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Dream Forever by Kit Alloway

Thursday, March 23, 2017
As the veil to the Dream becomes dangerously thin, Josh must stop it from tearing to save the world, in the conclusion to The Dream Walker Trilogy.

Trying to control her powers as the True Dream Walker is hard enough with Feodor as her instructor. But trying to learn her strengths with a broken heart makes it nearly impossible for Josh. When mysterious tears in the veil separating the Dream from the waking world begin to appear, and with Peregrine still on the run and Haley trapped in Death, Josh finds herself truly in over her head. With the World threatening to crumble around her, Josh must figure out who she really is and what she wants in time to save it, herself, and everyone she loves.

You won’t be disappointed in this exciting conclusion to Kit Alloway’s The Dream Walker Trilogy.

Goodreads Summary


I enjoyed the first two books in the series from this author and was so excited when I received this book in the mail! Josh's character continues to develop and she becomes a more intelligent, compassionate young woman. It still isn't easy for her to fully control her powers and her teachings with Feodor can be frustrating. I wish I could help people with their nightmares (and stepping into their dreams may be invasive, but it would be fun!). The book is told from three perspectives. Haley and Peregrine aren't doing so well; both have challenging situations on their hands and need to resolve them before the end of this trilogy! 

I liked Josh's, Peregrine's, and Haley's characters. They were pretty well-developed and they each had their personal struggles to overcome. I do wish there had been a bit more romance for Josh and Will, but having less romance probably allowed the plot to focus more on dream walking. The concept behind the book is fascinating and I think the author carried it out wonderfully. One thing that I thought was weird about the book: after I finished reading it, I couldn't believe that it took me even that long to finish it. For some reason, it felt like the entire plot could have been accomplished in forty pages or so. This would be a fun book to take on a plane ride or to the beach!

4 Stars





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Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn



Last Call at Happies! Tonight, 8 P.M. Senior Class Only! Please with the Shhhh…. 

This is it. Graduation. And Vic Navarro is throwing the most epic party Rancho Soldado has ever seen. She’s going to pull off the most memorable good-bye ever for her best friends, give Happies—the kitschy restaurant that is her desert town’s claim to fame—a proper send-off into bankruptcy, and oh yes, hook up with her delicious crush, Jake Zavala-Kim. She only needs to keep the whole thing a secret so that her archnemesis, Miss Ann Thrope, Rancho Soldado’s nightmare Town Councilwoman and high school Economics teacher, doesn’t get Vic tossed in jail. 

With the music thumping, alcohol flowing, bodies mashing, and Thrope nowhere to be seen, Vic’s party is a raging success. That is, until Happies fans start arriving in droves to say good-bye, and storm the deserted theme park behind the restaurant. Suddenly what was a small graduation bash is more like Coachella on steroids with a side of RASmatazz pie. The night is so not going as planned. And maybe that’s the best plan of all.

Goodreads Summary



I loved the fast-paced, energetic tone that pervaded this novel. I finished the book within a day! Vic decides that she's going out of high school with a memorable bang! Vic knows that her party could get her in big trouble and potentially even alter her future if she doesn't keep it under wraps. When the party rages out of control Vic has to find a way to contain it and still have the night of her life.

I read other reviews that were highly critical of the book due to its fluffy content; however, I don't believe that every single book has to be about serious subjects and have meaningful life lessons. This book was exactly what it portrayed itself to be: fun, light-hearted, and exciting! I was perfectly happy reading about an out-of-control graduation party and its inhabitants. I loved the small town feel mixed with memories tinged by sadness and regret. Many people would like to have a memorable last experience in high school and this book certainly delivered.

4 Stars

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A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho




Can the right kind of boy get away with killing the wrong kind of girl?

Fin and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates.

Then Betty disappears. Her ex-boyfriend Calder admits to drowning her, but his confession is thrown out, and soon the entire town believes he was coerced and Betty has simply run away. Fin knows the truth, and she returns to Williston for one final summer, determined to get justice for her friend, even if it means putting her loved ones—and herself—at risk.

But Williston is a town full of secrets, where a delicate framework holds everything together, and Fin is not the only one with an agenda. How much is she willing to damage to get her revenge and learn the truth about Betty’s disappearance, which is more complicated than she ever imagined—and infinitely more devastating?
 

Goodreads Summary

This book was fascinating on multiple levels. I know that socioeconomic status, attractivity level, charisma, and intelligence are all factors in how we are perceived, but I never considered those factors on a criminal level. Fin and Betty are a strange pair. Their personalities were a little at odds with each other. When Fin hears that Betty has been murdered and that there was a confession by her ex, Calder, she knows that she has to return to discover the truth. She teams up with Serena and the pair develop something a little more than friendship. As Fin gets knee deep in the tumultuous truth her new relationship with Serena becomes evermore confusing. 

Fin's character was so-so for me. She was pushy and obnoxious to a fault. However, I admired her dedication to her friend and how much she cared for her despite Betty's demise. Serena's character was definitely not a favorite of mine. Her mouthy ways and inextricable ability to get Fin to do things that I found extremely questionable made me think she wasn't good for Fin. In a strange and ironic way, Calder's character was perfect. Kind, loving, and charismatic, one would never suspect him even when he did claim to have killed Betty. The delicate overlay of he-said, she said and what really happened on that fatal day when Betty died was handled very well by the author. I was both surprised and a little sad at the ending, but this book really made me think.

4 Stars




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