Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

 Plot: Ellison Sparks has the perfect boyfriend and couldn't be happier with her life.  Tristan is everything Ellie could want.  He's super popular, gorgeous, and the lead singer in a rock band. To the annoyance of her best friend Owen, Ellie will do anything to keep Tristan happy.  Even if it means not being completely herself.  But, after their first fight, Tristan suddenly breaks up with Ellie and she pleads to the universe for a do-over.  Soon, she realizes that her wish has been granted and comes up with all sorts of plans to prevent Tristan from breaking up with her.  Monday keeps repeating itself, and Ellie is going crazy because no matter what she does to change her first Monday, Tristan still breaks up with her by the end of the day.  Ellie must figure out how to make things right; otherwise, she'll repeat the same Monday forever. 

Review: A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody was so much fun to read! I couldn't put it down! Ellie's character is very lovable and your cheering for her right from the start.  And, even though you want to dislike Tristan for breaking up with Ellie- over and over again - he still is a very likable character that you still find yourself rooting for.  Owen is such a sweet and loyal best friend that you know will give Ellie a hard decision to make in the end.  If you love Ground Hog Day with a hilarious Y.A. twist, your're gonna love this book!

Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Plot: On the day Princess Luna was born, there was an eclipse that brought a darkness across the whole world. And with the darkness came the Dwellers, monsters from under the earth that now have the ability to stay above ground for much longer.  On the same day, Luna's parents were betrayed and killed by High Chancellor Cullen.  But among all the chaos of that fateful day, Luna was saved by a guard and whisked away into the dark woods.  Seventeen years later, the eclipse continues to darken the world and the dwellers have killed and consumed most of the kingdom.  Raised in a tower in a cursed forest all her life, Luna stays with her rescuers Sivo and Perla.  But, Luna longs to leave the tower and live her life - however long or short that may be.  Outside, the threat of the dwellers are relentless and the dangers too great for them to even consider leaving.  But, on a quest to show Sivo that she can survive the outside on her own, Luna leaves the tower only to find a young man named Fowler and two siblings in need of her help.  She brings them back to the tower with her, only to trigger a course of events that will change her world and her heart forever.  
Review: Full of adventure, action, and romance, Reign of Shadows was a great read from start to finish!  Luna and Fowler had such a beautiful connection and I loved how their feelings for each other developed over the course of the story.  You can sense that Jordan was slightly inspired by the story of Rapunzel in her novel, but I definitely wouldn't call this a retelling.  With Fowlers troubled past and Luna's uncertain future, their story is one I can't wait to read more about. Perfect for Y.A. readers 13 and up!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars!