Monday, September 15

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary:  On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.


Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.


My Thoughts:  Boy, oh boy have I read some amazing reviews for Falling Into Place! And while I enjoyed it, I was hoping it would be a 5 cupcake rating for me.
We are introduced to Liz who thinks she deserves to die. She’s not a perfect person, she’s made her fair share of mistakes but she thinks the world would be better off without her. Sadly, she doesn’t realize all the people that her death would affect.


I liked learning about Liz and what made her tick. I also loved the scenes with the mysterious boy. I really adored him and the way he saw Liz and her life.


I also liked seeing how her friends and boyfriend took everything. And her mom.


I liked seeing the things that lead up to her suicide attempt. What made her do it. What made her “her.”


Most of all, I loved how the story was written. I felt like I was looking inside her head the whole time, even though I was seeing things from the outside.


I thought this one was quite good, I liked learning more about everybody in the story, and I liked all the little details about gravity, motion, etc.


Overall:  I’m not sure why I didn’t give this one 5 cupcakes. As much as I enjoyed it, I felt like I couldn’t connect to the whole thing. At times, I just wanted to know the ending and didn’t really care about reading the middle. Yes, this story is about hope, and love, and it was beautiful!  


I would recommend it, a solid debut!


Cover:  Love it! Its kind of plain but in a good way! I’d pick it up in a bookstore just to see what it was about!


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Saturday, September 13

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:336


Summary:The highly anticipated third book in Kiera Cass's #1 New York Timesbestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is perfect for the fans who have followed America's whirlwind romance since it began—and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth's Divergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.


The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of IllĂ©a, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.


Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!


My Thoughts: Wow! I really adored and enjoyed this one! Or The One!


We are back with America who is still competing in The Selection to win Maxon’s heart. And of course her old flame Aspen is still around.  And the other handful of girls she’s competing with.


By this point, you may have realized how much I love this series. And The One doesn't disappoint. People have romance, people grieve, people change, people evolve.


I’m still team Maxon. I just like him more for some reason. I did feel like The One was a little bit drawn out, I felt like some of Maxon’s actions annoyed me, but overall I still like him more than Aspen.


I’m still not a big fan of his father though. And the way America deals with him is pretty mature. She doesn’t get too upset, or at least show him she’s upset. I do like his mother! I also liked the family element between America and hers. I liked hearing her thoughts about them and caring.


I want to say so much but I don’t want to give away spoilers if you haven’t started the series yet or read The One.


I could go on and on about this one but I won’t. I loved this book in the series! I think it was a little bit more drawn out than the others, not as much drama really but I still loved it.


I love the atmosphere, the characters, and all the bickering. I’m also happy about the way things ended up with America, Maxon, and Aspen. Things aren't perfect but they make sense.


Overall: Loved it! Team Maxon! I just love all the characters and the way things happen. I love seeing their reactions to certain things. I really enjoyed this one!


Cover: Like it! I always love seeing her pretty dresses! Pretty!


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Thursday, September 11

Illusions Of Fate by Kiersten White

Illusions Of Fate by Kiersten White

Release Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  288

Summary:Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.

My Thoughts:  I liked this one but I didn’t love it as much as I hoped.

We are introduced to Jessamin who just moved to Albion. She’s basically on her own and attending school. She wants an education more than anything else right now. She also holds down a job in her spare-time when she’s not studying. One day she meets a boy named Finn. Finn is cute and really sweet and Jessamin finds herself more attracted to him than she likes. But, she also thinks he’s kind of arrogant and a jerk.

Well, she ends up in his presence more than she likes at first. She’s kind of been thrust into his life and she’s none too happy about it.

She also finds out there is more to life than meets the eye and there are spells or magic. And not everyone is good who practices it.

I didn’t like Lord Downpike at all! From the first moment I met him! He totally creeped me out! But I liked Finn and I also liked how the bird could turn into a book. How cool is that?

I liked the plot of this one, and the characters and I thought it was mysterious and a little weird. It is somewhat historical but I actually enjoyed it.

It wasn’t my favorite of Whites books that I have read. I still enjoy the Paranormalcy series more but I did enjoy this one and will keep reading what she writes.

Overall: Liked it! It was a bit weird but in a good way! I really liked Finn and Jessamin together! I also liked some of the minor details as well! And I was satisfied with how everything ends!

Cover:  Love it!! I would go right for it at the bookstore! I like this cover!

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Tuesday, September 9

Kiss Of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick


Kiss Of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 224


Summary: Madeleine Kuderick’s gripping debut is a darkly beautiful and lyrical novel in verse, perfect for fans of Sonya Sones and Laurie Halse Anderson. Kiss of Broken Glass pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page.


In the next seventy-two hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for seventy-two hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.


When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for mandatory psychiatric watch. There, Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems . . . for a moment.


My Thoughts: Kiss Of Broken Glass was an interesting read! We are introduced to Kenna who cuts herself. She is in a psych ward getting help. She also meets a few others with problems of their own.


This novel is told in verse. So, we switch topics a lot and we jump around a lot.


This was a very open and interesting novel about cutting and about Kenna’s feelings.


I liked that it was in verse but I just had a hard trouble really connecting with the main character and the storyline. I finished it, and it was a very fast read for me but I felt like it just wasn’t the right read for me and that is alright!


I know a lot of people will enjoy this one and it does have a very important message!


Overall:  It was alright. Just not my type of novel. I can see where  a lot of teens will relate to this one! Even though it was unique and something I haven’t read about before, I’m only giving it 3 cupcakes because it just wasn’t “right” for me since I read more paranormals and contemps!


Cover:   Like it! Its dark and haunting and I’d definitely pick it up in the store!

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Friday, September 5

Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 432


Summary:  A powerful story of a girl who is afraid to touch another person’s skin, until the boy auditioning for Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears.


Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.


Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together... which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.


It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn't sure she's brave enough to let herself fall.


Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson, this debut novel from Rachel M. Wilson is a moving story of a talented girl who's fighting an increasingly severe anxiety disorder, and the friends and family who stand by her.


My Thoughts:  I thought this one sounded amazing!!! A girl who can’t touch people. It had such an interesting premise and something I have never read before. And a boy she likes, but can’t touch? Yes Please!


And I thought it was interesting but I just didn’t feel like I really connected to it the right way.


We are are introduced to Caddie whose parents are separated. She feels like if she can go without any skin on skin contact, maybe they will get back together. She thinks if she does one thing, something else might happen. But, if she doesn't succeed, something worse could even happen.

Caddie gets the lead in Ophelia. This is quite the task for her since it does rely on touching people. She can’t even touch her friends or the new boy Peter she likes.


Caddie suffers from severe anxiety and I felt so bad for her. I wanted it to be ok. I wanted her to be comfortable in her own skin where she could just hug someone.


I really liked Peter! He was such a nice and caring guy. But I also felt that most her friends were caring and would have understood if she had told them from the get go. I felt like they would have gotten it and helped her out.


I liked Don’t Touch but I felt like I just couldn’t connect right. At times, the novel almost seemed too long and not enough happened.


I liked the play aspect and how she wanted to be an actress. I’m happy with how things ended for Caddie. She started understanding things and accepting them.


Overall: I liked this one but I just didn’t fall in love. I’d probably give this more of a 3.5 rating. There was just something missing for me that I really needed.


All in all, I thought it was a good story but just not the absolute right one for me, at least at the time. I will definitely read more from Wilson in the future.


Cover: Like it! It fits perfectly!!!

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