Archive for the 'Contemporary' Category

Review: Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle

16081588Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: 2012 by Speak
Length: 352 pages
Source: gift

“An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.”

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Let It Snow was such a fantastic read! If you’re looking for a fun contemporary read during Christmas, this is the one! It has 3 different stories that takes place in the same town and I really enjoyed all of them. The characters felt so real and I really liked how we get to see them all together during the last story. Although I connected with the characters, some of the stuff that happens weren’t really realistic. I think this might bother other readers, but I was perfectly fine with it. Before I was going into this book, I was just expecting a nice & funny contemporary read that took place during Christmas and that is exactly what I got. This is one of those books that you’ll read in one sitting with your PJ’s on & drinking hot chocolate.

There were definitely a lot of crazy stuff that happens in this book especially the third story and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. The stories just revolve around high school romances, busting out missions while parents weren’t at home/arrested, etc. It was just hilarious. I could also see myself and my friends in some of the characters in this book. Overall this is the perfect read during the winter season. I highly recommend you to read it if you’re in the mood for a light and fun read.

Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

24529123Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: January 5, 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Length: 292 pages
Source: Sourcebooks Fire (ARC)

“10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.”

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This one is a pretty quick read but I’m a bit disappointed that the pacing is slower. I was expecting a crap ton of action scenes, but the story is more like how the 4 different people narrating the story was affected by the killer. For a YA thriller read, this one is pretty mediocre. It didn’t make my heart race, or make my palms sweat. The intense scenes does not happen till the ending which is a shame because I thought the book would be action packed from start to finish.

I usually don’t have trouble with books that switches point of views, but the 4 different POV’s was very confusing during the first four chapters. It was hard to remember who was who, and which characters were related to which other narrators. I think if you’re going to read this book, you should try to read it within a day or two so that you won’t forget which character is which.

Moving on to the things I liked…THE CHARACTERS! Although they were hard to remember at first, I began to relate to them. Autumn, Sylv, Claire and Tomas were awesome protagonists and they were so DIVERSE guys! We have Autumn who is very passionate about dance and wants to get out of Opportunity High School, Sylv who loves her family and girlfriend Autumn, Claire who is part of the track & field team, and Tomas, a smart and caring Hispanic high schooler who is Sylv’s brother.

There wasn’t much romance in this book besides Autumn & Sylv but that’s okay. The story really focused more on the characters thinking about their future while being held in the auditorium by the killer. Overall if you’re looking for a book with suspense, diverse characters, and action scenes, this is for you! It is a very quick read (I read it in 2 days) so if you’re not really in the mood for those long, hefty books, you should pick this one up.

3.5 of 5

Review: Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill

17332542 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: October 1, 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Length: 320 Pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

An all-consuming love affair.

A family torn apart by scandal.

A young author on the brink of greatness.

Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.

This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.

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Not gonna lie, when I found out this book was written in verse, it kind of turned me off because it’s out of my comfort zone. I decided to pick it up from my shelf anyways and WOW. It is such a beautifully written book! The words just flowed smoothly and it was like I was with Mary Shelley the whole time. It was interesting to learn more about her and what she went through.

Mary Shelley is hard to not like. She’s very confident, loving, and determined. No matter how many times her father shunned her, she still looked up to him and hoped that one day, she and her father will reunite. I also like how she’s so devoted to her husband even though there are nasty rumors spreading about him cheating on her. I also love how she’s determined to finish her book, Frankenstein. It was so interesting to read how she thought of the idea and what made her write it!

I really wish I read this sooner, preferably when I was still a senior in high school because that’s when we dissected the works of Lord Byron and all the other authors mentioned in this book. Since it is written in verse, it was a very fast read (took me less than a day to finish it). One thing though, this book focuses more on scandal and drama than Mary’s works. Overall I recommend this to anyone. If you’re looking for a light read, or a book to read after finishing up a classic, then this is for you.

4 of 5


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