January Book Wrap-Up

Books Pledged to Read in 2014: 150 Books

Am I On Track: Nope. I’m 3 books behind. I’m in SUCH a slump this year, story so far.

Books Read So Far: 9

Total Books For January: 

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Review for this book will come on February 20th, buy more about when I am part of the blog tour!

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Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

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The Selection by Keira Cass

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Re-Read) 

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Re-Read)

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Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

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Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

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I super hope February is MUCH better than January. I was in a major book slump, and I hope that I’m now out of it.

How was your January? What did you like? What books didn’t you like? What are you planning to read for February? Share in the comments!

Book of the Week-Between the Lines

Yay for the book of the week! This week’s book is chosen because…its the only book that I’ve finished in weeks since finishing These Broken Stars.

I know, diagnosis I know, information pills I’m going to get back in the groove of reading soon, I promise :)

Until then, enjoy this review!

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

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GoodReads / Barnes and Noble Amazon / Book Depository

Genre:

Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Part of a Series?:

No, standalone novel

You May Like if You Liked:

Fairy tale Re-tellings

Age Recommendation:

10+

Plot Summary:

From GoodReads:

Delilah, a loner hates school as much as she loves books— one book in particular. In fact if anyone knew how many times she has read and reread the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially her cooler than cool classmates, she’d be sent to social Siberia forever.To Delilah, though, this fairy tale is more than just words on the page. Sure, there’s a handsome (well, okay, incredibly handsome) prince, and a castle, and an evil villain, but it feels as if there’s something deeper going on. And one day, Delilah finds out there is. Turns out, this Prince Charming is not just a one-dimensional character in a book. He’s real, and a certain fifteen-year-old loner has caught his eye. But they’re from two different worlds, and how can it ever possibly work?

My Review: 

I’m going to start off by saying this: this book is definitely not YA. Well, at least in my opinion. I think this book is more rooted in a middle grade sort of style, and the story is much on the level of a middle grade book. That being said, I want you to keep that in mind as I review the book.

The book was extremely sweet. The story was simple, with little to no complicated conflict. Delilah is obsessed with a fairy tale book, and like most readers (you know what I mean), she has fallen head over heels for the main character, Oliver. So she’s surprised as hell when she opens the book one day and Oliver says hello, from the pages. They embark on an adventure to try and get Oliver out of the book and into the real world, where hopefully they can be together.

The plot is basic, simple and sweet. There isn’t a lot of depth, and the conflict is very minimal: basically, find a way to get Oliver out of the book. I felt like I saw a lot of negative reviews for this book on GoodReads and I attribute it to the fact that I think people are expecting the depth of a YA novel, but its definitely a smaller, lighter story more suited to a middle grade novel. It also has a sort of easy narrative, not a lot of struggles and not a lot of…not a lot of depth. Really, both Delilah and Oliver were sort of flat characters, and the minor characters lacked real depth as well. I busted through the book because it was SUCH an easy read. I felt like I didn’t have to think *too* much while reading it.

That being said, I did like the book. If you look at it for what it is, it is really good. Its a sweet story, honestly, and its basically every fangirl’s dream, that her fictional crush would magically come to life off the pages and fall madly in love with her for exactly who she is, when everyone else thinks she’s just plain weird. I wanted Oliver to get out of the book as much as Delilah did, and I enjoyed the back and forth narrative. You were able to get into both of the main characters’ heads and see what was motivating them. You could say why Delilah wanted to escape the real world for the kingdom in the fairy tale and you saw why Oliver wanted out of the book and into the real world.

I also really enjoyed the fairy tale that the authors wove in between the stories. While Oliver and Delilah have their story, we get to see the actual fairy tale, the one that causes Delilah to become so attached. I like when boos include that kind of thing. It takes a little more effort. Its like when Rainbow Rowell includes the selections from the fictional Simon Snow series; it just shows that much more effort, and it really adds to the story. You can see why Delilah is drawn to the story, and I really enjoyed that.

Rating:

3.5 out of 5 Stars

Recommended or Not?:

Depends. If you’re looking for a light read, more geared toward younger teens, maybe tweens, then this is the book for you. If you’re expecting a deeper story, a more complicated plot line, or a bigger romance, you’re barking up the wrong tree.

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s review :) Check back soon for more posts!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, buy more about hosted by Should Be Reading.

The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading? (Click on the book covers for reviews!)

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

What are you currently reading? 

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I just picked this up yesterday and I’m excited to read it! I met Ransom finally, pharmacy officially, salve for the first time yesterday and so yay! Exciting news!

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I’ve honestly been reading this book for nearly a week now. It just hasn’t quite…I don’t know. I’m struggling with it. I’m determined to finish it though.

What did you just recently finish reading? 

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I’m really behind in my book reviews right now (I’m behind in the blog, in general) but I was definitely a fan of this book, and I can’t wait to share my review with you.

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I re-read City of Bones. Again. I have lost count on how many times I’ve read this. Seriously, its getting unhealthy haha.

What do you think you’ll be reading next? 

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The cover and title caught my eye. I’ve heard some good stuff about Colleen so I’m down to read this.

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I am a HUGE fan of Between the Lines by Tammara Webber and every time I google it, this comes up so I figured, hmm, I gotta give this book a try then. So I bought it and its sitting in my “to-read” pile.

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This is one of those books that keeps popping up on my radar, so I’m finally sitting down to read it. Once I get to it. But I bought it so its sitting there for me also.

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What are you reading this week? Share in the comments!