Changes in Latitudes was expected to be amazing by me.This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*3.5 star rating*
Changes in Latitudes was expected to be amazing by me. I thought that I would adore it because I really enjoyed Jen Malone's Wanderlost, which was a traveller's dream story. Wanderlost made me feel as if I needed to read more contemporary romances and travel the world as much as possible. This story, however, was disappointing. I surely did enjoy it, however, I found that it was missing something... some concept/characters I would enjoy and learn from. Some content that I did not see before. Yes, the whole 'sailor' story was completely new, however I felt that the types of characters who were introduced were plain. Boring.
This book featured a protagonist, Cassie, who explored a new pace of life as she began traveling by boat along the West Coast of America. WOW, RIGHT? And along the way, she stereotypically (and unsurprisingly) falls in love with Jonah - who introduces her to a world of fun, especially since her parents recently got divorced. Jen Malone takes us through San Francisco, Oregon, on the way to Mexico, which seems to be a reader's dream itinerary. I couldn't help but fall in love with the premise of this story, but what was lacking was a racing story that made me addicted. This was just a book that I can classify as "meh." I've read better things, more action-packed stories, but it is what it is.
Cassie was kick-butt. I loved her attitude and how she was all about trying to gain some kind of positivity in life. In the midst of her life, she is battling several demons, such as dealing with the fact that she was miles away from her friends and senior year. And then the romance with Jonah began and I just fell in love with everything the story was promoting. Although the ending was mediocre, I still liked it.
Changes in Latitudes was a book with a great story with a nice premise and set of characters (including the romance), but there were flaws that prevented me from really enjoying the book. Aside from the slow-moving of the story and the ending, I'd highly recommend this one. Grab it and head on a cruise ship, exploring the destinations as you sail around the world!...more
I See London, I See France is literally a traveller slash bookworm's drThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
I See London, I See France is literally a traveller slash bookworm's dream novel. THIS WAS MY DREAM NOVEL. It was my #1 most anticipated read of all of 2017, and I couldn't wait to devour it during my vacation. Although I didn't spend my vacation in Europe (I really, really wanted to), at least Sarah Mlynowski provided me with the opportunity to pretend that I was exploring London, Paris, Italy and Switzerland. This was seriously my favourite read of last year. (It's crazy to see how I'm writing this review a year later haha.)
This book has a very, VERY important theme: friendship. More books should focus on the reality of friendship in the manner that this one did. Normally, authors tend to show that every girl has a BFF and they are so alike that they will conquer the world and beat all the bullies who are stealing their boyfriends. Trust me on that one; you can find that in literally every cheesy chick-lit story. Mlynowski, as always (I love her writing!), took this premise and showed the reality of friendship and even travelling. Unless you're a millionaire, it is extremely difficult to be travelling to luxury hotels and treating yourself to expensive dinners by the riverside every night. You know what I mean? This book was just so realistic and beautiful. I am in LOVE.
As for the premise which is explored, what the book focused on was a summer trip between two best friends throughout Europe. Sydney and Leela are heading on a trip throughout Switzerland, London, France, and Italy with the main focus of Leela forgetting about her ex-boyfriend, who actually shows up on their flight. THINGS GET CRAZY SOON AFTER, and there are so many plot twists and suspense throughout the book that will surely keep you interested. I am so excited for the sequel to this beauty, and I extremely appreciated the romance and nice pacing that this provided. Therefore, this was definitely a win over a miss.
Even if you do not call yourself an avid fan of contemporary romance, I still recommend I See London, I See France. It is just a beautiful story that is unlike many others and one I will remember for years. In fact, I would really like to reread it! ...more
Brett Wright's OMG Series is absolutely a must-read. THIS DOES NOT DISAThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Brett Wright's OMG Series is absolutely a must-read. THIS DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!Scrooge #worstgiftever was the best present a girl can receive for Christmas. If you have read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, or even if you haven't, being entertained by this witty hilarious story is the best. It is so easy for me to understand the goal of the author and what this is leading to because of the emojis and everything. THE MOOD IS JUST JOYFUL, even though the book is focused on a character who is depressed and grumpy about the Christmas season. This definitely turned out to be my favourite #OMGClassics story.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
This is the first time I can say I read a classic thatThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*4.5 star rating*
This is the first time I can say I read a classic that an #OMGSeries book is based on. Courtney Carbone's version of Pride and Prejudice is absolutely fabulous and it lies so well with the real story that I NEED MORE. I wish there was a P&P part two so I can read about Darcy and Lizzy's children and so I can grab another addition to the #OMGSeries! I have nothing much to say about these books in general because they are all so enjoyable, but they are feel-good reads. Nothing's better than grabbing one of these, a cup of tea and a blanket by your side. ENJOY THIS.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
How to Break a Boy literally is something else. When I first saw the coThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
How to Break a Boy literally is something else. When I first saw the cover, I freaked out because it looks so retro and cute and chick-lit-y and amazing… you could say I went out of control. For the third book I read this year, this was a hit and extremely enjoyable. To all of the girls who feel that they need to get a little bit of revenge in their lives… this is for you. After reading Olivia’s story, I feel that I might just want to get a little revenge on my own in order to find a guy like Whit. *winks* Laurie Devore is the debut author YOU ALL HAVE TO LOOK OUT FOR. I feel that I will be enjoying every single book she writes from here onward. How to Break a Boy has a harsh title, yes, making you feel that this book will be all about drama and deception (which, yeah, it kind of was) but it also was about learning lessons in life and just coming of age. I can totally relate to it because Olivia was in the time of her life where she did not know who she was or what she wanted to do. Thanks to her lovely guidance counsellor who she constantly made fun of and Whit, every girl’s dream golden boy, throughout the duration of the book, we saw and sensed that Olivia was becoming the person she wanted to be.
"It's always going to be like this, me and you against the world" (191).
To quickly summarize this beauty, it basically is a summer (or winter, whatever you prefer to make you feel better) read that is all about a girl named Olivia Clayton. She is sixteen and couldn’t care less about school and her education, because in her life, she is currently undergoing struggles that act as her personal demons. She doesn’t want anyone to know about them because she doesn’t want to be judged or even be in the centre of attention. As for the centre of attention, that is her best friend Adrienne’s job. They have a difficult and toxic friendship that makes you wonder if your friends are really loyal to you, haha. One day, Olivia catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend—the guy who was there for her after her family tragedy. SOOOO… Olivia wants revenge on Adrienne, so she begins hanging out with the school’s smartest and hottest golden boy, Whit DuRant. He’s basically Adrienne’s enemy for some reason, and at first, isn’t too inclined to become Olivia’s SAT tutor. OBVIOUSLY… love brews.
So you may be wondering why Olivia needs a SAT tutor if she doesn't care about school and instead, is the second most popular girl in school. Olivia is one of those characters who is two-faced, who has a more calm character underneath all of the lies, bullying and garbage that she says after being manipulated by Adrienne. She has always wanted to leave her North Carolina small town. From the beginning of the book to practically the end, I was wondering why she complained so much and why she had such a hatred-filled relationship with her mother. It all became clear and I realized why Olivia let herself be manipulated so much. And for a huge chunk of the novel, I somewhat disliked Olivia and her actions. I wanted her to stick up for herself the way she did when the family tragedy occurred. When Adrienne comes into the mix, we sense that Olivia immediately becomes weak and… crumbles. Like a cookie. I just wanted to give her a huge hug. She’s one of those characters who we as readers feel so much sympathy for that occasionally, we feel that the only reason we’re reading the book is to get closure and to make sure that the character succeeds. That was part of the reason why I ended up loving How to Break a Boy so much; we had a main character who was having such a difficult time in her life and who actually had the strength to get by it.
"Some sins can't be forgiven" (8).
he novel, I somewhat disliked Olivia and her actions. I wanted her to stick up for herself the way she did when the family tragedy occurred. When Adrienne comes into th. SO. Devore's writing was fast-paced and straight to the point. Occasionally, I find that some chick-lit books are boring because the plot is slow since there is just filler of the situation, though this? This was almost perfect. Almost a five star read, if you know what I mean. I immediately fell in love with Whit and every single character (except for Adrienne, because OBVIOUSLY). The side characters like Claire were all great and added so much depth to the story. All in all, this was not just a chick-lit story, it was a mix between Mean Girls and the deepest out of the deep. You will certainly not regret falling in love with everything Devore offers here.
NOW IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT THAT ENDING. I was completely satisfied by the end because we as readers got a closing. Some books leave us off with a hook and we begin to feel like there will be a continuation... until we discover that there won't be one. THIS HAD THE OPPOSITE EFFECT and I was completely satisfied. Thank you, Laurie, for writing such a gorgeous story.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
What an achievement it is to say that I finished this series in a day.This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
What an achievement it is to say that I finished this series in a day. I actually read the two VIP books in a matter of hours because they were oh-so-good and so entertaining. Parents of girls who are not really interested in reading (and you want them to be), Jen Calonita's VIP series is the series that will satisfy your kids and have them commence reading like maniacs. I wish that this series existed when I was a kid, because I swear that I would've enjoyed it so much. I would have been so satisfied, so excited, obsessed with the characters and most especially, obsessed with Perfect Storm, a trio of cute guys that fangirls need to be real. Anyway, I'm getting too ahead of myself, because obviously these guys don't exist.Battle of the Bands is a lovely sequel that touches base with the previous book, reaching the same level and still being really good and enjoyable.
This sequel kicks off a few months after Mac's Spring Fling, and things get right into the action. Perfect Storm is still successful, causing teenage girls to awe and ooh over everything they do, which means that Mac and her mom are still able to tour with them as long as they are successful. Drama begins off right away, especially because as the title states, there is a battle between bands, and Perfect Storm is caught in it. We readers are introduced to Thunder and Lightning, a rip-off band of Perfect Storm who are signed with the same label. PS soon discovers that Thunder and Lightning has stolen a song that Kyle has written for Mac, and it goes viral. Next thing we know, a vlogger gets in the way, gossiping and creating a false, negative image of Perfect Storm.
I liked how Jen Calonita created this novel. The first book was about the introduction to the characters, to the show business, to tours, and especially to Perfect Storm and its members. Now, since we readers know the characters well and what they're up to, the real drama begins. I loved the catfights, how tough Mac became, and everything in between. We don't really see a broad character development for anyone (which I would have loved)—that would be a flaw for me. Mac deserved that extra push since she does have an Alter Ego for herself, this comic book character called Mac Attack. Comics are included in the book, but I wasn't really entertained by them since they didn't mean/add anything to the plot.
That's why I have occasional issues with books. Authors like to add, add and add more, but in the end, the reason they added something in is senseless because it doesn't help with development, details or anything in particular. I loved Mac, as I did in the first book, but nothing changed about her. She was tough, but not confident to the extent that she wanted to see herself as.
There certainly was development with friendships. I love Jilly and Mac's friendship, and how from the first book to this sequel, they have gotten tighter and closer. NOTHING NEW WITH KYLE AND MAC. Like yeah, this is middle-grade, but there's nothing cute. *cries* We also see a nice relationship between Mac and her mother—one that is rarely featured in middle-grade fiction. Occasionally in the past, I have even read books where there is no parent present, but Mac and her mom are just great in this book, just how some mothers and daughters realistically are.
I really liked the Bad Kitty addition. It's fun for kids to wait and guess who a mysterious person could be from one of the characters that they know. It was predictable for me, but from what my sister told me when she read this, it wasn't for her. I guess younger kids would love the ending, ten times more than I did. That's a definite good sign.
VIP: Battle of the Bands is exactly the kind of sequel I have been looking for in a middle grade series. In fact, it has been a while since I've read a middle-grade series, and I thank Jen Calonita for teleporting me back. There are so many young girls in the world who would appreciate this humorous, lively series filled with characters who you just cannot get out of your head. Go grab the two books now and fall in love!
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
My sister is obsessed with this series, guys. My sister is not a readerThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
My sister is obsessed with this series, guys. My sister is not a reader whatsoever unless my mom tells her to read, so her adoring VIP: I'm With the Band was something new and interesting for me because I am the reader in the house. Who would have known that she would get an obsession with Perfect Storm, a fictional band that features three cute guys who are around my current age, fifteen (almost sixteen!) and who keep getting into trouble. I seriously adored reading this first book of this series, and as I am writing this review, I am gearing up for reading the sequel. I am so excited to head back into the world (a few hours later after completing this) of Mac, Zander, Kyle, Heath and Jilly, characters who I now love for their different, fun personalities and how they seriously made this book comedic.
VIP: I'm With the Band is exactly what you think it is, and perhaps a little more than what we all would presume, too. Jen Calonita, a frequently read author of mine, especially when I headed through my tween-cool-middle-grade phases when I was twelve, created a fangirl protagonist named Mac, or Mackenzie, who is the biggest fan of boy band Perfect Storm. Her and her two best friends, Iris and Scarlet, spend the beginning of the book trying to score tickets for Perfect Storm's show in Long Island the next day. They don't succeed, but Mac's mom surprises the three with tickets that she retrieved secretly. Mac fangirls, meets the guys, and has the best time of her life at the concert. The next day, her life changes once more when she discovers that her mom will be Perfect Storm's manager, and that she and Mac are going on tour with the band.
I WOULD'VE FANGIRLED TOO. This book, as a whole, just made me feel happy. Mac was a happy heroine who just fangirled wherever she went and made the best of the situation. VIP is written through the perspective of Mac, obviously, but in a journal format which makes things even more fun for the younger audience. The illustrator, Kristen Gudsnuk, also did a fabulous job at showcasing her image of Mac and the gang. This is honestly such a cute book as a whole.
"Melting! THEN ZANDER WELLING HELPED ME UP AND LED ME THROUGH THE CROWD TO THE MEET-AND-GREET DESK! Puddle on the floor!" (37)
After I finished reading, I told my sister that I will be rating this four stars out of five. She freaked out. "Why? I'm not talking to you anymore," she said. I'm not twelve, I cannot relate to this book a hundred percent. Back in my day, three years ago, I wasn't obsessed with any boy band. One Direction came a year later, but not at twelve. This was such a cute read, don't get me wrong, but it's completely unrealistic, because seriously, who in the world of entertainment (like Mac's mom) will get the chance to do what she does. IT'S RARE. And bringing her twelve-year-old daughter with her? That's extremely rare. I just inwardly wish that Jen could have focused a touch bit on realistic issues that are hinted at in the novel. For example, where is Mac's father? We all know that Mac's mother is single, because no man is ever mentioned and they wouldn't leave a father at home to go on the road, and that seemed important to me, since Mac is still young.
I loved Mac as a protagonist. She had this carefree attitude, and I loved how she was striving to be mature around enemies like Lola. (I HATED THAT GIRL) Back to the unrealistic thing, the "romance" is completely unrealistic, as well. It is noted a few times that Zander, Mac's initial crush out of the three members in Perfect Storm, is fifteen years old. I'm fifteen, and I would never romantically pay attention to a seventh grader. I'm turning sixteen next month, so that's a different example. Okay, picture this: a ninth grader crushing on a seventh grader. Although you may not see it at first, it kind of happens.
I like middle-grade to be realistic, knowing who the audience is. The story is fluffy, cute, and definitely entertaining where tween girls can learn about show biz (because it seems that Jen has experience with this after interviewing people), but there's the part where you know that girls won't learn anything from this: it's practically impossible to occur. Anyway.
KYLE IS ADORABLE. HEATH IS ADORABLE. ZANDER IS... MEH. I loved Perfect Storm's attitude as a whole, but I loved Kyle and Heath the most. Zander is your ordinary, snobby member who is in it completely for the fame. We see how he wants the spotlight and all of the solos. *rolls eyes* I just cannot picture how a romance (or fling) could stem out of this series. I wonder what the next book will provide us with.
"Seconds later Heath joined in. Zander was the only one without an instrument. I guess he doesn't need to play one when he has the voice of an angel. When Zander started to sing, I closed my eyes and listened without really trying to hear the words. It was always hard to catch them all on the first listen of a song, but I got the gist pretty quickly" (188).
VIP: I'm With the Band would seriously be loved by any tweenage (haha that word) girl who loves contemporary and funny books. I am so excited to read the sequel (RIGHT NOW) and see how Calonita's writing continues and how the series unfolds. Will the romance happen? Will Kyle keep being my crush? I hope so for the latter.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
This is a bundle of joy. I have been meaning to get a glimpse at theseThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
This is a bundle of joy. I have been meaning to get a glimpse at these emoji-Shakespeare retellings that all les bloggers have been talking about lately, and since I have never really known about A Midsummer Night and what it promised for readers, I was thanking the library gods that my local branch had picked this one up. There are many, many reasons or situations that will enforce you to pick this book up. And of course, as I always do with books that I enjoyed, I will tell you why and when to.
This is your ultimate Shakespeare go-to.
If you're a HUGE Shakespeare fan (as I am), and if you're just looking for a quick read that will take you (and your vocabulary-emoji skills) a quick amount of time to read, this is perfect. I could seriously say that it was. I wish that I had read the original play beforehand so I could compare, but I seriously bet that Brent Wright did a magnificent job creating a redo of the epic story that everyone has been talking about for centuries, literally. It does not seem like this is fiction. Wright includes IM messages, notes, secret conversations between the characters and group messages that spun me around. It seemed like I was hacking into Shakespearean characters' phones and reading what they were up to. I felt easily connected to the characters and that some were even relatable to. Not the donkey, though. Not the donkey.
The abbreviations and emojis add an extra spin of magic.
So there are fairies. Marriages and engagements that are going wrong. Girls hiding their secrets about who they actually love deep down. But one of the best ways that all of this bizazz was expressed was through the use of emojis. YES. It was such a modern, hip but still original use of the story that we all have heard of and had on our TBR lists for years. You need this 112 paged novel if you're one of those people who cannot read the original playwright, because I totally understand.
I made ships.
Ships do not always work when we're reading a legit classic that was set in the sixteenth century or whatever. But I honestly found people (HERMIA, DEMETRIUS, LYSANDER!) who should be together and everything was so wonderfully placed together that I adored it.
I sincerely recommend picking this, or any of the other emoji Shakespeare books up, no matter what kind of reader you are. It's a quick, fast-paced half hour read that will leave you giggling and going to buy all of William's books online, Amazon Prime shipping to your house with drones. It's that chaotic and gorgeous....more
It is rare for me to be in love with a book, especially during my curreThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
It is rare for me to be in love with a book, especially during my current tough reading slump. I find that it is quite difficult to find enjoyable books that are different than the rest and contain the most important thing I look for in a book: a plot that is in no way boring. However, Love and Gelato by the AH-MAZING Jenna Evans Welch shocked me and showed me that there is hope in this world to find good books. I loved the setting of Florence, Italy, and the romantic interest, Ren. Those are just two of the mini captivating points that I am still currently obsessed with.
Even though I closed this book back in August 2017, I feel as if I just finished it. Ren and Lina's story seems to be living in my head for an extra long period of time, longer than what I averagely deal with. This is not a story that is just about the romance, hence the title. Jenna Evans Welch creates Lina's persona as one that is struggling to find the truth about her roots and who she actually is. She has little to no knowledge about her father, and what Italy really means to her. However, as she has the best summer of her life (I am still envious to this day about what she experienced, agh) the secrets begin to flood out and we as readers begin to strive to want to find out THE TRUTH. And, to not burst your bubble or anything, the truth is not leaked until THE END. But not the last page - so don't be one of those sneaky people and scan the last page for spoilers. It won't get you anywhere. *winks*
This is one of those books that is perfect for you to read on a day at the beach, a day by the pool, or on a day where you can see twenty feet of snow outside of your window. It will develop so much wanderlust in you, and you will want to email the publisher like a maniac, asking them to show you the author's next novel. TRUST ME, I've tried. (Just kidding!) But I guess that this is a sign that you. Will. Be. Incredibly. Addicted.
Lina was the most kick-butt contemporary-romance protagonist I have read about in a looong time. I loved that she was skeptical of her surroundings and what she was being told by her father. She wasn't naive, WHICH, for chick-lit books, is a trait quite easy to find in narrators. And the best thing was that she had the most amazing connection with Ren. *heart eyes* REN IS MY BOO. MY LOVE. I'd really appreciate it if Lina passed him over to me!
Love and Gelato is my love. And right now, I could really use a cup of gelato (preferably cinnamon flavoured) to make my day complete. AND ALSO, if I booked a trip to Italy, I wouldn't ~want~ anything else. GO READ THIS RIGHT NOW. If you're seeking a 'best book of the year,' this is it!...more
Hello, my fellow Stephanie Perkins fans. I am a HUGEThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*3.5 star rating*
Hello, my fellow Stephanie Perkins fans. I am a HUGE Stephanie Perkins fan (I could not contain myself over her books), and I adored her first holiday anthology, My True Love Gave to Me. This time around, for my favourite season of the year, summer, we have twelve new stories about love, carnivals and the beautiful season. (Not that every story contains a carnival.) Some stories were certainly better than others, and I must say that I hated a bunch of them, especially those from the beginning of the anthology. I tried to give new authors whose books I have never touched upon a chance, and some of them definitely were amazing, while others continued to disappoint. Instead of speaking about this as a whole, it probably makes sense to speak about each of the twelve stories on their own, that way, I could label the good and the bad. Let's get this party started!
Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo: 2/5 stars
I wanted this anthology to just be about contemporary-romances featured in the summertime, you know? Leigh Bardugo, as usual, disappointed me. I wanted to (someday) adore her writing, but this one didn't cut it for me. Yeah, it's taken place in the best place in the world, New York City, but that was just one of the things that I enjoyed about this short story. I kind of felt that I couldn't WAIT for it to end. Bardugo is such a raved author, but I feel that she's overhyped. I disliked this completely.
The End of Love by Nina LaCour: 3.5/5 stars
Nina LaCour fails to disappoint. This is probably the third story I have read by her, and I liked this one. I didn't adore it, but I really enjoyed reading another lesbian romance story by her. I was awed by the dedicated protagonist who was doing whatever it took to chase her dreams, and in this case, her dream was to be with the girl she loves. My heart feels all giggly and sweet.
Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray: 1/5 stars
I began reading this with high hopes, as it would be my first Libba Bray story (I still have The Diviners in my shelf), but once I began reading, I had no connection to this. I DNFed it and just moved on. Again—I didn't want fantasy. I couldn't care less about what actually happened in this story. Hopefully I'll like Bray's full-length stories.
Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block: 4/5 stars
I loved the way Francesca Lia Block formatted this story! None of the characters were named except for (probably) the first letter of their name. It gave us readers a better look at their characters instead of labelling them. I also enjoyed the Los Angeles setting. *wiggle eyebrows* It was great and moving and just made my heart squirm.
In Ninety Minutes Turn North by Stephanie Perkins: 3.5/5 stars
Sadly, the editor's story isn't the best story... again. This, I'm pretty sure, is a continuation of the story that Stephanie wrote in her Christmas anthology, and I really liked this, but the wow-factor wasn't there, compared to her Anna/Lola/Isla trilogy. I just want to go to North Carolina after reading this.
Souvenirs by Tim Federle: 4/5 stars
This is another LGBT story, this time, featuring two gay characters—Matt and Kieth, who are about to breakup in the amusement park that they work in. I live next to an amusement park, and after reading about their fun adventures, I feel like applying for a job there. *giggles* This one was fast-paced and compelling—I needed to know what would happen!
Inertia by Veronica Roth: 4/5 stars
I certainly do miss Veronica's writing! This one, I must say, was my most anticipated story, alongside Cassandra Clare's, because Veronica is one of my all-time favourite authors and I NEED MORE FROM HER. I cannot wait until January until her next novel is released. This had a sci-fi aspect implanted, but that did not take anything out from the romance or summer. Everything mixed in together beautifully.
Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron: 3/5 stars
I adored the setting and the characters, but sometimes this was just too drama filled for my liking. I wouldn't want to read this as a full-length novel which proves that the three star rating I gave it seems fine. I shipped the romance, but then that didn't seem very believable to me, and... yep.
Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert: 4/5 stars
AWWWWW. This story featured a protagonist who was getting depressed over the fact that her cousin would be jetting off away with her girlfriend. She then forms a relationship with her cousin's girlfriend's brother, if that makes any sense. This story just kept me going and being interested for the whole duration. I'm looking into Brandy's writing right away!
Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare: 4.5/5 stars
CASSANDRA CLARE HAS DONE IT AGAIN WITH MY SECOND-FAVOURITE STORY OUT OF THIS ANTHOLOGY. I loved this one, even though it had fantasy aspects! This featured family drama, romance, and this super eerie traveling carnival that I adored and want to work at. Oh, and did I mention that our protagonist is goth with rainbow-coloured streaks? You cannot get better than that.
A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith: 5/5 stars
THIS IS MY FAVOURITE STORY. I never have given Jennifer E. Smith a 5 star rating before, but this absolutely deserves it. I WANT THIS TO BE A FULL-LENGTH NOVEL. This is about Annie and Griffin, the boy she has had a crush on forever. They finally start hanging out, and then THERE'S A PLOT TWIST AND AGH. I cannot get this out of my head. Can I meet a cute guy at the grocery store? ;)
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman: 1.5/5 stars
NOPE. This story was senseless, honestly. I currently don't remember anything about it and I only read this book two days ago, hah.
So. My favourite story? A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong, then Brand New Attraction, then the four star ones. I love this collection, but I can only wish that some stories were better, more fluffy and satisfying. I NEED MORE PERKINS ANTHOLOGIES....more
For anyone who knows me, I am a travel geek. I want to travel the worldThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
For anyone who knows me, I am a travel geek. I want to travel the world, see as many countries as I can, stay in luxury hotels, meet locals, take gorgeous photos, and be happy forever. Those are (some) of my life goals, and I get SO jealous when people are doing all of that. But, of course, to acknowledge my hidden envy, I love reading books that take place in foreign countries. Especially books that take place in multiple countries. Jen Malone did that all for me with the phenomenal Wanderlost. I was introduced to a hilarious plot filled with secrecy, cute boys and destinations I NEED to visit (like Italy, duh), all in the midst of a great story that I will NEVER forget about.
Look at this: I read this book almost two months ago and I remember all of it. What is important to highlight is the author's storyline: this is about an accidental trip to Europe that the protagonist, Aubree, does not want to take part in. I guess you might be questioning AUBREE'S CRAZINESS and how she did not want to go, but THAT AIN'T THE POINT HERE. The point is: Europe. *insert heart, impressed eyes* Aubree takes the place of her sister, Elizabeth, on a tour across Europe. The catch here is: it is a tour for senior citizens, and SHE HAS TO LIE. Why? Because the tour company would never let Aubree do this on her own without any studying and maturity. Elizabeth wants a good reputation, so obviously, she does not tell anyone about this.
AND BAM. The story begins, and Aubree is whisked off to foreign countries without any knowledge about them, finding that there is a romance waiting for her. And the romance starts with the tour company boss' son.
OOOF. I can imagine your jaw dropping right now. Now you're smiling because you realized I was right, right? Heh. I just want to mention how lovely this story was and how every character was special, important and unforgettable. I loved Sam, THE GORGEOUS love interest (who shared special phone calls with Aubree every night) and all of the senior citizens. There was constant drama, perfect to cause readers to become obsessed and intrigued.
You will love every page, every word that Jen Malone writes. This is a unique story, written by an author who was inspired by her own travels throughout the world. YAY!
Wanderlost made me so lost in reading and I cannot help but squeal and fangirl. THIS IS A BOOK FOR ANY TIME OF THE YEAR. Go and enjoy it. (Now, if you excuse me, I'm going to find my own Sam!)...more
An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes is a lovely contemporary novelThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes is a lovely contemporary novel that embraces people that are currently being discriminated in the world today. It certainly embraces nerd culture, and how people can become social and talkative by finding something in the world that makes them want to speak, just as I have found blogging/reviewing as my voice being heard. Randy Ribay has written such an intriguing, fun, but realistic story with a gang of characters who each have their distinct personality that makes them, them. This is one of the better road trip novels I have read, definitely comparing to John Green's Paper Towns, except in this case, each of the characters who are tagging along on the trip are finding themselves, not just the protagonist. In fact, there really isn't one protagonist, every person—Archie, Mari, Dante and Sam—is a protagonist. Ribay focuses this novel on each character and how they develop into new people.
I received this one to review ages ago. I loved the cover from the first time I spotted it, and I just couldn't wait to pick it up and learn more about what Dungeons and Dragons is all really about, and why an ex-friend of mine really wanted to learn how to play it. Sci-fi related things like that are not really my type of activities to do, but I certainly enjoyed being tagged along as a reader and embrace the nerdiness coming out from each character in this case. I loved how there was a climax where each character found that inner peace; that was extremely important for me to find because I somehow knew that this would be the kind of book to showcase that exactly.
This was about a heartbreak going on in a group of friends, but it secretly is actually about the development of each character after something goes wrong in each of their lives. Archie's father is gay, and he divorces his mother, which gets him depressed and feels like everything he has ever known is swept away from him. Mari's mother has cancer, and things get crazier when her mother gives her information about her real mother, since Mari was adopted. Dante has a personal struggle—he's gay and he doesn't know what to do because his strictly religious family does not approve. Sam's girlfriend breaks up with him after she moves across the country to Seattle. All together, they head on a road trip through all over the place to get to Seattle.
"She feels the centrifugal force pulling her into space. Her body rises from the ground, just barely at first, but then higher and higher. The grass she holds rips out of the ground, soil crumbling from the nests of tiny roots. She opens her hands. The grass clumps fall. Loose green blades flutter downward" (71).
As you can tell for that quote, this is such a poetic novel. Randy Ribay writes with such passion towards the topic, and I was so entertained because I loved the amount of diverse topics featured. We see discrimination, as Dante feels that people are looking at him differently because he is African American, and gay, at the same time. Then, Mari undergoes the struggle of her adoptive mother and how she doesn't know what to do with the current status of her life. Archie's father is gay, as mentioned before, and he struggles, too, knowing that his dad never really loved his mother in a real way.
I loved Archie and Mari's relationship. There wasn't instant-love at all, and I loved how they relied on each other for personal help. Aw. THAT'S THE ROMANCE I'M LOOKING FOR. I find that we frequently are caught in romances that are too fake or too lovey-dovey, but Archie and Mari had this instant connection that I just saw as a real relationship. They didn't make out, they didn't go crazy at each other, it was just slow and beautiful, exactly in the way a bookworm like me (who does love slow-paced romance) would want something like this to become.
Road trip novels make me want to grab a map and run away. Not in a literal sense, but I just have this serious case of wanderlust that makes me want to go and find new cities, meet new people and have the time of my life. I loved reading about the different cities that the crew stopped in, especially Chicago (I love Chicago!) and the adventures they had there. You know, they took risks, made a change in their lives from the usual Dungeons and Dragons thing.
I read this book because I wanted a similar situation to what it actually turned out to be. It was light but complex at the same time, where I was able to not make any predictions for the ending because it could turn out any way. Randy Ribay seems to have put so much effort reading into modern teenagers today and how they act, because this is the realest thing I have read for a long time. Many authors struggle to portray or write about characters who are teenagers because some of us are so different compared to teenagers of the past that it is just ruined. The book is, I mean. In this case, the characters were relatable and I couldn't stop feeling sorry for them and all of the pain that they had to suffer, internally especially.
An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes takes contemporary fiction, mixes it with real-life issues that many teenagers today struggle with constantly, mixes it with relatable characters and situations, and creates a great plot that I was so captivated to that I couldn't stop reading. It is a strong story that will make you want to turn your engine on and ride away, to who knows where? Most of all, it teaches us to not forget how to love.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | noun | 1. a book that is tThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | noun | 1. a book that is the pure definition of summer and everything that it holds. 2. a book that features tons of cute dogs where readers grow overly attached to them. 3. a beautiful story of friendship, real love and all of the good stuff in life.
Morgan Matson is my favourite contemporary author of all time, residing with John Green in my golden shelves of awesomeness (one day, I vow that I will actually possess this shelf), but if you know me, you mostly likely already knew that. The Unexpected Everything was probably my most-anticipated read of the year, and it definitely reached its expectations, though a tiny bit on the lower side. As usual, Morgan's writing drags, just like mine tends to do when I'm in school, writing an essay and I discover that I can't stop overdosing on words. That's exactly what happened in this case, and what has happened with every single book by Matson. When I first saw the page count, 517 pages made me feel giddy, overly excited. Honestly? How could a YA novel that is all contemporary-romance stem towards a 500+ page count? You have to be an amazing writer, which Morgan is, but you also have to have this idea that doesn't get boring and that could progress into this greater page count.
The Unexpected Everythingwas expected for me to enjoy. I just knew that I would love it. Dogs? A nerdy-cute love interest? A girl who's smart and obsessed with school? A book that is written throughout a period of a whole summer? These all looked like things that I would love about this book, and it seriously is true. This was such a good read. Now, I don't know how I would be able to live a summer like our protagonist, Andie, had, because that was just chaotic (and awesome at the same time), and as always, I just loved the mentality and extra moral that Morgan adds to her stories time after time.
Before we get to anything, we NEED TO discuss the puppies/dogs. I actually never had a clue that Morgan's story would revolve around dogs. At all. I just thought the cute dogs on the cover huddled around the model (who is supposed to be Andie) were just a nice addition. EVERY DOG MENTIONED, I WOULD JUST GO BACK TO THE COVER. Guys, you see the adorable, big, fluffy white dog? THAT IS BERTIE. NOT "BIRDIE" (that made me laugh out loud honestly), but Bertie. He is the cutest thing on Earth and I seriously was so overly-attached to him that I want to name my future child Bertie. (Even if I have a girl) Bertie is "Clark's dog," without stating any spoilers. I love him. And Clark. But especially Bertie.
"Books were everywhere. Not in haphazard piles—there was absolutely nothing about this place that seemed haphazard—but there were floor-to-ceiling built-ins on all sides of this very large room, and they were absolutely rammed with books. It was the kind of room—big couches, comfy chairs—that you would expect a TV in, but I didn't see one anywhere. All I could see were books" (116).
I would also like to thank Morgan for appreciating books. A big theme of this story is booknerds and loving books in general. Our protagonist, Andie, never really reads unless it's school-related (HOW DARE SHE?!), but once she meets Clark, secret book-nerd/author, her appreciation grows. Morgan also adds in excerpts from what would be Clark's books, which I also formed a bond with. Man, this author just makes readers bond with everything/everyone!
Basically, this story is so relatable. Not about dog-walking or the romance between Clark and Andie, but because of Andie herself. I LOVED HER. Andie is the daughter of a Congressman, who is a single father after Andie's mother died from ovarian cancer. She loves school, plans on going into pre-med, is looking into internships, plans everything out, has her life planned out, and has a great group of friends who always support her. It sounds perfect, right? Her internship fails. Her father doesn't act like a father. Her relationships only last three weeks. Her summer job is dog-walking. I loved how Morgan looks at imperfections and creates the summer of a lifetime (with many flaws) for Andie and her friends. Friendship was a hugely important theme of this story, and I loved how tight-knit Andie's group was. Toby, Bri, Palmer, Tom and Clark all had their own personalities which made this a really fun read. I couldn't just pick my favourite character. They were all astonishing.
As Morgan had in every book of hers, especially Since You've Been Gone, romance is a big factor, but not everything. That is why I like to call Morgan's stories real and inspiring, because they closely live up to the lives of teenagers. BUT THE ROMANCE WAS REAL. Candie, Ark, whatever ship name you would like to provide the two, they were perfect for each other. Clark was just the happiest, most hilarious fictional boyfriend of any heroine and I just loved how awkward he was and how quickly he did become comfortable with Andie.
Cheers to the father-daughter relationship and how Matson keeps implanting the fact that Andie's life isn't perfect. I must admit, I hated Andie's dad for the first half of the book, but he kept making me smile and laugh. I have to praise that precious relationship, you know?
"We said our good-byes and headed out shortly after that. I got into the Mustang, running my hand over the steering wheel for just a moment before checking the time and realizing I had to get going. There was someone I needed to meet" (516).
So at times, this book dragged. It became boring and I just wanted that boring phase to get by before the good stuff came around. There were those every now and then, and I honestly wanted this book to be perfect, and to be honest, it wasn't fully. But I still loved it. IT'S TOO LONG, ALTHOUGH I LOVE MORGAN'S WRITING. If this were fantasy... that'd be a different story.
If only I had a summer like this... *sighs* Cheers to dogs, Bertie, romance, pizza, scavenger hunts, road-trips to tell someone you love them, Diet Coke and fantasy novels! As always, I am so impressed with Morgan Matson's work and this is the reason why I read contemporary-romance: to get in a specific mood. Now? I need to go to the pool and kind of wash my brain a little because it hurts. Five-hundred-and-seventeen pages in a row (basically) does hurt your head....more
The most obvious thing we see from Sara Shepard’s writing is that she’sThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
The most obvious thing we see from Sara Shepard’s writing is that she’s obsessed with using a mystery concept to change the lives of young women. And here, in her—third?—adult novel, she enlightens her over-used plot and concept with a bunch of heiresses. At least, that’s what it seemed to be like even before I picked this book up. Seeing the catastrophic reviews kind of left me afraid, to be quite honest.
The Heiresses was a great read. I REALLY ENJOYED IT, YOU HATERS! Despite its awful, slow-paced start, Shepard has enlightened me with her brilliant writing, as always. Screw the fact that this is an adult novel, because it works for my liking, and my opinion’s very happy with the impact the whole novel has given me. And plus, it has such a gorgeous cover that I can’t get my eyes off of. I’m very glad to have my own copy in my shelves.
“And be careful what you wish for, because if you were a Saybrook, you’d be haunted by secrets as deep as a mine and plagued by a streak of luck just as dark. You’d have to go to a hell of a lot of funerals too. Larger-than-life though the family might be, they also have to contend with a lot of death.” (1)
Hell yes you do. This a mix between contemporary (well it certainly is) and mystery, where a family curse is basically hitting the Saybrooks, the richest and most well-known family in New York. There are five heiresses who the title speaks of: Poppy, Natasha, Corrine, Aster and Rowan. They’re all cousins and related to each other somehow with the same well-known last name. When tragedy strikes and Poppy ‘jumps out of the window’ of her office building, the news channels state that it’s a suicide, but the four remaining heiresses know that it’s too good to be true, and a note is then left afterwards: One heiress down, four to go.
That’s what happens. Before reading, I never really had a broad understanding of what Shepard was planning of this new adult novel to be. I was initially hoping that it wouldn’t be a series like Pretty Little Liars, which it definitely isn’t. It’s full of suspense and a mystery that of course, affects the fate of people who haven’t done anything wrong and are continuously being envied of.
As authors must do when writing a novel, they have to create characters who are wide open and ready to solve their own issues. The four remaining girls did do this. Once Poppy was killed in some kind of murder, they knew that they had to protect themselves from the killer who’s out there, watching them, and solve this mystery once and for all. Rowan, Aster, Corrine and Natasha were all kick-ass, giving a bright light to readers as great characters. I mean, they all weren’t fantastic, but my favourites were Aster and Rowan. They had more of an interesting life, filled with an endless amount of drama that the news channels would go nuts over, really.
It’s not like Shepard intended to create characters who firmly believed that they were the next Nancy Drew. She didn’t. Yeah, she did create tons and tons of characters which I first had an issue with, trying to remember who was who and what role they played in the mystery. In the first part of the book alone, everyone was introduced and I was going nuts, trying to figure out who’s perspective it was. But that’s nothing new with Shepard’s writing. Every novel/series she writes, the more characters are introduced and I feel like dunking my head in a huge pool of confusion.
“It felt as if anyone could be after them. Anyone could be watching. Any one of them could be next.” (223)
When I first started reading, I was sure that I would DNF this book. It started off horribly. I kept thinking about my personal rating in my head, thinking that I’d drop the book at 150 pages. But slowly and gradually, Shepard began to impress me and more of the story began to include better, interesting details of the girls’ lives. The mystery unfolded and things got pretty crazy. I ended up adoring it, woo. Thank goodness I didn't DNF it. I would've missed out on so much awesomeness, especially towards the end! The book gods allowed me to keep seeing and enjoying it!
Around the last fifty pages, hell broke loose, literally. The ending came to a close and we discovered the motive and truth behind the whole case. Envy’s such a disgusting thing is my only hint for you. Everybody in this world just wants to get more and more rich is what the four heiresses seriously picked up after some life-shattering moments, I’ll tell you that. Shepard then helps readers get in the spirit of the ending, a year later when yet another catastrophe occurs, and I sat there with a shocked expression. That tells you to pay attention to the appearances of characters. *smirks*
All in all, The Heiresses left me quite impressed. I normally don’t read adult books, but when I do, I’m either impressed or disappointed, nothing in-between. I’m so glad to have continued to give this one a chance because I adored it afterwards. And you’ll learn some things about the Saybrooks as well: You know them, you may know some family, but you can’t ever know them too well, that’s for sure. Take the chance to get to know this book and keep your patience, because it all turns out nasty (in a good way) and fabulous by the end. Paris Hilton would approve of this....more
The last time I took a look at this cover, I was sitting in the car, wThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
The last time I took a look at this cover, I was sitting in the car, with the windows rolled down, the world moving around me as I travelled through my favourite place in the world: California. California is the place where you want to read books like these, books from Katie Finn or Morgan Matson, however you would like to call her. I read this on my way to and from San Diego, a city that was promising and left me wanting more; a day dream certainly isn’t enough. I spent a steaming hot August afternoon in the Gaslamp Quarter, though my mind constantly flew back to this book. I abruptly put it down in the middle of the plot because I needed to leave, though I must say that, my friends, Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold was absolutely nourishing and fabulous. There’s nothing better than a good ole book full of drama and messed up characters. Katie Finn does it best. Some may find the story of Gemma and Hallie to be over-exaggerated, unreal although it is fiction after all. I completely disagree with this; this contemporary-romance is full of drama that most likely is occurring in someone’s life right now. Please excuse me for being a little lost on the plot of this novel; it has been many, many months since I read it and devoured it quite quickly; in fact, it was over the course of a day. So, since I read this a while ago and need a refresher, let's format this review into a top six list of reasons why I really enjoyed Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold in the midst of summertime. Gosh, what would I do for hot weather and suntans right now.
Top Six Reasons Why Katie Finn Will Not Disappoint This Time Around:
1. Because, duh, this is a continuation of the first book!
The plot takes place immediately from where Broken Hearts and Revenge ended, and boy was I excited. When I read this, it was over a year after I read the first book, and I was quite afraid that I wasn't going to get a thorough refresher of the events of the first novel. Well, I was pleased. Finn reveals a few new details concerning Gemma's life after the disastrous Fourth of July, and little by little, everything came together and I became obsessed with this series once more. I just have come to realize how much I needed the last book; my life depends on it. *winks* I adored the first book a little more than this one as a result of pacing (this one did get a little boring at times, but we could blame that on how mesmerized I was in California), though I was quite pleased.
2. THE ROMANCE.
So for a while I was Team Josh, because he is the hugest heartthrob, but as the scandal between Gemma and Hallie strengthened, I was torn between both Josh and Teddy, who I would classify as the bad boy. I LOVE THEM BOTH. I spent the majority of this book crossing my fingers so Gemma would stop complaining and so she could get back together with Josh. It needed to happen ASAP. And sadly, for the purposes of censorship, I am unable to tell you the outcome. Let's say things turned out a little better than first expected.
3. THE BOMBSHELL.
HOLY COW. So I expected a bombshell only because the synopsis spoke about one, but little did I know that it would be that huge and life-changing for Gemma. This was a part where I realized how small the world actually is and how people could be put in situations together even if they despise the idea of it. I JUST WANT TO SEE WHERE THIS WILL DEVELOP. I also adore the fact that this is a trilogy; some people think that contemporary romances are only meant to be standalones, but I DISAGREE completely; every author has the potential to create a series that features romance, fluff and drama that would beat Gossip Girl if put to the test. This sequel was a bombardment of giggles, constant blows to each character and envy. I loved it.
4. Gemma. I don't think we need to really explain that.
If you read the first book of this series—which you should have or else you SHOULDN'T be reading this review—you must have loved Gemma. I know I did, and I found her different from many characters in contemporary romances. She's the kind of person I'd personally want to be friends with: honest, though a clear risk-taker who knows what she wants in life and will do anything to achieve it. This attitude continued to this novel and every time she beat Hallie in their never-ending feud, my inner crowd went wild. As you can see, I'm a huge fan.
5. How easy it is to read (and love) this book.
Katie (Morgan) is one of my favourite authors for the reason that I find it so easy to read her novels. I easily get invested in the story, and it takes so much time for me to leave the world of the characters because they seem so realistic and the writing style is just beautiful. I cannot help but beg everyone to pick up this series when they feel like they need a pick-me-up read.
GRAB THIS ONE ASAP. (The only flaw was the boringness and the lengthiness of the book—400 pages is a little too long for a contemporary-romance that is in a trilogy.)
Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold is full of drama and it is an excellent progression of Gemma and Hallie's story/feud that seems to never end. Add romance and beautiful writing into the mix and we have a lovely read for the summertime or any time of the year....more
After instantly devouring Czukas's Top Ten Clues You're Clueless, I'veThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
After instantly devouring Czukas's Top Ten Clues You're Clueless, I've been ready to head to the library and grab a copy of everything that Liz has ever written. Discovering that a copy of her debut novel, Ask Again Later, was available, I was ready to jump all the way straight to happiness. In fact, although it wasn't as good as her newest novel, I still enjoyed it and am glad that I had been given a chance to enjoy a bunch of Liz's chick-lit, cutesy romance writing. It was pretty good, after all.
So I've been finding myself reading a lot about prom lately. It's such a cute concept that every teenager goes through, and every teenager has a different experience and opinion of it. And this is all about a young girl's experience that fate would've taken her into: with two different guys, all at the same night. WHO WOULD'VE THOUGHT OF THAT COOL, SCI-FI LIKE, PARALLEL UNIVERSE THING UP IN CONTEMP-ROMANCE?! Not me, that's for sure.
This is about a girl whose name is literally "Heart." And of course, that comes from hippie parents who she'd rather not even mention. She plans to head to senior prom with her big group of friends, playing it casual and having more fun than having to worry about the right colour. But then she gets two surprise invitations and she doesn't want to let the guys: jock or theatre geek, down. So she decides to flip a coin, one guy per option, which then somehow lets her live both experiences/dates in one night. This then begins to get readers questioning where that'll take her when it's time to make the decision.
This is the groovy concept that I've read about in contemporary for ages. But then at the same time, it stands as one of the only positive things that this book left for me. Coin flipping to make a decision is interesting as you can't possibly make up your mind when you're a good person, but then flipping into two alternative worlds is the best thing of all. I loved that.
It seemed that the actual prom nights dragged on a bit. There was a lot going on before the prom where the different perspectives switched, and then there was a little too much drama that left me rolling my eyes. But then in the end, I guess that everyone'll have a different opinion on how much the actual story interested them in the end. *shrugs* The way things turned out kind of dreaded for Heart, though.
So I can't say that I'm obsessed with any of the romances that Heart had, but there was a little something special with each of them. The mysterious theatre geek and Heart were my favourite though. *dreams*
Ask Again Later has a broad subject that made the story so much better than if it was a typical prom romance about a girl who can't make up her mind. It's not something that'll satisfy every reader, but it certainly does leave an impact and a lot of thoughts about fate afterwards. I'll definitely be reading more book by this author in the future, that's for sure. I love the cover schemes as well!...more
I constantly find myself reading books about cheesy romances. I originaThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
I constantly find myself reading books about cheesy romances. I originally picked this one up because of the many positive reviews that have been floating around the bookish blogosphere. It's not a Michelle-read, that's for sure. Danielle Younge-Ullman's Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance sits around with the weakest kind of concept and plot that I've read about in a long time. Sociologists should definitely take a look at how the characters behave in this book and their reasons for things because... You wouldn't really like Lola if you discovered what she did.
It's stupid, basically. She pretends to be an alcoholic so she can get into this posh rehab and find the guy that she's "attracted" to. Would I call this nonsense? Absolutely. I can't picture myself ever giving this book more than a three point five rating, because the whole concept ruined it all. It's supposed to be realistic contemporary romance, not something about a dumb teenager who doesn't know what she's doing and makes bad decision. I hated Lola. Ugh. I guess that I wouldn't like a character if they do something that I would never be able to do.
What Younge-Ullman's story gave to readers was utter confusion. I'm not confused in a literal, legitimate way, but in a way onto why the author made this story up. I'm completely feeling weird. Sure, it's a summer read, but everything didn't make sense for the kind of novel that it turned out to be. So the main character, Lola, is having a boring summer, but when her best friend Sydney lets her know about this rehab that she's in and that Lola's ULTIMATE CRUSH (picture me being sarcastic here) is getting admitted, Lola decides to fake it and get in.
WHAT? I hated a lot of things in this book, but the premise frustrated me the most. I found myself continuously rolling my eyes, feeling weird about everything and not really knowing what to expect. I just can't picture many people enjoying it, and I feel like it turned out to be more of a drama-filled, trashy contemporary. It was predictable, yet enjoyable at times when I was ready to let out a few giggles. It depends on which perspective you look at. The romance? That was cute. But everything else seemed more underwhelming than impressive.
Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance is a read that not everyone can get into easily. For a contemporary romance, it's more fictional than realistic—which was the opposite of what I was planning for. I would've preferred more of an in-depth, fun novel, but at the same time, if you're looking for something entertaining and trashy, then this is definitely for you. It could be defined as that "perfect chick-lit for teens." ...more
Playing With Matches is one of those books that I knew I wouldn't enjoyThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Playing With Matches is one of those books that I knew I wouldn't enjoy from when I read the first page. It's a limited short read that was quick and satisfying for one of those readers who enjoy chick-lit and nonsense reads. And by "nonsense," I literally mean one of those that come with no-plot, no message, just plain drama and complaining from the protagonist, Rain. I'm pretty disappointed, but what could I expect when I'm always the black sheep and that this has a positive Goodreads overall rating?
I didn't look at this book for its writing, for its in-depth details that pertain to the characters' lives. Instead, I guess I just had to evaluate this and give my opinion from a simple view. At the time when I read this, I wasn't in for a trashy read so that may have affected my rating quite a bit. But seriously? I wouldn't even classify this as YA fiction. It completely gave the look as a middle-grade tween book about a dumb girl who tries to save her sister, Leah, from getting lovesick in Toronto.
This has a pretty cliché cover too, after all. What else could I have expected when I see a girl making the Justin Bieber hand-finger-heart? A little teenager can't start making a business out of match-making, that's for sure. People, young or old start sending her emails about themselves and feel that this person they don't even know will help them set them up on dates. *rolls eyes*
If someone told me that there's another novel out there similar to this one by one of my most favourite authors, I still don't think I'd go for it. It's boring, cheesy and uninteresting. I guess that one of the only intriguing parts were the side characters, like Professor K, Leah, Jake, all of that drama that came out of the dates and such. Rain's complaining, "boring" life? Yeah I wasn't too interested in what she had to say. When she had a ton of new friends, a nice lifestyle, all she could do was complain about everything: about a sticky pole in a bus, about her sister not understanding her when Rain's the total annoying kid, there's a ton of things.
The fact that this was quick kept me going, but then again: Why did I waste my time?Playing With Matches was something that I picked out without even knowing what it was about, but if I did, then I might've not given it a chance anyway. If you're fine with reading something that's more meant for twelve year olds instead of YA, then this might be okay. But then again, it's trashy and weird. Meh....more
Sometimes it seriously is great to read a book that is hassle-free and just fThis review can also be found on Key to Book City, check it out for more!
Sometimes it seriously is great to read a book that is hassle-free and just full of drama.Under the Lights is just a great novel that just made me laugh, giggle and want to gossip about each of the characters for days with my friends who haven't even heard of this series since they're non-readers. Dahlia Adler is an amazing author whose books I haven't read before, but when I read this, I just wanted to add all of these books onto my TBR list for the future and fall in love again and again. There's an unexpected romance, a nice crew of characters, and a story that could go either way for some.
There's so much drama here. I just imagine this taking place in Hollywood or Miami, any party central of the world where the characters will spend time partying and just having fun. There's friend-zoning (FOR REAL) and an unexpected romance that will have you wondering... WHAT?! It's crazy, but pretty great.
The novel starts off with our protagonist, Josh Chester, who is a star of the TV show which this trilogy is named off of, Daylight Falls. He's a bad guy, and basically rebels against everything that happens in his life. He parties hard, and finds out that he begins to start liking his costar, Vanessa, who has her mind on other things. It's pretty crazy and everything is falling apart in their lives. THIS IS A GREAT, GREAT, GREAT STORY.
The plot is racing. This is a story that could be placed in The Hills or One Tree Hill and seem perfect. Everything came together quickly, formed a plot and Under the Lights just wow-ed me. I became so excited and hoping to read more, more of the series that was seriously awesome. The characters seriously became developed and I liked them all seriously. Josh was annoying, but arrogant at the same time that made me stay on opposite sides of love and hate. This is LGBTQ, I must admit, and it was formed in a surprising way. Vanessa realized her feelings in a surprised matter that was different than the regular books where we are introduced to characters who already are understanding their feelings.
Dahlia knows how to handle love. This isn't a book where the romance comes quickly and characters spend time trying to run away. Josh felt feelings, so did Vanessa, and there was a love triangle essentially. I fell in love with the plot and it captured all of the feelings that I ever had about chick-lit. This was seriously intriguing.
Under the Lights is racing, bright and a great read, though nothing special and not my favourite book ever. There are developed characters, those who are easy-going and made the story better, and it's the perfect beach read. Adler's books have been on my radar for years, and I am very excited to have given her writing a chance because the public was somewhat correct. I loved the racing-ness of how quickly the story came together and made me smile. I seriously recommend it to all contemporary romance lovers, enjoy and adore it. ...more
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This is literally the funniest book that you will ever read. With all of the fandoms, bands and fangirls out there today, and how "Tumblr" or hipster these things have become, more hipster than wearing pink or wearing lip gloss, this is the best book for the modern age. When I grabbed a copy at BookExpo America last year, I knew that I would be in for a good, entertaining read. I was definitely correct. This is such a hilarious, though honestly real book that I could imagine seeing on the news right now. A group of fangirls running after a hot boy band in New York City? That's absolutely hilarious, and I would buy this book for every single teenage girl in the world. This is a mystery, absolutely, but from the start, it was very not-serious and everything was like a joke... until it wasn't. Goldy Moldavsky intelligently uses a boy band to create a mystery with a group of girls who each have their own adorable personality and who just form this book perfectly. I loved each of the personalities and their HUGE obsessions with this hot band based on One Direction called The Ruperts.
So there was this slight transition as us readers kept reading. We began reading a kind of fan-fiction like thing where we expected all characters to be merrily happy with their lives and all BFFs forever. We see that a lot on Wattpad and it could get really annoying. GUYS. AND THEN THE MURDER MYSTERY COMES TO LIFE. How? I do not know, Moldavsky just implanted it together and my life just became complete. I finished this in a sitting and I loved the plot, characters and every bit of this. I couldn't take it seriously at times, but when I did, this was simply fabulous.
Kill the Boy Band makes us think that the characters are psycho-maniacs who are so obsessed with this band. That's true. And the best thing is that I could honestly relate to this book. Would you care to listen to the bands/singers I was a crazy fan of back in the day? Let's begin! *says too cheerfully* Taylor Swift, One Direction, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus... Guys, it was serious. I wanted to go to all of these artists' concerts, and I frankly remember my first arch of sadness when I wasn't able to get tickets to One Direction's Up All Night tour. Ah, good times, good times. I FREAKED OUT. I loved those guys to death and I can totally relate to their situation, though don't think I would ever turn this to some murder investigation.
It just made my day, you know? There is no books like this in the world, and there will never be. We have a groovy (that word just makes me feel so old) set of teenage girls us our entertainers, quite diverse if you ask me, and a protagonist whose name we never even really discover. Sloane is a cover, just letting you know. Using something that's so in, creating a thriller-like thing out of it, with comedic moments and drama that Gossip Girl would definitely approve, everyone needs to purchase this dark story.
I guess the only romance you would be able to imagine is one between one of the girls and one of the members of the band, if they ever found/met them after staying in the same NYC hotel as them. Yeah, the chicks did find the guys, but they held them hostage (at least, one of them) and one gets murdered and stuffed into a suitcase, leaving the girls having to deal with the situation. It's utter chaos. There is no real romance. Our heroine does try to make something happen, but it's a hallucination, sadly and happily. I would barf if it did occur because come on, when in the world would a singer date a fan? FANGIRLS, PLEASE DON'T ARGUE WITH ME. You all know this is true. *giggles*
I loved the fact that this was so fast-paced. One minute we're laughing out loud, being so shocked that this book exists in the YA section of our bookstores, and the next, we're biting our nails, wondering who the murderer could be. Because obviously, it could be any of the girls in the room at the time. We are seriously stunned in the end when things come together. The girls could seriously be the end of this band, which makes us readers rethink our stalker-like actions with bands. I don't think we would want to break One Direction up, would we? (Although I'm feeling that they may be over already. Heh).
Kill the Boy Band is lovely. Absolutely memorable and such a treasured ARC in my collection. If I would have to create a movie out of a book that I have recently read, I would certainly pick this. Don't mind me, but I now feel to go out into NYC and seek my favourite bands and celebrities. BRANDON URIE, PANIC! AT THE DISCO, I WANT TO STROLL THE STREETS WITH YOU! (Not in a creepy way or anything).
*A review copy was provided by the publisher via BookExpo America in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
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*4.5 star rating*
Okay, let's just make this clear and evident: I LOVED THIS BOOK. SO much. It has been the LONGEST time since I peeked at the cover and even considered writing a review for it (that's how big the reading slump I was in WAS), but to this day, I can still remember me adoring every single moment of the experience. I love good old hearty novels that bring out emotions in me. Sure, you can call this a contemporary romance about a bunch of teenagers experiencing the high-school life and grief, however, it was more than that. Because, the main point and concept which this story surrounded was the fact that its protagonist, Parker, is blind. I can tell you that I do not know of any other YA novels based around a blind character. It's really sad to see that, as the subject is common in society.
In case you were curious about what little thing made me give this a 4.5 star rating instead of a 5 star one, it's Parker, unfortunately. Parker was a very unlikeable character. Obviously, the author's intentions were for her to be like that, however, I felt that she was a little too unlikeable. Parker's life is full of a lot of misfortune, including the fact that her father just died and her blindness, but, I don't know, I didn't see anything amazing about her. She definitely redeemed herself by the end, which did not make me hate her excessively. Let's just say that her love interest, Scott, made everything better.
I LOVED THE ROMANCE IN THIS STORY. It made me feel all gushy and happy, emotions that are absolutely difficult for me to feel when reading every single chick-lit story. This is not your typical chick-lit story, to make things clear. IT WAS MORE. It had purpose, and I was able to speed through it. Those are the kinds of books people remember forever.
Not If I See You First was gorgeous; it has made me become even more excited to pick up Eric Lindstorm's other books. It's a special one that made my insides explode with happiness.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher via BookExpo America in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
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*3.5 star rating*
Eric Walters remains one of the coolest authors out there, especially since he's Canadian (WOOO) but mostly because he writes in different genres. He skips between some fantasy, mostly contemporary, some dystopian and even tweaks of romance, like Say You Will had in store for readers. I believe that any reader, young or old, is able to find something they like about his novels, and they will never forget about that quick read that stole their hearts and left them obsessed. This was a pure example.
Looking at my borrowed copy of the novel right now, I smile. It's 192 pages long, and actually turned out to be one of the quickest reads of the year for me. I love short books, but of course, yet again, the amount of reviews that I need to write pile up eventually, haha. Walters writes about the wonders of high school, along with some issues that teenagers go through, like: anxiety, prom, peer pressure and the pressure and need to do well in school. Especially since he has experience and even taught at an elementary school, he writes this exactly like from the perspective of a teenage boy, like one of my friends who I know in school.
This all begins with the craze of prom being right around the corner, though in this case, Sam is a junior and most likely still has one more year afterwards to go to prom again. In my school, WE ONLY GO WHEN WE'RE SENIORS. WHAAAAT!? (Some Canadian school boards do stuff differently, I guess.) Sam is a guy whose never had his first kiss, watches the girl of his dreams like someone else, and has a high IQ. He's the kind of guy who doesn't like to brag and show off of his talents, so he even pretends to not know the answer when writing a test. And then... he wants to prompose to the girl of his dreams in an unforgettable fucking way. Seriously.
If I spoil the way Sam asks his crush out, you'll die. The whole book would be spoiled for you. It's amazing on how Walters created an easy-going story that actually was incorporated with so much depth that boys and girls will love. YOU KNOW BOYS, IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO IMPRESS A CHICK FOR PROM, READ THIS BOOK. It's mutual advice, written by a man who surely knows what he's doing. Imagine if this story actually occurred! *dies* This would hit the news, I'm sure of it.
The pacing was absolutely perfect. Why do we need an everlasting super-long story with nothing much occurring? That would've been such nonsense and the planning process wouldn't even take half as long. I saw the whole plot as just something short, sweet and simple to satisfy readers. And hey, I know I was superbly satisfied from start to finish. 5/5 for sure, as well as the plot. Walters' writing never disappoints, and I continuously find myself seeing so much depth in his words that I just can't let go of what I'm reading. Is this a sign from the bookish heavens that I deserve more of his writing and a trip to his wonderful mind again and again? I'm pretty sure that you're thinking of a plain "YES" in your heads right now. Let's hope that I'm correct instead of making a fool out of myself.
Although this was pitch perfect (no, not the movie reference) all throughout, the characters are who stunned me. Everyone seemed to be too perfect. Sam had that perfect reputation where he was so smart and has social anxiety at the same time although people do speak to him. I liked him, but I certainly cannot admit that he's better than Walters' other protagonists. He seemed a little too stuck-up and confident for my liking. And then Brooke and her friends? They all seemed bitc*y to be honest. There wasn't any character who had a mean reputation or wasn't your average person. Walters added too much significance into every character and it actually grew to a disliking of some. That was a pure weakness.
AND BOY DID I ADORE THE ENDING! That was the perfect finish. It didn't leave us with suspense or take readers into a blast into the future where we see Sam and his lover at prom—no, we don't need that. From the start, readers had been anticipating the perfect promposal which the author had in mind especially from the summary, and we all knew that it would occur then. This isn't supposed to be unpredictable, it's all irony anyways. We're the readers, the audience, and we know what's going to happen but some of the characters don't. That's the best part, and what I know I won't forget about.
Just like how everyone deserves quiet and quality time in their lives, people deserve an easy, good read. This is the case, actually, and I know that many in the future will just pick this up for an hour or two and enjoy, devour and have a good time, trying to imagine what it's like to be a teenager again, finding a date and your first kiss, a huge milestone. This would be a huge milestone for me, anyway. First—fall in love with the cover, and then move on to the book, despite the lack of interesting characters....more
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After discovering that this book is going to be a real, legit thing, I panicked like an old fan of Meg Cabot's books would. True story. Royal Wedding is the book that we've all been anticipating and waiting for, although we may have not seen it coming until a week before. Inside all of our hearts, I bet that we all knew that this was coming. And now? I WANT A SEQUEL. You hear that, William Morrow and Company? We're all obsessed, I'm telling you!
Royal Wedding turned out to be that perfect read where everything was going as planned. In terms of the plot, I mean. I'd surely not even classify it as an adult read, when it was just as cute and fluffy as the other ten previous books in the series that we've all known to come and love. My heart clenched every two seconds as Michael would do something cute or while they were on vacation, and I just really enjoyed it throughout. For me, I definitely wouldn't have switched my thoughts or experience to any other way, even to have a superb 5 star rating. This was definitely awesome the way it was, and I'm so excited to see other reactions in the coming months of others who previously adored Cabot's work!
"The frustrating thing about being in love with Michael Moscovitz is that it's impossible to stay angry with him, especially when he's got his hand wrapped around the back of your neck and he's resting his forehead against yours and that clean Michael smell of his is filling your senses."
I guess that I'm the type to try to see different views on romance when reading an extra-long series. I actually didn't even read all eleven books in the series (maybe around 8?) and Cabot just does a splendid job reminding readers who is who and what the storyline is based upon. We don't have our usual confusion that I especially have when I was reading Pretty Little Liars (sixteen crazy novels long) and I was so proud of the way this turned out. The plot is simple, too.
Mia and Michael have been together for a really long time, but Mia fears that they're still not ready to get married and have a family... yet. But then Michael takes her on an exotic trip, and he ends up proposing, and of course the rumours begin. She can't fake it all when everything is a hundred percent real, and she's actually never been happier. A few years after the end of the tenth book, Mia is as happy and as strong in character as she was back then and is ready for more surprises and shocks in her life. *smacks forehead*
When thinking about strong heroines, Mia is one of them. I've always liked her, to be honest, and seeing her as a grown-up when the beginning of this series started off with her being my age is extraordinary. She's changed so much, yet so little. Being royalty is so fucking hard, but reading from the viewpoint of an ordinary woman who seriously is lost in her world, too is interesting. Cabot adds tweaks and hints of experiences from our modern day society to thoroughly explain Mia's story and where it'll go from here. Royal twins? That's ought to be something gorgeous, and I'm hoping that we'll go from a newly-wedded woman to a mother. She'll be fabulous, and I bet that readers hadn't seen that coming for sure. It's just one of the utterly crazy shocks that authors like to give readers to scare them with those wicked heart jumps of ours. At least, in my situation this always occurs, hmmph.
When picking this up at my local library, I felt like a mother holding her child. You know, I might've had hearts in my eyes. I didn't even end up putting the book in my bag, just holding it all the way home. (But that might've occurred because there wasn't any room left in the bag, either. Anyways.) Throughout my reading experience, I felt jittery and happy, and it overall was just a positive read. We're not in the mood for some life-threatening plot twist where someone dies. And that's another reason why it's pure chick-lit, something that truly brightens my mood up always. This definitely has to do with why my feels were all over the place. Damn.
Although it was slow-paced, again, it was enjoyable. That's the only negative thing I have to mention, but it's seen that it's not an issue for any other reviewer as I scroll down its Goodreads page. I feel that because of the title, I may have just been waiting for the wedding day and the preparations right from the start, so honestly, you shouldn't get fooled. There's a lot of time and build-up before the main climax and point is revealed, and it's actually a pretty big novel when you think about it.
This story wouldn't have gone anywhere if it wasn't for the attraction between Mia and Michael. Although they had their ups and downs (like all relationships do), they were such a strong power couple and beat the stereotypes and obvious stuff of one person being royalty. Nothing, not one peep in their romance was about Mia being an heir to the throne and all of that—they're just a girl who's going to be a mother of two and a guy who likes science. Nerds, if you'd like to call it that. It's like a William and Kate story, and that couple was even mentioned, too. HOW MORE REAL CAN THIS POSSIBLY GET? Not too much further, my mind tells me.
I see this as the actual, best guide for a girl and how to do things. It includes: a kickass heroine, so much believable events, plot twists and jump scares and twins. Sorry for mentioning that, it might be a spoiler. Cabot knows the way to grab a key to a girl's heart, and it's with her sweet, sassy writing that seems like it's all of her personality. It's totally understandable that she didn't want to leave the world of the series that we are all obsessed with, HOW COULD SHE? And actually, how could she not write a sequel to this? We all need some continuation now that she began with Mia's adulthood. This wedding will eventually be broadcasted on television, I swear. (And I wish.)...more
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*3.5 star rating*
I can't even try to tell you how many Alice in Wonderland retellings I've gone through... and how many I've been so utterly disappointed with that I'm not able to handle anything like that for a year. Okay, you've got me—it's happened every single time, except for this one.
I finally have found the right book for me. You just cannot even imagine how much pain and suffering I've gone through to find the right retelling novel for me. Alice in Wonderland is such a difficult story to be told again, as it's one of the most-known classics to ever hit the shelves, and there's been movie after movie and book after book that's been trying to do it again in the most perfect and absolutely on-point way that one can possibly imagine. Rachel Shane has retold this story in a complete modern-matter with no paranormal aspects needed. That's the unique and wonderful part of this whole story, I must say.
"I swallowed hard. Perfection and I weren't exactly cohorts in our endeavours. Usually I lagged behind someone else's lead. Second in the class. Third wheel in friendships. Fourth in their group."
Can we first get to the point of this review where I can talk about the protagonist? I usually go through some sort of order, but I just have to go on and give my thoughts on Alice and her gorgeous life in Wonderland, Illinois because it just seems right and I really enjoyed her presence in this fictional world that has overtaken my heart and my mind. Alice is passionate, and that was one of the biggest things that captured my heart and helped me change my whole opinion on the most part of the novel and it's what brought my heart to give this a 3.5 rating. Every book needs an intelligent protagonist that can lead readers in the right direction, and they have to be likeable. I can't even give you a few situations where the protagonist influenced the book so much that it ended up as a complete catastrophe in a bad matter. Alice was confident, special and I saw the love that she had for her parents and what they left behind for her to do and work on.
Well, as the actual retelling goes, it follows the story, but at the same time, it takes its own direction and goes wonderfully in some sections while others don't. Alice lost her parents a few years ago in a supposed "car accident" where they bumped into a deer. Of course, Alice believes it and her older sister does too. What she doesn't know is that her parents' jobs as protesters and petitioners to build a farmers' market did take things a little too far, or at least that's what people say. Alice is recognized as a loser in her school and doesn't fit in with the people around her too well, but then she meets Whitney Lapin, who brings her into a world of rebellion and romance with Chess, a guy who takes her heart and never gives it back.
The question that kept circling my mind throughout this whole situation was: Will this situation end up badly and will Alice change her act? I really enjoyed her character from the start, and I can tell you that I was seriously hoping for her to keep her wittiness and never change to the bitch that I saw Whitney as. Please, people, and wonderful protagonists, stay away from the horrifying stuff of peer pressure. Not that I'm a guidance counsellor and know this stuff... but it can definitely look bad on you when someone thinks of your attitude and such. *snickers*
Since I know the real Louis Carroll story really well, I spent the majority time of my reading experience comparing this to the real thing. The characters did resemble the characters of the real book, and there were relationships that Alice had with some people that I didn't see coming. But, like I said—this took another direction at times, right?
"Every time you pass by the honor-roll board... you remember a test you haven't studied for? You wish you had a marker to draw devil horns on my head?"
I guess that I can say the writing could've been better. I wasn't as addicted to keep reading as I hoped I would become, but it wasn't a horrible experience, either. Since I wasn't a big supporter of the eco-stuff and the farming things since I didn't even have half of a clue of what some of the stuff meant, I didn't feel the connection.
No connection equals less interest of a plot, coming from me. I wanted to feel like I'm able to relate to this fictional high-school experience, but nothing ever came out of this. I just saw it as some fairy-tale retelling, when it should really be a contemporary-romance mixed in with some unique aspects. I found myself rolling my eyes at some moments because of the predictability, but it wasn't that bad. Some things just weren't for me, I have to say. *shrugs happily*
As characters come and go, most I can say aren't memorable, but Alice's love interest here, Chess, certainly was. Because his family was very much like Alice's and supported the same causes, they grew even closer together since they were able to understand what they were talking about. Thank goodness for that encounter in the first chapter or there certainly wouldn't have been any other real, nice moment where they would meet in a realistic way. And the fact that he was kind of friends with Whitney? These aspects absolutely made the story evolve better. I seriously don't want to get into the subject of Miss Whitney Lapin, who stood as an annoying, bitchy teenager who was stubborn and stole friendships.
That's how I saw her as, and since I really loved Alice, I didn't want her to be friends with her, since I guess that I saw the real side of her and the meaning of her character. Don't think of Whit as the perfect rabbit who shouts, "I'm late," and gears Alice into the rabbit-hole. You might have saw her as that, but I absolutely didn't.
Here we have a hilarious contemporary novel that deals with: broken friendships, a cute crush, and eco-terrorists, when you really think about it. *laughs* All in all, there were some broken moments where I felt that the book lost some of the connection from me, but it kept me going and made a nice Saturday-night read that everyone should go for eventually. I'm so excited to see Rachel Shane at BEA in May, where I'll definitely go to her signing and get this pretty signed!
*A finished copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
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A year ago, I was fortunate to receive a review copy of the beautiful, memorable debut novel by Amy Spalding: Kissing Ted Callahan. I was mesmerized by the plot, and how music spoke to the author and the characters of the story, bringing all musical lovers together into a story that had a bittersweet, but fluffy ending. A year later, I discovered that Spalding is going to release another bittersweet, funky story of her own that I knew I'll enjoy just the same as the one with Ted Callahan, or even more, possibly. My fingers smacked my phone screen when I requested it for review, and voila: THIS WAS THE PERFECT PLANE READ THAT A GIRL COULD ASK FOR. Being able to perfectly relate to a main character is difficult, difficult for many authors to conquer because at the same time, they don't want their characters to seem boring and bland. (Not that readers are boring and bland! I hope you all know what I secretly, inwardly am trying to say).
The New Guy was focused on so many concepts and themes. This was not just about Jules' romance with a pop-star-turned-ordinary-teenager. Amy Spalding played with modern, diverse issues that YA fiction needs more of. Jules has two moms, which plays an interesting role into how she seeks help with her relationship problems with Alex. She also has big dreams (as I do) to get into Brown University and be able to conquer the world. She becomes the editor-in-chief for her school newspaper, which turns into a battle once a weekly podcast on the school's televisions begins by her mortal enemy, Natalie. Just when things could not get worse, there is a romance to worry about, impressing her teachers for good letters of recommendation, and friendship-related issues that she needs to keep in mind in order to save her friendship with her best friend. Sounds like every teenager, right? Just kidding, everyone is different! I do kind of see myself in this chick. Overachievers rule!
There were little to no issues with this book. I fell in love with the story from its first page, which I had begun the night before an airplane trip back home from my relaxing vacation. I had a night flight, and finished it in one sitting. Everyone on the plane was sleeping, while my row was the only one with the light on. (Okay. That's a little over-exaggeration). I know that a book is good when I'm that addicted to it. Jules especially captivated me with her sweet, innocent but wicked voice. Wicked as in amusing, of course. She and Alex made a perfect power couple, and I love how Amy Spalding always incorporates music culture into her stories. I can tell that she is a HUGE fan of boybands. That's adorable! Spalding adds that extra quirk into contemporary fiction that many authors do not have; the lyrics to the songs that she makes up are hilariously catchy!
Alex was such a hottie. Although his and Jules' relationship seemed rushed and very instant-ty, I am a big fan of Julex, or Ales, or whatever ship name you decide to pair the two with. They instantly clicked, bonding over dog walking and the cute things in life. That's a kind of man I need. Another fictional boyfriend to add to the list? I do think so.
In a rush, here are fifty reasons why (I wish), eight reasons why The New Guy would be perfect for you:
•This could help persuade you and cure your senioritis. Not that I know what that feels like.
•Jules has the quirkiest attitude ever. A reader cannot help but adore her personality and life mottos!
•It is a chick-lit, but encounters so many more YA issues that need to be explained. A hint of LGBTQ, a hint of gorgeous friendships, a hint of music... this is absolutely stunning.
•It gives you a perspective of what it's like to be an overachiever and have dreams... without procrastination. Jules' life shows that you could make time for everything at any time. It's crazy.
•Alex and Jules' relationship is so, so sweet. They go on and off within the story, for reasons that make sense. They are a strong, power couple.
•The humour! I had so many laugh-out-loud moments with this story, which doesn't happen often.
•The pacing. I read this in a jiffy and I cannot help but yearn for it again. Who knows? Maybe once my TBR pile weakens (NEVER. BEA IS COMING) I'll give it a go again! It's too good.
•I say it's good. You know, you should all trust me some more.
I think that I have more than enough convinced you to buy this. IT'S RELEASE DAY, GET YOUR BUTTS MOVING. *giggles* ...more
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Galgorithm is a book with some petty themes and issues that the characters are basically basing their lives on. It was enjoyable, easy to read and easy to devour quickly, but it lacked a lot of things. And one of these big things are something I like to call realism. This story doesn't sound real at all; it sounds like a mix of mumbo jumbo and awkward phrases that are put together to make a YA novel. Yes, I have read cheesier stories with cheesier romance, but I can't say that this was fabulous or something great to compare it with. For most of the book, I was debating about what I really would've enjoyed about it if the story ended up going in my stubborn way.
This story is based on romance and some unrealistic moments that make me ponder and wonder why I thought that it would be somehow based on math. In case you hadn't ever noticed, I'm a math geek and that is one of the reasons why I picked this book up. I wanted the formulas and the cutesy nerdy things that I sometimes like to read about. Instead of being nerdy in a cute way, this book was outrageous and totally absurd. I cannot even point between what I enjoy and what I don't enjoy about this book. It's kind of confusing because it was promising in a different way.
This is about a weird teenage guy who wants to fall in love by using his ugly imaginary formula that he promises could get a girl for any guy. It's the name of the title of this book, Galgorithm. Once Shane gets dumped/rejected by "the hottest girl ever," he's basically acting like any teenage boy would—he's hungry for romance. And when he makes this formula, he plays around with love, friendship and some revenge, too. And it's freaking predictable.
If someone told me to write a book review on this before I even read it, I would have been able to write another summary from my guesses and get it 70% right. This book is awfully predictable. The ending was a no-brainer, where I totally saw that "thing" with Jak coming around, and it seemed too obvious. Aren't books supposed to make me crinkle and have me so shocked that I won't be able to do anything else that night? What has happened to modern storytelling, I ask?
I feel like I'm starting some kind of angry rant right here but of course there had to be positives about this story or I would never be here. My review would have been a lot shorter if it was just negativity. Galgorithm has an enduring group of characters whose attitudes and sarcasm always kept me giggling. It is a funny story, you know. Shane, Adam, Tristen, Jak, they were all a cool crew, just like how I imagine them like from the 90s awesome sitcoms that we like to rewatch today. *thinks of Friends*
Karo is a good storyteller. If you're pretty naïve with reading contemporary fiction and find it okay if you read about a story that is so cheesy, then you'll seriously be okay. But I do think that I spent enough of my tweenhood and childhood reading about these lame, childish stories. At least it wasn't boring. That is one of the pros that I allow myself to constantly ponder about right now.
Karo delivers a story that is more for entertainment than for actual enjoyment, well at least it is like that for me. Galgorithm is a witty, fun-filled novel that will spare you a laugh or two, but then in the long run, it doesn't make a reading experience too positive for me. I have read better, but I am glad I gave it the time and experience. Just look at the cover and the main slogan, "A guy. A girl. A formula" and think about what it really is about in the end. I bet you'll come up with the plot's events in a jiffy....more
If someone told me a year ago that David Levithan would be writThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
If someone told me a year ago that David Levithan would be writing about Tiny Cooper in a play-musical format, I would've laughed and thought that they were joking. It's not that his character isn't fit for the role and for a musical, it's just different and absurd. Overall, this wasn't my kind of book and I wish we had more of a "memoir" kind of base here so there would be more detail coming from his side of the story and all of the guys that he dated.
If you want original songs, two acts, to see the ghost of Oscar Wilde, and to meet each and every one of Tiny's exes, then this book is for you. A big issue that Levithan focused on throughout the whole book was Tiny being proud of who he was and that being gay is normal today. And the best thing is, this wasn't one of those stories where the parents of the kid don't allow the gayness to happen. Honestly, I think, what can you do? This was a fantastic example of diversity and I believe that it absolutely fits the LGBT community of 2015. High-five, Mr. Levithan! You've impressed us all with the way you took Tiny's matter and struggles and put them into a hilarious novel.
"That's the thing about life and love—every time you take another look at them, there's something else that can be revised. For now, let me just say this: My name is Tiny Cooper, and it's time to raise the curtain on my bombastic, baffling, and hopefully stupendous story."
The plot really couldn't be simpler, but I understand that this novel was a companion to Will Grayson, Will Grayson, also with John Green. That was one of the best books ever, and though I read it a long time ago, I'll always remember how much I loved Tiny's character. Who thought that in 2011 that there'd be a sequel four years later? *laughs* And really, this wasn't a sequel where stuff happened in the first book that you'll need to know before reading this. Okay, so I don't recommend reading this before the first book, but I find that it's more about Tiny's life and how many people have affected it.
Another thing that I love about Levithan's novels are that they're really short, and get straight to the point and message quickly. And that's why he's one of my favourite authors, as his books are always fluffy and easy to read, and I'm always able to pick them up at any time. They're like remedies to books that are trying to put you in a reading slump. But enough of the useless compliments at the moment—this was a very quick read. I think I finished it in an hour, since it's 200 pages with lots of spacing and crazy stuff. Get ready for lots of songs, belting, yelling and roller coaster rides of fun, because this surely was a read that got me laughing and smiling from head to toe.
To be honest, I did expect it to be better than it was. I usually love every single one of Levithan's books, but this was a 3 star for me. Why? Well it certainly isn't my type of read and I feel that it didn't signify the true meaning of a sequel well enough. This is something that could've been added onto Wattpad as some fanfiction and then people would read it. Stating this as a companion? Eh. We already knew the ending of the first book, and it's not like something else happened here. It was simply just filler and we got to find more about Tiny, which I don't mind.
"Love is the most common miracle. Love is always a miracle, everywhere, every time. But for us, it's a little different. I don't want to say it's more miraculous—it is, though. Our miracle is different because some people say it's impossible. But let me tell you—it's possible. Very possible."
Can I even say that there was a plot in this situation? Does this musical even have a plot? *laughs* As I said, it's not for me, so I kind of lost interest of what was happening and felt that it was kind of boring since half of it was actually song lyrics. And since Tiny is and always has been a confident guy, there was no development from him being some tiny squirt who's shy into a big belting guy. It was all smooth like pavement. The meaning of this all was actually wonderful and I'm proud to admit that I'm sticking by it and I'm nodding my head continuously, praising the work and who Tiny became.
I guess this book gave us a better vision of who Tiny is. Since he was a side character in the first book, we didn't get much information of him, and he was simply there. But here, the spotlight was absolutely on him and we got a description of him, and what he's been doing since the events of the last books and memories of his horrific dates that he's been on. *chuckles*
Last thing—I'm glad that we got to see Phil Wrayson. *laughs* And Will Grayson. If you don't understand what I'm saying, I'm seriously asking you to go and read the first book as you'll then get it and be proud that I said this inside joke out loud. And now I feel that I look like a fool. Oh, well.
I guess the only aspect and thing that stuck with me after reading this 'play' is Tiny's character and the theme of diversity and praising the LGBT community, which I'm totally up for. Other than that, the book probably would've been a catastrophic event for me, but we all know that David Levithan would've never let that happen. Hey, after this, I feel that I'm going to hold my copy of the first book closer to my heart, because NOW I realize how much that book changed my few of contemporary YA fiction written by two of my favourite authors. ...more
Rock n roll? Absolutely. That's what this fantastic book by AmyThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
Rock n roll? Absolutely. That's what this fantastic book by Amy Spalding has given us, with a mix of romance that everyone wants to have, even in their own lives with the one and only Ted Callahan. This was a free-falling novel that almost anyone can read, love, and devour instantly without any questions asked. I enjoyed it from start to finish!
I was kind of nervous to read this, though. Please, please, please, don't start making an assumption that I was nervous about the author's Twitter fiasco that we saw not too long ago. I really don't understand why people are so against reading her book. Okay, yeah, I saw the bingo card and yeah, I'm a blogger, but that really doesn't effect my opinion of having to read the book, and I seriously am telling you that it shouldn't effect yours, either, because this was simply bittersweet and wonderful.
If you look at the development of this story from beginning to end, it feels like everything's gone by so quickly and swiftly, but so much has happened. And this all begins when us readers meet Spalding's protagonist, Riley, who is crushing on a guy who never seems to notice her—Ted Callahan. He's dreamy, smart, and has everything that Riley would ever wish to see in a guy. At the same time, she's experimenting, and with that said, there are a few other guys who she sees on her radar, including her lab partner and a guy working at a vinyl shop. What else can be better? Her best friend Reid is also experimenting his dating game where he and Riley are keeping a journal with their progress and update on different topics.
"Ted Callahan is walking to my car. I am trying to act normal. Like a normal person. Pick up one foot, put it down, repeat with the other foot. Do not look like a robot while doing so. Do not tip over. Do not, under any circumstances, let out any joyous squeals."
This book literally was so much fun. I usually have difficulty relating or connecting to a story and shedding a few laughs and giggles, but this was the complete opposite. I had trouble trying to stop squirming and smiling and giggling. At one point there were actual tears spraying out of my eyes because of the author's writing. And hey, I usually don't trust what others say, but people were certainly right about this being the funniest thing ever. You cannot question humour in a novel since it was absolutely perfect for the age group, and to really show the view of teenagers and what we're supposed to contribute to in our lives.
I totally supported the concept of this book. I misjudged the look that the cover gave to me, and I absolutely expected some cheesy chick-lit about a girl who's so in love with music that it's taking over her life and she won't be able to see anything in guys except for her best friend, Reid. THANK GOODNESS IT WASN'T ANYTHING LIKE THAT OR ELSE I WOULD PROBABLY BLAST MY HEAD OFF. *breathes in and out harshly* This included a perfect protagonist (who's in a super-awesome gold digging band) and an awesome best friend... who are absolutely not involved with each other in some romantic awful cheesy way.
Since I've always felt that I've had a big connection to music and playing an instrument and all (and after taking a music course first semester of high school), I really enjoy those books about passionate singers/players who have a dream, but don't always feel that they have it as their first priority. Yeah, both Riley and Reid made sure that their love interests like the same music as them, but it's not like they expected them to run to a concert with them, you know?
"My brain is full of thoughts, which is weird because I thought all thoughts would run screaming from my head once my lips made contact with Ted Callahan's. Universe, I am kissing Ted Callahan! Ted Callahan is kissing me! IN PUBLIC! Sound the alarms!"
Before I say anything else, can I just say that Riley is so witty and wacky and crazy?! For a while, I haven't read about any protagonist who is so strongly filled with sweetness that my mind was ready to explode. These are the kinds of protagonists that contemporary authors need to take into consideration to add into their novels. Riley was a careless teenager who still had emotions and cared about her friends although she may have been in a relationship, or few. *winks* I loved how she was just testing things and seeing what kind of guy was right for her, and it was awesome how she ended up seeing different great things about each of the three guys who she had kissed (at least once). It's difficult to fall in love with the first try, but don't ask me as I'm not a love expert. Spalding and her writing just makes me feel like I'm one.
Moving on, I'm telling you that I was interested with the plot from the start to the end. I can't complain about anything of the plot as the story was fast-paced and captivating, where I finished it over the course of 2 hours. It's a quick read, but it's also a fascinating one that 2015 will be remembered for by me. I didn't want the story to end!
My only complaint that had deducted a whole star from the rating had been the love interests. I just didn't see the cuteness in Ted Callahan. (You see, I even have to say his name like that!) Many people had, including the wonderful Stephanie Perkins, but I'm out of this group, and I can't puncture the exact reason why. Yeah, he was charming and all, but I felt like he was hiding something and was embarrassed of Riley being with him. For a matter of fact, their romance was very speedy and cute, but I have to say that it happened too fast and I was kind of wondering if it's going to stay like that, or something will come out of it.
Then the unpredictability came out of this, and I was left shocked in the end. Thankfully, Spalding made sure that we would get a happy ending, as chick-lit always makes sure that we do, or else it wouldn't be classified so much as a girly novel. This was, and I should've read this much earlier, on Valentine's Day!
Kissing Ted Callahan really made me wonder what it was like to fall in love for the first time, and the best thing is that I don't know, and the emotions really come to me as wishing and hoping is what's always there for me. Spalding provided us with an image of a rockstar protagonist who's willing to take risks but who will always be there to fangirl and cheer beside her friends. I enjoyed this from start to finish, and I'm so excited to see what Ted Callahan will be up to in the future, although we may never find out from the author herself. I guess we can only imagine, but that's what us readers do best! :)...more
I'm always in the mood for a humorous, laugh-out-loud read withThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
I'm always in the mood for a humorous, laugh-out-loud read with specks and sparkles of romance and a unique premise. Here, Jesse Andrews cemented a novel that will stay in readers' hearts forever, and now we're just all wanting to be best friends with Earl, Greg and the fabulous Rachel, alongside taking place in a movie and living in the outskirts of the horrible times of high school.
I've been wanting to read this book for a looooong time. I've seen people reading it all over the place, and you can already picture my nerdy awkward self fangirling and getting envious over the fact that these people have this beauty in their hands. Something like TFIOS? Okay, I'm in, as anyone would expect me to feel, especially since this deals with the subject matters of romance and sickness. This book was dead-on hilarious, and I kept laughing, smiling and gushing the whole time while I was reading. A book taken place in a male protagonist's point-of-view always makes my day ten times better, as I've always wondered what it would be like to live in a guy's point-of-view in a hard struggle in their lives. Greg was chill and pretty easy-going with everything, including high school and his life, but there is a soft spot in everyone, including this guy right here. *nods head*
"Who knows? Girls are insane, and dying girls are even more insane. Actually, that sounds fucked up. I take that back."
This features our main character, Greg Gaines, who feels that he's able to fit in every high school sociable group in his school. Everything. Looking at his story, I must say that for a high school senior, this guy certainly knows what he's doing. His personality makes him able to stay with the jocks, the goths, or the crazy Church people who bother him constantly. For all of his life, we must say that he's had trouble with love, and has never really dated anyone for a long time. There once was a girl named Rachel, who he pushed away when they were in seventh grade. Now, she has leukaemia, and Greg's mother pushes Greg to go and talk to her, keep her happy. It seems like a dumb idea at first, but this began something wild and kept a legacy for readers continuously.
What I mostly adored about this book was the fact that the characters weren't in a full-out romance involving kissing and sweet moments. This was something that readers had to visualize in between the lines, and if you really look at Rachel and Greg's connection, then there's a chance that you might see the love that they shared. At times, it felt like more of a friendship or sibling-kind of love, but at others it seemed to be a gorgeous love story. That's my kind of thing. The story claimed to be (like looking at its title), Greg, Earl and Rachel. Earl was part of this story, too—he was Greg's best friend and helped make movies and played a pretty big role, and you can't just say that it was only Rachel and Greg. There was more to their connection, and we had a whole bunch of memorable characters who were mentioned on every page.
I know that readers will adore the script format. Andrews switched the novel's format from regular narrative writing to a script format, since Greg and Earl made their own movies and played around with these things. Everything was set to be in Greg's liking, and this was the way he imagined things. He was a guy with a huge imagination, and you could see that through his made-up situations that he formed in his head before a big moment in his life happened. This also was taken place from Greg's POV, and he knew that he was writing a novel. The best part where this was evident was in the end, where we read through the Epilogue and found out what happened to the characters afterwards.
Jesse Andrews shows that books don't get happy endings either. He continuously said this in the ending pages, and you'd expect this to be cheesy and everything. Yes, some of this was, like the concept where there's social groups in his school, but in a way, that's also a normal thing for settings. On the other hand, Greg didn't get a huge rumbling round of applause after his whole school watched his movie about Rachel. He didn't get to have those perfect last moments. It wasn't a book, it was like a life story of a teenager, a memorable one, for that sake.
I can tell you that I enjoyed reading this book in an overall matter. The plot itself was a very fast-motioned aspect, where there were no struggles for me to finish the book. It was so easy-to-read, and many pages were flipped with delight and a huge smile from toes to head. Andrews' writing is truly spectacular. His style reminds me of The Spectacular Now or The Perks of Being a Wallflower, with teenage problems, but fun and games most of the time. It taught us lessons, and it was just a simplistic read with a simple plot that stole the hearts of many.
SO GREG WAS MY PROBLEM. Yes, he was hilarious, and relatable, like your average teenage guy. You could honestly meet him on the streets and not notice anything strange or eerie about him. That was the good, positive part about him. But really, he was too self-centred. The other good thing here is that this book is his, instead of Rachel's and all about her fate and her knowing that she's slowly dying inside and out. But, I felt that the author gave him too much control of things. He liked attention, and when he got it, he did whatever it takes to make sure that he'd continue to get that attention and praise. He made movies, and then he went crazy. He complained about his life, and he continued to complain. Get my flow? *wriggles eyebrows* Nothing changed about him, and I'm seriously wondering if that ending was the real feeling, or just feelings because he knew that he had to feel that he had to act like that for Rachel.
And Rachel? Eh. I can see the kind of impact that she had on Greg and the story and all, but I didn't see anything particularly different or special about her. She didn't care for Greg, she just went on with her life and I saw that she was using him for some happiness in her life while it lasted. Yes, there were tons of pity and pathos that I felt for her, but I didn't see anything diverse about her. Nah, I didn't expect a girl of a different race or anything—that's not what I mean. She was just a Plain Jane person, and her weirdness just got me rolling my eyes.
Bunching up everything from beginning to end, I'll tell you this: This was a funny read that was simple, but was lacking development and something unique. I'm really excited for the movie, as this will totally be a hit for the summer, but that's what I see it as: a summer novel. You know, this isn't your typical cancer story either, as it's about Greg and everyone else, but—I would prefer something that left me crying, left me smiling from head to toe, or something that left a meaning in my heart.
Huh. I don't know, anyone will either love this or hate this. In my opinion, it was closer to loving than hating, and it made me happy, feel the golden sunshine rising on my head. In a way, it's typical and it's not at the same time, and most people will run for the chance to read it because even by the cover, everyone can tell that it's promising us something else. I'm really glad that I've finally given it a chance, since it's been stirring all over me and I knew that I'd have to go for it eventually. Here's friendship and a great premise. June 12, COME FASTER. ...more
The Hundred Oaks series is my favourite contemporary-romance seThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
The Hundred Oaks series is my favourite contemporary-romance series. I don’t care how many books Kenneally chooses to add into the series, only as long as they keep pleasing and intriguing me with those sweet gorgeous feels just like this one did. Breathe, Annie, Breathe can easily be put as the best book in the series. I had to remind myself to keep on breathing as Jeremiah and Annie stole my heart.
“A quarter mile more. One foot after the other. Breathe, Annie, breathe.”
Wow. Where do I begin? It’s been a week since I last set my eyes onto Kenneally’s powerful words and her story, and I still feel like I’m in Annie’s reality. This was Miranda’s best story with such a gluing background story that you’d never expect to happen. Sure, each of the books in this series has some unexpected story in the back that will probably get you shocked for a moment, but the reason why Annie runs is unexplainable to the human mind. You’ll have to read this for yourself to see why I’m so obsessed.
As I mentioned, Annie is training to run for a marathon with a pro-coach and everything. She’s running to honour her boyfriend’s memory in a way that’s so beautiful, as he enjoyed running. But as she trains, she begins to put herself down, but she never stops doing it. Remembering the reason why and the goal, she keeps telling herself to breathe and go on, and then she falls in love again with someone who just may bring her back into the real world and never let her go.
I have had this book since about the September of 2014, and I really wanted to read it. I passed it every time I was searching for a new book to read, and I kept reminding myself that I’ll get to it soon. Obviously, that soon was pretty far away, especially for a Miranda Kenneally read. Thank goodness I went for it now, as I am trying to complete all of the books in series that I’ve begun.
This could’ve been bad—real bad. You see, I’m used to a lot of those cheesy fluffy contemporaries with a lot of unrealism in them. I could spend hours naming them all, but I’d rather not since contemporary is probably my favourite genre.
I feel like books in this genre could either go one way or the other. The characters in this one seemed more mature and relatable than the others of the author, and that surely shone a light onto this all, just like a little topping or sprinkle of something onto your ice cream sundae. Like really, it was the magical touch and new-thing to this series. It was what we needed to get this to a whole other level.
Dedication was a huge thing in this book, as well as goals… And romance, of course. As I read how much this book meant to Kenneally and dealt with some of her occasions and situations in the past, her characters here probably resembled a lot of the dream people we’d like to become or act like one day. Annie was my favourite protagonist out of all of her books, and that’s a lot to say since Jordan used to be my #1.
"As a kid, I had the worst mile time ever. Our gym teacher made us run the mile a few times a year for something called the Presidential Fitness Test. I'd huff and puff and wonder why the hell President Bush cared how fast I could run laps around the playground. I always came in dead last."
One of the best and funniest things about her was that she wasn’t afraid to put herself down. I always feel that there’s a level to where you’re allowed to put yourself down to make you feel stronger and more easily prone to win. Annie did that. Unlike Jordan, she didn’t care to win, she cared to make others feel happy and to win for them.
That’s another reason why Jeremiah and her were perfect for each other. *dreams into another world* No seriously, they were the best couple. Okay, everything about this book was the best compared to the others, hah. But Jeremiah was perfect—him and Annie were like Bonnie and Clyde. It’s like love at first sight, but it wasn’t instalove, you know what I mean? He had his troubles and insecurities and weird specks, but he did whatever it takes to make Annie happy and so he can be with her. That’s my dream guy.
Together, they could seriously become the next Presidential couple with the kind of power that they had together. Ugh, how is it so possible for something that to be so precious and beautiful? *dreams*
As for the plot, this was a total fast-paced book that you could easily read in one sitting. You know, I did. I loved seeing Jeremiah and her relationship bloom into something new and different, and I loved seeing Annie become stronger with her running and her goal for her ex. I just don’t know how much more awesome this could’ve gotten. I’ll give this 5 thousand stars.
Ugh—I WANT MORE. I actually feel like this after every 5-star book I read, but with this one, it’s surely not enough. Now I have to wait another half-year for Jessie’s Girl, which I’m sure will be just as awesome. *squeals* Miranda Kenneally is truly the master of literature—romance perfectionist....more