Monday, September 30, 2013

Take A Bow

"From the fantastic author of The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom & Prejudice comes a story of all the drama and comedy of four friends who grow into themselves at a performing arts high school.
Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it's been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn't sure how to admit that he'd rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform."

I found Take A Bow to be a cute and easy read, but the plot and concept were really nothing new or exciting. With that being said, I am a fan of books or movies with Performing Arts School themes. They are fun and give me an inspirational feeling. Just this one wasn't that original.

We follow several characters, but we primarily follow Emme and how she is involved or influences the other characters lives. Emme is a like-able character and so is Carter. They just have an ease about them, that makes then read-able. Ethan, although I liked him, he was annoying at times and I didn't find his and Emme connection to be anything more than friendship. I really wanted to know about his demons and background. In fact I really wanted to know more of everyones background. I wanted more depth from the characters.

Fun, Cute, Easy and Creatively Inspiring.

Not Original and at times Confusing.

Although, I was interested in reading the book and the story, it definitely felt more juvenile and at times the story rushed or jumped and I would be confused about what just happened and would have to go back and re-read real quick. I also, wish the story had a stronger story for Carter, since he is who we are 1st introduced to in the book. Overall, a nice, quick read.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels


(ok not technically a sequel, but my favorite of  the series)







Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Truth About You & Me

"Madelyn Hawkins is super smart. At sixteen, she's so gifted that she can attend college through a special program at her high school. On her first day, she meets Bennet. He's cute, funny, and kind. He understands Madelyn and what she's endured - and missed out on - in order to excel academically and please her parents. Now, for the first time in her life, she's falling in love.There's only one problem. Bennet is Madelyn's college professor, and he thinks she's eighteen - because she hasn't told him the truth.The story of their forbidden romance is told in letters that Madelyn writes to Bennet - both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology."

As I began reading The Truth About You & Me, I was impressed by how beautifully written the story was and how Grace/Hubbard could take a taboo subject and give it a realistic twist. Reading Madelyn's letters to Bennett is very moving and even though you can see where the story is heading, you desperately want it to end well. Amanda Grace gives readers a beautiful story, with a satisfying twist and ending, that will give you the closure you need, all while being realistic. The Truth About You & Me is a very quick read, worth reading on a summer afternoon at the park or on a rainy day snuggled by the fire.

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