Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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GR Button Publication date:  December 2nd 2010
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Formats: Hardcover, e-book, paperback
Available at: Amazon

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Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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This is another book I read a while ago so I will try to remember as much as I can.

I know that I laughed and smiled a lot while reading this. The interactions between Anna and Étienne were adorable. I always enjoy reading books about best friends falling in love, and I think that’s why I read this. There is just something about finding out that the right person for you is also someone you have some history with, that appeals to me.

I am sure that the fact that Étienne had a girlfriend when he and Anna met annoyed me, but I don’t remember being frustrated a lot. Anna fell for him while he was still in a relationship, but that didn’t keep them from connecting and developing a great friendship. It was a little annoying when she realized that her feelings for him were romantic and he was still with his girlfriend. I’m sorry, but Anna was awesome,  and I wanted him to ditch his dead weight girlfriend as soon as Anna realized she wanted him. I know that’s wrong, but it’s a book so give me a break!

It is pretty obvious that Anna’s feelings are returned by Étienne too, but of course he spends a lot of time fighting the attraction because of that same darn girlfriend, but again, I don’t remember this bothering me that much. Anna and Étienne don’t spend a lot of time fighting their attraction and they also don’t sneak around like a couple of cheaters. The author handles this very delicate situation well, and mostly this is just a cute book about a young woman who falls in love in Paris, and who doesn’t love reading about that?

The book is clean, but there are a couple of “French kisses” that will make you swoon. I usually hate reading books about Americans who travel to another country and fall in love/find themselves. It is difficult for me to imagine all of the landmarks that are described and all that detail takes me right out of the story. But somehow this author really made Paris come alive in my imagination. I felt like I was walking through the streets of Paris with Anna. I saw the twinkle lights, visited the Eiffel Tower, went to midnight movies, and ate my weight in baguettes right along side her.  I enjoyed the moments when Anna was exploring the city on her own as much as the moments when she was exploring with Étienne. This was a really well written, fun book that no Young Adult Romance fan will regret reading.

Sorry, I don’t remember if this book had harsh language. I know there were no sexually explicit scenes though so I would recommend it for ages 13 and up.

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Blitz: The Gateway Trilogy by Christina Garner

Hi, Everyone! Today’s blitz is for The Gateway trilogy by Christina Garner! There is a great giveaway opportunity in the post so be sure to check it out! Thanks!

 

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Trilogy #1)

by Christina
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Release Date: 06/2014
Summary from Goodreads:

Ember has always known she doesn’t belong
in this world. But when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution.

She’s soon drawn to Taren, the mysterious boy with hazel eyes. He’s not what he
seems, but what is he?

When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the
secret that Taren has been keeping brings Ember closer to understanding her
own. And leads her to… the Gateway.

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Chasm (The Gateway

Trilogy #2)

by Christina
Garner

Release Date: August 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

**Description Contains Book 1 Spoilers**

Two months have passed since Ember Lyons
nearly died killing the powerful Root Demon threatening the Los Angeles
Gateway. Physically healed, images of the day still haunt her and she can no
longer access the power she once wielded. She can’t talk about it with anyone
at The Institute–not even her handsome, demon-hunting boyfriend, Taren.
Besides there are bigger things to worry about: Gateways around the world are
weakening, Keepers’ Marks are fading, escaped lesser demons are populating Los
Angeles, and it looks like the Root Demon wasn’t alone.

When the Institute sends Ember and a team to Europe, she hopes to find answers
and security on the journey, but another attempt on her life reminds her she’s
never really safe.

Then she’s thrust together with the mysterious Alexander. Ember can’t be sure
if this charismatic man is her most formidable enemy or greatest ally. Either
way, she needs him, because he’s the only one who can bring her to… the
Chasm.

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Tether (The Gateway Trilogy Book 3)

by Christina
Garner

Release Date: 09/23/14

 Summary from Goodreads:

**Description Contains Book 2 Spoilers**
Ember was only trying to keep a promise when she jumped into the demon world.
But instead of saving Cole and his people, she found herself just as trapped as
they are. She lives and learns with the Daemon survivors while the demon threat
grows every day.

Meanwhile Taren struggles with his guilt for not stopping Ember. He’s desperate
to know she’s alive, but there’s been no sign of her except in his own vivid
dreams.

As they struggle to reconnect, the Gateways around the world weaken, and the
demons begin to amass for war. The end is near and Ember must face her fears if
she has any hope of saving the world – or herself.

With everything falling apart, her only hope is to find…her Tether.

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Excerpt from  book #1 (Gateway):

“Did she hurt you?” Taren asked. “Your head hit the tile pretty hard.” That explained the spinning, and the pain that was starting to seep through the cracks of my shock.

I reached up to touch the back of my head. 

Ow! Yeah, I guess she got me pretty good. What was that about, anyway?  What’s her problem with me?”

Before he could answer, one of the nurses approached. “We’ll get you checked out now, dear.”

“I was just going to get her some ice,” Taren said, his hand on the small of my back, steering me away from the nurse.

“Don’t be silly,” the nurse said. “She could have a concussion. We need to take her to the E.R.” 

While she went to confer with an orderly, I stifled a laugh. I had been wanting to get out of there. Maybe if my mother knew I was just as likely to lose my life inside the mental hospital as out, she’d spring me that much sooner.

“Wait.” Taren leaned close, his breath in my ear. My pulse went back to racing. “Do you have

any…birthmarks?” 

His question was so bizarre that I was heedless of the pain and snapped my head to face him.

“What?” 

His eyes were only inches away, boring into mine. He grabbed my wrist and pushed up the sleeve of my hoodie, searching. I tried to pull away, but his grip was too strong.

“Do you?” he asked again, checking the other arm.

“N-no,” I stammered. 

Intensity didn’t usually unnerve me, but at that moment, his definitely did. 

“Taren, enough!” the nurse said, hurrying back to us. “What on earth are you doing?”

She pried his hands from my arm, causing Taren to come back to himself. 

“Nothing, sorry.” He dropped his gaze. “Sorry, I hope you feel better.” 

He turned abruptly and strode away.

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Christina Garner began writing stories at the age of six. Her
first–about a young girl who busted up a nefarious ring of furniture
thieves–was a huge hit with her mother. At eighteen, her aspirations as an
actor had her loading up her Buick and setting off for Hollywood. Since then,
she has written and directed 10 short films, including Rewind and Reminder,
both of which received acclaim on the festival circuit. In 2006, she began
writing screenplays. A year later, she even got paid for one. In May of 2011,
her debut novel, Gateway, became an Amazon Bestseller. Chasm, Book 2 in The
Gateway Trilogy, did the same.

When she’s not writing novels,
Christina spends her time working in the movie business, traveling, watching
Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns, and playing with her dog, Griffin.

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Review: Love and Skate by Lila Felix

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GR Button Publication date: November 5th 2012
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, New Adult
Formats: e-book, paperback
Available at: Amazon

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On the rink she’s tough, she’s a leader, she’s fast and she’s the epitome of a rebellious girl. But Nellie’s been hurt, only once, but it was enough to make her look at life through different eyes and off the rink she’s a timid girl who loves with no pretenses.
A long time ago Owen Black was betrayed by the girl he thought he loved and the guy he called his best friend. The anguish set off a domino effect of negativity in his life and he never has fully recovered. He meets Nellie Forrester and thinks he can let it go for her.
But how can you love someone when the wounds from your past are still wide open?

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It has been a REALLY long time since I read this book, but since I am trying to take a trip down memory lane and review books I read a while ago, I had to review Love and Skate.

I am always searching for the perfect cute read, a book that gives me the gift of a smile that last for an entire day. But you would be surprised how difficult it is to find a book that fits this description. It seems like 90% of books find it necessary to put the reader through the emotional wringer and traumatize them for life.

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I am unapologetic about my love of love stories, but they are without a doubt some of the greatest perpetrators of traumatizing me. It’s like authors think love isn’t worth reading about unless the hero and heroine suffer for most of the book, and don’t truly get together until the end of the book. Most romantic books are filled with more mindless sex scenes, violence, and misunderstandings than any Horror novel I have ever read. Alright, maybe I am slightly exaggerating, but you get the point I am trying to make. Some books have a very jaded attitude when it comes to love.

I don’t mind reading books that tug on my heart-strings or even scare the pants off of me so I’m not complaining about books like that, in fact I like them. But when I’m in the mood for something lighthearted that still has heart, the search isn’t an easy. Thankfully I stumbled upon the amazing Lila Felix one day. She is the queen of cute reads, and I love her books for the happy feelings they provide.

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Love and Skate is the first book in the Love and Skate series, and it is also the first Lila Felix book that I fell in love with. I read this so long ago that I can’t tell you a that much about the plot. I remember that there is a man named Owen who is a gentle giant, and an adorable, blue haired woman named Nellie who Owen falls in love with. I remember that Owen has a wonderful but complicated family and that Nellie is wounded and a little jaded when he first meets her. I remember that Owen falls for Nellie right away, but it was not your traditional insta love moment. They have an actual courtship that makes sense and takes it’s time. But mostly I just remember how I felt while reading this book.

I read a ton of New Adult Romances before I got to this one, and I was getting a little weary. All of the horribly damaged main characters and angsty relationships were wearing me down, and I needed more than just a happy ending, I needed a happy story. And that’s what this was. The romance wasn’t cheesy, it was just sweet. It was innocent and passionate at the same time, and even though Owen and Nellie spent a lot of time together in this book, I never got bored with them. They did simple things like cuddle on the couch while watching a movie, but because they did also have some very realistic problems that they dealt with, it was nice to read about them being happy together in simple, peaceful moments.

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I love my angsty books, I really do, but it is nice to read a book once in a while that makes you smile more than cry, and lets you feel hopeful and happy. Owen and Nellie do have issues, but those issues are not the main focus of this story. This book is basically about a good, healthy relationship, and I think those can be pretty entertaining sometimes too don’t you?

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I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romantic books, and is in the mood for a nice easy read.

Because of language and mild sexual content, I recommend this book for ages 14 and up. The main characters choose not to have sex, but there are some nice kissing scenes in the book. Don’t worry! Everyone keeps their hands in the safe zones.

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I Really Want to Read…

So I notice a lot of post on some of my favorite blogs and vlogs that involve something called a book haul. As far as I can tell, a book haul is when you get a large number of books at the same time, and then it is customary to share this haul with you book buddies.

I do things a little differently when I buy books though. I love to buy online so I hardly ever get a lot of books in the mail at the same time. So while I do buy way too many books every month, I can’t really post about my haul.  My solution to this very minor issue is to just share with you what I am most interested in reading right now instead of telling you every time I get a couple of books in the mail.

Alright, enough yacking. Let’s get to the books!

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Anime Review: His and Her Circumstances (Kare Kano)

Hi, guys! I have been watching anime a lot more lately, and I just finished one that I wanted to share with you! If you are just a casual watcher of anime or have never watch one at all, I think that His and Her Circumstances would be a great one for you to check out. There are only 26 episodes and each episode only last for about 20 to 25 minutes so it isn’t that much of a time commitment. Plus this was one of the most romantic and well told love stories that I have ever had the pleasure of watching!

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Blitz & Giveaway: Zoe and the Demon Slayer by Neel Kay

Hi, everyone! Today’s blitz is for Zoe and the Demon Slayer by Neel Kay! I will be giving away a copy of the book and there will be another great giveaway opportunity in this post. I hope you enjoy the blitz!

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