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Audiobook review: 5 stars to You’re Never Weird On The Internet (almost) by Felicia Day #memoir #autobiographical

Posted 17 November, 2015 by katheryn13 in Audiobooks, Reviews, Updates / 3 Comments

From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was “homeschooled for hippie reasons”, Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

 

Review:

I don’t listen to many audiobooks, usually because my brain has trouble imagining properly. I can’t keep going back and listening to the same thing over and over and over… Yeah you get the picture? hahaha punny.

So when I do listen, it’s usually memoirs/autobiographies because let’s face it, that doesn’t involve the imagination. And more often than not, it’s really fun learning more about someone. I particularly found Felicia Day’s life fascinating. I mean, I’d known the basics about her, and that was really the basics. Her story was emotional, heartwarming, inspiring, upsetting, and shocking. Some things horrified me, to be perfectly honest.

The things that she’s been through, had to put up with, etc, just awful. Then again, she’s made so many people happy, and inspired people to do things they probably wouldn’t even dream of. In particular she’s definitely inspired me to stick with my writing and persevere. I mean, I’m not the most…disciplined, and I often feel like giving up, but she showed me that you can succeed at anything if you put your mind to it.

I don’t often get emotional – and I don’t mean all teary eyed, but just…thoughtful – over stuff like this, but it made me think and you know that when I start thinking, shit is about to go DOWN. Haha.

I kind of wish there was a sequel to this. I know, silly, because it’s a MEMOIR not a novel. But that’s how compelling it was, and I would gladly listen again someday.

-Kat

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#Review | Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Posted 19 October, 2015 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Review:

I haven’t put the rating in the title because it’s a bit of a toss up between 3.5 and 4 stars…

I had been meaning to read this a couple years ago, but just…never got around to it. Until I decided, right. Enough was enough. I was buying this book and I would read it. And I did and let’s just say, I wasn’t disappointed.

But you’ll find out why I rated it the way I did.

Such a unique way of writing with pictures. I hadn’t expected it to work out as well the way it did, and made it that much more creepier.

Jacob is a fantastic character, and despite me not being a huuuge fan of male pov’s, I found him easy to dig into and the pages just kept on turning. The other characters were just as good. Jacob’s dad was…wow. I felt a connection to him like I’ve never had. Yeah, I know. You’re like “WHAT?! *grossed out face*”

He writes, he has lots of half written manuscripts and he gets discouraged easily. SO DO I! Hence why I felt like we were soul mates.

Out of all the children at the home, Emma was my favourite. She was cool, fiesty, stubborn. I liked her fire power. Literally. Mwahahha! There’s a funny line that Jacob says in the narrative about how young they all seemed. And I guess that’s one reason why I enjoyed this pretty well because I, myself, can relate. I look like a teenager but I’m nearly 30. So I could understand why these children, though in their 80’s+, still felt and acted like kids because in some aspect they WERE kids. They hadn’t known anything else, and they had been stuck in their own world of childhood forever.

So why did I rate it so low? Well, mostly because the story didn’t really get going until at least 100 pages or so into it. This kind of…I guess…bored me a bit? There was far too much description for my liking and at times it pulled me away from the story. But I stuck through it and I came out the other side happier and excited for what was to come next. I’d have rated it 4 stars if the plot had started getting interesting earlier on, to be honest. I realise we were having the story set up and how things came to be, but at times it was just…I wanted to wind it up to make it go faster.

I really liked the supernatural aspect, however, so this was fun.

I look forward to reading Hollow City. Hopefully that will explain more and I’ll get a better handle on things. 🙂

-Kat

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#Review & #Giveaway: It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt #ARC @yaboundtourspr @sjSchmitt

Posted 9 October, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Funny, Giveaways, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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its a wonderful death bigIt’s a Wonderful Death

by Sarah J. Schmitt 

Release Date: 10/2015

Sky Pony Press

320 pages

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.

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I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t sway my opinion of the book.

I am averse to death. Anything related to dying, not being alive, anything…I tend to try and avoid it. If people die, I go to that place called De Nile. No, really. I do. But what attracted me to It’s A Wonderful Death? If I’m honest, the cover. I started with the cover, and then I read the synopsis. I thought it was going to be funny, and in some aspects it was. Okay, I’ll break it down for you.

What I liked:

I thought RJ was a tough character and she knew what she wanted. Stubbornness was her strength but also her wit was never-ending. She refused to let someone take what was rightfully hers away without a fight, and I admired that. She didn’t take things too seriously and that made the story read that much easier. I liked her voice and I could get into the story. The reapers, the Angels, the people in charge of helping RJ on her first visit to ‘Limbo’, were all interesting and I found I could have read about them for far longer than I did. I particularly liked ‘Death Himself’ and imagining him wearing Bermuda shorts…lol. He was completely at odds to what I’m used to seeing/reading in other stories.

The pacing was well, and writing style made it flow and considering I’m not a big ebook reader, I felt relaxed. There was a lot of philosophical jargon within this and I did find myself rolling my eyes a lot, but that just added to the non seriousness of it.

Okay, Now onto what I didn’t like.

Well, not so much didn’t like, but what kind took me out of the story and had me rating this 3 and a half stars overall.

Number one, though I liked RJ, I also found her, at times, highly annoying and dare I say it? Two dimensional. (Whatever that means.) There wasn’t much to her, besides snark and the points I made above..

There were a few points where consistency ran a little thin, and I found myself muttering things like “wait, what? *scrolls back pages* That didn’t happen…” or “That makes no sense.” and mistakes like mentioning ‘he said this’ when I would look back and it would be a she. I know, silly things, but there were enough that it bugged me. The biggest disappointment to me was the ending, however, and I had really hoped everything would work out in my favour. But it didn’t, and more than anything, it was annoying. I felt for sure that pretty much half the story was working towards something far better than what we got. That’s not to say it didn’t end on a somewhat happy note, because it did, and I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit when familiar characters reappeared.

There was a point when it got a little too…religious? I guess, for me. I’m not, at all, and I went into this thinking it was going to be lighthearted, full of humour and just…fun. And mostly it was, but there was one scene where it got…I don’t wanna say it…overly pretentious. Maybe because I’m not like these people, that’s probably it. But I’m pretty sure others love it, and that’s great. Go you! I didn’t NOT like this book and I’d recommend it because it is in fact a fun read, but like with some books, there are things that nag you and make it not as great as you wanted, and that’s, sadly, what happened here. Still, damn, I’m impressed I got the ebook read in plenty time to write this review. Haha. That, in itself, says a lot. 🙂

Sarah J. SchmittSarah J. Schmitt is a K-8 school librarian and Youth Service Professional for Teens at a public library who, in addition to planning a variety of events, enjoys opening up the world of books to reluctant readers. She runs a teen writing program that combines Skype visits from well-known authors and screenwriters and critique group style feedback.

Prior to immersing herself in the world of the written word, Sarah earned her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from Indiana University where she worked with first year college students as they acclimated to college life. Sarah lives outside of Indianapolis with her husband, two kidlets and a cat who might actually be a secret agent. She is an active member of SCBWI, ALA and the Indiana Library Federation and is a regular participant at the Midwest Writer’s Workshop. Her debut novel, IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH, comes out Fall 2015 from Sky Pony Press.

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#Review: 4 stars to The Heir (The Selection series #4) by Kiera Cass #YA #Dystopian @HarperChildrens @kieracass

Posted 2 September, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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Eighteen years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

 

 

 

 

Might be some spoilers if you haven’t read the Selection series/or don’t want total fangirlisms 😛

Review:

Having loved the Selection series (1-3) I was sad it ended….

Until it didn’t.

What’s that, you say? A 4th book?

 

Yeah, so that was my reaction. But it took me some time to come to terms that it wasn’t from America’s pov. Damn! I left it some time after getting the book before delving in.

I’ll admit, it didn’t hook me right away. I had to put it down and take a break. Read something else. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to read contemporary dystopian, you know? Anyway, then I got the audio book from Scribd just to see if that would help me get through it. I managed a chapter. Oh boy, was the narrator annoying! What is it with female narrators for YA books sounding like they should be reading erotica instead?

In the end, I picked up the book once more and stuck to it. And I was not disappointed. Though there were times Eadlyn pissed me off. I mean, when it first said she was 18. I was like “What? You’re 18?!” Because, you have to admit (if you’ve read it) that she behaved more like a 14/15 year old spoilt brat! And  okay, she’s a princess, about to be Queen, but fml.

I got over that.

When her parents (squeeee! MAXON AND AMERICA FOREVAAAA) decide Eadlyn should have a Selection to help settle down disturbance among the force. HAHA. I mean, land. Eady baby is not pleased. She doesn’t want to get married (reminds me of Katsa in Graceling, which I’d just read) and is determined to be in control (again…familiar) but is quickly shaken when the boys in question begin to get close to her. 

It’s a fascinating concept, and fun, seeing the whole process from the other side of the situation. I mean, we all know what it’s like for the Selected, but never from the Selectee, so to speak. Eadlyn’s behaviour changed somewhat, from wanting to sabotage to actually considering her choices. Not that that particularly surprised me. It was obvious that would happen.

I love Kile. Can I say that? He was not so much the dark horse but also a complete non-cliche. He wasn’t fawning over her, he wasn’t obsessive (Uh…hello Aspen!) and was cool. But then you have others, like Hale and Ean. But call me crazy, but they didn’t have much of an effect on me. I just like Kile. 

I do hope she chooses him. 

The ending had be hyperventilating and crying. Seriously. I mean, it was completely thrown out of nowhere and I was like “where the hell did that come from?!”. I’m glad it shook Eadlyn as well, because she needed a wake up call. 

Over all, definitely can’t wait for the next book. Though it is sad Maxon’s all aged now, and a father, and damn my dream bubble has been burst! lol

-Kat

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#Review: 4 stars to Graceling by Kristin Cashore #YA #Fantasy

Posted 30 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Deadly Grace

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away..

Beware of spoilers!

Review: 

 It took me some time to fully get into this story. The first couple of chapters, to me, were full of info–dumping. I was confused, lost, on who was who and what King belonged to what land, etc etc. So it was a nice surprise, once that had passed, to get stuck in and enjoy it. 

Katsa is a very strong character, but at times I thought overly so. She needed to stop being so self-reliant sometimes because it was very annoying. So what if she had help from someone? Or had someone to protect her? Stop being so stubborn! 

In any case, she grew on me, and I found I could tolerate her more. I loved Po, too, and how he seemed to be her equal in most things. He balanced out her annoyances and I thought their relationship was inevitable, sweet, and slow burning, which made it even more interesting. Given that she was always “me woman. me need no man” in her behaviour, I found it funny when she ended up changing her perspective on things.

When she cut her hair, however, I nearly had to throw the book away. It completely tore me away from the character, the story, and had little to do with her action and more because of my dislike for boy hair cuts on girls, and ruined the image of her in my head. So basically, I had to reimagine her, though I chose at times to ignore it. I just had her with a pixie cut and not…what she had. *shudder*

Another slight annoyance I had with the book is how many times they’d say “Well,” at the beginning of a sentence/dialogue. Oh my god! I was ready to throttle someone. I know it was the author’s choice to have that as a story trait, but holy crap, I was getting infuriated. haha. But yeah, eventually I noticed it not happening so much and I calmed down.

I loved the world building, the scenery, the camping! If I could camp even a quarter as well as Katsa can, then I’d be well on my way to being awesome. She could do everything! I mean, it was unreal. Catching fish with her barehands, scaling snowed over mountains with a person on her back in  freezing temperatures?! Okay so there were moments where I suspected of plot holes, as bits were not plausible, but I guess that’s the fun of story telling. It’s not reality and can be twisted. 

I’m disappointed that the companion to this isn’t about Katsa. I’ve never been much of a fan of companion novels for this reason: it’s rarely from a POV I like.

I rated this four stars because it deserved it, despite the irritations I had. I really didn’t like Leck *shudders* and his Grace was awful. I could really imagine how terrifying it would be. The Graces for others were interesting, and I like how it’s just personal traits in real life, but exaggerated. Except for the being able to hear thoughts. That’s one I’d like to have. So yeah, if you haven’t already read Graceling, I recommend it. 🙂

-Kat

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#Review: 4.5 Stars to P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han #YA #Contemporary @jennyhan @scholasticuk

Posted 18 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing

 

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 337

Review:

Since ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Lara Jean has fallen for Peter Kavinsky and is happy. Though she doesn’t really understand how Peter feels.

I loved how simple this story was, even when there was things going on, it didn’t feel too complicated or hard to understand. Some stories can make me feel dizzy with concentration.

Lara and Peter’s relationships is so sweet, but with Gen (Peter’s ex) always on the scene, I couldn’t blame Lara for being paranoid/upset/worried about whether Peter was still into Gen. What with him always seeming to talk to Gen and Lara would see them hugging, you wonder what is going on!

There’s nothing like a good old contemporary teen romance to make you glad you’re not having to deal with that yourself. Ha Ha. But all in all, I really enjoyed this story. It seemed quite bittersweet, especially when one of Lara’s old crushes comes back to town after replying to her letter. Remember the letters’ her sister sent out without Lara’s permission? Yeah. Kitty annoyed me more than the first book, mostly because she kept on being judging and trying to keep Lara with Peter together even when things were his fault, but she did come around for me in the end. For a ten year old, she’s really quite wise.

One thing that disappointed me was the lack of Josh. I mean, for a next door neighbour, he was awfully non existent. I know that was because he and Margot had split, but you know…I like Josh.

But John Ambrose McClaren.

What a hottie. *swoon* And that’s where the drama really gets started.

I wish there was a third book because I’d love to know more, what happens next in Lara Jean’s world. I just…it’s so easy to get lost in it, and imagine being there. I found myself not wanting the book to end, and I love (and hate) when that happens.

This summer seems to me to be another contemporary filled season. Bring it on!

-Kat

 

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Video Review: 5 stars to An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Posted 7 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 1 Comment

Here I am again, bringing you a new video. I won’t be doing these all the time, thank god. I can’t bear to keep editing myself ALL THE TIME. Yikes! Anyway, sorry it’s not the greatest quality. It seemed better when I was editing. Sigh. 🙂

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#Review: 5 stars to The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken #YA

Posted 29 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 2 Comments

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Review:

I can’t believe how many books I’ve had to start and quit early before I got to one I really really liked. I’ve been in a reading slump for quite some time and only when I finally bought The Darkest Minds did I think, yes, I’ve found the ONE!

I loved everything about this book, though in some aspects it reminded me a bit of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. But that could be just because of the whole ‘super powers’ thing and that Ruby doesn’t want to touch anyone for fear something bad will happen. It’s really quite unique in its own way, and scary in parts. Especially the chapter on Ruby’s parents and how what happened..happened. I won’t spoil, because it’s all part of the journey, but it’s really something.

Ruby and Liam made the perfect couple in my opinion and DAMN, why you have to go and write THAT ending, Alex? *sobs* I can’t wait to read Never Fade, as I need to find out what happens next. 

The only person I really couldn’t stand was Clancy, but I think that was probably the point. He was manipulative, temperamental and sleezy in all sense of the word. At first, I thought yeah maybe I could dig this kid, but then after about a page I was like NO! There were times when I wondered if Ruby and her group (Zu, Chubs and Liam) were stupid, with the situations they ended up in. 

Chubs is probably my favourite character. And that’s saying something because it took a long time for him to soften to Ruby, but I liked the fact he stuck by his guns (metaphorically speaking) and knew what he wanted out of life. He knew, when they ended up at East River, that things weren’t all that they seemed, and yet no one listened because…well…why would they? Everyone else was having a grand old time. It made me appreciate just how much outsiders listen and observe more than those that instantly fit in. I’ve always been an outsider myself, and I tend to grasp what is happening to others before they do, and it helps when someone suddenly realises and I’m like HAHA NAILED IT! Just kidding. I’m not that shallow. 😛

Anyway, this book had everything I wanted. Action, romance, a bit of amusement, drama, tales of woe…just everything. POWERS! I love books about super powers. 

I saw Alexandra Bracken at SDCC, though from a distance, and I wish I had bothered to get the book then to have it signed because man, it’s definitely up there with my favourites. 

YAY!

 

-Kat

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#Reviews & Update: Are You Going To Kiss Me Now? by Sloane Tanen & If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Posted 22 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Just a quick update first:  I’m going to be away for 3weeks so may not be able to post anything during that time.

Also, as in true pre-trip fashion, I’ve lost something. My new glasses. Good thing I still wear my old ones now and then, other wise I’d be stuck. I mean, my new ones were lowered in prescription, and they’re better for me, but the lens never cleaned properly. So…anyway.

On to the reviews, yes?

 


Being marooned on an island somewhere off the coast of Madagascar with five celebrities sounds romantic and glamorous, right?
Wrong.

You couldn’t find people with fewer survival skills if you tried. Seriously. Cisco may have centerfold abs, but he can’t even spell SOS. At least super-sexy Jonah seems to have a clue (too bad about the purity ring). If I’m stuck here much longer, these self-involved head cases might drive me crazy-assuming they don’t insult each other to death first. It’s like a group therapy edition of Survivor.
At this point, I’m pretty convinced that all celebrities should be caged in Hollywood and confined to the pages of US magazine. And, btw, if you’re there, God, it’s me, Francesca, and I really want to go home.

Review:

So, I was looking for some funky contemps that weren’t too expencive, and lo-and-behold I found this for under £2 on Amazon! Bargain if I do say so myself.

The story starts off fair cute, Francesca’s humour is just so…fresh. Though she does act older in some aspects than 16. At first I thought she was 18 or so. But, no. She’s very into celebrities, she reads gossip mags like they’re literally growing on trees, and constantly worries about what others think of her. She has a good relationship with her dad who lives with a new girl (younger than her mum) and everything’s great, until he announces he’s having another child. Well, Fran is angry, and in a rush, enters a competition from a Seventeen magazine where she’s to write a non fiction story about loss. Except she doesn’t, she says her dad is dead. Which…isn’t true.

So she wins the competition and is jetted off to a secluded island off the coast of Madagascar. Except… the pilot is hollywood legend Joe (surname has been forgotten, but it’s made up so no worries) and he’s not exactly famous for flying, if you catch my drift. They crash somewhere NOT where they’re supposed to be, and it reminded me of Lost but without all the supernatural stuff and a lot more complaining.

I can’t say I disliked this book, but I did find it wasn’t as funny after a while and it just got a bit irritating. There seemed to be a lot of oneupmanship with each of the characters, but given that there were like…6 celebrities (more like B list celebs) and one normal and one Perez Hilton like guy, that was to be expected. The amount of swearing, however, was a little unneeded. I don’t mind it but when it’s just thrown out there for no reason other than, clearly, to shock, it’s just a bit weird.

This was a quick read and I didn’t struggle to get in to it, which was a relief. If you like the sound of it, I’d definitely recommend a read.

I rate this 3 and a half stars.


‘Just listen,’ Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.’ I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.

‘Stay,’ he says.

Everybody has to make choices.
Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope.
But life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one.
As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.
Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost – and all that might be.

 

Review:

I saw the movie of If I Stay first. I’ll admit that, and so we can get that out of the way. *sighs*

I loved the film and cried, and just…it was so beautiful. So when I came across the book in the library, I had to read it. Granted, I was months/years overdue, but who cares?

And basically, I fell for this book just as I did for the movie, and then some. Because obviously there were bits that weren’t put in the film, but were just as lovely to read.

Mia is a strong willed character who is then thrown in the deep end with a challenge that I don’t think I could complete. A car crash is one thing, but then to lose everyone in your family? That is just crippling. So I didn’t blame her if she didn’t want to wake up from her coma. As I’d seen the movie first ,I knew what the characters were like and I knew roughly what to expect, but the words on page still struck me hard. I need to read the sequel.

I thought the romance was sweet and gentle, but still held meaning, and Adam was everything you’d want in a guy.

I’m a little stuck for words, to be honest. I loved the book so much, I don’t know how to do it justice. So I’ll leave you with my rating, which should explain everything.

5 stars!

 

-Kat

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