Review: French Kissmas by Catherine Hapka

Review: French Kissmas by Catherine HapkaTitle: French Kissmas (S.A.S.S.)
Series: Students Across the Seven Seas
Author: Catherine Hapka
Publisher: Speak
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: September 11, 2008
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

For Nicole Larson, the Christmas season in Paris is more than just a romantic interlude—it’s also a homecoming. Nic studied abroad in Paris a year ago, and is back in town with her friend Annike to spend Christmas and New Year’s in the City of Light. Of course, now that Nic is there, the chemistry she once had with Parisian hottie Luc instantly reignites. But why fuel a romance that has only three weeks to survive? Nic would rather spend time with her new buddy Mike . . . until it becomes clear that Mike is also interested in being more than just friends. With a backdrop of twinkling lights on the Champs-Elysées and Parisian Christmas carols, it’s going to be difficult for Nic to deny the romance around her. . . .

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Review: French Kissmas by Katherine Hapka

French Kissmas by Catherine Hapka is perfect for fans of travel books and Christmas. The setting is vibrant, and the characters are realistic. After reading this one, I am excited to check out the rest of the books in the S.A.S.S. series. Continue reading

Series Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Series Review: Just One Day by Gayle FormanTitle: Just One Day Series
Series: Just One Day
Author: Gayle Forman
Also by this author: I Was Here
Publisher: Speak
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Rating: three-half-stars
Series Rating: three-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay.

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there's an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

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Series Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day is a series by Gayle Forman that has been sitting on my bookshelf for years now, and I am glad that I was finally able to pick it up. It is a story about travel and identity, and the main character is so real. I tried reading the sequel, but it didn’t compare to the first book at all, so I set it aside. Continue reading

Book Review: Let it Snow by John Green

Book Review: Let it Snow by John GreenTitle: Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances
Author: John Green, Maureeen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Also by this author: An Abundance of Katherines
Publisher: Speak
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: October 2, 2008
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today's bestselling authors - John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle- brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

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Book Review: Let it Snow by John Green

Let it Snow by John Green is a collection of connecting short stories that are all so good, It is hard to pick a favourite. The recurring Waffle House setting and the descriptions of staying cozy during a winter storm are wonderful. If I had to choose a favourite, I would probably go with Maureen Johnson’s story, The Jubilee Express. Continue reading

Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah DessenTitle: The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Also by this author: Saint Anything
Publisher: Speak
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: June 2012 (first published May 11, 2004)
Rating: four-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

A long, hot summer...

That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life.

Is it really always better to be safe than sorry?

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Review: The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen is about surmounting the death of a loved one and the main character learns many lessons throughout the book. Dessen has really mastered the ability to write sadder books while keeping them entertaining and cute. Continue reading