Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Overview – 

Along for the Ride

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Paperback , 432pp
  • Sales Rank: 843
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

Ever since her parents began fighting, Auden has been unable to sleep at night. Now, spending a summer at a charming beach town with her father and his new family, she has to find new places to pass the time she spends awake. And so she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nighttime guide. Together, they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she has missed; for Eli, to come to terms with the death of a friend. In her trademark blockbuster-style, Sarah Dessen creates a powerful and irresistible story of two people learning how to connect.

My Thoughts

This the first Sarah Dessen book I had read and I must say that I am thrilled to find an author this good.  I picked up this book this morning and could not put it down.  The story of a young woman, Auden, who has always been a little adult focused on her future and the new and life changing experiences she goes through when she visits her dad, step-mother and new baby stepsister in Colby.  I can totally relate to Auden and her lack of social experience.  I could understand her feelings and the choices she made because it is exactly what I would have done.  I love the town of Colby and the girls that Auden meets there.  They take her in even if she did make a huge mistake of making out with Jake the first night she is in town.  That very same night she see a boy doing tricks on the boardwalk but doesn’t know who he is.  Auden learns that his name is Eli and he is going through a difficult time since the summer before his best friend, Abe, died in a car accident where he was the driver.
This is a wonderful story of a girl chance to take control of her life and really live.  There is a perfect amount of detail in the story and many different story lines moving at the same time.  I enjoyed that the story was not just a romance but really that of finding friendship, family, yourself and love all at the same time.  It is a story of taking chances and growing.

My Rating 

4.5 stars a great simple fun loving read!  Check it out!
*  I purchased this book and all opinions are my own.

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)

Overview – 

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2008
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
  • Format: Paperback , 512pp
  • Sales Rank: 5,190
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis


A deliciously exotic urban fantasy that is sexy, mysterious and dangerously good fun!

When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother?And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Thoughts

So I know that this book has been reviewed a lot but I am still going to take a quick pass at it so I can move on to the next book.  Cassandra Clare built a fantastic world of mystery and unknown – not an easy task to accomplish with all of the other books out there that are attempting to do the same thing.  Clary and Jace are both written so well that I feel like I could meet them on the street and they would have jumped right out of the book.  The story is written well and I didn’t find any plot problems.  I now completely understand why people are looking forward to the movie but I hope it does not disappoint.  I am so glad I picked this series up even though it meant going back a few years.

My Rating

4.5 stars.  While I really enjoyed the book, I don’t know that it is for everyone.
*I purchased this book and all opinions are my own.