Wishlist Wednesday | The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

This week’s Wishlist Wednesday post is spotlighting one book, I have a load of Pop’s and no real room for more, I have a lot of books that I need to read so I’m not buying anymore until I read a couple I already have, and there’s nothing I’m really after aside from more space for bookcases, but that’s something that I can magic myself. If you want to see my previous Wishlist Wednesday posts then head over to the page dedicated to them which has a rundown of my posts and a little explanation about Wishlist Wednesday.

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The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You | Blog Tour | Review | Excerpt

     Title: The Only Thing Worse 

     Than Me Is You

      Author: Lily Anderson

     Release Date: May 17th, 2016


I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.

Description from Goodreads:
Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West – and his horrendous new moustache that he spent all summer growing – down to number four.

Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben’s, including give up sleep and comic books – well, maybe not comic books – but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Brownouts v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it’s time to declare a champion once and for all.

The war is Trixie’s for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-lullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben’s cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie’s best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they’re on – and they might not pick the same side.

I usually always like Young Adult contemporary romances, they’re the kind of books that are just super enjoyable to read! The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You was no exception! While it contained many elements of YA contemporaries that I love, high school, a love-hate relationship, drama and scandal, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You had so much additional geeky nerd and I loved it!! The Messina Academy for the Gifted is no ordinary high school, every pupil is a super genius which made for a very interesting read!

We follow a group of really nerdy characters, they’re into comics, and fandoms, and all things sic-fi. I loved reading the references to the nerdy world, I’m a bit of a nerd myself, so I guess you could say that I bonded with the characters through the nerdiness. I liked pretty much all of the characters in the book, their relationships and group dynamic were really enjoyable to read. I didn’t get the feeling that any of the relationships were annoyingly cheesy or so ridiculous that they’d only be possible in fiction. The friendships all seemed realistic, yet they had a little extra something that made them stand out from the real world.

The main romantic relationship in The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You was between Trixie and Ben, enemies since an infamous monkey bar incident, so of course we have a love-hate relationship going on! I have to admit that I really enjoy a love-hate relationship, there’s always so much tension and it’s so enjoyable to read. Lily Anderson has Trixie and Ben throwing insults at each other left, right and centre, they aren’t the usual high school jabs that many have probably experienced, these are intelligent, intellectually referenced slanders, and boy were they entertaining!

The development from hate to not-hate wasn’t a particularly natural progression between Trixie and Ben, I don’t want to say too much and give away any spoilers, but the change in their respective outlooks on each other required some outside information. This was honestly one of the only areas of the novel that I had issue with, honestly I saw through and predicted what was going on, and don’t particularly understand how so-called geniuses didn’t see it too? So yes that edge of predictability was a slight annoyance to an otherwise very enjoyable book.

I mentioned earlier that the characters are nerds, Trixie reads comics and makes so many nerdy references throughout the novel. I have to say I enjoyed all references to all things Marvel, DC, Doctor Who and Sherlock, I might not be a huge comic girl myself, but I do love superheroes! One line that caught my attention in particular, and made me love Trixie a little more was this;

And the dead sexiness of Tom Hiddleston

I freaking love Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki, in my opinion he is significantly better than Thor! I’m also happy to admit that in general I really do like Tom Hiddleston and could not agree with the quote more!

I really enjoyed The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, I started reading it on my Kindle app to kill time, and then spent my Sunday lounging in the sun in the garden finishing off the book! I haven’t been reading an awful lot recently but I’m really glad I finished and enjoyed The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You!

About the Author

Lily Anderson is an elementary school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theatre tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in North California. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is her debut novel.

‘The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You’ by Lily Anderson
4 Stars

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark | Review

Description from Goodreads:
Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls — lots of other girls.

Gabe can’t imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?

My feelings towards The Boy Next Door were very much a roller coaster, one minute I was loving it and the next I was left feeling disappointed. The Boy Next Door was featured in my First Impression Friday, which you can check out here.
I never really fell for Gabe, so it was mainly during his chapters that I wasn’t feeling it. He was nice enough, but ask any teacher and they’d tell you to go and grab a thesaurus and find a better word. 
So maybe I didn’t love Gabe, but the ice skating? Got to say I loved it! I always watch the figure skating whenever it’s on the TV and especially during the Olympics, so I was reading The Boy Next Door reminiscing over my childhood dream of becoming a figure skater. Sad to say it’s not a dream that was meant to be. 
I really liked Mad, she’s determined and focussed on her dream of becoming a figure skating champion, and which also happens to be a relationship with Gabe both on and off the ice. She really had to persevere to win Gabe over to her way of thinking, not because he didn’t like her in that way, but because he didn’t want to ruin their partnership. I can’t make my mind up whether I think this is sweet or selfish.
I actually felt quite sorry for Mad, she had a lot going on in her life, lots of things to think about and process, not to mention worry about! Gabe was a good friend to Maddy, and I think redeemed himself a little bit in that way. 
The Boy Next Door was an enjoyable YA romance. The figure skating backdrop to the novel was definitely interesting and not something I can say I’ve read before! Have you read The Boy Next Door? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
‘The Boy Next Door’ by Katie Van Ark
4 Stars

Roomies by Lindy Zart | Review

Description from Goodreads:

Graham Malone is my roommate, my personal eye candy, the reason I get up in the morning smiling (that could be from the illicit dreams I have about him too, I suppose. Let’s move on). He’s also beautiful to look at, but his heart is where his true beauty lies. Take away the exterior and the interior still shines.

I love him. I mean, I’m pretty sure I do, having never been in love before. Anyway, it seems legit.

And now his brother Blake is here, and, well, he’s the complete opposite of Graham. Sarcastic, brooding, and totally available. But he’s leaving soon, and Graham’s the one I want. I shouldn’t have to remind myself of this, right? I wouldn’t have to if Blake would quit looking at me like I’m something yummy and he’s starving.

Here’s a toast to roomies; the ones you should never fall in love with. Or something.

I’m going to put it out there straight away that I liked Blake a whole lot more than Graham (when I was writing this I referred to him as ‘the other guy’ cause I just couldn’t remember his name, I think that tells you a lot). And seeing as Kennedy ends up with Graham I think that says a lot about how I felt about the book. Blake is definitely the type of character that I like and gravitate towards, he’s the ultimate bad boy, tall, dark, handsome and troubled. What more does a girl want? Apparently Kennedy didn’t agree, her long time love for Graham outweighed any potential in the Blake-Kennedy department. 
I’m not sure how I felt about Kennedy, I pretty much hated her as soon as I started reading. The first few pages really didn’t do it for me and I actually felt a little disappointed. I carried on regardless, cause that’s the kind of gal I am, and I eventually warmed to Kennedy. She’s an in your face character, boisterous and sarcastic. Apparently she has an ugly nose, she makes quite a big deal about hating it, yet it’s only mentioned that one time. Kennedy is a classic case of a girl with daddy issues, in her case her daddy didn’t know how to show his love for a daughter so just pretended she was his son. This was probably meant to add depth to her character, honestly though I found it annoying and predictable. Blake and Graham had a whole lot more depth to their characters, which we eventually learn about as they both open up to Kennedy. 
I wasn’t too bothered by the ending of Roomies, I would like to read more of Blake as he was the only character I can honestly say I liked. 
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‘Roomies’ by Lindy Zart
3 Srars

Waiting On Wednesday | Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

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Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

Release Date: Expected 2015
Description from Goodreads:
Anne
Wild, brazen, mischevious, bewitching

Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor’s like has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of Henry’s brother – perfect, high-achieving Arthur – his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who’s not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be – or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.
As soon as I read the synopsis for Anne & Henry I was smitten. How incredible does that sound! I have a bit of love for Elizabeth I, Anne and Henry’s daughter, so from a historical point of view this book is right up my street. The story line sounds great, a clever spin on the famous couple. I can’t wait to read this book to find out the fate of Anne and Henry!
I’m also slightly in love with the cover, it’s gorgeous!
I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Random by Lark O’Neal | Review

Description from Goodreads:
Life is random…

19-year-old Jess Donovan knows better than most that her life is random. Her mom is dead, and she’s on her own, patching together a living as a waitress when a car crashes through the restaurant where she works. In two seconds she loses her job, watches her best friend hauled away in an ambulance…and meets Tyler Smith, one of the hottest, most fascinating — and mysterious guys she’s ever met.

Both for the good and the bad…

Within days, Jess is swept up into the mesmerising force that is Tyler. Their every touch sizzles, every kiss dissolves them both, and the sex is…fierce. But there’s more to Tyler than his hypnotic eyes. He’s adrift, too, and his body — and his soul — are covered with scars. How can she find herself with a guy who is lost himself?

It seems that I’m unable to finish a book at the moment. Random is the third book that I can’t bring myself to read and finish recently. Clearly I’m not picking them well. Yes, I’ve been really busy lately, but if I had wanted to read Random then I would have made time. I’ve signed it off as a lost cause and I’m ready to move on to a book that I’ll hopefully finish. After reading the description again while writing this post I’m honestly surprised I ever decided to read it in the first place!
I got about half way into this book before deciding to call it quits, and personally I think that’s a fair shot. I don’t know if there’s a specific thing that I didn’t like about Random, I think it was more overall badness in my opinion.
For starters I wasn’t too keen on Jess. I found her to be an insipid character. Her boyfriend was a COMPLETE JERK and it takes her being PUNCHED in a bar fight and then getting blamed by him for her to realise that! Talk about ridiculous! Then things with Tyler started heating up, and she’d been broken up how long? A day maybe? To say she was ‘devastated’ she was sure able to overcome it pretty quickly.
At one point Tyler asks Jess if he can paint her, she agrees. Then he asks her to take her top and bra off and cover herself with a sheet. Little excessive if you ask me. Jess was clearly thinking the same thing, she was pretty adamant she wasn’t going to go topless in front of him. For two seconds. It didn’t take long for her to drop the sheet and bare chests to be rubbing against each other. It was around about then I decided to call it a day. I didn’t like Jess or Tyler, so there was really no point in continuing.
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‘Random’ by Lark O’Neal
Did Not Finish

Taking Names by Michelle Onuorah | Review

I received this book free from the author, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Release Date – 7th November 2014
Description from Goodreads:
They took her love … and gained her enmity.

Nicolette Talloway has finally ground happiness. As the only person in the world whose blood can cure any disease, she has managed to give her blood on her own terms without any interference from the government. Sure that she has found a permanent solution, she and the love of her life, Jason, settle into a new beginning together.

That is … until they are found.

There is a new President in charge and a new agenda written for Nicolette’s blood — whether she wants to play ball or not. The problem is: they’ve pushed her too far. And when she finally decides to take matters into her own hands, Nicolette will no longer be running from authorities and giving her blood but will stand her ground and start Taking Names.

Oh WOW. I absolutely LOVED Type N, it’s such an original idea, that one girl’s blood is the cure to all known disease, and I had no idea there was going to be a sequel. But I’m very happy that there is. Taking Names definitely did not disappoint.
Taking Names follows Nicolette’s journey as she runs from the special agents that are after her and her blood. The novel starts in Sri Lanka, one year after the end of Type N, as Nicolette and Jason are getting married. They are such a cute couple and I was so glad that they ended up getting together at the end of the first book. Of course the President decides that he has to ruin their idyllic lives, and sends two CIA agents after them. And then, BOOM. Nicolette’s life is turned upside down.
In Taking Names we get narrative from both Nicolette and special agent Noelle Jackson, this gives us insight into what is happening in team America. The addition of Noelle’s narrative was a brilliant idea, it added greater depth to the story, and also I began to really care for Noelle. I now want to know more about what happens to both Nicolette and Noelle.
Taking Names was a great sequel to Type N, the story developed beautifully and we were allowed a view into what’s happening in the American government. Throughout the novel the story flowed, sometimes dual narratives can feel jumpy, however this was not the case for Michelle Onuorah. The entire thing felt very natural and created very vivid imagery. 
Sure, Taking Names could be longer, but now I can’t wait for the next instalment in the trilogy so I get find out what finally happens to Nicolette.
I think that the feels in this book deserve a special mention. Seriously wow, the end had me in tears! And can I just say, the ending! I won’t say anymore because I really don’t want to spoil it! What I will say is that I highly recommend you read Taking Names, and if you haven’t already, Type N!
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‘Taking Names’ by Michelle N. Onuorah
5 Stars