The Nerd Journals

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Tag: young adult

Every Exquisite Thing

4/5 stars

When I indulge myself in Young Adult fiction, THIS is what I am looking for. Sweet, kind misfit children who struggle with growing up and becoming their own person (kind of like where I have been consistently stuck emotional-development wise since 1999 when I first read The Perks of Being a Wallflower ). I like to read about children who get bullied and children dealing with feelings they’ve never felt before. A first relationship; a first loss. I don’t really have enough good things to say about this book and I have a feeling I would really like The Bubblegum Reaper as well if ever given such a magnificent opportunity.


3/5 stars

I find it pretty easy to not ask questions about why dystopian worlds are the way they are, they just are. All the people who don’t like this book because of not understanding how the world could possibly have come to be this way read differently than I do- I just go along for the ride wherever the author wants to take me. I don’t know, maybe I’m doing it wrong.

This book was okay- I feel like the author skipped some parts that would have been interesting to read about and time seemed to skip forward a lot when so many more action-packed things could happen and did happen (things that happened off-screen, so to speak).

My biggest problem with this book was the love interest. I don’t usually have a problem when there’s a love interest thrown into a book that didn’t really need one, but that isn’t my issue here, either. The feelings that West have for Chord don’t seem genuine and there’s nothing to support the fact that they’ve known each other since childhood. It just seems like Chord is any other random character. I feel like his personality and their history together could have been hashed out much better.

I haven’t decided if I will be reading the next book in this series.


2/5 stars

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review.

The premise of this book is excellent but the author fell short on the execution. None of the characters were particularly likable but worse than that, none were even memorable. I found myself asking over and over “now who was that again? What was their story again?” and it was annoying to spend a month trying to get through this book, hoping it would get better.

I have to admit the last 25% of the book was a lot quicker and more pleasing to read but then when I got to the end I was pissed because it landed on a cliffhanger. I hate when books leave off on a cliffhanger because the author is baiting me to read the next. I doubt I will be reading the next book in this series, because I said already I don’t care about the characters or their cliffhangers.

Last but not least I feel like the author of this book skipped over too many things that would have been very interesting and instead she chose to write about less fascinating storylines. I would have loved to read about the boat trip from Bermuda, for example.

I’m very disappointed in this book, I feel like it could have been much better.


2/5 stars

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review.

Stim was rather fast paced with not a whole lot going on. I was extremely interested to read a story from the point of view of a person with Autism, though. It helped me understand my brother-in-law a little better who, like Robert, has trouble deciphering emotions, body language, metaphors, and idioms. The story was short and wrapped up quickly and predictably. I think this book could have been better if it were longer with more things actually happening if the character development happened a bit more slowly I think it would have made a bit more sense. The few scenes where something exciting actually happened felt rather stunted. This book is okay but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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