Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff

Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff by Robert Paul Weston

Goodreads Summary:
Weston is back in rhyming style with a book about princes and princesses, kings and kingdoms, and what it means to look good in polka-dot bell-bottoms.

Prince Puggly of the muddy, supremely unfashionable Kingdom of Spud is surprised when he receives an invitation to a lavish ball in the far trendier Kingdom of Spiff. The poorly-dressed prince is sure that the Spiffs will take one look at him and laugh him out of their kingdom...

And that's exactly what they do! But then Puggly meets Francesca, the bookish Princess of Spiff, and together the two set out to teach Francesca’s Spiffian countrymen an absurd lesson in style.

My Review:
This was such a cute book!! It is written like one big poem. EVERYTHING rhymed!! That made it really fun, and really easy to read. I read the whole thing in less than an hour. There are lots of fun designs on the pages that either describe the words or add effects to the story. It was all so cute and really well done.
The plot of the story was kind of weird. It was just kind of random, but it was a cute story and I think kids would really enjoy it. There were several funny parts that I enjoyed, as well as a moral to the story at the end. As a teacher, I would definitely use this book with my class when teaching poetry or rhymes. They would love it!

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review

Sunday, January 27, 2013

In My Mailbox (27)

In my mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a great way to show people the books you received this week.

Won:
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Sapphire Blue (Edelstein Trilogie #2) by Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell

From What I Remember... by Stacy Kramer, Valerie Thomas


Bought:
The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Nobody But Us + Giveaway

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Blurb:
Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

My review:
This book was very emotional, and tough to read at times. There were things in it that weren't pleasant, but I think it was written in a way that made it beautifully portray the tragic lives of these two poor kids.
I really liked the alternating perspectives of the book. It really gave us better insight into what both Zoe and Will were thinking and feeling. I felt better connected to them, and to their stories. They really loved each other, and it became more and more evident as the book went on.
One thing that I did not like about the book was how fast it went. They were just always going. I felt like at times there was not much substance. It was all kind of the same, and then when something big did happen, they moved on from it really quickly. Parts of the book needed to be fast paced, but I would have liked more detail in other parts.
The ending. I am honestly still not sure if I like it or not. It was definitely not what I was expecting that's for sure. My first instinct was that I hated it, but as I think about it I think maybe it was a "good" way for this to end. I am not sure. I'll let you decide for yourselves.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

About the Author:
When I was little, I wanted to be a writer, the President of the USA or the first female NFL quarterback. Despite being able to throw a wicked spiral, I didn't really grow to the size needed for the NFL. Then, as I got older and studied more, I came to realize there were better ways to effect positive change than becoming president. The first one, however, stuck. Even when I was pursuing other dreams, I always took time to write here and there. NOBODY BUT US will be published by HarperChildren's in 2013.

When I'm not writing or reading (which is what I do all day, in all of my work), I'm spending time with pixies, my Mad Scot soulmate, and one grumpy cocker spaniel; traveling across oceans and time; cooking and baking up a storm and watching sunsets and waves crash on the beach. I currently live, love and explore in The Emerald City, though I occasionally make wispy, dream-like plans to move to New York, Paris or a Scottish castle one day (if just temporarily).

Official sites: http://www.kristinhalbrook.com/
Goodreads
https://twitter.com/kristinhalbrook

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Different Girl


The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist

Goodreads summary:
Four nearly identical girls on a desert island. An unexpected new arrival. A gently warped near future where nothing is quite as it seems.

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.

Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s timeless and evocative storytelling blurs the lines between contemporary and sci-fi with a story that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the final page has been turned.

My Review:
This book was very different. It was a creative idea, but I think it needs more detail and more answers to be done well. The characters are like robots, but we are never really told that. There needs to be more explanation than a sleep (power?) button behind their ear.
The story itself moved really slowly. I felt like there was not a point to the book. The majority of the book was about about the girls/robots learning how to ask and answer questions. It was all about exploration, but it all confused me and seemed kind of pointless. Along with this, not much happened until the second half of the book. When it did happen, there was no explanation. I still could not tell you who came, why, what all they did, etc. Then it ends with the girls rebuilding things. There was no point to this book.

2 stars
I received this book for review in return for an honest review.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Winning a Groom in 10 Dates

Winning a Groom in 10 Dates by Cara Colter (audiobook from the library)

Goodreads Sumamary:
As a teenager, geeky Sophie adored gorgeous Brandon. He protected her from the bullies, but was too tough for the sweet small-town girl to crack. Then he left for the army....Now the rebel's back--just in time to rescue Sophie from attending her ex-fiance's engagement party alone. He'll be her stand-in boyfriend and convince everyone they're wildly in love

My Review:
This was a really sweet book. It went really fast and did not have a TON of substance. It was a pretty predictable storyline. I liked the quickness of it though since I was listing to it and not reading it. This was the first audiobook I have every completely finished. So for that reason it was good. Otherwise, I would have liked to see a little bit more, and that the ending could have been more developed or something. It was a cute story though.
I loved how well developed the characters' personalities were. There were so fun and I wanted to be friends with them. They seemed to be perfect for each other. The romance between them was so sweet. Brandon could just play with her hand and she melted. I thought it was written really well.

4 stars

Saturday, January 19, 2013

In My Mailbox (26)

In my mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a great way to show people the books you received this week.

For Review:
Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dark Waltz Guest Post


I have A.M. Hargrove, the author of Dark Waltz, here today for a guest post!


Looking Back on 2012

I learned years ago that new year’s resolutions were a waste of my time. What I learned instead, was to reflect on what the former year brought me and to change the bad, improve the good, and move on. 2012 was a game changer for me.

It started out full of promise. I was now a full time author, committed to this new adventure and fully immersed in this role. I couldn’t believe how much I loved it.

Then my husband and I went on our annual ski trip to Vail. I never dreamed that one fall could have such a dramatic effect on my life. I don’t remember the before. I do remember the sound of my head hitting the ground. It was a powder day and Blue Sky Basin was blanketed in a heavy white comforter of the stuff. One minute I was following my hubs and the next I heard this loud crack. The first thought that ran through my head was that I would have to get a new helmet, ‘cause this one for sure was busted in half. Everything turned grey. The azure sky faded away as I furiously blinked my eyes, trying to pull it together. When I was able to sit up, I unhooked my helmet and to my surprise, it came off in one piece. But now my head was throbbing. Really throbbing. I knew I needed to get the hell out of there, so on wobbly legs, I forced myself to stand and headed down the mountain. Now, I don’t remember skiing to my husband, but I do remember him asking me what took me so long. One look from him and I knew I didn’t look so good.

“Can you ski?” he wanted to know.

“Oh sure,” I answered. I really thought it would pass in a few minutes. I’d fallen and been injured skiing and playing sports many times over the years, so I thought it would dissipate.

“Well,” he said, “Let’s head to the front side of the mountain just in case.”

If you’ve ever been to Vail, we were at the farthest point, in the back bowls, that you could possibly be. So off we went. I don’t remember skiing that part at all.
Then, no pun intended here, things went downhill from there. When we got to the top of the front side of the mountain...again, I have no memory of getting there now...I think I told my husband I was feeling bad, because the next thing I remember was sitting in the ski patrol office. They were great. They took me down the mountain straight to an ambulance and I was in the hospital in no time flat. Well, not really because that ride down that mountain on that sled was FREEZING and bumpy and my head was killing me...yeah, I remember that part. But the ski patrol guys were awesome. It was a four mile run, down the mountain on that sled (I know because I’ve done it many times on my own skis and some of it’s a black run), but those guys were great.

I had a CT scan and everything was fine. I had sustained a severe concussion when I fell...good thing I ski in a helmet, huh? A concussion at altitude isn’t good...can make you feel ten times worse than one at normal elevations so I’m told. I believe it.

Well...the story doesn’t end there. A month later, I’m at home with my hubs. It’s around seven in the evening and all’s well when I start to feel bad. Now, I just want to say something here. I don’t ever get the stomach bug. Ever. Okay, maybe I’ve had it twice in my life. No kidding. Just don’t get that stuff. Anyway, I’m sitting at home and start to feel sick. My head starts hurting...like it did when I got the concussion. Like someone has just hit me in the back of the head with a baseball bat. Then my stomach does this number on me and here’s where it really gets weird...the next thing I recall, it’s three a.m. and I’m in the emergency room. I have no idea how I got there, but there is some maniac with a jackhammer inside of my skull that won’t leave my head alone.

I look at my hubs and ask, “Where am I?”

“In the ER.”

“Okay. What’s going on?”

He proceeds to explain that I get sick, go lay down and and hour later I don’t know my name, where I am...nothing. I have amnesia. He freaks out and takes me to the ER, where I’m there for four hours until I finally start realizing what’s going on.

Two days, two MRI’s, MRA, another CT scan, carotid ultrasound, echocardiogram, EKG, EEG, and everything else in between, I’m diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and transient global amnesia, resulting in severe migraines that I’m still dealing with. Okaaaaaay. My attitude is that it could’ve been worse...way worse. Like along those lines I’d been thinking when I realized I was in the ER and didn’t remember going there. Really scary.

So looking back on 2012, I have to say I’m blessed beyond belief. I’m doing this thing called writing that I absolutely love and I am SO thankful to be able to do this. I’ve never worked so hard and for so many hours at something in my life (and this is coming from someone who worked for corporate America, where they tend to squeeze blood out of a rock). I am so grateful to all the wonderful fans who read my books and follow me. I love you guys! I’m grateful for my health...I’ll deal with the migraines and the issues from the fall. Compared to many other people, I have it made and I am SO appreciative of what I have! My family is happy and healthy so what else can I ask for?

My goals for 2013 are to continue to write and stretch my boundaries. I pushed beyond YA and into Adult in 2012 and I will continue to do things that force me out of my comfort zone, because only then will I grow as a writer. Thanks to all my fans that have made this writing thing a possibility for me. If it weren’t for you all out there, pushing my limits wouldn’t even be one of my goals...so thanks from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to pursue my dream!

I have tons of personal goals too, but I won’t bore you with those. I would like to wish each of you a safe, and healthy year ahead and I hope all your dreams come true!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Uses For Boys + Giveaway


Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Book Blurb:
Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical, Uses for Boys is a story of breaking down and growing up.

Release date: January 15th 2013 by St Martin’s Press
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11958608-uses-for-boys
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My Review:
This book was difficult to read. The chapters were short, and the writing was easy to read. It was the content that made it hard. This book was depressing and emotional and tough. So to say that I enjoyed it would not be a true statement. I was touched by it though.
It is a story of a girl growing up and realizing that she does not need to be with boys to find herself. I wish she would have realized that a little sooner in the book. I honestly had a hard time getting a good message out of this book. It also seemed a little unrealistic. Some of the things she went through would have MAJOR emotional strains on you in the future, but she got over it all extremely quickly.
I enjoyed her friendship with Toy. Even though they may not have been the greatest friends to each other, you knew they still cared. Her relationship with her mom broke my heart, but I liked that her mom started to come around in the end. Sam was really sweet to her, and I liked that we got to see her with a really good guy. She learns that there are guys that will actually care for her.

This book is not for anyone under the age of 18ish. I am 21 and struggled greatly with some of the scenes in this book.

3 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

About the Author:
When Erica was a kid all she did was write. She dropped out of high school and attended the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where she was surrounded by writers and artists.

But then, in Erica's early twenties, she got a job. She worked hard at that job for 15 years and didn't write a word.

Then this happened: Erica walked into a bookstore and bought two books by Francesca Lia Block. No particular reason, she just liked their covers. Then Erica read everything Francesca wrote. She read all the YA she could. She still does. Erica think's the world that happens between 13 and 17 is everything.

She quit her job. Studied writing. And then spent three and a half years writing Uses for Boys. Now she's working on a new novel and it's like falling down a hole. Writing her first novel taught her nothing about writing the next one.

Official site: www.ericalorraine.com
Twitter: @ericalorraine

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Just One Day

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Goodreads Summary:
A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

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.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

My Review:
Oh my gosh!! I had seen this book a lot, and it looked interesting. However, I did not think it would be a book that I would love. I was so wrong though! This book blew me away.

Allyson was very relatable, and I easily put myself into her shoes as I was reading. She had a hard time being spontaneous, but when she is- wow! Their adventure in Paris for a day was crazy!! I always want to visit a foreign country and not see the main tourist spots, but all the authentic local spots. I liked that about their trip to Paris. It was very authentic. Willem on the other hand was a little more mysterious. I found myself having all the same doubts and worries about him as Allyson did. He was hard to interpret, but in an intriguing way.

During Allyson's time back in America, I got a little bored with the book. I wanted to know what happened to Willem!! I definitely think the in between time was necessary for the story though, so I would not count that as a bad thing. It just made me read faster to get to the good stuff!

The second trip to Paris was just as crazy as the first, only in different ways. I could never see myself traveling all over another country completely alone. I would have been terrified, and very lost, but Allyson handled it really well. She went on such a long "hunt" that I was relieved when it ended, but was disappointed in the way the hunt ended. But then!?! The ending. Y'all the ending of the book was crazy! I am dying for the next book already!! So, so good! Read this now!

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

January RAK


I've been really bad about participating in this lately, but I did not receive any books last month either. This month I'm really going to participate!!
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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten (Smitten #2) by Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt

Goodreads Summary:
Summer, fall, winter, spring--Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!

There's a secret in Grandma Rose's attic--a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?

The mystery intrigues Rose's three granddaughters--Tess, Clare, and Zoe--and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?

Join popular romance novelists--and real-life BFFs--Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.

My Review:
This is the second book in the Smitten series, but it can easily be read on it's own. There are four cute love stories in the book, three of them are sisters and the other one is their mother. They all fall in love with sweet, attractive men! :) All of the four authors worked together very well. Even though this is four different stories, the book as a whole flowed together really well.
I greatly enjoyed this book, but did not think it was as good as the first Smitten book. Secretly Smitten was supposed to have a lot to do with a family mystery as well. However, we did not hear a whole lot about the mystery except in the first story and the last story. I wish that would have been woven throughout the whole book a little more.
I loved all of the characters. They are all so full of life. I really enjoyed that they are all family, and we get to see how well they know each other. The girls always know when one of their sisters or their mom is attracted to the new guy in the picture. It was fun to read about.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Teeth

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

Goodreads Summary:
A gritty, romantic modern fairy tale from the author of Break and Gone, Gone, Gone.Be careful what you believe in.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.

Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

My Review:
This. book. is. so. weird. Tons of people already love this book, and you know what? I don't get it. I don't. At all. This book creeped me out, grossed me out, and weirded me out. I don't even know how to describe my feelings about it without giving away the story. The summary does not even begin to cover what this book is about. I went into it thinking it would be an awesome book, and was sorely disappointed. I also really disliked the amount of cussing in this book. It felt like the f word was used every other sentence. It was way too much. The only reason I gave it even two stars is because for some strange reason it kept me interested enough to keep reading.

SPOILERS-
Sorry I usually try to avoid spoilers, but I have to talk about this book. First, Teeth's mom (100% human) was raped by a fish (100% fish). Um WHAT?!? As if magic healing fish weren't enough, now they have to rape a human? I don't get it. Then Teeth is born, but just his top half. He doesn't get his merman tail until a few years later. Why wasn't he born with it? I don't get it. Then, Rudy starts to slowly fall in love with Teeth. First he was making out with Diana and now he likes guys? I don't get it.

Y'all. I just don't get it. Not much about this book made sense to me. It did not flow, and the different pieces of the story did not really fit well together. I will not be reading this book again.

2 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I Choose You + Giveaway

I CHOOSE YOU (Friends & Lovers, #2), by Bethany Lopez

Book Description:
Up until now, Nicole's life has been mapped out for her. She'd go to college, marry Jake and become the upstanding minister's wife. When she leaves that life to begin again in a small town in Texas, she finally has the freedom to live as she chooses. There, she meets Kent, a guy whose charm and passion make it hard to stick to her morals.

Dodging his father’s fists and protecting his twin sister made Kent into the man he is today. He learned by watching his mother stay by his father’s side that it’s better to keep relationships simple. Then he meets Nicole. Her sweet smile and genuine response to him land like punches to his resolve. After a lifetime of learning to protect his heart, can he finally let down his guard?

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About the author:
Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.
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Excerpt:
Kent stretched languidly as he drifted out of sleep the next morning. He’d gone out with Rich for a few more beers after they’d dropped off Roni’s stuff, but he didn’t feel any worse for it.
He slowly opened one eye, happy for the blackout curtains he’d hung in his bedroom.
He was not a morning person.
He glanced over at the clock, his forearm brushing against the empty sheets next to him, and he wondered how long it had been since he’d had a woman in his bed.
Shit, at least since Roni had come to town and squatted in his house. Well, now that she had moved out and he had his space back, he would have to remedy that.
His mind wandered to Briana, and he wondered how she was doing in Austin. He couldn’t help but smile.
Although he was sad that she’d taken Colin back and had moved away, he couldn’t help but be proud that she’d followed her dreams.
He could think of her now without feeling sad. He knew that she’d never really been his to lose, but he’d still felt bereft when she’d told him she didn’t want to see him anymore.
He wasn’t na├»ve enough to think that he’d loved her, but he knew that he could have, if she’d given him the chance.
“Oh, well,” he thought as he pushed himself up in the bed and threw his legs over the side. “No use wishing for something that was never going to happen. Time to move on.”
He sat still for a moment, allowing himself time to wake up, before standing up and heading into the bathroom to take a shower.


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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tiger Lily


Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Goodreads summary:
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.

My review:
Growing up, Peter Pan was always one of my favorite movies. Therefore, I think it is only natural that I would enjoy this book. And enjoy it I did. It did take me a while to get into it, because it is not your normal life, or even a normal fairy tale. Once I really got into it though, I did not want to stop reading. There were parts of the book that were strange, but I think it just adds to the magic of it all. Parts of the original Peter Pan are strange as well.

I loved how little pieces from the original story were woven into this one, while it was still very different. Tiger Lily is almost the prequel to Peter Pan, but different enough to be considered more of a retelling. When watching the original movie, I don't remember ever caring about or paying too much attention to Tiger Lily. What a shame that is. I loved having a whole book about her and her romance with Peter. I want to go back and watch the movie now and compare the two when they are fresh in my mind.

I found it very interesting that the story is told from TinkerBell's perspective. I always loved TinkerBell, so i loved getting to see her perspective on everything that was happening. She have a different way of thinking than I always imagined she would. However, I do think it makes since since this book kind of takes place before the original. Maybe a lot of things changed to make her outlook change. I think having TinkerBell narrate was a great way to show all of the different things going on at the same time in the course of the story. TinkerBell is able to move from place to place without many people noticing. Whereas, if the story was told from Tiger Lily's perspective there is only so much we would be able to know.

This book is so bittersweet. There is such a liveliness and youthful feel of the characters, but later there is a definite maturity and wise quality too them as well. We almost get to watch them lose their youthfulness throughout the course of the book. Another touch aspect was the romance. We got to see Peter Pan and Tiger Lily discover each other and fall in love. SPOILER ALERT-------- It is so sad to watch them in the ending. They forgive each other for the hurt that they have cause each other, but it is not enough. They don't end up together, but they never get over each other. They both fall in love again but never forget their first love. That is so heartbreaking and so sweet at the same time. I can barely handle all the emotions it makes me feel!! Normally I get really upset if a book does not have a happy ending. Like, really upset. I am not though. I think it is done perfectly in this book. There was really no way to wrap up the story with them ending up together and it not being weird. Tiger Lily and Peter had both gone through too much- together and apart- for that to happen. They were no longer the same people, because they have both had to mature. What a sweet, sad story.

4 stars