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Aug 21, 2014

A Joint Review: If I stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman


Recently, my friend Marden read If I stay by Gayle Forman. And since I just finished re-reading Where she went for the fourth time, I'd like to share this double review about this amazing duology by this amazing author.
I hope that if you haven't read this series you give it a try. These two books are just great!


 


Rating: 5 stars
Summary:
On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make. Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.



Marden's Review


Beautiful. Heartfelt. Unpretentious.

This reading was a challenge: I started reading it in Spanish (eBook) and then suddenly I received by mail the paperback in English--as part of a contest/giveaway/gift--so it was kind of difficult to adapt to the author's style when I switched languages. Because, admit it, when a book is translated to "X" language the result is a change on style (and that's something I hate).
So, I'm not gonna review this book by the way it is written, but the way it is composed.

I found beautiful the way flashbacks make deep echoes in Mia's decision. It feels as if you can take part of that decision, too.
I liked the movement between past and present. Just to know if that memory (past) will make Mia stay or leave (present) was heartfelt.
You get to understand Mia's incertitude without asking yourself why it is so hard, why the whole point of the story is about that "simple" decision. And that's because you get so many happy memories turned into thoughtful tears.

Characters are unpretentious. They are not trying to impress you, they are just a family of musicians whose lives have been changing over the years.

The Verdict: A story of sadness and happiness coming in waves, but no pain at all--she's a ghost after all.
When you read it, you live in Mia's mind. The so natural and indecisive mind.


“Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal”


 


Rating: 5 stars
Summary:

It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life. 
And three years he's spent wondering why. 
When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night. 
Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?



Lis' Review



The first time I read Where She Went by Gayle Forman was on February 20th, 2012. Two years ago. And I read it because it was the winner of some GoodReads Award. I was curious, and I was so damn intrigued with the reviews. I read If I stay a month before, I gave it 5 stars, but I cannot even compare how much I adore Where She Went when I finally was able to read it.
You know, I don’t do rereads. I can’t do it because I don’t have much time to read and I love to be surprised with the twists and turns of the stories, and I don’t have that with re-reads. However, I read Where She Went twice that year, and the once again every year. So, probably this is the book I’ve read more times in my life.
Now, about Where She Went.
This book is told from Adam’s POV, and let me tell you this: This is probably the best male POV I’ve ever read.
Gayle Forman did an amazing job creating a strong and unforgettable voice for this character. She did an incredible job portraying his loneliness and the deep hurt in his soul.
I honestly hated Mia the first half of this book. Knowing everything she did to him, knowing she broke him and left him, I hated her and I loved Adam. Because he saved her and then he took her place.
This book is unputdownable, it’s fast passed and beautiful. It’s heartbreaking and realistic.
While Adam had everything a boy ever wanted. Fame, money, a beautiful girlfriend, he was lost inside; he was losing himself and everyone around him. He was agonizing, and then when Mia appeared again in his life, we are able to understand how strong and painful a true love is.
This book is about second chances. It breaks you and then fixes you.

If you read If I Stay because of the movie, I seriously recommend you Where She Went. You won’t be disappointing. You’ll love it.
Where She Went is one of the best books out there!


“I look at her there in the shadows of the shut-down city, her hair falling onto her face, and I can see her trying to figure out if I’ve lost it. And I have to fight the urge to take her by the shoulders and slam her against a shuttered building until we feel the vibrations ringing through both of us. Because I suddenly want to hear her bones rattle. I want to feel the softness of her flesh give, to hear her gasp as my hip bone jams into her. I want to yank her head back until her neck is exposed. I want to rip my hands through her hair until her breath is labored. I want to make her cry and then lick up the tears. And then I want to take my mouth to hers, to devour her alive, to transmit all the things she can’t understand.” 


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Aug 19, 2014

What's new? The Remedy by Suzanne Young


 
 I can't believe I didn't know about this book! 
I found it when I read what Suzanne was saying about the cover. 
It sounds so amazing! This is a prequel or a companion novel to The Program, but set before the suicide epidemic started. 
This book still hasn't an expected publication date, and I still haven't found it on GoodReads. But while we wait...
Check out about it!



Quinlan McKee is a closer, a person hired to play the short-term role of a deceased loved one in order to give their family closure. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears the dead person’s clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. Quinn is deft at recreating herself, but sometimes she confuses her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed.
When she’s given her longest assignment yet, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with Isaac, the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death.
And the epidemic it could start.


Also, there's a new matching cover for the paperback of The Treatment...


    


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Aug 18, 2014

Under the cover #3: UnSouled by Neal Shusterman

 
 Is not a secret that I don’t like hardcovers.
But let me tell you why: Most of the time the dust jackets are too fragile, and too hard to take care of.  And If I decide I will carry the book naked, then, it's too plain, and it gets dirty so easily!
But I need hardcovers.
That’s why I copied Tahereh Mafi’s idea, and I scribbled under those covers.
 
 
 You have no idea how much I love the Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman. 
The world-building of this series is (for me) the best I've ever read. It's creepy and dark and thrilling, and absolutely brilliant!
And so are the covers, unique and chilling! 
So, for my "Under the Cover" #3 I scribbled on my copy of UnSouled. Check it out!



The Cover



  


Under the cover



 


About the book.

The story that began with Unwind continues.

Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.
Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.

With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.

Neal Shusterman continues the adventure that VOYA called “poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.”



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Aug 15, 2014

My Never-ending Booknotes: My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga



My Never-ending Booknotes is a weekly meme created by my awesome friend April @ Books 4 Juliet where we can share our favorites quotes or conversation from a book.
If you want to join, just go HERE and have fun.

You know, I have a problem when I read a book that I really loved: I can't stop talking about it!
I'm pretty sure I've told all my friends about My Heart & Other Black Holes and since this book won't be published until February of next year. I'd like to share with you my favorite booknotes.
Note that these quotes are taken from the ARC, they can change once the finished copy is ready.


If I have a boyfriend, his name is Death. And I’m pretty sure Roman is in love with him, too. It’s like a love triangle gone wrong. Or maybe it’s a love triangle gone right: we both get the boy on April 7th.

I wonder if my heart is like a black hole –it’s so dense that there’s no room for light, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still suck me in.




About the book.




Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.


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Aug 13, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne



 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

I love, love, love the cover of this book! It was a cover love since the first time I saw it! 
I also love the title and the summary. I've heard so many good things about it. Can't wait to read it!

Publication date: November 4th 2014
Pre-order: Amazon/ Book Depository


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15768409-the-retribution-of-mara-dyer 


Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries.
Kate Quinn’s mom died unexpectedly last year, leaving Kate grasping. But when the totally unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Moving in with a politically powerful family she never knew she had, joining a presidential campaign in support of a man she barely knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives—this is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, Kate must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics and family conflict, this is a story of personal responsibility, delicious, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.

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Aug 12, 2014

What's new? The Body Electric by Beth Revis


 
I’m a huge fan of the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis, so, when I read about her new book I knew it’ll be amazing!
And so it seems!
Check it out!

Expected publication:  October 2014

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

Someone’s altered her memory.

Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

So who can she trust?


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Aug 7, 2014

My Never-ending Booknotes: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley


 
My Never-ending Booknotes is a weekly meme created by my awesome friend April @ Books 4 Juliet where we can share our favorites quotes or conversation from a book.
If you want to join, just go HERE and have fun.


It took me two weeks to read this book because I was sick, but I loved every part of it, even when I read just ten pages a day. 
Today my favorite quote is a conversation between two members of the secret society that wants Sam out.  I think that explain a lot about their actions.

“The box was opened. And within, all evil things were set let loose upon the world. […] But the most powerful item of all remained. Hope.”
“Hope that the future does not have to repeat the past.”
“Hope that what is in the world can be made pure again. […] The box was opened. But hope will see it closed again.”
“Hope will see it closed” 



The Book 

 


Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.
So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences...


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