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Epic Recs: April

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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 Josephine over at Dudette Reads recommended me to read Divergent by Veronica Roth and it was an amazing read!  I loved Beatrice/Tris. She was not only a kick ass character, but she made the story and I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.  I recommended Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott. Although Josephine thought it was a good book, it wasn’t exceptional because she couldn’t connect emotionally. Overall she distanced herself emotionally, but intellectually, her mind was stuck on the moral dilemma of the situation.

 This month I recommended The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook.  It’s about a girl con artist who is trying to get out of town to get a better life. However things aren’t always as they seem and challenges start to get in the way. It’s a book about a girl who slowly learns about herself and to accept who she is. Josephine recommended North of Beautiful by Justina Chen. It sounds like it will be a tough read however, I cannot wait to see what it entails.

               

Book Review: The Education of Hailey Kendrick

The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook

Publication Date: January 4, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Hailey Kendrick always does exactly what’s expected of her. She has the right friends, dates the perfect boy, gets good grades, and follows all the rules. But one night, Hailey risks everything by breaking a very big rule in a very public way…and with a very unexpected partner in crime. Hailey gets caught, but her accomplice does not, and Hailey takes the fall for both of them.

Suddenly, Hailey’s perfect life–and her reputation–are blowing up in her face. Her friends are all avoiding her. Her teachers don’t trust her. Her boyfriend won’t even speak to her for long enough to tell her that she’s been dumped.

They say honesty is the best policy–but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they?

Personal Thoughts: I loved this book! Hailey is a very well developed character that would be Miss Goody Two Shoes, rather than enjoy her life. She’s a teachers dream: participates in class, does all her homework and extra credit assignments, and is just .. well .. perfect. She doesn’t break any rules and goes by the book. She has amazing friends, a perfect boyfriend and goes to a well to do boarding school. So why does she feel out of place?

All that changes in a life changing moment one night and the consequences are not what she is expecting. Through a lot of trial and error events, Hailey learns more about herself and those around her than she had known in the past. I loved how her character and attitude developed over time and by the end of the book you could tell that she had grown up a bit. 🙂

There are a lot of funny parts in the book, which I can’t mention because I don’t want to spoil it, but the crazy stuff that happens just made me love the book even more.

A lot of the secondary characters didn’t actually feel very secondary. The main group felt developed and in the loop so we got to know them pretty well. Kelsey, Drew, Joel and Tristan were a great bunch, although Kelsey did some things that aren’t really best friend material. Overall, great entertaining book. Eileen Cook has done it once again. Keep up the great work!

Book Review: Unraveling Isobel

Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook

Publication Date: January 3, 2012

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Library

Synopsis: (Goodreads): Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, Gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.

But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.

Personal Thoughts: When I first read the summary and saw that there would be ghosts involved I was hooked. You know me, I like my ghosts and anything to do with the paranormal. 🙂 Although the book has ghosts, it wasn’t actually scary, just intriguing to see what they would do and what would happen next.

The relationship that Isobel has with her mother isn’t exactly a love relationship and we can tell right off the bat. I mean what kind of mother would marry someone within meeting them of  3 months and force her daughter to move to a new school in her senior year? Isobel shows her displeasure in having to move, especially since her house guests (aka her step-dad and her hot step-brother) aren’t exactly welcoming.

It was interesting to see her struggle with her sanity and seeing whether she was turning insane (it runs in the family). If it was one character I couldn’t stand, it was Dick.(the step father) Right from the start I could tell that there was just something off about him and he seemed to be really creepy.

One thing that I would have liked to see more of is the mystery surrounding the estate. It felt  like it was too short and done over quickly.  Otherwise this book was a great quick entertaining read. I finished it in one day, mainly because I wanted to find out what was going on surrounding the mystery of the house. Eileen Cook is starting to grow on me as an author. All the books that I have read so far have been awesome 🙂 Keep up the great work Eileen Cook!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Book Review: What Would Emma Do?

What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook

Publication Date: December 30, 2008

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friend’s Boyfriend…again…

There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend’s boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she’s messed up big-time…especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else…and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isn’t speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go.

Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself.

Personal Thoughts: I loved this book! It was one of those books where a character would grab at you and not let go. My favorite would have to be Emma. The things that she goes through and the way that she handles things, especially towards the end, shows that things are not always what they are meant to be.  She knows what she wants and she knows what she needs to do in order to get it. The determination and dedication that we see from her for her love of track really reflects what kind of person she is. 

To be honest, the whole ‘drama’ thing that was going on throughout the book didn’t really do anything for me. It just felt silly and not that believable. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen in real life, but there were just too many loop holes.

Emma, Colin and Todd were characters that were truly developed throughout the book and I felt that I could relate to them. All the other characters, I felt,  were on a need to know basis and we just knew simple surface things about them. Eileen Cook did a great job with the pacing of the story and it never felt like the plot was dragging or being too slow. Right from the beginning something already happened and the our ride began.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Book Review: The Almost Truth

 The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook

Published: December 4, 2012

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.

But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.

With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn’t prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose…

Personal Thoughts: I loved this book. It had a lot of plot twists, turns and surprising events. The pace was good and it didn’t lag anywhere, so I kept on reading more and more to find out what was going to happen next. Sadie was a great character. She has a strong personality and doesn’t let any bumps get in the way of her dreams.

Rating: 4/5 Stars