Thursday, April 16, 2015

Audio Review: Finding Cinderella

Title: Finding Cinderella
Author: Colleen Hoover
Pages: 90
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
Format: Audio
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone. 

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Finding Cinderella is a short companion to the Hopeless series but it is said that it can also be read as a standalone. Having not read the other books in the Hopeless series,  I agree that it can be a standalone. However, I do think that if I had read the other books in the series I would have enjoyed it more. It would have been nice to have a little background on some of the characters. Still, I enjoyed Finding Cinderella.

I loved how close the characters were in the story. Daneil, Holder, Skye, and Six are all so close. Daniel was so sentimental about it but it was cute. Daniel and Six's relationship was a love at first sight type relationship but it worked for me. There attraction was immediate and it was nice to hear the story from Daniel's perspective and to see what it was about Six that first attracted him to her. Also, I loved Daniel's narration because he was so funny. I actually laughed out load while listening. 

Finding Cinderella isn't a full legnth novel. It's short but it still manages to tell you a great story. I found that the "difficulty" that Daniel and Six experienced was maybe a little cliche'. I would have enjoyed it more if the story had gone a different way on that part. I didn't hate it, it's just the one thing that I didn't really love. 

The ending with the reveal about Skye and Holder's secret, I felt was a little rushed and I'm not entirely sure why it was put in there unless it tied in with the other books. My sister has raved about Hopeless for a long time so maybe I'll finally read it and find out. 

Finding Cinderella is a short novella that is sure to have you laughing and maybe even crying. I didn't cry but I could see how some might. The narrator has a great voice and does an excellent job. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (87)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Broke and the Bookish!

My Top Ten Favorite Quotes from Books
This week’s post was SUCH a fun one to put together! And inspiring! Whenever I’m reading a book, I like to write down my favorite quotes and hang them on my desk. These are a few of my favorites, that I found inspiring, funny, or motivational!

1.     “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” –Sirius Black (Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling)

2.     “Weapons, when they break and are mended, can be stronger at the mended places,” said Jace. “Perhaps hearts are the same.” –Jace (City of Heavenely Fire by Cassandra Clare)

3.     “Libraries were full of ideas-perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)

4.     "The worth is in the act. Your worth halts when you surrender the will to change and experience life. But options are before you; choose one and dedicated yourself to it. The deeds will give you new hope and purpose." –Saphira (Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini)

5.     “These books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.” –Jeod (Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini)

6.     “Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.” (Inkheart by Cornelia Funke)

7.     “Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn't ask for anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly. ” (Inkheart by Cornelia Funke)

8.     “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” (Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)

9.     “Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk.” (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han)

10.  “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.” (Twilight by Stephanie Meyer)


Monday, April 13, 2015

Book Blast: they call me ALEXANDER GASTONE

by T.A. Maclagan
Book Blast
Hosted by MMSAI Tours April 13th, 2015

Author: T.A. Maclagan
Release Date: May 20th, 2015
Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital
When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real?

Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation. 

She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash.

Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency.

For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing.

But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now.

Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur.

Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?


T.A. Maclagan is a Kansas girl by birth but now lives in the bush-clad hills of Wellington, New Zealand with her Kiwi husband, son and four pampered cats. With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in anthropology, she’s studied poison dart frogs in the rainforests of Costa Rica, howler monkeys in Panama and the very exotic and always elusive American farmer. It was as she was writing her ‘just the facts’ dissertation that T.A. felt the call to pursue something more imaginative and discovered a passion for creative writing. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is her first novel.
You can find her online at:
Facebook: /tamaclagan
Twitter: @tamaclagan 
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Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: December 2nd, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 372 pages
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?


            As someone who devours love stories, is addicted to macaroons, and took French all through high school and even visited Paris at one point, I can’t believe I wasn’t compelled to start this book sooner.  Anna and the French Kiss is basically the perfect love story for me.  It has every aspect of a good YA romance that I could ever ask for.  It should come as no surprise then that I absolutely adored this book.  Stephanie Perkins is phenomenal.  I can’t wait to get my hands on more of her books soon.
            I want to start off by saying I thought one of the most interesting aspects of this book was that Anna initially actually HATES the fact that she is being shipped off to boarding school in Paris.  I can’t think of a single one of my friends (me included) that wouldn’t jump on the chance to live in the city of love for a whole semester, if given the opportunity.  It was interesting to see how Anna adjusted to being in a whole new place for her school semester, and how Paris eventually grows on her.  So much so, that I don’t think she actually enjoyed her visit home over winter break. 
            Another part of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed was the love lesson Anna goes through.  Can I call it that? I’m not sure if love lesson is entirely the best way put it. Let me explain.  When Anna leaves Atlanta she is not only leaving behind her family and friends, but a boy she was starting to see as well.  I remember being that age when you think your whole world is going to end when you get dumped/cheated on, so I’m sure being forced to go to a boarding school and leaving a boy behind can seem just as difficult.  Anna and the French Kiss is a wonderful learning lesson for all girls out there reading this, because Anna eventually comes to realize that what she thought was love, was just infatuation, and that real love is much different. 
            Which brings me to my next point.  I LOVE how her friendship/relationship with St. Clair plays out (that is not a spoiler don’t worry! It’s in the book description!) because it is realistic. They start out as friends, and everything is complicated and there’s other people involved.  I loved it, because I felt like it was a pretty accurate portrayal of how relationships truly can be sometimes!  Heck, St. Clair and Anna even fight! And a lot! (not in a bad way though!)  I mean, come on, how many times have you read a YA book (or just any book in general) where the couple doesn’t even fight?  I can’t even count on both my hands how many books I’ve read that that happens, and it’s honestly not realistic in the least bit.  I thought Stephanie Perkins story is a great lesson to all teens out there who are just falling in love for the first time and getting in relationships.  It’s not going to be perfect, and it’s not going to be easy.  And for this genre I think not just teens, but all ages of readers will take away a lot after reading this.
            One last tidbit that I want to mention was that Anna reviews films/movies on a blog she has.  It’s her passion and as a book reviewer, I thought it was kind of neat to see a YA character with a similar hobby!
            All in all, I highly recommend this book.  I should have picked it up ages ago when all the hype surrounding it was first going on.  I think another wave of bloggers/readers are starting to realize the potential in this book though, because I’ve seen numerous other people say they are finally picking up this book for the first time! Thanks to all the people who encouraged me to read this! And thanks to my friend Alyssa for making a deal with me to read this!  (in exchange, she is finally finishing the Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini, which you all know I am a HUGE fan of!) 


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