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review 2015-02-07 00:00
Fan Girl (Los Rancheros, #1)
Fan Girl (Los Rancheros, #1) - Brandace Morrow Ugh! Started so strong and then just fell apart. Op about half way through there is no conflict, just a play-by-play of everything the characters are doing, eating and what they are wearing. Sorry, just couldn't keep going. It was a bummer too because Deklan and Ali were strong leads. Ali had an interesting and believable backstory. The first bit might have worked as a novella that could have ended after they got together.
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review 2014-12-31 08:01
Aoleon, Martian Girl
Aoleon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 1 First Contact - Brent LeVasseur,Brent LeVasseur

The photos in this book are unreal!

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review 2014-12-30 20:21
Aoleon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 1 First Contact - Brent LeVasseur,Brent LeVasseur

Aoleon The Martian Girl is a middle grade sci fi story. This review is for part one of the book. I don't usually review this genre but thought I would give it a try. I really liked it and think that most children, boys or girls would enjoy the book. The main character is a Gilbert, young farm boy from Nebraska and a young Martian girl. 

There are crop circles appearing in Mr.Johnson's fields and he thinks that Gilbert is the culprit, but that is not the case but Gilbert goes to investigate and finds Aoleon, a Martian girl just sitting within the crop circle. Now this is most peculiar as Gilbert has never seen such a thing as crop circles let alone a Martian girl. His curiosity is piqued though so he goes along with her on her saucer. Of course any young child enjoys a good adventure and so does Gilbert. I think it will be fun to see what adventures await him with Aoleon in the next chapters.

The book is illustrated, by the author, and the pictures are very vivid and imaginative that will be sure to delight the reader. I think at this age pictures that go along with the story are a great thing. It gives the childs imagination something to give them an insight into the story.

Source: celticladysreviews.blogspot.com/2014/12/aoleon-martian-girl-by-brent-levasseur.html
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review 2013-12-05 02:26
Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl 

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: St. Martin's Press, 2013

433 pages

 

Goodreads synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

 

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

 

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

 

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

 

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

 

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

 

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

 

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

 

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

 

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

 

I love the presentation of this book. The font and the colours of the book are eye catching and the cartoon picture is extremely adorable. At the beginning of every chapter there is a little excerpt from the Simon Snow novels or Cath's fan fiction which is a really nice added detail.

I have never had a book feel more real to me. The struggles and challenges that Cath faces are so believable and I'm sure have happened to lots of people. College and family are issues that people have issues with all the time and I think this book could really help people know that they are not alone. It is a bit of a long book, but it is so fast paced that it doesn't take long to read at all. 

The originality of this book is so fresh and was so needed, it was nice to meet new characters that I know will stay with me.

 

As main characters we have:

Cather and Wren Avery: 18 year old twins who are in their first year of college. Both are major Simon Snow fans, though Wren is slowly drifting away from it. 

Art Avery: The girls dad.

Reagan: Cath's roommate who loves to go out and party and loves being mean to Cath, even though they are great friends.

Levi: One of Reagan's best guy friends, who is always over at Reagan and Cath's room. 21 years old and works at Starbucks. Happiest and nicest boy in the world. 

After reading this book, I feel like these characters are my friends, as if they actually exist and I am just waiting to receive a text from them. The thing I loved most was that all the characters had imperfections, their lives were nowhere near perfect. They all had challenges to overcome and fought their way through. Which brings to character development. Every one of our characters showed development by the end of the book which was very surprising, and so very nice. I really wish there was more to the book to see what happens to all of them. Levi was hands down my favourite character. He was so compassionate and caring, and an amazing friend who was always there when needed. He was so cheery and smiled so much, I kept catching myself smiling because of him. 

 

Rowell's writing style is impeccable, flawless. When I read Eleanor & Park, while I did not like Eleanor, I could not deny the fabulous writing. Everything flows and falls perfectly into place. I didn't write down any of my favourite quotes, but if I had I'm sure it would have been about 3/4 of the book. 

 

I rated this book an easy 5/5. A new favorite of mine for sure. I would easily recommend this book to everyone, I think everyone could get enjoyment out of it. 

 

Now I cannot wait to read Attachments, which is her adult novel. And I plan to read anything that Rowell writes in the future.

 

Let me know what you thought if you have read this book. 

 

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review 2013-03-26 00:00
Fan Girl
Fan Girl - Marla Miniano Fan Girl - Marla Miniano When the idea got into my head to pick up Fan Girl and give it a try, I was thinking this was going to be a story where this girl who is an incredibly obsessive fan of a guy celebrity or something would be traveling everywhere he goes in the hopes of being noticed and finally be loved by this guy. Not exactly what happened but my thoughts were close enough.Fan Girl introduces readers to Summer, a girl who was so used to blending in and going about her day without anything out of the ordinary. Then comes Scott Carlton, the half-Filipino frontman of a hot local band. Summer cannot believe that she manages to catch the attention of such a hot guy. Ah, life couldn’t be anything but great… or so she thought. Opportunity knocks on Scott’s door and he snags a record label in the US, and Summer is determined to be with Scott no matter what…I’m not sure what I think about Summer. She’s the typical protagonist, meek and uninteresting. The “I have no idea that I’m pretty” or whatever is kind of getting old, but there are times that she reminds me so much of myself when I was younger, or as I like to call it – my dark days. LOL. Although, I’ve never been as delusional as her but still…You see, when Summer got involved with Scott and she had the idea that, as she said it: “With guys like Scott – you took what you could get, and you didn’t complain,” at some point in my life, I did this. She went blind in hopes that things will get better with a rock star – I thought the same thing a while back when I dated a jock. Thinking with all the busy schedule the guy is going through, I didn’t want to be a burden, I didn’t want to stress him out with my wants and demands, what’s worse is that I never did clarify if we were official or not. So yeah, I was dirt and he was a jerk. And yeah, he cheated, just the same. But that’s a long story so I’ll leave it at that.I guess the significance of Summer just made me understand her – even though I wanted to slap some sense into her over her decisions, I get how blinded she was. I’m not saying it’s right (in fact it was very, very wrong) but I get it. Even though it is true that Summer is to be blamed for all that she went through, I don’t believe that it’s entirely her fault. Scott should not have led her on to begin with. A guy like Scott would know that this girl would be expecting, would have hopes of something, and obviously has feeling for him, but he chose to keep mum about it, and I think that alone is enough to say that he took advantage of this girl’s weakness. I just don’t agree with the fact that he got away unscarred (not literally… okay, maybe I want to hurt him a little. Okay… maybe a lot!). Things aren’t all that black and white; I just wish I’d seen this guy get a fall out at some point... Do I sound vengeful? Anyway, Fan Girl isn’t really something I haven’t seen before, but I had fun reading it. There are lessons in love that you can learn from Summer so that’s a good thing too. For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com
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