My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Elise and the Benton family have moved to LA. Her mom has just been named principal of...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Elise and the Benton family have moved to LA. Her mom has just been named principal of Coral Tree prep in LA. The problem is everybody else at her school is the son or daughter of Hollywood royalty. Her mom is the new principal. It doesn't exactly lead to popularity.
And Derek Edwards is at the top of the pack, but when Derek's best friend falls for Elise's sister Julianna, Elise and Julianna find themselves being welcomed into that top pack.
However, Elise is not attracted to Derek. He is a jerk to social outcast Webster Grant and he thinks her family is embarrassing. Elise has to admit there might be some merit on that last one. Her sister Layla has no bounds when it comes trying to impress people or to fitting in. Then there's her mom who seems to fawn over Derek. Yes, they might be embarrassing but she's not about to let anybody else say that.
It's a retelling of Pride and Prejudice so I'm sure you have a few ideas about this one ends.
Going into this one, I didn't actually remember it was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I just remembered hearing good reviews about it so I decided to give it a shot. Boy am I glad I did.
LaZebnik's YA debut novel is an epic read. This book had me laughing the whole time. I have read several retellings of Pride and Prejudice but few have been as entertaining as this one.
LaZebnik managed to parallel Pride and Prejudice very well, but also managed to make the story her own. LaZebnik did not just rely on readers knowing the characters in Pride and Prejudice, she infused her characters with their own personality.
This book is a cute read that I'm so glad I read.
So why 3.5 stars? This novel was indeed a cute read. It had me laughing and I loved the characters. It was more memorable than chick-lit novels than I've read in a long time. However, it lacked a deeper underlying message to make this one a 4 or a 5. The writing was beautiful, the book entertaining, and it's one I liked more than a lot I've read, but it lacked that after punch to make it unforgettable.
In Summary: LaZebnik's first YA novel has definitely left me excited to read her next YA novel. Her book offers a cute, fun, and comical retelling of Pride and Prejudice that Austen fans will love. What would happen if Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett squared off in high school? Read this book and you'll find out.
The Wrap-up: I really was truly surprised by how much I liked this one. LaZebnik's writing definitely caught my attention and I can't wait to read her sophomore YA novel The Trouble with Flirting. If you like Austen or just like cute reads, then check this one out.
This book is just cute. Melanie Jacobson's books always make me laugh hysterically. They are dangerous for me. Laughing out loud in public is usually...moreThis book is just cute. Melanie Jacobson's books always make me laugh hysterically. They are dangerous for me. Laughing out loud in public is usually frowned upon.
Seriously if you want a cute, clean, funny romance, look no further than Melanie Jacobson. (less)
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion and re...moreMy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I have not received any compensation for this book. The tour host may have received compensation for scheduling the tour. However, I have received nothing and am not obligated to give a good review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this book without really knowing what to expect. It sounded intriguing and so I decided to give it a shot. I've found a lot of really fun books that way and was excited to see what would happen with this book.
In one word this book was cute. It made me smile as I read about Amy and Chris's relationship. This book touched on body image problems and self-esteem; something that I think is a crucial topic in today's society, but I won't get into that right now.
I found the dialogue to be believable and compelling. I thought that the plot might have been predictable, but sometimes you just want a cute read that you can quickly read and leave with a smile on your face. This book fits the bill perfectly.
Amy was a character that I could relate to. She was stupid at times, but which one of us hasn't been stupid before--especially when it comes to love? I loved watching her grow and attempt to sort our her feelings.
Chris was just the classic good guy; the type of guy you are supposed to like. I loved watching him struggle with own doubts and fears as he tried to win Amy over.
This book switched between both of their perspectives which is absolutely something that I appreciate.
This book was cute and entertaining, but it lacked that extra something to bump it up to a 4. However, I still really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to all those who like cute high school romance stories.
In Summary: Rebecca's debut presents readers with a delightfully entertaining read that is bound to appeal to lovers of high school romance stories.
Warnings/Side-notes: Two instances of strong language. Some references to drinking. Overall, the content in this book is very mild. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it.
The Wrap-up: Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am glad that I got to read it. Rebecca's novel was a fast, fun, and delightful read. I normally am a harsher grader when it comes to stories about high school romances. Honestly, in most cases, what are they going to lead to? But I really loved how Rebecca set up this novel.
An enjoyable read that fans of young adult realistic contemporary romantic novels will enjoy reading.
I loved this book. Melanie Jacboson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her name is synonymous with cute, funny stories.
I don't have time...moreI loved this book. Melanie Jacboson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her name is synonymous with cute, funny stories.
I don't have time to write a personal review, so here's the review that I published.
Melanie Jacobson's new book, "Smart Move" will leave readers laughing out loud. "Smart Move" is the companion novel to "Twitterpated" and follows the character Sandy Burke.
Sandy met Jack Manning at a club in Seattle. He said he would call, and she waited for that call for months. It never came. Sandy was devastated and was never able to entirely forget him. A year later, when she has the chance to leave Seattle and work at New Horizons in Washington, D.C., she jumps at the chance.
New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that helps women get back on their feet, something Sandy is very passionate about. However, plans to build a new outreach center come to a screeching halt when an annoying lawyer tries to block their permit to build the center.
On top of that, Sandy has to deal with her mother, who is obsessed with all things New Age and is convinced that Sandy’s religion as a now activity member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a fraud and is not filling her needs. Between her mom “the crazy train” and the lawyer she likes to call “El Diablo” it is only time before someone drives her crazy.
As if battling for the new outreach center wasn’t hard enough, she finds herself battling for her heart too. Jake Manning, the handsome guy from Seattle, reappears in Washington, D.C., and kicks her heart back into overdrive. The only problem is that Jake is also “El Diablo.” Sandy refuses to be attracted to the guy who is making her life a living nightmare at work.
However, Jake isn’t so ready to let her walk away. Sandy determines that she can use the "flirt-to-convert" method to make him see the importance of the new center. Jake is set on winning her back. However, Sandy quickly realizes she is in danger of losing both her head and her heart.
While it is a companion novel to "Twitterpated," this book can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Jacobson’s writing always manages to be refreshing, entertaining, amusing and uplifting. She writes her romances in a way that are accessible to readers of all ages. Her romances are always clean and never contain any content that would offend any reader of any age.
Jacobson’s characters are always masterfully developed and spring off the pages. Jacobson will have readers laughing out loud at least a few times as she relates the hilarious encounters between Sandy and Jake as they battle for their jobs and their hearts. Fans of the romantic comedy will love Jacobson’s novel “Smart Move,” and will appreciate the novel for its depth, its entertainment value and its overall cuteness. (less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favorite novel by Jacobson. But I still loved it. I have read every single book my Melanie and can guaran...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favorite novel by Jacobson. But I still loved it. I have read every single book my Melanie and can guarantee that I will be keeping my eye out for her works. Her writing is beautiful, her characters are always realistic and comical.
Definitely recommend to fans of romantic comedies. Another thing I love about Jacobson is that her novels are always clean and that is definitely a plus. (less)
I received this review for work from one of the newspapers I freelance for. That means I wrote this review for a newspaper and not my blog. So here's...moreI received this review for work from one of the newspapers I freelance for. That means I wrote this review for a newspaper and not my blog. So here's my review. Note: it's written in journalism style. Once the link is available, I will place it here.
But before I get into my official review, here are two quotes that I adored:
What girl doesn't swoon at Roman historical references? Probably, most. But I did.
"You google-stalked me! I'm so flattered." "Stalked is such a strong word," Elliot said. "Don't be offended. Google-stalking is an art," I said. "In fact, if I could be a superhero, I would be the googler. 'No searh is beyond her ability,'" I said in my best radio theater voice. "'She is...the Googler."
See why I love this book. And if you really want to here's a copy of my review for work.
Protagonist Dawn West, a recent graduate who lives in New York, decided to turn down law school to follow her dream of being a writer. She expected to be leading a fabulous life complete with an incredible writing career and a gorgeous boyfriend.
Instead, she is the genius behind a lawn care advice column, has an ex-boyfriend that she can’t stop thinking about, and a roommate who seems incapable of paying rent. Not exactly the glamorous life she had anticipated living.
But at a chance meeting, she runs into the editor-in-chief of Charm magazine, Regina Greene. When Greene offers her the chance to track down the winners of Charm magazine’s “Ten Girls to Watch” contest, she jumps at the chance.
While the pay might not be stellar and it is only a temporary position, Dawn falls in love with the job. The women she interviewed were great college students who went on to become famous opera singers, novelists, and air force pilots. These women quickly become her role models.
However, Dawn learns that as remarkable as these women are she can’t follow in their footsteps. Instead, she realizes that she has to pave her own way. While she might not have received the perfect ending she always pictured, she might have been blessed with the perfect beginning.
Charity Shumway, a Utah-native, creates a brilliant debut novel that proves to be nothing short of charming. Shumway’s delightful novel is one that readers will cherish as they are left crying and laughing as they root for her pithy protagonist. An intriguing plot, brilliant characters, and a beautiful prose combine to create a novel that readers will adore.
Shumway took the almost clichéd plot line of a Western girl who moves to New York in the hopes of living a glamorous life and breathes new life into the story. She chose to delve past the superficial concerns and dive into deeper issues about family, divorce, love, and learning to chase dreams no matter the cost.
Shumway took her own life story and cast a fictional slant on it. While her character Dawn was born in Oregon and moved to New York, Shumway was born in Utah and moved to New York. Both wanted to be writers and both were given the chance to track down winners for a major magazine’s “Top Ten College Women” contest.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my hone...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read Shannon Greenland's novel The Summer my Life Began and really liked that one so I was excited to read this one.
This novel is nothing like The Summer my Life Began and yet I still really liked it. This novel is about a teenage genius named Kelly James. I actually liked her a lot. She was spunky and had a lot of character.
The whole premise was really intriguing. I'd like to read the next one in the sequel.
I thought that Greenland has a really brilliant writing style. It was comical. If you like spy books or books with a spunky heroine, then you would really enjoy this book.
Greenland's writing style is always entertaining, her characters are always easy to relate to, and her plot lines are always intriguing.
In Summary: Model Spy is a book full of intrigue and is both humorous and fun. Fans of young adult spy books will love this series.
The Wrap-up: A cute book that I really enjoyed reading. I read this book in one sitting and did so very quickly. This is definitely an enjoyable book that I feel like most fans of YA fiction will love.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank the pu...moreThis is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an e-galley to review in exchange for my honest opinion of the book.
I read this one without knowing much about it other than it looked like it would be a fun summer book. After reading it, I realized that this is a book that people either seem to hate, love, or are absolutely apathetic about. I for one actually really liked this book. I'm not quite sure what made me like it so much...I guess it was just the novel as a whole.
This novel was your typical summer chick-lit read; however, it was so much more. I don't know why, but from the very first page I was drawn into this story. I for one really liked Shannon's writing a lot. Her writing read very smoothly and just drew me into the story.
I also really liked the character Em. I know a few people who thought the characters were flat, but I actually really liked the characters of Em, Gwynny, and of course Cade. The characters didn't seem flat to me and I liked how they grew in the novel.
Even though I predicted a lot of what happened in this novel, it was still really enjoyable. (less)
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really don't know how to summarize this book while doing it justice. So let me start ou...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really don't know how to summarize this book while doing it justice. So let me start out by saying that I had heard amazing things going into this book. But I still wasn't sold. I thought it would be a solid three stars. An enjoyable book, but not one that really stood out to me.
I was wrong. This book exceeded my expectations. It had a depth to it that I wasn't expecting and the writing style was much better than I thought it would be too.
I'm not a huge fan of football so I wasn't sure if I'd like it. But Kenneally infused her character with so much passion for the game that I couldn't help but love the way she portrayed it.
Also, this book is more about Jordan and her relationship with her dad and her coming of age than football which I actually really liked.
I already said I didn't think I could summarize this book and do it justice, but here we go. Jordan is the quarterback of her high school football team and is determined to win the State championship and play high school ball. Her dad plays football for the NFL and so she grew up loving football. But the last thing her dad wants her to do is play her football. He's so worried that she'll get hurt and so he has never gone to one of her games.
Jordan has been one of the guys. She's never really been friends with the girls and she's never had a boyfriend. But she hasn't ever really minded. Until Ty moves in. Ty is unbelievably hot and she doesn't know if she's okay just being one of the guys anymore. But Ty is on the football team too and Jordan doesn't know how she feels about dating a team member. All Jordan knows is that change is coming.
Okay one of my favorite things about this book was the writing style. It was just so beautiful and lent itself to a depth that is often missing in YA. Another one of my favorite things about this novel was Jordan's friend named Henry. Even though he drove me nuts at times, I really liked his friendship with Jordan. Their friendship was one of the best YA friendships I've read in awhile. It was just so cute.
They even met in such a cute way. She was at cheer camp. He was at football camp. He threw a ball at her on accident and she threw it back at him better than he did. After that they were best friends and she was on the football team from then on.
Ty was all an interesting character. He was so needy and so that kind of bugged me, but I thought he was a pretty good guy and boyfriend. He was arrogant at times and annoying, but that's probably just my thoughts.
Anyway, this book was beautifully written, the characters were so intriguing and easy to relate to, and the book had a depth that I really liked.
If you like YA contemporary realistic romances, then definitely read this one.
In Summary: A beautifully written story that had an unexpected depth to it. Kenneally's writing was intriguing. This was a story that I read quickly and couldn't get enough of. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Warnings/Side-notes: Minor swearing, very tame sexual references. Honestly, they are very tame.
The Wrap-up: Seriously I was really impressed by this book. It just was a really good book. I definitely recommend this one.
My Overall Impressions/ Thoughts: First off, I'm going to say that I'm so glad this novel comes out tomorrow because I think you should all read it.
Fr...moreMy Overall Impressions/ Thoughts: First off, I'm going to say that I'm so glad this novel comes out tomorrow because I think you should all read it.
From the moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis, I wanted to read this book and so I'm so glad that I got to read it through Netgalley. I went in with really high expectations and they were met.
This novel is a really compelling realistic contemporary novel about growing up and being who you want to be.
I loved Jo's character and her voice. She was a character that I could easily relate to and sympathize with. Her dilemma of whether or not to take the job to take undercover pictures was one that I could understand. I loved Rushby's writing style. I really felt like I was in Jo's head the entire time.
I read this novel in one sitting and was absolutely enthralled with the story. I kept trying to force myself to read faster and faster, because I was just so into the novel. This novel was a cute read on the surface--but this novel touched upon some deeper issues that really caused me to reflect and think.
So yes, this novel is a good (mostly lighthearted) read that was comical and cheesy and cute, but it was also so much more than that.
I loved the characters in this novel. And I loved the chemistry between Ned and Jo. Ned was definitely a guy that I could find myself crushing on.
I was really impressed with this story and will definitely be keeping my eye out for other books by this author. Thankfully she has a lot of other ones for me to choose from.
In Summary: I really enjoyed reading this novel. It was cute and very well-written, and had me hooked from the beginning.