Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined, Danielle Young-Ullman

Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined, Danielle Young-UllmanTitle: Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined
Author: Danielle Young-Ullman
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Wild meets The Breakfast Club in this story of a girl who must survive an extreme wilderness experience to prove to her mother that she has the strength to pursue her dreams.

Then
Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music.

Now
Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her.

Then
When the curtain fell on Margot-Sophia’s singing career, they buried the past and settled into a small, painfully normal life. But Ingrid longed to let the music soar again. She wanted it so much that, for a while, nothing else mattered.

Now
Ingrid is never going to make it through this summer if she can’t figure out why she’s here . . . and why the music really stopped.

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Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined, Danielle Young-Ullman

Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Young-Ullman is a book about a camping trip. It also has some backstory woven in throughout the story. The supporting characters are all so developed and have such complex stories. The main character is also smart, strong, and musically talented. This book does not disappoint. Continue reading

Review: The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

Review: The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs WallerTitle: The Forbidden Orchid
Author: Sharon Biggs Waller
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Rating: 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
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: 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
Also by this author: The Truth About Forever
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 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
Also by this author: Just One Day Series
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Rating: 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