Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Saving June

"Saving June" is a heart wrenching story about a 16 year old girl trying to get through the aftermath of her sister’s suicide. She has decided to road trip across country to California to spread her sister’s ashes in the Pacific Ocean with her best friend, Laney, and a secretive boy that her sister knew. 

This book is about Harper coming to terms with her sister’s death and trying to figure out how to live her life. She experiences many new things on her road trip which help her come to the realization that life needs to be lived to its fullest. There is no reason to hold back when it is so short. I loved the friendships that Harper has and how she is a very real character. I could see this sixteen year old girl who was confused, mad and resentful of her family. It took me a little while to get into the book, but once I hit around page 100, I was hooked. Hannah Harrington has created a believable story of betrayal and loss that leaves you speechless.

Published by Harlequin Teen, November, 2011

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: The Torn Wing

The Torn Wing picks up where “The Fairy Ring” left off. Tiki and her family have moved in with Rieker, who goes missing for weeks at a time. One night, they are informed that the king of the Unseelie court, Donegal has hired an ancient creature to hunt down and kill Queen Victoria in his quest to conquer England. As the war escalates, Tiki is forced to learn more about her history and connection to the world of the Fey. 
The best thing about this book is that Kiki has given you just enough of a  back story that you know what happened in the first book without it becoming boring and redundant. She gives you the quick rundown and then takes off with the storyline that allows us to learn more about Tiki and Rieker’s pasts. After the truce has been shaken in the first book, you see the Unseelie court becoming more powerful and begin to take over. They even attempt to take the throne of England. 
I loved all of the action present in this book. Page one starts with the murder of the Seelie King and the drama keeps coming. I loved how dedicated Tiki is to her family and we are able to see her nurturing side in addition to her no nonsense, take charge attitude from the first book. A lot of information is revealed in this book that leads to shocking revelations that leave you reeling. I didn’t want to finish the book because I knew it would be too long until I could find out the rest of the story! As far as historical fiction goes, this is at the top of my must read pile and is the first title that I recommend to my students when they ask for a new book. 
(The Faerie Ring #2)

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