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P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) - Jenny Han

This is book #2, in the To All The Boys I've Loved Before series. This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For complete understanding of the series, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Lara Jean's story continues as she navigates high school, loving boys, and family obligations.  At the heart of her she is serious, and honest.  Her back and forth with Peter is challenged in this installment by the appearance of John.

 

Peter is trying to understanding the changes and speed of life.  When his love becomes a triangle he is so confused and angry.  Mostly he is hurt that it was even possible.  Sure, he stays in touch and tries to help his ex, Genevieve.  He never thought Laura Jean would walk away.

 

This book was so full of action I actually read it twice.  The pace is rather fast once it gets going, and the characters are all caught up in the action that consists of high school and getting ready for later in life.  I love the banter, and there is such a sweet heat between the main characters I am rooting for them!  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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text 2014-06-16 14:40
Reading progress update: I've read 114 out of 252 pages.
Mystery of the Haunted Mine - Gordon D. Shirreffs

Read this back in fifth(?) grade, had a copy but lost it in a move but Ebay came through and now I have another. It was written for a young reader and I know the outcome but I am still enjoying it.

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review 2014-01-30 17:53
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Linger - Maggie Stiefvater

I was so excited about this book when I finished Shiver. I just could not wait for it to come out. By the time it got here, a lot of the excitement had worn off. By the time I actually started reading I had to remember what was even going on in this story. None of that is really bad. I just said that to say that it took me a little bit to get invested. I’ll blame part of that on the beginning of the book too. I found the first half a little boring.

 

The addition of Cole was a wonderful decision of Stiefvater’s part. Without him, there wouldn’t be much of a story. Since Sam and Grace are already together it took a long time for me to get really interested with their part of the story. I wasn’t sucked into what was happening with them until the last sixty pages or so. Cole helped keep me in the book until that point. He’s a great character. I’m eager to see more of him in the next book. He’s the guy you love to hate, but it’s so difficult when you can see into his tortured head. He really loathes himself and it’s so sad. I want him to get better so very bad.

 

It was also interesting to see inside Isabel’s head. After finding her rather unfeeling in the first book, I like her a lot now. I got to see what’s on the inside and I feel similar to the way I feel about Cole. I really want her to face her problems and get better. She’s become crucial to the story line as well. I’m so glad there’s more to this book. I was a little worried about what this book would be like.

 

Again, I really like Stiefvater’s writing. She takes some great cues from Rilke and all the other poetry she loves. She paints some very lovely pictures, and sometimes some very sad pictures. This book felt a little less lyrical though. It seemed a little more real and gritty and I think Cole and Isabel had everything to do with that. Especially Cole, whose the grittiest character in the book. He really brought something new to the story. But, I’m talking about writing right now, not Cole. I admit, inShiver, I was sometimes a little overwhelmed by the lyrical passages. I didn’t feel that way about this book. The writing stayed out of the way a little more.

 

I have to give props to Stiefvater for not ending things quite the way I expected. I mean, I saw what was coming. I just didn’t expect it to happen the way it did. It was a little twist that made the book much more interesting to me. Now, the characters are faced with a whole new plethora of problems that I really need the answers to. That’s what a good plot is. Reel us all in, then leave us hanging on the last words so that we’ll be begging for the next book.

 

It didn’t blow me away, like I expected it to. I did really enjoy it though. This is a great series.

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review 2013-06-18 20:41
Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
Libba Bray's Beauty Queens was an amazing and hilarious book that I absolutely devoured. It not only lived up to all my expectations but, surprisingly, exceeded them. While I can't exactly say that its humor was my favorite aspect, it was definitely one of the best. 

The sharp and witty satirical humor that satirized reality shows, commercials, and the modern consumeristic world kept the book alive and also helped the book stay on the right side of the hair-thin line between "awesome messages" and "cheesy & preachy".

Well, almost kept the book on the right side.

For the most part, Beauty Queens was able to convey a really damn awesome message about how it's cool to be you without sounding like forced or boring. And that's cool. I like messages that aren't shoved up your orifices like in this book.

Many of the messages were very cleverly woven into the story but others kind of popped out at you like 



A few of them (and by few I really mean like one or two) were not only heavily laid on us but were actually said a loud like "Blehbleh McBlehBlergh finally realized that every1 was created equally and love and peace bros."

Without the wonderful characters, I'm sure that I would have dropped the book because the plot and world building aren't that interesting really. The plot revolves around the girls trying to survive and finding out that there's something more to the Corporation than it seems. 

Pretty standard plot to be honest. There wasn't anything that screamed different to me when it came to the plot. 

The world building was horrible. There wasn't any. I knew nothing about the world or the year or anything. The ending left a lot of questions unanswered. It was very obvious that the author paid the most attention to the characters and left lots of holes in the rest of the book.

The characters were the best part, hands down. I don't think anyone can argue with me about that. The characters are really the only thing other than the humor that was actually given much thought. 

Beauty Queen's wide range of characters makes the book interesting. Each character is given a few chapters in their POV so you get to know them. There aren't any "empty" characters and everyone has their own, developed personality.

What I love the most about the characters has to be the diversity, not just in personality, but also in ethnicity and sexuality. This book has everything under the rainbow (omg get it i'm so smart). 

The diverse and awesome characters truly make Beauty Queens special. It's not otherwise brilliant. Even with it's numerous faults, I would still recommend Beauty Queens simply for its characters and often really funny humor.
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review 2013-06-11 00:00
The Bookshop Dog - Cynthia Rylant This is a very sweet story about a perfect dog and the people who love her. The illustrations are very simple but they work well. My only complaint is that the only woman in it is the bookshop owner and she's the one who gets sick and needs help. I wish even one of the other main players was a woman, too.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because it has two of my three most favoritest things.
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