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.
Are any of you old enough to remember DoodleArt? These were posters that you colored in with markers and if you were lucky, those markers lasted longAre any of you old enough to remember DoodleArt? These were posters that you colored in with markers and if you were lucky, those markers lasted long enough to complete the entire poster. If you loved DoodleArt, then you will absolutely enjoy the Secret Garden Coloring book.
I purchased the French version of the Secret Garden coloring book because my local bookstore ran out of the English version and as an added bonus, I was told that the French version also had 2 posters to color. I'm not sure if the salesclerk told me that just to get me to buy the book, but it really doesn't matter what language this book is in - it is a coloring book for adults or really artistic and patient kids.
The pages are beautifully drawn and the book is a kind of treasure hunt where you look for things hidden in all of the doodles. There are even pages where you can finish the drawings yourself, so be creative.
Personally, I decided to use pencil crayons over markers because I found that pencil crayons come in many different shades of green and we had tons of them left over from when the kids were in elementary school.
The coloring is intricately detailed. The pages are whimsical and elicit thoughts of my own garden. Just the title page took me a little over an hour to color. It was a purely restful hour, one of those peaceful and relaxing moments that bring back memories of childhood.
If you are looking for a stress reliever, check out this coloring book.
About 4.0-4.5 stars. I'd go ahead and give the series a 5 star, just for originality, creativity, fantastic imagery, and for Raffe. He's definitely 5About 4.0-4.5 stars. I'd go ahead and give the series a 5 star, just for originality, creativity, fantastic imagery, and for Raffe. He's definitely 5 stars of wonderful. Oh, who am I kidding? Penryn deserves 5 stars, just for her badassery. Thank you Ms. Ee for writing such a strong female lead role.
Enough gushing about the series....Did End of Days deliver? Did it answer all those niggling questions that we were left with at the end of World After? Yes.
We finally learn what those rotten eggs were good for. Well played, Penryn's mom. You rock. (See I started with the little innocuous things so I don't spoil the story). I loved the banter between Raffe and Penryn. It was funny, entertaining, and you could really see how they rely upon each other. Despite all the crazy that Paige endured, she became one of my favorite characters. Leave it to Dee and Dum to produce a talent show in the midst of an apocalypse. And wow....what an epic end to a wonderful series.
Fantastic writing - eloquent and descrptive - epic battle scenes, and a wonderful sense of humor makes this series a must read. Can't wait to read more by this author in the future.