Imagine having one aspiration in your life- and suddenly, one day, your dream is shattered. That’s what happened to Harper when she found out that she wouldn’t be able to get into the San Francisco Ballet program that she wanted. Not only that, but she wasn’t accepted into any of the ballet programs she applied for…To make matters even worse, her best friend auditioned for a huge competition without Harper’s knowledge, and decided to go to New York to pursue her new dreams, leaving Harper literally in the dust.
So, what’s a girl to do? Apparently, the answer is to go to Antarctica…or at least, that’s the solution Harper found.
She left behind her dreams of being a professional ballerina and became an assistant to Charlotte, a scientist working on research in Antarctica. Yeah, it sounds ridiculous to me. I will admit, there were parts about this book that didn’t seem realistic whatsoever, but I tried to ignore that for the most part and focus just on the plot.
I found Harper to be an interesting character that I could relate to, but she wasn’t anything special. I did like watching her grow as a person during her trip, but at the same time, I don’t think that her character was very complex. Nothing really stood out to me that made me think- wow, she’s awesome.
Overall I enjoyed UP TO THIS POINTE, but it wasn’t amazing. I give it 3/5stars.
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Published by Amulet Books
Publication Date: March 8th 2016
Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.
When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.
I will admit- this book wasn’t on my radar until Riley Redgate, the author, started participating in #RQWN. After reading her answers to some of the questions, I knew that I had to read her book. With that being said, my twitter friendship with Riley in NO way influences this ARC review.
My first thought when starting this book was…Seven POVS? Uh oh. This could be bad…I’m happy to report that this wasn’t a big deal, because Riley distinguished the characters from each other pretty well. If you couldn’t tell from the cover, Riley chose seven characters to personify the seven deadly sins: Matt, Juniper, Valentine, Kat, Olivia, Lucas, and Claire. I don’t want to tell you what character matched what sin, because that would be a spoiler!
Throughout the novel, all of the characters led very different lives. They all had their own goals, but one thing united them together. They all were trying to solve the mystery of which student was sleeping with a teacher. The writing style of each character was very different, and it allowed the reader to gain many different perspectives on the situations that arose. It was nice to see the links between the characters and it made it fun for me to guess what was going to happen in the future.
I did predict a lot of the plot twists, but not all of them. Also, there were a couple of scenes that felt a bit overdone/overdramatic, but those weren’t a big deal to me. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t amaze me. I give it 3/5 stars.