Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

31931941Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Release date: May 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 400 pages
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Description (from goodreads)In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.


My review

I learned that Eliza and Her Monsters was a thing that was happening when I watched one of BooksandLala‘s videos, and I already knew that I would love it.  The expectations when I picked up this book were oh-so high, I was certain to be disappointed but to my greatest relief I was not let down!

Eliza and Her Monsters is all I had dreamed of. I could relate to Eliza so much. I’ve never been “internet famous” and I’m sure it’d be something that would make me highly uncomfortable, but being yourself online is so much easier (at least for me), and this novel illustrates it beautifully. I think a lot of young adults (and not so young) will be able to connect with that.

Eliza Mirk (LadyConstellation) is the author/illustrator of this really famous webcomic series, but she chose to stay anonymous. Nobody knows who she is except for her immediate family and a couple of online friends. In ‘real life’ though, she has no friend, she can’t seem to be able to really connect with her family and she has very few interests. Then one day, she meets Wallace, a new boy at her school who’s dealing with his own past. Eliza learns that he’s really into her series and even writes fanfiction for it. From there, their friendship develops slowly into something more.

This novel also deals with PTSD and anxiety which I think Zappia incorporated really well into the story.

I had some issues with how Wallace reacted at times, especially towards the end, but I appreciated that his behaviour was addressed and made clear that it wasn’t okay which makes this book even more awesome!

Overall, this book is amazing, and you should consider picking it up if you ever have the chance! It’s definitely one of the best YA books I’ve read this year 🙂

 

Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

Review: Crooked Kingdom

22299763Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release date: September 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 546
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Description (from goodreads)Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.


My review

I’m just going to fangirl here. I absolutely ADORED this book. It gave me all the FEELS. ALL OF THE FEELS, GUYS. This series is seriously amazing, I cannot recommend it enough! Leigh Bardugo is a queen. I need more. Please.

Warning: Since Crooked Kingdom is the second book, this review may contain minor spoilers for Six of Crows. You’ve been warned.

So at the end of Six of Crows the gang makes it back to Kerch but they obviously don’t get paid because sleaze-Jan-Van-Eck and scumbag-Pekka-Rollins. Of course Kaz wants to take back what he was promised and more. “When you can’t beat the odds, change the game”, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do!

Aaaah! This book was fantastic and oh so full of feelings. Whether they want it or not, the gang all started to care about each other, and it is beautiful! They are all trying to protect one another in their own way. I was particularly touched by the friendship between Nina and Inej. I can’t resist a good f/f ship, and this one was ended out to me on a silver platter. In such a situation though, feelings can be your greatest weakness…

Kaz watched him for a long moment. “That’s the right move, Jes.”
This line made me cry my life.

This well-crafted sequel is fast-paced, packed with twists and turns, feels and enough ships to squeal and cry over. It’s all a fan(girl/boy)’s heart needs! And the last chapter 😍😍😍. Crooked Kingdom has one of the most satisfying endings I have ever read. BRAVO.

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Review: Crooked Kingdom

Wrap-up: May 2017

May is coming to an end, and I couldn’t be happier. What a crazy month it has been! I adopted a new cat, Jemma(you can see her on my IG, link in the sidebar), at the end of April, and Fitz hasn’t been very welcoming, so it caused a lot of stress both for the cats and me. I finished my (second) first year of college after deciding I wanted to do something else with my life and I’ve been job hunting all month. Phew! The only great thing about this month was that I procrastinated a lot and so I was finally able to kick the reading slump I was in, thanks ACOWAR!

Here are the books I read in May:

Posted reviews:

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

What have you read in May? Any good ones you would recommend?

Wrap-up: May 2017