Monday, January 30

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Tor Teen
Age Group: Young Adult

Pages: 368

Summary: New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

My Thoughts: Okay, so another book I absolutely thought was wonderful. Oh man, Article 5 was an amazing debut.

We are introduced to Ember who lives with her mother. She never got to know her father, and her mother is considered unmarried and had a child out of wedlock and is in violation of the Moral Statutes. So, the soldiers come and take her and her mother away. Her mother gets sent to a place to await trial and Ember gets sent to a girls rehabilitation center. Of course, there is a boy thrown into the story too. Chase. Chase used to live next door to Ember before he joined the War and became a soldier. She really cared for that boy.

As Ember is thrown into the rehabilitation center, she never loses her spirit. She knows she must find her mother and get them to a safe place. She must not let the soldiers run her whole entire life. She has to keep hope and wish things get better.

Ember remembers what the world used to be like, where she could go outside and walk around and not have to worry about things. She could buy clothes, and eat food, and not have to worry about people trying to steal it right off her back.

The relationship between Ember and Chase was romantic. We see flashbacks of how things used to be between them. I could tell that even though Chase had to act all tough at first, he was still a good guy and really cared deeply about Ember. I don’t think his feelings ever really changed for her.

I hated the soldiers. Almost every soldier is mean, annoying, and corrupt.

I’m sure different people will have different perceptions of this novel. There are a lot of dystopians coming out so it’s difficult to find the best ones out there and not compare them. Article 5, in my opinion was pretty darn great. But, it also focuses a lot on the romance part so if your not into that, you may not like this one as much. There were a lot of different things happening, but for me, the romance was the most sweetest part.

Ember is on the run most of the novel. She’s trying to get to the carrier and find her mother. Ember and Chase do make a good team.

I couldn’t believe the twists in this book. I should have seen a few of them coming, but I didn't. Things were such a shock for me. I felt for the characters. I wanted good things for Ember. She wedged her way into my heart, and I wanted to see her happy all the way from the very first page.

Overall: I really loved this one. I loved all the characters. I loved the sequence of events. I loved the relationship between Chase and Ember. Granted, neither of them are perfect but they were a perfect team and had each other’s backs. I loved the setting. I loved how Simmons built up this really horrible detailed world and how I felt like I got the chance to live in it for a few hours. Definitely opened my eyes up to how it could be. For Ember and Chase, cars were rare, clothes were basically rags, and food was hard to come by.

Cover: The cover is cool! It’s a lot of lighter colors but I like the way the girl and guy are on the cliff looking out over the city.

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Friday, January 27

Forbidden by Syrie James

Forbidden by Syrie James And Ryan James
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 411

Summary: Syrie joined forces with her talented son Ryan to co-write her next novel, Forbidden. The book is about a 16-year-old girl who comes into unusual powers, only to discover that she's half-angel... and her entire existence is forbidden.

Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson Academy as the ideal hiding place where he could escape and be normal for once. He hadn't factored Claire Brennan into his plans...

Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the threat to Claire's life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her?

My Thoughts: This book took me a little longer to read than I thought it would. I figured I'd race right through it, but it took me almost 5 days to read, that is a record for me!

We are introduced to Claire who is in high school and lives with her mom. Her dad left a long long long time ago and she knows nothing about him.  Claire and her mom move around a lot. When I say a lot, I mean A LOT. She never really has much time to make friends or fit in anywhere. Finally, they end up in a town where she actually makes friends. And best friends is what they are. They have been in this town for two years now.

She also attends Emerson Academy which is basically a private school.  She has had a crush on someone for 2 years now and he is just starting to notice her.

Of course it would be after she starts having psychic powers, visions. How convenient, right?

At first Claire doesn't understand any of it, what is going on with her.  She has been awakened because of puberty.

Of course, there is another guy thrown into the mix. His name is Alec and he is also special. Claire feels such a special bond with him and starts falling for him... But..... this is forbidden.

Throughout the book, it did drag a little bit and I wanted some action to start happening. Its 400 pages so about halfway through I wanted some major stuff to start happening. And it does eventually. And I was satisfied.

I really enjoyed reading Forbidden. I haven't read many books about angels, even though I want to read more. I really did like Claire and her friends. Alec had his ups and downs.

Overall: I enjoyed reading it. Would it be a 5 cupcake book to me? Probably not. It is quite long with not much really happening. I still enjoyed it a lot, but wouldn't go down as one of my very favorites that I would read over and over again. Overall, it was a fun and creative angel book. I need more angel books to compare it too!

Cover: Like it. Like the blue colors. I didn't notice the wings at first, until I really looked.

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Thursday, January 26

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Summary: Can a twelve-step program help Sadie kick her unrequited crush for good? Abby McDonald serves up her trademark wit and wisdom in a hilarious new novel.

Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly onesided. The object of her obsession - ahem, affection - is her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie's feelings ever since he sauntered into her life and wowed her with his passion for Proust (not to mention his deep-blue eyes). For two long, painful years, Sadie has been Garrett's constant companion, sharing his taste in everything from tragic Russian literature to art films to '80s indie rock - all to no avail. But when Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder - until he calls to say he's fallen in love. With some other girl! A heartbroken Sadie realizes that she's finally had enough. It's time for total Garrett detox! Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized selfhelp guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.

My Thoughts: A 12 step program to get over a guy? This is my kind of book! Oh, where was this book when I was a teen? Being in love with your best friend when he's constantly got a girlfriend? Yep, been there, done that.

We are introduced to Sadie (cool name) who is best friends with a boy named Garrett Delaney. She's been obsessed with him for 2 years waiting for him to open his eyes and finally notice she's the one for him. Of course, he always has a new girlfriend and she loyally plays the girl sidekick always giving him advice.

After not getting into a literary camp while Garrett does, after his call to reveal his love for yet another girl, Sadie is determined to get over this boy. She must. She has to find herself. How much of her personality is based solely on this guy?

She gets a job at a coffee shop, meets a bunch of new friends, takes up with her old friend Kayla, and starts putting her 12 step program into action. Even her newly found friends help her purge Garrett out of her life for good.

She ignores his calls, texts, emails, and tries to focus on everyday tasks and having fun.

There is also a cute chef who works there named Josh. Josh and Sadie are just friends. I knew from the get go, I was going to like Josh. He was a funny goofy kind of guy. He didn't put the moves on Sadie, he understood what she was going through.

With the help of her friends, she finally starts to learn who she is, and that she doesn't just love everything she thought she did, because of Garrett.

I wanted to hate Garrett but I didn't exactly hate him. But thinking about how some of the little things he did were jerky, I am kind of irritated with him. I mean, some of his actions, really stunk.  Yes, at the beginning I wanted him to open his big fat eyes and see how much she loved him and realize maybe he felt the same way, but by the time he even halfway came to his senses, I was so over Garrett and into Josh.

As for Sadie, I loved her personality. She was very spunky. Her personality was so easy to relate too. The writing just flowed and flowed, and I finished this within a few hours!

Getting Over Garrett Delaney was a great contemporary novel. This is exactly the right book for anyone who has a crush on their best friend especially when they don't feel the same way. This book is exactly what you need to read if your in the mood for a funny but full of lessons novel.

Overall: A Great novel! Abby McDonald is an author to read. I always find her books to be so cute and funny and marvelous! Loved this book! Can't wait to read whatever she writes next!

Cover: Love it! Love how she is laying down with a book over her head. She looks frustrated! I also love how her feet are up against the wall. The cover alone has the word awesome written all over it!

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Tuesday, January 24

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Fracture by Megan Miranda
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272

Summary: Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.

My Thoughts: This is one of the best books ever! Oh my gosh, it was that good. I loved every minute of it. From the first page, it sucked me right in. I had to know more, I had to read more, I had to keep going.

We are introduced to Delaney Maxwell. Since she was a little kid, she's had a best friend/next door neighbor named Decker. Decker was one of the sweetest guys on the planet. I loved and adored him.

Delaney and Decker do everything together so its not surprising that on one winter day they go to meet up with their friends and cross the frozen lake to get there. It's not surprising they goof off as much as they do and Delaney takes an accidental fall. But, Decker is already half way across the lake. The ice breaks and Delaney falls through. Right into the ice cold water. And dies. For eleven whole minutes.

We are swept away and end up in her hospital room. Delaney is hooked up to machines and barely alive. She's been out cold, hooked on a ventalitor for 7 long days. Those 7 days, Decker barely leaves her side. Delaney wakes up and she recovers pretty well. Doctors don't understand it, how can this girl die for eleven minutes, wake up and just be okay? According to the MRIs she should have major brain damange and not be fuctional. Her family is just happy she's alive.

Delaney goes on with her life and meets a mysterious boy named Troy. Troy understands Delaney since he's been through a horrific event himself. As she gets to know him, she learns more about him and what his problem is.

What can I possibly say? About 50 pages in, we start to believe there is going to be a major love triangle going on, there really isn't. I knew the whole time whose Delaney's heart really belonged too. Troy isn't who we really think he is. He's somewhat dangerous if you really think about it.

Fracture was an intense debut. The people who died, and the people who lived, I really didn't see the deaths coming. I really didn't. I was surprised and found myself sad through most of it. Is it nature? The way things are supposed to be? The chain of events? The effects it has on us?

I also liked how it was set around wintertime. Even though I read Fracture near fall, I still felt like I was walking across the frozen pond and driving down the snowy road.

I loved all the characters. I loved her friends. I loved her relationship with Carson, her relationship with Deckor, even to an extent I liked learning about Troy and seeing her explore that relatoinship.

Fracture was a great novel. It had romance, mystery, happiness, sadness, friendship. It had everything to make a perfect novel.

Overall: Hands down one of the best novels I've read all year. This is a book you should read as soon as possible. Keep some tissues handy. I loved it. Beautifully written and a spectatulcar story.

Cover: Love it. It fits perfectly and I like the blueness of it. I even like the trees in the background.

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Monday, January 23

Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288

Summary: For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won't comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds.

The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife. . . Eloise's aunt Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, desperate to end the only threat to his reign. Now Eloise must become the rescuer. Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, she must forge alliances with other Fae, including a gorgeous protector named Lucas, and Strahan's mysterious son, Eldric—who may or may not betray them.

My Thoughts: Stolen Away is told in two different prospectives. First, we have Eloise whom the book is about. Than we have her best friend Jo who falls for the bad guy. A guy who is supposed to be against Eloise.

Eloise has spent her whole life with a glamour hosted on her to protect her from the world of fairy but over time it wears off and now she's likely to being seen.

Her aunt has been the faery queen for many years and her husband is looking for a new wife. Someone in the same family line. Her aunt is the only one who can break it.

Eloise gets kidnapped and than goes after the king, to take him down.

With the help of Lucas, who is sexy by the way and Eldric who is the king's son she goes on her way to freeing her aunt and destroying the king's reign. She must enlist other fae to help her fight a long the way.

Honestly, this one sounded really great and I enjoyed reading it a lot but it still wasn't as great as The Iron Knight. I think that is probably my favorite book based on fairies. It would be very hard to top that series though.

Stolen Away didn't have a lot of depth, half the time I wasn't sure quite what was going on and I had to sit back and think, so what just happened? It was a really good book but just not as great as other fairy books out there.

Overall: I enjoyed reading it a lot but not a 5 cupcake fairy book in my eyes. Would I recommend it to other people? Sure. Could it become a series? Sure, but I think it would be better as a stand alone and if the ending was just left alone.

Cover: The cover is gorgeous, has a lot of colors.

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Sunday, January 22

Mercy Lily by Lisa Albert

Mercy Lily by Lisa Albert
Release Date: October 8, 2011
Publisher: Flux
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 240

Summary: A poetic, moving story about a teen who must make an unimaginable choice
Mom has slowly been losing herself to MS. After traditional treatment fails, she takes bee sting therapy, administered by Lily, to alleviate her pain. Lily is trained as a veterinary assistant, so she can easily handle the treatments. What she can't handle is what happens when the bee sting therapy fails and it becomes clear that Mom wants to die.
One beautiful spring day, Lily's mother asks her for the most impossible thing of all—mercy. They live in Oregon, where the Death with Dignity Act allows a patient to make the decision to end their own life.
While navigating first love, friendship, and the other normal worries faced by high school sophomores, Lily also has to choose: grant Mom's request, or cling to Mom's fading life for all it's worth.

My Thoughts: I kind of didn't want to even read this book because I knew it was going to be sad. But every once in a while, we need to read books that shed some light on subjects and really effect us. That make us feel things and make us want to cry.

That was how Mercy Lily was for me. A few friends recommended it to me so I decided I would read it.

We are introduced to Lily who is a trained veterinary. Her mom was also a veterinary. She lost her father a few years ago and it's just been her and her mom since.

Her mom has MS and Lily is only 14 years old. This is far too young to have to deal with this stuff. Her mom wants Lily to help end her life. She was also giving her mom treatment for MS by bee stinging. She would actually catch and collect the bees and sting her.

There are also a few other characters throughout the book, like Jed. Jed was the neighbor man and then there are Lily's friends. I liked most of her friends and I thought Jed was an interesting character. He actually did care about her.

I finished this book even though at times I didn't like where it was headed. It really bothered me she had to go through so much at a young age. Part of me thinks her mom was selfish for asking Lily to do this instead of getting professional care. I understood that Lily would do anything for her mom but why did Lily's feelings not get taken into account?

This book was just ok for me. Yes, it was heartbreaking and I got emotional a few times but I didn't love the story like I hoped. This is such a great story but I had trouble connecting with the characters like I wanted too.

Overall: Probably more of a 3.5 for me. It wasn't a bad book, will probably just be a hit or miss with fans of books that are based on sick characters. Yes, I felt frustrated at times for Lily but I also wanted to finish so I could read something more "happy." I usually just don't read books like these. Maybe you'll like it more than me.

Cover: I do like the cover! It's very pretty.

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Friday, January 20

Truth (XVI #2) by Julia Karr

Truth (XVI #2) by Julia Karr
Release Date: January 19, 2012
Publisher: Speak
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320

Summary: Nina Oberon’s life has changed enormously in the last few months. When her mother was killed, Nina discovered the truth about her father, the leader of the Resistance. And now she sports the same Governing Council–ordered tattoo of XVI on her wrist that all sixteen-year-old girls have. The one that announces to the world that she is easy prey to predators. But Nina won’t be anyone’s stereotype. And when she joins an organization of girls working within the Resistance, she knows that they can put an end to one of the most terrifying secret programs the GC has ever conceived. Because the truth always comes out...and the consequences can be deadly.

My Thoughts: Nina has so much more to deal with in Truth than XVI! Her grandfather has committed a crime (is it really), her grandma is in the hospital, Dee is almost a teenager, her boyfriend Sal is never around, she might have feelings for another guy, and on top of that she still has to deal with the FELS and the never ending problems there.

Nina has quite the hectic life going on. She finally has her tattoo and boys think she is now available and can be taken to their liking.  

Nina is much more stronger in Truth. She's grown into a nice, caring, strong, empowered women who will fight for what she believes in. She can easily stand on her two feet and not let others take advantage or persuade her.  

Nina starts to find out more about how corrupt the government really is. She has to keep her motivation going strong and keep her friends and family safe. She must do the right thing, even if it doesn't always feel right and sometimes seems wrong.

The twists and turns keep me entertained. The ending, gah. I really want another book right now!

Overall: I really enjoyed Truth. It wasn't quite a favorite of mine (no 5 cupcake) but it was definitely up there on the good factor. I really thought Nina grew up and finally had her head on completely straight. She is such an intelligent girl. She understands things can't be sugarcoated and she gets it, meaning life.

I really liked Truth and can't wait until Karr's next book!

Cover: I think I like the cover of this one more than of XVI.  I like the white slants going through her face. These covers are pretty cool!

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Thursday, January 19

Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Try Not To Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Release Date: January 19, 2012
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272

Summary:Learning to live is more than just choosing not to die, as sixteen-year-old Ryan discovers in the year following his suicide attempt. Despite his mother’s anxious hovering and the rumors at school, he’s trying to forget the darkness from which he has escaped. But it doesn’t help that he’s still hiding guilty secrets, or that he longs for a girl who may not return his feelings. Then he befriends Nicki, who is using psychics to seek contact with her dead father. This unlikely friendship thaws Ryan to the point where he can face the worst in himself. He and Nicki confide in one another the things they never thought they’d tell anyone—but their confessions are trickier than they seem, and the fallout tests the bound of friendship and forgiveness.

My Thoughts: When I started this novel, I wasn't sure what I was in for? I don't normally like reading books based on a males perspective, as I've said time and time before. I have a problem connecting for some reason.

Try Not To Breathe was a sensible beautiful novel. I really felt like I understood exactly what Ryan was going through. He made it all so clear. He made me feel what he felt.

He tried to kill himself by locking himself in a garage and turning the car on.  He had to go to a mental hospital to get better. While, he was there he met Val and Jake who also have their own problems.

He finally gets out and goes back home to his parents. One day he's down at the waterfall swimming and he runs into a guy's sister he knows. He can't even remember her name. He does eventually find it out and her name is Nicki. Nicki has a lot of questions, she wants to know why her father killed himself. She wants to know what he felt and what made him do it, what lead up to that point, and she believes that Ryan can help her.

Nicki and Ryan become friends, and they share experiences with each other, including visiting psychs.
I really liked Nicki as a character. She is younger than Ryan but she wasn't really immature. She understood him, she never made fun of him, or thought of him as crazy just because of what he has been through or what he's done.

Try Not To Breathe was a really good book. It is short, a little under 300 pages but it’s a remarkable novel. I felt like I really knew Ryan. I felt like I could be friends with him and try to help him get better and want to live.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. Characters were great. Even the Male POV was great. I also liked Nicki's personality, she just fit with Ryan. She never cared what anyone else thought about her, and she believed in herself. She wanted answers, and she wanted them bad enough to go to someone she didn't really know.
And Ryan, was a pretty brave realistic character. All in all, Try Not To Breathe was a breath taking and lovable novel. It had depth and it made you want Ryan to live forever and ever. I wanted him to get better and I liked seeing him on his journey to improving his mind and health.

Cover: Love it! I've actually seen both covers, and I like them both. Both are emotional in their own way.

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Tuesday, January 17

Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani

Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary: When Shalini’s father gets a new job in L.A., she is torn away from her life in India and the boy to whom she’s been betrothed since she was three. L.A. is so different, and Shalini dresses and talks all wrong. She isn’t sure she’ll survive high school in America without her fiancé, Vikram, and now she has to cope with her mom’s homesickness and depression. A new friend, chill and confident Renuka, helps Shalini find her way and get up the courage to join the Food4Life club at school. But she gets more than just a friend when she meets Toby—she gets a major crush. Shalini thinks she loves Vikram, but he never made her feel like this.
In Lovetorn, Shalini discovers that your heart ultimately makes its own choices, even when it seems as if your destiny has already been chosen.

Author Kavita Daswani has always been fascinated by child marriages and betrothals, and this story of a traditional girl from India, who is exposed to so many more freedoms and experiences after being dropped in a completely alien culture, is a fresh and contemporary look at the subject.

My Thoughts: When I first heard about Lovetorn, I honestly didn't know if it would interest me or not. It didn't sound like anything I had read before but it was also about a culture I didn't know much about.

But hey it's published by HarperTeen and you can't go wrong with that, right? Did I hear you agree? Yes?

We are introduced to Shalini who has just moved to the United States from India with her father, mother, and little sister. Shalini isn't used to living with only three people. Back at home, she lived with almost 40 people. There was always someone around doing dishes, chatting, or just in the background making noise. This is so different from what she is used too.

Shalini starts a new school and right away realizes she doesn't fit in. The way she talks, the way she dresses, the way she acts isn't like these American girls. She feels like an outcast. Not only that but her sister is adapting really well and that tugs at Shalini a little bit. She wants to fit in. She wants to feel like she belongs.

Shalini also misses her fiance Vikram. She's been engaged to him since she was 3. How is she going to spend 2 years away from him? This seems impossible.

In time, Shalini makes a new friend Renuka who helps her realize there is more to life than what other people think of you. Shalini starts to be her own person and stops caring what others thinks. She gets involved in a charity project and really helps out. She feels useful. She starts to feel good about herself again.

She only wishes her home life was that great. Her mother is taking a fall. She's depressed. She misses India, she's not herself. She gets put on medication, sees a therapist, nothing helps.

Shalini doesn't know what to do and tries to cope with things day to day.

She also meets a boy. He's a talented flute player and helps with the charity event. She starts to develop feelings for him and starts to question her relationship with Vikram.

Need I say more? Read the book now.

Overall: Honestly, I was a little hesitate going into this book not knowing if I would like it or understand it. Yes, there is a lot of Indian lingo, but I understood it perfectly. It all flowed just right. I really liked reading about Shalini's traditions and I liked reading more of her story. I wasn't sure which boy I wanted her to end up with but this was a realistic novel. No vampires, fairies, or werewolves. Just plain old simple boys. They weren't perfect, they weren't fighting over her, they were real.

I really enjoyed reading Lovetorn. Family was the most important focus in this book, with some relationships thrown into the mix. Culture also came into play. Lovetorn was just what I was in the mood for and if you like these type of books, you won't be disappointed.

Cover: Really like it. It fits. They also don't have completely white skin so its realistic. We also can't see their faces which I like so I can imagine them to look the way I want.

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Monday, January 16

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
Release Date: January 16, 2012
Publisher: Graphia
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 204

Summary: I had the dream again. The one where I’m running. I don’t know what from or where to, but I’m scared, terrified really.

Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. But in the short time he has left there’s one thing he can do: He can try to help the people he loves live—even though he never will.

It’s probably hopeless. But he has to try.

My Thoughts: We are introduced to Austin who is 17 years old. He is trying to be as happy as he can be, and undo all the wrongs in his life. He's trying to make everything right with people before he goes. He has leukemia and knows he doesn't have much time left. His mom wants him to keep fighting and go through another round of chemo but he just feels its time to enjoy his last moments and not be sick during them.

Over the course of a few days, he goes around and tries to fix things. First he goes to his best friend Kaylee's house to get her to help him, to drive him around. They have been best friends since they were kids and he's secretly in love with her.  
He goes to his friends parents house, his friends houses, his dad's house, his grandma's house, parties, romantic journeys, to overcome the fear to face his greatest fears, etc. He wants to spend the next few days talking to people, trying to make them realize how important  life is and how they  can help theirs.

I'm going to stop there. This is a book you have to read to really "feel" it. I knew he was going to die, but all along I just wanted him to get better. I wanted him to spend the next 50 years telling Kaylee how much he loved her. I wanted to see him experience happiness. Yet, I still cried throughout the novel.

Overall: I really enjoyed Never Eighteen. I didn't know much going into it, except it seemed like it may be a sad story. I did enjoy it, but I try to stay away from books that I know might not have a happy ending.

Cover: Like it! Love the car!

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