I thought I’d start a feature of the last 5 books I’ve read and what I thought of them.

The Space Between UsThe Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez
Place on Hold

Amelia is used to being upstaged by her charismatic younger sister, Charly. She doesn’t mind, mostly, that it always falls to her to cover for Charly’s crazy, impulsive antics. But one night, Charly’s thoughtlessness goes way too far, and she lands both sisters in serious trouble.

Amelia’s not sure she can forgive Charly this time, and not sure she wants to . . . but forgiveness is beside the point. Because Charly is also hiding a terrible secret, and the truth just might tear them apart forever.

My Thoughts: This one was a very slow start for me. I had trouble caring anything about Charly or Amelia until I was a good half-way through the book. This is mainly due to having no common ties w/the characters. However, the writing is excellent. I can understand why it is getting praise by many others.

Final Verdict: Neutral. This one is neither thumbs up or thumbs down for me.

 

Send Me a SignSend Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
Place on Hold

Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she’ll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. One sign she didn’t expect to look for was: “Will I survive cancer?” It’s a question her friends would never understand, prompting Mia to keep her illness a secret. The only one who knows is her lifelong best friend, Gyver, who is poised to be so much more. Mia is determined to survive, but when you have so much going your way, there is so much more to lose.

 My Thoughts: I like to say this is a cancer book without being completely about cancer. While not as good as Fault in Our Stars by John Green, it was still an enjoyable read. My only big issue with the book was the fact that Mia didn’t tell her friends. I know this goes back to the mother, but I don’t understand how anyone could keep such a thing hidden that long from people who had been her besties for years.

Final Verdict: Thumbs up

 

The Day BeforeThe Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
Place on Hold

One moment can change everything.Amber’s life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself.

Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell he’s also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets.

The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she’s drawn to him.  And the more she’s troubled by his darkness. Because Cade’s not just living in the now—he’s living each moment like it’s his last

My Thoughts: I’m going to give a slight spoiler here, but the reason Amber’s life is spinning out of control is because she was switched at birth and her biological parents fought for custody. In 24 hours she’ll be flying states away to live with people she doesn’t know. That alone made the book interesting for me. The part with Cade was cute, not to the point of sickening. Add in that it is in verse and you have a super fast, good read.

Final Verdict: Thumbs up.

Carnival of SoulsCarnival Of Souls by Melissa Marr
Place on Hold

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures–if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father–and every other witch there–fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

My Thoughts: Admittedly, I am a Marr fangirl, but this has to be one of my favorite books by her. I was easily sucked into the world and was sad when the book came to the end. I will throw in a couple of notes though. First, this is totally a high school book. Second, it also ends horribly. It’s the first of the series and Marr pretty much leaves you hanging. I may or may have not have screamed THAT’S IT?! but it’s totally worth it, I promise. Thirdly, if you like audio, you HAVE to listen to this one via audio. James Marsters is one of the best narrators I have ever listened it.

Final Thoughts: BIG thumbs up.

 

Every DayEvery Day by David Levithan
Place on Hold

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

My thoughts: Usually I love Levithan’s books; and had it not been for 5 pages I would have adored this one as well. The premise is unique and interesting. I can’t even imagine what A’s life must be like. While I suppose it would never get boring, I can’t imagine a life without family or friends. However, there is one section near the end where A wakes up in the body of an overweight teen and is handled horrible. I never EVER want you guys to think that derogatory and degrading thoughts toward those who are overweight are acceptable, which makes recommending this book that much harder. Had those 5 pages not been included, I would ADORE this book, but with them being included the book left me disappointed and sad.

 Final Verdict: Thumbs down.

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