Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What Am I Missing?

You know when you read a book that just about everyone else in the blogosphere has already read and loved...but you don't? Yeah. I feel like I get this ALL the time. I have no idea what is it but I end up not liking certain books. I'm always wondering if I read a different version than most people. Like, what about these books did they like but I didn't? As the title implies, what am I missing?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Review: The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace
Release Date: September 8, 2013 
Publisher: Flux 
Source: Publisher via NetGalley  
Smart girls aren't supposed to do stupid things. 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.

Currently listening to: You Make Me Feel… by Cobra Starship

This is a really hard book to review. I enjoyed reading this book but I also hated reading this book, both feelings equally strong. I’m going to be up front about it: The Truth About You and Me is about the relationship between a 16 year old girl and a 25 (later 26) year-old college professor. *Sigh* Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I also want to point out that The Truth About You and Me wasn’t a badly written book and the characterization wasn’t bad either. They were both done rather well. But. The subject matter brought up a lot of personal feelings and for the life of me; I couldn’t get behind this relationship and I couldn’t love this book as much as I possibly could have.

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Friday Five (1)

This was supposed to be up last Friday but I had no internet and I was super busy so here it is! (Inspired by Sarah Dessen!)

The Friday Five

  2. I've made more friends in the last 10 days of college then I have in my four years of high school. People are amazing and nice and easy going.
  3. There is actually drama in college and it is the WORST. 
  4. People who say not to judge others judge others. I don't like people like that.
  5. I was never certain about the university I'm attending but I'm so glad I came. One of the best decisions I've made in a very long time! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I Love Weird Names

1) Some common names 

I don't share my real name on the internet and Kailia Sage is a pen name I used when I wrote fan fiction. For the longest time, I thought I'd use my real name online. But then I realized that if people couldn't pronounce my name in real life, how would they get it online? So I went with Kailia Sage.

But after various posts about weird names, I realized something: I LOVE weird names.

Monday, August 19, 2013

MG Review: Jessica Darling’s It List by Megan McCafferty

Release Date: September 3, 2013 
Publisher: Poppy 
Move over, Dork Diaries! Jessica Darling, star of Megan McCafferty's bestselling Jessica Darling series for adults, is back in a hilarious new series perfect for tween (10 to 14) girls.

I hadn't even gotten to homeroom yet and I'd already discovered five hard truths about junior high:

1. My best friend had turned pretty.
2. She didn't know it yet.
3. It wouldn't be long before she did.
4. That knowledge would change everything between us.
5. And there wasn't a thing I could do about it.

It's the first day of seventh grade. Is Jessica Darling doomed for dorkdom?

New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty's hilarious series opener will have you laughing, cringing, and cheering for Jessica Darling as she learns that being herself beats being popular, pretty & perfect any day.

Currently listening to: Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey 

After reading and falling in love with the entire Jessica Darling series earlier this year, I was ecstatic when I heard that Megan McCafferty was writing a middle grade series centered around Jessica Darling! I began reading Jessica Darling’s It List (no, I am NOT typing that ridiculously long title) the second it showed up on my Kindle and after about an hour and half, I was done with it. The snarky, hyper observant, opinionated Jessica Darling we first met in Sloppy Firsts is back but this time as a soon to be 7th grader and she’s just as fantastic, except younger!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NA Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn

Wait for You by J. Lynn
Release Date: February 26, 2013 
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (or HarperCollins?)  
Source: Bought  
For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.

Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the nononsense wisdom of her mom, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past—and the year she sets herself free.

Told with unmatched depth and humor, this novel—which swept the pool of Australian literary awards and became a major motion picture—is one to laugh through and cry with, to cherish and remember

Currently listening to: Lightening by The Wanted

I don't think it's a surprise that I don't like new adult. Most of the NA books I’ve read have been a big disappointment and I decided I wouldn’t read another one for a very long time. But when I found out that Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka J. Lynn) wrote an NA book, I put my opinions aside and I read Wait for You. And I’m happy to report that I didn’t absolutely hate Wait for You. It wasn’t the best book I’ve read but it was great entertainment.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Review: The Princess Diaries #1 by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries (TPD #1) by Meg Cabot
Release Date: July 1, 2001 
Publisher: Turtleback Books 
Source: Own 
She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom...

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty--no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

Currently listening to: Lightening by The Wanted

I love The Princess Diaries movies with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews but for some odd reason, I never read the books. I love Meg Cabot and her work so one day, I was in the mood for a light, fun read and I decided to grab this book off my self and read it. Frankly, I was excited to see the differences between the book and the movie and yes, I do love the book, but I also love the movie just the same. The Princess Diaries was an extremely quick, fun, entertaining read and one I think many people should read.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Two Week Hiatus!

I hate doing this to you guys but I'm going to anyways.

I'm taking a 2 week hiatus. No, it's not because I'm tired of blogging or anything but simply, I'm going to be moving here in less than 48 hours and well, I need to prepare:
My university! 
No, I won't say what my university's name is but yes: I AM GOING TO UNIVERSITY! (Or college. Or whatever!)

I'm leaving my house for the first time in my life to actually live in a new place. Like, I'll be here for (possibly) the next four years of my life. It's scary and exciting and...yeah. 

Which is why I'm taking the break! I'll be moving into my dorm room on Tuesday and welcome week will begin on the 16th (I get to move in early because of this program I got in to!) and classes on the 21st! 

But fear not: I've got reviews and discussions posts and the re-intro to an old feature I haven't had on the blog for a while! I'll also be creating a new blogging schedule and no, there won't be posts everyday. But there will be a new intro to a feature (inspired by Sarah Dessen's) every Friday which will allow you all to know how I am doing in college! I'm taking the quality over quantity route!