September182014

I can’t keep up with how many books I’m reading!

V is for Virgin and A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram

Read on 29/08/14 and 30/08/14. I bought and read these books totally on a whim, the stories sounded interesting and the whole ‘saving yourself for marriage’ thing seemed a bit different. A bit of background for you, Val is the main character in this book and its from her POV. She was adopted when she was a baby because her mother got pregnant from a one-night-stand. She cared about Val but knew she couldn’t raise her so she gave her to a family that could and left her with a letter and a necklace. Now Val is older she understands what her birth mother went through and is determined to never let the same thing happen to her. One night her boyfriend tries to sleep with her and she tells him no, says she’s saving herself for marriage. They break up, he gets with a ‘slutty’ girl and she tries to embarrass Val in front of the entire school. Val sticks up for herself and ends up on a video that goes viral. It ends up attracting a lot of attention, including that of a cute lead singer called Kyle who wants nothing more than to prove to Val she’s missing out. The second book is from Kyle’s perspective and is set 4 years after the first book. It follows Kyle as he tries to show Val he doesn’t just want to sleep with her. It was definitely an interesting read.

Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover

Featuring Rule (31/08/14), Jet (31/08/14), Rome (04/09/14), Nash (11/09/14) and soon to be featuring Rowdy and Asa. Again, I totally bought these on a whim and then got hooked by the drama. And boy, is there drama. The first book is about a girl named Shaw who is training to be a doctor (which is funny because that’s my doctor’s surname) and a man named Rule who works in a tattoo studio. Shaw’s best friend was Rule’s identical twin brother Remy who died in a car accident years ago. Shaw has feelings for Rule and always goes out of her way for him, including picking him up every Sunday morning to take him to dinner with his family, even if that means having to encounter every one-night-stand he happens to have in his bed that morning. She never asks him for anything…until her birthday. Things change between them and if that isn’t enough Shaw’s ex is a psycho who wont take no for an answer. The second book Jet is about Jet (duh) and Ayden who were both in Rule. Jet is a lead singer in a band and Ayden is a southern girl with a patchy past who happens to be Shaw’s good friend and room mate. Ayden’s brother Asa is bad news and she thought she left all that behind her, but she was wrong and shit is definitely hitting the fan. Also featuring Jet’s crazy father. Book 3: Rome is about Rule’s eldest brother Rome and Cora, the piercer from Uncle Phil’s tattoo studio. Rome is dealing with the revelations from Rule and also suffers from his military trauma. I definitely wouldn’t have put them two together but eh, it works and they’re adorable. The last book that’s out is Nash, which is about Saint and Nash and deals with a lot of the heavy stuff that came out in Rome. Nash also works in the studio and Saint is a nurse in the hospital, hence her being in Rome. You can already tell Jay Crownover is lining up her next duo’s with Rowdy and Salem and what I’m going to guess is Asa and Royal. Also, I’ve never heard such random and weird names in any books ever but hey, whatever works for you, right? These books were all pretty short, fun and easy to follow. 

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Read on 01/09/14. The cover was cheesy and so was the name, I thought eh, why not? The story is about Kinsley, a female soccer (uh, I hate that word) player who happens to be awesome. She’s made it onto a team with an awesome reputation because of the coach and she’s aiming to get onto the Olympic team. This year there’s another coach joining the ranks and it’s none other than the hunky soccer star Liam Wilder. Kinsley is dealing with a horrible, fame-hungry team member and a forbidden infatuation at the same time. Quite a lot happens and there’s a bit of miscommunication (as always) but when it comes down to it Liam and Kinsley are pretty adorable together. A quick and fun read.

Fix You by Mari Carr

Read on 02/09/14. I didn’t know what to expect with this one, but I wasn’t disappointed. Zoey and Rob have been friends for years and she’s cared about him for a long time. She never had the guts to tell him how she feels but after discovering she has cancer she knows she has to come clean. What she doesn’t know is Rob feels the same way about her. They stick together through the good and the bad, and they both make sacrifices for each other. Zoey has doubts whether things are real between them or if it’s only because she’s ill that he cares. The characters are in their 30’s so its not an age group I read about often, but the flashbacks were nice and helped to give background to the characters. It was a pretty short read.

September82014
guardian:

The fear that 1.5 million British children will reach the age of 11 unable to “read well” by 2025 has prompted the launch of a new literacy campaign. 
JK Rowling and Michael Morpurgo and many others are backing the Read On. Get On campaign, aimed at radically improving reading standards. 
One report says England is one of the most unequal countries for children’s reading levels, second in the EU only to Romania. Research has found that poor reading could cost the UK £32bn in growth by 2025. Full story here »

guardian:

The fear that 1.5 million British children will reach the age of 11 unable to “read well” by 2025 has prompted the launch of a new literacy campaign

JK Rowling and Michael Morpurgo and many others are backing the Read On. Get On campaign, aimed at radically improving reading standards. 

One report says England is one of the most unequal countries for children’s reading levels, second in the EU only to Romania. Research has found that poor reading could cost the UK £32bn in growth by 2025. Full story here »

(Source: theguardian.com)

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September12014

The Vincent Boys & The Vincent Brothers

Read on 28/08/14. The first book is about a girl called Ash who grew up with Beau and Sawyer Vincent, two cousins who couldn’t be any more different if they tried. Beau lives in a trailer park and his mother is seen as white trash, he’s a trouble maker and he has a reputation with the ladies. Sawyer comes from a wealthy family, has a sparkling reputation and is careful with every choice he makes. When Ash was younger it was always her and Beau making trouble and Sawyer sorting out the mess. It all changed when Ash and Sawyer started going out when they were 14 and she stopped speaking to Beau. Flash forward three years and Ash and Beau spend the summer together realising that the feelings they pushed away never really went away and Ash has some serious decisions to make about which Vincent boy is right for her.

The second book is all about Lana, Ash’s cousin who was in the first book, and Sawyer Vincent. Of course Ash picked Beau in book one so this only makes sense. Lana and Sawyer have a connection but it’s difficult for Lana to trust that Sawyer wants her for the right reasons, and not just to make Ash jealous. The story is sweet, the epilogue is a nice ending to the series too, but apparently there’s another book? Not really sure how but eh.

Losing It

Read on 28/08/14. I’d read a few mixed reviews about this one, something to do with teachers and students that people find repulsive (understandably so) but when the student and the teacher are both in their early 20’s then it’s not the same. The main character is Bliss, she’s awkward and funny, she’s going theatre in Uni and she’s still a virgin. Her friend Kelsey forces her to go out to meet someone she can lose her virginity to and she meets Garrick, a British, motorcycle riding, Shakespeare reading cutie who she brings home. She gets too nervous and ends up leaving him in bed and running out of her own apartment claiming she has to pick her cat up. Awkward doesn’t even cover it. The next morning she’s in class and guess who the new teacher is. Yes, its Garrick. It leads to some sticky situations. Honestly I found her personality hilarious. Her inner monologue was great. A fun quick read.

Easy

Read on 29/08/14. The way the author approaches the subject of rape is admirable. I don’t want to talk about the plot too much but I’ll just note the basics. The main character is Jacqueline, definitely not Jackie, she follows her long term boyfriend Kennedy to Uni but after a few weeks he breaks up with her. She’s left questioning herself and feeling alone after the break up and one night on the way home from a Halloween frat party she’s attacked by one of her ex’s friends. He’s stopped by a helpful stranger with a lip ring. Not long after that she decides to go back to one of the classes she stopped attending after Kennedy dumped her and the mysterious stranger is in her class. A lot happens. She is still hugely affected by the attack and it’s harder when the guy who attacked you spreads rumours people easily believe. This book made me so angry in some parts, but happy in others. It’s a weird one but I’m glad I read it.

Ugly Love

Read on 29/08/14. This book is sad. So sad. Tate & Miles decide to get into a sex-only relationship-type agreement, no love, no asking about the past, no expecting a future. Of course things go balls up. Of course people get hurt. The writing style was really beautiful. The parts from Miles’ past were heartbreaking to read, and the ending was expected but still sweet. A very touchy subject but dealt with quite well.

August312014
More books I read this August
Endless Summer by Jennifer EcholsOpposition by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Boys of Summer by C.J. DugganShut Out by Kody KeplingerCrush by Lacey WeatherfordObsession by Jennifer L. ArmentroutBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireThe Vincent Boys by Abbi GlinesThe Vincent Brothers by Abbi GlinesLosing It by Cora CarmackEasy by Tammara WebberUgly Love by Colleen Hoover

More books I read this August

Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Crush by Lacey Weatherford
Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines
Losing It by Cora Carmack
Easy by Tammara Webber
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

August302014

I honestly don’t know how I’m powering through all these books, maybe because they don’t have hugely complicated plots or maybe because they’re purely non-supernatural stories about relationships but holy hell I’ve read a lot of YA & NA this month:

Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Read on 25/08/14. The version I bought on the Kindle store said it was the 2-stories-in-1, The Boys Next Door and Endless Summer which follows the story of tomboy Lori and her friendship with the boys who live next door: Cameron, Sean and Adam. Lori is adamant to catch Sean’s attention this summer, she believes they should be together because she’s always had a soft spot for him, no matter how much of a dick he is with her. Probably something to do with what she believe her mother told her when she was young. Anyway, the first book in this combined edition was all about Lori using Adam to get Sean’s attention but then realising it was Adam she liked all along. Then the second book follows on directly, the very next scene, after the first book and it’s all about Lori and Adam trying to convince their parents to let them see each other and not send Adam to military school. I found their relationship quite annoying between all the sweet parts, there was little to no communication about what they wanted and I guess I thought the whole lying and scheming was pretty immature. Other than that it was a nice and quick read. Ideal for a holiday.

The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

Read on 26/08/14. This was a free book on the Kindle store! So, apparently it’s the first book in the Summer series by Duggan which is at least 4 books long. The main character is a girl named Tess, who is planning on spending her summer with her two best friends Adam and Ellie. After an unfortunate event Tess and Ellie are left working the summer break away at the Onslow Hotel owned by Adams family, where they meet a group of older guys they nickname the ‘Onslow Boys’. The book is basically about Tess and Ellie’s crushes on the boys, how they spend their summer, how friendships can be damaged and repaired and how older guys are hot. Also, every time I read this book title I had the song stuck in my head which was pretty annoying. Perfect quick summer read.

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Read on 26/08/14. Another book by Keplinger I can say I actually loved. One thing I think I’ll never get tired about with this author is her attitude to sex and how people view sex differently. This book is a good example, the main character Liss decides that she’s fed up of being put last in her boyfriend Randy’s list of priorities. When it comes to his stupid American football and soccer feud he’ll cancel plans they had just to get even, and often doesn’t respect her or her opinion. She decides the only way to get him to end the stupid feud between both teams is to abstain from having sex with him until he stops the war. She manages to convince the girlfriends of both teams to go along with it and its not long before they notice a huge change. Not all of it’s good. She’s also starting to get attention from a cutie called Cash who makes her realise things can be different. I’m just going to say that I loved the whole girls-uniting-against-a-common-cause thing, and I think it would be nice to see that in more YA/NA/contemporary books.

Crush by Lacey Weatherford

Read on 26/08/14. Another free book on the Kindle store! I have to admit I guessed the ‘big twist’ pretty early on in the book so I was just waiting for it to be confirmed. Pretty decent plot though, not amazing. Told from the perspectives of Cami and Hunter as they get involved in a relationship that seems doomed from the start. I won’t put much to spoil the plot but if you can’t see what’s coming then you must be blind to huge hints and clues. I’m just going to leave it like that.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Disaster? I agree. Read on 27/08/14. I don’t even know where to begin with this book. Confused? yes. Frustrated? yes. Annoyed? yes. How has this book got so many good reviews? I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with so much of a fucked up relationship in. The main character is a girl named Abbey who becomes friends with, and eventually falls for, this badboy called Travis. Travis is angry a lot, he breaks things and sleeps around hurting peoples feelings. Suddenly, after meeting Abbey he wants to change his life, be better etc. but I guess that all goes balls up. Abbey and Travis’ ‘relationship’ is not healthy, it’s not sexy and it’s definitely not something I wanted to read about. He’s obsessive and possessive and I don’t know why people are swooning all over this fictional couple. It’s weird. It’s also the third 2 star rating I’ve ever given. At least it was only £1.49!

August292014

The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Lux series consists of five books, Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Origin and Opposition, and theres a spin-off Adult book about the Arum called Obsession. I think the author has a thing for words that begin with ‘O’ and hot alien dudes.

  • Obsidian read on 18/08/14
  • Onyx read on 19/08/14
  • Opal read on 20/08/14
  • Origin read on 21/08/14
  • Opposition read on 25/08/14
  • Obsession read on 27/08/14

I actually quite liked this series. I was totally put off for ages because they’re aliens and I always thought books about extra terrestrials would be cheesy and annoying, but I also thought the same thing about faeries and I gave The Iron Fey a go and didn’t hate it, I guessed I didn’t have much to lose. The plot to these books was simple to follow, it had a few twists and turns which kept things interesting and the romance wasn’t over powering. Kat and Daemon made a cute couple. I honestly thought they were going to pull some Allegiant crap at the end of Opposition but thank the gods they didn’t. Obsession is set pretty much half way through the Lux series and it’s all about Hunter, an Arum, and Serena, a human, as they’re thrown together after her best friend is murdered by a Luxen. If you liked Daemon then you’ll probably like Hunter, jus’ sayin’. Overall, I’m glad I read the series as it was different to what I would normally read and it was a pretty decent story.

August282014

I’ve fallen gloriously behind posting the books I’ve read and what I liked about them because I’ve read a lot more books than intended this month (25 so far including a short story) so I decided I’m just going to put them all in one post. I decided I’d give the New Adult genre ago because I enjoy YA and I’d heard it was similar but with more adult themes. I didn’t know where to start so I had a browse on the Kindle Store and Goodreads to see what people were recommending and started with The Duff by Kody Keplinger. It was different to the YA books I’ve read because the characters are older and there was a lot more sex. I thought it had a decent plot and considering the author is so young herself she seemed to write the characters very well. I’m just going to list the books I’ve read:

  • The Duff by Kody Keplinger
  • A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
  • Boomerang by Noelle August
  • Wait for You by J. Lynn
  • Frigid by J. Lynn
  • Trust in Me by J. Lynn
  • Be With Me by J. Lynn
  • The Proposal (short twitter story) by J. Lynn

I have also read the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, who goes by the name J. Lynn (as seen above) but I think I’ll put them in a separate post as they’re a series and I wouldn’t put them in the same category as the Wait for You series, Frigid or Boomerang which are far steamier.

The Duff

For starters, D.U.F.F stands for designated ugly fat friend, which is mean but something that I have seen in action. Heck, I’ve been the Duff. The Duff, in this case, is Bianca, or ‘B’ to her friends. Her home life is disrupted when her mainly-absent mother sends divorce papers in the post which causes her father to turn back to alcohol. She just needs an escape. A distraction. This is where Wesley comes in. Wesley has a reputation with the girls, he sleeps with pretty much anyone who shows any interest. He’s also the person who labels Bianca the Duff, and nicknames her Duffy. She dislikes him a lot but decides to use him to make her forget the crap she’s going through. Of course, it might backfire just a little bit… 

A Midsummer’s Nightmare

The book starts with Whitley waking up after a graduation party in the hosts bed, who’s name she doesn’t remember. He tries to talk to her in the morning, but she leaves acting like she has one night stands all the time and its no big deal. She has a bit of a reputation, caused by rumours, and she acts on it. Now its the summer she’s going to be spending time with her father, talented anchor Greg Johnson. She looks forward to going to her dads condo every Summer, tanning eating BBQ food and having a sneaky drink. When her father picks her up this year she has a shock. He’s sold the bachelor pad and is moving in with his fiancée and her two children, Bailey and Nathan. She has an even bigger surprise when she meets Nathan and realises he’s the hot shirtless guy she left in bed. Well, her Summer is going to be awkward.

Boomerang

Boomerang was written by Lorin Oberweger and Veronica Rossi under the pseudonym August Noelle. Similar to A Midsummer’s Nightmare, Mia wakes up in a nameless strangers bed with virtually no memory of the night before. It’s the morning of her first day at Boomerang Online Dating Agency and she’s very hungover from celebrating the night before and she’s in a rush to get to work. After an awkward search for her clothes and then an even more awkward taxi ride to her new place of work she realises that Ethan, the gorgeous man she spent the night with is in fact her new co-worker. They both got the apprenticeship but there’s only one space so they must go head to head for the job. Both of them need the job desperately for separate reasons and they must now compete against each other, which is hard when there’s so much chemistry and dating co-workers is against the rules.

Wait for You, Trust in Me, Be with Me and The Proposal

The Wait for You series centres around a group of friends in Uni. The first book Wait for You is about Avery and Cameron, Trust in Me is the same story but from Cam’s perspective (with a few different scenes), Be with Me is about Cam’s little sister Tess and his best friend Jase and The Proposal is a short twitter story about Avery and Cam. There’s another book called Stay with Me coming out in September about Tess’ friend Calla and a hot barman called Jax. I actually enjoyed these books. They are kind of realistic stories about relationships in Uni but with a slightly darker twist, as Avery in WFY has a horrible secret from her past and Jase in BWM has a pretty big and life-changing secret too. They have quite steamy sex scenes in them but its not all about sex, there’s actually a plot there too. The books themselves don’t take a long time to read and I’m pretty sure they were all £1.99 and less.

Frigid

This is another one of J Lynn’s books, apparently it has a sequel coming out too. The basic plot of this book is two long-time best friends Sydney and Kyler end up snowed in at a ski resort together, she’s been secretly in love with him for as long as she can remember and he’s got the worst reputation for sleeping around. Their first night there Syd gets really drunk and flirts with a local which makes Kyler act all protective as usual and on their way home Syd tries to kiss him. Things get a bit awkward from there as they’re snowed in and they’re forced to confront their feelings. They end up getting messed with at the resort, having windows smashed and the power cut off so it’s not all lovey-dovey when someone seems to be hell-bent on hurting Syd. This book was quite steamy so don’t read it if you’re offended by sex or other things sex-related.

One of the main themes I’ve picked up on in these books is that the female is always quiet, sweet and not very sexually experienced and the man is always some brooding, hot-bodied sex pest who just happens to fall for the good girl (with the exception of Kody Keplinger’s A Midsummer’s Nightmare where Whitley has the reputation and Nathan was the inexperienced one). I honestly don’t know how realistic that is but I can kind of relate to a similar situation so I guess it’s not that far-fetched. For my first taste of NA I’d say they were pretty decent books and I’d probably read more of the genre.

Also, I’m open to recommendations for any books in any genre.

August272014
More August books!
The DuffA Midsummer’s NightmareBoomerangObsidianOnyxOpalOriginWait for YouFrigidTrust in MeBe with MeThe Proposal

More August books!

The Duff
A Midsummer’s Nightmare
Boomerang
Obsidian
Onyx
Opal
Origin
Wait for You
Frigid
Trust in Me
Be with Me
The Proposal

August262014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I first heard about this book a while ago but put off reading it because my to-be-read list seemed never ending and I couldn’t justify buying any more books. Until I had to buy something from Amazon for my cat and it wouldn’t let me because it was less than £10. So, I decided to check what to buy on my wishlist and decided on both Eleanor & Park and Fangirl.

I finished reading Fangirl on 14/08/14. I loved this book. The main character is a girl called Cather who prefers to be called Cath, and she has a twin named Wren (Cather-wren, Cathrine haha) who look alike but have very little in common. Wren shares Cath’s love for the Simon Snow series (think Harry Potter) but other than that they are pretty much opposites. Wren is social, outgoing, friendly and funny, she wears stylish clothes, is confident and not shy around boys. Cath is quiet, reserved, socially awkward and a bit of a hermit. I loved Cath for this. I’m just going to say, I’m not the most social of people, I spend a lot of my time sat with a book or online but not out with real people. I feel like we’d have a lot in common.

Cath is starting college and for the first time in her life wont be sharing a room with her twin. Instead, her room mate is a girl named Reagan who seems to have several boyfriends, including a tall, blonde and handsome one named Levi. She’s not exactly comfortable with the sharing-her-room-with-a-stranger situation but Reagan pretty much keeps to herself. When Reagan is around, so is Levi. Levi is the kind of guy who is nice to everyone, he’ll go out of his way to be friendly to people so Cath thinks he’s just being his usual self when he’s nice to her. Little does she know Levi isn’t one Reagan’s boyfriends and is being nice to her because he actually likes her. Adorable awkward romance ensues.

Cath loves writing fanfiction for the Simon Snow series, in fact she’s  a great writer and is really popular online, thousands of people read her posts every week. The fanfiction is a really important part of the book and in between sections there are snippets from Magicath’s fanfiction series Carry On, Simon, which sounds awesome, btw.

I’d recommend this book to lovers of YA and contemporary romance, and fanfiction fanatics. Well done Ranbow Rowell, you’ve made it to my ‘automatically read any book by this author’ list.

August252014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I read this wonderful story in one sitting on 12/08/14. This is the first book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell and I think it was a good introduction to her writing style. 

The two main characters in this book are Eleanor and Park (duh) teenagers who meet on the school bus one morning. Eleanor is new to the school, she dresses a little bit differently, she’s a redhead and she’s curvier than the popular girls. She’s also the eldest child of many. Park is a comic book fanatic who dresses in all black and listens to The Smiths. His mother is Korean and his father is white and he has a younger brother. His first impressions of Eleanor aren’t good but they soon become friends bonding over music and comic books, talking about their interests and insecurities as we learn more about Eleanor’s less-than-ideal family life.
I really enjoyed reading this story. It’s a bit of a love story but Eleanor isn’t your typical YA female protagonist because she’s not very nice. In a good way, though. She’s tough and she’s in an unfortunate position which she can’t change. I won’t go into detail about the problem because I wouldn’t want to spoil the story for new readers. Other than the family situation and their relationship with each other not an awful lot happens plot-wise. I’m glad I started with Eleanor & Park because if I had started with Fangirl I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed E&P as much.
I’d recommend this book to fans of YA and people with a love for the 80’s.
August222014
I don’t even know what books to read after I spoiled myself with these. It’s been a good week.

I don’t even know what books to read after I spoiled myself with these. It’s been a good week.

August212014

Wonderful books by Rainbow Rowell:

Eleanor and Park
Fangirl

August202014

Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins

Initially I was going to post about each of Stephanie Perkins’ lovely books individually, but because I read them all so close together (10/08/14, 11/08/14 & 14/08/14) I didn’t see the point, and plus, I’d already written my opinion about Isla and the Happily Ever After but my computer decided that the end of my post would be the perfect time to shut off and install updates and I lost everything. Anyway, I saw Anna and the French kiss on the Kindle store for £1.54 and immediately used my sandwich formula (does it cost more than a sandwich? no? then what have I got to lose?) and read it all in one sitting that very night.

Anna and the French Kiss was such a breath of fresh air. I love romance, I love YA, and this book was amazing. I’d seen it on goodreads quite a few times and thought that I’d probably read it eventually, but it threw me a bit, it was much better than I was expecting. The protagonist is a girl named Anna (obviously) who has been sent to a posh school in France by her father. She’s nervous being in a different country and not understanding the language, and upset with having to leave behind her best friend Bridgette, little brother Sean, and her crush Toph. On her first night in Paris she meets Meredith, a bubbly and friendly girl who lives in the room next door, and Étienne St. Clair, a gorgeous, over-confident American with a French name and an English accent. She’s welcomed into their group of friends, which also include an attractive artistic boy called Josh and his girlfriend Rashmi. Anna grows to like St Clair but he has a girlfriend that he’s been with forever. This doesn’t look like its going to end well. But boy is he cute. I read this book again two days later.

Lola and the Boy Next Door is a sequel but it’s not a sequel at the same time. It’s set in the same universe, and Anna and Étienne still appear in the book, but this is told through Lola’s perspective. Lola is a bit weird (which is great). She prefers to wear costumes instead of normal clothing and tries to not wear the same outfit twice. She lives in a beautiful Victorian house with her two fathers Nathan and Andy, and is in a relationship with 22-year-old wannabe rock-god Max. Her parents don’t approve of their relationship, neither do her friends, but she knows they love each other and he’s got to be the one, right? Cue attractive and enormously tall ex-love interest who broke her heart two years before! Cricket Bell has just moved back in to the house next door and his bedroom window looks into hers. They shared their first kiss when they were five and they have this weird not-quite history hanging between them. Needless to say, I did not care about Max. This book is adorable. Cricket is adorable. I read this book twice.

Isla and the Happily Ever After came out on the 14/08/14, I pre-ordered it on my Kindle so I got it just after midnight and started reading immediately. I didn’t realise how much I’d read until I was finished and it was already 3:30. This story starts off shortly after the events of Anna and the French Kiss and continues running parallel with Lola and the Boy Next Door but concludes after, with special appearances of Anna, Étienne, Lola, Cricket and Meredith. Isla was in the first book, she was the girl who stuck up for Anna after she punches that bitchy popular girl in the face while defending Meredith. She’s also the one who drops her books on the floor and when Anna spots the doodles of Josh’s tattoo she doesn’t tell anyone. Isla has a big crush on St. Clair’s best friend, Josh. She has done for ages. She’s back home in New York the first time she has enough courage to go over and talk to him and she’s off her face on Vicodin after having her wisdom teeth removed He calls her Loopy. She falls asleep. Twice. He walks her home in the rain and then they don’t see each other until they’re back in SOAP. She flirts with him, he flirts back and the outcome is this book. I loved this book. I also loved the end of this book, I thought it was a lovely way to finish off the series for all characters.

Stephanie Perkins’ writing is so lovely. Her characters are wonderful, and although the stories are all love stories they’re all different. Anna and Étienne, Lola and Cricket, and Isla and Josh all had different stories but got to the same place at the end. I think this is one of my favourite YA romance series of all time. It’s definitely a book series I’d pick up and read again and again. Thank you Stephanie Perkins.

P.S. There’s also a very short story about Anna and Étienne here.

August192014

Great Series by Stephanie Perkins:

Anna and the French Kiss
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Isla and the Happily Ever After

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