Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #44: The week of small but BIG things!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

I'm super excited this week for the books I received! It's a small haul, but I got some BIG things in some BIG ways! 

In the After (In the After #1)
In the After by Denitria Lunetta

When this came out I knew I had to get it! I've heard nothing but good things about it and the part in the premise about the baby?! Oh yeah, I had to have it! I downloaded it to my Nook soon as it was available. 

Received for Review:
How to Love
How to Love by Kate Cotguno 
(When I got that email from Edelweiss, I admit I fangirled a little. This was my WOW pick of the week about 4 weeks ago and I almost passed out when I saw that I was approved. A HUGE thanks goes to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for this galley!!!)
The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce
 (I hold this ARC near and dear to my heart because its my first requested and received ARC!!!! A huge thanks goes to Strange Chemistry for giving me this galley!) 

Weekly Wrap-Up:
Monday: My 5 star review of Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown
Tuesday: Top 10 Books I've Read in 2013 (I had so much fun with this post!)
Wednesday: My Wow pick of the week, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Another Beauty and the Beast re-telling?! Yes please!!!)
Thursday: My very late post of my Armchair BEA giveaway winner! Congrats again Elizabeth! 
Friday: My favorite reading formats! I <3 eBooks and Hardbacks, what about you?
Saturday: My disappointing 2 star review of When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

Saturday, June 29, 2013

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

Nook Book, 264 pages
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Published by: Little Brown
Source: Bought
For fans of: Realistic Fiction, Loss, Travel, Love, YA

     Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity. 
     Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.
     Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.
     When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harajuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.

     I thought when I wrote this review I'd be an emotional wreck. I actually just lost my aunt in the same fashion he lost his mom, so I was thinking I might not even have a review for this because I wouldn't be able to see through the tears. To be frank, I was wrong. 
     Te entire time I didn't understand Danny. In my head I was screaming "Don't do that, your mom just died. She would not appreciate that!" I felt like he wasn't in mourning, just acting out. Don't get me wrong, everyone mourns in their own way, but really the graduation thing was a bit much. Where I'm from, they would have with held his diploma for a stunt like that, I'm just saying. And Kate should have strangled him for that. And really I just couldn't understand what a woman who was already in her residency wanted with a dude that was barely graduating high school... I'm not one to judge, but that definitely isn't for me. As far as the Holland situation, I just didn't like hw she handled it. She should not have done that by herself. She should have let him know so she wouldn't have to be alone. Maybe with him there and that extra help she wouldn't have been as stressed and saved the situation completely. But that's just me. 
     With that being said, I just couldn't connect with the characters. And because of that, I was turned away from the emotional aspect of this book as well. As stated, I expected to be crying my eyes ut. Especially for this to be such an emotional story and to feature so much loss. Me and Danny shared something kind of deep, but even in that aspect I couldn't handle that. Because of this, I barely felt anything while reading this. I just felt mad. And disappointed. 
     The one thing I did like about the story was the visions of Tokyo I received while reading this. Whitney gave enough descriptions that I felt like I was looking at everything with my own eyes. I learned all Japan, from its legends to its fashion. 
     I really feel like the black sheep since everyone else loved this, but in my honest opinion  the delivery of the emotion and the characters was poorly executed. Thank goodness I was able to learn a little something about a foreign culture or I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it at all. 
Overall, I give this


Friday, June 28, 2013

Follow Friday: Favorite Reading Formats

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, Paperback etc?

A: I prefer Hardback and eBooks, but for different reasons. 

I love hardcovers because they look good and the glossy dust covers are amazing and so eye catching. I love having them on my shelves. I love eBooks because I'm a girl that will read anywhere and everywhere. If I finish a book, I can easily pick up another one and start it without being somewhere without any books. Plus I love knowing that I can carry so many books around in a bag and not have it weighing it down. 

Paperbacks I don't care for only because I like to throw things in my bag and I don't like for the cover to get bent or messed up. Also I don't like the damaged spines.

What about you?!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Armchair BEA Giveaway Winner!

Hello all! sorry for the super long delay on this, but as I said in one of my previous posts, I had a family member pass and I needed to do some family things before I could worry about anything else. So, with that being said, let's get to the winner!!!!

So there you have it! Elizabeth you have 48 hours to respond with your email of what you would like and your adress! I will order it and ship it to you ASAP! (I promise I won't make you wait any longer than you already have lol) Congrats!!!! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 6/26/13

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Cruel Beauty
     Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom—all because of a reckless bargain her father struck. And since birth, she has been training to kill him. 
     Betrayed by her family yet bound to obey, Nyx rails against her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, she abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
     But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her. As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. But even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, could she refuse her duty to kill him?
     Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the BeastCruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Release Date: January 28, 2014
Published by: Balzer and Bray

Why I'm waiting: "Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast." Enugh said. We all know my favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. All I had to see was that and I automatically decided I wanted to read it. 

What are you waiting on this week?!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TTT: Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic is:
Top 10 Books I've Read so Far in 2013
*These are in no particular order.

Thousand Words
Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown [5 Stars] This was my first book by Brown and I absolutely fell in love with her writing. She wrote this very unique but very relevant book that should be used as required reading in all schools! 

Golden by Jessi Kirby [5 Stars] This was also my first Jessi Kirby book. I loved this book because it really drove home a certain point at a really ironic time. I'm sure that any teens that read this would think more about what they would want to do with their life. 

The Book of Broken Hearts
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler [5 Stars] This book shcked me. Here I was expecting some girl that falls for a dude just because her sisters don't approve... What I got was so much more. This book teaches you a valuable lesson, don't take any memory for granted. They're not always guaranteed to be there. 

How My Summer Went Up in Flames
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski [5 Stars] This contemp didn't have a huge underying issue, but it was so incredibly light and fun! I laughed the entire way through it and am already planning a re-read sometime next summer lol This was also one of my first road trip novels and it definitely made me excited to read some more!

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)
Dare You To by Katie McGarry [4 Stars] As I stated in my review, Ryan and Beth were no Noah and Echo, but I still loved the story. (I think it was just because Isiah and Beth didn't end up together...) Beth did a lot that I didn't agree with, but it was obvious what was blinding her the entire time.

 My Life After Now
My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi [5 Stars] How could this NOT make the list? Here is another completely relevant book in the YA world. This one deals with the heavy subject of HIV and shows just how easily it is to contract it. 

Splintered (Splintered, #1)
Splintered by A.G. Howard [5 Stars] Let's be real here. Anything with a cover this gorgeous and its a re-telling, it doesn't have a choice but to be good. The world building had me feeling like I was a on something, but isn't that how the original is as well? 

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer [5 Stars] Ok guys, if this hadn't made my list you would probably think I had been abducted or something lol We all know how much I fan girl over the Lunar Chronicles series. I have many posts in the archive where I'm begging for Scarlet. (And I'm pretty sure there will be some with me begging for Cress and Winter too smh) I loved that this book gave Scarlet her own story but was still able to answer all those questions I had about Cinder as well. And of course the world building is still AMAZEBALLS.

 The Archived (The Archived, #1)
The Archived by Victoria Schwab [5 Stars] What was there NOT to love about this? The epic mystery, cool world building, and over flowing emotion is all you need to make any book an amazing read. And this book is definitely an amazing read. 

Extras: (Let's be real, picking only 10 was a little hard lol This space is for those 4 stars that I felt deserved some recogniton as well!)
That Time I Joined the Circus
That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard [4 Stars] Another book that I was not expecting to love. I honestly just wanted to read it because I thought the cover was pretty. What I got was so much more. The story is whimsical because of the circus and you'll have your head in the clouds, but the back stories and the romance will snap you back to reality. 

Eleanor and Park
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: I know I'm gonna catch some flack about this not being on the actual list, but whatevs. I still loved this as well. The best thing about it? The romance between two really different people. With all this going on with love inequality, I was happy to see two people you wouldn't expect to even see together, end up in love. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown

Nook Book, 288 pages
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought
For fans of: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, YA

     Ashleigh's boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he'll forget about her while he's away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh's friends suggest she text him a picture of herself -- sans swimsuit -- to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits "send."
     But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone -- until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he's the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh's photo -- and didn't look.
     Acclaimed author Jennifer Brown brings readers a gripping novel about honesty and betrayal, redemption and friendship, attraction and integrity, as Ashleigh finds that while a picture may be worth a thousand words . . . it doesn't always tell the whole story. (From Goodreads)

     In this day and age, EVERYONE is plugged in. From me, to my mom, to even my grandmother. Everything in the world is done on computers and everyone I know has some type of a cell phone. And this story proves that that is not always a good thing.
     In this story, we meet Ashleigh, a girl who is sitting in community service due to a situation that spiraled out of her control. She took a picture of herself in the nude and sent it to her then boyfriend. After a nasty break up, he sent it to one person and naturally, the entire school sent it out, seen it, or told someone else about it. Although she feels that no one understands her and that no one will ever speak to her again, she meets one person who turns her world upside down.
     With this being my first Brown novel, I was excited to begin it. I had heard so many great things about it, but none of the comments I got could actually compare to the greatness that is this book. I loved absolutely everything about this book. What I loved most was the emotional roller-coaster of this book. Brown took me way past the normal feels of happy and sad, and took me to bigger things like scared, in love, and upset.
     Another thing I really loved about this was how relevant it was. This story couldn't have come at a better time. With so much of the world being "plugged in," this is happening way more than it should. Brown completes the difficult task of showing what happens to everyone involved in the sending of the text.
     This story reminded me of a Lifetime movie I watched once, but with a much better result. Ashleigh was able to meet the one person who ignored the text. Not because they didn't get it, but because it was the right thing to do. He reminds Ashleigh that even though things are so bad, other people out in the world sometimes have it worse than you do. And also that no matter where you go and what happens to you, everywhere you go, you will always find a friend.
     In this story Brown has written a brilliant realistic fiction novel that should be used as required reading in schools. To show the children all about "sexting" and the pain it causes everyone in a non-teachy way.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #43

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

Thousand WordsWhen You Were HereThe Raven Boys
Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown (Read. Review will be up tomorrow)
When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater (Audio book. It was FREEEEE!)
For review: 
Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

Borrowed from the Library:
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1)Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (audiobook)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (audiobook)

What did you get this week???

Weekly Wrap-Up:
Sunday- Stacking the Shelves #42 
Tuesday- Top 10 Tuesday! Top 10 Books on my Summer TBR list
Wednesday- Waiting on Wednesday: These Broken Stars
Friday- Feature and Follow Friday: Fave Literary Quotes! (I LOVE this post!)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Follow Friday: Fave Literary Quotes

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.
The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

Q: Activity: Favorite Literary Quote

A: This is like asking a mother who her favorite child is o_O lol Being a book lover, I have a whole LOT of favorites, so here's SOME of  them. (*Caution: Some of these are rather swoony!)

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer:
"I'm gonna fight for you, until your heart stops beating."  
(#TeamJacob FTW!!!!!!!!)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling:
"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

If I Stay by Gayle Forman:
"I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard." 

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles:
“Tonight was... well, it was perfect for me too. You've turned my world upside down. I've fallen in love with you, chica, and it scares the fuckin' shit outta me. I've been shakin' all night, because I knew it. I've tried to deny it, to make you think I wanted you as a fake girlfriend, but that was a lie.” 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:
“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor."

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins:
“Do you know my biggest regret?" She asks. "That you turned into this bright, beautiful, fascinating person... and I can't take credit for any of it.”

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout:
“Ever since I’ve met you, I’ve wanted to break every rule.” Aiden turned away, the muscles in his neck tensing. He sighed. “You’ll become the centre of someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth.” 

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg:
“There’s no such thing as too much Disney.” 

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan:
“I read books, but I do it because I want to - because it's like an escape in my head, like being with you.” What

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
“Don't settle, okay? Not for anything. I mean it. You only get this one chance at life, far as I know. Take it. Even if its not with me.” 

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
“Dumbledore opened his eyes. Snape looked horrified.
“You have kept him alive so that he can die at the right moment?”
“Don’t be shocked, Severus. How many men and women have you watched die?”
“Lately, only those whom I could not save,” said Snape. He stood up. “You have used me.”
“I have spied for you, and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter -“
“But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?”
“For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto patronum!”
From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: she landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
Always,” said Snape.” 

What are some of your fave literary quotes???

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Of Triton by Anna Banks

Hardcover, 256 pages
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Published by: Feiwel and Friends
Of Poseidon, #2
Source: Bought
For fans of: Sparkly Covers, Fantasy, Humor, Syrena, Summer Love, YA

     In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.
     As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known? (From Goodreads)

     Although it took me a minute to get back into the story once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. I admit there were a few hiccups I had with it, but that's with almost any story. 
     In Of Triton we are re-introduced to the same crazy cast of characters as in Of Poseidon. I'm starting here, because that's still my favorite part of this series. I LOVE the characters. Galen made me a little upset because although he was around, he wasn't as swoony this time around. Emma is still quirky and laugh out loud funny. Everyone else makes a bigger appearance in this novel and we get to know them a little more. 
     What I didn't like about the story was the way the dramatic part was written. It seemed like even the most drama filled parts were looked at jokingly and nothing was ever too serious. I mean really, if I was the one person that might be changing something, nervous or not, I would not treat it so calmly. Maybe its just me, but I know I would have panicked lol
     I also didn't like that this book had the dreaded second book syndrome. There was hardly any epic situation or big event that had me on pins and needles until the cliff hanger ending. I just felt like it was kind of a filler. Now don't get me wrong, I still liked it because the host of characters and the writing stlye. I just feel like it doesn't live up to its predecessor  Hopefully the final installment, Of Neptune, will be the most epic of the series and will blow this one out of the water. (Pun intended lol) 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 6/19/13

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

     It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 
     Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 
     Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
     Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
     The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

Release date: December 10, 2013
Published by: Disney Hyperion

Why I'm Waiting: I've heard nothing but good things about this already! And I've heard that its not like any other sci-fi book out there, so that makes it unique. I'm really looking forward to this one! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

TTT: Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic is:
Top 10 Books at the Top of my Summer TBR List
*These are in no particular order.

Alot of the books on my TBR pile are those with romances... Some of them are out, some of them came out awhile ago, and some of them don't come out until the fall that I have the pleasure to review. Here's what I'm looking forward to reading this summer:

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1)Time After Time (Time Between Us, #2)Of Triton (Of Poseidon, #2)
1. The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason : "An unlikely pair, the fierce Evaline Stoker and logical Mina Holmes must follow in the footsteps of their infamous families—Miss Holmes has inherited her Uncle Sherlock’s keen investigative skills, while Miss Stoker has accepted her family calling as a hunter of the undead." THAT my dears was in the synopsis... Of course I'm looking forward to this one! 
2. Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone: If you know me, you will know that I adored Bennett Time Between Us and I wanted nothing more than a story from Bennett's POV. I actually begged for one. And then when Stone said it was indeed happening and I got accepted on Netgalley to review it, my life pretty much exploded lol 
3. Of Triton by Anna Banks: The cliff-hanger in Of Poseidon had me on pins and needles. It's taking all of me not break down and read it now, but I have review books to get through first. 

In HonorWild AwakeBorn Of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1)
4. In Honor and Moonglass by Jessi Kirby: After reading Golden by Kirby, I'm ready to read any and everything by her. And I've heard nothing but amazing things about In Honor so I'm really looking forward to it. 
5. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith: "Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy." And on top of that... The cover is gorgeus. 
6. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown: Magic, love, and the 1920's? Yes please! I put it off after looking at seeing some people rate it 2 or 3 stars, but I'm ready to be the judge now! 

FangirlReal (Real, Raw & Ripped, #1)Tumble & Fall
7. FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell: I read and loved Eleanor and Park so I'm ready to anything that has Rowell's name on it! And plus, how can I resist a book that is halfway telling my life with the fictional crushes and fan girling?!
8. Real by Katy Evans: I have been craving some swoony times and I've heard this book boy *ahem* book has the perfect scenes for it. Plus the main character is a boxer, so in my head I've thought up a flawless physique for him lol 
9. Tumble and Fall by Alexandra Coutts: "The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left?" Ok, this has nothing to do with this book, but obviously after reading Golden I couldn't let go. This seems to be along the same lines of that book, "what do you plan on doing with [the rest of] your one wild and precious life?"
Nantucket Blue
10. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland: I've put this off so long because I knew from the cover it would be the perfect summer read. A very cute couple, sand, and blue water. I can't wait to dive into it. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Hardback, 278 pages
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Own
For fans of: Thrillers, Contemprary, Romance, Mystery, Sparkly Covers, Realistic Fiction, Summer Love, YA

     Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).
     Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.
     Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.
     Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference. (From Goodreads)

     This is my first book by Jessi Kirby and I'm so glad I chose this one to start with. This incredible tale of love, fate, and hope was just what I needed right now. This books contains all the feels and I'm afraid I won't be able to explain them all in this review. 
     While reading this, I got some devastating news. My aunt who was also my godmother passed away. It further helped to drive home one of the main points in this novel, life is short so what do you plan on doing with yours. This made the story so much more real for me. Seeing that anything could happen, don't hesitate to make YOU happy. Even if it means that there is someone that will be unhappy with you about it. 
     That was the only reason I didn't like Parker. She tried making everyone else happy rather than herself. I was so happy when she decided to go on that journey and even though things didn't turn out as she thought they would, she should be happy that she even had the chance to find out. That's what a risk is. She went out on a limb to find out something, and for her character, that's saying a lot. But everything else about Parker I truly loved. Her character felt so real and all her relationships (with her mother, her best friend Kat) all felt real as well. The best thing about her character, was the fact where she finally took control of her life. This is truly one of the best coming of age novels I've ever read.
     The romance was a little upsetting. I wanted all of the triangles to work out in the end, but at the same time I know that it doesn't always work like that. When things start to come together, it seems so much more believable and less like a fairy tale. 
    What I loved most about this story is the way it makes you think. So many different quotes I had to write down in my quote notebook because I had to sit back and think how I would answer that about my own life. Mr. Kinney's assignment alone was enough for me to sit back and break out my own journals from years and years ago and see if there was anything I'd wished I could do differently.
     This poignant tale of choice left me reeling. As Parker said herself, you won't know whether your choice "is right or wrong until [you've] lived with it" and I'm hoping that whether my choices are right or wrong, I will have the courage to face them another day.
Overall, I give this