Top Ten Tuesday 03/01/2016

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Woo hoo, first Top Ten Tuesday post of 2016 and better late then never, right? I recently started posting reviews again and am hoping to post 1 per week. I recently went from ‘undecided’ as my major to ‘pre-nursing’ so college is kicking my ass right now which is why my posts have kind of been few and far between this year. I really want to try to get at least 1 review posted a week though. I also want to do a Top Ten Tuesday every now and then and I really liked this week’s topic so here it goes…

Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X

X = Summer (surprise, surprise)

1.) Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

2.) Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

3.) Nantucket Red by Leila Howland

4.) Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

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5.) Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin

6.) The Beach Lane Collection by Melissa de la Cruz

7.) The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han

8.) Five Summers by Una LaMarche

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9.) Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

10.) Swept Away (Sixteenth Summer) by Michelle Dalton

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There are obviously MANY more I could have included in this list. These are just some of my favorites that came to mind right away. I love love LOVE summer themed books so my Goodreads ‘Read’ list is filled with them.

(Two more I just thought of that I LOVED…

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski )

Swept Away by Michelle Dalton Blog Tour!

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Title & Author: Swept Away (Sixteenth Summer) by Michelle Dalton

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Genres: YA Romance, YA Contemporary

Other Books by Michelle Dalton: Fifteenth Summer, Sixteenth Summer, Pulled Under (A Sixteenth Summer novel)

 My Rating: 4hearts

SYNOPSIS

Beachfront love blossoms in this refreshing summer romance, in the tradition of Sixteenth Summer and Seventeenth Summer.

 

Mandy Sullivan isn’t exactly looking forward to the summer months as tourists invade her seaside hometown on the coast of Maine. Her best friend, Cynthia, has abandoned her for camp and her older brother just announced he’ll be staying at college taking classes for the summer, leaving Mandy with nothing to do and no one to hang out with. Hoping to keep herself busy, Mandy takes a volunteer job at the Rocky Pointe Lighthouse. On her very first day, Oliver Farmingham asks for a private tour. A new—and incredibly cute—face in Rocky Pointe, Oliver seems more interested in Mandy than the lighthouse and its history.

 

Without her best friend at her side, Mandy is scrambling to act the right way and say the right things when Oliver is around. Cynthia—not Mandy—has always been the confident, flirtatious girl that everyone wanted to be around. As Mandy and Oliver spend more time together exploring the coast, biking through the woods, and attending the local summer festivals, their budding friendship becomes much more. But with Mandy’s insecurities creeping to the surface, can she open her heart to someone who will only be in town for three months?

BOOK LINKS:

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Bookdepository l iTunes l Kobo

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

Sixteenth Summer (Book 1): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9091814-sixteenth-summer

Pulled Under (Book 2): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18248933-pulled-under

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Dalton is one of the many names Carla Jablonski uses when writing. Her two YAs written as Carla Jablonski (published by Razorbill/Penguin), Thicker than Water and Silent Echoes, were included on the NYPL Books for the Teen Age list, and her graphic novel trilogy Resistance (illustrated by Leland Purvis, published by :01 Books) has won several awards, including the Sydney Taylor Silver Medal. In addition to writing novels she is an actor, playwright, and former trapeze artist. A native New Yorker, she is eternally grateful to her friends who invite her to their beach houses.

MY REVIEW

I have been a fan of Michelle Dalton since I first read Sixteenth Summer. I instantly loved the clichéd teen summer love story and continued to fall in love with each of her books after that. I love that when I read her books I am suddenly transported to a beach town that I have never been to yet am now so eager to visit. I love how you just fall in love with the storyline, the characters and the setting from the very first chapter. It is such a fun, light, enjoyable read that I could reread over and over again.

I loved the small beach town of Rocky Point and the way it was portrayed to the reader. It was so easy to make a mental picture of the quaint little town and made me want to hop into my car and take a roadtrip up the coast to Maine as soon as I finished reading. I also really loved the characters as I do with all of Michelle Dalton’s novels. They are easily likeable and you are rooting for them most of the book even though you know that their summer romance will likely come to an end. Mandy was so easy to relate to and I think any young girl would be able to see some of their own qualities in Mandy. Oliver was different than your usual summer love interest. He wasn’t the hunky jock out surfboarding on the beach. He was an artist and took the time to stop and admire things most other people don’t. He actually had some depth to him and that made me love him so much more. While some reader’s might not be into the insta-love, I was totally and completely into it and was hoping for the best between the two of them from the beginning to end.

I will definitely be rereading Swept Under (along with the rest of the Sixteenth Summer novels) while I lounge out on the beach this year. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a cute summer book, that also makes for a great beach read. It’s suitable in my opinion for tween and teen girls of any ages and I guarantee once you read Swept Away you’ll want to pick her other young adult books up as well.

MY DREAM CAST

These are some of the actors and actresses that I would match up to the characters in the book if it were being made into a movie.

Mandy Sullivan – Played by: Hailee Steinfield

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Mrs. Sullivan – Played by: Diane Lane

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Justin Sullivan – Played by: Taylor Lautner or Penn Badgley (it was a tie)

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Cynthia – Played By : Lucy Fry

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Joanna – Played By: Elizabeth Olsen

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Patti – Played By: Sabrina Carpenter

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 Celeste – Played By: Jessica Green

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Oliver – Played By: Nick Robinson

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Alice (Oliver’s Mother) – Played By: Rachel Weisz

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Freaky Farmington – Played By: Tommy Lee Jones

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So those are my top picks. I feel like they fit the characters really well in my mind. I really liked Penn Badgley for Justin but felt he might be too old looking for a college freshman/sophomore. Elizabeth Olsen to me looks like she could have an edgy New Yorker look/vibe.

GIVEAWAY:

Prize: Win (1) finished copy of SWEPT AWAY by Michelle Dalton (US Only)

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Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

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Title & Author: Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

Publisher/Year: Harper Teen/2015 (June)

Genre: YA Romance, YA Contemporary

Format: Paperback

Source: Around the World ARC Tours

Other Books By Author: Infinite Days, Stolen Nights, Eternal Dawn

Rating: 5hearts

What This Book Is About

A luminous young adult novel that evokes Judy Blume’s Forever for a new generation.

Ever since Sarah was born, she’s lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But this summer on Cape Cod, she’s determined to finally grow up. Then she meets gorgeous college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl who’s older than she is. A girl like Scarlett.

Before she knows what’s happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.

Fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins are destined to fall for this story about how life and love are impossible to predict.

(Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts on This Book

Let me start off by saying I loved this book. I would use the word ‘loved’ more than once, but the amount of times I’d use it to express how I felt about this book would make this post so incredibly long. If you’ve been reading and following my blog for a while you know I am a total sucker for summer themed young adult books. Throw in some romance and I am completely in love. A few days before beginning Between Us and the Moon I read a not so great review on Goodreads and I am so happy I read Between Us and the Moon despite what that person wrote because I completely disagree with it.

Sarah has lived in her sister Scarlett’s shadow her whole life so when they go on their yearly summer vacation to Cape Cod, Sarah decides she is going to do ‘The Scarlett Experiement’. Sarah figures if she dresses an acts like her sister, she will easily make friends and guys will like her the way they like Scarlett. When Sarah gets the attention of an older guy, Andrew, she pretends to be older. As summer goes on and Sarah and Andrew’s relationship progresses, so does Sarah’s lie. When summer comes to an end Sarah needs to decide between falling in love or being the Sarah she is on the inside.

I immediately loved the summary and knew I was going to fall in love with the storyline, along with the characters. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did.

Sarah, the main character, was pretty much a homebody in the beginning of the story. After her boyfriend/best friend breaks up with her because she “watches the world”. Once their vacation begins Sarah changes, but at the same time she doesn’t. She launches into ‘The Scarlett Experiment’, but after meeting Andrew, she still has a lot of her true features, like her love for astronomy, shine through past. Sarah not only lies about her age, but also that she is attending college, MIT to be exact, in the fall. Honestly, I don’t blame her for lying and it didn’t make me feel any differently for her character. I felt like I was easily able to relate to Sarah (other than having the same name) in many ways. I feel like we same(d) many of the same personality traits and characteristics when I was in high school. Also, let’s admit it girls, we all tell some kind of lie to a guy at least once in our life.

Andrew, a good guy with genuinely good hearted motives, is three years older than Sarah and a sophomore going to college in Boston. Him and Sarah continue to run into each other while Sarah is being a klutz and often tripping over her own feet. He finally takes the opportunity to introduce himself when he see Sarah on the beach. From there they begin a summer filled with romance. Andrew is so sweet to Sarah. He is also coping with the loss of someone close to him and dealing with the guilt he feels about it. Andrew is exactly the type of guy I personally would love to find in life. He is absolutely perfect that even the imperfections he does have just make him so much more appealing.

Of course there are several supporting characters throughout the novel that add to the storyline and without them, the book just wouldn’t have been the same. Sarah’s parents, her aunt Nancy, her Gran, Scarlett, and Scarlett’s boy for the summer Curtis just to name a few. They all were part of the story from the beginning to the end and each had something to contribute to the storyline. I really liked all of the characters, even the ones that were much harder to like than others.

Between Us and the Moon will be the absolute, perfect beach/summer book when it is published. It will make you laugh and smile and it will break your heart at times as well. At the end of the book I was so upset that it was over and I am definitely suffering a mild book hangover now. As I read Between Us and the Moon as part of a book tour and I will be mailing it out to the next reader later today, I will definitely be adding my on copy when this book hits the shelves in June. Between Us and the Moon is a book I see myself re-reading several times and I’m already looking forward to reading it for the second time. I of course would LOVE a sequel as a follow up for the next summer. I am unsure if there will be one but until then I will keep my fingers crossed!

Cruel Summer by James Dawson

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Title & Author: Cruel Summer by James Dawson

Publisher/Year: Indigo/2013

Genres: YA Thriller, YA Mystery

Format: Paperback (U.K. version)

Source: Book Depository

Other Books By Author: Say Her Name, Hollow Pike, Under My Skin, All of the Above,   Love Hurts

Rating: 5hearts

What This Book Is About

A year after Janey’s suicide, her friends reunite at a remote Spanish villa, desperate to put the past behind them. However, an unwelcome guest arrives claiming to have evidence that Jane was murdered. When she is found floating in the pool, it becomes clear one of them is a killer. Only one thing is for certain, surviving this holiday is going to be murder…

A compelling and psychological thriller – with a dash of romance.

(Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts on This Book

Cruel Summer has been on my TBR list for about a year now and just a couple of weeks ago I finally got the chance to read it. It proved to be even more of a page turner and was packed with more mystery and thrills than I had been expecting. I loved the alternating points of view between two of the main characters, Ryan and Alisha. It gave two sides/views of what was going on as the two had different ideas about what happened to Janey.

I really liked all of the characters and the end left me in complete and total shock. I constantly changed my mind as to who I thought killed Janey and in the end while I was completely surprised, there was a part of me that was still shocked. I was also taken off guard by who the killer was. In my opinion is was the least likely character but once the reader learns why they are seeking revenge it becomes perfectly clear and all makes sense (the motive). Each character has a different personality but together they all seemed like a fun group of friends.

Cruel Summer was a page turner that I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to them next. The ending wasn’t the one I was hoping for because let’s be honest we all want a happy ending, but it was perfect for the book. Cruel Summer paired with Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas would be one hell of a pair for you to bring along on your summer vacation. Both had similarities to me but different stories and I loved them both. If you have read either Cruel Summer or Dangerous Girls I’d recommend reading the other because they are like two peas in a pod. You can’t like one and not the other. I cannot wait to read James Dawson’s other YA book I have, Say Her Name. Once I do I will post a review for that as well.

Vacation

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As you may have been able to tell, I haven’t posted any reviews or posts in general this past week. I left on a last minute vacation Monday afternoon and didn’t come home until Thursday night. I wish I had been able to post this ahead of time, but it was very last minute and since I have been spending my summer doing absolutely nothing, I jumped at the chance to head to the beach with my cousin.

 I know New Jersey is notorious for the MTV show Jersey Shore, but the actual Jersey Shore is not quite as crazy. I live anywhere from 45 minutes-2 hours away from the shore (yes we also really call it “the shore” instead of the beach) and am only an hour away from Seaside Heights where the show was filmed. (I have also been there, saw the house and have seen a few of them while filming.) This was also my first summer of being able to go out legally to any bars at the shore so I was excited. While the TV show is based around drama, bars/clubs and partying, in reality yes there are clubs and bars at the shore if the town has a liquor license, but that is definitely not what everyone’s day revolves around. My cousin and I stayed with some family friends at a beach house in Wildwood, New Jersey. We went on the beach during the days and hit the boardwalk most of the nights. The four days I was down there I didn’t even step foot into a bar once.

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Anyways, the week was nice and relaxing. It was a struggle to get back to reality Friday and I have been a bit sluggish since then. The next few weeks are already looking crazy. Tomorrow I have to head over to my college bookstore and spend somewhere around $400 on three, yes only THREE, textbooks. (I have to wait until the first day of class to buy the other two, so it will probably end up totaling around $650. Lovely.) Tuesday and Thursday I am babysitting for three children, 6 years, 4 years and 3 months, so I will certainly have my hands full those two days. Over the weekend I have to go shopping for supplies for my friend’s birthday present I am making which needs to be finished by the following weekend. Then after Labor Day classes start up September 3rd. I am going to continue to read as much as I can. I have 4 reviews that I have already typed and are scheduled for this week and have a stack of books that I want to read before September 3rd.

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Lately I have been unintentionally reading a lot of debut novels. Usually when I read a debut novel, I don’t let my hopes get too high. The past few I have read have been pretty awesome though and Riptide is no different. Goodreads has recommended it to me several times and I have seen it countless amount of times under the “Readers Also Enjoyed” part of a page. It’s a summer novel that takes place on the beach, so I knew I had to read it.

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

How I Acquired This Book: Library Rental

4stars

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Grace has one summer to prove she’s good enough.

For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. Everything else disappears. She can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can’t reciprocate. She can forget how badly she wants to get a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. She can forget the pressure of her parents’ impossibly high expectations.

When Ford enters Grace into a surf competition—the only way she can impress the UCSD surfing scouts—she has one summer to train and prepare. Will she gain everything she’s ever wanted or lose the only things that ever mattered?

(Summary from Goodreads)

I love books that are about summer or take place on the beach. Usually they are light contemporary romance books and that is what I had been expecting Riptide to be as well. In some ways I was right and others I was wrong. Riptide had the romance in it, but it also dealt with a serious topic as well, physical abuse. I was shocked the first time something happened in the book because it was never mentioned in the summary. (Some scenes are more intense and violent than others. Wanted to just put out a warning.) Riptide was amazing though for a debut novel and I finished it in a couple of hours.

I loved the two main characters, Grace and Ford. They frustrated me a lot though. They start out as best friends who each has feelings for the other, but neither one tell the other. They end up bumping heads a lot out of jealousy which leads to one argument after the other. I wanted to just scream at them, “Just tell each other how you feel already!”, but it’s a lot easier for the reader to think it than it would be for two people to actually open up about their feelings like that. I adored Ford’s parents. They seemed like two great people who would help anyone who needed it. Grace’s parents on the other hand, I absolutely hated. Her father for obvious reasons and her mother for just standing around thinking it wasn’t a big deal. I was really happy in the end with the decisions that were made between all of the characters.

Besides the complicated friendship/romance and the abuse, Riptide focuses a lot on surfing. Grace and Ford both surf together and Grace wants to attend UCSD on a surf scholarship. I cannot surf myself, but it is something I have always wanted to learn to do and love sitting on the beach watching all the surfers out in the water. The surfing part of Riptide definitely brought the California vibe to the book as well.

Riptide is also a novel that would go great hand in hand with Laguna Cove by Alyson Noel. They both feature female lead characters and focus on surfing and a budding romance. (Also both are based in California.) They may sound a lot alike which they are, but they are both very different as well. I would say if you enjoyed Riptide you will enjoy Laguna Cove, as well as the other way around. If you’re looking for another book (or two) to fit in before summer is over, I would definitely recommend checking Riptide (and Laguna Cove if you have time) out.

The Sound by Sarah Alderson

I first saw The Sound on Pulseit, a site that uploads books that you can read for free for a limited time. Since The Sound was from a few weeks prior, I was only able to read an extended excerpt (which I didn’t even read after I learned my lesson with To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before). When I saw it on the new YA shelf at the library a couple days later, I immediately snatched it up and checked it out.

The Sound by Sarah Alderson

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A British nanny looking for a low-key summer finds buried secrets, murderous attention, and unexpected romance when she visits the Nantucket Sound.

The Nantucket Sound is a beachfront playground for the privileged and elite, where the sunny days are filled with scenic bike rides, backyard picnics, and bonfire parties.

But all Ren Kingston, a visiting Brit still reeling from heartbreak really wants is a quiet summer as a nanny for one of Nantucket’s wealthy families. Getting acquainted with handsome Jeremy and his young group of trust fund, private school kids was not part of the plan. Neither was befriending the local bad boy whose reputation is more dangerous than charming.

After a dead body is found next to The Sound’s postcard-perfect view, Ren starts to wonder where the real threat lies. Because it’s becoming clear that her newfound friends are much more than they seem. They’re hiding secrets. Secrets that Ren wants no part of.

But once The Sound has you in its current, it won’t want to let you go.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Seems like YA psychological thrillers and mysteries are all I am reading these days. This has been the third in two weeks and I am now starting on number four. The Sound however, was not my favorite so far. I did however love the setting, Nantucket, and the season, summer.

I don’t believe the summary does the book justice at all. I do believe it also set the book up for a bit a failure. Thanks to the summary, you are automatically beginning to read this book not trusting any of the main characters except for Ren herself. You are constantly waiting for something to happen so you could go, “Well who didn’t see that coming?”, and yet that moment never happened once. With a different summary, I do think I would have enjoyed this book more because I wouldn’t have had false hopes.

The book itself started out kind of slow. There were times when I wanted to put it down and do something else, but thanks to the library’s return date, I kept reading. Things definitely began to pick up and get more interesting a few chapters in, but there was never a moment where I felt like I couldn’t put the book down or that I couldn’t wait to turn the page. I’m not saying that this wasn’t a good or enjoyable book, because overall I did enjoy it. Maybe I just had my hopes set too high for this YA thriller after I had read some pretty amazing ones in the past weeks?

I did love the main character Ren. She came over from Britain to be a nanny to two young children. Something I definitely could relate to. The family, the Tripps, were also very likable and acted like Ren was their own. The daughter Ren was taking care of definitely had me laughing quite a few times as well. As for Jeremy and Jesse, I don’t want to go into detail with either one. I will let you form your opinions on them if you read this book. If you don’t and for some reason would like to hear my opinion or what happens with either of them, leave a comment and I’ll tell you.

Okay onto the actual storyline. I thought it was pretty good but definitely could have been better. The character who was responsible for the killings definitely caught me off guard and came as a shock, as did some of the other events that took place. I couldn’t believe what had really happened when all of the truths came out and I do wish we had a little more information as to why the killer was killing these girls. He gave one sentence for his reasoning which didn’t quite make sense, but then again I guess most psychopaths don’t. So while I was shocked, I never was actually “scared” I guess I could say. Books like Liv, Forever and Don’t Look Back both gave me the chills and made me feel a little creeped/freaked out at points. I absolutely love when I can get that feeling from a book and was hoping The Sound would make me feel that way as well.

I do feel like I am mainly bashing and complaining about this book even though I enjoyed it. I apologize for that and I don’t want to discourage anyone who’s reading this post from reading The Sound. Like I said earlier, perhaps I just had my hopes/expectations set too high for this novel? It does have a good rating (in my opinion) on Goodreads and does make for a good beach YA psychological thriller and mystery book.

Let me know, have you read The Sound or are you planning on reading it? If you have read it, how did you feel about the book and out of 5 stars, what would you rate it?

The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

Looking for a new book to add to your summer TBR list? Look no further, The Prince of Venice Beach is a great summer book that you won’t be able to put down.

The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

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Robert “‘Cali” Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He’s got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game…even a girl who’s maybe-sorta interested in him.

What he doesn’t have is a plan.

All that changes when a local cop recommends Cali to a private investigator who is looking for a missing teenager. After all, Cali knows everyone in Venice. But the streets are filled with people who don’t want to be found, and when he’s hired to find the beautiful Reese Abernathy, who would do anything to stay hidden, Cali must decide where his loyalties truly lie.

(Summary taken from Goodreads)

When I first began reading The Prince of Venice Beach, I really wanted to fall in love with it. Luckily (and judging by the amount of stars I gave it) I did! I was expecting it to be good, maybe even great. What I wasn’t expecting was to finish it the same day I began reading it.

While it was easy to get into from page 1, I will be honest and say the first few chapters flew by time wise. Cali helps local cops and detectives to find people, and in the first few chapters he is hired to find two or three people. A few weeks pass by between chapters and I feel like we don’t get to see Cali do what he does on a normal day.

I fell in love with Cali. He seemed to get along with everyone and when he came into money, he made sure to show his friends how much he appreciates them with gifts. Besides Cali, most of the other characters came and went with each chapter. There were a few that were mentioned more than a couple times that we were able to get to know and I had mixed feelings on some of them.

When it came down to Cali finding Reese Abernathy, I was a little confused, but in a good way. Although the book was a light read, it added some mystery into it. I wasn’t sure who to believe and who was telling the truth and who was lying. What happened in the last couple of chapters really blew my mind and it felt like something I would have seen on a TV show. I also felt like the book ended without a real ending. I would have loved to see what Cali did in the future and what decisions he had made.Perhaps there will be a sequel? I can only hope.

This is perfect to read on the beach or during the summer in general. It was only about 250 pages and you just fly through them because the book is so good and addicting. It’s also pretty original and I haven’t read another book like it before. I also had never heard of the author, Blake Nelson (sorry if you’re reading this!), but am going to look for more YA books of his to read in the future.

Top Ten Tuesday 06/24/2014

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I almost didn’t do a post for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday because at first I couldn’t really think of any idea to put on the list. After taking to day to think about it and seeing a few other lists, I have a couple that I am able to post. The Broke and the Bookish come up with the weekly topic for Top Ten Tuesday and this week is Ten Book Cover Trends I Like/Dislike. I will probably go back and forth between like and dislike, so I will bold which is it.

1.) I dislike when the cover of a book is the movie poster or a picture from the movie. The biggest one for me ever was Twilight. I didn’t like the actors/actresses chosen for the roles and thankfully I already had the black classic covers.

2.) I like when there are real people on the covers. A lot of you are probably like, “What?! I can’t stand that!”, and in a way I guess it’s hypocritical of me for liking people on the cover, but not a movie tie in cover. I’m not necessarily saying it has to be their face, but sometimes a picture from the shoulders down (like Laguna Cove and Flirting With Boys), from behind (The Moon and More and Rules of Summer), or if the characters are in a shadow so you can’t see any features (Five Summers and Keeping the Moon). It just to me makes the story seem more relatable because I’m seeing actual people on the cover. (If that makes sense…)

3.) I dislike when the cover has absolutely nothing to do with the actual book or anything that is happening in the book. Like what exactly was the point of  a jar of butterflies or a girl lying in the jungle entangled in branches and leaves?

4.) I like the cover trend of using dolls instead of real people. Obviously Pretty Little Liars is the biggest one that this applies to, but another book I enjoyed that used a doll on the cover was Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood. Maybe it’s the child in me that enjoys seeing a Barbie like doll on the cover?

5.) I like when the title of the book takes up a majority of the cover. I feel like it then leaves little room to add pointless pictures on the cover. Ten is my best example. (Which Ten also applies to my number 6.)

6.) I like when there is a small sentence on the cover. Two examples, on the cover of How Zoey Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is says, “Not your typical Cinderella story…”, and on the cover of Ten it says, ” Ten teens. Three Days. One killer.”. That one sentence can honestly draw me in to buying or reading the book without even having to read the back or inside cover. The main reason why I bought and read Ten was because of the cover and that one sentence.

7.) I like when the cover has a beach on it. Now this could just be because it’s summer so a lot of summer themed books are coming out, but I love going to the beach and if I see a cover with a beach on it, I will buy and read it.

8.) I dislike when the cover is illustrated. Not sure why but I rather just see real people, real objects, ect. I feel like it is easier to relate to the book or to picture what is going on or the characters in my head. (Not saying that the cover pictures always influence how I see a character while I am reading. Although The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy used real people on the cover, I never once pictured them like that while I was reading.)

I think that’s it. This was a tough topic for me because I don’t really feel like there are that many “trends” out there. I mean book covers don’t come and go like trends in clothing do. Covers have been illustrated for a long time, have used real people for a long time, and ect, so I felt like I was more or less listing what I like to see on book covers.

I Need Your Help

If you read my blog and my posts, you know how much I love summery themed young adult books. I am currently in the process for looking for more online, but would love to hear suggestions from everyone on here as well. I really only stick to teen and young adult novels and they can be based at the beach, summer camp, over summer vacation…doesn’t matter. I just love reading a good summer book in the summer. I can name a good amount of the books I’ve already read or have, but if there is a book that you think I’d like please, please, PLEASE leave the title and author in the comments because I will definitely want to check it out. (Also if they just deal with the beach, even if it isn’t summer, or it’s based during a tropical vacation, or a road trip, I am also interested in.) Here are the titles I know of:

-The Rules of Summer (and I do plan on getting the sequel)

-Nantucket Blue & Nantucket Red

-The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy

-Cruel Summer & Laguna Cove

– Second Chance Summer

– Fifteenth Summer and Sixteenth Summer

– The Summer of Skinny Dipping

– The Summer of No Regrets

– Seventeenth Summer

– Twenty Boy Summer

– Pool Boys

– The Last Song

– Peaches

– Lost Summer

– Moonglass

– Unbreak My Heart

– How My Summer Went Up in Flames

– Beach Lane

– Every Little Thing in the World

– Snapshot

– Five Summers

– Things I Can’t Forget

– Sleepaway Girls & Summer State of Mind

 

So, those are the ones I can see on my bookshelf from where I am sitting now. I also have a few books by Hailey Abbott. There may be more that I am not thinking of and/or might be on the Kindle.

I am also unsure when my next review will be. Most likely Wednesday, but I can’t promise it will be posted then. With training for my new job and a total of 2 hours in driving everyday, I have been relaxing a bit more and basically just sleeping when I am home.