Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (43)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Top Ten Characters I'd Switch Places With in a Second
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 

1. Wendy (Peter Pan)
I was obsessed with all things Peter Pan when I was little and I'd love to get the chance to go to Neverland. 

2. Hermione (Harry Potter)
Do I really have to explain this one? Main reason: Magic. Another reason: Her pure awesomeness and intelligence.

3. Maggie (Inkheart)
If I could read myself into stories, my life would be complete.

4. Katsa (Graceling)
Katsa is a complicated character, but she has plenty of admirable traits. Plus, Po.

5. Ginny (13 Little Blue Envelopes)
The chance to go on a crazy backpacking adventure across Europe? Sign me up!

6. Art (Piratica)
Ever since, Pirates of the Caribbean, it's been a secret dream of mine to be a pirate captain. Just have to overcome that pesky seasickness... 

That's all I can think of this week! (I could think of more, but this is late enough as it is!)
Who would you switch places with?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Around the World in 30 Days Conclusion!

Monday, July 30, 2012
This is it! Day 30!  (Phew! *Wipes sweat from brow*) Along with a summary of all the posts, I found some quotes about books and travelling to share with you!

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home." 
~Anna Quindlen

"Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to..."
~Judith Thurman

"You can travel the world and never leave your chair when you read a book."
~Sherry K. Plummer

"We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth."
~John Lubbock

And if you missed out on any of the 30 Days, catch up here:
Day 30: Conclusion!

I hope you enjoyed this feature!

Book Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Genre: Satire
Publisher: Scholastic
Series: Standalone
Website: http://libbabray.com/beauty-queens.html
Source: Bought
Beauty Queens
When the Miss Teen Dream plane crashes on a deserted island, the beauty contestants have to pull together to survive. But survival isn't their only problem: throw in boy bands, reality TV stars, and a distinct lack of make-up, and they may be in serious trouble. Are Beauty Queens more than just pretty girls in bikinis? Do they have what it takes to make it off the island alive?

Libba Bray was already one of my favorite authors, but now she is my role model. She's easily one of the most intelligent, hilarious, *awesome* people ever, and this coolness is evident in Beauty Queens.

I expected a book full of tongue-and-cheek satire, which I got. In fact, Beauty Queens is absolutely hysterical. I'd run to find someone to share a particularly funny passage with every few pages. Not to mention, the general Libba-craziness that ensues which is just fantastic! (:

What I didn't expect was the depth. Bray tackles nearly every big issue teen girls have to face and if you don't come out of this novel feeling empowered, you obviously weren't reading the same book. And little things in the book that seem funny, but not too important, actually come back later in the plot.

The characters are fantastic. They're all so diverse and well fleshed-out. I think John Green would approve- one of the main themes in his books is that people are more than their appearances, that they all have their own problems and aspirations. The cast of Beauty Queens is a perfect example of this.

Everybody *everybody* should read this book. It will give you so much to think about, not to mention inspire you.
*5 stars*
Other books by Libba Bray: The Gemma Doyle trilogy, Going Bovine

Sunday, July 29, 2012

In My Mailbox (43)

Sunday, July 29, 2012
IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!
As always, I apologize for the poor pictures. My iPod is great at many things, but taking pics of books is apparently not one of them.
From the Library:
Fire by Kristin Cashore (Already read it and LOVED it, of course. I want to jump into these books and live in them, they're so great!)

Borrowed from a friend:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (I'm finally giving this series a go, but not without some trepidation.)
Possession by Elana Johnson

In the Mail:
One Moment by Kristina McBride (Signed! I won it won the fabulous YA book blog, We Heart YA. You can win The Masque of the Red Death by commenting on their latest Twitter Tuesday post!)

Don't forget to enter my Around the World Giveaway! It's still open for another few days!

On Reading and Traveling

There's a reason reading has survived for as long as it has. Books contain their own brand of magic: the ability to transport us anywhere when we're stuck at home.

This isn't any kind of revelation, by any means. People have commented on this for years, more eloquently than I ever can. But Around the World in 30 Days has really made me appreciate reading's 'magical' qualities, even more than before.
At this point in my life, I simply don't have the means to travel, but books allow me to despite that. In a way, I've been to Central America and Paris and Israel. I've seen the canals in Amsterdam and Harrods in London. I've even traveled to places that don't exist- Narnia, Hogwarts, Alagaesia. And I've learned about the past, as well, through the eyes of Gemma Doyle and Helen of Sparta.

Isn't this one of the reasons we read? To journey to other worlds and leave ours behind? And when we return from the land of fiction, don't we understand the real world a bit better?

Another reason we read: Reading connects us. It's funny how such a solitary activity brings together so many people. I think that's what the guest posts from Alicia and Danielle displayed so well. We may all live on different continents in various time zones with our own slang, but we all bond over books. It shows us that while we have our differences, we're really not different at all.

Reading is a pretty powerful thing, to be able to do all that. I hope it takes you to remarkable places.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Book Trailers

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Book trailers are either hit or miss, but I found some pretty great ones for the books featured in Around the World. 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Wow! This is as good as a movie trailer. I'm impressed!

Die for Me
I don't really like the voice for this one, but I like the general concept. And the clips of Paris, of course.

The Last Little Blue Envelope
I couldn't find a trailer for the first book (so don't watch this if you haven't read 13 Little Blue Envelopes), but I thought this was a solid trailer. Nothing too special, but it's decent.

How to be Bad
While I couldn't find a book trailer, this home movie by the authors was too fun to resist posting!

Which book trailer is your favorite?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Waserman

Friday, July 27, 2012
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Random House Children's Book
Series: Standalone
Source: Library
Location: Prague
The Book of Blood and Shadow
When Nora takes on an independent study translating ancient letters with her best friend, Chris, she never expects him to end up dead, or for her boy friend to be the accused murderer. In a search for answers, Nora ends up in Prague, hunting down a machine that may not exist, all the while being followed by the very people who may have killed Chris.

A lot of bloggers said this book was The Da Vinci Code of Young Adult literature, and I definitely agree. There's murder, suspense, questions on God, betrayal, and so on. It was a book, that if I had had time, I would have read in one sitting. Nora is a narrator reminiscent of Mara Dyer, with a good sense of snark. Her family life added a layer of depth to this story, and it was fascinating to see the correlations between her life and Elizabeth's.

The themes of belief, doubt, the benefits/detriments of religion, etc. are what make this book really stand out. Anyone who says that YA lit is all fluff and cotton candy is definitely proven wrong by The Book of Blood and Shadow. While Nora is certainly more of a skeptic, Wasserman displays the more religious side of thinking through supporting characters.

The mystery is the real focus of the novel, and with almost each chapter ending on a cliffhanger, I kept reading as fast as I could. The combination of the letters and the Latin is intriguing and the setting of Prague is surprisingly perfect. It's easy to picture secret societies hiding out among its streets.

The Book of Blood and Shadow is definitely a book I want to reread in the future!
*5 stars*
If You Like These Authors, You'll Like This: Libba Bray, Dan Brown

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cover Competition: Audrey, Wait!

Thursday, July 26, 2012
I love seeing what covers around the world look like, and since Audrey, Wait! was featured in the City Spotlight: LA, I thought this would fit well with this post. The first picture is from Good Reads, per usual, but the other three I found while stalking stumbling upon Robin Benway's Facebook, where you can see other international covers. (In all seriousness, though, I actually found the Facebook album through Google Images, so I'm not a creep! haha)
Audrey, Wait!
U.S. (Paperback)

Norway

Finland

Korea
I love the Norwegian cover! The green lines look incredible. The Finnish cover, though, I feel is just eh. I like all the doodles that tie in with the story on the Korean cover.
Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Spotlight: Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I was lucky enough to win Reunited from Word for Teens and got it in the middle of Around the World! It's perfect since it's a road trip book. I'm hoping to do a proper review of it soon, but until then, I wanted to share some of the awesome extras that go along with this book!
Reunited
The Music: 

(I'm not a big fan of Parade, but Heyday is really catchy!)
The Book Trailer:
Check out the first 3 chapters:
What are some of your favorite music-centered books?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (42)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: The Wizarding World
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Even before the movies and the amusement park, I could picture Hogwarts so clearly in my mind. Up until my eleventh birthday, a little part of me was convinced I'd be getting an acceptance letter there. (Confession: Some part of me still thinks my owl got caught in a storm or something... ;)

2. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard: Central America
I've done three posts about this book for my Around the World feature because I loved it so much. Someday, I will travel to Central America for real, and it's all because of Wanderlove!

3. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini: Alagaesia
It's a land of magic, dragons, Elves, and swords... take me there please! 

4. The Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke: The Inkworld
The Inkworld was one of the amazing fantasy worlds that made me want to write fantasy books. It's so intricate and enchanting, with some of the best characters.

5. The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner: The Glade
The setting is what makes the first book in this epic trilogy so exciting. The Maze, combined with the Grievers, and the civilization the boys had formed, made the Glade so vividly depicted in my mind.

6. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard: Victorian (Steampunk) Philadelphia
While I always love the combination of magic and history, I especially liked how the Convention Center added science into the mix. Plus, zombies.

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Paris, France
I've always loved all things France (c'est vrai!), but I think this book made me feel even more enchanted with Paris. I think everyone who has read Anna has felt that way.

8. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: Camp Half-Blood
I can't tell you how much I'd love to go to this camp, even if it's usually being attacked by some monster from Ancient Greek mythology. I'd want to be in the Athena cabin.

9. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray: The Realms
The Top Ten Tuesdays where I don't include this series are rare indeed. Having not touched these books for a year, I can still picture each aspect of the Realms, and of Gemma's boarding school, in detail. And they are both great and terrible. 

10. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Narnia
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This is another fantasy series where the world was so incredible that it inspired me to write. In fact, it was one of the first fantasy series I ever read. (I had the collector's edition paperbacks with the beautiful illustrations

What are your favorite world/ settings?

Time Travel: Historical Fiction







A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) 

Maybe you're less of a contemporary fan and more of a history buff. If that's the case, check out these YA historical fiction books this summer:
The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
I worship the ground Ms. Bray walks on because of these books. (Even though I love Going Bovine and Beauty Queens, too, of course). They're set in Victorian England as Gemma Doyle starts at a boarding school and attempts to make sense of her life, especially the strange powers she seems to possess.

These books are enchanting, deep, amusing, touching, and PERFECT.

Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner
This is the story of Helen of Sparta told in an entirely new way. It's a smart, refreshing tale and Helen is an admirable protagonist. If you love the tales of Ancient Greece or even if you don't, this story will enrapture you. Friesner has also written the historical accounts of a few other strong historical females, but I have yet to read those. If you have, tell me what you think!
Nobody's Princess (Nobody's Princess, #1)Vixen (Flappers, #1)
Vixen by Jillian Larkin
Set in the 1920s, any girl who has ever dreamed of being a flapper will love this book. It has scandal, romance, jazz, and gorgeous dresses. Larkin really transports her readers to the Roaring 20s in Chicago and it's quite a place to be! There are two other books in the series, as well, which I have yet to read, but if they're as good as the first, definitely check out Ingenue and Diva.

What are some of your favorite historical fiction novels? 

Book Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #1
Website: http://somethingstrangeanddeadly.com/
Source: Won from HarperTeen
Challenge: DAC
(Side note: Something Strange and Deadly is out today!!)
Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1)
Eleanor's brother has been away for his studies for years and she can't wait to welcome him home. However, the Walking Dead are threatening Philadelphia, and she has reason to believe her brother might be in danger. Determined to save him, Eleanor asks for help from the Spirit-Hunters and finds herself involved in a war full of corpses and lies.

At first, I wasn't sure if I liked Eleanor, but I think that's because she's more in society's grip in the beginning of the novel than she is by the end. About a quarter of the way in, I began to see that she's witty, strong, intelligent, and determined. Her devotion to finding her brother really endeared her to me, especially since I would do the same for my own brother.

As for the romance, the description makes it sound a lot more important to the plot than it really is. (This is a good thing- I love when a book has a solid plot and the romance arc is just icing on the cake!) Dennard does a fantastic job of creating a realistic, well-paced relationship between Eleanor and Daniel, and I think the reader falls in love with him at the same speed Eleanor does.

The mystery isn't too hard to figure out. It really only took me a hundred pages or so. However, there's enough intrigue around the motive to keep the story interesting, and enough action to keep the reader flipping the pages. The Dead are terrifying and gruesome, making for a really great tale of necromancy and zombies. And there is a twist that will surprise you.

The setting of Philadelphia in 1876 is perfect, and I liked that the Exhibition is in the center of the action. It's a great combination of the supernatural and the scientific. The time period also gives Eleanor depth as she struggles to find freedom in an era that still looks down on women. Fans of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy will love Eleanor in all of her feisty, feminist glory.

If You Liked These, You'll Like This: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel, Terrier by Tamora Pierce
What's your favorite zombie novel?

Monday, July 23, 2012

DNF: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Monday, July 23, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: Flirting in Italian #1
Website: http://www.laurenhenderson.net/index.html
Source: Library
Setting: Italy
Flirting in Italian (Flirting in Italian #1)
As she plans on studying art history, Violet goes to museums a decent amount and sees a lot of art. This piece, however, is different. The painting is hundred of years old, yet the girl in it looks exactly like Violet. This discovery sparks an adventure to Italy where she's determined to discover the mystery behind this painting, while navigating drama and Italian boys.


I really tried with this one, I did. I wanted to like Flirting in Italian so badly. and it's so rare that I don't finish a book. (For the record, I've been blogging for a year and this is only the second DNF, the first being The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.) But having gotten through 2/3 of the book and not really enjoying it at all, I'm ready to throw in the towel.

A really big issue is Violet. Mainly, she thinks about three things: 1. How much skinnier every girl is compared to her 2. Boys and/or kissing boys 3. Petty girl drama. On occasion, she'll bring up the painting (which is just the reason for her being in Italy), but it's usually just to reconsider looking into her heritage. In fact, after the prologue, it took until about halfway through the book for Violet to mention the mysterious painting again.

And then the supporting characters weren't much better. At first, Paige and Kendra come off as caricatures of caricatures, and while Paige improves a bit (her bluntness is refreshing and amusing), they're both a little flat. The same goes for Luca. Other than his looks, there's nothing that makes him seem that appealing, but Violet falls for him right away.

Also, semicolons. There are so many! I have nothing against the semicolon, but too many and it just doesn't work for me. (There were 4 semicolons in a 5 sentence paragraph. Two were in one sentence alone.) It made it feel either like a run-on or a bit stilted, depending.

I do have to say that Henderson did a fantastic job with the setting. Italy seems romantic and dreamy, and I wish she had gone into more detail in this aspect of the book. I really enjoyed it when Violet says how the Italian landscape makes her want to paint because it hinted that there may have been more depth to the book's protagonist. Unfortunately, though, that depth doesn't show up in the first 230 or so pages I read.

This book may appeal to some readers, but it just didn't work for me. I expected more solving of the mystery behind the painting, and didn't get it, and the main character isn't strong enough to keep me reading.
*2 stars*
Do you have a differing opinion of this book? I'd love to hear it! (:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

In My Mailbox (42)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!

Bought: 
Wicked Jealous by Robin Palmer
Nancy Drew Bag from Barnes and Noble

I'm reading Wicked Jealous now, and, as with all of Robin Palmer's books, it's great!
P.S. Have you entered my Around the World Giveaway? You could win a copy of Jersey Angel and Until I Die.

What dd you get this week?

Cover Competition: Going Bovine by Libba Bray


I love checking out book covers from other countries and since Going Bovine was featured in Road Trip Books Part I, I decided this would work for another one of these posts!

Going Bovine
United States
Ohne. Ende. Leben
Germany
Louco aos Poucos
Portugal
I have to say, while I like the U.S. cover, I like that the other covers are more colorful. My favorite is probably the Portuguese cover because it has the cow crossing sign, but it also features the road trip. 

Which is your favorite?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Author Interview: Kirsten Hubbard

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Kirsten Hubbard is the author of the wonderful book, Wanderlove. She was kind enough to stop by for an interview! You can find out more about her in the links below.

Why did you choose Central America as the setting for Wanderlove?

Well, Central America was the first place I ever backpacked to, when I was twenty. Plus, I've been writing about Central America travel for years (6 now!) for About.com. I've been there a dozen times.

How autobiographical is Wanderlove? Were a lot of Bria’s escapades based off of your own?

The places are all real, or thinly veiled. Plus, some of the smaller moments happened to me -- hiking through Livingston in the rain, for example, and voyaging to Belize in a thunderstorm. But the characters and plot are entirely invented.

From reading your website, it sounds as though you’ve travelled *a lot*. What made you want to start travelling so extensively?

We never traveled crazy extensively when I was a kid, but enough that I fell in love with it. Then three things sort of steered me travel-ward for life: 1) a school/tour group trip to Europe when I was 16 (I paid for it working at Pet World); 2) crossing the border to Tijuana from San Diego when I was 18; and 3) meeting my now-husband at 18, and hearing about the time he'd backpacked through Thailand. Such different experiences, but all so amazingly diverse.

How have your travels affected you and your writing?

They've made me very addicted to setting -- placing my books in vibrant settings, and using setting as its own kind of character. When I plan a book, setting comes to me along with premise, even before characters.

In Wanderlove, Bria keeps track of Rowan’s travel rules in her sketchpad. What are some of your own?

A lot of mine probably mirror Rowan's :) Although, I'd call them suggestions -- or maybe personal rules. There are many, many ways to travel, and I don't like to think I can dictate it for anyone else. The only one I'm diehard about, for me and everyone, is to always be respectful of other people and the places you visit.


Rowan mentions that the best backpackers travel with the smallest backpack. What are the most important items to include when packing?

I always bring earplugs, plenty of ziploc bags in various sizes (you never know when you'll need them), a small towel, a flashlight, sunscreen and bug spray. Here's a decent list I rounded up on my Central America travel site: http://gocentralamerica.about.com/od/packingtips/a/Central-America-Packing-Tips.htm

Where do you think would be the best place for a novice traveler to go?

Honestly, Central America is just great, as long as you do your research and learn some basic Spanish. Costa Rica is very safe and traveler-friendly, as is Panama. Also Belize -- the official language is English.

In your bio, you mentioned that you’ve been slapped by a Thai monkey. Any chance you’ll tell us that story? (:

I wish there was a good one! I think he was just cranky. I would have been, too -- he was in a really rundown zoo on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand. I was feeding him peanuts or something, and he reached through the bars and slapped my face. I remember there was a little muddy hand print afterward.

Let’s say time travel is possible. Where (or rather, when) do you go?

Oooh, cool question. I would have said the middle ages, but I think at this point I've read too much A Song of Ice and Fire. I'm sitting at a cafe off Haight Street in San Francisco right now, so let's just say the 60s & 70s. Such a colorful, tumultuous time.


Thank you so much, Ms. Hubbard!

Friday, July 20, 2012

City Spotlight: Los Angeles

Friday, July 20, 2012
If you really want to delve into the celebrity scene, check out Secrets of my Hollywood Life. Kaitlin Burke is the star of a hit soap opera and she details all the facts about what being a famous teen in Hollywood is like. Plus, there's a cute boy. 



Poseur (Poseur, #1)






Cindy Ella 
Besides other countries, there are a lot of great places right here in the U.S. to visit. Los Angeles is the  2nd biggest city in the country and is typically thought of as a place of sun, celebrities, and shopping. If you want to check out this city, why not try these books?


L.A. during prom season? For everyone but Cindy Ella, that means spray tans, thousand dollar dresses, and dangerously high high heels. Cindy is anti-prom, which causes a bit of drama at her school, Castle Heights. This book is a quick read- light, upbeat, and funny! 

Poseur is about four unlikely friends who bond over fashion. I'm not that into clothing, but I like all the creativity that goes into design. The coolest bit about this series are the how-tos included in the back of the book. You also get to check out LA parties and shopping scenes. Very chic. (;

Lastly, Audrey, Wait! is one of my favorite books. Audrey is an ordinary teenager until she breaks up with her boy friend. He writes a song about it, that song becomes a number one hit, and suddenly she's famous. Along for the ride is her awesome best friend, Victoria, and James, her cutely awkward coworker. This is perfect for any music lover! Audrey goes to a lot of CA concerts, and even gets to go backstage, plus, it's just a great book.

What's your favorite book set in LA? 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Book Review: Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Series: Standalone
Website: http://bethannbauman.com/jersey-angel/
Source: Random Buzzers
Location: Jersey Shore
Jersey Angel
 Angel's story starts the summer before her last year of high school. She's still trying to hold on to the carelessness of youth, while the people around her are looking to the future. As she struggles to figure out her life, she ends up doing things she shouldn't... one of which is sleeping with Cork, her best friend's boyfriend. 


The most important thing to note about this book is that Angel is an imperfect, but very real protagonist. While she makes a lot of mistakes, I feel she is still a sympathetic, likable character. What really makes Angel stands out, though, is that she knows what she wants sexually. In tons of YA novels that are narrated by males, the authors don't refrain from talking about their character's sexual urges, but with female protagonists, it seems all they want to do is cuddle with their beau beneath the stars. And that's not realistic, whereas Angel is. Not to quote Rachel Berry from Glee, but "Girls want sex just as much as guys do!" Even though I don't agree with many of Angel's choices, it's refreshing to see an author that addresses the fact that teen girls have hormones, too. I just didn't understand how Angel could have so little guilt, at least initially, over sleeping with her best friend's boyfriend. Needless to say (but I'm saying it anyway), that bothered me.

Angel's family is messed up, to say the least, especially in the parental department, but I loved her brother and sister. They both have these big personalities and their antics will make you chuckle. I think character relationships, especially with the family dynamic, is what Bauman did best with this book.

Jersey Angel is, at its base, a coming-of-age novel. The problems Angel has to face are delicately woven into the plot, rather than in the reader's face, and the novel definitely has depth. I feel that if I were to reread this book, I would find that there's more to a certain scene or chapter than I saw during the first read. The only issue I had was that the ending felt a bit sudden. Maybe I expected more of a solid conclusion and shouldn't have, but it felt a bit rushed. The good aspect of this is that the loose ends are realistic- life doesn't have neatly wrapped "Once Upon a Time's" and "The End's". It's messy and there aren't always simple solutions, and Bauman captures that.

The Jersey Shore is the perfect setting for this novel. It's so easy to picture the beach and the ocean spray and this, combined with Bauman's writing style and the short page count (only 208 pages), makes Jersey Angel a great summer read.
*4 stars*
A Quote from the Book (This is from the ARC, hopefully I'll be able to check the finished copy soon): "Maybe 'piercing love' is the Hallmark version, love moron-style. Quite possibly love is much more complicated."
Do you think girls, when it comes to sexuality, are falsely depicted in YA literature?


Want to see if you'll like Jersey Angel? Check out the chapter sampler

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Road Trip Feature Part II: John Green Edition

Wednesday, July 18, 2012









Paper Towns
You didn't think I was going to forget about the road trips in John Green's books, did you? How could I not include them?
Don't forget to check out Road Trip Feature Part I!
*I think I was pretty good about spoilers, but proceed with caution, just in case.*

In Paper Towns, Quentin and his friends Radar and Ben go off on a road trip to save Margo, the messed up, philosophical, rebellious girl next door. This book also features clues, the world's largest collection of Black Santas, and a few instances of breaking-and-entering.

"As long as we don't die, this is gonna be one hell of a story."

"Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start."

An Abundance of Katherines

In An Abundance of Katherines, Colin is convinced (by his best friend, Hassan) to take a road trip in order to get over his ex, Katherine. Well, Katherine #19. Throughout their trip, Colin works on a theorem that could potentially predict how all relationships will end. So yes, there's math, but it's FUN math. (It's possible, I swear.) The whole story is unique and amusing and awesome.

"Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they'll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back."

"Colin had always preferred baths; one of his general policies in life was never to do anything standing up that could just as easily be done lying down."

Don't you love the new cover for Katherines?