Loved it, different from Kody's usual fun loving humor filled books - this digs deeper into a darker side. I was a bit ticked off about the "Foster hoLoved it, different from Kody's usual fun loving humor filled books - this digs deeper into a darker side. I was a bit ticked off about the "Foster home" issue, since it seems like every book that deals with Foster homes - the homes are bad. Which isn't always the case - I know, from personal experience, but Kody was able to redeem herself in the end....more
Loved this one. Definitely did not expect that ending. I did figure a few things out (well more like my guesses were correct) very enjoyable audio booLoved this one. Definitely did not expect that ending. I did figure a few things out (well more like my guesses were correct) very enjoyable audio book. more review to come ...more
Bone Gap is a magically wonderful confusing wild roller-coaster ride and I loved every minute of it and want to hop back on again. I listened to BoneBone Gap is a magically wonderful confusing wild roller-coaster ride and I loved every minute of it and want to hop back on again. I listened to Bone Gap, and I am wanting to read an actual copy because I had trouble understanding a few areas and even when I would repeat them over and over it felt like I was missing something. The confusing areas did not take anything away from this amazing tale it actually enhanced the journey of finding/saving Rosa.
The City of Bone Gap - has these "areas/gaps" an alternate universe of sorts; this is one of the elements that make it a little confusing, the other is past and present pov's being juxtaposed. Finn is the main character of our story but Bone Gap is narrated by multiple points of view. Finn O' Sullivan is the towns socially inept kid - they call him "moon man, space face - among other things". Finn witnessed his friend Rosa being kidnapped, only he did not realize it was a kidnapping until it was too late. Finn cannot remember what Rosa's kidnapper looked like and since he can't identify the person responsible, no one believes Rosa was kidnapped - they think he helped her run away. Even his older brother Sean who is madly in love with Rosa doesn't believe Finn's story; this is really hard on Finn. Sean is his hero and he thinks Sean hates him now. He won't help Finn look for Rosa. Finn's life has pretty much flipped upside down, twisted in a tornado and ran over by a Mack truck since Rosa was kidnapped. All of these weird things start happening - their farm is dying, "magical" animals showing up and his relationship with the towns "ugly bee girl" is put under a microscope. Why is he with her, will he hurt her, is he ashamed of her? A lot of it is just small town gossip that gets Finn worked up and he has a hard time understanding what is going on around him, making logical decisions and coping. Finn has one mission, find Rosa.
Rosa's story is another main pov and the other povs are smaller glimpses of what is going on in Bone Gap. I tend to not like multiple points of view, but with this story it worked well, it helped you see the story as a whole and not just this little sliver of Finn's story line. For instance (this is a little spoilery - something is obviously wrong with Finn, but he doesn't have a label for his problems. His girlfriend thinks she may know what is wrong with him, so as she is putting the pieces together, so are we; if it was just Finn's pov, we would get the part she confronts him but not how she figured it all out).
Bone Gap is definitely on my favorite reads this year, it has everything I love in good book; it's mysterious, intriguing, heartbreaking and at times laugh out loud funny. ...more
Fantastic Read! The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things shows us how to move pass our past and live in the present. I am a huge fan of Ann Aguirre's paraFantastic Read! The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things shows us how to move pass our past and live in the present. I am a huge fan of Ann Aguirre's paranormal books and loved her female protagonist in The Razorland Trilogy - I was hoping her contemporary lead would be just as strong... Ann did not disappoint.
For the last 3 years Sage has tried to be perfect; She helps out a home without being asked, she leaves encouraging post-its on the lockers of kids having a bad day, she volunteers and is just an all around good kid. Sage turns all her pent up anger into positive energy, she has to, she can not let the dark places take over again.
Sage has a dark history - youth homes, foster care and up until 3 years ago when her aunt took her in, Sage was not the positive person she is today. She has worked hard to keep her past a secret.
Sage is content, but then Shane Cavendish shows up and her whole world flips upside down. Sage witnesses Shane being bullied and feels the need to protect and help him. Shane just wants to be left alone. Sage's affections toward Shane are causing issues between her and her best friend Ryan - who happens to be a guy. Sage does not understand Ryan's dislike of Shane, that is, until Ryan comes clean and tells Sage all the secrets and lies he has been keeping - this changes Sage's personality and she opens up more at home and school. Opening up to people brings consequences Sage is not ready to handle, but Shane, her aunt and her new friends will help her cope with the backlash.
I really enjoyed The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, Sage was a wonderful character that developed over the course of her story. I adored Sage's positive post-it notes and found it very easy to identify with her way of thinking. I was a foster kid so, I understood her need for rebellion and then her need to be perfect because she was afraid of losing everything she had. Sage's aunt was my favorite character and when she FINALLY breaks through to Sage - tears. Sage never gave up, no matter what the issue was, she pushed and pushed until she did what is right. A perfect read for teenage girls - only issue was the little white lies Sage told, as a mother that would upset me, but from a teenage perspective, I get it. ...more
Everything about this book screams CREEPY – the cover, title, synopsis and OMG have you seen the trailer…kids in the corn? If it’s creepy, I must readEverything about this book screams CREEPY – the cover, title, synopsis and OMG have you seen the trailer…kids in the corn? If it’s creepy, I must read it; I love being on the edge of my seat and not knowing what is going to happen next.
First lines tricky, but when they are good; they will hook you, and that is exactly what happen with Blood & Salt – ” The Dead Girl hung upside down over our kitchen table.” Are you intrigued yet?
Blood and Salt is the story of two twins Ash & Rhys (it is mainly Ash’s story). Rhys is the pretty normal sibling. His sister Ash is a conduit – which means she can see spirits, well one actually, the one hanging above her kitchen table. Their mother is a bit coo-coo, she was raised in a cult located in a corn field somewhere in Kansas, but they love her. A few days before the Summer Solstice their mother runs off – Ash knows something is wrong and takes of with Rhys to save their mother.
When they reach the corn field in Kansas – things take an really awkward turn. Nothing is what it seems, they cannot trust any of these people .
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and cannot wait to see what happens in Book #2 – Blood and Salt had me from the first line and did not let up; every time I thought I knew what was going on, I was wrong. It has also renewed my fear of corn fields....more
Lying Out Loud is the companion to one of my favorite books, The Duff - it's based around Sonny and Amy's friendship. Amy is Wesley's little sister, sLying Out Loud is the companion to one of my favorite books, The Duff - it's based around Sonny and Amy's friendship. Amy is Wesley's little sister, so we get to see a bit of Bianca and Wesley as well as other couples from Kody's previous books.
Sonny is the "wrong side of the tracks kid" that became best friends with Amy Rush when they were little and have been attached at the hip every since. Sonny and Amy have a relationship more like sisters than BFF's they do everything together - so when Sonny was on Amy's laptop and accidentally started chatting with Ryder the boy "they loathe", it was truly an accident, she did not mean to "catfish" him. But during their little chat Sonny started to change how she felt about Ryder, he was different in chat than he was at school. But, there is one problem...Ryder thinks Amy is the perfect girl for him. Sonny tells Amy what happened and asks her to help her change Ryder's mind. Amy agrees, but then Sonny takes it WAY to far and puts her lifelong friendship in danger.
I enjoyed the story, but I missed the strong independent girl that I am use to, in Kody's writing. Amy had those characteristics, but she is more of a side character; at the beginning of LOL, Sonny had it - but then she lost it as soon as she started crushing on Ryder. That is aggravating, yet it is exactly what happens to a lot of girls when they start dating. I loved that, although the story revolved around Sonny and Ryder, the main focus was on Sonny and Amy's friendship. pageturnersblog.com...more