Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 4th, 2017
Number of Pages: 388
Summary: The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately. Continue reading
It’s been so long, and I hate saying that I’m busy because that’s never an excuse. There’s just so much to do at school this year, and the motivation for posting has gone unfortunately. But lately, it’s been coming back. I miss this safe space to write my reviews. There are amazing opportunities I want to take advantage of. That’s the quick update as to what’s been going on with me. To kick things back up slowly, here’s a quick music review I wrote a long time ago. Around a year ago exactly. It’s interesting to see how not just how my musical tastes have changed over a year, but how my horizons have opened to more genres, and inspirations. So here’s what Phyllis from a year ago was obsessed with. I still love Satellite Maps, but now when I listen to it, it’s less emotional, and more a quick tune. A 5/10 from a year ago, but now I think I’d give it a 7? The aspect with how the song is captivating with such an easy beat, never ceases to amaze me. Enjoy!
Song: Satellite Maps
Album: New Clear War EP
Release Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Rating: 5.0 Continue reading
Sorry guys I was on vacation where I couldn’t keep posting! Here goes!
Artist: Kim Carnes
Album: Gypsy Honeymoon, Bette Davis Eyes
Release Date: July 12, 1993
Record Label: Captiol Records
Kim Carnes is a name that you bring up, and everybody nods in approval or recognition. Her reputation has been built up after her success from “Bette Davis Eyes”. There is no denying the boost the song gave to her brand name, after winning the Grammys for Record of the year and Song of the Year. Kim is also known for her rock, country experience and blue eye soul background. She has a distinct raspy voice and throughout this compiled album, it is heard well. Bette Davis Eyes is perhaps the best song on Gypsy Honeymoon. Written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, and receiving praise from the Bette Davis herself, this already gave a good impression to listeners. When listening to it, we are introduced to the famous tune and it carried an odd feeling that makes you want to move around and dance. Continue reading
Artist: The Chainsmokers
Song: New York City
Record Label: Dim Mak Records
Release Date: October 23, 2015
Rating: 3.0 Continue reading
Artist: Vance Joy
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Genre: Alternative Folk
Record Label: Atlantic Records
Release Date: March 22, 2013
Here goes the first review on the fantastic album from 2 years ago! All ratings are out of 10 and below are some bits of polaroid pictures from the album.
Artist: Taylor Swift
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Record Label: Big Machine
Rating: 9.0 Continue reading
Title: The Last Leaves Falling
Author: Sarah Benwell
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 368
Summary: And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this . . .
Japanese teenager, Sora, is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the samurai for guidance and comfort. But he also finds hope in the present; through the internet he finds friends that see him, not just his illness. This is a story of friendship and acceptance, and testing strength in an uncertain future.
As always, all images are not mine, and credit goes to all the artists on Tumblr or the sources the images were taken from. Also, everybody go and download the mobile app for Teaming with Books now on Android!
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Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Number of Pages: 668
Summary: In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Title: Eternal Darkness
Author: J. F. Johns
Date Published: January 11th 2016
Number of Pages: 342
Summary: The world is divided between humans and cyborgs.
Scarlet Lock is neither.
She is a soldier created to kill on command. But her memory has been erased and when she awakens in a government facility she soon discovers that this new world is a dangerous place, full of government secrets and cruel experiments performed in the name of progress.
With the help of a group of cyborgs, Scarlet will fight to uncover the truth and transform the future of the new world she now lives in.
Eternal Darkness is full of suspense, action and romance and will make readers question what it means to be human.
This novel was provided by the author as an ARC. This review is not biased and is purely an honest opinion.
Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Author: Jenn Bennett
Date Published: November 3rd, 2015
Number of Pages: 304
Summary: Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.
Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?