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Book Review: Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

not my problemBook: Not My Problem
Author: Ciara Smyth
Age & Genre: YA contemporary

Aideen has plenty of problems she can’t fix. Her best (and only) friend is pulling away. Her mother’s drinking problem is a constant concern. She’s even running out of outlandish diseases to fake so she can skip PE.

But when Aideen stumbles on her nemesis, overachiever Meabh Kowalski, in the midst of a full-blown meltdown, she sees a problem that—unlike her own disaster of a life—seems refreshingly easy to solve. Meabh is desperate to escape her crushing pile of extracurriculars. Aideen volunteers to help. By pushing Meabh down the stairs.

Problem? Solved. Meabh’s sprained ankle is the perfect excuse to ditch her overwhelming schedule. But when another student learns about their little scheme and brings Aideen another “client” who needs her “help,” it kicks off a semester of traded favors, ill-advised hijinks, and an unexpected chance at love. Fixing other people’s problems won’t fix her own, but it might be the push she needs to start.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Not My Problem is a YA contemporary set in Ireland and about Aideen who is trying to manage her home life and school life while also trying to help other people by doing favours for them.

I really liked Not My Problem and I loved Aideen right away. She has such a funny and caring personality and I like how she got on with other people. She is the type of character you’d want to be best friends with and I liked that even though she had this carefree attitude she still had her own problems underneath that she struggled with.

There is a focus on friendships in this book and I loved that, I also liked the differences of the friendships. It was interesting to see Aideen come to her own conclusions about the friends she has and what they mean to her. I loved the new friendships she made and her interactions with Kavi and Meabh were so fun to read.

I liked the romance and how it came about. I loved that Aideen and Meabh had an enemies to lovers type of romance and I loved seeing that relationship blossom and grow into something more, I think they work well together.

I thought the plot was intriguing with Aideen helping people in her school with their own problems and how it got her and her friends into all sorts of trouble and I liked how helping people with their problems made her face her own problems.

Overall I really liked Not My Problem. I loved Aideen and the friendships she makes throughout the book. I also thought the plot was very entertaining and I loved the romance. I think this is a great contemporary with a focus on friendships and the struggles that come with it. It’s also a really funny book that I loved reading.

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR That Have Pretty Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Titles or Covers That Made Want to Read/Buy the Book. I’ve changed it slightly to Books I’ve Recently Added To My Tbr That Have Pretty Covers. I’ve very excited by the blurbs of these books too but the covers are the things that first stood out to me.

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Song of the Forever Rains by E.J. Mellow

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Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

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Viper by Bex Hogan

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All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue

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Cackle by Rachel Harrison

 

What book covers do you think are pretty?

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June Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In June:

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Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 3 STARS

This book is a continuation to Jack and Jill’s story and I didn’t enjoy this book as much as previous books. I feel like The Moors wasn’t as atmospheric as it was previously but I did like seeing what had happened to Jack and Jill.

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 3 STARS

I think I prefer the darker stories of this series like In An Absent Dream and Down Among the Sticks and Bones compared to the brighter whimsical stories like Beneath the Sugar Sky and this one. I enjoyed the writing of this book but the story with the unicorns just wasn’t as compelling to read.

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Brimstone Bound (Firebrand #1) by Helen Harper – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS

I enjoyed Brimstone Bound and thought it was a fun read. I liked the overall mystery and liked how the main character gets dragged into it but I also thought some of the story was predictable.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruins (A Song of Wraiths and Ruins #1) by Roseanne A. Brown – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I loved this book and found the story and world so captivating that I wanted to just keep reading. I really enjoyed the dual pov and seeing the different choices Karina and Malik both had to make. I loved the writing and how the magic was described, I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ADULT CONTEMPORARY HISTORICAL – 3 STARS

I have some mixed feelings on this book. I loved the writing and the setting was described in such a great way that you could vividly picture the scene of 1950s to 1980s Malibu and I loved the focus on siblings but I just found this book to be a bit lacklustre, it felt like it was building up to an explosive moment that never really happened. I’ve loved a lot of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and they’ve all been so emotionally poignant but I just found that Malibu Rising lacked a bit of that complex emotion.

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Asterion (The Court of the Underworld #1) by Alessa Thorn – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 4 STARS

I enjoyed this book and thought the world was interestingly set up it focuses on mythological figures (like Medusa and Hades and more) who rule the city in this book and a group of humans rebelling against them. I really liked the romance of this book and I thought the plot was interesting too.

Medusa (The Court of the Underworld #2) by Alessa Thorn – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 4 STARS

This is the second book in this series and I liked that Medusa was the main character of this one because I found her interesting in the first book. I also like the over arcing storyline that is still following on from the previous book.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I loved this book, I loved how the great libraries were described and how each book had their own personality and danger level. I liked the characters and thought they worked really well together which made their interactions interesting to read. I enjoyed the overall storyline and loved how this was a standalone fantasy.

Blog Posts I Did In June:

Most Anticipated Book Releases For July, August and September 2021

My Summer TBR 2021

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews Book Review

Books I Loved That Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Bookish Memory Check #1

May Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in June?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences. Book titles with complete sentences are always interesting because it feels like it tells a lot about the book.

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This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
I Had That Same Dream Again by Yoru Sumino
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray
Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress #4) by Jeaniene Frost

Have you read any of these books?

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April Wrap Up 2021

What I Read in April:

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas – 5 STARS

Sarah J Maas is one of my favourite authors so it’s no surprise that I ended up loving ACOSF. I loved Nesta’s story and I was so invested in her story and her recovery, this book has many emotional moments and I loved reading about these characters and world again.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) by Nghi Vo – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this short story and I liked how it told the story within another story. It did take me a while to get into the book at the beginning but I enjoyed it once I did and I liked the last section of the book.

Havenfall (Havenfall #1) by Sara Holland – 3 STARS

I liked the set up of the world in Havenfall with the different worlds being connected by this Inn but I thought the overall story and characters were a bit predictable. I still did enjoy the book and I wish there was more exploration of the different worlds within it.

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Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare – 5 STARS

I enjoyed the first book in this series but I liked this one even more. I feel like you see the relationships between the characters really grow and develop in this book and I really enjoyed reading about all of them. It felt like the stakes were raised with both the plot and the characters interactions with each other. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.

Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve – 4 STARS

Reborn was a really good conclusion to Mera and Shadow’s story and I enjoyed reading about their adventures in this book. It did take me a while to get into this book because of where Reclaimed (book 2) leaves off but I still really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the spin off books set in this world.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – 2 STARS

I was really disappointed in this book, I didn’t like the main character at all and thought she was very selfish. I know that is a point the book tries to make with fame changing a person but I didn’t really care for her character before she got ‘famous’. I also didn’t really like the plot and thought it was a bit random, it reminded me of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel which is another book I disliked.

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Once Bitten (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #1) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

Wicked Deal (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #2) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

Darkest Moon (Shadow Guild: Wolf Queen #1) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

I originally wanted to read Darkest Moon first but even though I think it could be read first it is part of the larger Shadow Guild series so I decided to read the first few books in that series first. I liked all these books but I don’t feel fully connected to the story yet. I did like the description of the Guild City, it felt like a cosy setting with the way all the guilds were in one place. I also enjoyed the mystery aspects of the books and thought they were enjoyable reads.

Dark Horse (A Demon’s Guide to the Afterlife #1) by Kel Carpenter and Aurelia Jane – 3 STARS

Dark Horse is a reverse harem paranormal book about Fury, a demon, tasked in the afterlife to go back to earth and help sort out three powerful supernatural beings who might end the world. I thought this was a fun read and I’m interested to see where the story goes. There were a few times in the book where Fury was passed around for the guys to ‘mind for her safety’ and that kind of threw me off.

Blog Posts I Did In April:

Most Anticipated Book Releases for April, May and June 2021

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune Book Review

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Colourful Book Covers

Non-Human Main Characters

March Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in April?

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My Most Anticipated Book Releases for April, May and June 2021

There is too many book releases that I’m most excited for and I haven’t even read all of my most anticipated releases from Jan, Feb and March yet but I’m still very excited to get to the books listed below so here are my most anticipated book releases for April, May and June.

April:

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The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Malice by Heather Walter
Witches Steeped In Gold by Ciannon Smart
Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

May:

malibu rising the girl with stars in her eyes

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod

June:

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn
Darling by K. Ancrum
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

What books are you anticipating to be released in April, May and June?