Reread Lately #2

Just brief thoughts on books I’ve read for the second (or third or fourth…) time.

forgetyouForget You

Jennifer Echols

“Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her.”

Although I still enjoyed this the second time around, I found it wasn’t quite as good as I remembered. I was frustrated by Zoey through a lot of the story, and I felt that some of Doug’s actions bordered on controlling.

Originally read: 2011/2012(?) – 4 stars
Reread: 4/29/14 – 3/3.5 stars

The Girl of Fire and Thorns girlfirethorns

Rae Carson

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one. 

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will. 

I enjoyed this about as much as I did the first time. There were points when the pacing was slow, but the characters were able to capture and hold my interest. Once again I fell in love with Cosme (she’s brilliant!), and generally liked a lot of the secondary characters. Definitely was worth a reread (and I’m so glad I did before reading the second book).

Originally read: 8/20/11 – 3 stars – Original Review
Reread: 6/30/14 – 3 stars

pushingthelimitsPushing the Limits

Katie McGarry

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.

Yes, so this book is still just bursting with passion, heartache, and beautifully flawed characters. I remembered loving this story the first time I read it, and nothing has changed. Definitely would recommend this, and I plan to hopefully finally read Katie McGarry’s other books!

Originally read: 8/28/12 – 4 stars – Original Review
Reread: 7/7/14 – 4 stars

Possible Upcoming Rereads

Sarah Dessen books
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Review: We Were Liars

wewereliarsTitle: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Read via: Library

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

If you haven’t heard of this book yet, I would be immensely shocked. It is everywhere. This is pretty much why I ended up reading it. Several bloggers I follow on Twitter were raving about this book, and I was convinced I had to check it out. Honestly though , If I were to sum up my feelings for this in one word, it would be “disappointing.”

The premise is quite fascinating, and the author does a marvelous job of keeping the reader in suspense. The questions and secrets were definitely what kept me reading. I’m infinitely curious, and I hate not knowing the answers. I had to finish the book so I’d know what crazy twist everyone’s been going on about. In the end, I don’t know how I feel about the twist. It was not one of my initial theories, so I liked the fact that I was surprised. However, I felt that the ending was wrapped up too neatly after everything that happens.

Okay, so the characters were what really did not work for me. I am a character-driven reader in general, and this truly came into play here. I understand having unlikable, difficult characters, but these characters just came across as flat, lifeless. I didn’t even hate them as much as I felt they were apathetic. I did not care if a single one lived or died. I need an emotional connection with at least one character, and this book did not offer that at all.

Overall, I found We Were Liars to be an immense letdown especially after all the hype surrounding it. I did enjoy the aura of mystery that inhabits the story, but without an emotional connection with the characters, I couldn’t like this one. Obviously, some people have truly loved this book, but it was not for me and I couldn’t recommend it.

Cover: 3
Plot: 3
Writing: 2.5
Personally: 2.5

Overall: 2.7 out of 5

Reread Lately #1

Just brief thoughts on books I’ve read for the second (or third or fourth…) time.

meanttobeMeant to Be

Lauren Morrill

“Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy…” 

This was the second time I’ve read Meant to Be, and I found it to be just as funny and heartwarming as I remembered. The romance is adorable and I love the setting!

Originally read: 8/31/12 – 4 stars – Original Review
Reread: 6/11/14 – 4 stars

 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour amyrogerepicdetour

Morgan Matson

“The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.”

I thought I’d read this at least one other time, but if I did I forgot to change it on Goodreads. Either way, I fell in love with this book all over again, and possibly, even more than the last time. I especially appreciated all of the supporting characters so much more this time around, and apparently, I loved Roger more (did not remember this but I guess we had a rough start).

Originally read: 4/21/11 – 4 stars – Original Review
Reread: 5/28/14 – 4.5 stars

breakingbeautifulBreaking Beautiful

Jennifer Shaw Wolf

As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.” 

This is the only book I reread recently that I feel like I didn’t love quite as much. I remembered loving this book when I read it, but it didn’t quite capture me so much this time. It was still good, but maybe I’d built it up too much in my memory.

Originally read: 11/11/11 – 4 stars – Original Review
Reread: 5/13/14 – 3.5 stars

Possible Upcoming Rereads

Perfect Chaos by Linea & Cinda Johnson
The O’Malley series by Dee Henderson
Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone

sinceyouvebeengoneTitle: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Read via: E-copy received at Book Con (thanks!)

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough. Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Morgan Matson has definitely proven to be one of my must-read authors, and this book only makes me even more excited for her next. Also, she has an endless ability to elicit an emotional response from her reader (at least in my case). I think she’s one of the only authors who has made me tear up in every book, and while I wasn’t sobbing during this book like I did in Second Chance Summer, there were certainly a few tears.

Since You’ve Been Gone did start a bit slow for me. It took me a few chapters to get completely hooked, but once I did, it was very hard to put down. One of the things that I struggled with at the beginning was that I had no idea where the story was going or even what kind of story this was. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing (and looking back I appreciate it), but it did have an effect on me. Honestly, I still do not know how I would classify this book which is pretty awesome. This is a romance but also a story of friendship. It’s a story about family but also coming-of-age.

I just want to keep these characters with me! I related to Emily in so many ways, and even when her decisions drove me crazy, I could understand and empathize with her and her choices. The growth she shows over the course of the novel was beautiful. Sloane was also a favorite which is somewhat amusing considering she appears in flashbacks. However, I loved the relationship between her and Emily. They start as the classic shy girl/popular girl combination, but slowly the layers are peeled back and it goes much deeper. Having just this friendship would have been enough for me, but there are also some incredible other friendships throughout the novel. Frank and Emily share a great bond that grows very organically and develops into this fantastic friendship and I loved the dynamic between Frank and Collins. Of the great supporting characters, my favorites were Collins (I LOVE HIM!), Beckett, and Dawn. Although Dawn’s storyline is the  one issue I had with this book as I felt her and Emily’s story was never fully resolved; I found this a little disappointing.

Overall, Since You’ve Been Gone is another Morgan Matson book to add to the favorites shelf. I was impressed by her complex and raw characters, her suspenseful and natural storytelling, and her ability to make me feel something for each character involved. I would highly recommend this book (and her others) especially to fans of Lauren Morrill and Sarah Dessen. Also, if at all possible go for a hard copy as there are lots of great inclusions (mainly playlists) that aren’t as well formatted in an e-copy.

Cover: 5
Plot: 5
Writing: 4.5
Personally: 5

Overall: 4.8 out of 5

Review: Fangirl

fangirlcoverTitle: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Read via: Purchased (Kindle edition)

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

More info @Goodreads

 

I will admit I had my doubts about Fangirl. I read Eleanor & Park a while back, and I was not wildly impressed. At the start of Fangirl, I was worried that it would disappoint as it started a little slow for me. However, I am happy to report that this book lived up to the hype. Fangirl was not only an adorable romance and a quirky coming-of-age story but it was also the best representation of fandom I’ve seen yet.

So the characters in Fangirl are brilliant. Cath is completely me when I was a freshman in college. I was definitely that anxiety-ridden, timid girl who was afraid to leave her dorm and found great comfort in fandom. Cath messes up and makes mistakes and frustrates you, but she just feels utterly real. However, my heart was definitely stolen by Levi. I am in love. If you read this and do not fall for Levi’s smiles, his humor, and his mistakes, I will worry about you. Also, the relationship between Levi and Cath develops fantastically. It felt very organic, and I loved the banter between them. Other standout characters for me were Reagan and Cath’s dad. Not even sure what it was about those two, but I absolutely adored them. The complicated relationship Cath and Wren had was also a big highlight.

As I mentioned above, I felt that Fangirl started off a bit slow, but once I got into it I had trouble putting it down. I found myself totally swept up in Cath’s struggles and in not only her world but that of Simon and Baz (yes, there were definitely echoes of Harry Potter which did pull me out of the story initially). I was also ecstatically happy with the way Rainbow Rowell addresses fandom. She never makes it out to be a joke or something childish as so many other people do. I would definitely recommend Fangirl especially if you’ve ever been involved in fandom, but also if you love a great coming-of-age story with an adorable romance full of complex characters.

Cover: 4
Plot: 4
Characters: 4.5
Writing: 4

Overall: 4.1 out of 5

 

Review: This is W.A.R.

thisisWARTitle: This is W.A.R.

Author: Lisa & Laura Roecker

Read via: Library

This is W.A.R. begins with a victim who can no longer speak for herself, and whose murder blossoms into a call-to-arms. Enter four very different girls, four very different motives to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan, and only one rule to start: Destroy James Gregory and his family at any cost. Willa’s initials spell the secret rallying cry that spurs the foursome to pool their considerable resources and deliver their particular brand of vigilante justice. Innocence is lost, battles are won—and the pursuit of the truth ultimately threatens to destroy them all.

This review contains spoilers.

So, I loved Lisa & Laura Roecker’s two previous books (The Liar Society & The Lies That Bind), and I really wanted to love this book. It was interesting, and the setup for the story was intriguing. However, I just couldn’t connect to any of the characters, and while the ending might be realistic, I will admit to feeling rather letdown by it.

The plot of This is W.A.R. revolves around five very different girls. Willa Ames-Rowan was the core of the group, and her death initiates the action of the story. At first, it is just her two closest friends (Lina, Sloane) and her step-sister (Madge) who begin a war against the Gregory family, but shortly thereafter Rose joins the group. I will say that I liked the friendship elements of the story, and I thought it blossomed quite naturally. The other major characters in the story are James and Trip Gregory. They were strange. It seemed as if their personalities were always in flux to suit the needs of the story rather than the characters themselves.

The revenge/murder mystery idea is awesome, but I felt as if it wasn’t always executed well. The motivations of the characters were never completely clear to me, and I do not understand why Madge kept wanting to go after James when she knew that Trip was the one responsible. Also, did Trip sleep with pretty much everyone?! It was like he was everywhere, and committed every crime possible. I don’t know, but it was just awkward. Also, the entire book the girls are attempting to destroy the Gregory empire, but in the end, they just are paid off as well. I do understand that Trip was being punished, but I still felt disappointed by this ending.

Overall, I thought this story was a clever idea, but it did not live up to its potential. The characters were at times compelling, and I did enjoy the friendship between the girls. However, I thought the plot could be frustrating, and that the girls sold out at the end. While I would highly recommend The Liar Society series, I was not a fan of This is W.A.R. and I would be hesitant to pass it on.

This review contains spoilers.

Cover: 3
Plot: 2.5
Writing: 3
Personally: 3

Overall: 2.8 out of 5

Review: Dirty Little Secret

dirtylittlesecretTitle: Dirty Little Secret

Author: Jennifer Echols

Read via: Library

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…

I’ve had a rather hit-and-miss relationship with Jennifer Echols’ books. Forget You and Such a Rush were definitely my favorites, and I also enjoyed Going Too Far. However, I really disliked Love Story, and I thought it was quite disappointing. So, I approach her books rather cautiously now, but this did have a violin on the cover (this pretty much guarantees I’ll pick it up). I think this story was full of potential, and I did enjoy it, but I do think it could have been better.

Bailey was a character that I sympathized with. It was impossible to not feel sorry for her after how her family basically cut her off. Like Bailey, Sam also has had some tough breaks. However, he could be much harder to like. I adored Sam half of the time, but the rest I thought he was a complete jerk which I could never completely forget. Therefore, the relationship between him and Bailey was not completely satisfying. I will definitely say that they had fabulous chemistry and tons of passion, but in the end, I still worried that Sam might suddenly dump her for the good of the band or something crazy.

I loved the integration of music in this story. It was perfectly handled, and the music scene provides a great backdrop to the story. The pacing and timing of the story was a bit awkward though. I felt that everything happened too fast. I could buy Bailey and Sam’s relationship at times, but adding in the events with her ex and her family, it was just too much. Then there was the ending. I appreciate a happy ending, but for some reason this just felt too neat. It was all tied up with a pretty bow which discredited the emotions of the rest of the book.

Overall, there were parts of this story that I enjoyed, but some of the structural elements frustrated me. I am not sure I would recommend this one, and it is not my favorite of her stories. I guess it is just something to check out if you’re interested, but otherwise try Forget You or Such a Rush first.

Title: 3.5
Plot: 2.5
Writing: 3
Personally: 3

Overall: 3 out of 5

Review: United We Spy

unitedwespyTitle: United We Spy

Series: Gallagher Girls #6

Author: Ally Carter

Read via: Purchased

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

It’s come to the end. Wow. I still am unprepared for this series to be over, but what a brilliant way to end. So in the week leading up to the release of this, I went back and reread the series. I fell in love with it all over again, and while it helped me to tie the various plots together better, it also made it even harder to say goodbye to this incredible cast of characters. I have never read a series quite like Gallagher Girls, and I will miss my adventures with these amazing girls. Ally Carter struck gold with these books, and I think it is a seriously underrated series.

Cammie would definitely make the top ten of my favorite YA characters, and she has come so far since the start of the series. In United We Spy, she is still dealing with the aftermath of the events from Out of Sight, Out of Time. However, she has not allowed the trauma and grief she experienced to break her, and she is determined to destroy the Circle for good. Things quickly begin to spiral out of control and it becomes nearly impossible to know who to trust. But of course, Cammie can always rely on Bex, Macey, and Liz. The friendship between these four girls is truly remarkable. They would literally die for each other, and after leaving the “safety” of their school, dying certainly becomes a real option. Cammie also has Zach. The relationship between these two is brilliantly written. United We Spy is not a romance, but there is romance in it. It’s refreshing to have a book like that, and Cammie and Zach prove to be incredibly supportive of each other.

I was quite worried as I began to read this book. It’s very hard to write a satisfying end to any series, but with Gallagher Girls, there were a lot of loose ends to tie up. I can happily report that Ally Carter manages the impossible, and United We Spy is a perfect, exquisite ending. Cammie, Bex Macey, Liz, and Zach are put to their hardest tests yet, and they will all be changed forever.

Overall, I was blown away by this book. It was heartbreaking, epic, adorable, hilarious, and terrifying. I found myself laughing aloud and also in tears. Saying goodbye to this series was extremely hard, but Ally Carter crafted an amazing ending that ties the entire series together. I would highly recommend Gallagher Girls. It’s both lighthearted and it reaches the deepest depths of emotion. Plus, it’s about a school for spies- what’s not to love?

 

SPOILERS AHEAD

Sorry, but I had to share this quote as it had me sobbing.
Also, it is the one issue I had with the book. It mentions parents being there, and it’s like a “normal” graduation. Then there’s all the revealing of Gallagher Girl secrets…color me confused with where the secrecy went, but I do love this still.

“What is a Gallagher Girl? When I was eleven I thought I knew the answer to that question. That was when the recruiters came to see me. They showed me brochures and told me they were impressed by my test scores and asked if I was ready to be challenged. And I said yes. Because that was what a Gallagher Girl was to me then, a student at the toughest school in the world.
What is a Gallagher Girl? When I was thirteen I thought I knew the answer to that question. That was when Dr. Fibs allowed me to start doing my own experiments in the lab. I could go anywhere- make anything. Do anything my mind could dream up. Because I was a Gallagher Girl. And, to me, that meant I was the future.
What is a Gallagher Girl? When I was seventeen I stood on a dark street in Washington, D.C., and watched one Gallagher Girl literally jump in front of a bullet to save the life of another. I saw a group of women gather around a girl whom they had never met, telling the world that if any harm was to come to their sister, it had to go through them first.
What is a Gallagher Girl? I’m eighteen now, and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that I don’t really know the answer to that question.
Maybe she is destined to be our first international graduate and take her rightful place among Her Majesty’s Secret Service with MI6.
Maybe she is someone who chooses to give back, to serve her life protecting others just as someone once protected her.
Who knows? Maybe she’s an undercover journalist. An FBI agent. A code breaker. A queen. Maybe she’s even a college student. Or maybe she’s so much more.
….
What is a Gallagher Girl? She’s a genius, a scientist, a heroine, a spy. And now we are at the end of our time at school, and one thing I know for certain is this: A Gallagher Girl is whatever she wants to be.
And, most of all, she is my sister.”

 

SPOILERS ABOVE

Cover: 3.5
Plot: 5
Writing: 4.5
Personally: 4.5

Overall: 4.3 out of 5

 

Review: Jellicoe Road

jellicoeroadTitle: Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta

Read via: Purchased

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn’t a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

Yes, I may be the last book blogger to read this book, but I am so glad that I finally did. Jellicoe Road and I may have gotten off to a rough start, but by the end, I was completely enchanted and in awe of the remarkable story Melina Marchetta has woven. Due to all the love for this book, I had very high expectations, and now I can say that I completely understand why this book is so beloved.

Taylor is a character who may be hard to like initially. She’s quite rough around the edges, and often her behavior is questionable. As the story unfolds, however, her motivations become clearer, and she becomes a truly remarkable woman. Griggs starts off similarly. For the first several chapters I admit I had no idea why so many people loved this character, but slowly, like Taylor, Griggs becomes someone completely fascinating. Of course, Taylor and Griggs are not the only characters. Raffy and Chaz Santangelo may be supporting characters, but I quickly came to be entranced not only by the characters themselves but by the intriguing history they shared. Plus, the dynamic between Raffy, Chaz, Taylor, and Griggs was amazing. The scenes with the four of them were some of my favorite moments. Jellicoe Road also tells the story of another foursome who lived years before this one, and Marchetta manages to beautifully weave together the lives of Narnie, Jude, Webb, and Tate with Taylor, Griggs, Raffy, and Chaz.

The Jellicoe Road has seen too much heartbreak and loss, but the road has also witnessed great beauty and love. All of these things are combined into a breathtaking tale which is filled with twists and turns. I must admit, at the beginning of the book, I had trouble keeping the storylines straight, and I was utterly confused as to how these stories fit together. If you feel this way, keep reading! As the story progresses so much becomes clearer, and all of the things that may seem like loose threads are threaded together.

Overall, Jellicoe Road was an unforgettable book that has kept me thinking long after I turned the last page. I would highly recommend this book. However, be warned that there are some unique things about this book. First, Melina Marchetta is an Australian author, so there are some cultural differences. Second, the plot is very intricate and will keep you one your toes. In the end, both of these things are positive attributes. Jellicoe Road is a must read, and I am already wanting to return to it.

Cover: 3.5
Plot: 4.5
Writing: 4.5
Personally: 4.5

Overall: 4.2 out of 5

Review: Notes From Ghost Town (+Giveaway)

notesfromghosttownTitle: Notes From Ghost Town

Author: Kate Ellison

Read via: ARC from Publisher

They say first love never dies…

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death. 

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.

The summary for this book intrigued me when I first read it, and when the opportunity arose to read this, I jumped. This is the first book I’ve read by Kate Ellison, and I cannot wait to read more. Notes from Ghost Town was a chilling read, and I was fascinated by it. Kate Ellison has created a wondrous blend that focuses on mental illness, grief, and mystery.

Olivia’s situation consistently tugs at the heartstrings. First of all, she’s struggling to come to terms with the loss of Lucas, her best friend from childhood and a boy she was on the verge of falling in love with. As if that isn’t enough, her mother is facing trial for Lucas’ murder. Kate Ellison does an amazing job of conveying the complex emotional state that Olivia faces, and she has created a setup that will keep readers guessing. Throughout the book, I was always wondering whether or not I could believe what Olivia thought was happening. She truly meets the definition of an unreliable narrator. Surrounding Olivia is a fantastic cast of characters Raina (her living best friend), Lucas, Austin (he reminds me a little bit of Logan from Veronica Mars), and her father top the list for me. All of them were realistically drawn, and I loved the way they interacted.

Notes from Ghost Town‘s main storyline is a murder mystery. However, the journey to uncover the murderer was much more interesting than discovering who it was. This was probably due to the fact that I was able to figure out who really committed the murder quite early on in the book. But there were just so many fantastic plots and subplots running through the story, I was entranced. There’s the relationship between Lucas and Olivia and how she comes to terms with his death, her budding romance with Austin, resident bad boy, Olivia’s struggle to face her mother’s mental illness and the way her father is moving on, and, of course, Olivia’s challenges regarding her own sanity.

Overall, Notes from Ghost Town was an amazing book that nicely blends mystery, romance, and drama. I also appreciated the realistic approach Kate Ellison takes regarding mental illness. I would definitely recommend this book, and the only issue I had with it was the somewhat predictable twists.

Cover: 3
Plot: 3
Writing: 3.5
Personally: 3.5

Overall: 3.2 out of 5

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