Monday, September 19, 2016

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Rose Society (The Young Elites, #2)The Rose Society by Marie Lu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Marie Lu books!!! But main character, Adelina is a tough character to like. She does not listen to anyone and does not confide in anyone or trust anyone, even her sister. In this 2nd book, disgraced from The Daggers, she gathers other Elites (loved Maggiano and Sergio) and forms The Rose Society in order to conquer and rule. I am looking forward to the 3rd book in this series because I have so many questions. As always Lu kept me on the edge of my seat and totally enthralled with her worlds and characters.

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Tell Ma Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should FeelTell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leila is an Iranian American teen who attends Armstead Academy, has old fashioned parents and likes girls. When new student Saskia swallows her up with attention, Leila develops a crush on her. But as time goes on Leila is given mixed signals from Saskia, experiences old boyfriend jealousy, and lives in constant fear of being outed (can't have her parents EVER find out). What is a girl to do? I loved Leila, she is authentic as a teen who feels conflicted being Iranian, American & gay. She branches out and joins drama gaining new friends and becoming better friends with an old friend and a better sister. A thoroughly enjoyable story with strong characters.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) TeenBeing Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved listening to Jazz Jennings on Audible as she described her life's journey from a child to teen as transgender. Jazz's voice is authentic, real, honest, and a personality that is larger than life. She has a supportive family, is very involved in supporting transgender rights (accompanying her mother to Philadelphia to speak at conferences) and speaks and acts as a role model for other youth (and their families) like her. She has a very special voice that talks about the bullying and judgments made about her but she only asks for acceptance for herself and others. She is courageous, funny, smart and sensitive. I am going to check out her TV show and some of her YouTube videos. Highly recommended & a must read.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Empire of Storms (#5 Throne of Glass) by Sarah J Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG, what a read; if I could have just inhaled it in one day, I most certainly would have!!! Queen Aelin was spectacular; she was strong, yet vulnerable, always thinking of ways to save her kingdom, forming alliances, fighting battles and growing the bonds of her commanders-those she trusts with her life - I absolutely loved Rowan, Dorian, Lysandra, Aedion, Elide and yes, Manon. The magic was spellbinding and also horrific; the relationships oh so sweet the way Maas builds them. I will be honest that I was not happy with the ending; but I can't wait for the next book either!

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

Crash and Burn Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow what a book! Steven Crashinsky is a teen with ADHD, a tough father, nasty older sister and wonderful younger sister. He narrates his life as a struggling student (son & friend), and then also as an author writing the story for his editor and his readers of how he thwarts a school shooting by one of his so-called friends David Burnett. It was at times funny, heartbreaking, and so easy to become one with Crash as he views his life both before and after "the incident" and also see his metamorphosis from youngster to teen (experimenting with drinking, alcohol, girls). This was a recommended read from one of my twitter book clubs #YearofYA during the month we explored tragedy theme books.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina


I loved this book by Meg Medina!!! Sonia’s family has believed since she was born that she was very special – she could silence the wind, after all.  She has spent her whole life listening to family, friends and the pleas of villagers beseeching Sonia for prayers and good works for their family members.  When a close friend is found dead and returned home in ghastly shape, Sonia loses faith in herself and God. This story takes place in South America and is filled with superstitions of race, culture and family.  Sonia flees to work as a maid in the capital city at the same time as her brother, Rafael, strikes out to get a “real job” not constricted to the hazards of being a miner.  But all is not as it seems; Sonia loves her new job but not the harsh judgments of the overseer or the owner’s nephew and his unwanted advances.  When her good friend, Pablo finds out Sonia’s brother may have fallen on touch times in his job search; he goes against odds to aid/help Sonia find her beloved brother.  I loved Sonia’s tenacity, sincerity and honesty.  Pablo’s dream of becoming a poet made him a hero (to me) who battles to help Sonia in whatever way he can.  Will Sonia believe in herself again?  A mesmerizing read with fantastic settings and strong characters, Medina has crafted a beautiful story; highly recommended read!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected EverythingThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bailey Carr does a great job narrating this YA realistic fiction book about Andie, a teen who has control of her life- a congressman father, good friends, hook-ups with Topher and is looking forward to a summer internship. It all comes tumbling down when her father is suspected of being involved in co-mingling funds. Andie's summer job is gone and she must find a new one. Enter becoming a dog water and oh does everything change for Andie! I loved the story, the narration but listening to 528 pages was at times a little drawn out. This a great realistic YA story about love, friendship and finding yourself.

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