Well, this is self explanatory. I am going to be doing a series for the next month or so to finally catch up on my reviewing. I have to get these off my to do list or I am just going to drown. The highlight of this list is Goodbye Days. Just go and read it right now if you haven't already.
by A.C. Gaughen
"I know what it's like when you can't get no one to listen to you. When what you say don't matter. I half think every girl knows what it's like to be silenced.”
Raise your hand if you are into Robin Hood retellings? It's not just me is it? In this rendition, Will Scarlett is really a girl pretending to be a boy to hide from a very uncomfortable past. Which is a trope that I kind of love? There is something of a love triangle. The book could have done without it. I feel like no love interest at all would have made more sense. Scarlett is self-loathing and kind of bad-ass which is overshadowed by her occasional obsession with boys. There is a sequel, and I will probably get to it eventually.
Up to This Pointe
by Jennifer Longo
“...Your love is evident,' she says. 'But, darling, sometimes the ballet does not love us back.”
Antartica and ballet. Weird combination, right? Somehow it worked. Harper has worked towards being a professional ballet dancer for most of her life. It didn't work out, and she decided to flee as far away from her life as she can get. She manages to secure her place as a student aide at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica as she tries to figure out what to do with her life now that she is being forced to find a new path. It was a quick read but deeper and more touching than I had anticipated.
A Certain Slant of Light
by Laura Whitcomb
“Someone was looking at me, a disturbing sensation if you're dead.”
My love for this book knows no bounds. I don't know if I would classify it as YA (even if it is marketed that way) the characters are adult ghosts who just happen to be inhabiting teenagers bodies. Don't even care. I love the writing; I love the love story, I love all the characters. Helen's journey through fear and towards self-forgiveness gets me every time. Christianity does not come off looking good in this book (although the main character's faith in God is) so if that bothered you, I would look elsewhere.
Here Lies Daniel Tate
by Cristin Terrill
“All of my life I'd tried to be invisible, and that gave the power to everyone else.”
Nobody is what they seem. This is a book that messes with your head. Who is lying? Who is telling the truth? Are people telling the truth when they lie? Not only is the narrator unreliable but so is everyone else. This book is wedged firmly between a mystery and a thriller. I plowed through it because I just had to know what was going on. The writing is nothing noticeable. It wasn't bad, but I wasn't struck by a clever turn of phrase or a description. An exciting and enjoyable read.
by Jeff Zentner
“For the most part, you don't hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.”
This is one of those books where you read the description and KNOW that you are going to spend at least 75% of the book being choked up if not outright sobbing. Carver Briggs lost his three best friends to a car accident that he feels responsible for. Now he is struggling with living his life without them, dealing with sudden anxiety attacks, and fearing that he is going to be spending the rest of his life in jail. But then the grandmother of one of his deceased friends asks him to do a "Goodbye Day" with her... It's official: I am a huge fan of Jeff Zentner.