Holy Plot Twist Batman! — Books That Surprised Me {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Reading a lot has many benefits. You learn a lot, you travel the world without leaving your couch, you make lots of fictional friends and you get to fall in love with so many different worlds. I would say there are no downsides to reading a lot… except maybe that after a while, you’ll become better and better at predicting the way the plot will go. The journey is still fun, but it’s not always fun when you can already predict most of the plot 20% into the book.

Luckily, this is not always the case. Some books still manage to surprise me. Some things I did not see coming AT ALL. And I love it when this happens. Of course what surprises me, may not surprise you, or vice versa. But here are some of the books that surprised me in some way.

Note: this post does not contain any actual spoilers, meaning I will not say what exactly surprised me (like: character X died, or X and Y got together, or THIS THING happened). However, if you consider the fact of a book having a plot twist to be a spoiler or to lessen your enjoyment of the book in any way, then I advise you to not continue reading this post.

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Throwback Tuesday: The Ten First Books I Ever Reviewed (& What I Think Of Them Now) {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a throwback freebie. I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and well… the time sure does fly! So as a little throwback I thought it might be fun to talk about some of the first books I ever reviewed for this blog, and see if my feelings are still the same or not? Sound like fun? Yay, let’s do this!

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Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything EverythingTitle: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary – Romance – Young Adult

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked it.

 


Summary:

Live life in a bubble? Or risk everything for love?

Maddy is allergic to the world. She hasn’t left her house in seventeen years.

Olly is the boy next door. He’s determined to find a way to reach her.

Everything, Everything is about the crazy risks we take for love.

My thoughts:

I just finished this book in one sitting. It helps that it’s not that big of a book and has some very short chapters, but still… one sitting. Wow.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the writing style, the nice quotes and the unique way of intertwining emails, IM’s and even drawings in between the chapters. I especially loved Maddy’s ‘short reviews’ of books. I thought the romance was nice and sweet and all the emotions felt real to me. But what I really liked was that this story did not go at all the way I had expected it to go. I kind of already had the entire book mapped out in my head and while the beginning kind of matched, at one point there is a plot twist that I personally did not see coming at all. It was an unexpected pleasure to be caught so off guard.

Only downside to this book for me was that once the plot twist happened, the book ended too quickly. I would have liked a few more pages, a deeper look into the characters’s motivations and emotions, a bit more of a resolution.

Overall definitely a four star book, one I would easily recommend to anyone wanting a nice, quick, fun, emotional and sweet contemorary YA.

Favorite quote:

“I read once that, on average, we replace the majority of our cells every seven years. Even more amazing: we change the upper layers of our skin every two weeks. If all the cells in our body did this, we’d be immortal. But some of our cells, like the ones in our brains, don’t renew. They age, and age us. In two weeks my skin will have no memory of Olly’s hand on mine, but my brain will remember. We can have immortality or the memory of touch. But we can’t have both.”