The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Summary from Goodreads

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

My Review

There's this magic of having experience something for a short time. Something that you wish could have been longer. But that's just it. It would be forever embedded in you as something so great but short-lived. But when you think of it, if this experience became longer, to the point that you are fully satisfied,you wouldn't feel the same thing after. It won't be that great anymore because you already had it all. Maybe it's the longingness or the mystery of "what could have been." This is what I think happened to Hadley and Oliver. It's something to cute and fun that when it's time to part ways, they find their meeting so extraordinary. Or maybe, it's the statistical probability of love at first sight.

I like the narrative way the story was written. It's like Fault in the stars meet The perks of being a wallflower style of writing. I felt that there's a depth in the story, something that is more than meets the eye. And actually it is. I was expecting of a love story here that started from the moment they saw each other (which it really is) but other than that, it's a story of the relationship between parents, it subtly tells the children to cherish the moments they have now, whether they are very close to their parents or not, it's also a story of forgiveness, of moving on, of new like and taking chances.

As for the characters, I adore Hadley and Oliver. Hadley is very young to experience a broken family but she coped with it the way she knows how. I can't blame her for getting angry. She has all the rights to be. She's the daughter who was left picking up the pieces when her father left. And now, she needs to endure the pain of watching her father weds to another woman. I totally agree with her for not wanting to come and I hated her mother a bit for forcing her to. But I guess mothers know best still huh? :D But I find Hadley very brave for handling everything and being mature until the end. And as for Oliver, what I only saw is what Hadley is seeing from her. But that's enough for me to fall in love with his character. 

It's just a 24-hour love story, but it was like a story of forever. I love how it's became an instant love but it seems like they have known each other their whole life. An ideal love story, a fairy tale if I must say, but still, who wouldn't fall for this kind of story?

Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

Monday, March 10, 2014

 Summary from Goodreads

After a car accident--an event he considers a prank gone bad--pop star, Hunter Kennedy is forced to hide out with his aunt in small-town Colorado. He’s supposed to rest, heal his scars and attend high school in disguise until the press dies down. But he only wants to get back to work.

Worse, the girl who’s been assigned to make him over into a geek is a major geek herself. Vere Roth is a chattering pixie, a blushing tornado and a complete social disaster. He’s never met a girl who’s never-been-kissed, believes in romance and thinks Hunter’s a 'nice' guy.

Funny thing is...Hunter is nice around Vere because she’s his first real friend. He also can’t seem to stop sharing his secrets or keep her out of his heart. Knowing he’d never deserve a girl as sweet as Vere, he resigns himself to the friend zone, and helps his new bestie with her own makeover. 

She tortures him daily for ridiculous guy advice on how to snag her life-long crush. A guy Hunter thinks is totally wrong for Vere, and sadly, one who has taken note of Vere’s transformation.

When Vere asks her best friend for some kissing advice, Hunter can’t resist...
And that’s when things get out of control...

My Review

If you're looking for a light book that will make you smile, put butterflies in you stomach and gush over some so hot rock star and a super geeky "not so hot" guy at the same time, this is your book.

The title and the plot got me intrigued. I'm thinking this would be like "Love Unscripted" by Tina Weber. But this one is totally different. The only thing they share is that a super famous star fell in love with an ordinary girl. And this time, the girl turned out to be not so famous at first. 

I kind of like the irony of the story. While the story is focused on "unmaking" Hunter Kennedy into Dustin Mchugh, on the sideline, the story is "making" Vere Roth. Hunter, from being the super hot and famous rock star, Vere made him his geeky BGF Dustin whom no one pays attention. On the other hand, Hunter made Vere come out of her shell and becomes the confident and beautiful girl to get the love of her life. Unmaking Hunter made him belong to Vere but making Vere took him away from Dustin.
I love Vere's innocence which ends up being funny. Her stuttering, shyness and bloopers are so amusing that I find myself laughing along with Hunter. It's something that I agree to help Hunter escapes from the grim and dark life he has. Though Hunter's story is kind of confusing at first and really heavy, Vere's brightness took that all away. 

For the other characters, I so love Jenna. Her character is so real as the best friend. The best friend who's always there and knows what you're thinking even before you say it out loud. (I suddenly miss my besties.) As for Charlie, I always love brothers who are protective of their sisters, but this time, I didn't like charlie that much. 

Though I could sense that the disguise and falling in love with an ordinary girl could cause a dramatic scene afterwards, I couldn't help but continue reading and see how they will pass through this. Along with the other
characters that I have started to love, I believe that this two would go a long way. I am expecting a sequel for this one :D 

Thing I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Summary from Goodreads

Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. 

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt--with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

My Review

The title suit this story best. Kate has a lot going in her mind that she can't forget and forgive herself. 

It took me awhile to love this story. Well, you can't blame me. I first known Kate as the judgmental b*tch in the previous book. I just can't stop myself from agreeing more and more with this adjective as I read the book. Kate is so close minded and so idealist. She thinks too much, analyze every actions and words. I'm getting tired just reading her thoughts. Maybe that's why I didn't enjoy the first part so much. 

But it got exciting when Kate started hanging out with Parker and Matt. Just hearing Parker and Will once again got me excited. It's nice to know that they are getting stronger. And with Matt, Kate at first started doubting everything, but when she started to finally realize how to organize her thoughts and beliefs, I started to like her. 

Maybe it's hard to have a friend like Kate at first. But with the improved Kate, she's quite cool and thoughtful. Well, unlike Megan who I started to hate right from the start. I don't know what exactly her problem is. 

I love the development of Kate's character and her relationship with Matt. At first I was afraid that this story will follow the previous two books' trend where the girl didn't end up with her first love interest. But as the story goes, I find myself not caring anymore. The way Kate have matured and handles herself is the best thing that happened to her in the camp. Well, other than meeting Parker and Matt.

As for Matt, I love his character. He's sweet and cool for a frat boy. He had his heart broken but find himself again loving and trusting. I find him as the boy-next-door type who's super cute, adorable and handsome. His character wasn't explored much since it's Kate's story to tell, but his character perfectly complements Kate's. 

Angel Fever by L.A Weatherly

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Summary from Goodreads

As half-angel Willow strives to save the world from her parasitic otherworldly kin, romance and tension heat up to a climactic finale.

In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in "refugee" camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey. Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin-and the fate of the world hangs in the balance-each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?

My Review

Action-packed story right from the start. L.A Weatherly don't need a warm up to get right to the scenes. It's like the full story is going to the climatic event. The story seems so full of everything in a good way. It's not fast paced but it feels like it. Or maybe, it's just me trying to read fast due to my excitement and apprehension on what's going to happen next. Every page has something that makes the reader continue reading until you realize it's late at night and you can't sleep without finishing this book. It didn't even give me the break to breath. It's kind of stressful in a way with all that is happening but I can't help but love this book.

Once I started reading, there's no stopping. I didn't even paused to review the last books. It's like I've read the previous books yesterday as I  get familiar with the characters once again. I didn't expect much from the trilogy for I have read a lot of angel stories. And angel stories are not just stories, L.A Weatherly has to up her game to create a story with big competitions like the Hush Hush series. But this third book has made the Angel series included in the top list. 

I love how I get to get pieces of Seb, Alex and Willow's ( have I mentioned how much I love her name? No? Well now, I'm saying it.. I looovveee willow) thoughts. Though it's quite confusing some times, I 'm getting the whole picture with their alternating POV. Their love triangle isn't that much for me as we all know right from the start (and it was made clear thousand times) that Alex is Willow's love while Seb is the brother due to them being the only half angels in the world. But warning for readers, this doesn't mean it wouldn't make you confuse anymore. There are lots of happenings in this book (as I've mentioned before) that will make you doubt some of the things you are sure of. At first I thought this series is plottable, but it's not. 

With this book, it's like I am watching a movie. I could picture everything so clearly. The conversations, actions and even the heartbreaking scenes. It's just so perfectly fit for a movie.