Archive | April 2012

Book Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Book Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Format: paperback

Published:  October 26, 2010

Genre: Young adult, Romance

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

I’ve left some clues for you. 
If you want them, turn the page. 
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” 

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times best-selling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own


Two teenagers, each facing the prospect of facing Christmas alone in New York City, embark on a city wide scavenger hunt involving a little red moleskin notebook. Dash, alone by choice, and Lily whose parents abandoned her to have their second honeymoon in tropical paradise, both find a new friend though this bizarre game of dare and possibly something more.

There was a lot I liked about this book, and a lot that I didn’t. I enjoyed the game. As someone who’s favourite episode of One Tree Hill is “Dare Night”, the whole concept of this book appealed to me. I loved the quirkiness of Lily’s extended family as well as the adorably almost puppy-like enthusiasm for life of Dash’s friend, Boomer.

What I didn’t enjoy so much was Dash’s pretentiousness. He’s the ultimate hipster kid – a little too cool for life, a little too well read dropping literary quotes like they’re going out of style. I enjoyed reading his thoughts and conversations but they lacked a little realism for me. The conversation he has with Lily’s great aunt Ida – it just a little too much for me. He was trying to be a modern day Holden Caulfield and he knows it.

I liked Lily’s innocence especially when contrasted with Dash’s been-there-done-that attitude. They were a great match for each other.

This is one of those books that if I were still a teenager, I think I’d love.


3 out of 5

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Book Review: Can’t Buy Me Love by Maggie Marr

Book Review: Can’t Buy Me Love by Maggie Marr

Format: ebook (an ARC provided by NetGalley)

Published:  March 28, 2012

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Sensuality Rating: Warm.

Synopsis (from Goodreads)Everyone knows that Cole Jackson is lethal–in his charm and in his reputation as ruthless media mogul and one of the world’s great CEOs. A fact his former executive assistant Meg Parson has learned firsthand. He’s the one who banished her from his executive suite with no explanation.

Determined to secure her long awaited promotion within Comnet, Meg Parson is back and can deliver the one deal Cole Jackson has always wanted and could never get. This deal is Meg’s ticket to the top. Now Meg must juggle this high-stakes deal with her unfathomable attraction to her former boss–an attraction Meg has denied for three years. An attraction which raises painful memories from her past. An attraction that Meg’s boss Cole seems to share. If Meg can’t pull off this multi-media merger, not only is her career at stake but also her heart.


Cole Jackson and Meg Parson are moments away from closing the deal of their careers when they encounter a slight hitch. Instead of letting the opportunity slip away, ladies-man Cole and slightly obsessive compulsive Meg board a private plane to Costa Rica to try and convince Stan and Allison Morton to sell them their company.

On top of their business plans possibly falling thought, Cole and Meg have another issue – the lingering sexual tension between them. Both have wanted the other for a while now but for their own personal reasons they’re too scared to try a more personal relationship in case they lose their professional one in the process.

This was a very enjoyable read. I enjoyed the interactions between Cole and Meg – at first I found him slightly condescending but I think that’s just because I read him wrong and what I thought was condescension was actually him being affectionate. They’re very cute together.

I liked Allison and Stan Morton too. I really believe that the relationship they share is exactly what Meg and Cole could be able to have in the future. They are proof that working together and being together is entirely possible. Although I can’t imagine there haven’t been any giant arguments in the meantime 😛

This book was very easy to read with a rather light hearted and entertaining story. Perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


3 out of 5

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