Tuesday, April 29, 2014
3:11 PM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Top Ten Books to Read if You Like X TV Show/Movie
If you like the T.V. series The Vampire Diaries, you should read...
1. Shatter Me series by Taherah Mafi
This is especially true if you love Klaus. Warner totally reminds me of Klaus.
2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
If you love the impossible love triangle of Stefan/Elena/Damon, then you will love the complication that is Will/Tessa/Jem!
If you like The Bachelor, you should read...
3. The Selection series by Kiera Cass
This series is a lot like the Bachelor and is a dating competition but with a PRINCE!
If you love Pretty Woman, you should try...
4. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
While this book does NOT involve a hooker, it does involve a girl that isn't as well off falling in love with a rich guy. It's totally adorable and I promise you will love it!
If you liked the movie Time Traveler's Wife, try...
5. Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
In my opinion, Time Between Us is better than Time Traveler's Wife.
If you liked Winning London (Mary Kate and Ashley movie), try..
6. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
This book really reminded me of that movie. The setting obviously did but some of the characters did too.
If you liked Our Lips are Sealed (another Mary Kate and Ashley movie), try..
7. The Rules of Disappearing by Ashley Elston
The Rules of Disappearing has a lot of the same plot elements but it's a more serious story.
And unfortunately that's all I could come up with. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be! Let me know your recs! I am especially interested any anyone that has some for fans of Reign. I am in love with that show!!
Monday, April 28, 2014
7:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault.At least, that’s what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media.During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.In this powerful debut novel inspired by real-life events, Amanda Maciel weaves a narrative of high school life as complex and heartbreaking as it is familiar: a story of everyday jealousies and resentments, misunderstandings and desires. Tease is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt readers long after the last page.
I really, really enjoyed Tease. In my opinion the #1 sign of a good book is one that leaves you thinking long after you finish the final page. Tease is one such novel.
The interesting thing about Tease is that it isn't written from the victim perspective. More interesting, is the fact that it's written from the bully's perspective and most of what we know about the victim is from the bully.
Sara is a very complex character and I found myself struggling to figure out who she really was. What motivated her actions? Was she truly an awful person or just a girl that was easily led? Was she simply jealous of Emma or angry that Emma was trying to steal her boyfriend? Did it matter what motivated her? Was she redeemable? Did Sara truly think she did nothing wrong? Did Sara really blame Emma for ruining her life or was it herself she was angry at? All of these are questions I faced when thinking about Sara.
Emma is described by Sara as being a beautiful girl that shows up and starts sleeping with everyone's boyfriend. I mean, really, if you start a new school and automatically start sleeping with other people's boyfriend you can't really expect a big welcoming party. They are in high school and let's face it high school girls don't like for people to sleep with their boyfriend. Heck, adult women don't like for women to sleep with their boyfriend. HOWEVER, and that is a very big all caps however, that doesn't excuse what Sara and Brielle did. Plus, you begin to see that maybe, Sara's opinion of Emma isn't as true as you once thought.
Still, despite everything, I did like Sara. She wasn't unredeemable. She was young and a teenager and throughout the novel you see Sara change. The changes are small at first but by the end of the novel it is obvious that Sara did learn from her mistakes.
As for the other characters in this story, I wasn't a fan of either Dylan or Brielle. Dylan was a crappy boyfriend, in my opinion, and Brielle was a complete mean girl. Carmichael was a breath of fresh air and I was thankful for his presence. He sees the good in Sara even when Sara didn't.
Overall, I thought Tease was a thought-provoking novel that casts a new light on bullying. It shows bullying from the other side of the table. My takeaways from this book are that sometimes things aren't cut and dry. You can't just label someone as bad and someone as good. You can't label someone a slut or a bully. We aren't ever just one thing. We are a bunch of different things rolled up into one and I think a lot of times we forget that. Tease is a book that will make you question everything and will stay with you long after you are finished.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amanda Maciel has worked in book publishing since graduating from Mount Holyoke College and is currently a senior editor at Scholastic. She spends her free time writing, running, or riding the subway with her young son. She lives with him, her husband, and their cat, Ruby, in Brooklyn, New York. Tease is her first novel.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
12:30 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Posting the Same Thing Twice
So the other day I was trying to decide what book to use for a Waiting on Wednesday post. I mentally went through books that I really, really, really wanted to read. Then I mentally scratched through books that I had already used. A couple of them I couldn't remember so I went back through old Waiting on Wednesday posts to see what books I had posted recently. I selected a book I wanted to read that I didn't see in my old posts and created my post.
Fast forward to the next day. I go through old posts and stumble upon a Waiting on Wednesday post with the same book I had just posted that day! I couldn't believe it. Okay, actually, I could because that is something I would do.
The whole thing was a little embarrassing to me. I kept wondering if anyone noticed. No one said anything (thankfully) but I can't help but think that someone did notice and just didn't say anything. I went back through to see if the same person commented on both week's post and couldn't find anyone that had.
Has this ever happened to you or is this just something I do?
Also, if you are wondering which book it was, it was Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I am super excited about this book and can understand why I would be so anxious to write two posts about it! It may very well be my most anticipated book of 2014. Wow, did I basically just do another Waiting on Wednesday post but just on Thursday? Okay, I really am losing it. Stopping....now!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:45 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This novel is also perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, and Kimberly Derting.
Why I'm Waiting: I really enjoyed Pike's Wings series and also Life after Theft. Sleep No More sounds really interesting so I'm excited to see what Pike has in store for readers next!
Monday, April 21, 2014
1:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Thursday, April 17, 2014
7:59 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
1:34 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
4:58 PM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Thursday, April 10, 2014
12:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Books vs. Husband-Round One
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
12:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 1, 2014
She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…
Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.
Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.
Why I'm Waiting: I love, love, love Kasie West's previous books. I just know I'm going to love this one!
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