Quote... Unquote - Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss


"So what do I wish for? Something I'm not sure I want? Someone I'm not sure I need? Or someone I know I can't have?"

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published December 2nd 2010 by Dutton
372 pages
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Summary:
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?
Review:

This book is a breath of fresh air! I haven't read young adult contemporary books in a while so I'm happy that I decided to read this!

Anna is sent to a boarding school in Paris by her parents. It is her senior year, she feels disappointed because she will leave her best friend in Atlanta and a guy who she thinks is interested with her. She meets this handsome Parisian guy - Etienne St. Claire(love the name!) with a British accent and humor you will surely love. Little does she know, that her stay in Paris is truly worthwhile.

I'm totally thrilled with this book! You can probably feel my excitement to review it. The book is simply adorable. I can't seem to find the right words to describe it. The story can be a typical one where a girl-loves-boy-with-a-girlfriend. I love the love story in it. The characters are real. I mean, they are described just as believable as a live person. The setting of course is my favorite. One of the many reasons I like to read this book is because I'd love to go to Paris someday. I learned some French words as well.

The romance part is wonderfully written. I got addicted to the way the author described their relationship and how it was developed. The love story is not the one you will get tired of. I didn't even want the book to end! I want more! There were moments that I just want to squeal and moments that I was smiling while reading the book. That sounds crazy, but this book really made me feel good that someone loves and adores me.

I consider Anna and the French Kiss as one of the best contemporary books I read so far. This book is highly recommended! Go grab it! ♥

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Anna and the French Kiss

Quote... Unquote - Inside Out

Inside Out (Harlequin Teen)
"For the first time, I was the center of attention. Everyone watched me as if I were a bomb. Would I explode and cause a disaster or would I pop and cause a miracle?" 


Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder (Insider #1)

Author: Maria V. Snyder
Published April 1st 2010 by Harlequin (first published March 24th 2010)
320 pages
Series: Insider
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Summary:
Keep Your Head Down.

Don't Get Noticed.

Or Else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
Review:

Dystopian has been a favorite genre of me ever since I read The Hunger Games series. Well, I'm really intrigued with all the conspiracies and end-of-the-world stories in this genre. I saw that the second book of Inside out, which is Outside In, is available on netgalley. So I decided to read the first book already. Inside Out has already been on my to-read pile for a long time!

Trella is a scrub in the Inside. Scrubs are people in the lower levels who work for the Uppers to maintain Inside. They do the laundry, cleaning, cooking and all the hard work. When a prophet tried to convince Trella that there's still hope for the scrubs, Trella sees herself sneaking through the pipes to spy on the Uppers. Trella doesn't know that a rebellion will begin because of it.

Inside Out is one of those books that has a brilliant concept but too short for a 320 pages book. I know that's already pretty long but that's only what I thought. At first, I was kinda confused of the settings. The beginning was slow but as I read on, it became fast-paced and adventurous.

The main characters are likable. Trella is one tough girl. She's only 17 but her personality makes her older than her age. It was interesting because they use weeks to count their age. I thought I'm going to do a little math but the lazy side of me didn't bother anymore. :) Cogon is really brave and he will fight for the sake of others. He is well-liked by many scrubs. It's just sad what happened to him in the end. When Riley was introduced in the book, I have a feeling that he will play an important role in the story. Just read the book to find out!

The book was a good read! It's not as exciting as I expected but the concept really impressed me. Will definitely read the sequel!

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Inside Out (Harlequin Teen)

Book HeART ♥ #3 - Book Handbag

This week's book art would be a DIY on how to make your book into a handbag. Since the previous book art I posted was about book purse, why not try to make one yourself! How does that sound? :)

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All you'll need, in addition to the book itself, is half a yard of fabric, a $4.99 handle kit, some ribbon, a button--and a free afternoon. The book can be a used one, better if it's an old book that you want to recycle.

The instructions are very easy. It doesn't need sewing. You just have to glue a little of this and that...


        


        


        


    


    

And there! You have created your book bag! For more details, just click the source above! :)

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Quote... Unquote - If I Stay

If I Stay


"Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you."


If I Stay by Gayle Forman 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Author: Gayle Forman
Published April 6th 2010 by Speak (first published January 1st 2009)
259 pages
Series: If I Stay
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Summary:
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
Review:

I see a lot of good reviews about the book. I've been reading a lot of fantasy books lately. And so for a change, I decided to try this one.

If I Stay is the story of Mia and her struggle for a decision to live after the unfortunate accident that happened to her family. The book contains flash backs of Mia's life with her family and the people around her. The book was like a tearjerker movie. With all the emotions from the main character, you wanna know already what will happen in the end - if the main character will live happily or not. That's what I felt when I read it. It was a heart-breaking read because of the memories and experiences of Mia.

I'd say this book is a good read especially to those who view life as a problem. It's really hard to decide whether to live or not if that decision will greatly affect you in the future. I like that the book involves a lot of music related stuff. I don't know how to play any musical instruments(Well actually, I do! I can play the piano like most of us can, but I'm not really a skilled one!), so the book reminded me to practice and learn to play again! The ending is just so... Well, I don't want to spoil. I look forward to read the sequel which will be released this coming April!

Overall, it was a great read. If I Stay will surely make you teary-eyed and will definitely teach you a lesson about life and making decisions.

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

If I Stay

Book HeART ♥ #2 - Book Purse

I've been busy these past few weeks because of exams and my friends and I joined a programming contest at school. Oh yes, I'm an IT student! :) So no book reviews for this week.

This week's book heART are these beautiful book purses designed and created by rebounddesigns!



Anyone who wants to buy this purse for me? I'd very much appreciate it! :) The good thing about it is that the creator used damaged or discarded books, 90% were being thrown by libraries. Book wallets are also available!



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These purses and wallets would be a great addition to your collection of "books" most especially if you like classic books. If you have books that are falling apart or already damaged, you can contact rebounddesigns and they can turn your book into something beautiful and useful!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Quote... Unquote - The Lucky One

"He was a wonderful man. And when a man is that special, you know it sooner than you think possible. You recognize it instinctively, and you're certain that no matter what happens, there will never be another one like him."



The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey #3)

Author: Julie Kagawa
Published January 25th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
358 pages
Series: Iron Fey
Review copy from NetGalley and Publisher
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Summary:
My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it. 

This time, there will be no turning back.
Review:

I'm not sure whether to rate it 5 or not. That's after I read it. Then I scanned through the pages again, just then I decided I would rate it 5!

It took almost three weeks, if I'm not mistaken, before I finished The Iron Queen (busy schedule and I have to read in front of the computer! Kindle, I need you now! :). I really anticipated to read this third book of the series because I loved how it ended on the second book.

The book started just after the end of The Iron Daughter. Meghan wants to visit her family after she and Ash are banished from Nevernever. Just then they are attacked by the Iron feys. The false Iron King is after her.

The Iron Queen is full of action and adventure with a bit of romance that will definitely make you swoon. I admit Meghan improved a lot in this book. She's not the most selfish girl anymore. Most probably because she's the only chance of Nevernever to defeat the false king. As always, Ash is incredible. I wonder if there's a real guy like him in this world. I don't know, but I missed the old Puck and his humor. He's still the same here, but I'm not sure, there's something lacking about him. I'm glad Grimalkin is still in the picture. That cat is so adorable.

I thought of rating it just four. However, the last part and the ending was really something you should look forward to. The author is really good on cliffhangers at the end. She's just great writing the ending of her books.

If you're a fan of Faery books, this series would be a great read for you!

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

The Iron Queen (Harlequin Teen)

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