Book Review- A Midsummer’s Nightmare

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A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Published by Poppy on June 5th, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 291
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Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.

Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

This book was amazing. Seriously. Kody Keplinger surprises me again and again, every time I pick up another one of her books.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare, like many of Keplinger’s books, is set in Hamilton. I have mixed feelings about authors using the same set over and over again, but I actually like it in this case, and I loved being able to see some of the characters from The Duff have a part in this book.

Whitley was an amazing MC. Yeah, she had her slew of issues: from drinking too much to not seeing things from other people’s point of view to overreacting. But at the same time, these character flaws were addressed in the book, and gave way to some top-notch character development. I seriously love the journey that Whitley goes through in this book. It is powerful and heartbreaking. I cried on multiple occasions.

Nathan, Whitley’s hook-up/father’s-fiancé’s-son, is adorable. I love him. He is sweet and caring and, well, perfect for Whitley. I really love all of the main characters in this book. Harrison is an awesome best friend, and Bailey is a sweet and naïve and adorable preteen/soon-to-be-half-sister.

Whitley’s parents have a lot of issues. I don’t want to talk to much about them, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think the way they are handled in this book are really powerful and moving. The fiancé, on the other hand, is kind of amazing and I love her (and I forgot her name… wowwww).

A Midsummer’s Nightmare is one of those magical books that are pushed forward by both the plot and the characters… and both are really good. I seriously can’t tell you how hard that is to find. Just everything about this book makes me want to read it again and again (oh if only I had the time!!).

I would 100% recommend this to YA contemp lovers, and people (like me) who tend to stay away from YA contemporary romance. This is one of the great ones guys. Also, if you have every read anything by Jenn Bennett, the writing styles are similar. So, if you love Bennett, you will love Keplinger.

I am going to give A Midsummer’s Nightmare five out of five hearts!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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The Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

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I saw this tag over on driftinglexi and I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. It is such a cute tag! Now, I’m not quite sure who originally created the tag, but if you know please let me know in the comments! So now, on to the tag!


Flagrate

A book you found interesting that you would like to rewrite.

This is a pretty hard choice. I’ve read a lot of *ahem* interesting books that I would love to rewrite. I mean, the ideas behind the stories are really good… it’s just not executed well (to the point where I just shake my head and ask the universe “why”).

Quarantine Bk_1 coverI think the winner for me is Quarantine by Lex Thomas. It had such potential. I had such hope. And it just broke my little bookworm heart.

I mean, the synopsis for the book is amazing. A high school becomes a fight-to-the-death arena after a disease wipes out everyone over the age of 18. And nobody can leave because they are Quarantined. How awesome does that sound!? Oh how I would love to rewrite this. Or have Suzanne Collins rewrite it. That would be a masterpiece.



Alohomora

The first book in a series that got you hooked.

Yet another hard one to answer. For this one I am going to have to go with The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. 28187

I tore through this series in a week after I read The Lightning Thief. I love Percy Jackson and the world he lives in. The books are fun and easy  to read and just amazing all around.

And don’t get me started on the characters. I love them all so much. Percy and Annabeth and Grover make the most amazing team in the world. And they definitely know how to get out of a sticky situation or two!


Accio

A book you wish you could have right now.

This one was easy. Two books came to mind immediately. Since I already read Beyond the Rising Tide (check out the blog tour review post here) and just really want a hard copy, I’m going to go with Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. 23207027.jpg

Not only do I LOVE the idea behind this book–three sisters who have to fight to the death on their 16th birthday for the title of queen… not to mention the powers they have, or should have–I LOVE KENDARE BLAKE!

I probably have said this a million times to anyone who will listen. I can’t help it. Her writing is just amazing. Oh, and I got to interview her, which you can see here. Totally fangirling right now. I just really want this book. I need this book.


Avada Kadavra

A killer book.

Not sure if this was supposed to mean killer in a good way or in a bad way, but I’m going with the good way. A killer book that was amazing. Now to choose one…9378297

I’m going to have to go with another Kendare Blake book: Anna Dressed in blood!

This is one of my favorite books ever. Anna is a ghost who can’t help but kill anyone who steps inside her house… until Cas. Cas is a ghost hunter who wants nothing more than to avenge the death of his father, who died on the job. The result is a KILLER book that I have read way too many times and will never stop rereading because it is that amazing. And I can’t forget about Thomas and Caramel. Gotta love them.


Confundo

A book you find confusing.

There are a lot of pretty confusing books out there, but Asylum by Madeline Roux takes the cake. I’m not saying it was a bad book, because it wasn’t, but it was pretty confusing.13597728

The story line itself isn’t the problem here. It was pretty clear until about half way through. Then all this weird confusing stuff started getting added… reincarnation or rebirth or something. I still don’t quite understand it.

By the time I finished the book I was completely lost. It was one of those moments where you squint your eyes at the universe and just go “whaa?”. Or at least that’s what I do when I’m totally confused. You know what I’m talking about, right? Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.


Expecto Patronum

Your spirit animal book.

Umm. Umm. Let me think about that. See, if the question was “what is your spirit animal” I would be able to answer no problem (a leopard). But my spirit animal book is a totally different question. 8835379

I think for this one I’m going to say Ruby Red by Kirsten Gier. Now, I’m not choosing this book because I am a spontaneous time traveler (I wish), but rather because Gwen, the main character, is thrust into this new life over night.

I kind of relate to that, seeing as I’ve moved more times that I can remember. I guess at this point I’m used to new situations, but I could totally relate with Gwen. Oh, and if I were Gwen I probably would have done exactly what she did, so as far as I’m concerned she is my fictitious twin sister. Oh, and if you feel like reading my review of Ruby Red you can do so here.


Sectumsempra

A dark, twisted book.

I’m gonna go ahead an be honest here in saying that I haven’t really read a lot of dark and twisty books. I’m more of a dark and twisty movie type. That being said, I still have to choose one, so don’t laugh when my dark and twisty book looks like rainbows and butterflies next to the first one that comes to your mind. 18805623

I’m going to pick The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Freitas. Its not that this book was super dark or mysterious or anything, but it did have that sort of undertone.

Jane, the main character, had been held hostage during a burglary before the book began. Throughout the book she deals with the after effects of the traumatic experience as the police try to figure out who was behind it. You can read my review of the book here.

So what do you think. Dark and twisty enough for you?


Apparecium

A book that surprised you in a great way.

Definitely without a doubt The Duff by Kody Keplinger.6931356

I watched the movie before I read the book. There. I said it. I actually did like the movie; it was cute and funny and left me warm and fuzzy inside. But believe me when I say THE BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER!!! Like a million gazillion times better.

The movie was just a super watered down version of the book. The book was emotional and heartbreaking and hot and beautiful. The characters are so real, and the emotions are spot on. I wish every high school book was as good as this one.


So those are my answers for the Harry Potter Spell tag. Do you agree with my choices? What books would you pick?

I am going to tag:

If you do this tag, let me know! I’d love to see your answers!

Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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Hi guys! Today I have a fun book tag that I saw over on Kat’s blog, KatReadsALot! The tag was created by Emma from Emmmabooks on YouTube. You can see the tag video here.

So here we go!


69313561. Totally Should’ve Gotten a Sequel

It was pretty hard to think of a book that needs a sequel. Most novels are tied up pretty well, so they could use one, but don’t really need one.

I decided to go with The Duff by Kody Keplinger because I absolutely adore the story and the characters, and I would love to see more of them!

 


8524702. Totally Should’ve Gotten a Spin-Off Series

This one was easy. The Gallagher Girls books are amazing and action pact. Oh, and it takes place in a girls school for spies. Not to mention there is a boys school for spies.

See where I’m going with this? Lots of awesome spin-off potential!

 


jjj3. An Author Who Totally Should Write More Books

Another easy one. I just finished Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard, and OH MY GOSH it was amazing! Sarah Beard has one more published book that I’m going to read as soon as I can get my hands on it, but I really hope she comes out with more books fast.

And mean a lot more books. Like a million of them.


27670524. A Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else

I stand by my belief that Katniss should’ve ended up with Gale. I mean, I get why she ended up with Peeta, but I’m not too happy about it.

I guess the romance between Katniss and Peeta just never felt real to me.


125072145. Totally Should’ve Ended Differently

I’m not hating on Girl of Nightmares, because the book was amazing and the ending actually fit in perfectly. I just wish it ended differently… more happily I guess.

I also kind of wish this book had another sequel. Maybe that would make up for how sad I was at the end.

 


 

45874926. Totally Should’ve Had A Movie Franchise

These movies would be badass. I would love to see I Am The Weapon come to the big screen. It would be amazing, like the mash up of James Bond and Jason Bourne in the very capable body of a teenager.

I don’t know why this isn’t happening. It needs to. Get a producer on the line right now.

 


182493157. Totally Should’ve Had A TV Show

Those Girls would make an amazingly addicting melodrama. It is full of backstabbing and revenge and hormonal teenagers. Seriously it would be amazing to watch. It could totally be the next O.C.

Do you still have the producer on the line? Don’t hang up yet. This needs to happen too.

 


 256711528. Totally Should’ve Had A Cover Change

Honestly Pale Highway’s cover just doesn’t do it for me. The book itself was good, but I never would have picked it for myself just because of the cover.

There could be a whole lot more going on here, and instead it’s just kind of ‘blah’.

 


399999. Totally Should’ve Kept The Original Cover

I don’t have one specific pick for this one. My pick is more of a genre really: books turned into movies. Just like when they changed the cover for The Boy In The Striped Pajamas to feature a still from the movie.

I hate when they re-release books with new covers that feature the actors in the movie. That really gets on my nerves, especially when the movie doesn’t do the book justice.


946048710. Totally Should’ve Stopped at Book 1

Now,  I haven’t actually read the sequels of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children quite yet, but I don’t know if I really want to. I feel like the book could’ve been wrapped up very nicely at the end of book one, and they left it with a cliffhanger just so there was room to write more.

Then again,  I might end up loving the sequels, so who really knows.

 



 

That’s it for this book tag! Do you agree with my choices? What books would you choose? Let me know in the comments!

The Emoji Book Tag

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Big thanks to Rawls E for nominating me for this fun tag! The idea behind this tag is to pick a book for the five emoji’s you use most.

The Very Frown-y Emoji

imageedit_3_5775496173For this emoji, I’m going to pick a book that I was expecting a lot from and got, well, a big frown.

I’m going to go with my current read, Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. Not only is the cover for this book amazing, but the idea behind it is pretty great too. I don’t want to go too much into detail (I’ll save that for my review), but needless to say this book is a big let down.

The Smirk Face Emoji

imageedit_6_7093691237.pngTo me, the smirk face is little… naughty (for lack of a better word). So I’m going to choose a book with romance that just gave me all the feels.

I’m going with The Duff by Kody Keplinger. It was extremely entertaining, sexy, and smirk face worthy.

The Expressionless/ Flat Face Emoji

imageedit_9_5762348756I usually use this emoji when a friend says something stupid (which apparently happens a lot) or I’m just really bored (which also apparently happens a lot). So I’m going to choose a book that bored me with it’s stupidity.

I hate to say it, but the book I’m choosing is The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I tried to read this book on three different occasions, and quit half way through both times. I don’t know why, but it just bored me to the point where I fell asleep in the middle of a chapter (which literally never happens to me).

The Heart-Eyes Emoji

6faaa08700cb0741e8ba3c5fed121449For the heart-eyes emoji I am going to choose a book that gives me all the feels and seriously makes me want to fall in love.

I had to think hard about this one… mostly because of the huge amount of adorable book couples. I’m going to go with Lyra and Will from His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. Something about the subtle romance in the books just hits me in the heart. I always thought they were adorable, and wished they ended up together instead of in separate worlds.

The Nerd Emoji

65bcd2590f982f6c95de78664861ed58I love the nerd emoji (cause I’m a nerd hehehe)! For this one, I’m going to choose a book that has a really smart “nerdy” main character.

I’m going to go with Gone by Michael Grant. Honestly I had a hard time choosing between Astrid and Annabeth (from Percy Jackson… duh). I decided to go with Astrid because she really is more of a nerd, and well, she goes to school.

I had a lot of fun doing this tag! If you want to do this tag, then I nominate you! Leave a link to your post in the comments so I can check it out!