February 27, 2014

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Title: The Beginning of Everything
Author: Robyn Schneider
Publisher: Katherine Tegen (Originally Published July 4, 2013)
Publish Date: August 27, 2013
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life. 
No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures. 
But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?  
Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

The first thing that came to my mind when I picked up this book was how awesome the opening paragraph was. It discussed tragedy, and how everyone has one waiting for them, which will inevitably set off everything in your life that matters. First of all, I love the idea. Secondly, the way the opening was written was just gorgeous. Basically, I knew I was in for something good.

This novel did not disappoint. The characters were everything I look for in a well-developed story. You didn't have to go searching for who they were - it was all plan to see, right there on the page, and the author didn't even have to state anything obvious. You just knew. From the way they talked, what they wore, what kinds of things they liked to do in their spare time. And the most important factor: from the way they reacted to specific situations.

I loved Cassidy. I'm sure many people hated her by the end of the story, but I take a certain liking to the lost ones, the characters who don't know what they're doing or where they're going to end up. I take a certain liking to the characters who make huge mistakes without turning back. I don't know why, really. I've always found them interesting. Cassidy reminded me a bit of Alaska from Looking for Alaska by John Green in that way, but on a slightly less depressing scale.

Actually, this book was extremely similar to John Green's books, just as I'd been told. I was skeptical at first, but I can now say with confidence that it's true. If you've read and liked John's books but haven't picked up The Beginning of Everything, I don't know what you're waiting for.

The plot didn't consist of anything mind-blowing, but it was structured well and had an even pace. And the plot twist in the end, when Ezra is clearing things up with Cassidy... Needless to say, I didn't see it coming. Not at all. And even though it was a really sad and upsetting plot twist, I loved it. It was brilliantly simple and completely heart-wrenching.

Also, a fair warning: you know those books where something happens to an animal? Like a family dog dies, or something like that? Yeah, this is one of those books. And I cried, because I can never handle when an animal gets hurt in a book. I didn't cry only because of that - there were many other sad sections, I assure you - but still. Just so you know.

Overall, this book was written so simply and yet it was brilliant. It was filled with observations on life as well as hard truths about high school and what it means to be a teenager. What it means to be human. If you're a fan of John Green and/or YA contemporary, this is a must-read.

February 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday 2.26.14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. It features upcoming books that we're eagerly waiting for!

Hey guys! I've been waiting for this book for a while now - I heard about it through Goodreads a couple of months ago - and I'm not sure why I haven't shared it with you yet. :)

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
April 1, 2014
Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. 
Rule Two—Be careful. 
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest. 
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible. 
Rule Five—The letters are the law. 
Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known. 
But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there. 
Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.

I don't read many thriller or mystery books, which makes this sound both interesting and extremely out of the ordinary for YA. I think it sounds like a potentially good read if it's written well (I've heard both good and bad early reviews)!

February 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Bought But Haven't Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today is a Rewind, which means I'm going to do an old topic that I never got the chance to do - books I bought but haven't read. So here goes...

Champion by Marie Lu
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Friday Never Leaving by Vikki Wakefield 
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Teardrop by Lauren Kate
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

There are a lot of these (eleven, I think, and even more on my shelf). Anyway, my reasons for having not read them yet? Either I just haven't gotten around to it, I'm putting it off because even though it was recommended to me I'm skeptical about it, or I'm not in the mood to read that genre at the moment.

Either way, I plan on reading these eventually. Hopefully. Though maybe not Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, because while it's been recommended to me numerous times it looks so creepy and I hate scary books. I think I bought it simply because everyone was saying it was good.

That's all for today! I'll see you guys tomorrow with a WoW. :)

February 24, 2014

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

Title: Goodbye, Rebel Blue
Author: Shelley Coriell
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publish Date: October 1, 2013
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: 3/5 Stars

Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy—particularly when she falls for Nate, the golden boy do-gooder who never looks out for himself. Perfect for fans of Jay Asher’s blockbuster hit Thirteen Reasons Why, Coriell’s second novel features her sharp, engaging voice along with realistic drama and unforgettable characters.

Goodbye, Rebel Blue isn't your average contemporary book. Well, it is, in a way, but at the same time it's unique. There are lots of things I loved and a few things I didn't, but overall it was an enjoyable read. As always, let's start with the bad to get on to the good.

It was slow. That's about as much as I can say in regard to the plot. I grew bored pretty easily, which is why it took me a while to read. It wasn't that there weren't any good points, or the events in the story were boring. I became uninterested mainly because there wasn't much of a climax. The story was flat almost all the way through. And while good characters can keep me interested even if the plot falls by the wayside, these characters weren't interesting enough to keep me entertained the entire time without a good plot line.

Secondly, (I seem to be having this problem with quite a few books lately, and I have no idea why) the characters were a bit flat for me. Not in the sense that they weren't well-rounded, but the book was - ironically so, as the plot was pretty slow - over too quickly for me to really get to know them. Either that, or I just didn't connect with them.

But I loved the bucket list idea. This book made me question the fact that haven't read very many books involving bucket lists. Now that I think about it, the grand total would probably come out to about two or three, which is really sad. Goodbye, Rebel Blue reminded me how much I love them, and how fun they are. I adored the contrast between Kennedy's list and Rebecca's. I also loved Rebecca's last two items on her bucket list, and how they were like their own sort of plot twist.

Rebecca's voice was excellent, though. If anything kept me reading until the end, it was her quirky, sarcastic comments and realistic outlook on life. Her character was gritty and true similar to the way Elise was from This Song Will Save Your Life.

Overall, Goodbye, Rebel Blue was an average but good contemporary read. Again, I would only recommend this to lovers of contemporary, because otherwise you might get bored a bit easily.

February 23, 2014

Sunday Spiel: Novellas

Random note: I'm sorry I didn't write a discussion post last week! I honestly can't even remember why I didn't. I must have either been really busy or just not in the mood. But today I am in the mood, and I'm going to talk about something that isn't very controversial - just a topic to discuss.

Before I get into this, I'd just like to say these are my opinions. I am in no way saying that you should have these opinions or that mine are correct. This is simply a post open to discussion, and you're free to share your opinions as well. :) I love hearing them!

Sooo anyway, today I wanted to talk about novellas. It might seem like there's not much to talk about, but I don't know, I find them interesting.

The way I see it, novellas aren't written because the author wants to write them. They seem to only be released when there's a series that publishers are either trying to a) market or b) get more money out of. Novellas can be good when you're reading an excellent series and the next book isn't going to come out for another year or so, but you still want to read more of what's going on in that world. That goes along with point b - it gives readers the chance to read more about the same characters and publishers the chance to milk the series for all it's worth.

But I also think novellas are used to market books that aren't quite as popular. Like "Hey, these books are good, and there are even novellas so if you like it you can read more." Or they can even be used just to get the word out.

I think the latter is more popular, especially with trilogies. Shatter Me, The Selection, etc. Readers and publishers both want more of the story for different reasons, and in the end everyone wins.

I also believe that novellas can either turn out really good or really bad. It's an art, writing something so short and yet so meaningful. To be honest, I haven't read all that many novellas. I find that they usually turn out more mediocre than anything. It's rare that I read an actual good one.

Overall, I think they're a nice idea when there's a really popular series that readers want more of, but other than that I don't find them all that interesting. Not bad, just unnecessary. 

What about you? Do you like novellas? Have you read any good ones lately?

February 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #23

Stacking the Shelves is a feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's about sharing the books you got this week--virtual or physical--from the bookstore, the library, borrowed from friends, etc.

Hey everyone! How has your week been? I bought two books that I can't wait to read. :)


The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider - I've had my eye on this book for a while, and I finally bought it. I'm planning on starting it soon if I get the chance. 

The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard by Kiera Cass - I really loved the first book in this trilogy, and even though the second wasn't quite as good I can't wait to read this novellas. I'm hoping they'll live up the the precedent the first book set instead of the second one.

That's it for today! Did you guys get any new books this week? Anything you think I would like?

February 20, 2014

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publish Date: September 17, 2013
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: 3/5 Stars

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing. 
Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

While I did enjoy this book, I didn't adore it as much as everyone else seemed to. There are a few main reasons I could probably pinpoint for this, the main one being that I had just finished reading both Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door (because let's face it - anything you read right after those two books isn't going to be as good). But there are a few other, less obvious reasons that have more to do with the novel itself. 

I didn't connect with this book. Not because of the characters and what they did in the story, but more because I didn't feel like I knew them - except for Elise, that is. Other than the main character, they weren't very in-depth. Simple, almost too simple. They were only there to help with the plot, and that made it harder for me to enjoy the book. The most important aspect of a book (for me) is well-written characters, so when they're only mediocre it's affects my overall feeling towards it.

The story is told in flashbacks, or at least it sounds like it is. It's pretty vague on detail, which made it seem sort of dreamlike. Almost like bird's eye view. This is good for some books, but I don't think it suited this story very well. I feel like I would have gotten the full effect if it had sounded more present and in action (not that this is a particularly action-packed book - sorry I worded that so weirdly). 

I loved the uniqueness of it, though. I've never read a book that involves DJing, ever. Never even heard of one. And it was brutally honest about life and the way high school can be, which I loved. Some books just sugarcoat it, or pretend that high school is this happy-go-lucky place, but it's not. Leila Sales wrote this book so in tune with reality it was almost scary.

Overall, this book was not what I expected in both good and bad ways. I would recommend this only if you're a contemporary fan, otherwise you may not enjoy it as much.

February 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday 2.19.14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. It features upcoming books that we're eagerly waiting for!

So as you can tell, I've been reading a lot of contemporary lately. I've also finally read Anna and the French Kiss as well as Lola and the Boy Next Door. Therefore I thought it was only appropriate that this be my book for today. :)

Isla and the Happy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
August 14, 2014
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. 
Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Because I loved both of the first two books, I can't imagine not liking this. Stephanie Perkins is one of my favorite contemporary authors. Needless to say, I can't wait for this to come out! I know plenty of others have read her books too. Is anyone else waiting for it?

February 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday 2.18.14: Reasons I Love Being a Reader and Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Hi! Sorry I was absent this week. I didn't buy any books last week, so there was nothing to write for Saturday, and I wasn't in much of a discussion mood on Sunday.

The good news is that I'm back, and today's topic IS sort of like a discussion, so that's good. :) As you can tell by the title, it's top ten reasons I love being a reader and blogger. I'm going to do about five reads I love being a reader and five reasons I love being a blogger, though the numbers might get skewed a little bit.


1) I love being a reader because it takes me to a place I've never been before even though I don't leave the couch/bed/wherever else comfy I decide to read. 

2) I can learn a lot about people through books. There are so many different characters, and (if they're written well) they each have their own personalities and quirks that are displayed throughout the story. We get to see how they react to certain situations and how they deal with conflict in their life.

3) Feels. Even if they're really emotional or sad or overly exciting, feels are the best. Especially because you're feeling things for people who (dare I say it?) don't exist. It seems like such an amazing act of empathy, just the fact that we as human beings can sympathize with people who are alive only in our minds.

4) Books are such great escapes. Let's face it - sometimes we need to get our minds off of things. What better way to do that than to not be in our minds at all, but rather someone else's?

5) Words. I have this sort of fascination with them, especially if there is a certain gorgeous passage of descriptions or I'm reading unique words I've never heard of before. It's something I can't explain unless you have that same fascination. Then you know what I'm talking about. :)


1) The people! I've met nothing but friendly, awesome people through blogging. And better yet, they love books just as much as I do. Which brings me to the next one...

2) Being able to talk about books with other people. Not just books, but books you really like. Sharing the same feelings over books, or even discussing something sort of boring, like main plot points. It's the best part, I think.

3) Getting the chance to recommend a book to someone. As a bonus, having them read and love it as well.

4) Being able to meet and talk to authors, especially ones whose books I've read. Especially because they're all so nice. It's always hard for me to actually grasp the fact that I'm talking to the person who wrote a book I really love.

5) Finally, simply the fact that it makes me happy. I love to be able to come here and talk about all the things that go through my head, whether it's about books or just something random.

Those are my top ten reasons I love being a reader and blogger! What about you? If you're not a blogger, what do you like about reading?

February 17, 2014

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Publish Date: September 28, 2011 (Reissue edition published July 9, 2013)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

I feel like this review could end up with me comparing this book to Anna and the French Kiss the entire time, and that's not exactly what I'm aiming to do. While it is significant, I don't think the two should constantly be compared. Lola and the Boy Next Door is so different from the first book, even though it's the same genre and even involves some of the same characters.

I'm going to start off with comparisons and involvement with Anna and the French Kiss to get it out of the way. First off, I loved the little parts where Anna and St. Clair popped up. It was literally the most adorable thing. My heart was already exploding from the Lola and Cricket moments, so adding Anna and St. Clair into the mix was almost too much - in the best way possible, of course.

There is one thing I can't avoid: I didn't enjoy Lola and the Boy Next Door as much as Anna and the French Kiss. I think it may have been missing that extra special something. There's that feeling you sometimes get when you read a book and it's decent - or even more than decent - but there's still something missing. That's how I felt when I finished Lola and the Boy Next Door.

But straying away from the bad to focus on the good...characters. The plot in these books are never all that exciting and are downplayed a bit. But the characters, oh my gosh. They're perfect. They're so unique and quirky and special and human that I can't get over it. I want to know everything about their lives and what goes on in them and if they end up happy. And that's the best kind of feeling you can get from reading a book, in my opinion.

One specific aspect of this story I really loved was the fact that Anna and St. Clair were the perfect model for a good, strong relationship. Lola was witness to that while she was dating Max, her boyfriend. Lola's relationship with Max was, long story short, not a healthy one. And after watching Anna and St. Clair and seeing the way things worked between them, she realized what was going wrong with the relationships in her life.

Cricket is the best. His character is great and even though he is a good person he still makes mistakes and doesn't act like a robot without emotions (which I see in books way more often than I should). I have nothing else to say about him. 

Overall, while Lola and the Boy Next Door wasn't quite as good as Anna and the French Kiss, it was still an enjoyable must-read for all contemporary fans.

February 13, 2014

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Publish Date: December 2, 2010 (Reissue edition published July 16, 2013)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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. She is less than thrilled about boarding school in Paris - until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, he has it all - including a serious girlfriend. Will Anna get her French kiss?

There's no way I'll ever be able to fully explain my love for this book. There are just so many things to like about it. You all are probably aware of my complete adoration for contemporary. I was expecting this to be a little more fluffy than it was, but I was pleasantly surprised. While Anna and the French Kiss contained fluff, it wasn't made up entirely of fluff, and that made it much easier to read.

First off, the writing style. I've never seen anything like it. It was so casual, which is something that made it stand out. And it wasn't casual in a bad way. Sometimes books are written so eloquently that there's no realistic way the narrator could be a teenager. But this was written so normally that it really help bring out Anna and her personality, as well as still being good quality. I loved it. Even the dialogue, the banter back and forth, flowed well.

The characters were fantastic. There was strong character development, and it was not forced at all. I think a good word to sum up this entire book is natural. The writing flowed naturally. The characters acted naturally, the way everyday people would act, and even had all these unique quirks like they would in real life. The plot was just the right pace.

But Anna, oh my gosh. She reminded me of how I would act going into an environment like that (except she made friends way faster than I probably would have - she's not quite as shy as I am). And St. Clair. He reminded me a lot of Levi from Fangirl, but a bit different in the sense that he couldn't let go as easily as Levi could.

The one thing that bothered me a bit was the lack of description. Stephanie Perkins was so focused on the character development and the plot that it seemed like there wasn't enough time to fit it all in. This made it hard to envision some of the characters and places in the story. Other than that, I had no issues with the story.

Overall, Anna and the French Kiss is a sweet, real story of finding love in the place where you least expect it and learning to deal with the crazy situations you're thrown into. If you like YA contemporary, this is a must read.

February 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday 2.12.14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. It features upcoming books that we're eagerly waiting for!

I saw this in Edelweiss today and really wanted to request it, but I didn't. Anyway, it looks so good.

Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke
July 22, 2014
Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony. 
Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane. 
But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

This looks SO good. I love the entire idea, and I hope it will be carried out extremely well. The cover is so mysterious and beautiful, too. :)

February 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday 2.11.14: Books That Will Make You Swoon

Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Hey guys. :) I adore this topic. Sooo many books, especially a few I've read recently, are perfect for this. Such as...

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - Levi. Is there anything else I can possibly say?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - So I finally got around to reading this! I don't know why I put it off for so long. It wasn't exactly intentional. I was simply reading other things and it was a bit far down on my TBR list. But I read it so fast and it was nearly flawless. Also AHH St. Clair.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - The moment I finished Anna and the French Kiss I was dying for more, so I read the next one. I read this one even quicker than the last, and loved it just as much in a totally different way. I can't wait to review these for you. Anyway, Cricket makes me so happy. :)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - I read this way before I started blogging, so I don't think I've talked much in detail about The Mortal Instruments. I mean, I've mentioned my love for the series a couple of times, but never had a discussion on it or anything. Anyway, I didn't love the first book. In fact, I really disliked it. But I kept reading because I was curious, and the second one was so much better. And swoon worthy.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - I like Adam and Juliette together. Most people like Warner better, I believe. I can't bring myself to like him, though. I love him as a character, but not for Juliette. Which is partly why I haven't read Ignite Me yet. I'm afraid that Warner and Juliette end up together. GAH.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick - This is definitely more of a summer book, but you could read it any time. I love how normal it is, how realistic it is for contemporary. It also has just the right amounts of both fluff and conflict.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - This might make you cry more than it makes you swoon, but it goes both ways.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - Less romantic than the others. It has more survival elements, actually. But the romance is still pretty prominent in the story line.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - Along with being creepy, Noah is the perfect YA book boyfriend. Just saying.

Those turned into more of mini-rants about each book than they did explanations for why they will make you swoon. Oops. *shrugs* And there are only nine, too. 

Anyway, I love all of these books and suggest picking them up if you're looking for something good to read. Or something that will make you swoon. Either one works. :)