Bria Sandoval is devastated when her boyfriend Toby dumps her at the end of their senior year and tells he...more*ARC Review*
Do you remember your first love?
Bria Sandoval is devastated when her boyfriend Toby dumps her at the end of their senior year and tells her she needs to move on with her life. The problem is Toby was her life and now she doesn’t know what to do, so she signs up for a tour of Central America just to get away and clear her head. Along the way she meets some pretty colorful characters like Starling and Rowan. They take Bria under their wing and show her how to travel like a “real” backpacker.
Bria is such a likable character. I just wanted to give her a hug and say “I understand. We’ve all been there before. Don’t give up. I promise it gets better and you will survive this. (view spoiler)[And if you like I will gladly punch Toby in the face. Just kidding,violence is not the answer. But someone needs to teach him a lesson. You just don't treat people that way. (hide spoiler)] And if I ever go backpacking across Central America I want someone like Rowan as my guide.
Wanderlove is one of those books a lot of young adults will relate to. It’s an inspirational story about finding the strength to start over and learning from your past mistakes. Oh and did I mention the cool illustrations in the book. The author drew them herself. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
“It’s against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do.”-Evanjalin
So I just added another Marchetta book to my collection. It’s sa...more“It’s against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do.”-Evanjalin
So I just added another Marchetta book to my collection. It’s sad really. I don’t even know why I bother checking them out from the library first. I always end up buying them after I read them. Once again Marchetta has brought me to tears and made me fall in love with all her characters. It’s like she takes you to the darkest place possible, breaking your heart into a million tiny pieces, and then slowly puts it back together; and yet you thank her for it.
Finnikin of the Rock is such a beautiful story. It will make you think about the world we live in today. Why do we let certain things happen? Why do we often tell ourselves that there is nothing we can do? How do we choose what battles to fight? These are all the questions that Finnikin must answer for himself.
I love this story as much as I do Jellicoe Road….well, almost. Jellicoe Road will always be my favorite Marchetta book, but Finnikin is a really close second.
Favorite quotes “He knows no other way but ugliness,” Sir Topher said quietly. “He was taught no other lessons but those of force. His teachers have been scum who live by their own rules. No one has ever taught him otherwise.” “Am I to forgive?” she said, her voice shaking with anger. “No,” he said sadly. “Pity him. Or give him new rules. Or put him down like a wild animal before he becomes a monster who destroys everything he encounters.”
“You list the dead. You tell the stories of the past. You write about the catastrophes and the massacres. What about the living, Finnikin? Who honors them?” (less)
Ridley is that high school girl every girl wants to be and every guy wants to be with. You know the pretty and popular cheerleading captain who's dati...moreRidley is that high school girl every girl wants to be and every guy wants to be with. You know the pretty and popular cheerleading captain who's dating the football quarterback. She has the perfect life right? What more could a girl want?
So while Ridley may have the perfect school life, her home life is another story. Three years ago she and her older sister Izzy were involved in horrible car accident. Ridley survived, Izzy didn't. So now Ridley usually comes home to an empty house because her mom is an alcoholic who heads straight for the bar when she gets off work and Ridley's father travels for work and only comes home on weekends. When the family is all together they pretend that everything is ok and there is no mention of Izzy or the car accident that changed all of their lives.
Ridley is perfectly content with pretending that everything in her life is perfect and that she enjoys being part of the popular crowd just so she can get her scholarship to Stanford. That is until transfer student Bo arrives at school. Something about him is familiar but Ridley just can't put her finger on it. After spending time with him she begins to question her relationship with her boyfriend and her loyalty to her so called friends. After she stands up to her friends for bullying another student and breaks up with her boyfriend, Ridley is now an outcast and barely hangs on to her position as cheerleading captain. But it's all worth it because she has Bo now! Right? Wrong!
Bo has a death wish. He was turned into a vampire against his will and the people who did it also killed his father so he is seeking revenge. He is doing everything in power to find and kill all the vampires that had anything to do with his father's death. Drinking their blood is slowly killing him but he refuses to stop until they are all dead.
I really liked this story, it was fast paced and full of action. Ridley ends up becoming some kind of badass in the end so I will definitely check out the second book in this series. Plus I'm just in the mood for vampires. (less)
I'm so happy I found this series. I like this book more than the first one. Funny and full of action. All the characters are awesome, especia...more4.5 stars
I'm so happy I found this series. I like this book more than the first one. Funny and full of action. All the characters are awesome, especially Jaycie, Matt, & Haylee. I even loved Clarissa even though I'm sure I wasn't supposed to, but she was just too funny. I hope there is a third book coming out.(less)
Nobody Owens aka Bod is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Owens as a toddler and is given the Freedom of the Graveyard. Over the next several years Bod embarks...moreNobody Owens aka Bod is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Owens as a toddler and is given the Freedom of the Graveyard. Over the next several years Bod embarks on numerous little misadventures that end up preparing him for his showdown with Jack, the man who killed his family.
This is such a delightful little story and l love it; especially the characters. Silas is a badass guardian who is neither dead nor alive and he has a neat little way of making people do what he wants them to. Bod is so brave and honorable even at the tender age of five. I almost like him as much as I do Harry Potter. I even like the bad Ghouls. They were funny and had awesome names like the 33rd President of the United States, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, & the famous writer Victor Hugo.
This is one of my top ten favorite reads of the year and I highly recommend it to everyone. (less)