I really liked the the idea of the premise where a senior in high school is given the ability to contact her younger self and right all her silly mistI really liked the the idea of the premise where a senior in high school is given the ability to contact her younger self and right all her silly mistakes. Unfortunately, I couldn't even make it to the fifty page mark as the writing was unforgivable. It seemed like it was aimed at the tween market with lots of buzz words that real teenagers would never use. Overall, a nice idea but failed in the long run....more
I wasn't too sure what this book would be like with such a basic blurb but I'm really glad I finally got a chance to read this book. It's up there witI wasn't too sure what this book would be like with such a basic blurb but I'm really glad I finally got a chance to read this book. It's up there with my favourite dystopia / sci-fi novels and reminded me most of Across the Universe by Beth Revis....more
If you're looking for a short and sweet novel that is completely down-to-earth than you've hit the nail on the head with A Straight Line To My Heart.
WIf you're looking for a short and sweet novel that is completely down-to-earth than you've hit the nail on the head with A Straight Line To My Heart.
While the title may be a little cringe-worthy, it's worth pushing past if you're in the need for a refreshing read that steers clear of many of the cliche topics often seen in American YA such as cheerleading and high school cliques.
Tiffany hasn't had the easiest life but she's making the best of it with her beloved grandfather figure and his son who treats her like the best little sister he never had. The relationship between this makeshift family is so adorable that the author has you in the palm of your hand for the tearjerker ending....more
Beware: This one is a total tearjerker! With all the makings for an easygoing summer read, Second Chance Summer manages to be all that and more when tBeware: This one is a total tearjerker! With all the makings for an easygoing summer read, Second Chance Summer manages to be all that and more when the death of a family member is thrown in the mix. Surprisingly, this made the novel all the more believable and actually pushed it over the edge to a five star novel for me.
I was one of the few who didn't really see the amazing winning quality of Morgan Matson's debut novel but I'm glad to say Second Chance Summer is much more to my reading tastes. With roughly 500 pages, it took me a long time to finally commit to a five star rating but I'm glad I did in the end.
When the big secret of why Taylor refrained from visiting her summer house for almost five years was revealed, I felt a little disappointed. The author had built up this scenario for quite some time and for it all to be put down to a cliche love triangle wasn't as fulfilling as I'd hoped. It seemed to be totally blown out of proportion....more
I must commend Sara Shepard for such a winning debut installment in The Lying Game series. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for NeverReview TBC...
I must commend Sara Shepard for such a winning debut installment in The Lying Game series. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Never Have I Ever (Book #2) as it fails to continue the fast-paced action and adventure one hopes for in these types of mystery/romance books.
It continually bothers me to see not only Pretty Little Liars but also The Lying Game series' dragged out over so many installments. I can't seem to understand how these books continue to be so popular when barely any clues and/or suspects are revealed in each sequel. I'm barely three quarters the way through the PLL series and can see myself also loosing interest with The Lying Game series if it doesn't perk up a little in the next installment.
A few minor incidents do happen along the way (aka the book isn't a total bore) but most of the happenings in this book have absolutely nothing to do with the final outcome of the mystery as initially believed by the reader.
There were a few minor incidents along the way but just not enough progress made in the mystery of Sutton's death/disappearance. Although we did find time to cross off a few suspects for the time being but I'm sure they will be cast back into the spotlight further down the track.
If my suspicions are correct, Emma should be taking a much closer look at the one trusted ally, Ethan as I believe he would make the perfect culprit. If at error, I'm forced to select Laurel (Sutton's sister) as the lead suspect.
Truthfully, I am still keen to find out how this series plays out so I'll hopefully be won over once again by the next installment Two Truths and a Lie (Feb 7th 2012) where we will delve into Thayer's role in the death of Sutton Mercer.
Oftentimes, I found myself drifting off the page while the author took us down the track of clues that obviously had nothing to do with the case at hand.
We left off with ?
continues the hunt for Sutton's killer. Unbeknowst to her family and friends.
was just a set-up from an alternative story-line and nothing to do with the overall murder at all.
IAt times, I felt like I was reading a modern day Babysitters Club mystery or the like.
INTRO Even though I found myself comparing GLOW to the 2011 stand-out Across the Universe, I still managed to very much**spoiler alert** Review TBC...
INTRO Even though I found myself comparing GLOW to the 2011 stand-out Across the Universe, I still managed to very much enjoy Amy Kathleen Ryan's fourth YA novel by pushing aside my extremely high expectations.
In alternating chapters, we learn of a lifetime spent in outerspace for Kieran and Waverley
on the Empyrean
After a fairly peaceful life spent on the Empyrean, Kieran and Waverley's lives are sent into overdrive when a companion ship comes onboard to capture half the crewmembers.
Through alternating chapters, we learn of the varying realities on each ship set to arrive on a new planet in
Kieran and Waverley have always been the best of friends but it isn't until they are lightyears apart do they realise their friendship means much more to them.
With alternating chapters of Kieran and Waverley's life on
I wasn't really expecting to find sub-plots of religion and IVF beneath this cover so I often found myself jumping paragraphs altogether.
did find myself jumping paragraphs
FINAL OPINION I really wasn't expecting to find sub-plots of religion or IVF behind the striking purple cover. ...more