Small town glbt ya melodrama - with an awesomely creepy twist! Macy's fallen for Rachel, Rachel's fallen for Macy, and the very preachy small town reaSmall town glbt ya melodrama - with an awesomely creepy twist! Macy's fallen for Rachel, Rachel's fallen for Macy, and the very preachy small town reaction to this is NOTHING compared to the fact that Rachel's brother, Jeb, is also in love with Macy. And Jeb isn't just a lovesick teenage boy, he's a creepy, murderous stalker. I liked how that storyline pulled this away from just being another generic romance....more
I loved it, especially the third 'volume'. Mrs. Bennett is hilariously fabulous and omg Lady Catherine is such a bitch - such wonderfully vivid characI loved it, especially the third 'volume'. Mrs. Bennett is hilariously fabulous and omg Lady Catherine is such a bitch - such wonderfully vivid characters the both of them! So many laugh out loud lines, and I was glad that it all came together for Jane and Bingley as well - Elizabeth and Darcy are the only pair you ever hear about!...more
An interesting read, about a family in Oklahoma in the 1930s who are forced to leave their farm due to the drought. It's short and beautifully illustrAn interesting read, about a family in Oklahoma in the 1930s who are forced to leave their farm due to the drought. It's short and beautifully illustrated, nicely informative about something I had no prior knowledge of. I would have liked more; this could be nicely rounded out into a longer book, there's a kind of a Little House feel to it - the hardship of living on the land, the close family, the journey across the prairie....more
I was very excited to be able to read this through NetGalley, and pretty much devoured it from the moment I started. The setting - England's Lakes disI was very excited to be able to read this through NetGalley, and pretty much devoured it from the moment I started. The setting - England's Lakes district - is just lovely, and the four different points of view - seventeen-year-old Georgia, her younger brother Zac, her mother Anya (the only one in first person) and father Callum - definitely worked for me, even though I wasn't so certain at first! Georgia is a championship fell runner, which I'm guessing is like super extreme cross-country? Anyway two days before her last big race of her school career - where she has the chance to win a sports sponsorship if she can win for an unprecedented third year in a row - Georgia and her cousin Sophia are involved in a hit and run - wannabe boyfriend Danny gets Georgia out of the way in time and she only grazes her elbow, but Sophia is not so lucky and winds up with a broken leg.
What follows is a cleverly thickening mystery... (view spoiler)[not just whodunnit, but WHY? Because there's no way anyone could be taken by surprise on that stretch of road, unless a car was stalking them. Furthermore, Danny thinks the driver was aiming at Georgia. Also, Georgia is harbouring a big secret, that she was going to tell Sophia that night but never got the chance. And then her brother finds a photo in her diary which shocks him. What is it? Thanks to his cousin's bitchy best friend, it ends up on facebook... the many little mysteries here are just delicious, and you always think you're starting to figure it out when - nope! Here's another twist: like how Sophia met an older man online, but she told him her name was Georgia... and this man has a homicidal fiancee... (hide spoiler)]
I loved the balance between the kids and the adults, having Anya and Callum's story as well as Georgia's and Zac's. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I love how plotful these books are, and I keep finding myself enjoying each one even more than the last! Also the Scribe Virgin is all kinds of terrifI love how plotful these books are, and I keep finding myself enjoying each one even more than the last! Also the Scribe Virgin is all kinds of terrifying badass....more
**spoiler alert** A very short and quick read, but not exactly a light read! The bullying June suffers after being gang-raped at a house party is even**spoiler alert** A very short and quick read, but not exactly a light read! The bullying June suffers after being gang-raped at a house party is even more horrific than the event itself. I found that I almost could't put this down, just wanting something to go right for her - and for her to just tell someone what happened!
I didn't trust John from the start either. Asswipe.
It was very sad how, apart from her friend Alice, nobody was on June's side. And I found that to be utterly shocking - the entire student body just turned against her, and even after her suicide attempt they still joked about how it hadn't worked....more
This book was really awesome and I actually stayed up past midnight to finish it. ON A WORK NIGHT. Ouch. And actually, it didn't grab me at first, I jThis book was really awesome and I actually stayed up past midnight to finish it. ON A WORK NIGHT. Ouch. And actually, it didn't grab me at first, I just thought it was going to be a typical high school misfit guy story; I didn't really like 'Alamo' or 'The Six' that much at first. But then that first mention of super-teacher Mr. R got me in... and kept me there.
I wish the book had been longer, with more detail! It just felt like it only scratched the surface and the idea was fascinating... a history teacher who is a holocaust denier. Yowzer! I've certainly never come across THAT before, and the creepy thing is, he really does make you think - clearly not about the holocaust itself, but his point that a lot of history is told by the winners and clearly they will make themselves look better and the losers look like they deserved it... but then he starts banging on about pictures being faked and how the Jews totally made it all up and okay, the guy is nuts. It's still so fascinating though! And loosely kind of linked back to this disaster at the local plant some fifty odd years ago, where his uncle (? grandfather?) was saved by a young Jewish girl, who is now the old Jewish lady the town terrorises - thanks to Mr. R - because he and others like to imagine that SHE caused the explosion in order to save the guy and make herself look good. I mean, wtf right?
Like I said, these people are nuts. But it makes for a really interesting book!...more
I liked but didn't love this - I just spent the entire thing ever so slightly confused... I do love a good dystopian future, I especially love anythinI liked but didn't love this - I just spent the entire thing ever so slightly confused... I do love a good dystopian future, I especially love anything set in Australia, but personally I just needed a little bit more explanation of who and what and why, because it felt like I was reading this through a fog or something. In fact I almost put it down barely a few pages in because I just had no idea what was going on, but then I came here to see what others had said and the overwhelming response was LOVED IT! So I decided I had to see what the fuss was and kept going. I'm glad I did, I definitely got into it, but I couldn't get wholly into it because of that whole "huh" level.
I LOVED the scenes in the circus, by the way. It was like the Hunger Games meets Galax-Arena, and very awesome.
(view spoiler)[I was heartbroken when Sully was killed, and shocked at Leura's horrific death by piranha. And omg, Aiden the traitor! Rory was right all along to not trust him, bah! Unless the double-cross was a fake... but we won't know until book two. Yes I will read on, but I'm happy to wait a while. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Loved this! Almost read it all in one go - very quick and compelling, neat plot, lots of twists. Vi and Ashley were really great characters as well, aLoved this! Almost read it all in one go - very quick and compelling, neat plot, lots of twists. Vi and Ashley were really great characters as well, and I loved the small town setting. The harassment and bullying and unfairness of the situation seriously made me mad as well! (view spoiler)[I KNEW giving that SD card to Mrs. Nash was going to be a bad idea... I just didn't expect HER to be the kingpin drug dealer behind it all! Also Brock deserves all he gets, AND MORE, for trashing Vi's room. (hide spoiler)]
My only gripe is that there were a fair few minor spelling/grammatical errors, and the dialogue at times felt very stilted and unnatural - practically no contractions coming out of the mouths of these teens! And there were a few times some last names got a little switched around as well. But it was still a fabulous read that I thoroughly enjoyed!["br"]>["br"]>...more
Oh wow, this book! From the start I could barely stand to put it down. It's instantly gripping and really gets under your skin and argh, I just lovedOh wow, this book! From the start I could barely stand to put it down. It's instantly gripping and really gets under your skin and argh, I just loved it.
Madeline has SCID, otherwise known as the "baby in the bubble" disease. Luckily for her, her "bubble" is her entire house, with its airlocks and everything, so she's not just confined to one sterile room. She lives with just her mom, as her father and older brother were killed in a car accident when she was only a baby, and has a nurse, Carla, who is there pretty much from dawn to dusk. She does classes online and reads voraciously and is kind of okay with her lot, until a new family move in next door... and of course there's a cute guy her own age as part of the parcel.
(view spoiler)[Olly's an awesome character. He and Madeline spy on each other a little through the windows before managing to swap email addresses, and they email and IM for a while and it's super cute.
And then, with help from Carla, they meet up. Olly goes through the whole decontamination process and they spend a half hour in the same room, and of course you know there's no going back... when her mom finds out she fires Carla and bans Maddy's internet access, this all culminating in Maddy fleeing the house in the middle of the night and running away to Hawaii with Olly because dammit, she wants to live a little!
She pretends to him that she has some trial pills that she secretly bought on the internet, and they should hopefully get her through the long weekend away, but unfortunately she does get horribly sick in Hawaii, complete with trip to the ER.
When her mom gets her back home again she's under even more lock and key than before. She also withdraws from Olly because she's realised that being as horribly sick as she was in Hawaii really sucked and maybe inside her bubble is the only way she can live.
BUT THEN. Omg. She gets an email from the doctor in Hawaii who says... hey, I don't think you have SCID, and don't think you ever did.
And yep, it was ALL a fabrication of her mom's to keep her safe. WHOA. Because Maddy DID get very ill when she was a baby, not long after her dad and brother died. And her mom did some research and... kind of made up her own conclusion. And stuck with it for 18 years. The illness Maddy got in Hawaii was just a particularly bad virus, not SCID related. Her immune system IS weaker than it should be because she's been in the bubble and not been exposed to, well, anything... but she's not sick. And never has been.
Talk about a mindfuck. I was wondering where this book was going, was she going to die in the end? Or end up with Olly living inside her bubble too? But nope, she ends up free and outside and visiting Olly in NYC (he and his mom and sister moved, finally fleeing their abusive father) and sure, she has to be cautious and careful but nope, she's not sick. No SCID.
Wow. This one is going into my kindle's "awesome keepers" folder. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more