Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Title: Autoboyography
Author: Christina Lauren
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Hardcover
Age Group: Teens
Genre: GLTBTQ Romance 

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah. But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity. It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

Imagine when a book touches on something that is personal to you. A character in which you can relate to. A story line that has a lasting impression on you Imagine a book that makes you feel like you are seeing your life told through the words on the page. Has that ever happened for you. For me, it has. In this case Autoboyography is the story that has a left a mark on me. 

Following Tanner, dared by his best friend, Autumn, to take a seminar class where you write a book in four months, he does it in hopes of coming out with a book. However, after his first class and seeing Sebastian Brother, his mentor, he knows he might be coming out with a lot more. Over the next four months, Tanner must mask his feelings for the Mormon prodigy while trying to write a book that is a lot harder than he thought, especially since it follows his life and he doesn’t know the ending. 

I connected really well with Tanner. Not just because he is gay but more so because of his personality. At first he realizes what can be at stake if he were to come out and profess his feelings for Sebastian the community could respond in a negative way. However, when feelings are not just one sided, let’s talk about complicated. 

What was so great about this book was how raw the story was. This is someone’s actual story. The characters remind of actual people, the feelings, the confusion, the overall love for each other, all of these are someone’s and this is why this story is perfect. Christina Lauren tackle a book that can get complicated but do it with such ease that writing a book seems effortless.

If there is a book that can get you out of any reading slump, it’s this one. Am I wanting a novella that takes place a few months later, uggghhh YES! I am so happy I read this book and I am excited to see what else this writing duo has. Have you heard of this book? Have you read it? If not, I have found your next read.

I give this book 5 souls! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Title: The Glass Spare
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Glass Spare #1
Publication Date: October 24, 2017
Publisher: Blazer and Bray
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Fantasy

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure. But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

Let me just make one point very clear: This is one girl that I would not want to mess with. I can honestly say that I would be a bundle of jewels that was on its way to the market to sell, and that was what I got from the synopsis, however, the story within gives you so much more. 

Following the main protagonist, Wil, daughter of a royal family who has been kept secret and is sent to do her father's, the king, spying. However, what she doesn't know but will soon find out is that she is much more that what she thinks she is.

The story is a slow start but do not let that discourage you from continuing the book. I promise as you get back the first few chapters, you will see a pace increase and before you know it you are thrown into a world of adventure, deceit, and quite possibly love. 

It is crazy to read about what people will do to kill someone, even it means killing themselves. But what is most intriguing is what people will do for the ones they love. I can't really argue against this because I know I am one to do crazy things for the people I love. Am I the only one though? 

I am excited to see where the next book takes us. I am interested to see if Wil will ever go home and in what state she will find it in. If you are looking for a fantasy that tells you sometimes having power is more  frightful than fun but with a girl who is willing to fight to save a person she loves, this is the book for you. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Blog Tour: Satellite by Nick Lake

Title: Satellite
Author: Nick Lake  
Publication Date: October3, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Science Fiction 

He’s going to a place he’s never been before: home. Moon 2 is a space station that orbits approximately 250 miles above Earth. It travels 17,500 miles an hour, making one full orbit every ninety minutes. It’s also the only home that fifteen-year-old Leo and two other teens have ever known. Born and raised on Moon 2, Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth. They’ve been “parented” by teams of astronauts since birth and have run countless drills to ready themselves for every conceivable difficulty they might face on the flight. But has anything really prepared them for life on terra firma? Because while the planet may be home to billions of people, living there is more treacherous than Leo and his friends could ever have imagined, and their very survival will mean defying impossible odds.

I have to admit that when first seeing this book and reading its synopsis I thought of the movie 'The Space Between Us!' Does that make me more intrigued to read this book further? Am I more inclined to potentially compare the two even though they are different entities? Yes and Yes! But all comparisons come with good intentions and just as much as I loved the movie, I loved this book even more. 

We follow Leo and his two friends Orion and Libra as they are about to go on a mission to a "home" they have never seen. For the past sixteen years they have grown up in zero gravity on the space station Moon 2 and this embarkment to Earth will forever change their lives. 

So I have been seeing a lot of people comment on the text speech and how this has really bothered them and even had some not move forward with the book. For me, I LOVED it! I have not seen a book written this way in so long and it was refreshing. Do teens still text this way? Not really. But that's okay because I am sure there is someone out there right now doing this and is able to connect with this book in more ways than I can.

Moving on! I have to admit that science fiction books are not my strong suit in books I lean towards reading but every now and then there is that one book that will open up my eyes and send me shooting for the stars. That one book was this one. I was immediately transported to Moon 2 and floating along with Leo, his friends, and Victoria as they fly through space preparing for this mission. 

There is this LGBTQ aspect to the story in Leo's unvoiced crush on Orion and even though that was not the point of the story, I did want it to expand into something more but like I said not a main issue in the story.

The take on Earth was very interesting and the fact on what NASA has been holding back to these teens who are about to go somewhere that could be more troublesome than they had prepared for. But what is new with adults holding information back from teens. 

Overall Nick Lake has captured my heart and sent it off to a galaxy among the stars. If you are looking for the next great sci-fi novel that brings the feeling of The Martian for teens, this is your novel. An interstellar success!  

I give this book 5 souls! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating.
This weeks pick is:

Secret Identities.Extraordinary Powers.She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. 

Happy Reading! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: Release by Patrick Ness

Title: Release 
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Contemporary/Fantasy

Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life. Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela. But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release. 

I discovered Patrick Ness in class last semester and there are not enough words to use to show how thankful I am for this assignment. Through this assignment I was able to connect with another author that I have added to my auto buy list. Have you read Patrick Ness yet? Yes...No? Whatever your answer, this is a book that should not be skipped as it could be a top book for me in 2017!

Following Adam Thorn in this messy yet so raw and emotional read, Ness takes us on an adventure that really delves into heavy topics of love, religion, family and so much more. However, this is not just a contemporary read. While thinking you are coming in for one story, you are actually coming in to hear two stories. I cannot say if  you might lean more towards one than the other but they both have their parts in this book.

In regards to the story, I think I was able to connect with this on a more personal level than I have had with Ness's other books. The internal struggle that Adam faces throughout the novel is so relatable, especially to some teens today. I know that some of his thoughts were some thoughts I had on my own. Fortunately I never had to deal with a boss like his and I am not upset at that.

Adam and his relationship with Linus is in this very fragile state right now. Trying to lay out everything on the table on he feels seems hard but the possibility of you have feelings with your ex makes it just a little bit harder. Although the moments where it was just Linus and Adam were the moments that hit a chord.

Overall Patrick Ness won me over once more. I know there are still some books that I need to read and I cannot wait to dive into my next Ness read. If you are looking for a book with a story that is not what you would expect, this is the book for you.

Monday, October 9, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!

Happy Reading! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale

Title: Black Moon Rising 
Author: D.J. MacHale
Series: The Library Book 2
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Random House 
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Fantasy

Marcus is an agent of the Library—a place that exists outside time, filled with stories that don’t have an ending. Mysteries that won’t be solved until Marcus and his friends step in to finish them. Before it’s too late.An evil is plaguing a middle school in Massachusetts. Windows shatter for no reason. Bleachers collapse at a pep rally. Most of the students think they’re just having a string of bad luck, but Marcus and his friends suspect something a lot more sinister. Something like witchcraft. When the black moon rises, this story must come to an end . . . one way or another.

Who wouldn't want to go to a library where you are in charge of finishing its collections' stories. What if by accepting the mission, you could possibly die? For Marcus that isn't the case. I fell in love with the Library and its adventure in the first book, Curse of the Boggin, and I was ready for the next adventure. 

While reading the story, I was immediately reminded of the Beautiful Creatures story with the mysterious acts happening in a school but by the end MacHale took the story to a whole new level. Bringing in witchcraft and possession and writing it to a teen audience was a brilliant addition to make this book the perfect story for the Halloween holiday. 

From the first book to this book, we can see a clear growth in Marcus's character. In the first novel there was more of this timidness and curiosity as he was beginning to learn and explore the world of the library and the dangers it brings. In this novel, he is more confident, he is more willing to make risks, and there is not much hesitation when it comes to facing dangers. From his first adventure he has learned a lot and is more aware of what is at loss if he fails to finish a story. 

The story did slow down at parts but for the majority, I was glued to my seat, eyes on the words, and anxiously awaiting to see what came next. What I liked most was this refreshing feeling I received after finishing the book. It was an easy read that made me stand on my toes at parts and give my heart that accelerated feeling of excitement. 

If you are looking for a perfect book for middle grade readers or for those of us who are this age at heart, this is the book for you. The perfect book to bring about the goosebumps and have you look over your shoulder every now and then. 

I give this book 4 souls!