Posted in Flashback Friday, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Flashback Friday Features All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill @cristinterrell #AudiobookReview #FBF

All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 WTF Stars!!

Synopsis

Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

Review

This one is going to be really difficult to review as it is a complete mind f**k!

So we 1st meet Em, she is in a cell and has been tortured horribly by “The Doctor”. In the cell next door is a boy called Fin, even though they have not seen each other they have a very strong connection, and she knows that she loves him.

Em manages to escape her cell and with Fin in tow they make there way to “Cassandra” a time machine, and is whisked into the future to escape the Doctors clutches.

We then meet Marina, she is a typical teenage girl, with a crush on James next door.
James is older than her, but they have been best friends for years, James is super clever and has passed all of his exams etc. 3 years before everyone else and has a very important job.

James’ s best friend and the bane of Marina’s life is Fin Abbot……………yes I know what you are thinking.

The story flips back and forth between Em and Marina, slowly piecing a puzzle together, until you realise that Em, Marina and Fin are somewhat of a mystery!

She hates him in one life and loves him in another……how?? And who the hell is “The Doctor”?
Well that would just be a spoiler now wouldn’t it !!

🎧🎧 Great narration by Meredith Mitchell who really played each character brilliantly, and didn’t make it confusing, that would have been really difficult to understand an already confusing book 😱

A very enjoyable 4•5☆ debut read.

Get those heads scratching!

Vicci 

Posted in Young Adult

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli @BeckyAlbertalli #BookReview

Happy Tuesday y’all! The reviews for this book are all over the place, but I absolutely 100% thoroughly enjoyed it! I love both Simon and Leah and loved both of their books!🌈Leah on the Off Beat

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

5 Love Leah Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

~My Review~

5 Love Leah Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I absolutely adored Simon so I was slightly hesitant to read this, because how could it possibly live up to the hype? Well I shouldn’t have worried… I couldn’t tell you if this book is as good as Simon, but I enjoyed it every bit as much…. it was so fun to revisit the gang! I also read this right after I saw the movie “Love Simon” so I was even more ready to spend some more time with these characters….

Leah was such a likable and real character… I really felt for her not ever thinking she quite fitt in, even with her closest of friends…. adding in the fact that she was bisexual and not quite ready to come out with it, I could sense her insecurity…. of course in my mind I was thinking would it really be that hard to come out to your BFF who is gay and open about it? But that is my own ignorance, because this is something I have never dealt with, and I have come to realize it is a very personal decision….

I really loved getting to know Garrett better in this book, the guy is quite the comedian…. although I don’t think he purposely meant for them to have prom dinner at the American Girl store… but I’m sure glad they did, because that was one of the best scenes in this book😂 I also loved every minute we got to spend with Simon and enjoyed seeing his blossoming relationship with Brahm… at the heart of it this was a book about the angst of senior year… where are you going to go to college? Who are you going to go to prom with? Do long distance relationships work? Will we all still be friends in a year?

I really am so excited for this next generation, they are so delightfully accepting…. and books like this really help spread that love, it is time we all realize we are all more similar than we are different! Don’t want to sound preachy, but this book really just left me feeling very hopeful!

Absolutely recommend to anybody who enjoys a book filled with real and well-developed characters!

Peace and Love berit 💛☮️

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman @gayleforman #BookReview

Happy Saturday all! Today I am bringing you my review of the latest book from Gayle Forman… as in all her books, this book is filled with wonderful characters and all the feels!😍

I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

Synopsis

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in helping the others out of theirs.

Review

4 CharacterDriven Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a book filled with amazing characters….Freya meets Nathaniel after falling off a bridge and landing on top of him…Harun is a witness to the fall and so the friendship between the three of them begins… I realize this seems like an unlikely way to meet, but it really worked in this book….

Freya is an emerging singer who has lost her voice….Harun is gay and more than just a little afraid to come out to his parents…. Nathaniel is just a lost boy who will break your heart…. I really was drawn to each of these characters, I found them all so raw and real…. I also found the bond and friendship they formed in such a short time quite realistic… given the circumstances and the fact that they all really needed one another….

The only problem I had with this book was it was very short…. it was almost like a tease… you are given these amazing characters, who are very well-developed, and then that was it…. I just felt as though there was so much to be discussed and so much room for growth, and yet we didn’t get to see that part…. however I do have to say I do like how one of the situations was resolved, it was very sweet…. and on the audiobook you get an additional treat of singing💕

Strongly recommend to fans of books with some pretty darn amazing characters!

Have a lovely weekend! Berit 💛

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman – Flashback Friday – @NealShusterman #Young Adult #Flashback Friday #FBF

Bruiser

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌠 Makes you Think Stars

Happy Friday everyone!

I have decided to put another Young Adult book as my #FlashbackFriday because i think sometimes they get a bit of a raw deal.

Some of my favourite book series have been YA, and i think a lot of the time they get overlooked because people think they are for kids, or they are just full of sparkly vampires 😂

So if you’ve never picked up a YA, why not try it, you might be surprised.

Synopsis

“There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends – why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they’re happening to me.”

When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for…much more.

Review

So I was really excited about reading another Neal Shusterman book, his writing tends to be unforgettable.

I wasn’t disappointed at all….phew!

Loved this book, loved the characters, loved the story, loved it!!

Someone (I don’t know who sorry) described Neal Shusterman as the Tim Burton of YA books, and that is a really good call.

If you have never read a Shusterman book before, firstly WHAT ?!?!?!

What he does in his books is a little like a college professer in class, he leaves you thinking “what would I do?”

Class……”If you could legally abort your child after the age of 13, just by signing a piece of paper that is legally binding, and that said child,now 15 years old pissed you off BIG TIME one night, would you sign it……what about in anger? would you”…………DISCUSS……..

^^^That above is what it is like reading Unwind, one of my all time favourite YA books, I haven’t met anyone that read it and went mehh, and if you say “that” scene to them, they just nod and shudder, ……….do it, read it.

In Bruiser, we meet Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins, he is the boy at school you avoid, who never smiles, who never talks, who never looks you in the eye.

We also meet Tennyson and Brontè, twins from a loving stable family.

And lastly we meet Cody, Brewsters little brother.

There is a reason for Brewster (brew for short) being so stand offish, he cannot get close to anyone, otherwise it could literally kill him.

If you had the chance to take someone’s pain away would you do it? Where would this end? Bruises, cuts, broken bones?? And who would this stop at, just people you cared for? Just your family? ………….DISCUSS. ….

Brontè starts to go out with Brewster, much to her brothers dismay, after all he was voted the person most likely to get the death penalty!

However, a friendship arises between them all and everything is fine, until one day Brontè cuts her hand quite badly………..and then it is gone, and Brewster shows up with a sliced hand!

With a F’d up life living with his abusive uncle, this book shows us all 4 lives as they intermingle with each other, as it is told in 4 POV’s one of them being in verse.

Read this book, or something by Neal Shusterman, you will not be disappointed.

Have a Tip-Top weekend 😘

V x

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas @angiecthomas #FBF #bookreview

The Hate You Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

5 Must Read Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

This is such a powerful book with such a powerful message that I think everyone should read … want to share a little story … as mentioned in my review I am the only white sibling in my family my brothers are adopted…. their biological mother was Vietnamese and their biological fathers were both serviceman during the war my one brother is half African-American half Vietnamese and the other is half Mexican half Vietnamese…
When my kids and I went to go see Lilo and Stich ages ago in the movie theater… after the movies my kids asked me what is adoption? And I told them that their uncles were adopted and mentioned that they don’t look anything like me… their response….. yeah mom there boys! This just really brought home to me how much hate is taught… I’ve had the luxury of living in Southern California where it is such a melting pot and I don’t think hate and intolerance is as prevalent as it is in other parts of the country… however it would be naïve of me to say that it does not exist, but I hope one day it does not …..

~review~

This book was extremely good and the audio was even better….
What I know, what it is like to be the only one hundred percent white sibling in a biracial family, what it is like to have national guard on your street as I was living in Long Beach during the 92 riots, what it is like to have a brother pulled over by the police for absolutely no reason other than the color of his skin…. but what I don’t know is what it is like to be anything but a white girl… this book did a very good job in really bringing to light the problem of police brutality when it comes to minorities… A life matters no matter what, we will never know what choices we would make if our life offered us different circumstances and different choices, because don’t we all make bad choices…. I truly believe we should not judge people based on life choices, because we have never lived their lives, we do not know their reasons, and what we really don’t know is what we would have done in the same situation…. I hope people read this book with an open mind and wanting some understanding to what is really going on, someday perhaps we could all live in a world where people pass less judgment and have more understanding, I can only hope…

narration: if you do not listen to audiobooks start now! This is probably the most fantastic narration of 2017,Bahni Turpine brought so much to this already amazing story, I can’t even….💚

Come on, you know you wanna,

Berit

Flashback Friday Featuring – Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – #fbf #young adult @susanbpfeffer #Sci-fi

Life as We Knew It

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stock up on tinned goods stars

Synopsis

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

Review

This one my first (of now many) YA books I loved this series, but this one will hold a special place in my heart for the introduction of other fantastic books.

I was quite worried about re reading this as this was my first YA book that I read a couple of years ago and it holds quite a nice little place in my heart, however I was not disappointed phew !

16 yr old Miranda gives us a blow by blow account of her life from her diary, and what a life it is.

The strange thing is I’m sure this could happen, I mean REALLY happen, and that is what scares me, I’ve read some reviews that are shouting about the size of the meteor and the trajectory of it etc. but it’s a book, a fiction book but I mean it could happen !

So, everyone and his dog are watching a meteor hit the moon in a ‘Sky at Night ‘ kind of thing.

Everyone is outside watching, there are parties and picnics  – however when it hits IT HITS !!!!!

The moon gets moved off its axis and comes a little bit closer to earth.
The scientists did not really do their math correctly and didn’t realise the size of the meteor, (as I said it’s fiction obviously if the moon was going to be hit by a meteor I would hope that scientists would be able to tell the size of the thing!)

Anyhoo the moon controls our tides and things right?

So after the now mahoosive moon is hit, the world starts going all weird, like tidal waves and tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes, you know the usual Saturday night out in town!

Soo most of the world seems to be wiped out, BUT because you are only reading Mirandas diary, you are kept in the dark about what is going on elsewhere in the world, and you feel the suffocation as her world slowly gets smaller and smaller until they are all living in 1 room sharing 1 tin of soup between 4 people.

The starving is this one thing that gets to you, I felt really guilty while I was reading this for even drinking a cup of tea !

I will be reading the rest of the series again and the new book is out this year as well so I hope that it continues from Mirandas point of view.

I would thoroughly recommend reading this book – its fab.

Enjoy,

Vicci

Flashback Friday Featuring ~ Starters by Lissa Price

Happy Friday peeps!

My #FlashbackFriday read was a complete accident, i needed a book that was set in LA for a reading challenge, and i stumbled across this little beauty.

I went in completely blind thinking i was going to hate it, and ended up loving it!

Starters

Starters by Lissa Price

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Dystopian Stars

Synopsis

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

Review

Sleep on a floor in a derelict house?

Struggle to feed yourself every day?

Are you underweight due to the lack of food you are eating?

Do you hate being unclean and smelly?

Do you want to be beautiful?

Then all YOU need to do is pop down to PRIME DESTINATIONS and we can solve all of your problems.

Small print …….
Prime Destinations will insert a microchip into your brain and hook you up to another person so they can be you, the other person is an “Ender” (an old rich person who age is on average 100 yrs old). Here the Ender will leave their body wired up and enter your body, becoming you for a week/month/year……however long you signed up to rent your body out for. You will of course be paid well for this “donating” and we will also make you beautiful again. Your new body user will sign a contract to make sure that they use your body in the best possible way without damaging it at all

Come on down to PRIME DESTINATIONS to make your dreams of being rich a reality.

Callie is aware of Prime Destinations (the body bank for short!) Her and her brother Tyler are starving, and he is really ill, she finds that she has no choice but to donate her body for a time to get money to pay for her little brothers treatment, and to get enough money for them to maybe buy a home for them both… This was a bad mistake, she knew it as soon as she leaves Prime Destinations, she knows it as soon as she starts to black out, she definitely knows it when she wakes up with a gun in her hand!

Good book with a story that kept me engaged all the way through, a couple of good twists too that I didn’t see coming, I will definitely look out for the 2nd book in the series to find out what happens.

🎧🎧Great narration by Rebecca Lowman, a new-to-me narrator, she did a great job🎧🎧

Choose Wisely,

Vicci