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Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jaime McGuire

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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

I loved this book!! Even after all these years I find it as good as I did back then! The characters are lovable, the story is well paced and the romance is not the insta-love we are used to read these days.

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Abby was a great heroine, not a stupid girl who falls for the bad boy. It took time and more friendship for the relationship to developp. Her back story was not a dramatic one, which was good! I mean, now every story has a girl with a dramatic background and it’s suppose to add to a character… No. It doesnt. How you write the character and her actions define her, not her past!

Travis was your typical bad boy, tattooed love interest. What I like about him is that he was flawed. He was not the golden boy who changed everything for a girl. He still kept his temper and was a pain sometimes. He was also extremely funny!

The writing was great! I laughed more time than I thought possible. The only part that I found was not as great as I remembered was at the 3/4 of the book where Abby’s father comes into the story. It didn’t add anything in my opinion, it could have been cut and the story would have been great anyway.

Good book! Still recommending it!

Enjoy guys!

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It by Stephen King

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To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

So I saw the new It movie when it came out, not because I was a big fan of the original miniseries. In all honesty, I find it to be more funny than scary… I praise Tim Curry but, dear God, he was not scary at all. As for the new one, I still didn’t find it scary but there were images that was creepy as well as certain older men characters that gave me the creeps with their liking of underage little girls… Anyway, I liked it! I’m a big fan of movies involving a gang of young people who are misfits and battle agains some evil. The young actors were great! They were likeable and well directed. The new Pennywise was more scary than Mister Curry was, the costume was better (I mean come on, Tim Curry was not a scary clown) and the acting a little less childish, it gave him more depth and creepiness to him. He is also a really hot guy in real life… (Not in the costume!! I meCome on!!)

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So because of the movie I was more inclined to read the book!

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The book well, the book was different… Not a bad different but different. The major difference between the 2017 movie and the novel is the action doesn’t place in the same era. The movie takes place in the 80s and in the novel, the kids are from the 50s. I thought it was a good change for the movie since people today relate more to the 80s era. As for the novel, the time it took place didn’t add anything or took anything, it was just that. The story was really interesting and some parts were actually creepy. The idea behind the mystic killing clown and the cursed city is amazing and transfer well on paper.

It was my first Stephen King book and I’ve been told that his stories tend to drag a little. Boy, were they right! It is a long novel, close to 1400 pages and I understand why. King loves to describe EVERYTHING!! When the characters were telling their stories, inside the story there would be another story that tells another story… Story-ception! It kinda was not necessary to explain everything that was explained in the novel in my opinion.

As it will probably happen in the next It movie, I pretty I will like more the child part than the adult one. And it is exactly what happens for the novel. I found myself waiting for the next part where it would involved the kids instead of the adults… I found them more likeable to read and more interesting in every aspect.

There were some creepy parts that gave the book it’s appeal for horror as well shock factors.(SPOILERS!!!! The orgy per example…) I was not expecting those scenes and it was a good surprise. I know it’s something that’s suppose to shock the reader and it’s exaclty what it did to me!

In general to book is fine! I liked it for the most part, but was way too long…

Enjoy guys!

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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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“I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.”

The story was not okay in some ways and great in other ways.
The positive first ! I liked the premise of the story. It was mysterious and a little different than other YA novel I’ve read in the past. It was more dark, less happy all the time and it portrayed High School life better than other books. High School can be awful and the story showed that side of going through puberty. As for the rest, I found the characters fine but a little bland.

“Daylight won’t protect you from anything. Bad things happen all the time; they don’t wait until after dinner”

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Drew was not a necessity to the story. He was only there to be there. If he wouldn’t have been in the book, I’m pretty sure the story would have been the same. For Josh, he was kind but also bland. His personnality was not easy to grasp since it was not really explained. Finally, for Nastya, well she was something. There were some moments where I found her to be so stupid and others where I found her to be strong. It all depended on her actions. I mean, she’s been through something horrible but the decisions she takes to overcome that and also how she goes through her relationships with the boys was so What The Hell!?!
The love story was genuine but like I said, the decisions Nasty takes regarding Josh is just not intelligent. I was facepalming myself.
In general, the story was too long and dragged on a bit. The premise was original and I did enjoyed the first part of the book.
This is still a 3 stars book for me.

“I wished my mother was here tonight, which is stupid, because it’s an impossible wish.” He shrugs and turns to me, drowning the smile that cracks me every time.
“It’s not stupid to want to see her again.”
“It wasn’t so much that I wanted to see her again,” he says, looking at me with the depth of more than seventeen years in his eyes. “I wanted her to see you.”

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UPDATE !!

Ok, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted something here. Not that long, just a couple of days but for me it is long (:P)

So Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare just came out!!!!

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You guys don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this book… A whole YEAR!!! It’s not that bad but for someone who reads fast and have no patience at all, it’s soooooo long!

Anyway, this book is around 700 pages and I’m trying not to read it too fast, to enjoy it mostly and let the story sink in. So I won’t be posting much until I’ve finished it! Maybe next week I’ll be here again. Since I’m a masochist, I’ll probably finish the book this week-end… And then have to wait TWO FULL YEARS for the other one!

Anyway, I’ll post the review soon!

Big Love!

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Date a Girl Who Reads

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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

Rosemarie Urquico

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Hello There Everyone! (There is no one…)

All right,

I may not be the most popular blog ever (obviously since it’s my first post…) but reading is what I do to control my anxieties. Like Charlie Brown said :

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I am so anxious about everything, litteraly everything. I say ‘Hello’ to someone, I am the one who asks herself afterwards ‘Boy, did I look stupid!

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So here it goes!

I speak french in my free time (really I am French so you gonna have to excuse if I do some mistakes in my text!)

I’ve read maybe 650 books before starting this blog. I have read Harry Potter and Twilight. I have read Hunger Games and Pride and Prejudice. I have read some weird, not so popular books. Some were good, some were… not. So just know that I’m not a beginner in reading and the ones I will be reviewing here are not the first books I’ve read in my lifetime. But if you are curious about the reviews of a 20 something adult who reads all the time to stop thinking about responsabilities, well, you may find things interesting here.

So et voîlà! I will be posting probably weekly and I do have sometimes Netgalley ARC (Yeah!)

Hope you will enjoy!

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
Groucho Marx