Review: Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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Zac and Mia
A.J. Betts
September 2nd 2014
YA | Contemporary 
289 pages
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4/5 Stars

 

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 The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that’s a lot about love (and a little about cancer).
Winner of the 2012 Australian Text Prize
“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that’s a lot about love (and a little about cancer).
Winner of the 2012 Australian Text Prize
“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

REVIEW:

 

I hate how books are described as being “The Fault in our Stars meets Eleanor and Park”, but I think that description was pretty accurate for this book.

Zac and Mia is truly a wonderfully written novel. I cannot tell you how glad I am I didn’t give up on this book. It started off great, and then hit this very boring, slow place for 60 or so pages. I kept trying to read them but it was not happening. So, I skimmed over those pages instead of putting the book down all together…BUT the second I started reading again things were already picking up and I don’t think I missed any pivotal details as I was skimming.

The characters were so wonderfully crafted. Mia was rude and arrogant at first but her development was amazing. I loved Zac the right after his first sentence. He was such a genuinely sweet guy. Its hard for me to explain how much I loved these two and their story. I feel the need to shove this book in everyones face because it was just that perfect and I want everyone to read and love it.
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ARC REVIEW: Henge by Realm Lovejoy

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TITLE: Henge (Le Fay #1)
AUTHOR: Realm Lovejoy
PUBLICATION:
GENRE: YA > Fantasy
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
RATING:
 
 

5 ★★★★★

 
 
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Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

 

 

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REVIEW:

 

“This is my favorite feeling in the world. Hot energy spawns in my heart like the sun and travels through my arms. My veins burn. My body becomes like the earth, sizzling with flowing lava..”

 

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I have found The Book. The book that makes me feel that Harry Potter, Vampire Academy (not because of the vampires) and The Hunger Games feels~

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Nope. I’m not exaggerating or anything like that. I dare you to read this book and NOT be so invested like I did.. I swear, you will fail. Despite of the all those feels that I mentioned, Henge is original and totally stand on it’s own. This book needs more audience because it’s truly deserving. Realm Lovejoy is a very talented and brilliant author.

Henge is modern retelling of Camelot that focus on Morgan Le Fay. If you’re like me and you just heard that for the very first time, I suggest you Google it like I did because the story is really rich and intriguing. Much like this retelling that Realm Lovejoy crafted. The main protagonist is, of course, Morgan. She’s a Fire user. And something happened when she was still a child that gave her determination and courage to be a Maven (Its like a Kings adviser) But she’s not the only one who wants that position. Unfortunately, she’s one of the many magic users that wants that position and all of them are competing to be the Kings maven.

Henge is a fantasy book that doesn’t lose thrill in every chapter. Secrets, lies, action, kickass characters, this book has it all. Morgan is a very likeable protagonist. I actually like her more than Katniss. She can be so badass, be a girl (you know, that gets crushes and all that) and still be smart, intuitive and make logical actions. She’s my favorite part. Every characters in this book is a gem actually, they’re real and even though we are seeing them through Morgan’s eyes, it feels like we know them. They’re fantastically and wonderfully written. All of them, even the antagonists.

I still don’t know when will the sequel be out but I AM TELLING YOU, I’M DYING!! ITS TORTURE. I WANT IT NOWWWWW. I’ve never wanted a sequel so bad (okay since World After, Murder of Crows.. etc) Anyway, HENGE IS THAT GOOD. We always have some problems about first book in a series, this one is too much awesome to hate. Its perfection.

Henge richly written with beautiful characters that will satisfy your YA read need. This book is made for every readers! If you’re fan of HP, VA, or THG.. I absolutely suggest you read Henge!

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 I ship Morgan with Lancelot. Pls author, MAKE IT HAPPEN. I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING THERE. I. JUST. KNOW. IT.
 

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SERIES REVIEW: Time Between Us & Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone a.k.a where is my own bennett cooper?

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TITLE: Time Between Us (TIME BETWEEN US #1)
AUTHOR:Tamara Ireland Stone
PUBLISHED:Published October 9th 2012 by Hyperion
GENRE: YA > Time Travel | SciFi | Romance
PAGE: 368pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: eBook (Kindle)
RATING: 

5 ★★★★★

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Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.
As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.
Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

REVIEW:

 

Where do I even start???! I just LOVE this book so much. I miss this kind of feeling towards a book. When you love it so much you can’t help but gush and gush about it. That’s what I’m about to do right now. So please, be ready for that.

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So. Time Between Us is a love story. A time travel love story. I don’t really have a good record on time traveling books, I think the last book I’ve read with the same plot line is The Here and Now and uhhh, I didn’t like it. At all. So I’m not really expecting anything in here. But it surprised me. And now I’m head over heels. From the Prologue, I know that I’m going to like it already. I just know. I was invested instantly. It’s the kind of Prologue that will not let you close the book up until you’re halfway through or you’re done. The writing is captivating. The characters are (thank the bookgods) easy to relate to with realistic voices. No one is annoying. No one got on my nerves. Everything flows easily and it’s not hard to get lost inside Anna’s head. (She’s our narrator)

Okay so, Anna lives in 1995 (trivia that you’re probably not interested in but I’ll say it anyway: I was born that year. HAHA) Okay, so Anna is running in her usual route at 1995 when someone caught her eye. A guy that is sitting in a bench is looking at her oddly.. like he already knew her. And that bugged Anna. So when the guy showed up in her school and introduced himself as Bennett, Anna knew that this guy is hiding something and that somehow, she can’t stay away from him. She’s actually interested about everything about him.

You know, it’s not a secret that I’m very picky about MC’s. They affect my reading a lot and sometimes even though the plot is great, but the MC is downright annoying?! I’ll just DNF it. But Anna is so darn likeable. She’s so sweet and genuine and very.. lovable. Like, it’s really hard not to be mesmerized by her. Bennett on the on the other hand is not that different. He’s so… asdfghklrhfuhfubye. I cannot even describe it.

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I just know that, GIRLS, THIS IS THE KIND OF GUYS YOU SHOULD BE SWOONING OVER.

Now, the plot. I don’t know if it’s just me but I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to genres like these:  fantasy, paranormal and especially, SciFi, which is the genre of this book. When I learned that Bennett is the one who can travel through time, I already want an explanation..Like, how?? How can he do that exactly? Is he some experiment from a lab? Is he some math genius who studied time stuff? WHAT. Good thing, our main character isn’t some dense dimwit and she knows how to ask the right questions. But I was really disappointed when I got some answers. Yeah, maybe that’s my super little problem with the book. I just want some explanations, you know? But my love is over powering my doubts so…

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Overall, Time Between Us is a gorgeous read. Some may call it simple or not extravagant but  it made me smile, made me believe in the power of love and made my heart light and singing (pure gushing, I warned you). Everything is wonderful and stunning, pure and striking. Time Between Us is not a book to be overlooked, make a time for it!

 

 

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AUHTOR: Tamara Ireland StonePUBLICATION: October 8th, 2013 by Disney Hyperion
GENRE: YA > Time Travel | SciFi | Romance
PAGES: 368pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: Own (Kindle)
RATING:
 

5  ★★★★

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Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds. 
It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

REVIEW:

I don’t know how Tamara does it, but her book just keeps getting better and better. I’m in love with everything about this sequel. It is true. That is a 5 star rating you are seeing. I was thinking while I’m writing this review that maybe 5 star is being too generous. So I started skimming the book again and the feels you know? It just hit me. 78889-how-do-I-words-gif-I-cant-cont-jsEH   And it just keeps hitting me.. also, after finishing the book, I was satisfied. Contented. And just so darn pleased. I don’t want to spoil anyone so I’m going to keep my review of Time After Time short and simple. First, as I said above, it was satisfying. Usually when the first book was so so so good, it always worries me because there’s a chnace that the sequel will disappoint me. But I wasn’t. In fact, it intensified my love for the book. This sequel is about the up’s and down’s of Bennett and Anna’s relationship. Ever wonder how is it like to have ‘long-distance relationship’? Well, here it is folks, and trust me, it is NOT SIMPLE.

“So many people take proximity for granted. We just want to be in the same place at the same time.”

And that is so freaking true. “Oh I miss him so much!!!” – says the girl who just got a text from his boyfriend .035343 seconds ago. Anywaaay, this book broke my heart a little, it made me ache.. Bennett and Anna finally realized that this relationship that they have is not normal. (Of course they already know that before, but now they have to face it and make some decision about it) So, there were things that has hapened, there were tears from Anna (me too, I can’t help it) And I love Bennett so I’m going to say this, he’s been a little douchey here. Well, at least he has the decency to admit it. Time After Time was on Bennett’s POV and even though he made some douchey and stupid move, he’s love for Anna, actually, their love for each other always win through.

“I don’t need a calendar. I don’t care if you’re here for big events or how long you stay each time. I just need to know that you’re coming back”

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“Wouldn’t it be funny if we’re the ones that start the whole lock thing?”
“Maybe we do.”
“I like that,” she says.I don’t have the heart to tell her that in 2010, all the locks will be removed. Or that, in 2011, they’ll start reappearing. They can cut our lock off. We’ll just come back here together – in 1998 and 2008 and 2018 – and replace it every time it gets removed.

If you’re tired being frustrated and annoyed about the main characters you’re reading right now, or you just want to fill your heart with happiness, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ THIS BOOK.  And I’M SORRY BUT I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY IS THIS NOT A MOVIE?! IT IS SO DESERVING. 

REVIEW: Angelfall and WorldAfter a.k.a everybody loves pooky bear!

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AUTHOR:Susan Ee
PUBLICATION: Published May 21st 2011 by Skyscape
GENRE: YA > Paranormal | Fantasy | Dystopia
PAGES: 325pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: Own.
RATING: 5★★★★ 
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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

“I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man” – Penryn Young

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Angelfall is the best dystopia book I have ever read… so far. It’s unputdownable! (that’s not a word but whatever) I can’t believe it took me this long to read this. I’m not a fan of this genre. I think you noticed that I tend to torture myself by reading book that shatters my souls and break my heart in pieces. It happened here too though.. but the reason is the epicness!

Penryn Young is all I ask for in a heroine. Next to Rose Hathaway, she’s my second favorite fictional bestie. I love how the author made her character. She’s not what you can call a badass but she’s trying/learning to be. All for her love for her family.

Then there’s Raffe. The swoon worthy hero. My heart literally breaks for him at the last few pages. I want to hug him so bad because I can’t imagine what’s going on at his mind when he’s holding Penryn at that moment. I applaude Ms. Ee for NOT making Raffe the typical misogynistic-jerk male lead. He can be so passive sometimes.. or brooding. But that just made me love him more. You just don’t know what’s going on inside his head. So that makes him more intriguing. And did I say he’s not a douchebag? At least, not most of the time.

The world that Susan Ee created is pure genius! The way she writes really engaged me and she managed to make Penryn’s world enthralling and terrifying. Susan Ee is such a brilliant writer! She’s done an amazing job voicing out Penryn. I’m really in awe.

All in all, ANGELFALL is definitely a MUST READ. It’s heart racing, thrilling and romantic. I don’t know how Susan Ee managed to put that all in one book, but she did it. And she did a magnificent job!!

 

 

 

12983100TITLE: Worldafter (Penryn and the End of Days #2)
AUTHOR: Susan Ee
PUBLICATION: Published November 19th 2013 by Skyscape
GENRE: YA > Paranormal | Fantasy | Dystopia
PAGES: 438pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: Own
RATING: 4★★★★
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In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

 

 

REVIEW:

 

“WELCOME TO THE WORLD AFTER”

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Susan Ee has done it again. I can absolutely say now that I am undeniably inlove with this series. I loved everything. Penryn got more badass and sassy. Her mother was crazier than ever. What happened to Paige was heartbreaking. And Raffe.. Ah, Raffe. I love him so much.

World After picks up immediately where the last book ended. Though it started a little slow, I think a lot of the chapters was really necessary. I think the sword (named Pooky Bear) giving Penryn some flashbacks about Raffe was pure genius! Susan Ee managed to make fans love an inanimate object.

I had some teensy bit of problems about World After though. Here goes:

  • I waited for so long to read a scene with Penryn and Raffe together. The waiting though to see them together (just together, not together together) was ohmygoodness thrilling. When they finally saw each other, the waiting was so worth it.

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  • This seems a filler book. Well if it is, I don’t think it’s that bad. There was a lot of action, funny moments, emotional encounters and even though it’s lacking in the romance department, it made me love Penryn and Raffe even more.
  • I will really murder someone if they won’t end up together in the next books.

But other than that, I was overflowing with love for this book.

Penryn grew up a lot in here.

“You’re not the only monster in this world.”

She became more brave and I think it finally dawned on her that she’s one of the few people who has the courage to help the people left on earth. She also became more likeable. I don’t know any heroine who can be cute, kickass and funny all at the same time. But Susan Ee managed to make a character like that.

The chemistry between Raffe and Penryn was still there. Ahhh, I have no words on how I love them so much. As I said in my review of Angelfall, I applaud Susan Ee for not making Raffe a misogynistic jerk. Though he was a little cocky and arrogant, he was still very likeable and swoon worthy.

“Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.”

*grins like cheshire cat*

By how Susan Ee ende the book, I am expecting Raffe and Penryn to spend a lot of time to together in Book 3 (I. AM. HOPING.) So it’s no surprise that I’m excited as ever for Book 3 to come out.

Good job Ms. Susan, good job!!

ARC REVIEW: The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl a.k.a find a bit of yourself in here

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TITLE: The Future for Curious People
AUTHOR: Gregory Sherl
PUBLICATION: Published September 2nd 2014 by Algonquin Books
GENRE: A > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 336pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc from publisher (Netgalley)
RATING: 5 ★★★★★
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“Comic and exuberant…A fine and tender tale for anyone who has tried to let go of the past and envision the future while falling in love.” -Rhonda Riley, author of The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

Meet Evelyn and Godfrey. Evelyn is breaking up with her boyfriend, who’s passing out advertisements for his band on a snowy street corner in Baltimore. She’s seen their dismal future together at Dr. Chin’s office: she and her boyfriend, both many years older, singing Happy Birthday to a Chihuahua and arguing about cheese. She hopes for more. Meanwhile, Godfrey is proposing to his girlfriend, Madge, who’s not quite willing to take that leap; she wants to see their future together first–just to be sure they re meant for each other. The Future for Curious People follows Evelyn and Godfrey’s soon-to-be-entwined lives, set in motion by the fabulist premise of a world with envisionists like Dr. Chin. As the characters struggle with their pasts and possible futures, they wrestle with sorrow, love, death, and fate. This novel will capture you with its brightness, its hopefulness, its anxious twists and turns; it is a love story that is ultimately a statement about happiness and how to accept our fleeting existence.

 

 

REVIEW:

 “What if there is this time bomb to love. What if it’s like you fall in love with so many people who just aren’t for you, and with each one, your heart toughens up, and you have to find the one who is right for you before your heart is completely calcified in your chest.”

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Do you ever read a book and thought ‘THIS SHOULD BE A MOVIE’ or ‘WAIT, HAVE I WATCHED this before??’ This book totally gave me those feels.

First of all, The Future for Curious People.. is a mouthful. AND an original read for me. In this novel, people can peek in to their future! Yes I know it sounds exciting. They have this doctors called ENVISIONIST.

“The future no longer has to be messy. It can be tested out. It can be known

Personally, I don’t know what to feel about that idea. If this kind of doctors exist in our time, I would have to think through if I want to seek out my future. It’s exciting to know, but I also have this dreading feeling in the side (yes I really thought this through) Anyway, giving 5 stars in not a usual thing to do for me. It’s just that, if I’m gonna give a book a 5 star, I want it to be really deserving! That all the elements I want in a book should be present. And this book, folks, is a perfect example of it.

I was instantly hooked from the first chapter. I’m talking about forget-your-bladder-and-ignore-your-hunger kind of hook. Evelyn is a very fun heroine to read. I love being inside her head. She’s hilarious, smart and quirky and she collect quotes! Did I mention that she’s a librarian? Godfrey on the other hand is no different. I love this guy to bits! And my heart also breaks for him.. LISTEN. Sherl’s characters are phenomenal. They’re completely fleshed out and you will not help but be attached and just relate to them. I’m not just talking about the two main character, ALL OF THEM. Even the side characters here has their own story that’s why like I said in my a.k.a title, you will find bits of yourself here.

Now I won’t say anything about the plot, just know that I think it’s creative and absolutely brilliant! This idea of Sherl about peering into the future to find out if you and you’re partner are gonna end up happy.. is quite unique. And the way Godfrey and Evelyn’s story met and how their story got connected was a very fun and strange experience.  The romance aspect here is so darn adorable. You have no idea how much I was screaming internally for moooore.

Overall, The Future for Curious People is one of my most unforgettable read this year. It’s fun, a little sad, and strange. You want a book with quality? Here’s one for you!


This novel really made me think, If you have the chance to look into your future… would you peek?