Thursday, 19 April 2012

I'm sorry guys my laptop has died so I wont be able to post for a week or two till I get it fixed. Ill carmtch up on all the memes and reviews when Im back. In the mean time you can contact me through email or my tumblr

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: ★★★
Book: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins

In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.

For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous, the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door.

When the family returns and Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—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.

I have no words to describe this. Stephanie Perkins does not fail to impress. She is definitely definitely on my list of top 10 authors, and both of her books are in my list of Top 10 Books now. I can not believe I have only just read her books, boy have i been missing out.

I was in love with Anna and the French Kiss, I didn't think Stephanie Perkins would be able to do any better than Anna but what can i say. she did.

I'm in love with her writing style. I think a lot of YA contemporary romance books have one problem, the stories are great but style of writing lets us down. Stephanie Perkins gets it just right, you get enough description in there to feel what the characters feel so you can empathize with them. Plus, the characters are so likeable you want them to ...well get together.

Lola is one confused chick, she has an older rock god boyfriend and everything is perfect but then Cricket returns. Cricket is this tall, handsome, loveable, down to earth guy who would do anything for anyone. But Lola has already given Cricket a chance and he left her. Whos ready for a second chance?

I just love Lola and Cricket, as charming as St. Clair is, Cricket is definitely my favourite (by a teeny tiny bit) I don't know, there is just something about him. He's clearly got the height, the strength on the outside but inside he's so soft and warm and caring, he's well dressed...basically,  he is the perfect guy. I even liked the fact that cricket didn't have much experience, it just worked for him. 

Just like Anna and the French Kiss I loved the setting; it wasn't in the city of love this time, it was in San Francisco.  I live in England so have not a single clue about what San Francisco is like but I sure did love the description of it. If it is actually anything like what it is in the book, I would love to visit there.

Okay so I finish reading Anna and I think wtf I need cant just finish therethats crazy. So I sink into Lola and the Boy Next Door hoping I would find a story as good as Anna although I truly doubted it. And then out of nowhere...Anna and St Clair are back. I knew this was a companion novel, but I was shocked, I just sat there like... Whaaaaaaaaaaat. They were proper proper characters in Lola , and I was glad becaus e after Anna I didnt want to finish Anna and St. Clairs story I wanted to know what happend after, and we get to see them from a new pperspective, we see a new side to them.So a big thumbs up to Stephanie Perkins on that one for being nice enough to give up a bit more Etienne.

I think what was so great about Lola was that it was so different to Anna but so similar at the same time. This time Lola was feeling what Etienne was feeling throughout Anna.

The Cover...ahhhh perfection. It fits so well with the book, you can see the houses at the back and then there's the all important window that Anna and Cricket are standing in front of, and although I imagined Anna a little different the picture fits exactly with Lola in the book , and Cricket was exactly as I imagined him, I love his rubber bracelets, blue one of course. The cover was cute, and perfect for the book.

So, summing it all up, everything about this book was Perfect, from the inside out, and I would recommend it to EVERYONE, if your a girl I'm pretty sure you'll love it. Even if you don't usually read romances, give this at least a try. (You can read just Lola if you want, but I would recommend reading Anna first)

(I feel like i used perfect a lot in this review, but its the only word i could think of to show you how amazing this book is)

Favourite Quotes: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

“Juliana's a year older than me, but she sometimes seems younger - mostly because she's the opposite of cynical and I'm the opposite of the opposite of cynical.” 

“He only invited me because of you and Chase.'
'Right,' she said, following me inside. 'He's never shown the slightest interest in you before. I mean, he's never stared at you like you're the only person in the room when we're all together. Or sulked around for days because you turned him down for a dance. Or touched the sleeve of your sweater when he thinks no one's looking-'
'He's never done any of that,' I said. Then, less confidently, 'Has he?”

“No one's family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior.” 

“I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that's exactly like being found.”

“He was wearing a plain white oxford unbuttoned over a T-shirt, but something about the way they fit made him look put together, like an Abercrombie model (well, like an Abercrombie model who had remembered to put on a shirt that morning).” 

“Man, I hated not being able to figure someone out. And from the slightly uncertain look he gave me as we all went to class, I suspected he felt the same way.” 

“And Derek was... what?
A pair of dark eyes that hid more than they revealed and some broad shoulders and a mouth that could be cold and thin and then suddenly widen into a generous grin just when you thought such a thing was impossible.”

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”...“Basically it means the world's a giant shit hole, but some of us are capable of imagining something better

“...and I had a feeling that someone like Juliana could get chewed up and spat out in a second.

Quote It Saturday (4)

"No one's family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior." - Claire LaZebnik (Epic Fail)

Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

My rating: ★★
Book: Epic Fail
Author: Claire LaZebnik 

In this modern take on "Pride and Prejudice," Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood's most famous celebrity couple. 

“I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that's exactly like being found.”

It says in the Synopsis that it's a modern take on Pride and Prejudice, which is obviously a classic, but as I haven't read it yet, I wont comment on that. Maybe this will be an excuse to read Pride and Prejudice now.

I have to say that I really liked this book. I don't know why in my mind I kept comparing it to Not that kind of girl by Siobhan Vivian which I read earlier this week. Even the covers used similar colours, I think both books just explored similar themes like boys, high school, relationships, and then you have the tall muscular guy who is actually a total sweetheart but you wouldn't expect him to be, and then the female protagonist who is to quick to judge and is blind to the first.

But more than Not That Kind Of Girl, I really did enjoy this book. I felt more sympathy for Elise the protagonist, she was so likeable had her values and stayed true to them through the book but while she managed that, she doesn't see the truth, over thinks too much and doesn't realise she may be wrong.

As you may know, I am really big on endings, if the ending isn't right it can kill the book for me, and i have to say I wasn't too happy about the ending, not about what happened because everything was the way it should have played out, that was fine. But, I felt like there was something missing in the ending, the way it was written didn't seem right to me. That is my own personal opinion, though I do think the rest of the book was lovely and Claire LaZebnik is a very talented writer.

It just was a great quick easy read that I loved. I didn't initially think I would like it much but I was pleasantly surprised.

I grew to like Derek and Even the rest of the characters were so likeable, Juliana and Chase, and obviously what's high school without the beautiful self-centred mean girl, Chelsea and her Sidekick Gifford.

Another thing I think I should mention is the cover. One of the things that drew me into the book was the cover, but to be honest I didn't feel like the cover had anything to do with the book, I don't quite get it. Anyone? I mean even the title, to me was irrelevant to the book itself. From what I can remember the word 'Fail' was mentioned twice in the book and 'Epic Fail' was mentioned Once and even that seemed like it was pushed in there just to link to the title.

So overall this was a great easy quick read but I would have liked to see the romance developed a bit more.  I would totally recommend to anyone who likes light YA Contemporary Romance. I think I'm going to give Claire LaZebnik another shot, any suggestions?

I am really confused about what rating to give the book, it's somewhere between 3 and 4 stars but I'm not sure how much I liked it, or how much the ending put me off. I'm going to be nice and put 4 for now.

Oh oh oh. and  I don't think I mentioned this, I fell in love with Derek, once we found out about what he's really like

Friday, 13 April 2012

The Friday 56 (4)

Book: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkinsir Arthur Conan Doyle
"So what do I wish for? Something I'm not sure what I want? Someone I'm not sure I need? Or Someone I know I can't have?
Screw it. Let the fates decide.

I wish for the thing thats best for me."

Edit: I think I'm going crazy, that soo was not from page 56 :$ I just picked one of my favourite quotes from the book without thinking. I think I'll leave it now though. Silly me. 

Thursday, 12 April 2012

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And it makes them care; makes them kind. I think that's beautiful" -Four, talking about the Amity faction, Insurgent Chapter 2

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

My rating: ★★★
Book: Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author: Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. 
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

I have heard nothing but great things about this book, and rightly so. The book was amazing. I loved Divergent, I feel bad for giving it 4 stars, because i really really do want to give it 5 stars, but i just don't feel like it's a 5 star book.

Tris lives in a futuristic Chicago, where the city is split into 5 Factions, each faction believes that one human characteristic was what caused the downfall I guess. I can't really say much about the world itself, what the history was because we don't really find out. Tris chooses Dauntless as her faction.

Dauntless. The Brave. They believe cowardice was was brought them down.

I didnt personally feel like the world building was perfect in this book, it wasnt totally believeable.

The book starts a day before the aptitude tests which tell you which faction you belong in. It then follows through the choosing ceremony and the whole initiation process in the new faction. I don't know about anyone else but i actually felt like this book had a teeny tiny hints of The Hunger games, Harry Potter and Delirium. What do you think?

I loved how Tris is so stubborn and brave, shes not like the normal female characters in books, she doesnt let the world see her vunrability. Although I dont think I would ever make the decisions she made, I wouldnt be brave enough to, it was great seeing this world through her. She doesnt see her bravery, she doent feel it, yet thepeople around her can see. Through the book Tris changes, maybe not in the best way possible, but she changes in a way thats important for the book, she comes to realise that you cant survive by just beeing selfless, or just being brave or whatever, you need to be a bit of both. She bocomes tougher and she becomes selfish.
Then there is the gorgeous Four, I loved the quiet mystery around Four for most of the book you know hardly anything about him, theres this unspoken strength, he wasn't like the other Dauntless. I loved him from the moment he helpted Tris off the net, you could tell there was something different about him. I love romance, so for me the romance needed a bit more, there seemed to be something missing; but then again this isnt a book primarily about romance.

I did love Tris and Fours relationship, and how their relationship built up through the book, it wasnt that love at first sight thing. But also how, Four helps Tris slightly during initiation no favouritism ofcourse, but the big thing was how Tris was the stronger one, she helped him face his fears, she has the strength; that was really empowering to see a female have such a role in a book, so hats off to Veronica Roth.

The storyline was great, I could not put the book down, I read it in one sitting.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Question Wednesday (3) : Nail Polish Edition

Today we are talking all about Nail Polish

1. Favorite everyday nail polish color:
Pink, every shade of pink, I think it adds colour to any outfit, and looks super cute any time of year or even any time of day. 
2. Favorite nail polish trend(s):
Ohh, I don't know about nail polish trends, but whatever it is I like simple patterns on nails, I hate over done, big nails.
3. Acrylics or natural?
I actually prefer natural nails, I haven't actually ever used acrylics because I know they're so bad for your nails I don't want to risk it.
4. Favorite Nail Polish Brand:
Barry M, only because they have the hugest range of colour ever, they have like every colour you could think of 
5. How often do you change your nail polish?
I don't wear nail polish every single day, i wear it every 2/3 weeks and i'll keep it on for a week, no longer than a week or I get bored.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Favourite Quotes: Not That Kind Of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

“You see, the best thing about wrong decisions is that they don’t prevent you from making the right decisions later on. It’s harder, but it’s not impossible.”

“I let myself have feelings for you despite not knowing how this would end.”

“You're the one who made it seem like we were doing something wrong. Maybe you still feel like that, because for whatever reason, you think I'm not good enough for you. But I like you, okay? I've liked you from the very beginning."

"It was never going anywhere"

"Because you wouldn't let it go anywhere.”

“Are these the friends and life i want to have?” 

Review: Not That Kind Of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

My rating: ★★★
Book: Not That Kind Of Girl
Author: Siobhan Vivian 

Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things.
But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Not when there are freshman girls running around in a pack, trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends have secrets they're no longer comfortable sharing. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up being the boy you want to sleep with yourself - but only in secret, with nobody ever finding out.
Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices - and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between.

This book is basically about high school, boyfriends, relationships, pressure to be someone you're not (not from just friends but yourself and family), sexuality, friendships. It's not exactly the type of book I love but for what its worth the author did a great job, and someone interested in the pressures of high school would seriously love this book. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either.

I did read this book in one night straight, till 7am in the morning.

I have to say I didn't actually like Natalie's character much, but i did love Connor, he was true to her from the start before anything happened between them, he defended her when she wasn't there he was honest, throughout. It really does make you wonder how girls complicate things so much, how we think we're angels but everything isn't really as black and white as we want ourselves to believe.

I think I read the book for the romance more than anything, the message of the book itself was a bit all over the place I din't quite get it.

Overall, a good book, but i guess I didnt connect with it as much as I'd wished I had, but it was an enjoyable read.

Teaser Tuesday (3)

Book: Divergent 
Author: Veronica Roth

"It will be all right." I try to sound firm, like I'm not idly reassuring him, but I am. I don't know if it will be all right. I suspect that it won't. 

When the nurse arrives she tells me to step back, and I do. My hands and knees and soaked with blood. When I look around, I see that only two faces are missing."

Favourite Quotes: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?” 

“Because I was right. For the two of us, home isn't a place. It's a person.
And we're finally home.”

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

“Why is it that the right people never wind up together? Why are people so afraid to leave a relationship, even if they know it's a bad one?”

“How many times can our emotions be tied to someone else's - be pulled and stretched and twisted - before they snap? Before they can never be mended again?”
“So what do I wish for? Something I'm not sure I want? Someone I'm not sure I need? Or someone I know I can't have?
Screw it. Let the fates decide.
I wish for the thing that is best for me.”

“I don't want to feel this way around him. I want things to be normal. I want to be his friend, not another stupid girl holding out for something that will never happen.”
“I moan with pleasure.
"Did you just have a foodgasm?" he asks, wiping ricotta from his lips.
"Where have you been all my life?" I ask the beautiful panini.”
“Har. Bloody. Har."
He smiles. "Oh, I see. Known me less than a day and teasing me about my accent. What's next? Care to discuss the state of my hair? My height? My trousers?"
Trousers. Honestly.”

“We both got our Point Zero wishes - each other. He said he wished for me every time.”

“The first thing I notice is his hair - it's the first thing I notice about anyone. It's dark brown and messy and somehow both long and short at the same time. I think of the Beatles, since I've just seen them in Meredith's room. It's artist's hair. Musician hair. I-pretend-I-don't-care-but-I-really-do hair.”
“There are few things worse than having feelings for someone you shouldn't, and I don't like where my thoughts were headed.”

“I don’t care what he thinks. Only what you think.” He holds me tighter. “Like if you think I need to stop biting my nails.”
“You’ve worn your pinkies to nubs,” I say cheerfully.
“Or if I need to start ironing my bed spread.”
“You do. And I love it.”

“His eyes lock on mine."Anna,I promise that I will never leave you."
My heart pounds in response.And √Čtienne knows it,because he takes my hand and holds it against his chest,to show me how hard his heart is pounding,too.”

“And I realize ... it’s okay. It’s okay if St. Clair and I never become more than friends. His friendship alone has strengthened me in a way that no one
else’s ever has. He swept me from my room and showed me independence. In other words, he was exactly what I needed. I won’t forget it. And I certainly
don’t want to lose it.”

“It's a physical sickness. √Čtienne. How much I love him. I love √Čtienne. I love that the accent over his first name is called an acute accent, and that he has a cute accent.”

“You're the most incredible girl I've ever known. You're gorgeous and smart, and you make me laugh like no one else can. And I can talk to you. And I know after all this I don't deserve you, but what I'm trying to say is that I love you, Anna. Very much”

Review: Anna and the french kiss - Stephanie Perkins

My rating: ★★★
Book: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins 

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 Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

Okay How do i put this...this book was AMAZING! I loved every word of it. I could not put the book down I told myself i would read it slowly and not go overboard the way I read Not that kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivan in one night straight, i saw the sunrise that night. I read for about 2 hours one night, the second night I picked up the book I couldn't help it, i didnt want to leave that world, i coulnt bring myself to stop reading, i Read till 6am by the time i finished the book.

I knew this was going to be a great book, beacause of all the good reviews its got, but i did think it awas going to be your ususal boy meets girl contemporary romance, the ones where you could predict what happens, ans usually I can predict whats gonna happen but i actually culdnt, that was one thing I loved, I was absoltely amazed by the book.

Everything about it was just perfect.
Its a love story set in Paris, the city of love!!!

The characters where perfect, the story was perfect I don't even know what to say about this book other than that.

I loved Anna, I loved Etienne St. Clair, I hated Ellie from the start, I loved Mer and Josh, although initially I didn't like Rashmi, she did grow on me through the book.

The story line of this book is basically about falling in love with someone who isn't yours, and i guess finding your true love, the boy that was meant for you, and just you. I loved the chemistry between the characters, the way Anna was there for Etienne when he needed a friend she was a friend, she puts that above possibly having a relationship with the most perfect guy ever. Likewise, Etienne is there for her when she needs him. This book just captures everything about being in love and squeezes it into 300 or so pages.

I have to say that the ending, was so nice, it completed the whole book, just a great feel-good book. Although i like big endings, I don't think they even needed that in this book, everything ended the way it should have, the end of an amazing year and everyone's happy :)


Song of The Week (3)

Edwin McCain - I'll be
Oasis - Wonderwall (Alex Goot Cover)
One Republic - Secrets

Monday, 9 April 2012

Musing Monday (4)

This weeks Musing Monday Question is...

Memorable Monday (4)

This week's post is going to be from the book i finished last night; Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. If you haven't read this book yet, put everything down right this instance and go find the book to read. 

I don't understand why things always go from perfect to weird with us. It's like we're incapable of normal human interaction. 
                      - Anna

Look Out...

I was intending to do an update post but i have to head out now, i dont onpw when.i'll be back but hopefully I will be back in time toupdate what's new.

Here's what is coming up:
-update post
- review of Anna and the french Kiss
- review of Not that kind of girl
- review of delirium

Friday, 6 April 2012

The Friday 56 (3)

Book: A Study in Scarlet (from the Sherlock Holmes Collection)
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
'Either his whole theory is incorrect,' I thought to myself, 'or else he will be led now to the heart of the mystery.'

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Question Wednesday (2) - Current Favourites

1. Current Obsession:
Rings. I love love love rings, not those big gonky ones, i'm talking about those small delicate ones, silver, little hearts, crystals. whatever they are i just think they're so pretty.
2. Current Favorite Fragrance:
Joucy Couture - Juicy Couture Eau De Parfum 
3. Current Favorite Book:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I LOVE it, its one of my favourites, its just so cute, and just romantic I guess. 
4. Current Favorite Song:
I'm loving everything by Taylor Swift at the moment, I can't pick one.
5. Current Favorite Spring Trend:
I would say the pastel colours this spring, they're again just soo cute.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Song of The Week (2)

Taylor Swift - Long Live
Demi Lovato - Catch Me
I have had both of these songs on replay all week so it had to be these two. 

Teaser tuesday (2)

Book: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)
Author: Jenny Han

"He Pulled my foot, drawing me closer. Being This close to him was making me feel dizzy and nervous. I said it again, one last time, even though i didn't mean it.
"********** let go of me."
He did. And then he dunked me. It didn't matter. I was already holding my breath." 

Sorry for starring out the name, no spoilers! :)

Monday, 2 April 2012

Memorable Monday (3)

This week im going to post several quotes from 'The Vow', I olny watched it yesterday and I really did love it.

I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness, and to have the patience that love demands. To speak when words are needed, and to share the silence when they're not. To agree to disagree on red velvet cake, and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home. 
                      - Paige

I vow to feircly love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love. I vow to love you, and no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find a way back to each other.
                      - Leo
 My Theory is about moments, moments of impact, My theory is that these flashes of high impact actually end up defining who we are. Each one of us is the sum total of all the experiences with all the people we've ever known and it's these moments that become out history. Like our greatest hits CD that we play and replay over and over again in our minds. A moment of impact whose potential for change is far beyond what we could have predicted brings some together, and others spinning off into untold adventures. You can't control how they're going to effect you, you have to wait for the collision. 
                                 - Leo

Musing Monday (3)

This weeks Musing Monday Question is...
Do you belong to any book clubs - face-to-face, or online? If so, how long have you been with the group(s)? If not, why?
Okay so this weeks MM is definitely going to be a short one because no, I haven't ever been part of a book club of any sort. When I used to read growing up I was too young to be part of any sort of book club,so it just never occurred to me. As I started high school I stopped reading I don't know why I just did. I have only just stared reading again regularly, now. I don't think I will join any book clubs yet; I'm a student hoping to start university in September , things are a little crazy i just dont think I would be able to dedicate enough time towards it. 
To see the weekly features i take part in and what they are all about click here