Review: The Sister Pact

The Sister Pact
The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Sister Pact took me by surprise. I didn’t expect to be pulled in to the emotions so hard. Stacie Ramey covers some extremely difficult subjects and does so with such humanity and emotion. Being the oldest in a broken family is hard enough, having to deal with mental issues as well is a lot for a teenager to deal with.

This book captures the heartbreak that mental illness can bring, but also the beauty.

Review: Boo

Boo by Neil Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received Neil Smith’s ARC of Boo for free through GoodReads FirstReads.

I absolutely love everything about this cute and quirky novel. I have to admit, I was caught off guard on multiple occasions. Just when I thought I had the figured out the the truth, a curve ball is thrown; kept the reading interesting.

I find some aspects of the ‘town’ to be depressingly sad; Only thirteen year olds are in this ‘town’, Which means the likely hood of anyone knowing another ‘townie’ from before their passing in ‘America’ is slim. There are only three visited cases.

One of the biggest reasons for my five-star rating is that at multiple points in the book, and for different characters I felt strong emotions; For Johnny, I felt the anger and frustration. For Boo I felt the true desperation of wanting to help, and being unable to. I also felt overwhelming sadness when Boo says that all he wants is his parents.

The ending was a complete surprise to me up until the very end, it shines a light on bullying in a completely heartbreaking and unexpected way.

Neil Smith did a fantastic job of showing the thin line between mental illness bullying, and how both are, without the proper help and support, an unfortunate road to suicide.

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Review: A Gift of Ghosts

A Gift of Ghosts
A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got this book for free on Amazon. The title is what drew me in and the cute connection between Akira and Dillon kept me around. I loved that she connected with him, and tries to help make his (after) life easier. The romance with Dillon’s uncle (and her boss) is pretty cute, but the beginnings are WAY to unbelievable. I’m also not a huge fan of the way Akira handles herself, she says she doesnt like/want something, yet she always does it anyways.

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