REVIEW: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)

The Summer I Turned Pretty
(Summer #1)
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: May 5, 2009
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

MY THOUGHTS…

“It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful.”

It’s my first Jenny Han read so I couldn’t help but feel relieved and happy to find out that I love her work. The Summer I Turned Pretty is indeed a pretty one. It’s actually my weakness-kind-of-book to be honest, because I love summer-themed romantic stories and this– this simply never fails. It has the summer lovin’ that I’ve been looking!

By reading this, I found myself reminiscing We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It pretty has the same concept with that book when it comes to family dramas, romance, and all. The difference is that this book emphasizes more about love triangle thingy, which I don’t mind. Because who wouldn’t want to read a book that has two gorgeous and interesting guys who are both quite attracted to a girl?

I love everything in this book. I am also surprised to find out that Belly is not at all annoying because hey, most YA female characters tend to annoy me, but Belly? Nope. I like her spirit, her vivacity, and how sweet she simply is to everyone around her, especially to Susannah.

Jeremiah and Conrad also did not fail to fascinate me. All throughout the book I was struck by how attractive and intriguing the brothers are. To the point where I could not exactly decide who’s going to be my bet for Belly between the two of them. Whoa! The love triangle is perfectly executed here.

As a whole, this book is really promising. I love it and I think you guys should check this out if you haven’t read this yet.

Rating: 5 Stars

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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014

Happy New Year, guys!!!

Just last year, I’ve completed (and even exceeded) Goodreads’ Reading Challenge.  Since it’s my first time to actually aim for this challenge, I feel like it’s some sort of an accomplishment for me. Lol. So c’mon let’s celebrate!

So, yeah… I’ve reached my goal of reading at least 70 books in 2014. I’ve read 75/70 books in total! Originally, I’ve set it to 100 books but eventually, I decided to change it to 70 (It’s a shame I know), because I felt like I couldn’t make it to 100. But I’m just glad I’ve tried somehow. 😀

I’ve started to read (like, seriously read) in the month of June in 2014. The same month, I also started doing blogs and book reviews thanks to Katy Swartz for giving me an  inspiration. Lol.

reading challenge

You may be confused with this photo but I’ve only read 75 books, not 76. 🙂 One book was added (Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf) but I did not finish it and I chose to DNF it. 🙂

Anyway, to sum up the 75 books I’ve read this year, here they are:

  1. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
  2. Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
  3. It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
  4. The Selection by Kierra Cass
  5. The Elite by Kierra Cass
  6. The One by Kieraa Cass
  7. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
  8. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  9. Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  10. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  11. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  12. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  13. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  14. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  15. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  16. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  17. Owning Her Innocence by Alexa Riley
  18. Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin
  19. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  20. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  21. A Gate of Night by Bella Forrest
  22. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  23. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
  24. The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell by Stacy Reid
  25. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  26. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  27. A Break of Day by Bella Forrest
  28. Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  29. Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  30. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  31. Darkest Ecstasy by Tawny Taylor
  32. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  33. The Duke’s Shotgun Weddin by Stcy Reid
  34. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
  35. Zomburbia by Adam Gallardo
  36. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
  37. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  38. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
  39. Never Too Far by Abbi Glines
  40. The Sun Killer by Diana Dwayne
  41. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
  42. The Leopard Vanguard by T.A. Uner
  43. Rushed by Gina Robinson
  44. Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines
  45. Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
  46. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  47. Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  48. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav
  49. Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  50. The Leopard Stratagem by T.A. Uner
  51. Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  52. Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentorut
  53. Doctor Mars by T.A. Uner
  54. Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  55. Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  56. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  57. Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy
  58. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  59. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  60. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  61. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  62. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  63. Isla and the Happily Ever After
  64. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
  65. The Evolution of Mara Dyer
  66. The Retribution of Mara Dyer
  67. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  68. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
  69. Easy by Tammara Webber
  70. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  71. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  72. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  73. After the Bridge by Cassandra Clare
  74. Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines
  75. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Now, I’m looking forward for more books to read and enjoy this year. I hope you guys also do the same! Cheers to 2015! 🙂

By the way guys, feel free to add me on goodreads —> https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31514572-pearl-angeli. Beware, though, I am most likely noisy there but I’m spoiler-free so don’t worry. 😉

xo

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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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