Friday, April 3, 2015

Book Review: The Queen Of Bright And Shiny Things by: Ann Aguirre

Release Date: April 7, 2015
from Feiwel & Friends
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"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…"

My Thoughts:

This book knocked me on my ass. It sounded good and I expected to like it, but I did not expect to love it as much as I did. This book was everything. It was sweet and funny and heartbreaking and adorable and quirky and just everything. It’s the kind of book that had me flailing and squealing.

I absolutely adored Sage. She strives so hard to bring positivity into the world. She wants to be a better person and a good person. She has always been quiet and reserved. She isn’t the popular girl and she isn’t your normal MC. Teen Teresa related to Sage so much and I loved that. Reading this book I remembered what it was like in high school, surrounded by a bunch of people you couldn’t stand, waiting for the day I didn’t have to deal with the stupidity anyone, playing second fiddle to some friends, and the struggle of being identified as an individual and not as “someone’s friend”. I was Sage in many ways. I mean, we are different in A LOT of way too. I’ve been very fortunate and my childhood isn’t like Sage’s, but I really understood high school Sage. I really wish this book had been around when I was in high school.

And then we have Shane, and I can’t even begin to express my love of Shane. He is so swoony guys. He is quiet and sweet and shy and man oh man I fell hard. I loved how sweet Shane was and I loved the awkwardness between them in the beginning. The stage where both are unsure of how to proceed, but both are clearly crushing hard on each other. It was absolutely adorable and sweet. I loved that it wasn’t this whirlwind crazy romantic relationship that as a reader you have a hard time believing is realistic, it was beautiful and sweet and believable.

I also loved how accurate this portrayed high school. High school sucks sometimes and this book showed that. Kids can be cruel and bullies and unfortunately they get away with it sometimes. But it also showed that if you find the right people you can survive it. I loved how the friendships were portrayed, as exactly that, friends. Friends that don’t give up on you when it’s no longer convenient for them. More YA books need relationships like that. And while we are talking about relationships, I need to mention Sage’s relationship with her Aunt Gabby. I loved their bond. There is one scene in particular that both crushed my heart and filled it with love and made me cry.

While this book was fun and adorable and swoony and quirky, it was also heartbreaking. This one sneaks up on you and just when you think you’re safe; your heart gets ripped out. Just when I thought I’d seen the worst, the rug was ripped out from under my feet yet again.

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things really is a fantastic read and I cannot recommend it enough. I was truly surprised by how much I adored this book and I really just loved it. It’s the kind of book I want to put in everyone’s hands.


  1. Oooh I am really looking forward to reading this one and I am so glad you found it to be adorable and swoony. Great review! :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

  2. Oh my gosh! I know I have to read this one when I can! If you loved it so much, the story and the characters, I know I'll probably end up loving it as well! I do love the sound of Shane, he sounds like my kind of BBF ;} It's also nice to encounter a book that actually does portray high school, how it can be.

    Amazing review as always my friend!

  3. Really? I admit to being surprised but happy. I have this sitting here and I guess I need to read it now. :)

  4. oh wow.. this was on my radar for a bit then i just lost interest.. but now my interest is back! I love the sound of Sage and Shane and how the book is fun yet heartbreaking.. also, realistic portrayal of high school never hurts! great review

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  5. Love that this knocked you on your ass! Hahaha!! It's the books that sneak up on you that are the best. I recently finished one that had me flailing and now I'm having book hangover. Sigh. Truly fabulous review that is bound to have everyone adding this book to their TBR!! <3

  6. LOL. I've had this post pulled up for a day or so but waited to comment on it, since I also read and reviewed this one! I'm so glad you liked this one too! The realism of it is what really sold it for me. I liked Sage too- she was such a sweetheart and I wish there were more people like her in the world. Great review hun!

  7. I'm with you, Sage was such an amazing character and I just adored her. I'm so happy we both loved this book. Yay!


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