Saturday, July 26, 2014

Reading Rundown

A Mad, Wicked Folly
by: Sharon Biggs Waller

Should you read it?: Maybe
....honestly, probably, especially if you're a young adult girl.
Category: Young Adult

From Amazon:  Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

Things I liked:
I loved that it is historical fiction and the suffragist time period in general was a fascinating time to read about. I liked seeing the different roles women took and the way they felt about that.

I liked the main character. Victoria is naive, but she is quick to pick things up and she sticks with what she believes in. I liked seeing her grow throughout the novel.

Another beautiful cover. I want that dress.

Things I didn't: 
I wasn't totally connected to the love story, but that wasn't the main point of the book, so that's okay.

Overall: A great historical fiction for young adult girls.



Losing Hope
by: Colleen Hoover

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you read Hopeless or like Colleen Hoover.
Category: New Adult

From Amazon: Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

In Losing Hope, Holder reveals the way in which the events of Sky’s youth affected him and his family, leading him to seek his own redemption in the act of saving her. But it is only in loving Sky that he can finally begin to heal himself.

Things I liked:
I liked seeing Holder's view of things from the storyline in Hopeless. I like him as a character a lot.

I liked that this was from his perspective, so I didn't have to read as much about the abuse of Hope. I didn't like reading about that at all. It was really sad. Not that the content isn't sad in this one, there is just less detail because it's from his point of view and he didn't experience that.

Things I didn't:
The cover. I actually thought, "Is that really what he looks like??"

Overall: Definitely read if you read Hopeless.



Crash Into You
by: Katie McGarry

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you like the other books in this series or Katie McGarry in general.
Category: Young Adult

From Amazon: The girl with straight A's and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

Things I liked:
I liked reading another from this series. Katie McGarry has yet to disappoint me.

Bad guy/good girl. That's my thing. Love it in this one.

I love that all her books take place in Kentucky

I again liked that it's a girl that isn't girly. She likes cars and she knows a lot about cars. It really made me want to watch The Fast & The Furious.

Things I didn't:
I thought some of the stuff with her mom and the drama there with her family felt like a little too much. I just didn't connect with that part of it.

This is going to sound really stupid, but I didn't like that they had bare feet on the cover. Why??

Overall: If you have liked anything by Katie McGarry, you'll like this.



Breathe
by: Abbi Glines

Should you read it?: No
Category: New Adult

I'm not even going into a lot of detail on this one. I said I wouldn't read another Abbi Glines, but I had heard this one is more young adult than the one I read before. And it definitely wasn't as bad, but the story was just awful. They get together way too quick in the beginning. It was completely unbelievable. And saying someone is your air is just stupid. I would hate for girls to read this and think that it's anything like what real love is. I didn't like it.

Overall: I'm definitely done with Abbi Glines.

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