Swept Away by Michelle Dalton Blog Tour!

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SWEPT AWAY 2

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:

Goodreads l Amazon paperback l Barnes & Noble (B&N)

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.

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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.

I Want You …

To choose what book I read next! I can’t decide and figured since you guys are the ones reading my reviews, I’d let you choose which review you’d like to see next. I’m going to include seven books, both published and ARCs in the mix as well as different genres, and I will include the summary given for each book. I’m going to attach a poll at the bottom of this post and all you have to do is choose the book you want and click submit. If no one votes (I only have about 35 or so followers 😦 ) I will just randomly choose one.

1.) 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment. Until Claire meets Luke. Luke is adorable and he’s lived all over the world. But Megan is falling for Luke too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan is pretty much irresistible. With true love and best friendships on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns-about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself-makes the choices even harder.

2.) The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

“Take her out back and finish her off.” She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that two men are arguing over whether or not to kill her. And that she must run.

3.) The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

What if you were the target of a kidnapper, but the kidnapper got the wrong girl? Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also delivers pizzas part-time. One night, Kayla, another delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza, goes out with and order and never comes back. To Gabie’s horror, she learns that the man who called in the fake pizza order had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Was Kayla’s fate really meant for Gabie? Obsessed with finding Kayla, Gabie teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together they set out to prove Kayla isn’t dead and to find her before she is.

4.) The Dare by Hannah Jayne (ARC-Pub. July 1, 2014)

Brynna Chase was a normal fifteen year old; a little on the wild side, a little bit of a firecracker, and always with her best friend, Erica Shaw. They were shoulder-to-shoulder through everything – parties, boys, beer runs – and shoulder-to-shoulder the night of the end of summer bonfire at Harding Beach, where Brynna dared Erica to jump off the end of the pier. Erica and Brynna did that together too, but only Brynna made it back to the surface. Bryn tries to make a fresh start by burying her memories of that awful night. But when a Twitter post from “EricaNShaw” pops up on her feed and a chilling voice mail appears on her phone, she realizes that someone isn’t ready to let go of the past…

5.) Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson 

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

6.) My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter

Right before they started high school, Colette’s best friend, Sadie, dumped her. Three years later, Colette is still lonely. She tries to be perfect for everyone left in her life: her parents, her younger brothers, her church youth group, even her boyfriend, Mark. But Colette is restless. And she misses Sadie.Then Sadie tells Colette that she needs her old friend to join her on a family vacation to the Greek Islands, one that leaves in only a few days, and Colette is shocked to hear their old magic word: need. And she finds herself agreeing. Colette tries to relax and enjoy her Grecian surroundings but it’s not easy to go on vacation with the person who hurt you most in the world. When the reason for the trip finally surfaces, Colette finds out this is not just a fun vacation. Sadie has kept an enormous secret from Colette for years…forever. It’s a summer full of surprises, but that just might be what Colette needs.

7.) Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Rachel died at two a.m…Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text. 
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before…before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.

Okay so, you pick…which book should I read and review next?  If you have any other suggestions, like a book you just read and loved and think I should get it and read it next, leave a comment! (Remember though, I am sticking mainly to teen/YA books because those are the readers I am aiming towards.)

Book Review Update

So I know I haven’t posted a book review in a little while now. I do have a book that I finished last week and am waiting to post a review on. I don’t have another book finished yet, so I am trying to put off the review for maybe a few more days. I’m currently reading The Year I Turned Sixteen and if you’ve seen the book or read it before, you know it’s a long one. For those of you who have never seen or heard of it, it is 700 pages long, but consists of four mini books I guess you would call them? It is a young adult novel so it is going by pretty quick, but I don’t want to wait too long between the two reviews. Just wanted to apologize to everyone who follows and reads my posts and I will have a new review up in the next few days, so keep an eye out for it. I am also thinking about starting to do videos and add them on here. I’ve been on the blog for six months now and that’s just crazy to think of. While I love writing reviews and Top Ten Tuesdays, I think I’d enjoy doing monthly wrap ups and book hauls and even TBR lists on videos. Mix it up on here a little bit. I haven’t ever made a video before though so I am a bit nervous and am generally a shy person, so if I do post a video at the end of this month please bear with me. I am also very very very inexperienced when it comes to video editing so the first post will also probably be from beginning to end, no edits. Anyhow that’s about it for updates on my blog. I do have one question if anyone would like to help me out. In February or so I read Ten by Gretchen McNeil and absolutely loved it. The problem, I can’t find any books similar to it. If anyone has any suggestions please tell me them. I mainly stick to young adult and teen books so please keep that in mind when recommending anything. If you don’t know what Ten is about, I’ll summarize the type of books I’m looking for. A mystery/thriller where there is a group of people/friends and one by one they are being killed/murdered and in the end it is a shocking twist or surprise of who the killer is. In Ten, ten teens are on a weekend trip to a friend’s house on an island and then get stuck there for three days when a nasty storm comes through and knocks out all the power and makes it impossible to get a boat back to the mainland. One by one the teens are found dead and the book is just filled with suspense and surprises. So if you can recommend me a good book amoung those lines, you are amazing! Also, any “scary” teen/YA books please recommend as well. Thanks everyone!

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.

Top Ten Tuesday 06/10/2014

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to be a difficult one. The topic is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year. I’ve read a good amount so far, so it is going to be hard for me to pick a top ten. I may have to list a few honorable mentions at the end. Most of these books I have written a review on my blog for them, if not I have listed them in my monthly wrap ups. I will count down from 10-1 leading up to my favorite so far.

10.) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

9.) The Ruining by Anna Collomore

8.) Monument 14 trilogy by Emmy Laybourne

7.) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

6.) Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

5.) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

4.) Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

3.) If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

2.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

1.) Ten by Gretchen McNeil

So those are my top ten. I’m sure in another six months some of them, possibly even all, will be replaced. For books numbers 2&3, have a box of tissues prepared, as well as being prepared to feel like your heart has been ripped from your chest. Books numbers 4&5 I don’t think would have been on this list, or at least as high, if it wasn’t for the photographs, they really added to the story. Book numbers 8&10 would be great for fans of dystopian novels. Book numbers 1, 6, 7&9, prepared to have your mind blown and expect the unexpected.

Since I’ve obviously read more than ten books that I’ve loved this year, I have three in mind that I would like to give honorable mentions to.

1.) The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

2.) Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

3.) Baby Bumps by Nicole Polizzi (Snooki)

I got the opportunity to read The Summer of Letting Go before it was published and fell in love with it. I love all of the books by Miranda Kenneally I’ve read so far and love how they all tie together. Lastly, you’re probably think either one of four things…1.) ew you read that book, 2.) why the hell did you spend money on that, 3.) you consider that a book, or 4.) I loved it too. I’m going to be really blunt about how I feel about Baby Bumps right now. If you never read it or at least gave it a chance, keep your mouth shut. I had intentions of reading it but put it off for a while since I am not pregnant nor plan on being so anytime soon. Well, Snooki was coming to a local university to sign copies of Baby Bumps, so I went out and read it in two days. It didn’t glorify pregnancy like so many people try to. She gave all the nasty details and although I already liked Snooki and respected her, this book gave me a thousand times more respect for her to be able to read (and picture) her going from party girl to an amazing mother. If you’re pregnant or plan on being pregnant, give it a chance. It will definitely be a book I will pull out again when I am expecting.

Double Book Review

Panic by Sharon M. Draper

3stars

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Claiming Georgia Tate by Gigi Amateau

2stars

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The reason I am reviewing these two novels together in this post are because they both deal with generally the same topics and those topics are tough ones. While looking at the covers of these two books, they maybe look boring and may not grab your attention right away, but they are far from boring.

In Panic, Diamond is a ballet student who runs into a handsome, older man at the mall who offers her a chance to audition for a part in a movie with two other big time Hollywood stars. She leaves with him and is soon doing things unimaginable.

In Claiming Georgia Tate, Georgia Tate lives with her grandparents until her grandmother dies suddenly. Her grandfather sends her to live with her father, but her grandfather doesn’t know the truth about her dad.

Both novels deal with mature, tough topics such as rape, abuse, kidnapping, and explotation of a minor.

Panic is a book that every girl, aged 12 and older should read. It is so terrifyingly realistic and has probably actually happened before. What young girl wouldn’t want a chance to be a movie star? Another character in the book is dealing with her own issues and it shows the consequences of staying in an abusive relationship and sexting. It is nicely written, the story is told in four different point of views which is not confusing at all, and has a storyline most girls could learn a lesson from. Panic is a quick, easy read that grabs your attention from the start and has the ability to make you feel a mixture of emotions.

Claiming Georgia Tate is a book that really makes you emotional. Not in the boo hoo crying way. You will feel so much hatred towards her father and at times get pretty annoyed with her grandparents as well. It was also a quick, easy read that pulled you in from page one. The ending kind of left a lot of things open, which I wish there had been more closure to the story. The main character would also have a flash back in the middle of some chapters and there was no indication that she was looking back into experiences from the past and that did sometimes get confusing.

Both books were great and took two days to finish. I would recommend them to girls to read, especially if you are going through any similar problems because it will show you that you can do something about it, you shouldn’t be afraid to get help, and you can survive it.