Happy Book Birthday to Fairest!

FairestA very happy book birthday to Marissa Meyer and her newest book in The Lunar Chronicles series, Fairest!

Summary from Goodreads:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

dotsDo you plan to pick up a copy? Are you a lunartic? We’re always happy to fangirl! 🙂

 

Review: The 100

The 100 book review  and content advisory no spoilersAuthor: Kass Morgan

Age: Young Adult

Genre: Futuristic/Sci-Fi

Click here to read summary from Goodreads.

I spent several weeks trying to get through this book and ultimately wanted to DNF it. The only reason I didn’t was because I’d already spent a lot of time reading it, and I was two books behind on my Goodreads challenge.

You know how there are some books you can’t help but binge? Then there are some you don’t love that much, but you’re always excited to get back to it? I never felt that way with this book. The writing style was boring, though it could have been due to the fact that it’s written in third-person (which I rarely enjoy).

One of the problems I had with this book is its four different points-of-view. Multiple POV is SO difficult to do right. I found myself only caring about a few of the MCs and only wanting to read their plot. I felt like I was trudging through the rest of the POVs. There wasn’t enough to keep me interested, nor did I really connect with the characters.

Another problem for me, after plodding through the book, was that the end happened too quickly. Like, in ten pages. It sets up the next book nicely enough, but I felt like I should have seen it coming.

2 out of 5 starsUltimately, I wish I’d never read this book. I wasn’t awful, but I just didn’t enjoy it much. I’d like to know what happens next, but not enough to read the next book. I’ll probably just scour the internet for spoilers.

Content Advisory:
Language: 4
Words such as h, a, d, and s used throughout. I also counted four uses of gd.
Sexual: 4
It’s insinuated that a couple does the deed, but it’s not on the page. *spoiler* a girl ends up pregnant. A few innuendos/sexual comments or thoughts. A girl helps a boy take his shirt off (but that’s all.)
Other: .5
*spoiler* one of the characters has a drug addiction

Top Ten Reasons Why We Love Ally Carter

all fall down by ally carter top ten reasons why we love ally carterIt’s a top ten Tuesday freebie! So we’re honoring our favorite author, who has a new book coming out today! You can bet we’re wearing plaid and heading to the bookstores to pick up our copies of All Fall Down. (Unfortunately, we’re taking a media break this week–this post is scheduled–so we’ll be back to fangirl later next week!) Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

So here we go…

Top Ten Reasons Why We Love Ally Carter

1) Her books focus on friendship. Which we obviously love, you know, being friends and all.

2) Hot guys. Zach. Josh. Hale. And Sexi Alexei. (The hot guy in All Fall Down, according to the preview. So far he deserves his nickname.)

3) Clean reads. Overall, Ally’s books are pretty clean, so we can recommend them without hesitation!

4) Strong female characters. Because girls aren’t always weak.

5) She practically created a new genre. Unrealistic realistic fiction, anyone? These are books that take place in a realistic world, but have some elements that stretch the limits of real-world.

6) Relatable characters. All three of us identify with different characters in the Gallagher Girl series. We love how different, yet similar, our favorite characters are!

7) Ally Carter is hilarious. Seriously. Just go pick up any of her books and read a few pages. You’ll see what I mean.

8) She inspired our love of YA books. Books like hers remind us how awesome the YA genre is.

9) She’s a southern girl. Just like us!

10) She photobombed our photo.

Why do you love Ally Carter? And are you picking up All Fall Down?!??!? And would you like to fangirl over all things Ally Carter with us?

Behind the Blog: Rachel’s Confessions

Dear Readers,

If you have been keeping up with our blog, you may have noticed my silence.

You may have been theorizing why I haven’t posted and left majority of the work to the other 2/3 of the team. Let me assure you The Girls in Plaid have not had a falling out. Life just has been busy. so. busy.

1. I would like to blame my silence on school.

This past semester I was completing my college career and was in the Student Teaching phase. I graduated December 21st! A week ago I started my first job. Learning the ropes is presenting itself with its own set of challenges. I still wonder when I’m going to find time to read.

Here is where the truth comes in…

2. I would like to blame my silence on something more personal

With my very little spare time, I haven’t wanted to spend it on blogging. Do I enjoy blogging? yes. Do I enjoy reading? yes.

However, If I spend anytime on the computer….I’m skyping.

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You may remember that last summer I visited Holland. Well, because of that missions trip, I have found myself in a whirl wind romance with a great guy. The catch is that he lives 1,000 miles away. (Technically according to Google it is 999miles…but whose counting.)IMG_0521

SO – if there is any free time on my hands…its spent trying to defy the distance and poor internet connection to write a love story of my own.

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Lucky for me he is a reader too. So, with his help I will try to be a better blogger. Currently we are reading Cinder and our Bibles together. We both love The Little Prince and enjoy roaming book stores together. ( We are planning on getting matching Tshirts!)The Little Prince t-shirt

So maybe together…we can help the other 2/3 of The Girls in Plaid with the contents of this blog.

Sincerely,

Rachel

JB’s 2015 Reading Goals

2015 reading goals, shadow and bone, the grisha trilogyHello lovelies! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Years!

Today I’m here to talk about my reading goals for 2015. (See my 2014 reading goals here.)

1) Meet my Goodreads goal of 40 (new-to-me) books. Last year my goal was fifty, but I decided to lower it this year and do more rereading! I definitely want to reread CinderScarlet, and Cress before Winter comes out at the end of the year! Plus, it’s been far too long since I’ve read the Gallagher Girl series.

2) Read two classics. I’ve been reading bits and pieces of Emma for… like six months now. (Confession: I haven’t read any of it in a few months.) I’d like to finish Emma and also read The Giver (before my husband makes us watch the movie) and Great Expectations.

3) Read two non-fiction books. This is definitely not a big goal, but I don’t really like non-fiction. I’m currently reading It Starts With Food, but I’m not sure what other non-fic I’ll read. If you have any suggestions for me, leave them in the comments!

4) Finish The Chronicles of Narnia series. I read the first two last year and loved them! I have a friend who also wants to read them this year so we plan to read and discuss them together.

5) Read the second Percy Jackson book (if not more!). I really loved The Lightning Thief and want to read the rest of this series!

Overall, I don’t have any super huge goals, which I’m totally okay with. I feel like these goals are perfect for this year and I’m excited about my 2015 reading!

What are your reading goals for 2015?

New Year’s Resolutions

My Darling Readers and Gents

I do hope you all had simply delightful Christmas’ and glittering New Year parties!!! Mine was spent in my warm and fuzzy PJs 🙂
Now, raise your hand if at least half of your Christmas list was books… Ah, yes… Well, they are one of the few things that seem to have the ability to love you back.

I would like to apologize for simply disappearing for the holidays… Right before Thanksgiving my poor little phone suffered a waterproof case failure, rendering me phoneless for 4 weeks. I had ordered, and received, another one from ebay.  It promptly vanished into thin air. (As in can not find it. at. all. not even my mom, the finder of anything. ) I had to buy another one, this time from a friend. That being said, I don’t have internet at my house, I just did things through my phone. So I just decided to take the holiday off.

I would also like to take a moment to say that I love ginger snaps. I’m having some with my tea just now.  🙂
So, to start my year off, I would like to declare my Resolutions.

Julianne’s 2015 Resolutions

  • To be intentionally conscious of others and to commend good works and encourage those who are in need of positivity.
  • To speak kindness and happiness to others.
  • To remember that my time on earth is so limited, and to use what I am given more wisely.
  • To appreciate the time I have with those I love, time shared is sweeter than honey and toast.
  • To dance more, to strengthen heart, body, and soul.
  • To spend more time with my Creator, and to read the Bible in it’s entirety. No words are more powerful and life changing.
  • To write more birthday cards, thank you cards, thinking of you cards, get well cards, I miss you notes, and let’s catch up letters.
  • To read more, but that’s a given. 😉

And quite possible the hardest of all:

  •  To not lose my phone, to not forget things, and to not be late all the time.

So, that wraps up my New Years post… albeit a little late… not off to a great start here, but oh well 🙂

Care to share some of your NYRs and how they’re going so far?