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Dash and Lily’s Book Of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Title:

Dash and Lily’s Book Of Dares

Author:

David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Published:

 October 2010

Stand Alone/Series:

Stand Alone

Pages:

274 pages 

Format:

Kobo 

Genre:

Young Adult 

Why I read it:

Booktube! 

Summary:

“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Review:

I read this book in December, perfect time for a holiday fun read. This book is just too cute and adorable. I guess we all want this to happen to us. Meet a great guy in a bookstore, ha! Perfect fantasy. Maybe that’s why this book held such appeal to us book-nerds. The characters were not really A LOT connectable, but I did feel for them, so that says something I guess. But it was the plot that really worked for me. I loved it! Also, the writing as you shall see in the quotes below, was captivating. But alas, I could not give it 5 stars because the characters did do stupid things at times which didn’t make any sense.

A quick fun Christmas-y read, perfect for Contemporary and YA lovers, but also for any person with a liking to books!

Quotes:

 “The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.”

“I’ve always resented Hermione, because I wanted to be her so badly and she never seemed to appreciate as much as I thought she should that she got be her. She got to live at Hogwarts and be friends with Harry and kiss Ron, which was supposed to happen to me.”

“We believe in the wrong things, that’s what frustrates me the most. Not the lack of belief, but the belief in the wrong things. You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.”

“It’s hard to answer a question you haven’t been asked. It’s hard to show you tried unless you end up succeeding.”

“In a field, I am the absence of field. In a crowd, I am the absence of crowd. In a dream, I am the absence of dream. But I don’t want to live as an absence. I move to keep things whole. Because sometimes I feel drunk on positivity. Sometimes I feel amazement at the tangle of words and lives, and I want to be a part of that tangle. “Game over,” you say, and I don’t know which I take more exception to- the fact that you say that it’s over, or the fact that you say it’s a game. It’s only over when one of us keeps the notebook for good. It’s only a game if there is an absence of meaning. And we’ve already gone too far for that.”

“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint—ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy—all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know—this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtship. They want to know immediately.”

Rating:

4

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Ashes To Ashes By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Title:

Ashes to Ashes

Author:

Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Published:

Published September 16th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Stand Alone/Series:

Book #3 in the Burn for Burn trilogy

Pages:

390 pages

Format:

Kobo

Genre:

YA/Paranormal

Summary:

New Year’s Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.
After Rennie’s death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn’t left with Reeve… If Kat had only stayed with Rennie… Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.
Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?

Review:

Holy mother of god, this book was creepy. It took a paranormal turn in the plot and definitely got more exciting. The romance part was meh, didn’t enjoy it as much. The revenge just turned super serious and now two of the three girls are a target too. This book was very fast paced and super action packed. However, it was kind of predictable too.
But the writing was gorgeous and I read it in one sitting and was excited, so it wasn’t really that bad. Also, both the authors have a different style and so you catch on that the book is written by two different people, so that’s kind of cool.
The book in itself was not better than the other two, I think. For me, the first book was the best followed by the second and the third book in a tie.
*le rant begins* I was not satisfied with the ending at all, cause my OTP sunk and it irritated me to death. Ugh. I did get annoyed because of the cover change. Why change the design for the last book in a trilogy? Idiots.
*rant over*

Quotes:

*sorry for the lack of quotes in this one, I didn’t highlight any while reading cause I was on a roll and this one is the only one I found on goodreads*

“Years from now this will be what I remember when I remember my spring break senior year. It will be this moment right here. The smell of chlorine on his skin. The way the sun dips slow into the water before it disappears. The first time I ever told a boy I loved him.”

Rating:

4

Harry Potter Book 1 – Chapter 1.

Okay so this December I’m going to try and re-read all the Harry Potter books AND make an illustration per chapter. Along with the illustration will be a few quotes I loved from the book.

So here goes Chapter 1 from Book 1!

p.s – What do you think about this idea?

p.p.s – I know the illustration isn’t perfect but meh.


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* ‘He bent his great, shaggy head over Harry and gave him what must have been a very scratchy, whiskery kiss.’

* “Its lucky it’s dark. I haven’t blushed so much since Madam Pomfret told me she liked my new earmuffs.” – Dumbledore

* “Would you care for a sherbet lemon?” “A what?” “A sherbet lemon. They’re a kind of Muggle sweet I’m rather fond of.”

* Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Private Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.