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Flashback Friday: BLINK ONCE by Cylin Busby
Aug 8th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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13416087BLINK ONCE by Cylin Busby

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, Pages: 288

Find Cylin here: WebsiteGoodreads | Twitter

Buy BLINK ONCE here: Amazon $2.99 ebook, $13.42 Hardcover  | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Book Depository

Awards: Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall (2012)

From Goodreads:

West is a high school senior who has everything going for him until an accident leaves him paralyzed. Strapped down in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, West is terrified and alone. Until he meets Olivia. 

She’s the girl next door-sort of. A patient in the room next to his, only Olivia can tell what West is thinking, and only Olivia seems to know that the terrible dreams he’s been having are not just a result of his medication. Yet as West comes to rely on Olivia-to love her, even-certain questions pull at him: Why has Olivia been in the hospital for so long? And what does it mean that she is at the center of his nightmares? But the biggest question of all comes when West begins to recover and learns that the mysterious girl he’s fallen in love with has a secret he could never have seen coming.

My review:

Cylin Busby’s Blink Once is an engrossing, mysterious novel that will keep you guessing. In many ways, it reminded me of Megan Miranda’s outstanding novel Fracture. The reader learns quickly that West has been in a biking accident and is now paralyzed and unable to speak because of a breathing tube. The description of his hospital experience is at times heart breaking and touching. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to Olivia, a sick girl who’s room is next to West’s. Olivia, a vivacious, sad, bold girl who helps bring West out of his shell. She devises a plan of communication. Blink once means yes, blink twice means no. Her visits provide friendship and courage and hope. And in time, West and Olivia fall in love. 
With every page, the reader is pulled deeper and deeper into the mystery of West and his paralysis. Will he recover? What will happen between Olivia and him?
I loved this novel and I think it is perfect for reluctant readers. Guaranteed to draw them in. 
Definitely a winner, put it on your must-read list!

 

Page-Turner Thursday – Three YA novels you won’t be able to put down:
Sep 27th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer

Without any doubt, there are some outstanding YA novels out there. Lately, I’ve lost quite a bit of sleep because I couldn’t put a novel down. So, I decided to share with you thee of them on PAGE-TURNER THURSDAY. In no particular order:

TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone. I read the ARC, which I received at the BEA. (Pub date: October 9th)

From Goodreads:

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

My impression: Trust me – everyone will be buzzing about TIME BETWEEN US! Time-travel novel perfection. I absolutely LOVED this novel. From page one I was drawn in and could not stop reading. There were so many twists and turns and unexpected moments that my heartbeat seemed to quicken with each chapter. And when I reached the last page, I wanted to start all over again. Anna and Bennett are one of my most favorite YA couples. Tamara does a such a beautiful job writing this story that it’s easy to suspend disbelief and completely embrace this time-travel story.

I was so excited about the novel that I tweeted Tamara immediately. As you can see, I couldn’t keep my enthusiasm to 140 characters!

For more information on Tamara Ireland Stone and TIME BETWEEN US visit her webpage: http://tamarairelandstone.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick –

From Goodreads:

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.

My impression: OMGosh – I fell in love from page one. This was a novel I had put on hold from the library. I was the first to get a copy and read it. Honestly, MLND is so good that I bought my own. I raved to the librarians. I’ve raved on Twitter. I’ve raved on Facebook. I’m a sucker for a fabulous romance and really believe that MLND has a shot at winning an award from the Romance Writers of America in the YA Contemporary Category. Unfortunately, I can’t vote. 🙁

I highly encourage you to read this novel, and when you’re done please tweet: @HuntleyFitz #MoreGarretts – You’ll understand exactly what I mean the second you finish turning the last page, if not before! <3 <3 <3 We need more Garretts. Help us with this Twitter campaign!

For more info on Huntley Fitzpatrick and MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, visit her webpage at: http://www.huntleyfitzpatrick.com/

 

BLINK ONCE by Cylin Busby

From Goodreads:

West is a high school senior who has everything going for him until an accident leaves him paralyzed. Strapped down in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, West is terrified and alone. Until he meets Olivia.

She’s the girl next door—sort of. A patient in the room next to his, only Olivia can tell what West is thinking, and only Olivia seems to know that the terrible dreams he’s been having are not just a result of his medication. Yet as West comes to rely on Olivia—to love her, even—certain questions pull at him: Why has Olivia been in the hospital for so long? And what does it mean that she is at the center of his nightmares? But the biggest question of all comes when West begins to recover and learns that the mysterious girl he’s fallen in love with has a secret he could never have seen coming.

My impression: I had to read this because I saw a review from Hayden Casey, a YA Blogger I respect. Since he loved it, I immediately added the novel to my to-read list. What else can I say except THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

BLINK ONCE is AMAZING! Teachers, parents – this is a great novel for those reluctant readers out there. And don’t let the cover keep you from recommending this to boys! It’s perfect for boys! (Actually, I hope the paperback will have a cover that will be appealing to boys, because they definitely need to read this! It’s written from West’s point-of-view, for goodness sake! But hey, I get it. Girls read more than boys? Let’s change that!

This is the review I posted on Goodreads and on Amazon.com – Cylin Busby’s Blink Once is an engrossing, mysterious novel that will keep you guessing. In many ways, it reminded me of Megan Miranda’s outstanding novel Fracture. The reader learns quickly that West has been in a biking accident and is now paralyzed and unable to speak because of a breathing tube. The description of his hospital experience is at times heart breaking and touching. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to Olivia, a sick girl who’s room is next to West’s. Olivia, a vivacious, sad, bold girl who helps bring West out of his shell. She devises a plan of communication. Blink once means yes, blink twice means no. Her visits provide friendship and courage and hope. And in time, West and Olivia fall in love.
With every page, the reader is pulled deeper and deeper into the mystery of West and his paralysis. Will he recover? What will happen between Olivia and him?
I loved this novel and I think it is perfect for reluctant readers. Guaranteed to draw them in.
Definitely a winner, put it on your must-read list.

For more info on Cylin Busby and BLINK ONCE, visit her webpage at: http://www.cylinbusby.com/

I hope to continue with PAGE-TURNER THURSDAY in future posts.

 

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