ARC Review | City Love by Susane Colasanti

18160600 Title: City Love 

Series: City Love #1

  Genre: YA, Contemporary

  Page Count: 336

Publication: April 21, 2015

Publisher: Katherine Tegen (Harper Collins)

  Format: Physical ARC

  Source: Sent to me by the publisher for an honest review 

Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.

Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?

Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?

Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn’t resist, she may find herself in city love.

Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl’s life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.


I loved this book, this is definitely the Susane Colasanti that I know and loved. All I Need didn’t show her potential.

City Love is the first in a trilogy and it’s written in 3 different perspectives. Darcy, Sadie and Roseanna. If you’ve read So Much Closer (which is one of my favorites) then you might recognize Sadie. Brooke and John are also mentioned. I loved that she brought back a side character and gave her a new story. We go back to the High Line in this book, which if you’ve read So Much Closer, we’ve been there before.

Sadie to me was the most relatable character. She was basically a mix between Darcy and Roseanna. She still had Darcy’s wild side, with a little bit of Roseaanna’s reserved side. She grew up in New York City, but she’s always loved it there. I love that this series is set in NYC, Susane lives here, so we can tell she knows what she’s talking about, and she’s expressing her love for the city through the book, I could actually recognize some of the places she mentioned, which was great.

Darcy is from the opposite coast, which made me instantly like her, because I really want to go to Cali. She’s definitely on the bolder side of things. She’s rich, and is just here to have fun. She got her heart broken before moving to NYC so she’s kind of against any possible new relationships at the moment.

Roseanna is our little reserved girl from Chicago. She didn’t come to NY with a lot, but she’s determined to make it work.

Although, this book is definitely about each girls romantic adventures, it’s also about friendship and it’s a really nice fluffy read. Unlike her other books, at the end of this one, all the girls stories don’t get resolved. In fact, Sadie’s story was the most shocking honestly. Darcy’s I saw coming and as for Roseanna’s well she has a lot to learn and express.

Guys, I really liked this book, I think her writing has improved so much from When It Happens (her first book). If you like Stephanie Perkins then you’ll like her too.

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ARC Review | Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook

22836562  Title: Every Last Promise

Author: Kristin Halbrook

Series: N/A

Genre:YA, Contemporary

Page Count:

Publication: April 21, 2015

Publisher: Harper Teen

Format: ARC, Physical

Source: Sent to me by the publisher for an honest review.

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Gayle Forman, Every Last Promise is a provocative and emotional novel about a girl who must decide between keeping quiet and speaking up after witnessing a classmate’s sexual assault.

Kayla saw something at the party that she wasn’t supposed to. But she hasn’t told anyone. No one knows the real story about what happened that night—about why Kayla was driving the car that ran into a ditch after the party, about what she saw in the hours leading up to the accident, and about the promise she made to her friend Bean before she left for the summer.

Now Kayla’s coming home for her senior year. If Kayla keeps quiet, she might be able to get her old life back. If she tells the truth, she risks losing everything—and everyone—she ever cared about.


This book deals with a very sensitive topic, sexual assault. This book would be perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson, especially if you liked Speak. I really enjoyed the book overall. I didn’t like the protagonist though. Kayla is a 17 year old high school junior, and she witnesses her friend’s sexual assault, but she keeps quiet. She’s from a small town, and she doesn’t have any goals besides staying in that small town; all her friends are looking forward to leaving and going to college, but she doesn’t even want to apply to any. That alone just felt weird to me, I mean Kayla and I are complete opposites, she’s a small town girl, but I’m definitely a city girl. I love the city, NYC is like my favorite place, I love the environment, and the people, I’m just really happy everytime I’m there, so I couldn’t fathom how anyone would want to stay in a small town all their lives. There is so much more to the world, so much to experience, but she just wants to stay there. I understand that she loves her town, but try as I might, I couldn’t understand how she wouldn’t want to experience the world.

Kayla’s love for her town is what kept her quiet in the first place. Since it is such a small town she was scared that she’d be shut out, and that really pissed me off. Your friend was raped and all you care about is your status in your town. I don’t care about how dear that town is to you, this is a lot bigger then that. Also, her ” best friends “, those aren’t real friends, when Kayla comes back for her senior year, the way they treated her, but when the popular kid decides her “forgives her”, then they’re all back by her side, and what was really so crazy is that she just accepts them, no hard feelings, all because of that stupid town…

I was really pissed at that, all she does just to be accepted in a small town.

In the end, her character did develop, and that was nice. I think this book is a book that people should definitely read, as well as the author note in the back, because it helps to show that Kayla was based on how many other girls from small towns might be, I don’t think she was created to be liked, more like to be understood, and to shine light on a very important subject.

I think this is probably a book that should be read in school, or that more books like it are added to the reading lists. I highly recommend you all read this.

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All I Need by Susane Colasanti | Review

Title: All I Need 

 Author: Susane Colasanti

 Genre: YA, Contemporary

 Page Count: 240

 Publication: May 21st. 2013 

 Publisher: Viking Juvenile 

 Format: First, American Hardcover

 Source: Purchased 

Summary:

The last night of summer is only the beginning.

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

okay, so here’s the thing, I’ve loved every single book that shes written and that I’ve read, which is all of them except for one, and this one, I didn’t like as much. She writes such cute and adorable contemporary stories that I usually adore, but this one felt different. It was still a cute contemporary, but it didn’t meet the expectations I have come to have for her books. The dialogue felt weird and fake, the whole setting was just wrong, we would be in November and then it’d just jump straight to January with no mention of what happened during that time. The book is just a little over 200 pages long, but more then a year passed in that time, which is perfectly fine, but only when it’s spaced out properly, and I didn’t feel like it was. Skye and Seth first met at the end of  the summer, she was going into her junior year of high school and he was going into I believe his freshman year of college, but since they met so close to the end of the summer they didn’t have much time to spend together and they didn’t get to exchange contact information, so they spent the whole school year with no way of contacting each other but trying to find each other, and we read from both of their point of views, and that concept does sound pretty cute. At one point in the story, that following summer they do meet again and this time change contact information. We follow their relationship with her being a senior and him a sophomore. Seth has issues of his own regarding his college majors, and at one point an amazing opportunity comes up for him and Skye becomes this annoying selfish girlfriend that gets upset because he didn’t ask for her opinion and she’s whiny about it, and that really ticked me off. Honestly, if I’d been Seth I would’ve broken up with her so many times, but oh well. I loved her best friends though, it reminded me of me and my best friends, we’re a trio just like they were, and that was a nice little part of the story. I think I’m most similar to Jocelyn, but she’s a fashion major and the other best friend is a film major, which are pretty much the two majors I’m debating upon so I liked that aspect of their lives.

Overall, I did like this book, it was a cute story, but it is my least favorite of them all. If you haven’t read any of her books yet, then I wouldn’t recommend starting with this one, as it doesn’t show her full potential. My favorites from her are: Something Like Fate, Keep Holding On, So Much Closer; all of these are amazing and moving, especially Keep Holding On. 

PS: I wrote this review while listening to the Grease soundtrack and that’s my favorite movie, just felt like throwing that in there (: 

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Ignite by Lily Paradis | Review

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Title : Ignite

Author : Lily Paradis

Series : Ignite #1

Genre: YA-NA, Contemporary

Page Count : 275

Publication : August 26, 2014

Publisher : Empire Books

Format : eARC

Source: Provided to me by her publicist for an honest review.

Summary: 

After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.

Lauren’s first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?

Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?

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(This review will be completely spoiler free) 

I don’t usually take part in Book Blog Tours because I haven’t found a book that really interested me, until this one. I’ve seen many reviews from fellow bloggers and also on Youtube, and the book grabbed my interest. I only got this spot in the tour because someone had dropped out, since I contacted her publicist just a few days ago. I’m so glad that person dropped out and I got the spot, because this book was amazing. It’s not really classified as YA or NA, it’s in between. The characters are NA aged, but the story is told like a YA one. It’s beautiful. You’ve read the summary but I’ll try to explain it more. Basically, our protagonist is Lauren, she’s 21 years old. She lost her dad a few years back, and her mom doesn’t really care about her at all. She goes to renew her license and there she meets this mysterious, gorgeous, amazing boy named Dean Powell. I don’t know if this is contemporary, it didn’t really feel like one to me, only because in contemporary novels usually the main focus of the story is the romance and then the other things happening were just there. With this book, the romance to me didn’t feel like the main focus, and that’s not a bad thing. It felt so real! What happens is that Lauren gets a call from her uncle, and she finds out that Linda, her dad’s new wife has died, and left her in the care of her three children. Now, I, immediately after reading that, said no. If it were me I’d say no. Honestly, can you imagine? Being 21, and becoming the guardian to not 1 but 3 kids? The whole situation honestly was so unfair. Then I met the kids and I instantly loved them, even Callie. It was honestly so conflicting, to Lauren and to me. I felt a connection to basically all the characters, even sweet little Emma, and that’s wonderful. I actually cared about them and what was happening to them.

Let’s talk characters:

Lauren, she’s totally relatable, and a great protagonist, I really enjoyed reading from her. She’s always trying to do the right thing, and she’s super responsible, and brave. I especially loved her relationship with her twin brother, all their scenes together were heart-warming.

Dean Powell, just Dean Powell. I can genuinely say that Dean Powell is the equivalent to Daemon Black (from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout). Even their names look similar. They look alike, pretty much; and most importantly they are alike. Only thing is that Dean is not an alien (I wish) and he doesn’t come off as rude as Daemon did at first. He’s so sweet, and so caring for his sister, and the kids. His relationship with Emma was so precious ♥

Kenzie, the best friend everyone wish they had. She’s amazing.

Callie, she’s the angry teenager, but we can’t really blame her. I did like her a lot, and she comes around at the end. She’s my age, and I don’t know if I related to her exactly, but I did connect with her.

Chase, he’s the shy little boy, but I really liked him too. His scenes were perfect. He was just, awe♥

Emma, oh Emma. She’s the little sister I wish I had ♥

I loved how recent (might not be the word I’m looking for) this book was, there were references to recent and real things. I mean Frozen was mentioned, Frozen! ♡ and also Grease (my favorite movie) so that made it even more real. I mean, there are some things in there that the likelihood of it ever happening is really low (*cough*lake*cough* – though it’d be pretty nice) but it still felt real. The ending was nice, but I want more (:
PS: I love how Lauren loved Disney because I do too. Her favorite is Aurora (Sleeping Beauty ) and so is mine (: The thing Dean did for her regarding her love for Disney was honestly the most amazing thing, I cried.

Overall, I loved this book from cover to cover, it’s one of those books that’s short, but when you’re reading it, it doesn’t feel short, in a good way. I’d recommend everyone to read it, whether you read YA, or NA; it’s just a really good book. I’m really looking forward to the sequel in Dean’s POV ♥

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💕 About The Author 💕

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LILY IS 22 and recently graduated from the University of Colorado where she earned a degree in English Literature. She lives with her family and loves reading, running, and hiking. Although she’s a Colorado native, New York City is her favorite place in the world and fosters her borderline unhealthy obsession with the Empire State Building and F. Scott Fitzgerald. IGNITE is her debut novel.
 
For more information about IGNITE and her upcoming novels, visit www.lilyparadis.com
 
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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins | Review

 

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After 

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3 (Companions) 

Page Count: 339

Publication: August 14th, 2014

Publisher: Dutton Books 

Format: First, American Hardcover 

Source: Purchased 

 

 

 

Summary: (Goodreads) 

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. 

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I really loved this book. Lola still remains my favorite though, and I need to re-read is soon because it’s been years. I definitely recommend you at least read Anna before reading this, because you’ll get some spoilers, and I’m not talking about them being together, everybody knows that already. Isla Martin we met shortly in Anna, when Anna saw that she was crushing on Josh who had a girlfriend (Rashmi) at the time. Josh obviously we knew also from Anna, and I loved hiim in Anna, and I love him even more now. He likes art, which made me fall instantly. Josh is Etienne (Eh-tee-n) – because too many people pronounce it wrong- best friend, and if you remember from the end of Anna, they were all graduating expect for him, so he was really sad about that. Anna, Etienne, Lola and Cricket show up in this book, and it was oh so beautiful. Page 313 guys, trust me. So back to the book, Isla has had a crush on Josh since freshman year, this book was different because instead of most of it being the build up to the relationship, and then them getting together at the very end, in this they got together quite early and the book was more about their relationship. I really liked Isla until a certain point in the book (after the rabbits, you’ll get it once you read it) she got really annoying, and became the obnoxious whinny jealous girlfriend, for no reason ( not a good one at least ) and I started to dislike her more and more, but then as expected she  came around, and I like her again! She’s my least favorite of the three, but that’s only because I love Lola and Anna so much. I liked her love for fashion, and her style, quite similar to mine, except I’m tall, she’s short. I guess that’s why I loved Lola so much, her love for fashion was amazing. Isla’s friendship with Kurt was really nice, and I love how she chose him, and he’s a really great friend. Their relationship was so cute, they were special and beautiful together. I loved the book. I flew through it, just as I knew I would. I love that it was set in New York, Paris, and Barcelona. I also love the cover. I don’t know what else too say. Did I love it as much as the other two? No. I had very high expectations for this book, very high, and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. I’m going to buy physical copies of Anna and Lola as soon as I possibly can, because I know I’m going to want to re-read those books a lot. Again, if you haven’t read this yet, don’t forget to read Anna first, and Lola too while your at it, because it’s wonderful. 

This one wasn’t my favorite of the series, but I think it’s definitely one of my favorite books. 

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Spoilers ⇓

The book starts off with Isla having just gotten her wisdom teeth removed. She goes to this cafe and sees Josh there, and decides to talk to him, they talk, he walks her home, it rains, and yea. Okay so anyways, they go back to Paris, and turns out this whole time Josh thought she and Kurt were dating, but he asks her out, they have a great time, and relationship happens. Okay let me stop trying to explain the book. I loved Josh, I loved how he is. When they finally kissed for the first time, and he ends up like almost breaking her nose, how cute lol. I’m looking at the book right now, and I can’t get over how beautiful the cover is. Anyways, I’m getting too distracted. I loved each time St. Clair and Anna were mentioned, and the proposal omg, but we’ll get to that later. 

When they went to Barcelona to like do their thing, I didn’t expect them to get caught, I mean i guess they didn’t go just for that, but you’re in Paris, the city of love, there’s no better place. Then there was the whole thing with her relationship with Hattie, I really thought she was a b**** but then the girl Sanjita, said the thing about how she treated her differently then she treated Gen, I don’t have an older or younger sister (sadly) so I don’t know, but I guess I do understand. 

Then came the breakup, which I saw coming, I actually thought she would end the book with them broken up, that would’ve been different, but the breakup happened way too early for it to end like that, and this was a cutesy contemporary, so it wouldn’t. Isla was being extremely annoying about it all, she was jealous of how much Rashmi was in the book, but seriously it was not that serious. It’s his book about his life, and Rashmi was in a good part of it, he had a life before her and she didn’t seem to be able to accept that. Besides, she asked him to read it, she should of had been prepared. Her criticism about it, I didn’t read the actual comic so I didn’t know but it felt like a lot of it was because of Rashmi and her only being in “8 pages”. I was just like what is wrong with you? You just started dating a month ago, it takes time for him to draw all this, and what did you expect? That’s the point were she was being obnoxious and jealous and I hateee that. She hurt poor Josh, and when I read what he dew iin his comic about New Years and wanting to hurt her as much as she hurt him. Yes. I agree. She deserved it. But they did get their happily ever after which I loved because I started re-liking Isla after she got over herself, and the whole “I’m not worthy of love” phase. 

Now the proposal. The most beautiful thing, also because he went back to the Notre Dame cathedral thingy, and the Point Zero which is a special spot for them, and I cried, just rivers. It made sense that they’d be the  one’s to get engaged first, because their story was published first, and I don’t care that they’re nineteen, they’re soul mates. Then they kept pointing out how this could be bitter sweet for Mer, wasn’t she like over it already. I don’t remember if she was at the end of Anna, but seems to me like she should be. Nonetheless, I know she was happy for them, and that was nice. Such great friendship between them all, I do wish we’d seen Rashmi though, I really liked her too. 

The ending of the book was lovely. I’m sad this is the last of them we’ll see but I’m excited to hear about Steph’s new work and she’s an amazing author who writes phenomenal books. She’s one of the queens of contemporary. She’s great.

What were your thoughts on the book? Pleased? Disappointed? Which one is your favorite? Let me know xx  

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | Review

 

 Title: Eleanor & Park 

 Author: Rainbow Rowell 

 Series: NA 

 Genre: YA, Contemporary

 Page Count: 328

 Publication Year: 2013

 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

 Format: First, American Hardback 

 Source: Library

 

 

Summary: 

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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I can’t even with this book. This book really moved me, I really cared for the characters and their relationship, I wanted it to all work out. Park Sheridan is the new Augustus Waters to me at least. I mentioned on IG how I thought this book was better then TFiOS and I still do. Anyways, this book was wonderful, I’m still a bit confused about the ending, so if you’ve read this book, please do comment and let me know what you think of the ending, to shed some light on it for me (: The story was realistic and so well written. I now get why everyone loves Rainbow’s writing, it truly is wonderful, and mesmerizing. I read the book in a few hours, almost in one sitting. I started at about 7 p.m on Friday night and got to page 262 at around 1 am, and decided to stop for the night, then I picked it up again Saturday morning and finished it in about an hour. It was very easy to get into, her writing catches you from the start and refuses to let you go, that’s how good it was. I cannot wait to read Rainbow’s other books. I’ve already started Attachments but never got to finish it, but I still have Fangirl and Landline also. I’m glad this was the first book of hers that I started and finished reading. The story was so heartbreaking and emotional, I loved it. Just amazing. Her characters were relatable, and so real, you couldn’t help but care for them. I loved the dual perspective we got, even though they were in 3rd person, it didn’t stop me from connecting with them. I cried and cried so much during this book, it’s ridiculous. If you have not read this book yet then please do. I think it might take The 5th Wave ‘s spot as the best book I’ve read this year, I still love The 5th Wave, and those two books were very different, but they were both amazing nonetheless. Just, this book,,, just read it. Also read The 5th Wave if you haven’t because that book is fantastic.

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This one is definitely on my favorites shelf ♥ 

I feel like I’ve been giving a bunch of the books I’ve been reading 5 stars, but it’s because I loved them all. The books I read are most often recommended to me by people whose opinions I trust, so therefore I’m likely to read and love them.

Spoilers! ⊗

I loved Park since pretty much the moment I met him. When he gave Eleanor the seat, then he noticed she was reading his comics, so he read them at a pace she could keep up with, and then he handed her the comic, then he started giving her the comics, my god it  was the cutest thing. That was totally a run-on but who cares lol. Then when they actually started talking, and he made her that tape, then he let her listen to it on his headphones, I just awe. I loved seeing their relationship grow, it felt so real, and I loved that. Then there was that phone call when she was at her dad’d house and it was beautiful, a bit weird but beautiful. When she was telling him she didn’t like him, that she “lived” for him lol ( El had her share of weird moments in this book) but then at the end he finally told her he loved her and I cried even harder.It really bugged me that she never said she loved him back throughout the book, but she said it at the very end sort-of, I mean I know those were the three little words in the post card, but I’m confused, what do they mean, like what does this all mean? Why didn’t she call him during that year, why did Park kiss that girl at prom, is he with Eleanor again? Like, I’m very confused. What were your interpretations of the end because I don’t know what to think.

When Park fought Steve after the Big Red incident, and he called her his girlfriend, I broke down. That was the cutest thing. Their relationship was one of the cutest,  most realistic ones I’ve ever read about.

I really didn’t see that her step dad wad the one writing those notes, I genuinely thought it was Tina, how messed up is that guy smh. Also, Tina and Steve turned out to actually be not that bad. After Park beat him up, and he said “I didn’t know she was really your girlfriend” and Park said ” It doesn’t matter” (which it really didn’t) and then he said “Of course it matters, you’re my friend” (Those might not be the exact word) but it was still nice, and Tina helped her in the end; so they’re not that horrible.

Then there was the whole makeover dilemma with El and Park’s mom. She freaked out, which to me it really wasn’t that serious. I can see why some people might find El a bit annoying, but she’s not that bad, she was bit annoying at the point when Park told her he dated Tina, but besides that she’s just really weird, but I still do like her.

I have to say I love Park’s parents, and the way their love was still so real and so strong, it was beautiful. Park’s family was wonderful, and they were so inviting to El, even though her mom didn’t like her at first, but then when she realized that she had come from a similar family as her, and she bought her that gift, I loved that scene when she was apologizing to Park, oh man I cried. 

Also, I loved the way Park kept saying “Jesus” as a reaction to like everything, because that’s literally me lol. When she told him that her step-dad had sent her away for a year and he replied “Jesus” , I’m not even kidding, that was my exact reaction. I guess that’s also why I loved Park, because he was so relatable to, and so was Eleanor on some levels. Like this book was probably the most realistic book I’ve ever read. With those kind of romance book, the romance is always beautiful, but not realistic. This one was. This is the kind of love normal people experience, this was real, it was so real. There are a lot of Park’s out there, you just need to find yours (: (oh God, I’m starting to tear up lol) 

Okay, I think that’s it! The book was pretty short, so I didn’t have much to say. I really loved it ♥ Don’t forget to let me know what you thought about the ending and the book overall xx

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The Fault In Our Stars | Movie Review

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So I saw the movie recently.
I loved it.
Such a great adaptation.
As well as being an amazing movie on it’s own.
This will be filled with spoilers for the book obviously; although If you’ve still not read the book and haven’t gotten spoiled then I applaud you, and I certainly don’t want to be the one to spoil you.
But before that here are my ratings and general thoughts :
As a movie: 100%
As and adaptation: 96%
Those are very good in my book. You might be thinking well If you loved it so much why didn’t you give it a 100 for adaptation? Well, it was the best book to movie adaptation I’ve ever seen, but for it to get a 100 then everything should’ve been exactly like the book down to every single line, character, setting, intake of breath, ect… and this was not, as expected. No adaptation can be utterly exactly like the book, and that’s Okay. I felt like this was a very good adaptation, so many of the lines were kept the same, yes a couple were misplaced but that’s okay. Shai, Ansel and Nat did a fantastic job with their respective characters. Ansel especially to me portrayed Gus amazingly and on point. Very few actors/actresses to me have done that with their characters, a few include Zoey as Rose in Vampire Academy ,and Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson (yes the movies sucked but he still portrayed Percy well x).
Okay that’s all I have to say for the none spoilery section, I don’t really have anything negative to say about the movie really, I really genuinely enjoyed it. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET THEN GO READ IT NOW OKAY!? THEN WATCH THE MOVIE, TRUST ME IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN SPOILED YOU REALLY DON’T WANT TO SPOIL YOURSELF WATCHING THE MOVIE BECAUSE THE BOOK IS LITERALLY SO AMAZING.
OKAY?
OKAY.
now onto dem SPOILERS!
Okay so I loved the way the movie started like Hazel telling us the story. It was pretty obvious from the start that most likely Gus had died because she spoke of him in past tense.
I loved how the scenes were just like the book.
The first scene in the literal heart of Jesus and Gus is like I’m on a rollercoaster that only goes up my friend. Oh that scene was just perfect.
I loved that they actually showed us his leg.
I already spoke about how well the actors portrayed the characters.
The metaphor scene. We’d all already seen it because it was released early, but the seen the whole thing, it was beautiful.
OMG the scene when Isaac is breaking things at Gus’ house and Hazel and Gus are just talking while he’s breaking the things in the bg. I loved when Isaac interrupted them and showed Gus a trophy and asked “Cool?” and Gus was like yea sure man.
Lol that was great.
My favorite thing was probably when they went to Van Houten’s and when they’re about to leave he asks “have you ever stopped and wondered why you care so much about you silly questions? ” and Hazel’s like ‘Oh, go fuck yourself ‘ lmao #done #dead #bye

I cried so so much.
When Gus told her he was sick again.
‘I lit up like a Christmas tree’
You could here my heart breaking.
I knew it was gonna happen but still.
When he said ‘don’t worry, I’ll stick around for a long long time ‘ I’m just like NO YOU WON’T STOP!
Then after the news.
“Augustus Waters died 8 days after his pre-funeral ”
She didn’t say the 8 days in the movie but yea.
OMG the pre-funeral!
The eulogies, Both Isaac and Hazel’s were the same as the book.
Isaac with the robot eyes.
Hazel with her infinity speech.
I was a mess after that.
OMG when they were texting after Hazel was like “just friends ” and he said “Okay” and she said “Okay” I was praying and hoping that he’d say what he’s supposed to say next and he did .. the “OMG stop flirting with me!” I was so happy that they included it (:
I didn’t like that at the very end of the movie she didn’t say the “I do, Augustus, I do” instead she just said Okay.
But that was minor.

Anyways I loved loved loved the movie. I’ll definitely watch it over and over when It’s out on DVD and Netflix.

What did you guys think? I’d love to know (: xx

– Lily ~ ωσя∂ѕωєнєαят
From one book lover to another
Happy Reading! 🙂

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Book Review

General Info: 

Title & Author : We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Series: NA

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

Page Count : 225

Publication: May 13th, 2014

Edition : Library Binding – 1st edition

Source: Library
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So I just finished it. Loved it. A truly remarkable read that will stick with you for a while. This book is really hyped right now, so I’m sure that you’ve all heard of it already; and if you have, then you know it’s recommended to go into this book blindly, and i recommend you do that as well. Also, if you can read this book in one sitting, then you should. It’s a very short book, so it should be easy to do so, i didn’t because i got distracted and lazy but if you can, then do. I’m not going to say anything regarding the plot of the book at all, the back of the book doesn’t tell you much either, but if you must know something anything, on the inside of the book, on the page with all the copyright info that no one ever looks at, there’s a more thorough summary of the book.

Here it is if your interested:

Spending summers on her family’s private island of the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what  happened during her fifteenth summer. 

Overall, i really enjoyed the book. The ending might shock or surprise some of you, but others like myself might catch on to it earlier on. Nonetheless, it was still a great book. I loved the writing style, the setting, it was great .

My Rating:
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Now onto the SPOILERS! 

So the book starts off with this line on page 5:

..Then he pulled a handgun and shot me in the chest

Okay so she was referring to her dad. I literally dropped the book like what just happened?… For a second there i thought she was serious but reading on we figure out it’s just a big metaphor (she drops those a lot throughout the book). I’m still unsure about the whole wrist bleeding thing that kept showing up throughout. When she kept saying I bled on Gat and he wrapped her wrists in gauze, I’m still confused about whether or not that’s a metaphor.

Now let’s talk about the ending, I knew it all along.

Why?

There were a lot of clues and hints throughout and I’ve also already read a book that’s very similar to that.

If you don’t believe me, here are my notes (:
(Excuse the horrible handwriting, when I write my notes I don’t really do it neatly most of the time)
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Clues:

When Mirren and Cadence leave the island and she starts getting sick she states:

I did too much, I need to get back to Cuddledown. Now.

She’s dead, so she can’t leave the place she died for too long…?

Then Gat and Cadence on the roof, he states:

you have a life stretching out in front of you with million of possibilities

” You do not wish you were dead” Gat says harshly.

Then on PG 136:

Because I want things I can’t have

Why can’t he have her? Because he’s dead and she’s not.

There were many others but those are just a few.

It was always for me that either she was dead, or the other 3 were dead.

There was also this scene were they go on the rock and jump, and Cadence decides to do it too and they’re all yelling at her about how dangerous it is for her and begging her not to do it; when she did do it for a second there I thought maybe she had died too.

Let’s discuss the aunts and Cady’s mom.

What is wrong with them… they’re so greedy and the way they’re using their kids to get what they want, how messed up? …

 

The setting of the fire.

Cadence is such an idiot. They all are in some ways but Cadence… just.. really?

Why would she start the fire without knowing they were all out? Does she have common sense? Why would she even set it when she’s still inside, in the movies you always see the people throwing the match or lighter into the house when they’re all OUTSIDE!

Their stupidity is what got them killed. I have to be honest, reading this i didn’t really love or feel attachments to any specific characters, except for Gat, I liked him for the most part; but it was so so sad still, even though I knew it was coming. Part 5 starts off with telling us they’d died, and I did cry, not gonna lie, it was just really heartbreaking actually reading about it.
I definitely feel like this is one of those books I’m going to re-read, now knowing for sure how it ends, I’ll go back and catch on to any clues I’d overlooked before, like for example the E-mail thing, I never paid much attention to that, I just thought they were ignoring her, not that they were dead; but looking back it all makes sense.

 

Okay so I think I’ve covered it all. I really enjoyed the book. I gave it a 5/5 on Goodreads. Definitely worth the read. It kept you on your toes and you’ll always remember that story.

 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Book Review

General Info:
Title & Author: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Series: First in a companion trilogy. Followed by Lola and the Boy Next Door
Page Count: 372
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Finished this book a couple of days ago and I loved it! I’ve also read Lola and the Boy Next Door and I do like it a bit more; I like Lola over Anna but when it comes to Etienne or Cricket…. that’s a bit harder. They were both so amazing.
(The titles are so long so when Im referring to the books I’ll write Anna…  and then Lola…  with the dots and when Im referring to the characters I won’t add in the dots;hope that’s not confusing)
If you have not read this book or Lola.. then definitely do; they’re cute fun contemporary reads and they’re great. They’re sort of a Series but more like companion novels (you don’t have to read one in order to read the other) Anna… was the first one released, then Lola.. but I read Lola.. first and then Anna… and it didn’t affect anything. The Last book in this companion Series Isla and The Happily Ever After was supposed to come out Last Thursday the 15th but apparently it got pushed back again to August. Anyway in that one the characters from both Anna..and Lola..reunite! (:
Rating:
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Anyways now let’s get into the book SPOILERS!!!

At the beginning of the book Anna was complaning about being send to Paris and I was like really?! I would love to be sent to Paris omg ;I get the whole she wanted a choice thing but still it’s PARIS! and besides she made 4 amazing friends on like her first Day so again more reasons NOT TO COMPLAIN!

You can touch anything of mine you want”

Lol the humor in this book was very good; this is just one of the many
I loved Chapter 28 ;it’s the one with the E-mail convos between Etienne and Anna while she’s in Atlanta and him in Cali.

Im still not fond of Bridgette; she dated Toph while she knew how much Anna liked Toph and how they had already sorta started something. It’s not the same as with Anna and Mer because there was never anything between Mer and Etienne and also it’s not like they openly ever talked about it; Yes still it was a bit messed up but Mer gave her approval in the end anyways (can’t stand between true love). With Bridge that betrayal; as you’re emailing her about the guy you’re hooking up with him wtf? So Yea she’s still not forgiven in my book.

Okay so when after the Kiss on the bench Etienne went straight to Ellie’s I knew it was to break up with her, and I was so mad at Anna for jumping to conclusions just like that. She annoyed me for the whole chapter after that Kiss (but I liked her again after that)
Josh and Rashmi broke up, but I knew that because he’s gonna end up with Isla (that’s what the next books about; which was supposed to be released this month but got pushed back to August apparently)
Oh and if anyone has read the Private Series by Kate Brian didn’t this Josh remind you of Josh Hollis; they’re both named Josh and they’re both artists ♡
Anna’s idea with the whole college thing for him was brilliant!
I loved how the book ended; it was super cute the way he climbed up to get her even though he’s scared of heights. Then he told her he loved her from the moment he met her and he was all please say you love me back and she did and just awe ❤
They’re so cute xx
I loved this book I really did; I think I loved Lola.. a little more but I still loved this one (:
I rated it a: 5/5
~~ From one book lover to another ~~
™ Happy Reading! ™

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins | Review/BookTalk

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I finished this book a week ago So this is very late. I read this book as the Booksplosion Book of The Month pick for April. I finished it just a couple of hours before the liveshow and I have to say I really enjoyed the book.

Here’s the Synopsis:

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

Basically the book is about this girl whose life changes in just a short moment for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was action packed, fantasy, there was romance and it was great I really enjoyed it and Im excited for the sequels. It took me a little bit to get into it, but once i did, i really loved it .If you have not read it yet then definitely do (:
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Spoilers Ahead:
I really loved David from the start and I love how in the end they ended up together but at the same time I loved Ryan and I didn’t want him to get hurt or to end up with Mary Beth. The love triangle adds a little something to the story but truthfully I really just wish Ryan didn’t exist because it would be a lot more simple and uncomplicated; but I really did love the ending. He’s his  Sage, she’s his Paladin; it’s going to be super awkward and Im looking forward to it.

I really loved David and Harper’s relationship from the start. I loved the relationship and character building throughout the book. At first they hated each other but then they slowly started to like each other more and more and that was great.  The driving scene when Blythe was pursuing them was really the start of something new and something other then hatred.

So I’ve recently read the Percy Jackson series, so I really appreciated the whole Oracle of Delphi thing in the book a little more then everyone else (:

The humor in this book was phenomenal, I was cracking up on probably every page.

When Blythe disappeared in the car, I was just thinking about how stupid they were. Literally as they were tying her into the car she was explaining to them how she had “poofed out of the other car” and I was just sitting there thinking surely they can’t be that dumb; and turns out they were. I mean I don’t think they’re necessarily stupid, just that was incredibly stupid.

The whole kissing scene with David, that was the cutest thing.

I tangled my fingers in his hair, and his hands gripped the silk around my waist before sliding around my back, holding me so tightly that it should have hurt. But it didn’t, not even the littlest bit.
When we broke apart, we stared at each other, dazed and breathing hard. “I just . . .” He took three more quick breaths. “I needed to know.”
“Oh, God,” was all I could manage to say. This was what was between me and David Stark? This was what seventeen years of snarking and fighting and competing had been covering up?
His eyes dropped to my lips. “I think we should do it again, though. To be sure.”

That was really funny and cute and I was like Finally! Event though that was very fast after Ryan(:

David reached out and squeezed my hand, and I saw Ryan’s gaze drop to it. “That was . . . fast,” he said, and David dropped my hand like it was on fire.
“It’s not like that,” he said, but I shook my head.
Taking David’s hand in mine, I held it tightly and faced Ryan. “Actually, it kind of is. And if the three of us are going to work together, Ryan needs to know that.”

I felt like that was very rude to Ryan. I mean I understand you’re with David now but still…. David tried to spare his feelings. Half an hour ago you were telling him you loved him and now it’s as if you don’t care. I understand he should know because they’re going to work together, but at least she could of  had given him some time. It won’t make him feel any better to know that you jumped onto the other guy 10 minutes after you had just broken up. I was really disappointed in Harper for that.

Overall I really enjoyed  this book.

I rated it a : 4.5/5 

It was a fun read, filled with action, adventure and romance. I would definitely recommend it to everyone; some might not like it because it’s told in Harper’s point of view, but it’s very interesting and worth a try (:

~From one book lover to Another~

~Happy Reading! xx~