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If I Stay – Spotlight & Review


 If I Stay by Gayle Forman

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (April 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014241543X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142415436
  • Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
  • Book Description:

    “On a day that started like any other…

    Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the one decision she has left—the most important decision she’ll ever make.

    Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.”

    My Thoughts:

    Mia is a wonderfully written main character and I was totally captivated by her story. (It’s really hard to write a review here without giving spoilers!?) Suffice it to say that I was emotionally caught up and invested in the tale and outcome. I cried like a baby, teared up more than a few times and this is one of those stories that will stay with me for a very long time.

    The main characters as well as the secondary characters were all written with a depth and richness of believability, the plot was excellent, the pacing great, and as the book description says: ” Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.” It was exactly that.

    If I Stay was riveting! I was drawn into the story and was completely caught up in it. I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put the book down. Gayle Forman is a very talented story-weaver and I am definitely keeping an eye out for the next book, Where She Went, which will be out in the spring of 2011. This book delivers and I highly recommend it to everyone!

           

    Buy If I Stay at:

    ChaptersAmazon,   Barnes & Noble,  Borders or The Book Depository

    Find out more about Gayle Forman at her website!

    July 2, 2010 Posted by | On My Bookshelf, Reading, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | 5 Comments

    Shade – Spotlight & Review


    Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

    Format:Hardcover

    Published:May 4, 2010

    Publisher:Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
    ISBN – 10:1416994068
    ISBN – 13:9781416994060

    Book Description:

    “Love ties them together.
    Death can’t tear them apart.
    Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a critical gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.

    Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone.

    Well, sort of.

    Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

    It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

    As Aura’s relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.”

    My Thoughts:

    I can’t wait for the next book! I loved the world building that Jeri Smith-Ready created for this series. Aura, Logan and Zachary are wonderfully rich characters and I was sucked into their story from the beginning. This is Jeri’s first foray into the young adult “arena” about a world in which only the young can see and talk to ghosts. She has succeeded with an immensely entertaining read that I couldn’t put down.

    The sequel, Shift, is due out in May 2011. I highly recommend this book to both young adults and adults! Definitely a “grand slam homerun” of a debut YA novel.

           

    Pre-Order Shade at:

    ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

    Find out more about Jeri Smith-Ready and her novels at her website.

    April 10, 2010 Posted by | New Covers - Release Dates, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On..., Upcoming Releases | , , , , , | 8 Comments