Sunday, May 3, 2015

Review: The Fault in our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
Dutton Books
From Goodreads:Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
My Review: Okay, this book was amazing I must admit. Yes, I cried. I can not imagine anyone who would not. Such a wonderful love story and tragic ending . I am ashamed to think it took me this long to read this heart wrenching, emotional rollercoaster of a story, but I am glad I did. I will also re-read it, and that is something I do not do often . John Green, this book made me feel like no other book has and I promptly bought the movie. I am also going to read Paper Towns  and going to see the movie too.

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown
Holly Black
Little Brown Books for  Young Readers             

From Goodreads: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

My Review :  This book was good but I was not blown away by it. I must admit the story was different than other vampire stories I have read and I did enjoy parts of it. I could not understand why Tana would risk her life for her ex-boyfriend and a stranger she finds chained up. If I was surrounded by corpses I would get the He** out of there not look for survivors. So I had a hard time connecting to the main character. The description of the Coldtown was unique and enthralling. I really liked that aspect of the book and vampires and human interaction was interesting. I will read more of Holly Blacks work but this book left me glad I got it from the library and did not believe all the hype around it.  

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.