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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2010
Published By: Dutton (A Penguin Group)
Hardcover, 372 Pages
Source: Gift

Summary from Goodreads:

"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 √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?"

My Review: *****+ = 5+ Stars

Anna and the French Kiss is as mouthwatering as the parisian treats that Stephanie describes throughout the pages of this book. As the story goes on, I find myself wanting more and more, the growing and deflating friendships, the budding romance, the adventure of one homesick teen stuck in the city of love. I just couldn't get enough. And now, even after the words on the final page fade from my mind, the story is fully engrained in my brain.

Anna couldn't have been written any better than she was. Beautiful, but not perfect, determined yet still shy, excited and nervous. One of my biggest pet peeves with YA books is when the girl is either completely perfect or she is nothing or has nothing... yadda yadda yadda... you get the drift. Anna is well rounded, and her character grows throughout the book which makes her that much more enjoyable to follow on her journey.

Etienne. I feel like this masterpiece of a male character is best left to be read about, rather than told about. His story is just as beautiful as Anna's, and the growth they have separately, and as two, is a big part of this book. You should enjoy it to the fullest without my snippets of how I feel about him (all very, very good mind you).

One spot that I didn't particularly like, but that was obviously needed for this particular story, has to do with a bit of cheating, nothing major, a kiss... but it was written well enough to where it didn't change my opinion of the story as a whole. (I'm not a fan of cheaters...)

Overall, I am amazed, and in awe of this beautiful book. I said that a lot in this review, beautiful, but this book is nothing but that, and I imagine most of you out there will devour it just as quick as I did. It's nice to hear major postitive hype towards a book, but it's much nicer when you read it for yourself and you can say, "Damn right this book is amazing. More like made of epic." <--- That's what I said, paraphrased. The unparaphrased version is much longer and includes the words, love, awesome and amazing... repetatively.

Nuff said. Check this book out. I don't think you'll regret it!!

Have you already Anna? Share your opinions or links to reviews. I'd love to hear what you thought!

(There is a companion novel coming out next fall, and it's at the top of my 2011 MUST HAVE list. More like my *musthaverightNAOpleasethankyou* list.)


In My Mailbox: Christmas Edition

In My Mailbox: Christmas Edition
(Credit goes to Kristi at The Story Siren, inspired by Alea at PopCultureJunkie)

I guess I've been a good girl this year! Maybe I got rewarded for doing so good in school. Maybe this was Santa's way of telling me it's okay I barely posted at all this month... =P

**Forgive the formatting, not sure whats up with Blogger but it just won't cooperate this lovely morning!!!

Christmas Gifts

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

2 things of Nail polish (the other one was downstairs and I didn't feel like going to get it =P)
Many thanks to my best friend Eleni, from Lafemmereaders, for this awesome christmas present!! :)
I also got a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble from my boss! Woohoo can't wait to spend it!

For Review:

Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan
Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen (I already recived a copy of this so I will be sending this to a fellow blogger to review!)
Clarity by Kim Harrington
The Logic of Demons by H.A Goodman

Won from Harperteen Galley Grab:

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern

Special thanks to Scholastic, H.A Goodman and Harperteen.

      Won from HarperTeen Tweetstakes:

You by Charles Benoit
As Easy As Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries based on the books by L.J Smith and the show from Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec
Style by Lauren Conrad
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

(Also Included but not pictured: Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White and The Lying Game by Sara Shepard- I bought two of these myself and got one for christmas so they have moved on to other homes)

Lots and lots of thanks to Harperteen for this super awesome package of books!!!

Follow them on twitter at @harperteen

From a fellow blogger friend:

I Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen
Love, Inc by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
Chime by Franny Billingsly

Thanks so much to Kate from I Just want to Sit Here and Read for these great ARCs!

Purchased by Me:

Wish by Alexandra Bullen
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford

Phew! That's what I got these past two weeks! :)

I hope you all have a very merry christmas! :D


Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my wonderful followers. Thanks for sticking with me through school finals and my very lacking blog participation. I am still here, I promise!! Love you all and I hope you all have a wonderful day!!!


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The sequel to The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, The Lost Saint, will be released December 28th. And now you have the chance to win it before that!

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Sorry for my lateness in announcing winners!

Both the giveaway for a brand new copy of Matched by Ally Condie and a brand new copy of Branded by Keary Taylor have ended! Both winners were selected using

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