Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Series: N/A
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are ment to be together….

Special thanks to Swoon Reads for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!

A Little Something Different was just that, unique and different. Told from fourteen perspectives, you may be wary about the amount of characters, but I promise you that doesn’t hurt the story – in fact it enhances it.

There was something about reading from pretty much every possible person, except for the two who are so clearly in love. It displayed what, if told from the lovebirds themselves, would be a complex relationship, in a way that makes you look at love in a new light. It had a simplicity to it. Particularly the squirrel, which may seem weird, but I’m telling you, when you read it for yourself you’ll fall in love with the cuteness. It’s lack of real understanding and just relaying what it sees, a boy and girl stealing glances at each other by a bench, shows just how obviously our two love interests really do belong together.

You along with the onlookers will be rooting for Gabe and Lea to make a move and turn their small interactions and stolen glances into something more. You can’t help but “fall in love with falling in love” with A Little Something Different as the Swoon Reads motto says.

Filled with adorable exchanges, interesting perspectives, and a story you won’t be able to help but love, A Little Something Different is the perfect light-hearted romance for readers looking to fill the void that books like Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl left behind. It left a smile on my face, and my heart warm.

P.S. – Make sure to check out Swoon Reads‘ site to read and rate manuscripts and help authors on their way to getting published!

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Week in Review: July 13th

Week in Review

Week in Review is a weekly post in which I wrap up what’s happening in my life, in books, and in blogging (inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads)!

What I Did:

IMG_4340I’ve spent a lot of time this week getting ready for my vacation which is fast approaching and I’m VERY excited about. I’m hoping to read a lot as I have two 5-hour car rides and the whole week to meet up with some friends and just enjoy and relax! I did go to the pet store to start picking up some kitten things as my little kitty will be arriving either the last week in August or the first of September. The store was actually hosting a shelter with a bunch of volunteers and I inquired about becoming one and they said they were in need of cat-loving people, so now I’ll be volunteering ever Saturday with kittens to help them find loving homes to be adopted in! What a great way to spend two hours of my Saturday! I did spend a good chunk of time reading outside, though. I love to enjoy the weather when I can…

Links I Loved:

Books I Added to My Shelves:

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Bought:

The One (The Selection, #3) by Kiera Cass – OMGOMGOMGOMG I finally have this in my clutches. I’m so excited I just couldn’t resist the bargain…I must finish and see who America chooses!!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

I finally read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (review linked below) and I absolutely adored it. You guys that raved about it were all so right! Thanks for making me read it sooner! ❤ I’m now currently reading A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. Me right now: AHHH CUTENESS. That is all.

On My Blog:

I hope you all had a wonderful week! I’d love to hear all about it! 🙂

xo, emily

Week in Review: June 22nd

Week in Review

Inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads.

What I Did:

We had a HUGE thunderstorm in my area mid-week and we lost power TWICE in two days. The first time it was out for 7 hours, then it came back on, and the next day it went off again for another hour. In it’s wake it killed our microwave, fridge, and power strip connected to the desktop computer…so yeah. Coincidentally the power went out during while I was watching a creepy episode of Pretty Little Liars and I kind of freaked out. Has anyone been watching PLL lately? I think the show has been drawn out quite a lot, but Season 5 looks like it’ll be different than the past ones…I’m liking it.

Links I Loved:

  • I was so thankful for The Recaptains this week. I finally started Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo but had only the faintest of memories of the details of what happened in book 1. They recapped Shadow and Bone here, and for those of you that are more up to date than I, the Siege and Storm recap is here.
  • Hypable posted a link to this hilarious video of when Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and asked the PARENTS trivia questions. It’s kind of amazing just how little the parents know. I mean, my parents know quite a bit considering the amount I talk about. It comes up at least once in every conversation, I mean come on!
  • Out of the blue this week there was an announcement that the pilot of the Delirium TV show based off of the series by Lauren Oliver would be released on Hulu on June 20th! It’s only going to be up for a month so hurry and watch it here!
*image taken from Lauren Oliver’s Tumblr

Books I Added to My Shelves:

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Bought

Ruin and Rising (B&N Exclusive Collector’s Edition)  by Leigh Bardugo – This was a must. And the collector’s edition because there’s a short story about the Darkling. Yes please!

For Review:

 Fiendish cover The Kiss of Deception

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff (Thanks to Penguin First to Read) – Her books look so creepy and this cover just screams “Emily you’re asking for bad dreams!” but it looks awesome and I’ve been craving creepy lately so…

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (Thanks to Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) and NetGalley) – This has been promoted quite a lot and I’m eager to see what it’s all about. I’ve also been craving some good fantasy after my Leigh Bardugo obsession at the moment. I’m a part of #TeamRemnant, the street team for this book, so keep an eye out on my Tumblr the week of it’s release – there will be a bunch of original posts about the book!

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall (Thanks to Macmillan) – I’m so excited for this one! It’s cover is gorgeous, the story sounds adorable, and it seems to be really unique. I’m hoping to LOVE it. This is also my first ever physical ARC that I’ve requested from a publisher and I got accepted. I did quite the happy dance!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

I finished Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and have now moved onto Ruin and Rising! I’m planning to do a double (spoiler-free) review post for the these two, with a Ruin and Rising (spoiler-y) discussion to top it all off! Don’t worry – I’ll hide spoilers so you won’t see them by accident!

On My Blog:

xo, emily