June 28, 2016

[Review] All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls is a story about the disappearances of two young women—ten years apart—told in reverse. 

Nicolette Farrell left her home, her family and her friends behind in Cooley Ridge after the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, Corinne. When Corinne went missing, everyone became a suspect—Nicolette, her brother, her boyfriend and Corinne’s boyfriend were all under investigation, Nic learning more about her friends than she wanted to.

After 10 years, Nicolette is returning to her rural hometown to tie up loose ends pertaining to her ailing father. Within days of her return, another girl goes missing, the mysterious circumstances re-opening old wounds, a decade-long investigation, and a pressing need to discover what really happened to her best friend ten years earlier.

June 22, 2016

Read the First Seven Chapters of THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE

I recently read and reviewed The Last Time We Say Goodbye.

As a fan of Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series, I’m ashamed that it took me so long to pick up TLTWSG. I really didn’t know much about the book going in except that it was written by Cynthia Hand and that was enough. 

You can read my review here and, if you haven't read this book yet, you can read the first 7 chapters below. 

[Review] The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

“There's death all around us. Everywhere we look. 1.8 people kill themselves every second. We just don't pay attention. Until we do.” 
The Last Time We Say Goodbye is the story of Lex—a senior in high school—who is grieving the recent loss of her younger brother, Tyler, who committed suicide.  It’s also the story, as she recounts it, of her family and the way that they are dealing with the sudden death of her brother.  Beyond that, this is the story, not necessarily of suicide, but of those left behind, of trying to make sense of the sudden and devastating loss, trying to cope with grief and keep on living despite the fresh, gaping wound and the heavy weight of guilt, regret, confusion, sadness, anger—all of the emotions that accompany such a loss.  

June 16, 2016

[Review] Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

“Everyone has their own path. The choices they've made. How any two people end up in the same place at the same time is a mystery.”
When a private jet leaves Martha’s Vineyard on a foggy evening with eleven people on board headed for New York, everything seems normal—at least as far as the flight is concerned. However, sixteen minutes into the flight, the plane crashes into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs—a washed-up painter with a troubled past—and JJ, a four-year-old-boy who lost his family in the crash and is now the inheritor of a multi-million dollar fortune.  

June 15, 2016

[Netflix Instant] The Giver

The Giver, a film based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Lois Lowry, is now available for instant streaming on Netflix.

Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift
Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) lives in a seemingly idyllic world of conformity and contentment. When he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), an old man who is the sole keeper of the community's memories, Jonas discovers the dangerous truths of his community's secret past. Armed with the power of knowledge, Jonas realizes that he must escape from their world to protect himself and those he loves -- a challenge no one has ever completed successfully.

June 9, 2016

[Review] The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

"I felt the way I often felt in this country -- simultaneously conspicuous and invisible, like an oddity whom everyone noticed but chose to ignore."
The Book of Unknown Americans is a story of those who have come to the United States in search of something better. This book attempts to give the reader a glimpse into what it’s like to be an immigrant in this country and brings to light some of the issues that immigrants face not only when they arrive, but some of the issues that may have caused them to leave their home country and make the often risky and daunting journey.