Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review - Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale

Someone Else's Life
by Katie Dale
Mass Market Paperback, 478 pages
Published February 2nd 2012
by Random House Children's Books
I was approved for this book through Netgalley and Random House Children's Books.

When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all... Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own - one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all.


What a beautifully written book. From the first paragraph of the story, Katie pulled me in.

This is a story about a terrible disease, Huntington's. I've never heard of the disease before reading this story. Along with that it's also about learning about life. Not letting the little things come in between family and friendship and to love and work through the big things.

Rosie's mum, Trudie was diagnosed with Huntington's disease, which is a hereditary disease. The last bit of her mum's life Rosie became her caregiver while watching her slowly slip away. After her mum's passing Rosie has the choice to get tested to see if she has inherited the disease or to live her life not knowing. With the 50 percent chance she could either live her life not knowing, to go on and life a full and happy life with out the stress and fright of going through what she watched her mum go through.

When Rosie finds out a life altering dilemma she decides that she has bigger problems, and more things that she needs to find out first.

Rosie heads out on a huge adventure into the States from England with her boyfriend, Andy. What happens will change her and another family's life forever.

I can't really get into detail without giving away a ton of spoilers. I will tell you that this book is a journey. A wonderful story that had me in tears, made me laugh and filled my heart. You become a part of Rosie's life and everyone else that shows up along the way. This is a story that is full of love and heartache and will be forever embedded in your heart. It really makes you think and have a different outlook on life and the people around you.

I loved this story and the writing. I will for sure be reading more of Katie's work!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Review - New Girl by Paige Harbison

New Girl
by Paige Harbison
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2012
by HarlequinTeen

Received from NetGalley

They call me 'New Girl'...

Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, that’s who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticed—because of her.

Becca Normandy—that’s the name on everyone’s lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I can’t compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like it’s my fault.

Except for Max Holloway—the boy whose name shouldn’t be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Becca’s boyfriend but she’s gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Becca’s life was so much better than mine could ever be.

And maybe she’s still out there, waiting to take it back.


I want to start off by saying that I really did enjoy this book. Although it did take a bit for me to get into it.

I had a hard time getting used to the way the characters were speaking, but I got used to it (I think this is what happens when you read book after book without a break).

Being new sucks, being new the last year of school is even worse but being the new girl that takes the room of a very loved and popular girl that has gone missing is hell!

The New girl comes into a private school her senior year. This is a school that she has been wanting to go to since she was younger. She has finally got in and leaves the sunny state of Florida to make new friends in the cold New Hampshire. Making new friends was harder than she thought when she found out that the room she is staying in is the room and the bed of the missing girl, Becca.

The New Girl has to go through accusations of trying to be Becca, taking her boyfriend and her life at Manderley. Her roommate sets her up for failure and is positive that this New Girl has come into this school and is set on being the new popular girl that Becca was.

There were so many times in this book that I wanted to just scream at some of the characters. I was a new girl in Junior High, I came in the middle of the school year. I know how hard it is to fit in and make friends. Make sure you pick the "right" crowd, it does suck! And looking back I would have acted the same way as the "new girl" just sit there and get through it. But there are times you just want to scream at people and just tell them to BACK OFF!

I loved the emotion I felt reading this story. I thought the characters were great and the story definitely kept me turning the pages. I had to see what was going to happen. I was a little disappointed with how the story actually ended, I felt like I wanted just a little bit more. All in all, this was a little like the Pretty Little Liars to me, which I loved. A guilty pleasure read and if there is another coming out, I would read it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm back!

Ok, so I should have said something to you all about my lil MIA> Truth is my well being became top priority. I do apologize for just up and leaving but it was something I had to do. The last few months have been stressful. I haven't read at all, except the past month.

I am hoping to get back in the swing of things! For all my awesome followers, thank you so much for sticking around! You're the best!!!!!!!!

Ok, get ready for some reviews! MUAH

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

SHOUT OUT! - Erin LaVallee

One of the blogs I follow has recently done a Writer Spotlight on a dear friend of mine. I am lucky to know Erin personally and even more lucky to be a Beta Reader for her upcoming novel; The Eyes Beneath. Want a little sneak peek on what her book entails? Ya do? Hee hee I thought so. . Head on over to Write Now and check out the amazing interview Paula has put together with Erin LaVallee. Click HERE

Also, you a foodie or just love new recipes and great ideas for food anytime? Check out Erin's Blog at The Lemonista - Warning! You will get hungry!!!

Review - Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shift (Shade, #2)Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shift (Shade #2)
by Jeri Smith-Ready
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published May 3rd 2011
by Simon Pulse

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.
Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

I am so glad I was lucky enough to be chosen to review this book. I absolutely loved Shade and didn't think I was going to love Shift that much more, but I did. While Shade fills you in on the characters and the story, Shift takes you to a whole new level. I have never felt so many emotions in a YA paranormal read before this one. I mean sure other books have made me cry, laugh and all that good stuff. Yet there is something with the way that Smith-Ready writes that engulfs you with the characters on every level possible. Like I said with my review on Shade, reading this story takes me to a different world and I feel like I am reading about me and my friends. She bring the reality to the fantasy world and make the whole story 100% believable. That is what I love most about this series. You forget that it's a story. You become so sucked in and while reading you fell like you are there with the characters and have become a part of their world.

Shift picks up exactly where Shade left off. Aura going through the motions of trying to live a normal life while caught between the ghost of her boyfriend and the feelings she has towards Zach. With Logan not ready to move on and wanting to be with Aura, he begins to turn Shade. This happens when the ghost don't get what they want and lose their temper. Something takes over them and gets to the point to where it can mentally and emotionally hurt the living that can see them. When Logan turns Shade, he ends up disappearing for months. Leaving Aura alone not knowing what has happened with her boyfriend or if he will ever come back. The months that pass Aura finds herself getting closer to Zachary. But one night Aura finds herself helpless and missing Logan. She calls for him and after months of him being gone, he returns and some how Aura calms him down and he becomes a violet ghost again, no longer a Shade. And then for just 15 minutes not only is he back to his ghostly self, he becomes flesh and bone. For just 15 minutes Arua is able to touch, feel and hold her boyfriend again. After that "miracle" Aura sets off on a mission to find out how this happened and if it is possible for it to happen again.

With Zach being the First born before the Shift and Aura being the Last born after, the mystery of why they exist starts to become clear. Aura and every one post-Shift aren't the only ones that have special "gifts". Zach has a gift as well, which starts to interfere with Logan wanting to move on or to even be around Aura. The closer Zach and Aura become the more of Aura's past comes to surface. Aura finds out more about her mother. She also learns a lot more about her father, more than she wanted to know. It also puts a wedge in between Aura and Zach. The two of them together has made the DMP very interested in why they were the ONLY two born in the minutes before and after the Shift. To keep them both safe Zach decides to distance himself from Aura which some how makes everything that much more difficult.

Like all great stories, it's difficult to write a full review without giving the entire story away. While you get a clue of what's to come from a review you really have no idea what is in store for you. I was so into this story, so anxious to see what comes of Aura, Logan, Zach and all of the people around them. This is definitely a series that you MUST read. I know that the third and final (I hate saying FINAL for this series) installment of the Shade trilogy isn't coming out until 2012. And if you're like me, I get so afraid that waiting too long for the next I'll forget what happened. You won't. This story will forever stay in your mind. Not only that, but your heart. I can't say enough good things about this book. Smith-Ready is one of my favorite authors now. She has definitely brought the paranormal romance to a whole new playing field. I think the authors that are writing the paranormal ghost stories have a competitor for sure. The ghost stories are coming back people, and in a big way!

The paranormal, romance, mystery and strength of this series will have you on the edge of your seat. This is a nonstop action packed emotion read. So really, I think anyone who loves YA, pick it up!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (9)

TT is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To participate you:

* Grab your current read

* Open to a random page

* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

And here is my teaser:

Shift (Shade #2)
by Jeri Smith-Ready
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published May 3rd 2011
by Simon Pulse

I stood helpless as he tried to contain himself. The black streaks zipped over his body, following the lines of muscles and bones, as if a thousand invisible knives were carving him up.

- Page 20
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