a.) Characters: 4/5 score. Chelsea and Fiona are amazing besties; I loved the ice cream connoisseur, it sounds like something my bestie and I would do. Even though some of the characters fell a little flat for me, each one was a little memorable than typical cardboard characters for me. I think the characters suffered because she was focused on Ezra and Chelsea’s relationship
b.) Plot: 3/5 score. When I first read the synopsis, I felt discouraged to read it. A historical reenactment village, really? But it wasn’t so bad, and it actually turned out to be kind of funny. I enjoyed when Chelsea was teaching Fiona about the multiple questions you get as an actor. Getting over Ezra was the whole point though, and it felt a little weak.
c.) Writing style: 4/5 score. The writing carried the humor or desperation Leila was trying for when she wanted it. The process of time seemed to jump a couple weeks without much of anything happening. I like that she didn’t get carried away with a day-to-day telling, but I would’ve enjoyed more, especially if it was to solidify the characters that needed it.
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This is unlike anything I have ever read before. The power in this project is both heaWay to go Gaby! This review can also be found on my blog.
This is unlike anything I have ever read before. The power in this project is both heart-felt and psychologically stirring. I am not a teen mom, but I have friends who are, though not as young. When I was in school in 2007, I had seen my share of pregnant teens and have indeed thought, They are ruining their lives! It never went beyond simple thought, as I had been bullied and knew the unpleasantness of it. That didn’t stop the thought, and, even now, will let the phrase drift through my mind when I hear of so-and-so being pregnant (even though we are all adults now).
Perhaps I am too selfish for children right now, perhaps I just would make a terrible mother- either way, this book made me look from the side of the fence I have never been on. And Gaby wasn’t even truly pregnant with the symptoms. She even says it in the book- she could go home, take the belly off, eat whatever she wanted, suffered neither heartburn or morning sickness, etc.. It was terrible to hear about all the things she went through while only pretending to be pregnant.
My heart increasingly grew for her project the more she suffered. I wanted her to succeed. I needed her to prove her point and show the world. But more than anything- I needed her to fight for the under dog, beat the statistic, be the champion of her own life. I read the book and felt moved and touched and lifted and depressed all at the same time. ...more
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a.) Characters: 4/5 score. Charlie (Charlaina) iCan't wait to see where she takes this! This review can also be found on PulseIt and on my blog.
a.) Characters: 4/5 score. Charlie (Charlaina) is a strong character, and I was easily pulled into her story. Her friends, Brook and Aron, never get lost in the love romance between Charlie and Max. Max did fall insta-love with Charlie, and I hate that, but I loved that Charlie fought it when he gave in so easily. All the characters had a personality, each one a defined face, and each a role that held the story together.
b.) Plot: 3/5 score. It was more fantasy than dystopia. That being said I loved the fantasy. I didn’t have too hard of a time grasping this plot with the idea that it was more of a fantasy world. Also, I would guess where she was taking the story before it got there. Not such a bad thing when Derting got you hyped for it to run that way, but it was a little bit of a let down when you guess where it’s going, and then you get there, and you ended up exactly where you thought you’d be.
c.) Writing style: 4/5 score. Descriptive, very vivid and picturesque, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Derting certainly hyped up the tension, even if it was leading you right to where you knew you’d be. I didn’t have a hard time reading this, which was nice since I had under 24 hours to complete this book from PulseIt. I definitely want to continue the series, and possibly look into other works done by her.
Super cute book with tasty details. This review can also be found on PulseIt and on my blog.
a.) Characters: 4/5 score. Hudson was definitely a tSuper cute book with tasty details. This review can also be found on PulseIt and on my blog.
a.) Characters: 4/5 score. Hudson was definitely a typical teen. She wanted a dream life, was stuck in a hard life, and was often fantasizing about two particular oh-so-hot boys. Hudson feels her past defines her. When this second chance is dropped in her lap, she decides to go for it, and works her ass off to achieve the impossible. The whole time I was on the sidelines cheering her on, wanting her to succeed. The character is easy to like at times and easy to hate at others. The other characters are seen from her view. All her friends and family members were people and not cardboard characters to fill space on paper.
b.) Plot: 4/5 score. Right in the beginning you learn of a difficult part of her past. A second chance comes along, and the story centers on achieving the dream of all dreams for Hudson. And as the plot thickens, the stress is real. Soon your biting your nails wondering what could possibly happen next. It was a sappy story, but one that I think everyone should give a shot as through Hudson’s fight, we may learn something about ourselves as well.
c.) Writing style: 4/5 score. The style really enabled you to get inside Hudson’s head and be a teen again. Instead of getting annoyed with the behavior, I found myself really drawn to her, sympathizing with her.
It was an easy read, but lacked something... This review can also be found on PulseIt and on my blog.
a.) Characters: 2/5 score. Hannah was prettIt was an easy read, but lacked something... This review can also be found on PulseIt and on my blog.
a.) Characters: 2/5 score. Hannah was pretty bad. We are led to believe she is a good girlfriend, a good sister, and a good daughter. Then in a matter of two or three chapters she steals from her boyfriend, makes her brother stay with the creepy neighbor, and lies to her mother (all in the beginning of the book!). Colin seems more real than Hannah, and he is definitely an easier character to believe.
b.) Plot: 2/5 score. The whole point of this trip- you learn right in the beginning of the book- is to get alone so Hannah can say “I love you” to Colin. She wants to say this to him before he leaves for college, so she surprises him with a spur-of-the-moment get-away (which is so not like Hannah). Everything that takes place at Pine Lake was decent. I didn’t like the quick-fix, the simple ending, or the fact that he was still going to college after all that.
c.) Writing style: 3/5 score. Not bad, but nothing extraordinary. I actually enjoy the author’s descriptions of the forest, the lake, the thunderstorms. It was engulfing in scenery, but then the characters kind of fell flat in comparison. It was an interesting read.
You can't just end it like that! Ahhh! This review can also be found on PulseIt and on my blog.
a.) Characters: 3/5 score. Sera is a moper. In tYou can't just end it like that! Ahhh! This review can also be found on PulseIt and on my blog.
a.) Characters: 3/5 score. Sera is a moper. In the beginning you learn of her plot to kill herself because she is sick of this continued existence. While trying to save Kailey, she makes the switch and introduced Morgan family and all of Kailey’s friends at school. Plus all the other Incarnates. So the only characters you know a good bit about are Sera, as she is the main character, and Kailey, as Sera took her place. In my opinion, everyone else falls short. Not quite cardboard, but not really memorable.
b.) Plot: 3/5 score. I don’t know how i feel about the plot. Sera just kept trying to leave Cyrus. It gets interesting toward the end, and then Williams drops a bomb on you that could or could not be true. If it was a stand-only book, the rating would be lower, but as there are more books, I am hopeful that this leads to something more or better.
c.) Writing style: 3/5 score. Sera did feel old, but ignorant at times(which is explain in the story as Cyrus sheltering her). Yet Sera knew how to use Myspace, Facebook, an IPhone, and on that IPhone, Word’s With Friends. Also, I hate when authors use specifics like all that listed above. Because on a couple of months, Words With Friends will be forgotten. Maybe I am nit-picking over that, but it’s something that always gets under my skin. Other than that, nothing blew me away about her writing.