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Review : The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Posted by on August 28, 2016 3:54 am in 3.5 stars reads | 2 comments

the unexpected everythingThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Pages : 517
Genre : Contemporary Fiction, YA
Stand alone
My Rating : 3.5/5

About the Book  :

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

My Thoughts :

Without going into details, I have to say that the past week has been a bit tough, the kind of week where you’d just like to step out of your life for a time, you know? I felt a bit drained and disconnected, and so I knew I needed something light and fun to read, that wouldn’t require too much brain power. The Unexpected Everything seemed like the perfect choice.

It was my second novel by Morgan Matson after Since You’ve Been Gone last year, and it was exactly what I needed. So much of what I’d said about Since You’ve Been Gone applied to this new story too : cute story, a voice easy to relate too, a strong focus on friendship. It’s all there, and so much more!

There’s romance of course, and it’s what you’d expect from a YA summer novel – cute, a bit predictable. For me, what really stood out here was Andie’s relationship with her father, as well as the strength of her friendships. The bond she and her friends had felt natural, inspiring, comforting. There’s a bit of conflict, of course, and that too felt very natural.

If I were to criticize one aspect of The Unexpected Everything, it would be the length. It felt unnecessarily long for the story it was trying to tell. Many scenes dragged on too long, no matter how engaging Morgan Matson’s voice is. In fact, it would probably have improved the pace if the scenes had been shortened where needed.

Overall, The Unexpected Everything was a lot of fun – and it was very real, too. I loved how it ended, with issues resolved but not ignored. The characters do change through the story and while there’s a lot of happy, positive aspects to it, there’s also a touch of nostalgia as the characters come of age. It’s a bit more real than other idealistic YA novels out there, and I loved it for it.

Wordless Wednesday – Forest Green

Posted by on August 24, 2016 3:13 am in My work | 2 comments

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Bolton-Est, Quebec, August 2016

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Filling the Shelf – 222

Posted by on August 22, 2016 3:02 am in Book talk | 7 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Hello again!

So this is it, the summer holidays are officially over for us, even though there are still some sunny days ahead! The Man is going back to work, and so am I. I’ll be spending more time at the computer, and the plan is that I should be posting and commenting a bit more (not that I’ve ever been super regular at this, but I’ve been exceptionally lazy about the blog this summer!)

I wasn’t planning on getting new books this week, but I had some points/gift cards to exchange at the bookstore, and with my birthday coming up this week I figured I might as well go ahead and get my hands on some items from the wishlist! I think I’m probably reading The Fifth Season next; I’ve already sampled a huge chunk of it at the store and enjoyed it so much!

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Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace  – The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Review : Blameless by Gail Carriger

Posted by on August 20, 2016 3:03 am in 3.5 stars reads | 0 comments

blamelessBlameless by Gail Carriger
Pages : 355
Genre : Paranormal, Steampunk, Historical Fiction, etc.
Series : The Parasol Protectorate, Book 3
My Rating : 3.5/5

About the Book  :

Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto. 

My Thoughts :

I was so excited going into Blameless after having such a wonderful time with Changeless. The previous story left us not exactly on a cliffhanger, but certainly with a lot of unresolved questions, and I was dying to find out what would happen next.

There’s a lot to like in this third book of the series, which also marks the middle of the story. I enjoyed seeing a tiny bit more of Alexia’s family’s dynamics, as well as meeting Ivy and Madame Lefoux again. I appreciate how Gail Carriger creates such varied, lively, complex and entertaining characters. They all stand out for different reasons, and despite all the craziness surrounding them, their personalities, even the craziest ones, don’t feel too far-fetched. They work within Alexia’s world and made me care for them all.

The story was also lots of fun, and most of all, I enjoyed knowing more about Alexia’s powers and the history of her kind. There’s a lot more to it than I had expected when starting with the series, which satisfies my constant curiosity. The traveling is a plus, and I love all the technology and steampunk aspects the author has been adding through the last 2 books (something I felt was really lacking in the first book).

But while I really enjoyed the book, two things tarnished my experience a little. The first is that I felt as though Blameless was very much a bridge between book 2 and 4, re-positioning the characters for the next step. The story felt a bit aimless at points, and the plot didn’t move as much as I would have liked. More importantly, I was very disappointed with how Alexia handled her husband in the end. It was too fast, too easy considering how bad things had been. Maybe I’ll get more of what I was hoping in the next book? Because despite my few disappointments in Blameless, I still very much enjoyed this adventure, and I look forward to completing the series.

Series :

  1. Soulless
  2. Changeless
  3. Blameless
  4. Heartless
  5. Timeless