Stacey Kade Q&A

SKStacey Kade is the author of a multiple YA and Adult fiction books. I recently read one of  Stacey’s latest books: Finding Felicity and wrote a post about it that you can read here.

I was lucky enough to be able to ask Stacey a few questions regarding her books, her career, and life mostly pertaining to Finding Felicity. So without further ado, here is my Q&A with Stacey Kade:

 

  1. What was your inspiration for Finding Felicity?

When I was a nervous high school senior, I was desperate for stories about going to college. High school was not an awesome experience, and I feared that college would be four more years of the same. Only with roommates and more beer. I wanted a book that would reassure me that geeky, awkward people like me could find a place to belong. But that kind of book didn’t exist then. So I wrote this one for the teens who are nervous about college, just as I was.

And the show Felicity was an inspiration in that it addressed the college experience in a new way, talking about belonging and falling in love and getting stressed out about your future. It was exactly what I’d been looking for. Albeit a few years too late to help me.

  1. Are you in any fandoms or have a love of a certain TV series like Caroline does?

I’m not actively involved in many fandoms beyond tweeting occasionally. I love Supernatural and I was—still am—obsessed with the possibility of #bellarke on The 100. (I’ve logged many, many hours on A03 under that hashtag.)

But my first fandom experience and one of earliest writing experiences was writing Star Trek: The Next Generation fanfic back in high school. Have I mentioned that I was a geek? I so badly wanted to live—and work—on The Enterprise.

  1. What made you decide to set the book in college rather than high school?

One of things you always hear is that “kids read up.” In other words, when someone is twelve, they want to read about someone who’s fourteen or sixteen. When someone’s in junior high, they want to read high school stories. It’s a way of vicariously experiencing—and learning—what’s to come.

The problem is that most YA ends at high school graduation.  Kids who are currently in high school can’t “read up” about experiences to come, unless they’re going to read books written for the adult audience. And while they certainly can, most of those books probably aren’t covering the experiences they’re eager to learn more about. College, first apartment, first job. So I wanted to write a book that would help fill that gap.

  1. Was there anything different about writing this book compared to writing your other ones?

Oh, yes. This was a tough one. I think I rewrote it three times during editorial revisions? I found that writing this was harder for me, strangely enough, because it was in some ways based on my own experiences. I kept getting caught up in “it wasn’t really like that for me” instead of focusing on what the story needed.

On a related note, it seems I struggle with writing characters who are too similar to who I am in real life (ahem, Caroline). I do better at conveying characters I don’t outwardly have much in common with. Ghosts, aliens, mean-girl cheerleaders. I suspect that’s because I’m forced to put more work into understanding those characters and that, in turn, helps me bring them to life on the page for others more easily.

  1. Would you ever consider writing a sequel to Finding Felicity and if so, what would it be about?

I don’t have any plans for a sequel. But if I did, I think I’d have to continue my homage to Felicity by having Liam recognize his mistake in taking Caroline for granted and having him truly fall for her and pursue her. Then Caroline would have to decide what to do with that, how she feels about him.

 

I want to thank Stacey again for her answers. For more information about Stacey and her books, please visit her website.

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-Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Things I Want in The New Baby-Sitters Club Reboot

BSCIt was announced recently that Netflix is developing a Baby-Sitters Club 10 episode long contemporary series based on the beloved books by Ann M. Martin.

These books have been special to me and many other people I have known. I grew up reading the BSC books and had or wanted more BSC merchandise then you can imagine. I played the board game, I watched VHS copies of the show and movie, and I even once received a letter written back to me by Ann herself along with a black and white autographed photo.

I was lucky enough to meet Ann M Martin when I was in middle school after the Baby-Sitters Club prequel was released. I even got my book signed and a photo with her.

So to say the Baby-Sitters Club was a big part of my childhood and preteen years would be an understatement.

That is why I am so excited for this Netflix series.

However, if this series is going to get made I do have to ask for a few things to happen in it.

  1. Address Kristy’s Sexuality

I am sorry, but I think even as a young preteen looking back I knew that Kristy was not into boys or at least not exclusively. Even her relationship with Bart was very convoluted and felt too forced to me. Looking back there were a lot of signs that Kristy may have been interested in girls and I really hope that the Netflix show takes advantage of this “headcannon.” Not to take too much from the author’s personal life, but in a article a few years back it was revealed that Ann had dated Laura Goodwin in the past (co-author of their Doll People book series). I can not say for sure if Ann had wanted to make Kristy or any of the other BSC members queer and couldn’t due to the publisher or the times or if how the girls were written as seemingly straight was exactly what the author intended. However, with this Netflix series I think it would be really interesting to show a 13 year old trying to figure out her sexuality (similar to Jude on The Fosters or Cyrus on Andi Mack) even if we did not get to see a huge coming out arc or Kristy get a girlfriend (though if the show goes longer than 10 episodes, may I suggest Shannon Kilbourne).

2. Claudia’s Wardrobe

If there is one thing that any BSC fan will remember it is that Claudia Kishi had a fashion sense we all wanted. Her outfits consisted of clothes that had fun patterns, handmaid accessories or at least strange accessories, leggings, and so much more. Claudia’s style has even inspired a blog, articles, and probably tons of cosplays and halloween costumes. Claudia’s unique style was one of the most iconic things about the book series.  Just imagining the types of fashion we will get from this contemporary take blows my mind. I just hope they keep her mismatched outfits and hoop earrings.

3. Dawn’s Environmental Activism

In the books Dawn cared a lot about the planet. Now more than ever there are issues regarding oceans filled with trash, polluted air, and climate change. I am really curious to know if we will get a episode with Dawn discussing the issues pertaining to the environment and global warming and  other issues. If the BSC is going to be more contemporary than I would love the issues the characters discuss to be both true to their characters and modern times. And Dawn is a perfect example of this.

4. A More Technologically Advanced BSC

Since the show will take place in modern times that means there will be social media, cell phones, and computers. These tools could have made the Baby-Sitters Club work way easier in the 90s when all they had were flyers, sandwich boards (that was one time, but still), Claudia’s landline, and word of mouth advertising. Now the girls could be on social media, use the internet to advertise their business, send text messages to charges or fellow sitters, and more. Updated technology could be a really cool mix when it comes to this concept. Let’s just hope though, that the original camaraderie and atmosphere of the club stay the same as it was in the book.

5. Correct Age Casting/More Episodes or at least storylines past book 10

Something that always bugs me in movies and TV shows is when actors who are way too old to play kids in middle school or high school are doing just that. I also hate adaptations of books that try too hard to be too much or too little like the source material. These are two problems that I really hope I will not have with the Baby-Sitters Club reboot. We have seen shows where 13 years olds are casted as 13 years old and while child actors are not always the best, they don’t have to be. They are kids and even though you need to work around their schedules regarding labor laws and school…I think it can work. There are 130+ Baby-Sitters Club books that could be used as source material. So many stories and so many different comedic moments, dramatic moments, happy moments, sad moments, and more to choose from. I really am holding out hope that the reboot will not only utilize more than the first 10 books (even though the show is only supposed to be 10 episodes long), but that they might even alter or think up new storylines for today’s world. The show says it will tackle racism and a great book that they could use to discuss that issue would be Keep Out Claudia! It may need a few modern examples or alterations here or there, but overall the message of this book still reigns true and would be a great way to adapt a BSC book for today. There are so many good books and stories that they could adapt from those series and I hope they do so.

The Baby-Sitters Club has a lot of potential for a modern retelling. While I hope they make changes for the adaptation that make sense to the characters and the changing times, I also really need the series to still hold the same charm, joy, and themes of friendship that the original did. If they can do that…well then this could be potentially one of the best reboots/book to show adaptations to date.

What do you think of this reboot and my ideas? What do you want to see in the Netflix series? Let me know in the comments below.

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In Another Life Review

IALIt is no secret that for at least most people, writing a review for a book can be easier when you have strong feelings about what you just read. If you reacted positively for a book then you will be able to write about all the countless things you enjoyed about the book. If you reacted negatively to the book then you can rant and list all the reasons why you hated it. With a book that was just okay it is harder to describe and put into words a reaction because well…you really don’t have many articulate and strong feelings one way or the other. This is that book.

I do not feel I can do the description justice so I will quote it below:

“From New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series comes C. C. Hunter’s new YA thriller about a girl who learns that she may have been kidnapped as a child, and must race to uncover the truth about her past before she winds up a victim.

Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?”

Some things I did enjoy about the book include the romance between Cash and Chloe. It is cute, believable, and particularly interesting especially considering the context of the story. I don’t think they’ll be becoming my OTP anytime soon, but as far as couples go in books they were pretty cute.

Another reason I enjoyed the book was that the family relationships and friendships were explored in the book and not just used as plot devices. We get to see Chloe interact with her friends and help them through their problems & vice versa. We get to see Cash deal with his foster family and feelings towards himself (especially in regards to what happened to his father). I really admire books that are able to juggle multiple storylines while still being able to have a continuous narrative with every plot point they do. Something this book excels at.

The problems I have with the book are sadly from the storyline that I was most interested in aka the kidnapping angle. While the beginning of the story was pretty easy to follow, I felt that as I read on I became more and more confused. The story become more convoluted and baffling with each page turn. I really wanted to enjoy the kidnapping story, but how could I when I could barely understand Chloe’s relation to the kidnappers in the first place. This could be more of a personal barrier in regards to understanding and digesting what I was reading. There could be readers out there who are able to comprehend the entire plot line perfectly fine. I personally was just not one of them.

Overall, this book was okay. It was similar to watching a film being hyped up in your mind and then going to see it and thinking it was just alright. That is what this book is. It is is just alright. I don’t know if I can whole heartedly say you should go out and buy this book the second it hits shelves. I also am not sure if I can say that this book is a waste of time or was disappointing. Neither of those statements would be true for me. So I think this is really one of those situations where I need to say that it is up to the reader. If the book intrigues you then I say go for it. If not though, I would not blame you for checking something else out. The choice is yours.

Thank you for reading and please remember to comment, like, and follow for more content.

Until next time dear readers.

-Jessica

*** out of *****

3 out of 5 Stars

I received this digital ARC from the publisher ,through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Serious Moonlight Review

image1Sometimes we start to read authors and we are unsure what we will think of them. So we read the first book we can get our hands on of theirs and decide if we like it. Then, if we do, we continue to seek out more books. The more books we enjoy by that author, the more we consider that author to be one of our favorites. Maybe we are so confident in this person’s work that the first book solidifies our positive opinions of this author. Maybe we need to read a few books to be able to definitely say that this author is one of our favorites. Either way it all seems to start with one book that helps us finally make up our mind about this writer. I am happy to say that Serious Moonlight was mine.

Jenn Bennett’s Serious Moonlight is the story of a recent high school graduate named Birdie who has been homeschooled by her protective grandparents for half her life. After her grandmother passes away from the same heart issue that her teen mom did, she decides to go a little wild. However, her act of rebellion has consequences when she ends up working at a local hotel with the boy she had her first time with (and barely knew at the time) named Daniel. She plans to ignore him as much as she can, but after Daniel offers the aspiring private investigator a mystery that could uncover the secrets of a popular author staying at the hotel, she agrees to work with Daniel. This investigation though could lead to not only uncovering what the author is doing at their hotel, but also Daniel and Birdie’s feelings for each other.

The first thing I need to say about this book is like Jenn’s other books it doesn’t disappoint. This book was one that contained everything you could want in a contemporary YA Mystery: investigating, intelligence, friendship, family, romance, and more. Something I admire about Jenn is that her books are always able to balance so many different plot points, storylines, character developments, and other aspects of a good story. Jenn is amazing at putting serious topics into a book, but still making it lighthearted and fun. If her books were a TV genre it would be the perfect “dramedy”.

The book touches on a variety of different topics like teen pregnancy, teen sex, narcolepsy, abandonment issues, depression, suicide, bad and good parenting, heart health issues, family being more than just blood, and more. Jenn’s books always have great research and information behind them and I always feel trustworthy when reading a Jenn Bennett book because I know I will be getting seemingly good details regarding different realistic parts of these topics. For example, the book touches on narcolepsy of the main character and the grandfather of the main character. Not only does the book feature these topics, but it also explains symptoms of narcolepsy and how one could be diagnosed. There is even a scene where the main character goes to a sleep facility to get tested. Details like this really help make me confident in Jenn’s writing and make me love her as well.

Another reason I loved this book was the romance between Daniel and Birdie. Romance in books for me can be tricky. I really need to see the chemistry between two characters and it can be a little more difficult to do that in writing compared to on a TV or movie screen. In a TV show or movie that actors provide a lot of the chemistry and not just the writing. However, in books the writing is how the reader sees chemistry between two characters. So this can be a little easier or trickier depending on who you ask and the kind of writer you are. I am happy to say that Daniel and Birdie were definitely the kind of literary couple I was “shipping.” From the first few pages I wanted them to get together and was basically yelling: “Stop denying your feelings for each other!” at my book. As I read on the more my love grew for them and the love they shared grew. The romance was written in a mature way and had me smiling for so much of the story. I particularly loved the scene when they went to the murder mystery dinner party.

The last reason I loved this book was the mystery element of it. First of all, Birdie is a great character as not only a person, but as a detective. I really liked how her passion for investigating and mystery is shown throughout the book and her childhood. She watches a variety of detective shows & films, loves mystery books, played Clue as a kid, and even used to investigate mini mysteries in her neighborhood. The mystery itself is pretty fun and has a great twist at the end that I won’t dare spoil. I have not read a mystery book in a long time and this was the perfect book to remind me of why I used to curl up with a stack of Nancy Drew books in my bedroom as a kid.

Something I also appreciated was the little touches of quotes from detective movies and shows (I am not sure if there were any quotes from mystery novels, but I could be wrong about that) at the top of each chapter title. I thought it was clever and the quotes often seemed to match the kinds of trouble Daniel and Birdie would be getting into in that chapter. I am unsure if this was intentional or not, but it did make the book even more fun as I loved being able to know a little more about detective media from those quotes.

If I had to pick some negatives I would say the only issues I had with the book was that the investigation scenes sometimes went on a little too long. That should in no way hinder anyone from reading this book though. To be honest this is an almost perfect book.

Overall, this book is what solidified Jenn Bennett as one of my favorite authors and reminded me of my childhood love of mystery novels. The book touches on various important topics in a mature and intelligent way, while also being fun and witty. Once again Jenn Bennett hits is out of the park with this book and I can’t wait to read more of her work.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

**** and 1/2 out of *****

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-Jessica

I received this book from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Blogger Test Tag

I haven’t done a book tag in a while so I figured I would try this one.

This was started over at Laura @ Laura’s Book Review

What are your top three book pet hates?

Cover changes (especially in the middle of a series), having an entire series but with some books being hardcover and others being paperback, and a book that has tears in the pages

Describe your perfect reading spot

Outside on my deck on a sunny Summer day

Tell us three book confessions

I have never read the entire series of Harry Potter, I have only red part of the first book of Percy Jackson, and I am very picky when it comes to the Science fiction and fantasy I read (especially regarding YA books)

When was the last time you cried at a book?

I think when I read the 7 Husbands of  Evelyn Hugo, a book that I just read a few days ago.

How many books are on your bedside table

One (which is surprising for me)
What is your favorite snack whist you’re reading

Popcorn or Sunflower Seeds

Name three books you’d recommend to everyone
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid , and Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase

I have to skip this due to not being able to get to my shelf right now due to construction in my house
My high fantasy shelf is my favorite

I don’t think I own enough high fantasy to even have a section dedicated to it (dodges red tomatoes being thrown at me by the YA community)

Write how much books mean to you in 3 words

Everything Everything Everything

What’s your biggest reading secret?

I think it is the fact that I have not read a lot of the big series that many people in YA community seem to gush about like The Mortal Instruments series.

 

 

 

Quarantine A Love Story Review

Quarantine book pic .jpgWarning: Minor spoilers ahead

Quarantine A Love Story is a book that didn’t end up how I was expecting. Certain aspects I loved and others I hated, but it is hard to pinpoint if this a book I feel is overall a good or bad book.

After Flora decides to fake being sick with a tropical mono that the CDC is investigating on their flight she does something else even worse regarding kissing a boy she just met named Oliver. Soon Oliver and Flora are whisked into Quarantine together and have to deal with worried parents, potential relationships (with each and others), and newfound online fame. The two #Quaranteens though have a lot of time to deal with all of these new feelings and developments as they are stuck in the same room together for the next 30 days.

Something I really liked in this book was seeing Flora and Oliver’s lives being impacted by what happened in the outside world even though they are stuck inside, especially regarding social media. Having their own hashtag and seeing the opinions of so many people either shipping Oliver and Kelsey or Flora and Oliver felt like something that people in today’s world would definitely do. I really liked the social media and fandom aspect of the book seeing as it really felt like something that could happen. I also think that Flora and Oliver’s home lives were extremely compelling as they both had to deal with issues regarding their parent’s decisions before and after their quarantine and also the matter of Oliver’s crush Kelsey visiting.

Another thing that I enjoyed in the book was Flora and Oliver’s relationship. I won’t deny the fact that I was in fact shipping them and that I really disliked Kelsey in the book. While Kelsey is a character that I could honestly see existing in this sort of situation I really didn’t like how she used Oliver to gain fame and how she didn’t seem to care about him at all. Regardless of how Flora and Oliver’s relationship ended up I am glad that Kelsey and Oliver did not end up together. Back to Flora and Oliver though, I really thought they had cute chemistry from the second they sat with each other on the plane. Their banter was adorable and made me just really love them as a couple.

Some issues I had with this book were definitely the pacing and dullness that the book had through it. While the book didn’t lack excitement in certain parts, overall it felt dull at times. There were a lot of quiet moments and just descriptions of the characters sitting quietly thinking. While I get there is not a lot to do in Quarantine I felt like some of these parts were more filler and padding compared to actual plot or character development. Something else I didn’t like about the book was that there was a point where one of their attendees Joe was hinted at to be more than he says he is and the mystery behind Flora being sick in Quarantine at one point even though she had faked it. Neither of these were really addressed in the end and while I can guess Flora just happened to get sick while they were in the hospital, I don’t really know what the deal with Joey was. I can handle certain things being left unopened, but to me I wished they had cut out the parts regarding being suspicious of Joey and also explained more about Flora being sick in Qurantine and the reasoning for that.

Overall, this story was okay. While I enjoyed the main romance, the premise, and impact of the book the execution could be a little slow at times and have some plot holes. I think if you’re interested in a story like this it won’t be too disappointing, but I also think that there will be times you may feel tempted to skim or skip ahead. However, I do encourage you to give it a read and find our for yourself.

3.5 out of 5 stars

*** 1/2 out of *****

 

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Five 2019 Releases I Am Looking Forward To

There are so many books that are coming out that I am looking forward to reading this year. This is especially so for YA.

So I had to narrow it down to 5.

These are in no particular order and just happen to be some of my top anticipated reads.

Without further ado…here are Five 2019 Releases I Am Looking Forward To!

 

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1. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

After that cliff hanger of a ending in the first book I could not help but imagine what would happen next. I needed to know what would become of Stevie Bell and the mysteries she was uncovering as well as the secrets she had discovered about her love interest. This book came out on January 22nd and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be getting this book as soon as I possibly can. The first book had a MC who is a true crime nerd, some of the best anxiety rep I ever read, a historical and current day mystery, and more. So I am expecting so much out of the sequel and I think I will get my wish.

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2.  In The Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton

This historical fiction book sounds amazing. It is about a jewish girl in the 50s who decides to hide she is Jewish at school to fit in with the Christian kids including a handsome boy name Davis. Soon though she meets a boy, Max, at her synagogue who cares deeply about social justice and is also infatuating to Ruth. After a hate crime occurs in her town she has to choose what is the right thing to do and who she should be. I really think this book sound interesting. I have not read many historical fiction books with this premise in the 1950s so that part intrigues me as well. The cover is gorgeous and I really think the content of the  book will be just as beautiful.

IWYATB cover .jpg3. I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

First of all, I just need to say Mason is an awesome person online and someone who I have absolute faith in when writing this book. It’s about a teen named Ben who is kicked out of their home after coming out as nonbinary. Ben ends up moving in with their sister, keeps their identity hidden to only a few people, and meeting a funny boy named Nathan. Will Nathan and Ben’s friendship grow into something more though? I really like the premise of this book and am really excited to read an ownvoice YA book featuring an enby MC. This book is one of my most anticipated books of 2019 and I hope it is yours too.

serious moonlight4. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

I have loved every Jenn Bennett book that I have read. She is becoming one of my favorite authors and I think this book sounds even better than the last two books I read from her. The book tells the story of Birdie, a mystery novel lover who is able to break away from her homeschooling and strict grandparents by imagining herself as a detective. After getting a job at a hotel working alongside a charismatic boy named Daniel she soon finds that they may be in their own mystery involving a reclusive mystery author and secret meetings. This book sounds like a great deal of fun featuring a intriguing mystery, a cute romance, and more.

GOS book pic.jpg5. Going Off-Script

I’ve read a few Jen Wilde books in my time and have found them to be cute, relatable, and great fun. This book though sounds really intriguing to me. It is about a girl named Bex who lands an internship on a TV show. After she writes a script for the show and the head writer not only passes it off as their own, but also changes the f/f relationship she wrote into a straight one she decides to fight back with the help of her crush. I think this book sounds like a awesome story of someone standing up for what they believe in and arguing against the norms of TV. I honestly have been anticipating this book ever since I found out about it and will be most likely getting it on release day if I can’t get an ARC of it.

 

There are way more books than just these I want to read in 2019, but these are just some of my top ones.

Let me know what books your looking forward to in 2019 in comments below.

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I Moved To Los Angeles To Work In Animation Review

i moved to la to work in animation artHello!

Today I am bringing you a little review of I Moved To Los Angeles To Work In Animation.

This book is the graphic memoir of Tally Nourigat and how she moved to Los Angeles to become an animator. The book includes Tally’s history, tips for working in the trade, and even some interviews with other animators.

First of all I need to talk about the drawings. The colors and imagery in this book are so fun and happy. There is almost this theme with the color style to be mostly in these pink, tan, grey, blue, and purple colors which really intrigues me as it isn’t just in black and white or any colors willy nilly. The book does have other colors than just those four, but they are used sparingly. I really loved the drawings and how there is so much information packed into one graphic novel. The imagery is something that will bring nothing but smiles to your faces.

Another thing I appreciate about this book is the depth that it goes into. Rather than just telling readers about the animation business the book goes into details about everything from working your first job in animation to how to find the right area to move to. I don’t always see books that feature an in depth analysis of apartment hunting and living in a expensive area when talking about landing your dream job in a competitive industry. So it is nice to see something like it here.

I believe that Nourigat really knows what she is talking about her and talents and known how really shine on the pages of this memoir.

The only thing that I didn’t like in the book was the end interviews with other animators. While they were interesting to see, I felt they went on a little too long and dragged the ending a bit. I appreciate the sentiment regarding the featuring of various different animators, but I would have liked if each person’s feature had been shortened a little. This though is no reason to not read this book.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and appreciated reading about an industry that I feel we all grew up engaging in one way or another, but not all of us know much about. If you’re in the mood to learn more about the people that bring Dragons to life at DreamWorks, Toys to life at Pixar, Crystal Gems to life at Cartoon Network, etc. then you should definitely pick this book up.

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-Jessica

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nick and June Were Here Review

nick & june were here picNick and June Were Here is a book that I read 10 times faster than I thought I would, which is technically not a bad or good thing.

Nick and June are two kids from two different worlds in the same town. June is dealing with undiagnosed mental health issues and Nick is dealing with being in and out of juvie for car theft. However, they’ve been friends turned boyfriend and girlfriend for almost their whole lives. However soon Nick is on the run from the law and June comes along to help him not only escape this town, but with a mission to spread ashes for Nick’s relative. The question is will they succeed or is this a runaway adventure that will end badly for both Nick and June?

Something I really liked about the book is how June is able to get help for her undiagnosed mental illness more towards the beginning and end up of the first half of the book rather than the waiting until the end of the book. I also like the support she gets from her family and friends regarding it and how the author doesn’t try to keep with the trope of June refusing she has any problem or anything like that. We get to see June dealing with her illness alone and wanting her friends to not say anything about it, but later we do see June open up to a doctor and her parents once she is in the hospital. I was really worried we would have to wait until the end of the book for that, but I was happy we got to see some of the help June’s gets earlier than that.

Another thing I really like with the book is June and Nick’s relationship. While I had wanted there to be more content regarding it, I did enjoy what we got. I thought they were cute and I really loved their friends to lover romance that we got to know even though the book takes place after they’ve gotten together. I really liked the flashbacks and insight we got into their history and how they became who they were.

Finally, while the ending did come quickly is what a pretty good ending. I am someone who can sometimes favor a wrapped nicely in a bow ending rather than one that is a little more open ended. This book though manages to do both simultaneously in the best way. I can’t go into too much detail without spoilers, but I think the ending found a way to show readers the future of the characters while also leaving some intriguing mystery regarding the author’s writing and writing style. The last past of the book does this tremendously actually.

As I said before this book was a very fast read. I read it in honestly a few hours. I enjoyed how fast I was able to read the book. The story started off a little slow, but picked up the pace the farther I read into it. The only issues I had with this is 1) the story that I thought I was getting did not occur to over 1/2 way through the book and 2) I felt like I needed more content in the back half of the book instead of the first half. While I appreciated the back story and being able to see June not have to wait till the end of the book to get help regarding her mental health, I also wanted more for the runaway part of the story. As I said once we get to the 50 or 60% mark of the story we actually get to the runaway part of the novel. I really liked this part, but I had wished it had been longer and occurred a little earlier in the book than when it did.

This book was a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed the way the book diverted from some overused tropes and how interesting the main character’s and their relationships were. I also really liked the ending of the book being the perfect form of a happily ever after and a ending that leaves us wanting more. The only issue I had with the book is I would have liked more scenes of June and Nick’s relationship and the actual running away part instead of what we got. Regardless though, this book was a quick and sweet read that you’ll definitely be swept up in and one I am entirely glad I picked up.

4 out of 5 Stars

**** out of *****

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-Jessica

I received an digital ARC of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just For Clicks Review

jfcI knew I was going to enjoy this book ever since I heard the synopsis.
What I didn’t know was how much.

Just for Clicks is the story of two internet famous sisters named Claire and Poppy. Their mother was a famous mommy blogger who insisted her children start a vlog channel. As the years have gone by they’ve gone to fashion shows, dealt gained a big fanbase, done sponsorships, and more. Claire however is getting tired of the life unlike her sister and mother who adore it. Claire is determined to find a way to make it stop, but by doing so she might unlock a huge secret about herself and her family she never could have imagined.

I really enjoyed Just for Clicks. I really liked the identities of the sisters and how they both had their own taste and style. Claire was into coding and we got to go pretty in depth regarding her love of it and computers. I always appreciate women in STEM fields or who love STEM as female protagonists in YA books and I thought Claire was a great & complex character. You can feel for her and understand why she may feel scared or upset about being famous even if fame is something that many people would say is their dream.

I also really enjoyed the relationships in the book. The mother’s relationship with her daughters was interesting and I really liked how the book showed character development for her. I also really like how we see Poppy and Claire’s relationship evolve and how we get to see their contrasting viewpoints regarding their vlog channel. Claire has a really cute relationship with a boy named Rafael that you’ll be shipping the second they have to stare at each other in the eyes for a in class assignment (it makes more sense in context). They are an extremely cute couple and I loved the chemistry they had together. I also liked that Rafael was more than a love interest and we got to see him back story too and how he and Claire have contrasting family relationships and how that impacts them and their romance.

The multiples twists in this book are ones I don’t think anyone will see coming. I can’t say much, but you will be shocked to say the least at some of the turn of events that occur within the pages of this novel.

Finally, I really enjoyed the different fonts and formats used in this book to help tell the story. We get to see pages of texts, emails, message board comments, and more. I really liked how they used this to help move the story along and even when the pages were filled with things we already knew had happened from the previous chapter, it was still nice to see and helped to show us a more in depth look at what the characters (especially Claire) were dealing with in their everyday life.

If I had to say somethings I didn’t like in the book it was that I felt like the mother and daughter relationships could have been a little more in depth. I liked what we got, but a little more would’ve been appreciated. I also think that we could have used a little more information regarding what Poppy wanted to do with her life. While I enjoyed Claire’s narration we knew she liked coding, but we didn’t get as much regarding Poppy’s like and what she wanted for the future except for fame, power, and popularity. I think that if the author wrote a sequel to this novel I would love to see the girls at college and how their lives are now after the events at the ending of the book (no spoilers).

This book is a fun look at a family dynamic that I never really thought of much. I am glad I picked this book up and I hope you do too.

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-Jessica

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