Tag Archives: 2011

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

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Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

Received ARC

★★★★★ 5/5 Stars

Expected Publication: January 16th, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): Austin Parker is on a journey to bring truth, beauty, and meaning to his life.

Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. The doctors say his chances of surviving are slim to none even with treatment, so he’s decided it’s time to let go.

But before he goes, Austin wants to mend the broken fences in his life. So with the help of his best friend, Kaylee, Austin visits every person in his life who touched him in a special way. He journeys to places he’s loved and those he’s never seen. And what starts as a way to say goodbye turns into a personal journey that brings love, acceptance, and meaning to Austin’s life.

Austin Parker suffers from Leukemia and is on a mission to help out those who seem to have lost their way. Since he is not going to make it past the age of 18 he feels that those who can live on should do it happily, not doing drugs and acting like they have given up on life.

I really liked this book a lot. It got to me more than I thought it would. I cried twice while reading this, and it is definitely an easy read. I love it when a book has so much emotion put into it that you yourself cry. I would definitely recommend this book!

Dirty Little Secrets

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  Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu

Own Copy.

★★★★ 4/5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Everyone has a secret. But Lucy’s is bigger and dirtier than most. It’s one she’s been hiding for years—that her mom’s out-of-control hoarding has turned their lives into a world of garbage and shame. Tackling an increasingly discussed topic that is both fascinating and disturbing, C. J. Omololu weaves an hour-by-hour account of Lucy’s desperate attempt to save her family. Readers join Lucy on a path from which there is no return, and the impact of hoarding on one teen’s life will have them completely hooked.

My book club and I decided to get this book the other day, and I finished it later that night. Lucy’s mom is a hoarder, and has been since Lucy can remember. Lucy desperately tries to hide her moms disorder from everyone. She never has friends over, not that she has very many, and tries her best to talk about other people and not herself.

I liked this book a lot and didn’t want to put it down. Lucy tries so hard to keep it a secret, and when she knows her cover is about to be blown apart, she has to work diligently to keep it a secret. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, but Omololu does a wonderful job of keeping your attention through the whole story. I found myself not wanting to put the book down.

Angelfire

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  Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Own a signed copy.

Summary (from Goodreads): When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers – monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell – she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie’s powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her – an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie’s soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian’s most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives – including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

I don’t know what it was about this book, but I had a hard time with it and honestly still haven’t finished it. First off, I have had a stressful two weeks so maybe my judgment is slightly clouded. Second, I had literally JUST finished City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and was seeing a few things in Angelfire that reminded me of CoFA, which also threw me off a little.

I felt like the main character, Ellie, asked way to many questions. To the point where I found it annoying. She would ask the same questions, maybe worded differently, but they all seemed to be about the same thing over and over. My book club read this book and the others said that they didn’t notice the questions quite as much as I did. Ellie’s guardian, Will, has to keep reminding her of what she is, and what her purpose is. I think that after the second time he tells you, it should stick a little in your head.

With Ellie asking so many questions, you would think you would get some answers, but I found Will brushing them off by answering with something like, “Irrelevant.” “It will come to you.” “That doesn’t matter.” Clearly the main character is not remembering, so could you help her out? Maybe even a little?

Maybe my stressful two weeks has me nit-picking a little too bad on those points, but the few things that reminded me of CoFA? The main characters in CoFA have black swirling tattoo’s that normal humans can’t see. The MC Will, in Angelfire, has black swirling tattoos that Ellie didn’t notice before her powers were awakened. CoFA mentions a demon named Lilith, and so does Angelfire. After about 184ish pages, I didn’t really want to finish the book. I may pick it up again this summer and give it another shot, but as for now it will sit on my shelf unfinished.

I don’t feel like Ellie grew much as a character either. She just seems to have accepted the fact that she has to kill reapers but she still want’s to live her old normal life as if nothing has changed. And maybe she is a little over sensitive about what her dad thinks. At one point in the book, she goes flying through a window of her house and her dad calls her a moron and she seemed completely heart broken. If I broke a window in my house my dad would call me a moron too! If not with more colorful wording.

For those of you who have read it, finished or not, what did you think?

Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala

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Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala

★★★★★ 5/5 Stars

(borrowed this book)

Summary (from the publisher): It’s tough living in the shadow of a dead girl…

In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own.

When two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears, Miranda is stripped of her former life. She must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own.

In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future.

Hmm…. Where to start….

I abso-freakin-lutley loved this novel! Holly does a wonderful job at capturing the struggles of a pregnant teen. She slowly unfolds the secrets of the night that Xanda died, and how everyone has a breaking point, no matter how strong they think they are. This book left me staring open mouthed, grumbling at a character, and even in tears at one point. This is a VERY powerful read and I suggest it to….everyone.

Miranda’s so-called “best friend” Delaney was to be frustrating to me. She completely treated Miranda like crap, and even lied to her and spread rumors about her. I would like to think I would have dropped her as a friend, although, I have never been in Miranda’s situation. I did however want to slap her. The mother-daughter relationship in this book is very tense. Her mother already had one daughter who was very rebellious and lost her. She wanted to blame everyone and anything for her daughters death, and seemed to  hope that Miranda would be the perfect daughter in comparison to the very rebellious one. Once she found out about the pregnancy, her hopes had been washed down the drain. She tried to remain control over her daughter by telling her what job she was getting, and where she couldn’t go. Following Miranda through this journey of self-discovery was amazing!

Deb Caletti (author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart) is quoted on the back of the book stating, “A gripping, emotional story about a young girl with a tragic past and an uncertain future. I dare you to set it down during it’s last hundred pages. I dare you.”

I definitely couldn’t put it down! Near the end I was brought to tears, not many books do that too me. This is definitely one of my favorite books and I WILL be rushing out to get my own copy ASAP!

Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

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Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

★★★★☆ 4/5 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads): “When an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school, she makes a wealthy new friend, Leigh. Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York–and to her gorgeous cousin, Blake. Ari doesn’t think she stands a chance, but amazingly, Blake asks her out. As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consuming relationship. Ari’s family worries that she is losing touch with the important things in life, like family, hard work, and planning for the future.

When misfortune befalls Blake’s family, he pulls away, and Ari’s world drains of color. As she struggles to get over the breakup, Ari must finally ask herself: were their feelings true love . . . or something else?”

I liked this book a lot! Although I found the very beginning a little slow, Lorraine does a fantastic job of writing and it flows really well. I had friends like Summer, always had a boyfriend and some of them seemed more like arm candy than real relationships. I went all of my High School years without a boyfriend, so Ari got me beat there! Ari does get so wrapped up in Blake that she forgets about her other friends. I have felt left out by some of my friends when they get that wrapped up in their boyfriends, but then I am the friend who picks them up, and Ari didn’t seem to have a friend who would do that for her. Not having that friend to pick her up made her struggle with the breakup even more, and forced her to become more dependent on herself when she finally decided it was time to move on.

Ari’s relationship with her mother reminds me a lot of my relationship with my mom. In the sense that it is good, but talking to her about certain things, I just can’t do. I also relate myself to Ari in the sense that I often keep things to myself even if other people tell me to talk about it and to not bottle it up. It was nice to see her open up to someone after months of refusing to.

Ari’s sister Evelyn I can also relate to one of my cousins. She had a child before she was married, and had a rough time for a while. She now has three kids and is working on her second marriage. She is doing a lot better than previous years, as is Evelyn in this story. I loved watching all of these relationships unfold into something better, even through their rough spots. (Clearly I relate character’s in books to people in my personal life a lot.)

I would definitely recommend this book to a lot of teens. Maybe they would see that your first love, while unforgettable, may not be the right one.

In My Mailbox (3)

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In My Mailbox is an internet meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book blogger’s to show off what they got throughout the week.

This week I went to the book store and got Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann. My Book Club and I just finished reading the Dream Catcher series (Wake, Fade, and Gone) and I am really excited to read Cryer’s Cross!! I had to get it as soon as possible!

I also got Vesper by Jeff Sampson while at the book store. I wanted to read this, but wanted to read it even more after I read the blog post Students Want to Know: Jeff Sampson. It was really to cool to read his answers and get a little more insight on his book than Goodreads gives.


That was all I bought this week, but I did come home to some awesome mail! I got two signed bookmarks from Amy Dominy author of OyMG due out in May. Aren’t they super cute bookmarks?!?!?

That’s all I got this week! What did you get in your mailbox?

In My Mailbox (2)

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This is my second In My Mailbox post! This week is not flashy as last time because I didn’t get much. I have been really busy lately! In My Mailbox is an internet meme hosted by The Story Siren.

The first thing I got was the book Girl Parts by John M. Cusick. I bought it because I found the phrase on the back funny and it made me want to read it. On the back it says, “Hello, David. My name is Rose. It is a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, a handshake is now appropriate.”

I found it cute and funny, so I bought it. I came home to watch the trailer however, and the trailer isn’t my favorite. It made the book seem less intriguing. I am still excited to read it though. 🙂

The second thing I got, isn’t a book. I got a troll in the mail from Gae Polisner author of The Pull of Gravity. (Featured all over my blog this month with Wax Lips and Trolls except for on Monday, February 7th where my dads birthday is featured) I had the opportunity to read the ARC for that book and I loved it! I definitely recommend it. If you look at the picture you can see part of where Gae signed the tiny troll, and on the other side she wrote my name. ♥

That’s all I got in my mailbox this week, what did you get?