Monday, March 30, 2020

Weekly Wrap-Up + Mini Reviews - #2

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Today we are wrapping up for 3/23-3/29. I managed to read 12 total items. Of the 12 items, 4 were full books and 8 were graphic novels.

Date Read: 3/23
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
This was ADORABLE. I now have to go buy a physical copy. I keep telling my husband that these little comics are so us.


Date Read: 3/23
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
I really enjoyed the meaning behind all of the little comics and I feel like parents should check this out. I didn't really like the art style and it made it a little hard to focus on the chat bubbles sometimes.


Date Read: 3/23
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
Perfection. I laughed so hard at some of these. I have always loved crude humor so this was definitely a good choice for me.


Date Read: 3/23
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
Oh no!


Date Read: 3/23
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
I wanted to love this but some of the skits didn't really make sense to me or I just didn't find them funny.


Date Read: 3/23
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
Being able to enjoy and laugh at mental health issues portrayed by a pigeon was something I never thought would happen in my life. But, alas, it has happened. I can die happy.


Date Read: 3/23
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
I really loved the author's webcomics so an entire book with his work just seemed like a dream. Such cute and funny skits and I enjoyed the entire book.


Date Read: 3/24
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Review: 
Holy crap. I received this book as an eARC back before it came out but sadly that was around the time when my depression took over and I could barely function. I am so sad that I couldn't read this book back when I got it because DAMN. This was such a ride. School shootings are what we usually hear about but a school bombing? Dang. I really loved how this book was so much more than just a school bombing. It showed the lives of 6 students who were in the school the day before school started and what they were doing there. It showed racism, mental health, sexuality and so much more. I am so happy I decided to reach into my Netgalley backlog, otherwise, I might never have picked this up.


Date Read: 3/24
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
I have seen Adam's art all over Facebook but I never knew who was behind it until I saw this book pop up on my libraries app. I grabbed it, read it in like 10 minutes and loved it. I could connect to so many things that were portrayed in the book and I love the fact that things were brutally honest.


Date Read: 3/25
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
I had to sit down after finishing this book and really ask myself, did I really enjoy the book or was it just okay and I want to give it 5 stars because it's Marie Lu? Sadly, I came to realize that I didn't really LOVE this story. It was really good, don't get me wrong, but I felt like it was boring. If I hadn't read this as an audiobook I have a feeling my rating would be lower. 


Date Read: 3/27
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
This book was exactly what I expected it to be. I am a little upset about the fact that its a book about teenagers yet it was sold as an adult book. There was a lot of information to take in as you read the book and I think, if I find the time, I will be rereading this because I KNOW I missed some stuff. The end of the book just had me sitting here like who? what? where? when? Are you there God? It's me, Jenn.

Date Read: 3/29
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: 
I knocked off an entire star because the beginning of the book was kind of dull and had me saying wtf to myself? But after some progression, the book wasn't boring anymore but it DID keep saying wtf until the very end, I think I might have said it a few times after finishing the book, as well. You know how people say, you think you know but you have no idea? Yeah, that should have been the real title of this book. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Review: All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban - 4 stars

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 6:00 PM 1 comments
Title: All Your Twisted Secrets
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Author: Diana Urban
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication: March 17th 2020
Cover Rating: 4/5
Reading Format: Provided ARC

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban is the story of six teens who were offered a wonderful scholarship that they are supposed to attend a dinner to accept but this dinner ends up becoming an escape room from hell scenario.

What could six seemingly random teenagers have in common besides being invited to a scholarship dinner? Well, for one, most of them are or have been friends. Two, a few of them had a hand in damaging some of the lives of the others. Three, they all have secrets that lead someone to lock them in a room with no choice but to murder one of them or they all die. What would you have to do to someone to make them angry enough to kill?

This story was very interesting. There were so many layers and histories that it was very fun having them unravel before you. The plot goes back and forth between past and present and it leads us up to the inevitable end where everyone's secrets are left out in the open but it turns out even the person who locked them in the room had it all wrong. Well, maybe not ALL wrong.

It was around the halfway point when I started to realize who the 'bad guy' was but the motive still wasn't entirely clear. By the end of the book, I still didn't fully put it all together and was very shocked by the conclusion. So many lives potentially ruined because of bullying and revenge and the worst part is... Bullying. Happens. Every. Day. 

In the end, this story was very suspenseful even though some of the secrets weren't all that big. But the plot ran a lot deeper than just some forced escape room shenanigans. I enjoyed all the layers to the story and I'm glad it wasn't just a face value plot. I am also glad the book managed to be like One of Us is Lying without being a replica.

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.

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