REVIEW: HOW TO LOVE BY KATIE COTUGNO

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Title: How To Love (Standalone)

Author: Katie Cotugno

Publication Date: Published October 1st 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, New Adult

No. of pages: 400 pages

Date read: February 23-25, 2016

My rating★★✩✩✩

 

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BEFORE. Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he’s never noticed that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. Then Sawyer disappears without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

AFTER. Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter. Reena’s gotten used to life without Sawyer, but just as suddenly as he disappeared, he turns up again. Reena wants nothing to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said his being back wasn’t stirring something in her.

After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

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REVIEW: THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO BY MITCH ALBOM

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Title: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto (Standalone)

Author: Mitch Albom

Publication Date: Published November 10th 2015 by Harper

Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Music

No. of pages: 512

Date read: February 20-21, 2016

My rating★★★★

 

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This is the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player who ever lived—and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings

Frankie, born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a music teacher in a small Spanish town, until war rips his life apart. At nine years old, he is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. His amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, with his stunning playing and singing talent affecting numerous stars (Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley) until, as if predestined, he becomes a pop star himself.

He makes records. He is adored. But Frankie Presto’s gift is also his burden, as he realizes the power of the strings his teacher gave him, and how, through his music, he can actually affect people’s lives. At the height of his popularity, tortured by his biggest mistake, he vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later, having finally healed his heart, does Frankie reappear just before his spectacular death—to change one last life. With the Spirit of Music as our guide, we glimpse into the lives that were changed by one man whose strings could touch the music—and the magic—in each of us.

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REVIEW: FLIPPED BY WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN

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Title: Flipped (Standalone)

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen

Publication Date: Published May 13th 2003 by Knopf (first published October 1st 2001)

Genres: YA, Romance,  Contemporary,

No. of pages: 212 pages

Date read: February 11, 2016

My rating: ★★★★

 

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Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.

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REVIEW: HOW THEY MET, AND OTHER STORIES BY DAVID LEVITHAN

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Title: How They Met, and Other Stories (Standalone)

Author: David Levithan

Publication Date: Published January 8th 2008 by Knopf Books

Genres: YA, Anthologies, Romance,
Contemporary, LGBT

No. of pages: 244 pages

Date read: February 7-9, 2016

My rating:  ★★★✩✩

 

synopsis

WHERE DID THEY MEET?
It was on a plane. It was at Starbucks. It was in physics class. It was during the war.

HOW DID THEY MEET?
It was a setup. It was completely random. They were dancing. One of them ordered a pizza and the other showed up.

WHAT HAPPENED?
It was instant. It took time. It was a disaster. It lasted.

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JANUARY WRAP-UP 2016

Hi, book lovers!

A week has already passed for the month of February but here I am, still yet to reveal my January Wrap-Up. January has been such a great month for my progress in reading. I can say the Books-A-Thon was a huge factor for that. I should really start joining readathons from now on. Haha! So I’ve read a total of seven books in the month of January, three of them were from my Books-A-Thon Wrap-Up which includes Twilight which I’ve already read countless of times. I’ll just have a short review of all of them because I’m a lazy-ass and I just started this blog. (Such an excuse, Kaye, such an excuse.)


BOOKS READ IN JANUARY


Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Paige  4.6/★★★★

I first picked up this book October last year but immediately put it down — not that I didn’t like it, I guess I wasn’t just in the mood for reading at that time. But when I picked it up again, I regretted that I didn’t continue reading it the first time I laid my hands on it. It was really good! There are lots of action and twists that I didn’t see coming. To be honest, I never was a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz for I’ve only seen Oz: the Great and the Powerful but I was so grateful when my sister gave me this book as a present. The writing pace suited the story very well, neither fast nor slow. This is a huge risk for a debut novel so I praise Ms. Danielle Paige. Such a great first book in a promising series.

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven  ★★★★★

This book left me with my heart ripped off into pieces and a pool of tears. This is one of the most incredible contemporaries I have ever read! Especially how it is compared to Eleanor & Park and The Fault in Our Stars, I have so much love for those two books so just imagine how high my expectations are. But surprisingly, this turned out to be exceptionally incredible and totally spot-on! Go, read it… R E A D  I T!

The Martian – Andy Weir  ★★★★✩

I picked up this book for its hype and high ratings. I didn’t even know it was already turned into a movie until my brother saw me reading the book and mentioned that it was already turned into a film and how he loved it. This book was fun and super exciting! I must admit I skipped through most of the science stuff but all in all, it was fantastic!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews  ★✩✩✩✩

I don’t exactly know what to say. I think I am one of those few ones who didn’t really enjoy this book. I guess this is just one of those books where if you love it, you love it, but if you don’t, you don’t. And I didn’t. Although I must say the cover is totally pretty.

I Was Here – Gayle Forman  ★★★★✩

I was totally hooked right from the beginning. The dialogues were perfect. The one thing that I just didn’t like was the romance but all in all, it was fantastic!

Every Last Word -Tamara Ireland Stone  ★★★★★

I ACTUALLY HAVE NO WORDS FOR THIS BOOK! If I could only give it six stars, I definitely would. This book is just so beautifully written and very well done. This is the very best kind of book. I totally recommend it to anyone!

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