Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby


Because I Love You by Tori Rigby


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Publishes in US: May 17th 2016 by Blaze Publishing, LLC
Genre: ya contemp
Source: earc from Blaze via Netgalley
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.
Series? no

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    I wanted to read Because I Love You because I am drawn to books about teenage pregnancy and I haven't read one lately, besides the one that was written in prose and I can't remember the name right now. 
    
    I feel for Andie of course, because we always think especially as teens that we are immune, that things like an unplanned pregnancy is something that happens to other people. What makes it worse for her is that the father is Carter, part of a three way best friendship. They had vowed to not ever date one another because they didn't want to mess things up. Andie lies to Heather, the third best friend because she doesn't want her to know that she slept with Carter, and things go downhill from there. Of course the truth comes out and Carter even denies sleeping with her much less being the father, and things become even tougher for Andie. 

    Luckily, an old friend- actually ex-boyfriend Neil is able to be there for her when Heather and Carter turn on her. I like Neil, he has depth, and he truly cares for Andie, and now has a second chance to prove it to her. They become close, and I enjoyed the evolution of that. Neil has a tough life too, and he opens up some to Andie about it, and that makes them closer. But he hides behind a bad boy reputation and his collection of wit, and humor. 
  
    Neil is so mature and accepting, I loved him hard. He is a spectacular book boyfriend. 

   I also liked the other friendship that formed in this one, with a quiet nerd named Jill, that Andie never really noticed before in the cheerleading glory and what she'd thought was a solid friendship with Heather and Carter. 

    Andie is part of a religious family, with part of them even in the missionary. She doesn't want to tell them and feels like getting pregnant is punishment for the sin of premarital sex. But this actually only plays a role at the beginning. There was a lot of talk between Andie and her mom, and I liked seeing that relationship strengthen as well after the initial shock. But Andie's mom hid a lot from her, and one thing I can understand but it did add a twist to the story. The other thing, I think was unfair to hide and once again, for me, it came out of nowhere and I think that at that point the plot was just going in too many directions. 

   I liked the ending, and the self realization and realizing that being a good parent can look a multitude of different ways. 

Bottom Line: Liked the characters, quick but emotional read.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Know anyone who's adopted?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday, WoW


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:


P.S. I Like You

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.


Releases: July 26th 2016 by Point

What are you waiting on?




Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Chasing Stars by Helen Douglas


Chasing Stars (After Eden #2) by Helen Douglas
The boy Eden loves just saved her life. Now she must save his. To do so she must make a huge sacrifice. Eden can never see her friends or family again, as she travels a hundred years into the future. But the dangerous risk Ryan took to rescue Eden has been uncovered, and now Ryan faces an exile ...which will leave Eden separated from him - the one person she can't live without - and stuck in the future. She must fight to save both of them.
The mesmerising sequel to the author's wonderful debut, After Eden.

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Publishes in US: June 5th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Genre: ya sci-fi time travel
Source: bloomsbury via netgalley
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.
Series? After Eden #2

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    I didn't remember the first one so I was very confused until about 4% in. Then I slowly started to get a handle on things... But I knew that I enjoyed the romance and the characters in the first book, so I wanted to stick with it. 
   Side note: I am also very confused because I got this on netgalley, but goodreads says it was published two years ago...
    I was glad that I stuck with it because I got very into the story at about 20%. I liked meeting Ryan's friends in the future. Eden's transition was hard to watch because suddenly she was in the spotlight, in a new time, knowing hardly no one, and they had Ryan locked up awaiting trial. 
   Peg was my favorite of Ryan's friends, and he was a good friend to Eden, helping her adjust and helping her plan for her and Ryan to be back together. 
   The love story was still present, but it took a backseat to her planning, adjustment and the action of trying to free Ryan after he's sentenced to work in the moon mines for the rest of this life. 
    The ending was interesting and fit, but not sure if they will have more of a story, or if that was the final piece. I think I am okay either way... 

Bottom Line: Slow to start but became a nice

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would you time travel to be with your boy/girlfriend?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Detached by Christina Kilbourne



Detached by Christina Kilbourne


Anna has always been so level-headed, so easy-going, so talented and funny. How could anyone have guessed she wanted to die?
Anna is not like other people. For one thing, she’s been an accomplished artist since she was a preschooler. For another, she’s always felt like she didn’t belong: not with other kids, not with her family, not in her body. It isn’t until her grandparents are killed in a tragic accident, however, that Anna starts to feel untethered. She begins to wonder what it would be like if she didn’t exist and the thought of escaping the aimless dhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26257689-detached" target="_blank">
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Publishes in US: August 13th 2016 by Dundurn Press
Genre: ya contemp
Source: earc from Dundern via netgalley
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.
Series? no

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    I wanted to read Detached because I am drawn to stories that deal with mental illness and it sounded like one that would deal with the issue as well as suicide in a realistic way. 

   It's told in multiple narratives from Anna, perfectly normal and middle class from the outside, she even has her looks and talent with art to boost that. But it also shows that depression does not discriminate. She's never felt like she fit in, and she has an obsession with a bridge that is known as a suicide spot. She thinks that she's suffering too much, especially since the death of her grandparents, like it opened her eyes that death is an ending, and in her mind- a sweet release and escape. It's tough to get inside that mindset and the hopelessness... but it is true to life. I deal with these thoughts and bipolar--so the author has done her research. 

   The other point of view is her close friend Aliya. She's moved a lot and transferred schools a ton, and she was drawn to Anna from the first time she saw her. She said it was her beauty, but also that she looked distracted and she wanted to know what was on her mind. 

   We also heard from Anna's mom, where we got a picture of the family dynamics. Anna's grandmother was close since they shared the love of art. We also got to see some of Anna's actions--skipping school, the party where she ended up in the river freezing cold, and such from another perspective, and how worried she was. 

   The ending where we saw her go through treatment was such a transformation. To see her not numb and actually feeling was wonderful. She still had a hard time don't get me wrong, but seeing the difference that meds can  make and transform the way she sees the world, feels things and sees herself was a beautiful thing to see. 


Bottom Line: Realistic look at depression, suicidal thoughts, how mental illness can effect everyone around the person.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Are you at all artistically inclined?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday, WoW


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:
Speed of Life

Twins Crystal and Amber have the same goal: to be the first in their family to graduate high school and make something of their lives. When one gets pregnant during their junior year, they promise to raise the baby together. It’s not easy, but between their after-school jobs, they’re scraping by.

Crystal’s grades catch the attention of the new guidance counselor, who tells her about a college that offers a degree in automotive restoration, perfect for the car buff she is. When she secretly applies—and gets in—new opportunities threaten their once-certain plans, and Crystal must make a choice: follow her dreams or stay behind and honor the promise she made to her sister.
 

Releases: October 11th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers

What are you waiting on?