Review: Shadowland (The Mediator #1) by Meg Cabot

Shadowland by Meg Cabot

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: November 1st 2000
Publisher: Avon
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Ghosts, High School

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There’s a hot guy in Susannah Simon’s bedroom. Too bad he’s a ghost.

Suze is a mediator – a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind… and Suze happens to be in the way. Continue reading

Review: The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: June 16th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 1st Person, Feminine & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Vengeance, High School, Love, Friendship

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In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect.

Don’t get mad, get even!

In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson—but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.

Brimming with sharp observations and pitch-perfect teen voices, fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Mlynowski are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp tale—by the author of 17 First Kisses—about the unexpected roads that can lead you to finding yourself. Continue reading

DIVERSE GIVEAWAY

Ever since I started working, I also started spoiling myself with books every week. And I don’t mean 2 books per week, I mean 10 books per week. Because of that, my shelves slowly got, hmm, crammed… What to do, what to do? Why not spoil my readers, too?

Here are the books I’m giving away this week (ends 2014/07/14):

1.  Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (YA, Contemporary, Illness, Love) Continue reading

Review: A Curious Tale of the In-Between (Pram, #1) by Lauren DeStefano

A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Paranormal, Ghosts, Family, Friendship

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Pram Bellamy is special—she can talk to ghosts. She doesn’t have too many friends amongst the living, but that’s all right. She has her books, she has her aunts, and she has her best friend, the ghostly Felix.

Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram’s power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost.

Lauren DeStefano is beloved by critics and readers alike, and her middle grade debut is lyrical, evocative and not to be missed. Continue reading

Review: The Heartbreakers (The Heartbreaker Chronicles, #1) by Ali Novak

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Music, Family, Friendship, Celebrity, Illness

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“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”

Stella will do anything for her sister—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD… for three hours. At least she met a cute boy at the Starbucks beforehand. A blue-eyed boy who looks an awful lot like…

Oliver Perry. Of course Starbucks guy is the lead singer for her least favorite band. Thanks, universe. But there may be more to Oliver than his world-famous charm, because even after she insults his music—to his face—he still gives her his number. Seriously, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver—dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band—when her sister could be dying of cancer? Continue reading