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Epic Recs: June 2014

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Epic Recs is a feature hosted by Amber at Books of Amber and Judith at Paper Riot. It’s an informal book club of sorts, where it’s all about the book pushing. And reading, of course. Pick a partner or request a partner through Amber and Judith to join in the fun.

Last month I recommended The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson to Josephine. She liked The Sky is Everywhere. She thought it was touching and she liked that Lennie , the main character still kept her humour, no matter how bad things were going for her. As for The Book of Broken Hearts that was recommended to me.  I thought that it was such a heartbreaking yet sweet story. I loved the main characters relationship that she had with her father and all of the things that she tried to do as soon as her father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It was a wonderful read and recommendation.

This month I’ve recommended 16 Things I thought were true by Janet Gurtler. It’s a story of newly discovered friendships, life and the fact that some times things are just not in your control. The ending was a bit shocking but it made the book even better. Josephine from Word Revel (previously Dudette Reads), has recommended Converting Kate by Beckie Weinheimer. It has themes of religion, faith death and much more. The plot line sounds interesting and I hope that this is a good book. 🙂

Converting Kate

Heartbeat Book Review

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Synopsis: Life. Death. And…Love?
Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

Personal Thoughts: Wow! This book seriously blew me away. The last book I read by this author was Bloom and it grabbed my attention too. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but I knew that if it was as good as the last one, I was not going to be disappointed. I was not disappointed.  🙂

The raw feeling in this book gives you goosebumps, it makes you want to cry for Emma, and it makes you want to scream in frustration at what her step dad is not getting. The topic of the book itself was quite shocking and if I was placed in Emma’s stepdad’s shoes, I have no idea what I would have done.

I loved how Elizabeth Scott slowly introduced Caleb into Emma’s life. Although they were on the opposites sides of the social circles and where they stood, there was one subject that they had in common and that made them click. No one can understand death unless they have gone through it themselves and Caleb understands that perfectly. He is a classic example with a bad boy reputation, but there is a reason why he does the things that he does. It was just right how underneath it all, Emma understands what he is going through and makes him see that he can be better than what he is.

At the end, they save each other and that is the most romantic thing in my opinion. Everyone should read this book, it will break your heart and melt it at the same time. 🙂

Rating: 5/5 Stars

If I Stay Book Review

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Publication Date: April 2, 2009

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Personal Thoughts: There are no words that can properly describe what I felt as I was reading If I Stay. The beautifully descriptive writing that takes us through time to get a glance at Mia’s life before the accident is achingly touching. It is done in a way that won’t let us put the book down, and forces us to keep on reading to find out more. I couldn’t put in down and read it within a few hours.

Gayle Forman does a wonderful job in capturing each character with enough details and characterization so that we can relate to them. Mia and Adam were my favorites with Kim and Teddy as secondary favorites. There’s a certain innocence in Mia that just makes you sympathize with her and help her out. The style in which If I Stay  was told (in flashbacks) made it a bit different from the normal way of telling that I have been reading lately. I think that is what really captured my attention, the fact that the main character was there but no one knew that fact. It is poignant and gut wrenching and you want to look away and look at the same time.

If I Stay made me cry, it made me laugh and at the end I was left thinking about the future. It could be that I am in my early twenties that makes this book relate more than most of the books I read. It really makes you think about what you would do if you were in a similar situation. Would you stay or would you go?

I can’t wait to pick up the next installment in this series.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Book Review: The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Published: September 4, 2012

Publisher: Hyperion

The Time Keeper was such a precious book. I saw it at my local library and the cover piqued my interest. I scanned the back and grabbed it. I’ve never read this author before, but the cover and the subject matter was just too strong a pull for me to ignore.

The Time Keeper is about Dor, a boy who is born 6,000 years ago and is fascinated by counting things. Water drops, steps, hops, you name it he will count it. Through perseverance, he starts to create something that has never been created before. Imagine the days when the days stretched out before you and there was no need to rush anywhere.  Slowly Dor creates time, and seals his fate. He is banished by the Gods to a cave where he hears the pleas from others asking for more time.

The only way to end his torture and banishment is to help two other souls in the future, way in the distant future.

Personal Thoughts:

I loved this book. I found it a jewel that’s going straight to my collection. The story of Dor and what he goes through touched my heart. The thing that is the most important, more important than the time that he creates is the love of his life Alli. It only takes him thousands of years to finally realize it.

The themes in this book showcase that despite our technological advancements, we have forgotten the precious commodity that we already have but neglect: the simple things in life. I always say it and I know others do as well: I wish I had more time. This book reminds me that I can have it if I just reflect on the small, simply things that are already in my life that make time irrelevant. My family, my friends, that special someone. These need to be cherished because they are the precious things in life that stick around no matter what happens.

Book Review: The Sky is Everywhere

The Sky is Everywhere by Jany Nelson

Published: March 2010

Publisher: Speak 

“One boy helps her remember. The other lets her forget.”

Lennie just lost her sister and her world is crashing around her. She doesn’t know how to behave, she doesn’t know what to do with her grief. There are also two guys that are making it complicated for her. There is Toby, Bailey’s boyfriend who is a both quiet and seduction. Then there is Joe, he’s the new guy in town, who always seems to be bursting with life, a smile on his face and a talented musician.

Each boy has its pros and cons, but what Lennie needs to realize is that Bailey is never coming back. Being with Toby makes her remember her sister and feel closer to her,  but what kind of  person does that make her? What kind of sister goes after her dead sisters boyfriend? Through trials and tribulations, Lennie must choose between the two boys before either of them find out about each other.

Personal Thoughts:

The Sky is Everywhere is a beautiful book. Lennie is a character that I won’t be able to forget for quite some time. The story grabbed a hold of me and held me captive the entire time I was reading it, and it is still with me. The writing itself is beautiful and unique and it showcases a vulnerability that just won’t let go.

I loved the characters. Lennie aka John Lennon, Joe, Big and Gram stood out the most. Lennie and Joe were my favorites though. One was so happy all the time while the other lost in a depression/grief so deep she didn’t know how to get out or what to do about it.