I’m a BAD Blogger! (and other updates!)

I have been so M.I.A. lately that I am beating myself up over it! So I decided to share my recent feelings about blogging with you guys in the hopes that you all might help me get out of it! Yes? No? YES???? 🙂

The Book BFFs YouTube Channel has so far taken Precedence over most everything else book related. And I am not even reading that much.

Why?

LIFE! That’s why. Recent events are making it hard for me to even want to blog/read. I found out last month that my mom is sick (Long story but she could die at any time) and she’s only 45 years old. Also I moved 2 hours away from all my friends and family for the sake of my son’s relationship with his father so that has been pretty hard on my morale. In more recent news our town has seen some extreme weather. Take a look below:

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And to top it all off, there is extra financial/marital troubles which I won’t go into details due to the boring and dramatic nature of these subjects.

So I am NOT abandonning this… Just putting it on the back burner. Not to worry however, you can find me among the other Book BFFs, the wondrous Lindsay, Melissa, Rie and Angela on our YouTube Channel/Twitter/Goodreads!

Book BFF’s Group:
Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/103792-book-bffs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/120634624806456/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BookBFFs

The Book BFF’s Blogs:
Lindsay: The Novel Life http://the-novel-life.com/
Angela: http://www.readingangel.com/
Melissa: http://harleybearbookblog.blogspot.com/
Rie: http://www.missiontoread.com/

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{Review} Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14
by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #1
Published: June 5th 2012
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
ISBN: 0312569033 (ISBN13: 9780312569037)
Pages: 294
Source: Bought Myself
Reading Level: 16 and up
Shelf Award: AMAZING!, Favorite!
Rating:  5 Stars

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Goodreads Summary:

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

My Thoughts:

Cover Love:  This cover didn’t originally grab my eye. But after reading the book it makes a lot more sense! While reading I kept going back to look at it. I really illustrates the story well!

Review:

There is just so much I want to say about Monument 14. I randomly picked it up and before you know it I was submerged in the story! I read the first few chapters so quickly. I had meant to only read a few pages to get the general feel of it since it had been sitting on my shelf for a year! I didn’t read it for many reasons but first was because it seemed a bit juvenile what with kids taking care of kids. It was a bit too reminiscent of Lord Of The Flies, which I read twice and never enjoyed… WRONG! I was so wrong! It was NOTHING like Lord Of The Flies! Second reason why I didn’t read it was because it had a Male protagonist and POV. I’ve never been able to truly connect with Male protagonists/POVs (save for Harry Potter). Well I was wrong again!

The story might be told by Dean but it is the story of all 14 kids stuck in a Greenway! There are many controversial issues being talked about in the book but I can’t divulge them for risk of spoiling the book for you all! I loved the down right organized chaos and mayhem. I thought the children handled themselves exceptionally. Their adventure was not without some truly gory and horrifying times. I loved the harshness of the story, how it truly read like a retelling of some truly horrible global event. The author really hashed out every little detail of her story and gave us a compelling story about survival and human nature! It was easy to see how usually clique-y teenagers would come together as a whole (not without problems if I may say so.) and survive a truly horrible ordeal. The pacing was perfect! enough to keep you on your toes all the time but slow enough to give the reader time to think about what he/she is reading and speculate on the events within the book!

The secondary character did not feel secondary at all. I loved them all! They all had believable personalities and flaws. Niko, Josie and Max were my favorite characters. Also it was obvious that the older kids were teenagers who were also dealing with typical teenager issues. This book was just as much plot driven as it was character driven. I constantly wanted to know more about the disaster and those kids.  There was of course some romance. But it was truly minimal. there was a small hint of a love triangle (which formed for all the wrong reasons… Ahem.. vindictiveness) but the book really focused of the 14 kids stuck in a Greenway and the way they coped with the disaster and the hopes they had to finding their families.

Bottom Line:

This is the kind of YA I want to read more of! I never want this series to end. EVER!

Recommended for:

Anyone who loves a tale of adventures in the toughest of situation! Honestly, I recommend it to everyone!