Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves

Today I'm linking up at Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves! Here's what I'm reading this week.

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Currently Reading:

1. Yes, I'm still reading The Host. It's 620 pages!

2. I recently got the audio book for Scarlet from the library, and I just started it last night. So far, so good.

3. I haven't touched Island Fire on my kindle in ages...I'll give it one more go, then I'll probably give up.

To Read Very, Very Soon:

1. I finally got Navigating Early! I can't wait to blog about it when I'm done...I have something planned for when I return it to the library.

What are you reading this week?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Third Twin

The Third TwinThe Third Twin by C.J. Omololu
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Please pray for C. J Omolulu as she battles cancer!

Thanks you, Random House Children's, for this free book to review!
Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It's Pretty Little Liarsmeets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia's guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they'd never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn't exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.
Tries to focus on reviewing, instead of checking out the author's blog. Basically fails.

Anyway.

I know other reviewers disagree with this, but for me, this book is the first time when I actually agreed with the main character for wanting to solve the mystery herself. Usually it's super annoying when the main character solves the most obvious case because the incompetent police officers couldn't do their job, but here it made sense. Lexi isn't the killer, but there's so much evidence pointing to her it really doesn't matter what she says. So she tries to solve things herself.

The first 40% was pretty slow, although I loved it when Lexi dated Eli. I just love sweet boyfriends in books. Keep your bad boys--I's rather sit in a parking lot and eat from the food trucks every month, or however often Eli planned to take her.

There were absolutely no clues to who the killer was though. At the end it was just, bop, here's the murderer. It felt so random.
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Lexi herself is okay, with all the abilities to be relatable--trying to get into the college her dad went to, figure out how to make Ava stop pretending to be Alicia, survive teenagerhood. Some for some reason I just didn't connect with her. Maybe because I've never been framed for murder.

Would I recommend this book? Not really. It just wasn't for me. But I will absolutely be praying for the author to be free from cancer. :(

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Grading:

Violence: B or C
Language: B? C?
Adult Content: B or C

Monday, February 23, 2015

Book of Awesomeness

Moon Over ManifestMoon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If my library were open on Thursdays, I'd run all the way there with my asthma and the snow so I could get Clare Vanderpool's other book, Navigating Early.
Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was.
Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it’s just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to “Leave Well Enough Alone.”
Abilene throws all caution aside when she heads down the mysterious Path to Perdition to pay a debt to the reclusive Miss Sadie, a diviner who only tells stories from the past. It seems that Manifest’s history is full of colorful and shadowy characters—and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history. And as Manifest’s secrets are laid bare one by one, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.
In the last couple of chapters, all of the little details came together. Abilene's "scratch", Miss Sadie and Ned, Eva Cybulskis, and all the little things crushed me under the weight of their love. Yes, I had to incorporate a quote.
“Who would dream that one can love without being crushed under the weight of it?”
I don't know, Miss Sadie. I was pretty crushed myself at the end.
Miss Sadie knows EVERYTHING and her story is very sad. Now please go read this book.
On one hand, I want to buy this book so I can highlight it and keep it forever. On the other hand, the library copy I just finished is the same one I read a couple years ago, and I was just as shocked about everything as I was that time. I honestly couldn't remember if Abilene's dad came back for her or not. Also, stories are meant to be shared. Moon Over Manifest belongs in a library.

So, yeah. Go buy it, get it from the library, listen to the audio book (which I didn't do, but this seems like the perfect book to read aloud), do whatever. If you want more reasons, check out the other reviews on Goodreads. They say it's a beautiful historical piece that weaves in the past and the present ("present" as in 1936, Abilene's present. And to be honest, the past, 1918, was way more interesting). For me it's just a story set in the Great Depression about a girl who found her father in his town.

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Grading:
Violence: A or B
Note: Miss Sadie isn't really a "diviner" at all, just someone who watches and listens when no one else does.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Moon Over Manifest! (Actually, a Tag)

Sarah @ Forever Changed has tagged me for the Epic Reads tag! It started as a youtube video HarperCollins Teens put on (oh, how I'd love to work there), and then some people moved it to blogger. Hence, you know, this post.

Thank you so much, Sarah!

1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who would you invite and what would you serve them?
I guess Jill Williamson and Spencer Garmond, from The New Recruit. I don't know what I'd serve them because my mind is on MOON OVER MANIFEST, AKA one of the best books ever. Review to come tomorrow!

2. What book do you wish an author would write a prequel for?
Well, Moon Over Manifest doesn't really need a prequel, so maybe one for Gallagher Girls? Unless Ally Carter has already done that. She is a writing machine!

3. What two characters (NOT from the same book) would make a good couple?
Uhhhhhhhhhh....maybe Celaena Sardothien and Achan Cham? My brain is not good as this.

4. If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and only could say on sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?
Dear Clare Vanderpool, author of Moon Over Manifest--Never stop writing!

5. What book made you a reader and why?
Dick and Jane and Vampires
Just kidding. I learned to read with the normal Dick and Jane, then really started with Pride and Prejudice and Gone With the Wind. I kind of missed the chapter books.

6. Incendio! Your bookshelf just caught on fire! What is the one book you would save?
WHAT?
Well, my kindle isn't on my bookshelf, so I guess that's safe...my sister said I'd save my Go Teen Writers book. I probably would.

7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in and why?
Um, none of them? If Cinder's world counts, then that one. I stand a chance of staying alive there, unless i caught the plague.

8. What is your most Epic Read of all time?
MOON OVER MANIFEST. It is so awesome. Clare Vanderpool is the master. When I went to the library yesterday to get her next book, Navigating Early, it wasn't there. :( Even though it had been only a few days before! How dare someone else have the same literary tastes that I do?

There you have it! What's your most Epic Read of all time?

Thanks again for nominating me, Sarah!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been GoneSince You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Overall, the scent this book gave off was how forced it was.

Thanks anyway, Netgalley and Dundurn, for this free book to review!
Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school she's in a different country. 
Sydney promises her that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn't come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them. 
Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she ll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life.
Seriously. Edie finally went to the police, but only because a child randomly fell into a river and her friend saved him, and someone had called 999. I think that's what bugged me the most about Edie: she could have called the police at any point in her life, yet continually refuses to do so.

In hindsight, Edie shouldn't really have idolized her mother at all. Her mom could have gotten help at any time, but no, she decides to live on the run instead. Grant it, I haven't been through what she did, so maybe I just don't get it...but still. She passed her dislike of police onto Edie, who sincerely thought that if she sought help, she would be sent back to her dad. Um, hello? I don't know the British justice system, but that sure wouldn't happen in America.
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In Edie's defense, her dad had been a police officer, and that probably contributed to why she never sought help, even though they've lived in plenty of cities and countries that were plenty far away from him (also, how did he keep getting time off work to stalk them?).

Edie herself was okay, but she never even considers how other people feels until the last chapter. When a five year old nearly hits her with her bike, she doesn't think Watch where you're going, she thinks I want to wring his neck. I get it, when people have suffered domestic violence, they're often rough on the edges. I didn't get the sense that Edie felt broken or lost on the inside though. She just felt mean.
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There was one aspect of this book that wasn't forced: the British slang. I loved it, even though most of it went over my America head. Also, I adored how quickly the plot moved. It kept me glued.

So, maybe I just didn't like this book because I couldn't relate to the abuse and everyone's decision to leave the police out of it. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't get much of an emotional punch from this.

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Grading:
So, I don't remember anything AT ALL since I'm grading this about a month after I read and reviewed this book, but I do remember Edie and her boyfriend Jermaine talking about sex, but not having it, because his mom was home and stuff. I don't think there was language, and violence-wise, it's an A or a B.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Stacking the Shelves

Today I'm linking up with Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves!
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Here's what I'm reading this week.

Some books and my knee.
From the library:

Moon Over Manifest
This is a re-read for me. I first read it several years ago and was blown away by the author, Clare Vanderpool. She's so awesome.

Also in the picture is StargirlI'm putting it on hold for now because I'm reading it too fast, and this is the kind of book you have to savor. I just ordered it as an audio book, so I hope that will help.

What I Bought:

The Host
Yep, I'm reading a book by Stephenie Meyer. So far, so good, although the dialogue is kind of stilted.

On kindle:

Down From the Mountain
This is about a cult! It's kind of scary (duh), so Moon Over Manifest is getting precedence. Although that's scary too. Why are all the books I read so good?

Island Fire
I'm feeling really disconnected to the main characters, so I don't think I'll finish.

And there you have it! Have any of you read Stargirl? From what I've read, the beginning feels kind of forced.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Beautiful People--Valentine's Day!

This month at Cait's Paper Fury and and Sky's Further Up and Further In, it's fictional couple time! Hence, I'm posting this on Valentine's day. Just like all of the other linkers, I bet.

Like usual, I'm using my Jane Eyre retelling, Permanent Ink.


1. How long have they been a couple?
Since Ethan asked Josie went to the summer prom his old school puts on, near the beginning of the book.

2. How did they first meet?
So, uh, I'm not 100% sure this is legal, but Josie is a foster child who just moved into the Fairfax-Rochesters' house. So Ethan is her foster brother.

3. What were their first thoughts of each other? (Love at first sight or “you’re freakishly annoying”?)
More of attraction at first sight. Let me tell you, that is totally a real thing.
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4. What do they do that most annoys each other?
Ethan shows his affection by making her jealous, which is a terrible idea. Josie is determined to take the moral high ground, but she's still super impulsive.

5. Are their personalities opposite or similar?
They're similar in the way that they both do things they end up regretting, different in the way that Ethan is pretty much content with his station and Josie is always trying to stop being on someone's charity.

6. How would their lives be different without each other?
Josie wouldn't be hiding in a distant city, for one thing. And Ethan would still be grieving over his past mistake.

7. Are they ever embarrassed of each other?
Hm.... Well, Ethan hasn't dated for a while, so his old friends all want to mess with Josie, the new girl. But I wouldn't say Josie is embarrassed of Ethan very often, although she hated always being dependent on someone, be it the foster care institute, the Fairfax-Rochesters, or anyone else.

8. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
Some of Ethan's friends sure do!

9. Do they see their relationship as long-term/leading to marriage?
Well, the original Jane and Edward totally wanted to get married, so I want Ethan and Josie to be in that direction. ;) They're only seventeen though.

10. If they could plan the “perfect outing” together, where would they go?
Somewhere scenic so Josie could sketch. Maybe a forest.

And there you have it! Are your characters different or similar to each other?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cinder

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I seem to be the last person on Goodreads to read this book.
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Despite being late to join the bandwagon, I am super glad I did. The last book comes out this year, and apparently it's 800 pages long. That's about 400 too much for me. But I will make it!

Why would I put myself through that, you ask?

1). For the heartbreak. I simultaneously hate and love crying over fictional characters. On one hand, it's ALL PAIN, but on the other, it's life and emotion and empathy and human
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This is me.
Cinder can't cry, by the way. She wasn't built with tear ducts.

2). To see if Cinder marries Kai, of course.
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PLEASE.
And to get more of Iko, her android friend.

3). In the hopes that bioelectricity will ever make sense. The Lunars can control human vision and emotions, but some people are immune? And this somehow has to do with the plague?

Why I am not excited to read the next book:

1). In this one, there were zero twists. I mean, Cinder's heritage is obvious, and everyone knows the classic Cinderella tale. In regards to the retelling aspect, I may have liked The Stepsister's Tale better. I didn't say Throne of Glass because Sarah J. Maas gave it such new life it hardly counts as a retelling.

2). They're in New Beijing (built after World War IV), but it seriously could have been set in New York. Maybe cultural differences have decreased by then though.

Even so, I will definitely read Scarlet, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I'm just debating whether to get it in audio from or not. It's 11 hours long though.

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Grading:
Language: A
Adult Content: A

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Inherit Midnight

Inherit MidnightInherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amazing Race meets YA!

Thank you, Netgalley and Bloomsbury USA, for this free book to review!
The Competition:

Outlandishly wealthy Grandmother VanDemere has decided to leave her vast fortune to the family member who proves him or herself worthiest-by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe, from the mines of Venezuela to the castles of Scotland. There will be eight competitors, three continents . . . and a prize worth millions.

The Players:


Seventeen-year-old Avery is the black sheep of the VanDemere clan, the ostracized illegitimate daughter. Finally, she has a chance to prove herself . . . and to discover the truth about her long-lost mother.

Marshall might be Avery's uncle, but there's no love lost between the two of them. He's her main competition, and he'll do anything to win-including betray his own children.

Riley is the handsome son of Grandmother VanDemere's lawyer. As the game progresses, Avery falls hard for Riley. Suddenly, losing the game might mean losing him, too. 

As the competition takes treacherous turns, it becomes clear there can only be one victor. Who can Avery truly trust? And is winning worth her life?
SO MUCH AWESOMENESS. It reminds me of the TV show "Amazing Race", where contests run around the world, and the winning team wins a million dollars. Here, though, the prize is a diamond company and much more than a million dollars.

Instead of organizing the race herself, however, the grandmother puts a lot of it in the hands of a law firm. It makes sense, but I'm not sure what they were doing to Avery is legal. If the grandmother owns all the letters from Avery's mother, why does the law firm use them to bribe Avery? Something seems off about all the bribes, secrets, and help they gave her.

The characters reminded me of those from We Were Liars, except they had a few instances of likability, even the cousins. And I seriously loved Riley and Avery: they fought sometimes, and at first, the main reason why Riley was there at all was for the law firm. Then it became love, although he sure was attractive at first sight. It was realistic.
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That said, one thing that bothered me was the amount of kissing. Don't get me wrong, I love Riley, but they would be on a time crunch and desperate for answers, and then they'd start kissing. It happened again and again. Um, don't they have more important things to do? Kiss at the hotel!
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The plot was fabulous. It kept building and building, with a lot of harsh betrays from the family members. Seriously, Daisy (or Thisby?) carried the brunt of it. The ending itself, however, felt too crazy to be believable.

Would I read other books by Kate Kae Myers? Yes! I love this one so much.

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Grading:
Adult content: A
Language: Sorry! I don't remember.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

What's in a Name?

I've finally come up with a title for my Jane Eyre retelling! At first it was called When I Depart, but that feels very old and boring. Now, it's Permanent Ink, because Josie is an artist.

I came up with that title while my little brothers were watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates.
Definitely not my favorite kid show (which is Special Agent Oso, in case you're wondering), but in this particular episode they were looking for a skeleton key or something. That got me thinking about keys and locks. What if there was a lock with no key to open it? I thought about renaming my retelling A Lock Without a Key, in reference to Josie's closed heart, but the thing is, she does open it. Not necessarily right away, but often enough that the title wouldn't work.

How I moved from that to Permanent Ink is beyond me, but at least I did. I like this title.

How did I come up with When I Depart though? I think it's because I was considering to write a series that included retellings of the other Bronte sisters' books, but I don't think that's going to work out. If it had, though, their titles would all be like, When I Come or When We Dance or something that includes "When", a pronoun, and a verb.

Frankly, I love prepositional phrases as titles. When you use them like my Bronte example above though, people often mess them up. For example, I love the title By Darkness Hid (SURPRISE!) and can remember which book gets which title, but often people comment on my blog and use different prepositions. I know what they're talking about, of course, but authors need to be careful when picking their titles to avoid confusion.

Personally, I adore titles that include stars. The Fault in Our Stars, Starry Nights, This Star Won't Go Out, and Written in the Stars (which I actually preordered--I can't wait for it to come out in March!) are some of my favorites. It implies that the book may fantasize about stars, so count me in!
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Now here are my questions for you! One, what are some of your favorite titles? Two, and this is somewhat unrelated, what are you supposed to do when you buy a boxed set of books? Do you keep the box on the shelves, or take the books out and throw the box away?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Fish Out of Water

Fish Out of WaterFish Out of Water by Natalie Whipple
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I still hate Dylan.

Thank you, Natalie Whipple, for this free book to review!
Mika Arlington was supposed to spend the summer after her junior year shadowing her marine biologist parents at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but when her estranged grandmother randomly shows up on the doorstep one day, those plans are derailed. Because Grandma Betty isn't here to play nice—she is cranky, intolerant of Mika's mixed-race-couple parents, and oh yeah she has Alzheimer's and is out of money.  While Mika's family would rather not deal with Grandma Betty, they don't have much choice. And despite Mika's protests, she is roped into caring for a person that seems impossible to have compassion for. And if that wasn't hard enough, Mika must train the new guy at her pet shop job who wants to be anywhere else, and help a friend through her own family crisis. Something's gotta a give, but whichever ball Mika drops means losing someone she loves. Not exactly a recipe for Best Summer Ever—or is it?
I really like the goldfish/Alzheimer symbolism. If someone you love will forget all about you, is there any point in loving them? I also really like Mika, for the most part. I've never read about a girl who loves marine life before. I just wish we got more about the fish in the second half of the book. They were such a big part of her life at first.
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You knew Finding Nemo GIFs were coming, right?
Like I said, Mika is (mostly) awesome. She's tough, she's different, and she has a a terrific family. Seriously, Mika's emotions (until the second half) made perfect sense.

Then came the second half of the book.

That's when Mika realized she loved Dylan. And can I just say--Dylan is a jerk. Spoiler: He couldn't write her a letter after being missing for five days? He couldn't go to the library and use their internet? C'mon, Dylan. Think outside the box. I never liked him, and I don't understand why Mika did. Also, their relationship felt obsessive. At the beginning of the book, they both valued personal space, but then it became they had to be together, all day, every day.
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That said, I really enjoyed Mika's other friends. They had lives of their own that didn't slow down just because of Mika's problems. And the curry incident at the end--Gosh, I laughed out loud. It was hilarious.

Would I read other books by Natalie Whipple? Yes! I love her writing and I love her main character in this one. I just hope other love interests are more...lovable.

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Grading:

Adult Content: B or C
Language: I...don't remember. Probably B.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

This Side of Home

This Side of HomeThis Side of Home by Renée Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can't believe I put this book off for as long as I did. I wanted to read books with characters that seemed a little more relatable to me (if there's one race that isn't in my blood, it's African), but I was totally missing out on an awesome story.

Thank you, Netgalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, for this free book to review!
Identical twins Nikki and Maya have been on the same page for everything—friends, school, boys and starting off their adult lives at a historically African-American college. But as their neighborhood goes from rough-and-tumble to up-and-coming, suddenly filled with pretty coffee shops and boutiques, Nikki is thrilled while Maya feels like their home is slipping away. Suddenly, the sisters who had always shared everything must confront their dissenting feelings on the importance of their ethnic and cultural identities and, in the process, learn to separate themselves from the long shadow of their identity as twins.
Frankly, I kinda agreed with Principal Green sometimes (but not all the times, of course). He got rid of Black History Month in favor of a diversity month. Now, I seriously don't think that would have worked AT ALL, but he had a point. There's a black history month, sure, but what about Asian? What about European? What about Middle Eastern? I don't get any of those things! If there are months for me, no one knows about them. Everyone gives African Americans a month, but not anyone else.
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I get nothing.
Maya herself was pretty awesome though. Since I'm thinking of colleges too, I liked to see how she worked through those waters. She planned her entire life with her twin and best friend, but then they grew out of those ideas. Her plans even included dating a certain person, so they could be a happy group of six. I was definitely surprised at how easily (Spoiler alert) her boyfriend gave her up. He was like, "Yep, whatevs." Then there was her insta love with someone else, but he was a totally cutie, so...yeah. I loved him too. At times though, Maya herself was pretty racist. I was hoping this would be addressed, but it was only glazed over.

The changes between scenes and months totally through me off. A conversation would end abruptly and then suddenly weeks have passed. Maybe that was just my kindle copy though.

Would I read other books by Renée Watson? This Side of Home is her first YA novel, but if she does more, I would totally grab at a change to come back to her style of writing.

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Grading:
Language: one student says the N word, but that's it
Violence: A or B

Monday, February 2, 2015

Water So Deep

Water So DeepWater So Deep by Nichole Giles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Since this is the first mermaid book I've ever read, I didn't know what to expect. I was mildly disappointed.

Thank you, Netgalley and Jelly Bean Press, for this free book to review!
Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can't have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it's only a matter of time before she's forced to surrender forever.
I absolutely love the idea of a girl slowly turning into a mermaid. What would I do if I was going to leave everyone I love and go live under water, married to a guy who walked around naked when he's able to go on land? That would be pretty traumatizing, if you know what I mean. It was easy to feel bad for Emma's position, and I understood her desperation.

I was confused about Emma's family dynamics for a while though. I knew her adoptive parents aren't aware that she's a mermaid, yet Gran does. Eventually this was explained, but only at the end. That's a long time to go without knowing what's going on.
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Her family is super great though, even though we barely see her parents. Keith, her special needs brother, is so innocent and adorable. Emma's in absolute torture knowing that soon she'll no longer be able to help guide him through life.

I wish Atlantis had been explained more though. I'm sure it will be in the next book, but we had so little info about it now I really didn't know what to think. All I knew, until the end where I got a bit more, is that it's under water and this dude Merrick, Emma's betrothed, guards the entrance and is allowed to walk on land. So, not a lot to tide me over for the whole book.
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Will I read the second novel? Probably not, although that may be because I don't read paranormal books that often. Maybe you'd love this one!

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Grading:
Language: B
Adult Content: B?