Top 9 Most Cry Worthy YA/MG Moments

Hey all! I know I’ve been a tad lax on my review output but school is literally a nightmare, seriously, I can’t sleep and when I do I dream about things to say in my research paper. Yeah, I know I’m a nerd, I’m cool with it. Anyways, since I was preoccupied building up to the home stretch of my 2nd research paper, I didn’t get to post a Tuesday top 10. I’m gunna go crazy, be rebellious and make my top whatever on whichever day of the week! So starting today welcome to the first edition of YABM’s Monday Top 9 🙂

We all have books that have broken our hearts. Books that made us cry, laugh, and then collapse into a devastated mess of sobbing, sniffling, and tissue-grabbing that has us reaching for a pint of ice cream or a shot of tequila, sometimes both. Whatever works. 🙂 All we know is that we need to do something to soothe the burning hole in our chest where our heart use to be before it shattered into thousands of itty bitty pieces when our favorite series/book stomped all over it. That being said, these are my top 9 heartbreaking YA/MG moments:

WARNING THIS CONTAINS SEVERAL SPOILERS. 

9. Destined(Wings, #4)- Aprilynne Pike 

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“I’m begging you, to come be with me.” And she pressed her mouth against his and murmured against his lips. “Forever.”

For a few seconds he didn’t respond.

Then a groan escaped his throat and he thrust his fingers in her hair, pulling her mouth back to his with a fierce hunger.

“Kiss me,” she whispered. “And don’t stop.”

“I’ve loved you for a long time, ‘ she said. ‘But there was always something holding me back. Maybe it was that I was afraid of an emotion that was so consuming. It still frightens me,’ she admitted in a whisper. 
Tamani chuckled. ‘If it makes you feel any better, it scares the daylights out of me on a regular basis.”

The moment when Laurel finally realizes that Tamani is her happily ever after.

For four books Tamani pinned for Laurel, every time she made out with David I died a little with Tamani. As Tamani watched his beloved fall for someone else, I wanted to smack Laurel in the head. Tamani loved Laurel more than he loved himself, and almost died for her. When they finally, finally got together I was so ecstatic I cried. FINALLY! All was right in the fae world, and mine.

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling

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Dobby’s death. Poor, innocent, courageous Dobby.

7. Sanctify (Unbinding Fate, #2)- Colee Firman

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“What are you thinking?” “That when we get back to Tremain, even if you pick him…” He touched her cheeks with his fingertips and kissed her softly. “I’m always gonna feel like you’re mine.”

The moment when Tanner finally has the guts to confess his love to Addy even though she’s in love with Gage.

The moment when Addy and Tanner realize they love each other 🙂

THE END OF THIS BOOK. Tanner, oh my god Tanner how could you?

6. Twisted (Intertwined, #3)- Gena Showalter

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The moment when Aden goes back in time to save everyone from the disaster, and death at the end of this book. Aden knows that if he goes back in time and avoids Mary Anne that he will never meet Victoria, the girl he fell in love with, and so he sacrifices his happiness, and heart for the good of everyone.

5. Splendor (Luxe, #4)- Anna Godbersen 

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He turned his dark eyes on the girl whom he had dreamed of so often over the previous months. Beside him, at that very moment of existence, at the heart of torrential downpour, she was exquisitely real, and she, too, seemed content to go on sitting there forever.

The moment when Diana chose to live for herself, and breaks Henry’s heart.

4. Madly and the Jackal (Madly, #3)- M. Leighton

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“There are two things I was born to do. One is to protect Atlas,” Jackson began. He paused, tracing a fingertip from my temple to my jaw. “The other is to love you. If you don’t believe in anything else, believe in that. Trust me. Trust in me.”

The moment when Jackson loses his emotions, and seems like he no longer loves Madly. When Madly and Jackson finally embrace their love for each other completely ignoring social expectations.

3. The Mortal Instruments series- Cassandra Clare 

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Jace and Clary’s entire love story throughout the series. It’s up, it’s down, it’s on, it’s off, but through it all you never doubt their love.

The moment on the rooftop after Lilith’s death when Clary thinks Jace is dead.

2. Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire, #3)- Courtney Allison Moulton

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One by one the angels had come to the top of Har Megiddo where I sat, holding her body close to mine after she’d died. I’d fought alongside them in battle, but up close, when they stood quietly watching us, they looked as beautiful as they looked unreal. The angels weren’t supposed to feel emotions, but they were all weeping. All of them. Their tears stained their flawless faces like rain running in rivulets across stone. Azrael was the only one of then who came to me, knelt in front of me and took her from my arms. He was the angel of death come to carry his sister home. I didn’t want to give her up, knowing it would be the last time I ever saw her face. I had died on that wretched hill with her.

This scene. When we read books and follow along with blossoming love stories that become something so passionate they transcend time, we hope for a happy ending, hell we expect one. When I got to the end of this book, the final in the series, my heart stopped. When Will and Ellie said their final goodbyes after everything they’ve been through, hundreds of years of devotion, compassion, and love I thought that this was the most unjust, horrible ending possible. When I got to the epilogue and Will was basically in tears helping Ellie’s best friend move into her dorm, I thought, this is it. The shooting star scene is one of my all time favorites. ❤

1. The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)- Philip Pullman

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“I want to live with you forever. I want to kiss you and lie down with you and wake up with you every day of my life till I die, years and years and years away. I don’t want a memory, just a memory…”

“No,” he said, “memory’s a poor thing to have. It’s your own real hair and mouth and arms and eyes and hands I want. I didn’t know I could ever love anything so much. Oh, Lyra, I wish this night would never end! If only we could stay here like this, & the would could stop turning, and everyone else could fall into a sleep…”

“Everyone except us! And you and I could live here forever and just love each other.”

“I will love you forever, whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again…”

“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling so tight that nothing & no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me & every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…”

They lay side by side, hand in hand, looking at the sky.

Lyra and Will. ❤ ❤ ❤ PERFECTION. Never has there been such a pure, beautifully natural love. The fact that they give up the only happiness their souls have known, their love for each other, to close the doorways between worlds to save the imprisoned souls…I have no words. Nothing has ever touched my heart as deeply as this scene, and no love story since then has ever topped Will and Lyra’s.

What are your top cry worthy YA moments?

-BB

Review: The Immortal Rules- Julie Kagawa

3.5/5 Stars

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)- Julie Kagawa

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Plot: Allison Sekemoto is an Unregistered who struggles to survive capture from vampires or death by rabids. After the plague spread throughout the United States killing off most of humanity, the vampires now reign. These vampires have a complex system of rule, humans must register and show up at bloodlettings or face death, torture, or worse. Unregistereds are those who skirt the system, scavenging for food, shelter, and steer clear from rabids, vampires, and rival gangs.Allie, and her small group of 3 guys are starved and desperate, so much so that they risk leaving the city limits and crossing into uncharted territory for a stockpile of canned goods. They get so distracted gorging themselves on canned beans, and peaches that they don’t realize how late it has gotten. As they race back to the tunnels they are attacked by a horde of hungry rabids. Allie watches as her friends are torn limb by limb, and just when her last companion is about to be ripped apart, Allie slices her hand open drawing the rabids to her blood. They swarm, jagged nails shredding through her skin as they feast. Allie fights kicking, punching, stabbing, whatever it takes but it’s not enough, they keep coming at her. Just when she thinks she’s done for a mysterious vampire scatters the rabids and offers Allie a choice, life as the creature she hates most or death. No matter how much Allie loathed the vampires, anything was better than death. The rest of the story follows Allie’s transition into a vampire, her adjustment to the cravings, her struggle to preserve her humanity, and her unlikely infiltration into a human group searching for Eden, a famed vampire-free island.

PROS:

  • Allie is fierce, headstrong, and willing to sacrifice everything for what she believes in.
  • Zeke is sexy, honest, and just an overall good, righteous person. His ability to love, and risk his life to save something that his whole belief system rejects is completely endearing, and oh so adorable.
  • The rabid attacks are grisly, bloody, and have just the right amount of gore to terrify.
  • The whole vampire hierarchy is fascinating, and their government system is both elaborate, and expansive.
  • Sarren, and Jackal are so supremely evil they’re the ultimate villains.

CONS:

  •  Some of the minor characters are so annoying that it detracts from the overall story.
  • There are times when Allie makes such stupid decisions when she is advised not to and then acts surprised when something bad happens.
  • The wandering aimlessly in search for Eden is a tad boring.

If you liked Masquedf8951449arena 2 you’ll probably enjoy this.

UPDATE: It’s been six? whole days since my last post, and it’s been slowly killing me inside. If I hadn’t spent most of the past week and a half writing a 30pg research paper I would have written 7 reviews! This is terrible. As of right now I have two more reviews to write that I haven’t gotten around to. I also have The Masque of the Red Death in a draft post that I never got to finish. That’s what you can look forward to in upcoming reviews. I have several books in my TBR pile for next week including Mind Games, Through the Ever Night, and Until I Die. If all goes well I will complete my next two papers, and still have time to write reviews.

-BB

Review: Pink Smog- Francesca Lia Block

2/5 Stars

Pink Smog: Becoming Weetzie Bat- Francesca Lia Block

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Junior high was like the bad kind of Wonderland in Alice where people are mean and crazy, everything is backward, and you’re growing (hips) and shrinking (self-esteem) all the time.

I was starting to learn how to forget things that made me sad. It was like a charm you followed step-by-step, collecting and blending the ingredients, placing everything in its proper place, reciting the incantation. It was the magic of forgetting.

Let me preface this review by saying that a long time ago I read one of Francesca Lia Block’s books and loved it but at the same time, I had no idea who Weetzie Bat was when I picked up this book, which in the YA reading community I’m gathering is something of a sin. However, because of this lapse in popular reading, I read this book as a stand alone, with no nostalgia for other Weetzie books, I probably do not have the appreciation for Weezie’s stories that other readers have.

Plot: Essentially, Pink Smog is a coming of age story about Louise(Weetzie) Bat, and her road to dealing with the havoc wreaked on the body both physically, and mentally by adolescence. Weetzie is just trying to fit in, and discover who she is, and who she wants to become. Her idol is Marilyn Monroe, her hero is her father Charlie, she loves animals, flowers, the beautiful pink smog sunsets of LA, rollerblading, and making clothes for her, and her stuffed animals with lots of rhinestones, and feathers. Weetzie is nostalgic for her past when they lived a nicer life in a small cottage, when her best friends were twin girls with giant hazel eyes, and fluffy blonde afros, when her parents didn’t fight, her mother didn’t drink herself to sleep every night, and when her father would take her on adventures through the city. One night everything changes, her mother and father get into the worst fight she’s ever seen them have, her father storms off in his yellow Thunderbird, and her mother loses the will to live, tossing herself into the pool. Weetzie doesn’t think, she jumps into the pool, and struggles to pull her mother out. They are saved by a gorgeous blond boy who Weetzie thinks is an angel. After this everything in Weetzie’s life falls to pieces. Her father doesn’t return, her mother is in a self-induced alcoholic stupor on the couch every day, the bullying at school intensifies, and she doesn’t know what to do about the boy who saved them but knows she needs to see him again. Random , magical things start to happen; Weetzie receives a letter with a clue that marks the start of a multipart scavenger hunt, Winter (the angel) starts to pay more attention to Weetzie, and she may be falling slowly in love, and she makes friends with Bobby and Lily. Thus begins the story of Weetzie Bat, how she learns to find the beauty in everything, to be happy with herself, and to learn what it means to love, and be loved.

PROS:

  • The scavenger hunt. Weetzie gets these envelopes full of riddles, glitter, and tinkling silver bells. They’re mysterious, compelling, and like any good puzzle, leave you eager for the next clue.
  • Annabelle. Annabelle is the weirdest, creepiest,voodoo practicing female character I’ve ever seen. The description of her bedroom, which is hot pink and scattered with necklaces made of tiny bird bones, Barbie and Ken dolls tied up, blindfolded, and mutilated with pins. They way she pops out of the darkness, delivers terrifying premonitions, and can turn people into zombie-like slaves with a spell is wickedly awesome.
  • Deals with issues of eating disorders, divorce, alcoholism, cross dressing, homosexuality, bullying, and drug dealing/gangs. These are all things that Weetzie is exposed to by doesn’t understand.

CONS:

  • Weetzie reminds me of a baby bird, fragile, with delicate breakable wings struggling to fly and falling out of the nest over and over again but somehow surviving a crippling injury or excruciating death. She’s timid, shy, doesn’t know how to stand up for herself, and she is kind of a wispy, pathetic character. She is constantly in a daze trying to figure out how to be a person that can cope with the torments of Junior high, her dad leaving, her mother’s alcoholism, and her strange new neighbors. Weetzie is trapped between a time when her life was simple and pleasant, when she could snuggle up with her stuffed animals, play dress up, and pick flowers and her life in the pink smog of LA. It’s tragic that Weetzie is so focused on her past that she is stunting her future. 
  • Weetzie’s life is so slow and boring that this short 200pg book took forever to read. I had to force myself to continue, the only thing that kept me going was the answer to the riddles in the scavenger hunt.
  • Weetzie’s friends have no depth, like her, they are just shadow people, lacking what it takes to be a complete person with solid opinions and willingness to enjoy life. I realize that this might have been the intention of the book but maybe it could have been done in a slightly less annoying, and bland way. This becomes problematic when you dislike every character except the supposed “evil” ones.

This is in the same vein as TruthAbtForeverAreYouThereGod11

Shades of YA- 22/75

-BB

Novellas Weekend Part 2! Review: Shadow Cats- Rae Carson

Shadow Cats (A Girl of Fire and Thorns Novella)- Rae Carson

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Goodreads Summary: 

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. And it was not Alodia.

Alodia is the crown princess of the realm. The sister who knows how to rule, and the one who is constantly reminded that she has not been marked for a grand destiny. But Alodia has plans, and she will be the greatest queen her people have ever known. So she travels–with her hopeless, naïve, chosen sister–to a distant part of their land, to begin to secure her supporters. This region needs its princesses, for it is plagued with a curse. The crops don’t grow, the spring doesn’t arrive, and a fierce jaguar stalks the shadows, leaving only empty homes splashed with blood behind. If Alodia can save them, no one will be able to deny her strength and her sovereignty.

But what she discovers could change the fate of her kingdom, if not her world. And it will most certainly change her opinion of her younger sister.

Alodia is the most envious, jealous, spiteful, spoiled, bitchy sister ever. By the end of the story she does have some redeeming factors, like her bravery, devotion, and new appreciation for Elisa. Is it enough to make her likable? I’ll let you be the judge but for me, definitely not.

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YES!!! When it’s the truth according to only you, and based on your stupid jealous tendencies.

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It’s laughable. And a little bit sad. People like the ones we’ve seen on this journey, who have been harried by poor harvests and enemy skirmishes, could use a hero. The servants mutter that maybe God picked the wrong sister.

She seems to have an endless supply of subtle and creative ways to remind me that even though I will be queen someday, she is God’s chosen one. The words are out of my mouth before I can stop them: “Oh, I know better than to expect you to do anything once we arrive. Just hurry off to pray or rest. Let me handle the business of representing Papá.”

[To God] Of course if you would help me see the strength in her, or nudge her to be a little more useful, then I wouldn’t have to be sorry.

She holds a knife in her hand. A kitchen knife, I note with no small amount of amusement. What she thinks she’ll do with it, I’ve no idea. 

Elisa downs a handful of the mushroom puffs before I’ve made my first selection, and I glance around, a bit embarrassed, but no one else seemed to notice.

I found myself so mad at Alodia I really couldn’t enjoy this novella at all. This is especially true when you have already read The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers and know what a wonderfully powerful, calculated, intelligent leader Elisa is and how many hardships, and heart breaks she’s suffered.

-BB

Shades of YA Updated!

RED (Top to bottom) – Supernaturally by Kiersten WhiteRumors by Anna Godbersen; A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford;Die for Me by Amy PlumThe Elite by Kiera Cass; Asunder by Jodi Meadows; Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin;Requiem by Lauren Oliver; Insignia by S.J. Kincaid; Period 8 by Chris Crutcher

5/10

PINK – Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer; Fang Girl by Helen Keeble; Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard; Crush by Nicole Williams; Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell; Boundless by Cynthia Hand; Impostor by Jill Hathaway; The Amanda Project by Amanda Valentino and Melissa Kantor; Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block

0/9

YELLOW –Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers; Deadline by Chris Crutcher; Balthazar by Claudia Gray; A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young; The Survivors by Will Weaver; Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver; Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon; Pulse by Patrick Carman; If I Should Die by Amy Plum; Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

0/10

GREEN –The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle; Eve by Anna CareyCross My Heart, Hope to Die by Sara Shepard;Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer; Insurgent Collector’s Edition by Veronica RothPretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley; Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi; Lies by Michael Grant

2/8

BLUE –The Selection by Kiera CassShatter Me by Tahereh MafiClash by Nicole Williams; Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison MoultonDestiny by Gillian ShieldsThe Other Normals by Ned Vizzini; The Ward by Jordana Frankel;Hallowed by Cynthia Hand; Mind Games by Kiersten White; Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi; Rise by Anna Carey

4/11

PURPLE –Slide by Jill Hathaway; Arise by Tara Hudson; Once by Anna CareyInk Exchange by Melissa MarrBlackwatchby Jenna Burtenshaw; Breathe by Sarah CrossanThe Calling by Kelley Armstrong; Endlessly by Kiersten WhiteShadow on the Sun by David Macinnis Gill

5/9

GRAY –In the After by Demitira Lunetta; Spellcaster by Claudia Gray; Pivot Point by Kasie West; Unbreakable by Liz Norris; What’s Left of Me by Kat ZhangDivergent by Veronica RothThe Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna; Light by Michael Grant

2/8

BLACK –Reboot by Amy Tintera; Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins; The Lying Game by Sara Shepard; Erasing Time by C.J. Hill; Hidden by Sophie JordanIllusions by Aprilynne PikeBewitching by Alex Flinn; The Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonDead Silence by Kimberly Derting; Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

3/10

TOTAL: 21/75

Novellas Weekend Part 1! Reviews: The Prince- Kiera Cass and Winter’s Passage- Julie Kagawa

I know it’s not the weekend but as I was trying to rid myself of a headache I decided to relax with some good YA fiction. I am on page 11 of my research paper and working up the energy to push through this sucker so that it’s over by this weekend. Then, I can move on to my other two 15 pg papers. The joy of being a graduate student. Be jealous. NOT. Since these novellas are so short, the normal critique system is not really effective and so I’m going to do something a little different and just write my reactions 🙂 Hopefully you guys will enjoy this.

Firstly, just a friendly reminder that The Elite by Kiera Cass comes out on APRIL 23rd. Here is a Kindle link to pre-order or purchase–>Elite Pre-order. Don’t you love the cover? I don’t know if you’re counting down the date until the release but I feel like I’ve waited forever for this baby.

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The Prince (A Selection Novella)- Kiera Cass

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Prince Maxon be still my heart. 

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Seriously. There is something unbelievably adorable, sensitive, and endearing about Prince Maxon. This short novella, so so short, after 50 or so pages I wanted so much more. While Prince Maxon may not be as interesting as America, he is complex. Maxon doesn’t know whether his father loves him or is simply picking girls that will be good for the country not necessarily good for his son. When Maxon asks his father what will happen if he doesn’t fall in love with one of the 35 girls, he tells him to pick the least annoying one. For real? Great fatherly advice. Your son is terrified that he will fail the country and that he’s incapable of love because he has never experienced it and those are your words of wisdom? JERK.

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The scene when Maxon first sees America in the moonlight when she runs away to the gardens. I LOVE MAXON’S REACTION! If you want to feel giddy, excited, and really girly, check out this scene.

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I thought of how she acted last night, and realized she was a walking rebellion.

All I knew was, even if she wasn’t mine, I wanted to leave her with a smile. 

For someone who claims to have no experience with love, Maxon hasn’t at this point ever even been kissed, he sure is a romantic. Maxon is charming, for all of his insecurities he really just wants to be a good person, to take pictures, and to fall in love with someone who doesn’t want him for his crown but only for himself.

If you want a glimpse into Maxon’s psyche definitely check this novella out. Here is the Kindle link –>The Prince it’s only $1.99.

Winter’s Passage (The Iron Fey, #1.5)- Julie Kagawa

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“Okay, why is there a library at the back of a goth bar?” I asked, peering around at the books. “Spell books for the black arts? Recipes for human hors d’oeuvres?”

“I am the wolf at the door, the creature that stalked the girl in the red hood to grandma’s house. I am the wolf who becomes man, and man who is beast inside. My stories outnumber all the tales ever told, and you cannot kill me.”

Winter’s Passage for those few Kagawa fans who haven’t gotten around to reading it yet like myself, is set in the time between when Ash and Meghan embark towards Winter and her actual arrival at Queen Mab’s court. Meghan is being hunted by a deadly predator…you might have guessed it from the cover and the quote, the big bad wolf.

Ash. Oh, sweet, sexy, jaded, fey prince, as usual is a swoon worthy, angry, mood swingy, badass just full of sexual tension, annoyance, and smoldering lines.

The way he protects Meghan, and the scene where he saves her from freezing to death. Sweltering. That’s all I can say about that without giving too many details. For this alone it is definitely worth reading.

As usual the descriptions were all really beautiful 🙂

There were also some really awesome and very creepy things that are so morbidly sick they’re absolutely wonderful. The Dungeon. The crazy lady in the woods with the mutant baby and the way she feeds that baby. If you like scary, horror film type scenes that’s the scene for you.

My reactions to the scary factor ranged from

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You can get Winter’s Passage on kindle right here –>Winter’s Passage it’s only $2.51. If you love Julie Kagawa or just sexy fey in general check it out!

-BB

Review: Unraveling- Elizabeth Norris

3.5/5 Stars

Unraveling(Unraveling, #1) -Elizabeth Norris 

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“I’d just want him to lean over…” As I say it, I lean slightly toward Ben, close enough that I can feel the warmth of his body radiating into the empty space between us, and drop the volume of my voice “…and say ‘Janelle Tenner, fucking marry me.'”

Ben comes to my house in the middle of the night, obviously upset, and I practically jump him. And in his weakened-by-blood-loss state, he doesn’t fight me. If he ends up dying because I was turned on, I might shoot myself. 

Plot: 

From Goodreads:

“Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle’s mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.

And that was before she died…and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth’s destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.”

Here are my problems with this summary:

  • Janelle is a lifeguard for one day in the story.
  • Her academic schedule is far from intense. Seriously, you have one AP class and Calc and suddenly it’s intense? She hardly ever even refers to school work. Most of the time spent there is looking for Ben, in lunch, or wandering around.

Here is a somewhat more expansive summary:

Janelle Tenner, after just getting off her lifeguard shift at the beach discovers her car has been graffitied with the word BITCH and all four of the tires on her Jeep have been slashed. She knows who the culprit is but doesn’t have time for the drama, she has to get her brother to water polo practice. So, Janelle calls her bestie Alex and asks him to pick her up. As she is jogging to their rendezvous point, a Toyota pickup comes speeding down the road from out of nowhere at 80mph and slams into Janelle. Janelle knows she died. She felt it. There was an abundance of nothingness and then an excruciating burning sensation overwhelmed her body. As she fades in and out of consciousness, she sees Ben Michaels’ face. She knows he brought her back to life. After a couple of days in the hospital, Janelle is even more certain of Ben’s involvement and she wants answers. Meanwhile, her dad is working on a case that has a countdown. Each of the victims suffered from extreme radiation poisoning, their skin and bones liquified. Janelle likes to play detective with Alex and sifts through her dad’s FBI case files. The guy who ran Janelle over, who killed her, had the same extensive radiation. Now Janelle is on a mission to figure out what the countdown is towards and whether or not Ben is involved. What she uncovers is something straight out of a science fiction novel but as time progresses, she realizes that denial won’t make it any less true. Teaming up with Alex, Ben, and his friends Elijah and Reid, Janelle must figure out how to stop the clock before the end of the world as she knows it.

PROS: 

  • Janelle is a badass. She is upfront, doesn’t take anyone’s garbage or drama, will dig for answers until she finds them or pry them out of her victims, she knows how to collect on her debts, takes care of her brother, deals with her mother’s bipolar madness, and through it all she is unbelievably, brutally honest with herself, and those she really cares about. 
  • The gore at the crime scenes is really creepy, grotesque, and reminiscent of the X-Files.
  • Viral bioterrorism. This is singly the most terrifying threat ever because it is so probable.
  • The concept of the multiverse and the sheer physics and science about this is fascinating.
  • Have I mentioned I love the X-Files references?
  • Date rape, peer pressure, and violence/bullying are themes that are occasionally talked about but are really a prominent subplot in this book, and the treatment of these issues is really realistic. How the characters react to and deal with these situations are unfortunately an accurate portrayal of the average victim, no matter the age.

CONS:

  • Character descriptions are short, not very detailed (except for Ben and Elijah), and there are basically a few afterthought descriptors scattered throughout. 
  • For the life of me, I could not figure out…specifically because I am an X-Files fan, why Ben, Elijah, and Reid didn’t try to fix their problem instead of just stopping the furthering of the issue. I know that doesn’t really make sense, but if I explained it, it would be far too spoilery. They know the problem is out there, how they created it, but don’t think hey maybe if we have the ability to make these issues maybe we also have the ability to destroy them? It baffles me that they never even attempted this option. Ignore the problem and it will go away…not likely.

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-BB