Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith


32048554Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Published May 2, 2017, by Delacorte Press.

YA > Contemporary, Romance

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Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes. 

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. 

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

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Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

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Special thanks to Poppy and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review.

Anyone who knows me, knows that Jennifer E. Smith is one of my favorite contemporary authors. When I heard that she was coming out with another cutesy contemp I knew that I HAD to pick it up. Unfortunately, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between fell short of the charm that Jen normally brings.

HGaEiB was lacking the magic of the adorable falling in love romance that I can normally count on from all of Jennifer E. Smith’s books. Maybe it’s because the couple starts out the book as just that. No adorable scenes (except for flashbacks) of the couple actually falling in love. I wasn’t a fan of the characters, either. It seemed like Clare was just looking for problems between her and Aidan to give them a reason to break up.

My favorite part was the ending, which will definitely give you the feels. The “Prologue” that acts as an epilogue will definitely if the last chapters don’t. I also loved that it was told during one whole night — you’ll find that Jen is the queen of writing stories set in small time periods, random places, and almost unbelievable circumstances. But, HGaEiB is different in that it’s an all too real citation that I’m sure many will be able to relate to.

I still enjoyed the book, but it just didn’t live up to my extremely high expectations left by her past stories. As a small book, it’s an extremely short read, perfect to pick up on the trip to your first year of college, maybe?

xo

Top [Eight] ALL TIME Favorite Authors

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.


Holy cow, this week’s topic is a bit crazy, but I shall try my best… These eight authors are my auto-buy authors, write works I cherish or that have blown my mind, or that I’ve had the amazing privilege of meeting in person. These are the authors I just can’t get enough of, and whose books will always have a special place in my heart!

These are in absolutely no particular order! I was actually surprised that I couldn’t pick ten, but that just shows just how much I love these authors for them to make my list!

1. Leigh Bardugo

Author of The Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising), Six of Crows

There’s just something about Leigh Bardugo’s books that are just AMAZING. I can’t quite put my finger on whether it’s her characters, her writing, or her plots, but the books are absolutely fantastic and she’s definitely on my auto-buy list!

2. Jenny Han

Author of the Summer series (The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, We’ll Always Have Summer), To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S. I Still Love You, and more!

Jenny Han is the author that made me fall in love with YA contemporary books. The Summer I Turned Pretty was the start, and I will now forever read whatever she writes! I had the amazing opportunity to meet her three years ago, and I’ll forever remember the experience!

3. Mindy McGinnis

Author of Not A Drop to Drink & In A Handful of Dust, A Madness So Discreet

I fell in love with Mindy McGinnis’ harsh storytelling and sharp writing with Not A Drop to Drink, and my love continued in In A Handful of Dust. Her next upcoming book is in a different genre of her first two, but I am still so excited because I’m convinced I’ll love whatever she writes!

4. Stephanie Perkins

Author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door & Isla and the Happily Ever After

I’m sure the lovely Ms. Perkins has made everyone’s list. I simply adore her adorable stories and cute romances. Another contemporary author that has made me fall in love with YA contemporary!

5. J.K. Rowling

Author of the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy, Cormoran Strike series, and more!

Of course J.K. Rowling had to make my list. I don’t think she needs much of an explanation, really. All I think I really need to say is that the only books I’ve ever re-read for fun have been the Harry Potter series. Period.

6. Marie Rutkoski

Author of The Shadow Society, The Winner’s Trilogy (The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime & The Winner’s Kiss), and more!

I blatantly display my love for this amazing woman on my blog, so you already know that I adore her and her books. When I got the chance to meet her last year I was fangirling so hard on the inside oh my goodness! I actually hadn’t realized that when I was in elementary school I had read and loved her book The Cabinet of Wonders. I only realized it was her book when I read The Winner’s Curse for the first time!

7. Michael Scott

Author of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series

He’s an author that I started reading a LONG time ago. Many years before I got into blogging, just at the beginning of when I was transitioning to YA from MG books. I flew through his books, and I would eagerly rush out on the pub date of the next book in his series! I really hope he comes out with another YA book or series soon!

8. Jennifer E. Smith

Author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, You Are Here, This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Geography of You and Me, and more!

Another contemporary author who writes absolutely adorable romances that I just love to pick up when I want something fun and sweet. She writes books that have such unrealistic occurrences, but makes them seem like they could happen to you or me (and wish they did). I had the amazing chance to meet her as well, and I was my fangirly self as usual! Her next book looks amazing and I need it now! *grabby hands*

So that’s it! Those are my eight favorite authors of all time! Who made your list?

xo

Early Excitement: April 2015

Early Excitement

Look out, because the April books are COMING! Here are the books that are releasing this month that I cannot wait to get my hands on (I say that every time I write a post like this, but it’s true)!

  

99 Days by Katie Cotugno — April 21st, 2015
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey — April 28th, 2015
Rook by Sharon Cameron — April 28th, 2015

I haven’t read Katie Cotugno’s other book, but the synopsis for 99 Days really sounded like something I would enjoy contemporary wise. The Girl at Midnight I added to my TBR before I even read the synopsis. It’s been up on NetGalley a while and I’m STILL really thinking about requesting it but I have more review copies than I have time… Rook also looks AMAZING, and I’ve heard really good things about it so I’m hoping to pick it up sometime this month!

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir — April 28th, 2015
The Secrets We Keep by Taisha Leaver — April 28th, 2015

An Ember in the Ashes is another one of those books that has been really hyped up, and apparently has been living up to the hype! I’m always in the mood for a killer fantasy book so… The Secrets We Keep looks like a fantastic mystery/thriller/contemporary book. The closer to summer we get, the more I crave these types of books. Okay, really, I crave these books all year ’round.

BONUS:

Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith — April 14th, 2015 (eBook)

Ellie O’Neill and Graham Larkin fell hard for each other when a misspelled email address unexpectedly brought them together. Now, over a year has passed since they said goodbye with the promise to stay in touch, and their daily emails have dwindled to nothing. Ellie is a freshman in college and has told herself to move on, and Graham has kept himself busy starring in more movies, as well as a few tabloid columns. But fate brought these two together once before—and it isn’t done with them yet.

In this sequel novella to This Is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith revisits two beloved characters to tell the story of one magical night in Manhattan. When Ellie and Graham come face to face once more, can they get past the months of silence and the hurt feelings to find their happily-ever-after again?

YESSSSSSSSS!!! ❤

What books are you eagerly anticipating this upcoming April?

xo

Week in Review: Hey, February (2/1/15)

Week in Review


In Life

Is it just me, or did January seem like it never even happened? Because that’s exactly how it felt to me. I made it through midterms and crazy school stuff, and now I’m making my game-plan for February. It’s pretty much one goal: stop being so stressed. Stress is my downfall; we don’t mix well.

How To Get Away With Murder, my current TV obsession, just came back on after a two-month hiatus and OH MY GOSH. It just keeps getting better! If I’m not reading as much in the coming weeks, this show will be why.

Today is Superbowl Sunday, which means that while the game is on I’ll most likely be sitting in my room reading because I am NOT a football fan. I don’t see the point of it to be honest. If someone does, “enlighten me then.” <– Bad Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer reference — sorry.

I’m actually really looking forward to February because my blogiversary is on February 7th, as is my dad’s birthday, and my February break is this month! Yay for more days off of school! My parents and I are thinking of scheduling some college visits for that week, which I’m quite excited about. I also entered a art scholarship contest for one of the schools I’m interested in so wish me luck everybody! 😉

In Books

Haul

Sweet by Emmy Laybourne (Thanks to Macmillan!)

I squealed so hard when I saw that I was approved for this one! I’m really excited about this one and even though I requested it on NetGalley I never actually thought I would be approved so AH YAY!! It looks really unique and unlike anything I’ve ever read before so as I’ve said before — I can’t wait!

Recent, Current & Upcoming Reads

RECENT: Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow | I thought this was a really great sequel to the first book, The Secret Diamond Sisters. My review will be posted tomorrow!

CURRENT: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma | I started this one last night, and I’m really intrigued by it. It’s being pitched as “Orange Is the New Black Swan.”

UPCOMING: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | I’M FINALLY DOING IT GUYS. I’M FINALLY READING IT.

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