the maze runner
Book Title:
The Maze Runner
Book Author:
James Dashner
Book Series:
The Maze Runner Series, #1
Publishing Date:
October 6th, 2009
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Date Read:
June 1st, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

My Review

Ah yes, The Maze Runner.  Until now, it has been one of those books that I have been seeing and hearing about for years..and there’s even a movie out for it now.  Honestly, I don’t know what took me so … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: June 7th 2016 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness Rate: 4.5/5 stars Synopsis: “I know what it is to want something so badly, you feel like your cells aren’t properly … Continue reading

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Hello everyone! Today I want to talk about some really awesome furniture that I have come across that I think would make for some really great pieces for a personal library or reading room! Today I’m mostly focusing on comfortable … Continue reading

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Unplugged (The Wired #1) by Donna Freitas Publisher: Harper Children’s Release Date: June 21st 2016 Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia Rate: 4/5 stars Synopsis: The first book in a provocative new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas—Feed for a new generation. … Continue reading

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How to Disappear Author: Ann Redisch Stampler Publication Date: June 14th, 2016 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 416 Format: Hardcover, eBook Synopsis: This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a … Continue reading

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animals coloring
Book Title:
Animals: A Mindful Coloring Book
Book Author:
Georgie Woolridge
Publishing Date:
September 6mth, 2016
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

In this follow-up to the acclaimed first and second books in the series, Animals beautifully captures the stunning and fascinating creatures that inhabit the world’s wilder terrains. Containing over 35 astounding drawings inspired by illustrator Georgie Woolridge’s travels in India and around the world, each intricate drawing incorporates swirling paisley patterns and other local designs inspired by the styles in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. By easing you out of your thoughts and into another world, coloring these beautiful images becomes a practical exercise in mindfulness that anyone can adopt, regardless of skill level.

Each stunning illustration is accompanied by a brief paragraph about the animal and its habitat, in addition to a helpful introduction with hints and tips about drawing, coloring, and the various effects that you can achieve by using different coloring tools. Escape the pressures of everyday life and find peace and relaxation coloring these wonderful beasts of the wild!

My Review

This is my first Georgie Woolridge coloring book, but I have seen some of her other books (Birds and Waterlife) on Amazon.  I haven’t gotten the chance to check out any of those books up close yet (just from the … Continue reading

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autofocus
Book Title:
Autofocus
Book Author:
Lauren Gibaldi
Publishing Date:
June 14th, 2016
Date Read:
June 15th, 2016
Source:
eARC from publisher via Edelweiss

Synopsis

Family.

It’s always been a loaded word for Maude. And when she is given a senior photography assignment—to create a portfolio that shows the meaning of family—she doesn’t quite know where to begin. But she knows one thing: without the story of her birth mother, who died when Maude was born, her project will be incomplete.

So Maude decides to visit her best friend, Treena, at college in Tallahassee, Florida, where Maude’s birth mother once lived. But when Maude arrives, she quickly discovers that Treena has changed. With a new boyfriend and a packed social calendar, Treena doesn’t seem to have time for Maude—or helping Maude in her search.

Enter Bennett, a cute guy who lives in Treena’s dorm. He understands Maude’s need to find her mother. And as Bennett helps Maude in her search, she starts to find that her mother’s past doesn’t have to define her own future.

Lauren Gibaldi has crafted a beautiful and timely coming-of-age story that poses the question: Is who we are determined at birth, or can we change as we grow?

My Review

Autofocus is a contemporary that has a lot going on, including emotions.  This isn’t a negative thing at all – in fact, I found it to be quite the engaging read because there wasn’t a dull moment in the entire … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Tumbling
Book Author:
Caela Carter
Publishing Date:
June 7th, 2016
Publisher:
Viking Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
June 12th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

Work harder than anyone.

Be the most talented.

Sacrifice everything.

And if you’re lucky, maybe you will go to the Olympics.

Grace lives and breathes gymnastics—but no matter how hard she pushes herself, she can never be perfect enough.

Leigh, Grace’s best friend, has it all: a gymnastics career, a normal high-school life... and a secret that could ruin everything.

Camille wants to please her mom, wants to please her boyfriend, and most of all, wants to walk away.

Wilhelmina was denied her Olympic dream four years ago, and she won’t let anything stop her again. No matter what.

Monica is terrified. Nobody believes in her—and why should they?

By the end of the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, some of these girls will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever.

My Review

I’ve always loved gymnastics.  Well, watching gymnastics…you know, at home, in my pajamas, with a milkshake or a slice of pizza. I binge watched Make it or Break it more times than I can count.  In fact, I think I’m … Continue reading

5 stars
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Change Places with Me Author: Lois Metzger Publication Date: June 14th, 2016 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Synopsis: Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same … Continue reading

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Break Me Like a Promise (Once Upon a Crime Family #2) by Tiffany Schmidt Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Release Date: June 7th 2016 Genre: Young Adult, Retellings, Contemporary Rate: 4/5 stars Synopsis: No one is unbreakable. All Magnolia Vickers has ever wanted … Continue reading

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