Sixteenth Summer was a book that I had been planning to read ever since it came out but I had neverOriginally Posted on Strawberry Splash Book Reviews
Sixteenth Summer was a book that I had been planning to read ever since it came out but I had never gotten around to doing so. After reading it, I don't know why I waited so long to read it.
The protagonist, Anna, lives on Dune Island which, as far as settings go, seems like a gorgeous place. I don't believe that any character in the book that I didn't enjoy as a character.
Her relationship with Will, even though it seemed almost fairytale-esque, I couldn't help but enjoy. I think Dalton did a good job with it even though it was almost unrealistic. (I realize that is a contradictory statement but if you read it, you will get it).
My favorite part of the book would have to be the Fourth of July party. The only way I can describe it is a real Christmas in July.
To sum up the book in a nutshell, it is a cute love story with well developed characters. I really enjoy her writing style and hope to read more of her in the future....more
Okay I'm going to try to gather my thoughts and write a coherent review for this book but I don't know iOriginally Posted on Strawberyy Splash Reviews
Okay I'm going to try to gather my thoughts and write a coherent review for this book but I don't know if it is going to work out that way.
Holy Shit! This was awesome. So I read the first chapter and then I was Holy Shit this is epic. I knew I was going to love the book from that point on. I was right about that.
I know a lot of people say that there is unnecessary violence. Okay there is a lot of violence. I mean yeah someone getting hit the head with a helmet probably can be considered unnecessary by some people. BUT it is not like the violence was out of character. But if you are really against excessive violence, this book may not be for you.
At the end of the book (NO SPOILERS), there is this crazy cliffhanger. Karsten, If you read this, you are an evil genius. Arm flailing is something that is usually reserved for episodes of doctor who (because Steven Moffat is an evil genius) but I definitely started arm flailing after I read the last chapter. I can't wait for the sequel.
I really liked Ash as a character. I liked her sarcastic sense of humor and her wit. Rolfe is my favorite. He is fantastic.
This book is really well written. I was overwhelmed occasionally because SO much stuff happened in this book; almost too much for 400 pages. But it was definitely one of the best books I have read this ear. When it comes out on Tuesday, definitely buy it right away. You won't regret it!...more
This book sat in my TBR pile for a really long time. When my friend recommended it to me, I was like welOriginally Posted on Strawberry Splash Reviews
This book sat in my TBR pile for a really long time. When my friend recommended it to me, I was like well okay I guess it is time to finally read this book. I'm happy I did because I absolutely loved it. I'm happy I was introduced to verse novels with something that was actually good or else I probably wouldn't read another. I didn't think I was really going to be a verse fan but Lisa Schroeder does it justice.
Lisa Schroeder is brilliant. I don't know what else to say on that front. She is an absolutely brilliant writer. The book was so well written and I love her writing style. There is nothing negative I could say about this book.
Amber is quite easy to relate to. I couldn't even imagine what it would be like to go what she is going through so I could really feel for her. You don't really find out fully what is going on with her right away and it's hard in the beginning to really get why she is doing it. Same with Cade but you have to wait even longer to find out what is going on with him.
I really like their relationship. Normally I would bullshit any relationship that only takes one day to become actually serious, it really worked for this. They were both trying to have the best possible day ever so I think it works in this case.
I don't cry during books very often but the letters between Amber and her mother made cry. It was just so sweet, I suppose. I don't really now what word I should use to describe them but I couldn't even hold myself together.
So yeah if you haven't read this book, you need to read it right now. Even if you are skeptical about verse, try it out. Schroeder is brilliant so definitely give it a shot. i whole heartedly recommend this book....more
Clean is about five kids, Olivia, Jason, Christopher, Eva and Kelly, who are in rehab together. WhiOriginally Posted On Strawberry Splash Book Reviews
Clean is about five kids, Olivia, Jason, Christopher, Eva and Kelly, who are in rehab together. While they are not the type that would hang out outside of rehab, they have a lot more in common than they realize. Told from the points of view of the 5 kids, mostly Christopher and Kelly, this novel shows their progression in rehab, confronting their pasts, and getting sober.
This could quite possibly be the best book I have read all year. It is like Breakfast Club meets It's Kind of a Funny Story. Amy Reed has created 5 well developed relatable characters and I commend her on that . I mentioned before that the book is told from the points of view of Christopher and Kelly. Where the other three's points of view fit in is in the chapters about group sessions, the drug and alcohol questionnaire chapters, and the personal essay chapters. I really liked the personal essays. You really could get to understand the characters through those.
I think I could relate to each of the characters in some way. I could probably relate to Olivia the most. I also think she grew the most as a character over the course of the novel. She had it pretty rough with her mother being the reason she was addicted to speed. I could also relate to Christopher pretty well. I've been through the whole low self esteem thing so I could understand him.
So when this book comes out on tuesday, you better get it. If you don't, I'll be mad. Mad bloggers are never a good thing. Thanks to Simon & Schuster for letting me read this book early....more
I got the Iron Knight off of NetGalley because everyone else was freaking out about it. I knew that before I read it, I was going to have to read theI got the Iron Knight off of NetGalley because everyone else was freaking out about it. I knew that before I read it, I was going to have to read the rest of the series so that's why I decided to read The Iron King. I was quite skeptical because I'm not a big fantasy girl except for Harry Potter, of course. I've also not read many Fae books in the past so I was surprised at how much I loved this book. It was absolutely amazing.
From the very first chapter I was hooked on this book. I really like Meghan as a character. She is very easy to relate to and I really connected with her. I love Puck a lot. He is definitely my favorite character at this point in the series. Ash is interesting to me. He seems rather closed off at first but as the novel progresses he seems to open up a bit. I get frustrated with Ash sometimes, but most of the time, I really like Ash. I like Grimalkin as well. I rarely can say that I like all the main characters in a book.
I really liked Julie Kagawa's writing style As I've said 100 times before, I can't deal with bad writing no matter how good the plot is so I definitely think that is one of the reasons I was immediately hooked on this book.
The ending was great. It leaves me wanting more and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. I'm starting Winter's Passage as soon as I finish this review. I definitely recommend this book. It is really good....more
Invincible summer takes place over four summers at Chase, the protagonist, and his family's beach hOriginally Posted on Strawberry Splash Book Reviews
Invincible summer takes place over four summers at Chase, the protagonist, and his family's beach house. Don't be fooled by the cover. This is anything but a light beach read.
The one thing that bothered me about this book and the reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 is Camus. At one point early on, Chase and Noah become obsessed with Camus after Melinda, the love interest of both boys, tells them about him. After that point, they quote Camus constantly and it got old really fast.
One thing that surprised me was that even though there were many, almost too many, important characters, each of these characters was well developed and no one seemed left behind. Well maybe Bella, Melinda's sister, but I don't think she really counts.
I would say more but i don't want to give much away. I whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a beach read with some substance. It's definitely one of my favorites of the summer (minus the Camus of course). ...more
When I first heard about this series, I didn't really think I was going to like it. Everyone had said itOriginally Posted on Strawberry Splash Reviews
When I first heard about this series, I didn't really think I was going to like it. Everyone had said it was so good so I thought I had to at least try it. I am SO happy I did.
I could easily relate to this story because the way Belly feels about summers is the same way I feel about them. I completely live for summer.
Belly is an interesting character but occasionally she would start to bother me. It was mostly because Conrad bothered me and she was so caught up on Conrad. Belly was also very immature and I really thought she needed to grow up a little bit. She would always freak out when the boys were doing things without out her. That's not something you do at 16. That's something you do at 8. On the other hand, I really did like Jeremiah and Steven.
Even though Belly got on my nerves occasionally, there was a lot about this book that made this series one of the best I have ever read. First of all, I love Jenny Han's writing. She is absolutely brilliant. Even though Belly was throwing a tantrum every 20 pages, the characters were really well developed and I really enjoyed the plot of the book. I also liked the flashbacks so you really got an understanding of all their years at the house.
I know that sounds like i have more complaints about the book then things I liked but really I loved this book and it definitely was enough to make me continue reading the series. This is not my favorite of the series but it is still a very good book and definitely well worth the 5 stars that I am giving it. If you need a beach read, definitely pick up....more
I don't even know what to say or where to start or anything right now. I have been wanting to read mara dyer for a really long time and was anxiouslyI don't even know what to say or where to start or anything right now. I have been wanting to read mara dyer for a really long time and was anxiously waiting for it to come out. From what I had heard from other people, I had a gut feeling that I was going to love this book and my god that gut feeling was right.
This book was ABSOLUTELY one of my favorite reads of the year. I don't really know how to express how much i loved it. When I started reading it, I didn't really know what to expect. The first line is "My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something. a pseudonym." By that point I was already hooked.
The book is a little creepy. Well a little might be an understatement. Everything is so vague because mara woke up in the hospital with no memory of what had happened and how her friends died. Also so many weird things happen and all you want to know is WHAT IS GOING ON!?!?
Noah, mara's love interest, is an interesting character. For some reason he is so smitten with Mara which, really isn't the style of Noah Shaw. That adds more questions that you want answered. I really did like Noah and Mara's relationship. How can you not like Noah Shaw?
The ending. All I can say is CANNOT wait for the sequel. I just want to know what happens next!
I don't want to reveal to much about the book so i'm just going to stop here. But read it. I whole heartedly recommend this book....more
Room is told from the point of view of Jack, a five year old boy who has lived his whole life in onOriginally posted on Strawberry Splash Book Reviews
Room is told from the point of view of Jack, a five year old boy who has lived his whole life in one room. His mother had been kidnapped, a couple years before he was born and regularly is raped by her kidnapper who Jack calls Old Nick. Since it is told from the point of view of Jack, and his mother has been trying to protect him, he has no idea about the outside world. In his mind, all that exists is him, his mom, and Old Nick occasionally. The actually come up with an escape plan that requires a lot of work from jack that surprisingly works and the rest of the book is about their life after.
This book was INSANELY good. It is definitely one of my favorite books I read this year. The book is very well written even though it is very hard to get used to the style. Since Jack is five and has not been educated or been around anyone other than his mother, it is pretty much written in broken english. But once you have adjusted to that, it is absolutely amazing.
The characters are really well developed. You get a good understanding of what it is like to have experienced what this woman is going through being locked in a room for seven years and having to completely convince her son that this is all that exists in the world. She has to tell him that everything he sees on TV isn't even real. Also with Jack, he doesn't really understand what is going on when they finally escape. He continually asks his mother about what they would be requesting for Sunday Treat this week which is something Old Nick used to do each sunday for them.
I really recommend this book to book to any adult readers. It is absolutely amazing so go read it....more
I read Brooklyn, Burning this summer and never got around to writing a review for it. That has nothing to do with how I felt about the book since I adI read Brooklyn, Burning this summer and never got around to writing a review for it. That has nothing to do with how I felt about the book since I adored it. I just didn't know how to express how much i loved this book.
What really through me for a loop at first is the major switch in point of view. A lot of it is Kid's narrative in first person but whenever Kid is telling Scout's story, there point of view switches to second person. It took some time to get use to it but even though second person is usually a terrible idea, Brezenoff definitely did it right.
I really liked how this book was really open ended and really up for interpretation. Kid's gender is never revealed. A ton of LGBTQ are addressed in this book. Kid was kicked out of his house because of as his dad says, "I’ve got the only kid I know who doesn’t know whether to be straight or gay or a girl or a boy or what" and Kid's dad couldn't accept that at all.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are very well developed and I could relate to each of them in someway. It's a book about love and lost and just longing to be accepted. Beautiful really. I definitely recommend this book....more