THIRTEEN REASONS WHY By Jay Asher

I received this book for free from Reviewer Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY By Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill on 6/14/2011
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: Reviewer Purchase
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ReviewedbyDani

You can’t stop the future. 
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life foreve

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Clay comes home to find a box on his doorstep. In the box are seven tapes with thirteen reasons why his classmate Hannah Baker committed suicide. Now Clay needs to listen to the tapes and find out why she recorded them and where he is on the tapes. To find out why Hannah Baker killed herself Clay has to listen to the tapes, and its not the most exciting thing to do. Clay learns about his other classmates secrets through these tapes and these classmates actions are what Hannah considers to be what led her to do what she did. I found this book compelling and suspenseful it was almost like I couldn’t put it down, due to the fact that I wanted to know what was on these tapes and what Clay did to be on them. Clay our main character is clearly shocked first he gets a box of tapes recorded by a now dead girl and then he learns all of these secrets about his classmates. Hannah on the other hand comes across as selfish and a little too sensitive, but I did sympathize with her when I was picturing what she went through. While Clay was listening to the tapes I feel like he kept questioning whether he could have saved Hannah’s life, I don’t know why Hannah sent the tapes because it seemed to make the one person who truly cared for her feel worse about what happened. I will say I did like hearing the tapes with Clay but once I got to the ending I wasn’t impressed, I feel like more could have been done with it.

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REBEL SPRING By Morgan Rhodes

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REBEL SPRING By Morgan RhodesRebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #2
Published by Razorbill on 12/3/13
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 412
Format: Paperback
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ReviewedbyDani

Auranos has been conquered and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But alluring, dangerous magic still beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world. . . .

•  CLEO is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people
•  MAGNUS stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia
•  LUCIA is haunted by the deadly outcome of her breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms
•  JONAS watches at the palace gates, a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius
When Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of cataclysmic events that will forever change the face of this land.

* No Short and Sweet (for the fear I might spoil something for you guys)

My Thoughts

~ We have all of our main characters from the first book and we meet a few side characters in this book.

~ Okay, so Cleo oh Cleo the people closest to her have died and her kingdom is now under the order of King Gaius. You would think this would break Cleo, but it only made her stronger and fight harder for the chance to win her kingdom back. Cleo was resourceful and quite smart, I think she was good at playing people. She’s my favorite character and favorite POV to read.

~ Magnus is still feeling a little broken after Lucia’s rejection of him. Magnus is still trying to follow his father’s orders and fight off his inner demons.

~ Jonas is trying to gather a rebel army to take on King Gaius, because he basically got screwed by the King during the battle. (Can I say that?)

 (But remember Jonas got screwed in the battle for Auranos not WWII)

~ Lucia is in a deep slumber after using so much of her power in the battle, so most of her POV is in her dreams when she’s talking to a watcher.

~ There was some romance and I thought I knew who I wanted to be together, but now I’m just so undecided after finishing this book. I think I want some more of Cleo/Magnus maybe.

~ We learn about Mytica’s history in this book. We learn about the goddesses Cleona and Valoria and their relationship with Eva the first sorceress and the Kindred.

~ I wanted a few more alliances I wanted to know who stood where! But I guess I’m just going to have to read the next book.

Overall

No cliffhanger again (yay). I just love this series, the characters are so complex and there’s so many layers to each of them. This book was full of action, adventure, magic, and mystery. I’m so excited to read the next book to see what will happen next. Definitely do yourself a favor and start this series!

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