Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Book Review || King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (another piece of evidence I’m filing under reasons why Bardugo is a QUEEN)

King of Scars 

by: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary: Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.


My Review: 

Hello. Hello. Hello again, just stopping by on my little blog here to tell you how flat out AMAZING Leigh Bardugo's books are and how my brain is now a complete pile of mush filled with nothing but clouds and day dreams most of which consist of dragons, witty waffle remarks, and the dreamy face and thoughts of my beloved Nikolai. 

   Ok so I did things a bit backwards here (mostly because I can and because I wanted to) and plopped this book into my hands without having read a single page of the Grishaverse trilogy (why yes, yes I know this is a bit messed up and true followers of the Grishaverse may be very cross at this but I just didn’t have the patience to read three more books) (especially when I already KNEW I would love Nikolai so I really just wanted a book all about him.... can you blame me?) * tsk tsk*

 ANYWHOOOO..... I READ THE BOOK AND LOVED IT. Of course this should be no surprise since I am such an incredible, indulgent, lover/worshipper of the Six of Crows Duology (its been two years since I’ve read them and I feel like it was just yesterday) 

“Stop punishing yourself for being someone with a heart. You cannot protect yourself from suffering. To live is to grieve. You are not protecting yourself by shutting yourself off from the world. You are limiting yourself.”

 This book also takes place in the same world as Six of Crows and the Grishaverse and even though I did not read the Grisha Triology I found this book very easy to follow along with! Leigh bardugos world building is amazing as ever (omg when you hit part two... lets just say there was some dragons and castle action going on that hand me like... *jaw on the floor*). But truly it is Leigh Bardugos characters that continue to remind me why I love reading so much in the first place. 

   I mean this book was great because I got reunited with one of my bookish character loves from Six of Crows, Nina!! 

  This book completely reminded  me of the kinds of characters Leigh bardugo had in Six of Crows that completely stole my heart... as well as shredded it through a blender... and yet here I am coming back for more (she's that good). Nina is SO FUNNY and confident and very much about what she's going to do what she needs to do to get this done because she don't have time for hearing other peoples shit about her plans or ideas (I laughed out loud so many times. Especially when waffles where mentioned... I really want waffles after reading this book).  

“One could plot violent espionage and still hope for dessert.”

 Nina is also incredible because she is confident but also raw and makes my heart ache at how real and fierce and brave she can be while still wanting a hot bath and a steaming plate of waffles. There were times in this book were I wanted to cry (if you’ve read this than you know just what/who I am crying over)  but Nina is so incredibly strong and she handles her undercover mission so beautifully and bravely that... UGHHH I am just so in LOVE with these characters!! 

“It's not exciting if nothing can go wrong.”

 I also really liked Adrik and Leloni I thought they were adorable in there highly optimistic and extremely brutey ways. They were very likable side characters and I hope to see more of them in another one of Bardugos books. 

 BUT OMG I’D BE LYING IF EVERYTIME KAZ BREKKER’S NAME WAS MENTIONED I DIDNT FREAK OUT! ( same with Inej... because LOVE her!!) 

“She wished she had Inej’s gift for spywork or Kaz’s gift for scheming, but she only seemed to have Jesper’s gift for bad decisions.”

  But if I am being completely honest here the chapters I really really liked the most were both Nikolai’s and Zoya’s... 

  I mean COME ON HOW COULD YOU NOT LIKE NIKOLAI?? He is sooo funny and omg some of his lines were so quick and witty and just so off that wall that I found myself laughing for like five minutes straight while reading this. He is just an uncontrollable ball of delicious cream puffs and I just want to devour him whole!! 

“Do that thing you do where you use too many words to say something simple and confuse the issue.” 

 I mean come on, Nikolai is just uncontrollable yumminess in my opinion. A complete babe. But despite his charming, and completely out the box wit (the way he is always toying with Zoya... thats the kind of spice I am TALKING ABOUT people). There is also a darker side to him. Especially since he is still battling the Darkling inside of him. 

 I kind of saw the Darkling as almost a metaphor for depression. Nikolai has a lot of pressure on him as the King of Ravka and an almost never ending list of duties and problems that he needs to solve. Not to mention there all trying to keep the peace after just having ended a war three years ago. Its a lot for one guy to handle, especially when he needs to appear like he has it all together, all the time. 

“The monster is me and I am the monster.”

Despite this darkness inside of him (or maybe because of it) I imediently loved Nikolai and need more of him!! But I also really really liked Zoya!!

 She’s kind of a unique character because she is so incredibly sharp and edgy all the time. Like a ball of fiery anger meets the blade of a double edged sword. It was especially interesting to see how even Nikolai could not soften her sharpness (which I very much appreciated because I am waaaay more about characters loving each other for who they are and not trying to ‘fix them’ or ‘change them’ for what they believe is better). In fact Nikolai seemed quite found of her meanness and sharp, angry tongue. 

“Zoya of the lost city. Zoya of the garden. Zoya bleeding in the snow. You are strong enough to survive the fall.” 

And of course Zoya was a total badass as well. I really liked her chapters and completely and totally with every fiber of my being SHIP HER AND NIKOLAI. But we shall see where my predictions go because boy does Leigh Bardugo like to torture you with bread crumbs because I really have no clear idea of either of them feel!!! (I just know it in my heart to be true *sighs dramatically like the hopeless romantic I am*) 

“Say something spiteful.”

“Why?” she asked faintly.
“Because I’m fairly certain I'm hallucinating and in my dreams you're much nicer.”
“You're an idiot, Nikolai.”

  I also liked Genya and David. They were completely and totally adorable. Loved how Davids head was always in a book and how he would just pop up and be like ‘yes thats mildly concerning that the world is burning’ only to quickly continue on with the reading!! Also loved the twins Tamar and Tollya. Really great group of interesting misfits trying to rule a country. 

“Just a moment," David said, planting a finger on the page to mark his place in his book. "What was your name ?"

 I also enjoyed the addition of Issak halfway through the book his chapters were very fun and I loved the angle/ plot twist the book took towards the end with the addition of him (that ending though!!!) 

 And of course in classic Leigh Bardugo fashion the ending was a total hit out of left field and now I am left staring longingly at my palms wishing that the sequel to this book was in them. I highly  recommend this book to fans of six of crows or Leigh Bardugo in general! Also to those who are fans of more character focused books (which I am ;) because the plot takes a little while to get going on this one! Overall so good. Great characters, magical world building, new characters and plots overlapping, very entertaining and very much drizzled with lovable characters, King of Scars is not a book to miss out on!

So what do you all think? Willing to give this one a read? Already read it? LMK in the comments below!
-BubblyBooks
  

  

Monday, August 19, 2019

Release Blitz || Broken Knight by LJ Shen is Out Now!!



 

"Everyone needs to read this book. " 
- Harloe Rae, USA Today bestselling author.


Broken Knight, an all new standalone about first loves, betrayal and loss from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now! 


Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.

Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.
Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.
Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.

Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Rugged.
Popular.
Liar. 
This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna. 
But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.
Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.


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About LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 Best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries. 

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.


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Sunday, August 18, 2019

5 Books I Need to Read Before School Starts (and steals away all my reading time...)

 School = no reading time. Hence me making this list of books I NEED to wrap up/ consume to feed my bookish soul before school gobbles up all my time like the vicious villain it is.


1) King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo


Currently reading this right now and remembering with every page why Leigh Badugo is a total QUEEN. Love Nikolai, love Zoya, and of course Nina!! (but I must admit every time Kaz is mentioned my heart bursts) since this is over 500 pages I NEED to get on it with the reading. 


2) Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard


I don't think I cant breathe/ exist let alone handle school without having finished this book. First of all it is a whole book mainly focusing on Aeudan- my villainous soft boy whom I love and who doesn’t deserve to be made out as the killer he is. I NEED IT! NEED IT! (Which is why already ordered it on Amazon ;);) 


3) The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh


I’m almost done with this but paused- some reason I’m not liking it as much as the first *shrugs* I do want to finish it before school though since its a library book. 

4) Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim


Bought this recently at a super cute book store and really hope I get the chance to read it since it sounds sooo good!


5) A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer


THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE RETELLING OF MY DREAMS. So of course I need it!! It has my fav trope of villainous/bad boy/ evil/ dark character is just needing someone to love him *queue girl enters picture* ME: OMG I SHIP IT I SHIP IT!! 


What about you all?? Any books you need to finish ASAP? any books haunting you from your TBR screaming *read me. read me*?? LMK in the comments below!
-Bubblybooks 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Book Review || Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard (My new fantasy series addiction)


Truthwitch 

by: Susan Dennard

Rating: 4/5 stars

  Summary: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.



My Review: 

   Wow. wow. wow. wow. wow. Ok sooo I think its safe to say this book was flat out amazing. I went into it expecting a good book to fuel my YA fantasy cravings and instead got a fantasy so richly layered and deeply soaked in heart riveting characters that I completely dived head first into this book-- and barely had time to gasp for air.

   This book is almost written more like an adult fantasy with the rich writing style, action packed scenes, and multiple political countries woven into the setting-- but with all the fun and intriguing characters of a really good YA fantasy!!

“Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.”

    First off the world building is incredible. One moment your chasing through the streets trying to out run men with knives aimed at throats, and the next your smack dab in the middle of a dance floor laced with politically deadly alliances, and than your sailing away on a strangers ship to an unknown destination! Like omg Susan Dennard really knows how to keep you completely on your toes. With the multiple POVS (all of which I enjoyed but like all books I had my favs...) I was never bored and I felt they all added an extra layer of richness to this multi layered cake of a book. However it was occasionally a bit thick and took me a minute to get used to the writing style just because of all the things going on at once (plus Dennard’s writing style itself is a bit rich, but also very good and beautiful at the same time).

“He was good. The best fighter she’d ever faced. But Safi and Iseult were better.” 



  The characters were also incredible!! They were the kind of characters you couldn’t describe as anything other than epic. Right off the bat  I knew I would soon be idolizing and predicting plot lines in my head of what was going to happen next for these bookish daredevils. I mean you throw in two best friends, one the funny reckless fighter and the other the quiet outsider who is equally as deadly as her counterpart and I am completely hooked by this one half of the same coin female friendship!! Toss in a righteous prince and an bloodthirsty hunter who cant die and I am hands down IN THIS TILL THE END!!


“I hate this. Both the storm and the plan. Why does it have to be ‘we’? Why not just me?"

“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are,” Iseult hollered back. “I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.” 


    As far as favorites go I have to say Aeudan the Bloodwitch stole my heart. Most likely because he was the most bloody, honest, unforgiving bastard in the whole book. But he was also really multi layered and complex at the same time... and that had me wildly intrigued of course. I really liked his voice in his POV too because I feel like he was exactly what I expected him to be but at the same time completely different and I guess I just like characters who surprise me by not being what I originally thought *smirks*.

“Oh, the Bloodwitch named Aeduan was no longer bored. No longer bored at all. And now he had work to do.” 

  I also really liked Iseult, which I was not expecting. At first I thought for sure Safi would be my favorite, what with her constant wit and tendencies towards recklessness and acting before thinking it seemed the kind of character I typically connected with. However, Iseult kind of crept up on me and I found myself counting down the chapters until I got to read her POV. I found her powers linked with being a Threadwitch to be interesting and soothing to read at the same time (sounds kind of weird but somehow makes sense when your reading it??)

“I can feel their Threads waiting.” 

 Merik is also an intriguing little Windwitch whom I liked easily even though both his and Safi’s stubbornness could drive me crazy at some points (if you’ve read this book than you all know what I’m talking about ;) I also really liked Kullen Meriks thread brother. I knew instantly when they described him as being really tall with white hair and dangerously powerful wind magic that he would be a fav. Toss in the flaws in his powers and the fact that he’s a wind witch with weak lungs and I am already tossing Kullen on my radar!!

“How is that for service? Do you know how many men onboard would kill for the use of a spoon?"
"And do you know," she retorted, "how many men I can kill with a spoon?” 

  Also the ending was wild. I just love how all these characters from different places and different backgrounds come together. Some with dark political agendas and others with the minds of blood thirsty revenge!! ahh just so good!

   I love complex world building and vivid characters and this book did not disappoint!! My new fantasy series addiction I cannot wait to continue this!! Highly recommend to the YA fantasy lovers out there! If you like Game of Thrones or Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series than these books are for you!

 So what do you guys think? Willing to give this book a read? Read it already? LMK your thoughts in the comments below!
-BubblyBooks



 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Broken Knight by LJ Shen || Cover Reveal ft A Cover So Sexy You’ll Want to Die *heart eyes*







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  Hey guys! I’m so excited to be sharing with you the beautiful, sexy new cover for one of my favorite authors, LJ Shen!!

  Her book, Broken Knight is going to be the second one in the series All Saints High following Pretty Reckless (which I also loved!!)

  I always am counting down the days until her next release so please if you haven’t read LJ Shen add her to your TBR imediently! (especially if you like a good broken anti hero/ have a bad boy complex). Her books are also often on Kindle Unlimited!

Ugh I LOVE it! Cannot wait!!



“Not all love stories are written in the same way.

Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.”

 

Broken Knight, the highly anticipated new standalone in the All Saints High series from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming August 25th, and we have the red-hot cover!

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Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.
Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.
See, under the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves yet pities is a girl who knows exactly what – and who – she wants.
Namely, the boy from the treehouse, who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.
Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Jagged.
Popular.
Liar.
See, the daredevil hellraiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but only has eyes for the girl across the street.
But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he is forced to realize that not all heroes are knights.
Sometimes, the greatest love stories could flourish amidst the worst tragedies.


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About LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 Best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.
She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

June/ July Wrap Up || My Mega Summer Reading Wrap up Ft. Books, ARCs, and other blogging struggles!!

 Hey there readers!! How’s everyones summer going?? Lately I feel as if I have had reading time coming out of my ears which is great because July turned out to be a really great reading month for me!! (and this is especially fabulous because we all know my reading times going to go down the toilet come school in august ugh).

 I’ve wrapped up some great book series (one even landing on my all times fav shelf ;), written some ARC reviews *high fives all around*, and even managed to make some time to do art and work a summer job!

Books I Read: 

June: 


 
 

5 stars: Legendary by Stephanie Garber (REVIEW HERE), Finale by Stephanie Garber (REVIEW)
4 stars: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory,
3 stars: The Forbidden Wish (3.5 stars) by Jessica Khoury (REVIEW)
2 stars: N/A
1 stars: N/A

July:


           
           

5 star: The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson (REVIEW HERE), The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdien 
4 star: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons (REVIEW HERE), I Dare You (4.5 stars) by Isla Madden-Mills, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard 
3 star: I Bet You by Isla Madden-Mills, Jock Rule by Sara Ney 
2 star: N/A
1 star: N/A

On the Blog:

 June: 


July:

  Overall I’m pretty impressed with the amount of content I was able to post on my blog! I was able to get a total of five posts up each month which is a great improvement to the inconsistency that is my posting schedule during the school year (did I say schedule... haha thats non existent aug-may for me now rip). 


 Guys I also got some actual book reviews up?!? Like whaat?!? and some of them were ARC’s... its like I’m a whole new person. No seriously can I just be this productive reader/blogger I somehow always morph into in the summertime?? Because that would be a much more productive way to live. 

  I’d have to say the two of my favorite posts to write over these two months was both my Legendary review and my TTT post about my favorite villains!! Writing a 5 star book review is always SUPER FUN because you just get to rant about its amazingness that is said book (plus Legendary had one of my new fav ships of all time so... I had a lot to say there.. hehe). Also writing about bookish morally grey villains is really just becoming a pass time now. I love myself some evil, boundary pushing bastards *smirks*. 

 Some of my Favorite Posts On the Blogosphere: 
All of these bloggers are great! and their post this months were on fire so plz check some of them out if you have a moment :)


Life Happenings:


  •  Well its officially August now which is basically the Sunday of summer (ughh) so of course the mental clock of the count down of school is starting (this is also a little said because less reading time... cry's while playing sad music) 
  • My summer job is also coming to a close soon. This will be my last couple weeks working there and the thought is a little bitter sweet but I am happy to have some more free time coming up a couple weeks before the official start of school!
  • I also finished watching the first season of Roswell on Netflix and LOVED IT!! OMG for those of you who watched the Originals Jackson is in it (although his new characters name is Max) and I really like him in this role! I am addicted now. 
  • I’ve also had a bit of time to do some art and have gotten the chance to dabble in acrylic painting which is fun!
  • I’ve also started to do a little writing... and have also been debating sharing little snippets?? So let me know if thats something you would be interested in seeing in the comments?! 

Alright thats a wrap everybody! How was y’alls reading this month? Read any good books? Had any blogging ups and downs? Fun summer updates/events? LMK in the comments below!
-BubblyBooks

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Top Ten Villains I Secretly Loved

Hi guys!! Back again with another Top Ten Tuesday which can be originally found over @The Artsy ReaderGirl !

 For this post I decided I needed to gush/rant/ extreme fan girl over all the top bookish villains in my life because I feel like they have been stealing my heart and stabbing it full of emotions in the best way possible?!?

 Like leave it to me to have a soft spot for all these twisted dark soul catchers.


1) Cardan from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


Love him. Love him. LOVE him. How can one be so deliciously evil yet extremely lovable at the same time? One may never know. 

2) Lorcan from the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas


Ok Lorcan was a bit of a surprise for me. At first he was made out as strictly the villain and than book five popped out of this series and omg I do not think I have ever swooned harder! Him and Elaine are the ultimate ship in my armada. 

3) Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


A classic, the reason YA morally grey characters are not only the most fascinating but the most amazing EVER and possibly the greatest characters of all time! I love Kaz with my whole bookish heart friends!!

4) Legend from the Caraval Series by Stephanie Garber


Love him!! So hard for me to figure out. Super complex but also flirty and deliciously dark and magical Legend is not a YA villain to miss!  

5) Khalid from the Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


A new favorite of mine I don't think my heart has ever swelled so much for a character who you are supposed to hate. The way he treats Shazi just ahhh such a good YA romance. 


6) Aeduan from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


OMG y’all I just finished this book and quite literally the reason I am continuing this series is because of Aeduan. He is the evil badass assassin bounty hunter and omg I love love love love him!!! ahhh! 


7) Jacks from the Caraval Series by Stephanie Garber


Jacks was one of the more crazy unpredictable you never really knew what he was going to do characters?? and while I love this about him that doesn’t mean he didn’t do some very bad and evil things. He did. But somehow I ended up liking him anyways?? 

8) Morpheus from Splintered by A.G. Howard



I very much liked Morepheus. He is twisted and very much an Alice and Wonderland mental puzzle but I loved him! This was a bit of a love triangle but I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t say ultimately Morpheus was my favorite :)

9) Ignifex from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge


This was a lovely beauty and the beast spin off if I remember correctly so of course I fell heads over heels in love with the beast, Ignifex. Great read!! Highly recommend! 

10) Levi from Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody


This is one of those series that had a few bumps but also endless potential. Levi as a young gagster in the city and because of that obviously had my heart from the start. The fact that he’s also bi and favors guys and girls makes him all the more interesting! 

So what what about you guys? Any bookish “villains” steal your heart? Too dark and dreamy to resist? LMK in the comments below!
-BubblyBooks 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

WWW Wednesday

   Hey everybody!! How are my fellow readers doing?? I’ve had surprisingly good luck with my reading lately and read a good couple of 5 stars reads recently!! (bless the bookish gods) Heres just a quick update at where I am in my little book filled life:


What I Recently Finished:



Omg both of these were so good but The Wrath and The Dawn truly took my breath away it was amazing! 
  


What I am Currently Reading:



I haven’t actually started this but I’m pretty sure this will be my next read while I wait for The Rose and the Dagger (the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn!) to come in from the library. 


What I plan on Reading Next: 



I need this now!! I need more Khalid and Shazi *heart eyes* *heart melting*

So what everybody reading right now? Read any of the above? Any new book recs/ 5 stars reads to rave about? LMK in the comments below!
-BubblyBooks

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Book Review || 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons


100 Days of Sunlight

by: Abbie Emmons

Published on: August 7th 2019

Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary: When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. 

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down.

My Review: 

 You guys this book is beautiful sunshiny goodness that every whole hearted reader needs to take a bite out of!! 

 Like seriously you guys my heart is a puddle of mush right now. Like it is currently melted into a puddle on the floor. Thank you Abbie Emmons for making me cry!!

 I mean guys there was so many things to love about this book. The characters. Their struggles. The inspiration of it all just filled my heart and made me smile with tears in my eyes. 



 First off I loved the two main characters and each of their POVs. Weston is an adorable little charmer whose energy is literally infectious and you cannot stop yourself from falling in love with his adorableness. He’s also an amputee. Meaning he lost both his legs in an accident when he was a kid. This of course sparks his original fascination with Tessa- a girl who in fact cannot see that he is a boy with no legs because she is blind....this of course leads to a very intrigued me and omg this story is just so amazing. It addresses deep issues but does not lose it light heartedness and for that I love it!

  Tessa is also amazing. She is a sixteen year old poet who runs her own blog and therefore know the ins and outs of making online friends and expressing her feelings through writing. Since the accident and her blindness she can no longer write on her own and is in need of someone to assist her (aka be her typist) but she’s angry. She’s so angry in fact that when Weston comes into her life she takes it all out on him. She’s stubborn, driven, shy and at times a little scared and anti social (but like what sixteen year old girl isn’t at times??) but so so strong. 

 Thats one thing these two have in common how strong they both are!! And AHHH OMG THE ROMANCE THAT DEVELOPS IS SO SOFT AND FLOWERY ITS LIKE FALLING INTO A SOFT MEDOW OF DAISYS!! The way Weston never gives up on her and Tessa never gives up on him *queue the endless swooning* 

 Also Westons endless snarkyness and protectiveness is such a deadly combination I was like THIS BOY YALL HE IS GOLDEN! GOLDEN!! 

Me literally after turning every page in this book


 I also really adored Weston and Rudy’s friendship. The two of them together throughout the years truly encompasses what real friendship is all about. I loved them. Their banter and fights always put a smile on my face, Abbie Emmons really nailed it with those two characters. 

 I also loved Tessa’s Grandparents and how much they nurtured both Tessa throughout her recovery and accepted Weston as if he was another member of the family as well. The only thing I didn’t love about this book was that I thought there was almost a tad too many flashback scenes when it came to Weston and his story (but this may be just a personal preference thing) and also the ending felt just a tad abrupt?? I could have used a few more pages or a little more discussion between both Tessa and Weston but I still very much loved it! 

 This book is so very good you guys. I truly have not read a book like it and I thought it was about so much inner love and overcoming obstacles but in the cutest, most flowery way of all! Such an inspiration, great young love, and overall a really really enjoyable read! I read this almost all in one day haha!

**A huge thanks to Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book! This has in no way affected my opinion and all thoughts are my own!** 


 So what do you guys think? Thinking about giving this one a read? Looking for a good YA contemporary with a super adorable and loving romance? Than I highly recommend giving this one a read! Already read it or something similar? LMK in the comments below!
-BubblyBooks 

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