Monday, February 8, 2016

Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall


          Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She's babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.
          Teo doesn't dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo's pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he'll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane's house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she's terrified of how her parents will react.
         In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane's Magic 8 ball can't give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes.

My Rate: 3 Stars


         I LOVE contemporary romance's a lot. And that is exactly what this book is, however I felt that this book was not very realistic. For some people it could be, but I did not feel that for a majority of people it was realistic. For that reason I'm giving this three stars.
          When I read a contemporary romance I want to feel like I could be that character. But I didn't feel that I could be Jane. Throughout the book I laughed more than I probably should have and I felt like I understood the characters. To a certain point I felt like I could relate to the Teo, Jane and Ravi as well as Teo's little sisters. BUT it was super cheesy and again certain parts for me were not what I was looking for in that book.
           Overall I enjoyed "Signs Point to Yes" by Sandy Hall. I would recommend that you read this book at least once. I also recommend "A Little Something Different" by Sandy Hall as well. I enjoyed that one more than this one. If you liked "The Fault in Our Stars" you will also enjoy these books. Sandy Hall writes adorable and hilarious books! Try one of her books ASAP! I hope you enjoy them.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Book or Movie?

        Normally I pick book over movie, however I think that it depends on the book and how well the adaptation to screen is done. I think the only movie I might possibly choose over the book is The Fault in Our Stars. I don't know what it is about it that I love, I just do. Maybe Ansel Elgort is the reason I love it so much. I don't know. 
        Anywho, we all know books are awesome. Movies are also amazing in their own way. I think separating the book from the movie helps me to really love the movie. Now I don't love the movies as much as I love the books, but I think they come close. 
        As the internal debate continues let us read on!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Happy Belated Christmas and New Year!!

            Book friends I am sorry to have been gone for so long!! My life has been full of weddings (not mine), babysitting little children, and cramming for my semester finals. All of this is done for now. I am always babysitting, but not so crazy anymore! But enough about me, let's talk books.


            Christmas time is a time for books. I didn't get to read anything over my Christmas break, but I got six books. I finally own all of the Hunger Games books. I have read all three of them and own them all in kindle form. However, now I own them all physically which is better than kindle form.
             The books I received are:
  1.  The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  3. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  4. Matched by Ally Condie
  5. Atlantia by Ally Condie
  6. The first book in the Beyonders series by Brandon Mull

There is another one, but I can't remember it off the top of my head. Anyhow I am excited to take on the challenge of reading the more in one year than I have ever read! May 2016 bring great books into your life and I hope you are able to read as much as possible!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

            First of all, Morgan Matson is sweet and amazing. One thing I hadn't known before I picked this book up was that the main character's name is Emily. Awesome right?!?! Well when I met Morgan she asked me what my name was. I said Emily because my name and she proclaimed, "I LOVE THAT NAME!!" Which I could've guessed because my name is the character.

             So that's Morgan!

Rate: 5/5 Stars
            Since You've Been Gone- Sloane has gone missing, but she left Emily a list of thirteen things to do. These thirteen things are things that Emily would never think of doing. She could not have completed the list alone. Never would she have thought that with the help of Frank, she would finally finish a list that Sloane gave her.
            The beginning is a little slow, but that does not stop this book from blowing me away. Emily becomes friends with Frank, but not because she really wanted to. She kept running into Frank and his friend Collins. He helps her when she almost gets herself arrested for theft and he arranges for her to get some of the items on her list crossed off. They have a fun relationship, I think. He wants her help to learn how to run. Basically he wants to get fit and she is just the person to do it. They show each other different types of music. They make each other better people.
            Frank is at the top of his class. He goes to Princeton every summer except this summer. His girlfriend goes to Princeton without him and so he finds himself with a summer job instead.
            Can he help Emily complete the list Sloane gave her? Will they find Sloane? Will this also be one of your favorite books like it is mine? All you have to do is pick up this book and read it. Don't stop reading once you start it. You won't regret it!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Before I read this book, I had only heard great things. I was so excited to read this book! I knew that it was about a boy who is friends with a girl who has cancer. On the front of my book it says it is similar to the Fault in our Stars. SO I got the book at the Texas Teen Book Festival held in Austin and had it signed by Jesse Andrews! Great day I would add. Here's the picture of me with him:

My rating: 1/5 Stars

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about a boy named Greg and his best friend Earl along with a dying girl named Rachel. The ONLY reason that Greg begins to talk to Rachel is because his mother forces him to talk to her. She find out she has cancer and for some reason thinks that he is still friends with Rachel. Thus begins the renewed friendship of Rachel and Greg and a new friendship between Earl and Rachel.

I actually really appreciate Rachel and Earl, however the amount of foul language in this book is ridiculous. It would have been a better book without it. I was appalled by it. It may be that those words are in fact used by many in our world today on a usual basis, but for me I couldn't stand it. You could take all those words out and the book would probably be about fifty pages shorter. This is probably only a slight exaggeration of the foul language.

Then there's the fact that I didn't really understand the entire purpose of the book. It could have been written in less than ten pages and it might have been a whole lot better. Right from the beginning you know Rachel is going to die. He comes right out and tells you. Whether or not he tells you, it's pretty obvious someone is going to die. This book was expanded two hundred and eighty-five pages more than it should have been.

Overall I did not like this book. I really wanted to, but I couldn't get into it. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone. Personally I wouldn't want my sister or anyone else I know to have to read the amount of awful language in there along with many comments and jokes that were very inappropriate. I'm sure many can handle it. I guess I'm just not one of them.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Don't Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

            Five kids travel across the country to California from Baltimore by themselves. They don't tell their parents where they are going. I know that a lot of what they are doing is illegal, but this adventure that they are trying to pull of is bigger than not trying to get caught by the law. The relationships between these five kids may start off really crappy, but I think that LaMarche does a great job at expressing what's really important. Family is important. Living is important. Knowing where you really came from is important, but knowing that you can overcome the challenges of where you came from means so much more.

RATING: 5/5 Stars

            One of the only things that bother me with this book is that Michelle, the oldest and also this book is from her point of view, is racist. She is downright racist and it bothers me to think that with freedom growing everyday she could still be so racist. BUT in the end her racism is not bad enough that it ruins the book. It just comes to show that when you constantly see problems dealing with racism it starts to grow on you. It is real and in the world.

I highly encourage you to read this book. I love this book. It's a great reminder to not take things for granted and to appreciate the things that I have. I hope you pick up your copy of the book and let me know what you think of it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Top Ten YA Books

Hi there again, friend!! I want you to get to know me a little better, so I thought I would share with you my ten favorite YA books. Please comment yours as well. I'd love to hear what some of your favorites are!! Mine can be listed as:

  1. The Selection by Kiera Cass (The whole series, of course!)
  2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Also the whole series because I don't know how you can't love the whole series...)
  3. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  4. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman (This one is kind of sad, but when I read it a couple years ago I loved it. It was probably the best thing I read that year other than The Selection.)
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  7. Reawakened by Colleen Houck (Interesting fact about this book is that it is signed. But when I met her I didn't realize who she was. I just knew she was an author. I didn't know I would come to love this book.)
  8. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (The end is the most shocking ending I have read in a while. I had a HUGE book hangover with this one...)
  9. Legend by Marie Lu
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (Wayyyyy better than the movie. The movie focuses on Mia's relationship with her boyfriend, Adam, whereas the book focuses more on her family.)

Now that you know my favorite books, you should leave a comment with your favorites as well. If you haven't read some of these I HIGHLY encourage you read them. They are all amazing, otherwise I wouldn't have included them in this week's Top Ten Tuesday posts. Let me know what YOU think of these books I have listed.