Frigid by J. Lynn

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Author: J. Lynn (a.k.a Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Genre: Contemporary (New Adult)

Edition: E-book

Just in case you thought the title was referring to the weather conditions…it’s not.

Jennifer L. Armentrout takes a break from her paranormal romance endeavors to write a contemporary novel based on the lives of two best friends, Kyler and Sydney. Basically this is a fall-in-love-with-my-best-friend type story and since I’m kind of a sucker for that trope, I was eager to read this. Also the fact that the setting is in the winter, at a ski resort, in the middle of a Nor’easter basically had me sold. I mean, who would disagree that snow is the most romantic weather condition? But what really drew me to this book among all other basic contemporaries at the time was that a crazy person was supposed to be chasing them throughout the whole story.

If this also struck you as the most exciting plot point of the story, I will save you the time because it was basically non-existent. Someone was indeed messing with them but there were maybe two incidents in the whole book that lasted about a page. It was like Jennifer added that part in for the sake of making this book less like any other best friend contemporary but didn’t spend much effort flushing it out. It was obvious that she cared more about developing Kyler and Sydney’s relationship. With regards to that plot point, I can’t say that it was quite my cup of tea. Kyler and Syd’s friendship was adorable in the beginning and I could totally see it becoming an adorable romantic relationship but then they got to the resort. And it just got straight sexual from there. I don’t particularly enjoy reading highly sensual scenes plus Syd was annoying the beejeebies out of me. Instead of expressing what she truly felt, she decided to steer Kyler in another direction which made absolutely no sense to me. I don’t see how she figured that, with Ky being her best friend and all, it would be more practical to go in that direction rather than straight out telling him the truth. (For those of you who read this, you can tell me if you thought that was logical but I digress.)

Although the ending was pretty darn cute, Frigid as a whole was a disappointment for me. This saddens me because Jennifer’s Lux series was just so good but maybe I’ll just stick to the paranormal romance.

If you’re a fan of best friends falling in love with each other, ten page sex scenes, and don’t care too much for a detailed, flushed out plot then you might enjoy Frigid. But if you want a better story, I would recommend something else. Tell me your thoughts on Frigid if you’ve read it, I would love to know!

Stay cool (seriously it is so hot) xx

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Holiday Reads #3

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Author(s): A bazillion—>

Genre: YA Contemporary

Edition: Hardcover

I LOVED THIS! 

Seriously if you want a holiday book that is warm, fuzzy and festive then look no further. (I mean, you can keep looking, don’t let me stop you but really put this on the list.)

All these stories with the exception of a couple were so appealing to my feels. Rainbow’s story, Midnights, is the first and I couldn’t believe that she made me feel so much in only twenty two pages. I was seriously ready to read an entire novel based off of Noel’s and Mags’s story. Reluctantly I went on to read the next story by Kelly Link called The Lady and the Fox.

And wow–how captivating and unique it was! When I started reading, all I could say was “what?” There were these children under the Christmas tree, a weird family of Honeywells and a strange man staring through the window with a caged fox on his jacket sleeve. I’m not sure when the moment of utter confusion turned into pure enchantment but pretty soon I wasn’t even aware of my fingers turning the pages. Kelly Link’s writing reminds me of a Victorian author’s style. It’s really cool to see a modern writer using such a style and have it work. She has written a weird almost fantasy-like story but a good kind of weird. I really wish that one was a novel as well.

Every story I moved onto was great and I was just marveling at the talent compacted into this one book. AND THE DIVERSITY. All types of people were in here and they weren’t incorporated in a tacky and still kind of stereotypical way but in a thoughtful, not afraid to address race and differences way. I LOVED Gayle Forman’s story. She confronted white and black stereotypes in a cute Christmas story. It wasn’t heavy or anything, it was just real. Gah, I loved it.

I didn’t read Holly Black’s story because her interests do not exactly coincide with mine. Laini Taylor’s story was so out of place. I didn’t feel an ounce of Christmas and it was not that interesting. Those were the only two I had a problem with. Everything else was so full of the holiday spirit! The relationships were so cute! The characters were so authentic and unique! I’m in love with this book and I might just read it every Christmas. I might just look up more stories written by these authors as well. Who knows? Maybe I’ll finally pick up Eleanor and Park.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and continue to enjoy the holiday season!

Peace, love and holly. xx

 

Holiday Reads #2

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Author: Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle

Genre: YA Contemporary

Edition: Paperback

Even if the weather outside was frightful and the fire was so delightful, I would refuse to read this book.

I’m actually surprised by how many people like this book. If it wasn’t for John Green, I would have abandoned it after the first page. He saw it dangling over a pot of boiling oil and decided to be the knight in shining armor. The first story was called The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson. I was immediately annoyed with the writing style. It was very “My name is ___. This is where I live. These are my parents.” I really don’t like books where it seems like the main character is writing an autobiography of their lives. I want it to feel like I am living his/her life. Jubilee was also annoying as a narrator. She was trying too hard to be funny and instead of laughing at her jokes, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. I was more focused on finishing the story than reading it until Jubilee met Stuart. Both his character, who is incredibly kind, and the plot from then on out renewed my interest in the story. Plus, he works at Target! (#StuartfromTarget anybody?) I think my tolerance gradually grew because Jubilee wasn’t as annoying towards the end. Maureen’s story definitely felt Christmassy though which was nice and Stuart’s family was so warm.

John Green’s story called A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle was amazing but you probably expected that. His story was less Christmassy but the characters were significantly better. They were witty, smart (obviously) and realistic. Tobin and Angie were cute. Their interactions were adorable and I found myself actually anticipating the moment when they finally expressed their feelings for each other. I enjoyed reading all 90 pages of this story which seemed to redeem the whole book and gave it promise…then I got to Lauren Myracle’s story.

Reading Lauren Myracle’s story, The Patron Saint of Pigs was like suffering through an hour listening to annoying, bratty, tween girls. Tween girls are her usual audience however so I can’t necessarily fault her for that but still… It held the archetype of a Christmas story where everything is dramatized but it lacked feeling so instead of leaving me with the idea of “Christmas magic”, it just left me unsatisfied. Even though I understood the moral that Myracle was trying to convey, I didn’t feel any sentiment. The main character, Addie, was once again so very annoying and her friends and associates were too superficial and not original enough to form any mark in my memory. The only thing I liked was when all the characters came together. These stories occur during the same time period in the same universe so the characters are all connected in some way and it was nice seeing them all together. My favorite couple was, with no competition, Tobin and Angie.

I was really excited to continue my holiday reading spree after reading Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares but sadly this one was a disappointment. (Except for you, John Green.) If you are looking for a book with cute romances and festivities to put you in the Christmas mood, I wouldn’t really recommend this. Then again, you might find them interesting cause apparently a lot of other people did.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! xx

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre: Contemporary

Edition: Paperback

Adorable. If I had just one word to describe this book, that would be it. Anna is am amazing narrator. From the beginning, she was hilarious and her personality paired with Perkins’s casual writing style made this such an easy, refreshing read. I was dying of laughter on probably every page but one of my favorites is: “French name. English accent. American school. Anna confused.” All of the characters in this book especially Anna’s friends in Paris were so lively and had such character, I love them!

Basically, in this book, Anna is sent off to the School of America in Paris by her father who is a mediocre writer in her eyes. She obviously didn’t want to go at first but I mean it’s Paris, ya learn to love it. Most importantly, she was upset about leaving behind her best friend, Bridget, and her sort of-almost boyfriend, Toph. However, that all changes and rather quickly once she meets Etienne St. Clair. The beautiful American, British masterpiece with a French name. The catch? He already has a girlfriend. With many ups and downs, this is a story of gradually falling in love. (There will be spoilers ahead so if you haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss then proceed at your own risk.)

I already mentioned how much I liked Anna. She came off as so confident right from the jump and easily fit in with her newfound friends. I’m just a tad envious of how she so easily held up a conversation with Etienne. If that was me? There’s a high probability that I would just stand there with my mouth open like a fool. Speaking of Etienne, of course, I instantly fell in love with him because he’s British but other than that, he is hilarious and such a charming, easy guy to get along with.

With most contemporaries, it can be so annoying when the main character and his/her love interest don’t get together until the very end. This happened with Anna and Etienne but they were cute throughout the whole book so it didn’t even bother me. It was adorable when he took her to all the sights in Paris like Point Zero and made her make a wish. Then at the end, he said that she wished for her each time. Ugh, hearts. All the Christmas emails and phone calls were absolutely adorable. The scene where they went to the bookstore was great and can we just talk about how amazing that bookstore is. I NEED TO GO. I just need to go to Paris in general, this book filled me with such wanderlust that I’m about to buy a plane ticket. Just kidding, I’m broke and have no friends to travel with.

Ellie, Etienne’s girlfriend, was the main obstacle preventing Anna and Etienne from getting together. Usually, it’s just so infuriating when the guy refuses to break up with his girlfriend when he’s so clearly in love with another girl. However, Etienne’s situation was totally excusable. After finding out that his mom had cancer and the whole ordeal with his dad not letting him see her, his life was getting turned completely upside down. I could understand why he didn’t want to break up with Ellie; he wanted at least one thing to remain stable in all this mess. It’s so honorable how he didn’t try anything on Anna because he didn’t want to cheat, ran after Meredith to explain himself because he knew he hurt her and immediately broke it off with Ellie after the kiss. He’s an all around great guy ❤

The ending was so cute! He ran all the way up the tower while being deathly afraid of heights just so he can profess his love to her! Basically, everything was just so cute.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book. Leave em down below. Love you lots. xx

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary

Edition: Hardcover

Huh. I just realized this is my first review of a contemporary novel. And my first review of the year! Woo hoo for firsts!

Anyhow, I’m pretty sure most of you already know what this book is about. It’s been all over the book-sphere for at least a year now. Fangirl follows the journey of a–you guessed it–fangirl named Cath. She has a twin named Wren and when they get to college for freshman year, Wren basically wants to cut all ties. It’s college, they gotta meet new people, explore different horizons yadda, yadda, yadda. Unfortunately for Cath, she is not the social butterfly that Wren is and she has to deal with being on her own with just the world of Simon Snow to keep her company. In come the roommate to save the day! Reagan takes the unfledged Cath into her wing and with Reagan came Levi, the ex-boyfriend who never leaves.

Literally everyone seems to absolutely adore this book. I understand the attraction because we are all true fangirls at heart. The way Cath was with Simon Snow is like how I am with Percy Jackson and I could totally relate when both Cath and Wren cried at the release of the final book in the series (memories of Blood of Olympus resurface). However, I finished this book with a feeling of ‘eh’. I enjoyed it enough to read all the way through but I don’t think that I am going to read it again. And I don’t mean that in the sense that this was such a glorious book that although I’ve read it only once it will stick with me forever. The novel had a solid plot but most of the times, it felt like nothing was really going on. For me, the most exciting aspect was the fanfiction. Although, the world of Simon Snow just kept reminding me of Harry Potter, the character Basil was too funny. He was my favorite character and he wasn’t even part of the main plot. My other favorite character was the twins’ dad. I love his personality. Wren was insufferable like how can you abandon your own twin? She redeemed herself in the end though. They’re so close and it only made me want a twin more than I already do. Their mother was just horrid. She doesn’t want to be a mother and yet she wants Cath and Wren, her daughters to be in her life… Are they just supposed to act like their her friends? Students? Just some children she wants to help out because they don’t have a mother? Oh wait.

I just don’t understand.

Reagan was cool people, also a very nice person for what she did for Cath. Then, of course, there’s Levi. He was–alright. Sweet, yea, I guess but to be honest, the characters in this book did not have enough depth for me. They didn’t jump off the page with life.

Overall, in my opinion, this book is overrated BUT that does not mean it was not good, so don’t kill me. If it wasn’t interesting, I would have never finished it. Then again, maybe I would have because I hate starting books and then never finishing them. The only reason I would do that is if the book was disturbing and made me really uncomfortable. Back onto the topic though, tell me what you thought about Fangirl. Did you like it? Did you not? Did you even read it? If so, what was your favorite part? Leave your answers below or just comment to say hi!

Have a good day loves! xx