Posts Categorized: stand alone

Review: Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

2012, Egmont USA, faerie tales, review, Sarah Cross, stand alone, young adult 6 Comments

Kill Me Softly by Sarah CrossPublisher: Egmont USARelease date: April 10, 2012Source: PurchasedRating: Four Stars Going into this book, I’d read very few, if any, reviews. But I had somehow seen this being compared to that Once Upon a Time show on ABC which looks like a fun show to watch. I must get around to seeing it someday. But I love fairy-tale retellings, and this was a slam dunk book for me. I loved it. I grew up with the Disney versions of these tales, as I’m sure many of you did. I’ve never gotten around to reading the… Read more »

Review: Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

2012, contemporary, Diana Renn, review, stand alone, Viking, young adult 1 Comment

Tokyo Heist by Diana RennPublished: Viking Children’s Books (Penguin)Released: June 14, 2012Source: Purchased This was a fun read, especially while on vacation. I love Japan and almost anything to do with Japan, though I’ve never once visited. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book ever since I discovered it a couple months ago, and I was not disappointed. I always love these whodunit mysteries that always leave you guessing. You think it’s character A because it’s so obviously character A, and yet you question your guess because that’s TOO obvious. I’m always unsure of my guesses because of this,… Read more »

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

2012, Balzer and Bray, Diana Peterfreund, review, stand alone, young adult 3 Comments

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana PeterfreundPublisher: Balzer + BrayRelease date: June 12, 2012Source: Purchased The only book by Jane Austen that I’ve actually read was Pride and Prejudice, after watching the A&E version with Colin Firth in fifth grade, so it was so long ago I don’t even compare anymore. With Persuasion, obviously I’ve never read the book, but I’ve seen the movie starring Ciaran Hinds, so there were comparisons between that and For Darkness Shows the Stars. Thankfully not many, since this book holds it’s own and only draws inspiration, and doesn’t copy.  Overall I liked all… Read more »

Review: Wrecked by Anna Davies

2012, Anna Davies, review, Simon and Schuster, stand alone, young adult 2 Comments

Wrecked by Anna DaviesPublisher: Simon & SchusterRelease date: May 1, 2012Source: Purchased Secrets of the sea have never been sexier than this.Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe things are out of your control. But then a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, and Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy who haunts her dreams. Consumed by guilt… Read more »

Review: Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

2012, Abby Grahame, review, Simon and Schuster, stand alone 3 Comments

Wentworth Hall by Abby GrahamePublisher: Simon & SchusterRelease date: May 1, 2012Source: Purchased Summary from Goodreads:The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets… Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been… even as their carefully constructed façade rapidly comes undone.Maggie… Read more »

Review: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

2012, Johan Harstad, Little Brown and Co, review, stand alone, young adult 2 Comments

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan HarstadPublisher: Little, Brown Release date: April 17, 2012Source: Purchased It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space–and change their lives forever.Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band’s ticket to fame and fortune.Midori believes it’s her way out of her restrained life in Japan.Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers… Read more »

Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

2012, review, Sarah Ockler, Simon Pulse, stand alone, young adult 1 Comment

Bittersweet by Sarah OcklerPublisher: Simon PulseRelease date: January 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Standalone Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances… a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been. So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks… Read more »

Early Review: Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker (eARC)

2012, Bloomsbury, Melissa C. Walker, review, stand alone, young adult 1 Comment

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker Publisher: Bloomsbury USA ChildrensRelease date: May 22, 2012Source: Publisher via NetgalleyPurchase: Book Depository Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one… Read more »

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

2011, Miranda Kenneally, review, Sourcebooks Fire, stand alone, young adult 8 Comments

Catching Jordan by Miranda KenneallyPublisher: Sourcebooks FireRelease date: December 1, 2011Source: PurchasedPurchase: Book Depository What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though – she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team… and has her suddenly wishing to… Read more »

Review: Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala

2012, Harper Teen, Holly Cupala, review, stand alone, young adult 7 Comments

Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly CupalaPublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: January 3, 2012Source: Publisher for reviewSeries: Stand AlonePurchase: Book Depository Joy Delamere is suffocating… From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. Joy can take his words – tender words, cruel words – until the night they go too far. Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She… Read more »