Tag: young adult

Right Where You Left Me…by Calla Devlin

Right Where You Left Me…by Calla Devlin

‘Right Where You Left Me’ is the story of Charlotte. Her mother is a Russian immigrate who works in the bakery downstairs from their apartment. Charlotte’s father is a larger than life newspaper reporter who loves to be the first on the ground during natural disasters. At the very begging of ‘Right Where You Left Me’, Charlotte’s father leaves for Ukraine to cover an earthquake. Her father soon becomes missing. Charlotte’s shared experience with her mother of worrying about Charlotte’s father draws them both closer together and further apart. I began reading ‘Right Where You Left Me’ the day before hurricane Irma hit here in Florida. It was an interesting surprise to find out that this story was about someone who covered natural disasters. I loved that this was a fresh topic that hasn’t been touched on much in YA. […]

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Chasing Eveline…by Leslie Hauser

Chasing Eveline…by Leslie Hauser

Ivy is desperate to connect with the mother who abandoned Ivy and her dad. The closest connection she has to her mother is their mutual love of the 1980’s band ‘Chasing Eveline’. Ivy and her friend Matt mount several schemes to raise money for a trip to Ireland. Once in Ireland they hope to reunite ‘Chasing Eveline’. Ivy secretly hopes that her mother will be at the bands reunion. This was such a cute read. I loved all the crazy (‘I Love Lucy’ type) projects that Matt and Ivy used to make money. Ivy has big ideas that never quite worked out the way she planned. I really loved the perseverance that Ivy had to never give up on her dream. I loved the relationship Ivy had with her dad. I think it was a unique perspective to have a single […]

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Beneath the Skin…by Kyla Stone

Beneath the Skin…by Kyla Stone

Sidney Shaw has a terrible home life. Her former best friend now torments her. She covers up the pain by pushing people away. She also cuts herself. Sidney does everything she can to protect her little brothers. When that means Sidney strikes a boy who was bullying her brother at school, there are consequences. She now has to start group therapy with one of her school’s popular girls, Adriana. First off, this book has some big trigger points. For example self-mutilation, eating disorders, sexual abuse. Each of this things are important topics that affect many teens today. I thought that the author handled each of those topics well. They were each approach slowly and were woven into the tapestry of the storyline. This took away some of the shock factor that these trigger points could have invoked. Sidney as a character was very complex […]

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The Disappearances…by Emily Bain Murphy-Blog Tour

The Disappearances…by Emily Bain Murphy-Blog Tour

WWII is in full force. Aila and Miles’ mother has just died. When their father is drafted, they have no choice but to stay with their mother’s childhood friend. Once there they realize things in the town of Sterling are different. Magical realism is a genre that is very hard to execute well. If it is done correctly it opens the door to a whole new world. Done incorrectly the story just seems silly. The ‘Disappearance’ is done so amazingly well that I was entirely enthralled. The story painted vivid pictures in my mind. The scenes are unbelievably detained and brought you into Aila’s world. I was extremely excited to realize that ‘The Disappearances’ is set in the 1940’s. A time without cell phones, computers, the internet, or even tv. The setting helps to highlight just how out-of-place the ‘disappearances’ are. […]

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Sarah…by Teri Polen

Sarah…by Teri Polen

Cain, his mother, and sister move into a new house after Cain’s father dies. Right away Cain realizes that strange things are going on in the attic. He soon finds out that it has something to do with the disappearance of Sarah, a student at his high school. I haven’t read any horror novels but have a few on my TBR, so I thought this one would be a good one to start with since it is kind of mix of YA contemporary and horror. What I Loved I loved the character of Finn. He was funny and blunt and was a good balance for the easy-going Cain. I also loved that Cain had a cat named Eby. I like when authors include pets in the story line. It adds a touch of realism to the stories. I also loved how […]

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Em & Em…by Linda Budzinski

Em & Em…by Linda Budzinski

Emily is witness to a terrible crime. When Emily is threatened, her and her family must enter the witness protection program. Her ideal life is than turned upside down. What I Loved ‘Em & Em’ was a sweet contemporary romance with a twist. There are back and forth POV’s with Emily aka Ember. The first POV leads up to her witnessing a crime. The second POV is her life as ‘Ember’ after she enters into the witness protection program.  I enjoyed reading both the past POV and the current POV. The character of Emily aka Ember was very fleshed out. She was strong, smart, and talented (she is an amateur photographer). Her friend Clare was also interesting. She could have  easily been the typical cheerleader but instead became a good friend to Ember. I did also love Charles but he did come across as a little […]

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If We Where a Movie…by Kelly Oram

If We Where a Movie…by Kelly Oram

‘If We Were a Movie’ tells the story of ‘Nat’. ‘Nat’ is a triplet and struggles to have individuality from his brothers. Nat applies and is accepted to the NYU music program. The novel begins with Nat’s brothers inadvertently destroying his laptop along with his school project. Soon after this happens the character of ‘Pearl’ is introduced. She is an intricate part of the story and is the common thread thought the ‘Power of the Matchmaker’ series. She in turn introduces Nat to Jordan who ends up becoming his roommate and friend. Jordan is as obsessed with movies as Nat is with music. As the mother of twins I can identify with Nat and how being a multiple can be both a good and a bad thing. I was excited to read a book that touched on the subject of a multiple struggling […]

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Laerka…by Laura Matthias Bendoly

Posted June 6, 2017 by Karen in Books, Reviews , , , / 0 Comments
Laerka…by Laura Matthias Bendoly

‘Laerka’ is a modern-day retelling of  the fairytale ‘The Little Mermaid’. Stella is a teenager in modern-day Savannah, Georgia. While working a part-time job in Savannah’s port, she sees a women (who she thinks is a mermaid) jump from a Russian container ship into the ocean. What I Loved I thought the choice of  Savannah, Georgia as the setting for ‘Laerka’ was a great choice. Savannah is such a unique  and beautiful place. It also has a rich history and a vibrant port culture. This makes it the perfect choice for ‘Laerka’ . The historical and nautical information was interesting and helped to add to the story line. ‘Stella’ herself as a character was well-rounded with a unique voice. Even though she is a teenage girl, she is very strong and self motived. She helps her father with his fishing business and is able to […]

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Painless…by Jamie Mayer

Painless…by Jamie Mayer

Quinn is a seventeen year old who suffers from Congenital Analgesia. Congenial Analgesia is a disease where the sufferer feels no pain. This disease is extremely fascinating. I have heard in the past about children who could not feel pain. It is explained in ‘Painless’ that it is a rare but deadly disease. Children who inherit this disease rarely make it to adulthood. Pain is an evolutionary trait that helps prevent injury. The inability to feel pain cause the victims to unknowing cause life treating  damage to themselves. Quinn takes this to another level by intentionally hurting himself. Adding to Quinn’s problems is the fact that his mother left when he was a child. This leaves Quinn at the mercy of his older sister Caitlin. It is revealed early on the Caitlin is also having a hard time juggling responsibilities in […]

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How to Make A Wish…by Ashley Herring Blake

How to Make A Wish…by Ashley Herring Blake

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Release Date: May 2nd 2017 Genre: Young Adult, GLBT, Contemporary Synopsis: All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens tobe Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father. Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace […]

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