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Me being an optimist ~March Wrap up~

Guys... I actually thought this month was good.

I read good books.

More than one.

I-

Ohmygosh, ohmygoat, ohmyhighness. Hello! This month was good, it was decent. I'm so giddy because I enjoyed reading so much and blogging was great and people who read my posts are beautiful! * lets out breath* Dear bloody toothpicks, that was too much excitement for my system. I need a minute.

*clears throat with vigor*


I am very happy with how life is going. And I really want to say, thank you! For actually taking time to read my reviews and such. Seriously, I can never be too thankful.


So. Moving on since I'm never so mushy, and it's really weird. The good weird.

(I'm listening to upbeat music, and it's got me in high spirits. I'm telling you, this isn't normal)


{DISCLAIMER: Half of the links are for reviews posted on Goodreads only because at the moment I read it, well, I didn't employ much brain mush into writing a detailed review. They're mostly two-sentence rants}


1. The Push by Ashley Audrain


Spoiler-Free Synopsis:


A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family–and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for–and everything she feared.


Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.


But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter–she doesn’t behave like most children do.


Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.


Then their son Sam is born–and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.


The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, and what it feels like when women are not believed.

Oh my gosh


Oh my gosh

Oh

My

Gosh

OHMYGOSH


I-I don’t know what to say.

Oh. My. Gosh.


OHMYFRICKINGGOSH

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.1

Okay, okay. *hyperventilating breaths*

Okay! I’m totally okay. Are you okay? Yeah, you’re okay. Me? Totally fine. I’m okay. Definitely...okay.


I kid you not when I say that I just saw a shadow and jumped a mile in the air. Nay flew. First time I’ve considered myself angel-like. Let me bask in it for a sec-

Creepy kids, y’all.

Nah, Nah Nah.

Skip me with that ish.


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2. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas


Spoiler-Free Synopsis:


It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off on a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.


As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer, she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.


As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...





I had faith, and I had hope.

Both were utterly futile.

I ended up feeling apathetic.

And yes, I did google that word.

It was worth it.

-Booksy 2021


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3. The Hanging Stranger by Philip K. Dick


Spoiler-Free Synopsis:


At five o'clock Ed Loyce washed up, tossed on his hat and coat, got his car out, and headed across town toward his TV sales store. He was tired. His back and shoulders ached from digging dirt out of the basement and wheeling it into the backyard. But for a forty-year-old man, he had done okay. Janet could get a new vase with the money he had saved, and he liked the idea of repairing the foundations himself.













Okay, first of all, what the heck happened-


Second, HOW the heck happened-


And third, WHAT AND HOW AND WHY THE HECK THAT HAPPENED.


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4. Age Matters Season 2 by Enjelicious



[UPDATE: Every time I read a new episode, my heart stops beating I swear. And my pterodactyl screech takes the chance at stardom]


Nobody:


Not even one of my alter egos:


Me at 2 am:

*squeals beneath the covers*

*add bookmark*

*hyperventilating breathing*

*add bookmark*

*punches pillow*

*add bookmark*

*shimmies like a moron*

*add bookmark*

*absolutely dies*

*add bookmark*



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5. He Must Like You by Danielle Younge- Ullman


Spoiler-Free Synopsis:


Libby's having a rough senior year. Her older brother absconded with his college money and is bartending on a Greek island. Her dad just told her she's got to pay for college herself, and he's evicting her when she graduates so he can Airbnb her room. A drunken hook-up with her coworker Kyle has left her upset and confused. So when Perry Ackerman, serial harasser and the most handsy customer at The Goat where she waitresses, pushes her over the edge, she can hardly be blamed for dumping a pitcher of sangria on his head. Unfortunately, Perry is a local industry hero, the restaurant's most important customer, and Libby's mom's boss. Now Libby has to navigate the fallout of her outburst, find an apartment, and deal with her increasing rage at the guys who've screwed up her life--and her increasing crush on the one guy who truly gets her. As timely as it is timeless, He Must Like You is a story about consent, rage, and revenge, and the potential we all have to be better people.



I hate many things. But I can surprisingly say... I didn't hate this one.

It actually was kinda nice.

Can you tell I'm trying not to anger the universe?

-Booksy, 2021


Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.0


This story, well, not the story. ALLLLL of this book has taken me a long time to come to terms with (I've also been procrastinating extra hard soo...). Dang, this whole novel made me so MAD. And not because of the writing, nor the characters (it was definitely also the characters), just the simple premise that this even happens. That it even exists. If I could throw that truth down a singular chute up Ares's nose, have him cough it up and yeet it to the depths of the ocean, pump it full of acidic glue, and have krakens feast on it, I would take that opportunity by the ear.


So yes, just a tad bit angry at society.

When am I not though-


Let's begin with the easiest thing to unravel in this mental state of mine, the plot. It was sincere, heartwrenching and so unfeigned. I also, HATED it. But in a loving way. Does that make sense? See, it was horrible things mixed with horrible things and plated in a salad of, you guessed it right! Horrible things. Voila, the story....


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6. Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean


Spoiler-Free Synopsis:


Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.


In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.


Izzy soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairytale, happily ever after?


~Special thanks to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for giving me the opportunity to receive an ARC of this book~


This was a partially tepid read.

-Booksy, 2021


Rating: 👑👑👑👑 4.2 luscious crowns.


Hello, and be welcomed into another episode of

*talk show music*

Books That I Thought Would Be Amazing But That Turned Out Being A Slight Disappointment (or B.T.I.T.W.B.A.B.T.T.O.B.A.S.D for short)


Yes, I am aware that I always set my expectations inhumanly high, and that most times it is utterly my fault as to why I disliked the book, but hear me out. The whole story just SCREAMED Rom Com deliciousness waiting to happen and my brain being the bootiful specimen it is, obviously made it clear what I was walking into. I just- I had a humongous amount of hope set on this. Alas, that hope was stomped down in the final parts of this story.


Now, I shall talk about the good things first, as I seldom do.


The thing is, the writing was amazing. Relatable and so full of life, pungent in its realism, magnificent in its roots *intense hand motions because Booksy doesn't know what else to say*, beautiful in its facade. Truly amazing. One of the things I love most, gowns down, is that it wasn't perfect. It didn't STRIVE to be perfect, which is AMAZING. Since all YA books have plenty of metaphors that I absolutely adore, but I wasn't in the mood for it, at the time in which I was reading this. So thank you, dear book. For not disappointing me more. *smiles in petty*


The next thing on the list... *frantically checks said list* THE PLOT. Sorry, didn't mean to scream it.

*whispering* The plot...


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7. Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews


Spoiler- Free Synopsis:

Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the Gods need her to save the world!



Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne's brother's fate in her hands—upends the life she's worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods' waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother's life will be forfeit.

Guided by Artemis's twin-the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo-Daphne's journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the r


iddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.

A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta by debut author Claire Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.



~Special thanks to Netgalley and Jimmy Patterson Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~


When you find a book that you actually like, and you just stand there.

Bamboozled.

-Booksy, 2021


I can honestly say, I squealed for about five minutes after having found out that they actually let me read this.


Rating: 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪 4.7 awestruck stabby stabby fwends


I need Dr. Booksy to take the floor now because Booksy is crying in pain as to why this had to end.

*cleans glasses*

*clears throat aggressively*

*adopts a British accent*



Known data: Booksy willingly chose to keep this book in the 'Currently Reading' pile, for about three days.

Unknown data: What the heck did she try to accomplish??? Three days later, she's still a mess.

Hypothesis: Booksy needs help.

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8. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard



Spoiler-Free Synopsis:

Steffi doesn't talk, but she has so much to say.

Rhys can't hear, but he can listen.

Their love isn't a lightning strike, it's the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

This book was tea without sugar.

And without tea.

It was just a cup.

- An Annoyed Booksy, 2021.

Rating: 😐😐😐 3 dull faces.


WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ABORT IF YOU DON'T LIKE RANTS!


You know what I've learned? That sometimes you get so many disappointments lined up in a neat row, that you just stop feeling the slaps when they inevitably attack.

Well, I STILL FELT THE DANG SLAP.


To be honest, it wasn't the worst thing to happen to me. And it wasn't the best. See, I'm in the middle of a competition with Fate as to how I can further lose my hope in books, and so far? Well, let's just say I'm not winning.


The following paragraphs will mostly be a rant (plentiful rants to be exact), so I apologize in advance, and of course *clears throat* Minor spoilers will be present. I'll warn, of course. And yes, it is mostly spoiler-free because since it's a rom-com, it has zero to no plot twists worthy of talking about.


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9. Blood & Sand by C.V Wyk



Spoiler-Free Synopsis:

Forged in battle...

From the dust of the arena...

A