by Tara Goedjn
No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.
Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.
And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.
And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead
The Breathless is a gothic book I wouldn’t call it horror but it has that spooky mystery undertone to it. It was an OK book for my YA reader and I. The book just didn’t hold it in the creepy spooky category for us. Maybe its the fact that I read a lot of these types of books on my own in the past and even to this day. For me I just didn’t click with the book or characters. I did loan it to a friend who doesn’t like real creepy books and she said it was scary for her. So I’m thinking The Breathless would be the perfect book for readers looking to decide if this type of genre is their cup of tea. I think I was expected something different when I started reading it. Overall I think this is a hard one to rate because some will love it and some won’t and it really just depends on what your definition of creepy scary is.
Thank you Delcorte Press for sending me a copy of The Breathless. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Veronica Chambers
I don’t know I just wasn’t feeling this book. I guess it was the rich kids having rich kid problems that let’s face it I’ve never experienced that just threw me off. I didn’t really connect with the characters and just felt that it was an OK book but maybe one that just wasn’t for me. I’m sure there is a reader out there for this book and they would love it. As for me and my middle grade reader we liked it alright but both of us decided it wasn’t on our recommend list.
About the Book:
She is the envy of every teenage girl in Mexico City. Her mother is a glamorous telenovela actress. Her father is the go-to voice-over talent for blockbuster films. Hers is a world of private planes, chauffeurs, paparazzi and gossip columnists. Meet Camilla del Valle Cammi to those who know her best.
When Cammi s mom gets cast in an American television show and the family moves to LA, things change, and quickly. Her mom s first role is playing a not-so-glamorous maid in a sitcom. Her dad tries to find work but dreams about returning to Mexico. And at the posh, private Polestar Academy, Cammi s new friends assume she s a scholarship kid, the daughter of a domestic.
At first Cammi thinks playing along with the stereotypes will be her way of teaching her new friends a lesson. But the more she lies, the more she wonders: Is she only fooling herself?
Thank you Delcorte Press for sending me a copy of The Go Between. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Jennifer E Smith
We have all seen the people on TV that win the lottery and we’ve all thought about it. What would you do if you won the lottery? Windfall is a classic rags to riches story set in modern times. Teddy doesn’t have much and his mom works hard. When he gets a winning ticket for his birthday he goes a little wild, I mean who wouldn’t right? He’s 18 I guess it’s to be expected. I felt sorry for poor Alice who is in love with Teddy and then money changes everything and he turns into a rich snot. I don’t believe the old saying “money changes people”. I have some friends that won the lottery and they won big but you know what they are still their sweet self’s and they didn’t change personality wise. This is a contemporary fiction book which for me can be hit and miss. I have a few authors that I really like so I’m always looking to add a few more new ones to the bunch. I haven’t read any of Jennifer E. Smiths books before at the library and always meant to grab one but never did. So I was happy to read Windfall as my first novel of her’s. Overall Windfall was OK if I had to grade it I’d give it a good solid C. It’s not a bad book and if you really like contemporary than you would love this one I think. For me I just didn’t get invested in the characters or the story line.
About the Book: Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.
At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.
As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.
Thank you Delcorte Press and Blogging for Books for sending me a copy of Windfall. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
I love mythology, I love it so much I took every college course I can on the subject. My guidance counselor was like if it was possible this would almost be your minor. 🙂 So when I saw this YA book that was about Cupid’s son I knew this book would be cute. It was a really sweet story about love, fixing wrongs and figuring out what is right even when you’ve been always told the opposite of what your feeling. Aaryn is the son of Cupid and when he was down on earth to complete his final things didn’t go as planned. Instead Karma his target was hit with the arrow of love, no matter how bad Danny treats her she just can’t seem to break that spell. To right Aaryn’s wrong his dad sends him down to earth and he has to fix it. But now he is a human and human emotions are coming into play. I know at times Karma drove me crazy with never giving up on Danny but sometimes it’s not that easy to give up on the one you love with all your heart. Arrows was a great little YA book and while it does deal with adult situations and teen pregnancy / first time teen parents. I think the author did a great job at not making all fun and games. Can Karma find love? Can she continue with her dance dreams? Can Aaryn make the council realize that love isn’t just an easy hit with cupids arrows? I think teen’s that enjoy romance books or mythology will enjoy Arrows.
summary: Dance prodigy Karma Clark’s unrequited love for Danny is unbearable until Aaryn, son of Cupid, tries to fix his mistake and ends up falling in love with the beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return.
thank you Random House Children’s, Delacorte Press, and Melissa Gorzelanczyk for sending me a copy of Arrows. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.