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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: On The Edge by Allison van Diepen

Title: On The Edge
Author: Allison van Diepen
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Expected publication: November 25th 2014 by HarperCollins
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I am so pleasantly surprised about the quality of Young Adult Literature I have read this year so far. Book after book, story after story, I've witnessed firsthand the amazing work of all these new and not-so new authors and I have come yet again to the conclusion that this is why YA continues to rock the world.

On the Edge caught me off guard. When I planned to only read a few chapters (because I am at my perpetually state of studying) I ended up finishing the whole book in a couple hours. The story was fast paced and the writing was engaging, the mystery was nail baiting and the action was so real and heartfelt that I completely gave up on anything else but immersing myself in the book.

I'm glad to be reading about taboo topics like gangs, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, horrible murders; no matter where your bubble is, this stuff is happening, and it is happening to young people. There's nothing wrong with reading about a high school cafeteria but there indefinitely something good in reading about the real world. And I seriously think that Ms. Allison did a wonderful job, I mean yes the story is fictional and maybe a bit over the top, but it still sends a clear message of speaking up for the right thing, and not judging people before knowing them.

I loved the unexpected fairy tale within it. I love Ortiz, the mystery knight in shiny armor, and I loved Maddie, the courageous heroine. And I appreciate the loyal friends and their untold stories. I so want this to turn into a series and learn the story of all these characters whose lives have me hooked. Manny and X specially, but also Maddie's friends.

And I might be being too serious, because this book deals with so many serious crimes, but I want you all to know that it has a lot of fun into it too. Maddie's friend Iz and Manny were absolutely hilarious and had me cracking up all the time I wasn't chewing my nails.

I can't recommend this enough, I am really pleased and will continue to seek this author's work because I loved what I saw. And you should too.



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

WoW is weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking The Spine in which bloggers can share books they're excited to get soon :)

99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.


In my defense I was going to choose this book even before I went crazy this weekend and read it in one sitting. It was SO GOOD. But I'll talk about it when I review it I just wanted to tell you that Katie Cotugno nailed it again. You need to preorder this one ;)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Hi again

It's been quite a long time while I've been spending all my time and energy on my ER rotation instead of the internet. I'm done with it now and starting pediatrics which appears to be a little less exhausting but I'm still drained.

Still, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to feature this book, because frankly as soon as I heard what it was about I knew it was going to be a win.

by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski 
Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it's not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor. 
Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

I told you it sounded GOOD.
I'm hoping to snag an ARC because this made my 'most wanted' list inmediately.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Title: Adrenaline Crush
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Adrenaline Crush definitely lives up to its name. This is the story of Dyna, an adrenaline junkie that used to live life to its fullest until she gets horribly hurt in an climbing accident in the woods. That plot alone makes me like Dyna, and accordingly I knew I would like the book but it turned out to be better than I expected.

I liked that the story developed fast, it was very quick and easy to read. Before I knew it I was engrossed and have flown past the 50% mark. I wasn't sure at first about the love triangle, because you know I passionately hate love triangles but this time it was so easy to figure out that the outcome would be the best for all of them that I didn't get upset about the one left alone.

I liked Dyna. I liked that she was wild but also that she learned that it's normal to be afraid. I understood her feelings completely because when you do love something so much it's normal to be a little paranoid if anything ever happens that might take it away but she realized that the risks are always there and you have to live with them. So I liked the big moral of the story although I didn't completely agree with everything that went through and this situation that happened that I won't spoil but it's something I can't stand it's the thing that made me bump it down a star.

But I love the super cool cover with the girl jumping, that easily captures Dyna's spirit. And I loved the therapy group and the crazy characters on it! Ulysses butterflies forever!