If you read Crown of Midnight, you know that Celaena is in Wendlyn on orders from the King to assassinate the royal family. If she doesn't do it, badIf you read Crown of Midnight, you know that Celaena is in Wendlyn on orders from the King to assassinate the royal family. If she doesn't do it, bad things will happen to Nehemia's family as well as Chaol. So, Celaena finds herself in this foreign land, but readers must remember that she is no longer just Celaena. She is the heir Terrasen, which is a complete game changer. Ultimately, Celaena wants to take down the King of Adarlan, but she needs to talk to the Fae Queen first. However, the Fae Queen she won't help her until Celaena proves herself. She has to train with Rowan, a hardcore Fae warrior, and Celaena is having a hard time embracing her magic. Heir of Fire had some slow parts and a few things I struggled with; however, I am still a huge fan of this series.
Every October, Cara's family refers to it as "accident season," where strange accidents happen to her and her family members. In the past, people haveEvery October, Cara's family refers to it as "accident season," where strange accidents happen to her and her family members. In the past, people have even died! Cara lives in Ireland with her mother, her sister, and her ex-stepbrother, Sam. They are all aware of the dangers that accident season brings. Things get really confusing when Cara notices Elsie, a former friend and classmate, in almost all of her photographs. Elsie would be present in the background or you'd see a part of her hair in the corner of the shot, but either way, she was there. When Cara tries to find out why Elsie is essentially stalking her, she notices the girl hasn't shown up for school and has gone missing. The trail leads to an abandoned house that is very creepy and hides even more secrets. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle is an edge-of-your-seat mystery with a touch of fantasy that had me questioning everything.
It's freshman year for Carolina, formerly just Carrie, and she wants to start fresh alongside Peggy, her best friend. With the help of Peggy's older sIt's freshman year for Carolina, formerly just Carrie, and she wants to start fresh alongside Peggy, her best friend. With the help of Peggy's older sister, Katherine, who just so happens to be the most popular girl in school, they can break out of their nerdy status and become "it" girls as well. That is if Carolina is willing to take orders from Katherine, resident mean girl and all around bad person. In walks new kid, Trevor, who is not only good looking, but actually shows some attention to Carolina. After some near misses and sabotage from Katherine, Trevor and Carolina finally hit it off and realize that they both like each other. Trevor, a former football star, is trying to find his place here in his new school. His cousin goes to school here, but isn't exactly helping him find his way, in fact, he makes things more challenging. So when Trevor hits it off with Carolina, things get much easier for him. Except when they don't. Their first love becomes the all-consuming unhealthy type that we often see in high school. Between dealing with their family problems at home, first sexual encounters, and the ups and down of high school, it proves to be a lot for these two kids. B.T. Gottfred's debut, Forever for a Year, is an absorbing portrayal of first love.
Samantha McAllister is part of the "cool girl" group at school, otherwise known as the Crazy Eights. Her friends are well-off, popular, and essentiallSamantha McAllister is part of the "cool girl" group at school, otherwise known as the Crazy Eights. Her friends are well-off, popular, and essentially are mean girls. Samantha, or Sam, has always been a part of their group since they were very young, but they don't know who she really is. Sam suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and sometimes has a hard time managing her obsessive thoughts, especially when trying to balance it with the drama that high school always brings. Her psychiatrist encourages her to break away from the Crazy Eights, but where would she go? Who would she be friends with? The idea of starting over is terrifying to her. Things start to change when Sam meets Caroline and opens up to her about her problems. In turn, Caroline shows something to Sam that will change her life. She takes her to a hidden room within the school called Poet's Corner where a bunch of students get together and share their poetry, thoughts, feelings, etc. This aspect of the novel reminded me of Dead Poet's Society as Poet's Corner is also s a group of misfits oftentimes misunderstood. But what if they don't accept her? Tamara Ireland Stone's Every Last Word is an interesting glimpse into what it is like to have OCD and how a person would struggle to manage it at the high school level. Plus, it's also about acceptance and having the courage to put yourself out there and truly be who you are.
I was hoping to really enjoy this one because I love when authors combine historical fiction and fantasy, but this book was just too strange for me. II was hoping to really enjoy this one because I love when authors combine historical fiction and fantasy, but this book was just too strange for me. I couldn't follow it half the time and the fantasy world wasn't explained enough. Unfortunately, it's a DNF for me. ...more
Imagine a really competitive ballet school in Manhattan filled with some of the country's best dancers. Sounds like a cut-throat place where every danImagine a really competitive ballet school in Manhattan filled with some of the country's best dancers. Sounds like a cut-throat place where every dancer is vieing for a place in the New York American Ballet Company, right? It is just how I imagined it and even more so. Three very different girls all go to school there and have secrets that they are hiding. First there is Gigi, a recent transfer from California. She is the school's only African American student and her success angers many disgruntled ballerinas, especially when she is casted the coveted roll of Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Bette, a former favorite, usually gets her way and doesn't take Gigi's success well. She is coniving, scheming and backstabbing. Then there's E-Jun, otherwise known as June, and her mother, a former ballerina, has been threatening to take her out of ballet school and send her to a regular public school where she can get a better, more well-rounded education unless she starts getting lead roles. This sends E-Jun over the edge and she puts even more pressure on herself. All three girls, although very different, share the desire of success which always comes at a high cost. Sonia Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton's debut, Tiny Pretty Things, despite its length, was a real page turner that fans of Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl and Black Swan will enjoy.
I really liked parts of this story, but there were a few parts that I struggled with, but overall, entertaining and perfect for fall/Halloween. ReviewI really liked parts of this story, but there were a few parts that I struggled with, but overall, entertaining and perfect for fall/Halloween. Review to come. ...more
Music is Maya's life and has always been, except for the day that she is kicked out of her band and her boyfriend dumps her. She could use some good lMusic is Maya's life and has always been, except for the day that she is kicked out of her band and her boyfriend dumps her. She could use some good luck. It appears her luck is changing when she gets her assignment for Career Shadow Day. She gets to shadow the Principal's nephew, Jesse Scott, otherwise known as a country music superstar. The thing is....Maya isn't into country music. She likes edgier rock, but at least she can learn something from him about the music industry, right? However, once she meets Jesse, he doesn't treat her like she was hoping for; he treats her like just another one of his groupies. Jesse is currently dealing with his own set of problems and as he gets to know Maya more and more, he realizes that they perhaps have more in common than he initially thought. But more importantly, does Maya have what it takes to follow her dreams? Miranda Kenneally's Jesse's Girl is a cute summertime read; it's a perfect addition to your beach bag this summer.
Tim Mason is sort of a mess. He has gotten kicked out of high school, drinks too much, and now his father has given him an ultimatum to get his life tTim Mason is sort of a mess. He has gotten kicked out of high school, drinks too much, and now his father has given him an ultimatum to get his life together. Tim is trying. He has joined AA, studying to get his GED and has even moved out of his parent's house. He is staying at his best friend's apartment that is adjacent the Garrett household. If you remember from My Life Next Door, the Garrett's are a larger than life family with many kids and a very busy household. Alice Garrett, aspiring nurse, lives at home and has her life figured out. Or so she thought until Tim reemerged. These two can't deny their immediate attraction to one another, but how could Alice date someone with so much baggage? And Tim gets even more baggage when he receives an unexpected visitor. Fans of My Life Next Door and contemporary fiction will enjoy The Boy Most Likely To. It's a story that examines the unexpected highs and lows that life brings while trying to figure out your path in life.
Sophomores Hailey and Lima have always been best friends. Hailey is a big larger than life and Lima has always been in her shadow. But as they get oldSophomores Hailey and Lima have always been best friends. Hailey is a big larger than life and Lima has always been in her shadow. But as they get older, things get more complicated. Hailey is obsessed with one of their schoolmates, Nate, and Hailey has started gravitating towards the popular group. So in turn, Lima has started hanging out with an older crowd that her parents don't necessarily approve of and guess who shows up? Nate. Well, they hit it off, but there's one problem: Hailey. How can she tell her the truth about Nate? Lima is afraid it would break her heart as well as their friendship. Juliana Romano's debut, First There Was Forever, is accurate portrayal of the ups and downs of a long-time friendship and ultimately, a coming of age story.