Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna was a refreshing book to read; it was sweet, not too complicated, but still enough that I couldn’t put it down (figuratively).

When I started reading, I was a little worried it was going to be one of the cliché filled high school/teen books, and while on one level it was, it was written in such a way that I didn’t even notice. I was completely entranced by Anna’s story and kept up my hopes that she’d get St. Clair, only for those hopes to be dashed, yet build again.

It was a quick read, but a very good one. I’m looking forward to reading Perkins’ next book when it comes out.

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

I’ve read the other books by this author, and enjoy them for their style, and focus on one main storyline. This was yet another one of those books.

I love how connected every character is in the book, meaning long explanations of characters and building of connections could be left out and I could just sit back and enjoy.

Matched by Ally Condie

When I started Matched, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy reading yet another love-triangle centered book, but I still decided to give it a try. I’m very glad I did. While there is a love triangle, it is not focused on, rather, it only adds to the confusion Cassia feels regarding how her world is run. She decides almost nothing, and for many years, she never questioned that. In Matched, a few things shake her and make her start to really think about if her life is really her own.

Both guys in the book are wonderful. One is her best friend and supposed match, and the other is someone she’s seen, but never really noticed. Her best friend is safe, and she knows she’d be happy if she followed society’s rules, but once she realizes what else is out there, through Ky, she wants more.

The ending was enough to hold me over until the next book, and I can’t wait until it’s released and I have it in my hands.

The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare by Arliss Ryan

I’m a huge historical fiction fan, so this book was right up my alley. I really enjoyed getting to know Anne, and found that her personality really drew me in. She was a strong woman that used her mind to get what she wanted.

It was an interesting take on the theory that Shakespeare was not the author of the plays written under his name. It showed the ways of the theater pretty well and there weren’t any obvious inaccuracies.

The “love” part of the story, and Anne’s different relationships were interesting to follow. It never really seemed like she loved being a mother. She loved her kids, and it was a challenge for her to leave them, but the draw and her love for writing and the city seemed to take control. Her love and affection for William was a draw as well, because she cared for him as a person, but I feel like the love they had was more of a familiar love, as compared to a romantic love. In the beginning, I think she was more in love with the attention she was receiving than with William.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I gave it 4 stars because, while it was well written and a good story, it was not one that I was still thinking and obsessing about days later.