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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review: Be True to Me

Be True to Me

byAdele Griffin
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Historical
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Synopsis:

It's the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where feathered hair and the Bicentennial celebration reign. Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten. Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, falls for Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.
Told through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, as they experience feeling like an outsider and first love.




Be True to Me by Adele Griffin is a refreshing summer tale about love and power.

This book is about two girls. There is Jean, the privileged and typical Sunken Haven girl, and Fritz, an outsider. They are both in town for the summer. When Jean meets Gil, a young apprenticing businessman, she falls in love. Gil meets her on the island where Fritz starts to crush on him. Who will come out on top in this love triangle?

I really loved the setting of this story. It was set on Fire Island during the summer of 1976. It is a rich island. The whole story was filled with a description of the setting. I don't usually read books about really privileged people so this was an interesting read.

Fritz and Jean were both really interesting and full characters. I started out liking Jean more. It could have been that they started out the book by using her perspective, or it could have been for some other reason. However, as the story went on, I found myself on Fritz's side. Jean turned into a whiny brat, and Fritz was the more mature character.

As both girls were pining for Gil, I got kind of irritated. It was a love triangle that I didn't really like, and the main downfall of the book. The thing that kept me reading was the vivid storyline and drama. I mean, especially Jean couldn't seem to get over the fact that Gil didn't want to spend every waking moment with her.

The ending of this book was amazing. I am going to try not to spoil it. Needless to say, you need to read this book. I rushed through the ending and found myself with a whirlwind of emotions. It made this book the easy four stars it is for me.

Overall, this was a good book with a lot of tension.




 "It was deliberate.  She'd seen me.  She was cut-and-plunge intercepting."
I like this quote from Jean because it shows how dramatic and self-centered she could be.
"Lessons are one thing.  But nobody can instruct that killer groove of tennis, the gut and soul of how to chase that ball all over the court, how to let your body free itself to take its chances."
I love this quote from Fritz, and it is probably my favorite one.  It doesn't just fit for tennis but talks about skills in most any sport.
"We'd hit it off like bang-firecrackers.  Anyone working the lunch shift at the yacht club could have seen that."
I liked how this quote showed how easily Gil and Fritz fell in love.
"I stomped up the stairs and slammed my door.  In my room, I dropped onto my bed and stretched out like a starfish.  Tucked in on my bookshelf across the room, my Mrs. Beasley doll stared at me with her demonic bespectacled eyes."
The wording in this quote from Jean is what I like the most about it.
Adele Griffin is the highly acclaimed author of almost thirty books for Young Adult and middle grade readers.

Her works include the National Book Award Finalists Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Oodlethunks series for younger readers. Her latest novel The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone was a YALSA Best Book of 2015, an Amazon Best YA Book of the Year, a Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth, a Junior Library Guild selection, a Romantic Times Finalist for Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal Top Fiction pick. Her latest novel Be True to Me is publishing in June 2017 with Algonquin Books.





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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading The Hate U Give, and it portrayed many difficult issues.

Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Star was such a relatable character. She was awesome, and made me sympathize with her. I felt that she went through some very real issues and acted like an adult through them, which was cool.

Khali's death made this book so interesting because black deaths by police force is a huge news topic now days. He was an unarmed black teen who was shot and killed for not fully respecting a police officer. With it being such a trending and pressing issue, it was interesting to see how the author would write it.

Starr has to learn to speak out about what happened to her friend. She had to take risks, and maybe even have people hate her for what she said. She wanted people to know that police brutality wasn't fair, and that Khali didn't do anything wrong.

Overall, this was a great book that everyone should read because it is very relevant.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Every Last Word

Every Last Word Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all, sorry for posting this review so late. I really meant to write it, and even tried one time, but it deleted before I could publish it. Then I ended up taking a break from the blog for a little bit. Now I am back and ready to write some reviews.

Every Last Word was an amazing book.

Summary from Goodreads:
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

I thought that Sam was a very relatable character. She had her group of friends, but still had a hard time fitting in. She also suffered from OCD, and it was interesting reading about it.

The plot was absolutely amazing. Sam met Caroline, a strange girl who she had never seen before. They secretly became friends, and Caroline took Sam to the Poet's Corner. Here, Sam is able to speak her mind and find something that makes her happy.

A.J. was such an awesome character, and I loved his relationship with Sam. He was sweet.

The ending of this book almost brought me to tears. It shocked me. I was like "Wow", and I couldn't stop reading. It made me question everything about the book.

I know many people criticize this book for being too fake. I agree that it wasn't totally realistic, but it was a very touching story if you weren't really looking into the OCD aspect too much.

Overall, this book was great and kept me thinking.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: Girl in Pieces

Girl in Pieces Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Girl in Pieces left me speechless!

Summary from Goodreads:
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

This book was kind of strange at first. It focuses on a girl living in the slums who is now in a rehab center. She was a cutter and almost got killed by some rapists. I thought that Charlotte was crazy at first, but then I realized that she just wasn't living the perfect life we read about in many books.

Charlie soon gets out of the mental hospital, and is forced to live on her own. She moves away, and gets a job working in a coffee shop. Things aren't easy, and she is tempted into her old way of life many times.

Some things are too tough for Charlotte to handle. She works with a man who is as damaged as she is, and not good for her. I really liked Charlie's character though. She was really realistic.

I have read some reviews that said that they didn't like the writing style in this book. I personally found it the best part of the book. It was vivid and very deep and touching. There were a lot of descriptions. It was the thing that kept me reading, even when the plot was slow.
The plot could be very slow. The book seemed to go on forever, but it eventually resolved.

The ending of this book was amazing, and kept me reading. It was happy and sad at the same time.

Overall, this is a great book that deals with some tough issues.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Thirteen Reasons Why Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thirteen Reasons Why was a really touching book.

Clay Jensen was still reeling from the sudden death of Hannah Baker, a fellow classmate when a box with his name on it shows up on his doorstep. It is from Hannah, and it contains tapes, which contain the 13 reasons why she killed herself.

This book is a very important book for everyone to read. It talked about many reasons that teens commit suicide. This book faced many tough topic.

Clay was a cool character. Hannah was also a cool character. I couldn't understand why she killed herself at first, but as the story progressed I realized. The reasons were deep and scary, but they were things that teenagers really deal with.

I thought that Hannah was very relatable. She fought with things like not fitting in, and getting in with the wrong people. She realized that nobody is there for you forever. She saw high school as it really is, and not how most books portray it.

I think that everyone should read this book, because it showed some of the reasons that Hannah committed suicide.  Some of the reasons were things many of us do to people every day, and those things drove her to suicide.  We should think about what we do and say to people more

The tapes were a cool way to portray the story. They were dated and made the story even creepier. There were thirteen tapes, and each one showed a reason why Hannah went downhill.

Clay's reaction to the tapes really added to the story. His reactions were real. Hannah's voice on the tapes also was very spooky, and she seemed really depressed, and sure about her decision.

I just started the T.V. series, and I think it is almost as good as the book.

Overall this was a touching book that teaches important lessons about suicide.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thirteen Reasons Why was a really touching book.

Clay Jensen was still reeling from the sudden death of Hannah Baker, a fellow classmate when a box with his name on it shows up on his doorstep. It is from Hannah, and it contains tapes, which contain the 13 reasons why she killed herself.

This book is a very important book for everyone to read. It talked about many reasons that teens commit suicide. This book faced many tough topic.

Clay was a cool character. Hannah was also a cool character. I couldn't understand why she killed herself at first, but as the story progressed I realized. The reasons were deep and scary, but they were things that teenagers really deal with.

I thought that Hannah was very relatable. She fought with things like not fitting in, and getting in with the wrong people. She realized that nobody is there for you forever. She saw high school as it really is, and not how most books portray it.

The tapes were a cool way to portray the story. They were dated and made the story even creepier. There were thirteen tapes, and each one showed a reason why Hannah went downhill.

Clay's reaction to the tapes really added to the story. His reactions were real. Hannah's voice on the tapes also was very spooky, and she seemed really depressed, and sure about her decision.

I just started the T.V. series, and I think it is almost as good as the book.

Overall this was a touching book that teaches important lessons about suicide.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: Meant to Be

Meant to Be Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meant to Be is a sweet contemporary romance.

Summary from Goodreads:
It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for - gasp - the wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's the queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her ... well, pocket. Julia also believes in fate, and that Mark, her childhood crush, is her MTB - her meant-to-be.

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts ... from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to live a little along the way. And thus begins a wild-good chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

I wanted to read this book because I loved the author's other book, Being Sloane Jacobs. Meant to Be looked like another sweet romance. It was so much different, yet so similar.

I thought Julia was an okay character. She seemed way to uptight to be a teenager. I don't think I have ever seen one THAT uptight. I mean, there are try-hards, but Julia was just crazy obsessed with being in control of everything. I could relate to her not wanting to break the rules and go to parties, but it seemed kind of unrealistic. Julia never really stood her ground like a mature teenager should. She was also kind of nuts about her MTB Mark. She has barely ever talked to the dude and she still believes that he is her one true love. Once, she starts breaking rules, she is just stupid about it. I mean, who would seriously keep texting this stranger that you gave your number to at a party? Overall, Julia seemed very planned and one sided.

Jason was Julia's polar opposite. He was a party boy, and not afraid to break the rules. He was funny to read about, but seemed a little too daring. He was inconsiderate and didn't care if he got it trouble. However, I did see his sweet side and his appeal.

The whole Paris setting really added to the book. It gave it a plot structure, and made it more than just a love triangle.

I loved the irony in this book. It seemed like it was written just as a lesson, and it worked.



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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review: Happy Again

Happy Again Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Happy Again was a really cute ya novella.

Summary from Goodreads:
Ellie O'Neill and Graham Larkin fell hard for each other when a misspelled email address unexpectedly brought them together. Now, over a year has passed since they said goodbye with the promise to stay in touch, and their daily emails have dwindled to nothing. Ellie is a freshman in college and has told herself to move on, and Graham has kept himself busy starring in more movies, as well as a few tabloid columns. But fate brought these two together once before—and it isn't done with them yet.

I would initially like to state that I have never read the first book in this series. I do want to, and when this was available at my public libraries online site, I checked it out for a quick read. I hope to read This Is What Happy Looks Like someday soon.

Ellie seemed like a cool character. She was just an average teen who had dated a movie star the past summer. Now she is isn college and focusing on schoolwork, When her rroomates ask her if she wants to go to NYC with them for the weekend, she reluctantly agrees. There, she runs into Graham.

Graham was the always portrayed perfect movie star. He was cute, flirty, and way to good to be realistic.

The romance was short and sweet, and I thought the plot moved well.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Sophomore Switch

Sophomore Switch Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sophmore Switch was a cute novel by Abby McDonald.

Summary from Goodreads:
Take an administrative snafu, a bad breakup, and what shall heretofore be known as "The Hot-Tub Incident," and you’ve got two unprepared sophomores on a semester abroad. For American party girl Tasha, an escape to Oxford may be a chance to ditch her fame as a tabloid temptress, but wading Uggs-deep in feminist theory is not her idea of a break. Meanwhile, the British half of the exchange, studious Emily, nurses an aching heart amid the bikinis and beer pong of U.C. Santa Barbara. Soon desperation has the girls texting each other tips — on fitting in, finding love, and figuring out who they really are. With an anthropologist’s eye for detail and a true ear for teen-speak, exciting new novelist Abby McDonald has crafted a funny, fast-paced, poignant look at survival, sisterhood, and the surprising ways we discover our true selves.

I thought this book was very fluffy but interesting. Tasha was a stereotypical California school girl. She spent more time at the beach that at lectures. Emily is completely opposite. She is a studios, smart girl. When the two switch places, there is some trouble. Tasha can't keep up with the workload, and Emily is bored and wants to learn more. But they each find their special talents at the other school.

I wanted to read this book because it looked like Being Sloane Jacobs. I liked that one, and was in the mood for a similar read. This one was okay, but not as good.

I liked the lessons the girls learned about themselves. Tasha, or Natasha, learned that she was a feminist and that school is good. Emily learned that school isn't everything, and that she should live a little.

The two girls interacted throughout the novel, and it was fun to read. Their texts were lighthearted, and it was cool seeing them work out their issues.

Overall, this is a sweet and fluffy read.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: No Holding Back

No Holding Back No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I RECIEVED THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY VIEWS OR OPINIONS IN ANY WAY(S).

No Holding Back was a pretty good LGBT romance.

Summary from Goodreads:
Everyone knows that Nathan is in love with his best friend, Preston…Everyone except Preston. Nathan has always accepted that Preston was too focused on his swim training to worry about love. But Preston is heading off to train for the Olympics soon, so if Nathan wants his chance at love, he has to speak up now. But saying “I love you” is surprisingly difficult, even for someone as confident as Nathan. Maybe a whirlwind vacation in Europe could help? But… what if it doesn’t work out and he loses the best friend he’s ever had?

The romance was good. It was sweet and full of emotion. It could get kind of sappy, but it was still good. However, it could also get kind of slow

I thought it was nice seeing some of the characters from No Love Allowed. They were back and vivid as ever. They made the story more interesting.

Nathan kind of annoyed me. He was too lovey-dovy and sappy. I liked Preston and his swimming. It made him relatable and a cool character. Didi was my favorite returning character. I loved seeing her blossom more.
I like the way this author really makes the story vivid. It is written beautifully in a rich setting, which is perfect.

Overall, this is a pretty good romance.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: Being Sloane Jacobs

Being Sloane Jacobs Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. I really enjoyed this cute and fluffy romance read.

Sloane Devon and Sloane Emily are two skaters.


Sloane Emily was a figure skater. She worked really hard to get where she was. Her dad was a politition, so she was always in the spotlight. When her parents sent her to figure skating camp, she just got mad.

Sloane Devon was a hockey player. She was very tough and had a reputation of having a short temper. When she beats up a player on the ice at her last game of the season, she was sent to hockey camp by her coach.

Summary from Goodreads:
When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

I started this book because it looked adorable. I think it was recommended to me on goodreads. I love a good switch story, no matter how unrealistic. This story was no exception. It was basically "The Parent Trap" with teen characters instead of kids, ice stating, and a little more violence/romance. It was a great contemporary with little substance.

This book was VERY, and I mean very unrealistic. How likely is it that both camps were in the same city, at the same time. The girls were basically the same size, despite their obvious body type differences. They stayed in the same hotel at the same night, and just happened to have the same name. If you thought too much about the probability of this happening, this book will be on good. You have to take this book for what it is, a cute and sweet story.

There was good romance in this book. It made the story a lot sweeter.

I really liked seeing the two Sloane's make progress. It was fun to read about, and showed that anything is possible.

Overall, this is a good book.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend was a mediocre book.

Summary from goodreads:
Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

I really didn't care for this book. I thought that the first one in the series had a lot of drama, but this one was worse. I am pretty sure that I will never read the final book in the series.

There was a lot of drama and love trouble in this book. I really didn't like that, and it annoyed me to read it.

Rose's character was the most redeeming quality of this book. She was portrayed as a true teenage. She went through tough times, and could be a drama queen. Rose was a very rounded character, and the best part of the book.

Jamie was also a drama queen, but not so much in a good way. I am usually not one for the "bad boys" in books, but he seemed different somehow. I thought he was very sweet.

I liked to see how Rose had family trouble. Her mother refused to acknowledge that her dad had died, and her brother was getting high with a girl. Seeing this made me relate more to Rose, because she was just a teenager.

Overall, this book had a okay plot but a great narrator.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Blitz: The Secrets of Eden

Review: No Love Allowed


No Love Allowed


No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I RECIEVED THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR AND WE <3 YA BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.  THIS DOS NOT AFFECT MY VIEWS OR OPINIONS IN ANY WAY.

No Love Allowed was a great romance book.

Caleb is a rich guy who just graduated from high school. When he breaks up with his girlfriend, his father forces him to go to his business events over the summer. He wants a girlfriend for that, so he hired Didi, a poor girl, to play his girlfriend for the summer. But will they really fall in love?

I went into this book with average expectations. I wanted to read it when it came out, so when I had an opportunity to read and review it, I eagerly took it. It totally surpassed my expectations. This book was awesome, and kept me reading.

Dido and Caleb were such rich characters. Didi was a bipolar girl who's family was struggling to make ends meet. She was artsy and very cool. Caleb was a rich boy, but not stuck up. He was sweet, but didn't know how to show it.

The story was kind of a Cinderella story. The rich "prince" falls for the poor girl, and they fall in love. The love story was captured with rich vibrant wording and kept me imagining. It was sweet to read. This book was ordinary, but not ordinary at the same time.

One problem I had with this book was the way they portrayed bipolar disorder. Didi practically seemed fine. I would have loved to see how the disorder affected her more.

Overall, this was a pretty good summer romance.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: When It Happens

When It Happens When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When It Happens by Susane Colasanti is an ordinary and somewhat cheesy book.

Summary from Goodreads:
At the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love. Tobey also wants two things for his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. However, a popular jock named Dave moves in on Sara first. But Tobey’s quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her. Can a slacker rock-star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?

This review will be short and sweet. I was expecting this amazing novel about first love, and hoped Susane Colasanti lived up to her hype. What I ended up with was a sappy and ordinary story of the generic bad boy and goody-goody girl falling in love. There was some drama between them, but it all worked out. There were some redeeming things about this book, I just didn't really like it.

Overall, this book really surprised me, and not in a good way. The writing was blah and the plot was generic.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl

Confessions of an Angry Girl Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett was a good book, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Rose Zarilli was a freak. People though that she was a bad girl, because she was still grieving her dad's death. But when she meets Jamie Forta, an older boy, things get bad. Jamie's might be girlfriend now hates Rose, and is out to get her.

I thought this book was okay, but full of typical teen drama. It had a very promising synopsis, but the real book didn't quite live up to it. However, it still kept me reading, and I just finished the second book. I guess right after I read it I didn't dislike it quite this much.

I thought Rose was an annoying character, but I think she was meant to be that way. She irritated me, yet made me feel sympathy for her. I guess she felt read and had real emotions to me. In other ways, she wasn't that annoying and just sounded young, like a fourteen year old usually does sound. I admire the way the author made her sound.

There were some very redeeming qualities of this book. FIrst of all, it was very realistic. It dealt with teen drama. I thought it was interesting how Rose's best friend wanted to have sex with her boyfriend, but how Rose stood up to her and said she shouldn't. It made me admire Rose, and see her as what she was portrayed.

The romance of this book was complicated and a little annoying, but it was realistic.

Overall, this was a good book that had many redeeming qualities.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: Going Vintage

Going Vintage Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt was a unique contemporary book.

Summary from Goodreads:
When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.


This book was a very interesting book that kept me reading. It was about a girl named Mallory. She was a teenager, who decided to try to not use the internet. It was an interesting experiment, but it didn't go too well.

I really liked Mallory's character. She was sweet, cool, and didn't always follow the trend. I thought that it was nice that she was trying to be different, but it was strange. I mean, who would go without internet just to get revenge on a boyfriend? If that wasn't bad enough, she also had to decide to dress vintage as well.

The plot of this book was pretty generic. It was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

I liked the romance, but I definitely didn't like Jeremy. He was a player and a cheater. I did like the online aspect in the romance, because it made it more interesting.

Overall, this is a decent book.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: The Siren

The Siren The Siren by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Siren by Kiera Cass was a really good book that had an interesting concept.

My Summary:
Kahlen is a Siren. Basically that means that she is a servant to the Ocean. The Ocean saved her when the rest of her boat drowned, and now she has to seduce people to fall into the ocean during boat sinkings. Kahlen works with her few "sisters" to feed the ocean. They have to work for a hundred years, in which they don't age. When she frees them, the start aging and living a normal life.

I have always loved Kiera Cass's books, and this one was no different. I was kind of hesitant to read it, but it didn't let me down.

I loved the concept of this book. It was so unique and interesting. I had never read anything like it before. The Siren kept me reading nd loving this book. However, it kind of did start off slow.

Kahlen was a great character. She was smart and unique. I liked how she loved the Ocean, yet rebelled against her at the same time. It made her seem like a real 3D creation. Character building is one of the things that I think Kiera Cass does best.
All of the other characters were awesome as well, and had distinct personalities.

I liked the relationship. Akinli was such a sweet boy, and the romance was sweet.

The drama really kept me reading, as did the twists later on in the book.

Overall, this was a great book. I give it a 4.5 stars.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Blitz: Third Chronicles of Illumination

Third Chronicles of Illumination by C.A. Pack Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy Release date: February 7th 2017 Artiqua Press  Summary from Goodreads:  Oh, no! Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is that he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is the Terrorian wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to control everything else. Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun. 


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After dinner, Jackson asked Johanna to take a walk around the block so he could “work off” his steak. The sun slipped below the tree line and the streetlights came on as they walked. He took Johanna’s hand and gently rubbed his thumb over her knuckle. “I think we need a plan.” 
“There’s really not that much we can do,” she answered, “until the Terrorians strike.” 
“I’m not talking about the Terrorians. I mean we need a plan.” 
She pulled her hand from his. “This is not a good time to be thinking about your raging hormones. We may be fighting a war soon, and I think that takes precedence.” 
He let out an audible breath. “It has nothing to do with raging hormones. You talked about taking college courses. I want to take some, too. I’d like to look at a class schedule and decide what courses I want to take, but we need to make sure the library is covered. We need to coordinate when our classes will be so everything runs smoothly.” 
“Where’s the real Jackson Roth? And who are you?” 
“What?” 
“You’re thinking so pragmatically; you sound like me.” 
“Well, I was going to ask you if I could stay on living at the library after my family goes back home, but when you started in on my ‘raging hormones,’ I decided to switch gears.” 
“I knew it. But you’re right.” 
He twirled her around. “I can move in permanently?” 
“I meant about the class schedule. We really should decide on that now. Most students have already registered for the fall semester.” 
Jackson’s shoulders slumped. “Oh.” 
“Let’s just take a wait-and-see approach about your other ‘plan.’” 
He raised his eyebrows. “You mean you’ll actually consider it?” 
She smiled at how quickly he perked up. “It’s a possibility. You turn eighteen in October, and considering you’ll be old enough to get drafted or vote, I think you’ll have the maturity to know you’ll be living here as a curator and that we’re not playing house.” 
“Not playing house. Right. But I could still do this sometimes, couldn’t I?” He slid his arms around her and pulled her in for a kiss. She wrapped her arms around his waist, and they melted into one another in the twilight. The horn of a passing car broke through their sudden show of passion. “Get a room,” someone shouted out the window.  
They could hear laughing as the car drove away. Jackson shook his head. “Jokers.” 
“Do you hear that?” 
A soft mewling sound came from nearby shrubbery. 
“Yeah.” Jackson walked over and bent down, pushing the branches away. A tiny white kitten with bloody fur huddled against the stem. “It’s a kitten. It looks like it’s injured.” He reached for it. The kitten battled him with her claw, drawing blood. “And now I’m injured, too,” Jackson said, pulling his hand away. 
“Move over.” Johanna crouched down next to him and chanted a few words from one of Myrddin’s calming spells. She reached for the kitten and removed it from under the bush without a problem. “She’s hurt. Let’s take her back to the library, clean her up, and see what we can do for her.” 
“Shouldn’t we take her straight to the vet?” 
“Now that I have a few of Myrddin’s tricks up my sleeve, I’d like to try them out.” 
Jackson spoke sweetly to the injured animal. “You used to be a kitten, but now you’re a guinea pig.” 
“Don’t listen to him,” she said softly to the little ball of fluff. “I’m not going to let anything happen to you.” 




About the Author 
C. A. Pack is the author of the Library of Illumination series of YA paranormal fantasy novelettes, along with Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (2014), The Second Chronicles of Illumination (2015) and The Third Chronicles of Illumination (2017).  Pack also writes for a general audience. Her first novel, Code Name: Evangeline—is an historical spy thriller which takes place in the 1930's. The author followed it up with Evangeline's Ghost—a fantasy about the death of that same spy. She recently completed work on Evangeline's Ghost: Houdini, and is currently working on Evangeline's Ghost: The Bridge.  Pack is an award winning journalist from New York who worked as an anchor/reporter and educator (she considers herself the fairy-godmother of telvision news reporters)—and has written for WNBC, LI News Tonight and News 12 Long Island. She also worked on PBS documentaries, radio and television commercials and created and produced a pilot for a news show focusing solely on marriage and wedding trends.  She's a past president of the Press Club of Long Island and a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Pack has been a speaker or panelist for organizations such as Women in Communications, Fair Media Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists.  The author lives with her husband and two picky parrots “on” Long Island, New York. 

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