Review: Shattered: A Daughter’s Regret

Shattered: A Daughter's Regret (Secrets)Shattered: A Daughter’s Regret by Melody Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Shattered: A Daughter’s Regret” by Melody Carlson was a good read…Cleo Neilson has always been pampered by her mother, but, instead of being grateful, she feels as if her mother is too involved in her life, especially now that she’s seventeen. And, to top everything off, Cleo’s best friend, Lola, is moving away, and Cleo wants to for them to have one night to themselves…without her mother tagging along as a chaperone.

On the last night that Lola’s in town, she and Cleo have tickets to a Christian concert in the city. However, instead of Cleo’s mother driving them to the concert like her mother wanted to do, Cleo decides to disobey her mother’s wishes and she and Lola take the bus into the city.

What happens next almost destroys Cleo because she finds that her mother realizes that the disobeyed her on the night of the concert. Because of this, her mother goes into the city to look for her and ends up getting murdered. Cleo goes through severe guilt because of this and even gets addicted to drugs in the process.

Ms. Carlson does a good job of conveying to her readers, especially teens, why it’s so important to obey your parents and the consequences that can occur if they don’t.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “Shattered:  A Daughter’s Regret” was provided by Glass Road Public Relations in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: After

AfterAfter by Amy Efaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“After” by Amy Efaw was a very moving and powerful read…Devon, a fifteen-year old soccer player gets pregnant, and, probably similar to most fifteen-year olds who gets pregnant, she is in denial, shock and doesn’t want it to happen. But, unlike many, she is in denial all throughout her pregnancy, and, because of this, when her baby is born, she attempts to get rid of IT the only way she knows how – the TRASH.

Consequently, Devon is soon enveloped in a sea of orange jumpsuits, juvenile court, her lawyer, but, worst of all, dealing with her own emotions and feelings. She begins to learn more of how she came to this point and how she will go forward from her.

More importantly, Devon realizes that she’s not exempt – she can make mistakes and learn from them. Staying in lockup around other girls her age, she thinks she is so much different from them, but she quickly learns that she’s one-in-the-same. And, with the help of her lawyer, Dom, she comes to grip with who she really is, and what she really did, even if she can’t remember.

I went through so many emotions in this book…it was very moving. And, even though many of us haven’t been in Devon’s exact situation, I think we can all relate to having something happen when you didn’t want it to happen, and what to do from that point forward.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “After” was obtained from my personal library.

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Review: Dirty Little Angels

Dirty Little AngelsDirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Dirty Little Angels” by Chris Tusa was really good. The story is centered around Hailey, a sixteen-year old who is desperately trying to save her family from seperaration and divorce…she tries to keep them together the best that she can, no thanks to the activities of her mom and dad. However, as the story develops, this act proves more difficult especially considering Hailey and her brother, Cyrus, and their connection with Moses, a self-proclaimed preacher of a drive-thru church who believes that some people have to go through hell before they can be saved. The ending is unexpected, though, not surprising considering the events leading towards the end.

Overall, “Dirty Little Angels” was really interesting. I enjoyed the way Mr. Tusa developed his characters, right down to their mannerisms, and how he made them work together to help the story come alive. I just wish the plot would have been more developed towards the end.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S. “Dirty Little Angels” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: New Year’s Eve

New Year's EveNew Year’s Eve by Caroline B. Cooney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“New Year’s Eve” by Caroline B. Cooney was funny and refreshing. It’s the story of a group of girls who are looking forward to their big night on New Year’s Eve. They get all dressed up, cut their hair and get ready to have the time of their life.

Unfortunatly, like more things, especially when you’re a teenager, this particular New Year’s Eve doesn’t work out like they plan, and they find themselves in some pretty racey situations that they never thought would have before…including little brothers, an ex-boyfriend and a turned-down marriage proposal. And, one of the girls finds love where she leasts expects it.

I really liked “New Year’s Eve.” It kept me laughing and wanting to read more…it almost makes me wish I would have read this book as a teenager, and not some 15+ years later…

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “New Year’s Eve” was obtained from my personal library.

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