Sunday, November 29

Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Poppy
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  256

Summary: On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.

My Thoughts: I have a habit of really loving Jennifer Smith books!! But this one, I just liked it. For some reason I had a hard time connecting to either Clare or Aidan.

Clare and Aidan have been dating for a while. But, now both are leaving for college. Nowhere near each other. So, Clare decides it’s best if they part ways. Well, on their last night together she has a list of things she wants to do, or places to visit and relive their relationship.

I enjoyed seeing some of the places they go. I enjoyed their banter and I enjoyed seeing how they got past everything and decided it would be best to just part ways. No real hard feelings, just their high school relationship.  I also liked getting to know some of their friends.

And, I liked how Aidan does come to terms with his family situation. I liked how each grew throughout the story, or really throughout the night.

Overall: This one just seemed fast to me, or maybe even slow. Maybe it’s because it takes place so fast. It’s not like it’s over months time and we get to know the characters very well. It’s just so sudden. I did like this one enough but it just wasn’t my favorite of Smith’s books, and that’s ok! Hopefully I do enjoy the next one better!  This one is probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating  for me!

Cover:  Like! I do love how each person is standing and the cutest of it. It’s super cute! 

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Friday, November 27

Stray (Four Sisters #1) by Elissa Sussman

Stray (Four Sisters #1) by Elissa Sussman
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 384

Summary: I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure what to think as I started this one. I had heard both good and bad things about it. I actually really enjoyed it.

We are introduced to Aislynn who grew up believing she’d someday be a Princess who marries and leads a life of power and beauty. Well, things backfire for Aislynn and because of her magic she ends up doing the opposite. She becomes a fairy godmother instead. Talk about living in the shadows.  It’s not all bad but it’s nothing like being a princess. Aislynn knows there are still worse fates out there though so she tries to embrace it the best she knows how.

We also meet a boy. Oh, a sweet and charming boy. His name was Thackery and I really liked him from the moment we meet him! He has so many secrets of his own.

Being a fairy godmother is a pretty boring life really. You can’t date or marry or do much else. You have to monitor another princess and take care of her making sure she has what she needs and wants.

Of course, thing aren’t so simple. A lot of secrets are out there and Aislynn gets herself into quite a bit of trouble. Even though it’s really not her fault but she’s just kind of thrust into it and there is no easy way out.

Honestly, I feel like if I say much, I’ll give away too many plot points.

Overall:  I really did like this one a lot! I can’t wait until I get the chance to read the next in the series! I really was rooting for all the characters. And yeah some sad moments throughout the novel but mostly I liked it!

Cover:  Love it! I’d want to know what it was about!

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Tuesday, November 24

Rules For 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

Rules For 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary: A heartrending but ultimately uplifting debut novel about learning to accept life's uncertainties; a perfect fit for the current trend in contemporary realistic novels that confront issues about life, death, and love.

Seventeen-year-old Rose Levenson has a decision to make: Does she want to know how she’s going to die? Because when Rose turns eighteen, she can take the test that will tell her if she carries the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease, the degenerative condition that is slowly killing her mother. With a fifty-fifty shot at inheriting her family’s genetic curse, Rose is skeptical about pursuing anything that presumes she’ll live to be a healthy adult—including going to ballet school and the possibility of falling in love. But when she meets a boy from a similarly flawed genetic pool, and gets an audition for a dance scholarship in California, Rose begins to question her carefully-laid rules.

My Thoughts:  I wasn’t sure what to think as I started Rules for 50/50 Chances but I enjoyed it.

We are introduced to Rose who has been watching her mother deteriorate pretty fast.  Her mother has the early onset of Huntington Disease and it seems to be getting worse over time. Sometimes she’ll seem okay, others not so much. Rose is so scared she also has this gene. She wants to live her life to the fullest but it's hard for her. She wants to go to ballet school and have a successful career.

Rose meets a boy named Caleb. His family also suffers from another genetic curse. Sickle Cell. He knows the heartbreak and trouble of living with people with a genetic disease. I loved Rose and Caleb’s relationship. It started off slow and picked up! I loved the moments with him and seeing them together.

I really felt for Rose. I would want to know too if I carried the gene. It would drive me crazy watching my family deal with things hers did and not knowing.

Rules For 50/50 Chances was a really wonderful debut. The ending. wow. I don’t know if I’d agree with happened but I try to see things from both sides.

Overall: I did enjoy this one. I think at times, I wanted to know how it was going to end right away but I made my way there even though I wanted to skip ahead! HAHA!

Cover:  Like it! I’d probably pick it up! Made me wonder what is about. 

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Wednesday, November 18

Prophecy (Dragon King #1) by Ellen Oh

Prophecy (Dragon King #1) by Ellen Oh
Release Date:  January 2, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320

Summary: The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope...

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

My Thoughts: I had this one on my TBR pile for quite a long time. I wanted to get to it but I had heard so many good and bad things both.

We are introduced to Kira who protects the Prince and is the only female in the King’s army. It helps that she’s related to them all! Kira was such a hero! She loved and protected her family with everything she had. Even, the few who didn’t exactly deserve it.

Kira is sent out on a mission with the Prince and it’s her job to protect him. They run into so many bad situations. They go through real heartbreak and things are just so tough. They also meet a few friends along the way who I really liked.

There is also a prophecy that a lot of people believe in. And, Kira has some doubts but it’s hard not to believe it when things are thrown in your face.

I really liked Kira’s brother. He was always there and always thinking about Kira. I also loved The Prince! What a sweet sweet young man.

However, I did like this one but I didn’t love it. I will read the next one in the series to see what happens next since this does end on a somewhat cliffhanger.

Overall:  It took me a while to get through this one. I did like it but I didn’t love it. I did like the characters but things just happened too slowly for me. Or things were drawn out too much maybe.

It just took me some time to actually read it!  I’d say this is probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating for me!

Cover:  Like it! I’d want to know what it’s about!  Like the colors! 

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Monday, November 16

Reign Fall: Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen

Reign Fall: Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Publisher:  Createspace
Age Group:  Young Adult
Pages:  282

Summary:   Prophesies, demon slayers, dragons, homework... It's going to be a hell of a week! It's been a dangerous ride for Nikki Donovan since she first learned she's a demon princess. And the ride isn't over yet! She's just found out that her best friend is a demon slayer in training, one who doesn't know that Nikki is exactly the prey she's sworn to hunt. Nikki's demon king father has signed her up for lessons on how to master her erratic half-demon powers, and that's on top of her regular homework! Also, she's torn between two boys-Rhys, the faery king she's prophesied to marry, and Michael, a Shadow whom she's forbidden to love. To top it all off, a dark force is haunting Nikki, something mysterious and evil that wants the demon princess dead...but who-or what-is it? Reign Fall is Book #3 in the Demon Princess series.

My Thoughts:  Wow. I read the first two in this series a while ago, and I didn’t even know there was a third one out until I stumbled upon it one day.

We are back in the world of Nikki Donovan who is a Demon Princess! If you recall, Nikki has dealt with a lot. From prophecies to her love life, things have been hectic. And she also has to keep it a secret from her bestie that she’s a demon princess. Heck, her mom doesn’t even know!

In this one, Nikki learns more about who she is and what she is supposed to do and is capable of. She also has two love interests. First there was Michael, a shadow from her dad’s world. I still really like Michael even if he is dealing with a lot of stuff. Than, there is Rhys. Rhys is the faery king she’s prophesied to marry. WOW. I still really love both boys.  I crave scenes with them both. It’s so hard to choose! Michael, there is always a pull towards him and than Rhy’s. He’s so funny and charming.

Man, Nikki deals with a lot in this one. She has to deal with her best friend becoming a demon slayer and then trying to keep her mom out of the loop.

WOW. Just Wow !

Overall:  I had a hard time getting into this one. I laughed at the beginning but it took me a while to get through the first half of the book. But boy once I was hooked, I devoured that second part of the book. And it left me wanting the next book in the series and it doesn’t have a release date yet. I need to know what happens! WOW. I just need to know!!!! I really enjoyed this series so much and they keep getting better and better!

Cover:  Love it! Love all these!

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