Dec 20, 2014
This dystopian novel really worked for me. There were quite a few believability hurdles that I had to get over but it still worked. The romance was swoonworthy and the magic/scifi twist turned out at the end. I sped through the book unable to put it down.
Appropriateness: There's no adult content in this book. I recommend it to fans of dystopian romance fans 13+
Dec 15, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
I really enjoyed reading this book. Reading about Deanna as she worked to realize what had actually happened in the past. That the boy she'd had sex with was using her (the word rape is never used but it's a great example of statutory rape) and had preyed on her desire for love. Deanna's family is in shambles, her brother is a teenage father living in the basement with his child and her father is emotionally abusive to everyone in the house. Deanna grows throughout the book and is better off than she started, however things do not end perfectly. I was interested throughout the story and felt the ending resolved well.
Appropriateness: There is alcohol and drugs and sex in this book (the sex is described distantly and never erotic) although it's never viewed as a positive thing. This would be a great book to read with your young teen to discuss statutory rape. Deanna has a horrific life, yet goes on day by day and works to make things better for herself. I recommend this book to readers 12+
Dec 8, 2014
This is a nice romance with a slow build up. The fish out of water and xenophobia slant were interesting but a little heavy handed at times. It seemed to take a long time for the meat in the story to start but I remained interested throughout. I really liked Cara but found myself wondering how she could be so nice to Aelyx who is a snobby jerk for most of the book. This book is far more romance than sci-fi.
Appropriateness: There is no adult content in this book. There are some allusions to erections (Aelyx mentions having to think of the periodic table to calm down) and one scene where it's implied that the two are making out without shirts on. There's also quite a bit of sex discussions (who won't and how does it happen and talk of reproduction). I would recommend this book for readers 13+
Dec 1, 2014
I recommend this book for kids 4-8
Nov 10, 2014
I really liked this book. The main character had a personality that I loved and her problems were those that girls can relate to. She was being bullied for the body that she got after hitting puberty (It's not slutty it's from the Gap!). It's a great book about taking control of oneself and making good choices. The end is a bit silly but it worked.
Appropriateness: There's a lot of adult content in the book but nothing graphic. Tabitha's dad smokes a ton of weed. There's quite a bit of bullying that's very real in the way that girls bully each other for their looks (it would make a good starting point for a discussion of bullying). The sexual content isn't extremely graphic but involves cheating. I recommend it to readers 14+
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Nov 7, 2014
I enjoyed this book and remained interested throughout. It was interesting, the mystery was believable and the romance was well crafted. The plot wasn't that different from others I've read with the same sort of premise (girl has no memory, boy helps girl escape the big bad) but I still was interested.
Appropriateness: There is no adult content and the romance involves nothing more than kissing. I recommend this book to readers 12+
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