Saturday, November 30, 2013

Reunited - Review

Reunited By: Hilary Weisman Graham

Goodreads Summary:
1 Concert
2000 Miles
3 Ex-Best Friends

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan are ex-best friends.

Back in middle school, the three girls were inseparable. They were also the number one fans of the rock band Level3.

But when the band broke up, so did their friendship. Summer ran with the popular crowd, Tiernan was a rebellious wild-child, and Alice spent high school with her nose buried in books.

Now, just as the girls are about to graduate, Level3 announces a one-time-only reunion show.

Even though the concert’s 2000 miles away, Alice buys three tickets on impulse. And as it turns out, Summer and Tiernan have their own reasons for wanting to get out of town. Good thing Alice’s graduation gift (a pea-green 1976 VW camper van known as the Pea Pod) is just the vehicle to get them there.

But on the long drive cross-country, the girls hit more than a few bumps in the road. Will their friendship get an encore or is the show really over?

My Review:
I liked this book, cause I could relate to it...  We all have those friends that we no longer talk to. We also all have that boy band that we love and would do anything to see play live, especially if it is their last concert. 

Well Alice, Summer, and Tiernan were exactly that, best friends obsessed over a boy band until something that happened that broke up their friendship. But when Level3 reunites for one night only, will they be able to put aside their differences and drive across the country to see the band?

Besides their friendship drama, the girls also deal with family, boys, future (college), and other issues in their journey. The girls must join together to help each other through these difficult problems they are each facing.

The book was a little confusing because each chapter switched point of view between the three girls. It was easy to pick up, but for the first few chapters I was a little confused.

3 stars

Saturday, November 23, 2013

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True - Review

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by: Sarah Strohmeyer

Goodreads Summary:
From Sarah Strohmeyer, author of Smart Girls Get What They Want, comes this romantic comedy about one girl's summer job from hell. Think The Devil Wears Prada set in Disney World.

When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they've hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?

Once Zoe arrives, however, she's assigned to serve "The Queen"-Fairyland's boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money.

Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe's job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?

My Review:
This book was super cute!! It is set in Fairyland Kingdom, which is like a version of Disney World. Both Zoe and her cousin are trying to win the prize awarded at the end of the summer, but there are several difficult things they must overcome throughout this one internship. And not to mention, the love relationships going on with the other workers in the park add a perfect amount of romance to the novel. I really enjoyed this book, and I am going to be looking for more by Strohmeyer!

5 Stars

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Biggest Flirts

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to highlight the upcoming releases that we excited to read soon!

Biggest Flirts:
By: Jennifer Echols
Publication Date: May 20th 2014

Goodreads Summary: 
The yearbook votes have been cast. Senior year is about to get interesting.

Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laid-back swagger.

As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing away Will drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirt along with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will's new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started out as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…

I have never read anything by Jennifer Echols, but one day I came across this book and it looks so cute! I can't wait to read this one and more by Echols. What's your WoW?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Also Known As - Review

Also Known As by: Robin Benway
Goodreads Summary:
Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.

My Review: 
This is probably one of my favorite books I have read so far this year. I had been wanting to read this book for a while, because I had seen plenty of excellent reviews... and it definitely lived up to all my expectations.

This book was an easy read, I finished it in about two days. Also Known As will keep you laughing throughout the whole novel. I loved that it was a teen that was the spy as well as her parents. It was great to see how Maggie handled her first assignment with out her parents. I would recommend this book to most teenagers.

5 stars

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Friday 56: Unspoken

The Friday 56: Unspoken
The Friday 56 is hosted by Frida's Voice, to share a line from pg. 56 of your book.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
Kami closed her eyes and leaned her cheek against the wet planes of Jared's collarbone. "We're going to die."

Taken - Review

Taken by 

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. At first I was skeptical, the idea of boys disappearing on their 18th birthdays, well it just sounds strange. But Erin Bowman used the narrator of Gray Weathersby, a young teenage boy in this different town, to intrigue the reader. The way he questions everything he has been raised to believe, and fights to learn the reason behind the Heist, kept me reading. I was unable to put this book down. I will definitely read the following in this series, and I look forward to seeing what else Erin Bowman will write.

4 stars

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Shatter Me - Review

Shatter Me by: Tahereh Mafi
Goodreads Summary: 
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

My Review:
AMAZING! I had been wanting to read this one for a while, but I never could get myself to pick it up. The idea of a young girl's touch being fatal is different, but exciting all in one. This page turner, nail bitter novel had me up way to late to finish it in about 1 day.

 After always being told that she was different, somebody wants to use her gift... but maybe not for the right reasons. Juliette is taken and forced to use her power for bad. Her adventure and decision of how to fight had me holding on to every word. I'm so excited that this was only the first book in the series, I look forward to seeing how the author continues this story!

4 Stars