#1- Reading by the fire
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#2- Reading with family!
-This only happens during this season with my family!-
[photo by me!]
#3-Reading Books about the City!
[photo by me!]
#4- Reading books where it IS Christmas Time!, duh!
-any suggestions greatly appreciated!-
#5- Shopping for books for others! (and……….myself ;] )
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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the FABULOUS Broke and the Bookish, be sure to join in!
This weeks topic is:
The Retribution of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin
I need to know what the heck is going on, PLEASE.
Note: Click the book cover to go to the GoodReads page!
That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally’s alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.
A Quick Rundown:
This book very easily could have been a romantic comedy movie released for all us teens and adults alike who want to fall in love with the player and root for the couple that is the underdog. Sam and Ally have been best friends for like, ever. She’s never been the pretty girl, but suddenly she finds herself feeling like she needs to change a bit (can we say EVERY rom-com ever?, starting with Grease) to impress the opposite sex. Enter Sam, the bffae-aeaeaeae to give her a magical makeover that makes her some sort of Goddess. [Who knew makeup and wardrobe could change a person?] What happens next is to NEVER be expected… (sarcasm, ladies and gents!)
Its not that I didn’t like this book, because I did. It was a light read, and it was cute. Nothing intense, nothing unpredictable. I would have preferred some unforseen moments, however. Meaning.. I would like not to be able to write my books myself due to the cliche romantic comedy stereotype. Sam and Ally were great characters, and each had a sassy little attitude and personality about them that were unique and quirky. I loved the “rules” that Sam had, and how he pretends to be a little hardass, but in reality.. the kid has a heart. Ally was just adorable, I felt she could be my little sister that I had to help through the hard times and pressures of high school.
Who Should Read This?
Anyone looking for a light, quick, fast-paced read should give this book a shot. It is definitely cute, and for sure an easy read. The characters are loveable, the only issue I had was for the younger audience (15 and below) this book definitely had some sexual moments that may not be appropriate. Therefore, I would advise that you should be at least sixteen to dive into this one. Tellulah Darling definitely has potential as an author, and I would not hesitate to pick up something else from her in the future! My biggest gripe with the book – like I stated before was the predictability. But, still a cute, light-hearted read!
In honor of Thanksgiving, and Black Friday.. I will be offering a giveaway for all of you to enjoy! The prizes are an ebook of your choice. This prize is available for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble eBooks. The choice is yours!
And they are as follows..
[Disclosure: The giveaway is US and Canada Only, and ends 11/26]
Point of Retreat : Colleen Hoover
This book was seriously amazing. The first in the series, Slammed is definitely a MUST read. And this one, while the cover looks simple, it has much significance! So.. give it a shot!
Just One Day: Gayle Forman
Ah, Gayle Forman! You slay me. This is just perfect. Its so mysteriously gorgeous and leaves you wanting to know every emotion going on through this lovely girl’s head! I can’t WAIT for this to come out in JANUARY! Ever since I finished Where She Went months and months ago, I’ve been missing Adam and Mia! And now I get a whole new story with all new romance!
I’m NOT Digging…
The End of Your Life Book Club: Will Schalbe
Can we say, boring? I mean, what the heck is this!? However, this book is on many lists for best of the year! I will definitely be reading it. However, it just goes to show.. covers aren’t everything!
That’s it for this week! What do you think of these covers? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!