Anna And The French Kiss Review.

A beautifully written contemporary debut novel from Stephanie Perkins will make you remember why you love the genre.

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Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a
loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

 

 

Meet Anna Oliphant, a senior in high school who is American as they come. She works at her local movie theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and has her own movie blog. She aspires to be a move critic, a writer, like her father; and that’s about the only thing she and her father have in common. She has a couple of issues with her father; one being that he is a bestselling romance novelist, and two, he’s sending her to Paris, France, for her senior year of high school.

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

Anna will be attending the SOAP, the School Of America in Paris. Here she will live in a dorm, take french class, and just soak up the french lifestyle while she finishes out her high school career. Sounds good to me, but certainly not to Anna. She is not happy to give up her life in Atlanta.

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

Once Anna arrives, she meets her new roommate, and falls in with her great group of friends. From there, she and her newfound friends have fun in Paris, and Anna even manages to meet the perfect boy, Etienne St. Claire, the only problem? St. Claire has a girlfriend, a serious girlfriend at that. What’s a girl to do?

“I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.”

I loved this book. I wasn’t much for contemporaries before this, but this has completely changed my mind. It was beautifully written, the ending is fantastic, and it gave me all sorts of emotions, but in the best way. If you want a feel good book, or just need a new book to read, pick up this one, it’s amazing, and is now one of my favorites.

Overall

This was an amazing read, I give it a 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend to pretty much anyone. Please do pick this one up and read it, I sorely doubt you’ll regret it.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Hey guys! It’s Liv. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish, and this week it is the Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds. Here we go.

10. Carrie Bradshaw from The Carrie Diaries and Sex In The City. Carrie is an up and coming hopeful writer in the series, and consequently, loves to red.

9. Charlie Kelmeckis from The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Charlie likes to read, which is pretty much how he becomes friends with his writing teacher.

8. Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars. Hazel and Gus start talking about books when they first meet, and a huge point in the book is when they go to meet the writer of Hazel’s favorite book that she got Gus to read, An Imperial Affliction.

7. Anna Oliphant from Anna And The French Kiss. Anna loves movies, and she loves to write. She has her own blog where she writes reviews for movies.

6. Matilda Wormwood from Matilda. Matilda reads a lot, she often will read to escape her horrible life, so, she logs a ton of hours reading books.

5. Cather Avery from Fangirl. fangirl is practically built on Cath’s love for her favorite book series featuring the one and only Simon Snow, she connects to people using her love of books and fangirling.

4. Meggie Folchart from the Inkworld Series. Meggie believed when she was a child, that if she put books under her pillow she would dream about them, she didn’t want to miss a single second of reading time.

3. Sam Roth From The Wolves Of Mercy Falls Series. Sam works in a bookstore during the summer when he’s human, and when he’s not there, he is reading poetry to Grace.

2. Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices Series. Tessa lived in the age of the classics, before they were classics. She loves reading these books, and she will often discuss them with Will.

1. Chloe Saunders from The Darkest Powers Series and The Darkness Rising Trilogy. Chloe wants to become a screenwriter/director when she grows up, so she really works on her craft, reading and writing screenplays in her free time, whenever she has it.

This list was a little bit tricky. No one immediately came to mind, but I powered through and thought really hard. I hope you guys liked this list and I’ll see you back here soon! Have a great rest of your day, goodbye!

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey guys, it’s Liv, and as you know, it’s Tuesday. So, Top Ten Tuesday is in order. Once again, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week, it’s the Top Ten Favorite Authors of all time. While I was writing this, I kind of knew immediately who was in my top three or four, but after that, it was a little difficult. Here are my Top Ten Favorite Authors Of All Time.

10. Andrea Cremer.

Andrea Cremer wrote a series that I was absolutely obsessed with called Nightshade. This series isn’t that well known, but it definitely should be. The main character, Calla Tor is a Searcher, the protector of the Keepers in her world. This trilogy is filled with love, loyalty, and mystery. She is also writing an adult series and a prequel based on the Nightshade Series.

9. L.J. Smith.

L.J. Smith is a completely understated writer. She is very prolific with her work and all her plotlines are original. Her works are the basis of the very popular The Vampire Diaries television series, as well as The Secret Circle. If you haven’t already, definitely pick up something by L.J. Smith.

8. Stephenie Meyer.

Stephenie Meyer is a classic. If you haven’t read, The Twilight Saga yet, you are seriously missing out. These books were so fantastic. The writing is absolutely beautiful and the characters are one of kind. They each come with their own back story that perfectly shapes who they are in the books.

7. Suzanne Collins.

Suzanne Collins’s, The Hunger Games, is, of course, one of my favorite series. I love the world that she created. With classic themes set in a dystopian society, what’s not to love? If you haven’t already, pick up one of Suzanne Collins books today!

6. Holly Black.

Holly Black creates a magical world of lies and deceit in her Curse Workers series. Cassel is one of my favorite characters, ever. Cassel is, as my mother would say, as clever as the devil and twice as pretty. He’s sweet and charming, but he’s also lying, cheating, stealing, con artist. This mafia ruled world of danger and deceit is one I’d definitely like to live in.

5. Michelle Hodkin.

Michelle Hodkin earns this spot for her fabulous Mara Dyer trilogy. These books were wonderfully creepy and spooky. I liked these so much because you could never tell what was real and what wasn’t. Just when you thought you had it figured out, you didn’t. It was just plot twist after plot twist and it was great.

4. Stephanie Perkins.

Stephanie Perkins is a favorite because of her novel, of course, Anna and the French Kiss. I love this book. I loved it the first time I read it, and every reread after that, it is just as great as the first time. The writing is beautiful, as is the setting, and the characters are, in my opinion, pretty great. I wish I had a romance as great as Anna and Étienne.

3. Rick Riordan.

Rick Riordan, like Cassandra Clare, is very prolific. He found something that worked and went for it.  I have read the majority of his books, my favorites are the books with Percy. His stories were really great because when they were published Percy and I were the same age, I didn’t read them right away, but it still felt like I was growing up with Percy, and I still am.

2. Cassandra Clare.

Cassandra Clare is practically a legend. I have read almost all of her books, and, they are so fantastic that I don’t even have words. Her books make me feel so much, and they have everything that I could ever want in a book series. What I especially love about her books is that they all interconnect. They all take place in the same world, but, until you read the other series, you don’t notice how connected every book she writes really is. And she just keeps writing, she even has plans for a fifth Shadowhunter series that won’t even be published until 2021. I can’t even wait. I’ve been reading her books since the fifth grade, and it looks like I’ll still be reading the into my late twenties.

1. Kelley Armstrong.

Kelley Armstrong has always been my favorite author. I love The Darkest Powers Series, I wish so much that there had been more, The Darkness Rising Series was also fantastic. Her Women of The Otherworld Series is one of the only adult series that I read, and I love it. If you haven’t picked up a book by Kelley Armstrong yet, I’d encourage you to do immediately, she is truly fantastic!

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey, it’s Liv here with the latest Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week, it is the Top Ten characters you’d like to check in on. So, it’s the characters that you wish you could know what they’re life is like after the book or series ended. This list started out as 6 couples and 4 single characters, but, some of the singles were from the same series as the couples, so I just lumped them together. Enjoy!

10. 9. and 8. Corey Carling, Daniel Bianchi, and Maya Delaney from The Darkest Rising Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong.

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7. Calla Tor and Renier “Ren” LaRoche from The Nightshade Trilogy by Andrea Cremer.

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6. Carmen Bianchi and Jeremy King from Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez.

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5. Clary Fray and Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

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4. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.

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3. Anna Oliphant and Étienne St. Clair from Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

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1. and 2. Derek Souza, Chloe Saunders, and Simon Bae from The Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong.

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Some of you probably won’t know who these people are, but you should definitely check out these books, they are definitely all in my top ten books ever.