Monthly Archives: June 2015

Book Title:
Alive
Book Author:
Scott Sigler
Book Series:
The Generations Trilogy, #1
Publishing Date:
July 14, 2015
Publisher:
Del Rey
Date Read:
June 17, 2015

Synopsis

For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising comes a gripping sci-fi adventure in which a group of teenagers wake up in a mysterious corridor with no knowledge of who they are or how they got trapped. Their only hope lies with an indomitable young woman who must lead them not only to answers but to survival. “I open my eyes to darkness. Total darkness. I hear my own breathing, but nothing else. I lift my head . . . it thumps against something solid and unmoving. There is a board right in front of my face. No, not a board . . . a lid.” A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people . . . and no answers. She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they're to have any chance, she must get them to trust each other. Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there's a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.

My Review

In the back of the book, the author includes a note asking not to give any spoilers away when reviewing this book.  While that might make this a difficult review, I definitely believe that this book needs to be experienced … Continue reading

3 stars
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Book Title:
Those Girls
Book Author:
Lauren Saft
Publishing Date:
June 9, 2015
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book for Young Readers
Date Read:
June 16, 2015

Synopsis

Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can't help but stab you in it. Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica arethose girls: They're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them-and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band-without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend and a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved-literally, figuratively, physically...she's not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever or tears them apart for good? In a debut novel that is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl and how often even the closest of friends walk the thin line between love and hate.

My Review

Part of me is somewhat embarrassed to have given this book three stars.  That means…I kind of liked this.  It took me a few days to even figure out how to review this, it was just so…bad.  But bad in … Continue reading

3 stars
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Book Title:
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
Book Author:
Fredrik Backman
Publishing Date:
June 16, 2015
Publisher:
Atria Books
Date Read:
June 15, 2015

Synopsis

From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales. Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s internationally bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and an ode to one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

My Review

I absolutely loved A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  It was one of the most touching, important books that I have read, probably in my lifetime.  It had a wonderful message and it was such a touching story that … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
A Man Called Ove
Book Author:
Fredrik Backman
Publishing Date:
July 15, 2014
Publisher:
Atria Books
Date Read:
March 29, 2015
Source:
Purchased

Synopsis

In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

My Review

With the upcoming release of Fredrik Backman’s new novel, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, I thought that I would do a special review of his debut novel, A Man Called Ove.  I had originally reviewed this … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Between the Notes
Book Author:
Sharon Huss Roat
Publishing Date:
June 16, 2015
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Date Read:
June 11, 2015

Synopsis

When Ivy is forced to move to the “wrong side of the tracks” due to economic hard times, she discovers that not everything—or everyone—is what they seem, even herself. Fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen will love this funny, poignant, and relatable story. When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Forced to give up her allowance, cell phone, and the window seat in her lilac-colored bedroom, Ivy moves with her family from her affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, aka “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad-boy-next-door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel…and there is no way to stop them. Once things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some surprising new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. And she may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were…including herself.

My Review

Yes, I’m giving this one five stars! I loved every single thing about this book, from the characters, the settings, the story…just everything about this book was utterly fantastic. We start off with Ivy, a teenage girl who lives in … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Charlie, Presumed Dead
Book Author:
Anne Heltzel
Publishing Date:
June 2, 2015
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
June 8, 2015

Synopsis

In this thrilling tale of suspense and deception, two girls are shocked to discover they've both been dating the same boy when they show up at his funeral. What else don't they know about Charlie Price? As they travel from Paris, to London, to Mumbai to Bangkok, the girls try to figure out Charlie's secrets but soon discover they are harboring secrets of their own. This page-turning psychological mystery will engulf teen fans of Gillian Flynn and Gossip Girl. In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own. No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.

My Review

Thrilling?  No.  Suspense?  Ehh… I don’t even know what to call this, aside from kind of boring and lackluster. Honestly…it felt like it took me forever to finish this book.  That’s such a shame because I was so looking forward … Continue reading

2 stars
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Book Title:
Kissing in America
Book Author:
Margo Rabb
Publishing Date:
May 26, 2015
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Date Read:
June 4, 2015

Synopsis

From the acclaimed author of Cures for Heartbreak comes an unforgettable new novel, striking in its depiction of love, loss, and growing up. In the years following her father’s untimely death, sixteen-year-old Eva has sought the comfort of romance novels and poetry to assuage her grief. Then she meets Will, and for the first time, Eva feels understood. Through their connection, she’s able to escape the pain of her dad’s passing and the difficult relationship with her mother. But when Will makes a sudden move to California, Eva is right back where she started. With the help of her best friend, Annie, Eva concocts a plan to leave New York and travel across the country to see Will. But even though freedom and romance are almost within reach, Eva can’t avoid the problems she’s been trying to ignore—and the truth that love, in all its forms, can be just as painful as loss.

My Review

I didn’t hate this book.  I liked it.  It was a really quick read for me and I really enjoyed it – up until the end.  Yes, the ending pissed me off in such a way that I wanted to … Continue reading

3 stars
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Book Title:
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Book Author:
Sarah Ockler
Publishing Date:
June 2, 2015
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Date Read:
June 2, 2015

Synopsis

From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance. The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak. Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one. Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life. When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them…

My Review

I love fairy tale retellings.  When I came across this book, I was so excited to read it, because it’s a retelling of The Little Mermaid.  The Little Mermaid has always been one of my absolute favorites, so I was … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
The Witch Hunter
Book Author:
Virginia Boecker
Publishing Date:
June 2, 2015
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
June 1, 2015

Synopsis

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut. Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear. Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him. But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate. Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

My Review

I wasn’t really sure what I to expect when I started this book.  I’d read a lot of mixed reviews before I had even started it, so I was trying to be as fair as I could be and not … Continue reading

5 stars
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So after weeks and weeks of thinking of a name for this blog, I finally managed to create one!  Still working on things, adding reviews, all that fun stuff.  But for now, it’s a nice beginning =]

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