Adorkable by Sarra Manning isn’t available in the US. But Adorkable is available on Kindle, hint hint. Yes, I am telling you to go buy Adorkable before I even tell you my thoughts because that’s how good it is.
I bought Adorkable for my kindle cause I thought it looked fun and I started reading it at work earlier today and I COULD NOT STOP. I got home, had a phone meeting, and then proceeded to spend all afternoon reading the rest of Adorkable.
First of all, Sarra Manning knows teens. Adorkable was hilarious and fun and so freaking relatable. Sure, I don’t live in London anymore (wahhh) and I’ve never experienced the British school system, but I totally know what it’s like to not fit in all the time and to be obsessed with Twitter and run a blog and make out with people that I shouldn’t be making out with.
And legit, I loved Adorkable so much I’m going to include a few quotes to show what I mean about how relatable Adorkable is. And I never include quotes.
“No! I hate hospitals! I think I can feel my toes. Would I be able to feel my toes if it was broken? Shall I ask Twitter?” – Adorkable, 24% in Kindle version
“So, do you think my foxtrotting days are over?” she asked Dad. “And do you mind if I live-tweet my medical examination?” – Adorkable, 24% in Kindle version
Jeane is such a bitter protagonist and her humour was so biting, I loved every second of it. Sure she totally got on my nerves at some point because she was so freaking self-destructive, but I understood her and I loved her for her faults. Just like I understood Michael and loved him for his faults. There was lots of sexual tension and lots of sexy times and it was awesome. Adorkable, hands down, had one of my favourite couples of 2012 thus far.
Oh, and the POV changes with each chapter – usually they annoy me, but I loved getting both sides of the relationship in Adorkable. Both Jeane and Michael are complex people with crazy, a bit messed up lives and it was interesting to see how both of them reacted to stuff throughout Adorkable.
And I loved the plot! It was super refreshing to have a protagonist going after a dream and doing things – things I could almost kind of relate to like blogging and tweeting – and I thought that aspect of it was awesome.
Basically, in case you couldn’t tell, I loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning. This is the first book I’ve read by her and it certainly will not be the last.(less)
Okay, so I have to admit – while Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley was a fun book, it also kind of drove me nuts. Corrinne was one of the most obnoxious characters I’ve ever read – and she was supposed to be. But Kitsy, one of the characters in Where I Belong, was adorable and admirable and so much fun, so I definitely had to pick up A Long Way from You because it’s her story.
Oh man, and I loved Kitsy’s story. Sure, Corrinne is just as annoying as ever, but Kitsy is adorably naïve and I just loved learning more about her life. She does not come from an easy background, that’s for sure. With a mother like that, whew. I just can’t even. I just loved seeing New York as Kitsy did and seeing her experience all these new opportunities. I thought Gwendolyn Heasley did a great job of getting Kitsy’s ohmygod feelings across.
The story in A Long Way from You was motivating and moving and fun. Kitsy is such an underdog, so the fact that she had this awesome summer art course in New York to get her experience and the fact that she was following her dreams even though there were so many things holding her back in Texas was really inspirational. And Kitsy goes through a lot in A Long Way from You, and I thought it was a really realistic and relatable portrayal about how hard it is to make the right decision.
I definitely enjoyed A Long Way from You way more than Where I Belong and I can’t wait to read more from Gwendolyn Heasley. A Long Way from You is the perfect book to read when you’re in want of a good contemp about a girl who has goals and dreams.(less)
The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade started off as an interesting mystery that quickly delved into legit creepiness that had me turning on more lights, but unfortunately ended on a rather dull note.
First off, let me start by saying it appears that The Whispering House is a companion/sequel to another book by Rebecca Wade, The Theft and the Miracle. Which makes a whole lot of sense now because there were things referenced in The Whispering House that I didn’t understand – and the main character, Hannah, was explained to have these amazing drawing abilities, but I didn’t think it was really explored enough. But now I guess I didn’t get it because it was explored more in the first book. I wish I had known that before I started reading The Whispering House.
Nonetheless, none of that really detracted from the story. Which was awesome. And legitimately creepy in a lot of parts, which I didn’t necessarily expect. I thought the ghost story in The Whispering House unraveled very well – there were a lot of very creepy elements and I have to say, Hannah was much braver than I am, apparently. I would have run screaming from the house probably immediately, but Hannah stuck it out, and was determined to solve the mystery with the help of Sam.
The ending of The Whispering House, unfortunately, was a bit lack-luster. I didn’t think it was as strong as the rest of the book, and was definitely kind of a let down in terms of what Hannah had believed it was going to be. I feel like it happened too quickly, almost. But I loved the foreshadowing that was done throughout The Whispering House – that was very well done.
Overall, I did enjoy The Whispering House by Rebecca, despite being let down by the ending. And I will be checking out the first book in this series, The Theft and the Miracle, because I’m very curious to understand all the references that were made.(less)
Let me start off this review by talking about how hilarious Claire Legrand is. I know that’s an unconventional way to start off a review, but she is totally HILARIOUS. I don’t know if you followed along with her blog tour (this post in particular being my favourite), but after stalking her around the internet, I was super excited to read The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls.
And Claire Legrand’s personality totally comes off in The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. It’s a legit middle-grade with a freaking phenomenal dark and spooky atmosphere (not to mention story line) and I could just not get enough of her writing.
I mean, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is CREEPY. And messed up. And disturbing. But something about The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls hooked me and I could not stop reading, no matter how many times Claire Legrand mentioned bugs and things that otherwise give me the goosebumps.
If you’re a middle grade fanatic, or a horror enthusiast, or just a lover of a good book, please check out The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand. Her debut is full of originality, amazing characters, an atmosphere that will have you turning on the lights, and a story that will leave you half laughing and half gasping at the sheer what the whatness of it all.(less)
Guys, the protagonist of Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom wants to be a freaking paleontologist – isn’t that all you need to know? No? Okay, fine. Let’s discuss Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom because I have lots of things to say.
Rebel McKenzie had me in absolute stitches. I was literally cracking up on almost every single page due to the crazy, wackiness of Rebel and the people AND the animals in her life. Yes, even the animals. Doublewide the cat made me laugh so hard I cried. But seriously, Rebel is surrounded by a ton of amazing characters with quirks and personalities and each with their own individual story that Rebel shares in her own unique way. And, you know – the cat’s name is DOUBLEWIDE.
And Rebel was SUCH a 12 year old girl. I loved her mannerisms and attitudes – and the family dynamics throughout Rebel McKenzie. I don’t have an older sister, and I definitely don’t have an older sister who is fourteen years older than me with her own son, but I thought the way their relationship was portrayed was brilliantly done.
I loved the storyline of Rebel McKenzie. I’m not usually a big fan of beauty pageants in books because they seem to be either so focused on the beauty pageant itself or the rebel (hah) girl who is forced into the beauty pageant for whatever reason…but the way Candice Ransom worked the pageant into the story – it didn’t overpower anything, and it worked very well.
I definitely recommend Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom for fans of middle grade looking for a fun time and a lot of heart.(less)
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is an absolutely astonishing and emotional middle grade. If you’re going to read this one, and trust me – you should – definitely have the tissues on hand.
I loved Carley – she definitely made it to my top protagonists lists. She’s been through so much and her attitude definitely shows this. She’s messed up and angry and hurt and confused, and I thought Lynda Mullaly Hunt really showed that in her story telling.
I loved the Murphys. Every single one. The three awesome and totally different sons, Mr. Murphy, and of course, Mrs. Murphy. She made me cry with her awesomeness.
There was so much about One for the Murphys that was realistic and relatable, even if you’ve never experienced the foster care system. Middle school was terrible for everyone in general and I thought that was really reflected in Carley’s experiences, especially with her developing friendship with Toni, and the bullying of Rainer.
One for the Murphys was a very, very touching debut and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a moving contemporary. Also, One for the Murphys would be great for reluctant readers – I thought it was a quick-paced and engaging.(less)
I was very much looking forward to Babe in Boyland for several reasons. Number one being journalism. As the former Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper, I am total newspaper geek. Seriously. How could I not be? And high school newspapers are almost never featured in YA books. Why is that? Anyway, the second reason – girl undercover at a boy’s boarding school. Hello, awesome. Undercover, boys, and boarding school. Three of my favourite things. Let me just say – Jody Gehrman did not let me down. I loved this book!
It was nice to finally see a self-confident main character. So many girls have awkward, clumsy, self-conscious protagonists, and while that description totally defines me, it’s nice to read about a girl who doesn’t look in the mirror and want to shudder. I loved her friends, Chloe and Darby, and I loved Natalie’s observations about them and the way they behaved in front of boys. In fact, all of Natalie’s observations throughout the book really struck me. It’s strange to consider things from a boy’s point of view.
There were a lot of elements in Babe in Boyland that reminded me of other things – She’s the Man, Never Been Kissed, The Lioness Quartet, etc. It really was an awesome combination of interesting ideas and I feel like the author put it together in a great way with a lot of depth.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book. I had a lot of fun reading Babe in Boyland and I thought it about it even after finishing. In fact, I read the book originally on my kindle, but I liked it so much I needed to buy a copy of the hardcover. So yes – check it out.(less)
I’m not a big vampire fan. At all. But after reading a few really good vampire books (ie the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead), I’ve decided to give vampire books a fair shot. And I’m glad I did!
Vampire Crush is really, really fun. It’s not perfect, I had some issues, but it was definitely a worthwhile read and I’m glad I picked it up.
The vampires in the story were totally cliched, but they were supposed to be. Vampire Crush wasn’t supposed to be a dark, broody, gloomy vampire story. In fact, it seemed to sort of mock that because of how overdone the vampires were. Although, Violet was certainly an interesting character, and I would have loved to know more about her.
That’s not to say that the storyline was completely light and funny. It definitely had its intense moments of mystery and intrigue, as well as “oh my god, is so and so dead?” The author really built up a mystery during this book that I’m not entirely sure I felt was resolved. The ending just left a lot of questions for me, such as “So this doesn’t matter anymore?” and “Uhhh, that’s a pretty big deal, how’d it happen and what happens next?” that weren’t answered.
I really liked the characters. Not enough YA books incorporate things like high school newspapers and as the former Editor-in-Chief, it’s something I love reading about, so it was cool that the protagonist was actually pretty dedicated to becoming Editor-in-Chief. James was a really cute love interest, but probably not someone I’ll remember when making my top fictional characters list.
Overall though, I was engaged in the story, even though I felt a bit unsatisfied with the end of Vampire Crush. Worth picking up if you’re looking for a paranormal story with humor!(less)
Oh man, The Iron Daughter was so much better than The Iron King! It took me a while to get into the first book in this series, but this one grabbed me right away.
Megan was definitely a little whiny at first – I couldn’t really figure out why she was moping around after Ash instead of trying to figure out how to make things better and get out of the grasp of Queen Mab. But only a few pages later, things got very action-y indeed and I was quite satisfied.
The Iron Daughter included way more of Puck’s personality, which I was glad about. After reading the first one, I was Team Ash just because I hadn’t read much of Puck, but after reading this one, I do see why people like Puck. Still, I’m for Ash all the way!
The plot in this one seemed for up and down and up and down – it was definitely a roller coaster compared to the first book, which had its slow moments. I really liked getting to see more of the Winter fey side of things, and also more of Megan’s world.
Overall, The Iron Daughter is such a good book. I definitely recommend picking up The Iron King if you already haven’t, or continuing on with the series even if The Iron King left you a bit meh feeling!(less)
Okay. I loved Deadly Little Secret. It was totally creepy and suspenseful and awesome. I normally don’t like to read books in a series one right after...moreOkay. I loved Deadly Little Secret. It was totally creepy and suspenseful and awesome. I normally don’t like to read books in a series one right after another. I like anticipation. But for the Touch series, I had to for several reasons. The first being that I mistakenly signed up for a book tour for Deadly Little Games thinking it was the second book (whoops), and the second reason is because I’m really in the mood for creepy books and this series totally fits the bill.
I definitely liked Deadly Little Secret better. Deadly Little Lies was very creepy and I totally had no idea what was coming. But at the same time, it totally frustrated me because all this stuff already happened in the first book and I just couldn’t believe Camelia was making the same freaking mistakes all over again. But if she hadn’t made the mistakes, there would be no story. So it was frustrating, but good frustrating, I suppose.
Blah! I don’t even know what to say about this book. Camelia as a person is just the same as she was in the first book. She’s interesting, but super naive. I really liked the powers she developed and I enjoyed reading as she discovered more about them. I liked Adam a lot and thought he was an interesting character. Ben drove me crazy, as usual.
Like the first one, there were a lot of unexpected twists. Well, I wasn’t expecting them anyway. I stayed up reading this book all in one night because I just had to find out what happened. While not as good as the first book, it still remains true to it. It’s creepy and awesome and frustrating all at the same time.
Anyway, I did really enjoy reading Deadly Little Lies. It was a good conclusion, and a good set up for the next book in the series. If you read Deadly Little Secret and enjoyed it, you should pick this one up!(less)
Before reading The Body Finder, I heard fabulous things about it. All I knew about it, though, was that it had a creepy title and I’m in a creepy mood. So I purchased the kindle version without really reading the blurb.
Luckily, that didn’t backfire. I really, really enjoyed The Body Finder. The book wasn’t nearly as creepy as I was expecting (although there are some intense descriptions of dead bodies). I mean, the situation is totally creepy, but for the most part, it focused mainly on guy drama in Violet’s life. Which is fine, I love guy drama. It was pretty sexy, too.
I really liked Violet as a character. She was so normal, but at the same time she was completely different from any character I’d ever read. She had a unique paranormal element about her that not only have I ever seen it before, I never would have been able to think of it myself. Which is awesome. She was really relatable and her feelings of confusion towards Jay were spot on.
Speaking of Jay – I don’t usually like the nice guy. If I’m reading a book and there’s a nice guy and a dangerous guy, I usually end up preferring the dangerous guy. But I have a thing for the best friend type. And Jay was sexy. His niceness and awesomeness made me want to like nice guys.
Like I said, the storyline of The Body Finder was different from anything I’ve read before, and I’m so glad I decided to buy it. I absolutely cannot wait for Desires of the Dead (Feb 2011) and I’m so jealous of anyone who’s gotten to read it already!(less)
I chose The Cinderella Society because it looked cute, light, and fun. It was not what I expected at all. Honestly, it was much better. It definitely had its light and fun-ness, as well as cuteness and boy swooning, but it was also much more serious than that.
I’m not usually a fan of “message” books that basically just push messages and morals onto the reader, but not only did I feel like this book sent a very important message, it was also done in an interesting and original way. Kay Cassidy doesn’t just tell girls to be more confident with themselves, she creates a whole underground society of strong women to do it.
I enjoyed Jess as a character, although at times she bothered me. I can completely understand feeling uncertain and self conscious, because I totally do all the time, but she really let those girls push her around and I just wanted her to stand up for herself. Ben was a cute romantic interest, although he definitely bothered me too at certain points.
Like I said, the storyline was really original. There are a lot of stories about self conscious high school girls getting bullied, but the author took that and turned it on its head. The ending was a little unexpected, and I felt like there was no real closure, but then I realized there’s a sequel in the works, so I’m pleased with that.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Cinderella Society and I appreciate what the author did with it. It was cute and fun, but also sent a good message to the readers in an original way.(less)