REVIEW: After the Bridge by Cassandra Clare

After the Bridge (The Infernal Devices #3.1)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3.1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

4 Stars

Short Story about Tessa, Jem and what happened after that meeting at Blackfriar’s Bridge at the Epilogue of Clockwork Princess.

MY THOUGHTS…

Thank you Carol and Sandy for introducing this to me! xoxoxo

I won’t be making this review long because it will spoil those who haven’t yet read the final book of The Infernal Devices.

So here’s my opinion…

This short story is somewhat a continuation to what happened during the epilogue of the Clockwork Princess. I have to say that  this one is satisfying, though it’s not at all necessary (for me) because I am quite satisfied with the Clockwork Princess’ ending. But because I was still hangover with the book, I didn’t hesitate to read this short story because I was too curious and I think I can’t sit still without finding out more about the characters.

The short story did not disappoint me as it entertained me and well, made me feel in love all over again. Still, I don’t know how to move on with this series. Ugh. It’s hard, you know.

So if you guys have already read the Clockwork Princess, you might as well proceed with this short story after reading the book, to extend the feels. 😀

(NOTE: Don’t read this short story if you haven’t completed The Infernal Devices series yet. Okay?) 😀

Rating: 4 Stars

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REVIEW: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

Isla and the Happily Ever After
(Anna and the French Kiss #3)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Published: August 14, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

fourstars

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

MY THOUGHTS…

Isla and the Happily After is a cute-read. This final book of Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss series is actually swoon-worthy and unforgettable.

First of all, I love Josh since Anna and the French Kiss and I really anticipated his story with Isla. When I finally got a taste of this book, I can’t help but swoon over him. He’s a unique character and definitely a book boyfriend material.

I love the whole plot itself and the way Stephanie included other cities as settings. It’s actually way too romantic! Perhaps the only drawback for me was the overly protective parents and school staff around them. I guess it was too much for them. Why can’t the people around them just let the young couple have fun for a little while? Lol.

Anyway, this book is a lot of feels! Isla and Josh are definitely a couple that has a chemistry. The story also talks about the importance of friendship and family. As a whole, it’s a sweet, teeny, captivating young adult romantic book! 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars

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REVIEW: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door
(Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Published: July 9, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

2star

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 negihborhood. 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.

MY THOUGHTS…

Nope. Not really liking it. I’m so sorry guys… 😦 Yes, it’s funny and entertaining but nope. I actually expected too much from this book because I really love Anna and the French Kiss, but Lola… I don’t know if it’s me or anything but I couldn’t connect with Lola’s character.

I get it that she wants to be different that’s why she chooses to wear out-of-the-ordinary costumes but I think it kind of disturbs me. I also don’t like the way she acts immature most of the time. And there’s this self-centered attitude of hers that did not also sit well on me. Also, I hate the way she overreacts to anything. And she cries a lot, too, which annoys me.

Cricket– this guy is a promising character, yet I didn’t find myself swooning over him. The good thing about him is that he’s too good and perfect– way too good for Lola to the point that I pity him most of the time because he’s always there for her, chasing after her, and almost crying his feelings out loud for her, but Lola continues to get confused even if her boyfie is clearly a bad influence.

I know most of you really love Lola and the Boy Next Door, but for me, it’s kind of overrated, I guess. There are things that are cliché and unrealistic. The plot is also predictable and I think there aren’t any interesting scenes that made me totally swoon– which are the things that I’m really expecting in a contemporary book. But as a whole, it’s an entertaining read. Not as good as Anna and the french Kiss, though.

My Rating for this book: 2 Stars

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REVIEW: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna and the French Kiss
(Anna and the French Kiss #1)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Published: July 6, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

MY THOUGHTS…

For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person.

This book is a thoroughly engaging and captivating read. It’s a beautiful, laughing, loving, book– as beautiful as Paris itself. As a person who still haven’t gone to Paris, I feel as though I’m in that beautiful city just by going through the pages.

It’s quite amazing how I found myself really engaged with the book. It’s a page-turner! It’s brilliantly done and completely entertaining. And the characters– wow! It’s rare for me to encounter characters that are literally not perfect. I mean, physically and emotionally. Both Anna Oliphant and Étienne St. Clair are not that perfect and it just makes everything realistic. And that’s what I love about this book. They also have the chemistry that makes me swoon to bits!

He is no longer St. Clair, everyone’s pal, everyone’s friend. He is Étienne. Étienne, like the night we met. He is Étienne; he is my friend. He is so much more.

The plotline is good and there are lots of swoon-worthy moments between Anna and Étienne. I love how their relationship eventually progressed throughout the book. Their love story is ugh– something you can dream about forever. It’s a teeny love story but it’s really romantic in a real sense. Plus, it teaches life lessons that relate to family life and friendship.

After reading the book, I found myself daydreaming. I guess I’m still in a book hangover mode. 🙂

My Rating for this book: 5 Amazing Stars!

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