Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she's devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever. (Goodreads.com)
Reviewed by Megan
Sarah Dessen’s novel Someone like You shows how far love can go, it has ups and downs, trust and forgiveness. When Scarlett’s world is turned upside down, Halley is finally needed to be the stronger friend. This book is a life lesson and shows how important trust and friendship truly is.
High School juniors, Halley and Scarlett, are inseparable best friends, doing everything together, everyday. When Scarlett falls in love with a boy, Michael, over the summer, Halley was pretty much the third wheel, but never minded. Michael and Scarlett fell in love and a day after taking their relationship to the highest level, he died in a motorcycle accident.Little did Scarlett know, until later, that she was carrying his baby. Her life from that point on would never be the same.
Halley always depended on Scarlett to help her solve her problems, but now with Scarlett on the other end, Halley is needed more than ever. Halley also gets her first boyfriend, despite her mother’s protests and her life is changing as well. She becomes defiant with her parents and they forbid her from seeing him. Halley refuses to listen until a frightening car crash changes everything between them and love was lost.
Once again, Sarah Dessen does not disappoint. She wrote a novel that is so relatable when you read between the lines. Her book showed maturity, self-discovery and how to overcome challenges you thought you would never have to face. As she said in the book, “Life is an ugly, awful place not to have a best friend.” That says everything, and with being in such a harsh, judgmental world, you need one. Someone like You has such a deep message that makes it unforgettable.
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When Candra Ember wakes up in hospital after a dangerous encounter with a red-haired woman, she is shocked to discover that seeing a winged boy wasn’t her imagination. Candra is exposed to a world of rivalry and sacrifice she never knew existed, and the aftermath of a war to save humanity thousands of years ago. Soon she finds herself relentlessly stalked by Sebastian, a beautiful and arrogant Watcher Angel and romantically pursued by his darkly seductive rival, Draven. Ultimately, dubious about her own goodness, Candra’s very existence compromises a tentative peace in the city of Acheron. (Goodreads.com)
Unfortunately, due to user error and a family emergency my original review seems to be lost at the moment, so I am going to have to write you a new one. I apologize for the delay in getting this out to you all.
If you are a fan of paranormal romance who is looking for a story that will pull you in and never let go, then Ember if definitely a book you won't want to miss! Carol Oates not only creates an alternate world that is both vivid and engrossing, but her characters are ones that you will want to know everything about. While the romance takes a little while to pick up the tension that is created between Candra and Sebastian makes putting the book down quite difficult. The plot itself is expertly written. The twists and turns add to the mystery of who Candra really is. Besides being a great romance Ember is also a story of self discovery, as Candra comes to grips with her own purpose. I am a sticker for strong female protagonists and loathe a weak main character. Candra, while naive and young, is also strong and beautiful. I loved the way in which she was written and the fact that I truly cared about what would happen to her. As for Sebastian and Draven? They definitely had my attention. Hot is about the best word I can use to sum those two up. Luckily, Ember is the first in a series, so now that all of the groundwork is laid I cannot wait to find out what happens next! Hopefully the wait won't be too long!!!!
The school year has finally started and it is time for the X-treme Readers to take over their blog!!!!! Their first assignment is to post a comment on this post introducing themselves and describing what they like to read. I've already met a few new students, and I know a few more from past classes. I can tell this is going to be a great group and a fun year!!
Tomorrow I will be bringing all of the books that authors have sent me over the summer for review. These books will have priority for reviews and you should see them soon. I will send e-mails when they are going to post. Thanks for your patience! The response to this blog and my class has been overwhelmingly huge and positive and I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful comments :-)
Please be sure to check back in a few days to meet the X-treme Readers!!!