Category: Contemporary


#ReReadathon wrap up

Posted 17 July, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, readathons, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Hi again!
So the re-readathon has come to an end. I know, I’m sad, too. Since my last update, I finished The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and LOVED IT! Took me longer than I expected, but yeah, what’s new?
I got half way through This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith and I’m loving it, again, but I think I’m also coming to the end of my contemporary wave, and I’m excited to read something new, something fantasy. Maybe.
I don’t really want to leave this book unre-read (that’s not a word, is it?) but I’m eager to move on. Sigh. I mean, I guess I can finish it another time. It’s not going anywhere. 
So in total I read: 
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
and 50% of This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Anyway, this was my update. I have another readathon NEXT weekend, which is the 24 in 48hr readathon and then on the 24th the Booktube-a-thon begins. Wow. That’s a lot to deal with on top of Camp Nano. EEP! 
Are you taking part in any of these?
xxKatxx
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#ReReadathon Updates

Posted 12 July, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, readathons, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Hi everyone. 
So this week I’ve been doing the #rereadathon organised by @bexthebookninja on twitter. It finishes next Sunday but I thought I’d do a quick update and tell you how it’s going so far, considering I’m smack in the middle of Camp Nanowrimo. Sigh.
Luckily I was already in the process of rereading books when this readathon started (I had kinda forgotten the start date anyway) and so I’m counting the one I read a few days before hand as well. They’re all contemporaries, too. So fun times ahead.
Ehem.
So first up I reread Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. For the fourth time now I’ve read this, and I LOVE it. Obviously. 
Then I reread (there’s a theme here. lol) Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Funny, because I hadn’t intended on having a travel theme in all these books, but apparently my subconscious is hating how I’m unable to go to SDCC this year and is taking it out on my book choices. 😛 I don’t mind, really. These are all fantastic books. This would be the second time I’d read this and honestly, I think I enjoyed it about as much, though because it had been a good few years since, I guess I’ve grown a bit (sigh) and so some bits annoyed me that I didn’t think about previously. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
I’m currently reading (get ready for this tongue twister!) The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. Oh god, it’s been almost 5 years since I first read this. Can you believe that? I mean, I remember it SO clearly. 
And kind of like with the previous book, some bits are turning out to…I dunno. Not be the same. First of all I forgot that it’s third person, present tense. And since I rarely read those kind of books (there’s a reason) it was a little jarring at first. Still, I remember how cute this book is so I’m sticking with it. Also it’s mostly set in London. xD I’m about 67 pages in. It’s a short book, too (235 pages) so it shouldn’t take me too long. I remember when I first read it thinking it was too short and also I read it in one sitting. WHAT. 
So that’s where I’m at so far. I hope to get to one other before the week is up, but as I’ve been out a bit this week, I’ve  not gotten as much done as I’d like. Anyway, are you taking part in this rereadathon? Let me know in the comments. 
😀
-Kat
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Mini Reviews: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia & Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Posted 23 June, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Mental Health, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 2 Comments

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

Review:
So wow, this story caught me by surprise. First, the cover is absolutely beautiful and captivating. I would have kept it just for that alone, but the story itself is awe-inspiring. It made me want to drop everything now and write, just do what I love and write. Because that’s what I love to do (despite the lack of blog posts) and I miss it if I don’t do it for long. 
There was an element of ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell in this I thought, mostly because some pages had pages from Eliza’s ‘Monstrous Seas’ comic.
Eliza is quiet, insular, an introvert if ever there was one. And in some ways I related well with her, though not to her level. Mostly I just felt for her about her writing/comics and how passionately she was toward them – well, okay maybe she felt more intensely than I ever could, but that’s something else.
And then you have Wallace who comes at you with no warning. I kind of got a little irritated with him at one point, when things go ape-shit, but was glad when everything smoothed out. I couldn’t believe it took such an extreme turn to make him see straight. Eliza is gradually brought out of her shell and it’s cool to see, but I suppose I could see people saying “they’re romanticising…” and making it like she needs a guy to fix her. Anyway, I’m not going to do that because I look at the story as a whole and whether it entertained me, and it sure did. The messaging between Eliza, Emmy and Max was hilarious at times and really evened out the tone. 
I think I saw some moments that hit a little too close to home and since I read to escape and forget and whatnot, sometimes it can get a bit like “ugh. no. I don’t need a reminder, thanks” but I got over it. The sweet development between Eliza and Wallace was adorable, and just so so cute, I really felt like I was going on the journey with her.
I got so mad at her parents when you-know-what happened, but at the same time I could also see their point of view about Eliza spending so much time on her phone. However, since I also do that, and have no local friends, it was like “oh…”
There was, admittedly, a lot of drama in this crammed with humour and romance, and it never became dull for me. That’s all I ask. 4.5/5 stars.

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realises, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…

Approximately.
Review:
I kind of wish the plot hadn’t been given away in the summary, but damn…that did not detract from my enjoyment. I loved the premise, and how some people compared it to ‘you’ve got mail’ and I could see that. So clearly. Bailey’s voice was fun, light, and, ugh, I hate to say this, relatable. Maybe not to me personally, but she had that kind of bounce that made it really easy to read and not get irritated like some do for me.
I was always waiting for the ball to drop when it came to her and Porter, and it just made me want to read quicker though for me that’s not possible. Haha. Porter is charming, sexy, cocky as hell and just…sweet, too. I loved everything about him and if he could become real that’d be great, thanks. 🙂
Bailey’s dad, too was a cool presence, and the same for Porter’s family. It’s not often I like the families in YA but this one was nice. The only character I didn’t like was Davy, but I’m pretty sure, despite his reasons, that was expected. Grace was fun, too, and nice to add some Britishness to the equation.
I’m on a real contemporary reading streak at the moment and I’m so happy these two books have been brilliant, at least for me. I think if you love romance, adorkable moments and draaaaaama, then these two are for you! 😀
5/5 Stars.
-Kat
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Review: 4.5 stars to Forever Geek (Geek Girl #6) by Holly Smale

Posted 16 March, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Middle Grade, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

My name is Harriet Manners and I’ll be a geek forever…

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

Modelling isn’t a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists. The people you love don’t expect you to transform into someone else. Statistically, you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-boyfriend in Australia than bump into him there.

So on the trip of a lifetime Down Under Harriet’s to-do lists are gone and it’s Nat’s time to shine! Yet with nearly-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex Nick. Is the fashion world about to turn ugly for GEEK GIRL?

It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go…

Review:
Forever Geek was a somewhat perfect ending to the series. However the ending killed me.
In this episode of Harriet Manners Goes Wild (lol!) Harriet is off to good ole Australia with her best friend Natalie and her grandmother Bunty. All on the pretence that she will be getting some new cool modelling jobs Wilbur has set up for her. Unfortunately things go slightly off kilter and Harriet starts taking matters into her own hands.
Never a good thing.
Sometimes, Harriet, you just need to listen when they say be patient! Oh my God. She ditches all her plans and that’s not a thing you want with this girl. Nuh-uh.
I kind of missed Team JRNTH but they still popped up in odd ways like phone calls and texts. The whole mystery about whether Harriet might bump into her ex boyfriend Nick was one that I truly kinda hoped wouldn’t happen as I rather like Jasper.
Harriet’s escapades were hilarious as usual, and some were rather cringe-worthy like ‘oh my God what are you doing?’ You know? It was a bit extreme even for her at times.
There were parts near the end that had me in literal tears and I’ll never forgive it for that. Why couldn’t we go the whole book without tears? Fml. Anyway, I’m really sad this series is over but am super excited about what Holly has next to publish. I know it’ll be great!
There were so many highs and lows throughout this series and I got to join Harriet on so many adventures. I don’t regret it for a second, however the second hand embarrassment could have been dialled down a bit. Haha.
I’ll miss all the characters, and the fun times. I’ll miss the modelling shoots and the crazy fashion. I’ll even miss Yuki Oto. I spelt that right, right?
I give this a 4.5 stars purely because of a certain thing that happens that I won’t mention. While it isn’t a bad thing, or a good thing, it just… Could have done without.
Good bye Harriet.

 

-Kat
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Review: 5 stars to Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

Posted 5 March, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Lexi Angelo has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organizing…until author Aidan Green – messy haired and annoyingly arrogant – arrives unannounced at the first event of the year. Then Lexi’s life is thrown into disarray.

In a flurry of late-night conversations, mixed messages and butterflies, Lexi discovers that some things can’t be planned. Things like falling in love…

Unconventional is a story that completely blew me away. It’s relatable but not in a sad way, but a way in which it brings back memories of good times. Reminding me why I love conventions, and also just reminds me of the funny and somewhat chaotic things that can, and will, happen at them.
Lexi Angelo is just downright ordinary, but in the best way possible. There are no airs and graces, and right from the start we can get an idea of who she is. Her voice is bright, down to earth and not at all pretentious. There wasn’t a moment where I was irritated by her.
Aidan is my new book boyfriend, I’m sure. Though the slow burning romance was more fade to black than I expected, it wasn’t annoyingly so, and it worked perfectly. He’s open, friendly, but also has flaws and isn’t just…a cardboard cut out of himself, you know? He’s an author with a pseudonym and so it’s also tricky for us, the readers (at least I found it to be so) to know which side of Aidan  we’re getting to know, which side is talking at any time, right along side Lexi. I love how nervous and vulnerable he gets when having to do public appearances, it makes me wonder how I’d be if I ever got published.
The convention family made me feel like I was actually there and experiencing it all with them. My personal favourite was Sam – Samira- but really everyone was entertaining in their own ways. Lexi’s dad was refreshing to read, because a lot of YA doesn’t involve the parents as much as in this one. I can in some ways relate to Lexi wanting to stay in her own little world, but I wish it was as easy to expand ones horizons as she makes it out to be, not to mention the whole being a lover-of-books thing. I could fully understand the feeling behind feeling so close to a book and not wanting to share it with others. It’s a little how I feel with this book.
The way Lexi and Aidan grew closer together seriously gave me butterflies like never before and I squee’d so much I’m pretty sure I sounded like a kettle boiling. It was a subtle romance, and nothing overwhelming. In fact, it had more of an effect on me than if it had been all kissing and bed-time antics. Personally I prefer the tension, the over-all build up than just…let’s get it on. 😛
Sometimes I’d think I’d know what would happen next only to be shown I was wrong, and then all the twists and turns that went on throughout, had me feeling like a wrung out cloth at points, but I didn’t mind because it was keeping me on my toes and excited for each page yet to read.
This was one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I know I will go back to it again and again in the future, because it’s one that makes me feel at home. The only criticism I had, to be honest, was a bit near the beginning when a few authors were mentioned. Not made up ones, but ones that aren’t necessarily high profile like J. K. Rowling or Stephen King. I partly found it a bit dating and tacky but it didn’t linger for long so I soon got over it, and once I did, I forgot all about it (though obviously not in terms of adding it to this review…)
I had no expectations when I first started Unconventional, but by the first page I was hooked and even if you’ve never been to a convention in your life, I have no doubt you’ll be hooked too. It’s hilarious, charming, sweet and very very relatable as I said, and certainly unconventional in all its glory.  
A full five stars from me. Not to mention, this book got me out of a reading slump! 🙂

 

-Kat
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Cool story bro… | My Writing Journey (PART 4)

Posted 1 February, 2017 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Booktube, Contemporary, Fun, Kat's Writing, Romance, Updates, Video / 0 Comments

Part 4
Hey again. So it’s probably no surprise to you that I have a youtube channel. I mostly chat about books on it, but lately I’ve been sort of branching out, and incorporating things like tv, movies, my writing… as there are only so many things about books I can, you know, talk about. Kinda gets exhausting after a while. (But I love books…I really do!)
Anyway, I thought for this week’s update I’d do something a little different – not to mention it kinda helps to add more to my channel – by, yep, you guessed it! (if you didn’t, that’s okay. I forgive you.) I made a video! It’s all about the things that I…er…well I call it ‘confessions’ but really it’s about what I don’t do that others do? I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s not serious as such, I mean, I realise I won’t be the only one to do things the way I do. And not everything’s set in stone.
Before I let you watch the video I shall attach hereafter (I got that right…right?) I just thought I’d tell you how things are coming along!
My current story word count (as of when I am typing this) is 26,820 words. Not too shabby, eh? I hope to achieve at least 5k a week, at most 10k a week (because doing 20k in a week was a fluke and no way in hell will I ever get that done again…well….I guess never say never. Damn you bieber!)
I’m still no more wiser as to where the story is heading, besides the obvious romance plot, but all is well…I think I’m just going with the flow. It’s a contemp…I can do that.
AAAAANYWAY… enough rambling. I hope you enjoy what I have to say in this video (and I am sorry if a lot of it is stuff I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts. It’s mostly for the benefit of the watchers on my channel – not that I have many.)

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