Mini Review: The Frail Days by Gabrielle Prendergast

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The Frail Days by Gabrielle Prendergast

Publication Date: April 1st 2015
Details: Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Orca Books
ISBN: 9781459804647
Source:  Won from LibraryThing

Gabrielle Prendergast: 
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Buy The Frail Days:
Amazon | Book Depository

Summary: Stella needs a wild singer for her old-school rock band. When she and the guys in her band hear Tamara Donnelly nail the national anthem at a baseball game. Stella is not convinced Tamara is right for the band, but the guys are. When the band starts to build a local following, Stella and Tamara clash over the direction the band should take, forcing them both to consider what true musical collaboration means.

Review

The Frail Days was just an okay book for me. It has a great message but it’s a super fast read and I think that is why I can only give it two stars. I wish it had been longer. It just seemed like everything was happening too fast. It might have been a three star book if it was even 200 pages. It had everything it needed to be a good book, but unfortunately it was just okay.

If you want a fast, easy read, than you might want to check this one out. It might also be a good one for a kid that likes to read but can’t sit through bigger books. I wish I would have picked this up for a read-a-thon.

2 out of 5 stars

 

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.

Well, last week wasn’t very good for reading or blogging. My Tuesday review went up really late and I didn’t even post reviews on Thursday and Friday. Sorry about that. I was really sick and spent the entire week in bed. Hopefully I feel well enough today to get all of this weeks posts done.

Posted Last Week:

Review: Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
Waiting on Wednesday: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

Read Last Week:

Nothing. I could hardly stay awake last week. I hope to at least finish Shadow on the Sun this week. I’m still not feeling that great and I don’t want to push myself too hard.

Currently Reading:

Shadow on the Sun (Hell’s Cross #3) by David Macinnis Gill

Coming Up This Week:

Review: The Frail Days by Gabrielle Prendergast
Waiting on Wednesday: Who knows what it will be?
Review: It Came from Beneath the Sink by R.L. Stine
Review: Salems’ Lot by Stephen King
Stacking the Shelves: Maybe?

Waiting on Wednesday: Seriously Wicked

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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: 

23168806Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

Expected Publication: May 5th 2015 by Tor Teen
Details: Hardcover, 208 pages

Summary: The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch…will that mean she’s wicked too?

Review: Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger

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Details: Paperback, 256 pages
Published: April 1st 2001 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: My Mom bought it for me
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 5 stars

Summary: Since his parents’ divorce, John’s mother hasn’t touched him, her new fiancé wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It’s no wonder John writes articles like “Interview with the Stepfather” and “Memoirs from Hell.” The only release he finds is in homemade zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a self-proclaimed “Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Lesbian.” Haning around the Boston Tower Records for the new issue of Escape Velocity, John meets Marisol and a hard love is born.

While at first their friendship is based on zines, dysfunctional families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to shed their protective shells. Unfortunately, John mistakes this growing intimacy for love, and a disastrous date to his junior prom leaves that friendship in ruins. Desperately hoping to fix things, John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on Cape Cod. On the sandy beaches by the Bluefish Wharf Inn, John realizes just how hard love can be.

With keen insight into teenage life, Ellen Wittlinger delivers a story of adolescence that is fierce and funny — and ultimately transforming — even as it explores the pain of growing up.

Review: I’ve had this book on my wish list for years, so I was so happy when I finally got my hands on it. Thanks Mom!

I was expecting to like Hard Love, but I ended up loving it. It was so good that I read it in one sitting. I know that isn’t saying much since it’s not a very big book, but I’ve been struggling with reading lately, so the fact that I was able to do that surprised me.

I basically loved every single thing about this book. I think the only thing I didn’t like was that Marisol is always saying she’s a lesbian. I understand why she is always saying it, but after a while it’s just like you’re gay, we get it. Other than that I had no problems. This might even be one of my favorite books now. I really need to get my hands on Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story.

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.

Posted Last Week:

Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Waiting on Wednesday: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
Review: Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
Review: Sleepless by Cyn Balog
Stacking the Shelves: My Mom Is Awesome Edition

Read Last Week:

I didn’t get much reading done last week. I only read The Frail Days by Gabrielle Prendergast and Invisible Sun (Hell’s Cross #2) by David Macinnis Gill.

Currently Reading:

Shadow on the Sun (Hell’s Cross #3) by David Macinnis Gill

Coming Up This Week:

Review: Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
Waiting on Wednesday: ?
Review: Afraid by Jack Kilborn
Review: Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell

Stacking the Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I went into the city with my Mom yesterday to see Insurgent and we may have done some shopping. My Mom did buy most of these books for me. I think I bought four of them for myself and I’m not even sure which ones they were. Here is what I got:

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Review: Sleepless by Cyn Balog

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Details: Hardcover, 215 pages
Published: July 13th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 3 stars

Summary: Eron DeMarchelle isn’t supposed to feel this connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce his human charges to sleep. Though he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn’t encouraged to do so. After all, becoming too involved in one human’s life could prevent him from helping others get their needed rest.

But he can’t deny that he feels something for Julia, a lonely girl with fiery red hair and sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. In the past, Eron has broken rules to protect Julia, but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can’t reach her. Eron’s time as a Sandman is coming to a close, and his replacement doesn’t seem to care about his charges. Worse, Julia is facing dangers she doesn’t recognize, and Eron, as he transitions back to being human, may be the only one who can save her. . . .

Even once they’ve become human again, Sandmen are forbidden to communicate with their charges. But Eron knows he won’t be able to forget Julia. Will he risk everything for a chance to be with the girl he loves?

Cyn Balog’s follow-up to Fairy Tale has more wit, more supernatural delights, and more star-crossed romance! Teen girls will love this story of a Sandman who falls in love with his human charge.

Review: I have been wanting to read this book since it came out. Possibly even before it came out. I am so happy that I finally have.

When I first started reading it, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but I stuck with it and I ended up enjoying it.

I didn’t dislike the characters, but I didn’t love them either. I didn’t really care at all about any of them. Well, Eron was okay. I think that’s why I didn’t love this book.

Overall, it was good. I liked it and I want to keep reading more by this author.

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 Sleepless and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.