Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas

“For Steve York, life was good. He had a 4.0 GPA, friends he could trust, and a girl he loved. Now he spends his days smoked out, not so much living as simply existing.

But his herbal endeavors — and personal demons — have lead to a severe lack of motivation. Steve’s flunking out, but if he writes a one-hundred-page paper, he can graduate.

 

Steve realizes he must write what he knows. And through telling the story of how he got to where he is, he discovers exactly where he wants to be….” -Goodreads.com

 

When I first started Rats Saw God it honestly felt like a mess. But halfway through it I got sucked in. To the point that after finishing it I love it more. I just loved this book.

 

4 stars.

Read on December 29, 2013.

Bought.

Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone

“When poor Boston girl Stephanie is abandoned by her abusive mother and taken in by Annie?s Beverly Hills family, she feels anything but home. Her dark complexion and accent stick out like a sore thumb in the golden-hued world of blondes and extravagance. These are girls who seem to live life in fast forward, while Stephanie is stuck on pause. Yet when a new rival moves to town, threatening Annie?s queen-bee status, Stephanie finds herself taking sides in a battle she never even knew existed, and that feeling invisible is a wound that can only be healed by standing up for who she is. Brilliant newcomer Mary Hanlon Stone delivers a compulsively readable insider?s view of growing up in a world where money and privilege don?t always glitter.” -Goodreads.com

 

For me almost all of Invisible Girl felt slightly… fake. I know some of this type could happen. But not any normal day. At the end the book I just didn’t get what the whole point of it was… Maybe someone else might like it, but I sure didn’t.

 

1 star.

Read on December 24, 2013.

Bought.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.” –Goodreads.com

 

I think if it wasn’t for the title I would have liked Alice in Zombieland a whole lot more. Because of how it and the description was, I though is was going to be like Alice in Wonderland with zombies. And boy was it not really at all. Yeah there were some hints of like a connection between her and Alice but not like I was thinking.

There were some good parts in it but overall didn’t really love it like I thought I would.

 

3 stars.

Read from December 17 to 20, 2013.

Bought.

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

“Emily Bell believes in destiny. To her, being forced to sing a solo in the church choir–despite her average voice–is fate: because it’s while she’s singing that she first sees Sam. At first sight, they are connected.
Sam Border wishes he could escape, but there’s nowhere for him to run. He and his little brother, Riddle, have spent their entire lives constantly uprooted by their unstable father. That is, until Sam sees Emily. That’s when everything changes.
As Sam and Riddle are welcomed into the Bells’ lives, they witness the warmth and protection of a family for the first time. But when tragedy strikes, they’re left fighting for survival in the desolate wilderness, and wondering if they’ll ever find a place where they can belong. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I’ll Be There is a gripping story that explores the complexities of teenage passions, friendships, and loyalties.” -Goodreads.com

 

I actually don’t cry that much when reading, but I’ll Be There did that to me. Not as bad as TFIOS or The Book Thief, but so close.

At first I didn’t love the book but slowly seeing how everything was connected. And all of the relationships that come though it… Wow. Yes there is a bit with romance, but it’s mostly about family. Just such an amazing book. If I were to do a list from last year’s books this one would be on it….

 

5 stars.

Read from December 13 to 15, 2013.

Bought.