Review: The Forbidden Orchid

Review: The Forbidden OrchidTitle: The Forbidden Orchid
Author: Sharon Biggs Waller
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: March 8, 2016

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors’ prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse.

Elodie can’t stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower—only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?

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Review: The Forbidden Orchid

The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller is a one of a kind book all about a hunt for a rare and valuable orchid. An interesting and complex father/daughter relationship makes this book even more believable. Though the book seems incredible already, there are three different settings, including China, making the story unforgettable. Continue reading

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn HamiltonTitle: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: March 8, 2016

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

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Review: Rebel of the Sands By Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton is a mind-blowing book that I’m sure everyone will love. This book is super unique and combines mythology and the desert. The setting of this book is incredibly well-developed and so clearly written that it is awe-inspiring. To top it all off, the main character is incredibly strong and brave. Continue reading

Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Review: Saint Anything by Sarah DessenTitle: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 5, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of t

heir parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time. 

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Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is the perfect book if you are looking for a relatable book with inspirational themes.The novel also has an amazing main character with a fantastic voice, and a unique pizza parlour setting,  This book is classic Sarah Dessen with her signature themes. It is also a light and refreshing read. Continue reading

Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Review: I Was Here by Gayle FormanTitle: I Was Here
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 27, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

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. 

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Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I Was Here by Gayle Forman is a masterpiece! The book is such a pleasure to review as it is a unique story. There is a whole ball of emotions that will arise as you read this wonderfully written story. Continue reading

Review: Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Review: Mosquitoland by David ArnoldTitle: Mosquitoland
Author: David Arnold
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: March 3, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

 I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, Mosquitoland is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. 

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Review: Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Mosquitoland by David Arnold is INCREDIBLE! I am so happy that I had the opportunity to review this well-written book. It is so clever and fast-paced. A must-read for those who enjoy road trip books. Continue reading