Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Synopsis: Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?


It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started--at Cousins Beach.

   *MINOR SPOILER ALERT*

   This is the second book in the Summer series. I read the first book, The Summer I Turned Pretty, and I fell in love with Belly's story. During one of my frequent stops to Barnes, I picked up this book, eager to read it. It was a very short and easy read. I finished it in less than two days. Nonetheless, it was a great book.

   The story starts with Belly being very upset about Susannah's death and not being able to go to Cousins. Also, she's still not over Conrad, her first love. She rejects all of Taylor's attempts of setting her up and doesn't even try to enjoy herself. All she wants is to go Cousins.
   That opportunity arrives when she receives an urgent call from Jeremiah. Through situations, they end up at Cousins with Conrad. They assume Conrad is there because of academic problems, but Conrad's real reason is shocking and worrisome. 
   I loved this book! The characters have developed a lot since the last book and a new side comes out of each. It's a refreshing change in the series and I cannot wait to read the next book. The plot was great, with many surprises down the road. You'll love this book. I know I did!
   I give this book 4.5 keys.


Love,
Sophia


I've already read a little bit of the third book. Can't wait to buy it and finish the series! :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Synopsis: Since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, Mclean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, Mclean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out. 

Combing Sarah Dessen's trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.


   I am a huge fan of Sarah Dessen. I've read many of her books and will continue to, because they are all pretty amazing. What Happened to Goodbye was no less.
   Mclean (pronounced Mc-lane) was a slightly plain narrator and main character. She was kind of hard to relate to because her situations were so different from mine, but Dessen did an excellent job of portraying McLean's thoughts and actions. 
   Mclean moves around a lot because of her dad's occupation, but she really doesn't mind. She has a way of dealing with it. Her way was to create a new persona at every new city. For example, she might be a go getter in one school but a party animal in another. But when she gets to her recent stop, she finds it difficult to create someone new. Somehow, she ends up being the real her.
   She immediately makes new friends and sets herself up in the new place, but tries not to get too attached to anything, knowing she'll have to leave again soon. But her neighbor and friend, Dave, makes that rather difficult because he shows his deep feelings for her.
   I loved all the characters, particularly Opal and Deb (read the book to find out who those wonderful people are). They were very enjoyable and entertaining. The romance was pretty lacking in this novel, but that's alright. I think the way Mclean and Dave officially met made up for it. I loved that scene. The background history between the divorce of Mclean's parents was definitely a plus, it was extremely interesting. The restaurant scenario was very well created and completely realistic. And the ending was definitely a twist.
   I couldn't put this book down! I loved it. Another win for Dessen!
   I give it 4.5 keys.

Love,
Sophia


Entwined by Heather Dixon

Synopsis: Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing 
suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.


   I read this book in early June, so this review is very late, and I apologize to the people of Harper Collins, who sent it to me! I loved this book so much. I had a very grand pleasure of reading this novel, and for a debut novel, it's certainly incredible. It's loosely based on the twelve dancing princesses.
   Azalea's story is definitely intriguing. From the early death of her mother, and the year of mourning, it's very interesting. It seems like a whole different world, which it is in a way. Especially through the passage that they meet the Keeper! The Keeper, he was definitely a unique character. At first appealing and caring, it quickly turns to the opposite.
   I loved every single princess! They all had their own personality and it was great getting to know every single one. It was easy to keep track because the names were in alphabetical order from age. My favorite was definitely Bramble. She was hilarious and such a delightful character!
   There was everything in this fairytale: drama, action, hurt, and of course, romance! This book was very good, and I highly recommend you pick it up your next trip to the bookstore.
   I give it 5 keys.


Love,
Sophia


Oh!-and the cover! It's beautiful!!

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