Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

After reading and enjoying an advanced reader’s copy of Liz Czukas’ new book, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless, I was eager to read Ask Again Later. I was expecting a lot since TTCYC was so good, but I was a bit let down and confused at the end.

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

How I Acquired This Book: Library Rental

3stars

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Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

(Summary from Goodreads)

I feel like we have all seen a movie, TV show or read a book like this one. The main character ends up being asked to prom by more than one boy and the decision is just too hard to make. When I began reading this book I thought the reader was going to see what would happen had Heart’s choice been Troy, the jock and her choice if it has been Ryan, the theater geek and then in the end the two would tie together to show that the outcome would be the same either way. Well, that is sort of how the story went down. The chapters switched back and forth between “heads” and “tails” which made it more confusing than alternating chapters ever are. In the end the two stories did tie together for one overall outcome and the chapters were no loner alternating between “heads” and “tails”. What left me confused at the end was that Heart seemed to have actually experienced both proms. She would mention something that happened with her one date with Troy and her friends looked at her like she was crazy and then she would mention something that happened with her date Ryan and same thing happened. I have no idea who she actually went to prom with or how she somehow remembers stuff from both. I guess the point was that it didn’t matter what happened before, but what had happened after prom.

When it came down to the characters, I didn’t really like any of them too much. Heart was the most bearable but even then she still allowed herself to be pushed around and her attempts to stick up for herself were half assed. Troy was your typical jock, getting drunk at prom and trying to make his newly ex-girlfriend jealous, yet acting super immature. Ryan, okay maybe I liked Ryan the most. He was a sensitive sweetheart and even was there for Heart when she didn’t choose to go to prom with him (heads). He didn’t get all moody or cause any drama. Heart’s brother was a total asshole and it took her getting drunk at the prom afterparty to finally stick up for herself. At that point I was like, “Thank goodness!” and wished it had only come sooner. Schroeder (Chase) seemed okay at first, but right away it was so clearly obvious that he had a crush on Heart but was just too scared to tell her. Instead he decided to be rude to her all night and lashing out at her as if she should have just known without him telling her that he liked her.

The story line was ridiculous yet so realistic and perhaps that is why I couldn’t enjoy it as much. I graduated high school almost 3 and a half years ago and am over the drama and immaturity that came with high school. I wouldn’t say Ask Again Later was horrible, it just hasn’t been the best or my most favorite book I have read in the past few months. It was quick and easy to read and only took me a few hours to finish.

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Monthly Wrap Up – August 2014

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Wow, I cannot believe that today is already September 2nd. The last month of summer completely flew by, and while I’m sad that it’s time to say farewell to summer I cannot wait for fall to begin. I love when the weather gets chilly and I can finally wear jeans, hoodies and yes…Uggs. I also love crunchy leaves, back to school, the smells of autumn and of course Halloween and Thanksgiving.

I have not started classes yet, but I only have today left and then the new semester stars Wednesday. I am taking a full course load, 6 classes or 16 credits, although one is cardio kickboxing so it’s more or less like gym class in college. I’m not quite sure how crazy I will be with homework and studying, but I am currently still out of a job so I will have plenty of time to juggle my course work as well as reading and posting reviews on here. I will probably have to cut back to 2-3 reviews a week, which in my eyes isn’t too bad at all. As always I will also still be doing Top Ten Tuesdays.

Now onto the wrap up for August…

Books I Read In August:

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

The F- It List by Julie Halpern

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Promposal by Rhonda Helms

-Death Date by Victoria Laurie – Finished on August 31 but review will be posted in September

I cannot even begin to imagine where I got the time to read 13 books in August. I began reading Sublime by Christina Lauren and wasn’t able to get into it so I passed on it. I also am about halfway through The Accident by Kate Hendrick, but I started to get bored so I left off where I was to read some other books for now. Had I finished both I would have been up to 15 books in one month which is just crazy for myself.

I have also been insanely lucky with the books I have chosen to read lately. I don’t post a review on my blog unless I am rewarding the book 3 stars or higher. With the exception of one of the books mentioned above, I have really enjoyed every book I have read the past month. I’m sure I just jinxed myself but hopefully not.

Now onto exciting news.

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I won a bookish contest for the month of August for my review on Rites of Passage for the Debut Author Challenge 2014 and cannot wait to receive my prize in the mail and see what awesome goodies are in it. (By the way Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley has been on of my favorite books I have read so far this year so definitely check it out!) I have a few more Debut Author Challenge reviews I will be posting in September as well. Also on September 11th, I will be featuring Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins on my blog as a part of a blog tour. I am excited to post the review, so definitely be sure to check out my post for the day. The review will remain my top post all day so it will be super easy for you to find.

As for September (although we are already 2 days in) I am excited to see what happens and am going to just take things as they come. As I mentioned before I plan to stay consistent on my blog and post a few reviews a week. I have a break for almost 2 hours between two classes twice a week so I will be getting in as much reading as I can during that time. Hopefully this month goes smoothly and things don’t get out of control too much 🙂

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Roomies is a book that has been on my radar and TBR list for a while now. I was originally waiting for it to come out in paperback, but I have no clue if it has or not yet. Thank goodness my library had it because it was one of the books I wanted to read the most from my TBR list.

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

How I Acquired This Book: Library Rental

4stars

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It’s time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.

(Summary from Goodreads)

First off, the cover of Roomies just instantly pops out at you. I loved the cover and the simplicity of it. It definitely was one factor that had grabbed my attention when I first saw Roomies online. (The hardcover is way brighter than the paperback too.) I also started this book thinking it was going to be just emails back and forth, kind of like the format of yolo, ttyl, and l8r, g8r. Thank goodness it wasn’t because so much was happening in each chapter and a lot would have been left out if it was only written in emails. I am also now assuming Sara Zarr wrote one character’s story, while Tara Altebrando wrote the other. Sometimes when I read a book that alternates authors for each chapter, it isn’t as smooth as a single author book. Roomies though was great. Everything flowed from one chapter to the next.

In the beginning, I really liked Lauren and Elizabeth. Further into the story they tended to annoy me pretty often. That is the only reason why I gave Roomies 4 stars instead of 5. They just would do, say or think/justify stupid things way too often. They both overreacted a couple times too which was unnecessary. I liked both of their stories and how it showed that no one is perfect. Lo and EB only knew each other from their emails and they both assumed stuff about one another and as they got to know each other more, they realized they were more alike than they thought. I wish there was a final few chapters where we could have actually read about them meeting for the first time. I would also love to see a sequel to see what happens during their first year of college and what happens between them and their boys/boyfriends.

Roomies is a perfect book if you are in college or heading to college, although it’s great for anyone to read. It’s so real and so easy to relate to some issues. Reading Roomies made me wish I had gone away or at least chose to live in a dorm while at college.

The F- It List by Julie Halpern

I put The F- It List on my TBR list a few months back and I just decided to check it out at the library. I didn’t remember what about this book caught my eye, maybe the cover or maybe the original title. Either way, The F- It List was amazing! I feel like I have been way too lucky with reading really great books lately and I am just waiting for the dud to come along.

The F- It List by Julie Halpen

How I Acquired This Book: Library Rental

4stars

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With her signature heart and humor, Julie Halpern explores a strained friendship strengthened by one girl’s battle with cancer.

Alex’s father recently died in a car accident. And on the night of his funeral, her best friend Becca slept with Alex’s boyfriend. So things aren’t great. Alex steps away from her friendship with Becca and focuses on her family.

But when Alex finally decides to forgive Becca, she finds out something that will change her world again—Becca has cancer.

So what do you do when your best friend has cancer? You help her shave her head. And then you take her bucket list and try to fulfill it on her behalf. Because if that’s all you can do to help your ailing friend—you do it.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Something either about the title or cover is what drew me into The F- It List. I unfortunately had to wait a couple of weeks to read it though because someone already had it out at the library. When I finally was able to check it out, I began reading it as soon as I got home. I immediately was drawn into the story. It was way different than what I had originally been expecting. I myself have made a bucket list (consisting of way more things than Becca’s) and I thought this was going to be a typical bucket list. Becca’s “bucket list” however was a complete mix from absolutely crazy to completely random. The F- It List also didn’t start off how I was expecting or what I was used to and I liked that I literally laughed out loud in the first paragraph.

The two main characters, Alex and Becca seemed like typical best friends. They were super close, have arguments every now and then, and then make up within a day. I have to give Alex props though because I am not sure I could ever forgive a best friend for sleeping with my boyfriend. I really liked both of the main characters, but I do think I liked Alex more. She was super supportive and was constantly trying to be positive and optimistic for Becca. She also agreed to help Becca finish her bucket list and was very open about which ones she had completed. I also really liked Alex’s “love interest” in the book. It definitely showed a typical teenage relationship and didn’t sugarcoat it to sound like it’s all rainbows and unicorns.

I did think there was a bit too much death in the book. I feel like every book I have read lately there has been at least one death (including murder). It’s on thing to have several deaths if the book is a murder mystery or thriller, but one death to me is plenty for a contemporary young adult book. After the second I kind of sit there and think, “Geez was that necessary?”, because the book is fictional and I feel like most teens and young adults don’t face several deaths in a year.

Overall I enjoyed The F- It List and am definitely going to buy my own copy when it comes out in paperback. It’s a good book when you just need a break from serious novels or if you are looking for a light, funny contemporary.

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Ask the Passengers is one of those books that has sat on my TBR list for a very long time. I finally got around to reading it yesterday and it was so good I finished it last night. A couple months back it was the book of the month for the YA book club I’m a member of, but I didn’t attend that month so I didn’t read the book. This month on Goodreads I joined a Copycat challenge. I was paired with another reader and had to choose at least 1 book on their read list. I decided it was a good time to finally read Ask the Passengers and I can’t believe I waited so long.

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

How I Acquired This Book: Library Rental

4stars

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Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother’s pushiness and her father’s lack of interest tell her they’re the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn’t know the passengers inside, but they’re the only people who won’t judge her when she asks them her most personal questions–like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl.

As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can’t share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don’t even know she’s there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers’ lives–and her own–for the better.

(Summary from Goodreads)

I loved Astrid’s story. It was so original and different from all the mushy boy-girl relationships we always read about in books. Ask the Passengers shows what it could really be like for a teen coming to terms with their sexuality and coming out about it. On some level I was able to relate to this personally. My best friend who I have known since preschool came out our senior year of high school. Some people were accepting, some it didn’t even surprise, and some people were so against it they turned to bullying. He was called the names we always hear in society today and was even targeted in a fight all because he didn’t like girls. I felt for Astrid while she was coming to terms with her sexuality and being afraid that her parents and other people in town wouldn’t accept her.

I loved Astrid, the female lead character of the story. She was really the only character I really loved, the rest annoyed me. Her mother was, excuse my language, a complete bitch and I was constantly hoping Astrid would stick up for herself. Her sister Ellis has her moments as well. The one who really bothered me was Astrid’s “best friend”. You can assume from the quotes around best friend that she didn’t act like a best friend most of the time. There were a few other characters who were just okay, like her father, her girlfriend Dee and her friend Justin.

I loved the concept that Astrid had of sending her love to the planes flying overhead and how the passengers on the place tied in with the story as well, although it was a bit unrealistic. I was also shocked that none of the students targeting Astrid ever used God or the Bible as a reason why they believed being gay was wrong. It was refreshing though because I feel like a lot of books that deal with this topic generally have students who are trying to preach in school which I can imagine could be overwhelming for people of different faiths. I liked that A.S. King kept religion out of Ask the Passengers. Overall I enjoyed the book. I’m happy I finally read it and now wish I didn’t wait as long as I did. My next book in the Copycat Challenge is Anna and the French Kiss, another book that has been on my TBR list for a long time.

I have also received some ARCs in the past couple of days so I will be reading and posting reviews on them shortly. I will try to alternate between ARCs and already published books only because I am not an ARC only reviewer and I want to review books that are readily available to anyone. I am impatient and hate waiting for a new book to come out, and I don’t want every single one of my posts to make you have to wait to read the book as well.

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

Ever since I read Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer a few years back, I have been meaning to read another one of her books. I never got around to reading another one until now when #scandal came out. I loved the story line and I have read several other books that have a similar concept and usually enjoyed them. While #scandal was good, Twenty Boy Summer still is my favorite Sarah Ockler novel.

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

How I Acquired This Book: Library Rental

3stars

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Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…

(Summary from Goodreads)

I have read countless amount of YA books dealing with scandals such as the one that happens in this book. While it’s usually two best friends and then one friend kisses the other’s boyfriend, the outcome and ending it always different, #scandal included. The back story of the characters was a bit like all the other ones I have read though. Two best friends befriend a boy, girl A has a crush on the boy but says nothing and so girl B who also has a crush on the boy begins to date him. #scandal dealt with issues that a lot of high schoolers face daily, cyber bullying and bullying in general. While the real “scandal” of kissing her best friend’s boyfriend is what starts all the bullying, a majority of the book deals with how Lucy deals with the constant bulling and name calling in school, and goes home to “hate pages” created about her on social networking sites. Lucy doesn’t deal with the issue as well as she could have. Understandably she was more interested in finding out who took and posted the pictures so she could get her friend back, rather than taking the issue to the principal who does try to get involved and gives her several chances to tell her what is going on. I think the culprit was pretty obvious from the beginning. I may have just had a lucky guess, but who knows.

As for the characters, I had mixed emotions about them. I didn’t exactly love any of them and I didn’t exactly hate any of them. I had thought Lucy was going to be this super gamer girl who is all about zombies. She only mentions them a couple times here and there even though it seems like that was all she did before prom night. She also never talks about how she feels. I know that opening yourself up like that is difficult to a lot of people, but she kept everything in and didn’t ever try to defend herself once to the bullies. I also thought Ellie would be present more in the novel considering she’s Lucy’s best friend and Cole’s girlfriend, but she only is in a few chapters throughout the book. She would also stick up for Lucy and then just walk away and never once came to Lucy to ask what really happened. Doesn’t sound like she was that great of friend… Cole was probably the character I liked the most in the whole book. He seemed like a sweetheart and was genuinely sorry about what had happened. There were some other characters in the book, some were obnoxious and other’s were just okay. Like I said, I didn’t really love any of the characters. None of them did anything special and even though some were main characters, they just kind of seemed to be there.

I think it would have been nice to have included a final chapter labeled, “Three Months Later”, so we could see what happens between Lucy and Ellie, and Lucy and Cole. I kind of want to know if Lucy and Ellie still went to UCLA and roomed together or if they decided to go their separate ways on campus. Overall, I did enjoy #scandal. It was a contemporary romance with a bit of a mystery thrown in (because you don’t know who took and posted the prom night pictures until one of the last chapters).

Such A Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

So for some reason my first review on Such A Pretty Girl is showing up all funky on my blog, so I am going to try reposting it as a new post and see if that helps. If not, I will just link my review from Goodreads since it says the same exact thing.

Such a Pretty Girl is actually a reread for myself. I haven’t posted a review on it before, and I really enjoyed the book so I’m going to post it now.

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

5stars

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They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three. 

Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifteen, and today her father is coming home from prison.

Today her time has run out.

(Summary taken from Goodreads)

I have been a fan of Laura Wiess’ novels for the past few years and Such a Pretty Girl is no exception. I originally read this years ago, probably around the age of 15 or 16 years old. This book was the first of hers I read and it instantly made me want to read more.

Such a Pretty Girl deals with a very serious subject, sexual abuse. While it does deal with that subject, the author never goes into details about the abuse. While you may disgusted and even dirty at times while reading this book, you will be rooting for Meredith as she tries not only to protect herself, but other children, from her father. The story is told from Meredith’s point of view, so I feel you get a good sense of what a rape/sexual abuse victim has to deal with on a day to day basis. She still lives in the same town and is treated like she is the predator and not another one of her father’s victims by her neighbors and other people in town.

When it comes down to the characters there was a very clear line between who I liked and who I absolutely hated. Meredith and her friend Andy were definitely two of my favorites and I was a bit disappointed in the end to not see what happens to them and where life takes them. I did really enjoy the friendship and romantic relationship between Meredith and Andy, and the story behind how they became to be friends. Others, like Meredith’s father and mother, I absolutely hated. Meredith’s mother throughout the entire book is on her father’s side believing his actions were mistakes, and not done by choice. She also tends to blame Meredith in the way that people tell rape victims today that “they were asking for it” or  blaming what happened to them by what they wore. I wanted to slap the mother quite a few times to try and knock some sense into her.

Although I had read Such a Pretty Girl before, I didn’t remember much about the story and felt like I was reading it for the first time again. I had rented it from the library, but will probably buy it so I can add it to my collection with her other novels. If you have read Such a Pretty Girl before, I’d recommend reading two of her other novels, Leftovers and How It Ends. Both are phenomenal and touch on some sensitive topics as well. If you haven’t read Such a Pretty Girl before, I’d definitely recommend adding all three to your to-be-read list.

Monthly Wrap Up – June 2014

Wow, I can’t be the only one who felt like June just flew by. I can’t believe that in just 30 minutes (for me at least) it will be July 1st and that 4th of July is this Friday! June definitely didn’t turn out to be as successful as I had anticipated on it being. I finally got a new job that I began at the beginning of this month, but haven’t been scheduled since Monday the 16th thanks to over hiring and bad business. I’ve been job hunting like crazy during the day with no luck so far but I’m keeping my hopes up. No job basically means no extra spending money for books 😥 , the struggle is real.

June definitely had some good moments though. I am successfully registered for all of my fall classes. I declared my major finally, and it’s kind of confusing to explain but I am a Public Relations/Advertising major, which is a track in their Communications major, which is part of their Liberal Arts program. Confusing, but basically I will be taking my general education classes with some language, communications and marketing classes thrown in the mix. Hopefully once I graduate I will be able to get a job at a children’s publishing company. Those are the goals. I am also taking a 2.5 hour class on Thursdays from July 10 to August 7 so I can volunteer to be an elementary reading tutor at one of the local libraries so that should be fun and a new experience.

I read some pretty good books this month as well and bought/rented quite a few too. While I feel like I didn’t read nearly as much as I could have, I am going to have to get more serious this month because I have a huge TBR list that I need to make a dent in. I’m still trying to work up the courage to make a TBR list video because some of these books look really good and I feel like I read a lot of books that are different. (My opinion lol, I could be completely wrong though.) I guess basically what I meant was I skip back and forth from one genre to the next. One day I’ll be reading a light, YA romance novel and then a couple of days later it will be a dystopian based novel. Oh well, I read what makes me happy and when it comes to reading that is the only thing that matters 🙂

In the month of July, I am going to try completing a challenge. I want to try to complete The Book Genre Challenge hosted by eternal-books. July’s genre is classics which isn’t my go to genre, but I have been wanting to try reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, which I had to Google if it was considered a classic just to be positive it would qualify and it does. I will explain my reasoning behind wanting to read that novel when I do a review on it. Since the challenge is basically to read one book from that genre a month, I think I may have to stick with just one classic for July. I have read classics in the past, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, ect., and don’t think I will be rereading any of them anytime soon due to my long list of books that I am already waiting to read for the first time.

Books I Read This Month:

-Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (great book but didn’t review)

-Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

-Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita

-Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

-How Zoey Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

-The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm

-Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

So seven books read this month, I guess it could be worse. I am also almost done Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess which is actually a reread for myself. I read it a couple of years ago and rented it from the library earlier today. Not one hundred percent sure if I will do a review on it or not, but I most likely will because I absolutely love all of Laura Wiess’ books that I have read so far. Since I am so close to finishing, I am counting it as a June read. Today I also finished an extended excerpt from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (another one of my favorite authors) and OMG, I need to go out and buy the book asap now. It was so good and I am going to cry if I can’t pick up where I left off soon. If you are interested in reading free books and extended excerpts, you can go to www.pulseit.com and make an account. They have free books for a limited time that are always changing. The only downside to this is that you have to read the book on the computer, or a tablet of some sort. I was reading mine on my iPad and it worked wonderfully.

Books I Bought/Rented This Month:

-Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (bought)

-How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer (bought)

-17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (bought)

-The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry (bought)

-The Night She Disappeared by April Henry (bought)

-Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess (rented)

-Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout (rented)

-Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (rented)

-We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (rented)

-Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (rented)

-The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson (rented)

-The Selection by Kiera Cass (rented)

-Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

The last three I reserved at the library, one is ready for me to come pick up and I am hoping the other two will be shortly. My goal is to at least read and review all of  the rented books before July is over. Fingers crossed that it will happen.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

When I first heard about this book, I assumed right off the bat that it was a zombie apocalypse book. Why? Because it seems like most dystopian novels are/have been about a zombie apocalypse in some form. Now, while I am tired of zombie book after zombie book coming out, I thought this one sounded really good and creepy. Well I was right about two out of three things. The 5th Wave was definitely a very good book and it also was incredibly creepy.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

4stars

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

(Summary from Amazon)

*SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE 5TH WAVE AND ARE INTERESTED IN READING IT, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*

So yes, I was not expecting Cassie to mention aliens on the very first page of the book. At first I was like wow this will be nothing like I was hoping for and aliens…not nearly as scary as flesh eating zombies. Ha, was I wrong. After reading The 5th Wave, it is very safe to say that aliens scare the crap out of me. I got the chills just thinking about something like this happening and it actually being real and not fictional. Let me say, it was some pretty scary thoughts. While the pace of the book I felt like went kind of slow in the beginning, once I got into it I didn’t want to stop reading it. I loved the characters and even though some of them were only in small parts of the book, I felt emotional when something tragic would happen. The one character I did have the most mixed feelings for was the main characters, Cassie. I don’t know why I actually felt this way about her, but sometimes she just made me so furious that I wish I could have smacked her, and other times I wanted to cry with her and tell her everything would be okay. While most of the book was like on the edge of your seat, turning the pages, wanting to know what would happen next, kind of thriller, The 5th Wave definitely had some emotionally sad parts. (Cassie’s family, the parking garage incident, and Evan). There was also different sections of the book and at first I didn’t realize that the story would be told in different point of views, so I got a little confused after I finished the first part and moved onto the second, but once I realized it was someone different I was able to tell right at the beginning of each section whose point of view I was reading. This last part I am going to say might be completely false to you, but it is just my opinion. I felt like there was a good amount of shocking and unexpected reveals. *SPOILER* For example, when Cassie’s brother Sam was taken away on the school bus I thought, “okay yeah these must be good guys”, but then they went and killed all of the adults left. So then I’m thinking, “well they have to be aliens in human form then, but still why would they take the children?”. Then later in the book when all the kids go to the base they say they are the military or whatever and that they needed to keep the kids safe first and I believed for a while that they were telling the truth, even though I didn’t quite understand why they would have killed all of the adults at Cassie’s base. Finally in the end we do find out that they are in fact aliens in human bodies and that it is their main alien base and that the children are being trained to go out and kill all human survivors (the 5th wave) so that the aliens can take over Earth. Honestly, I was a bit shocked when I found out the real truth. I feel like I shouldn’t have been since I did have nagging thoughts in the back of my minds, but I liked that there was the surprise element in this book and everything wasn’t so predictable.

I am anxious for the second novel, The Infinite Sea, to come out on Septemeber 16, although I am not 100% sure if I am going to buy it or wait to rent it from the library which is what I did with The 5th Wave. This series definitely has a lot of potential to become popular and big in the YA book world, and if directed and casted properly, I think it would make an amazing movie adaptation as well.