Man it’s been a while. University has been hectic, but that’s no excuse.
Pivot Point (and sequel Split Second) by Kasie West
OH MY. This book caught me off guard. My sister showed me this book and said it was probably not going to be my taste but I should give it a shot. I am not usually a big sci-fi nerd, but this book was pretty awesome. Something I must say is that I was surprised the sequel was just as good as the first. Pivot Point was thrilling and full of suspense, and Split Second carried on with the story gracefully.
Addie (Addison) Coleman is a Divergent (not as in the book Divergent). Her ability is known as Clairvoyant because the Divergent are very uncommon. Essentially when she is faced with a choice, she has the ability to do a “search” and take a look at both outcomes and then she can decide which path is worth taking. Addie lives in a secret compound where everyone, like her, is somehow paranormal (or “psychologically advanced”). People have all kinds of abilities, such as: telekinesis, telepathy, memory erasing, discerning, persuasion…
Suddenly she is faced with a terrible choice. Her parents are getting divorced and she has to choose who she is going to be living with. Her dad, a discerner (human lie detector) is leaving the compound to settle in Dallas, Texas. Her mother, a persuader, is staying in the compound working as a program developer for the bureau. Addie does not know weather she should leave her whole life behind to start over, or simply stay with her mom in the compound and miss her dad like crazy. When she searches it, it becomes even more complicated. Will she fall for Trevor, a Norm Dallas boy? or will she fall for Duke, the dreamy quarterback of the paranormal football team? will she give up the perfect life to save those she cares about? How far will she go for friendship, and how much are her promises worth?
Swear on this Life by Renée Carlino
I got this book as a birthday present from my best friends, so I had a feeling it would be a good one. It was beyond just “a good one”, this book was beautifully written and fun. Even my sister liked it and she usually doesn’t even start books where the main characters are over 20. I really like the back an forth between the past and present, I didn’t find it to be confusing or even annoying as I find back-and-forth books some times.
Emiline is brain farting. She’s an introductory level writing instructor at UC San Diego, but hasn’t been able to write anything publishable. Her short stories lack character, and she can’t stop fighting with her boyfriend of 7 years, Trevor. One day her roommate starts buzzing about this incredible novel by a young new author J. Colby. She does not seem to be in the mood to celebrate yet another young author’s success, but she starts to read it reluctantly. Since the first page however, Emiline finds out this book is the story of her very own dark childhood…
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
This book was alright. I mean it was fun and sad, but not the most memorable read. As always there is a love triangle, but it is kind of a really messed up one (like dating your dead sister’s boyfriend kind of messed up). However it did have its good parts that were really touching like some of her mourning coping mechanisms.
Lennie lives with her grandma and her weird uncle Big. The problem is she used to have a sister to add to that equation, who suddenly passed away from premature heart disease. Their mom had left when they were really young, and she never really came back. Mourning her sister is easier with someone who “truly understands” so Lennie starts seeing Toby, her dead sister’s boyfriend (to whom had secretly proposed). The innocent meetings turn out to be not-so-innocent and totally out of hand. She knows it is not okay but she doesn’t know what to do because they are both trying to get over Bailey and as messed up as it is this seemed like the way (cringe, I know).
Then comes the really hot boy at school who just moved back from France and is like this musical genius. He chases Lennie obsessed with hearing her play the clarinet which she refuses to touch. Obviously they like each other but you know that whole complicated love triangle thing.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Weird in so many levels. Its like the author sat down and was like “I feel like writing a weird book that everyone will close and think wtf just happened”. It was entertaining for sure, but I do not think I would recommend this book unless you’re in the mood for something plainly dark and weird.
As bad as I try to explain this book, the best I can actually do is copy and paste the description from good reads, so here goes:
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens
The cover was sort of cute, but this was definitely an impulse purchase. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary if I’m honest. It was kind of generic, but at the same time it had it’s little Knick-knacks. I liked this book, but I can’t decide if I like it more than the points it gave to my bookstore membership card. Kidding, it was really not bad, I might even say it’s a good book. I finished it quickly and its not very long, but yeah I’ll stop rambling and get to the description.
Scared from the car accident that killed one of her best friends, Sadie Kingston is avoiding the world. Well especially her other two best friends who were in the car that caused Trent’s death, and gave Sadie her new face. Sadie begins to fall for Max, who is Trent’s little brother and another victim of the car accident. Max has an impaired ability to talk now, but he and Sadie share more than just grief, or do they?
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Okay. So. A List of Cages by Robin Roe. It’s been maybe a few months since I read it, but it is memorable enough to still write a review about it. It is a different book from all the ones I reviewed here. If you are looking for romance don’t read this book, but if you are looking for something beautiful where you might learn something, then definitely give this book a go. Although it has it’s flaws, I personally recommend it.
After Julian’s parents passed away when he was 9, he got placed in foster care with a social worker and her son Adam Blake. Not long after they started living together, Julian’s uncle claims custody of him. Flash forward to five years later Julian starts high school where Adam is a senior, and their paths cross again. Adam has ADHD, but is popular as hell. Julian is severely damaged, and bullied as hell (especially for reading books meant for kindergarteners).
Adam makes it his mission to know why Julian acts so weird, why he is so psychosocially impaired, and why his clothes look like they stopped fitting him 3 years ago. This a beautiful story of friendship, violence, and mental illness.
That’s all for now folks.
This are the books I chose to review from the past two months where I’ve been MIA. I hope you enjoyed this reviews and are considering some of the ones I recommend. I have another review coming up soon, as well as other things I’ve been wanting to write about. I just have to find the time…
Leave me a comment down below letting me know what you think, and if you have read any books I should be reading. As always contact me if you would like to borrow any of these books and I hope you find yourself reading a new post here soon!
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