Lucy Summerworth has one last summer before she start college as her parents want her to and give up her dream of musical theater and singiMy Thoughts
Lucy Summerworth has one last summer before she start college as her parents want her to and give up her dream of musical theater and singing. Her dad wants her to major in business and even though her heart isn’t in it, she agrees to his offer of a trip backpacking through Europe. A suitable companion is found and studious Charlene accepts the offer of a paid trip to Europe. Charlene seems to have a chip on her shoulder since Lucy’s father is paying for the trip. The girl have a good time, with Charlene using her skills as a photographer to document the journey. Then things go a bit south when Charlene meets a boy in a hostel and she decides to stay on with Lucy rather than follow her heart.
Lucy also meets a boy, Jesse, a local street musician in Italy. The pair click and Lucy spends as much time with him as possible, which completely upsets Charlene. Charlene, a regular negative Nelly, seems to never be happy, while Lucy figures this is her last chance at happiness before she follows her father’s dream for her. When the pair return home, Jesse and Lucy play phone and email tag and never really connect until Jesse shows up at her school unannounced. Again, more missed connections and miscommunications until they finally get together again.
At times, Lucy’s father drove me up the wall. Lucy bowed to all of his wishes and her mother never backed her up. Even though her dream was to sing and she is good at it, her father always said it was a waste of time. Finally, she stands up to him after winning the part in a college musical. With the subtle urging of Jesse, who turns out to be from a nearby city, the pair make beautiful music together. I know, that was a giant groan, but I couldn’t resist. Parents: this is best for older teen since there are sexual situations in context and mentions of drug and alcohol use....more
Dean, Alex and the younger kids have been safe at the camp near Vancouver, but they still want to find Josie after NikMY THOUGHTS: ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
Dean, Alex and the younger kids have been safe at the camp near Vancouver, but they still want to find Josie after Niko discovers that she is still alive. Astrid is experiencing difficulties in her pregnancy but fears going to the doctor there since she has heard rumors of pregnant girls just disappearing. To save Astrid from medical experimentation, the boys devise a plan and with the help of the twins' father, the escape the camp and venture back into the states.
I love that the story alternates between the different points of view of each character and Josie, in her exile as a type O monster, shows that her compassion goes beyond being a prisoner in a sea of monsters. The chemicals have morphed into a dust cloud that drifts into areas that weren't previously effected. As Jake, Astrid and Dean travel south to reach safety for the baby, Niko sets off on his own to find Josie. This part of the story becomes extremely exciting as you wonder if the group will survive the chemicals and circumstances to save Josie.
Rarely do I get an ending that I wanted but still was a bit surprised at how it ended. That is exactly what happened to me in this conclusion of the Monument 14 series. The whole cast of characters are so accessible and it is heartening that these teens try to do what is right. Fans of dystopian stories are going to enjoy this one immensely. You do need to read the first two books in the series since each builds on the other. Parents: There is some violence, alcohol abuse and minor sexual situations.
Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage a band and make them successful, so successful that they are stolen away from her by a major label. She aCatherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage a band and make them successful, so successful that they are stolen away from her by a major label. She also has a thing for lead singers and now in her senior year at Mount Hope, the local art magnet school in Los Angeles, she must face the fact that there is not a band for her to take to stardom and ends up making college plans. Then she meet Caleb who just had a nasty break up with his band. She sees the potential in Caleb and starts to put together a solid foundation for a new stellar act. She doesn't plan on the chemistry that is ignited between them though. Caleb also confesses to her that he has just learned that his father was one of rock's brightest stars when his untimely death brought an end to his stardom.
Without giving away any plot details, Summer (as she is known professionally) helps Caleb track down his father's last songs as well as deal with despicable music corporations that own everything about his father. As the pair become closer and have all of the ups and downs a new relationship and mix that in with volatile musicians, the story really comes together. Summer is likable and Caleb seems like every girl's rock star dream. I really enjoyed this one and want to read more by this author....more
Lilac lives a life of privilege as the daughter of the richest man in the universe. She sets style, starts trends and has everything she wants or needLilac lives a life of privilege as the daughter of the richest man in the universe. She sets style, starts trends and has everything she wants or needs. Setting off on a solo trip aboard her father's latest space ship, the Icarius. On the same flight is Tarver, the newest military hero and his acts of bravery are posted everywhere. In a cute meet, Lilac drops her glove when Tarver just happens to walk by. Tarver knows nothing about society or gossip, so he honestly doesn't know who Lilac is. When the flight is pulled out of hyperspace, Tarver realizes he only has one chance to save his life and finds Lilac and the pair make it to an escape pod. Lilac has a working knowledge of technology and she is able to rewire the pod and they successfully launch away from the ship. Unfortunately, the pod crashes onto an uninhabited planet. They survive and try to make their way to the crash site of the mother ship.
Told in alternating voices, each character moves the plot along as the pair fall in love and make it through the wilderness alone. Strange things start to happen to them when Lilac starts having visions and hearing voices that warn her about dangers. This is a serious page turner and although this is story that been told before, the way the words are put together make everything unique. Lilac starts out as sort of a simpering, spoiled mess but finds her strength, while Tarver, loses a bit of his military hard edge. Over all, this book is worth the hype and quickly became one of my favorites so far of this year. LOVE. ...more
West Young, Rachel Young's (from Crash Into Me) older brother has fought his way through life and finally gets kicked out of hisMY THOUGHTS - LOVED IT
West Young, Rachel Young's (from Crash Into Me) older brother has fought his way through life and finally gets kicked out of his private school as well as his home. He is also on the outs with Rachel since he took the money she had saved to pay off a racing debt and avoid having Isaiah beat up. Instead of thinking thing through, West reacts first, and causes all kinds of problems for himself and others. As he lives on the streets and enrolls int the local public high school, he learns exactly what his rash actions have cost. This kid has enough issues for a full subscription.
Haley is a former kickboxing champion who has sworn never to fight again after a break up with her MMA fighter boyfriend. Driving around, West sees a Haley being harassed by a group of boys. He stops to talk to her and doesn't listen when she requests that he leave, so she can make it home with her father's prescription, which she loses in the fight that happens after West confronts the boys. This aggression on his part, sets of a series of events that leads to a MMA fight against her former boyfriend's brother in just a few months. Haley starts to train him and slowly he gets his life and anger under control.
The way McGarry brings these characters together and works in their heartbreaking background is just phenomenal. There are lots of interesting supporting characters that I would love to read more about, especially Abby. As a small time, drug dealer, she has a heart of gold and I am sure it is just as scarred. The elements of being homeless, losing everything because you don't have health insurance and relying on school lunches as your only meals bring forth a "ripped from the headlines" theme brings home in a heart wrenching way. Parents: There is language, violence, mentions of drug and alcohol use, sexual situations. This books is great way to illustrate all that is wrong in our world right now. ...more
Marie-Victoria is heir to the Franco-British Empire and Aelwyn, bastard daughter of Merlin, have grown up in the castleMY THOUGHTS ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
Marie-Victoria is heir to the Franco-British Empire and Aelwyn, bastard daughter of Merlin, have grown up in the castle together but once they reach an age where Marie must start to rule, Aelwyn, has decided to devote herself to the crown as a supplier of magic. Queen Eleanor, has ruled the Empire for over one hundred and now see her ends is near. With the help of her Merlin, she seeks to marry Marie for political gain to the crown prince of Prussia. Even as the two countries have been at war, the two girls have had long visits with Leopold and Wolfgang. Leo is promised to Isabelle, once the heir to the French throne while Wolf as the younger son is left to his own devices.
Just to make things interesting, Wolf meets Ronan Astor, a socialite from New York, whose family has fallen on hard times. She is on the move to make a match with a rich and titled man to save the family. The pair find instant chemistry and Ronan is just the one to take his heart. The magic is an underlying current through out the story which is set in an alternate history of what would have happened if the British had continued their dominance and they controlled all of the power by restricting the use of magic. With this historical background and a Game of Thrones feel, this is the start of a wonderful new series.
The story reads like a celebrity expose' and will keep you very entertained. I really didn't want to put it down when I started and the balance of dialogue, action and descriptive elements gave me everything I wanted in a fun read. There are plots and subplots galore with twists and turns you won't expect. I really can't wait to read what happens next since this one ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Parents: This one is best for mature teens since there are mentions of sexual situations, violence and alcohol. ...more
Colin has misspent his youth on drink and wicked women and now must pay the price when his family home is being sold outMY THOUGHTS
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Colin has misspent his youth on drink and wicked women and now must pay the price when his family home is being sold out from under him. He always assumed he would inherit the property where his mother is buried but his father believes that he is not serious about settling down. When Colin makes every excuse not to find a wife, his father gives him a deadline to find a wife or the property will be sold within six weeks. His father has since remarried and now the father of twin girls, Bianca and Bernadette, and with his stepmother, Margaret, live on the neighboring estate.
Angeline has known Colin since childhood and had been at odds with him ever since. Now that she has broken off her engagement to a scoundrel, she is shunned and now looking at life as a spinster. Her real sorrow at the whole mess means that her little sister, Penny, won't have a proper debut, even though her father is an earl. At a house party, Colin and Angeline are thrown together and decide to make the best of a bad situation. She decides to help Colin take inventory of the house and with her skill and eye for design, the two actually talk instead of bait each other.
Both are in need of marriage, Colin to inherit and Angeline to repair her reputation, but Angeline will not marry just anyone. She wants to have love and even though she realizes that it may not be there at first, she decides to work for it. Colin doesn't even realize how much he adores Angeline until it is almost too late. SIGH! They develop a connection that seems natural and full of chemistry. This was a fast read for me and I didn't want to put it down. It had a lot of humor, a bit of drama and that HEA that I crave. Of course, a dog mixed in the plot with a little pug named Hercules. Again, Dreiling has outdone herself creating likable characters with a plot that makes reading a pleasure.
More, please. I really want to read about the twins but I know the next one will be Colin's friend, Harry in WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES. And, yes, I read every word in that excerpt since I didn't want the story to end. ...more
Seventeen-year-old Harlow has been adopted by the creepy genius behind VisionCrest and is watched constantly. Forced to be "on", shmy thoughts loved it
Seventeen-year-old Harlow has been adopted by the creepy genius behind VisionCrest and is watched constantly. Forced to be "on", she really has no one to relate to and when the voices in her head begin to be violent, she wonders how she can keep her secret. As VisionCrest controls more and more of the population, she would rather listen to punk rock than deal with the religion her father has created. This corporate style religion will have you thinking seriously about some others like it. After a series of kidnappings and now travel to Asia to promote the religion like cult, she begins to see and hear more gruesome things in what seems an alternate reality.
Reunited with Adam, her one childhood friend and crush, she tried to keep the voice in check. Now that Adam has returned after being kidnapped, he seems changed. As Harlow tries to fight the voice, she becomes overwhelmed with it. Of course, there is some perfect chemistry going on here. The ending just brings everything together perfectly. ARGHH -- I really want to tell all, but I don't want to ruin it for you. Filled with a bit of graphic violence and some kissing, this should be fine for younger teens. Fans of Gretchen McNeil and Brenna Yovanoff are going to adore this new one. ...more
Aubrey has survived a major scandal, lost her job and her boyfriend and has now taken over her aunt's bookstore in betwMY THOUGHTS ABSOLUTLEY LOVED IT
Aubrey has survived a major scandal, lost her job and her boyfriend and has now taken over her aunt's bookstore in between the flower shop and bakery while trying to make a new life for herself. She had a "reputation" as a teen, some of it deserve, some of it not. She wanders into an AA meeting by accident and stays long enough to take in one of the steps that requires making amends to those you have wronged, so she starts a list. On her list are several locals, that won't accept her apology but she is going to try until she succeeds.
Ben has lost his wife five years ago and has finally moved back to Lucky Harbor after travelling the world helping others. He is the golden boy of the area and no one wants to see him end up with Aubrey. When her uncle hires Ben to renovate the book store, the two are in constant contact. Ben sees through her "perfect" veneer and tries to find out if her wild reputation is actually based in fact. Throw in some family issues, a town full of nosy neighbors and immense chemistry between the pair and you have a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.
I have no idea how Jill Shalvis does it. I swear I am just going to read a chapter and then find myself three hours in without even noticing the time. This series is just full of interesting characters and even thought the characters appears steadily in each book, you can easily pick up any one and read it in any order. There is a perfect mix of dialogue, romance and chemistry that will make you tear through each one. ...more
I spent way too much time looking at these adorable pictures of a dog named Momo. At first, I thought that these mighMY THOUGHTS - ABSOLUTLEY LOVED IT
I spent way too much time looking at these adorable pictures of a dog named Momo. At first, I thought that these might be photoshopped, but after closer inspection (including a magnifying glass), I can't find any evidence. Momo is quite an adorable border collie. They are also easily trained to stay in one position for a long period of time and Momo looks like the perfect candidate for this. Another point of nature is that this collie is made to blend in. The black and white could just be a play in shadows. I really enjoyed this dog version of Where's Waldo and think it would look nice on any dog lover's coffee table. ...more
First off, this is one of those books that will make you sad when it ends. If you are a fan of Leigh Bardugo, Kristin CaMY THOUGHTS ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
First off, this is one of those books that will make you sad when it ends. If you are a fan of Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Cashore, or Sarah J. Maas, start the countdown for the release of this one. This is one of those sweeping epics that you will devour in one night and then go "WAH" because you will absolutely die when you realize you have to wait a year for a follow up. Of course, the world building will completely devour you, and reminded me a bit of Game of Thrones with evil and goodness, black and white with all shades of gray imaginable. The minor characters are some of the most fascinating I have read about in a long time. I wish this book was a bit longer to find out more about some of them.
Kestrel is the daughter of the great general Trajan who lead his country to great military success and although she is expected to either marry or enter service herself when she turns eighteen next year, she is not excited about either choice. Her intelligence has eliminated most of the eligible men and she lacks the skill to join the military. Her best friend, Jess, drags her through the market and there she makes a life changing purchase. A slave named Arin, who once was part of a ruling class, but now barely surviving. When their worlds collide, life will never be the same for either of them.
If you haven't guessed already, this is a romance but not an obvious one. There is conflict between Kestrel and Arin, and each character is so deeply conflicted within themselves, you will wonder if the can ever find themselves or each other. It has a real Romeo and Juliet flavor but throw in a bit of Julius Caesar for good measure. This is such a well written fantasy that I swooned over the words. More, please. ...more