Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review: This Raging Light

This Raging Light This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been hoarding this book for myself, at school, knowing I would want the time to really take it in. It's been described at beautiful, and it is, but I was completely taken over by the story. I loved this book. It's going onto my top five list of this year. And there is a sequel! I am so excited!

Lucy's dad went crazy one night and the whole town knows. What they don't know is that Lucy's mother left on "vacation" and hasn't come back; leaving Lucy to take care of her nine year old sister. All she has going for her is a house that is paid for, due to her dead aunt, and a month of paid up bills. Some senior year, huh? Complicating matters even more, is her love for her best friend's twin brother, Digby, who already has a girlfriend.

Lucy is so strong, that she forgets when to ask for help. Her growth from a regular teen to a responsible adult is compelling, and unfortunately, something I think too many kids have to do, when their parents flake out on them.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It had been quite a while since I'd read any urban fantasy, and never in a YA novel, and I really enjoyed it. I like the whole being able to use shadows/spirits in drawings, or paintings, or music to protect people. I liked how Sierra was able to overcome her grandfather's gender prejudice and become powerful herself. Go girl power! It's a series starter, but one could be left happy with the ending in this novel, and not stress about the next one. I can see where the story arc might go, and I've put it on my list to come back to once the series is complete. I'm not feeling it for a Gateway, though. I think maybe because of the genre.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I dislike stories/plotlines that are based on lies and the tension is over whether or not someone will find out. Duh, someone always does. That said, I think my girls will love this one, and I bought it for them.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review: An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started this book earlier this year and quit about halfway through. I liked it okay, but not enough to finish it unless I had to, well, it made the list, so I had to... I decided to audiobook it, and it was sooooo much better. The readers were great and I actually cared about the characters as I listened. Now I'm ready for the second one!

It's a fantasy, in that it's set in a created world, with a small bit of magic; but I feel like there is so much more, political intrigue, competition between military students for leadership, a little romance, racial issues, cruel parents, spying, and slavery.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

The Last Time We Say Goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another suicide book. But I didn't want to toss this one to the side like I did I Was Here. I liked how Lex wrote in a journal. I do think several of my students will like this one.

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Review: When Reason Breaks

When Reason Breaks When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A dual POV suicide novel. Lots of Emily Dickinson references and homages. A cool involved English teacher. (yeah!) This one wasn't bad, but I'm getting tired of reading suicide books. Bonus points for Latino characters, though. I'd give it 3.8, so i funded up to four stars.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Review: Devoted

Devoted Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was worried about how this book would treat her beliefs. I didn't want her ridiculed, and she wasn't. It was a very sensitive portrayal of someone who is learning what it means to be faithful, and really make that something one believes in rather than just accepts as truth.

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