Monday, December 26, 2011
Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can’t ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.
Just like Chosen, I jumped at the chance to review Here. Denise has slowly moved into my top five must read authors. Her writing is captivating and the worlds she creates are unique.
I felt for Julia. Unable to believe that she wasn't responsible for the death of her best friend, she becomes depressed; she makes herself invisible; her grades are slipping. Her family was slowly torn apart by the accident. At school, when she is noticed, the other students bully her, especially the most popular girl. It gets worse when Julia becomes visible to Evan. He volunteers to tutor Julia, which comes as a surprise to everyone, including her. She doesn't understand why he's suddenly interested in her.
There is a lot of the story I would love to talk about but, frankly, I'm not a fan of spoilers. I don't want to give away any of the storyline. I would like to add that about half way through the book, my mind started to slowly figure it out. I knew where the story was going, and I knew, if I was right, I would be happy with the outcome.
But, you know what? I was wrong. My mind went in a different direction than Denise's writing. I absolutely love (bold/underline/exclamation points!) where Denise took the story. In all honesty, I think Here and any other book that follows in the series could become the next "Twilight"; the next teen/YA sensation.
I have already recommended this book to my real life friends, many of other popular YA series. I promised them they would not be disappointed if they read it.
Falling in line with Chosen, I was so focused on the story of Julia and Evan that I almost missed my subway stop. I looked up at the last minute and realized where I was and if I didn't jump off the train I would end up about 70 blocks or so north of where I needed to be.
Hands down, without a doubt, Here gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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Saturday, December 3, 2011
Meet Josie Jenkins, a Brit living in Texas, fan of indulgent body-scrubs and the odd glass of wine. She’s currently Customer Service Manager at Harpers & Green Co, home of high-end shirts and also, rather unhelpfully, Bob Green: her ex-boyfriend (who also happens to be married). She is thousands of miles away from home and her job appears to be in jeopardy - safe to say, Josie’s going through a wobbly patch.
So when the rather handsome Callum Doherty, (just picture blue eyes and Irish good looks) begins flirting with Josie, she is thrilled…until she realizes she’s not the only girl at work with her eye on the office heart-throb. How can she compete against her pert-bottomed rival from the accounts department?
Josie’s love-life takes another complicated and unexpected turn when out of the blue Josie receives a mysterious Facebook friend request from her high-school sweetheart, Tom Barker. Tom is keeping something from her, drawing her in and causing her to question if it’s time to reconnect the past with the present.
It’s time for some soul searching. Will Josie take the emotional trip back to the UK or try her luck with the handsome Mr. Doherty? Is there heartbreak ahead in Josie’s future?
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