I received a free copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
After her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette uncovers her dead mothI received a free copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
After her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette uncovers her dead mother's secret workshop. She instantly knows that she must continue what her mother started by creating magical metal items. The only problem is her stepmother and terrible stepsisters.
This book started off as a great idea, I loved "Cinder" and I love a good fairy tale retelling. However, I found the writing style of the story hard to follow and the overall plot just did not grab me. This was sadly a title I could not finish reading....more
Sora is 17 years old and he's dying. What started as simple flu-like symptoms quickly turned to something much more serious until he was diagnosed witSora is 17 years old and he's dying. What started as simple flu-like symptoms quickly turned to something much more serious until he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis also known as ALS. A disease that usually affects much older people, Sora is trying to deal with the fact that he is going to die and much sooner than he ever anticipated.
Much of Sora's life is taken from him when he is diagnosed, but there is one place that he can still feel like a teenage boy: on the teen chat rooms on KyoToTeenz. Here he finds that he can be just Sora, not sick dying Sora. What happens though when he wants to meet his new friends? He hasn't been exactly honest with them about the fact that he is sick, what if they can't stand to be around him?
This book follows the journey of a young boy who is navigating an illness while still wanting to maintain a normal life. Sora is struggling with wanting his mother to not feel burdened by him, but needing her more and more each day.
This novel is written beautifully and does a great job of tackling such a tough topic with grace and an approachable manner that readers will really enjoy. I think that the cover will not pull many teens in to pick it up and read it, but it really is a great read if you can get past the cover and get it into teen's hands....more
More like 3.5 stars. A bit out there and weird for me. Review for BAYA to follow.
Bone Gap is a small town where everyone knows everyone; including alMore like 3.5 stars. A bit out there and weird for me. Review for BAYA to follow.
Bone Gap is a small town where everyone knows everyone; including all of their secrets, hopes, and drama. Brothers Finn and Sean O’Sullivan are no strangers to being the topic of choice for the town of Bone Gap. Now, instead of the talk being about their mom leaving, it is about the beautiful stranger Roza that came and then went.
Finn has always been a little different, a little off. So when he says Roza was kidnapped no one, even his brother, believes him. He knows what he saw though, and he also knows he is the only one that can actually find Roza.
Told from various characters’ point of view, Bone Gap is a mysterious, romantic, and adventurous read. Ruby does a great job of giving away bits and pieces of the story as readers get pulled further and further in to the world of Bone Gap and beyond. This book will not be for every reader in your library, but it will be a good read for teens that are interested in fiction that goes beyond love triangles and supernatural beings. ...more
This book was received as a galley copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This "twin" book to "Every Day" is a great example of when seThis book was received as a galley copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This "twin" book to "Every Day" is a great example of when sequels or companion books get it right. Levithan describes this as a twin novel, telling the same story from "Every Day", but told through Rhiannon's voice. It is exactly what I was hoping for when I read the first book.
This story starts on that fateful day when A meets Rhiannon while he/she is in the body of Justin. By telling the story from Rhiannon's voice, the readers get to ask all the questions they thought when they read "Every Day". The what's and why's. While you may not get all the answers, you definitely get more insight.
It's easy to fall for A all over again, to see and understand a love that should not be able to work at all. This story shows how love can transcend everything when it's real, when it's meant to be. I really hope that Levithan decides to write a sequel, I'm dying to know what happens!!
When I read this book it had been a few years since I read "Every Day". It did not affect my love or understanding this novel. If anything it helped me appreciate it more because I kind of remembered what happen, but I got to experience everything with new eyes and an almost blank slate. ...more
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For most of her life, Laurel has been overweight. She's okay with it though, raised to undeThis book was received as a galley copy from NetGalley.com.
For most of her life, Laurel has been overweight. She's okay with it though, raised to understand that she was made this way for a reason. However, when her best friend Viv gives her an all expense paid ticket on the biggest cruise since the Titanic, it's an opportunity she's not willing to give up.
Why is this "Cruise to Lose" such a big deal? Celebrities and rich people from all over the United States are jockeying to be the first people to try the new wonder weight loss drug "Solu". Each guest is guaranteed to shed pounds over the week-long cruise and get a taste of Solu before it hits the shelves.
The only problem is Laurel doesn't end up taking using Solu. First of all, she's beyond seasick. Even once she has her appetite back, she just doesn't feel like she needs to go crazy with the weight loss. After a few days, Laurel starts to feel really glad she passed on the Solu. Everyone starts to lose more than just weight.
"Sweet" turned out to be a quick and interesting read. There are all kinds of cruises these days; celebrity cruises, Disney cruises, booze cruises, so a weight loss cruise just makes sense. Add in celebrities and it is a perfect fit! I found the characters to be relatable and interesting. Even Tom falls for a normal girl it just felt right. This story has humor, romance, suspense, and flesh eating zombies; what's not to like?...more
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Sydney has always lived in her brother Peyton's shadow. When she was youngerThis book was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sydney has always lived in her brother Peyton's shadow. When she was younger, this was because Peyton seemed to do no wrong in his parent's eyes. Now, she's living in his shadow for a set of horrible reasons. Peyton started drinking and using drugs; even after rehab and being sober, one night after drinking at a friend's house he got in the car and drove. On his way home, he hit a young boy on his bicycle leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Now Sydney and her family are trying to figure out how to live with the guilt of Peyton's actions as he serves time in jail.
For Sydney, the weight of this guilt is almost unbearable. While her mother seems to push away the bad by focusing completely on Peyton and his well being while in jail, Sydney cannot help but feel helpless. She decides to switch schools, maybe being around people who do not know her as Peyton's sister will make it easier. At first, the gigantic public school is a huge shock, but eventually Sydney realizes that she can fly under the radar and start over.
One afternoon, after school lets out, Sydney decides to kill time by stopping in at a pizza parlor close to school. When she walks in, first thing she sees is a beautiful boy, Mac. This is the start of something wonderful for Sydney. The Chatham Family owns and runs this pizza parlor, and Sydney quickly hits it off and is scooped up by Layla. For the first time in a long time, Sydney feels at home when she is around the Chathams.
Just making new friends and getting through school doesn't fix the fact that things in Sydney's home are far from okay. Sydney continually feels like she cannot escape her brother's past to create her own future and path. Add to that the crushing weight of the guilt she feels because of the accident and you know things are bound to come to a head.
Whenever I pick up a Sarah Dessen novel, I usually anticipate a lovey-dovey read. One that seems to follow a set storyline and course. Saint Anything did not follow any course that I have known Dessen to take. It was dark, and deep, and kept me coming back for more. I was pleased with this book from start to finish. Dessen has crafted a novel that takes readers on an emotional, challenging, and powerful journey. There is not right way for a family to deal with loss or pain, but Dessen does a fantastic job of showing how not only Sydney's family handles this, but the Chathams as well. A powerful and highly recommend read....more
Rose spends all of her summers at her family’s beach house in Awago. Her days are filled with swimming, snacking, and hanging with her good (but youngRose spends all of her summers at her family’s beach house in Awago. Her days are filled with swimming, snacking, and hanging with her good (but younger) friend Windy. Usually, the summers at Awago are carefree and fun. This summer though, Rose, Windy, and Rose’s family are dealing with some really tough issues.
Rose has noticed that her mother and father have been arguing more than normal, bad enough to where her father leaves Awago early. In addition to the arguing, Rose notices how depressed her mother has been feeling, and how she does not want to seem to do anything. Windy, ever the carefree girl is starting think about turning into a woman and what that means. Rose and Windy soon witness during one of their movie runs at the local store, how quickly life can change once you are an adult. All of these things make Rose and Windy eager to figure things out and at the same time worry about what it means for them as they grow older.
Jillian and Mariko Tamaki both do a good job of telling the troubled story of Rose and Windy. Jillian has written a story that gives readers bits and pieces of what is really going on leaving readers to keep turning pages to see what the future holds while delivering a story that rings very true. Mariko has done an amazing job of bringing, with vivid expressions and movement, Jillian’s story to life. By using blue ink, Mariko has crafted a visually stunning piece of work. I will caution that there is lots of vulgar language and references as well as adult themes throughout this book. Overall, it tackles a lot of issues that families and people face today. ...more
Laia lives in a world where she is at the mercy of the soldiers that patrol and enforce strict rules oI received this book as a galley from NetGalley.
Laia lives in a world where she is at the mercy of the soldiers that patrol and enforce strict rules on her and other scholars. Elias is a soldier, a Mask, and his purpose is to inflict pain, instill fear, and serve the Emperor till the end of his life. Neither is free, neither is happy.
When Laia’s family is killed by a Mask, and her brother taken away to jail for possibly helping the resistance, Laia knows she must do something and save her brother’s life. She never knew the price she would pay.
Elias has decided that after he finishes his training at the infamous Blackcliff Military Academy and becomes a Mask he will run away and be free of everything that he has been taught since a child to do and be. After a long awaited prophecy is shown to be coming true, all his plans go up in flames.
Neither Laia nor Elias anticipates how their paths will cross or the leaps and bounds they will go to to save and protect those they love.
I found this to be an incredibly intriguing read, even though it did take me longer than I thought to read and get through the story. It falls in line with what I would describe as high fantasy, but it does not have a lot of magic or bizarre names to keep track of. It had a great mix of suspense, romance, and action. The only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars was that I felt at times Tahir had more information and created more story lines that were really needed to keep me reading. Overall, a great series that I look forward to see more from in the future....more
It has not been very long since Nathan celebrated his seventeenth birthday, and his Giving, where he received three gifts, drank his father’s blood, aIt has not been very long since Nathan celebrated his seventeenth birthday, and his Giving, where he received three gifts, drank his father’s blood, and became a full-fledged witch. Now he is on the run from Hunters and living in the forest while he waits for Gabriel to arrive at their meeting spot. In a very short period of time Nathan’s life has changed dramatically.
As a half code, Nathan finds himself in the middle of a war between white and black witches. Making matters worse, he does not fit in with either side. For Nathan though, the most important thing is to get back to Annalise and save her. What he is quickly learning though is that the Council and Hunters are doing everything in their power to find him and have him kill his infamous father Marcus. Will Nathan be able to learn to control his gift all while fighting to stay alive, find Annalise, and take down the Council?
Green has followed up her debut novel Half Bad (Viking, 2014) with a stellar and intense read. Half Wild picks up right where the first book left off, and from that moment on readers will find themselves not only on the run with Nathan, but fighting alongside him as well. What is great about Half Wild is the fact that it does not feel like a second book; there is just as much action, drama, and new information as the first book. This, so far, is a solid series that is a must buy for libraries! ...more
I can totally understand how readers are conflicted about how to rate this book. I, personally, was sucked in.
Rachel rides the morning train everydayI can totally understand how readers are conflicted about how to rate this book. I, personally, was sucked in.
Rachel rides the morning train everyday into town. Along the way the train almost always makes a stop at the same spot and she finds herself imagining what the woman she has named Jess is doing for the day.
Imaginations can be deceiving.
Rachel is a drunk.
Megan is missing.
Anna is angry.
Nothing is as it seems. No one knows what happened.
I found myself devouring this book. It is dark and sad and I enjoyed how the author gave you bits and pieces as you read. I was angry at Rachel for not being able to stay away or keep clean. And then I was terrified when I realized along with Rachel and Anna what actually happened. Not your typical mystery, but a dark read. I'd compare it to Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series. ...more