Mini Reviews: Alice in Zombieland, The Fault in Our Stars, The Boyfriend App

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)

Publication date: September 25th 2012

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Number of pages: 404

Series: White Rabbit Chronicles (1#)

Genre: YA Horror

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

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 Review:

I was really, really worried going into this because I the majority of my Goodreads “friends” hadn’t given this the best of ratings. However, I really enjoyed it!

There were sad parts and betrayl. Yes, quite a bit of betrayl! But, all in all it was good and I’m looking forward to the sequel!

 4/5 comets
A meteor shower. A great show.

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 Goodreads author bio:

Gena ShowalterGena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

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 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Publication date: January 10th 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)

Publisher: Dutton Books

Number of pages: 318

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Gifted. This is my honest opinion.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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 Review:

This is only going to be a short review.
I’m actually embarrassed to say didn’t love this book. I really liked it but didn’t love it.
I love John Green and think he’s hilarious, so I’m super sad to say I didn’t love this. The story was good and I loved Augustus (there were two heartbreaking moments around him for me) but I never cried once in the book. I can imagine the parts where people cried and I came pretty close but no I didn’t cry 😦 shame on me.

I loved the witty moments. I can’t actually find where I put my favourite quote (I wrote it down) but yes, I’ll get there.

I would recommend this to everyone because I think it is a book you should read and I did love it, just not as much as everyone else seemed to.

 4/5 comets
A meteor shower. A great show.

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 Goodreads author bio:

John GreenJohn Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

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 The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App

Publication date: April 30th 2013

Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Number of pages: 312

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.

But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?

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 Review:

I liked the idea of this book more than I actually liked it. I loved the idea that she created an app and I loved the idea of the competition and I even adored the cover. But that was it.

I am kind of disappointed, though, because I expected something a little better. I had been waiting to read this book for ages and yes, it was cute and fun like it was supposed to be, but honestly I think it could have been more. Potential not reached.

I did like that this book was easy reading and I did enjoy the first half of the book.

 2.5/5 comets
Minor indent. Could have been a bigger hit.

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6 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Alice in Zombieland, The Fault in Our Stars, The Boyfriend App

  1. I haven’t read Alice in Zombieland, but I’m glad you liked it. I plan to read this in the future. I’m pretty much sold on anything Alice. 😛

    TFiOS gives a lot of feels, but I didn’t cry much either. A few tears maybe. But I did love it. John Green is really witty.

    I also liked the premise and cover of The Boyfriend App, but I agree that it fell short on the execution.

  2. I got Alice in Zombieland for Christmas but haven’t read it yet. It’s up there, though, to be read.

    It’s ok you didn’t cry while reading TFiOS. I think I cried enough for the both of us. I will see the movie, but still a little hesitant as I’m not a big Shailene Woodley fan. I just loved the book too much not to see it.

    Also, I have nominated you for the liebster award!! You can find the info here at http://indiewritergirl0329.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/and-the-liebster-award-goes-to/

    • Livvvy75 says:

      Aw thanks that’s really sweet! Haha I did get the ultimate are you inhuman treatment for not crying. Yeah, I really hope she does a good job, I mean she’s the main actress of soon-to-be movies of two books I love!!!!

  3. Lisa says:

    LOVED Alice in Zombieland! Was such a different read, and I’m excited to pick up the second book! Glad to see that you enjoyed it too! Are you picking up the next book as well?

    Lisa
    http://www.turningpages94.blogspot.com

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