Book Review

Book Review | THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE, by Lauren James

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universeby Lauren James

Publish Date: July 3, 2018
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.

Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.

Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of the Eternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone….


My Review:

I really wanted to like this book. I thought when I read the summary that it was going to mostly be some bittersweet romance in space. But I was so wrong. I kind of glossed over that last bit at the end of the summary that was actually and BIG part of the story and I just…have mixed feelings about it. Continue reading “Book Review | THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE, by Lauren James”

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Book Review | MY PLAIN JANE, by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

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My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2), by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

Publish Date: June 26, 2018
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.


My Review:

To be thruthful, I wasn’t even sure I was actually going to be reading the egalley of this any time soon. I haven’t read My Lady Jane yet and I just read another Jane Eyre retelling last month, so I was afraid I wasn’t going to be interested in this one. But from the prologue onwards I was hooked. Continue reading “Book Review | MY PLAIN JANE, by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton”

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Book Review | BLACK IS FOR BEGININGS, by Laurie faria Stolarz

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Black is for Beginnings (Blue is for Nightmares #5), by Laurie faria Stolarz

Publish Date: September 8, 2009
Published by: Flux
Pages: 160
Genre: YA Fantasy/Graphic Novel
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Prophetic dreams. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Stacey’s nightmares are back. And all she wants to do is go to Colorado and work things out with Jacob, who hasn’t been able to remember her since he lost his memory in his brush with death. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts. Black is for Beginnings reveals the never-before-seen backstory–and what lies ahead–for the young, spellcasting lovers.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | BLACK IS FOR BEGININGS, by Laurie faria Stolarz”

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Book Review | LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT, by Becky Albertalli

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Leah on the Offbeatby L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: April 24, 2018
Published by: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Pages: 343
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


My Review:

After reading and loving both Simon vs. and The Upside of Unrequited, I knew without a doubt that I had to read the latest book by Becky Albertalli. And from the start I was swept into the story. She gives her characters such clear voices – they are so realistic and down-to-earth that it is easy to relate to them in many ways.  Continue reading “Book Review | LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT, by Becky Albertalli”

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Book Review | ANNE OF THE ISLAND, by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1915 (audiobook recorded in November 2008)
Published by: Librivox.org (audiobook)
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 272 (approx. 6 3/4 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and frivolous new pal Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises…including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move  into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly Anne must decide if she’s ready for love…


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | ANNE OF THE ISLAND, by L. M. Montgomery”

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Book Review | ANNE OF AVONLEA, by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1909 (audiobook recorded in March 2008)
Published by: Librivox.org (audiobook)
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 282 (approx. 7 1/4 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

At sixteen Anne is grown up…almost. Her gray eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, she has earned the love of the people of Avonlea and a reputation for getting into scrapes. But when Anne begins her job a the new schoolteacher, the real test of her character begins. Along with teaching the three Rs, she is learning how complicated life can be when she meddles in someone else’s romance, finds two orphans at Green Gables, and wonders about the strange behaviour of the very handsome Gilbert Blythe. As Anne enters womanhood, her adventures touch the heart and the funny bone.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | ANNE OF AVONLEA, by L. M. Montgomery”