I got to read an early version of this book, and it is AMAZING.
ETMY tells the stories of Fiona and Fi...the same girl in two different realities. FioI got to read an early version of this book, and it is AMAZING.
ETMY tells the stories of Fiona and Fi...the same girl in two different realities. Fiona was involved in an accident when she was young that left her scarred. Fi escaped that accident.
I was a little worried, based on the premise alone, that the book would get repetitive--that I'd be reading the same story through different eyes. But it's nothing like that. It's honestly almost like reading stories about two different people altogether. Only they're not different, which is why it's so brilliant.
This book is heartfelt and heart-wrenching and hilarious and romantic. It's two perfect slices of life that would probably stand beautifully on their own, but mean so much more when woven together.
(The author also manages to make "Not sure yet," the swooniest of lines ever spoken in a book. Seriously, though... )
MARCH 17th. <-- mark down this date and plan your reading life accordingly. I am a complete fan of this book. I can't wait to read about how much everyone loves it too. ...more
Sadly, I don't read a lot of middle grade (that isn't about the fairies that my daughter is obsessed with), so I was a little worried when I got thisSadly, I don't read a lot of middle grade (that isn't about the fairies that my daughter is obsessed with), so I was a little worried when I got this manuscript that I wouldn't be the idea audience for it. But here is a little truth I learned while reading:
Everyone is the ideal audience for this book.
It doesn't matter if you're not big into historicals or don't care for logging/lumberjacks or even if you have an aversion to near-death and/or adventures. The main character in this story is so charming and hilarious and lovable, you can't help but fall into his narrative. I would pretty much read any story this character wanted to tell me. Also, the illustrations (I've only seen a few at this point) are super cute and go perfectly with the story.
Super fun. Definitely put this on your buy-it list. ...more
I'm just going to start my thoughts with a description of the book:
YA NOIR SET IN GOLDEN AGE HOLLYWOOD.
Note how all of those words are my favoritesI'm just going to start my thoughts with a description of the book:
YA NOIR SET IN GOLDEN AGE HOLLYWOOD.
Note how all of those words are my favorites and then add crazy amazing characters, story, writing... This book is all the things. But my favorite part is how effortlessly Ms. McCoy makes you constantly question everything. From the first page to the last, you pretty much trust nothing and no one. Every hero is irrevocably flawed, every twist unexpected, and there are no easy answers or perfectly tied bows. And still--STILL it is and fun, fast read that will keep your mind spinning long after you are done.
This is exactly my kind of book. I went in with super high expectations, and she exceeded them. So amazing. Stalk your bookstores in March until this book is there for you to purchase. You can thank me later. ...more
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book months ago that I had to hide from myself so that I could meet my own deadlines. But it was the first boI was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book months ago that I had to hide from myself so that I could meet my own deadlines. But it was the first book I picked up when I was allowed reading time again, and it has messed me up a little in the good way. In the explodey-mind way.
The pacing of the book mixed with the little mysteries and Jonathan's compelling story kept me reading, but then I reached this one point toward the end where everything kind of came together and BOOM... I suddenly understood what it all meant and looked back over everything that had happened previously in that context, and it all means so much more now. And I LOVE when that happens. I love books that provoke a deep philosophical question without actually asking one. Love!
IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT comes out in April 2015, and you definitely, DEFINITELY want to preorder this and read it right away. And then come find me so we can chat about it. :) ...more
I had read maybe two chapters of this before I sat down to read more on a Sunday morning, thinking it would be a nice, cute story about a girl going tI had read maybe two chapters of this before I sat down to read more on a Sunday morning, thinking it would be a nice, cute story about a girl going to school in South Korea. I was fully unprepared for how I would, hours later, end up in bed crying and wishing the book would never end right as I scrolled to the last page.
This book completely pulls you into the main character's feelings. I mean, even when I was like, "YOU ARE BEING WRONG ABOUT THIS, GRACE!!" I was still completely drawn in and loving her.
I won't go into the reasons for my ACTUAL HUMAN TEARS reactions near the end, but by the end, I was so invested, I was talking to the book. Aloud. Let's not talk about that.
Basically, READ THIS BOOK. It's heartbreaking and heart-warming at the same time, full of really great characters, and I love it. <-- that last one is obviously reason enough for you to add it to your TBR.
Honestly, 2015 is going to kill us all with amazing books. HELLO, I LOVE YOU is going to be part of that for sure. Totally looking forward to it. :) ...more
I am the worst at reviews, so I'll try to keep it simple:
I do not like westerns. I do not like horses or cowboys or dusty trails. I am super picky abI am the worst at reviews, so I'll try to keep it simple:
I do not like westerns. I do not like horses or cowboys or dusty trails. I am super picky about historical fiction and would NEVER choose one set in the "Wild West."
And I love this book, which is a historical fiction, full of the horses, cowboys, and dusty trails of the Wild West.
I loved pretty much everything about it, but my absolute favorite was the relationship between Annamae and Samantha. They come together through tragic accident, but watching their friendship shift and grow throughout the book is amazing. All of the relationships between the characters rang true, but any time the girls wondered off to talk to each other, I would instantly smile.
Add to that a well-paced adventure with the Gold Rush as its backdrop, full of rich historical and cultural details, and I literally could not put the book down.
Look for this at the beginning of 2015. I seriously can't wait to read it again when it releases! ...more
I kind of feel like even if I use all the glowing words I know and make up a few along the way, I still won't be able to fully express how much I loveI kind of feel like even if I use all the glowing words I know and make up a few along the way, I still won't be able to fully express how much I loved this book. But I'll try for fun...
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. Like, so, so, so much. (I'm so great at this book review thing.) (Total pro right here.)
The short version: This book is touching and brilliant and profound. You should read it as soon as you are able to purchase it, with no excuses.
The longer fangirly version:
With four perspective characters, I was pretty sure I'd have a favorite and least favorite. And it started out that way, because Eliza is perfection. But by the end of the book, I was in love with them all, which is super rare for me. The book was perfectly paced, with just enough peril and just enough philosophy to make me race to finish and see what happens, but totally bummed when I was actually done. And then I couldn't think about anything else for about a week, while I just processed.
I think my favorite part, though, was how many different world views were presented throughout the pages, but all in an incredibly respectful and insightful way. It would have been so easy for the author to use the premise of the book as a soap box for his own belief system, and maybe his ideals are somewhere in the pages, but not in any kind of overt way. The characters talk through and live out their ideals, but there isn't any one truth that's held up as The Answer. And I looooove that about this book. (I also love the ending, which is perfection, but I won't even hint at what happens. I will only say that it's perfect.)
We All Looked Up basically has everything that's amazing in it. It makes you think and feel. It's completely accessible and relatable and fun to read. I really want everyone I know to read this book so we can sit up talking about it into the night. An amazing debut. I really can't wait to see what Tommy Wallach comes up with next. ...more
I was super lucky to get a sneak peek at this book, and it is fantastic! I think the cast of characters is my favorite part. I pretty much loved the mI was super lucky to get a sneak peek at this book, and it is fantastic! I think the cast of characters is my favorite part. I pretty much loved the main character from the first page, and his relationship with his sister made me love him more. Beyond that, the pacing of the book will keep you reading like it's your job until the very end.
You should definitely add this to your wish list for 2015. You can thank me later. :) ...more
This book is so brilliant. I love the way everything plays out. It completely kept me guessing. I fell in love with Braken's writing in Brightly WovenThis book is so brilliant. I love the way everything plays out. It completely kept me guessing. I fell in love with Braken's writing in Brightly Woven, and this book made me a total fangirl. I will now insta-buy everything she puts out. Also, she is the kind of evil that has me salivating for the next book.
WHEN WILL I HAVE IT?!?!
I recommend you go out and pick this up RIGHT NOW. You really should already have it. ...more
Top two books of the year (with SRB's UNSPOKEN), and here are my top two reasons why... of like 39458943843 reasons why: (from my Tumblr)
1. RelatabiliTop two books of the year (with SRB's UNSPOKEN), and here are my top two reasons why... of like 39458943843 reasons why: (from my Tumblr)
1. Relatability <— This is now a word. Accept.
As I’m sure you can tell by the description above, this book has SO MANY super serious things going on in it. I mean, death and violence and history and religion and LATIN, of all things. But the core of the book is the story of a girl who, despite all of the craziness blowing up around her, is dealing with relationships and life issues that probably everyone on the earth can relate to.
I mean, this girl translates Latin as a hobby, and is probably at least 14 times more brilliant in high school than I have the potential to be in my lifetime, but she’s also feeling all of these things that I remember so vividly feeling when I was in high school (and oh how old lady I feel right now saying those words), that I could completely relate to her choices and her reasoning—even when she was doing something stupid. The relationships in this book aren’t necessarily the central story, but they are so real, it makes everything else around it feel like it must be real.
2. ALL THE THINGS
Did I mention that this book has ALL THE THINGS in it? Because beside sweet romance and friendship and heartbreak (and sometimes hilarity), this is also a historical/religious mystery/thriller based on an ancient love story AND PRAGUE. And besides the fact that I was desperate to find the next clue and the next clue and then probably the one after that, I was also swept up in the gorgeous details of the city and the amazing adventure they somehow fell into. And when everything finally all came together—as desperate as I was to find out what and why and WHO—I found myself also reading slower, because I didn’t want it to end.
Maureen Johnson probably summed it up best when she said: “This book is so good, it makes me throw up a little.” ...more