Sep 30, 2015

Someday,Someday,Maybe

Posted by Jenia. at 9/30/2015 06:52:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆
someday,someday maybe.

lauren graham..




Publisher.Ballantine Books
Publication Date:April 30,2013.
Genre:Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages:Hardcover|344
 Source:Goodreads|Library









A charming and laugh-out-loud novel by Lauren Graham, beloved star of Parenthood and Gilmore Girls, about an aspiring actress trying to make it in mid-nineties New York City.



Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.



Meanwhile, she dreams of doing "important" work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It's hard to tell if she'll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won't call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet. 











LAUREN GRAHAM has been one of my favorite actresses since I have seen her in Gilmore Girls years ago. I had no idea that she had written a book. Of course when I came across SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE while at the bookstore I got excited but since I didn’t have enough to purchase it, I ended up checking out at the library. SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE is one of those books that I’m happy I decided to check out. Even though I originally picked up a book because of the author, what can I say? I was curious if Lauren was as great writer as she was an actress and turns out that she are. Lauren’s debut novel was not a romance novel but it was so much more, it dealt with adventures, dreams and fate. Only after a few pages the reader will fall in love with Franny and wonder where such long journey land her. Will it get here where she wants to be?



SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE is a novel about a struggling aspiring actress, Franny who seems even have trouble getting an audition or an agent. The book dealt with process of going through audition, then waiting for another, finding an agent. Most of things that Franny went through in the novel was realistic, and it had me wondering if Lauren went through similar experiences, if that’s what she based book on. I had never thought about the process before I have read the book. I was aware that it was hard when it came to acting but not this hard. All the descriptions in the novel, all the emotions that Franny went through the novel I was feeling them too, I felt like I became that character while reading the book. By the end of novel I felt like I knew Franny personally even though she’s a fictional character, I felt like that about most of characters and that’s what I loved about this novel. By the end you felt like you were saying goodbye to your old friends.



I’m not sure how I felt about James, at start of book I liked him but by middle of the novel I wasn’t sure. Have you ever came a character that had things about him that you loved about him but also there were things that annoyed you? James was that character for me. However by the end of the book I did not like him, especially after how he treated Franny at premiere, what sort of boyfriend does that? It had me wondering if he actually cared about her way that he claimed he did. I felt like Dan and Franny had more chemistry that her and James and Dan who was there for her through almost everything, while James was gone half of time. There were times that I wondered what she actually saw him, what women saw in him. I am glad that she finally realized that what James was doing, wasn’t okay. Dan is the one she belongs with. Dan understands her much more.




Of course I loved the notes, the drawings it made the book more personal somehow. A beautiful, inspiring debut novel. After reading SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE I hope to see more in future for Lauren Graham, an author to look out for.

Sep 26, 2015

Because You'll Never Meet Me.

Posted by Jenia. at 9/26/2015 10:28:00 AM 0 comments
☆☆☆☆
because you'll never meet me.

leah thomas.




Publisher Bloomsbury
Publication Date:July 2,2015
Genre:YA Contemporary|Fantasy
Format|Pages:Hardcover|344
 Source:Goodreads|Library








In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.



Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.



A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine. 












Unlike any novel that I have read this past year. When I came across BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME I didn’t have high expectations about it at first but it was interesting enough for me to pick it up. I am not a big fan of books that deals with letters; I usually have a bit trouble getting into those. This wasn’t the case for BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME I couldn’t get enough of their letters and I couldn’t wait to see what happens next. Both Ollie & Mortiz’s letters were filled with a lot of emotions and as a reader you will the emotions that those two boys go through. I am aware that this is fictional novel and that there are some aspects of fantasy in this book but to me the story was realistic. Most of all, both of Ollie & Mortiz emotions were beautifully written and I felt like I was there among with them. BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME is a debut novel that is impossible to not love.



OLLIE & MORTIZ : I loved the friendship between the two of them. Their friendship was unlike any of friendships that I read about before, because the two of them communicated through letters and never meet each other. Both of them had disabilities and considering one of them was allergic to Electricity, it was unlikely that two of them would actually meet. I did wonder about that title when I picked up the book and as I read the book it made sense to me. I loved that each of their letters weren’t them just writing to each other but each told a story. A story of their life’s. I believe that the letters that the two of them wrote to each other is what kept them on going, on not giving up because they knew that they had each other. If that’s not true friendship than what is? Of course the ending had me wondering if they would actually meet.



What I loved about this novel, even though it had some love aspects within a novel but it was mostly dealing with friendship. I had always enjoyed novels that dealt with friendship and I believe that those are one of most inspirational novels out there. That’s the feeling that I got about this book. A book about friendship, test of friendship in most unexpected ways. BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME is a debut novel that you won’t be able to get out of your mind.



Heartbreaking, Inspiring.




Sep 20, 2015

Atlantia.

Posted by Jenia. at 9/20/2015 11:57:00 AM 0 comments
☆☆☆☆
atlantia.

ally condie.




Publisher  Dutton Children's
Publication Date:October 28,2014
Genre:YA Dystopian Romance.
Format|Pages:Hardcover|368
 Source:Goodreads|Library











Can you hear Atlantia breathing?



For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.



Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths. 














I love books that deal with mermaids or sirens, one of my favorite genres. When I read summary of the book I was sure that there would be mermaids featured. Who else could leave underwater? I was wrong, mermaids weren’t in this book. Sirens yes but they had nothing to do with mermaids. I have read a decent amount of dystopian novels through years; however most of them seem to have similar ideas. ATLANTIA was different than most of the dystopian books that I had come across, ALLY CONDIE created a completely different world. Come on who wouldn’t want to live under water? The descriptions were filled with so many images in my mind and had me wishing that there was such world, as Atlantia. I was fascinated by Rio’s world and I found myself wondering why she wanted to leave it. ATLANTIA is not a love story but it’s a story about family, friendships, hope and filled with quite bit action and mystery.



I heard about ALLY CONDIE but I haven’t read any of her books till I came across ATLANTIA while I was at library during my break. Now I see why others love and after such amazing book I will be checking her others. Have you ever came across books that was impossible not to love? ATLANTIA was that book for me. When I first picked up I wasn’t sure what to expect and it turned out to be unlike anything I expected, and in a good way. Condie created such magical world and even though I am aware that it’s fiction, to me it felt real. The emotions that Rio went through the book, they were beautifully written and most of them were heartbreaking. I felt her pain and I could see how much she wanted to get above and yet she kept coming across obstacles. All through the book I rooted for her to find her way, to find her way to escape and to find her sister.




RIO & TRUE: I didn’t see it from start but as two of them started to spend time with each other I saw connection between two of them. At first I was sure it was because they both had someone who went above. Rio’s sister and True’s best friend. Like those two were connected, so were True and Rio. As the book progressed so did their relationship, I could tell how much True cared for Rio, otherwise why risk to go above with her if it only put your own life at danger? I was glad that at least Rio had somebody there by her side, besides her aunt who looked out for her. Her mother was gone and then her sister went above, I can’t even begin to imagine how that must felt like. It’s no wonder that she felt abounded. I don’t think she would made it as far as she did, if wasn’t for her family and True. Everybody needs somebody.




ATLANTIA was very family oriented and I loved that about the book. A heartbreaking, beautifully written novel about family, friendship, hope and love. There isn’t a single page that won’t have you craving for more. A page turner.

Sep 17, 2015

Rolling Dice.

Posted by Jenia. at 9/17/2015 06:35:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆☆
rolling dice.

beth reekles.




Publisher Corgi Childrens
Publication Date:August 29,,2013.
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance
Format|Pages:EBook|464
 Source:Goodreads|Bought











The second cool, sexy YA romance novel from seventeen-year-old Wattpad sensation and author of The Kissing Booth, Beth Reekles.



They say that the higher you climb, the harder you fall - and Madison Clarke will do anything to keep her new life from crumbling to pieces. Moving from a small town in Maine to Florida, Madison grasps the opportunity to reinvent herself, to forget about those days of being a lonely, loser outcast, and jumps at the chance when the popular kids decide to take her under their wing. A hot boyfriend, parties, friends... If only there wasn't the slight problem by the name of Dwight, a cute, funny and totally nerdy guy in Madison's physics class who she can't help but enjoy spending time with. Running from her past and stumbling through the present, who knows what lies ahead in this new life in Florida? 














I read the first few chapters of ROLLING DICE On Wattpad before it got published and I remember that I had liked it a lot. Once I found that it was being published I got excited about it. I have read BETH REEKLES books before, however THE KISSING BOOTH didn’t impress me that much because I couldn’t seem to get into story way that I got into ROLLING DICE . From moment that I had picked up the novel I got hooked into the story, the characters especially Madison. Only after few chapters I was wondering what would happen with Madison, if she would be able to adjust or if her past will come back and haunt her. I loved how her parents called her Dice, I thought that was cute and the close relationship she seemed to have with her family, especially her sister. It’s not often that you see a bond like theirs, not when it comes to Young Adult novels. It reminded me a lot of relationship with my parents. I love young adult novels that it’s just about love but also has family and friendship aspect in it as well.



MADISON : It was hard not to love Madison; there was something about her that had me wanting to find out how it will all end for her. Once I found out about her past, the way that she was tormented in her old school because she was different, my heart went out for her. Bullying is never fun. Even though I wasn’t bullied for reasons that I was, I did get bullied so in a way I could relate to Madison, could see why she would want to keep in the past. I had hoped for to have her happy ending, her fresh start. I was glad that Dwight was there for her when she had her breakdown, it feels like only him and Summer noticed that something wasn’t right. Madison needed friends like those and I am glad that she had finally got her happy ending.



DWIGHT & BRYCE : I loved them both or at least in the beginning I did. It was hard for me to not like Bryce considering how nice we were to Madison when they met. Through most of the novel he treated her almost like a princess, which girl doesn’t dream of a guy like that? However Bryce might been nice with her, but it was Dwight who was there for her when she needed someone, no matter what fall out the two of them might had. My feelings for Bryce changed once he started pressuring her about Sex, and it had me question if he actually loved her or he said it in hopes of sleeping with her. I had a feeling that it was the second one. I didn’t like that about him. Despite me liking Bryce I had a feeling that he wasn’t one she belonged with, Bryce and her didn’t connect the way Dwight and her did. All through book I kept hoping they end up together.



A heartbreaking, breathtaking contemporary young adult. A book that is worth picking up and giving a chance to.


 

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