Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
- I liked it even better than Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss!
- If you haven't read Anna and the French Kiss (and are planning to) you may want to read it first as this book has spoilery characters from Anna in it.
- Adorable. I loved both main characters in this book and their endearing quirks.
- If you like John Green, you'll probably like Stephanie Perkins.
- Read this if you're in the mood for a great contemporary YA romance :)
- 4/5 stars
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (sequel coming soon!)
Shades of Milk and Honey is exactly what we could expect from Jane Austen if she had been a fantasy writer: Pride and Prejudice meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It is an intimate portrait of a woman, Jane, and her quest for love in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality.
Jane and her sister Melody vie for the attentions of eligible men, and while Jane's skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face. When Jane realizes that one of Melody's suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right--and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.
- If you're like me and love a) Jane Austen and b) fantasy - you will be smitten with this book!
- I adored Jane and liked the fact that she was admirable for her mind and skill rather than her looks.
- It was a fantastic and quick read with a lovely ending. It's perfect as a stand-alone novel, but to my delight there is a sequel called Glamour in Glass coming out in April!
- 4/5 stars