ARC Review: Your Voice Is All I Hear

Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Synopsis:

April’s never been popular. She’s always been happy living in the shadow of her best friend. When her best friend moves before their senior year, April’s left friendless.

To April’s surprise, she’s not a loner for long. New student, Jonah, takes an interest in her immediately. April can’t believe it. Jonah’s not only smart, but cute! All of the girls in her class are interested in him, but he only wants to be friends with April.

April and Jonah’s friendship quickly becomes romance. As April gets closer to Jonah, she begins to notice things she hasn’t before. Jonah’s obsessed with cell phones and people trying to get them. He hears things April can’t.

April doesn’t want to believe there’s anything wrong with the boyfriend she loves, but she can’t deny it when Jonah’s committed to a psych ward. His diagnosis: schizophrenia. April’s determined to help Jonah through this tough time. It’s what girlfriends do, but will her love be enough?

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This is a tough review for me to write. Even though I’m giving Your Voice Is All I Hear 4 stars, I feel like a lot of this review is going to sound negative. It’s not because I hated the story. Schizophrenia is a tough subject and I think Leah Schreier did an excellent job portraying it in a way that was identifiable. It was more the main character that I had a hard time with.

When I started reading Your Voice Is All I Hear, I didn’t like April. I have to admit it was because I didn’t want to be able to identify with her friendlessness, but I could. It may not have been in high school, but I remember a time in elementary school when I felt friendless. It was uncomfortable to feel those feelings again through April’s eyes. It was necessary for the story, but I still didn’t like it.

Things got a little better once April met Jonah. Their budding friendship turned romance was sweet. But then the voices in Jonah’s head started. I felt horrible for him and what he was going through. April really drove me crazy, though. Her denial was understandable and real but I got so frustrated with her! I just wanted her to admit Jonah wasn’t okay and help him get the help he needed. Ugh! It made me not like her.

That being said, the story really was great. The prologue captured my attention right away. The entire story felt real, like it could happen. I absolutely loved how it ended. If someone was looking for a good novel with a character dealing with schizophrenia, I would suggest this one.

**A digital copy of Your Voice Is All I Hear as provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

The Harry Potter Tag

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Thank you to Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts for tagging me to complete The Harry Potter Tag! If haven’t checked out Joey’s blog, you’re missing out. It’s truly awesome.

Favorite Book?

Hmmm….It’s been almost 8 years since I read them. I know that because I read them out loud to my daughter when she was a newborn. (I wanted her to hear my voice.) So, I’m going to say Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It started it all, right?

Favorite Movie?

I’m just going to say Deathly Hallows Part 2 because it’s only one I can honestly remember. I saw it at the theater with my mom when it came out.

Least Favorite Book? 

Ahh! I don’t know! There was one I thought felt really long. I’m not sure which one it was now. Sorry!

Parts of the books/movies that make you cry?

I don’t think I cried at anything. Dobby was sad, but I still don’t think I cried. I know, I’m a horrible person.

Favorite Character?

Luna Lovegood. The actress that played her in the movie made me really like the character for some reason. Plus, Luna Lovegood sounds like a stripper name. I would smile every time I read it.

What would your patronus be?

Too many choices. A unicorn would be too obvious. I could say my Beagle, but she’s getting old and lazy. (Sorry, Bailey! I still love you!) So, I’m going with a Peregrine Falcon because they’re powerful and fast.

If you could have the Resurrection Stone, Invisibility Cloak, or Elder Wand, which one would you choose?

Invisibility Cloak. The other too scare me a little too much.

What house would you be in?

According to the Almighty Guru Harry Potter House Sorting Quiz, I am a Hufflepuff. 
Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

Here are my results of the quiz:

Hufflepuff – 17
Ravenclaw – 13
Gryffindor – 11
Slytherin – 6

If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?

Umm…There isn’t anyone I’m truly interested in meeting, but the sake of the questions I’ll go with the Luna Lovegood actress. Her real name is Evanna Lynch.

If you were on the quidditch team, what position would you play?

Chaser, for sure. I hate getting hurt and the other positions sound like I would be in for a beating.

Were you happy with the ending?

How did it end again??? Lol. Yes, I think I was happy with it. It’s very rare that I’m unhappy with a book’s ending. If I remember correctly, it was fitting.

How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

Obviously, not enough. I could barely answer the questions! I enjoyed reading the series back in the day, but I think I was old enough at the time not to become obsessed. I can see how younger kids reading it would become immersed in the story. It’s really cool.


I tag you!

Alyssa @ The Ultimate Book Geek

Analee @ Booksnacks

Chloe @ Half of My Mind

Erika & Miedjel @ Partners in Books

Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner

Syc @ The Lit(erature) Mermaid

and anyone else that really, really loves Harry Potter and wants to do it!

A Big Thank You To My Fellow Bloggers

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In the past couple of weeks, I have been nominated by several friendly bloggers for the Blogger Recognition AwardSisterhood of World Bloggers Award and The Bedtime Book Tag. I’ve already participated in these fun posts, but I thought I would write a quick thank you to everyone that has nominated me and list their blogs below. They’re all amazing and if you haven’t already, you should check them out.

THANK YOU!!!!

The Bibliotheque

Erika & Meidjel @ Partnersinbooks

Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard

I hope I didn’t miss thanking anyone. If I did, please let me know and I will add your blog to the list. 🙂

Before the Blog #7: A Little Something Different

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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A Little Something DifferentA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Synopsis:

This is Gabe and Lea’s love story written from the view point of 14 people — none of whom are Gabe and Lea.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book? 

It really was a little something different. I loved watching the story unfold from everyone but the main characters’ points of view. Some of the characters were really unique and interesting.

When did you read this book?

October 2014

Who would you recommend this book to? 

A Little Something Different is a YA contemporary romance I think anyone would enjoy. Be ready for the cuteness of it all.

That moment when you accidentally schedule something….LAST WEEK!

Ugh. I was trying to schedule a post for Monday since I know I have a busy weekend and failed miserably. Somehow I posted to last Monday. Then, I decided to just go ahead and publish it immediately. I messed that up, too! It’s still the 26th at my house, but it’s the 27th on WordPress. That means I scheduled it for yesterday! I finally have it right, but I’m sure my email followers got a million emails, so my apologies. I’ll try not to do it again.

Technology. It’s a love-hate relationship.

Kick Push

Kick Push (The Road Series #2) by Jay McLean

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Synopsis: 

At seventeen, skateboarder Josh Warden became a single dad. He gave up his dreams to take care of his son. It was a struggle. Now, three years later, he’s finally in a good place. He’s got a good job, a great place to stay and he’s got Tommy.

Then she shows up. His neighbor’s daughter, Becca. She’s beautiful and mysterious. Josh can’t seem to stay away from her. He should. He’s got enough on his plate being a single dad. And Becca…Well, Becca’s got some issues of her own. He’d love to ask her about them–if she would talk.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Ugh. I loved this book, but I hated this book. Does that mean I just liked this book? I don’t know. I’m having a hard time deciding how I actually feel about it. It’s making it really hard to write a good review of it. I think I’m going to just bullet what I liked and didn’t like.

The great things about this book:

  • Tommy was stinkin’ cute. He had super powers that would make anyone adore him.
  • Hunter’s humor and support of Josh. Their conversations were hilarious. I would have liked more of him in this book.
  • The skateboarding. It was just super cool.
  • Photography aspect of the story. I love pictures of my loved ones, so this hit home for me.
  • Last (but not least), Josh. What I loved most about this book was him. He was just a stand up guy. No matter what problems he and Becca faced, his reactions were all simply because he loved her. He may have been a jerk at times, but he always made sure she knew he loved her.

The thing that drove me nuts:

  • Becca’s hidden past. It drug out FOREVER. Seriously, for most of the book. The first half of the book, it was mysterious and intriguing. The second half, it was like come on already! Just tell me! I started to think that no matter what it was, I was just going to write her off as weird. Which wouldn’t have been very nice of me because there was such tragedy in her life. Once I knew, I could identify with her actions better.
  • The ending. This one is my own fault. It’s a cliffhanger and I had no idea. I didn’t notice the (Kick Push #1) after the title on Goodreads. (Which is confusing because Jay McLean has Kick Push listed as The Road Series – Book 2 on her website.) But honestly, I would have rather seen Josh and Becca’s story wrap up in one book. Mostly because I’m still not 100% digging Becca. I am curious to see what will happen to them (or mainly Josh), so I will read the next book. Maybe Becca will grow on me now I know her backstory. I hope so.

So, would I recommend reading this book? I’m going to say yes. I have decided the positives outweigh the negatives. So much of the story is Josh and Tommy. It’s just too cute and special of a story to pass up. And I’m going to go back and read Where the Road Takes Me. I need more Hunter. I know I have it on my Kindle and never read it. Shame on me! I need to update my TBR (CRAP) list!

Other books in The Road series:

Falling From The Sky

Falling From The Sky (Gravity #2) by Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: August 26, 2015

Note: Falling From The Sky is part of the Unconditional Anthology. Sarina Bowen will be donating her proceeds from the sale of this collection to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Synopsis:

Doctor Callie Anders doesn’t take risks — especially where her heart is concerned. She’s been burned once and she’s not about to take that risk again. That’s why she’s keeping her distance from the incredibly handsome athlete that has shown up in her emergency room.

Freestyle snowboarder Hank “Hazardous” Lazarus had it all until an accident caused his world to fall apart. Now, he’s stuck in a wheel chair wondering if he’ll ever get back what he lost. The only bright spot in his life is a certain sexy doctor.

When the opportunity to run a new therapy department arises, Callie finds herself in constant contact with the one man that makes her want to take risks. She’s going to have a hard time keeping things professional with the hunky participant who’s determined to make her his.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Falling From The Sky was an incredible love story! Watching uptight Callie slowly lose herself in “Hazardous” Hank was so much fun. And Hank. Oh, Hank. I couldn’t help but feel for his losses. But I loved the way he fought back and ended up embracing his new life.

My favorite part of this story, though; was the way Sarina Bowen spotlighted issues that wheelchair bound men (and women) face daily. She did it with such care and compassion. I honestly felt like I was learning something along with getting a great love story.

Now, if you’ve read The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen, you’re probably saying, “Hey, wait a minute! Didn’t she already write a story about a girl in a wheelchair?” Yes, she did. While some of the same issues were dealt with, the story was completely different and new. If you liked The Year We Fell Down, you’ll like Falling From The Sky, too. But don’t worry, you won’t feel like you’re rereading the same story.

If you’re a contemporary romance reader, I would highly suggest reading Falling From The Sky by Sarina Bowen. It’s the second book in the Gravity series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. There are some references to the characters from Coming In From The Cold, but you don’t have to read it to enjoy book 2. I can’t wait to read Shooting For The Stars!

**I received an ARC of Falling From The Sky in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series: