Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.
When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected. (www.amazon.com)

I really, really love this book. Really, really love it. Really love it.
Okay, I'm done gushing. This book isn't perfect but the story is extremely powerful. I have to warn younger readers about the language (a few uses of the F-bomb and others) and the subject of teen pregnancy. The overall subject matter is heavy but dealt with in a respectful and even light manner.
I would advise the parents of younger readers to read the book as well so some good discussion can take place. Recommended ages 16+. Enjoy!
Happy reading!
~Thalia

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish. (www.amazon.com)



Hello, readers! I hope you are almost finished with Mosquitoland because I have a new one for you. This is much more action driven than Mosquitoland which might appeal more to those who enjoy thrillers. I enjoyed it but wasn't overwhelmed by it's message - mostly because it didn't really have a message. Cons would include open sex references, frequent cussing (including but not limited to the F-bomb himself), and violence involving kids (as you can see from the synopsis above).
It was a quick, enjoyable read but had little merit to recommend itself. However, if you're looking for some "fluff" after a heavier read, give it a try!
Happy reading!
~Thalia