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Wednesday 31 August 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18B. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

I swear I would pretty much do anything to get my hands on a copy of this. It is everything I hope for in a novel and more! And that title? LOVE.

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Review: Flawless by Lara Chapman


Title: Flawless
Author: Lara Chapman
Series: Standalone
Pages: 255
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 10th 2011 (UK)
Source: For review
Rating: 3.5 stars

Sarah Burke is just about perfect. She's got killer blue eyes, gorgeous blond hair, and impeccable grades. There's just one tiny-all right, enormous-flaw: her nose. But even that's not so bad. Sarah's got the best best friend and big goals for print journalism fame. 

On the first day of senior year, Rock Conway walks into her journalism class and, well, rocks her world. Problem is, her best friend, Kristen, falls for him too. And when Rock and Kristen stand together, it's like Barbie and Ken come to life. So when Kristen begs Sarah to help her nab Rock, Sarah does the only thing a best friend can do-she agrees. For someone so smart, what was she thinking? This hip retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is filled with hilariously misguided matchmaking, sweet romance, and a gentle reminder that we should all embrace our flaws.

Flawless is loosely based on the story of Cyrano de Bergerac. Sarah agrees to help her best friend Kristen to get Rockford (Rock). The only problem is Sarah is head over heels for Rock but believes because of her huge nose, she will never gain his attention.

There was a lot to like about this book. The beauty quotes at the start of each chapter were empowering and uplifting.  The message of the book is clear; love who you are, no matter what you look like. The moral of the book was a huge part of why I enjoyed it.

Sarah and Kristen’s friendship had an incredible dynamic. They are both incredible best friends. I had a lot of respect for both of them as friends. The plot could have gone in a different direction like a lot of novels do these days. The respect they have for each other and their friendship is admirable. Both girls are very likeable though not without their flaws.

Rock. Hm. Despite the dreadful name there was definite appeal there.  He is swoon worthy and reads literature.  I had an issue with him though. I wasn’t huge on his treatment of Kristen and Sarah. There are usually two ways a novel such as this can go. 1) Main female and male get together or 2) Main female character realises that the guy is a douche and not who she thought he was.  I felt like it could have gone either way. He acted like a jerk sometimes then super sweet the next. He wasn’t my perfect romantic interest.

The ending was fine. It was sweet yet also empowering. A lot of good messages came out of the novel and I felt they were well put across. There were a few things that bothered me but for the most part I enjoyed it and it was a quick, easy read!

Monday 29 August 2011

Weekly Recap

Hello readers. It has been a long while since I have been on and I apologise for that. Summer has been crazy with work experience, holiday, exam results and school work. I am officially back now and I thought doing a weekly two month recap would be a good place to start.

Finished in July:

  • There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
  • Fury by Elizabeth Miles
  • Torment by Lauren Kate
  • Rockaholic by CJ Skuse
  • Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala (audiobook)
  • Brother/Sister by Sean Olin

Finished in August:

  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  • Fat Cat by Robin Brande
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S King
  • Split by Swati Avasthi
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
  • Flawless by Lara Chapman

Currently Reading:

  • Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
  • Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood (for school)
  • Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Did Not Finish:

On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta fell flat for me. I went into it with such high expectations but what I got merely confused me rather than blowing me away. I got to page 108 and it took a huge effort to get that far. There were flashbacks that seemed to have no relevance, I didn't understand the plot line and I felt no connection to the protagonist. I have heard it takes a while for things to make sense but unfortunately I didn't have the stamina to continue. I may pick this up at a later date but there will be no rush.

So that is what I have been reading for the past two months. Definitely not as much as I hoped but nevermind. Have you read anything great this past month? Please share in the comments :)

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