Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #168: I'll Meet You There


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


I'll Meet You There
By: Heather Demetrios
Release Date: February 3, 2014

"If seventeen-year-old Skyler Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage-months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line. Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings them together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper. Gritty, romantic, and ultimately hopeful, I'll MEET YOU THERE explores the complicated lives of an unforgettable cast of characters. This is the story of teens outside the picket fence. It doesn’t soften the edges of adolescence or the individual consequences of war; it’s life on the fringes—maddening, weirdly endearing…and completely screwed up." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #167: I Was Here


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

I Was Here
By: Gayle Forman
Release Date: January 27, 2015

"Cody and Meg were inseparable. Two peas in a pod. Until . . . they weren’t anymore. When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question. I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss" (Summary from Goodreads.com)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5)
By: Richelle Mead
Released: July 29, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . . Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off." (Summary from goodreads.com)


Silver Shadows is another great addition to the Bloodlines series. After the cliffhanger in The Fiery Heart I was dying to read Silver Shadows and it was absolutely worth the wait. This series just keeps getting better and better, if that is even possible. I just really love how Mead expanded on this world she created. 

Silver Shadows picks up shortly after where The Fiery Heart left off. Sydney is locked away in reeducation while Adrian feels helpless in trying to find her. I liked that we saw a bit of a different side to both of these characters in this book and I think that it helped further develop them. This especially applies for Sydney. Sydney goes through a lot in this book, but I love that it really shows how strong and resilient she is. I also loved seeing some familiar characters again from the Vampire Academy series.

I once again loved how the chapters alternated between them because it really helped move the story along. The plot was action-packed and the story never slowed. I couldn't put this book down for long because I just had to know what would happen next. This book was definitely the darkest in the series so far and I liked that it really stood out as different when compared to the series as a whole.

Overall I loved Silver Shadows and I can't wait to read what will happen next. I definitely recommend picking this series up! 


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After
By: Stephanie Perkins
Released: August 14, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren't always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new." (Summary from goodreads.com)


Isla and the Happily Ever After was everything and more that I was hoping it would be. As soon as this book was in my hands I couldn't put it down. I loved Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, and now Isla and the Happily Ever After fits in perfectly as the final book in the series. I feel like it's practically impossible to choose which one was my favorite though because each book told a distinctively different story.  

Isla and the Happily Ever After is the story of Isla and Josh. They both live in New York City but attend school in Paris. Isla has had a crush on Josh for years, but has barely ever spoken to him. However, after accidentally seeing him one night in New York, things start to change between them. 

What I loved the most about both of these characters was that they are flawed and realistic. Isla is shy and mostly sticks by herself, except for when it comes to her best friend Kurt. Isla was just a character that I could instantly connect with. She reminded me a lot of myself when I was in high school. Then there is Josh who is an artist and is also a bit of a loner now that his best friends have all graduated. Both Isla and Josh were developed very well. I also loved how their relationship developed and grew because it was realistic. Perkin's really captured that excitement of falling head over heels in love so quickly.
 
I loved the back and forth between New York City and Paris. Perkin's once again does an amazing job at bringing the reader to a city and making them feel like they are walking the streets with the characters. It's one of my favorite things about this series because not only are the characters great, but you get to explore a city too. 

I also loved seeing Anna, √Čtienne, Lola, and Cricket one more time. It was so great how they all came into the story.

Overall I loved Isla and the Happily Ever After. So many happy tears were shed while reading this book. I already plan on rereading this whole series again very soon. I highly recommend picking these books up because you do not want to miss out on meeting these characters!


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