Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What I Didn't Say

What I Didn't Say
by Keary Taylor

Jacob Hayes had it all.  He was on the football team that was headed towards an amazing season.  He was getting ready to graduate senior year as one of the most popular guys at school.  He was on his way to joining the US Air Force, making his love of flying the career of his dreams. And he was finally going to tell Samantha Shay that he loved her and had always loved her since she'd arrived on their small island of Orcas eleven years before.

Unfortunately, his first true moment of bravery in going to speak to the love of his life happened when he and his buddies were drunk at a party.  And that moment became the absolute worst moment of his life when he and his drunk buddies rolled off the road and a T-post went straight through Jake's throat, permanently destroying his vocal chords and ruining any chance he ever had of speaking those three little words.

Now, Jake has to live with the consequences of his drunken actions.  

He can't ever speak. He has to change most of his classes.  He'll never be able to pilot a plane again.  The USAF is out.  He's got to learn sign language, even though he's horrible at it.  He has to deal with the looks of pity and horror as people constantly see the scars on his neck.  And he has to see Samantha Shay every day, and never be able to speak the words he wishes he'd said during all those opportunities before.

But Samantha has her own secrets and consequences.  And Jake is about to find out that losing your voice isn't the worst thing that could happen to you.

Final thoughts:  Solid realistic fiction.  I understand why there was so much focus on the notebooks, but I wish there had been more about ASL in there.  Sam's troubles were definitely troubling, but maybe just a little too easily resolved.  Nice bit of romance, and it was realistically portrayed, given the circumstances of the novel.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, May 17, 2012


by Nina Berry

Desdemona (Dez, for short), is just trying to fit in.  An adopted child with scoliosis of the spine, Dez just waits (somewhat) patiently for the day when she won't have to wear her stupid back brace ever again.  In the meantime, friends are rare and boyfriends are rarer (because who would want to date a girl who's made of hard plastic and fiberglass from hip to shoulder?).

One day, after finally getting asked on a date by the best looking boy in school, Dez completely freaks out and runs the moment he touches her "waist" and the brace around it.  In a rare fit of anger, she tosses the brace and then her humanity aside when the anger she feels helps to transform her into a rare Siberian tiger.

Seconds later, she's sedated by a member of the Tribunal and taken to be "studied" and "cured".

At the facility, she wakes to find herself naked in a silver cage with a very gorgeous boy in another cage nearby.  They work together to escape only to find that there are a more than just cages out there that can trap a person.

Can she and her new, completely amazingly beautiful (boy who may be more than a) friend reveal all the secrets around them (and within them) before it's too late?

Final thoughts:  Solid story with a good pace that draws the reader in and almost forces you through it.  My only problem is that it feels like the publisher accidentally cut out the first few chapters.  I've checked my Kindle and the first page of the story does say Chapter 1, but it starts as if it's mid-scene in chapter 3 or 4.  We're just thrown into the story and the exposition comes in trickles throughout the rest of the plot.  That and a few tiny nit-picks are all the stops this from being amazing.  I'm looking forward to the next book.

Rating: 4/5


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