What It It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

What It It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam SilveraWhat If It's Us by Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 9th October 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-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 Arthur tries 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?

What If It’s Us was my first read by both Albertalli and Silvera. I know, I know, I’m a disappointment of a book blogger. I just never thought to pick up their books before. I thought this would be a good introduction to their work, so I requested it when I saw it was up on Edelweiss. While I wasn’t disappointed by the book, I don’t think it lived up to the hype that I had built up in my head.

This book is a really cute contemporary. That’s the only way I can describe it. It’s fluffy, it’s super sweet, the main characters (one of them, anyway) was adorable, and it was all just really nice. I was expecting something a bit more mind-blowing, considering how much everyone seems to love these authors. I’d be interested to see what fans of the authors’ previous books think of this one and how What If It’s Us matches up.

I don’t know how the authors went about writing this book, but I liked Arthur a lot more than I liked Ben. Arthur isn’t even the type of character I would gravitate towards or connect with, but I thought he was just lovely. Ben, on the other hand, was irritating as hell and I couldn’t get over the stuff with his ex-boyfriend. Just. Nope.

I’ve read that some people didn’t like the ending of this one but I ended up really loving it. Without spoiling things, I loved the way that everything wrapped up, I loved the epilogue, and I just thought it was done really well. I’m not a massive fan of everything wrapping neatly with a cute little bow, so this ending sat incredibly well with me.

To be honest, I was expecting a lot more from both of these authors, but I will still be reading their other books because I really enjoyed this one.

New Releases: October 2018

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Here’s a list of my most anticipated new book releases for October 2018. I’ve included a wide range of books here, and a lot of them will probably slip under my radar by next month, but it would be amazing to be able to read all of these. October is such a good release month and there are so many books that I’m looking forward to!

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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: 23rd October 2018
Guys. GUYS. It’s the final book! As I’m writing this post, I’m currently two books behind on this series. But I plan to marathon them so I can get to this when it comes out. I don’t want to say goodbye to Aelin, though!

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
Release Date: 2nd October
The Boneless Mercies is a standalone YA fantasy about four mercenary girls who have to save a town from a monster. It’s a Beowulf retelling and I think it sounds incredible. Perfect for Halloween!

Dry by Neal Shusterman
Release Date: 2nd October 2018
I’ll read anything Neal Shusterman writes because his Unwind series is one of my favourites. Dry is about one of my favourite things (to read about, that is) – the apocalypse! There’s a massive drought and people are running out of water. My excitement for this one is off the charts!

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Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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Series: Mirage #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 28th August 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.

Mirage has been getting a tonne of hype lately (“lately” meaning pre-release, but I know it’s now October by the time this post goes up) and I totally fell for it. I thought it sounded like everything I loved. Science fiction about a conquered galaxy, a revolution, and some kind of fantasy other than English. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

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Monthly Wrap Up: September 2018

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Me in September

September turned out to be a pretty freakin’ great month for me. I did a tonne of stuff that I am really proud of, like going to the gym after work (the busiest time) by myself for the first time, going to a large wedding where I didn’t know anyone but Quill, and I handled my job like a boss. I also managed to get ahead with scheduling posts for October, which means this blog will no longer be dead!

At the beginning of the month, Quill and I went on holiday to the Peak District, where we did a lot of walking, conquered Quill’s fear of cows, and went in some underground caves. It was a lovely holiday, and we were super lucky with the weather. On the way back, Quill surprised me by taking me to a cat cafe in Nottingham, which was adorable, and then I drove us home.

Another thing Quill surprised me with was tickets to see Jurassic Park (my favourite movie ever) in concert in Brighton. It was incredible. They played the movie and a live orchestra accompanied it. I teared up a lot.

On top of all of that, I’m also keeping up with my Booktube channel, and also meeting tonnes of new Booktubers and bloggers. I’m loving the book community right now!

How did your month go?

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