Sunday, October 31, 2010

In My Mailbox - (10/31/10)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

For Review:
Heart With Joy by Steve Cushman

Bought:
Wintergirls (SIGNED) by Laurie Halse Anderson

Won:
ARC of Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer (From A Life Bound by Books)
  
Special thanks to Steve Cushman, Jennifer Archer, and Lisa from A Life Bound by Books!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I'm Doing NaNoWriMo!!

I have officially lost my mind. I signed up for NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. In my life. 

This is the first time I've actually attempted pulling a story from the safe confines of my mind and writing it down into some sort of coherent narrative. I'm a little nervous, a lot excited, and I have no idea how I'll be able to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

But I'm going to try.

Hopefully my reviews won't suffer at all, but if they do, please bear with me. If you're doing NaNo as well, please let me know and feel free to look me up. We can be writing buddies! My username is Nikkayme

Friday, October 29, 2010

- CLOSED - Win a Signed Copy of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Two Winners)

Still haven't read Speak? Then here's the chance for two lucky readers to win their very own SIGNED copies of the acclaimed novel.


Rules:
Must be 13 to enter
Open Internationally (One winner can be international, but I won't be separating entries to ensure that one winner is) Does that make sense?
You must fill out the form to enter
Extra entries are optional

Ends November 12th @ 11:59 PM EST
CONTEST HAS ENDED

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Title: The Replacement 
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Publisher: Razorbill
Hardcover, 343 pages
Date Published: September 21, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Brenna Yovanoff’s debut is eerie, haunting, and full of ugly things that go bump in the night. But it’s also full of heart and love and the lengths we go to for those we care about. Mackie is an undeniably human character. He’s flawed and insecure, but human in all the ways that count. He has the biggest heart and cares so deeply for his sister Emma.

Their relationship was one of my favorite things about the book. They both know that Mackie isn’t the brother Emma was supposed to have, but she accepts him nonetheless. She loves him unconditionally and he loves her back.  Mackie’s friends also shine in the book. Roswell, Drew, and Danny accept Mackie even though he is more than a little strange. Then there’s Tate. I loved this girl, despite her bristly personality. She grew on me just as fast as she grows on Mackie.

I’ve seen quite a few reviews that say the townspeople accept the weird occurrences, stolen children, and replacements way too easily. The way I see it is that people never want to accept what they do not like. We explain away the unexplainable because that gives us safety. If we open ourselves up to horrors that may or may not exist, we open ourselves up to a fear that could cripple us. The people of Gentry know their town isn’t normal, that it isn’t safe, but to truly acknowledge that would open them up to a world that they cannot survive in.

Yovanoff has created the world of Gentry so vividly that I felt like the rain was dripping on my head and the clouds were rolling in my skies. Her unique take on the fae is so unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I’m not a big fan of faeries, but this story drew me in because, even though there are dark, ugly things beneath Gentry, there are beautiful things on the surface. This isn’t just a story about the monsters in the world.

The Replacement will grab your attention with its haunting cover and eerie tales of stolen children, but it will hit your heart with the emotional story of who Mackie Doyle is and where he belongs in the world. It’s heartfelt, honest, and shows the beauty that can be found in the ugliest of things.

Opening line: I don’t remember any of the true, important parts, but there’s this dream I have. ~ pg. 3

Favorite lines:
More than that, I was here because she’d spent years smiling and listening and protecting me. Because she loved me. I was everything because of her. ~ pg. 183
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
 
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - Heart With Joy (10/26/10)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Rules:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

This week's teaser comes from Heart With Joy by Steve Cushman. Here's a scene with Julian, the main character, and his father after his father saves someone's life in the grocery store:
"Sure, Dad," I said. But I didn't want him to go. I wanted him to explain to me what had just happened, how you could save someone's life and want nothing more than to distance yourself from the event and not want to talk about it. ~ pg. 50

In Heart With Joy, fifteen-year-old Julian Hale’s life is turned upside down when his mother suddenly moves from North Carolina to Venice, Florida under the pretense of running her parents’ motel and finishing the novel she has been working on for years.  While Julian has always been closer to his mother and wants to go with her, she tells him he has to stay with his father until the end of the school year.

Six weeks after his mother leaves, Julian’s father decides to run a marathon.  This surprises Julian because he has never seen his father exercise, but once he agrees to help him train the two develop the sort of close relationship they’ve never had before.  Also, with the help of an elderly neighbor, Julian learns that the most important thing in life is to follow your heart.  And Julian’s heart leads him to a passion for cooking and a young cashier at the local grocery store.  By the end of the novel, Julian is forced to choose between staying with his father and going to live with his mother.

Heart With Joy is an uplifting coming of age novel about cooking and bird watching, about writing and pottery, and about falling in love and the sacrifices we all make.  But ultimately, it’s about the importance of following your heart and trusting that it will take you where you need to go. 


*Description taken from Goodreads

Winner of the Alyson Noel Prize Pack & New Winner of Beautiful Creatures



The winner of Evermore and Radiance by Alyson Noel is...
Bere

The original winner of Beautiful Creatures never responded to my email, so the new winner is...
Zombie Girrrl
 
*Both winners have been notified and have 48 hours to respond or alternate winners may be chosen

Monday, October 25, 2010

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)
Authors: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little Brown
Hardcover, 503 pages
Date Published: October 12, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

 Contains spoilers from Beautiful Creatures (Book #1)

I wasn’t sure if it was possible for Beautiful Darkness to top the awesomeness that flowed from the pages of Beautiful Creatures. But, I was wrong. The follow-up in the Caster Chronicles is thrilling, emotional, evocative, and entirely original.

Ethan and Lena’s story picks up right where it left off, but it takes an entirely different approach early on. Lena wasn’t claimed during her Claiming Moon and that makes her unique in the Caster world. She’s not Light or Dark, but eventually she’ll have to choose one. With the loss of her beloved uncle Macon and the increasing distance between her and Ethan, it’s just a matter of time before something gives.

Ethan, who I wholeheartedly adore, goes on quite the journey in this one and he really comes out much more grown up. Everything he goes through should break him, yet it doesn’t. For this (and so many other reasons), I love him. In fact, I’d say I have more than a little book boy crush on Ethan and I’d pick him over John Breed any day.

Now, some of you may be asking, who is John Breed? Well, he’s a gorgeously dark and handsome, yet mysteriously dangerous, Harley-riding, somehow paranormal guy who just happens to get under Ethan’s skin. And he may or may not hang out with everyone’s favorite lollipopping blonde.

He’s just one new character in the mass of so many. The paranormal aspect that was only just beginning to bloom in Beautiful Creatures, really picks up here. With Casters, Incubus, Succubus, Seers, Greats, Vexes, Sheers, and so many other creatures, Beautiful Darkness is a paranormal party. One that you certainly do not want to miss out on.

With the introduction of so many new characters, some of my favorite people all but disappeared, but the story grows in their absence. The Caster World expands way beyond Gatlin County and becomes this entire force of its own. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl whip out so many twists and turns that I was left with my head spinning at the unexpected occurrences. The Caster World is incredibly well thought out and developed, so much so that I could actually believe it existed, right under our feet in Tunnels and passages.

With a cast of characters and a slew of unimaginable powers, the girl, the curse, and the grave come back to life in Beautiful Darkness. The story that began with an unsuspecting guy, a new girl, and some very strange dreams, explodes into a world that is so far beyond Gatlin’s borders. If you had your doubts about this series, you can push them aside now. Garcia and Stohl have more than proved that the Caster Chronicles is worth devoting your heart and soul to. Their characters grab hold of your head and your heart and never seem to let go.

Opening line: I used to think our town, buried in the South Carolina backwoods, stuck in the muddy bottom of the Santee River valley, was the middle of nowhere. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: There’s something about sitting alone in the dark that reminds you how big the world really is, and how far apart we all are. The stars look like they’re so close, you could reach out and touch them. But you can’t. Sometimes things look a lot closer than they are. ~ pg. 68
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Please Watch This Video for Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is one of those stories that really NEEDS to be told. 
Please take the time to watch the following video. I promise you it will be worth it. It will make you feel and it just may change your life.



In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.
 
*Description taken from Goodreads
 
Scheduled to be released March 22, 2011 by Philomel 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

In My Mailbox - (10/24/10)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

I'm really trying to cut back on the number of books I buy, at least until I catch up on my reading, so only a few this week.
Bought:
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Won:
Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst (Thanks Alyce from At Home With Books!)

Winner of Beautiful Darkness


The winner of the paperback copy of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margareth Stohl is...
 
Amy S.

*Amy has been notified and has 72 hours to respond or an alternate winner may be chosen

- CLOSED - Win a Contemporary YA Humor Prize Pack

Up for grabs is Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson and the recently released and recently reviewed (by me!), Mostly Good Girls signed by the lovely Leila Sales.

Rules:
Must be 13 to enter
Open to US ONLY
You must fill out the form to enter
Extra entries are optional

Ends November 2nd @ 11:59 PM EST 
CONTEST HAS ENDED

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Book Review: Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales

Title: Mostly Good Girls
Author: Leila Sales
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 347 pages
Date Published: October 5, 2010
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
The higher you aim, the farther you fall...

It’s Violet’s junior year at the Westfield School. She thought she’d be focusing on getting straight As, editing the lit mag, and making Scott Walsh fall in love with her. Instead, she’s just trying to hold it together in the face of cutthroat academics, Scott Walsh’s new girlfriend, and the sense that things are going irreversibly wrong with her best friend, Katie.

When Katie starts making choices that Violet can’t even begin to fathom, Violet has no idea how to set things right between them. Westfield girls are trained for success—but how can Violet keep her junior year from being one huge epic fail?
Leila Sales is absolutely hilarious. Violet’s travails through prep school are refreshingly witty and unabashedly honest. Violet is the type of person that you can’t help but want to befriend. She’s kind, funny, and smart. She knows who she is and what she wants and she’s also completely loyal to her best friend Katie.

Violet and Katie go through a lot in their junior year. From Harry Potter tours to getting drunk for the first time, these two are the picture of best friends. Their ups and downs are the backbone of the book, not their romantic adventures or the insane pressure from school. The two girls carry the story together, living, learning, and growing up.

Violet is well-developed and impossible not to like. Katie is almost the complete opposite of Violet, but they make quite the pair. Violet and Katie don’t interact too much with the male species, so when they do, it is more than amusing. That, and Violet’s obsession with Scott Walsh, the hottest boy at their brother school. Violet and Katie’s banter had me cracking up laughing and wishing I had been so witty in high school.

Mostly Good Girls is a wild romp of snarky humor, mocking satire, and the fortitude of friendship. Leila Sales is an author to watch and I look forward to her future novels.

Opening line(s): Poor Mr. Thompson. Mr. Thompson is my precalc teacher, and he is also the only male at the Westfield School. ~ pg. 3

Favorite lines(there are so many to choose from – Here are two passages):
Half of me was like, I will say two words to these boys, and then I will obviously trip over a backpack and knock myself unconscious and be the laughingstock of the entire Westfield School.

But then the other half of me countered,  Sometimes, you must take the bull by the horns! If there are boys in need of a school tour, then by God you must get your act together and go and give them that tour. You must make it happen. ~ pg. 212-213
And this one:
If I were Julia, I would have been like, “So sorry, family, the death of Grandpop is really sad – but I’m sure he would have wanted me to stay in Boston this holiday season, with Scott Walsh.” And the ghost of my grandfather would have appeared just to confirm, “Yes, my dear granddaughter. Stay with Scott Walsh. For he is God’s gift to womankind.” ~ pg. 245

A solid 4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
 
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Character Coincidence

 What do these three books have in common?

Not much really, but...
 
Earlier this month I participated in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon and I set aside a pile of books to choose from. Now, when choosing from that pile, there was really no method, I just grabbed whatever felt right.

The books that felt right just happened to be related to one another in a strange way: The character names

Kendall is the main character in Cryer's Cross - The first book I read
Kendall is a secondary character in Freefall - The second book I read
Seth is the main character in Freefall - Again, the second book I read
Seth is the main character in Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto - The final book I read

It was kind of a strange coincidence to read three entirely different books that had characters that were completely different from one another, but share the same names. I probably wouldn't have even picked up on it if I hadn't been reading the books one after another in a days time, but since I was, I noticed.

Weird coincidence, right? Has something like this happened to you with the books you were reading?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2) by James Dashner

Title: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2)
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Hardcover, 360 pages
Date Published: October 12, 2010


Description (Taken from Goodreads):
The Maze was only the beginning...

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more Variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, much of the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated--and with it, order--and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim... and meal.

The Gladers are far from done running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder--does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

The Scorch Trials picks up right where The Maze Runner left off and it certainly starts with a bang. James Dashner incredibly makes this installment even better than the first. There is non-stop action and unexpected twists and turns in every single chapter. Thomas is once again thrown into this crazy environment, fighting for his life, as well as the lives of his friends.

WICKED is more involved in this one, but we still don’t really know much about them. Is WICKED good or is WICKED bad? That really is the question to ask throughout this entire book. Dashner really made me question everything and everyone. Like Thomas, I wasn’t sure what to believe.

Be prepared for more than a little creepy action going on because the Cranks sure are terrifying. Dashner vividly describes the pure nastiness that exudes from the zombie-like creatures. The short chapters kept me completely enamored with the story. It was more than a little difficult to put the book down because things just keep on happening. Whenever the action seemed to slow, Dashner did something that had my jaw hanging open. I frequently found myself asking what? How? Why? Why? Why?

Nothing is what it appears in this book and Dashner perfectly captures Thomas’ confusion, his anger, his fear, his every emotion about being thrown into this hellish world and trying to come out of it alive and relatively unscathed. His dreams about his memories were one of my favorite aspects about the book and the tiny clues they offered made me want more and more.

The Scorch Trials is a jaw-dropping thriller filled with the most insane and unexpected twists. Dashner will blow your mind with everything that WICKED puts the Gladers through and for every question raised, we get the teeniest insight into what is really going on. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you begging for the final installment.

Opening line: She spoke to him before the world fell apart. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line(s): He didn’t care about the others anymore. The chaos around him seemed to siphon away his humanity, turn him into an animal. All he wanted was to survive, make it to that building, get inside. Live. Gain another day. ~ pg. 136
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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- CLOSED - Win a Stamped Copy of Mockingjay + Swag

I was lucky enough to be able to attend one of Suzanne Collins' book signings/stampings this summer and I made sure I brought an extra book along to be stamped for one lucky reader.
One winner will receive a stamped copy of Mockingjay (it's double stamped by Suzanne because she didn't like the way the first stamp turned out), a bookmark, and tattoos. 
Rules:
Must be 13 to enter
Open Internationally
You must fill out the form to enter
Extra entries are optional

Ends November 1st @ 11:59 PM EST 
CONTEST HAS ENDED

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - Beautiful Darkness (10/19/10)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Rules:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

This week's teaser comes from Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Here's a scene from the beginning of the book between Ethan and an Incubus:
A tall Incubus with a scar running down the length of his face, like the mark of a savage animal attack, turned his head to look at me. The air seemed to ripple through the space between us, like I had chucked a stone into a lake. It hit me, knocking the wind out of my lungs as if I'd been punched, but I couldn't react because I felt paralyzed - my limbs numb and useless. ~ pg. 12

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

*Description taken from Goodreads

Monday, October 18, 2010

- CLOSED - Win a Paranormal Prize Pack

Do you love paranormal books? Then enter to win this Paranormal Prize Pack
  One person will win Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick, The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones, Generation Dead by Daniel Waters, and Wicked 2: Legacy & Spellbound by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie.


Rules:
Must be 13 to enter
Open to US ONLY 
You must fill out the form to enter
Extra entries are optional

Ends November 4th @ 11:59 PM EST 
CONTEST HAS ENDED

Music Mondays - 30 Seconds to Mars (10/18/10)

Music Mondays spotlights a band/artist that I particularly enjoy. I'm not sure who started it, but I know that Reverie Book Reviews does the same thing.

I'm completely obsessed with "Closer to the Edge" by 30 Seconds to Mars. This video is absolutely incredible and makes me want to see them live again so badly.

Vote for the Haunted Halloween Covers & Stories


Voting has begun for A Life Bound By Books and Confessions of a Bookaholic's Haunted Halloween Story Contest and Cover Contest.


I submitted entries for both contest (My entry is titled Whisper).

Please take a few minutes to check out all the entries and vote for your favorite.

Vote for Covers HERE

Vote for Stories HERE

Freefall by Mindi Scott

Title: Freefall
Author: Mindi Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Paperback, 315 pages
Date Published: October 5, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
How do you come back from the point of no return?

Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend Isaac alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time where Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn’t wake up.

Convinced that his own actions led to his friend’s death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely.

Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he's ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth will soon realize he isn’t the only one who needs saving . . .
Seth’s best friend Isaac dies after an all-night binger. Seth is the last person to see him alive and the first person to see him dead. Stuff like that can really mess with a person’s head and leave them with a world of guilt, which is exactly where Seth is in the weeks and months following Isaac’s death. But everything changes when he meets a girl unlike any other and he begins to realize that maybe he can move on after losing his best friend.

Mindi Scott’s debut novel is engaging, intense, and wonderfully written. She delves into Seth’s mind and pulls out his pain, guilt, hurt, joy, and hope so flawlessly. His everyday life is filled with his struggle to get by without his best friend, and to do so believing that he is at least partially to blame for the death. Throw in a complicated situation with the dead best friend’s ex, pissed off ex-bandmates & brother, and a slowly budding relationship with a girl who has just as many issues herself and you’ve got one fantastic book.

Seth’s relationships with the various people in his life are, much like the cover, shattering and falling apart. Losing Isaac makes him question everything he has ever known and done, which leads him to change the way he acts. Rosetta, the girl in question, just happens to come along at a time when Seth truly needs her; when he needs someone who understands him completely and without reservations. Their relationship is so tangibly real because it builds slowly, through classroom conversations to much more.

Aside from Seth (who I kind of adore), I couldn’t get enough of Kendall. She is often bitchy, but I could feel how much she cared for Seth and for Isaac. Her pain is masked, but it’s there, under the surface, and her nonenemy friendship with Seth was something I held onto.

Freefall is, without a doubt, a strong debut from Mindi Scott and I hope to see much more from her in the future. I will say that I had expected the book to be more angst-ridden and almost painful to get through, but the tougher issues didn’t come to the surface until the last third of the book. Even though it wasn’t quite what I had expected, Freefall still captivated me and pulled me through until the very last page.

Opening line:
This was Daniel’s deal. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line(s): 
“Seth, I don’t’ know how to do this. I don’t know the right way to be. I’ve been dwelling on every single thing that ever happened with Isaac, trying to figure out how I could have helped him, and blaming myself for the fact that the most memorable thing he did with his life was throw it away. It totally just. . .sucks!” ~ pg. 67
4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 

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