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SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND by Rebecca Behrens
MG novel that follows protagonist, Nell, as she searches for clues about the lost colony of Roanoke.
I loved all the details, both about the past and the present. It seriously felt like I was exploring North Carolina with Nell because Rebecca created such a vivid picture of the small community. And the descriptions of the humidity? SPOT ON. I’m in Virginia, I know that soupy misery.
When a book makes history fun, that’s a big thumbs up.
JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen
YA contemporary about a girl dealing with family drama and being dropped by her best friend.
This one is up there with THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER for me. Annabel was relatable and her family life was realistic. Is there anyone who writes about sisterly bonds better than Sarah Dessen??? Plus Owen. Infuriating music snob, Owen. Somehow I liked him anyway, so kudos to the author.
THE LAST STAR by Rick Yancey
The final book in the YA sci-fi 5TH WAVE trilogy.
I hate to ever say this, but: I didn’t like this book
There were multiple POVs, mostly in first person, and the similarity of voices made the whole story confusing and disjointed. Plus the purple prose, especially during a couple of cringe-worthy Cassie passages.
And I know this is a plot driven book, but the characters just kinda fell flat. Even the ending felt anti-climactic and it shouldn’t have because this is, in theory, an exciting book.
Great potential, but it just didn’t deliver for me.
THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater
The fourth and final book in the RAVEN CYCLE. Fantasy? Paranormal? I have no idea how to classify this unique series.
I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – I love being immersed in the world of these books. The magic, the nature…the Ronan.
Ronan, ferocious and loyal and fragile. (p. 263)
But, really, I adored all the main characters, even Adam, who had to grow on me.
This book was a satisfying conclusion to a magical series.
I’ll never look at trees the same way again.
UNDER A PAINTED SKY by Stacey Lee
YA historical fiction, set in 1849, about a Chinese girl and a runaway slave who disguise themselves as boys to escape pursuing lawmen.
This book pulled me in completely. I picked it up one evening, thinking I’d read a few chapters before bed, and before I knew it, I was halfway through and had to make myself put it down so I could sleep.
Then I read it during breakfast the next morning and finished it at lunch because I HAD to know how Sammy and Andy’s journey turned out.
Now I’m sad because the book has ended, but I’ll try to console myself with Lee’s next book, OUTRUN THE MOON, which I need to read ASAP. And she has another book coming out in December!
LOVE STORY by Jennifer Echols
Girl writes about dream guy for her college creative writing assignment, he joins the class, writes his own steamy stories about her.
I thought this would be a sexy, swoony read, but 95% of the book was misunderstandings that could have been solved by simple conversations and I didn’t get my swoon 😦
OUT OF DARKNESS by Ashley Hope Pérez
From Goodreads, which sums it up beautifully: Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history—as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.
How do I even put my thoughts into words? Beautifully written, painful, real.
Naomi and her twin brother and sister. Their relationship was love. I wanted to put them, and Wash and his family, into a protective bubble and keep them safe forever.
Other characters (no names, as to not spoil anything) made me want to vomit, to scrub my skin off.
The cover is perfection.
The story is haunting.
Read this book.