I'm a teen who never grew up that is a YA book fanatic. I've always been a huge reader, since I was kid, and usually drop way too much money at the store on books. Only problem is, my family never wants to talk about my books with me, so I figured I'd share my thoughts with other people who love books as much as I do.
Everblue by Brenda Pandos Release Date: July 30, 2012 Publisher: Obsidian Mountaing Publishing
She wanted her life to change... he wanted his to stay the same. Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them. Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever. - Goodreads.com
I love a good mermaid story, and Everblue definitely delivered that. I've had this book on my shelf for quite some time and am just now getting around to reading it, but the way was worth it. This was pure escapism for me and it was perfect timing.
The underwater world Brenda Pandos created was extraordinary. I love how this mermaid world deep under the lake in Tahoe had such an amazing city. It wasn't just rocks and coral and fish and seaweed, like in most mermaid stories. They had a city, with apartments, air-bubble places where they could swim up, shift into legs and walk around. How cool is that? Pandos definitely has the world-building down.
I loved this characters in this story, and the struggles they are being faced with. Pretty much everyone in this story is forced into doing pretty much the exact opposite of what they truly want, and it definitely ratchets up the tension in this story. I loved the fact that half this story was told in Fin's point of view. I love to see a story from the male protagonist's prospective, and although I liked Ashlyn, I have to admit that Fin's part of the story was by far the most interesting. I almost felt that Ashlyn was just extra to everything else.
Because a majority of the story takes place with the two of them apart, I did feel quite a disconnect from the romance. It was hard for me to really get to a point where I'm pulling for the two of them together considering there was nothing for me to really hold on to since the reader never got to see them together. The book starts off with them just having been friends for years. They both secretly like each other, of course, but neither knows the other feels that way. Then they're separated before anything gets going. So this definitely made it difficult to be emotionally invested in their romance to the point that when something finally happens, it's almost unbelievable that it would hit that hard that fast.
Despite this, I think this series has a lot of potential. The writing was vivid and suspenseful, and I am definitely looking forward to the sequel.
If you liked this book, be watching for the sequel on 6/29/2012:
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Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf Release Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Walker Children's
Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship. When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness. - Goodreads.com
Am I ever on an awesome book kick... Breaking Beautiful is, yet again, another fantastic read that I am so lucky to have picked up. Having been on a contemporary kick lately, I wasn't really expecting this book to surpass some of the other great ones I've read recently, but it certainly was right up there. This is one of those books that alternately makes you cry, cringe, drop your jaw in shock, and shake your head.
You just couldn't help but be brokenhearted for Allie. What a sweet girl and to have been treated so badly by Trip and still be so sweet and gentle was amazing. But what really broke my heart for her over and over in the story was how his old friends treated her. One of them even knew what had been going on and still treated her like she had somehow wronged Trip, instead of the other way around. Every time someone went on and on in front of her about how great Trip had been, you just wanted to slug them in the nose. She could have saved herself some agony and mistreatment by telling everyone what he had really been like, but she chose not to. I think this shows her strength and courage so well, and you just couldn't help but love her.
Her relationship with Blake seemed so natural, and his caring for her was so sweet. I loved watching this develop and seeing how she will now be able to find some love and comfort from what has been done to her. I think he restores her faith in love and relationships.
This book was definitely one that sticks with you and touches you so much. I had to read it with some tissues nearby though. Awesome book.