Wait for Me – Review

You all know by now how I love World War II novels, especially historical romance. When I saw Wait for Me on Instagram a few months ago, I knew I had to give it a try. I had never before read a YA historical romance, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I mostly hoped it would not be a cheesy rendition of a love story.

Lorna Anderson is a young Scottish girl who helps with a variety of things on her father’s farm after her brothers leave for the war. When a previously injured German prisoner of war is assigned to work on their farm, Lorna is disgusted. How is she expected to work alongside the enemy her brothers are fighting? As Lorna reluctantly begins working with Paul, she comes to see him as a human instead of an enemy.

While this book did not have a lot of the grittiness of the WWII novels I’m used to, it still gave an accurate depiction of war affecting every aspect of people’s way of life. The food and clothing rations would be a challenge for our spoiled society of today, which allows readers to experience some of the difficulty of the unfamiliar situations. Caroline Leech’s strongest attribute in this story is showing readers the humanity in war. Just because someone was from Germany, even fighting for Germany, did not mean they believed in the cause they were fighting for. Sometimes the “enemy’s” actions are based solely upon survival. In Paul’s case, he was simply another man fighting for his life. When people abandon their humanity to be cruel to the other side, they show that hate is the true enemy in the war and world.

Wait for Me would be a great introduction to the genre of historical romance for young readers. It is a clean novel, an easy read, and allows readers to experience some of the conflicting feelings many would have felt during wartime without overwhelming with too much of the gore and evil of the era.

While the story was not quite as polished as I would hope for, it was still a solid and endearing novel worth reading. I would give this book 3.5 stars for the execution, leaning more towards 4 stars for the message the story conveyed. Overall, it was an enjoyable read (luckily, not cheesy at all) I would recommend to lovers of YA and historical fiction.

FUN FACT: Caroline Leech is from Scotland, but currently resides in Texas. Such a small world! There are so many authors in my home state. 

Happy Reading,
♥Ashley

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Thirteen Reasons Why – Review

IMG_9700.editedThirteen Reasons Why is definitely not your typical young adult novel. When I heard it was adapted for a tv show and would release soon, I saw this is as an opportunity to finally read the novel.
Clay Jensen comes home from school to find a strange package waiting for him. It only has his address but not the return address written on it. Inside he finds a bunch of recorded cassette tapes from Hannah Baker – the Hannah Baker who committed suicide only two weeks earlier. On the cassette tapes Hannah explains there are thirteens reasons why she killed herself – Clay is one of them.

It is really difficult for me to find the right words to express my feelings. On the one hand, the story didn’t completely blow away my mind as I hoped it would, but on the other hand it is still a great book with such a strong and important message for all of us. Continue reading “Thirteen Reasons Why – Review”

Crossed – Review

Note: This review may contain spoilers for those of you who haven’t read Matched yet.

img_8196-editedKy was taken away by the Society. After discovering that he has been brought to the Outer Provinces to fight against the enemy, Cassia risks everything to find him. But the way to the Outer Provinces is dangerous and Cassia needs help. She joins forces with an Aberration girl who is set on finding the rebellion. But is the girl trustworthy? And does the rebellion even exist? And will she ever be reunited with Ky again? Continue reading “Crossed – Review”

A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Review

img_8166-editedThe other day my friend and I were browsing through the book shop. Since that morning we were talking about being the “quiet” ones – just normal introvert talk, if you know what I mean. Then all of a sudden my friend said “Look!” and pointed to that pretty pinkish-golden book cover with the white writing: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. What were the odds of us finding a book with “quiet” in the title? I picked it up and read the blurb. I was immediately intrigued by the storyline and decided to buy it right then and there – as was my friend. I couldn’t wait to start with this book because the plot seemed so different than any other book I’ve read. And no, it’s not “another introvert book” if that’s what you’re thinking. It is a young adult novel about Rhys and Steffi who couldn’t be more different, yet they were so alike: Rhys is deaf and Steffi doesn’t talk. Perfect, you think? Nope, it all just got a whole lot more complicated. Continue reading “A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Review”

Matched – Review

img_7965editedWhat happens when the society controls every aspect of your life: where you work, who you love, how many children you have, when you die.
Cassia lives in a society like that. On her seventeenth birthday she is about to meet her Match: her perfect partner in life – chosen by the Society. While she is happy with the Society’s decision at first, she can’t help but fall in love with someone else: someone who is not even eligible to be matched, according to the Society. And that is when she starts to question their motives and rules. As both try to hide their feelings from the Society and their friends, Cassia tries to fight for independence to make her own decisions and choices. But what happens when the Society is always a step a ahead of you? Continue reading “Matched – Review”

Punk 57 – Review

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When this book was released in October of this year, I saw it everywhere on Goodreads and Facebook.  It was an instant hit with exceptional reviews.  I immediately added it to my TBR and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  I love books centered around pen pals, as that’s something I thoroughly enjoy, being that is how Sabrina and I met each other.  After reading the blurb, I was sold.  In a bit of a reading slump, I was recently able to borrow this book from someone in a Facebook group (thank goodness for Three Girls Lending Library)!

Punk 57 is about two fifth grade students at separate schools that are paired together as pen pals.  Misha and Ryen are given each other’s names because their teachers assumed they were the same gender.  Despite being the opposite sex, Misha and Ryen formed an instant friendship that grew with them into high school.  When Misha accidentally meets Ryen in person, their whole relationship changes, though Ryen is still in the dark.  She simply knows she misses her friend and is desperate for a way to get him back, even if that means partaking in illegal activities.

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Our Favorite Books of 2016

It has been a great year of reading, learning, and discovering new authors. We have fully immersed ourselves in the reading community, made new friends through it, and have had a wonderful year all thanks to the books we’ve grown to love.
And here is a list of our favorite books of 2016: Continue reading “Our Favorite Books of 2016”