Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

303128605/5 Stars 

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

Published by: Simon and Schuster

Published date: May 2, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

 

I wasn’t expecting a third book! Nevertheless, I feel like the third book wraps up Lara Jean’s story very nicely. 

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a heartfelt story full of things I easily relates to. I can’t believe Lara Jean’s high school journey is finally over! This is a coming of age story. In To all the Boys I’ve loved before, Lara Jean witnessed the struggles of being the oldest while her sister is away at college. 

Now, Lara Jean faces the difficulty of leaving home, building a relationship, and finding herself.  I love that this book comes in a full circle in Lara Jean’s journey. While I am the oldest, I still relates to Lara Jean’s life. The sweetest moments in the book would be her moments with all her sisters and Peter K. 

This book is full of laughter, love and cookies! Even though Lara Jean’s high school journey ends, it’s the beginning of a new story.  Always and Forever, Lara Jean is definitely a book to be remembered. 

“At college, when people ask us how we met, how will we answer them? The short story is we grew up together. But that’s more Josh’s and my story. High school sweethearts? That’s peter and Gen’s story. So what’s  ours, then? I suppose I’ll say it all started with a love letter.”

Lara Jean

Waiting on Wednesday #4: Warcross by Marie Lu

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Title: Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Published by: Penguin Young Readers

Published date: September 12, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

Book Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

350016875/ 5 stars 

Title: Cinder & Ella

Author: Kelly Oram

Published date: October 1st, 2014

Publisher: Bluefields

Format: Paperback

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It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

 

This is the second book this year that made me laugh out loud like crazy. I love this book. It’s the kind of books that appeal you from the start. From the very first sentence, I knew I would like it.

Ellamara’s life is far from a fairy tale. After suffering from a tragic car accident that not only left her alone but also scarred physically and emotionally for life, Ella moved in with her step family and a father that had left her when she was eight. Moving from Boston to the sparkling city of Los Angeles, Ella struggled to cope with her disabilities and her accident. She turned to her best friend, whose internet name is Cinder.

Cinder is a character that you instantly hate at first. He is an arrogant and bad boy pop star, much like Oakley Ford in When It’s real. Cinder and Ella both leads a hectic life. However, they found comfort in each other through instant messaging and their love for books. They know everything about each other, well except for their identities. Throughout the story, Cinder and Ella will find each other off-line, and find their own happily ever after.

The main character is relatable, Ella has her own blog and she loves to read. I find her strength after the car accident admirable. I found her humor throughout the story entertaining.

However despite the light hearted romance, there are serious themes and messages in the book that was  glossed over. Ella, despite her physical disabilities (70% of her body was burned during the car accident) stayed strong. She learned to cope with imperfections in the life; she learned to cope with constant bullying in school.  This book also deals with a lot of abandonment issues, bullying, loneliness, love, family and friendships. The adversities that Ella went through broke my heart.

Overall, this is definitely a book recommend. It was cheesy, light and fun. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Happily Ever After. 

 

Book Review: Four Years Later by Emma Doherty

4/5 stars

Title: Four Years Later 

Author: Emma Doherty

Published date: May 1st 2017

Format:  Kindle

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The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Becca McKenzie is happy—crazy, ridiculously happy.

She might not have figured out what she wants to do with her life, but she has something better—Ryan Jackson—and they couldn’t be more in love if they tried. He might have been pissed when she went off to a different college, but they make the long distance work because they’re “Becca and Ryan”, and nothing is going to break them.

Until it does.

Until one terrible, unforgettable night away from Ryan. Until too much drinking and one empty bedroom. Until fifteen minutes of hell completely destroys her life and leaves Becca questioning everything she’s ever known.
Until that night turns into a lie she can’t stop—can’t control.

Until she said no but he didn’t listen.

Damn.
Let me start with my feelings, rather whats left of it. This book was totally not what I expected. Unlike from the first book, it was way more serious, intense and less happy. Instead of the usual “Becca and Ryan” theme, Emma created a vivid and shocking read.

First, the writing was awesome. Everything was perfectly weaved and put together.
Second, I cried. Tons. And I barely cry when I read books; with an exception from See you at Harry’s. I cried for Becca, for ‘Becca and Ryan’, for the fact that everything between Becca and Ryan will always be different.

Throughout the book I was waiting for Becca to say something. Anything. To anyone. To Sam. To Ryan. To Jake. To her family.

And when she did, my heart tore into pieces again, watching everything that she put up to be broken in to pieces left for only her to pick up.

90 percent of the book, I hated Ryan. That 10 percent made it up in the epilogue.
Becca, she definitely matured since the first book. Although the factors that caused her maturity was heartbreaking. I was still surprised that she took back Ryan through all that.

Sam was definitely one of my favorite characters, even though she knew she should’ve spoke up about what happened with Becca, she took her best friends feelings in first.

Unlike the first book, Jake was a *beep. How could he? Turn his back upon his best friend without actual evidence?

Nevertheless, the worst character by far, was Ryan. He was supposed to be there for her, through everything no matter what happened before that. Of course, all my hatred for them dissipated as soon as Ryan and Becca finally confronted.

God, this book was a roller coaster that starts from the top than rockets down few hundred meters like the KingDa Ka in Six flags. Fun, but also gut-wrenching.

Waiting on Wednesday #3: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

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Title: Lucky in Love 

Author: Kasie West 

Published by: Scholastic

Published date: July 25, 2017

Format: Hardcover 

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In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.