Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: The Truth About Alice

The Truth About Alice
Jennifer Mathieu
Roaring Brook Press
From Goodreads: Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It's true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.
My Review:   I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for my honest review.
    This book was WOW.  That is the only word I could think of  when writing this review. Eye-opening and riveting. I thought this book was well written and powerful. This book exposes the aftermath of lies, gossip and bullying. Powerful book and a wonderful read.  There are several reasons I think this book is so good.
    First, the different perspectives. This story is told by four different people and you get to explore there reasoning and get to know each one of them giving the story more depth.
  Second, the realism of this book. I felt like I was in this school, we have all been there. Hearing the rumors about one class mate or another. Never knowing the real story and getting swept up in all the talk. This book makes you remember the cliques in high school and perspective from all sides.
Third, Alice herself, she stays silent in most of the book. Just going about her life or what is left of it as the rumors fly and name calling ensues. We do hear her story and the last chapter is moving and wonderful.
 Lastly, I was shocked to find out this is Jennifer Mathieu first book so powerful and well written. I am looking forward to see what else se writes. I love finding new authors to read and this author now has a fan for life. 

Review : Blood Orange Soda

Blood Orange Soda
James Michael Larranaga

From Goodreads : Darius Hunter is a bullied high school freshman. When he drinks Blood Orange Soda to transform into a Vampire and earn respect, he soon learns life as a Vampire has its own challenges.

Set in the future on the rural landscape of St. Cloud, Minnesota where pre-Vampire teens are required by the government to take a daily Red pill to prevent their urge to bite, Blood Orange Soda is a coming of age story of love, life and death.
My Review:  I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for my honest review.
         I enjoyed this book. It was quite interesting to see such an unusual take on the whole vampire story. The main character Darius is half vampire half human and is trying to decide if he want to become a vampire or stay human. Society has a ne drug called "Reds" that stops the transformation. Blood Orange Soda that speeds up the transformation.
  Darius is your typical teen boy, bullied at school for his Goth appearance. Dealing with the illness of his mother and going through life without his father. He struggles and grows with each new experience. I would have liked to see more development with the supporting characters of this book to enrich the story, but this reads more like a diary of Darius's experiences and that was an intriguing story in itself. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Review : How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love

How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly In Love
Ken Baker
 Running Press Kids
From Goodreads: Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word—"fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?
My Review:  I received this book for review from Netgalley and the Publisher.
                       Wow. I love this book. Emery is an amazing heroine, if she where a real person I would want to meet her. This deals with an issue every girl goes threw in their lives, and the pressure to be thin and (what others think is ) perfect. Emery growth during this story is heartwarming and encouraging. I was sympathetic and understanding to this character and love the ending of this dramatic tale .

Review : Dollhouse

Dollhouse (Dark Carousel #1)
Anya Allyn
The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint

From Goodreads : A spine-tingling Gothic Thriller

An abandoned mansion, deep in the woods. A dollhouse, filled with life-sized toys. A doorway into other realms. And girls who keep disappearing...

When Cassie’s best friend, Aisha, vanishes during a school hike, Cassie sets off with Aisha's boyfriend and their friend Lacey, determined to find her. Instead, the three teens fall into a carefully-laid trap—deep into the surreal nightmare and dark secrets of the Dollhouse.

Now, Cassie must uncover the mysteries of the Dollhouse and her own connection to it-- before it's too late.
My Review:  I received this book for an honest review from Netgalley and the publisher.

       Okay, I am not one to be easily scared, but reading this book in a quiet house at night is not something I recommend. This book will chill you and thrill you. I loved it. After finishing it I bought the second one on Amazon and going to read it when I need adrenaline rush. I was pulled into the story and it did not let go. The cliff hanging ending compels me to read more by this author. Another series for my shelf.

Review: The Prank List

The Prank List
Anna Staniszewski

 Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

From Goodreads : Rachel never thought she'd fight for the right to clean toilets, but she has to save her mom's business. Nothing can distract her from her mission - except maybe Whit, the cute new guy in cooking class. Then she discovers something about Whit that could change everything. After destroying her Dirt Diary, Rachel thought she was done with secrets, but to save her family's business, Rachel's going to have to get her hands dirty. Again

My Review:  I was given this book for review from the publisher and netgalley for an honest review.

    After everything Rachel went through in "The Dirt Diary" you would think she would stay out of trouble. Thankfully, for us readers, she does not. This was an amusing tale that takes us through the mind of a young girl who just want to help her mothers business any way she can. I read this book in one sitting because I wanted to find out what Rachel did next. A fun fast read with a delightful ending that makes everyone happy. I am starting the third book in this delightful series soon and can't wait to see what happens there.

Sunday, December 14, 2014



Okay, I know I seemed to have vanished for a few months but I have had to take care of some family business over the last three or four months and it looks like it is going to extend into the new year. Then I am moving so I have to start packing everything up. I am going to try to blog but I know I will be back full strength in May  2015. By then I will be in the new home and blogging 3 times a week and all my family issues will be cleared up. I am disappointed that I have not been able to blog more this year but I am looking forward to having a ton of books to review when I get start on a regular schedule in May.
     I want to wish all my readers a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year 

      Hope you will remember me in May and look for more reviews by me  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review : A Death Displaced

 A Death Displaced
Andrew Butcher
From Goodreads: A woman fated to die. A vision that could save her ...

Nicolas Crystan, struggling to cope with his traumatic past, shuffles through life keeping mostly to himself ... until he has a disturbing daydream of a woman's death. At first he tries to forget it, but when real life mimics the daydream, he realises it was no ordinary fantasy—it was a vision of the future. To save a life, he must act fast.

When Juliet Maystone escapes death, defying fate, she becomes 'displaced' in this world. All she wants is to return to her bustling day-to-day routine, successfully running her own business, but as hard as she tries, she can't ignore that things have changed for her. She has to face up to the fact that being 'displaced' comes with an unexpected ability.

On Lansin Island, a quaint place with a dark history of its own, Nicolas and Juliet must learn to use their newfound abilities and work together to unravel a mystery more connected to Nicolas than he could ever have imagined ...

My Review: I recieved this book from the publisher and netgalley for an honest review.

         I was pulled into this book from page one. The author was creative in the way he wove all the character together to compel the story  and plot. The realism of the writing transports you into the story and you find yourself  sharing the emotions of the characters. Well developed characters kept me reading and I will continue this series.I have already started the second book.