Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Frequently Used Buzzwords In YA Book Titles


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s topic:  April 24: Frequently Used Words In [Insert Genre/Age Group] Titles

I haven’t done a TTT in a while and today’s topic was just so interesting I couldn’t pass it up! Let me know which buzzword you see most often in book titles.













Turtles All The Way Down by John Green {spoiler free review}


“Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. ” Goodreads

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John Green really knows how to write a teenage girl. He always gets their personality, character traits and dialogue almost to perfection. However, while reading Turtles All the Way Down I felt as if some of the things Aza did say didn’t portray a teenage girl. Despite that, I did feel a connection to Aza with having one close friend and her mental health.

Aza has been diagnosed with anxiety and OCD. As for myself, I also have anxiety and most of Aza’s anxious thoughts were very relatable to my own experiences. Some were so relatable that I struggled with reading her thoughts. Aza’s OCD is #ownvoices since John Green himself is diagnosed with OCD. I also enjoyed seeing Aza’s therapy sessions. However, from my own personal experiences with therapy, I felt that the therapist was written as a cliché.

The plot of this novel is ambiguous. Is it about Aza rekindling with an old friend, whose father goes missing and there is a 100K reward? or Aza struggling with mental health while in high school? It’s a cluster of different storylines. Often, I was confused when reading because the overall plot was unorganized and I was bored. The last 100 pages really made the book feel alive and then I was enjoying it.

I felt that the relationship between Davis and Aza was very forced and felt more platonic than romantic. It was awkward to read at times. They didn’t have many interactions as many written romances have.

Daisy was my least favorite character. She didn’t treat Aza like a friend and she was always complaining about her. There is also a scene where she blames Aza for her mental health and saying she is too worried all the time. This infuriated me since I have been in this situation with a friend before. I like how their friendship does patch up in the end.

Overall, this was a great mental health book and I just had some issues with it. I recommend picking it up if you’re looking for a mental health novel to read.

Eliza & Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia / mental health book bingo


*trigger warning for suicidal thoughts and death* 

Eliza is the creator of a popular web-comic, Monstrous Sea and essentially is “internet famous”. Eliza lives two lives, her in-real-life as Eliza Mirk and her Internet-life as LadyConstellation where she talks on forums and chats with other fans of her web-comic.

One day at school, Eliza is introduced to a new student Wallace, who she later befriends when she finds out he is also a Monstrous Sea fan. I really enjoyed their relationship and how it developed. Wallace & Eliza are both the shy, outcast kids in school and I loved how they formed a friendship. They started talked through note paper while in school ( I loved their dialogue!) and later progress to talking out loud. Wallace balances Eliza and helps her out of her Internet bubble and into real world settings.

I loved how realistic the characters were especially Eliza’s parents. Her parents don’t understand her Internet life opposed to in-real-life, something that I could relate to a whole lot given that the majority of my friends are from the Internet. I loved getting to know her Internet friends and reading their conversations, they were hilarious! They reminded me of some of my Internet friends.

” I do have friends. Maybe they live hundreds of miles away from me, and maybe I can only talk to them through a screen, but they’re still my friends” (37, Zappia).

Young adult novels often lack parents and I was very glad that Eliza included parents that had a major role in her life. They were hilarious and always set out to embarrass their daughter when they could. But, they also showed that they wanted what was best for Eliza and in the end they learn their lesson for overstepping and not listening to their daughter.

This novel was an excellent portrayal of anxiety and depression. I have dealt with depression and I live with general anxiety & social anxiety. I felt that I could relate to Eliza a lot epecially whenever she was in public, she overthinks and seeks out the worst possibility.  The talk of depression goes in-depth and I liked how it didn’t just relate to the MC but to others around her, too. We also see how it affects her creativity. Eliza really sees how her mental health has affected those around her, especially her younger brothers.

“I don’t want to be the girl who freezes when confronted with new friends, or the outside world, or the smallest shred of intimacy. I don’t want to be alone in a room all the time. I don’t want to feel alone in a room all the time, even when there are other people around” (208, Zappia).

Eliza and Her Monsters is a must read for fans of mental illness novels, fandom & Internet culture. It’s a page turner and will have you reading until late into the night — I was!

I read this book for Mental Health Book Bingo. 

Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors I Read in 2017


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. 

Today’s topic:  January 2: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017


1. Julie Buxbaum 2. Maggie Ann Martin 3. Emma Mills 4. Katie Cotugno 5. Jen Wilde 6. Shari Lapena 7. Ashley Herring Blake 8. Adam Silvera 9. Audrey Coulthurst  10. Julie Hammerle



Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Anticipated 2018 Releases {young adult, contemporary, lgbtq+}


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. 

Today’s topic:  Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018 (These could be new releases, or books you resolve to read, ten debuts we are looking forward to, etc.)

I hope you all had a great holiday season! I am so excited for the new year and new books, I needed to hop on this topic.

Top Ten Tuesday: Five Books On My Holiday Wish List // #12DaysofBlogmas


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. 

Today’s topic:  Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings (If you celebrate a different Winter holiday, adapt this topic to fit it!)

I own way too many books that my bookshelf can’t hold them anymore. So, this post is going to be a 5 book limit instead of 10! To be honest, I don’t have many books I am wishing for this year.

Here are the Top 5 books I would like to receive.



ARC REVIEW: Loving Lakyn by Charlotte Reagan | LGBTQ+


Pub. Date: November 20, 2017 

I was sent an advanced reader’s e-copy of this novel via the publicist at Inkitt. All opinions are honest and my own.

Loving Lakyn comes with a list of trigger warnings. The author provides the list on her website, please view before going into it! I will also touch on the hard topics in this review.

This is a prequel to Charlotte Reagan’s debut novel, Just Juliet. This can be read as a standalone.

Lakyn has been through many hardships in his young life from childhood to sixteen (present). The story opens up with the night Lakyn tries to commit suicide. There are many suicidal thoughts, and various vivid scenes where Lakyn is cutting parts of his body with razors. Please be aware that this can be very triggering. The reader jumps into Lakyn’s past and present relatively quickly. Memories of child abuse occur, another trigger warning because the memories are graphic and occur throughout the novel.

Lakyn has always had a close bond with his Aunt Lily and Uncle Ben, I loved seeing the relationship between Uncle Ben and Lakyn. Uncle Ben was one of my favorite characters because he is an excellent father role and helps Lakyn get the help he needs. He never pities him or treats him any different due to his past and suicide attempt. Uncle Ben treats him as his own son. In this relationship, the adoption process is focused on.

Despite his depression and suicidal thoughts, Lakyn is also gay. He has support around him from his cousins Juliet and Rick, as well as Uncle Ben. However, we do see homophobia among his peers leading to Lakyn defending himself. Lakyn stirs up a romance with a fellow classmate who happens to be a football player. I really enjoyed this romance for many reasons. First, we see the “secret relationship” cliche. I liked the way this played out because we get to see two different perspectives of gay males in high school; one in the closet and one who is completely out. We also get to see how well these two characters balance each other out and the love they produce for each other.

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However, one critique I have is that this novel had one too many sex scenes. I would have been okay with at least one or two at most. It just seemed to me that every time they met up they just spent their time together having sex.

I really liked the realistic aspect of being gay in high school. It doesn’t always come with happiness and acceptance, which we see in this novel. There is also an encounter of homophobic parents. There were so many angles of coming out and I loved the way it was incorporated.

Lakyn also attends therapy sessions and I loved that we see Lakyn changing therapists. I feel as if YA doesn’t always do the job of portraying starting therapy realistically. Most teens go through more than one therapist to match their fit. Getting to see Lakyn move onto another therapist (who was a better fit) was great to see! Also, there are many scenes of him going to therapy and lots of dialogue with his therapist. This helped for character development.

Character development was excellent in this novel. We start with Lakyn trying to end his life and the misery he is going through throughout the novel. His secret boyfriend doesn’t cure him, he experiments with drugs to make the pain go away. Lakyn’s outcome at the end of this novel had me smiling and I really saw how much he developed in such a short amount of time.

This novel was very realistic and I enjoyed it so much. Lakyn is a real and very raw character. You may be taken back by his thoughts and actions, as I did. Honestly, I thought this novel was going to be too triggering for me. Some of Lakyn’s deep and dark thoughts resonated with me and this novel helped me see how far he comes. I hope you enjoy him as much as I did.

This review can also be seen on my Goodreads page. 

Pre-order the novel!  Charlotte is donating $1 from every copy sold to The Trevor Project – the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Every $1 = 1 more minute on their crisis phone, chat, and text lines.

The book releases 11/20. Click here to get a FREE ebook on release day.