Thursday, July 25, 2013

Escape Theory (Keaton School, #1) by Margaux Froley

Escape Theory (Keaton School, #1)Escape Theory by Margaux Froley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

~Warning spoilers ahead~

And it all started with

And Devons need for milk, because you can't eat Nutter Butter cookies with out it.

Devon and Hutch had a special connection, even if they really weren't friends, meaning they never had a friendship that was known. They had one night together back in freshman year, but all it took was night to form a bonding. They understood each other and when he commits suicide, a drug overdose, two years later she can't believe it.

Hutch was Keaton school's legacy student, the golden boy coming from a very well to do family. Devon, is there on scholarship. A scholarship to a school she never really asked to go to. In her junior year she gets involved with the schools newly added peer counseling program, hoping to pad her application to Stanford.

Her first sessions are counseling those closest to Hutch. She came to find a side of him that she never new about, and how big it was in the school. She also come to realize that the Hutch she knew would never kill himself and takes it on herself to uncover the truth.

Is there really more to Hutch's death, or is Devon just obsessing over a dead boy because she can't find closure?

There are some serious topics in this book, teen suicide, teen pregnancy, drug use. But we also have a neat little mystery to solve as well. Devon while in her role of shrink/Nancy Drew she uncovers more then she set out to find, she finds friendship where she never thought she would. And that the students of Keaton really aren't just mindless "organ donors".

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Scrap by Emory Sharplin

ScrapScrap by Emory Sharplin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There is a little town called Hellip, which is part of King Ibis's empire. He is a cruel and hateful man. His time on the thrown seems endless.

In this town is a little girl, an orphan named Tucker. Who works as a bakers apprentice, she survives with the help of the other orphans and by stealing things from her work when the baker isn't looking. Her and her fellow orphans sometime pass the time telling stories, a popular one being about the missing daughter of the king and wondering what happened to her.

  So dare you sing the rebels tune
For his daughters rising soon
We dare you sing the rebels tune
If his daughters rising soon.

One day while working a mysterious woman, Vivian leaves a gift for Tucker and from then on her life as she knew it to be changes.

I REALLY liked this book. There where moments that really didn't surprise me but then there where moments where I went wow this story is just great. I was a little disappointed with the ending, I won't lie I kind of wished there was more so now I will just have to sit and patently wait for book 2, twiddling my thumbs as I do so.

Dum de dum, is it out yet?

A wonderful debut novel by author Emory Sharplin. I have a feeling this will be a great young adult fantasy series.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Demented Adventures of Princess Pertties by K.D. Montgomery

The Demented Adventures of Princess PerttiesThe Demented Adventures of Princess Pertties by K.D. Montgomery
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pertties thinks she is just a normal girl, well normal enough. She has no idea who she is or where she came from, she has no memories except for the past 5 years. After being discovered on the side of the road at the age of 11 by the man, who now with his wife, are taking care of her. The only thing connecting her to who she is, was a silver bracelet with her name on it, Pertties. That and the nightmares..

She goes to school and has a job at the towns only fast food restaurant, she's saving up. She's going to get out of this small town one of these days. Falling into the earth into what appeared to be an underground city wasn't exactly what she had in mind.

With the help of Demented, a troll, and apparent friend from the past. They escape the underground city and the evil enchantress and onto to adventure.

I enjoyed this book, I found it well written and interesting. When Pertties fell through the ground, first thing I thought was Alice falling through the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Full of adventure and just as "Demented".

I would recommend this book for middle grade kids, but closer to the "young adult" ages. The tweens so to speak.

*I was given a copy for an honest review*

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Mannequin (Mannequin, #1) by Olivia Best

Mannequin (Mannequin, #1)Mannequin by Olivia Best
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OMG wait what?
How dare you just end like that!
Talk about cliffhanger ending.

In Mannequin we see the less then glamours side to modeling. Elodie is a 19 year old model living in Manhattan, she shares an apartment with other models. As we see her going out to clubs and castings Elodie starts to wonder if modeling s really something she wants to do in life. A thought that makes more of an presence after meeting James.

James is a young banker who wants to take things slow due to his past. And he is afraid to do anything that will ruin any potential relationship with Elodie.

But can James make her happy? There is always Tyler, a male model who she has history with and is making an appearance back into her life.

A very short book, I feel too short to be left hanging the way we are.It makes me a little frustrated that I need to go out an get the second book to find out what happens. It's going to be one of those series that probably could have been made into one book.

Besides the ending making me less then happy because of the *boom* it's over, I liked the book. The start was a little slow for me but as I read on I found it more enjoyable.

I was given a copy for an honest review.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

How My Summer Went Up in FlamesHow My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rosie's heart as been broken, first her boyfriend Joey cheats on her with a "bleached blond freshman ho bag" then she discovers that not only did he cheat on her, said "ho bag" is now the new girlfriend. And that's just the start of her problems, she has now been presented with a temporary restraining order (TRO has Rosie likes to call it). She's not stalking, she swears all she wanted to do was say she was sorry for blowing up his car.

So now all Rosie needs to keep away from Joey. How hard can that be?

Matty her next door neighbor/ basically member of the family suggests she come with him and his friends on a cross country road trip. Her parents agree it's for the best because keeping her as far away from Joey is the most important thing, even if it means traveling alone with 3 guys.

I knew from the opening line that I was going to enjoy this book.

I wasn't always the kind of girl who wakes up on the first day of summer vacation to find herself on the receiving end of a temporary restraining order.

Matty and his two friends Logan and Spencer are absolutely great, I love the dorkiness of them. Rosie is probably the least likable character but she grows on you as the journey goes on. Because the person we get at the start of the adventure is different girl at the end.

This road trip doesn't just keep her from causing more trouble for herself with regards to Joey but it teaches her more about what she wants out of life and why she has done the things she has.

I love road trip stories because in taking the journey not only does the character discover different sights and make memories that will last, they discover something inside of themselves that inspires them to move towards something that will better their lives.

In How My Summer Went Up in Flames, Rosie realizes that what she always wanted for her life after she finished up High School isn't actually all life has to offer. We have a book about self discovery, friendship, adventure, firsts. All taking place on the great open road, with pre-planed pit stops along the way (I hope you read the initiatory ;) )

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