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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson- Review with ALL the Emotions

Posted November 10, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 18 Comments
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson- Review with ALL the Emotions

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson My rating: 4.5/5 Stars Publisher: Dial (September 2014) Length: 371 pgs Genre: YA Contemporary Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until […]


This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith- Review

Posted September 8, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith- Review

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith My rating: 3.5/5 Stars Publisher: Poppy (2013) Length: 407 pgs Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Format: Paperback, purchased from Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale Goodreads Synopsis: When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. […]


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell- Review

Posted August 20, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 11 Comments
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell- Review

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell My rating: 3/5 Stars Publisher: Dutton Adult (2011) Length: 323 pgs Genre: Adult Fiction Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you” Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- […]


Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff- Review

Posted August 18, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff- Review

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff My rating: 3/5 Stars Publisher: Razorbill (January 2014) Length: 304 pgs Genre: YA Paranormal/Mystery Fiction Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls. For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal […]


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo- Review & Series Thoughts

Posted August 16, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 8 Comments
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo- Review & Series Thoughts

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo My rating: 4/5 Stars Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (2014) Length: 422 pgs Series: Grisha, #3 Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for […]


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart- Review

Posted August 7, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 17 Comments
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart- Review

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart My rating: 4/5 Stars Publisher: Delacorte Press (May 2014) Length: 227 pgs Format: Hardcover, borrowed from my local library Goodreads Synopsis:A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. My Review: I waited impatiently […]


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater- Review

Posted July 31, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 7 Comments
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater- Review

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 3.5/5 Stars Publisher: Scholastic (2013) Length: 439 pgs Series: The Raven Cycle, #2 Format: Hardcover, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after… My Review: You may be shocked, after […]


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas- Review

Posted July 22, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 11 Comments
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas- Review

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas My rating: 5/5 Stars! Publisher: Simon Pulse (2013) Length: 400 pgs Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the […]


Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- Review

Posted July 19, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- Review

If Sarah Dessen is the Queen of the Contemporary Summer YA Novel, the Matson is hard at work becoming her successor. This is the second novel by Matson I’ve read and her ability to create an immersive summer experience for her characters seems to be her trademark. I read this on the beach while I was at Aulani, and it was the perfect beach read- a light surface story with heavier feelings cloaked beneath the surface. The plot of Second Chance Summer is two-pronged: Taylor’s dad is terminally ill and her family is spending the summer bonding and coming to […]


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Review

Posted July 18, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 26 Comments
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin My rating: 5/5 Stars! Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2011) Length: 466 pgs Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy, #1 Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed. There is. She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong. My Review: Warning: This […]