April 26, 2016

There is nothing better than British spies | Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Love, Lies and Spies
By Cindy Anstey 
Published on April 19th 2016
368 pages
Published by Swoon Reads
Genres: Historical, Young Adult

This book was provided to me from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I swear on my bookshelf that this has not affected my opinion of the book.

Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

April 24, 2016

The Dangers of Adulthood | The Catcher in the Rye

Disclaimer- These are just my thoughts on a classic novel. They are not intended as a study guide for an English test that you forgot to study for. I am by no means an expert in literature. I just enjoy reading and discussing classic novels. My opinions may vary from other people's, even yours. Please respect my opinions as I will respect yours. 

Also, this is a discussion of the entire novel, which includes the ending. Basically, there will be spoilers about everything. Read at your own risk.

The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most popular classics among youth. Many people can identify with the main character, Holden, and his struggles to find a place in the world while on the verge of adulthood. Catcher in the Rye is also one of the very first novels written in the teenage perspective, which contributes to its status as a classic.

Its lessons about adulthood, loneliness, and relationships truly transcend time. The teenagers of today can relate to Holden's struggle in the same ways and the teenagers that read the novel decades before.

April 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday | Books for Travel Lovers

This is a weekly list meme hosted by the wonderful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish. 

Since I have a serious case of wanderlust at the moment, I decided to make my post on the theme of travelling. I made a list of my favorite YA books set outside of the United States to try to satisfy my craving for new places. Hopefully, the list can help you explore new places as well!

April 1, 2016

Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman | When a nerd falls in love

By Cookie O'Gorman
Released on March 31, 2016
283 pages
Debut, Young Adult, Romance

This book was provided to me from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I swear on my bookshelf that this has not affected my opinion of the book.

Summary from Goodreads: 
Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.
Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she's done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There's only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.
Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.
Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally's best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He'd do anything for Sal--even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she's "more than pretty," and expertly kissing her at parties.
The problem: Sally's been in love with Becks all her life--and he's completely clueless.This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:
Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?