paranormal · romance · series · young adult

Cathy’s Book = one of my favorite books of all time

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Cathy’s Book

Cathy Vickers Trilogy #1

author : jordan weisman, sean stewart, cathy brigg

pages : [hardcover] 143

memorable quote :

If this were a war year, if this were 1918 or 1944, I wouldn’t be the only girl whose dad was never coming home.

favorite character : cathy

summary :

Things weren’t so peachy in Cathy’s life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she’s failing school, and her best friend is mad at her. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor’s reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to very, very, very bad as her findings produce more questions than answers. For instance, what does the death of Victor’s co-worker, the strange mark that appeared on Cathy’s arm, and the surreal behavior of several Chinese elders have to do with it?Through Cathy’s unique and irresistible voice-and lots of proof in the form of letters, photographs, date book entries, telephone numbers readers can call, websites they can access, as well as secrets only a careful reader will be able to decipher-readers will enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren’t how they appear. Two-color illustrations plus supplemental material.

review :

I first read this book about a year or two after it came out. Cathy’s Book was first published in 2006 and has been extremely underrated ever since then. Maybe partly because of that, it took me an absurd amount of time to realize that this was actually part of a trilogy. Now that I have my hands on the other books, I decided to read the first to remind myself of the characters, plot, and setting. Honestly, I feel like I love the books even more now that I’m older.

What’s so incredible and unique about these books is what is done to make the mystery of it all seem real. Any phone number or website mentioned can be called or accessed. You can listen to the voice messages Cathy finds, and it’s just like you’re discovering the clues alongside her as she tries to find out why her boyfriend is being so mysterious and what his secret could be. There’s a nice blend of contemporary paranormal mystery going on here.

All of the other evidence in the case is conveniently located in a plastic pouch glued to the inside flap of the book. Cathy collected it all for her best friend Emma to read and, luckily, decided to share it with all of the other readers as well. IT’S SO COOL. Little things like business cards and fortunes that play such a small role in the book are gathered right there for you to actually see and feel for yourself. When I was younger, it freaked me out a little bit, as I wondered if this actually could be happening. That’s how convincing it was to me.

I don’t want to give too much about the book away, because it’s fairly short (less than 200 pages!) so it dives right into the mystery practically on page 1. Cathy is determined to get to the bottom of Victor’s sudden and mysterious break-up with her and subsequent disappearance. Cathy and Emma exchange notes in the margins of the notes (which are basically like a diary for Cathy, so she does not hold back at all) and I could ramble on and on about how I love this book for days. It’s so underrated! So go find a copy and READ.

5/5 stars

 

 

 

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Top 10 characters I’d want on my season of the Bachlorette

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

1. Levi from Fangirl. I’m not sure if this is about him or how similar I am to Cath, so I know that he would be a good boyfriend for me. I’m bookish and have anxiety like Cath; Levi is the guy who both respects everything she loves and pushes her to be her best self. The exact kind of guy I’d want around.

2. Mal from Shadow and Bone. I looooove this trilogy. I looooove Mal just as much.

3. Arin from The Winner’s Curse. I still need to read book 2 and book 3 is coming out very soon, which will give me more of Arin. 🙂 Even though he’s kind of deceitful, it’s for a very good cause–something that I could certainly support him on.

4. Eugenides from The Thief. Again, someone who is very good at lying, but Gen is just hilarious. I would love to have him as my book boyfriend because I feel like he’d constantly make me laugh. Not only that, he knows true loyalty and responsibility, so he can get serious when it’s necessary.

5. Captain Thorne from Cress. Not my favorite of the Lunar Chronicles guys (see below) but still a hotshot in his own right. Again, I feel like he’d be hilarious. We’d have some great banter together. And he’s really adorable when he’s all flustered.

6. Wolf from Scarlet. I LOVE WOLF. SO MUCH. He’s just so strong, and protective, and adorably naive . . funny when he doesn’t mean to be . . . I’ll give him all the tomatoes in the world, to keep him happy with me.

7. Percy Jackson from The Lightning Thief. Well, I’d want grown-up Percy, obviously. Underwater kisses? Awesome adventures? Percy’s terrible (wonderful) jokes? What isn’t there to love? (apart from the chance some monster would kill us)

8. Jesse from The Mediator. Wow. Jesse was one of my first book crushes, ever. Sure, he might be dead, but he’s a hot ghost. And he speaks sweet nothings in Spanish. And he likes to save lives.

9. Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It’s my favorite book series so of course I have to love him the most. He’s mine! He’s so attractive and charming and sweet, and he’s been through so much he deserves a good break with me 🙂

1 star · romance · young adult

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different

author : sandy hall

pages : [paperback] 272

memorable quote Sometimes it’s better to say something stupid than nothing at all. 

favorite point of view: bench

summary :

Lea and Gale are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is a little aloof, Gabe is shy, and it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at the local Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV series. The bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes Lea and Gabe were meant to be together.

Fall in love with falling in love with this irresistibly romantic, completely original novel!

review :

A Little Something Different is just that: a love story you’ve certainly never read before. Though the plot circles around two college students destined for one another, the reader never hears from them. Instead, the book rotates between fourteen different points of view that try to tell the story of how these two get together. You know from the very beginning that they’re going to be a couple–literally every character mentioned seems to know, innately, simply from looking at these two that they’re not just cute together, they’re destined to get together. I thought that it was a cute and fun concept; I wasn’t looking for a particularly deep story . . . I wanted something more.

It’s hard to learn too much about characters when they’re never able to speak for themselves and there are so many other first person narrations imposing their own feelings/interpretations onto whatever Gabe and Lea (our leading guy and gal) are doing and saying. The narrators have a great deal of variety–there’s their creative writing professor, a handful of friends for each of them, a bus driver, a barista, a squirrel, a bench. Yes, the perspectives do get a little crazy, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed reading from the bench’s perspective.

I’m the oldest bench on this green and I get no respect. I’d like to say there are worthwhile things about the job. And maybe sometimes there are. Sometimes you get a really perfect butt; however, all rear ends are not created equal.

It was hilarious, reading about it going on about Gabe’s perfect butt and how terrible it was when anyone came to talk to Gabe on the bench because then it was distracting the bench from the butt.

Unfortunately, other than the comic relief, the perspective switch didn’t really do much for me except get me confused and angry. If an author is going to have more than one POV in a story, it’s absolutely imperative that they don’t sound identical. It isn’t like it’s easy–if you prefer to write one way, it’s going to be hard to write in thirteen different styles to showcase those POVs. Hall really failed at making her characters unique, in my opinion. They all had very similar quirks and the sense of humor was the same. Different people of different ages shouldn’t be making the same little jokes. Most of the characters were really stereotypical of “the college experience”-i.e. a creative writing professor who is artsy and quirky, that guy in class who is eternally angry about everything for no reason, athletes who only seem to go to parties or talk to girls. If anything, the effort that had to go into making these people practically stalk Gabe and Lea so we could see more of their story just accentuated all of their already exaggerated features. Victor, the angry guy in their creative writing class, just ended up making me angry.

I shake my head and roll my eyes and just barely keep from concussing myself into oblivion . . . I pick up my fork off my tray and pretend to stab myself in the eye with it.

Just a few lines from Victor’s POV when he’s in the cafeteria overhearing a conversation between Lea and Gabe. They literally aren’t doing anything to him, he has the freedom to leave and carry on his own life, but instead he eavesdrops so this can happen.

I did read the little author interview that was included at the end of my paperback and saw that Sandy Hall had written this entire book in six days. Six days! That’s incredibly impressive, but it also kind of makes me sad. This book might have been awesome if it’d been given a lot more time and love.

1/5 stars

fiction · history · romance

The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons

The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman #1

author : paulina simons

pages : [hardcover] 637

summary :

From the author of the international bestseller Tully comes an epic tale of passion, betrayal, and survival in World War II Russia. Leningrad, 1941: The European war seems far away in this city of fallen grandeur, where splendid palaces and stately boulevards speak of a different age, when the city was known as St. Petersburg. Now two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanov, live in a cramped apartment, sharing one room with their brother and parents. Such are the harsh realities of Stalin’s Russia, but when Hitler invades the country, the siege of its cities makes the previous severe conditions seem luxurious.

Against this backdrop of danger and uncertainty, Tatiana meets Alexander, an officer in the Red Army whose self-confidence sets him apart from most Russian men and helps to conceal a mysterious and troubled past.

Once the relentless winter and the German army’s blockade take hold of the city, the Metanovs are forced into ever more desperate measures to survive. With bombs falling and food becoming scarce, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn to each other in an impossible love that threatens to tear her family apart and reveal his dangerous secret — a secret as destructive as the war itself. Caught between two deadly forces, the lovers find themselves swept up in a tide of history at a turning point in the century that made the modern world.

Mesmerizing from the very first page to the final, breathtaking end, The Bronze Horseman brings alive the story of two indomitable, heroic spirits and their great love that triumphs over the devastation of a country at war.

review :

The Bronze Horseman is something I was definitely hyped up about. The reviews on Goodreads are amazing; people kept telling me that it was their favorite book ever. And knowing how seriously I take my decisions about my own favorite books I knew I had to get my hands on this one. I was eventually able to get a used copy for a really great price and was amazed by how gigantic this book is. Over 600 pages! For something pitched as romance, that’s a lot to work with. Because I love reading about the WWII time period and there’s rarely anything I get that’s set in Russia, this seemed perfect. And then . . .

I never fell in love with this book. Probably because I never really came to like the love story. Dasha is Tatiana’s sister. Honestly, Tatiana’s entire family was terrible about her, and I loved that Alexander called them out on it, but family is family. It breaks a sacred girl code to not only date someone your relative (friend, whoever) has dated . . . But to fall in love with them while they’re still going out with your sister (and then some)? Nope. I just wasn’t feeling that. Setting that aside, the brief encounters that Tatiana and Alexander had managed to be so boring and not passionate. No, about a dozen times they went through the same conversation of fighting over what they should do with their relationship. At least sometimes it switched between who would suddenly decide (after an illicit comment or kiss) that this was all wrong and would shout/call/run after the other when they were offended by the thought that the relationship should be over. It was so predictable.

In these 600 pages, there were only a few hundred in the middle that went fast for me and were captivating–honestly, they probably had the least amount of the romance in them. I loved hearing about how the war was changing society–I loved reading about Russian society in general, though I’d never, ever want to live there. Even though the war made things utterly unlivable, I couldn’t look away as Tatiana fought to survive, as bombs fell around the city, as rations fell shorter. If war had been the forefront of the novel, not the romance, I’d have loved it. I can’t deny that Paulina Simons can write. I just didn’t enjoy her romance.

To top it all off, I finish this book and find out that there’s more. It’s a trilogy. I’m  happy enough to sit and pretend that it really all ended in this book because it all wraps up well enough at the end, though I suppose there is some plot twist that explains how there can be two more books after how this one ended. I don’t know, because I’ll never read them–but if someone wants to tell me what happens, that would be fine.

I honestly don’t understand the hype about this book or the love portrayed. These are the favored characters of so many people and I can’t get behind them at all. It just isn’t the book for me, unfortunately.

1/5 stars

2 stars · young adult

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey

author : sophie kinsella

pages : [hardcover] 288

favorite character : felix

summary :

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

review :

I didn’t know much about this novel before I dove into it, other than realizing I haven’t read many books that deal with anxiety. Because I have anxiety myself, and know that it is a different experience for any person with it, I wanted to hear Audrey’s story. She wasn’t always filled with uncontrollable anxiety; something (we never quite find out what, which isn’t satisfying) happened at school and she’s spiraled downward ever since.

Unfortunately, I just wasn’t captivated by this book.

I think this book was meant to be part comedy and honestly the humor wasn’t for me. In the first half of the book, much of the plot was overtaken (and kept referring back to) an incident between Audrey’s mother and brother, Frank. I found it kind of alarming, not funny, and think maybe it was something they should have been a little concerned about. Throughout the novel Audrey’s mother is obsessive, controlling every minuscule aspect of Frank’s life . . . while she seems to leave Audrey untouched. I don’t know if I was supposed to find the obsession enjoyable to read about but I think it was a really unnecessary portion of the story.

For a girl who’s afraid to even leave her house and look her family in the eye, Audrey finds it surprisingly easy to get herself a boyfriend. And, as any sibling would know, dating a brother or sister’s friend would be slightly awkward. Frank is surprisingly okay with the fact that his friend suddenly doesn’t want to hang out with him anymore–only Audrey. And never mentions anything about it. Even understanding her anxiety, I think he would have brought SOMETHING up to her. The relationships in this novel weren’t just exaggerated to try to make something funny or cute (and I have to admit, there were a few adorable moments between Audrey and Linus), they were completely twisted out of proportion.

I don’t think that I’ll end up recommending this novel. The characters weren’t particularly gripping and the plot, revolving around Audrey finding herself again, was mediocre. I do give this book a star for the few cute scenes between Audrey and Linus and another star for accurately portraying a kind of anxiety.

2/5 stars

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Favorite Book Friday: Vicky from The Outpat Expat

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Hello everyone! Today I’m super excited to share another favorite book with you–this one comes from Vicky! Her blog, The Outback Expat, is definitely worth a visit! Check out her review and comment below to welcome her to the blog!

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I haven’t really written book reviews before, I’ve commented on a couple of books I have liked on Goodreads but that is about all so far.

It’s not news that I love to read and I often ask and am asked for book ideas from a couple of my close friends when we can’t decide what to read.

I chose to write this review of The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

Synopsis
Sage Singer is a young woman who has been damaged by her past. Her solitary night work as a baker allows her to hide from the world and focus her creative energies on the beautiful bread she bakes.

Yet she finds herself striking up an unlikely friendship. Josef Weber is a quiet, grandfatherly man, well respected in the community; everyone’s favourite retired teacher and Little League coach.

One day he asks Sage for a favour: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses.
Then Josef tells her that he deserves to die – and why.

What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who’s committed horrendous acts ever truly redeem themselves? Is forgiveness yours to offer if you aren’t the person who was wronged? And most of all – if Sage even considers his request – would it be murder, or justice?

My Review
I have enjoyed Jodi Picoult’s books for years and read quite a few of them. I hadn’t read any for a while though so decided it was time to give them a go again. I found I had already downloaded The Storyteller onto my Kindle app on the iPad so it seemed like the perfect choice.

Without giving anything away, the theme of this book is heavy going and at times I wondered whether I could continue reading it because it was harrowing but whilst this is not a true story (as far as I know) these events or similar events really took place.

This book just blew me away to be honest and has stayed with me still several days after I finished reading it. I find myself stopping and thinking about the characters and what happened to them during and after the book ended because it really feels like you lived the story with them. It was definitely one of those stories where you desperately want to know what happens but don’t because then the beautifully written story would end.

I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and gave it 5 stars on my Goodreads rating. You can also read an excerpt of the book here.

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Thanks for the review Vicky! I’ve only read a few Jody Picoult books and have been meaning to read more by her. This is going to the top of my list!

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1 star · fiction · young adult

Did Not Finish: Sublime by Christina Lauren

Sublime

author : christina lauren

pages : [ebook] 336

summary :

True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors ofBeautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read”.

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

review :

I think that there’s a good chance I was tricked by the lovely cover, when I came to Sublime. I read about half of this book, wasn’t hooked, and needed to call it quits so that I could move onto other books that I might like more. Unfortunately, I do feel like other people may like this book more than I did. It simply wasn’t for me.

The characters were rather dry and felt like ones that I’d read about a bunch of times before, in young adult books. There was ultimately nothing unique or powerful about them; honestly, I forgot a lot about them until I went back to read the summary of the book. I think it was their instant love that really killed it for me, especially because she’s this mysterious girl/creature and he doesn’t even wonder about that so much as he’s fascinated with the idea of being with her. When they don’t even really know each other.

The writing wasn’t that great, either. It was pretty bland. There was no special oomph–because sometimes I’ll read books that aren’t so interesting just because they have fantastic writing. Sublime had no great plot and no real writing style to distract me from that fact. When it was losing on all corners, I had to let it go.

Maybe someone will come out loving this novel; I’d honestly like to hear another perspective on it. But I won’t be recommending it to anyone I know.

1/5 stars

 

2 stars · fiction

A Pinch of Ooh La La by Renee Swindle

 

A Pinch of Ooh La La

Author : renee swindle

pages : [paperback] 336

favorite character : bendrix &

summary :

To get to happily ever after, sometimes you need to start from scratch….

Abbey Ross, who runs her own bakery in Oakland, California, is known for her visually stunning wedding cakes. But lately, Abbey’s own love life has become stale. According to her best friend, Bendrix, Abbey’s not the spontaneous young woman she was when they were teenagers listening to the Cure and creating attention-grabbing graffiti. Of course, her failed relationship with a womanizing art forger might have something to do with that. Nevertheless, it’s time for Abbey to step out of the kitchen—and her comfort zone—and Bendrix has even handpicked a man for her to date.

Samuel Howard is everything Abbey’s dreamed of: handsome, successful, and looking to raise a family. But a creamy icing might be needed to hide a problem or two. When Samuel complains about disrespect for the institution of marriage, Abbey’s reminded of her nontraditional family, with thirteen children from various mothers. And when Samuel rails about kids having kids, Abbey thinks of her twenty-year-old sister who’s recently revealed her pregnancy.

Soon Abbey is facing one disaster after another and struggling to make sense of it all. Her search for love has led her down a bitter path, but with the help of her unique family and unwavering friends, she just might find the ooh la la that makes life sweet.

review :

A Pinch of Ooh La La has good ideas, yet doesn’t execute them well. I went into the book thinking it’d be a cutesy story about Abbey’s search for love as well as finding herself. Unfortunately I was disappointed with how this book played out.

Abbey is nearing forty and sees her chance to be a mother ticking away as time goes on. There’s no harm in her worry because I think that she’d be a wonderful mother; seeing the way she interacted with her younger siblings as well as nieces and nephews only confirmed that. But she’s much too eager to find a man to ‘complete’ her life, especially when she’s doing very well on her own and has had terrible experiences with men in the past. Enter online dating (as it always happens in novels, she’s forced into it by her friends; I’ve never seen a story where online dating is the woman’s idea) and finally Samuel. He’s gorgeous, successful, and is quite nice to her. Unfortunately, as soon as Abbey meets him in the book, that’s when the plot begins to get awkward. She goes on a few dates with him and all of a sudden the novel skips ahead nine months. Then it starts skipping years. When I picked up this book I never imagined that the plot was going to cover such an enormous time span! It felt too forced and I couldn’t grasp how characters were developing when we weren’t given a chance to see them.

I also didn’t enjoy how predictable this novel was. While I really did like Abbey’s character, I didn’t understand some of the things that she put up with. She had such a strong family preaching great values to her, even if they were an unconventional family, that I can’t fathom some of her decisions. I’m not going to spoil anything, but during the novel I knew that I’d be extremely mad if it didn’t end the way that I was thinking it should. Some of the relationships in this book just aren’t healthy and it’s frustrating when characters, through no explanation, deal with insulting circumstances without a fight.

While I do think that so much could have been done with this book, I’m not sure that others will like it more than I did. Perhaps people who are older, closer to Abbey’s age, might enjoy reading such a novel because it does end with a good message. I particularly appreciated that. Yet for now, I think I’d say to skip this book.

3/5 stars

5 stars · fiction · young adult

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Something Real

author : heather demetrios

pages : [hardcover] 403

favorite characters : benny & chloe

memorable quote You can’t screw up your own suicide and then expect the universe to give you presents wrapped in the skin of a wonderful boy. That’s just not the way it works.

summary :

There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

review :

I typically wouldn’t pick up a book like this. I selectively watch reality TV but reading a book about it just didn’t sound very fun. Then I saw how high a rating this book had on Goodreads and I also know that Heather Demetrios is going to be in the area soon as I wanted to read some of her work. I’m really glad that I gave this book a chance. Something Real proves that you should sometimes reach for books outside of your reading comfort zone!

Bonnie™ has a trademarked name, a stepfather who seems a little too eager to get on camera, and twelve siblings, most of which have been adopted. Her life would be crazy enough if it weren’t constantly filmed to make the reality show Baker’s Dozen. Her life has been on screen so much that she refers to her memories as being in season thirteen or season seven instead of simply saying she was thirteen or seven when something happened. Before the scandal that cancelled the show, Bonnie hadn’t known a normal life. Even her birth had been filmed! Now that the show’s been off for four years, she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to handle it when her family takes over television again.

I really felt for Bonnie–or Chloe, as she preferred to be called when the show was off the air–because her descriptions of life on a reality show were giving me anxiety and I didn’t even need to live through them! Her most embarrassing moments have been captured in film, seen by millions, and are preserved forever. She constantly has cameras in her face and the paparazzi won’t even let her have a normal life outside of the house. Something Real also shows how reality shows aren’t so real after all. Producer Chuck is one of our villains in this story, micromanaging every scene and changing conversations and events so that the show can have product placements or create more drama that wouldn’t have genuinely happened.

I also really enjoyed the romance in this novel. Patrick is very swoon-worthy, simply from the way he looks after Bonnie and wants her happiness and safety above all else. Their relationship wasn’t perfect, something that added to the drama of the plot but also an aspect that made this contemporary romance more realistic. No relationship is perfect, especially one in high school where the two partners are plagued by paparazzi. There were scenes between Bonnie and Patrick that were just so incredibly cute, it added to their charm.

While I realize that it would have been impossible to feature all of Bonnie’s twelve siblings in the novel, I wish we’d gotten to know some of them better. Bonnie heavily converses with the two closest to her in age, twins Lexie and Benny. The others were young but I feel like they could have had individual character, not lumped into a generic crowd of kids doing childlike things.

I’d really recommend this book to anyone looking for a cute, fun read. This went by very quickly and had me fall in love with Heather Demetrios’ writing style. I’m definitely going to pick up more by this author!

5/5 stars

5 stars · dystopia · series · young adult

Eve by Anna Carey

 

Eve

Eve #1

author : anna carey

pages : [hardcover] 336

memorable quote You can love anyone. Love is just caring about someone very deeply. Feeling like that person matters to you, like your whole world would be sadder without them in it.

favorite characters : eve & benny

summary :

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust… and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying.

review :

I’ve had this trilogy on my radar for a while but only just decided to pick it up. I love dystopian novels but sometimes it can get to feel like I’m reading the same thing over and over. Fortunately Eve was a little breath of fresh air from what I’ve been reading recently. I really, really liked this novel and can’t wait to move on to the next book!

Eve moves at a slower pace than many other books in its genre but I think that it works well for this novel because it gives the reader more time to adjust to Eve’s world and also allows us to see things from her perspective. She hasn’t been outside the walls of the School since she was five years old and has no real instincts for survival. She isn’t like other dystopian heroines because she isn’t immediately a kick-ass kind of girl. She isn’t stupid, either; I saw her as the gentle, motherly type of person who’s incredibly smart but maybe has no survival sense.

This was a really quick read, especially because I kept wanting to know what would happen next with the characters. You could fly through these pages very quickly, especially if you’re a serious reader. That really worked for me because I felt like even though the pacing of the plot was slower, I was making so much progress with reading that I hardly noticed that.

It did help that the whole book had a Peter Pan vibe going for it, what with Eve running from home and Caleb taking her to a band of boys who view her as a kind of mother. Even though I’m not sure that any of it was meant in that way, it was cute and made me want to look for other parts of the book that felt more like a fairy tale than a dystopia.

Overall, I thought that this book was great. It has some of the same elements as other dystopian books but I loved how the characters made it different and I can see where the plot might go next. I’m hoping that the next installment has a little more action, fleshes out the characters more, and gets me excited for book three!

5/5 stars