Month: August 2014

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance Published: August 14, 2014 My Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ Goodreads Blurb: From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.   It’s official. I am in love with Stephanie Perkins’ writing, and obsessed with her books! Honestly, I literally could not put this one down. This book made me long for my first love to happen, for that feeling of bliss and happiness when you first fall in love (I wouldn’t know, but that’s how I’ve heard it described). I think out of all three, I connected with Isla (Eye-la) the …

Reviews: Sweet Damage

Sweet Damage by Rebecca James Genre: Contemporary/Thriller/Romance How did I get it?: Netgalley-courtesy of Random House Publishing Group Published: March 4, 2014 My Rating:☆☆☆ 1/2 Goodreads Blurb: When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it. A thrilling rollercoaster of a story – read it with the lights on! I was conflicted while reading this book, I’ll be honest. I thought it was well-written, just on this side of creepy, and the romance was well developed. At the same time, one of the side characters, Lilla, was so irritating she almost …

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance Published: (Reprint Edition) July 9, 2013 My Rating:☆☆☆☆☆ Amazon Blurb: Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the negihborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. This book. I have discovered a massive love for Stephanie Perkins and her writing. Her characters can wring so many emotions out of you in one sitting, that you sit there afterwards staring into space, wondering what just happened. Lola was an adorable book, one that I adore. I was flip-flopping between frustration, love, upset, and cooing at the two main characters’ cuteness.  I finished the book, and just sat there hugging it, sort of giddy. When …

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Genre: Contemporary/YA Lit My Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ Goodreads Blurb: Can Anna find love in the City of Light? Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?   I’ll be honest, I had started this book back in June, but then I got distracted by other things, other books. I decided to pick it up again this past week after seeing so many people’s excitement about Isla and the Happily Ever After. I decided I need to pick …

Review: Ugly Love

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Genre: Contemporary Fiction/New Adult My Rating:☆☆☆☆☆ Goodreads Blurb: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her. Never ask about the past.  Don’t expect a future. They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all. Hearts get infiltrated.  Promises get broken.  Rules get shattered. Love gets ugly.   It is really hard to put into words what this book did to me. After finishing it, it felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest, brutally stomped …

Review: Nest

Nest by Esther Ehrlich How did I get it: an arc copy I received from Netgalley/Random House for an honest review. My Rating:☆☆☆ Goodreads Blurb:   For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes. Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.   My take on the book: Nest is a touching story about a family who learns that the mom was diagnosed with a serious disease, and finding comfort in nature and new friends. What starts out as …

Review: Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Pub. Date: September 10, 2013 Edition: Hardcover/ebook My Rating: ☆☆☆☆   Blurb from Goodreads: In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about …