I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.... and honestly I would have paid for it.
Within pages I was gripped with emotioI received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.... and honestly I would have paid for it.
Within pages I was gripped with emotion as we are introduced to Polarity, a shy 15 year old freshman who is new to school and just wants to be left alone. Due to her perceived socioeconomic status she is instant prey for the popular bullies. When a naked picture of Polarity surfaces on the internet, she is ripped from her family (the prime suspects) and placed into the "system". It took months before she is finally able to find evidence to clear her parents but that evidence leaves everyone, including her parents, believing that that only other explanation is that she was a willing and active participant in the taking and/or posting of the lewd photo. Everyone except Ethan. Ethan is a beautiful young man inside and out; the champion hero of all of the underdogs until something changes and Polarity once again feels utterly alone.
I loved watching Polarity change from an already likable girl with a tough lot in life and grow into a beautiful, strong and confident young woman who was strong enough to stand up for what she believes in, face her fears and learn forgiveness.
In her debut novel Brenda Vicars has created a painfully beautiful contemporary fiction with a hint of romance, that takes place in a high school setting but is recommended for all ages. This is a well crafted and intelligent read that gives us a heart breaking glimpse at being a child of someone with mental illness. It is very believable series of events.
Mrs. Vicars is able to incorporate a number of hard hitting topics that so many of us are blind to because of "visible barriers unseen by choice". She tackles a range of issues from mental illness, exploitation, bulling, and racism to socioeconomic discrimination, missing children, deficiencies in the justice system, and deficiency with CPS.
This book is not only a comment on our society but a challenges to us all not to be passive when we see injustice wherever if may be found....more
If you haven't read book one, stop now and go back and read it!! Then get this and the next. I can't get enough of these books. DelSheree Gladden hasIf you haven't read book one, stop now and go back and read it!! Then get this and the next. I can't get enough of these books. DelSheree Gladden has created a beautify crafted science fiction with a touch of romance and betrayal.
Warning this is a cliffhanger ending, but it is so worth it.
Mason and Olivia have one of my favorite literary relationships, stemming from deep friendship starting in book one "Invisible" when 5 year old Olivia found Mason, who was a crying little boy on her front porch that no one else could see but her. He was alone after witnessing his families murder and her family assumed he was her imaginary friend. Over time it became clear that Mason was not imaginary, but a member of an alien race called the Aerling who are being hunted by the Sentinels. He has to go home on his 18th birthday or he'll die. As his escort Olivia is the only one that can get him home.
Book Two is filled with lots action as Mason and Olivia are separated to keep Mason both Mason, Olivia and her family safe. While he is off learning to use his natural abilities he finds out that he is suppose to be more powerful then any other Aerling that has been seen before if he can only learn to use it int he limited time they have. Olivia learns that being separated from Mason feels like it might kill her... literally.
Secretes and lies, who can they trust? Will they survive long enough for Olivia to get Mason home and will she die if he makes it?...more
This is the second book I have read by Kelly Oram and I was not disappointed. It was simultaneously tragic and beautiful take on the Cinderella storyThis is the second book I have read by Kelly Oram and I was not disappointed. It was simultaneously tragic and beautiful take on the Cinderella story in a modern setting. I loved that each person had layers that slowly revealed that there was no truly evil person despite wanting to strangle some of them. (Well maybe the paparazzi are evil... oh and Cinder's fake fiance, she was absolutely evil) I digress, Ms Oram was able to evoke strong emotions from me during this read:
Young talented blogger Ella Rodriguez unknowingly befriends the up-and coming Hollywood heartthrob Brian Oliver and become best friends via the internet and stay anonymous despite their deep friendship.
Then tragedy struck and she was in a deadly car accident that killed her mother put her in a coma and then months of intensive rehab but ultimately left her physically crippled, with burn scars over the majority of her body. Brian Oliver assumes the worst with no way to contact her, no full name and no address while the father that had abandoned her 6 years prior reappears and whisk her off to California to live with her stepmother and step sisters.
Buy this book and grab a few tissues because everyone needs a good cry!...more
Madi is unlikable, completely fake and a follower. I felt like she could have popped right out of the movie "mean girls" but the character was a littlMadi is unlikable, completely fake and a follower. I felt like she could have popped right out of the movie "mean girls" but the character was a little too unrealistic in her attributes, too "perfect". She runs like a track star, is naturally smart, good at everything she tries and amazingly beautiful and yet, no one else seems to think she is the B* that Daisy her best friend/ enemy (Frienemy?) is.
In all honesty I didn't even finish because what really killed it for me was that the story's flow was choppy and disjointed....more
This was all most a 4 star maybe even a 4.5 until the the love triangle turned into a love square and it just was too much. To paraphrase one of my faThis was all most a 4 star maybe even a 4.5 until the the love triangle turned into a love square and it just was too much. To paraphrase one of my favorite movies ... does she have beer flavor nipples or something?
I do however, love the gritty violent aspect of the heroine. She is set for revenge and is going to get it. She is not needy or docile like a lot of female main characters. I also enjoy the fact that there was no insta-love between the her either two main love interests. Overall I did enjoy the book and will likely read more. ...more
At times I really like it other times it was just ok, so I landed on 3 stars even though my first instinct was to give it 4 stars. I have a bad habitAt times I really like it other times it was just ok, so I landed on 3 stars even though my first instinct was to give it 4 stars. I have a bad habit of rating crap higher than I should because I give it the benefit of the doubt but I'm working on that. It's a quick mostly enjoyable book. I don't really care about any of the characters and so I don't really care to keep reading on in the series. ...more
The plot sounded great but it fell flat before it got off the runway. I just could not get into this book. I didn't like any of the characters. And whThe plot sounded great but it fell flat before it got off the runway. I just could not get into this book. I didn't like any of the characters. And where is the action? Ultimately I gave up on this book. Maybe if i kept going it would have changed my mind but i had hit the 1/3 way mark and felt i had better things to read. Others seem to like it so don't count it out on my account but it was definitely not my cup of tea. Maybe I'll try again if I get board one day....more
This book is just a good, clean, fun read. I love all of the characters and their banter. I even love the cliche pending love triangle because let's fThis book is just a good, clean, fun read. I love all of the characters and their banter. I even love the cliche pending love triangle because let's face it Emory is adorable. If you looking for a light read that will keep you smiling the Cassidy Jones books are perfect!...more