Tag: young adult

Beyond the Rising Tide-Book Tour Review

Beyond the Rising Tide-Book Tour Review

‘Beyond the Rising Tide’ is a contemporary romance with an interesting twist. Kai saved Avery’s life. In the process he drowns. Kai and Avery are total strangers when this happens. As a result everything about the boy who saved her life is a mystery to Avery. The gilt Avery feels for what happened causes her life to spiral downhill. Kai, in the afterlife, still feels drawn to Avery and her torment and attempts to help her move on. Paranormal is not a genre that I usually read. However, I was drawn to this book because of the unique premise. The story is full of rich detail of the strong emotions that both Kai and Avery feel. Avery is often conflicted with her feelings for Kai, her ex-boyfriend, and her mentally ill mother. Avery’s  emotions were very raw and made her very easy […]

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Looking for Alaska…by John Green

Looking for Alaska…by John Green

I recently read ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ and I just did not get the story line, or the book at all for that matter. For me ‘Looking for Alaska’ was more of the same. A quick read and  somewhat interesting, in parts, but it lacks depth and originality. I don’t know. Maybe, I’m too far in the middle of generation X to understand Green’s writing style. I mean, I used to be somewhat of a John Green fan. I did kind of like ‘Fault in Our Stars’ but come on ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ has almost the same plot as ‘Looking for Alaska’ (i.e. nerdy and extremely intelligent boy has teenage angst for a girl who is not interested). The main characters from the three books, Miles/Colin/Q  and  Alaska/Katherine/Margo are basically all the same people. Green also […]

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Lucky Few…By Kathryn Ormsbee

Lucky Few…By Kathryn Ormsbee

  I really needed a need an uplifting, funny, and quick read this week.  (It’s been a tough week around here). Kathryn Ormbee’s  new novel, ‘Lucky Few’, gave me all that and more. Although I wasn’t sure  what to expect , I knew a few pages in that this was my kind of book. This story is both plot and character driven. Orbmbee gives wonderful descriptive details. I can still envision Sanger’s yellow Fiat with the broken door, Stevie’s tiny ranch house, and the blinding Texas heat. Stevie herself is a complicated character. She is preoccupied by being defined as an outcast but doesn’t do much to deflect this reputation. Her best friend, Sanger, is a larger than life character. Sanger loves classical music, computer coding, and has two moms. Then there is the new guy, Max. Max moves in with his grandfather after having […]

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An Abundance of Katherines…by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines…by John Green

Colin Singleton is a child prodigy, who has been dumped by 19, yes that’s 19, girls named Katherine. He is so depressed when he is dumped by Katherine nineteen, his friend Hassan talks him into going on a road trip. They end up in Gutshot, Tennessee visiting the grave of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Ok, I’ll start off by saying a few years ago, my first John Green book was ‘Fault in Our Stars’ . I thought it was reasonably good but did not live up to the hype. Then I read ‘Paper Towns’. Let’s just say it has some not very nice quotes about Orlando and those of us who live here ( I heard they left those quotes out of the movie, so I must not be the only one that found the quotes not very nice).  I also […]

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The Society… by Jodi Andrefski-Book Tour Review

The Society… by Jodi Andrefski-Book Tour Review

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Samantha Evens used to be popular at school. Then her father is arrested for insider trading and her life falls apart. Her former best friend is now her tormentor and she now lives in a trailer with her aunt. Sam vows to seek revenge by using the schools secret society against it’s own members. This novel was interesting, as it highlights what can happen when bulling gets out of control. Sam is bullied and then becomes a bully herself. I did like this book and I think it would be a great read for high school students. Something  I liked was the interesting quotes from famous people at the beginning of each chapter. The main characters were very believable to me. I did emphasize with Sam. I think […]

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