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Emily S

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The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
The Testing
Joelle Charbonneau
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Carol Goodman
As You Turn Away
Molli Moran
Heir of Fire
Sarah J. Maas

The Groom Says Yes

The Groom Says Yes - Cathy Maxwell The story was going along all fine and dandy and then that ending came up. Uh, WUT. It came out of nowhere, made no sense AT ALL, alluded to things that we never saw and never cared about, didn't fit with the rest of the story, and then just ended. Killed it for me.

This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales Oh, how I wish this book had been around when I was in high school, or at the very least, this TYPE of book. Alas, it was not to be, so I relieve the high school angst by reading about other people's.

This is the type of book that I related to on so many levels. Like Elise, I was kind of a freak in high school. I tried SO hard to fly under the radar, but I endured bullying nearly every day. It got so bad from two guys in particular, that my dad had to get involved and very nearly got the police involved. I was a target, pure and simple. I was shy, didn't have many friends (thank heavens for Rachelle and Kim - my only two really close friends in those days!), and didn't know how to stand up for myself. Reading about Elise's struggles to fit in hit so close to home. It was almost painful!

(As an aside, I have to share one experience that happened about 9 years ago, down at BYU, where I was employed at the time: I ran into a high school classmate who'd been the super-popular type. I thought that it would be the polite thing to say hello, and so I did. She actually looked me up and down and said, "Like I'd ever associate with you" and started to walk off. But before she really got too far away, she had to take a parting shot with this doozy: "I see you've let yourself kind of go. Too bad." That was it for me. I may have been a pushover in high school, but that girl doesn't exist anymore. I can SO stand up for myself now. I came back with, "Maybe so, but that's something I can change, whereas you'll always be a bitch." Honestly, I'm kind of proud of myself. As another aside, we just had our 20-year class reunion, and NO, I did not go. Never will.)

So now you know why this book resonated so deeply with me and why I liked it so much. I know her pain! I've been there! I really enjoyed seeing her blossom and find her niche, even when things seemed like they weren't going to work. Loved how it all played out. SUCH a great book. Seriously, if you ever experienced high school pain, READ THIS.

A Midsummer Night's Scream

A Midsummer Night's Scream - R.L. Stine Well. That was quite possibly the worst book I've ever read. I never read Goosebumps as a kid, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm not generally into horror, but since it was a YALSA Teen Top Ten nominee, I gave it a shot. Considering that it's up for a pretty big award, I had higher expectations. After finishing, I honestly have no idea how it made the list, let alone got published. What a bunch of absolute rubbish.

The things I hated:

A detestable main character - she's shallow, a pretty crappy friend, obsessed with having a boyfriend (who is a complete douchebag, but he's a boy, so who cares?), more worried about drowning her "sorrows" in cheesecake than the fact that people she knows are dying. Gee, what's not to love? Hated her. Hoped she was next on the list.

Douchebag boy wonder - Okay, let's go all on and on about how we're so hot for MC's best friend, and then post pictures of us making out with other girl. Yeah, because that's always a sure shot for winning over your ladylove. Did any of this ever deter too-stupid-to-breathe MC? No, of course not. Because I WANT A BOOOOOYYYYYYYFRIEND MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF. Okay, stupid girl, have your douchey boy. No one cares anymore. You're meant to be together out of sheer stupidity.

Parents so obsessed with success that they're willing to continue even at the risk of losing everything, including LIVES - but hey. None of that matters right? We've just got to keep making this movie that is killing everyone or we'll go bankrupt. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. There are bad parents out there and then there are THESE parents.

A plot that is so loosely based on Shakespeare that I wonder if anyone actually READ the play - Okay, so there's a character named 'Puck' and a bunch of weird potions. Yeah, that doesn't make this a Shakespeare retelling. Sorry.

The things I liked:

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Okay, I got nothing. I hated the whole thing. I'd like those two hours back please.

Earth Girl

Earth Girl - Janet  Edwards It was okay. I still haven't decided if I'm going to continue the series, not because of the story, but because of the tiny print. I don't know who made that choice, but it's a deterrent for me.

The Clockwork Scarab

The Clockwork Scarab - Colleen Gleason Oh, I have IDEAS about this. Can't wait to start the next book so that I can see how close I am to the truth. Great book!

Allegiant

Allegiant  - Veronica Roth I just...can't.

Someone spoiled the ending for me a long time ago, which is why it's taken me 7 months to read this book. I kept putting it off because I didn't want to get there. However, now that I've finished, I'm glad I kept at it. I didn't LIKE the ending, but I get it. I see why it had to be. It really was the only way to go with this series.

I loved Four's last thoughts: "Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can't escape that damage.

But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other." (526)

Great book, great series. I'm looking forward to more from Roth.

Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret

Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret - Ella Quinn Meh. This was awkward and weird. I never connected with the characters and certainly didn't care what happened to any of them. The dialogue was awful - it's a wonder that any of them managed to get their point across at all.

It's a case of let's use ALL THE TROPES. Sadly, none of them work here.

Prejudice Meets Pride (Meet Your Match, book 1) (Volume 1)

Prejudice Meets Pride (Meet Your Match, book 1) (Volume 1) - Stephen Hawking Ended up quite charmed. Started off slow, but I liked the way it progressed.

Love in the Time of Global Warming

Love in the Time of Global Warming - Francesca Lia Block Not my thing. I didn't care for the way Block incorporated The Odyssey. Didn't make any sense to me and didn't help with the flow of the story, IMO. It just felt forced and weird.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

In the Shadow of Blackbirds - Cat Winters Deliciously creepy. Really enjoyed this!

Ruin and Rising (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Grisha Trilogy Series #3)

Ruin and Rising (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Grisha Trilogy Series #3) - Leigh Bardugo I can't even begin to put a coherent thought together right now.

ETA:

Okay, I'm slightly more calm now, and can at least string a sentence or two together. This is another one of those books that destroyed me without regrets. This time though, it put me back together, even if the pieces don't fit quite the same way they used to. I laughed, I cried, I ugly-cried, I sat stunned into silence. My emotions ran all over the place and my feels are pretty much battered beyond all recognition right now.

With that, this is definitely one of the best books I've ever read, in one of the strongest series I've ever read. Each book got better than the last, which I find to be rare. Usually there's a second book slump, but not in this case. Not even close in this series. It's perfection, all the way through.

I'm SO glad that I bought the Barnes & Noble special edition, because I got the Darkling prequel. After the ending of Ruin and Rising, I felt like I GOT him. I've been a Darkling's Darling from the beginning, and though my faith in him wavered through the middle, by the end, I was back with him. I started to understand why he was the way he was - how lonely he was and how much he wanted things to be right. His version of right just got terribly warped along the way. It's a tragic story, and I'm SO glad that his end was treated the way it was, even if I didn't want him to end (I'll make up a fanfic ending for him...including me, of course). I LOVED how Bardugo handled this part. The prequel made him so much easier to understand as well, and much more sympathetic. You can easily see how and why he became what he did. Oh, I LOVED it.

I wish there were more stars to award, because I would. I'd give it all the stars possible and recommend it to anyone looking for a fabulous series to start.

Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale

Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale - Cate Rowan Very cute. :)

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin: The Debutante Files

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin: The Debutante Files - Sophie Jordan Cute story, but the title doesn't really match anything that happens in it. Ah well, still enjoyed it.

A Secret Affair (Huxtable Quintet #5)

A Secret Affair (Huxtable Quintet #5) - Mary Balogh Aww, sweet story. I'd hoped that Constantine would have his chance to tell his story when we first met him in the series.

A Wedding By Dawn

A Wedding By Dawn - Alison DeLaine Meh.

The Lost Sisterhood

The Lost Sisterhood - Anne Fortier Wow. There are really no words sufficient to describe how this book made me feel. I LOVED it. Absolutely loved it. I loved how Fortier entwined present and past and made it seamless. I loved getting both stories. It awakened a long-dormant fascination with the Amazons (now I'm ashamed that I let it slide) and made me determined to learn everything I could about them.

I loved Diana and Nick (oh, how I loved Nick!!). I loved how their relationship progressed. I loved that there was no insta-love going on, and really, once Diana got to know Nick, there was no love triangle either.

I can only imagine the amount of research that goes into a book like this, so many kudos to Anne Fortier for getting it so right. This is only Anne's second English-language book, but it's books like this and [b:Juliet|6718608|Juliet|Anne Fortier|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1366399299s/6718608.jpg|6914700] that make her an auto-buy author for me.