Posted in Book blogger

BOOK REVIEW: Lola And The Boy Next Door

BOOK TITLE: LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR

AUTHOR: STEPHANIE PERKINS

PUBLISHED: 2011

GENRE: FICTION

STANDALONE – SECOND BOOK IN THE SERIES



Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more sparkly, more fun, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect in Lola’s world, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend. That is, until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt and anguish that Lola thought was long buried.
   So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

“I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be the same person everyday.”

Lola is a seventeen year old girl with a crazy personality. She’s one character that will stick in my mind. Mostly because of her style sense. I love that she is confident and brave enough to be herself.

At the beginning of the book, Lola is dating an older guy who is a rock singer, Max. Lola has had a crush on Cricket for a long time but after one humiliating and misunderstood experience and his sudden move, she chose to resent him. Tucked away her feelings in a box and starts dating a twenty two year old Max who is a lead singer in his rock band.

Cricket comes back and suddenly she feels confused and tangled up in a web. She loves Max but she also have feelings for Cricket.

Cricket... Tall, blue eyes, hair sticking in all directions and related to Graham Bell. He’s somewhat of a science geek, honest and a really nice guy.

He loves Lola and appreciates her for who she is. He’s also respectful to Lola and everyone around him, and that’s a good personality

Max…He’s your typical bad boy, rocker dude, tattooed skin. Some people would claim that his lyrics are ‘angry’. He cared about Lola but he didn’t respect her friends claiming they were too young and immature for him to hang out with.

In the novel, the age gap between Lola and Max is frowned upon. One of the reasons is because Lola is not yet eighteen and Max isn’t exactly the responsible type.

Stephanie Perkins did a good job with this one though there were some bits I didn’t quite like. I should add that she makes a horrible break up scene. It left me quite speechless but she made up for it I guess with how cute the story turned out to be.

With the way the society is growing more, a lot of authors tries to make their books diverse to reach across different readers and I think she did a good job with it.

This novel explores the theme of first love, friendship, protective parent/guardian, indecisiveness, being who you are and how important it is not to make assumptions on something you think happened or someone.

Read the review of the first book in this series

/Anna and the French kiss

Advertisements
Posted in Book blogger

BOOK REVIEW: Anna And The French Kiss

BOOK TITLE: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

AUTHOR: STEPHANIE PERKINS

PUBLISHED: 2010

GENRE: FICTION

STANDALONE – FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES



Anna had everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it was finally going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.
   But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself  making new friends, including Étienne St. Clair, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for
?

CHARACTERS

Anna: Like every main character, she had her flaws and insecurities – afraid of being alone and according to Josh “She abandons her friend” but she’s pretty much, a typical teenage. Sent to Paris by her father to finish her senior year of high school and resenting him for it.

Anna loves movies and writes reviews on them on her website. She hopes to be a popular movie critic which I found relatable because, I love books and write about them on my blog.

She’s fun, attractive but for me she’s a pretty forgettable character.

Étienne St. Clair: Étienne or should I say St. Clair, since Anna is the only one who is allowed to call him that and his mum, he’s my favourite character. Most books I read, the male main character is always about six feet tall and the girl about 5’something inches. The girl has to raise her head to look at his eyes and the boy has to look down at her. .

St. Clair is short but ‘he doesn’t carry himself like a short person’. He is really cute, attractive, charming and charismatic. He has The aura around him that you can’t help but love him.

He is afraid to take a risk though with his mother being sick and coming in terms with his true feelings for Anna.

Rashmi and Josh:

The story was told from Anna point of view so I didn’t get to know much of their relationship like I would have liked to. Like Josh, he always skipped classes and got detention but at the same time, he’s a really talented artist and I wanted to know more of what was going on with him. Though we are made to know that it’s because his friends are living school.

My first impression of Rashmi was ‘oh that bithchy girl’. Just like Anna, the first impression was cleared and I learn that’s she’s actually smart, a great and supportive friend.

Meredith: When I started this book I was scared that Meredith would turn out to be one of those girls  who are like, “you dare like a boy that I’ve been crushing on since forever and tried to move things further with him, so i hate you for all eternity.” But she turned out to be real sweet, forgiving and a good friend. I love the fact that she didn’t let the relationship between Anna and St. Clair to affect her friendship with either one of them.

“I bought you love poetry! ‘I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.’”

There were a lot of misunderstanding which Stephanie Perkins used to drive the plot forward. At the beginning of the book, St. Clair had a girlfriend – Ellie who he have been with for a while and Anna had a guy she was interested with back in America – Toph. I think its worthy to add that I didn’t space out (I.e didn’t get bored) while reading this book.

This book is the type of book I would always recommend to a friend. I love its simplicity, every page was beautiful and it was thrilling to watch as young love blossom.

With this book, I know I would definitely start reading more of Stephanie Perkins.

* * *
Have you read this book? Do you plan to? Do tell me what you think about anything and everything.

Posted in Beautiful words, Book blogger

Book Quotes: Romance Edition #2

via WordPress for Windows app.

When I first posted the

Book Quotes: Romance Edition

I was really skeptical about how it would be received. I had half a mind not to press the publish button, thinking 😔 my readers might see it as a bunch load of craps. But I got a few positive comments on that post and that just gave me a sort of confidence, so I’m doing it again. This is also my way to share my love for books and appreciate how beautiful words can be.


 
1.

“And when you’ve known that kind of love, to endure the creeping passage of time without it is to live a half life where nothing ever feels real.”

Awake at Dawn

2

“‘I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.’”

– St.Clair, Anna and the French kiss.


3

“You aren’t a flower, you’re every blossom in the wood blooming at once. You are a tidal wave. You’re a stampede. You are overwhelming.”

– Matthias, Crooked Kingdom

4

“Our magic understood each other, deep down – just as our souls did.”

– Rowan, Empire of Storms.



5
 
“Meeting you was a disaster…“But I am grateful every day for that disaster. I needed a cataclysm to shake me from the life I knew. You were an earthquake, a landslide.”

– Matthias, Crooked Kingdom.

6

His lips crushed into hers, and he said onto her mouth, dropping words more precious than rubies and emeralds and sapphires into her heart, her soul, “I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you, no time I need. Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.”

– Rowan, Empire of Storms



7

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. He will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”

Six of Crows

8

“Some of us love too hard. Some of us don’t seem to be able to hold that vital piece of ourselves back.”

– Burned (The Fever Series)

9

“The moment her lips touched his lips for the first time, he felt it. He felt a shift somewhere deep inside, somewhere hidden and covered in dust. It was completely untouched since he could remember, likely forever. She awakened him, brought him light and laughter and longing and he knew from the moment her mouth found his. He would never be the same.”

– Before


10

““I would come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together.”

– Kaz Bekker, Crooked Kingdom.

* * *

So that’s it for today. What quote did you like best? Have you read any of these books? Do make sure to tell me what you think about everything and anything.
  

Posted in Book blogger

Wonder Woman Book Tag

via WordPress for Windows app.

Hey guys, I’ve been tagged! I’m happy I finally got around to do it.

Thanks a lot to Angelica @ http://thebookcovergirls.wordpress.com for nominating me. Definitely check out her blog.

okay, here we go.



FANTASY ISLAND: A BOOK SETTING YOU WANT TO ESCAPE TO….


Ann Jacobus’s Romancing The Dark in the City of the light.

The book is set in Paris and that’s one place I would really like to escape to.

LONDON: A HYPED BOOK THAT LET YOU DOWN…


Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments. A friend of mine would always talk about this book, so I decided to get it. I was very disappointed in it and I don’t think I can tell why without giving spoilers. I couldn’t finish the series, I stop reading when I got to the third book.

STEVE TREVOR: A BOOK THAT HAS A BEAUTIFUL COVER AND A GREAT STORY (I.E GOOD PERSONALITY)…

This was a really hard pick and I got struck with

Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Wings and Ruin.
And Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You.


Of all the books in the ACOTAR series, I think the ACOWAR book has the cutest covers and even with a few bumps, it’s a great book.

The cover of Me Before You, is also really cute and if you’ve read the book, you would know it’s also a scene for the actual story.
Think back to when Louise wore that red dress and she sat on Will’s lap and they were dancing together on his chair.


LASSO ; TRUTH: A BOOK YOU HATED
…

Hate is a pretty strong word. I won’t say I hate this book but I didn’t like it.


Shana Vanterpool’s Under the Peaches

When I started this book, I was enjoying it because it had this theme of a teacher and student falling in love, so I was thinking Vampire Academy. As I read on, I got annoyed with almost every decisions the both main characters were making, and it just turn me off.

WONDER WOMAN’S SHIELD: A BOOK SO SAD THAT YOU NEED A SHIELD…

Anna Todd’s After.

This book made me cry and laugh, made me sad and happy. It’s one of my favourite books. Though sometimes I read hateful rant about this book, it doesn’t bother me because people relate to different things differently. Anyways, I will definitely recommend it.

ARES: A VILLAIN THAT IS SCARY BUT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO HATE THEM…

The Darkling from the Grisha Trilogy

For all his crimes the Darkling had love his country (Ravka), and he’d wanted its love in return.

THE AMAZONS: A BOOK THAT YOU WISH HAD MORE/BETTER LGBT+ REPRESENTATION…

Hmmm


JUSTICE LEAGUE: WHICH SUPERHEROES BOOK FRIENDS DO YOU TAG…

The Book Cover Girls…click the link to read Angelica’s Wonder woman book tag

So I nominate  

Flavia the Biblophile

The cursed books

Stellar Kittens Book Reviews

And anyone who wants to do this this tag.

Have fun.

* * *

Posted in Beautiful words, Book blogger

Book Quotes: Romance Edition

via WordPress for Windows app.

One thing I love about writers is their ability to weave and manipulate words to create something beautiful. To create worlds that you live in your head. To tell stories, that sometimes you forget that they are not real. You laugh and cry, on paper and ink.

Sometimes when you’re reading a book and you get to one point and you are like “awww, so sweet.” You just get the feels.

So in this blog post, I will be sharing with you some of my favourite book quotes. And like you seeing on the title of this post, it’s a romance edition.

1

“He messed up everything, he really did. He had nothing to lose and I did, I let him take everything from me. My life before him was so simple and decided, now after him…it’s just…after.”

– Anna, After.

2

“You make me happy but you also make me miserable, angry and most of all, you make me insane.”

-Hardin, After.

3

“For a moment, a blinding, blistering wrath shot through him. It was instinct to lunge for her hands, to touch the face that remained downturned.”

– Queen of Shadows

4

“Next time we save the world, we do it together.”

-Rowan, Queen of Shadows

5

“You make me want to live, Aelin Galathynius. No exist- but live. I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to wastelands, never settling, never stopping – not for one moment. I was always looking towards the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think, I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”

– Rowan, Queen of shadows

6

“The icy finality in her tone made me craved. I could deal when discussion when sideways. I could switch and spin strategy on the fly. What i couldn’t handle was when my grip on Eva slipped.”

– Gideon, The Crossfire series

7
“We try to do what’s right, or rather, what others say is right. But sometimes when that goes against who we are…we have to choose. As I watched all the problems you were struggling with, I realised how much you meant to me. It changed everything and I was worried about you – so, so worried. You have no idea. And it was useless to try to act like I could ever put any Moroi life above yours. It’s not going to happen no matter how wrong others say it is. And so I decided that’s something I have to deal with. Once I made that decision…there was nothing to hold us back.”

– Dimitri Belikov, the Vampire Academy series.

8

“Everything I’d fought for, for every challenge, every victory…all of it was empty if anything happened to him. Without him I wouldn’t have had the courage to become the person I was. Without him, I wouldn’t have realised what it truly was to live and love. Centrum Permanebit. He was my center, and there was nothing I wouldn’t do, nothing I wouldn’t give up, to keep him safe.”

– Sydney, The Bloodline series.

9

“It was kind of like hearing a new song on the radio you instantly love. Completely unfamiliar, but it sets your soul on fire. Like it was written just for you, and you want to sing at the top of your lungs even if you don’t know the words. That’s how it feels with him.”

– Felicity, Paper Hearts.

10

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil dared to fall in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – this was not their world.”

– Days of Blood and Starlight

* * *

So which quote did you love the most? Did you enjoy reading through it. I love to know what you think about anything and everything.

Posted in Blog, Book blogger

Justice League Movie Book Tag

I have always wanted to do a book tag. I’m a fan of The book Cover Girls blog, so when I saw she created a book tag and I thought why not? So in anticipation for the release of the movie and because we love all things superheroes presenting the Justice League Movie Book tag.

The Rules:

  • Copy these rules onto your post
  • Mention creators of the tag:Angelica and Rosie @TheBookCoverGirls and link to the original post 
  • Mention and thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
  • Answer all the questions
  • Since there were originally seven members in the Justice League, tag 7 people
  • Also, you can use the images provided, but don’t have to if you don’t want to
  • Have fun with it!

Batman: You favorite anti-hero


I’m the kind of girl that actually likes Villains. My favourite right now is Cercei Lanister from the Game of Throne series. She’s ruthless, totally badass, fiercest and she would do anything to protect the people she loves, even burn Kingdoms to the ground. Though I find the fact that she sleeps with her brother very and utterly disgusting. I would never be in support of that. 

AquamanA book or character that turned out to be better than you expected (because let’s be real, we did not expect Khal Drogo to make Aquaman cool)

Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey. This is one of my favourite books now, but I didn’t expect to like it that much when the book started with Audrey’s mother acting crazy and threatening to throw her brother’s laptop out the window. Anyways, Kinsella did a great job with this one.

Wonder Woman: Most badass female character (not necessarily in a physical way through

Rose Hathaway of the Vampire Academy. I love Rose and I think she’s totally badass with her never ending sassy comments, fiercest loyalty and did I mention she kills Strigoi like flies.

CYBORGFavorite science fiction novel


I don’t really read a lot of Science fiction novels and if I do, I end up not finishing the series, most times. So I ll go with Veronica Roth’s Divergent.

The Flash: A book you sped through

There are a lot but I’m letting Stephen Cybosky’s The Perks of being a Wallflower win this one. The novel is brilliantly written and I got emotional reading it because I felt so much for Charlie.

Superman: Saddest character death (although we all know there’s no way Superman is going to stay dead)

    SPOILER ALERT!

Jojo Moyes’Me Before You. Will’s death made me cry. And I felt worst when I read the sequel and discovered he had a daughter. I get the reason why he had to do it but it still wasn’t enough.

Nominees

Anyone who wants to do this tag. Remember it’s just for fun, so don’t over think it.

Have you read any of these books? Do you plan to? Tell me what you think about anything and everything.

Have a lovely day,

Nessa.

Posted in Book blogger

Top 5 Wednesday: Books featuring a Paranormal Creature

Hey guys, so today on T5W we are to mention books featuring a paranormal creature of our choice. In my head, it was a close tie between Fae and Vampires but I’m letting the Vampires win this one.

So Here are five of my favorite Vampire novels.

1.Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy: 

Words can’t justified how much I love this book. This series is my favorite series ever. No matter what anyone says, it’s a 5-star for me. It was the first paranormal/fantasy book I read and I actually lay my hands on it last year. The storyline is unique and the characters are totally badass.

2. Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines:

This series immediately follows the Vampire Academy. It has that forbidden love thing going on. The book started a bit boring for me but as events start to kick up, I can boldly say I love the series.

3. Ellen Schreiber’s Vampire Kisses: 



One of my favorite Vampire books. When I read the first book in the series, it was love at first page. And I wonder why I still haven’t finish the whole series.

4. Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight: 

No need to go into this one. I think almost everyone knows the Twilight saga. 

5. Morgan Rice’s Vampire Journals

This series is on this list but it’s not really one of my favourite books. It started off really well but then it pretty much starts to annoys  me. Mostly because the series is too long and they always had to go back in time and back in time.

* * *

T5W is a meme on Good reads created by Samantha

Have you read any of these book here? Do you plan to? What do you think? Tell me what you think  about anything and everything.