Review: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Summary: If there’s one man Natasha “Tash” Zelenka loves in this world, it’s Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, author of her favorite book, Anna Karenina. When Tash and her best friend Jack’s web series, Unhappy Families, which is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina, gets a shoutout from a famous vlogger, they go viral. With a Golden Tuba nomination, Tash has the opportunity to meet Thom Causer, a fellow vlogger with some flirty vibes, and start something in-real-life, but how can she explain to him that she’s romantic asexual?

My Rating: 4.75/5 Stars


My Thoughts:

I flew through Tash Hearts Tolstoy in less than two days and I’m still sad that it’s over; for me, this novel more than made the hype. One of the many reasons why that Tash Hearts Tolstoy has been floating around the book blogging world since its release in June 2017 is its diversity regarding sexual orientation. While Tash Hearts Tolstoy includes both heterosexuality and homosexuality, it stands out for having an asexual main character. Before reading the novel, I had never read a book with an asexual character, let alone an ace main character. In my opinion, Kathryn Ormsbee did a fantastic job of explaining what it meant for Tash to be asexual and how Tash continues to struggle explaining to the people in her life what it means to be romantic asexual.

The big cast of characters in Tash Hearts Tolstoy was both a like and dislike for me. I loved almost all of the characters set in the story, but I often had trouble keeping track of all of the people involved in Unhappy Families and how Tash came about meeting them (for example, I didn’t really remember that she had met Jay and Serena at arts school). However, I was super thankful for the Unhappy Families cast and crew list at the beginning of the novel to help keep track. Speaking of Unhappy Families, I absolutely loved how this web series was a main component of the novel. Being a blogger and making videos in school myself, I loved seeing the filming process, and I loved even more how a piece of literature inspired the show!

One of my favorite aspects of Tash Hearts Tolstoy was Tash’s relationships with Jack, Paul, and her family. Jack reminded me a lot of Sam Puckett from iCarly (Teen Nick is one of my favorite TV channels after all), and Paul was my favorite character in the book (I figured by the hundred page mark, especially during the Ping-Pong table scene, that his relationship with Tash was definitely something more). Like Paul and Jack, I wasn’t sold on Thom either and knew Tash’s meeting him wouldn’t go exactly smooth. When it came to the Zelenka family, I was in love! We also got to see diversity in Tash’s family life, with her dad’s family being from the Czech Republic and her mom missing life in New Zealand with her family. There was bit more diversity in the Zelenka fam as well: Tash and her mom are Buddhists (unrelated to their religion, but they’re also both vegetarians!), and while being Buddhist, Tash and her sister, Klaudie, still attend church with their dad. It made me sad when Klaudie decides to leave Unhappy Families in the beginning of the novel, but I didn’t really buy the excuse that Klaudie was expected to go a bit wild the summer before her freshmen year of college (yes, this opinion is coming from the girl who spends as much time as she can near her bookshelves before she goes back to school). However, I was happy that Klaudie and Tash resolve their issues before she goes to school and the family can return to somewhat normalness. I’m glad Klaudie’s absence didn’t come from a jealously over Tash’s relationship Paul and Jack (so happy to have a read with little predictability!). Overall, the Zelenkas had a very close family dynamic that I love seeing in young-adult novels, and I could have seen myself reacting the same way Klaudie and Tash did to their parents’ news.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy is filled with friendship, family life, diversity, and web series shenanigans that will more than satisfy any YA book lover’s heart, especially those who are looking for the book about fandoms and the Internet.

Have you read or are planning to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy? Share your thoughts and feels in the comments!

Wonder Woman Book Tag

I saw Wonder Woman in theatres back in June and I’m absolutely obsessed with anything Wonder Woman (who isn’t?) ever since. I’m so excited to see Justice League when it comes out later this year, but I’m even more excited for Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer, the first book in the DC Icons series, to come out on August 29th. In anticipation for Wonder Woman: Warbringer, today I’ll be doing the Wonder Woman Book tag. This tag was created by Amber of Amber’s Books and More over on Booktube.

Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book characterCelaena Sardothein from Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. When I think of badass female characters, Caleana automatically comes to my mind.

Fantasy Island: A Book Setting you want to escape toWarcross by Marie Lu. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Warcross back in June and I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL EVERYONE CAN PICK UP THIS BOOK AND WE CAN ALL FANGIRL OVER IT! I just want to jump into Warcross and play this virtual reality game!

London: A Hyped book that let you down – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Steve Trevor: A Book that has a beautiful Cover and a Great Story (i.e. great personality)Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I wrote a four paragraph review about all of my post-Salt to the Sea feelings on Goodreads right after reading it last year, and I still think back on this beautiful and heart-breaking story focused on lost history.

Lasso of Truth: A Book you hatedNemesis by Brendan Reich. Unfortunately, Nemesis did not live up to the hype for me, and the plot was very different than I expected to be.  While I appreciate its Lord of the Flies vibes, this YA novel felt more middle grade to me and I just couldn’t connect to the story and characters.

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad you need a shield– The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I still cry every reread, don’t worry.

Ares: A Villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate– Holland from the V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy. Holland is one of those villains that you can’t do anything but feel sorry for. He was always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LTBT+ representationHarry Potter and the Cursed Child (if you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about)

Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag?

Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd

Alex from coffeeloving bookoholic

Courtney from buried in a bookshelf

Dani from Perspective of a Writer

Alaina from An Infinite Book World

Top Five Wednesday: Second Book is Best

Today’s Top Five Wednesday is focused on series where the second book was the best. I actually had a really hard time coming up with books for today–when it comes to some of my favorite series, trilogies especially, the second book is typically my “least favorite”. Due to my struggle, I decided to change up the prompt today. The first three books I discuss will follow today’s topic, but the last two books I talk about will be a author’s second published book that I enjoyed more than their debut novel.

Second Book in A Series:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo– I didn’t think I could love Crooked Kingdom as much as Six of Crows, but nevertheless, Crooked Kingdom stole my heart. I am so satisfied with this duology’s finale, and it’s still a book that I find myself thinking about. The plot was perfectly executed, the OTPs are the best, and CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW GORGEOUS THE PHYSICAL BOOK IS?

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– Even though the Illuminae Files series isn’t finished yet, I enjoyed Gemina even more than Illuminae. I loved seeing this story and world expand, not to mention the amazing illustrations by Marie Lu. Gemina’s cover was also just as cool Illuminae, once again winning the award for best naked hardback.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight is my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series. I’m in serious need of a reread, but I loved how Crown of Midnight really started to set the stage for the rest of the series, plus there’s SO MUCH Chaol in this one! Unpopular opinion here, but what can I say, Chaol is my fav. I’m so happy I was able to get my copy of CoM signed by Sarah at Book Con  this year.

Author’s Second Published Novel:

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera- I was really impressed with Adam Silvera’s More Happy than Not, but History is All You Left Me has earned a spot as my favorite Silvera book (maybe They Both Die at the End will change things??). HIAYLM, not unlike More Happy Than Not, has such an interesting storyline, as Griffin tries to come to terms with his ex-boyfriend’s death alongside his ex-boyfriend’s current boyfriend.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun deserves all the hype and more and is hands-down one of the most beautiful, if not the most, beautiful book that I’ve ever read. I enjoyed The Sky is Everywhere, but I’ll Give You the Sun stole my Jandy Nelson heart.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

Sunshine Blogger Award Part 2

The lovely Alex from coffeeloving bookoholic nominated me last week for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Even though I was previously nominated and already did the tag, I thought I would answer Alex’s questions and tag a blogger with my own questions

the rules:

  • thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • list the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blogsunshinebloggeraward.jpg

Alex’s Questions:

1.If you could do one job for the rest of your life, what would it be? Professional book reader (there’s health benefits, right?).

2.What’s the most important thing for you in a book review? Making sure to incorporate my favorite elements of the book. I love looking back on my reviews and seeing what I really enjoyed in a book.

3.Which author would you love to meet and why? Ruta Sepetys. She’s my favorite historical fiction author, and I consider Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray as two of my all-time favorite books. I’d love to have her sign my books and talk about her experience traveling for research.

4.Is there one book memory from your childhood that you will never forget? Reading Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl during story time in kindergarten, aka what started it all.

5.If you could time travel, which event would you like to be part of? Seeing the 1980 U.S men’s Olympic hockey team win gold in the games– Miracle is one of my favorite movies.

6. How would your perfect day look like? A sunny day perfect for the beach, going to the beach with a really great book in hand and my family for company, coming home to relax with a Parks and Recreation marathon and plenty of comfort food. Add some book mail in there, and that’s a perfect day to me!

7.Are you more productive in the morning or in the evening/night? Both. I feel so good about myself when I get up a bit early and start getting things done! However, I do get this strange motivation to do work around nine o’clock at night (for example, I’m writing this post at 10:30 at night).

8.Pc or mac? Mac

9.If you could turn your favorite book into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the part? My mind is absolutely blanking right now! To be honest, I get quite nervous when some of my favorite books get tv or film adaptations ( I still have no idea how Throne of Glass is going to translate into a TV show). But I must say, I am so excited To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before come to the big screen!

10. Which talent would you like to have? Singing. 

11.If you had three wishes, which ones would that be? I’m going to make my wishes fun and nerdish!

-Be able to go to San Diego Comic Con, all expenses paid

-Get a display case for my Funko Pop figures that would guarantee their safety (I think my Harry Potter’s glasses have broken off more as a result of falling off my book shelf than they have in the books).

-Go on an unlimited shopping spree in Barnes and Noble

My Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite blog post that you’ve written this year?
  2. What’s you most anticipated fall 2017 release?
  3. What’s your current favorite song of the summer?
  4. Movies or TV shows?
  5. What’s your favorite snack and drink to have while reading?
  6. What hyped book have you not read yet?
  7. A book that you’ve loved and deserves ALL the hype?
  8. Sunshine or rain?
  9. If you could go to one convention, all expenses paid, what convention would it be?
  10. What was the best book that you read in July?
  11. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

I tag:

Caitstiel from Caitstiel’s Book World 


Review: Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, the companion novel to My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, is a collection of short stories that take place in my favorite season, summer. The anthology is edited by Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and the fall 2017 release There’s Someone Inside Your House. Summer Days and Summer Nights includes twelve short stories from Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.


Being a fan of My True Love Gave to Me, I knew that I would love Summer Days and Summer Nights, and I was correct! The cover is just as cute as My True Love Gave to Me, and I love how the lake is still our main setting on the cover along with the addition of the twelve couples from the book. There were only three out of the twelve stories that I wasn’t a huge fan of—Cassandra Clare’s “Brand New Attraction”, Lev Grossman’s “The Map of Perfect Tiny Things”, and Libba Bray’s “Last Stand at the Cinegore”, mainly because I didn’t really enjoy the more fantastical/magical elements set in each story. However, I did enjoy “Brand New Attraction” for its circus setting, along with liking “Last Stand at the Cinegore” for taking place at a horror-themed movie theatre. Below, I’ll be recapping my favorite stories in the anthology.

“Sick Pleasure” by Francesca Lia Block– “Sick Pleasure” stood out to me mainly because all of the charcters in the story either go by nicknames or named after the letter of the alphabet!

“Souvenirs” by Tim Federle– “Souvenirs” features two gay interests who work at an amusement park. The last day of summer is not only the last day of work for the two, but also their pre-designated break-up day.

“Love is the Last Resort” by Jon Skovron– I enjoyed “Love is the Last Resort” for its setting—a resort- and its cast of characters. There’s a pool boy, basketball, a lovesick poet, a rich heiress, a maze, and more!

“Good Luck and Farewell” by Brandy Colbert– I enjoyed “Good Luck and Farewell” for its focus on family, but the romance and pizza also made the story for me.

“Inertia” by Veronica Roth– I enjoyed “Inertia” for its futuristic elements, flashbacks, and heartfelt-ness.

“The End of Love” by Nina LaCour– I started reading Nina LaCour’s work this year, and I’ve really enjoyed her writing,  “The End of Love” being no exception. Like her novels We Are Okay and Everything Leads to You, her short story features lesbian love interests and unlike those two novels, geometry class and a camp site.

“Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail” by Leigh Bardugo– When I first started reading “Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail”, I first thought that this would having fantastical elements. If you know anything about Leigh Bardugo, you won’t be surprised when I told you that I found myself wrong! However, I loved this story about lake monsters and Dairy Queen.

“A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong” by Jennifer E. Smith– Jennifer E. Smith had all of the elements for a summer contemporary story- summer camp, arcade games, and love. I really enjoyed this story for its cuteness and diversity.

“In Ninety Minutes, Turn North”  by Stephanie Perkins– My favorite story in the anthology, “In Ninety Minutes, Turn North” follows the same charcters from Stephanie Perkin’s story in My True Love Gave to Me. I absolutely loved being reunited with Marigold and North and seeing them in a summery landscape (even if Marigold didn’t enjoy it as much).

Have you read Summer Days and Summer Nights? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Summer Book Tag

Summer is not only my favorite season for the beach weather, but also for taking down my TBR pile! You could imagine my excitement then when I was recently tagged by Carrie from Salty Good Reads to do the Summer Book Tag. This tag was originally created by Kaelyn from misskaelyn over on Booktube.

What book cover makes you think of summer? The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (even though you could give me dogs and an ice cream truck during any season).

larajeanafWhat book has brightened your day? A much loved and talked about read of mine, Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. Just thinking about this book about Lara Jean makes my heart so happy.

Find a book cover with Yellow on it: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

What is your favorite summer beach read? I’m going with my favorite book that I’ve read so far at the beach this summer, which is Made You Up by Francesca Zappia.

What action book had you running for the ice cream man?

I don’t read too many action books, but I’m going with The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and I’d be running to the ice cream to see if he’d trade the book for a vanilla soft serve. An unpopular opinion, The 5th Wave was just not my cup of tea.

(Sunburn) What book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending? Even thoughIMG_4433 my sunburn has been healed with A Court of Wings and Ruin, lets transport back in time to 2016 me with the ending of A Court of Mist and Fury. I needed ACOWAR then and there.
(Sunset) What book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended? Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. It reminded me so much of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, a feeling that my book soul had been craving for too long.

eliza&mon1What book cover reminds you of a sunset? Once and For All by Sarah Dessen—I’m thinking of those gorgeous lilac night skies as the moon is about to set.

What is one book or series you hope to read this summer? I’ve read so many 2017 releases and a lot of books that have been sitting on my TBR this summer, but I’m most proud of accomplishing my goal of reading the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab. I’d love to pick up a Taylor Jenkins Reid book this month though!

I tag:

Ally from Ally Writes Things

Brianne from bookish brianne

Alex from coffeeloving bookoholic

Top Five Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

For this week’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be talking about some book covers that I’d love just to set up camp in.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han– Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books have the coziest covers. I just want to jump into Lara Jean’s bedroom, and I cannot wait to see how her room comes in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before film adaptations!!! Jenny Han’s on-set Instagram stories have made me even more excited to see these books come to life!toallthe.jpg

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins– Once November 1st hits, you better believe that I’m in Christmas mode! I love the holiday season so much, so I’d love to be on a lake surrounded by Christmas trees (even though I’d be on the sidelines with a cup of hot chocolate due to my lack of ice skating skills).IMG_4105.jpg

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour– The cover of We Are Okay also gives me cozy vibes, and I’m in love with the cover’s color scheme. We Are Okay has been one of my favorite reads of 2017, and I have a full review here (this was the first review post on Fangirl Fury!).

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner– I bought These Broken Stars purely because of its cover, so it’d be the one time I wouldn’t mind floating around outer space in a gorgeous dress. Looking at These Broken Stars reminds me of how much I want to reread this book.bookcovers.jpg

The Vacationers by Emma Straub– I wouldn’t mind diving right into the water on this book’s cover! Emma Straub’s books tend to have lower star ratings on Goodreads, but I really enjoyed reading The Vacationers,following a not-so-in-agreement family’s vacation, and Modern Lovers last year.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

I guess I have a thing for wanting to live in contemporary book covers! What’s a book cover you’d like to jump right into? Share in the comments!