Notes From Ghost Town by Kate Ellison
Published February 12, 2013 by EgmontUSA
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for honest review
They say first love never dies…From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.(Goodreads)
Just a side note, but I filmed this a few days ago, so the giveaway has actually ended now. Sorry about that :/3.5 birds
Mhm. Okay. Flip a coin. Heads – bird wins. Tails – it’s mine.
But I Love Him by Amanda Grace (Mandy Hubbard) Publisher: Flux Release Date: May 8th 2011 Pages: 245 Reading Level: Young Adult Goodreads Avg. Rating: 3.95
Tonight was so much worse than anything before it. Tonight he didn’t stop after the first slap.
At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future.
Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved — and needed. Ann can’t recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor’s rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything — and everyone — in its path. (Goodreads)
I had expected a lot from this book… Much more than I actually got to be honest. The concept drew me in, and I was thrilled when I won a copy on Twitter. I was really excited to read it.
But the book kind of fell flat for me… Ann was distant. I didn’t feel her pain like I was connected to her, I sort of just felt as if I was reading a story in the newspaper about a girl being abused. Yes, you feel awful for the poor girl, but then you flip the page and read another article. This book was like that for me. There were some moments when it really got me and I just wanted to step in an help Ann find her voice, to punch Connor in the face and tell him to get away. But overall, it didn’t do a lot for me.
I read a review before starting that said the book was hard to read because of the suffering of Ann. This part I think is true. Ann doesn’t stand up to Connor throughout the novel – she just sort of sits back and takes it, then accepts his apologies. This was really hard to read about because like I said before, I wanted to jump in and help Ann.
The writing was… okay. It’s been a while since I’ve read the book and the writing hasn’t left an impression on me, whereas I still feel the lyrical and tragic prose of Jandy Nelson (The Sky Is Everywhere). Now I am in no way comparing the 2 books, but Nelson’s writing left an impact and Grace’s didn’t.
Overall, I would recommend it to fans of contemporary or looking for something a bit heavier yet quick to read. It didn’t do as much for me as I had expected, but I think it’s still worth a read because of the important subject matter.
Date Published: December 23, 2008 Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/Mystery Pages: 252 Source: Library
Some secrets shouldn’t be kept…
Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia’s life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia’s life becomes anything but ordinary.
Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend’s accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She’s reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She’s inexplicably drawn to Ben…and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help–but can he be trusted? She knows he’s hiding something… but he’s not the only one with a secret.
From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares comes a story of paranormal romance that’s sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite. (Goodreads)
I picked this book up as an impromptu from a library down in the States when I was visiting. I had heard some good things and decided it might be an interesting read.
I think I was hoping for more than I got. The book has an interesting plot, but it could have been better. It seemed to follow the mold that all the other YA supernatural books do – new boy or new girl meets boy or girl, falls in love, but there is something dangerous about the boy that must be figured out, and while in the end it threatens to tear them apart, they stick out their love for each other.
The one thing I did appreciate about this particular YA was that there was a unique twist at the end that brought the book together and made it a bit more memorable than some others.