MARIA’S APRIL BOOK HAUL (2015)

11166069_10153178984205465_1714532663_n1. Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting
2. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
3. Find you in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters
4. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
5. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
6. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
7. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
8. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
10. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
11. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
12. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
13. Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
14. Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
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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 ★★★★
REVIEW
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.
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BOOK REVIEW : ATTACHMENTS BY RAINBOW ROWELL

8909152Title: Attachments
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: April 14th 2011 by Dutton Adult
323 pages
Source: purchased
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Maria’s thoughts:
Attachments is narrated by Lincoln, who’s job is essentially to read other peoples emails. One day he stumbles upon an email from two very interesting women, and as much as he knows it’s wrong – he can’t stop reading. The more he reads, the more he falls in love with one of the two ladies…

I really loved Lincoln’s character growth throughout this book. He was portrayed as the cute, but awkward, computer guy. He was very unsure about who he was and where he was headed in life. Jennifer and Beth were fantastic female characters. Both of them were Hilarious. I definitely enjoyed reading their emails written to each other just as much as Lincoln did. Those conversations were my absolute favourite parts of this book.

At some points, I wasn’t certain about where the story was going. Beth had a boyfriend throughout the whole book, and Lincoln was way too scared to even approach her in person. It all tied together quite nicely in the end though. Rainbow Rowell’s endings never fail to WOW me. No matter how I feel in the beginning or middle of her books, the endings always blow me away. I thought that Attachments was a very original, fun, contemporary read. I am really glad that i’ve gotten around to reading more of Rainbow Rowell’s work. 4 out of 5 stars.

Mackenzie’ thoughts:
Before going into attachments, I was very excited because I previously loved Eleanor and park and Fangirl. Attachments was probably my least favourite out of the three, but still very good. I loved that it was set in the 90s and the concept of the book was so interesting to me. I loved reading the emails between Beth and Jennifer. At first I wasn’t crazy over our main character, Lincoln. I was really frustrated with him throughout the book. I really loved the side characters like Doris, she was always great! Overall I still recommend this book, it was really funny and enjoyable. 5 out of 5 stars!

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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