Friday, December 10, 2010



In one moment
it is over.
In one moment
it is gone.
The morning grows
thin, grey
and our lives-
how they were-
have vanished.
Our lives have
when I walk in
on Lizzie
my sister
holding a shotgun.

  Twelve year old girl Hope's life is turned upside down when her older sister Lizzie becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. Ever since their dad died Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age. Their mother is a reluctant and unreliable parent at best, who turns tricks to support the family. Throughout the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative readers and Hope discover that the mother is prostituting Lizzie and it’s up to Hope to bring the truth to light to save her sister.
  With raw and haunting writing reminiscent of Ellen Hopkins and Elizabeth Scott, Carol Lynch Williams is a promising new YA voice.

My thoughts:
Read this in under two hours, that's how captivating and simply enticing it is.
  To start, 'verse books' are always a quick, fun read for me. I can read the entire 400+ page book in basically one sitting, where I would normally get maybe 200 pages done normally, so that's what drew me into the book. Now, I would have, under normal circumstances, put the book down once I learned that the MC was just about to turn 12...her sister being only 14. BUT, after reading...I don't know, 30? pages before finding out the girl's age, I was totally hooked.
  The story is so different than anything I would normally read. I really don't want to give it away, but, I like to think that this is a "Lifetime book"--a book that is a topic that Lifetime Movie Network always plays about. It's a topic that never gets old to me, since I feel strongly about it. It broke my heart, and I even teared up, when I learned the secret the sister was withholding.
  From the first to the last page, I guarantee you will be grabbed into the story. I don't know how you couldn't be!
  (Oh, and I love the cover! It's so gorgeous, yet so simple!)
5/5 Stars

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares- David Levithan/ Rachel Cohn

  “I’ve left some clues for you.
  If you want them, turn the page.
  If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
  So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
  Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

My thoughts:
Initially, I thought this wouldn't be nearly as great as Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist...Boy was I wrong! This was just as good and perfect for this time of year, since it takes place in NY during Christmastime and all that jazz.
  I really do like how these two authors collaborate to make a totally cool book. Personally, I prefer boy/girl POV's to normal ones, and I know that I can turn to Levithan and Cohn to feed my fix.
  Dash and Lily were such interesting characters, I felt as though I'd known them my entire life. And how can you not like how their story is? I mean, a journal, in a bookstore, with dares like (spoiler!) picking up a book in the gay/lesbian section only if you're straight and then having to talk to a girl you know from school would make me totally shudder and run home in real life, but I was laughing my butt off as it happened to Dash. He's so freakin' funny, and I think that Lily is, without trying to be (and who doesn't love humor in cute books?!).
  Can't wait for the next Levithan/Cohn book! 4/5 Stars


Torment- Lauren Kate

Hell on earth.
  That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
  It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.
  At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
  What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
  The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

My thoughts:
  I waited so long to get this book, and when I finally did, I kept thinking 'OMG, I FINALLY HAVE IT! YAY!' which sort of kept me from reading, what with my mind spurting out at random intervals words and phrases that kept clouding my conscious.
  Torment will not disappoint! As I've always believed, the second books in trilogy's are the best. Since, in the first you're just getting to know characters. And in the third, ends are being tied so that the book can end, you know? But the second one, the middle one, is always (in my opinion) the best. You have more time for character development, and you learn what's "to come" even if you don't know it/can't see it.
  Reading this book was much different than reading Fallen. For starters, Fallen was good, but it took me about a week to really read it, I had to keep going back to re-read a part, since I kinda felt that 'huh?' that bothers me so much. Whereas Torment, I know what the hell is happening. I know what's exactly going on with Luce/Daniel/Cam and I don't have to wonder.
  This book is definitely awesome, but I'm not all in-favor of it's ending. Of course, I love a cliff-hanger as much as the next girl, but c'mon! This book is LONG and I think that it should end semi-final, so that I'm not really dying for the next one.
  Kate does a wonderful job with her words...again! I just feel like I understand what she says, and she easily comes across as 'understanding'. She doesn't put Luce into stupid situations, and I don't think I once stopped and shook my head in disappointment. It's impossible to find a flaw in this sequel (well...unless you hate the series. In that case, why the hell are you READING IT?!) and I can honestly (and willingly) admit that I loved it to pieces! 4/5 Stars (Yup, that's minus one for the ending!)
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