Winter Wonderland Book Tag

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Hello, everyone!

I just discovered this awesome Winter Wonderland Book Tag at Readsbymandm and since I love book tags so much, I wanted to do this tag too, of course.

So here are my answers:

1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because it’s really sweet and made me so happy while reading it!

2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?

Well, it’s not really completely white, but I hope it still counts – The Program by Suzanne Young.

3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading? 

The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Also, hot chocolate + favorite book = perfection!

4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

Hmm, tough one. Probably Warner from the Shatter Me series. That would be one hell of a snowball fight I think!

5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

I don’t like the idea of tearing pages out of a book or worse, throwing them into the fire – but since I have to answer this question I guess it would be a book that I didn’t particulary like and the one that comes into mind is How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark.

6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read before but wants to get into reading?

Again, tough question. Depends on the person I guess. If it’s a teenager then I would probably buy them The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins because it’s freaking awesome!

If you’re like me and love book tags, feel free to do this wonderful tag too!

Andreea

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YA Christmas Reads

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Hello, everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas. I actually don’t like winters (summer is my favorite season of the year), but Christmas makes winters tolerable for me. I just love the whole atmosphere, the Christmas traditions, decorating the tree, baking cookies – you get the picture.

And since I love Christmas so much, I also love reading books revolving around Christmas.

Last Christmas, I read Let It Snow, which I absolutely loved and in October, I bought My True Love Gave to Me and couldn’t wait until Christmas to read it. I read these cute stories really fast and loved them even more than the ones in Let It Snow. I just love short stories in general and I used to read quite a few before I started reading YA. But now I don’t really have the time to read such stories anymore. Thus, I was so happy that I discovered the above mentioned Holiday short stories!

With Christmas approaching, I am again in the mood to read a nice story revolving around this wonderful time of the year. Thus, I ordered Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and I really hope I will love this book as I have heard good things about it. I can’t wait to read it.

Sadly, these are all the YA Christmas stories that I have read / heard about and I wanted to ask you if you have read others and if you would recommend them to me.

What about you? Do you love Christmas too?

Andreea

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) by Stephanie Perkins

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

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My review:

Isla and the Happily Ever After was one of my most anticipated books of 2014 so you can imagine how badly I wanted to read this book and how excited I was to finally start it. Unfortunately, I have heard that some readers were disappointed by this novel, and therefore, I was a little afraid of reading it, but I am so glad that it did not disappoint me at all.

I loved Isla because I could really identify with her. I was a little like her, when I was in high school because all the students around me seemed to have their whole futures planned out, they all figured out what they wanted to do with their lives, what they were going to study and where they wanted to move to. And I felt like I was the only one who didn’t know any of those things, just like Isla. And I felt insecure too, I was shy too and just like Isla, I was so afraid of taking risks. Therefore, I could totally relate to her and could understand why she behaved the way she did.

 

“…I don’t know. I don’t know what I want to do, or who I want to be, or where I want to live. It’s like everyone else has their entire future mapped out except for me.”

And I could of course see why she would fall for Josh. I mean, I would have fallen for him too. He was great because he was kind, he was observing and talented. But he also had to deal with some issues and I felt sorry for him because he didn’t have a great relationship with his parents.

I loved that Isla and Josh had to face some obstacles before they could get their happily ever after, because it made them seem more real and authentic. I also loved the fact that the book was set in New York, Paris and Barcelona. I have been to all of these beautiful cities (I’ve lived in New York for two years) and of course I enjoyed reading about these amazing places.

Another great thing about Isla and the Happily Ever After is that we get to ‘meet’ Anna, St. Clair, Lola and Cricket again. I only wished that their appearances would have lasted longer.

All in all, I was really satisfied with Isla and the Happily Ever After because it was a romantic, cute and exciting YA contemporary novel. Now that I have read this wonderful novel, I am a little sad that this trilogy is over because I will miss the main protagonists so much. I cannot even say which book is my favorite because all three were great. I definitely loved Isla because, as I mentioned above, she reminded me of my ‘high school me’, so maybe Isla is my favorite then.

My rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

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In case you haven’t read the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy, I strongly recommend these three books to you because they are so cute, sweet and romantic!

Andreea