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Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Posted 5 November, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Once upon a time, Tate and Jared were the best of friends. They were inseparable. Until one day, Jared turned on Tate. He began turning her life into a nightmare. For unknown reasons, Jared started to bully her. Rumors  spread and pranks were pulled. It all made high school a terrible experience for Tate, so she decides to go to France for a year. When she returns, she is determined to have a new attitude. She resolves to not only stand up for herself, but to fight back too. I had serious problems with this book. The biggest issue I had with it is that it’s a romance novel. For two years, Jared did everything in his power to make Tate miserable. I can’t believe Tate would date him after all of the stuff that he did to her. Yes, he had his issues, but that doesn’t make what he did okay. I knew what the story was going to be about before I started reading it, I just didn’t expect the material to bother me as much as it did. Tate was one of the only redeeming aspects of this novel. It was great to see her become stronger and stand up to Jared. It felt like she forgave him too fast though. I’m not saying that she should have held a grudge against him forever, but with everything […]


Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Posted 3 November, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Isobel Lanley and Varen Nethers run in different crowds. As a cheerleader, she hangs out with her squad and the jocks, while he’s friends with the outcasts. Their differences have caused them to have horrible opinions of each other. Needless to say, they are less than thrilled when they get paired together for an English project. However, as they spend time working on it, they start to see a different side of each other.  Before long, Isobel finds herself being drawn into Varen’s dark, strange world. Her life begins to change when weird things start taking place around her. I’ve never read anything like Nevermore. The book was unbelievably unique. Creagh created characters and a world that had me intrigued from the very first line.  Nevermore has around 550 pages. Despite that, I finished it in a day. I just couldn’t put it down. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and that’s definitely true for Isobel. At first glance, Isobel is the stereotypical cheerleader. Vain and judgmental are just a couple of the qualities she seems to possess at the beginning of the book. As the pages turn, however, it becomes evident that she doesn’t quite live up to the stereotype. There’s a lot more to her than what meets the eye. Varen might just top my list of book boys. He was that great. The […]


Review: After the End by Amy Plum

Posted 30 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: After the End by Amy Plum

This was my first Amy Plum book. I’ve read a few dystopians, and the idea of one that really wasn’t intrigued me. For her whole life, Juneau has been told that World War III was responsible for mass destruction and that her clan are some of the only survivors left. When Juneau comes back from a hunting trip to find her whole clan missing, she finally learns the truth: there was no WWIII. So she goes searching for her clan and is forced to seek help from a boy she knows she can’t trust. This book has left me incredibly irritated. A lot of questions were raised, but hardly any of them were answered. It almost feels as if the book ended in the middle of the story. The fact that I want the answers so badly can probably be attributed to the good storytelling. There wasn’t a lot of action. It didn’t bother me for the most part. However, there were a few times when I was bored due to the lack of things happening. I loved Juneau. She had no problems whatsoever taking care of herself. My favorite characters are those who are independent and Juneau was definitely that. That’s not to say she didn’t struggle with some things. Skinning a rabbit? Done. Building a fire? Easy peasy. Talking to members of normal society? Now that’s a problem. […]


Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Posted 18 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 1 Comment
Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Kasie West is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and loved every book she’s published. Charlotte “Charlie” Reynolds is one of the boys. She loves sports, doesn’t understand fashion, and enjoys taking dares involving the weirdest of things. Growing up with a single dad and three brothers has left little room for her to be “girly”. After receiving one too many speeding tickets, her police officer father decides to lay down the law by forcing her to pay them off. Since Charlie is flat broke, that means she has to get a job. So she applies to several establishments with little success. Until she goes to one boutique that’s the complete opposite of her personality. The owner ends up offering her a job and just like that she’s thrust into a world that she has no experience in. A world full of clothes and makeup. Out of all of Kasie’s books, this one is my least favorite. It didn’t pull me in like her other ones did. There were several times when the plot dragged on. I liked the book, but I didn’t love it. Charlie was an interesting character. I didn’t understand some of the choices she made. With that said, I did like her most of the time. She went through a lot of character development. It was great reading about her stepping out of her comfort […]


Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Posted 16 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Anything involving country music is a must read for me. I loved this book just as much as I hoped I would. Reagan O’Neill and Lilah “Dee” Montgomery had been friends long before Lilah hit the big time. So the summer before her senior year, Reagan decides to join Dee on tour. After Dee is “involved” in a scandal, her record company ends up adding Matt Finch as her opening act in order to generate speculation about the two of them being an item. It becomes complicated when Reagan and Matt start falling for each other. The best part of the novel wasn’t the romance. As good as that was, it didn’t hold a candle to the friendship between Reagan and Dee. I can honestly say that they are my favorite pair of friends that I’ve ever read about. They have each others backs through thick and thin. Nothing was going to come between them, which is refreshing to read in a YA book. Reagan is a troublemaker. She’s the type of girl that rumors are spread about and nasty things written about on bathroom stalls. Her choices in guys has been less than spectacular. After a particularly bad experience with a boy, she decides she’s going to reinvent herself. She’s going to be a New Reagan. By going on tour with Dee, she thinks it will be easier to […]


Review: Neverland by Anna Katmore

Posted 14 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Neverland by Anna Katmore

Neverland was an okay book. There were parts that I loved and parts that I found to just be kind of boring. Two POVs were featured  in the novel: Angelina’s and Captain Jamie Hook’s. The book starts with Angelina at home in London. When she falls from her balcony, she ends up falling into Neverland. Throughout the story, she tries her best to return home. If being trapped in a foreign land isn’t enough, the more time she spends there, the less she remembers about her life in London. I have mixed feelings about Angelina. At times she was a tough, smart character. In other instances, she was the exact opposite. She made some stupid decisions that made me want to shake some sense into her. I know she was desperate to return home, but that doesn’t mean she has to throw common sense out the window. On the outside, Captain James Hook is a ruthless pirate. Most people don’t get to see the other side of him. Don’t tell the inhabitants of Neverland this, but he’s not nearly as vile as he lets on. In reality, he can be quite caring. But with a difficult past and a pirate image to maintain, he doesn’t make it a habit of showing people what he’s truly like. It all starts when Jamie kidnaps Angelina. He’s seeking information on Peter Pan that […]