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:
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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.

Review: Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

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Details: Hardcover, 248 pages
Published: June 23rd 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 4 stars

Summary: A captivating and witty dark fantasy that will have girls lusting after it.

Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.

Even as Cam physically changes, becoming more miserable each day, he and Morgan pledge to fool the fairies and stay together forever. But by the time Cam has to decide once and for all what to do, Morgan’s no longer sure what’s best for everyone, or whether her and Cam’s love can weather an uncertain future

Review: Fairy Tale is yet another book I’ve been meaning to read for a really long time. For some reason I didn’t really have high expectations for it but was still super excited to read it. I think it’s because fae books can be very hit or miss for me. I always want to read them but usually end up disappointed. Luckily I enjoyed this one.

I absolutely loved Pip. He was by far my favorite character in this book. Cam was okay and Morgan just pissed me off at times. For the most part, I liked her, but those few times when she would talk/think crap about Pip, it would just get to me.

I definitely liked Fairy Tale, which surprised me. I can’t wait to read Sleepless.

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

Waiting on Wednesday: Rebel Mechanics

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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: 

22718701Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

Expected publication: July 14th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Details: Hardcover, 320 pages

Summary: A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.

Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Details: Paperback, 278 pages
Published: February 23rd 2010 by Speak
Source: Bought it
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 5 stars

Summary: Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss—her life—and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory and feeling guilty for not being able to help save her.

In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, awardwinning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all—hope.

Review: This is going to be a very short and horrible review. This book hit a little too close to home for me, so writing this review has been difficult.

Wintergirls is an amazing book and was my first five star read of the year. Even though it was a very hard read for me, I just couldn’t put it down. I have been wanting to read it for so long but I kept putting it off because of what it’s about. When I finally picked it up I thought it would be fine. I have been okay for years, all of that stuff is in the past. Unfortunately, this book brought a lot of thoughts back that I didn’t really want to be thinking and I did struggle a bit after reading it. If I’m being honest, I am still struggling a little bit now. However, I don’t regret reading Wintergirls. It is such an amazing and powerful book that I think a lot of people would love. Obviously I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone. If you know what this book is about and you think it might trigger something, than don’t read it. Everyone else should read it. I want to read it again. Not sure if I should, but I might someday.

I’m sorry this review wasn’t very good. I’m not even sure if you can call this a review. All you need to know is that it is an incredible book, the writing is beautiful and I loved it. If you think you will be okay reading it, than please read it. If you’ve already read, re-read it. It is so good.