Eleanor & Park Book Review

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Hello friends! I am so excited to share my thoughts on this epic love story! I finished it last week but needed some time to really gather my thoughts.

First, what’s it about?

“Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor
… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.”

Note: Blurb taken from goodreads.http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745753-eleanor-park

 

e-and-pThis is the first book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell and I love the flow of her writing. The story is narrated by both Eleanor and Park and it is done beautifully. It took me four days to finish, sooner if I didn’t have to feed and care for my little humans. I absolutely love the dynamic within the story. This book is life changing, yes. While these two find themselves gravitating closer, your heart is doing the same. I was so invested in this story and where I wanted the characters to end. Some of the details within the story are so heartbreaking. This wasn’t a tear-jerker for me but the anxiety levels were rising for sure! I remembered what it felt like to be a teenager and all the excitement that comes with falling in love, or perhaps something like it :).

Rainbow Rowell completely took my emotions and bound me to this book, until the end. Oh, the ending…. I don’t want to spoil the story but my goodness, WHY?

Reading reviews from other readers, there are many who feel the same about how this love story ends. So for that, I am giving this book 4.5/5 stars.

Let me know if you have read this book what your thoughts are!

Happy reading!

The Rose & The Dagger Book Review

the-rose-and-the-dagger I am finally getting around to sharing my thoughts on The Rose and The Dagger. I was so excited when I received this book because the first ended in a way that ripped my heart right out of my chest! I don’t want to give anything away but I will say that this book started a bit slow for me. It wasn’t boring but I feel that things dragged out a bit. When things started to really pick up, it was nearly to the end of the story and this gave me so much anxiety because I simply didn’t know how it would end with little pages ahead and an overwhelming amount of madness, if you will. So, as I reached the ending, I felt that it was a bit rushed for my liking. It was a strange emotion when I closed the book and set it aside. The details of this sandy world are so beautiful. You truly feel that you are there with Shahrzad and Khalid under the blazing sun. While there is no mention of a third installment, I will say that Renee Ahdieh leaves us with the possibility of there being one. I am giving this one a 4/5 stars.

Happy reading!

-Steph

Book Haul!

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It’s been a while since I have allowed myself a book haul. As of late, I have been unsuccessfully withholding the urge to buy more books by getting one or two a month :).

Who can ignore the emails with the big SALE promos jumping from their mobile? I simply couldn’t. There’s nothing like getting what you want at a bargain. Especially books!!

Let’s get right into the haul! 😉

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Rooms by Lauren Oliver is a horror novel. Something new for me. I can’t say I have read much horror so I was very excited when I stumbled upon this one.

Estranged patriarch Richard Walker has died, leaving behind a country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His alienated family – bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna – have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Alice and Sandra, two long-dead and restless ghosts, linger within the house’s claustrophobic walls, bound eternally to its physical structure. Jostling for space and memory, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself – in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a lightbulb.

The living and dead are haunted by painful truths that surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide – with cataclysmic results.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

 

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It has been a long time since I’ve read a book about witches so I am SUPER excited to jump into this one! 🙂

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

In Josephine Angelini’s Trial by Fire, what makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

 

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Everyone knows the story of the boy who never grows up. I was absolutely dazzled by these two covers! I could not choose one, I had to have them both! On the left is the Puffin Chalk cover. On the right we have the Puffin Classics. I am so excited to read these to the kids!

One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland – the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles…

 

Here we have another set of beautiful Puffin covers. On the left is the Puffin Classic and the right is a Puffin Chalk. I can’t get enough of these! They are simply gorgeous!

Let’s begin with Anne of Green Gables. I’ve never read this one but I can’t wait to get into this classic novel.

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is another classic I have never read but very excited to see how the book and movie production differ in the story telling.

When Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in an enchanted world, filled with creatures like the Mad Hatter, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Alice quickly finds out that nothing is as it seems in the wild world of Wonderland…

I purchased all of these books from bookoutlet.com. If you are due for a new read or perhaps a nice haul at ridiculously low prices, I suggest you head over to the site right now!! 🙂

 

Happy reading friends! 😉

-Steph

**Note: All blurbs were taken from the book outlet website**