Saturday, February 11, 2017

Review: Our Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts
by Krystal Sutherland
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Published by: Hot Key Books
Paperback, 313 pages
My rating: 4.5/5 ★

'I always thought the moment you met the love of your life would be more like the movies...'

Henry Page is a film buff and a hopeless romantic. He's waiting for that slo-mo, heart-palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's seen in the movies. So the last person he expects to fall in love with is Grace.

Grace Town is not your normal leading lady. She dresses in oversized men's clothing, smells like she hasn't washed in weeks and walks with a cane. She's nobody's idea of a dream girl, but Henry can't stop thinking about her.

There's something broken about Grace; a small part of her soul is cracked from the secrets in her past. Henry wants nothing more than to put her back together again, but will she let him.

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this heartbreaking tale of bittersweet first love.

Our Chemical Hearts was a beautiful and heartbreaking story. There are so many aspects of this book that I loved, so I've compiled a little list to get my thoughts organized:
  • FRIENDSHIP - Henry, Lola and Murray share this wonderful, close friendship that was basically the backbone of the entire story. Especially Lola was such a fantastic friend to Henry throughout the entire story, and I loved to see her always be there for him and, most of all, be (sometimes brutally) honest with him. Our Chemical Hearts captures the importance of friendship incredibly well, something I feel is too often sacrificed for romance in YA.
  • FAMILY - Henry's parents and sister also played an important and realistic role in the story. They were there, supportive, and hilarious to read about.
  • LOVE - The love story in this book is far from perfect. At times it was just your regular cute story of two teenagers falling for each other, but mostly it was very hard to read. It made me angry, and it was so unfair. It kind of broke my heart to read this book from Henry's perspective, but all of this together made the love feel very real to me. Aside from the 'main' romance, there are also a couple of side stories that were just as precious to me. All stages of falling in love and being in a relationship were very realistically captured in different characters, and it was both beautiful and sad.
  • LOSS - I've known this about myself before, but stories about loss always really get to me, and Our Chemical Hearts was no exception. The way the subject was portrayed in this book was very different from other books I've read. It was heartbreaking and unhealthy, and there wasn't really a silver lining to it. All I can say is that my heart is broken.
  • HEARTBREAK - We get so many stories of falling in love and how wonderful it is, but what if it doesn't work out? This is a topic I haven't really read about before, and I thought the feeling was captured incredibly well in this book. I'm also grateful that Krystal Sutherland had the courage to do something different int his regard, because I absolutely loved it.

"John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this heartbreaking tale of bittersweet first love" - I don't think a sentence has ever summarized a book this accurately before. Our Chemical Hearts made me smile, laugh out loud, and cry a lot, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

January 2017 Wrap-Up

I haven't done a wrap-up in forever but it's a new year, so why not pick it back up again. Wrap-ups are some of my favorite posts to do, so I really don't know why I ever stopped uploading them.

What I Read

I finished four books in January, which is a little less than I expected to read but I'm okay with it.
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, 3/5 ★
  • This book took me over two months to read, and I definitely kind of lost interest in the middle and was bored enough to put it down and pick up other books in between. This was redeemed by the ending though, when the story really picked up again and I was completely sucked back in.

  • Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, 5/5 ★
  • This was such a positive surprise to me and overall just a great New Adult book. The main characters were very mature and there wasn't a lot of drama, which was so refreshing and amazing to read about. There are some very graphic scenes so I'd definitely make sure you're okay with that before going into this.

  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, 4.5/5 ★
  • This is by far my favorite book in the series and I was so happy at how much I enjoyed reading it. The story was action-packed and emotional and definitely made me feel a lot of feels. There are some things that I found could've been done better (and characters that deserved better in my opinion), but overall I really fell in love with this book and I finally cared about the characters and it was just great.

  • Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie, 4/5 ★
  • This was another great read and Krista and Becca Ritchie have definitely secured their place among my favorite New Adult authors. Their books are just alway so unique, and this one was no exception. I fell in love with the circus atmosphere, and it was really interesting to get the behind-the-scenes insight into it all. And then there's a whole set of unique, authentic and well developed characters, and the family dynamics between them was probably my favorite part of this story.

What I Bought

I spent over a week in London in January, which obviously resulted in me buying way more books than I usually would. There are just English books everywhere, how am I supposed to resist? I also started counting in the ebooks I buy, which also hasn't helped my plan to reduce my TBR. 

That's it! What's your favorite book you read last month?