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Review: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: December 2, 2010 by Dutton
Series: #1 (Anna and the French Kiss)
Length: 372 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

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 book was just amazing! From the first page to the last, it had me flipping the pages like CRAY. It is written in 1st person point of view and Anna (our main character) is telling the story. She is sent to a boarding school in Paris by her parents and we get to follow her adventures there. First off, the writing style was perfect; everything flowed smoothly. Not once was I bored while reading Anna and the French Kiss.

Second, I really love how the supporting characters were given their own voice and had a big part in the story. They weren’t just “there”. Our main characters were super awesome. Anna and St. Clair (Etienne) were very believable and I freaking love them! They made choices that I bought and they were just oh so cute! I love how they could just exchange stories and could trust each other. I also appreciated the NON insta love. They started off as friends and slowly progressed into becoming lovers.

Third, what I loved most about this book is the setting. I FELT LIKE I WAS IN FREAKING PARIS!!! Stephanie Perkins did a wonderful job describing showing us the beautiful places in Paris through Anna. I was mesmerized and in awe while Anna & St. Clair roamed around the different attractions in Paris. From the boarding school to the theaters, to Point Zero, Stephanie Perkins did an excellent job with the setting. I felt like Anna & St. Clair were my personal tour guides. I also love how I learned something from this book.

Overall I highly recommend Anna and the French Kiss. It was a fun, light read with witty and believable characters. Whether you’re a fan of YA contemporary or not, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

4.5 of 5

Review: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 28, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Series: #2 (Pushing the Limits)
Length: 456 pages
Source: Harlequin Teen (ARC)

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

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Dare You To is a companion novel to Pushing the Limits and I was really surprised (and happy) when I found out that it was a companion and that we have two different protagonists. Honestly, I was putting this book off because I thought it was still going to be about Echo and Noah. I didn’t really enjoy Pushing the Limits as much as I wanted to. Just like Pushing the Limits, Dare You To is told from two different perspectives – Ryan’s and Beth’s. Beth is a character from Pushing the Limits and is a friend of Noah. First off, I thought that this one is so much better than Pushing the Limits. I read 300 pages straight in one day and that’s like once in a blue moon for me.

Beth is such an amazing character. There’s character development all over the place and she has lots of flaws which made her a realistic and relatable character to me. She’s so witty and kick ass but oh my, she breaks down at times and I felt so sad! It’s easy to feel her emotions and she’s one of those people who puts on a fake smile but at the end of the day, deep down, she’s sad and tired. I love how she’s very responsible for her age. I also like Ryan’s character. He plays baseball (one of my favorite sports) and I love his relationship with his friends at school. They dare each other to hit on other girls, etc. and one day he was dared to ask Beth’s number… and that’s where the story begins!

Overall, it was an amazing read. There was also a love triangle, but it was an awesome and realistic love triangle. It wasn’t just there in the sake of just to have one. The only thing I did not like was that I wish the supporting characters, especially Ryan’s friends, were given more personality. They were a tad flat for me. I recommend this to all young adult contemporary lovers and to those who are looking for a great romance.

4 of 5

{Tour Stop} Uninvited (South Hills Sidekicks #1) by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers – Review + Giveaway

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Uninvited (South Hills Sidekicks, #1) Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Published: February 11, 2012
Series: #1 (South Hills Sidekicks)
Length: 302 pages
Source: (author) review copy

When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.

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There are lots of cliques in the school, but there are 2 particular cliques that are always mentioned in the book. There is Val’s clique (Kirsten, Alley, Kayla and Libby) and Taylor’s clique. This book is written in Alley’s perspective and at first, I thought that it was going to be about how Alley struggles being liked by the popular girls. It was mentioned that the only reason why the rest of the girls in Val’s clique hangs out with Alley is that because Val & Alley are best friends. Alley was given “Val’s shadow” as her nickname so I thought this book was definitely going to be about our MC getting bullied. I was wrong and I’m so glad I was!

This book was epic and just hilarious! I love, love, loved it! From start to finish, my nose was glued on the text. The writing style was very good; the pacing was smooth and wasn’t choppy at all. First off, a big round of applause for the authors. I could NOT stop laughing (I literally LOL-ed). The characters were just hilarious especially Val! Oh Val (Valerie) I freaking LOVE her personality and all the silly mistakes she made (she pepper sprayed herself xD ). There’s a lot of characters in this book, but you could all tell them apart. The author did an amazing job on giving their characters their own voice. So if you’re worried you’ll get them mixed up, I’m pretty sure you won’t. All of the characters were just witty which I think is one of the reasons why you’ll keep on reading. They are characters you’ll just instantly click with and love.

There’s a lot of suspense and mystery in this book which I also loved! It made me keep turning the pages till the very last. There’s a bunch of twists which makes the story unpredictable. Overall I definitely enjoyed it & I can’t wait to read the sequel. If you’re up for a read with 4 hilarious high school girls on a journey to solve a mystery, then I suggest you pick this up now! If you’re looking for a light, funny, fast-paced read then this one is definitely for you.

4.5 of 5

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