An Overview of the Novel: Amy's life has spiraled out of control. Her dad just died in a car accident, one that she saw...moreMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: Amy's life has spiraled out of control. Her dad just died in a car accident, one that she saw happen, her brother has just been admitted to a rehab center, and her mom has decided to move from California to Connecticut. And her mom expects her to drive the car all the way from California to Connecticut.
The only problem is Amy refuses to drive since her dad's death. Her mom convinces one of her friend's sons to drive with her. Apparently Amy and Roger used to be friends, but she hasn't seen him in years. She isn't thrilled about having him go with her or about the road trip.
Then she meets Roger. Roger is gorgeous, not that's she noticed or even looking at in him in that way though. When Roger suggests that they don't follow her mom's outlined driving schedule and that instead they go to the places they want to, she agrees. As Amy and Roger continue driving day after day, Amy starts to realize that maybe life is worth actually living in and just maybe Roger has a place in her future.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: After reading sixty pages, I was intrigued, but not hooked. I had resigned this book to landing in my three stars pile—a novel that was good, but not really memorable.
I couldn't have been more wrong. This book was incredible. It had a depth to it that is so often lacking in young adult fiction. Amy was dealing with real trials and real guilt in a real way. That automatically knocked this novel out of the three star pile.
I loved watching Amy progress and start living again. At the beginning of this novel, Amy was just existing and going through the motions. She was hiding. I loved watching her slowly rediscover herself and start dealing with all the guilt she was carrying.
I also loved Amy and Roger. I did think Roger was a complete idiot at times. Seriously, he was still in love with his old girlfriend Hadley who didn't even care about him and he and Amy had undeniable chemistry. That boy was so obtuse, but I still loved him. He seemed like such a real character to me. They both did and I loved that.
The writing was also really intriguing. Normally, I don't like it when novels jump between the past and the present (like they did in this one). However, Morgan masterfully jumped between the past and the present. And I didn't care about one more story more than the other. Normally, when authors do this, I like one side better and so I start quickly reading one section to get back to the story line I actually care about.
However, this wasn't the case with this story. I loved both the past and the present stories. Morgan did an incredible job with her writing and I found myself becoming more and more drawn into the story the more I read. I definitely loved this one and recommend it to everybody. I always love a good road trip story and this one was no exception.
So why 4.5 stars? It was a novel that I'll remember reading and one that stood out to me. It distinguished itself from other novels making it a 4 or 5 star novel. The depth of the novel, the excellent writing, and the realistic and incredible characters made it a 4.5 So why not a 5? I would have liked to see more depth, more growth in the novel. It was just missing that extra something that makes a novel a 5. However, I loved the novel and would definitely reread it.
In Summary: Morgan's novel is breathtaking, poignant, cute, and incredibly written. Morgan infused her novel with the depth that is so often missing in young adult novels, but did so in a way that was never heavy or overwhelming. Morgan is a master story-teller and one I will be keeping tabs on.
Warnings/Side-notes: It deals with drugs, but in a way that wouldn't cause me to hesitate recommending this novel. I can't remember if there were instances of bad language in this novel, but I do remember thinking that for the most part it was an incredibly clean novel. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to even younger teens.
The Wrap-up: A novel that I adored reading. It was cute, funny, romantic, and yet also moving and poignant. I loved reading this one. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. Thanks for everybody who kept raving over it and to my library for finally getting a copy. I'm so glad I read it.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my hone...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read Shannon Greenland's novel The Summer my Life Began and really liked that one so I was excited to read this one.
This novel is nothing like The Summer my Life Began and yet I still really liked it. This novel is about a teenage genius named Kelly James. I actually liked her a lot. She was spunky and had a lot of character.
The whole premise was really intriguing. I'd like to read the next one in the sequel.
I thought that Greenland has a really brilliant writing style. It was comical. If you like spy books or books with a spunky heroine, then you would really enjoy this book.
Greenland's writing style is always entertaining, her characters are always easy to relate to, and her plot lines are always intriguing.
In Summary: Model Spy is a book full of intrigue and is both humorous and fun. Fans of young adult spy books will love this series.
The Wrap-up: A cute book that I really enjoyed reading. I read this book in one sitting and did so very quickly. This is definitely an enjoyable book that I feel like most fans of YA fiction will love.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank Tristi for setting up these tours and tell her how much I enjoyed being a part of them.
Now, for my review. I went into this novel with average expectations. I thought it would be a decent read, but that it wouldn't be anything special. And let me tell you how wrong I was. I started reading this without expecting this book to blow me away. I got to page twenty and I realized how wrong I was.
This book was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. The more I read, the more I loved the story. I loved the characters, the writing, the plot, and basically everything about this novel. It was so beautiful.
This book is about families who are struggling to stay together, the sense of loyalty one feels to family, the fear of letting yourself feel too deeply, the fear of leaving, and the bonds that can't be broken.
I loved Jennifer. She was absolutely one of my favorite characters I've read about recently. And then there was Nathan. I really liked him from the moment he entered the novel. I also loved Claire and Sarah and Little. Basically, I'm going to stop myself there, but I could easily go on for a very long time in order to list all the characters I loved. Let's just say I loved all of them.
And then that ending, it was so perfect and yet it left me so infuriated and excited at the same time. The ending fit the novel, and yet I don't want it to be the end of Jennifer, Claire, Sarah, and Nathan's story.
This book was one that resonated within me; one that I know will stick with me long after I turned the last page. I loved loved loved this novel. It comes highly recommended.(less)
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Wow! This book was also incredible. This novel literally starts off where the first nov...moreMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Wow! This book was also incredible. This novel literally starts off where the first novel ended and I was blown away with how fast the novel progressed.
Gideon seriously made me want to scream in this novel on several occasions and then on several other occasions I was swooning over him. I'll definitely be curious to see how his character develops in the second book.
I loved Gwen in this novel as well. Watching her, Lesley, and Gideon's brother interact was definitely most intriguing. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Most sequels feel like a bridge novel. This one didn't fit that bill. It was incredible and made me so anxious to read the third one. Too bad it doesn't come out in English for awhile.
All of Gier's characters are so fascinating and I loved reading all about them and watching them all grow.
Oh how the ending of this book killed me. I can't wait to see what happens next. Gier's series is addicting and incredibly written.
I feel like the synopsis provides an adequate summary of this novel so I won't fill in any more details. However, I love how this novel deals with time travel and with romance.
I think I've figured out the basic plot of this book, but honestly I have no idea how this noel is going to turn out. So often I can peg the plot of a novel within the first chapters. That's not the case with this series. I honestly have no idea what's going to happen, but I can't wait to find out.
In Summary: You must read this book. It is incredible. Gier's writing is brilliantly conveyed. The way she has built this story is masterful and the characters and the plot will draw you in. (less)
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really don't know what to make of this book. That sounds bad, but it isn't. I liked the writing style and I liked the overall idea. I just hated the idea of William setting fires. That was one thing that I just couldn't get past.
This was a hard thing for me to deal with because other than that I liked William as a character. He was a good guy except he set fires. I couldn't quite handle the disconnect and I left the novel feeling bugged because I couldn't decide what to make of him. William was called "Wee Wee" because he was so short. Ouch. In the first chapter, he got turned down by his crush because he was too short. Double ouch. Add his somewhat dysfunctional family and you've got a triple ouch.
One character that I really liked was Samantha. That girl had attitude but a good heart. She wasn't ashamed to make her opinions known loud and care. I got the feeling that she just didn't care what others thought. She was going to do what she thought was right no matter what. She was one character that I really liked.
Additionally, I enjoyed Gibson's writing style. He created a compelling story that drew me in. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one or not, but on the whole it was an enjoyable read. I really felt like I was in William's head and that he was narrating the story. I always love stories that make me forget the author is writing.
On the whole, I liked the novel; I just didn't like certain aspects of the plot.
In Summary: A novel that was compelling and well-written, but one that left me bugged. I guess that's a sign of good writing--the author wrote a tale that is still bugging me a week later.
Warnings/Side-notes: There is definitely a sexual undertone to the novel. Not a ton of swearing, but definitely not a novel with clean language. There was also a gay character in this story. This novel wasn't clean, but definitely not filthy. This isn't one, however, that I'd recommend to young readers or those who are overly sensitive.
The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read that I recommend to those who don't mind a main character who may or may not be the hero. He's the antihero I guess. However, I really did enjoy this one.
Here's part of my review:When I was contacted to review this book, I immediately read the synopsis. After doing so, I h...moreAsked to review this by author.
Here's part of my review:When I was contacted to review this book, I immediately read the synopsis. After doing so, I had pretty high expectations coming into this novel. I was excited to get to reading it to say the least.
When I started reading this novel, I realized my expectations for this novel were completely wrong…and that was an even better surprise. I happen to love this genre of princess fantasy. It started with Gail Levine Carson’s The Two Princesses of Baramore and picked up speed throughout my childhood. I read Aurelia and Exile by Anne Osterlund and that further cemented my love of this genre.
So when I discovered that this novel fit right in line with the princess expedition type genre two things happened: 1) I was absolutely ecstatic because I love this genre and 2) my high expectations for this novel increased.
And this novel met those expectations—something that is not an easy feat. I loved the main character Vivian and found her story easy to follow. I also was immediately attracted to her guard Revin. At the beginning of the story, the readers are presented with the mystery of whether Vivian’s parents are dead or just missing. This immediately drew me into the novel and got me emotionally attached to the story. Any story that can do that deserves a high rating.
Throughout the novel, Vivians character grew on me. As I watched her become more confident and stronger, I liked her more and more. The more I read about Revin, the more I liked him. Definitely a guy that I find crush worthy ( and he’s not the bad boy, so I’m doubly impressed; however, if I’m being honest, I’ll have to admit I was also attracted to the bad boy character Declan too). The ending left me stunned even though I had been wondering if that would happen. The ending left me wanting more. I am now praying that what the ending alluded to doesn’t happen. I’m trying not to give away the ending here, so you’ll just have to read the novel to see what happens. Definitely a recommended book.
I've seen a ton of my friends reading this and originally had no desire to read it, but since nearly everybody I know seems to love it, I'll give it a...moreI've seen a ton of my friends reading this and originally had no desire to read it, but since nearly everybody I know seems to love it, I'll give it a shot.(less)