Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

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Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary: Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Review: This particular book is the reason why I LOVE dystopian-type books so much! The Program is so different from any book I’ve read. It’s new, refreshing, and addicting. Seriously, I’m hooked on The Program. So thank you, Suzanne Young, for being the reason of my obsession. 🙂

The world is not the same world you once knew. What once was a sudden spike in teen suicides has turned into an international epidemic. The Program has been established to put an end to the epidemic — as well as their memories.. The person keeping Sloane out of the Program is her boyfriend, James. Little does Sloane know that James has some problems himself. Sloane and James do everything they can to keep the handlers at a distance, but they can’t avoid their issues forever..

I absolutely have to point out the book cover. You see both Sloane and James, holding hands and getting ready to face the Program. When I first saw this book at the bookstore, the cover immediately caught my attention. In the book, it is obvious that Sloane is fighting against the Program, but she is also fighting herself. Like all teenagers, Sloane has some inner demons as well. She has to figure out how to outsmart the Program while saving herself.

Teenagers tackles some pretty deep issues in The Program with everything from teenage love to depression. To some extent, The Program can be considered as true because although teen suicide isn’t an epidemic in the real world, it is an issue. Many teens face bullying, depression, and etc. Suicide is something we should all be aware of and help those who need our help most.

Overall, The Program was an amazing read. I found myself dying to find out what will happen next. There wasn’t a single moment in this book where I felt bored or unsure of where things were going. It was perfection by far. I loved the experience of getting to read this one and I can see myself re-reading it over and over.

Until next time….

Catcha later bookworms!

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Bookwormstothemax has finally returned!

Bonjour Bookworms!

I have finally returned from my trip to Europe. It has been such a great month of traveling, but I’m so happy to come back to blogging again! Traveling Europe has opened my eyes to a new and spectacular world. It was a beautiful experience and I can’t wait to return! For the past month, I’ve been eating gelato in Italy, skiing the slopes in Switzerland, trying escargot in France, and tormenting the palace guards in England.

These next few weeks will be a bit unorganized and hectic since I will be trying to make up posts and reviews that I’ve missed, so bear with me!

I’m so excited to share a few of my pictures from my trip with you all!

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On my first day in Italy, I visited the Roman Colosseum! It was great to see a big piece of Ancient Rome.

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I also had to make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. Hopefully, I will return to Rome one day!

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On my last day in Italy, I went to the city of Tivoli and fell in love with the scenery. The town, the buildings, and the people were so amazing!

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After Italy, I traveled to Wengen, Switzerland. Switzerland was definitely my favorite country to visit. It was great to take a break from the hot weather and busy streets in Italy. Witnessing the snowfall, the mountains, and the waterfalls was so refreshing and peaceful!

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In Switzerland, I visited the Jungfrau Mountain and had a great snow-ski day!

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Leaving Switzerland was a bittersweet moment, but I was excited to move on to Paris! The Eiffel Tower was such a great spectacle. Paris was everything I imagined it to be. The little cafes, the effortlessly fashionable people, and of course the shopping was perfect. During my visit in Paris, I did TRY escargots (snails) and although the experience was rather peculiar, snails are actually pretty tasty! Weird right?

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I ended my Europe trip in London, England. The UK was so much fun. I enjoyed learning about England’s history and admiring its amazing architecture. I even saw Wicked the Musical in London, which was PERFECT. Wicked is my new favorite musical and I currently have all the songs on repeat!

Thank you all so much for being amazing followers and following me through this journey! I am beyond grateful to have you guys!

Until next time….

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Review: Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

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Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary: Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

Review: OH MY SWEET BABY JESUS. That was my reaction after reading Flat-Out Celeste. Why? Besides my uncontrollable swooning tendencies, FOC completely surpassed my expectations. Celeste has always been my favorite character of all time. I loved her in Flat-Out Love. I loved her in Flat-Out Matt. And I LOVE her now.

I see myself so much in Celeste. I may not have the wide range of vocabulary that she does, but we both share one thing in common: isolation. A few years ago, I was in that awkward stage where I didn’t know where I belonged or who I truly was. Making friends was hard because I never knew what to say. I was always “the girl with her nose in a book.” Luckily as I grew older, I found my voice in the world and I discovered who I REALLY was. So thank you to Celeste for showing me what it’s like to rediscover yourself.

Flat-Out Celeste begins with Celeste getting ready to go off to college. While other students are trying to get into any college, Celeste gets to pick from the majority of the Ivy Leagues. Harvard? Yale? All of the top prestigious universities want her to study at their school. Celeste should be happy right? But she isn’t. She feels like she has something missing. She’s been so busy worrying about her education, that she hasn’t had the opportunity to have normal high school experiences.

“I refuse to be left behind in this world, so I need to catch up.”  

In comes Justin Milano. Justin reminded me so much of Matt. They are both quirky, awkward, but oh so gorgeous. Justin is a college sophomore at Barton College who emails prospective students in hopes to get them to attend the college. What should be a few emails turns into numerous heartfelt emails. Just as Celeste begins falling in love with Justin, I found myself falling in love with him as well. Whether it was Celeste experiencing her first kiss or Justin bringing the best out Celeste, their relationship was just perfect.

“And you have me. Sometimes you need someone else to believe in you, to carry you, until you can do that yourself. Let me carry you. You’re almost there. Damn it, Celeste, you’re almost there. God, please, you have me, and I want you.” He stopped walking back and forth and put both of his hands over his heart. “I want you so much.”  

Watching Celeste grow from being a shy and awkward girl into a strong and independent woman was the greatest reading experience ever. She showed me how to overcome hardships and how to stay true to yourself. I am so proud of Celeste and her journey. She has come a long way. Goodbye to the girl holding on to Flat Finn. Hello to the new and improved Celeste!

“I am choosing a love that defies boundaries and a life that defies boundaries. That is the power of Celeste.”  

The last thing I will mention is Matt and Julie’s MOMENT. If you’ve read FOC, you will know what I’m talking about. During this part in the book, I was in total shock that I broke down crying. Is that weird? 😀 This was a very big moment and Jessica wrote it perfectly! I mean I was ugly-crying! I almost never ugly-cry reading books. Obviously it was a happy kind of crying because it was just beautiful.

Jessica Park. Thank you so much for bring life to all of the characters. Celeste, Julie, Justin, and Matt will always hold a place in my heart. I know I’m not alone when I say: You are a true artist. Thank you for being you. Thank you for writing some of my favorite books ever. Thank you for being one of the reasons why I am the die-hard bookworm I am today. You are beyond amazing!

Until next time….

Catcha later bookworms!

May Book Haul 2014

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May Book Haul!!!

So excited to start reading these books! I picked up a few from my local used bookstore and a few from B&N! Have you read any of these books lately? Let me know down below!

1) Fallen by Lauren Kate : There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

2) This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith : When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

3) Golden by Jessi Kirby : Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance. Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

4) Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles : Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled. After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers. Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as “criminal” and “freak.” Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

5) Touched by Corrine Jackson : Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far. Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll be coming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.

Until next time….

Catcha later bookworms!

 

6 days left of the ETCHED giveaway!

Hello Bookworms! I recently completed my final exams so that means….SUMMER! I have so many awesome things planned for this summer and I can’t wait to share them with you all.

There is just 6 days left of the Etched Giveaway! Etched is a YA Sci-fi novel written by the amazing, Britt Nunes!

Enter below to enter to win a SIGNED COPY of Etched!

Goodreads Summary

She was found abandoned. Her name forgotten. Her memory taken. In a decaying world ravaged by an untamable forest, seventeen-year-old Basil had a comfortably secluded life. She lived by a few unspoken rules, NEVER cross into the forbidden wing of the Manor, don’t trust any OUTSIDERS, and to ALWAYS keep her etching covered. Ever since she had been discovered, she always followed these rules…until, Basil’s etching begins to burn, memories start rushing back, and a silver-eyed boy, an outsider, appears. Basil soon uncovers why these whispered regulations were put into effect, not only to protect her but everyone around her.

For this giveaway, 1 lucky winner will win a SIGNED copy of Etched!

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HOW TO ENTER

You must be following this blog via email/wordpress in order to qualify!

  1. All  you have to do is Comment on this post and answer this question: “What is your favorite summer read?” !!
  2. I will choose one lucky winner! The giveaway will end Friday May 30th, 2014! (US Residents only!)
  3. For an EXTRA entry, Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (Follow me on Twitter @thebookwormblog) and add the link to THIS post in the tweet. When completed, comment your Tweet URL here.
  4. I will announce the winner after the deadline with further instructions.

 

Good Luck!

Until next time….

Catcha later bookworms!

GIVEAWAY: Signed copy of Etched by Britt Nunes

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So excited for my next giveaway! I was honored to meet Britt Nunes at a book signing earlier this week. She was so amazing and sweet! Since I loved Etched so much, I wanted to host a Etched giveaway! Britt is a new, yet talented author with so much ahead of her. Her next book, Hushed, is the sequel to Etched!

Here’s a picture of Me with Britt Nunes! (I’m on the left.)

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Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Nunes

Goodreads Summary

She was found abandoned. Her name forgotten. Her memory taken. In a decaying world ravaged by an untamable forest, seventeen-year-old Basil had a comfortably secluded life. She lived by a few unspoken rules, NEVER cross into the forbidden wing of the Manor, don’t trust any OUTSIDERS, and to ALWAYS keep her etching covered. Ever since she had been discovered, she always followed these rules…until, Basil’s etching begins to burn, memories start rushing back, and a silver-eyed boy, an outsider, appears. Basil soon uncovers why these whispered regulations were put into effect, not only to protect her but everyone around her.

Check out my review of Etched here.

Check out my Author Interview with Britt Nunes here.

For this giveaway, 1 lucky winner will win a SIGNED copy of Etched!

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HOW TO ENTER

You must be following this blog via email/wordpress in order to qualify!

  1. All  you have to do is Comment on this post and answer this question: “What is your favorite summer read?” !!
  2. I will choose one lucky winner! The giveaway will end Friday May 30th, 2014! (US Residents only!)
  3. For an EXTRA entry, Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (Follow me on Twitter @thebookwormblog) and add the link to THIS post in the tweet. When completed, comment your Tweet URL here.
  4. I will announce the winner after the deadline with further instructions.

 

Good Luck!

Until next time….

Catcha later bookworms!

 

 

 


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