Wild Blue Wonder-Review

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368 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by HarperTeen
Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC.
What I love most about books is that you can dive right into one without knowing anything about it. There are no movie trailers, FB articles that pop up before you can unsee them etc. I can open it right up and start an unexpected adventure.
That is exactly what I did with this book, but even if I did know the premise, I would have been blown away regardless. This book is told in first person and jumps from the past to the present and so forth so you get tidbits of what happened to Quinn one tragic summer and how it affects her and her siblings in the present time. The writing was perfection. I was thrown off by the past and present style at first, but once I got reading further, it didn’t bother me, so be prepared to be get a little jarred.
What you get with this book is a wonderful setting in Winship, Maine, a girl coping with loss who’s also obsessed with science, a summer camp backdrop, a family dynamic strong and yet fragile, strong female bonds and a British boy who loves to cook and draw. There you have it. The perfect YA contemporary novel.
The plot is tragic and bittersweet. The writing is spot on. The characters were all enjoyable. Every one of them. Especially Quinn’s Nana. That lady was rad.
Warning, this book with rip at your heartstrings. I teared up around 84%. My heart isn’t as cold and dead as previously rumored.
I advocate that you buy it for that pretty cover and read it for it’s resonance.

My Lady Jane review

ladyjane

 

491 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen
Friend: “Hey, can you recommend a book? I’m in a reading rut.
Me: *rubs hands together manically* “Are you ready to get mind blown? Because this book will shatter your brain.”
This review is about a queen, a horse, and a frying pan.
I’m not kidding. it really is.
Okay, so this is loosely (and I mean LOOSELY( based on the nine day reign of Jane Grey after the death of her cousin, Edward. The narrators make it known that they are apologetic to England for what they’re about to do to their history. Before you start reading, make sure you
1. Have a sense of humor and make sure it’s intact.
2. Make sure nobody else is around unless you want them to think you’re insane because of your constant snickering at the story.
3. Keep your horse close by and feed him lots of apples. He loves you. And apples. He also may be a man in disguise.
So, here it is:
People can turn into animals called Eðians. Yes, you heard me right. ANIMALS. Thus the quarrel of the story. Edward had no male heirs so he leaves the crown to his cousin. Not only that, he marries her off to Gifford Dudley, who just so happens to shift into a horse. Every day. At the same time without fail. He thinks he’s cursed because he can’t control his shifting. Jane, is indifferent. Jane likes books better than she likes people thus Jane is my hero. Heroine? No matter.
We get three different POV’s in this story. Edward, Jane and Gifford (call him G!). The minute I started the book I was thrown off by the Eðians and the idea of tossing such magic into history, but then I realized what I was reading. I was also intimidated by the size of the book, but it went really fast. Mostly because I couldn’t put it down. Like, I really couldn’t. My hand cramped and I was afraid.
All in all, this book was a trip. Like a, WTF AM I READING, type of trip. I have the sequel ready and waiting, and I cannot wait to see what they come up with next.

The Other Side of Lost review

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320 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2018 by HarperTeen
Mari is an a social media queen. She makes with deals with companies and shows off their clothing in yoga videos and posed photos in bikini’s. She even takes photos of her food with inspirational hashtags. She thrives on likes and comments. Sounds cool, right? It does, if it all wasn’t so fake.
On her eighteenth birthday, Mari breaks down after thoughts of her late cousin and realizes how incredibly fake her life is compared to the one Bri had lived. So, she takes up Bri’s plan of hiking 211 miles on the John Muir Trail in an effort to find herself again.
Filled with loads of doubt but equal loads of determination she sets out with zero experience, meeting friends along the way.
To touch upon what other have said, the social media aspect disappears because that was the way Mari wanted it. She didn’t want to exist online any longer. That was the entire point of the book that I think people missed. This is a story about a girl going out into the world for, maybe, the first time ever and finding who she truly is. I think some of us need to do the same once in a while.
I stayed up until 2 am last night finishing this book. Mari’s character arc was the stuff of perfection. I pictured myself on that trail and thinking, I could  never do that and then reading how she did and regretting I even thought that to begin with. I thought, crap, that is the premise of the book. Doing something you think is impossible despite your fears.
So she did.
I am so happy I got to read this book thanks to Edelweiss and I am so sorry the rest of you have to wait until August for it. I pre-ordered it regardless. I hope you like it as much as I did.

 

Winterfolk review

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What can I say about a book that is set in Seattle and told from the perspective of a homeless girl?

First, that is was completely unlike anything I have ever read. I mean, we get this point of view of someone who has never known anything but a tent in the forest. She has only her father as family and the other residents of “The Jungle” who call themselves Winterfolk. Rain is fifteen-years-old. She knows how to read, but not write and keeps a rock garden outside of her tent. Her fiend and protector, King, takes her into Seattle one day for her birthday, the day before their home is to be demolished by the city and sets into motion events that turn into a day of firsts. It will sadden you, make you laugh,and maybe even open your eyes a little.

The supporting characters were colorful and fit well into the story. Basically, I couldn’t put this book down, it was that good. Rain’s narrative that was both magical and innocent drove the story. She has never been exposed to the real world so she incorporates what’s she read into what is around her in order to cope. Again, it’s sad.

I would absolutely love to see what else Janel Kolby does and I will scoop it up so fast I may even accidentally buy two books at once. If you’re reading this, please write more books. We need them. I need them.

Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC

Every day review

everyday

 

322 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Okay, so, the concept isn’t new to me. Boy (or girl) wakes up in a new body and doesn’t know what in damnation is going on. I am coming off of watching YOUR NAME, an anime with a similar plot-line. Or so I thought.
Every day sets itself a part because the protagonist, “A” wakes up in a NEW body every day, not the same one, not even his own body on the same day like Before I Fall. He has to access the new person’s memories and go about his day in his new body. The thought gave me anxiety.
The writing style was great to read. It was almost effortless. The book goes into such detail as “A” ends up in so many different types of bodies. Different as in different races, sexuality, religion, and even into one dealing heavily with mental illness.
Funny time: It sure put the real is magical realism.
Laugh with me.
Okay, plot wise it was great. “A” falls for a girl while in her boyfriend’s body. Basically he spends the book trying to be with her via these bodies and it’s not working out quite as well as he hoped. Not only that, the last boy’s body he was in, decides that while “A” was in it, he was possessed by the devil threatening to expose “A” affliction. So, he’s delaing with a person he can never truly be with and making more trouble than he needs to while in other people’s lives. It’s heartbreaking and strange at times, but I give “A” credit. His (or her??) effort is top notch.
I found myself excited for every new chapter. Who is he going to be next? The question had me glued to my Kindle. Bravo, Mr. Leviathan, I missed lunch because of you!!!
Closing thoughts, I loved this book. It had it’s little issues with the whole love at first sight thing, but otherwise it had me hooked from page one.
This is my first time reading a book by David Leviathan, but it’s not going to my last.

These Rebel Waves review

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by Sara Raasch

320 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
So, ignore all comments about gay pirates or pirates in general because there’s next to no pirating and there’s no waves. Basically, this isn’t what i expected.
Unpopular review time!
There was a ton of political stuff, which is fine to an extent, but if this is not your bag you’re going to dislike it, I was a tad confused at first by what country was which and why they were at war. The plot twists were, ehhhhh, nothing that excited me maybe because I didn’t care enough about the characters to be like, OOOMMMMGGGGG I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING!!!
Indifference. That’s the word.
I can’t believe this book was only 320 pages. It felt like it took me a week to read it. And what is with endings nowadays? There used to be a time when publishers wanted books to end as if they were a stand alone but now they are just outright blatant cliffhangers that are sure to piss off a lot of readers. I feel like a lot of the action if going to be in the second book. Maybe we’ll actually get some ships on the ocean or sea or some body of water and maybe some actual pirating. Maybe I’m just old and bitter and need coffee.
Sarah’s writing is on point, there was nothing wrong with that. The characters were fleshed out and I even laughed at one point. I don’t think this was the book for me at all.
Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane review

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“Books were safer than other people anyway.”

So, what can I say about a book that was just……AMAZING IN EVERY WAY?

Let me just say that I loved magical realism before I knew what magical realism was. This isn’t my first romp in Gaiman-land but I have only read Coraline otherwise so…basically now I am buying every one of his other books.

Contrary to other opinions, this book was not confusing to me at all. It’s true to Neil Gaiman’s staple which is making you feel uneasy yet oddly safe because you know that good will prevail. It’s about good vs evil, the end of innocence and friendship and bravery and loss.

And this tidbit of truth: “Peas baffled me. I could not understand why grown-ups would take things that tasted so good raw, and then put them in tins, and make them revolting.”

This book is weird and beautiful and everything you want in a weird and beautiful book. At under 200 pages, I truly did not even want it to end. I read the thing in one day. *insert sad face*

I don’t want to give anything away. I’d like people to go in blind like I did and be pleasantly.
surprised.

If you don’t Neil Gaiman, you probably won’t like this. If you do, read this. If you aren’t sure, read this.

*****

Winter Glass-ARC review

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352 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen
***Thank you to Edelwiess for providing me with an e-galley of this sequel to Spindle Fire.
This is a direct sequel which starts off when the curse under Aurora has been broken and she awakens to find war between the fairy queen Malfeur and Deluce brewing. We are taken through different POV’s throughout the entire book giving depth to the goings on of the story. This is one of my favorite series because it gives you a glimpse of what the villains are doing and thinking from their POV.
Things are a little dark in this sequel as the characters we fell for in Spindle Fire are caught up in war, mystery and politics as well as forbidden love. Their lives change as they head down new paths, sometimes together and sometimes separately. There’s sacrifice. Lots of it. These princesses really step it up a notch. This isn’t your typical fairy tale story.
I didn’t like a few things, but they paled in comparison to what I did like. The writing is splendid and almost envying. I felt as though I was there with everybody and I lost track of time finishing because my eyes just couldn’t see the real world around me. That’s what a book should do.
That all being said (most I don’t want to spill since some people like to be surprised when reading a book) I really enjoyed this book and I will buy it to add to my shelf when it releases.

 

Moxie review

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330 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Roaring Brook Press
I have to say how much I hate myself for reading this book so fast. I just really could not help it. This book was so good.
Okay so, we’re following Vivian, a junior at a Texas high school who gets fed up of the sexism and harassment, mainly from the popular football players. She gets inspired by her mother’s old Riot Grrrl movement mementos and decides to take matters into her own hands.
Here’s a list of things because I like making lists of things:
1. This book is important. It may be the most important, next to Nowhere Girls and The Hate U Give that I have read in the past year. I mean, I could tell just by the dedication before the story even begun. This is IMPORTANT
2. It shows what most girls put up with it in school and I had myself looking back and thinking, why wasn’t I “awake” enough to put a stop to it? I should have done something.
3. It’s relevant. This stuff has gone on before and it’s going on now. Even the “bump and grab” game was done while I was in high school and it angers me off to think about it.
4. IT EMPOWERS FEMALES of every race and age.
5. It clears up what feminism is. It’s not about hating men. It’s about being equal.
6. MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!
For those who read it and haven’t experienced anything in the book, at leas it can open your eyes to what can happen and what you can do to stop it in its tracks. I loved this book for its characters that learn and grow from their experiences, the mother and daughter dynamic and the fact that I could not put it down.
Note-This is sexual assault and talk of rape in this book

 

The Queen’s Rising review

queensrising

 

464 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by HarperTeen
At 50% completed, this book still hadn’t hooked me and I felt as though I was just skimming, anxiously waiting for SOMETHING to happen. I mean, I would take anything at that point.
I just came off reading a highly descriptive novel so maybe I was expecting a little bit more from this one if not the same. There wasn’t any world building. Not only that, I didn’t know how to picture Brianne where she was at any given time. I let my brain fill in the blanks which is fine in most cases, but don’t let me fill in ALL THE BLANKS.
So, we’re following Brianne who is accepted into Magnalia House, a school in which you learn different passions to basically fit in society. So, kind of a Divergent feel, but not as good. She gets accepted, despite having no real talent, which was the first strike for me. I mean, this book wants to be mystery, but we all know everyone knows who and what Brianna is from the very start. Maybe I’m just smart like that.
Probably not.
Hey, I’ve spelled her name wrong twice now. Now you see how unaffected this book made me.
Another thing I couldn’t get past was the relationship between this seventeen year-old girl, Brienna and one of her teachers. I’m not a prude, don’t get me wrong, but this was a little jarring for me.
The writing was fine. The plot needed a little bit of ooomph. The people and the places needed to shine a little brighter. Everything seemed so grey. Maybe it’s because I didn’t know what time of day or what the season was or anything.
All in all the book was fine. If there’s a sequel, though, I probably won’t pick it up.
***ARC provided by Edelweiss***