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Monday, January 5, 2015

Perfect Couple


Perfect Couple
By: Jennifer Echols


Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?


Sunday, January 4, 2015

From A to Z



Have you ever had so much to say but didn't know what to say, at the same time? This is what it feels like writing this post. I've written and rewritten, so many times. So many different versions, all true, but it just felt...wrong. 

I've decided the best way to tell this story is from the very beginning. Wow, who would've thought the best way to tell a story is from the start?

I've been blogging for over three, almost four, years. I've made so many friends, via this blog, twitter and tumblr, but I've always been envious of the friendships and connections that were being created around me. I had people I could book talk with, but I wanted more than that too. 

I just didn't know how to go about it. Especially, as time went by. I feel like I started blogging, really outgoing (and basically naive), stumbling and figuring things out for myself. Then as I started learning about the dos and don'ts of the communities and becoming aware of a lot of drama that kept happening, I decided to reign it in. I don't really think it was a conscience decision but I didn't want to step on anyone's toes or get sucked into the drama. I kept my small circle of friends and rarely ventured outside of that safe circle. 

Then in the fall of last year, my friend Z, reached out into the wild on tumblr, asking if the bookish community on tumblr wanted to basically be bookish pen pals. It felt like the stars were aligning. Maybe this was the chance I had been looking for. 

I've always wanted a pen pal (I feel like it's an lost art), plus I could get a chance to befriend someone  who was a complete stranger, someone that I probably had nothing in common with except for our love of books. 

For the couple of months, I've been pen palling my friend Zara, or Z, as I like to call her. It's just so cool. It started out me writing to this stranger who lived across the pond, just asking and answering questions about books, making lists and just talking. Now I've made this friend.

It's been such a lovely and generally awesome experience that I'd share it with y'all. The online bookish community is just so cool and although it has its ups and downs, it's filled with amazing people. 

I thought I'd introduce you to Z, with five fast facts!


1. Z stands for Zara.
2. Z lives abroad in the UK (not too far from where I studied abroad)
3. She's an amazing & up and coming vlogger.
4. Who's trying to start blogging.
5. She's a superwoman in disguise cause she does it all why being a student and maintaining a job!!!

Basically she's a really cool chick and I'm lucky, really lucky that she befriended me :)


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Most Anticipated Reads of 2015


I feel so out of the loop, lately. I've been busy with things in my personal life and trying to figure out how to balance all that with blogging, that I literally have no idea what books I'm anticipating for next year. I just spent god-knows-how-long looking through GoodReads list, trying to figure out what sounded interesting to me. 

Mostly what I found out, except for a certain few, 2014 seems like a better year for me, in terms of publishing. But despite my favorite series ending in 2014, I'm still excited for some new books that are coming my way in 2015. 

So...without further adu

No Covers
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.
Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick


In no particular order....

Did I leave out some titles that you think NEED to be on my tbr? Tell me in the comments ;)


Friday, December 26, 2014

Fave Backlist Read in 2014



I didn't read a lot of back list title (well not a lot, to me) but I loved these titles. Four YA titles and one MG title. These were so amazing, I can't believe that I waited so long to read them, but I'm glad that I  finally read it. 

There's no particular order (but I'm more than partial to TSWSYL). 

  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Almost Truth (Review)


 The Almost Truth
By: Eileen Cook

Teen con artist Sadie might be over her head. To escape her backwards small town, delusional mom, jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised, she also must leave Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time, until her mother wipes out her savings. 

Brendan helps devise ultimate con. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax, and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, she suddenly has more than just money to lose.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Favorite Reads of 2014

I can't believe another year has gone by so fast. I've been lucky enough to read so many great books this year. I've fallen in love so many times with books and I debated making a top ten (or a top fourteen) list, but decided that I didn't need to choose.

These are all my favorites of the year (and some of which are my favorites, period). 




Did any of these make your list? Tell me what made yours in the comments. 



Monday, December 22, 2014

For Real (Review)


For Real
By: Alison Cherry

No parents. No limits. No clue what they're in for.

Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister's shadow. While Miranda's life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality TV.

When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just before her college graduation, it's Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They'll outshine Miranda's fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome.

But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may or may not be just for the cameras. This summer could end up being the highlight of her life... or an epic fail forever captured on film. In a world where drama is currency and manipulation is standard, how can you tell what's for real?
 

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