[ARC] Counter Culture by J.L. Merrow

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4stars

Title: Counter Culture
Author: J.L. Merrow
Release date: November 4th 2019
Number of pages: 344 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was really sweet and the characters were great.
Bad things about this book: The drama! Why? But I must say it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 4/5

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ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This was so cute! The steampunk! The really nice Robin (full name Robin Christopher btw!), the adorable Archie (real name Mars!!). Archie’s mum was such a fresh character and, while I thought I was going to hate Bridge (the ex and mum of Archie’s baby), I came to like her a lot!

It was something like a slowburn romance with tons of little cute moments mixed with bits of serious stuff, like the homeless situation in the UK. I loved that Archie was unapologetically bisexual and nobody had anything to say about that. And how Robin was really opened about being gay even if his parents were really infuriating. They are cancelled!

This book flew in my hands. One moment I started it, then it was over! Some scenes had me giggling nonstop!! I just really enjoy Merrow’s writing and storytelling. I’ve read three times her The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries series! All of it!

Do I want to attend a Steampunk event? Of course I do. Can you imagine how cool that’d be?? Yes, please!

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Heartstopper Vol. 1 & 2 by Alice Oseman ☆

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5starsplus

Title: Heartstopper (Vol.1 & 2)
Author: Alice Oseman
Number of pages: 278 & 315 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: This is one of the sweetest coming of age stories I’ve ever read.
Bad things about this book: Nothing. Alice spoils us with new content very often.
Do I recommend it? Yes, always.
Rate: 5+++/5 (this is a fav series)

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I haven’t posted a review in MONTHS! I’ve read tons of books but I’ve also been through a few reading slumps. These months have been weird. If you follow me on instagram, my bookstagram account is very active and I update it daily.

So I got the second volume of Heartstopper yesterday and, even if I’m up to date with the webcomic, being a patron and all that, I decided to read it immediately. I just love these kids so much. They are relatable, have real problems, aren’t romanticized in any way, they just are teenagers having issues you may or may not have had when you were in your teens.

In the first volume we saw how Charlie and Nick started being friends, best friends, and how Nick started feeling a deeper connection. In volume 2 we see how this deeper thing is explored and how this revelation will affect both Charlie and Nick. Knowing what is going to happen, I’m calm about everything, but I still worry about them. They are adorable and should be protected. The bullies can just go away and never come back. Why do bullies exist, btw? I don’t get it!

At the end of volume 2 there was the special chapter of how two other very sweet characters met: Darcy and Tara. It was so cute! I want more.

Please follow Alice Oseman’s instagram, support her, support her work, and read her books. They are worth it! Tomorrow there’s going to be the title and cover reveal of he 4th book! I’m excited!!!!

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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

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4stars

The end justifies the means. But what if there never is an end? All we have is means.

Title: The Lathe of Heaven
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Number of pages: 184 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: An amazing sci-fi.
Bad things about this book: It started a bit slow, then it was great, though.
Do I recommend it? Yes, Le Guin’s books are beautiful.
Rate: 4/5

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You don’t speak of dreams as unreal. They exist. They leave a mark behind them.

Reading a book written a long time ago can often be hard because it’s written differently and things were not the same back then. I have to say that with Le Guin’s book this doesn’t happen. Her books are so easy to read; page after page, chapter after chapter, you are thrown into really convincing story and you can’t put down the book until the end.

This book had more than what I thought I was going to get. At first I thought I wasn’t going to like it because it was a bit slow but then BOOM, everything was happening and I was loving it. A well written sci-fi about a man who can rewrite reality with his dreams and another man who wants to use this ability to play god and made the world a better place. We all know things aren’t as easy as they sound, right? Well, they weren’t!

Amazing world building, magnificent execution, characters that grows within the pages, twists and an ending that surprised me and made me really happy.

The road to read all of Ursula K. Le Guin’s books continues with another win!

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Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

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5stars

Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.

Title: Lifel1k3
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: Lifelike #1
Number of pages: 402 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The twists and the robots!
Bad things about this book: Eve isn’t the most likable character.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 5/5

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Dear, girl. You’re just a tad melodramatic, aren’t you? Everything could’ve been solved by just by, I don’t know, thinking before making rushed decisions.

I loved the world building. At first I thought they were on another planet, I don’t know why. The stories about past wars and why the world was the way it was, could’ve been more detailed but I liked them.

The Lifelikes were really interesting with their abilities; the backstory had some flaws, but then again, I could why those choices were made. I didn’t like Eve’s character much. She was just ready to jump to conclusions every single time! Every single time!! I was tired of her by the end of the book.

The romance was super cheesy, like a lot. A cheese fest! I’m always torn about romances when they are super cheesy. This time? I had mixed feelings about them!

Those last pages were a rollercoaster. For all the theories I had, that were a lot, I didn’t come out with how the book ended! Took me by surprised. It sure did.

Lemon was my fav character. Eve was a 50/50. Cricket wins everything, though!

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[ARC] Play It Again by Aidan Wayne

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4stars

Title: Play It Again
Author: Aidan Wayne
Release date: April 22nd 2019
Number of pages: 288 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was simple and enjoyable.
Bad things about this book: Too many “how to get famous” chat.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it was fun.
Rate: 4/5

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ARC kindly provided by NetGalley

This was such a pleasant book with no drama, quite cheesy, and just plain nice. Exactly what to read when you want things to start and end well, with no unnecessary obstacles!

Dovid’s name was distracting a bit because I still don’t know if I’m pronouncing it well in my head. I can relate a bit because my name is mispronounced and miswritten a lot!

I liked the calm and quiet of the romance. Just like it’d happen in real life. Getting to really know each other, understanding that you care way more than just a friend, exploring what this means, accepting the risks, being just happy to have each other, no matter the distance.

There were a little too many “how to be famous on the internet” chat: they were constantly talking about what to do to be rich and famous. At some point I was rolling my eyes because we didn’t get much info about the characters but now I know exactly what to do to earn money making youtube videos.

I’d recommend it.

All in all, this was a pretty book. Simple, the way I like it. Sometimes you just want to enjoy a book with nice characters, having a drama free life, and smile a little at the happy ending.

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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3stars

I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it’s not faith, right?

Title: Daisy Jones & The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Number of pages: 351 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The writing style.
Bad things about this book: Annoying characters. I just didn’t like them.
Do I recommend it? Yes, my experience is mine alone. You may love it.
Rate: 3/5

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As much as I did like how the book ended, the many annoying things that made me not like Daisy (and often Billy) outweighed the good parts. I can’t bring myself to rate this higher.

It’s subjective; I just didn’t like Daisy and her personality. She knew she was self-centered, spoiled and selfish, and those traits made me really dislike her some of the time, and actually hate her during others.

The whole I love and I can’t have you thing? I would’ve have liked it, but in this case, with these characters and their situations, I didn’t. I spent most of the book mad and begging them not to do what I was afraid they would.

Also, what’s with the I do what I want and I don’t care for the people around me? Why? I can understand she didn’t want to be pushed or used by others, she wanted to stay true to herself, but there are lines, and she crossed them all! I would’ve had a hard time tolerating her if I met her in real life. People can be true to themselves and still be polite, good people, who don’t think they are the center of the universe. She just made me mad.

I’m really sorry I didn’t like this as much as I wanted to, but we can’t always have the story that we build in our heads, right? I’m happy people loved Daisy, I respect that. I just didn’t.

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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5stars

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”

Title: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Number of pages: 386 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Great story, great characters, great book.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I enjoyed all of it.
Do I recommend it? Always.
Rate: 5/5

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“Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.”

Truly captivating. Once I started reading it was hard to stop because I wanted to know more about Eleanor. I wanted her to have the best life. She deserved it. I loved Raymond and Sammy even if he wasn’t on page much.

I loved how the book ended. At first I didn’t know how I wanted it to end, I wasn’t sure. The more I went on with the book, the more unsure I was. But the book surprised me with a great ending. It left me smiling. Happy. Satisfied. Hopeful.

This review is very short because I’ve been struggling with writing them. I’m not inspired. This book made me feel and think so much and I don’t know how to put my thoughts into words. I guess you just have to read it, right? Wink wink!

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