Review: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

REVIEW

If There's No TomorrowInformation:
Title/Author: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Standalone
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

A single choice can change everything.

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

YOU GUYS, this book was amazing. Literally, I read this weeks ago and I am still beyond words with how good this book was. I have been struggling to come up with the words to express my emotions for this book, but it just hasn’t been working. I don’t think I can do it justice. But, this review really can’t wait forever.

For those of you who didn’t already know, Jennifer L. Armentrout is my favorite author. I have read (and reviewed!) so many of her books, and have yet to hate any of them. This one was no exception. It was flawlessly written with amazing characters, a tear-worthy plot and a romance that beats so many others.

What I liked…

Literally everything. I flew through this book so fast since there was nothing that I disliked.

The plot in this book was what originally attracted me and made me want to read this book, as it does with most. Most of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s YA contemporaries follow a main female who has gone through something traumatic in their life. For Lena Wise, it was a car crash. A devastating car crash that changed both her as a person, and her view of the future. She didn’t want to look back but she also feared what would come tomorrow. But the big question was “what if there was no tomorrow?” What if she had died in that car crash and not lived to get married, have children or even to go to college.

If anything, Lena Wise is one of my favorite JLA females. She was a volleyball player, an avid reader, a lover of history, and simply a girl who cannot wait to move on to college. But her life takes a turn of events when she happens to be in a devastating car crash. She no longer is as happy as before, nor is she as open. She became secretive, which caused her to *almost* break apart multiple friendships and relationships. But most of all, it almost cost her her best friend and crush.

Sebastian, Sebastian, Sebastian. What a babe! Football player, extremely hot, and super emotional. Literally, if any character shed more emotions than Lena in this novel, it was Sebastian. He proved how much he cared for her, even before he confessed his love. He was chivalrous and treated Lena like royalty. I don’t know how, but I am pretty sure that Jennifer L. Armentrout is the queen of writing about hot gentlemen.

The romance in this book was AMAZING! I absolutely love romance in books and most of the time YA books don’t have enough to satisfy me. But this one had such a sweet and cute romance that I could rant about for hours. Let’s just get it out there that Lena and Sebastian are definitely on my OTP list.

Also, does anyone else just love when authors mention one of your favorite series in their books? Possibly you are even a fan of the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas… Well, you are in store for a treat. Within the first 100 pages of this book, the author mentioned the series approximately 10 times. Our main character, Lena, hit home with how much she loves reading!

My favorite quotes…

“I knew I couldn’t go back and start a new beginning. I couldn’t rewrite the middle. All I could do was change tomorrow, as long as I had one.”

“Sometimes I just wanted to…I don’t know, escape life. To delve headfirst into a world that dealt with real-life issues to open my eyes, or a world that was something else, something completely unreal. One with warring faes or roaming vampire clans. I wanted to experience new things and always, always, read the last page feeling satisfied.
Because sometimes happily-ever-after existed only in the books I read.”

 

Overall…

This book was unlike anything I have ever read before. It was inspiring and proved how one wrong mistake can totally change your life. Jennifer L. Armentrout’s character were very relatable and realistic. I’ve mentioned so many times on this blog about how I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books and this is why: they never fail to thrill and excite me.

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Happy Reading,
Alaina

 

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October Wrap-Up, Haul and November TBR!

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Hey everyone! I can’t believe that we are almost already halfway through November and I haven’t put up this post yet. Whoops! But, it’s better late than never, right? I usually separate this into three different posts, but it’s already super late into November, so why not just keep it all in one. I read so many amazing books in October, hauled more than usual, and have a loaded TBR for November that I am so excited to share with all of you!

What did I read in October?

AchillesAchilles by Greg Boose

The year is 2221, and humans have colonized an earthlike planet called Thetis in the Silver Foot Galaxy. After a tragic accident kills off dozens of teenage colonists, Thetis’s leaders are desperate to repopulate. So the Mayflower 2, a state-of-the-art spaceship, sets off across the universe to bring 177 new recruits to the colony. 

For Jonah Lincoln, an orphaned teen who’s bounced between foster homes and spent time on the streets of Cleveland, the voyage is a chance to reinvent himself, to be strong and independent and brave the way he could never be on Earth. But his dreams go up in smoke when their ship crash-lands, killing half the passengers and leaving the rest stranded–not on Thetis, but on its cruel and unpeopled moon, Achilles.
Between its bloodthirsty alien life forms and its distance from their intended location, Achilles is far from an ideal resting place. The situation is already dire, but when all of the adults suddenly disappear, leaving the teenage passengers to fend for themselves, Jonah doubts they’ll survive at all, much less reach Thetis. Especially when it appears Achilles isn’t as uninhabited as they were led to believe.
 


Dangerous LiesDangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Stella Gordon’s life is a lie.

She does not belong in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small-town locals can never know who she really is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self. She knows that telling the truth will only bring violence to this safe haven.

Despite how hard Stella tries to stay under the radar, danger is fast approaching. Criminals have a way of getting rid of witnesses, and Stella may have made the one mistake that could lead the cold-blooded men hunting for her right to her doorstep.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


AloneAlone by Cyn Balog

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school. 

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…


Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements, #3)Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…


If There's No TomorrowIf There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. 

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. 

For what she let happen. 

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

Books I hauled in October…
(Well, it was my birthday. And what does a reader ask for their birthday? BOOKS!)

 

A lot of these books were birthday presents, but a few of them I bought myself. Every Last Breath was a present from my mom. She knows how much I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing, and fortunately picked this book off of the list I gave her! I received If There’s No Tomorrow and ACOWAR from my grandparents. I was so excited about them and have actually finished both. The last book I received for my birthday was The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. I really wasn’t expecting to receive this, but am so thankful that my friend got this for me!

Now, if you are a Canadian and you shop at Chapters, you have probably heard of their plum rewards program. Lucky for me, I was able to receive $5.00 worth of plum points with any purchase during October. I wasn’t expecting to find Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes there, but I couldn’t resist buying it. They never have it in stock. And I also saw a hardcover copy of And I Darken by Kiersten White on sale and couldn’t walk out without it.

What do I plan on reading in November?

01234A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


0123The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….


Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.


012345Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

And that is it for today’s *very long* post. I hope you all enjoyed it! Have you read any of the books mentioned above? Let’s chat in the comments! Don’t forget to like and follow to stay up to date with all of my future posts!

Happy Reading,
Alaina