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All We Have is Now by Lisa SchroederALL WE HAVE IS NOW by Author Book Review
Publication Date: July 28th 2015 by Scholastic Point
Rating: – Poor

Book Summary: What do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people’s wishes—and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day—maybe even their own.

Book Review Overview:

  • A light apocalytpic novel with the feel of a contemporary novel
  • Failed to make a connection with the characters
  • The premise of the plot doesn’t make sense at all

In just over 24 hours, an asteroid will make impact with earth. All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder follows two teens who decide to make the most of their last day on earth by making people’s dreams come true. With the constant onslaught of post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds, it’s refreshing to see a light apocalyptic novel with the feel of a contemporary novel. I like the idea of the characters embracing life during their last moments and living it to the fullest.

Vince and Emerson are two homeless teens living in Portland, Oregon. Emerson is a runaway, who left home after she could not get along with her mother’s new boyfriend. Her best friend, Vince, is a foster kid who decided to leave the system and try living on his own. Unfortunately, I failed to make a connection with either of these characters. The lack of connection made it very difficult for me to empathize with their problems.

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PROM & PREJUDICE by Elizabeth Eulberg
Publication Date: January 1st 2011 by Point
Rating: |

Summary:

After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.

Review Overview:

  • Quick delightful retelling
  • Despite modern setting, characters were true to original characterizations
  • Not quite as romantic as the original

Okay, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this one but I have to admit that I ended up giggling like a school girl by the time I finished this book. At less than 300 pages, PROM & PREJUDICE was a quick delightful modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

I thought that Eulberg perfectly captured the characteristics of Austen’s beloved novel. Her portrayals of Will and Lizzie remained in character throughout the entire novel, despite the modern spin. I think the premise of the novel was credible, but bordering on a little silly. Lydia drove me absolutely nuts. She didn’t drive me nearly as crazy as she did in the original. I think Eulberg did a wonderful job capturing her character in a modern day setting.

My favorite part about this novel is probably how music was incorporated. The scene at Carnegie Hall was so much fun to read and that little twist was one I didn’t see coming. As a sucker for novels that are set in New York City, I loved the scenes in Manhattan and Hoboken (okay, not New York exactly, but close enough).

Prom wasn’t as a big deal in my high school experience so I didn’t find the story as romantic as the original. But then again, it would be hard to match up to Austen’s work. I thought that the ending was appropriate and really cute. Eulberg definitely made Lizzie and Will’s relationship a lot more meaningful.

About the Author

Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to Syracuse University and then making a career in the New York City book biz. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick. In researching The Lonely Hearts Club, she tried swearing off boys forever. It didn’t work. She did, however, learn how to play Rachmaninoff’s Eighteenth Variation from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on the piano while writing Prom and Prejudice, so she’s not a total slacker.

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TO CATCH A PIRATE by Jade Parker
Publication Date: May 1st 2007 by Point
Rating:

Summary: Once caught, it’s harder still to let a pirate go.

When Annalisa Townsend’s ship is set upon by pirates in search of her father’s treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold.  When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother.  He accepts a kiss in exchange for the necklace.  “A fair trade, m’lady,” he tells her afterward, before disappearing.

A year later, with a forged letter of marque, Annalisa is intent on hunting down the wretched James Sterling and reclaiming her father’s treasure from him.  But now she’s in danger of him stealing something far more vulnerable this time: her heart.

Review Overview

  • Somewhat predictable, but nonetheless fun to read
  • PG romance ideal for younger YA audiences
  • Perfect length that satisfied my appetite of pirate lit for now

I get an immense craving for pirate stories every now and then. I somehow stumbled upon TO CATCH A PIRATE and it immediately caught my eye. Full of adventure and a dashing pirate, TO CATCH A PIRATE satisfied my appetite.

The plot was very predictable, but PIRATE still turned out to be a fun read. From the very first time Nathaniel was introduced, I knew that there was going to be a love triangle. Though we are given some inkling of a connection between Nathaniel and Annalisa, it is pretty obvious who the main character is going to end up with. Fortunately, getting the two main characters together is the whole fun of the book. We all want Annalisa to tame the rogue pirate. ;)

The romance was sweet in PIRATE and very PG. That’s understandable since it is YA, so it’s very much suitable for the younger YA audience. James, the hero of the story, is snarky and charming but not enough to make me swoon. He and Annalisa have great chemistry which made their interactions very fun to read.

PIRATE was the perfect length at just a little over 200 pages. The ending was well done. It left me satisfied enough as a reader, but it wasn’t drawn out and overdone. TO CATCH A PIRATE is a short light read full of pirate adventure that made me wish the weather was a tad warmer.



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