Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Hey, y'all! Guess what day it is! IT'S WEDNESDAY! You can probably tell by the title.....or the giant banner...! Keep reading for the book I'm waiting on this Wednesday! :D
My pick this week:

Title:To All the Boys I've Loved before

Publication: April 22nd 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters…

Guys.....I WANT THIS BOOK! The summary is so small, yet so interesting! I wanna read it SO bad! But I have to wait until next year! GAHHHHH!! >.<

Anyway, are you as excited for this book as much as I am? Do you find it even a tiny bit interesting? What are you waiting on this Wednesday? :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 29th 2011 by Dutton Books
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive 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, 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.

Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

My thoughts: 
     I am so gitty because of this book! I was one lucky person, when I found this book at the bargain store for only $1.99. I was about to go to Barnes and Noble to buy this exact book, but I stopped at the bargain store, and there it was!
   A little about the story: Every outfit Lola wears is over the top, and magnificent. Why? Because she's an aspiring costume designer. Lola's life is great. She's dating a hot rocker boyfriend, she has big plans for her winter formal, and her future is even bigger. Everything is perfect....until the Bell twins move back into the house next door. As they step back into Lola's life, all her plans start falling apart, and she, once again, finds herself falling for the boy next door.
     Lola.....Lola, Lola, Lola, Lola, Lola.......I wish I had you as a friend! I really liked Lola. Her crazy outfits were super cool, and her imagination is big! If you read the book, you can tell Lola has some problems. Her mom is a wreck, her parents are super strict, and she had a few opinions about her body image. Some of her problems are normal teen things, though. I felt i could relate to her just a little. I also loved her personality. she was fun to be around! And she wasn't afraid to show who she really was. I got a little irritated when she didn't just admit she loved Cricket. It took until 2/3 of the book, for her to confess she loved him. This was me through out most of the book:

     And Cricket...Oh, Cricket! How I wish he was mine! Lately, I've had a thing for the nice guy in alot of books! But I'm pretty sure alot of people love Cricket. It's inevitable! I loved how he was totally devoted to Lola the whole time. He Loved her ever sense they were kids, and still loved her after all the problems that happened! And he has a Fashion sense, so that's a plus!
     I found the writing really good! The reviews on good reads are all over the place, so my opinion might be different from the next person, but I personally loved the first book, as well as the second.  
     In a nutshell, this book was great! Not only do you get a great new set of characters, but a few known character show up! Characters by the names of Anna, and St. Clair! Yup, they're in this book! And they're Lola's friends! They don't play a big part in the book, though. They're more like the icing to the cake.
P.S.:Can't wait for the last book! I'm a bit irritated at the cover changes, though! Not good for a girl with OCD!


“So do you believe in second chances?" I bite my lip.
"Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right," he adds.
"If the person is... Lola?"
This time, he holds my gaze. "Only if the other person is Cricket.” 
― Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door

“Perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring."
I smile. "You don't think I'm perfect?"
"No. You're delightfully screwy, and I wouldn't have you any other way.” 
― Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door

“What just happened?"
"Your father invited the former love of your life in for pie."
"Yeah, that's what I thought.” 
― Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door

“Remember that day I made you the elevator?” he suddenly asks.
I give him a faint smile. “How could I forget?”
“That was the day I had my first kiss.”
My smile fades.
“I’m better now,” He sets the apple beside me. “At kissing, just so you know.” 
― Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Josie Griffin is NOT a Vampire by Heather Swain

Josie Griffin is NOT a Vampire 
by Heather Swain
Published September 13th 2012 by Speak
A hilarious take on the paranormal trend--Twilight meets The Breakfast Club!

When former good girl turned rebel Josie Griffin gets busted for what was in her mind perfectly acceptable revenge on her cheating dog of a boyfriend, she lands herself in anger management therapy. It could be worse: it could be juvvie, or she could be a zombie cheerleader like the rest of her former friends. But there's something strange about therapy--these are not normal kids. There's the wannabe ladies man with a weird accent, Johann; the blindingly gorgeous Helios; Avis with his wild dreads; and Tarren, the sprite of a girl with a wicked temper. And all of them keep talking about "powers." Josie knows that has to be impossible, but strange things start happening, and nothing weird ever happens in Indiana. After all, there's no such things as vampires, werewolves, Greek gods, or fairies . . . right?

Rate: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

     This book was super small! Only 272 pages. Yet, it took me a while to completely read the book.. 2 weeks to be exact. Why? It wasn't a very well known book.  It didn't have many written out reviews on goodreads, so I blew it off a ton! 
     I specifically remember looking at it at Barnes & Noble, picking it up, then calmly setting it down thinking, "Hmm...maybe not this one". Then, my mom took me to the bargain store, and there it was......for only $1.99. I thought, "HEY, WHY NOT?!?!" (Funny how my mind completely changed, once the price went down. LOL)
     Anyway, the book was actually quite good.
     Josie is just a regular (human) girl, who just went throw a tough breakup. By tough, I mean her boyfriend hooked up with her best friend, & her other best friend knew about it the whole time and didn't tell her a thing. And bashing in his windshield, didn't do anything but land her in anger-management therapy. 
     Just when her life couldn't get any worse (or weirder for that matter), all the kids in her anger management class seem to think they're make-believe creatures. And they think Josie is too.
     The book starts off with Josie going to court. I didn't really know how I felt about Josie at first. she explains how she used to be a "good" girl. She used to be a cheerleader, got good grades, followed the rules and did what her parents told her. But that all changes when she catches her boyfriend cheats on her.  She quits the cheerleading team, stops wearing the same clothes, starts doing what she wants, and I kinda felt like she was.......fake? The way she does a 180 on her personality confused me, and made me wounder, which one is the real Josie? 
     As I read on, I started warming up to her. But My favorite character has GOT to be Johann. He is super hilarious. But I loved all of the characters. Helios was charming, yet he had a bit of bad boy in him. Avis, the wear, was awesome as well,(SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) and I couldn't stop laughing when it's revealed that he isn't a werewolf, but instead is a were chicken. And who couldn't love the little read-headed Terran. All her spells were funny and left me wishing I had magic.
     I just wish there was more romance in the book. Josie and Helios don't actually start there little crush until about the middle of the book, and even then, all they did was kiss. JUST.ONE.KISS. I WANTED MORE! LOL
     All in all, this book was a funny and I loved.  I deducted a point and a half for Josie's weird stars, and because of the little romance this book has. But this book was great! Keep in mind this book is lighthearted, so don't expect any super serious stuff. 


“There goes the world's wimpiest vampire.” 
― Heather SwainJosie Griffin is Not a Vampire