REVIEW: P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

REVIEW: P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Hello, lovelies!

 

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend. I’m finishing my week with a review of the brilliant P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han, the follow to her bestselling novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

 

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS & NEGATIVE OPINIONS OF PETER KAVINSKY

GoodReads Synopsis:

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

My Thoughts:

I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before about a year ago now and I kept meaning to pick up the next in the series but then I kind of forgot about it. Enter Netflix and the Lana Condor/Noah Centineo combo and P.S I Still Love You went straight to the top of my TBR pile.

I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to the first book but I needn’t have been as Jenny Han did not disappoint. It was a very different experience reading P.S I Still Love You compared to TATBILB as I was picturing the characters from the film as I was reading. Lana Condor makes the perfect Lara Jean and Noah Centineo is one dreamy Peter Kavinsky so I have no complaints about that!

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The book starts a few scenes before the film ended and things with Lara Jean and Peter are still off. It didn’t come as much of a surprise that they immediately got together thanks to another one of Lara Jean’s letters (and also thanks to Netflix for the spoiler!).

I’m going to get this out of the way, rip it off like a bandaid. I actually didn’t like Peter at all in this book which is a complete shift from TATBILB. He is an awful boyfriend to Lara Jean and she somehow ends up taking the blame for this in the end which infuriated me. The Gen drama continues and despite being in a relationship with Lara Jean, Peter spends 3/4 of this book with Gen helping her through some ‘family’ troubles. Lara Jean naturally is uncomfortable with this and can’t help but feel jealous after always being second best to Gen (a perfectly reasonable reaction I might add).

When we find Gen’s family drama was, Lara Jean is suddenly fine with Peter’s complete neglect and disrespect for their relationship and goes running back to him to apologise. This bothered me so much and I’m sure I’m not the only one. No one no matter how mature or secure they were in their relationship would be comfortable with their significant other spending all of their time comforting their ex.

No one deserves to be treated like that, especially not Lara Jean and don’t even get me started on that hot tub video situation! For all you Peter K fans out there who are going to say ‘but Gen was going through a really hard time’, I know. That doesn’t give Peter an excuse to treat Lara Jean the way he did. Gen was manipulating the situation to hurt Lara Jean and Peter let her.

So, if it’s not already clear, I can safely say I am no longer a Peter K fan which leads me on to one of my favourite parts of this book… John Ambrose McClaren.

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John Ambrose McClaren is one of the recipients of Lara Jean’s infamous love letters and just as things with her and Peter start to heat up, John writes her back in typical John Ambrose McClaren fashion. He is the real MVP of this book and is who Lara Jean should be with. He’s thoughtful, smart, sweet and there for Lara Jean when Peter is off being Gen’s shoulder to cry on. I also loved that his full name was used so frequently throughout the book.

I loved the introduction of new characters in P.S I Still Love you including all those at the nursing home Lara Jean works at and it’s safe to say that Jenny Han has created some spectacular characters in this series but, I think we can all agree that Kitty Song takes the crown. I think some of my favourite scenes from this book are ones were the Song family spends time together. Often in YA novels, we have a dysfunctional or turbulent family at the center of the story and whilst the Song’s have faced their fair share of tragedy, Lara Jean’s family are so adorably close and normal that it was a breath of fresh air.

I am honestly surprised at how invested in this series I am and how passionate I have been about these fictional characters and relationships in this review. I intended this to be a more serious review of the writing, character building, and plot techniques but it quickly descended into a rant about my new found hate for Peter Kavinsky.

I love this series and I’m so glad there’s more to this story, let’s just hope Netflix carries on adapting these books into the cute romcoms we know they can be!

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! Are you a fan of this series? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Authors I’d Love to Meet

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Authors I’d Love to Meet

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! I hope you’ve all had a great start to your week!

If you’re not familiar with Top 10 Tuesday, it’s hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different book related topic each week. This week weeks topic is the ‘Top 10 Authors I’d Love to Meet’.

I’ve decided to put my own spin on this week’s topic to include authors past and present as a lot of the authors that came to my mind are no longer with us.

If you’re also taking part in this weeks Top 10 Tuesday or if you’ve done a similar post in the past then please leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll check it out.

 

  1. Fredrik Backman

 

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you would have seen this one coming. I adore Frederick Backman’s books and would love the chance to meet him and hear all about the inspiration behind some of his eccentric characters.

 

  1. J. R.R Tolkien

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Tolkien is possibly my favourite storyteller of all time. No one can immerse their reader in a fictitious world quite like he does.

 

  1. Emily Bronte

As an English Literature graduate, it was hard not to make this list 100% classical authors. I’ve narrowed it down to a select few and obviously, Emily Bronte had to be on this list. I love all of the Bronte sisters writing but there is something so unique and inspiring about Emily’s work which makes her my favourite.

 

  1. Charles Dickens

I honestly don’t have a reason for including Dickens on this list other than its Dickens?!

 

  1. Suzanne Collins

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I would love to meet Suzanne Collins just to say thank you for writing the Hunger Games trilogy. These books shaped my teenage years and they are still amongst my favourite reads of all time.

 

  1. Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket

Daniel Handler is a brilliant author and exceptional storyteller. The diversity in his writing abilities is inspiring and I’d love to find out how he goes from a dark and quirky mystery like ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ to a teen romance story like ‘Why We Broke Up’.

 

  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Just picture it, it’s the 1920’s, you’re in Paris in some sophisticated bar full of societies elite, you’re wearing an elegant dress with your hair pinned up and you’re sipping colorful cocktails whilst listening to some of the most outrageous anecdotes from Fitzgerald. Now doesn’t that sound like pure perfection?

 

  1. John Green

This is an obvious choice but I am a big John Green fan and I feel like we would have some interesting conversations.

  1. Cheryl Strayed

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I really enjoyed reading Wild and I would love to meet the inspiring Cheryl Strayed in person and hear more about her amazing journey.

 

  1. Sara Shepard

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I would love to know how Sara Shepard comes up with the twisted plot lines for her novels and also to get her opinion on the horror that was the PLL finale (and that tragic attempt at a British accent!).

 

Thanks for reading! Which authors would you love to meet? Let me know in the comments below!

September Wrap Up

September Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies!

I can’t believe how fast these months are going by, it barely feels like it’s been any time since I was writing my August wrap up!

September has been a brilliant month for books but not so much for blogging. I’ve been really busy, so I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time to my blog as I’d like but hopefully October will be a more productive month! I only read 5 books this month but most of them were great which is always a bonus. I’m yet to post my reviews on quite a few of these so keep a look out for them in the next few weeks.

My September Reads:

The Power by Naomi Alderman

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

You can read my review of this book here.

 

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

 

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

 

P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

 

The Stranger Upstairs by Melanie Raabe

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My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

You can read my review of this book here.

Currently Reading: A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

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Look at that cover! I’ve only just started this book but so far I’m enjoying it so I can’t wait to see where Wood takes the story!

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Thanks for reading! Did you read any great books in September? What are you looking forward to reading in October? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Non-Fiction Books I Want to Read

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Non-Fiction Books I Want to Read

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday! It’s been a while since I’ve taken part as the past few weeks I’ve been doing Top 5 Tuesdays but I thought I’d switch it up a bit.

If you’re not familiar with Top 10 Tuesday, it’s hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different book related topic each week. This week weeks topic is the ‘Top 10 books by my favourite authors that I still haven’t read’.

I don’t have that many favourite authors as I read so many different books and genres so some of these are just books by authors whose other books I have enjoyed.

If you’re also taking part in this weeks Top 10 Tuesday or if you’ve done a similar post in the past then please leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll check it out.

 

  1. Us Against You by Frederik Backman

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  1. Britt Marie Was Here by Frederick Backman

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  1. Every Day by David Leviathan

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  1. Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan

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  1. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

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  1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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  1. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin

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  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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  1. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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  1. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Thanks for reading! If you’ve read any of these books or have any books by a favourite author that you’re yet to read then let me know in the comments below!

REVIEW: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

REVIEW: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Hello, lovelies!

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend! This week has been a busy one for me, so I haven’t had as much time to dedicate to blogging as I would have liked. I turned 24 on Wednesday so I’ve been celebrating with friends and family (and lots of amazing food!)

Its back to business this week starting with this short review of Ruth Ware’s best-selling thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood.

 

GoodReads Synopsis:

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room….

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

 

My Thoughts:

Unfortunately, this book was as clichéd as it sounds. I don’t like writing negative reviews and I want to stress before I go any further that reviews are subjective, I have read other books by Ruth Ware in the past and enjoyed them and I don’t doubt that I’ll read more of her work in the future but this one was just not for me.

I really tried to enjoy this book, but I found that it was often overly dramatic and unrealistic. The pacing was good and the twists and turns of the plot line did keep me reading but I wasn’t invested in the story or characters. There were a lot of characters who all had their own back stories and problems which Ware used to keep the reader on their toes, but I think this added unnecessary complications to the plot. I didn’t particularly like or care about any of the characters, particularly the protagonist Nora who was so useless and dull.

I don’t want this review to be all negative, so I’ll finish with this. One thing I did like about this book was Ware’s writing style and how she switched back from present to past tense throughout. I think this worked well to build the suspense leading up to the big reveal and it kept me interested despite the problems I had with the characters and plot twists.

If you’re a fan of thrillers or Ruth Ware’s writing, then you should definitely consider reading this book. It might not have been one of my favourites but hopefully, you’ll enjoy it more!

Thanks for reading! Have you read this book? If so, let me know what you thought in the comments below!

Series I Stopped Reading But Would Love to Continue

Series I Stopped Reading But Would Love to Continue

Hello, lovelies!

This post was inspired by the brilliant Brianna at Brianna the Bookworm, whose original post you can read here.

As soon as I started reading Brianna’s post, I couldn’t help but think of all the series I started and then abandoned mid-way through. I’ve managed to narrow it down to only a small list that I would actually consider picking up again which was a lot harder than it sounds.

 

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I can’t even remember what book I got up to in this series, but I wish I’d carried on reading it. For a while, vampire and werewolf books were just being churned out in the masses and it became such a tired storyline, but I immediately fell in love with the world that Cassandra Clare created. I also loved watching it come to life in the TV adaptation of the series, Shadowhunters. Katherine McNamara was the perfect Clary!

 

 

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

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I only read the first two books in this trilogy, so it frustrates me that I never got around to finishing it.  I have watched all of the films now but as I’m sure we all agree, that should never stop you from reading the book as well!

 

 

Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

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I do intend to finish this series as I absolutely loved the first book ‘Sleeping Giants’ but I’ve just not had the chance yet. This is definitely high up on my never-ending TBR list!

 

 

Gone Series by Michael Grant

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I started this series so long ago now and I still often think about it and kick myself for not finishing it.  I remember absolutely devouring each book I read and just completely immersing myself in the story, it was so unique but also slightly scary for YA!

 

 

The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney

 

I think that this is the ‘unfinished series’ that annoys me the most. I absolutely loved these books. I read the first book ‘The Spooks Apprentice’ when I was still in school and it was just brilliant. They were dark, magical and unlike anything I’d read before. Who knows, maybe this post will inspire me to pick them back up and see what happens to Tom.

 

 

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

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With all the hype surrounding this series I thought I would get into it straight away but unfortunately, I only made it halfway through the first book. I do want to try and get back into it but it does feel like a big commitment.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these or are there any series you wish you’d finished reading? Let me know in the comments below!

T5T: Top 5 Fantasy Books

T5T: Top 5 Fantasy Books

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesdays. If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Tuesday, it is a group here on WordPress that is currently run by Shanah over at BionicBookWorm. Each week you are given a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category. This week’s topic is the Top 5 Fantasy Books.

If you are also participating in Top 5 Tuesdays this week or you have previously done a post on a similar topic then please leave your link in the comments and I will check out your post!

 

  1. LOTR/The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I know I’m cheating by combining these into one point, but it had to be done! Middle Earth will always be my favourite fantasy world. When you read either The Hobbit or any books from the LOTR trilogy, you are immediately immersed into Tolkien’s world which is one of the main reasons I love fantasy so much.

 

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I picked up this book purely based on its cover and I’m so glad I did. Good fantasy novels with a strong female lead are like gold dust so I was so pleased when I read this story. Novik is a brilliant writer and storyteller and I can’t wait to read more of her work.

 

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus truly lives up to the hype. It is some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read, and the descriptions are exceptional. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it makes me sad that I can’t actually go to the night circus as it sounds so amazing.

 

  1. The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell

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This is actually a children’s book, but I read it when I was 22 and loved it. Bell creates such an interesting and unique world in The Crooked Sixpence and had me hooked from the first few chapters.

 

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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This series is incredibly imaginative and slightly creepy at the same time. I don’t know how these authors come up with these ideas, but I am so glad they do!

 

Thanks for reading! What are some of your favourite fantasy books? Let me know in the comments below!