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

19448Title: All American Girl

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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A Little Piece of My Weekend in Photos :)

Hey guys! So, these are some pictures from my weekend. I just thought I’d share a little bit of my life with you. Most of these were taken Sunday night with my best friend Eislynn. We just hung out, got some donuts and books (I mostly got the books) and ended the night with some Chinese food. Also, after that we went to the park when it was dark, at my insistence, to go on the swings. I hope you all had an awesome weekend and enjoy the photos!

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I hope you enjoyed this post let me know if you want more like it 🙂

xoxo,

Madison

MY WEEKEND CHILL PLAYLIST:

The Disney Book Tag!

One of my favorite booktubers Kat (from Katytastic) created this tag a couple months ago and I felt that I had to do it! I hope you enjoy the tag! Also, comment down below your favorite Disney movie, I personally liked Sleeping Beauty best :). Fun fact: When I was little I used to scream “DON’T TOUCH THE NEEDLE” at Aurora when I watched Sleeping Beauty.

btw I’m listening to Disney music while writing this 🙂


The Little Mermaid…A character who is out of their element a “fish out of water”

America from The Selection fits this description perfectly, she comes from a poor family and a difficult lifestyle and then suddenly she’s living in a castle and she has to learn how to act properly and cope with this complete change of setting.


Cinderella… A character who goes through a major transformation

For this I choose Virginia from The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things she starts off with little confidence and to be completely honest she hates herself but in the end she has a new found confidence and respect for herself and who she is.


Snow White… A book with an eclectic cast of characters

The cast from Will Grayson, Will Grayson is certainly eclectic they’re are so many different personalities in this book. The authors of this book really bring together so many different characters and they make it work excellently!


Sleeping Beauty… A book that put you to sleep

I found New Moon by Stephanie Meyer to be especially boring, young Madison loved the Twilight series. But, I always thought New Moon was just the worst book of the series the majority of it is just Bella moping around waiting for Edward.


The Lion King… A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Okay, Harry Potter totally fits this description he had his parents killed in front of him as a baby and he was forced to live with his aunt and uncle and their terrible son. I’m really surprised he didn’t have an emotional breakdown tbh.


Beauty and the Beast… A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

I personally found Harry Potter an the Goblet of Fire to be HUGE I started reading the series in fifth grade so at the time a 700 page book seemed massive but I loved it so much it’s my favorite book in the series.


Aladdin… A character who gets their wish granted for better or for worse

For this I’m choosing Gatsby from The Great Gatsby all he wanted was Daisy back and he got her back, but not in the way he wanted.


Mulan… A character who pretends to be someone or something that they’re not 

Okay, so for this I choose Maven from Red Queen if you’ve read the book you know exactly what the fuck if talking about ugh he is such a jerk, but I’m not going to spoil what happened so you’ll just have to read the book to know why.


Toy Story… A book with characters you wish could come to life

For this I choose the characters from Fangirl because all the characters are so nice and funny and Levi is absolutely amazing.


The Princess and the Frog… A character who fell in love with someone unexpected

For this I choose Ben and Lacey from Paper Towns they’re so unexpected but they end up working well together and being really cute.


So, that is the Disney book tag! If, you’ve seen the original you can tell I changed the last one. The original tag included the new Disney Descendants t.v show/book because it was a promotion for them done by Kat and some other booktubers but I felt uncomfortable promoting something to you guys that I didn’t know a whole lot about. Here’s a link to the original one by Kat if you would like to check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWr3eIqBHqI

I hope you enjoyed this tag! Talk to you guys soon!

XOXO,

Madison

btw I think I’m going to start posting regularly on Sundays & Wensdays

My Favorite Disney Song;

When Will My Life Begin– Tangled 

“And so I’ll read a book or maybe two or three
I’ll add a few new paintings to my gallery
I’ll play guitar and knit, and cook and basically
Just wonder when will my life begin?”

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 ❤

Fabulously Fun Reads For Summer!!!

summer book recomendations

Hey Guys! It’s been awhile, sorry I haven’t posted for a couple months first I had a bunch of stuff going on with school and finals and then my laptop decided to be a poop and I had to go get it fixed. So, since summer officially started a couple days ago I decided to give you some fun recommendations for books to read during the summer. Most of these books will be YA romance or fantasy books. I love to live vicariously through YA characters during the summer, I mean who doesn’t want to pretend that they’re in a whirlwind romance or finding out that they have magical powers when they’re actually just sitting in their basement. Okay, guys I hope you like my book recommendations for summer! Remember to read some books outside while we have this nice weather I love reading a good book under a shady tree during the summer. 🙂


Beach Blondes by Katherine Aapplegate

So, I know the title sounds cheesy that’s what I thought when I picked it up from the library but it was so good. I loved it!  It was sweet and dramatic and I just finished the second book in the series last week. I found this book to be captivating and it made me feel like I was in Florida with the characters in the book having the best summer of my life right alongside them.


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This book is super cute! I loved this book and it’s perfect for summer because it’s filled with cute British boys, fun French culture, and great friendships!


ThAngel Experiment (Maximum Ride #1) by James Patterson

This book is great it’s full of family, adventure, and epic dangers and mysteries. I loved the main character she was strong and caring and knew how to kick some butt it’s sure to be an exciting read for summer.


Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

I loved Born at Midnight and the whole Shadow Falls series! I love fantasy books like this and I loved how all the characters have some super cool powers. If this book was real I would totally want to be a witch and go to the Shadow Falls camp.

Summer camp + ❤ + fantasy = Shadow Falls


Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Siobhan Curham (The Ghost Writer)

*WARNING THIS BOOK IS EXTREMELY CHEESY* Okay, this book is cheesy and I know that some of you don’t like cheesy YA romances but I love them. So, if you want an easy and lovely read this summer read Girl Online.


The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Okay, as you guys know I love Sarah Dessen’s books with a passion. And this book is great for the summer and it make will you feel all of the feels.


Frost- Jotun Chronicles #1 by Erin Latimer

Link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/990020-frost-jotun-chronicles-1

I read this book last summer and I loved it and guess what it’s on Wattpad so you can read this awesome book for free. This book is a beautifully written fantasy and you should definitely give it a try this summer!


Paper Towns by John Green

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFGiHm5WMLk

You’ve probably heard a ton about this book because it’s coming out as a movie soon but Paper Towns is my favorite book by John Green. It’s super cute and if you start soon you can read it before the movie comes out! 😀


The Winnie Years by Lauren Myracle

Okay, so I know I cheated because this is a series not a single book but I love this series! Lauren Myracle is one of my favorite authors and my friends and I read her books all throughout middle school. This series is about growing up and falling in love and these books are perfect for a fun relaxed summer.


I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

The setting for this book is a spy school for girls and frankly this book is fucking awesome. I love the strong female characters who fight for themselves and fall in love at the same time. Also, if you like this series read the Airhead series by Ally Carter too because that is also pretty fucking fabulous.


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

I’m pretty sure I don’t have to explain myself with this one just read it because it’s awesome. 🙂


Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot

I loved the main character in this book and I liked how it talked about how people can get tangled up in their own lies. I thought it was pretty good but the Goodreads reviews weren’t all great so let me know what you think if you read it.


So, those are my recommendations for some sweet summer reads! If you’ve read any of them comment down below so we can chat about them together!

Here’s my summer playlist I hope you enjoy it!

XOXO,

❤ Madison ❤

“Come with me,’ Mom says.
To the library.
Books and summertime
go together.”
Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me


The Frozen Book Tag!!!

So, I was tagged by Captivated~By~Fantasy to do this book tag and I am super excited! This is my first book tag so I hope you enjoy it!


1.Frozen heart… beautiful! Powerful! Dangerous! Cold! What character do you think of when you hear this description?

When I hear this definition I think of Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. He’s sexy, a little bit crazy, and dangerously irresistible. images


 Do You Want To Build a Snowman?A character you want to build a snowman with… 

I would want to build a snowman with Annie from Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally I love this character so much! She is such a strong and funny character who has never-ending perseverance. I would want to talk about how she got over the grief of losing her boyfriend and how she found such a cute new bae. I’d also want to know how she stopped hating running because I want to try to be more athletic 😛 .


For the first time in forever…  You haven’t been able to read anything in a long time and your TBR pile has been growing larger and larger. What book (of your TBR pile, so no rereads) would you pick?

I would read The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu it looks like a really good book with an interesting plot and it reminds me of 13 Reasons Why and I absolutely LOVED that book.


Love is an open door… With what book or which character (or both!) would love be an open door with it? Or for what book/which character would you close the door?

So I can’t pick just one so I would open the door to Derek from the Shadow Falls Series by C.C Hunter and I would also open the door to Kent from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Both characters are supportive, kind, and super cute and I would love the opportunity to fall in love with either of them. ❤ I would close the door on Jeremy from Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. He is a total ass I mean who cheats on their girlfriend with another girl online and then tries to get her back?


Let it go…A book or book series you used to love but you let it go.

I used to read the Judy Moody by Megan McDonald all the time when I was younger but I stopped reading it a couple years ago.


Reindeers Books Are Better Than People… Let’s say you’re tired of people today. What book would you rather spend the day with? 

I would rather spend the day with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. It is such a cute funny book and a great read.


In summer… A book perfect for summer

I think The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is great for summer I also think the series The Winnie Years by Lauren Myracle is great for the summertime.


Fixer Upper… A book that’s a bit of a fixer-upper and should be fixed with a little bit of love ?

In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy need some fixing it has a difficult plot and I just had a lot of problems with it. I wrote a review about it here if you want to hear more about my issues with it.


Okay, that it that was A LOT of fun I hope you enjoyed it and I’m tagging all of you guys to do this challenge!

XOXO,

Madison ❤