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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things, #1)
Tiny Pretty Things
Author(s): Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 448
Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.~Goodreads
I loved the ballet aspect of this book—the rehearsals and the performances were all described so beautifully it kind of made me want to be a ballerina. But then we also see the less glamours side of being a ballerina and I was like, "nah, I'm good." Something I picked up on while reading was that they all sweat—a lot. Which, I totally understand they are exerting tons of energy by either practicing or performing but sweat was constantly beading or dripping or collecting somewhere, even when they weren’t practicing. It was perhaps a touch over mentioned. 

I really enjoy the alternating points-of-view in this book as well. The three girls were all equally compelling, had their own unique voice and kept me intrigued.   

At first, I thought that Bette would be my favorite but then I discovered how rude/slightly crazy she was. That girl has some serious issues. There were times I sympathized with her but soon I realized she caused a lot of her own problems. 

Gigi was a touch na├»ve but she’s so sweet I couldn’t help but root for her. Everyone else read as more mature, older but you can tell with Gigi she’s just a sixteen-year-old girl who loves ballet, and I liked that a lot.

And June is…a puzzle. She is so back and forth I can’t tell exactly who she is. I want to learn more about her. I think I like her. Yeah. Pretty sure I do. 

The story is definitely about the drama filled life of the girls, no doubting that, but there are some key male leads in the story as well. Alec, who is Ballet’s 'It Boy' was a little too perfect for my tastes. (Super nice guy, but maybe just a titch too nice.) Will, who is Alec’s best friend felt a little like a filler character, but he was kind of adorable nonetheless. And then there’s Henri. Now, I usually don’t use these words to describe a fictional boy but…he was disgusting. He made me sick. He was overly aggressive and predatory and NOT in the sexy way. Just no.

Another aspect I didn’t necessarily like was that multiple characters were hooking up with people who were already in relationships. Which, yes, I totally get the scandal factor of that but after the second infidelity I was shaking my head a little bit.

Tiny Pretty Things is a face-paced book that doesn’t read like almost 450 pages. It kept me captivated and invested to the point where I wanted to skip ahead a few times. Drama, gossip, secrets, deceit, blackmail, manipulation—it's all in here. It's like a ballet version of Gossip Girl, and I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel, Shiny Broken Pieces

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope y'all eat lots of yummy food and have no regrets or tummy aches!

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Enjoy the day with the people you care about and love.

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i am waiting on:

Queen of Hearts

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless
monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath. 

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.~Goodreads

Yes. Just yes. Whimsical Wonderland, Wardley, the White Rabbit?! Yes. AND THAT COVER?! So insanely gorgeous. I need this book! 

What are YOU waiting on?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 308

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. ~Goodreads

Everything, Everything took me by total surprise. This book is funny and heartbreaking and cute and frightening and everything. Everything. 

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. You’d think Madeline would be so utterly depressed from not being able to do anything or go anywhere but she is has a strong sassy spirit. I really enjoyed seeing her checkup charts; I thought that was a unique touch. (The ways the chapters are set up make it such a fast read.) I also thought it was neat that her mom was her doctor, maybe a touch overly protective, but rightfully so. 

Then there is Olly. Oh, how there is Olly. I adored Olly. I mean the boy does parkour for crying out loud = h.o.t. He is sweet and funny and his e-mails/AIMs with Mads?! Loved. But my favorite thing they do? Window staring. Sounds super creepy, I know, but it’s actually the cutest thing and it made my heart do weird flippy floppy things.

The twist to this story?! THE TWIST! I did NOT see it coming and oh my goodness gracious. Just wowza. Perfect. A+. 

This book was so, so good. I would DEFINITELY recommend!