Genre: Family


Jun 30
Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips – Review & Giveaway

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★½

This book was so incredibly thought-provoking, I couldn’t sleep after finishing it because I just couldn’t stop thinking about it! I have to confess that I was nervous when the book started out – I wasn’t necessarily thrilled with all of Lexi’s choices, and I wondered if the theme of the book was going to be that Lexi should be “who she was” – bad choices and all – without worrying so much about the consequences. I discovered, though, that this was not the theme of the book at all. Yes, Lexi accepting herself was a huge part of the story, but so was Lexi realizing that she wasn’t truly who she thought she was – and that maybe others weren’t either. The synopsis sums up the story pretty well, so I’m going to jump right into my review. What I LOVED: Everything is not as it seems. Like I said,… Read more »


Jun 29
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – 5 Star Review

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – 5 Star Review

Reviews 11 ★★★★★

This book was so much more than I expected it to be! Okay, for some reason I didn’t go back and reread the synopsis before I picked this one up. I just noticed that a lot of people I trust (I’m talking to you, Shannon at It Starts at Midnight) had loved it and realized that it had just been released, so I decided to go for it. All I remembered was that it was a romance between two people named Emmy and Oliver (you see how perceptive I can be!). Well, it was a romance, but it was so much MORE! This book had me feeling everything and I am definitely in love! So, in case you’re like me and you didn’t read the synopsis very well. Oliver was kidnapped by his father when he was seven. His kidnapping has a profound effect on not only his mother, but also on… Read more »


Jun 10
Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout – Review

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout – Review

Reviews 21 ★★★½

Hello, I Love You is a YA romance set in Korea that gives us a little peek into KPOP and the world of a Korean superstar. It was cute and fun, but the story also delved a little deeper than a simple fluffy romance because of Grace’s and Jason’s family issues. Ultimately, Hello, I Love You is a story about letting go of past pain and being brave enough to embrace the future.  What I loved: Diversity! Grace is the only major character in this book that isn’t Korean and the book is set in Korea. Already, it gets much love from me! I love to see diversity in books – especially YA, where it’s lacking. I also love that the love interest is Korean, but that, in itself, isn’t presented as a major barrier to the relationship (there are a few times that Grace wonders if Jason doesn’t want to be seen… Read more »


Apr 01
Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard – Review

Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard – Review

Reviews 13 ★★★★

This book is really tough to review because I loved it, right up until the very end, when I thought, “Wait? That’s it?” Still, I’ve given myself a little time to ponder it, and I think I’m okay with the abrupt ending – mostly. The book follows Jory, whose family is preparing for – something. He’s never really quite sure what – he just knows that his stepfather is sure that something bad is coming, and that they need to be prepared. So, they begin to dig a shelter in the canyon out behind their house. Every night, for hours, Jory and his family dig. Meanwhile, Jory’s family’s new schedule allows him a little more freedom – one day a week, Jory has off so that he can catch up with school. He finds himself spending the time that his family is sleeping with a few kids from school, and he is… Read more »


Mar 18
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Review

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Review

Reviews 23 ★★★★½

This book is incredibly hard to review because it’s so hard to even describe. The story is told in alternating POV’s. We get Noah’s POV, describing what happens when the twins are 13 years old and starts out when they are still very close. Jude’s POV jumps to when the twins are 16, and we see that a huge rift has formed between them. As the story unfolds, we slowly start to see how this happened – how both small moments and huge events chipped away at their relationship until the gulf between them feels impossible to traverse and they can’t find each other at all anymore. I don’t want to go into the specific plot much because it’s best if you discover it on your own. Instead, I’ll just jump straight into my review. What I LOVED: Artistic, beautiful writing. I absolutely ADORED Noah’s voice – the way he saw his… Read more »


Nov 15
Review – The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Review – The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Reviews 10 ★★★★½

I have to say that I really sort of fell in love with this book. I went into it thinking that it was going to be a dystopian, and it really sort of is, except at the end, if you read the author’s notes, you’ll find that the book is based on a real life place – a place that actually existed. Make sure that you head over to this site to see pictures of Kowloon Walled City, and to find out more about it. There were once 33,000 people living within a one block radius – you honestly have to see the pictures to believe it. At any rate, back to my review. I was actually forced to put this book down a few times because I had scheduled review books that I needed to read. Usually when that happens, I find myself having a difficult time getting sucked into… Read more »


Jan 28
Review – You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Review – You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: You Look Different in Real Life Author: Jennifer Castle Release Date: June 4, 2013 Pages: 355 Goodreads Rating: 3.63 Stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (Somewhat mature situations) Summary from Goodreads: For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they’re real life. The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There’d be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star. Now sixteen, Justine doesn’t feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies,… Read more »


Dec 01
Review – My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Review – My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Title: My Life Next Door Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick Release Date: 2012 Pages: 394, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.07 stars My Rating: 5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16 (Sexual content, but it’s handled tastefully and is not at all graphic) Summary from Goodreads: “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, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which… Read more »


Oct 26
Review – Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Review – Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Forbidden is just what its name implies.  The synopsis describes it well.  It’s a story of a brother and a sister who have lived through so much together that they feel that they only have each other to turn to – and much to their own horror, they start to turn to each other in a romantic way. You will be shocked and horrified at times throughout this book.  You will be torn apart by Lochan and Maya’s guilt, pain and suffering. If you don’t mind being ripped to shreds by a book, just hoping to come out whole when you get to the last page, then you will LOVE this book.  I certainly did! The negatives: The subject matter (mature YA or adults ONLY).  I’ve seen this book referred to as YA (I’m not sure if that’s an official genre, or just what people call it because the main… Read more »


Oct 02
Review – Relativity by Cristin Bishara

Review – Relativity by Cristin Bishara

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Relativity Author: Cristin Bishara Release Date: September 10, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books Pages: 288, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 3.66 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.  Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such… Read more »