Best Book Ever

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Coranne (or Amanda C.) from Short and Sweet Reviews hosts a weekly feature called "The Best Book Ever." Each week, different bloggers (some stay the same each week) will be "facing off" Food Network style to tell you why their choice of book is the best one in the genre. Each week a different topic will be featured.

This week's topic... Best Love Story  I am not a huge fan of contemporary fiction, so it was hard to think of a book that is so amazing it makes me break away from my genre of choice (fantasy) to read. Alas, I did manage to find the perfect book. If you enjoy contemporary fiction, you'll enjoy this one. If you work with troubled youth, you must read this one. You will be able to identify with the characters.   

My featured book:
Stay with MeAn urban romance that will capture your soul, break your heart, and restore your faith in the human spirit

Fifteen-year-olds Cece and Mack didn't expect to fall in love. She's a sensitive A student; he's a high school dropout. But soon they're spending every moment together, bonding over a rescued dog, telling their secrets, making plans for the future. Everything is perfect. Until. Until. Mack makes a horrible mistake, and in just a few minutes, the future they'd planned becomes impossible. In this stark new reality, both of them must find meaning and hope in the memories of what they had, to survive when the person they love can't stay.


If you want to read my full review for the book I will be pushing, read it here. You can check out Short and Sweet Reviews and also see what other books are being featured.

Next week's topic: Best Cover


Mini-review: Annexed (Sharon Dogar)


AnnexedEveryone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her?

In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores what this might have been like from Peter’s point of view. What was it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, first to hate her and then to find yourself falling in love with her? Especially with your parents and her parents all watching almost everything you do together. To know you’re being written about in Anne’s diary, day after day? What’s it like to start questioning your religion, wondering why simply being Jewish inspires such hatred and persecution? Or to just sit and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting.

As Peter and Anne become closer and closer in their confined quarters, how can they make sense of what they see happening around them?

Anne’s diary ends on August 4, 1944, but Peter’s story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He details with accuracy, clarity and compassion the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz – and ultimately the horrific fates of the Annex’s occupants.

My thoughts:
       Innovation – Most people are familiar with the story of Anne Frank. I thought this was an interesting spin on a well-known story. Peter shared the annex with the Frank family, and this is his (imagined) journal of the events during hiding. A great story told from a boy’s point of view.

       Story – This one sticks to the facts from Anne’s journal for 2/3 of the book. Once the families are discovered, the story shifts to Peter’s time in captivity. Peter’s story is told in alternating points of view. The “past” is shown through the journal entries, while the “present” occurs during his time in the concentration camps.

       Characters – All of the characters were modeled after real people. Their individual stories and personalities are historically accurate. While reading, I felt every emotion Peter had. It was heart-wrenching to imagine what it would be like to become a young man under these circumstances.

       Sticky Fingers – I read this in two nights. I was fully engrossed by the story, up until the final page. I even read the author’s end notes!

       Emotional Connection – Realistic. I felt all of Peter’s emotions as if they were my own. 

       Re-readability – I would consider reading this one again and comparing the dates/events to Anne Frank’s diary. The author spent a lot of time making sure the events matched up, so I would like to read Anne’s perspective of these entries.

       Overall –This is a highly original story based on Anne Frank’s diary. It was hard to read at times because of the events being described (not in graphic detail). This would be for older YA readers.

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More great books on sale today! Try not to spend all your money in one place.
Click on the images for more information about the books.


Eve of Destruction Breaking Beautiful All the Right Stuff
The Girl in the Park It's Our Prom (So Deal With It) Masque of the Red Death
Purity Shadows on the Moon The Story of Us
Unraveling Social Suicide (Deadly Cool, #2) The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)

 The Selection (The Selection, #1)

SO excited about some of these books. Breaking Beautiful is number 191 on my TBR list. Masque of the Red Death (just added) is number 274! I've got some serious reading to do, eh? I think I'll have to jump Masque of the Red Death up a bit on my list since it is based on Poe's classic short story!


Cover Reveal: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

I should start a list of awesome books with a Florida setting...


The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)
Two days after Mara walks into a police station in Miami at the close of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, she is committed for psychiatric treatment for what her parents believe is a mental breakdown. But what seems like a hallucination to everyone else is a chilling reality for Mara. Someone from her past has discovered her strange, disturbing secret and that someone wants her to pay. But she's about to discover that the price is more than she can bear.Dark and thrilling, suspenseful and passionate, The Evolution of Mara Dyer will have readers breathlessly turning pages to find out what will become of Mara Dyer next.
Looks like we'll have to wait until October 23rd (2012) for this one to be released! Anyone else hoping Netgalley will pull through with a copy before then?

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the Story Siren to highlight all the wonderful bookish things bought, borrowed, downloaded, or received during the week.
 
 
I have been soooo busy with work and such these past few weeks, which has caused me to seriously slack in the blogging department. I've been swapping books with my pops lately. I've started him on YA literature, and he keeps pushing his "grown up" books on me. It's a love-hate relationship. =)
 
Received:
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
 
It's worth mentioning that I gave my dad Rot and Ruin to read (which he enjoyed) after I saw him reading World War Z. He likes zombies. He also gave me Devil in the White City. I'm not a fan of non-fiction, but this one looks awesome. He says it's "non-fiction that reads like fiction." Score. Oh, and did I mention it's about the serial killer at the 1893 World's Fair?
 
 
Rediscovered:
 
Annexed
 
I'm ashamed to admit this, but I've had this book for at least a year. It was given to me by a publisher at a teacher convention last year. I put it on my shelf with my Holocaust books to read, but I forgot all about it. Until last week... Since April 18th was Holocaust Remembrance Day, I wanted to read something new on the topic. I started looking around in my books, and found this one. I know it's not "new," but in a way it is because it was collecting dust! (I'm hanging my head in shame.)
 

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