Saturday, August 13, 2011

Recommended Reads #1 by Charlotte

Hello everyone! Today I am starting up a series called Recommended Reads. It consists of 3 books that I have read recently and have really no problems with. I still want to share them with everyone but I don't have enough content to make a big video review! This started on my youtube channel and now I am bringing it over here. Let's get started!

The Season

Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued — in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.

When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!

Beauty Queens
Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

Rules of Attraction 
When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for the past year, he doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Colorado. When he meets Kiara Westford, a good girl totally unlike any of the girls he's usually drawn to, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she's too good for him. But will he put his pride aside when he realizes that being with Kiara might finally allow him to be his true self?

Lipstick Apology Book Review

Lipstick ApologyI really liked this book, since the plot like was creative and was a overall plot I'd seen a lot before; but still managed to be very different and unique. It was about Emily. Her parents both died in a plane crash. Of course that's distressing, but her mother also left her a sprawled apology in red lipstick. "EMILY PLEASE FORGIVE ME"

So that all goes down in the prologue, and then when you get to chapter 1 it's fall in NYC. Emily is living with her aunt, Jolie. She meets two great guys, the popular and handsome Owen [who helps her forget]; and Anthony [who helps her remember and heal]. The book is about her discovering what she didn't know about people, her mom in particular.

My issues with this book were small, but repetitive. One-her mood swings were TOTALLY unrealistic. Sure, everyone has mood-swings. But every-time Emily started screaming and spazzing out in general, I cringed. Not from a omg-what-are-you-doing standpoint, but just because no one does that in real life.
And then her meeting with her 'father'. Umm, wut now? Just leaving it there. It seemed rather unrealistic too.
My biggest issue with this book is quite obvious, is it not? A realistic fiction book NEEDS to be realistic.

4/5 stars because I enjoyed reading it. Recommended for anyone who likes; realistic fiction, romance, New York, high-school or friendship.

Watch my video review here!