Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - April 24th

             Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where us book nerds highlight what books we're excited for!

So ever since I finished Anna and the French Kiss (review here) and Lola and the Boy Next Door (review here), I've been patiently waiting for Isla and the Happily Ever After, but patience is not my strong suit. I need it now guys!

 So, here is the goodreads summary and cover and it just makes me want it more! So if Stephanie is reading this (Hay gurl) which I highly doubt she is, CAN I HAZ EARLY? Fangirling over. :) But for all of us, it hits shelves this September!

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 √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
SO EXCITED GUYS!! Let me know in the comments what your WoW picks are, and tell me if you're also excited for Isla!


Monday, 15 April 2013

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Book: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover Library book

There's really not much to say here. I loved Anna and the French Kiss and I had to read the next one! :P
Goodreads Summary

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 neighborhood. 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.
So I think I'm in love with Stephanie Perkins? Seriously, guys. I like contemporary, but not that much. It's hard for me to find a series that I can stay with. But these books are YA contemporary GOLD. This is going to be a short review because I just really liked it. :) 

First off, way to break gender roles! Lola is independent, yet she still needs people to rely on. She is herself 100% and takes no s**t from anyone. She is sarcastic, and witty, and makes bad decisions. Also, in the relationship between Lola and Cricket is amazing. She isn't falling all over him, but the opposite. It's a very give and take relationship, and when someone is willing to give more than the other, that's when it gets good!

I'm giving this one a 4/5 star rating. I really did like it, but not as much as Anna :P


Friday, 12 April 2013

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Book: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: GreenWillow Books
Pages: 448 Pages
Format: Paperback

I watch Tea Time with Team EpicReads on Wednesdays (Orange Pekoe or Earl Grey, with two sugars, one milk!), and I saw Margo flipping out over this book, and I was in the mood for high fantasy, so I decide to pick it up. I got a deal for it on Amazon ($4.40?!?!) and started it as soon as I got it. :)

Good Reads Summary

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king--a king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could save his people. And he looks at her in a way no man has ever looked at her before. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn't die young.

Most of the chosen do. 

I was really surprised with how much I liked this book. I wasn't really expecting much, but I was blown out of the water. My favourite thing, by far, about this book was it's sense of realism. The author didn't spare us any of the gory details. She told it as it is and it really helped me connect with the characters. Elisa and I both have a bad relationship with food, where it's all so good and we sacrifice our figure for it. That made her so much more human in my eyes.

Another point that I loved was the development, and how great the rest of the series is set up. The thing I hate about most series is that it seems like everything has been completed and then in the second book, there is a whole new adventure. I love how the story line has been set up and how well every aspect of it fits.

The one thing I didn't like was, in the very beginning the pacing is sooooo slooow. I found myself getting bored in the beginning, but as soon as the plot starts to pick up, I was hooked. Its hard to continue on with a book when you know that it will pick up soon. That's my only complaint.

So, overall, 10 points to Rae Carson for character development! I'm giving this book 4/5 stars :) Can't wait to read the next one!