Warriors – The New Prophecy: Twilight by Erin Hunter

Twilight (Warriors: The New Prophecy, #5)Twilight by Erin Hunter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Twilight
Author: Erin Hunter
Series: Warriors: The New Prophecy
Published: 2006
Reviewer’s Note: I listened to the audiobook to get through this title in the second Warrior Cats series, so my review will be about that instead of a printed copy of the work.

The narrator for the audiobook really threw me off. I didn’t imagine any of the cats having accents coming from the British Isles. Then again, it’s never confirmed where the Warrior Cats books take place, so I’m sure it’s possible.

It had also been a really long time since I’d read from the Warrior Cats series, so it took me awhile to get back into the story. Now that I’m back into it, though, I’m remembering why I enjoyed the books in the first place.

I have a printed copy of Sunset (the final book in The New Prophecy) that I can’t wait to tear into.

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Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer

Twelfth Grade Kills (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #5)Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Twelfth Grade Kills

Author: Heather Brewer

Series: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

Published: 2010

Summary: It’s Vlad’s senior year of high school, which comes with more than just a typical teenager’s frustrations.

This book is my absolute favourite of the Vlad Tod series. It’s so well-written and I just could not put it down! I teared up a bit at the end, mostly because the series is over but also because the ending is beautiful and touching in its own way.

I cannot wait to read more from Brewer. She’s a great YA author.

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Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

Fixing DelilahFixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Fixing Delilah

Author: Sarah Ockler

Published: 2010

Summary: When tragedy strikes the Hannaford family, Delilah finds herself back in her childhood summer home. While there, she is surrounded by painful memories and hidden truths that she must face with her mother and aunt.

I’ve had this on my to-read pile at home for a week or so now and I’d been avoiding it for a bit since I’m currently going through a family crisis of my own and thought it would hit a bit too close to home.

Thankfully, that was not the case and I was able to finish this novel in on sitting earlier this afternoon. I really enjoyed it, even though I felt there were quite a few places where the story dragged or otherwise lost my interest.

Memorable quotes from the novel include:

“My sisters may have a lot of the world figured out, but when C chases me in front of the black water while the entire state of Vermont is deep in their dreams, I close my eyes and spin around and wonder if they will ever get a chance to feel this way.” — page 93

“‘I was, but then I realized that I was holding on to something that didn’t exist anymore. That the person I missed didn’t exist anymore. People change. The things we like and dislike change. And we can wish they wouldn’t all day long, but that never works.'” — page 142

(this review is being cross-posted to She Loves Books: https://shelovesbooks.wordpress.com)

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is my first ever video blog for She Loves Books! In this video, I’m joined by my mother and we ramble on about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Basically, we both liked it and give it 3 or 3.5 stars. I haven’t read the next two books yet, but my mother has and she’s just dying to spoil the series for me. And now, without further ado, SLB Hunger Games Vlog #1:

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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Published: 2009 (2010 in Paperback)
Summary: Lia and Cassie are best friends locked in a battle to be the thinnest. After Cassie’s death, Lia must deal with living life and being haunted by ghosts and memories.
Reviewer’s Note: This book deals with triggering subject matter — self injury, eating disorders, substance abuse, and death being the main subjects of this novel. Therefore, I’m putting a trigger warning on this review, especially because my thoughts are based around answering questions from the discussion guide at the end of the edition of this novel I read.

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Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

Title: Almost Perfect
Author: Brian Katcher
Published: 2009
Summary: Logan Whitherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. Since then–much to his friends’ dismay–he has been despressed, pessimistic, and obessed with this ex, Brenda. But things start to look up for Logan when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Tall, unconventionally pretty, and a bit awkward, Sage Hendricks somehow appeals to Logan even at a time when he trusts no one. As Logan learns more about Sage, he realizes that she needs a friend as much as he does, if not more. She has been homeschooled for several years, and her parents have forbidden her to date, but she won’t tell Logan why. The mystery of Sage’s past and the oddities of her personality intrigue Logan, and one day, he acts on his growing attraction and kisses her. Moments later, however, he wishes he hadn’t. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she’s actually a boy. (from the author’s website)

I picked this up on a whim from work and I really was frustrated for at least seventy-percent of the book. I knew what the author was getting at, but the message was so clouded in transphobia that I really didn’t “get it” until the author’s note after the conclusion of the story.

I don’t want to say that I hated the book, because I didn’t; but I also cannot say that I will be recommending it to everyone I know.

50BC #41 – Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer

Title: Eleventh Grade Burns
Author: Heather Brewer
Series: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod
Published: 2010
Summary: Joss, the Slayer that Vlad once considered a friend, has moved back into town but he may not be the biggest of Vlad’s worries.

I’m going to start at the ending. Oh, wow. I think my literary heart stopped when I read the last line. (So glad that I have my own copy of the last book in the series and don’t have to wait for a copy from the library. I think I’d die from the anticipation, haha.)

I was also surprised that Joss and Vlad seem to have somewhat of a less-hateful relationship, but that just helps my thoughts of Vlad having more of a human nature than a vampire one. At certain points I keep wondering if this is important to the finale of the series, or if it’s just something I’m reading into the books as a whole.