Wednesday, 28 February 2018

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. 

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

Book Overview:

Author: Erika L. Sánchez | Series: None | Format: Audiobook | Narrated by: Kyla Garcia | Length: 9 hours, 41 mins | Publish Date: October 17, 2017 | Genre: YA Contemporary | Literary Awards: National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature (2017) | Rated: ★ ★ ★  | Recommend: Yes

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and wisdom, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. As each reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined...

Book Overview:

Author: Amy Tan | Series: None | Format: Audiobook | Narrated by: Gwendoline Yeo | Length: 9 hours, 5 mins | Publish Date: September 21, 2006 | Genre: Cultural Fiction | Literary Awards: California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction (1989), Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction (1989), Northern California Book Awards for Fiction (1989), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (1989), National Book Award Finalist for Fiction (1989) | Rated: ★ ★ ★ ★  | Recommend: HECK YES

Friday, 23 February 2018

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Book Overview:

Authors: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl | Series: Caster Chronicles | Format: Audiobook | Narrated by: Kevin Collins, Eve Bianco | Length: 17 hours, 20 mins | Publish Date: December 1, 2009 | Genre: YA Paranormal | Literary Awards: Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee for Honor book (2011), William C. Morris YA Debut Award Nominee (2010), Audie Award for Paranormal (2011), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2009) | Rated: ★ ★ ★  | Recommend: Yes