Review: Fall For Me by Melanie Marks

Fall For Me (High School Love)

Title: Fall For Me

Author: Melanie Marks

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (via Goodread)

When Zoey’s long-time boyfriend, Finn, cheats on her—kissing a girl he “just can’t resist”—he gives Zoey a “Free Pass,” telling her she can kiss any guy she wants. Finn is so cocky and sure of their relationship that the arrangement seems perfect. He’s not worried Zoey will fall for another guy, and he’s itching to get rid of his feelings of guilt.

But the thing is, Zoey knows exactly who she wants to kiss—longs to kiss— Finn’s best friend, Riley. But, she wants the kiss too much. She knows that. So, she resists the “Free Pass.” Still, she’s pushed into it when Finn loses a bet to Riley, and Riley wants his payment—a kiss from Zoey.

My thoughts and review:

This was basically a Novella. around 48 pages on my ibooks. It was cute, fun, and basically an entertaining quick read. As ive mentioned before i love irresistible guys who the protagonist can’t seem to have ;). Riley was just adorable, basically doing everything Zoey asked for or needed. I really wished this would have been an actual novel since many parts of the story could have been expanded, such as her relationship with her younger brother and sister, how she is dealing with her father’s recent death, the friendship dynamic with Riley. I would have LOVED some flashbacks of Zoey and Riley in the past, because she always says Riley hates her because he did ‘this’ and ‘that’ in the past.

Overall it was a fun, adorable read, this reminded me of “The Unwritten Rule”  by Elizabeth Scott which i ADORED. So don’t expect anything serious or with depth from the story, but its definitely a good read.

Review: Remembrance by Michelle Madow

RemembranceTitle: Remembrance

Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (via Goodread)

New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England … but she doesn’t know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie’s school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can’t stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can’t she seem to get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn’t going to be easy.

 

My thoughts and review:

I LOVE books that deal with unrequited love, forbidden love (in the sense of girl being in love with her bestfriend’s boyfriend, etc) and basically the tension and awkwardness that manifest in some of the scenes between the protagonist and the other ‘guy’. The synopsis of this book raised my curiosity and i had to read it! my sister had it on her ibooks library so i borrowed it from her and started reading. I loved the beginning, exactly the type of book i always look forward to read, girl has a boyfriend, boyfriend being careless and too busy for her, girl meets new guy and instantly falls for him, new guy is taken! oh no! *giggles*.

One thing that kept me from being totally invested in the story is its similarity to pride and prejudice, the names of the characters all sounded too familiar “Lizzie – Elizabeth, Drew – Darcy, etc), ive seen too many pride and prejudice remakes and i hoped this wasn’t one. So throughout the whole story I kept on wondering whether it’ll be another pride and prejudice remake (which im glad it wasn’t at the end).  I really liked Jeremy, throughout the book i had a hidden hope that he would end up with lizzie, i just felt really bad for him because he was in the way of fate. I kept on hoping Lizzie would give him the explanation he deserved but it never came, which is why I was frustrated at Lizzie.

I give Chelsea kudos for being so level headed about Lizzie and Drew being together, she was a good friend to Lizzie and im just sad that she didn’t get her happy ending, nor did Jeremy. (I guess you can tell I loved Chelsea and Jeremy more than Lizzie and Drew 😛 ).

I honestly loved the beginning of the book more and the ending for me felt a bit unfinished, but it was an entertaining and fun read; One that i would recommend to people who love contemporary retellings and destined love. I would definitely pick up any new book that Michelle Madow writes. She’s got a way to make you keep reading.

 

Recreate A Cover Contest

Princess Bookie is hosting a very creative contest! Haven’t played around with photo manipulation in a while and i miss it.

After hours of trying to choose the perfect book and corresponding picture, I chose the book “Abandon” by Meg Cabot

here is the cover i made

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and here is the original cover

Vote for your favorite here!

Novels Released in the upcoming week. Who’s excited?

This next week is this year’s book heaven. Some amazing books i have been waiting months for them and others I’ve been drooling over are finally being released.

   

Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins (September 29th)

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (September 29th)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (September 27th)

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies (September 27th)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (September 27th)

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Honorable mentions: Covers of books released this week that i love

Zelah Green by Vanessa Curtis (October 1st)

The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen (September 27th)

My Beating Teenage Heart by C. K. Kelly Martin (September 27th)

I am pretty satisfied with all the covers of these books. But how pretty is Zelah Green’s cover? ive never heard of the book but that cover is SO PRETTY! 

Click on the titles to direct you to the synopsis via Goodreads

REVIEW: “Where I Belong” by Gwendolyn Heasley

Title: Where I Belong

Author: Gwendolyn Heasley

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis (via Goodread)

Meet Corrinne. She’s living every girl’s dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . .

When Corrinne’s father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she’s stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she’s supposed to be living. She doesn’t care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed.

My Review and thoughts:

Let me just start off by saying that i am not a big fan of reading books about spoiled rich girls (ie: Gossip Girl). I picked this book up for its BEAUTIFUL cover (you know me and pretty covers, its an addiction). I started reading this book a while ago then put it down after a chapter. I hated how spoiled Corrinne acted and how selfish she was. It annoyed the hell out of me. So a  month later i promised myself i’d finish reading it (that’s what always happens to me right? 😛 ). So i did. I read it with gritted teeth whenever Corrinne acted like a selfish cry baby.. but she got better! i was quite surprised with how fast she adjusted (even though she kept denying her adjustment). Then came Rider, the singer wannabe working at the stables she started working in *gasp*. I knew from the beginning he would be a douche looking for a way in to the entertainment industry. But bubby, i LOVED bubby. The highschool quarterback. He was adorable with his teasing of Corrinne every 5 seconds. Somehow nowadays the quarterbacks get all the girls.. back in the day the quarterbacks were the douches and the tortured souls (singers, writers) got the girls.

Corrinne proved that she wasn’t superficial, that all she needed was a reality check to change her perspective. Kitsy (highschool classmate) helped her find that perspective. I loved kitsy’s bubbly personality and kidness. I didn’t expect Kitsy to stick around at the beginning but i give her credit for sticking. The book turned its charms on later in the book and i loved it. Corrinne finally turned from tolerable to an awesome protagonist. I especially loved it when her best friend from Manhattan (Weaverly) visited and she saw how everyone saw how SHE acted at the beginning: too good for this place and them.

I would have been sad to see her and Weaverly’s friendship dissolving, so i was happy with how the book patched up all the relationships. What i found cute about this book is the weird names of all the characters: Bubby, Rider, Jenny Jo. Definetly names that’ll stick in your head for a while!

It was a cute read, it was a bit hard to get through the beginning couple of chapters but after that i was looking forward to reading it whenever i had free time. Also my decision to read a book based on the book cover hasn’t let me down yet again 😉

Recommend Fridays (2)

Recommended Fridays is a once-a-week spot, created by Amanda from Stuck in YA Books, where participating bloggers can recommend one of their favorite reads from any genre of their choosing. Bloggers who participate are asked to post the banner on their post and add their direct link on the linky below. If other bloggers are participating be sure to stop by and let them know

I honestly only bought this book because it was by Stephenie Meyer. I loved the twilight series, before the movies came out and messed it up for me, so i started reading this book. Honestly the first 50 pages were a bit confusing but after that…. WOW, i COULD.NOT.PUT.IT.DOWN!

The book was so addictive i stayed up all night reading it. It was amazing. I connected with Wanderer in a way i couldn’t with many other books. She was such a fighter, a lover, a peace maker. My heart ached when hers did. I also loved Melanie, Ian and Jared. Oh and Melanie’s brother. Those sister-brother moments were SO heartwarming. The internal conflict for each character was also so deep, real, and believable. This book blew my mind away. I am recommending it this friday because i feel The Host is overshadowed by Twilight and it is such a shame that many readers who didn’t enjoy twilight don’t consider reading The Host (i understand, the hype twilight is getting gets tiring after a while).
I practically enjoyed the flashbacks in the book, the setting is amazing. This book is the reason im trying to read other dystopians (i’ve always been contemporary/paranormal only reader).
Read it please!!!

What’s your Recommend Friday? 
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Top Ten Tuesday (1)

Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

Top Ten Tuesday: the weekly meme hosted by the lovely bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish.
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1. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: let me just tell you, this book has even been in my dreams; that’s how much ive been dying to read it, what keeps me going is that i’m finally in the month of its release (9 more days left!). Stephanie Perkings, your books have become my addiction.
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2. Matched by Ally Condie: I know i know, how could i have NOT read it? 1. the cover is pretty, and you all know THAT could bump a book pretty high in my TBR list. 2. the synopsis is WICKED. So why not? I think its because i saw a “trailer” and they basically showed the faces of the characters in the book. This bugs me ALOT since i always enjoy the freedom of imagining the character’s faces. Enough time passed and i forgot how they look so ill pick it up soon.
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3. Forbiddenby Tabitha Suzume: Honestly the synopsis makes me scared to read it. I guess right now i don’t want to feel sympathetic towards the characters’ love since its basically incest and feels wrong. However at the same time its only a novel and the book is very intriguing and its been getting raving reviews. I need to man up and read it!
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4. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: Ever since i read twilight a couple of years back (back when fans weren’t going crazy over robert pattinson or Taylor Lautner) i’ve LOVED vampires but an unfortunate read of an unmentioned vampire book made me hate all things vampirish. But i need to rectify the situation and im hoping the Vampire Academy will do that.
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5. Looking for Alaskaby John Green: I know, i know.. this book should be a reading 101 book and i can’t graduate to independent reading without finishing this. I just haven’t enjoyed that many books written solely from a male’s point of view. *puts it on the long TBR list*

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6. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit: I’m embarrassed to even write that i haven’t read this. My classics department is very lacking, i’ve got this and the hobbits, the giver, and others on my ASAP TBR list.
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7. The girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: oh the hype! this book has gotten here and on the blogging community. It was in every book store i went to, i vaguely recall reading the synopsis but put it down and forgot about it. I honestly don’t even remember what its about.
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8. Forever (book3 in Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy) by Maggie Stiefvater: Its the third book in the trilogy, what am i waiting for? fear of disappointment my friends trumps all. I am scared the third book would break my heart. The second book cracked my heart but i knew there was a third book to do damage control so i wasn’t that worried, this time.. oh boy.
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9. Firelight by Sophie Jordan: I’ve been spazzing about how BEAUTIFUL the covers for firelight and vanish, and dragons?! really? those are awesome since ive loved them ever since Harry Potter and the goblet of fire. Why haven’t i read it yet? i’m asking my self that same question now.
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10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: we already know the girl committed suicide from the synopsis. How can this book NOT stomp on my heart? its inevitable, and lately ive been gaurding my heart from any pain so i haven’t had the guts or strength to start reading it (yes, books have this much power over me). I’m hoping i’ll get to read it soon, because not reading it would be a shame.

Contest Craze Mini-Challenge: Lucky Number 7

Princess Bookie’s Contest Craze is in full swing! This mini-challenge is hosted by The Elliott Review.

TO ENTER:
  • Open a book you are currently reading.
  • Turn to page 7.
  • Count to the 7th word.
  • If the word is an article (a, an, the, etc), go to the next real word.
  • Type the word into a Google Images search, and select a picture that you can stand.
  • Create a blog post with the following information:
My book:
Where I Belong  byGwendolyn Heasley
 7th Word on 7th Page:
They’re
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Picture
Add a link to your post in the linky form at the bottom of this post to enter into to win.

Neglected Books (1.1)

So as part of this month challenge with Farah, we have chosen four books that we have been neglecting. Each week we decide on one of these books, read it, and then review it together.

The four books chosen are:

Back When We Were Easier To Love by Emily Wing Smith

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

10 Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

if you haven’t noticed we are doing one week contemporary, and the next paranormal.

We were excited about all these four books but for some reason never got the chance to read them (we’ve got tons of others on our TBR list so this challenge will be a monthly challenge).

First book is

Title: Back When You Were Easier To Love

Author: Emily Wing Smith

Genre: Young adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis (via Goodread)

What’s worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you’ve been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan – the love of her life and the only good thing about stifling, backward Haven, Utah – unceremoniously and unexpectedly left for college a year early. Joy needs closure almost as much as she needs Zan, so she heads for California, and Zan, riding shotgun beside Zan’s former-best-friend Noah.

Original and insightful, quirky and crushing, Joy’s story is told in surprising and artfully shifting flashbacks between her life then and now. Exquisite craft and wry, relatable humor signal the arrival of Emily Wing Smith as a breakout talent.

Thats how our conversation went:

Juhina: What do you think of the book?

Farah: It wasn’t as good as i expected, i felt like it was lacking the excitment factor…

juhina: in many roadtrip books right? such as Amy and Roger’s Epic detour? which was SUPER CUTE!

Farah: what about you?

Juhina: Honestly I was a bit annoyed at the protagonist at the beginning, because she was overly obsessed with Zan, and i didn’t understand her need to go see him after he ditched her, but what do i know? i’ve never been in love.

Farah: For me what i didn’t like in the beginning was how they converted from past to present but then i got used to and i got the hang of it and started knowing what was in the present and what was in the past

Juhina: right! that also confused me, sometimes i didn’t know whether she was recalling a memory or whether we were in the present, i got overly confused too.

Farah: When i first saw zan and how she described him.. it was the first time I didn’t like the female protagonist’s crush

Juhina: You know, he was actually cute when she remembered him, aside from thinking he’s better than everyone else, but i liked his gestures, but when she actually met him, he was a totally different person from what she rememebered and what i know of him so that kinda pissed me off

Farah: True, true

Juhina: but anyways i was rooting for her and Noah so i was happy that there was a chance that she could get over him

Farah: I really liked the ending, it was very realistic

Juhina: yes! after she got over zan, this is when i truely enjoyed the story, and it was cute seeing her with noah, and im happy that the ending was open ended

Farah: yea! because if she got together with Noah this fast, then i can’t help but mark her love for Zan as an immature teen obsession, so i was happy with that.

Juhina: how would you rate this book then?

Farah: a three and a half

Juhina: what does that mean?

Farah: umm… it means i enjoyed it as a fast read, but i don’t think i’ll read it again

Juhina: well yea, it was cute and all, but this was an easy read, i would give it a three. But i think this wasn’t for my age, maybe it would suit tweens better? so kinda unfair for me to judge it like that. But overall it was cute, i liked it!

Farah: i don’t want to make it sound as bad as you guys think. hahaha.. but if you’re bored and dunno what to read, try it out!

Juhina: ok great! so this wraps up the first Neglected Books post =)

Farah: Happy reading!

Recommend Fridays (1)

This is a weekly meme. It was created by Stuck In YA BooksA Cupcake and a Latte. Bloggers will tell others what is your favorite book and why you love it. This will include an genres of books (fiction particularly) . The blogger must add a link to where viewers can add their book to their TBR lists. (via Stuck In YA Books)

 

The book i’m choosing is a Young adult contemporary novel. It is a coming of age novel.

Synopsis:

Patty Taylor can handle anything. So what if the guys in her band dismiss her as just a pretty face, hired by their manager to make them more popular? She’s already survived a bad childhood, a destructive teenage relationship, homelessness, and working twelve-hour shifts washing dishes. Traveling with the band gives her a way to provide for Willie, the two-year-old son she adores.

But on a hot summer day in Kentucky, when Willie’s father shows up outside her hotel room, newly paroled from prison and intent on having her and his son back, Patty begins a journey that will change her from a girl who can put up with anything to a woman with a voice that can bring the house down.

 

This book blew me away. From the first page i was hooked. It was truthful, raw, honest, beautiful! Patty was a true female heroine that i look up to. She is a single mother trying to pursue her dream and still keeps going when everyone else puts her down. The relationship she has with her son is so heartwarming. Willie is so adorable, he was a source of many laughs throughout the book and of course heartbreaks because of his innocence and the apparent painful need for a father figure. I loved every single line of this book. I’ve recommended it to all my friends and every single one of them loved it. They would all curse me for making their hearts break but at the same time grateful to still know there are books that can touch our hearts and still mean something to us several years later. I’ve read the book almost 3 years ago and ive reread it countless times.

 

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Downtown Press; Original edition (April 6, 2004)
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