Twigs by Alison Ashley Formento Review

Saturday, March 1, 2014

As I mentioned in my wrap up post, I decided to review Twigs more thoroughly. I won this book off of goodreads! It was the first book I ever won! Since then I've won one more book and a review will be put up as soon as I'm done reading it. Anyways, let's talk about Twigs!

Twigs was a surprise in a good way for me. When you look at it's goodread ratings, it has a respectable 3.10. However, I tend to read books that are at least 3.5 and higher. Well, I'm glad I won this book as I had the chance to read a book I might have missed out on!

Madeline "Twigs" Henry is the main character (hence Twigs, I know I point out the obvious sometimes). She received the nickname Twigs when she was born prematurely and has grown up to be a short, small girl. Twigs just graduated high school and is now about to start community college in the next town over. Her brother is in Iraq, her younger sister is a diva, and her dad is MIA. Twig's boyfriend Brody just went away to college and she works at a pharmacy she can't stand. Twigs has some issues as you can tell. However, she stumbles her way through those issues in the book and she ends up a stronger person. I liked her character development. My favorite character in this novel though is Helen. Twigs meets Helen at the pharmacy when Helen decides to have a fit in the hair dye section of the store (she even gets some hair dye in Twigs hair). Helen had this meltdown because she just found out that her husband was cheating on her. Helen's character was a natural source of humor throughout the book, though Twigs has her funny moments too.

It's just a cute story about a girl who struggles with her family, boyfriend, and her future and tries to end up on top at the end. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I did and I think this book deserves a higher rating than it has on goodreads. It does has it's faults. The book kind of jumps around and it makes the plot a little crazy but crazy might just be a theme of this book. Helen's crazy, Twig's crazy, her family's crazy, it's just a crazy funny story.
I gave this book a 3.5 on goodreads.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

*I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and in return, have given this book an honest review.

February Wrap Up & March TBR

I've read a total of 8 books this month, which means I've read 16 books out of the 75 books in my 2014 challenge! This month had some really good books in it! I also rediscovered my love for historical fiction this month. So, without further ado, here's the books I read in February:

Twigs was a first-reads book I won off of goodreads! It was my first book I ever won and I was so excited! I think I'm going to put up a seperate review on this book as it was a special book, so I won't talk much about it here. It was enjoyable but I couldn't bring myself to give it 4 stars so I gave it 3.5 stars on goodreads. It was a story that deals with some serious issues but it was still a fun read with funny mishaps along the way!

Cress is the third book in the Lunar series by Marissa Meyer. I already did a review of this book so if you want to know more, check that out! I gave it 4 stars on goodreads.

I gave Very Bad Things 3.5 stars on goodreads. It's a New Adult book from a self-published author. So if you like new adult books, you should check this one out! (review on blog)

I read the Princess in the Opal Mask this month and I gave it a 3.5 stars! Definitely recommend if you like a light read of historical fiction. (review on blog)


Endless is a story another historical fiction novel. This one is based on the story of the last Russian Tsar's family. I gave this one 3.5 stars. (review on blog)

Stolen Songbird is tied with Cress as my second favorite novel of this month. I was fortunate enough to receive a digital copy of this book on netgalley! This book has trolls and a strong female protagonist. I gave it 4 stars! (review on blog)

Last, but definitely not least, I read Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. Even though Cress and Stolen Songbird were great novels, Edenbrooke ended up as my favorite of this month. Have I mentioned that my all time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice? I think I mentioned it in my about me section. Anyways, I love me some regency historical romance such as Pride and Prejudice. Edenbrooke is probably my favorite contemporary regency historical fiction novel. It's so good. It's about a girl named Marianne who has a twin sister named Cecily. After her mother dies, Marianne is shipped off to her Grandma's in the country and Cecily stays at her aunt's in London. Marianne, though she loves her Grandma, isn't happy living there. Luckily a close friend of her mother's invites her and Cecily to stay the summer at her estate, Edenbrooke. This is where Marianne meets the male lead Phillip. That's when all the fun starts. Like I said before, I love regency historical fictions and this book just reminded me how much. Seriously one of my favorite books so far this year. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars AND put it on my favorites self on goodreads :).

As for my TBR, I'm reading the first book in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy called The Final Empire. I'm already on page 174, and let me tell you, I can hardly put this book down! It's so good already! That's all I really have planned to read this month, as I usually pick what books I read by my mood. I don't really plan them!

I hope you have a lovely day!

Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Sunday, February 23, 2014

"Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things"

I have another book review today! This one is about Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills.
This book is about a girl, Nora, who appears to have everything. She's a pianist, a valedictorian, and a beauty pageant queen. Her mother is a famous talk show host in Dallas. She lives in a mansion and goes to a prestigious school, Briarcrest Academy. However, right from the beginning you know that it's all just a act. In the beginning of the book Nora has a mini-breakdown or you could say rebellion during her speech at the open house at Briarcrest Academy.

After this famous speech, Nora makes a list of things she feels like she needs to do in order to shed her good-girl image. Meaningless sex, alcohol, and drugs are on the list. The list is how she meets Leo Tate, the main male character in this story. Nora decides to vandalize someones car and it turns out to be Leo's.

Leo Tate vows to never fall in love after his parents die in a car crash, leaving him and his brother Sebastian on their own. His brother, his gym and his band are all he cares about. Until Nora that is.

This book was about Nora trying to figure out who see is while her mother breaths down her back. She also struggles with a past that haunts her.

This book was pretty good, it reminded me of Easy by Tammara Webber. It has some issues in it that make the story worth while and the relationship between Nora and Leo is good. The secondary relationships were good too. Sebastian, Teddy, and Mila were all great characters.
I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars on goodreads.
*This book has adult language and content so I don't recommend it for younger audiences*

I hope you have a great day!

The Princess in the Opal Mask Review!

I've decided to take a break from reading The Name of the Wind and I've picked up a couple of other books instead. One of them was The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist.

There's a dual point of view in this book between Princess Wilha and Elara. Wilha is the masked princess and Elara is an orphan girl, both from the kingdom of Galandria. About 100 pages into the book you figure out how they're connected to each other. I thought the first 100 pages were a bit slow but then it picked up after that. It was an interesting story and it had a historical fiction kind of feel to it.

Because it was slower in the beginning, I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 star rating on goodreads. It was still a cute book and interesting but it wasn't my favorite novel out there.
I recommend this book for people who like stories about princesses and mystery!

I hope you have a great day!

Review of Cress by Marissa Meyer

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So the Lunar series is probably one of my favorite YA series. My favorite book out of the series is definitely Cinder. Scarlet was still a great book too but I enjoyed Cinder and Kai's relationship a bit more than Scarlet and Wolf's relationship. Anyways, since the Lunar series is one of my favorites, I naturally read Cress as soon as I could.

Cress was another great book in the series but, it has to be my least favorite. Maybe it was because I was reading another book at the same time (The Name of the Wind) and that ruined it a bit. I'm not sure. This book felt like it was a plot building book. Like it was a book to prepare you for the next book, not a book that could stand alone by itself like Cinder or Scarlet could.

I enjoyed Cress and Thorne's relationship; it was cute. I enjoyed the take on Sci-Fi take on the Rapunzel story. But it just didn't reach the expectations I had for a book from this series.
I still recommend reading it because it's still a good story. Just not as good as the first two in my opinion.

Sorry for the short review and my absence of posts but I've been so busy trying to catch up on my school work and read The Name of the Wind with my goodreads group! It's taken up a lot of my time!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hi everyone! Friday night I started and finished Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen. It was so good, I couldn't put it down! After reading the synopsis on goodreads I had to request to read the ebook on netgalley. Thanks to Strange Chemistry, I was able to read this book sooner than later! It's about trolls and as I love The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, trolls are right up my alley.

Cecile de Troyes is kidnapped on the day she was supposed to move to the city to be a singer like her mother. Her kidnapper brings her to the Trollus which is a city inhabited by trolls under the Forsaken mountain. Cecile is the trolls hope to break the curse a witch put on Trollus which makes it so the trolls can't leave Trollus. Cecile is married and bonded to their prince, Tristan, in order to hopefully break this curse. Well, it doesn't work and that's when the real story begins.

I loved the relationship between Cecile and Tristan. It at first is obviously rocky considering Cecile was kidnapped but it progresses throughout the story into something great. I loved that instead of rejecting the world Cecile was trapped in, she ends up trying help save the half-trolls (who are slaves).
I read this book in one night, even though I had to wake up at 5 the next morning, because it was just that good. I wanted to know what happened next. I cannot wait for the next book to come out!
Well done Ms. Jensen.

I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars because I felt the story was a bit jumped into a first but then the rest of it was amazing.

I hope you have a great day!

*I received a free copy of this book on netgalley from Strange Chemistry in return for an honest review

Endless by Amanda Gray Review!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I just finished reading Endless a couple days ago. I flew through that book because I wanted to know what happened to Jenny! It's another take on the Romanov family tale. However, the story uses the tale of the family as the characters background but has a completely different feel to the story. It has time travel, reincarnation, mysterious robed people who are supposedly monks and a great romance story. It's interesting to see how Ms. Gray incorporated each character in her story to the characters of the "original" story.

I don't want to give too much away about this book so I'm just going to leave it at that. Plus, I have homework I should be doing right now......oops! I enoyed this book and gave it 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads. I can't help but love a good Russian historical fiction book. Especially since I'm taking Russia through films as a course. So this book was semi-school related right? (I wish)

I hope you have a wonderful day!
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