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All I Need – Susane Colasanti

All I Need
By: Susane Colasanti
Available 21 May 2013

Description:
Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

This Blonde’s Review:
Skye believes that someday she’ll meet a guy who will change her life. It’ll be an instant connection and she’ll know they’re meant to be together. When she meets Seth she just knows he’s that guy. They only have a little time together before Seth disappears. They were supposed to meet but he never showed. Meeting him changed the way she looks at other guys, and even though she dates it just isn’t the same. No guy she dates is him and she can’t find that connection with any other guy. When the next summer rolls around she can only hope that she’ll be able to find him again.

Seth meant to be at the meeting place and beats himself up every day for missing it. But when his mother showed up to get him early he had no choice but to leave. Just like Skye, he beats himself up for not getting her number before they left each other that last day. He dates but it isn’t the same for him either. No girl is Skye and he can’t seem to care about them as much as he cared for her, even though he only knew her a short time.

When the next summer starts they both hope they can find the other. The magic hasn’t diminished but life is complicated. He’s in college, she’s still in high school. They come from different backgrounds and they have the distance between them. All they want is to be together.

I enjoyed reading this one. Skye is a bit too dreamy for my taste, but I can still appreciate a girl who finds that guy who makes everything change. And Seth is really great, even though he lets his ideas of their family financial differences impact too much of what he sees.

This was an easy read. There were differences and complications but it was also clearly going to work out. If you like reading about a couple who is meant to be trying to overcome their differences and distance then you’ll enjoy this one.

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Dirty Little Secret – Jennifer Echols

Dirty Little Secret
By: Jennifer Echols
Available July 2013

Description:
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…

This Blonde’s Review:
This story is about what happens to Bailey after her dreams are swept under a rug while her sister is given a chance to shine. Bailey then changes from good girl to depressed rebel who just wants to feel again. She acts tough, dyes her hair, and refuses to let people’s opinions matter. The only person she feels is on her side is her grandfather.

When her parents say she isn’t allowed to play music while her family acts like she doesn’t exist he lets her get a job with tribute groups at the mall. It’s the kind of work where you could end up with a different type of group every day. She gets to go have Elvis, Dolly Parton, and others. The people she meets run from creepy to sweet and high to serious. One of those groups includes Sam.

Sam recognizes the brilliance in Bailey’s fiddle playing and knows that she could be an asset to their band. As a guy who won’t take no for an answer he keeps trying to get her to join the band, even as she says no. Soon she’s playing and making money with the band, even though she hadn’t committed to it.

Obviously there is the romance angle, but can Bailey trust that Sam wants her and not her in the band? Sam comes across as a total charmer and we see the ways he’ll say and do what is needed to get his way. What will happen when he finds out who her sister is?

When her sister needs her Bailey can be with the band or go back to the family who abandoned her. And the choice could change everything.

I really loved Bailey. She didn’t handle things well but the things that happened were really screwed up. She reacted badly but her family let her down and used her reaction as justification.

I really hope there is a spinoff book because I hated that this one ended. I’d love to see Bailey again.

If you enjoy reading about teens whose family lets them down, they act out, then have to find their way to the life they really want then you’ll love Bailey’s story.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Book Review

 

Dead Silence – Kimberly Derting

Dead Silence coverDead Silence
By: Kimberly Derting
Body Finder – Book 4
Available Now

Description:
Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

This Blonde’s Review:
After gaining an imprint of her own Violet has had a hard time adjusting. She can’t sleep or concentrate since all she hears is the music that is now her imprint. She’s being forced to stay with the team or risk her family. They can expect her to show up for her required appointments but they can’t expect her to talk. Violet can’t seem to care about anything and no one else should expect her to either. She wants to be left alone to attempt to get the sleep she can’t seem to find without medication. Until she starts reading her grandmother’s journals.

Violet’s grandmother had the same gift so of course it would be great for her to read what it was like back then. Reading the journals brings some secrets to light that she never expected, things that affect the other members of her team as well. Her grandmother’s journals were really great, they gave plenty of questions as well as some answers. It gave us a chance to get to know the grandmother we had heard so much about in previous books.

I feel that the description on this one isn’t entirely accurate. When I read that someone close to Violet became suspect in a murder I kept waiting for Jay, Chelsea, a family member, or another member of the team would be looked at suspiciously since they’re the ones who are closest to her. Instead it is someone else we have heard about and that she knows but not someone she’s close to.

I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t believe it was the last book in the series based on the way it ended and with so many questions left unanswered, yet I heard that it is the last book. Which is a shame. I would have loved to know more about the things that were left hanging.

If you enjoyed the other books in this series you’ll want to know more about what happens to Violet and her friends. Just don’t expect it to be tied into a neat little bow. If you haven’t read the other books them I’m sure you’ve spoiled so much for yourself but I really recommend them. If you like the idea of a girl who can hear, see, and smell the imprints left behind after a violent death, the way those imprints call to her, and what she does with that information then you’ll love this series.