Welcome to part 2 of my wrap-up!
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith Hadley is supposed to be having the worst day of her life. She missed the plane to England, where she must watch her father marry a woman she’s never met. When she meets Oliver, everything changes. They sit next to each other on the plane, and time no longer exists. When they get off the plane, the two lose each other in the crowd. This is a quirky love story that accentuates the importance of family. I gave this four stars on goodreads. First of all, i love the cover and the title. I just really liked this book. I liked the fact that Hadley wasn’t dying over Oliver and that she had other things on her mind. I also liked the familial love theme. I don’t like to be bombarded with lovey dovey romancey goo. At first, I didn’t like Hadley, but she grew on me. \
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital with no memory. She is told that her friends died in a building collapse. As she tries to figure out her past, she is bombarded with hallucinations and flashbacks. When she moves to a new school, she is haunted by her ex-boyfriend who died in the building. As she meets a new guy and starts to fall in love, everything unravels. 3.5 stars. I had very mixed feelings about this book. It kept me engaged and engrossed with the story because I wanted to see what would happens, but it was also just too weird at times. I hated/liked Noah. I thought that Mara’s unquestioning obedience towards him was annoying and weird. However, I also found this novel deliciously creepy. It was one of the scariest books I’ve seen in the YA genre, and I did like that aspect of it. Sometimes I felt like the hallucinations were a bit much, but it was still nice.
#scandal by Sarah Ockler This book is about Lucy, who takes her friend Ellie’s boyfriend Cole to prom. Ellie is sick, so they go together. There’s just one problem: Lucy has been harboring a huge crush on Cole for the past four years. Someone steals Lucy’s phone and takes a picture of them kissing as well as other incriminating photos and uploads them to Facebook. Lucy must try to find who betrayed her and deal with the anger of Ellie and the rest of her classmates.
Read my review here.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin I’m not gonna summarize the second book because they will contain spoilers. 3 stars. I have no idea what just happened. I really liked the fact that reality was really blurred while I was reading this, but I feel like everything was a little too abstract. It’s really hard to elaborate on my feelings without spoiling, but PLOT TWISTS! I was really confused in a good and bad way at the end of the book, and kind of through the whole thing. This book managed to go nowhere with a super slow and repetitive plot. Somehow, I was still engaged. It was pretty frustrating.
The Diviners by Libba Bray Evie O’Neill has been sent to New York to live with her uncle due to reckless behavior. She is absolutely excited. Her uncle has a strange obsession with the supernatural and occult. There are serial murders going on in New York, each victim with a symbol at the crime scene. Evie and her uncle are dragged into it all as they try to help the police solve these crimes. As Evie helps with the case, she tries her best to conceal her supernatural powers. She meets another with these powers through a complicated set of circumstances, and they realize that dark powers are awakening. 3.6 stars. I was gonna rate this book a full 4 stars, but there were just a couple of things I didn’t particularly enjoy. I was annoyed with Evie’s speech patterns. I swear, if she says positutely one more time, I will break something. Also, I was confused by some of the lingo, such as the usage of “and how?” to mean yes. While I did enjoy the overall plot, I felt like some aspects of it were too long-winded and unnecessary. The book could have been quite a bit shorter. I was also confused with the ending and what happened to Evie and James. I did enjoy the occult references as well, and the creepiness it added to the story.
Every Day by David Levithan A is neither a boy nor a girl. A wakes up in a different person’s body every day. What happens when A falls in love with his human host’s girlfriend? This is a story of acceptance, love, and family. 2 stars. I really, REALLY wanted to like this book. The cover flap totally drew me in, and I’d been wanting to read it for such a long time. I was really disappointed in this book. There is no doubt that Levithan is talented and stuff, but this book could have been so much better. I did like the writing style, but not too much of anything else. A just made me so mad. He just goes around ruining people’s lives and not realizing how much pain he is causing. This book covers the theme of acceptance. It’s about people, and it did do a good job of looking into the minds of others. However, A generally ignores his host and carries on essentially stalking Rhiannon. It just pisses me off.
This is about 3 unlikely allies getting revenge on people who have hurt them or their siblings in the past. They sneak out past midnight and plot. Everything goes down on the day of the big dance. Read my review here.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken The disease affects all going through puberty. The kids either die or gain some sort of power. Those who survive are considered threats to society and locked up in government facilities. The most dangerous ones are executed. Ruby has been in the worst of these facilities for 6 years, masquerading as harmless. All the others with her power have already been killed. 4 stars. I really did like it. I thought the whole concept was interesting, and I liked the characters. I did wish the author expanded more on the different powers and the disease.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan Clay Jannon has lost his job. When he finds a night shift listing in the help wanteds, he applies for and gets the position. He is the clerk at a strange bookstore where ancient manuscripts are frequently borrowed. He unravels the secrets of the store with Kat, a girl he meets in the store. 4 stars. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was tech-oriented and centered around mythology. That’s like really cool. I don’t really have anything bad to say about this. Also, THIS BOOK GLOWS IN THE DARK!!
Rush by Eve Silver (Put down) When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of othe
r teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn. 1 star. Seriously not enjoying this book. Super melodramatic and filled with cliche. Also, the whole mysterious boy thing is definitely not working.Jackson keeps talking about the committee without saying what it is. Super frustrating.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (I’m listening to the audio book. It’s really long, so this is a long-term book. I’ll probably finish near the end of the year) It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki (Halfway through, on July TBR) This book is about Lexi, a girl who is accused of committing one of the seven sins. She is imprisoned in the Hole, even though she was wrongly convicted. She is the victim of taunting and jeering, but she makes odd friends. She learns of an ongoing protest and takes interest in it. I received this book from the publisher for an honest review, and here is the link.