Saturday, 9 July 2016

Second Chance Summer - Book Review

Started: June 21, 2016 | Finished: July 8, 2016

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 8, 2012
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 468
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.
Rating: 5/5

My thoughts:

I loved this book!! It was cute, it was sad, it was beautiful. I really enjoyed reading this book through Taylor's eyes. I see a lot of Taylor's qualities in myself, and so it was great to see her grow as a character in this book. I felt very connected to her through this whole book. I really enjoyed Taylor's family and loved reading their family dynamic throughout this book. I really loved Taylor's dad in this, and to see him go through what he goes through is devastating and real, and it was very sad.

I also loved the supporting characters in Henry and Lucy, and everyone else. I liked reading their stories and seeing them come back together. It's rocky at first, but I like that we slowly got to find out what happened, and it's all very juvenile but when you're kids it's a big deal. So it was good to see them all come back, and see how they worked that out.

Overall, this book is really well done and I recommend it but prepare to be sad in the end. It's still a good book, and there's still happy and good moments throughout, but there are sad moments and very real moments which makes the book so well rounded.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Lady Renegades - Book Review

Started: June 5, 2016 | Finished: June 16, 2016

Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 5th, 2016
Genre: YA, fantasy
Pages: 264
Book Edition: Hardcover, ebook
No. of times read: 1 
Links: Goodreads

Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark’s battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.
Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenage girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from.  Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town…which means her life is on the line yet again.
Rating: 3/5

My thoughts:

This was my least favourite out of the trilogy. In the beginning the narrative felt very repetitive, almost like the author was continually trying to remind us what happened in the first two books. It's to be expected, but it was a little bit too much (At least that's what I found). The book was a very easy read though, and I liked the story, I just didn't love it like I loved the first two books.

I enjoyed the road trip between the girls as they went to find David. Blythe joining them to try and redeem herself was interesting. I love the female companionship in this book, it was to see these three girls work together towards a common goal. Also enjoyed going through Harper's conflict of what would happen when she found David. The final chapters with David and Harper were my favourite because I love them so much. The ending wasn't what I expected before I read this book, but it made sense and I'm okay with it. I'm not sure yet if I'm happy about it, but I'm upset with it if that makes sense.

Overall, I did like this series! I'm a big Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I can see why people compared Harper to Buffy as they are similar in many ways. I loved that about the series and it's what drew me to it. I would recommend it as I personally did find it very interesting.

Have you read the Rebel Belle trilogy? What did you think of it?

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