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Book Review: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Title: Second Chance Summer Author: Morgan Matson
Series: Standalone
Pages:  468
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books
Date of Publication: 7th June 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. S…

Book Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Title: The Golden Lily Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines, #2
Pages: 418
Publisher: Puffin
Date of Publication: 7th June 2012
Source: Publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads:Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are ste…

Book Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Title: Why We Broke Up Author: Daniel Handler
Series: Standalone
Pages: 354
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Date of Publication: 6th August 2012
Source: Publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads:I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

My Thoughts:
There's a whole lot of hype surrounding this book. Whoever I talk to, it seems that Why We Broke Up is one of the best books that's been read recently. Everybody's raving, or recommending it, and I can ki…

Book Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Title: Dreamless  Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed, #2
Pages:  503
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Date of Publication: 5th July 2012
Source: Publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads:Can true love be forgotten?

As the only Scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest ta…