Kiss Crush Collide Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Kiss Crush Collide Kiss Crush Collide1.JPG(WebsiteGoodreadsBarnsAndNoble – HarperCollins)

Author – Christina Meredith (WebsiteGoodreads)

Published – December 27th 2011

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – Leah, the youngest of three sisters, had her path laid out for her by her sisters and mother. She has the perfect life – family, boyfriend, grades. On the night of her sister’s engagement party/other sister’s graduation party, she does something that doesn’t fit into the mold.  

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Thoughts: Kiss Crush Collide is not what I normally pick up. In fact, when I know the characters are going to cheat, I don’t even pick up the book.

 

Other readers didn’t seem to like it either. It was just one I picked up on the shelf so I didn’t look at reviews ahead of time. This book got 3 stars out of 5 on goodreads.com. Here is another reviewer who gave it 1.5 out of 5 stars. 

 

However, amidst the studying and hecktic week I had, I was in need of a light read. This book ended up being just that so I ended up finishing the book.

 

Towards the end, it seemed to drag out about the theme that the mother and sisters laid the path for her and she was just following in the footsteps. It became stale. However, the cute little gesture Porter made at the end gave the book a decent closure.

 

There was little to no character development but, again, this made it perfect for the mindless read. I was disappointed though at the fact that every excerpt I read on the book alluded to bigger romantic scenes but that wasn’t the case in the book. This is like the movie preview giving away all the good lines. But I guess I couldn’t expect much for a Young Adult book.

 

Next time I am in need of a light read, I will consult this goodread’s list. I actually read a few on this list, like My Life Next Door, The Selection series, and I’ve Got Your Number.

 

Conclusion: If you’re in desperate need of very light read, be my guest. Otherwise, I wouldn’t bother.

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We Were Liars Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – We Were Liars (Goodreads, Tumblr, Amazon, BarnsAndNoble)

Author – E. Lockhart (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 13th 2014

Classification – Young Adult

Summary – I stole Goodread’s summary because I think it’s spot on.

 

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Thoughts:

 

This is not your typical writing style.

It’s choppy. Short.

It is different. it is engaging.

However, as you can see from a simple google search, the book is very quotable.

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I’ll admit, all the names and lineage was thrown in your face at once. I was nervous I wasn’t going to keep all the characters straight. This family tree provided was a little help but all the reader really needs to know is the four “liars” – Gat, Johnny, Mirren, and Cadence.

Besides the names, you almost have to read between the lines to get to the root of the problem. I thought the themes seem to be tucked away and skirted around but I later realized the themes were right in my face the whole time.


We Were Liars received lot of attention from the media, including Entertainment Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and Time. Mashable says it is “well -crafted and suspenseful” and Buzzfeed says it is “incredibly hard to put down”. Tumblr has a nice website that takes you into the world of the Sinclairs where you can see a whole list of reviews of the book. The website also has pictures of the island and family tree, and of course fan-made images that tumblr is known for.

 

Here is another great site with information about the book, author, and a character gallery. It also reveals that E. Lockhart has already written the screenplay for the movie adaptation, picked up by Imperative Entertainment. When I looked up this company though, I can’t find what other movies they have done. Can somebody help me here?

 

Interesting…I am curious as to how this will be made into a movie.

 

I recommend you pick up this book and read it. Once you reach the end, let me know what you thought in the comments below!

 

Trust me, you don’t want any spoilers for this book. Just read.

 

Conclusion: We Were Liars is worth the full read. You have to get to the end! The end is the best part.
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Off the Page Book Review

SynopsiOff The Pages:

Title – Off the Page (Website, Goodreads, Amazon, BarnsAndNoble)

Author – Jodi Picoult (Website, Goodreads) and Samantha Van Leer (Goodreads

Published – May 19th 2015

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – Delilah and Oliver are in love and want to spend time together….but Oliver is a character in a book. Delilah and Oliver find a way to bring Oliver into the real world, which of course brings adventures and complications.

Here is an excerpt from the novel: seventeen.com

Hear Oliver summarize his thoughts:

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Thoughts:

To state the obvious, I picked up this book because Jodi Picoult was the author. I think the first book I picked up by Picoult was My Sister’s Keeper and, besides the heart-tugging plotline, I was awed by her flawless and engaging writing style. Hopefully I don’t have to pitch to you how good of an author Picoult is.

When I was able to pick this book up from the library, I dove right into the pages. This is why two things completely escaped my awareness:

First, I had no idea who Samantha Van Leer was – turns out that it’s Picoult’s daughter! She thought, “what happens to the characters when you close the book” and pitched the idea to her mother. To me, it seems like the idea of characters coming out of a book would be a common plot, but I have never read a book like this one yet.

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Second, I had no idea that this book was a follow-up to Between the Lines. I clearly didn’t read the little text on the bottom of the cover image. Luckily this book can stand on its own, otherwise I would have been completely lost. That being said, the people at goodreads.com highly recommend reading Between the Lines first. Has anyone read Between the Lines? Comment below if you think I should pick it up.

One thing I thoroughly enjoyed while reading this book that I feel was a nice touch was that each character’s chapter was printed in a different color. I was reading text that was purple, blue, and green.

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Anyway…

Although I was aware that the type of audience this book was geared toward is a younger age, I was able to still sympathize with and be moved by these characters. It was a cute storyline that made me laugh quite often. I do have to say, though, I was more interested in what was happening in the real world than in the book world.

Conclusion: While geared to a younger audience, a well-done piece of work.

The Heir Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – The Heir The Heir(GoodreadsAmazonBarnsAndNoble)

Author – Kiera Cass (WebsiteGoodreadsEpicReads)

Published – May 5th 2015

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – The Heir is the fourth book in The Selection series. King Maxon and Queen America’s first born, Eadlyn is 18 and on the cusp of running Illea. Romance isn’t exactly her thing and marriage is far from what she wants. Having her own Selection was not in the plans either, but plans change.

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Thoughts: ***warning: spoilers!***

I would describe this book as a cross between The Bachelor/Bachelorette (because of the line of suitors fighting for her heart) and The Hunger Games (because of the land’s citizen class system). I never watched the Bachelorette series, but…dare I say I liked The Selection series more than The Hunger Games?

I originally picked up The Selection series because of a recommendation from my brother and I was so excited to find out a fourth book was coming out. It took forever for The Heir to come in at the library but once I got my hands on it, I finished this book in three days….it gave me ALL. THE. FEELS.

There are so many things I liked about this book.

First, The Heir is the fourth book of a supposed-to-be trilogy, but the books go against the norm and keeps getting better! Nothing is worse when series continues downhill from the first book.

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Second, I love the spelling of the names. Usually, it is hard for me to remember weird names in a book like this that takes place in a different land, but this book is different. In my head I pronounced Eadlyn as Adalyn, Ahren as Aaron, Osten as Austin, Kile as Kyle, and Henri as Henry.

Third, I love how close Eadlyn is with her father. She had to start working with him so she knew what to do when she started ruling. It hit close to home since I worked with my dad since the age of 13 as well. Eadlyn is also close with her brother Ahren too and it was super cute how in love he was with Princess Camille. Cass wrote the family dynamic just perfect.

Speaking of ruling, the fact that the daughter was taking over the crown instead of the first born son was a well-known element, but not exaggerated. I liked that it wasn’t made a big deal. One particular quote made me think of this element from a different view – Eadlyn’s brother Kaden’s view on ruling was “…your name will be in a history book one day, and some bored ten-year-old will memorize it for a test and then forget all about you. You have a job, just like everybody in the world. Stop acting like it makes you more or less than anyone else.” Cass actually makes you think instead of making it just about romance.

By my second day of reading, I realized that there is no way Cass can wrap this plot line up in one book. With more research I found out that the fifth and final book will be titled The Crown, coming out May of 2016.

There are also other books that follow The Selection series: The Prince, The Guard, The Queen and The Favorite. I have not read these yet. If you have, let me know what you thought in the comments below!

And finally…the biggest news! Warner Bros has bought the movie rights to The Selection series. This video says it is the official trailer of The Heir (not sure if that is accurate or not, but it is pretty spot on):

Conclusion: Be prepared for all your heart strings to be tugged. 

P.S. If you want to be very entertained, check out Kiera Cass’s YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/KieraCass

The Actress Book Review

Synopsis:  

Title – The Actress (GoodreadsAmazonBarnsAndNoble)The Actress

Author – Amy Sohn (WebsiteGoodreads)

Published – July 1st 2014

Classification – Fiction

Summary – Maddy’s first indie film directed by her boyfriend Dan gets recognized at a Film Festival where she meets Bridget, the manager of Steven Weller, a Hollywood heartthrob. In a jiffy she lands her next role playing opposite of Steven Weller, where her career takes off and she gets swept off her feet.

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Thoughts:

I must admit, this book was hard to get into at first. There is lots of names, movie titles, and places thrown at you all at once which I really dislike. I was afraid I wasn’t going to make it far in the book.

After a bit though, I was able to get into the plot line and wanted to know what Maddy was going to do next. I was almost rushing through the book to find out how it ends.

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Every once in awhile the point of view changed without notice and I had to go back to reread parts to understand it. The different angle included information that was important to the story, but added confusion to the reader. If Sohn could clean this up or make it more smoother, I think it would make this book a bit better.

What I enjoyed from this book was the different angle Sohn took on the topic of an aspiring actress. This is drastically different from Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe. Sohn did not write your typical struggling actress viewpoint. She took you from the first “interview” to living the life of a well-known famous actress. The benefits and downfalls of being famous came too, but were sprinkled into part of the books so it felt natural.

I found myself scrutinizing Maddy’s actions constantly. She was so different from me and I felt like I was looking into the story rather than feeling empathy. The writing style had a big part of this too.

The ups and downs of marriage were heavily hit on within the book. In fact, I think this book was more on the marriage aspect than acting which makes me wonder how she picked the title. The ending did not have to deal with acting at all…

**spoiler**

Here are some ways Huffington Post says common outcomes of when their spouse comes out as gay. I liked reading about how Maddy reacted but, like I said earlier, I sort-of rushed through the book because I wanted to find out the choice Maddy made. The other stuff wasn’t as interesting to me.

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Conclusion: I may gain more by rereading The Actress…but I probably won’t.

Will you pick this book up? What did you think? Should I read it again?

The Magic of Thinking Big Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – The Magic of Thinking Big The Magic of Thinking Big(GoodreadsAmazonBarnsAndNoble)

Author – David J. Schwartz (Goodreads)

Published – April 2nd 1987

Classification –Non-fiction

Summary – The Magic of Thinking Big is your classic success book, a phenomenal best-seller, and a good read. First published in 1959, this self-help book tells the reader to improve their life by changing their thoughts.

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Thoughts: ***warning: spoilers!***

David J. Schwartz is a professor, motivator, consultor in leadership development, and of course, author. This book often is found high on success and achievement book lists

Many might scoff at the title, but this might just have a big impact on your life. Right away, Schwartz addresses the non-believers who are thinking “It’s nonsense to think you can make a mountain move away by just saying ‘Mountain, move away’.” He says, “People who think this way have belief confused with wishful thinking…But you can move a mountain with belief…The how-to-do-it always comes to the person who believes he can do it.”

Within this book, you’ll learn about things like:

  • the power of belief
  • overcoming “excusitis”
  • see what can be, not just what is
  • overcoming your fears
  • adding value to things, people, and to yourself
  • turn on your creative power
  • going first class in everything you do
  • get into the action habit
  • overcome defeat
  • make attitudes your allies
  • and of course, how to think big

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These are success principles you most likely won’t learn in school or your job. Schwartz writes a book for people in all situations – school, work, personal problems. It all revolves around the fact that you have to, for lack of better words, think big. Each section is easy to apply and simple to understand. It’s straightforward but not bogged down by vocab or “here is your success trifecta” bogus.

The biggest take-away from my first time reading this book is that “action overcomes fear.” You can think about and ponder things all day and worry yourself sick, but once you are making the motions you feel a lot better. I can worry about how the heck I am going to get a big assignment done but once I get into action mode I feel accomplished. I can worry about a big presentation coming up but now I know that once I get up in front of everybody, it will be over before I know it.

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Here is a dare for you: pick up the book, open it up to any page, point to a random sentence, and read the paragraph. Use this to see if The Magic of Thinking Big is worth the read. I can almost guarantee that you will pick up a small nugget of knowledge with that small paragraph. If that is possible, imagine what the whole book would do.

Overall, this book helped me and I often will pick it up to read small sections at a time. I think it can be of great help to others as it has been to me.

Once you finish, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich and John C. Maxwell’s How Successful People Think are great compliments to this book.

Conclusion: The Magic of Thinking Big should be at the top of your reading list.

Have you read The Magic of Thinking Big? How has it impacted your life? What advice can you give to hesitant readers?