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Book – More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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Aaron has had trouble finding happiness since his dad killed himself in the tub. The only one he can really turn to is his girlfriend Genevieve. So when he meets Thomas and starts to hang out with him while Genevieve is away at camp, Aaron realizes something deep about himself. He likes dudes! And not just any dude, He likes Thomas. While all of this is happening there is a lot of talk about the Leteo Institute that can suppress memory. With one suicide attempt behind him, after his dads death, Aaron can’t face being gay. Not in his neighborhood.

This book took some interesting turns. I saw some things coming, but others not so much. This really isn’t my type of book, but I have to say it has a powerful message behind it. Adam Silvera is one author that you can always count on to surprise you. By the time I got close to the end I had a tear in my eye. When he goes to talk to Thomas at the end … Talk about emotional. I listened to the audio of this, but with about 20 pages left I had to switch to the actual book. I didn’t realize it was scifi at first. Yes Leteo’s memory procedure was mentioned early in the book, but I didn’t realize it would play such a big role in the story until after I heard that the mom was cleaning up the pamphlets about it. The end is one to really hit you with a punch to the gut.

Book – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red queen Mare Barrow is a thief. Her three older brothers have all been sent to the front lines to die for those with silver blood because they are all Reds (those with red blood). The Silvers are in charge and the Reds are just here to use and toss away. When Mare’s best friend is about to be sent to the front lines she makes a deal to get them both out of it and hidden away, but when her plan goes sideways and her younger sister is injured she meets a guy who saves her by getting her a job in the palace as a server. The Silvers are having a pageant (of sorts)to choose their new queen and princess. When the last contestant gets up to exhibit she pulls Mare into her show and Mare ends up showing off an ability she never knew she had. She can make and control electricity. This is unheard of in a Red. Only the Silver’s have powers and there is a good chance that they will kill her for having it.

I liked the story and didn’t see the twist at the end happening, but while this is a good read, I don’t know if I would say its a great read. Being that it is book one I am giving it some room to grow with the series, but while this follows the rules for an awesome dystopian novel there are elements that left me wanting to know more.  She grows up thinking that being able to hear the electricity is normal? And nobody in her family makes fun of her for this? How does she not see the sparking that comes when she is around electricity? How does her dad not see it when she fixed the power in their house?  Sounds fishy. The princes seem like buddies one min. and mortal enemy’s the next. Plus knowing that the queen can control people and get inside their minds should warn her about trusting anyone with her DNA. Being that evil she has to have an agenda of her own. Overall the book is good and the story is interesting if you can get over a few other flaws, but my judgement is yet to bee seen until I can get my hands on the rest of the series.

Book-The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods, causing Hazel to be swept up in new love, shift her loyalties, feel the fresh sting of betrayal, and to make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king

 

Book – The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

alex crowMultiple stories blend together in this book. They don’t seem to all fit together in the beginning, but by the end you will be surprised at how they all come together.

Ariel is a teen refugee that was adopted into an American family. His new father works for Alex division and brings home suicidal pets, all named Alex. Together he and his new brother are being shipped off to Camp Merrie-Seymour for Boys, where their camp councilor is a guy who is a complete jerk to all of the boys in the cabin.

Meanwhile Ariel is telling his brother what really happened before he came to live in their family.

At the same time a melting man is driving a van with Joseph Stalin yelling at him and another voice called 360 narrating his life.

Then there is the arctic expedition with a bunch of guys who have no clue where they are, but they know if they don’t find a way home soon they are surly going to die.

None of these story lines seem to add up at first, but as you get closer and closer to the end of the story you find out how they all fit.

 

WOW! Talk about weaving a story! Alex division needs to be investigated by the government and if that doesn’t work then they need to be exposed to the public and then disbanded. Just my opinion. That camp need to take a strong look at its staff and make some serious changes. I feel bad for Ariel and I hope that if Andrew Smith ever comes out with a sequel to this book that we get to see Ariel in it. Not that I think there will be a sequel.  Honestly this is the book that would beat all others published in 2015 for me. I laughed, hard. I cried! I even got all emotional over the whole story.

Book – Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

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Ethan, or “Scam” as he is known to his friends, has gotten himself into a pickle again, or rather his “Voice” did. Ethan was born with a voice living inside him that can get him anything he wants, with a catch. His voice only works on one person at a time and it almost always gets him into trouble. So when Ethan finds himself holding a bag full of gangster money, he goes to the bank to deposit it. All he had wanted from the guy was a ride home. But while in the bank 3 robbers come in and Ethan has to use the “Voice” on a robber to keep him from opening the bag with all the cash. Thus starts the chaos that leads 6 teens, each with powers of their own into big trouble. With the police after him, the bank robber after him, and the gang whose cash he took after him, Ethan has to turn to the friends he bailed on last year, the ones who want nothing to do with him. He needs the Zeroes!

I like the way this was told and I love the way everything ended with them (maybe not Mobbs personal ending), but I feel like the book is lacking that thing that makes Scott’s books epic. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great story and I loved the book, but having read his other stuff … I did listen to the audio of this one so that may have played a part in this.

Book – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

dumplinWillowdean is a self proclaimed fat girl, and she is okay with that, even if her mother (the beauty pageant leader) is not. So when she signs up for the beauty pageant she inspires other girls to join as well. Between that and the cute guy she likes treating her like a secret and a footballer wanting to date her she has a lot going on.

This is a funny sweet book about one girl being able to say I may not be the ideal weight, but I am special just as I am. I did have my moments where I believed Willowdeen was not a strong character, but everyone falters and has moments of insecurity. Dumplin’ is definitely one of my favorite books of this year, even with the trip to the drag club beauty pageant that came out of nowhere and because of the other girls (who entered because of her) not really fitting into the story as well as they should in some places.