Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) – Stephanie Perkins


Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) – Stephanie Perkins

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

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: September 29, 2011

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Format: ebook

Page Number: 386

Source: Library Overdrive

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.

5 out of 5 stars


I loved this so much. It was so cute and warmed my heart to no end.

I liked this one much more than Anna and the French Kiss, although I did love that one too. I’ve found that the climax of these books is right at the end when the couple gets together, and then the book ends, but I’m just so obsessed with the cute that I’m okay that I don’t get much of the relationship.

This book followed Lola Nolan who is dating this 22-year-old bad boy rocker guy named Max. She’s in love with him, but she’s only 16 when they start dating. Her dads don’t like Max so they always pester him with questions, and at the time Lola hates it, but she comes to realize it’s for the best, when her childhood crush moves back in next door. Cricket Bell. The epitome of the boy next door, but now he’s older, taller, and much more handsome…

This was so cute.

Seriously SO cute.

I loved Lola because she was different. She has two gay fathers which I loved having in a story. It just added a different dynamic to make the book more realistic. She also wore costumes each and every day. She loved dressing up and creating her own outfits, which I thought was so cool. She wore wigs, glasses, dresses, rainboots, sparkles, you name it and Lola has worn it. I loved that this added something interesting to the storyline. Cricket. Let me tell ya. Dream guy right here, and I’m so lucky because he reminded me of my own boyfriend (aww I know).

Cricket Bell is the cutest love interest I have ever read because he’s so honest with everything. He tells Anna that he’s been in love with her since childhood, but doesn’t push her. He lives right next door and they can see into each other’s windows. He climbs over to her room one night while she’s still dating Max. He knows that she’s sad, so he tries to comfort her, and then Anna realizes in that moment that she loves him and has for forever. So she leans in for the kiss, and Cricket tells her that he wants to kiss her more than anything in the whole world, but doesn’t want her to feel guilty with Max. He’s just such a considerate guy.

Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss showed up! It was so cute because I knew that these were companion novels, but I didn’t know that they would be in the storyline so much. I can just see Stephanie Perkins smiling and giggling to herself while she came up with this adorable storyline. Ugh so cute. I love St. Clair and Anna together, so seeing that again was just so cute.

The first kiss between Lola and Cricket was perfect. The rest of the kisses were perfect. You could tell they were crazy about each other, and it was precious and so pure. That is what love feels like. That was such an amazing representation of the pure need and want of a couple in a new relationship. It was just so cute and real and I loved it.

The moon cycle thing that Cricket makes for Lola. Oh my gosh I almost died when I read that because it was just so sweet. So thoughtful, and you can tell in that moment she’s just so far head-over-heels. I LOVE that Cricket didn’t make a big deal about Lola having slept with Max because that would just be dumb and rude, but I’m also glad that the book left off when they were walking into the dance so then you were left thinking that all they did was kiss and be happy and cute.

I’ve started reading the acknowledgements of books, and I would HIGHLY recommend doing this. The last part of the acknowledgments was to her husband, and she talked about how he flew across the country to take her to prom, and they wore their matching Converse for grand march. I was just overwhelmed with the cute of the book and that just added another layer omg it made me so happy.

Guys, this series is just as good as everyone says it is. This has raised the bar for every contemporary book I read!!

Review: A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) – Madeleine L’Engle


A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) – Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time Movie Tie-In Edition

Title: A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1)

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Release Date: 1962

Publisher: Square Fish

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 256

Source: The Country Bookshop

Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (one of the most popular boys in school) journey through time and space in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. What’s a tesseract? It’s a wrinkle in time–but to say any more about the subject would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Madeleine L’Engle’s unusual and enchanting book.

4 out of 5 stars


Middle grade!

Almost every single time I read a middle grade book it makes me question why I don’t read them more often. I love the innocence and fun that happen in books written for younger readers, and this was the PERFECT book to read after ACOWAR.

This book follows Meg Murry who has a family that is a little different than most. She isn’t very academically inclined, her younger brother is too smart for his own good, her twin brothers are kind of rude, her mother is a scientist, and her father has been gone on a government trip for more than 4 years. Meg’s mother starts to explain about tesseracts to her after she finds out about them. Why are they so important, and why is her little brother friends with three old women?

This book was very cute, but I gave this 4/5 stars because there wasn’t very much description. I don’t know if this is just because L’Engle didn’t want to explain too much about the world or if it is just normal for middle grade books to not have much description because kids are more imaginative, but I found it to be the bare minimum of description sometimes. I found it quite annoying because I just wanted to know what everything was like.

I look forward to seeing how the relationship between Calvin and Meg grows, and I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE.

There are so many great actors in this movie, and I love that it’s a mixed race family. I think we need more of that in movies and books. I liked that they didn’t really mention race in this book because it allowed you to imagine who you wanted.

This had many more Christian ideals that I thought would be in it. I didn’t even know this was a Christian book, but I really enjoyed that aspect of it. The fact that the Mrs. Ws were the guardian angels was a nice addition to the story.

Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) – Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) – Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 2 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 705

Source: TBR Pile

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

5 out of 5 stars


I don’t understand how people didn’t like this book. After I write this review I’m going to watch some book review videos on YouTube, because I loved this book!

This was a great continuation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I honestly do not understand why people hated this book so much! Everything wrapped up perfectly and all the characters grew so much.

This beginning of this book follows Feyre in the Spring Court deceiving Tamlin and everyone else in order to get the information she needs to return to the Night Court. First off, that’s such a badass way to start a book. Loved the deception even if it was sad at times. Then she and the rest of the Night Court family have to figure out what to do with the Cauldron situation and how to defeat Hybern and fix literally everything that everyone had messed up…

But this was so good. I do admit, it was VERY slow in the middle. Part two was so slow, but it’s just one of those books you have to get into the groove of reading larger sections at one time and you’re A OK. That being said, I’m all here for the slow burn books. I love when you have to wait to figure everything out. It builds suspense and makes you want to finish it even more. This book did take me quite awhile to read, but I think it’s because I started it and then got distracted because I was home for winter break still and then I took a trip to visit my aunt, uncle, five-year-old cousin, and two newborn twin girls, but I thoroughly enjoyed this nonetheless.

I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book because this was originally supposed to be a trilogy, I think. I need to know what happens with Nesta and Cassian, because their mating bond is going to snap into place any time and everyone knows it. Elain and Lucien are going to have their mating bond situation all figured out and they’re going to be helplessly in love cause AWW.

Also, Amren. I was pissed off when I found out that she was lying to Feyre, but then it all worked out so I’m cool with that. Rhys though.

Oh. My. Gosh. I thought he was actually going to stay dead forever and when Feyre found out that he also made a bargain with a monster I was so shooketh. Because she did the same thing and didn’t tell him and he did the same thing to her because they loved each other so much that they just didn’t want one another to be mad or sad or worried. And Feyre went and found the mirror for the Bone Carver. Excuse me. Cool and so badass.

One of my favorite parts from this book was the whole scene where Feyre goes and summons the Suriel and then it also brings Ianthe and her cronies. SHOOK. I was shook. I loved that Feyre stayed with the Suriel and also led Ianthe and those people to their death, but not before Rhys figured out how to get the Weaver. Man oh man.

I do have to admit that A Court of Mist and Fury was my favorite of the series, but I was not disappointed by the ending of this book at all :)

Series:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Review: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) – Stephanie Perkins


Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) – Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Title: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Format: ebook

Page Number: 385

Source: Library Overdrive

Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?

4 out of 5 stars


This was just the book I needed and I’m so happy to finally have read it. I totally get why everyone loves this series because this was just so cute.

The only reason I gave this a 4/5 instead of 5/5 is because Anna cried. So. Much.

I understand that lots of emotions can be coursing through your body at times, but you do not need to cry at literally everything. The guy you like just told you you’re beautiful. Crying. His girlfriend is mean. Crying. Anything happening. Crying.

Goodnessssss.

Other than that though, I really loved this book. I read this in one day and was hooked the entire time. I did think that St. Clair and Anna got together with too little time to spare because you didn’t really even get to see their relationship, but it was still good.

St. Clair is such a great guy, but if he wanted to break up with his girlfriend Ellie, why didn’t he? He went on and on at the end saying things to the extent that he didn’t like change, and that they had been together for so long, but he wanted to break it off. It kind of made me mad when he said that he’s liked Anna since the first day of school, but didn’t act on it… hmmmm.

I loved the group of friends that Anna found at SOAP, and it was so cool that she got to go to school in Paris. I thought it was funny that she didn’t want to right away. Umm. You’re in Paris. One of the most iconic cities in the world, and you’re angsty? Live it up!

It’s strange to me that her dad picked Paris because she had literally never even spoken French, but had taken a few years of Spanish. Right.

Even though I found some things I didn’t like of this, I loved the majority of this. Anna and St. Clair’s relationship was so cute. I am so excited to read the other two books in this series!

December Wrapup + January TBR


HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I READ 100 BOOKS IN 2017 :)

Read:

  1. The Lifespan of a Fact – John D’Agata and Jim Fingal
  2. Revolutions in Communication: Media History from Gutenberg to the Digital Age – Bill Kovarik
  3. Yes Please – Amy Poehler *review*
  4. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) – Sarah J. Maas *review*
  5. Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld *review*
  6. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) – Sarah J. Maas *review*
  7. James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra – Colm McElwain *review*
  8. Pretties (Uglies #2) – Scott Westerfeld *review*
  9. Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall #1) – Patricia MacLachlan *review*
  10. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13) – Carolyn Keene *review*
  11. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Illustrated Edition – Newt Scamander, J. K. Rowling and Olivia Lomenech Gill *review*
  12. The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3, #0.4, #0.5) – Sarah J. Maas *review*

TBR:

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) – Sarah J. Maas
  2. River Rising (Carson Chronicles #1) – John A. Heldt
  3. Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2) – Kellyn Roth

Review: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.4, #0.5) – Sarah J. Maas


The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.4, #0.5) – Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

Title: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 438

Source: TBR Shelf

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes–and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches–and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives . . .A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling–and deadly–world.Included in this volume: “The Assassin and the Pirate Lord””The Assassin and the Healer””The Assassin and the Desert””The Assassin and the Underworld””The Assassin and the Empire”


The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.4)

5 out of 5 stars

Aww to the ending of this.

This novella followed Celaena after she gets back from the Silent Assassin camp in The Assassin and the Desert. She comes back and gets showered with gifts from Arobynn Hamel and has enough money to be free from her debts from him. Arobynn gives her a mission that will fight against the slave trade that started off this novella series.

Sam.

Okay, so I knew that she liked Sam, but so cute omg. Everyone can be an asshole sometimes, but Celaena and Sam are the masters of this. They so obviously like each other and have for forever, so the way they’re just mean to each other killed me, but it’s fine. I’m over it… kinda.

SPOILERS

So Sam and Celaena go on this mission to kill this guy who they find out is actually the good guy. That sucks, but what could be worse? Oh yeah, your boss using your money to buy the virginity of the girl you hate more than anyone. Oh but on top of that, you’re blamed for everything. I was pissed off for Celaena and I just want her to go and kill Arobynn because he’s not okay.

I was fully convinced that Sarah J. Maas was going to kill off Sam, but she didn’t yay! I love Sam. He’s sweet and cute and funny and nice and sarcastic mmm. He’s my fav. So at the end fo this Celaena pays off his debt and then they move in together in her new apartment that she told Arobynn she was moving into. Cute.

I feel it now, though. Sam is going to die. Because everything is too perfect right now. Their first kiss was too cute and when he told her that he loved her omg aww. But something bad is going to happen and it hurts me, but it’s just my prediction.


The Assassin and the Empire

5 out of stars

I’m broken from that.

So I literally read this in one sitting. Didn’t even get up. All 94 pages of it. I couldn’t help it because it was so good.

Don’t read this if you haven’t read this novella, but I was right.

I knew I was going to be right because that’s usually how it works. (not tooting my own horn but I’m good at predicting endings). Poor Sam. Poor Celaena.

Oh my gosh ugh no why sadness.

So this novella followed Celaena and Sam after they leave the Assassin’s Keep and they’re living together in Celaena’s apartment. They have no money but have to pay Arobynn Hamel their debt to get out of the Guild, which is super messed up and is totally a horrible monopoly, but they want to move away to the Southern Continent to create a new life for themselves, and Sam takes on a job that will pay super well, and it. Goes. Down.

My heart is so sad because I didn’t want what happened to Sam to happen, and I hated seeing Celaena hurting like she was. It’s not fair that she has to endure even more pain, and fricking Arobynn Hamel is the one who gave her up. Oh my lord I literally almost threw my book across the room when I found out it was him. I had the suspicion it was him from the moment he took on the job, but ugh not okay.

I can’t wait for her to find out that it was him that gave them up because she’s going to murder him in the worst way possible because he took Sam away from her. Oh my lord and she never got to tell him about her childhood it’s just so sad.

ps. I know there are a lot of run-on sentences, give me a break. I have a lot of emotions happening.

I KNEW it was going to happen. And that’s the worst part because I don’t feel like I was actually prepared for it emotionally.

The ending was so powerful and just made me want to re-read Throne of Glass *which I will,* but she used Sam’s mantra. Aww. So sad but aww. She is strong and she will survive it, and going into the first book (again) will make me understand more about her and her backstory and I’m just so excited :) :) :)

yay I love Sarah J. Maas.

Series:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1)

The Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass #0.2)

The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.3)

Review: Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13) – Carolyn Keene


Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13) – Carolyn Keene

Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #13)

Title: Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13)

Author: Carolyn Keene

Release Date: 1974

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 179

Source: TBR Shelf

Nancy determines whether an exquisite ivory elephant charm really protects its wearer from harm during her investigation of a circus performer who may be involved in a mysterious illegal scheme. The girl detective’s assignment becomes complicated when the elephant trainer’s young assistant seeks refuge at the Drew home from his cruel foster father. While following clues to help the boy find his real father, Nancy discovers an eerie abandoned house. As she probes, Nancy’s dangerous enemies thwart her efforts to discover a secret surrounding the unusual ivory charm.

3 out of 5 stars


I was just in the mood for something light and fun, so I picked up this Nancy Drew book. I’ve always loved this series, and it blows my mind that I didn’t read all of them when I was younger. I know that I went to my library and just picked out random ones that sounded interesting to me, so I’ve read quite a few of them, but never in order.

This book followed Nancy and her mystery crew to the circus. They went to this circus show and then found this little boy named Rishi who was being abused by his father Rai. They were part of the circus. Rishi followed Nancy home and ended up staying with her to get away from his father. The whole mystery deals with a secret passageway, a crazy house, and an Indian prince.

Overall I thought this was a pretty average Nancy Drew mystery. It didn’t really go anywhere, so I found myself to be kind of bored throughout it. I enjoyed Rishi because he’s just cute, but there wasn’t really anything special that happened.

I will always love George, Bess, and Ned, so it always makes me happy when they’re part of the stories. I love Ned and Nancy together because they’re just so dang cute. I thought there were a lot of unnecessary characters thrown into this book, though. Too many characters with different and random back stories.

I wanted to see the woman go to jail and get punished, but nothing really happened with her. I love this series and can’t wait to finish the ones that I have at home :)

Series:

Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10)

The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11)