Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
I love when all of the positive hype I hear about a book ends up being true, and that was exactly the case for Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. A retelling of the classic folklore surrounding Robin Hood, the story replaces one of the Merry Men with a young woman named Scarlet. When the Sheriff of Nottingham hires a thief catcher to capture and destroy Robin Hood’s band once and for all, secrets surrounding Scarlet’s past life begin to surface. While I figured out one of the twists in the story by the end, it was still a really fun book and I found it really hard to stop reading! Definitely a novel to check out if you enjoy YA, adventure, and a bit of romance.
Rating: 5 Stars
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
After seeing countless 5 star reviews for Slammed in my Goodreads news feed, I was drooling for a copy of this book to read for myself. The novel focuses on Layken, an 18 year old girl who has moved to a new state with her mother and younger brother after the recent death of her father. Soon after her move, Layken meets and falls for her neighbour, Will, a 21 year old who introduces her to the world of slam poetry. A shocking revelation, however, forces the couple to bring their relationship to a painful halt. Unfortunately for me, someone online ruined the “shocking revelation” before I even picked up the book. Luckily, though, this tidbit is revealed pretty early on in the book so I got to enjoy the rest of the story. Nevertheless Slammed was pretty fast paced and addicting, and I especially loved the parts focusing on slam poetry. There was something missing to really make me LOVE this one though. Still, it is an enjoyable read and a great love story!
Rating: 4 Stars
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
This book has been on my to-read list for over a year now, and I was beyond ecstatic when my library finally purchased a copy. Growing up, Samantha has always been intrigued by the Garrett family next door. Loud, messy, and affectionate, this large family is everything that Samantha’s is not. When Sam begins to fall for one of the Garretts, she has to make the decision between their family or her own. My Life Next Door was a perfect read for the summer. There was just enough romance and drama to keep me satisfied. Samantha’s mother, however, drove me absolutely insane!! I guess that just goes to show what a good job Fitzpatrick did at portraying her character. A definite must read for fans of contemporary YA and romance.
Rating: 4 Stars
True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
I’ve only read three or four books by Sparks in the past, but this is the first one to really disappoint me. The novel follows a reporter from New York, who travels to a small town in North Carolina to investigate an old ghost story. He unexpectedly falls in love with the town’s librarian, and has to decide between his career in the big city or following his heart. When I first read the synopsis I was thrilled! A librarian? Ghosts? It’s right up my alley! Unfortunately, the plot ended up being slow and boring, and I found myself counting down the pages until I was done. I kind of wish I had just stopped reading halfway through and started something else instead.
Rating: 1 Stars
The Son by Philip Meyer
After reading tons of glowing reviews for this book at work, I was really looking forward to reading The Son. A family saga set in Texas? Sounds great! I was so excited in fact, that I made the stupid decision of going out to buy a copy so that I wouldn’t have to wait on the long hold list. Big mistake. It was only later that I discovered Philip Meyer was being compared to William Faulkner, one of the authors I absolutely couldn’t stand in university. Like Faulkner’s works, this story just dragged on and on and on. I shouldn’t be too harsh though, there were some enjoyable moments in the book. I loved the sections narrated from Eli’s perspective during his time with the Comanches, and the ending of the book wrapped up everything together really nicely. Unfortunately, however, The Son just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Rating: 2.5 Stars