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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday!


Shipping Saturday!

Yeah it’s that time again!  Time for love.
I was really excited that I had time to do this today!  Because you know what?  I just like to talk about Zach….oops…well now you have an idea of who the Shipping Saturday is about!  ;)

Zach and Cammie!  Yeah like the best book characters ever!  Best couple ever…..well besides Zeba (yeah that’s right that be me and Zach)!!!  I would have done Zeba today except I really do like Cammie and Zach together.  I just prefer me and Zach……ugh….boys….why so hot?

ZACH+CAMMIE= The best spy/teenage/book/romance EVER!!   

Piper Reviewing:


Evermore (Immortals Series #1)
By: Alyson Noël


Don’t miss Evermore, the first book in Alyson Noël’s #1 New York Times bestselling The Immortals series. Enter an enchanting new world where true love never dies. . .
After a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head—wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul.  As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is—or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

Review: First, I am going to start by saying how much I LOVE the name Ever!  If I ever have a child (girl obviously) I seriously would consider the name Ever.  It’s so soft and pretty, and different, and I have always been fond of different names!  Now, besides that, I thought the story was a bit slow at first; I really didn’t get into it until about 100 pages in.  However, once in it I loved it.  It wasn’t the type of book that I could re read and re read it over again, it wasn’t the type of book that I could talk about all the time.  It was the type of novel that I enjoyed a lot, I had a sort of peace while reading it.  It was a book that was simple, a book I liked a lot, and it was just me reading a book with the pure joy of being transformed into somebody else, someplace else.  I don’t know if that makes sense, but it does if you are a person like myself who analyzes everything in books, but didn’t have anything to analyze in this one.  It was just a perfect, short novel.  Kind of like the perfect summer read.  I was totally surprised with the end!  It was something unexpected.  I’m really excited about the next book!  Can’t wait! 

Rate: 7/10

Friday, August 23, 2013

A Sort Of Review

So I have read three Gallagher Girl books this week.  But I am not writing full reviews for them because that would take quite a while!  So I am writing short reviews of them now, in one post.  I will however write a review for the last book, like I did for the first two. 

 
 

Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover: This book wasn't my favorite of the series, but it still was BRILLIANT!  Yeah Zach kind of killed me in this book by breaking my heart about how many times...oh I don't know...THE WHOLE FREAKING BOOK!  Yeah I wasn't the happiest girl in the world while reading this book!  But it was still amazing and Ally Carter has yet to fail to write an amazing, brilliant, awesome, so-great-it's-my-new-favorite-series-ever, book!  I think it's very hard for authors to deliver (in my opinion) a series and have ALL the books be the best books ever and keep up with the high expectations from the readers.  But somehow Ally Carter manages to do it!  She has really written the most AMAZING teenage girl series EVER!  I know this is a series I will read and re read time after time! 

 

 

Only The Good Spy Young:  My head was literally spinning while reading this novel.  It was just full of everything!  My heart got repaired when Zach and Cammie (sort of cause they still aren't officially "Boyfriend and Girlfriend") made up!  It was a very hard book to read though.  I felt my heart pumping with during everything that was happening and I wanted to close my eyes and the book and stop reading!  It was so GOOD!  It is probably my second favorite in the series....ok scratch that, I Can't pick a favorite in the series!  But I really loved it!  The last few pages were my favorite between Zach and Cammie when he wants her to run away with him.  The scene was just beautifully written and my heart really melted.  I seriously am in love with Zach, like go ask my friend at peaceloveandfangirl!  All the action scenes in the novel were well thought of and put together.  All the mystery was suspenseful and made me think (which as I have said on countless occasions is not something I usually have to do, because I am so good at figuring mysteries out)!  Ally Carter has done it again everybody!  I can't wait to continue reading more of her work! 

 
 
 

Out Of Sight Out Of Time:  Ok this quick review thing might be a bit longer than the two above...just gonna let you know now.  Ok if you are my friend and really know me, then you know I don't cry.  It's not that I'm heartless (obviously because Zach managed to break mine) but I just don't really cry all that much.  BUT OMG I ACTUALLY HAD A FEW TEARS RUN DOWN MY CHEEK DURING THIS BOOK!  Now my friends I could stop this review there, because now you know how amazing it was...BECAUSE IT MADE ME CRY!  But I won't, I have too much to say!  So to begin how bout I talk about how my heart literally tore apart and I filled with so much anger towards Zach and Bex.  Now, when I say anger I mean I would have beat up Bex for being such a bitch.  And, well, Zach...let's just say if I were Cammie I would have kicked him in the balls and then started screaming at him.  But since I wasn't actually there...and they aren't actually real I took it out on myself.  I cried.  yup that's it.  I cried.  It sucked bro.  And then *SPOILER* when Cammie and Zach had their little make out scene in the secret passageway, I felt like I was walking in the clouds again.  :D Lol.  But other than all that ^^^ I totally LOVED this book!  Just like Only The Good Spy Young it had a lot of mystery (even more so than Only The Good Spy Young).  The feeling of actually being in the story and doing everything the characters did, and feeling EVERYTHING Cam felt, yeah that was the feeling I had throughout the entire book!  Never once did it lose my full attention...or any of my attention!  I just wanted more and more, and then when it ended I wanted to go back.  Liz and Macey I didn't mind in the book.  I think they did their best to welcome back Cam even though they were mad at her, unlike Bex and Zach, I was so pissed with them.  *whew calm down self* I love Aunt Abby she is definitely the aunt that everyone would love to have! haha!  Rachel was also better in this book than the others I thought.  But sometime I do feel sorry for Cam that her mom has to hide stuff from her.  Joe, well I'm still confused how is relationships are going to work out with everyone in the last book.  I think he has a very special place in everyone' hearts.  My favorite parts of this book was the ending when Cam was going to jump off the building and Dr. Steve told her who he was and all.  I also really LOVED the part in the bathroom where she was throwing things at the mirror because she hated the girl she saw.  It was so real.  Not in the way that if felt like it was actually happening but a real as in it showed the real struggle Cam was going through.  It was what I felt like doing the whole book and really wanted Cam to do it!  And then she did and made up with her best friends, so see how throwing stuff at the mirror helps?  And I LOVED the part in the P&E barn when she is crying and Zach is there for her and then she falls asleep with him and she wakes up and remembering that night to be a blur of sadness and Zach just tells her to o back to sleep.  He didn't leave her in the night he just stayed with her, which was so sweet cause most books the guy leaves.  And she asks him where he went to look for her when she went missing and he replies "Crazy.  I went crazy." IT WAS SO CUTE!  Ok now I'm done.  Byeee!  haha!

 
 
 

Ok I understand these weren't really reviews and more of me just fangirling!  But hey the books are perfect, so there isn't much I can review! 

 

 

Monday, August 19, 2013

*SPECIAL EDITION* Piper Reviewing:


 The Lotus Effect

An improbable partnership. An unforgettable love.

 

Lily Emerson, daughter of the Head of Council and Mistress of Science, has lived a privileged life. It's Lily's 18th nameday, the day she is to follow in her mother's footsteps, becoming the next Mistress of Science--the most powerful woman in all of City Prosper. The Architect and designer of Prosper's future.

 

During the night of her Coronation, the corruption of the Council spreads before her . . . opening her eyes to the cruelty that resides in the Council, even within her own parents. Lily realizes now the title of Mistress only comes with superficial power, that to truly save the citizens--she has to fight. Fight in the Barrage--the mechanical gladiatorial tournament in which one chosen pair of volunteers from each Sector fights, armor-clad and as a team, utilizing unique weapon specialties: the Gatling gun, the Cestus, Klaives, Crescent Knives, mechanically engineered beasts--in the hope to win the right to change the Law. A law that has remained unchanged since its creation almost eighty years ago.

 

The tournament that Xander, Engineering Blacksmith and Lily's partner, believes she has no business being in.

 

But Lily's different. And she sets out to prove just that.

 

 

 

Review:  When I started reading The Lotus Effect I was curious, and a little confused to be honest.  I have never read a book with such intricate writing.  The characters talk the way people talked a long time ago.  I would definitely say there was elegance to the words on the pages and the way the characters spoke.  But reading through the first few chapters I really grew to enjoy it a lot and not be so taken aback by it.  I thought it was different and fresh, not something teens read nowadays.  Sometimes though, I felt a little overwhelmed with it.  Not being used to reading a book with such elaborate words.  But nonetheless I liked it a lot and I think I also learned a few new vocab words!  Haha! 

 

The main character Lily is stuck in a world where, in my perspective, people have no souls.  Except Lily.  Her soul was full of love, hope, purity, and curiosity.  But she has to be careful or that will all get her into trouble.  The beginning of the book was slow for me…..I wasn’t feeling much for Lily.  But reading more I developed an understanding of her and noticed how much we really are alike!  Though, sometimes, a little scary how alike!  Lily is very independent and learns to use the advantages she has in a complicate and dangerous situation.  She also learns a lot about herself through the entire book.  She also is a dancer J  and for those of you who read this and know me *cough my best friend Alex* know that I am exactly like how I just described Lily.  Haha!  Now, Xander, he definitely intrigued me from the start.  He sparked up curiosity in me and throughout the whole book the author surprised me with him!  This is a very hard thing to do (surprise me).  I didn’t fall for Xander right away.  Being so curious about him, kind of like Lily, blocked me from seeing Xander and being able to open up to him and trust him.  But I eventually fell in love with him (even before Lily did).  Having a guy that was a mystery (not just had it, but was it) was definitely something I REALLY liked.  It made you think and made you go through the steps of actually getting to know and like someone, like you do in real life.  He felt more like a real person than just a book character you fall in love with.  Normally I talk about more characters in the book but these were the only two I had something to say about.  If I included my opinion on the other book I would be writing a book.  Also, all the feelings I had towards the other character were exactly what the author was aiming for.  I liked the people I was supposed to and didn’t like the characters I wasn’t supposed to like.  So Bridget Ladd excellently succeeded in that department.  So if you want to find out more about the character I highly suggest you read The Lotus Effect! 

 

Well to finish this review let me talk about the final chapters.  They were packed with tons of action and SO realistic in my mind!  Bridget Ladd really ended with a bang!  The finally had everything from fantasy (extremely well thought of and so imaginative fantasy too!) to mystery, to heart racing action, to glee and to sorrow all at once!  Now you might think with all of that amazingness it would be too overwhelming…but believe when I say it was perfect!  I started with beginning where I was iffy to the middle when I really got into it and envisioned everything going on so well and started to feel more a part of the book to the conclusion where the climate still hangs high and leaves you wanting more!  Bridget Ladd did a wonderful job and I am SO excited to read more of her work! 

 

Special Thanks to Bridget for emailing me about your book.  For without an email from you I would’ve never known of the greatness that fills the pages of your book or the things that I began to love throughout it! 

 

Interview with Bridget Ladd:

1. How did you come up with The Lotus Effect?

            *Let’s see . . . . Even though a lot of my ideas come to me in my dreams, bits and pieces that I eventually interweave together, the idea for The Lotus Effect came to me after waking up, while still in—I guess you could call it—the sleep daze. I didn’t even make it out of the bed. I just grabbed up my laptop and started writing.

            I’ve always been so intrigued by Indian and Asian cultures and I often thought of how the Lotus was such a beautiful symbol of perseverance. I first learned of its true beauty from my Ancient Art History professor in college. She was from India and always spoke so highly of the Lotus and its symbolism. I believe the seedling ideas for The Lotus Effect were planted then and there in that class. Teachers really do inspire!

 

2. What was your favorite part to write? 

            *I love writing the action scenes. The ones that involve Xander and Lily. They are the hardest to write in my opinion—there are so many intricate and moving parts. Can she hold this, while doing this? If this was happening to me, what would I do? What would I see? Or feel? I played sports while growing up, and as a writer, I feel the need to submerge into that same hyper sense of reality. I tune everything out and just plunge into the scene. Hours later, I’ll eventually come back to my senses and think, “Woah! That was fun!”

 

3. Do you feel any of the characters resemble you in any way?  And if so which are you most like? 

            *As many authors say, we take pieces of ourselves and put them into each of our characters. Even the bad traits. Though, I suppose I can compare myself to Lily the most. It’s so hard not too!  A shy and somewhat awkward version of Lily, with a pinch of the introvertedness of Xander, mixed with the upbeat quirkiness of Dex. But Lily all the same.

 

4.  What inspires you to write, and what in particular inspired you to write The Lotus Effect?

            * Much of my inspiration derives from a variety of experiences, but I find that artwork and the 'epic playlists' I listen to, tend to become the best source of creativity and imagination. A battle scene would be incomplete without Thomas Bergersen, Two Steps from Hell, Audiomachine, Immediate Music and the like—all of which helps guide the scene along. Character driven inspiration comes to me from things I observe in everyday life. I like to think of myself as the hooded figure in the darkened corner of the tavern. The Aragorn smoking his pipe . . . (I don’t smoke), as he watches those around him. If I had a choice that would be me, but on second thought . . . that makes me sound a bit creepy. Also, Dreams. I dream vividly every single night—ever since I can remember.  And at times I hated them. I’d dream I was being held captive in a Russian prison for days in which I had to escape/fight my way through—only to wake up and go to school the next day. Needless to say, I’m always a bit out of it in the mornings. But I’ve learned to accept my dreams as a gift and as another source of inspiration.

Two songs I find myself listening to multiple times while writing is: Thomas Bergersen’s Starvation. And Prodigy’s Omen during the final scenes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnGaCAHhGfo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pyn87oJIlg

 

5.  Are you planning to write a sequel or sequels (my hope is sequels)???

           

            *Absolutely! I’m currently working on Book 2, Ardent Ascension. I’m shooting for three books. There’s definitely enough I want to address to achieve it! 

 

6.  If you could give one piece of advice to your fans what would it be? 

            *Do what you enjoy. Take time to find a hobby, go outside and look at bugs, be weird, play video games, read books, watch anime, do something that will bring you happiness. For when you’re happy, it spreads, and the world is better off because of it.

 

Last but not least:

7. If I ever go to NC can I visit you?  ;)

            *Of course! Though I warn you, I give very awkward hugs. :)

 

My conversations with Bridget while reading The Lotus Effect

1. So I just started your book (sorry it took so long we have been remodeling my room this week) and so far im enjoying it a lot.  I love the feel of it and I especially love the writing!!  All the books I read nowadays are just not as intricate and elegant and detailed, such as the writing in your book.

2. I am 200 pages in.  I am absolutely loving it and I am so tuned in.  I love Xander.  I was totally suspicious about him and there was something unreal about him at first I felt, but after reading the chapter about what happened to him im sold.  Haha.  And I love Lily.  She's really brave and I feel like she is discovering a lot about herself which is something that I know will happen to me when im older.  Have to find who I am and just have the courage to stand up.  And she is independent and prideful quite like myself;). Not that it is always a good thing as Xander constantly reminds.  Lol!  I find myself comparing katniss (hunger games) and Lily.  Its that Katniss was a normal girl, couldn't fight, not someone with abnormal amounts of bravery, and then all the sudden she could fight, had tons of courage, and was this amazing girl.  And I feel like in the Hunger Games they didn't explain her well enough.  I didn't care for Katniss.  But that is so different with Lily.  Its not this overnight process nd she still has these faults that everyday is working through.  I love it and I care for Lily and she's more real. 

3. *SPOILER* Finally!!  It only took them 370 pages to kiss!!  I couldn't be more happy right now!  I almost started bawling when Briggins took Xander.  But omygod im so happy right now!  I just love both Lily and Xander.  And more and more am I feeling like Lily herself.  We are quite alike.  Haha.  Just thought I'd let you know.  And I was reading the back of the book (like where your picture was, and your little bio.).  I noticed that you are writing a second one?  Or have you already completed it?  Even though im not finished with this one I know I will want to read a second!  Your writing is beautiful and so good!!  So I would be honored to get to read a second one you wrote!

4. Just finished, and I can't even tell you how sad I am that its over.  I need more!!!  Lol!  I loved it!  You really brought together a wonderful piece of art.  And every emotion and love for the book was flowing through me during the end.  You did a magnificent job!





Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Piper Reviewing:


If I Stay

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

A Novel By: Gayle Forman

 

Review: It’s hard for me to describe this book.  It was so beautiful, so full of meaning, so full of life (but the kind of life that makes you feel something deep inside of you.  The life that can only bring out the best in you, the way you look at life.  It is a different life than life itself.  It is also ironic for this book to be so full of life considering *spoiler* she is kinda dead).  This book is just so amazing.  It is a book full of sadness, full of doubts, full of decisions that change everything for a person, decisions that control you no matter which choice you decide to take.  But besides the dread and sorrow that make up the book, there is something beautiful, a bigger meaning, a life changing story, and so much life in it, behind it, and between it!  I tell you I’ve never had more trouble describing a book.  I really did love it though! 

 

I loved the main character Mia.  At first I wasn’t sure of her.  At first I was like, we have absolutely nothing in common, and it is so hard to like a character when you have nothing in common.  But it turns out as I read on that we sort of did have a few things in common.  But it didn’t matter.  I never realized that you can still like and feel for a character you aren’t really like.  With most books you find things that make you like the main character and you start feel more like the main character instead.  So when something happens to the character you sense the sadness or happiness you imagine they would be feeling.  But I didn’t have much in common with Mia, yet I still felt the dread and the struggle to make the decisions she was facing.  I liked Mia’s entire family!  And as I read on and learned more and more about them it was even harder for me (I can’t even imagine what it would have been like for Mia, cause I’m just the reader!!) to let them go!  She had some AWESOME parents and a really cool little brother.  I thought her Grandma and Grandpa were also really great people.  Just the way I imagine normal (yeah nobody in my family is normal) Grandparents to be.  Lol.  But to be honest I didn’t feel anything for Adam.  I mean I know he was supposed to be something more, but he just felt like a character.  Maybe it was that he was totally not my type of guy?  Maybe it was that I just didn’t like him…his personality?  Maybe I thought he wasn’t a good boyfriend?  Or maybe it was all of those put together!!  But whatever it was I just didn’t like him. 

 

I don’t usually mention or talk about the writing in a book.  But I am going to talk about it this time!!  ;)  A lot of authors try to write the way Gayle Forman did in this book.  The style and technique of the writing in If I Stay was PERFECT!!  I mean usually I don’t like it.  I think because authors try to write like that but it just doesn’t work.  I’m going to use an example, and just remember this is my opinion.  I know I might get a lot of “Haters” for this.  I felt like Stephanie Meyer tried to write like that with the Twilight series.  Now I am not a Twilight fan, and part of the reason is because the writing.  It just didn’t work and to me it just came off as bad writing!  But with If I Stay it was perfect!  The author used it correctly and in a beautiful way.  I was very surprised at first by it because I wasn’t sure that Gayle could pull it off either!  But let me just say that If I Stay was PERFECT.  There really is no other way to describe it.

 

I definitely recommend this book!  I think readers the ages 15 and up will like it most.

I rate this book: 9/10

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Piper Reviewing




The Moon and More

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.    

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

 

Review:  This book was AMAZING!  Actually it was better than amazing…it was absolutely exquisite!!  It had everything you could want in a good read: an excellent main character, a captivating storyline, heartbreaking conflictions, an enticing & heart-tugging romance, and great characters that help make the book.  So this book…well it really was The Moon and More!  Everything you could want and more in a book! 

        There was never a dull moment for me and it just seemed to keep my full attention throughout the whole thing.  I read the book in one day.  Every time I set it down to do something I found myself going back to it as soon as possible!  It wasn’t hard for me to engage in Emaline’s world, and block out mine, at all!!  In fact it was Emaline’s world engaging me and blocking mine out for me!

 

        Emaline was really an excellent character.  She was definitely a type of girl I’d want as my friend.  Though sometimes in books you feel as though you are the main character, in this one I felt more like a bystander watching it all.  Sort of like I was a friend of hers.  I understood her, I wanted to help her, I was there for it all, I wanted her to succeed.  But I didn’t find that a bad thing in this book.  I especially loved her relationship with Daisy and Morris.  I really liked Daisy, she was a loyal friend to Emaline, and if she existed in real life I know I‘d want to be her friend!  She was very charismatic and likeable.  Someone you would want to hang out with (and be friends with around prom if you are looking for a jaw dropper, show stopper, star dazzling dress)!!  I liked Morris, he was the guy friend that every girl has, or tries to have.  But unlike most guy friends that girls have, to me he didn’t seem very helpful in times when you want a shoulder to cry on and when a girl just needs a guy to explain what goes on in their heads.  He didn’t seem like a bad friend of course!  Just not the type that you can lean on in those special moments you want to have with your guy friend.  That moment when even though you pick at each other, or you talk and hang out and are best friends but don’t let loose of emotions around each other, you know you have each other’s backs and can break down when needed.  I prefer my guy friends to be that way….but again I didn’t dislike Morris.  The relationship between Benji and Emaline was so special to me.  I guess me and my little brother are sort of like that and will probably grow more like that when I can drive and all that.  But it really touched base for me and I thought it was something that really made the book.  I didn’t like her dad at all!  He was the dad that you hated throughout the book but expected to reveal everything in the end and become everything Emaline needed from him.  But that didn’t happen.  I was disappointed in him just like Emaline.  Now I understand he is a character that you probably aren’t supposed to like, but I mean I REALLY hated him (Not to get all weird and religious or anything, but in God’s eyes that means I just killed him.  lol).  My heart was really torn when he didn’t pull through in the end.  I like Emaline’s family otherwise.  Her mom seemed really cool and is kind of like the mom I’ve always thought would be cool to have.  She understands you, she isn’t weird to talk to (usually), she is like a teenage girl when it comes to boys and TV shows and stuff.  But I did feel like she wasn’t totally the best.  I mean no one is perfect…and no mom is perfect.  But she seemed a little immature and it felt like Emaline was the adult more than her mom at times. 

I absolutely hated Theo!  He made no sense to me.  His entire character was jacked up.  I didn’t like his personality, I hated how he acted around Emaline’s friends and family, I didn’t like the decisions he made, I just didn’t like him!  I thought Emaline was crazy for making such a big deal over what Luke did.  I get it he sort of cheated and blah but he apologized, and I believe the apology was truly from his heart and he meant it.  I can’t believe she left Luke for Theo.  But I guess without Theo and her having a relationship with him there would be no book.  And I LOVE this book!!! 

 

But yeah that’s pretty much all I can say on this book.  I enjoyed all of the characters (especially Emaline’s step dad, he was a really great guy I thought) and the story was amazing!  Truly something beautiful!  A wonderful piece of art.  I recommend this book for teens who are 14 +

 

I rate this book: 8/10
 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Piper Reviewing:


YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE

Readers of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Laurie Halse Anderson will be touched by the emotional depth and realistic characters of Jennifer Castle’s YA novel You Look Different in Real Life.

  Justine charmed the nation in a documentary film featuring five kindergartners. Five years later, her edgy sense of humor made her the star of a second movie that caught up with the lives of the same five kids.

  Now Justine is sixteen, and another sequel is in the works. Justine isn’t ready to have viewers examining her life again. She feels like a disappointment, not at all like the girl everyone fell in love with in the first two movies. But, ready or not, she and the other four teens will soon be in front of the cameras again.

  Smart, fresh, and frequently funny, You Look Different in Real Life is a piercing novel about life in an age where the lines between what’s personal and what’s public aren’t always clear.

 

Review:  Through the first few chapters I can honestly say I did not like them.  I thought it was boring and slow, and I just wasn’t feeling it.  I don’t want anyone to read this and have second thoughts about reading the book or going into it with the idea that you won’t like it…or that it’s a bad book.  You must read my entire review before you make any decisions if you are to make any!   But I will say that I think the books title (YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE) gave me a different idea for the book.  I just feel like what I was expecting is not what I got.  Not that what I got is a bad thing but it was just a bit surprising as I was reading and I wasn’t reading what I thought and hoped it would be.  With that said, I think I enjoyed the book overall.  You may question why I say think and not just I did.  That is because I’m still having so many mixed feelings about it.  Like I said the beginning for me was slow, then after the first few chapters I was really getting into it and was really enjoying it, seriously I didn’t want to stop!  But then I felt it go downhill a little.  I wasn’t quite into it again.  My feelings for it were that I was reading a book that didn’t know what story to take on.  Like it was going to go one way then went a different.  Or maybe like what I was reading should have been two different stories.  I am honestly trying to do my best to explain how I felt but it’s seeming to be very hard for some reason.  But I think what I said is the best way I can say it.  It just felt like it should be two completely different stories.  But I will say I fell in love with it completely within the last chapters!  Once they were in New York and everything was unraveling a bit more I was deeply charmed you could say. 

 

Justine, the main character, didn’t do much for me until the later chapters.  Again I wasn’t into the book until the later chapters and that might have been why.  But once into the book, I liked her a lot more!  I was a little sad that she didn’t move on with her life on camera.  To me that really would have been the closing point.  Like if she had did her part on the camera and just let it all out she would have had closure…and I would have had closure as the reader.  Though I did feel like something was missing throughout the whole book!!  That definitely was a boyfriend for her!  Her past with Ian took up most of the beginning, and then I’d say battling feelings about Felix took up most of the book, and at the end her newly sewn relationship with (SPOILER ALERT) Nate takes over.  I thought that something big was going to happen with Ian or something and then when it didn’t I was very surprised.   I understood the mixed feelings (at least that’s what I took it as because if it is meant to be anything different I think it be weird) about Felix but I really, truly was glad they did not end up together!  I just felt they didn’t belong.  When Nate starting coming into the picture as an option I was so happy!  I waited the whole book for them just to kiss and it to be done!  Even though I think Justine couldn’t tell she liked him, I definitely could!  I wasn’t sure that he liked her at first, obviously with the way he acted around Keira, but I knew deep down something had to happen!  I knew this was a book that was meant to have at least ONE relationship in it!  So yes I totally fangirled when they got together at the end!  :D

 

As for everything else…well I don’t know.  I didn’t not like it….but that’s all I can say.  It was good.  Believe me it was and the times that I got into it were great!  But there was something about it that just didn’t stick with me.  Of course like I always I encourage you to read it!  Any book is worth a try!  I think this is more of a girl book (but hey guys might like it too!!) and I would say ages 13-16 would like it best!

 

I rate this book: 6.5/10

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