First Impressions: Lucky in Love

First Impressions: Lucky in Love

Hello and happy Wednesday. As I promised last week, today I’m sharing my thoughts on the exclusive excerpt of Lucky in Love by Kasie West. People who got the OwlCrate for the month of December got access to this content. Let’s get started, shall we?

This is not strictly related to the book, but I still want to say it: I hate reading random chapters from novels. I mean, yes, the author was kind enough to grant access to an excerpt of her novel, and technically this doesn’t imply that we get to read the first few chapters, but for me it’s annoying to form an idea of a book and decide whether I want to pick it up literally by reading a random chapter.

Thankfully, what I read was good, so I wasn’t that annoyed. What I liked about this story is that it shows how families actually undergo conversations in real life. Yes, the main character’s parents talk to each other like all they really wanted was a divorce and that’s not the case in every family, but neither are the typical conversations we get to read in most YA novels in which everybody is nice and polite. This family also has money issues, which is a situation I had to experience when I was younger. I had never seen this topic being covered in a YA novel, so again, it is refreshing to read a story that can be so relatable in seemingly unimportant aspects.

I loved the fact that the chapters were so short and easy to read. That makes me feel that when I’m actually reading the whole book, it’ll take me a day or two, and that to me is the best way to read a YA novel.

Maddie, the main character, works at a zoo, which I think it’s super interesting and is a different scenario from the typical jobs teenagers have. And let’s talk about Seth, her potential (okay, her 100% sure-to-be) love interest. He is a total sweetie and the kind of guy every girl would like to have in her life, even as a friend.

Have you read Lucky in Love? What were your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

First Impressions: Roomies

First Impressions: Roomies

First Impressions (1)Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I bring you another fun little post in which I share my thoughts on a sneak peek I was provided by BookishFirst. I had the chance to read chapters 1 through 4 of Roomies by Christina Lauren, and now I’d like to tell you all about my thoughts on this book. Let’s get started, shall we?

From the beginning I could tell this was a contemporary novel. I think it’s under the “new adult” category, but I’m not entirely sure. Anyways, it’s got this chick lit/ romantic comedy vibe that I enjoy from time to time if the story is well-written and proves to be original and “not your typical” NA novel. And the few chapters I read did it for me, they made me want to come back for more in the future.

I think one of the reasons why I enjoyed this sneak peek so much is the fact that I could relate to Holland on many different levels, especially regarding her love life, or lack thereof. She’s literally obsessed with a guy who plays guitar at the subway station, and though my crushes have never reached that level, I could relate to the fact that she learned his schedules to know when to show up and catch a glimpse of him. Yes, I used to be kind of a stalker.

There are some situations in this story that are a bit absurd, and some others that can be predictable, but I guess that’s common in chick lit. I mean, I can see this turning into a movie I’d watch on a Sunday afternoon. Still, it’s so funny, that I let the clichés and the WTF moments slide.

All in all, this is a super fast, pleasant read you’ll go through in a weekend; just make yourself some tea and popcorn and you’re good to go. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this whole book and sharing my full thoughts with you. While that happens, and given that this story is about an unusual crush, tell me about one of yours, or let me know in the comments whether you’d like me to tell you about some of mine.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

First Impressions: As You Wish

First Impressions: As You Wish

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Remember how I told you I had a new book blogging idea you’d find out about soon? Well, welcome to the first edition of “First Impressions.” This is an idea I’ve had for quite a while now, and which I tried to execute several months ago, but I sort of left it hanging.

 

Basically my idea was to read excerpts from different books and tell you my impressions, and obviously share with you whether I’d like to read the whole book or not. I did this with an excerpt from an audiobook I got in an OwlCrate a long time ago, but I left it at that post.

Now, fortunately, there’s this site called BookishFirst in which reviewers can get sneak peeks of new releases to review. I say “fortunately” because for me this means I get to read excerpts of new books, and share my thoughts both in the BookishFirst platform and with you. This means that I welcome you to a new series called First Impressions.

My First Impressions posts will be reviews, but I’ll also tell you what chapters of the story I read and whether I’d like to read the whole thing or not. After this super long introduction, I’d like to share my thoughts on the first three chapters of As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti. Let’s get started, shall we?

This book won me over from the first page because of its originality. I loved the fact that we get a male main character (which I think is still uncommon in YA novels), who works pumping gas. That is clearly the opposite of a cliché and it made me find out more about the story.

The first chapter is all about building this anticipation towards something the reader will find out in the future, and then the “secret” that people in Madison, the town where the story takes place, get to make a wish when they turn 18 and that it comes true for every wisher.

I really liked the direction the story was going, and the sci-fi/fantasy vibe it’s got. I think that makes the novel all the more appealing for different audiences because it combines elements from different sub-genres within the YA category.

It is a fast read, and I think that’s because it catches your attention and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. The chapters are short and they are written in this countdown sort of way, so I’m assuming each chapter is the narration of a different day.

There is family drama, and throughout the first three chapters we get glimpses of it, although not everything is revealed. This is obviously part of the appeal of the novel, and I’m sure once the reader progresses in the story, more information about this drama will be revealed.

I liked the fact that this is “not your typical” story, and I could see that judging by the characters’ names and by their lifestyle. I don’t know much about how people in the States live other than what I’ve read, seen, and the few weeks I experienced when I was a teenager, so it’s cool to read about the small-town life of people near (or in) the Arizona desert.

I will definitely be picking up this book in the future, so expect a review one of these days. And because this story is about wishes, I’d like to know, if you could make any sort of wish and were guaranteed it’d come true, what would you wish for and why?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

The Star-Touched Queen: First Impressions

The Star-Touched Queen: First Impressions

Hello and happy Wednesday. A while ago I showed you this card I’d gotten in my February Owl Crate, which has download codes for an audio excerpt of Caraval by Stephanie Garber and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I chose the latter because I have Caraval and want to read it sometime in the future, but it feels weird to be reading and listening to it. That’s just my opinion, and if you enjoy that, please continue.

When the excerpt began I felt a bit confused because the story seemed to just start in the middle of a scene, but I then understood that I was actually listening to chapter 6, so it made sense that I was sort of lost. The plot, though, was easy to understand once the story continued, although the fact that it didn’t start from chapter 1 annoyed me. You see, I’m a little obsessive-compulsive when it comes to my books, and so if I’m reading a sample, I want it to be from the beginning of the book, so that if I like the book, I can buy it and continue reading it. Having listened to chapters 6 and 7 means I basically spoiled those chapters and that was a turnoff for me.

This may not be a very popular opinion, but I didn’t like the narrator. There was something about her voice I didn’t like, and then there’s the fact that she switched to this Indian-like accent whenever there were dialogues. First of all, I don’t know if there’s a correct term for that kind of accent; I don’t mean to be offensive but English is not my first language and I don’t know all the words. Secondly, I would have very much preferred to have the narrator talk in that accent the whole story rather than alternate accents.

At the end I wanted to listen more of the story, and I was a bit sad that the excerpt was over, but not enough so as to get the book, add it to my lists or whatever. In my opinion, it’s a book I might enjoy, but I wasn’t thrilled about it, so I don’t plan on buying it anytime soon.

Did you read the whole book or an excerpt? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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