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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Goodreads:

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 !! 

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, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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From Goodreads

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, child 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!

 

Waiting on Wednesday #2: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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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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Goodreads:

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?

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine, which showcased an eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

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                                  This pretty much summarize my thoughts about this book

How excited are you guys?

Book Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

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Title: By Your Side

Author: by Kasie West

Published by:  Harper Teen

Published date: January 31st 2017

Format:  Paperback

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Goodreads:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.


When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

A boy and girl get stuck in a library? All weekend? I’m intrigued!

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Having read Kasie West’s books before, I was expecting a cute YA contemporary romance with well-liked characters. What I wasn’t expecting is that this novel digs deeper than that.

What’s different between this and other YA Contemporary romance is that By Your Side do not just tackles high school romance and drama. It touch on subjects like friendships, family, love, child neglect and mental illness. While this book touches brief on these subjects, it’s unmistakably there.

I love the bond and the understanding of Dax and Autumn, and how much they open to each other as the story progresses. The story line is easy to relate to, and fun to read. I highly recommend this book, and it has become one of my favorite Kasie West’s books.

My favorite quotes:

“It was hard to remember what I’d been so scared of. Being treated differently? Lack of acceptance? I was the one who hadn’t accepted myself for who I was. I was the one who needed to be comfortable in my own skin. I hoped I could do that moving forward.” – Autumn 

“Possibilities are exciting and endless. Realities are final” -Autumn

“Books, bringing people together.’ That would make a good slogan for the library.”-Autumn 

Book Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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Title: The Crown’s Game

Author: Evelyn Skye

Published by:  Balzer + Bray

Published date: May 17, 2016

Format:  Hardcover

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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

I have conflicting feelings about this novel. It’s very much has the premise of Ruined with a slight dose of Shadow and Bone The Crown’s Game is a fantasy novel set in Russia. We are immediately introduce to the three major characters. Vika, Nickolai, and Pasha.

Vika is an enchanter. She grew up on an island with her father and believing one day she would become the imperial enchanter not knowing she had an opponent to rival for that title.

Nickolai is an orphan and a enchanter. He is kind, considerate but also lonely. His one best friend is of course….

Pasha, the heir to the Russia throne.

Beginning this book, I thought it was pretty interesting. The IDEA The Crown’s game and it’s purpose fascinated me. I really loved the setting in Russia and it’s history. I can easily tell the author put a lot of research in the world building aspect and it is very well-written. I also liked the side characters in the story, it keeps it interesting every now and then.

However, there are some things that kept me from loving the book. The insta-love was unmistakable. It felt like the love triangle was just thrown in to add some angst and drama which didn’t work for me. It was also unnecessary. The book also was very slow-paced and did not hold much tension. It also lacked character development. Pasha, for example was just there to play the role of a Prince and a love interest.

Despite these, overall it was entertaining, and I find the Crown’s Game likable to some extent. I hope these flaws will be redeemed in the next book, and I definitely will read the sequel.