Mind Games by Kiersten White ❥ Book Review

Mind GamesMind Games by Kiersten White
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Wow, this book was really good.

Not only is it have 2 POVs, it had 2 timelines intertwined in the story, which gave the book something really unique and the reader a little insight to how things started out for Fia and Annie.

Fia was an extremely strong main character- she always stood up for herself and not once kept quite when she had something to say. Although she’s the little sister, every single decision Fia made was for her sister, to keep her safe.

Annie was such an interesting character- a blind girl who can see glimpses of the future, now that’s something you don’t get to see every day. I found throughout the book that Annie was strong and extremely brave in her own way. She always did what she thought was best for her sister.

The storyline was very interesting. I loved James and how confusing Fia’s feelings for him are. I honestly really loved Fia and James together (if not as a couple, then just how they influence each other), but that’s totally up for debate.

So, button line- so definitely recommended! The only downside to this book is that I wish it was longer!! Can’t wait to read Perfect Lies!

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Looking for Alaska by John Green ❥ Book Review

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first half of this book was amazing. I loved reading about Miles (Pudge) and Alaska.

As a main character, Miles was just right. I liked how he wanted a change and he just left his old life to pursue this “Great Perhaps” and that he wasn’t afraid to be himself with his new friends or to speak up around them (even if he did it less than I would have liked him to).

Alaska was just the most fascinating character to read about. She was so fun, extremely outgoing, creative, super smart, unique… this list can go on and on. I absolutely loved her obsession with reading (which I totally share) and looked up to her for her amazing quirkiness and weirdness (in the best way). She was so mysterious, but from Miles’ view, I felt like I got to know things about her maybe not everybody sees.

As for the second part of the book. Agh. It was horrible. And not in the way “horrible” usually means, but in the agonizing “I need to know what happened” way. As in, what the heck just happened.
I honestly didn’t even fully accepted what happened till like the end of the book. So yeah.

This book was good. Really good. I honestly really enjoyed it (maybe the first part more than the second), but it wasn’t a five-star book for me. I was honestly expecting a little more for John Green’s acclaimed Looking for Alaska, but it was not by any means bad.
Totally recommended if you like the type of books that make you think. And John Green. And romance. And boarding schools. And fun.

Go read it.

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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ❥ Short Book Review

This Is What Happy Looks LikeThis Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was so lovely and cute!

As with the first book I read by her, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Jennifer’s writing was amazing! I loved the summery vibe this story has and it is one of those perfect beach books- the ones that don’t take too long to read and are just fun.

I really liked the characters in this book. I thought they were both really interesting and I quite enjoyed the hidden depth they both had. I liked finding out things about their lives I would never have expected as the story progressed.

This is What Happy Looks Like was cute, sweet, romantic and a whole lot of fun and I truly recommend it if you’re looking for the perfect summer read.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ❥ Book Review

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This book was really good! The story line was extremely unique- a breath of fresh air.
Going into this book I didn’t know what to expect what so ever. I didn’t even know the premise of the book! All I knew is that I heard people raving about this book non-stop and just had to read it. I’m so glad I did.

Ready Player One takes place in the 21st century, about 40 years from now. In the book, planet earth is almost completely destroyed and reality completely sucks. It’s a good thing they have a way to get away from it. It all started when a guy named Halliday invented the most amazing video game of all time. The OASIS, which evolved into a way of living instead of being just a game, took over everything- everyone started to go to school online, to work thorough their consoles and even interacting with people became a thing you only did on the OASIS. Basically, it became their alternate reality.

Then, out of nowhere- the creator of the OASIS, Halliday, passed away. In his will he left the greatest video game created yet. A series of riddles and challenges that will get the winner everything. Control over the OASIS, the entire fortune Halliday made over the years which amounts to more than 50 billion dollars and world-wide recognition.

Ready Player One follows Wade Watts (or Pazival), a teenage boy who dreams of winning the competition. In the story, we get to encounter some quite amazing characters (I especially liked Aech), fun 80’s references and a super cute love story.

I loved Cline’s writing style. I felt like I was a part of the hunt and could totally see the world actually evolving to what was described in the book. It felt realistic, while keeping a fun unexpected twist to the whole plot.
I really liked the characters, I felt like, as a teenage girl who spends most of her time online, I could totally relate to them. The plot was interesting and quite unique- I was a little surprised when I just started reading the book that it was mainly about video games, but I found that I really enjoyed it. My inner geek totally came out.

I think that if you’re a fan of video games, computers, technology, the 80’s or anything of that sort, you will absolutely love this book. But even if you’re not necessarily a fan of these things, which I didn’t know I was prior to reading this book, give it a try- you will not be disappointed.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins ❥ Short Book Review

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book! My head was stuck in it everywhere I went this entire day– I just could not put in down!

I loved how fun and breezy this story was. I loved the characters, the settings, the writing style. This book was just one big adventure for me and made me wish I was in a boarding school in France, too!
I cannot even count the amount of times I caught myself laughing out loud while reading it!
Also, can I just mention how drool-worthy St. Clair is?

To sum up, I loved, loved, loved everything about it and I recommend it 1 billion times! Go read it right this second!

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The Elite by Kiera Cass ❥ Short Book Review

The Elite (The Selection, #2)The Elite by Kiera Cass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing! I read it in one sitting over 6 hours.

With such a strong first book to the series, I wasn’t sure Cass will be able to deliver as strong a sequel- but I was totally blown away!
The story evolves in this book really nicely and things I’ve been wanting to happen for a while finally did.
Just like in The Selection, the characters were really nicely developed. We also got to see a little more into the other contestants’ personalities in this sequel and even got a peek at the prince’s darkest secrets, which I really liked.

I honestly cannot contain myself for the next book! 2014 cannot come any sooner.

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Parallel by Lauren Miller ❥ Short Book Review

ParallelParallel by Lauren Miller
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Expected Publication: May 14th 2013

This book was interesting. It was a mix of two stories that were actually one, which was both intriguing, interesting and really confusing all at the same time.
Parallel is the story of Abby and her parallel self from a year earlier.
I liked how the entire story came together, how each thing the parallel did affected Abby’s life. It made the story interesting and different. One drawback to this parallel thing was that it was hard at times to know who’s life I was following, since essentially it’s the same life.
The thing I liked the most about the book was probably the ending.. it was surprising, even shocking, and overall a great conclusion to this stand alone novel!

Overall, this was a very fun read and I really enjoyed it!

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To Stand Beside Her ❥ Short Book Review

To Stand Beside HerTo Stand Beside Her by B. Kristin McMichael
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wish I could give this book a 5-star rating. I really do. It’s just that although this book had an amazingly strong start, at about 70% into the book I could barely make myself keep reading it. I felt like the author stretched this story so much that it became almost boring.

Don’t get me wrong- this book was absolutely amazing! The story was extremely unique, interesting and really gripping and the writing was really good! It just wasn’t as great as it could have been. I felt like the ending was really rushed at some parts and stretched too thin on others. I would have much rather it had a sequel that contained all the information that was thrown onto the reader in the last couple chapters.

Overall, this was definitely a good book that’s totally worth reading, even with the not-so-satisfying ending.

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Inside by Maria V. Snyder ❥ Book Review

Inside (Insider, #1-2)Inside by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Inside series is the story of Trella, a scrub in the lower levels of the cube her world is. She works in the pipes all day and seems to prefer the company of her cleaning troll rolled up in one of them instead of the company of her fellow scrubs- she is a total loner.
Inside is devided to 4 levels- two buttom ones where the lowers, which are thousands of scrubs, live and work and two top ones where the uppers live. When Trella meets an Upper named Riley in an unexpected place, they soon become friends and break the horrible barrier that being a lower and an upper created between them and thus begin this destopian tale.

I really really really liked this book/book series! As always- Maria’s writing was fantastic; the world building was rich and really interesting and I quite liked the numerical system than runs in the book, it gave it a unique touch that I felt made the story different from other dystopians I’ve read in the past. The characters were really fun too! I liked Trella from the beginning and found it fascinating to see her grow throughout the 2 books. I liked Logan (the awesome computer genius), Riley (the hottie!) and even Dr Lamont really grew on me!

Overall, this was a really fun story for someone like me who loves destopian novels and I really liked this 2-in-1 deal! Very recommended for fans of awesome writing, romantic love stories and adventure-packed dystopians!

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