Proof of Forever

Proof of ForeverProof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Publication Date:

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis:

After their final summer at Camp Okahatchee, Joy, Tali, Luce and Zoe drifted apart. They were supposed to have stayed best friends, but each went their own way. They’re not really sure how it happened, but it did.

Now, two years later, Joy requests their presence at Camp Okahatchee’s reunion night. As they recreate a picture from the last summer together, a photo-booth transports them back in time to that very summer.

The girls must race against time to re-create the past so they can return to the present. Reliving the past isn’t as easy as it seems. The same secrets that tore them apart the first time, threaten to do so again. When the summer is over none of them will be the same.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

So, I have to admit when I requested Proof of Forever from my library, I didn’t realize it revolved around time travel. I’m not sure how I missed that when I read the description. It’s blatantly obvious. I was a little worried when I re-read the blurb that I wouldn’t like the story because I’m not really a sci-fi reader. But the time travel in this book didn’t have a sci-fi feel. It was definitely a contemporary YA novel.

The writing in Proof of Forever was beautiful. I enjoyed how the author rotated between Joy, Tali, Luce and Zoe’s POV. What I loved most about the novel, though; was the way each character went from being self-centered to self-aware. It was cool to see each of them realize things about themselves and how it affected their relationships with everyone.

The only complaint I have is the big secret isn’t really a big secret to the reader. I could totally see what was coming. That wasn’t that big of deal to me.

Proof of Forever was such a fun summer book to read. It was filled with friendship, romance, and fun summer camp experiences. It made me think back to my days as a summer camper. (When did I get so old?) I enjoyed it a lot.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read (or you could do fairytales I want to be retold or fairytales I love). My list will also include fables and Shakespeare since I haven’t read a ton of fairytale based novels. I guess I need to branch out more! Here is my list:


1. Impossible 
by Nancy Werlin

– Scarborough Fair

(Read)

Impossible (Impossible, #1)


2. Extraordinary 
by Nancy Werlin

-Wicked / The Wizard of OZ

(Read)

Extraordinary


3. Isn’t She Lovely 
by Lauren Layne

– Pygmalion

(Read)

Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5)


4. Broken
 by Lauren Layne

– Beauty and the Beast

(Read)

Broken (Redemption, #1)


5. Crushed 
by Lauren Layne

-The Ugly Duckling

(Read)

Crushed (Redemption, #2)


6. Cinder & Ella 
by Kelly Oram

-Cinderella

(Read)

Cinder & Ella


7. Finding Cinderella
by Colleen Hoover

– Cinderella

(Read)

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)


8. Vendetta 
by Catherine Doyle

– Romeo and Juliet

(Read)

Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)


9. A Court of Thorns and Roses 
by Sarah J. Maas

– Beauty and the Beast

(Want to read)

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)


10. The Iron King 
by Julie Kagawa

–  Midsummer Night’s Dream

(Want to read)

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

What are some of your favorite fairytale retelling or ones you would like to read? Tell me in the comments!

The Truth According to Us

The Truth According to UsThe Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

Publication Date: June 9, 2015

Publisher: Random House

Synopsis:

Layla Beck lived a privileged life until her wealthy father tired of her actions. Now, Layla’s been sent to work on the Federal Writer’s Project in West Virginia. Her assignment is to write the history of the small town of Macedonia.

Upon arriving in Macedonia, she finds herself boarding with the Romeyn family. The Romeyn family are an interesting bunch. There’s curious 12-year-old Willow, spunky 9-year-old Bird, and their handsome father Felix. There’s also their three aunts: Jottie, Mae and Minerva. As Layla begins to discover the fascinating history of Macedonia, she also starts to unravel the secrets of the Romeyn family.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I was really excited to read The Truth According to Us. Annie Barrows was one of the co-authors of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and I loved that book. That being said, I had high expectations for The Truth According to Us.

While The Truth According to Us had a very interesting storyline and amazing characters, the book was too long (486 pages). Normally, I wouldn’t complain about the length of a book, but the story was so slow-paced that 486 pages became tedious. It seemed like nothing interesting happened until about half way through. Even then, it wasn’t until page 400 that anything exciting happened.

Part of the problem was the three points of view in the novel: Layla, Willa and Jottie. Willa’s POV was in first person, while Layla and Jottie’s were in third. I usually like multiple points of view, but it didn’t work for me in this book. Other than Willa’s POV, it would take a me a paragraph or so to figure out who was narrating because there was no chapter header to say who was narrating. Narrators also changed mid-chapter, which was confusing. It would have flowed better had the chapters rotated between the characters and if they were all in first or third person.

Otherwise, I enjoyed the story. It had a good mystery and each character was well developed. It just needed to faster-paced or a little shorter.

Thank you to Random House for the opportunity to and honestly review an ARC of The Truth According to Us.

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Publication Date: January 2, 2014

Publisher: Viking Children’s

Synopsis:

Hayley Kincain is spending her senior year of high school in high school. For most kids that would be normal. For Hayley, it’s a tough transition from being homeschooled on the road with her Iraq war veteran father.

Hayley’s trying to lead a normal life. She has a new best friend in Grace and a possible boyfriend in Finn. If only her father’s transition was as easy. Riddled with PTSD, he can barely keep it together. Hayley’s doing everything she can to keep him safe, but she’s worried it might not be enough.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The Impossible Knife of Memory left me feeling kind of…blah. I had such high expectations for it. It just didn’t meet most of them. I can’t decide whether I liked it or not. There were some really great things about it, but there were also things I didn’t like or get.

The writing was amazing. It flowed well and kept me reading when I might have wanted to set the book down. I read it in two days.

I liked the PTSD topic and how Hayley’s dad was portrayed. Even though he wasn’t very likeable, he felt real and I couldn’t help but feel compassion for him and anyone else dealing with returning from war.

I couldn’t stand Hayley most of the time. Her denial of her dad’s condition was understandable, as was her warped sense of the past. Her habit of referring to her classmates as zombies drove me nuts. I just didn’t get it. The only time I really felt like I could connect with her character was toward the end of the book.

I also couldn’t stand Hayley’s dad’s flashbacks. I don’t know why we were treated to them, but they didn’t add anything to the story for me. At least the memories Hayley had were able to show how she was twisting her own truth.

So while I loved the writing and the issue the story was tackling, there were just too many things I didn’t like. I will be trying another of Laurie Hulse Anderson’s stories in the future since she’s obviously a talented author.