Author: Nicola Yoon
Published: November 1, 2016
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 12-23, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
This novel was perfect for me; in fact it is my first 5 star read of the year. I listened to the audiobook version. There are two narrators, Natasha and Daniel. We experience the story through each of them via alternating chapters. The novel takes place in one 24 hour period: The day that Natasha and her family are to be deported. Life goes in a direction she does not expect and that direction is Daniel.
This is a pleasant YA novel. We know from the beginning of the novel what the end of this day will bring. We see how Natasha tries to fight to keep that from happening. We see how Daniel is basically ‘the perfect son’ who seems to be fated to go to Yale and become a doctor because his Korean parents expect it.
Sun was refreshing for me. Unlike most YA reads, the girl is the skeptic of love and the boy is the romantic. Natasha is math and science oriented, she does not believe in love. Daniel is the poet and falls easily for Natasha. I really liked Natasha and how different both of them were.
There are minor characters that Natasha and Daniel meet throughout the novel who are just as important as our main characters. I liked how we saw little snippets of their lives and how connected we can be to each other without realizing it, and how doing one minor thing can affect someone’s life forever. You never know what someone else is going through.
The ending was perfect for me. It is not a happy ending nor a sad ending: it shows how life can be. Things happen and life goes on.
What drew me to Sun was both the author and narrator. I enjoyed Yoon’s other novel Everything, Everything and I love the narrator Bahni Turpni (whom also narrated Everything Everything). This is the third novel I have listened to that she has narrated. She is becoming a favorite narrator of mine. There is just something about her voice that I like.
The Sun is also a Star is 100% recommended.
Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
Authors: Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
Published: October 24, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 27-31, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father’s side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years watched over by Secret Service agents and became fodder for the tabloids, with teenage mistakes making national headlines.
But the tabloids didn’t tell the whole story. In SISTERS FIRST, Jenna and Barbara take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, as they share stories about their family, their unexpected adventures, their loves and losses, and the sisterly bond that means everything to them.
Born into the Bush dynasty, Barbara and Jenna Bush were never going to have a normal life, despite their parents attempting that very fact. And their parents succeeded in that as much as possible. From the moment they were born they were in the public eye and will continue to be.
I am one year older than them, so I really enjoyed this memoir that both ladies co-wrote. Being the same age and growing up at the same time as them, I identified 100% with the ladies. I listened to the audiobook which they both narrated. Their mother Laura Bush narrates the prologue.
You think you know all about the Bush twins with their growing up in the news with Jenna’s troubles and them being in the tabloids, but you don’t. Through this short memoir the reader gets to know the ladies as they grow up with their governor father, then their grandpa becoming President then guess what? Daddy becomes president too! We experience their growing up, their rebellious sides, their heartaches, and fears with 9/11. We see them mature into the ladies they become from the girls they were. The reader also gets to know the Bush family more through this memoir. They have become more like people and less like politicians for me.
We get to experience the beginning of Jenna’s relationship with her now husband. Imagine how he must have felt going to the white house to take out the president’s daughter. Don’t forget, Secret Service agents follow them EVERYWHERE.
There is a sixth disc that includes family pictures that I enjoyed looking at.
No matter your political opinions on the family, this is a memoir everyone should read, because despite everything, The Bush twins are Sisters First.
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Author: Kim Liggett
Published: January 10, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
“I plead the blood.” Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad’s throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely cattle ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest. Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma, slaughter, the whole town’s looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge. Clay wants to forget the past, but the sons and daughters of the Preservation Society―a group of prominent farmers his dad accused of devil worship―won’t leave him alone. Including Ali, his longtime crush, who suddenly wants to reignite their romance after a year of silence, and hated rival Tyler Neely, who’s behaving like they’re old friends. Even as Clay tries to reassure himself, creepy glances turn to sinister stares and strange coincidences build to gruesome rituals―but when he can never prove that any of it happened, Clay worries he might be following his dad down the path to insanity…or that something far more terrifying lies in wait around the corner.
Holy. Crap. I read this book in one day and even ended up having to delay dinner because I was so engrossed. At one point, I was reading it in the middle of the night while Ivan was a work, and I ended up having to text him to get some reassurance because I was so freaked out! I seriously loved this book so much! The characters were all believable and likeable and without that annoying teenage drama.
Liggett spun this web of conspiracy and evil and demons and led me all over that dang wheat field before I realized where the heck I was and how the story was going to end. And the ending? Dude, I’m still processing. I’m not one for re-reading books as soon as I finish them, that’s my mother-in-law . . . but that’s exactly what I wanted to do after I finished this book. Not sure I want to visit Oklahoma now . . . I’m just kidding, who wants to go with me?? 😊 This is definitely not the book for younger readers, there are some adult themes and a little language. But this is the perfect book for that teenager who loves the creepy and weird! I would recommend this to anybody looking for a scary read! 5 stars!!!