Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Better Off Friends

Title: Better Off Friends
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: February 25th 2014
Pages: 288
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 4 Starfish

For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love? -
Summary and cover image from Goodreads

I can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book! I thought the author handled the whole "boys and girls can be friends" thing very well.

I loved Macallan. She was very real and easy to relate to. She stood up for several people in the book, and had absolutely no problem speaking her mind! I just loved that! She was level-headed and smart. She would get irritated pretty easily, but I liked her fire.

Levi did a lot of stupid things in the book, but he had several redeeming moments that made me forgive him for his faults He has some problems fitting in and that's kind of his main goal throughout the story. He was a little wishy-washy, but I thought he was pretty relatable.

I don't normally like books with alternating points of view, but this felt different because it was set up like an interview. I LOVED the sections before each chapter where they would go back and forth. I thought the interview idea was genius!

Levi and Macallan's relationship was so nice and refreshing. I loved how they grew closer over time. They both complimented each other, and their witty conversations had me laughing the whole way through.

My absolute favorite thing about this book was how clean it was. Levi and Macallan didn't get involved with any drugs or alcohol. Their wasn't any sex stuff in the book. I was pleasantly surprised.

It's a short, easy read. So if you haven't read this book yet, then you need to go out and buy it as soon as you can!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Characterize It!

Characterize It is a Thursday meme hosted by The YA Book Butterfly.
This week it's:
Second Helping - Strong Female Secondary Character who helps Lead Female Character through adversity.
I gave it some thought, and I decided to go with one of the most hilarious side-kicks I've ever had the pleasure of reading (and watching on television): Lily from The Princess Diaries! Not only is she funny, but she also tells it like it is. Even though she has a hard time in the beginning accepting that her best friend is a princess, she gets over it and becomes a loyal and supportive BFF.  
Who do you think is a good supporting character?  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review: Champion

Title: Champion
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: November 5th 2013
Pages: 369
Genre: YA
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 3 Starfish

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion. -
Summary and cover image from Goodreads

"Champion" was definitely my least favorite of the "Legend" trilogy. While it did have a lot of redeeming qualities, I still took some issue with it.

The plot was slower compared to the first two books. I lost interest part way through, and had to really push to finish it. I thought that everything wrapped up nicely. There weren't any lose ends that I can think of.

I LOVED Antarctica. Their technology was insane, and I also liked the fact that they were obsessed with games.

I liked June in this book, but Day was just super annoying. His chapters still bored me, but his little brother helped me to soldier on. Eden was still cute as a button, and let me tell you, he was so brave in this book. I couldn't help but love him even more. I liked Anden a lot more than Day. He tried to fix everything as best as he could, and even though he had moments where he was cold, I could understand his struggle.

I had no compassion for Thomas, but I was glad when he finally told the truth about that night. The villains didn't die like I was hoping they would. I was a little disappointed with that.

The ending surprised me the most. In a way, it was predictable. But a twist was thrown in at the last second. I didn't exactly like the way things turned out, but the unexpected twist made up for that.

I would still recommend the "Legend" trilogy to fans of dystopias, even though I had a hard time with it. It really was a great read, just not the best.   

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR Pile.

The Selection is one of my favorites, and I really hope America chooses Maxon! Ugh, May 6th just needs to get here already!
I watched the movie and I loved it, so I thought it was time to read the book.
It's true! I've never read this beloved book, but I've always wanted to!
I've heard a lot about this book on the blogsphere, and it sounds like it could be really good.
I am so curious about this novel! It's not what I would typically go for, but it's just too interesting to pass up!
An Alice in Wonderland retelling? I am so there!
I've heard many great things about this book, especially about the character of Jay Gatsby.
It sounds like a light read that I can breeze through in just a few hours. And the cover is super cute!
I've actually read this book before, but its been a while. I thought I would re-read it just for fun.
I'm really excited about this one! This book has a lot of potential to be something great, I mean who has ever thought to turn Dorothy evil? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's as good as it sounds.
Leave a link to your TTT, if you'd like, so I can visit!