Friday, September 4, 2015

Review: The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.
Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met.Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother.
But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future... before she loses everything she has grown to love.


Publishes in US: September 8th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: ya contemp (hint of magical realism with her vision only there around Ben)
Source: Disney 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 The One Thing because I am drawn to books about teens with disabilities or illnesses, and blindness has always been one that caught my attention even more so. I think it would be so hard to have seen and then lose your vision, because you know what the world used to look like for you, and it changes so much. You have to learn so many skills over again, and you would realize how much you used to take for granted. 

   The main character is six months out from losing her sight, and she is trying to adjust to the new school for the blind that she is a part of. She got in huge court kind of trouble for a prank so now on top of everything else, she's having to see a probation officer. But as fate would have it that is where she meets charismatic, funny, semiperverted ten year old Ben. And she can see again, but only a certain field of vision around him. He meets her after she falls down in the office, and he starts flirting with her and making jokes. 

   Turns out that Ben has spina bifida and he has to use crutches because of how weak his legs are. And that her vision is only restored when she is near him. At first, she goes along with his invitation to come to his house because she wants the tiny window of sight to stick around, but she ends up liking his company, and his mom's. And turns out that Ben's brother is the lead singer for one of her favorite bands ever. 

   He helps her get perspective and realize that even though soccer, and reading used to be her Thinbg 
(capitalization Ben's) if it no longer makes her happy, then she needs to find new things in life to love. Ben is a swimmer, and although he has to work hard at it, he challenges himself to beat his own times, and likes the way that he feels when he is in the water. 

   I actually didn't see the reasoning behind her sudden vision returning, but it was an interesting theory. The emotions really had me going, and I loved how much Ben changed Maggie (aka Thera because he thinks she looks like a character in his favorite video game). But it was def on Maggie's own terms. She had to realize that yes, its bad that she can't see anymore, and that it has changed her interests, friendships, and way of life, but that at least she is alive. She can find new interests, or rediscover old ones. That sometimes friendship has awkward moments, but it is worth it to push through and be there for them and let them be there for you. 

   I liked that the romance was there, and went through stages of growth, nothing was easy there, just as much isn't easy for Maggie lately, besides this funny boy who has become so much of her life. The connection with his older brother is a plus. But I also appreciated that it wasn't the whole story, or even the catalyst for Maggie realizing so much and growing so much. 

   Everything wrapped up in such a neat way, and more hopeful and happy that I could hope for with some of the events that went down. I put it down and was pleased and I have been thinking about it all day. 

Bottom Line: Emotional and heartwarming story about friendship and living with disabilities.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
If you had to chose, would you lose your sight or your ability to walk?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Short and Tweet Review: The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

The Rising (Darkness Rising #3) by Kelley Armstrong
Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help.
All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.
But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she'll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can't keep running forever.
Old secrets are revealed and unexpected characters make a surprising return in this stunning conclusion to Kelley Armstrong's New York Timesbestselling Darkness Rising trilogy.

Publishes in US: April 2nd 2013 by HarperCollins
Genre: ya paranormal
Source: library
Series?  Darkness Rising #3
my reviews:
The Gathering
The Calling 

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    The Rising was on my wishlist because I enjoyed the first three stories and wanted to continue and find out how it turns out for main character Maya.

Karen at For What It's Worth and Mary at The Book Swarm occasionally post twitter-style reviews. Karen calls hers Short and Tweet, and I am going to borrow that review style here.

Tweet Review:

    I skimmed some sections that felt slower paced, and the conclusion shocked me though it did wrap it up. Still glad to have read the series. 

My question to you, my lovely readers:
What animal would you pick to shape shift into if you could?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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:

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

Releases: September 1st 2015 by Poppy

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Twilight Tuesdays: Storytellers new official short films set in Twilight universe

I wanted to do this because my love for Twilight has recently been rekindled and hoping there are some more Edward lovers (or Jacob shippers I do suppose) out there to keep it alive with me.

Stephanie says about this project:
On Wednesday I, along with Lionsgate, Women in Film, Facebook and Tongal, announced an exciting new project: “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga” (or if you’re following the hashtags on social media: #TwilightStories for short.) We are teaming up to find five aspiring female filmmakers to create short films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe.
We’re excited to have Twilight fans participate in a variety of ways; I’m looking forward to finding out which characters you’re most interested in. If you want to refresh your memories on their stories, they’re located in the Twilight Official Guide. Which do you think are the most cinematic?
Better quality (no skipping videos)
vote for your favorite here

My two faves are: The Mary Alice Brandon File and We've Met Before

We've Met Before
Directed by: Yulin Kuang
Cast: Maddisyn Carter (Mary Alice Brandon), Liam Johnson (Jasper Whitlock) & Devereau Chumrau (Betty)

In WE'VE MET BEFORE, Alice and Jasper meet for the first time… or so it would seem. As the conversation evolves, the history of their true and everlasting love is coyly revealed.

Directed by: Cate Carson
Cast: Sara Akay (Esme Cullen), James Physick (Carlisle Cullen), Sal Rendino (Mr. Brant), Mary Kehoe (Claire Brant) & Alexander Gauthier (Teddy)

After her transformation, Esme's struggle to overcome her craving for human blood is only intensified by the painful memories of her tragedy-ridden past. In MASQUE, Carlisle helps Esme find hope for the future… and maybe even a family.

The Mary Alice Brandon File
Directed by: Kailey and Samantha Spear
Cast: Paloma Kwiatkowski (Mary Alice Brandon), John Emmet Tracy (Edgar John Brandon), Barbara Beall (Lillian Brandon), Emma Tremblay (Young Alice), Erin Boyes (Anna Marie), Audrey Smallman (Cynthia Brandon) & Jade Hudema (Strange Man)

Set as a moody period drama with a pinch of Gothic mystery, THE MARY ALICE BRANDON FILE explores Alice's resilient spirit as her dark past is revealed.

Directed by: Amanda Tasse
Cast: Arash Marandi (Benjamin), Natasha Bassett (Tia), Davis Cleveland (Young Benjamin), Sofia Checchi (Young Tia), Noshir Dalal (Amun) & David Fraioli (Uncle)

Terrified that his own special power has caused so much harm, Benjamin turns away from the world. SUNRISE details Benjamin's return to his human roots, where he can no longer hide from the girl that stole his heart long ago

Directed by: Maja Fernqvist
Cast: Elizabeth Kenney (Jane), Zach Shearon (Alec), Jessica Park (Mother), Jeff Riberdy (Aro), Alyssa Emily Marvin (Young Jane), Pharaohe Rosado (Young Alec), Joe Krieg (Bully #1), Christian Feuker (Bully #2), Bartek Swymanski (Bully #3), Monica Larson (Beth), Lynne Jordan (Kate), Caitlin Bliss (Village Mother), Emmy Pieklo (Daughter), Scott Kozel (John), Justin L. Wilson (William)

CONSUMED is the emotional story of Jane's past. Like her brother Alec, Jane was always "special," but in their quaint hamlet, their specialness inspires scorn and has terrible consequences until a mysterious stranger comes along and takes an unusual interest in them.

Directed by: Lindsey Hancock Williamson4
Cast: Christine Dye (Hilde), Gabrielle Marie Miller (Lottie), Ian Shepard (Garrett), Justin Rose (Carlisle Cullen), Tommy Gatton (Handsome Soldier) & Robert Singleton (Commanding Officer)

Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, TURNCOATS explores the characters and events that forged Garrett and Carlisle's enduring friendship.

The Groundskeeper
Directed by: Nicole Eckenroad
Cast: Kevin Craig West (Kumboh), Sara Yoko Howard (Mary Alice Brandon), Sophie Labell (Victoria), Jesse Lehman (James), Linda Manning (Night Matron) & Patrick Herndon (Jasper Whitlock)

In THE GROUNDSKEEPER, Alice and her fearless confidante grapple with the grave choices they are forced to make when a unique kind of hunter has Alice in his sights.
Thank you Alison from for alerting me that these were in the wild, I'd only heard about them.

Why Twilight Tuesdays?
I really loved the storytelling and the characters, and the romance. It all made me have that drive to read more and find out what happened next. It also led me to blogging, because I found some awesome blogs that had lists of books to read after Twilight, and though I dealt with Post-Awesome-Book-Depression because the Twilight series gave me all the feels, eventually I found others that tickled my fancy with the help of my library and book bloggers with awesome recs and reviews.

Disclaimer: Okay. I am sure this has been hosted somewhere, but a quick search didn't show anything current in the blogosphere. Let me know if you know of somewhere. But I am not making it a hop or anything, so hopefully not stepping on any toes.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you have a favorite if you watched them?

Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Nil Unlocked (Nil #2) by Lynne Matson

Nil Unlocked (Nil #2) by Lynne Matson
On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.
Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?


Publishes in US: May 12th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genre: ya scifi
Source: library
Series? yes
my review of 1st Nil 

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    I wanted to read Nil Unlocked because I liked the world building and plot for the first, and wanted to get inside the heads of others on the island. For the first I do remember the thing that bothered me was figuring out how the island came to exist, how the kids get there, and who choses. I lost myself in the story, and I understand that the kids wouldn't know anything, but I just kept thinking, where on earth is this, and how does it work. This didn't really take away much from my enjoyment, I was immersed in Charley and Thad, their chemistry and their fight to survive.

    It was nice to get the perspective of Rives. He is the leader now, and he is more driven than ever to find answers. He is one of the ones who thinks of Nil as sentient and that Nil is calculating. He meets what seems to be a native of Nil and he has even more questions than ever. He is taking risks, following leads, and still trying to keep order in the City. 

    Skye is the other new character and she is actually on the outside, Her dad has been researching Nil for the longest time, based on the journals of his brother who has since passed, but was on Nil and then deemed crazy when he tells about the island. Skye has been training for the longest time, because her dad wants her to be prepared in case she is taken, and when he shows her her uncle's journals she is skeptical, but more and more begins to believe that its a real place and her dad is on to something. 

    This was as addictive as the first, and fast paced. I didn't want to put it down and couldn't wait to find out more about the island, and hope for the best for the characters I grow to care about who are in danger on this island with a 365 day time limit to get off or face certain death. 

   The build up and addition to what we know about Nil is greatly improved by Rives' nearly manic desire to find answers and push the boundaries to get those answers. Skye is hard core and the chemistry not only physical but mental compatibility and how they challenged one another and gave a new perspective to what the other has been reaching for. 

    Like the first encounter with Nil, we are left with hearts pounding, and the bittersweet victory dampened by the huge amount of grief for the ones who didn't make it. It's also clear that Nil's story no matter how it may have seemed to the characters, isn't over. I will def read the third book and can't wait until its out. 

Bottom Line: Fast paced delving back into this beautiful but dangerous island.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think you could survive an island with no electricity or modern conveniences?