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This Monstrous Thing Author: Mackenzi Lee Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Summary from Goodreads: In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Queen of Always (Stolen Empire #3)
Book Author:
Sherry D. Ficklin
Book Series:
Stolen Empire, #3
Publishing Date:
September 15th, 2015
Publisher:
Clean Teen Publishing
Date Read:
September 10th, 2015

Synopsis

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it’s that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress’ health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics—between scandal and survival.

When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter’s reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she’s ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.

Don’t miss this breathtaking conclusion to the Stolen Empire series!

Queen of Tomorrow is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young Catherine the Great. Fans of the hit TV show REIGN will devour this scandalous glimpse into the life of one of the most dynamic women in history.

My Review

If you haven’t read the first two books in this series, go read them now.  Really, go read them.  I’ll be here when you get back. All finished?  Great!  Now, weren’t they absolutely fantastic?! I mean, that beautiful cover alone … Continue reading

5 stars
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Happy Wednesday!  Let’s take a look at another book that’s coming up (not quite quickly enough!) in the next few months. Firsts Author: Laurie Elizabeth Flynn Publication Date: January 5th, 2016 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Summary from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Mercedes … Continue reading

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The Ark Author: Luara Liddell Nolen Publisher: HarperVoyager Publication Date: March 26th, 2015 Summary from Goodreads: There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive. With her criminal record, sixteen-year-old Char is never going to … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Weight of Feathers
Book Author:
Anna-Marie MeLemore
Publishing Date:
September 15th, 2015
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne / St. Martin's Press
Date Read:
September 9th, 2015

Synopsis

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.

My Review

This review is going to be very difficult to write.  Not because the book was bad, or had anything wrong with it (in fact, I hadn’t come across a single problem with this book, which is rare), but it’s difficult … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
The Dead House
Book Author:
Dawn Kurtagich
Publishing Date:
September 15th, 2015
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
August 27th, 2015

Synopsis

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of three teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy - only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace...

...until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn't exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

My Review

Right now I’m going through a “horror and thriller” phase when it comes to books – I just want to read creepy stuff (yeah, and then comes the problem of not being able to sleep at night, but hey, small … Continue reading

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Book Title:
From Where I Watch You
Book Author:
Shannon Grogan
Publishing Date:
August 4th, 2015
Publisher:
Soho Teen
Date Read:
September 6th, 2015

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Kara McKinley is about to realize her dream of becoming a professional baker. Beautifully designed and piped, her cookies are masterpieces, but also her ticket out of rainy Seattle—if she wins the upcoming national baking competition and its scholarship prize to culinary school in California. Kara can no longer stand the home where her family lived, laughed, and ultimately imploded after her mean-spirited big sister Kellen died in a drowning accident. Kara’s dad has since fled, and her mom has turned from a high-powered attorney into a nutty holy-rolling Christian fundamentalist peddling “Soul Soup” in the family café. All Kara has left are memories of better times.

But the past holds many secrets, and they come to light as Kara faces a secret terror. Someone is leaving her handwritten notes. Someone who knows exactly where she is and what’s she’s doing. As they lead her to piece together the events that preceded Kellen’s terrible, life-changing betrayal years before, she starts to catch glimpses of her dead sister: an unwelcome ghost in filthy Ugg boots. If Kara doesn’t figure out who her stalker is, and soon, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape. The boy she’s beginning to love and trust. Even her life.

My Review

When I first heard about this book and saw the really pretty cover and the creepy title (that pretty much says a lot about what this book is about), I was excited to read it.  While I do find it … Continue reading

4 stars
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So this Wednesday I’m excited for a book that I stumbled upon while I was browsing on Goodreads the other day, and now I’m really looking forward to reading. Into the Dim Author: Janet B. Taylor Publication Date: March 1st, … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Like it Never Happened
Book Author:
Emily Adrian
Publishing Date:
June 2nd, 2015
Publisher:
Dial Books
Date Read:
September 5th, 2015

Synopsis

Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian’s The List, and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.

Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.

My Review

Like it Never Happened tells the story of Rebecca and her friends, who call themselves “The Essential Five.”  The Essential Five become friends and stick together because of their love for theater, and their obvious talent for it.  Their director, … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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Like it Never Happened Author: Emily Adrian Publisher: Dial Books Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 Summary from Goodreads: Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian’s … Continue reading

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