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Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson Book Review

The City of Lights sets the stage for romance, drama and intrigue in the latest Confessions novel from the world's bestselling mystery writer!

After investigating multiple homicides and her family's decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her? James Patterson leads this brilliant teenage detective through Paris on a trail of lies years in the making, with shocking revelations around every corner.

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I felt like this book was probably my least favorite of the series. I felt like Tandy was all over the place and everything that happened was kind of spastic. Like she was with James for literally two chapters and then she spends the rest of the book bemoaning the fact that he's left her. And then loosing sleep over what she was going to do without him there and how she was going to be able to get him back. It seemed a bit ridiculous. I think the plot was pretty good overall. I mean it stuck with things that had been hinted or mentioned in the previous books and now they get some light. Some of the things did seem a bit fantastic but this is a very fantastic group of characters so I can't really say anything. Speaking of characters, I really enjoyed spending time with the Angel's again. I really like all the characters, the siblings and their Uncle Jacob. They're unique and interesting. And pretty funny. 

This book reads very quickly and is pretty exciting. Not quite as exciting as the other two books but still things are happening and the Angels lead a very interesting life. However a few of these events, namely one that relates to Tandy's dead sister, seemed a little questionable. Why was this happening now? Why wouldn't they have heard about this, etc. The ending also seemed off and very sudden. So much happened in the last chapter or two and it left me putting down the book when I'd finished and trying to figure out what had just happened and if there had been any hints that it would happen.

Overall, I was disappointed with this book. Tandy seemed too up and down to me, maybe that's what the author wanted to portray, based on the ending, but it still made me dislike it. The ending was surprising and almost didn't seem to fit with the book. I'm assuming there's going to be another book in this series and I hope it will be able to turn the series back in the right direction. I'm giving The Paris Mysteries 2 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or where she may be...there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.

Sisterhood of the World Book Bloggers Tag Part 1


Thank you so much to both Lili from Lili's Reflections and Em from The YA Book Butterfly for nominating me to do this tag! If you're not already following their blogs, you definitely should! They're both amazing bloggers. I decided to split the tag into two parts, since there were two sets of questions. I'll have my responses to Em's questions up sometime later this month or next month :) Here are my responses to Lili's:

1) When and why did you start blogging? 
Back in 2011, I stumbled across The Book Barbies blog while searching for a review of Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I hadn't even known book blogs existed before that and I thought it was so cool that there was a way to share your opinions of books with other book lovers. I ended up starting The Book Belles a few months after discovering The Book Barbies and several great experiences have come out of it.

2) What is your favorite genre and why? 
I absolutely love the contemporary genre! I think the reason for this is due to the fact that I enjoy reading about characters who have relatable life experiences. I also think that some of the best stories are the ones that could possibly happen in life today. 

3) Recommend a book that you love that you think deserves more hype.
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock is an amazing novel! The werewolf aspect is done very well and in a more unique way than typical in young adult novels. Also, I can't recommend Smart Girls Get What They Want enough :) 

4) Aside from reading, what are your favorite hobbies?
I love seeing movies and going shopping with my friends. I don't have a lot of free time, but when I do, that's what I tend to do (besides reading). 

5) Top 3 books you have ever read? 
This is completely impossible, but since I have to pick, I'll say Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer, and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. They are all amazing reads, if you haven't yet read them :)

6) Who are your favorite authors and why?
Jennifer Armentrout and Kasie West are two of my favorites. Jennifer puts out so many great novels and I'm especially in love with her latest series, The Dark Elements. Roth is one of my favorite book boyfriends by her. Kasie West, on the other hand, never ceases to put out books that put a smile on my face. Her contemporaries are especially adorable.

7) What is the best book you have read so far this month?
Whatever Life Throws at You was my first read by Julie Cross, and I ended up loving it. It's a truly memorable read and it does a great job at crossing between the young adult and new adult genres.

8) What book is responsible for making you the reader you are today?
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand was the book that got me into reading YA. After reading a great review for it on The Book Barbies (one of the first book blogs I ever discovered), I picked up a copy of the novel and immediately fell in love with it. From then on, I've read all the YA I can get my hands on :)

9) Do you collect anything other than books?
Does bookish swag count? ;) I actually do collect ticket stubs from various movies and concerts I go to and compile them in a ticket book that I've had for a few years.

10) Tell us a weird fact about yourself that we probably wouldn't know.
This isn't particularly weird, but I work at a movie theater, which is a lot of fun!

Teen Angst? Naaah... by Ned Vizzini Book Review

"The events in these stories are real. Some names have been changed so I don't get yelled at."
Ned Vizzini writes about the weird, funny, and sometimes mortifying moments that made up his teen years. With wit, irony, and honesty, "Teen Angst? Naaah..." invites you into his world of school, parents, street people, rock bands, friends, fame, camp, sex (sort of), Cancun (almost), prom, beer, Nintendo, the cool (and almost cool), and more. A Holden Caulfield for Generation Y, Ned Vizzini is an original voice to be reckoned with, read, and enjoyed.


All I Want for Christmas….


Ok. So I know Christmas is over a month away, but it snowed in my town today for the first time this year, the local radio station is already playing Christmas music, and winter break is calling my name. How can I not think about Christmas???
And Christmas means bookstore gift cards (because that's all I ask for)
And gift cards means more books! YAY!
So today I was thinking about some of the books I'm looking forward to getting this Christmas.

I cheated a little bit, because some of these books won't be out by Christmas (ok most of them)…but let's just say I'll save the money until they come out.

On the Edge by Allison van Diepen Book Review


From Allison van Diepen, author of Snitch and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel about a teen who witnesses a murder and gets caught up in the seedy world of Miami’s gangs.
Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back.
But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?
On the Edge is a compelling story about fighting for what’s right and figuring out where you belong. The novel showcases a gritty, realistic voice and earth–shattering romance that will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin and captivate fans of Allison van Diepen's other novels.