Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

To be honest with you, I only bought this book because of all the hype the show was creating before it was released on Netflix. That being said, the book did not disappoint.

Synopsis

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

Via Goodreads

Review

If you have already seen the Netflix Original show, the only differences between the book are: Hannah’s parent’s involvement, the lawsuit, and how long it took Clay to finish the tapes.

If you haven’t, disregard everything I just said. This is a type of novel every young adult or parent should read. Yes it does deal with difficult topics like suicide and rape, but the main point of the novel is to show us readers that every action does have a consequence. It also shows us that a person can appear to be fine but there are so many things going on in their minds that we can never really know how they’re feeling.

I don’t think the novel fully captured what the people, that caused Hannah to feel that way, were going through. I’m sure they  behaved a certain way because there were other factors.

As a young woman, just a few years out of high school, this novel was particularly difficult because yes there were two rapes that transpired during the novel. That was hard to come to terms with because that happens so frequently yet is under reported for fear of being blamed and even worse shamed for something that isn’t their fault.

Jay Asher created various situations that could occur at any given moment, in any city, in real life. While it is a fiction novel, it is very realistic in these situations. We hear about an accident caused by a drunk driver all the time. We sometimes participate in the ostracizing of a classmate and don’t realize that what we’re doing is wrong.

All this being said, I also don’t think that Hannah placing the blame on those twelve people was by any way okay. She was isolated and had no support. She also had a condition that does affect thousands of people every day: depression. For anyone to say otherwise doesn’t understand it. The counselor and teachers, as much as they try to help, often don’t recognize the signs or are improperly trained to help someone in these situations.

It isn’t really a novel that is easy to get through. It’s very dark and the themes are very adult-like, but I feel that young people, particularly middle schoolers and high schoolers, show read this and have real conversations with their parents about what is going on in their lives.

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The Siren by Kiera Cass

“I’d waited an eternity for this. I’d have waited all over again if I had to. I was meant to kiss this boy, designed to be held by him. All the careful postures I held melted away, and I pulled him closed. We were stars. We were music. We were time.”

You better get your tissue box ready if you are going to read this book, because I don’t know how many times I actually shed tears. I love this book and this author. Now without further ado, here we go.

Synopsis

Love is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Sirn ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their death. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t risk spending the rest of her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude … until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny … and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

Review

I don’t know where to start with this book. It’s a romance novel and my poor little heart can’t handle it. By now, you all know that I’m a hopeless romantic, so this novel just solidifies that claim.

The most we know about her when the book starts is that she was from a prominent family when they died and she became a siren. Flash forward eighty years, and it seems that she’s a little depressed from what she is forced to do. Her “sisters”, the other sirens, don’t understand her coping mechanism, which I agree is a little morbid but whatever helps I suppose.

Then she meets Akinli and things change. She’s happier and actually wanting to live a life, but doesn’t want to put him, and her sisters, in any danger. So she decides to leave, causing her to fall completely into a depression. Most of the book is her fighting her depression.

When she couldn’t handle it anymore, she accidentally put everyone and herself in danger. Before anyone could do anything about it she ends up escaping and finding her way back to Akinli, and his family. They’re so sweet and amazing. And then all the crap happens BECAUSE OF ONE WORD!!!

Then the whole Padma and her parents and the other girls! OH MY GOD!!!!! Yeah they do something huge and it’s totally against Her rules. Oh, before you ask who She is, she isn’t a real person but she does play a huge role in Kahlen’s life. Also, I’m not going to say who She is, you’re just going to have to read the novel.

Then the whole Kahlen suddenly becoming sick, and then the huge reveal that someone else is sick, WHAT?! That really was sad. And HER keeping pertinent information to save both of them, sorry but selfish much?

In the end, everything works out and the two can finally be together without Kahlen forgetting how much she loved Her. All-in-all, everything works out. And the story is really easy to get into. I highly recommend this novel.

 

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

You should probably know that one of the main reasons I read this book is because it is being made into a movie. I can now honestly say that I am really excited for the film adaptation. So let’s get to it.

Synopsis

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures. (via Goodreads)

Review

As you can guess, the story follows 17 or 18-year-old Samantha “Sam” Kingston. I’m not entirely sure her age is actually stated. (This is mostly because I was still emotional over the ending of a different book I finished a week before. Also, I read Hard Rules a couple of days later and you can read my review for that as well.)

Like I mentioned, the book follows Sam on the last day of her life. I really didn’t get that it was seven times until I observed that there were only 7 chapters, plus a prologue and an epilogue. It was an interesting concept that Ms Oliver attempted with this book. Personally, I think it worked.

While I have read If I Stay by Gayle Forman, this particular novel made me questions if there is something we could do after our deaths to change the outcome or ask forgiveness for the things we did. It also reminded me of the fact that we never know when our last day on this earth is, so we should learn to value the things we have that we don’t really think about.

Sam was an interesting character. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the character developed so much in such a short period of time. Quite honestly, it was a bittersweet moment reading about the day she spent with her family or when she finally realized what Kent meant to her. I almost lost it when Kent told her about the accident and who died on her sixth day reliving the day of her death. And by lost it, I do mean I almost started bawling my eyes out. I did cry, who wouldn’t? It’s such a heart-breaking moment because you realize that that was how she died.

Honestly, it was such a beautiful book. I’m actually having a hard time not crying right now as I type this. Sure the whole topic of death and suicide, yes there was a suicide in this book as well, is kind of morbid, but there were some moments where I couldn’t help but laugh.

I’m going to stop here because I know that if I continue, I’m going to spoil something. So I really hope you do decide to read this book, before you watch the movie. It was a sad story, but it did have some fun moments and it had such great character development. I highly recommend this book and hope you enjoy it.

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The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer

What originally caught my attention about this book was the cover. It has such interesting cover art, don’t you agree. But also, it seems like it would be hilarious. Let’s begin, shall we?

Synopsis

She can score a goal, do sixty box jumps in a row, bench press a hundred and fifty pounds…but can she learn to curtsey?

Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.

The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.

-Via Goodreads

Review

So I originally read this novel during the summer of 2016. And I was amused. This reminded me so much of Pride & Prejudice, but funnier.

This time around, I couldn’t help but think that the book was going to quote some of the most famous lines from P&P. But then there was a twist. There was always a twist to what I thought would happen.

The novel follows Megan, a hilarious character with a little naivete and a whole lot of sarcasm. She’s a little difficult to like at the very beginning, a little selfish, reminding me a little bit of Sam Kingston from Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.  Actually, several characters call Megan out on her selfishness, which makes Megan think about her actions. But by the end of the novel, she grows a lot, not losing her sassiness even after the debutant business.

This novel is basically Pride & Prejudice but very modern. Megan is basically Elizabeth Bennet, Julia is a combination of all the other Bennet sisters, and Abby, their cousin, is basically Charlotte. I mean really. Julia goes through a whole scandal with an ex-boyfriend that caused many problems for their family.

And then there’s the Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, and Mr. Wickham of the classic novel in this rendition. There’s Andrew Gage and Hank Waterhouse, these guys are the Darcy and Wickham of P&P. And their rivalry is super obvious when they are in the same room.

I actually enjoyed reading about the whole debutante society in Texas. I get the feeling that it’s a lot more intense than it seems in the book. Between several dozen parties, school, soccer, and this whole debutante thing, how does this girl have time to have a relationship? Seriously, though. I mean I can barely handle being a full-time student and a part time employee. I don’t know how Megan handles it all.

Hank Woodhouse is a piece of work, to say the least. But it does give the classic tale of what happened in P&P a more modern, and risque, take. I actually love a lot of the characters from this story.

This was a fun read, I wasn’t sure if it was Young Adult or if it was adult, because it does have some very risque topics that aren’t often in many YA novels.

But I do hope you enjoy this novel and have a fun time with this modern take on a classic.

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Oh my gosh! That’s all i can say about this book. There was so much to it I just couldn’t put it down. Let me give you a quick overview and then we’ll get to the actual review. I will apologize now for being late with my review and if I accidentally spoil something.

Description

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands… (via Goodreads)

Review

I literally could not put this book down! I really loved Richelle Mead’s new fantasy world. The dresses, the dancing, the whole finishing school. I would have loved, and hated, to be apart of that era. Seriously though, this books is a great read.

The book is written from Lady Elizabeth “Adelaide” Witmore, Countess of Rothford. She’s so sassy, and it’s fairly noticeable that she can be a spoiled brat. But, she’s not completely selfish, at least as the book continues.

So as you’ve guessed, books aren’t all that entertaining unless there is conflict. And boy was there conflict. Seriously, there was never a dull moment. When Adelaide told off that one girl, I was dying of laughter, figuratively I mean. There were several moments when I just couldn’t help but laugh, Adelaide is so witty. I have a love-hate relationship with her. Then again she did it all for survival.

What was really great about this story is that Elizabeth, the protagonist’s real name, wasn’t just thinking about herself the entire time. She would think about how her actions affected others, i.e. Mira, Cedric, her grandmother, etc. Some of her actions weren’t completely selfish, and she definitely grew as a person, and by that I mean character.

But let’s get back to the story… There was so much drama, I almost couldn’t handle it. I know it was either Cosmopolitan Magazine or Seventeen Magazine that said this book would interest you if you like the CW’s latest hit Reign. And they do have a point, there was so much backstabbing and lies it was hard to keep track.

But seriously, the antagonist, i.e. the bad guy, was someone I least expected it from. Then again I’m easily wooed by characters who have “pretty” words. The biggest shocker was how well Elizabeth adjusted to her new lives and roles. I’m all for “love conquering all” and I have yet to find one of Richelle’s books that makes me believe the contrary.

Can I just discuss how Adelaide is a con-artist? I mean seriously, she stole someone else’s, i.e. her maid’s, identity and involved Cedric and Mira in her little con. I mean even Cedric’s father called her a con-artists. I suppose it was a good thing too, since it ended up saving Cedric’s life in the end.

All in all, I really loved this book. It had action, adventure, backstabbing, comedy, drama, romance. I mean seriously how is this not a great book. I highly recommend it. Best part is that you can read it as a stand alone book. Sure there will be questions left by some of the characters but, hey this is only book one of three.

So the next time you seem to have trouble finding something to read, pick up a copy of The Glittering Court, it won’t disappoint.

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Captive by Aimée Carter

I am a huge fan of this series. In case you are curious about it, check out my review for the first book, Pawn. And the cover art is amazing! So book two, let’s get started!!

Synopsis

The truth can set her free.

For the past two months, Kitty Doe’s life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, in a hostile meritocracy on the verge of revolution, Kitty sees her frustration grow as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoat rebels she is secretly supporting keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she is accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she’ll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in – but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

Review

I just love this author’s work. There’s betrayals, secret identities, secret relationships, a rebellion. This world that Aimee Carter has created is insane. Don’t even get me started on Elsewhere.

Okay quick recap. Kitty (main character) was bought by Daxton (the antagonist) and was Masked to look like Lila Hart. Lila and Lennox (a.k.a. Knox) are engaged and a part of the Blackcoat Rebellion, led by Celia (Daxton’s sister). Augusta (Daxton & Celia’s mother) was behind the Masking. Kitty is forced to impersonate Lila. We find out Lila is alive and just hiding. Augusta dies and we learn that Daxton isn’t really Daxton.

Got all that? That’s okay, it took me two readings for Pawn for me to grasp it all. Well this novel picks up a few weeks after the ending of Pawn. Lila is back in hiding but Celia is with her because what better way for mother-daughter bonding to occur? So basically Knox is now in charge of the rebellion. Not-Daxton is now a priority for the rebellion because…. WHO TF IS THIS PERSON??

Anyway, after an unauthorized mission, Kitty gets caught and sent to Elsewhere. A mysterious place that no one really knows what goes on. To be honest, after reading about how the, I don’t know what they’re called but I’ll just call him the mayor, mayor runs the whole place, I’m actually terrified of this place.

The whole time she’s there I keep thinking that there must be something else going on because A, Knox promised he would keep her out of there and B, Elsewhere is scary. And to be honest, there’s one person that is really important to who Kitty is.

Seriously this place is crazy. There’s a cage for fighting, and it’s to the death. There’s a factory that basically collects body parts for the people not in Elsewhere. And why are the elder sent to live here? It makes no sense, but this is Aimee’s world so I’m just gonna let it go.

The ending! This is a trilogy so cliffhangers. Needless to say, there’s a full on war because it is a dystopian series. And I kind of wanted to kick Knox’s butt because he was being a jerk. Although…. is there a real relationship for Knox and Kitty?…. hmmmm.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. It’s a quick read and the characters are entertaining as hell.

 

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

If you’re into Dystopian Young Adult books, this series may be for you. It’s absolutely one of my favorites. And the cover art…AMAZING. The characters are also very interesting. So lets begin!

Description

I have a curse

I have a gift

I am a monster

I’m more than human

My touch is lethal

My touch is power

I am their weapon

I will fight back
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering was – The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. (via Goodreads)

Review

Tahereh should have been a poet. Most of this novel is very descriptive, painting several pictures. Some were slightly disturbing and others were very peaceful.

There’s so much going on in this novel. As far as I can tell, Warner is the bad guy in this, i repeat THIS, book. I say that because, like every dystopian series, you never really know who the real enemy is until the last book. Also, Warner is his last name. As to what his first name is, we aren’t given a single clue.
It seems to me that there is going to possibly be a love triangle between Adam Kent, Juliette and Warner. That will be an interesting read. Again you don’t know who the main love interest is until the end, like in Peeta and Katnis in The Hunger Games or Kitty and Knox in The Blackcoat Rebellion. And if you don’t know what I’m referring to I apologize for the spoilers. You can also find out more about Blackcoat Rebellion on this blog.
Any who, back to the characters. Warner is an interesting character. His and Juliette’s personalities, to me, seem a little bit similar that they clash so often. He does have some hilarious lines throughout the book.

And then we have Juliette, who has some of the problems many of us face, i.e. low self-esteem. But Juliette’s backstory, which you learn a little of while reading this book, is actually very sad.
Several characters are introduced and they play a slightly larger role in the novellas and the other novels. My favorite of them being little baby James, who is totally adorable. He actually reminds me a little bit of a friend I went to high school with.
Another of my favorites is Kenji. Possibly the funniest character of this series, he tends to lighten the mood when the book becomes a little dark. He’s such a little flirt, which makes his friendship with Adam a little tense. It’s kind of entertaining to read. And by “kind of” I mean really very entertaining.
I would go on to describe Adam… but it would be better if you read the book. xD
With these characters and the various plot twists, I feel this book would make an excellent TV series. It’s also a great read and it isn’t all that long. I highly recommend this book.

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