[Book Talk] P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

ps-i-like-youBook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Read: February 2017

Synopsis:

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

My Thoughts

I am on this major Kasie West kick this month! One of the first books I bought this year was Kasie’s latest, By Your Side, and I loved it so much that I wondered why I hadn’t read some of her other books. I still had a couple left unread and I decided to finally get to them since she writes such adorable and lovely books that I just fall in love immediately! Thankfully, Hoopla had four of them as audiobooks, so I started this one, a book about two teens who start a pen pal romance.

It was so wonderful! Not as good as By Your Side, and it was a bit predictable, but I loved every second of the journey. I wasn’t overly thrilled by the narration since the male love interest just seemed snarky all the time and I’m sure I would’ve read it differently in my head, but it was still fun to listen to.

I still have one more book of Kasie’s to read and I can’t wait to get to it!

[Book Talk] By Your Side by Kasie West

by-your-sideBook Details:

Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Read: February 2017

Synopsis:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

My Thoughts

This was so good! I was on Twitter one day and a friend of mine was talking about reading a Kasie West book and having read a few myself, we had got to talking about how awesome she is. Then I was at the bookstore, having decided to buy a few books finally this year (my goal had been to NOT buy any books since I’m working on my pre-2017 TBR) and I remembered the conversation and decided to scope out the Kasie West section and saw this one and bought it. I’m so happy I did!

I read this book in one day and it was just so fantastic. It’s funny because the whole premise is about Autumn and Dax being stuck in the library, so you’d think it would be a booklover’s dream, but it’s really not about the books at all. It’s about friendship, and family, and love, and just so much in between. I loved the whole thing and after finishing it, I had to see what else I still had to read by Kasie West because I wanted more of her stories. She really does remind me of Morgan Matson or Sarah Dessen in her writing; not only is her writing lovely, but her stories are relatable and compelling and just suck you in from the first page.

I’m also glad that this whole book didn’t take place in the library. I think it would have been just a cute read had it happened like that, maybe a nice little romance, but there was so much more to it. I love that the second half took place outside of the library and it was like Autumn and Dax had to figure out who they were to each other after some big things happened. I kind of had an inkling of what was going to happen in the end, and some of my predictions came true, but it was still such an enjoyable read through to the end.

If you’ve never read any Kasie West, I highly recommend her books!

[Book Talk] Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

cinderBook Details:

Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Read: January 2017

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

My Thoughts

This was a fun book! I was a little hesitant about reading this one, since I had tried out Heartless, Marissa Meyer’s newest book, just this last month as well, and didn’t like it too much. I knew this one was a retelling, but I didn’t realize how much of a retelling it would be until I was about halfway through. I think the reason I enjoyed this one more is because I’m more familiar with the world of Cinderella than I am the world of Alice In Wonderland.

I loved the idea of Cinder, the main character, being a cyborg, of her living in New Beijing (since soooo many dystopian/fantasy YA books take place in America), and her step-sisters and step-mother. I loved that she was a mechanic and that Prince Kai wasn’t the knight in shining armour that Prince Charming is in the original story – he, too, led a life he didn’t want to lead.

This one had a bit of a slow start, but once I was hooked, I was hooked. And the ending was gripping enough that I am determined to read Scarlet right away! I’m so interested to keep reading this series and see what the next instalments bring!