Raindropreflections: June 2011

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Review- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Summary (book jacket):lock and key

“Ruby, where is your mother?”

With that question from the social worker, Ruby knows the game is up.

She’s been living alone in the old yellow house, waiting out the months until she turns eighteen and can finally be on her own legally. It certainly wasn’t in her plan to be reunited with Cora, her sister who left ten years before, and brought to live with Cora and her wealthy entrepreneur husband.

Suddenly life is transformed: a luxurious house, private school, new clothes, and even the chance of a future Ruby couldn’t have dreamed of. So why is she wary, unable to be grateful, incapable of letting anyone close? Only Nate, the genial, popular boy next door, seems to understand, perhaps because he’s hiding some secrets of his own.

Funny, perceptive, and touching, Lock and Key will delight the legions of Sarah Dessen fans and win many new ones.

What I expected: here’s a shocker: I’ve never actually read a Sarah Dessen book. I know, I know, it’s amazing that I’m a teen book blogger and yet I haven’t read any of the most popular authors’ books till now. Well, I bought Lock and Key at the library sale with high expectations, maybe too, too high. But I didn’t end up being disappointed, though.

Story

Lock and Key was a lot stronger in characters than it was in story, and I think that’s because the story is more about Ruby growing and developing than it is about some amazing plot with twists and turns.

Reading about Ruby and seeing her transform was beautiful in itself. I loved how I could practically see her bloom from a reserved, quiet person to a girl who really did care whether or not she disappointed her sister’s husband.

Oh, and the part at the end just twisted my heart. Just saying… you know, if you need more of a reason to read a Sarah Dessen book.

Characters

Like I said before, the characters in this book truly shone out. They were all so real and multi-faceted that you could totally imagine them being at your school or whatever. They seemed like real people, they were so well-developed. Near the middle of the book, Ruby grew on me. She turned out to be a lot more than I expected, and I was glad to see her change.

Ruby’s sister Cora was also a lot different than I expected. In truth, she reminded me somewhat of myself with the whole taking-people-under-your-wing kind of thing. I mean, I don’t really do that, but I feel bad when I see someone who needs help (say, with math or something) and I just HAVE to help them out- I’d be guilty forever if I didn’t.

Jamie, Cora’s husband, was adorable. He was probably the sweetest character I’ve ever read about, always trying to make up to Cora for what she missed back when she was a teenager- heck, he gave her waves of presents on Valentine’s, each one better than the last.

Olivia, the sort-of-friend Ruby makes at her new school- she seems a lot like some people I know, unafraid of the truth and even less afraid to say it. It’s a quality I both admire and cringe from and definitely do not possess. Gervais was the unexpected funny guy, you could say- the classic image of a super-smart nerd with a twist.

Lastly, the male lead Nate- aww! I really liked Nate. Apart from his good looks and physique and all that, I mean. He always wanted to help people out and everything, but his own secrets made me want to be like, ‘It’s all right, just let someone help you out!’ He is definitely one of the better male leads in YA lit.

Parting Thoughts: I really liked Lock and Key, although initially I was a bit iffy. I realized later that it was because I set my expectations too high. Sarah Dessen’s real talent is not just in writing (she has that for sure) but most of all in her characters. Heck, even the dog had personality. What more could you want?

Rating: 4.5/5. This book has this been-there-done-that feel to it which makes it utterly unique and wonderful. You need to go out and get this book- and man, am I glad I have my own very own copy. I can’t wait to read more of Dessen’s work.

Buy at: Amazon

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Review- Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Summary (book jacket):warped

Soon after the tapestry comes into her possession, strange things begin to happen. Tessa experiences vivid dreams of the past filled with images from a brutal hunt- one that she herself may have played a part in.

When Tessa pulls a loose thread from the tapestry, she releases a terrible secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, a young sixteenth-century nobleman with gorgeous eyes, an odd accent, and haughty attitude to spare. Will’s fate is inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa’s is. And though Will might be hard to get along with, he’s equally hard to resist.

Together, Tessa and Will must correct the wrongs of the past. But time is running out. The Norn sisters, also known as the Fates, have stepped in and begun to make a tangled mess of Tessa’s life. Unless she does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy, everything, and everyone, she loves will be destroyed.

Maurissa Guibord has woven a tapestry of romantic time-travel fantasy and supernatural suspense that is sure to delight readers- it’s fate.

What I expected: honestly, I had no idea what the book was about- it’s this weird personality quirk of mine, I guess, choosing to read a book without really looking past the cover and/or title- if it pulls me in, I decide to read it. And usually that technique works out pretty well. Hey, at least I’m spontaneous this way 😉

Story

This book gripped me. I started reading it when I was sick and had to stay home from school, but of course there was pending schoolwork so I couldn’t finish it the same day. But I could NOT get Warped out of my head. I couldn’t stop wondering what was going to happen next. It’s an awesome feeling when a book does that to you. Oh, extremely distracting too, but still.
So yeah, I couldn’t get back to Warped fast enough, and I ripped through it the next day in about an hour. It was AMAZING. I’m not kidding. This book almost had me breathless, it was so skilfully woven. Is this really a debut novel? I want to read more from Maurissa Guibord! She’s definitely one of my favourite authors now, even though this is her first novel. Talented much, huh?

Characters

Tessa was great. She was the epitome of the brave, smart MC who does more than wait for her Prince Charming to rescue her. Well, not many MCs do that these days, but you know what I mean. She was intelligent, engaging, and fun to read about.

Opal, Tessa’s best friend, was just as intriguing. There could even be a book based on her. Tessa’s dad, his girlfriend, even Tessa’s deceased mom were full of personality. I could practically see them, they were developed so realistically.

Now, the bad guys. The Gray Lily was as fun to read about as Tessa- I mean, I hated her and all that, but she has this past, and now this hunger, that sort of draws you to her.

And finally, on to the impudent gentleman I hinted at a LONG time ago in a Book Blog Hop question. William de Chaucy was awesome. He was just enough of the handsome but snotty to be realistic without coming off as a god. He is one great character to read about, and unpredictable, too.

Parting Thoughts: In short, I loved this book. It’s so beautifully written, I felt like I was watching someone making a tapestry- skilfully and beautifully. Sigh. I wish I could write that seamlessly.

Rating: 4.5/5. I mean, I’ve raved enough of this book. You get the point.

Buy at: Amazon

Friday, 17 June 2011

Friday's Finest (10)

Friday’s Finest is a weekly meme hosted by Justine at A Bookful of Thoughts.

Rules:

~Post a quote that really stuck to you after reading it in a book.
~Make sure  it isn’t a spoiler!
~If you’d like, expand on what you think it means and why  you chose it.

This week’s quote is from City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.

[Jordan] you can’t forget the things you did in the past, or you’ll never learn from them.

Isn’t that so profound? I love when authors use stuff like this- like in Harry Potter and other amazing books- when they go beyond describing what’s happening in the story and drop these little tidbits of wisdom and make readers like me immediately write their pearls of wisdom down because they’re just so amazing.

By the way, I like TMI now. I understand totally why almost everyone in the YA book blogosphere is so into this series.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Review- Solid by Shelley Workinger

Summary (author website):

Eighteen years ago, a rogue Army doctor secretly experimented with a chromosomal drug on unknowing pregnant women. When he was killed not long after the children were born, any knowledge and evidence seemed to die with him – except the living, breathing, human products of his work.

Almost two decades later, the newly self-proclaimed “open-book” military unearths the truth about the experiment, bringing Clio Kaid and the other affected teens to a state-of-the-art, isolated campus where they soon discover that C9x did indeed alter their chromosomes – its mutations presenting as super-human
abilities. The military kids, who come from across the nation and all walks of life, come into their own as lighter-than-air ‘athletes’; ‘indies’ as solid as stone walls; teens who can make themselves invisible and others who can blind with their brilliance.

While exploring her own special ability, forging new friendships and embarking on first love, Clio also stumbles onto information indicating that the military may not have been entirely forthcoming with them and that all may not be as it seems…

What I Expected: Shelley Workinger was kind enough to provide me with a copy of her book, and I’ve actually seen a few reviews for
Solid in the past, so I was totally expecting something awesome. I mean, genetically altered teenagers, conspiracy, mystery? Count me in for sure.

Story

I was blown away by Solid. It totally exceeded my expectations. I have no idea why, either, because I was actually expecting Solid to be
pretty good, and seeing all the praise around the book blogosphere helped those expectations, but it surpassed those, even.

I loved the writing in Solid; I loved the intricacy of American military described; I loved how the whole story felt as authentic as if I was reading a real-life account, and most of all, I loved the characters in Solid.

This book has a unique plot- I mean, how many genetically altered teenagers have you read about? On top of that, there wasn’t a moment when I didn’t stop wondering what was going to happen next in the story.

Okay, the bad guy was obvious as soon as the character in question showed a complete personality change in a certain situation I won’t disclose, but that didn’t ruin the story for me, because it was awesome seeing the characters piece it together themselves. Speaking of
which…

Characters

The MC Clio was one of the best I’ve read about in YA lit because of the fact that she was just so relatable. I could understand what she was going through, even though I’m obviously not someone with super-abilities.

And the male lead, Jack? Swoon-worthy. Again, the best thing about him was that he wasn’t some ultra-hot-perfect-guy sort of person, but a normal guy Clio found attractive.

The circle of friends- Garrett (who I LOVE!), Bliss, and Miranda were so amazingly developed that I felt like I knew each of them by the end of the book. They all had these personality quirks that made them so unique, and- well, I wish I was one of those in this tight-knit circle, almost, because they all seemed so inseparable. And did I mention that I LOVE Garrett?

Parting Thoughts: Solid was one of those books I just couldn’t stop reading. It had a great ensemble of characters, a unique storyline, and most of all, a down-to-earth feel that makes you feel connected to the main characters even though they couldn’t be any more different from you. And the amount of authenticity of teenager slang is commendable. For the most part (except the ‘fo shizzle,’ maybe), we actually do talk like that.

Rating: 4.5/5. I can’t wait for the sequel! That teaser at the end made me wish I had the next book with me RIGHT NOW.

Buy at: Amazon

Friday, 10 June 2011

Review- Dragon's Pupils- The Sword Guests by Martin Chushui

Summary (B&N):

When East and West combine…

Half-Chinese, half-Australian, Liz is not interested in her father’s ancient Tao wisdom, or his cryptic tales. She is more concerned with environmental issues—particularly the plan to mine one of Australia’s great landmarks, Wave Rock. Her father’s latest gift, a Chinese calligraphy pen, seems set to take its place in her bottom drawer forever.

Then Wave Rock is blasted open by something more than a mining operation, and Liz finds that she must battle monsters from ancient times as well as creatures from other worlds, all intent on destroying Earth. She must call on all her powers, from both her Eastern heritage and her Western upbringing, to save her world. Her pen becomes her way into a new and magical world, and Liz discovers she has powers—and allies—that she never could have guessed.

An exciting, fast-paced tale that combines the wisdom of ancient tradition with the pace of a Kung Fu movie and brings them to life in contemporary Australia, this exciting tale takes the best of two cultures and blends them to open up a new world of adventure and mystery.

Note: I received this ebook for review from the author. You can download this book on Barnes and Noble.

Thoughts

The first thought I had to do with this book was: it’s so much like a Chinese tale- smooth, cultured, and of course, there were several points in the story where small details, easily overlooked, ended up being extremely important in the end.

This book was a mash of genres: a lot of fantasy, even paranormal, all in a contemporary setting- Perth, Australia. There was a mix of cultures as well- the arrival of Chinese culture in Western Australia. There was even a small trip to China in the book, which was undoubtedly my favourite part in the book.

The only thing missing, I’d say, is emotions. You know when you read fables, like the one about the greedy dog who tried to get the bone in his reflection and all- there aren’t many emotions shown. This book was like that; there are emotions, yes, but there’s a certain detached feeling from the characters that accompanies every fable, including a fantasy like this one.

The various elements of Chinese culture were beautifully shown: fighting techniques, the Great Wall episode, and especially the folk stories the MC Liz’s dad always talked about. I found all this so intriguing- I can’t wait to
visit China someday.

The action sequences were undoubtedly the best part of the book. They were so tightly sequenced and wonderfully laid out that you can imagine them in a movie. This is like the action book of kung fu, really. I enjoyed learning about the various aspects of Tai Chi- I hadn’t known there was so much behind this form.

Rating: 4/5. Overall, this is a book I enjoyed. If you love to learn about other cultures and you’re totally into action-packed books, I highly recommend this book.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I’m really looking forward to The Implosion of Aggie Winchester by Lara Zielin, which is releasing on August 4th this summer.

Summary (goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Aggie Winchester couldn’t care less about who’s elected prom queen-even if it’s her pregnant Goth-girl best friend, Sylvia Ness. Aggie’s got bigger things to worry about, like whether or not her ex-boyfriend wants to get back together and whether her mom will survive cancer.

But like it or not, Aggie soon finds herself in the middle of an unfolding prom scandal, largely because her mom, who is the school’s principal, is rumored to have burned prom ballots so Sylvia won’t be elected queen. Aggie’s own investigation makes her wonder if the election could be dirty on both sides.

I think this book’s cover is pretty unique, and the title really caught my attention. This is a summer read I’m quite looking forward to.

What are you guys waiting on this Wednesday?

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Review- Divergent by Veronica Roth

Summary (goodreads): Divergent

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

What I expected: I was actually kind of scared to read this book, because of all the hype. It just seemed too unreal that any book, especially a debut book, could garner only exciting reviews and all that attention (and a movie deal, not to mention) all before the release of the book itself.

Story

My thoughts on this book are still a tiny bit unclear. Part of me is awed at the intricacy of this book, the layering of the world that Veronica Roth has created, and yet another part of me is thinking that hey, Uglies was a tiny bit better than this.

But that’s being unfair, because Veronica Roth is a debut author and also younger, so yeah. That said, I’d never believe that this was Roth’s first book unless I actually knew it was. Her writing flows in a way similar to Delirium, only with rawness instead of poetic prose.

I actually tore through this book in half a day. It was totally addicting. And even though I haven’t read The Hunger Games, I think the two must have things in common, but let me tell you- Divergent is completely unique. It’s a world different from any I’ve read about so far. My only complaint is, how on earth can society function properly if it’s divided into five factions? We know WHY there were factions, but it doesn’t really explain why it was a good idea.

And I also follow Veronica Roth’s blog, so I’ve been rooting for this book since way before it was released. Thanks, library, for delivering me this book so unexpectedly fast! I thought it’d be a couple of months until I could read this book, but nope, I got it in only a week after its release. Awesome! Of course, I posted the review quite a bit after.

Characters

Tris (I prefer it to Beatrice; it suits her better) is SO kick-ass. She is possibly the best, bravest heroine I’ve read about, with the exception of maybe Tally Youngblood and Annabeth and Hermione.

As for Four- I have one word: love. He is SO awesome, and so tough yet vulnerable at times, he seems like a real person that I could have known. No joke. He’s awesome.

I loved all the other characters- Caleb, Christina, Will, Al, etcetera- not despite their flaws, but because of them. They were real in a way that few fictional people are, and I was practically sucked into their world while reading Divergent.

Parting Thoughts: okay, so the book lived up to its hype. I’m curious to see how it’ll be as a movie. I’m totally looking forward to the next book in the series, and damn, that cover is striking.

Rating: 4.5/5. This book was as close to perfect as anything. The raw, emotional quality of Roth’s writing made for a spellbinding read the entire time. And the simulation during the last stage- it practically stopped my heart, it was so amazing.

Buy at: Amazon

Friday, 3 June 2011

The Friday Memes (5)

Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee 🙂

This week’s question: What are you doing to prepare for an upcoming zombie apocalypse and/or the return of Mel Gibson to the silver screen? (Both of which could be terrifying.)

Answer: oh, gosh, I didn’t even know there was an upcoming zombie apocalypse :O LOL- well, I guess I’m, uh, stocking up on chocolate and getting enough books to last, and also getting as much Coke as possible JUST in case. Well, teenagers have voracious appetites, me included 🙂 As for the Mel Gibson thing- I have Netflix!

And I don’t know what’s wrong with WordPress today- I just can’t get the logo up for Crazy for Books. Did I mention that I have a family of techies who are the sole reason I even know how to post a blog? Anyhow, you can click on the link to visit her 🙂

This week’s question: Share your favorite post from the last month and tell us why it’s close to your heart!

Answer: I haven’t posted much recently, but I think my (raving) review of jesus freakz + buddha punx is my favourite. From the name of the book, I thought I wouldn’t be able to relate to it, but I was SO wrong. And I love it when you end up liking a book way more than you think you will.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Interview With Cyndi Tefft

I had a chance to review Cyndi Tefft’s (just released!) book Between– and I got to interview her, too!

Summary (goodreads):

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water’s life isn’t alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven’s siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

 

Describe yourself in three words.
Enthusiastic. Caring. Goofy. (Note: the “goofy” was contributed by my kids when I asked them to describe me!)

Now, describe Between Twitter-style- in 140 characters!
A love story between a modern-day girl who dies in an accident and the 18th century Scottish Highlander who comes to take her to heaven.

Why the love of Scotland? What was it about Scotland that enchanted you?
I fell in love with Scotland while reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. The history, the people, the culture… all of it appealed to me. I felt a connection to Scotland like it was a key that fit a lock perfectly and opened up a new side of me.

I was fortunate enough to travel to Scotland in May of last year. While in Scotland, we saw Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, the Clava Cairns (an ancient burial site), Culloden Field (where the massacre of 1746 took place), toured the Dalwhinnie whisky distillery and stayed at Dalhousie Castle (which is haunted!).

The highlight of the trip was visiting Eilean Donan Castle, the childhood home of the hero in my story. They didn’t allow photographs inside the castle, but I must have taken a thousand of the outside. Being inside the castle after spending so much time writing about it and imagining it was a dream come true.

Is your lead Lindsey anything like you?
Yes, actually, she’s very much like me. They say to write what you know and since I decided to write in the first person, her thoughts are often what I would think if I were in her position. I intentionally gave her some traits that I don’t have: she likes to cook and I am the world’s worst cook! I didn’t want her to be exactly like me, but people who know me well will recognize pieces of me in Lindsey for sure.

Self-publishing is a huge step- it requires a lot of belief in yourself, and it’s probably a LOT of work. What made you decide to self-publish instead going the regular route?
I finished the first draft of Between in about six months, then spent over a year editing it and trying to get it traditionally published. It was a very long year, full of joyous excitement and rock-bottom lows. Readers seemed to enjoy the book, but I wasn’t getting anywhere with the traditional publication route. I finally realized that agents and editors are looking at each manuscript through a critical lens whereas readers are just interested in a good story.

The characters in Between are slightly older than a typical young adult novel and the storyline doesn’t fit the mold of the romance genre, so agents would have a hard time placing it with a house. A reader doesn’t have to worry about any of that; they are just weighing whether they liked it or not.

But you are right: going the independent route is not for the faint of heart! There is no one to come along side you and tell you how it should be done. On the other hand, indie authors have control over covers, fonts, marketing and such that traditionally published authors do not. One is not better than the other (in my opinion), and I think that sentiment will become more widespread as time goes on.

What advice do you have to other aspiring authors out there?
You can spend a lot of time reading books about how to write, how to craft characters, how to build tension, etc. That’s all good and you should do that. Still, the most important thing is to sit down and write the story you want to write. Don’t worry about all that other stuff; you can learn it as you go. Have fun with it.

And when it gets hard (because it will!), remember why you started writing in the first place. It probably wasn’t to earn scads of money or to be on Oprah. It was probably because you had a story in your heart that you wanted to get down. Or maybe it was because you came up with a crazy idea and wanted to see how it would play out. Whatever the reason, let that be the fuel that keeps you going when the words fail you.

Don’t write for validation from others. Write because you enjoy it, because you want to, because you have to. If that’s not true, then rent a movie instead because being an author is not for the weak of heart. Still, if you want it, you can make it happen!

What books are currently in your reading pile?
I am currently working on a couple: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa and Lola Carlyle Reveals All by Rachel Gibson. After that, I’ll be reading Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. My To Be Read pile has about 60 books in it, most of which come from reviews posted by my friends on Goodreads. I’m a sucker for a truly romantic tale and I like happy endings.

What are you planning to write after Between?
I am about one-third of the way through the first draft of the sequel, Hell Transporter. Once Between is launched, I will turn my attention to getting it finished. Aiden’s job is to transport souls from earth to heaven, and the second book has to do with his counterpart. I’ve got a cover in mind that is similar to Between’s, but with a red flame instead of blue smoke. I think it’s going to complement the first book beautifully.

I can’t say much about the plot since I don’t want to give anything away, but the ending… oh, you’ll like that!

Thanks so much for having me!

You can also find Cyndi Tefft here:
www.cynditefft.com
www.facebook.com/AuthorCyndiTefft
www.twitter.com/cynditefft
www.goodreads.com/cynditefft
www.shelfari.com/cynditefft

Thank you, Cyndi, and I hope Between is a big success!

 

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Review- Between by Cyndi Tefft

Summary (goodreads):

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water’s life isn’t alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven’s siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

Note: I got Between as an eARC from the author- thank you, Cyndi Tefft :) Between is releasing today so go out buy this book!

What I expected: well, the hook was ‘paranormal romance’, so while I wasn’t exactly pulled in, when I read the full summary of Between, it sounded pretty intriguing and so I went into the book with lots of hope.

Story

Between turned out to be pretty good; the writing flowed naturally and I could tell that lots of research was put into the book- about Scotland, about Paris, about, well, everything.

That said, I have to say that I liked the last part more than the beginning and middle of the book. That twist made my heart wrench, but from there I was sucked into the novel much more deeply than I’d been before. Just to clear up things, though: Between does have a religious undertone to it, but it’s used to describe the MC Lindsey’s faith in her religion and as the means to show how she met the male lead Aiden. it didn’t affect my reading experience in any way.

Characters

The MC Lindsey was someone I immediately liked. She had that bubbly, bright attitude that everyone seems to love. And Aiden- swoon-worthy, although I’m not sure about the kilt or the long hair. You gotta see it to believe it, right?

What was different about Between was that Lindsey’s parents were shown in much more detail than is generally the norm in YA fiction. I guess it relates to the fact that we teenagers always think our parents have always been our parents and never had any life before that, but yeah. I didn’t like Lindsey’s mom one bit, but her dad was so sweet and caring.

Parting Thoughts: Between is a book I very much enjoyed. There were some adult concepts that were difficult for me to grasp (marriage and the like) and there was an emphasis on religion (not something that affected me), but I think this is a great book, something everyone should read if they want to read about romances, Scotland, and eternal love. Sounds interesting, right?

Rating: 4/5. I totally enjoyed this novel. Definitely keep an eye out for this book- hopefully it’ll hit a bookstore near you!

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week, I’m SO looking forward to Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, set to release this month- June 14! That’s not too far away, thankfully.

Summary (goodreads):

Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

The cover is simply BEAUTIFUL, with all the bright colours and effects. It was actually purely on the basis on the cover that I added this to my to-read list. *shrugs guility* well, YA covers really are beautiful.

What are you guys looking forward to this week?

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