Review: Fender by Brent Jones

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Date of Publication: 21st August 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction

Pages: 174

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

How far must we travel to find our way home?

Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.

Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy, his two closest friends take him on the cross-country road trip they had always talked about. But what begins as an effort to mend his broken heart ends up unraveling a secret that changes everything he thought he knew about his family. Can a journey of six thousand miles lead Brennan to acceptance and new beginnings?

From finding the good in an often cruel world to learning to say goodbye to those we love most, this sophomore release from author Brent Jones is sure to leave readers longing for home, wherever that may be.

REVIEW

“Sometimes we have to get away from all we know just to find our way home again.”

In short, Fender is a novel about a man (Brennan) who sets out on a road trip with two friends and his dog (Fender) after the sudden death of his wife and daughter.

Fender piqued my interest as soon as I saw the cover. I’m a very visual being, so attractive book covers call to me. Although Fender really does have a beautiful cover and a cover that adds to the story, it wasn’t the cover as a whole that caught my interest… I have a beagle myself, so I’m quite biased when it comes to dog breeds. I like me some beagles! So, I was instantly interested when I saw a beagle on the cover.

In all honesty, I really didn’t know what to expect from Fender. Which is truly the best way to start any novel really. I had no expectations whilst reading Fender and my mind was blown. Fender is easy to read and completely unputdownable. I say, “easy to read” in the sense that it was well written and descriptive and the characters are great. But it was by no means easy to read in terms of my feels. And hot damn! Fender really hit me in the feels. HARD.

One of my favorite aspects of Fender is the relationships between the characters. Brennan, Rocco, and Franky have such a rocky friendship at the start, but as Brennan learns how to cope with the loss of his wife and daughter, his relationship with his friends becomes stronger too.

Brennan and Fender’s relationship was most noteworthy to me though. This is the best story about a man and his dog that I’ve ever encountered. Brennan saves Fender’s life by adopting him after he was abandoned, and in return Fender saves Brennan’s life at the worst times of Brennan’s life. The love that Brennan has for Fender chokes me up even now when I think about it.

Another thing that really impressed me while reading Fender: A Novel, was the detail in which the road trip was described. I feel that it could’ve been so easy to overlook the fact that the characters were traveling across America and focus more on the emotional aspects of the story. That did not happen, however, and as a result, we now have a novel that takes us on a road trip along with its characters. I really enjoyed that.  

Fender: A Novel is all about grief, acceptance, and healing. I truly enjoyed this novel so much. I even enjoyed the Afterword!

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Mini Review: Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume

Ewan Pendle and the White WraithMy Rating: ★ ★

Publisher: Popcorn & Rice Publishing

Date of Publication: 31st October 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 496

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …

Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.

REVIEW

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith is about a young orphan boy who can see creatures that most people cannot. After being moved from one foster home to the next, Ewan learns that he will be attending Firedrake Lyceum, a school for young boys and girls just like him.

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith is very similar to the Harry Potter series and it is partly because of this that I, after trying for so long, DNF this book. Don’t get me wrong, Ewan Pendle seems like a pretty good novel. But unfortunately, me being the hard-core Harry Potter fangirl that I am, I struggled reading a book that is SO similar yet it’s not H.P.

At first, I had trouble getting into the book because of its incredibly descriptive style. But eventually, I really started liking the descriptive style. There was never a moment that I was confused about what was happening. The environment was so perfectly described that I felt like I was at Firedrake myself.

I am very disappointed in myself that I was unable to finish Ewan Pendle. But I would absolutely still recommend that everyone read Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith. Perhaps in the future, I’ll attempt to read this book again. Who knows?

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Mini Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Atria Books

Date of Publication: 2nd August 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 367

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business.

So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

REVIEW

“There is no such thing as bad people. We are all just people who do bad things.”

I am almost completely lost for words after reading It Ends with Us. This is the third novel I have read by Colleen Hoover and this is so far, my favorite. It was just… wow. It Ends with Us was impossible to put down, and when I wasn’t reading it, I was telling everyone about it.

I don’t really know what I was expecting when I decided to read It Ends with Us. I guess I thought it would be a romance novel along the same lines as November 9 and Confess. With all honesty, it does follow a similar pattern. There’s a love interest, there’s drama and there’s a happy ending. But it’s so much more than that too. In the author’s note at the back of the novel, Colleen Hoover says that everything she writes if purely for entertainment, but It Ends with Us is different.

It Ends with Us tackles the topic of domestic abuse. Colleen Hoover made me rethink the way I think about domestic abuse. I used to wonder why women in abusive relationships didn’t just leave. It should be an easy decision, right? Your husband/boyfriend/partner physically hurt you, so you leave them and live happily ever after. But it’s not so easy. It’s not black and white. And now after reading It Ends with Us I have a better understanding of it.

I wish everyone could read this novel and understand that the problem isn’t the women who stay in the abusive relationship. The abuser is the problem. I recommend that everyone reads this book. You won’t regret it.

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Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next DoorMy Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Dutton Books

Date of Publication: 29th September 2011

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 384

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

REVIEW

Lola and the Boy Next Door is the second novel in the Anna and the French Kiss series and is about seventeen-year-old, aspiring costume designer Lola Nolan. Lola lives with her two dads and their dog Heavens to Betsy in San Francisco. Yes! Their dog’s name really is Heavens to Betsy! Lola has a sexy boyfriend and a kickass best friend. Everything seems to be perfect for Lola until the Bell family move back into town, and she must deal with her feelings over a lost friendship and her broken heart.

I really am a sucker for Young Adult Romances. It’s so much sweeter and more innocent than New Adult Romances and just full-blown Romance novels. I completely fell head over heels in love with Anna and St. Clair in the first novel. And I now I have completely fallen head over heels in love with Lola and Cricket Bell. Lola and Cricket’s attraction to each other was a bit steamier and sexier than I thought it was going to be. But nevertheless, I loved it so much.

Lola and Cricket’s relationship was so sweet right from the very start. They knew each other since they were little kids, and even shared their first kiss at the age of six (I stand to be corrected) Some years later Lola and Cricket’s relationship takes a sharp turn for friendship to an almost-relationship. Before love can fully bloom, Cricket and his family move away and it leaves Lola heartbroken. When Cricket comes back into Lola’s life years later, it is obvious that neither of them has forgotten the feelings they once shared.

Cricket is such a sweet guy! Probably one of the sweetest fictional guys ever! He’s so sweet I think I might have a couple of extra cavities because of him now. (Ha-Ha) He is absolutely crazy about Lola and doesn’t waste any time showing her how he feels. That said, he also respects Lola completely. Cricket knows that Lola has a boyfriend and never crosses any lines that would cause Lola any trouble in her relationship.

Lola, on the other hand, is stuck between a rock and a hard place. She has a boyfriend who she loves, even though things aren’t always easy between them. And she also has these intense feeling for Cricket Bell, her first love. With the help from her friends Anna, St. Clair and Lindsey, Lola realizes that if it’s true love it should be easy. Stories about first love are dear to my heart because I know the power that first love has.

I had so much fun reading Lola and the Boy Next Door. Lola and Cricket are so quirky and unique. I read and re-read their encounters and conversations because it was so cute, and had me feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside. There are so many things I could say about this novel and these characters and all of them would be good. But instead let me just say this:

Lola and the Boy Next Door was the perfect sequel to Anna and the French Kiss and I think everyone should read the series. At least once!

Also, if you read my review for Anna and the French Kiss, you’ll know that I was hoping to see Anna and St. Clair in the next novels of the series. I’m glad to report that Anna and St. Clair do make an appearance and they are still perfection!

What did you think about Lola and the Boy Next Door? Did you enjoy it or did the story pale in comparison to Anna and the French Kiss?

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Review: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy

Date of Publication: 7th September 2010

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 280

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

REVIEW

“Slut, bitch, prude, tease, ditz. They were all the same. Every girl felt like one of these sexist labels described her at some point. So, maybe, every girl felt like the Duff, too?”

I’ll start off this review by saying that the synopsis for The DUFF does not do the book justice. If you took the time to read the synopsis instead of just scrolling right down to my review, you’re probably thinking that The Duff sounds just like another YA angsty romance novel. But oh, my dear reader friend! It’s so much better than that.

Admittedly, I am a sucker for a good love story. Especially if the two characters cannot see that they are perfect for each other. (I am not at all a fan of “Love at first sight) The Duff has just the right amount of romance, misunderstandings, humor and interesting characters to make this a fun & quick read.

In my opinion, the book’s theme is centered around self-esteem, and how everybody struggles with low self-esteem at least at one point in their lives. This, however, is not the only topic covered in the book. Alcoholism, Teen pregnancy and coping with divorce is also themes in the book.

I have read The Duff twice now, and it is definitely a book I will read again. I’ll read it when I am in a reading slump. And I will read it when I just need some good YA romance in my life. The Duff was so interesting and enjoyable. I really wish the synopsis (and the movie) did the book more justice.

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Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Skyscape

Date of Publication: 12th May 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Dystopia

Pages: 344

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

REVIEW

I cannot believe I’m done with Penryn and the End of Days. I read this whole series in about a week. This was a series that blew my mind from the very first book. This series has everything from action, romance, awesome characters and awesome story progression. End of Days is the last book in this YA, Urban Fantasy series and it did not disappoint.

End of Days is where it all comes to an end. Penryn and Raffe is reunited. We finally find out why Paige is so important, and we see that Penryn’s mom is completely crazy and completely awesome. I really enjoyed getting to know a bit more about the angel politics and all the crazy shit Uriel did to fake the start of the Apocalypse.
Just like the previous two books, the characters did not disappoint me. Penryn and Raffe have officially become an OTP for me. I ship them hard!! I also really like that the side characters had a key role in the ultimate battle between humans and angels. Credit for saving the world didn’t fully go to Penryn, which is a troupe that I really hate in YA literature. It didn’t take just one hero to save the human race. In fact, correct me if I’m wrong but for me, the true heroes in this series are Tweedledee and Tweedledum. They are awesome and some of my favourite book characters ever.

I am so happy to say that Penryn and the End of Days has a satisfying ending. This book does not disappoint like many other last books in a series (I’m looking at you Allegiant) I don’t know what else I can say other than that everyone should take the time to read this Trilogy. This is one YA, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian series that I’ll re-read a lot in the future.

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Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Skyscape

Date of Publication: 21th May 2011

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Dystopia

Pages: 288

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

REVIEW

I’ve had the Penryn and the End of Days series on my TBR for a very long time now. When I first added it to my TBR is was like: “Oh this series sounds pretty cool. I should read it someday.” And then I kind of just forgot about it. It took me more than a year to finally decide to just give this series a go, and boy am I glad that I did. Angelfall is the first book in the series and it has set some very high expectations for the rest of the books in the series.

In short, Angelfall takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where humans and angels are at war. Penryn (a human) is on a mission to find her baby sister who was taken by angels. Raffe (an angel) is on a mission to have his angel wings re-attached after they were cut off by his enemy and fellow angel, Beliel.

Things happen, and Penryn and Raffe end up as travel companions on the road to aerie (the angel HQ basically) where Penryn’s sister is probably being kept. It sounds like just another YA dystopian novel, but it’s so much better! Penryn isn’t this “the chosen one” character, who must single-handedly rescue the world. No, she’s just a girl looking for her baby sister. Penryn and Raffe don’t instantly fall in love with each other at first sight either. What I really enjoy and appreciate about Angelfall is that Susan Ee doesn’t try to force all the most popular YA troupes down my throat. Thank you for that!

Another thing that I really enjoy is the characters in this book. I hardly ever like the main character(s) but I really like Penryn and Raffe. Of course, Penryn has flaws just like everyone else, but I just really like her drive, wit and humor. Penryn’s mother is also another very interesting/creepy AF character. I feel like she’s going to play an important role in the next books.

I read this book relatively quickly and I’m sure I could’ve read it in one sitting if I had the opportunity. Angelfall isn’t a very long book and it’s really easy to get sucked into this post-apocalyptic world. Once you finish it, you’ll grab World After immediately just to see what’s going to happen next. I know I did. Penryn and the End of Days is definitely one of my favorite fantasy series ever.

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Review: A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole


My Rating:
★ ★ ★

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Date of Publication: 14th March 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 352

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.One boy. One girl. A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade. A bond that neither time nor distance can break. A bond that will last forever. Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one-half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.A stand-alone young adult tearjerker romance, recommended for ages fourteen and up.

REVIEW

“I’m Poppy Litchfield and you’re Rune Kristiansen. This is a handshake. My mamaw told me it’s what you do when you don’t know somebody. Now we’re friends. Best friends.”

Cheesy Crust! You guys… This book! I’m going to sound like the most basic of bitches when I say I literally cannot even with this book! There are 316 pages that make up A Thousand Boy Kisses, and I cried reading about 266 of those pages. Like ugly, uncontrollable Sobbing. To say this book was an emotional rollercoaster would be completely inaccurate. This book was an emotional flatline. Just sad from the beginning until the end.

I realize that I’m being a smidge overly dramatic, but it really is a very emotional book. Like the Fault in Our Stars emotional. I’m warning you now… You might not even like this book. But you’ll cry. Oh! And just a tip: DON’T read the Epilogue. It’s not sad or important to the book. It’s shitty and made me give the book an overall lower star rating.

A Thousand Boy Kisses follows the lives of the two main characters, Poppy and Rune, from the day that they become neighbors and best friends at the age of 5. When Poppy and Rune are 8 years old, Poppy’s grandmother gets sick, and before she passes away she gives Poppy a mason jar with a thousand blank pink paper hearts. With it, she gives Poppy the instruction to write down every kiss she receives that has an impact on her (AKA “Boy Kisses”)

It’s not that hard to guess that Poppy and Rune fall in love, and Poppy starts filling her mason jar with boy kisses. Unfortunately, at the age of 15 Rune moves back to Norway with his family and leaves Poppy behind. After only months apart, Poppy does the unthinkable and breaks Rune’s (and everyone reading) heart. She breaks all contact and Rune is left wondering why. Two years later Rune and his family move back to Georgia, and Rune is on a mission to know why Poppy abandoned him. And the reason is just heart-breaking.

I initially thought that a Thousand Boy Kisses was going to be a book about the risk of having sex too young, and teen pregnancy. It isn’t, thank God!

Poppy and Rune is your average YA, contemporary teenage couple. Poppy is quirky, artsy and an outsider.

Rune is the bad boy with a soft heart you can’t help but love. Together Poppy and Rune are teenage couple goals. Add in great friends and family members, and this makes for great reading. Although A Thousand Boy Kisses revolves mostly around Poppy and Rune, you get a glimpse of some side character too, like Poppy’s parents and her mamaw, Rune’s little brother and his father. I mention them specifically because I feel that although they didn’t have a huge part in the book, they did play a significant role in the lives of Poppy and Rune, and in this book.

I could’ve easily read this book in one day if I was brave enough. The way this book is written makes it a quick and easy read (if you discount the amount of time it takes you to cry your eyes out) I also really enjoyed that the book has the POV of both Poppy and Rune.

A Thousand Boy Kisses is a proper tear-jerker, or maybe I’m just very emotional. Whatever the case, I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars or If I Stay.

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Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Date of Publication: 8th November 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance

Pages: 453

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

REVIEW

After I read The Lunar Chronicles I was so excited for Marissa Meyer to release more books, retellings or not. I thoroughly enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles. When it was finally announced that Meyer would be releasing another retelling I was so excited. My excitement grew even more when I read that the book, Heartless, would be about the infamous Queen of Hearts.

I’m not a big fan of novellas, and Heartless is basically a 453 page novella, that tells us more about who the Queen of Hearts was BEFORE she became the meany Queen of Hearts. And it was absolute perfection. The plot sounded so interesting and it’s such a different perspective.

When I think about the Queen of Hearts, sympathy and understanding isn’t emotions that I would usually associate with her. After reading Heartless, I’ll never be able to hate her again. I can sympathize with her now.

The characters are fun and colourful and crazy like you’d expect to find in Alice in Wonderland. A lot of the characters from Alice in wonderland make and appearance in Heartless. From the Hatter to Mr. Caterpillar even the Cheshire Cat. It’s so great to see how all these iconic characters played a part in Cath’s life before she became the Queen of Hearts. Cath now holds a very special place in my heart. I felt her heartbreak and I just want to comfort her!

Marissa Meyer definitely hit it out of the park with Heartless. The book is funny, heartbreaking and has just the right amount of impossible silliness in it. Meyer cleverly worked in some other literary works like Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven and even the nursery rhyme; Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater. Heartless is easy to read and get lost in for hours at a time. I’ll be re-reading that book many more times in the future.

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Review: After the End by Amy Plum

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: HarperCollins

Date of Publication: 6th May 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction > Dystopia

Pages: 352

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

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Life is easier in black and white. It’s the ambiguity of a world defined in grays that has stripped me of my confidence and left me powerless.”

I love it when I am completely surprised by a book. After the End is one of those books that you THINK you’ll like, but probably forget about it soon after reading it. At least, that’s what I thought. That is absolutely not the case here. I was completely unprepared for the awesomeness that is After the End.

In After the End, we follow Juneau from Alaska on a sort of road-trip across America to find her clan that has been kidnapped. I won’t reveal too much of the plot, but with the help of Miles and the Yara Juneau gets closer to finding her clan and discovering some secrets that the clan elders have been hiding from her.

This book is full of adventure, action and all the good things you’d want in a YA novel. But it also makes you think about religion and how everyone practices and experiences religion differently. I myself and not religious and I still found it so damn interesting!

After the End ends on such a cliffhanger!! I hate cliffhangers! Because now I have to get Until the Beginning ASAP to see what’s happening! 🙂 Just kidding. I’m already busy reading Until the Beginning.

I feel like After the End isn’t getting all the recognition it deserves on the BookTube and basically all over the internet. I see so many people gush about a handful of books all the time. The Mortal Instruments, Throne of Glass, Miss Peregrine’s, just to name a few. After the End should join those books! It was a quick read and it was just so enjoyable! It’s definitely on my list for best Duologies ever! 🙂

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