Bullet Point Reviews : How To Make A Wish, The Astonishing Color of After

As I am writing this, I have been feeling a little bit overwhelmed with the Shattering Stigmas event starting at the end of the week and everything I have to prepare. So, even if my heart is wanting to pour itself out into another long discussion, I don’t have the time nor the courage to do so, so, instead, I thought I would talk about books.

Since I’m going to be a bit absent and lending my platform and voice to other bloggers and writers for the Shattering Stigmas event, I wanted to take this time to shout about some of my latest reads I have loved.

How To Make A Wish, Ashley Herring Blake

Published by HMH Books For Young Readers, May 2nd, 2017.

I had been eagerly waiting to read How To Make A Wish for a long, long time. It sounded like the perfect sweet contemporary I would grow to love and I really did.
Thank you to the incredibly sweet and wonderful Marta @ The Cursed Books for sending me a copy of this book!

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I ENJOYED…

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  • How To Make A Wish was a sweet read I got through in a matter of days. It was such a quick read, the writing style simple yet easily conveying all of the emotions.
  • At the heart of the story, we get a complex, emotionally abusive relationship between mother and daughter that was.. well, complicated to read but also interesting.
  • THE ROMANCE! Was easily my favorite part of the story. I loved how the relationship built up – you know me, I love slow-burning relationships -, I love the complex feelings they had to deal with, I loved how they communicated (well, almost all the time) and how they looked out after each other, too. Grace and Eva made my heart warm and happy and I LOVED THAT.
  • Moreover, I really loved seeing a bisexual main character in that book, too – and especially hearing the story of how she found out about her bisexuality, dealt with it and how she told her best friend just as well. It was so, I don’t know, I HAD FEELINGS, I thought it was wonderfully done.
  • Talking about the best friend… Grace and Luca’s friendship was incredible. It’s a boy/girl friendship with NO ambiguity whatsoever and that feels so refreshing, plus they were so close and adorable together and I LOVED THEM OKAY.

I HAD A HARD TIME WITH…

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  • I didn’t really like one of the side characters, Kimbeley… well, it’s not that I did not like her, it’s just I had a bit of a hard time with her. I feel like she was not properly developed, explored and resolved by the end of the story. Maybe that’s just me being annoying and, to be honest, it’s just a side-issue that didn’t bother me that much.

OVERALL

Adorable, had me smiling from page one, definitely would recommend to contemporary lovers.

Final rating: 4,5 drops!

Trigger warnings: parental neglect, emotional parental abuse.

The Astonishing Color of After, Emily X.R. Pan

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers, March 20th, 2018.

I had been WAITING and anticipating The Astonishing Color of After for SO long. I swear I never bothered my sister about “the book with the bird” for so long. Aerm. Now that I’ve read it, I can say that yes, I was right to bother her about it, because it was GREAT.

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I ENJOYED…

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  • The Astonishing Color of After is a beautiful book. It really is. I absolutely loved the writing style, it was gorgeous, poetic, incredibly well-written and boy, I’m still thinking about some lines.
  • I absolutely fell in love with the way this book explored family and its themes. How it was about discovering yourself, parts of yourself, too. It was beautiful.
  • This story was told in one of my favorite ways: in between present and flashbacks, something that I appreciated and found very well-done.
  • The magical realism was, just as well, really well incorporated into the story and, paired with the writing style, made this a really stunning read.
  • The characters are diverse and amazing. Our main character is half TaΓ―wanese, half Irish-American. Alex is a Filipino-Puerto Rican secondary character. We also have Caro, the main character’s friend, in an adorable f/f relationship. I loved everything about this.
  • The characters! their dynamics! the childhood friends romance! ugh, my heart.
  • When I finished the last page I just wanted to get back under my bed covers and sob, so… there’s that.

I HAD A HARD TIME WITH…

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  • The only thing preventing me to turn this book into a 5-star read is the fact that the book is kind of slow. It really is a delight to read, but at times it feels a bit long. I didn’t mind too much at times, but some other times I wished it were a bit more fast-paced.

OVERALL

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I’m probably not making any sense, but friends, I wanted to sob by the end of it all, so read this. I can’t believe it’s a debut. It is a gem.

Final rating: 4,5 drops!

Trigger warnings: suicide, depression.

Okay so question: do you enjoy reading about more than one book at once with these kind of posts? Should I do this more often?

Did you read one of these books, all of them? What did you think? Do you want to read these? Let me know in comments!

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32 thoughts on “Bullet Point Reviews : How To Make A Wish, The Astonishing Color of After

  1. Aww Marie, I’m sorry to hear that you were a bit overwhelmed with hosting and organizing the event – I really admire you so much for taking this on, and appreciate it a whole lot (and I’m sure so many others feel the same way)! ❀

    This is such a wonderful post, and I really enjoy the way you talked about both of these books – I'm so, so happy you loved The Astonishing Color! I agree 100% with everything you said, and had it not been for how slow it was, I would have given it a higher rating as well.

    I'm kind of afraid of reading How To Make A Wish, because it's such a beloved book, and I'll feel so bad, if I don't love it … I guess I'll put it off for a little while longer.

    Anyway, sorry for rambling so much! I loved this post, as always, and I'm going to miss your posts for the duration of the Shattering Stigmas event. ❀ ❀

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    1. You’re too sweet Lily, I hope so. It takes much more time than I ever imagined, but I am honored to be able to feature so many important blog posts and I hope that people will really appreciate it ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much!! I'm so happy you liked the astonishing color, it is a beautiful book, I loved it so, very much ❀
      I understand that so much, the hype can be a bit scary – I hope you'll read it soon and will love it as much as I did!! ❀
      Thank you so, so much, this means a lot ❀ ❀

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  2. I personally love bullet point reviews! I’ve started doing list/bullet point reviews occasionally on my blog. I tend to write suuuuper long reviews, so if I have a lot of books to review, I find it really nice switching to bullet point reviews instead. XD

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    1. YAY I’m so glad to hear that, it’s always fun to write short reviews too and easier to read,too. Also, sometimes I just can’t manage to put my thoughts into coherent sentences, so bullet points are GREAT hahaha πŸ™‚
      Thank you Kyra!! ❀

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  3. I like posts with more than one book review! I try and do them every now and then. It can really help get things posted if you’re inundated with a lot of OTHER things to post, or they come out around the same time, etc. I’m glad that you really liked both of these despite minor quibbles.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Agree – posts with multiple reviews are also fun to read, since… well, you’re talking about more than one book, and more is always GREAT haha πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much Lauren!! ❀

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  4. AAAAAHHHH THESE BOTH LOOK AMAZING!!! I really need to get to Astonishing Colour of After SOON because I’m 99.9% sure that book will make me shed a tear. And the premise is just gorgeous ahhhhhhh. But I think contemporaries will have to wait until next year when my hunger for not paranormal books will resurface πŸ˜‚

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    1. I’ll be there, waiting for the next year to come VERY IMPATIENTLY THEN πŸ˜‚ I can’t wait for you to read both of these. The Astonishing Color is SO PRETTY I LOVE IT SO MUCH ❀
      Thank you!!! ❀

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  5. Wow, I really do need to get back on track with contemporaries! Now I really want to read How to Make a Wish! I even think the local bookstore has a copy in spanish, so I might give it a try soon! The Atonishing Color of After sounds too devastating to read at the moment, but I’ll definitely keep it in mind πŸ˜€

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    1. Ohhh I’m so happy to hear that Pam – I can’t wait for you to read both of these books, I hope you’ll love them as much as I do ❀ ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much!!

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  6. Wonderful reviews, Marie!! You should definitely do this more often; I enjoy reading more than one book in these kinds of posts. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoyed How to Make a Wish!! And omg you’re really making me want to read The Astonishing Color of After now; it sounds incredible 😍

    I’m so sorry you’re feeling overwhelmed with the Shattering Stigma’s event, but I believe in you!! πŸ’— I’m so proud of you for co-hosting this event and lending your platform for other people’s voices to be heard; you’re amazing. πŸ’•

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    1. Oh thank you so much Dezzy, I’m so happy you enjoyed this kind of post, I’ll think of doing more of these then πŸ˜€
      I can’t WAIT for you to read The Astonishing Color, I feel like it’s a book you could REALLY love ❀
      Thank you so much, this means a lot, I'm really nervous but I hope people will enjoy it ❀

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  7. I’ve been seeing such a lot of The Astonishing Colour of After that even though I hadn’t read the blurb and had no idea what it was about (well, before reading your bullet point review that is) I knew it as the book with the bird too. πŸ˜€
    It sounds amazing, and even though I haven’t read it yet I’m kind of kicking myself for not adding it to my TBR list earlier. It sounds like my kind of book (with the whole friends to lovers relationship and the way it explores family) and even if it didn’t the fact that it’s magical realism means I need it in my life. Basically I need to read this, and How to make a Wish so that’s two more books on my massive TBR list. πŸ™‚
    Great reviews Marie, and oh I hope the Shattering Stigmas event goes well. I can’t wait to see everyone’s posts. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Well I’m glad to hear that – I feel less alone, calling that book, the book with the bird for so long now πŸ˜‚
      I really hope you’ll read it, Beth, it does seem like your kind of book and I have a feeling you could love it, so I hope you’ll be able to read it soon πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much!! ❀ ❀

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  8. These reviews are so lovely, Marie!πŸ’“Oh my goodness, I had never heard of How to Make a Wish but it looks SO GOOD and went on my TBR instantly. I’m so excited for the slow burning romance and the best friendship and just everything else about it! The Astonishing Color of After is a book I have been wanting to read for a long time and I’m so happy that you have enjoyed it, it gives me the highest hopes. Great post! πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh thank you SO much Olivia, I’m so happy you enjoyed these ❀ And really happy to hear you're going to read How To Make A Wish, it's an incredible book and it deserves ALL of the hype! ❀

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  9. I am sorry that you are overwhelmed with the Staggering Stigmas post but I am sure that event would be fantastic πŸ™‚
    And beautiful reviews. How to Make A Wish is new to me but now definitely adding it to my TBR.
    And you know for how long I wanted to read Astonishing Color. I am glad you were able to read it and I am happy to know that you enjoyed it too. Now I know for sure that I am going to enjoy it πŸ™‚

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