BABBLE & BOOKS | Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 29th 2011 by Dutton
Pages: 338
Genre & Keywords: FUZZY CUTENESS
Part Of A Series? yes, but more like companion novels!
Other Books From AuthorAnna and the French Kiss (Book 1), Isla and the Happily Ever After (Book 3)

Why I Picked This UpLola is actually my first Stephanie Perkins book because a friend *POINTED LOOKS* adored it.

Amazon | Goodreads | @naturallysteph |

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Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. ♥♡♥♡ (cos I’m totally unbiased).

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BOUT OF BOOKS 11

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Hi! Today, we’ll be talking about the longest running read-a-thon I’ve participated in.

BOUT OF BOOKS 11

August 18th – August 24th 2014

This marks my 3rd time joining Bout of Books!!!! CAN YOU ALREADY TELL HOW EXCITED I AM!!!!!! I haven’t been that great at accomplishing my goals, but that’s fine, third time’s the charm :) For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

READING GOALS

Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.

Great! The usual number of books I read a week is… 1? :) (THE TRUTH) I don’t have a clear picture of what exactly to read, and there’s really no point in restricting myself. Depending on my mood, the books I read might change but here’s the idea as of now:

Isla TAB The Jewel Where the stars still shine

OTHER GOALS

1. Participate in a twitter chat! I’ve missed almost all the them because of time zone issues/ I’m stuck in school so I’m really determined to make my schedule work this time.

2. Visit and comment on 10 new blogs daily.

PROGRESS

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 267
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books: Isla and the Happily Ever After (reading)

Missed the twitter chat because time zones are saddening. Sigh. Got some reading done for Isla… I WISH I LIKED IT AS MUCH AS I WISHED I DID.

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 72 pages which means I’m done with Isla + 56 pages into The Assassin’s Blade = 128 TOTAL
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (reading)

Things slowed down a bit today because, um, school, and Isla wasn’t the OMG SO CUTE!!!! book I had anticipated so I felt quite meh today. Thank goodness for assassins. Also, #SHAKEITOFF

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 132 pages of TAB + 39 pages of novellas = 171 TOTAL
Total number of books I’ve read: 1 book & 3 novellas
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (reading)
NovellasHarry Potter: The Prequel (finished!), Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final (finished!), Bridge of Snow (finished!)

TODAY IS THE DAY OF NOVELLAS.

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 247
Total number of books I’ve read: 2 books & 3 novellas
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (finished!)
NovellasHarry Potter: The Prequel (finished!), Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final (finished!), Bridge of Snow (finished!)

SO I JUST FINISHED THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE AND OMG SAM?!?!?!

((((;゜Д゜)))

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Look what came in the mail!!!!!!!! Change of reading plans.

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 43 pages of The Jewel
Total number of books I’ve read: 2 books & 3 novellas
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (finished!), The Jewel (reading)
NovellasHarry Potter: The Prequel (finished!), Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final (finished!), Bridge of Snow (finished!)

I decided against reading The Great Gatsby for now because that’s a book very special to me, and I’m not ready to invest in it just yet. Picked up The Jewel instead and it’s giving me the same vibes as Pawn by Aimee Carter?

Saturday (aka the day I took a little break)
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2 books & 3 novellas
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (finished!), The Jewel (reading)
NovellasHarry Potter: The Prequel (finished!), Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final (finished!), Bridge of Snow (finished!)

Have to defend myself!!! I was running around an old folk’s home for the day, and attended a friend’s incredible dance concert tonight so in the end, I regret nothing :) Feels nice to look up from the pages and make real friends sometimes, though of course I still love you, my books.

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 39
Total number of books I’ve read: 2 books & 3 novellas
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (finished!), The Jewel (reading)
NovellasHarry Potter: The Prequel (finished!), Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final (finished!), Bridge of Snow (finished!)

SO HERE’S THE END

865 pages, 2 books & 3 novellas in one week!!

You know I wasn’t even expecting myself to finish one book so this is a HUGE HUGE HUGE achievement. So proud of everyone, all are winners :)

Thank you everyone for your support and encouraging words. I hope you had fun, I certainly did! Till the next time!

BABBLE & BOOKS | Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Published: August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 420
Genre & Keywords: Bossass Assassins, fantasy
Part Of A Series? A SIX-PART SERIES WHOO. BOOK 2.
Other Books From Author: Throne of Glass (Book 1), The Assassin’s Blade (0.1-0.5)

Why I Picked This Up: IT’S WRITTEN BY SARAH J. MAAS? ASDFGHJKL THRONE OF GLASS??? OBVIOUSLY I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

Amazon | Goodreads | @SJMaas |

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If you have not read Throne of Glass, or if you have not even HEARD of this series (omg how did you do that), here would be a better place to start. There isn’t any non-spoilery stuff to say in this synopsis seriously!! I LOVE both books, they are so amazing, I highly recommend reading them if you’re still sitting on that metaphorical fence.

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BABBLE & BOOKS | Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published: August 4th 2011 by Speak
Pages: 372
Genre & Keywords: Contemporary, PARIS
Part Of A Series? kindof, but you can read this as a standalone.
Other Books From Author: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Book 2)

Why I Picked This Up: It’s STEPHANIE PERKINS!!

Amazon | Goodreads | @naturallysteph |

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Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

*I’m using the synopsis from Goodreads because after 24863801 failed attempts, I realize I can’t say anything without SCREAMING AND FLAILING AND OMG-ING or giving something away.

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CHIT CHAT | (zombie hotties) Die for Me, (earth air fire water) Storm, (way out of mind) What’s Left of Me

Hi, new feature time! I’m in a huge ass review backlog now, and that only struck me after I’ve updated my Goodreads “to-review” shelf to a whopping forty. I need help. So CHIT CHAT is going to be a quick, casual conversation of some super overdue books!! My memory is getting fuzzy and I apologise beforehand if I get some details wrong.

I’ve separated ratings into how much I liked the book, and how good I think it is objectively. Because there’s a big difference!

die for meDie for Me by Amy Plum
Published May 15th 2011 by HarperTeen

Why I Picked This Up: This book had the CUTEST character interview ever.  I dare you not to melt like ice cream in summer after reading it!

WHEN Kate Mercier’s parents died in a car crash, she and her sister moved to Paris to live with their grandparents. To regain her bearings in a new place with a shattered heart, she spends her time reading classics in Parisian cafés. Until she met Vincent in the City of Lights. 

Vincent is no normal human. He’s a Revenant, and he’s got his enemies… immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.

MINI REVIEW

DAYUM, I’m not really sure how to rate this! I really enjoyed it back in 2012, but I was a noobie to YA then. Things were easily cool for me. On the surface, Die for Me has got Paris and revenants, basically zombies with an intrinsic obsession to give their lives for humans again and again, what’s not to swoon for? Yeah… Well…  Look deeper, and this story is all about girl meets guy at the lowest point in her life, and then girl changes forever to revolve her life around his. Can you already see where this is going?!! Most characters in this book are predictable– Kate is stuck in self-pity after her parents’ death for the good first 30% and Vincent is Edward Cullen 2.0, except French. If not for the cool revenant concept, and dynamic cast of side characters (LOVE AMBROSE & JULES), and unless you enjoy a plot reminiscent of Twilight, I’d say skip this one.

Amazon | Goodreads | @AmyPlumOhLaLa |

ENJOYABLE RATING: ★★★

HOW-GOOD-IT-SUBSTANTIALLY-IS RATING: ★★
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Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Published April 24th 2012 by Kensington

Why I Picked Up This Book: Another one sold by the character interview! And there was some kind of read-a-long happening at that time so why not?

ELEMENTALS!! That’s all. These are magical people who can control the elements like Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Spirits. And the 4 Merrick brothers are some of them. 

After Becca gives a lacklustre performance in her self-defence class, she’s horrified to hear the sounds of a vicious fight brewing in the dark parking lot. Caught between the urge to flee and help the outnumbered Chris Merrick, Becca’s decision will change her life forever.

MINI REVIEW

HAHA that synopsis didn’t give you much to go on, sorry not sorry :P This is a really fun book so no much explanation needed, just read and enjoy!

The characters must be the standout for this book. I was really amazed by how Brigid Kemmerer kept tabs on all SIX characters, and managed to make them all come to life in a mere 353 pages. Not only do we have five (count ‘em, FIVE!) male characters you will go absolutely insane for, but the storyline of Storm is consuming and suspenseful, with bullies who are more dangerous than they really let on and cryptic Guides lurking in the background waiting to spring up and attack. Things that seem insignificant at first come to haunt you later on in the story and suddenly everything will make sense like a big conspiracy. Even though I figured some parts out, it didn’t kill the thrill of exactly seeing it happen! Kemmerer, you are the queen of twisty stories. Can’t recall WHY I didn’t continue the series, but I have plans to do so one day :)

Amazon | Goodreads | @BrigidKemmerer |

ENJOYABLE RATING: ★★★★

HOW-GOOD-IT-SUBSTANTIALLY-IS RATING: ★★★★
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What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang
Published September 18th 2012 by HarperCollins

Why I Picked This Up: That cover. I’m not usually a fan of faces on the cover but I think What’s Left of Me did it so well! Please note the two faces on the cover.

IN a world where every body is born with 2 souls, Eva and Addie started out normal. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t.

MINI REVIEW

What’s Left Of Me is a dystopian that surprised me with its achingly beautiful moments between 2 sisters. Kat Zhang got my head warring with the complex ties between Eva/Addie’s. With any sisters, there’s a whole mass of love-hate-ugh-hugs relationship going on (trust me, I would know), and imagine that x10 for Eva/Addie! They are the closest you can get to tight-knit sisters, but Eva lives a life of longing what her sister has (a life, basically). Their strong, emotional yet difficult bond was the one thing that glued me to the story.

I’m not even sure how to classify this book! There’s the element of an oppressive government, but it gives me more sci-fi-ish feels because of the soul duality concept, which was refreshing and extraordinary. Plotwise, things stagnated quite a bit around the middle, and I didn’t quite get the ending. I can’t remember the love interests so I presume they didn’t play much role. Either that or they were unmemorable. Eh.

Amazon | Goodreads | @KatZhang |

ENJOYABLE RATING: ★★★

HOW-GOOD-IT-SUBSTANTIALLY-IS RATING: ★★★

What do you think about this new chit chat feature? Would you prefer more in-depth reviews for each book? Have you read these books? Share your thoughts! Since all of them are series-starters (that I’ve read a looooong time ago), tell me if you think I should pick the series back up again!