Book Review: Flight Season by Marie Marquardt

Flight Season by Marie Marquardt

Flight Season
by Marie Marquardt

Vivi, TJ, and Ángel. Each has a story to tell.

A sweet and emotional coming-of-age story. Told through alternating points of view, the three characters tell their story. Vivi has returned home for the summer after her first year away at college. It was a tough year for Vivi because her father died, plus she struggled academically. She hopes to get back on track by working as a hospital intern for the summer. TJ works hard at a hospital during the day and a restaurant at night. He dreams of becoming a nurse, but feels obligated to work in his family’s restaurant business. Ángel is sick. Very sick.

Vivi the hospital intern, TJ the nursing student, and Ángel the patient. A story about finding friendship, love, and following dreams.

I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Book Review: Going Places by Kathryn Berla

Going Places by Kathryn Berla

Going Places
by Kathryn Berla

Hudson is going places. That’s what one of his grade school teachers said about him, but now he’s a senior in high school and unsure about what that means. He wants to home school in his final year of school, so he can relax, focus on his two businesses, and create a graphic novel. However, his senior year ends up being one of growth and friendship in ways he never imagined.

Hudson was a typical, awkward teen. He wanted what many seventeen/eighteen year old young men want… a girl and plenty of time to relax. I enjoyed that Hudson was so normal, and that he came from a loving family. His father died when he was young and that was hard on Hudson, but he was close to his mother. They had a great mother and son relationship.

This story focused on relationships. Hudson was friendzoned by the girl he loved, he met a sarcastic, sporty girl that taught him to be a man, and he worried and cared about his clients. Hudson ran two businesses, a dog walking service and one that helped elderly people who were on their own.

This story dealt with being young, but it also dealt with aging and the elderly. Since one of Hudson’s businesses was geared toward the elderly, that introduced aspects of growing old, like loneliness and regrets.

This was an easy reading novel. A sweet, sometimes humorous, and relatable story about growing up.

I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book’s expected release is in March 2018.

Book Review: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades
by Amanda Foody

Enne Salta heads to New Reynes, the City of Sin, in search of her mother. Her mother, Lourdes, has been missing for four months, and Enne wants her mother back. Unfortunately, Enne has never been to New Reynes, and is unfamiliar with the city. She only has one contact name that her mother mentioned, Levi Glaisyer. Enne is a very proper young woman, and she expects others to behave accordingly… but Levi is not a gentleman. Levi is basically a con man who is in over his head. He offers to help Enne find her mother because he thinks Enne will be able to help solve his problems.

The story seemed simple, but this novel had so much to offer. The complex city was my favorite. The fantasy aspect was different and entertaining. The characters were interesting, though I had to read a while before I felt that way.

Amanda Foody’s description of the city was one of the best things about this novel. The different areas of the city had personalities of their own. The fantasy part of this novel only added mystique and intrigue. Everyone says the city corrupts, and it appeared to be true.

The story is told from Enne and Levi’s points of view. The chapters rotated between characters, and it was a nice balance of what was going on with each of them.

Enne was my favorite. She was from a very conservative society and raised to be a proper lady. She was smart and feminine yet tough. Though New Reynes was in contrast to everything she was accustomed, she handled herself well. She was raised with a set of rules to follow, and she was faithful in her adherence to those rules. Her journey through the book was transformative.

Levi was less likable for me, though I did begin to care for him more as the story progressed. He was presented as a street lord and con man, so not exactly a likable guy. Sometimes he appeared a bit weak, and that seemed to go against how someone in his position would behave. Anyway, he had both good and bad qualities, and his character did a little growing too.

I look forward to reading more of this series. This book is good for those who enjoy fantasy YA with a strong female protagonist.

I won an uncorrected proof of this book in a Goodreads Giveway. This book is set to be released in April 2018.

Book Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera

Synopsis: Two teens receive phone calls shortly after midnight informing them they will die that day. Both teens find themselves alone on their final day and use an app to find a last day friend. They’ve got one day to live life to the fullest.

I liked the idea of the book. A phone call telling you that today is your last day. That’s intriguing. And kind of creepy. So, the Death-Cast part of the story was interesting and I wanted to know more. Unfortunately, there was no more to that story, so that was disappointing.

For me, this book did not have a great flow to it. I enjoyed the story being told from both teen’s viewpoints, plus occasional chapters from others in the book. However, it felt a little disjointed and I didn’t really care about the characters, which is sad, since it was their last day and all.

The diversity in this book should be noted. The main characters, Mateo and Rufus, are a gay Puerto Rican and a bisexual Cuban. Other characters include Lidia, Mateo’s best friend and a teen mom, and Tagoe and Malcolm, two black teens who are friends with Rufus.