18 Nov 2015

Mini-Reviews: Trying To Catch Up Reviews But Are Five Stars

The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
Publication: September 8th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC, 328 pages
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The first half of the year was far the best. I won several ARCs and books. The One Thing was included on those ARCs and I am really thankful to the sweet author. If not because of her? I would never had the opportunity to read her extraordinarily good debut.

The One Thing is ripping-ly funny. The characters are with prudence or propriety. Maggie, the blind protagonist, is sometimes adored by yours truly – her I-don't-want-your-pity attitude bothers me. Regardless, Curtis' did a major break through in my reading history. It's anything you could ask for as a reader. You get annoyed, you'll laugh, you'll cry, your heart will wrench, you'll get the feeling that the characters are all right and so are you and in the very last word and period, you'll say "I'll read it again!".

Source: Author · I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content.

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Publication: May 5th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback, 480 pages
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"Nothing worth doing is easy," Frank said. "Especially not in the beginning. But I'm not about to give up."

Since this book was on my radar last year, it never left me, where it once appeared in my dreams that I was holding it, reading it, and I was Sloane, talking to Emily, making fun of Matson for making us a story. That was ridiculous. Yeah.

You think only Sloane can write such lists? I do, too. But more about Since You've Been Gone.
1.) Make a playlist in every book you read. The playlists of this book are my jam. I never thought the author of this has same taste as mine.
2.) Find Emily. This time, it's not Sloane that you'll be seeking for but a friend like Emily. She's all you could ask for. She sees you as a sister, never thought of the bad things you do, the best BFF and she works in a customer-free ice cream shoppe!!! And hey, if you have one already, you're lucky.
3.) Run with a Frank. He's the best run buddy and keeps your courage up especially when you ride a horse.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Publication: January 6th 2015 by Random House Children's Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback, 388 pages
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I thought I would rate this book five stars but (STOP: May spoil you.) that death was unacceptable. My reading interest was lost and decided after days to continue it. I was totally doubting to go on with the adventure when one is not there. It was like I was more fearful on facing the truth than Violet.

Talk about pulling you violently out of your seat, All The Bright Places is for you - all wander-gaiety-feels but painful debut.

Sorry I did a mini-reviews post. I'm so lazy to go through my notes when I was readings the books.
What have you read recently? Have you read any of these books? Or, Have you been on hiatus?

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I love to collect soundtracks from books and movies. It's cool to listen to their music and to live with them. Well, only those books and movies that are oh so aplomb to me.

14 Nov 2015

Review: The Nest

Publication: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
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Steve is worried. He's worried about his baby brother, whose congenital birth defects mean constant illness. He's worried about his parents trying to handle it. He's worried about the wasp nest outside of the baby's window. But then the wasp queen appears in his dream, offering to fix his brother, promising to make all those worries go away, and all he has to do is say yes.

I quite enjoyed this one. I generally really enjoy Kenneth Oppel's writing, though I was a little underwhelmed by The Boundless. This one, though, I liked a lot. It is labelled as Middle Grade, but it is definitely enjoyable by older audiences looking for a strange, quick read.

Steve is a character that you don't really see all that often in protagonists for Middle Grade novels, in that he's serious, introverted, and struggles with anxiety. It isn't something you typically see explored in younger protagonists, and I really appreciated seeing it. It is something that makes this book is as much an internal plot as an external one, and adds a lot of complexity to what would otherwise be a fairly simple plot. This is a novel that I can easily see twelve-year-old Kelly reading.

This is a strange little book. I would probably describe it as magical realism- set in the real world, but with a magical or surreal element. In this case, that element was the wasps that offer to "fix" Steve's baby brother. As with most bargains with supernatural beings, the agreement isn't what it seems, and soon it takes a turn for the dark and dangerous. Its such a bizarre concept, and makes for a very interesting reading experience.

The way this book is packaged is beautiful (plastic dust jacket, patterned under the cover), but I'm of two minds on the illustrations. Though they added some visual interest, they weren't really to my personal taste. I don't think I would have missed them, but, that said, they do contribute a bit to the atmosphere. They're more eerie than illustrations you would typically find in a MG novel.

Overall, this book is a little strange and a little dark, a unique Middle Grade novel with a refreshing protagonist, and I would love to see more books along the same lines.
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I'm a reader and reviewer from Ontario, Canada, which mean that sometimes library trips take place place through a foot or so of snow. I'm going into my third year of university, studying Environmental Sciences, which I juggle with my almost constant reading. I've been blogging at at my own blog since 2012, and I'll be helping Yani out here on Paper Boulevard as a co-blogger.
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