I didn’t expect to be so busy in July, but I was and it was fun. I’m trying to finish up some of the books I’m in the middle of, so I’m putting together a flash reviews posts for today. I haven’t received much feedback from these posts, so I don’t know if they’re going over well with my readers or not. Just to state this again, I got this idea from Sarah at GreenBeanTeenQueen (one of my favorite blogs).
Summary (From Goodreads): Violet can sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.
As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she’d turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike’s tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.
Flash Review: After finishing The Body Finder I couldn’t wait to start this one. Violet is an awesome character, I love the mystery that surrounds her ability, and I can’t get enough of her relationship with Jay. This book kept the same fast pace as the first, but it slowed down for me when Violet and Jay started having problems. She just sort of shut down, for no real reason in my opinion, and was almost kind of whiny. This was my only complaint about the book because it could have been solved if those two would have had a simple conversation. But beside that minor hiccup, the book is a fantastic sequel to The Body Finder. The echoes were so much different in this one, which added an extra element of mystery. I can’t wait for book three!
Summary (From Goodreads): This raw, moving novel follows two teenagers-one, a Mohawk-wearing 17-year-old violent misfit; the other, a gay 13-year-old cast out by his family, hustling on the streets and trying to survive. Acclaimed author Davida Wills Hurwin creates a riveting narrative told in alternating perspectives of their lives before and after the violent hate crime that changed both their futures. This tragic but ultimately inspirational journey of two polarized teens, their violent first meeting, and their peaceful reunion years later is an unforgettable story of survival and forgiveness.
This story is inspired by the real lives of Matthew Boger and Timothy Zaal, who have shared their story on The Oprah Winfrey Show and NPR.
Flash Review: Honestly, I should have reviewed this one so much earlier, but I fell into that trap of picking up another book as soon as I finished this one. When the summary says this is “raw,” it’s not lying or sugar-coating anything. This is a gripping novel that I couldn’t put down. The stories of the two boys, seemingly different, are both so tragic. At times I wondered when their stories were going to come together, which caused me to wonder if I should keep reading, but I’m glad I didn’t stop. The point when the two characters meet is haunting and ultimately hopeful. This novel, which is based on a true story, covers topics like acceptance, survival, and self-reliance. There’s some heavy scenes in this novel, but it’s very much worth reading and sharing. This is an honor book for the Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, which awards books “of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.”