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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Title: Emmy & Oliver 
Author: Robin Benway
Expected publication: June 23rd 2015 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, drama
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 According to my goodreads account, I have been waiting for this novel for almost two years. Two years of anticipation that built up a lot of expectations. And to be totally honest, this novel did not disappoint.

Emmy & Oliver is about two childhood friends reunited ten years after Oliver was kidnapped by his father. If that isn't enough to catch your attention I don't know what you're doing reading this. It was an emotional roller coaster, there's no other way to describe it.

Robin did an amazing job at capturing what each of the characters went through because of this horrible experience. Which made me connect with everyone in the book and really see the reasoning behind their actions. I absolutely loved that this book doesn't tell you how to feel but instead questions your feelings. It reminds you that the world is not black or white but shades of gray.

Despite you would expect this book to be about Oliver, he is the one who was kidnapped after all, it is so much about Emmy too. Everything she went through and how that shaped who she is now. I loved Emmy, she to me was the strongest character. Apart from Maureen, Oliver's mom, who is reminiscent of Michelle Pfeiffer in The Deep End of the Ocean (this film is a jewel, you should see it ASAP) just as heartbreaking and fierce at the same time.

And I just don't think it is appropriate to continue trying to explain this book because it won't do it justice. Every YA Contemporary fan should experience this one for themselves.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review: Between The Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

Title: Between The Notes 
Author: Sharon Huss Roat
Expected publication: June 16th 2015 by Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Drama, Music
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There's something magical about Between the Notes. Something that transported me back to my teenage years, something every YA is supposed to do but it's actually rare nowadays. Because to be honest, I read YA all the time and I didn't know I've missed this so much until I had it again, the thrill of expecting the unexpected, the twist in the story that will make you go 'woah'.

I loved it. I loved this despite of the love triangle. In fact I think I loved it because of the love triangle.

Ivy's family is going through a difficult financial situation. She is been wealthy all of her life but now she's forced to relocate to a modest setting where she has to learn the real value of money, and truth, and friendship and of course, love.

People, Ivy Emerson is likable. Even if she starts off as a snob, you just can't help to like her. And her internal growth throughout the book is off the charts. I enjoyed every step of the way. And let's not even get started on the rest of the  characters, who were all amazing, from Ivy's parents to Kaya and Brady, her little brother and sister, the loyal friends Reesa and Molly, and let's not forget the love interests, James Wickerton with his romantic notes and drawings, and Tim Riggins, I mean Lennie Heart-Of-Gold Lazarski.

I cannot say enough good things about this novel. So I'll settle for: read this! the message behind it alone makes it worth it, but the spectacular way it's written will make you stay for the rest.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Title: Things We Know By Heart 
Author: Jessi Kirby
Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Drama
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When I started Things We Know By Heart I wasn't sure of it. I mean I am never really fond of stories that start off with flash backs of a story that is no longer the focus. I mean I get that Quinn was depressed, her boyfriend died, but it was hard to imagine some teenage love that would spark more than four hundred days of a deep depression.

But I read on. I read and then Quinn was making bad choices that were taking her to some good ones. And the book suddenly became a new love story, a second chance story, for both Colton and Quinn, and things started looking up.

I really think this is my favorite Morgan book so far. The second half was a pleasure to read, and it went faster than I expected. It was thrilling and romantic and beautiful. And I thought it ended perfectly. Wrapping the book up in the story I wanted it to be from the beginning.

I really liked that it approached both sides of a transplant, donnor and receiver, and how both stories were blended. And although it was a very cute story, and very well written, I just don't think, at least to me, it is not that memorable, or one of those stories that just take your breath away. It was just another story to add to the pile of good contemporary novels out there.


Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Title: 99 Days 
Author: Katie Cotugno
Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by Balzer + Bray
YA Contemporary
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This book is so bad. So, so bad, but so good. So good you need to buy it as soon as humanly possible or else the world will spin off its axis and we will all die. That's how good it is.

You know how sometimes you are caught off guard by a book you expected nothing of? I love contemporary, I always will but this book's plot is a love triangle and I hate love triangles, hate them. So it was contradictory, I never ever thought I'd like it.

But this novel is everything. Everything I missed and everything I craved without knowing it. Every sentence was a pleasure. It was heartbreaking and gut wrenching and it was impossible not to be swept away by the beauty of the writing, the the realness of the story, the very, very flawed characters.

And the most amazing thing was this: Yes there is a huge, emotionally draining and deliciously heartbreaking love triangle but still, the two guys, Gabe and Patrick Donelly, they are both real. They are wrong and bad and real, and still somehow perfect.

But the excellence, the brilliant thing about this love triangle comes from Katie, who lets you choose. She doesn't resort to make one better than the other, she lets you chose. She lets Molly choose.

Molly who was impossible to hate and easy to relate. Molly who you had to cheer on and love. If there is one character who takes the prize on personal' growth and avoidance of mental instability. Even if I didn't approve or agree with her actions, I understood and loved her and her flaws.

The end, I have to admit, was a bit of a disappointment. Mainly because there is so much building up to a final climax but the when we get there it just kind of ends. But I guess it fits the story, and the lesson is learned.

All in all, a gorgeous story that will take you in a roller coaster of emotions.