Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

31180248Title: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Ya, Contemporary
Pages: 368
Rating: 3 Stars


Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in
this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT picks up where SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA left off, Leah on the Offbeat follows Leah during her senior year. She is bisexual but she
is not out to any of her friends.I’m so excited that I got to read this book so soon after the release date to not be influenced by other reviews. I don’t have a whole lot to say about the world building as it’s a contemporary,but I love how its connected to Becky’s other novels.This is a book that is a very character driven novel, it is not plot driven at all.I loved seeing Simone and Bram together, ahh it’s so cute!!! After a week of thought, I’ve decided to lower my rating from a 4 to a 3.

Leah is a fantastic character,as a heavier girl I love how confident she is with her body.In this book we got so much more insight into her character than we got in Simone. I really connected with the anxiety she felt even in her friend group. But I feel as if she didn’t go through a huge character growth as I would have liked. However I felt that she was a difficult character to empathize with at times. She was really mean to her friends and her crush without being provoked. Leah also “Bi” shames her crush, which is a hard no for me. Leah hasn’t come out to her friends herself yet that she is bi-sexual so for her to criticize her crush for being confused about her sexuality was really hypocritical of Leah. She goes through very little character development and this is why I have decided to lower my rating.

Overall, I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to, but I did enjoy it.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie


Emmy 5 Month Old Baby Update

Emmy 5 Month Baby Update

I honestly don’t know where the time has gone, I can’t believe it,she’s 5 months old already.This past month has been such a fun month. At her 4 month docotor’s
appointment she weighed 18.6 pounds .She is in the 97 percentile. She fits into 9 month clothing and Ive been putting her in some 12 month things here and there, it’s a little big but it seems less tight against her belly. She rolled over just before turning 4 month’s, she’s done it a few times since then but not that much. It seems like shes not sure how she did it, she gets up onto her side and she rocks back onto her belly.So I’ve been helping her rock side to side so she can get in some practice with the movements.

She got an exersaucer a few weeks ago and she loves it! We have to put a towel behind her back to give her some extra support. Its so funny watching her play with all
the different toys. Her hands eye coordination has become so much better, if she sees something she reaches out and grabs it.She is also very vocal, she will squeal
and yell. She is such a funny girl, I love seeing her smile.

She’s been going through a stormy period, some afternoons she can’t seem to settle herslef to be able to nap. I think she is teething,she has a runny nose and the last
few days her checks has been really red. She has been sleeping a lot this past week so hopefully the tooth breaks through soon.

I have found a daycare and paid the deposit, which is really nice. One less thing to stress about. It wasn’t my first choice but it is the one that has a spot available for November.

Lately when my mom or other people who she dosent see regularly she now cries and shyes away. I found a baby playgroup at the library where there is story time
and music. I was nervous to bring her because I wasn’t sure how she would react to new people and babies, but she did really well. She was the youngest baby in the group, she loved the music. The leader of the group blew some bubbles and Emmy was so amazed!

Also the doctor said we can start solids in a few week’s, and I’m making my own baby food. I started to make some of the starter foods this week: Sweet potato,
butternut squash,green beans,bananas,apples and pears. Its so much fun I can’t wait until shes ready to start trying these foods, I picked up some cereals from
the grocery store.

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

35226186Title: Providence
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 400
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Rating: 3.5


A propulsive new thriller about the obsessive nature of love when an intensifying relationship between best friends is disrupted by a kidnapping.

Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with
the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.

When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and
find the answers to his new identity–but he’s soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected.

Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters’ lives together in the most unexpected ways, Kepnes explores the complex relationship between love and identity, unrequited passion and obsession, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.


I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited when I heard there was new book from Caroline Kepnes. You is one of my favorite books so I was really excited when I got approved on Edelweiss for a copy. I really struggled with what to rate this book, because one I did really like it. It’s a very strange book, I wanted to keep reading to see if it would explain what happened to Jon and if he fixes it. Two, it was one of the strangest book’s I’ve ever read, at times I was confused and wasn’t sure what was going on. I didn’t quite know what I was getting into when I started Providence, but I’m glad I read it. Although I wouldn’t say its a thriller, it has many sci-fi elements to the story.

Providence follows three characters who each have their own alternating POV’s: Jon, Chloe, and Eggs. Jon “basement boy” is our main character who is kidnapped in the woods as a child on his way to school and returns years later “changed”.I really wanted to know what happened to Jon and that is the main reason I kept reading.Chloe is Jon’s best friend, his only friend. Eggs is the detective who investigating strange deaths, where people die of heart attacks. He is borderline OCD, he get’s obsessed with the case, believing there has to be more to it than just heart attacks, the case becomes the only thing he can think about.

It’s hard to describe this book because I don’t want to reveal to much, it’s better going into the book not knowing much about it.I really enjoyed this book as an original story idea, I’ve never read anything like this before.I’m going to be 100% honest with you. I wanted so much to love this book.I really did. But, it was just such a weird concept. I’m still glad that I gave it chance and finished reading the book.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

36442868Title: The Perfect Mother
Author: Aimee Molloy
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 336
Rating: 4 Stars


Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington.

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on
this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib.Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.


Trigger Warning(s): Child Abduction, Murder, Adultery, Mentioning of Sexual Assault/Rape, Depression, Mentioning of Abortion, Mentioning of Pregnancy Loss, Violence

It’s so amazing that this book is a debut!! It has already been picked up to be made into a movie with Kerry Washington. This book gave me tons of anxiety, and I shed a few tears in different scenes. I have a bad anxiety about leaving my baby with babysitter so what happened to Winnie terrified me. I felt really connected to these new mom’s and there struggles.

This story follows a group of first time moms who meet in a mommy group, these moms all shared the same month as a due date. The main characters are Francie, Nell,Colette, Scarlet, Winnie and Token( who is a man).Once there babies are born, they all decided to meet up meet up in a local park along with the babies to chat about there struggles and concerns about being a new mom .On the Fourth of July some of the women organized a girls night out, while out, it is discovered that one of the babies has gone missing from his crib.

I read this book with a million questions going through my head. I flew through this because I wanted to find out what happened to this baby! I had no idea who was responsible for the disappearance and was shocked when finally finding out.The author tells the story through multiple POVs, letting different character’s share their theories about the babies disappearance. At times I found it confusing as to who’s chapter it was as there were no chapter headings, but it also made it really interesting. There were some chapter’s were someone is talking but you have no idea who it is.

Molloy does an amazing job addressing a lot of relevant issues that new parents face . I felt really connected to these women, as I myself am a second time around new mom, I could empathize with how they felt.There is so much pressure for new moms, and it comes from everywhere, social media, friends, family and strangers will even comment with their opinions.

The Perfect Mother is the perfect binge read.A clever ending that surprised me. This would be the perfect book to read while sitting on a beach. I highly recommend!!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

What if it’s us by Becky Alberalli and Adam Silvera

36260157Title: What If It’s Us
Author: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Genre: Ya, Contemporary
Pages: 448
Rating: 5 Stars


Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthurtries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? But what if it is?


*An ARC was provided by Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

WOW!! I FREAKING LOVED IT!! This book was so amazing! I smiled so much while reading.This story is adorable, and it’s so sweet.The character’s were realistic and refreshing,even the side character’s were really well developed. I was sooo excited when I found out Becky and Adam were writing a book together, and it was everything I thought it would be.There’s love,humor,awkwardness and some angst.Also this book has great representation, and diverse character’s.

Arthur is a boy from Georgia who is spending his summer in NYC working as an intern at his mother’s law firm. I love him soo much. He is a theater nerd referencing Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton multiple times during this book which made my fan girl heart soar. Arthur has never had a boyfriend before, so we get to see him have his first relationship and it’s so adorable. He is just to precious.

Ben is a light skinned Puerto Rican stuck in summer school with his ex-boyfriend Hudson.He is heart broken when he first meets Arthur at the post office and doesn’t  stick around. His family dynamics is so sweet, his parents are super supportive.

Dylan has to be hands down the greatest best friend ever!  He dose not shy away from joking around or being close with Ben. He is supportive and kind, every scene with him just melted my heart.

There romance is just so pure,they fanboy over Harry Potter,Hamilton and the Sims together. I felt it was really relatable, there relationship wasn’t perfect but they talked about things and worked on it together.

I Highly recommend this book !! This  book was everything I hoped for and more.

I am now motivated to pick up Adam’s other books !!!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

34499221Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: YA,Fantasy,Retelling
Pages: 342
Rating: 5 Stars


Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a
twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of
her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory
hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of siren kind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy.


“And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”

To Kill A Kingdom absolutely lived up to the hype! I LOVE IT. I’m a huge fairy tale nerd so I knew I had to get my hands on this book. This book is one of my favorite books of the year and its going on my all time favorites list! This book is so magical, the world building is so good,without any info-dumping. The action scenes are so well done, you could literally feel the tension,I loved everything about this book. Also this world was extremely diverse!I can’t wait to read more from this author, as I was blown away by her writing. I love stories about the ocean,mermaids and pirates this book made my heart so happy.

In this book we follow Lira who is a siren princess and a cold blooded killer. She was raised to steal human hearts, she wanted to be even more powerful and
decided to steal hearts from Princes.She wants to please her Mother the Sea Queen and in doing so Lira is vicious and unforgiving.Lira is such a complex character. She has so much depth, I enjoyed her arc and development so much!! I loved how she discovered humanity and grappled to come to terms with siren-hood at the same time.I adored her. She was strong and powerful!

Elian is the Prince of Madais but he dose not want to end up being king. He loves the ocean to much, he is also Pirate who hunts for sirens!! He is fierce loyal to his crew, there friendships are so heartwarming and sweet.He was so freaking sarcastic, I loved it. The romance between these two characters was so perfect. Slow burn,as they grew to care and trust each other.

“Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power.”

If I had to pick my favorite thing about this book, I would have to say without a doubt it would be the lore about the ocean and the sirens. I love the ocean I always have, I remember as a kid I would go swimming pretending I was a mermaid. The sirens in this book are gorgeous fierce wild creatures who show no mercy. I loved everything about them.

I was captivated from the very first page. I adored this book. I can’t wait to see what this author does next! If you like the Little Mermaid, Fantasy, dark twists… then this is the book for you!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

4 Month Old Emmy Update

Emmy 4 Month Update!!

Emmy is doing so many things now that she’s 4 months old. She reached some major milestones this month such as rolling over !!She’s only done it a few times but she was so proud of herself.She is just growing so fast, I don’t have a baby scale so I don’t know her current weight.

She is grasping toys, and everything she grabs she immediately she puts it into her mouth. It’s so cute to see her playing with her toys.She wants to see everything,she wakes up in the morning and she just stares at her surroundings.

She had a few rough nights this past month where she wanted to nurse all the time and to sleep she wanted to still hold on even once she finished eating.Once that passed she was happy for a week and then she got a little cold. Her nose is stuffy so when she nurses, she can’t catch her breath, she gags and spits up the milk.She wants to be held all the time or she wants to nurse a lot.

We are still co-sleeping, for naps I’ve been trying to first put her down in her crib. Just so she can get used to being in the crib and the view. I think in June I’m going to start trying to get her exclusively napping in the crib, as then slowlywork on getting her to sleep in the crib at night.

She still has no teeth, I kept thinking her bad moods were teething but still no tooth yet.

She is such a joy to have around and we love her so much !!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi // Review

34992929.jpgTitle:Restore Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Ya,Dystopian
Pages: 448
Rating: 4 Stars


Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to  kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?


TW: Transphobia, Child abuse, Gun violence, Anxiety

I was full on ready to read this book and love it but sadly I was mildly disappointed. Maybe my expectation were to high. I found the first half of the book to be a bit slow, around the half way point things start to pick up.The writing style of course is beautifully written.Shatter Me was a trilogy that is now going to be a 6th book series, and Restore Me is book 4. I feel like this is a bridge book setting up the series to keep moving forward.

Restore me picks up exactly where ignite me left off with Juliette becoming Supreme commander of North America. I really like how this book is told in the POV of Juliette and Warner’s. A lot of things that left me wondering from the original trilogy where explained in this book. There were so many revelations and twists in this book and I’m so excited to see where this series goes.

Juliette has come such a long way since book 1, she is stronger and able to better control her powers.  But she’s not perfect and that makes her such a relatable character. She discovers a lot of intense information about herself and her past in this book, it was incredible.I love how the more Juliette emotionally heals the more in -tuned with her powers she gets.

Warner I’m STILL COMPLETE TRASH FOR HIM !!He’s still swoonworthy and I love him so so much !! I really loved his point of view , we get to see how he views the world.We see him deal with anxiety which was so well done.

There relationship is still full of so much drama. These two need to learn to communicate better. Warner’s life has always been mysterious, no real information about his past. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise to Juliette that there was still things he was keeping from her. In Unravel Me and Ignite Me it’s hinted at that Warner had to do something to become in charge of sector 45 but it was never revealed what he did. But I think that now that all these secrets have been revealed will make there relationship stronger.

Kenji deserves the world! I love how supportive of Juliette he was, and he finally got some much needed bonding time with Warner. They have so many good interactions, they were so funny together!! I have always loved Kenji and I’m super happy he stayed relatively the same character. I love his witty banter.

I think Adam deserved a bigger role in this book, he was barely mentioned.We spent most of the original trilogy with him and for him to be excluded left me missing him.

I have no idea how in the hell Tahereh Mafi expects us to wait a WHOLE YEAR to read the next book. The ending scene I felt was rushed, I wanted more!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon // Review

36373464Title: From Twinkle, with Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars


Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film
geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director?
Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is
that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected
places love can find you.


First off, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an e-ARC of this book. I was ecstatic when I received the email saying I was approved to review this book.

This was such an amazing book. I can’t believe it but I loved this one even more than Dimple! I loved Twinkle from the moment I read the first few sentences.
This book is so adorable and funny it will have you laughing one minute and have tears running down your face the next! This book is just jammed packed with diversity. We’ve got biracial characters,a bi character, a gay character.

The book follows Twinkle, a sixteen-year-old Indian-American girl who inspires to be a filmmaker. Who happens to be a wallflower,while her best friend Maddie has joined the popular crowd. Twinkle believes that if she dates Neil, the school’s it boy then she too will enter the popular group. Neil’s twin brother Sahil approaches Twinkle with the chance to work with him and direct a movie for the school’s upcoming film festival she jumps on board. The movie references were some of my favorite parts I love how Twinkle writes in her journal to her favorite female directors.

I loved Twinkle as a character so much, she is dorky ,funny, impulsive and an overall really realistic character.I identified with her so much,her love of films,her relationship with Maddie, how she felt left out. She struggles a lot in this book, with family and trying to figure out who she is vs who she wants to be. Dadi is one of the sweetest character’s ever, she is quirky and free spirited. Her love for Twinkle just warms my heart.

The romance is adorable and fluffy. Sahil is so swoon-worthy I just loved him so much !!! He is sweet and understanding. He has a blog where we go to see his thoughts as well which I really enjoyed. I liked how the romance developed over time, it wasn’t just thrown in your face from the beginning. We got to see Twinkles feelings grow and deepen throughout the novel.

Overall, I loved everything about this book. From Twinkle, With Love is set to be released on June 5, 2018.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

35068742.jpgTitle: Love, Life, and the List
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 377
Rating: 4 Stars


Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.


A goal of mine is to read all of Kasie’s books this year, they have been adding up on my kindle, this is book 2 that I get to check off. Love, Life and the list is such a stinking cute story!! This is the perfect fluffy,light hearted read when your in the mood for something quick and fun. I’m not going to lie I got teary eyed a few times throughout the story arc.I am sucker for the in love with your best friend trope.

This book is told in the first person point of view, following Abby, a seventeen year old girl who is trying to prove herself as an artist.She wants the museum she works at to display her art in a show being held at the end of summer. the catch is there is an age restriction, but Abby is determined to be chosen despite her age.The manager tells Abby he finds her art lacking depth and to try again when she turns eighteen. Abby and her family come up with a list of things for Abby to complete to help her gain experiences for her paintings. She and her best friend Cooper set out to accomplish the list before the art show.

I love Abby as a main character and I feel like I relate to her a lot. She feels comfortable in her routine and little bubble,which I completely relate to. She also has a sarcastic humor and I love that!! She is also very passionate about her art and will work on improving her work.

I really liked the family dynamic in the story, Abby’s mother suffered from anxiety and agoraphobia. Abby also has a fantastic relationship with her grandfather, there witty banter was entertaining to read. Her father was deployed for the entirety of the book, I found it sweet how Abby strives to stay in contact through emails and phone calls. It was nice to have the family be a part of the story.

Abby and Cooper are adorable together!! It’s so obvious that they are meant for each other.Love, Life, and the List just made me really happy, it was the perfect Sunday read!I really enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie