MINI REVIEW: Tell the Wolves I’m Home; Carol Rifka Brunt

Tell the Wolves I’m Home


In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

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Sell it In Sixty Seconds:
This is Brunt’s debut novel, and needless to say it leaves you yearning for more from June and her story. This whole book is told through the eyes of a shattered young girl, whom is wise beyond her years.  Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a story that will stay with you long after finishing the last page, because the characters truly become your friends.  Brunt delivers angst, pain, love, loss, and tragedy all in one beautifully packaged book.  This is a do not miss.  One worth reading, and definitely worth owning as well. 
Recommend for: Adult fiction fans, contemporary fans, YA contemporary lovers who can stand some tough subject matter 
Rating:  5/5

The NEW Review.. MINI REVIEW.. I need your help!

So, I am going to be starting something new.  It will be a mini review series.  Some books will continue in my traditional review style, while OTHERS I will be doing mini-reviews for.  I need a name for these.. (that’s where you guys come in!)

These MINI-reviews will be for those books I do not have for review, and am just reading because, well.. I want to!

MINI’s will consist of: 

  • Goodreads Synopsis
  • Rating
  • Who I’d Reccomend For
  • Three – Five Sentences on my opinion of the book!
  • Links for Purchase
  • Link to Goodreads.

So! What do you guys think? Any name in mind?

Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl [Louise Rozett]


Confessions of an Angry Girl

(Confessions #1)

by Louise Rozett (Goodreads Author)

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has someconfessions to make…1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate,don’t you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is nowenraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)
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Summary:
Rose, a high school freshman is pushed into a world where she feels she does not belong. Things are changing, friendships are being tampered with, and nothing feels familiar anymore. Along the way, she encounters romances, scrutiny, rejection, and more. It is the telling tale of what it is to be young, and what hardships that sometimes means we have to deal with. Rose’s best friend, Tracy is now one of those “gotta be popular girls”, while Rose is just trying to make it through the days. Her crush has a cheerleader girlfriend, her father is dead, her mom and her barely speak. Rose’s brother, Peter; also may have left her known by some upperclassmen, since he has recently graduated and is now away at college. I mean, its not an easy freshman year for Rose, but it sure as hell an interesting one…

Review:
Rose. I just loved her. You can see her tortured soul peering out through the pages. The way Rozett writes her character is wonderful. Rose has a huge heart, but she can’t seem to find out what is worth giving it to, and what is not. You feel for Rose at the loss of her family in this book. Since her father is gone, it is hard enough. But, Peter, Rose’s brother is harboring resentment, which in turn, makes Rose even more angry than she already is.

There were excellent parts of this book. The romance with Jaime was really great. There was mystery and allure there. However, I felt it should have been expanded on. I wanted to hear more about Jaime, and his story. However.. I learned why that didn’t happen; in the end. [Read to find out]. The friendship with Tracy was done so well. Honestly, this is what happens in high school, people argue and fight and bicker, especially as teen girls. Rozett showcased that for the reader, and it was impeccably done. The character of Robert (aka, the boy pining after the girl who won’t have him) was hysterical. It was only funny because it is SO TRUE. Rose does have a tendency to take advantage of Robert, and he blatantly points this out. Think back to high school. Come on ladies! (and gentlemen) how many times did this happen? It is just amazing how much of this story I have witnessed in real life. It is probably why I loved it so much!

Overall, I really enjoyed Confessions of an Angry Girl. I will absolutely be back for more, because there are questions that I need answered. I’m hoping the things I am left wondering about (and ultimately the reason I rated the book a four instead of a five) are answered for me. I would definitely say for any fan of YA contemporary to give this one a look! If for anything, do it for Jaime. I don’t know why but he just pulled me in and there is mystery within him that I just need to know more about!

Confessions is being released August 28th, 2012.  Check it out!

Disclosure: I was given a review copy of this book through NetGalley and HarlequinTEEN, this however, does not effect my opinon whatsoever.  A big thank you to Harlequin for the opportunity to review this book*

Rating:

Cover Lovin’ (3)

New week, new covers. Join in the fun! This week we’re featuring some lesser known titles.

Why are these not so common?  Hmm.  Two are unreleased.  And one is a newly released adult novel.  But I MUST get my hands on it.  That title is Triburbia by Karl Taro Greenfeld.
Here’s all the Goodreads links. 
The NOT so lucky cover…
That I was OH SO WRONG ABOUT.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home [Carol Rifka Brunt]
This book was just one of those.. gets to you, stays with you kinda books.  If you haven’t picked it up.. do it.  I promise it is worth your time.

That’s it for this week!  Tell me what you think of this week’s covers, and if you want to link your Cover Lovin’ Post, feel free!  

Top Ten Tuesday! Awesome Books Edition.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fabulous Broke and the Bookish.  
Join in the fun.  Its awesomeness at its finest.

This weeks topic is: Top Ten Books You’ve Read during the lifespan of your blog.

*Note: My blog is only three months old, making my pickings a bit more slim!*


1. Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
2. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
3. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
4. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
5. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
6. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
8. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
10. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

All of these were such memorable, amazing reads.  I loved each and every one.  HOWEVER, if I were to spotlight one, it would be Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.  This IS an adult novel, however there is a 14 year old girl as the main character.  It is an enriching story about growing up, love and loss.  I HIGHLY recommend it!  The link is above, as are all the others.  😀
In my short time blogging, I have read such great books, I can only hope this pattern continues!


PARTIALS Read-a-Long, CHALLENGE/GIVEAWAY!

Hello dear friends!  Firstly, to enter this contest, 
we need you to be PARTICIPATING in the Read-a-Long..
Second, be creative!  
Entries will be accepted for the next five days, 
and a winner will be chosen by Margie and I.

Challenge Week!


The Question:  In the world of YA there seems to be an abundance of female authors, but Dan Wells is among the males present in this genre.  Which male authors would you highly recommend? Let us know in the comments below!


The Challenge Winner will receive an ebook copy of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. This way you can participate in the Immortal Rules Read-a-Long next month!

Bout of Books: Day 3 Update!

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

UPDATES

Monday was a wash for me, and can be seen on my initial post.  Tuesday was also, an “eh” day since I work a lot on Tuesday!  I read 70 pages (ish) Tuesday and Wednesday finally got to read a bit after work.  Here’s what I read:


Wednesday (Day Three)-

Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books: Confessions of an Angry Girl; Louise Rozzett
Pages I Read: 230 (read the rest Tuesday)

Let me just say first, I recieved this book from NetGalley, for review on behalf of HarlequinTEEN.  I will be reviewing it, probably within the next few days.  But wow, I really enjoyed this!  I gave it 4 stars of Goodreads.  This book is being released August 31st, 2012 and I highly recommend you pick it up!  Or (if you have an eReader) pick up the sample and check it out! I think a lot of book bloggers will like this book as it takes us back to the high school days of drama and finding out where you belong.  

Today is obviously Day Four.. and I am NOT sure what to start!  Help! Of the books I said I’d read.. what is left is..




Which should I start?  
Who’s read what?





Bout of Books – The CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGE!

Well well, my fellow Bout of Book-ers! You have landed at THE CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGE!
Are you ready? I think you are!  Let’s do this…



For this challenge, I will ask you several questions:

  • Choose your favorite contemporary of 2012 (thus far)
  • Choose your favorite contemporary COVER of 2012 (thus far)
  • and explain your biggest *SURPRISE* contemporary book of this year..
  • (SURPRISE contemporary means: the book you may have not expected to love, but did)

Here’s my responses:
Favorite Contemporary thus far is: Pushing the Limits By Katie McGarry
My favorite cover is My Life Next Door (seen left) by Huntley Fitzpatrick
and my SURPRISE contemporary would have to be     Something Like Normal by Trish Doller.  I didn’t think I would like the male persepctive, but in FACT,  I adored it!  I’d love to read more from a male point of view!

Now: Answer in the comments below with all your responses!  This challenge is only TODAY so you will definitely wanna get started! 
The prize will be a copy of CATCHING JORDAN by Mirana Keneally

and a copy of  THE DISENCHANTMENTS by Nina LaCour
Have fun!





Cover Lovin’ (2)

Welcome to ANOTHER week of Cover Lovin! This week we have a video as well as a post!  Feel free to join in the fun!  Just use the image above and follow the (minimum) of two covers you like and ALSO include one you don’t!  Have fun!

Video:

The Ones I Love:
Alma Katsu- The Reckoning
Andrew Fuduka- The Hunt
Not so Much…
Thoughts, opinions, what have you been lovin? 
Leave it in the comments below! Til Next Time..