Jun 24, 2013

Just Read It! Book Club: Giveaway



Hey guys! Today we are doing a giveaway as part of the Just Read It! Book Club and since we read How My Summer Went Up In Flames we're giving away a copy of the book! Here is Lexi's post about the giveaway. You can enter over at Lexi's blog or here either post works! Both of our posts will have the raffelcopter below.

Rules:   
  • Must be 13 years or older to enter.
  • US entries only.



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Jun 23, 2013

Just Read It!: How My Summer Went Up In Flames


As our June Read for our Just Read It! Book Club Lexi from The Literature Lion and I decided we were going to read How My Summer Went Up In Flames. I was really excited to read this one and once I started this book I could not stop reading it!

Summary from Goodreads:

 Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new.



Rosie sets her ex-boyfriends car on fire--by accident. She tries to figure out what went wrong only for it to be taken as stalking. Next thing Rosie knows she's being served a TRO--Temporary Restraining Order and her parents force her to go on a road trip with Matty a neighbor who is practically family and two strange boys she doesn't know. It makes for an interesting road trip...

Rosie is a very interesting main character. At first I wasn't sure what to expect because the summary makes it sound like she actually loses it. Which is and isn't the case. Sure she receives a Temporary Restraining Order but she doesn't deserve it that's for sure. I really enjoyed Rosie as the narrator. She's impulsive, stubborn and often gets herself into trouble without thinking. I think what I loved most about her was she felt so real. She's flawed. She knows she's flawed and she does her best to accept them and try and change some of her impulsive nature. She also had a really  great heart it sometimes took her a bit to show it.

There was one thing about Rosie that bothered me and that was that she so easily fell for guys. This bothered me a bit but I loved how she dealt with all of her emotions by the end of the book. She starts off so easily charmed but by the end of things she really grows into herself.  

I adored this book and it's setting. There is something about a book that's all about a road trip that I just love. I haven't read that many but of the ones I have read I've adored and How My Summer Went Up In Flames is one of them. Jennifer Salvato Doktorski did a fantastic job with creating a road trip that I wish I could have been along on. It seemed like so much fun! And besides who wouldn't want to be stuck in a car with Spencer, Logan and Matty?

Logan, Matty and Spencer. Those boys were one of my favorite part of this book. I adored them to pieces. Each one I loved for different reasons. Matty is the boy next door. He's the best guy friend that every girl wants. He's sweet, sarcastic, quirky and just plan lovable. He's the brother from another mother type of character. I really loved Matty!

Spencer is the nerd who knows all these facts and isn't afraid to share them. He's sweet, loyal and down right lovable. Logan. Oh man. I was intrigued by him right of the bat. He's very snarky in the beginning but the longer they are in the car the more he lets loose and you get to see what he's all about. He was so many awesome things. He was cocky but also a bit nerdy. He was sweet but also wasn't afraid to pick on Rosie. Pretty much he was so freaking lovable. It's a bit of a trend with Jennifer Salvato Doktorski. She creates such lovable characters.

This book sucked me in from page one. I knew I would like this book but I didn't realize I'd love it so much that I couldn't put it down. I had to see what would happen next. The writing is great. The characters are developed great. The plot was at just the right pace. It's one of those books that I love so much I just want to toss it at people and say read this awesome book!

How My Summer Went Up In Flames is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. It's a perfect summer read just beware after reading this book you will want to go on a road trip. I could keep listing the things I love about this book but I won't. Just read this book! It's an adorable, fun, summer read.




Jun 22, 2013

Survive

Survive is a book that I forgot about but the moment I saw it's cover I knew it was on my to-be-read list. It was a bargain so I bought it and read it in two days. It's one of those books you're not sure about at first only to find you really enjoy it afterwards.

Summary from Goodreads:

 Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening

Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.

Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive.


Jane is a suicidal teenager who got the okay to fly home for the holidays. Little do her doctors know she plans to take a bottle of pills in the bathroom on the plane. Her plan doesn't work out and the plane she's on crashes leaving her and a guy she barely knows stranded in the middle of a blizzard.


When I fist started Survive I wasn't sure if I would like it. In the beginning Jane is very depressing. She's going to try and kill herself again and she's so paranoid that her plan is going to be messed up. Since she's a planner that gives her major anxiety. But the moment that plane crashes Jane changes and I found myself completely invested in her fight for survival. I grew to like her and I loved how she began to find herself and figure out that she didn't actually want to die.

I really adored Paul. He was a very interesting character. He was actually a very sweet guy but at first you aren't to sure because he makes all these jokes that are inappropriate. It's his quirk when he's nervous. I loved learning about Paul's back story and I loved how he didn't treat Jane differently just because she tried to kill herself. He understood her and helped her realize so many things about herself and her life. I was really attached to this character and there were moments that I got all choked up because of certain events.

Survive is a very fast paced book and I had a hard time not wanting to turn the page. I had to find out what would happen to Jane and Paul. I was so invested in their survival. There was never a dull moment after the plane crashes. Everything is go, go, go, survive, survive, survive! It made it such an easy fast read.

Though I wasn't too sure about this book in the beginning I ended up really loving it and the ending was great. It made me smile and want to cry a little bit. Alex Morel's style of writing was different but in the best possible way. He created characters that you hoped would survive by the end of the book and a story that will haunt you. Just the thought of being on that plane and having to survive in those conditions makes my gut hurt. And he did a wonderful job making it all feel so real!

Survive by Alex Morel is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me. The beginning of the book made me cautious but once on the plane things move quick and are action packed! I really loved this book and look forward to reading more by Alex Morel. I'd definitely recommend everyone read this book. It was so good and it's a fast read which was nice!


Jun 21, 2013

Song Of The Week

This post is going up way late. I'm currently taking care of the farm again and haven't had a moment to really sit down and type up this Song Of The Week post until now. I'm sorry about that! But I figured since I'm stuck here laying down I might as well share with you guys what song has been stuck in my head. Let's just say farm life kicked my butt yesterday and now I smell like peppermints and am bedridden for the night. Don't ride three horses when you wake up sore! I'm regretting that big time!!

Anyways, I recently heard this country song and I can't get it out of my head now. I've been listening to it a lot while I clean the barn this past week.

Cruise by Florida Georgia Line:



I've never heard of this group or even heard this song on the radio but I recently heard them perform it on The Voice and every since the lyrics have been stuck in my head. I can't even really tell you if I like it but I must because I'm singing along to the chorus in the barn very off key. It's gonna be the type of song I listen too until I despise it. I can already tell. But at the moment it's my song of the week!

Do you have a song you can't stop listening too? Let me know in the comments!


Jun 20, 2013

Boundless

Ever since reading Unearthly by Cynthia Hand I was hooked. There was no way not to become hooked to the story and characters she created. There was something really bittersweet knowing that Boundless would be the final book in the series. It took me a while to even try and start Boundless because I wasn't ready to let go of all of the characters. I'm glad I finally read Boundless because Cynthia Hand did an amazing job wrapping up Clara's story.

Summary from Goodreads:

 The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.



I don't even know where to begin to start this review. But I'm gonna start it out differently than most of my reviews. I'm going to talk about the ending before anything else. Boundless was the type of book that I desperately didn't want to end but when it did end it was perfect. I couldn't imagine a better ending for Clara and the gang. I got really choked up by how it ended to be honest. I wanted to just clutch the book to my chest it was so perfect. Just thinking about it makes me smile. I applaud Cynthia Hand for being able to create such an amazing series that not once went flat. It was bright and vibrant through out the three books and ended sweetly.

Clara Gardner. I'm gonna miss reading about her. She's one of those characters that is always growing and changing. She's still the same lovable character from Unearthly but she's stronger, braver, more caring and just all around better. Though she's an amazing character she isn't perfect she has her flaws and I love that Cynthia Hand didn't make Clara perfect.

I've been Team Tucker from the moment that cowboy graced the pages in Unearthly. And I'm still Team Tucker because of a lot of reasons I will discuss but I won't lie and say that I didn't finally understand why some were Team Christian. I get it now. Sort of. Christan is a great character and the way him and Clara interact is sweet and even down right funny. He definitely can be a charmer and he's sweet and caring. Boundless finally made me like Christian a bit more but he still isn't my favorite character in this series.

Tucker on the other hand can take me fishing any time he wants. There's something really great about this character Cynthia created that has had me adoring him from the first book. He's sweet, caring, protective, brave, and not to mention a smart ass when he wants to be one. There's just something about Tucker and out of all the amazing YA boys I'm crushing on he will always be very very high on my crush list. Tucker felt more like a man to me in this one and I really loved that. Like Clara he grew and it was the best kind of growth.
 
I never trusted Angela throughout this series. Something about her felt off to me. I wanted to trust her but just couldn't. I'm surprised how things went with her. I never expected that was the way things would go for her. Never would have guessed it. I grew to really like Angela in this book and I'm glad because she turned out to be a really fantastic character.

Boundless was from the very first page full of just the unexpected. I never knew what was coming next and I liked that. There was only one thing in this book I predicted and it involved Sam the evil dude who's been tormenting Clara since book one. Dare I say it but a part of me kind of liked him a teeny tiny bit during the first half of the book. Then I went right back to hating him by time it was over. The dude is evil but I really liked what Cynthia did with him.

I feel like if I discuss events and the storyline I will just ruin the whole book for anyone who hasn't read it. So I won't talk about them. What I will say is it was all unexpected to me but I enjoyed it. This one felt very different from the first two books but in a good way.

Boundless by Cynthia Hand is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. I can't wait to see what Cynthia Hand comes up with next because this series was phenomenal. It's fast paced and there's never a dull moment. Anyone who has loved and read the previous books will love this conclusion to the series. I'd recommend everyone read this book or series if you haven't already! To this day this is one of the best and creatively written angel series out there.



 

Jun 16, 2013

Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me

Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me was a book who's cover really drew me in. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book but what I got was a really wonderful story that had me engrossed from page one.

Summary from Goodreads:

 KJ Carson lives an outdoor lover’s dream. The only daughter of a fishing and wildlife guide, KJ can hold her own on the water or in the mountains near her hometown outside Yellowstone National Park. But when she meets the shaggy-haired, intensely appealing Virgil, KJ loses all self-possession. And she’s not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that they’re assigned to work together on a school newspaper article about the famous wolves of Yellowstone. As KJ spends time with Virgil, she also spends more time getting to know a part of her world that she always took for granted . . . and she begins to see herself and her town in a whole new light.


KJ Carson lives in Montana where the wolves have recently been reintroduced into Yellow Stone National Park. She finds herself writing an article in her school paper about the wolves and it causes an uproar in her small little town. Not to mention she's socially awkward and trouble seems to be her specialty.

I had a vague idea of what this book was about but it had been a long time since I'd read what exactly this book entailed. I was looking for books to bring with me to the barn that could keep me busy for two weeks and this happened to be one of the ones I picked. The cover sucked me in every time I looked at it. Turns out the story inside is just as good!

KJ Carson I found so real. She was totally clumsy, at times down right awkward and when she got nervous her neck broke out. I could relate to all of that! I loved that about this book! There is nothing better than a character who feels real and you're not constantly thinking why in the world would she do that? You just get it because you can relate so much to her.

Virgil was such an odd character to me. He wasn't the typical YA boy and at points it was refreshing to have such a different character but at the same time it was hard to understand Virgil. I don't even know where to begin to discuss him other than I thought it was great he was a vegetarian. He was a great character but he didn't have my heart fluttering or leave all that much of an impression.

The only way I can think to describe Virgil's relationship with KJ is...well complicated. They bicker more than they do get along yet they some how at the end of the day care for each other. It felt realistic to me how things went with these two. Things didn't move quick with these two and I liked that. I also loved that the book wasn't focused on the love interest but rather the story at hand: the wolves.

I love wolves. They are beautiful animals and I loved how the story revolved around them. The way KJ admired the wolves was wonderful. I could understand where she was coming from. This whole book is full of nature and animals and I adored every bit of it! There was something so unexpected with each turn of the pager. I never knew what was coming and not once did I go that was so predictable. This book kept me on my toes wondering how things would end. It's been a long time since that happened.

Kristen Chandler has a beautiful writing style. The voice she created for KJ was fresh and realistic. I can't wait to read another book by her! Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill me is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me! I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend people read it. The imagery is vivid and anyone who loves the outdoors or even the idea of it will enjoy this book. It was a beautiful story!









Jun 15, 2013

Just Read It! Book Club: Discussion Questions

So it's the middle of the month, so that means only one thing!








It's time to post the questions based on our book of the month, How My Summer Went Up In Flames!

If you're not aware of what this is, then here's some introduction posts for you. One can be found on Lexi's blog or my blog.

So here's what you do. If you've read How My Summer Went Up In Flames, then you should copy these questions and schedule your post for sometime between June 23th - June 30th. Along with these questions, you can do a review if you wish.

If you haven't read the book yet, then you have a week or so to read the novel and join us in our first month of the book club!

Here's the questions:

  • What did you think about the relationship between Rosie and each of the boys?
  • What were your thoughts on the author's style of writing? 
  • If you had to be stuck in that car with Spencer, Matty, and Logan, which boy would you prefer the most to have to go on a road trip with and why? 
  • What were your thoughts on how the book ended? 
  • What was your favorite stop the group made during their road trip?
  • What was your impression on Rosie at first? 
  • What do you think of Rosie? 
  • What were your thoughts on all the romantic interests Rosie had?
  • What was your favorite part of the novel?
  • What was your least favorite part of the novel?


Can't wait to see all of your answers in the last week of June! We will have a Linky for you to link up your posts so we can all talk about the book together! Also, if you have any additional questions that you want others to answer, then post them in the comments and we will add them!

Thanks for joining us!


Jun 11, 2013

Where I Belong

Ever since seeing Where I Belong on amazon and instantly falling in love with it's cover I knew I had to read this book. After being excited for the longest time about this book I'm glad I finally read it. I really enjoyed it but at the same time it wasn't what I expected.

Summary from Goodreads:

Meet Corrinne. She's living every girl's dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . .

When Corrinne's father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she's stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she's supposed to be living. She doesn't care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed.


Corrinne is a city girl living the privileged life in New York city. She does what she wants and doesn't really care about the consequences.  Her life is ending in her eyes when her parents break the news they are moving to Broken Spoke Texas. Corrinne is in for a rude awakening...


The moment I started Where I Belong I got something completely different then I was expecting and I really enjoyed that about this book. Sometimes the unexpected is good and it was with this one. In the beginning I couldn't stand Corrinne. She was a city girl with a bad attitude. It seemed like all she did was whine and bitch about things. She was self-centered and plan nasty. Little by little she started to change. I started to like her and her attitude was getting better. By all means she wasn't perfect but that was good. No one is perfect. I turned out to really love Corrinne and I'm glad I didn't give up within those first couple chapters of her New York attitude.

Where I Belong had the perfect setting. I love anything country and this book was full of the finest things. Cowboys, horses, rodeos, and old trucks. I fell in love with the little ole town of Broken Spoke. Sure it's a small little town in Texas and only has one restaurant but I loved the community they seemed to have and of course the Cowboys weren't bad either. There seriously needs to be more YA books with cowboys. They are the best.

Since I'm on the topic of Cowboys I should talk about Bubby because I adored this guy. Right off the bat you can tell he's sweet on Corrinne and right off the bat I was sweet on him. He liked to poke and pick on Corrinne and it cracked me up. It was the kind of picking that made it obvious the guy had a thing for her. Corrinne was just to stuck up to care. I was ready to slap her a few times for not realizing the nice guy who was right in front of her.


"Manhattan, Grandma and Grandpa want you home before it's dark. Hurry before you turn back into a stiletto." 


Rider has to be one of the most awful love interests. He's self-centered and all he thinks about is his music. He's the guy who uses you to get what he wants. I disliked him right off the bat. Throughout the book I couldn't understand Corrinne's obsession with him. He was just so...blah.

This book is full of characters who I really enjoyed. From Kitsy who I would want as a friend to Tripp the most adorable little brother on the planet of YA siblings. And don't even get me started on Corrinne's grandparents. I absolutely loved them! Especially loved when her grandpa was teaching her to drive stick shift. Gwendolyn Heasley did a really good job creating likeable and hateable characters.

Where I Belong is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me. It's a cute and fun summer read. Once you get past Corrinne's terrible attitude and she arrives in Texas the book gets good to the point you stay up until one in the morning to finish it. I really adored this book despite it not being at all what I expected. It ended perfectly and I can't wait to read another book by this author. I'd definitely recommend this one to people. It's just so adorable!




Jun 7, 2013

Divergent

I'd heard quite about about Divergent by Veronica Roth and I've had it on my to-be-read list for a while now. Once I finally bought the book it just sat on my bookshelf collecting dust. Dystopian books have never been my favorite but this one sounded good and I wanted to have it read before the movie got released. I'm glad I finally read it because I did enjoy the story that Veronica created.

 Summary from Goodreads:

 In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


Tris lives in dystopian Chicago. There are five factions and when you turn sixteen you get to choose the faction you want to spend the rest of your life in. The choice Tris makes changes her life for good. It brings light to herself and the society she lives in.

Tris is an interesting character. I had very complicated feelings about her throughout the book. I never really disliked her but more I felt like at moments in the book she was really cold. But then there would be moments and her sense of humor would shine or she'd feel empathy for someone. Tris felt very complicated to me. I don't think I ever really came to fully understand her thought process but I did love how she turned out in the end of the book. The girl's tough and she isn't afraid to put her own life on the line for someone she cares about.

Oh, Four. He is not the typical YA boy that's for sure. If anything he's better. He'll go to your funeral if there's cake. That whole cake line made me laugh so hard! I adored this character. He was multilayered, blunt and so fresh! He strayed away from the typical love interest. He told it how it was and sometimes wasn't very nice. But he wasn't always aware of it. The thing about Four is he was never mean to be an ass. He just said what was true.

Veronica Roth did a superb job at her world building. Everything was clear and creative. The factions were well created and thought out. I've said this before about Dystopians and I'll say it again. They often confuse me. The worlds get all funky and it's like "Hold up! Take a step back." That wasn't the case with Divergent. There was one point in the book where I got a bit confused and that was towards the ending when everything started unraveling. It seemed very sudden to me and my first thought was is this really happening or is she dreaming? Other than that one point I really loved Veronica's style of writing!

There are two many characters in this book to all get mentioned but I felt like there was a good balance of character to love and characters to hate. I also loved that Veronica Roth wasn't afraid to kill some off. There was one death I was not expecting at all and it honestly made me gasp. I felt so bad for Tris in that moment.

As I write this review I find myself loving the book a bit more. Originally I had all intentions of only giving this book 3 birds. I knew that I enjoyed the book but I didn't feel that spark and adoration that I do with some books. But I find myself loving it a bit more after I sit here and think more about it. That being said Divergent is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me! I enjoyed this book and the twists and turns that it had. It was creative, action packed, and an all around good read! I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good story!





Jun 4, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. You do this twice from any random page just make sure the teasers are not SPOILERS! This week I will be sharing two teasers from Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley!



"Entering the barn, I think about how many times I've done this exact routine. The smell of the hay, the horses and even the manure heightens all my senses, and I start to breath heavy." (from pg. 22)


"I smile at Tripp as I imagine shaking him, and I think the only place that I am heading if I get my license is due northeast. There will be no stops at Sonic." (from pg. 65)














Ok...so I'm not really reading this one yet I'm actually reading Divergent by Veronica Roth but I have been dying to read this book ever since I first found it on Amazon and well I had to peek inside. It sounds like such a cute book and THAT COVER! Oh my gosh. It's my all time favorite. I want the cowboy and the girls outfit asap please! I'm even more eager now that I've looked inside for some teasers. This book will sit on my desk until I can read it along with Catching Jordan which I am also dying to read. Thanks Lexi!! She sent me both books and as you can tell I'm a little bit eager to read them...just a little bit. ;)


Jun 1, 2013

Just Read It! Book Club: June Read


As you know, Lexi from The Literature Lion and I are hosting a book club every month. Last month was a failure and we both went on a short hiatus for blogging. For the month of June we are both back and ready to start our book club up again! For more information about our book club, you can read our introduction posts here and here.




Since today is the first of June, we will be starting a new book for the book club. Generally we hold a poll to decide the book we read, but we took the liberty to just decide ourselves because of time constraints. 


This month's book is How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jessica Salvato Doktorski:



How My Summer Went Up in Flames

First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!

Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she's heartbroken -- and furious. 


To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new...




Now that we've released the book title, it's your job to go and read it within the next three weeks! Then you can follow this schedule for the rest of the month:
 


If you're participating in the book club, feel free to put some of these in your sidebar!






Now it's your turn to keep reading!

Leave a comment below if you plan on joining the Book Club!

PS - If you have any ideas for more things to include in the Book Club, email us at literaturelion@gmail.com or bploveslondon@gmail.com


 

Before I Die

Before I Die is a book I read years ago and I enjoyed it but I don't think I fully understood how beautiful this book was. Now after reading it again I finally see just how beautiful this book is. I loved and could appreciate it a lot more this second time around than I did when I first read it.


Tessa has just a few months to live.

Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is sex.

Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up.

Tessa's feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out.

BEFORE I DIE is a brilliantly-crafted novel, heartbreaking yet astonishingly life-affirming. It will take you to the very edge.


Tessa Scott has cancer. She isn't going to be living for very much longer. Deciding that she isn't going to just sit on the couch and wait to die she writes up a list of ten things she plans to do before she dies.

There is no breathing while reading this book. You don't come up for air. The moment you dive into the painfully true story that is Tessa's life you're instantly captivated. I really really love Tessa's narration. I loved her voice plan and simple. I loved how raw she was with everything. She was dying and she was terrified at times but she didn't let it hold her back. It's really hard not to love Tessa and her voice.

Adam is one of those characters who I really liked and every time he was around it made me want to reader faster and faster. He's a shy guy with a past of his own and I really loved how his and Tessa's relationship developed. He was brave to do what he did to allow himself to fall for a girl who was dying. But I did feel like Adam was a bit of a distant character. I would have loved to learn a bit more about him. Even though I did feel we could have learned more about him I did really love this character.

I had a few issues with Tessa's best friend Zoey. I often felt like she was a real bitch. I don't know maybe that's a bit harsh but Zoey felt like a toxic friend for the longest time to me. But my feelings did change for her towards the ending and I actually started to like her a bit despite her bitchy self in the beginning. I liked how she stuck with Tessa through the tough stuff. She ended up being a good friend.

Of all the annoying little brothers Cal is one of the best. There was something about this twit that I adored. He wasn't very open about his love for his big sister but you knew that despite some of the things he said he didn't mean them. Oh my gosh! He broke my heart towards the end of the book with that one line he whispers into Tessa's ear. That one line will always stick with me like so many other things in this book.


"Moments. All gathering towards this one."


There is something about this book that is so different from any other book I've read dealing with cancer. There's something really raw and true about this book. Something about this one just sticks with you. Jenny Downham has a way with words and there are so many things that were written in this book that tug at my heart and I just keep reading them over and over in my head. They were just such beautiful lines and they have stuck with me.

Me, being someone who has forever been obsessed with London loved that all the characters in this book were English. I love learning new British slang and whenever it was thrown around in this book it just made me smile. And yes, I will admit in my head and even sometimes when I read it out loud it was all in a British Accent. I couldn't help it! But in all honesty I really enjoyed this about this book. I love that the characters would say things like "I'm so bloody bored!" Or be all "You're such a wanker." British slang is the best. That's all I'm gonna say.



 “I want you to be with me in the dark. To hold me. To keep loving me. To help me when I get scared. To come right to the edge and see what's there.”


Before I Die is a beautifully written novel that anyone will love. It's one of those books that sticks with you years and years after reading it. I'm giving Before I Die 5 out of 5 birds. Even though this is a young adult book and I did read it when I was probably thirteen I felt I appreciated it more now that I'm older. This face makes me think that young or old will adore this book. It honestly is one of those books that everyone will appreciate. Everyone will take something from it that will stick with them forever. Such, a beautiful beautiful book.