Book Review: Summer Days & Summer Nights

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I’m finally back with another post. I still hate that all the posts that I’ve been writing here lately have been review posts. I’m trying to think up new exciting content for here, but it just hasn’t been coming. Maybe more thoughts on this at a later date.

I finally finished Summer Days and Summer Nights. This book is a collection of short stories put together by Jennifer E. Smith. This was another Paper & Glam book club read. This book took me WAY longer than normal to read due to the fact that work has been absolute hell lately and I’m lucky if I can read more than a few pages a night.

I loved this collection of stories, but like most collections I found some better than others which leads me to some high hopes when I actually pick up books from those authors. I liked Leigh Bardugo’s Head, Scales, Tongue, and Tails for its whimsy and how it definitely felt like a summer story and the perfect one to start the collection. I loved how Stephanie Perkins perfectly captured the feeling of love In Ninety minutes, turn  North. It was so sweet and just how love should feel. I cried and felt way too much emotions while reading Veronica Roth’s Inertia. You will have to read it to experience it. I was griped by Cassandra Clare’s Brand New Attraction even though there is something about carnivals that will never quite sit right with me. My heart was moved with by Jennifer E. Smith’s A Thousand Ways this could all go wrong. It was so perfect.

I could say a thousand more things,but I think that if you are looking for a quick reading of several stories of varying lengths this is the book for you. There is a companion book to this which I’m hoping to read toward the end of the year.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post. Let me know what you have been reading lately.

Book Review: Geekerella

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I am once again back with another book review. This time it’s Geekerella by Ashley Poston. This has been in my TBR pile since its debut in March.  Yes, I know I’m crazy for having it on my bookshelf for so long, but believe me when I say that there are books that have been on my bookshelf for longer than I might never get to.

This story is a Cinderella retelling for the modern age. Danielle or Elle known throughout the book is a lonely high school student who is obsessed with a show called Starfield. She has followed the show, so closely that she has created a following for herself online with her blog Rebelgunner. When it is announced that Starfield will be made into a movie starring current heartthrob Darien Freeman. Elle gives him and the movie a brutal first review of the casting.

Darien, the world’s current heartthrob used to live for the days where he wasn’t famous and could be a geek at comic cons, now he has so much to live up to. He is cast as the male lead in the Starfield film and since he was burned by his once best friend he is highly suspicious of nearly everyone in Hollywood. He finds out that Elle, the blogger has burned him quite badly and he tries to talk his way out of doing a panel at comic con. He finds an old number for the comic con which happens to be Elle’s dad’s phone number and pleads to be let out. Since Elle doesn’t know what he’s talking about she tries to play along. One lonely night, Darien reaches out to Elle and they start talking not knowing who each other is. They continue to talk up until the day of comic con when all hell breaks loose.

If you have ever read/ watched any Cinderella story ever you will know how this story ends. It’s basically all the same overall, so I’m not really spoiling anything for you. There is one section of the book, which is incredibly touching and heartwarming. I was sniffling through the whole section. I can’t spoil the book for you since that would be completely unfair. I loved how the book tied in  quotes from Starfield making it seem like a really tv show. I loved Sage’s character and how she was honest with Elle from the very beginning.

This book is definitely a good summer quick read and doesn’t get to over the heard or in depth with anything crazy. You could definitely finish this book in a day or two. If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of it. Hopefully I’ll be back with another post soon, but in the meantime let me know what you are reading.

Book Review: Lying Game #5 & #6

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I am back once again with a combined review for books in the Lying Game series as well as my final thoughts. If you haven’t read my previous reviews on these books, you can read them here, here, and here.

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In the fifth book of the Lying Game, we finally get to meet Becky,the twins real mom after discovering in the last books that Sutton was raised by her grandparents. It is also in this book that Sutton’s dad finally comes clean to her with the truth about her birth mom or at least a partial truth. Emma and Ethan continue to investigate Sutton’s death and try to add to their continuing mysterious puzzle. In a chance encounter Emma finally gets to have a chat with Becky, her birth mom, and she says some interesting things. It is also in this book that when a new girl threatens Sutton’s place on the tennis team that Sutton and her friends ban together for a Lying Game prank, they also find an ally from a mysterious source. This prank only leads to more mysterious things happening.

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.-Helen Gurley Brown

In the sixth and final  book of the series, we once again catch up with Emma within days of the ending of the fifth book. Her latest ally has been murdered for trying to pass Emma information on Sutton’s killer and fails to do so. It is also in this book that Sutton’s body is finally discovered in Sabino Canyon right where she had planned on meeting in Emma in book one. Emma is finally caught as impersonating Sutton and it is then that the clues to solving her sister’s murder finally comes together.

The book comes to a graceful end with the murder suspect finally being found out and Emma finally reveals the truth about who she is to the Mercers and to Sutton’s friends.  Emma also is able to have her dreams and Sutton is finally at peace. I loved the way the story arched and tried to drive you in all directions as Emma tried to figure out who killed her sister. It was also fairly obvious from the beginning that some of the things that Emma had to go through were fairly immature. This was definitely a teen read, which if you are someone older reading it I’m sure that you’ll read through the series pretty quickly and it would be a great summer read.

I hope that you enjoyed this 2 for 1 book review. I will be back with more book reviews and more posts soon. Let me know what you have been reading lately or what you thought of the series if you read it?

Book Review: Uncommon Criminals

I’m finally back with another post. I hate that nearly all of the posts I have written lately have been reviews. I really want to bring you more original posts, but that just hasn’t happened yet. I recently have been compelled to finish off a couple of old series which I started in the past. The first up is Heist Society. I had originally started this series back in 2011 when I did not know it was a series. You can read my review on the first book here. When I found out it was a series I knew I had to continue to find out where Katarina Bishop and her family ended up.

In this second novel of the Heist Society called Uncommon Criminals. We catch up with Katarina Bishop as she is once again stealing art pieces from society and returning them to their rightful owners. It appears that Kat has been doing art jobs by herself lately and not including the rest of the crew. Hale gets upset and confronts Kat about why she is doing these jobs. Kat does not have an answer. She then meet a woman named Constance Miller who asks her to pull off the impossible job of stealing the Cleopatra Emerald. She manages to convince Kat by saying that Visily Romani told him to ask her. Kat and her crew manage to pull off the heist perfectly and give the emerald to Constance and then in a moments notice Kat finds out that she has been duped by another con artist. The con artist uses the Cleopatra Emerald to pose as another emerald the Antony Emerald, which is said to be just as valuable.

It takes all of Kat’s strength and teamwork from her crew to figure out who the woman is and how to get the Cleopatra Emerald back to where it is suppose to be. No, sorry the Cleopatra Emerald does not end up in the hands of the real Constance Miller, but the ending is just as good.

I loved all the twists and turns of this novel and how you got to know more about Kat’s family and extended family. Though the moment between Kat and Hale still raises questions about their future, I’m excited to see what is next for them.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post.Let me know what you have been reading lately.

Book Review: The Nest


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I’m finally back with another post. I hate that nearly all of the posts I have written lately have been reviews. I really want to bring you more original posts, but that just hasn’t happened yet.

I recently picked up The Nest by Cynthia D’ Aprix Sweeney, which was a Paper & Glam book club read in March. Apparently I’m nearly always behind in all my book clubs, but at least I’m trying right….?

The story about The Nest is about a NYC based family called The Plumbs who are about to inherit their father’s fortune, which they fondly called the Nest. The Plumbs siblings think that inheriting the money outright will solve all their problems. It is during this time that they find out that their mother used part of the Nest to bail their oldest sibling, Leo out of his mess.

Melody and Jack finally admit to the rest of the siblings that they have the most of to lose. Bea, the closest sibling to Leo finally finds the will to write about something other than her brother. There are various other characters weaved into the story such as Paul, the owner of Paper Fibres, where Bea works and who is also in love with Bea. Stephanie is Leo’s former lover and Bea’s former editor, Tommy is Stephanie’s downstairs neighbor, who also has something to hide. Matilda is the girl at the heart of Leo’s accident.

I love the quotes scattered throughout the book, which is typical of most books that I love. Here’s one:“Everyone’s always on the hunt for a mirror. It’s basic psychology. You want to see yourself reflected in others. Others—your sister, your parents—they want to look at you and see themselves. They want you to be a flattering reflection of them—and vice-versa. It’s normal. I suppose it’s really normal if you’re a twin. But being somebody else’s mirror? That is not your job.” Nora”-Simone.

The ending for the book struck me as a little sad since it appeared to have the siblings reunited at a wedding minus one of the siblings. I promised I wouldn’t spoil the book for people, so I’ll leave you guessing. I enjoyed the book, but like most of the reviews I have read it was not as memorable and fabulous as most people would have hoped. In fact, the beginning of the story was a bit slow and sluggish.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post.Let me know what you have been reading lately.

Book Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe

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I’m finally back with another post! After reading Lauren Graham’s autobiography Talking as fast as I can I decided to try reading her book. She wrote her first fictional novel entitled Someday, Someday, Maybe probably a year or so before Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life came out. This review probably won’t be as gushy or as lovely as some of the other reviews you may read on this book.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a hardcore Gilmore Girls fan who has watched it from the start. I really do like Gilmore Girls and would probably own at least a few memorabilia if I could. While I adored Lauren Graham’s autobiography since it felt as if I was talking to a friend about her life. I can’t say that I loved the writing of the book.

I loved the fact the Frannie Banks kept a Filofax to record her entries of the acting appointment and you get a glimpse of some of these pages throughout the book. It would definitely feel like my planner if I ever doodled in my planner like that. Although the story flowed pretty well, I didn’t feel drawn into the dialogue or the characters at all. I could relate to Frannie having a deadline for herself and feeling as if she was doing really well and then falling on her face, but her relationship with her roommates didn’t feel genuine.Even her relationship with her father felt a little bit strained and uncomfortable to read at times. I liked the book overall, but wasn’t impressed as some of the other people who have read the book.

If you are a hardcore Gilmore Girls fan I would definitely recommend that you give this book a shot, if you are curious. This book was interesting, but would not be on the top of my to read list or that I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post.Let me know what you have been reading lately.

Book Review: Talking as Fast as I Can


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I’m back again with yet another book review. I swear that if it feels like that is all I have been posting lately, you might be right. I am working on more content such as a few film reviews. They just haven’t happened yet.

Recently I picked up Lauren Graham’s autobiography Talking as fast as I can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls. I bought into the hype of Gilmore Girls sometime in 2015 when it began to be rumored that there might be a revival of it. Not to mention that the Rory Gilmore reading list is definitely one for the bucket lists, well at least it’s on mine but not to be done just yet. I even rewatched the whole series before watching the mini movies on Netflix. You can read my review on the series here. Throughout the hype I thought that Lauren Graham’s character was brilliant and that the actress must be amazing.

To say the least, the book did not disappoint. Lauren Graham wrote the book as if she is really having a conversation with you or several conversations. Several of these conversations about life seem to be long and ramble a bit, but others are more concise from end to end. Overall, I loved reading her book and loved her open and honesty especially in re-watching the series again so many years later. Now it makes me want to re-watch Gilmore Girls again along with the mini movies.

I definitely recommend this book if you love reading autobiographies or Lauren Graham. Do not pick up this book, if you do not have a sense of humor or can’t laugh at the antics of Gilmore Girls or anything like it.

I hope to see you soon in another post, hopefully this week….