It’s the Monday Mix-up! It’s when I do a Friday Five-like post on a Monday! There are only four books here but it’s not a Friday Five. I don’t need five. I’m doing this because I’m sick, there are books that need reviewing and I don’t feel like separating them. I did them all at once, I’ll post them all at once. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to be here.
The Casquette Girls – Alys Arden
This was a good book. I did enjoy it. I had one major issue with it and a few minor issues. My major issue was that Adele had lived in that house for her entire life and she didn’t know that there was a bathroom on the second floor. She was curious enough to poke a dead guy to see if he was dead but not curious enough to explore her family’s home. Seems a little wonky to me… I won’t go over the minor issues because they didn’t stop me from reading. Neither did the bathroom thing but it irked me so I had to mention it. It is a good book and I can’t wait for the next one. If you haven’t read this one, you should.
Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.
After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normalneeds a new definition.
As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.
I Wish – Elizabeth Langston
This book was good. I enjoyed it. You should read it. There were some issues but they didn’t bother me enough to stop reading. They just drove me a bit insane but I’m okay now.
What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.
Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.
Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.
It’s a Wonderful Death – Sarah J. Schmitt
≈°Warning: this book made me cry. I think I shed more tears over this book than I did when it kicked in that Harry Potter was over. Have a box of tissues handy.°≈
I did not want this book to end. I wanted it to go on forever. I realize that eventually I would want it to end but I wasn’t ready. I also wasn’t ready for the ending. (See warning above.)
Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?
But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.
RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction. (less)
Material Girls – Elaine Dimopoulos
I love dystopian novels. So much. Including this one. It was a bit awkward with the back and forth but after about the 4th chapter, I got used to it.
I also love fashion. Not that you would know it today. Or any day this week. Or any day of my life really. I tend to be comfy over fashionable. But that doesn’t mean I can’t read fashion magazines and get excited over Fashion Week.
Combining the two was awesome. I want more books.
In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde’s world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. A top fashion label employs sixteen-year-old Marla to dictate hot new clothing trends, while Ivy, a teen pop star, popularizes the garments that Marla approves. Both girls are pawns in a calculated but seductive system of corporate control, and both begin to question their world’s aggressive levels of consumption. Will their new “eco-chic” trend subversively resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives?
Smart, provocative, and entertaining, this thrilling page-turner for teens questions the cult like mentality of fame and fashion. Are you in or are you out?
Stay awesome ♥ Christa