Crash by Nicole Williams
After reading a glowing review of Crash in one of the journals I have to go through at work, I knew that I had to get my hands on a copy to see if it really is as good as it sounded. The story focuses on Lucy, who has just changed schools during her senior year. When she first meets Jude she knows that he is Trouble (with a capitol “T”), but something just can’t stop her from staying away from him. The amount of drama Jude and Lucy go through is endless, and yet I couldn’t stop reading! The ending had my mouth hanging open and eagerly awaiting the next instalment! So, if you are looking for a highly addicting romance with a New Adult feel to it, then check out Crash!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
After falling head over heels in love with Miyazaki’s film adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle, I added the original book by Diana Wynne Jones to my to-read list. It took me over a year to finally pick it up, but I’m glad that I did! For those of you unfamiliar with Howl’s Moving Castle, the story follows a girl named Sophie Hatter, who finds herself cursed to live in the body of an old lady by an evil woman known as the Witch of the Waste. Trying to discover a way to change herself back, Sophie finds herself in the employ of a Wizard known as Howl, who is rumoured to devour the hearts of young girls. Within the first chapter I was suprised by just how different the original story was from the movie. While the main plot of the curse on Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer was still there, the rest of the narrative was not the same at all! Even with these differences the novel was magical and fun, and a definite must-read for Howl lovers! I highly recommend both the movie and the book (although I still love the film more…its FANTASTIC!).
Rating: 4.5 Stars
And just for fun here is the trailer for the film version of Howl! Watch it!!!
Between the Lines by Tamara Webber
I decided to give this book a try after seeing it pop up on my Goodreads feed a bunch of times over the course of a week. When Emma Pierce finds herself starring in an upcoming summer blockbuster after years of commercials and made-for-tv movies, she should be over the moon. Instead, she finds herself wishing that she could be a normal girl. Reid Alexander is one of Hollywood’s hottest teen actors, and used to getting what he wants. With his eye on Emma, Reid finds himself frustrated when a rival competes for her affections. Switching points of view between Emma and Reid, readers gain an interesting perspective on both characters. While alternating narratives is nothing new in fiction, Tamara Webber puts an interesting twist on the way that it is done, making it feel fresh and exciting. This was an addicting YA novel that I had trouble putting down!
Rating : 4 Stars
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
I had a lot of high hopes going into this book. A historical novel set in Paris during the Belle Epoque? References to Degas? The Painted Girls sounded absolutely perfect to me! After hearing only glowing reviews of it by the patrons who I talk to at work, I was expecting The Painted Girls to completely take my breath away. Unfortunately, it didn’t. While I did enjoy the story and the history, I wasn’t swept away. The Painted Girls was easy to put down, and I just didn’t make a connection with it. That isn’t to say that the book is terrible. Based on the amount of praise it has been getting from other readers, it is certainly has a number of fans who love it. The Painted Girls and I just weren’t compatible enough.
Rating: 3 Stars
Cardboard by Dough TenNapel
When Cam’s unemployed father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday, he knows it’s the worst present ever. What he doesn’t know, however, is that the cardboard is magic, and anything that is made from it comes to life! When the cardboard falls into the wrong hands though, it is up to Cam and his father to save the day! I read this graphic novel over the course of my lunch break at work. Having loved playing with cardboard boxes myself as a kid, reading this cute graphic novel was like reliving my childhood. I could definitely see young boys devouring this story!
Rating: 3.5 Stars