Review: She Loves You, She Loves You Not… by Julie Anne Peters

9415955She Loves You, She Loves You Not… by Julie Anne Peters

Details: Hardcover, 288 pages
Published:June 1st 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: I bought it
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 5 stars

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Alyssa thought she knew who she was. She had her family and her best friends and, most important, she had Sarah. Sarah, her girlfriend, with whom she dreamed with about the day they could move far away and live out and proud and accepted for themselves, instead of having to hide their relationship.

Alyssa never thought she would have to make that move by herself, but disowned by her father and cut off from everyone she loves, she is forced to move hundreds of miles away to live with Carly, the biological mother she barely knows, in a town where everyone immediately dismisses her as “Carly’s girl.” As Alyssa struggles to forget her past and come to terms with her future, will she be able to build a new life for herself and believe in love again? Or will she be forced to relive the mistakes that have cost her everything and everyone she cared about?

National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters has written a compelling novel about coming out, finding love, and discovering your place in the world. Alyssa’s story will speak to anyone who has known the joy and pain of first love and the struggle to start over again.

Review: I’m just going to start off by saying that I absolutely love Julie Anne Peters. She is probably my favorite author. I have loved everything I’ve read by her and had extremely high expectations going into this and I was not let down.

Alyssa has to go live with her biological mother that she barely knows, and she’s not very happy about it. She gets a job, meets someone, it’s not really anything new but I still loved it.

Just like every other time I read a book by Julie Anne Peters, I can’t stop talking about it but can’t seem to write a review that does the book justice.

If you haven’t read this book or any of Julie Anne Peters books, please do so. They are all really good.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read She Loves You, She Loves You Not and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

11378402The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1by Avery Williams

Publication Date: January 3rd 2012
Details: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
ISBN: 9781442443167
Source: I bought it

Avery Williams: 
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Buy The Alchemy of Forever:
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Summary: In the first novel of the Incarnation series, the immortal Seraphina grapples with a wrenching truth: Falling in love might mean succumbing to death.People say “love never dies”…but love might be the death of Seraphina.

Seraphina has been alive since the Middle Ages, when her boyfriend, Cyrus, managed to perfect a method of alchemy that lets them swap bodies with any human being. Sera ran away from Cyrus years ago, when she realized that what they were doing—taking the lives of innocent people—was wrong. Yet she doesn’t want to die, so she finds young people who are on the brink of death, and inhabits their bodies.

Sera has just landed in the body of a girl named Kailey who was about to die in a car accident. For the first time, Sera falls in love with the life of the person she’s inhabiting. Sera also falls for the boy next door, Noah. And soon it’s clear the feelings are returned. But she can never kiss Noah, because for her to touch lips with a human would mean the human’s death. And she has even more to worry about: Cyrus is chasing her. If she stays in one place for long, she puts herself—and the people she’s grown to care for—in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that’s eluded her for centuries: true love?

Review

I could not wait for this book to come out, but when it did I didn’t have the money to get it. When I finally bought it I was so excited that I started reading it straight away. I hate to say it, but I was disappointed.

I liked it while I was reading it but it just wasn’t as great as I hoped it would be. I can barely even remember what happened. Before writing this review, I actually had to sit down and try to remember what the book was about. This shouldn’t have been a problem considering I only read it a week ago. My memory is bad, but it’s not that bad.

Both the plot and characters were just meh. It was a good enough read that I got through it in one sitting, and I did enjoy it while I was reading it. It just wasn’t very memorable. I will be picking up book two, The Impossibility of Tomorrow, I just don’t know when. There are so many other books I want to read right now.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read The Alchemy of Forever and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

2 out of 5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday: Magonia

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

21393526Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Expected Publication: April 28th 2015 by HarperCollins
Details: Hardcover, 320 pages

Summary: Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds…two races…and two destinies.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Review: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson

6990121Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing #1) by Jason Henderson

Details: Hardcover, 249 pages
Published: May 4th 2010 by Harper Teen
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 4 stars

Summary: The Van Helsing name reborn

Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he’s descended from the world’s most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives at Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. Turns out Glenarvon isn’t the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomance. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You might say he’s a visiting professor.

When two of Alex’s friends are kidnapped by Icemaker, it’s up to Alex to infiltrate the Scholomance and get them back–alive. Assisted by the Polidorium, a top-secret vampire-hunting organization with buried ties to the Van Helsings, Alex dodges zombies, bullets, and lots–and lots–of fangs on his way to thwarting Icemaker’s plans and fulfilling his family destiny.

Review: This was a re-read for me. I first read it back in 2012 and I remember enjoying it. Since I recently got the third book, I thought it would be fun to read the first two books again before reading the last book in the trilogy.

The plot isn’t anything that new, but it’s still a lot of fun. The characters are great. They had me laughing out loud a couple of times. They aren’t as developed as I would like, but it’s the first book and it’s pretty short.

As someone who loves Frankenstein, vampires, and all things dark and creepy, I really enjoyed all the references to Shelley, Polidori, Byron and Villa Diodati. I’m not going to lie, that may be my favorite thing about this book.

If you want a fun, fast read, than you need to pick this book up. I may even read it again for a third time at some point.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

I read this week! Not as much as I normally do, but I still read three books. I’m trying not to push myself, read only one book a week and if I read more, than that’s fantastic. So far this seems to be working.

As for the blog, I have it figured out this time. I know what I will be posting and when. I was planning on doing Top Ten Tuesday, but I decided that if I have a new review to post, than I will do that instead. Even though this may change at some point.

For now I have no plans to post that often on Saturdays and Sundays. If I get books, I will do Stacking the Shelves, but other than that I wont be posting much on weekends. This might change in the future, but for now I have nothing to post. I could put up more old reviews, but I want to make those last as long as possible since I haven’t been reading too much lately.

Posted This Week:

Review: The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Waiting on Wednesday: Half Wild by Sally Green
Review: Risk by Elana Dykewomon
Review: The Lady with the Lamp by Lee Wyndham

Read This Week:

I read the Alex Van Helsing trilogy by Jason Henderson and I have reviews for those books coming up over the next few weeks.

Currently Reading:

I’m still reading Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. I was really enjoying it before I got sick, so I am super excited to pick it back up.

Coming Up This Week:

Here is the plan for now.

Monday: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – Done 🙂
Tuesday: New review (this week it will be Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson)
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday or Wishlist Wednesday
Thursday: Old review (until I run out)
Friday: Old review (until I run out)
Saturday: Stacking the Shelves (when I get books. I have no plans of getting books this week.)

This is basically the schedule I’m going with. It took me a couple of weeks to figure it out, but I think I got it. Sorry for the long Monday posts lately. Now that I know what I want to do, next weeks post should be shorter.

What are you planning on reading this week?

Review: The Lady with the Lamp: The Story of Florence Nightingale

6483093The Lady with the Lamp: The Story of Florence Nightingale by Lee Wyndham
Published: March 1970 by Scholastic Book Services
Details: Paperback, 191 pages
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: “You, Florence! Become a nurse?” Dr. Fowler stares at the slim, elegant girl. “It won’t take you long to change your mind- after you see a hospital ward. Come.”

The horrible smell, the dark, stained walls, and the moans of dying patients on the care of coarse, uncaring ward-nurses, sicken Florence. But she forces herself to look.

“I will change all this,” she vows, “if it takes me a lifetime.”

Read how Florence Nightingale – the belle of Victorian society – becomes a nurse, and turns the terrible “pest-houses” of her day into clean, modern hospitals.

–from the back of the book

Review: I have been in another reading slump lately, and decided to try and read smaller books. The Lady with the Lamp is a super small book and I really enjoyed it.

I have no idea where this book came from. It has been sitting on my To Be Read shelf for years. I think my dad might have brought it home from work for me. I guess it really doesn’t matter where it came from.

I’ve been interested in learning more about Florence Nightingale for years but never got around to reading anything about her until now. This biography is so interesting and easy to read. Even if it was longer, I think you would still fly right through it.

If you are interested in Florence Nightingale, this would be a good place to start.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked. Maybe someday I will re-read The Lady with the Lamp and do a better review. Better reviews (hopefully) coming in the future.

Review: Risk by Elana Dykewomon

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Published: June 1st 2009 by Bywater Books
Details: Paperback, 320 pages
My Rating: 3 stars

Summary: Risk is a beautifully told story that spans the years from the mid-eighties to the post-9/11 world. Carol is an idealistic, Berkeley-educated, Jewish lesbian living in Oakland, California. Downwardly mobile, the Berkeley grad makes her living by tutoring high school students. Through Carol’s life, Dykewomon explores the changing times and values in America. She contemplates war, class, race, community, love, relationships and change in mythic, historic Berkeley. Whew!

My Review: I had no idea what to expect going into this book. I got it for free and I hadn’t heard a thing about it. However, I must have had some kind of expectations that I was unaware of since I was a little bit disappointed in the end.

The plot is kind of hard to explain because the story takes place over a lot of years, and it seems to jump around a lot. At least it seemed that way to me. I would be reading it and wondering if it was a few days later, a year later, or a few years later.

I don’t really even have much to say about the characters. They were kind of blah. That is the best way to describe them. Even though I was disappointed, confused, and didn’t find the characters that interesting, I just couldn’t give it the two stars I would usually give a book that I thought was just okay. Maybe it deserves three stars and maybe it doesn’t. This was a hard book for me to rate and review. Maybe if you see it for cheap or free you could give it a read and see what you think.

Have you read this book? If you have what did you think of it?

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Risk and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.