Love this book. I imagine some readers won't like it for the exact reasons I did--that the MC, Claire, was allowed to make the mistakes that teen girlLove this book. I imagine some readers won't like it for the exact reasons I did--that the MC, Claire, was allowed to make the mistakes that teen girls often make, especially when it comes to boys. Perfect characters are pretty boring for me to read about--I find honest and flawed characters so much more fascinating.
If you're looking for Mary Sues, this isn't the book for you. If you're looking for a girl who fumbles along her path to learning what's most important in her life, and a romance book that ends up as a friendship story, then you should give 17 First Kisses a try!...more
Wow. I can’t believe it’s almost time for the second book in the MILA 2.0 series to be released out into the wild!
Just so you know—this book tried toWow. I can’t believe it’s almost time for the second book in the MILA 2.0 series to be released out into the wild!
Just so you know—this book tried to kill me. I can say that somewhat jokingly now, but honestly, writing RENEGADE was an incredibly difficult task. Not just because writing a sequel is oh-my-gosh hard (though it absolutely is), but because I worked on this story during one of the most challenging times in my life. What I’m coming to realize, though, is that challenges aren’t necessarily bad. Challenges might feel overwhelming at first, but they can also serve as the catalyst that prompts us to dig deep, gather our courage, and ultimately, grow.
I basically drafted the second version of this book from my mom’s hospital bed. Much like Mila, my emotions often felt huge and overwhelming and scary. I could relate to her struggles in a visceral way, especially in regards to making life-altering decisions when confronted with conflicting information and doubt.
Later in the revision process, I experienced a different personal crisis. An identity crisis, if you will. More than ever, I could relate to Mila’s struggles as a being desperate to discover her place in the world…and as a person who felt like she could never quite measure up. Mila isn’t just seeking the truth about her origins and the people around her—she’s also waging an ongoing inner war; a war that I think is far too familiar for so many of us. Throughout this series, Mila battles more than bad guys and weapons. She’s also constantly facing off with her own internal critic; the one that whispers “you will never be enough.”
I enjoyed learning so much more about Mila—and myself—through writing her story in RENEGADE. I hope you enjoy her adventures and growth, too.
And, if there is a single realization I can share with you all—and Mila—it’s this: Be kind to yourselves, because you ARE enough. Every single one of you. <3 <3 <3 ...more
An agent mate of Katja's recommended this book to me, and I'm so glad she did. This book is both dark and hopeful, tragic and happy, and I just compleAn agent mate of Katja's recommended this book to me, and I'm so glad she did. This book is both dark and hopeful, tragic and happy, and I just completely fell in love with both main characters, who felt so vivid and real. I was completely sucked into their story; an invisible bystander inside that garage.
Highly recommend for fans of contemporary YA, especially fans of Courtney Summers, A.S. King and similar authors....more
I have to tell you—RAPE GIRL was not an easy read. As I turned the pages, I was alternately horrified, furious, appalled, saddened, dismayed, frustratI have to tell you—RAPE GIRL was not an easy read. As I turned the pages, I was alternately horrified, furious, appalled, saddened, dismayed, frustrated, and yes, at the very end, hopeful. As the title suggests, this book is about a girl who was raped, and it doesn’t pull punches. The author doesn’t sensationalize, nor does she sugar coat with fancy prose. Instead, RAPE GIRL is an unflinchingly honest, all-too-possible account of a terrible crime committed against one teen girl, and an unflinchingly honest, all-too-possible account of what happens when that girl tries to stand up for herself and report it.
Like Daisy Whitney’s The Mockingbirds, Rape Girl clearly shows how rape doesn’t require being held at gun point, or having a knife jabbed into your throat. It shows how we, as a society, so desperately need to not only empower our daughters, but to also educate our sons on the responsibilities of accepting limits, respecting girls, and to teach them that entitlement and sex are two words that do not belong together. Ever.
In a limited number of words, this book manages to tackle the emotional rollercoaster that so many rape survivors experience and how overall, society still suffers from a “blame the victim” mentality. I cheered when the main character Valerie let go of the things she couldn’t control—other people’s perceptions—in order to be true to herself, while at the same time burned with the urge to punch the people voicing those ignorance-fueled perceptions in their respective faces.
This is a book worth reading, worth discussing with teens. Actually, I take that back. This is a book we NEED to discuss with our teens.
I’d also like to take a moment to applaud the author for the title. Obviously, she could have gone with something prettier, something less harsh, something not as potentially off-putting to the masses. Something that tiptoed around the issue so as not to offend delicate sensibilities. But, isn’t that part of the point? That rape isn’t something for girls to be ashamed of, that it doesn’t taint them or make them weak or inferior or less than or carry any kind of negative connotation other than saying yes, a very awful crime was committed? Or at least, that’s the way it should be. Repeat after me: Rape is not a dirty word.
But it should come as no surprise that the title is brave, because the story itself is brave, as is the MC Valerie, for coming forward and speaking out. And, even though a terrible crime was committed against Valerie, you know that she’s going to get on with her life. Maybe not easily, and certainly not without hurdles, but with determination and strength and the love of the people who truly count. You see, Valerie is a survivor, and I can’t think of a more powerful message to send to other girls who are forced into becoming rape survivors too. ...more
Super entertaining read--I finished in two days! The action sequences are fabulous, exciting, and tense, and I really loved the characters. Will eagerSuper entertaining read--I finished in two days! The action sequences are fabulous, exciting, and tense, and I really loved the characters. Will eagerly await book number two!...more
The first half of this book took my breath away. Exotic setting? Check. Unique heroine? Check. Unbelievably lush and creative world building? Double cThe first half of this book took my breath away. Exotic setting? Check. Unique heroine? Check. Unbelievably lush and creative world building? Double check. Mystery? Yep, another check.
I was totally immersed in Karou's story for the first half of the book. The plot was fresh and Ms. Taylor's prose lovely, and I found myself racing along to discover the mystery behind the magic portals and hand prints and Karou's strange necklace.
The pace slowed for me about halfway through the book, though, as we follow another character and learn back story. I guess I was so caught up in Karou that I didn't want to be shoved into the past for so long.
Eagerly anticipating her next book in the series, and planning on going back and picking up Lips Touch: Three Times.
I definitely consider this book one of the shining stars of YA for 2011.
I grabbed this book off my mom's shelves when I was at her house over Christmas, and OMG, it's like crack. CRACK, I TELL YOU. Yes, Barrons is a totalI grabbed this book off my mom's shelves when I was at her house over Christmas, and OMG, it's like crack. CRACK, I TELL YOU. Yes, Barrons is a total old-school alpha male throwback to the romance novels I smuggled from my mom's closet(sensing a pattern here?) in high school, and yet I can't help but like him anyway.
I stayed up until 3:00 a.m. the night before Christmas Eve gobbling this one down (such a festive read, right?). Really cool world-building, plenty of suspense, lots of sexual tension, and Mac made me laugh....more
Great paranormal romance read--loved the voice and all the internal monologue. Very likable MC, and the relationship between her and her mom was carefGreat paranormal romance read--loved the voice and all the internal monologue. Very likable MC, and the relationship between her and her mom was carefully fleshed out and authentic. Features a love triangle without any dangerous and/or stalker-ish boys, yay!...more
Wow--color me impressed with this self-pubbed book by Susan Ee.
ANGELFALL was fast-paced, action-packed, and frightening, with a badass heroine and somWow--color me impressed with this self-pubbed book by Susan Ee.
ANGELFALL was fast-paced, action-packed, and frightening, with a badass heroine and some truly terrifying angels. A great read for fans of dark, dystopian or post-apocalyptic YA (such as the Hunger Games) but definitely not for the squeamish.
So, there's really no scenario I can envision where I'd feel comfortable rating my own book (and even if I were comfortable, that rating would probablSo, there's really no scenario I can envision where I'd feel comfortable rating my own book (and even if I were comfortable, that rating would probably change on a daily--no, hourly--basis, so it'd be pointless anyway).
Instead, I shall share my MILA 2.0 playlist--and and hope it doesn't terrify everyone away with its complete randomness:
1) Chemical Brothers--Block Rockin' Beats 2) Florence and the Machine--Drumming Song 3) White Zombie--More Human Than Human 4) U2--Even Better Than the Real Thing 5) Foo Fighters--Pretender (I may or may not have snagged that one from Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT playlist) 6) Sponge--Plowed 7) Deftones--Change 8) Beastie Boys--Sabotage 9) Tori Amos w/ BT--Blue Skies 10) Talk Talk--Life's What You Make it
ETA: I just stumbled upon this and had to post it. Even though it has absolutely nothing to do with my book--well, maybe that one scene?--yeah, no. But...but...but....DANCING ROBOT!