May 25, 2014

Along For The Ride

At this point it's no secret I'm a big fan of Sarah Dessen books. It doesn't matter what she writes, there is always something about it that I love. Along for the Ride is no different, there is a lot about this story that I adore.

 It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

Auden doesn't sleep at night, not since her parents divorce. She spends most of her nights at an all night diner to kill the time when everyone else is sleeping. And then she makes a rash decision to go spend the summer with her dad and her whole outlook on life changes with the people she meets.

Auden is a very complicated character. At times she can sound a bit...I don't want to say bitchy because she isn't a bitch. She's just been raised around a very opinionated woman and doesn't really know anything else. So she is very quick to judge. Though she was like this for the better half of the novel she would second guess these thoughts. I found myself really liking Auden and getting to experience her story. She really grew into an amazing character by the end of the book.

Like most of her books this book spotlights great friendships. Not just friendships that are already built and good, but the start of new ones that you know will last. I love reading about those kind of relationships and when the characters are as fantastic as Maggie, Esther, and Leah it's hard not to get engrossed in each of their different personalities. 

I don't know if I've ever mentioned this in any of my other reviews for a Sarah Dessen book, but she often brings back characters from previous books. And she does it in some ways that are obvious and others that are so sneaky that if you blink you will miss it completely. I never used to catch it but now anytime I reread her books I'll get so excited when I do. And this one had quiet a few mentions of some great characters. It brings back the joy of reading those certain characters stories.

Alright, alright I'll get talking about the boy in this book. Because of course there is a boy. Eli is different than any of Sarah's previous characters. He doesn't say much and when he does it's often very to the point, with not much of a tone. And yet there is such an appeal to him. The more Auden and Eli got to know each other and learn about their pasts the more I fell in love with this character. He's so sweet and I loved how he made it his mission to help Auden experience all these things she missed out on as a kid. 

I really loved this story and all of the characters in it. There are so many that are worth mentioning but this review would be really long if I did that. I can't get enough of Sarah's books, even long after I have read them. They are timeless to me. The summer setting vibrant and alive. The heart of the story touching. The friendships, sweet and the romances even sweeter. Need I say more?

Along for the Ride is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! I really love Auden's story and I think it's one a lot of people would enjoy as well. Bring it to the beach with you. Read it by the pool. Curl up in bed with it. I don't care where you read it, just read it. I promise you won't regret it. It's such a good story. 

May 20, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. Which is what I plan to do today! I seriously meant to start posting Teaser Tuesday every week and somehow that never happened. Second times the charm right? Anyways today I'll be sharing a teaser from my current read Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen.

This too was said flatly, no intonation so I had nothing to go on. Still, I felt defensive as I said, "I just wasn't much for outdoor stuff as a kid." "Outdoor stuff," he repeated. "I mean, I went outside," I added. "I wasn't a recluse or anything. (from page 106)

But Eli was clearly different from his brother, in that he took direction well. No words shouted, nothing said. In fact, he didn't even look at me twice, just walked on. (from page 89)

I've been on a big time rereading binge. Which in some ways is great I'm getting to relive some of my favorite stories, but then I have all these other books I haven't read yet just sitting on my bookshelf. Yet, I want to do nothing but reread. I haven't started this one yet. I plan to start sometime today and hopefully have a review posted within a few days. Hope you enjoyed the teasers! :)

May 19, 2014

Vampire Academy

There aren't too many books out there like Vampire Academy. And I mean that in the best possible way. This is a story that is not only unique and fresh, but all around something wonderful. You don't get to read many vampire books with a kick ass heroine like Rose Hathaway.

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Rose and Lissa--two best friends who have a special bond--are on the run. After a year of running they are caught and brought back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a place that is supposed to be safe from any threats. Yeah, not so much.

Witty, reckless, strong, brave, hilarious--I could go on and on about all the things that make Rose Hathaway one of my favorite characters. SIhe truly is a character who I admire. Sure, she doesn't have very good impulse control and she knows it. She doesn't tip toe around her flaws she's aware of them but she also knows how badass she is. I love that about Rose. Rose goes through a lot of growth in this book. She's continuously learning whether it to become a better guardian or about herself and her bond with Lissa.
Lissa is very much the opposite of Rose. I had a much harder time connecting with Lissa, but I still liked her. I loved how caring she was. How even though she's the Morio she always felt a need to protect Rose. She didn't want to always be the one needing protecting. That alone is just Lissa. Kind and very caring. She's battling a lot and you really start to realize she's got a lot to deal with. Together, Rose and Lissa balance each other out.

Vampire Academy has so many mentionable characters from the sweet and witty Mason, to Christian Ozera who can get all brooding and sarcastic with me any time of the week. Seriously, I can't begin to express how much I adore this character. He's the type that as the series goes on my love for him gets deeper and deeper.

Of course I can't forget Dimitri. He is something else. Something so desirable and sweet that you can't help but want to reach inside the book and pull him out. I am such a sucker for Dimitri. I mean, from the very first line he speaks I was hooked. Not because he's got the sexy Russian accent or the fact he's good looking, but because he's such a good, honorable guy. Do I have to say more? Just go read the book if you haven't already!

Vampire Academy is one of my all time favorites. It was time I finally reread it and reviewed it on the blog even though I'm sure most people have read and loved the story. But hey, gotta express my love anways! Richelle Mead's writing is so captivating and the world she's created is so fresh. Once you've read a book by Richelle you find yourself never going back. You're at the book store the day of any of her new releases.

Vampire Academy is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! I'd recommend this book to anyone. The story is great, the world is crafted so beautifully, and most of the characters have a way of slipping into your heart. If you haven't read this one what are you waiting for? Seriously, you won't find any sparkly vampires here. Just the blood thirsty kind and some PSI Hounds ready to maul you.

May 12, 2014

Someone Like You

It's been a long time since I last read Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen. I'd forgotten just how much I loved this story. Every book that I ever read by Sarah always has a way of sticking with me. You can't help but think about the story and it's characters long after you've read the book. It's a nice refresher going back and falling in love with the story.

 Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she's devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.

Halley has always been quiet and shy following her bold best friend Scarlett. And then everything changes when Michael Sherwood--an infectious, loveable boy who stole Scarlettt's heart--dies.

I really love Halley as a character. I could relate to her shy and quiet nature in the beginning of the book. She doesn't understand how anyone could like someone like her. I think we all go through that at some point in our lives and it was very easy to understand where Halley was coming from. She can't see herself for what she is and when Macon Faulkner sweeps her into his life she finds herself changing little by little. Halley really changes through the book. I loved who she became after hitting some bumps in the road. She no longer was this shy girl following her best friend. She stood tall, next to her best friend by the end of it. And I loved that.

Scarlett is such an awesome character. She's very mature for her age, yet at the same time their are moments when she says something and it reminds you she is only a teenager. Her whole life she's kind of had to be the mother of her own mom. I loved that though, the relationship Scarlett had with her mother. Getting not only to see Scarlett's growth as a character but also her mothers. She quickly became a favorite of mine.

Macon is the boy you know will break your heart but you can't help but fall in love with him anyways. It's inevitable.Very much like Michael Sherwood, he is infectious. He smiles and you can't help but melt a little bit. As Halley is falling for Macon, I could feel myself falling for him too. And yet, as the reader I knew Macon wasn't good for Halley. Halley didn't know it yet, but she deserved better. It's one of those characters that you love, but at the same time you know they are no good.

I've said it before and I will say it again. I love the messages that are always in a Sarah Dessen book. They never fail to hit home and make me think. Her books are always so beautifully written with friendships that make you laugh and break your heart, to family drama that you yourself can relate too. There is so much to love about the way Sarah Dessen writes.

Someone Like You is a book for everyone and one that I personally adore. I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 birds! From page one you find yourself getting quickly absorbed in Halley and Scarlett's friendship and the summer that changed both of their lives. I'd recommend everyone read this one. It's too good of a story not to be read.

May 10, 2014

Vampire Academy Movie Review

Yesterday I finally got to see Vampire Academy. This movie is based upon books that I adore. Books that are written by my all time favorite author Richelle Mead. I wasn't able to go see Vampire Academy in the theater which makes me sad because I would have loved to support it. Especially since it didn't do so well. Critics were tough on the movie and not that many people went and saw it from what I heard. Which is a shame because I personally really loved this movie. And I don't normally finish a movie adaption with no complaints. For once, though that has happened.

Let me start off by saying that Zoey Deutch is Rose Hathaway. She rocked this role. From her body language, to her facial expressions, to the way she delivered every line she was Rose.

I was just so pleased with Zoey as Rose. And her chemistry with Danila who plays Dimitri was off the charts. They did really well with the casting for Dimitri. Sure, he isn't exactly what I saw. But hey, he's actually Russian which was so great. The accent was real people and he did a pretty damn good job.

Not only was I impressed with Danila but I was also really impressed with who they cast as Mason. And every time I saw him come on my TV I got all choked up thinking. "Oh man, that just makes what happens in the next book so much harder."

Overall the cast was really good and worked great together. Lissa and Christian we're great as well. Both scenes together and alone they did a really good job. My favorite we're probably Rose and Christian scenes because their friendship in the books is one of my favorites.

I was really happy with this movie and though some things we're changed to help better explain certain events I don't find myself annoyed. Not really. The biggest change was how they ended the movie but I can understand why they did it that way. I love the books for what they are and I love this movie for bringing some of my all time favorite characters to life. My fingers are crossed we get Frostbite because I would love to see more. Please? Screw what the critics think. They are to judgmental anyways. I know I'm not the only one who want's a sequel.

What do you guys think of the movie? Are you pleased with the adaption?

May 4, 2014

Cover Reveal

I was really excited when I was approached to share this cover with people. I love the fact that all these authors have come together to write short stories and that all proceeds will be going to the Lupus Foundation of America. How could I not be involved? I really like this cover and it makes me want to read all the empowering short stories in it. Hope you like the cover as well and get a copy to help out with the cause!

What do you guys think of the cover? Let me know in the comments! :)