Thursday, June 14, 2018

Review: The Broken Vow

The Broken Vow The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Addison was changed after getting too involved in the Spill Zone. She soon finds out that she is not the only one. Don Jae also was changed, but he is from North Korea. There are people who are interested in Addison and Don Jae, because they want the same powers that they seem to have gained. Will Addison and Don Jae be able to keep the secret of their change from these people? Why has this happened twice in different parts of the world?

The Broken Vow is the second book in the Spill Zone graphic novel series. Although the primary story has been wrapped up nicely, Westerfeld has also left an opening for additional stories in this fantastic world. I was really looking forward to this book, since I gave the first book five stars, but I finished it feeling deflated. It is still a good book, but not as wonderful as the original. The Broken Vow should only be read by those who have read The Spill Zone already.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Review: Save the Date

Save the Date Save the Date by Morgan Matson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charlie Grant is focusing on finishing high school, choosing which college she will attend and enjoying her sister’s wedding. It has been years since all of her siblings have been home at the same time and Charlie is hopeful that they will fill the house with fun and laughter. But life usually doesn’t go as planned and Charlie’s weekend is shaping up to be full of obstacles. The wedding planner cancels last minute, a dog is dropped off without any notice, their house alarm keeps going off and their neighbor wants to get back at her father for having a better garden. Let’s not even talk about the relatives! What will Charlie have to deal with to help her sister have the perfect wedding?

Save the Date is a stand-alone romantic comedy that will have readers laughing out loud throughout. As the pages progressed I kept wondering what would happen next to this young girl. If this was my wedding (or my daughter’s), I probably would have cut my losses and eloped, yet Charlie kept persevering and hides most of the turmoil from her sister for her big day. Matson has created a wonderful story that I will be excited to recommend to my students and review readers. Save the Date is a definite read if you like a good rom-com!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review: All the Little Lights

All the Little Lights All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elliott Youngblood has been watching Catherine since he was a boy. It isn’t meant to be creepy. He loves to take pictures and he believes she is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. During one summer they become close friends and life is perfect; until tragedy hits Catherine’s life and Elliott is forced to leave her behind. Now it is their senior year of high school and Elliott has returned to town. He is the star of the football team, yet he wants Catherine to forgive him. Although Catherine is starting to get close to Elliott, she still has secrets she can’t share with anyone. What really is going on at her mother’s bed-and-breakfast?

All the Little Lights is a stand-alone novel that defies a single genre. Of course, McGuire has created a young adult romance, yet she has also included a mystery that is hinted at throughout. Readers will try and figure out Catherine’s secret and will be surprised that it isn’t what they first thought. Since this is a stand-alone novel, readers will find that it is a perfect escape read for any time of the year. All the Little Lights may not appeal to male readers but should be added to the TBR list of everyone who enjoyed McGuire’s other books.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Review: The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I

The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I by Carolyn Mackler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Virginia Shreves is finally getting used to having a boyfriend and is slowly working on her relationship with her brother after he had been accused of date-rape. She has many lists and many rules, especially about big girls and dating. She thinks she has fallen out of like with her boyfriend but isn’t sure she should end it, because what if she doesn’t get a second chance at a boyfriend. As her feelings begin to change toward Froggy, she finds herself attracted to a new boy, but he has some issues of his own and they must keep the relationship on the down low. Will Virginia find love, even if she is a big girl? Will they be able to keep their family drama out of their relationship?

The Universe is Expanding and So Am I is the second book in the Virginia Shreves series. Yes, you read that right. Nearly 15 years after The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things was release, Mackler has finally given fans a little more information about Virginia’s life. This story can be read independently or after the original and readers will still have a wonderful reading experience. I recommend that everyone add this book to their TBR list.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review: Moonlight And Midtown

Moonlight And Midtown Moonlight And Midtown by Christina Bauer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bry is ready to finally attend a regular high school after years with the evil aunties. Or is she? She is still having trouble controlling her wolf and with the general public getting picture happy, the last thing she needs is to un-shift in the nude. Now Bry has a group of strangers following her around town and her best friend Elle is willing to help her confront them. Can Bry determine who these strangers are? Will the answers uncovered change how she looks at her future?

Moonlight and Midtown is an in-between novella from the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series. This book is just a tease of what may be awaiting us when the second novel comes out. Bauer does spend a little bit of time recounting events from the first novel, but quickly the new story unfolds and readers will be pleased with the outcome. There are magical creatures, an adventure and even some romantic tension mixed in. A fun read for those who enjoyed the first book.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: From Twinkle, with Love

From Twinkle, with Love From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Twinkle Mehra has always been on the outside, but she has had her best friend to keep her company. Now Maddie has some new friends and Twinkle is not welcome to join them. She feels even lonelier and left out until Sahil offers to help her produce a film for the Summer Festival. Twinkle could finally follow her dream of becoming a filmmaker and let her voice as a director be heard by many. Her life becomes more complicated when a secret admirer begins emailing her and she thinks it is Sahil’s twin brother. Will Twinkle’s ego let her complete the film and keep the friends she has made? Will she find love along the way?

From Twinkle with Love is a stand-alone romance novel that is perfect for young adults of all ages. Menon has created a cast of characters that are easy to relate to and a plight that many readers can understand. Most of the story is told as letters from Twinkle to female filmmakers she admires and some of the story is told through other characters’ text messages and other writings. Although the romance along the way was not surprising, it was refreshingly easy without a lot of drugs or violence. From Twinkle with Love is a feel good novel that will be enjoyed by most readers who enjoy a nice young adult romance.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Review: Aftermath

Aftermath Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been three years since Skye’s brother was killed in a school shooting and her family made her move away. Due to her grandmother’s health issues, she is forced to move back to the town of the shooting and attend school with some of the victims’ families and friends. What makes the move even more complicated is the fact that her brother was not a victim, but one of the shooters. Will Skye be able to overcome the hatred of the teens and adults around her? What truths will be uncovered along the way?

Aftermath is a stand-alone novel about school violence and the untold impact it has on the community. This story will pull on the reader’s heartstrings, yet the mystery woven throughout will make readers not want to put it down. Armstrong has done a wonderful job creating characters that are believable, lovable and despise-able. I recommend everyone who loves to read realistic fiction to add this to their TBR list, even if you don’t normally read young adult novels.

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