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Falling for You

Falling for You - Lisa Schroeder In this book, Rae is a girl who is just getting by every day. She has troubles at home and is only looking for someone to just want her. She finds a boy, Nathan, who is everything she could want at first. The longer they're together though, the more he starts to change. As Rae's feelings change for Nathan, she looks to Leo. This causes problems with Nathan though, and soon there is more trouble than ever.

I really enjoyed this book. It could have been much more detailed. I feel like things just happened way too fast, but I think that's just because of the layout of the book. I really enjoyed Rae's character. She wasn't annoying and I didn't roll my eyes at her. I could really relate to some of the things she was going through. I also loved Leo and the way Lisa Schroeder writes, is wonderful how everything connects.

I highly suggest this book. I only rate it 4 because I wish it was longer!

Uglies (Uglies Trilogy, Book 1)

Uglies - Scott Westerfeld This book was unrealistic for me. Of course it's a science fiction type novel so it's not going to be REAL in present day, but I didn't like how fast everything moved and the relationships that happened. I felt like a relationship formed in all of one paragraph. I didn't even want to finish it, but I always finish a book because you never know the ending. It's a really great concept, but maybe could have been written better to describe scenes so I could visualize better.

Truly, Madly, Deadly

Truly, Madly, Deadly - Hannah Jayne This book was pretty good! I wouldn't say it was 5 stars like a lot of other people have said, but for a quick and mysterious read its really good! I loved the ending and even though I thought I knew for sure who the killer was it still surprised me! This would be a really good movie and I would definitely watch it. I wish the author would have went into depth more about Sawyer's relationship with Kevin though but I understand why it wouldn't have fit into the story.

Easy

Easy - Tammara Webber I finished this book in one day. It is now officially my new favorite book ever. I ALWAYS love a good damsel in distress type story. The main theme of this book is about rape which I am so glad Tammara Webber wrote about because I think more girls need to understand about it. Another reason I love this book is because it takes place in college instead of high school. The characters already pretty much know who they are as a person and are just figuring out life. I like that I can relate to their age more than a high schooler.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good love story and really passionate scenes. You know that feeling you get when you're watching a movie and an intense scene comes on and you're getting all nervous and excited? The way Tammara writes this book, I felt the same with a ton of scenes and I'm sure you will too!

Dead to You

Dead to You - Lisa McMann Okay, I admit the twist was a good one but j hate how quickly it ended. I mean it gave no closure and I feel like it should be longer or a series of books.

Imaginary Girls

Imaginary Girls - Nova Ren Suma This book was very interesting, but it didn't quite "do it" for me. In the beginning we meet Chloe and her half sister Ruby. We get a little backstory on them, but what got annoying for me was Ruby was in almost every single sentence and it just got very repetitive. To me it seems like the entire book was about her and in a way it was, but it was also about Chloe. I didn't really know where the story was heading.

The title Imaginary Girls brought lots of ideas into my head, but in the end I still really don't know what happened. I also think the characters could have been developed a little more. All the sudden Chloe didn't mind having sex, drinking, and smoking weed. I thought she was a good girl and then all the sudden she just does that. I did like where the story was going though. It was very interesting, but I still have so many questions that I feel like didn't get answered.

The Cover: I love the cover a lot. I think it's beautiful. The red ribbon symbolizes something in the book as well as the water.

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska - John Green I can't even imagine where I am supposed to begin with Looking for Alaska. This was such a great book. For one I love books that are from the point of view of a guy. I just think it's nice to read what's going on in a man's head for once instead of a girls. Secondly, this book is so much different than what I usually read and that is why I liked it.

John Green uses a different format than what is usually put into chapters. He starts from one hundred thirty-six days before and goes to one hundred and thirty-six days after which I just now realized are the same. I loved this format because you can tell that you are reading up to a climax and then reading what happens after. I of course will not tell you what the climax is as I was in complete shock as to what it was. There was only one hint of foreshadowing of what happened and it came a paragraph after.

Looking for Alaska just has left me with so many thoughts that I will still be thinking about it tomorrow. The characters are so different from what I've read and I love all of the nicknames in the book. Everywhere there is guessing and lessons to be learned. I was sad when it ended because I wanted to know more. It was just a perfect book to me and that surprises me because of how different it is from the other ones I think are perfect.

Also, John Green is a fantastic writer as well as Vlog Brother. I watched John and Hank on YouTube even before I knew he was an amazing author. They are so hilarious and witty and I hope you check them out.

Return to Paradise

Return to Paradise - Simone Elkeles In this book we continue to read about Caleb and Maggie's story that started in Leaving Paradise. This books is really an emotional roller coaster. It just seems like the two companions can't seem to get it right. They love each other, yet they still continue to hurt each other. In my mind I don't understand why they say and do the things they do sometimes because they know they love each other so why not just love each other? Who cares if you've got all this other stuff going on, just be with each other and help each other through it. Of course there were some major secrets that couldn't be revealed especially about the accident, so that stirred up some drama with the two.

The ending was very cute and romantic though so that's one part I really loved. I gave this a 3 because I just wasn't as into it as other books of hers I have read but I do love their relationship when they are together!

The Cover: The book cover is just kind of "eh." Also, I really don't think it's the same girl on this cover that's on the Leaving Paradise cover so it kind of confused me.

Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry Novels)

Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles Simone has done it once again. This was such a great book to the end of the series. I love how this is such an easy read, yet it's so detailed especially the steamy romantic parts. I would have to say this is my favorite book out of the trilogy. It is set up just like the other two but of course with Luis's and Nikki's story. I think they are my favorite couple because I could somehow relate to Nikki and what she went through. I also like that Luis wasn't like his brothers but he is still a Fuentes so he's gotta do what he's gotta do.

I did get mad at Nikki multiple times because of some decisions she made about Luis, but this is why I love Simone's writing. She really captures what it would be like in real life. Some of the conversations are awkward and just like you would think it would be as a 17 and 18 year old. One last thing I loved was that Alex and Carlos were both in this book a lot and I loved learning about their families.

The Cover: Okay, probably my favorite cover besides Perfect Chemistry. I mean, wouldn't you like to get in a shower and kiss your other like no one was watching? Seriously. You'll also learn more about the shower in the book!

Undercurrent: A Siren Novel (Siren Novels)

Undercurrent - Tricia Rayburn This book was just as great as the first one. There is so much action and mystery I love it! One thing I am getting tired (and not just in this book) are love triangles. Eventually I realize in this book why the love triangle is happening and what is going on, but I still feel like every book needs a love triangle since the Twilight series. Anyways, I gave this 4 stars because of the ending. I really disliked what happened at the end and to me it just really didn't conclude the story. I understand that this is a series but it wasn't that much of a cliffhanger either. I like leaving a book satisfied but I guess since it's a series I need to wait for the next one :) One thing Tricia Rayburn really knows how to describe are make-out scenes and the feelings the characters have for one another. You really feel like your in Vanessa's body experiencing what is happening or feeling. This is really a great read!

Illusions (Wings)

Illusions - Aprilynne Pike I love the Wings series mainly for the faeries and the love triangle. I hadn't read the first two books in awhile, but I quickly remembered all about them after beginning Illusions. There is just the right amount of love, romance, fights, and everything that are in the first two. Something finally happened with the love triangle and although it's still not resolved, I can't wait to see what happens in the last one. In Illusions, it revolves around finding out who Yuki really is and what Klea really wants. The ending is where it just gets started. I wasn't too fond of the ending, but it really is appropriate to start the next book. I love Tamani so much, the way he just wants to protect Laurel and he loves her so much more!

Elixir

Elixir - Hilary Duff, Elise Allen I had heard amazing reviews of this book and I don't know why I waited so long to read it. Hilary Duff is one of my all time favorites ever since Lizzie McGuire. I was all about Hilary. Her and her co-author, Elise Allen wrote a marvelous story about a girl in the middle of a mystery and a love triangle. In the beginning, I thought it was going to be so predictable what was going to happen but as I kept reading there were more twists and turns! Those stories are my favorite. Of course everyone always picks a side when there is a love triangle and I thought I had my side picked out and by the end I just couldn't decide anymore. I am so glad that this is a series because it's fantastic and I can't wait to see what else Hilary and Elise come up with. In Elixir the story is just getting started.

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)

Mockingjay - Collins Suzanne The last book of this series was great, but I did expect it to be better. To me, I felt like the beginning was very slow and I just couldn't get into it until almost halfway through. The main reason I like reading Young Adult literature is because of the relationships. Now, I know that not every book needs that damsel in distress and Katniss is amazing and so strong at who she is, but I really felt like this book was more based on the politics of Panem and the Capitol instead of rebuiling the relationship with the ones she loves, when it came down to it in the end, I feel the ending was very quick and rushed. Aside from all of that, I did come to terms with what the ending was and there were a very twists to the story that really got my attention. After getting through a certain point in the book, I just couldn't put it down!!

Immortal Beloved

Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan I rarely ever give 1/2 stars to books, but I couldn't choose between a 3 and a 4. It's a series so as the first book of course there was a cliffhanger ending which makes me feel unfulfilled, but I can understand why that was considering there are multiple books. The reason I gave this rating is because I thought it was maybe too informational. I felt like the book just went on and on about things that I really didn't care too much about. Don't get me wrong: it's a good book. I like how Cate Tiernan wrote about immortals. They aren't vampires or werewolves, it's something different and an entire new world so it's fun to learn about their culture and history. I just thought that I needed more interaction with characters and less about the main character, Nastasya. We really don't start figuring everything out until the end and by that time, the book is over and we have to wait for the next. I'd still give it a try because I bet the next book will be just as good.

Nothing Like You

Nothing Like You - Lauren Strasnick At first I tried reading this story and just wasn’t that into it, but then after a second attempt, I finished it in about 5 hours. Holly was a kind of person you could relate to, except for the fact that she was very naïve about Paul (one of her love interests). I mean, shouldn’t she know that if a guy is cheating on his girlfriend with you that means he’s a bad guy? That you need to cross him off your list?

Throughout the book I thought Paul was kind of creepy. He would randomly come to Holly’s window and took advantage of her a lot of times. Who I really loved though was Nils, Holly’s best guy friend. I have always loved the best friend relationship. It was kind of predictable right when Holly introduced us to Nils in the beginning, but it was still nice to get to know about him.
In all, this was a light summer read.

The Cover: The cover is really light and airy. I like how the sun shines behind her.

You Wish

You Wish - Mandy Hubbard Okay, the first thing I thought of while beginning this book was the new Disney Channel movie that came out called, 16 Wishes. It has almost the exact same concept…except the book is a lot better.
I like that You Wish is from a girl who’s not popular and not just an average girl. There is so much irony. For example, when you describe Kayla as being into converses and fishnet stockings, you wouldn’t think of pink as her favorite color which is what the cover of the book suggests (which, by the way, has a cupcake on it – um, yes!). As you get into the book, you realize her wishes have something to do with this.

Kayla is hilarious and I laughed so much throughout this book. The author, Mandy Hubbard, really has a grip on the thinking process and lives of teenage girls. She gets all of the pop-culture references correct which there are a lot of and I love! My favorite quote from Kayla is when she thinks, “Oh no, he didn’t.”

This book keeps you on your toes trying to guess what the next wish is since she doesn’t even know herself. Along the way, Kayla finds out who she truly is. The only problem is that it ended kind of suddenly. I wanted to know more about Ben and Kayla’s relationship and about her dad. Other than that, I think it’s a great light read. I read this book in less than a day.

The Cover: Well first of all there’s a cupcake on the cover so of course this drew my attention. The only thing I don’t like is the purple pony. In the book, it’s a pink pony so I guess I’m just kind of confused. I also like how the candle is blown out and the title of the book is in smoke.