Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny.
Things start out great – her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.
Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…
Gone by Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 9th 2010
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her.
She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves: She has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both.
Then a stranger enters her life — and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out. . . .
This is the conclution to the Dream Catcher Series, and I personally wouldn’t have written it any other way. If you have not read the first book, the main character, Janie is a dream catcher, which means she falls into other people’s dreams. If you have not read the first two books I do not suggest you continue reading this review because it’ll spoil them.
In Gone Janie finds out who her father is and begins to learn her choices as a dream catcher. This book is really about Janie’s self discovery and making choices for her future. Unlike the first two books this is not a story about Cable and Janie solving a case with the police, this is more of a personal journy for Janie.
Again, I love, love, LOVE Cable. He’s just so perfect, he’s flawed but he loves Janie so much, and even when they go through tough times they always find a way to make it through.
Janie’s mom finally makes a notable appearance in the book and throughout the story you find out why she is so broken.
The ending was very open-ended, but I really like how it was concluded with Janie making a choice.
This week I only got one book so I am not making a video IMM, but what I did get this week I do think is very exciting!
I decided to make a post about books I have left collecting dust on my shelf for anywhere between nearly a year and only a week or two because I saw a few other bloggers doing similar posts. Here is part of my To-Read Shelf:
Blue Bloods- This book I got for a bargain price, and I heard that it is a great series but yet I have still not read it.
The Duff- I know. I haven’t read the Duff.
Wings- This is something I picked up a while ago and haven’t gotten to yet.
You Are So Undead to Me- I was reccomended this by Katie at Katie’s Book Blog
Dying to Know You- This is one of my first review books that will be coming out April 1st
Shattered Souls by May Lindsey
Publication Date: December 8th 2011
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger
Lenzi hears voices and has visions – gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can’t help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she’s a reincarnated Speaker – someone who can talk to and help lost souls – and that he has been her Protector for centuries.
Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn’t make a decision soon.
This book was a very engaging and exciting book about, love, souls, and a Speaker who cannot remember her past lives even though every speaker in history has been able to.
I loved the paranormal story line in this book. It’s unique, and well thought out. Lenzi sends souls on their way by helping them finish their unfinished business, while Alden, her protector, helps her relearn everything she would have known if she hadn’t lost her memory as well as doing his duties as her protector.
I love books about reincarnation, and this book has a strong theme about the reincarnation aspect of the book. Because Lenzi cannot remember her past lives Alden and other Protectors gives her flashes from her past that help her realize why she cannot remember her life as Rose, who she was in her past lives.
There is a romance aspect in this book, and I like that it was added, but it seemed to be very forced and not very sincere. It was almost insta-love, but it took a little bit longer than most insta-love stories.
I thought this book was a little bit rushed in the beginning and ended up being shorter than it had potential to be.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Release Date: June 14th 2012
“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen year old Samantha wishes she was one of them… until the day Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything.
Jase can sense that his beautiful neighbor is missing something in her sterile home, and as the two fall fiercely in love, his family makes her one of their own.
But when the bottom drops out of Sam’s world, which perfect family will save her–and will her perfect love survive?
Set among the haves and have-nots of a coastal New England town, My LIFE NEXT DOOR captures the angst, the heartache, and the raw-nerve emotions of first time love—and biting loss.
Publication Date: November 10th 2010
The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.
The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band’s manager and get her share of the profits.
The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she’s deaf?
Piper can’t hear Dumb’s music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.
I absolutely adore this book! This is one of my top contemporary books ever. Antony John has put together very distinct and loveable characters that readers fall in love with, along with an awesome story line and a little drama this books is a favorite!
Piper, The main character is the first character I have ever run across in YA that is deaf, and I love the uniqueness of her. Because she is deaf, ASL (American Sign Language) is used in the book in italics when it is used to communicate. The addition of ASL is great, as long as funny at times when it is used to as a sort of code to keep other people from understanding. It’s also very interesting to read a book from the view of someone who can hear very little to nothing at all. Especially when she’s managing a band.
I’m not going to say who… but there is someone in the band who likes Piper and I find it extremely cute! Even though I saw it coming, it was so interesting to see how the truth of his feelings is revealed to Piper.
I really haven’t read many books before that have musical aspects in them other than musical characters (character who play instruments) and I liked the use of music in the story. Music in books not really my favorite thing in stories, because I think it’s really hard for a book to describe a song.