Friday, September 12, 2014

The Bridge From Me to You by Lisa Schroeder [Review]

The Bridge from Me to You4 out of 5 Robots!

The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release: July 29, 2014
Hardcover:  336 Pages
Publisher: Point
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place. 

Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible--something to truly believe in.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Sweet.  That is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this book.  The romance, the family situations, the friends.  All of it was just...very sweet.  And I kind of loved it.  It wasn't too mushy or over the top.  It dealt with some very real and hard subjects, but always maintained this lightness about it without completely glossing over those hard subjects.

I really liked Lauren and Colby's relationship.  They have an instant connection, but they don't necessarily connect right away. Lauren struggles with her feelings of loss and guilt after she moves in with her aunt and uncle after a bad incident with her mother.  Colby struggles against the expectations to play college football, while dealing with his own tragedy.

I also liked how the chapters are divided between Lauren (who narrates mostly in verse) and Colby (who narrates mostly in prose).  It makes it easy to differentiate between the two, but it also made Lauren's portions more interesting to me.  I'm not sure all readers would like this, but it worked for me.

Overall, if you are looking for a not-too-heavy, not-too-light story, I recommend checking this one out!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Life of Blogger: Where Were You 13 Years Ago?


LIFE OF A BLOGGER: Where Were You 13 Years Ago?

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme by Novel Heartbeat.  It gives us a chance to talk about non-bookish passions and interests.

I was 20 years old at the time, a college student at the University of Washington.  I was asleep when my best friend called me and said "Are you watching the news?"  I replied no, I was sleeping.  She said, "You'll want to turn it on".  I got up and turned on the TV just in time to see the second plane hit the second tower.  I spent the rest of the day watching the news until I just couldn't anymore.

I was old enough to appreciate the loss of life, but young enough still to not have those kinds of worries.  I just remember watching CNN with tears streaming down my face and it was the first time I remember feeling so affected by something.  I had been upset or shocked or outraged before, but I had never felt I feel that overwhelming sadness in my chest and and heaviness in my heart can feel. I think it was truly a loss of innocence for me AND for the rest of the country. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler [Review]

Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler
Series: Daylight Falls #1
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release: June 24, 2014
Hardcover:  328 Pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
High school senior Ally Duncan's best friend may be the Vanessa Park - star of TV's hottest new teen drama - but Ally's not interested in following in her BFF's Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally's ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father's mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van's on-set assistant to get the cash she needs. 

Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors' publicist arranges for Van and Liam to "date" for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she's capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can't play by Hollywood's rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I couldn't help but notice that Behind the Scene's premise sounded an awful lot like Open Road Summer, which I loved.  Both feature non-famous girls with a famous best friend and meet a famous love interest who is pretending to date famous best friend.  Luckily, both books were different enough that I felt they could stand on their own relatively well.

Behind the Scenes is kind of a frothy, fun summer type read that manages to stay fairly grounded at the same time.  Ally and Liam's chemistry is a lot of fun, even though they experience quite a lot of drama given the publicity stunt of having Van and Liam pretend to date.  But I think Ally's insecurity was what really bothered me.  The story does lull at times, especially when Ally is feeling insecure AGAIN.  I'm sure that's a normal response to dating a superstar, but it does get tiresome.  Especially at the end, when things go off the rails.  Ally, what are you thinking?!

But overall, I thought this is was a fun and enjoyable romance and an interesting look at Hollywood once you peel back the curtain.


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