Genre: Young Adult

Encore by Tara Kelly

Posted December 7, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Encore by Tara Kelly

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. From the blurb it had all of the elements I was looking for in a book, it just didn’t come together for me. I love books in the music scene, and I was excited about the going on tour aspect on the book, I also liked how the blurb alluded to the girl having a thing for one of her bandmates. Ultimately, I wasn’t in love with any of the characters in the book. First of all the main character, our heroine, Jasmine, is young, I think for the entirety of the book she is 17, and honestly it really comes off that way. I have a hard time really getting into characters who are that young, and that was a big problem for me. I didn’t find Jasmine to be super likable, it wasn’t that she wasn’t likable, it was more that she was so in her own head that I just didn’t enjoy her all that much. And the other characters in the book didn’t stand out to me either as being really likable either. It’s hard for me to like a book when I don’t love at least one of the characters in a book. Also I really felt like the author was trying to make a lot of points with this book, I mean she touched on a lot of different issues in one book. While I really like when an author brings issues […]

Stones by Polly Johnson

Posted November 2, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Stones by Polly Johnson

I’m not exactly known for a love of young adult books, but honestly that’s because I feel like a lot of YA books end up being a little too immature for me, but I think the subject matter of this book kind of saved it for me. Coo is a girl who has dealt with some serious adult issues in her very young life. I liked that this book tackled those heavy issues, because lets face it teenagers today do have to deal with things that they shouldn’t have to. So the book is largely written like a diary, Coo’s diary to be precise. So because it feels like a diary it sometimes feels a little disjointed, but it ends up working for the kind of tone that the book has, or at least that’s how I feel about it. Co’s brother was an alcoholic, and a pretty violent one at that. Coo was definitely afraid of him, and she is haunted by her memories of him throughout the novel. Her brother died before the book begins and Coo has kind of been left behind by everyone. Her parents pretty much are consumed in their grief, and the people who she goes to school with for the most part just seem to ignore her. So when Coo meets Banks, it’s no wonder that they are able to form a bond, I mean she has someone in this situation that listens to her. Banks is a homeless man, and Coo is […]

Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer

Posted September 21, 2014 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer

I liked the synopsis for this book, and when I started reading it I had high hopes for it, it just never seemed to come together for me. I also thought that this book read a lot more young adult then I was exciting and I tend to have a love hate relationship with young adult books, and I think that impacted part of the reason why this book just didn’t do it for me. So first things first, the biggest problem I had was that the book just read very disjointed. What I mean by that is that the transitions between chapters were very choppy, there wasn’t a lot of lead in in the new chapters, even when there was a time shift and scenery shift, it made it really hard for me to kind of immerse myself in the book, and had me losing patience with it. I think this disjointed feeling also made the book feel slower than it probably was. I didn’t really like the narrator all that much, and that’s kind of a necessity in a book like this. She was all the time doing things that I thought were more selfish or done without thinking things through then I would have liked, and it just made it difficult for me to pull for her. I really didn’t like the character of Damien, he was just creepy, like he belong on Criminal Minds or something as a budding criminal. More than anything he is a […]

We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

Posted July 28, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

As I am sure most of the readers of my reviews know, I am not a huge fan of YA, occasionally one really catches my attention, but in general its hard for me to get super excited about a YA book. That being said, I definitely thought the premise for this book had promise, I liked the whole sisters aspect of it. So from the synopsis we know that Nell and Layla are sisters, and for reasons I don’t agree with their parents held Nell back in school in order to give the two sisters some separation and more independent identities (personally it feels like Nell ends up being punished because they had kids close in age, but whatever I have no say). So the girls are two years apart in high school, and in spite of their closeness when they were young, they have clearly grown apart once they reach high school. Nell doesn’t really feel like she even knows Layla anymore, and Layla is hiding one whopper of a secret. The story is told from Nell’s POV so it’s easy to get to know her. I can certainly see aspects of her and her life that I could identify with, having come from a divorced family as well as being a high school girl at one time. I think she was a pretty good character, I liked that she was mature and thoughtful, and I liked that I could have easily seen a person like her at my […]

Divided by Elsie Chapman

Posted June 30, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Divided by Elsie Chapman

So I reviewed the first book in this series not to long ago, and as I mentioned before YA and I have a love/hate relationship, and I really want to like this series, for some reason the concept just seems so interesting to me, that it makes me really pull for this book to be a good one. But for me, the same issues I had with the first book stuck around for the second one, which really prevented me for falling in love with the book. My biggest problem with this book is the world-building. As with any sci-fi or fantasy book good world-building can make or break a book. With it being a world that obviously doesn’t exist, I’m willing to suspend some of my disbeliefs as long as the world is well explained, but this one didn’t have all its ducks in a row and just got to a point where it became so unbelievable that it was hard to ignore. I was really hoping with this second book that the world building would be stronger, but it really wasn’t. There were just one too many “well that doesn’t make sense” moments in the book. There are a couple of standard YA traits in this book that really work for this book, and I think will work for the typical YA reader. West is both a strong girl, but she is also flawed, which makes her more identifiable and likable in my opinion. There are some parts […]

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Posted June 23, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Dualed by Elsie Chapman

I’ve said it time and time again, I don’t read a lot of YA, but every once in a while a YA book comes across my screen or catches my eye in a library or bookstore and I can’t help it I have to pick it up. What can I say, a cool concept or greatly written back cover will often times makes me pick up a book, even if it isn’t in a genre I prefer. I do have to say I really liked the whole concept of this book. It was a really cool sci-fi/fantasy take on things, and lately I have found myself watching a lot of sci-fi/fantasy so I wanted to read one of those books that first brought me to reviewing books. That being said, while I really did truthfully think the concept of everyone having a twin and then having to kill off that twin so that there is only one clone at a time, I don’t know if I was one hundred precent of sold on the world. First books in a series, in my opinion, have to establish a fully credible world in just one short book, that sometimes it doesn’t come off as good as it does in later books, so I am hoping that is the case with this book. So basically in this world, reproduction only happens when you go to a clinic and a bunch of scientists mix genetic material and the have to exactly the same embryos […]

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Posted June 1, 2014 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

I have a very interesting relationship with Young Adult books. Sometimes I really love them, other times I completely hate them. I literally have a love/hate relationship with the whole genre. I think a big part of my problem with a lot of young adult books is that I often feel like they aren’t as smartly written as they could be. I hate the assumption that just because a book is geared towards a younger audience that it means they inherently aren’t as smart. This book to me suffered from that, it seemed like every major plot point within the book was full of trivial concern and lacked a lot of depth. So I actually kind of loved the premise of the book, the idea that a flu shot could give a group of high school kids ESP. I can easily see how it could open up a lot of doors, provide some comic relief, cause problems, and create solutions. There is just a lot that you can do with that idea within a book. Unfortunately the power was almost exclusively (in my opinion) used to get a boyfriend. And don’t get me wrong, romance is important, especially in high school, where everyone wants to know who is dating who, and your first heartbreak feels like the end of the world. But its been my experience (having been in high school and knowing quite a few of them) that while yes romance is in fact a priority, life is messy […]