quotes Elisquared likes

"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


Waiting on Wednesday (82)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we seriously can’t wait for.

Here's my pick for the week, that I seriously can't wait for:

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

A time traveler accidentally brings a boy from the past into the 23rd century, only to discover he’s already in love with her future self and is keeping his own set of secrets.

Uh, while this is a tiny summary for a book, it has got me hooked for sure!!!  I love time travel, I like the whole idea of it, I like the consequences that can happen, and I certainly like the possibilities it has.  Add that to the romance in the book, and I am sold!  can;t wait until October!  (If any of you lovely people in the book world get an ARC, I would love if you could send it my way once you're done! ^_^)

What book are you waiting for?


Waiting on Wednesday (81)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we seriously can’t wait for.

Here's my pick for the week, that I seriously can't wait for:

Publication Date: September 16, 2014

When Cate Benson was twelve, her sister died. 

Two hours after the funeral, they picked up Violet’s replacement, and it was like nothing had ever happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to grant their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth. So this new Violet has the same smile. The same laugh. That same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all the same memories as the girl she replaced. 

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school. 

Or at least, that’s what the paparazzi and crazy anti-cloning protesters want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that, though. She’s used to standing up for her sister too, and she’s determined to prove her innocence now—at whatever the cost. But the deeper she digs for the truth, the further Cate's carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, unveiling a world filled with copies and lies, where nothing and no one—not even her sister— is completely what they seem. 

In a pulse pounding debut, Stefanie Gaither takes readers on a nail-biting ride through a future that looks frighteningly similar to our own time and asks: how far are you willing to go to keep your family together?

This sounds so very cool.  I like the sci-fi aspect of it, and clones have always fascinated me.  I could see our society going in this kind of direction one day.  There are so many leaps in medical advancements, that why wouldn't you want to be able to "never die"?  It is an interesting concept, and I'm excited to see how it reads!

What book are you waiting for?

Falling in Love with English Boys (Review)

Title: Falling in Love with English Boys
Author(s): Melissa Jensen
Edition: Paperback, 293 pages
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: December 23, 2010
Source: Borrowed from library
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Book Depository - Inkwood Books

The Summary

Sixteen-year-old Catherine Vernon has been stranded in London for the summer-no friends, no ex-boyfriend Adam the Scum (good riddance!), and absolutely nothing to do but blog about her misery to her friends back home. Desperate for something-anything-to do in London while her (s)mother's off researching boring historical things, Cat starts reading the 1815 diary of Katherine Percival her mom gives her-and finds the similarities between their lives to be oddly close. But where Katherine has the whirls of the society, the parties and the gossip over who is engaged to who, Cat's only got some really excellent English chocolate. Then she meets William Percival-the uber-hot descendant of Katherine-and things start looking up . . .

My Opinion

I loved Melissa Jensen's sophomore book, The Fine Art of Truth or Dare, so I wanted to get my hands on her debut novel, Falling Love with English Boys.  It was just as quirky, funny, and well-written as her other book, and one of my new favorites!

The story takes place in both modern London and 1800s London, revolving around two girls: Cat and Katherine.  Cat has been transplanted by her mother to London in order to finish a research project her mom conducting on Katherine's family, The Percivals, a family that is part of the Ton of Regency England.  While researching, Cat's mom comes across Katherine's diary, and gives it to Cat to read.  Paralleling Cat's own blog posts, Katherine's life seems very similar to Cat's own: an absent father, a nosey mother, some awesome friends, and boy troubles.  As Cat reads more she realizes that while she and Katherine are separated by centuries, their experiences are the same.

The writing really shines in the book.  Someone could separate Cat's and Katherine's stories out and have two complete books, that is how well crafted the characters and details were.  I like this particular distinction, as it really helps focus the reader into the time period.  If either world was too close in tone and word choice, it would make the book disjointed.  But while the stories could be separated, the similarities between the two lives creates a harmony.  It sounds funny, but trust me it works. 

The characters also shine.  I love Cat; she's a great mix of snarky, smart, flirty, and naive, just the kind of teenager I enjoy.  Along with the three girls she befriends, the awesome just grows.  Of course, Will, the Percival of the modern century, is just the type of swooney English boy us American girls fall for.  Each character from the modern century really made an impact to the plot.  While this may be the case for Cat and Company, I didn't really connect with any other characters in the 1800s except for Katherine herself.  The other characters, while important to her story, where not as interesting.  But this is most likely a personal preference, as I don't enjoy very many historical fictions.

Overall, this book is full of humor, romance, and friendship, while also posing a great example that humanity, even across time, share common threads.  A fun read for sumer, you won't regret picking up Melissa Jensen's Falling in Love with English Boys.


Check out Melissa Jensen's second book, and my review of, The Fine Art of Truth or Dare!

Final Rating

Book Cover: 4/5
Book Title: 4/5
Plot: 9/10
Characters: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 44/50: B+
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