They Way It Hurts – Review

thewayithurtsI think I speak for most of us bookworms when I say that we read to escape our mundane lives: We want to discover new worlds, travel to farwaway countries and “hang out” with people whose lives seem more interesting than ours. But sometimes it’s necessary to bring real life problems into a book to raise awereness. And this is what Patty Blount did with The Way It Hurts.

The most important thing in Elijah’s life is music and his hard-rock band “Ride Out”. He will do just about anything to get their band the big break-through. This is why he would prefer practicing with them instead of sitting in an auditorium on a Friday night and listening to a musical. Then he hears the voice of the lead: Kristen. She lives and breathes stage performances, just like her grandmother. She wants nothing more than to study at one of the best conservatories in the country and pushes herself to get better every day.
A picture taken on that Friday night and an out-of-context comment go viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don’t stay online…they follow them into real life.
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The Over Duet – Review

The”Over Duet” which consists of Low over High and Ever over After was sitting on my kindle for what it seems like forever. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to pick those books up  because I really enjoyed them.

IMG_0050editedLow Over High begins with an angsty, mysterious, yet powerful prologue of the main character Marlo Rivers (a part of the prologue is also the blurb of the novel). She talks about her cynical personality and her non-belief in hope and faith in humankind because those are only cliches “to keep the dreamers dreaming.” Marlo was not always like that, circumstances in her past made her that way. She tried to run from it for the last eight years but the past has a way of catching up and for Marlo it is in form of a crumpled note left on her porch. Continue reading “The Over Duet – Review”

Caterpillars Can’t Swim – Review

IMG_0059editedI am having a difficult time with Young Adult novels these days. Most of the time I find them too cheesy and not believable and this is why I usually keep my hands off them. Only when a blurb really piques my interest do I pick it up. Caterpillars Can’t Swim was one of those novels.

Ryan and Jack can’t be more different: Ryan sits in a wheelchair and swims successfully for the school’s swimteam. Jack on the other hand is a loner and the kid everyone picks on, since the school is full of rumors about his sexuality. When Ryan saves Jack from drowning, their lives become connected, whether they like it or not. Ryan keeps his promise to Jack and doesn’t tell anyone about that day, although he knows that Jack needs help. In an attempt to do so, he invites Jack to accompany him and his best friend Cody to Comic Con. Now the three will get the chance to defy society’s stereotypes. Continue reading “Caterpillars Can’t Swim – Review”

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. Continue reading “Wait for Me – Review”

The Siren – Review

IMG_9791editedThere were actually two reasons I bought this book last year in England: the first one was the cover. I know, “Don’t judge a book by its cover!” but I couldn’t leave Waterstones without buying this book. The second and much smaller reason was Kiera Cass, the author of this book. You probably all know her from The Selection series. I read book one in that series and wasn’t too impressed to be perfectly honest. I know that a lot of you guys loved The Selection series but it wasn’t for me. I wanted to give Kiera another chance and the blurb sounded interesting enough.

Kahlen has been a Siren for almost a century. She and her sisters live as much of a secluded life as possible and barely interact with humans. But then one day Kahlen meets the guy of her dreams and everything changes in both their lives. Continue reading “The Siren – Review”

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”