Welp That Lasted Longer Than I Thought

Welcome back to the Blog! So, it has been almost a month since my last post. I really did intend for it to only be a week or two, but here we are. This post will be pretty short and sweet but I did want to let you guys know I am back, why I have been gone for so long, how May turned out, and what the plan going forward is.

Before we get into the meat of this post I do feel like I need to address something really quickly, especially since there is so much happening in the United States right now. I am a white female, I will never understand the struggles of a black person in America, but I want to say that I support you, I hear you, and I stand with you. Black lives matter and treating black Americans any different than white Americans is unacceptable. We should all be able to go into a store and not have to watch that we are not being “suspicious”. We should all be able to have interactions with the police without wondering if we are going to be detained, or shot at, for no reason other than the officer felt “uncomfortable”; even when nothing has been done or said to the officer to make them feel uncomfortable. I may not know the proper way to help but I am learning, I am educating myself, and I am trying to help where I can. If you are offended by the saying black lives matter then please feel free to no longer follow the blog. If your argument is that all lives matter, you are correct. That is why we all need to be fighting against the injustices that black people face. They can not do it alone. It is going to take white people to stand up and say enough is enough for change to happen. And change needs to happen.

What Happened?

Obviously in the last post I was like “oh I’ll be gone for a week and then I will be back.” I can’t remember exactly what I told you guys in the last post but a week after moving I also went back to work, and since then it has been crazy.

To make a very long story short after we moved in I intended to come back and write my review for Delirium and get that posted. I also wanted to finish up Pandemonium and potentially write that review all before I went back to work. Unpacking ended up taking longer than I anticipated and by that point everytime I did something 5 other things would come up and ruin my plans. So I gave up on May by the middle of the month and just decided I would pick things back up in June.

Also I have now been working for 9 days straight because of people calling off work and us not being able to get others to cover shifts. Perks of being a store manager. On top of working those 9 days in a row our corporate office has lost their minds and gave us a mountain of things to do this week. We are only there 7.5 hours a day right now and only open for 6 hours right now. So trying to get anything done, on top of helping customers is about impossible. Oh and we have to do our normal shipment, while ripping the store apart to try to find places to place the new markdown product since we were closed for 2 months. Let’s just say unfortunately reading, and the blog, have been the last thing on my mind.

What Now?

Now we need to have a new plan, since clearly doing a post three times a week is unlikely to actually happen sadly. Right now I am thinking two posts a week, Monday and Friday. I might change those days around, but if I can get ahead on posts and get them scheduled Monday’s will work, and then I can write Friday’s post during the week. I make no promises that I will actually be able to stick to this but fingers crossed it will work out better.

Personal Update and Going Forward

Hello everyone! Good morning and welcome back to the blog. Today’s post is going to be pretty short and sweet but I wanted to give you guys a bit of a personal update and talk about how things are going to be on the blog going forward. At least for the next week or so. Things may change, but we will get into that.

I’m Moving!

The most important thing going on right now for me is that I am moving on Saturday May 16th. This has been a long process but I am glad that it is finally almost here. Getting this apartment was a struggle and a half and I am glad that it is done. We are moving 45 minutes from where we are now and moving with three cats…oh and it is supposed to storm. So that being said, I probably will not be posting again for about a week. I know, I know. It sucks. But I just don’t have the time right now to really focus on the blog, pack, take cats to the vet, do work for my masters, keep up on instagram, try to figure out when I am going back to work, and move. It is just a lot. I will be back though, I promise. And I am filming a vlog of the packing and moving process for my YouTube which will be coming soon. Probably the first week of June!

I’m Still Not Working

As you might have picked up on from the last few weeks and my statement above I am still not back to work. This is hard for me because I work in retail. I spend 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week around people. I am a pretty introverted person so at first I was okay, but now I have been away from my store, my team, and my customers for TWO MONTHS. I am struggling to say the least. I do try to message my staff at least once a week to make sure they are doing okay, but I think at this point everyone is just over not having answers. I hate not having answers for them. We have been given so many different dates and none of them have worked out. I currently have another potential date but I am not holding my breath for that to happen either. The state I live in has started to lift stay at home restrictions so we can open, the company I work for is just trying to make sure we are being safe and that both our teams and our customers are going to be reasonably safe once we open.

Since I still don’t know when we are going to open I am making cards to send to my team, if I can get everyone to send me their address. If not I will give it to them when we open back up. That is what I am doing tonight once I finish this blog post. I can’t sleep, and I’m procrastinating doing things for my masters.

I’m in Some Sort of Stage of Something at This Point

Yeah that was a vague heading. What I mean is I think I have gone through all of the stages of this pandemic situation at this point, but I don’t know what stage I am in now. When this first started I was panicking slightly because I do work in retail and I do work closely with customers. Plus a few members of my team live with family that is high risk for COVID so I was worried about them coming to work. Then once we were off work I went through about 2 weeks of obsessively checking the news and seeing what new updates there were. Then once I got out of that stage (I was now on week 4 of being at home and the second date we were given for return had passed and we were also told we would no longer be paid) I started having actual breakdowns from not being around people and being stuck at home all day every day. I would actually give myself panic attacks from watching the news. After about a week of that I realized I needed to just stop getting on social media and stop checking the news every 10 minutes. Now I am in that stage where I am frustrated being at home, but I am seeing the potential light at the end of the self isolation tunnel. We will not be going back to normal, but I am hopeful that a new normal will start soon. (Moving has also probably helped with this because it has given me something to do every day.

Going Forward

The final part of this post is just going to be about what to expect going forward. Once I get moved and get settled I plan to go back to my usual 3 times a week posts (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) at 9 am EST. I am hoping for one-two book reviews a week and some sort of other fun bookish post the other day. I also might do some personal updates from time to time. Once I return to work (who knows when that will be) I am still hoping to do three posts a week, but I may go down to two if I am not able to read on the scale that I want to.

This is all just the plan for now. Things can change, and as things seem to do right now they probably will. Thank you guys for understanding and I will see you all next week! (Hopefully!)

It All Began in Monte Carlo By Elizabeth Adler- Book Review

“But then, trust is often a misplaced emotion. Like Love.”

Maha, It All Began in Monte Carlo page 335

Author: Elizabeth Adler
Published: 2010
Pages: 372

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today I have a book review for you guys that I debated on doing. I was not a fan of the book at all. I wasn’t sure if I should even post about it because I wasn’t sure if I could write the review without ripping the book to shreds. But here I am, and we are going to see what I can do. It is 11:50pm and I have a cotton candy energy drink, so let’s do this.

Goodreads Summary

Sunny Alvarez and Mac Reilly always seem to find trouble in the south of France. This time, all the trouble began in Monte Carlo. Sunny’s relationship with Mac is in jeopardy and Monte Carlo beckons. Soon Sunny is pulled into a web of intrigue involving a series of robberies of high-end jewelry stores. Then there’s her wanna-be-new-friend, who turns out to be a sociopath, involved in the sale of sex and in blackmail. Plus there’s Sunny’s old friend, movie star Allie Ray, who owns a vineyard in France and who comes to help sort Sunny out, while at the same time sorting out the life and appearance of her old friend, Pru Holster, with a makeover that not only changes her dowdy overweight appearance, but changes Pru into an amateur detective. If Sunny doesn’t untangle this plot, she might end up an unwitting accomplice to theft, blackmail and even murder. When Mac shows up, he’s ready to do anything to get Sunny back, not the least of which is to solve the crimes and save her life.

My Thoughts

Alrighty where to begin. I guess first I should start by saying that I gave this book two stars even though I hated it. There was potential for the book and I really wanted to enjoy it. I think it could have been at the very least a three star read for me had some actual editing to the plot lines been done. I think that I am going to focus more of the review on what I did like, but obviously we will talk about what I didn’t like. We use a method of training at my job which we call Glows and Grows. Where you talk about the good things someone is doing first, and then talk about where they can improve. I want to use that method here, and then I will sandwich some good stuff at the end as well.

First and foremost the book did a good job picking plots that would be interesting. The book is about, as you saw in the goodreads summary, a girl whose relationship is in jeopardy that runs off and ends up finding herself wrapped up in jewelry robberies and other people’s drama. There are three main plots in this book; robberies, murder, and blackmail. All of those sounds great together, but only two of the plots actually work to move the book forward. I think Adler was on the right track with robberies and murders. If those had just been expanded upon instead of cut short for the blackmail plot I think the book would have been worlds better. I truly think that Adler just had too many ideas for this book. The plot for the blackmail itself was interesting, and had it been its own book I would have read it and enjoyed it. As well as I would have enjoyed this book if it has been just robberies and murders.

Now onto the things I didn’t love about the book, and there were a lot. So buckle up because this is going to be a roller coaster of a ride.

Blackmail. That is something we need to talk about. That plot did not relate to the rest of the book at all. The ONLY way it was even sort of related was because the blackmail happened to someone that Sunny seemed close with and Sunny tried to be friends with they psychopath that does it. Other than that it has ZERO to do with the rest of the story. It is not like the blackmail is happening because of the robberies or murders. Hell, the lady doing the blackmailing isn’t even related to either of those things (and trust me I would have been slightly better with this being included in the book had she been). The other problem with this story line was that it was overly sexual for a young adult book. I remember buying this YEARS ago because I liked the cover, it sounded interesting, and it was in the young adult section. Now I know that some new adult books that are meant for 20 somethings get put in young adult because the new adult genre really is kind of DOA. But to sell this book as YA with the sexual themes that were in it was a no go. If I was a parent and I saw my kid reading this book and saw that I would have been livid. It talks about sex clubs for god sake. I am 24 and even I don’t want to read about that. If that is what you do then good for you, but it ain’t for me. And it ain’t for kids or teens.

I also got pretty angry with the way that the characters thought about and acted towards Pru. “Pru looked like hell: overweight, unmade-up, and miserable. For a guilty minute she couldn’t blame the husband for trading Pru in for someone who in face, Pru herself said, looked the way she had looked not so many years ago.” I get that this book was written 10 years ago but I do not know when it has even been okay to think that someone cheating on someone else is justified because of the way that the person looks. Another section that got me, and I marked a lot, was when Allie’s husband was talking to Mac about where Allie and Sunny were and he said this about Pru: “plus Allie’s taking along another friend, from her high school days, who is also in despair and who, in fact, looks like a case for Extreme Makeover”. Take that as you will but this is pretty normal throughout the book. The book also pushed the message that being skinny is the way to be beautiful. No really, there is a line in the book that says “small is beautiful she reminded herself”. Here is what I wrote down word for word about this when I read it: why does the author feel like this has to be the message? I know it was published in 2010 but seriously…to be fair I am a plus size lady and I work with plus size ladies everyday in my job so I might be slightly more sensitive to this than the normal person. I just feel like that is the wrong message to push in any book, but especially in a book written for young girls.

The other major issue I had with this book is that you do not start getting to the point of the book until like 80 pages from the end. Im sorry but over 200 pages of useless bullshit was unnecessary in this case. Had the blackmail bits been chopped out the book probably would have been about 40 pages shorter and I wouldn’t have felt like it was such a complete waste of my time to read. There was absolutely no reason for this book to be over 250 pages, 300 if I am being nice. Also had all the bullshit been cut from the book the two good plots could have been expanded upon. I would have much rather read 300 pages about a jewelry robbery than what I read about this. And you thought you were getting a whole book about a jewelry robbery because that is what the book description says you are getting.

The only other decent thing I can say about the book is that throughout it there were a few cute moments with Mac and Sunny that I enjoyed. My favorite line from the book was “Strong men don’t cry.” “Oh yes they do when they find out the love of their life is still alive, that she has not been murdered and her body thrown by the wayside, that I’m here with her and I’ll never let her out of my sight again…” That was a sweet line, but sweet lines and decent plot ideas unfortunatly can not make up for shitty execution and plots that don’t even matter to the story.

That is it. There is my review. Honestly I can not recommend this book to anyone. The fact that is has over 3 stars on goodreads shocks me. If you do read this just be prepared for what you are in for. Clearly there are some people that liked it, and that is okay. Just not the book for me. And if you have similar tastes to mine you probably won’t like it either.

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The A To Z Bookish Survey Tag

Welcome back to the blog! I have dubbed today to be another tag day. I had a lot of fund doing the reading habits tag last week so I figured why not have some fun again. This week’s survey was found on Adventures of a Bookish Girl, who found it from Spines & Covers, who got it from Perpetual Page Turner. There is a lot of going back basically. Once again I was not tagged to do this and I am not going to tag anyone to do it, but if you are interested in doing it then you should. I don’t know what I am saying anymore…let’s just get into the questions

Author You’ve Read The Most Books From

I think that answer would be JK Rowling because I have read all of the Harry Potter books. Sarah Dessen is a close second though if not tied. I love Sarah Dessen books and seeing as most (honestly probably all) of them are stand alones I have read a lot of them.

Best Sequel Ever

Ummmmm if it has to be directly after the first one Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. If I could pick any of the books in a series it would be Winter by Marissa Meyer. Yes I just read these recently but they were just so good. It had a nice mix of sci-fi, romance, and fantasy to keep me interested and make me want to keep reading. Winter was my favorite though probably because it wrapped up the other three books and made me happy to see what happened with my favorite, and least favorite, characters of the book.

Currently Reading

The First-Time Manager by Jim McCormick- This book is more for my own personal development with work even though I have been in management for quite a long time. I am also reading it to try to see if there is any good information I can take to my team when we finally go back to work. All of my managers are pretty new to being in management so I am hoping this book will have some good stuff for them. Also if it does I may buy if for them for their birthdays, or for a holiday, we will have to see.

Apart from my work reading I am also trying to start reading The Selection by Kiera Cass as well as The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. The Kingdom of Back is for my book club but I just have not found the want to start it yet. The Selection is for a buddy read on the miniathon discord but I just haven’t been able to focus on it because of other things going on in my life right now. Here is to hoping I will figure it out at some point this month and read them both.

Drink of Choice While Reading

Usually wine or cherry sprite with cherry moonshine. I know those are complete opposite ends of the spectrum but that is just how I roll.

E-reader or Physical Book

Either one is fine with me. I would prefer a physical book but I do read a lot on my iPad using my Kindle app right now because of quarantine and not really being able to go out. I personally enjoy writing and flagging my books (I know I do the cardinal sin) and I have not found out a good way to do it with e-books. If you know how to do it with e-books please, tell me.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School

Pretty much any boy from any contemporary young adult novel. To keep it simple though I will go with two options. First and foremost Four from the Divergent trilogy. Please do not ask me why. I just found that I loved him as a character and even though he is kinda cold and emotionless at first he is a pretty cool dude. Oh and ya know he does warm after a while emotionally.

Second would be Cricket from Lola and The Boy Next Door. That boy is just so sweet. Granted if he acted like he did with Lola and was horrible at getting out that he liked me it might be closer to the end of highschool before we ever dated. But I also think he would make me really cool thoughtful gifts and help me make some dresses, so that would be fun.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

Most recently I would say Cinder by Marissa Meyer. If you saw my review you would know that I had actually tried to read it twice before and not been able to get into it. I can say I am glad I just pushed through because The Lunar Chronicles has turned into one of my favorite series of books I have read.

Hidden Gem Book

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. I love Sarah Dessen books. Absolutely love them, but this one hit the nail on the head about how I was in highschool. Cynical and felt like the person who liked me shouldn’t. I wish I would have actually read this book back when I was in high school because I think it might have made a world of difference in how I treated relationships.

Important Moment In Your Reading Life

Deciding to actually talk to people about the books I am reading. Starting this blog. Starting my bookstagram. I have always loved to read and always stayed quiet about it because it just wasn’t something anyone around me wanted to talk about. I have found my voice with this blog, and have enjoyed every second of getting to know Kira, Cait, Rylanne, Magdalina, Stajiah, and everyone else that has participated in the miniathons every weekend. It has made me feel 1. a lot less alone in my love of books, and 2. a lot less alone in general. I have not really had human interaction other than with my boyfriend and the cashiers at the grocery stores in 7 weeks. I work retail 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 40 hours total. That is a lot of time where I am around people and this change sucked for me at first. Had I not decided to just do bookstagram I am not sure what I would be doing right now, and I really am not sure how I would have made it through the last couple of weeks of stay at home orders.

Just Finished

It All Began In Monte Carlo. If you are on the discord with me you know how much I hated this book. I will write a review on it, but I am honestly just trying to figure out how to say the things I need to about it without ripping the book to shreds. So I am holding off until I can do that.

Kind of Books You Won’t Read

Anything with too many plot lines that do not come together at the end. If the third plot in your book has absolutely nothing to do with the other two plots I am somewhat enjoying I might end up rage reading it, but I will be angry the entire time. I will also give it 2 stars at most. Authors need to just edit their ideas a little bit and understand that every idea you have does not have to be in one book. If you have two good ones but it still isn’t long enough EXPAND ON THE TWO YOU ALREADY HAVE. Don’t throw a third in there that makes zero sense. Just don’t. *cough*It All Began in Monte Carlo*cough*

Longest Book You’ve Read

The longest I have completed was for sure one of the Harry Potter books. If you just want to know the longest I have tried to read that was The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I was never able to finish that one and I want to try it again. I enjoyed the movie so maybe now I will enjoy the book? Especially now that I am not dwelling on the Twilight Saga.

Major Book Hangover Because of

This is a hard one for me. There are so many. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth is one of them. The book had a good ending, and it didn’t leave unanswered questions but I just wanted so much more from that world. To the point that I was buying up all the short stories and companion novels that I could find just so that I didn’t have to let that world go. I am still PISSED at Veronica Roth for the ending of Allegiant and I am PISSED at the people who wrote the movie for giving me false hope. I have yet to forgive them for that. Probably never will.

The other one that comes to mind is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Again one of those series that answered all the questions by the end, but I just wanted more. There are two companion novels to this series that I want to read BUT I refuse to let that world end so I am putting them off. I am sure I will read them before the end of the year but I have things I need to do right now and I can’t spend a whole week stressing over those books when I have to work on moving.

Number of Bookcases you Own

One small one at the moment because I am in an apartment without all of my books. I do hope to get a larger one soon, but I don’t think I will need more than two for awhile. Especially with the style of bookcase I am wanting to get.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

The Harry Potter series. To be honest I wish there were other ones, I am actually sure there are other ones but I just can’t remember any more than these.

Preferred Place to Read

I really don’t have one. Anywhere that I can get comfortable and read without having to worry about people trying to talk to me and interrupt me while I am reading. So at home that is usually in the living room since my boyfriend usually goes straight for the bedroom when get gets home. Once we move it will be our second bedroom that I am planning on turning into a reading room/office/cat room.

Quote That Inspires You

“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”- Alice In Wonderland

I have a soft spot for all things Alice but I will let you all come to your own conclusions on why I like this quote the most.

Reading Regret

Mine doesn’t have to do with any particular book actually. It just has more to do with a bookish habit that I have. I regret not reading the books I want to just because I am afraid others will judge them and think they are stupid. Who cares what I like to read. I like to read it. But I constantly find myself either not reading, or not talking about, book that I think other people would find silly. I need to stop that. I really do.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out)

There are not many, because I either read the books as they come out, don’t know they are a series, or read them once they all have come out. The only series I can think of that I have not finished yet is Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. One of these days I will finish it. I just don’t know what day that will be.

Three of Your All Time Favorite Books

Three. Your Killing me. Okay so I am basic so here we go.

A Child Called It: I have very vague memories of this book because I read it YEARS ago. I remember it being about child abuse and I remember feeling sad for the character. This book was one of the first ones that taught me that not everyone goes through the same things and life that I do and that I don’t know what they are dealing with and that I can’t judge them based off the small details I do know.

Where The Sidewalk Ends: This is one of the few poetry books I have ever liked. I still smile every time I see this book on a shelf somewhere. I need to read it again sometime soon.

If You Tell: This one is a more recent book but it is a really good one. I actually have a review of it on the blog. It is a true crime story about three sisters who are abused and beaten by their mother. It is a chilling story and not one that should be read if you are not prepared for it to be graphic. I have always enjoyed true crime tv and this is the book that made me realize I also enjoyed true crime books.

Unapologetic Fangirl For

I’ve got to say Harry Potter. I know that the love for that has grown over the years but there are still so many people in my life who do not understand why I love these books so much. I used to hide it, but now I do not. I will have the pop funkos in my living room at the new apartment if I can talk my boyfriend into it. Don’t you worry. (He will probably make me put them in my office, but he really doesn’t care how I decorate for the most part because it makes me happy and he doesn’t have to do it)

Very Excited for This Release More than All The Others

Before today (May 4th) I would have said The Glamourist which is the second book in the Vine Witch series. As of today the corrected answer is Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer. I was hella shocked to see it announced today that she would FINALLY be releasing that book. I enjoyed Twilight when I was younger and I am very interested to read that story from Edward’s point of view. It comes out on August 4th (the day before my boyfriends birthday). So you best believe I will be preordering this once I move so that I can have it that day.

Worst Bookish Habit

This really can just relate back to the reading regret section. Other than that I would say skimming pages to look for dialogue when I am not fully enjoying a book. I will just skim and get the gist and move on if I can because if I get too bored I will start to hate the book, even if the book is okay.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the Top Left of You Shelf and Pick the 27th Book

Alrighty, thankfully I have a picture of my current bookshelf set up on my phone so I can just use that to talk about it. Sense and Sensibility. Yeeeeah, I have not ever read this book. I went through a phase where I wanted to try reading classics, but I just was not able to get in to them. So it sits on my shelf, waiting for me to give it another go.

Your Latest Book Purchase

For myself, or in general. For myself it was a box set of The Lunar Chronicle books and the companions. In general it was a pitch in for three of the illustrated Harry Potter books for Kira for her birthday. A bunch of us that take part in the miniathons pulled our money together to get those for her. She was so excited.

Zzz- Snatcher Book (Book That Kept You Up Way Late)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins is the most recent one. I started to read that book while I was in a reading slump and ended up staying up until 3am to finish it because I just didn’t want to put it down. Totally worth a read if you are ever looking for a contemporary YA book that you can just read pretty quickly.

If you have made it to the end congratulations, you have earned yourself a gold star. That was a lot longer than I thought it would be but I hope you guys still enjoyed it. See you all in Friday’s post, which should be the book review for Winter by Marissa Meyer, but we will see how I am feeling!

Winter By Marissa Meyer- Book Review

“What did you bring me today? Delusional mutterings with a side of crazy?”

Scarlet, Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: 2015
Pages: 821

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! After a week break from blogging and some time having a mental breakdown I am back to do the book review for the final book in The Lunar Chronicles, Winter. Sit back, relax, and get ready to hear my thoughts. Also there will totally be spoilers for the rest of the series in this one, I will try to label them though, so if you do not want to see spoilers wait until after you have finished the series to read this review!

Goodreads Summary

Princess Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She’s said to be even more breath-taking than her stepmother, Queen Levana… When Winter develops feelings for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin. But there are stirrings against the Queen across the land. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even find the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter claim their happily ever afters by defeating Levana once and for all?

My Thoughts

Winter is definitely my favorite book in the series, which is not something that I say often about final books. I feel like somehow authors usually drop the ball when the write the last book in a series. Marissa Meyer did not disappoint me, thankfully. I got everything I could have wanted, romances that I loved paned out, battle scenes, all of the plots wrapped up, all of my questions answered, AND no knife through my heart. I was expecting a knife to be stabbed into my heart towards the end based on something that happened, so I was glad it didn’t. I couldn’t go through another Veronica Roth Allegiant scenario again.

This book was loosely based off of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs….if I remember that story correctly. I wasn’t totally in love with the storyline of this book, but it wasn’t bad. I understand why Princess Winter was made into a total nut job, but I still didn’t love it. However, for being a head case she really was a pretty smart girl…just had to get her through the bleeding walls….Okay I have said enough about that, I really don’t want to spoil the story for you. There is just so much going on in this book, there is always something new happening.

Even though I loved this book there were a few things I didn’t like, and it mostly stems back to the issues I had with Cress. Since this is the fourth and final book in the series it is over twice as long as the first two books. There were so many plot lines that had to be wrapped up. Since each book, including this one, was based on a different fairytale the main plot of the book had to be set up, and then you had to follow along with everything from the other three books as well. I didn’t love having like 10 characters to follow, as well as all their individual story lines. There was so much going on that at times you wouldn’t read about a character for 100-200 pages and then you would have forgotten about them. There were a few times where Wolf was off doing god knows what and I stopped and had to think about where he was and why there was nothing being said about him. I also have a bone to pick with Wolf and Levana. That bitch is a bitch. If you have not learned that by now. WHY DID YOU HAVE TO GO OFF AND DO THAT TO HIM?!?!? YOU ALREADY RUINED HIS LIFE THE FIRST TIME!

Despite my two very small annoyances I did love the book. Cinder and Kai are the power couple I wanted (though I’m still not 100% sure how that all ended….but I will talk about that later on in the review), Scarlet showed me that she really was the sweat heart I thought she was (this goes back to the Wolf/Levana storyline that made me angry), Cress managed to make me like her just a little bit more than I did in her own book, and Winter well she was the start of the show, even if Cinder should have been. I know Cinder was the real Princess Selene but Winter really showed that she could have ruled Luna, if only they didn’t have such strict laws and superstitions.

I recommend this series so much. If you have time to read it PLEASE sit down and read it. Meyer’s did a fantastic job creating this world and balancing the retellings with the real stories. 5/5 starts, 100% recommend. Just make sure you read the other books first or you will have no idea what is going on. This series is going on my re-read list to be sure.




Now on to some spoilers for the book and the series! I know I don’t include these often but I just have so many thoughts.

Let’s talk Winter and her Lunar gift. I am still back and forth on my feelings about her being touted as being delusional and crazy. Clearly she was, but I don’t know how much I liked it, or disliked it for that matter. The whole plot line with her is based off the fact that if you don’t use your Lunar gift you will go crazy. The girl hasn’t used it in years and you go almost the entire book not really understanding why. There were about 100 times that they could have gotten out of trouble if she would have just used her gift. I kind of feel like it was over done. I mean the girl would turn into ice and not be able to move or breath and the walls of the castle would bleed. Those bits were a little creepy to me. I don’t know what I would have wanted her delusions to be, but I definitely was not prepared for those to be it. In the end we find out that she doesn’t use her gift because she tried to save someone from hurting themselves (if you have read you know what I am referring to) only to later find out that they were being hurt by someone else. (I refuse to speak the name of the dude because I HATED him, and he didn’t even have that many parts in the book) She wants everyone to be able to make their own choices and not to have their choices made for them. So I get it, it shows the strength she really has, BUT YOU COULD HAVE SAVED YOURSELF QUICKER HAD YOU USED IT!

Next we need to talk more about Wolf, because this was part that just ticked me off to no end. Why did LEvana have to have him turned into the even worse version of himself? Was she really too stupid to realize that that was not going to change his allegiance, no one wanted to be sided with her unless it suited them.I just constantly felt bad for Wolf in this book, and really throughout the entire series. He has to kill his brother, he finds Scarlet, then he is taken away from Scarlet, then he is turned into a horrible monster who shouldn’t have any control over his own actions, then he is used to try to fight his friends. In the end Scarlet does still love him and they end up together, so I am glad he got a happy ending but geez the guy could have been cut some slack at any other point. Oh and his mom dies, so he has no family.

Cinder and Kai were still my all time favorite couple in this book. There is absolutely no reason that should have been the case, but it was. The only thing I was a little confused about was what is actually going on with them. At the end of the book once Cinder is queen of Luna she has to stay there and Kai obviously has to return to New Beijing because ya know, he is the emperor. Someone just tell me the logistics of how this is going to work, that is all I need. I was also slightly shocked that Cinder said she didn’t actually want to be queen of Luna. Though Kai was cute asking if she would ever consider being empress someday. I hope for their sake that it all works out because they be cute. I would love it if Meyer’s would write even just a short story, or small companion book that talks about what actually happened with all of the main characters from the books (So basically Cinder/Kai, Scarlet/Wolf, Cress/Thorne, and Winter/Jacin). I would love just a little more time with these characters.

That is all I have for this book. So let’s talk about what is next for me in terms of The Lunar Chronicles.

I still have the two companion novels, Fairest and Stars Above, to read. I am giving myself a little bit of a break from the series because I really want to simmer on the last book before I jump into the companions. That is not something I do often, but I just feel like it is what is best for me. I am also moving next week (if the papers come so I can sign them -.-) so I don’t want to get too deep into books that I want to binge until after I move. Because I know myself and I will read those instead of pack. I am already having that problem with Animal Crossing. So for the foreseeable future there will be no more reviews on this series, but it will make a come back, hopefully within the next month or two.

Have you finished this series? What are your final thoughts on it? What other book series would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below and I will see you all on Friday!

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April 2020 Book Wrap Up

The end of another month of quarantine and another month of reading. This month I participated in the OWL readathon so I read most of my books for that. I did not read quite as many as last month but I did start my classes for my Masters in Human Resource Management backup mid April. That probably had something to do with my reading. I still managed to read quite a bit considering. I was also off work the entire month. Fingers crossed I can go back in May, but if not I get to move so there is at least something new going on.

This Months Books

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning: This was my first book this month. I used it to complete my first 12 hour readathon and I really enjoyed the book. This is sort of a retelling, but more an origin story for Ursula from the Little Mermaid. I had a tough time getting into the book at first but once I finally did I enjoyed it. I did a full review on the book here on the blog already so if you are interested in reading that just click on the bolded title and it will take you right there!

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith- This was a book that I did not know about before this month. I found it on kindle unlimited and originally thought it was called The Wine Witch. That still would have been an accurate title to be honest. It was a fun little book to read and I read it the same day that I read Sea Witch. I do recommend this book, and bonus it is a newer book and the sequel comes out in June. I already have it on my wishlist and ready to pre-order once we move and I have an exact date of where to ship it to. I also wrote a blog post for this one (I wrote a blog review for all of these so just click the name and you will be taken there).

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander by JK Rowling- I don’t have much to say about this book. I did not write a review on it, but I read it for my OWLs. It was a cute book and I enjoyed it. I mostly enjoyed it because on the Kindle it is a Kindle In Motion book where some of the pages are animated. It made me feel like I was reading a real book from the wizarding world. It is more of a coffee table book, but if you are interested in the pictures of the beasts it is interesting.

My Big, Fat, Fake Wedding by Lauren Landish- So this book was a shock to me. I was not expecting it to be a NSFW smutty romance book that is for sure. I enjoyed it though. I could have done with a few less of the extremely vivid NSFW scenes but I was reading it at home alone, so I didn’t care too much in the end. It wasn’t my favorite book I read this month but it did make me laugh and it got me my third book for my OWLs.

If You Tell by Gregg Olsen- I was not expecting this book at all. I enjoyed it but I thought it was going to be a murder mystery book. It was not. It was a true crime book. It was very well written and told the story of the victims very well. I won’t go into more detail here because there are some triggering things in the book. Read the book, and the review, with caution. Also Gregg Olsen commented on my post on Instagram about the book. Highlight of my month for sure!

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen- I love myself a good Sarah Dessen book. I have loved her books since high school. I related to the main character in this book so much. More so when I think about how I was in highschool, but I did relate with her. Also I got a bit sappy about my boyfriend in that review, so it is worth a glance even if just for that.

Missing by Shelley Shepard- Me and this book. We have a love hate relationship. I bought it years ago and ended up reading it because it was the only book I had that started with an M (which I needed to read for an OWL prompt). The biggest gripe I had with this book? On the back of the book it said it was going to be about the murder of an Amish boy. IT WAS NOT. That was in there but it was totally a background for a love story that was going on. I hated it on that principle, but the love story was cute.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer– I loved this book. I will say that now and forever. I had tried to read this book twice before now and just never got into it. It was chosen on Instagram as a book to read so I tried it one more time and then I was hooked. I finished the book in one day and I immediately bought the box set of books (with the covers I liked) so that I could continue reading the series.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks- My love hate relationship continues with this Nicholas Sparks book. The Last Song is actually one of my favorite movies, right behind Sweet Home Alabama, but I almost always dislike the books that Nicholas Sparks rights. This is the third one I have read in two months and while I really enjoyed it I still don’t know how I feel about Sparks as an author. I have three more books on my self by him that I need to read. Maybe I am finally old enough to enjoy his books. We will decide that another time. For now, this is a good read. Just be warned it is much longer than it looks like it is.

Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins- This book. Great. I was in a reading slump so I ended up trying to find another book to read that I thought would get me out of it. Lola was that book. Lola and Cricket were the best. This was such a cheesy YA book but I read it in about 7 hours and smiled the whole way through. There are two more books in this “series” I dont even know if you can call it that, but I am looking forward to reading them as well.

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerThis was book number two in The Lunar Chronicles and it was fantabulous. I don’t have much more to say in this recap other than that. Worth the read. Read Cinder, read this, read them all.

Cress by Marissa Meyer- With this book (the third in The Lunar Chronicles) I finished out my OWL requirements…three weeks into the month. It was my least favorite of the entire series but I still enjoyed it. It was a 4 star book for me instead of a 5 star.

Winter by Marissa Meyer- The review for this book will not be up until Monday, but it was perfection. It was over 800 pages and I read it in like two days of reading. Let me tell you it brought in a new storyline but managed to wrap everything up with a bow and answer all of my questions. I highly recommend this series if you have not read this yet.

It All Began In Monte Carlo by Elizabeth Adler- My least favorite book of the month by far. I picked it up for the final 12 hour readathon of April. I spent the entire readathon reading it and hating it. I kept reading it on principle hoping it would get better. It did not. It wasn’t horrible, but I would never have read it had I know how many non essential things happened in the story. I will have a review up for it in the next week or so, but just don’t read this book. It isn’t worth your time.

So there you have it. I ended the month out reading 14 books. Not as many as the crazy amount I read last month but nevertheless still a good chunk. I also completed my Goodreads reading challenge for 2020 this month….oops. So from here on out it is just going to be about seeing how many books I can read. If quarantine continues much longer I foresee me getting a lot more books done that I would in a normal year.

Cress By Marissa Meyer- Book Review

“It starts with kidnapping the groom.”

Cinder, Cress

Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: 2014
Pages: 552

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today is the long awaited (not really it’s been like two weeks) review of Cress the third book in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I have done reviews previously on Cinder and Scarlet if you are interested in checking those out as well. If you have not yet read the first two books in this series please read cautiously. There could be some spoilers for those two books in here. I will try to keep the spoilers about this book, and the two previous to a minimum.

Goodreads Summary

Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

My Thoughts

Cress was by far my least favorite book in this series. (I have read Winter at the time of writing this so I can confidently say this) The book was not bad by any means just was not my favorite new plot line. It may stem from the fact that Cress just isn’t one of my favorite characters. It also could be that my biggest gripe with this book was that by this point we were already starting to border on too many characters to remember. Just from Cinder and Scarlet we had Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Thorne, Levana, and Sybil. As well as all of the characters that were part of their individual stories. With Cress we add in another main character, Cress, as well as a multitude of other characters that we meet throughout the book. It was a lot for me.

Though I liked Cress, as a character she was my least favorite so I just didn’t enjoy reading her entire story. That was probably just a me problem though because I know there were quite a few people that loved Cress. And Cress and Thorne. I just didn’t care for Cress’ back story and I also just didn’t care for how they were forced together. I am all for a good love story, but I was more focused on the love stories from the last two books. With that being said I did really like how Meyer’s was able to add the story lines we see from the first two books into this book. It was a great continuation and really made the idea of all of the characters paths crossing even more realisting. Apart from the overload of characters, which to be fair you are likely to get with you have really any series of books.

This is one of the few times I have gotten mid series of a book and have not felt like the book could have been completely skipped. You really do have to read this book to understand the last book. I know a big gripe with some of these books is that the endings are so abrupt, but they are meant to be that way. You are meant to have to read the following books to get resolution. Not many series that I have read have done that as well as this series has.

With all of those thoughts out on paper let’s talk about my rating for this book. I actually rated it a 5 star on Goodreads immediately after reading it. I think I was very stuck on what happened at the end of the book at that time and didn’t really think about the book as a whole. As a whole the book is good. It was not overwhelmingly fantastic like the rest of the books have been for me though. If I did not reread series the way I do I would probably not even reread this books. Which is why I am giving it 4 starts. If you have not yet read the series or you are trying to decide if you should read this book or skip it, read it. Though I did not care for the plot in this book you do get a little bit of movement on plots from the first two books and you will need to know what happened in this book to understand what happens in Winter. If you have not read the first two books though you HAVE to read those before you read this. If you do not you will be confused and it will make you hate the book.

Now for those of you that are dying to know my opinions on specific things that happen in the book keep reading. I have included spoilers about some of my favorite scenes and relationships in this book. If you do not want spoilers do not read any further!




Now on to some spoilers for the book and the series! I know I don’t include these often but I just have so many thoughts.

First and foremost I love that Iko FINALLY gets a new body! What I love even more is that it is an escort body and she actually looks like a human. I had become so accustomed to her being a ship or being in what I assumed was a metal body that this just made me happy for her.

I was also very shocked that the kidnapping actually worked out well in the end. Usually Cinder’s plans don’t go to plan and it causes chaos. Not that I am saying it went to plan, but they were able to kill Sybil so I think that was a decent consolation prize.

Jacin is one of my more hated characters in this book. I know he just wanted to get back to Princess Winter, but the asshole sold them out!

I also am very up and down about the whole Thorne/Cress relationship. I find it a bit odd how obsessed she is with Thorne. I know she she been on the satellite for years by herself and she felt close to him but it was just odd. Oh also, how old is Cress? For that matter how old are any of the main characters in these books. That is something that really isn’t addressed and if it was I totally missed it. In my mind they are all like 18-20 but I think they are actually like 16-18 years old. Im at a loss for that one. I don’t have too much of a gripe with age, I just realized I really don’t know how old any of them are.

And finally let’s talk about Kai and Cinder. My favorite couple of the series, probably just because out of all of the fairytales that these have been based off of to this point Cinderella is my favorite. Kai honestly took finding out that Cinder was Princess Selene pretty well. He also took finding out that Cinder had a retinal display in her eyes even better than I expected. I guess that shows just how much loving someone can change how you feel about certain subjects. Like Cyborgs.

That is all I have for this book. Check back next Monday for my review on the final book in the series Winter where I talk about my feelings about the series as a whole, as well as what is next for me in terms of The Lunar Chronicles. See you then!

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My Reading Habits- Bookish Tag

Welcome back to the blog! This is the first time I am starting off a week with a blog post that is not going to be a book review, I am not sure how I feel about that. Actually I do. I am excited about it because it means I finally am caught up on my reviews and I am not playing catch up. Anyway, today I am going to be doing a tag that I found on Dreamland Book Blog it is a tag from 2013, so I am way behind on this but I still thought it would be something fun to do. The original creator of this tag was TheBookJazz but the video is no longer available on YouTube and the channel has no content anymore. 😦

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

As of writing this blog post I do not, though I do end up reading on my couch most of the time, not because it is comfortable or anything, but just because it is convenient. Also when my boyfriend is home he is usually watching t.v in our bedroom and I prefer to read without the tv being on in front of my face. I do however have plans to set up a little book nook/office/closet at our new house and I am so excited. I am going to include some pictures of the inspiration pictures I have been using when making trying to pick items.

original picture from: bohotribex
link to picture: https://www.instagram.com/p/B6AooBLnToP/?igshid=1h7kqv4x5aid6
Original picture from: Tapestry Girls
Link to product: https://tapestrygirls.com/products/wall-vine-led-lights
original picture from: Jasmine Moonsong
link to picture: http://jasmeinemoonsong.com/wednesday-february-19-2020/

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Totally depends. Bookmark if I have one, but I usually lose them. So then I resort to random pieces of paper until I print out a cute clip art image and cut it into a book mark…and then lose it again and start the process all over.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

Oh this one is good! I can stop pretty much anytime as long as I am not in the middle of a page. If I am in the middle of the page I will walk around with my book in my hand open to that page until I can finish it. I only put it down with a bookmark(or paper) in it and fully walk away if the page/chapter is complete. Whatever I am closest to finishing.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes ma’am! Which I have had to bad a few times though mostly when I am reading something for school. I had a Mango Dragon Fruit Lemonade from Starbucks fall on my book the other day and I started to stress because it is pink. Eating is a little harder so I really only eat snack type foods while I read. ( I was so going to add a picture of the drink but do you know how hard it is to save a stock picture of a Starbucks drink….impossible….)

5. Multitasking- Music or TV while reading?

NEITHER! Okay to be fair I could do both, but I choose not to. Music is good only if it does not have lyrics and I can not sing along with it. The best thing I have found for this is classical music of anytime and Disney instrumentals. As for TV, personally I don’t watch it because then I don’t know what is going on in the tv show or in the book, however I can listen to the tv show if I am not in the same room. I don’t know why. I think I just can’t resist looking at the TV if I am in the same room as it.

6. One book at a time or several?

It depends on the situation. I try to do just one for fun book at a time so that I don’t start to get plots mixed up when I am writing reviews. If I have a book I need to read for school or one I want to read for work though I will read those at the same time as my for fun books. That is only because it is very clearly information that is not going to make me forget what is going on in the fun book.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Most of the time at home, unless I am listening to an audio book. If I am listening to an audio book then I will listen to that on my way to and from work and while I am at lunch. I don’t always like to take my books out in public because I am forgetful and I am afraid I will sit them down and lose them.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

This is another one that totally just depends on the situation. Most of the time in my head but if I am having a particularly hard time following what something is saying I will read it out loud. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the books that because of the language I have to read it out loud multiple times to understand what is going on sometimes.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Yes and no. No if I really like the writing of the book and am loving the story I will read every word. Now, if I enjoy the story and the dialog but not particularly the writing I do sometimes find myself skimming the page for important information and skipping to the next section of dialog. That is pretty rare though to be honest.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

So I have only every broken the spine on purpose one time and it was because the book was so heavy and was taking me so long to read that my thumb started to cramp up. To be able to read the book I had to break the spine because I just couldn’t hold it like that anymore. Personally I don’t mind either way, I have books with broken spines and without them. The only ones that I get a little upset about are books that are brand new to me. But also no one ever asks to borrow my books, so it isn’t too big of a deal.

11. Do you write in books?

This is like the cardinal sin right here, and some people do and some don’t. I have some books that I have written in. I went through a phase recently where I wanted to write in the books to make doing reviews easier. I think the worst part is I do write in pen sometimes…I am currently trying to find out a better way to annotate books that works for me, so we will see if I continue to write in books. If I do I will make sure to do a post about how I annotate my books!

There you have it. 11 bookish reading habits your mostly likely didn’t know about me! I would love to know your reading habits! Leave them in the comments down below!

Scarlet By Marissa Meyer- Book Review

“Well, this proves it doesn’t it? The princess really was here.”

Thorne, Scarlet Page 323

Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: 2013
Pages: 454

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today I will be doing another book review, this time for Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. This is the second book in the The Lunar Chronicles series. If you have not yet read my review on Cinder make sure to check it out (you can click on the title of the book to go to the review). This one took me a little bit longer to get through than I would have liked because I was just in a reading slump the week I read it. Which is actually how I ended up reading Lola and The Boy Next Door for my OWLs because I needed something to get me out of the slump I was in. Also there might be spoilers for the first book in this review since it is part of a series. If you have not yet read Cinder please proceed with caution.

Goodreads Summary

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My Thoughts

Scarlet started off a little slow for me. I knew that I would like it but I just had to get into it. The hardest thing for me about this book was that I fell in love with the characters from the first book and the beginning of this book takes you into a whole other “story”. You still get to see your favorite characters and it really is just adding on to the world, but the main story line of this one is different. While Cinder was a retelling/add on to the Cinderella story, Scarlet does a similar thing with Little Red Riding Hood. Now little Red Riding hood was definitely not one of my favorite stories growing up. I found it completely ridiculous that the girl was going to her grandma’s house and that she about gets eaten. Because of that fact I didn’t expect to love this book as much as the first but the way that Meyer’s changed up the story was great. It still integrated parts of the first book that were important to the world, like Lunars, but added on to make the world and story grow even more.

Personally I found Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship to be a bit weird at first, but by about midway through the book I was rooting for them. I have fallen in love with them, even more since starting the third book (don’t worry hopefully that review will be out soon) and I think a lot of my current love for them is based off of something that happens then.

I also am annoyed with Kai and Cinder in this book but mostly just because I want them to be together so bad. That obviously won’t happen anytime soon, cause Kai gets engaged (which let’s be real we knew was gonna have to happen at some point) and Cinder is trying to escape from prison. Thorne is also a thorn in my side and I just kind of wanted him to go away during this book.

Overall I really did enjoy this book. I think that it is a good mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and fairytales. The world that is created in this book is one that you just want to see yourself, even with all the crazy things happening. I also petition that this series needs to be made into a movie, or a tv show. A tv show would give me more time to watch it and you would be able to add ALL THE THINGS. So okay, tv show. I want a The Lunar Chronicles tv show.

If you have not picked this book up yet, make sure you do. It is so worth the read.

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Lola and The Boy Next Door By Stephanie Perkins- Book Review

“I let him go so that he can work, and he protests for several texts, which makes me even happier.”

Lola, Lola and The Boy Next Door Page 292

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: 2011
Pages: 338

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today I will be doing another book review, this time for Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Last week I was in a reading slump and went from Sunday-Wednesday evening really not reading much of anything unless it was for school. It was a rough week for me, so I decided that I needed something I knew I would love to read to get me back to feeling normal. So there I was, looking for contemporary books that I could read for Muggle Studies when I saw this book. The name is what intrigued me. I knew just from that title that it was going to take me back to my comfort zone of reading. The place where I learned to love reading all day.

Goodreads Summary

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

My Thoughts

Lola and The Boy Next Door is your typical young adult romance book. It is filled with the cheesiest love story and funny moments, but it also has a few other good messages in the book. I usually don’t get overly sentimental in these reviews but I really think that the book has some good messages to offer, even to those of us who are not teens. Lola learns very quickly in the book what it is like to be confused about who she loves. Does she love the boy next door, or does she love her boyfriend? I felt this on a deep level because I think many of us have been there before, or at least in a situation that is similar. This book really does a great job showing the struggle that it can be to know you have feelings for someone, but wish you didn’t. It also does a great job of reminding you that just because you are with someone does not mean that someone better for you isn’t out there. Especially when it is your first love.

This book also really focuses on self acceptance. Lola, like many people who want to be fashion designers, has a pretty eccentric style that people make fun of her for. She is comfortable and happy with choices though because of something Cricket said to her when they were younger. After her jerk boyfriend says some very rude things to her you learn that she really is not so secure in herself and that all she really wants is for people to accept her. Cricket to the rescue. Perkins did a great job of showing that you have to love yourself before you can love anyone else. She also did a really good job with the development of Lola and Cricket’s relationship as neighbors. I had a neighborhood friend who did at one point sneak in my window, I still don’t know why and we were young, but it did happen. I have fond memories of the neighborhood boy that everyone though I would grow up and marry. (News flash that did not happen I don’t think I have actually talked to him since high school, if not before that)

If there is one thing I did not like about the book it was that Perkins chose to make Max 22 and Lola 17. Though I don’t have a huge issue with the age difference, I do have an issue with how people kind of shrug it off. It is brought up a few times, and it is addressed that it is wrong, but still. I was 18 when I met my current boyfriend and he was 21, but I was a legal adult and neither of us could get in trouble. Cricket is also older than Lola but he is 18 and she is 17 and that is much more realistic of something that would happen; something that does happen and is seen as acceptable. I dunno I thought it was weird but to fair it didn’t bother me so much that I didn’t like the story.

If you are looking for a cute feel good story then this is a book you need to pick up. I promise you will not regret it. It is typical young adult romance, but it is cute and will make you smile. It also put me right back in a mood of wanting to read, which is what I had hoped for. Also a big draw to the book was that is was very gripping. I did not want to put my phone down, I had to keep reading to know what would happen next for Lola, Max, and Cricket.

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