Sunday, May 29, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award! Yay!

So guess what?? I've received my very first blogging award! I was given this award (Stylish Blogger Award) by The Chey Show.

These are the rules if you get the award:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself.
  • Award 15 super stylish bloggers this award.
  • Contact those bloggers and let them know they have won.

    So, here are seven awesome things about yours truly!

    1. I'm an introvert - it's true. 
    2. I love Chinese food - Favorite fast food place? Panda Express (although the food there is technically more American than it is Chinese).
    3. I'm super sensitive.
    4. I'm an optimist
    5. I love reading - shocked? I know.
    6. I write poetry
    7. I feel like most of the people I talk to just aren't on my level - Not to say that I'm smarter than everyone I talk to because, trust me, I'm not. I just believe that my mind set and way of thinking is a little on the unique side.

    15 Super Stylish [Book] Bloggers?? Coming right up!

    1. Me, My Shelf, and I
    2. Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm
    3. Lip Gloss and Literature
    4. Book Soulmates
    5. Books Over Boys
    6. A Cupcake and a Latte
    7. Tina's Book Reviews
    8. Jessica's Bookshelf
    9. Read Me, Bookmark Me, Love Me
    10. LC's Adventures in Libraryland
    11. 100 Stars or Less
    12. The Book Swarm
    13. Teen Book Addict
    14. Red Hot Books
    15. Under the Covers

    Congratulations to all of you! I am so honored to have received this award and I hope you guys will be just as honored! Lots of love to you all! <3 <3

    Saturday, May 28, 2011

    My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

    Kristan Higgins has done it again in this story of lost-and-found love. Harper was barely twenty-one when she married Nick Lowery, and barely twenty-two when she divorced him. And now, after almost twelve years, Harper and Nick see each other again for the first time at the wedding of her stepbrother, Willa, and his half brother, Chris.

    Nick has always known that Harper was the love of his life, since the moment he met her. And, Harper knows she loves Nick. But, her tough exterior and cynical way of thinking won't let her be with him, not to mention her twenty year old abandonment issues that continuously cloud her mind.

    When they meet again at the wedding, Harper brings along her firefighter handsome (and he doesn't just look like a firefighter; he is a firefighter) boyfriend of two years, Dennis. She is all set for him to propose to her, having given him an ultimatum a few days before. At least she was until she laid eyes on Nick, as gorgeous as ever. 

    After twelve years, she thought that she would be completely over him. But,as she soon realizes, she's not over him. And, when a chance happening lands them on a Dennis-free road trip together, Harper finds out just how not over him she is.

    I got this book in a Goodreads giveaway the other day, and I was so excited to read it! I must say that I absolutely loved it! The writing was great, the characters were lovable (even Dennis) and the story line was rather entertaining. How many stars? 4/5

    Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt

    I don't have much to say about this was "okay".....It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great, either. I waited a little longer than forever to read this book, and I have to say that I'm kind of disappointed. My faith in Lauren Barnholdt's writing is diminishing little by little. 

    While the story line is semi-original (and I say "semi" because, don't tell me this doesn't remind you of the movie 21??), the characters were bleh. The ending was okay, I guess. Nothing special. I'll have to give it 3/5 stars.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

    A heart wrenching novel about a brother and sister who fall in love...with each other. Told from alternating points of view, Forbidden is both poignant and vivid in it's details. In a society where incest is not only socially unacceptable, but illegal, Lochan and Maya battle feelings of guilt and indignation. Maya and Lochie were born only a year (or less?) apart, so they've been each other's everything for as long as they can remember. They share opposing parenting roles in the lives of their younger siblings, filling in for a careless and selfish alcoholic of a mother. So, it's only natural that they would fall in love, right?

    Throughout this book, I found myself experiencing feelings of repulsion, empathy and anger. Repulsion because of their monstrosity of a relationship, and empathy and anger at the hand they had been dealt in life , not to mention the denial of their one happiness: being together. I honestly felt like they both lived horrible lives and if being together was going to make their horrible lives less horrible, then they deserved to be together. They were good, hardworking people. They took on the responsibility of caring for several small children while they themselves were still children and still went to school. But alas, the people who deserve happiness the most rarely ever get it. I guess that's just life.

    I'd recommend this book to people with strong stomachs, good imaginations, and/or open minds. If you have neither of these things, then I recommend that you skip this one. Overall, I'd have to give this one 4 stars. I'd have given it 5 if not for the *spoiler alert* sad ending...

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