Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #216: Starflight

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

By: Melissa Landers
Release Date: February 2, 2016

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith. When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world--and each other--the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...(Goodreads)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You
By: Emery Lord
Released: March 31, 2015
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live? (Goodreads)

I really enjoyed The Start of Me and You a lot. This was one of my most highly anticipated books of the year because I absolutely loved Emery Lord's debut, Open Road Summer.

The Start of Me and You is the story of Paige who's about to start her junior year of high school. It's been a year since her boyfriend drowned in an accident and Paige is finally ready for a new start.

Paige was an interesting protagonist who develops a lot through the course of the story. She's been mourning her boyfriend for longer than she dated him. She comes up with a plan of things to do during the year as a way to start moving forward again. The more I got to know Paige, the more I liked her. She has a good heart. I love the relationship that she shares with her grandmother because her love for her comes right off of the pages. I also love how Paige is really into television and is thinking about maybe becoming a television writer. Then there is the love that Paige has for her friends. 

This book is filled with great side characters. First there is Max, who is so adorable and nerdy. Then there are Paige's best friends Tessa, Morgan, and Kayleigh. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the relationship that Paige shared with her best friends. These girls love and support each other. They form their own little family. They may have their disagreements, but they're always there for each other. I loved the way that Lord wrote this friendship and made it a major part of the story. 

The plot took me a while to grab my attention. I started this book a couple of months ago, but I just couldn't get into it because it started off slow. I put it aside and finally went back to it recently and I'm really happy that I did. Even though I struggled to get through the first eighty pages, this book absolutely paid off after that. The plot picked up the pace and I couldn't put this book down. I became really invested in these characters. By the time I finished the last page, I remembered why I loved Open Road Summer so much all over again. Lord's writing is stunning and I found myself writing down so many quotes. From the middle to the end, I laughed out loud at times and was brought to tears at other moments.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Start of Me and You. It's a beautifully written story about moving forward, friendship, and love. I definitely recommend picking up a copy.  

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone
By: Morgan Matson
Released: May 6, 2014
Source: BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back? Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough. Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a stranger? Um...  Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find? Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what? (Goodreads)

I absolutely loved Since You've Been Gone! I couldn't put this book down and it has definitely become one of my favorites.

Since You've Been Gone is the story of Emily whose best friend Sloane has disappeared. Sloane and her family are just gone and all that is left is a list with thirteen things to do. 

Emily is a realistic and well developed character. She is lonely after her best friend, Sloane, disappears. She thought that it was Sloane who made her more exciting and she used to let Sloane do all the talking in most situations. However, if she wants to complete Sloane's list, then she needs to step out of her comfort zone and start speaking for herself. I loved watching Emily grow more confident as the story progressed. She unexpectedly makes some new friends along the way and I loved the little group they formed. I especially loved getting to know Frank more.

The plot immediately hooked me in and it didn't take me long to finish this book. I loved how the story was broken up by the items on Sloane's list. It was fun reading about how Emily was trying to complete each task. I also loved how Matson incorporated Emily's memories of adventures with Sloane within the story. It helped show just how much excitement Sloane brought to Emily's life. Their friendship wasn't always perfect, but it was clear how much they cared about each other.

I also loved the setting and exploring the town with Emily. I loved the morning runs and the playlists that Matson included within the story. I always love when an author gives you a playlist to listen to while reading. Matson really brought this town to life though. I actually grew up around the real town that she based it on, so it was especially fun for me to read.

Overall, I loved Since You've Been Gone. It's a fun story that will take you on an adventure. This book made me laugh and reminisce a lot. It makes the perfect summer read and I strongly recommend picking it up as soon as possible.

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