Saturday, July 7, 2012

June Book Rewind

I've decided to start doing a monthly rewind of all the books I read that month. I got this idea from when I stumbled upon her vlogs on Youtube.

Black is for Beginnings
by Laurie faria Stolarz

"Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn't all it's cracked up to be. All she really wants to do is work things out with Jacob and figure out what to do with the rest of her life. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts."

I read this series when it first came out, all but this book. When my book club decided to read this series I was VERY excited! I've been wanting to reread these books so I could read this book as well (and remember what was going on). This was the first graphic novel I've read and I don't know how I feel about them. Maybe because the first four in this series I made in to my own little movie in my head it was weird seeing these characters on page. The book itself was okay. This was my least favorite in the series but I did enjoy it. This book was meant to finish the story and it did, which I greatly appreciate. 

by Katie Ganshert

The Fault in our Stars
by John Green

"Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs... for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind."

I think John Green is a genius. He writes amazing books that blow your mind!

The Long Goodbye Memories of my Father
by Patti Davis

"In The Long Goodbye, Patti Davis describes losing her father to Alzheimer’s disease, saying goodbye in stages, helpless against the onslaught of a disease that steals what is most precious—a person’s memory.  “Alzheimer’s,” she writes, “snips away at the threads, a slow unraveling, a steady retreat; as a witness all you can do is watch, cry, and whisper a soft stream of goodbyes.” 
She writes of needing to be reunited at forty-two with her mother, of regaining what they had spent decades demolishing. A truce was necessary to bring together a splintered family, a few weeks before her father released his letter telling the country and the world of his illness.  The author delves into her memories to touch her father again, to hear his voice, to keep alive the years she had with him. 
Moving and honest, an illuminating portrait of grief, of a great man, a disease, and a woman and her father."

I love reading about Ronald Reagan, I think he was an amazing person who knew who he was, stuck to his morals, and tried to live life to it's fullest. 

Saving Grace
by Darlene Ryan

 "Evie was pregnant and forced to give up the baby. But she can't just leave the child with strangers, especially when she thinks the baby is being neglected. With her boyfriend waiting in the truck, Evie snatches the baby and convinces him to drive her to Montreal where she plans to start a new life with her child. But when the baby won't eat and she and Justin argue, she ends up alone in a small town. As the baby becomes sicker, Evie must decide whether to admit her mistake and turn herself in, or to keep running."

This was an alright book. It was a super easy read. I found out after reading this book that 'orca soundings' books are written for teens who are reluctant to read books. As a result these books are easy to read, short, intense novels. Like I said it was an okay book but the end I felt was horrible. It just left you hanging, you have no idea what happens next. Frustrating.

Between the Lines
by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

"What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?  Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah. And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom. Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale."

I have no words. This book is amazing! I hope that Samantha Van Leer decides to write more in the future! I can't believe she is only 16. Amazing!

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