Friday, January 13, 2012

Anna and the French KissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I never dreamed of seeing Paris till this book! I am not the biggest fan of chic lit. I find most novels sappy, over dramatic, and well cheesy. There are a few authors and novels I do enjoy; and Anna and the French Kiss beats them all! This is in the top list of favorite YA novels now and I am dyeing to read the companion Lola and the Boy Next Door. At first I was not to sure I would like it, I was at the store and trying to decide if I should just buy it and do the novel of the month or blow it off. I am not the type to blow off a challenge so I purchased it and headed home. The book caught me from the start and I was flipping pages fast to see what happened to Anna and St. Claire. There was sap yes, but the right amount. There was also drama and cheese, but they were done realistically. That is the perfect word, realistic! The world, the people, the love, it was all realistic. Her characters came to life, they were perfect because they were so imperfect. They had flaws like people do, flaws that made them feel real and three dimensional, flaws I fell in love with. The book was coming to life before my eyes and I was both happy and sad when I reached the end because that was it. There was no more Anna and St. Claire story. This author is brilliant and I cannot wait to read more of her work. This is a must read!

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Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow wow wow! How can I put into words what this book was like to read, it is quite the challenge. I picked it up early afternoon at the bookstore whiles I waited for my ride (they did not have the book I wanted in) and I began to read, and read, and read. I could not stop, it grabbed a hold of me and sucked me in. Sure it has its flaws, what book doesn't? But the story was so captivating that I ate it up. This book was as tragic as it was exciting, I teared up at parts; especially near the end. Though some of the authors choices were not what I would have gone for, I respect that she knows her world better and it did not spoil such a good novel. This debut was one to remember, and I am craving the second to come out. I am actually glad that I read this book late, less of a wait for the second!

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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What shall I say about Cinder? Well I did enjoy it, especially toward the end. It didn't capture me like some other books but it did keep my interest; I just had no dire need to stay up all night and finish it. There were both good points and bad points in Cinder. I enjoyed this futuristic, out there, take on Cinderella. I LOVED the prince, because he seemed more real and believable as a person then many other fairy tale princes. The other characters were also well crafted. The book was a bit obvious though. There were no surprises and I guessed all the big secrets early on. Heartbreaking at points the ending really got me! I wanted to read the next one even if I wasn't amazed by the book. It was a good read, especially for those who love Fairy Tale retellings and Science Fiction. This is certainly a new and strange, but good, take on Cinderella.

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