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Code Name Verity
Elizabeth Wein
Anna and the French Kiss
Stephanie Perkins
Written for You - Joseph Cognard I like to think I have this sixth sense and let me explain to you why. I have this unique ability to be able to figure out where a story is going, what will happen, and how it will all play out. I think I have lost that sixth sense while reading this play because I honestly had no idea where this story was going or how it was going to end. As soon as I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was thrown for a curveball and something different occurred.I haven’t read too many plays but I feel I might have to because I honestly enjoyed this very much. I read a majority of it in one sitting because I kept wanting to know what would happen next! This play centers around Bob Curry and his desire to have everyone he meets read his unpublished novel. Bob suffers from tangential speech which means he can’t help but change the subject when someone else is talking. Because of this, most of the time, he changes the subject to talking about his book. I, personally, thought this was a very unique trait and made the play especially funny. I loved the supporting characters, they had very entertaining personalities and some of the one liners had me laughing out loud.Overall I give this book four stars as in was intriguing, unique, and different from anything I’ve ever read. I would love to see this acted out!A copy of this book was provided to me from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
The Unseen - Kelsey Cross I have been following Kelsey’s writing for a little while now and was super pleased to hear she had published an ebook of short stories. I purchased it immediately and was not disappointed. Kelsey is a fantastic writer and these stories were no exception. They had great detail and emotion in them that left you feeling as though you were present with the main characters. There are a total of seven short stories that take you all over the world and to all different situations. They can easily be read in one sitting and the themes are very relatable. My favorite story was the second one, Beyond the Ever Reaching Tree. It is about a young princess in a far away kingdom who is tricked by her father and, after being held captive by the supposed enemy, learns about the lies she has been told.I give this book 4 stars for awesome writing, creativity, and captivating stories.Can’t wait to read more from you, Kels!
Heiresses (Heiresses, #1) - Sara Shepard I predict twins (maybe two sets?), much deceit, at least eight books, a spin off series, a television show on ABC Family, and a drawn out plot.I will buy them all.Of course I will buy them all.
Friday Night Alibi - Cassie Mae I started this book last night at 10:00.I decided to read a few chapters then finish the rest this morning.I stayed up until after 1:00 AM finishing this. It was that good.I was looking for an easy going love story and this book was perfect for that. The main characters, Chase and Kelli, were super sweet and I also enjoyed the minor characters, Sadie and Alex. There were some great one liners that left me laughing and, possibly the best part of this book, was that it was written to seem real. The occurrences and problems were things you could actually imagine happening which is always a plus when reading a book.This is a great summer read that will leave you saying ‘aww’! 3.5 stars rounded to 4 because this book is the type of book that will leave you pleased with the outcome and happy with what you read. And the author and I share the same first name so she must be amazing!An advanced readers copy of this book was provided to me from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
The Distance Between Us - Kasie West OH. MY GOD.KASIE WEST MARRY ME, PLEASE.
Out of Breath  - Rebecca Donovan *Slight spoilers in this review!! You've been warned!*I loved this book to pieces and yet I was utterly disappointed.“No, we’re okay. But Evan, just know that...she’s different.”-Out of Breath, page 153Yes, Sara. Yes, you are right.Emma is different and I don’t understand.To me, the Emma in this story seems like an entirely different person in the first two books. I understand that this book takes place two years after [b:Barely Breathing|13454149|Barely Breathing (Breathing, #2)|Rebecca Donovan|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347885288s/13454149.jpg|18981122], but she just seems like a different character in general. Her choices, actions, and viewpoint on life were just so different from the Emma that we all know and love. I found it difficult to picture the person I met in the first two books. I understand that people change but this was a bit too much of a change for me...she was a bit too different and it really left me feeling sad.I wasn’t one of the fans of this series that read it right when the first book came out, I discovered it after the second one was released and ended up reading both books in a day and a half. I loved them more then anything and they were my favorite books I read in 2012. I’m not the type of person who gets very emotional or attached to books or shows but this series really had me attached to it. I really felt for these characters and I think that’s the biggest accomplishment a writer can have ~ making their readers feel with the characters, not just observe them.I liked this book.Honestly, I did.But I felt lost. I felt like I didn’t know what the story was supposed to be about and what was supposed to happen.Actually, I knew what was supposed to happen. I knew what I wanted to happen. This book was about Emma. Plain and simple.But, at least to me, The Breathing Series wasn’t about Emma. It was about Emma and Evan. The first 60% of this book was about Emma and, after becoming so invested in Emma and Evan’s story, I found it very hard to read about Emma and some other guy. I found it hard to watch their relationship grow while knowing what I know about her relationship with Evan. That being said, I did enjoy the last 40% of the book. I think that if it had started there and then continued from where the book ended, I would have been 100% satisfied. But, then again, I also want a jet pack and we can’t always get what we want. Am I right or am I right? I'm right.I didn’t enjoy the switching back and forth between Evan and Emma’s point of view in the second half of the book. I usually don’t mind that as I like to see into other character’s mind’s but this switched back and forth every couple of paragraphs. It wouldn’t have bothered me if it was every other chapter but I found it confusing and, while I did enjoy hearing from Evan, ultimately useless and unnecessary.Rebecca Donovan is an angel. I am not lying when I say she portrays herself as one of the most down to earth authors. Her writing is beyond gorgeous and she has a way of sucking you into a book. She leaves you feeling like 400+ pages just isn’t quite enough. I devoured this book in two days but, in the end, it just wasn’t what I was wanting or expecting.That being said, I will of course be reading anything else Miss. Donovan publishes - Breathing Series related or not.Overall, I give this book four stars; not because of what happened but because of the writing, delivery, and series as a whole. Thank you Miss. Donovan for giving us a truly fantastic series...even if it wasn’t my version.(:
Untitled - Kiera Cass okay, i'll bite
Truth or Dare - Jacqueline Green 3.5 stars. The ending was fantastic!
Songlines - Jen Minkman "Your story is with me,like a never ending tapestry of circles and lines,spinning on my skin like tattoos."I requested this short book of poems on a whim from Netgalley because, while I don’t normally buy books of poetry and read them cover to cover, I do enjoy poetry and find myself memorizing lines that speak to me.Jen Minkman is young-adult author from the Netherlands whose novels are mostly in Dutch. She does however, write some pretty awesome poetry in English.I really enjoyed reading this little collection...Ms. Minkman is very talented and definitely has a way with words. “I put pencil to paperAnd make myself heardIn all my love and despairI carve out my storyIn ancient stone, to be foundBy some scientist looking for the next rosettaI will not go gently.”I think this poem in particular is beautiful...we all want to make ourself heard.I give this book of poems 4 stars for originality and awesomeness!A free copy of this book was provided to me from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
If You Find Me - Emily Murdoch 4.5 stars. Real and heartbreaking.
Apocalyptic Organ Grinder - William Todd Rose Actual rating: 3.5 starsThe story of me and this book:Let me start off by saying I would have never chosen this book to read because of the title alone. “Apocalyptic Organ Grinder” is a title that I do not find myself drawn to at all. It makes the book sound gruesome and full of zombies that will only eat puppies once the organs have been ground up. Ew. As someone who loves unicorns, rainbows, and young adult romance novels I did not have high hopes for this short story. Or, actually, any at all for that matter. Still...I picked it up because I was waiting for a book I ordered to come in the mail, and I wanted a short story to read until then. So I downloaded the book, opened to the first page and this is what happened:“Once upon a time, in a kingdom called the United States, there lived an evil wizard who thought he was good.”Right?? I know! That was the opening line of the first chapter. I was sitting there and I was just like: “What is this book about??? Tell me more!!”“And that, dear children, is where the fucking fairy tale ends.”And that was how the first chapter ended. I was hooked. The book goes on to tell the story of Tanner, protector of disease-free humans, and what happens when he is taken by Lila, a diseased human, and the other members of her tribe.Mr. William Todd Rose is a wonderful writer and I really enjoyed the book. It makes me wonder if I have missed out on other books because of unappealing titles or cover art. And that, dear children, is why we don’t judge a book by its cover...or its unappealing name.An advanced readers copy of this book was provided to me from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Hush - Stacey R. Campbell This was a terrific book! I was not expecting to like it as much as I did and am extremely glad I chose to read it. One of my favorite parts about this story was the royalty. The book centers around the last heir to the royal thrown of Tamura. (Not a real country, already checked.) The characters from Tamura - and more specifically the government - seemed almost medieval to me and while some people may not have liked this, I actually really enjoyed it. It was cool to see how they acted and spoke. I also loved learning about the royal family’s past and found it extremely interesting.While the MCs Blakely and Max were a little cliche at points, I really did like them and found myself rooting for them to be together! Some parts of this story seemed rushed but - personally - I was looking for a quick, easy read and this was exactly what I wanted.The only thing I would say about this book if I was an editor was that, rather than having this book be in the young adult section, I would suggest it to be middle grade. I think that if some of the language was cleaned up it would make a fantastic book for younger readers. It was a lighthearted and quick read that I couldn’t have been more please with!On a side note, I did a little research on the author and the second book - while not listed on Goodreads yet - will be out in October of 2013. The title is Whisper and involves Blakely’s little sister Halle and a hundred year old mystery. Not sure if I’ll end up getting it but sounds interesting and, if given the opportunity, would definitely check it out. Plus, look at that pretty cover!!A free copy of this book was provided to me from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Also Known As - Robin Benway 3.5 stars! Very cute but definitely below my reading level.
Golden - Jessi Kirby An absolutely phenomenal book.I think it might be my favorite book I've read in 2013.Review to come.
My Life in Black and White - Natasha Friend Pretty people with pretty problems.That might sound heartless but I honestly don’t mean that in a bad way. Personally, I like reading books about pretty people with pretty problems. I like not having to think too hard or feel emotionally drained after reading a book. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that I don’t like books with substance. I do. And I’m not saying that books about pretty problems don’t have substance but they are easy reads and this book was no exception to that.Lexi is 15 years old, about to enter her sophomore year of high school with her BFF Taylor, and ready to take on everything the world has to offer her...except a seat belt. After a car accident turns half of her pretty face into a pretty gruesome catastrophe, she is shunned from her friends (or so she thinks) and forced to take a pretty good look at how her life has been and the choices she’s made.This is her story about figuring out who she is, who she wants to be, and who she will become. And, of course, there’s a handsome unexpected guy to help her along the way.I give it 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because we all need a little pretty in our life now and then.