Friday, 31 May 2013

Crumble by Fleur Philips

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lightning Source, SparkPoint Studio, home of BookSparks PR, and Netgalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKnight has a secret. She's in love with David Brooks. Sarah is white. David is black. But Sarah's not the only one keeping secrets in the close-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Her father George, who owns a local gun shop and proudly drives a truck with a Confederate flag bumper sticker, hides his own complicated past. When he discovers Sarah's relationship, George decides to share his feelings with Alex Mackey-a lonely classmate of Sarah's whom George has taken under his wing. As Alex embraces the power of Sarah's father's dark hatred, the hopes and dreams of young lives hang in the balance. In just a few short months, Sarah and David will graduate from high school and leave Kalispell for a new life together in Los Angeles. Maybe in California, they can stop hiding their love-and the other secret they share...something George McKnight-and Alex Mackey-will never accept.

Crumble by Fleur Philips

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Crumble(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lightning Source, SparkPoint Studio, home of BookSparks PR, and Netgalley.)
18-year-old Sarah is in love with David, but because he is black and she is white they have to keep their relationship secret. Bi-racial couples are thought of as wrong in the town where they live, and they can’t wait to go to university in California where they will finally be able to be together.

When Sarah finds that she is pregnant though, they fear what people would say if they found out, and consider their options about what to do about the unplanned pregnancy.
Will Sarah get an abortion? Will they tell their parents? And what would everyone say if they found out?

This was good teen story about racism and love, and the problems of teenage pregnancy.

Sarah and David were obviously in love, but had to hide their feelings for one another from everyone other than David’s parents, because of racism. This was quite shocking to me, I didn’t realise that places and people like that still existed, and people’s treatment of the black kids was absolutely terrible!
Sarah and David found themselves in a very sticky situation when she found out that she was pregnant, which was bad enough without adding in the added complication of people’s views on bi-racial couples. I was once again shocked by the actions of people at the abortion clinic though, that they can be pro-life but also racist is bizarre!

I did find the storyline in this book quite predictable at the start, but the ending wasn’t really what I expected. I did enjoy this book overall, but I was really shocked at peoples’ attitudes towards both black people and bi-racial relationships.
Overall; a YA romance covering some difficult topics.
6.75 out of 10.

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TAKING BACK FOREVER  (Book 2 of The Kindrily series)
May 31st 2013 by Starry Sky Publishing

Forever is worth the fight.

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn’t erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love. Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts—more than one kindrily member’s life depends on it.

Maryah’s power is Harmony’s best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory. But Harmony isn’t big on asking anyone for help, and she’s tired of waiting, so she’s taking matters into her own hands. Heaven help anyone who stands in her way

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Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.
Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. In high school she discovered her passion for putting her thoughts onto paper, but it wasn't until her late twenties that she wrote her first novel. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairytales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.

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“Shiloh, you know he has the ability to see clearly in the dark, and that he sees light and color differently than the rest of us.”

I nodded.

“Well, he swears he can still see your star in the sky.”

“You said my star fell. That it was gone.”

“I know. And I can’t see it. As much as I’ve tried and hoped to see a flicker of light where your star used to shine, I still see nothing. But Shiloh doesn’t lie. And he swears he can see something.”

I lifted my face and scanned the cloudless sky above us. “What does that mean?”

“It means you erased, but you aren’t gone. We know that’s true because you have remembered glimpses of our past. It gives me hope that you’ll remember more. I wanted to tell you what Shiloh sees so you could share that hope. Your star didn’t fall from the sky like I originally believed. Erasing caused it to burn out, but I believe you can reignite it.”

I looked at the sky again. I wanted to see the stars. I wanted to see my star. I wanted to burn so brightly that other galaxies could see me. But wanting and doing were very different things. Doing, I thought. It was up to me to do something. No one could make my star shine except me.

Nathan did give me hope. According to Shiloh, I still had a place in the heavens. I was determined to turn on the light so that everyone could see I was home again.

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Clean Sweep ARC Challenge - Day 31

Day 31!

Books Read - (43)

Fifteenth Summer Quicksilver (Ultraviolet, #2) Dirty (Miss Chatterley, Part 2) This Girl (Slammed, #3) Scent of Magic (Healer, #2) The Uprising (The Forsaken, #2) Into the Dark, Vol. 4 (Into the Dark, #4) Absent Barbie Girl (Baby Doll, #1) The Forgotten Ones Lash The Madness Underneath (Shades of London, #2) Breaking the Rules Ocean of Dust True The Wanderers Love in Darkness (Shattered Castles, #2) Killing Jenna Crane Icons (Icons, #1) Intaglio: The Snake and the Coins (Intaglio, #1) Down London Road (On Dublin Street, #2) Intaglio: Dragons All The Way Down (Intaglio, #2) The Rose Throne (The Rose Throne, #1) Dented Cans The Sea of Tranquility Feudlings (Fate on Fire, #1) Spirit (Elemental, #3) Crumble Forgotten Fox (The Celestial Saga, #1) Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1) TaleSpins A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1) Parallel The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1) Touching Melody (Forever First #1) Torn (Miss Chatterley, Part 3)  Reboot (Reboot, #1) The Book of Broken Hearts Dark Child: Episode 1 Dead Radiance (Valkyrie, #1) Clean Slate Complex (Daynight, #0.5) Taking Back Forever (The Kindrily, #2) Dead Embers (Valkyrie, #2)

Reading Now -

    Impostor (Variants, #1) Thundering Luv Follow the White Rabbit (Beautiful Madness, #1)

Books still to read - 

 Earth (Akasha, #4) A Privilege (The Angel Chronicles, #3) After The Ending (The Ending, #1) Dirty Little Secret Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1) Dear Cassie (Pretty Amy #2) The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark, #2) Secret for a Song