Mini Reviews: IDA and If This Is Home

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Hey there! ✨

Long time no post from me, huh. So here are two “mini” book reviews of books that I got from Netgalley and are both January releases. I know the reviews are kind of late, but whatyougonnadoright.

These two books have different genre, Ida is a YA Sci-Fi that has a time-or-parallel-universe-travelling concept while If This Is Home is a YA contemporary with great family and coming of age themes. I really enjoyed both books, I gave both of them 3 stars and just read on to know why.

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Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks

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The One Memory of Flora BanksThe One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

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I think this is the kind of book that you should go into knowing as little as possible. So I’ll do my best to review this without giving away spoilers, or any details about the plot aside from what’s already given in the description.

I think it’s hard not to like or enjoy reading this book, it has the perfect mix of mystery, thriller, adventure, and coming-of-age. It has an unforgettable main character, and a gripping plot line. That’s basically all you need to know but if you insist to know more, then continue reading.

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Review: P.S. I Like You

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P.S. I Like YouP.S. I Like You by Kasie West

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

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Letters were safe. They were words, easy to read if enjoyable and stop reading if hurtful.

Kasie West never fails to make me feel all fluffy and warm while reading her books, P.S. I Like You is another feel good and wonderful contemporary that made me smile like an absolute lovesick puppy.

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Year Ender Post: Top Books for 2016 & Goals for 2017

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Before the year ends I just wanted to squeeze in one more post, so here it is! Truly, 2016 was such a wonderful reading year for me—I read a lot of books, finished my Goodreads Reading Challenge (71/60 books read) and added a lot to my Favorite’s shelf!

And of course I wanted to share to all of you my top 16-ish books for 2016 as well as my reading + blogging goals for 2017.

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Celebrating the Little Things Tag

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Hey there!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/Holiday, did you get all the books you wished for?

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There’s still a few days left in 2016, and I wanted to take this time to spread some love and good vibes! That’s why I’m so glad that Laura @ Bibliofagista tagged me to do this tag, thank you so much lovely. Don’t forget to also check out her post.

So without further ado, let’s get some celebrating:

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All the Updates + Holiday TBR

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MERRY CHRISTMAS LOVELY PEOPLE!

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Well…advanced but we literally have just 2 days before Christmas and I’m honestly not that excited for it. Which is a bummer because its my favorite holiday but we’ll talk about more of that later.

Anyways, hi! Do you guys still remember me? Yup, I’m Louise that awkward blogger who rarely updates her blog. And as an apology explanation for my inactiveness here’s a life, blogging, reading, basically all the updates update.

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Review: The Sun Is Also a Star

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The Sun Is Also a StarThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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Our history is too compressed. We’re trying to fit a lifetime into a day.

I’m that cynical hopeless romantic who doesn’t believe in insta-love. And believe me this book screams INSTA-LOVE but guess what, I didn’t mind! (Well, I did at first…you know just a little) This book is so much more than the romance, though it’s the central focus of the plot, it’s also about life, chances, and how everything connects—fate.

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Review: The Ugly Teapot

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The Ugly Teapot: Book One: HannahThe Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.

To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.

Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.

She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.

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I had no expectations when I read this book because I don’t read middle grade books often, and the ones I read are usually contemporary. But I was still excited because it has a Genie in it, which is super thrilling for me. (duh)

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Dream Book Conference with My Favorite Authors

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Heyyy there bookish people!

So how are you today? What are you currently reading? Hope you all are doing wonderful! As you may have read from the title, this post is all about my dream book conference (which may but probably will not come true) with my favorite authors! Admit it, you probably have daydreamed about your favorite authors gathering together on your dream conference once or twice now. Well, I always do and now I’m going to share one of my dream panel of authors.

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