Tag: young adult

Fear The Drowning Deep-by Sarah Glenn Marsh Blog Tour

Fear The Drowning Deep-by Sarah Glenn Marsh Blog Tour

‘Fear the Drowning Deep’ takes place in 1913 on the ‘Isle of Man’. The story is told through the eyes of  sixteen year old Bridey Corkill. She witnesses her grandfather death when he jumps into the ocean. This leaves her terrified of the water. She dislikes the smell of brine, the taste of seafood, and anything to do with the ocean. This makes her life rather difficult as she lives in a fishing village on an island. When the body of a girl washes up on shore, she believes a sea monster’s song is summoning victims to the sea. Next, she finds a handsome young man washed up on the beach. He is wounded but still alive. He does not remember who he is or what happened to him. As if tempting her fears, Bridey names him Fynn and he […]

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Tell Me Something Real…by Calla Devlin-Blog Tour

Posted August 31, 2016 by Karen in Book Tours, Books, Reviews , / 2 Comments
Tell Me Something Real…by Calla Devlin-Blog Tour

‘Tell Me Something Real’ is the story of three sisters dealing with a mother who has cancer. They must work through the complexity of their family dynamics to be there for their mother . The story is told through the first person account of Vanessa, the middle daughter. I am always fascinated by the dynamics of sisters. I don’t have a sister myself but see, through my own daughter’s, that sister relationships can be one of the most complex and unpredictable. I loved how this relationship played out in the story. I also know that the process of dealing with a dying family member is one of the most heart wrenching and trying times a family can go through. I really enjoyed this novel. I thought the characters were well developed and realistic and I thought the plot twist was interesting. I […]

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Absolute Brightness…by James Lecense

Posted August 21, 2016 by Karen in Books, Reviews , , / 0 Comments
Absolute Brightness…by James Lecense

“He had simply been courageous enough to be himself in the face of everything that had tried to persuade him be something else.” Leonard Pelkey is central character of ‘Absolute Brightness’.  Leonard is a gay fourteen year old boy who is sent to live with his   cousins and newly divorced aunt. Leonard is a larger than life character who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. A main example of this is when Leonard makes his signature rainbow high tops by glueing together several pairs of flip-flops. Phoebe, who is the younger of Leonard’s cousins, tells the story from her point of view. Phoebe, in true teenager fashion, is initially annoyed by Leonard’s presence but she and Leonard soon become close friends. Leonard  also endears himself to the community of elderly clients that come to his aunts home hair salon. So when Leonard suddenly goes […]

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Enlightenment…Blurb Blitz

Enlightenment…Blurb Blitz

Excerpt:I know the way I’m describing him might make you wonder why I’m not talking about him as something more than just a friend, but that’s the complicated part. You see, my feelings for him are purely platonic, but I don’t think he feels the same. The way Eli looks at me sometimes…the subtle hints…the way he grabs my hand and won’t let go, I think he wants something more and I’m not sure what to do about it. And however selfish this might sound, I need him in my life and can’t mess up our friendship, even to see if there could possibly be something more to our relationship. What if it all went wrong? “Hey Thea,” Eli had whispered into my ear. “Mom says that when you’re discharged you’re coming home with us, period. No arguing.” I’d squeezed […]

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A Step Toward Falling..by Cammie McGovern

A Step Toward Falling..by Cammie McGovern

That’s what happens after a while. You belong to someone,that’s all. You belong to each other. ‘A Step Toward Falling’  has an interesting premise. Emily is at her a high school football game. On her way back from the concession stand, she sees a developmentally challenged girl, Belinda, from her school being attacked. Emily attempts to tell a teacher about the incident but the teacher doesn’t hear her and Emily chooses to ignore the incident. She believes that, Lucas, a football player (who also saw the incident) will report it. It is later learned  that neither reported the incident and as a result Brenda had to save herself.  The school requires both Emily and Lucas to do community service. The community service ends up being volunteering at a relationship class for developmentally disabled adults. The heart of ‘A Step Toward Falling’ is about excepting everyone for […]

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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett…by Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett…by Chelsea Sedoti

“People change.Thank God. I can’t imagine a world where everyone is the same as they are in highschool.” “Enzo and I went to the thrift store, because he liked looking for messages in books.” “These notes are little pieces of history no one cares about,” Enzo told me, “But they remind you you’re not the first person to hold that book.” ‘The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett’ is actually (despite the name) about a high school student named, Hawthorn. Hawthorn struggles with her self-identity and her relationships with others. At the beginning of the story, it is revealed that Lizzie Lovett goes missing while on a camping trip with her boyfriend. Lizzie is a former cheerleader that graduated from Hawthorn’s high school.  Hawthorn becomes obsessed with Lizzie’s disappearance. This seems to be due to an incident several years earlier when Lizzie […]

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The Cresswell Plot…by Eliza Wass

The Cresswell Plot…by Eliza Wass

I am going try to start by saying that this book has an intriguing title and an awesome cover. The synopsis of the book sounded really exciting and different. The six Cresswell children live with their ‘fire and brimstone’ father and disabled and distant mother in the middle of the woods. The townspeople ostracize the Cresswells because of their strange ways. The story is told from Castella’s point of view, she is one of the oldest children (she is a triplet). The story brings up strange topics. Such as the siblings are paired off to one day marry each other and the family believes one of the boys, Casper, is a dead older brother reincarnated. Another issue I have with the novel, is that the pacing seems off. Things happen slowly at the beginning of the novel and then towards […]

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The Kingdom of Oceana…by Mitchell Charles

The Kingdom of Oceana…by Mitchell Charles

F‘The Kingdom of Oceana’ is a young adult, fantasy, adventure, historical fiction novel based in what is today Hawaii. This novel is outside of the usual genres I read. I do read historical fiction quite a bit, but usually novels set in Britain or the Eastern U.S. I haven’t before read any novels taking place in Polynesia . I loved the cover art and the very tropical and flowing feel of the prose. Mitchell Charles gives beautiful descriptions of the landscapes. He also gives a convincing description of how life back then. There was a fair amount of magical realism throughout the novel. Enough so that is was a central part of the novel but was still integrated well into the storyline. Charles focuses the story on Prince Ailani and his rivalry with his older brother, Prince Nahoa. The story […]

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Me, Earl,and the Dying Girl…by Jessie Andrews

Me, Earl,and the Dying Girl…by Jessie Andrews

I have had ‘Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl’ in my TBR pile for a while. I loved the name and the cover art is fun and quirky. I have heard it as a of  a ‘cancer’ book that sprung from  “Fault in Our Stars’ popularity’. I did notice that both were published  around the same time, so I am not sure if this is true.  Also, I have to say that other than being about teenagers and cancer, these books are nothing a like. I am far from a John Green fan but at least FIOS has a plot, ok characters, and a worthwhile message. This novel is basically about Greg Gaines, who is the most self deprecating character, by far, that I had ever read about. He basically spends the book saying terrible things about himself and working on not […]

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What Happens Now…by Jennifer Castle Blog Tour

What Happens Now…by Jennifer Castle Blog Tour

  ‘What Happens Now’ is a great book for summer reading. It was a really quick read for me. The prose was easy to read but not too simple. The characters were very realistic and well-developed. They acted as real teenagers would but not with so much teenage jargon that I, as an adult, wasn’t able to understand it. I thought Ari was especially well-developed. Her faults  were human and believable. Camden, who at the beginning, seemed perfect, progressed through the novel, as  regular quirky teenager. I also loved that the supporting characters were also well described and well-developed. One of the things I loved about this book was that it addressed many of the common problems teenagers face such depression, broken families, and making bad choices. One of Ari’s issues that I found most significant was her responsibility of […]

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