Monday, July 28, 2014

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Let's Get Lost
By: Adi Alsaid
Released: July 29, 2014
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I was really excited about Let's Get Lost because I just love road trip stories and this book turned out to be even more than just a road trip book. It's the story of how one girl came into the lives of four different strangers. 

Leila is on a road trip to Alaska to see the northern lights. On her way she meets Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia. First we meet Hudson who works in his dad's mechanic shop. He isn't sure if he really wants to leave his small town for college next year. Next we meet Bree who ran away from home. Bree has been living on the road for some time now and avoiding what she left back at home. Then there is Elliot who wants his prom night to end like in the movies. However, it seems like everything just keeps going wrong for him. Lastly there is Sonia who is afraid to fall in love again after losing her boyfriend. She is torn about being honest with herself or to continue to spare the feelings of the family she has become a part of.

I really enjoyed how the book was broken into five sections. Each section is told in a different perspective and the last section is told in Leila's. We briefly get to know each of these strangers and see the impact that Leila has on each of them. Then when we get to Leila's chapter, we see how each of these strangers has in turn impacted Leila on her journey. My favorite sections were definitely Leila's and Bree's.

The plot was paced well and I enjoyed how with each new section, we saw how Leila came into these stranger's lives. It kept the story moving. I liked that she only spent about a day with each of these characters because this isn't their story, it's Leila's. There were a lot of funny situations that arose though on her adventures with them. There were several times where I couldn't believe what they were getting themselves into. There were also really sweet and heartbreaking moments too. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. Alsaid did a wonderful job bringing each section together. I definitely recommend this to fans of contemporary books who are looking for something different.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #163: A Thousand Pieces of You


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

A Thousand Pieces of You
By: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4, 2014

"Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined. A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure" (Summary from goodreads.com)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #162: Famous Last Words


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Famous Last Words
By: Katie Alender
Release Date: September 30, 2014

"Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender. Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message. Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer. All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life." (Summary from goodreads.com)