Thursday, January 27, 2011

Freefall by Mindi Scott

Book review # 62
Freefall by Mindi Scott
Rating: Five stars

Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend, Isaac, alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time when Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn't wake up.

Convinced that his own actions led to his friend's death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely.Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he's ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth soon realizes he isn't the only one who needs saving . . .

Freefall is one of those books you are sure to not forget. I've been so busy lately, but after lying in bed a couple of nights after finishing Freefall, thinking about a scene between Seth and Rosetta, I knew I had to  share the love. I adore and admire Mindi Scott for writing such a powerful, emotional, realistic debut novel. Freefall isn't just any novel, it's one that sends a message; one that could possibly affect or change lives. Scott easily portrayed the importance of making decisions, pushing past fears, and drinking.

Finally, we get to read about an accurate male point of view. I felt so close to Seth; his emotions poured through the pages. I found myself feeling almost as emotional as him. Seth is going through a tough time, with his best friend Issac dying from drinking too much. Drinking and partying is the norm for everyone around him, but Seth isn't sure he wants to live that life anymore. Living in a trailer park, playing in a band with his brother and friends, not passing school; is what Seth is used to. Meeting Rosetta is just the beginning,some things are going to have to change...

What  I loved the most was watching the journey and transformation Seth and Rosetta went through. They both seem so different, but the closer you look, the more alike they seem. Their relationship was beautiful, it changed and developed until the very last page. Together they experienced so many firsts, at times it was painfully realistic. I was very grateful for the minor characters as well, they were interesting and vital in helping Seth move on with his life.

There is so many things I have to say Freefall, but I feel like nothing will serve it justice. With the romance, drama, and intensity Freefall is one of a kind. The scenes were written so beautfully, it was almost like a movie. I could easily visulize the characters and places around town; when the characters spoke I could pracrically hear them talking. You become so absorbed that you almost forget what's happening around you. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on Freefall as soon as you can. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Daily Dose Monday (26)

Daily Dose Monday is hosted by Holly over at Good Golly Miss Holly and features inspiring/magical images that you would like to share with your readers :)

 This one is my sister and her husband on her wedding day! <3

Here's another one from the wedding day :)

 These last two were taken by my sister from her honeymoon in Hawaii. This was her backyard (:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

In My Mailbox (33)

In My Mailbox is a meme originally hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren (click for more information) that shares all the new books you've bought, borrowed, received, or traded for the week.

I noticed some of my favorite blogs stopped updating and I really don't want to follow in their footsteps. Although I haven't been really blogging, I've been reading probably more than ever (:

Library books/for review:

Crazy by Han Nolan

Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen upon bad times—his mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his father’s deteriorating condition.

Both heartbreaking and funny, CRAZY lives up to the intense and compelling characters Han Nolan is praised for. As Jason himself teeters on the edge of insanity, Nolan uncovers the clever coping system he develops for himself and throws him a lifeline in the guise of friendship.

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner


Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

All You Get is Me by Yvonne Prinz

A summer of love, loss, and justice.
Things were complicated enough for Roar, even before her father decided to yank her out of the city and go organic. Suddenly, she’s a farm girl, albeit a reluctant one, selling figs at the farmers’ market and developing her photographs in a ramshackle shed. Caught between a troublemaking sidekick named Storm, a brooding, easy-on-the-eyes L.A. boy, and a father on a human rights crusade that challenges the fabric of the farm community, Roar is going to have to tackle it all—even with dirt under her fingernails and her hair pulled back with a rubber band meant for asparagus.

 A big thanks goes to Goodreads for this one! I won it in Goodreads Firstreads (:

The Sweetness of Salt by Cecilia Galante

Julia just graduated as her high school valedictorian, has a full ride to college in the fall and a coveted summer internship clerking for a federal judge. But when her older sister, Sophie, shows up at the graduation determined to reveal some long buried secrets, Julia's carefully constructed plans come to a halt. Instead of the summer she had painstakingly laid out, Julia follows Sophie back to Vermont, where Sophie is opening a bakery—and struggling with some secrets of her own. What follows is a summer of revelations—some heartwarming, some heartbreaking, and all slowly pointing Julia toward a new understanding of both herself and of the sister she never really knew.

The Kid Table by Andrea Seigel

Ingrid Bell and her five teenage cousins are such a close-knit group that they don't really mind sitting at the kid table—even if they have to share it with a four-year-old. But then Brianne, the oldest cousin, lands a seat at the adult table and leaves her cousins shocked and confused. What does it take to graduate from the kid table?

Over the course of five family events, Ingrid chronicles the coming-of-age of her generation. Her cousins each grapple with growing pains, but it is Ingrid who truly struggles as she considers what it means to grow up. When first love comes in the form of first betrayal (he's Brianne's boyfriend), Ingrid is forced to question her own personality and how she fits into her family. The cousins each take their own path toward graduating into adulthood—only to realize that maybe the kid table was where they wanted to be all along.

I also bought seven books today for about 8 dollars! They are still on hold, so I'll post them for next week's IMM. Miss you all, I hope everyone is enjoying the winter! (:

What's in your mailbox?