Stacking the Shelves #98

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

Yay for great books! <3

For Review
A Tale of Two Besties by Rossi (Thank you, Penguin!)
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger (Thank you, Random House!)
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly (Thank you, Tor!)

Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

This was such a great week! What did you add to your shelves?

Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 384 (ARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Before I begin this review, I feel the need to ask for you to excuse any flailing and confusing wording because I have been putting off this review forever due to the fact that I feel like I can't adequately describe what this book means to me.

This book needed to be written. For so many reasons. It showcases how one can overcome loss, how anyone can find love, and how there is nothing more important in the world than friends. But, more importantly, it also shows why geeky boys rule the world.

Emery Lord is my go-to author for realistic YA, so to have had the opportunity to work on this novel during my internship at Bloomsbury has blown my mind completely because I don't know what I did to deserve the opportunity to handle such an amazing book. Whatever it was, I'm thankful that this book is in my life, and that Emery Lord is an author who is just going to continue to soar because of her ability to write relatable and important characters. Paige is one of my favorite main characters ever. She's suffered and all she wants to do is start anew, even if it's hard. She's known as The Girl Whose Boyfriend Died and that title just became what she is to the world. As someone who grew up as The Girl Whose Parents Almost Died When She Was In Kindergarten and The Girl With Two Disabled Parents, I understand how a title forced upon you and can not only alter your world, but also the way you perceive yourself. Paige's fight for happiness, in my eyes, was necessary and amazing. I rooted for her every step of the way.

But, in all actuality, I didn't even have to root for her because she has such an amazing support system in her friends and family. Guys, this is how friends and family should be written. I hate the dysfunctional family trend in YA that takes away from realistic views of the world. Also the stabby friends that lie to your face and secretly hate you. I had one of those in real life that I just got rid of, I don't need to read about them in my books, so it's truly refreshing to see such an amazing friend group and family. A support system is essential to survival. Whether it be good or bad, they are always there, they will always be there, and they won't let you ever be alone. I can go on and on about why Paige's friends are the bomb dot com, but I think part of the beauty of this story is discovering them for yourselves, so instead I direct you to one of my favorite author guest posts ever where Emery talks about why she writes flawed female characters and, by default, why they make the best friends anyone can ask for. People who recognize flaws and love you for them are good people, and those are the people that Paige is surrounded by. Naturally, you can assume that the girl power in this book is off the charts in the best possible way because of this, and I loved every minute of it.

But let's head into lighter topics and talk about NERDY BOYS THAT MAKE YOUR HEART BEAT BEAT BEAT BEAT. This novel speaks to my soul. The nerdiness (which we all embrace proudly) and the pop culture references were just perfect. If there was ever a book out there written for me specifically, this would be it. THERE IS NERDY BANTER! THERE IS NOTHING BETTER IN THE WORLD THAN SOME WELL DONE NERDY BANTER. There is also a Quiz Bowl team. My school didn't have a Quiz Bowl team, but I feel like I totally would have been a Quiz Bowl kid if we did. And of course, there's a ton of references to some of the best literature around. What more could we ask for?

And, lastly, there is the romance. This romance was so sweet it did crazy things to my heart. Max is literally one of my favorite love interests ever. So much so that when I got to the last page I found myself frowning. Though I was satisfied with the ending of this book, I was not satisfied that their story had to have a legitimate end. I wanted more of him and Paige, more of their banter, more of their relationship that oozes cuteness and perfection. I just wanted more of the best romance of 2015, really.

This book made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me smile. It made my heart soar and my cheeks hurt. It made me happy, and it made me slightly nostalgic, and it even made me feel like I am not alone because a literary character gets me. It simply made me feel in ways that are indescribable, and there's nothing more I could ever want from an author and their book. This story was simply beautiful. So beautiful that it turned me into a blubbering mess, which is totally not beautiful.

Emery Lord is must-buy for me, and she will forever remain on that list. I look forward to all her future works with a huge smile on my face and an excitement reserved for only my favorite authors out there. Every book she writes means that I will inevitably meet one of my new literary best friends, and I can't wait to see who will be next.

5 stars


FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for this honest review.
Personal Disclaimer: My internship at Bloomsbury publishing has in no way affected my opinions expressed in my reviews. I received this book not as an intern, but as a blogger/reviewer, thus I will review it as I would any other novel. Waiting to post such reviews until the completion of my internship would not be good because most thoughts would be irrelevant by the time of completion of said internship.

Waiting on Wednesday #52

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My pick of the week is...

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
~*~Why I'm Waiting~*~

I feel like the entire world is anxiously awaiting the release of this book to see what happens between Lara Jean and Peter. I loved book one so much I couldn't even review it because the ability to word simply did not exist in relation to it. I just need May to be here, like, yesterday so that I can have this book in my anxious, greedy palms. JUST LOOK AT THE AWESOME COVER AND MY ENVY OF LARA JEAN'S ABILITY TO MAKE BOWS WORK WITH HER CUTE OUTFIT! Agh, Jenny Han, I just love your books too much.

Are you also excited for my WoW pick? Share it below! And don't forget to link me to your WoW post as well! As always, every comment is appreciated. <3

Twelve of my Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

So, narrowing this list down purely to ten people is absurd. It's impossible, really, so I went with twelve people--though I really should have done more--and I picked 12 people that are on my must-buy list that I have discovered since I started blogging, with the exception of the first three that will forever be on my favorites.

1. J.K. Rowling- I feel like this a given and no explanation is necessary.

2. Rick Riordan- My copies of The Percy Jackson series are so worn it's ridiculous. I gobbled this series up as a young girl and forced it on everyone I know, even my sister...who destroyed some of my copies. But let's not talk about that right now.

3. Markus Zusak- Bringer of my ultimate favorite book ever, as last week's TTT post shows.

4. Victoria Schwab- I have read and loved every Schwab novel out there and I am sure I will continue to love everything she produces as well! Her dark atmospheres and amazing way of writing good vs evil struggles makes my mouth water.

5. Melina Marchetta- I would not have discovered her if not for blogging, but I am so thankful that I have!

6. Kristin Cashore- Her fantasy novels are unparalleled. She needs to write something new soon or I may spontaneously combust.

7. Robin LaFevers- Another author I would not have discovered if not for blogging, but all future works are an auto-buy for me.

8. Sarah J. Maas- Sarah J. Maas does crazy things to my heart, and I will always love her for it. The wait for QOS is killing me!

9. Susan Dennard- I feel like Susan and I are long lost friends or something. Every time I read one of her books I almost feel like they were written with my interests as a reader in mind. Her love interests, her plots, her destinations...I just love everything about her writing and will buy anything she writes.

10. Sarah Fine- A dear author friend and an even more amazing storyteller, her dark worlds and habit of exploring dark topics makes me want to read EVERYTHING she produces.

11. A.C. Gaughen- Annie just has the knack for writing kickass main characters that I never want to let go. I can't wait to see what her next piece of work will be! Auto-buy for sure!

12. Marissa Meyer- FAIRYTALE RETELLINGS IN FUTURISTIC SPACE!!! Everything I could possibly want and more!

There are a ridiculous amount of people I am leaving off, so I want to give special shout-outs to JENNY HAN, EMERY LORD, and JANDY NELSON! If this was fifteen authors, you would be the last three! <3

This TTT list was so hard to make, but I can't wait to see what is on everyone else's to perhaps discover some new authors!

It's feeling a lot like a musical Monday...

So, long story short, I am in desperate need of new music. I love my iTunes library, but it is never large enough for someone who listens to music when doing homework, when walking, when riding the subway, when working, and I want to add more. So, I thought what better place to look for recommendations than on my blog? I want to know what your music recommendations are, and while we are at it, I'll share six of the songs that are blowing up my iTunes as we speak...

Song #1: Let's Get Started by Dylan Gardner
I wish he was more well known because I love his works, but I will totally admit the way he moves in this music video reminds me of a Muppet.

Song #2: I Bet My Life by Imagine Dragons
My favorite band ever singing awesome songs and a music video featuring Dane DeHaan? Yes, please!

Song #3: Centuries by Fall Out Boy
Forever devoted to Patrick Stump's voice no matter how much it changes.

Song #4: Car Radio by twenty one pilots
I've had this song stuck in my head for well over a year, it comes back in times when I find myself thinking a lot because it's all about getting lost in ones thoughts since this guy's car radio kept him calm. Kind of how I am with books, no?

Song #5: Shut Up and Dance With Me by Walk the Moon
Ever since I did karaoke two weeks ago, this song has been stuck in my head even more than usual!

Song #6: One Last Time by Ariana Grande
I know, this one is kind of surprising given the rest of the list, but her voice is so crazy good and I am a sucker for an addicting beat every now and then!

So, what are you currently listening to? Tell me about your tunes below!

Do you ever find yourself at a loss for words?

I've been doing a lot of reading lately, which is awesome because I was in a bit of a reading rut in March, and I'm also super fortunate in the sense that I have enjoyed if not loved every book I have picked up recently. With this in mind, you would think I would be churning out a ton of reviews, right?

Welp, that's wrong.

This month I have not put up a single review...yet. And it's not because I am in a reading rut because I am reading as much as a college student with 3 jobs and schoolwork can. And I am certainly not in a blogging rut because I am consistantly producing bookish related content for my blog that is not directly related to reviews, but is at least related to my bookish feels...aside from the time I had to take off to deal with the emergency that my flooded dorm room caused. That's at least understandable, though. I guess you can say I am experiencing a small reviewing rut then?

So why am I not reviewing? I am simply at a loss for words. I'm loving everything I am reading and I don't know how to word anymore. I just want to shove a book into your hands and scream GO! READ! THANK ME LATER! There's no other way to describe these books. I mean, there is, but I hate it when back-to-back reviews seem repetitive because the reason I loved the book so much was due to the kick-butt heroine or the crazy awesome plot.

I don't know, why exactly, my words have left me, but I want to throw up my white flag of surrender while I beg for them to come back.

Has this ever happened to you? How do you get yourself out of this so called reviewing rut? I hope I'm not the only one!

Top Ten Favorite Quotes from my Favorite Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

So, my favorite book ever is THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak. I have a quote from this book hanging on my bedroom wall and actually live my life by it. Sure, all the quotes from this book may not all be inspiring, but they're all beautiful and mean something to me. So I am changing today's TTT topic up a little and picking ten quotes from THE BOOK THIEF that I absolutely love.


1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.


It's a small story, about:

a girl

an accordionist

some fanatical Germans

a Jewish fist fighter

and quite a lot of thievery.

 ~*~Top 11 Quotes from My Favorite Book~*~
My ultimate favorite quote ever:
"I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." 
Not leaving: an act of trust and love,
often deciphered by children” 
"The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you."
“Somewhere, far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. He was afraid of what might come leaking out.”
“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. "I'm okay" we say. "I'm alright". But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can't get it off. That's when you realize that sometimes it isn't even an answer--it's a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.” 
“The words were on their way, and when they arrived, she would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like the rain.” 
“She wanted none of those days to end, and it was always with disappointment that she watched the darkness stride forward. ” 
“I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race - that rarely do I even simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant...I am haunted by humans.” 
“The words. Why did they have to exist? Without them, there wouldn't be any of this.” 
One of my favorite openers ever delivered by the one and only Death:
Here is a small fact: You are going to die. I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that's only the A's. Just don't ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. 
“I..." He struggled to answer. "When everything was quiet, I went up to the corridor and the curtain in the livingroom was open just a crack... I could see outside. I watched, only for a few seconds." He had not seen the outside world for twenty-two months.
There was no anger or reproach.
It was Papa who spoke.
"How did it look?"
Max lifted his head, with great sorrow and great astonishment. "There were stars," he said. "They burned my eyes.” 
That last snippet of a scene is just so beautiful to me. This entire book is, really. It means so much to me that words can't even describe it. Above are ten of my favorite quotes, but there are hundreds of them in this book alone, and I hope that if you haven't read it already, these quotes inspire you to do so. What do you think of them?