Happy Memorial Day weekend! It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!
on March 3, 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
I started out thinking Bone Gap by Laura Ruby was one thing but it ended up being a completely different thing. Completely different. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt by the turn of events but by the end of the book I was so drawn into the odd story that I honestly forgot that this wasn’t the book I thought I was starting.
Bone Gap starts off as a chilling small town mystery with Finn O’Sullivan at the helm. Finn isn’t your typical teenage boy. He has nicknames like Mooney and Space Cadet because of his dreamy personality. Finn was an easily likable character. He had his own ideals and quirks that made him stand out. There were many character that demanded your attention. Roza, in her horrifying situation. Priscilla with her fierceness. Sean with his disbelief and broken heart. This is one of those books you could read over and over and find new depth every single time.
I mentioned before that Bone Gap wasn’t really what I was expecting it to be. I was in no way expecting fantastical elements. When these started popping up I was a bit confused but I think the story has such a good flow that the out of the blue strangeness just works.
I listened to Bone Gap on audio. It’s narrated by Dan Bittner and he does an incredible job. He manages to capture everyone’s personality in their voice. With just a slight change he could turn the story to haunting and then back again. He is an amazing talent and I look forward to listening to more audiobooks featuring him.
This book was a thrilling treat. I was permanently on the edge of my seat. It’s an odd book about a small town with secrets. If you’re in the mood for something different pick Bone Gap by Laura Ruby up right away.
September 29, 2015
When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.
When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.
This book sounds soooo creepy! I love creepy!
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Yay for the weekend! It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!
on May 26, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
From the author of The Beginning of Everything: two teens with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of a cure.
At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.
There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.
But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down. Told in alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.
I’ve been excited to read this book for quite some time. The Beginning of Everything was a fabulous book that I recommended to everyone. So of course I had some high hopes for Extraordinary Means. Unfortunately I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to.
Extraordinary Means wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I had the impression that the characters had something cancer like and were being treated in a hospital. That’s not the case at all. Robyn Schneider has created a fictional form of tuberculosis that is drug resistant. I was really fascinated by this. The characters aren’t in a hospital either. They’re in a boarding school like sanatorium.
While I thought the basis for the story was great, I just couldn’t connect with the characters as much as I wanted to. Lane and Sadie’s relationship was sweet but it fell flat for me. Sadie went from secretly hating Lane to swooning over him rather quickly. I also found the characters to be unnecessarily reckless with their health and the health of others. That might just be the mom in me coming out though.
I also felt the story was pretty predictable. I guessed the ending very early on and then it just felt like I was going through the motions to finish it.
I adored The Beginning of Everything so much that I will definitely be reading any future books by Robyn Schnieder. Probably not with as much excitement and anticipation as I did with Extraordinary Means.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic is: Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet
I’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of amazing authors like David Levithan, Lauren Oliver, Stephanie Perkins, Maggie Stiefvater, and Maureen Johnson, but my list is ever growing. Here’s ten that are on it now.
1. J.K. Rowling
2. Stephen King
4. Rae Carson
6. John Green
9. Laini Taylor
10. A.S. King
Hello everyone. I’m hoping to make this top 5 list a new monthly feature. Some of Finn’s favorites are a staple and some are ever changing and we want to share them with you! I’m a little behind but here’s our most read picture books of April.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Finn really started loving this one around Christmas last year but then it got pushed to the back of the shelf and accidentally forgotten. It has resurfaced now and Finn loves it anew!
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle
Trucks, buses, taxis, and cats looking out windows, what’s not to love?
Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman
This is a new book on Finn’s shelf and we both love it so much. It’s silly and fun. Plus, ‘cookie’ is one of his favorite words at the moment. He calls this his cookie book.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sheri Duskey Rinker
We are both still loving this one!