Thursday, February 28, 2013

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Don't mess with a girl with a great personality!
Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of make-up).
Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.
The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game--and she's in it to win it.

Every time I pick up one of Elizabeth Eulberg's books I don't think it can be better than her last one. She continues to prove me wrong. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality blew me away.

I honestly don't even know where to start with this book. I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I've struggled to write a review because I can't put it all into words. This is one of those books that I want to hug and not share with anyone unless they promise to love it but I also want to stand in the YA section and hand it to everyone that walks passed. In an attempt to not ramble/gush too much I'm just going to make a list of what I loved about this book.

  • Lexi. I couldn't believe how much I connected with her. One of my favorite things about reading is finding characters like Lexi. It's a beautiful moment in a book when you meet a character and say "Oh, I know you."
  • Lexi's friends (the real ones) made me smile and remind me of the wonderful people I have in my life as a support system. 
  • Elizabeth's ability to recreate that awkward high school experience amazes me. She does it time and time again in her books. The angst, the social pressure, the drama, the fun- it's all there in this book and  it makes me very glad that I can relive those days from afar. (Those weren't my best years- awkward was an understatement for me.)
  • This book deals with some really tough issues. Issues that made me cry. What I love about Elizabeth's writing is that she isn't afraid to tackle these issues and that she tackles them with humor. I think I love this because that's how I deal with most things in my life. To quote another writer I admire- “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.” ~Joss Whedon. Elizabeth does this exact thing and it makes for brilliant story telling. 
  • The humor- I know I mentioned this in the last comment but aside from the humor in the serious situations there is a lot of funny that happens day to day. Any book that deals with child beauty pageants is bound to be humorous- RGGP does not disappoint in the laugh out loud moments. 

Ok, I'm going to stop there because if I don't this review is going to be out of control. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is a book that I wish I had read in high school. The message in this book is one that every single person needs. The day that we realize that a great personality is the most important thing is the day we become free. The earlier in life we understand that concept the luckier we are. Go buy this book today!! You won't regret it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The perils of being a fangirl

Between Sunday night's Downton Abbey season finale and last night's extremely emotional Castle episode I'm feeling a bit traumatized.  

 There's a slight chance I let myself get way too invested in fictional characters.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Infinityglass Cover!

Those of you that know me know that I'm a HUGE fan of Myra McEntire's Hourglass series. (If you're unfamiliar with them you can read my Hourglass review here and my Timepiece review here.) Well, Myra revealed the cover for the last book in the series and it has sent me into full fangirl mode- 
Isn't it gorgeous?!?!

You can read about the inspiration (and some attempted breaking and entering) here. I can not wait to get my hands on this book!!

Let's admire all the pretty at once-

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. 
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. 
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive. 
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall. 
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
There are some books that when you finish them you just sit in silence and savor the experience you just had. The Archived by Victoria Schwab is one of those books. Because it is one of those books I'm having a very hard time writing a review for it. I finished this book a week ago and I'm still having a hard time wrapping my mind around it. The Archived is fascinating, just a little creepy, intriguing, heart breaking and has just the right amount of swoon. It also has a character that wears guyliner and a different character that wears red Converse. Those of you that know me well will understand why those two things endear this book to me even more.

I can't really do this book justice, I just need you to read it. Trust me on this one. I can already tell it is going to be one of my favorite books of 2013.

Monday, February 4, 2013

More Extensive than Extended

Oh, how I love me some RDJ!!
I'm so excited for this movie!! You know where I'm going to be on May 3rd!