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

BOOK REVIEW : THE SELECTION BY KIERA CASS


10507293Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
336 pages
Source: Purchased

Click here to find it on Goodreads

I am pretty late to the game when it comes to the Selection series. I’m pretty sure this was on my TBR back when I was reading the Hunger Games. However, I finally picked up book #1 and i’m very very very happy with how much I enjoyed it.

America Singer comes from a very poor family, so when she is asked to sign up for a competition to help them financially, she can’t say no. Much like the popular TV show, the bachelor, 35 outstanding girls are selected to move into a palace and compete to become Prince Maxon’s future bride. America is welcomed into the royal lifestyle with amazing food and gifts from the prince. She is surprised by his generosity and how much she really does begin to like him. The only problem is that she is in love with someone else back home.

I enjoyed this lovely dystopian/romance so much more thanI thought that I would! It sucked me in from the very first page, when I met miss America Singer. America is such a kind hearted, down to earth main character. She is never afraid to be her true self and I love her funny/stubborn attitude. Prince Maxon is simply everything that a girl would want in a prince. I must say, I don’t think I would be as cool as America is when it comes to sharing him with so many other beautiful ladies.

I was afraid that the Selection would be too girlie and princessie for me personally, but I was so wrong. It’s like reading this book gave me that chick flick fix that i’ve been needing! At this point, having only read the first book in the series, I’m totally rooting for America and Maxon. I have no idea what’s in store for book #2 and #3, but I am excited to find out! If you’ve read the Selection series already, let me know your thoughts in the comments below (without spoiling the other books for me.) XOX.
maria

MARIA’S MAY TBR (2015)

mai_006I am in SUCH a reading mood lately and want to finish as many books as I possibly can, but ‘m just about to start my on the job training. I’ll be doing my practice teaching for the entire month of May and am feeling both excited and nervous. I want to put my 100% into this experience, so I’m not quite sure how much reading I’ll be doing. You never know though, I did end up having a pretty good reading month in April, even with the stress of final exams. Maybe I will need the reading break at the end of the day!

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Since reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, I have a huge craving for thriller books. So, I went out and bought The Bear by Claire Cameron and The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. I am really hoping to enjoy these. The Bear is very good so far! The story is told in the perspective of a five year old girl and I am adoring her narration. The Killing Floor by Lee Child is more of an action type of thriller and is the first book in the Jack Reacher series. I borrowed this from a friend and promised him a review. I would also love to jump into some fantasy in the month of May. I’ve recently purchased the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson because i’ve heard nothing but crazy awesome things about it. I may not have time to read the entire series this month, but I would like to start it. And last but not least, I plan on reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, a new release by the wonderful Sarah J Maas. I will be buddy reading this one with Mackenzie.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of the books that I’ve mentioned. It’s weird for me to stay away from the young adult genre, but i’m just going with my reading moods. Also, let me know if you have any thriller book recommendations for me. I hope you have a great reading month!
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FRIDAY READS (#20)

It’s finally the weekend again!

It has been a crazy busy week for me. With getting back to the gym, business and resume classes, job interviews, it’s been hectic.

Tonight is my last class for the week and then it will definitely be time to indulge in some binge reading.

10025305I’m currently four chapters into Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, the second book in the Infernal Devices series. You can click here to find it on Goodreads. I am really enjoying this series so far. I just finished Clockwork Angel and my review will be coming up for that soon so make sure you keep an eye out for that.

8755776Next on my list to read is City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. Going back to the Mortal Instruments series, this is the fifth book in the series. You can click here to find it on Goodreads. I’m so excited to get back into this series and to figure out what my main man Jace is up to.

Other than that I don’t have much else planned. I’m in the mood where I want to read every single book in the world right now so I have no idea what I’m going to pick up next!

I hope everyone has a great weekend, let me know what you are reading this weekend!
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BOOK REVIEW: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY BY E.L. JAMES

10818853Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James
Published: May 25th 2011 by Vintage
356 pages
Source: Purchased
Genre: Adult Erotic Romance
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You must have heard of this book by now. According to my mother’s TV shows, it’s the 2nd most sold book in the world – right after the bible (imagine that!) According to Amazon, more than 100 million copies sold worldwide. For the few of you who don’t know what this book is about, i’ve included the Goodreads summary below:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Maria’s thoughts:

I’ve been contemplating on picking this book up for a very long time, for obvious reasons, but decided to give it a try since the movie has recently come out. Honestly, I liked it – but I didn’t love it. I was actually hoping to fall in love with the story, just so that I could defend it. So many people haven’t read the book, or seen the movie, and have been bashing Fifty Shades of Grey and E.L. James since it’s release date. That still bothers me. I don’t understand how people can have such strong opinions without even reading the book. But let’s not get carried away…

I liked Christian from the get go. He’s rich and hot and he has issues. What’s not to love? I didn’t mind Anastasia’s character at first, but as the story progressed she became more and more annoying. I was rooting for their relationship to develop into something more, and for Ana to help Christian with what’s eating him up inside, but i’m not lying when I say that there were moments when I wanted to throw my kobo across the room. The dialogue was incredibly cheesy and I could have done with out the emails going back and forth. And as for sexual content (if you were wondering) I really didn’t have a problem with it until the very last scene. If you’ve read the book, you probably know what I mean. It was just taken a bit too far. I couldn’t help but cringe and yell at Anastasia for being so stupid.

I ended up giving Fifty Shades of Grey 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. For some people, this is being extremely generous, but I didn’t hate the book. It was really entertaining and fun to read for the most part. I just have a lot of mixed feelings towards it! I heard that the books do get better as the series goes on and as their relationship develops. I am interested in knowing what happens, but I’m not sure when or if I will be picking up the sequel.

I just liked the Crossfire series so much more… I’d love to hear your opinion on this book, especially with all of the movie hype going on 🙂 Leave a comment below!

BOOK REVIEW: HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE BY DIANA WYNNE JONES

Howl'sMovingCastle_B_PBTitle: Howl’s Moving Castle
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Published: 1986
302 pages
First in the Howl’s Moving Castle series
Source: Purchased

Sophie Hatter is the eldest of three daughters, meaning if she chooses to leave home to seek her fate than she is doomed. One day, into her family shop comes the Witch of the Waste and unfortunate circumstances lead Sophie to turning into an old lady. Unable to tell anyone that she is cursed, Sophie sets out to find help. She travels to the moving castle, home of Wizard Howl. He is rumoured to eat the hearts of young girls but Sophie knows there is a chance that he could help break the curse. What she discovers about Wizard Howl is far different than what she expected.

I’m going to start out my review by saying I went into this completely unaware of what this story was about. I have never watched the anime by Studio Ghibli, nor had I even read the synopsis of the book. But while I was on vacation in Victoria, B.C, I went into Munro’s Bookstore and when I saw Howl’s Moving Castle I knew it was coming home with me. The new covers are absolutely amazing, easily one of my favorite covers ever.

Moving on to the story. I did find the beginning a little bit slow. I was far too anxious and excited about getting to the appearance of Wizard Howl and kept wondering when he would show up. But once he finally came into the story line I was hooked. Our main characters Sophie, Howl, Michael and Calcifer were amazing and so loveable. Not to mention hilarious. I found myself giggling out loud more than I thought I would. There is one part worth mentioning and that is Howl’s drunk scene. I laughed so hard I started choking, It was perfect.

This book really sparked my imagination and made me feel like I was a little girl all over again. I recommend this book to those of you who feel like going on a journey back in time and feeling like you are young again!

I can’t wait to get my hands on the Studio Ghibli film to watch the characters come to life! And I will definitely be continuing on with this series.

I rated this book a 4/5 stars.

Have you read Howl’s Moving Castle? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

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