Monthly Archives: August 2015

Book Title:
Emerge: The Awakening (The Awakening #1)
Book Author:
Melissa A. Craven
Book Series:
The Awakening
Publishing Date:
April 1, 2015
Publisher:
Midnight Hour Studio
Date Read:
August 13, 2015

Synopsis

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.

You’re born.

You live.

You die.

She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.

When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.

Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.

As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.

…only Allie hates to fight.

My Review

This book was not what I was expecting at all.  I honestly don’t know what I was expecting, but I didn’t think it would be this good…I was completely blown away by the amount of action and the brilliant plot … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
A Long, Long Sleep
Book Author:
Anna Sheehan
Publishing Date:
January 22, 2013
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Date Read:
August 18, 2015
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone-- and her future full of peril.

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose-- hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire-- is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes-- or be left without any future at all.

My Review

A Long, Long Sleep is a futuristic sci-fi take on Sleeping Beauty. Rosalinda is a sixteen year old girl who is much older than sixteen.  The book begins with Rosalinda being woken from her stasis tube by a kiss from … Continue reading

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I’ve been in a mood for creepy books lately.  I don’t know why, but I’ve been looking for something that seems kind of scary.  I think I found a good one! The Dead House Author: Dawn Kurtagich Publication Date: September … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Playing the Player
Book Author:
Lisa Brown Roberts
Publishing Date:
September 14, 2015
Publisher:
Entangled Teen
Date Read:
July 31, 2015

Synopsis

The Good Girl Vs. The Player

Round one begins…

Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she – the most organized, prepared student in school – spend the summer as a nanny and partner with the biggest slacker ever? Now she’s ready to tackle nannyhood with her big binder of research and schedules. Just don’t ask her about the secret job of “fixing” the bad habits of a certain high school player…

Slade Edmunds prefers easy hook-ups, and Trina is definitely not his type. She’s all structure and rules, while Slade wants to just have fun. Fortunately, Trina has no idea about the bet Slade made with his best friend that he can totally get her to unwind by the end of summer…

Then the weirdest thing happens. There’s chemistry. A lot of it.

But nothing gets between a boy and a girl like a big, fat secret…

My Review

This book was really cute.  While I’m not always one to go right for cute, fluffy YA romances, I absolutely adored this one.  It was fun, it was interesting, and it was heartwarming. The book starts off with Trina making … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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Book Title:
Dead Upon A Time
Book Author:
Elizabeth Paulson
Publishing Date:
August 25, 2015
Publisher:
Scholastic
Date Read:
August 8, 2015

Synopsis

It's a fairy-tale nightmare . . .

One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she's given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles -- and if she pricks her finger, she'll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . .

A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate's world. She's not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother's house in the woods -- and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can't get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what's happened.

Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention -- even though the girl's stepmother would rather he didn't. It's up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that's far from happy.

My Review

“Over the river and through the woods, to a killer’s house we go.”   The synopsis and the blurb make this book sound like any fairy tale lover’s dream (or nightmare, in this case) come true, right? Imagine that you’re … Continue reading

4 stars
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  I wanted to post this last weekend, but I got caught up in whatever else I had been doing and hadn’t actually gotten around to it (oops).  So I’m making sure to do one today!   I haven’t read … Continue reading

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Playing the Player Author: Lisa Brown Roberts Publication Date: September 14, 2015 Publisher: Entangled Teen Summary from Goodreads: The Good Girl Vs. The Player Round one begins… Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she – the most organized, … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Vengeance Road
Book Author:
Erin Bowman
Publishing Date:
September 1, 2015
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
August 10, 2015

Synopsis

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

My Review

I’m going to start off by saying that I’m really not one for westerns.  Be it books, movies, or anything else in the western genre, they just really aren’t my thing. So when I heard about this book, I really … Continue reading

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Lumière (The Illumination Paradox #1) Author:  Jacqueline E. Garlick Publication Date:  December 12th 2013 Publisher:  Skyscape   Summary from Goodreads:  One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything. After an unexplained flash shatters her world, … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Book Author:
Katie Alender
Publishing Date:
August 25, 2015
Publisher:
Point
Date Read:
July 29, 2015

Synopsis

Asylum meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?

My Review

The moment I heard about this book, I was so excited to read it. I absolutely love horror, especially ghost stories, or stories involving any kind of haunting or ghosts.  So when I came across this book, I was pretty … Continue reading

5 stars
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