So my beautiful friend Caren wrote a review about this book on our site and after a little prompting, I had to read. I mean, the high school genre isSo my beautiful friend Caren wrote a review about this book on our site and after a little prompting, I had to read. I mean, the high school genre is my fave. You probably already know that about me. Right from the beginning, The DUFF pulled me in.
I really loved this book. I loved the characters. I loved Bianca. I loved her friends. And omg I loved Wesley Rush.
Suddenly, I felt Wesley’s breath hit the back of my neck. He’d gotten up from the floor and slid up behind me without me realizing it. His arms slid around my waist from behind, his fingers undoing the button of my jeans before I could stop him. “… and Jess had her hopes up that we’d do something fun…” I couldn’t focus on a word Casey was saying as Wesley’s hand slid beneath the waistband of my pants, his fingers moving lower and lower. I couldn’t say a word. I couldn’t tell him to stop or show any reaction at all. If I did, Casey would know I wasn’t alone. But, God, I could feel my whole body turning into a ball of fire. Wesley was laughing against my neck, knowing he was driving me crazy. “… I just don’t understand what’s up with you.” I bit my lip to keep from gasping as Wesley’s fingers slipped to places that made my knees shake. I could feel the smirk on his lips as they moved to my ear. Asshole. He was trying to torture me. I couldn’t handle it much longer. “Bianca, are you there?” Wesley bit my earlobe and pushed my jeans even lower with his free hand as the other continued to make me shiver.
You know how it felt when you were in high school and the guy you'd been crushing on notices you? Keplinger captures that perfectly. The descriptions and fun dialogue brought me right back to high school. Everyone's reactions were authentic and nothing felt contrived. There was enough backstory to everything without overloading with details.
Ngl though, there were a few things that I didn't love. There are a few plot developments that I think could have been explored more, namely with her dad. Although I realize this was a story about Bianca and her growth as a character, I felt like that was a loose end that didn't have to be tied up per se, but certainly addressed with a little more depth. Of course, I wanted more at the end *grin* Also, I don't know much about book covers, but I don't love this one and without Caren's recommendation, I never would have thought to read this.
I really did love it though and will definitely be checking out more of Keplinger's work :)...more
I do not have the words to explain how much I loved this book. The sweetness, the twists, the dramz, swoon-worthy Étienne and lovable Ah-na. I loved eI do not have the words to explain how much I loved this book. The sweetness, the twists, the dramz, swoon-worthy Étienne and lovable Ah-na. I loved everything!!
I wish it hadn't taken me so long to read this. The feeling was so authentic--it's as if I was in Paris, trying to make my way, rooting for Anna and her crew. I love the way Perkins describes everything.
"And, suddenly, I want to touch him.
Not a push, or a shove, or even a friendly hug. I want to feel the creases in his skin, connect his freckles with invisible lines, brush my fingers across the inside of his wrist. He shifts. I have the strangest feeling that he’s as aware of me as I am of him. I can’t concentrate.”
I loved all of the characters. I'm grateful that we didn't have to see any more of Ellie than we did, though lol I wish there would be more of this--more of this couple, more of this feeling, more of this bliss. I want to hug the author and thank her for writing such an awesome book. ♥
Seriously. Not that you are going to listen to me, but if you are...read this book. Right now. I'm not even kidding....more
If someone had asked me to rate this book twenty-four hours ago, I am positive that I would not be so favorable.
Then I got to the end.
And I finally goIf someone had asked me to rate this book twenty-four hours ago, I am positive that I would not be so favorable.
Then I got to the end.
And I finally got it.
You know all about this book already, don't you?
"The Circus arrives without warning."
Indeed. This book takes place in a Circus, for the most part. Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) is a magnificent circus, open only at night, and made up of tents full of wonders and amazingness that I can't even begin to describe to you. And I won't try--Erin Morgenstern is a fantastic artist who writes the way dreams are made.
The prose is beautiful. The descriptions are vibrant and made me feel as if I were there--and that's kind of the point.
I should stop for just a second and tell you how much I wanted this book. I practically stalked the Random House booth at ALA and was almost in tears when I missed the ARCs that were given out (I was in line for a giveaway for the Fictionators). Then I found it on netgalley and was devastated when I was turned down ::sad face:: Then the best thing ever happened: my beautiful friend Christine waited in line and got me a signed copy at ComicCon. ::jumpyclaps:: I'm forever in her debt.
Back to the story:
From the outset, you realize that there are basically three storylines going on within the book: the Circus itself, which includes Celia and Marco and the competition that they are involved in, a boy named Bailey, who seems as though he doesn't really fit into the story, and you--as a patron, experiencing some of the wondrous sights and sounds and tastes of the Circus.
Of course, I'm oversimplifying it, because each one of these storylines is very detailed and intricate, and it is downright confusing.
Until it isn't.
There are so many things that I want to tell you about this book, but the number one thing I want to say is keep reading. This isn't a fast read by any means. It's all so real, so much. And every single inconsequential thing comes into play. Erin Morgenstern is a master storyteller--she's simply brilliant. And I cannot begin to understand the way even the most trivial statement made in passing proved to be absolutely monumental. I'm utterly blown away.
I don't usually like the film adaptation of books, but in this case, I am crazy excited. Summit has lots of brilliant material to work with, and I hope they do a good job. It has the potential to be amazing.
You follow me--you know I have to tell you about the romance. I'm hesitant to say anything about it but feel that I have to. This book is built up to be an epic, all-consuming romance, and that's true. You just don't know it until the last third of the book.
But ohmigod when you feel it--it's just...yeah. Epic. Sweeping. Swoon.
The things Marco says. The fact that he associates her with love poems and Shakespearian Sonnets. His ability to be himself with her. Gosh. I don't even know what else to say.
All of the characters, though shrouded in mystery, are distinct and multi-dimensional. The parts of them that are exposed to us are real and leave you begging for another glimpse. Though I wanted to get to know them more, I didn't ever feel that they were lacking in character or authenticity. While I had many *gasp! I can't believe that just happened* moments, I never felt like they were acting OOC. I love that about this book.
I also love Widget.
There are a few things that I didn't love. Being confused most of the book is definitely one of them. (view spoiler)[I hated Hector and didn't feel that justice was served where he was concerned. I feel almost as strongly about Alexander, but I'm not sure. I also would like to have understood slightly more about the aging of the characters, especially the original attendees of the Midnight Dinners, and what will happen to everyone who is still involved with the Circus, though the details about Chandresh might have been an indication. (hide spoiler)] Though everything came together at the end (and splendidly so), I just don't know that the amount of confusion and wth?!? was necessary.
I don't want to spoil any more of the plot for you than I already have, and telling you anything else really would do that. There are a few things that I wish that I had known before I started reading, so I want to share. I wish that I knew something about Tarot Cards. I know absolutely nothing, and even looking them up didn't offer me very much insight to a part of the book that I felt to be significant. I wish I hadn't been totally in the dark about that. Also, I wish I had written down the timeline, or paid more attention to it. There were several instances that I found myself flipping back and forth, trying to remember where they were and when it was. I very much would like to read this book again, and when I do, I will be taking notes lol Also, I want to tell you what is probably the most important thing:
If you don't know what the hell is going on throughout most of the book, that's okay. It'll make sense eventually. Just enjoy the ride. And trust--you will.
You know me and stars. If I could give half-stars, I'd give it 4-1/2. But I'm rounding up for the sheer brilliance of the story, for the awesome imagery and detail, and for Widget ::swoonysigh::.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Have you ever heard a song that changed you? Maybe it gave you new perspective on something that you were going through at that time or maybe it justHave you ever heard a song that changed you? Maybe it gave you new perspective on something that you were going through at that time or maybe it just inspired you.
Eliza Caelum was four years old when music started shaping her life. At twenty-six, her life is definitely not headed in the direction that she thought it would take. An encounter with her elusive music idol changes everything for her--and sets the stage for this amazing story.
After receiving a job offer for a prestigious magazine, Eliza moves from Cleveland to Manhattan, where her brother, Michael, already lives with his wife, Vera. Michael arranges for Eliza to move into his recently vacated apartment with Paul Hudson, the enigmatic and manwhorish lead singer and songwriter of his struggling band, Bananafish.
Now stop right there. I know what you are thinking, because I was thinking it, too. You already know what’s going to happen, right? Michael will warn Eliza that Paul’s no good for her; Eliza won’t listen; they’ll hook up and he’ll let his rise to fame interfere with their relationship, leaving her broken-hearted until he swoops back in and saves the day. You’ve read that story a thousand times.
I’m telling you right now--you’ve never read anything like this.
At it’s very basic, the above-referenced scenario is exactly how this story starts out. Eliza meets Paul and she just can’t help herself. She tries to fight it. (view spoiler)[
”Eliza, do I make you nervous?”
He took a step forward. “Then why are you shaking?”
I lowered my chin, swallowed hard, but said nothing.
“Don’t look at me like that,” he said. “I can’t be responsible for what happens in the next thirty seconds if you keep looking at me like that.”
“Get out of the way.”
“First you have to pay the toll.”
Reaching around the back of my head, Paul leaned forward and planted his mouth on mine. He kissed me until he ran out of air, took a quick breath, kissed me again, and was grinning wildly when he finally set me free.
It occurred to me then that he kissed the same way he ran up the stairs--fiercely, passionately, and with complete commitment.
They are soul mates, truly, bonding over music and everything else that matters in life. (view spoiler)[
I am of the theory that all of our transcendental connections, anything we’re drawn to, be it a person, a song, a painting on a wall--they’re magnetic. The art is the alloy, so to speak. And our souls are equipped with whatever properties are required to attract that alloy. I’m no scientist so I don’t really know what the hell these properties are, but my point is we’re drawn to stuff that we’ve already got a connection to. Part of the thing is already inside of us.
That’s what I mean when I say fate. Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.
They fall in love--desperately, madly in love:
...trying to describe how I felt watching her dance around and sing would be like trying to build a skyscraper with my bare hands. It made me want to marry her. Made me want to buy her a magic airplane and fly her away to a place where nothing bad could ever happen. Made me want to pour rubber cement all over my chest and then lay down on top of her so that we’d be stuck together, and so it would hurt like hell if we ever tried to tear ourselves apart.
I really love the way this story is told. It’s mostly from Eliza’s point of view, and the way she words things is just--I don’t have the words. It’s visceral and has a truth that you can feel in your bones. There are a few chapters of Paul’s point of view, as told to his voice recorder. He’s an artist in every sense of the word and made me swoon, even when I didn’t want to--even when I wanted to kick him in the balls, I wanted to hold him and tell him how to fix it. There are also a few chapters that are in third-person, which was helpful.
I’m not gonna lie. Parts of this book had me sobbing into my pillow. BUT I think that’s one of the things that is soooo amazing about this author. She takes us from laugh-out-loud funny to heart-wrenching, punch-you-in-the-gut angst and every emotion in between.
How to Kill a Rockstar is multi-faceted, with characters that are so real. I found myself cursing decisions that each of them made--wanting to shake some sense into them and beg them to reconsider their actions. They were all so much more than words on a page. I felt like I knew them.
I got this story recommendation from Bri, and after trying to come up with the best way to tell you the way I feel about this story, I realize that she already said it for me:
The characters in this had me head over heels from the beginning. Eliza is easy to relate to, Paul is easy to foam at the mouth over, and Loring is...well, I was torn for a lot of this book - let's leave it at that.
What this book boils down to is finding yourself, opening yourself up to new possibilities, and facing your fears. While this one was great on the initial read, I predict it will be even better on the re-read.
I didn’t have a “favorites” bookshelf before, but I created one, just so I could have a place for this book. If you are looking for a story that has it all--sex, love, and rock ‘n roll, then look no further. Without question, this is must-read.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
How could I give this any less than five stars? You don't need me to tell you that JK Rowling has created an amazing universe. All of the characters aHow could I give this any less than five stars? You don't need me to tell you that JK Rowling has created an amazing universe. All of the characters are rich and meaningful. This is a must read....more
Again with the half stars lol. I'd give this 4-1/2 :)
So lately I have been complaining a lot about stories that, because there's sequel coming, end abAgain with the half stars lol. I'd give this 4-1/2 :)
So lately I have been complaining a lot about stories that, because there's sequel coming, end abruptly and don't seem to finish the storyline at all. I hate to be left hanging in an evil cliffie.
And that's why I love this book.
It reminded me of why I beg for more when there's something awesome. As far as I know, there is no sequel planned, but I want one. And not because the storyline wasn't wrapped up--it was. But I want MORE of them. More of swoon-worthy Brendan who brushes the bangs out of Emma's eyes. More of Emma, the perfect combination of feisty and fragile. More of her friends and her cousin and even her school. I really want more.
I liked the mystery and the pacing and the plot. The action was, um, action-packed and I cannot say how much I loved all of it. Both Emma and Brendan's personalities were likable. I love that Emma isn't a typical "damsel in distress". I loved that after taking some time to figure out what he wanted, Brendan was all in. Though the circumstances that surrounded them being together were the basis of the plot, their chemistry didn't feel forced or fake to me. (view spoiler)[I thought the whole "I love you" thing happened way too fast, but I let their ages (and the fact that both of them knew what they were dealing with) take the fall on that one. lol (hide spoiler)]
I've seen some of reviews that categorize this book as a lighthearted romance, and while it is definitely romantic, I don't think it was very fluffy. There are certainly dark issues and situations, but the characters respond to them in a realistic way.
I want to kick myself for waiting to read this. After wading through some less-than-stellar books lately, I found Spellbound refreshing and just fantastic. I will be the first in line for this book if Cara Lynn Schultz decides to continue. I highly recommend!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book was utterly amazing. I don't even know what to say about it that won't completely give the plot away. I read this book because of Caren's reThis book was utterly amazing. I don't even know what to say about it that won't completely give the plot away. I read this book because of Caren's review, so if you haven't seen that, check it out.
What's my take on it, though? Veronica Roth paints an intense picture of a dystopian society that had me gripping the edge of my seat. I laughed, I cried, I gasped...I literally ached for more. There are amazing twists and things that happen that I absolutely did not see coming.
The environment and physical struggles that main character Beatrice (Tris) goes through are secondhand to the emotional transformation that she makes. I totally fell in love with her and was rooting for her the whole way through. Like most everyone else, I loved Four, too. Dude--he's swoonworthy. In a hot, tatted-up, pierced, steal-my-heart sort of way. All of the quotes I want to give are too spoilery, and that's killing me. But everytime he put his hands on her, I died. and Flailed.
One of the things that I love the most about this book is that I'm so invested in the other characters of the story. From Beatrice's parents to the new "friends" she makes, I felt like I knew them. Peter can DIAF. And that's all I can say without giving away too much lol.
I'm almost mad with myself that I read this now, because I want more. A lot more. Right now. I can't wait for the next book, but in the meantime, I'm sure that I'll be rereading this one. If you don't read this one, you're seriously missing out....more
I didn't realize that I've been sitting on writing this review since November, and part of the reason is that I just don't know what to say. I don't kI didn't realize that I've been sitting on writing this review since November, and part of the reason is that I just don't know what to say. I don't know how to describe how awesome I thought this book was and how much I loved it. Tonya said everything way better than I can articulate, so I hope you'll check out her review. I'll try to be as spoiler-free as possible, but if you haven't read Delirium yet, definitely don't read this.
I loved the idea of Delirium, but I wasn't convinced by the romance--I didn't feel the all-consuming love that should have swept them away. I felt like there should have been more--more devotion to Alex, more determination to be with him no matter what the cost, more devastation at the prospect of not being with him forever. I didn't feel that in Delirium.
I sure as hell got it in Pandemonium. We flip back and forth between the struggles Lena has to endure as she acclimates to being in the Wilds--without Alex--and a few months later, where she's on the forefront of the revolution. I don't want to give away anything else, but I will say that she finds herself in an unexpected situation, with someone she'd never expect to cross paths with, much less consider an ally.
The depth of emotion that I felt from Lena as a character is so much more than we got in Delirium. I understood her motivations throughout most of the book, and I found myself rooting for her. I loved lots of the other characters, though I won't ever waver on who I love the most lol
I can't even tell you how much my friends and I have talked about this book. I honestly have no idea what's going to happen, or how Oliver is going to wrap up this series in just one more. I will tell you this: If you thought Delirium had an evil cliffie, you ain't seen nothin' yet. I will advise you NOT to look at the end before you get there, though. It will ruin everything, and trust me--you want to enjoy this journey. ♥...more
If I was going to sum this book up in one word, it would be adorable.
I don't even know what to say about it, except it's just brilliant. And fun. AIf I was going to sum this book up in one word, it would be adorable.
I don't even know what to say about it, except it's just brilliant. And fun. And real.
Sixteen year old Francesca Spinelli attends predominantly male St. Sebastian's School. She deals with issues that most every teenager deals has to deal with--friendships and love and boys with girlfriends and finding out who you are as a person. She also has a lot of other things on her plate: her mother's mysterious illness and her family potentially falling apart.
I love love LOVE Francesca's character. The girl is funny. I love her friends and the easy relationship that they have, even when it's complicated. I just love this story.
It's a quick read and I definitely think you should check it out!...more
I find that books with lots of hype rarely live up to the expectations I have for them, which is the main reason why this book has been sitting on my shelf since I went to ALA a few months ago. I tend to not love the books that have all the hype. But, I knew the release date was fast approaching AND I had a copy to give away on the Fictionators, so I grabbed this on the way out the door on Sunday morning.
And now, I can't decide whether to slap myself or pat myself on the back. Slap myself because it's so damned good, I can't believe that I went so long with this treasure gathering dust on my shelf. Congratulate myself because I got to go all that time without wanting to hop on a plane to go stalk Marie Lu and beg her to give me more of this story rtfn. Seriously.
There are lots of reasons that I love this book. I love the genre. I love the swoon. I love the romance. Ya'll--I love Day and June. I love that all of the characters are well-developed. I might have REALLY loved Metias.
If I could, I'd give this book 4-1/2 stars because it really is awesome. But here's what I didn't love. There are some numbers throughout the book that didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I'm guessing that there will be more about that in the future book(s), but I would have liked a little more explanation now. There's also mention of a website, that I wanted to to be able to go to and find out more. It's pretty significant in the book, and I wanted to "live" it for myself as well. haha Trust me, Day makes up for these things.
One of the other things that I want to say that I love about this book isn't really at all about the content--it's about the aesthetics of the book itself. This story is told from both June's and Day's POVs. Day's POV is shown in a beautiful gold typeface. Normally, I wouldn't even mention it, but I was so impressed, I had to. The book that I have is an ARC, so I can only imagine how pretty the actual book is. I want a signed copy bad lol
I know that you're going to love this one. With its hot romance, kick ass plot, and a mystery woven throughout, this dystopian thriller lives up to the hype--and then some!...more
“I’m looking at you. Why are you always trying to hide how pretty you are?”
Isn't that quote right there enough to make you stop what you're doing and“I’m looking at you. Why are you always trying to hide how pretty you are?”
Isn't that quote right there enough to make you stop what you're doing and read this book?
I love it. I loved so many things about this awesome book, but I think that I loved how real Clara was. She's a teenage girl dealing with all kinds of changes. She's strong. She's impulsive. She's in love:
So I’m in love. That crazy, forget to eat, float around in a daze, talk on the phone all night and bounce out of bed every morning hoping to see him kind of love. The days of summer fly past, and every day I find something else I love about him.
The progression of Clara's relationship with Tucker is the perfect mix of sweet and swoon, and the way that everything else unfolds is just awesome. I can't say enough good stuff about it.
I wish I had the next book rtfn. I can't wait to find out what happens next....more
Pretty much everyone that I know who has read this book loves it. And when I got to only page nine of thiCheck out my full review on the Fictionators!
Pretty much everyone that I know who has read this book loves it. And when I got to only page nine of this adorable book, I knew that I would love it, too.
The very first thing that I noticed about this book is the cover. Which, come on–some covers are absolutely horrible and/or don’t have anything to do with the book. But not this one–this one is sweet and fun and perfect for this book (except Hadley is a blonde). I was so excited when I got this in the mail, and I want to tell you everything that happens in this story and quote the whole thing to you, but I don’t want you to waste your time with that. I just want you to read it.
This book takes place over a 24-hour period of time, but there are a lot of flashbacks and memories of what brought Hadley to where she is. I love, love, love the way that Smith wove her history into the story. She’s a teenager, and has the appropriate emotions, but she isn’t bratty at all. I love the way she reacts to everything, and how the memories she has seem to weave perfectly into the story.
I love the relationship that she has with both of her parents, and the authentic reaction she has to her father, who broke up their family and is marrying another woman. I just love her personality. Hadley Sullivan is definitely one of my favorite characters, ever.
Now onto Oliver. If I could sum him up in one word, it would be swooncity. I love him. I love that he calls Hadley out and makes her think before she reacts. I love that he’s quirky, and funny, and did I mention he’s British? You know how I feel about British boys. And when Oliver said “North Dakota,” I clapped. Trust me, you will, too, when you get there.
I wish there was more of them, but the parts that were there were sweet and I can totally picture them in fifty-two years. I was surprised with a couple of things, too, and am so impressed with how much “meat” is in this story. This is definitely a book that you want to pick up if you want to read something that is romantic and sweet, along with having angst and real issues.
Swooncity. That's how I sum this up. I love the cover, I love the characters, and I love the story. I think you will, too!
I'd give this book 4.5 stars, but you know that's not how goodreads rolls. So I'm rounding up for sheer adorableness.
Even though I have hundreds of boI'd give this book 4.5 stars, but you know that's not how goodreads rolls. So I'm rounding up for sheer adorableness.
Even though I have hundreds of books on my shelves, I go to the library every week. And this book caught my eye when I walked by the "New Reads" shelf in the YA section. You know how your mom told you that can't judge a book by its cover?
She was wrong.
This book is utterly charming from the beginning to the end, and I really loved it. The cover is totally cute, and that's why I picked it up. While there were some serious issues, like dealing with self-esteem and finding yourself, it was utterly fluffy and so much fun!
Didn't you have a friend who just couldn't stay away from some boy who was all wrong for her? Have you ever questioned why some guy told you he would call but never did? Have you ever had a nemesis? Or ever wondered how Linux affected the game Blood Frontier? lol
When high-school junior Natalie's "professional" reputation as the school advice columnist is called into question, she decides to to find out what really makes guys tick. She has a list of questions and asks the boys that she knows. That doesn't go over too well.
"Is it true that guys think about sex every eight seconds?"
He puts a hand on my knee. "Around you, more like every second."
"This isn't working," I say, pushing his hand off my leg.
"Natalie, you're cute. I like you. What more do we need? THis whole interview thing is just getting in the way. Why overthink it?"
She decides to head into the trenches, so to speak, and goes to an all-boys school for a week. Although her two best friends question her motives a little bit, they totally support her and lend their aid.
"Why are you doing it then?"...
"To create a deeper understanding between the sexes," I say. "To answer the questions girls have asked about guys since time began."
She twists around to look at me in the backseat. "Well, I'm a girl, and I have a question: does Josh like me?"
Along the way, you know what happens. She meets a boy at the school and falls madly in love with him. What will happen when he finds out she's a boy too?
You have to make some leaps, including the believability of Natalie even getting into the school in the first place and her ability hoodwink her mom into a plausible excuse for being gone. Other than that, this book was a fun read and felt incredibly authentic to me. I loved Natalie's character and the revelations that she came to about herself and her gender in general. I loved her friends, especially the new ones she made at school, and how real everyone's reactions were. I loved that Emilio had some swoonworthy moments. I even loved Summer. Well, I loved to hate her along with Natalie.
I've never read anything by Jody Gehrman before, but I will definitely be checking her out! If you need a little pick me up, this is the book for you....more
I'm always saying that I want to give half stars, and in this case, I wish I could give more stars. More stars!
This is one of the my favorites. The stI'm always saying that I want to give half stars, and in this case, I wish I could give more stars. More stars!
This is one of the my favorites. The story starts out when newly graduated from high-school Lucy gets a text from her boss, Just arrived at the studio. Your graffiti guys Shadow and Poet are here. She takes off, hoping to get a glimpse of the guys who have painted the city. She feels an intense connection to their art, and especially to Shadow. Lucy believes if they could ever meet, they could really, truly fall in love. She misses them, barely, but that's where her adventure begins as she sets off to find him.
Told in alternating POVs, Ed is a drop-out with the heart of an artist and a painful past. You can imagine his surprise when he runs into Lucy, the girl he went on one catastrophic date with some time ago, and that she's on the lookout for his alter-ego. I love reading the way he thinks. And the things he says.
The words of this story are nothing short of poetic. I want to bottle them up and consume them. So amazing, I feel like a moron even attempting to tell you about them. They are absolutely beautiful. And real. It's swoony:
"I choose to go all the way," I tell her, and feel like a complete wanker, but being a wanker doesn't ruin the moment. She leans foward, and I'm about to kiss her. Finally, I'm about to kiss her.
I love Lucy and I love Ed. I love their friends, and most of all I love how authentic this story feels. Things don't always work out the way you want them to, but when they do, they leave you with that smiley-face-giddy feeling that you don't want to ever let go of. Grab it as soon as you can get your hands on this book....more
I saw this page of this book on Pinterest and knew that I had to read it.
If you don't already know, this is the story of musician/songwriter Nick, whoI saw this page of this book on Pinterest and knew that I had to read it.
If you don't already know, this is the story of musician/songwriter Nick, who's had his heart broken, and Norah, who doesn't really want to fall in love.
Nick sees his ex (who he's still pining over) come in with a new guy:
She is looking so hot and I am feeling so cold and the guy she's with has his hand on her arm in a way that a gay friend would never, ever think of, and I guess that's my own proof.
With the prospect of her coming over to speak to him, he turns to a girl sitting at the bar and asks her if she would mind being his girlfriend for the next five minutes.
And that's pretty much where their story begins. They both get each other, even though they fight it through most of the book. I love the swoon. I love the feeling that I get when I read practically every word that Nick says. I love their relationship and how they are so perfect for each other. I love that neither one of them backs down. I love the music. I love that it's real and that it's hot. I just love it. I don't know what else to say about this famazing book except I want you to read it. ♥...more
I know, I know. Sometimes I don't like it when people are all "go to my site which is somewhere else to read my review!" So, I apologize to you that tI know, I know. Sometimes I don't like it when people are all "go to my site which is somewhere else to read my review!" So, I apologize to you that that is exactly what I'm doing here.
In case you don't want to see all the quotes and flails and swoons there (and why wouldn't you?), I will just say that I cannot even express how much I love this book. I love this boy. And this girl. And his little brother. And just...everything. #swooncity
Don't add this to your tBr list--add it to your currently reading shelf, and read it right now....more
If you saw my flaily updates on twitter and goodreads, you already know that I loved this book with the fire of a thousand suns. There are so many things that I love about it, and even though it's relatively short and a pretty quick read at just over 200 pages, I have a hard time pinpointing everything I love about it. So I made a list, in no particular order:
Travis. Okay I lied. This is in some kind of order because you guise. This boy is so swoony. Except, he's not a boy--he's a man. Travis is home on a thirty-day leave after being in Afghanistan for several months. His best friend was killed, and though he's putting up a good front, he isn't dealing with it very well. One of the things that I love the most about him is even when he's strong and confident, he has this vulnerability about him. Plus, he's insanely hot.
"If my dreams were about you, Harper, it would make sleeping a whole lot more appealing."
Harper. Travis and Harper knew each other all throughout school, and they have a history. Something happened with them back in middle school that Harper never got over, and he's surprised that she lets him in when they see each other in the present time. For me, I feel like she's kind of the opposite of him. Sometimes she seems so vulnerable, but really she has this quiet confidence. I love that about her. I love that she doesn't just let him walk all over her. Plus, she's insanely hot.
She glances down at the floor, then up at me. That shy thing gets me every single time, even when Paige did it and I knew it wasn't real. But Harper...it's not a calculated maneuver to get me hot. It's authentic. And still incredibly effective.
His friends. I love the relationship he has with his friends--the ones he serves with and the ones back home. I can really see how much he's grown as a person since he left. Plus, they're insanely hot. jk jk They are pretty awesome though.
"If I wanted a cougar, I'd do your mom."
"Why? Getting tired of your own?"
His family. There's a lot going on with his parents (and his brother). I love how authentic they are. Just so you know, they aren't hot.
It's real. Travis doesn't come home on vacay and just breeze through girls and live it up. He has real issues to deal with. So does Harper. So does his ex. So do his parents, and his friends, and his brother, and just everyone. For such a short book, we get a clear picture of life--and Doller does an amazing job focusing us in and out to show how everything weaves together. I don't have enough words to articulate what I want to say about how awesome this story is and how much I love these characters.
The cover. Come on. It's insanely hot.
There is one thing that happens here that I don't want to spoil but I don't like it. If you know me, you're going to be pretty surprised when you read this that I was okay with it, but for this character, in these circumstances, it made sense. The first time. And that's all I have to say about that.
Something Like Normal is the story of a soldier who is trying to deal with losing his best friend, and it's a story of a young man figuring out where he fits in the world and who he wants to be now that he's "grown up". It's well written and very real and yes, insanely hot (keep in mind, this is YA-NAish), and I think you should read it. ♥...more
Katniss still totally kicks ass, Peeta is still totally swoonworthy, and everything is still totally intensI think this is my favorite of the series.
Katniss still totally kicks ass, Peeta is still totally swoonworthy, and everything is still totally intense. We meet and fall in love with some new characters (Finnick!), and have a newfound appreciation for our beloved characters from the first book. If you are like me and wondering "how could there be more Hunger Games?" after reading THG, I will say that it totally makes sense when you're reading.
I stumbled across this story when I was looking for good book deals to pass along to our readers on t4.5 stars, if that kind of thing were possible...
I stumbled across this story when I was looking for good book deals to pass along to our readers on the Fictionators. For just 99 cents, I thought what the heck--I'll try it. The cover's really cute. If this book were a full price $17.99 hardcover, I would still tell you guys to run out and get it. Right now. I loved this book!
I love high school stories and this one is right up my alley. Sebastian, who is totally swoonworthy by the way, earns money by anonymously giving girls advice on how to get the guy of their dreams. When he gets a new assignment, he finds himself noticing his BFF, Aspen, in a new light. I love best friends to more stories, and though you already know what’s going to happen, I really like the twists and turns that we take to get there. I like the journey that Sebastian takes as a character, and I love everyone else, too. The other characters are awesome; he’s been friends with Aspen, Jaden, and Pris forever. They rely on each other and I love their dynamic. I can’t wait to read the companion novel about Jaden (and Pris, I think).
The thing I love about this book is that it’s so real. Sebastian’s voice is authentic. He deals with real-life stuff, tries to be a good friend, and is a good son to his single mother. I love that he’s sweet and swoony. When he screws up, he really screws up.
I love that even though there is a minimal amount of angst, there’s fluffy sweetness that made me want more, more, more! You really can’t go wrong with this fun, romantic story. I cannot tell you how much I loved this book, and I think you will love it, too. ...more
My full review, including quotes and interview with Allen Zadoff, can be found on the Fictionators. You can also check out our dreamcast, qu5 stars.
My full review, including quotes and interview with Allen Zadoff, can be found on the Fictionators. You can also check out our dreamcast, quotes, and more on Swoony Boys Podcast.
I put Boy Nobody on my TBR list back in December after reading the summary and thinking it sounded exciting, but not really something I was dying to get my hands on. I was so, so wrong. I am so thankful that we were asked to participate in the tour for this book, otherwise I might have put off reading and would have missed out on what is one of my favorite books, ever.
The story starts off with Boy Nobody on his current assignment: to assassinate his “friend’s” father. He carries out his mission and gets his next assignment: to kill the Mayor of New York City. After entering his new elite school under his newest alias (Ben), he quickly befriends the mayor’s beautiful daughter, Samara (Sam). The stakes have never been higher when getting close to the girl causes Ben to question everything he’s been taught to believe in. He's never been under this much pressure before, and failure is not an option.
I can't really tell you what happens in this book without giving it away. I loved the characters and how real they were (I ♥ Ben). "Complicated" comes to mind when trying to describe Sam. I loved the storyline and well Zadoff wove Ben's history in with his present. I loved the gadgets and how cool (and believable) it all is. I just loved everything, and I believe this will make an amazing movie. Though there will be more to this story, it could undoubtedly stand on its own.
Boy Nobody is perfect for every reader–-there’s the perfect balance of swoon for the reluctant boys who don’t want too much and for the girls who have to have it *raises hand*. It’s great for tech geeks without being overbearing and too complicated. And gah: the end!!! I was shocked and literally sitting on the edge of my seat, all the way up to the end. It’s nothing short of heart-pounding-spectacularness.
I loved this book. I told pretty much everyone I came in contact with at BEA that they have to read it. It’s one of my favorites, and I will be checking out everything that Allen Zadoff has written....more
4-1/2 stars but I'm rounding up because of the ring pop.
You can also see the Swoony Boy File for Jesse on Swoony Boys Podcast and a modified version4-1/2 stars but I'm rounding up because of the ring pop.
You can also see the Swoony Boy File for Jesse on Swoony Boys Podcast and a modified version of this review there as well.
I. Loved. This. Book.
It came along at the right time, when I needed something fun and romantic and awesome, and this is exactly what I needed.
Maggie's grew up jet-setting around the world with her parents, who are spies.
Even my name--Margaret, ugh--was chosen because it has so many different nicknames: Peggy, Maisie, Molly, Margie, Meg, the list is endless. My parents have called me Maggie since I was born, but I have twelve different birth certificates that all say something different.
Maybe I should explain.
My family works for the Collective. You've never heard of the Collective, but you've definitely read about our work. Tobacco executives on trial because of damning evidence? Human smuggling rings being broken up? The fall of that Peruvian dictator? That's us.
Maggie is an expert safe-cracker, but she's always been on the sidelines in any of their missions. Her parents have always been the ones "on assignment". When they arrive in New York on their new assignment, Maggie finds out that she is the one carrying this mission, and it centers around a boy:
...Jesse Oliver, damn him, was really cute. Dark brown hair that curled over his ears and forehead, green eyes, dark olive skin, and teeth that had either been borne from amazing genes or seen a boatload of orthodontia, judging from how straight they were.
The Collective has determined that Jesse Oliver's media tycoon father has information on several key agents, including her parents. The threat of exposure of their identities could mean life and death for the spies as well as impeding their assignments. So, Maggie is tasked with getting to know Jesse Oliver so she can get information on his father. She's excited about her first assignment and doesn't count on sparks flying between the two of them, right from the beginning:
"You ask a lot of questions."
"Well, you're answering them, so..." He shrugged.
"Yes, I'm new at Harper." Pull. It. Together. Maggie. "I'm a junior. I didn't see you around school today. Where do you ditch?"
Jesse gave me a real smile for the first time. "Here and there."
"Is it easy to get off campus?"
"Not really, no. You have to want it."
"Oh, I want it," I said, and then found myself blushing a little.
Oh, Jesse Oliver. Sweet, swoony Jesse Oliver. I love him so much.
"What other hidden talents do you have?"
"Well, I can't tell you or they wouldn't be--" I lowered my voice dramatically "--hidden. But I have a few skills."
And suddenly I realized that Jesse and I were really close together. More specifically, our mouths were really close together. "Oh," I said. "Um, hi."
"Hi," he whispered back. "This okay?"
"Well, we're already married in New Guinea," I whispered back. "This is just the natural progression of--"
And then he kissed me.
You know what's going to happen. Jesse is more than just an assignment to Maggie, but she can't give up on her assignment to protect her family and the lives of the other agents.
Why did he have to be funny? And smart? This would have been so much easier if he was some himbo with the personality of a dirt clod.
There are other things going on here, and I enjoyed watching the mystery unravel. I loved Maggie. She had a lot to deal with, and even when she thought she had it all together, I love that she didn't. I also really appreciated the relationship that she had with her parents, and how all of them had to grow and reach a new understanding of each other. I love Maggie because she was snarky and kick-ass and real.
"Look at this!" I said, shaking [the uniform] in front of them. I've waited my whole life to go to high school and now I have to wear this?"
I loved so many things about this book, from the location (NYC, baby) to the characters to epic adventures. I also really loved her friend, Roux. She was so much fun:
"Oh my God, bagel, I love you! Get in my mouth."
Though I wouldn't have made some of the decisions that Maggie made, I liked her personality. I liked how the whole story played out. If you're looking for a quick fun read with lots of swoons and some action-packed thrills thrown in, this Also Known As is the book for you....more