Review: The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Review: The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson HaddixTitle: The Summer of Broken Things
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 10, 2018

three-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.

But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.

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I was very intrigued by The Summer of Broken Things when I first heard of it, especially since it is set in beautiful Spain. It is a story about family secrets, and it contains two main characters who change drastically throughout the book. I did find the plot to be predictable, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment too much. I would recommend this one to younger readers looking for a summer read with a message. Continue reading

Review: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Review: Stay Sweet by Siobhan VivianTitle: Stay Sweet
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…

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I knew I needed Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian the second I heard about its publication. This book has everything you could possibly want: summer vibes, ice cream, feminism, and friendship. I loved the ice cream parlour setting, and the main character is a strong leader. This book is cute and has an empowering message, and I would definitely recommend it. Continue reading

Review & Giveaway for Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade

Review & Giveaway for Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade

Welcome to my stop along the blog tour for Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade! I am so excited to share my review of this wonderful novel with you. It is a unique and interesting story of a young adult starting college. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for your chance to win your own copy of Finding Felicity.

Review & Giveaway for Finding Felicity by Stacey KadeTitle: Finding Felicity
Author: Stacey Kade
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 20, 2018

four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Felicity meets Fangirl in this contemporary novel about a young woman who must leave behind her fantasy life—inspired by her favorite WB show from the 1990s—and create a real one at college.

Caroline Sands has never been particularly good at making friends. And her parents’ divorce and the move to Arizona three years ago didn’t help. Being the new girl is hard enough without being socially awkward too. So out of desperation and a desire to please her worried mother, Caroline invented a whole life for herself—using characters from Felicity, an old show she discovered online and fell in love with.

But now it’s time for Caroline to go off to college and she wants nothing more than to leave her old “life” behind and build something real. However, when her mother discovers the truth about her manufactured friends, she gives Caroline an ultimatum: Prove in this first semester that she can make friends of the nonfictional variety and thrive in a new environment. Otherwise, it’s back to living at home—and a lot of therapy.

Armed with nothing more than her resolve and a Felicity-inspired plan, Caroline accepts the challenge. But she soon realizes that the real world is rarely as simple as television makes it out to be. And to find a place where she truly belongs, Caroline may have to abandon her script and take the risk of being herself.

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Book Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Book Review: Black Ice by Becca FitzpatrickTitle: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 7, 2014

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

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Book Review: Black Ice

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick is a disturbing thriller about two girls kidnapped in the mountains. The setting was so cozy at first, but then it became the perfectly terrifying location for a survival story like this one. The main character is also likeable and super resourceful. I would recommend this book, but be warned, it is almost impossible to put it down. Continue reading

Book Review: Ex-mas by Kate Brian

Book Review: Ex-mas by Kate BrianTitle:  Ex-mas: A Love/Hate Story
Author: Kate Brian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 6, 2009

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Two Exes. One holiday adventure. Merry Ex-Mas?

Seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith's parents just left for vacation, and Lila's all set to throw the holiday party of the season. But when her Christmas-obsessed little brother, Cooper, discovers that global warming is melting the North Pole, he and his best friend, Tyler, take off on a runaway mission to save Santa.
Lila has to get Cooper safely home before her parents get back on Christmas Eve. But the only person who can help her is Tyler's older brother, Beau — a.k.a. Lila's musician, anti-everything ex-boyfriend.

It'll take more than a Christmas miracle for Lila and Beau to overcome their differences and find their fugitive brothers. But could a journey destined for disaster help these polar opposites fall in love...all over again?

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Book Review: Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

As a sucker for all things road trip and Christmas, Ex-mas by Kate Brian is like heaven for me. I loved the idea of a little boy going to the North Pole to save Santa from global warming and how cheesy the book really is. I only had one problem with this book (the main character’s snobbiness), but still enjoyed the book. Continue reading