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Something Like NormalSomething Like Normal by Trish Doller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Updated 28/4/2012 I can’t quite explain why I love this book so much and I can’t seem to find any words strong enough to describe the book, or how I feel about it! I have read it three times now and it is one those books that is like, when you read it you are catching up with old friends (Jellicoe Road and Saving June are also like this for me). Travis, returning home for a few weeks after being in Afganistan meets up with Harper, a girl who he once kissed when he was 13. Their developing relationship is great to watch – there is no instalove involved, it isn’t all doves and roses, it is just so believable and so real. I love Harper, she is strong, independent and basically knows what she wants. She is a good person.

And now Travis, who is the voice of the story…what can I say about Travis. He is…very normal. He has made/makes a few mistakes but he is honest and sweet and a bit scared and a bit broken. (He has been fighting in Afganistan so this isn’t surprising). There were so many times that I just wanted to wrap Travis up and try to make things OK for him, but this was the beautiful and heartbreaking part of the story, watching him go through that journey…re-living memories of his time in Afganistan and then wondering if things will be normal again, if he will be normal again.

Travis, and Harper..(but mostly Travis) have firmly lodged themselves in my heart. The only other thing I can say is…READ THIS BOOK!

Updated 25/4/2012 Ok, well i cant help myself and i have to read this again!! I need me some Harper and Travis…..

17/3/2012 OMG. Loved this story so, so, so much. So good, so beautiful, so heartbreaking. It is now in my list of fave books……sigh……..

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Fracture by Megan Miranda

FractureFracture by Megan Miranda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has a lot going for it. There is a bit of suspense, a bit of swoon, a few laughs and a few slightly scary ‘don’t go out side’ moments! It was an easy to read and turned out to be a page turner, rushing to find out what was happening. I connected with Delaney, to the point of talking to her throughout the book. ‘Delaney, don’t do that’…’Delaney, just tell him’….’Delaney, Delaney, Delaney..lock your doors and stay inside’! And I found Decker very nice, very cute, very reliable although slightly..shall we say..under the thumb. All in all though, this was a good read. There were a number of well written side characters who I either liked, or didn’t like but who stayed mostly in the background but Delaney’s voice was strong and I went through uncertainty, questioning everything and a feeling of being alone..at the same time as she did.
The story was all mostly tied up by the end and so I am feeling fairly satisfied with no gasps or sighs of ‘when is the next book coming out’.

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The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charlie, Charlie, Charlie….. You have buried yourself deep inside my heart and there you will stay. I loved this book, it was so easy to read and I really felt like I was let inside of Charlie’s world. The language and theme of the story reminded me a bit of ‘How to say goodbye in robot’ and ‘Marcelo in the real world’….and maybe a little bit of High Fidelity (there were mixed tapes in the story)! The whole story was told in the form of Charlie writing letters and this is why I kind of felt like he really was writing letters to me, at some points I wanted to write letters back to him, even just to let him know that I was here for him. It wasn’t all bad and sad stuff though, there were lots of warm and touching moments, even funny moments..basically it covered everything. I don’t think I will read it again in a hurry, but I loved it and it has moved into my list of ‘fave reads’

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A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)A Million Suns by Beth Revis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second book in the ‘Across the Universe’ series did not disappoint. I only decided this when I had finished. I listened to this on audiobook and I really do believe that I have a different opinion of books if I listen to them rather than if I read them. There is a whole lot depending on the narrators voices and really, this can make it or break it for me. I remember at times while I was listening that I was finding Amy very annoying and that I was finding Elder a bit too wimpy (maybe this is what the author was trying to do though?). By the end though Elder had turned into my favourite character and I found Amy to be a much more complex character than I had originally thought. There were quite a few moments when I found myself holding my breath just waiting to hear what was going to happen next, and then I ended up walking the dog further than I intended just so I could keep on listening!
I do realise that I haven’t said anything about the story but you can get that from the blurb…. This was a fast paced story that had a lot of intrigue and twists and turns and then an ending that is worthy of a middle book…..everyone will now be hanging out for book three to find out what happens!

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Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Past PerfectPast Perfect by Leila Sales
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh my, what a delightful, enjoyable, fun easy to read book! I wanted something nice and light to read and this was exactly what I was looking for. I got so caught up in the story that I could barely put it down. The story was set around a community of ‘re-enactments/re-enactors’, tourist destinations that reenact important times and places of the past eg. the US Civil War. There are two very similar ‘re-enactment villages’ that are basically across the road from each other the teenagers that work in each, conduct a very real war each summer. Stunts like placing telephones strategically around the village (because these telephones didn’t exist back in 1770), or sticking confederate flags on peoples windscreens – stunts like these were pulled by kids from each side and if things got a bit out of control, the two groups met for war council, at the local ice-cream shop. I smiled and laughed and giggled at the malarky!!

But there was also a bit of a serious side. Girls, realising that they are trying to be someone else just to be the person they think their boyfriend wants, friends best friends being honest with each other, teenagers just trying to find their place. The author captures the teen voice extremely well and has developed some strong characters. I found myself just wanting to go and get a job at the re-enactment village and hang out with Chelsea and Fiona (who on a side note have decided to also become ice-cream connoisseurs and are working their way through every imaginable flavour of ice-cream!!).

And lastly… Dan. Oh Dan. What a sweet, funny, slightly damaged swoon-worthy boy you turned out to be. Even though you are fighting on the wrong side of the war.

Quotes:

“Also, he was kind of cute. Not really, of course, since he was the enemy, and the enemy cannot possibly be cute. He was only cute enough to make me wish I could free my hands so that I could fix my hair. I mean, fix my hair, then punch him in the face, and then run.” – said by Chelsea

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“My enemy is actually my friend if I have another enemy who is also the enemy of my first enemy.” – said by Fiona

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“Don’t get me wrong, I love my parents and all. But my father and I have the sort of loving relationship in which, whenever he says more than one sentence in a a row to me, I want to stab myself in the heart with a a recently formed silver knife.” – said by Chelsea

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“We shouldn’t be doing this.” Dan broke the silence, his voice low. “We would both get in trouble.” He stood up. “Let’s go back.”

“We shouldn’t be doing what?” I scrambled to my feet. “What exactly are we doing?”

“This.”

“You mean consorting?”

“Sure, consorting. Cavorting. Carousing.” He paused to take a deep breath.

“Kissing.” Then he leaned in and pressed his mouth to mine.” – said by Dan and Chelsea

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The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one ended up being not at all what I was expecting, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I am a big fan of the Iron Fey series, but this was nothing like the Iron Fey! I knew it was a vampire book and in this story the vampires are the leaders and humans are a source of blood, except for the humans who don’t want to give blood – these humans are the scavengers, just trying to survive. The main character, Allie, is a scavenger who turns into a vampire. I guess I was expecting a bit of swoon and the romantic side of vampires, you know the sparkle-in-the-sun side and they don’t really want to kill people. This book was nothing like that. It was gritty and tough and dirty. There were almost two stories, the first one being Allie before she was a vampire and the second one being Allie after she was a vampire. The first half was a bit slow going but then it changed into a page turner can’t-wait-to-get-to-the-end. There was a lot of action, the characters were well developed and there was a little bit of swoon. One thing that really stands out for me is the way that Julie Kagawa writes… I was totally taken into the world, I could smell the smells, taste the tastes and feel what the characters were feeling… When Allie was going through the ‘hunger’, I could almost feel the same feelings (though maybe for hot chocolate, not human blood!). Allie was a great main character – tough, sweet, a bit witty and loyal..yes I have a small crush on her. I am looking forward to seeing her relationship with Zeke develop in the second book.
One thing I wasn’t expecting, there were a lot of deaths, a lot of bloody deaths and the one thing that made me slightly nervous as I sat in the dark reading.. *whispers* , the rabids…….. They still make me a bit nervous!
Another great series from Julie Kagawa.
Thanks to NetGalley for the book.

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Fated by Sarah Alderson

FatedFated by Sarah Alderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very Good! This was a fun, exciting, and (eventually) swoony read! I loved Sarah Alderson’s book, ‘Hunting Lila’ and remember reading it in almost one sitting. ‘Fated’ was very similar. It was easy to read, I connected with Evie and I swooned for Lucas. There was a fair bit of action and just enough witty banter to make me happy. The swoon didn’t come until towards the end of the book but when it did come, it was worth the wait!

The history of ‘The Hunters’ was also interesting and added something a bit extra to the story..but then I do love a good old ‘Hunter vs Demon’ story!

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