Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

Title:  Conspiracy Girl 
Author: Sarah Alderson
Published February 12th 2015 by Simon & Schuster
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Why didn’t I know about this book sooner? Was my first thought upon finishing Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson. It was that amazing.

Honestly it was action-packed and the pace was neck-breaking. It even starts right away with a break in, one that happens to be in the bunker-style apartment of Nic, a girl who was the lone survivor of a horrific crime where her mother and stepsister were murdered. And not even in the next chapter we are introduced to the conflict. Now Nic has to trust Finn—the same young computer genius that is responsible her mother’s murderers walked free—to help her figure out who is following her and what do they want. What this ensures is an awkward, uncomfortable but very, very interesting story development.

The mystery/thriller aspect of this book is also awesome, though I did figure out what was happening, in no way did it deter me from reading along excitedly. Mostly because the main characters, Nic and Finn were so likable.

I loved Nic’s confidence and her strong willed nature. She had a horrible family tragedy but she still worked to move on one step at the time. And her relationship with her dog Goz was the cutest.

And then Finn was dreamy too. He is not only a genius but a good-hearted one that wants to make the world better and safer. His relationship with his grandma and his nieces was also so charming and adorable.

What I loved the most about this book was that it is so young-adult feel, but yet is not. What I mean is that it has the essence of the awesomeness that is the YA genre even though the ages of the characters don't match people's assumption of YA, and not to mention there is not a high school in sight. *Claps*

I would recommend the book to everyone honestly, but especially to those who love thrillers, well-crafted and lovable characters, and fast-paced stories. This one is a must re-read for sure! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review. PS I Like You by Kasie West

Title. PS I Like You
Author. Kasie West
Expected publication: July 26th 2016 by Point
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What I love about Kasie West is that she is has stuck to her formula of clean, cute stories that leave you feeling good.

Here is another example of a perfect teen romance. If there is someone who can pull off this type of contemps is Kasie West and that's why she has amassed a fan base like she has right now. PS I Like You is a story about a pair of anonymous pen pals, as in letter-writing people who have no idea who they are talking to, who realize they have a lot of things in common.

In this case the identity of the people is easy to guess from the start, which makes it all funnier actually, because they are as unlikely and mismatched as they come. Our main girl, Lily, she is the quirky hipster girl that doesn't realize she is cool. And our main guy is the popular jock but with a secret depth.

I liked the book. I thought it was cute and a very quick read, but I really think this one will appeal to the younger fans of Contemporary YA, I'm not sure anyone older than fifteen will be very into it. It was a little bit on the tween side, this one. 

But as always, the quality of the writing and the sweetness of the story cannot be denied. A good little summer read from a fan-favorite author.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

On The Jellicoe Road FREE AUDIOBOOK right now.

Hello, it's me. 

I have been mostly silent but I am back with AWESOME news. I've posted about this on my Facebook and Twitter pages but I don't want anyone to miss this.

ON THE JELLICOE ROAD. Yes, the one and only. Yes, the best Young Adult ever published. Is currently this week's FREE AUDIOBOOK as part of the Audiobook Sync program.

SYNC is a summer program that aims to connect teens and young adults with free copies of audiobook versions of some of the most well-loved, life-changing and critically acclaimed YA books.

So I strongly encourage you to check their program out. I have been a fan for years and I've gotten some AMAZING titles. 

If you need further convincing, here is my review of On The Jellicoe Road Audiobook.

But hurry, 'cause the last day to get it is July 21, 2016.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Review: On the Jellicoe Road Audiobook by Melina Marchetta

Title: On the Jellicoe Road
Author: Melina Marchetta
Narrator: Rebecca Macauley 
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A revelation.

That’s what this audiobook was to me. Even after many, many years of reading the book again and again. I used to think I had it memorized even, but then it's like you hear someone else’s voice, saying all those sentences that bring so many great and incapacitating new emotions that it was almost like lighting stroke my heart.  

I am pretty sure there are quite a few poor souls out there that have not come across this book, or audiobook, yet. So I’m going to review it again, in the hopes to make you pick it up and make this world better.

On The Jellicoe Road goes beyond any realm or genre in literature. It surpasses boundaries and defines a whole new category of incredible, tremendous, fantastic and wonderful. It’s one of the wildest emotional rides your heart can take. The story is so deep, so clever, so thoughtful and perfect that it’s life changing. It certainly was for me.

One of the most common complains I come across when I recommend this book is people not getting it. At first it is confusing, but not because it’s bad narrative, because it’s mysterious. You will want to figure this book, but you won’t be able to at first, because like I told you before, it’s clever. It’s intelligent and it knows deep and dark things you will only get to know as you read along.

What is magical in all of this, though, is that you don’t even have to know what is going on to be pulled in. To get engrossed. To become obsessed. Because this is one rich story, and Melina Marchetta is probably one of the most powerful story tellers of our time.

The audiobook, like I suspected, is amazing too. The narrator did a wonderful job at conveying the emotions we needed. She did a great job of representing the turmoil inside Taylor Markham, her confusion and pain, her annoyance and her spirit. And it is not even one of those high budget audiobooks that seem to be the regularity now. No, it’s simple but engaging. And to hear a story like this, a story I hold so dear to my heart, in the voice of someone else but me was so gut-wrenching that I spend half the time crying my eyes out.

And in the aftermath I can’t recommend it enough. For the people that have never read this book, to the ones that will be introduced to it for the first time, for everyone. This is it.