The Thousand Dollar Tan Line - Book Review

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Started: Jan 17, 2016 | Finished: Jan 27, 2016

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Published by Vintage Books on March 25, 2014
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 336
Book Edition: Paperback, Audiobook
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She's traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it's spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is not a simple missing person's case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica's past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.
Rating: 5/5

My Review:

First off, I absolutely love the Veronica Mars series. I did a whole blog post on my review of the Veronica Mars movie after I went to see it in theaters almost two years ago. Since then, two books have come out following the events of the movie. I just finished the first one, and my oh my it was so good!! I got an Audible account, and got the audiobook because it was narrated by Kristen Bell herself. This just took a good book and made it great. It was amazing to have Kristen Bell reading the story and actually being able to hear Veronica Mars' voice. Kristen also put on different voices for all the different characters, she's amazing!!

The case was gripping from start to finish. I love how they set it up, and how it ended. I wasn't expecting it to go that way, so I thought that was cool. I love when that happens, it was just like watching the show again except reading it instead. I love that it brought up details from both the show and movie to get you more immersed in the Veronica Mars world. As a Logan and Veronica shipper, there wasn't enough of them in this book for my liking. But it made sense why there wasn't and the little that we did get was still satisfying.

Overall, this book was exactly what a Veronica Mars fan needed! As a huge fan of this series, I'm so happy to that they are continuing this series in book form. I will follow this show in any way I can, and I can't wait to read the second book, starting very shortly.

What did you think of this book? Are you a Veronica Mars fan?

Finding Audrey - Book Review

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Started: Jan 9, 2016 | Finished: Jan 16, 2016

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Delacorte Books on June 9, 2015
Genre: YA, contemporary 
Pages: 288
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

I thought this book was very cute and an easy read. As someone who has an anxiety disorder, it was nice to read a book that captured it so well. I loved Audrey, I thought she was a very sweet main character and I loved reading her journey and how she progressed throughout the book. I was a little thrown off by her age at first for some reason. It just felt like she was older than she was, but then I realized age doesn't matter.

I adored the relationship between Audrey and Linus, and how he slowly got her to be more comfortable with things. Like contact, and going out to public places. I thought they were very sweet together! I also loved the family dynamic. Everyone is so supportive with Audrey, and I loved that. It's a hard thing to live with, and it is nice to know when you have a group of people you feel comfortable with and make you feel normal. I loved Frank, I thought he was hilarious. I found the mom to be annoying at times, but also funny at times. Her whole issue with Frank going on his computer to play games was a little over the top for me.

But overall, I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was very sweet, and a very accurate portrayal of what having an anxiety disorder is like. Obviously it's different for everyone, not everyone walks around in dark glasses because they can't handle eye contact, but I just felt like this book was saying all the right things when it came to anxiety and what's it like living with it.

What did you think of Finding Audrey?

Eleanor & Park - Book Review

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Started: Jan 2, 2016 | Finished: Jan 8, 2016

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on February 26, 2013
Genre: YA, contemporary 
Pages: 336
Book Edition: Hardcover, Collector's Edition
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Rating: 5/5

My Review:

Already starting this year off with a 5 star rating, but that's how much I loved this book! This is the second book I've read of Rainbow Rowell and I just want to read them all, she's fantastic!!

This book is about two people who couldn't be more different, but are perfect for each other. It's a slow romance, and it takes time for them which I really liked because I found it realistic. I really loved Eleanor as a character, and I was so saddened by her home life. It's sad and unfortunate to think that there's a lot of people in the world who go through a similar experience. My only wish for them is that they can find the strength to get help which I know is easier said than done.

I loved Eleanor because she was a very real girl who embodied the struggles girls go through, and it's sad and you feel for her and you just want to hug her and keep her safe. Which is how Park feels. Park was the sweetest character, not perfect but he truly loved Eleanor and sometimes didn't understand what that meant, but didn't care and loved her anyways. I also really loved Park's parents! I thought they were really great side characters.

I won't give anything way, but the ending was sad but it was also very realistic which I liked. I really adored this book. Like I said, Rainbow Rowell is fantastic! She has this way of writing books that suck you in and get you hooked, at least for me anyways so far.

What did you think of Eleanor & Park?

PS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!! I don't know if my dad reads my blog, but in the off chance that he does, Happy Birthday to the best dad ever!! Thanks for everything! I love you!!

Man Crush Monday: Hayden Christensen

Monday, 4 January 2016

Hayden Christensen
Best Known for: Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode 2 & 3
Born: April 19, 1981 (34) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Links: IMDB

This past weekend I marathon'd Star Wars to get ready to see the new movie later on this week. Watching these movies reminded me of the huge celebrity crush that I had on Hayden back in the day. Highschool days. I was so obsessed with him that I wrote a geography paper on him. Yes, geography! My teacher approved that it could be anything to do with Canada and he is Canadian! I got a 82 on that paper.

The first thing I saw Hayden in was Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (episode 2), and holy smokes I loved him right away. I don't think I need to explain what Star Wars is about. Sorry if you don't know, but if this is you! Fix this and fast, it's so good!! He is one gorgeous Canadian! I then went to look at his earlier work, and got hooked on a Canadian show he did called Higher Ground. It was only on for 1 season, but I loved it so much that I just bought the whole series off Ebay! It's a show about troubled teens who get sent to this camp which is basically rehab for them. Such a good show!! There's a lot of people in it who were in popular TV shows, like Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), A.J. Cook (Criminal Minds), Joe Lando (The Secret Circle), Jewel Staite (Firefly).

(Higher Ground promo picture. The frosted tips goes to show that this was filmed in early 2000's)

Another movie I saw Hayden is was Life As A House. This movie will never fail at making me cry. I've seen it so many times, and I've cried ever single time. Hayden plays a rebel teen who hates his father and lives with his mom and stepdad. His dad finds out that he's dying, and wants to spend the last of his life with his estranged son. So he makes him spend the summer with him rebuilding his house from scratch. Very touching movie! Total tearjerker.

I need to see more of Hayden's work because I personally think he's an incredible actor. 

Are you a fan of Hayden Christensen's? What was your favourite movie/tv show you've seen him in?
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