Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: How My Summer Went Up in Flames

How My Summer Went Up in Flames
Title: How My Summer Went Up in Flames
Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Genre: Contemporary 
Pages: 307
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 7th 2013

“I cover my eyes with both hands. I think I'm either going to vomit or cry. At the moment, I can't decide which would make me feel better. I part my fingers to look at Matty. "It was only a few emails and texts."
"A few?"
"And maybe I showed up at ShopRite once or twice when he was getting off work.
"Good way to keep busy after a breakup. Hoping incarceration would fill those empty hours?" Matty says.” 
― Jennifer Salvato DoktorskiHow My Summer Went Up in Flames

How My Summer Went Up in Flames follows the story of Rosie. Rosie's ex-boyfriend, Joey has just recently cheated on her and when she sees him with his new bimbo girlfriend she goes and lights a box of all the things he's ever given her on his driveway but his car by accident goes up in flames in the process. Before she knows it Rosie is given a temporary restraining order from Joey and to keep her out of trouble her parents send her on a road trip with their next door neighbor, Matty and his two friends Spencer and Logan. Rosie sets off on the road and she soon realizes this trip might not be as bad as she though it was going to be.

How My Summer Went Up in Flames was a fun summer read but that was all it was. It was enjoyable, funny, and a great teen girl summer read. There was nothing very special about it though. I was hoping for this to be a stand out summer read from the interesting and unique synopsis on the back cover, I mean what other book has a girl getting a restraining order for almost blowing up her ex boyfriends car, sadly it didn't pull through for me though. It was still a funny summer read though and I would suggest it as a vacation read for a teen girl who likes road trip themed novels.

The best part of the book was the characters and their chemistry, especially the four who went on the road trip together. The three guys always were sarcastically funny with Rosie and by the end of the trip they all genuinely cared about each other. These four characters worked very well together and it made the road trip aspect of the book work better. The authors writing in this book was good too. Her writing was rather funny a lot of the time but she was also able to incorporate heartfelt moments into the theme of the book too and I enjoyed that through out the book. 

Overall it was good book, it just didn't completely my hook me for some reason. I feel like the author got me really excited for the book through the blurb on the book but then did not run with the unique parts of the story enough and it just turned out to be another regular road trip book.

How My Summer Went Up in Flames is a funny book with great characters and is a good book to take on a vacation

About the Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
In addition to writing for teens, I’m a freelance writer who has written articles and essays for national publications including, Cosmopolitan. I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer even though I often referred to my college major in English as “PreLaw” because it held the promise that I might actually find work someday.
As it turns out, I did find work. My first paid writing gig was as an editorial assistant for the North Jersey Herald & News, where, in addition to developing a life-long passion for coffee and news, I wrote obituaries for eight months. I’ve also worked as a speech writer, bank teller, ghostwriter, bookkeeper in a lampshade factory, pet shop clerk, and music zine editor.
Check out more bout her and her books here
Summary from Goodreads
First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!

Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (8/21/13)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week I am eagerly anticipating...

Title: Blackout
Author: Robison Wells
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 432
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: October 1st 2013
Synopsis (from goodreads):
Laura and Alec are trained terrorists.

Jack and Aubrey are high school students.

There was no reason for them to ever meet.

But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.
Check out more about this book here

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Top Ten Things That Make Our Life As Bloggers Easier/Better

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish , where we make lists of 10 based off a weekly prompt.
This weeks prompt is:
Top Ten Things That Make Our Life As Bloggers Easier
10. Google Docs
I always use Google Docs when I am making forms and it honestly makes everything so much easier. It is simple and collects all your information for you.
9. Rafflecopter
Rafflecopter makes planning and running giveaways simple and easy. It is not hard to make and takes a lot of stress out of it. I also do not mind using it to enter a giveaway.
8. A Calendar
My Calendar can come in handy when running my blogs. I usually plan out my posts every week to help me stay on track.
7. Twitter and other Social Media
I use Twitter to connect with fellow bloggers and to promote my blog. It is probably my favorite social media tool to use to do these two tasks. It is easy and fun and lots of bloggers have an account so it is a great way to stay connected.
6. Library
I LOVE the library. I go to the library all the time. I mean it is free books, who wouldn't love that?! I love talking to all the librarians about my new books and sharing my recommendations with everyone too.
5. Edelweiss/NetGalley
These two websites make it much easier for us bloggers to get ARCs. I also love just going through all the new catalogs to find books I want to review.
4.Epic Reads
Epic Reads is a great book communities where you can do all sorts of fun types of things that I love. I also love watching Tea Time with Epic Reads because it introduces me to a lot of new books.
Goodreads is absolutely amazing. I find a lot of my books on there, I put my reviews on there too, and I track all of my reading progress on there. It is a necessary thing for any blogger to have.
2. Blogger Friends
I think having friends who are also bloggers is a great thing to have. You can always get help from them if you have questions or tasks to do on your blog and it is just great to have fellow book lovers to talk too!
I love my followers. You guys are the best! I started blogging so I could share my love  of books with the rest of the world and whenever I get comments on my posts from my lovely bloggers it just reminds me of why I started blogging. Thank you for supporting me!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: Revel

Title: Revel:
Author: Maurissa Guibord
Genre: Mythology/Fantasy
Pages: 352
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: February 12th 2013
Source: Library
Revel by, Maurissa Guibord is a fantastic and adventurous read that will have any YA reader getting swept up in the tales of the mysterious Trespass Islands.

Revel follows the story of Delia. Delia sets out to find Trespass Island off the coast of Maine when her mother passes away. Trespass Island is where he mother grew up and her grandmother, who she has never met before, still resides. But Delia has no idea what she will discover on Trespass Island and about her mother. There is a reason why this Island is not on any map.

I thought Guibord did a phenomenal job with this storyline. I am always a little hesitant to read books with mythology because a lot of the time they can be too confusing and over done but Guibord crafter this story magnificently weaving the story together with just the perfect amounts of mythology. It was clear, intriguing, fascinating, and rather enjoyable. I also thought the book had a factor about traditions and opposing morals which I found it interesting and actually helped add to the relatable part of the story.

I thought Delia was a great heroine for the book. She had such a big heart but also didn't let anybody get in her way. She was a very tough girl and I always like seeing that in a heroine. I also thought the chemistry between Delia and Jax was great but I wish that more had been done with their romance. I also liked the supporting character of Sean. I thought he was a great add-in and the storyline that comes up later in the book with him was really interesting and added more to the story.

I thought this was great material for a series so when I went to check if it was on goodreads and saw that it wasn't it made me rather sad. The book was very engaging and had many potential storylines for more books to come after it. There are many things Guibord could do with the island, the characters, and the mythology too in order to write this into a series.

I thought the Revel was fast paced and full of intrigue, the writing made you want to keep turning the page. (I stayed up all night reading it)

Summery from Goodreads:
There’s an island off the coast of Maine that’s not on any modern map.

Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn’t her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia’s not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night.

Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it’s Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water’s edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive.

Check out more about the book here

About The Author:
Before beginning her writing career Maurissa Guibord worked slinging pizzas, alphabetizing things and practicing medicine. Now she writes teen fiction for people who love the same kind of stories she does: mysterious, romantic and with a touch of humor. Her short mystery fiction, published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has been nominated for the Agatha Award. She lives on the coast of Maine with her mysterious cat, romantic husband and three kids who make her laugh.

Check out more about the author here

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (8/17/13)

Stacking the Shelves
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Here are the great books I accumulated over the last week!
Spies and Prejudice
Spies and Prejudice by, Talia Vance
SYLO (The SYLO Chronicles, #1)
SYLO by, D.J. MacHale
Zoe Letting Go
Zoe Letting Go by, Nora Price
45 Pounds (More or Less)
45 Pounds (More or Less) by, K.A. Barson
Dangerous Girls
Dangerous Girls by, Abigail Hass
The Shadow Girl
The Shadow Girl by, Jennifer Archer
Rush (The Game, #1)
Rush by, Eve Silver

What did you guys receive this week? Put the link to your post in the comments and I will be sure to check them out!

Friday, August 16, 2013

1st Annual Blogger Spotlight Tour Signups!

I am so excited to announce the sign ups for the 1st Annual Blogger Spotlight Tour!
I had the pleasure of getting to work with Jazmen from This Girl Reads a lot, to be able to create this wonderful tour that is all about you guys!
Jazmen and I both know how tough it can be to get your blog started and to attract followers. This is where the idea for this tour blossomed from. The goal of this blog is to be able to meet new bloggers and to help each other get noticed in this fast growing blogosphere.
The way the tour is going to work is that each participant will feature another participant and their blog on the assigned tour date they are given. This should be a great experience for us all to help each other out and in return gain a blog audience and hopefully some new fellow blog friends!
The tour will run for one week from Sunday, September 8th-Saturday, September 14th.
Once sign ups are closed you will receive an email providing, your featured blogger, your assigned tour date, rules, and any other important details.
Jazmen and I are very excited about this and we hope you are too! 

New Ways To Follow The Closet Library

Good Afternoon my lovely followers!
So today I decided to take the extra time to make a few new accounts that you can follow me on and get all the news about The Closet Library.
Today I created a Pinterest account and an account on Bloglovin to accompany my Twitter account, Goodreads account, and Follow by email as ways you can follow me. I have started to become even more serious about blogging and I just thought that this was the next step in taking my blog to the next level!
Do not hesitate to follow me and chat me up on any of my accounts! Thank you all for being such great loyal followers!
Ways To Follow Me:

you can follow my blog by email in the sidebar

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: September Girls

September Girls
Title: September Girls
Author: Bennett Madison
Genre: Fantasy/Contemporary
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 21st 2013
Source: Library
P.S. I LOVE this book cover.

“The world rushes through us. We are peaceful. We are as deep and black as space. Staring up at the stars, we see only our own image reflected back at us.
We are infinite and we are ravenous.”
Interesting? Strange? Odd? Unique? I am having a very hard time trying to pick a word to describe September Girls by, Bennett Madison. I have honestly never read a book like this before. This book left me breathless.

September Girls follows the story of Sam, a 17 year old boy whose father has forced him and his brother, Jeff, to stay in a small house on the beach for the summer. When Sam arrives he knows this town is anything but normal. Everywhere he looks there are blonde girls walking around who look too familiar to not be related and for some reason they all seem to be drawn to him. Soon he meets DeeDee, one of the mysterious girls in this town and as they fall for each other he will discover the secrets surrounding this strange little beach town.

Before I get on to the rest of my review I just want to warn some people about the content of the book. I personally think this book should have been categorized as a new adult or at least mature YA. I definitely has language in it and a few mature scenes. I personally did not have a problem with it since I do read New Adult but I do know that some people prefer to keep content more PG so I thought I would just point it out.

This book did not turn out to be how I expected it to be. It was even better. From the synopsis I thought it was going to be this fantasy mystery but it was so much more. I honestly believe that this was a coming of age story with magic weaved through it. But it was written in a way that the message was not straight forward, it was an underlying idea throughout the context of the story and I thought that made the book so much more powerful. This is a book about identity, finding your way, and first love. This novel is like nothing else you will find in the book world. It is unique, moving, beyond mesmerizing, daring, and coated in the works of a masterpiece. This book has a way of drawing you in and captivating you in the pages till the last word.

I have not been able to get this book out of my head since I finished reading it. The book pulled me under till the very last word.

I can guarantee you September Girls is a book that will stay with you long after you finish the last page and people will be talking about for years to come.

About the Author: Bennett Madison
Bennett Madison is the author of several books for teenagers, including The Blonde of the Joke (HarperTeen 2009) and September Girls (HarperTeen 2013). He has also written a few other books and some other things here and there.
He grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland, went to Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Check out his website

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (8/14/13)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is....
Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)
Title: Frozen
Author(s): Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Genre: Dystopia/Science Fiction
Publisher: Putnam 
Expected Publication Date: September 17th 2013
Synopsis (via goodreads): 
From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all
Check out more about this book over at its Goodreads page. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

A to Z Bookish Survey

The A to Z survey is a great fun survey where each question begins with the next letter in the alphabet. Here is a fun book themed one being hosted over at The Perpetual Page-Turner!

Authors you’ve read the most books from:

1. Sarah Dessen (I am a Sarah Dessen SUPER fan)
2. Ally Carter (I am obsessed with both of her series)
3. Lisi Harrison (Growing up I read her CLique series non-stop)

Best Sequel Ever:

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by, Ally Carter (I honestly fall more and more in love with The Gallagher Girls Series every book, I am heartbroken the series is coming to an end in September)

Currently Reading:

September Girls by, Bennett Madison

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Trader Joe's Cranberry Juice or Water (These are the only two drinks I am always in the mood for)

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book, no doubt. (I need to feel the book in my hands when I read it, it just adds a whole other element to the reading experience)

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Sam from Speechless by, Hannah Harrington

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Rules by, Stacey Kade

Hidden Gem Book:

The Mephisto Covenant by, Trinity Faegan

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I discovered The YA Sisterhood book blog. It was my first book blog I had ever come across and I was fascinated by it, it made me want to be a part of this book blogging world and then about a month or so later I started my own book review blog.

Just Finished:

Life After Theft by, Aprilynne Pike

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I am not a big alien book fan. I mean I will read them but I just don't really enjoy them.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Odyssey (541 pgs)

Major book hangover because of:

 Barely Breathing by, Rebecca Donovan (The ending of this book haunted me till the next book in the series came out)

Number of Bookcases You Own:

3. 1 for To Read books and 2 for Read books. (My last Read book shelve is almost full though so a new bookshelf will definitely be on my Christmas list this year)

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

This Lullaby by, Sarah Dessen (This is probably my all time favorite book, it has always stuck with me and I never get tired of it)

Preferred Place To Read:

Probably in bed and right before I go to sleep

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“It's all in the view. That's what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you'd better make every second count.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

Reading Regret:

Whenever I wait too long to read a series and then I miss out on all the fangirl action and feel left behind

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

Vampire Academy by, Richelle Mead

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

This Lullaby by, Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever by, Sarah Dessen, Revolution by, Jennifer Donnelley

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

So I have to do three because there are 3 authors I am a complete fangirl for:
1. Sarah Dessen (Her books are life altering, I mean life altering)
2. Susane Colasanti (I have always loved her books and then about 2 years ago I met her at a book signing and discovered how awesome of a person she is)
3. Ally Carter (I am OBSESSED with her Series The Gallagher Girls and Heist Society)

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

This would have to be a three way tie:
1. Untold by, Sarah Rees Brennan (September 24th 2013)
2. United We Spy by, Ally Carter (September 17th 2013)
3. The Unbound by, Victoria Schwab (January 28th 2014)

Worst Bookish Habit:

I always have so many fines at the library because I feel so upset giving a book back if I haven't read it but I always take out so many books at once so, its almost impossible to read them all in time.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Paper Towns by, John Green

Your latest book purchase:

All I Need by, Susane Colasanti

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Fallen Crest High by, Tijan
I’d love to see yours if you do it too — link back to me and then leave your link in the comments so I can come visit yours!

Review: Life After Theft

Life After Theft
Title: Life After Theft
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Genre: Contemporary/Paranormal
Pages: 352
Publication Date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Library
I was a huge fan of Aprilynne Pike's Wings series, so when I saw this book come out I knew I had to read it. And just as I expected, once again Pike did not disappoint.

Life After Theft follows the story of Jeff, a teenage boy who has just recently moved from Phoenix to California. On his first day at his new High school he meets Kimberlee Schaffer, but she is a ghost and he is the only person who can see her. Kimberlee died a year ago when she drowned in the ocean and ever since she has been stuck on earth as a ghost. She believes that to move onto the after life she has to right her wrongs and since Jeff is the only one who can see her, she ropes him into helping her with her unfinished business. Jeff and Kimberlee then set out on a whirlwind adventure together trying to return all of the tons and tons of things she stole from her fellow peers.

Life After Theft has everything you could want in a book. It was funny, sincere, and at times heart wrenching. The book had adventure, friendship, romance, and also dealt with the struggles of bullying. Pike miraculously fit all of these aspects into this book without making it confusing or overwhelming, making a great quick read. She was also able to write in a way (that you may have experienced in her Wings series) that captivates you and before you know it you've read the whole book.

Pike has a way with creating characters. There wasn't one character in this book I did not like. Even Kimberlee who had done some horrendous things and could come across as harsh and selfish won me over. My favorite character was the narrator, Jeff. He was a loving nerd, dressed in vintage t-shirts and converse. His strength was definitely his heart. He honestly just wanted everybody to be happy. Jeff is one of the most genuinely good natured characters I have read. I was also a fan of Jeff and his girlfriend, Sarah's, relationship. I shipped them since the moment they met each other.

The only downside this book had was the ending. The whole book was perfectly paced but the ending of it put an end to that trend. The ending just seemed very abrupt and left me with a feeling of I missed something.

Life After Theft is a great, fast paced, book bound together with a blending line of genres. It will definitely please any Apriylnne Pike fan and if you haven't read her before, come hop on the Aprilynne Pike train because it is one you do not want to miss out on.

4 Stars ****

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Pages: 457
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopia
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Source: Library
“I had it all wrong," he says. "Before I found you, I thought the only way to hold on was to find something to live for. It isn't. To hold on, you have to find something you're willing to die for.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave
I know most people will probably disagree with me but I am going to be honest and come out and say that I was very disappointed with The 5th Wave.

I was told that this book was an action packed intense read but I beg to differ. For me a lot of the book just kept dragging on. First of all I thought the first part of the book took too much time talking about the past to give us background. But even once we started talking in present day I still found parts of it very dull. I personally thought that the pace didn't pick up till almost the last 100 pages.

If you are planning on reading this book I am warning you that it is written in alternating voice. I have no problem with alternating voice, actually I love it. But nobody told me the book was written this way and there was no way it was indicated in the book so all of a sudden one minute I'm reading one story and then I was transported to a whole different plot line and I was very confused until I figured out that it was a different narrator.

There are so many different concepts in this book to do with the alien invasion. Once I got all of the concepts I was fine but while I was still trying to figure them all out, parts of the book were confusing to me. For example like I said earlier they spent a lot of time on background information, I mean A LOT of time on it. In other words there was a lot to digest in this book.

The characters however ended up growing on me. They were well thought-out and as a result came across very real. Cassie was a great heroine for the book. She was brave, tough, smart, but was motivated by love. My favorite character though was by far Evan. Evan is the love interest in the book and I sure LOVED him. The scenes between Evan and Cassie were my favorite in the whole book. They were also the only ones that caught my full attention.

I will read the sequel for the book but it will honestly only be so I can find out what happens with Evan and Cassie.
3 Stars ***


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: Our Song

Our Song
Title: Our Song
Author: Jordanna Fraiberg
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 352
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: May 2nd 2013
Source: Library
Our Song was a fast and easy read that delved into the theme of figuring out how to cope with hard experiences.

Our Song follows the story of Olive, a senior in high school who has just gotten out of the hospital after being in a car accident. Throughout the book Olive has a hard time dealing with and understanding that she died in the accident but was luckily revived by the paramedics. Transitioning back into her home life is made difficult for her when she is placed as an outcast in her own town because the community thinks her accident was actually an attempted suicide. When her mom forces her to go to a support group she picks one for people who have had near death experiences. At her first meeting is where she meets Nick. She is immediately feels a deep connection with him and soon they embark on different adventures together all over the place. With Nick everything from Olive's life seems to just melt away and her world seems so much brighter. But what is Nick keeping from Olive? Olive's world has been turned upside down but Olive will soon see that she might not want to go back to the girl she once was and that she wants to start a new life as a new and improved Olive.

This book started off slow for me. I originally unsure if I made the right decision choosing this book. But once Nick was introduced things started to pick up. Fun and adventures started to finally happen in the book and I started to enjoy it. But I do have to admit that the scenes with Nick were the only ones that really kept me completely intrigued. Thankfully there were enough of them to keep me turning the pages
At first I did not like Olive's character. She seemed very weak and desperate at times and it just did not work for her. But once she started to involve into a strong young woman I really grew to like her. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Olive evolve as a person. I also liked how a lot her growth came from being with Nick. Nick and Olive really helped bring out the best in each other and I think that really added to their chemistry. I will come right out and say that I loved Nick. I though he was complete swoon worthy. He was hot and mysterious and very flirty at times. He drew me in and was by far my favorite character in the book.

One thing that did bother me in the book was the superficial world that Olive lived in. I know part of the book was Olive growing up to realize that these things were not important and that she could be better than this and wanted better than this but it still bothered me at times. For example Olive's ex-boyfriend, I could not stand him he was very full of himself and acted like he knew everything. And then people in the town she lived in, in general were just very stuck up and worried with their appearance and concerned with how everyone they were associated with reflected them. I would never want to live in her town.

Our Song is quick read about starting over, finding your way in life, and finding who you are.
4 Stars****

Waiting on Wednesday (8/7/13)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Find Me
Title: Find Me
Author: Romily Bernard
Pages: 307
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 24th 2013
These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.
Find out more about this book here.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Most Anticipated Books of August 2013

I am very excited for this upcoming month. There is a fantastic group of 8 books coming out this month that I am extra excited for. There is a wide variety of young adult books this august including, eerie books guaranteed to haunt you, a good old contemporary, a mind boggling book of twist and turns, a book that has been being hyped up by bloggers for almost a year now, and a highly anticipated sequel.  
Asylum is a thrilling horror book of haunting ghosts.
The Dark Between
The Dark Between is another paranormal August read of ghosts.
The Infinite Moment of Us
The Infinite Moment of Us is a heart pounding story of first love.
The Beginning of Everything
The Beginning of Everything is a classic young adult contemporary book.
Just Like Fate
Just Like Fate is a mind boggling story of deciding your fate.
The Sound
The Sound is an intense mystery thriller.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)
Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea is an eerie read that has been on every bloggers to read list.
Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2)
Untold is the highly anticipated sequel in the Lynburn Legacy series.
What books are you all most anticipating this month?