Mini Book Reviews: Angelfall by Susan Ee, The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell, and The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

As most of you know, this summer had been pretty busy for me what with work, getting ready to move away to university, and trying to hang out with all of my friends for one last time before I leave! And now that I’m actually in university, life is even more hectic! So, because of this, I have A BUNCH of books that I’ve read dating back to mid-June that I haven’t had time to review yet! I figured that instead of taking a bajillion hours to give all of these books full length reviews, I will have a series of mini reviews come out during the next few weeks, featuring three books per post, just until I get myself caught up. Sound like a good plan?? GOOD! (clicking the book covers will lead you to goodreads)

review angelfall

angelfallSummary from Goodreads: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercyof his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

 What I liked:  First of all, I want to thank Octavia for sending me this book! I won it through one of her twitter giveaways a while back. It took me a while to get started with the book, but after lots of prodding from Debby, Octavia, and Nikki, I finally started it! To be honest, I was quite skeptical of this book. I’m not usually a huge fan of angel books, but this one took me completely by surprise, and I ended up LOVING IT! This book starts right off the bat with some serious action, and it never slows down! You will be in the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading this book. It’s insane! There are also some pretty crazy plot twists.

What I didn’t like:  Honestly, nothing. This book was perfect just the way it is.

Swoon factor?:  Yes!! And there is NO INSTALOVE!!!!! Yaaaaayyyyyy!!!! The romance between Raffe and Penryn is perfect. It progresses nice and slow, just like a real life relationship.

Favourite character:  Penryn. She’s such a kick-ass heroine, and at the same time has the thoughts and actions as a real life teenage girl. She’s just a perfect character!

Favourite quote: “What if they don’t let us go through?” I ask, trying not to move my lips.
“They will,” he answers from the dark recesses of the backseat footwell.
“How do you know?”
“Because you have the look they’re looking for.”
“What look is that?”
“Beautiful.” His voice is like a caress from the shadows.”

HOW CUTE IS RAFFE OMG.

Rating: 5 hearts

carrie diearies review

carrie diariesSummary from Goodreads: Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They’ll learn about her family background — how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.

What I liked: I picked up this book from the library because I’ve seen the first season (plus other random episodes) of Sex and the City and I wanted to learn more about Carrie and how she ended up doing what she’s doing in the NYC. This book was only ok for me. The only thing I really liked about this book was seeing Carrie develop more as a writer, and figuring out who she is as a writer. Other than that, not too much about this book appealed to me. (see below)

What I didn’t like: Quite a bit of stuff. The way guys and girls interact in this book is crazy, and completely unrealistic if you ask me! Two can be dating each other one day, and then broken up and dating someone else the next!! There was also a lot of smoking and drinking in this book, which I understand does happen, but for some reason it just didn’t sit right with me in this book. Carrie is also sometimes a bit of a bitch to her “best friend,” which I wasn’t a fan of.  Also, the book wasn’t particularly well written.

Swoon factor?: Kind of, but it didn’t work for me. NO MORE LOE TRIANGLES!

Favourite character: Carrie…. but only because I had to choose someone.

Favourite quote: “What if I’m a princess on another planet? And no one on this planet knows it?”

Rating: 2.5 hearts

the duff review

the duff coverSummary from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

What I liked: UHM, everything?!?! Well, close enough to everything. This book is pretty much flawless. Bianca is such a real portrayal of today’s teenage girl. In fact, almost all of the characters in this book were fairly realistic. I also enjoyed how although this book dealt with some heavy-ish issues, they were handled very well, and they also didn’t take away from the main plot of the book. Can I also just throw in there that this book was written by an 18 year old girl!!!! I was blown away when I found that out! I also laughed out loud multiple times when reading this book!

What I didn’t like: My only small complaint about this book is that the teens (as realistic as they are) seem slightly more sex-obsessed than all of the teenagers I know.

Swoon factor?: YES!!! Bianca + Wesley = <3

Favourite character: Bianca. She’s just so real! (I know I know I said it before, but it’s so true!)

Favourite quote: “Wesley Rush was the most disgusting womanizing playboy to ever darken the doorstep of Hamilton High… but he was kind of hot. Maybe if you could put him on mute… and cut off his hands… maybe—just maybe—he’d be tolerable then. Otherwise, he was a real piece of shit. Horn dog shit.”

Rating: 4.5 hearts

Well ladies and gents, there you have it! Three mini reviews for three good books! Let me know your thoughts on any or all of the books below!!! I love getting feedback from all of you lovelies <3

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Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

imageTitle/Author: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (Yes, THAT Lauren Graham!)
Publisher/Year: Balantine Books on April 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Chick-Lit
Series: Nope! (possible companion novel to come)
Other Books by Author: None yet!
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.

Meanwhile, she dreams of doing “important” work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It’s hard to tell if she’ll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won’t call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released!

someday maybe
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Ballantine Books
Expected April 30, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

A charming and laugh-out-loud novel by Lauren Graham, beloved star of Parenthood and Gilmore Girls, about an aspiring actress trying to make it in mid-nineties New York City.

Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works. Meanwhile, she dreams of doing “important” work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It’s hard to tell if she’ll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won’t call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet. Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job.

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I know this book comes out really soon but I don’t even care. I have been anticipating the publication of this book for sooooooo long, and I just can’t wait to get a copy of it in my hands! I have loved Lauren Graham ever since I watched her as Lorelai Gilmore in one of my favourite TV shows ever, Gilmore Girls. If you haven’t seen that show, GET ON THAT!!! I can’t wait to see how her amazing sense of humour transfers into her writing.

PS. I may even splurge and get the audiobook copy of this book too, because she reads it!!! I listened to a snippet of it and fell in love!! Listen here.

I also figured I would share this, one of my favourite Gilmore Girls quotes from Lorelai:

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