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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Review: Mosquitoland

Mosquitoland Mosquitoland by David Arnold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mosquitoland by David Arnold is strangely good.

Summary from Goodreads:
"I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

I really thought this book was odd. It was not exactly in a bad way; it just wasn't as good as I expected.

I thought Mim was a hilarious character, and a good representative of a teenager with a screwed up life. I would have thought it would be so neat to travel on a greyhound bus like she did. I really enjoyed reading about her relationship with the old lady on the bus. It was nice seeing Mim try to find her mom.

Beck and Walt were very cute characters. Walt was a boy who had a mental illness that made him kind of immature. He was still the sweetest, and was a foil to Beck's seriousness. Beck was an adorable love interest. He was sweet and perfect to Mim.

I loved Mim's journey. She went out to find her mom, but ended up sort of finding herself. She realized that she had to take care of herself.

Overall, this was a quirky book with quirky characters.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review: Because You'll Never Meet Me

Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Because You'll Never Meet Me is a very interesting novel.

In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.

I am writing this review now because I realized I finished the book a long time ago.

I started out reading this book thinking it was a realistic fiction. It definitely wasn't. The characters were abnormal and they talked about strange labs. I don't even know what genre this book would be considered. Maybe modern sci-fantasy?

Ollie was a little weird. He only loved one girl, and would do anything possible to get to his Liz. The relationship between them seemed false, and Ollie's mom was also strange. I don't really know what was going on with her. One good thing about Ollie is that his attitude was usually better.

Moritz was a bit more abnormal. He didn't seem to act like a real teenager. His friends were also strange, and the whole bully problem was just plain weird.

There were some redeeming qualities of this book. The letter format really worked, and the flashbacks were nice. It just wasn't my type of book.

Overall, this is a really strange book.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: Spin the Sky

Spin the Sky Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Spin The Sky by Jill MacKenzie is an amazing book!

Summary from Goodreads:
Magnolia Woodson wants nothing more than to get her and her sister, Rose, out of the pitifully small, clamming-obsessed Oregon town that hates them—she just doesn’t know how. Forced to put up with the snide comments and hateful looks the townspeople throw at them, Mags thinks she’s destined to pay for the horrible, awful thing her mom did—and that she’s left her and Rose to deal with—until the day she dies.

But when a nationwide televised dance competition posts tryouts in nearby Portland, Mags’s best friend, George, says they have to go and audition. Not only have they spent the past fourteen years of their lives dancing side-by-side, dreaming of a day just like this, but also it could be Mags’s chance of a lifetime—a chance to win the grand-prize money and get her and Rose out of Summerland, a chance to do the thing she loves most with everyone watching, a chance to show the town that she’s not—and has never been—a “no-good Woodson girl,” like her mother. But will the competition prove too steep? And will Mags be able to retain her friendship with George as they go head-to-head in tryouts? Mags will have to learn that following her dreams may mean changing her life forever.

I really loved the whole concept of this book. The dance part was so interesting, and it made me root for Mags. Any books with competitions and TV are up my alley, so this was great.

Despite the kind of trivial setting, this book is also surprisingly deep. It is about a girl who's mom killed someone. She got this teenage girl hooked on drugs until she died, and the made the whole town turn on her. Mags keeps feeling like she has to care about what the people think about her. She thinks they can control her live.

The drama in this book was amazingly huge. There were these scenes between Mags and her best friend George, and also scenes about drama scattered throughout.

I really liked the characters, and how everyone had two sides to them. Jill MacKenzie does a good job creating realistic characters.

This book started out slow. I couldn't put the book down from like 40% through on. I am glad I didn't, because it was all worth it in the end. The ending was amazing and kind of sad.

There were so many feelings in this book. I couldn't stop my emotions while reading it. There were some points where I was laughing in my head, others where I was inwardly screaming and crying.

Overall, this is a great book about the reality of a reality TV show.

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Cover Reveal: Fading Frost

Title: Fading Frost
Author: Alicia Rades
Genre: YA Paranormal
Cover Designer: Clarissa Yeo of Yocla Designs
Publisher: PaperPlane Publishing

Where do you turn when you lose a piece of yourself?

CRYSTAL FROST has known for a year that she's psychic, but a car accident leaves her sixth sense weaker than ever. When she begins sensing a ghost she can't actually see, Crystal isn't sure if she has what it takes to help. Meanwhile, her friend Derek is going through something personal, only Crystal doesn't know what's wrong. Will she be able to help this ghost cross over, help Derek find peace, and save her own life in the process?

Alicia Rades is an award-winning young adult paranormal author with a love for supernatural stories set in the modern world. When she's not plotting out fiction novels, she's running her own professional writing business, plowing her way through her never-ending reading list, or preparing for the backpacking trips she takes every summer. In college, Alicia majored in communications with an emphasis on professional writing. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two cats.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Review: Landry in Like

Landry in Like Landry in Like by Krysten Lindsay Hager
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Landry in Like is an adorable book about friendship and first love.

Summary from Goodreads:
Things seem to be going well in Landry Albright’s world—she’s getting invited to be on local talk shows to talk about her modeling career, her best friends have her back, and her boyfriend Vladi has becoming someone she can truly count on…and then everything changes.

Suddenly it seems like most of the girls in school are into hanging out at a new teen dance club, while Landry just wants to spend her weekends playing video games and baking cup-cakes at sleepovers. Then, Yasmin McCarty, the most popular girl in school, starts to come between Landry’s friendship with her best friend Ashanti. Things take a turn when Yasmin tells Vladi that Landry is interested in another boy. Can Landry get her relationships with Ashanti and Vladi back or will she be left out and left behind?

Sorry I got to this review so late. In all honesty, I forgot I still had to write a review.

I really liked Landry in this book. She was a sweet and kind teenager. I liked the way that she didn't always want to do what was popular. That is something you don't usually see, but that really happens.

I thought that this book was pretty predictable. It seemed like the other books, but with different drama. However, in this tye of thing it kind of worked. It made it seem like real teenage problems. However, most teenagers seem to have more serious problems along with the trivial ones.

This book could really help a tween or young teen learn how to act as they get older. It teaches about doing what you think is right, not letting little things get to you, and about how friends are very important along with family.

Overall, this is a great book with great morals.

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