Saturday, April 29, 2017

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Hardcover, 388 pages
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Read from: April 20-April 28, 2017
Stand-alone
Source: Library 
For fans of: Contemporary,Romance, DEAR, Realistic Fiction, Stand-alones, tear-Jerkers, YA

     Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.
     Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.
     When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I had never read anything by Brigid Kemmerer before, but I heard all of her work is action packed and really good. Since I had never read anything by her, I was a bit skeptical. But then the reviews for this started pouring in and everyone said it was so good! It was time for me to find out for myself.
"I once asked him how he can believe in a providential god when he barely survived living with [him]. He looked at me and said, 'Because I did survive.'"
pg. 28
     Juliet has lost her mother in a tragic accident. To cope, she leaves letters at her mother's grave. Declan is ordered by the court to do some community service, which he chooses to do at the cemetery. Soon the paths of the two cross, without them ever knowing that they did,
"Are you really so afraid to appear smart?"
pg. 75
     First things first, I LOVED the characters. I felt such a connection with them throughout the entire story. I was so invested that I found mysellf talking out loud to Declan and Rev, or giving advice to Juliet. I was really into their story and I was sucked into it every time I opened the book. I really felt like both points of view added so much to the story as well. It would have been so hard trying to explain either of their sides with only one person telling the story. With the alternate points of view we got to really meet both of them and that adds to the enjoyment of the story.
"You'll never know if you don't try."
pg. 88
     However, I was not a fan of how the events unfolded. It seemed like it was a tad bit long, but then at the end, it kind of felt rushed. Like it felt too long to her, but instead of taking out some of the scenes or just not caring, she skimped on the end. I just felt like after all that they had been through, they deserved more, you know?
"Guilt is not a competition. Or at least it shouldn't be."
pg. 108
     I am also really, REALLY glad we get to know Rev's story. He seems like such a brilliant teen and I really need to know his story. I'm terrified of his back story, but then again I really want to know it. I can't wait until we get it next!
"Why don't you give them something new to think about you?"
pg. 113
     Last but not least, I LOVED her writing style. I checked this book out from work, and I normally don't waste my flags on library books, but this one was too good not to. I wanted to write down almost every quote, so I just decided to use the flags. Her writing was so good it had me in tears on one page and then rooting for them in another.
"One day isn't your whole life..."
pg. 211
     This book was definitely a surprise. I loved her writing style and the characters, but the ending felt a little rushed to me. I can see myself going to find and read all of her backlist before the end of the summer!
Overall, I give this


Friday, April 28, 2017

Follow Friday: Favorie Bookish Accessories!



Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

WHAT ARE your favorite book accessories or merchandise that you own or want? 
I would have to say my personalized Wonder Woman bag from Becca! I use it at signings and bookish events and so far, at least 5 people at each place I've taken it have complimented me. I love my large tote and I think it's time I need another one! 

What about you?


Thursday, April 27, 2017

#ReadaDessen: Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen! Main Characters with Diner Food Pairings!

Audio, 5 Parts
Release Date: September 11, 1999
Published by: Speak
Read from: April 17-April 22, 2017 
Stand-alone
Source: Library
For fans of: Contemporary,Romance, Chick-lit, Realistic Fiction, YA

     Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina.
     But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.
     My library has FINALLY gotten all of Sarah Dessen's backlist on audio, so I've been binging them as I get them in. This one was the classic Dessen book: More about friendships and lessons over romance and boys. I don't want to write a review for each one, so I'll do something cutesy for each one! 
     In Keeping the Moon, they all work for a restaurant/diner in town. I thought it would be cute to maybe pair the people with the type of food they remind me of! 

Isabel
I saw her as French Fries!
Image result for french fries
  • She was hard and crunchy on the outside.
  • Such a soft hearted person with good intentions on  the inside. 
  • She was ok by herself, but she was best paired with someone else (Morgan), much like French Fries are better with ketchup! (Well to me anyways!)
Morgan
I saw her as Pancakes! 
Image result for pancakes
  • Everyone loved her. 
  • Her attitude was so light and fluffy. She saw the good in everyone. 
  • She's great by herself, but also best when paired with someone else (Isabel), much like pancakes are better with syrup. 
Colie
I saw her as Onion Rings!
Image result for onion rings
  • She is definitely hard on the outside because of what she's been through, but she's really sweet, much like the onions that onion rings are made with.
  • She's slow to trusting people, alot like people who don't like onions won't jump at the chance to have onion rings. (Unless you're my crazy husband who doesn't like onions unless they're cooked..... )
Mira
I saw her as fried pickles!
Image result for fried pickles

  • It's a wacky food, but they're so amazing! Just like Mira. She's such a wonderful character, but she IS  little eccentric. 
  • She's in a category all her own. (I mean really, what else is really like fried pickles?!)    
Norman
I saw him as grilled cheese!
Image result for grilled cheese
  • It may seem boring, but it's actually the most amazing food (or in his case, person) ever. 
  • It's a comfort food and he sits and talks with Colie and makes her feel comfortable enough with herself to tell him her darkest secrets. 
So there you have it! 
I hope you enjoyed seeing my wacky ideas!
And I hope it made you as hungry as the book and writing this post made me! 
What foods do you see as the characters? 
Agree with anything here? 





That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
Dreamland*
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock & Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything
Once and For All (Out June 6, 2017)

*What I'm currently listening to right now!


     So now that the countdown to Once and For All is on, I can hopefully get all of these read! Let's see how things go! 
Once and for All

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Out June 6, 2017

Have you read any Sarah Dessen books? 
Which is your favorite?!