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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.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Title: Solitaire
Author: Alice Oseman
Expected publication: March 30th 2015 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
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Everything about this book screamed familiar to me. Not because I've read this before but because I wanted to. I've been waiting for it.

And it was so exciting. From the start I knew I'd love this because the story is set in some charming British school, which is always code for a good time. There's also Victoria Spring, who was an amazing main character. What really set her apart is how troubled she was, yet it was so realistically portrayed, just like you would see it in real life, very subtle, very quietly destructive. To see her struggle was both heartbreaking and eye-opening.

And if our main girl is not your typical YA heroine, our main guy couldn't be cookie-cutter either. There's Michael Holden, who is probably one of the most memorable characters I've ever read. So happy and eccentric on the outside, so broken on the inside. I loved Michael with all my might and my heart suffered for him so much. He was a bright side and a dark side, and I cannot imagine how any story could survive without someone like him.

The whole game of Solitaire was a very cool part too. I really enjoyed creating my theories and trying to figure out the reasoning behind it all. And although it kind of should be the main focus of the story, the thing I liked the most was getting to know the characters, the interactions between them all, and the family dynamics. I wish I could hug everyone. Victoria's friends, her brother, her brother's boyfriend, they all were a great example of how to make the reader care.

I can say enough good things about the story but it will take me a long time so I'll save you the trouble. Just give this one a chance.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Review: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

Title: My Best Everything 
Author: Sarah Tomp
Young Adult Contemporary
Published March 3rd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Unexpected. Brilliant. There are quite a few adjectives that come to mind after reading 'My Best Everything' but I don't plan on writing them all and use all my space. Instead I want to tell you how amazing this story will make you feel.

Lulu's idea of selling moonshine to furnish her way to college. She is a smart girl in a small town; we've seen it before, right? Not like this. Never like this. Because Lulu is about to find out she is smart, but not in the way she always thought.

So she enlists the help of her best friend Roni and her boyfriend Bucky, who she has known all her life, and of course the mysterious, older bad boy Mason. And it all goes downhill from here (or uphill, depending on how you see it) because you can't predict the future, just like you can't predict if moonshine is going to turn out to be poison. It's a ride.

I loved this book. So much heart, so poetic and emotional. But funny and charming, too. A thrill ride.

I can't tell you enough good things about this book. Suddenly I couldn't handle all the feels and I was back to that place I love about YA. If I were you I wouldn't worry of where I am going right now, as long as I have this book with me.