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The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: December 8, 2011
Source: Around the World Tours
Published format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Series: Stand-alone
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine – a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it’s undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingos in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe – in love, in herself, and even in miracles.

A debut novel from an immensely talented new writer, The Probability of Miracles crackles with wit, romance and humor and will leave readers laughing and crying with each turn of the page.

First of all, I loved the writing style. Wendy has an amazing ability to write descriptions perfectly, making them incredibly easy to imagine in my mind. It’s almost like a movie. This is one of those reads where I do notice the writing, because I like it so much. Wendy has a writing style that is her own.
Cam felt real to me. She had her own voice, genuinely cared about her family, went along with what they wanted because she loved them. She was more of a realist than her family was. I loved Asher as well. And while the romance between them was a bit sudden, it also kind of had to be, given the time frame of the novel. I won’t say anything about the ending though, because I don’t want to give away what happens.
This book had me thinking. It used to be I would avoid stories like this, because they always remind me of my mortality. But that is also why I read books like this, and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, or If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Because they help me, little by little, to confront what I’m afraid. I don’t want to die. I really don’t, and sometimes I have panic attacks about it. But reading these kinds of stories I think helps me accept it in bits and pieces.
This is a contemporary debut you don’t want to miss, it had me laughing and crying all the way to the end. I will most definitely be adding this to my collection when it hits shelves.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Released: January 11, 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 5/5
Cover: 5/5

From GoodReads:
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

My Review:
All I can say is wow. I couldn’t put this book down. Except for Orson Scott Card’s Ender series, and one or two other books, I tend to stay away from Science Fiction. I heard somewhere though that this is a science fiction for people who don’t like science fiction, and that is completely true, in my opinion.

I loved Amy. The idea of being frozen but still concious in some way, dreaming for seemingly an eternity, only to be woken up early really hit me. I felt for her, felt her pain at her loss. For her age she handled it extremely well. Seventeen years old and dealing with leaving your life behind for the unknown, and then having that taken from you.

While I did have a nagging feeling about who was committing the murders of the frozens, and the attempted murder of Amy, there were plenty other mysteries and secrets revealed to keep me shocked and entertained, and somewhat disturbed. And the ending shocker. Boy was I not expecting that, but after thinking about it, it made sense.

About the romance aspect of the book, between Elder and Amy, it didn’t really develop how I thought it would. I can’t quite accept how this aspect of the book ends up, but I can understand why it came about the way it did.

Overall, awesome book. A must read for anyone who loves young adult books.