Second Star


Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Release Date: 5/13/14


four stars

*I received this book for review from NetGalley*

Quote I liked:

“‘Life isn’t about watching from the beach, Wendy'”

Goodreads Synopsis:

A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete’s nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she’s falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up–and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

My thoughts:

Man, this book was crazy! I thought I knew what to expect when I started it, but there were many things that caught me off guard in Second Star. I had seen many fairly negative reviews prior to reading the novel, so I thought I had a valid assumption as to what I would be reading. However, the plot completely twisted towards the end, and I loved it! The characters were well developed and the pacing was great as well.

I did not, however, get as much closure as I would have liked at the end. I also wish that the book had a more engaging beginning, as I did not really get into it until the middle.

If you’re looking for a good summer read, absolutely give this book a try. I was completely captivated by this book as it progressed and had trouble putting it down as I neared the end.


 The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18465577-second-star



The Goodreads Tag

Hi everyone! Summer is a mere week away, finals are over, and the weather is finally warm. To kick off the summer, I thought I would do a tag. So, without further ado, here is the Goodreads tag:

1. What is the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Crash Into You by: Katie McGarry. It was extremely heart-warming and I rated it five out of five stars.


2. What are you currently reading?

The Museum of Intangible Things by: Wendy Wunder and Second Star by: Alyssa B. Sheinmel



3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

House of Ivy and Sorrow by: Natalie Whipple


4. What book do you plan to read next?

I think that next, I will read Legend by: Marie Lu. One of my friends has been raving about this book for a few weeks now, and has convinced me to give it a go!


5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do. I really do not have an issue with it, as I know a lot of people have with the whole star vs. half star complaint.

6. Are you doing the 2014 reading challenge?

Yes! I’m doing a few, actually. I have set a goal of 100 books, as well as the A-Z author and book title challenges.

7. Do you have a wishlist?

No, I don’t- I use the Goodreads ‘to-read’ folder to keep track of the books I want to read.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

I actually do not plan on buying many books this month, and I usually get them from the library anyway just because buying books adds up to a lot of money-I can get a lot of them from the library for free.

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, and would you like to share a few?

I LOVE quotes, so I have many! I really enjoy the quote from Audrey Hepburn that says, “If I’m honest to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” I like this quote because it very much relates to me. I tend to be a dreamer and I also don’t think that I will ever truly grow up. I think this quote is important for everyone because, while it is vital to be mature and to move on, there are so many things we can learn from children. Fairy-tales have many lessons that everyone can benefit from.

10. Who are your favorite authors?

My absolute favorite YA author is Ally Carter. I also really like Jennifer L. Armentrout as well.

11. Have you joined any groups?

That’s funny you should ask that…I happen to be in WAY too many groups than I participate in. I am moderator and co-founder of a group called the Page Turners.


That’s all folks! I got my list of questions off of this blog: http://mymybooks.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/tag-tuesdays-the-goodreads-tag/.

I hope you all have a spectacular weekend!







The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney (Illustrator) 

Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers

Release Date: 9/12/07


four stars

Quote I liked:

“Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community.” 

Goodreads Synopsis:

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

My Thoughts:

      This book was part of my English curriculum for school, but I enjoyed it so much that I thought I would post about it. I have seen it around bookstores more frequently, although that could just be because I hadn’t heard of it until this year. This book had delightfully humorous cartoons in it. They made me laugh and I loved that about them. This book also had great character development, pacing, and connection. Something hugely important for me in books is whether I can connect with the characters or not. This book satisfied that and then some. I felt what the main character felt and could envision myself in the novel. The morals and lessons I got from this book were amazing. It truly showed the reader the meaning of equality and strength.

      I would recommend this book to 15 or 16 and up. Be aware that this book is fairly crude and uses foul language.


 The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/693208.The_Absolutely_True_Diary_of_a_Part_Time_Indian


Hush (A Lakeview Novel)

Author: Stacey R. Campbell

Publisher: Green Darner Press

Release Date: 11/15/12


three stars

*I received this book for review from Netgalley.*

Quote I Liked:

“Max only hoped that he could get to her before it was too late.”

Amazon Synopsis:

For small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princes. That is, until she spots her boarding school’s new British exchange student, Max Ryder, staring at her. Why would a boy who looks like he stepped out of the pages of a magazine be looking at her? Because Max knows something Blakely doesn’t.
Following the tragic demise of one of Europe’s most beloved royal families, Max has stumbled upon information he thinks may lead to a lost royal heir, and now he is on a quest halfway around the world to see if he’s right.
Sworn to secrecy by his university professor and the headmaster of Lakeview Academy, Max is admitted into an exchange program with the sole purpose of finding out the truth. But will his personal feelings for Blakely get in the way?
When a stolen email surfaces, Blakely and her friends’ lives are threatened, and Max starts to question what he is really after.
From the exclusive rolling lawns of Canada’s most prestigious boarding school to the University of Saint Andrews’ hallowed grounds, Blakely’s quiet, unassuming life is turned upside down. Is she really who she thinks she is? Can she survive long enough to help Max unearth the truth?

 My thoughts:

      This book had a very good plot. It had a nice vibe and the characters had very cute personalities. I quite liked how this book wrapped up, as well as the pacing of the general plotline of the novel. I thought that it was really inspiring that the author was dyslexic, but pushed through her struggles to write Hush.

     Unfortunately though, for me there were more bad elements of the novel than good. There were a few spots where the author meant to write “course” but instead had “coarse.” I also found that the romance part of the book moved way to quickly and was almost unbelievable. This book had some repetition with phrases as well. When the chapters taking place at what was named Saint Andrew’s occurred, the location beneath it was Scotland, but later in the chapter, they mentioned that it was in England.

     All in all, I found this book pleasant, but slightly irritating with all of the mistakes. This book is maybe good for a rainy day or when you have nothing specific you want to read.

The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16488672-hush