Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After Sneak Peek

Isla and the Happily Ever After (sneak peek)
by Stephanie Perkins

The Summary Says:
Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.
Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, √Čtienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

I Say:
Can it please be August 14 already? I've been so excited to read Isla since I finished Anna and the French Kiss. It's one of my all-time favorite contemporary romances and I couldn't wait to revisit Paris and SOAP and so many of the characters I loved from the story. I didn't think anything could get me more pumped up for Isla, until I read this preview. From the adorable beginning when a post-surgery, drugged-up Isla runs into Josh at a local cafe, to the hints of a budding feelings between the two in Paris, I couldn't read this preview fast enough.
Isla is only mentioned in passing a couple of times in Anna, but I liked her immediately. She's sweet and introverted, and she's got it adorably bad for Josh. I thought I had a good feel for Josh's character in Anna - funny, carefree, maybe a little irresponsible. But shy, quiet Isla sees him in a different light, and so do readers. I can't wait to read more about the two of them. And you can too

Just So You Know:
I received a free 50 page preview from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. Isla and the Happily Ever After releases Thursday, August 14.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Read This: Split Second

Split Second (Pivot Point #2)
by Kasie West

The Goodreads Summary Says:
Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything


I Say:
4 stars
I didn't realize this was the last book in the series (I just assumed it was a trilogy). So I was surprised when the book seemed headed more toward resolution than the usual second-book cliffhanger. :)

But I really enjoyed Split Second. Kasie West has created an interesting world with fun characters. I liked the different abilities, and the way the story explores the good and bad of living with them. I was happy to see so much of Laila, Addie's BFF from Pivot Point. Instead of switching between two realities like PP, Split Second alternates POV between Addie (in the Norm world at her dad's house) and Laila (who spends much of her time back in the Compound). They had distinct voices and plot lines, although I would have liked more resolution for some of the things. Laila's family issues don't really go anywhere, and I was surprised by her choice at the end of the book.

But Split Second successfully mixes a couple of cute romances with suspense and unexpected plot twists. I loved the new bad guy(s) and abilities that were introduced. Although I'm sad this isn't a trilogy, Split Second was a decent wrap up for the world set up in Pivot Point.

 
The Big Three:
Language: not an issue
Sex and Stuff: not an issue
Violence: not an issue

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Read This: We Were Liars

We Were Liars
by E Lockhart

The Goodreads Summary Says:
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


I Say:
4 stars
This is the kind of book that's best to go into knowing absolutely nothing! So, if you're interested in reading it, skip the reviews until you're done.

**Slight spoilers**
I'd heard some buzz for this book, especially that it had some ending, and I wish I hadn't known that. Because I ended up thinking the ending was obvious pretty early on. At one point I was sure that the author only wanted me to believe that was what was going on, so I was a little disappointed to get to the end and see that I was right. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't figured out the what, although it was really interesting to read the how/why. I didn't expect the reasons, so there was still enough mystery to keep me turning pages.
**End spoilers**

Otherwise there was a lot to like about We Were Liars. I've been an E Lockhart fan since the Ruby Oliver series, and this book has a different tone but some similar ideas (wealth and how it affects people, family issues, good/dumb dogs) I loved the poetic writing, from Cady's unreliable descriptions of her life events, to the different variations on her story. I absolutely love reading an unreliable narrator, and there's plenty of that in a book called "We Were Liars." The book is really smartly put together. And the emotion at the end was pretty powerful. Overall a good book. Just try to hear as little as possible about it before reading


The Big Three:
Language: overall infrequent, but a few instances of the f-word
Sex and Stuff: some kissing
Violence: vague references to injuries but nothing explicit