The Infinite Moment of Us

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The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle (Picked up ARC at BEA13)

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Wren:
Wren Gray cannot remember a time in her life where she did something simply because she want to, just because it would make her happy. Instead, she has spent the past eighteen years please everyone else around her. That’s why she originally agreed to attend Emory, the college in which her mother works. That’s why she also agreed to pursue a career in medicine, even though she really doesn’t want to.
What Wren wants is to make a difference, not only in her own life but in other’s lives too. That’s why she joined Project Unity – a volunteer program that will allow Wren to travel to Guatemala to teach young children how to read.   Too bad her parents do not agree nor do they approve of her decision.
Charlie:
Charlie Parker has always known exactly what he’s wanted out of his life.
Charlie has wanted a family to call his own. He longs for people to love and care for. He longs to have people love and care for him. And he seems to have found that with his foster family, even if he has a hard time openly admitting that.  But that’s not the only thing Charlie wants.
Charlie wants Wren Gray.  Since their first meeting, Charlie has only had eyes for his classmate. She’s smart, beautiful, and doesn’t seem to know or realize that she possesses these qualities.  Charlie knows that Wren is out of his league, but that doesn’t stop him for making a move on her.
Wren & Charlie:
It seems that their love has been written in the stars, as if Wren and Charlie were meant to be together for the long haul.  But when life  and love throw a curve ball at the two young lovers, will Wren and Charlie’s relationship prove to be as solid as they believe?
The Infinite Moment of Us, the latest novel written by author Lauren Myracle, is a contemporary romance fizzles more than sizzles.
The Infinite Moment of Us had the potential of being this smart, epic book full of magic and romance. It had the potential of being the kind of book that readers could easily be swept away in.  But it was lacking. While Myracle’s writing was solid, the overall plot line seemed to flatline for me. I found that this simple story was just too simple. Without any real tension, it felt as if nothing really happened within the three-hundred plus pages. Instead I found a smattering of drama sprinkled here and there. Drama, that I found to be, out of place and generally unnecessary.
Where the plot lacked I had hoped the characters would not. But my hopes were not fulfilled.  Both main characters – Wren and Charlie – felt stiff and underdeveloped. Because of that, I felt that as a reader I really could get to know, to understand them. Ultimately I couldn’t relate to either one.
Leading lady Wren had a wishy-washy personality that was just downright annoying. She wants to change the world, yet she can barely change her own life.  She knows exactly what she wants, but apologizes incessantly for wanting it. Charlie, Wren’s male counterpart was no better. He loved Wren, but so easily ran back to ex-fling Starrla. He trusted her, but not enough to fully disclose the details of his imperfect life.
Beyond this, I wanted Wren and Charlie to be smart. I wanted them to be the kind of character that weren’t only honest, but also realistic. Without getting into too much detail, when Wren and Charlie decide that the time is right, Wren decides that it’s right that their first time should be unprotected. In today’s world, that’s just not smart.
Myracle’s The Infinite Moment of Us isn’t just a coming of age story. It’s a story of two young people, in love, and coming into their own sexual identities. Myracle’s handling of the subject matter is upfront and raw. She explores all the emotions and feelings both physical and mental – with honesty.
This book is an extremely read-able book. Despite the often too slow pace, I found that I couldn’t pull myself away from it. I lend that to Myracle’s writing style. Regardless of it’s read-ability and Myracle’s catchy writing style, The Infinite Moment of Us just fell short for me.  And I hate admitting that.
Even though this book wasn’t for me, I encourage all of you, dear readers to pick it up and read it! And when you’re finished, let’s discuss!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Should Have (But Didn’t Read) As A Kid

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Hello Readers!

True fact: I wasn’t always a reader. Sure I liked to read. But I didn’t read as much as a child/teen as I read now as an adult. Maybe it’s because as a child I had a bad library experience that kept me out of my public library for years and years. Maybe it’s because I read my cousin’s leftovers (The Babysitters Club, Fear Street, etc.). But for whatever reason, I haven’t read these books, and I probably should have.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Peter Pan by J.M Barrie

Happy Memorial Day (Weekend)!

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Hello Readers!

I hope you are all enjoying your Memorial Day weekend! This weekend has been about kicking back, relaxing, and getting some quality reading time it. Because of that I figured it would be a good time to post another reading challenge update.

When I started this challenge, I set out to read a total of six books. As it is May 26th, I’m happy to say that I’ve read five of those six titles. However, with Book Expo this week I doubt I’ll be squeezing in any more books.

Last Monday I finished reading Emery Lord’s debut contemporary novel – Open Road Summer. Guys, let me tell you: I. COULD. NOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN! Such a great read, I’m still excited about it, and it’s been a week since I finished it.

I also read Lauren Myracle’s last novel, The Infinite Moment of Us. I do not want to divulge any feelings about this book since my review will be posted later this week, but I will say this: it was extremely read-able. So much so that last Friday night,  I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning and finished it.

I also started Susane Colasanti’s latest Now & Forever. If you read my Stacking the Shelves post last Saturday that you already know that this book is one of my most anticipated books of 2014.

At this point I doubt that I’ll get to The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer.  As much as I want to read this book, I’m not too terribly upset that I didn’t get the chance to squeeze it in. Why? Because I got to read some of the book I was super excited to read.

Stacking the Shelves (#4)

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(Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. The above photo was taken and altered by me. Please do not use it without permission.)

Hello Readers!

It’s been a slow few weeks for me — book wise. But I do have a few new books I’ve received I’d like to share with you. Some of these books I bought, and others were given to me. As of now, I’ve only read one, but I’m super excited to read all of them.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I was lucky enough to get an e-galley of E. Lockhart’s latest novel from Netgalley a few weeks back. Anyone who knows me know that I’m a big E. Lockhart fan in general. I read this book, and not surprisingly loved it. So much so, that I think there is a re-read in my future. But that’s besides the point. I read this back in January, but I knew I had to have it. An arc of it wouldn’t suffice. So I preordered it via Amazon, and it was delivered on the day it was published.

This past week I was lucky enough to meet E. Lockhart and have her sign my copy at a Books of Wonder event that Miss Print and I attended. It was a great event. If you want to hear all about it, head over to Miss Print’s blog for a fabulous recap.

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Now & Forever by Susane Colasanti

In all honesty, Now & Forever is one of my highly anticipated books of 2014! I’ve read several of Susane Colasanti’s books, and I love each one more and more. Even though I am trying my best not to buy any books (especially with BEA14 literally next week) I splurged. I just needed to have this book! Why? Because it has me written all over it!

And best of all: it’s signed by Susane herself!

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Tease (ARC) by Amanda Maciel & Exquistie Captive (ARC) by Heather Demetrios

Both of these books were gifted to me from my fellow blogger and real life bff Miss Print! She has been spoiling me rotten with all sorts of bookish-goodies. These two are books that she knew I’m both curious and excited to read. So I can’t wait to dig into them, and share my thoughts/feelings with everyone.

Shorty Review: The Darkest Minds

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Title: The Darkest Minds 

Author(s): Alexandra Bracken

Why Did I Read This Book: There are many reasons why I read this book. Not only did I pick up an arc of it at Book Expo America (in 2012) but I was lucky enough to get that arc signed by author Alexandra Bracken.  The Darkest Minds was one of my most anticipated books that year, mainly because – from the premise – I knew haven’t read anything like it!  Besides that, fellow blogger and real life bff Miss Print (who read it before me) told me that I just HAD to read it.

Thoughts, Likes, Dislikes:  Like I said above, The Darkest Minds is unlike any book I’ve ever read. There was action and adventure, mystery and mayhem, love and sadly even loss.  I really liked how the author balances the mindset of the abilities that her characters have – some see it as a gift, others see is as a punishment. This really balances out the overall storyline. Beyond that I liked how, at its core, The Darkest Minds is a survival story. Author Alexandra Bracken has written a book that is all-absorbing.  The writing that fills the pages is top-notch. Bracken has spun a story so tangled readers can’t help but get caught up in it all. Bracken creates a palpable tension, so thick you could slice through it with a knife.  As a reader, I found a twist and a turn at every page. I couldn’t help by grip the edge of my seat. Beyond the writing, Bracken’s characters are crafted with a specific attention to detail. Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu all bring something different to the table. Ruby is a fighter through and through. She’s full of passion and fight. Liam, who is wise beyond his years, is level-headed but protects those he loves with an almost unnatural fierceness. Chubs – quite possibly my most favorite character (of all times) is prickly around the edges, but once readers get to know him find out that he’s a big old teddy bear. And Zu, lovable Zu who is so full of innocence and life, is simply refreshing.  Combined these four truly make this character driven story what it is.

Recommend It:  Most definitely YES!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books About Friends

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Hello Readers!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post is a fun one you guys! Today I’m talking about all the books I love that are all about friends (or if you’re me and you’ve modified this topic: all the books that feature friendship in some way or shape).  Almost any book out there, I think, can be about friendship.  No matter if it’s a romance novel or or a gritty contemporary novel, there’s always a best friend, a sidekick, a partner in crime.

The following books in this list are all books that I’ve read. They are all books that deal with friendship in some way or shape.

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The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando & Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Shine by Lauren Myracle & Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

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Violet & Claire by Francesca Lia Block &Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins & Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares & Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller

I Finally Started Reading …

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Hello Readers!

A week or so ago I announced that for the month of May I would taking on a reading challenge. The challenge is to read a total of six books (that’s including one audiobook) before the month comes to a close. Today is May 18th and (obviously) I’m eighteen days into the challenge.

I’m sad to say that I’m a tad behind. By this point I hoped to be finished with Never Fade and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and at least halfway done with Emery Lord’s debut Open Road Summer.

I finished Never Fade yesterday morning. And even though it took me longer to finish than I originally expected, it was completely worth it.

I still haven’t finished The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. This is the one I’m listening to on audio. I’m really enjoying it, but because I’m listening via an unabridged audiobook I’m really only listening when I’m in the car driving. At this point I’m on the very last disc and I fully expect to finish it by mid-week.

I just started reading Open Road Summer. This is a book I’m super excited about because I have heard such great things about it. I stayed up way too late and read just over 100 pages. That’s a record for me! Even though I just started reading this, I’m hoping to really dig into this book because on Tuesday (May 20th) Miss Print and I will be going to the Books of Wonder event where Emery Lord will be signing! I’d like to have Open Road Summer done by then so I can gush about it!

I’m a wee bit behind, but even so I feel I can still make my goal!

We Were Liars

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (review copy received via NetGalley)

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The Sinclair family has everything anyone could ever want and dream of. On the surface they’re a powerful family full of old money, prestige, and respect. But just below the surface lies dark family secrets and brewing family feuds. But every summer, when the entire family travel to their private island just off of Martha’s Vineyard, those secrets and feuds are buried deeper and deeper.

It’s those summers spend on the island that the Liars – Cady, Mirren, Johnny, and close family friend Gat – live for. The youngest Sinclair’s just love soaking up the summer sun, spinning tales so tall their friends back home could hardly believe, and stepping into lives that they can call their own.

That is, until their fifteenth summer. Everything seems wrong … all wrong. And Cady can’t seem to figure out why this summer is any different from any other summer.  Gat’s interest in her is feigning. Mirren is a shell of her former self, choosing to sulk rather than soar. And Johnny simply doesn’t care.  It’s up to Cady to figure out what’s wrong.

Days pass seamlessly into weeks. And as they do Cady starts to remember bits and pieces of the puzzle that is her worst nightmare. Without realizing it, bits and pieces of a terrible accident become clearer and clearer. The details are frightening. But then again, the truth always is.

We Were Liars, written by author E. Lockhart, is a textured and layered story full of mystery and intrigue. This smart book will keep readers guessing and their mouths agape.

Lockhart’s writing is simply stellar. The words she’s penned on paper are evocative. The story that she’s created is as twisted as it is smart.

Readers will easily fall in love with the setting that’s so lush readers will feel as if they’ve been transported to that small island off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. They will easily identify with characters so flawed and layered it’s hard to not mistake them for real people. They will get so caught up in the story that Lockhart has spun that they will feel as if they are a part of it themselves.

We Were Liars is the kind of books that readers – whether faithful fans of Lockhart’s or newcomers – will devour! Never wanting to put it down until every last page is consumed, readers will instantly want to re-read this book. Not just because it’s that great of a story, but because when finished minds will be reeling. And I mean that reeling in the best way possible.  This book will leave readers with so many questions, so many lies, and so many truths just waiting to be uncovered.

There is so much more I could say about this book, but in all honesty I can’t in fear that I will give too much away. Readers, you will have to trust me on this one! We Were Liars is an amazing book that will leave a lasting impression on you. Seriously, I read it in January and it’s still a book I think about, nearly four months later. You will NOT be disappointed!

Odds & Ends

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Hello Readers!

Kids say the darndest things! BuzzFeed has compiled a few (funny) book reviews written by children. Some of them are spot on!

Instagram is relatively new to me. I’ve been on it for a few months now, and for the most part am enjoying it. I don’t know how I stumbled upon this persons profile, but I’m really glad that I did. The Bookish Manicurist is a fellow blogger and Instagram-er  who, not only reviews books, but also creates one of a kind manicures based on those books.

BEA14 (Book Expo America 2014) is right around the corner. If you’re going, I’m sure you know all about these items already, but still in case you don’t. BEA Author Autographing Schedule is live (and has been for a few weeks now). BEA Ticketed Author Schedule is also live! And as of yesterday BEA In Booth Signing Schedule is available.  If you’re going to Book Expo this year what authors are you excited to see?!

As you know, dear readers, I’m in the midst of my May Reading Challenge.  Not only am I doing my own reading challenge, but real life bff and fellow blogger Miss Print is also taking on a challenge of her own! Go us!

Get your tissues ready readers! 

Calling all fans of Frozen (which is … EVERYONE!) I found this gem on HelloGiggles.com and I think you’ll enjoy it just as much as I do.

Punk rock will always hold a special place in my heart. The summer days spent at the Vans Warped Tour, the true blue do it yourself ethics, the music so loud it pulses through your veins. As both a music and book lover , these images of classic authors turned punk, are just great!

 

Read – A- Thon: The Sequal

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Hello Readers!

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I’m going to take you back in time reader. We’re traveling back to August 2013. Back in time to when I hosted my own, self-imposed read -a-thon. A read -a-thon that I consider a true success.

So much so that I decided that once again I will partake in yet another read -a-thon. But I’m changing things up a bit. Last time I set up specific challenges for myself: read a children’s classic, read a book set in London, read a book by David Levithan, etc.. This time around I will simply read in the hopes of reading as many books as I can.

In May I’m hoping to read a total of six books. And those six books are:

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (be it known I’m listening to this one on audio)

Open Road Summer by Emory Lord

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Now & Forever by Susane Colasanti

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kay Beyer

Like before I will be posting updates throughout the month of May to keep all of you, my dear readers, up to date.

As of right now I’m just about 35% (according to Goodreads) done with Alexandra Bracken’s Never Fade. I’ve had this book since last year when I was lucky enough to get a signed copy from BEA13, but in all honesty I couldn’t pick it up because I wasn’t sure what state my most favorite character was in.  But now that I started reading it I am thoroughly enjoying it for many reasons. Chubs being one of those reasons.

I’m also 20% done with Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Once again I’ve had this book since BEA13, and quite honestly, the size just intimidated me. Because of it, it’s taken up residence on my shelf. Because of its size, and because of the time constraint, I thought it would be best to do this one on audio. And it’s a great read/listen. Christine Lakin, known from hit 90s television show Step By Step, narrates it, and she does a fantastic job! Again, I am thoroughly enjoying it.

So far my self-imposed read -a-thon is off to a great start.

What are you reading this month readers?!?