Book Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Title: A Little Something Different
Author: Sandy Hall
Paperback edition, 272 pages
Published: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Swoon Reads
4/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20757526-a-little-something-different

Summary:

The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint Swoon Reads proudly presents its first published novel—an irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

Review:

Exactly what I’m in the mood for: quick, cute and fluffy romance. I love the idea of 14 povs, from the starbucks barista that intially hates Gabe, grumpy Victor, the romance-obsessed Inga, to a squirell and a bench on the campus (Yes, you read that right, a squirell and a bench). The story is light and realistic, about two people who’s just too shy to admit that something is happening between them. There isn’t any cheesy/typical YA words/scenes in this book. 
The problem is, sometimes I find it hard too connect with the main characters because I don’t know what they’re thinking. And sometimes I get annoyed with how the romance dragged on and on without any actions until the last few chapters, which potrayed in Victor’s povs. Sometimess I just want to reach into the book, shake Gabe or pursue him to talk to Lea already. He’s just so shy it’s frustrating.

If you’re in the mood for a light read and a cute romance, this is the perfect book for you.

Book Review: The Pretenders by Lisi Harrison

Title: The Pretenders
Author: Lisi Harrison
Paperback edition, 304 pages
Published: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: Poppy
2/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18453102-pretenders

Summary:

Three girls, two guys, five secret journals.
The five most popular students at Noble High have secrets to hide; secrets they wrote down in their journals. Now one of their own exposes the private entries…
I am leaking these because I’m tired and I know you are too. The success bar is too high and pretending has become the only way to reach it. Instagrams are filtered, Facebook profiles are embellished, photos are shopped, reality TV is scripted, body parts get upgraded like software, and even professional athletes are cheating. The things we believe in aren’t real. We are pretenders.

Review:

In the Engllish class, everyone is assigned to write a journal. The teacher promised that no one would ever read the journals, not even herself. But then, the journals of the Phoenix Five, the five most popular student at school were leaked. When the most private thoughts of five most popular students is leaked, no one is safe.
I don’t see why the Phoenix Five are called the Pretenders, because from what I’ve read in the journal, they don’t pretend to be anything unsual. They just trying to fit in and .survive high school. The characters are immature, when I read this book I imagine them as delusional 10-12 years olds.  
  1. Lily: She’s delusional, trying too hard to fit in public school, the most immature of them all, and basically a creepy stalker
  2. Sheridan: She wants too be a celebrity but she’s a drama queen. She’s just too much.
  3. Duffy: literally NOTHING happens to him.
  4. Vanessa: Too competitive, sees everyone as her enemy, paranoid, broken home, ruthless
  5. Jagger: I don’t even understand what is his story, since he barely gets any pages
The author has favorites, like Sheridan got many pages, and Jagger barely had 10 pages or so. We got everyone’s backstory except for Jagger’s. I couldn’t care enough for the characters.

The plot is really slow, I almost give up on this book. It’s just so boring and immature. But it picked up towards the end, like in the last 50 pages or so. But then… the author suddenly ends the book. And no, this is not a cliffhanger. At least when you get a cliffhanger, some problems had been solved. This book barely solves anything. Basically, nothing happens. You can’t end a book in a middle of the story, it gives no closure or whatsoever for the characters.

I haven’t read any of Lisi Harrison’s book, but based on my experience with this book, I won’t read any other books by her.

A Fresh Start!

So… Hi! Well well I’m sorry I haven’t post anything for so long (I mean my last post was in October so…) but now I’m back and I want to have a fresh start, even with new URL.

My current URL is http://theliteraryhuntress.blogspot.com and this blog still mainly about books and other fandom related stuff. But, I won’t delete my old post because I really want to see how much my writings have grown and evolved.

So that’s it basically, see you in the next post! xoxo