WOW #11 Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine . Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event meant to showcase the not-yet-released books that we are eagerly awaiting. This week I've chosen Allegiant by Veronica Roth. 

One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

To say I am stoked for this book to come out would be an extreme understatement. You should've seen me the day the cover and title were revealed. I have been a fan of Veronica Roth's from the very beginning. 

Release Date: October 22nd, 2013 (EEEEEK!) 

keep readin' it write!


Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

I loved this book so, so, so much! I finally got around to reading it after seeing it about a 294829748248 times on other blogs. I'm so glad I did!

This is one of the few real chick-lit type books I've read. Partly because I generally don't read books set in a real-life setting in the present day, and partly because I haven't bothered to read many books that are mainly focused on romance. This book is changing that, though!

It's definitely a feel-good kind of book, one for when you just want a book that makes you feel all warm and happy. It's not one of those books that makes your brain stretch or completely changes your perspective, so don't read it if you are looking for that. 

As for characters, I found Anna fun and relatable (from a teenage girls' perspective, anyways, as well as I'm no good at speaking French either, despite my best efforts), her new friends interesting and awesome, and the love interest (Étienne St. Clair) is absolutely the best.

So many of the scenes in this book made me want to jump right in and be there with the characters, especially the ones where the characters are out in the city. (Side note: I've been to Paris, and even though it was my least favourite of the four European cities I visited, this book made me want to go back like RIGHT NOW.)

The plot was, I'll admit, predictable at times. However, this didn't make a negative impact on my opinion of the book. Anna and the French Kiss does deal with some serious issues, too, not all just fluffy stuff. There's some bullying, bad friends, and a few other things.

If you are looking for a fun read, a romance, or something light, I would definitely recommend this book.

Another side note: I've noticed a trend in the blogosphere that lots of people aren't particularly fond of this cover, and I've seen several other versions pop up, many of which are fan-made. Of all the covers I've seen, I actually like the original (the one up there) the most. I like how it's simple and pretty and sophisticated and elegant all at once.

The Good: The setting, the characters, and Étienne. Can I just- I can't even- can I... *grabby hands*
The Bad: Somewhat predictable (although that's not necessarily a bad thing)
The Verdict: 5/5. (Actually, on my notes page where I have things jotted down quick about all the books I've read, I wrote 10/5. So if that doesn't say anything about what I thought about it right after I read the book, I don't know what will.)



Review: Once Upon a Tag by Anna Adams

When David, a young French painter, unexpectedly meets Rita, an infamous Parisian street artist, his convictions are shaken to the core during a night he is unlikely to ever forget.

Ready for a joint review with both Megan AND Rachel? Woot woot! 

Rachel's Opinion: That's a pretty catchy synopsis, isn't it? When it comes to synopses the shorter the better, in my opinion. I was super excited to read this short story, and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed!

The story has two main characters, Rita and David, both of which I liked. I feel like I got to know them well, even though the story was only 18 pages long. I also loved the dynamics between Rita and David

A lot happened in the short span of the story, so it's a very satisfying read and not the least bit dull. I loved the way things played out in this story.

Megan's Opinion: I really enjoyed this short story, from start to finish. Right from the moment I read the title, I was instantly intrigued. "Once Upon a Tag"...that just sounds so interesting, no? Could it be a fantasy type story? That was my first thought. And in some respects, I was right. The story has some elements similar to those found in fantasy novels. There is mystery, intrigue, romance and humour. Also, I found that there was an interesting social dynamic between the characters which I often notice in the fantasy genre. The classic child-parent rivalry. We see this relationship in many fantasy and fairy tale type stories, such as Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, The Little Mermaid, Alladin, and even newer stories like Disney's Brave. All of these stories contain some form of tension between the parents and the children. "Once Upon a Tag" incorporates this, but in a new and modern way, which is what makes it so interesting. 

I may be a bit biased because I am so interested in art, but I really think that this story has something that everyone can enjoy. Having it set in the historic and recognizable city of Paris allows for the reader to relate and imagine the plot more easily. I also really enjoyed the contrast in beliefs and lifestyle between Rita and David. It added a very interesting and relatable dynamic. How often in our lives do we come across people who agree with everything we do? Not very often at all. I think this story did a great job of portraying that real life difference we experience. We aren't going to agree with everyone, but that doesn't mean we can't be friends with them, or respect them and cooperate with them. Differences can be the bridge across the gap in what may have been a non existent relationship otherwise. Sometimes, conflict and rivalry bring people closer together. 

Overall, we both really enjoyed this short story! We highly recommend reading it! It was a great read. :) 

Anna Adams contacted us with a copy of her story in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you!)

The Good: Character dynamic, setting, plot 
The Bad: It was only 18 pages long! Too short, we wanted more! Haha. 
The Verdict: 5/5 stars! Definitely a must read!

keep readin' it write!
Megan and Rachel 


WOW #10 The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine . Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event meant to showcase the not-yet-released books that we are eagerly awaiting. This week I've chosen The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? 

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. 

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one. 

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

Sounds good to me!
Release Date: June 4th, 2013


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