Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: September 10, 2013
Pages: 433
Source: Won
Summary (via Goodreads): A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family and first love

 

CATH IS A SIMON SNOW FAN. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

 

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

 

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

 

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath that she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone

 

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

 

 

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I’ve never read anything by Rainbow Rowell before. I feel like I must have been living under a rock these past few years, because she’s AMAZING!!! I ended up giving Fangirl 5 out of 5 stars, obviously. It was giving me all of the feels and I didn’t want to stop reading.

 

So right off the bat, I instantly fell in love with the characters. Cath and Levi are my favorites, although Reagan and Wren are up there too. I felt such a kinship with Cath. I felt like the nerdy, emotional, fangirl type of college student that she is. Actually I’m still all of those things and I’ve been out of college for over three years 🙂

 

As I was reading, I made so many updates on Goodreads with all my feels, favorite lines, and how much I loved the characters. At about 13%, I knew I’d found another favorite author to add to my list. I think Cath is my bookish kindred spirit. Although I must admit Cath got a little weird on me a few times (“God, his chin. She wanted to make an honest woman of his chin. She wanted to lock it down.”) but what’s wrong with a little weird?

 

Cath fangirls over Simon Snow and writes fanfiction. I’m a huge fangirl of Harry Potter and wrote fanfiction for at least six years. Reading this book made me want to write fanfiction again. And reading all the Simon Snow parts was beyond amazing. I’m so excited for Carry On to come out in a little over a month!

 

Some of my other favorite parts in the book: Emergency Kanye Party,  all the parts with Levi (especially when Cath reads The Outsiders to him), and all the parts with Reagan. I wish I’d had a freshman college roommate like her. Mine sucked. I squealed and giggled and fangirled over this book WAY too many times. It was just beyond amazing, and I can’t wait to read the rest of Rainbow’s books. I won Fangirl and two of her other books (Eleanor & Park and Landline) from giveaways, so I’ll be reading them as soon as I have some free time.

 

I need to discuss Levi before I start closing up this review. I wish I had found a guy like him when I was in college, or high school, or anytime for that matter. He is the newest addition to my book boyfriend list. He’s so sweet and maybe he doesn’t sound like the cutest guy ever based on some of the descriptions, but he’s still adorable in my books. A nice, caring, protective guy like that wins over any hot douchebag in my books. He’s more country than I’d normally go for, but I still want him. That’s how unbelievably amazing he is. I loved all the descriptions of his smiles and how they ate up his whole face most of the time because he was always so happy.

 

A couple of my favorite lines from the book are: “And she thought about winning. About how she was letting this win, whatever it was–the crazy inside of her. Cath, zero. Crazy, one million.”  and “‘Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,’ Wren said. ‘It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.'”

 

Final note: This was a fantastic book and I totally fangirled the entire time I was reading it. I cannot wait to read more books by this author. I’d highly recommend it.

5 stars

3rd Annual ARC August: Week Four Update Post

The fourth week of August is done, which means there’s only a couple more days left of the 3rd Annual ARC August extravaganza hosted over at Read.Sleep.Repeat. I DNF Mechanica last week–it wasn’t holding my interest with all the backstory. I am going to start reading Everything, Everything and Hunter this weekend after I finish Cinder. Obviously I’m not going to finish all my books for ARC August, but that’s okay.

 

 READ AND REVIEWED:

Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne

Daughter of Dusk

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Last of the Firedrakes

Awake by Natasha Preston

Awake

 Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

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NEED TO READ:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Hunter

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt

Dream Things True

The Visitant by Megan Chance

The Visitant

The Veil by Megan Chance

The Veil

State of Grace by Hilary Badger

State of Grace

 

Are you participating in ARC August? What are some of the ARCs you’re most looking forward to reading?

Stacking the Shelves [5]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

So this week was a little slower than normal. I still need to buy some PitchWars mentor books this week, and I haven’t been requesting as many books on Netgalley lately since I have a lot I still need to read.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

        The Art of Falling The Edge of You The Sound of Us You

 

 

Netgalley:

Never, Never Gilded Awakening

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Waiting on Wednesday [5]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

This is only my fifth Waiting on Wednesday. There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing this. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

The Mirror King

Title: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.


Why I Chose This Book:

I loved The Orphan Queen. It was my first book by Jodi Meadows, and it hooked me from the beginning. So obviously I CANNOT wait for the next book! I don’t know how I’m going to wait until April to find out what happens with Black Knife, Wilhelmina, and the wraith terrorizing them.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

DNF Review: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

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Title: Mechanica
Author: Betsy Cornwell
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

 

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

 

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

 

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I did not finish this book at 10% because there was too much backstory and it wasn’t holding my interest. I was looking forward to reading this book because I love fairy tale retellings, so I was happy when Netgalley approved my request. But the book wasn’t entertaining me, so I had to put it down.

 

I love backstory, but when there really isn’t much happening except flashbacks and descriptions for 30+ pages, it’s a little too much for even me. I wanted to see some action, to see some other characters besides the ones inside Nicolette’s memory. And I know her mother’s workshop is important, but I don’t think that much time should have been spent on it, especially right at the beginning of the book. Save some descriptions for later on.

 

Another thing that I didn’t like was that there wasn’t even a mention of the “prince” Nicolette finds in the first 10%. Does he not show up until halfway through the book? Is he actually a prince? I like to at least see the love interest early on in the story, even if the romance is slow-burning. I love romance, so it’s a hard sell if romance is an afterthought, or not present, in a book.

 

Final note: The book has an interesting premise, but it’s WAY too slow to hold my attention. The writing wasn’t that bad, so I might give it another try sometime.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This is my fifth Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101. It was hard to decide on what class I would teach and what books I’d want on my syllabus. I think I’ll just have to go with what I know best, which is Contemporary YA lit. I’m hoping to read more fantasy books, so maybe if the post is recycled, I could change my 101 class to YA fantasy next time. I still have a TON of YA books to read. I’ve barely cracked the surface and I can’t wait to keep on reading all of the lovelies out there!

 

Just Listen  The Fault in Our Stars  If I Stay  The Au Pairs  Airhead

1. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen – I loved this book and it touches on some sensitive issues. I think a lot of people, especially females, can relate to Annabel’s character.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – This book is amazing, and so is the movie. I’d probably end up showing the movie in my class after we read the book so the students could compare/contrast the two. The ending is such a twist; I never saw it coming.

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman  Gayle Forman is a great writer, and I loved the movie. It had me bawling like a baby. This is another one I’d have students compare/contrast with the movie in my class.

4. The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz – The first book I read by this author, and I still adore it. It’s got some scandal, romance, and it’s such a fast, easy read.

5. Airhead by Meg Cabot – Airhead is an interesting first book in a trilogy. It was kind of out there, but in an awesome way. I haven’t seen anything like what Em Watts went through in this book in any others out there.

 

The Selection  Where She Went  This Lullaby  Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging  Fangirl

6. The Selection by Kiera Cass – The Bachelor meets Cinderella. What’s not to love? I loved the first three books, and liked the fourth one.

7. Where She Went by Gayle Forman – I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was even better than the first one in my opinion. I couldn’t let my students go without reading this book!

8. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen – I know it’s another Sarah Dessen book, but I absolutely adore her writing. This Lullaby is another one of my favorites (although I really love all of Dessen’s books)!

9. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison – This series is hilarious! I haven’t read the most recent books, so I need to reread and then finish the series up. Georgia is such a great character.

10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell  I just started this book yesterday, but I’m loving it so far. So I had to add it to my list. I think I found another author to add to my favorites list.

 

What 101 class would you teach? Any other YA contemporary books you’d add to my syllabus?

 

One Month Blogoversary

It’s been exactly one month since I started my blog. The time sure has flown, especially with one week being dedicated mostly to Pitch Wars and my manuscript. I’ve enjoyed my weekly meme posts that I’ve done (Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, and Stacking the Shelves). I think they’ll continue to be a regular weekly thing. Most of my posts have been created the day before, or the day of, that they’re supposed to be on my blog. I need to dedicate some time to working ahead. That way if I do get busy, I already have posts scheduled and can stop worrying so much.

 

I’d just like to thank everyone that has viewed and/or commented on my posts, those who have subscribed to my Emails, or followed me on Bloglovin’. You guys rock!

 

I can’t wait to continue this journey with all my friends by my side. I wanted this to be a short post, so I’ll finish it off with some of my stats from my month of blogging.

 

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3rd Annual ARC August: Week Three Update Post

The third week of August is done, which means there’s only approximately one week left for the 3rd Annual ARC August extravaganza hosted over at Read.Sleep.Repeat. I’m currently reading Mechanica, but I’m not sure if I’ll finish it or not. It might be my second DNF book since I started blogging. We’ll have to wait and see. I’m definitely not going to finish all my books for ARC August, but that’s okay.

 

 READ AND REVIEWED:

Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne

Daughter of Dusk

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Last of the Firedrakes

Awake by Natasha Preston

Awake

 

CURRENTLY READING:

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

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NEED TO READ:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Hunter

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt

Dream Things True

The Visitant by Megan Chance

The Visitant

The Veil by Megan Chance

The Veil

State of Grace by Hilary Badger

State of Grace

 

Are you participating in ARC August? What are some of the ARCs you’re most looking forward to reading?

Stacking the Shelves [4]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

I missed posting last week because I was busy editing my manuscript to enter into Pitch Wars. This week I got quite a few books from Netgalley, and bought a few too. I plan on buying more books this upcoming week from the hardworking mentors of Pitch Wars. It’s the least I can do!

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

        Ask The Passengers The Things You Kiss Goodbye Thief of Lies

 

 

Netgalley:

I Crawl Through It Mad About the Hatter When the Stars Align Antidote Bound by Duty Canvas Bound   Ryan Revisited The Carnelian Legacy White Collar Girl Everything, Everything Cover Finding Perfect

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Waiting on Wednesday [4]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

This is only my fourth Waiting on Wednesday. There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing this. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

The Girl From Everywhere

Title: The Girl from Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication date: February 16, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.


Why I Chose This Book:

This book sounds AMAZING and I cannot wait for it to be out. I mean just read the description of the book; who wouldn’t love to read it? I keep forgetting with everything going on, but will be preordering this one ASAP. Can it be February already??

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?