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Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Publisher: Poppy | Little Brown
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback ARC
Series: None
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book:  Amazon CA | Amazon

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.
Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.
A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

“But there's no such thing as a completely fresh start. Everything new arrives on the heels of something old, and every beginning comes at the cost of an ending.” 

I LOVED This is What Happy Looks Like so when I learned about The Geography of You and Me I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

The timing for me reading this book couldn't have been more perfect! First wave of nice, warm weather of the Season, and this was the first book I lounged in the sun with. The sun was not the only thing filling me with warmth. Jennifer E. Smith's novel left me warm and fuzzy. I closed the book feeling as if I just left the theatre from a wicked romantic comedy, only this one took place in my head! Her simple writing style created a very easy reading experience. The words flowed effortlessly and her character development made it very easy to not only connect with the characters, but feel for the characters.

Another aspect I loved about this novel is the story of Lucy and Owen as an item is not the main subject of the story. Yes, of course it is a big part of it, but the unfolding of their own lives, their own turmoils and triumphs really made me me appreciate the novel even more. A love story is more than just the couple being together!

This is a novel that brings a whole new meaning to "Home is where the heart is"!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

Torn Away
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 288 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives -- but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she's sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.
In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she's never considered before -- one in which her mother wasn't perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that's something no tornado can touch.

"What the news crews couldn't show was the real damage Elizabeth's monster tornado had left behind. How do you record the wreckage left in someone's heart."--Jersey 

Jennifer Brown is one of my favourite Young Adult Authors! She takes real life situations and pens them with realistic characters. What I love most about Brown is she takes situations that are normally sugar-coated and delivers that with raw intensity; Like Sexting, bullying, teenage domestic violence, the aftermath of a tornado. To me, she belongs along side the literary icons. To me she is a Literary icon!

Torn Away was an absolute heart-wrencher. There were moments that I could just barely keep reading. Knowing that families deal with Natural Disasters just like tornado's and lose everything in it's wake. At times, I couldn't even fathom the pain that Jersey was experiencing. The emptiness and void she had in her heart was obvious throughout the entire novel!

This novel also surfaced a lot of anger out of me. I just wanted to slap her Biological father silly. What a horrible man. Anytime he entered the scene my blood pressure immediately went up! And those Twins! My god, what little brats. Okay, Okay that's it for my venting. But seriously when you read this(because you'd be insane not to read it) be prepared for that peachy group of people!

I absolutely loved Jersey, her character reminded me a lot of a friend I had, so reading through her pain made things a little bit harder. There were moments I just wanted to give her a big hug! On that note, there were also moments that she irritated me a little bit. Like her attitude towards her grandparents. I found it to be a a bit harsh and over-dramatic at times but thankfully, she redeemed herself.

Torn Away was everything I expected and more from Jennifer Brown. There is not one single book of hers that I don't love. I love revisiting her previous work while I eagerly await her newest releases!

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