Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young (ARC)

Synopsis: We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten...

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences?

   I have read Suzanne Young before (The Naughty List) and loved the cuteness of it. This book was so different. It was nothing like the fluffy, light read that The Naughty List was. This book was more thoughtful, deep, and memorable. 
   Right from page one, there's something interesting going on in this novel. It grips your attention and doesn't allow for you to let go until you've read the last page. Our main character, Charlotte Cassidy, has these compulsions that she calls Needs that force her to help someone. Help, I think, is too light of a word. Usually, these Needs change or save people's lives. Charlotte hates them. She wants to be normal. She's confused and she just wants to live with her dreamy boyfriend, Harlin. But Needs aren't something that she can control.
   Charlotte's story is filled with love, sacrifice and thrills. It will keep you thinking about it long after you've finished. This story is touching and very captivating. I really enjoyed reading it.
   I give this book 4 keys.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Synopsis: What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

I received this book from the incredibly kind people of Harper Collins. Let me tell you straight off, this book is worthy dying for. It was just such a great book, I stayed up to the late hours reading it. Samantha Kingston is a likable character from the start. She's a great narrator and her point of view on every little thing is interesting. Although her crush on her teacher was not my thing, it didn't hurt the story. Rob, Sam's boyfriend, on the other hand... Well, I have no clue what Sam saw in him. Seriously.

Samantha goes to a party and on her way home (with her best friend, Lindsay driving) there's a huge crash against something unknown (later to be revealed in the story). Samantha loses her life. That's fine, I guess, but then she starts that day over again... and again... and again. It happens 7 times and each time she does something different, learning from her mistakes and actions until she finally gets it right.

This book is beautifully written even with that crude teenage stuff going on. The plot intrigued me throughout the whole novel and the perfect cause and effect throughout each death day had my eyes glued to the pages. This book touched me in ways I didn't expect and I was totally in love with almost all of the characters. Thanks again to the people of Harper Collins Publishing! :) 

This book definitely deserves 5 keys


Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Synopsis: Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.
Frankie Laundau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.
Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.
This is the story of how she got that way.
   What a synopsis. Sort of vague, but totally intriguing, no? I love it. My friends told me to pick this book up and so I did. I cannot thank them enough. This book was wonderful and absolutely spectacular.
   The characters were amazing. Frankie was very strange and I loved her. She was adorable in her own way and yet more devious than myself (which is an accomplishment!). Although she was unrelateable in my opinion, she was a hilarious and enjoyable character. I especially loved her "inpeas." Those made me smile. She actually had a life besides her boyfriend and I loved how she was so strong, never whiny. 
   The secret society was pretty pointless yet such an important part to all the Alabaster boys that were in it. I loved Frankie's power and deception. It was great. I don't want to give anything away, so... Everything was unexpected. Frankie takes us with her on her ride through every rank and every prank throughout her disreputable history, and fills it with drama, thrills, humor, and pure enjoyable fun! It was also a very quick read!
   This book was marvelous! I loved it. 4.5 keys.

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