Monday, July 25

The Siren by Kiera Cass

The Siren by Kiera Cass
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336
Summary: Love is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

My Thoughts: Well, I’ve read the Selection series by Kiera Cass and loved it! I loved every one of those books so I was really excited to read The Siren! And I enjoyed it but The Selection was still better for me.

We are introduced to Kahlen who left her family a long time ago. Or should I say she really got torn away from them, even though it was a little bit of her choice. Kinda. Sorta. She now lives with a few other girls and every so often she must sing her heart out.  But, Kahlen can’t talk to anyone  but the ocean and the other girls. Yes, this was a bit weird. But once you get past that you really start to enjoy the story and everything behind it.

Kahlen also meets a boy named Akinli. She is drawn to him in ways she’s never been drawn to anyone else. And, she can’t even talk to him. She does find other ways to communicate with him.

This one is so hard to explain really. Its complex and complicated. But it’s also lovely and romantic. And each girl has their own voice even though they can only talk to one another. They are each so unique and great in their own way.

And Alkinli is just so sweet. And  understanding. And I liked the library and his family. This was just such a sweet story.
Overall:  I really really enjoyed this one. I also liked how it ended. It just felt right for them. This one was probably more of a 3.5 to 4 cupcakes for me. I didn’t like it as much as The Selection but I did enjoy it while reading it and had to know what would happen next.  

I’ll read anything Kiera Cass writes!

Cover: Like it!  Once again, I love the dress and how pretty everything looks.  

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Thursday, July 21

Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bow

Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe
Release Date: N/A in US yet
Publisher: Text Publishing
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288

Summary: The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life.

Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher?

No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening…

But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine?

With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way.

But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own.

Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.

My Thoughts: When I first heard of this book, I knew I had to read it! The problem, it isn't released in the US yet and has no immediate release date! I than saw it pop up on The Book Depository so I hurried up and ordered it, I didn't care that I just spent $12 on a softcover book! I wanted it that bad! The week it was supposed to come out, I got the email notifying me it was out of stock! No! I was very disappointed and had to cancel my order! I than ended up getting it from the publisher (not in the US) and put it up on the tour site! I dived right into it!

Girl Saves Boy was a wonderful novel but it felt a little short on my expectations (notice 4 cupcakes, instead of 5 that I had originally thought it would amount too). We are introduced to Sacha and Jewel. Right from the get go, you know this book is going to be intense. The opening scene Jewel is pulling Sacha out of the water because he is trying to kill himself! We find out that Jewel is originally from the town they live in but she moved away to live with her grandparents and they are both now dead so she is back to live with her mom. She did not know Sacha before she moved. He moved there shortly after.  Jewel and Sacha see each other at school and it dawns on him she is the girl who saved his life. Sacha has had a tough life, his mom died last year, he is sick and is going to die, soon....

Jewel and Sacha start an intense and heavy relationship. They really fall in love, they talk to each other, they share moments, they spend time together. Its a beautiful love story. She does not know he's going to die for a while and that just adds to the heartbreak. She goes in with her whole heart.

There are other characters throughout the story and they just enforce how sick Sacha really is and how nobody wants to face the truth. They want him to live a long life and be happy.

My favorite scene was probably when Sacha spent the night at Jewel's. Very sweet. 

Girl Saves Boy is a great novel. Its hard to believe Steph Bowe is so young!! It has a certain beauty to it that is hard to explain.

Overall:  I had a bit of trouble adjusting to some of the words. For example, realize is spelled realised in the story. I know, its because I'm from the US! It took some getting used too but I did. The ending also left me wanting to know more, and I felt like there were a few unanswered questions I really wanted to know!  I really enjoyed Girl Saves Boy and I hope you do too!

Cover: Very stunning and beautiful cover! Don't see too many with feet on them!

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Monday, July 18

Run by Kody Keplinger

Release Date: June 28, 2016
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary:   Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who's not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn't care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter -- protect her from what, Agnes isn't quite sure.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it's the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.

So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn't hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo's dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and -- worst of all -- confronting some ugly secrets.

My Thoughts: I just adore Keplinger. Everytime she releases a new book I have to read it quickly! And I really liked Run! However, Run was quite a bit different than her other novels. Which was good in its own unique way.

We are introduced to Bo Dickinson who everyone thinks is a wild child. All the Dickinsons are bad news in their town! But I really liked her from the get go. She was spunky and always stuck up for herself. We also meet Agnes Atwood. She’s the opposite of Bo. She’s a churchgoer goody goody.

Once Bo and Agnes become friends, so much happens. You would never think in a million years they’d get along but they understood each other a lot better than anyone would think!

I usually don’t like chapters that go between now and the past but this one handled it nicely. We see how their friendship grew and we saw how once they ran away how things went.  There is also a bit of a romance in Run between Agnes and a certain boy!

I liked learning how both families lived and how different each situation was.

I really liked this one. I didn’t like it quite as much as some of Keplinger’s other ones but this one is more aimed towards friends/family than a romance.  

Overall: This definitely felt different than Keplinger’s previous books but not in a bad way. I actually quite enjoyed reading about Agnes and Bo’s friendship and how things happened.  I also loved the doggy in the story. I liked seeing how the road trip went and how each girl grew up in their own way.  Liked this one. Probably more of a 3.5 for me.

Cover: I like it! I can see each girl looking like that. Its cute!

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Thursday, July 14

After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

Release Date:  September 29, 2015
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 368

Summary:  “You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future...

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

My Thoughts: I’m so glad to be back with Lou Clark! I still really like her! I just love her personality and even her clothing style.

It’s been awhile since Lou has moved to a new place and tried to start a new life. She has a new job and her life is quite a bit different. It even gets more interesting when a new teenage girl enters her life. She also goes to grief meetings and ends up meeting a cool paramedic there. Well, she met him beforehand but that’s beyond the point!

I’m so glad to be back with Lou and her family. I still really liked her mom, dad, and even sister. Lou has so much to get through and things are just so difficult for her.

I can’t say too much about this one without getting into spoilers but wanted to say I really liked this one as well. I still liked Me Before You a lot more and that hit my emotions really deep.

Overall: This was a good follow up so we can see what is happening in Lou’s life next. I’m glad she still got her somewhat happy ending, even though it wasn’t exactly what I had hoped for. I’m glad I read this one! I'd say this is probably a 3.5 cupcake rating, but I'll round it up since I gave Me Before You 5 cupcakes and I liked this one a bit less!

Cover:  Like it!! Anything by Jojo Moyes I’ll pick up!!!

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Sunday, July 10

The Crown (Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

The Crown (Selection #5) by Kiera Cass
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  288

Summary:  When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

My Thoughts: I just adored The Crown!! I just loved this whole series in general and The Crown was just as special. I was so happy to be back with Eadlyn and her family. And her guys. I still loved most of them but I got even more attached to Kile and Erik. I just loved the scenes with them.

I just love the whole background of this series. I love the setting. I love how she judges each guy and really thinks about them. I loved her friends. I loved her parents. I loved her brother. I just really really really adore this series. I want to say so much because I’m so glad on how things turned out but I know I can’t say much or I’ll give away something I shouldn’t. It’s hard to really explain this series. You either really love it or really hate it I think, as I’ve heard both.

I was glad to get to know the guys even better and the choices she had to make. It was a tough call for sure.

Overall:If you haven’t gave this series a chance, please do!! I was smiling the whole time and by the end of the book, it was hard to think of what I was going to read next. What can follow up to these?? I just feel like they are sooo beautiful and thrilling.

Cover: LOVE IT!  I think I like this dress the most out of all of them!! And the pretty background!!!   

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