I’ve decided to write some quick reviews for books I’ve never gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. I figure a few bite-sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! 🙂
Published by Scholastic Press on 9/9/14
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.
Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.
All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.
So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing.
Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.
The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .
Published by HarperTeen on 2/10/15
Genres: Young Adult, Suicide
There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.
The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.
Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.
As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.
Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.
From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Published byHenry Holt and Company on 2/3/15
Genres: Young Adult, Depression & Mental Illness, Romance
If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
I do want to read The Last Time We Say Goodbye; it sounds really good. I feel mostly the same about A Whole New World. I even likened it to MG in my own review, if it didn’t have some random violent moments.
Love mini reviews. The Last Time We Say Goodbye is on my wishlist at the library. But I read a book recently that was the same way for me – I really liked it after I finished. But then like a week or two later went to write the review and didn’t have much to say and it didn’t stick with me, (And still haven’t written the review yet.) I’ll Meet You There sounds amazing! Great reviews!
Perhaps I’m going to read The Iron Trial after all! I also heard a lot of people make comparisons with the Harry Potter series and that definitely made me less interested in this book, but if it isn’t that similar than I should probably give it a chance since I love middle grade fantasy. I wonder if the second book is going to be just as good though. I thought Cassandra Clare’s first book in her Mortal Instruments series was really interesting and promising, but for me it went a little downhill after that.
Great mini reviews. I have I’ll Meet You There sitting on my TBR shelf, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. It sucks that you didn’t like A Whole New World. I loved the Aladdin movie when I was a kid, so I’ve been looking at that book. I’m still undecided if I’m going to read it. Probably not. I’ve got a few hundred other books that need to be read first.
The Last Time We Say Goodbye and I’ll Meet You There were both such good books. I was really disappointed by A Whole New World too. The world the author described was incredible and made me want to go there. But there was just no emotional connection to any of the characters. And I don’t think the romance was that developed either.
I skipped the section for The Last Time We Say Goodbye because I do want to read it soon, and wanted to go in blind, but I am glad you liked it! And OMG how good was I’ll Meet You There?! I looooooved it. And I seriously don’t think I have read a positive review for A Whole New World. That is really sad 🙁 But it does save me the trouble of reading and being bored by it 😉 Fabulous reviews!
Oooh! I’m happy to hear you’ve read a number of awesome books recently (except for the last one). I definitely need to read I’ll Meet You There soon. I had a library copy checked out, but I just didn’t have the time to read it before the due date! I’ll have to check it out again.
I really enjoyed The Last Time We Say Goodbye too. And I’ll Meet You There was one of my faves. Such awesome reads, and I’m glad to see that you enjoyed them too! 🙂
I’ve seen most if not all of these books floating around; that’s for sure! But The Iron Trial piqued my interest. I’m always looking for fun reads for my littles, I’ll be looking into this one 🙂
You know I’m a fan of NA, so I think I’d like I’ll Meet You There.
A shame you couldn’t connect with the characters in A Whole New World.
Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace
All apart from the last one, these books sound so promising! I have added them all to my TBR (your book blog is not healthy for that TBR list). I haven’t heard the best things about the latter one though, and I have seen a lot of two star reviews which is why I have decided I am not going to read it. I hope you enjoy your next read better.
Ha! Sorry to be so dangerous for your TBR – I definitely know the feeling!