Sep 30, 2013

Review: In Your Room

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Author: Jordanna Fraiberg
Release Date: October 16, 2008
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pages: 203
Format: paperback, bought

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Synopsis:

When their families randomly switch houses for the summer, retro-chic LA fashionista Molly Hill and laidback granola boy Charlie Richards find themselves living in totally unfamiliar rooms for two long hot months. Soon they become entwined in each other's secrets, relationships and dreams. Day by day, they grow closer . . . even though they're living 1,000 miles apart and have never met face-to-face.

Can perfect strangers be perfect for each other?

Will Molly and Charlie make it through a summer of seductions, missed connections and the thousand miles between them to find out?
 


My Review:

Molly and Charlie's worlds are turned upside down when they find out for the summer they were having to give up their original plans and do a house swap for the summer. Molly having to go to Boulder, Colorado and Charlie going to Los Angeles, California. They both had big plans that summer and found out that they had to give it all up. Little did they know their summers would turn out a lot better than they ever expected.

This was the first book by Jordanna that I have read. I read this originally back in 2008 when it first came out and I loved it. I ended up pulling it from my To-Be-Re-Read jar and I was very happy I did. I've been eyeballing it on my shelf for a while now wanting to re-read it. I ended up devouring it in a few hours. I loved it just as much this time, if not more, than I did the first time reading it.

My heart fell for Charlie and Molly. I read through the book not able to wait to see what ends up happening since they both live so far away, yet clearly want each other just through talking with emails. I love how it shows that you can get to know someone even without seeing each other in person.

Since it's been so long since I read the book, it was almost like reading it for the first time. I knew I liked the ending but I couldn't remember how it really ended.

I like how she put a lot of different things into the book that cause problems or pain in society. Like Molly, Her father died when she was younger and is now dealing with her mom getting remarried. That is why Molly has to switch houses, she was told she is coming along on their honeymoon. Death of one parent isn't easy, then trying to get to know another person trying to be their new dad isn't easy either. Then there is Charlie, who has two mothers. They used a sperm bank to get him and his two younger twin sisters. She writes the book in a way to show that it is okay who you are with and how you come to terms in your life that are life changing.

Jordanna writes the book between Molly's POV and Charlie's. You bounce between the two so you get to understand both sides of everything. Some books don't work out when they try to write that way, but in this book it definitely works. It helps everything come together and makes for a wonderful story.

I really enjoyed this book and am glad I read it again to love the pages all over again. I hope all of you give this book a chance, I know you will love it too :)


Absolutely Loved It!
 

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Book Turn-Offs


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!

This is a fun one this week. I mean they are all fun. But this one is more just thinking and typing, not having to search for pictures or anything else. I had a blast getting to dig through my head and figure out what books I turn down reading because of something that is in the book.

Please also keep in mind that this is my personal opinion of my own reading preferences, I mean nothing by it if you all like something that I happen to list. I wish I liked some of the things on my list, my brain just doesn't allow it.


Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

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1. Historical Fiction -- I know, I know. But I just don't really care for it. I don't get into it when I try to read them and I end up trying to force myself to finish it when I could be reading something else I really like.
2. Classics -- Again, don't shoot me. I just haven't really gotten into any of the classics I have read. I like some of them, but very few. Most of the time I just skip past them if I hear about them because I am sure it is something I won't want to read.
3. Zombies -- I don't mind zombie movies, but for some reason I just don't enjoy reading about them. If I hear a book has zombies in it, I will definitely set it back down.
4. Cheating -- I hate books with cheating in them. I hate cheating in real life, and I definitely don't want to read about it either.
5. Non-Happy Endings in Romance -- I HATE books that are considered romance and I spend the whole time reading the book to get a sad or horrible ending. It ruins the whole book for me even if I highly enjoyed it till the end. I will go from a 4 or 5 star review to a 1 star just by an ending. There are some authors I avoid now just because most of their endings are this way.
6. Preppy Drama Filled Books -- There are some books that just seem so girly and preppy that I don't want to read them. I mean more like ones that are just drama drama drama. Girl fights, back stabbing, gossip books. Definitely not my thing.
7. Animal Death -- There are books out there, that I know I would love, because it is the story of a very loved animal. But, they almost always end because the pet has passed away, example Marley and Me. I LOVED that book, but the ending killed me in a way that I don't think I have every fully recovered. I can't watch the movie or read the book again because it just destroyed me. So to save my emotions and heart, I don't read anything that seems like it will have this in it.
8. Abuse -- I hate books that have abuse in them. Sometimes I will give a book a chance because of it seeming good, but the abuse part will always take down the rating for me. It doesn't matter whether it is spousal abuse, animal, child, just any sort of abuse I hate. I am that way with real life issues too. I hate it and think it is uncalled for.
9. Sci-Fi with no Romance -- Sci-fi isn't horrible to me, but I like it to have at least a little romance. doesn't even have to be a ton, just something to pull me through the book along with the rest of it. If it is nothing but spaceships and aliens I just can't handle it.
10. Extreme Hype -- There are some books out there that SOOOO many people say how amazing it is that it scares me. I usually end up waiting months or years before I pick up that book just in fear I will hate something that everyone else loves. I will admit that I end up liking 99% of the books that are like this, but it is just scary for me so it takes me a while to get the nerve up to give the book a shot. 


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Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy!
Leave me your links below!

Teaser Tuesday -- Vampire Academy



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.


Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

" 'Of course you do. I've been lying awake at night, trying to figure out how in the world you two were able to rent out a place and go to high school without anyone ever wanting to meet your parents.' "

Page 113 of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Pick-A-Book Thursday Ending

 
hey everyone. I have been doing Pick-A-Book Thursday for a few months now and it isn't really getting a turn out. I have decided that my meme isn't going to be continuing anymore. I am sad about it. But I could use that day to post up more reviews or other stuff throughout the week.

I want to thank everyone who has read my P-A-B Thursday postings and maybe in the future I will bring it back for another go.

I will still be pulling books from my book jars, but I think I am going to start doing a weekend wrap up on Saturdays now, so I will be sure to post if I pulled a book that week or not there.

All my other memes throughout the week will still be posting so don't worry :)

Sep 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves


I know this isn't really a reading book, but I did get it in this week and I'm having a blast with it. My boyfriend and I both got one and we are doing a few pages a day :) He got the one that looks like Duct tape and I got the paper bag one!



15806966Wreck This Journal
By: Keri Smith


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For anyone who's ever had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes this expanded edition of Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake and mess-making abilities and to fill the pages of the book (or destroy them). Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts--poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting pages with coffee, coloring outside the lines, and more--in order to experience the true creative process. With Smith's unique sensibility, readers are introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.
 



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That's all I got the past week! What about all of you??

Sep 26, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #22

Hey guys, this is my Feature and Follow Friday post! This post is hosted by two different blogs, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! This meme is here for everyone to be able to get their blog out there and get more followers!! Links are below for you to look at others, follow them, and link your own blog!
 
 

Question: 

 Reading Nook Tour: Give us a tour of your favorite reading spots.


Answer:

I don't get to read in many places but the two I usually am at is either in my bed with my reading pillow, or down on the couch reading while my man plays his video games.


 
Here is my bed, I am on the left with the arm pillow. It's my favorite spot to read in!

 
This is our couch, I sit in the spot at the corner with the blanket there. My boyfriend usually sits right next to me playing something on his PS3.

I hope to be getting a new place here in the next six months, so I plan to get something with a room where I can put a wall of bookshelves up as well as get me a snuggly reading chair and lamp to go with it. I already have an idea of the chair, just gotta find it! So hopefully I will have a better looking reading area for you guys the next time this question is asked!

 


 
 
Next week's question:

What book (or TV show or movie) have you not read that seemingly everyone else has?

 
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  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
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  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!


 

 
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Thanks for visiting :) Can't wait to meet all you new bloggers and connect some more to my old ones!

 
 

Cover Reveal: The One

I read the first two books in the Selection trilogy not too long ago and I have to say I LOVED them. I devoured them within a couple days and have been eagerly waiting for the last one to come out.
 
We still have until May 6th for the last book to come out, but.... we now have a cover!
 
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I have to say I think it is my favorite of the covers so far! The dress is fantastic and so pretty. I love all the colors, but this one just really stands out to me. I can't wait for the book to finally come out!
 
 
 
What do you all think of the cover??
 

Sep 25, 2013

Pick-A-Book Thurtsday #17



Pick-A-Book Thursday is a weekly meme brought you by me :) It is here for all of us to get our to be read piles down a little and help us get to the books we really want to read but just never got around to them. We can sit here weekly and talk about books we pulled from our jars or those that don't have jars, those who picked one off their shelf! Click here for the Original post for more details!

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If you didn't get to pick from one of the jars above, How are you coming with your pick from last time? Are you enjoying it so far?

* I was able to finish up with Summer of my German Soldier. It was a very nice and thoughtful story. I really enjoyed it. I found out there is a sequel to the book so I am going to have to get it and finish it up! Check out my review for it here!

I have a review book that I need to read before I can start In Your Room but I should hopefully be able to start and maybe even finish this before the month is over :)

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Synopsis for my pulls last week!


18579Summer of my German Soldier
By Bette Greene

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The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own.

In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father's rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep.




3231008In Your Room
By Jordanna Fraiberg


When their families randomly switch houses for the summer, retro-chic LA fashionista Molly Hill and laidback granola boy Charlie Richards find themselves living in totally unfamiliar rooms for two long hot months. Soon they become entwined in each other's secrets, relationships and dreams. Day by day, they grow closer ... even though they're living 1,000 miles apart and have never met face to face.

Can perfect strangers be perfect for each other?

Will Molly and Charlie make it through a summer of 
seductions, missed connections and the thousand miles between them to find out?





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What books did you pull from your TBR Book Jar or TBR List? What books are on your list??

Be sure to leave your links below!!





Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!




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The Promise of Amazing
By: Robin Constantine
Release Date: December 31st, 2013

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Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.




Sep 24, 2013

Review: Summer of my German Soldier

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Author: Bette Greene
Release Date: January 1973
Publisher: Puffin
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Pages: 230
Format: paperback, bought

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Synopsis:

The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own.

In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father's rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep.

 


My Review:

Patty is a 12 year old girl who lives in a household that does not appreciate her. Her mother is annoyed by her, her father beats her, and her younger sister, Sharon, is the angel child her family wanted. She spends her days wanting to help customers in her parents store, but she is always pushed out. She is bored most of the time just wanting a purpose in life. Then she meets Anton, and her world is turned around.

I really enjoyed this story. I bought this book years ago on impulse. I didn't know this was a book that was assigned at many schools for required reading, but I wish it would have been assigned at my school. I loved how the writing flowed through the pages, and even with the slang and old way of speaking that was around back in that time period, it was very easy to understand.

I felt so bad for Patty and all she had to go through. All the poor girl wanted was to be loved, then when she finally finds love, her world is turned around again. She never gets a break. I hated how irrational everyone is throughout the story. No one would listen to her just because she was a child and was overlooked by everyone in the town.

I could see the store that her parents owned, I could see the trains, I could see her house and all that went with it. I liked that I was able to picture it all and how it was back the time of World War II. The author does a wonderful job with the descriptions of everything.

I'm glad that I picked up this book and gave it a chance. It really gave me a good feeling about life, even with all that happened. It made me see things in a different way and that I need to work on my life. I need to figure out exactly where I am headed and do something about it. This is more than a book that you read to pass time, it is a book that can change your outlook on where you are headed.



Really Liked It!


Sep 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Best Sequels Ever


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!

I haven't read many books with just a sequel that goes along with it weirdly enough. I have some of the first books on my shelf but have yet to read them mainly because I don't have the next one yet. So I am going to say best sequels or next book in a series for my list this week.

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins -- I loved this entire series, but to me, the Catching Fire really did a wonderful job catching the essence of the first book.

2. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer -- I'm a sucker for romance, and as I hated New Moon I loved Eclipse, but I like how it all came together perfectly for me in the final book I had to put this book on my list.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Destined (Wings, #4)

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling -- I could have picked any of her books for this, but I love how she wraps things up with the Sirius Black problem from book three and all the problems with the tournament. So I decided to list this one for the week.

4. Destined by Aprilynne Pike -- I loved this series, and as with Twilight, I hated parts of this book because I hated David throughout the series, I know he didn't necessarily do anything wrong, but I was just a Tamani fan, so I hated when David was around, so when everything was wrapped up in this last book, I was re-reading parts over and over again.


The Elite (The Selection, #2)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

5. The Elite by Kiera Cass -- A lot of people said this wasn't as good as the first book, but I definitely think it is tied with the first book. I loved both of them so much and I can't wait for the last one to come out, it's so far away. But I love how she continued with it and I think she did a wonderful job.

6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins -- I know this is technically different main characters, but I love how she has Anna and Etienne in this book as well, and not as just random people, they play their part. You also get to know how some things end up from the first book. I loved it very much.


City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)

7. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare -- I loved the whole series, and I am sure when book 6 comes out it will be my next favorite, but for now I think book three of this series is my favorite. I like how she ended it in a way that it could have been a series ending right there, everything wrapped up nicely for me. I'm a sucker for wanting certain people together, and when it happens I just want it to end so it doesn't get messed up. That is how this ending was for me :)

8. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James -- I know a lot of you also hated these books, or aren't old enough to read them, but I very much enjoyed them. My boyfriend laughed at me while I read them but I didn't care. I was sucked into the pages. I loved this last book because of all the books there was always something going on, some sort of problem, so to see it all wrap up was really nice. I had a book hangover once these were done.


Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)

9. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire -- This is the point of view of Travis instead of Abby and I loved it. I think I even liked it more than the first book. I loved seeing how tormented he is and how he overcomes things throughout the book. I felt all his emotions and was cheering for him the whole time. Wonderful book :)

10. Silence by Becca Fitpatrick -- Book two was good but made me mad because of things that happened in the book. I'm trying not to say too much and spoil things, but the third book starts off with a major twist and you fall in love with the characters and the series all over again. I LOVE Patch and was so happy to see how this book turned out!


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Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy!
Leave me your links below!

Teaser Tuesday -- American Girl On Saturn



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.


Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

" I disappear back into my bedroom to brush my hair and freshen up my makeup. There's no way I'm going downstairs looking like death-warmed-over. "

24% of American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin

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Sep 20, 2013

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

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Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 29th, 2011
Publisher: Speak
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback, bought

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Synopsis:

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
 


My Review:

Lola is anything but ordinary. She has two gay dads, a rocker boyfriend that is 22 while she is only 17, and she made a resolution that she won't wear the same outfit twice. Lola wears glitter, crazy colors, crazy outfits, and also wigs. She is madly in love with her boyfriend Max, she knows he is the one....that is...until Cricket moves back home. She then has a tornado go off inside herself as she tries to figure out exactly how she feels about Max and Cricket.

First I have to throw this out there...ANNA AND ETIENNE ST. CLAIR ARE IN THIS BOOK! I know, they are small characters, but you still get to see how everything turns out for them. I loved to see a continuation of their story, no matter how small it was. They also had a part in the book, they weren't just thrown into some pages.

Now, back to the main part of the book. Let me say. I have the flu. I have been out of commission for about a week now, but I still have been doing what I can to read. I read a few pages here or there on other books, but when I got to this one, I had my box of tissues for my nose in one hand and my book in the other. I read this within 2 days and I couldn't stop reading it. I tore through it just as fast as I did with Anna and the French Kiss.

I am still doing my horrible thing and kind of comparing this book to Anna and the French Kiss but at the same time I can't. The stories are completely different. Anna is set more into a school and this one, even with it having a little school in it, is mainly at Lola's house or her work at the theater. Everything else is just random little places here or there, but you spend a lot of time with her at her home.

I LOVED the characters, I find I liked the characters a little more than I did in Anna and the French Kiss, they weren't so distant as many of the other ones were. I mean some were like Calliope and Max, but you still kind of got to know them anyway. Lola you feel for her through most of the story but at the same time are yelling at her to listen to everyone around her and stop being so stubborn, but when it comes to love it isn't always easy to give in.

I liked watching Lola grow into a wonderful person and also seeing the other characters change too. You learn to hate some that you loved at one point and vice versa. Cricket, he steals your heart from the start, the moment you find out what really happened and why he ran out on Lola. I could picture him throughout the whole thing and Stephanie does a great job to make him come off as the boy next door. The sweet, innocent boy next door.

I do like her first book, Anna, a little better, but that doesn't mean much because Lola is very close in the race. I love Stephanie's writing style, and how even with it being closer to 400 pages, you still devour it because you just flow through it all. I was surprised how fast I was going through it, but it was because I had to know what was going to happen, so I just kept plowing through ignoring the world around me.

This might make me a bad reviewer, but I don't care, because I have nothing negative, at all, to say about this book. I love it. I want to go pick up Anna and read it again and then flow straight into this one, but sadly I have a few other books I have to read, but I know very soon I will have to re-read both and enjoy them all over again.

The book is so adorable and shows to me what true love can be. I love fluffy reads and this definitely fits into it. I like that you get a struggle through the book and don't know how it is all going to end. I love Cricket very much and I am so happy I finally got around to this book. I can't wait for the third one and I hope that she puts all of them in the next book as she put Anna and Etienne in this book.



Couldn't Put It Down!!