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YA Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Published:  December 21st 2010 by HarperTeen
Type: Contemporary, Romance
Paperback

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.

In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.

The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.

Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

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This book was not what i expected, when i first saw this book, my mind was like “This seems like it would be a fun read.” well i was soon mistaken. This book is actually really sad but like bittersweet. I wanted to read a book that was less on the sad note and more on the happy note. I didn’t get that with this book but i am happy that i did read this book cause it was pretty amazing read, yeah it does have some little minor flaws but the over all story was pretty epic.

The story does show a lot of Raw emotions and i thought the author did such a amazing job portraying those emotions in the book. Maureen writes such powerful characters in the book like Ginny. You watch her struggle with her journey but you see how brave and smart she is. and How crazy she was to actually go on this emotion wild adventure around parts of the world by herself. I honest don’t think i could do that.

The romance in the book was just adorable and so realistic. Ginny Falls in love with these guy but still follows the letters. She knew she would have to go homes at some point and knew in all reality she couldn’t stay in London. Tho i honestly have to say how disappointed i was in the fact that i didn’t get more of them two together. I guess at the end i hoping for more like Him going to america and going on his little adventure to see her and just aghh the feels.

Besides that there is this epic story with such impact and it becomes more then a love story but just coming out of shell and taking risk and really discovering life i guess you can say. The ending of the book with her aunt and really knowing her was just so freaking sad, i was in tears.

I might have wanted a sweet happy-fun book but i didn’t but i did get these crazy wild ride of a book. I did get left with more question and i heard there is another book so i will defiantly be buying it. I did feel like the story was short, maybe because when the end came and i was just wanting more. I read the book pretty fast. I am far from disappointed in the book and REALLY enjoyed it but i was wanting more towards the end. Even tho i do have to add it was pretty epic, I just need questions answered and more Keith and Ginny.

Overall: The story was very realistic and packed with emotions and and powerful story line and characters. The story was very intense on most parts and definitely worth the read. I really hope i get my questions answered and the next book and get more of Ginny and Keith and find out what else was in the letter number #13 ( Minor Spoiler……) That i didn’t mention in the full review but i most know.

My Rating:

star4

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YA Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Fangirl
Author:  Rainbow Rowell
publication:
 September 10th 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
Type: contemporary, Fiction, romance
Source: Amazon
Ebook

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book, The book was perfect to the tee. I been wanting to read this book for a while now, well because for one the book is called fangirl and i am a fangirl, so win, win.

Right in the beginning it already won me over, i just fell in love with ever detail in this book. I remember every time i used to switch schools and how awkward i was with meeting people and being social. I never been that social person, heck i still have that problem with being social. So i could totally relate to Cath on that part and of course her fangirl obsessions.

you follow the life of Cath she is a Twin, her Twin sister Wren is different then her. she is a more social person then she is, easily makes friends. But they where close. Cath and Wren did everything together. Until they started collage. Cath’s twin wanted to be more apart and for Cath to start making friends on her own. Which hasn’t been easy for Cath. She struggles with being alone and doing stuff on he own. And well she likes to spend her time in her fandom bubble writing fan-fiction. But with Cath’s new roommate, they start what i guess i can call a unusual bond. With a roommate also has a Perks, like Her so called “Boyfriend” Levi. I want to point out is also the coolest character in this book.

With Cath’s Struggle with everything of collage life and her Fan-fiction, you watch her battle with reality. To me Cath is pretty brave. She balanced so much in this book and we just watch in shock that she could handle it and come out strong. It was fun reading about her coming out of the safety net.

Cath and Levi start getting close later in the book and my gosh it was completely adorable and fangirl worthy. You see this amazing guy, Totally into her and she just doesn’t see it and it was so cute. To Cath the only man she cares for is Fiction Character Simon Snow, He was her world. But i can’t blame her..i have a Boyfriend and i still obsess over Fiction men…Specially threw High School….oh the wonderful memory’s. She was just so blinded to what real love was.

There was a lot of moments in the book where i was laughing, crying and just going crazy. The book was a wild ride but a fun wild ride. I bought this book one night and finished by the morning, like i stayed up all night just to finish this book. Now there is sooooo much more to this book then what i have mention..I am not gonna spoil anything major.

Do i recommend this book? WELL DUHH! yes, always a yes. This book was more then a book to me, it is my life and i am not even joking. if you are a fangirl or even a fanboy who can relate will love this book like it’s a bible. If you haven’t read this book yet…you must, like now. This book is one of those books i could re-read over and over again and not get sick of it, it’s that good.

star5

YA Book Review: Stargazing from Nowhere by Isabel Thomas, Marilyn Thomas


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: Stargazing from Nowhere
Author: Isabel Thomas, Marilyn Thomas
Published: July 22nd 2013 by Do Art Publishing
Type: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Ebook

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Kristen Morgan’s blog is about to get her into trouble. Deep trouble. Online, she is known as “Stargazer” from the popular Stargazing from Nowhere blog, while in real life she is a regular fifteen-year-old high school student. This online anonymity is quite liberating, allowing her to be completely honest with her readers. Through a twist of fate, Rising Tide, the band she has bashed the most online, ends up in her small town, which sends Kristen into an excited panic. To continue gathering fresh material for her blog, she poses as a Rising Tide fan. After sneaking into the band’s private party, she comes face to face with the band’s drummer, Michael Stevens, who happens to be even more gorgeous in person than she cares to admit. Something unexpected also happens to her when she meets him: she becomes giddy, nervous, and inarticulate, leading Kristen to realize that her interest in Michael has nothing to do with her blog, but everything to do with her heart. As Kristen and Michael grow closer, does she have to make a choice between blog or boyfriend…Or is the choice made for her?

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To be honest i liked the way the beginning was headed. The beginning had funny, and the Funny awkward. but more the story got the more “The Funny awkward” just was awkward and not funny. it got really boring. The funny doesn’t last long at all.

I did have a lot of Love/Hate moments with the character. Like i said she was funny and had me wanting to read more in the beginning but then she became the person who i wouldn’t hangout is. She become awful and just annoying. She would make me so mad. She knew what she was doing was wrong but yet she still did it…i just didn’t get it and i just couldn’t connect to it all. I am all about being Honest about how you feel about certain things but just to be hateful? No Thank you.

I had to stop reading the book after a while. I just couldn’t get pass Chapter 12 without being just totally mad with the whole thing. Maybe the book does get better to what it was like in the beginning but i highly doubt it by the way chapter 12 was heading. I wish i could have just bare threw and finished it but i just couldn’t.

I can’t say the book was a total mess, it did have it moments. Like i said the beginning was pretty awesome. And besides the main character all the other characters where really interesting to read about. specially the whole band guy group thing. I really wanted to know more about them. Maybe if the book wasn’t just in her P.O.V and we got to know all the characters then maybe i could have finished it. But also i always been more in the whole Dystopian, Science Fiction life…Then realistic romance book like this one.. This book reminded me that i don’t like these types of books that well. Yes i have read some really good books that where Contemporary, but this one i just couldn’t make myself like it.

Besides all that i can tell there is a good book hiding under all the mess. I am not trying to say the Authors didn’t good. I am sure they can write a really awesome book if they tried just a little harder. This book i feel like is set for certain readers that isn’t like me. I also can’t judge this book because me being a Science Fiction reader, i don’t think i can fully understand this world.

Overall: I wasn’t feeling this book but i hope others will.

star2

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