Enter The Bluebird

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How did I get it?:
Received from the author in exchange for an honest review!

Synopsis:

Enter the Bluebird is the story of Julie Rouge, who’s nearly 16 and can’t wait to join her mother, the masked crimefighter Red Talon, patrolling the crime-ridden streets of New Edinburgh.

Unfortunately, Julie’s mom has disappeared, and, while searching for her, Julie is going to discover that the city she calls home is even nastier, more corrupt, and riddled with toxic secrets than she ever knew.

Enter the Bluebird is a noir YA superhero novel about secrets and betrayal and violence and love.

Thoughts:

This isn’t a book that I necessarily would’ve went for. I’m always open to trying new books though, so when I was approached to read this book, I thought I’d go for it. I thought it was a decent YA superhero read which didn’t take long to read at all. The writing is quite straight-forward and easy to read.

Enter The Bluebird is narrated by Julie, who is The Bluebird. Julie/The Bluebird is looking for her missing mother. Julie as a character felt very real and her experience of missing her mother was incredibly believable. This book wasn’t afraid to show true emotions, it didn’t beat around the bush.

I think my only problem with this book, was that I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. I’m not sure why. They were well developed and well written, but something didn’t click for me.

I’d recommend it though if you’re into Young Adult Superhero reads. It’s fun and easy to read.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Shipwrecked- Siobhan Curham

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WWW Wednesday #47

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

What are you currently reading?

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I have only read one of Siobhan Curham’s books before Finding Cherokee Brown. I hope to read Dear Dylan soon, but this is my current read. I’ve heard such good things about it, so I hope I’m gonna love it!

What did you recently finish reading?

17738153I’ve literally just finished Enter The Bluebird by Brendan Halpin. It’s not a book that I’d usually go for, but Brendan had asked me to read it after I enjoyed his previous book A Really Awesome Mess. My review should be published next week!

What do you think you’ll read next?:

15705011I’m looking forward to reading this book. It’s the next in my sister and I’s ‘Talking About’ reviews.

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll come and check them out!

A Really Awesome Mess

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Egmont USA

Synopsis:

A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves.

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin’s summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents’ divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog– and Emmy definitely doesn’t. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.

A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery that teen readers will surely sign up for.

Thoughts:

A Really Awesome Mess was a quick, easy and funny (at times!) book. I requested it because I often need a laugh out loud book in-between some of the deeper, darker books that I read. It’s an engaging enough read, but I wouldn’t really call it memorable.

Most of the story takes place at Heartland Academy which is a reform school in the middle of nowhere. This is where the book does deal with some tough issues, mental and health issues, such as eating disorders, depression and anger management. It’s not dealt with in a way that makes the story feel bleak though which makes it much easier to read without having to think too much about what’s going on. I like to read a book every now and then which I can just enjoy for what it is. It is a tad unrealistic but this is, for me, what made it funny.

The characters do come with a lot of issues. They don’t come across as likeable, but they’re amusing. They hold the reader’s attention. I liked reading Emmy and Justin’s point of view, so it was nice to have the alternate point of view narration. The reader meets other secondary characters who are also quite funny. Some of the best moments in the book were the group sessions.

I did enjoy reading A Really Awesome Mess. It’s uncomplicated. It lifted my mood, but as I mentioned, I don’t think it will be one of my most memorable reads this year. It’s incredibly readable, entertaining and funny. It’s worth checking out.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:

Losing Hope- Colleen Hoover