Nov 12, 2018

People Kill People.

☆☆☆
people kill people.
   ellen hopkins.

Publisher  Margaret K. McElderry.
Publication Date: September 4,2018.
Genre: YA Contemporary|Poetry.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|431.
 Source:  Goodreads|Own.














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Someone will shoot. And someone will die.



#1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles gun violence and white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel.



People kill people. Guns just make it easier.



A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression?



One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who? 




 






Incredible. Powerful.



I think that this was my favorite ELLEN HOPKINS book, so far. I was lucky enough to receive ARC at the National Book Festival and get to meet the author who was a complete sweetheart. PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE can be a hard book to read, considering the subject, and it brings a powerful message. From first page, I was hooked to the story, and before I even realized it, hours had passed since I started reading it. I have read few books through years about both gun violence and white supremacy and none of them were like PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE and the title fits the book perfectly, and it is the truth. This book was different from the other ELLEN HOPKINS novels that I have read in the past, it was written a bit different then the others but in good way. I liked how all the characters, Rand, Cami, Silas, Ashlyn, Daniel, Grace and Noelle were introduced, how you got to get into each of their minds. Introducing character that way, I believe that it helps reader connect with the character. At least it worked for me. I felt as I slipped into each of their minds. Of course, I couldn’t help which one would end up shooting, which of them might be in danger. I never imagine the actual outcome. Accidental but a lot of times that how it happens.



Out of all characters, I think that both Grace and Noelle were my favorites. Grace seemed the most stable, but Noelle was also type of person that you would love to have as your friend. I would. I feel bad for Noelle, just when the two of them started to get their friendship back on track. I didn’t like Silas, but Daniel, sometimes I wonder what Tim said if it was true or if he just made up. The way that Daniel would get angry so fast, over anything. It had me wondering that maybe Tim was right. There were times where I worried for Grace’s safety where he would lose his temper. I had a feeling that she wouldn’t put up with it for long, considering what happened with Silas. I wondered if two of them would last. I wondered how long Cami’s marijuana habit would last until someone found out, until Rand found out. Despite the arguments between two of them, in end they were there for each other. They loved each other. I loved Ashlyn, she seemed strong to me and didn’t let anyone tell her what to do and I like that about her. Considering what she went through, what she seen, I don’t blame her. All of those characters had their struggles. It changed some, others not so much. I enjoyed reading about each one of them, I wanted to see how it would end. It didn’t end how I hoped. I did like at end where it told what happened to each of characters after.



PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE is a book, that will have you thinking about it long after you turn the last page. A story that you won’t forget. I didn’t. I wish that I could give this book more than five stars, it deserves a lot more. ELLEN HOPKINS did it again, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.



Nov 10, 2018

You Will Be Mine.

☆☆☆


    you will be mine.
   natasha preston.

Publisher  Sourcebooks Fire.
Publication Date: February 6,2018.
Genre: NA Thriller
Format|Pages: Paperback|292
 Source:  Goodreads|Library











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ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
WATCH YOUR BACK
                       I'M COMING FOR YOU



Lylah and her friends can't wait to spend a night out together. Partying is the perfect way to let loose from the stress of life and school, and Lylah hopes that hitting the dance floor with Chace, her best friend, will bring them closer together. She's been crushing on him since they met. If only he thought of her the same way...



The girls are touching up their makeup and the guys are sliding on their coats when the doorbell rings. No one is there. An envelope sits on the doormat. It's an anonymous note addressed to their friend Sonny. A secret admirer? Maybe. They all laugh it off.



Except Sonny never comes home. And a new note arrives:



YOUR TURN 



 






Heartbreaking. Thrilling. Terrifying. What a roller coaster ride.



I tend not to read a lot of horror books. I do enjoy ones with a suspense on occasion. When I came across YOU WILL BE MINE , the cover and the title both caught my attention and I got curious. It wasn’t what I expected it to be, there were some scenes that grossed me out, it was very graphic, and at the same time I couldn’t seem to put it down. I think it’s because I am not much of horror person, those details tend to be a bit too much for me. It was mostly the way that they were killed, their hearts cut out. I did enjoy the idea around, and fact that it happened so close to Valentine’s Day. I felt as I was the one experiencing this, like Lylah, scared. Like her and her friends, I want for the killer to be caught, and for all this to stop. I just wished that so many people didn’t get murdered before he was caught. I was in shock when the truth came out, I couldn’t believe that it was Lylah’s brother, Riley along. I wasn’t too sure if it was Jake all along, just because he went missing, that didn’t mean he was murderer. It seems as minute he was accused, soon everyone else started to believe it too.



I can’t remember last time I read book this intense. I knew that it was fictional, but all those details. It felt real to me. I am very vivid person, so I could picture all of it happening. Like Lylah and her friends, I felt their fear and their anger at killer not being found yet. I can’t begin to imagine, to finding their friends dead the way they did. One would be enough for me to lose it. I can’t believe Riley did all that, just so that Lylah would need him again. That is not normal behavior, killing is not normal. Riley, did seemed like he was being bit controlling, and kept trying convince her to come home. Even I did not picture as a killer, that was a shock. Also that ending…It makes you wonder…What’s next? I am just glad that Lylah had her friends, and Chace through it all, I can’t imagine have go through something like that alone. I enjoyed most of the details, which made the story come to live. It’s a type of story that I would be afraid to read at night. That’s what makes it such great story. I was on edge of my seat until the end and even that I was.



YOU WILL BE MINE is a third book that I read by NATASHA PRESTON and it has been few years since I read the last one. This one has been my favorite one, so far. I can see myself reading her other books. NATASHA PRESTON has a way to hook you into story from start to end.

Nov 8, 2018

All That Was.

☆☆☆
    All That Was.
   karen rivers.

Publisher  Farrar Straus Giroux.
Publication Date: January 16,2018.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format|Pages: Hardcover|384.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.














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Piper and Sloane were best friends. They grew up together, from childhood to first love, and in spite of how different they were, their friendship was supposed to last forever. That is, until Piper caught Sloane kissing her boyfriend—and just days later, Piper was found dead, washed ashore on a beach.



Sloane was torn with grief and guilt. How do you make amends for hurting someone you love, if that person is no longer around? And how can you ever move on and love again? 



 



This book, my emotions… I’m not even sure if I will be able to fully explain them. They were all over the place while reading the book, and afterwards. I believe that ALL THAT WAS was one of most dramatic, intense novels that I read this year. I never read book by author before, and yet it pulled me right in. ALL THAT WAS is one of those novels, even though it intense at times, you can’t help but fall in love with it, and next thing you know, you spent hours reading it. That’s how I felt. Most days, few more pages turned into hours of reading and that’s why I read it so fast. The start is what pulls you in, since it starts from Piper’s point of view and as reader, you can’t and wonder, who did it, and was there a reason behind it? I know that Piper wasn’t always an easy person to get along with, but nobody deserves what happened to her. I can’t even begin to imagine what must gone through her mind, once she knew that she was going to die. Plus the way she died. I don’t even want to imagine. From start, I wondered, what lead to Piper’s murder.



Piper and Sloane’s friendship was intense. Sometimes I felt as two of them were more of frenemies then best friends. I felt as Piper pushed Sloane a bit too much at times. I wondered how Sloane put up with Piper sometimes. But then she was also there for Sloane when she needed her. Fact that she went after Soup, even though she knew how she felt about him, I didn’t like that. I know that Soup liked Piper, but I do believe that he went out with wrong person, he didn’t seem to have same connection with Piper then Sloane. I know that it was the reason that the two of them kissed. I know that Sloane blamed it on drinking. I do believe that they wouldn’t kissed if there was no attraction between the two of them. To me, it seemed as the two of them got along better than Soup and Piper did, up until she died. I know that the reason that Soup wanted to connect with Sloane, not long after Piper’s death. It had been her all along, not Piper. I know the reason she tried to avoid it, because she felt as she was betraying Piper all over again, even though she was gone. I would loved to have a friend like Sloane. I can’t even begin to imagine losing a best friend, the way that she lost Piper. It’s heartbreaking.



I loved the writing style, I loved Before and Now, so you got to know Piper and Sloane more, and get to see how their friendship was. Way that it was written, the way that she described Sloane’s feelings after her death. It felt almost Poetic. I knew that it wasn’t happening, while reading ALL THAT WAS I started to believe as it was. I felt the sadness, the grief and the guilt that Sloane felt after Piper’s death. I wanted to take Sloane into my arms and hold her. I am glad that she added Soup’s point of view there eventually, that was something that I wonder from beginning of the book, how was he feeling about all this? Considering all of it happened a day after Piper caught Sloane and Soup kissing. What he thought about the guy who killed her. I had a feeling that something wasn’t right with James, just the way he acted with Sloane. He seemed a bit violent, but I didn’t think he was that violent. I wonder if part of him, did it as revenge since he knew Piper was her best friend. Despite the subject, I couldn’t get enough of this book. You won’t stop turning the pages until the end.



Now that I read ALL THAT WAS , I can’t wait to check out other books by KAREN RIVERS . I already can tell that she is going be one of those writers that I will fall in love with. Her story felt so real. A story that I was still thinking about after I turned the last page. I want to see what other adventures she has in story. Be ready for a thrilling, emotional ride.


Nov 1, 2018

Monday's Not Coming.

☆☆☆
       Monday's not coming.
   Tiffany d. Jackson

Publisher  Katherine Tegen.
Publication Date: May 22,2018.
Genre: YA Contemporary | Suspense.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|448.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.














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Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.



As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone? 



 






Wow! What a story. Heartbreaking. Realistic. Brilliant.



I’m not sure if I be able to explain how much I loved this book. MONDAY’S NOT COMING felt so real, I could actually imagine it happening. Like Claudia, I wonder how nobody noticed or seemed to care that Monday didn’t come back to school. I probably wouldn’t been worried the first couple days like Claudia was, but by second week, I was. Considering that Monday seemed to love school. After what happened to her, it made sense why she did. It was her escape. I had the feeling that there were something wrong with Monday’s mother, way she wouldn’t even let Claudia in, slammed door in her face. Her behavior made me wonder, was she hiding something? Did she know something? There were red flags there, and Claudia wasn’t the only one to notice that something was off with Mrs. Charles. She wasn’t the only one who was acting weird, Monday’s sister, April was too. The way she acted anytime that Claudia brought up Monday, gave me a feeling that she knew something about Monday.



I liked Claudia, I loved fact that she was one of people who knew something wasn’t right. She never gave up looking for Monday. I knew that she felt lost without her best friend by her side. I don’t want to even imagine losing my best friend, the way that Claudia lost Monday. How could any parent, done what Mrs. Charles done to August and Monday? It no wonder that Monday lost it when Claudia kept asking her where August was. I wondered why she freaked out like that. Now it all made sense. I couldn’t even imagine keeping something like that a secret, I wouldn’t been able to. MONDAY’S NOT COMING was a hard book to read at times. Like Claudia, I knew something was off, about Monday before she even went missing. It seemed as Claudia was the only one who was concerned that Monday was missing. How could nobody notice a teen missing? For weeks?



Even I didn’t see that twist coming. Like Claudia, I was in shock. 2 years? How could she forget fact that Monday’s death happened over 2 years ago. It made sense why her parents weren’t worried. Question was, why didn’t they tell her earlier then they did? The twists like those is what makes the book even more interesting. I couldn’t get enough of this story, I practically spend most of the day reading it. I wanted to know how it would all end. MONDAY’S NOT COMING is the first book that I read by TIFFANY D. JACKSON and I am already excited her others. I am in love, with the story, the characters.



A MUST READ.

Oct 31, 2018

The Geography Of Lost Things.

☆☆☆
The geography of lost things.
 Jessica Brody

Publisher  Simon Pulse.
Publication Date: October 2,2018
Genre: YA |Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|458
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.













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After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?



Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.



He persuades Ali that instead of selling the car, they should “trade up” the items they collect on their trip to eventually reach the monetary amount Ali needs. Agreeing with Nico’s crazy plan, Ali sets off on a unique adventure that is unlike anything she ever could have expected.



And it’s through Ali’s travels, through the strangers she meets and the things that they value—and why they value them—that Ali eventually comes to understand her father and how his life may not have been as easy and carefree as she previously thought. Because just like the seemingly insignificant objects Ali collects, not everything is exactly as it appears


 






A beautiful, heart aching story.



JESSICA BRODY has a way to hook the reader from start. This wasn’t first book I read by her. The novels that I had read prior to THE GEORAPHY OF LOST THINGS this one was my favorite so far. I always enjoyed road trip books, and once I found that this one was, I knew that I have to check it out. I’m so glad that I did. THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOST THINGS a road trip unlike any other ones that I read in past. I can’t imagine being stuck in car with an ex, I don’t think I would make it far before wanting get away from him. I am aware that only reason she did, is because Ali had no other choice, and she needed that money, in order to save her house. I knew that it was awkward being stuck in car with your ex boyfriend, but I am glad that he came. Nobody should go someone they met on Craigslist to sell the car. It’s not safe. I am glad that Nico found out where she was going.




I liked Ali, I loved how she was determined to sell the car, in order to save the house. That she was willing to make the trip all the way there. Nico, I liked him and it was clear to me, before Ali realized it, that he still cares about her. I feel as if that one of main reasons that he offered to come on the road trip with her. I wondered what would happen, would they sell the car, and go their separate ways? Or will the be able to reconnect, to start over. For me, it was the 2nd one. I feel as if Ali should let Nico explain that night that they broke up. I know that he would told her what’s going on with his mom. Maybe if he explained, they would be together. Of course I was rooting for them all through the book, that they would talk about it and get back together. It was clear that they had feeling for one another still, even if Ali was in denial about it. I was hoping that both of them will realize, that they belong together.



One of best things about this road trip, besides the stops. The Craigslist posts about exchanges of things they got, found. You never know what they came across, or who. They did collect few good things. They took the kind of road trip that I would loved to go to. THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOST THINGS will play with your emotions, and at the same time will keep reading, wondering what else would happen, if they would reach their destination. That’s a reason I finished this book fast, I didn’t want to put it down. Now that I read this book, I know that JESSICA BRODY that I will be reading for years to come. I am already curious what she will write next. The title fit the story perfectly. A book that everyone should read.


To Be Honest.

☆☆☆
To be honest.
 Maggie Ann martin.

Publisher  Swoon Reads.
Publication Date: August 21,2018
Genre: YA |Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|3o4.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.












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Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she'll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn't count on is that her mother's obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy's mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.


  Between her mom's diet-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savvy has enough to worry about. And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own. As Savvy and George grow closer, they help each other discover how to live in the moment and enjoy the here and now before it disappears.



 





Powerful.



If I could give this book more than five stars, To Be Honest deserves. When I picked up this book, I fell in love from the first page until the last, I would spend hours reading the book. Once I did finish, I wanted to go back and read it again. The plot in BE HONEST IS amazing, and it gets you through emotions, Sad, Happy, Angry, anxious. I loved the fact Savannah was happy with her body and didn’t want lose weight. I disliked her mom, and how she treated her, always put her down. Or the time George came over, and there were cookies in oven. How she put them in trash can before they were done, and then Pizza. I loved how George didn’t get weirded out an leave. He was supportive. I tried to like her mom but couldn’t. I wasn’t surprised when she went to hospital, I feel like she ate nothing, or not enough. I am glad she got admitter to Facility for help.



George, how can you not like him. I saw how the two bonded, not long after they met. Though you could see that the attraction started is when she started to tutor him. Afterwards, they started to hand out more. I wish that Savannah told George how she feels about hm, earlier than she did. George was sweet, always there when she needed him. Yet she was convinced that he didn’t like her like that. I was rooting for two of them all through the book. I found myself how the two of them are, after that last page. I loved the scenes with them, together unless they were arguing.



I liked Ashley, how supportive she was, always there when she needed. I love the sibling bond. To me they felt more like best friends than siblings. I would love a sibling like that. It’s not often you see siblings close as the two of them were. Ashley wasn’t only one I adored. Grace, Savannah’s best friend. Grace would always there, and when Savannah got in fight, she was there, giving her advice. I loved her advice, some of them were inspiring to me.



TO BE HONEST wasn’t first book I read bu MAGGIE ANN MARTIN. I read her debut novel as well. I already knew that she become an author that everyone wants to read. I am already looking forward to her next book, I can’t to see what adventures she will take us next.


Oct 28, 2018

Far From The Tree.

☆☆☆
Far from the tree.
 robin benway. 

Publisher  Harper Teen.
Publication Date: October 3,2017.
Genre: YA Contemporary.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|374.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.















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Being the middle child has its ups and downs.



But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—



Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.



And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him 



 





A stunning, inspiring, heartbreaking story. You will fall in love.



I love stories about families, about the bond that they have. I had a feeling that FAR FROM THE TREE would end being the type of book that I love. It was so much more, it was an inspiration, reading about the three siblings bonding. A lot of emotions went through me while I was reading it, from sadness, to anger, to surprise and to love. It was as if I were feeling all the emotions that Grace, Maya and Joaquin were feeling in the book. I wanted to find out what would happen with them next. It was as if I felt a connection with the three siblings. I can’t even begin to imagine how it be to find that you had, not one but two siblings. At first I wondered if they would want to meet each other after so long, and what would happen once they did. Seeing them bond so fast, as if years haven’t passed, it made me happy. I know that they needed one another, even if they didn’t know it at first. I loved fact that no matter what, all of them were there for one another, through everything.



It’s hard for me which one was my favorite. Actually I don’t think that I have a favorite, all of them were amazing, and very likable characters. Maya, Grace and Joaquin are the type that I would loved to have as friends, the way there were always from one another. I loved how they were always there for Joaquin who seemed to have the hardest life. Even after he told them what happened, they didn’t judge him, they didn’t blame him. They were there for him and I know that’s what he needed. I hoped that he would change his mind and see how much Linda and Mark loved him and would let them adopt him. That he wouldn’t blame himself for that one accident when he was a kid. I felt bad for him, and happy that he found a family that loved him, didn’t judge him for his past and most of all, trusted him. I loved Claire, I loved how she didn’t give up on her, despite how she pushed her away. I loved them all. I thought reading from each of their point of view, is how reader got to bond with each of character. I couldn’t get enough of their stories. I still can’t get out of my mind.



FAR FROM THE TREE is a third book I read by ROBIN BENWAY and I think that I fell in love with her writing more. Now I will be looking out for her books. Plus, isn’t title beautiful? It fits the story perfectly. FAR FROM THE TREE deserves more that five stars.



A touching story about family that will stay with you.





Oct 17, 2018

Christopher Robin :The Novelization.

☆☆☆
Christopher robin.
 elizabeth rudnick. 

Publisher  Disney Press.
Publication Date: July 3,2018
Genre: Children's|Classics.
Format|Pages: Paperback|282.
 Source:  Goodreads|Borrowed.













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Capturing the heartwarming magic of Walt Disney Studios' upcoming Christopher Robin film, this novelization pulls fans back into the world of Pooh through a book that enables them to relive the story and revisit their old pals whenever they please.



Focusing on the power of love, friendship, and family, the novelization invites readers to join Christopher Robin, Pooh, and their friends from the Hundred Acre Wood on an all-new adventure that adds new depth to timeless and beloved characters old and new.



 




Oh how much I loved this story. It was as if I traveled back to my childhood.



Winnie The Pooh had been one of my favorites, since I was a kid. When the movie, Christopher Robin came out, I saw it with two of my friends and I loved it. I didn’t even know that there was a book out, not until a best friend of mine told me that she would lend it to me. I was excited, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the book. I couldn’t wait to explore CHRISTOPHER ROBIN all over again. I was curious how different book would be from the movie. I tend to prefer books over movies, and this time around, I loved them both. There were slight differences but not much. I loved reading about Christopher Robin, Winnie The Pooh and his friends adventures. I always wonder how Christopher would be as adult, if he still have Winnie The Pooh around. I loved how Christopher Robin was there for Winnie The Pooh, despite how busy he was, it did not stop him from helping him find his friends and reconnect with everyone. Considering how focused he was on his job lately, I think that he even forgot how to relax, to have fun. At least that the feeling that I got. I feel as while he was in Hundred Acre Woods, he forgot about his work, at least for little while.



I loved Christopher Robin’s family, and just like his family, I wished that he would spend more time with them. I never imagined that they would end up meeting Winnie The Pooh, and all of the friends. Of course the ending of CHRISTOPHER ROBIN had me smiling. How could it not? Everyone together, and actually happy and having fun. I know that something his family haven’t done in long time. Of course I couldn’t help but wonder what happened afterwards. I think besides Christopher Robin, Winnie The Pooh was my favorite, he always has been, the things he did and said sometimes, you couldn’t help but laugh. He’s the type of friend that I would loved to have as a child. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN brought my childhood back to live, reminded me why I loved those stories to begin with. I fell in love with it, with the characters all over again.



It was…magical.



 

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