*Note: I meant to publish this book review last month, so we’re a bit off schedule with our book challenge. In any case, enjoy our reviews and join us for our next book challenge on August 31.
Scrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick
Many may criticize the films in the Twilight franchise, but you won’t hear anything negative from Anna Kendrick as she describes how being in those movies kept her lights on at home, and allowed her to do the projects that mattered most to her. She remains relatable, even while describing the different stages of her acting career. Scrappy Little Nobody is funny and I was entertained by her anecdotes about growing up a theater kid, moving to LA, her relationships, and adjusting to her success.
I came across this book while searching the library’s e-book catalog when I was looking for one of the other challenges. I’ve seen 15 of the movies she’s been in (thank you imdb.com) and can say with confidence that I like her. I’ve also listened to podcasts she was on and I genuinely found her sense of humor amusing. Like, I’m pretty she, Jennifer Lawrence, and I could be BFFs. If you like her in what you’ve seen (Twilight does not count) and also enjoy memoirs by well-known people, then get on your library’s waiting list (because they probably don’t have a lot of copies).
A Girl’s Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones Series book 1)
by Katie MacAlister
Joy Randall is just having fun and supporting her crazy friend Roxie by participating in a “goddess invoking ceremony.” When the fortune teller reveals to Joy that her true love will put her immortal soul in danger, Joy just writes it off as too much alcohol. But as she follows her friend Roxie on a European vacation inspired by their favorite vampire series, Joy is challenged to either loose her sanity or admit there are some things that are unexplainable.
I actually picked this book up because I needed a back-up book for the lion, witch, or wardrobe challenge. There was/is such a long wait time for the Chronicles of Narnia series that I doubted I’d get to read it before the challenge. I also read this book because Katie MacAlister is a pretty popular author and the Dark Ones series is one of her well-known ones. That being said, I’ve tried to read MacAlister’s books before and they all fell flat for me. I managed to finish this one because of the challenge, and there were some funny bits in it, but the pacing of her books is terrible. The books are too long for the storylines, the characters are almost cartoon-like in their simplicity, and I can’t say all that many things about the romantic connection between the hero and heroine. I hate to be a critic, but I can’t say stumbling across this book and this author helped me to find a new series to love.
Our next book challenge is a book with a blue cover. Join us on August 31 to see what we picked and what we thought.