Saturday, March 16, 2013

If You Then You 6: Teen Idol

...and I'm late. Packing got in the way (because people really care). And since this has been a week of me commenting on books that are out off character from me to read... (it's not like I can't read fluff, it's just that I  generally don't).

If you liked...
Teen Idol

Then You Might Like:
AwkwardSame fluffy, chaotic, impossible style. The author's style reminds me a lot of Meg Cabot's. Normal girls stuffed into sudden fame and all of its accompanying chaos and panic.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Wanderlove

WanderloveTitle: Wanderlove
Author: Kristen Hubbard
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Why I Read It: I saw a blog, and all of the reviewer seemed to really like it, so, while its a bit (a lot) off of my typical preferences, I gave it a go. Also, I had recently been to Central America, so there was that (I went with a group which I did not ditch).

A Quick Intro: Bria Sandoval is ready for a change. More than that, she's trying to get away from herself: the girl she used to be. The good girl who let her (now ex) boyfriend ruin art for her. In the first twenty four hours, she ditches her tour group to go off of the beaten track with two backpackers she's just met: Rowan and Starling. She learns from Rowan about running from her past- or what they both tell themselves they can do. But neither of them can run from their past forever if they ever want to move forward.

What I Thought: I enjoyed reading Bria's journey, both physical and emotional as she grows into herself. Her and Rowan both learn about themselves and each other. I don't actually know what to say about this one... from my limited travel experience, it definitely gave a sense of the insecurity you sometimes feel when travelling- being quite overwhelmed by so many new things at the same time. The characters were flawed, but still likable- very human. Overall this was one of those books that I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading, and I'm glad that I gave a chance.

Fun Fact: When declaring what you're bringing into America at customs, snails fall into a different category than mollusks- in spite of the fact that snails actually are mollusks. Nor do the fall in with insects and other creepy-crawlies. They're grouped in with bacterial cultures. If anyone know why that is, let me know.

Friday, March 8, 2013

If You Then You 5: An Abundance of Katherines

If you liked...
An Abundance of Katherines

Then you might like...
MindblindAnother teenager struggling with being "exceptional" and the need to achieve "genius" status. Nathaniel has Aspergers Syndrome, which is an Autistic spectrum disorder, so, he has is his own struggles. So if you liked the genius part, this might appeal to you.

Just one for today( and not that great a one, really, their not that similar), because it's late and I fly out tomorrow. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

If You Then You 4: Artemis Fowl

If you liked...
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1) The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

Then you might like...
H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education (H.I.V.E., #1)H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden
I have a thing for reading child criminal masterminds and teenage criminal masterminds- or genii in general. And this is right up that alley-this is a school that trains the world's greatest criminals. It's also wonderfully humorous at times, much like the Artemis Fowls are.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
This is a really tongue-in-cheek urban fantasy about demigods (half-blood children of the Ancient Greek gods and mortals). It's fun and witty, and you can learn a lot from it.