Ever since I first heard that Zonderkidz or Zondervan Teen was branching off with it's own new imprint known as Blink YA Books I have been intrigued....moreEver since I first heard that Zonderkidz or Zondervan Teen was branching off with it's own new imprint known as Blink YA Books I have been intrigued. Every once in a while I still really enjoy a good teen read, or young adult read even though I'm beyond that age range and it will be a decade and some before my daughters are ready for them. When I was looking through a digital catalog and saw the cover and then description for Doon I just knew I had to read it, and boy am I ever delighted that I have gone on this adventure with Veronica and MacKenna.
Doon is co-authored which gives it a flare to the personality and the characters, although I do not know exactly how they broke it up to write it I think they did a really nice job in the end. Overall the story is enchanting. Vivid descriptions and details to go with the amazing book cover image are through out as our duo is taken from the American state of Indiana to the Scottish countryside.
Our two main characters are very different and amazing in each their own rights. From the book cover of Destined for Doon I'm going to assume that the story with continue with more details for MacKenna's journey, but I'm not certain.
This is a romance, an adventure, and a teen or young adult read. While early on I was thinking that any teen could read it as I got further I would recommend that it be a mature teen. As there are phrases or relative terms that not all early or sheltered teens might be ready for. Overall to my opinion it's as harmless as a PG-13 movie might be with a little fear and maybe (to some opinions) a little language or imagery (ever had the gone to school naked type dream - mentions)through out that a parent just might need to make the judgement call on.
However this book is about fitting in and finding your place. While I have never seen the stage show Brigadoon, I'm definitely enchanted and curious about this land and it's people. Veronica comes from a difficult background that many kids will be able to relate to. MacKenna is the bizarre one and theatrical to boot. I think that no matter the reader, they might find themselves in one of our heroines.
The storytelling is fun and elegant at the same time, and my goodness you've gotta love the Scottish hotty princes. It's the flavor of the novel and a great start to a series. I'm definitely planning to read more. You may see my four stars, and truly the only reason it didn't rank in the five stars is because I do feel that the bits where maturity are needed could have been left out, but then maybe that will be the bit that captures a certain teen that wouldn't have otherwise gotten the message about the over-protector and destiny. But four stars is still quite grand in my book.
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Kristin does it to me every time and I cannot wait for more. I'm on a bit of an action-thriller kick and I did not want to read a young adult novel th...moreKristin does it to me every time and I cannot wait for more. I'm on a bit of an action-thriller kick and I did not want to read a young adult novel this week, but the tour is now and I needed to get it accomplished. Low and behold of course once I start I cannot stop and I'm incapable of putting the book down and all I want to do is turn the next page. I loved Perfectly Dateless and I was glad to see that I enjoyed Perfectly Invisible even more, but now I have to say that Perfectly Ridiculous is my favorite in the series. Each novel does add on the one before, but I think you might be able to get away with reading it alone.
She touches on the heart of what every teenage girl has felt in wanting that connection. I think it is definitely a recommended read and one I'll save for my daughters. Just like the rest of the series. I hope that she'll write more like these in the future.
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
As much so as I enjoyed Perfectly Dateless last summer, I enjoyed Perfectly Invisible this one. Kristin really brings out the inner thoughts that are...moreAs much so as I enjoyed Perfectly Dateless last summer, I enjoyed Perfectly Invisible this one. Kristin really brings out the inner thoughts that are pretty much right on key for a teen late in high school. Brings back memories of my own school experiences as well as while I was a long term substitute teacher.
Again, truly I could not turn the pages fast enough and I overall enjoyed this story. I think that it could be valuable read for many different people. Very enlightening to both girls, guys and parents who want to care or understand. It was interesting to me however, for a girl without cable TV that she was familiar with so many current day television references, but then I guess they're out there beyond the tube or flat screen.
There were some plot things that had me quite confused in this story, but then coming from a teenage mind, I think that was the point that I was just as confused as Daisy was. Overall, I have to admit it makes me wonder about things as my own daughters grow. Truly there is no perfect childhood or youth and I think attempting to stage one would cause more harm than good. But one can only pray for help.
I truly enjoy both adult and youth books from Kristin Billerbeck and cannot wait for more.
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
What a way to end the HN saga! So much has happened in the life of our Scotty Fitzgerald Dawn that it's hard to write a review without spoilers. GHN i...moreWhat a way to end the HN saga! So much has happened in the life of our Scotty Fitzgerald Dawn that it's hard to write a review without spoilers. GHN is the fourth and final installment of the HN series.
This is a wonderful series that should be read by tweens, teens, and young adult girls alike. I actually doubt you could put an age limitation on the enjoyment found in these short novels. Scotty is just a girl in an interesting life trying to figure things out. She puts it well that she "seems to collect people". All around the US Scotty makes friends in different situations and she learns valuable life lessons from all of them.
GHN answers some long awaited questions for Scotty, family, and friends. It ends in a perfectly adorable fashion. In this story, at 17 you can definitely see how Scotty has aged and matured. Scotty has always been mature in some ways, but very innocent childlike in others. It is from being around Scotty that people benefit and learn things about themselves. She is a good example of a person to be.
I highly recommend the Hollywood Nobody series to anyone and everyone. (less)
First off, I must share my favorite line(s) from this book that sent me into fits of giggles:
With that, I hurled the slipper at him, not caring if I...moreFirst off, I must share my favorite line(s) from this book that sent me into fits of giggles:
With that, I hurled the slipper at him, not caring if I caused his decapitation. (I did not.) Marshaling what little dignity I yet possessed, I stomped down the corridor -- challenging indeed with one shoe -- and around the corner. I lay awake for hours. The prince had no right, not one, to indict me so, and if I had held the slightest hope of the book's assistance, I would have climbed at once to my wizard room for a spell with which to punish him. Death, perhaps, or humiliation. A croaking frog would be nice, particularly a frog that retained Florian's dark eyes. I should keep it in a box and poke it occasionally with a stick; that would be satisfying indeed.
Princess Ben is one of the most well thought-out and intellectually relevant books that I have ever read in today's time! Princess Benevolent has quite a year and must learn how to live up to her name. I earnestly can see where a reader can grow along with Ben, learning some difficult lessons that we especially today wish to ignore. Through this book I can see many a young, teenager, or older girl grow more into herself and what she will someday be. I feel like I learned somethings about myself through this book. All around a fabulous story, with twisting plots and turns I did not expect. The first section was a little droll, and I was waiting for excitement. Well the excitement came! and that build-up had been proper and necessary. I strongly encourage anyone to read this book. Buy it for your tween and teenage gals and let them go on the adventure. Goodness me, go on it yourself! (less)
In the previous books, Lisa Samson has told some pretty good lessons in between some fabulous teenage humor. Starting with Scotty as a barely teen and now having her at seventeen is fun to grow with her. This book does have some "Ugh, what an idiot!" moments, but the best part to me, was about half way through, when I was like, "Oh, Wow. That makes sense." Really, it made me think of the times when you are sitting in church and all of the sudden what you are hearing in the sermon just clicks. That is what Lisa did with this story and it was so entertaining to boot!
I got the book in my hands at 3:00pm and took a break when the hubby came home at 6:30, but otherwise read almost straight through until I finished a little before 9:00pm. I think that is what you would call a "page turner" and one that I could just "not put down." I definitely recommend Hollywood Nobody. Even boys will enjoy and benefit from the story. There is no age limit on Hollywood Nobody, it's for all who need a comfy faintly romantic read. (less)