indefinite hiatus; i may not come back to the blog, but I'll leave it up anyway if anyone wants to take a look at any old posts etc. :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that features upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

by Katie Kacvinsky
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books
Length: 352 pages 
Release: May 23, 2011
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
 This book sounds very interesting; especially because the description makes me think that the future could actually turn out this way.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Review: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Title: The Duff
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy
Pub. Date: September 2010
Length: 288 pages
Summary (from goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
 My thoughts: I had never heard the word 'duff' until I read about this book. I looked it up and found on Urban Dictionary what it meant (this was before there was a cover or description of the book, and I had only seen the first part of the title). Normally, I don't like to read books like The Duff; but once it was published and I had read so many fantastic reviews, I decided to get it from the library. After I read the first few pages, I knew I had to own the book, so I went out and bought it.
You could say The Duff is a bad book because the teens are participating in adult activities, but its not promoting that teens should have sex. However, Keplinger didn't discourage it either. She simply wrote a realistic portrayal of the topic.
I loved at lot about this book. The humor, the characters, the romance... but my favorite part is that Bianca does not magically change herself into some perfect-looking person. She accepts herself the way she is. Bianca is an easy character to relate to, I think everyone can find some part of themselves inside her. At the beginning of the novel you meet Wesley and Bianca's two best friends Casey and Jessica.Their personalities are woven in beautifully; and you know them within the first few pages.
This book is a must read for anyone who has ever felt like the duff. Many, many people have had thoughts exactly like Bianca, "No wonder I'm the duff. I'm so out of shape its depressing." In some ways, this book helped me make peace with my body and the way I see myself. The Duff helped me see myself as a better person, as well as helping me realize that we all have flaws and no one is perfect, even the people everyone else sees as perfect.
In The Duff, we are put inside the mind of a girl who is constantly putting herself down because she sees herself as "the designated ugly fat friend." Seeing her do this while we can see that she is  obviously amazing made me want to yell and tell her to stop being so stupid.
5 Moons

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


 Kimberly Derting is hosting a Huge, Awesome giveaway at her blog, The Road to Publication.  It runs through December 31. For details, check out her post. 

FIRST PRIZE: A signed ARC of DESIRES OF THE DEAD, a signed copy of THE BODY FINDER, and a complete Desires of the Dead swag pack (including a signed DotD poster, bookmarks, stickers, rubber bracelets, and buttons).

SECOND PRIZE: A signed copy of THE BODY FINDER, an ARC of UNEARTHLY, and a complete DotD swag pack.

THIRD PRIZE: An ARC of THROUGH HER EYES, a $15 gift card to the online bookseller of your choice, and a complete DotD swag pack.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Waiting On Wendesday: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that features upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Imaginary Girls
by Nova Ren Suma
Published by Dutton
Length: 304 pages
Release: June 14, 2011
Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns home two years later, a precarious and deadly balance waits. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

Imaginary Girls is a masterfully distorted vision of family reminiscent of Shirley Jackson, laced with twists that beg for their secrets to be kept.
 This cover is beautiful

Best Covers Of 2010

I've decide to post my top five favorite covers out of all the books published in 2010. I've had a difficult time deciding, so the books are in no particular order.

 Fury by Shirley Marr
 Let me tell you my story.
Not just the facts I know you want to hear.
If I’m going to tell you my story,
I’m telling it my way.
Strap yourself in...
Eliza Boans has everything.
A big house.
A great education.
A bright future.
So why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder?

 Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?

 Her And Me And You by Lauren Strasnick
I met Fred first.
Fred: Hot. Enigmatic. Alex's first friend in her lonely new town. Maybe her first...everything.
I met Adina the following Monday.
Adina: Fred's twin sister. Cold. Troubled. Trouble.
I kissed him.
She pressed her mouth to my mouth.
People warn Alex to sterr clear of the twins, but Alex is drawn to them. She wants to be a part of this crazy world...no matter the consequences.

Glmipse by Carol Lynch Williams
In one moment
it is over.
In one moment
it is gone.
The morning grows
thin, grey
and our lives-
how they were-
have vanished.
Our lives have changed
when I walk in
on Lizzie
my sister
holding a shotgun.

Matched by Ally Condie
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday: Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that features upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Fall For Anything
by Courtney Summers
Published by St. Matin's Griffin
Length: 224 pages
Release: December 21, 2010
From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes a gripping story about one girl’s search for clues into the mysterious death of her father. 

When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of whyWhy when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Cullen seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?
I absolutely loved Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers, and ohmygoodness, I think this one may just be better than that. All I can say is... Wow. And only 2 more weeks! 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Review: Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

Title: Wherever Nina Lies
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Publisher: Point
Pub. Date: February 2009
Length: 288 pages
Summary (from goodreads.com):
Nina was beautiful, wild, and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, Nina disappeared. 2 years later, everyone has given up hope that Nina will return, but Ellie knows her sister is out there. If only Ellie had a clue where to look.Then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing. Determined to find Nina, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance - her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Lies. And the most shocking thing of all: the truth.
My thoughts: This book was nothing I expected. I put off reading it for so long because I thought it was going to be similar to The Clique or Gossip Girl, but with a twist.  I was so wrong. At first, I hated the cover of Wherever Nina Lies; I thought it was completely wrong for the story. But now, I love it. I like how the lettering matches Nina's personality and how the cover model is holding a finger to her face,  like she is keeping the secret of what happened to Nina. 
Ellie's older sister has been missing for two years now, and although everyone is telling her  to move on, she can't. This is her only sister. The only one she has shared memories with, the only one she admired, and the only one she will ever have. So when the chance comes for her to go looking for Nina, she grabs it tightly and doesn't let go.
Lynn wrote Wherever Nina Lies in such a way that it had me addicted. I loved how her words influenced what you thought was going to happen. I felt as if I was Ellie, and I realized a few things with her that would have been obvious if I wasn't so dragged into Ellie's character. Lynn worked in all the events and clues leading to the truth about what happened to Nina wonderfully. There were some flaws in the plot, like how Ellie agreed to drive across the country with a guy she barley knew, but I found they were easy to forget. 
Wherever Nina Lies was definitely worth reading. I love Lynn's writing style, and I will be looking forward to her next book.
4 Moons

Sunday, December 5, 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

This year I will be participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. In this challenge, you must read at least 12 YA/Middle Grade books published in 2011, that are the author's debut. You do not have to have a blog to participate, nor do you have to enter by a certain time. If you want to join, click here to sign up.
These are the 16 books I plan on finishing by December 31, 2011, though as the year goes on I may add/remove books from this list:

  1.  Wither by Lauren DeStefano Review to Come
  2. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter Review to Come 
  3. Warped by Maurissa Guibord Review
  4.  The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter Review
  5. The Lipstick Laws by  Amy Holder Review
  6. Across The Universe by Beth Revis Review
  7. This Girl is Different by JJ Johnson  Review 
  8. Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison  I own this!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Review: A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler

Title: A Blue So Dark
Author: Holly Schindler
Publisher: Flux
Pub. Date: May 2010
Length: 288 pages
Summary (from goodreads.com):
Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura's dad left them. Convinced that "creative" equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked—and together may offer an escape from her fears.
My Thoughts: The cover design is beautiful; its what made me buy the book to begin with. It matches the story, with the color of the water and detail of the title, perfectly. The title also drew me in. It sounded interesting and, obviously, dark. It is written almost lyrically, and I especially loved Aura's poems.
Now for the story. Aura Ambrose has been caring for her schizophrenic mother ever since her father left them a few years ago. The story begins with her remembering an important event in her life from before her mother was diagnosed. You learn right away that Aura's mother is not normal and that Aura, as the only one caring for her, is hiding it from everyone else. As expressed in the description, both characters are artistic, but while Aura hides it, her mother does the opposite. Her artistic ability causes her to meet Jessie, her crush, in an art class. Near the beginning Jessie and Aura talk, and you realize, even though its hidden, that there is something between them.
Holly Schindler wrote her characters very well. Aura's father was portrayed exactly right. You know from Aura that he just doesn't care enough to to help, and when you meet him, you know its true. And, while I have no experience with mental disorders, her mother seemed to fit the part exactly. Her actions didn't seem over the top or exaggerated, just how you would expect some who hallucinates to act. The only character who bothered me was Aura's best friend, Janny. I understand that she is busy and stressed by her own problems, but she seemed just flat-out rude and inpatient, making her an unlikable character. 
A Blue So Dark is pretty unique considering its topic. I think a lot of girls can relate to Aura, minus having a schizophrenic mother. I know I (and my friend who also read the book) did. Its a story that stays with you long after you finish reading it, but I just didn't click with it.
4 Moons

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday: Eyes In The Mirror by Julia Mayer

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that features upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Eyes In The Mirror
by Julia Mayer
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Length: 240 pages
Release: August 1, 2011
This is the story of two girls, Dee and Samara. Samara is a cutter; and has been cutting herself for a while now. Her mother killed herself a few years ago, and her father is distant and uninvolved in her life. His focus is work and his girlfriends. Samara is looking for herself, for a way out of her pain. That’s wh.en she meets Dee. Dee turns out to be her reflection in the mirror – literally her exact opposite.
They live in parallel universes where they can go through the mirror into each other’s worlds and also switch bodies if they want to. Dee first discovers this and enters Samara’s world to try to help her. When Samara realizes that there is a parallel world through the mirror, she is horrified. But eventually she opens up to it and the girls talk to each other all night long. They’re exactly alike but exactly opposite at the same time; true reflections of each other.
Every teen girl fantasizes about having a double and best friend rolled into one--an alter ego with whom she can trade places, allowing her to disappear. Samara is a troubled and lonely adolescent, prone to cutting, who desperately craves both intimacy and escape from her unfulfilled life...until she meets her reflection, Dee, the seeming answer to all her problems.
With dual and dueling points of view, EYES IN THE MIRROR provides a perspective on one girl’s life never before seen in YA fiction: from her own, and from her freer and wilder reflection.

Eyes In The Mirror looks very creepy. But in a good way. It also sounds very original and deep; another book to put at the top of my list.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Review: Beautiful by Amy Reed

Title: Beautiful
Author: Amy Reed
Publisher: Simon & Shuster 
Pub. Date: October 2009
Length: 232 pages
Summary (from back of book):
When Cassie moves from the tiny town where she has always lived to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. This is Cassie's chance to stop being invisible and become the kind of girl who's worth noticing.
Stepping into her new identity turns out to be easier than Cassie could have ever imagined...one moment, one choice, will change everything.
Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral tinged with violence and abuse, and no one—not even the one person she thought she could trust—can help her now.
Cassie moves from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. There, her life was boring and lonely, but here, nothing is going to be the same. Cassie befriends tough girl Alex and begins turning into someone else. She is immersed into a world of drugs, violence, and sex. Cassie loves the thrill of her new life, but is also terrified of what could happen. She embraces the numbness of drugs and loses her virginity to an older boy. Now she is being called beautiful. But Cassie never realizes the danger she’s really in, and now, the only person who can save her is herself.
Before I finished this book, I’d already decided that Amy Reed is a master. Normally, authors turn away from writing books like these, or do it all wrong. Amy Reed wrote it perfectly. It’s one of those books that are good from the start. The cover and the summary draw you in, and after the first chapter you are hooked.
I can’t directly relate to Beautiful, but I’ve had poisonous friendships and know what it’s like to be isolated and wanting to fit in. Someone who was becoming close to me got caught up in the world of drugs a few years ago and still hasn’t returned. Beautiful got me considering things and reasons that I’d never thought about before. I never thought that someone would start using because they were scared or wanted to fit in. Beautiful is mind opening, and in some cases, life changing.
*This book is recommended to older teens and adults because of the content. Although Cassie is in seventh grade, this book is definitely not for children of that age.
5 Moons

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving today in the United States, a day where we give thanks for everything we are grateful for. A lot has been on my mind this year, and I've decided I'm thankful for the life I have. Seriously. I have a roof over my head, friends and family, and barely any problems at home. That's a lot more than many people can say. 
Books changed my life, I don't know what I'd do without them. So my question is... What books or authors are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Review: Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel

Title: Cruel Summer
Author: Alyson Noel 
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin 
Pub. Date: May 2008
Length: 240
Summary (from author's website):
Having recently discarded her dorky image—and the best friend that went with it—Colby Cavendish is looking forward to a long hot season of parties, beach BBQ's, and hopefully, more hook-ups with Levi Bonham, the hottest guy in school. But her world comes crashing down when her parents send her away to spend the summer in Greece with her "crazy" aunt Tally. Stranded on a boring island with no malls, no cell phone reception, and an aunt who talks to her plants, Colby finds herself worrying that her new friends have forgotten all about her. But when she meets Yannis, a cute Greek local, everything changes. She experiences something deeper and more intense than a summer fling, and it forces her to see herself, and the life she left behind, in a whole new way... 
When I first started reading Cruel Summer, I almost put it down. It wasn't horrible, but it was definitely not for me. Colby seemed annoying and spoiled, but around the middle of the novel, she got likable enough that I could continue reading. Thats not very good. I grabbed this book because it takes place in Greece, which is one of my favorite places in the world, but was disappointed when all Colby did was complain about it. 
I decided to give Alyson Noel another chance after reading Saving Zoe, so because I was short on money, I got this book from the library. I'm glad I did. Cruel Summer was written only through blog entries, letters, diary entries, and texts, which was confusing because it didn't show anyone's messages but Colby's and left the minor characters undeveloped. I also felt that everything that happened was predictable. The plot was very unoriginal, and even the "twists" in the story were not unexpected or surprising. Overall, I would not recommend this book to anyone :/
2 Moons

Waiting On Wednesday: Beautiful by Amy Reed

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that features upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

by Amy Reed
Published by Simon & Schuster
Length: 232 Pages
Release: October 06, 2009
When Cassie moves from the tiny town where she has always lived to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. This is Cassie's chance to stop being invisible and become the kind of girl who's worth noticing.
Stepping into her new identity turns out to be easier than Cassie could have ever imagined...one moment, one choice, will change everything.
Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral tinged with violence and abuse, and no one—not even the one person she thought she could trust—can help her now.
I’m kind of obsessed with the cover of Beautiful. It’s simple, but the lettering makes it look edgy and the girl’s expression is, well, hard. It seems to fit the description of the novel perfectly. When I saw this book in the store I knew I had to buy it, and haven’t been able to it off my mind since. I’ll definitely be reviewing it soon.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


 Today, November 11th, is Veteran's Day in the United States.
It's a day where we reflect, remember and honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our country and for those still fighting for us.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Books 
Pub. Date: March 2010
Length: 416 pages
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #2
Summary (from bn.com):
Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She's content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry's mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother's past in order to save herself and the one she loves.
Life behind the Barrier is the only life Gabry has ever know. She follows the rules, and everything goes fine. But when her best friend, Cira and the other kids their age decide to go past the Barrier and into the Ruins, Gabry can't help but follow. After all, Cira's brother, Catcher, whom she's liked forever, is going and finally showing an interest in her. But when the innocent trip turns deadly,  life as she knows it is all about to change.
The Dead-Tossed Waves is a companion novel, however, it is not necessary to read The Forest Of Hands And Teeth before this one. I do recommend it though, because I found it better than This one. The previous novel contained fascinating mythology, which I expected to find in The Dead Tossed Waves. Instead, the story begins right before Gabry's life really starts to erupt. 
Certain parts of the novel lacked the emotion that should have been there. The romance in it was OK, but weak. You don't know much about either of the men, which makes it hard to like them. I couldn't get attached to Catcher or Elias. When Gabry does make her decision, it comes out of nowhere. She's kissing one guy one minute, then declaring her love for another the next. This book is nothing special, but I'll still be looking out for the next book in the series, The Dark and Hollow Places, out in 2011.
This trailer seriously freaked me out, you have to watch it!

3 Moons

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Before I Fall: The Movie!!

I'm excited for the release of Lauren Oliver's next book, Delirium, but I just found out Before I Fall is going to be made into a movie! Yay! We don't know when it will be released, 2011, 2012, 2013... but Lauren Oliver is an amazing author and I CAN"T WAIT!!
To learn more about the movie, click here.

Return To Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Title: Return To Paradise
Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Pub. Date: September 2010
Pages: 302
Series: Leaving Paradise #2
Summary (from goodreads.com):
Maggie and Caleb just went through the worst year of their lives. Hit by a car and starting life over with a limp, Maggie never thought she would forgive Caleb. But she did-and fell in love. What they shared was real. But Caleb wanted to be free from the past-a terrible secret: he wasn't the one who hit Maggie. So he left Paradise-and Maggie-forever.
When Maggie and Caleb run into each other in a different town, they can't deny their true feelings. Will Maggie leg Caleb get away again? Or will Caleb face the truth and return to Paradise?
 Caleb got in trouble. Again. It been eight months since he left Paradise, the small town he grew up in, and isn't planning on returning. So when its his turn to call, he waives it. But the cop insists he call Damon, his guidance counselor from the year before. He agrees to bail him out, if he'll join Re-Start, a program for teens affected by drunk and reckless driving. When Caleb arrives for the trip, he sees someone he never thought he'd see again. Maggie.
 Return To Paradise is the sequel to Leaving Paradise, and for those of you who have read it, you were probably mad at the huge cliff hanger ending. It's told alternating between the two characters' perspectives, Caleb and Maggie, like the previous novel. Which, I have to say, disappointed me. While some parts of Caleb's view seemed real, most did not. A lot of female authors just can't write from male perspectives, and Simone Elkeles is one of them. 
The drama felt a little forced; And the way Maggie and Caleb's romance was off again on again, where one moment Maggie hated him, then next she was kissing him, seemed unreal and made Maggie look stupid. In Leaving Paradise, I understood Maggie, but in Return To Paradise, she was kind of boring. Return to Paradise is a good sequel, not as good as the first book, but still worth reading.
3 Moons

Monday, November 8, 2010

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

Title: Glimpse
Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Pub. Date: June 2010
Pages: 496
Summary (from bn.com):
In one moment 
it is over.
In one moment
it is gone.
The morning grows
thin, grey
and our lives-
how they were-
have vanished.
Our lives have
when I walk in
on Lizzie
my sister
holding a shotgun.
Twelve year old girl Hope's life is turned upside down when her older sister Lizzie becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. 
Hope and Lizzie are as close as sisters can be. So when Hope walks in on her sister holding a shotgun, her life is altered in a permanent way. Their mother sends Lizzie to a mental hospital, where she becomes a selective mute. Meanwhile, Hope is left wondering why her perfect sister would try to kill herself and what made her think death was the only way out. 
The cover of Glimpse is absolutely amazing, matching the story perfectly. The subject is so real, nude, raw, and awful that it makes you want to cry, scream, and hug it at the same time. I was drawn into Glimpse so much that it felt like I was there with Hope the entire way. 
My favorite part was in the beginning when Hope found Lizzie:
"What are you doing, 
Lizzie Girl?" 
"Just thinking, 
just thinking about
It is written with so much emotion and description in a way that drew me in and kept me that way until the last word; when I finished the book, I closed it and stared at the front cover for a long while, just thinking about

5 Moons

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Title: You Wish
Author: Mandy Hubbard
Publisher: Razor Bill
Pub. Date: August 2010
Pages: 304
Summary (from bn.com):
Kayla McHenry's sweet sixteen sucks! Her dad left, her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy Kayla's secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles, Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin' do.
Kayla wakes the next day to a life-sized, bright pink My Little Pony outside her window. Then a year's supply of gumballs arrives. A boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of the same name stalks her. As the ghosts of Kayla's wishes-past appear, they take her on a wild ride . . . but they MUST STOP. Because when she was fifteen? She wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her. And Ben is her best friend's boyfriend.
You Wish was just the kind of book I needed. Its a fun, light read, and I laughed throughout the whole thing. Kayla isn't a very likable character and only had me laughing once or twice. However, the others are much more likable and entertaining. The settings confused me at times, Kayla lives in a small town yet it has two malls and the high school has hundreds of students.Other than that, You Wish surprised me by how strongly it was written, and I will definitely be looking for more by Many Hubbard.
Would I recomend this book? Yes, everyone needs a light read like this one.
4 Moons

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Willow by Julia Hoban

 Title: Willow
Author: Julia Hoban
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Pub. Date: February 2010
Pages: 336
Summary (from bn.com):
Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen-year- old Willow's parents drank too much wine and asked her to drive them home. They never made it—Willow lost control of the car and her parents died in the accident. Now she has left behind her old home, friends, and school, and blocks the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when Willow meets Guy, a boy as sensitive and complicated as she is, she begins an intense, life-changing relationship that turns her world upside down.
Seven months after the accident that took Willow’s parents lives, Willow is no longer suffering emotional pain but physical pain by secretly cutting herself. She is living with her older brother and has left behind everything that was part of her old life to survive her new one. But when she meets Guy, she has to ask herself how. How she could possibly give up her razors when they're the only thing holding her together.
I think I related to Willow so well not because I cut, but because I have a friend who used to, and I know how it can affect you; I understood how Guy felt.  I know a lot of people say they don’t believe someone could really be that good, be that nice to a complete stranger, but I like to believe that just meeting the right person can help you out of whatever you are in.
Would I Recommend this Book? Yes.
4 Moons

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Title: Hold Still
Author: Nina LaCour
Publisher: Penguin Group
Pub. Date: October 2009
Pages: 304
Summary (from back of book):
I am a girl ready to explode into nothing.
That night Ingrid told Caitlin, I'll go wherever you go. But by dawn, Ingrid was dead and Caitlin was alone. Suddenly Caitlin has to deal with a completely unfamiliar life-a life without art, the laughter, the music, and they joy she shared with her best friend. When She finds the journal Ingrid left behind, Caitlin gets a chance to learn about another side of her friend; and the journal becomes her guide as she deals with forging new friendships, finding a first love, and learning to live without the one person who knew her best.
 "Dear Caitlin, there are so many things I want so badly to tell you but I just can't." Hold Still is about the journey of a girl recovering the loss of her best friend in the wake of her suicide.
Hold Still is written true, and in such a way that the characters lived both on the pages and off. Unlike most novels, Ingrid's journal entries seemed real and full of the emotion she had while writing.
I loved the way descriptions were used-"I just stood there with my eyes closed, feeling the movement of all the people around me, the vibration of the bass rise through the floor to my throat, while something inside me broke and came back together,”- it felt like I was standing right next to Caitlin and sharing her pain. 
Would I recommend this book? Yes, my review does no justice for Hold Still, just believe me that you have to read it!
5 Moons