Tag: YA

Never-Contented Things

Author: Sarah Porter
Published: March 19, 2019
368 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Seductive. Cruel. Bored.
Be wary of…

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries ― until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price ― and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

Kim’s Review:

This cover thrills my soul so so much! I saw it at Barnes and Noble and it just flew into my hands, and I swear, I tried to put it back . . . But it just wouldn’t go back on the shelf! I haven’t been so excited to read a book based on the cover this much in a long, long time! Unfortunately, this is one of those times where “don’t judge a book by its cover” turns out to be true. I wanted so badly to love it, I just didn’t.

I felt so detached from the characters. They all had little things about them that I didn’t like. Believe it or not, Ksenia and Josh’s differences didn’t bother me. Fine, be who you are, I don’t care. I had a doll that worked perfectly for the Instagram pic, based on Ksenia’s androgynous look, so I’m good. What I didn’t like was that Ksenia would learn a lesson, she’d move forward and make progress, but then she’d slide right back and acted as if the lesson never happened and it got frustrating! Josh was just a spoiled idiot. Typical entitled, selfish, stupid teen who thinks he knows better than everyone else and refuses to admit that he’s wrong.

I preferred the evil fairies over Josh! Lexi, I didn’t mind except for all the little forced and political things the author kept trying to push. She did that subtle virtue signaling thing that wouldn’t have been bad if she hadn’t done it all the time! The story itself had some good elements, but what ruined it for me was that it was so anticlimactic! Just when progress was made and the anticipation had been built up, successfully I’ll admit, it just always fell flat! The ending was disappointing and unsatisfying.

One thing that I did enjoy was how well Porter built up the setting and atmosphere! All the elements of nowhere as opposed to real life where fascinating and I enjoyed her world building. Her physical characterization of the fairies and the changelings were vivid and imaginative. Overall, I was just disappointed. I wanted so badly to love this book, but I just liked elements. But, on a positive note, Never-Contented Things is at the top of the list for Most Gorgeous Cover this year!!!

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Birthday by Meredith Russo

Author: Meredith Russo
To Be Published: May 21, 2019
336 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 7-12, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Boyhood meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this unconventional love story about two teens bonded for life when they are born on the same day at the same time by award-winning author Meredith Russo!

Two kids, Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday as they grow and change: as Eric figures out who he is and how he fits into the world, and as Morgan makes the difficult choice to live as her true self. Over the years, they will drift apart, come together, fight, make up, and break up—and ultimately, realize how inextricably they are a part of each other.

Jessica’s Review:

Morgan and Eric are born on the same day in the same hospital during a freak September snowstorm, thus beginning their bond for life. Birthday is told from both Morgan and Eric’s point of view every year on their birthday from ages 13-18.  Neither boy has had an easy life for various reasons, and Birthday shows both Morgan and Eric coming into who they will become, with Morgan coming to terms in finding her true self. 

You can’t help but adore and root for both Morgan and Eric as they discover who they are. They face various individual challenges, including living in small town Tennessee where the only way you may get to leave is through a football scholarship and Morgan’s dad is the high school football coach. Everything about Birthday including Morgan’s anguish and Eric’s confusion felt real.  The characters are so well written, yet Birthday is a very easy and quick read.

Meredith Russo brings these characters to life in a way she knows as she is transgender. As with reading If I Was Your Girl, I felt Russo put herself in the character of Morgan.  Some of Morgan’s emotions must have been hers as she went through her transition. Thank you for bringing these stories to the page. They are important stories that those who are transgender may need and will help those of us who are not transgender understand what it is like.

There are some tough scenes in Birthday including a suicide attempt but the ending is a good one.  There are touching moments throughout dealing with Morgan’s mom.  I actually finished reading Birthday on Mother’s Day and that was perfect timing on my part!  I would love to read continuing stories for Morgan and Eric.

I feel I can’t give the book a good enough review, this book is that important and powerful. Give Birthday a chance and read it on May 21st.

Many thanks to the publisher Flatiron Books for sending me an arc copy.

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Monsters by Sharon Dogar

Author: Sharon Dogar
Published: February 7, 2019
464 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

1814: Mary Godwin, the sixteen-year-old daughter of radical socialist and feminist writers, runs away with a dangerously charming young poet – Percy Bysshe Shelley. From there, the two young lovers travel a Europe in the throes of revolutionary change, through high and low society, tragedy and passion, where they will be drawn into the orbit of the mad and bad Lord Byron.

But Mary and Percy are not alone: they bring Jane, Mary’s young step-sister. And she knows the biggest secrets of them all . .

Kim’s Review:

Gosh, I absolutely hate idealists. I’m allowed to say that because I used to be one. Then I entered the real world and it kicked my ass and I realized that I wasn’t as smart as I thought I was. My biggest problem with this book is the ridiculous, immature, obnoxious idealism of Mary, Percy, and Jane. And they are the worst kind! The kind that expects the world to coddle them, and accept their ideas without question or consequence. And then, they dare to act shocked when everyone calls them out on their ridiculousness! It’s the whole damn book!

I was hoping for a book about monsters and spooky castles and weird experimentations, all that inspired Frankenstein . . . Nope, just page after page of “why is everyone so mean to us??” If they were actually fighting for something worthwhile, then I wouldn’t have minded it nearly so much! But it was literally Mary wanting to live with a married man, Percy wanting to have sex with any woman he wants, and Jane wanting to be Mary. The hypocrisy was astounding! Of course people should accept how I live, no matter how outrageous, but if anyone else tries it, CONDEMNATION! I wanted to kill all three of them, because they’re idiots!! The tiny bit of explanation for Frankenstein was the only good thing in this book, that’s it. I honestly wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

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