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Review: Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols.

Perfect Couple (Superlatives, #2)Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another FOUR STAR win from Jennifer Echols!

Book one was Tia and Will’s story. This book covers Tia’s BFF Harper and the quarterback of the football team, Brody.

Where Tia was the party girl, Harper is the introvert. She’s had a few boyfriends in her past. Well, three, and with reason. She’s never explored outside of a kiss. Never wanted anything more than going into art school and doing photography. Pretty much had her life planned out. Meanwhile, Brody is the experienced footballer. He parties. He has girls crushing on him. He’s even had a girlfriend or twenty…in a nontraditional sense.

Then the senior class got together and voted these two: The Perfect Couple That Never Was. And it slapped both of them in the face.

Harper began to question her life choices and current boyfriend. Brody thought, “Hell, why not?” And so it goes, they tried a date. Like all good teen stories, this is where the angst, love, should we/shouldn’t we sort of stories start up. And this was one of the better rides I’ve read since I was in middle school and reading high school drama stories.

I hate not being able to say more. I want to go all soapy drama chatter right now about Harper and how she handled this title and Brody and his ways…AAAAAAHHHHH!!!

Before I spoil anything, I will add that this story also had an “End before the end”. I would have been happy with a certain moment where it was all HEA-ish, but there is more…

And now that I’m thinking about it, could we get a book four for this series with a little bit of short stories to catch us up with the main characters so I’d know if they made it to prom and/or beyond?

I definitely recommend this book. I would read book one first, though I’m not entirely sure this book couldn’t stand alone with just a few crossover characters. I say no matter, pick it up and enjoy the ride!

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Review: Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols.

Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A FOUR STAR READ for me.

Teen angst? Yes.

Drama? Yes.

Fun? Definitely.

I was wandering the aisles of Book Stop, having finally found a book I’d been looking for and saw the big book called, “Most Likely To” by Jennifer Echols. I picked it up and scoffed at the cover. Pulled the information up on Amazon and read. Something about the way this read that had me sliding the book on the shelf and rolling my eyes.

Then the inner voice said, “Go ahead. Pick it up and read it.” And I bought it.

And that’s where my gut-feeling was right. Definitely worth a read.

Tia is the band-geek-slash-party-girl and really didn’t care about doing much more than drumming.
Will is a drummer-slash-hockey-player who just moved to Florida from Minnesota and he’s about to melt in the heat. They meet at an end of summer party, where Tia was on her way to being drunk and Will was just trying to stay cool. Two words: Meet and Cute.

What goes from there is a budding friendship…that turns into a mess of girlfriends, boyfriends, and flirtations. To the point that their senior class voted the two of them as The Biggest Flirts. (The titile!) I would say it’s typical in a teen book, but the circumstances and the story are too fun for that. Way too fun[ny].

The only thing that stuck out as odd to me was what I’m going to call “the end before the actual end.” What that means is that I felt like the story had a great moment to stop. Things were perfect. But then the story kept going a little further with drama and angst before the final, final ending. I enjoyed having more of the characters, but it wasn’t wholly necessary. (After reading the second book, I feel that this is the author’s style, so I’m cool with that. Plus extra moments with characters/stories I’ve enjoyed are a bonus.)

And this cover…it looks like it belongs more to the second story in the series and the second one’s cover looks like it would belong to this story…mostly because when I read Tia was part Puerto Rican with long legs, that looked like the other girl more. But that’s a little “me thing” that I’m still trying to figure out. Anyway…

This is a DEFINITE RECOMMEND for me. Yes, read it. Don’t question it. Don’t look at the cover and think book 2’s and this one should be switched. (Because I do.) Just pick it up, open it, and enjoy the FUN that this book is.

YES! READ!

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Reading Theme ~ May 2017.

April showers give way to clear skies.
Long days with not as hot temps means spending evenings outside, stargazing.

Stargazing leads to wondering. (at least for the story writer in me.)

Then the ponderance of those age-old questions:

What’s out there in our universe? What’s out there beyond?

Do aliens exist?

If they do, would they be friendly?

Or are they out to off us for whatever agenda they have?

What would it be like to travel from planet to planet throughout the universes?

For someone who swears she doesn’t read sci-fi (Exceptions: Illuminae & Gemina), I have seemed to amass quite the collection of sci-fi books. Star Wars, alien abductions, UFO sightings, and a princess to name just a few. So I am going to try to take down my TBR list by tackling the most popular theme I have to be read.

Of course. Star-Lord and Han are essential to sci-fi goodness.

I’m thinking of starting with the X-Files books. After all, the show I loved in the early 90s started off with Fox Mulder searching for his missing sister after her abduction by aliens. And since I plan to read the believer, I also have to add in the skeptic, aka Scully’s book.

The X-Files ~ Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

The X-Files ~ Devil’s Advocate by Jonathon Mayberry

And you can’t do aliens without a little weird to go into it, so:

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

And no space theme is complete without a STAR WARS book or two:

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
(forever my Princess/General)

And then, a few series starters that I hope are great enough to want to read on:

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Extracted by RR Haywood

And just because both the cover and the title fit, I’m going to try to squeeze in:

From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

Quite a full list for someone who claims not to read sci-fi…

May’s Theme:

The Stars in the Sky

(which also happens to be the title of the book I’m writing and not talking too much about yet.)

Any books I should look into or a great one I’ve missed?

And though I’ve read and reviewed them, I still highly recommend:

Illuminae/Gemina by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

DJ, signing off. Hoping to catch you from another system.

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Review: The Crown

The Crown
The Crown by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here we are. The official end to The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Book two of the duology (IMO) and book five overall.

I feel cheated in a way. In others, I’m glad to finally know who Eadlyn chose. It’s a three and a half stars for me….

When this book picks up, Eadlyn has her Elite men chosen. Hale, he was one I had hoped would go far, though I sort of guessed his tale. Ean, I had no clue about. SO it was great getting to learn and understand. Fox, I wanted to win just because I thought of Michael J so much as I read. Henri…I had hoped for something…different for him (and in a way I liked his story). It was the “Lost in Translation” that I knew what was coming. And then Kile Woodwork. Oh, Kile. I think he was the one I was rooting for outside of someone else who I can’t mention without a ton of spoilers. He’d have been great.

SO COLOR ME SURPRISED when Eady chose not —. And while I sort of guess who she was leaning towards, I dare venture to say that her interactions with Kile threw me from the scent a few times. And UGH if those times I weren’t rooting for Kile.

It was Selection drama at its best!!!

I’m sure you’re asking why three and a half stars then. Well, while I enjoyed the story so much, I felt like it was rushed. We went from The Elite right into a final three into a two and into the end. It was flip-a-page and we’re already there. I didn’t think there was enough interactions with a few of the Elite and more with the final three…I mean, it felt rushed and like there were some major pieces missing. Again, IMO. Maybe I just wanted more between those finalists and Eadlyn. Just to see the “more” that gave her the mind and heart of who to chose. Because the final choice almost came out of nowhere, with the exception of one incident.

Confused by all of that? Yeah. Me too. It felt like she made a hasty decision.

I am happy with the ending, though. Ish. I’m still favor a certain Team—- for the win. (<~~~No spoilers!)

Overall, I recommend this series. Especially if you like shows like The Bachelor and Bachlorette (of which I have never watched so…) It’s unique in its dystopian ways and so familiar that you can’t help but to enjoy.

*PROM IS OVER. TIME FOR THE AFTER PARTY…* ~ APRIL 2017.

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Review: The Heir

The Heir
The Heir by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh, book four of The Selection series… also known as book one of the duology. When I get a book or two in a series, I stop reading the descriptions so I won’t have any spoilers. (A total me thing.) So to my surprise, when I cracked this one open, it is NOT a continuation of America and Maxon’s story.

Sort of.

It’s about their eldest child, one of a set of twins, oldest of four, the one girl, Eadlyn. And this starts her rise towards being Queen of Illeá.

The problem is the citizens are in an uproar. The castes have been dissolved, but there are still people hating others based on money or jobs. The whole of Illea is upset with the monarchy. So King Maxon thought it might be nice to have something that the people could back, a Selection for his daughter and future queen, Eadlyn.

It was the Bachlorette version of the previous books.

All those boys. Right away, I had a few favorites. Eadlyn did not. She hated the whole idea of finding love in a group of thirty-five strange boys. Hated the idea of love, I suppose. And, as you know, love always finds a way. The problem is it seems obvious when it’s not.

And so it goes over and over. Through boy after boy. Certain ones stick out, but your pretty much left in the dark as to who the Princess Bachlorette will choose. Oh, the drama. Add in the fact that some of the favorite characters from the first set of books are still in the story…so it’s like you get to catch up and you get brand new stuff. Which I enjoyed very much. I did miss the rebel threats, though…

Anyway, I’m glad I wait until a series is complete before reading. (Did you know the first book of this series turned five years old yesterday?) Because this cliffie ending wasn’t one I wanted to wait on for a resolution…

I will say, that if you wanted to start here, you could pretty much jump right in without having read the first three in the series. It would help to understand what the Selection is and what Maxon went through, but it’s not totally necessary. Which is why, in my head, it’s not one giant series, it’s more two individual series that align beautifully.

*A PROM READ (IT’S THAT DRESS!)* ~ APRIL 2017

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