Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (Book Review)

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Page Count:
 480

I read this book (sort of) together with Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books. Our schedules didn’t work in our favour all that much this time, but we at least read it in the same week – yay to us! It’s always a blast to read with her and it’s even greater to have her to discuss ideas and theories about the book with. Make sure to check out her review in the near future!

I am a declared Morgan Matson fan, so before the new release of her latest book (The Unexpected Everything) I just HAD TO read Second Chance Summer and I do not regret that choice. The premise is fairly straight-forward, so I had a rain-cloud hanging over my head ever since page one. This is a book that had me in a sobbing mess by the end, but I am getting ahead of myself.

The book is, as the title suggests, about second chances, but in more than one way since it’s actually “split” into two stories. On the one hand, you have the family plot, with Taylor having that last summer to spend with her father yet also growing closer with the rest of her family. It was my absolute favourite part of the book! It is so very rare in YA fiction that parents or siblings play such an important role, that you get to know them just as much as you would the MC’s best friend or love interest in any other story. So, I am glad Matson made this about a topic that doesn’t get addressed much, even if it was completely heartbreaking. Up until the end I was hoping for some kind of miracle solution … just thinking about it gets me all upset again.

Then there is the other storyline, revolving around Taylor not wanting to come back to their summer house, because she had a fall out with her best friend and boyfriend there five years ago (when she was only twelve). As you can maybe already tell by my tone, I was not entirely convinced by that story. There is some animosity and in the beginning the suspense is incredible – you just need to know what happened! Yet when we finally found out, I thought that it was rather silly to have such a big fight over something like this, especially since they were still so young. I definitely wouldn’t have held the grudge for years like some people here did.

In the end, the friendship and love-parts were a good balance in terms of making the story lighter. I don’t think I could have bared all those glum feelings all the time. It was such a heartfelt story with great lessons of facing your fears and making the best of the time you get with the people you love – and of course about second chances!

Fazit: 4/5 stars! An emotional read to get you ready for summer!

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Have you read Second Chance Summer? Did you enjoy it as much as me?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (April 18-24)

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I’ve been lacking a little bit in the TV show department, but today there are some really exciting promos for one of my all time favourite show. But don’t you worry! I have plenty of movie trailers for you as well!

Movies

The Girl on the Train

I have not read the book! I feel like I should before the movie comes out though, even if I am not a thriller-kind-of-girl. Can anyone who’s read it tell me what they thought of the book? Is it worth the hype?

The Magnificent Seven

Looks good? I like the casting choice, but despite the era they are in, this doesn’t exactly scream “Let’s go see a Western” to me.

Equals

I think this looks magnificent. AURORA’s music, beautiful imagery, Nicholas Hoult and in this case, I think the role will work for Kristen too. Everyone always complained about her being not very expressive, that could be good in this kind of society, right?

Jason Bourne

I am not a massive fan of the movie franchise, but ALICIA VIKANDER! There wasn’t nearly enough of her in the trailer, so I will have to watch the whole thing.

The Founder

It’s the McDonald’s origin story! I am kind of sad to say that I learned about this in school, but reality is I did.

Café Society

I love old, glamorous Hollywood movies and then there’s Jesse Eisenberg too? Count me in!

Independence Day: Resurgence

I don’t know what to say here. Either you are into that kind of stuff or not, I guess.

TV Shows

Doctor Who: New Companion

I have never seen that actress before, but I like her. She already seems funny and clueless, as they should be in the beginning. Maybe she could have a kind of Donna-vibe? I would definitely like that!

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This is the new Doctor Who spin-off and the cast has already been shown, but we have yet to wait for a proper trailer. This bit is a little pointless, sorry!

What are you going to watch? How was your week? Tell me all about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (April 11-17)

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It’s that time of the week again where I present to you some of the latest trailers and promos. Well … Trailers today. I didn’t find anything in the TV-sphere worth mentioning. It happens! What’s really sad on the other hand is that I keep forgetting which month we are in.

Movies

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

So this shows a couple of new things, but it’s still only a teaser. I want something full-length magical! Not that this doesn’t look awesome and the music, oh how I missed hearing those couple notes.

Doctor Strange

I was expecting everyone to rave about this all week long, but no? I don’t want to be a downer here, because it looks cinematically really good, but the story is still too confusing for me. Like I don’t really know what the story of the film is about other than Cumbi becoming Doctor Strange, there has to be a villain or something, right?
However, I really do like the Inception-esque folding of the city. That will look so awesome on the big screen!

Suicide Squad

I’ve shown Suicide Squad trailers before, but each one looks SO AWESOME! And if the actual soundtrack is half as good as the music for the trailers I am going to be one happy blogger.

The Birth of a Nation

This is incredible heartbreaking to watch.

The Secret Life of Pets

I swear, there can’t be enough trailers for this movie, even if I feel if seen half of it already.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Still only feeling meh about it … but then there’s Amell in it and I am wavering …

No Men Beyond This Border

It’s a mockumentary!

Being Charlie

I am so not sure about this one. Probably one that I’d happily watch on a lazy Sunday at home but not in the movie theater.

What are you going to watch? Any favourites?

The Love Tag

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Remember back around the time of Valentine’s Day when all the love-related tags swarmed the blogosphere? Well, that’s when Lashaan and Trang @bookidote tagged me for The Love Tag and I can’t believe that it has been sitting around in my drafts until now. Sorry for taking so long and thank you so much for tagging me, here we finally go (better late than never)!

Books Other People Love But You Haven’t Gotten Around to Read

I feel like someone is going to punch me for this answer, but I still haven’t yet read the Harry Potter books and I don’t think I will anytime soon. However, I am not saying it won’t ever happen. Maybe … someday …

A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

I still feel like not enough people talk about Trial by Fire or the Worldwalker series in general. What’s up with that? It has a super intriguing world, an interesting love story, humour and magic! Like elemental, kind-of-scientifically-explained-magic! Read it!

Stand Alone Books You Love

There are way too many books for that category … here are just a few:

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Favourite Book Couple

MALEC! Okay, I am not even sure that’s true. I love them to bits, but I’ve been heavily reminded of my love for them because of Shadowhunters, because otherwise I am not sure I really would have chosen them. There are just so many great couples out there in the bookish world, but just look at that gif …

Series That You Love

I can never choose just one … it’s just way too difficult!

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The Perfect Song

There is no such thing as perfection! I am just going to share one of the latest songs on my never ending earworm list:

A Cute DIY

Wow! This is hard! I used some leftover felt bits to make these little minions. I guess if you don’t make them 3-dimensional and flat instead, you’d get some monster-y bookmarks? So in the end it’s just cutting and gluing some felt … I am sorry, that was terrible! Just be glad I don’t have anything like a tutorial channel!

I TAG

*If you’ve done this already or don’t feel like doing it, just ignore that I tagged you!*

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (Book Review)

nbhAn unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.
Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.
Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.
No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count:
 496

Before Nowhere But Here I have only read one book by Katie McGarry and I loved it. Now, neither NetGalley nor Goodreads could clearly identify whether this book is NA or YA and I think it is one that sort of dabbles in the grey area in between. I’ve put off this review for a while, because I am not really sure what to say though and I don’t understand why, because I had a blast reading it.

It starts off really funny, with Emily being thrown into this biker-world she clearly knows nothing about. At first, I thought she deserved some of the uncomfortableness (Is that a word? I say it’s one now), because I wasn’t sure how much I truly could relate to her or simply liked her. She seemed to have fears about basically everything and even about things I did not fully understand and then she just shut people out who were really trying. Yet, given her history and the time to get to know her made me really like her. Same with Oz. Those characters are brazen and confident and ridiculously good-looking. The whole story is not exactly an every-day-kind-of-occurrence, so it isn’t something everyone can relate to.

Despite the lack of realism, I love those kind of books. They may be full of over the top drama, but they still talk about topics that matter where it counts. Nowhere But Here was about truth, family, love and overcoming fear. There were some twists and turns I could guess and others I did not see coming in exactly that way. It was steamy and sweet and a great beginning to a new series. We already got to know the male MC for Walk the Edge, the second installment, and I can’t wait to pick that one up as well.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Don’t put too much thought in it while reading and just enjoy the wild ride!

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Have you read any of Katie McGarry‘s books? Do you intend to take a look at the Thunder Road series?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (April 4-10)

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I made this post in a little bit of a rush, so there aren’t as many trailers as per usual, but I think I found some really good ones nonetheless!

Movies

Rogue One

SO EXCITED! Not a massive fan of part of the music or noise in the last third of the trailer, but mostly it looks great!

Mothers and Daughters

I love how this year there are actually a couple of movies focusing on mother-daughter-relationships – that’s so cute!

The BFG

I think it looks good. I haven’t read the book as a kid, I have really nothing to compare it to, but somehow I can see myself watching it.

Swiss Army Man

I don’t even know what to say. Who came up with that crazy idea?

TV Shows

Legends of Tomorrow

I know, I know. Not even that many of you are watching it, but they are introducing Jonah Hex now and I think that’s cool!

What are you going to watch? And how was your week? Tell me all about it!

The Cookie Book Tag!

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Nicole @Sorry, I’m Booked has checked off one of her 2016 goals by creating The Cookie Book Tag! I always cheer for the people who can come up with something new by themselves and I am so sorry that it took me such a long time to get around to participating myself. But here we are now, so let’s not waste more time!

The Rules

  • In addition to linking back to the person who tagged you, it would be awesome if you link back to Nicole’s original post!
  • Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s ‘theme’
  • Have fun!
  • Tag 1-3 people

Chocolate Chip

A Classic Book That You Love or Really Enjoyed (interpret classic how you want, it can be a classic written 100 years ago or 20 years ago)

I shall forever cherish The Great Gatsby. The golden 20s were such a great time period (at least in theory – obviously haven’t been there myself) and the images in my head that go with the book are just magnificent. Also, the story is just great, like the title already suggests.

Thin Mints

A Fandom That You Really Want to ‘Join’ AND/OR a Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read (your source(s) of a book being hyped can be from anywhere)

Okay, so I have only heard good things about Me Before You! No one seems to dislike that book and I finally caved and ordered it. Wohooo – jumping on the bandwagon soon! (Also, I really need to read it before the movie, because I have to see it because THAT CAST!)

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An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of

Tough one! Really tough one! There are a couple I just really, really love, but I guess the writing style that has really captured me the most is the one of Tahereh Mafi. That woman just created something really unique.

Samoas/ Caramel DeLites

An Emotional Rollercoaster (this cookie was hard …so any book that made you feel more than one emotion, strongly. The choice of emotions is up to you)

The Red Rising trilogy!!! My answers are seriously repetitive, but those books made me feel so much. Mostly anger and betrayal and hurt – which are not very common emotions for me. Also, they made me feel all of that really strongly and I was surprised by that. I was sometimes shaking. So weird, yet strangely exhilarating! I completely hold Pierce Brown responsible for that!

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A Book Whose Cover Was Better Than The Story OR Vice Versa, Where The Story Was Better Than Its Cover

The covers for the The 100 books are simply beautiful, however I cannot do with the writing! It’s like bad Bellarke fanfiction for the TV show, which does not make sense at all, because the show is based on the books … how disappointing a read that was …

Tagalongs/ Peanut Butter Patties

A Book That Wasn’t What You Expected (good, bad, or just different, interpret how you wish)

Somehow I feel like The Martian fits that category really well. I thought that the book would be really boring, with Mark being stuck on the Mars alone and all that jazz BUT HOW WRONG I WAS! I adore that book and am so glad I read it! It was funny and exciting and not boring at all! Mark Watney is just hilarious!

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A Book You May Never Stop Rereading/Loving

I am not big on rereading … as in, I don’t do it at all. I am way too scared that my feelings will change and that I won’t love it as much as I did before. We can’t have that! However, a book that I will always and forever cherish and love and adore is The Thief Lord – all my childhood wishes are manifested in there! You know, like living in a movie theatre in Venice, magic, people wearing awesome masks and just general friends-who-are-like-family-vibes.

Bonus

Choose a cookie I didn’t list and make up a question!

I choose JAMMIE DODGERS, because they remind me of Doctor Who and that show was actually recommended to me by someone. So, my bonus question is: A book that was recommended to you, which you ended up loving!

So many people wanted me to read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and man am I glad that I finally did read it. It was such a warm and fuzzy and great read. Glad I didn’t miss out on it after all! (although Oreos would probably have been a better association with the book)


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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Bloggers Who Brighten My Day

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! This week’s theme is easy and basically celebrates book enthusiasts of all kinds:

Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook — you pick the platform of your choice to talk about all the interesting bookish people to follow!  If you don’t use social media much you can pick your favorite bookish blogs or new blogs you’ve come across to follow.

I’ve definitely been showered with love today as everyone kept posting their TTT’s and so many of you mentioned me. I simply had to participate as well, wanting to give a shout-out to some of the bloggers who constantly brighten my day! I wish I could just put you ALL on this list, but then we’d still be sitting here in a couple of days time. I appreciate all of you, so, I hope you understand that I had to narrow this down a little.

1. Cristina @My Tiny Obessions

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I am at a point in my life where I can say that I’ve known Cristina for years and that I don’t even remember how life was without her. And with that I don’t just mean the blogging life – I mean my life! We talk every day and I wouldn’t want to miss her for the world. When she enjoys a TV show or a book, I can be 99.9% sure that I will like it too.

2. Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much

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Just like Cristina, Cátia has become a fixed part of my life and I love it! We are weird together and we talk books and TV and obsession with Malec gifs. We can talk about pretty much anything there is and it never feels uncomfortable – I love our little trio!

3. Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books

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She called me pure gold, I call her a shining diamond! She is just so precious! Marie is seriously one of the kindest and funniest and sweetest people out there and blogging has been even greater with her there. Whether it be our buddy reads, WIPs or something completely unrelated, she is there with a thoughtful comment and all the love to give.

4. Astra @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

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I can’t even really remember how we found each other, but ever since then, we’ve found a lot of things that we have in common. I barely ever miss a post of hers, and neither does she miss mine and we always seem to find something to talk about. If all else fails, flailing over the events of Red Rising will always do!

5. Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff

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Michelle is just awesome! For one, she coined the term Alec Baewood – credit where credit is due! But this is just part of her blogging genius. Her writing always manages to capture me and is often sprinkled with a ton of humour that is perfectioned with some really strong gif-game.

6. Josie @Josie’s Book Corner

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Josie is the kind of person who never seems to run out of insightful wisdom to give. She is such a positive person and generally just makes me feel hopeful and fuzzy inside when I talk to her. And of course she has great taste in books! I feel like she’s the kind of person that you always want in your corner, at least I do.

7. Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts

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If I am ever undecided whether I want a Margollum or not, he’s the kind of guy I go to. Don’t get that? Probably not a lot of people will, don’t worry about it. (Seriously, maybe even he’ll need a minute to remember what show that from. I just felt like mentioning a Margollum) What it boils down to is that Joey and I watch almost all the same shows and I am simply in awe of his witty and succinct TV show summaries. I know that he is a book blogger and his reviews are awesome, but to me, talking TV with him is even more fun.

8. Flo @Flowless Books

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I love talking to Flo! She’s so sweet and funny and I am glad that we can brood over inconsistencies with WordPress together. (As much as I love the platform, it is also really weird sometimes) Also, she keeps tagging me for tags on Instagram, which I am ever so grateful for, because otherwise I am afraid I would neglect that even more than I already do.

9. Regina @The Bibliothèque

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Out of all of these people, I might talk to Regina the least often, but when we do talk, I am sure to walk away with a smile. First of all, her blog is absolutely beautiful and second, we have such similar taste. It is easy to gush about something!

10. Liam @Liam’s Library

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Liam and I haven’t known each other for very long, but that just means that there is still a lot to discover about each other and so far we definitely share a similar taste in books, but also differ in opinion on some of them – which is good! I really enjoy our little talks in the comments!

So, if you don’t follow these people already, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I don’t even have the words to express myself properly at this point anymore. So, thank you to everyone who stopped by, to everyone who has become a part of my life! I LOVE YOU ALL ❤

Who are some people you feel this strongly about in the blogosphere?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (March 28-April 3)

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It’s TRAILER TIME! I am seriously running out of ideas of what to say in these short little intros, especially since I believe that pretty much everyone knows what this weekly feature is all about – my trailer and promo finds! So, here’s what I would like to share this week!

Movies

Captain America: Civil War TV Spot

Cátia showed me this today … and it still hurts my feels. This movie will be my ruin!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Trailer #2

So, I had no idea Moriarty would be in this too!

Me Before You Trailer #2

This trailer shows A LOT and I say that without having read the book. I will read the book though! Soon! I am actually going to order it this month. So yay! But I had to watch it because Neville … I mean Matthew Lewis is in this trailer.

Warcraft

I don’t know enough about the game to really properly judge this movie based on the trailer alone. I am personally not a huge fan of the CGI, but I guess it does go with the style of the game.

Tale of Tales

I am pretty sure they showed this movie last year at Cannes. Why you may ask? Because my boss at the time tried to watch it or she at least brought back all the reviews and I am not sure that’s a good movie … even with a cast like that …

The American Side

I am not sure how “real” this is … but I am not much for Thrillers anyway, so I guess I will skip this one.

Sundown

So, Camilla Belle is everywhere this week. And is that Ned from Ned’s declassified School Survival Guide? He grew up (obviously)!

3rd Street Blackout

It looks like the budget was really low, but I kind of love the hilarity of it!

TV Shows

Once Upon a Time 5×16 Sneak Peek

We are diving back into the Oz-world, which I think didn’t get nearly enough attention anyway. Is it just me, or does this Oz look a lot like the one from the James Franco movie? Also, not sure how I feel about Scarecrow …

So, what did I miss this week? What are you going to watch?