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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

[MINI REVIEWS] Catching Jordan + All Fall Down

Catching Jordan

Author: Miranda Kenneally
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Published: December 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
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What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?


My Thoughts

A lot of sexist and infuriating characters. There's plenty of girl hate, too. Ack! I hate Jordan; she's so selfish and annoying! One moment she's confiding in and laughing with someone, the next moment she's judging them. WTF, Jordan?! The romance did not make me swoon; insta-love/crush/lust sucks. I would have rated it lower if not for Henry. He's funny as hell and a really great friend. I love his friendship with Jordan and he's almost perfect – almost because he also had an a-hole episode for a while. All in all, I was disappointed because I really expected to be head over heels in love with Catching Jordan. I didn't really enjoy the story. Sadly, this book was just so-so for me.

All Fall Down

Author: Ally Carter
Book 1, Embassy Row series
Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery
Published: January 20th 2015 by Scholastic
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble
A new series of global proportions -- from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter.

This exciting new series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay--in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.


My Thoughts

Impressive story and good concept. However, I found it hard to connect with the main character, Grace. She has a traumatic history but I couldn't sympathize with her. Also, I hate Alexei! He's so arrogant and controlling. I felt like the romance between them is too forced. Grace's friends are another story, though. I love Megan and Noah and Rosie! They're like the YA version of Spy Kids. Megan's a genius! She's smart and sarcastic. Rosie's so innocent and loyal. And Noah! He's hilarious and really kind. I sure hope he and Megan end up together. ^__^

The world building is also good. The Embassy Row is interesting but I would have liked to know more about Adria.

The mystery is there and it's definitely intriguing. But, I didn't find it as exciting as I would like it to be. In the end, I was underwhelmed and left with a lot of questions. Still, I'll be watching out for the next books in the series.


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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. I don't blame you at all for not "feeling" Grace... so many other bloggers didn't resonate with her as well, especially with her overly impulsive personality! As for Catching Jordan, I read this when I wasn't mature with my YA, and I really enjoyed it then, but seeing at it now, the girl-to-girl hate would really piss me off, too >_<

    Faye at The Social Potato

    1. Yeah, I couldn't stand Jordan! She's actually the reason why I wasn't able to enjoy Catching Jordan. I was too busy hating her. Pfft.

      Thanks for the comment, Faye! :)


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