Monday, September 3, 2012

Summer Reads (Part Two)

Farewell summer (sigh). Actually, I'm stoked for crisp autumn air, sweaters and warm hot chocolate with a book in hand. That said, here are the last two book reviews from books I read this summer in addition to my previous Summer Reads post.

Prada and Prejudice
I loved the premise behind Prada and Prejudice, the fun twist on time-travel with Prada heels. The blurb was all I needed to read to be sucked in! Callie's travel through time was a fun and creative journey. The first half of the novel was a bit slow for me, though, with some repetitive monologue. I wasn't drawn to the main character like I'd hoped either. But, mmm, the first kiss? LOVED. And Alex was quite swoon worthy. I loved Callie's transformation in the end, the change that her experiences in a prior century brought out in her. Overall, a fun book with a satisfying ending!

When the Bough Breaks

My interest in When the Bough Breaks was piqued after discovering from the blurb that this story deals with a young girl after her father's death. Since my own YA romance has this in common, I bought the book, and I wasn't disappointed. 

When the Bough Breaks is a character-driven story that makes for a gripping read. I cried and laughed (maybe I shouldn't have found Ryan so funny, but the whole pancake syrup/Christmas music analogy? Hilarious!). Kay LynnMangum does an excellent job of weaving heartfelt feelings into the story that really come across on the page. Although I wish Rachel would have shown a little more gumption at times with her alcoholic brother, Ryan, I seriously loved each of the characters and empathized with them. Great snippets of dialogue, memorable characters, and a satisfying ending make this story of family, death and love a great read for fans of clean YA novels!

Just a heads up. I'm super excited for my post tomorrow morning: an interview with Kay Lynn Mangum! And, who knows, you might even get a chance to win this or another of her books in an upcoming giveaway. wink wink (Be sure to check back later this week!)

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  1. Thank you for the recommendations - When the Bough Breaks sounds really interesting and I think I'l pick it up.
    I am also looking forward to the crispness of fall (and less humidity...)

  2. Great! I'll be giving away a signed copy of Kay Lynn Mangum's novel The Secret Journal of Brett Colton (also the author of When the Bough Breaks) this THURSDAY, E.D., so be sure to check back then! Thanks for the comment!

  3. I've been looking for a good blog to find reviews on books! Love Kay Lynn mangum! Can't wait to read when the bough breaks! Thanks Laura!