Review: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

 
 
 
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AUTHOR: Sarah Dessen GENRE: Contemporary, Romance PUBLISHER: Viking Books for Young Readers PAGES: 358 Release Date: June 6, 2017 BUY: AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY

 

SUMMARY

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.


MY THOUGHTS:

Warning this is more of a fangirl rather than a review. 

For years I have been such a huuuge Sarah Dessen fan but I will admit that her two previous books were not my favorite. So when I saw she had a new book out I was a little hesitant to pick it up. After much debate I decided to give it a go and I'm so happy I did!

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WHAT I LOVED:

  • Natalie and William: Louna's Mom, Natalie, and her best friend William were hilarious! They had me cracking up throughout the novel. Reading the interactions between the three of them was my favorite part. The mom and best friend kind of remind me of a nicer version of Karen and Jack from Will and Grace. 
  • Ambrose: Sarah Dessen always writes such great love interests. Ambrose is no different. He's goofy and funny and reminded me a bit of Dexter from This Lullaby. He seemed a little arrogant at first but as the story evolves we see more of his playful side and it was a nice contrast to Louna's serious personality. The shenanigans he gets into were hilarious, for instance breaking the tape measure or scheduling two dates at once. 
  • The Setting: I really liked that the story was set in the world of wedding planning. I love weddings! I think they're so magical and I love all the design aspects of it. So reading a story set in that world was great. Reading about the dilemmas they had as wedding planners was funny and I really enjoyed it. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's the perfect light summer read. The characters were funny and intriguing and were my favorite part of the whole book. I wish this would be made into a movie because I know I would love it. It makes me want to go back and reread all her other books. 

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Book Haul: I have a thing for fantasy books...

 
 
 
 
 
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AUTHOR: Stephanie Garber

PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books

GENRE: Fantasy

PAGES: 234

 

 

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


 

AUTHOR: Brandon Sanderson

PUBLISHER: Ember

GENRE: Fantasy

PAGES: 384

 

David wants Steelheart — one of the Epics said to be invincible, who killed David's father. For ten years, David has studied and planned for revenge. He wants to join the Reckoners. These rebels assassinate the Epics, super-powered tyrants. He has seen Steelheart bleed.


 

AUTHOR: Natalie D. Richards

PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

GENRE: Mystery

PAGES: 323

When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life.
Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.
What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows...


 

AUTHOR: John Boyne

PUBLISHER: David Fickling Books

GENRE: Historical

PAGES: 224

Germany 1942: Bruno's family moves to a new house, where he he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own. Their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
Berlin 1942
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.


 

AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas

PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Children's Books

GENRE: Fantasy

PAGES: 693

KINGDOMS WILL COLLIDE.
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.
With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


 

AUTHOR: William Ritter

PUBLISHER:  Algonquin Young Readers

GENRE: Fantasy, Mystery

PAGES: 299

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”
Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.
Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.


As I was writing this post, I realized there are a lot of fantasy books! hahah. It's my favorite genre. I've already started on Empire of Storms, although I had to check out Recaptains because it's been so long since I've read the other books in the series. Have you read any of these books?