Daily Archives: July 15, 2013

Everything Left Unsaid – Jessica Davidson

Everything Left Unsaid by Jessica Davidson Everything Left Unsaid by Jessica Davidson.  Published Aug 1, 2012 by Macmillan Australia.  $9.44 Kindle edition on amazon.com.  (not available in Canada yet)

“I wait for him, the cold seeping through my clothes, until it finally dawns on me that he’s not coming back. And I wonder why he chose her instead of me? Why he went looking for her when I was right there.”
Tai and Juliet have been best friends forever – since they met at kindy and decided to get married in first grade.

They understand each other in the way that only best friends can.

They love music, beach walks, energy drinks and, they are slowly discovering, each other.

As they dream of adventures beyond the HSC – a future free of homework, curfews and parents, a life together – their plans are suddenly and dramatically derailed.

For Tai is sick.

And not everything you wish for can come true.

A poignant story of first love, hope, grief, family, and the twistedness of life. (Goodreads excerpt)

OMG this was a truly amazingly riveting and heart wrenching story.  Make sure you have the tissue box on hand when you read it.

What I liked most about this book is that it is told from both Tai and Juliet’s point of view.  You get to empathize with both characters and understand how they feel and see the world.  I found the story realistic and true to the characters.   The beginning is much like any young adult book and it is endearing to see the characters move from being friends to being more.  Once you get into the heart of the book and Tai’s illness you get an understanding of how both characters deal with what fate has brought them.  It felt real to me and I was able to empathize with both as they struggled with the issues.

I was reminded of The Fault in our Stars when I read this but I found this to be more of an emotional read and I admit that I was in tears at the end.  I found I really connected with the characters making it more emotional for me.

Jessica is a truly amazing writer and I would love to read more of her work.

5 stars for me.

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Opal – Jennifer Armentrout

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout Opal by Jennifer Armentrout.  Published Dec 11, 2012 by Entangled Teen.   CDN $10.33 Kindle edition.

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it. (Goodreads excerpt)

First off…HOLY CRAP what an ending.  This is what I hate about reading a series.  I don’t want to spoil it so I will just say…wow that was quite a cliff hanger there!

I really enjoyed the book.  It didn’t disappoint.  Each book just adds more and more and never gets old or boring or repetitive.  I like how the relationship between Katy and Daemon is evolving and growing.  I love the kick ass powers that she has.  I mean who wouldn’t want to meet a drop dead gorgeous alien and then get powers to boot!

I think what I liked most about this book is that it keeps getting more evolved and more interesting.  The action in this one is phenomenal and I loved every edge of your seat moment.  I was worried that it would get boring and repetitive but I was pleasantly surprised and am looking forward to the next book.  I can’t wait to see what Jennifer has dreamed up next.

5 stars for me.

Feisty Female YA Tournament 2013 – Round Six!!!

Yeah Katniss is still in this tournament and now is your chance to help her out.! This is round 6 and only the top 3 move on to the next round.  

Feisty Female YA Tournament 2013 ~ vote for Katniss!     

    It’s that time of year to vote for the females that have carried their many weapons with care, have taken out more bad guys than you can count on both hands and have shown the world that women are not to be messed with!
It’s also a chance to acknowledge that heroines don’t have to be simpering, weak or girly – they can have iron backbones and save the day better than any man can 😉

Voting will be open 31 May – 31 July. There will be 7 Rounds:

 Round 1 – top 20 move to Round 2
– Round 2 – top 15 move to Round 3
– Round 3 – top 10 move to Round 5
– *Round 4/Gatecrashers* – top 5 move to Round 5
– Round 5 – top 5 move to Round 6
– Round 6 – top 3 move to Round 7
– Round 7 – WINNER IS ANNOUNCED 31 JULY

CURRENTLY IN SESSION: ROUND 6     Voting for Round 6 ends July 20th.

VOTE HERE (click)
This tournament will be going on here, on Goodreads, and via Twitter.

My support (and hopefully my fans) goes out for Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins  – She is one tough Female with alot of spunk!  Let’s all get out there and show our support -vote for Katniss!