It’s Just Ann by Bel Watson

Title: It’s Just Ann

Author: Bel Watson

Published: March 1st, 2015

Genre: YA Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary from Wattpad: 

“Let’s get the facts straight. I am no heroine and I will never bring pride to my family. I am what you could call a failure. My grades? Average. My social life? Average. Talents? Hmm… well, I think I have none. I’m not exceptional in any way and I know I’m a disappointment for my father. And in this day and age there’s no way I could just take my father’s place to save him from a horrible fate. There is a huge weight on my shoulders but I can’t carry it no matter how hard I try. I have no idea what I can do, I only know what I can’t do. Yet I still would try anything to make my father proud, even just once. Oh right, I forgot to tell you whom I was name after. Yes, I was named after Mulan, that bright heroine who saved China and brought pride to her family. Talk about big expectations. But Mulan doesn’t suit me, so it’s just Ann.”

Review:

I really loved this book I found the book on Wattpad and you can find it here. This book is a part of the “Aware Princess” series which started as a fan-fiction series about One Direction (I was/still am a big Directioner) but morphed into general fiction. This is one of my favorite books and I’m surprised it hasn’t been published yet. The plot is very interesting and dynamic and it explores friendships and familial relationships. It also explores the idea of stepping up in life to meet new challenges such a defeating the huns or taking over your father’s company. What really struck me about this book was how diverse this cast was which I really enjoyed. The author strove to create three-dimensional characters and also made these characters diverse without making them into clichés. The male leads in this were 110% swoon worthy. Can someone please get me a Charlie because he is a dreamboat? This book was fantastic and I would definitely recommend it also it’s very accessible on Wattpad.

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Have a wonderful week!

xoxo,

Madison ❤

 

 

 

All American Girl by Meg Cabot

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Author: Meg Cabot

Published: July 22, 2003

Genre: Young Adult Romance/Contemporary

Rating:3.8/5

Summary:

Sam is the complete opposite of her sister. While her sister loves shopping with her friends at the mall and cheerleading Sam loves art and walking her dog in the park with her best friend. Sam does not mind their differences and loves to have her life be nothing like her sister’s. But there is one problem. Sam is in love with her sister’s artistic and eccentric boyfriend who she believes should be with her. While dealing with these feelings Sam is also attending art classes as a punishment from her parents as solution to her pursuing her artistic interests in Dutch class. After ditching a class one day in protest Sam stops an assassin from murdering the President of the United States and her whole life turns upside down.

Review:

Happy Fourth of July!! I thought this book would be a great review to celebrate the holiday! I actually listened to the book as an audio book which I got in CD form from the library. Turns out I read the second book in this series years before I read the first one. I would totally recommend this book but I did find this book to be a little bit young for my age. The plot was another “woe is me I’m not popular and my family doesn’t understand me” stories. Which some people really enjoy and relate to but I moved on from that stage in my life after 8th grade. If you are a little older and this plot seemed as young to you as it seemed to me I would recommend reading the second book. The plot’s pretty easy to follow and I think its a good read for high schoolers like myself. But anything by Meg Cabot is always going to be a little saucy and a great read.

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xoxo,

Madison

Have a wonderful Fourth of July! I may start blogging again regularly but I’m not 100% sure. Also I’m going to college in the fall eeeek I’m so excited 😀

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Cute Summer Reads

Raise your hand if you thought you’d find a summer love/fling/bae this summer! I know I’m definitely raising my hand (Bethany you know you are too). Now keep your hand raised if this did not happen! *Me and a million other girls keep our hands raised* Every year I tell myself I will find a summer romance for the ages. Full of cute dates and hand holding and all of those cute YA Romance worthy moments. But, a summer romance has not yet graced my presence. They are unrealistic but we all need our summer fling fix and while you may not have a real one my coping method is always to read a book about a cute summer fling (or a book with romancey summer flingy feelings) that has some awesome characters to live through. So, here are my recommendations for some books that will give you those cute summer flingy feelings; (oh and i’m gonna rate them on the “flirty scale” with cute kiss emojis 1 kiss=”OMG THAT WAS SO CUTE”  5 kisses=”How can I live with this much adorable/swoon-worthy romance!?”


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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

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I just recently read this book a couple of months ago and I absolutely loved it. You’ll have to read a full description on Goodreads but the book is set in a cute beach town and is very adorable <3.

“You couldn’t just pick and choose at will when someone depended on you, or loved you. It wasn’t like a light switch, easy to turn on or off. If you were in, you were in. Out, you were out.” — Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride 


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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

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I read this during the winter and I feel absolutely in love this was sooooooo great!!!

“It was exactly as he’d thought it would be, like the first time and the millionth time all at once, like being wide awake, like losing his balance. Only this time, it wasn’t just him; this time, they were losing their balance together.”
― Jennifer E. Smith, This Is What Happy Looks Like


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Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

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I know I post a lot about Sarah Dessen in these kinds of challenges but she is the master of YA romance! I love this book because while it does have some very cute romancey moments I think it also talks about friendship and self-esteem and I love that. It also talks about when the romance doesn’t always work out and I think that’s great too.

“for once, you believed in yourself. you believed you were beautiful and so did the rest of the world.”
― Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon


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Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider 

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I read this book last summer and I enjoyed it so much. The relationship was so cute and absolutely darling and at points it reminded me of those weird indie romance movies but I loved it. Especially because the book trailer was done by this film maker I love so much so you should totally check it out also I think the trailer gives you sooo many feels; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDwuE16oC5w

“Being temporary doesn’t make something matter any less, because the point isn’t for how long, the point is that it happened.”
― Robyn Schneider, Extraordinary Means


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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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JUST READ IT THERE ARE ICE CREAM CONES ON THE COVER! Seriously though this book is very summery and very good.

“He looked right at me as he gave me a half smile. “You’re the brightest thing in the room”, he said. He lifted his hand from my waist, and slowly, carefully brushed a stray lock of hair from my cheek. “You shine””.― Morgan Matson, Since You’ve Been Gone


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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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This book involves travel, cute British boys, and a little bit of mystery. What’s not to love?

“I like you because you were mad. And you’re pretty. And pretty sane for a mad person.”
― Maureen Johnson, 13 Little Blue Envelopes


I hope you enjoyed that! Have a great summer with or without a summer fling.

xoxo,

Madison

Instead of a song I am linking my favorite short film. It’s by Yulin Kuang and it’s full of Harry Potter references and all of the feels and it is aptly named I Ship It

Best Books for Autumn!

Autumn officially started which mean falling leaves, cinnamon tea, and of course the pumpkin spice latte. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons I love the chilly days, the sound of leaves crunching under my feet  and snuggling up with a good book and a lovely cup of tea. So, today I thought I’d recommend a couple great books for fall that will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is a great author and Fangirl is one of my favorite books by her. Fangirl is cute and funny and the main character is incredibly relatable to me and all my other fangirls out there. This book will suck you in and give you all the fall time feels.


Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

I loved this book so much it’s a great fantasy novel and Liv the main character is a great narrator.  I immediately got sucked into this book and I loved the mystery aspect of it. It’s also pretty great because Liv moves to London with her family and meets some cute mysterious British boys.


A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This book was so cute and I loved how the author used several different perspectives to describe their love story. It was a sweet read for fall and the fact that they were both starting college gave it even more of an autumn feel.


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

You’ve probably already heard a lot about this book but I loved it so very much! It started off a little bit slow but it soon picked up and I was sucked in. I loved the politics that were included in this story and the plot twist at the end was AH-MAZE-ING! Also, this cover is beautiful!


Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

As you guys know Sarah Dessen is one of my absolute favorite authors so of course I loved this book. I found it to be really sweet and I loved the other characters in it. This books talks about family and life and it changed my perspective on things a bit.


So, I hope you enjoyed my autumn reading recomendations! Comment down below if you have any more! Also, my friend Bethany just started a blog so you should go check her out! (www.simplybethanysite.worpress.com)

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefano, Wither

xoxo,

Madison ❤

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Title: Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality

Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

Published: March 1st, 2013

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Rating: 3.6/5

Summary:

Lexi has always been considered plain compared to her seven-year-old pageant queen sister. It ‘s been this way since the divorce when her mother stopped putting her energy into mothering and began putting all of her energy into pageants. Sure, Lexi’s got problems but she has friends, and she’s funny and I guess you could say she’s popular. But, she’s never been one of those girls the type who make boys fall head over heels for them. Lexi’s tired of being passed over from guys and having her mother care more about pageants than her. She’s the “girl with the great personality” and she’s done being in the background.

Review:

Okay. so when I first read the summary of this book I was just like #relateable. Okay I’m sorry for the use of the hashtag but i really thought this book was going to be a cute funny read but sadly it really didn’t live up to its title. The character Lexi is just so one-sided and I really hate how insecure and “weak” the author made her. I know that every girl has insecurities but I hate it when authors use a girl’s insecurities to propel the whole plot line. But I thought Lexi’s best friend was pretty truthful about Lexi’s apparent insecurities and brought her back down to earth.

“I hate that you let other people’s opinion influence you, especially if their delusional.”

And Lexi’s sister was absolutely fabulous I mean she was a total brat but she was sassy, dramatic and she completely reminded me of toddlers and tiaras.

I also didn’t like ow the author portrayed her crush on a guy I just wish she talked more about her life and family instead of overly romanticizing a high school crush.

“There you are!” Logan says, and I try to keep my heart from floating out of my body when he smiles at me.”

So.. this book wasn’t my favorite but I liked how the character evolved and there were some things that I found #relateable. Also, this sassy line toward the end made me just a little bit proud of the character.

“So I can take off the makeup, but I’m still a good person. But there’s no such thing as bitch remover.”

Also this was pretty cute;

“I, Lexi Anderson, am proud to say that I do, indeed, have a great personality.
And it’s only a matter of time before the Beautiful People will be wishing they had great personalities, too.
Good luck with that, oh Beautiful Ones.
Because we Great Girls are the rarest breed.”

Have a great weekend guys!

-p.s shutout to Bethany for getting me into blogging again-


Here’s a song I felt fit the book;

Melanie Martinez– Mrs. Potato Head

“Kids forever, kids forever
Baby soft skin turns into leather
Don’t be dramatic it’s only some plastic
No one will love you if you’re unattractive
Oh Mrs. Potato Head tell me, is it true that pain is beauty?
Does a new face come with a warranty?
Will a pretty face make it better?
Oh Mr. Potato Head tell me
How did you afford her surgery?
Do you swear you’ll stay forever
Even if her face don’t stay together.”

XOXO,

Madison ❤

P.S here’s a couple more cute gifs I found for Toddler and Tiaras

Okay this is probably how you guys are feeling right now;

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han + Video Representation

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Published: April 15th, 2014

Genre: YA

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:

Whenever Lara Jean falls in love she always writes her crush a letter and puts it in an old hat box that belonged to her mother. Lara had been doing this for years it was her way of getting over her feelings and moving on. When her older sister goes to college, Lara’s dad decides to start fresh and donate some things to Goodwill. Lara begins to realize that her dad sent her letters out as more boys from her past begin popping up in her life again. As more crushes from her past reappear Lara’s love life gets increasingly complicated. Her neighbor Josh and her old friend Peter begin to confuse Lara’s emotions and make her wish that the letters in the box should have never been sent.

Review:

I loved this book! It was witty and smart and it had just the right amount of romance to draw me in. Lara is an interesting character who makes you understand her situation. After reading Elanor & Park and 13 Reasons Why I really needed a light and entertaining read and this book delivered. I loved how the author portrayed Lara as a character she fell in love but she wasn’t stupid and I feel like I would really want to be her friend. Lara Jean made me laugh and me want to get my own Peter Kavinsky.  Here are some super cute quotes I liked ❤ ;

“You only like guys you don’t have a chance with, because you’re scared.”

“Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?”

“If love is like a possession, maybe my letter are like my exorcisms”

Literary Video Adaptation:

So, when I was hanging out on YouTube I found this super cool literary adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Yulin Kuang. I’ll include it down below but definitely check it out it’s so cool.

XOXO,

Madison ❤

Here’s a song I felt fit the book;

Lenka- The Show

“I’m just a little bit caught in the middle
Life is a maze and love is a riddle
I don’t know where to go I can’t do it alone I’ve tried
And I don’t know why
Slow it down
Make it stop
Or else my heart is going to pop
‘Cause it’s too much
Yeah, it’s a lot
To be something I’m not
I’m a fool
Out of love
‘Cause I just can’t get enough”

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

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Author: Nicholas Sparks

Published:September 1st, 2004

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Rating: 3.8/5

Summary:

It was 1958 and Landon Carter was spending his time eating peanuts, applying to colleges, and passing time as he finished his last days at Beaumont High School. He never knew that going to Homecoming with Jamie Sullivan, the town’s good girl, would change his life. As, he begins to spend more time with Jamie he begins to understand what it means to do something for someone else. Jamie shows him the depth of the human heart through her daily acts of love and compassion. Landon sees her compassion and begins to wonder if he has fallen in love with Jamie Sullivan.

Review:

*WARNING THIS BOOK IS SUPER SAD AND CHEESY*

I know okay I’m a cliché for reading Nicholas Sparks but this book was lovely and sweet and just what I needed after Valentines Day. Landon and Jamie’s story is so cute and incredibly cliché she’s the innocent girl who carries around a bible and he’s the guy who thinks he’s the shit. So, after starting this book I heard from many people that it was incredibly sad but me being a dummy decided “No it couldn’t be sad it’s such a sweet story.” But I was wrong, this is how it happens he says “I love you” and then she says “I’m dying” at this point I am full on bawling and screaming at the book “FUCK YOU NICHOLAS SPARKS!”

So, if your looking for a sweet and sad story read this book but by the end you will want to scream from anguish.

XOXO,

Madison

Here’s a song that I think fit the book;

Good Girls– 5 Seconds of Summer

“She’s a good girl
A straight A-student
She’s really into all that self-improvement
I swear she lives in that library
But if you ask her she’ll say,

“That’s where you’ll find me!”

But if you look then you won’t find her there
She may be clever but she just acts too square
‘Cause in the back of the room, where nobody looks,
She’ll be with her boyfriend, she’s not reading books”