Book Review: Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Title: Anna And The French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Publication Date: Published January 1st 2014 by Usborne Publishing (first published December 2nd 2010)

Pages: 400 (Paperback)

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ / 5 hearts

 


Goodreads Summary

Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?


Review

Anna went to Paris because her father wanted her to even though she absolutely did not wanted to go. Anna expected for the worst but things somehow changes when she made some friends there and actually falls in love with one of them. Etienne. The only problem is he has a girlfriend. What will happen?

I really really enjoyed this book a lot. Why hadn’t i picked it up sooner. So many people have been telling me that this book is amazing and one of the best contemporary ever but i just didn’t feel the need to pick it up until recently when i have been craving for some cute romance. It is so good. LOVE IT.

It is my very first book from Stephanie Perkins and i will definitely continue with the other two books. I have heard a lot of good comments from her reader and they are definitely right.

The writing was really captivating,  enjoyed every moment of it. It was a really easy read and it is perfect when you want a cute and sweet contemporary so hard. I really appreciate the progression of this book. The friendship and even relationship between the character felt really real and it doesn’t feel forced at all. The character development was really well done too, i could see the Anna changing throughout the whole book.

The plot was cute! Although its a bit cliche at times but isn’t that what is happening in almost every contemporary now? I loved so many of the scenes from the book.

Anna was really relatable to me especially when she have to order food from the cafeteria in her school. I always get nervous whenever i have to oder food from a new stall as I’m afraid i will say the wrong thing and it is really embarrassing.

Eitenne aka St Clair was made into this perfect guy that every girl wants. I feel like in every book review i am always saying how the guy is perfect ❤ In some parts of the book i felt really annoyed with him as things are not going well between him and Anna because he have a girlfriend.

The ending was PERFECT. I can’t wait to get the next book and start reading it although it focuses on other character. Stephanie Perkins is so good at writing romance contemporary really. I recommend this book to everybody who is looking for something cute and sweet.

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
― Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

Until next time,

cuddlewithbooks; cleo

 

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Title: The Distance Between Us

Author: Kasie West

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Publication Date: Published July 2nd 2013 by Harper Teen

Pages: 312 (paperback)

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ / 3 hearts

 


Goodreads Summary

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.


Review

The distance between us is about Caymen Meyers who helps her mother with a porcelain dolls shop and one day meets Xander Spence who is rich. She always dislike rich people but somehow, she felt different about Xander. But just like Caymen, her mom also dislike rich people and if she knew about the relationship between Caymen and Xander, she will be pissed.

I really enjoyed this book although it was kind of predictable at certain parts. I have heard a lot of good comments on Kasie West books and i was really excited to read something from her. At first i wanted to get Fill-In Boyfriend but i could only find The Distance Between Us so i just went with it.

I went into the book not knowing much about it and was really impress with it. I really enjoy Kasie West writing style. It is simple to read, easy to follow and also allows a fast pace reads.

The plot was interesting to a certain extent although it was a bit cliche. I personally love cliche stories so i didn’t have a huge problem with this book. The relationship between the main character progress really well in my opinion and it felt real.

I really love Caymen. She is my spirit animal. How can one be so sarcastic. I live with sarcasm, i cannot function without it. Caymen in the book is so sarcastic and nobody (i mean nobody) can survive from her sarcasm. She have really strong relationship with her mother and i felt that it was really nice to have such relationship in books.

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Xander was okay. I enjoyed his character but didn’t exactly fall IN love. Perhaps i don’t like rich people too? Just kidding. The way he cared for Caymen was really cute and i totally get why Caymen would think that he is one of those spoiled kids.

The ending once again was cliche but i still enjoyed it. Overall, this book was a really fast read and i recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fast paced book and some cute romance.

“You two are the most in-love not-dating people I’ve met.”
― Kasie West, The Distance Between Us

 

Until next time,

cuddlewithbooks; Cleo

ARC Review: The Paladin by J.M. Storin

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Title: The Paladin

Author: J.M. Storin

Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult

Publication Date: April 8th 2016 by Jessica Storin

Pages: 313 (ARC Version)

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ /4 hearts

Find It Here: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Depository


Goodreads Summary

Briana is a Hunter, or at least she used to be, and she carries a secret – a powerful, one-of-a-kind stone that makes her invincible.
When a ruthless and sinister Empire discovers her secret, they steal the stone away from her. This stone in the wrong hands could be the demise of Briana’s world as she knows it and the rise of a much darker future.
Briana will stop at nothing to get back what belongs to her, and along the way she will meet friends, enemies, and discover a truth she never knew existed.


My Thoughts

Remember in my February book wrap up i included this book? It is finally release and i can now post my review of it!

I really enjoyed this book a lot a i cannot wait for the next one. The writing was great, the plot was interesting and the characters was amazing. It is J.M. Storing first book being published and it is already so good i wonder what will happen to the rest of the series.

The writing was simple and easy to read. She doesn’t uses a lot of words that i didn’t understand and i really liked that. It doesn’t feels like amateur writing at all.

The plot was really well paced from scene to scene although there were certain cliches at some points. I did feel that there was a lack of world building in this novel as i didn’t understand certain things that were going on. I feel that certain parts could have been more detailed.

The characters was really well develop especially the main character Briana. I get to see how she changes throughout the whole book.Throughout the books we get to meet other characters like Viessa, Caellum and Aaron.

Viessa was a very interesting character, I really really like Caellum and i cannot wait to read more about him in the near future. As for Aaron, i didn’t really like him and that is probably because i didn’t know him well enough from the first book.

Overall, this book was a really entertaining read and it definitely made a good first book in a series. I cannot wait for the rest of the book and i recommend it if you enjoy fantasy such as Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

xoxo,

Cleo ❤

 

March Favorites

Hi guys! I’m back with another favorites of the month! I did quite a lot of things this month and I’m pretty sure i have a lot of new favorites.

-BOOKS-

I read 4 books this month and i cannot choose which is my favorite! Me Before You or November 9? Can i cheat and say both?

I’m cheating oops. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I am very sure you have heard of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It is a book that is coming our as a movie soon. I will insert the trailer here. But make sure you only watch it if you do not want to read the book or you have already read it because it shows a bunch of spoiler.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover is a Adult Contemporary Romance where the two main character only meet once a year on November 9. It is such a nice and interesting read. 5/5 stars. I will insert the fan made book trailer here.

My new favorite trilogy is The Winner’s Trilogy

Marie Rutkoski did such a great job with this trilogy and i am so sad that it has now come to an end. I might cry 😦 I cannot believe there will no longer be Kestrel and Arin story to read.

-MUSIC-

  • Descendants Of The Sun Soundtrack

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I only included 4 songs here but i love all the songs. Highly recommend it.

  • Breathe by Lee Hi

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-DRAMAS-

  • Descendants Of The Sun

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My life has changed. This is now my favorite Korean drama of all time. There is only 4 more episodes left and i really hope they don’t screw it up. I recommend it to everyone.

Hope you enjoy reading this! What is YOUR favorites of the month?

Until next time,

Cuddlewithbooks; Cleo

March Book Wrap

I read a total of 4 books this month and they are all really great books. I love all of them so much. It was a really tough month this month so I’m pretty proud of myself for reading 4 books.

  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Obviously i had to read this book before the movie comes out and obviously i love it so much. This book really help me understand so much. 5/5 stars definitely. I don’t know if i want to read the sequel After You. If any of you have read it please tell me if i should read it or not.


  • The Guardian by Elizabetta Holcomb

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I was sent an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book i found it to be an interesting read and i cannot wait for the next book! 4/5 stars.


  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover is queen of contemporary really. It is my first book from her and i already know it she is just so good. I LOVE November 9 so much. 5/5 stars!


  • The Winner’s Kiss

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Last book in the winner’s trilogy 😦 It has become one of my favorite trilogy of all time and this book is amazing. I am so sad that this trilogy has come to an end and there will no longer be any Kestrel and Arin to read about. 5/5 stars!


So that were all the books i read in the month of March and i do hope i read more in April!

Until next time,

Cuddlewithbooks; cleo

ARC Review: The Guardian by Elizabetta Holcomb

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Title: The Guardian

Author: Elizabetta Holcomb

Genre(s): Young Adult, Historical Romance, Time-travel

Publication Date: Published March 21st 2016

Pages: 249 (Kindle)

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ /4 hearts

 


Goodreads Summary

1312, A knight destined to rule…

Jareth Tremaine, the first Duke of Dover, has seen how he’s remembered in history books—either a saint who rules his lands with justice or a religious extremist whose harsh treatment of the church nearly has him executed. But what history doesn’t disclose is that he’s essential to the world’s survival. After being wounded by ancient Huns using 21st century weapons, a girl is brought to aid his recovery—a girl who would become his duchess and the key to the future of Dover’s Amalgam.

A 21st century girl whose future has not been written…

Elizabet Blackwell isn’t surprised by wormholes. What shocks her is the multi-faceted personality of the titled knight. Sir Jareth is a nobleman, translator, surgeon—and he’s intent on locating and protecting a host. The host, she discovers, is a boy who practically lives in her backyard 700 years into Jareth’s future.

The re-scripting of history for the survival of nature’s attack on mankind…

Together they embark on their life’s journey and discover that they must protect each other even as they prepare the host for his destiny. Their quest must be to ensure the boy is secure and hidden from the evil forces who seek to exploit the power he contains.


Review

This book has the element of time travel, historical romance and so much more which give this book such an unique style. I really really enjoyed this book is it so interesting and is grabs my attention. It is my second time travel book i have ever read and this one is so special and unique.

I received an ARC of this book from the author herself in return for an honest review. Elizabetta is an indie author so all the support is really crucial to her, so make sure to check out her book! I really want the next book like right now. When can i have it?! I can’t wait

I used this word a lot in this review but it is because it is true. The writing was unique it was really slow paced at first but I’m glad i push through it because it is amazing. It was confusing at first but you will definitely understand as the story progress. I have never read any book like this with broken history lines and time travel. So i must say this plot is really different from other books.

I love Elizabet as a character. She was loyal, brave and sassy. She constantly made me laugh and i love her. Jareth as a character was really well done too. I really dislike him at first as he said some rude things to Elizabet but as the story goes on, you learn a lot about him and really starts to love him. Put these two together and you get such a good romantic story.

I really enjoy this book and i will definitely pick up the next one when it is out. Make sure to check out the book and give Eliabetta Holcomb some support! I recommend it to anybody who love a romance novel with the aspect of time travel.

Until next time,

Cuddlewithbooks; Cleo

 

 

The Guardian Release Tour: Giveaway and Exclusive Teaser

We are so excited to announce the release of the time travel historical romance The Guardian by young adult author Elizabetta Holcomb!!

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1312, A knight destined to rule…

Jareth Tremaine, the first Duke of Dover, has seen how he’s remembered in history books—either a saint who rules his lands with justice or a religious extremist whose harsh treatment of the church nearly has him executed. But what history doesn’t disclose is that he’s essential to the world’s survival. After being wounded by ancient Huns using 21st century weapons, a girl is brought to aid his recovery—a girl who would become his duchess and the key to the future of Dover’s Amalgam.

A 21st century girl whose future has not been written…

Elizabet Blackwell isn’t surprised by wormholes. What shocks her is the multi-faceted personality of the titled knight. Sir Jareth is a nobleman, translator, surgeon—and he’s intent on locating and protecting a host. The host, she discovers, is a boy who practically lives in her backyard 700 years into Jareth’s future.

The re-scripting of history for the survival of nature’s attack on mankind…

Together they embark on their life’s journey and discover that they must protect each other even as they prepare the host for his destiny. Their quest must be to ensure the boy is secure and hidden from the evil forces who seek to exploit the power he contains.

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Elizabetta Holcomb lives in South Louisiana with her husband and children. She is an English lit major turned nurse who couldn’t dream of a life without writing and returned to her first love. Her favorite things in life are family, her cat, Sir Jareth (named after The Guardian‘s hero), and of course, writing.

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