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Book Reviews
October 29, 2013 posted by Nichole

Find Me (Find Me #1) – Romily Bernard

13645069“Find Me.”

These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.  Because it just got personal.



Find Me by Romily Bernard was a really spooky, mysterious type of book that kept my eyes glued to the pages. This is the type of book that you will never want to set down, because you will want to know what is going to happen and who the “killer” is. It’s so suspenseful. It kept me on my toes. Honestly, I think that I devoured this book in less than 24 hours. I was just hooked from the get go.

The reason that I didn’t give Find Me 4 or 5 stars wasn’t because of the writing. I LOVED Romily’s writing style, and I can’t wait to read everything else that she publishes. The reason that I gave Find Me 3 stars was because after all the waiting to find out who the “killer” was, I wasn’t shocked. I made that prediction within the first few chapters. So, I didn’t have the suspense ride that some other people did who were completely shocked by the ending. I wasn’t shocked. I didn’t have some of the heart pounding moments that I should have had, because I already knew what was going on and what would happen at the ending. I’m really good at figuring that stuff out, though, both in books and in movies, so I don’t want you to think that this book is predictable. Everyone else that I have talked to that has read this book had their minds blown by the ending. They did not see that coming AT ALL. I just did, and it took a little bit away from the book for me.

As far as the character go, I never really fell in love with any single character. I didn’t dislike anyone either! I was just kind of on the fence. I did really enjoy watching Wick try to figure out what was going on and her relationship with Griff. I’m excited to see both of those character progress in the second book. And I’m hoping that I will be more connected with the characters in the second book. Romily’s writing style is great, though, and I am so excited to see what mystery she can conjure up in the sequel.

What I LOVED about this book was that there wasn’t just one plot going on. Usually, these types of books are standalones. This is a series, though, so Romily really had to make some sort of connection to a second book somewhere in Find Me. She did! Most of this book is about finding the “killer” and figuring out what happened with Tessa. The other part of this book is about Wick’s hacking and her horrible relationship with her father. I think that we’re going to see a lot more of that in book 2. The way that it ended really left me wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The writing style reminded me of a mix between Gretchen McNeil and Chelsea Pitcher. There were even times where it made me think of Emily Murdoch. It’s a great Fall book, and it’s an even better book to read in October because of Halloween. I loved the suspense and the mystery, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!


Pages: 307

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: September 24th 2013

Rating: : ★★★½☆



Book Reviews
October 13, 2013 posted by Nichole

Chasing Shadows – by Swati Avasthi & Illustrated by Craig Phillips

15756269Chasing Shadows is a searing look at the impact of one random act of violence.

Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftop to rooftop.

But acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof…

After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild—and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crissi. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?

In this intense novel, told in two voices, and incorporating comic-style art sections, Swati Avasthi creates a gripping portrait of two girls teetering on the edge of grief and insanity. Two girls who will find out just how many ways there are to lose a friend . . . and how many ways to be lost.


Chasing Shadows is one of those books that I simply read for the cover. I mean look at that. It’s gorgeous! Before I read the synopsis, I had no idea it was contemporary. And as you know, I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary books. But every now and then, I find a contemporary book that I fall head over heels in love with. This was one of those books.

The thing that most made this book was the pictures. I’ve never read a graphic novel before, but I’m tempted to after looking at Craigh Phillips’s work. I actually found myself speed reading to get to the next frame of pictures. They were amazingly beautiful and so detailed. I was just blown away by the artwork in this book. It also blended very well with the story. You know, even though it switched from page long text to graphic images with bubble text, I still felt 100% in the story. I think it added to it in the sense that I was actually getting to see the characters. After reading this book, I really want to see more graphic images in YA books.

Swati Avasthi’s writing style was also unique and heart wrenching. While she doesn’t really write in poetry (although there were a few occurrences of that,) her writing style reminded me a lot of that of Ellen Hopkins. It was both lyrical and poetic. Whenever I would set this book down, I would find myself craving it. I needed to know what happened next. I needed to get to the next set of pictures. I found myself racing to the end to see what exactly was going to happen next. I loved it. I wish there were more books like this. No other word fits this better than beautiful.

There’s nothing really negative to say about Chasing Shadows, but I did wish that it stroked more emotion from me. The best contemporary novels have made me cry, and this one didn’t quite hit that level for me. I was completely invested in the characters, but I needed just a little bit of something else to trigger the water works. Some people might wonder WHY I would want to cry, but I’ve found that a contemporary book that makes you cry is one to keep with you forever. Crying means that that book was it’s best. And I feel like maybe…just maybe…this one needed a little more to be perfection.

Chasing Shadows is 100% realistic contemporary. It deals with trauma, friendship, loyalty, and mental illness. I’ll admit it, I’ve never read about mental illness before. Quite frankly, it scares the living daylights out of me. And since I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary, I don’t really immerse myself in that type of environment. Reading about it in Chasing Shadows was very intense and a little hard sometimes. This book had twists and turns that I didn’t really see coming (and some that I did,) and I just felt  emotionally exhausted after I finished it. After I finished it, all I could think is that this is something that I would want my students to be reading. I think that this book sends a great message to young adults, and it is just perfect for teenagers all over the world to read. It was so freaking beautiful.

This book came out in September, so it SHOULD  be available at your local bookstores and libraries. I would encourage every single person, whether you’re a contemporary fan or not, to go read this book. I’m not a contemporary fan, and I loved it. And I think that this is a great book to immerse yourself in artwork and excellent for fans of graphic novels. I loved it. I hope you love it, too.


Pages: 320

Publication Date: September 24th 2013

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Rating: : ★★★★☆


Teaser Quote: “Corey did handstands four flights up, Holly crawled into someone else’s skin, and I swallowed stones of guilt just to hide from a simple fact: we are all vulnerable, and there is nothing between us and a bullet. It’s terrifying, this life. It’s precarious, it’s random un-design.”

Book Reviews
May 6, 2013 posted by Nichole

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

13600711First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie’s looping scrawl.

Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she’s caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie’s own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.

Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for—even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.


The S-Word is probably the most haunting book that I have read this year. That says a lot since I read If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, and I thought that was as haunting as it could get this year. The S-Word is sort of told from two perspectives, but the most dominant voice is that of the main character, Angie’s. Angie had caught her best friend, Lizzie, with her boyfriend, Drake, on prom night. After that, Lizzie became a social outcast, and she was bullied so much that she ultimately committed suicide.

Not a week after Lizzie’s death, entries from her journal start circulating around the school. Angie decides that she wants to know who and what caused Lizzie’s death. Who caused her to jump off of that building? Who started the bullying? Why did they think it was their right? How could they be punished? Those were only some of the questions going through Angie’s head, and she was on a mission to seek justice for her best friend.

Along the road to find out what all happened to Lizzie, Angie discovers new friends and enemies and opens up secrets long hidden. She discovers things that she would have never guessed about the people around her, and her best friend, Lizzie. The S-Word is an eye-opening, heartbreaking, and haunting read that will stick with readers, young and old, for as long as they will remember.


Chelsea Pitcher’s writing style is so unique and beautiful; I was hooked right away. It did take me quite awhile to finish this book, but that didn’t have anything to do with the quality of the book. No, it was actually pretty tough to read about a lot of the things that happen in this book. I work with kids from daycare to 4th grade, so I’m pretty sensitive when it comes to child abuse and child suicide. Those are huge factors in this book. It made me a little uncomfortable, and I will admit that I had to skim a lot of this book, because I just could not read about those things. This is something that I need to warn people about because some of the topics in this book might be uncomfortable or might hit a trigger for certain people.

I loved the mystery that surrounded The S-Word. So many things were happening at once, and I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen. I did guess a couple things, but others floored me. I think that readers will really enjoy this. Everyone loves a good mystery that they can’t guess the answer to right away. Like I mentioned above, though, the mystery can get a bit scary. I had to really put myself in the right mind frame to continue on and solve the mystery, and even then it was too hard for me at times.

There were a couple negative notes for me in this book. First, I didn’t really care for either Angie or Lizzie. Angie was a little weird. She also seemed very dependent on men and very needy. Her relationship with Jesse was awkward and uncomfortable at best. I just didn’t care for her. As for Lizzie, it wasn’t so much that I disliked her, because she’s dead. All that’s really being shown of her are back flashes. It was actually Lizzie’s journal entries that I didn’t like. I haven’t met a teenager who writes like that. I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen, but her writing was very outdated and old. Very lyrical and poetic in an old fashioned sense. For the most part, I ended up skimming her journal entries, because everything she said was just repeated in the next chapter.

It was also pretty hard to read about some of the topics in this book. It’s not just a book about bullying. You have rape, child rape, child  abuse, neglect, bullying, poverty, gender issues, suicide, etc. That was too much for one book for my personal taste. This is realistic fiction, though, so I can’t really hold any of that against the book. But those are only some of the major issues that are going on in the book. It was just too much.

Even though I have some complaints with this book, I still loved it. I’ve never actually been able to say that I loved a book when I skimmed a large amount of it, but I did. I only skimmed, because I couldn’t bear to read about certain topics. I’m a wimp…I don’t deny it. But the writing and the intensity that Pitcher brings to this book are outstanding. I don’t know how she physically and emotionally got through writing this book, but it is beautiful.

Overall, I would recommend that every contemporary fan go read this book. If you are uncomfortable with any of the topics mentioned above, you might decide to stay away from it. I said before that this book was haunting, and I wasn’t kidding. I finished this book at 1 a.m., and that was a horrible decision on my part. I had the hardest time sleeping after reading that last half of the book. It’s spooky, but it’s addicting. This book releases tomorrow, so make sure you go get your copies.


Pages: 304

Source: Finished Copy provided by the publisher

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: May 7th, 2013

Rating: : ★★★★☆


Teaser Quote: “I don’t so much as jumps as




I’m halfway to the ground when your eyes finally meet mine in recognition.

You step out of the way just in time.


Teaser Tuesday: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
Teaser Tuesday
March 12, 2013 posted by Nichole

Teaser Tuesday: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

To participate all you have to do is:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page


(make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Today’s teaser comes from The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

Release Date: May 7th, 2013

 Published by: Gallery Books


First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie’s looping scrawl.

Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she’s caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie’s own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.

Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for—even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible

Kennedy pauses, dropping her gaze. It’s like it never occurred to her that Lizzie had a family. “Well anyway, her handwriting was no secret,” she says more softly.
“So anyone could imitate it?”
She nods.
“But only a psychopath would?” I ask.
Finally, I lean in. “What about before? Befre she-”
“Before is different.” Kennedy brings her cup to her lips. “Like I said, now it’s deranged. Back then it was just…”
“Life ruining? Suicide inducing?”
She fishes for the dregs wih her tongue. “High school.”

Book Reviews
July 1, 2012 posted by Kiona

Pushing the Limits — Katie McGarry

“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.  

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

One night is enough to spin Echo Emerson’s world entirely out of control. It’s perhaps the most important night of her life…and she can’t remember it. Therapists and psychologists tell her the memories will surface once her mind deems it safe enough for her to remember, but Echo wants answers now. Noah Hutchins agrees to help her find those answers, as long as she’ll help him in return. The two unlikely allies realize they can help each other, but what they don’t immediately realize is that they need each other. As they spend more time together, though, they can’t deny the immense attraction they both feel for each other. But while being together be feel right, the two might not fit into each others’ futures.

Wow. Just wow. It’s going to be hard for me to write this review and say anything besides I absolutely and completely adored it. Nothing but love, love, love for Pushing the Limits. My favorite YA sub-genre is contemporary and of that genre, Pushing the Limits has skyrocketed to the top of my list of favorites. Very, very few books and movies ever make me cry and this book is one of those few. And emotionally connecting to a book so powerfully is so rare for me that I can’t help but appreciate those tears, as well as the numerous happy-go-lucky grins Pushing the Limits inspires.

Having sufficiently hyped up my new favorite book, maybe I should explain why it’s so good. It’s told from alternating chapters of both Echo’s and Noah’s points of view, which is completely necessary for this story and allows us to form a deep connection with both characters. Both are extremely broken individuals, but from the onset, I thought I’d sympathize more with Noah’s situation. As the story progresses, though, we learn that Echo is a lot more complicated than she seems and if there’s anyone in the world that needs someone to lean on, it’s Echo. Surprisingly, though they are polar opposites, Noah turns out to be the strength Echo needs.

The relationship that forms between Noah and Echo is beautiful. They both need each other; they support and motivate each other; they grow together. They’re just so right. I have never rooted for a relationship more strongly than I do for theirs. They also aren’t afraid to call each other out and question things that seem wrong or off, which is incredibly realistic given their difficult pasts and tendency to distrust. Of course, everything about this story is realistic: the way the characters talk and think, the way Noah’s and Echo’s peers act, the importance placed on appearances in high school, our desire to please others before ourselves. Though I can’t relate to the characters’ specific circumstances, I found a lot of my own life, insecurities, and questions reflected in this book, especially when it came to navigating the social strata of high school and coming to term with my own parents’ flaws (essentially, learning that we’re all human and we all make mistakes — some more forgivable than others).

While the relationship is the highlight of the novel, the plot is equally as compelling. The mystery of the night Echo can’t remember is heartbreaking. Watching as she learns how to navigate her new life is devastating. The way her peers, friends, and even adults treat her literally makes me heart ache. But at least watching Noah grow, mature, and fall in love is uplifting and these two characters are destined for each other. Of course, when the stakes are this high, being together isn’t easy, and the couple is tested over and over again, which thoroughly pulls my heart in a hundred different directions. They’re both so rational — but love isn’t supposed to be rational, is it?

Pushing the Limits is an emotionally poignant roller-coaster. It’ll definitely appeal to fans of Simone Elkeles and Sarah Dessen. The emotions in this book are palpable. The love-story: irresistible. If you pick this book up, don’t plan on putting it down until you finish it.

Pages: 416
Publication Date: July 2012
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Source: NetGalley
Rating : ★★★★★

Teaser Quote: “‘You know a lot about math,’ I said. You know a lot about math? What type of statement was that? Right along the lines of ‘Hey, you have hair and it’s red and curly.’ Real smooth.

Saving June – Hannah Harrington
Book Reviews
October 25, 2011 posted by Kiona

Saving June – Hannah Harrington

‘If she’d waited less than two weeks, she’d be June who died in June. But I guess my sister didn’t consider that.’

Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.

When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going California.

Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs.

Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again.

Who doesn’t love a good road trip story? Though I thought this book had a bit of a slow start, it delivers on its promise, providing about 250 pages of road-tripping glory. There are time-passing car games, impulsive adventures, identity crises, heartbreak, scandal, and that breathtaking feeling that comes with reading about the most life-changing moments of someone’s life.

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Saving June is genuine. This book genuinely captures Harper Scott’s unique adolescence. The emotions and events described in Saving June are raw, powerful, and absolutely spot-on. Hannah Harrington receives my highest commendation for so perfectly capturing Harper’s voice and telling her story in a profoundly real world. These characters and their story leapt off the page for me so that I felt as if I was in the backseat of Jake’s car, listening in on their conversations during the ride to California. I believe this was due mostly the absolutely perfect dialogue. Every word that each character spoke (especially Harper) was realistic, accurate to the way people actually speak, and further developed each character. For a book dealing with such important themes, the dialogue has a large impact on the authenticity of the characters and their situation. Harrington’s dialogue elevated Saving June to the highest level.

Harrington tackles a heavy, yet delicate issue in Saving June – sharing the grieving process of a sibling who has been left behind. When dealing with an issue like this, it’s easy for the characters to become too maudlin or too angsty, therefore alienating the reader, but Harrington finds the perfect middle ground. It’s easy to sympathize with Harper throughout her journey and to understand why she makes the decisions she does. Harper’s thoughts and feelings are described clearly, even when she isn’t quite sure what she’s feeling. It’s always a relief to read about a character who’s honest with themselves, as that makes the character more accessible and relatable to the reader. In the beginning of Saving June, I wasn’t entirely sure I’d be able to relate to Harper. I knew I’d like her, but I was pleasantly to find that not only did I love her and want her for my own best friend, but I could relate to the way she acted and thought about a lot of issues, and there’s something beautiful about characters that can surprise you in that way.

Music plays a huge role in Saving June, but not in an overbearing way. For those with a passion for music, the hints and descriptions as to the songs being referenced are fun to decode. For those not as familiar with Jake’s favorite bands, the songs are described rather than just name-dropped so that you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything pivotal. And, just in case you do manage to feel a little left out, there are a few playlists at the end of the book that you can skip ahead to and play while you read, which will just bring you closer to the book and the characters.

Speaking of Jake and his music obsession, the romance in Saving June may not be the most prevalent aspect of the book, but boy does it pay off. The way Harrington deals with Jake and Harper’s relationship is ingenious and well worth the wait. In fact, the entire ending of the book pays off. Actually, scratch that. The entire book pays off and is worth reading and rereading.

Pages: 322
Publication Date: November 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Challenge: Debut Author
Rating : ★★★★☆

Teaser Quote: “It hurts to look, but I don’t want to stop. I want to soak in everything about my sister. I want to braid it into my DNA, make it part of me. Maybe then I’ll be able to figure out how this happened.

Book Reviews
June 15, 2011 posted by Christina

Entangled – Cat Clarke

“17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with a table, pens and paper – and no clue how she got here.

As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she’s tried to forget. There’s falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there’s something missing. As hard as she’s trying to remember, is there something she just can’t see?

Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here? ”


It goes without saying that waking up in a completely white room with just a table, pens and paper isn’t an everyday occurrence in Grace’s life. The only person she has contact with is Ethan, who brings her her meals and is keeping her prisoner. But if she’s been kidnapped why is he so nice yet infuriatingly cryptic? And what the heck is she doing there to begin with? The answer is there but it’s not till Grace starts putting her story to paper that she sees the truth.

When I first read the blurb for Entangled I was totally intrigued. A girl in a white room and she doesn’t know how or why? Tell me more! That plus a killer cover and plenty of positive reviews, I was very eager to get my hands on a copy. By the end of the story, I wish I didn’t get sucked into the trap of pretty covers.

Now, there are plenty of people who will disagree with me since Goodreads has page after page of glowing reviews, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

Grace is not the type of girl I’d ever be friends with. She’s the type I would’ve shied away from in school since her lifestyle is something I was always taught was not the way good girls should act. I might not always like the main character or what they do but a good story can make me forget that, Entangled just didn’t quite deliver for me.

Is it petty to dislike a character because she drinks like a sailor? Every few pages Grace was doing something that involved alcohol and usually plenty of it. Whether it was meeting up with a friend (usually at a bar or pub), hanging out at home or attempting suicide, alcohol was there and it just started to seem excessive in the story. Plus at only seventeen she seems to have had more than her fair share of casual sex, it’s not till Nat comes along that she sleeps with someone she actually cares about.

Grace has some personal issues as well. Since her father’s death, her relationship with her mother has been distant and strained. Rather than deal with her feelings on both issues she turns to self harming for release. At first you feel sympathy for how she must be feeling and that she doesn’t have someone to really help her deal with her problems (most try to just make her stop rather than address why she does it to begin with), but when you see Grace more or less emotionally blackmail people not to abandon her or she’ll harm herself you see that Grace has taken things one step too far.

The alternating perspective of the story from the present to the past was well done and flowed without a hitch but the major plot point was kind of predictable. It wasn’t completely obvious and at one point I thought maybe I was wrong, but in the end, it turned out exactly as I thought which was a shame. The story ends on a hopeful note but still leaves a few things hanging which left me wondering how things would’ve played out and generally a bit unsatisfied, especially about who exactly Ethan was.

Entangled had a lot of potential and deals with some heavy issues but I don’t feel it handled them as well as it could have. I wanted to like Grace or at least be able to sympathize with her, but in the end I just couldn’t find a reason to like her. The only character I liked in the end was Devon. For many Entangled was a hit, for me it’s a miss.

Pages: 375
Publication Date: January 2011
Publisher: Pan Macmillan/Quercus
Challenge: Debut Author
Rating: : ★★★☆☆

Teaser Quote: “The same questions whirl round and round in my head:
What does he want from me?
How could I have let this happen?