Asking For It

Asking For It Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.
The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.
Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes…

My thoughts:

Okay, I have been waiting for this book to come out in the U.S. for ages and ages. I follow Louise on social media and was dying for it because I am obsessed with her first title Only Ever Yours. I knew what this book was about from her posts and all the awards/reviews it has received. I finally got my hands on it and ordered for my high school library, and I was not disappointed! This is an extremely tough topic that I know will ignite conversation and, possibly even some controversy, among my students; but, it is a valuable, necessary story. I will be putting this into the hands of as many students as I can. Emma’s story is heartbreaking, horrifying, and totally relatable for any female. It was like you were in her head and feeling all the awful things she was feeling. My school is really pushing a campaign to make students aware of what they post on social media and how it affects others, so this book came at a perfect time. We really need to think about the way our world looks at the rape culture and people always thinking that the girls were asking for it in cases like this. Females should have a right to be proud of themselves and look beautiful without having to worry about being attacked. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I would not be opposed one bit to reading a sequel to this book so I can find out what happened!

My rating: 5/5

The Obsession

The Obsession The Obsession by Nora Roberts

**This review is based on an ARC, release date 4/12/16.

Summary from Goodreads:

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

My thoughts:

Yes, I know I am late posting this, I have had a lot going on and behind in my reading…yikes! I wanted to give this one a shot, though, because I had heard it was somewhat different than a lot of her other titles. I also thought the synopsis sounded very interesting. This was a good story in general, though I felt it ran a bit long, and I felt like the writing style was pretty well up my alley. I kind of knew through some spoilers who the killer was going to end up being, but that didn’t ruin the fun. I found all the characters fairly likable and enjoyed getting to know them. I did feel like the love story was a little too easy for my taste, I guess I want more drama! Overall, this is a good book and I would recommend to friends and family. Serial killer books are always a nice change from my normal reading.

My rating: 4/5

Yellow Brick War

Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, #3) Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

Summary from Goodreads:

Amy Gumm’s mission to take down Dorothy Gale is not going according to plan. Dorothy has found a way to bridge the worlds of Oz and Kansas, and if the power-hungry dictator of Oz has her way, Kansas will be destroyed forever. Now, Amy has to team up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to save her home, restore the balance between the magic and non-magic worlds, maybe get the guy—and kill that not-so-sweet Kansas farm girl once and for all.

My thoughts:

I was excited to read this one, though it took a while for me to get my hands on it, because I have loved the series. I have recommended it to a lot of my students and they have enjoyed it as well. This one did not disappoint either, but why, just why, Toto?! Anyway, I liked that this story took Amy back to her home and involved both worlds, Oz and Kansas. Amy was worried that people in Kansas wouldn’t believe her about where she has been, but when they see it with their own eyes, they can hardly deny it, right? There is quite a bit of complexity and unanswered questions about some of the characters left after this, so I am anxious to see what happens in the next book, as always!

Also, guys, I am going to BEA and BookCon next month and Danielle Paige will be there……EEEEEEKKK! 🙂 Total fangirl moment!

My rating: 5/5

Most Wanted

Most Wanted Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date 4/12/16.

Summary from Goodreads:
Lisa Scottoline delivers another searing, powerful blockbuster novel that explores hot-button issues within the framework of an intricately plotted thriller. When a woman and her husband, desperate for a baby, find themselves unable to conceive, they decide to take further steps. Since it is the husband who is infertile, the heroine decides to use a donor. And all seems to be well. Three months pass and she is happily pregnant. But a shocking revelation occurs when she discovers that a man arrested for a series of brutal murders is her donor – the biological father of the child she is carrying. Delving deeper to uncover the truth, the heroine must face her worst fears, and confront a terrifying truth.

My thoughts:

This is one of my favorite authors, so I was super excited when I got approved to read this one. I buy all of Lisa’s books for my high school library because the faculty and staff have all become hooked too. I enjoyed this one just as much as the others I have read by her, and will be buying it as well. The story seems a little far-fetched, but makes more sense the more you get into it and doesn’t seem as unrealistic. I have to say I did not know who the serial killer was until it was revealed, which is always the sign of a good writer to me…there was no predictability on my side. Lisa Scottoline does a very good job of building characters and making them grow throughout the story. If you like family dramas and mysteries, this will be a good one for you!

My rating: 5/5

Once Upon a Dream

Once Upon a Dream (A Twisted Tale, #2) Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell

**This review is based on an ARC, release date 4/5/16.

Summary from Goodreads:

What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.
It should be simple–a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess’s, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.
With a desperate fairy’s last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent’s agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

My thoughts:

Well, I was really pumped about this book because I LOVE Sleeping Beauty. I didn’t bother reading the first one in this series because I read some pretty awful reviews and didn’t have time to read something that was going to be mediocre at best. Unfortunately, I am stuck right in the middle with this title, didn’t love it but didn’t hate it either. I felt that this could be a very confusing read for many people with the way it jumps around and some of the writing is just too basic (not sure if that’s the word I’m looking for here, but it will work). On the other hand, this was a wonderful idea and could have been fantastic! I wanted to be sucked in and attached to the characters, but I just wasn’t. I will still purchase for my high school library, as I did the first in the series, because I can imagine some of my students will enjoy these; but, unfortunately, it will not be high on my list for recommending.

My rating: 3/5

Lucky Me

Lucky Me Lucky Me by Saba Kapur

**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date 4/5/16.

Summary from Goodreads:

For eighteen year old Gia Winters, having a movie star for a father, a former Playboy bunny as a mother, a Hollywood mansion, and a closet stocked with Chanel is simply another day in the life.
But her world is turned upside down when her father mysteriously hires a group of bodyguards to trail the family 24/7 and threatening phone calls from a “Dr. D” start buzzing daily.
When Gia scores the coveted role of Miss Golden Globe, she is forced to strike a deal with her bodyguard, Jack, who is almost as arrogant as he is attractive. Juggling Gia’s romantic failures, fashion faux pas, and celebrity obsessions, the duo investigate a series of clues with the help of a police cadet, who has a special set of skills and an even better set of dimples.
But with the Golden Globes just around the corner, danger levels rise higher than her stilettos as Gia learns that the biggest secrets might be the ones buried in her own home.
In a place where the hills have eyes, high school nemeses, bad hair days, raging parties, and stolen kisses, there can only be trouble for a girl who was just starting to consider herself lucky.

My thoughts:

This is the kind of book that is pretty much right up my alley, especially after reading some fantasy. This is more of a light mystery with some humor thrown in. While I did enjoy this book, it felt reeealllly long to me for some reason. Don’t know if it was just the reading mood I was in or what was going on. The author has a good writing style and found just the right moments to make the reader laugh at silly thoughts or comments. I thought I kind of figured out who Gia’s stalker was, but was waiting for a twist to be thrown in that never really came. It was still a good ending though and I was okay with how things were resolved. I would recommend to anyone that likes things like the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella or anything along those lines. I can see some of my high school girls really enjoying this book, so I will be purchasing for my library (think I already ordered actually).

My rating: 4/5