Monday, July 27

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Release Date: May 26, 2015  
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

My Thoughts: I loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before last year when I read it! I devoured that book quickly and with no sleep. I stayed up until I finished it. Just loved the whole idea. So I was beyond excited for this one! I waited and waited until it was released but then it took me a while to sit down and read it.

If you haven’t read this one yet, stop right here. Don’t read any more. Especially if you haven’t read the first one! We are back with Lara Jean! Lara Jean is still dating Peter, but for real this time. I still liked Peter. There was just something sweet about him. But things aren’t smooth for her. When a video gets posted of Lara Jean in the hot tub with Peter and it looks like she’s naked, things go haywire! She’s so embarrassed and this isn’t something she would normally do ever!  

And I really did hate that Peter let his ex get away with so many things and his relationship with her. That part really irked me a lot. I still liked Lara Jean’s family and friends. I tended to almost like all of the characters.

Another boy is also in the picture. Another boy from her past. And I liked him enough but not as much as the love triangle in the first book. I don’t even know if I’d call this a love triangle. I never really felt much of a connection between him and Lara Jean.

I really did enjoy this novel quite a bit. I still wanted to read more. And I wanted to know more.

Overall: I still like Peter a lot. Some things could have been handled a bit better by him but that's okay. Nobody is perfect. I also loved the dynamic of Lara Jean and her sisters. And even the boy from the first book went okay. I really did like this one, but not quite as much as the first one! Love Lara Jean’s personality!

Cover: Like it! These covers are just so darn cute!

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Monday, July 20

All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder

All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder
Release Date: July 28, 2015  
Publisher: Point
Age Group: Young Adult

Summary: What do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn't leave, the world will end. But Emerson's world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city's quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people's wishes -- and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day -- maybe even their own.

My Thoughts:  All We Have Is Now was an interesting story. I liked it.

What would you do if you knew life as we know it was going to end? How would you spend your final moments?

An asteroid is coming at the earth. Life is about to change for most people.

For Emerson and Vince their ideal day is to spend it helping people. Vince lost his mom when he was young and he’s been out on the streets a while. Emerson left home because she didn’t get along with her mom’s boyfriend. They both have had it rough, not knowing where their next meal will come from or their next place to sleep.

Emerson and Vince run into a guy named Carl. Carl makes them realize how they want to spend their last moments. I loved how a lot of the plot intertwined together.

I really liked all the characters. Even the smaller characters we meet along the way. I also really liked Frankie, Emerson’s sister.  Loved the characters.

I also really did like the ending,though I felt like I wanted to know more. I am glad we get a glimpse into what happened but I wanted more details.

Overall: I really liked this one a lot. All We Have Is Now was an interesting one and I really liked the characters and plot. It was also a very fast read for me. Only took a few days to get through it. I liked how Schroeder did this! I liked how it was all put together.

Cover:  Love it! Love the colors and even though there isn’t too much detail, its still really cute!

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Sunday, July 19

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Poppy
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320  

Summary: Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks, this breathtaking story of love and loss is guaranteed to break your heart and sweep you off your feet.

When high school senior Kelsey's identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn't know about the tragedy is Michelle's boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can't bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.

As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can't deny that she's falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want.

My Thoughts:  Wow, did I really like this one a lot! We are introduced to Kelsey and Michelle who are twin sisters. They both are so much alike, yet so different from one another. Michelle is the one who goes through a lot of guys quickly and Kelsey has had the same boyfriend for a while.

Well, when Michelle dies one night Kelsey is left feeling so hurt and mad. She has a hard time coping and she finds solace in Michelle’s boyfriend Peter. The catch; Peter doesn’t know Michelle is dead and he believes he is talking to her. In reality, he’s talking to Kelsey now.

I really liked the plot of this one. Yes, Kelsey shouldn’t have pretended to be Michelle but it just happened and things got out of hand.

I really loved this one. I loved how things went down. I loved the relationship between Kelsey and Peter even if it was far from perfect. I just really enjoyed this one.

Overall:  A great story! Great characters and neat plot even if it was a bit weird! I raced through this one. Enjoyed it quite a bit!

Cover: Like it! I’d probably pick it up in the store if I saw it!

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Friday, July 17

Find Me Where The Water Ends (So Close To You #3) by Rachel Carter

Find Me Where The Water Ends (So Close To You #3) by Rachel Carter
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary:  Lydia has been trained into a person she might have once feared: focused, fierce, deadly. Although she never wanted the life of a Montauk Project recruit, the Project has captured someone she loves-someone she'll do anything to save.

Then Lydia glimpses a world in which the Montauk Project never existed. The Project has taken so much from Lydia already, but she knows that she will sacrifice everything to make her vision of a world without the Project a reality.

Publishers Weekly said that "readers will be hooked" by Rachel Carter's plot-twisting So Close to You series. The conspiracy theories, romance, and compelling "what if?" questions build to a satisfying series end, makingFind Me Where the Water Ends the perfect fit for the teen fans of light science fiction like The Time Traveler's Wife.

My Thoughts: Another story where I really enjoyed the first few books but then this one felt kind of slow to me. Usually its the second book in a series that is slow but the last few end books were slow for me in a few series I’ve been reading.

We are back with Lydia who is working with the Montauk Project to keep her grandfather safe. Lydia gets put on a mission with another boy and girl, and of course Wes! How nice! LOL

A lot of this one is spent out in the woods on the run trying to get away from the authorities and hoping the Project rescues them.  I really liked the new characters. They both were interesting and enjoyable people to get to know.

I also liked that we are back with Wes and Lydia and learn more about their relationship. I just wasn’t as invested in this couple this time around. I liked them, and I wanted them together but by now I just want things to be peachy!

I really liked the ending, that's what did it for me!

Overall:  I was so swept away by the first in the series and by the third I just want them together already and everything to be ok! LOL I recommend this series! I'd say this is between a 3.5 and a 4 cupcake rating for me!

Cover:  Love it! The girl just has such pretty hair! I love all the covers!

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Tuesday, July 14

Sea by Heidi Kling

Sea by Heidi Kling
Release Date: June 10, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Summary:  Still haunted by nightmares of her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father's relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder-something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother's plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn't do anything if it involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward.
But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn't think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.

My Thoughts:  I waited forever and ever to read Sea but I really liked it! We are introduced to Sienna who lives with her father. Her mother died a while back on a trip her parents took. They always do stuff for other countries, charity work and helping after tragedies. Like tsunamis, stuff like that.  

After school gets out, her father plans a trip and this time he invites Sienna along to help out. This makes Sienna excited but also fearful. She’s never really done anything like this before. She usually gets left behind.  She’s used to it.

She ends up going with her father and meets a lot of kids. I loved the little girl she meets. I also liked seeing how rough it really was over there. She had to go to the bathroom in a hole and just washing her hair was hectic. All the little things we take for granted are a huge deal in other countries, and we usually don’t think twice about them.

She also meets a boy named Deni. Man, I really liked him from the get go. He was tough yet sensitive. He lost his family and now he’s all alone.

When Deni gets word that his father might still be alive he needs to leave and see if its true. Well, Sienna is worried about him so she hatches a plan.  Man, that did not end how I expected.  What he finds is crazy yet it just fit so well. Even if things were a little weird and not what I expected, I liked it.

I really liked this one a lot. It was beautiful and interesting and I liked reading about what it was like over there and what people went through. It really opens your eyes and makes you appreciate things a little bit more.

Overall:  An enjoyable read. Makes you put things in perspective. I highly recommend this one! Don’t know why I waited so long to read it!

Cover: Love it. The cover is what originally drew me into this book a few years ago! I’m so glad I read it. Probably more of a 4.5 rating for me.

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