Welcome to awesome. I mean, hey! You guys! It's time to talk about After the Storm. This is the... *counts* ...5th book (full-length and n...moreMy Thoughts:
Welcome to awesome. I mean, hey! You guys! It's time to talk about After the Storm. This is the... *counts* ...5th book (full-length and novella) that I've read by Marie. And like a good bottle of wine, her writing continues to get better as times goes on. ATS is the second book in the Angel Island series, and follows Waiting for the Storm. WFTS is Charlotte's story, but in ATS we get to see things from Ella's POV.
Going in, I already knew I was going to need a tissue (or two or three). Ella has been through a lot, and her eyes have seen a lot. She's learning how to be a better person again after spending so much time being terrible to everyone she came in contact with. It's still a struggle to refrain from turning into that person she was, but she's fighting it. Seeing Ella go through this, thinking back on the past and wishing for something different, I could feel her pain and frustration.
We meet some new people in ATS: some great, some not-so-great. I'm going to focus on the great. Ella's new best friends, Sadie and River, are wonderful. I loved seeing Ella become friends with Sadie--it was genuine and a true friendship, unlike Ella's previous friends over the years. And Ella and River, that was truly amazing. My favorite part of this budding romance was that it was realistic and honest, not just thrown together because they were in the same vicinity or met through friends. They had a true connection, a friendship that developed into something much deeper.
After the Storm takes you on a journey through the spectrum of emotion. You feel the loss, the regret, the hope, the pain, the love. And you can't help but connect to Ella. Marie Landry is a superb writer who knows how to create fictional characters that feel like real people. I don't think it will be possible, ever, to not love a story written by her. This one is another must read.
It's been awhile since I've been interested in a new dystopian YA novel. I don't even know what it was that attracted me to this one. Mayb...moreMy Thoughts:
It's been awhile since I've been interested in a new dystopian YA novel. I don't even know what it was that attracted me to this one. Maybe it was in the synopsis, or the loveliness of the cover. Either way, it was a nice change of pace for me, and it reminded me of when I first started to love YA.
Riven was my kind of girl: very strong, not just in action but also on the inside. While there was romance, which I'll get to in a second, there was a lot more when it comes to the world and the characters that kept the story together. The depth of the world was difficult for me to follow, but written well. It had me wanting to punch people, but that always happens in dystopias, right? But, let's talk about Caden. Sweet Caden. It's funny, I always have to have some sort of romantic element to keep me tied into books like this. Otherwise I get bored. I like feeling the romantic tension between the characters, and that was definitely there between Riven and Caden. Oh man... the kiss. THE KISS. Wow.
The Almost Girl was a pretty good read. Riven is someone you want to be, and Caden is someone you want to love. Amalie Howard has written a very intriguing dystopian tale. It's nice to get back to my YA roots and I'm glad I picked this one up.
The idea of this one, let me tell ya, is pretty intense. When I first picked it up, I'm not sure what it was that I was expecting, but whe...moreMy Thoughts:
The idea of this one, let me tell ya, is pretty intense. When I first picked it up, I'm not sure what it was that I was expecting, but when the moment comes where everyone thinks Jesse is Bryn... Yeah, that's when I discovered it was going to be different.
Jesse pretending to be Bryn is a mix of hope and heartbreak. At first, you are trying to wrap your head around why Jesse would WANT to be Bryn, and you sort of get it. But then, you see the flipside of things and you're really flustered and wishing she hadn't made such a poor choice. Unfortunately though for Jesse, and sometimes for us, when faced with a split second decision, it's so easy to be confused and just jump over the fence expecting greener grass. And while she had to discover it the hard way, she still made the best of her situation, especially considering all the circumstances involved.
Becoming Bryn went to places I didn't expect. You want to laugh and cry and swoon (yes, very much swooning indeed... there was an excellent kiss... not telling you with WHO though!) and not be able to put the book down because of it. Angela Carling knows how to hold together an intricate story and tell it in the best way possible.
If Only We is my debut novel. It started off as a little scene idea, then became my NaNoWriMo project in November 2011. It took me TWO YEARS to finish...moreIf Only We is my debut novel. It started off as a little scene idea, then became my NaNoWriMo project in November 2011. It took me TWO YEARS to finish, but I have to say, I am very happy with what it became. I love my story and every single character, through and through. I laughed and cried during the whole process. It was just an amazing experience. My hope is that everyone who reads it walks away with something, a new perspective, anything. Thank you everyone who has been part of this journey! I couldn't have done it without you. ^_^(less)
I really adore Sonya Sones and her books in verse. Every one that I've picked up, I have loved and own all of them. When I heard there was...moreMy Thoughts:
I really adore Sonya Sones and her books in verse. Every one that I've picked up, I have loved and own all of them. When I heard there was FINALLY going to be a new one by her, I was so stoked! You have no idea. So when I saw it on the shelf at the library, I snatched it even though I already had way too many books to read. I wanted to read this one that bad.
At first I was kinda like, "Eh? Okay..." But then when she met and started seeing more of Connor everything changed for me. I started feeling very swoony. I felt more invested in Colette and her situation and wanted her to reach a point of clarity. The seriousness of the lies made it feel like more than just a nice little story. When everything came down in the end, it wasn't what I was expecting but I was very satisfied with the moral learned.
To Be Perfectly Honest had its cute moments and funny moments. Sonya Sones had me hooked and reeled me in. The story appeared to be light and very YA on the surface but had a lot more to it in the end. I would definitely recommend this one for anyone who wants an honest and realistic YA novel.
I originally got this book via NetGalley but was unable to finish it. However, the first chapters alone had me HOOKED so once I was able t...moreMy Thoughts:
I originally got this book via NetGalley but was unable to finish it. However, the first chapters alone had me HOOKED so once I was able to buy it, I was excited to get back to it. There was something incredibly intense about Devon and Hutch, I had to know what really happened to him.
The story starts with the moment they shared together in Freshman year. This moment, involving Nutter Butters and pancakes, is so beyond incredible. In between what is going on at present, we hear bits and pieces of that day. This is what attached me to Devin and Hutch. Especially Hutch. Why? Because the things he said to her that day resonated with me big time. Like these:
“Because I figure there's two kinds of people in the world. The ones who do everything that's laid out for them, the supposed-tos, and then there's the people that look above it and do what they want to do. I prefer the latter, but maybe that's just me. A not-supposed to.”
“I just like the idea of looking back at my life and feeling like I made different choices than everyone else, you know? Most people are inherently boring if you really dig deep. They don't want much, they don't veer from their chosen path, and they're generally scared of change. I don't know, at least that's how my grandfather tells it. I don't want to be like fifty and realize that I was one of those people who didn't bother to think outside the box.”
And that's not all. There was something infinitely amazing about their connection that day. It was like this perfect moment in time. Inescapable in its perfection. I get chills thinking about it.
Back to the present... As she conducts the therapy sessions with her peers, she begins to put pieces together. Based on what she learned of him that one day, and what she's gathering now, she just knows that Hutch couldn't possibly kill himself. She knows it's up to her to find out the truth because everyone else seems convinced that it was suicide. Throughout this ordeal in the aftermath of his death, she deals with a lot--having to console Hutch's friends and attempting to come to terms with it herself. And in the end, she does find out the truth.
Escape Theory was a stunning novel. It delves deep into the way people are and what they become when they are placed in certain situations. The romance between Devon and Hutch... simply beautiful. Margaux Froley kept me entranced by their story, from their moment to their last moment. It tore me up and sewed me back together again. Very impressive and a must read.
Where to start..... where to start..... This story. This story has everything a good story needs: a love that goes deeper than the surface...moreMy Thoughts:
Where to start..... where to start..... This story. This story has everything a good story needs: a love that goes deeper than the surface, backstories that touch your heart, and the surprises that draw you closer to the characters to the point where you believe they are real. And could I expect any less from Marie?
No, I couldn't. Because she delivered so much more. As always.
Charlotte was a character you couldn't help but relate to on so many levels: dealing with her grief and learning to live again. When one is thrown into the position Charlotte was in, taking care of her mom for so long, a lot of things end up being put on the back burner. That can really throw a person off balance, and could keep them off balance if they don't make the effort to spread their wings and fly again. Charlotte was terrified of the world, but she wanted to do more.
Not only that but she wanted to help her family through this time. Her father was so lost and it became very hard for him to get a grip on reality. Ella is the quintessential sister that is acting out. You can sense that who she was is still in there but she is fighting it. But why is she fighting it? Charlotte tries to pull that part of her back to reality.
All the while Charlotte starts to spend time with Ezra, who is literally the boy next door. He makes her swoon, not only by how gorgeous he is but also by his kindness. He made me swoon as well (as you can tell from my Tweet here: https://twitter.com/Jess_Sankiewicz/s...) with his humor and his words. Oh... just thinking about it is too much. And the two of them together? Absolute perfection. They are made for each other.
Waiting For The Storm is a beautiful story. It has the right mix of humor and life and love. By the time you reach the end, you're just swelling with this unimaginable joy. Marie Landry made me fall in love with yet another story of hers. If you want a compelling and sweet contemporary read, I say go for this story. It is brilliant and you WILL enjoy it. A LOT.
I was curious about this one although a little apprehensive as to whether I would like it or not. I have read...morePhenomenal... review to come.
I was curious about this one although a little apprehensive as to whether I would like it or not. I have read a couple books in male point of view and if the voice isn’t just right, I may not stay interested. That was not he case with this one. I found it very enjoyable and easy to follow.
Henry, or so he dubs himself, was very likeable. You can’t help but be drawn into his confused mind, attempting to fit pieces together. You follow this journey of his, desiring the to the truth of his past, wondering why he has Waden memorized, why he lost his memory. This mystery alone kept my interest piqued.
When he arrives in Concord, he finds places to hide out as he tries to discover who he is and answer all the questions of his own mysterious mind. In his search for answers, he receives help from Thomas, a local tour guide for Thourou. He also meets Hailey, a sweet local girl with troubles of her own. She can tell something is wrong with Henry, but he’s not sure how to explain it to her. By the time he discovers what his past truly is, he really doesn’t know who to tell and if they’ll understand.
Being Henry David was a mysterious adventure. I wanted so much to see what it was that he was running from, how he ended up in that train station of all places. Cal Armistead really did an amazing job tackling the male POV. The end was perfectly handled--we got answers to the important things, and everything else, only time will tell.
Stories about a boy and a girl who are fighting the feelings of hatred and love at the same time thrill me. The whole opposites attract th...moreMy Thoughts:
Stories about a boy and a girl who are fighting the feelings of hatred and love at the same time thrill me. The whole opposites attract thing. It almost always ends up in the formulaic fashion but I like it. It’s the journey I love more than anything, the banter and the feelings that overwhelm. This story had it all.
Ashton and Luca are the right kind of pairing to root for. They grew up together, fell apart, and are now finding themselves in situations that are bringing them together again. Ashton isn’t necessarily the best person, she’s actually quite the mean girl. I hated her for that, I admit it, but at the same time I hoped that she would learn and grow up. Luca, however, you can’t help but love him for all he is. He’s a wonderful guy, and you want Ashton to notice and realize that he’s there.
There is more to this story than the romantic tension. There are some the high school dramatics that take place with Ashton’s best friend Kance. It tears Ashton apart from her friends and draws her to Luca. In the midst of the drama, the reasons why Ashton and Luca drifted apart come out. Then all those years of being apart makes sense.
Impossible is quite possibly impossible to not like. The sexual tension is well played, and the romance isn’t overdone or underdone. Komal Lewis has made a great debut as an indie author. I look forward to seeing the other stories she has in store.
It’s amusing to me how I forget the synopsis of a book and then I start reading it thinking it was different. That happened here. I comple...moreMy Thoughts:
It’s amusing to me how I forget the synopsis of a book and then I start reading it thinking it was different. That happened here. I completely had no recollection of the premise and when I began to read it, I was thrown off… but in a good way. This story totally blew my mind.
Angie has been through a lot and her mind created a world to help her not remember the bad. This world consists of multiple personalities that took on different aspects of her life. These personalities, you can’t help but be drawn in by each of them as separate characters. As new information is brought to light by each, you learn what Angie really went through, the pain and the cruelty. Her therapist, Dr. Grant, guides her through the process of discovering the truth of the three years she lost. Since the personalities are still with her, she has moments where she loses time when they take over to protect her.
Angie longs for the days when she was thirteen. Her friends from back then are still around when she goes back to school. Of course, things have changed a lot for all of them. She manages to be friends with Kate again, and to open herself up to Abriam. She is figuring out how to move on and get the memories of her alters to meld into her own. She struggles to find the balance between it all, suffering the losses and the gaining of memories. And in the end, there is more to what she endured than she ever imagined.
Pretty Girl-13 is a tangle of emotions. I’ve noticed that while I may be in a book and close to the characters, sometimes my heart isn’t as into it as I thought. This time, however, Liz Coley brought me to tears. To those who have read this one, can I just say that one moment near the end, did it hit you too? In an instant it HIT me and I instantly jumped and said out loud, “You’ve got to be freaking kidding me.” Anyone who enjoys a twisting psychological tale inside the mind will thoroughly fall for Angie’s story.