Review: Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

8909152Genre: Fiction, Chick Lit
Maturity Level: 5-
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Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now—reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers—not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained—and captivated—by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?


You guys, I just can’t even right now. This is probably my favorite Rainbow Rowell book ever, and that’s saying something since I’m in love with them ALL. Seriously, there is not a single other author who I’ve given a five-star rating to EVERY. SINGLE. STINKING. BOOK. Her books are just perfect for me, like magic when I read. This one had me laughing out loud, literally sobbing, and kept me up all night dying to know what happens.  Continue reading “Review: Attachments”

Review: Geekerella

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

61iLLdOq75LSeries: Starfield
Genre: Young Adult
Maturity Level: 3
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Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.


You guys! THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE!!!! It takes all the things that make a perfect YA book for me: nerd culture, light & upbeat feel, adorable romance, and fairy-tale re-telling. I just loved it!

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Review: The Wrath & the Dawn

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

18798983Series: The Wrath & the Dawn
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fiction
Maturity Level: 4
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In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?


I wish I would have known two things before I started reading this book. 1. It’s young adult. 2. It’s part of a series. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had been expecting those two things. Because I LOVED The Wrath and the Dawn, but was really bothered by a lot of little things.

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Top 5 Most Romantic Moments in a Book

Most romantic moments

Happy Valentines Day bookworms!

In celebration of world date-night, I thought it might be fun to go through some of my favorite romantic moments in literature, especially since they’re probably pretty different from most people’s! I am a hopeless romantic, but what makes my heart flutter in a book is pretty unique.

These are in no particular order.

1. Jane Eyre

“‘Good Night, my ——–.’ He stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me.”

The first time I ever read Jane Eyre I swear my heart stopped right here. I dog eared it, something I never do, and at this point the crease is so deep I’m afraid it may fall off.

This right here is the moment that the reader realizes that Mr. Rochester cares as deeply for Jane as she does for him. He nearly calls her “my dear” or “my love” or something equally sweet and adorable, catches himself, and runs away in embarrassment. *swoon* Best end of a chapter ever. Continue reading “Top 5 Most Romantic Moments in a Book”

The Forgotten Christmas Book

It’s that time of year! All the romancy books are covered in snowflakes. And I will never read one. Because that just isn’t my thing.

But all the Christmasy covers always remind me of one book. The ONE romancy Christmas book I read, probably in middle school. It really isn’t my thing, but I didn’t know that at the time, and I didn’t really know how to judge the book covers yet anyway. I don’t know where I found it. I think it was a library book, which is pretty bizarre since I literally never went to the library. But I read it, and I vividly remember it. So many details, down to the inscription the character wrote in the book she gave to her love interest. I remember it all so clearly.

Everything, that is, except the name of the book.

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Review: Words in the Deep Blue

31952703Words in the Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction
Maturity Level: 5
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Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. 

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.


Words in the Deep Blue is one of those books that reminded me exactly why I enjoy Young-Adult books, but also reminded me why I’m taking a break from them for a while.

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Review: My Cousin Rachel

5604250My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Genres: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Classics
Maturity Level: 3
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I threw the piece of paper on the fire. She saw it burn …Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries – and there he dies suddenly. In almost no time at all, the new widow – Philip’s cousin Rachel – turns up in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious woman like a moth to the flame. And yet …might she have had a hand in Ambrose’s death? 


What a unique love story! Even though I felt like I kind of knew what to expect (curse you movie trailer!!!!!), it kept going in directions that took me by surprise. However, I didn’t find the atmosphere quite as brooding and mysterious as I expected to, which was a little disappointing.

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I’m Not Tired of Love at First Sight

A common thing book bloggers like to talk about are tropes. Tropes we like, tropes we don’t like, tropes that only work sometimes, whatever. There are a couple we can all agree on (everyone is tired of love triangles), a lot we can’t, and a few that are just always fun to talk about.

One of the tropes that most people seem to agree on is that they are tired of “insta-love”.

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The first time I read somebody say that, I was like, “YEAH! That’s not real!” But then I kept seeing it. Over, and over, and over, and over again. And each time I saw that complaint I thought about it a little harder. And the more I thought about it, the more I wasn’t sure what they were so tired of. What books are they reading where people just look at each other and are immediately in love? Romeo and Juliet? Sure. But what else?

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Review: The Host

1656001The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult (?), Fiction
Maturity Level: 4
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Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.


This was a really interesting concept. What can I say, I am a sucker for they-walk-among-us books, movies, TV, whatever. And while this idea brought to mind too strongly the Animorphs books I read as a kid (seriously, did Stephanie Meyer just completely rip off the Yeerks, or what?), I loved the idea of reading about what it would be like from the invading aliens point of view. But then Stephanie Meyer killed this book in her typical three ways. Continue reading “Review: The Host”

Review: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

11331421The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Maturity Level: 5
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A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.


Julia Win travels to Burma hoping to discover what became of her father after he disappeared four years earlier. She meets a man named U Ba who tells her the story of her father’s life. It is a sweeping love story that will make you laugh and weep. At least, that’s what the author tells us. Can I just say how much I hate when an author refers to a story/poem/song in their own book this way? It seems pretty self-assured and assuming to me. Continue reading “Review: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats”