Friday, March 15, 2013

Blogger in the Spotlight....Boarding with Books

This week I'm pleased to introduce Esty of Boarding with Books, who will be starring in this week's Blogger in the Spotlight.

Big welcome, Esty.

Esty's author spotlight:

I chose Scott Westerfeld for my author spotlight. To those who don't know, he wrote the Uglies series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras) and the Leviathan Series (Leviathan, Behemoth, Goliath) and a bunch of other books besides. 

What I love about him is his ability to bring other time periods to life. His two big series mentioned above take place in the past and future- and how many books like that go wrong?? These were done so expertly he could be a time traveler. 

Originally from Texas, he now divides his time between Australia and the US. And guess what incredible Aussie author he's married to? JUSTINE LARBALESTIER. (author of Magic or Madness which I quite liked) How sick is that? A pair of married bestselling authors! 

Don't I wish my parents were writers! Besides that, he's had some interesting jobs in the past, including a composer, a media designer, and a factory worker making lead soldiers. 

On a personal level, he's retweeted and replied to me in the past on twitter! I absolutely love when authors (especially major ones) make time to answer their fans. He even visited my blog for reviewing his book! (If he checked it out, you most certainly have to;)). I TOTALLY recommend everything by him!

Great spotlight, Esty. Thanks for sharing with us. You've definitely made me want to go reread the Uglies series/read his other novels.  For those interested Scott's official site is here

Q & A with Esty:

How long have you been blogging?

Three months

Why do you love blogging?

 I found my first book blog after going to an author's website, and one of the  commenters  was a book blogger who asked to check her's out. I did and was  fascinated. A place  where you can write all you want about what you liked 
and disliked about a book? I  do that all the time anyway! And thus started my  book blogging love, and about a year or two later I started one myself. 

Why did you name your blog Boarding with Books?

I named my blog Boarding with Books because I was looking for something that rolled on the tongue and was directly connected to me. This year I started boarding at my school (it becomes mandatory in 9th grade) and felt that it was true, because I have a full bookshelf in both bedrooms so I quite literally Board with Books.

Why do you love dancing? What’s your favorite type of dance?

Ah, dancing. It's such a beautiful and exact art. It's fun and feminine exercise, and so satisfying. There is NOTHING like working hard physically and emotionally for months and then laying it all out on stage. Besides, you learn so much about your body, mind, life, and the entertainment business. In dance you can lose yourself and find yourself all at once. My favorite type of dance is tap- it's being both a dancer and a musician.

What do you love/hate about going to boarding school? (You’re not going to Hogwarts are you? :) )

HA. Don't I wish (though in the summer before 5th grade I was sure I was going to get my letter). What I love about my school is the atmosphere. I go to a relatively small all girls boarding school, so when first period is canceled you get another hour of sleep. You can go to class in your pajama pants (well, not all teachers allow this) cause it's not like there are boys to see your messy hair and un-made up face (don't judge I'm in high school). Also, your classmates are also your best friends, roommates, and family. These kind of places really bring people together. What I hate is the homesickness, the food, lack of sleep. Harry Potter doesn't really prepare you for those things...

Why did you learn Hebrew? What do you love about that language?

 I learned Hebrew because at age seven my family and I immigrated to Israel. I love the language because it's an ancient one (one of the oldest spoken today) but with a modern twist on it (at least the spoken language. The bible hasn't changed;)).

Why is it important to you that your reviews be spoiler free?

I hate checking out blogs but not being able to read some of the posts because of spoilers. By reviewing books I want to encourage readers to read them. How am I supposed to do that if I'm telling them everything that happened in the previous books before they've even touched them?

You seem to read a lot of genres. What are some of your favorite genres?

Pretty much everything except classics, but I like some of those, too. 

What are you currently reading and what are you going to read next?

I'm currently rereading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare in preparation for Clockwork Princess coming out in two weeks (eeep!). After that I will be reading Nevermore by James Patterson (the last in the Maximum Ride series).

Why should people follow your blog?

Well, I would like people to follow my blog because I read almost all genres, so there should be something for everyone. Also, my reviews of young adult books are actually BY a young adult (me), which is a little different from all the YA book blogs run by adults. It's a different perspective. And besides, it shows support for the blog which really means a lot.

Thanks for stopping by.

Well that's all for this week's Blogger in the SpotlightBe sure to check out Esty's blog, Boarding with Books.

Also, if you're interested in being spotlighted, please see the Blogger in the Spotlight page. I have a ton of spots opening up for spotlights, so please email me if you're interested.
Danica Page

Book Review: Desert Flower by Angela Scott

Hello Readers,

Today I'm pleased to be part of the blog tour for Desert Flower by Angela Scott. This tour was set up by Reading Addiction Blog Tours. Today I'll be including my review of the novel, but first here's a synopsis of the book and some information about the author. 

And now here's the synopsis of the novel:

Bodies have a canny way of finding Samantha Jean Haggert. The first, the dead body of her mama. The second, a naked man in the middle of the Arizona desert. For Sam, dealing with one dead body in her lifetime is more than unfair. Two, is downright cruel.

Seven years after running from West Virginia, Sam's now a young woman of nineteen, trying to put the pieces of her life together with the help of her family—Jacob, Boone, and Laura. But the naked man in the desert spirals her world out of control, resurfacing past hurts, revealing old secrets, and pitting her between two men who via for her heart. Carson, her friend, her first kiss, and the one man who knows everything about her past and loves her despite it. And Turner, the stranger who knows nothing, but who excites and frustrates her all at once. 

When bad choices made as a child leads to more bad choices as a young adult, Sam finds herself at a crossroads and is forced to face her demons head on if she plans to have any future at all—with Carson, with Turner, or with anyone. But fixing the wrongs of the past takes time, and learning to forgive herself is damn near impossible.

Angela Scott:

I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author. For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.

I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.

As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.

You can subscribe and follow me on my website, where I blog obsessively about my writing process and post updates on my current works. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook, but be forewarned, I tweet and post more than a normal person.

You can also buy her books by following these links. Desert Rice Amazon, Desert Flower Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes

And now for my review:

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a good review and I didn't receive any compensation for writing this review. 

An Overview of the Novel: Samantha Jean Haggart was not expecting to find a naked dead man in the desert. Even worse, she wasn't expecting the dead man to actually be alive. When Samantha was 12, she ran away with her brother Jacob and they met every disastrous situation possible. Now seven years later, she's attending veterinarian school and is feeling deeply conflicting feelings for Connor, her best friend.

But she also is attracted to Turner and she doesn't really know what to think or what to do. She seems to mess up everything she touches lately. Her past is converging with her present, and if she doesn't change things, then she's going to ruin her future too. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'm not entirely sure what to think about this novel. It was intriguing and gripping and yet frustrating and yet oddly satisfying. And basically, I don't even know what to think about this novel. I'm not even sure how to put my thoughts into words. But here we go.

Samantha was an intriguing character who I found myself sympathizing with. Half the time I wanted to yell at her, but I knew why she was doing what she was doing and so it didn't frustrate me too badly. I really liked Connor and Turner too. I'm not sure which one I liked better. I think I liked Turner better, but I don't know if he was the better guy for her. Plus, we don't really know that much about Turner.

Anyway, the writing was impeccably done. I loved the plot line and the overall story. The novel touched upon a lot of deep issues. I wished it would have expanded more on those issues, but it was really well-written.

I would recommend this book to fans of new adult novel. It's the second in a series. The first novel takes place when she was 12 and sets the stage for this novel. This novel can be read as a stand-alone; however, readers should read both of them to get the full experience with the novel. 

In Summary: Angela's novel is incredibly written, touches upon deeper issues that several ya/NA books. Her novel is compelling and will draw readers in from page one.

Warnings/Side-notes: This is an upper new-adult novel and has some content not suitable for children or people under the age of sixteen. 

The Wrap-up: Angela Scott's Desert Rice and Desert Flower were both really gripping, intriguing reads. I definitely recommend them to fans of realistic contemporary novels. 

Danica Page

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review: Everything You Need to Know about Girls Camp by Stephanie Worlton

Dear Fellow Page Turners,

Today I'm pleased to be part of Stephanie Worlton's blog tour for Everything You Need to Know about Girls Camp.

I read, reviewed, and loved her novel Hope's Journey so when she asked me to review this one, I jumped at the chance. That review can be found her. Hope's Journey was fiction; this one was non-fiction and I was curious to see how she'd do in this new genre. She hit it out of the park, but let's get to that in a little bit.

But before we get into what I think ab out this book, I'd like to give you some information about the author and the book. Then I'll get to my review and tell you how you can win two great prizes.

Stephanie Connelley Worlton lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains where she enjoys frequent opportunities to observe nature and appreciate God’s magnificent creations. She is a seasoned Camp Director, an avid Scouter, and a devoted youth leader. Aside from the busy schedule she keeps as a wife and mother of four, Stephanie enjoys organizing, interior design, gardening, carpentry, painting, and being involved with the youth of our rising generation.  To learn more about Stephanie or her book, visit her “Kreating Krazy” blog:

Here is a short synopsis/purpose of the book.

Few callings strike fear into a woman’s heart like that of being a Girls Camp leader. Whether you’re a new camper or a seasoned leader, Stephanie Worlton is here to help.

Make your Girls Camp an experience to remember with Everything You Need to Know about Girls Camp. Filled with helpful tips on everything from holding your first meeting to dealing with unhappy campers, this essential guide takes the stress out of planning to make your camp a success!

You can buy this book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or through Deseret Book. You can follow the tour to read more reviews and learn more about this great book here. 

And now for my review:

I already mentioned how much I loved Stephanie's writing style and so I decided to give this a book shot. I was surprised by how much I actually liked this novel. Girls Camp is a place where a group of girls are gathered together and camp out in nature by a week. Naturally getting the call to set up the camp and lead the girls safely is quite the task.

However, Stephanie offered excellent advice at how to survive at this very feat and she did so in a way that will keep the readers engaged. She offered readers practical advice and advice that will definitely make Girls Camp a better experience for all involved.

I think that any girls camp leader would benefit from listening to Stephanie's advice. It wasn't too long ago that I was at girl's camp myself and all of these recommendations sound incredible to me.

Yes, the target audience for this book is for those who are planning Girl's Camp, but this book would be useful to anybody planning to take a bunch of girls camping.

If you would like to win a "Camp Leader Survival Kit" or a signed copy of the book, then follow this link to win cool prizes.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Danica Page

Blog Tour: Lost Immortals by KaSonndra Leigh

Hello Readers,

Today I'm pleased to be part of the blog tour for KaSonndra Leigh's The Lost Immortals. I have read and reviewed the first book in this series and loved it. My review is here.

Title: When Silver Moons Rise (The Lost Immortals Book Two)
Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Release Day: January 20, 2013
Genre: Mature Young Adult

Book Description:

Facing an unstable future, Chela Prizeon leaves Castle Hayne and crosses over to enemy territory in pursuit of Faris--the boy of royal blood who is cursed by a bitter rival. But soon Chela learns that he has been taken deep into the treacherous frozen prisons--a majestic, but deadly place where people enter and are never seen again. 

To find the boy she loves, Chela must join forces with one of her greatest enemies. And even though she pulls strength from the good in her powers, she finds herself drawn to the dark side's temptation as well.

Narrated from both Chela's and Faris's point of view, this enchanting sequel to When Copper Suns Fall will take them on a voyage into unknown lands, where the dark, twisted, and revengeful wait to make this their most dangerous journey ever.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity and sexual situations/language. It is intended for a Mature Young/New Adult audience at 17+ years of age.

You can buy this book at Amazon and Barnes and Noble or Smashwords

When Copper Suns Fall (Lost Immortals Book One)

An Amazon Bestseller in Fantasy and Magic

It has been fifty-five years since the angels of the Apocalyptic War attempted to wipe out humanity. Now a new nation has been built where alchemy is forbidden, and angels fear for their lives as they hide among the mortals. 

The city's leaders share one view on the ancestors of angels: shoot first, no questions. 

When her twin brother falls into a strange coma, sixteen-year-old Chela Prizeon vows to discover her role among these exiles, the royal angels known as the Lost Immortals. 

Chela's only hope lies with the mysterious, but infuriating leader of a rebel group. But can she trust this boy, someone who can control her dreams and her heart. 

Escape into a world filled with celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and forbidden romance.

You can buy this book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble or Smashwords.

Dark Seraphine (Book One of the Seraphine Trilogy)

A Paranormal Romance narrated through the Hero’s Voice. This series is also the prequel to the Lost Immortals Saga Book One When Copper Suns Fall

“Mom always says the angels walk among us. She forgot to tell me that sometimes they're not all fluffy and nice.”

Seventeen-year-old Caleb Wood has seen people he calls the walkers since he was a baby. It didn't take long for him to realize one can see these strangers but him. They never stuck around or tried to touch him. And they never said a word. That was until one day on the first day of class in his senior year when an incredibly gorgeous girl strolls into his life...and things are never the same again.

Soon Caleb realizes he has stepped into the middle of a growing conflict between two ancient groups. And his ability to see the invisible ones, the half-breeds that want to modify the human race, just might be the only hope both he and the mysterious, but infuriating, Gia, have of making it out alive.

You can buy Dark Seraphine on Amazon and Barnes & Noble or Smashwords

Lost Seraphine (Book Two of the Seraphine Trilogy…Coming Summer, 2013)

Caleb Wood now knows the Dark Seraphine's true identity. But now he must deal with his Lost Seraphine. Can he accept the things he has learned about his father's true identity while trying to save the girl he loves from herself? Book Two of the Seraphine Trilogy and prequel to the Lost Immortals Saga will be released this summer!

Author Bio:

KaSonndra Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She now lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about people of all ages doing fantastical things in magical worlds.

She loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora's Box (good writer's block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.

You can contact KaSonndra Leigh through her website, her newsletter, her Amazon Page, her Facebook Fan page, Goodreads, Twitter, and blog. 

You can enter to win cool prizes by entering one of these giveaways. If you are from the US, enter this one.

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If you are from outside of the states (are International) then enter this one. 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tuesday Memes:Regrets, Birthdays, and Teasers

Hello Fellow Page Turners,

Guess what! Today is my 20th birthday. I'm officially old. :) Okay, not really, but I'm excited to enter the twenty-something range.

And now for the Tuesday memes!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish featuring a new top ten list each week. Everyone can participate just head on over to their blog and sign up. Each week they will post a new top ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday.

Top 10: Series I Need to Start Reading 
(aka series I regret not having read)

1.  Unearthly by Cynthia Hand- I've just heard really great things 
about this one. It looks really good.
Goodreads/ Amazon

2. The Summoning and The Gathering- I've just heard really good 
things about Kelley Armstrong. I think both of 
these series looks awesome.
Goodreads/ Amazon 

3. Iron King-I've heard good things about Kagawa and want 
to see if she's as good as people say she is.

 4. Fallen- Once again, I've just heard realy good things
and am curious what I would think about it.

5. Perfect Chemistry- I know I would love this one.
It just looks fantastic.

6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer-I've heard mixed
things about this one as well, but I'd love to find out what
I think about it.

7. Sloppy Firsts-It's just one of those
books I need to read.

8. Bright Young Things-I enjoyed the other series
and am interested in finding out what she does with this one. 

9.Vampire Academy- Once again, another one I've heard mixed
opinions about, but I feel like I need to read them just
to find out.
Goodreads / Amazon

10.  Beautiful Creatures and Hush, Hush- I've heard mixed things
about both of these, but I feel like I need to read both of these 
just to see what I think. 
BC- Goodreads  / Amazon
HH- Goodreads / Amazon 

And that's all for me. What was your top ten? Did you have as hard of a time picking as I did? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments. 
I love reading them. :)

~Teaser Tuesday~

This meme is hosted by Miz B of Should be Reading.

The rules are really simple. Just grab the book you're reading and turn to a random page. Pick two sentences and post them along with the page number, book, and author.

Without further ado here is my Teaser Tuesday for this week. 

This week my teaser comes from Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate. 

You can add it to your Goodreads shelf here. 

“He looked like a gypsy-slash-actor, the guy who would play the prince of Persia, or the pirate king, or the Jedi Knight--I wondered if he was married and if he wanted to get married.  Anytime in the next decade would be fine. I'd wait.” ~11 

My review will be up later this week. It was awesome though. Definitely recommend it.  

That's all for me. Which book did you pick this week. Please comment and leave your link. I check out every single link and respond" to every comment. :)

Danica Page

Monday, March 4, 2013

Book Review: Writing Scary Scenes by Rayne Hall

Hello Fellow Writers,

Today I'm pleased to be part of the Writing Scary Scenes. I'm going to be writing a review of the novel. But before I get to my review and a giveaway, here's the synopsis and basic information about the novel. I'll also be including a guest post as well. 

Writing Scary Scenes
by Rayne Hall
Asked to Review
Adult Non-Fiction
Released On: July 6, 2012
Published By:
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.46

Are your frightening scenes scary enough? Learn practical tricks to turn up the suspense. Make your readers' hearts hammer with suspense, their breaths quicken with excitement, and their skins tingle with goosebumps of delicious fright. 

This book contains practical suggestions how to structure a scary scene, increase the suspense, make the climax more terrifying, make the reader feel the character's fear. It includes techniques for manipulating the readers' subconscious and creating powerful emotional effects.

Use this book to write a new scene, or to add tension and excitement to a draft.

You will learn tricks of the trade for "black moment" and "climax" scenes, describing monsters and villains, writing harrowing captivity sections and breathtaking escapes, as well as how to make sure that your hero doesn't come across as a wimp... and much more.

This book is recommended for writers of all genres, especially thriller, horror, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Now here's the author's biography.

Rayne Hall has published more than forty books under different pen names with different publishers in different genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. Recent books includeStorm Dancer (dark epic fantasy novel), Six Historical Tales Vol 1, Six Scary Tales Vol 1, 2 and 3 (mild horror stories), Six Historical Tales (short stories), Six Quirky Tales (humorous fantasy stories), Writing Fight Scenes and Writing Scary Scenes (instructions for authors).

She holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Currently, she edits the Ten Tales series of multi-author short story anthologies: Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Scared: Ten Tales of Horror, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, Spells: Ten Tales of Magic, Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies and more. 

You can reach her at her website and her twitter account. You can also buy this book at Kobo, Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, or Smashwords

Here's the trailer for this novel.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-copy of this book for review. I was not obligated to write a good review nor have I received any compensation for this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have read a lot of books about writing horror/scary novels, and so I had high expectations for this novel when I went into it. 

I was not disappointed.. Rayne's novel offered  great advice about writing. I thought her organization of the novel was impeccable. This is a must-read for all those who wish to  write horror. If you want to learn about how to write gripping suspense, horror, or suspense then this is definitely a book that I would recommend.

Rayne's advice was solid and will be beneficial to those trying to learn the trade.  Her writing style was easy and engaging. It didn't read like a technical craft book, but was rather a really fun read. Definitely worth it. 


Most novels and short stories have an antagonist (someone who opposes the protagonist), and this person or creature is often dangerous and perhaps evil. Here are ten professional techniques for making them truly scary.

1. The villain thinks of himself as a good guy who will do anything for what he believes is a noble cause.  
2. He has a genuinely good side - perhaps he is a loving son who cares for his ageing parents, or he goes out of his way to protect children from harm.
3. During the first encounter, he seems pleasant and likeable.
4. Describe his voice. (“His voice sounded like a ....”)
5. He smiles rarely - but when he does, describe the smile in detail, comparing the shape of his mouth to something dangerous.
6. Describe his hands, the way they move, the texture of the skin, the shape of the nails.
7. Describe his eyes by comparing their colour to something unpleasant or dangerous.
8. Describe the way he moves. To increase the suspense, give him slow, deliberate movements.
9. What does the villain smell of? Innocuous smells, such as mothballs and peppermint toothpaste can work well.
10. Avoid clichés such as maniacal laughter and hot stinking breath.

Although this article uses the word “he” for the villain, your antagonist can of course be a devious female!


If you're a writer and want to discuss your ideas for a fictional villain, or if you have questions, please leave a comment. I'll be around for a week and will reply. I enjoy answering questions.


Danica Page

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Book Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson
Young Adult Realistic Contemporary
Released On: May 4, 2010
Published By: Simon and Schuster for Young Readers
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.09
Pages: 352

Before I get into my review, here's the summary available on Goodreads:

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her dad recently died in a car accident, and her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut—just in time for Amy’s senior year. To escape from it all, Amy embarks on a road trip, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining her is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. 

Amy hasn’t seen him in years, but her feelings for Roger develop as the miles roll by…. Told in traditional narrative as well as through a unique visual format that incorporates scraps from the road, this is the story of one teen’s journey to find herself.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

An Overview of the Novel: Amy's life has spiraled out of control. Her dad just died in a car accident, one that she saw happen, her brother has just been admitted to a rehab center, and her mom has decided to move from California to Connecticut. And her mom expects her to drive the car all the way from California to Connecticut. 

The only problem is Amy refuses to drive since her dad's death. Her mom convinces one of her friend's sons to drive with her. Apparently Amy and Roger used to be friends, but she hasn't seen him in years. She isn't thrilled about having him go with her or about the road trip. 

Then she meets Roger. Roger is gorgeous, not that's she noticed or even looking at in him in that way though. When Roger suggests that they don't follow her mom's outlined driving schedule and that instead they go to the places they want to, she agrees. 

As Amy and Roger continue driving day after day, Amy starts to realize that maybe life is worth actually living in and just maybe Roger has a place in her future. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: After reading sixty pages, I was intrigued, but not hooked. I had resigned this book to landing in my three stars pile—a novel that was good, but not really memorable.

I couldn't have been more wrong. This book was incredible. It had a depth to it that is so often lacking in young adult fiction. Amy was dealing with real trials and real guilt in a real way. That automatically knocked this novel out of the three star pile.

I loved watching Amy progress and start living again. At the beginning of this novel, Amy was just existing and going through the motions. She was hiding. I loved watching her slowly rediscover herself and start dealing with all the guilt she was carrying.

I also loved Amy and Roger. I did think Roger was a complete idiot at times. Seriously, he was still in love with his old girlfriend Hadley who didn't even care about him and he and Amy had undeniable chemistry. That boy was so obtuse, but I still loved him. He seemed like such a real character to me. They both did and I loved that.

The writing was also really intriguing. Normally, I don't like it when novels jump between the past and the present (like they did in this one). However, Morgan masterfully jumped between the past and the present. And I didn't care about one more story more than the other. Normally, when authors do this, I like one side better and so I start quickly reading one section to get back to the story line I actually care about.

However, this wasn't the case with this story. I loved both the past and the present stories. Morgan did an incredible job with her writing and I found myself becoming more and more drawn into the story the more I read. 

I definitely loved this one and recommend it to everybody. I always love a good road trip story and this one was no exception. 

So why 4.5 stars? It was a novel that I'll remember reading and one that stood out to me. It distinguished itself from other novels making it a 4 or 5 star novel. The depth of the novel, the excellent writing, and the realistic and incredible characters made it a 4.5 So why not a 5? I would have liked to see more depth, more growth in the novel. It was just missing that extra something that makes a novel a 5. However, I loved the novel and would definitely reread it. 

In Summary: Morgan's novel is breathtaking, poignant, cute, and incredibly written. Morgan infused her novel with the depth that is so often missing in young adult novels, but did so in a way that was never heavy or overwhelming. Morgan is a master story-teller and one I will be keeping tabs on. 

Warnings/Side-notes: It deals with drugs, but in a way that wouldn't cause me to hesitate recommending this novel. I can't remember if there were instances of bad language in this novel, but I do remember thinking that for the most part it was an incredibly clean novel. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to even younger teens. 

The Wrap-up: A novel that I adored reading. It was cute, funny, romantic, and yet also moving and poignant. I loved reading this one. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. Thanks for everybody who kept raving over it and to my library for finally getting a copy. I'm so glad I read it. 


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