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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review: Lock and Key

Lock and Key Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think this book was really good. It focuses on a girl named Ruby. Ruby is in her senior year of high school. Sorry, but I am running short on time, so here is the Goodreads blurb for it.
Ruby, where is your mother?
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

First of all, I need to say that I loved this book. It displayed the emotions so truly. The story of an orphaned kid may be old news now, but this book is so much else. It has amazing romance. Ruby is kind of dating Nate, the boy next door. Her feelings for him are real and will relate with anyone, teenage girl or not. I also like how different Ruby's two "lives" are. Her old one is full of drunk and poor people. I am not saying they are bad, but they are complete opposite from her new life with her sister Cora. Cora and her husband are rich people who are open and way more prep. Ruby has a regular transition from one "life" to another. The characters were dynamic and all different. They added a lot to the story and were probably the highlight. Everyone had their own story, and they were set up perfectly. I also liked the themes and life lessons I got from this book. I learned that family has many definitions. It can be a group of people you are really close to, or just the people you love. Family is always changing. That lesson was my personal favorite part of this book. Sarah Dessen did a great job with this book and I can't wait to read Saint Anything, which is on my to-read list.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

This or That Book Tag

I was looking for tags to do, and came across this one on YA Book Space.  I am just finishing up Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen, so until I finish I will post this.

1. Physical book or e-book? 
Physical books.  Even though I read almost anywhere, I like physical books much better.  They are easier to read and just are better.

2. Audio or book in hand?
Book in hand.  I like to read it myself.  It makes it easier to think about and go much faster.

3. Paperback or hardcover? 
Hardcover.  I usually get books from the library and the hardcover are so much nicer and easier to take care of.  They are also just all around better.

4. Adult or Young Adult? 
I only read Young Adult

5. Series or standalone?
Standalone.  I read quite a few series as well, but I don't read them in order and then I am forcing myself to finish the series sometimes.  Standalone books are usually also more thought out.

6. Dog ears or bookmarks? 
Bookmarks.  I can't dog ear library books!

7. Breaking the spine or barely opening the book? 
I'd rather barely open the book so that I don't wreck a book that is not mine.  Yet if it is mine, I would rather break the spine.

8. Borrow or buy? 
Borrow.  I read quite a bit and buying gets to be expensive.  They also end up not getting used once I'm done with them, because I don't reread many books anymore.

9. Bookstore or online? 
Online.  I can request books from other libraries there and it is easier.  I do like browsing bookstores for good deals though.

10. Fiction or non-fiction? 
Fiction. Non-fiction bores me with all of it's facts.

11. Fantasy world or real life issues? 
I like real life issues better.

12. Kindle, iPad or other? 
Kindle or iPad.  I really like Apple, but a Kindle would be better for reading.

13. Monster read or short & sweet? 
Short & sweet. Unless it is less than 150 pages per book, then I would pick the monster read.

14. Starry eyed romance or full of action? 
I like starry eyed romance better.  No idea why, but it is just more of my type of story

15. Curl up in a snuggie or bathe in the sun? 
Bathe in the sun.  I love reading outside, especially in the fall.

16. Read the review or decide for yourself? 
I have to say read the review.  I like to hear what other people thought of it before I read it.  I also read other reviews after to find out if I had the same opinion as others, or if I was missing out on something

17. Zombies or unicorns? 
Neither.  They both are really dumb.  Sorry to anyone who likes either of them, but this is my opinion.

That's all for today folks!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: The Unexpected Everything

I am trying out WoW, or waiting on Wednesday.  It is started from a blog called Breaking The Spine.  This features a book that is not yet published.  This week, I am doing The Unexpected Everything.  I can't wait to read this one!

The Unexpected Everything
Morgan Matson
From Goodreads:

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

Expected Publication: May 16, 2016

Update: (9-27-15)
I was looking at it on Goodreads, and it has a cover now.  Here it is: The Unexpected Everything
I got this cover from Goodreads

Monday, September 21, 2015

Harry Potter Spells Tag!

Harry Potter Spells Tag!
Harry Potter Spells Book Tag! 
Hey all! 
I got tagged for this post by Caroline S. from Just Another Bookish Blog, so I am going to try it.  You have to link spells from Harry Potter to books.  I love reading and the Harry Potter part ties in perfectly.

Expelliarmus - Disarming Spell
A book that took you by surprise
I know this is kind of cheesy, but I have to say Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone.  I didn't read it until this past summer.  I was on my way home from a day trip when I started, and was really tired.  Yet, I read almost half of it then because it was such a good book.  I finished it the next day! 

Expecto Patronum - Protection Spell 
A book from your childhood
For this one I am going to have to say that it was Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper.  It is about a handicapped girl who ends up being really smart.  I lost count of how many times I read it.
Prior Incantarto - Previous Spell 
The last book I read
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han is the last book I read.  It is really good and you can read my review by clicking on the link.

Alohomora - Unlocking Spell
A book that introduced you to a genre you would have not considered before 
The Hunger Games by Susan Collins introduced me to science fiction and I found it really neat.

Ridiculous - Funny Spell
A funny book you read
I'm going to say that I really liked Little Blog On The Prarie by Cathleen Davitt Bell.

Sonorous - Sound Spell
A book you think everyone should know about 
I think everyone should read Morgan Matson books.  My favorite of them is Amy And Rodger's Epic Detour, but I can also relate to Second Chance Summer and Since You've Been Gone.

Obliviate - Memory Spell
A book you wish you never read 
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy was a bore and waste of time.
Imperio - Control Curse 
A book you had to read for school 
I loved reading The Giver by Lois Lowry in school.
Crucio - Torture Curse
A book that was painful to read
It was painful to finish reading Mockinjay by Suzanne Collins.  I was dragging myself to finish it.

Avada Kedavra - Death Curse
I'm going to say The Fault In Our Stars by John Green because it was so tragic.

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed it! :D 
I tag: 
Less Reality More Books
Young Adult Lit Obsession
Angel Erin's Book Obsession

Feel free to do this even if I didn't tag you.  I would love to hear your opinion in the comments!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was very good. I had only read one other Jenny Han books before this, and that was To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Right now, I also have P.S. I Still Love You on my to-read bookshelf. This book was better than I thought it would be. Belly is a 15 year girl who is spending this summer just like all her other summers, at the beach house with her family. They share the beach house with Belly's moms best friend and her boys. Belly has a crush on both of Savanah's boys. Savanah is Belly's mom's friend. But this year, Belly finds another boy in her beach town that she likes. Cam is different than most boys. He actually cares about her and doesn't do drugs. Will Belly get the boys she wants
I thought this book was written very neatly. There was a chapter or two in present tense, then a chapter flashback of another summer. Normally this would confuse me, but it just gave the book more feeling. Speaking of feeling, I felt this book had a poetic flow to it. It flowed smoothly and I found myself reading it rapidly. It wasn't a complex read, and it was easy to soar through. This isn't a book that kept me reaching for it at my every spare moment, but it still kept me wanting to read more. I think this romance is just like the other Jenny Han books I've read. It has the same problems, having mixed feelings about many boys, and having to choose the boy she likes the most. I think the ending was good, but a little too perfect. It was perfect, but was made dramatic, if you know what I mean. The boys are all idealistic representations, and don't really act like real boys. I found a reference to "Summer Nights", a "Grease" song which was really neat. I also liked the descriptive writing style that was in this book. All in all, this was a neat romance that will please a true romantic.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Review: Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just to warn you, I might criticize this book a little more than I usually would. I think I have read too many bad reviews on this book. THERE ALSO WILL BE SPOILERS!
This is the third summer of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It again revolves around Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget. They just graduated from high school, and are enjoying their last summer together. But there are big surprises in store for each girl. Bridget is back at the soccer camp, this time as a counselor. She finds out there that her old crush, Eric, is again a counselor. Carmen is working for Lena's grandma, and that doesn't go very well. Carmen also gets a big shock when she finds out that her mom is going to have a baby. Tibby is living a boring life working at the movie theater. Her little sister gets hurt as well. And Lena is having trouble trying to stay away from her grandma, and convincing her dad that she wants to be an artist.
Overall, it was an OK read. However, if I were Ann Brashares, I would have ended the series with this book. Before going on Goodreads to review this, I thought it WAS the last book in the series. It sure sounded like it was going to be. The characters still act like little kids, more like 14 than 18. This book didn't really have a plot. It just followed the character, which isn't really my type of book. It was also kind of unrealistic. I mean, how does Lena get the art scholarship if her parents have enough money to pay for it. She also gets her application in at the last minute. I used to think Tibby was the most interesting character, but she was too cliché in this book. Carmen acts like a five year old when she finds out her mom is having another kid, but of course she comes through in the end. I mean, she shouldn't let that affect which college she goes to. Don't worry, I don't have quite as many complaints about Bridget. She was my favorite in this book, even with her love life. She actually acts eighteen and is more mature than in the first and second books.
The pants weren't as big of a deal in this book. They were just there. I do get the point Ann Brashares was trying to make about going off to college. It is a big deal, and it could be the end of the group's friendship. There were some more mature scenes in this book, and a more dramatic ending. I know I haven't read as much because I've been busy, but this book dragged out and took a while to finish. There also were some sweet spots were I realized why I liked these books so much. All in all, this book could have been so much better, yet it still was an okay book. I am not sure whether or not I will read the fourth book or not.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Review: So Over My Head

So Over My Head So Over My Head by Jenny B. Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the A Charmed Life series. It is a Christian Fiction mystyery book about a girl named Bella Kirkword. She is just getting settled into her new life in Truman, Okalahoma, when the Truman Family ircus comes to town. At first it is the same as every other year there. But then they find a dead circus lady. Bella starts to try to investigate and find out who killed her. But Bella is getting into dangr there and someone is out to kill someone else. In the meantime, there is drama with Bella's dad dating a suspitious new lady. Will everthing work okay, or will someone else end up dead?
I think this was a great teen Christian Fiction Book. I loved the romance element. Bella is in love with her schools newspaper editor, Luke. The problem; he already is kind of dating someone else. But Bella still pines away like a good teenage girl. I love how she is a Christian, but not a perfect one. She prays, yet she isn't the "perfect Christian Fiction role model that other books sometimes have. I thought this book was going to end thirty pages earlier, because the series was starting to wrap up. There was a last minute plot change that made the book end way better than I thought it would. It was a great book with great characters and a great plot. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great Christian fiction YA book.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

What is your favorite way to get books?

What is your favorite way to get books?  I am looking for some more ideas, especially for audiobooks.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a great book. It is about a girl named Anna. She is just about to start her senior hear of high school, but instead of in America like she is used to, she is sent off to a boarding school in France. More specifically, SOAP (School Of America in Paris). Well anyways, Anna starts to fit in in school, but then she falls in love with the most popular boy in the school. Follow them of a complicated path of romance, friends, and futures. I am not doing a good job describing it, so I'll leave it to Goodreads.
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

I loved the relationship between all the characters. It wasn't a love hate love story. It was more than that. Anna was a great protagonist, and she wasn't the perfect girl character sometimes found. The friends also were really cool. I also loved St. Clair. He was awesome, and the average teenage dream. that was one negative thing. In a way, he was too perfect. Yet, he had flaws just like his girlfriend. I loved how his relationships were complicated and left you guessing. This book also taught me a lot about Paris. It described some of the landmarks in France. The thought train in this book was wonderful. Classes were also perfectly formed. I give this book four stars, and it is a good romance read.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review: I'm So Sure

I'm So Sure I'm So Sure by Jenny B. Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm So Sure by Jenny B. Jones is the second book in the Charmed Life series. It is about a teenage girl named Bella. In this book, Bella is getting a big surprise. Her wrestler step dad is getting on a reality show. It is a reality wrestling show where someone gets voted off every week. Will Bella's dad win or not. Meanwhile, Bella is having her own problems with prom. Prom candidates keep getting sabotaged. Will the prom end up okay, or will it end with a bang?

I really liked this book. As I've said before, it is rare to find a true Christian Fiction book now days, and this book hits the spot. However, it has kind of the same flow as the first book. That would be a problem for me, but this book had so many new things added to it. The book also was nice because the mystery was perfect. It kept me guessing in a nice way and had the perfect amount of suspense. Her friends from the first book came back and had just as real personalities. Overall, this book was a fun read.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Review: So Not Happening

So Not Happening So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sorry I haven't reviewed in a while. School just started and I've had a hard time finding time to read, let alone to review the books when I am done. But here I am, so I am going to review the book, So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones. I do not remember how I found out about this book, but it is so much more than I expected.

Goodreads Blurb (

New York's social darling just woke up in a nightmare: Oklahoma. Problem is, it's right where God wants her.
Bella Kirkwood had it all: A-list friends at her prestigious private school, Broadway in her backyard, and Daddy's MasterCard in her wallet. Then her father, a plastic surgeon to the stars, decided to trade her mother in for a newer model.
When Bella's mom falls in love with a man she met on the Internet--a factory worker with two bratty sons--Bella has to pack up and move in with her new family in Truman, Oklahoma. On a farm no less!
Forced to trade her uber-trendy NYC lifestyle for down-home charm, Bella feels like a pair of Rock & Republic jeans in a sea of Wranglers.
At least some of the people in her new high school are pretty cool. Especially the hunky football player who invites her to lunch. And maybe even the annoying--but kinda hot--editor of the school newspaper.
But before long, Bella smells something rotten in the town of Truman, and it's not just the cow pasture. With her savvy reporter's instincts, she is determined to find the story behind all the secrets.
"How can a girl go on when her charmed life is gone and God appears to be giving her the total smackdown?"

Ok, I really liked this book. I thought it was just about a spoiled girl at first, and that is what it started out like. Bella was your ordinary rich kid, expecting everything to be handed to her on a silver platter. But when she has to move to Truman, everything changer. Her mom is dating a farmer and factory worker with some secrets. Now, Bella is stuck with two stepbrothers, one of whom practically hates her. Her school life is a mess too. She writes a bad blog post about Truman on her blog, and now everybody knows the "real her". But is it really the real her?

After being stuck on the school newspaper and reporting on some boring stories, she stumbles across a real story about the Truman football team. Will she be able to crack the case?

First of all, I really don't know how to categorize this book. It started out realistic fiction, got a little romance, then a mystery. To top it off, it also had a suspense feel during part of the book. But this is still a great book. I loved Bella's sense of humor. All of the characters were unique and had character. This book kept me hooked till the very end. The city of Truman sounded like a real and unique place. Since I live in a small town I could relate perfectly. There were some references in this book that fit it wonderfully.
My favorite part of this book is how it is Christian Fiction. Not many books nowadays that are written with a real story behind them are Christian Fiction. This is a great book with a wonderful plot and many lessons.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

My Bookshelf

I have some great books on my to-read list right now.  Here they are:

  • Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  I started this a bit last night.  I am so excited to get farther in it.  This book is sure to be amazing.
  • Girls In Pants by Ann Brashires.  I read the first two sisterhood of the traveling pants series books and they were great.  I am looking to finish up the series.  Let's hope this is as good as the other ones.
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.  The first book, To All The Boys I've Loved Before was a fun and creative romance.  I am expecting big things.
  • Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen.  I really don't know what this book is about, but Sarah Dessen is a great author.  This was also said to be one of the best summer books.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: Extraordinary Means

Extraordinary Means Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was pretty good.
Goodreads Blurb: ( )
At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it's easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.

There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down.

Told in alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.

   I really enjoyed this book. The part about TB was very unique and interesting. I also liked the alternating perspectives. They added a creative touch, and the characters were like completely opposite. Lane was a kind of shy and nerdy, and Sadie was popular and wild. This book was supposed to remind you of The Fault in Our Stars, which it kind of does with the two sick and dying kids in love with each other. But it also reminded me of Looking for Alaska. The Latham house reminded me of the boarding school, Lane of Miles, and Alaska of Sadie. It also kind of had the same vibe. A lot of kids died in this book as well. That was kind of creepy. The characters all had nice personalities. This book had a tragic ending and left me thinking. I could barely stop reading it!

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