They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera Book Review

Hello everyone! Hope your all having a lovely Friday! I’ve wanted to talk about this book for so long, because it just hit my heart and impacted me so deeply, I needed to talk about it. Today we will be talking about one of my new favorites, They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.

They Both Die At The End-

So I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing, which I love because it just means I’ll have no expectations going into a book, and I can just read it for what it is. I was looking for a new audio book to listen to and this was one of the few I could actually borrow from my library, so I said sure and borrowed it, and I am SO glad I did.

In this story, we follow two seventeen year old boys, Mateo and Rufus, who both get a call a little after midnight from a company called Death-Cast, telling them sadly, that they were going to die at some point that day. Mateo and Rufus start off as complete strangers, but when they both decide to download the Last Friend app, they decided to make each others ‘end days’ one to remember for the rest of their very short lives. They agree to live a lifetime for their very last day.

First off, the voice actors were amazing, I loved them. I also really loved the writing. It got me so sucked in and I of course always love when a book can have me totally engrossed in a book.

Now, I loved these characters so much, and to know that their going to die before they even die, it’s heartbreaking. Your scared at every turn whether or not this is it for the boys and I found myself constantly wanting to pause the audiobook and try and prepare myself for what was about to possibly happen. But it never happened when I thought it would. Then, when your completely off guard and calm, it happens and your just left sitting their with your jaw dropped like, what just happened????. It was honestly heartbreaking, but the bond the boys form, is beautiful and amazing and I think that only adds to the heartbreak.

I loved this book so much I would love to read another totally different story set in this world where this takes place. The whole idea of people calling you after midnight and telling you today is your last day is crazy as is, and so many different styles of story could come through this idea.

Have any of you read this book? If so what are your thoughts? I hope I definitely persuaded some people to read this one.

5 Audio Books I Need To Listen To

I find that whenever I explain to a non-reader what an audio book is, they end up telling me this famous quote a lot of you have heard:

‘That’s not a book, your not reading.’

Well just to show all those people that have ever said that to any of you, which I’m sure some of us have, here are a few audio books I cant wait to read within the next few weeks.

  1. Sadie – Courtney Summers

My most anticipated audio book to read this year is Sadie. It does come in book form of course, but I’ve noticed with recent trips to the bookstore, there are so many copies of Sadie still on the shelves, yet so popular. The reason for this: The audio book is supposedly way better. The book takes place in a podcast format, so obviously it’s meant for an audio book. It’s said to have an amazing ending and I am just so ready to listen to this book.

2. The Belles – Dhonielle Clayton

Camellia is a belle in Orleans, and a belle controls beauty. In Orleans, people are born gray, and with the help of a belle and her talents, they can be made beautiful. But Camellia wants to be the favorite belle, the one chosen by the queen to live in the palace and to be recognized as one of the greatest belle’s in the land.

Okay, I am nervous about reading this book in general because it sounds kind of like, I don’t know, snotty to me, but it does sound creative. I’ve heard the audio book is great so, I can just borrow it from the library and read it.

3. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz

I don’t know a lot about this read, all I know is that Benjamin Alire Saenz books are supposed to be beautiful and people I know have fallen in love with it. Honestly I didn’t know if I would actually ever pick up this book this year, but Robbie Daymond, the guy who reads it, does such a good job with describing the characters emotions, so I am very excited.

4. Scythe – Neal Shusterman

Scythe takes place in a world where basically humanity’s bigger problems are solved that once possibly led to death. No hunger, no war, no disease, no death. In order to keep the population down, Scythes are ordered to kill people, to keep things under control. We follow two teens who in no way want to have this job, yet are chosen and commanded to do so.

I’m still wondering if I should buy and read this book, but people are telling me the audio book is great so, I don’t know we will have to see.

5. Autoboyography – Christina Lauren

Tanner’s family relocates from California to Utah, forcing Tanner, a bisexual teen, to go back into the closet. With only one more semester to go, Tanner can’t wait to go off to college in another state and have his freedom from Utah. To pass by the time, Tanner’s friend Autumn dares him to part take in a four month seminar, where students try to draft a book within that amount of time. He joins the seminar and starts to realize he’s falling in love with the mentor of the class, the mormon prodigy.

Heard a lot of good things about this book, heard it’s an even better audio book so I’m excited to finally get to this one.

So what are some audiobooks your hoping to get to soon?

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy Book Review (Spoiler-Free)

Good morning everyone and happy Monday! I’m so happy because this will actually be the first book review I have posted on my channel. I wanted to review a book I had a lot of thought on and, I have plenty of thoughts on this book.

Ramona Blue – ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

So if you guys aren’t already fond of this author, Julie Murphy is the author of the now very popular Dumplin’ YA novel that turned into a movie on Netflix recently. I had read Dumplin’ and enjoyed it, so I wanted to dive into some other books that she has written, and that’s how I found Ramona Blue.

Ramona Blue is the story of a girl named Ramona. Shocking I know. It follows her life after her family was affected by Hurricane Katrina. She is now a teenager after a summer she would never forget after falling for a girl named Grace, but her amazing summer comes to an end when Grace has to leave her summer home and go back to start school again. Ramona knows she likes girls, but when Freddie, an old friend from the past comes back to town, Ramona questions whether she likes boys and girls, or if its just a fluke.

So, first off I’ll start by saying I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed the plot and its story line and the characters, and especially the writing. Ramona’s family was just so imperfect, between the mom being so selfish and clueless to Hadie, Ramona’s sister being pregnant with a boy she was just kind of seeing, not even really dating, to them living in a tiny trailer with their dad. It wasn’t the perfect family image most books have behind their main character, and although their family was going through so much, I did enjoy what the characters brought to the story.

I did enjoy this book although I did have some issues with it, and they were very minor. At first the book was slow to start off, and for me that’s a turn off and it was a big factor as to why this book took a little over a week to read. Luckily the book sped up when Freddie came back and that’s when my emotions really came through. I found myself throughout the book getting mad at the characters, although I loved them, they did get me mad at some points. I just wished Grace wasn’t like the girl that was stuck in the closet type of evil villain that you were meant to hate. I wish it wasn’t such a blowup between the two, but I guess it only added to the story.

All in all I did enjoy this book and ended up giving it a 4 out of 5 stars, which is a pretty good rating and I think its fair. If it wasn’t for how I kind of felt about Grace at points in the book as if she was a terrible person, and if the pace of the book was a little better, it definitely would have been a 5 star.

Well that’s it for me today! Thank you guys so much for reading and I’m already so proud of this blog. See you Wednesday!

January TBR

Happy Saturday everyone! I didn’t know if it would be a little too late to say my monthly TBR this month, but its better than never. So here are some of the books I want to read this chilly month of January.

Legendary – Stephanie Garber

This is one I have been super excited for to read this year. I bought it last year in like October, waited as long as I could, hoping to make it until April to read it to be prepared for Finale in May, but I realized I need to read this book right. now.

In the first book we follow a woman named Scarlett, who goes to an isle to play a game created by the ‘master Legend’. In the first book her sister Tella is kidnapped by the master Legend and the winner of the game must find Tella in order to officially have won. In Legendary we just folloe Tella’s story in the midst of a new game.

I’m super excited for this one, and I’ve already started it and I definitely plan on finishing it sometime this weekend.

Dry – Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

I recieved this book for Christmas and this is another one that I have just been dying to read, it looks so good! If you didn’t know Neal Shusterman is also the author of the really Popular Scythe, which I also plan on reading this year at some point.

Dry is about a drought occuring in California, until it finally reaches the point to where there is no water at all. We follow a girl named Alyssa who’s once lovely quiet neighborhood turns into a warzone of neighbors fighting for water. When her parents dont return on night on the search for water, Alyssa must make a choice for her and her brothers lives in order for them to survive.

I mean, come on. This sounds so intriguing and I am so excited.

Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

I have been putting off this read for a long time, and I think with the new year, means I finally pick it up. This would be my first Tahereh Mafi read (I know guys, it’s unreal), and honestly I don’t know all that much. All I know is that its about a woman that cant touch anyone, because her touch is fatal. I want to be surprised going into this so, I think thats all I need to know.

The Sun Is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon

Last but not least, The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I also received this book for Christmas and I have only been waiting to read it due to me wanting the collector’s edition. I love her writing style, I love the feeling her writing gives me, so I knew I wanted the signed special edition with purple edges.

This book is about a girl named Natasha and a boy named Daniel and basically it’s a romantic YA contemporary. Don’t know much else, all I know is it’s kind of insta-lovey, which is a trope I dont really care for but, we will see how it goes.

What is everyone reading this month of January?

2019 Reading Goals!

Hello everyone! Hope everyone had an amazing New Years. With every January 1st, comes our new year resolutions. I have separate resolutions from just books like simply just making my bed everyday, being more positive in life etc. But this year especially, I have a few more reading goals than I did last year. So let’s start the list!

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

So in 2018 I was able to surpass my goal of 20 books read, reading 27 for the year (I started my goodreads in May so I’m definitely missing some books). This year I set my goal for 40! This is a little more of a challenge for me than last years challenge, but I think I can do it. Last year I set my goal so low because I was reading full, 400 page books, but towards the end of the year I got back into mangas/graphic novels, which I’m still on a bit of a kick to read them so that’s why I feel like I can definitely make 40 books work for the year.

2. Reading 50 pages per day/ 1 hour of audiobook

This is something different I’ve never done, but I’m excited to try. I found myself reading on some days a full 300 pages and then for a week after not reading at all, so I really wanted to make this resolution so I can learn to pace myself and not get burned out from reading. If I reach 50 pages or that hour mark, I can either stop or keep going if I’d like, but I can still feel accomplished if I at least read those 50 pages. In my reading journal I will be marking all the days I accomplish this on the monthly calendar view with a simple check mark.

3. Read the Harry Potter Series

Guys, I know. I’ve never read the Harry Potter series, but this year that will change. I don’t plan on accomplishing this right away, maybe towards summer/fall time, but it will get done this year!

4. Stay on top of Library book due dates

I just recently started using my local library to help read books because, my bank account from buying books was suffering! One issue I’ve always had though, was late fees. So I plan on getting better with this this upcoming year.

5. Reading Journal Upkeep

So this isn’t really a resolution, because I’ve been doing this since last year July, but I really want to include it because I don’t want to give up on it! Annotating in my books for me is a big no no, so I use a notebook/journal to keep track of all my notes from my reading. I love it! It’s so nice and organized and I really want to keep up with it!

What are some of your New Years resolutions? Any book related ones?

A New Beginning!

Happy New Years everyone! As the new year enters, so does this blog, Tea and Turned Pages. I have worked in prepping and preparing material for this for a long time now and I am so excited to introduce this to everyone!

With the New Year comes big changes, and this blog is just one of the new changes. I’ve loved books ever since I was younger, and like all other book bloggers, I needed to find an outlet to share my feelings on all the things I read.

I will be writing lots of Book Reviews, but also will be including other fun posts. Whether its making lists of my favorite books for the seasons, to posting my massive book hauls.

I cannot wait to share this new chapter of my life with you all. Happy New Years everyone!