As you may know, my book club’s last book was Eighth Grade Bites. The book was alright. I thought it was a fun read but felt a little clichè. Overall, the characters were personable. I liked the many vampire references that were featured in this book. I give this series starter a 3.5/5.
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life – and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.
This is the first book I have read by Jandy Nelson and I can now say I’m a fan of her work! Jandy has an incredible gift of making her readers feel the emotions that the characters are going through. With beautiful writing and wonderful characters, you’ll be sure to fall in love with this book!
Throughout the book, we follow Lennie, a band geek and bookworm, as she grieves her sister’s sudden death. A major part of Lennie’s grieving is her constant attraction to every guy. As we follow Lennie’s emotional journey, we learn about her family members’ struggles as well.
During the story, Lennie begins to obtain an attraction towards her sisters boyfriend, Toby. As her and Toby begin to have a secret relationship, Lenny feels less secure around Toby and more guilty because of her feelings towards her dead sister’s boyfriend. Along the way, Lennie also meets Joe, the dreamy band geek that most girls want. Joe begins to pursue Lennie and she begins to feel the same way. When facing the attraction of two guys, Lennie is enduring a confusing situation.
I shipped Joe and Lennie to a massive extent! They were the perfect dorky couple! I couldn’t help the cringe on my face when Lennie would go see Toby. Mostly I felt annoyed by Toby because he knew how messed up it was for him to pursue Lennie but he continued to do it. There was even a time when Lennie told him it was not right but he still came back. Despite that, there were a few times when I felt conflicted towards both boys.
Despite my disliking of love triangles, Jandy made the triangle less irritating. Overall, it was an incredible read filled with emotion! I look forward to reading more of her books because I enjoy her writing style.
Hello my lovelies!
There is one thing that I rarely do on my blog and that is tags. This is ironic because I love tags. I feel like tags are an amazing way of finding more information on a blogger’s reading preference. With that being said, I have been spoting many posts on a tag called The Reading Habits Tag. The Reading Habits tag is focused on how you read. I personally love this tag because everyone has a unique way of reading and it’s interesting to learn about them all! You can see the original tag here. Without further ado, here is my attempt at the tag.
1. Do you have a certain reading place at home?
My bed or my window seat.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Honestly, I loose bookmarks easily so I try to use whatever I have around me. One time, I used a hair tie as a bookmark.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you need to stop at a specific spot?
I prefer to stop after I finish the chapter.
4. Do you eat or drink when reading?
I usually drink coffee or tea while reading.
5. Music or television vision while reading?
I actually prefer background noise when reading.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
I usually read two books at a time.
7. Where do you read?
Everywhere that I can! I try to read between classes which appears to make up most of my reading time.
8. Do you skip pages?
I have a habit of skimming through certain parts of books. I try not to skip sections of books but I have a short attention span and skimming helps me stay intrigued.
9. Do you break your book’s spine?
Never! How could I hurt my babies in such a terrible way!
10. Do you write in books?
I lack the ability of neat handwriting and highlighting so I refuse to make my books ugly.
Anyway, I want to nominate all the lovely people who are reading this. Please comment the link to your attempt at this tag so I can read it. Also, THE WINNER OF MY LOGO COMPETION IS LOGO B! I chose logo B because a graphic designer messaged me and told me why B was the best logo to choose. B was also the winner on most of my social media posts.
In the past months, I have been working with a graphic designer to create a logo and business cards for my blog. My graphic designer, Valarie Lang from http://www.sundewdesigns.com, and I have singled the selection down to three logos. Because I am a horrible decision maker, I decided to let you guys help me choose. Below, you will find a photo of the logos. Also, you can choose your favorite by voting in the poll. The winner will be announced no later than September 19th.
Bloodlines by Lindsay Anne Kendle was our bookclub’s recent read. I found Bloodlines to be extremely enjoyable. The characters were likable and well written. I especially loved Lily because she kept Kiera grounded. Another thing I found unique about this story was that the book made you feel every emotion. Lastly, I enjoyed was how action packed and fast paced this read was.
Despite my likeness of the book, I did find several faults. The first error I encountered was that the story felt it lacked editing. There were parts in the story that had noticeable grammatical errors. Also, I found a lot of not necessary scenes that were mentioned in the plot. Lastly, certain parts of Bloodlines felt too predictable. Usually, I am oblivious to plot twists but I found this book easy to foretell.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed this read and would highly recommend to fans of Supernatural (TV show) because of the many similarities they share. I cannot wait to read more of Lindsay Anne Kendal’s work.