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REVIEW: Reasons I Fell For The Funny Fat Friend by Becca Ann

27 Nov

SYNOPSIS

It’s stupid to fall for your brother’s ex. It’s even worse to enlist another’s help to win the ex over. But Brody is desperate and Hayley, his partner in American Sign Language, is more than willing to lend him a few tips.

She’s the school’s matchmaker,’ and with her bizarre and positive personality, Brody finds her easy to talk to, even about the most awkward situations. Hayley’s tips seem to be working, but as Brody learns more about his matchmaker, he starts finding reasons to spend time with her, and not the girl he thought he was in love with.

MY RATING: 4 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
So, one word “AWESOMESAUCE, 😀 well at least that’s what Harley would say. She is so cool.

This is a book by Cassie Mae writing as Becca Ann.
It was fresh, it was hilarious and I loved every part of it.
Reading a book from the Point of View of Brody wasn’t just new to me, it was amazing. Brody’s voice (well Becca’s Voice really) was refreshing and from the first two paragraphs I was hooked. His thoughts are insane and it made me wonder if boys really do think like that. I mean, come on! The way he described everything, you just gotta love. I know I did.

Well, as I’m not the FFF (Funny Fat Friend), you know since I was more the ATF (Awkward Tooth-pick Friend), I found it nice to read how Harley felt about her own body. It made me realise that as females, we are never really completely happy with whatever body we have (well unless, you are like a Victoria’s Secret Angel and yeah those hotties make up like what, 1% of the earth’s population?). We are constantly looking at our friends and thinking they look better. Its kind of sad, really.


More than half the time, girls who think they’re fat really aren’t. They’re just fatter than the skinniest chick in school. And even that girl thinks she’s fat.
– Brody

Anyway on to the fun part.
I’m going to do this review in the form of a list, well because who doesn’t like lists, right? (But in actual sense, I’m just trying to take a page from this awesome book and be a bit cool as well. Hey a girl can dream.)

Reasons I fell for this Book

  1. Just look at the title…lol, need I say more?
  2. It is beyond cute.
  3. I love awkward
  4. Brody is one ‘cool’ guy. Notice the quotes? Well yeah, I don’t mean cool in the sense that he is scoring with all the chicks and wears leather with abs for days but more like he is a likeable character. A real guy I would want to be found with.
  5. Harley is a relatable character. A female I wanna be besties with. She is a natural comedian. She has her issues but she, like me, masks them by adopting a coping mechanism that’s as old as time. She doesn’t drink her problems away, she instead makes jokes and comes off awesome. I loved her
  6. Harley flinches each time Brody cursed and so it was interesting each time he had to change his first thought and come up with some clever way of saying it.
  7. That first kiss was a must read (No, I’m not a perve, I just had to mention that)
  8. Its funny, not in a forced “knock knock joke” way.
  9. It made me realise there is nothing sexier than being exactly who you are. No pretending or faking it so people will like you.
  10. Made me miss my teen years (I admit the puberty sucked but the crushes and what not were kinda cute…I think 😀 . Okay so maybe being a teenager was weird…but it was still awesome.)
  11. The writer is talented.
  12. Its a quick read (you know, ’cause I just finished a book yesterday and here I am reviewing this one so soon). Is quick read even the right word? Makes it seem like its some kind of drabble, doesn’t it? Let’s change that to “its a major page turner. Yes. Let’s go with that.

Okay, I think that’s enough listing for now.

I have to say though, if you are looking for a compelling, deep and very serious book this isn’t it. This is the kind of book you read after watching Sirius Black die or after you accidentally step on your cat, you know, so you can forget that awful sad feeling and it makes you all bubbly inside . It will bring a smile to your face and you might not want to read it in public. People will undeniably think you are certifiable.

I recommend it though, to anyone looking for a nice, airy, and fun read. Tell me how you like it.

Till the next review.

-Dee

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REVIEW: The Sham by Ellen Allen

26 Nov
The Sham

The Sham

When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…

SYNOPSIS

Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as “The Sham”, with her boyfriend, Jack, but he’s very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He’s also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months’ ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily’s classmates washed up in the local floods. Who is the killer?

MY RATING 4 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review 🙂

The Sham is an intriguing, exciting debut novel by Ellen Allen. A true page turner. It’s a psychological and contemporary Young Adult thriller that has just the right amount of mystery and drama to keep you reading…desperately wanting to figure out just who the bad guy is.

Ellen wrote this book with such detail, devotion and left nothing to the imagination, that from the first paragraph a reader is immediately drawn in. You will be swallowed up in this world, this town that has people as weird and as unconventional as the name of the town itself.

Fair warning though, you might find the first chapter to be…umm…what’s the right way to put this…umm “creepy and disturbing”…but this was a necessity because everything that followed was related to this.

Once you get past the first chapter (with your mind blown and your faith in humanity a bit shaken), then the goodness will just keep on coming. Piling up until, like me, you lose yourself in the story. From here on, the only thought in your mind will be…
WHAT…

THE…

EFF…

IS GOING ON??
But in a good way, believe me. I mean, come on, it is a thriller after all. You have to wonder.

50% in the novel, I found myself at the edge of my seat (well if I am being accurate, its more like bed). I didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. This just intrigued me even more. The evidence was piling up, more bodies were being uncovered and Jack was still a mystery to me.

It just goes to show what an amazing writer Ellen Allen is.

I enjoyed her characterisation. The protagonists were likeable and had just the correct dose of believability. Their interaction and conversations came natural and I felt that they really started to understand each other.

Emily was real, funny, smart but still had her flaws (she was gross at times with her descriptions and thoughts…but hey who wouldn’t be when people you know keep dying around you). Jack was…different, but you just can’t help falling for him…even when you are suspecting him of cold blooded murder 😀
The pair are cute together, but not in that “I wanna hurl just reading this corny fest” way. They are a believable couple. Real and at times awkward. I kinda found it funny.

I did have some gripes with the naming of the other characters, like the 4 best friends. I found it distracting and I didn’t know who I was reading about whenever “Becky” and “Rebecca” were in the scene. In the beginning, I didn’t even know they were two people and as the story progressed, I kept thinking “which one is becky again? Is it the quiet one or the slutty one?” I constantly kept wanting to facepalm myself so hard that I give myself a concussion. Or maybe I’m just being a hard ass? But I always thought “becky” and “Rebecca” is the same name…what are the odds?

Now without, giving any spoilers, I would just like to say that the ending was EPIC.I did not see that coming…at all.
The writer executed it so perfectly and wonderfully, that the only word I can use to describe her is “genius”. I loved it so much.

You know those moments when you are reading a book and your jaw almost reaches the floor because the shock is just too much to measure? Yeah, that’s how I felt.

To end this review, I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a psychological thriller with just the right hint of romance and humour. I wouldn’t recommend it to younger teens who might find the descriptions of murder scenes and talks about sex disturbing.

All in all, it was a good read.

Till the next review.

-Dee

Desecration (Wizard Queen at Sixteen #1) by Hadley Holt

10 Aug

In a hidden world of wizards where only men hold the power of magic, one girl arises with the power to change everything – only if she survives… Addie never questions why men possess magic and women have none until she discovers her own magic, which makes her a desecration. Her fate sends her into the path of an evil sorcerer, but the worst danger may come from inside her own home!

MY RATING: 4 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
NoteDesecration is a three part serial in The Wizard Queen at Sixteen series.

In a world where women are seen as nothing more that breeders, party planners and where the association of Magical folk with humans, also called “norms”, is frowned upon Addie at first must hide that she has Magical powers to avoid the Wizard society from turning her into a Lab rat or worse. But she has to get stronger and embrace who she is so as to change the way life in the Wizard Society is.

Part 1 was a fun and interesting read from the first page to the last. The story was witty, gripping and fast-paced enough that you cannot help but get hooked. I knew from page one that following Addie’s Journey in her magical world was going to keep me entertained and enjoying the whole experience.
The main characters where strong, well developed and likeable. The conversations came naturally and the story flowed beautifully.

I enjoyed the way the Author was trying to combat societies view of how females can never amount to anything more that just being…well “baby manufacturing” machines. It was inspiring reading it all and being there every step of the way as Addie matured and changed from the little scared girl to a confident force to be reckoned with.

I would say this is a series I know many YA readers will enjoy and personally I can’t wait to see what Addie and her friends get up to in the other books.

-Dee

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor.

9 Aug

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

MY RATING: 5 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
So Laini Taylor does it again in this sequel to Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Her writing is so exceptionally captivating and I found myself almost about to cry by the events in this book. It is a world of devastation and terror, tears and blood. A world where you will find yourself wondering if a time existed when happiness was a thing.
I love how Laini just pulls you in with her words and let’s you feel the pain and emotion of the characters. While at the same time squeezing in some humour and witty conversations that make you smile and sometimes even laugh or just go like “wow”.
For example the passage below, you will see for yourselves 🙂

“Let’s see. You know how, at the end of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet wakes up in the crypt and Romeo’s already dead? He thought she was dead so he killed himself right next to her?”

“Yeah. That was awesome.” A pause, followed by “Ow,” suggested elbow punctuation on the part of Mik.

Karou ignored it. “Well, imagine if she woke up and he was still alive, but…” She swallowed, waiting out a tremor in her voice. “But he had killed her whole family. And burned her city. And killed and enslaved her people.”

That is how most of the book is…just amazing.

The Seraph and the Chimaera are still battling it out and its more pain and heartbreak for our dear Karou as the age old war continues.

It is war like you have never read it, or heard of it. You will cry, curse, scream and drop down to your knees asking “why? Oh why is this happening? but at the same time you will just continue reading, hoping and praying that the sun will shine through the darkness and Karou and Akiva will eventually find their way back to each other.

From the bottom of my hurting and hopeful heart I would just like to say Laini Taylor is a Goddess among mere humans. I really enjoyed this and hope those who haven’t read it up to now will enjoy it too.

-Dee

Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton

9 Aug

First there are nightmares.
Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then come the memories.
When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

MY RATING: 3 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
For me Angelfire was not particularly a bad read. I just found myself failing to finish it at some points during my reading. Usually I am able to finish a book in two days or three days tops…but for this particular one I took longer than a week to go past half the book.

I have to give it points for having a powerful sword-wielding bad-ass girl as the main character. Ellie is strong and hardcore when she is not being a total teenager who is always thinking about partying and watching movies with her pals.

The book has enough action-packed scenes and with just the right amount of romance (okay not so much), mystery and at times terror.

The only thing I had a problem with was that I found Ellie to be a little too realistic a character, don’t get me wrong on this one. “Real” is good in some books but putting a real teenager in a book about an immortal warrior was just stretching it. She is responsible for saving people and is supposed to be the “vanquisher” of reapers but yet Will, the main guy, had to constantly remind her to not slack off so much. More often than not she preferred throwing parties and buying tight dresses than trying to perfect and improve her should be butt-kicking sword skills.
And I am not a very stylish person so I found the whole “designer label” and name dropping thing a bit unnecessary

    . At some points it was all “Chanel” this and “BMW” that. I wouldn’t have minded it all if I was reading another girly book like “It girl” or Gossip girl, but in this type of book it all felt out of place.

    All in all, if you are a lover of the Angels and Demons YA Genre, reincarnation, slice of life novels and Egyptian mythology then you should give this book a chance. Who knows you might just like it.

    -Dee

Book Update

5 Aug

So this is just an update on the “book” that I am writing. I wrote a post that I was going to attempt writing my own book and I have opted to go for the Young Adult Genre. It is all still just a work in progress obviously and I don’t really expect anything much from my followers.

The story is about a girl, Faye, who has been having a recurring nightmare for weeks and though she tries not to let it get to her it starts to affect her life and just when she thinks it can’t get any worse a mysterious young man comes into her life. His arrival tears her life apart and makes her doubt everything that she knows. He opens her eyes to a world of magical creatures she never could have imagined and an evil that is determined to destroy the world.

I just posted Chapter One on My writing for anyone who is interested in reading it and hopefully becoming a follower.

Hoping to read what people think.

-Dee

Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer. L. Armentrout

25 Feb

half-blood

GOOD READS SYNOPSIS
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck

MY RATING: 5/5 STARS

MY THOUGHTS

I really cannot hate this book well firstly because I love Jennifer, like seriously after reading The Lux series and cursed, I actually had to just Google everything she had written and I found this, Secondly because it is just a nice book. I have to say though when I was reading it and telling my sister about it, she kept on saying it sounds like Vampire academy. Well I have not read vampire academy myself and even if I did I would still love this book.

There was so much to love about this book; The characters were like-able…well most of them, the conversations seemed real enough and not like some books where you can even see that this sounds like a grandma trying to sound cool or something. Alex is kind of a bad ass.. like really she is. I totally loved that. she can be a bit too much at times and has a temper shorter than a baby’s thumb. If you are not careful and say something offensive to her, you will get a serious ass kicking faster than you can say “Hematoi”.

I really enjoyed the fact that it had to do with Greek mythology and the whole Dystopia theme around it.

The only other thing I can say now is that this book got me hooked, once I started it I just had to finish it. It was enjoyable, kick ass and well a bit sexy thanks to Aiden

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