Fat Girl On A Plane Review

It’s not often that you get to read your friend’s book.

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I’m so proud of my friend Kelly deVos. All those hours we spent writing together, Kelly worked hard and was determined to publish. Well now she has a book coming out in June! I’m so excited and it’s a must read! Let’s take a look at Fat Girl On A Plane!


 

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (June 5, 2018)
  • Language: English
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High school senior Cookie Vonn’s post-graduation dreams include getting out of Phoenix, attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer. But in the world of fashion, being fat is a cardinal sin. It doesn’t help that she’s constantly compared to her supermodel mother—and named after a dessert.

Thanks to her job at a fashion blog, Cookie scores a trip to New York to pitch her portfolio and appeal for a scholarship, but her plans are put on standby when she’s declared too fat too fly. Forced to turn to her BFF for cash, Cookie buys a second seat on the plane. She arrives in the city to find that she’s been replaced by the boss’s daughter, a girl who’s everything she’s not—ultrathin and superrich. Bowing to society’s pressure, she vows to lose weight, get out of the friend zone with her crush, and put her life on track.

Cookie expected sunshine and rainbows, but nothing about her new life is turning out like she planned. When the fashion designer of the moment offers her what she’s always wanted—an opportunity to live and study in New York—she finds herself in a world full of people more interested in putting women down than dressing them up. Her designs make waves, but her real dream of creating great clothes for people of all sizes seems to grow more distant by the day.

Will she realize that she’s always had the power to make her own dreams come true?


 

Review:  There comes a time when you read a book and know…this was what the world needs. That’s just what I thought when reading Fat Girl On A Plane. The world NEEDS this book. Girls, young and old, need this book.

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This book takes a sensitive matter of peer perception and adds humor and empowerment to body positivity. It’s something in this day and age, especially in the fashion industry, that girls need to see.

Cookie is a fantastic character. Intelligent, witty and strong. She’s a teen fashionista who wants to make fashion for ALL body types. You can’t help but root for her all the way. You feel for Cookie, whether it’s the airplane scene or the interactions with her model mother. Kelly brings the emotions. You will rage for Cookie. You will cry with her and you will go “hell ya” at her accomplishments. Cookie is a relatable character that enters your heart and pulls at your soul.

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Kelly does a wonderful job at the different times lines, the Cookie in the past as overweight and the Cookie in the present as thinner. I never got lost in the timeline switches and it added more depth to the story. The description was wonderful and immersed you in the setting. I saw every color of fabric and pictured every outfits. Kelly seems to have a true nature for fashion as it shows in her work with Cookie.

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The wit and charm of Cookie just added to the strength of the story about family drama, dating, peer perception, friendship and body image. It was a wonderful read of one girl’s determination to go after her dream but to also be true with herself. Fat Girl On A Plane is a read for everyone. Cookie takes you on an emotional journey that leaves you rooting for her until the very end, which is satisfying. Once I closed the book I was left thinking about certain scenes and wondering what society would be like if we all could be just like Cookie.

Should you read it?  YES! Fat Girl On A Plane is a must read that speaks truth about societies perception of body image with a strong female heroine who breaks boundaries for body positivity. You won’t want to put this book down until the very end.

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About the Author:

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I am a Young Adult writer living in Gilbert, Arizona, represented by Kathleen Rushall of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. I have a degree in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and am a contributor to Adventures in YA Publishing. My debut novel, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, will be published in 2018 by Harlequin Teen.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish Review

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062667572

 

Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

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Review:

This book might be one of the few books that left me pumping my fist at the last page.

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I literally sat up in my chair a couple of chapters toward the end of this book because I had a thrill course through my body, a giddy sensation to what this outcome would be.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish starts off with Amber, a woman who has dedicated her life with a heinous plan to snatch a wealthy husband, even if he’s married.

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Amber has set her sight on wealthy entrepreneur and extremely handsome, Jackson Parrish, and to get to him she makes friends with his wife, Daphne.  Daphne seemed to have the perfect life of wealth with two little girls. She also runs a non-profit called Julie’s Smile, in honor of her sister who died from Cystic Fibrosis. This seems to be the only downside to her life.

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It’s quite clear that Amber only wants Jackson and it doesn’t matter that she would be tearing a family apart. So honestly I never liked this character or connected with her. I was getting frustrated with Daphne and Jackson and the cluelessness to Amber’s plans. I was almost to the point of putting the book down when I reached the halfway point  where Daphne’s chapters arrive…and thing got interesting.

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The story shifts from Amber’s third person narrative to Daphne’s first person point of view. It was any easy flip because honestly I loathed Amber and relished Daphne’s side of the story. Secrets are revealed in Daphne’s chapters and the pace quickens. Believe me this is where you strap in and hold on tight for the twisted rollercoaster of a ride Constantine gives you.

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I finished this book in two days because I had to know what happened. The ending resolved all issues and I was immensely satisfied. Constantine did a wonderful job at immersing the reader into two different characters’ setting and the outcome that they each played in the story. She did a wonderful job at showing the luxurious lives of the wealthy by describing the details of clothing, purses, beverages and monstrous homes. I marveled at the secrets revealed and the enjoyment I had reading this book. It’s definitely a fun read.

Should you read it? Yes! A thrilling read with twists and turns at every page with an ending that leaves you satisfied.

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Rosemarked Review

  • Series: Rosemarked
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (November 7, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1484788559

 

A healer who cannot be healed . . .
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art-until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . .
Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule-even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.

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I LOVE FANTASY. Books, movies, comics, manga…

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Anytime I can get my hands on a new fantasy book I’m excited. Rosemarked didn’t let me down.

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Zivah is a healer but soon becomes infected with the Rose Plague.  There is no known cure and most who contract the infection die, become forever plagued and infectious or on the rare occasion come out free from the Rose plague and immune, called Umbertouched. Zivah is forever Rosemarked and must stay in isolation away from her family and village. Dineas was tortured by the Amparan Empire but escaped to reunite with his tribe. He had the Rose plague and survived as one of the few Umbertouched. Together they both infiltrate the Amparan Empire as spies to help save their people.

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This was a great political fantasy. The chapters alternate from Zivah and Dineas point of view and I loved getting inside their heads. It becomes really interesting when Dineas memories are taken away by Zivah. The tension Zivah feels with the Dineas with memories and without creates great drama because she likes one more than the other. And to watch Dineas struggle with his thoughts regarding his mission and Zivah with and without memories is intriguing.

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The descriptions were vivid and I felt like I was right there with Dineas and Zivah’s on their secret quest. I couldn’t turn the page fast enough to see what happens next. This was a great start to a new fantasy series. I definitely will pick up the next book because I’m invested in these characters.

Should you read it? Yes! An engaging fantasy with interesting characters and an action packed plot.

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Review

 

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1524700487

 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.
 
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

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Review:  Once I finished this book I knew it would go down as one of my 2017 favorite books.

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Julia, 15,  loses her sister Olga in a tragic accident. Olga was the model of a Mexican daughter, working and going to college. Julia was the opposite. After Olga’s death her family falls apart. Julia’s mother is now over protective and controlling of her. Her father works long hours and retreats into silence after Olga’s death.

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Julia suffers from depression after Olga’s death and I love how the books shows that and the road to recovery, especially with a quest to discover who Olga really was. The characters were relatable and felt realistic. Sanchez does a wonderful job at making the other supporting characters stand out like Amá and Apá. You want to root for them all.

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This is a wonderful book about Mexican culture, trying to hold onto tradition while exploring new changes, and learning truths about a person you thought you knew. I truly enjoy the diversity of the characters and cultures in this book. It was a refreshing read that was engaging and fast pace.

Should you read it?  Yes! A great book full of diverse characters and a spotlight on a wonderful culture. A refreshing read!

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About the author:

Erika L. Sánchez  Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, essayist, and fiction writer, she is the author of a young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017), which was recently longlisted for the National Book Award, and the poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion (Graywolf, 2017). Her nonfiction has been published in Al Jazeera, Cosmopolitan, ESPN.com, the Guardian, NBC News, Rolling Stone, Salon, and elsewhere. She has received a CantoMundo Fellowship, a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.


The Suffering Tree Review

 

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 13, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1484726596

 

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family-it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” As the suspicious looks and muttered accusations of her neighbors build, so does the pressure inside her, and Tori returns to the pattern of self-harm that landed her in a hospital back in D.C. It all comes to a head one night when, to Tori’s shock, she witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events-including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin-that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth-and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel-she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried at any cost.

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Review:  This book was a surprise treat. A dark story with a dark ghost mystery.

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Tori and her family inherit a house and the secrets that come with it. One night Nathaniel emerges from a grave under a tree thrusting Tori into an adventure of dark secrets and revealing truths. One peculiar thing to note is that Nathaniel is bound to the tree and must seek revenge!

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This book was a great read with mystery and magic delving into slavery and witchcraft. There was a connection between Tori and Nathaniel that was fun to read. You rooted for them all way and even after the story ends. It does jump from 3 different POV in different time periods and a dreamscape, that kind of confused me but you get use to it. It doesn’t hinder the book but I did like Nathaniel’s POV the best.

Should you read this? Depends on the reader.  It was a great mystery but there was graphic descriptive scenes of self-harm, cutting, in the book that’s not for the faint of heart. This surprised me because I didn’t expect it and there was no warning on the description of the book. So, if that thing bothers you I recommend skipping the book. If not it is an enjoyable read.

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Little Monsters Review

 

 

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 25, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0553521497

 

For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

   Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.
Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.
Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.
But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.
Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

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Review:

Kacey is the new girl to Broken falls. With a new family and friends, Bailey and Jade, this is her time to start over. But when everyone becomes distant and Bailey disappears things aren’t starting to look good for Kacey.

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The story captured my interest from the first page with a chilling plot. The mystery of Bailey’s disappearance drives the reader to want to know what happened to her and who was the villain.

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Thomas does a wonderful job at keeping the pace flowing and the speculating on who did it constant. I liked that Kacey was the main POV but Thomas threw in excerpts from Bailey’s diary, which helped shed the conflict and deepen the mystery.

I felt immersed in Kacey’s life and that of the other teenage girls.  There was a lot of cussing that slowed the reading down a bit. Now I’m not prude but it just seemed like too much for a YA book.

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Should you read it? Yes, a great mystery that with each turn of the page needs to be solved.

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About the Author:

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Kara is the author of the critically acclaimed THE DARKEST CORNERS. Her new book, LITTLE MONSTERS, is coming July 25th from Random House/Delacorte. She’s written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Brothers Television. You can find her on Long Island, bingeing on true crime podcasts and TV shows.

And Then There Were Four Review and Giveaway

Today on Halloween I reviewed a thriller!

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Let’s take a look at And Then There Were Four!


 

And Then There Were Four (Nancy Werlin)

An unlikely group of allies come together to save themselves when their parents seem to be plotting to have them all killed. Bestselling author Nancy Werlin returns to her YA suspense roots for this page-turner that’s sure to be much discussed.

Let’s not die today. Not even to make things easier for our parents.
Five very different students at a private high school are brought together under mysterious circumstances, and just barely escape a building collapse. Little by little they piece together the belief that their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true, and if so how did the plan emerge and what are the parents’ motives? But most important, how can these teenagers save themselves? The urgency builds when one of the five dies and the others flee together. This unlikely group gradually bonds as they struggle to stay safe against all odds.

 


Tawney’s Review:

Right off the start you know that someone wants these teens dead. Is it truly their parents?

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The surviving teens come together to figure out the why and how to survive. There are 2 points of view, Saralinda and Caleb. The only thing I had a problem with was Saralinda’s POV was in first person and Caleb’s was in second. It ruined the flow for me at the beginning but not the story.

The story is fast paced and definitely unique. I was so intrigued as to why the parents wanted to kill their kids…so much drama! And the end left a little surprise.

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Should your read this book? Yes, if you’re looking for a thriller you can’t put down then this book is for you.

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