1. AVA XOX is the third book in the Ava and Pip series by Carol Weston. Written in journal format, it's the story of 5th grader Ava as she deals with1. AVA XOX is the third book in the Ava and Pip series by Carol Weston. Written in journal format, it's the story of 5th grader Ava as she deals with various issues in her life. This book talks about Valentine's Day (and boys), the importance of language, as well as body image and acceptance.
2. Confession: I have not read the first two books in the series. But that did not stop me from loving Ava from the get go! She's adorable, from her loathing of meatless mondays to her obsession with palindromes and other word choices. She gets herself into a bit of trouble in this book, but clearly her heart is always in the right place.
3. I love the sister relationship between Ava and Pip. They're separated in age by two years so even though they go through similar situations, they're clearly in different life stages. They get along for the most part but of course they have rifts every now and then. One of the funniest scenes is when Pip takes 2 pieces of gum from Ava's night stand and Ava freaks out on her because that gum was a GIFT from CHUCK. haha
4. The diversity. I enjoyed how there were casual mentions of different ages, different races, different sexualities. I wish I had read a book series like this when I was Ava's age. Very good representation of what the world is really like.
5. I like the friendship between Ava and Chuck. It's very realistic and it made me laugh at the end when he admitted that he wasn't even sure how he became Kelli's boyfriend in the first place. The agreement that he and Ava came to at the end was cute. I think it's important in middle grade books to show that boys and girls can be friends.
Thank you for the review copy, Netgalley and Sourcebooks....more
I think this book had it's ups and downs, but was an interesting look into how David Shapiro started a tumblr blog as a side project and it became a pI think this book had it's ups and downs, but was an interesting look into how David Shapiro started a tumblr blog as a side project and it became a pretty big deal! If you're a fellow twenty-something, struggling and looking for inspiration in your post-college life, you should give this book a shot. The writing isn't the best and the story isn't life changing but it's an interesting look at how writing even the littlest things on the internet can garner interest in others....more
5 Things to Know About: Blood and Water by Briana Morgan (This is a copy/paste review from my blog)
1. Blood and Water is the first book by author Brian5 Things to Know About: Blood and Water by Briana Morgan (This is a copy/paste review from my blog)
1. Blood and Water is the first book by author Briana Morgan. I found out about her on twitter a couple of weeks ago and when I saw that she released her first book recently, I knew I wanted to check it out.
2. The beginning of this book was very enticing. It starts out with Jay thinking that there's an intruder in his apartment, and as he learns of who it really is, the virus is introduced and we're given some more of the back story. It moved a little slowly at first and I wasn't sure where the story was going, but that really gave us a chance to get to know the friend group (Jay, Sean, Melanie, and Jay's sister Maia) better.
3. I always judge books by their covers and I really like how well this cover fits the plot. The title also really fits the plot too. As I kept reading things would happen and I would think to myself, "Oh! That relates back to the title." haha
4. I really enjoyed how while the virus was a driving part of the plot, it wasn't the WHOLE story. The whole story was the different relationships going on between the characters. Sean and Melanie, the seasoned couple of the friend group. Jay and Maia, fighting for their lives and to keep their family bonded together. Jay and Melanie, having secret feelings for each other that they know they can't act on. Jay and Fleur (his doctor), having an inappropriate and unethical lust for each other.
5. I really recommend this book if you like stories with strongly written characters and are open to a surprising (and slightly morbid) plot twists. I look forward to reading more from Briana in the future and I think you will too....more