I thought I’d share a story with you all.

I was browsing around Barnes & Noble (which I do often even though I never buy books because I have a kindle but I like the atmosphere and love the smell of books) and I was perusing the Y.A. section when a guy approached me. He asked if he could make some suggestions. I said sure. So he swept his hand over The Hunger Games trilogy and said “These are pretty good but they’re kind of intense.” I looked at him like he was kidding because on what planet are there people left who haven’t read these books?! I don’t live under a rock! (Ok, I’m being harsh.. but I seriously frequent that store AND that section, so to me it was blasphemous.) Anyway, I told him I read them then he points to the Mortal Instruments books and says “I heard these were pretty good” and at this point I’m confused as to why he is even giving me suggestions that he hasn’t even read PLUS I’ve already read them so I say “You mean you haven’t read them yet? You should, they’re good!”

Then he preceded to name books and I had read them all save for a few fantasy ones that I probably would never pick up anyway and then I tried to suggest a book to him since it was right in front of me. “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green. Now see, I assume this guy is a bookie (my technical term for book lovers.. I know there’s a double meaning there but food lovers are foodies so why not right?) and that he will appreciate a good read. And then he tells me that he doesn’t like the cover, it doesn’t look interesting.

O_o Is this dude for real?!

So I all but shout, “Don’t tell me you’re one of those??!” and he shamefully admitted that yes, he was. And I told him that he was missing out on some pretty brilliant shit! I mean.. it’s John (fucking) Green! Anyway, he went on to talk about Hush, Hush (which I’ve also read) and how he thought it was going to be awesome because of the cover and he was disappointed (I told him to give the 2nd and 3rd books a chance because they get better), and all the time I’m thinking that I want to smack this guy because he’s not going to read “The Fault In Our Stars” because he thinks the cover sucks! What an idiot. Anyway, just thought I’d share because honestly, TFIOS is the best book I’ve read this year (I’m on book number 12 by the way) and it’s a shame that someone won’t experience it all because he isn’t fond of clouds or that particular shade of blue.

the end. (RANT OVER.)



AngelfallAngelfall by Susan Ee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh goodness! I can't believe it took me so long to finally get into this book. I kept adding it to my "currently-reading" list and then removing it when another book I wanted to read was available. I read so many great reviews that I was surprised to find myself re-reading the first chapter over and over and OVER again. I just couldn't get into it.. that being said after Raffe comes into the picture I could NOT put this book down! It was so good... action-packed and (I'm not going to lie) a little demented. How someone could imagine the chilling things described in this book are beyond me but kudos to Susan Ee for being successful without being too graphic and borderline horrific without making me completely lose my lunch. Great story and a very different take on angels than I've read in the past. This book hardly focuses on lovey dovey romance and much more on the darker aspect of love during war.

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Hopeless Magic (Star-Crossed #2)Hopeless Magic by Rachel Higginson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"THAT CANNOT BE THE ENDING??!" That is exactly what I thought when I read this book. It so funny to me that Rachel Higginson really knows what she's doing when she shapes a storyline. I really didn't care much for Kiran AT ALL in the first book. And then throughout this one I found a few redeeming qualities here and there and I was thinking.. "Ok, if she can't end up with Jericho... then I GUESS Kiran is okay." Literally 2 pages later and I'm sitting here thinking how much I hope Eden kills Kiran!! AHHHHH! The emotions in this one were all over the place. It's like **I hate you I love you, you betrayed me but I can't forget you, and I love you too but this is the sacrifice we have to make, and I'll kill you before you hurt me again...** I mean.. BAHHHH!! It's too much to handle! But this story was too addicting that I literally started the 3rd one right after... completely engrossed at this point and cannot wait for the 4th book!!!

Fearless Magic (Star-Crossed #3)Fearless Magic by Rachel Higginson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started this book this morning after finishing the second book in the wee hours of the day!! After the way "Hopeless Magic" ended I just NEEDED to find out what would happen next to my beloved characters!!! And I said it before and will say it again.. I absolutely LOVE JERICHO!!! I never really liked Kiran for Eden. Their relationship seemed so unhealthy and he was too consuming and suffocating for her. I really hoped something would spark with Jericho so I really loved the way this book played out the story and how Eden found herself in the midst of a rebellion she had NO idea how to go about.. but also learned a lot about who she was and all that she was fighting for. I wish there had been more interaction between Eden and Avalon because I truly love their sibling bond. I also gained a lot of respect for Sebastian in this book; which surprised me. Anyway, I cannot wait to read the next one.. this series is surprisingly addicting with a storyline that is unexpected and exciting!!

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The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Literally couldn't stop crying through the last few chapters. I cannot even begin to explain how amazing this book is. I think I spent an equal amount of time laughing and crying. Having known people who have had cancer and how much it takes a toll on the people you love, this one was especially hard to get through but I would have kicked myself if I had never read it. And it would shock me so if, after having read this book, you did not shed a few tears. Me? Let's just say I was on the verge of being torrential. Anyway... READ. THIS. BOOK. Because it would be a shame if you never experienced the beauty of what was written on these pages...

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Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed #1)Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LOVED this book. I say that about books often and I admit that I'm not that harsh of a critic but the truth is that I go off of a lot of reviews anyway so I tend to read books that are deemed "good" or "well-written" by most. Sorry for the disclaimer but I just wanted to clarify why I have many 4 or 5 star ratings. :)

With that said, I loved the plot of this book. There are many books that deal with magic or immortals or fantasy so it's hard for authors to come out with the next best thing. I liked that this story was very unexpected. Even though I assumed some things (like how Avalon was Eden's brother... and that Amory was her grandfather even were kind of expected) there were other parts of the story that completely threw me! (Like Amory's story about Eden's parents and Lucan and all that good stuff). Anyway, I found this book interesting and witty, funny and sarcastic and that I just loved a lot of the characters in it! Even Talbott and his brooding self. I must admit that I was completely and utterly annoyed by Kiran from the get-go but OK OK... I see what he was trying to do now lol. And I GUESS I like him =) I still really love Avalon, Amory and Lilly as far as supporting characters go. Definitely a great series for people who enjoy magic, fantasy and a cute love story.

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