My Not-So-Still Life is a companion book for The Opposite of Invisible - I was unaware that it was a companion book and felt like I was missing somethMy Not-So-Still Life is a companion book for The Opposite of Invisible - I was unaware that it was a companion book and felt like I was missing something while reading My Not-So-Still Life. I would advise reading The Opposite of Invisible first; maybe it will help understand what happen with Vanessa and Jewel; that relationship is basically the catalyst for Vanessa's behavior in My Not-So-Still Life.
My Not-So-Still Life is told from Vanessa's point of view - she is an artist and like most artist, her physical appearance reflects her art. She is outgoing and stands up for what she believes is right. Sometimes that gets her into trouble; what she feels is the right thing to do isn't always what her friends and family think is the right thing.
Vanessa is working on a new art project, she wants to break free and move beyond the boundaries. She also chooses to live her life this way; she doesn't want to be tied down by her age; which leads her into some interesting situations.
I found Vanessa hard to relate to; I get the wanting to grow up faster part but not to the extreme measures Vanessa goes too. This is a short, quick read that I think will appeal more to reluctant readers and artist. I feel like the artist may be able to relate to Vanessa more than I did.
The Summer Before Boys is a sweet, unconventional coming of age story. Very innocent.
Julia and Eliza are best friends, but their relationship goes deThe Summer Before Boys is a sweet, unconventional coming of age story. Very innocent.
Julia and Eliza are best friends, but their relationship goes deeper than just friendship - they are also aunt and niece. They are use to spending vacations together but this year, is a little different. Julia's mom has been sent to Iraq and her father is busy at work; she is sent to spend the whole summer with her sister. Julia is excited about staying the summer, hanging out with her best friend Eliza and getting to go to the resort.
During one of the trips to the resort Julia meets a boy - there is a little spark and then Julie is head over heels. The rest of the time she is trying to figure out ways to accidently bump into him; which causes her to lie to Eliza. Eliza begins to realize what is going on and this puts a strain on their relationship; this leads her to do some desperate things to hold on to their friendship.
The relationship between Julia and Eliza grabbed my attention right away; my daughter and sister in law are three years apart, and they are sort of at this stage and I was intrigued by the dynamics if Julia and Eliza's relationship. This was a very enjoyable story, but I felt like I was reading a sequel/companion book. I've looked and I can't figure out if there was a prequel to this story, but it felt like I was missing something.
Jennifer Brown has written a heart stopping, hard hitting contemporary; Bitter End delves deep into the mental aspects of an abusive relationship.
Eve Jennifer Brown has written a heart stopping, hard hitting contemporary; Bitter End delves deep into the mental aspects of an abusive relationship.
Every since her mom died on her way to Colorado, Alex has felt like something was missing in her life. Her father won't answer her questions and what she has learned from her older sister, just left her with more questions. Alex has always wanted to visit Colorado; she thinks it will hold the answers she seeks. Since they were kids Alex and her two best friends Zack & Bethany have been planning to take this trip after graduation.
Cole is the new kid, a star athlete that Alex tutors and ultimately dates. At first Cole seems like the perfect boyfriend, so in-tune to what Alex needs. She ignores her friend Zack's dislike of Cole. Slowly things start to turn physically and mentally abusive. Alex keeps rationalizing and lying; by the time she is ready for it to stop, it's too late.
Grab a box of tissues you are going to need them; Jennifer Brown will pull at your emotions throughout the story line. You will laugh, cry, want to shake some sense into Alex and fall head over heels for Zack. Bitter End is fantastically written and my only complaint is...I wanted Zack to kiss her already!
What really stands out to me was that Bitter End doesn't just focus on the main relationship; you will get to see how abuse affects everyone around the victim. Domestic violence was something that I grew up with; the impact it had on my life without a doubt shaped the women I am today. Every choice I made from relationships to quitting my job so I could stay home with my kids was affected by domestic violence.
I want to applaud authors like Jennifer Brown, for taking a stand against domestic violence; especially in a time when popular YA Books/Movies/TV Shows are romanticizing it.
From the moment I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read Chasing Alliecat; the premise of the story intrigued me. However, I was a little iffy aboFrom the moment I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read Chasing Alliecat; the premise of the story intrigued me. However, I was a little iffy about the mountain biking, would I understand the terminology, would it keep my attention? I had nothing to worry about; Chasing Alliecat is one hard book to put down.
Sadie's parents have a troubled relationship; in order to reconnect they decided to work on a project together in Egypt. Sadie and her brother are sent to spend the summer with their extended family. Sadie's uncles reminded me of Larry the Cable guy - they are very all American, country boys. You just can't help but get attached to their characters.
Sadie has started mountain biking and on one of her rides she meets Allie. Allie's character is easy to love; she is a strong female role and doesn't take crap off of anyone. Allie is very mysterious - Sadie does not know where she lives, her number, anything about her really. Allie just shows up every morning to train for an upcoming mountain bike match. Joe is also in town for the summer, he isn't a "mountain biker", but he does enjoy off road biking. He joins Sadie and Allie while they train.
During one of their training sessions they stumble upon a badly beaten priest in the forest. Allie knows the priest and runs off to call the police then she disappears. Sadie and Joey aren't about to let Allie just disappear; they set out to find her and to save her from whatever trouble she may be in.
Chasing Alliecat is a fast paced read. I really enjoyed the story-line, it was different but the mystery around Allie held my interest and kept me guessing all the way to the end. The side characters really made the story. Rebecca did a wonderful job bringing them to life.
Cassandra Clare took a chance when she decided to continue the Mortal Instruments series with a new plot arc that follows her same beloved characters.Cassandra Clare took a chance when she decided to continue the Mortal Instruments series with a new plot arc that follows her same beloved characters. This gambled payed off with a great start to the new "trilogy."
City of Fallen Angels starts six weeks after the end of City of Glass and picks up with everyone back in NYC dealing with the the ramifications of the events that happened at the end of City of Glass. Everyone is trying to move forward and get back to as much of a normal life as possible, but when Jace starts getting crazy dreams and people start attacking Simon, things quickly get out of control. The book continues to deal with relationships set up in the previous stories as well. Most of the couples that were established in City of Glass are having relationship problems and are dealing with secrets untold. CoFA seems to have a theme of past and future, what has happened in the past is now impacting the future and the fall out will be huge.
It was great to get back into the world of the Shadowhunters. We get to see all of our favorite characters as well as some additions to the world. We loved meeting characters who were mentioned in passing in previous Mortal Instruments books as well as getting to see more of a character we met in Clockwork Angel. Cassandra Clare does a good job of weaving the history we are getting to see in the Infernal Devices Series into the modern storyline. Half of the fun of reading was trying to remember back to Clockwork Angel and trying to put all the pieces together.
We enjoyed this book through the audio book format. When Cassandra Clare first announced that Ed Westwick would be reading part of the book, we were super excited (we, like Cassandra, are big Gossip Girl fans), so we had to check out the audio book. It was very well done and both Ed and Molly do a great job of bring the characters to life.
We are waiting, not so patiently, for City of Lost Souls out in May 2012, and Clockwork Prince out in December.
When I picked up Between Here and Forever, I was thinking it's going to be another "strength between sisters" book, it wasn't; it's more about one sisWhen I picked up Between Here and Forever, I was thinking it's going to be another "strength between sisters" book, it wasn't; it's more about one sister learning the "family secret" about the other sister.
Abby has never had a great relationship with her sister; in public Tess is picture perfect, at home she is the complete opposite. When Tess is in an accident on the way home from college Abby's life comes to a halt, she spends every extra minute trying to get Tess to wake up.
One day Abby notices her sister's eyes move and she thinks she knows what caused it; so she talks the new boy in town, Eli, to sit in the room and talk to her and Tess, hoping it will have an effect on her. It doesn't quite work as well as she was planning, but there is a spark between Eli and Abby. Throughout the book little things are revealed that will lead Abby to the truth about her sister.
Although Between Here and Forever was a good read, and I liked the story line, I felt like it didn't live up to Elizabeth's Scott's other books. The big secret was very predictable and I never fully understood why it was a "big secret". There are two things I really love about Elizabeth's writing; she doesn't sugarcoat the endings and the side characters are well developed, both of those things are present in Between Here and Forever.