Mini Book Reviews: Fangirl and The Fault in Our Stars

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These reviews are dedicated to Sandra @ Sandra’s World of Books. I know you love both of these books so much, and I love them too. Thank you for pushing me to read Fangirl. May we find more books to love together.

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Fall for the writer and the rancher

Love comes in all forms. – Francine

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Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Series: N/A
Format: Hardback
Acquisition: Bought

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In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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“They were just stories, but stories weren’t just anything.”

Fangirl was a book I didn’t want to read until I got the hardback, and I can say that it was totally worth the wait! I actually want to get the paperback too just for the extras. I even own this book on Kindle. Is that enough proof that I love it? Cath was just really special and relatable, and she’s one of the few female protagonists that I love more than the other characters (I’m usually more enamored by the guys or other side characters so that’s something). She understands what it’s like to be consumed by the stories in books, but she’ll also learn life can’t always be about it. I like how she cares so much about her dad, a character I really loved too for being sweet and a little bit crazy. I can’t really say much about Wren because she wasn’t really much of a good sister or daughter for the most part of the book. I can’t say that I really love Levi either because what he did during the party was just wrong no matter what excuse he has. I like him, but I don’t love him.

OVERALL, there is so much to love about Fangirl, especially to those who are as addicted to books and into fandoms and fanfiction. This is a clean, fun, and emotional New Adult book that I would definitely recommend. Cath is a character who went through conflicts with her family, relationships, passion, and writing career, yet managed to learn from them and get past them. I admire her strength and genuine devotion to the things and people she loves. The humor sometimes fell flat for me, but I was still greatly amused by the writing. I totally cried with them during the 8th book scene! Despite the parts that didn’t work for me, Fangirl is still really awesome.

RATING:

4.5-star

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Fall for one sick love story

Love comes in all forms. – Francine

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Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publication Date: January 1, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
Series: N/A
Format: Hardback
Acquisition: Bought

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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All. The. Feels

“It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

Much has been said about The Fault in Our Stars, being John Green’s most popular book, and I say listen to every person that says how good it is, and that they may be tears. I first read this book way back in 2012 not knowing what I was getting. And I would like to quote the upcoming movie tagline that this is one sick love story. Out of all of John Green’s books, this is the most romantic one, but this is also the most heart-wrenching. I was certainly unprepared for the pain of this poignant tale.

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

This is one of the books that gave me one of the worst hangovers leaving me undone yet moved. I shall now start to use the word “love” a lot. I love love love Hazel Grace and Augustus, and I ship them hard. I usually want the guy for myself, but Hazel and Gus deserve each other. I love how they brought up that they shouldn’t be defined by their illnesses. I love how they are such imperfect characters, yet managed to be perfect in this story and even called each other beautiful. I love their relationship with their family and their friend, Isaac. I love how Gus calls her Hazel Grace that makes it so endearing, and Hazel calls him Augustus. I love it all, and I’m not sorry. I love how intelligent and witty the writing and the characters are. I adore how this book can make one laugh, think, cry, and love, and how it stays with me to the point of almost quoting the book when thinking about love and life. This is truly a masterpiece that deserves to be read and read again and again and again.

RATING:

5-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.
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Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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favoriteTitle: Hopeless
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
Publisher: Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #1
Format: Kindle
Acquisition: Bought

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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual content, harsh language and heavy subject matter.

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Book Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

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favoriteTitle: Finding Cinderella
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: October 14, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Hopeless #2.5
Format: Kindle Edition
Acquisition: FREE download on Amazon

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This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone. 
A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.
When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.
One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.
Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

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Book Review: Finding It by Cora Carmack

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Title: Finding It
Author: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Losing It #3
Format: Kindle edition
Acquisition: Bought

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Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.
It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

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Book Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

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Title: Faking It
Author: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Losing It #2
Format: Kindle edition
Acquisition: Bought

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Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.
Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

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Book Review: Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

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Title: Keeping Her
Author: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Losing It #1.5
Format: Kindle edition
Acquisition: Bought

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Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start. By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?
But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren’t quite as ready for their future as they thought.
As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it.

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Book Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

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favoriteTitle: Losing It
Author: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: October 12, 2012
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Losing It #1
Format: Kindle edition
Acquisition: Bought

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Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible – a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

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Book Review: Wait For You by J. Lynn

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Title: Wait for You
Author: J. Lynn
Publication Date: February 25, 2013
Publisher: Avon
Series: Wait for You #1
Format: Kindle edition
Acquisition: Bought

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Some things are worth waiting for…
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.
Some things are worth experiencing…
Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.
Some things should never be kept quiet…
But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?
And some things are worth fighting for…

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Book Review: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

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favoriteTitle: Ruin
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date: August 11, 2013
Publisher: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: N/A
Format: Kindle edition
Acquisition: Bought

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I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michels offered to be my light.
I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.
Sometimes when you think it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn’t–I wouldn’t ever be the same.
And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.

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Book Review: My Side by Tara Brown

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Title: My Side
Author: Tara Brown
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Tara Brown Publishing
Series: N/A
Format: Kindle edition
Acquisition: Bought

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Erin Benson felt like she’d won the lottery when she arrived all the way from North Dakota with the keys to her first home in hand.
Crisp white walls: Check. 
Breathtaking view of downtown Boston: Check. 
Minutes from Northeastern School of Law: Check.
But home is not always where the heart is. Sometimes it’s where you find Mr. Random shacked up and sprawled out on what was supposed to be your new bed.
Between the bear spray and the handcuffs, she discovers a terrible mistake has been made.
Lochlan hasn’t broken into her new home to sleep with a seedy barmaid…he owns half.
With emotions running on high, Erin is determined to tough it out until a solution can be found.
The tight quarters seem smaller with his accumulated clutter and bizarre sleeping schedule. It also doesn’t help that he’s the new lead singer for Thin Ice, an indie band on its rise to fame.
What happens when a quiet bookworm gets stuck with a relentless rocker?
What happens when the things you see are not the things you get?

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