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Book Review: The other Inheritance by rebecca Jaycox

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Amazon.com – The Other Inheritance by Rebecca Jaycox

Goodreads.com – The Other Inheritance by Rebecca Jaycox

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Aelurus Publishing, Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Plot: One girl. Two worlds. Hunted in both.

Seventeen-year-old Reggie Lang is used to dealing with her alcoholic mother and fighting school bullies, but fate has thrown her a curve ball.

A biker dude shows up in her dreams, babbling about magic and a world called the Other. As the incidents keep piling up—like bringing a frog back to life in class—Reggie has to confront the mounting evidence that she’s not the normal girl she craves to be.

Reggie’s life is changing, and she has no idea why. Or whether she should believe the man in her dreams, who claims she’s in danger and that only he can keep her safe. But if there’s one thing Reggie will learn, nowhere is safe.

Opinion: I haven’t posted in a review in a little over a week, and this book is purely the cause of why. It takes me a day (sometimes two) to read a book, but this book took me over a week to finish. When I was actually reading it, I was skimming through paragraphs whilst doing my best not to constantly roll my eyes at the unattached characters and over-dramatized dialogue. Usually I can say that the plot is what kept me reading, but I honestly can’t even say that in regards to this book.

I’m not even going to bother writing a proper description for this book like I usually do, that’s how uninterested I am in it. Here’s my brief explanation: this story is basically about a girl named Reggie that has a few incidents at school where she accidentally brings dead creatures back to life. She starts getting pulled into these elaborate dreams where she speaks to a man who knew her father, who eventually explains to her that she has magic and that she needs to be brought back to another world called “the Other” in order to keep her safe. While all this is taking place, a bad guy from “the Other” sends his servant, Asher, to fetch Reggie from “the Real” (which is basically our world) so that he may steal her magical powers. So ensues an adventure in which Reggie falls for some “badass” servant guy while she learns how to use her magic…blah blah blah.

With that said let’s get to the point, this is the first work by the author Rebecca Jaycox. Though I commend her for her efforts, I just didn’t like much of anything in regards to this book. I’m overly curious if I was reading the same book as many other readers on Goodreads and Amazon, because this story has gotten a lot of reviews deeming it to be wonderful. I didn’t find this story to be wonderful at all, I found it to be simplistic and full of holes. I felt like an uncared for reader being drug through the mud and muck of a land that wasn’t even finished being constructed.

This story clips along at a fast pace, but so many things are only touched on and never explained again as the reader tries to catch up to where the author is going. Our main character Reggie suddenly realizes that she can wield magic, which is a pretty incredible concept to grasp if you’re an ordinary person (or Muggle) such as myself. This character is shocked for about three seconds, but then she starts acting as if a man/wolf creature is normal or that her gift to make roots from the earth move towards her is just OH SO CASUAL. Not only does she learn to almost completely control her powers in just one or two dreamscapes with her deceased father (realistic? I think not!), but she starts making out with the indentured named Asher (slave from “the Other”) after only knowing him for a few days! If you guys like a story with a rushed and highly awkward romance, you should definitely read this. I could have went along with this rushed romance that was forcefully shoved upon me, but it was nearly impossible to connect with any of these characters.

The CHARACTERSUGH! They had no depth, no personality! I didn’t connect to one, NOT ONE! The author didn’t put the time in to carefully construct these characters, and it showed immensely. This could have been salvaged through dialogue, but that only made it worse for me. When Reggie and her alcoholic mother conversed, it felt so fluffed up and unrealistic. The conversations between Reggie and Asher literally made me groan in frustration because everything they said felt one-dimensional and were filled with too many exclamations. To me, the repetitiveness of multiple exclamation points looks like the writer took the easy way out when it came to describing a characters emotions in that moment. Asher saying “Reggie!” doesn’t tell me how angry he is, but Reggie! “ he spit through gritted teeth with eyes raging like the depths of Hell itself…that does.

I’m usually not this brutal in a review, and I always try to showcase SOME sort of positivity…but I just can’t when it comes to this book. The plot was lacking and nothing set it apart from any other fantasy story that I have read. The characters were like wallpaper and the entire read was predictable and blasé. I was hoping that this story would improve as I kept reading, because that has happened in so many first-time books by authors that I have read. I kept hoping and hoping for it to get better, but it didn’t. Not even a little bit. I really don’t recommend reading this…

1-star

 

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Book Review: OtherWorld by Evan Ronan

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Amazon.com – OtherWorld by Evan Ronan

Goodreads.com – OtherWorld by Evan Ronan

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, Evan Ronan, for an honest review.

Genre: YA/Teen/Fantasy

Plot: Aoife Finley is bursting at the seams with creativity. No one daydreams better than her and her imagination knows no bounds.

Mr. Peterson is old, his best days long behind him. He yearns for the past, mistrusts the present, and fears the future. But he’s just figured out how to recapture his past:

By stealing other people’s imaginations.

Armed with only her creativity, imaginary friends, and a few bickering classmates, Aoife embarks on an amazing, but dangerous journey into the OtherWorld that she created, a place that is slipping more and more out of her control and into Mr. Peterson’s, before the real world as she knows it—and as it could be—disappears forever.

OtherWorld is a YA fantasy adventure about the power of the imagination and how anything is possible. It is 80,000 words long and Evan Ronan’s first (but hopefully not last) YA novel.

Opinion: Seeing as how Evan Ronan was the first author to ever request a review from me (thanks Evan), and after reading five of his books and becoming obsessed with them, I naturally assumed that writing paranormal thrillers was a genre he would stay in because I felt he absolutely shined in it. Well THANKFULLY this author doesn’t stick to just paranormal thrillers, because WOW…I am once again super impressed with the stories that this guy comes up with. This is his first attempt at a YA story and he absolutely NAILED it!

Ten-year-old Aoife (pronounced Eef-uh) Finley has been pushing her imagination to the limits since as long as she can remember. Prone to constant daydreaming, Aoife often travels in her mind to a world she created called Paxsum (which is a re-creation of the actual town she lives in called Paxson). In Paxsum Aoife has the ability to imagine and create anything she desires, like a talking recycling bin named Al or “Leg Giants” which are literally giant legs with arms. Usually Aoife and her imagined friends are the only ones that can enter her made-up world, but one day that suddenly changes. Someone starts to steal the imaginations of Aoife’s classmates and neighbors, and suddenly Paxsum has turned into a place that is dangerous and almost impossible to escape from. With suspicions that old Mr. Peterson from town is behind it, Aoife and a few of her unruly classmates enter Paxsum together in the hopes of putting her world back together and restoring the imaginations of everyone in Paxson.

Let’s first start off with addressing how truly creative and different the premise for this story is. Hopefully we can all recall a time in our childhoods when our imaginations truly had no limit. Where we created other worlds and friends, and we fed off the imaginations of other kids as we traveled through those places together. Evan Ronan has literally taken a small piece of all our childhoods and expanded it into a story that shows the reader the endless possibilities to one’s imagination. Aoife Finley is a spunky 10-year-old girl who has a vast and wild imagination. I enjoyed the endless limit to her creaivity that the author gifted her, and I liked that her imagination is what expands and keeps Paxsum intact.

The characters that the reader is introduced to in this story are TRULY something else. Not only is there a BBQ named B that sounds like she has smoked for forty years, there are kids in Aoife’s class with nicknames such as Slob, Killer and Binky. The author has ensured to give us a nice potluck of kids to get to know and become invested in; as well as a feisty yet endearing young girl named Erica whose personality is prickly. As Aoife puts it: “Nobody clicked their gum as sharply as her”. Apart from amazing characters, this book is PACKED to the brim with countless turmoil and adventures. The characters find themselves running from larger-than-life Venus flytraps who try to eat them, ginormous rouge possums, and falling skyscrapers that they can only be avoided by yelling to the heavens “I am Steel Sunday!” With so many moments that the reader can relate to having imagined in their youth, I was able to be completely enthralled and entertained throughout this story.

One thing that I did have trouble connecting with was how many times our main character said “cool” at the beginning of this story. Understandably, a ten-year-old might not have a vast library of adjectives at her disposal when describing things…but a ten-year-old like this? She should be EXPLODING with adjectives. Though this is obviously not a huge problem for me in the story, the reader in me couldn’t stop focusing on the overuse of this word. Apart from this, I think the author did a fine job of putting the reader in the head of a young pre-teen. As Aoife was telling the reader countless moments when she couldn’t understand “adult talk” I found myself smirking at knowing that feeling all too well when I was her age.

Even though I think that target age for this book would be children or pre-teens, it is a story that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Considering how many adults have reviewed this book on Amazon or Goodreads, I think you can trust me when I say that. With that said, this story is really something SPECIAL. It filled me with nostalgia for the wonderful times that I had as a little girl, while also putting a small smile on my face as I relived my childhood. I HIGHLY recommend this story to any age group, and it is a book that can be enjoyed with your entire family.

4-5-stars

 

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Book Review: Lodging by M.T. Bass

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Amazon.com – Lodging by M.T. Bass

Goodreads.com – Lodging by M.T. Bass

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, M.T. Bass, for an honest review.

Genre: Short Story/Fiction/Romance/Military

Plot: Lodging — bending of the stalk of a plant (stalk lodging) or the entire plant (root lodging)

While World War II engulfs every nation on the globe, Rebecca and her high school friend Sarah can only dream of escaping a dreary, wind-blown existence in western Kansas, until their boring, stodgy old hometown fills with handsome young men learning to fly Army Air Corps bombers known as Liberators, and their lives are suddenly filled with temptation and, perhaps, true love.

Opinion: *Sigh*…such a bittersweet story to make me weak in the knees and sorrowful all at once. I am truly starting to adore reading short stories more and more.

This short story is told by Rebecca as she recounts her teenage years in Liberal, Kansas during World War II. Rebecca tells a story of working at a local diner during the summer as a favor to her mother, where she comes across a young Lieutenant named David King. As Rebecca spends her days filling orders and running around the diner, David stays in the lounge playing the piano until closing. Rebecca tells her story of her time with David and the effects that the flyboys had on her town that summer before they were shipped off to the war.

This short story is about 30 pages long, but MY OH MY is it a wonderful story. The writing is descriptive and the author executed the story flawlessly by making me want to devour this story. I find myself sitting here with a slight smile on my face as I recount the story I just read, even though it makes me sad more than anything else. I think this story shows a great representation of the young men that fought in WWII, giving the reader a glimpse at their hopes and fears as they prepared to be shipped off to the war. This story definitely pulls on your heartstrings and makes you hurt for the soldiers, as well as the many young woman that lost their companions or friends.

I HIGHLY recommend this read for anyone. If short stories aren’t really your thing, I suggest you give this one a try. There is nothing better than finding a story that can stir up some emotions in a reader. I only wish that this story could have been longer!

4-5-stars

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Bookish Book Lover Tag

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Here we are guys, my first book tag post for 2017! Though I was tagged in this when it was still 2016…we don’t care do we? No, we don’t. THANK YOU to Luci over at Irontallica666Blog for the tag!

The rules:

  • use the original banner
  • answer the questions
  • use lots of book covers
  • tag your friends!

What book are you currently reading?

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Can you say OBSESSION? This girl is psychotic, and I love her oh so much.

For those of you have read this book, can we all just take a minute to bask in that WTF moment between Rowan and Aelin where Rowan says that cringe-worthy sentence? You know the one. It involves using the word moan and turning my wondrous YA story into a borderline disturbing erotic novel, where I feel like I have interrupted a moment that I REALLY don’t want to be interrupting.

Someboodddyyy say AWK-ward?

What’s the last book you finished?

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Obviously.

Favorite book you read this year?

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It has to be Hatred Day and Emotions. These were both SUPER original and interesting reads, and I was hooked on them.

What genre have you read most this year?

Fantasy books for sure! I have become a sucker for anything involving royal courts and sword play!

What genre have you read least this year?

I would have to say romance or horror.

What genres do you want to read more of?

2015 and 2016 have been years where I have REALLY branched out of my normal comfort zone in regards to genre of books. I am pushing myself to become open to anything at this point.

Except erotica. Just no.

How many books have you read this year and what is your goal?

I don’t even want to know the low amount of books that I read in 2016, twas a hard year indeed. I want to read 100 books in 2017, or more. The more the merrier! My goal is to stay focused and become a reading machine. Goodbye social life, I don’t need you anyways!

What is the last book you bought?

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What book are you saving up for to buy?

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*Sigh*…Childhood. (Insert dreamy and twinkling eyes)

How many books did you check out last library visit?

Last Library visit? I couldn’t even tell you the last time i was in an actual library.

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

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NUMBER 5! Let’s just keep them coming Sarah J. Maas, no need to ever stop the series.

Seriously. Write forever.

What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

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I read A Series of Unfortunate Events years and YEARS ago, and to my dismay….*sigh*…I can barely even say it…I LOST THEM. Ugh…woe is me.

Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more? 

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This book….always this book. If Jay Asher could just write more stories like this, he would be probably my favorite writer. I know that another story of his called What Light was just released in October, but I have a feeling this isn’t going to be as captivating as Thirteen Reasons Why.

A few books your heart adores?

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So as not to be a Repetitive Rebecca, I left out my books that are a series since I have already placed them above in a previous question.

These are some of my favorite books, so you might as well trust my judgment and put them in your TBR list if you haven’t already read them.

DEFINITELY get Whispers of Bedlam Asylum because guess what?! Yours truly  and my wonderful girl Annelise are in it. Oh yeah, I s**t you not ladies and gents. The wonderful Mark C. King gave us the esteemed pleasure of being written into this majestic little tale.  Just to make you want to get this even more, both our characters are stuck in an insane asylum together against their will…and I swear, we’re sane.

(Just look for the names Jenaca and Annelise 😉 )

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

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(Uncontrollable tears) I don’t want it to ever end!!

What books are on your wish list?

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There is like…over 300 books in my TBR list right now, so the above will have to suffice for now.

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Book Review: Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson

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Amazon.com – Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson

BarnesandNoble.com – Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson

Goodreads.com – Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson

Disclaimer: This ARC copy was sent to me by the publisher, Clarion Books, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Plot: Romance, intrigue, and plenty of action are woven into a rich and suspenseful narrative in this powerful YA fantasy. The mixed-race heroine Myra is a Flickerkin and can flicker (become invisible) at will. She hasn’t cultivated or revealed this ability, since Flickerkin are persecuted as potential criminals and spies. When invisible people become tricksters and then murderers, Myra’s Flickerkin heritage becomes a deadly secret, putting her relationship with the leader’s son—and her own life—in jeopardy. Loyalties shift and difficult choices are made before Myra understands who she wants to be.

Opinion: Oh hello, HELLO first review of 2017! Let’s start the year out with a nice review of a wonderful YA Fantasy story, complete with prejudices of people who can turn invisible and a world where segregation is number 1! WHEW! Positivity!

Having the Ability should have been fun, in another world, a child who could become invisible might play pranks on her parents, might sneak around with friends, might go ride the beasts in the dead of night. In another world, the Ability might have brought freedom and joy. But I was born in another world, I was born in the Upland, where the Ability was used as a weapon of war.

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One night after waking from a terrible nightmare at the age of 5, unable to see herself or be seen by her family, Myra learns that she can Flicker. Years before her existence, Myra learns of a race called Flicker Men had come to the island of Upland and bred with the Lefties who reside in the Left Eye; which in turn created a sub-race called the Flickerkin. Once a war began and the Flicker Men fled, this new sub-race of the Flicker Men discovered that they had inherited the gift of being able to become invisible, or as they call it “flicker”. From then on Lefties (pale, short and curvaceous) and Flickerkin are put into the Left Eye to be “contained”, while the Plats (dark skinned, tall and thin) are to live in New Heart City as the dominant race. For a Leftie to enter New Heart City, they are subjected to taking a painful test to ensure that they do not have the Ability. Somehow, Myra’s mother was able to enter New Heart City even though she is Flickerkin. With the threat of being thrown to the Waters for judgment, Myra is forced to never flicker again. Now much older, Myra and her fellow residents of New Heart City discover a threat of Flickerkin among them. Myra must fight to keep her secret hidden, and fight to protect those around her.

I was very VERY excited to be approved for this read via Netgalley (thanks Calrion Books), mostly because I have always had a dire yearning to possess the superpower of invisibility. *Sigh*…the thought of it makes my toes tingle with giddiness! ANYWAYS, this story is stuffed and gorged with tons of interesting elements to pull any reader in. Fantasy and romance, adventure and unruly segregation…it’s all here! I was so intrigued by the world that this author created, and I loved the positive and negative elements that made up the island of Upland. The history of the Flicker Men coming to the Island was touched on, but I would have enjoyed a better understanding of who these people were. I think some flashbacks or stories about the past would have been beneficial to the story, and would have given the race of Flickerkin more depth. The elements of Plats riding beasts in a competition against others was really interesting, and I would have LOVED to have read more and more about this. Thought the reader is given a few scenes where the plats and beasts are battling it out in a race, again…I need more background and history about the competition and the importance of it.

The characters fell a little flat for me, especially that of Myra. As our main strong female lead, I needed more personality and character from her…well…character. I didn’t connect with Myra as strongly as I would have liked, especially in a story that has such a creative world as this. She felt very one-dimensional to me. Developed, but not developed in a way where there would have been tears coming down my face if her or someone she loved perished in front of her. If I am reading a story that is written in 1st person point-of-view, then I want to feel like I am inside that character’s head and seeing things through their eyes. I need to know this character as if I AM them, not as if I am looking at them and observing them.

Though I think the author could have taken this creative world a step further, I think this story still turned out to be highly enjoyable. It seems that if a fantasy story isn’t as detailed and elaborate as one like Throne of Glass or Lord of the Rings, then readers seem to push it away and deem it incomplete. I actually really enjoyed this story and what the author offered, because sometimes a book that doesn’t go on and on in detail is a nice change. I recommend this to any of you YA/Fantasy lovers out there. It is something DIFFERENT and entertaining, which is what we are all looking for anyways right? Though I have my qualms with not getting enough background on some things, it is still a book that you can get lost it and love.

3 Stars

 

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The Mystery Blogger Award

The Mystery Blogger Award

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The Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
2. List the rules
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
6. You nominate 10 – 20 people
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
9. Share a link to your best post(s)

“Mystery Blogger Award”  is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma @ Okoto Enigma’s Blog

Thank you again to Book Pandamonium for tagging me!

3 Things About Me:

1. I am currently living in California, which is where I have always been living, but it is my serious and undying wish to ESCAPE! I know I know, great weather and all…but really. No thank you.

2. I just turned 25 and realized that from now on, all birthdays will be surrounded by sadness and old sad people. I am SO stoked!

3. I have really long wavy hair and the bottom part of my head is shaved, all the way around, but you can’t even tell when my hair is down. Sweet, I know. I’m like a proper lady by day and a rebellious little metal head by night.

I obviously love deceiving people 😉

Book Pandamonium’s Questions:

1. Which do you prefer: winter break  or spring break?

Considering that I do not have the luxury of partaking in these breaks anymore, I will reflect back on my adolescent days.

*Immense reflecting*

Winter break…come on dude…presents.

2. What was your least favorite book of 2016?

UGH! Firebolt (The Dragonian Series Book 1) by Adrienne Woods. That writing seriously hurt my soul. It felt like the book gods were thrusting a rusted serrated knife into the depths of my creative happiness and just twisting it around so that all of my love for words and reading could just die a sad and pathetic kind of unfortunate and bleak life where I had to live the rest of my days bored and wishing for some excitement like an unnecessary and annoying run-on sentence that has absolutely no commas…

…I win the dramatic award for 2016.

3. If you had the chance to talk to a celebrity, who would you want it to be?

How about we trade the talk for a night of drinking with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. I could totally die happy after that s**tshow of a night.

4. What’s your most anticipated movie for 2017?

A Cure for Wellness. Just CREEP me out and get me all excited why don’t you!

5. Weird: Do you have any unusual talents?

Sarcasm.

It’s like…did she say sarcasm because she was being serious about that being her talent, or was her choosing to say sarcasm her actually being sarcastic? Confusing, I know.

My Questions for You:

  1. If you could fall into any book world, which one would it be?
  2. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
  3. What is one of your best childhood memories?
  4. How do you feel about jumping out of a plane or bungee jumping?
  5. What is your favorite genre of music?

 

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Book Review: ONE MOMENT by Kristina McBride

 

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This is a Reprint edition that will be available on January 17, 2017. Links for Pre-order are below:

Amazon.com – One Moment by Kristina McBride

BarnesandNoble.com – One Moment by Kristina McBride

Goodreads.com – One Moment by Kristina McBride

Disclaimer: This was sent to me by the publisher, Skyhorse Publishing/Sky Pony Press, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Genre: YA/Fiction

Plot: This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

McBride delivers a novel of secrets that packs an emotional punch, perfect for fans of Sara Zarr and Gayle Forman.

Opinion:

Well S**t, that was depressing.

After a traumatic accident that leaves her boyfriend Joey dead, Maggie finds herself unable to remember the final moments that lead up to his death. Maggie remembers spending the day at the gorge with her childhood friends and boyfriend Joey, and she even remembers climbing up the trail with him to jump off the cliff together. But for some reason, everything else is a blank. As the people closest to Joey try to pick up the pieces after his death, Maggie starts to unravel deep secrets about Joey and starts to realize that he might not have been as perfect as she thought.

I feel like it has been quite a while since I have read a true YA Fiction story that hasn’t had to do with magic or the underworld. I couldn’t have asked for a better book to bring me back into the “real life” stories that I have always adored. If you are a big reader like me, which I hope that you are, then this book will probably be pretty enjoyable for you, but also fairly predictable. This story is formatted in a way where the reader gets a basic idea for what the book is about, but they are really on the quest to find out HOW Joey died and what he was like. Though I had figured this story out at the beginning, I was still happy to find that there were few unexpected moments in this story. I think the author could have given the “mystery” behind Joey’s death a little more pizazz though (that sounds horrible when I say that out loud, I know).  Maggie literally tells the reader that she was running hand in hand with joey towards the cliff and stopped. Now he’s suddenly dead at the bottom. Well gee, I WONDER how THAT could have happened?! You mean he didn’t make the leap off the cliff correctly after you abruptly stopped?!? I just can’t believe it.

*Insert extreme sarcasm here*

Other than THAT, I really liked this book. It was a quick read and the pace just clipped right along, which meant that I finished it in one day. I didn’t get a strong connection to the characters in this book, but I don’t really find it to be that necessary with this story. Usually I am a big advocate for character development, but I find the amount of facts about the characters to be enough. Don’t get me wrong here, it’s not like you feel a complete disconnect from them or anything. They are just the basic normal teenagers going through their adolescent years…not the most complex creatures, if you catch my drift. I did really like the characters of Maggie and Shannon the best though. Maggie is going through a very traumatic experience, and I found that she held herself together fairly well. What I like about Shannon is that she is a COMPLETE b***h most of the time. I love a sassy character that just blurts things out without a care in the world, so you go girl! Of course deep down I actually hate her because other ruthlessness, but still.

All I can really say about this book, without giving too many secrets away, is that it is a really quick YA read. It brings the reader back to the nostalgic moments that came with being in high school around your childhood friends, while also pulling our tender heartstrings. Some things that happen in this story feel brutal, and it makes you sympathize for the characters and hope that everything will turn around for them. I definitely recommend this book for a lazy day read or for those cold Winter months ahead…this story about summer is sure to warm you up and get your blood boiling!

3 Stars

 

 

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