Anna and the French Kiss

17453983Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published : 2013
Version Read
 : Paperback
Read More about it here.

4starCan Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

I really enjoyed this book and it fit right in the place I needed it to be. This book more than most that I read and definitely written for a teenager. They was the world is always so dramatic and things can change on the flip of a coin is something I remember from high school. Even the smallest smile from your crush can send you into daydreams about getting married.

I enjoyed the setting of being a girl out of place and learning how to survive in another country. I expect that it’s a very true account of what students who study abroad go through. And all of the characters were enjoyable.

The only thing I have against the book is that there wasn’t more of it. I felt as though there could have been a lot more detail about her interactions with the French people and maybe some more funny accidents where she doesn’t order the right thing. The book focus’ mostly on her relationship with the boy, but I feel like there should have been more with the other characters. If you’re going to say someone is your best friend, you should probably spend time with them right?

All in all it was a very enjoyable and fast read. And just the light-hearted thing I needed.

Obsidian & Onyx & Opal

19081403Obsidian & Onyx & Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published : 2012
Version Read
 : Paperback
Read More about it here.

3starWhen we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

I have read the first three books in this series in less than two weeks. I feel that’s pretty good of me. I do like the characters and for the most part the plot. I’m not in love with the writing style and some of the character interactions get on my nerves. But for the most part I do enjoy them.

After Opal I have decided to take a little break from the series to get my head back on straight. I can only handle so much alien in my life and with these books as well as re-watching Roswell, it’s a little more than I can handle. But that has nothing to do with the books, so let me get back on track.

I don’t understand why everyone loves Daemon. I’ve had a boyfriend who was both an ass and romantic and it was not as fun as you’d think. The constant worrying about which guy you were going to be spending the day with was exhausting. Maybe I’m weird and most girls do like boys like this, but I would much rather prefer a guy who was stable and treated me like he should all the time.

I’m not really sure how I feel about Katy at this point. I don’t hate her, but I’m also not emotionally involved enough to root for her either. It’s more like meh I hope she doesn’t die because that would suck. I’m also not deeply invested in any of the other characters to be sadden or shocked when/if they all die either.

I’m sure that I’ll finish the other two books, but for now I’ve lost my interest in this story and have way too many other things on my TBR to read. I’m sorry, but it’s all meh to me.

 

First Date Book Tag

I found this book tag on youtube. It was a fun one to do and I tried to pick out different books from the last tag I did. Also I’m stalling from writing my next two book reviews, so let’s get to the questions.

1. The awkward first date – a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you.

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I wanted to love this book so much, but it lacked everything for me. It’s not a bad book, just not a great first one.

2. The cheap first date – book that turned out less than you expected.

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Everyone knows how much I love Sarah Dessen books, but this one was not my favorite. In fact it’s probably my least favorite just after Lock and Key.

3. Well-prepared first date – better than expected.

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I had my doubts about this book, but a co-worker told me to give it a chance and I’m so glad that I did. I have only read the first two books and can’t wait to pick up the rest.

4. Hot but dumb – pretty book, not so hot on the inside.

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This book is so shiny and pretty to look at. I thought it was going to be great, but sadly it wasn’t and I didn’t finish it.

5. Blind date – book you picked up not knowing anything about it.

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I had no idea what this book was about. All I knew was that it took place in the mountains. I was not disappointed with the book and it gave me all kinds of feels.

6. Speed dating – book you read super fast.

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Over 600 pages in just over a day. I’ve never read something that fast, so enough said.

7. The rebound – a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you.

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Another book that I really wanted to love, but for some reason couldn’t get into. I plan on reading it again when I’m in more of a mood for it because I hear the second one is so good.

8. Overly enthusiastic date – a book that felt like it was trying too hard.

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I felt like she was trying too hard to please everyone and I hated this book. I read the first three within days, and this one took me over two weeks to get through. It was just, eh.

9. The perfect first date – book that did everything right for you.

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I know that a lot of people find Jane Austen hard to get into. But this book is by far my all time favorite. I named my cat Mr. Darcy from crying out loud. Crazy.. maybe.

10. Humiliating first date – book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/ embarrassed to see reading in public for whatever reason.

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I am a little embarrassed that I liked these book so much. Someone at work gave them to me when I started to watch True Blood. I enjoyed them a lot, and yeah I couldn’t read them in public.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

17927395A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published : May 2016
Version Read
 : Hardback
Read More about it here.

5starFeyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

I have to say that I am very surprised at how much I LOVED this book. I’ve taken down my past review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, because I have to reread that book. While it wasn’t the most memorable book, this one blew everything I’ve read so far this year away. I read it in almost one sitting.

I have never loved a couple as much as I loved Rhy and Feyre. I mean come on, they balance each other so perfectly. I love that he lets her be herself and doesn’t try to stop her from doing the things that she really wants to do. He protects her, but not in a way that limits who she can be. Even when he thinks that she’s being stupid, he’s there to fully support her. Ah, boyfriend goals.

As much as I love those two, I loved the rest of the Inner Circle even more. They were a great blend of personalities that shouldn’t work, but they do. I loved the dynamic between them all and look forward to seeing how they grow. Feyre’s sisters on the other hand, I really hope they aren’t terrible in the third book. I still have no connection to them, but I think it’s funny that Lucian’s mate is one of them. That will be interesting to see develop.

The ending of the book broke my heart about six different times. Even though we know why it happened, I’m still sad about the ending. All I can say is that it’s the perfect set up for an even more amazing third book and I can’t wait to read it.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

13206828Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
Published : Feb 2014
Version Read
 : Paperback
Read More about it here.

3starIn this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

I really loved the first two books in this series. They were unique and so fun to read. I can’t say the same for this one. It took a really long time to get into it and I had trouble caring about the end. I’m the kind of person who has to finish a series that I’ve started, so I’ll read Winter, but it’s not on my top TBR right now.

Now I do have to say that I really like Cress. I wasn’t expecting to, since she is my least favorite fairy-tale character, but I really enjoyed reading her storyline. I almost prefer her over Cinder, almost.

The main problem I had with this book as all of the different view points. After a while they all muddled together and confusing. When I read from someone’s view point I like to stay there for a little while before switching to another one. Just as I was getting used to the voice of a character the next chapter would change to another character and I’d have to settle into them, only to have it switch again. It made it more difficult because they were all separated for most of the book.

While I like that we can see all the different sides of the story I’m afraid that in the next book adding even more characters it will be too much for me. We’ll have to wait and see on that one. I’d still recommend this book to anyone who likes the series so far or is interested in fairy-tale retelling.