Giant YA/NA Heap O’ Reviews

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Giant YA/NA Heap O’ ReviewsLearning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on July 5, 2016
Genres: New Experience, Science Fiction, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 352
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four-stars

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize--if there's ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri's 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he's not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.
Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe.

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy was such a unique read. Yuri is a seventeen year-old Russian physicist prodigy, who is recruited to the United States to help save the world. An asteroid is headed toward Earth and NASA needs every mind they can get. Yuri had been sheltered in Russia and was thrust into a situation he had no control over. His own mother did not even know he left his homeland and his new co-workers do not trust him. He meets Dovie, a janitor at the facilities daughter and he begins to learn to be a true teen.

I loved the plot and really connected with Yuri. Katie Kennedy did a great job at meshing the science and the heart in this tale. This was a read that I enjoyed every minute of until the final pages. Unfortunately I felt let down as a plot point was left completely hanging. I don’t know if Kennedy is planning on a second book of Yuri’s tale, but I really want one.

Favorite lines – “I dream in color and I remember in color and I hope in color.” “What color is hope?” “I hope in all the colors,” Dovie said. “That’s what makes it hope.”

 Have you read Learning to Swear in America, or added it to your TBR?

 


I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Giant YA/NA Heap O’ ReviewsA Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride
Published by Sky Pony Press on July 5, 2016
Genres: Dating & Sex, Romance, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle
Source: Edelweiss
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four-stars

One night. Two paths. Infinite danger.
On the night of the big spring break party, seventeen-year-old Hadley "borrows" her boyfriend Ben's car without telling him. As payback, he posts a naked picture of her online for the entire senior class to see.
Now Hadley has a choice. She can go back to the party and force Ben to delete the picture. Or she can raise the stakes and take his beloved car on a road trip as far away from their hometown of Oak Grove, Ohio, as she can get.
Each storyline plays out in alternating chapters. In one strand, Hadley embarks on a reckless adventure with her best friends, spinning the perfect plan for revenge. In the other, stuck in a car with her ex-boyfriend, Josh, she's forced to revisit the mistakes they each made, including whether they should ever have broken up at all. As events of a wild night race toward an explosive conclusion, old feelings are rekindled, friendships are tested, and secrets uncovered that are so much worse than a scandalous photo.

 Have you seen the movie Sliding Doors? Did you like it? If so you will enjoy A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride. Hadley and her boyfriend Ben are the quintessential cute high school couple. Until Hadley borrows Ben’s car and he posts nude shots of her online. There is where our tale really opens up. Hadley can return the car and confront Ben or she can keep going and take an epic road trip. Well, she does both. Told in alternating chapters, each version of the story is fleshed out.

Kristina McBride was able to mesh two very different stories into one engrossing tale. The alternation brought the tension to both storylines as you had to wait for the payoff. It did take a few chapters for me to be able to follow each story and be able to separate them as individual entities. I also enjoyed that the tale took place over just one night as it made the read seem to fly by. All in all I enjoyed this read once I was able to get into the flow.

Favorite lines – And the best part—before I go, I’ll know what it feels like to fly. So if you think of me, picture this—my arms spread wide, the starlight and the moonlight my backdrop, as I soar through the sky. Goodnight, goodnight. A million times goodnight.

 Have you read A Million Times Goodnight, or added it to your TBR?

 


 

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Giant YA/NA Heap O’ ReviewsYou Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross, Mark Perini
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 2, 2016
Genres: Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Physical & Emotional Abuse, New Adult
Pages: 400
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four-stars

Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her "good girl" persona, so she'll try Eddie on for size.
New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.
Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie's bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.

You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini was a NA book that I really enjoyed. I went into it thinking it would be the typical girl meets boy, girl dislikes boy, something happens to drawn them together, and then they fall for each other. While it had bits of that, it was truly a unique plot. Finley is a model in NYC trying to break into the industry and is tired of being a good girl. She moves into a model apartment and meets Eddie, a male model who is too good looking to be worth much. On the surface, it seems like a shallow tale, but it had true depth.

Julie Cross and Mark Perini were able to craft a tale with true heart that rose above the typical. I cared for the characters and really wanted them to be happy in the end. It featured multi-pov and all the secrets. The only real issue I had with it was that is was really long and some bits could have been summed up much more quickly. Other than that, I enjoyed the read.

Favorite lines – Maybe this is the definition of summer fling? Finding someone you can be with like this, uninhibited. Not bogged down with thoughts of the future. Not bogged down with thoughts of much else outside of this moment and us.

 Have you read You Before Anyone Else, or added it to your TBR?

 


Giant YA/NA Heap O’ ReviewsGeorgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Published by HarperTeen on August 30, 2016
Genres: Relationships, LGBT, Family, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: Kindle
Source: Edelweiss
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four-stars

It’s going to take a miracle for Joanna Gordon to get through senior year.
Despite being the daughter of a well-known radio evangelist, Jo has never hidden the fact that she’s gay, and her dad has always supported her. But that was back in Atlanta. Now her dad the reverend has married wife number three, and they’ve all moved to small-town Rome, Georgia. When Jo’s dad asks her to lie low for the rest of the year in the hopes that it will help him and his new wife settle in, Jo reluctantly agrees.
Although when God closes a closet door, he opens a window. Everything becomes so easy for Jo once she rebrands herself as a straight girl. No one gives her odd looks. Her new stepfamily likes her. She even gets in with the popular crowd.
And that’s how she meets Mary Carlson, the ultimate temptation. Even though Jo knows this girl is completely off-limits, she just can’t get her out of her mind. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if Jo’s starting to fall for Mary Carlson. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?
Lord, have mercy.
Jo’s in for one hell of a year.

 Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown was such a unique take on a “coming out” tale. In it, Joanne is already out and proud – that is until her preacher father remarries, they move to a small Georgia town and he and her new step-mother ask her to come back in. I was intrigued by the description as I find most books that deal with religion and LGBT issues to be critical of one side or the other. This was a fantastic blend of family, faith and being true to yourself. As Joanne tries to blend in and make friends she is drawn into the circle of Mary Carlson, a popular and very straight girl. The closer to Mary Carlson that Joanne gets, the promise to her father is harder to keep.

Jaye Robin Brown did a superb job of meshing each part of this tale. I understood why her parents made the request, I understood why Joanne did everything she did and I felt the faith at the core of the family. There were a few cliched moments but the overarching message was just fantastic.

 Favorite lines – Kissing Mary Carlson is spooning homemade peach ice cream into your mouth on the hottest Georgia day. It is shooting stars and hot lava. It is every goose bump you ever had in your entire life built up and exploding all at once. It is going to be the end of me, but I don’t care.

 Have you read Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, or added it to your TBR?

 


I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Giant YA/NA Heap O’ ReviewsSigns of You by Emily France
Published by Soho Teen on July 19, 2016
Genres: Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Fantasy & Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: Kindle
Source: Edelweiss
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four-stars

Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.
When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.
When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.

 Signs of You by Emily France is hard to describe without being full of spoilers. Riley lost her mother at fourteen and now, two years later, relies on her grief support group for comfort. All seems to be going well in her world until she swears she sees her mother at the grocery store. Then others in her group begin to see those they have lost. This sets off a string of weird happenings that ends in one of her friends disappearing. Riley had her group set out to find their missing member and instead fall into a centuries old mystery.

Emily France was able to take a whole bunch of disparate ideas, throw them together and somehow make them all work. This was a slow build story that got better the longer I read. There were a few parts that I needed to suspend belief but they worked in the scope of the story. This was a read that needs to be taken slowly, as if you try to rush through, you will miss the little moments that really shine.

 Favorite lines – “If I’m home too late, I’ll be grounded. And if I’m grounded, I’ll miss junior prom. And if I miss junior prom, I’ll fall into a depression. And if I fall into a depression, I’ll start making a string of poor choices. I could get knocked up. Or marry the wrong guy. Who knows where it could lead?”

 Have you read Signs of You, or added it to your TBR?

four-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Debut Author Challenge
  • 2016 Diverse Books Reading Challenge
  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

Posted December 7, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 2 Comments


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