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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Isla and the Happily Ever After ~Review

"A blank canvas....
has unlimited 

Back of Book:

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, √Čtienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoon worthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.
You know how I said in my previous post that you don’t have to read the Anna and the French Kiss series in order? Well you technically don’t….. but I would highly recommend reading Isla and the happily Ever After , after reading both Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, just because there are a few spoilers in this book if you read this one first.
Now, onto the review!
ISLA! OMG! She is probably one of my favorite lead ladies. As soon as we met her she made me laugh and shake my head a little. I don’t know if it’s because I can relate to her goofy nature or her clumsiness, but I love her. As I was reading, I kept thinking, that’s something I would do.  Josh, I kept wanting to hit upside the head and ask him what the heck he was doing. But in the most loving way possible!

I felt that this book was more realistic than some of the other YA's that I read. I enjoy SOAP and getting to be involved in the culture of France. (I read a lot of books that are set in Europe) I loved how their relationship developed slowly and not all at once. 
Josh and Isla just seem to work together so well. They are each other’s yin and yang, with the minor communication issue. Then again, what is life without some communication issues? ;) Josh is the very description of an artist, with the carefree attitude and getting in trouble along the way. What I didn’t expect was the family he belonged to. In all honesty, I think he was replaced by an alien and that’s why he doesn’t fit in with his family. But that’s okay. I love Alien Josh!
My favorite part was probably the cameos from the other characters from the Anna and the French Kiss series. Having their presence in the book just made the entire series come full circle. I loved it! Ah! So much! It was such a fast paced book too, I just felt like I was flying through it. When it ended, yes I wanted just a little more, but I was also so happy with how it ended that I felt it was complete and shouldn’t have anything added.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lola and the Boy Next Door ~Review

"I know you aren't perfect. 
But it's a person's imperfections 
that make them perfect
for someone else." 

Back of Book:
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.

THIS STORY WAS SO CUTE! Lola was quirky and sweet while Cricket was awkward and adorable. In all honesty, I love a good “Boy Next Door” kind of story. I think they are adorable. Call me a sucker, I definitely am, but when it comes to YA contemporary romance books, I am the biggest sucker of them all. I can’t help it. I’d blame it on my DNA, but no one else in my family is as into the cutesy romances as I am.
Lola was so funny. Her outfits were outrageous, bold and sometimes goofy. But on Lola, they just worked. Her fathers were hilarious and I couldn’t help laugh out loud at them. Then there was Cricket Bell. He was awkward  while still being attractive and mysterious. I loved the way that Lola and Cricket slowly started rebuilding their friendship. The little snippets of their past was also sweet, getting to see them as kids and finding out what happened to them along the way. 
I must have a subconscious love for ice skating as well. I can’t skate to save my life. On ice, I butt-scoot like a dog back to solid ground. But I keep finding these books that involve skating. Calliope was irritating. *I spent the entire book thinking you pronounced her name (Cali- oh- pah ) until I learned in the last chapter that it is (Ca- Lie- oh- pea) She annoyed me while I was reading but as I continued through the book it started to make sense. I actually read this book in one sitting. I didn’t mean to, it just happened. I finished around five am and then went to bed for a few hours before staring my day again.

It was enthralling. I wanted to keep reading and I couldn’t help myself from reading it in one sitting. I loved it. I was a big fan of the first book Anna and the French Kiss. When I picked up this book, I wasn’t expecting it to be a stand alone. But it is and I am so glad that it is. Lola and the Boy Next Door, doesn’t have to be read after Anna and the French Kiss, it can be read by itself. Which  is actually perfect! I don’t want this book to be a sequel. I want it to be all by itself and it is. It was beautiful and lovely and made me smile more than once.
This book it high on my favorite’s list. It defiantly broke the top ten. Whether you read it in order or not. The Anna and the French Kiss series is so worth reading! 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Clipped Wings ~Review

"Everyone has scars, Tenley. 
If we're lucky, they're only on the outside."

Back of Book: 
An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn't ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley's past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side...or run?
I really truly enjoyed this story and would highly recommend you read this. It is a fabulous contemporary romance that had my heart pitter patter-ing in good, bad, suspenseful, and steamy ways. Loved it! What I didn’t love was the cliff hanger. If you are going to read Clipped Wings, you are going to need to have Inked Armor on standby.

Before this book, I honestly didn’t find tattoos or piercings attractive…. Key word is before. After reading Clipped Wings I find that they sure can be attractive, sexy even. Hayden was probably the hottest guy I have ever read about. The way Hunting described him, not going to lie, I want him to be real. Out of all my book boyfriends, (Will Herondale, Will Cooper, Noah Hutchins, Jem Carstairs, Patch, etc.) Hayden is the most mouthwatering. *Please don't ever make this into a movie. I will be completely crushed by whoever is chosen to play Hayden. There is no way anyone can look the way Hayden does in my head. I will only be disappointed.*
Okay, enough about my new crush. HAHA. This book is rated RRRRRR, for sexual content and tension. The actual story was complex. There were so many thoughts and emotions threaded into this story. Both Hayden and Tenley have a broken past that has lead them to the people they are today. I couldn’t help but hurt for both of them. But then I was so in love with both the characters as I read. It gave a little reminder that no matter what is going on in my life it could always be worse and that I am the one who decides how I react to those events. Both Hayden and Tenley were so brave and had so much love to offer despite their past.

The book focuses more on Tenley's past than Hayden's (his is in book 2). The tragedy that Tenley' overcomes is truly amazing, I don't think I could be as strong as her. The more I learned about her, the more I was routing for her and Hayden. Hayden, our sexy tattoo artist, I have a lot of respect for him. Although he is a tattoo artist, he is hesitant about who he puts ink on, he's also not someone who backs down from a challenge. 
I love Hunting as an author, she is so good at making the secondary characters stand out and has them very developed characters. If there is one thing an author can bring to a contemporary book is realism. In life you don’t just have two people that are completely isolated from other humans. Having the secondary characters have an active role in the storyline only enhances the book. In Clipped Wings the friends and family were just as involved as Hayden and Tenley were, maybe even more important than Tenley and Hayden too. 
This is one steamy, sexy, hot, book that I would advise not reading in public unless you want everyone to see your cheeks, scarlet. Almost every chapter I read had me biting my lip and blushing. But in a good way! Despite all the steamy scenes, there was a story playing out between the pages. A story of trauma, discovery, hope and hopelessness (Yes, you can have both at the same time. Don’t argue with me.). I wasn’t expecting most of it so it was a surprising journey along the way.