Tuesday, June 30

Between Us And The Moon by Rebecca Maizel

Between Us And The Moon by Rebecca Maizel
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult

Summary: A luminous young adult novel that evokes Judy Blume’s Forever for a new generation.

Ever since Sarah was born, she’s lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But this summer on Cape Cod, she’s determined to finally grow up. Then she meets gorgeous college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl who’s older than she is. A girl like Scarlett.

Before she knows what’s happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.

Fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins are destined to fall for this story about how life and love are impossible to predict.

My Thoughts: Sarah has always been in her sisters Scarletts shadow. Everyone always seemed more interested in Scarlett. This summer, Sarah wants things to be different. The family goes to Cape Cod like most years and things are different in Sarah’s life. Her boyfriend from home has broken up with her, she wants to be more fashionable and she wants her world to be bigger than the telescope she’s used too.  She wants to step outside her comfort zone.

Sarah meets a boy named Andrew. Andrew is a few years older but she doesn’t tell him. She lies about her age. She starts to really like him and fall for him. Andrew feels the same way but at times Sarah feels a little guilty since she’s not being truthful to him.  Sarah spends the days with her family and focusing on her astronomy scholarship but most days she can’t stop thinking of Andrew so she runs off to see him.

I loved the setting and the astronomy bits. I loved hearing about the comets. I loved that Sarah was a science nerd.

I really liked Sarah as a person and I loved Andrew. At times, I felt like I was right there on the beach with Sarah and I wanted to be! I want nice weather! I want sand beneath my toes!

I really wanted to love this one! A sweet and romantic contemporary. But, I hated that Sarah lied to him about her age. This just turned me off quite a bit.  I still enjoyed the book enough to keep reading though.

Overall:  I liked it. Probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating. I just think the age thing turned me off. Not really that they were a few years apart but that she didn’t TELL him. I hated knowing he had no clue. I did love the setting though.

Cover: Like it! Looks cute and romantic.  Love the water!

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Sunday, June 28

The Leveller by Julia Durango

The Leveller by Julia Durango
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256

Summary: Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.

My Thoughts:  I wasn’t sure what to think as I started The Leveller. I don’t play video games but my boyfriend likes them! So, I wasn’t sure just how much I was going to really enjoy this one. But I was pleasantly surprised because I did like it enough and found it interesting, but weird.

We are introduced to Nixy who goes into video games and grabs the person out of them. In this reality, people who are in video games basically give themselves up to them and go into kind of a sleep mode. Its hard to explain but the book does a great job explaining it, much better than I could do.

Nixy gets an offer to go in and grab a well known guy’s kid.  The catch, everyone think he is trying to kill himself and he’s been in the game way too long.  I liked seeing Nixy go in and what she had to face to even get to him. Worst fears, scary moments, it was full of surprises. And things aren’t what they seem to be once she gets inside. There is more to the story than what she knows.

I really liked getting to know the boy Nixy goes in after. His name is Wyn and he seemed really smart and sweet both. He had a great personality and he made me laugh and smile.

I liked the plot of this one even though it was a little bit odd. At first, I wasn’t so sure about this one but I did end up liking it. And Nixy was a great character!

Overall:  I hope you give this a chance even if you don’t think its your cup of tea. I liked the plot, and the characters. I’d say this is probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating. It was odd but once you get past that its interesting and fun.

Cover:  Like it! Love the girls ponytail. I’d want to know what it is about!!!

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Thursday, June 25

Divided (Dualed #2) by Elsie Chapman

Divided (Dualed #2) by Elsie Chapman
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320

Summary: The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.

My Thoughts: I remember really liking Dualed so I was looking forward to reading the sequel Divided. And I liked it just as much.

We are back with West Grayer and her boyfriend Chord. They are more in love than ever and things have been going better for them. West is no longer a Striker and she teaches and hangs out with Chord most of the time. She does what she’s supposed to and lives her life. Until one day she’s contacted by the Government to do some dirty work for them. They want her to kill three teens to protect their kids. And in addition to this, West gets a good deal on her end. She gets a few things that are beyond priceless to her really.

I really liked this one, and I liked how when she goes after the teens things don’t go as planned. I also really liked the character of Auden. I found him to be funny and I really did like his personality.

I also liked the idea of the new weapon even though that is hecka scary! I would be scared of it for sure! I just love seeing West fight for what she wants and believes in even if things don’t always go as she hopes they will.

I don’t want to say much else but I flew through this one. Finished it in a day! It was a very fast read for me and I enjoyed it.

Overall: Is there going to be a third one or is this it? I really liked it and I think it concluded good enough. If there is another, I will read it! I really enjoyed it. Probably more of a 4.5 for me!

Cover: Like it.  It makes me want to pick it up!

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Tuesday, June 23

Emmy And Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy And Oliver by Robin Benway
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352   

Summary: Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

My Thoughts:  Oh man, I really enjoy Benway’s books. I always jump right on them! They make me happy.

I enjoyed Emmy And Oliver from the first page.  I loved getting to know Emmy and how her mind worked. I also loved getting to know Oliver as a kid and as a teenager.

When Emmy and Oliver were young, Oliver was kidnapped. By his father. The cops have spent years looking for him with no luck.  One day, Oliver takes takes things in his own hands and ends up back with his mother and her new family.  WOW! What a plot! Oliver was such a nice guy even though he’s had a rough life or at least everyone thinks so. In reality, its all Oliver has ever known. He doesn’t hate his father. Its is father!

Emmy and Oliver get thrown back together as friends and I enjoyed it. I loved seeing them get to know one another again.

I also loved all their friends and their families. I loved seeing Oliver’s sisters and I really enjoyed their childhood friends. This was such a fun and cute read. It had deeper lessons too but I stayed up all night reading because I needed to know what was going to happen.  

Overall:  I really enjoyed this one! Highly recommend if you like contemps! Cute and entertaining!

Cover: Like it! I’d pick it up to see what its about! 

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Saturday, June 20

Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride by Anna Banks
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel And Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288

Summary:  A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh

My Thoughts: This was a very fast read for me and I liked it.  We are introduced to Carly who lives with older brother. Her mom and dad are in Mexico and the two siblings are saving up money to smuggle them over the border. Carly works and keeps to herself. Until one day when she gets thrown in Arden’s world.

I loved how this happened. I didn’t love the “exact” way but I liked how he was drawn to her like he never has been to anyone before. They start talking and Carly wants nothing to do with him but after what Arden saw in Carly he knows he has to be her friend.

I really liked this one. Some parts were sad and I wanted things to be different but I really enjoyed reading about Carly’s life. Her life wasn’t perfect but she truly did love her family and wanted to do the right thing. I also liked Arden. He wasn’t what everyone expected him to be. There was a lot more depth to him.

I loved Arden’s uncle. What a character! He made the book more delightful for me just by reading about him!

This was an enjoyable read!

Overall:  This was a real fast read and I blew my way right through it. It helped that I really liked the plot and the story line! From the title I thought maybe this was a road trip book but it wasn’t. I didn’t know what to expect when I started it, but I really liked this contemp of Anna Banks!

Cover:  Love it! Its sweet and cute!

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