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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review: What Light

What Light What Light by Jay Asher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What Light was an okay book about a Christmas tree farm.

Summary from Goodreads:
Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

I wanted to read this because I was still in the holiday spirit. I thought it would be a cute and fun read. I was kind of disappointed.

Sierra was kind of a whiny character. She was spoiled and way too focused on live. I found her as a not so great main character.
Caleb wasn't my favorite either. He was kind of mysterious I did like how respectfully he treated Sierra.

The romance was okay, but not the greatest. They were hiding their love. I thought the dates they went on were also kind of strange. The date seemed to drag, and made the book slow.

I thought the Christmas tree part was cute, and the best part of the story. It was a fun setting that I hoped would have been a bigger part of the book.

Overall this was an okay book about a Christmas romance.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Blitz: My Clueless Broken Heart

Title: My Clueless Broken Heart
Author: Jennifer DiGiovanni
Genre: YA Romance
Becca Thornton is clueless when it comes to love. Why else would she
break up with Will Gamen, a boy at the top of the hottie short list for every other girl?
Because, if she’s being totally honest, Becca will admit the truth. Her
heart belongs to someone else.
For as long as she can remember, Travis Brennen has been
unavailable.
When Travis unexpectedly rolls back into town, Becca realizes for the
first time that her feelings for him might be mutual. But Travis and Becca come from what he calls
“different circumstances.”
Becca’s parents are world-famous scientists and Travis’s dad is the
caretaker on the Thornton family’s estate. Still, Becca can’t change the way she feels about him, no
matter how hard her parents try to keep them apart.
She’ll just need to find a way to prove to her parents that Travis isn’t
the guy they’ve always assumed him to be. Becca’s earned the right to grow up, make her own
choices, and fall in love, even if she ends up with a broken heart.

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Jennifer DiGiovanni is a freelance writer and YA author of the School Dayz series. When she’s not
writing, you can find her reading, working on home design projects, or trying to meet the daily goals
on her Fitbit. She also likes to try new sports and activities, from archery to ballroom dancing, with
varying degrees of success.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cover Reveal: Split

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When your heart belongs to two men, your only choice is to split it.
Maddie Rose's heart belongs to two men: Aaron, the football player who always makes her laugh, and Logan, the musician who makes her feel safe and comfortable. The boys are done competing for her attention. She must choose one by the end of the summer or end up alone.
To help her decide, Maddie's friend drags her to a psychic, who promises she can end up with both boys. A single decision will split her heart in two. Now unknowingly living in two alternate realities, one where she chose Aaron and one where she chose Logan, Maddie's still not sure she made the right choice. But should she change her mind, there's a chance she'll lose them both.

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Look at this cover.  Isn't it gorgeous!

Review: Racing Savannah

Racing Savannah Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally is a sweet and interesting book.

Summary from Goodreads:
They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

Savannah was a really sweet protagonist. She was well rounded and very outgoing. I also liked Jack. He was the exact opposite of Savannah because he was rich. For a matter of fact, he was her employer.

I liked the whole horse aspect. Horse books have always been special to me, and this one was no exception. Reading about riding made me want to ride a horse. I thought that it was also a good and unusual place to place a book setting. The horse farm was interesting, and a bit different than the typical places.

The romance was adorable. I loved how Savannah fell in love, and how gentle the relationship was. I did not like how Savannah could not control her love for Jack. It was trouble from the very beginning, and everyone knew it.
Jack, on the other hand, handled the relationship like a pro. He wanted to take it slow. He also was open about telling his parents. Most teenage boys don't want to tell their parents how they feel like that, so that part was great.

Overall, this was a great and interesting book.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review: Through the Glass

Through the Glass Through the Glass by Kira Moericke
My rating: 4.5 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.

Wow! I really enjoyed this young adult suspense novel.

Summary:
Sara Hansen is just a typical teenage girl. One day, while getting ice cream at a nearby restaurant, she get abducted and locked into an unfamiliar place. This place has see through mirrors, and her captors aren't going to let her go. Sara is locked up with her little sister, and a boy named Maxwell. Will they get out?

This book is by a debut author, and it is amazing. It was really descriptive and fast paced. Kira Moerinke has a knack for capturing the little details, and making the story more engaging.

I am not usually a fan of suspense novels. They are too dramatic and sometimes scary for me, but this one kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was a short book and only took me a few hours to read.

I loved Sara's character. She was sweet, temperamental, and caring. She always put her little sister, Lynne, first. Maxwell was also a good character. He was kind of guarded, but also kind. The relationship between Sara and Maxwell was perfect, and I really would have liked to see how the relationship continued.

This book was filled with great descriptions, but I felt it lacked a few feelings. Sara sometimes seemed like she didn't feel much, which was kind of unrealistic for a teenage girl who was forced into a new environment.

The ending was a cliffhanger, and it left me wanting the 2nd book so badly. I can't wait to see what happens next in this mystery of who the captors were.

Overall, this was a great book about suspense and love. I give it a 4.5

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Millie Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever

Millie Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever Millie Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever by Eddie Owens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Millie Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever is a really interesting and fun book.

Millie is a thirteen girl with a big imagination. As a girl with a wild imagination myself, I could relate to her and her crazy stories. Millie liked to scare people with her stories, which I found was hilarious. She would make up stories to see peoples reactions.
I may have been able to relate to Millie with her imagination, but she was a real troublemaker. I know it was meant to be that way, but her shenanigans irked me.

I liked how Millie had a strong group of friends that were like her, yet all different in her own ways. The one friend that stood out to me was Chunk, and I really liked her character structure.

I liked how Millie was taught lessons about responsibility, and how she got punished for doing things she shouldn't have been doing.

The story really picked up when Millie started writing T.V. shows. It was a little unrealistic, but it was still really fun to read about. I liked some of the things they talked about during the T.V. parts of the book.

The writing style in this book was good and really creative. It was very descriptive, and added a lot to this story.

Overall this is a good middle grade book. I would recommend it for any middle grade girl with a big imagination.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Jesse's Girl

Jesse's Girl Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jesse's Girl was a great book about love and music.

Summary from Goodreads:
Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

I really like Miranda Kenneally's work, and this was no exception. It was fun to read and kept me hooked.

I enjoyed Maya's character. She didn't like all teen idols and was funny and sarcastic. When she met Jesse, she was very hesitant at first, she didn't like him, or his additude. But she warmed up to him very quickly.

Jessie's character was awesome. He was honestly a nice guy and so sweet. He really honestly cared about Maya, and didn't want to make her hate him.

Together, May and Jessie embarked on a sweet journey, totally skipping the schedule set for them and instead doing what they wanted to do. I loved how this book was paced, and how all of the activities were perfectly described.

I loved how we saw some characters from other Miranda Kenneally books in this book. Sam from Catching Jordan was Maya's older brother, and played a pretty good part. My favorite returning character was Jordan herself, who was Sam's live-in girlfriend.

The romance was great, and I thought it was innocent. It was a perfect read to keep me reading. I really liked many things about it, and can't wait to continue the series.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: Off the Page

Off the Page Off the Page by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult is a cute and fluffy read.

Summary from Goodreads:
From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter and co-writer, Samantha van Leer, comes OFF THE PAGE, a tender and appealing romantic YA novel filled with humor, adventure, and magical relationships.

Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver—a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver’s role in Delilah’s favorite book. In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after. Includes twelve full-color illustrations, and black-and-white decorations throughout.

Full of humor and witty commentary about life, OFF THE PAGE is a stand-alone novel as well as a companion to the authors’ bestseller Between the Lines, and is perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot are sure to appreciate this novel about love, romance, and relationships.

I really loved the first book, Between the Lines (my review is here: http://bethleesbookblog.blogspot.com/...). THis book really didn't disappoint. It wasn't quite as cute, but it was still fun to read. I can't wait to find more Jodi Picoult books to read during this new year.
This was one of those books that you can read in a day or two easily. It is sweet, innocent, and fluffy. Yet, it also leaves you with a few real emotions and teaches a few real lessons, like how you should be thankful where you are.

I really liked Delilah's character. She was a perfect teenager who was far from perfect. She could be selfish and emotional, yet she knew where her loyalties should lie. Again, Oliver was a dream guy, and I thought the relationship was cute. I really wish, just like Delilah did, that Oliver could live in the real world with me.

This book could be a little confusing and repetitive. It was pretty much a bunch of people switching places between the book world and real world. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed this book.

Overall, this was a good book with a happily ever after.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Review: Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Orbiting Jupiter was a really good book about boys and loss.

Summary from Goodreads:
Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

I really liked Jack. He was so innocent and sweet. Joseph was a bit of a rougher character. He was scarred by childhood memories. He was really kind inside, but had lost the one person who loved him.

I liked how this book wasn't all happy go lucky. There were some people who disliked Joseph, and there were also family troubles. Joseph's dad was abusive, and wanted to take Joseph from Jack's family.

One of the best aspects of this books was the backstory of Joseph and Jupiter. Joseph fell in love in Jupiter when he was young. They were seeing each other secretely, like Romeo and Juliet. Almost a year later, Joseph is told that he has a son but that his girlfriend died during labor. Joseph just wants Jupiter for his own.

I'm really having a hard time describing this book properly, so just read it! It is a typically good Gary Schmidt book that won't disappoint.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Review: Holding Up the Universe

Happy New Year!  Now, to my review.
Holding Up the Universe




Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven was a great book.

Summary from Goodreads:
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

This book was so good. I read it in like two days, and it got me out of my reading slump. I was hesitant about this book after reading All the Bright Places, which wasn't my favorite. This book was amazing.

I loved Libby's character. She was brave, outspoken, and funny. I liked how she was optimistic. It was such a difference from Violet from All the Bright Places.

I also enjoyed the "fat" talk. Libbie was so blunt about it, and she really expressed that people of every size should be treated the same.

Jack was a totally different story. He was a "popular" kid, and really would do anything to fit in. He also had face blindness. He couldn't see peoples faces, and had a hard time telling people apart.
I liked how he was a nice guy, despite his reputation. He was kind to Libby (while, not at first, but whatever).

I liked how the author tackled face blindness. I thought it was a neat topic to incorporate into the book. Jennifer Niven really made me understand what it was, and I liked how it is not usually mentioned in books.

The plot was a basic love at first sight, but with a comedy twist. I loved how fast the plot moved, and how there was a lot of humor in this book.

Overall, this is a great book that is really funny.

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