Sunday, March 16, 2014

Review of The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Ebook
Source: Library
Pages In This Edition: 320
Rating: 4/5 Stars

On the Cover:
The Distance Between Us

Beyond the Cover:

Summary from Goodreads:
"Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about."


I was browsing my library ebook selection when I stumbled across this cute cover and thought that this book would be the perfect distraction from everyday stress. I was right. This book is super cute and I loved pretty much the whole thing. Don't get me wrong, this book isn't life changing or anything, but it is a great story with characters you can't help but care at least a little about.

The only slight character issue I had was how Caymen sometimes was just a little too oblivious to things going on around her. There were times in this that I just wanted to shake her and be like "no please don't think that about him!". I personally didn't mind all that much because I could tell her actions were just driving the plot, but if you want a really realistic story then this one may not be for you. This book is more like a romantic comedy in book form, complete with dry sarcasm (which I happen to love). 

If you want a quick light read I would definitely say to give this one a try. I haven't read anything else by Kasie West but after this I feel like I need to try her other books. Have you read anything by Kasie West?
Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

January Wrap-Up

I only set one solid reading goal for this year: read thirty books. I know compared to some people that's a very small goal, but with all the senior year stuff I've been dealing with, I'll be happy if I can make it. Anyway, here's a list of the books I managed to read this month, and a link to the one review I did.

1. Manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

Manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

This one was okay, but I'm actually interested in reading Tom Leeven's other book Party; I've heard a lot of good things about it, but just haven't gotten the chance to read it. Manicpixiedreamgirl isn't bad, it's just very predictable. So if you're looking for a quick and somewhat entertaining novel you should pick it up.

2. Hidden (A Child's Story of the Holocaust) by by 

Check out my review HERE

Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust

Hidden is a graphic novel that definitely deals with subject matter that often isn't used in a graphic novel. If you want to know more please check out my review. :)

3. Skinny by Ibi Kaslik


I often find myself, for whatever reason, attracted to books about eating disorders. I think it's just so hard for me to relate to taking such dangerous and extreme measures and not realizing how deadly they can be. People with these disorders often become sucked into their mental illness and find it almost impossible to get out. Skinny is beautifully written and though the "plot" sometimes was a little slow, this book isn't really about the plot. It's about people and their relationships and how anorexia can destroy everything.

Question: What did you read last month? What are you planning to read this month? Feel free to link your post or tell me in the comments. :)
Monday, January 27, 2014

Review of Hidden by Loïc Dauvillier, Marc Lizano (Illustrations), Greg Salsedo (Ink), Alexis Siegel (Translator)

Title: Hidden
Author: Loïc Dauvillier, Marc Lizano (Illustrations), Greg Salsedo (Ink), Alexis Siegel (Translator)
Release Date: April 1st, 2014
Publisher: Firs tSecond 
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Pages In This Edition: 80
Rating: 4/5 Stars

On the Cover:

Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust

Beyond the Cover:

"In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps."


This quick graphic novel is definitely something that shouldn't be read lightly. I've always found myself drawn to readings of stories from the Holocaust for some reason, and I was curious as to how this story could be told in graphic novel form, especially from the eyes of a child. The book was very brief but it did a good job at telling a sad story with little hope from the perspective of an old person looking back but also from the eyes of a child.

The illustrative style had a big impact as well. I enjoyed the art and found myself studying pages for longer than needed to see the small details of the artwork on each page. There was also a little french that I was happy to see that I could understand (I've taken just a little bit of french.)

Overall there isn't much to say about this graphic novel other than it did a good job of telling a story in a beautiful way, which should be the main goal of any graphic novel.

Question: Who else is interested in Holocaust lit? Does anyone have some amazing books to suggest that deal with this tough subject matter?

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman Chapter Sampler

Thought this looked awesome and wanted to share the chapter sampler. What do you guys think? Does this one look like it's worth the read?

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Gated by Amy Christine Parker Chapter Sample!

Hey guys! Just thought I would share this chapter sample because I'm excited to get to reading this book. :) Follow the link and totally check it out if you can. :)

"Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in?

In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:

Pioneer is her leader.

Will is her Intended.

The end of the world is near.

Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound's underground fortress--the Silo.

Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she'd rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands"

Goodreads link:
Chapter Sample

Friday, August 9, 2013

Finally Have A Computer To Type With

I've been feeling really depressed because I haven't been active on this blog for a year now. But finally I have a computer I can use to update things. I just couldn't bring myself to use my kindle to post, because the whole experience was just terrible. I just got a samsung chromebook today and I'm happy to say updates to the blog should be happening soon. :)

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