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February 2015

Book Review: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines-5 Stars!

Review from Goodreads.

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HOT DANG. This book. This book is a ROLLER COASTER! Blaire has been taking care of her sick mother for years until she passes away, and Blaire has no house, no money, and nobody. Her dad ran out on them after a car accident that killed Blaire’s twin. Since she has no other options, Blaire calls her piece of crap dad to see if she can stay with him, just until she can get stable. The night she arrives at her “dad’s” she runs into Grant-whom, I’m not gonna lie, at first, I was pulling for him, and wanted him to be her love interest! She pulls a gun on him, because you know, he’s a strange dude that just yanked her truck door open! I loved Blaire from that moment on. She’s headstrong and tough, but she knows when she’s at her breaking point and that something’s gotta give. You can connect with Blaire. I would want to be her friend!

I very quickly got over Grant, and moved onto Rush…

At first, Rush is a total JERK. But so sexy. Oh, the struggle. He is so complex and complicated. There were times when I just wanted to punch him, but alas, he had to go and do something sweet. or sexy. or sexy sweet. Rush is Blaire’s dad’s new wife’s son. HA! But really. Blaire’s father is surprisingly not at home when Blaire arrives looking for help, so she’s there with Rush, who, with the persuasion of Grant decides to let Blaire stay. Little do we know how bad Rush needed Blaire to stay away…

The relationship between Rush and Blaire is tumultuous. Blaire is this innocent, sweet girl, and Rush is a jaded, rocker, bad A, but they go sooooo good together. HOLY COWWWWW the moments between these two…I honestly can’t form a completely coherent blog post for this book because I love this book so much it hurts! I didn’t just love Blaire and Rush,  I loved the supporting characters also! Grant, Woods, Bethy… but Nan. OH how I hate Nan. Does anyone like that chick? Yeah I know, she went through some crap, but so did Blaire, and she doesn’t act like a spoiled little witch.

At the ending, when secrets are revealed, and Blaire is once again in the middle of heartbreak, I was so done. My heart is shattered!

Seriously, this book has very mature scenes, so be warned. But it’s not just that. It’s also about learning how to heal, stepping outside your comfort zone, and about love and friendship. I can not wait to get my grabby little hands on the other books in this series! This book sealed the deal for me, and I will forever read anything by Abbi Glines!

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins-5 Stars!

Summary on Goodreads.   Anna is a high school senior whose *horrible* dad (sarcasm) enrolls her in boarding school in Paris, at the School of America. Anna’s dad is an author who writes “novels set in Small Town Georgia about folks with Good American Values who Fall in Love and then contract Life-Threatening Diseases and Die.” When I was in middle school I read Lurlene McDaniel’s books all. the. time, and this description reminded me of those books!! I ate those books up like candy and absolutely loved them, but they are seriously just like the description of Anna’s dads’ books! Haha. Anna doesn’t know French, is dreading boarding school, and she feels all alone after leaving her best friends back in Atlanta. Basically, this is a contemporary young adult romantic fiction that left me fangirling, but it also had substance. I really liked the development of Anna’s character, and the secondary characters as well! I loved her friends- Josh, St. Clair, Meredith, and Rashmi. I felt that I could connect with Anna and the relationships she had with her friends…and later with Étienne. None of the character developments fell flat, in my opinion. I cried with Anna when she found out Bridge was dating Toph and didn’t tell her, I got mad with her when stupid Amanda Spitterton-Watts picked on her, and fell in love with Étienne just like she was. Yes this is a young adult romance, and I’m almost 26, but I honestly love this book so much. It didn’t feel young; the characters didn’t seem childish. Étienne is a British/American/French Masterpiece.  Anna is a dorky (in a cute way) southern girl, who loves movies, and is frequently in uncomfortable situations. Together, they are perfect! ❤ These are my picks for Étienne and Anna harry 3.178268         I know a lot of readers hate insta-love. But I can’t get enough of it. I LOVE INSTA LOVE! There was insta love in Anna and the French Kiss, but the book still had a plot. It wasn’t all happiness. Bad things did happen. Friendships became rocky. But that is real life, and I felt that even though it was insta love, it progressed realistically. It wasn’t just about the love between 2 teenagers. Yeah, that’s a major part of this book and I loved it, but it was also about growing as a person, and understanding life, and yourself. About treasuring your friends and finding what you value most, what brings you joy. Anna and the French Kiss is funny, sweet, romantic, and just pure enjoyable!   I highly recommend this one! I can’t wait to read the other 2 books in this series. I need to know more about Anna and Étienne! anna&thefrenchkisI love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadows and the soul.” 10013-i-love-you-as-certain-dark-things-are-to-be-loved-in-secret_380x280_widthFor the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person. And we’re finally home.”

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