BOOK REVIEW : SAINT ANYTHING BY SARAH DESSEN

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Title: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: May 5th 2015 by Viking
417 pages
Source: Purchased

Click here to find it on Goodreads

Maria’s thoughts:

Sydney’s older brother gets charged with a drunk driving conviction. While everyone in her family is so focused on him and his well-being, Sydney feels like she is the only one who cares about the boy who was injured in this accident. She changes schools, starts a new job and develops a very special friendship with siblings Mac and Layla. The Chathams were an awesome family. I enjoyed every second of this beautiful book! The characters were both amazing and relatable. I loved how the author portrayed family and relationships. Sarah Dessen has a writing style that is very dear to my heart. It brings back many memories as I grew up reading all of her books.

5 stars on Goodreads

Mackenzie’s thoughts:

This was definitely my favorite Sarah Dessen book that I’ve read, I’ve read two other of her books years ago; just listen and that summer. I can really see how much her writing and story telling has improved over the years with this book. I really enjoyed the main character Sydney and how she really cares for her family and friends, I also enjoyed the Chathams family and learning about their family. I did not enjoy Sydney’s parents and Ames; he was just so creepy. Towards the end of the book I just couldn’t stand Sydney’s mom because she made Sydney out of the bad child and Peyton as the good guy. She took a lot out on Sydney and never bothered to see how she felt, which I didn’t like. I really liked how the relationship in this book happened throughout the book and not right from the beginning like most books. When I first read about Mac I was trying to figure out what it was short for, when I found out it was Macaulay, it was funny because that’s my brothers name. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it!

5 stars on Goodreads

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MARIA’S JUNE WRAP UP 2015

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June seriously flew by and I can’t believe my first month of my summer vacation is OVER! I am beyond happy to have 2 more months to enjoy before university starts up again! Fun fact: I did not purchase 1 SINGLE BOOK in the month of June! Money has been very tight and I only started working my summer job a few weeks ago. It sucks, because my to-buy list keeps growing, but at least I got some good reading time in! I managed to read a total of 10 books in the month of June. That is the most i’ve read since DECEMBER guys! I am hoping to pass that book count in July.

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1. Clockwork Angel (TID #1) by Cassandra Clare ★★★★
2. Clockwork Prince (TID #2) by Cassandra Clare ★★★★★

3. City of Lost Souls (TMI #5) by Cassandra Clare ★★★★
4. Clockwork Princess (TID #3) by Cassandra Clare ★★★★★
5. City of Heavenly Fire (TMI #6) by Cassandra Clare ★★★★★
I am super excited to announce that I finally finished Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. It took me a little while to get back into the world, but I flew through them and highly enjoyed them. The books just kept getting better and better. I have to say that Tessa was my favorite character out of them all. I am so glad that I decided to read the Infernal Devices series. It was so worth it! Now I have them all sitting beautifully on my shelf and I can say that I read them all! 

115943374. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate ★★★★★
This middle grade story touched my heart! Ivan is a gorilla, living in a mall. I loved Ivan! He wasn’t any ordinary gorilla, he loved to draw and paint. He makes a promise to an old friend, and does everything to keep it. The ending was adorable and perfect. I will definitely be rereading this someday.

71295882. Forget You by Jennifer Echols ★★★★
When I placed one of my first book outlet orders, I decided to get a bunch of Jennifer Echols books. It’s been at least a year since then, and I haven’t read any of them until now. Forget You was better than I had expected. I flew through it in one sitting. The characters may not have been that memorable, but the story was a really great one.

183445343. Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting ★★★★★
I had my eye on Clipped Wings for such a long time and guess what? It did not disappoint! This was such a good new adult romance for tattoo lovers! Throughout the entire book, Hayden is working on Tenley’s back tattoo and learns more and more about her past. The characters were amazing and the book ended on such a cliff hanger. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.

684299. The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson ★★★★★
I read the first book in the Mistborn series last month. It was good, but it took me a while to get into the story. The first half of the book was full of details and explanations, so it was slow for me. It wasn’t until the last half that I really started loving and appreciating the fantastic story. This second book had me invested from the very first chapter. I already knew the characters from the first book and  understood everything. The Well of Ascension was full of ACTION ACTION ACTION and I LOVED every single minute of it. At this point, I feel very attached to our main characters, Vin and Elend, and am addicted to this fantasy series.

582197810. The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han ★★★★

I started walking (almost) everyday in June and during that time I listened to The Summer I Turned Pretty on audiobook. It was the perfect summer read for those sunny days. The actual story didn’t blow me away, but I really did LOVE getting to know the characters. Plus the summer house setting was beautiful and so fun. I hope to read the other books in this contemporary series very soon.

I am currently reading the third book in the Mistborn trilogy, The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. I’m really loving it, but i’m not flying through it as quickly as the second book. Maybe I just need an afternoon to dedicate to this awesome series. Sorry about the lack of reviews lately! I really have to get back into the groove… Let me know what you think of these books, as well as the books that you read during the month of June. Happy reading!

maria

MARIA’S APRIL WRAP UP (2015)

228198901. A Time to Reap by Jonas Lee ★★★★
Carter goes to a school for kids of the future that can time travel and read minds. When an explosion goes off at the Academy, Carter saves a girl by using his ability. Soon, he realizes that his powers are stronger when she is near. I have really been enjoying books about time travel. I highly recommend you check out this new author. 

120000202. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ★★★★
I read this book in one sitting and loved it much more than I had expected! Both characters are very well developed and felt very real to me. Aristotle and Dante are extremely different, but become such amazing friends. I feel as though I learned a lot while reading this book. It also made me incredibly happy!

89091523. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★ REVIEW
Attachments is about a guy who falls in love with the a girl by reading her emails. It is a very light, funny read. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things that Jennifer and Beth said in their emails. It wasn’t my all time favorite Rainbow Rowell book, but I loved it just the same.

115057974. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire ★★★★ REVIEW
Travis Maddox. What can I say? When I started reading this book, I thought that it was going to be dumb… But of course, I became enthralled with this bad boy like everyone else and ended up obsessing over this book.

157459505. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire ★★★★ REVIEW
This is the sequel to Beautiful Disaster. I picked it up immediately after finishing the first book, despite it being the exact same story told in Travis’s point of view. I grew a bit bored with the same dialogue, but also really enjoyed being inside of his head.

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6. Landline by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★
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I am so glad that I picked this up! Another fantastic book about going back in time, or in this case – talking to your husband of the past through a magic phone. Landline has got to be one of my new favorite Rainbow Rowell books. I really loved it! I grew extremely attached to Georgie, the main character. This book made me THINK and FEEL a lot! I highly recommend it.

225572727. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ★★★★REVIEW
Such a thrill. I devoured this, not wanting to put it down until I had it all figured out. The main character, Rachel, is somewhat of an alcoholic who rides the same train day after day. She becomes fascinated with a certain house that she passes on her route, happened to be somewhere at the wrong time and ends up getting herself involved in a missing person case.

87095238. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead ★★★★
It took me a little while to jump back into this vampire/alchemist world, especially since I haven’t been reading as much paranormal lately. Nonetheless, I always have so much fun while reading Richelle Mead’s books. So far, I don’t think I like the Bloodlines series quite as much as her Vampire Academy or Georgina Kincaid series, but that could change. I am excited to read the third book to find out more about Adrian and Sydney.
maria

BOOK REVIEW : LANDLINE BY RAINBOW ROWELL

18081809Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: July 8th 2014 by St. Martin’s Press
308 pages
Source: purchased
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Georgie is a working mom who writes comedy for a living. She is SUNSHINE on a cloudy day, so full of life and laughter. I adored her personality. In her twenties, Georgie fell in love with Neal, who happens to be her complete opposite. He’s quiet, grouchy and antisocial. She almost never sees him laugh or crack a smile. After getting married and having kids, Neal decides that it would be best if he became a stay at home dad. Georgie continues working hard at writing her comedy shows. She often finds herself caught up at work and not having the time to spend with her wonderful family. She adores her children, but after working all day she barely has time to see them – let alone her husband. When Landline begins, Neal and the kids are going to spend Christmas with his mother. This was a trip that has been planned for a long time, but something comes up at work and Georgie has to stay back home. This was the icing on the cake. If her and Neal had been hiding the fact that they were having problems before, it becomes obvious to both of them at that moment. The entire time that Neal is away, Georgie is left with her own thoughts. Her cell phone is dead (literally), so she starts to call Neal on her old phone in her childhood bedroom at her mothers house. Soon, Georgie realizes that the Neal that she has been talking to is really the Neal from the past. The Neal before they were married. Why is she given this opportunity? What is she supposed to correct or change?

First of all, as much as Neal could be a cranky butt, Georgie was such a lucky woman to have him as a husband. He seriously did everything for her. He quit his job to raise their children, he cleaned the house, he did the outside work and he had a home cooked meal on the table every night. My point being, Georgie didn’t realize how lucky she was. Maybe if she gave him more attention, or made more time for him and the kids, he would be happier. I know that a lot of people might have been rooting for Georgie to end up with her best friend Seth, but I actually liked Neal the way that he was. They were very different, one extreme to the other – different, but they balanced each other out well.

This story made me think SO much about love and life. About how hard relationships really can be. About relationships being WORTH IT. I enjoyed this book immensely and I was incredibly happy with the way it ended. It had me feeling ALL of the FEELS. Landline was an interesting story from the very first page, but the last few chapters had me falling so completely in love with it. Like everyone, it left me wanting more. I want to know what happens to the characters that i’ve become so attached to. Georgie feels very real to me and finishing this book felt like saying goodbye to an old friend.

I would love to hear your thoughts on Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Leave me a comment down below!
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MARIA’S APRIL TBR

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I’ve been on a bit of a contemporary kick lately, so I will be reading more of that genre than usual this month. There are many more books that I would love to be able to read in the month of April, but I have to be realistic – it’s exam month people! If all goes well, I will be studying hard during the day and still making time to read these books and relax in the evenings. I just don’t want to be putting TOO much pressure on myself.

A Time To Reap by Jonas Lee and The Gatekeepers Son by C.R. Fladmark are the “review books” that Mallory and I will be tackling in the next few weeks. Both of which were sent to us by the authors.

Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe is the book pick for our monthly discussion with Mackenzie and Marissa. I am really excited about discussing this one! You can check out last months discussion HERE.

Let me know if you have read or plan on reading any of these beauties!

maria

BOOK REVIEW: EVERY DAY BY DAVID LEVITHAN

13262783Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Published: August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
322 pages
Source: puchased
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Every Day is the story of A, who wakes up in a new body every single morning. Boy or girl, near or far, there’s no way of knowing who or where it will be. A lives in the shoes of this person for 24 hours. Waking up to their parents, going to their school with their friends, hanging out with their girlfriend or boyfriend… As you can imagine, it would be hard not to get attached to these people, especially since A has never had any real friends or family.

One day, A wakes up as a teenage boy who has a beautiful girlfriend named Rhiannon. A has never felt that way about an other human being before. Knowing that the chances of waking up near Rhiannon is probably impossible, A makes sure to have the best, unforgettable day with her. A wakes up the following day in the body of an other stranger, longing for Rhiannon. They had fallen in love in just one day, but she has no idea.

It’s actually so hard not to give A a gender. I keep wanting to write he or she in this review, which brings me to the originality of this story. David Levithan truly is an amazing author for pulling off writing about a genderless character. Every Day is beautiful and portrays so many important, delicate themes in such a short young adult contemporary novel.

Everyone should read this once. It will really make you think differently. It could even go as far as changing the way that a person looks at the world. It is extremely unique and thought provoking.

I know that many of you probably have had this sitting on your shelf for a very long time like I did. I don’t know what I was waiting for, but i’m really glad to have finally picked this gem of a book up. I actually listened to Every Day as an audiobook as well as reading the hard cover copy. The audiobook really pulled me into the story and I highly recommend it. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars!

Have you read Every Day by David Levithan? I would love to hear your thoughts on A’s journey in the comments below! 

BOOK REVIEW: JUST ONE DAY BY GAYLE FORMAN

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Author: Gayle Forman
Published: August 20th 2013 by Speak
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, ChickLit, Travel
Pages: 400 pages
Source: Purchased
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Summary (Goodreads):
When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Maria and Mackenzie’s thoughts:
WARNING:MAY BE SPOILERS

Predictions

Mackenzie : Before reading the book I didn’t really have any predictions, I went into it blind and I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was just going to be another love story.

Maria : Going into this book, I thought that it was a love story in Paris and that the entire book would take place in that one day. I had no idea that it would cover much more than that.

Surprises

Mackenzie: Yes, when Willem was talking to all of these other girls and kind of flirting with them while Allyson was right there. Also I was surprised about how it ended; I didn’t know where the author was going with the story, so some of it surprised me.

Maria: The fact that we got to see her in college surprised me. When he left, it surprised me. At that point I had no idea what was going to happen next. For a lot of people, this may have been expected, but I didn’t read the synopsis or any reviews before going into this book.

Favorite Characters

Mackenzie: Dee was one of my favorite characters, he was so funny and sassy! I loved how he played all these different characters and voices. He always had a good spirit too. He was a good friend to Allyson.

Maria: Allyson and Dee! Like Mackenzie, I really came to love Dee. He added so much to the story. I wouldn’t say that I liked him better than Allyson, because I really enjoyed watching her character grow and learn throughout this book, but he made it a lot more fun to read.

Loved 

Mackenzie: About Allyson and Willem just one day, I loved the adventure and the unknown! I really loved their connection and all of Willem different point of views on different things and of course his metaphors. I really like reading about Paris and it was a new experience for Allyson since she has never been, it was like the reader got to go to Paris too for the first time.

Maria: First of all, I loved the setting in Paris because it reminded me of my school trip that I had taken a few years ago. I really liked reading about when Allyson and Willem met, when she started her first year of college and when she desperately tried to track Willem down. The character development was extremely well done. The friendships felt very real, as they were developed so well in this book.

 Would change

Mackenzie: The ending and how Allyson finally found Willem. I thought that it took too long and I lost some interest. I thought she was never going to find him. Allyson went through a lot of effort to find him and I kind of think it was a waste of time and money for her. It seemed like Willem didn’t care for her that much.

Maria : I too had found myself getting bored towards the middle of this book, but luckily it picked back up towards the end. I’m not really sure what I would change about this book other than that. I really enjoyed it.

Just One Year

Mackenzie: Yes, I do plan on reading Just One Year. I want to know Willem’s story and his point of view on things.

Maria: I would like to read the second book. I really came to like Gayle Forman’s writing style and do plan on reading more of her work.

Quotes
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Mackenzie’s favorite quotes:
“Sometimes the best way to find out what you’re supposed to do is by doing the thing you’re not supposed to do.”

 “You have to fall in love to be in love, but falling in love isn’t the same as being in love”

 “C’est courageux d’aller dans l’inconnu’: It is courageous to go into territory unknown.”

 “But what if Shakespeare― and Hamlet― were asking the wrong question? What if the real question is not whether to be, but how to be?”

 Maria’s favorite quote:
“We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day.
Anything can happen in just one day.” 

Rating: Mackenzie rated Just one Day 5 out of 5 stars. Maria gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

220Thank you Mackenzie for reading and reviewing an other book with me. It is always a pleasure to hear your thoughts and i’m sure others will enjoy them as well. Both mine and Mackenzie’s Goodreads pages will be linked below if you would like to check those out. Also, if you have read this book – don’t be afraid to leave a comment!
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