Saint Anything

SaintAnything

This was such a beautiful book. A few months ago I read a sample chapter and was sucked into the story within the first page.

Sarah Dessen writes beautifully. A single sentence can capture a lifetime of feelings that we haven’t been able to put into words ourselves.

I was a little hesitant to read this book simply because some reviews mentioned it covered some “dark” stuff. I rarely read dark or gritty books and was concerned it might not be the right fit for me. However, possibly because of personal experience, I didn’t consider the trials mentioned dark at all. Sydney’s story touched me. The whole story takes on a new perspective of things we hear about every day. It’s an incredible lyrical story that can relate to anyone who has ever had to deal with the consequences of someone else’s actions. It’ll change your way of thinking.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen:

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.

Trust Me, I’m Lying

Trust me, it’sTrust Me, I'm Lying good. I adored Julep’s voice. She was snarky, sarcastic, and witty. The story had its “grin-worthy” moments and its “try-not-to-laugh-too-loud-because-you’re-at-the-gym-and-you’re-not-supposed-to-be-laughing-while-working-out” moments. Julep is just the kind of girl you’d never think would be a con artist.

If you need more convincing just take a look at the cover. She’s wearing a necklace with a gun pendant. A gun. It pretty much has to be good with that kind of foreshadowing. And just in case Mary Elizabeth Summer reads this — I’m pretty sure you and I would be best friends.

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer:

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

Red Queen

I devoured this book. Mare is the kind of girl you want to be your best friend. Combine that with smokin’ hot (literally) guys and it’s no wonder it’s a bestseller. Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: 

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

The Winner’s Curse

I bought this on Saturday and finished it on Sunday. It was so good!The Winner's Curse

Kestrel and Arin’s story was one of the more unique love stories I’ve read. I loved their chemistry and the fact that they didn’t get along at first. I couldn’t predict what would happen.

One of my favorite things that Rutkoski did was weave in the different points of view. While I felt that Arin’s cause was just, I too felt for Kestrel and her point of view. I can’t say too much without giving everything away, but the ending was wonderfully thought out. I couldn’t have thought of a better way for it to end.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski:

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

I can’t wait to read the next one! And that cover…I mean…really! Just please judge this book by it’s cover.

–Jessie