Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: Crash Into You

Crash into YouBy Katie McGarry

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Pages: 496
Source: Own 

The Story:

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers… and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks—no matter how angelic she might look.
 
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

- Barnes & Noble
 

My Review: One word: SPEED

Rachel Young lives a charmed life. Perfect family, money, best schools and more. But there is more to Rachel's life than meets the eye. For as long as she can remember, Rachel has suffered from anxiety attacks. All of the pressure of trying to maintain the fa├žade of being the perfect daughter, dealing with the knowledge of being her dead sister's replacement and all of the other holes in her family life takes its toll in the terror of public speaking. The only place Rachel feels like her true self is in her white Mustang, her baby.

And it is her white Mustang that led her to Isaiah and a heap of trouble. . .

Isaiah Walker is from the wrong side of the tracks. Literally. With his rough exterior, heart of golden and black Mustang he is a dark knight in rusty armor. Outside of Noah and Beth, Isaiah does not know what it means to have a real family. All he wants is to become a certified mechanic, drive his Mustang and for his criminal of a mother to stay out of his life. That is, until he met Rachel. Or rather, saved her butt from the scumbag of racing (among other, more unsavory things), Eric, who has it out for Rachel.

In a whirlwind of  family drama, forbidden love, fast cars and a race against the clock, Crash Into You is a thrilling YA book that will keep you wanting more. With that, I am beyond excited to say that I was pleased with this book. Maybe it was because I have an affinity for Mustangs? (hehe, just kidding) Having enjoyed Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, I was delighted that Crash Into You did hold up to my expectations. And I most certainly cannot wait to read more of Katie McGarry's work (Haley and West's story, Take Me On, is next).

Rating: FOUR GOLD STARS!!


*** Check out Katie McGarry website for more information about her and Crash Into You: HERE

Happy Reading!
Haysel

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: Regine's Book


Hey Bookies!

Last month I was contacted by Jo Beaton over at Zest Books to blog for Regine to Honor National Young Adult Cancer Week: March 31- April 6, 2014. I was asked to read and review Regine's Book: A Teen Girl's Last Words here on The Tattered Page on April 5. But before we get to the review below I included a little background on the book.

By Regine Stokke

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Release date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Zest Books
Pages: 331
Source: ARC

The Story:
 
Regine Stokke began her blog after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in 2008. Her goal was to paint a realistic picture of what it’s like to battle a life-threatening illness—and to share her experience with the world. During the 15 months Regine was sick, and to her death, she transformed from an average teenage girl, upset that she didn’t have a private hospital room, to a grateful and humble young woman with a deep appreciation for the beauty all around her.

Regine’s Book is her personal story as it was written on her blog and features her own photography and artwork, as well as comments from blog readers and entries from those who loved her most. Most of us likely know someone affected by cancer, but don’t know the details of what it is like to live day to day with the disease. Regine’s Book puts a face on this terrible disease, and deals with every facet of living with cancer, from the good days to the bad and everything in between.

My Review: One word: INSPIRING

Inspiring . . . Yes, inspiring.  As I read Regine's moving story I often found myself dazing off. In the car, while eating, walking. Contemplating the inspiring words a teenage girl had the courage and compassion to share with the rest of the world. Before I read Regine's Book I never considered myself lucky or blessed. And the good ole grass always seemed greener on the other side.

Not only that, but I am ashamed to admit that what Regine said about waiting for something applies to me as well. "We're all hoping that there's something better, but focus instead on what you have now" [page 55]. We all want to believe there is something better out there. We all want our proverbial cake and to eat it too. Just as Regine said, I have taken my life for granted in many ways as she had before she was diagnosed. Most of my life I have dealt with existential crisis. Why was I put on this planet? What is my purpose? What does destiny have in store for me? When will things get better? High school? College? Medical school?

After reading the inspiring journey of growth and discovery of an ordinary teenage girl who transformed into a charismatic, insightful young women, a fresh outlook on life is practically guaranteed.

Although, Regine may not be alive in the physical sense she still lives on. Immortalized through her words. Words that touch all those who are willing enough to read Regine's story.

So, in the wise words of Regine: "Take care of your happiness and forget the sorrow."

Rating: FOUR GOLD STARS!!!!

Additional Stalking Links:

Zest Books' Regine’s BookBlogging for Regine” page
 
Social Media links:
Twitter: Please use the #ReginesBook hashtag! 
 
Regine's Book at Zest Books
Regine’s Book on Goodreads
Regine’s Book LibraryThing
 
Books can be ordered from these online booksellers, as well as from any bookstore:
IndieBound: [and your favorite independent bookseller by extension!]  
The Book Depository (free shipping internationally to any country):
Zest Books Regine's Book page also has a “buy now” button
 
Happy Reading!
Haysel

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Unexpected Suprises!

Hey Bookies!

Received an unexpected surprise this past Thursday ... a ARC from one of my professors!

Okay, so let me backtrack. This semester one of the classes I am taking is Ghosts in American Culture (does that not sound cool or what?!) and my professor, get this, is a New York Times Bestselling author! Oh, and apparently she is related to Elizabeth Howe and Elizabeth Proctor from the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Crazy right?!

Katherine Howe is the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The House of Velvet and Glass, and Conversion. She has hosted “Salem: Unmasking the Devil” for the National Geographic Channel, and her fiction has been translated into over twenty-five languages. A native Texan, she lives in New England and upstate New York, where she teaches at Cornell and is at work on her next novel.

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You can check out her website: HERE


Anywho, Tuesday during class she asked if anyone was a YA book blogger. Being the private person I am, did not raise my hand but instead, spoke to her after class was over. It was then that she offered to give me an ARC of her latest work and you can guess what my answer was. The rest is history. Last night I finally cracked the cover and stayed up 'till 4AM, droopy-eyed and all because it is so good.

Take a look for yourselves:


"Smart, compelling, exciting, and completely absorbing. Katherine Howe is stunningly deft at blurring the lines between the emotional and the supernatural. I recommend clearing your calendar before you start reading this novel."
—David Liss, bestselling author of The Twelfth Enchantment

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together.
Until they can’t.
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .
Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?

Happy Reading!
Haysel