Warning: This is not an easy book to read. It's dark, it's traumatic, it's shocking. It's every parent's nightmare scenario. It is frightening. It wilWarning: This is not an easy book to read. It's dark, it's traumatic, it's shocking. It's every parent's nightmare scenario. It is frightening. It will make you cry.
I knew what I was getting into when I picked up This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. After all, just a quick peek at the synopsis tells you everything you need to know. If you are squeamish, it's best that you skip this book.
The book is written in multiple points of view. There are many characters and at times I had to write down their names to keep them straight in my mind. It made the book a little confusing because as each character is introduced, we learn about them and what their dreams and aspirations are. In a way, the confusion makes sense because it mimics the conditions in the auditorium: Shooter on the loose and everyone is locked in. In between chapters are Twitter status updates and blog entries of students inside the auditorium and people wanting information.
This is the story of bravery. Two characters skip the assembly and rather than wait for the police and SWAT teams to arrive, they take matters into their own hands and work to unlock the auditorium, freeing some of the students. They are either brave or incredibly stupid, but their stories held my interest.
This is also the story of family. Imagine finding out that your brother is responsible for the carnage and having to confront him in front of your peers.
The subject matter is controversial. There can't be a happy ending. It is worth the read.
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for a review copy of this book....more
Jesse's Girl is a great reason to put author Miranda Kenneally on your auto-buy list. Each book gets better and better an4.0-4.5 stars - I loved this.
Jesse's Girl is a great reason to put author Miranda Kenneally on your auto-buy list. Each book gets better and better and when i read an entire book in one sitting, I know that you have something good - a really good - feel good kind of book.
The Review: If you have not yet had a chance to read Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series what are you waiting for? Ms. Kenneally is a gifted storyteller and her books feature realistic characters who work hard to achieve their goals.
In Jesse’s Girl we meet Maya Henry (yes, she’s Sam’s little sister!). Maya is a teenage singer and bassist in the band The Fringe. When her school has a career day and arranges for students to shadow people in a chosen field, Maya is surprised to find out that she was assigned to Jesse Scott, an 18 year old country music star. Even though Maya is from Tennessee, she doesn’t like country music. She prefers Queen. Jesse is not that happy to have a fan shadow him, but after a bit of a rocky start, the two get along.
I think that what made this book stand out for me was how realistic the characters seemed. Take Maya, for example. Maya is young and has hopes and aspirations like any teen. Her dream is to be on the show Wannabe Rocker and she tries to arrange for her band to appear on the show. When she is “fired” from the band she started, Maya was devastated. It didn’t help that she was hooking up with a band member but was disappointed when he told her that he didn’t want to date a band member. While I felt bad that Maya got dumped, she took that experience and learned from it.
I liked Jesse. As a young country star, Jesse had fame and fortune. He was willing to forgo all of that for his parents, who did not approve of his career. Personally as a parent, I can’t see myself ever forcing my children to abandon their dreams like Jesse’s parents.
I loved watching Maya and Jesse’s relationship grow. They were so cute together. My favorite part of the story was the day Maya and Jesse spent together, a kind of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off kind of day, full of crazy times. Their time apart was a little heart-wrenching.
For the fans of the Hundred Oaks series, Jordan and Sam appear in this book. Nice to see them and their “happily ever after.”
Jesse’s Girl was a quick and enjoyable read. I’m so excited to hear that more books are planned for this series. In the meantime, I’ll be looking to catch up on the books I have not yet had the chance to read.
*Note: Each book can be read as a standalone, so if you do get your hands on a book out of order, go ahead and read it. These books are suitable for the young adult reader age 12+
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for a review copy of this book.
Initial Thoughts: A solid installment in the Jessica MacClain series however I feel that it could have been a novella ending at around the halfway poiInitial Thoughts: A solid installment in the Jessica MacClain series however I feel that it could have been a novella ending at around the halfway point. The second part of the book dragged a bit. I am still invested in the series and am eagerly awaiting the next book.
The Review: Pure Blooded is the fifth installment in Amanda Carlson's Jessica MacClain series. This book continues the ongoing adventures of Jessica MacClain, a female werewolf and her pack. This is by no means your regular werewolf tale (no pun intended!) - Jessica is a special werewolf and in this book we learn more about her abilities.
What makes this series special is the combination of supernatural beings who work together. Jessica's pack includes witches, a vampire, even a reaper. The antagonists are also quite a challenge for Jessica and her friends. I was also very happy to see that Jessica got some time with Rourke, even though it never seems to be enough one on one time.
Pure Blooded is a solid installment in the series. While I enjoyed the book, I felt that while it resolved a big problem for Jessica about halfway through, the second half of the book lagged a little. Despite my small criticism, Pure Blooded was action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat.
I can't wait to read more.
The Jessica MacClain series is best read in order, starting with Full Blooded.
Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit Books for a review copy of this book.