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Friday, January 30, 2015

Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked by Jen Colonita

Title: Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked
Author: Jen Colonita
Pages: 256
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Synopsis:
Would you send a villain to do a hero's job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita.

Full of regret, Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.

Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she's not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its sweet mission. There's a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villian really change?


Review:
  • It was really easy for me to get lost in this book and forget that it was meant as middle grade reading. I am a huge fan of fairy tales and their retelling  in general, I am first to give them a try and I am first to recommend them to any one looking for a good read.
  •  This book did not have a lot of the fairy tale aspect, there were hints of it here in there, as in the woman who lives in the shoe, the princess's snow white, rapunzel and cinderella. As well as their villains but otherwise this book was just like any other one.  Which isn't a bad thing at all.
  • I enjoyed trying to piece the puzzles together to find out who was behind all of the nefarious activities that started popping up in the school.
  • I would love for this to become a Young Adult book just because I would like to see some love interests develop and spice things up because this has the makings of a great series.

Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kissing Ted Callahan (And other guys) By Amy Spalding

Title:Kissing Ted Callahan    ( And other guys)

Author:Amy Spalding


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Synopsis:
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.

After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they'll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook.

While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over someone's heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, who she's been obsessed with forever-His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! With their love lives going from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for


Review:
  • I love this book! It was a quick read for me but it was a fun one. Like all high school kids I wrote in a note book and passed it back and forth between my friends as we went from one class to the next so this book was one I could easily relate to,even as an adult.
  • Part of why I liked this book so much was the innocence in the book, even when they did the big IT, it stayed true to the characters personality and there was no details just that kinda awkward declaration that you are no longer a virgin.
  • I liked the music aspect as well, it fit right in with the story.
  • It was cute watching them struggle and discover the tricky world that is dating, especially in high school. I even rooted for the good guy and was glad that things went smoothly for him in the end. Normally I am all for the trick ending, woe is me, or the bad guys wins since those endings are never given but in this book the characters are so easy to relate to, it made me think they were real life friends and I wanted the best for them.
  • This is definitely the book I will recommend to my younger siblings who are still in high school.

Rating:
4 out of 5 stars!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

Title: One of the Guys
Author: Lisa Aldin
Pages: 320
Publication Date: February 10th 2015 by Spencer Hills Press
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Synopsis:
Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.

Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.

But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love


Review:
 
  • I actually thought that this book was really cute and sadly on spot on. The author was able to capture what it is like to be a tom boy n be caught in the middle of finally growing up and what happens when those best friends you have as guys start to realize that your parts really are different from theirs.  I should know all about it since that was my life in a nut shell. This book brought back a lot of my fond memories of my tomboy antics and how hard it was to deal with the changing relationships that occurred as we grew and matured.

  • I like the way the author capture the awkwardness that comes with being a girl and not knowing where you fit when it comes to your skin, not knowing how to be girly when all you have known is the boyish ways you grew secure in.

  • It was fun to watch the love interests grow and bloom in this book, although the end was fairly predictable but that is normally the case when it comes to the romantic points.

  • This book also touched on the sensitive subject of loosing a parent and having to deal with the replacement of them. How the pain never leaves and how hard it can be to accept and bond with the new step parent. It will make you want to step back and re-asses the situations.


Rating:4 out of 5 Stars!

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