Hosting Two Blogs: Is it Really That Difficult?

Thursday, 31 March 2016 2 comments

As you all are reading this post, I am sitting in a stench-filled classroom writing a provincial required literacy test. Yuck. We tenth graders in Ontario need to write (and pass) the test in order to graduate high school. All of the juniors and seniors are saying that we shouldn't study or even try hard on the test... but I'm an overachiever. Anyways. 

I HAVE NEWS. I am proud to announce that I have opened a new blog! Readers of my one and beloved Thousand Lives Lived, I have to say goodbye. BYE SO LONG! 


I'm kidding. April Fools is tomorrow so I'm kind of in the mood to scare you all! *peeks around* Not like I have any readers anyways. *sad face* I KNOW YOU ALL ARE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE. A Thousand Lives Lived is here to stay, at least for a little while!

Key to Book City is my new blog, on Wordpress' platform, and it's a project that I have been committed to for the longest time. It's just... I never had the time to make it happen. I thought about the idea of opening the glorious thing one hot sunny summer afternoon where I realized how I wanted my blog (one day) to compare to that of Nose Graze or Paper Fury, for example.


  • I would like publicity
  • I would like to go/feel professional with my own domain, plugins, coding experience...
  • I prefer Wordpress' formatting experience
  • I feel experienced. I want to save money to go Premium!

There's a thousand reasons why I wanted this to happen. After months of preparations of reviews, themes, ideas and hopes, I opened the blog on Monday. I hope to have it really going by BEA on May 11! For now, the experience is magical.

I co-blogged for some time on a fabulous site, but things got out of hand for me when I couldn't commit to it. I had begun high school, and everything seemed very overwhelming. Now, because of the IB program that I'm in, time management is key and I have gotten it. It will take some work, but it's manageable. It honestly just depends on how much time you have. I know some bloggers who blog on three sites, one including their own. It's amazing!

As for A Thousand Lives Lived, you might be wondering what kinds of posts and things happening you should expect:

  • Comments on your blogs (YES, I'm going to be social!)
  • Monthly recap posts coming back again
  • Cool discussion posts
  • A guest post from a friend of mine? (I haven't asked anyone yet.)
  • Stacking the Shelves
  • Twitter interactions with y'all
  • Chicago (BEA) prep

How do you manage your blog(s)? If you are on more than one blog, is it difficult at times?

Waiting on Wednesday #34: Run

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 0 comments

Run, by Kody Keplinger
Publication: June 28, 2016, by Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who's not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn't care what anyone thinks.
Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter -- protect her from what, Agnes isn't quite sure.
Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it's the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.
So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn't hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo's dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and -- worst of all -- confronting some ugly secrets.

I am in love with this cover and Kody Keplinger's novels. THIS LOOKS SO GOOD. I need a fresh book that is about friendship and second chances. I am so excited to see what Kody has in store for readers again. If you haven't read The DUFF before, I would recommend standing up and walking straight to your nearest book provider.

 What is your favourite Kody Keplinger novel? What are you anticipating the most this week?

The Ward by Jordana Frankel // Not the NYC-Based Dystopia Expected

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 4 comments
The Ward (The Ward #1), by Jordana Frankel
Publication: April 30, 2013, by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 465
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
Rating: ½

Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.
However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.
Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling—perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre.

My Thoughts:

I was originally captivated by this story because of its cover and the promising setting: New York City. New York City is my favourite place in the world, and honestly? When a story is taken place in the 'City That Never Sleeps,' I feel connected. I know the coffee shops that the author is mentioning, the street corners and traffic lights and the mood of the city itself. I thought, you know, that a dystopian book wouldn't be any different. Oh, let me tell you, it was. It's probably like people thinking that Divergent is going to mention the Willis Tower and The Bean when reading about Tris and Four in the setting of futuristic Chicago. The Ward just features that mistaking cover that makes readers be completely wrong about what it is promising. The cover looks like NYC placed beside Niagara Falls, haha. I am done with dystopian fiction. That's it.

Dystopia used to be my favourite genre of all time. I used to buy every dystopian novel that was out there that sounded great with positive reviews, and after Divergent and Matched, I knew that this was the best ever. But I bet that if I read the two now, I wouldn't like them so much. The Ward was boring, so similar to other dystopians that are all about a female protagonist fighting the government that she has to live under and falling in love with another rebel. It's been a few weeks after I have read this, and it seems like a blur. I do not remember anything and the names of the characters here. Meh.

The Ward was more boring than entertaining. I did like Ren's character, and I have to say that she saved my whole experience of the novel and the fate of putting this down. I didn't really like this so much, and the sequel isn't really captivating me too much either. 

Manhattan is flooded. That's all we really got to know about the setting. Ren and her sister live in this Ward city that's surrounded by water and danger. Ren has to save her sister from an illness that is plaguing the city because of the smog and pollution. Blah blah blah, she falls in love on the way and hopes that she could save the world. This basically is the over-exaggerated apocalypse that everyone is imagining. 

So you may be asking why I gave this a 3.5 star rating if all I am doing is complaining. I liked this book, but of course, I didn't love it. It had its flaws, especially with the concept itself. It was boring, but I liked all of the characters and how everything fit together. Recommended? Sure, if you like dystopian-romance. But if you're over the phase and coming here for a fresh, new read, this doesn't cut it. Good luck, though.

The Ward looks intriguing, I know. That's why I decided to pick it up. Depending on your YA taste, you may decide to choose to read it. I know that for me, I felt that the negatives were very effective, very heavy on my whole reading experience. I guess it could go either way?

What is a recent good dystopia for you? Have you read a really good one lately?

Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern // Touching and Satisfying

Monday, 28 March 2016 4 comments
Rules for 50/50 Chances, by Kate McGovern
Publication: November 24, 2015, by Farrar, Straus and Giroux BFYR
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

A heartrending but ultimately uplifting debut novel about learning to accept life's uncertainties; a perfect fit for the current trend in contemporary realistic novels that confront issues about life, death, and love.
Seventeen-year-old Rose Levenson has a decision to make: Does she want to know how she's going to die? Because when Rose turns eighteen, she can take the test that tells her if she carries the genetic mutation for Huntington's disease, the degenerative condition that is slowly killing her mother.
With a fifty-fifty shot at inheriting her family's genetic curse, Rose is skeptical about pursuing anything that presumes she'll live to be a healthy adult-including her dream career in ballet and the possibility of falling in love. But when she meets a boy from a similarly flawed genetic pool and gets an audition for a dance scholarship across the country, Rose begins to question her carefully laid rules.

My Thoughts:

I like books about taking chances. About people taking risks and discovering something new about themselves. Obviously, I didn't want any horrible outcome of this novel and its main character, Rose Levenson. Rules for 50/50 Chances is not your average contemporary romance tale that some people compare to anything by the works of John Green and The Fault in Our Stars. This novel can save a life, more specifically the life of a bookworm who feels like there isn't anything good anymore out there to rave about or recommend. At least, I know that it saved me in a way and I can never look at the cover the same way anymore since I know what it did to me. Kate McGovern throws in a reader's dream—a contemporary tale that shows diversity, an unique concept and a romance that is seriously gorgeous and meaningful. 

I'd say that there is a greater than 50 percent chance that you will adore this book. Much, much more greater than 50%. I have not been able to give out many five star ratings this year, and when this novel came around, it changed my perspective of great reads. WE NEED DIVERSITY. 2015 and much of 2014 were years of diversity, where new books all featured characters who fit in their own skin and were proud of who they were. Then... it kind of stopped. I haven't read a diverse book in a while. After flipping through the last pages of this beauty, I headed off to my Goodreads shelf where I realized that I haven't checked off too many books in the "diverse" category. That kind of shattered my heart. I didn't expect this to be diverse. When it was mentioned that Caleb is African-American, my heart crumbled into happiness. This is such a precious read! (I keep telling myself this continuously, actually.)

"'Let's face it,' I say finally. 'There are more ways to die in this world than to not die. There are exactly zero ways to do that.'" (115)

Do not try to contradict that quote. Don't even implant that thought into your mind! I know you just did because I threw the idea to you, like if you caught a ball. Ugh. Geez. That is what Kate McGovern's writing was like. There were quotes implanted throughout the novel at random times (but those that made sense) which caused me to think. To think about life and all of the things that I as a teenager have not yet learned or discovered in this glorious world. This kind of was, in a way, philosophical and heartbreaking. My heart crackled and popped at times where something unbelievable happened or when I felt Rose's agony and heartbreak. 

So you just keep seeing me blabbing about how this novel hit me. But really, you're inwardly asking, what is this about? Sadness. A girl named Rose. A boy named Caleb. Two families hit by different genetic illnesses that has begun to cause them to crumble inwardly. Rose's mother was diagnosed with Huntington's disease, where her fourth chromosome is mutated and causes her mental condition especially, to deteriorate. Rose discovers that she has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the disease. Her life falls apart as she realizes that the things that she loves to do and see might not even be worth it if she inherits the disease one day. Her father panics, tries to warn her to stay away from the negative thoughts and not take a test just yet. Rose dreams of going to a prestigious ballet academy in San Francisco and to ride trains all over the world, seeing things that she has never seen before. But Huntington's is on her mind. When she meets Caleb, who is also dealing with his two sisters and mother carrying the sickle cell, she feels like she is not alone.

Of course, a person cannot always rely on another person for too long. I've seen this in my own life. It's kind of like human nature. Rose and Caleb's relationship is emotional, and relatable, because the two could relate to each other so well and understand the hardships that they both have to encounter in their daily lives at home. They had very alike personalities that made their own relationship seemed flawed at some points because inwardly, Rose knew exactly what Caleb was trying to say, but she couldn't let the truth slip out at all. 

"Because it's a slippery slope from kissing to boyfriend-ing to falling in love. And falling in love is like getting a dog: You're pretty much guaranteed to end up with a big loss. Loss. It stops sounding like a word if say it enough times." (138)

I read this in a jiffy. One sitting. The minimum amount of time that you can imagine. I adore it so much. It's a refresher, honestly. My life is complete because of this book. And when everything came together and the ending hit me, I was more than satisfied. This is a tragic, coming-of-age novel about a girl who is torn between changing her life forever or not. Because of a test. The ending kind of killed me inside, I saw it coming, but I loved it anyways and it didn't change my opinion at all. Zero. Nada. I want to keep gushing and freaking out over the romance and everything else that came to mind here.

Rules for 50/50 Chances is seriously one of the best books I have ever read. I have never read anything like this—at all. My life has become better because of this story (not that it sucked before or anything) and it's going to be one of those stories that you won't have to pick up again because its magic still sticks inside of you. You won't be able to forget Rose and Caleb's story and their relationship... ever. I guarantee that you will build some personal relationship with this beauty.

*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review! Thank you so much!*

What are some diverse books that have been published this year for YA? Does this book look fabulous to you?

This is the Story of You by Beth Kephart // Kephart Has Not Pleased Me Once Again

Saturday, 26 March 2016 0 comments
This is the Story of You, by Beth Kephart
Publication: April 12, 2016, by Chronicle Books
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 264
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira's mother and brother on the mainland. Nothing will ever be the same. A stranger appears in the wreck of Mira's home. A friend obsessed with vanishing disappears. As the mysteries deepen, Mira must find the strength to carry on—to somehow hold her memories in place while learning to trust a radically reinvented future. Gripping and poetic, This Is the Story of You is about the beauty of nature and the power of family, about finding hope in the wake of tragedy and recovery in the face of overwhelming loss.

My Thoughts:

This is the Story of You is a story of refuge, of finding your way and path to absolute hope and happiness. It certainly is an unforgettable story written by an author, Beth Kephart, who has written a story that is very similar to another one of hers, You Are My Only. Featured in a story that sounds very similar to that of those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, our main character Mira Banul struggles with who she is and what kind of lifestyle she has to sustain in order to please those around her. From the first time I spied this title and its cover, I wondered, "Whose story is this? Is Mira, the protagonist, referring to a love interest or someone like that?" The questions are endless when a book looks like a mystery to you. 

This is the Story of You was like a boat that was trying to sail, for me. The passengers come onto the boat, happy, with smiles, wondering about what they'll do when they arrive at their enduring destination. The waves start, and there are a few who'll get nauseous, perhaps. This book had its waves, its flaws. If things went a little differently at some points, like if there was more of an interesting plot to this when the storm happened and its role in Mira's life, I would have liked this better. It was okay, but I expected more, especially in character development and such.

The storm: The storm is featured on the beautiful cover of this book, and mentioned as a big, destroying factor in the synopsis. I figured that it would take a big play in the book. Honestly, I expected a big plot play here. Instead, it was just a minor thing in Mira's life. I cannot even comprehend what the main idea of this whole story would be.

"The world runs different when you ride it through on wheels. The world ruins medium blur, wet-paint style: Haven does. Houses on flamingo legs, houses spilled on pebble lawns, houses with their motorboats up front, like dogs on leashes, and then the swatches of retail, the red and orange of the CLOSED UNTIL NEXT SUMMER signs, the high top hat of Rosie's, the plastic flowers in the barrels by the diner." (81)

Mira: I really liked her as a character. The poor thing had to deal with so much things on her own—especially like her brother's condition and the stress that she had to deal with. The development was minor, though. You saw the same Mira in the beginning and end, which shows that the outcome was pretty minor in this case. I would've liked to see something else come from this book in the end, but it was pretty great anyways.

This is the Story of You had its flaws. Beth Kephart's writing style was very fascinating and interesting—you'll see how poetic it really seems to be. And together, I found a very charming story about a teenager's problems and how she herself could help herself find the truth to life and what she is supposed to do for someone her age. It is a story that everyone could certainly find something that captivates them for a different reason than others. I wish that I had found the true story of this, though.

What is your favourite contemporary novel of all time? Does this book captivate you?

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury // A Memorable Retelling

Friday, 25 March 2016 0 comments
The Forbidden Wish, by Jessica Khoury
Publication: February 23, 2016, by Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.
But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?
As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

My Thoughts: 

That was honestly a beautiful retelling that I could never have imagined that I would end up reading. Jessica Khoury's novels have stayed with me since the start of the my blogging career and when I began reading YA. Her novels, Origin and Vitro both stuck with me since the start with their unique, dystopian flairs. THIS BOOK HAD ALL OF THE GENIE THINGS THAT I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO READ ABOUT AGAIN SINCE I LET GO OF ALADDIN BACK IN THE DAY. As you may have already figured out, I am the BIGGEST fan of Disney flicks. Without them, I cannot imagine what kind of person I would have turned into. Minus Jasmine (for whatever reason), the fabulous Jessica Khoury placed together a new romance and story to tell from the perspective of the hottest fictional character I have read about in a long time. 

"'This,' I say, gesturing at myself, 'this isn't me. This isn't what I look like. This body you see belonged to someone else, long, long ago, and like the monster I am, I stole it. It is a mask. A lie." (189)

50 Reasons Why You'll Adore The Forbidden Wish (and why it is calling out to you):


This cannot be fifty reasons or you all would have left after reason number five. So, in that sense, let us just keep it at five.

•The cover, duh. I think that it is self-explanatory, but I am sure that you see the beauty in it from first sight. My ARC has the different, more pastel cover that has not been published, which I also love, but the colours and design on this one have that extra touch that just conveys readers.

The nice take on Aladdin. I always dreamt of Aladdin flying up to my balcony or doorstep with his magical carpet and making me be Jasmine. I honestly think that was every little girl's dream. Now, for the first time ever, I suppose, readers are brought into the world of Aladdin once more. THIS STORY HAS A TWIST AND IT IS PRACTICALLY THE BEST RETELLING EVER. Aladdin actually falls in love with a genie named Zahra who gives Aladdin three wishes, and the novel is about him deciding what to do with the wishes and realizes what is happening with his life as he falls in love with Zahra, possibly making him choose the forbidden wish, letting her free of her being a genie. Instead of the blue genie we watched in the animated feature, readers gain a deep, mystical love story that shines. It is different from the rest and in those kind of books, that's what readers remember the most later on. It is nothing like the movie, which charms me even more. 

"Part of me feels shriveled and rejected. I am the weed cast out of the rose garden. I am the crow chased out of the dovecote. I am where I belong, and shouldn't that be enough? Doesn't that merit some sense of happiness or at least, fulfillment? Haven't I won the more important prize—freedom?" (237)
•How fast-paced this became. This is not your average retelling. Readers are honestly taken on their dream magic carpet ride through the streets of Agrabah. This time around, Aladdin is basically treated as royalty. It is an interesting twist, though we do see the accusations of him being a thief, which is really noted in the movie and makes his romance with Jasmine really shine. Anywho, I would say that this is extremely worth it to read. The plot moves quickly for the most part, and I expected that, coming from Jessica Khoury. Her books always have and I bet always will have that dash action-movie-like feeling that makes readers' hearts beat extra quicker. 

•Zahra. She's a jinni, and not the blue guy who somehow fits his way through the magical gold lamp. Zahra takes different figures and is very self-conscious about herself and her identity. I like her unsure-personality. If we had a confident jinni who overused her powers, I do not suspect that this novel would have been as good as it was. Zahra struggled with who she was and I somehow felt like she had the most best personality that I have read about in a while. She was fabulous.
•The wishes and ending. Aladdin continued to make good choices throughout the whole book... and all of this basically made the ending great too, since his decisions affected his fate with Zahra and all of that. I especially loved the take on the ultra-glamorous wedding at the end of the novel that Aladdin is interestingly part of. One thing I forgot to mention—Jessica Khoury added rivalry and evil characters who made the story ten times better. 

So my point here is that this book is unforgettable. 
Y'all need to pick it up as soon as possible or as soon as your car moves you to the bookstore. YES.

Have you ever read a book that retells a movie? I think that Jessica Khoury has done a first! Does this book captivate you somehow?

Waiting on Wednesday #33: Towers Falling

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 0 comments

Towers Falling, by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Publication: July 12, 2016, by Little Brown BFYR
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 240

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can't help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means,
and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?
Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren't alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.

Towers Falling is literally bursting me apart. I need this book so badly. Everything, all of me depends on the story and I just depend on continuing it and becoming obsessed with it. I NEED THIS SO BADLY. Taken place in my favourite place in the whole world and relating to modern events, I know that this will touch everyone's hearts, young or old.

Do you know any book that is fiction, but relates to actual historical events? What do you think of this cover and the summary?

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn // No Words to Describe This Absurdity

Friday, 18 March 2016 4 comments
Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend, by Alan Cumyn
Publication: March 22, 2016, by Athneneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Humour?
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Prepare to be blown away—or rather, carried away on huge muscular wings—by this blissfully outlandish, bracingly-smart, tour de force about a teen who has to come to terms with relinquishing control for the first time as she falls for the hot new…pterodactyl…at school. After all, everybody wants him!
Sheils is very pleased with her perfectly controlled life (controlling others while she’s at it). She’s smart, powerful, the Student Body Chair, and she even has a loving boyfriend. What more could a girl ask for?
But everything changes when the first-ever interspecies transfer student, a pterodactyl named Pyke, enrolls at her school. There’s something about him—something primal—that causes the students to lose control whenever he’s around. Even Sheils, the seemingly perfect self-confident girl that she is, can’t keep her mind off of him, despite her doting boyfriend and despite the fact that Pyke immediately starts dating Jocelyn, the school’s fastest runner who Sheils has always discounted as a nobody.
Pyke, hugely popular in a school whose motto is to embrace differences, is asked to join a band, and when his band plays at the Autumn Whirl dance, his preternatural shrieking music sends everyone into a literal frenzy. No one can remember what happened the next day, but Shiels learns that she danced far too long with Pyke, her nose has turned purple, and she may have done something with her boyfriend that she shouldn’t have. Who’s in control now?
Hilarious and relatable (despite the dinosaur), Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend is about a teen who must come to terms with not being in control of all things at all times, break free of her mundane life, discover who her true self is, and, oh, finding out that going primal isn’t always a bad thing.

My Thoughts:

Now this is strangely awkward. When I give a book a two star rating (which honestly does not happen often), I feel dislike. I feel hate. I feel some kind of anger towards the novel because (a) something annoyed me or (b) it was really badly written. Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend was not necessarily annoying or horribly written—it just was really, really dumb. If you enjoy weird books, which I understand that many people do, THIS IS THE BEST THING YOU WILL EVER READ. I promise you that. Alan Cumyn knows how to attract readers with a wicked concept that has never been written about before. The thing is, this concept does not have a purpose or real plot that I could even write a review about. This was a book that came out of the author's "hallucination" after hearing Libba Bray mention something about pterodactyls at some conference. HOW. How can an idea stem from that? I just do not know.

I have issues with this book. It is plain fiction, the most fiction-y book that I have ever read. Some ugly dinosaur on Earth, falling "in love" with the main character who has better things to do? Falls in love with her shoes? WHAT THE HECK WAS THIS. There's so sense to books like this. I understand that it is contemporary, featuring the high school life of a teenage girl. But the pterodactyl concept just ruined it, so so badly. I cannot imagine what else the author had in mind while writing this. I honestly laughed at how bad it was. The ending especially. *barfs* Imagine that unicorn scene that you have always imagined, people running into the sunset. That is what it basically was.

Sheils is our main character (that is a weird name, I think it stands for Sheila?) who basically knows what she is planning to do with her life. She is student body chair (I will get to this later UGH) and has a boyfriend, Sheldon. A pterodactyl "moves?" to their school and she becomes obsessed with this creature. No joke. She dances with him in this weird way and gets a purple nose from him. It's utterly absurd. 

"He pulsed with heat. She walked toward the commotion. Everywhere he went, commotion! She was changing, because of him, she wanted him to know. She wanted to run her hand along the length of his beak, his spear, just to feel it." (191)

I advise you to not ask me about that quote. It shows Sheils' obsession with Pyke. Yuck. You should see how difficult it was to relate to the characters. At first, before the obsession spun around, I liked Sheils. She (or the author) constantly was noting that she was student body chair. Why should readers care? Mention it once and we are good, we see Sheils' real reputation. Don't even get me started on uptight Sheldon.

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend was mostly unsatisfying, with a few perks, but not enough to recommend to readers. I thought it would be an interesting, fun read, but I was totally wrong. Get ready for the characters to get on your nerves and freak our over the concept. This is not recommended... at all.

*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*

What is the weirdest book you have ever read?