1. ožu 2013.

Blog Tour : Review & Giveaway - None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing

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Book summary: 

Sometimes, a few dares can change lives…

The weekend before the start of senior year, Sophie Erickson and her best friends, Ella and Grace, discover a handwritten list of dares tucked away in the glove compartment of Sophie’s beat-up old Toyota. But this isn’t just any list; it’s a dead girl's bucket list.

Sophie's beloved aunt Suzy died as a teenager in a fatal fall, leaving Sophie with an overly cautious family, a few fading photographs, and a bucket of bolts that barely passes for a car. But now, Sophie has Suzy’s list of the things she wanted to do in her last year of high school. Sophie can't help but wonder: What would happen if she tried to fulfill Suzy’s last wishes, to live out the longed-for life of her aunt, her hero?

As Sophie and her friends attempt to knock off the things on Suzy's list of dares, love blossoms in unexpected places and Sophie begins to feel that her life is finally coming together...when in fact, everything is slowly unraveling around her. When the truth about a long-held family secret threatens to shatter everything she believed to be true, Sophie is forced to question everything she knew about the life and people she believed in, and ultimately herself.

     This is one of these books that I thought I can't make mistake with. Well that's partly true, cause when I say I - I mean the person I used to be..it's looks like that. But I should tell you more about the story first.

      Sophie is a really typical young girl. She is in high school now and most of her days she is spending with her two best friends. Her neighbor next door is a bit older. He is leaving for college this summer and that's why he's hosting parties in his yard all night long. Of course Sophie is invited but too scared to go. Until one day when by the accident she finds a list. It's a list her aunt left in the car which Sophie inherited. Her aunt was her hero and now she is gone - dead. Sophie feels like she needs to knock off the things on the list in memory of her aunt. She doesn't even dream that by doing so she will change herself too. She grows up with the list but unfortunately not always things go according to the plan.

      Now back to the start. Like I said few years back this book would be something wonderful to me. It's a realistic story about teens growing up, getting to know the world, love and find themselves. Well today I guess I'm older and I don't feel the same. So I believe that the younger readers will love this book but I think it's time for me to leave them behind.

Rating: 3 stars.

Author's bio 

Erin Downing has written more than a dozen books for young adults, tweens, and kids. Her guilty pleasures include an unhealthy obsession with reality TV and cheesy romantic dramas (Revenge! Alias!), an addiction to Us Weekly magazine, and cupcakes.

Before turning to writing full time, Erin worked as a book editor, spent a few months as a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. Erin has lived in England, Sweden, and New York City, and now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and kids. More information about Erin and her books can be found at her website.


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Broj komentara: 12:

  1. I feel that way with a lot of books nowadays, especially in the paranormal genre. What I would have enjoyed a few years ago has little chance of impressing me now. I guess it's funny how our reading preferences change over time. :) Still, I'm glad you liked this well enough to give it 3 stars. Fantastic review!

    1. Yes! It happens more often as years pass by. It's also funny how you can see that change! :) Thanks Sam :)

  2. I would say what Sam just said above (SHE STOLE MY EXACT THOUGHTS!), but that would just be redundant. ;) I think it's always hard to write reviews for books when you personally feel one way about it enjoyment-wise, but you can see the merits of it and/or how someone else might like it better. Thanks for your honest review! I've been seeing this one a lot lately, so it's good to have your input.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. Oh (shame on you Sam! xD) Yes it is. Because I don't want to be honest without hurting the author's feelings. Thank you Wendy :)

  3. There are definitely books that have changed for me too. And my reading preferences evolve a bit too. I am curious about this one though and I'm glad you enjoyed it somewhat. :)

  4. The way I see books changes so much with time so I totally understand how that would happen to you. And in truth, some books really ARE meant for a younger audience and there's nothing wrong with outgrowing them.
    Great review!

    1. Agreed! :) Yes they're but I feel guilty when I pick them..Thanks :)

  5. OH MY GOSH! I completely agree with you! Something you would have usually read in the past just doesn't sit well with you anymore. I am finding that more and more often with myself too. But, I do try to keep an open mind (unless it's a contemporary..I can't resist those, and I'm a hopeless romantic, so all bets are off. lol ;p) and sometimes the book works out and sometimes it doesn't.

    However, I do like the sound of the main character in this one, but not the idea as per say in general. But, I'm glad you somewhat enjoyed this! :D

    Fabulous review, Tanja!

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

    1. Yeah...I'm hopeless romantic too, but sometimes even that can't save me. xD I enjoyed some parts and like I said few years back I'd be so fangirl over this :D

      Thank you ;)

  6. The book description sounds amazing but I can understand your point of view too, because as we get older our tastes seem to shift with our maturity level. I am finding that same issue with my reading choices too.

    1. Exactly! :) Our reading preferences change. :) Thanks.



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