Saturday, June 15, 2019

Short and Simple Reviews: With the Fire on High, Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee, and The Great Unknowable End



This is a place for books that I didn't fully review.
Maybe I listed my likes and dislikes, had a little short paragraph, or a few sentences to convey my feelings on the book, but whatever the "review" is, all of them are short and simple. (hence the clever name)


With the Fire on HighWith her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free. 
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Review
After reading The Poet X , I immediately added this book to my to-read list. It is clear that Acevedo is a wonderful writer and even in the prose of this book the poetic language is there. Emoni's voice is strong in this book and her passion for cooking shined in the pages. I really liked that this book showed Emoni as a mother, but that was not the focus of the book. So many YA books like to focus on the teen mother aspect, but being a mother is just a part of Emoni. This book shows her as a person who has goals and works hard to achieve them even with many other things in life trying to work against her. I will admit that I don't love this book as much as The Poet X, but I still think this is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I will definitely be reading more from Acevedo in the future. 

 I hereby give this book
4 Stars
Meaning: I really liked it



Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee
A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about 
their futures--and the TV show they host--in their senior year of high school.

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show's guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he'll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous...and momentous.

  
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Review
This was one of those bittersweet books that makes you laugh but also makes your heart break. This book switches between Delia and Josie. Each POV has a clear voice specific to each girl and oftentimes their own stories, but the girls are best friends and the repertoire together was just fantastic. I don't think there are enough books featuring female friendships in YA and this book definitely gave me female friendship in such an authentic way. While there are other things happening in this book, such as Delia trying to find her dad and Josie's relationship with Lawson, at its heart this book is about a strong friendship. This isn't the first book I've read by Zentner, but I now definitely plan on reading his debut book and any other books he publishes in the future. 


 I hereby give this book
5 Stars
Meaning: A new favorite!

The Great Unknowable End

Slater, Kansas is a small town where not much seems to happen.

Stella dreams of being a space engineer. After Stella's mom dies by suicide and her brother runs off to Red Sun, the local hippie commune, Stella is forced to bring her dreams down to Earth to care for her sister Jill.

Galliard has only ever known life inside Red Sun. There, people accept his tics, his Tourette's. But when he’s denied Red Sun's resident artist role he believed he was destined for, he starts to imagine a life beyond the gates of the compound...

The day Stella and Galliard meet, there is something in the air in their small town. Literally. So begins weeks of pink lightning, blood red rain, unexplained storms... And a countdown clock appears mysteriously above the town hall. With time ticking down to some great, unknowable end they’ll each have to make a choice.

If this is really the end of the world, who do they want to be when they face it?



Review
I originally added this book to my TBR list right after I read Tash Hearts Tolstoy and all I really knew about it then was that it was going to take place in Kansas so I automatically wanted to read it (I'm from Kansas, okay? And there are not enough YA books that take place in Kansas. Granted I want more YA books that take place near the city. Why does everyone automatically think of rural when it comes to Kansas?). I'm not sure if the geography made sense, but I was really drawn into this book. The setting was very atmospheric, not just the small town setting, but there was such a clear feeling of summer and the '70s. The pacing was slow throughout a majority of the book, but that did not bother me. It just put a focus on the characters and I loved both Stella's and Galliard's perspectives. As the book progressed the pacing quickened in a very exciting rate. The last portion had a hint of magical realism and I'm still not sure what happened, but I overall liked this book. Also, I'm glad the Cosmosphere at least got a tiny shoutout at the very end.

 I hereby give this book
4 Stars
Meaning: I really liked it

Friday, June 14, 2019

REVIEW: Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

Queen of the Dead (The Ghost and the Goth, #2)

The Ghost

Okay, I admit it. I'm not perfect, no matter what you've heard. First off, I'm dead. Second, I got sent back from the Great Beyond. I mean, seriously, who is running things up there? Now I have to spend the summer after my senior year working - and on behalf of a bunch of whiny spirits, no less. But a girl's got to what a girl's got to do.

It's a good thing Will Killian is still around. Even though he drives me crazy, and he could seriously do with a tan - Hello! It's summer! - I'm glad he's here to help me. Now he's all distracted by this frizzy-haired girl who can - big deal - communicate with the dead, too. Whatever. I don't need Will. But there are some things - like saving my parents from a couple of horrible mistakes - that would be easier with his assistance. Still, I will get what I want... with or without him.

The Goth
I'm still totally amazed that Alona Dare is my spirit guide and that it works. Yes, I've had a crush on her since sixth grade, but I also kind of hated her. And sure, she had to die before she'd talk to me - but I don't know, I kind of like having her around.

Things get confusing when I meet Mina, who's the first ghost-talker I've ever encountered (other than my dad). I always thought Alona and I were doing the right thing helping those other ghosts, but Mina has me thinking otherwise. Plus, she might know stuff about my dad that even my mum doesn't. But if there's one thing I should have learned by now, it's not to ignore Alona. That's never a good idea.


Note: This is the second book in a series. To see my review for book one look here.


MY THOUGHTS
I'm continuing my reread of this series with this book. Like the last book, I still did not quite love it as much as the first time I read it, but I still found it to be a fantastic book!

Alona has gotten rejected from the light so she's still on Earth as Will's spirit guide. When Alona and Will attempt to help a disgruntled spirit, a strange girl, Mira, comes in trying to fight off the ghost. Turns out there is a whole organization of ghost talkers and Mira is one of them. They are strangely interested in Will's powers and Will is willing to talk with them for answers, but they see ghosts as objects they have to trap to protect the living. At the same time, Alona doesn't like that Will is spending time with Mira and the other ghost talkers. She feels like she's being replaced and it doesn't help that her parents are moving on with their lives, forgetting about her.

The first time I read this series I remembered loving the books more and more as the series went on. I wasn't so sure about that when I first started this book. This book introduces a lot more problems to the main characters and seemed to be trying to tear them apart. I was a bit wary of Mira from the get-go and throughout this book the characters made decisions I did not agree with. Yet, this book does get very interesting. We are introduced to the other ghost talkers and a major plot twist that impacts the rest of the series happens in this book (I mean, I saw the twist coming, but I read this book before). Things really do get interesting in this book, even if it frustrated me at times how much Alona and Will fought.

It's important to note that while things happen in this book, a lot of it is character based. Will doesn't interact a whole lot with the ghost talkers and mainly does so to learn more about his ability and his father. Alona thinks her mother is forgetting her and her father is trying to replace her. With this, she has anxiety that Will wants to get rid of her (especially since the light rejected her). These characters have certainly changed since book one but a lot of times it really feels like we're slowing understanding more and more about these characters. At the same time, Will and Alona are trying to grow closer, but not only is the situation odd (one dead, one not), but they still have trouble understanding each other's perspectives. I'm going to be vague because of spoilers, but in one situation Alona makes a mistake and Will gets upset at her. This was frustrating because I really wanted Alona to explain, but it wasn't exactly clear what happened. I'm not even sure if Alona knew why she did what she did.

IN CONCLUSION

Overall, I did really like this book. This is a great continuation of The Ghost and the Goth and I was both surprised at times and just nostalgic for the moments I remembered. I look forward to rereading the final book!



I hereby give this book
4 Stars!
Meaning: I really liked this book!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cover vs Cover: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

This week's pick is...

36563330VS.  I Have Lost My Way
Original                        Redesign
Full disclosure: I have not read this book so I have no idea whether these covers fit the story or not. I can tell you that between the two, I would be more likely to pick up the original. The cover tells me absolutely nothing about the book, in fact, it took me a while to figure out that there are feet on the cover, but I like the colors and it catches my interest more. The redesign looks like it tells me more about the book, but...I don't like social media and the redesign makes me think that the book is about social media. It also looks a bit cheesy to me and looks like a desperate attempt to relate to the young folks.
Final Verdict: Original
What do you think? Give me your thoughts on which cover is the best!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday: Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia

Waiting on Wednesday (or Can't Wait Wednesday) is a weekly meme, hosted by Wishful Endings, where you talk about whatever book you are IMPATIENTLY WAITING for!

This week I am waiting for...
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Stranger Things meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this contemporary novel from the acclaimed author of Eliza and Her Monsters.

When Zora Novak is framed for a crime she didn’t commit, she must track down the true culprit and clear her name before it’s too late. But in a small town obsessed with ghosts, getting people to believe the truth might prove to be impossible. Fans of Riverdale and Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious will devour this eerie murder mystery. Features spot art and a map by the author.

Zora Novak has been framed.

When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.

Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.

Acclaimed author Francesca Zappia has a perfectly pitched teen voice that shines in this inventive novel. With a compelling cast of memorable characters, a vivid small-town setting, and elements of a classic whodunit, Now Entering Addamvsille is perfect for fans of Brittany Cavallaro, Victoria Schwab, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Includes interior spot illustrations from the author.


Release Date: October 1st, 2019

Why am I waiting?
After reading Eliza and Her Monsters I will honestly read anything by Francesca Zappia.
What book are you waiting for this week?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books a Lot of Folks Love But I Didn't

Hosted each week by That Artsy Reader Girl, it's a meme for listing the top ten for everything bookish.

Today's topic is Unpopular Bookish Opinions! So, today I'm talking about books I hated but have really high ratings on Goodreads. Yeah, these will be really unpopular opinions and I'm probably going to be stepping on some toes but all of us have books where we feel like we're the black sheep opinion-wise and here are my black sheep books.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
Avg Rating on Goodreads: 4.13
My Rating: 2 Stars
I might as well start with the big one! I had high hopes for this series due to its popularity but I was not a fan of Rose and there was so much focus on gossip which bored me. Now, I'm really going to step on toes because... I did not like Dimitri. I know, so many folks love him, but I didn't. I read to Blood Promise and I gave up after that because I found it to be really boring and I really didn't care who lived and who died.

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)
Avg Rating on Goodreads: 4.07
My Rating: 1 Star
I did not like this book at all. To quote my review "This book was basically a Twilight with mythology mixed into it". Since I did not like Twilight and was really tired of the Twilight tropes, that pretty much sums up my feelings towards this book. I actually read this entire series because back then I never gave up on books or series. I gave every book 1 star and I started to give up on series when I did not like them.

Significance (Significance, #1)
Avg Rating on Goodreads: 4.12
My Rating: 1 Star
I was lured into this book by all the positive reviews but it honestly was not for me. It was way too sappy and featured a ton of insta-love. I really could not stand it and never bothered to continue the series. 

Sweet Evil (Sweet, #1)
Avg Rating on Goodreads: 4.11
My Rating: 1 Star
Yeah, another that lured me in by the positive reviews (and the dress on the cover). I didn't like the characters, the story had holes, and I found a lot of elements in this book troubling (and if I read it now as an adult I would likely find more problematic elements). It probably was another one of those books where it was not for me as it deals heavily with lust and yeah...not something I like to read about. Again, never continued the series.

Inescapable (The Premonition, #1)
Avg Rating on Goodreads: 4.03
My Rating: 1 Star
I don't see this one around much anymore but it was pretty popular online probably six or seven years ago. Like Starcrossed, I saw this to be a Twilight copy. Unlike Starcrossed, I didn't bother reading the rest of the series.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
Avg Rating on Goodreads: 4.07
My Rating: 2 Stars
This is one that is still really popular on the blogosphere and I picked it up because of the original hype. I wasn't that impressed by it and found it cliche. I don't think it was my kind of book, but I was pressured by the hype.

The Named
Avg Rating on Goodreads: 4.06
My Rating: 1 Star
All of the characters felt flat to me and I really did not care what happened to them. Overall it was not a memorable read to me.

Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves, #1)
Avg Rating on Goodreads: 4.05
My Rating: 2 Star
Another that I don't hear about much anymore, but this was a pretty popular indie book. Again, this was a case of too much insta-love for me. I actually read until the third book, because I hoped the other books would have less insta-love but I eventually gave up.

9. The Demon Trapper's Daughter
The Demon Trapper's Daughter (The Demon Trappers, #1)
Avg Rating on Goodreads: 3.99
My Rating: 1 Star
I don't hear much about this book anymore but when I joined the blogosphere this book was so hyped! So many blogs I followed were raving about it! I read the second book as well because I was hoping I was going to see what everyone else was raving about but no, I hated it.

10. Embrace
Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters, #1)
Avg Rating on Goodreads: 4.01
My Rating: 1 Star
This book had so many YA paranormal cliches. The main character was annoying, she was caught in a love triangle, and she was a special snowflake. It was just nothing new and nothing I enjoy reading about.


I feel like this is a super negative post so I want to end of a slightly positive note.
I read all of these books in 2012 or 2013, shortly after creating a Goodreads account and my blog. I was taking in so many book recommendations and I did not think about whether I would like the books. It's clear from the books above that I'm not a fan of books like Twilight, books with insta-love, soulmates, or themes of lust. I knew this then and from the synopsis of the books, I knew that these things were in the book but I so blindly trusted the hype. Now, I have better judgment when it comes to whether I want to read a hyped book. We all have different opinions and I know now that I don't always have to listen to the hype. Do I still give books negative ratings? Yeah, of course. My radar for whether a book will work for me doesn't always work, but very few of my negative ratings are for the overly hyped books. In fact, I don't give negative ratings very much anymore because I've gotten better at recognizing what works for me and because I now DNF books (I discussed this a bit in my DNF discussion).

What hyped books did you not like? Here is your chance to talk bad about the books I liked!


Monday, June 10, 2019

REVIEW: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade


The Ghost and the Goth (The Ghost and the Goth, #1)

Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot body, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?





MY THOUGHTS
Lately, I've been reading books added to my TBR in 2012 and had found that my reading tastes have changed in the past seven years. I was starting to worry about my old favorites, whether I would not like them as much if I read them again. So, I decided to reread this book. I did not like this one quite as much as the first time I read it, but I can still say that this is a great book.

Alona is blonde, popular, and dead. She comes back to school grounds as a ghost to find that her best friend and boyfriend are now together, just days after Alona's death. She screams at them and starts sinking into the ground. As school outcast, Will, walks past, Alona notices him laughing at her. But no one has noticed her until then. Well, Will has always been able to see ghosts and while he tries his best to hide it, he's prone to reacting to things that "aren't there" and is labeled as a freak. He usually gets by, listening to music and ignoring the ghosts, but now some of them are starting to notice him and a malicious cloud of energy seems to be out to kill him.

This book is from dual POV, switching between Alona and Will. Both characters are stand-out characters and they each have distinct voices. Alona is known as the popular girl, Will is known as the freak, but what's great about this book is that the writing does not show them as stereotypes and instead shows them as dynamic characters. This is definitely explored with both characters, but I felt that Alona defied her stereotypes a lot more in this book. Not only was she more than a stereotype is real-life (she has family issues and while her classmates seem to think of her as the typical popular girl, a lot of this is just her image. No one really knows her), but she also grows as a person in this book. She has leadership skills and she is really intelligent. She figured out what was going on long before Will and tried to do something to stop it, despite the risk to herself. Will is also a fantastic character, I'm not meaning to ignore him here, but he doesn't undergo as much change as Alona. That being said, I love these two together. Will wants nothing to do with Alona. Not only is she a ghost and he tries his best to ignore ghosts, but she ignored him in life so why should he help her? But Alona is so strong-willed that they end up forging somewhat of a partnership. I honestly just loved seeing them interact with each other. 

As obvious from the title and synopsis, this book involves ghosts, but one of the things I like about this book is that it does not go the scary route. Nor does it go the depressing route. This book has a somewhat fun take on ghosts. It mostly has to do with the interactions between Alona and Will, but this is an entertaining read rather than a frightening. I really loved that this book does not go that direction and it was one of the reasons I picked this book series for a reread. This doesn't mean that this book doesn't go dark directions, it does at points, but the overwhelming good-feeling from Will and Alona just beat that. 

IN CONCLUSION

So, why is my rating a little lower than my first read? I'm not really sure, but the plot did not wow me as much as the first go-round. I've just read a lot of books since. Though it's still a great book and I don't regret rereading it. I'm glad to say that I still enjoyed this book and I felt nostalgia while reading this book. I remember liking the series more and more with every book so I look forward to rereading the rest of the trilogy!



I hereby give this book
4 Stars!
Meaning: I really liked this book!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

New Releases in YA! (June 9th-15th)

Every week I list all (or almost all) of the YA books (and the occasional MG) that are coming out within that week!
Here's what you get to look forward to this week:
P.S. Click on the book's cover for the Goodreads page!

Did I miss any books?
What books, if any, do you plan to read?

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Short and Simple Reviews: Risked, Sleepers, and Extraordinary Means

This is a place for books that I didn't fully review.
Maybe I listed my likes and dislikes, had a little short paragraph, or a few sentences to convey my feelings on the book, but whatever the "review" is, all of them are short and simple. (hence the clever name)

Risked (The Missing, #6)


Jonah thought that after his last adventure in 1903, he and his sister Katherine would have a break from time travel for a while. For the first time, he’s willing to look into his own identity in the past, and he thinks this is his chance.

But he barely has time for a single Google search before he, Katherine, and their friend Chip are tricked and zapped back to 1918--and to the house where the Romanov family was imprisoned after the Russian Revolution. Trapped without a fully working Elucidator, the three kids still hope they can escape and save the lives of Anastasia and Alexei Romanov.

But is it possible to change time that much when modern-day scientists have identified the entire Romanov family’s remains?
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Review
I used to love this series and I remember being so excited for this book to come out. Yet, it has been six years since and I just now gotten around to reading this book. Why did it take so long for me to read this? I have no clue. But, even though it has been so long since I have read this series, I was surprised by how much I remembered. As each book also usually focuses on a different time period and a different missing child, it feels like a contained adventure within a larger story. In that sense, I did not have to remember every single period or missing child from the previous book which made it easy for me to jump back into this series. This specific book takes place in 1918 with Anastasia and Alexei Romanov as the missing children. I did like this book, I had difficulty putting it down and there are a lot of complicated elements nearing the end of the book. I like how Haddix always includes an author's note detailing the actual historical events and where she took liberties (and why). I did not give this one as high of a rating as the previous books but I'm not sure if that means this wasn't as great as the others or if I'm just pickier now about what books get five stars. All in all, I still really like this series and the next time I go to the library I'm definitely checking out the next two books.
4 Stars
Meaning: I really liked it






12101774An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as
handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

  
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Review
When I first started this book the premise seemed promising and I was actually interested in finding out where the story would go, but the more I read the less I liked it. Plot developments stopped making sense and the pacing was just too fast to connect with what was happening. As things sped up, character interactions felt less realistic. Pretty much any climactic moment was shortened such that I need to get a real understanding of how the characters really felt. If they did show any emotions, it was like a switch of emotion being turned on, such as Lianne instantly falling in love for someone, someone agreeing to something way too quickly, etc. By the end of the book, I was tired of it. I don't plan on continuing this series.

I hereby give this book
2 Stars
Meaning: It was okay




Extraordinary MeansWhen he's sent to Latham House, a boarding school for sick teens, Lane thinks his life may as well be over.
But when he meets Sadie and her friends - a group of eccentric troublemakers - he realises that maybe getting sick is just the beginning. That illness doesn't have to define you, and that falling in love is its own cure.


Review
I found myself surprised by how invested I got into this book. The writing was so atmospheric that I felt like I was on the grounds of the school. There's the dual POV of Lane and Sadie and when it first starting shifting viewpoints I wasn't sure, but I loved both of the characters and their viewpoints were both uniquely theirs. The concept of this book is interesting as it takes place in almost an alternate world where TB is still very common, incurable, and teens with TB are sent to a special boarding school, but it is overall a contemporary. It has strong themes of friendship, romance, and unity, but there is a melancholy feeling throughout the story. The story does deal with death, and I mean that mainly by how the main characters feel about death. There are points where the main characters do worry about whether they have been given a death sentence and there is even a point with Lane where someone from home is so sure about his death that she writes about how his death will affect her, so they must deal with the opinions of others that don't have TB. But, there is overall a need to still be yourselves and someone despite this diagnosis. This was a sad, but very compelling book and while this was not my first book by Robyn Schneider, after this one I most certainly will be keeping an eye open for more books by her.

4 Stars
Meaning: I really liked it

Stacking the Shelves (May 26th-June 8th)



Hosted by Tynga's ReviewsStacking the Shelves is where all the booknerds can post about the lovely (or not so lovely) books that we've read, acquired, or discovered in the past week (or so).


These past two weeks have been a bit busy and has just started to slow down. Last week my family had a garage sale (even though we did not have enough for a garage sale) and last Saturday a friend of mine got married. Just a few days ago I paid the rest of my tuition for the Publishing Institute, which means that I have anxiety over money now even though I'm doing fine. The last few days I've just been trying to get back into the groove of reading manuscripts, writing book reviews, and reading other's posts.

Books I've Read



Currently Reading/Listening