Saturday, March 21, 2015

Review of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
by Ann Aguirre
328 Pages
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.
Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.
But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

I had no intention of reading this book, honest. But then someone on Twitter randomly asked if someone wanted her extra copy, so I was like okay, why not. I picked this book up, and it just seemed like nothing special. It was like every contemporary I've read before, but then I realized that I was loving it. Okay, It was 2 a.m. when I realized that I liked it, and I have to say that sprinting to school yesterday morning was completely worth reading more chapters of this book. Its THAT good.

I am not usually that much of a fan of YA contemporary. Okay, thats a lie. I just usually think that they're extremely average, but I keep reading YA contemporary because I don't want to miss out on that one that is amazing. This was the one I needed. I don't really know what resonated with me so much, but I loved it.

I think my enjoyment may have stemmed from the fact that the characters actually have personalities. I'm not trying to say that most characters have no sense of self, but this character set just seemed to have an extra something. Yes, they had problematic pasts, but that not what mattered. I have read books where the main characters have troubled pasts, but I think I loved this book because the characters had things that they liked. It wasn't just, I am a really hot girl/guy. It was like the author really thought about the interests and idiosyncrasies of the characters. I really appreciated that.

Even though this book was relatively happy, it left me with a melancholy feeling once I put the book down. It was not that the book was overly sad, but instead that you knew that all the characters were lying to each other, and they were keeping vital details not just from each other but from us too. I was just like tell each other, so you can finally know each other fully. 

This was not a very plot driven book. It was completely about the characters, and I loved them all. You really saw who everyone was at the end of the book, and I appreciated that. It didn't matter if you saw the character one time or a hundred times, you still knew who they were inside. I am really impressed with the author's ability to craft remarkable characters. She even made a flawless mother figure!! 

There was an element of music in this novel, and even though it was not a huge part of the book, I wish the author capitalized on it more. There could have been some great character development about the characters music because [to me at least] music is one of the best ways to get to know someone on a deeper level. I could see an edge/darkness to Sage because of the bands she mentioned. Its little things that the author could have done to appease us music lovers a little bit more. She did very well with crafting lyrics, however.

I don't know what else to say, guys. This is a very good book, and I hope that you check it out at some point.

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and honestly it would be more difficult to make a dishonest review than a truthful one. 

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