Bright Young Things – Anna Godbersen

7719248Author: Anna Godbersen

Rating: 3/5

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SYNOPSIS

The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: Flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York’s glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star….

Cordelia is searching for the father she’s never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined — and more dangerous. It’s a life anyone would kill for…and someone will.

The only person Cordelia can trust is ­Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia’s brother, Charlie. But Astrid’s perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.

Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the ­illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls’ fortunes will rise and fall — together and apart. From the New York Times bestselling author of THE LUXE comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

BYT revolves around the lives of three girls – Letty, Cordelia, and Astrid. Cordelia and Letty are two teenagers from Ohio desperate to make it in the big city. Letty wants to have her name in lights, and Cordelia just wants to find her long lost father, the bootlegger, Darius Grey. Quickly the two girls suffer pitfalls and go their own way. Letty rooms with a group of girls and gets herself a job with them at a club. Cordelia finds her father and befriends Astrid, who just happens to be dating Cordelia’s long-lost brother, Charlie.

From the first page we see Cordelia preparing to marry a bloke because she was caught having premarital sex with him in a very conservative household. From there, Cordelia and Letty pack their bags and rush to the station to board a train to New York, leaving their small-time lives behind in hopes the big apple has more to give them. However, that’s the extent of the excitement until the last fifty or so pages. The plot was dull in places but became engaging every once in a while, only to drop back into sluggishness.

The last few chapters of the book could’ve easily been wrapped up with everything nicely resolved in a big fat bow, but of course, this is a series, and must be dragged on forever. Which wouldn’t be bad – after all, I’ve been reading the numerous Morganville series for years already – but this book seemed like a filler beginning, and there was no plot, or climax, or nothing to drive it. There could have been countless drama to make things more enticing, but was left alone. While it’s a decent enough book to rate three stars, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either.

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The Lost Girl – Sangu Mandanna

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Author: Sangu Mandanna

Rating: 5/5

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SYNOPSIS

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination – an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her ‘other’, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known – the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love – to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

Honestly, I have never heard of this book before I saw it in an Amazon recommendations and wanted it on a whim. I’m not even sure what I was expecting from this, but it ended up being more than I could’ve hoped. It is hard to believe that not many have read this, for it is amazing, especially for fans of Frankenstein. Even if there is little to no horror within these pages, it is a wonderful tale that makes you think.

The story revolves around an echo, a clone of you will, of a girl named Amarra. If anything were to ever happen to Amarra, the echo will be ready to take her place. Sure, Eva may look like Amarra, knows everything about her and is created of Amarra, but she is not Amarra.
She is herself. She is Eva. And she is real.

But Eva’s life isn’t her own. She can’t do anything her other doesn’t do and she has to do everything that her other wants to.

Echoes are illegial, especially in India where Amarra lives. People called hunters take it upon themselves to capture and kill echos, for most of the world believes these are abominations made by their creators, the Weavers, who play God and give life to bone and dust.

When Amarra dies in a car crash, Eva must take her place. She must fight to do what she wants to retain the life that is hers while doing her duty and giving hope to Amarra’s family that she is Amarra. A chain of events occurs when Amarra’s boyfriend figures out that Amarra died in that wreck, and it is Eva who takes her place. Eva is assaulted and beaten up, nearly murdered, and so on.

There’s many parallels to Frankenstein. The Weavers are the unloving creators, trying to play God by creating living beings from death. The echoes are stitched up and given life, like Frankenstein. But these echoes, especially Eva, are human. They live, they breathe, they have their own thoughts. They are real, despite made to be someones copy.

I loved that we see a rare side of fiction. It’s hard to imagine that the monster isn’t always some supernatural hell-bent creature or obvious evil villain. Sometimes, we are the monsters.

We stop looking for monsters under the bed when we realize they’re inside of us.- -Jordyn Berner

Once Eva is outed as an echo, even sweet Ray and Amarra’s friends turn against her and try to have her hurt, and even killed. It’s different to imagine good people doing evil, hateful things. I felt that Eva was more human than most of them.

Overall, I give this book five stars. I stayed up nearly all night reading and found it hard to put down until I finished it. Definitely a must-read for fans of light romance, Sci-Fi, and dystopian.

Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

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Rating: 2.5/5

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SYNOPSIS

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

First off, let me apologize profusely. I have been in such a reading slump lately and haven’t wished to read and therefore, haven’t updated in a bit. Sorry about that.

This story ended up being a disaster, and there was nothing beautiful about it.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Abby Abernathy is a compulsive liar who claims to have a million and one cardigans in her closet but I have only seen mention of one. Travis is this tattooed sweaty beast who beats up a guy and gets blood all over Abby’s cardigan.

Sounds like your typical fairytale, right?

The novel begins with Abby having been dragged by her best friend America to some sort of college fight club, where she witnesses this man-beast covered in tats beat his component to a pulp, splattering her one and only cardigan with blood. I honestly liked the first half, it was a different set up than most novels when it comes to introducing characters to what would later be the love interest.

This book could’ve been nice-ish if it had ended around the 170 page mark, but alas, we must delve into the ugly second half, where Travis is a grade-A douchenugget.

How attracted to a guy do you have to be to ignore the fact that while you’re sleeping in his bed (in the most innocent sense, Abs lost a bet), and love interest gets pissed at you and goes and gets drunk and makes you listen as he bangs two girls in the living room half the night before crawling into bed with you? I just did a whole body shudder, and not the good kind.

Maaaaaaaybe you can ignore that, because you aren’t together… but theeeen while you’re making out with a sweet, possible boyfriend in his car, Travis comes and nearly rips off the door in his Hulk Smash, and every. single. time. you so much as mention possible boyfriend, he gets super pissy and stuff.

And after the bet is over, the night before Abby goes back to her dorm, they have sex. She gives up her virginity in hopes that he will forget about her….

And then she takes off in the middle of the night because she can’t handle her sheer lack of brain cells. Of course, now Travis is obsessed in love with her. And what do guys do when they’re in love? Be all cutesy and stuff by throwing stereos and basically trashing his apartment before nearly punching the lights out of his cousin/housemate.

Ladies…


THIS. IS. NOT. OKAY.

And then Abby being so totes in love breaks up with the sweet nice guy to date this abusive neanderthal, and lets him go around punching people for bad-mouthing her or touching her and chastises him, but we know that isn’t going to work.

SO THEN, Travis turns into a really creepy stalker after Abby turns down his marriage proposal. If you love someone, you chain their ass to the radiator in the basement buy them flowers. Okay, so he didn’t chain her stupid butt to the radiator. It was actually the sink.

Kidding! He didn’t do that.. but I totally would have not been surprised if he had.

Travis was alright in the first half of the book, and he turned into a level five creep factor. Hasn’t Mark Wahlberg and Reese taught anyone a lesson with their 1996 film, Fear?

And Abby is not totally blameless. She’s kind of an idiot, getting together with Travis and leaving him over and over again with reasoning like “I love him, but… -insert extremely stupid reason-” when it should be, “He scares the absolute eff out of me and I fear for my safety.”

I hated her the most, because she put herself into a lot of these situations by:

  • Dating Parker and then sleeping in Travis’s bed for a month with the excuse being “a bet”
  • Encouraging Travis to beat shit out of guy in cafeteria. “Show him some manners,” and he beats a guy silly.

excreta, excreta…

Honestly, it scares the hell out of me that this book is praised, among others like Hopeless (Colleen Hoover) where a guy ignores your wishes and basically does whatever he wants. I feel like all the NA stuff I’ve read is chock full of these violent relationships that people love it and consider it romantic. I’m sure all the news stories where boyfriend murders girlfriend, those couples started out cute and sweet and then it turned into this book.

Travis even tells Abby that he’d end up in prison if he heard she slept with someone else. WARNING BELLS, heeelloooo. Why is it okay – because Travis is hot and “loves” her? 

Anddd then, they go get married at like 19 in Vegas, and he gets a tat with her name on it, whatever, but she gets one permanently and forever marking herself as “Mrs Maddox”, a wife and not an independent person.

These guys win the most dysfunctional couple award!

On another note, I can see why that butterfly on the cover is trapped in the jar, just like Abby and Travis are trapped with each other.

Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins

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Author: Stephanie Perkins

Rating: 4/5

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SYNOPSIS

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit–more sparkly, more fun, more wild–the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket–a gifted inventor–steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

Stephanie Perkins made a fan out of me with her debut novel, Anna and the French Kiss, which was amazing and one of my top reads for this year. However, Lola and the Boy Next Door falls short.

I liked Lola in the beginning, all colorful and quirky with her costumes and wigs and her love for organic food. However, she soon became whiny and moaned and groaned about Cricket, and I expected a big falling out between them, but she carried these hurt feelings and resentment for like two years because a boy rejected her. Not to mention, she had all these feelings when she already had a boyfriend. She led Cricket around, knowing how he felt about her now, for a majority of the book because she didn’t want to break up with her jerk boyfriend.

Cricket… I didn’t much care for him at first, but he grows on you. Of course, not in the same way Etienne grows on you. Plus, who names their kid after a bug? I live in the South where you’d imagine stuff like that happens, but I’ve never heard of such a weird name. Cricket, however, turned out exactly like you’d expect him… the boy next door.

The story itself, for me anyway, was just too drawn out in many places and could have been shorter in places. I found myself getting bored and scanning the page, which becomes a nasty habit when I’m bored.

I’m glad I powered to the ending, even though this is basically the same plot as Anna, this time being Lola has a significant other. Like most YA girls in romance novels, Lola realizes what a dunce she was being and unlike YA novels, instead of crying and whatnot, she tries to earn Cricket. I like that instead of the perfect male specimen and the average girl that most YA features, both of the characters are oddballs – Lola with her costumes, Cricket with his cogs and gadgets.

All in all, it was a decent read, and makes me want to read the third in the series.

Truly, Madly, Deadly – Hannah Jayne

 

15942674Author: Hannah Jayne

Rating: 4/5

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SYNOPSIS

Sawyer Dodd has it all. She’s a star track athlete, choir soloist, and A-student. And her boyfriend is the handsome all-star Kevin Anderson. But behind the medals, prom pictures, and perfect smiles, Sawyer finds herself trapped in a controlling, abusive relationship with Kevin. When he dies in a drunk-driving accident, Sawyer is secretly relieved. She’s free. Until she opens her locker and finds a mysterious letter signed by “an admirer” and printed with two simple words: “You’re welcome.”

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

I have been waiting for this book to come out for the past month and a half and was so excited to read it that I tore through it in a matter of hours.

After the death of her abusive boyfriend, Sawyer Dodd is slowly trying to get her life back on track. Until a mysterious note appears in her locker, wtih a newspaper clipping on Kevin’s death, and a note that simply exclaims, “You’re Welcome.” Could someone know about Kevin’s abuse and took it upon themselves to get rid of him… permanently?

Sawyer takes it upon herself to solve some of the mystery on her own. But it’s obvious someone is out there watching her every move. Who can she trust when people she loves are being attacked?

What I really enjoyed was that we never knew the identity of the killer stalking Sawyer until it’s revealed. I should’ve known, too, because of the circumstances and the fact you never consider this character to have any knowledge of it.

I would normally give this five stars, but there was some things that irked me (of course). If I were getting notes from a psycho, I’d be taking them to the cops and whatnot and taking pictures of stuff and not thinking the cops will go by my word.

Overall, Truly, Madly, Deadly is a good read. Not what I was hoping for in terms of gore and suspense, but it was good enough to read in one sitting.

Day 4: Tears On My Pillow | Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon

Today’s Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon topic involves sharing the feels of a book that really pulled on your heartstrings. Since I imagine people will go with one of John Green’s books, I’ll go with Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

I remember reading this book a few years ago on Kindle, where I stayed up til 6 in the morning sobbing uncontrollably over this book. Sixteen year old Tessa has battled leukemia for the past four years. Instead of prolonging her treatment, she comes up with sort of a bucket list and resigns to live whats left of her life in a way she’ll remember, not sick and unable to move and hooked up on tubes.

Tessa’s list contains many of the things teens are curious about, especially those that exact a heavy price – such as sex, drugs, and criminal behavior. And why not? She doesn’t have to live with any repercussions. I’m sure there’s a load of things we’d do if we knew there would be no consequences and no chance of surviving the year. We discover Tessa’s list as she experiences them, and as she gets sicker, the list changes. Her initial desires for wild teen transgressions are replaced by simpler things, such as the company of those she loves.

Along the way, she falls in love with her neighbor, something she had initially forgo-ed, thinking it would be impossible. Tessa’s final days aren’t pretty; the last few pages of the novel are filled with the grief and panic of her family as she’s slowly rattling out her last few breaths, getting thinner, unable to move or go to the bathroom, or even talk.

“Adam strokes my head, my face, he kisses my tears.
We are blessed.
Let them all go.
The sound of a bird flying low across the garden. Then nothing. Nothing. A cloud passes. Nothing again. Light falls through the window, falls onto me, into me.
Moments.
All gathering towards this one.”

There’s little revelations of an afterlife, and as she goes, Tessa dreams of surviving, of meeting her best friends baby and being with Adam. Ugh, starting to get emotional just typing this.

It’s a great novel, and has stayed with me throughout the years. There’s even a movie based on the novel called Now Is Good. I definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for some Ben & Jerrys and a cryfest.

The Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon is hosted by Reviewing Wonderland. Head on over to Read-a-Thon Central and sign up!

Read-a-Thon goals:

Going Under: COMPLETED

The Fetch: 10%

Reckoning: 10%

 

This Is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith

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Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Rating: 4/5

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SYNOPSIS

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

After Graham and Ellie meet online via an accidental email meant for someone else, the two begin talking for months, never knowing who the other one is. When Ellie lets the name of her hometown slip in one of their conversations, and Graham’s new movie is without a location, he talks his way into a little town in Maine. After accidentally asking out her best friend thinking it was Ellie, the two embark on an adorable romance.

This book turned out to be one of those frivolous summer reads, the type you’d take to a pool or the beach for a light, fluffy read.

“Exactly. How can you know it makes you happy if you’ve never experienced it?”
“There are different kinds of happy,” she said. “Some kinds don’t need any proof.”

There’s not much of a climax, other than some random trip to see Ellie’s father that left her disappointed. It was cute, but there were moments that irked me a bit. I give this four stars, mainly because it was something that left you with a lack of depth of the real world and had no real plot other than Surprise! Graham’s a movie star.

All in all, this is a great story to read during hot summer days when emotional depth is too much to take to the pool.

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

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Rating: 5/5

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SYNOPSIS

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

I love this book to pieces. I want to hug it and love it forever.

Anna and The French Kiss has to be one of the best contemporary novels I’ve ever read. Perkins delivers a believable romance and amazing characters to create a novel that was so good I didn’t want part with it until my eyes were so tired and blurry I couldn’t see the page anymore. If this novel doesn’t make you laugh, swoon, and want to shove St. Clair and Anna together like barbie dolls and say “NOW KISS”, then you’re doing it wrong. While the name is a tad bit cheesy, don’t let it fool you. This book is fabulous. A gem. If I hadn’t promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything until I read the books I had, I would be scouring Amazon for the second and third.

The writing is so beautifully descriptive that I could see myself through Anna’s eyes, taking in this wondrous, beautiful foreign country. The characters are all flushed out and realistic, even down to the secondary characters we hate, like Dave and Toph. I adored Anna and St. Clair, Josh and Rashmi, and Meredith.

Etienne St. Clair. Gah, if you need a new book boyfriend, this is where you’d look. He’s so easy to fall for, and I was with Anna when she was crushing on them, and her feelings began to gradually deepen. I’ll admit, I primarily liked him in the beginning because he’s British and I am a HUMAN GIRL, and we are not immune to British accents. St. Clair is sexy without trying, and he’s not the most popular best looking guy in school, or so perfect looking it physically hurts to look at him.

And Anna! I usually don’t care much for the lead because she’s usually insta-love and gets annoying fast, but I loved Anna. And not because my name is Anna and I’m from the South and it was too easy to pretend I was her. But because she was funny, with a wicked sense of humor. I loved that she was a stranger in a foreign land and suffered the trials and tribulations of an expat. I, too, would’ve wanted to forgo dinner if I had to butcher a language or point and hope that they understood my three year old actions. Seriously, once you read this, the first thing you’ll probably want to do is go book a flight to Paris. I had never cared much for France, wanting to go to Croatia and England instead, but now this is definitely on my list of places to visit.

All in all, Anna and The French Kiss is a easy, fun, laugh-out-loud, full of heart novel. I’ve been going through a reading slump lately disliking everything I read, and this book rejuvenated me and gave me hope for YA fiction.

Slide – Jill Hathaway

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Rating: 5/5

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SYNOPSIS

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth–her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

The concept of this novel sounded beyond awesome. I mean, how insane would it be to be able to “slide” into another person for a few minutes? I’d totally want that power, life would be so much simpler (coPASSINGTESTSugh).

Vee Bell hates this ability of hers, so much that she consumes around 30 caffiene pills a day just to try and stop her ability. But it comes, whether she wants too or not, and Vee finds herself slipping into the mind of a killer, just as he/she is forging a suicide note and standing over the body of Vee’s sister Mattie’s friend, Sophie.

It was then, admittedly, I realized having this ability could have it’s sucky moments, as well as touching something that someone has left an imprint on and passing out on the spot. Vee, trying to solve Sophie’s murder, eventually realizes her curse can be a gift, when she can see what people are up to in order to either implicate or clear their name when it comes to trying to find Sophie’s killer. There’s a few moments here and there that foreshadow, and leave clues as to who killed her. I kept going back and forth just like Vee trying to figure out who did it. It wasn’t until a scene that I was suspicious, and my suspicions were confirmed about the same time that Vee’s was.

There’s more than just mystery and the classic WHUDUNIT, there’s a story included of Vee’s journey, in being an outsider once near the heart of the popular crowd, and how single, monumental moments have changed her completely. It’s a quick read, and very fun. I read this in one sitting last night and managed to get 20 percent into the sequel before sleep called.

Shadowland – Meg Cabot

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Author: Meg Cabot/Jenny Carroll

Rating: 5/5

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SYNOPSIS

Suze is a mediator — a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

Oh, Meg. You can write anything, can’t you? *le sigh* Meg is the author of one of my favorite series – Airhead. Seriously. If you like Meg Cabot and haven’t read that trilogy, go do it. It’s not something I’d normally pick up but it was awesome.

Now, Shadowland. I picked this up at a thrift store a couple weeks ago for 99 cents! Gah, I devoured it in one night, and repeatedly texted Emma “WHOSE THIS? WHOSE THAT? WHAT HAPPENS WITH THIS?” because I don’t own the rest of the series, unfortunately, and I’d like to read them. Alas, she tells me nada.

It is a story of Susannah “Suze” Simon who is a mediator and feels it is her job is to get lost souls to the other side where they belong, and not hounding her twenty-four-seven. She has had this power since she was too young to understand and realized that she could see all these people that her mother nor anyone else could see. Not even her mother knows about this, instead chalking it up to Suze having some odd phobia against old buildings.

When her mother remarries, Suze picks up her live from the hustle and bustle of the big apple to move to sleepy Carmel, California. She sees her first unfortunate soul living in her bedroom in a very old refurbished home that used to be a hotel/inn. His name is Jesse, he was a nineteenth century cowboy and, boy, is he hot. And he refuses to leave. (P.S. If you guys have any sexy adorable male ghosts you’d like to get rid of, send ’em my way).

On Suze’s very first day of school, she encounters Heather, one pissed off ghost bitch that Suze has replaced at her ultra exclusive school. Not only that, Heather tries to kill the boyfriend she committed suicide for. Suze saves his life as a wooden beam almost crushes him, infuriating Heather off and making her hellbent on hurting Suze.

This was such a light, quick summer read that I consumed within a couple of short hours, with no long boring scenes of nothingness to fill the pages. I’m keeping my eye out for the rest of the series to read!

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