Archive | August 2012

A Modern Day Persuasion: An Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Novel by Kaitlin Saunders

A Modern Day Persuasion: An Adaptation of Jane Austen's Novel

Kindle Edition
256 pages
Published  March 28th 2011
by BookSurge, LLC (first published March 23rd 2011)
Nearly eight years ago, Anne’s family, specifically her father, convinced her that she was too young to wed and insinuated that her fiancé Rick was solely interested in her wealth and status. Against her better judgment, Anne agreed to postpone the marriage, only to watch the love of her life walk away, never to be heard from again. Almost a decade later, still single and no longer wealthy, Anne struggles to make a name for herself designing greeting cards. Unable to move on with her life, she finds herself still emotionally bound to the man who disappeared the moment things didn’t go his way. Through a series of serendipitous events, however, Anne is reunited with her old love—just as a new beau enters the scene. Only time will tell if her heart can finally be set free to love again, or if Rick’s initial betrayal will leave her single…forever.“Full of charm, wit, and intelligence, Kaitlin Saunders’ re-imagining of Jane Austen’s posthumous classic Persuasion is nothing short of magical. Superb in its straightforward plotting and wonderfully paced, Saunders’ strengths in adapting and updating this delightful tale are the hallmarks of Austen herself, deepening the pleasure of the experience. Focusing on the universal and putting its characterizations front and center, this modern update succeeds where many fail, relying on the underlying material to serve as a foundation to take an old classic and make it new. And though capturing the aesthetic of a modern romantic comedy while retaining the depth of Austen’s turn-of-the-century social commentary is no small feat, A Modern Day Persuasion accomplishes this task with ease and aplomb, consistently delivering laughs while forever staying loyal to the themes and situations that made it such a rich story over one hundred years ago.”

This Book Contains:  Retelling, Romance, and Injury.

My Thoughts:

It is hard to rate this book or to be fair because I have read some really good retellings of Persuasion recently.  I did enjoy this book a lot even though it wasn’t my favorite it definitely rates high among the ones I have read.  This one lacks some of the things that I enjoyed from the others.  One of those things was that Ann finally took a stand against her family and fights for Rick.   She realises her mistake in the other versions but in this one, her family makes it easy on her because he is rich so they accept him with open arms.  Also, in this one the dad is given excuses to be the way he is.  He is not really looked down by anyone for being vain and nasty like in the other versions.  Over  all I would recommend this book and I would love to hear what other people thought about it.

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Daimon (Covenant 0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)

Kindle Edition
88 pages
Published (first published April 19th 2011)
For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she’d been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she’s pretty much accepted that she’s a freak by mortal standards… and that she’ll never be prepared for that duty.

According to her mother, that’s a good thing.

But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she’s being hunted by the very creatures she’d once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her

This Book Contains:  Violence, Relationship issues, Death and Mythology.
My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this short prequel to this series a lot.  It has really got me itching to start the series which I have had since it first came out.  I really have no reason why  I didn’t start the series other than the fact that I forgot I had it.  I love mythology and am so glad to rediscover my love for it with this series.    I would so recommend that people give this series a try especially if you are a fan of Percy Jackson series or any type of mythology.

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Hardcover
280 pages
Published September 7th 2010
by Little Brown/Poppy
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

This Book Contains:  Sex, Drinking, Family Drama and Love.

My Thoughts:

This will most likely hit my top five favorite reads for the year.  I love Pride and Prejudice and this adaptation is an amazing addition to the P&P family.    I found this book to be similar but definitely more  contemporary in the fact that you have high school and all the drama that surrounds it.  It takes all your modern issues and adds the basic character qualities that you have from P&P with various twists.

One of the most confusing things for me to grasp in the beginning of the book was Wesley.  I thought  he was the Wickham of the story I never guessed that he was actually Darcy.   He was just so cocky and kind of insulting at first.  Although I know that is what people think of Darcy being but I just picture him to be different.    I do like the twist on Wesley and I felt that it worked for this story.  I loved how even though he seemed so confident in the end he was just a very sad and lonely boy in need of someone to love and be loved.

There is a lot of sexual content in this book but it goes with the whole destructive behavior of the teens in it.   I can so relate to the bitterness and the self-destructive behavior that Bianca exhibits throughout the book.  I  also had a very destructive personality in high school so she reminds me a lot of myself at that age.   I think many of us will be able to see parts of ourselves in these characters and I think that is definitely part of the appeal.  Over all this was just an amazing read and one that I will be reading and rereading for years to come.

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out

Hardcover
273 pages
Published September 5th 2011
by Poppy
Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it’s a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy’s car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend’s attentionThen Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players’ girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won’t get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don’t count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling…
This Book Contains:  Sex, Romance, Humor and Self-awareness.
This book was just amazing fun!  I loved it and couldn’t seem to put it down and yes I know it is contemporary.  I seem to be on a contemporary kick and Kody is definitely giving me what I want.  This is just one of those books that you sit and think wow this would make a great movie!   Its full of humor and still has that very serious undertone.  The romance is a slow build and that to me is the best kind.
I really like how Lissa decides to take a stand against the school rivalry bull-crap.  Although this turns into much more than she ever bargained for.  I loved how it empowered the girls and had them figuring out what they really wanted in a relationship.  I also liked how it brought them closer together as a group and with the boys in the end.
This book hit a lot of chords with me not only as a feel good type of read but also as an inspirational one.  I feel this book can teach girls a lot about themselves.  It really ask a lot of hard questions such as who you are,  who do you want to be and what are you willing to give up.  Over all I thought this was just fantastic and I cant wait to read more by Kody Keplinger.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss

Hardcover
372 pages
Published December 2nd 2010
by Dutton
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 Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?

This Book Contains: Travel, Drinking, Romance and Illness.

My Thoughts:

One of the best feel good contemporaries that I have ever read.  I read this in just a day and I can’t believe that I put it off reading for so long.  I am not a huge fan of contemporary but lately I have read   a lot of really good ones.  Although this one by far is above the rest because it had everything that makes you feel tingley inside.  This is a great beach read, sitting by the fireplace, having a bad day or when ever type of read.  I won’t recap the book because I just may be one of the last people to have read it.  I will say though that I wish every one a romance like the one in this book.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next DoorHardcover
338 pages
Published September 29th 2011
by Dutton Books

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

This Book Contains:  Sex, Drinking, Drugs, Romance and Homosexuality.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book more so than I thought I would.  I think that Stephanie Perkins is extremely talented.  I thought that after reading Anna and the French Kiss that I had read her best book but I am not so sure any more.  Lola and the Boy Next Door may have just beat it.  I am not sure which of her books I like better.  I am so loving contemporary books right now and with this type of quality out there I may have to change my views on theses types of reads.

I am so in love with Cricket!  I think he is one of my most favorite male characters ever.  I so liked him better than Etienne.  Although I liked Anna better than Lola because Lola just seemed to be very ungrateful for the life that her parents had given her.  She seems determined to just be the cliché of a rebellious teens.  I couldn’t stand her boyfriend or the way she felt she need to be with him even though she still loved Cricket.  I also loved her dads they were the epitome of awesome parents even with the rules and the bruncher’s.

This book just made me want to be kissed again and again.  I felt all those feelings that you feel when you first fall in love.  I had goose bumps after reading this book and butterflies in my stomach.  I am so glad that I finally decided to read these books.