27. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Kira, Teen Books, Teen Books · Tags:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, 438 pages, read by Kira, on 02/26/2015

fangirlTwin sisters, Cath and Wren (their mother had prepared only one name for one child – Cather-Wren) had been really tight after their mother abandoned her daughters and bipolar husband years ago.    Now that its time to head off to college, Wren the extrovert wants more space, wants her own roommate, and doesn’t want Cath around much.  Cath the awkward introvert feels abandoned by Wren, especially when Wren reconnects with their mother.  Cath has coped by writing fanfiction for a series called Simon Snow – a Harry-Potteresque fantasy series (Wren used to help her).  Simon Snow books were what got the sisters through the rough times, through their abandonment, through their father’s hospitalization, etc.  Cath continues to write Simon Snow stories – much to the annoyance of her tough-girl roommate Reagon.  Then there’s Reagon’s boyfriend Levi who hangs around their room all the time.  Rowell writes great love scenes – only light kissing is detailed, but she makes it seem so hot!

Not everything is explained, like the reason from Wren wanting distance, nor why their mother is so shallow.  Nonetheless a fabulous read!

I am loving Rainbow Rowell’s books.  Rainbow Rowell’s next book will be about Simon Snow – the story within the story – I can’t wait!

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20. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Kira, Teen Books · Tags:

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley, 265 pages, read by Kira, on 02/13/2015

wanting s Charlie Duskin is a shy but talented musician, who spends every Christmas at her grandparents, except this year, not only is her Mom dead, her Granny has recently died as well.  Next door to Grandpa lives Rose, who has ignored the girl from the city for years, but now that Rose wants to take a scholarship year off in the city, she realizes that Charlie may be her ticket out of the small backwater town she lives in, that Chamarblebarrlie visitsSmall Waterfall in Ku-ring-gai Chase NP, Sydeny, Australia.  This is a fine coming of age story.  I liked that people besides the main protagonist experience growth.  This book is recommended for those who liked Eleanor and Park (which I loved).

03. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Kira · Tags: ,

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, 182 pages, read by Kira, on 05/25/2013

WinnDixie1 Because-Of-Winn-Dixie-3-T5CPEU88EA-1024x768 Much different, lighter, from her The tale of Despereaux, which I found to be a little dark.  Its the story of Opal, a preacher’s daughter, who’s mom left when she was 3.  Opal and her dad have just moved to a new town, and through her dog “Winn Dixie” Opal is able to make friends with all sorts of people.  The best “scene” was when her dog, started chasing a mouse through the win dix famchurch. A short feel-good novel.

25. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags: ,

Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater, 390 pages, read by Tammy, on 04/22/2012

Book 3 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy this beautifully written story of life, change, love and what it really means to be human. It ends with a mostly satisfying ending with just a couple questions left unanswered but isn’t that how life goes ever changing and without all the answers.

In Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.