Posts Categorized: review

For Keeps by Natasha Friend

2010, Natasha Friend, review, stand alone, Viking, young adult 0 Comments

For Keeps by Natasha Friend Publisher: Viking (Imprint of Penguin)Release Date: April 6, 2010Source: BoughtRating: 3/5 – It was okay. Cover: 3/5Purchase: Amazon or Book Depository Summary from Good Reads:For sixteen years, Josie Gardner and her mom, Kate, have been a team. It’s been the Gardner Girls against the world, and that’s how Josie likes it. Until one day, in the pet food aisle of Shop-Co, they run into the parents of Paul Tucci, Kate’s high school boyfriend—the father Josie has never met. If Mr. and Mrs. Tucci are back in town, it’s only a matter of time until Paul shows… Read more »

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

2010, David Levithan, Knopf, Rachel Cohn, review, stand alone, young adult 2 Comments

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David LevithanPublisher: Alfred A. Knopf (Division of Random House)Released: October 26th 2010Source: LibraryRating: 4/5  –  Cover Rating: 4/5Purchase: Amazon – Book DepositorySummary from GoodReads:“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is… Read more »

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, Harlequin Teen, Paige Harbison, review, stand alone, young adult 4 Comments

Here Lies Bridget by Paige HarbisonPublisher: Harlequin TeenReleased: January 18, 2011Source: BoughtRating: 3 out of 5 starsCover: 4 out of 5 starsFrom GoodReads:What do you do when the five people you meet in limbo all want you to go to hell? Bridget Duke is the uncontested ruler of her school. The meanest girl with the biggest secret insecurities. And when new girl Anna Judge arrives, things start to fall apart for Bridget: friends don’t worship as attentively, teachers don’t fall for her wide-eyed “who me?” look, expulsion looms ahead and the one boy she’s always loved—Liam Ward—can barely even look… Read more »

Need by Carrie Jones

Bloomsbury, Carrie Jones, first in a series, review, young adult 3 Comments

Need by Carrie JonesPublished by: BloomsburyReleased: December 28, 2008Source: BoughtRating: 3/5Cover: 3/5From GoodReads:Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now. She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind… Read more »

Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

2010, first in a series, Harper Teen, Heather Terrell, review, young adult 0 Comments

I was a little too busy yesterday to do this, but I did get it done today! Fallen Angel by Heather TerrellPublisher: Harper TeenReleased: December 28, 2010Source: BoughtRating: 3 out of 5 starsCover: 4 out of 5 stars From Amazon:A new guy named Michael has been watching Ellie at school. It is soon revealed that he remembers Ellie from a trip their families took years ago, though Ellie has no similar recollection. But being near Michael awakens her desire to learn the truth about herself, which seems that only Michael knows. Guess what? Her recurrent dreams about flying are not… Read more »

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, Beth Revis, first in a series, Razorbill, review, young adult 4 Comments

Across the Universe by Beth RevisPublisher: RazorbillReleased: January 11, 2011Source: BoughtRating: 5/5Cover: 5/5From 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… Read more »

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, Cynthia Hand, first in a series, Harper Teen, review, young adult 0 Comments

Unearthly by Cynthia HandPublisher: Harper TeenReleased: January 4, 2011Source: BoughtRating: 5/5Cover: 5/5 Synopsis from the front flap:Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, Something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy. Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets… Read more »

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, first in a series, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, NetGalley, review, Sarah Porter, young adult 1 Comment

Lost Voices by Sarah PorterPublisher: Houghton Mifflin HarcourtRelease: July 4, 2011Source: NetGalleyRating: 4/5 Synopsis from HMH website: Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside of a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. Luce is thrilled… Read more »

Chalice by Robin McKinley

Ace, review, Robin McKinley, young adult 0 Comments

Chalice by Robin McKinleyPublisher: Ace (Paperback Mass Market)Released: November 24, 2009 (Mass Market)Source: BoughtRating: 3/5From the Shelfari: As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the Master’s Circle. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with their new Master. But the new Master of Willowlands is a Priest of Fire, only drawn back into the human world by the sudden death of his brother. No one knows if it is even possible for him to live amongst his people. Mirasol wants the Master to have his chance, but her… Read more »

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

2010, first in a series, Harper Teen, review, Sara Shepard, young adult 1 Comment

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard Publisher: Harper Teen Released: December 7th, 2010 Source: Bought Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Synopsis from the cover flap:I had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did. The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more Gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does – an encore performanc, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet. Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened… Read more »