Posts Categorized: Young Adult

YA Review – Winter – Sierra Dean – 5 Stars

March 18, 2014 M Reads, Read in 2014, Young Adult 0

I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

YA Review – Winter – Sierra Dean – 5 StarsWinter by Sierra Dean
on February 15, 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 167
Format: eBook
Source: the Author
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five-stars

Eloise “Lou” Whittaker can’t shake the feeling she’s forgetting something.

After surviving the explosion of the Poisonfoot Library, she struggles to find her footing again, and she’s grateful Archer Wyatt is there to make sure she’s all right. But Archer seems to be around an awful lot and Lou has trouble controlling herself when she’s with him. She should be thrilled the most popular guy in school wants to be with her, but still, there’s that nagging feeling…

Cooper Reynolds knows he ought to let Lou go. He was putting her at risk by letting her in the first time, and now that she’s a blank slate he should just let her go on blissfully unaware of his curse. But she’s given him a taste of something dangerous… hope.

Can Cooper and an unlikely ally help Lou break free from the spell she’s under?

And can they do it before a new force threatens to destroy the whole town?

The second book in this series has impressed me just as much as the first. I have been looking forward to this novel for a while, and decided to just sit down one day and read it from one end to the other. After doing just that I have to congratulate the author on a gripping sequel to the first book. After all the foreshadowing, I look forward to the continuation of the story of Cooper and Lou.

My heart broke for Cooper, who finally found someone to give him hope for a future, except she can’t remember him, and he has been warned that reminding her will only hurt her more. He had to watch his girl taken by the enemy, and to get her back he needs an ally who is as much a social outcast as he is. Oh, and he only has 10 months left to be human.

Lou came out of an accidental explosion missing something, and nobody is bothering to tell her what it is. All she knows is that she is suddenly dating the most popular guy at school, but far more interested in the Chemistry partner she seems to have forgotten everything about. I was totally on edge as she constantly tried to restore memories everyone else seemed to want to stay gone.

Some interesting information finally comes around in this book, and it was definitely worth the read. This novel was heart-wrenchingly, lightheartedly, desperately, unfairly enjoyable to read.  Special thanks to Sierra Dean for giving me a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.

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YA Review – Out of Play – Nyrae Dawn/Jolene Perry – 4 Stars

August 20, 2013 Entangled Publishing, M Reads, Read in 2013, Sent, Young Adult 0

YA Review – Out of Play – Nyrae Dawn/Jolene Perry – 4 StarsOut Of Play Published by Entangled Publishing, Teen on August 6, 2013
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: the publisher
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four-stars

Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn't have a drug problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—just need a little help taking the edge off sometimes. After downing a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska.

Hockey player Penny Jones can't imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers to all the best schools, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who'll take care of her absentminded gramps? Not her mother, who can’t even be bothered to come home from work, let alone deal with their new tenants next door.

Penny’s not interested in dealing with Bishop’s crappy attitude, and Bishop’s too busy sneaking pills to care. Until he starts hanging out with Gramps and begins to see what he’s been missing. If Bishop wants a chance with the fiery girl next door, he’ll have to admit he has a problem and kick it. Too bad addiction is hard to kick…and Bishop’s about to run out of time.

My Opinion:

This book really brings into light the stained sides of people and how much they will strive to deny it. It does have some things to be taken into consideration if you want your children to read it, but it is a very inspiring work. When I read it I couldn’t help but feel a sense if pity and sympathy for Bishop, and nothing but respect for Penny. The book is written alternating between both their views, which can be quite interesting when certain major events come up.

Bishop hates everything about being in Alaska, from the “babysitter” there with him, to the nonexistent pizza delivery service. That is, until he meets Penny, who makes him feel he no longer needs drugs to live.

Penny, however, could really care less for Bishop until her own love fantasies start dissolving before her very eyes. To her, he is someone who accepts her as she is and understands what those close to her won’t. She is the tough girl hockey player that doesn’t like to lose. That is probably why one of the most interesting pieces of the story is watching her fall for Bishop.

I couldn’t give the book a perfect score mostly because of the ending, which I felt at the time was a bit unfair and parts unrealistic. But I can look back and see they were predictable based on story development. Whatever my own personal qualms, this really was quite a good book that I wouldn’t put down for the second half. I think it is a great read not just for adults, but especially teens to young adults that, in particular, could have similar feelings or situations. The best advice I can give is to read it and enjoy it yourselves.

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YA Review – Autumn – Sierra Dean – 5 Stars

June 22, 2013 M Reads, Read in 2013, Sent, Young Adult 0

YA Review – Autumn – Sierra Dean – 5 StarsAutumn on June 11, 2013
Format: eBook
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five-stars

Cooper Reynolds’s life is going to the dogs… literally.

As if being a high school senior in a small Texas town wasn’t hard enough, Cooper has bigger things to worry about than who he’ll take to prom and whether or not the Poisonfoot Padres will win homecoming. He has less than a year before his eighteenth birthday, when a curse placed on his family will doom him to live in coyote form forever.

The last thing he needs to complicate his already messed-up life is a girl, but fate has other plans in mind for him when it brings Eloise “Lou” Whittaker to Poisonfoot. She’s grouchy, sarcastic and has no love for her new Texas home, but she might be exactly the right person to help Cooper break the curse.

The clock is ticking, and Cooper will have to decide if he’s willing to let Lou in on his dirty little secret before it’s too late.

My Opinion:

I know 5 stars always seems suspicious, but this book is just that good! I had to read it all the first night I got it. Told from both Cooper’s point of view and Lou’s, it lets you in on the thoughts of both. I love Cooper and his cute depression and acceptance of his situation. Most of the conversations he has with Lou (especially the first one) often complicate hilariously due to his isolation. He only has till summer to live as a human, and he has already starting showing his inner doggie.

Lou is from California, and hates everything about her situation in Texas, greatly due to the fact that she’s there because someone died. It doesn’t help that that person, along with disturbing nightmares, continues to haunt her. A new room and Cooper look to be about the only things to make her new life bearable. And while Cooper is able to answer a few of her questions, his existence raises far more. The most prominent is that the whole town is out to keep them apart no matter the cost.

Finally, since this book is “Autumn,” and Cooper turns in spring, I am predicting a four book series (so, I know it’s hard, but please don’t get upset at the ending and wait for the next book), I myself can’t wait for the release of Winter!

Special thanks to Sierra Dean for sending me a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

 

 

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Mila 2.0 – Debra Driza – 4.5 stars

May 29, 2013 M Reads, Read in 2013, Young Adult 0

Mila 2.0 – Debra Driza – 4.5 starsMila 2.0 on March 12, 2013
Pages: 470
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four-half-stars

No one suspects what she’s made of.

Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie.

She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past-that she was built in a computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run-from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much, and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology.

Evading her enemies won’t help Mila escape the cruel reality of what she is and cope with everything she has had to leave behind. However, what she’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and that just might save her life.

This is a good book that I really enjoyed reading.  Mila is the kind of kick-ass spy with her own agenda that pleases many readers. At first she believes to be living a normal, depressing teenage life. The jumbled, half-faded memories of her life to this point aren’t helping the situation. Her friend Kaylee (I can’t bring myself to like Kaylee) helps a little; But Mila doesn’t really see the light till she meets Hunter. Hunter is nice and seems interested in her. The problem? Kaylee (the total bitch) is also interested in Hunter an sees Mila as competition.

The story vastly deviates however, when Mila starts piecing together her true past, and the secrets her mother kept from her. I enjoy how it quickly evolves to action and suspense as Mila and her mother must run from Mila’s co-creator and his men.  Mila eventually meets this co-creator (easy to hate, and might creep you out sometimes), and must work with sympathetic Lucas to save her mom, even if it means fighting another version of herself.

There isn’t as much push on romance, thankfully, as with many other young-adult novels and it was quite fun and interesting to follow Mila through her revelations and existential conflictions throughout the story. However, I couldn’t bring myself to give this book a perfect score. This is mostly due to the facts that it is sometimes hard to connect or relate with Mila, who has her dry moments; and I dislike the overwhelming dependence and attachment to the character who betrayed her.

Still, my thanks to Debra Driza, for writing such an amazing first novel (thanks for the signed copy!). I hope to get a chance to read more of your work.

four-half-stars

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