Saturday, January 21, 2012

In My Mailbox (5)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Here are the books that I got this week:

Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
Title: Unearthly 
Author: Cynthia Hand
Source: Bought
Bought it on Amazon for $2.89! Who can resist a deal like that!?

Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)
Title: Hereafter
Author: Tara Hudson
Source: Bought
Same reason as Unearthly! :)

Always YouTitle: Always You
Author: Shilpa Mudiganti
Source: Publisher
The first book I have received for review! :) So excited!

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Title: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Source: Library
The summary sounds intriguing! I also like love stories about amnesia and memory loss.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Source: Bought
I have already read and own this book in hardback. But I bought it on my Kindle so I can read it anywhere at anytime! Does anyone else do that? :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French KissTitle: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton  
Release Date: December 2nd 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: ♥♥♥ [5]
Source: Bought
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

I'm happy to say this is the first book I've completed on my Kindle! :) The experience was great overall! I often forgot that I wasn't reading from a book. The only reason I picked this book up was because of the hype. If there was no hype, I probably would not have picked this book up with the cheesy cover and all...However, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. This book was definitely a cute read! It's one of those books were you can't help but smile and giggle at the romance. 

The writing was wonderful and the characters were great! Stephanie Perkins did such a great job with the characters that they seemed like real life people. Anna's group of friends are so awesome that I wished that they could be my friends too.

I found the relationship between Anna and St. Clair to be very realistic. The relationship development between them as the story progressed was excellent. My favorite part of this book was when it was Thanksgiving! Ahh so good :)

When I started reading this book, it reminded me of the S.A.S.S. series. The S.A.S.S. series stands for Students Across the Seven Seas. Each book in the series is written by a different author and it's about different girls traveling to different countries, usually as a foreign exchange student, who find love as well as insight on the countries' culture. I recommend this series if anyone is looking for something similar to Anna and the French Kiss.

If you're looking for a cute, fun read, definitely check out Anna and the French Kiss if you haven't already!

I slide my feet together so I'm standing in the center. "I wish--" "Don't say it aloud!" St. Clair rushes forward, as if to stop my words with his body, and my stomach flips violently. "Don't you know anything about making wishes? You only get a limited number in life. Falling stars, eyelashes, dandelions--" Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Friday, January 13, 2012

Beastly by Alex Flinn

I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.

Beastly is the second fairy-tale re-telling I have read by Alex Flinn and I was not impressed. I honestly much preferred A Kiss in Time. There  was just something very incomplete about this book. The dialogue was awkward, the character development was rushed, and the transitions weren't smooth. The relationship development of the two main characters, Kyle and Lindy, was unrealistic and rushed. However, despite all the criticism I have for this book, it was a quick and light read. I finished it pretty quickly and it was a page turner as the font size was huge and chapters were short. If you're looking to get into Alex Flinn's fairy-tale re-tellings, I recommend A Kiss in Time. (Review here).

Although this is a book review, I have to say this... Beastly the movie was much better than the book. Yes, one of those rare and sad times when the movie is better than the book. I'm sad to say that if the screen play was the book it would've been much better. So basically: Watch the movie but don't read the book.

✰✰ Taste it :/