Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I haven't done one of these in a while! Anywho, let's get this party started.



For Review:

*Nil by Lynne Matson (goodreads/amazon)
*Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler (goodreads/amazon)

Borrowed:

*Left Drowning by Jessica Park (goodreads/amazon) THANKS, KAREN!!!


Special thanks to Macmillan, Simon Teen, and my awesome friend Karen from For What It's Worth.


Weekly Round-Up:


*Wherein I Review INFINITYGLASS (Hourglass #3) by Myra McEntire. Such a fantastic book!
*My picks for the Top Ten Best Sequels Ever.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares.
*SIX MONTHS LATER Blog Tour- Review, Excerpt, AND a giveaway. One that involves Starbucks! ;)





That's all, folks! Did you guys get any awesome books this week?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Six Months Later Blog Tour- Review + Excerpt/Giveaway


Title: Six Months Later
Author: Natalie Richards
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review (and as part of the blog tour)

"Chloe didn't think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.

What happened to her?
And why can't she remember?"

First line: "I'm sitting next to the fire alarm, and my best friend is going down in flames."

Thoughts: Going into SIX MONTHS LATER, I honestly didn't know what the expect. Debut author, vague summary...Basically a hit or miss. Which was it, you ask? Oh, definitely a hit. Once I started SIX MONTHS LATER, I could not and would not put it down. I had to know what happened next and try to piece the mystery together. The best part of this novel? You'll never see the ending coming. Whoa.

As I said before, the summary is somewhat vague and should remain that way. Any tiny piece could give the story away. The novel starts off with Chloe being Chloe. She's not exactly a bad kid. She's loyal to her friend Maggie and just wants high school to be over with just like the rest of us. It's not until one strange day, one strange night that everything changes. Soon, she finds herself waking up six months later and completely lost. The things she thought were solid aren't, and the things she has always wanted are her's. The only catch is sometimes life on top isn't exactly how you'd picture it.

Chloe is definitely a fantastic protagonist people will easily fall in love with. With the way the story is written, the reader often feels just as lost as Chloe is. Honestly, if I were in here shoes, I probably would have done all the things she did. I think that's one of the main reasons I adored her so much.

Now, I noticed some people out there are afraid of the love triangle spin/possibility. I assure you folks that though there are two main boys in this novel, it's obvious from the beginning which one Chloe cares for. Personally, I was never a fan of Blake, but Adam? I was ALWAYS a fan of Adam. Love that kid!

Overall, I really enjoyed SIX MONTHS LATER and can't wait to add it to my book collection. The mystery aspect is done perfectly, and the characters are unforgettable. I highly recommend this novel to all YA and contemporary fans. It's a book you definitely don't want to miss!



Rating:


4 Stars


Now, one of my favorite excerpts from SIX MONTHS LATER:

"I see leaves. A red-gold carpet of them litters my lawn. My rake pushes them into pules, baring trails of green grass and the crisp, unmistakable smell of autumn in the air.

Beside me, Adam looks up from his own rake. 'I can't believe you talked me into this.'

I roll my eyes. 'You're the one who kept me up until three in the morning for, what was it? Eight Halo rematches last night? Remind me again how many of those you won?'

Instead of replying, Adam tosses his rake and lunges for me.

I feel his hands on my waist and laughter bubbling out of me as he hauls me into the air and then tosses me into the pile. Leaves crush beneath me as I laugh, pulling at his feet and knees until I bring him down beside me.

I smell the sweetness of October all around me as we lie there side by side, laughing until my cheeks ache with it. Adam rolls on his side to face me. His eyes are so blue, I feel myself getting lost in them. I know I'm staring and I know its obvious, and somehow it's so ridiculous that it only makes me laugh more.

My shoulders are shaking and I should stop, but it's just so crazy. Then Adam reaches for my face, and there's nothing funny about it.

His eyes go soft, and my insides curl like ribbons on a gift. I feel the ghost of his fingers on my hair. It only leaves me aching for more.

'I shouldn't even be here, you know,' he says softly.

'I know,' I say. But when he moves to leave, I take his hand. And he lets me."

AAAAND the giveaway. Thanks to Natalie, there is an autographed copy of SIX MONTHS LATER and a Starbucks gift card up for grabs. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour over at The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club.

*The Unofficial Book Fan Club Facebook Page
*Natalie Richard's Facebook Page

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. This week my pick is THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares.

"Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take on an impossible romance. Ann Brashares’ first novel for teens since The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Meet seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan Jarves."

Why I Can't Wait: It's Ann Brashares! The book sounds like a mix between a dystopian novel and a time-traveling one. Plus, the potential romance definitely sounds intriguing. Cannot freaking wait!

Expected publication: April 8th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten best sequels ever. Oooooooo, it's on!

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. . Seriously, the books in the HP series each get better and better. It didn't take me longer than a day to devour this goodie.

2. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. Gayle Forman needs to write more male point of views. She gets them and most of all gets us, the reader. Love you, Adam!

3. Fire by Kristin Cashore. Technically, Fire is the companion to Graceling. Bitterblue is the true sequel, but I had to mention Fire. It's my favorite of the three and quite frankly one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read.

4. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. This lady was born to write. I smiled, I cried, I became frustrated to the point of no return only to get sucked right back in. Too many feels!

5. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. It's always difficult for me to describe the concept of these novels without someone giving me a strange look. Just know that they're good, and Scarlet is even better than Cinder.

6. Deception by C.J. Redwine. More fantasy! So much happened in Defiance that I questioned where the author would go from there. Well, apparently she has plenty of places to take us. Action, action, action!

7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Sweet mercy, how I love this book. I believe Karen and I were texting each other our favorite quotes and both died a very amazing Four fangirl death.

8. A Million Suns by Beth Revis. Okay, I'm normally not a huge sci-fi fan, but this trilogy has be questioning everything I once knew about myself. Goodness, I cannot tell you how insane this sequel is compared to Across The Universe.

9. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. Of all things that make this trilogy amazeballs, the main character also has the best name in the world. Just saying.

10. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta. Yes, another fantasy novel. To be fair, while I liked Finnikin of the Rock, I didn't love it. Froi though? Froi I loved!



There you have it! What are some of your favorite sequels?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: Infinityglass


Title: Infinityglass (Hourglass #3)
Author: Myra McEntire
Published: August 6th 2013 by EgmontUSA
Source: Finished copy courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
Goodreads/Amazon

"The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?"

First line: "'The only reason you want my help is so yu can see my girls in a corset,' I said."

Thoughts: She's done it again- Myra McEntire has written yet another exciting and unputdownable book I easily devoured in only a matter of days. Though TIMEPIECE is still my favorite (for, ahem, obvious rawr-like reasons), I still very much enjoyed INFINITYGLASS. The gorgeous cover definitely does this book justice, as does all the anticipation leading up to the release.

Unlike the other novels, which are only told through one point of view, INFINITYGLASS is told through both Hallie and Dune's point of view. Out of the two characters, I found Hallie to be the most relatable. Yes, she has these supernatural abilities and yes, she has basically been stowed away to be used as a pawn in her father's work games, she's still just trying to be a normal teenage girl and live a normal life. I think readers will easily relate to her naturally awkward yet brave demeanor. The events that take place between her and Poe are definitely action-packed and oh so fun to read.

With all this said, it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading Dune's point of view. He's captivating in all the right ways. I'm sure girls will swoon all over him and adore him. I sure did but alas, my heart lies with Kaleb. Oh, and for all of you Kaleb fans out there, he is in fact in this novel. Squee!

Overall, fans will be pleased with McEntire's latest installment in this series. It's no lie, the stakes are higher. The pacing is perfect to the point where there is never a dull moment. Enticing and riveting, I highly recommend INFINITYGLASS as well as the entire Hourglass series to fans of romance, time-travel, and genuinely good books.


Rating:

4 Stars

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. This week my pick is SERVANTS OF THE STORM by Delilah S. Dawson.

"A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself."

Why I Can't Wait: First of all, the cover? How insanely creepy is that cover. I'm curious to see what kind of evil things are going on in Savannah. Plus, a sexy stranger that makes her do things for a price? Does that mean we'll love him or hate him? Can't wait to find out!

Expected Publication: 2014 by Simon Pulse

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review: The Beginning of Everything


Title: The Beginning of Everything
Author: Robyn Schneider
Published: August 27th 2013 by Katherine Tegen
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
Goodreads/Amazon


"Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings"


First line: "Sometimes I think that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that the people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses at stoplights could be only moments away from disaster."

Thoughts: This book...there are no words to describe the epic adventure this novel will take you on. While I knew THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING was going to be amazing, I didn't expect it to somewhat change the way I view the world. Needless to say, I will never be the same again.

The beginning of this novel starts off with a bang. It's a recapping of an old yet disturbing memory following an event that altered Ezra and his best friend Toby's lives. I can't exactly say what happens without ruining the shock factor, but I clearly wasn't expecting this. At any rate, Ezra begins to believe everyone in their lives will have a tragic changing point. You won't know when it'll happen but once it does, life will change drastically.

He's right.

One of the things I completely adored about this novel was the main character himself. It's incredible how the author created a character so rich and unbelievable, you can't help but wish he were real. Of all his wonderful and sometimes not so fabulous traits, I loved his clever and witty personality the most. Just the dialog and banter alone kept me craving for more. Ezra Faulkner is every reason why I can easily swoon over the perfect male protagonist. I truly believe the author found her voice in Ezra. Please, please write more male voices. PLEASE!

Now, let's talk about the romance a bit. Enter Cassidy. Like many first loves, Cassidy offers Ezra things he hasn't experienced before. Both Cassidy and Ezra are broken yet somehow fix one another just by being together. I adored watching them grow together and helping each other find who they're meant to be. Alas, to quote Robert Frost, "Nothing gold can stay forever". Things begin, things end, and in some cases, begin again. What will be the case for these two? Read it and see.

THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING is a realistic coming of age novel I highly recommend to all fans of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. This book is filled with love, wisdom, wit, and enough heartache to make your head spin. It's one of those books that will keep you thinking about it weeks after you've already finished. Heck, I don't even know if I ever truly recovered from this emotional roller-coaster! The only thing I know for sure is I plan on keeping this novel on my bookshelf for a long, long time.

Rating:


“Oscar Wilde once said that to live is the rarest thing in the world, because most people just exist, and that’s all. I don’t know if he’s right, but I do know that I spend a long time existing, and now, I intend to live.”


“I wondered what things what things became when you no longer needed them, and I wondered what the future would hold once we'd gotten past our personal tragedies and proven them ultimately survivable.”

“You see? You're just figuring it out now, but I discovered a long time ago that the smarter you are, the more tempting it is to just let people imagine you. We move through each other's lives like ghosts, leaving behind haunting memories of people who never existed.”

“'There's a word for it,' she told me, 'In French, for when you have a lingering impression of something having passed by. Sillage. I always think of it when a firework explodes and lights up the smoke from the ones before it.'

'That's a terrible word,' I teased. 'It's like an excuse for holding onto the past.'

'Well, I think it's beautiful. A word for remembering small moments destined to be lost.'”

Friday, September 13, 2013

Renegade (MILA 2.0 #2) Cover Reveal

I have a special treat for you guys today! Thanks to the fabulous people at HarperTeen, I'm about to reveal the cover to RENEGADE, the sequel to MILA 2.0, by Debra Driza. All I can say is holy freaking cow. If you loved the cover to MILA 2.0, wait till you see RENEGADE. Okay, get ready.

In 3...




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BAM! Isn't it stunning? I personally cannot wait to get my hands on this one! What do you guys think?


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Look = Giveaway

For those who know me best, I have been coveting a new look for Addicted 2 Novels. Out with the old and in with the new. I wanted something that fit my personality and had lots of awesome colors (LIKE PINK!). Thanks to the fabulous Katie from KD Designs, I finally have exactly have it. Isn't it gorgeous? I'm completely in love with all of the colors and layout. WHEEEEEE, couldn't be more happy!

To celebrate, I am giving away two (that's right TWO) book prize packs. Want to see what you can possibly win? Here we go!

Prize Pack A:

*Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta (goodreads)
*Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis (goodreads)
*Unthinkable by Nancy Welin (goodreads)
*The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White (goodreads)
*Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock (goodreads)
*Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell (goodreads)


Prize Pack B:
*All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrell (goodreads)
*Twinmaker by Sean Williams (goodreads)
*The 100 By Kass Morgan (goodreads)
*Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (goodreads)
*Blackout by Robinson Wells (goodreads)
*Love Drugged by James Klise (goodreads)


To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends October 1st. I will be emailing the winner for their mailing information so BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL!

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Ten Books I'd Love To See As A Movie Or TV Show


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books I'd Love To See As A Movie Or TV Show. Umm, LOVE THIS!

1. The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty. I would love, love, LOVE to see these books transformed into a TV show. There's been talk for quite some time but until it happens, I shall dream of the perfect Marcus Flutie.

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas. I'd love to watch Celaena kick ass on the big screen!

3. Easy by Tammara Webber. Can I cast Lucas? Please?

4. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. I'd definitely have to bring a box of tissues to the movie. So many feels!

5. Pivot Point by Kasie West. Ahh, the TV show would be amazeballs! I'm predicting it'd be better than Pretty Little Liars. Yep, I went there!

6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. So much freaking swoon and awesomeness. “'The problem with wanting,'" he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, 'is that it makes us weak.'” Goodness, I need a reread, STAT!

7. The Heist Society by Ally Carter. HALE! It's like James Bond but with a killer group of teens. I'd love to see Kat doing what she does best.

8. Just One Day by Gayle Forman. This novel reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Before Sunrise. It would make the PERFECT summer movie...with the exception of that killer cliffhanger.

9. 52 Reason To Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. This movie would be hilarious! I'd go see it!

10. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Technically, they would need to turn Anna and the French Kiss into a movie first, but I don't care. This is my favorite of the two, and I'd love to see where the director and producers would take us.




There you have it! What books would you guys love to see on the big/little screen?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Review: Until It Hurts To Stop


Title: Until It Hurts To Stop
Author: Jennifer R. Hubbard
Expected publication: September 12th 2013 by Viking Juvenile
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

"When you can’t trust anyone, how can you ever feel safe?

In seventh grade, Maggie Camden was the class outcast. Every day, the other girls tripped her, pinched her, trapped her in the bathroom, told her she would be better off dead. Four years have passed since then, and Maggie’s tormentors seem to have moved on. The ringleader of them all, Raleigh Barringer, even moved out of town. But Maggie has never stopped watching for attacks, and every laugh still sounds like it’s at her expense. The only time Maggie feels at peace is when she’s hiking up in the mountains with her best friend, Nick. Lately, though, there’s a new sort of tension between the two of them—a tension both dangerous and delicious. But how can Maggie expect anything more out of Nick when all she’s ever been told is that she’s ugly, she’s pathetic, she’s unworthy of love? And how can she ever feel safe, now that Raleigh Barringer is suddenly—terrifyingly—back in town?"

First line: "My friend Nick reaches across the cafeteria table and drops a knife into my hand."

Thoughts: I don't know how Hubbard does it, but she writes these incredibly addicting and all-consuming books that just drive me crazy! They're realistic and undoubtedly human. Though her novels are often difficult to read (UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP is no exception to this), I promise you they are completely worth it. Believe me when I say this, you will need enough time to sit down and finish the book from the beginning till the inevitable end. Basically until it hurts to stop.

I genuinely enjoyed the UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP. After all, the two main characters are obsessed with hiking thus made of win. Maggie, the protagonist, is different from all the other girls. She doesn't dress like them, she doesn't focus on her looks, and she accepts the fact that she'll never be part of the "in" crowd. When she was in junior high, Raleigh Barringer and her misfit of minions tortured Maggie. Throughout the novel, Maggie has these flashbacks of all the awfulness she has spent the past few years trying to forget. These flashbacks are, in one word, horrendous. At some point in all of our lives we've either been bullied or at least ridiculed by someone who made us feel less of ourselves (if not worthless). To me, this made Maggie all that much more relatable. I personally cannot enjoy a book if I can't relate to the main character, so all of this was a definitely plus for me.

Now, I will say that more often than not the main characters drove me absolutely insane. Nick, for example, seemed to do the complete opposite of what I thought he would do. I felt like he constantly ran away from logic. The poor guy needed to sit down and think before he acted. I can kind of understand he's dealing with a lot and is most likely hurt, but he didn't treat Maggie like she was his best friend. Same goes for Maggie and the way she treated Sylvie. Everyone kind of took advantage of each other, and I inevitably became frustrated with all of them. Also, for Nick to say he didn't want to be with someone complicated, he sure did surround himself with complicated situations. Whatever happened to bros before hoes? Chicks before pricks. Isn't this an unmentioned motto in the friendship contract?

At any rate, I adored the message behind UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP. Stand up for yourself, but never lower yourself to their level. Life isn't always easy, and sometimes it's best to just let the past go. Move forward and let go of the hatred and memories not worth remembering. If you don't, you're always going to be stuck in the past and possibly miss out on incredible people and moments. I recommend this novel to all fans of realistic contemporary fiction.


Rating:

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: The Infinite Moment of Us


Title: The Infinite Moment of Us
Author: Lauren Myracle
Publication: August 27th 2013 by Amulet Books
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
Goodreads/Amazon

"For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now... not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them...

Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers."

First line: "It was all ending: high school."

Thoughts: Part of me wants to give this book five stars, but another part of me doesn't think it was worthy of five stars. Not yet anyway. THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US definitely proves that a lot can happen in one summer. Two months can change your life forever, especially when there's love to be discovered. First love, self discovery, independence, and more. That's what you'll find in this novel and for adult readers, you'll most likely come upon a bit of nostalgia as well.

Starting off, I must confess that I'm usually not a fan of instalove. I genuinely like to read about the build up and little sparks of connection before the couple actually gets together. In this case, though, I truly adored Wren and Charlie's relationship. While it wasn't love at first sight for Wren, it undeniably was for Charlie. Over the course of the school year, Wren focused on her school work while Charlie tried to steer clear of drama and catch glimpses of his crush. All it took was this one ironic encounter and both were head over heels for each other. The chemistry between them flew off the pages, and I found myself easily speeding through the novel. It was fan-freaking-tastic.

With all of this said, there is a part of me that wishes they were each more independent. That's not to say they weren't great together, but I couldn't help but be annoyed by Wren's neediness and (at times) lack of regard for Charlie's feelings especially when it came to his family. As someone who loves him, she should be more understanding when it came to his brother and how close he was to his adoptive parents. Charlie is a loving guy and when he decides to share that love, he can't help but be loyal and helpful. Wren's relationship with her parents should have helped her to understand this, but I guess not.

Charlie wasn't perfect either. Don't even get me started on Charlie and his destructive not so "relationship" with Starrla. We could be here for days!

Alas, with all of these feelings put aside, I do have to admit that first love can be overwhelming. Throw in an expiration date (college, life, etc), and it's beyond staggering. We all need to feel loved, and I think Wren and Charlie felt as though they only had each other. I'm really grateful Wren didn't abandon her friends, and I'm even more glad Charlie stood his ground when it came to his family. Wren did become more understanding towards the middle/end of the book, however, I still can't help but wish she had grown more as a person. Still, I just kept telling myself this book spans within the course of three months and someone can only grow so much in that short amount of time.

The ending of the book...wow. Some people will hate it (I can already tell), but I personally loved it. Although it was a bit rushed, I couldn't help but find it charming and just perfect for this novel. So many feelings, too little time.

Overall, this book is a solid four for me. I recommend it to fans of contemporary YA and contemp novels in general. Though it seems to be targeted for an older crowd, I do think some younger teens need to read it as well. After reading Myracle's letter at the beginning of the ARC, I fully understand what she means by educating teens early so they won't be shocked later. There's always meaning behind Myracle's books, and I revel in it.

Rating: