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Review: Replica

Replica by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 STARS!!!

This is a book similar to Only Revolutions where it flips. You can read all of one POV or read a chapter of each POV at a time. I used the second approach, staring with Lyra then going to Gemma and back after each chapter. While Gemma’s part of the story is longer, I think you get more of an idea about Haven, this research place that dominates both sides of the story.

Yes, there is some overlap, but it’s handled in such a way, the similar parts felt entirely different.

Lyra has lived in Haven her whole life. She’s never experienced any other life outside of doctors, nurses who are creeped out by her very existence, and tests. She barely gets a human touch, but the few she’s had, she holds onto like a treasure in her mattress.

So Gemma is this girl, trying to survive high school bullies and being overweight and liking boys though none seem to like her. She’s trying to get some sort of life, but her parents keep her on such a short leash, there isn’t much life to be had.

And then Haven is destroyed. Lyra is free, Gemma needs to solve the mystery surrounding the place and how it relates to her family…and when their worlds finally collide, the story gets twisty and crooked.

You’re left with a spinning head, wondering, “How did I not see that coming? This is insane!” As I read, and approached the center of the book where both stories end, I kept thinking how the story wouldn’t be resolved. There was no way it felt even close to finished.

I was right. It ended with a major cliffhanger. Had I known it was book one, I’d have waited, because now, I’m left to wonder what’s going on.

If you’re a patient soul, then I say read it now! And if you like to wait, I say read it anyway!


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Review: Until Friday Night

Until Friday Night
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh gosh… I loved this book. Footballers, Friday nights, and shy, quiet girls. A lot of good old drama and angst. Definitely FOUR STARS…FOUR AND A QUARTER.

It starts out at a typical footballer party one Friday night. In the middle of Alabama. Fields and stars. Trucks and dude and girls.

Maggie had just moved in with her Aunt and Uncle, her cousin sort of forced into bringing her. She hung in the shadows not really wanting to talk to anyone. Not really talking since her mother’s death.

West, footballer and party goer, was also not in the mood to talk to anyone. He hated being at a party when life at home wasn’t going as life should. He was dealing and reeling…his girlfriend driving him insane.

He found Maggie all alone. She didn’t talk to him. That’s okay, he didn’t want to talk. They kissed at that party.

From there, the stories of West and Maggie’s lives collide in similarities. While she never talks, he falls for her. Their bond grows and eventually…

Well, to talk about this in detail would mean I was spoiling it all. I will say that like most romantic tales, love grows and builds up then crumbles then tries again on shaky legs. I actually did cry a few times, but more for personal reasons related to West.

I loved this one so much, I’m planning on getting the sequels soon to read on about tiny town football in Alabama. A very good story that I would watch as a movie. (Varsity Blues anyone?)


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Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 STARS to Paris and the love it can spawn….

Ah, Par-ee. Beautiful at every turn. Historic. Romantic. Le Tower Eiffel. Croissant. Cafe. Oui?

Well, when Anna arrives for her senior year of high school, she doesn’t see it. I mean, it’s her senior year, and her dad shipped her off to a whole other world instead of letting her stay in Georgia with her friends and family. But, that’s okay. She makes a few friends at the School of America in Paris. (SOAP)

One of them meets her that first night because Anna is upset and crying over being abandoned in Paris…Meredith. Through her, she befriends Josh, Rashmi, and Etienne St. Clair.

He’s the one…Etienne, or St. Clair as everyone calls him. The boy with a French name, a British accent (yes, girls, you can melt) from America. And by he’s the one, I mean, he’s the one who gets Anna out. He takes her on tours of the City of Lights. Places she’s dreamed of, places she never thought to go…and she gets a little crush on him. But then so does the rest of the school.

The problem? She has this guy back home…Toph. The problem is, they weren’t really a thing, but they did kiss…and left it like that when she went off to school, leaving Anna confused. St. Clair also has a girlfriend at a college not too far from SOAP. It doesn’t bode well for a fling in the City of Romance for the two.

And that’s where the story shines. It’s this whole struggle of will they or won’t they or what would happen ifs… This was supposed to be my night read because Replica I have in hardback and I can’t see it in the dark…but I wound up reading this every chance I had to read anything. (Sorry, Lauren Oliver…it was good drama and I got addicted too fast.)

LOVED this story so much! I definitely recommend this one for a read.


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Review: Friends With Partial Benefits

Friends With Partial Benefits
Friends With Partial Benefits by Luke Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 STARS!

This was a good story about a college guy, Brian Nash, going on spring break and falling for a woman…who happened to be his friend’s mom. Jillian Grayson is the mom in question. She’s also the erotic author who really hadn’t done anything for a long while after her husband was caught mid-cheat.

The story was very cute. VERY FUNNY at times–that can be blamed on Jillian’s friend…Oh boy.

For me, it took a bit to get into the style. Very third person. It kept to one POV at a time, but so many POVs were there. No that it was bad, it just took some time for me to get into it. The story itself was good, humorous, strong. Totally a me thing.

While it left with an open for more, as any good first in the series should, this book very well could stand on it’s own. It had a solid beginning, middle, and end. There are some questions I have abut Rob and his fiancee, and Jillian and Brian…Mostly what the heck Rob will do when he finds out about them….Did I just spoil this? I hope not.

Anyway, it was a good read. It has brilliant moments that stay in your head….and will probably make you laugh like a mad person. #Truth


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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was FIVE STARS for me. Yes, I know screenplays aren’t typically liked, but I really enjoyed it.

For a Harry Potter related story, it’s wonderful and new and so different. The creatures are familiar, the trolls, a few of the magical elements are the same… But the differences really shined. A whole new unique twist I spent few hours reading. (And HP is the only book series where I hadn’t seen ANY of the movies, including this one.)

The paper cover? Gorgeous. I enjoy the colors (so totally Ravenclaw). The creatures within the 1920s art deco feel are so pretty. Best cover by far for me.

Under the cover? A pretty denim blue book with a gold Niffler embossed. So cute! The polka dot end papers are whimsical and adorable.

Inside, there are a lot of art deco type design on every page. Some of the pages throughout have creature prints or the actual creatures emerging through the design. Very aesthetically pleasing.

As for the story… Newt Scamander, whom we’ve all heard about being the author of the book Fantastic Beasts, arrives in New York City in search of a rare creature. In his casee, he carries his incidentals, or so the human setting tells the customs official. In reality, he transports his collection of beasts.

So when his case gets accidentally exchanged with an unsuspecting human, chaos was bound to break…Add in a power hungry wizard, GRAVES, and the US version of the Ministry of Magic, MACUSA, and you have this entire new world within the Wizarding one that was pleasant to visit and a joy to read!

Two hours of reading time for me, with two breaks, just wasn’t enough. I’d take stars away for something like that, but it was too fun and too different. I loved every moment and want to do it all over again. I would even love more and more of Newt and this 1920s Wizard world…

It was so much fun.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND just for the new story alone.


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