This book. This book. This book! I devoured it. I was sucked in from the first page and I read this so fast. It was beautiful and sad and hopeful andThis book. This book. This book! I devoured it. I was sucked in from the first page and I read this so fast. It was beautiful and sad and hopeful and funny and dare I say it? In my opinion pretty darn near perfect. I'm not sure I have felt this way since I read Eleanor & Park. It is funny how sometimes the books that sit on my shelves the longest and seem like the books I want to read the least end up being the books that I love the most.
Anyway, I don't have one bad thing to say about it. I'd read it if I were you, unless you don't like characters to steal your hearts and make you love the imperfect world......more
I can't believe I didn't even know about this new Paige Toon book. My mom came home from London and she had it! I was so excited! This might be one ofI can't believe I didn't even know about this new Paige Toon book. My mom came home from London and she had it! I was so excited! This might be one of my favorite Toon books of all time. At first I thought it would be hard for me to keep the triplets straight, but it was actually very easy and happened very quickly. The story unfolds in a different way than Toon's usual style and I liked it. Of course per usual Toon style I thought the book ended way too soon. They always do...EVERY FREAKING SINGLE TIME!
Toon's books have romance without being trashy always only a few swear worlds. Her books transport me to England or Australia. I love them all, and I can't put my finger on it, but his one I just loved. ...more
On a different day I could have given this 4 stars, but it has been SO long since I read a actually good YA book that I sat reading this with a delighOn a different day I could have given this 4 stars, but it has been SO long since I read a actually good YA book that I sat reading this with a delighted smile the whole time. So 5 stars.
This was NOT what I expected at all. Hello to one of the most wonderfully flawed teenage girl heroes of all time. She was so spectacularly insecure while being so amazingly confident. This is what I felt like through my adolescence. And the cute boy who doesn't make her feel better but makes her feel worse, but is still a good guy. So perfect. I loved this. I didn't want it to end. I wanted to read more about these characters days after I finished reading this.
I could gush more, but I want you to just read it for yourself.
It has talk of sexual situations between teens, but not scenes. It has a few appearances of the f-word, which felt weird to me, because it didn't feel necessary and so it felt out of place. ...more
This is the first 5 star read I've enjoyed in a long time. I pretty much loved everything about this. I've never read a book before that so artfully cThis is the first 5 star read I've enjoyed in a long time. I pretty much loved everything about this. I've never read a book before that so artfully captures what it is like to grow up in a poor small town. The heroine's experiences are so far from mine, but I felt like I could relate to her so well. There is some male POV as well and the snippets from the mind and heart of our hero were heartfelt and raw and just the perfect amount of his voice to make the book more meaningful and more well rounded.
I devoured this book. I couldn't read it fast enough. It has been ages since I felt like that about a book.
This has some steamy scenes and character driven foul language. ...more
Utterly and completely charming. I adored this from the beginning and I just loved every second of reading this. I always love me some British Chick-Lit and this one delivered. My biggest disappointment? That I cannot seem to be able to buy a physical copy of the book. It seems to only be available as an eBook! How am I supposed to add it to my ever growing British Chick-Lit collection?
Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Sarra Manning or Paige Toon. Not many people have heard about this and reviewed it yet, but I hope it catches on so I can enjoy more books by this delightful author!...more
I thought this was pretty exceptional. When I was a few chapters in, I was really excited about this because it was really a refreshing read. It has been a long time since I read a YA book that was taking a different view on the subject of being a teenager. And I loved the political backdrop, because books about politics have been done for adults, but I've never read one starring teens.
ALL of our characters, including the smallest ones were well-rounded, well thought-out and REAL. Seriously, I felt like these people really existed. And, I loved being on the campaign trail. I'm not a political girl myself but this was just so entertaining and interesting. It was light hearted, while being extremely serious. It was a story about families while also raising issues about the seriously flawed world of presidential elections. It accomplished so much in one book.
This is a mostly clean read with a few swear words, but nothing too offensive and the romance is G rated. If I taught teens in school I would have every single one of them read this. ...more
Sometimes a book will completely win me over with the very last line. A line so beautiful that it kind of knocks me off balance. This was one of those books. It wasn't just pretty at the end though, this book is freaking FULL of beautiful lines. In fact sometimes I was thinking: "Come on! People (and teenage boys especially) don't talk like this!" But then isn't the fun of reading a book sometimes to read dialogue and words that are prettier and more meaningful then in real life?
This book has both female and male perspectives and the voices are distinct and complementary. Niven so fully and perfectly delves into the heart and mind of a mentally unstable, wonderful teenage boy that I dare you not to fall in love with him. While our heroine is so strong, broken, wonderful, and real that I dare you not to cheer for her happiness. ...more
How delightful are the characters in Mhairi McFarlane's books? I can't even tell you. Three books now and I have been delighted by all of her characters. Her writing style in this book is the same as in her previous two. She writes a TON of little asides that go way over my head. However, her characters shine and make me want to read and read and read and then cry when there is no more to read.
First off, I love British Chic-Lit. It is like my favorite thing. I think it should be its own special genre. I am always disappointed at how hard it is to get some of the best girlie British books in the hands of American gals like me. Fortunately, some books do well enough in the UK, that we finally get to read them easily here. This is one of those books.
Now, it didn't flow as easily as I usually like. Part of it had to do with all the sassy sideline comments, which were funny. However, they were also quite British and a lot of them went over my head. In fact, sometimes when I would actually get one of the Briticisms in this book (because I do read a lot of British stuff) I would be reminded about how many of them in this book I WASN'T getting. Kind of like reading an old book with a lot of words you don't understand so you just skim over and keep plowing ahead.
Overall though this was adorable. Just my thing. And it goes back and forth in time and I didn't find it annoying like I usually do. The past/present actually worked in the book's favor and moved the plot along nicely. This story consumed me, keeping me from real life, until the last page.
A splattering of swearing, and talk of sex, but nothing overly descriptive. ...more
I have been so excited for this release, and folks it did not disappoint. This is just as delightful but completely different from Rowell's last book, Eleanor & Park. I loved them both and I can now officially add Rowell as an author to watch. Try not to get too excited but here in the pages of Fangirl you will find a story about a girl in college who doesn't act trashy, meet the hottest guy ever, and have crazy sexy times while she falls in love to said hottest guy who tends to be a bit abusive all wrapped up in a terribly written book! (Ugh! So sick of those!)
I don't know if I can say enough wonderful things about this book. It has amazing quotes galore, it has the most satisfying believable sister (twin) relationship I have ever read, it is freaking swoony and wonderful, and our heroine...she is terribly awesome! She's a self proclaimed nut but you love her, you just love her.
The only thing that pulled me from this was the inserted Fanfic moments. They are well done but, for me, I just wanted to get back to Cath's story. A story that honestly consumed me from beginning to end. Why? Because Rowell paces this perfectly revealing little by little the story of Cath's new and old life making it such a full and enjoyable read.
When I received this through NetGalley I did a little happy dance, so thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this read. I'm going to have to buy a hard copy though as well so I can hold it close as I fall asleep....more
You know that the best books have to have some type of conflict and The Vow delivers the best kind of realistic conflict that kept me on my toes from beginning to end. The struggle and characters evolve and grow until you have only 10 pages left and you want to scream: "What is going to happen! I only have 10 pages left!" I guess that is a good thing because I enjoyed this book so much it could have gone on much longer.
I loved Jessica's first book, didn't love her second. But this one was a real wow for me. Definitely the best boy/girl friendship I have ever read. And perhaps one of the best friendships I have ever read period.
The Vow is a extremely clean read while still dealing with a few mature themes. It doesn't talk down to it's audience but it doesn't shock them either. A great balance.
This kind of book is exactly the reason I started my blog. Not enough people hear about certain great reads and I want to get the word out! ...more
I keep putting off sharing that I read and loved this book, and I need to before it gets too late. I honestly wouldn't have read this until the second book came out (I just hate waiting for the conclusion to Jenny Han books), but I read this because Jenny came to Utah and I got to meet her and try not to act like a crazy adult who loves her (which I am). It was one of my favorite readings, usually when an author reads out loud from their books I have a hard time staying focused. But Jenny was hilarious and her voice added so much to the character in this book that I already really loved.
The book wasn't what I expected and I just adored it.
Guess what?! I have a signed copy I will be giving away in the future, so look out for that darlings! ...more
I really want to champion this book, especially since the first review on here is scathing. I adored this. It is just a plain clean, fun love story...the perfect little romance book. Kasie West wrote characters that made me smile and swoon. Including fleshed out fun and interesting secondary characters. The story line was so enjoyable and kept me turning the pages without having the crazy over the top drama that is so popular today. Also it has been a few books ago that I read it, but I believe it is completely clean, void of any bad language. So if you are old with kids (like me), you would feel perfectly fine letting your kiddo read this book (not that she can read yet, but still...one day.)...more
This is the book I have been looking foward to for years, and I am not exaggerating YEARS. Erin's first book is featured along with my smiling kissy face in my goodreads photo, that is how much I loved her first book. I so want other people to find her work and love it too. I was equal parts excited and nervous to finally get this book in my hands...what if it just wasn't as good as her debut? I am happy to announce it was better.
So smart, so delightful, so special. I loved it. It featured my favorite kind of character which is a loveable and flawed person that thinks so differently from the rest of the boring world. It took me a bit to get the flow of the way she talks, but soon I couldn't get enough.
Also, I don't think I will ever think of the specific way I talk (or my language) the same after reading this book. I felt like I leaned a different life language just by reading it.
Just like with her previous book it is a clean and sweet read along with being smart and funny. Please check it out!...more
There is a scene in Sex And The City when Carrie meets Burger and finds out he is an author who "relates to men the way her writing relates to women." And then Burger makes some comment how men don't want to read books like that. Do you know that scene? Every time I watch it I wish that weren't true, that there were more books by men that were light funny books about what it was like to be a guy. So discovering Domestic Violets, a chance to get in the head of a sarcastic, almost middle-aged guy, was a huge treat.
Norman had me from the first page with this line: "At least I think that's ironic, that word gets misused a lot." This book is seriously honest, so much so that it could make you blush. It is also seriously hilarious, I was laughing throughout the whole thing. Norman wrote the voice of a character that I was kind of in love with while simultaneously being glad I wasn't this man's wife.
Overall, this book is funny, touching, and sad while being real and full of forgiveness. Every character was bright and full of life. They were a bit exaggerated for drama and laughs but still felt like real people. If you are someone like me who wished there were more books that were about what it is like to be a guy then you will probably love this book....more
Hello folks, just letting you know that THIS book is one heck of a love story. I was really looking forward to this release. I enjoyed Rowell's writing in her previous book Attachments, but I didn't care for the story. Eleanor & Park struck a chord with me instantly. I don't know if I remember ever reading a book that made me equal parts heartbroken and giddy at the same time. It seems an impossible balance to maintain, but Rowell does a wonderful job of it. I also loved that it takes place in the 80's. It never mentions the year in the book, but you just know it is the 80's because of the appearance of tapes, acid washed jean jackets, and feathered bangs. I loved how there was no technology references like texting, facebook, or email to distract me. It also switches POV while using third person, which you would think wouldn't work, but it totally does. Anyway, loved it.
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the read.
I am always thrilled when a love story doesn't start out with: "Oh, she is hot." and "Oh he is hot and I want him, because we are both hot so of course we will hook up and fall in love." (Those of course are not direct quotes from any book, but mere examples of my own making.)
Skin Deep is a book about two really imperfect characters going through their own stuff and becoming friends first. It was adorable and very swoony watching the relationship grow between Ryan and Jenna. Jenna was a bit too young for my usual tastes (she is only 14), but it worked here. She felt 14 and her innocence and insecurities only added to her likeability as a character. Ryan was also layered and just lovely. He had some great lines in this.
This is a UK book, and I hope it will eventually be published in the US, because it is a great read. For now you can still pick up a copy for yourself thanks to the wonderful world wide web.
This book does mention some mature issues, but does not go into details. Except for the kissing, very detailed kisses...:)...more
I just finished devouring Amy Spalding's debut. It is a rare thing when I wish a book would just go on and on and on and on forever. I just absolutely adored this book. The characters are fascinating and layered and are so alive from the moment they enter the story. It is sad and happy and simple and complex and just wonderful. It has been so long since I said this: What a freaking great debut!
A huge thank you from NetGalley and Entangled Teen for this read. ...more
Paige Toon has done it again, she has delighted me from front cover to back in her newest book. Our MCs are in college for most of this book. It used to be very had to find books with characters of this age, now there is the growing genre of New Adult and you can now find college age characters in abundance. However, so many of those books aren't really very polished and just seem to me to be drawing readers in with scandalous sex scenes. (That is my opinion anyway...)
Toon's One Perfect Summer isn't like that at all. Since I am always on the hunt for great college reads this book is a perfect little gem of a find for me. It is probably my favorite of her books (and I have read them all now), and it is one amazing story of first love. The book spans almost a decade and it is a wonderfully absorbing journey just like all of this author's books. (Can you tell I am a fan?)
One thing that is consistent in all of Toon's writing is her talk of sex, and great swoony scenes without graphic sex scenes. She always has a little bad language skittered throughout, but never anything distracting. If you haven't ever read one of her books, I obviously highly encourage you to do so.
There is a short story called One Perfect Christmas available on Amazon that adds a bit more to the original book, I bought it even though it took me no time at all to read it. I think it was too much money for what I got, however I love Toon so much, I don't mind throwing $3.99 her way. ...more
This is a very light little story with a great voice and very interesting supporting characters. It is a twist on the traditional romance, and even though I figured out the ending I still loved it and think many might find the ending to be a total surprise. I loved how this book explores the idea of how often it is that the way we see ourselves is so different from how others see us. Also, our main character might be all grown up, but she grows a lot throughout the book and she is always likeable even at her unlikeable times. As always, I also give this book extra marks for being a relatively clean read. No sex scenes and very little foul language....more
Full disclosure, Bree is one of my best friends in the world. She is one of the nicest and coolest girls around in case you are wondering. She has done her homework and this is one well written book. I never wanted to leave the world or the characters she created in this book. I always get so excited when secondary characters shine as much as the main characters. There are so many well rounded great secondary characters in this book that add so much to the whole feel of the story.
The book is in dual perspective and it is done WELL. I can't say that happens all the time when this style is used. But it has purpose here and adds depth to the story. Bree's style is this: she loves big epic stories with a bit of humor. I adored Haden and loved getting a laugh while he tried to figure out what in the world we humans mean by the things we say.
The Shadow Prince lays down the ground work for a very exciting trilogy unlike anything else I have read before. Bree wanted to write this as a stand alone, but "her people" convinced her that the story could not be contained in just one book. So if you are thinking: "Ugh, another trilogy? I can't take it!" Then just know that there is a method to the madness, and sometimes it takes a few books to get good and involved with characters that are easy to love.
This book is totally clean. I read so much crap these days and this book really felt like a little beacon of light in this little world. There are just so many things Bree does well in this book, and I am so relieved she is such a talented writer. How awkward would that be if I didn't like her books? :)...more
This is a really beautiful book. It wasn't until I was finished with reading it until I realized that Halpin did not take the typical route of the "sick girl dying" book. There is no magical boyfriends who bestows first love, or a series of bucket list moments. This is just a pretty story about a girl who is real, and tries to be a good friend and person while dealing with a disease that cripples her life, and it is lovely to read about her. On top of that this book has my favorite daddy-daughter relationship ever. Great read....more
I'm kind of in love with Sarra Manning these days. In fact, I feel like I might be having some kind of one-sided book affair with her. I picked up my first Manning book on a whim, and devouring her past books has been ever so wonderful.
Nobody's Girl might be my favorite yet. A lot happens in this book, and it is one of the best coming of age stories that I have read in a long time. It might have been a bit slow going for me at first because I do not like mean girls and Bea takes some time to get a backbone, but after the big girl blow up things take a turn for the wonderful. Being in Bea's head is a delight, she is such a loveable, strong, vulnerable, real girl. Also, the love interest, Toph is so freaking adorable. He just might be one of my favorite male characters ever. ...more
I was sucked in to this story by page two. There were several factors in why I related to this story, but mostly I just felt the characters right away. I found this to be beautifully consuming. This is my favorite kind of chick-lit book. It isn't just shallow and silly, it isn't depressing while still being deep and real, it talks about sex without having detailed sex scenes. I find these kinds of books so rarely that I get very excited when I find one.
This was drama in the best way. Not over the top, but still enough out of ordinary life to make it very interesting as a reader. Plus, it is topped off with loveable and real characters. ...more
This started out a bit slow, but soon I could not put it down. Waiting for this book to arrive in my mailbox after finishing Johnny Be Good was utter torture! Warning, do NOT read this before you have read Johnny Be Good.
In my normal life, I never like the bad boys. However in books I love them, and Johnny Jefferson is the ultimate bad boy. I also love reading about relationships that I cheer for, even though I think maybe they shouldn't work out. That is why I enjoyed these two books more than Chasing Daisy. There is nothing more perfect in the summer than getting lost in a Paige Toon book, and you can quote me on that. :)...more
This book completely transported me to a magical world, and I loved all of it. I don't even know what possessed me to pick this up. I don't really like fantasy books, and I didn't like Anderson's contemporary romance series Peaches at all. But I liked Tiger Lily right away. The poetic and full words swept me off to an island with a very loveable Tinkerbell as my guide.
I don't generally keep track of quotes, but this book was so darn full of them that I had to make note of at least two:
" 'I'm not myself,' she offered, guilty. He smiled. 'You can never say that. You're just a piece of yourself right now that you don't like.' "
And then this one:
"To love someone was not what she had expected. It was like falling from somewhere high up and breaking in half, and only one person having the secret to the puzzle of putting her back together."
At first this felt like a book that a mother could sit and read to her 8 - 10 year old daugter. But despite the fact that it is a clean read it is probably too dark for most children. The darkness was one of the reasons I loved it though.
Again, this book surprised me in so many ways because I just didn't think I could like it, but I freaking loved it. My cute daughter was fascinated when I told her I was reading a book about Tinkerbell and Peter Pan, and I promised my four year old that I would read it to her one day. Hopefully she will love it too....more
I love getting sucked into a Paige Toon book, it is heavenly. I didn't know that this really doesn't have an ending, and there is a sequel. I have alrI love getting sucked into a Paige Toon book, it is heavenly. I didn't know that this really doesn't have an ending, and there is a sequel. I have already ordered it, and I will be waiting at my door daily for it to arrive....more
Sophie Kinsella is kind of hit and miss with me, so I wasn't super on the case to read this right away. Honestly, I am not sure what made me decide to pick this up, but I am so glad I did. I loved it. I found myself giggling my way through it, and from the beginning there were moments my daughter asked: "What is so funny mom?" This book a typical romantic comedy WITHOUT being a typical romantic comedy. How did Kinsella do that?
The plot is unique and has twists and turns that keep you frantically turning the pages. You can kind of hope you know where the story is going, but you are not sure. Also, there are no trashy obligatory love scenes, and the book is better for it. The whole thing reads like a movie, and I won't be shocked to see a movie version of this in theaters in a few years.
Kept me up late (easy), and woke me up early (not easy)....more
I was sick yesterday and I was so grateful that I was able to totally consume myself with this book. I don't have any clue who I could recommend it toI was sick yesterday and I was so grateful that I was able to totally consume myself with this book. I don't have any clue who I could recommend it to though. First of all it is out of print and was hard for me to track down, then it is kind of scandalous, then the relationship is kind of abusive, and also it is long.
I kind of loved it though. Manning does a good job of getting in the head of a 23 year old who is broken and insecure. Even though the entire time I was reading this book I thought she deserved more and better than she got, I still liked watching her develop. Manning stays away from the cliched character growth you would find in most books where by the end you would really love the girl and guy together. That is not really the case here, but maybe that made me like the book even more.
This isn't really a love story, but as a character story and as a book by Sarra Manning who I just plain like as an author, it is one that I devoured and enjoyed....more
I think Manning's later stuff is more polished, but I'll tell you why these were so great to me. First of all I love Edie who is our voice for the three books. I love how she grows up and matures in the books. I love that she has the same weakness for moody art boys that I had when I was her age. I love all the kissing. I love the Britishisms that Edie uses in sassy ways to make me laugh. I love that this is a story about two people you cheer for, but aren't quite sure they are that good for each other either. ...more