[Review #123] Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover Cover - Review Title: Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover
Series: Gallagher Girls
Book three
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Espionage, Mystery
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

When Cammie “The Chameleon” Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she’s in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she’s there to watch Macey’s father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world’s best school (for spies), “exciting” and “deadly” are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers’ plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can’t shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn’t feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion’s corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey’s private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth.

Review

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover surprised me. I highly enjoyed it and was not expecting the story to take this kind of turn. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy wasn’t as good as I thought it would be despite loving I’d Tell You I Loved You but Then I’d Have to Kill You. Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover was a game changer I think, I was told this series got darker with each book and they were right; this isn’t just a chick lit series anymore, it’s getting deep, dark, scary and way more serious.

In Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover Cammie visits Macey in  the middle of her father’s campaign for running for vice president. While Cammie is attending Macey’s appointments with her, Cammie and Macey find themselves alone and locked on top of a roof, suddenly helicopters are racing towards where there are and people dressed in black from head to toe are sailing down and fighting them. Of course their first thought is its a surprise assignment from Gallagher Girls, but as things get serious very fast they realize this isn’t a test and it’s real; someone is trying to kidnap Macey.

In Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover Cammie starts to find out she and everyone else really have no idea what’s going on. I was confused by the end of this book just like everyone else was, I didn’t see the twist coming and now I just want to know why. This book has me asking questions and I have no idea where this story is going, although I’m gearing up for heart-break.

This book was more about friendship and mystery than it was about Cammie’s love life. The first book in this series makes you think it will be a light series about Cammie navigating her way through spy school while trying to keep a normal love life. That is so wrong. Zach is kind of in the picture in this book but Cammie realizes she knows nothing about him except that she keeps bumping into him, she keeps discovering him in one form of disguise or another and she doesn’t know why he’s there. Zach is illusive and makes me feel suspicious about him and who he really is. For some reason Josh makes a brief appearance in this book, it was so brief that I have no idea why he was even there. Which makes me wonder if something is going to happen with him later in this series and all of these ‘appearances’ are to remind the readers who he is and what he means to Cammie. After realizing how dark this series is going to get my mind is coming up with all sorts of things.

I loved that this book felt more like a real spy story where real things were happening, not child’s play like Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy felt like to me. Don’t Jude a Girl by Her Cover definitely felt like the beginning of something dark and serious. It only took three books to get there!

Overall, I really enjoyed Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover. It was surprising, serious, dark and confusing. I’m dying to know what happens next and where this story goes. It was an easy read and had me sailing through the book within one night.

In Summary:
Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover felt like a game changer. It changed the direction of this series and turned it down a dark path. I’m rather excited to see where this story leads.
– I loved that this story was scary and serious, it felt like people were actually in danger, not like the child’s play I thought book one and two felt like. This book set up the rest of the series.
– The romance wasn’t a big factor in this story which was fine because there was so much else going on that it just didn’t need it, the mystery was way more exciting. There were bits here and there that kept the romance portion alive though.
– I highly enjoyed reading this!

Miss J

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Quick Reviews: Second Book Syndrome?

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

- Cover - Review Title: Unbreakable
Series: Unraveling
Book two
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

Review

After reading Unraveling and not enjoying it like I thought I would, I went in with low expectations with Unbreakable. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I quite enjoyed Unbreakable, it had more of an original storyline which was a huge disappointment for me in the first book and I had a lot of fun reading it.

Unbreakable was entertaining, different to the first book and ended up being really intense. My favourite character was Barclay which was surprising. I found myself enjoying this story including the end which broke my heart just a bit.

Second book syndrome? Definitely not! I loved this book a lot better than the first book!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarach J. Maas - Cover - Review

Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass
Book two
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review

When I read Crown of Midnight I wasn’t sure what I was going to expect. I didn’t like Throne of Glass as much as I had wanted to so I was hesitant about this book. I ended up enjoying this book a whole lot more than I had expected to which was nice.

Celaena wasn’t as infuriating in this book, she wasn’t as arrogant or selfish. There were a few things that still annoyed me, like the romance that was obvious from the beginning of Throne of Glass, but overall I enjoyed this a whole lot more. The plot had potential and it ran with it. I even had a moment of “Oh my god, no!” and was instantly heartbroken.

The only thing is that for me, the huge reveal that had everyone gasping when they found out; wasn’t a reveal for me at all. In fact I had thought it was quite obvious from the beginning. I had figured out the reveal from the beginning of Throne of Glass which was disappointing for me.

I’m not really sure where book three will lead but I’m excited to find out!

Second book syndrome? No, I thought this book was way better than its predecessor.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter - Cover - Review Title: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Series: Gallagher Girls
Book two
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Chick Lit
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Cammie Morgan is back, and it’s clear that her life hasn’t calmed down since the events of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie’s elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys’ arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school’s top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school

Review

I really enjoyed the first book I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You so I thought I would love Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy too. Unfortunately this was not the case.

For some reason Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy was only an average read for me. The whole first half of the book was very slow and not a lot happened, I was bored. Then the second half picked up but I was starting to get afraid that there will be a love triangle in this book. Josh was back in the picture but I really wanted him to be gone for good, he annoyed me more than anything else. I found that Cammie was making a lot of mistakes that a spy just wouldn’t do, especially compared to how she was in book one.

Overall this was a light, quick read and wasn’t as good of a read as its predecessor for me but I will still definitely be carrying on with this series!

Second Book Syndrome? Yes, I don’t think the book knew where to go with this one. I can see it was setting up a love triangle, I think this book has pretty much set up the rest of the series after the first book which introduced the series.

Miss J

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[Review #121] The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite by Kiera Cass Cover - Review Title: The Elite –
Series: The Selection
Book Two
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopia (?), Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Review

I quite enjoyed The Selection, I thought that it had potential and that The Elite would take that potential and make this series huge. However I was incredibly surprised to find that this book is probably the worst second book in a series that I have ever read. By that I mean: I was able to finish this book because it wasn’t boring per se but I dis-liked this book and the main character so much that I actually think I won’t even bother with the last one.

The Elite was very frustrating. The first things I thought when I finished this book and closed the back cover was “What the hell did I just read? What the hell just happened? What the hell is going on? And why the hell does Maxon like America?!”, seriously. This book confused me. The main perpetrator? The romance.

The romance and the love triangle was so forced it felt like America was two completely different people when she was around Maxon and then around Aspen. Whenever Maxon was in her line of sight she was in love with him but whenever Aspen was in her line of sight she was head over heels for him instead. She kept flicking backwards and forwards between to the two like a boomerang. It was ridiculous! She was ridiculous! They were ridiculous! I’m not sure why either of them are even interested in her, she clearly doesn’t know what she wants or who she wants. It just felt like Cass was trying to make the book interesting by forcing the love triangle. It failed, miserably.

In The Selection I wanted to hear and see more of the rebels. In The Elite we got a bit more but the scenes felt placed, it didn’t seem to flow very well. Although the rebels never felt dangerous, they never felt like they were a real threat. Maxon’s father felt more like a threat.

The Elite lost all of the humour that I loved in The Selection. I found America to be whiny, indecisive, pretty horrible. I simply couldn’t find her funny because I disliked her way too much for how indecisive and selfish she was.

In Summary:
– The Elite was probably the worst second book in a series that I have ever read.
– The love triangle was incredibly forced, dry, boring and just plain horrible. There was no chemistry, America loved whoever was in her line of sight. It was ridiculous.
– The rebel scenes felt like they were placed in the story, the story was very choppy and didn’t flow very well. I didn’t seriously think anyone was in any real danger.
– America was just plain selfish.
– I personally did not like this book. This makes me very sad.

Miss J

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[Review #109] This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith Cover - Review Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Standalone
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Contemporary, Chick Lit
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

Review

I thought I would enjoy This is What Happy Looks Like a whole lot more than I did. From the summary it sounded super cute and entertaining. Unfortunately I was disappointed.

I found the pace of This is What Happy Looks Like to be very slow. When I wanted to read the story happening ‘now’ the story tended to go back to a memory of the particular character we would be reading. For me this happened too often and I got bored. The memories were meant to let us see more into the characters and to feel for them, perhaps grow attached to them. But instead I found them near useless to the story and found myself wanting to put the book down.

I liked the email layout, I thought it was cute. This is What Happy Looks Like is sweet, but it isn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. Discovering your kind-of-anonymous pen pal happens to be a gorgeous movie star sounds like it would be all kinds of romantic and exciting, but it turned out to be way more complicated than thought. Which makes sense but is still not as fun as I thought.

While I thought this book was sweet and cute in places, it just failed to move me in any way. I didn’t care about the characters as much as I wanted to, I didn’t like how reckless Graham started acting and realised that he worked better without Ellie in his life. She distracted him and I hated that that was the point, he didn’t become better at his job because he met her and he ended up doing some stupid things just so he could hang out with her. It wasn’t very inspiring.

Unfortunately This is What Happy Looks Like wasn’t as enjoyable as I hoped. But if you want a light read then go a head and give it a go!

In Summary:
-This is What Happy Looks Like wasn’t as fun or as exciting as I thought it would be.
-This story is sweet but it sort of just ends with no idea of what happens to the characters next.
-The pages and pages of reading about memories that were meant to make us understand the characters more, were boring for me. The descriptions of the memories happened way too often in the story so I felt like it really hindered the pace.
-I didn’t like that this story didn’t leave a good feeling after it finished. I noticed that Graham and Ellie together didn’t make things better but rather made more distractions and mistakes.

Miss J

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[Review #108] Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Cover - Review Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Series: Anna and the French Kiss
Book one
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA Contemporary, Chick Lit
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Review

Wow. When everyone* was saying Anna and the French Kiss is probably the best book they’ve ever read; I didn’t believe them. When everyone* was giving this book 5 stars; I thought my opinion would differ. When everyone* was saying Etienne St. Clair was one of the most swoon worthy love interests; I thought ‘how so?’.

Why did I think all of these things before reading this book? Because I’m not that huge on romance taking the forefront of the story. But after reading this I realised this story was a love story. It wasn’t a story where the romance stole the plot. It was a story about love. And in fact it corrected me on the term ‘romance’, there was a lot of romance and swoon worthy moments, it was set in Paris of all places, and was about falling for your best friend when you only became best friends in the first place just to get closer to each other. Wow.

Anna and the French Kiss was amazing. I loved this book. I loved how Paris was described, it made me want to pack up and move there even though I have no reason to. It made me hope I someday find someone that will understand me and take notice of me just as much and as intensely as St. Clair did with Anna. This book definitely made me swoon. Etienne St. Clair made me swoon. Paris made me swoon. This book is 100% swoon-worthy. It’s a 5 star book in another league. Not because it was the most amazing book I’ve ever read, but because it was the most amazing love story that I have enjoyed reading.

I have decided that Etienne St. Clair is by far the top love interest over any book I have ever read. I absolutely loved how much he cared about Anna, I loved that they could have stupid and ridiculous conversations and they both just went with it, I loved the tension between the two. I just really did not like how he could not break up with his girlfriend. He never once physically cheated on her but he did mentally. And that kind of annoyed me. I was sitting there going “Why the hell are you still with your current girlfriend and not with Anna you idiot?!?!” *RAGE*. Other than that I loved him.

At first Anna’s attitude to being forced to go to school in Paris annoyed me. I mean it’s Paris. I would have loved that, it would have been a dream. Sure I would have been scared, but hell, I would have gotten over that. Anna slowly accepted it and got used to living in a foreign country that spoke a foreign language. As I read on I realised just how much I could relate with Anna, I loved that she was honest with St. Clair when it suddenly became too much. I loved they could fight and their relationship still held up, they were honest with each other and understood where the other was coming from. There was no shooting down, there was just acceptance and trying to understand.

I quite liked Stephanie Perkins writing style. It was witty, I laughed multiple times, and all of the conversations cut right to the point. The writing drew me into the story and helped me fall in love with the characters, the scenery, and the story.

Overall I highly enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss, just absolutely loved it. I definitely recommend reading this book!

In Summary:
– I loved, loved, loved this book!
– I loved how intensely St. Clair liked Anna. I liked their best friend relationship and how they felt safe around each other. I liked them together. It gave me butterflies.
– I just really did not like how St. Clair could NOT break up with his current girlfriend. It was crazy. And such a ridiculous reason. Sure it made sense but I still felt like he was hiding behind it.
– I cannot get over how much I loved this book.

Miss J

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*I am exaggerating. Not everyone has read this book.

[Review #106] Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams

Pizza, Love and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams Cover - Review Title: Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous
Stand Alone
Author: Kathryn Williams
Genre: YA Contemporary
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Can a spot on a teen reality show really lead to a scholarship at an elite cooking school AND a summer romance?

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Nicolaides was practically raised in the kitchen of her family’s Italian-Greek restaurant, Taverna Ristorante. When her best friend, Alex, tries to convince her to audition for a new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, Sophie is reluctant. But the prize includes a full scholarship to one of America’s finest culinary schools and a summer in Napa, California, not to mention fame. 

Once on-set, Sophie immediately finds herself in the thick of the drama—including a secret burn book, cutthroat celebrity judges, and a very cute French chef. Sophie must figure out a way to survive all the heat and still stay true to herself. A terrific YA offering–fresh, fun, and sprinkled with romance.

Review

[WARNING: There are a few spoilers in this review because I could not, not have them while explaining my opinions on this. But the spoilers are labelled before you get to them and they are in white font so you won’t be able to see them unless you highlight over them. You have been warned!]

Every time I read this title I keep wanting to read “Pizza, Love, and Other Drugs”… Anywhoo…

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous started out with an interesting idea. I liked reading how Sophie interacted in the kitchen and it was nice seeing her with her family. The premise of the reality T.V show sounded fun and interesting. But then the time came for the actual reality tv show.

Let’s get one thing clear: Everyone knows that ‘reality’ is more often than not, not actually reality right? I mean the way people live their lives is not that interesting, so there has to be some sort of interest to keep people watching, they may do things that they wouldn’t normally do to spice things up (For example: Kesha drank her own urine (Well she claimed she did) just because she could, on her reality show ‘My Crazy Beautiful Life’ (For the record I only know about this because it was all over the entertainment news; not because I watch her show) she wasn’t dared to do it or anything, she and her friends were talking about it and she was all ‘Oh, I’m totally gonna do it right now’. I seriously think it was just to cause a publicity stir up so she would get higher ratings – bad publicity is still publicity. I mean I don’t watch reality TV and I heard about it; so job well done … It just happened to be very disturbing). So editors might make it look like things are going on when really there was no such thing, and producers might even go so far to try and make something juicy happen; [Kind of spoiler] like write a burn book and place it in a location where someone will find it and then all hell will break loose… I thought this was a given about reality TV, I don’t watch it because I have no interest in it. But reading a book about it sounded like it would be fun.

It wasn’t that fun. The burn book thing was unoriginal and boring. Sophie finds a burn book in the pocket of her friend Shelby, chef’s coat. There are some horrible things written in it about everyone except Shelby, but Shelby denies having written it. [SPOILER IF YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK] To me it was obvious she didn’t write it and I thought it was obvious that the producers planted this in Shelby’s coat. I mean helloo? It IS reality TV, something’s interesting has GOT to happen. Snark is entertaining to watch. [END SPOILER]. So the fact that most of this book was around the burn book and Sophie, Shelby and Stan trying to figure out who wrote it, was boring and unoriginal. The twist wasn’t surprising in the least.

At first I thought the romance with the cute French chef Luc was, well, cute. [ANOTHER SPOILER] But then at the end when Sophie decides she does like her best friend Alex? That made me think ‘Ohhh so the cute French chef was only in this story to put some romance in and make it more appealing; but in actuality it was a load of bull and if we had taken that part out it wouldn’t have affected the story in the slightest’. [END SPOILER]. Seriously? The romance held no interest to me because of this. What a waste of time.

Then when Sophie returned home after the show had been filmed she had turned into this food snob. Throughout the book I had got the impression that she would realise that her fathers restaurant was what it was all about; family, love, laughter and good food. But she had denied it and was trying new dishes. She didn’t really stick to what she knew and it was starting to annoy me. She wanted to be anything but what her father was, I thought it would come down to the fact that she would realise that yeah, she wanted more, but at the end of the day her father had it right in some sort of way. That moment never came. She ended up being a stuck up food snob.

One good thing about this book? There are some pretty awesome recipes in it that I am actually considering giving a go. They look easy enough as well!

The reason I’ve given this book such a low rating is because Pizza, Love and Other Drugs Stuff that Made Me Famous did not leave any sort of happy impression on me. I had no idea why I read what I did, the ending was less than satisfying and made me feel like the small things like the romance (Maybe that isn’t so small), the burn book, the friendships made, the way Sophie had suddenly turned into a stuck up snob that doesn’t appreciate her family like she did before she went on the show, and the whole point of the tv show just made no sense with that ending. It annoyed me.

In Summary:
– I thought this book sounded interesting and fun. In the end it was neither of those things for me.
– I felt like the whole burn book thing was petty and immature. It felt like a pointless thing to focus on and was not exciting to read about. Considering I had guessed the twist as soon as the burn book popped up.
– The romance was cute. Until the end.
– There are recipes in the book which I thought was a pretty cool touch.
– I just didn’t really care for this book unfortunately.

Miss J

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[Review #105] Geek Girl By Holly Smale

Geek Girl by Holly Smale Cover - Review Title: Geek Girl
Series: Geek Girl
Book one
Author: Holly Smale
Genre: YA Chick Lit
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. 

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves. 

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did. 

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

Review

Geek Girl is a light, fun and quick read.

I had fun reading this book. It was actually laugh out loud funny. Harriet’s dad? Wow. Funny and still acts like a child. I kind of liked the way he was so childish but at the same time he was Harriet’s rock and was able to act mature when she needed him. Toby was Harriet’s ‘stalker’, otherwise known as the boy who was also just as intelligent as Harriet and has been following her around for years. He was incredibly weird but also very harmless. And my goodness he was hilarious.

At first glance I thought this book was a pretty big book, considering it looked thick. But then as I was reading it I realised it wasn’t at all. It was very easy to read and I ended up finishing it in one night. But I did feel like I wanted more time to happen in the book, this book spans over a few days and for some reason I felt like I wanted it to happen over a longer period of time. Just because everything was happening so fast. She gets scouted, she’s booked a job, she’s flying out to Moscow, she’s doing a fashion show, she’s back home and trying make amends to all the people she lied to.

The there’s Nick. Harriet meets and speaks to Nick only a few times but they fall for each other in that amount of time and I feel like they hardly know each other. But then again Geek Girl is incredibly light and funny so the romance, which is hardly noticeable at all since this book is not based on the romance; it’s not unbelievable. It’s rather cute and sweet.

Geek Girl feels like it is geared more towards younger readers, it was a very light read and as fun as it was I just couldn’t come to really fall in love with it. It was too light for my tastes.

In Summary:
Geek Girl is light and fun to read with a lot of hilarious laugh out loud moments and characters.

-I loved the hilarity of some of the characters, especially Toby; Harriet’s weird ‘stalker’/friend.
-The romance was barely there, it was very non-essential to the story but was cute and sweet.
-It was so light to read that even though it looked like a big book, I finished it within a night.
-While I did enjoy Geek Girl I just felt like it was too light for me to really get invested in the story and the characters, and to really love it. 

Miss J

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[Review #104] 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

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Stand Alone
Author: Jessica Brody
Genre: YA Chick Lit
Young Adult
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Summary

Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. 

Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

Review

52 Reasons to Hate My Father was a fun story to read and I always like reading stories where  the characters grow and change for the good by the end of the book.

I liked this book. To an extent. It was fun, light, and heart warming at the end. But it also took a while to get interesting, the beginning started off slowly and I really didn’t like Lexi. Of course that was the whole point, we had to get to know Lexi as who she was before she was forced on the journey of working at 52 minimum wage jobs to learn the value of a dollar, and perhaps life. As Lexi grew and matured throughout the book I started to warm up to her, it was nice getting to see her come to realisations on her own and it hurt knowing how alone she felt yet no one else understood; they all thought she was the luckiest girl alive, she was rich and got anything and everything she wanted. Except they didn’t know her family was pretty much a façade they all put on for the cameras. She barely spoke to her father because he was always too busy with his work and never there.

I felt like we didn’t get to see many of the moments that could have been realisations for Lexi. And then I felt like she never learned what the value of a dollar was or the value of working in minimum wage jobs until you were able to work your way to the career you so desperately wanted. I felt like she learnt how to love but nothing more than that. By the end I still didn’t really think she had grown more worldly but rather learnt more about her family, her dad and that there’s more to life than partying.

The ending irked me. I know this is meant to be a light hearted book but I really wanted something a little more deeper at the end, something to make me feel and really like Lexi. The ending was tied up nicely yet I felt like there were important things missed out. Like apologies and bigger realisations or life changing decisions. It felt too much like a brush off the shoulder. It was a nice ending but it also felt like it only brushed the surface of Lexi’s problems.

Overall, I liked 52 Reasons to Hate My Father for what it was; light, fun ,heart warming and cute.

To summarise:
– This book was fun and light to read.
– I enjoyed watching Lexi grow and mature.
– The beginning was a little slow to start off.
– I wanted the story to be deeper than it was as I felt like it only scratched the surface of what Lexi was feeling and what she could have learned.

Miss J
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