Book Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

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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.. 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. 

 

Rachel

 

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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.

 Annie

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.

 

 

Book Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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Title: Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Published date: April 4th 2017

Format:  Paperback

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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.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

After I read the blurb, I knew I would love the book, the cover sealed the deal.

Bailey often talks with her online friend, Alex. Alex, her online friend lives In California, halfway across the country. Bailey then moves to live with her dad who lives in California.

As days went by she got a job at a museum.                                                                

Not only was it boring, she had a mutual hate to Porter Roth, a handsome and ignorant worker at the museum. After a few days and weeks, she and Porter develop a friendship and soon feelings for each other.

Bailey did not know that Porter is her online friend, Alex. And Bailey is Porter’s online friend Mink…YEP! I KNOW RIGHT! There were definitely moments that made me want to scream at them, like, THAT’S HER and THAT’S HIM. The entire book definitely got me on the edge of my seat.

At one point, my friend told me to stop shrieking because I was up to the middle of the book. Trust me. It. Was. So. Good. And Porter Roth, holy guacamole. *Turns on air conditioner*

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Alex Approximately, was a super fun book to read. I read the book during winter cuddled in blankets, hot cocoa and with the heat running, while there was a snowstorm outside.

Nevertheless, the summer setting has made me feel like it is summer outside, when it’s the complete opposite. 

This book was so cute and swoony (*ahem..more Porter please)  and SOSOSOSO FLUFFY!!!!! Alex approximately is definitely a MUST read !! 

 

Annie

ARC Review: When It’s Real by Erin Watt

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Title: When It’s Real 

Author: Erin Watt

Published by: Harlequin Teen

Published date: May 30, 20

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Format: Hardcover

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend. 
Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, chil

d of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

First, THAT cover. It’s PERFECTION!

You know that feeling when you’re on the beach, under the big umbrella and sipping cold lemonade while enjoying the summer sun? That’s how reading When it’s real feels like. This book is so beautifully written, and brings all kinds of feels and joy. I seriously love it. 

Meet Oakley Ford: spoiled, rich and famous. It’s been two years since he released his last album, and his popularity is slowly dwindling because he can’t seem to keep out 

of trouble. Oakley’s manager proposes a solution: a fake, normal girlfriend

Vaughn is unlike any character I’ve read. She’s smart, confident and full of fire. I love how she is doesn’t fall head over heels for Oakley. I love Vaughn’s devotion and love to her family. Vaughn sees through Oakley’s presumed indifference and cocky exterior. And we starts to see that the sides of Oakley that the fans don’t get to see. He is so much more to him than the just the son of a super star. There’s vulnerability in him that makes him more likable and real.

Me reading those hilarious tweets exchange between Oakley and Vaughn:

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This book is such a light and fun read. The atmosphere unlike, Paper Princess, is bright and warm and fills my heart with joy. I love the humor, the sassy moments and the side characters. It’s one of those books that just bring satisfaction just by thinking about it. When it’s real is definitely worth the read.

“All I want to do is sing and play guitar until my fingers bleed and my voice is sore”

Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.

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Check out the pre-order giveaway here!

Rachel