I 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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What I admire most about YA dystopian authors is their massive imagination and their creations of new worlds, new societies, new rules and new ways of thinking. Nothing is impossible. Some dystopians focus on a new world and a society that was only recently formed as a result of a war that our current society caused. Other dystopians focus on a world and a society that existed for hundreds or thousands of years because our world as we know it never existed in the first place. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is one of those dystopians. It focuses on seventeen-year-old Kestrel and the world she lives in.
In the Valorian empire that fights war and enslaves those it conquers, young ladies like Kestrel have only two choices: get married or join the military. Kestrel doesn’t want neither. Then one day, she and her friend stroll through the empire’s city and witness a live auction. On a whim, Kestrel buys young, nineteen-year-old Arin for a sensational prize that makes the people start talking. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing feelings toward Arin. But not only Kestrel has things to hide, Arin has his own secrets that are bigger than him, maybe even bigger than both of them. Continue reading “The Winner’s Curse – Review”
After a short break from the “Here’s To” series by Teagan Hunter I was excited to finally dive into Here’s To Now!
Gaige Addams has been dealt more than one painful hand of cards throughout his life. Because of the mistakes he made in his past, he lives his life full of shame, grudges and regret. He won’t loosen up, always places other’s needs in front of his own and keeps secrets from the people closest to him. Then Haley Kamden stumbles into his life. She makes him see that life is something enjoyable. She convinces him to live in the now and not in the past. Everything went well: then Gaige’s past started to play catch up and on top of that they both decided to get married in Vegas. Continue reading “Here’s To Now – Review”
Title: Here’s to Tomorrow
Series: Here’s To #1
Author: Teagan Hunter
Genre: NA Romance
Re-Release Date: June 29, 2017
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When purchasing the book back in July of 2016 I was immediately intrigued by the romantic cover. Yes, it was a cover buy, but that was not the only reason, the blurb played a part also. Fast forward one year, I finally decided to read Cassia Leo’s novel, but the story I got was not what I expected at all.
At nineteen, Mikki is tired of the meds and the hopelessness in her life. In order to make the pain go away, she booked a plane ticket to LA, not to turn her life around, but to kill herself. Twenty-one-year old Crush has his own demons to fight and found an outlet in writing and playing music. He is on his way to LA to record a song he was working on for the past three years: Black Box. When Mikki and Crush meet in Terminal B, it takes only a short while for both of them to realize they have met each other on two different and tragic events in their pasts before. Is it fate that brought them together a third time? Continue reading “Black Box – 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.
Low 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”
I 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”