Review: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel.

Title – Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index
Author – Julie Israel
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 338 pages
Publication Date – June 1st 2017 by Penguin
ISBN – 9780141376424
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“It’s been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper’s big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie’s handbag for luck – and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It’s mysteriously addressed to ‘You’ and dated July 4th – the day of Camie’s accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie’s secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.

But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie’s death – but without this card, there’s a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own secret: a memory that she can’t let anyone else find out.”

I received a copy of Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this but I enjoyed it. DE-MiiVU0AA49f5

Juniper and her parents are still struggling with Camilla’s death and Juniper feels guilty about what happened the night she died. She’s keep a secret from everyone in her life and decides to write it down on one of her index cards and then loses it. But the people who come into her life as a result of her looking for the card before anyone else can find it helped her more than she expected and I don’t think they would have been friends if she hadn’t lost that card. I liked the friendships she had with Kody and Angela.

I really liked the relationship between Juniper and Brand. They both have their own problems and don’t exactly handle them in the best way. But I felt like they had a connection and were good together. And I just liked Brand.

Juniper’s obsession with finding out who Camilla was writing to was kind of annoying. I get why she wanted to deliver the message but I also think that Camilla kept whoever it was a secret for a reason. I don’t remember if it was a guy or a girl all I remember is Camilla hiding a relationship from everyone. I think in the end she did the right thing.

I did figure out something was up with Nate and some of the connections but I didn’t figure out the whole story.

I felt like Juniper losing the index card helped her in more ways that one. Not only did it bring these great people into her life but it also helped her to say goodbye to Camilla and forgive herself for something that was said in anger and she didn’t mean at all.

I really enjoyed Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index and would recommend it to people who love contemporary reads.

*Thank you Penguin Random House New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

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July Wrap Up.

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I’m going to be doing things a little differently with my wrap up this month. I normally add my TBR for the next month after I’ve given a list of what I read but as it’s still July I haven’t gotten much of a TBR yet, except for my ARC August TBR. So I’ll just mention that at the end for anyone who hasn’t read my ARC August TBR post.

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I read 10 books in July, two of them were re-reads. I had a bit of a reading slump and just couldn’t get out of it. Anyway, onto the ratings.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead – ★★★/5
Begin, End, Begin – A #LoveOzYA Anthology by Danielle Binks – ★★★/5
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (re-read) – ★★★★★/5
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (re-read) – ★★★★★/5
When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – ★★★/5
The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver – ★★★/5
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – ★★★★/5
The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham – ★★★★/5
Countless by Karen Gregory – ★★★★/5
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando – ★★★/5

Obviously I love Illuminae and Gemina and they were still good the second time. I also really enjoyed Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, The Moonlight Dreamers and Countless. The rest were just okay. I loved some of the stories in the LoveOzYA Anthology but most of them were just okay so I couldn’t give that more than three stars.

So, now for my ARC August TBR. I have made a post about this so if you’ve already read that then you can skip this part.

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These are the five books I plan on reading for ARC August. Well they were when I made the TBR post. But I found another ARC that I should have already read by now that I’m going to read as well. That’s The Student by Iain Ryan. It’s set in Australia.

If you want to read the full ARC August TBR post then click the link 🙂

I’ll be posting my full August TBR soon. When I’ve figured out what else I want to read.

What books did you read in July?

Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [July 19th 2017] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –
DFdGElAXgAIw6N7I started Countless a couple of days ago and I’ve really enjoyed it. This wasn’t on my TBR for July but I didn’t really feel like reading the books I had left so I picked this up.

So the main character, Hedda, has an eating disorder that she calls Nia and finds out she’s pregnant. She plans her meals out for the pregnancy, she wants to put Nia on hold for a few months, have the baby and pick up where she left off…

I wasn’t sure if I’d like this but so far I’ve really enjoyed it. I think I’ll finish it today at some point. DFIjpdmUMAAlNXE

Recently Finished –
I recently read The Moonlight Dreamers. I’ve had a copy of this for a year and only now got around to reading this because the sequel was coming out.

This follows four girls as they set up a club, The Moonlight Dreamers, and go after their dreams. It’s diverse and full of friendship. I wasn’t sure I’d like it but I really did.

I’ll be holding a giveaway for a copy of both The Moonlight Dreamers and the sequel, Tell It to the Moon when I’ve read it. So if you live in New Zealand or Australia keep an eye out 🙂 DE-MiiVU0AA49f5

I also read Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index and I really enjoyed this. I think I mentioned what this was about in my last WWW Wednesday post so I don’t feel like repeating myself.

Anyway, I will be reviewing this soon. I didn’t post any reviews last week because I was having some health issues and decided to take a little break from my blog. I’m still behind on writing my reviews but I’m hoping to catch up over the weekend. DFJ6SYdUMAApaXr

Reading Next –
I went to the library last week and picked up these three books. I don’t know if I’ll be able to read them all as well as my review books but I am going to read The Leaving next. I wanted to read this when it first came out but never got around to getting a copy.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [July 19th 2017] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – 10I didn’t read much of this yesterday but I did like what I read. I just don’t think I was in the mood for reading.

Anyway, this follows Juniper as she tries to adjust to life without her sister. She’s been using her Happiness Index, a card system she uses to rate the day, to help. Then one of her cards goes missing, with a secret she doesn’t want anyone finding out.

She also finds a letter her sister, Camilla, wrote on the day of the accident. She never got to give it to the mysterious ‘You’ but Juniper is determined to find out who ‘You’ is and give them the letter.

I like what I’ve read so far. Hopefully I’ll be able to read more today.

Recently Finished – 5
I finished Sea yesterday. I liked it. I don’t really know what age group this is for though…

Anyway, Sea follows Mouse. Her father is missing, her brother is in danger and a mysterious and creepy cold is stealing across the world… Mouse is determined to save her brother and find her father.

This is the first book in The Huntress Trilogy. I think the next book is called Sky. I’m interested to see what’s next for Mouse in the next book. It also had some illustrations. 12

I finished When Dimple met Rishi and it was okay. It’s not the worst book I’ve ever read but I don’t understand all the hype. I found the ending very predictable.

I didn’t want to read it because it was so hyped up. I wanted to read it because it was diverse and own voices. And aside from fantasy books I don’t think I’ve read a contemporary with an arranged marriage.

I’ll be doing a review on this soon. I really wanted to like this so much more.

Reading Next –
I think I’ll be picking up The Moonlight Dreamers next. I’ve had a copy for so long and never got around to reading it. With the sequel coming out soon I really need to pick it up.

What have you read in the last week?

– Aimee.

Monthly wrap up & TBR

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I didn’t read as much as I wanted to in June. I mean, nine books is still good it just wasn’t what I had planned. But whatever.

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Contagion by Teri Terry – ★★★★/5
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – ★★★★/5
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter – ★★★★/
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord – ★★★★/5
Pieces of You by Eileen Merriman – ★★★★/5
Ida by Alison Evans – ★★★/5
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray – ★★★/5
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★/5
Beyond the Wall Tanya Landman – ★★★★/5

So read some pretty good books in June. I think my favourite was Flame in the Mist. But I’ll talk about that more in my review.

Onto my July TBR.

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I’ve almost finished reading The Glittering Court and I’ve actually enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading Midnight Jewel soon.

I have been thinking that I might mix up my review books with some of my own books. I think that’s what’s been putting me in a reading slump. So I’m not expecting to stick to this TBR too closely.

What’s on your July TBR?

Aimee.

June Book Haul.

DDnXvkMUAAE_3FMI got a total of 17 books this month. Three I’ve read previously and just wanted my own copy. The rest I haven’t managed to get to yet.

So I’m just going to jump right into the haul because they always take so long to type up.

So the first book I got was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I used to have all The

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Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices books but when we moved I got rid of a lot of books and DVDs. But I’ve wanted to read The Dark Artifices for a while. I know the second book came out recently but I’m going to see if I like this before getting a copy of that.

I don’t really know much about this other than Emma wants to know what really happened to her parents.

I don’t think I’ll be reading this any time soon because my TBR is crazy and this is like 800 pages. But I hope to have read it by the end of the year. Maybe…

I wasn’t planning on getting both the hardcover and paperback editions of Philosopher’s 1Stone. I’d pre-ordered the hardback months ago from Book Depository. But then I saw the paperback in a bookstore over here for 20% off and free Hogwarts house postcards. So, I couldn’t say no.

I read the extras inside the paperback edition when I got it and I really enjoyed them. I also love all the new illustrations too. I didn’t have a very long look though. I just sort of skimmed everything. I’ll read them all again one day. There’s no rush.

What Hogwarts house are you in? Are you planning on getting all the house editions or just the house you’re in? 3

I received an ARC of Empire of Salt from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy (I think) and I’m pretty sure it’s YA… But I’m not 100% sure.

I’m also not really sure what’s it about other than 12 families fighting for one throne. Kind of sounds like A Game of Thrones but I don’t want to compare it to that before even reading it because I’ll just get disappointed. I love the Song of Ice and Fire series. I love fantasy books so I’m looking forward to reading this. I think it’s released in August so I’ll read it closer to the release date.

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HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of The Crown’s Fate to review. I haven’t read The Crown’s Game, even though I’ve had a copy of it since it was released last year.

But I think I’ll be putting The Crown’s Game on my July TBR, which I haven’t even really thought of yet. And if I have time I’ll try to squeeze The Crown’s Fate onto it as well. But knowing my reading at the moment I don’t think that’s going to happen.

I don’t really know much about these other than they’re set in Russia (I think) but I’ve heard really good things about both of them so I’m excited to read them. 5

Hardie Grant Egmont sent me a copy of The Huntress: Sea to review. I think that’s how you do the title? I requested this a few months ago so I can’t remember what this is about anymore. It was sent to my old address so I didn’t receive it straight away and will admit I completely forgot about it.

I will be putting this on my July TBR since it kind of went missing for a while. I don’t know when it was released but I’m probably behind…

I finally bought a copy of Cinder. This was the last book that I needed to complete my6 collection of The Lunar Chronicles. I love this series and wanted them all in hardback because I won a copy of Winter last year I think and it was a hardback so I wanted the rest of the series to match and now they do. I don’t have a copy of Fairest though because I can’t stand Levana and I don’t want that on my shelves. She’s an evil, twisted cow.

I loved this series! I’ve read the first three books twice, I had to re-read them before I could read Winter. But I haven’t read Stars Above yet. I’ll get to it one day. Soon I hope. If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles then I recommend finding copies.

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I received a copy of The Ones that Disappeared from Hachette New Zealand to review. I think this is set in Australia by an Australian author but I could be completely wrong.

I think this is about kids disappearing and a fictional version of what may have happened to them. I really can’t remember.

I don’t know if this will be going on my TBR for this month yet. I have another book from Hachette that will be in this post that I want to read more. If I can fit it in I definitely will though. I love this cover. It’s kind of velvety in person and so pretty.

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HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of Godblind to review. I think this is a debut novel and the first in a new fantasy series.

This sounded really interesting when I first heard about it and I am really hoping to get to it this month. I know it’s about some kind of red gods but that’s all I remember. And yes, I can see that on the cover in the photo…

Speaking of the cover, it is so eye-catching. I’m not sure but I think this is an adult fantasy book and not YA but again, not 100% sure. So I’m expecting a lot of death and gore… 10

The next two books were sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index follows Juniper after the death of her sister and how she’s trying to move on/put her life back together. And she writes these index cards of happy things. But one goes missing with a big (maybe?) secret on it. And I think the book is what follows. Or something along those lines. I have heard good things about this so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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The second book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Midnight Jewel. This is the sequel to The Glittering Court which I got in a giveaway but haven’t actually read yet. I’m reading it at the moment. Although I’m not really that far in but I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

I’ll be putting Midnight Jewel on my July TBR because I need to have it read this month. Hopefully I can get to it soon. But I don’t think I’ll be reading it straight after The Glittering Court. I have too many other books to read first. I think this is out on the 6th? 12

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of When Dimple Met Rishi to review. I have heard so many good things about this books and I am so excited to read it. I’ve been getting into contemporary books a lot more in the last couple of months. They’re a nice break from all the fantasy books I read.

When Dimple Met Rishi will definitely be going on my July TBR. I think I might actually read it really soon. I’ve got my next read picked out but it might be the one after that. Anyway, I’m just rambling now…

I went shopping alone a couple of days ago, which is never a god idea, and I saw a ‘buy

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one get one half price’ on YA books and I just couldn’t resist.

I’ve wanted to read Hunted for a while now. I’ve never actually need it in store till the day I bought it though.

I love Beauty and the Beast and I think this is a retelling. I saw the name Beast when I flicked through the book so I’m pretty sure it is. So I’m excited to read it. I haven’t read a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings. I’m not sure when I’ll actually be reading it though, probably not any time soon because I have a crazy long TBR. 14

The second book I got was York. It’s the first book in a trilogy/series. I’m not really sure which.

I will admit that the cover drew me in because it’s gorgeous and so much better in person. But the story sounded pretty good when I read the synopsis. And then fact I got it for $8.50 wasn’t bad either.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. I’m not in a huge rush at the moment. Maybe when the sequel comes out.

I received a 10% off code from Book Depository earlier this month and I used it to buy 15two books. The first book was Our Dark Duet, the sequel to This Savage Song. I read and loved This Savage Song not long after it was released.

I’m hoping Our Dark Duet picks up not long after the ending of This Savage Song. I might have to read the last couple of chapters again to see what happened but I do remember the last scene because that stuck in my head.

This is another book that I hope to read soon but I’m not really sure when I’ll actually get to. These are the first books I’ve read by V.E. Schwab. I have one of her other books, A Darker Shade of Magic, in my Book Depo wishlist. I just haven’t gotten around buying it yet. 16

The other book I got with my code was A Court of Wings and Ruin. I haven’t actually read the first two books in this trilogy yet but now I have them all I don’t really have an excuse, other than my crazy TBR, not to read them.

I know this is like the first three books in the series but also the story in these books has an ending or something. The size of ACOWAR is kind of putting me off wanting to read it soon. I like fast reads at the moment. Much easier to get through and get off my TBR. I need to go on a book buying ban.

The last book I received in June was sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I love17 this cover and pirates so I cannot wait to read this.

I also can’t remember much about this because I read the synopsis so long ago but I did like the sound of what I read. And this cover is gorgeous!

So that’s my June book haul. I got some amazing books this month that I can’t wait to read.

What did you get in June??

– Aimee.