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Book Review- Under the Never Sky

This book is a great example of why I love YA Fiction/Romance/Dystopian books! No wonder this book is considered to be just as awesome as Shatter Me and Divergent, because it truly is! I thought I would like this book, just because it seems like the type of book I really get into. I had no idea I would LOVE it!

This book is about a girl named Aria who lives in a world unlike our own. Their atmosphere is always cloudy, covered in a giant lightning storm called the Aether storm. Outside of the safety of the Pods, ‘Savages’ and cannibals live everywhere. After she is framed for a crime she didn’t commit, Aria is abandoned outside of the Pods to fend for herself. She expects to die, but when she is discovered by the ‘Savage’ named Peregrine(or Perry), he keeps her alive. They need each other- Aria for survival, Perry for information, but they hate each other. The last thing they expect is to fall in love- The Savage and The Mole.

The writing is beautiful, even if it is a shadow of Laini Taylor’s awesomeness (let’s face it. No one can replicate that.) I really connected with this book- especially Aria’s frustration at not being able to support herself and be independent. I wasn’t bored for a second, even if action isn’t prevalent for at least the first half of the novel. Watching the characters develop was cool, because you knew they would end up together, but they hate each other for so long!! And speaking of romance, once you get to it, it is one of my favorites. So sweet, because of each of their… abilities, you could say. (hard to explain. just read it!)

A book that has changed my perspective on things for sure. For instance: now Peregrine sounds manly, Perry sounds endearing, Talon sounds normal, and Roar sounds playful. (those are all character names, by the way.) Oh, and if you talked about ‘smelling someone’s temper’ I would jump right in without missing a beat.

I recommend this to everyone!! Not just teens, either. According to my new ratings scale (more on all of these site changes tomorrow) this book gets 5 stars! (i.e. HOLY WOW) I hope you take my advice and get into this series!

Happy Reading, y’all!

Olivia

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Movie Review- The Lucky One

Despite my recent lack of reading (I haven’t picked up a book not for school in about 4 days *GASP*) I did see The Lucky One in theaters yesterday! I admit I had high hopes for the movie, because

a.) The book was great.

b.) Zac Efron is very hansome.

and c.) Overall, I like Nicholas Sparks!

Maybe I set my hopes too high, but I didn’t like this movie as much as I thought I would. It isn’t a movie that I would watch over and over, but I would recommend it!

If you want a synopsis of the book/ movie, click here.

Moving on the real stuff. Part of the reason that I waited until today to post this movie review instead of writing it yesterday is that I wasn’t quite sure of my opinion of this movie at first. To be honest, I still can’t totally make up my mind. But mostly, I enjoyed this movie.

As with all movies, certain sacrifices had to be made to fit the events into a short-(ish) run time. However, I felt like too many important events were skipped! There were many parts that I felt should have been included, but weren’t. I expected it to be closer to the book than it was. Although I can say that it could stand alone as a good movie if you hadn’t read the book, and that is always a plus!

Whatever happened to all of Nicholas Sparks’ books being set in North Carolina? I mean, really? Hampton, Louisiana? Jambalaya night instead of taco night? Whyyyyyyyyy!!

Compared to the book, my friend and I both agreed that they squished the first half of the book into a 20 minute segment, and then drew the rest out for another hour and 20 minutes! I realize that the first half is a little boring, and quite frankly romance free, but it seems unfair to the book.

The rest of the movie was great! The actors wear wonderful- although I wish Clayton had been portrayed in a more negative light. It was a quick way to pass a rainy day, and I can see why they call this a date movie. It is very romantic and can get sappy in places, but it still kept that unpredictability that surprised me in the book. The end was great, just like in the book. I recommend this book to those who appreciate a romance, but if not then this probably isn’t for you. 🙂

I finished Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen about a week ago. I don’t plan on writing a review of it, but if you want one tell me below. It was awesome, by the way! And I watched A Walk to Remember this afternoon! It made me cry, of course. But it still rocked! Definitely need to read the book now…. 😉

Have fun reading and movie- watching, everyone!

Olivia

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 11- Book from your favorite author

This was actually a really hard prompt to do!! I am still not sure about this…. it has always been very hard for me to pick a singular favorite author, so I’m just going with one of my favorites. I have loved Louisa May Alcott’s books every since I was a little girl- they are so sweet, pure, and innocent. I also loved Little Men (the sequel). I am a fan of her work in general, and highly recommend her books! 🙂

Olivia

P.S.- I finished Divergent today, and it was SO FANTASTIC!!! I can’t wait to write a review of it tomorrow, I am just too tired tonight. It isn’t my fault, really. I have the flu, or something of that sort. Honestly, I am the only person I know who gets the flu shot every year and still manages to catch it, much less when it is 80 degrees outside. Ahhh, well.

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Book Review- The Secret Lives of Dresses

The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean

 

Sounds like an interesting book, right? Well, it definitely was! I really enjoyed this book!  I knew that this was a lesser known book- definitely still modern, just not a huge bestseller- so i skipped the used bookstore and went straight to Barnes and Noble.  It was buried deep within the wandering shelves of fiction, I never would of found it had I not known about it before! That makes me sad because this book has the makings of being a favorite! Total I paid somewhere around 13 dollars (paperback) and you can hardly find a brand new book for that these days.

OK, now for a basic summary of this book.  The main character is a girl named Dora, majoring in what her grandmother calls “Vagueness Studies” and that shows a lot about who Dora is. She works in the coffee shop at her college and spends her days pining over the grad student who runs the shop, Gary.  Dora has always scraped by, has never been anything special.  She grew up with her grandmother, Mimi, and when Mimi has a stroke she must return home to take over the running of Mimi’s vintage clothing shop, not surprisingly called Mimi’s :).  Not long after she starts running the shop, Dora realizes that Mimi has been writing stories to go along with the dresses- and they’re wildly popular!And then she meets a devilishly handsome contractor named Conrad- and pretty much guarantees that she won’t be going anywhere anytime soon! ;D

I bet you can tell- I really enjoyed this book.  I think it is a romance, but only for about the second half of the book. It is a very chick-lit type beach novel, not a challenging read thought wise and very short.  But it does have that sweet tingly satisfaction that comes from the typical happy ending.  Ahhhh, I love a good happy ending! But really, I would recommend this book to anyone! Especially those with an interest in fashion- this book really made me want to update my wardrobe! I wish that I had vintage clothing stores like this near me, I always liked that style but have never had the time to reproduce it! Prepare to be sad to put this book down, and that it only took you a day to finish!

Read this book when you are:

– at the beach

-in bed

-on the train/bus/plane/boat/any other mode of transportation

-at the dentist

-on a lunch break

-driving (NO please don’t) 🙂

The point is, the lovely plot of this book is easy to follow no matter what you are doing.  Check it out!

I hope you enjoyed this review! 😀

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