Book Review: To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: April 15th 2014
Page count: 288 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased

Book Summary:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


 *The Chef's Review*

     My rating: 5/5 stars
Aww, this book is such an endearing read. I enjoyed every last bit of it. It reminded me of Stephanie Perkins' series of Anna and the French Kiss, which is one of my favorite YA contemporary reads. Not at all the same thing. However it has all the same good qualities. It's funny and romantic with just a tiny bit of drama which doesn't hurt anybody.

Everybody has its own ways on how to overcome crushes and try to forget those which sometimes is so difficult to accomplish. Lara Jean, the main character, has mastered the art of doing exactly that, although, I believe that most of those crushes has some way on sneaking back on. That is exactly what happened to Lara Jean after the love letters in which she used to say goodbye to her crushes got mysteriously sent to each of them without her meaning to. It was hilarious the way she managed the situation, but I have to give it to her that she did it a lot better than I would have done. I felt her embarrassment like if it were me that was going through that situation, the author did a great job describing it.

Kitty, Lara Jean's little sister, was an amazing secondary character. She was so funny with her witty answers and you can count on her on saying that uncomfortable truth that everyone is thinking, but no one dares to say. There is also Lara Jean's older sister, Margot, who is her mother figure since unfortunately they lost their mother at a young age. There is also their very cool father who is, like most fathers, clueless to the drama of those teenage years. Let's not forget the crushes, which is what this truly book is about. Some of them, Lara Jean still had contact, but there were some others that she did not. It was interesting on how everything developed and the reactions of each guy. I think that it is something that some of us wonder if we were to be more opened in revealing our feelings to someone else. It's so scary specially because that automatically makes you the more vulnerable person, but thrilling at the same time because it is only then that you will stop wondering and start getting a real answer.

This book is astounding. I truly recommend it and if you are on to this kind of YA books, I can say that you will not have regrets. Happy reading ;)

The Week's Entrée #87

Hey everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Christmas has come and gone, and though I am sad it is over,I'm extremely grateful for the wonderful time I spent with my family. I ate a lot. Laughed a lot. I even teared up for a bit. So many little Christmas miracles have happened to me since then. I'm calling them miracles because good things have happened to me in these days and I'm still full of the holiday spirit, but in all honesty, I have to thank the wonderful people that are part of my life. The beautiful authors and book bloggers and twitter friends who make my days much brighter. 

To name a few of my Christmas miracles, I won a signed copy of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell from Brittany of Brittany's Book Rambles and I managed to locate an ARC of Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen! AN ARC, YOU GUYS. They are extremely rare and you know this is the first book of my favorite series ever. I'm one happy girl right now.

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Book reviews in other sites:

I reviewed Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers

I reviewed the sequel, Queen of Tomorrow, here on the blog but I had forgotten to write a review of the first book. This was a good read, but the story definitely gets much better in the sequel. If you love historical fiction, then you should really check this series out!

Here's the book's summary:

ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES…

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?

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My new books!
{Purchased}


Look at the awesome deal I snagged! The first three books in The White Rabbit Chronicles for only $2.99! This book set is usually around $15.99 so I saved lots of money. Unfortunately, this isn't on sale anymore :(

{Gifted}


And look how happy I look with my copy of ACOTAR. Parents/Santa made this girl very happy on Christmas day. :)

To Read This Week:


I'm still reading these two and I hope to finish them before the end of the year! Sadly, I don't think I'll be able to complete my Goodreads goal since I was supposed to read 115 and up until now I have read 86. *hangs head in shame* But next year I will reach it!!!

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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! Happy holidays!!!! :)

To 10 of 2015: Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2016

Welcome to day FIVE of the Top 10 of 2015 week event hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. This week is about sharing our favorite reads of 2015 and the ones we're looking forward in 2016!

Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2016

SWOON! I love talking about my favorite book boyfriends and this year I made so many new ones that I want to keep them all inside a jar *giggles*.  I should also call this list my top favorite book princes of 2015 since 5 out of the 10 are royalty.  Book prince hoarding is my obsession. ♥  So I give you... THE BOYFRIENDS:

1. Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen
My favorite series is coming to an end, and although I'm sad to say goodbye to my favorite characters, I'm so excited for everyone to read it. This book will ruin lives and make you swoon hard. Trust me, it is AMAZING and so very EPIC. 


2. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Come to me my beautifulness!!! ♥♥


3. Earth's End by Elise Kova
I NEED THIS BOOK NOW. That cliffhanger is driving me crazy and agghhh.


4. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
I want more of my beautiful Khalid. I obsessed so much about him that I started dreaming of this sequel. They were cool dreams... ♥


5. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
I can't wait to finally have this gorgeous book in my hands. I've only heard wonders about it!



6. Truthwitch by Susan Denard
Because this book is all I've been hearing about since last summer. But dammit, I'm still clanless. *cries*


7. The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
I need more Black Knife in my life.


8. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
I read the first 6 chapters of this book and gosh, I need to read it pronto. It's an Aladdin retelling with a girl jinn! :D



9. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Just look at that pretty cover!!! Also,  it promises a handsome prince so YAS.


10. The Reader by Traci Chee
A world where reading is forbidden? GIVE IT TO ME.



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And these are top ten books I want to read in 2016! Did any of mine make your list? :) Oh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! ♥

Top 10 of 2015: Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

Welcome to day four of the Top 10 of 2015 week event hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. This week is about sharing our favorite reads of 2015 and the ones we're looking forward in 2016!

BEST BOOK BOYFRIENDS OF 2015

SWOON! I love talking about my favorite book boyfriends and this year I made so many new ones that I want to keep them all inside a jar *giggles*.  I should also call this list my top favorite book princes of 2015 since 5 out of the 10 are royalty.  Book prince hoarding is my obsession. ♥  So I give you... THE BOYFRIENDS:

1. Prince Tristan 
from Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen


Look at my love, just LOOK AT HIM (This is how I think he looks like). Tristan will ALWAYS be my favorite book boyfriend and of course he has to be at the top. He's a powerful troll prince set on secretly protecting the people of Trollus from his father's reign and those full bloods that oppress the half-bloods. He wears this cold personality at first, but after falling for the human, Cécile, he slowly warms up and turns into the most beautiful troll ever. He's perfect. AND MIIIIIIIIINE. ♥♥♥♥♥ 

2. Prince Aldrik 
from Fire Falling by Elise Kova


I met Prince Aldrik a few months ago and gosh, am I in love! He's tall, dark haired with pale skin and black eyes. His personality is also cold and distant, but once you get to know him, he is just too darn amazing.

3. Black Knife
from The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows


Mysterious and alluring, Black Knife took my breath away in The Orphan Queen. His personality is ♥♥♥ and his true identity made me go YASS. Seriously, I love him.

4. Caliph Khalid
from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


What can I say? I have a thing for royalty and Khalid definitely fits the bill. My heart longs for this supposed monster and I'm counting the days until I can read more about him. If you haven't met Khalid yet then WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! :D


5. Prince Cal
from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Cal, Cal, Cal. If I have to be honest, he wasn't my favorite at first, but then he grew on me. A LOT. Now I dream of reading more about him. Luckily, Glass Sword is almost here and then there's that thing about the movie in the making :D

6. John
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker


My beautiful, healer boy. I'm more of a cold-hearted boy kind of fangirl, but there are times like when The Witch Hunter happened that a cute, nice boy comes in a steals my heart. He's so perfect.


7. Jackson
from Collide by Melissa West


Jackson is another wonderful book boyfriend I met this year and gah, he made my heart beat so loud. THE SWOONS. ♥

8. Elias
from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


Elias, my handsome and deadly Mask, he is one book boyfriend to watch out for. I'm not exactly jealous of Laia or Helene because I don't really want to go to Blacksmith Academy but if he were real, I'd totally want to say hey *wink* :)

9. Peter Kavinski
from P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han


My Peter Kavinski!! I don't care what everybody says, I want you and only you. You are too cool and handsome. xoxo

10. Noah Grayson
From Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes


Taken from my review: This guy is too.damn.awesome. Sweet, smart, and caring. He's the kind of guy my dreams dream about. That perfect. ♥
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And these were all my favorite book boyfriends of 2015.  MINE ALL MINE. Also, Merry Christmas Eve!:)

Top 10 of 2015: Best Debuts of 2015

Welcome to day three of the Top 10 of 2015 week event hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. This week is about sharing our favorite reads of 2015 and the ones we're looking forward in 2016!

BEST BOOK DEBUTS OF 2015

2015 was a wonderful year of book debuts. I can't say I read all of them, heck, not even made a dent on the huge list of debut authors out there, but I sure ended up reading and loving lots of them:

1. Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Air Awakens was my favorite debut book of the year because it's so darn amazing. It has magic, swoons, adventure and PRINCES. Read this book, you guys.


2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I pledge my allegiance to the scarlet guard. We will rise, red as the dawn. ♥ Enough said.



3. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Oh, The Witch Hunter was also one of my faves because it starts with a bang and ends with a boom. So fantastic!



4. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This book is too darn beautiful. I love the characters and the way it is written. It draws the reader in and doesn't let go until the last page.


5. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
I loved this book so much because it was sweet, fun, yet also touching. Plus it takes place in South Korea! 



6. Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Ohhh, the feeels for this book! Another super fun & crazy contemporary read. Highly recommend it!!!



7. It's A Wonderful Death by Claudia Gray
What I loved about this book so much is how Death doesn't seem like such a terrible thing. They have coffee shops!!! :D


8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Gosh, this book is so great and terrible. Really messes with your mind. I don't even know who to ship with whom! D:


9. The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
Magic, swoony characters, great MC. This book was so cool! It's cover is also reaaally pretty.


10. This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
A beautiful and heartfelt story. Of course it had to be on my list. ♥


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And these were all my favorite debuts of 2015.  Did any of mine make your list? :)

Top 10 of 2015: Best Book Covers of 2015

Welcome to day two of the Top 10 of 2015 week event hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. This week is about sharing our favorite reads of 2015 and the ones we're looking forward in 2016!

BEST BOOK COVERS OF 2015

Aaaah! I love talking about book covers. Is it just me or are book covers getting even more gorgeous every year? Kudos to all the amazing designers for such fabulous skills and for giving the best look to all our beautiful books. ♥

Books I've Read:

1. Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
Why OF COURSE! Look at this beauty of a book cover. I love Cécile's black dress and fan, the opera stage on the background plus all the red. It's GORGEOUS. I would have shown off the third book's cover too but I'll save it for next year's post. *cheeky grin* ♥♥♥



2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Just look at it! I don't think they could have done a better cover for this book. I love the colors and how we can see the academy and the desert at the bottom. Also, this book was pretty darn awesome! Just sayin'.


3. Fire Falling by Elise Kova
The designer, Merilliza, is so darn talented and Elise Kova is so lucky to have her. Us readers are so lucky to have her. She recreates perfectly how our lovely characters look like. Check out how fierce and powerful Aldrik and Vhalla look like in here. ♥


4. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
I am jelly for how cute Lara Jean looks like in this cover! The whole concept is so sweet and so darn perfect. Love it!


5. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
This might not have been one of my favorite books of the year, but it sure has one of the prettiest covers around. The font, the pink and grey, the title! Makes me want to pick it up and read it again just by looking at it!! :D


Books I've Yet To Read:

6. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Isn't this book GORGEOUS!?!! I want it, I want it now! ♥


7. Ten Thousan Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
I don't there are enough words to describe how beautiful this cover is.  THE COLORS. ♥


8. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Because girls in beautiful dresses FTW! ♥


9. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Heck yeah! Love this cover so much. I love how it speaks for itself. ♥


10. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
I love this cute cover so much! Want want want want want! ♥


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And those were my favorite book cover of this year.  Did any of mine make your list? :)