Lyrics for Books


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


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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Review: Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally


Omg. That book was pretty awesome. So after Hooked I wasn’t too eager to read books based on a relationship but after seeing a review on Little Book Star, I decided why not? Catching Jordan was pretty damn awesome because:

1) Jordan is badass
2) No instalove (thank god)
3) Did I mention that Jordan is badass

So Jordan Woods is the quarterback in her school’s football team. That’s right. Her as in she’s a girl. But she’s just one of the guys in her team’s eyes and her own. She’s the best part of the story. The only part where I didn’t like the book was around the middle and a bit of the end where she was dealing with her chaotic love life and acting like a girl. But I guess I don’t know how normal girls deal with guy issues – the closest I’ve gotten is when I read an awesome bit with Adrian in it and then he’s gone 😦

I loved the plot. It’s not your typical fall in love with the hot new guy story. Oh no. This is the hot new guy is cute but maybe he’s not the one for me story. The emotions in this story is just amazing.

Then there’s the poem parts. They were just the icing on the cake. Somehow the poems managed to be simple yet reflect Jordan’s emotions in just a few short sentences. I think the poems are what give the book the emotion and feelings that allowed me to connect with Jordan’s character who is literally my complete opposite.

Overall Catching Jordan was a good read. I admit, there were some parts I had to just stop and think “no, you idiot” but other than that it was a fun, emotional read.

Rating: 4 bamboo sticks – Panda likes it like eating half a stick of bamboo

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How To Be Fabulous

Rule 1:

I will not be announced by an android!
-Queen Levana, Scarlet

When you want to make a grand entrance, don’t be announced by androids (why don’t you try iPhones instead?)

Rule 2:

“Yes, I know, darling. But if you don’t leave, I’ll have to turn you into a harp. Go on, now. Shoo, shoo.”
-Leanansidhe, The Iron Daughter

When you want something, threaten to turn people into harps with your “magical powers”.

Rule 3:

I was Adrian Ivashkov.I was going to kick some ass.
-Adrian, The Fiery Heart

Be an Adrian.



Cover Update: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill


“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

So I’ve had my eye on All Our Yesterdays for a while now and it finally has a cover. It actually relates to the blurb unlike so many other books that don’t (yes Fiery Heart, I’m talking bout you). All Our Yesterdays hit the shelves on 3rd September this year.

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