Book Review|The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

 Author/s: E. Lockhart

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 345

Release Date: First published January 1st, 2008

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Rating: 4/5

Buy: Paperback


Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way. — GOODREADS

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Book Review|Chenxi and the Foreigner

 Author/s: Sally Rippin

Genre: Historical Romance

Pages: 208

Release Date: First published January 1st, 2002

Publisher: Annick Press

Rating: 3/5

Buy: Paperback


Love in the time of the Tiananmen Square.

Anna never imagined living in such a foreign place. Fresh out of high school, she has joined her father, who works in Shanghai. She’s eager to see China beyond the bicycle-crowded streets between their apartment, her father’s expatriate community and the art school she’s attending. That’s why she’s thrilled when her father hires a cute local — a fellow student named Chenxi — to be her translator and guide.

Too bad Anna seems nothing but trouble for Chenxi. His ideas about art already rankle the authorities, and he could do without the added attention of being with a wai guo ren — a foreigner. Even so, he is intrigued by Anna’s brashness and the freedoms she takes for granted. But when Anna turns their friendship toward passion, her actions have consequences that are intensified by a watchful regime looking to get rid of disruptive artists.

Set around the time of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and inspired by the author’s time spent in China as a teenager, Chenxi and the Foreigner crackles with emotion, ideas and authenticity. — GOODREADS

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An Unexpected Hiatus…

So I may have just disappeared off the face of the Earth for a whole month…Please enjoy this post of gifs as a way of me expressing my sincerest of apologies!






Hell No

Seriously, though, I’m really sorry. But a whole lot of book reviews are coming your way, so hopefully that makes up for my horrible procrastination skills. 🙂


Read beautifully. KATANDKABOOKLE xx


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