Review: Anna and the French Kiss

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Anna and the French Kiss Anna and the French Kiss by
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published by in 2010
Genres: , ,
Pages: 372
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Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

My Review:

If I had to think of a word to describe this book it would without a doubt be “cute!” And not in the small children and baby animals kind of way but the “They’re so adorable I might have to squee!” kind of way!

First off, I love the fact that this is not only a boarding school novel but also a foreign exchange novel. I know when I was growing up “foreign exchange” was something people from other countries did to come here. That most certainly is not the case, and I fully support anyone and anything that encourages young Americans to experience other cultures. In a global economy like ours, it is important to understand other cultures, and even make friends with them, and the best way to do that is to experience them for yourself!

But what I really love, love, loved was Anna and Étienne. They have what I would consider the perfect love story. So many novels that involve romance these days are more concerned with the problems that happen after a relationship has started so they have the leading pair fall in love fast and then stay in love through all obstacles. This book focuses on the journey to falling in love instead. It feels so much more realistic to me to have Anna and Étienne be best friends before everything else, and I just loved it!

I honestly cannot find a single negative thing to say about this book no matter how I try. It really is a very fun, cute novel and I’d recommend it to everyone!

Book Review: Matched

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Matched Matched by
Series: Matched #1
Published by in 2010
Genres: ,
Pages: 369

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Review:

I have always been a fan of dystopia, ever since I read The Giver for the first time in fourth grade. Now, I know everyone has already made this comparison, but Matched felt like reading The Giver all over again. Some people complained that this was a problem and that Matched wasn’t original enough, but I disagree. I think Matched balanced its references to its predecessors with originality in such a way that made reading it an enjoyable experience. We’ve all had those books that we finish and wish that we could read it for the first time again. The only way to do that is to read something similar.

That said, I did get a little frustrated with Cassia. I don’t think it’s really her fault, it’s just that I’ve seen the topic of “girl has two boys and can’t decide which she wants” so many times now that it’s starting to get very old. Yes, fine, they’re both gorgeous, wonderful boys, but since when does being a girl automatically mean that you can’t make a decision? I don’t think this would have bothered me if it was the first time I’d seen this trope, but after a gazillion times it’s starting to get on my nerves.

On the other hand, I really loved the character of Ky. He is mysterious but sweet and helpful to Cassia when she needs it. But the thing I loved most is that even though I can tell that he’s part of the revolution, he isn’t looking for a fight. He believes in a different world, and if he had to he’d fight for it, but you can tell he doesn’t want to. That’s one of the major places I found originality in this series, and I liked it just for that. Yes, it does make for a more philosophical book than, say, the action packed trend The Hunger Games started. But it also makes a good point – sometimes violence isn’t necessarily the answer, and even if it is the answer, you shouldn’t go chasing after it until it’s the last resort.

So overall, enjoyable, but not for everyone. It has its good points, and it does have strong nods towards previous books. But, don’t go in expecting a ton of action, or you will be disappointed.

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