Author: Lara Zielin
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: August 2nd 2012
I've been wanting to read The Waiting Sky since it came out in the late Summer of 2012. Besides the very intense-looking cover (with a freaking tornado in a jar!); I thought the very idea of people chasing tornadoes was pretty ... bizarre. I mean, honestly, anyone who chases down freaking tornado/twisters for fun has got to have some serious baggage. I found the conflict in the story to be realistic. Zielin did an amazing job communicating those confused, hurt, and guilty feelings that accompany a person who has an alcoholic parent. I thought the love interest was decent, I wasn't expecting too much to happen between them. Definitely, no four letter word coming out of anyone's mouth. The pace was kind of slow. A bit annoying... I wasn't able to connect with Jane. Her character was whiny, melodramatic, and extremely selfish.
(3.7 to be fair. Not a 4 star.)
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: January 10th 2012
Destiny's Fire is a compelling, jaw-dropping, drama leaking read that'll have you wishing your life was a paranormal thriller. Trisha Wolfe does an amazing job in developing the in-depth setting and the relationships between the characters. The action that was described was so vivid, and ... there. I felt like I could feel the tension, love, anger, and I'm-about-to-kick-ass drama. I flipped through the pages like a maniac, and finished reading Destiny's Fire in an hour and 30 minutes. One thing I really loved about Wolfe's writing was the pace - it was perfect. The book did look a bit short, so I assumed it would be a fast paced book - which it was, but not so much, that I had to flip back pages and try to understand what I just read.
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Release Date: April 6th 2013
A cute, refreshing, short contemporary story about two neighbors, Jackson and Lucy. They've always had chemistry, especially after Lucy kissed him when they were 13 as a dare. An okay read for a short story, things did develop pretty fast between them which was a little surprising for me. The conflict in the story, though realistic was a little too played out. I didn't like the ending. Too happily-ever-after. Not the slightest bit practical.