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The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Goodreads Summary



I adored this book.  Another take on the "zombie" genre, this book is inventive and a fun read!  Melanie is a smart girl who is being studied.  She doesn't know completely what is going on as she was raised within a sort of lab.  She is not a normal child, but there are some things that are stable for her.  She has a favorite teacher, Miss Justineau.  That teacher is one of the rare teachers who sees the children as children and not laboratory specimens.  Melanie enjoys learning about the outside world as well as a whole host of other topics.  She has classmates that are sort of friends.  She is also considered highly intelligent and dangerous.  

The reader will be introduced into a world where fungus dominates and affects humans in odd, surreal ways.  The author does a brilliant job of describing the dystopian society and creating the feel of desperation and a need to solve the problem.  The solution to the fungus is nothing that the reader will easily guess.  This book kept me hooked since page one; I've reread portions here and there and have pushed this book on others.  This was a really unique concept and highly recommended to young adult/adult readers.

5 Stars

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About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

Monday, June 29, 2015


Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There's no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty—or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past—and instead finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future. The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger—and more complicated—than she ever imagined. Can Tally face the truth about her family—and find her way home in time to save herself from its consequences?

Goodreads Summary

This book centers around Tally leaving town (and her mother very worried) to find out who her father is.  The reader will quickly become annoyed with Tally's irresponsible and tactless behavior.  She has high hopes for herself and is a little too over-confident.  This was an unusual book for me because I didn't like the main character, but I found the novel as a whole interesting.

Tally has a few different sexual experiences throughout the book.  She has a friend who is transitioning genders and falls in love with another girl.  I liked seeing the diverse relationships, but I wish they had been developed a little more than they were.  It was impossible for me to get attached to any specific character because I didn't feel like I knew them enough.  I did like the author's way of describing and setting the scene and fleshing out the characters.  The ending left me with a lot of questions and very few answers.  Hopefully, there will be a continuance in the series!  This book is recommended to young adult readers.

3 1/2 Stars


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Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

Goodreads Summary

I can't imagine what it would be like to figure out that one of my parents kidnapped me and kept me from the other.  Benway tackles this sensitive topic with ease.  Emmy used to be Oliver's best friend prior to his kidnapping.  It would be simple to pick up a relationship where it ended...especially one that never officially had an end...but things are rarely that easy.  Emmy and Oliver struggle a bit with how they will eventually define their new relationship.  The novel isn't just about Emmy and Oliver though.  The reader will get glimpses into Emmy's friendships and relationships with her family.  Oliver's tenuous and complicated relationship with his parents made it difficult to put the book down.  I truly didn't have a strong leaning in this book as to what I thought Oliver should do or choose.  

I really loved how the author developed her characters.  Emmy was very expressive.  I love it when a character is open and easy to read.  Oliver was a little more mysterious.  He had a difficult adjustment period due to his kidnapping and a lot was on his plate for his age.  Emmy's best friends and parents each had an impact and important part to play in the novel.  Overall, this story is best for teens and young adults.

4 Stars


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Paperweight by Meg Haston

Friday, June 26, 2015


Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.

Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn't plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.

In this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut, Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?

Goodreads Summary

This was a very difficult book to put down.  I really connected with Stevie on a personal level.  She plans on dying on the anniversary of her brother's death.  She isn't thinking about the toll her death will take on her already bereaved parents or how her death will affect her friends.  The author makes it very clear that Stevie is in pain.  This book wasn't just about a girl with an eating disorder; the novel also touched on the themes of familial death and depression.  Suicidal thoughts, depression, a brother dying, an anorexic girl, etc...should make for a depressing book, but this book also contains maudlin humor and sarcasm. 

The reader will both like Stevie as well as look at her askance.  She has understandable moments of rudeness and can be very sour, at times.  I really loved following Stevie on her journey back to health and realization that she is an important person and that she deserves to love herself.  My favorite portions of the book included Stevie's memories of her brother and how he acknowledged her eating disorder.  I really understood why he was so important to her.  Overall, this is a poignant novel aimed at young adult readers.

4 Stars


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