Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Blurb

My Thoughts

I haven’t really read military themed books, just books about PTSD after deployment, since this one was about teenagers going to military academy it had a different context.

Sam McKenna it’s one of the first 4 teenage girls about to enroll in a really prestigious military academy, she’s military legacy since her father and both older brothers are also military but that doesn’t matter since almost everybody it’s against the idea of changing the academy to a co-ed program. That doesn’t stop Sam, she wants her father’s approval and to complete her oldest brother dare (he died after he dare her to do it and it’s mentioned several times that she never backs out of a dare).

Needless to say she’s subjected to a lot of abuse from her peers and her family doesn’t support her, she’s trying to deal with her brother’s death and the cruel and hostile environment doesn’t help with her mental and emotional well being.

I’ve to confess that through out the whole book I was always afraid and expecting Sam to be gang raped or something like that, every time there was a sense that something was going to happen I was pleading with myself “please just don’t be sexual assault, please, please!” Nevertheless there was a lot of physical and mental assault for poor Sam. She develops friendships but she’s also really stubborn and didn’t accept help without a fight, she wanted to prove herself and didn’t gave importance to her safety.

There are a different subplots and interesting characters that made the story compelling and entertaining, overall I give it 4starstribaleven though I was sad because the ending has just a partial HEA.

 

 

 

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Desert Rice by Angela Scott

Desert Rice by Angela Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE BLURB

Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

MY THOUGHTS

Innocence somehow survives the dark in a story that show us love between brother and sister, and hope, there are still good people in the world.

The book is narrated by Sam, and it’s the perfect perspective of a 12-13 year old, her innocence is very well portrayed … there were situations that made me feel rage, sadness, impotence and … I wanted to scream and warn Sam about the danger, a danger she couldn’t see because of her innocence.

Her brother, Jacob … what can I say about him? My heart broke for him 1000 times, he felt the weight of the world on his back, he just wanted to protect Sam, and he almost died *insert little teardrop here* Jacob managed to protect Sam but he was so stressed that he also pushed her away … until the end, when he had to reveal the truth of what happened.

Good thing there is good people in the World, Sam and Jacob met Boone, the angel they needed and who eventually saved them.

If you like dramatic books, filled with tension and shocking revelations, this is the book for you.

4starstribal

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Chocolate Lovers series by Tara Sivec

The Blurb…

The Chocolate Lovers gang and their crazy stories:

Book 1 Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers #1)

Book 2 Futures and Frosting (Chocolate Lovers #2)

Book 3 Troubles and Treats (Chocolate Lovers #3)

Hearts and Llamas (A Chocolate Lovers Short Story)

 

My Thoughts…

These book are crazy, hilarious, embarrassing and so awesome!!! They are a great entertaining and lighthearted read. The story begins with Claire explaining how much she doesn’t want kids but as usual don’t say never ever, On college she decides to loose her virginity with a one-night stand at a party (with a little bit of pressure from Liz her best friend)

Abby Barnes: I don’t know how to describe her other than clueless or lost but I don’t know if that’s because of all the constant abrupt changes she faces through the book or because she hasn’t found herself yet since she’s just 18 years old.

Josh Wagner:  According to Abby the way he dresses makes him “cute dorky” and he has an adorable face because of his infinitesimal mole beneath his left eye, the smattering of pale freckles on his nose, or the perfect shape of his bottom lip. He’s sweet, kind, contemplative, and intelligent.

Michael Carpenter: Seriously good-looking and hot, he isn’t an asshole or jerk (as most hot male characters are) but from time to time I felt he was a little conceited and immature, he has serious issues with his family and doesn’t seem to want to solve the problems.

Caitlin: Abby’s best friend, really intelligent and good looking (Since she won the genetic lottery: her father is an engineer and her mother a ex-model), she’s the one that helps Abby with her “interdimensional collision”.

Tyler: Abby’s other best friend, funny and cute, and is a key player at the end of the book.

Dr. Gustav P. Mann: Nobel Prize winner, loses his reputation after publishing the theory of parallel universes and ends up teaching astronomy at Abby’s high school.

The story:

I have to be honest, I don’t know how to describe the story because is always evolving and doesn’t have a straight time line (duh! it’s a book about parallel dimensions!) but I’ll do my best.

There is a global tremor that results in an interdimensional collision (according to Dr. Mann). Abby realizes that the hard way, suddenly her life changes completely and nothing makes sense, now her reality is chained to the other Abby’s decisions.

“A decision that appears ‘life-altering’ might ultimately not be. Often it is the choices that seem inconsequential that uproot us.”

Caitlin theorizes that it really doesn’t matter since the other Abby is still her and will make the same decision she would. But is it really true? They share the same DNA but are they the same? The soul has to play a part, right? At least that’s what Dr. Mann thinks.

Abby has not control whatsoever and everything gets complicated including her relationships: friendships and love interests

“We’re all just a decision or two away from destroying the relationships that are most important to us and to the people we love. And most of the time, we never even know it.”

SPOILER (Highlight to read) How are you supposed to know you have a boyfriend if your other self was the one that meet him? How aren’t you supposed to cheat if you don’t know about him? And how are you supposed to know he’s your boyfriend’s brother if they don’t use the same last name????? SPOILER

That’s what held my interest, the fact that Abby’s reality kept changing from one day to the other without her knowing, being always one step behind and at the mercy of the other Abby without an apparent choice in the matter.

Another thing that I appreciate was the pointillism reference: “Reality as a pointillism painting.” It was a good allusion so you could wrap the sense of story in your head. “Up close, all you see are the pieces, strewn about, heaped on top of each other. Total disarray. But step away, and a picture takes shape. When you make sense of the chaos, the chaos disappears. Or maybe, what looked at first like chaos never was.”

Ultimately this book is about the choices we make, their ripple effect and the eternal question of soulmates and fate.

Hotness factor: Lukewarm, is a very innocent and sweet book, Abby just kisses different guys

Unpredictable factor:  It wasn’t what I expected and I can honestly say it was a good surprise, I thought it was going to be like the alternate universe in the TV serie Fringe (BTW I was so sad when it was canceled. I’m still not over it,  why? why?!?! why!) but it wasn’t, it was more complex than that and I still not sure about all the rules or ramifications… (something I mention on my verdict)

Verdict:  I liked this book a lot, the only problem for me was that after everything that happened I felt that Josh and Abby deserved an epilogue, maybe the last sentence of the book was meant to give closure:

“He doesn’t know what I know, but what I know is enough.”

And I enjoyed it but I still want an epilogue!!! The characters and story deserves an epilogue!!! Also I kept wondering what happened with the other Abby and Josh and Michael, did everything go back to normal or ended up the same? Does she also “knows” like the original Abby? I need some answers!!! (Sorry for my rant but I get easily obsessed.)

Rating: 4 stars

4starstribal

reviewed by irais v2

So Over You by Gwen Hayes

The Blurb…

Layney Logan, girl reporter.

That’s all she’s ever wanted to be. This year, her senior year, not only does she have to share the coveted Senior Editor position with her arch nemesis, Jimmy Foster, she also has to figure out how to keep the school paper alive. With the local paper closing and the school cutting Journalism from the budget, it’s a long shot. Working side-by-side with Foster, the guy she likes to call Lucifer, makes it even worse.

The only thing Layney dislikes more than swimming in the high school dating pool is Jimmy Foster thinking he got the best of her, so she takes his ridiculous newspaper assignment–to go on twelve blind dates–to prove his powers of darkness won’t work on her. The trouble is, the more she learns about herself on her journey of bad blind dates, the more she wonders if maybe Foster has known her better than she knows herself all this time.

And maybe she should have trusted him with the secret she’s kept for four years—the secret that broke them up to begin with.

My Thoughts…

So I kind of have a guilty pleasure, now and then I like to read cute, light, pg-13 books, I don’t care if they’re too corny or silly, I like them and I can’t help it… So now that that’s said, last month amazon recommend me this book (amazon’s evil!!!! whispering me to buy stuff… I’ve no self-control…) and ob, boy! how surprised I was!!! Don’t be fooled by the cover, this book was good.

The story begins just cute and fun: Layney Logan is a little sharp around the edges, has a dry humor and isn’t girly girly, she doesn’t date, so she’s challenged by her archenemy, Jimmy Foster, to write a story for the school paper about going out with 12 guys from different school teams.

And Foster is really her archenemy, the dynamic among them is great and gives her the opportunity to make funny comments about it:

A slow smile slithered across his face and he winked at me He was plotting something horrid. There was no other explanation for his apparent happiness. Every time that boy smiled, somewhere a puppy died.

At first everything is about how she tackles this endeavor. Later on we found out that at middle school Foster and Logan were an item, a really big item, so it makes you wonder what happened. I thought for a moment that maybe Foster was a jerk and tried to pressure her to move forward and have sex or something like that but it wasn’t like that, I was so wrong….. And little by little you realize they still have feelings for each other:

We kissed with the same parry and thrust that we did everything. An answer to a taunt. Vying for what seemed to be the same thing, the clash of wills and lips.

but still something felt wrong/off and finally almost at the end of the story a big reveal is made and it’s a total shock, at least for me, I didn’t saw it coming…. my heart broke for both of them…

I was incredulous, from early on I was suspicious because something didn’t add up, but I didn’t expected that dark turn and suddenly everything clicked.

At the end everything worked out for the best but maybe I would have added one last chapter or an epilogue.

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So Over You

Rating: 4 stars

4starstribal

reviewed by irais v2