4 to 16 Characters is a story of Jane who loves being online and creating fake personalities mixed with her own reality to not face her own world.
I hate to admit this, but I related to Jane A LOT in this book. A few years ago I was apart of the very popular fandom of LOST, and would often role play characters from the tv. While I didn't do the fan fiction writing of it, the role play was very much in the same sense. I was glued to my group of online writing fans and we would talk about the show and talk about up coming lines we would have in the writing group. It was a lot of fun at the time. It's something that was a lot of fun, and allowed you to connect with other fans in the same fandom. Unlike Jane, I didn't have multiple personalities online. Just the one I was writing in the group, and when I was talking "out of character" I was true to who I was.
I thought this book was entertaining and a quick read. This was told through emails, posts, and other forms of online which makes the book quick. The only thing I would complain about is that the adults had voices like children. Sure the father did lose his wife and was a drunk, but how it was written he sounded like a whiny teenager. Overall, not a bad book. Enjoyable. (less)
This story takes place in modern times and around a few different characters lives through the end of the world synopsis. You have Aries who was on he...moreThis story takes place in modern times and around a few different characters lives through the end of the world synopsis. You have Aries who was on her way to play practice, Michael who was driving with his friend, Mason who received some tragic news and Clementine who was at a town meeting when things happened. An earth quake took over the world, and you either survived or you didn't. If you survived you became one of them the "Baggers" or you fought to survive.
I have been on a dystophian kick lately, and I loved this book. Each chapter is told from the point of views of Aries, Mason, Clementine, Michael and Nothing. You watch each of them survive the destruction, and each work their way towards each other.
The writing was so different from many young adult books. It often felt that it should be geared towards adults. There was some scenes that some would not be able to handle if you have a weak stomach. You watched characters fight for their lives, and also fight the demons in themselves. I would recommend this in a beat for someone who likes dystophian type books and looking for a quick and easy read. I kept think how interesting this would be turned into a film or tv show. There wasn't a single character I didn't like. (less)
If I'm honest, I bought this book by mistake. I thought it was a set of postcards that I originally wanted to purchase. I figured they would be great...moreIf I'm honest, I bought this book by mistake. I thought it was a set of postcards that I originally wanted to purchase. I figured they would be great for that. I was surprised when I got this, and it was a book of photographs of little people doing street things. This was one of those mistakes turned into something that I loved. The photographs in Slikachu were great to look at and the idea was great. It was one of those "Why didn't I think of that?". I found myself chuckling at some of the photographs that they had. My favorites were tourist, urban camping, the mother load, our fist home, one false move, office politics, scavengers, "they;re no pets Susan" and bad first date.
After receiving the book through Amazon, I did some research on the Little People project to see some more art work by Slinkachu. Apparently, this project started as a blog and worked it's way into a book. What's nice about this book is that you see the photograph of the idea at hand, and you also see the photograph from far away.
Either way I really enjoyed this nice surprise. I've encluded some pictures from the blog site, and will enclude the link as well so you can go check it out.(less)
Lucid is a story about Sloane and Maggie both teenagers. Sloane is an actress trying to make her name in Hollywood. She also has a life style that most teenagers don't have. She goes to auditions instead of classrooms, has a parent whose not in the picture all that much because she works at Vogue magazine. She also has a little sister who she feels is her only best friend. Then there's Maggie who is just like every other teenage girl. She goes to school, has her set of friends, does photography, but she also did lose her best friend one night. Both girls struggle with the idea of sleep. When one goes to bed they dream of the other girls life.
I loved the premise of Lucid. I always love reading about dream worlds and sleep. Each chapter is about each of the girls life. You see each girl struggle through out their ordinary day, and how Sloane goes to therapy to cope with her dream life and her struggle with her mia mother.
The end felt rushed and terrible. This book would have received four stars, but I was not impressed with the ending. It confused me, and I'm not easily confused when it comes to reading things. It became too much of a blur and it happened really quickly. It felt choppy. I think if they weren't trying to rush it it would have made it a little bit cleaner for an ending. (less)
** This novel was given to me by the author for an honest review **
The Parts I Remember starts off with Kelly entering college with the Dean stating...more** This novel was given to me by the author for an honest review **
The Parts I Remember starts off with Kelly entering college with the Dean stating that one in three do not finish their college education. Of course being freshman, Kelly and the other freshman laugh this off. You watch Kelly get into the party scene, and sleep with random guys.
Things start to get out of control for Kelly when she hits her junior year. Shots are being done constantly and the experiment with hard drugs come into play. Her sister and her boyfriend don't buy into Kelly's act of partying which puts a thorn in their relationship.
Tradgey strikes towards the end of the book, and we see where Kelly's drinking and partying plays an important part and how it effects everyone.
This was my first 'new young adult', and I rather enjoyed it. While I couldn't relate to Kelly since I'm not a partier myself I did enjoy her as a character. She was likeable from the start, and kept true to herself in towards the end. You started to wonder what it was going to take to get her to change her ways.
The writing was wonderful, and I was hooked. It's a good read for those who like the party scene, but it's also a good read to show how your choices effect other people. I also liked that it wasn't preachy. Sure there is a moral to the book, but it wasn't smack in your face like some of them can be. Everything meshed perfectly. Very enjoyable. (less)
How to be a Good Wife is a story about Marta who has always known her life with her professor husband Hector. However, when their son leaves the nest...moreHow to be a Good Wife is a story about Marta who has always known her life with her professor husband Hector. However, when their son leaves the nest things start to change for Marta. She starts to see things, and isn’t quite sure if these things are real or not.
When I first received the novel from NetGalley, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from it. How to be a Good Wife? Eh, sounded like it could end up being good or bad. HOWEVER, I absolutely loved this book. The pacing can be a little slow, but once you hit that bang things pick up rather quickly. There is a good bang. You’ve seen this over and over, but in How to be a Good Wife, it’s the perfect twist. It fits nicely and you forget that you’ve seen it before.
While I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, I found myself attached to Marta. I wanted to find out her story and wait for that bang that I was waiting for. The realization of things and where these visions are coming from.
The ending was a little disappointing for me, but overall the book was great. Definitely recommend for those who like a good mystery and thriller. It would also be good for a book club pick. (less)
Cracks is a coming of age story about a group of girls who live in a boarding school in Africa. They are all on the swim team, and queens of the scho...more Cracks is a coming of age story about a group of girls who live in a boarding school in Africa. They are all on the swim team, and queens of the school because of it. They stick to their crowd. When a new girl named Fiamma comes to school the attention the girls once received is now on her. Fiamma goes missing and the story of her disappearance begins to unfold.
This book was suggested to me by a friend to read, and I’m glad she did. While the beginning part of the story is rather slow, it does need to set up the story for the ending. I loved the characters, dialog, and how the story as a whole was written.
Cracks is DEFINITELY not for everyone. It does deal with some tough issues with teens and while these issues do generally happen with adult male characters we get an interesting take of how these situations can happen with an adult female. I will advise if you can’t handle difficult situations, do not read the book. I would suggest the movie since it is toned down and a lot is taken out for that reason.
The only problem that I had, which I thankfully got over, was the author put herself as one of the girls. My friend pointed out that it was to tell the story from her point of view. I understood her view of why it was done, but sometimes that doesn’t always work. Thankfully in this case the author putting herself in the story worked and fit perfect with what was going on. Note: the story is a work of fiction and not a memoir. The author is just simply a character.
Overall the book was great, and glad it was recommended to me. I would highly recommend it if you can handle adult situations. (less)
Silent Echo is a story about Portia who is a high school girl living a normal life for the most part. The only thing that is wrong with her is that sh...moreSilent Echo is a story about Portia who is a high school girl living a normal life for the most part. The only thing that is wrong with her is that she is silent, and her best friend is deaf. They make it work and always have. They have a special bond that keeps them together. One day Portia realizes that she has a voice in an accident that saves her former best friend Charlotte. It is a secret between them that Portia now can talk. Through the troubles Portia meets Max a new student from NY who is living with his Aunt and Uncle while his father is suffering in an institution. Portia struggles with the new voice and her new discovery that she isn’t human but a God. She has to learn how to balance them both, and learn how to conquer the demons.
When I first read the synopsis of the books I was really intrigued. It wasn’t what I expected. I first thought it was going to be a normal realistic fiction about a friendship between a deaf boy and silent girl. It sounded great and original. I was glad later that I re-read the plot line before receiving the book and realize that it wasn’t what I was originally thinking. That would have left me completely disappointed reading the book. The book was hard to get into because Greek mythology isn’t really my forte when it comes to reading. I have to concentrate hard on reading through all of it, and understanding how each story goes together. The first part of this book was great. I loved it. I do love the authors writing and it’s not like most YA’s out there; very descriptive and beautiful story telling. I liked both Max and Felix. It was hard to choose a side in the love triangle because both of them were great.
However, there were some things that I had a hard time with. I found myself squirming with the Gods having cell phones, computers, and emails. While I liked Portia at first I started to not like her half way through. I know it was the “sisters” coming out through her, but I couldn’t handle it. There were times that Portia asked for help, but no one helped her.
The thing that redeemed the ending was the epilogue. It had me wanting more even if I struggled with the book in general. It was a great way to close the book and with the option of having more in the series. I think this book will be liked by those who like Percy Jackson, and not so much The Hunger Games. I may have not liked this book, but I did like the way the author writes so I will look for her future work. (less)
Forgive me, Leonard Peacock is a story about Leonard who has a plan of killing his former best friend Mason and then killing himself by the time the s...moreForgive me, Leonard Peacock is a story about Leonard who has a plan of killing his former best friend Mason and then killing himself by the time the story finishes. In the process he gives gifts to those that meant something to him. You find out through the stories of his friendships what lead up to the final moments.
I couldn’t finish this book. I love gritty teen novels like this one, and it was written well however I could have dealt without the obsession with the Nazis or the jumping back and forth between future letters to the present Leonard from the future Leonard in a way that spoiled the ending for me. If he’s writing a letter from the future, you know the ending.
I put this book down at 37% and couldn’t read any more. (less)
Mechanical is a story about a high school student named Drew. Drew is much different from the typical student. She is an android, and she is perfect....moreMechanical is a story about a high school student named Drew. Drew is much different from the typical student. She is an android, and she is perfect. She has been asleep for many years until the creators turned her on again. Drew is given a mission and she must follow through with it. She is sent to a local high school, and observes the humans. Things start to change for Drew. She starts to make friends with the humans, and starts to fall in love with one. This is where things start to get difficult. Drew’s mission changes and Drew starts to question her creators and why exactly she had been turned back on from years of being shut off.
Mechanical is your classic droid vs maker and good vs. evil. I really enjoyed this book. It isn’t the typical YA book that I read, and it was the first sci-fi one that I’ve read. I loved Drew. It was interesting to watch her go through the process of what she was used to doing to what she thought was right; being with the humans changed her ways of thinking on the creators. It was a struggle for her, and that struggle made her more human. She also has to work at blending in with the humans. Picking up on how they laugh, talk, and behave around each other so she fits in.
It wasn’t until half way through the book that Drew started to see the real picture. She hears that her roommate Yvonne’s mission changed, and she wants to empress the creators so bad. However, when she starts to realize what she’s doing she again fights her inner morals. She begins to rebel.
Overall this book was a fast and enjoyable read. At the end, I literally said ‘Oh man!’ out loud because I wanted more, and it does leave you hanging. It’s a perfect set up for a trilogy. I can’t wait to read the next ones! (less)
Laura Reid is a college freshman who takes a semester abroad to Russia because Russia is one of her favorite countries. It is in Russia that she meet...more Laura Reid is a college freshman who takes a semester abroad to Russia because Russia is one of her favorite countries. It is in Russia that she meets Aloyisha. He shows her the streets of Russia and the two start to fall in love. However, Laura finds out quickly that Russian's tend to want only one thing. A ticket out. Does Aloyisha really love Laura or is he us using her as his ticket?
I felt this novel fell flat. It was hard for me to enjoy any of the characters. I expected more. In the description it stated parties and under ground. However, this wasn't the case. It was just house parties with Aloyisha's friends. It wasn't a secret romance as well. All her friends knew of it and so did his.
Even though the story fell flat for me, I can see it being a hit for those who enjoy romance in foreign countries. The author did do a great job describing different parts of Russia to the reader, and I did get a visual of where they were at all times. That is a good thing for someone who has never been.
Read the novel at your own discretion. The plus side is I may pick up another Standiford novel in the future.(less)
This book was given to me by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing for a review. Thank you very much.
It takes only 4 seconds to reach ones death off th...moreThis book was given to me by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing for a review. Thank you very much.
It takes only 4 seconds to reach ones death off the Golden Gate at a dive of 75 miles per hour. Kevin Hines miraculously survived the jump to tell about it. Cracked, Not Broken is Kevin's struggles with his bi-polar disorder. He struggles through adult life, and finds out what works for him and what doesn't.
I found this book very moving and close to home for me. I've seen the bridge countless times on my way up to San Francisco, and can't imagine anyone jumping off the big structure. However, it happens and it's a scary thing to process. I first heard about the issues of the bridge through the movie The Bridge which is just as compelling story as Kevin's.
Through the book my own emotions were on a roller coaster. I was sad to see someone my own age struggle, and attempt his own life. You read about his ups and downs through the years. You're happy when he's happy and you're sad when he's sad. You did not want him to fail when he was down. It's a very moving non fiction and a good read for those who do not know what the disorder is and or struggling with their own. It's good to know that someone else has the same thing as you. Great novel to read about mental health. (less)
I love everything Everest. The mystery behind it, the story, and the scenery. I will never make it up the mountain myself, so I live vigorously throug...moreI love everything Everest. The mystery behind it, the story, and the scenery. I will never make it up the mountain myself, so I live vigorously through books of those who did. In this case when I found the story of Peak, I had to read it.
Peak is a 14 year old boy who lives in NYC with his mother. He gets in trouble with the law because he was climbing skyscrapers. Once caught, he is sentenced on probation, but he also joins his dad who is a mountaineer. When Peak gets to where his dad is located he is shocked to find out that he's going to be climbing Everest. He is shocked, and hurt once he finds out that his attempt up Everest isn't for himself but his father's personal gain as Peak would be the youngest person up the mountain.
The story was well written, and the author knew what he was talking about. A lot of research went into the novel, and you can tell. For this type of story that is needed. I loved this story. I'm slightly disappointed at the end, but the ending is still bittersweet. Some parts of the story it did drag, but I plugged through it.
Highly recommend for anyone who likes a good tail of struggle and lessons learned through those struggles. (less)
So Much Closer is a story about a girl named Brooke who decides that she wants to move to NYC because she finds out that her "soul mate" is leaving an...moreSo Much Closer is a story about a girl named Brooke who decides that she wants to move to NYC because she finds out that her "soul mate" is leaving and moving there. She leaves her friends, mother and everything she has established in New Jersey and moves.
Okay. This book made me a little frustrated from the beginning. Who really decides to move to NYC over a boy at the age of sixteen, and not look like a stalker? Brooke not only ends up in the same school as her crush Scott, but she ends up telling him the truth of why she moved to NYC. He's cool with it, and they start to date. Brooke finds out that her old friends in Jersey start to live their lives without her. She gets offended that they do so, but she also starts to live her life with new friends of Sadie and John.
As much as the plot line annoyed me I still do like Susan as a writer. I couldn't stand Brooke or Scott. I did love John and Sadie. I wish there was more of them. The ending did make me go aww even though at the beginning it did frustrate me. It was a good coming to terms with the situation at hand story. There were some things that were just pointless, and annoying. (less)
The Loop is a story of Ben and Maggie. They are stuck in a time line that gets repeated over and over again, and they have to find ways to beat the cl...moreThe Loop is a story of Ben and Maggie. They are stuck in a time line that gets repeated over and over again, and they have to find ways to beat the clock which leads up to their fate, which is death. It starts with Ben not knowing what is going on, and then Maggie meets him. The loop starts to fall into place. Ben starts to remember, and they meet characters along the way like Steve who helps them challenge the loop and Roy who ends their fate.
I loved everything about this book. While we don’t get much history on Maggie and Ben, I feel their relationship worked. I loved their relationship whether they were romantic or friends. Both showed feelings from the start. I loved the scene with the fog and the car.
For how short this book was, everything worked. There were parts where I was confused a little bit, but thankfully I was able to make sense of it shortly after. You start off with Ben’s point of view, but then towards the end you are given Maggie’s and it’s quick. It gives you the scenes that you don’t see during Ben’s point of view.
The ending definitely leaves you hanging, and wanting more. I thought it was a great way to end it. I look forward to reading more books by Lawson. (less)