Blog Tour- Early Review of Tell Me Three Things

TellMeThreeThingsTell Me Three Things
By: Julie Buxbaum
Release Date: April 15th 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago—the closest place she has to something like home—she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

The thing is, Jessie does need help. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live in LA with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

My Thoughts:
I”m usually not a huge fan of contemporary but this book really grabbed my interest with the summary and I’m so, so happy I took a chance to read it. I loved it. The characters were so relatable, the story was really wonderful and fast paced.

The strongest element in this book for me was Jessie. She had recently lost her mother and been relocated to a new state and school. Her life had fallen apart and her mourning and coming to terms with how things would be now without her mother was amazingly well done and heart wrenching. Though the novel touched on this sad topic the book itself had a very positive vibe and didn’t at all make me feel bad. I honestly fell in love early on and found it difficult to stop reading.

I loved that Jessie had to take a chance on interacting and taking advice from a mystery emailer. I thought Buxbaum handled it in a realistic fashion and I never questioned Jessie’s motives (or the mystery person’s either). I thought it was really impressive how much chemistry these two had via email. Trying to guess who the person sending the emails was fun too and kept me that much more involved in the story.

A lot of times high school dynamics can be a miss for me since I’m an older reader of the genre but not so in this book. There was some high school politics and mean girl stuff but it all hit fairly realistic and somehow didn’t feel like too much drama. Somehow Buxbaum took all these topics I normally wouldn’t really be into and made them incredibly palatable for me.

Final Thoughts:
I’m so happy I took a chance on reading Tell Me Three Things. I was swept away with the story and honestly found it to be a really heart-warming and fun read. I’ll be reading much more from Buxbaum in the future.

Review of House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

House of Ivy & SorrowHouse of Ivy & Sorrow
By: Natalie Whipple
Release Date: April 15th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Electronic ARC via Edelweiss

An electronic copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.

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Review of Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout

Don't Look BackDon’t Look Back
By: Jennifer Armentrout
Release Date: April 15th 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

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