Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: A Walk In The Sun by Michelle Zink

Title. A Walk In The Sun Author. Michelle ZinkExpected publication: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen[ goodreads ] [ amazon ]___________________________________________

What I loved about A Walk In The Sun is that it transported me to another place, and I don't mean only to a hard-lived, sun-kissed farm; but to the thrill of being young and in love. It's the story about a girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. Rose's mom just died and her dad is in such a depression that she has to take over all the chores at their farm, all by herself.


That's how she meets Bodhi, the recently hired hand that's going to help her run the farm this summer.

And that's where the similarities with those Harlequin novels you're thinking about, end because this is not a story about the rich daughter of the boss falling for the working class guy. This is more about finding love when (and where) you didn't expect it.

A Walk In The Sun did a fantastic job at portraying the hardships of loss and death and sadness, but also at reminding you that there are always new beginnings. A story for those who love the hard beautiful farm life, and the hard beautiful romance of first love.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Title: The Taming of the Drew 
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Published April 5th 2016 by Sky Pony Press
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If maybe at times a bit slow, there’s still no denying that there are a lot of fun parts in this book, made up of awesome pranks and laugh-out-loud lines. Like any other Shakespeare retelling, it includes our fair share of nerdiness we all love.

I have to admit that I thought Cass, the main character, was a bit annoying with how she misjudged almost everything that happen. I just couldn’t believe she could be so clueless about it. But fortunately her behavior was canceled out by her cool, fun personality.

Also the cast of characters were a nice addition.  I liked that none of them were the classic theater nerd we see every time.

And let’s not even get into Drew, who knew beards were hot? I mean I guess lots of people find them hot but I was never one of them, especially in seventeen-year-olds. But anyway, Drew was that misjudged guy that everyone thinks is annoying but is just misunderstood, shy and kind of nerdy too. He also had a lot of allergies and I liked that we have something in common. Lol.

The whole taming of the Drew aspect was fun but semi cruel. I liked it. Overall this one adds for a really cute, summer romance perfect for younger readers that like contemporary.

And if you look closely at the cover you’ll get a hint of a cool turn hobby our main characters enjoy.



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Title: You Were Here 
Author;  Cori McCarthy
Expected publication: 
March 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
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First of all I want to point out that this novel is multicultural. Yes, you read that right so let's all give a big round of applause... keep going because it deserves it…

Okay that's enough, thank you.

So I sort of, kind of knew a little bit about what this story was about before I started it. I knew it was about a girl grieving her late brother in some rather dangerous ways. That's all I knew and that was enough to make me go, "yes! I need this!"

But like the song goes, if I had known then what I know now, I would have been ten times more excited because I think this just became my favorite novel of the year. You read that right, my favorite novel I read in 2015 (though is published in 2016) I loved it. I LOVED IT. I wasn't expecting so much more than just a tragedy, but it was MUCH MORE. The tragedy was just a vehicle for living and forgiving and finding love and reconnecting with new friends.

I loved that the story was told in five different points of view, from each of the five friends that made the story what it is. It never felt confusing or unrealistic, it was unique and it made me understand each of them and loved them individually. It added so much instead of taking away. I loved that they all had a different way to show me who they were. Cori did a fantastic job with these POV, I can't tell you how impressive it was how she managed to keep all the characters true to themselves and honest enough for me to care about and enjoy.

And that's just the writing. The setting was a whole other monster. I loved each different place she took her story to. I loved the graphic detail that took me there. Then there was the fun. This novel was so fun--sad, too, and crazy, and funny and romantic-- but fun above all. It reminded of one of my favorite books, Grafitti Moon by Cath Crowley for those interested, and that's always a good thing. It was amazing, even now, weeks after I first read it, it makes me crack a smile just to remember everything that happened. 

Now excuse me while I'm off to get me a physical copy of this one. It's one for keeps, folks. One to reread.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review: The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

Title: The Leaving Season Author: Cat JordanExpected publication: March 1st 2016 by HarperTeenGoodreads   Amazon
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The Leaving Season is a coming of age story. I read a lot of those so I can be very picky about them, but I have to say I loved this one. The first third of it, we are presented with the golden couple, Middie and Nate. Middie is completely submerged in her love for Nate, everything about her life revolves around Nate, who she thinks is perfect. And who knows, he might actually be, but I'm sick of girls defining who they are because of the guy they are with. So I didn't care very much about this part.

Then on the second third, when tragedy strikes, Middie is forced to deal with a life without Nate. I'm not glad something happened to him, but I couldn't help but be happy that Middie was about to embark on a life-changing journey. She somehow manages to do so with the help of Lee, Nate's slacker best friend. This was my favorite part of the novel because I finally got to see who Meredith (Middie) was, and I liked her. I loved her. She was in control of her life for once and I rejoiced in watching her honestly grow in giant leaps. I also really liked Lee, not only because he was funny and understanding, but because he played such an important job in showing Meredith that she didn't need anyone to define her.

But then of course we have to have conflict and  it comes in the last third. And I was crushed. Meredith took twenty steps backward and returned to the blind person she was. I was so sad to see her turn into that girl again, I knew she had to realize everything she did was wrong and it was annoying that it took so long for her to come to senses.

But she finally did. 

So I think after all it was a great read. I can't say I didn't enjoy it because it had parts that were absolutely brilliant, if only a bit unrealistic, but it's clear Jordan can tell a story, and a good one at that. I was very emotionally attached to this novel and to me that's a win itself. Definitely recommended.