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Review of Just One Year by Gayle Forman

My Thoughts

Okay, so this book was kind of a mixed bag to me. It managed to pull me out of a reading slump I had been in, which was definitely a plus. I think the most important element of Gayle Forman’s books are always the characters. This book was no different. Each of the characters was well developed, and I truly enjoyed getting to learn more about Willem. In Just One Day we really don’t get much information about Willem’s family, friends, past – nothing really. Just One Year is, of course, Willem’s side of the story. Finally we get to see what has contributed to Willem’s decisions and personality – everything that really builds him as a character.

The biggest thing I would tell someone who’s thinking about starting this series (duology? companion novels?) is that if you’re looking for an epic love story, you’re not going to find it here. That was the one thing that was very misleading for me when I read Just One Day. I was prepared for a swept-away romance set in wonderful Paris, which is definitely not what you get with the first book. This is probably my fault as I should’ve read the description more closely, but I was expecting a romance and I didn’t get it. That being said, I still really enjoyed the book. Also, this is supposed to be a review of Just One Year, not Just One Day.

My point with all of that is that when I picked up Just One Year, I knew what I was getting into. I expected that the story would be mostly focused on Willem, and Allyson probably wouldn’t make an appearance (at least, not for the majority of the book). In that way, I think it let me enjoy the book more because I wasn’t wondering where the romance was. This book, along with Just One Day, are absolutely 100% about character development to me. I look at them as kind of a lesson on how to properly create a character with complex relationships, possibly past complications, and give them a lot of room to grow. From the first glimpse we get of Willem in Just One Day, Forman takes his character and molds it into a fully fledged out being. Willem’s story seems to be one of healing, mostly. He’s recovering from something that happened quite recently, and because of this event he’s become estranged from his mother. This was one of my favourite story lines from the book – the relationship between Willem and his mother. Willem’s mom was a very well written character in that I did not agree with her actions whatsoever, but reading about her backstory and who she is as a person, I had an understanding for why she did the things she did. It didn’t justify them, it just made her a more believable character.

The book is set in many places, as you might expect of Willem, which I absolutely loved. I’m a huge fan of books about travel, or books set in other countries. Willem travels across the globe, from touching down in Europe, Mexico, and India. Throughout the changing backdrops, the story remains as Willem tries to track down Allyson as well as heal from his past.

My biggest disappointment was the point at which the book ends. I desperately wanted to see more of Allyson and Willem actually being on the same continent, but alas… However, I recently heard that Gayle Forman is writing a novella to continue their story, after the door scene (finally). Additionally, while I enjoyed watching Willem transform and break down the barriers he’d built up in the past, I wasn’t fully committed to his story. I was interested, but I wasn’t enthralled. For a story in which the characters are the central aspect, I just didn’t care about them enough.

Aside from that, I really appreciated the small details that went into every character. It seemed like anyone who showed up in the book was there for a purpose. Even the minor characters had a reason for being there, and were used tactfully to help the story progress. There wasn’t any unnecessary fluff, and the pieces of the story fit well together.

Overall

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t completely captured by the story or the characters, but it had a steady progression of character development paired with exciting travel that kept me reading. If you’re looking for a story that is very much based upon the characters, and has central themes of character growth and development, then I definitely recommend these books. However, if you’re looking for a love story, this isn’t it.

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Review of Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Audrey, Wait!
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Published: April 8, 2008
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 320
Source: Bought

 

California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, “Audrey, Wait!” a break-up song that’s so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous!Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. (And the Internet is documenting her every move!) Audrey can’t hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi.Take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, has outrageous amounts of fun, confronts her ex on MTV, and gets the chance to show the world who she really is. (Goodreads)

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The first thing I have to say about this book is just how fun it is. I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole time I was reading. Audrey is such a realistic character, and she’s just so much fun to read about. I was in desperate of a book like this – something that I was eager to sit down and read. And I was eager to read it, because I knew I would always have a blast reading about Audrey and her friends.

I had heard that this book was absolutely hilarious, so I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t laugh as much as I thought I would. I had a couple laugh out loud moments, but nothing like I thought it was going to be. It was a fun book, but not an extremely funny book. But it takes a lot for me to laugh in a book, so the fact that I laughed at a few parts basically guarantees that anyone can get a good chuckle from Audrey, Wait!

I also liked that this book didn’t take a stereotypical route. The whole plot is that Audrey became famous overnight because her ex-boyfriend wrote a song about her. Audrey’s best friend Victoria was another big character, and this book could have gone downhill fast if there had been that insta-fight between them about Audrey’s popularity. For the most part though, Victoria was a solid best friend, and although she did pressure Audrey a few times into doing stuff with the press, she always came around in the end and stood by her side. I also liked that it wasn’t that typical scene where Audrey is the sad, loser friend and Victoria attracts all the attention. For the most part Audrey and Victoria are equals, which was refreshing in a YA book.

Also, Audrey’s parents were actually present in this book! I can’t even tell you how many YA characters exist seemingly on their own, without any parental presence. In Audrey, Wait! her parents appeared a lot, and actually existed in their daughter’s life.

Overall, Audrey, Wait! is a fun and unique contemporary that will brighten your mood instantly. This is a shorter review than I usually write because I don’t have much to comment on other than how fun it was. I loved reading it!

 4 birds

Sweet read! Would definitely knock out a couple of birds for this one!

Review of Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Published: January 8, 2013 by Dutton
Genre: Young/New Adult Contemporary
Pages: 368
Source: Purchased

When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.
my thoughts

Starting off, I had pretty high expectations for this book because I loved Gayle Forman’s first two books, If I Stay and Where She Went. I wouldn’t say that Just One Day let me down – it was just different than what I expected. I didn’t fully read the synopsis of this book, so I thought that the whole thing was just about Allyson’s one day in Paris. When I got to the part where the one day ends, and it’s back to the real world, I was totally caught off guard. It took me a little while to adjust to the non-Paris, university life. I wouldn’t say I had that insta-love connection with this book like a lot of people did. I really enjoyed reading it, but I wouldn’t say I LOVED it.

I admit, I also thought this book was going to be more about the romance between Allyson and Willem. In the beginning, it is. But as the book goes on, I realized that what this book is really about is Allyson growing and changing as a person. Usually I can’t stand books where the character turns full circle and realizes the person they’re truly supposed to be. It always seems like something I would analyze in English class – How did Character X grow as a person? How did Character Y help Character X gain confidence and realize their true potential? Sometimes I just get tired of it. As it turns out, Just One Day is all about character growth. Allyson really does come full circle by the end of the book. She moves past what others expect her to be and becomes who she wants to be. All of this sounds like the type of thing I would normally cringe at, because it’s just so obvious and predictable. But in Just One Day, Allyson’s growth feels completely natural, and it happens gradually, through small events and decisions. Allyson is shedding her old self and becoming someone new, but it isn’t thrown in your face. It’s subtle. And it’s not like Allyson had no flaws at the end. She was actually a very flawed character, which was what made me like her and connect to her. It was easy to relate to her because on one hand she seems to fit the typical “plain sidekick to the out-going best friend” character profile, but on the other hand we can see that she’s more interesting than that.

I would say this book falls into that elusive New Adult category that everyone’s so worked up over. It’s Allyson’s first year at university and she’s dealing with the transition from high school, as well as falling out of touch with her old best friend, and trying to figure out what the heck she wants to do with the rest of her life. When she meets Willem, it’s like she realizes that she has it in her to be someone else, and she doesn’t have to be confined by what other people want her to do. I loved the romance between Allyson and Willem, and I just loved Willem – but then again, he was also flawed. He was flirtatious with other girls and was guarded from Allyson, but when it really came down to it, he was just a good guy. So, when he just leaves abruptly without giving Allyson any notice, I was pretty disappointed in him. And I could understand why Allyson was so depressed when she got back to her real life and started her first year at university. She had seen a glimpse of herself as the person she truly wanted to be, and then it was suddenly snatched away from her, and she was once again stuck in the same confines of her old life.

So when she begins on her journey to find Willem, I was happy. I was eager for her to find him because I didn’t think he was the kind of guy that would just up and leave on purpose. There had to be a reason. But I was also happy because by going on a journey to find Willem, she ultimately ended up finding that version of herself that she had been that day in Paris. She meets so many people along the way, and completely makes the leap from the sheltered, confined person that she was to an outgoing, happier person.

Of course with Gayle Forman as the author the writing was fantastic. It was fast enough that I was never bored while reading, but slow enough that there was meaning and grace in every line. My only qualm with this book was that I found there to be a very stark difference between the fabulous day in Paris and Allyson back home, and it made the book feel a bit choppy to me. I know that there should be a difference, because Allyson is basically a different person when she’s back in America at university, but I just felt like the connection wasn’t all there.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s one of those contemporaries that’s not quite light and fluffy, but definitely not dark and gloomy. It’s just the perfect mix. Plus, Gayle Forman writes beautifully, and I loved all the characters in this book. I definitely recommend it if you’re a contemporary fan!

4 birds

Sweet read! Would definitely knock out a few birds for this one!

Review of Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Love and Other Perishable Items
 Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (originally published as Good Oil in Australia)
Released December 11, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
256 pages

Love is awkward, Amelia should know.From the moment she sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It’s problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, is 15.

Amelia isn’t stupid. She knows it’s not gonna happen. So she plays it cool around Chris—at least, as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia’s crush doesn’t seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?

(Goodreads)

Love and Other Perishable Items was a book that I was very excited for. Why? Well, let’s make a list:

1) It is written by an Australian author, which almost guarantees that I will love it. (Case in point: Jellicoe Road, Graffiti Moon, Feeling Sorry for Celia, etc.)

2) MELINA FREAKING MARCHETTA blurbed this book on the back. MELINA MARCHETTA.

3) It just seemed like my kinda book, you know? Everyone has a type 😉

Anyway, the way I’m setting this up, you’re probably going to expect me to say I absolutely loved it, right? Well… no. I really liked it, and I tried hard to love it, but it just didn’t fall into that “absolutely love” category for me.

This book follows Amelia, a 15-year-old girl who has a massive crush on a 21-year-old guy she works with. Possibly my favourite part of this novel was Amelia, because she reminded me so, so much of myself. First of all, we’re the same age, and although I don’t have a crush on a 20-something guy, and, despite my various attempts, I do not have a job, we just think so alike. I really related to Amelia, perhaps more than I ever have to a book character. We have a similar personality, and she loves books and reading, so really what more can you ask for?

Although it won’t matter when Amelia is 30 and Chris is 36, the age difference between 15 and 21 seems astronomical when you view the world through the eyes of these two characters. They’re at such different places in their lives, and it just seems strange to imagine them as a couple. I really liked the alternating perspective between Amelia and Chris, because Amelia’s parts were mainly centered on her love (or what she believed was love) for Chris, and it was such a big change, then, to go to Chris’ point of view. Sure, Chris wishes Amelia were a bit older because he thinks she would make a great girlfriend, but his perspective wasn’t all about Amelia. He has other things on his mind.

I liked Chris. I didn’t love him, but I liked him enough. However, at one point in the book, something happens, and Chris just said some horrible things to Amelia. I was appalled, but I was even more upset when Chris never said sorry. Never. And I just thought, what the hell Chris? You know Amelia would basically throw herself through flames for you and this is how you treat her? You jerk. That whole thing just ruined my image of Chris for, and my image of Amelia was also tarnished when she was so head over heals that she didn’t even care that he never apologized. And then something else big happens, and it’s pretty much the biggest moment in the book, and again, I was upset with the way Chris acted. I was just overall disappointed with some of the things his character did throughout the book.

I think the main reason I didn’t love the book was because I just wasn’t invested enough in the story. I mean, the writing was good and I liked Amelia’s character, but it wasn’t a story that completely immersed me like I was hoping it would.

Overall I think this is a really good, well-written contemporary, and I would recommend it to someone looking for a medium contemp. – not too heavy, not fluff. I liked the characters but I just wasn’t emotionally invested enough.

4 birds

Sweet read! Would definitely knock out a few birds for this one!

Review of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 4th, 2010
Pages: 344
Rating: 4/5 birds
Source: purchased

         Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew–just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself. (Goodreads)

my thoughts

I’ve been in a reading slump for a while now, and I found that contemporary books were the only thing that I could really read for a few weeks. Also, this book has been sitting on my shelf for about three years, so it was definitely time to read this! I was pretty much just anticipating an okay, fun contemporary. Plus, this was only the second road trip book I’ve ever read, so I was excited for that aspect.

The first thing that surprised me was the small font. That’s kind of a weird thing to say, I know, but the font in the hardcover was small! It made the book feel a bit longer than it looked. I hadn’t really read the description before I started this book, so I was also surprised to find out about Amy’s dad dying (not a spoiler). I was expecting a really light book, but in reality this story deals with Amy’s grief and how she comes to terms with her dad’s death, which was done really well. We can see Amy gradually changing as a character and becoming more confident and coming to terms with what happened to her dad. However, this book is not a total downer. The road trip scenario provides tons of interesting characters and settings, and the playlists and maps and little drawings throughout the pages really lighten up the book.

In the beginning I wasn’t completely fond of Roger, but I grew to like him a lot more as the book went on. I try to touch on every aspect of the book in my review, so I really should say something about the writing style here, but I really don’t have anything to say. It wasn’t stellar, but it wasn’t bad. The writing didn’t really detract or add to the book for me, it was more character/plot driven.

I do think there could have been a bit more fun scenes/humor in this book. I completely understand that this is not meant to be a hilarious comedy of a book, but a road trip gives the opportunity to get into so many crazy situations and funny moments. I’m not asking for a whole book full of laugh out loud scenes, but every time the characters got into a situation that had the possibility to be fun, I was disappointed that the scene remained a bit stiff and serious (for the most part).

One aspect that sort of made it harder for me to read the book was that: I live in Canada. I’ve been to the States many times, and we even have a small cottage/house in West Virginia, but I’m not really familiar at all with the restaurants, locations, and references that were made during this book. I felt a bit out of the loop at times, but on the other hand, it was interesting to learn about all these places and things.

Overall I thought this book was an interesting, in that it took the normally heavy topic of grief and put it into a road trip setting. The character growth was awesome, and although I wished for a few more light and funny moments,  I did enjoy reading this book.

4 birds

Sweet read! Would definitely knock out a few birds for this one.

Review of Angels in Pink: Kathleen’s Story

Angels in Pink: Kathleen’s Story (AiP #1) by Lurlene McDaniel

Kathleen's Story (Angels in Pink, #1)Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Release Date: July 11th 2006
Pages: 256
Reading Level: Young Adult


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It’s the summer after sophomore year and Raina has convinced her best friends since the sixth grade, Kathleen and Holly, to spend their summer as “pink angels” in Parker-Sloan General Hospital’s summer volunteer program. Kathleen is reluctant to do it—she has enough responsibility at home caring for her sick mother. But when she meets Carson, a cute and flirty fellow volunteer, she is happy that she joined the program. Or, at least, she thinks she is. Carson’s “old friend” Stephanie keeps showing up at all the wrong times. And Kathleen’s mother keeps complaining that she needs Kathleen at home. But with friends Raina and Holly by her side and her Pink Angel t-shirt on her back, Kathleen is able to realize that helping others also allows you to help yourself. -Goodreads

My Thoughts


I read this as part of the YA Bloggers Best Overlooked Book Battle (hosted by The Shady Glade). I was assigned the book, and it isn’t really something I’d normally pick up… Maybe because of the cover, maybe just the overall feel of the book. But either way, my expectations were not high for this one.

Kathleen’s story is an interesting one because she has a lot to deal with. Her mom suffers from MS and there isn’t a father in the picture, so Kathleen take care of the house and her mom on her own. She is a fairly mature character for 16, but really inexperienced in the romance department.

Having the novel set in the hospital was interesting, because sort of like Kathleen, I don’t really like hospitals. They make me feel claustrophobic (don’t ask) and upset. Even though Kathleen has had to deal with her mother going for countless hospital visits, she still doesn’t like being there. So her getting used to the setting (although she stays down in filing for most of the book) was interesting.

The other characters were interesting, and I may even be compelled to read their stories. I liked the writing because it was so simple and straight forward, but it kept me reading. I found I just flew through this book – not because I couldn’t wait to see what happens next, but because it’s one of those books where you feel like you’Ve only been reading for minutes when really you’re almost finished. It was easy to curl up with =)

Overall


I think this is a cute story with some added depth. A good read for teen girls looking for something not too heavy yet not overly fluffy either.

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Review of Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Cryer’s Cross  by Lisa McMannCryer's Cross

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 8th 2011
Pages: 233
Reading Level: Young Adult
Challenge: 100 books in a year
Source: Bought

The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on… until Kendall’s boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it’s crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear…and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating…and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico’s mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried. (Goodreads)

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This book was spooky, creative, and an all around enjoyable read.

Kendall added a lot of spunk to the novel with her quirky personality, but her OCD kept her believable, and she was easy to like. I truly felt bad for her when… people started disappearing. Jacian was also a nice addition to the novel! He was very swoon worthy, but slightly different from your average bad boy. He just had an awesome quality to him!

The plot of the novel was unique and there were twists and turns everywhere, always keeping you guessing! The writing was graceful when it needed to be, and choppy when the time came.

I think the whole back story behind the novel and the reason for the disappearances was very creep and spine chilling! The way that everything linked together was smart, and really tied the novel off nicely.

My one downfall about this novel was the fear factor. Maybe it was just because of some of the other reviews I had been reading, claiming it to be horrifying, but to me it wasn’t. Yes it was eerie and creepy, but it didn’t keep me up at night. It didn’t make me wonder what was under my bed, or what went bump in the night. Maybe this is good for me, because I scare pretty easily, but honestly, I was expecting a little more OOMPH!

Overall this novel is definitely worth giving a go for it’s unique plot, interesting writing style, and creative characters.

4 birds

Sweet read! Would definitely knock out a few birds for this one!

Review of Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: January 11th 2011
Pages: 399
Reading Level: Young Adult
Challenge: 100 Books in a Year, Debut Author Challenge
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Across the Universe

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. (Goodreads)

My thoughts…

Well. I am actually a little scared to write this review. Because I think I am in the very very small minority of people who did not find this book incredible. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. It just wasn’t amazing.

I think I was so hyped up and excited to read this book because of all the AMAZING reviews I’d been reading for it. And the plot sounded so different… I just… I was ready for something stellar. And I was let down.

My favourite part about the book (and also my least in some ways) is how well Revis described everything. It’s fairly hard for us to imagine a space ship so far in the future, let alone believe everything that goes on in it. But Revis has a gift. She was able to make me feel all claustrophobic and nervous, like I was actually on the ship. That part of this novel, I admit was very great.

And the love between Amy and Elder… while not the most romantic for me, it was cute. But I just wasn’t that attached to Elder. I didn’t like him that much. I could relate a lot to Amy since she is human and feeling the same way about the ship that I was. I felt like I was right beside Amy for her journey, even experiencing her emotions. I looked forward to her parts in the book. But with Elder… I just didn’t have that insta-character connection.

I found the end of the book to be my favourite. I felt like everything was picking up speed and we got to learn so much more about the ship (why yes, it is built on lies and secrets!).

Overall, this book is for sure a worthwhile read. It is quite unique and the writing is great. But personally, I was a tad bit let down. It might just have been that my hopes were too high…  Who knows!

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As always,
Chloe

Review of Behind Green Glass by Amanda Von Hoffmann

Behind Green Glass by Amanda Von Hoffmann

Publisher: Soto Publishing Company
Release Date: May 1st 2010
Pages: 192
Age Group: Young Adult
Behind Green Glass
Behind Green Glass by Amanda Von Hoffmann

Isolde is a shy and artistic sixteen-year-old who moves into a house rumored to be haunted. When she discovers a shard of green glass, a new world opens for her. Through the glass she sees Lyric, who mistakenly believes that he is a ghost, and other ethereally beautiful creatures. As their mystery unfolds, Isolde learns that they are not ghosts, but The Forgotten Ones, fairies cast out of their realm, labeled imperfect for their physical and mental differences. Isolde’s friendship with Lyric and The Forgotten Ones teaches her that sometimes our “imperfections” can also be our greatest strengths. (Goodreads)

 
This is the first book I have ever received for review, so I was very excited to read it. I didn’t really know what I was getting into, just that it was a fantasy novel.
 
I like that the book starts out very simple – 16 year old girl moving from the city to the country. Her mom is anti-social and never leaves her computer. Isolde is alone and shy without her best friend Maria to guide her. Then she finds the green glass, which is really the basis of the story. As she starts to find this world behind the green glass, she starts to lose her shyness and come out of her shell.
 
I really liked the character of Matt. I thought he was an excellent portrayal of a teenage boy. Lyric was a little too… perfect for me. Although he was troubled because of Meredith’s death, he seemed to have no physical flaws, and I had trouble really seeing him as a character. 
 
I thought the other fairies were very good characters, though. They seemed real and although different from common Fairie lore, they were very fairie-ish.
 
This book was very easy to get sucked into. The descriptions of the fairy world were amazing, and I felt like I was with Isolde as she learned to be less shy and make friends of her own.
 
My only downfall about this book was that Isolde seemed to accept the fairies too easily. I thought she would be a little more confused as to why she could see otherworldly beings. But I suppose this is the way of the story, just going with the flow. 
 
Overall it is a fun read with good underlying messages about overcoming fear and breaking out of your shell.
 
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Chloe
Special thanks to Amanda Von Hoffmann for providing this book!!