Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Title: Together at Midnight 
Author: Jennifer Castle
Published January 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen
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I think this book was definitely a good start for the new year. Together at Midnight was a fun, fast read, even though it is not exactly supposed to be that. It starts with our two main characters, Max and Kendall, witnessing a terrible accident and practically doing nothing to stop it from happening. The guilt of what happened makes them accept a dare in which they have to perform seven acts of kindness. It turns out harder than expected.

I like the realness of this book. In real life not everything is what’s cracked up to be, and Maxie and Kendall learn that through it all. I was immediately attached to both of them, since we share a lot of character traits, and I wanted them to keep going and I shipped them so hard. And yet. Yet I was totally okay with that ending. Oh yes, even old hopeless romantic me thought there was not another possible way to end the book, because of reasons you have to read for yourself.

The one thing, though, that I can complain about, is the lack of development of secondary characters. Some of them we got a glimpse of, like grandpa big E, who I absolutely loved because he reminded me of my own grumpy grandpa. But there were several characters who I felt lacked a purpose. For example Ari, who is supposed to be Kendall’s best friend but apart from Kendall always mentioning that I didn’t get to see much of a reason for the apparently amazing friendship. And the practically nonexistent older brothers, the parents, and pretty much all family members except for Kendall’s brother Emmerson.

But oh well, I could live with it. And it didn’t affect my reading experience (much).I still raced through the book in a few hours and honestly had some laugh out loud moments and the obvious cringe of the youth, which is basically an all around win.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

Title: Love and Other Train Wrecks 
Author: Leah Konen
Published January 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Love and Other Train Wrecks has a lot of reasons not to work out. Surprisingly it does. I mean we are talking about two teens meeting and falling in love in the course of twenty four hours, some of you may say—oh dear, insta love. Not at all. Yes, it turns out to be a romantic story (after a while) but I wouldn’t even throw the word love—yet.

Noah and Ammy find themselves stuck in an unmoving train during a heavy snow fall. They both have places to go, and fast. And although they didn’t hit it off right away, they come up with a plan so together they can get where they are going.

You can imagine all sorts of trouble gets in their way, and it is good, ‘cause otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten to know each other that well.

I had a couple of problems with Ammy at the beginning. I just thought she was being so rude to Noah. And I get it, everyone can have a bad day, and she was having a really bad one, but I would never be nasty to anyone no matter my own condition. I also thought she was like that at the start because Noah was a stranger, but at the end when the trouble rolls in paradise, she went back to being mean. But I guess that’s just her personality, you’re forgiven Ammy.

In the end, I had fun even though I figured out the twist from the start and I wish I hadn’t. But it was a good way to spend a rainy afternoon inside.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: Good and Gone by Megan Frazer Blakemore

33913923Title: Good and Gone 
Author: Megan Frazer Blakemore
Hardcover304 pages
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

It took a while for me to get into Good and Gone. I wasn't really sure what it was anout when I first pickex it up. And I guess it didn't help that I kept putting it down because I was busy so when I picked it back up I didn't remember who was who.

But i guess it speaks in favor of the book that I kept picking it back up. And if it dragged at first, it compensated later.

The story is about three kids trying to find a popstar that has gone missing. Though similar in age, these three seem to have nothing in common. Zack is the gay nerdy kid that they used to be friends with but now they never even talk to. Charlie is the depressed College dropout and brother to Lexi, the edgy, angry kid whose life used to revolve around her boyfriend.

Part of what took me so long to get into the book was the flashbacks. Lexi, the narrator, kept going back to so many flashbacks, with people I couldn't keep tabs on and of a seemingly good life that contrasted starkly with the present Lexi. I didn't know if she loved her boyfriend or she didn't. And then I figured out maybe she didn't know either so I understood. Then her relationship with her brother was always on edge too. I didn't know if they had a fallout or just didn't get along, but I guess that is the way it always is between siblings.

So anyway, then the truth(s) start to come out and I get more and more invested to the point where I actually quite enjoyed the story. I appreciated the realness and the different take on some sensitive topics that dealt all the way from depression to assault. All while magically roadtriping and meeting the coolest people along the way. A win for me.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review; These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips

32711722Title; These Things I've Done
Author: Rebecca Phillips
Hardcover352 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by HarperTeen

I've been starving for some contemporary jewel this year. So far this has probably been the busiest year of my life so far (and that's saying a lot) and I have read a whooping 4 books so far--and it's friggin April.

So I was desperately needing some good quality story to get me out of my funk. These Things I've Done turned out to be the miracle I was hoping for.

I didn't even expect it. I haven't even read a blurb for the book so I was on a blind date. It's so shocking to realize you are so compatible with your blind date (not that I have ever been on a blind date before, mind you) that I am still trying to make sense about what happened.

The book is about a tragic accident where a girl named Aubrey died. It's about the very different and heartbreaking ways the people closest to her, her best friend Dara and her brother Ethan, deal with it.

I saw someone comparing it to In Honor, which has sort of a very similar plot, but I disagree. I thought These Things I've Done was deeper, sadder and more realistic. I actually felt sad about Aubrey dying, which *never* happens. I mean, I am usually very aware that this is only a book and no one died, but this time I got sad anyway. I tend to find flashbacks annoying and repetitive, but in this book I really enjoyed them, and they made me care.

I was so happy about Dara, Aubrey and Ethan and their odd three-way friendship. I was literally so invested. Then I was devastated to learn that a friendship so awesome had crumbled apart so easily.

I loved Dara. She was such a likable protagonist, vulnerable with a side of fierceness. I loved her before, as that fearless girl who loved adrenaline, but I also loved her as a broken, sensitive kid who is full of guilt and confussion. Here's a hug for you Dara: *hug*.

And don't even get me started on Ethan, who handled things so perfectly, so maturely. He's a huge reason why this novel works so well.

Anyhow. I loved this novel. You can't change my mind about it. It's been put on my "read again" shelf. And you should try it too!