The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – Review


Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 517
Publishers: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?


Generally, I don’t read contemporary books, but as I received this book in a The YA Chronicles subscription box and it was sitting on my shelf, I said why not!

I am so glad I picked this up.
As I don’t usually read books of this genre I don’t have too much to compare it to. However any similar book I read now has a high standard to meet.


Firstly I would like to talk about the actual book and writing, not the story. I really enjoyed the authors writing, it painted a picture so clearly in your head that it felt like you were the one living it. I also adored the fact that she used pieces of Clark’s book to emphasise the story.

Next onto my overall thought of the story. It was a book that you could relate to very easily. Which is something that some stories have trouble with and makes a book hard to enjoy.
I love that it used a reality that even if you are the most organised person, your world could fall apart with one simple thing that was completely out of your control. It shows that sometimes the best thing is to not plan and just let life happen.

I love how the characters developed in this story.

I really enjoyed the relationship that developed between Andie and her father (Alex). Losing her mother was difficult for Andie, even though she put on a brave face all the time. It didn’t help the situation that her father was never around and that when in public he pretended like Andie and him were close and everything was absolutely fine. In the beginning of this book I have to admit that I really didn’t like Alex, however in the close, he ended up being one of my favourite characters. I loved how he was when he met Clark and how he handled that, how he could act like a teenager again during the scavenger hunt and even though he barely knew what was going on on the trip to New Jersey he was so cool about it.

Palmer was the typical best friend. She was always around or just a text away and she was a really fun character. Even though Andie and Palmer’s friendship was hanging by a thread at one point Palmer was the first one to step out and forgive Andie. Then two minutes later they were on a road trip to stop Andie’s father from being publically humiliated and hunt down Clark. This is a display of real friendship. Also, Palmer’s Boyfriend Tom was a really enjoyable character. I feel like we all have a friend like that. I also really enjoyed the friendship he made with Clark and that this kind of made Andie feel like this could actually work out for the two of them.

Tobri (Toby and Bri) were also one of my favourite characters and friendship. Even though the book ended how it did with their friendship, I’m kinda glad it did. When you live in someone’s pocket most of your life and don’t know who you are without them its good to have a break. I think for both of them individualy they needed that and I’m glad that in the end, Toby finds a new group of friends but still keeps in contact with the others. I wish in the book there was a bit of an ending about Bri though, so we knew what she was doing and how she was going.

I even really enjoyed some of the more minor but still rather important characters in the book. When it came to Wyatt I had a feeling from when they first had a bit of a party at Clarks, when they found out he had a pool, that something was going to happen between him and Bri. There were just subtle hints in Morgan Matson’s writing that gave it away. No matter which way that they attempted to tell Toby about this relationship it would not have ended well. I do like how it turned out, so I’m glad it was written how it was.
Topher was a character that in the begin you didn’t really know what his purpose was. Besides the fact that he lived a similar life to Andie as they both have parents that are in politics it isn’t until that last meeting with them and then the text/phone call warning that you discover that Topher actually does care. I feel like in the last scene where they were together, at the party, that Topher actually all along had, not nesseciarly feelings but, a kind of bond with Andie. In that moment he realises it’s over and even though he accepts it and lets things move on he was still hurt about it.
I even enjoyed Peter’s part in the book. Even though I hated his character and from the get go you realised how obnoxious and controlling he is, I’m glad he was in the story. It added for that little bit of humour especially when you see how Alex handles the speech at the end and how he just drives off in the bus with Walt (the driver), Andie and Palmer and leaves Peter there.

Lastly, Andie and Clark, I won’t say too much as I don’t want to put too many spoilers in here.
I love how at the start it didn’t look like it was going to come to anything, maybe Andie was just going to be a dog walker to Clark. Then of all things the dog somehow brings them together.
That’s all I’m going to say in relation to them, you’ll have to read that story for yourself.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone! I loved it and I’m not even a
contemporary book reader.

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This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang Review


Title: This Is Where the World Ends
Author: Amy Zhang
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2016
Pages: 304
Publishers: Greenwillow Books
2 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship—as long as no one finds out about it. But then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance in a second novel.


Honestly, I don’t know what to think, to some degree I thought it was okay, but I also hated it..

The plot is just.. I don’t know!

So first of all, I could not connect to any of the characters.. Which isn’t a good thing while reading a book.
Secondly even though Amy Zhang’s writing style is very good, how this book was laid out was beyond confusing.. The book skipped from ‘Before’ and ‘After’ which wasn’t too bad, there are dates so you can kinda keep track of the timing, but the fact that the story was coming from both Janie and Micah at different times made it so hard and confusing.. You didn’t know who was talking or who things were happening to. This really annoyed me throughout the book because instead of focusing on the story you were spending a couple of pages trying to figure out whose point of view you were looking from. I would much prefer to just know straight of who the view is coming from and then concentrating on the story itself.

Next, why are they drinking so much?!? I get the main idea is that life is shit, but until Janie actually goes missing what the hell have they got to worry about so much. You don’t find out why they are so depressed or whatever they are, which really frustrated me as someone who likes to know the backstory of characters, to get to know them and connect with them.
And how old are these two? I know they are in highschool so, how the hell can they get so much alcohol all the time? Like I’m guessing this is America, so the drinking age is 21 isn’t it?! How does like 15 year olds or something get so much alcohol, are they stealing it?!

There are also so many things that were left unexplained or there were bits of information that were thrown in that felt like they had no meaning towards the story whatsoever.

I’m done, this whole book was confusing, annoying and I didn’t like it at all..

Also, kinda a trigger warning as this book does feature rape.

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2016 YA Reading Challenge


Press Here for more info, rules and sign up!

Books I’ve completed:

  1. Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  3. This is where the world ends – Amy Zhang
  4. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  11. Wake by Amanda Hocking
  12. Lullaby by Amanda Hocking
  13. Tidal by Amanda Hocking
  14. Elegy by Amanda Hocking
  15. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
  16. Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
  17. Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
  18. Quidditch Through The Ages by J.K. Rowling and Kennilworthy Whisp
  19. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them by J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander
  20. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  21. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (illustrated edition) by J.K. Rowling
  22. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  23. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  24. Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling and Kennilworthy
  25. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
  26. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  27. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  28. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audiobook)
  29. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  30. The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
  31. The Wizard of Rondo by Emily Rodda
  32. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  33. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  34. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  35. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  36. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  37. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling
  38. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardships and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling
  39. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling
  40. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  41. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  42. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  43. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  44. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  46. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
  47. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  48. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  49. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  50. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  51. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  52. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling



My Personal Reading Challenge


My Mother and I have created this Challenge for ourselves to complete in 2016.

I am not limiting myself to these books in 2016 as I have read a couple that doesn’t fit the categories already

The Categories can include whole series or single books

The Categories are:
1. Western History
2. New Release
3. Novel by a famous person (that isn’t famous for being an author)
4. Non-Fiction
5. Classic Novel
6. Murder Mystery
7. Book rated in the top 50 for 2015
8. Kids book (more than 30 pages)
9. A book that was made into a movie
10. Fantasy
11. Australian History
12. Book that was made into a TV show

So that’s the categories, I’ll duplicate the list below and indicate which i have finished


11. Fantasy
The Watersong Series by Amanda Hocking
Series consists of Wake, Lullaby, Tidal and Elegy

1. Western History
Traitor’s Gate by Michael Ridpath


6. Murder Mystery

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


11. Australian History
Where The Outback Drovers Ride by Bruce Simpson


9. A book that was made into a movie

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Series consists of:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


2. New Release
This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang


8. Kids book (more than 30 pages)
Part of the Rondo Series by Emily Rodda

  • The Key to Rondo 
  • The Wizard of Rondo

4. Non-Fiction
Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson


7. Book Rated in the Top 50 for 2015 
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


12. Book that was made into a TV Show
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


5. Classic Novel
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien


Categories not yet completed:

I will also post under each option that I’m thinking about for each category

3. Novel by a famous person (that isn’t famous for being an author)

  • Elixir by Hilary Duff
  • The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie




Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) – Alwyn Hamilton Review


Title: Rebel of the Sands
Series Name: Rebel of the Sands
Book Number: 1st book in series
 Alwyn Hamilton
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Publication Date:
March 8th, 2016
Faber & Faber
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.


First review, where do I start??

Firstly I love a book with a strong female character who is breaking away from what she knows.

So Amani was a favourite character for me!

This was definitely a book full of twists and turns! Whilst reading I was constantly trying to think of what was going to happen next but I was never right, which I love.

There are a lot of dark concepts flying around in this book and definitely more than enough monsters hiding the dark! The world that Alwyn Hamilton created in this book was unreal, so much so that I could imagine it every step of the way. However she left enough description unwritten about certain things, like the monsters, this made you fear them as a reader and fear for the characters encountering them.

I also loved the romance that came through is this novel as our Blue Eyed Bandit (Amani) met a foreigner nicknamed the Eastern Snake.

Word also has it that this book will be the first book of a Trilogy! That will definitely be a purchase I don’t even have to think about. Can’t Wait!

“A new dawn, a new desert”

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