Tyrell by Coe Booth
Tyrell is a high school drop out who doesnt want to end up like his father (who is in jail) but seems like he is on that same path. His mom never takes care of him or his little brother when his dad is in jail so Tyrell is trying to take care of his family while still having a life of his own. His girlfriend has multiple journals and lets him read the one she writes for his mom and the one she says is her private one. But things are not great in his life. THe shelter sent them to the most run down motel to put them up for a while and his mom is using all the money he has on things for herself and not for Tyrell’s kid brother. He is in a bad situation all around and things only get worse as this book goes on.
I can’t read this book without developing a headache. The way they talk in here is way too much. This a real life type of drama, but I keep forgetting that there are people out there who refuse and education to the point that they don’t know another way of speaking. If i had known this family I would have hot-lined the mom long ago and gotten both of those kids far away from that situation. I met the author years ago and just not got around to reading this. Coe Booth is a great person but her book hurt my head and my heart a bit. Its a very depressing story.
Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer, #1) by Rae Carson
Lee westfall has a secret. She can sense gold. Knowing that this gift would cause her nothing but trouble her father always lays claim to the gold she finds earning him the name of Lucky. But when her parents are killed and the gold they were storing up stolen Lee is on her own. But then her Uncle shows up just after her parents are killed. He wants to use her and her abilities and take over her life. So just after her parents funeral she decides to follow her best friend who left to go to California to seek his fortune in the gold rush. But with all the dangers on the road, Lee being a girl alone is sure to cause her even more problems.
Love this book! Big thank you to the publisher and B&T for the ARC! I want to read more in this series and more from this time period. The story really grabbed my attention. I’ve never really liked reading about this time period before, but this one made me a convert to this time frame.
The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy, #1) by S.E. Grove
Sofia is the niece of the most famous mapmaker of the generation. Her parents were great explorers and mapmakers themselves. They left her with Uncle Shadrack when they left with every intention of coming back. The great disruption caused rifts in the timeline so that no two locations are in the same time and the explorers and mapmakers are the one who everyone loves because they are the ones who can tell you where to avoid and what maps you need to get where you want to go. But with the borders to their home about to be closed and her parents still not returned years later Sofia and Shadrack are planning their quest to go find her parents. But there are others who have different plans for the cartographer and his niece.
Loved the story, had some troubles understanding what was happening at first but I caught on. Really not sure why Sofia would put so much faith in the bird boy who lies to her on a normal basis, but other then that the story worked. The villain was just creepy and when you figure out who she really is…wow. Book two is sure to be great! Can’t wait to get that one as well.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
This is a graphic novel that all must read!!!! I can’t even express how much I love this one! So crazy that is just works. Star-crossed bro-mance and a shape-shifting sidekick tossed in the mix to really stir things up. gotta love it!
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore Finch is on the bell tower at school talking himself out of jumping when he sees Violet Markey standing near him getting ready to jump. He talks her off the ledge and pretends that she saved him because the whole school is watching and Violet is popular, while everyone knows that Finch is a screw up. These two teens have very little in common, but this one moment brings them together in a way that will change lives. Violet is still coping with the death of her older sister. The two of them had a blog together and when she died in a car crash on a snowy day Violets life changed forever. When Finch volunteers to work with Violet on their school project he is the one who breaks her out of her depression. The assignment is to wander the state and find the hidden wonders it holds and write a written report on it. He gets Violet back in a car again, even gets her to drive again, but soon Finch’s moods start to raise red flags. These two teens are in need of help and seeing all the bright places in their wanderings may be what gets them that help.
Tissues! You must have tissues for this book. It is fantastic, but sad. Finch is bipolar, but he hates labels, but if that school councilor didn’t track down his mom, then he didn’t do his job. Don’t even get me started on that woman. She is a complete mess and should have been hot-lined years ago for neglect and child endangerment. Finches dad should have been medicated and forced into supervised visits with his kids only if he was stable. That whole family has issues. Violet’s family on the other hand has their own issues after the death of Violet’s sister. Yes they are protective but they have the right of most of it. However they should know better then to forbid their kid from seeing someone. That always backfires. A great read and one that should be read by all.
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Written half in verse this one captured me. Set in the not so distant future India where men outnumber women 5 to 1, there are two civilizations. One is ruled by men where baby girls are left out to die and the other is the complete opposite that rose up because of the first. In the country of Koyanagar the women get to pick their husband. Five random boys are assigned to try for the hand of one girl. Sudasa is the second daughter of a well off family. Her grandmother was one of the women who founded this new country. But Sudasa doesn’t want to get married. She doesn’t want tot tie herself to a stranger. But when she realizes that her cousin (who is not a nice person) is one of the boys after her hand, she would rather anyone else win. None of the others are close to being able to compete with him, except number 5. He fed the answers to number 4 in the first round of tests. He lost on purpose in the race and he keeps helping the others, but wont try to win himself.
I really enjoyed this book. Sudasa is a great character and so is 5. I wanted to put the grandmother out on an iceberg and really wanted to slap the cousin. It was very sad to find out that Koyanagar ends up making the same mistakes in reverse after it breaks away from India.
But being a book in verse it just ends so abruptly that you don’t get to find out what happens with certain aspects
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) by Renee Ahdieh
Every night, Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride only to have her executed at sunrise. After her best friend is taken to be his bride sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. Shazi has a plan. She will not die at sunrise. When Khalid comes to her that first night she starts to tell him a story, but when the sun comes up the story is still not done. Based off the story of 1001 Arabian Nights, this story is one to keep your interest.
When I got to the end I actually closed the book and said out loud “you end it there?” It is set up for a second book and I can’t wait for book two. Shazi was a bit of a fickle pickle and Khalid was a broody guy with secrets and an inability to share anything with anyone. So while I had some issues with liking the characters the story is what kept me going. I still can’t get my head wrapped around the thoguht of her marrying the guy who killed her best friend. Overall a great read!
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
Raisa was taken from her home after they murdered her parents and brother and she was forced to be a slave at the palace cleaning the high places up on the platforms. But Raisa has a secret. Her father was one of the learned ones. He was starting to teach her how to write and gave her a written copy of her heart verse to keep with her. No slaves are allowed to know how to write unless they are the tutor of the prince. So when the tutor’s apprentice is killed for treason Raisa is selected to be the new apprentice and learn how to teach the next in the royal line. Learning side by side with the current Prince, Mati, Raisa is excited to finally learn how to read her heart verse and have that connection with her parents and the gods.
Love this book. Big thank you to the publisher and to Edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com for the advance copy.I thought it was interesting how it switched back and forth from Raisa’s story to the story of the gods. I saw certain aspects of the story coming from a mile away, but I loved how the author made this story come alive. Very much a star crossed lovers-underdog story.
Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally
I love the Hundred Oaks series. I don’t think they are for younger readers, but every time I pick one of these books up they make me smile and keep me interested till the very end. This is just the latest in the series. But the great thing about these is that you really don’t need to read them in order. Some of the characters from the previous books pop up from time to time in the later books so the reader gets to find out what they are up to, but reading them out of order isn’t a problem.
Maya Henry, along with the rest of the teens at Hundred Oaks, doesn’t think much of the career shadow day at their school. Normally they get paired with lame attempts to match to the desired career, but Maya is different. She said she wanted to be a rock star, then she got paired with Jessie the biggest idol in Country music. Jessie is very rude at first because he took one look at Maya and had her pegged as a crazed fan. Neither of them really wanted this job shadow day together, but as the spend one day together they become close, even with the sarcasm. Soon they are finding excuses to see each other more often.
Maid of Wonder by Jennifer McGowan
This is book 3 and it wont be published for a while. Big thanks to the Publisher and to edelweiss.com for the pre-pub copy. It is due out August 25th 2015. I am in love with these characters! They are so fantastic! Sophia Dee is one of those characters that sticks with you and I’m so glad that this book is from her perspective.