Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review: Remembrance (The Mediator #7!) by Meg Cabot

Title: Remembrance (The Mediator #7!) 
Author: Meg Cabot 
Expected publication: 
February 2nd 2016 by William Morrow
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So I realize you and I don’t know each other, that’s why it’s hard to explain how in love with The Mediator series I am, because if you have met me it would be so obvious. Probably every person I know knows that I love books, and pretty much everyone knows that The Mediator is my numero uno. It’s the series that got me hooked on Young Adult. It’s how I discovered God’s gift to YA, Meg Cabot. I have pretty much memorized each book on the series thanks to the number of times I have re-read the books in the last decade.

This is my obsession.

And I knew that Meg had plans to write another Mediator book for a long looong time. I have been waiting anxiously to revisit my favorite cast of characters and the gorgeous setting they live in. And it’s finally time.

When I started reading I decided I was going to write from the point of view of someone that is not familiar with the story. Just to see how I would enjoy it. But that thought flew out the window with the first sentence I read. I was transported to the golden days of my youth when the feeling of bliss reading gave me was nearly too much for my sanity. I swear it was so good.

Suze’s voice is still so inherent Suze, so familiar and true, that I can’t help but wonder if Meg even realizes it’s been nearly a decade since the last book. It was a big part of why reading Remembrance was so magical.

But then of course Meg seemed to have read my thoughts exactly. I wrote this pre-review on goodreads almost two years ago, when she said she started writing the novel, and every question I had, every thought, was answered to my highest expectations.

It’s not every day you get a wish come true, that’s why I was thankful to have this novel, even if it sucked. It didn’t. It was perfect. It was the same Suze that I have loved forever. The same Ackerman family, that has grown to be the best adoptive family in the world, I was so happy to see Suze’s stepbrothers had turned into brilliant men that I might have shed a tear of two. I knew Jake and Dave had it in them, but even Brad? I won the lottery. And CeeCee and Adam? The same loving, supporting friends. Father Dominic? AMAZING. Paul? He’s still a jerk but still I was infinitely happy to see him! He’s sort of the comic relief too, and I’ve always felt bad for him as a teenager. Now he’s an adult so it made it harder to sympathize with him, though I could never hate him.

Even the ghost busting was turned to the next level. The stories were harder and sadder. The villains ages above the crimes everyone in the previous books ever committed. Which made it easy for me to invest myself in the mystery and not only in the excitement of seeing my old pals.

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t focus a whole chunk of my brain on them. Namely Jesse. Jesse who has been my boyfriend for longer than half my life. Jesse who loves kids and medicine as much as I do. Jesse who speaks softly in Spanish. Jesse who makes every other guy on earth pale in comparison. He was exactly the perfect guy he has been for almost two centuries. I can’t even keep on writing because I’d cry and my mom is watching because I’m supposed to be happy right now (I’m writing this review as everyone else is celebrating that the new year is coming in just a few hours).

So anyway, you see why I am biased and would never write a perfectly coherent review for this book. But what I hope I transferred to you is this… Is not for nothing I have kept this series by my side for such a long time. It’s full of everything that makes Young Adult great. It’s a classic. It’s something you can’t miss.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review: The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

Title. The Distance from A to Z Author. Natalie BlittPublished January 12th 2016 by HarperCollins[[ Goodreads ]] [[ Amazon ]]

I picked up this book because I read that it was about baseball and french and romance. It wasn't until I was actually reading that i remembered that I actually hate the French language and I can't stand baseball. Okay well, not entirely true, I liked French until it got hard and I dropped it, and I liked baseball when I was young, before I understood that the Cubs never win. 

So moving on, I was a little reluctanct once started. But thankfully the sweet romance and the cute story saved it. They more than saved it actually, because the book made me remember that maybe French and even the Cubs, aren't so bad. 

I have always been a fan of "enemies" turned "lovers" so to speak, and Abby and Zeke won me over immediately. Even if at times it was a little infuriating that Abby kept driving Zeke away for dumb stuff, I was almost like is this a Pride and Prejudice retelling? Why are you so proud girl? Thankfully it all worked out and I applauded and swoon at the end like the romantic I am.

Definitely a cute, romantic story for those of us who need a break from real life heartbreak and are up for a sweet story of opposites-attract-while-learning-the-most-romantic-language-in-the-world.

PS. It's only $1.85 on kindle right now!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Review: What's Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass

Title: What's Broken Between Us 
Author: Alexis Bass

From Goodreads:
Tragedy struck Amanda Tart’s town a year and a half ago when a sophomore girl was killed in a car accident on graduation night.
Amanda’s brother, Jonathan, was behind the wheel and too drunk to drive. He’s spent the past year in prison and has cut off all ties. But now Jonathan is coming home. Just as Amanda’s trying to figure out what that means for her family and herself, she’s paired up for a school project with Henry Crane—a former crush, and brother of Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend, who survived the crash with horrible injuries.

Everyone is still incredibly damaged by the events of that night. Can Amanda and Henry finally begin to heal what’s broken and find some peace?


What's broken between us is a novel set in the aftermath of a tragic accident. One that will hopefully instilled in you the message of never drunk driving.
Amanda's brother Jonathan was always the popular one, the liked one, the life of the party; until he drove drunk with his girlfriend Sutton and her best friend Grace, and had an accident where Grace died.

It was really heart breaking to witness how hard everything was for Amanda. She can't grieve for the girl properly because everyone will judge her, but at the same time she can't help but be glad her brother is alive, even if he's not the same as he was before prison. And to complicate things, the feelings she used to have for Sutton's brother Henry have come barreling forward again and everything is turned into a mess of anger and sadness.

I breezed trough this novel so quickly. It was so easy to, because it was intense and gripping, I had to knew what was next. I loved the way all the feelings were so dutifully explained, it made it impossible for me not to be emotionally invested in the fate of all the characters. It was real and truthful. And the ending made perfect sense in a way that was hard to witness but easy to accept. A great read for me.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review. The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

Title. The Lies About Truth
Author. Courtney C. Stevens
Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by HarperTeen
From Goodreads. 
Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.
As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past.

This is the story of a group of friends who fell apart after a horrible accident that killed one of them and scarred another two. Like you can expect, this is not the sunniest story out there, and that's exactly why I picked it up.

I enjoyed the book; Sadie was a good main character, her journey through accepting her new condition, her scarred face and body, it was all so sad and hard to witness. I liked that she was real, and that her feelings and actions weren't sugar coated and instead portrayed in a realistic way. Or at least the way I thought a previously healthy and beautiful teenager deals with her new scarred appearance.

Sometimes I thought the book went a bit slow. This mainly because the truth about the "secret" gets dragged for most of the book. And when it finally gets revealed I don't think it made a lot of sense. Maybe because we didn't really get to know the character who the secret was about, so I don't think I cared much.

It was a story of acceptance and forgiveness. The accident broke more than Sadie's spirits, it broke a life long friendship and a couple of romantic relationships. It wasn't the smoothest ride over all those bumps, either. At times a bit slow, at times a bit expected, all the time worth reading.