Monday, March 11, 2019

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss | Review

38251237Title: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss
Author: Kasie West
Source: Edelweiss
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 5, 2019

Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn't involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donovan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.
As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script. 

**Thank you so much to HarperTeen for letting me reading this in exchange for an honest review!**

-what i liked-
  • Now, it's been a while since I read a contemporary novel. As some of you may know, I have a love hate relationship with them. Sometimes I end up loving them, but other times they really annoy me because they're so predictable. Yet, I really enjoyed this one! It was a bit predictable at times, yes, but it was engaging and interesting, which led me to continue on reading.
  • I loved that every so often, a chapter would open with part of the script. It made it really fun because then I knew exactly what was going on when Lacey and Grant would talk about the scenes since I actually got to read some of them.
  • The chemistry! I learned to absolutely love the tutor and he soon became my favorite character.
  • I also loved that this was such an easy read!
-what i disliked-
  • Honestly, the only thing I disliked was the added element of mystery that I didn't even catch onto until 3/4 of the way through. It seemed a bit unnecessary, but I do think that it added to the plot a lot. But, other than that, I loved it!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Illegal | Review

36505654Title: Illegal
Author: Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks

This is a powerful and timely story about one boy's epic journey across Africa to Europe, a graphic novel for all children with glorious colour artwork throughout. From Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children's Laureate, and the team behind his bestselling Artemis Fowl graphic novels.
Ebo: alone.
His sister left months ago. Now his brother has disappeared too, and Ebo knows it can only be to make the hazardous journey to Europe.
Ebo's epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his sister.

what i liked
  • I feel like I'm saying this in the beginning of every one of my reviews, but I read this one for my YA class and loved it!
  • I love that it's a graphic novel yet touches on such a strong and scary topic. Emmigration and immigration is usually not safe, and this book touches on that and shows it in a perspective that even young children can understand. It's really eye-opening in that way.
  • The illustrations were amazing. I could spend hours staring at the illustrations. 
  • I loved Ebo. I really felt for him throughout the novel, and only loved him more towards the end.
  • This book was incredibly moving. I read it a week ago and I still can't stop thinking about it.
  • I also appreciated the interview at the end that was also drawn out in the graphic novel. It was a nice touch.

what i disliked

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Crossover | Review

18263725Title: The Crossover
Author: Kwame Alexander
Release Date:  March 18, 2014
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks... The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.
Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

what i liked
  • I had to read this one for my YA Lit class, and I LOVED IT. 
  • I think what I liked most was that it's written in verse. It really made the book move along in a rhythmic way. I was basically beat-boxing the words in my head to a tune because of the rhyming schemes. It was a lot of fun to read.
  • It's an easy read. It doesn't take long at all.
  • The plot line is really interesting. I soon fell for Josh and Jordan and wanted them both to succeed, even though Josh really didn't want any change in his life. He seemed to want to be just like his dad. 
  • There's a spin off novel about the Dad! I haven't read it yet, but I definitely want to get my hands on it at some point.
  • It's about sports! I play two sports in college and I have since 8th grade. I love playing sports and I'm a huge advocate for being part of a team because of the community that it creates. 
  • Also, I literally disliked nothing.