I’ve really loved what I’ve read from him up until this point and Boy Meets Boy is one of my favorite contemporary novels. But, I just really ended up not liking this that much.

My favorite part:

When Gabriel went through all the songs on the playlist he made for Naomi and explained his reasoning for picking each song.

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(I rounded it up to three out of five stars on Goodreads)

(Goodreads REALLY needs to allow half stars. ^_^)


So those were all of my thoughts and feelings on Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List!

Tell me all of your thoughts and feels down below!


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