Better Late Than Never…I’m Participating in Arc August

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This month, I will be participating in Read. Sleep. Repeat’s ARC August for the first time. ARC August gives bloggers a chance to catch up on all their ARCs they have to read; and, I got a sizable amount.

The books I will be reading this month:

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I’ve never read the help; this has been compared to it, slightly. I’m looking forward to reading it.

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I will be participating in this blog tour. Stay tune for something unique!

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Multi-generational historical fiction novel, yes please!

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A BEA find; it sounds just so darn good. . I can’t wait. It was one of my top books I wanted. Are you seeing a theme of Historical fiction here? Because I am. And, I LOVE IT!!!

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The second YA on the list; this sounds fabulous. Another BEA find. I love it! It’s gonna to be great!

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Ooohh, lookie here, another historical fiction novel. Surprise, surprise. I don’t know why August is turning out to be full of HF, but I love it. I am looking forward to this one. It’s a British royalty novel. Can’t turn that down!

That’s it for now. I may add some more. I try to read two books a week, but that hardly ever happens, so this month I am trying to be realistic.

Happy ARC August. I hope you participate. It’s going to be fun. There’s even two big giveaways!

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Peter Pan can Surf; Second Star by Alyssa B Sheinmel Book Review

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Second Star

By: Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Released: May 13th, 2014 by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux

Length: 248 Pages

Genre: YA Contemporary/ Classics Retelling- Peter Pan

Rating: Four Stars

Acquired: via Netgalley

 

 There is a world, there is a place called Kensington Beach where the tide is just right, the people are friendly, and there’s no one quite like Peter. If you are lucky enough to meet him, you might just find yourself at Kensington Beach. But, lookout for the hot, mysterious Jas, dealer of the drug Fairy Dust. He might just get you hooked. And, if your name is Wendy Darling, you’re in for a lot of trouble.

 From Alyssa B. Sheinmel comes an unique take on the classic, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Gone is Neverland, replaced with Kensington place and lots of surfing. The lost boys and girls are still there, of course, living in an abandoned house where they steal from the rich to get by. Tinker Belle is now the spunky and tough Belle, the on and off again girlfriend of Peter. Let’s just say Wendy is different, too. She’s now just a teenaged girl mourning the loss of her twin brothers who ran away from home and are subsequently dead. She is in major denial. So much so, she decides to search for them, landing at Kensington Beach, right into Peter’s arms; the enigmatic, charismatic, and attractive Peter that she can’t seem to take her eyes off of. She decides to couch surf there, as someone there must know where her brothers are. And, someone does. But, she’s not speaking. Can Wendy find out the truth? Will she ever know what really happened to her brothers and come to terms with their deaths?

I loved this book. I read it in two sittings, I could barely put it down. Although I enjoyed the original tale, I found myself captivated with this one. It was just so different. There is something that happens towards the end that I won’t spoil, but is a biggie in terms of plot, that would never happen in the original; and, I loved it. It completely worked. Both the situation and the kind of conclusion of said situation. It was perfect. I liked how it’s Wendy’s story. Peter’s not in it all that much. It is mostly about her struggles with herself; which I could relate to. It was, in a way, a very relatable story if you take out the imaginary beach.

There was so much growth and character development in this story. It wasn’t so much plot driven as it was to show Wendy growing. To show her first as a girl so deep in mourning she will agree to anything and think anything is possible to a much stronger person. The plot was nicely structured, as well. It flowed nicely, even with a thrown in love triangle with a drug dealer and Peter. I normally don’t like love triangle, but this one was small, and I feel necessary to the plot.

I was apprehensive at first to read this book. I read a lot of negative reviews. I’m so glad i read this. I absolutely loved it. I hope you will, too. It’s a quick read; a great summer beach read. Very enjoyable. I hope you check it out.

Something to Look Forward to

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone had a great week; and, even better weekend. A new week is on the horizon.  It’s going to be a somewhat slow week here at indie reader girl0329. From Monday to Wednesday I will be on a mini vacation. Look for posts starting on Thursday.

This week be on the look out for a review of Second Star by Alyssa B Sheinmel; a TBR Thursday post; and a mini review duo of Just One Night (Just One Day 2.5) by Gayle Forman and Oedipus the King by Sophocles.

 

Have a good week and see you on Thursday!

These Princesses Sure Can Dance: The Girls at The Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine Book Review

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The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

By: Genevieve Valentine

Released: June 3rd, 2014 by Atria Books

Length: 288 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction- Roaring Twenties / Fairy Tale retelling- Twelve Princesses Dancing

Rating: Four Stars

Acquired: via netgalley

 

It’s the era of Prohibition. The flappers are a dancing. The men are sneaking in their booze. In Manhattan, twelve sisters stay holed up in their house upstairs. Never to see their father, only when they are individually called upon to be married off.  Dying to get out of their house, the “general” eldest sister Jo, concocts a plan to drag them out dancing every night. Nothing but worn shoes and out of style dresses.  It’s the only thing that keeps them sane. But, their father has other plans for his daughters. Plans of marriage that doesn’t fit with their dancing lives. 

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is the marvelous retelling of the well-known fairy tale “The Twelve Princesses Dancing”. What makes this novel special, and sets it apart from other retellings, is the era– the glitz, the glamour, and the sneakiness of all of it. Women were just starting to fight for their rights. It’s the perfect time for deception and the freedom these twelve girls/women are seeking. There is no better era, I believe.

 I absolutely adored this novel. I loved the characters, all twelve of the girls. Jo, the eldest, was my favorite. She grew the most out of all of them.  She had the most to lose and the least to gain. I also liked the second set of twins, Lily and Rose. I liked them because one of them was a lesbian. Why do I like that so much? Because think of how bold that is. o develop a lesbian character set in that era? It worked. It pushed the limits, yes. But, it wasn’t too much, too little, or too uncomfortable. It was perfect. It made sense one of them would be. I just liked it. I liked the character, herself, too. How daring she was. She wears pants! That’s a big deal and step.

There isn’t much I can critique about this book. The plot flowed nicely; the characters, although plenty, were developed nicely; and, the setting seemed historically accurate. I can picture Zelda Fitzgerald reading this book today and loving it. Valentine was able to reanimate the roaring twenties and bring back that life that was once alive.  I can’t recommend this book enough. This was truly a joy to read.  I hope you pick this book up. You won’t regret it.

Let’s Hear It for July.. July TBR Pile

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It’s another month into the year. Another month closer to 2015. Oh my. I have been seeing some TBR pile lists for July and thought, well why don’t I make one of my own. You want to see what books I plan to read, don’t you? 🙂 Today, my *surprise* discussion post will be all the books I hope to tackle this month. I hope you’ll share some books you might read this month, too. I’d love to get some recommendations.

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This is a story about a Russian immigrant who becomes the American Dream, christened “The Ice Cream Queen” as she makes her way as a TV personality and owner of ice cream franchises. This sounds like a good historical fiction novel. I met the author at BEA this year. She was super nice. I can’t wait to read this.

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A YA historical fiction novel set in Tudor England centered around Bloody Mary and Magik. What more can you ask for? This is a sequel in a series. I read the first one and liked it. Looking forward to reading this one.

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I will finish this. I will finish this. I will, I tell you. I will.

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A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets. This book seems really good. I need to read more historical fiction for a challenge I’m in. This month seems to be the month for it.

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Told through the eyes of four different people, none of who are Alice, I’m curious how they know “the truth” about her. Should be an interesting read. A short one at that, under 150 pages on my e-reader.

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One of my more recent TBR Thursday posts. I will get to this. After I finish that d—- Great Expectations.

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A novella by F. Scott Fitzgerald? Yes, please. And thank you. It’s more political than we are used to him writing, but I’m looking forward to finally making time to read this.

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Somewhat similar to The Language of Flowers which I LOVED, so I am excited to get a chance to read this.

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I don’t know about you, but I love everything about this book. The cover, the title. It’s about a man trying to win back his wife after he his affair ends; and, a painting he made for his wife sells. It sounds as though it can be a good beach read. Any takers? I’ll pack the book, you bring the suntan lotion?

That’s my list. Now, whats on YOUR pile?

Happy reading! Thanks for stopping by!

Okay? Okay. The Fault in Our Stars Book to Film Review

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Oh my, almost a month ago the movie many of us have been waiting for for a long time hit theaters. You know the movie– The Fault in Our Stars. I had the pleasure of going the Saturday of the weekend opening. Now, I am a big fan of the book by John Green. I haven’t read it more than once, but seeing the movie makes me think twice (they cut my favorite line towards the end of the book out! I need to reread it now!).  There was something about this movie, this story that makes it not just another teen story or movie. There are so many parts worth watching to watch. Moments worth remembering.

Now, as I gush, let’s move on to the acting. I am not a fan of Shailene Woodley at all. I immensely disliked her in The Spectacular Now and her awful, AWFUL, ABC Family TV show that has a title that is far too long to remember correctly. But, she has become the It-girl. Now, I love Hazel Grace. She is perhaps in my top 10 favorite teenaged girls in fiction ever. So, I was not happy about the casting. Not at all. I almost didn’t see the movie because of it. Boy, was I wrong. Woodley was a breath of fresh air. She brought something new to the character. At times, although I love you Hazel and you struggled hardcore, Hazel was a little (just a little!) whiny. Shailene was none of that. For that I was grateful. I’ve seen Shailene whiny. It’s not cute. She gave life to Hazel in a way I think only she could. I can’t see Chloe Grace Moretz doing that. Even a more mature Elle Fanning. Or, some other young actress I like. I draw a blank because THERE IS NO ONE. She was that good.

Next, there is Ansel (Augustus) Elgort. Again, I wasn’t too big of a fan on his casting. I was proven wrong, again. Good thing I’m not a casting agent, right? The chemistry these two had! Elgort was great as Gus. There was a scene towards the end where I cried and his acting (and Green’s writing) made me. Mostly, his acting. It was so raw. I felt his pain.

Let’s just say, if the book made you cry, seeing it in person is attending a big cry fest. The tears!! I stayed pretty stoic for a while. I didn’t want to cry. I wanted to prove myself wrong. Nope, I lost it. Once I started to tear, the fest began. The person I went with never read the book and was crying more than I was! Each actor made you feel everything. It was a great adaptation. I have very little complaints except the quote about the title of the book was taken out; and, it’s my favorite quote.

I want to see it again. And own it. Watch it again. And again.

Okay? Okay.

Happy reading! Thanks for stopping by!

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