Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! The Easter bunny visited the house last night and I woke up to a very delicious looking Easter basket. I'm definitely going to be munching on chocolate all day long in between reading the amazing books I've gotten in the past two weeks. And Game of Thrones comes back tonight! So needless to say, it's going to be a very good day today. Hope you all enjoy your Easter Sunday as well :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (46)

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what they got throughout the week!

From Publisher

Oh my gosh, I've only been away at school and so many books came for me! I was so happy to come home yesterday for Easter weekend to find this big stack of books. I am so excited for all of these titles and I absolutely can't wait to dig into them. I've definitely got some fantastic reading ahead of me. 

From Netgalley

I didn't read On Dublin Street, but I heard it was a super good book. So when I had the chance to read an egalley of the second book, I was really excited. And it's in London! I'm really intrigued with this one and hope it turns out as awesome as it sounds. 

From Giveaway

I won this from a giveaway a while back and it sounds super good! I don't think I've read that many reviews for it, but hopefully I can squeeze in time to read this one too. 

That's everything for me! I have to say, it was a pretty good past couple of weeks. What did you all add to your shelves this week? 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Follow Peace Love Books via Bloglovin

Okay, so I don't know what the whole deal with Google Reader is and how it's shutting down, but I do know that people are having freak outs all over the web. I'm not sure if Google Reader is at all connected at all with GFC, but if my GFC followers were deleted, I think I would cry. 

It's been almost two years since I've started this blog and I have put my heart and soul into it. Now, I've grown to 1,464 GFC followers and 809 twitter followers. I am absolutely floored by how much love there is out there in the book blogging world and I could not be luckier to be a part of it. That being said, I'm really worried what Google Reader means to my followers and those who read my blog. So, I've decided to join bloglovin'! I'm sure almost all of you have heard of it, but if not, it's just another way to follow blogs and keep track of your blog list all in one place. So if you want to follow Peace Love Books that way, go ahead and click the widget below!

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You can also follow by pressing the little bloglovin' icon that's directly below my GFC followers. And, you can always follow on Twitter or via email if you wish! I just want to make sure the end of Google Reader has no negative effects on my blog or my readers. Okay, that's all from me! Thank you all for being such amazing readers and I can't wait for many more amazing years to come :)

Book Review: Allegra by Shelley Hrdlitschka

By Shelley Hrdlitschka
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Source: Publisher
Summary: Allegra thinks being at a performing-arts high school will change her life and make her a better dancer. But high school is still high school, complete with cliques, competition and cruelty. Allegra's refuge comes in the form of a class she doesn't want to take--music theory, taught by a very young, very attractive male teacher. Soon all Allegra can think about is music composition--and Mr. Rochelli. But has she misunderstood his attention, or is he really her soul mate?

Review: I really love any movie or book that has to do with music or dancing, so I was really eager to get into this one. And the summary hinted about a relationship between Allegra and her super cute teacher, which is a really popular storyline, so it sounded like a promising story. When I got through it, though, it just seemed to be missing something. 

Allegra finally has the chance to attend dance school, something she's been begging her musician parents to allow her to do for forever. But even though she's finally at a performing arts school, high school is high school and Allegra just can't seem to connect with the people her age. So when she's given a composing project with the young new teacher, Allegra finds herself getting lost in the world of composing music with him. Allegra, though, doesn't know if her growing feelings for her teacher are reciprocated, or if it's just the music that's creating the magic. 

I liked the book enough when it started, but it seemed like Allegra's story never really picked up and went anywhere. I liked how Allegra's character was so passionate about dancing and how she had a hard time connecting with people her age. But when she decided to go into some sort of depression or lack of passion period of her life, I just got annoyed with her. And it happens more than once throughout the book. Then, the whole thing with her teacher wasn't even as central to the story as I thought it would be. Yeah, it was a huge part of the story, but the whole romance story wasn't really what i wanted it to turn out to be. Allegra just seemed like a silly girl with a crush. And it seemed like there were three possible relationships for her, which I wasn't too big of a fan of. 

I thought it was cool how Allegra was putting her heart and soul into the song she was composing, but it was described as this amazing piece that every single person who listened to it could feel the emotion behind it and was absolutely floored by it. Could a song written by an 17-year-old really be that amazing? I don't know. But the way every single person in the book raved about the song was a bit too much for my taste. Don't get me wrong, it was a nice aspect to Allegra's character to have her challenge herself and compose an entire song, but I could have done without the exaggerated amazingness of it. 

Overall, Allegra was just an okay book. I really wanted more than what I got, especially with the whole performing arts aspect. She barely described the dance parts and only focused on her out of this world composition. And the "romance" wasn't really all that I was expecting. This was still a quick, fun read, I just wanted more from the story when I was done with it.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Follow My Book Blog Friday (82)

This is a meme hosted every Friday by Parajunkee, where book bloggers answer a question each week and check out how others answered it. It's a cool way for bloggers and viewers to connect and learn more about each other!

Question: Tell us about the most emotional scene you've ever read in a book-- and how did you react? 

Answer: Well, I can think of two moments, both in Nicholas Sparks books. Yeah, pretty much cried my eyes out while I was reading these. Good thing it was late at night because I was sitting in the dim light (only my bedside lamp was on) bawling my eyes out at like 1 am. Yeah, typically day in the life of me :) The two books were...

The Last Song (when Jonah figures out his dad is dying)
Oh my gosh, when Jonah learned that his dad had cancer and was going to die, so he threw a tantrum and started breaking the stained glass window he was making with his dad, I completely lost it. This little boy was having to face the facts that he was going to grow up without a dad and the things he said were so heartbreaking. I was a blubbering mess. 

A Walk to Remember (when Jamie walks down the aisle)
The moment when Jamie walks down the aisle at her wedding with Landon is so different in the book than how it happens in the movie. In the book, Jamie is so worn down from the Leukemia that she can barely even walk down the aisle, that's why it's the walk to remember. It was such a special, sad, touching moment and I was so sad when I was reading it. Landon and Jamie's love was so sweet and passionate that when she was having such a hard time walking down the aisle because she was so fragile just touched my heart. 

Have any of you read a scene so emotional, you couldn't help but cry your eyes out? I'd love to hear what they were! 

Book Review: If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

If I Were You
By Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date: August 24, 2012
Source: Publisher
Summary: When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry.

Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.

Review: Seeing as I could not stand Fifty Shades of Grey, I was a little hesitant going into this novel because of all of the comparisons. I did not want another annoying main character who falls for a guy who is so beyond awful and not at all attractive in my eyes. I'm so happy that Lisa Renee Jones was able to create a story that blew Fifty Shades out of the water. 

Sara McMillan is an English teacher who is used to playing it safe in life. But when her friend buys an abandoned storage facility and finds very descriptive journals of a girl named Rebecca, Sara finds herself invested in this girl's life. Scary things go on in the journal, and Sara wants to know why Rebecca has seemed to disappear without any of her belongings. So she decides to investigate and finds herself taking over Rebecca's job in an art gallery, a job Sara has only dreamed of having since she was in college. But with the jobs comes a very demanding, overbearing boss that Sara fears is the same dangerous man in the journals. When Chris Merit, a very talented artist who also happens to be crazy attractive, comes into the picture, Sara can't help but fall for the guy. Relationships are put to the test and Sara doesn't know how much she can open up to Chris, or how much she can get Chris to open up to her about his mysterious, dangerous past. 

Like I said, Lisa Renee Jones manages to create a main character that I really actually adore. Sara is a girl who has been afraid to go after what she wants and doesn't know how to let a guy in after her last disastrous relationship 5 years ago. I loved how Rebecca's journals led Sara to putting herself out that and finally getting a job in art, which is a field she loves. And the hot artist that falls into her path isn't too bad either. Chris, no matter how much of a bad guy he claims to be, is so sweet and I love the fact that he's an artist. I swooned when he drew a picture of Sara and gave it to her. How much more perfect can you get?

The only annoying part about this book was how Sara found herself maybe/sort of attracted to her boss, who was just an arrogant, demanding jerk. He ordered her around and said really weird things that she just accepted because he was showing his power over her. I'm not sure if things are going to happen there in the next two books of the series, but I really hope they don't. With this book, I feel like we only got an introduction into Sara's life and her journey towards becoming more confident and finding out what happened to Rebecca. And the cliff hanger ending definitely left me begging for the next book. 

In the end, If I Were You had great characters, a great storyline, and a great steamy relationship. There was substance to Sara and Chris, and there were no overused and abused actions/words/characteristics like there were in Fifty Shades of Grey. If you want the whole package, definitely go with this book. You'll find yourself loving every second and begging for more answers when it's all over.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday (84)

This is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where every Wednesday bloggers highlight a book that they are eagerly anticipating the release of!

Isla and the Happily Ever After
By Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Summary: From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Ahhhh I know this one isn't coming out for forever, but I am so excited for it that I just had to make it my WoW this week. I am obsessed with Stephanie Perkins' first two books, and the huge gap between Lola and the Boy Next Door and this new book is just ridiculous! I'm craving more Stephanie Perkins and I don't know how much longer I'll be able to wait! Why is September so far away?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recommend the Most

This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. So hopefully I'll have a new list to share with you all each week!

This Week's Topic: Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

Oh my gosh, only ten? I feel like practically every book I read I tell my sister and friends, "Oh my gosh, you have to read this book!" Haha, I'll do my best to think of ten that I have seriously loved and think that everybody needs to have in their lives. I know I'm going to forgot a ton of amazing books, but here's what I could think of off the top of my head! 

1. The Entire Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

4. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth
8. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Weekly Roundup [3/19-3/25]

Hello everyone! I hope you guys had an awesome weekend! It snowed like crazy last night, so I woke up to a snow covered Ohio this morning. I guess this state doesn't understand what the season spring means. I also went to Michigan for a Quidditch tournament and while it was cold, it was definitely a ton of fun. But, now it's time to get back to school and get through this week until Easter weekend!

Book Reviews
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Why Can't I Be You by Allie Larkin
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Blog Tours
Why Can't I Be You by Allie Larkin
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