Eden is your average high school freshman. She's sort of shy, is in band, and has one really good best friend. Her older brother is home from collegeEden is your average high school freshman. She's sort of shy, is in band, and has one really good best friend. Her older brother is home from college and his best friend, Kevin, is as well. Kevin is pretty much an honorary family member. They grew up with him and he often stays at their house for holidays. One night Kevin shockingly rapes Eden and threatens her if she tells anyone. Obviously, this sends Eden into a state of despair and unfortunately, self-destruction. Her rape not only changed her body and her relationships, but also the relationship with herself. She doesn't tell anyone what happened and it festers like an infected wound. The story is told over her four years of high school and even though she tries to move on, what happened to her always comes back to haunt her that is until she confronts it. Amber Smith's debut, The Way I Used to Be, is a tough read. It examines situations that will make readers feel uncomfortable, but it's an important novel as this is a reality for many young people today. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
Despite its interesting premise, I just couldn't get into this one. The main character didn't feel developed enough to me and the whole idea of a SireDespite its interesting premise, I just couldn't get into this one. The main character didn't feel developed enough to me and the whole idea of a Siren/the world they live in felt lacking. I really enjoyed Cass's Selection series, so I had high hopes, but ultimately, the first fifty pages of this book felt boring to me. ...more
Rose just graduated high school and lives on her family's farm. Instead of traveling this summer or going off to college, she is staying put in orderRose just graduated high school and lives on her family's farm. Instead of traveling this summer or going off to college, she is staying put in order to help her family run the farm. This is especially important since things haven't been going smoothly since her mother died. Her father really hasn't bounced back and taken over the responsibilities, so it's up to Rose to hold things together. But the fact of the matter is, she is still grieving over the loss of her mother. Then a mysterious stranger comes to the farm to help out for the summer. His name is Bodhi and he is a quintessential cowboy who also has secrets of his own. There's an undeniable attraction between Bodhi and Rose, but he has plans to leave in September. What will become of their summer romance? Michelle Zink's A Walk in the Sun is a sweet romance that is perfect for an indulgent day at the beach.
Wilamena, or Wil, is set on a journey to find her true love. Her now deceased mother was an expert astrologer and taught her everything there is to knWilamena, or Wil, is set on a journey to find her true love. Her now deceased mother was an expert astrologer and taught her everything there is to know about astrology and the stars. Consequently, it has also become Wil's passion, much to her grandmother's dismay. According to her horoscope, she has limited amount of time to find her true love. Enter Grant, the guy that Wil should probably stay away from, but won't. Instead she dates nice-guy Seth who is perfectly compatible with her. But why can't she stop bumping into Grant, who is clearly incompatible with her according to her astrology chart. Should she listen to her mother and put her faith in astrology or start living according to her own rules? Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods is a light and enjoyable beach read that's perfect for fans of contemporary young adult fiction.
Feyre is struggling after the events that occurred Under the Mountain in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Although she is living with Tamlin and essentialFeyre is struggling after the events that occurred Under the Mountain in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Although she is living with Tamlin and essentially she should be happy, instead she is plagued with post-traumatic stress in a sense as well as her guilt. She should be an excited bride planning to marry her love, but that's not the case. She feels trapped as Tamlin barely lets her do anything for fear something might happen to her. Then there's the deal made with Rhys, the High Lord of the Night Court. Feyre must live with him for one week a month as part of their deal and of course, he pops up at the most unfortunate times. When Feyre spends more time at the Night Court, she realizes that war is coming and instead of hiding in her house with Tamlin, she should be helping to defeat the enemy. Also, Feyre is starting to realize that maybe there is more to Rhys than she thought. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is an enormous tome filled with high fantasy, action, adventure, and serious romance. I highly recommend this addicting series to older YA readers. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
Lea Saldana is a member of the infamous Saldana Family, which makes her a trained assassin. Her family is one of the many families of trained assassinLea Saldana is a member of the infamous Saldana Family, which makes her a trained assassin. Her family is one of the many families of trained assassins, as murder is commonplace and not a crime in Lea's world as long as the murder is committed by an assassin (a.k.a. a clipper) from one of the families. Lea is hiding a big secret though. She has been secretly seeing Val, a member of the Da Vias family, and any Da Vias member is a sworn enemy of the Saldanas. One day there is an attack on the Saldana family home and everyone is killed except for Lea. She finds out that the Da Vias family is behind this horrid act. Not only is Lea devastated, she is also motivated by revenge. So, she flees her hometown to search for her Uncle Marcello, the only other living Saldana family member. It might be harder than she thought to find her exiled uncle; plus, there's many dangers lurking outside the city walls. Ultimately, the question is will her uncle help avenge her family's death and what role did Val play in the murder of her family? Sarah Ahiers debut, Assassin's Heart, has so much potential and many things that I liked about it, but ultimately, it ended up being just an ok read for me. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
A quick summertime read - I enjoyed the NYC setting and the lifestyles of privileged Manhattan teens. I also thought Sadie's issues with her father asA quick summertime read - I enjoyed the NYC setting and the lifestyles of privileged Manhattan teens. I also thought Sadie's issues with her father as well as her trying to find her way were very realistically portrayed. It did feel a bit too similar to Romano's first novel; however, I was entertained and hoping for the best for Sadie. Full review to come. ...more
Scarlet's grandmother has been missing for over a week now and she is beside herself as there are no leads or clues as to her whereabouts. That is untScarlet's grandmother has been missing for over a week now and she is beside herself as there are no leads or clues as to her whereabouts. That is until she meets street fighter Wolf who may know what happened to her grandmother. As it turns out, there's many secrets that her grandmother kept from Scarlet and this is just the beginning. Meanwhile, there is still the situation of Cinder; she is stuck in jail and Queen Levana plans on executing her. So, Cinder plans to breakout with fellow prisoner, Thorne, but can she actually evade Queen Levana, who isn't going to let her go easily? Marissa Meyer's second book in The Lunar Chronicles series, Scarlet, is an exciting science fiction retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
Cassidy Emmerich's boyfriend, Gavin, cheated on her and she is devastated. She was supposed to spend the summer with him, but obviously, plans have chCassidy Emmerich's boyfriend, Gavin, cheated on her and she is devastated. She was supposed to spend the summer with him, but obviously, plans have changed. Cassidy, or Cass, wants to get away from it all, so she decides to spend the summer with her father's family at the Jersey Shore. She couldn't think of a better place to heal her heart. She gets a job working as a camp counselor and in turn, meets a lot of new people, including Bryan Lakewood. Bryan isn't your average teenager though. Due to an unfortunate accident, he is paralyzed and uses a wheelchair. He also has many obstacles facing him this summer; he is trying to gain his confidence back and in walks Cass who gives him butterflies. Robin Constantine's The Season of You and Me stole my heart. I thoroughly enjoyed this beach read.
The Countess of Rothford appears to have it all....money, power, prestige, beauty, but due to her dismal finances, her grandmother has arranged her maThe Countess of Rothford appears to have it all....money, power, prestige, beauty, but due to her dismal finances, her grandmother has arranged her marriage to a boring nobleman. The last thing she wants is another way for her grandmother to control her life. So, she comes up with a brilliant plan to escape to the New World. Her maid, Ada, has been selected to be a part of the Glittering Court, which is, essentially, a sort of school that transforms lower-class women into women that appear to be of finer breeding. The court also finds matches for the women in the New World. Ada doesn't want to go, so the Countess has figured out a way to go in her place and escape the clutches of her grandmother and her future betrothed. She presumes to be Ada, or Adelaide, instead and is whisked away to the finishing school in which she must pretend to not excel too much, even though we all know the curriculum is too easy for her. While there, she makes many new friends from various different backgrounds and catches the eye of the Glittering Court owner's son, Cedric. He finds out Adelaide's secret regarding who she truly is and to top it off, these two have feelings for one another. Plus, Adelaide finds out some of Cedric's dangerous secrets as well. Richelle Mead's The Glittering Court is an entertaining guilty pleasure, but there were aspects of this novel that just didn't work for me.
This book picks up where A Thousand Pieces of You left off and if you read it, you know that Marguerite is trying to save Paul. She has to use her parThis book picks up where A Thousand Pieces of You left off and if you read it, you know that Marguerite is trying to save Paul. She has to use her parents' Firebird device, which helps her jump to parallel universes and dimensions. However, this time it's going to be really complicated. All around bad guy Wyatt Conley has dispersed Paul's soul into four parts and in various dimensions. It's up to Marguerite to piece him back together along with the help from Theo. However, as she meets different versions of Paul in the various dimensions, it has her questioning everything. Claudia Gray's second installment in the Firebird series keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Ten Thousand Skies Above You is filled with romance, dimension jumping and of course, adventure.
Aubree Sadler is set for an incredible summer at home with her friends...that is until all of her plans go up in smoke. While throwing a house party tAubree Sadler is set for an incredible summer at home with her friends...that is until all of her plans go up in smoke. While throwing a house party to honor the fact that they graduated, her perfect sister, Elizabeth, comes home early. Aubrey is the opposite of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is the perfect student, the perfect daughter, and has an epic summer planned working as a tour guide for senior citizens on their trip through Europe. Aubree's party gets busted by the cops and one particular cop on a power trip has it out for Elizabeth. Before Aubree knows it, Elizabeth is being handcuffed and her plans have derailed for the summer as she is now being held responsible for the underage party. There's only one way that Aubree can make it up to her. Elizabeth convinces Aubree to pose as her so she doesn't lose her job and the recommendation that she needs for her "real" job in politics. So, this means Aubree is spending her summer in Europe as Elizabeth. After all, a summer abroad would be good for her, right? Once Aubree gets to Europe things start to unravel a bit. She loses her binder, which is basically her cheat sheet for all of the tour stops, and her cell phone! Cue all the anxiety. But things start to work out as Aubree builds confidence and to top it off, she even meets a guy who catches her eye. Maybe this summer won't be so bad after all? Jen Malone's Wanderlost is perfect for readers who love armchair traveling. Aubree whirlwind tour through Europe had me longing for a trip just like it.
Liza is a drum major for her school's marching band and she is privy to a secret about the fate of the band. If they don't raise a lot of money, the bLiza is a drum major for her school's marching band and she is privy to a secret about the fate of the band. If they don't raise a lot of money, the band will be cut due to the new school budget. So, they enter a contest on a cruise ship with the hopes of winning the grand prize. But things aren't smooth sailing aboard this cruise ship. Liza has to keep her eye out for ex-best friend, Demi, who is part of a dance team also vying for the grand prize and then she runs into Lenny, her childhood friend, who she has a crush on. To complicate matters further, there's also Russ, the super popular quarterback, who is helping the band out during this trip as punishment in order to make up for some wrongdoings. There's many hilarious moments that ensue, especially as Liza realizes who she has feelings for during this trip. Lauren Morrill's The Trouble with Destiny is a cute story that is perfect for younger YA readers who want something fun and light.
It's Regency London and Lady Helen Wrexhall has her important presentation to the queen coming up. Her aunt and uncle, who are her legal guardians, reIt's Regency London and Lady Helen Wrexhall has her important presentation to the queen coming up. Her aunt and uncle, who are her legal guardians, remind her that everything is riding on this as her deceased mother is considered a traitor. But things aren't what they appear in Lady Helen's world. For starters, she finds out that perhaps there is more to her mother than just being a traitor to the crown. Also, there are strange disappearances in London and not to mention Helen is seeing "strange" things as well. Enter the scandalous Lord Carlston who knows secrets about her mother as well as Helen's new-found "abilities." Helen's aunt continually reminds her that she must be a proper lady, but that becomes harder and harder with the more she finds out. Alison Goodman's The Dark Days Club is a fun romp through Regency London that fans of historical fiction with a twist will enjoy.