The Busy Bibliophile

where I review books, mostly ya and chick-lit

www wednesdays 8/31/11 August 31, 2011

Filed under: www wednesdays — Andrea @ 8:10 am

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading.

 
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
 

1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
2. Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
3. Between by Jessica Warman

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top ten books on my tbr list this fall August 30, 2011

Filed under: to be read,top ten tuesday — Andrea @ 11:18 am

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies.  Young woman has a dark past even she doesn’t know about? 2 mysterious strangers she is drawn to? Sounds like sexy hotness galore!
2.  Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey. Another dark love triangle. Where can it go wrong?
3. Dearly Departed by Lia Habel. A young woman is kidnapped by a troop of zombies and ends up falling in love with one of them. Very different, I’d say. Sort of reminds me of Warm Bodies which I enjoyed.
4. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Sounds like a good old-fashioned ‘girl has a secret crush on the boy next door.’
5. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. True love as felt by 2 strangers on a plane. Better than snakes, right?

6. Amplified by Tara Kelly. 17 year old girl leaves everything she knows and moves away to live in a beach house with 3 boys and sing in their rock band. Sounds delicious.

The rest have already been released but are still on my tbr list:
7. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. Sounds like an excellent real take on young girls in violent relationships, both how they got there and why they stay. It’s gotten excellent reviews and I am looking forward to reading it.
8. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. funny, heartbreaking and romantic, with great reviews. What more could you ask for?
9. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Sounds like a great premise and promises lots of romance.
10.Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien. The token dystopian book for the list. Sounds unique and has gotten great reviews.

 

the truth about forever by sarah dessen August 22, 2011

Filed under: 4 stars,easy read,loss,sad,sarah dessen,summer,ya — Andrea @ 12:52 pm

Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She’s stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she’ll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father’s recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother’s open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it.

 

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I really enjoyed this one. There was no big mystery or great romance, it was just a fun read.

Macy’s father passed away a year and a half ago and ever since then she’s been “fine, just fine,” which is code for just barely making it.  Her sister has married and moved out and her mom is avoiding her own grief by working way too much at her job.  Her boyfriend Jason is an unemotional genius and Macy has nobody to talk to.  Her mom needs her to be perfect and so she is.  She does everything expected of her and little else.  In short, she’s barely living.

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the host by stephenie meyer August 17, 2011

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

 

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This book is so unique, so unlike anything else out there, you simply must give it a try.

Body snatchers have invaded our planet and they’ve just about taken over the world.  The good news?  They are peaceful and only do good.  The bad news?  Well, they take over your body.

Wanderer, one of the Souls (aka body snatchers) is implanted into the body of Melanie, a member of the resistance, a group of humans who are fighting the Souls.  Only Melanie doesn’t quietly disappear like she’s supposed to.  She sticks around and she and Wanderer begin duking it out for control of her body.

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flat-out love by jessica park August 15, 2011

Filed under: 5 stars,chick-lit,geek,jessica park,must read,romantic,ya — Andrea @ 11:28 am

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it.

When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side … and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well … doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

 

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I flat-out loved this book!  Seriously, I would totally marry this book if I could.  It starts off with our young star in a sticky situation from which she must be rescued.  She got screwed out of an apartment in a faraway college town and is left sitting on the side of the road (literally).  Her mom phones an old college friend who lives nearby and said college friend sends her son Matt to pick up Julie.

“He’ll be driving a blue Volvo and should be there any minute.”

“OK. Matt. Dangerous town. Blue Volvo. If I get into the wrong car and get myself murdered and dumped in an alley, I want you to know how much I love you. And don’t look in the third drawer of my desk.”

Matt lives with his mom, Julie’s mom’s college friend, Erin, his dad Roger and his sister Celeste.  Erin tells Julie she can stay as long as she wants.  In exchange for the free room and board, she would like Julie to spend her afternoons with their 13-year-old Celeste, who has a few… quirks.

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twenty boy summer by sarah ockler August 5, 2011

Filed under: 4 stars,beach,besties,sad,sarah ockler,summer,v-card,ya — Andrea @ 4:15 pm

According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.Twenty Boy Summer explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

 

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Matt and his sister Francesca (Frankie) have been best friends with neighbor Anna forever.  Anna’s been in love with Matt for about that long.  But she hasn’t told Frankie.  One day Matt kisses Anna.  They start a secret relationship and Matt promises to tell his sister Frankie soon.  But instead he goes and dies.  Bummer, right?

There’s sadness and crying and loss.  Anna still can’t tell Frankie the truth because she promised (the now dead) Matt she wouldn’t.  Even though he’s dead.  Because she promised.  Okay, moving on.

What better way to forget about your problems then go on a family tradition month-long trip to the beach?  To fill the empty space the now dead Matt left, the family invites Anna to join them.  The girls (mostly Frankie) decide they will meet/hit on/be hit on by/make out with/have sex with at least 20 boys.  Because Frankie lost her v-card already and now it’s time for Anna to lose hers.  But Anna’s still hung up on Matt.  But she can’t tell Frankie that because she promised Matt.  Who’s now dead.

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firefly lane by kristin hannah August 4, 2011

Filed under: 3 stars,besties,chick-lit,kristin hannah,romantic,sad — Andrea @ 4:15 pm

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all—beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives. 

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness. 

 Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . . 

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship—jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it’s the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It’s about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you—and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you’ll never forget . . . one you’ll want to pass on to your best friend.

 

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Firefly Lane is a story about two young girls who become best friends. We follow them through school, college, falling in and out of love, forming careers and families, and as they deal with the every day.

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