Author: Kristen-Paige Madonia
Published: August 7th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Lemon and her mum, Stella, have never stayed in one place for long. Switching accommodations and schools was already a norm to her but it wasn’t something she enjoyed doing. Watching her mum switch boyfriends at every place they stopped and moving when the relationship didn’t turn out well made Lemon wonder who the adult was in their relationship. Everything changed when Lemon found herself pregnant.
She persuaded Stella to allow her to go on a road trip to San Francisco with the reason that she wanted to see the place her mother was living during the time she got pregnant with her. Inside, Lemon wanted to closure; she needed to know who her father was and what type of person he is. On the path of becoming a mother, she needed to know the other parent that has always been absent from her life. Continue reading “Book Review: Fingerprints Of You”
Author: Gregory Galloway
Published: 2015 by Speak (First published 2005 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Anna- who preferred to be called Anastasia- is dark, spooky, and mysterious. And from the moment he met her, he was mesmerized. And so began their happy yet unlikely romance.
But a week before Valentine’s Day, Anna disappears, leaving behind a dress on the frozen river and a string of unanswered questions. And as the narrator struggles to understand what happened, and put together the pieces of the last few months, the clues, codes, and ciphers begin to coalesce into a haunting reality that may implicate friends, relatives, and even Anna herself. Continue reading “Book Review: As Simple As Snow”
Author: Kathleen Baldwin
Published: May 19th 2015 by Tor Teen
It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle them in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.
After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts… Continue reading “Book Review: A School For Unusual Girls”
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Published: November 10th 2015 by Saga Press (First published February 28th 2013)
Forget the dark, enchanted forest. Picture instead a masterfully evoked Old West where you are more likely to find coyotes as the seven dwarves. Insert into this scene a plain-spoken, appealing narrator who relates the history of our heroine’s parents—a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. Although her mother’s life ended as hers began, so begins a remarkable tale: equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, this is an utterly enchanting story…at once familiar and entirely new.
“She put jasper-and-pearl combs in my hair and yanked them so tight I cried – There, now you are a lady, she said… She put me in her own corsets like nooses strangling my waist till I was sick, my breath gone and my stomach shoved up into my ribs – There, now you’re civilized, she said… She forbade me to eat sweets or any good thing till I got thin as a dog and could hardly stand I was so damn hungry – There, now you’re beautiful, she said…” Continue reading “Book Review: Six-Gun Snow White”
Author: Brittany Goodwin
Published: June 20th by Edge of 22 Publishing
Lillian was having the perfect high school life with her best friends and her boyfriend, Brad. Everything was going on so well until the day after Brad’s graduation. Brad disappeared from Lions Port and remained missing, causing Lillian to do all she can to search for him. Frantic and close to depression, she begins to learn more about Brad than she ever did during the six months they were together.
If You’re Gone is a wonderful story about high school romance, heartbreak and the fear of the unknown. When Brad went missing, Lillian was on the brink of despair. Her desire to sing vanished and she felt that her future just wasn’t important without Brad. Most importantly, she finds herself questioning God and her faith. I have no idea how it would feel when someone I love disappears with no apparent reason, but after reading about Lillian, I think I can understand how it feels. Continue reading “Book Review: If You’re Gone”
Authors: J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Published: July 31st 2016 by Little Brown UK
Albus Severus Potter is struggling with being thought as the only Potter who is thought to be entirely different from his father, Harry Potter. As he continues with his struggle and the burden his name seems to put on his shoulder, the relationship between father and son begins to fray. Harry, on the other hand is having troubles with both fatherhood and his job in the Ministry. Upon hearing a conversation Harry had, Albus takes it on himself to try right the wrong his father made but his actions might lead to terrible consequences.
Written in the form of a play and not a novel, I had every intention Continue reading “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”
Author: Tara R.
Published: May 10th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services
Chloe Reeds was just sixteen when everything in her life went wrong. Suffocating alone and on the brink of simply just giving up, she was saved by Nick Grayson, a bright and handsome guy with a perfect life. The night of their meeting gave Chloe the strength to go on but turned Nick into a guilt-infested and scarred man. One thing remained the same; both of their hearts had been filled with only each other.
Feel Me Break wasn’t another sweet romance. Although I would consider it a bittersweet romance novel, in this case, a novella. Both Chloe and Nick were scarred, but beautiful characters with loads of burden and pain in their hearts. They both had issues they had to deal with. If I had to choose which character has the most burdens to bear, I would say that it was Nick. Unlike Chloe, he didn’t choose to go for therapy like Chloe and he couldn’t forgive himself for his past mistakes. Not to mention that his parents weren’t very helpful either. Continue reading “Book Review: Feel Me Break”
Author: Heather Sutherlin
Published: April 5th 2016
Hannah, a runaway who has settled in the small town, Poulsbo, is holding a secret deep inside her. Working as an artist and searching for something to complete her current series of painting, she decided to take a short trip to a carnival set in town. There, by fate or by coincidence, she saw Archer performing his tricks. After asking him a seemingly innocent question, Hannah set into motion a series of events which will eventually lead Archer and his friend, Mo, to her. Together, they journey to find a place to shelter Hannah from the army of demons after her. Without them knowing, Archer and Hannah are already tied together more firmly than any of them would have expected. Continue reading “Book Review: A Familiar Darkness”
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published: April 24th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
The peace treaty between the Trylle in Forening and the Vittra has already been set in place, but Wendy knows she only has a little time before what little peace they have will disappear. Agreeing to a marriage with Tove, she hopes that her rule would not be contested by the Markis and Marksinna of Trylle. But King Oren has other things in mind; he found a loophole in the treaty and now he was after Trylle changelings and other Trylle communities became targets instead. Continue reading “Book Review: Ascend”
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published: March 1st 2012 by Tor (First Published November 15th 2010)
Wendy Everly knows she isn’t like other humans. Thrown into a new and incredible world of trolls, she discovers that she is a changeling and her real mother is Elora, the Queen of Trylle. But Wendy also discovers that it is her destiny to rule Trylle. Escaping from the palace, she returns to her human family and is captured by the enemy trolls, Vittra. Battered and knocked out, Wendy was brought to Ondarike where she learns more about her heritage than Elora had ever let on. There she meets the mysterious and charming Loki but there’s more to him than meets the eye. Will Wendy make the right choice for her and her feelings? Continue reading “Book Review: Torn”