Fantasy · YA · YA Romance

March Wrap-Up

Hey guys! So, I somehow managed to read three books this month! This is huge for me since I didn’t manage to finish any books in February. College work has been getting the better of me this semester so I would have been happy just finishing one book.  So, here are my thoughts on the three books I read…

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The books I managed to read this month are:

  1. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  2. By Your Side by Kasie West
  3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

 

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.

I have wanted to read this book since I heard Yoon speak on a panel at Yall Fest 2016. I cannot remember what the panel was about but I remember wanting to read her most recent book, The Sun Is Also A Star (TSIAS). And what do you know, I get home and this book is waiting for me in my mailbox from Uppercase Box. It was the feature book in the November box! Last year was the second time I heard Yoon speak. I first heard her at Yall Fest 2015 and each time I hear her speak I am always so humbled. She is a calm person and she speaks so soft, but her words are always firm. You cannot help feeling inspired by her. She was a math nerd who worked on wall street and now she writes award-winning books. Like, come on. That’s freaking awesome. She has all the traits I want. Smart with numbers and a book/writing nerd? Yes, please!

However inspiring Yoon is when you hear her speak, TSIAS lacked that same feeling for me. I adore the concept of this book; the coming togetherness, the “love conquers all” vibe, and finding your person. Two things I wholly believe in. Besides those two things, I was really disappointed in this book. It did not deliver for me. I was waiting for that BIG MOMENT to happen and it never did. And I really, really wanted to like this book. I enjoyed some parts, but not enough for me to keep reading at a steady pace. I was always putting it down 10, maybe 15 minutes after picking it up. It took me over a month to read. I heard so many great things about it. It won The National Book Award in 2016. So why wouldn’t I be interested in it? If those things do not grab you, the cover will. It deserves its own award!

Over all I give this book 3/5 stars.

Find it on Goodreads here.

 

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By Your Side by Kasie West.

I absolutely adore Kasie West’s books. They are such feel good books. I always say good-bye to the characters with a smile on my face. West’s book, “P.S. I Like You,” came in one of the UppercaseBox subscriptions last year and I read that book in two days. “By Your Side” also came in a UppercaseBox subscription and again…I read it in two days. West has this great talent where her characters have such a great connection. The path her characters take to true OTPness always feels so natural to me. Even her side characters add a good dynamic to her books and it makes the stories so easy to read.

This book was a little bit different from the last one I read from West. In “By Your Side” we meet a popular girl who secretly suffers from social anxiety and is dealing with panic attacks and learning to deal with them as they come. We also meet a character who has gone through some dark times and ends up being our main characters “savior,” for lack of better term. These two characters actually end up helping each other out. Not in huge monumental ways but in ways that really count. Ways that make hearts happy and settled. Which, I guess in turn, is pretty monumental when it is something your person truly needs.

This book was an all around good book. It wasn’t a deep book that only focused on anxiety and how it cripples people. It shines a little light on the subject and gently lets readers know that, “Hey. You’re not alone. There are people out here who understand. Find help. It’s out there.” And let’s face it, this is a chick book and we all love a little love in our books. #romancejunkie

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Find it on Goodreads here.

 

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

In case you have been living under a YA rock and don’t know the history behind this book, I’ll tell you briefly. This story came about from Rainbow Rowell’s book, “Fangirl.” Simon and Baz were fictional fiction characters in that story. Rowell loved them so much in that book, she wrote them their own story. I personally don’t think you need to read “Fangirl” first in order to get this story, even though that is where we first meet Simon and Baz. Rowell does a great job in “Carry On” bringing everyone up to speed and filling in gaps and such.

There was a lot of dialog in this book so the 450+ pages go by really fast and the chapters are not very long so it feels like you are cruising through this book. Or maybe it was just me because I couldn’t put this book down. I loved the relationship between Simon and Baz and Simon and Penny. There were parts in the book where I was reminded of Harry Potter and Hogwarts and that sort of bothered me. I was hoping for a new, original magical world. Overall though, I really did enjoy this book. It’s fun, fast paced and the characters are great.

I am totally #teambaz though. I’m not sorry. I have a thing for dark, moody vamps.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Find it on Goodreads here.

 

Thank you so much for reading my blog! I would love to hear what you think about my reviews so please leave comments, questions! Whatever! What did you read in March?? Let me know!

 

Live long and prosper!

Chelsea K.

2 thoughts on “March Wrap-Up

  1. I’ve only read By Your Side, and I totally agree about everything you said. It was soooo cute, but I have PS I Like You on my April TBR, so I’m super excited you said you binge read it in two days. 😀 Can’t wait to read it now! 😀 Also, I love your pictures. They were so pretty.
    P.S. I couldn’t figure out a direct way to respond to your Contact thing, but thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome! And thank you!
      Oh man! If you liked By Your Side, you’re going to like PS I Like You. No doubt in my mind! It is such a cute book! The author said she got the idea for the book from personal experience. Her and her husband ised to write letters to each other. How cute, huh?

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