Thursday, September 21, 2017

Love & Gelato Review

Title: Love and Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Goodreads Link

I can't be the only one who was gripped by this book because of its cover, right? Who doesn't love, love and gelato? That's right no one!! I've had my eyes on this book ever since I first saw it over a year ago, and it wasn't until a month ago did I finally purchase it. Well, I actually didn't purchase it per se. Have any of you heard of the app shop kicks? If you haven't it's a fantastic app where you get free gift cards by scanning products and racking up points. You all should get it because even though it takes a little while to get enough points for gift cards, it comes in good handy and come on, I just got an 8 dollar book for free!!

Anyway, back to the review...

Love and Gelato was the type of book that I breezed by in just a few short days. I loved Jenna Evans Welch's descriptive way of writing Italy's exquisite art and scenery. Within moments, I almost thought that I, myself, was with Lina and Ren as they ran around the beautiful city of Florence on another adventure from Lina's mother's journal. After reading this book, I have added Italy to my list of places I'd love to travel one day. Does anyone know if those secret bakeries are an actual thing? Because I'm dying to go!

I got some serious "Anna and the French Kiss" by Stephanie Perkins vibes, but I'm not really complaining. I loved that book and both of its sequels that followed it, but I could see how someone could get very annoyed by their similarities. If you put that aside, I would defiantly give this book a chance, as even though the idea is similar, the plot is completely different!

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, I did find some parts to be very bizarre and unrealistic in my opinion, which was the reason why I kept myself from giving this book 5 stars, but instead 4. To keep this review as spoiler free as possible, I will not go any further in depth on this, but to those of you who have read this book, please message me and tell me that I wasn't the only one to think the bits near the ending were very strange! I can't be, right?

And one more thing, where in this world can I find myself my own Ren? This is important! haha

Taken from my bookstagram account, chaptersandink

Monday, August 7, 2017

Judging a Book by it's Cover + Cinder Book Review

Raise your hand if you've ever judged a book without trying to read at least the first few pages. Come on, I'm sure I'm not the only one that judges books by the cover, or by the summary on the back! They always say to never judge a book by its cover, yet somehow we manage to still do it, even if we tell ourselves that we don't.

A friend of mine gave me a stack of a few books she no longer wanted to keep a few weeks ago. Within that pile of paper and ink was "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer, a book I always said I would never read because I thought it was just another dystopian read.   For years now, I've stayed a good distance away from dystopian stories. I think that may have to do with during my Sophomore year of High School in English class we spent the whole entire year reading novels like Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, which were very good books I should add, but after a while, it got very repetitive and a bore. I should also add this was around the time that the Hunger Games trilogy (and first movie) were all the rage!

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So, like I said, I've gotten over the whole futuristic world where the government is filled with propaganda plot line for a few years now... until now that is. The BookTube-A-Thon recently took place the other week and for the third time in a row, I made the choice to partake and I will add now that I failed miserably in reading a single book all that week because I suck at challenges, but anyway, I decided to pick up Cinder to put in my TBR.

And that's how it happened. How Marissa Meyer sucked me into her world, in New Beijing where people could be half cyborgs and androids were a daily thing for society. It was a very thrilling and fast paced story, that I couldn't get enough of.

I'm glad I took a chance on this book and read it, but I think I  really should thank my friend for having no interest in the book anymore, or else I wouldn't have given a thought about it!

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, YA
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

For the summary please check out this link to Goodreads that will direct you straight to the book if you are interested in reading if you haven't already!

**I do want to apologize for how jumbled my review may be. I've only done a handful of book reviews in the past and am still trying to get the hang of things**

I fell in love with Cinder within the first few pages of reading the first chapter and I think I fell even more in love with her little sidekick, Iko that happens to be an android. I've never read a book where people had robotic limbs which only fascinated me even more because come on, that sounds totally bad ass being part metal!

I thought it very endearing that her younger stepsister, Peony wasn't at all like her original Cinderella step-sister counterpart. Her seeing Cinder as an actual human and not a machine was nice to see instead of her siding with her older sister and mother who loath everything about Cinder.

As for the speed of the book, I was very pleased with how evenly paced the story line was, not once did I feel that the scenes dragged on. However, there were certain bits that I thought were too quickly written to where I wished there was more time to have it set in, but to keep this review spoiler free I won't go any further with the details. My other tiny complaint is that I did find parts to be very predictable but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of still reading Cinder's story.

All in all, I really liked Meyer's writing style and Iko's android sass! I'm already itching to get my hands on the rest of the series!

Have you ever read a book you once were never interested in but ended up liking?


Thursday, July 6, 2017

4 Summer Books You Should Read During Summer 2017!

It's that time of year again where I go searching for the perfect Summer read! Surely, I can't be the only one with this random urge to find a light and easy read when the weather starts to heat up, right? I thought it'd be a perfect idea to make a post about a few books that everyone should try to read during the sweltering hot months. Don't forget to fill a glass of cold lemonade to accompany your reading!

1. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
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I think this is a classic summer read, so it obviously deserves the number one spot! Plus, the new covers are summer vibes times 10 and are totally Instagram photo worthy!

2. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
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If you're looking for a light and easy read to read by the pool this year, you should defiantly pick this book. I love Sandy Hall's writing style and I never fail to fall in love with her characters. When you're finished with this one, you have to pick up her first novel "A Little Something Different" because trust me, the title is just that!

3. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
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I read this book last summer during the  biblio-a-thon and couldn't put it down. I had a strong connection with Audrey and her issues with anxiety to where I almost thought that someone stole my own thoughts and put it in a book. Finding Audrey is a quirky, coming of age story that'll have you not feeling so alone if you deal with certain mental disorders.

4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
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I have yet to read this book, and maybe I shouldn't put it on the list since I don't know if it's a worthy read, but I've heard good things and the cover screams summer. The paperback is only $10 at Barnes & Noble's, so I will defiantly be purchasing this one during my next visit!

What are your favorite summer reads?


Thursday, May 18, 2017

My TBR for the Month of May!

It's already the middle of May and here I am finally posting a TBR.. or well, posting something in general since I've been pretty much none existent from the end of December until now. Here's usually where I'd apologize that I've been absent for months on end and say that I'll be posting more frequently, but I'm sure you and I both know that when people always say that more than half the time it isn't true... Although, I really do want to try my very best to make this blog into something than it already is now. Hopefully, I'll actually do just that.

Anyway, back to my TBR for the month of May! More often than not, I'm usually very horrible at sticking to a monthly TBR list, but I still like to do them. And because we're a few weeks into May already, I will not tell you if I've been keeping up with my list. You'll have to guess on your own.

1. Forever and Always, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I'm already a hundred pages deep into this book and I'm already loving it! I'm sad that when I'm finished I'll be saying good bye to Lara Jean and her dreamy boyfriend, Peter..

2. The Last of August by Brittany Callavaro

I adore the covers to this Modern aged Sherlock Holmes series, almost just as much as I love Jamie and Charlotte! Detective novels normally weren't my thing until I picked up the first, "A Study in Charlotte."

3. "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for an entire year now and I haven't read it!! I know, I know, don't kill me! With the third and finally book out this month, I've been seeing several bookstagramers posting about this series and I've been itching to actually join in on what I'm missing.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and are having a thriving month of reading!

I uploaded my first youtube video! It's short and sweet of my TBR and I'd love if you all gave it a look!

- Holly