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review 2015-09-25 19:59
Hello, I Love You: A Novel - Katie M. Stout

I don’t know what I originally read this book for.

Maybe it was all those years ago when I was really interested in that side of the world. Asian culture, but mostly Asian food.

Maybe it was that time I read North of Beautiful but Justina Chen, and thought I may be getting the same wonderful experience with this one.

Maybe it was the music aspect of it even though I know nothing about KPOP.

And I did get ALL of that.

I was immersed in the Korean culture, even when Grace was cutting it down brick by annoying brick.

I got the cute relationship with a serious twist, except when Grace was being a whiny brat.

I felt the music and related to almost all of it, even when Grace thought she knew better than anyone because her daddy is music-producer-douchebag-extraordinaire.

But most of all, the reason why I didn’t give up on this book half way through, is the major character development. Grace actually does grow and sees how she was acting and that is was completely ludicrous of her. And this book desperately needed that to happen!

This was a quick read. I got swept up in the story and wanted to figure out what was up with Grace and Jason!

Hello, I Love You (props for all the Doors references) on the surface, is a story about a spoiled, rich girl who moves across the country because she wasn’t agreeing with her parents. But, on the inside, once you get past the rough start, it’s a story of family and loss and new beginnings.


review at yabookscentral.com

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review 2015-09-25 19:48
Unraveling the mold of fairytales!
Ash & Bramble - Sarah Prineas

I have seen Ever-After and loved it.
I have seen the new Cinderella with Robb Stark and Bellatrix and loved it.
That one with Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murray? Love it.
However, I honestly don't know if I've seen the entirety of the animated movie, because I hate it. I don't know why.

So I'm always skeptical to read retellings because most of the time they're just like the animated movie.

But this. This is something completely different.
This is darker. This is Once Upon a Time and Into the Woods.
This flips everything you were taught about the story of Cinderella onto its side.
And I loved it.

If you're looking for a sweet fairytale. Turn away from this book. You wont find it here.

You will find magic and fate.
You'll find a strong willed woman.
A man who doesn't take away from that.
You'll find family; blood and non.
You'll find glimpses of other fairytales that you love, and they're just as twisted and dark.
You'll find yourself surprised at who the good and bad guys are.
Blood and gore and ball gowns.

The writing in Ash & Bramble is beautiful. It's elegant and enchanting.

Not a character goes unnoticed or unappreciated.

I really enjoyed this book once I took the time to sit down and devote myself to it.

Breaking the seams between magic and reality, Ash & Bramble is an action packed, romantic show stopper of a novel.

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review 2015-09-25 19:35
Untwine - Edwidge Danticat

You know how you see the synopsis for a book and instantly know you have to read it? Even if it is sure to break your heart?

Double yes.

Add this one to your list of heartbreakers, because it is spectacular.

Untwine got to me. It poured right into my soul as I devoured this book into my heart. 

I knew what I was getting into. Anyone will the minute they read the back cover of Untwine. It’s sure to go only one way, and yet you’re still not ready for it once it finally happens.

I loved this book.

I loved every single character and the real feeling I got from them.

I loved the Haitian culture. The language. The grandparents.

I loved the art and the music and the simple innocence of it all.

I loved the moments that made me cry (almost all of them) and the ones that made my heart full of joy.

I loved the strong family aspect.

The beautiful, lyrical writing Mrs. Danticat provides is a gift to this world. God, I never wanted to stop reading this book even though it was such an emotional roller coaster.

Phenomenal from start to finish. Untwine is the moving, tragic novel of the year that you will not want to miss. And the one you won’t ever forget.

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review 2015-07-01 23:28
Damage Done - Amanda Panitch

I like to think I’m fairly observant. (I have to be for my job).
A pretty good judge of character. (Except with Hans from Frozen. Wasn’t expecting that).
I can usually spot plot twists coming. (GONE GIRL).

However, this book caught me off guard.

I was NOT expecting anything that happened in that last half of the book. (Which I devoured, by the way).

And it frustrated and excited the hell out of me.

Julia Vann has changed her name and switched schools.

Now, Lucy Black leads a seemingly normal life. No one should expect that her brother was the sociopath behind a horrific school shooting a year earlier.

The only thing I did pick up on was the fact that she was hiding something. Something seemed off, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.

But it was all there. I could have picked up on every clue if I had suspected something was really off. Reread my steps and solved the mystery.

I don’t want to give too much away, so I will just say the following:

Two people, one for sure, could be every person in House Lannister. A Lannister who always repays her debts.

Damage Done is a dark and well written book. If you like to be stumped and shocked, it’s a consuming read.

Review at YABC!

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review 2015-05-24 15:22
Trouble from the Start - Rachel Hawthorne

3.5 stars

It has been raining for like 3 days here and I’ve had the absolute pleasure of doing nothing else but read. And when you get a quick, easy read like this, it’s the perfect match for a rainy day.

Trouble from the Start is a sweet book about looking through someone’s outer image, and finding out who they really are on the inside.

This is also a book about family and that’s what I enjoyed the most. Avery and her family are real. They remind me of my own family and that made me smile more than once.

Avery was somewhat of a snob in the beginning (and I’m glad she gets over that). She only saw the person that the rumors painted. However, she did remind me of myself when I was in high school. Never really focused on finding a boyfriend. Always worried about my grades and getting out of school to see what the real world would be all about. I grew to relate to Avery very quickly.

On the other hand, her friend Kendall, I did not grow to like.

Kendall and her boyfriend Jeremy’s relationship was sickeningly sweet. It really makes me not miss high school, where all the couples were oh so “in love”. I guess if I had read the companion novel to this one, I could understand their relationship more. I suppose I’m more of a cynical romantic. Meh.

Fletcher is a sweet heart with a few secrets. I saw it coming before his secret was revealed, but it still hurt just the same. I’m glad he has Avery, it’s the least he deserves.

I read this book in a matter of hours. It is just like candy and I did not wanna put it down! If you loved the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles, you’ll love Trouble From the Start!

This review can also be found on YABC

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