Friday, July 20, 2018

Review: This Lullaby

This Lullaby This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio book... which was amazing!

Eighteen-year-old Remy has a hard time believing in a love that can last. This isn’t a surprise when you see the examples she has had throughout her life. When the book begins Remy is helping her mother plan her fifth wedding. She was never able to meet her father and has to create an image of who he was via her mother and a song he wrote specifically for Remy. This song even talks about how he will let her down. As a result she has come to expect that people, especially men, will not be sticking around for very long and she has built up a wall to protect herself from getting in too deep. That wall remains impenetrable until Dexter shows up and starts chipping away to her heart.

Seriously one of my favorite books of the summer :)

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Review: When I Was the Greatest

When I Was the Greatest When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I freaking loved this book! I listened to the audio book

This is possibly one of the rawest books I have ever read. It is told from the perspective of a teenage boy growing up in Brooklyn, New York. Ali, his sister and mother live together in an old brownstone building. Next door a new family moves into what used to be a run down house. The two boys that live there become good friends with Ali. Noodles quickly becomes Ali's best friend. Needles had Tourette's and he gets his nickname from learning to knit from Ali's mother.

Noodles starts to get under Ali's skin when he pulls his tough guy act and treats his brother badly on many occasions while they are out and about. It all comes to a head when the boys get invited to an adult party, a MoMo party. Noodles gets into a fight and his brother needles tries to help. Needles is the one who gets badly beaten and Noodles hides. Ali ends up rescuing Needles from the three adults that are about to kill him.

Everything comes to a head and Noodles finds himself as an outcast. Ali is done with him and so is his brother Needles. After a breakdown from Needles, Noodles has a breakdown himself because he feels so bad for the way he has treated his brother. They make up and things start to get better.

This book just has so many elements to it. All in all it was amazing story about a boy who is becoming a man and dealing with what life throws are people

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Review: Tyler Johnson Was Here

Tyler Johnson Was Here Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I listened to the Audio book. I'm on the fence about this book. I really wanted to love it because this is a relevant issue that must be addressed but I feel like I've read this story before. Because of that, events that took place were incredibly predictable.

I felt like in the middle of the book the main character just kept whining and whining and couldn't get over his problems. More than once in my car I was saying, "dude, Shut the F* up already".....

But other than that, if you want something different about a very good topic.... this is good

Tyler Johnson lives in the hood. The hood where everyone assumes that your a thug and will do nothing with your life. Tyler has a twin brother who is a jock while tyler is the nerd.

Their father is in prison for drug charges and a murder. typical for parents of children who live in the hood.

But when Tyler's brother is killed by a cop, everything changes for him. He must know figure out what everyone is telling him is true. Are the cops racist. Do black lives really matter? When will this police brutality finally end?!

This book makes you think and see the topic from a different side if you are not black.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Review: 7th Heaven

7th Heaven 7th Heaven by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I kind of forgot how good this series of books are. With the twelfth one just released, I realized I was falling way behind.

Two storylines ran through this one. Wealthy people are being tied up in their homes and murdered via the home being set on fire. Also, the young (teenage) son of a prominent man has disappeared and a young prostitute is being questioned, as someone saw the boy coming out of her house on the night he disappeared.

while this was not one of my favorite books out of the series, it was interesting enough and fast past enough to not want to quite. give it a try!

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Review: Vanishing Girls

Vanishing Girls Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story is told from the point of view of Nick, the main character, and her sister, Dara. Immediately the reader is drawn to Nick as a sympathetic character. She is a straight A student, has a job and is overall responsible. Meanwhile her sister Dara is a wild child. Partying, drinking, experimenting drugs and other things, it is hard to like Dara at first. But, because the book is told in first person moving between characters' points of view, Dara surprisingly slowly begins to grow on the reader.

This book has a jaw dropping twist that you did not see coming at all and will have you thinking WTF.

Seriously one of the best young adult novels i have read this year.

well worth the read!

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Review: That Summer

That Summer That Summer by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was a cute quick read about a girl named Haven as she adjusts to her parents divorce, her father's new wife, and her sister's approaching wedding. Haven reminisces about a particular summer when her family was united and happy and her sister's boyfriend, Sumner, was the glue that held them together.

The book did drag out longer than it should, but all in all was very cute fun read. A great book for the beach.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Book Review: Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron

Pretty WickedPretty Wicked by Kelly Charron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

Yup saw the title and knew I had to read this book. I have always loved thriller books and anything to do with a good murder….

Add a teenage GIRL serial killer… BINGO….. winner winner chicken dinner!

** I might make a side note that some of the content in the book could be a little troubling for younger readers who are not use to the whole blood and guts type book **

Ryann is a pretty typical teenager. She's 15 and in her parents' eyes, she never quite compares with her older sister. She's a straight A student, a cheerleader, has many friends, and never gets into trouble. Her dad is a homicide detective, her mom a waitress in a small town.

Her first victim came about when Ryann was 9 years old. ... A bratty little girl that her sister babysat. She also takes out the girl who stole her boyfriend, a teacher, a customer at her mother's restaurant, and many more. She loves the fact that she's the person responsible for making the police crazy, for residents locking their doors.

But little does she know someone has been watching….

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