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Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Where did I get it? I bought it

fangirlwipSummary: 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 words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

 

My Thoughts:

I have read a few books by Rainbow Rowell, but Fangirl still remains one of my favourite of her novels (second only to Carry On).

Cathy and Wren are identical twins but they are very different on the inside. I thought that Cathy was an interesting narrator and I wanted to know more about her and her life at home with her friends and family.

Regean was probably my favourite character and I was so glad that she and Cathy became friends. Levi, too was a really sweet love interest. For me, the best parts of the book, however, were those involving interactions between the twins, Cathy and Wren, as it was intriguing to see the blatant differences between the two by just their choices and actions.

I haven’t really been paying attention to any new books written by this author, so I was nicely surprised when I recently saw on GoodReads that Rowell has released a new short story for World Book Day, called Kindred Spirits, which I will be urgently looking to read.

Rating: 4/5

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How Willa Got Her Groove Back

How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay

*I received this book for review purposes. Thank you to NetGally and Entangled Publishing, LLC*

28871512Summary: When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

My Thoughts:

This was one of those books that I didn’t love or hate…. I just enjoyed it.

If you are looking for a cute, fun contemporary romance then this is the book would be right up your alley. Willa is your average teenager who lived with her father until he decides to re-marry. As would be expected, Willa is not exactly jumping for joy at having a new step-motherwho she barely knows and on top of that Willa seems to have aquired a new step-brother too.

In terms of the plot line, I have read similar books to these but that isn’t to say that this novel didn’t have its own unique factors that kept me reading on. Once you reach half-way through, the pace starts to pick up and the ending was definitely not what I was expecting for the characters.

I liked the MC and she dealt with everything (like suddenly becoming the centre of attention overnight) very well, after her entail shock had died down.

I would most defiantly like to see where the author takes Willa and Finn next and I believe that a sequel will be released n November some time this year.

Rating: 3.5/4

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Where did I get it? I bought it

61t67xhl2cl-_sx321_bo1204203200_Summary: Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

 

 

My Thoughts:

I seriously can’t believe that I took so long to finally read this book. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is woven beautifully and the words just flow from one page to the next. Our protagonist, Charlie, is delicate and real and his thoughts were so profound I felt touched and saddened by his tale.

There were many poignant characters and I could sympathise with the confusion Charlie was feeling as he tried to ascertain his love for Sam and his friendship with Patrick and the others.

I haven’t really read many novels like this one though I did try Kate Sclesa’s “Fans of the Impossible Life” which I found not to my liking.  Saying this, I will defiantly be looking out for more books akin to The Perks of Being a Wallflower. There were many sensitive topics broached in this book and I felt all of them were handled with the utmost care.

I’m not sure if the film adaptation is any good, but I intend to find out as soon as I have some free time.

A must read for all!

Rating: 5/5

The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Where did I get it? The school library

18712886Summary: Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.

My Thoughts:

Erika Johansen’s debut novel is passionate, dangerous and packed to the brim with careful detailing. The start had me hooked and although I was a little bored during the space of the first journey, the pace soon picked up.

Kelsea was an engaging narrator and I found myself rooting for her to win over her guards and subject as she took the throne. Kelsea was by no means perfect but she was sincere and genuinely wanted to be a good queen for her people. I couldn’t help but admire her and all she stood for, especially when there were so many odds against her.

The world building was well written and I could clearly see the scenes being described in my head. The only issue I had with this book was the time era that it was set in. From what I gathered, Queen of the Tearling, was based in the future but it appeared that humans had taken a step back in terms of development. Many important discoveries like medicine and technology as well as books had been lost during ‘The Crossing’ and humans had not worked to reclaim them, which was rather sad.

My favourite character was definitely the Mace and I hope that we learn more about him and his reasons for being like he is (you’ll see what I mean if you read this book) as the series progresses.

This novel ends nicely on a sort of cliff hangar and I will surely be reading the sequel to see how Kelsea steps into her role as Queen and to find the answers to all the questions this book has left me with.

Rating: 4/5

 

Signs Point to Yes

Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

Where did I get it? It was a gift

24464110Summary: If only Jane’s Magic 8 Ball could tell her how to get through the summer. With her “perfect” sister, Margo, home for her “perfect” internship, Jane is not going to be able to spend the summer writing fan fiction, as she had planned. And her emergency babysitting job requires Jane to spend the whole summer in awkward proximity to her new crush, Teo, a nerdy-hot lifeguard with problems of his own. With his best friend out of town, Teo finds himself without anyone to confide in…except Jane. Will Jane and Teo be able to salvage each other’s summer? Even the Magic 8 Ball doesn’t have an answer…but signs point to yes.

 

My Thoughts:

I read and reviewed another book by Sandy Hall a while back and I really enjoyed it. Based on that I decided to pick up Signs Point to Yes with high expectations.

My immediate thoughts on this novel was that I like the  plot and the general direction that the book was going in. However by the half way mark I was bored.

I kept working for the book to pick up pace but when it did I found I couldn’t really get back into the story. Most of the characters were likeable and I was really happy to have the chance to hear from Margo’s perspective as well as Teo’s. I didn’t really connect, though, with Jane and her “I’m not smart enough” attitude started to annoy me after a while.

The use of the magic ball was a nice touch and I did enjoy the ending very much. Ravi’s and Jane’s arguments were also pretty interesting and I found myself looking to interactions between them.

Rating: 3/5

A Little Something Different

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Where did I get it? I bought it

20801166Synopsis: The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. 

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

My Thoughts:

I have been meaning to read Sandy Hall’s books for a while and I am glad I finally got around to it. We never actually see what Gabe and Lea are thinking, rather we see their relationship develop through others points of view. While I was a little worried that this would be a downside to the book, I was actually really pleased by the way it was written.

My favourite views were probably the Chinese Delivery guy and the Squirrel. All of the 14 or so characters who narrated the book were all unique and easy to like. The Bench was a nice touch too.

This was an a light fluffy read that would definitely be one of my new favourite contemporary books. There was never a moment that I was bored throughout this novel.

If you’re looking for a fast humour-filled contemporary romance this is the book for you!

Rating: 4/5

 

Denton Little’s Deathdate

Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

Where did I get it?- The school library

Synopsis: Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.51xds1m8mml-_sx326_bo1204203200_
 
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle—as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. (Though he’s not totally sure—see, first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters. . . . Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

My Thoughts:

This book was okay. The main character, Denton, was tolerable, and there were a few aspects to this book that I really enjoyed: Denton’s overprotective stepmom, Horrible GrandadCop, Denton’s weird best friend and even Denton’s self eulogy.

The plot was generally well thought out and developed. Starting about a day or so before his death date, Denton’s life suddenly becomes a whole lot more exciting as he races to find out about his mother and the purple rash that is slowly spreading across his body.

For me, the humour in this book was basically kept me from putting it down. The topic of death, was handled well, however, and I loved the way that everyone attended their own funerals and wrote their own eulogies!

There were several moments in the book where I felt like shouting at the stupid decisions that Denton made, but I realise that without his awful sense of judgement, I probably wouldn’t have laughed half as much as I did.

All in all, this book was a quick read, that made me laugh pretty much all the way through-(much to the confusion of my classmates and family!)

Rating: 3.5/5