On the Cover: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

I love love love Rachel Hawkins’ books and one of her new ones coming out next year is Rebel Belle. The cover is just so pretty. And I freaking love pretty covers of a pearl necklace stabbed to a wall with a knife. 

Release Date: 8th April 2014 (sigh)

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Books into Movies: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

So if you didn’t know (you should) there’s gonna be a Percy Jackson 2. Yeah, I know the first movie was horrible but the book series was just so awesome I had to give the movie another chance. Fans of all things Percy, check out the trailer for Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters below!

Release Date: 7th August 

 

Lyrics for Books

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So lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Avril Lavigne. Non- stop. Then I realised what a big variety of feelings she taps into so I decided I should try and match some of the books I’ve reviewed to one of her songs. Ok, so here we go!

Catching Jordan – Hot: Is the story of Jordan and her short lived relationship with Ty Green

Stealing Parker – Slipped Away: This song reflects the ending of the book really well. 

The Nightmare Affair – Bad Reputation: The book is fun, the song is fun. The girl has a bad rep (ish), the song is bad rep.

 

 

 

Review: Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally

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If Catching Jordan was the cute little sister then Stealing Parker would have to be her cool big sister. As I said before, I don’t normally read books based on relationships but the Hundred Oaks series has just blown my mind. They are just so good.

Parker Shelton is a softball star, valedictorian etc. etc. But that all changes when her mum announces that she’s lesbian. Parker’s life falls apart from there. Her brother who is ‘perfect’ starts taking drugs and drinking. Her father immerses himself in a church who shuns them. Her best friend turns on her saying that she’ll follow her mum and become a ‘butch softball player’. 

I love how the author has made Stealing Parker in a similar format to Catching Jordan. There’s the countdown for Parker’s 18th birthday and my favourite parts: her letters to God. In these letters, Parker writes her innermost feelings and then usually burns them. At first I thought she burned them to destroy but, after she tells a story, I think she burns them so it stays between her and God. These letters were so touching and some even made me teary. These were definitely the parts of the book I enjoyed the most, just like the poems were in Catching Jordan.

As always, I loved the main character. Parker hadn’t gotten the smoothest of lives but she was a strong girl who tries her best to get through it all by losing weight, being more concerned about her appearance and hanging out with a lot of guys. She was also really relatable at times like when she friend requests her crush and gets excited when he accepts the request. I mean, come on who hasn’t done that?

I have to say the transitions of friend to boyfriend in this book was really smooth. The author has this way of making love bloom throughout the whole book, but only bringing it out into the light at the end. Its really nice to see that not all books suffer from instalove syndrome, so thank you Hundred Oaks series, for showing me that. And the plot was really, really good. Just like its little sister, this book has a twist on the normal I love the hot guy then we get married story and that is awesome.

Jordan and Henry were back in this book as well. Henry was as funny as ever (“I want to have your babies, Coach Hoffman!”…. Sam says that to pretty much everyone these days, so if he were being truthful, he’d have like eleven billion babies by now.) and Jordan was just as badass (She dresses up as a gladiator for prom :D). We get to see them be a couple in this book and they are so adorable :3 Can’t they have another book all about them?

If you haven’t read the series, I think you seriously should. They are full of heart, gain and loss and love. I enjoyed Stealing Parker even more than Catching Jordan and I think you will too.

Rating: 5/5 bamboo sticks – Panda is full and will take a nap now

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