Monthly Archives: December 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. The Dark Days Club Author: Alison Goodman Series: Lady Helen, #1 Publication Date: January 26th, 2016 Publisher: Viking … Continue reading

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Thicker Than Wter Author: Kelly Fiore Publication Date: January 5th, 2016 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 320 Formats: Hardcover, ebook Summary: Cecelia Price killed her brother. At least, that’s what the police and the district attorney are saying. And although Cecelia is … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book
Book Author:
Daria Song
Publishing Date:
October 13th, 2015
Publisher:
Watson-Guptill

Synopsis

Korean artist Daria Song’s sequel to The Time Garden takes readers on a visual journey into a magical nighttime world seen through the eyes of a fairy.

This second book in the bestselling Time coloring series features the voyage of a fairy who, when the cuckoo clock chimes midnight, enters the human world. To the tiny fairy, everything seems enormous and magical, from the curtains to the chandelier to a mystical rowboat that takes her further into an inky adventure. With her she packs her favorite items, which colorers can find throughout the book’s pages: an owl-feathered pen, a star-scented spray, a time tape measure…even the key to the time chamber itself!

Filled with the imaginative, intricately detailed illustrations Song’s readers have come to love, The Time Chamber presents a view of our world made new—and ready for coloring.

The Time Chamber features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike.

My Review

This is one of those rare magical books that takes you to a completely new place, just by leafing through the book.  There is an adorable little story in the book about a fairy who lives in a cuckoo clock, … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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Book Title:
What's Broken Between Us
Book Author:
Alexis Bass
Publishing Date:
December 29th, 2015
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Date Read:
December 27th, 2015

Synopsis

Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive. Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be?

Amanda’s brother, Jonathan, was behind the wheel and too drunk to drive. He’s spent the past year in prison and has cut off all ties. But now Jonathan is coming home. Just as Amanda’s trying to figure out what that means for her family and herself, she’s paired up for a school project with Henry Crane—a former crush, and brother of Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend, who survived the crash with horrible injuries.

Everyone is still incredibly damaged by the events of that night. Can Amanda and Henry finally begin to heal what’s broken and find some peace?

My Review

For Amanda Tart, living carelessly doesn’t seem like it’s going to be an option any time soon.  Her older brother is getting out of prison for a drunk-driving accident on the night of his high school graduation, in which he … Continue reading

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What’s Broken Between Us Author: Alexis Bass Publication Date: December 29th, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Summary: Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive. Look to the left, look to the right. We’re … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Scarred
Book Author:
Elizabeth Montgomery
Publishing Date:
June 26th, 2015
Publisher:
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press
Date Read:
November 26th, 2015

Synopsis

For those of us who come into the world different, we see it for what it really is. Harsh. Avery Chamberlin is special, unique. Beautiful words to gloss over the fact that she is different. She has never felt like she fit in. Why should she? She was reminded on a daily basis that she was not like her peers. Flawed. Damaged. A freak. Avery will have to come out of her shell to prove that even the bullies have their own insecurities. LIFE ISN’T ABOUT LABELS.

My Review

There are a lot of books out there that are written to tell a story – and that is also the case for Scarred.  While the premise is good – a young girl who had a cleft lip as a … Continue reading

2.5 stars
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. A Tyranny of Petticoats Various Authors Edited by: Jessica Spotswood Publication Date: March 8th, 2016 Publisher: Candlewick Press … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Secret New York: Color Your Way to Calm
Book Author:
Zoe de Las Cases
Publishing Date:
October 6th, 2015
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company

Synopsis

A coloring book that will relax and inspire--all the while transporting you to the wonderful world of New York City.

Get your pens out, open this book, and discover a New York like you've never seen before. Gaze up in awe at the towering buildings and make your way through the bustling streets as you travel from Manhattan to Brooklyn and beyond.

Feel the stress melt away as you bring the city--and your inner artist--to life. Appealing to all ages, this intricate coloring book will inspire and delight.

My Review

Having never actually been to New York, this coloring book fascinated me from the time I saw the cover.  It really always did strike me as odd that I’ve never been to New York, considering I live only a few … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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Book Title:
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Book Author:
Stephanie Perkins & 11 More
Publishing Date:
October 14th, 2014
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Date Read:
December 9th, 2015

Synopsis

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

My Review

Cozy up with a fluffy blanket, some hot chocolate, and this book, and prepare to spend a snowy afternoon getting warmed up with these adorable love stories! My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories features stories from twelve … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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Book Title:
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
Book Author:
Sara Farizan
Publishing Date:
October 6th, 2015
Publisher:
Algonquin Young Readers
Date Read:
December 16th, 2015

Synopsis

A 2015 ALA Top Ten Rainbow List Title

A 2015 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

“Both personal and universal, this is a compelling story about high school, family and owning up to who you really are. Farizan is just the voice YA needs right now. Trust me, you'll be glad you listened.” --Sarah Dessen

Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. As an Iranian American, she’s different enough; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when beautiful new girl Saskia shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual.

Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.

My Review

This is one of those books that I wish I had read while I was in high school.  While I read a lot during those years, I didn’t read much YA, and books featuring m/m or f/f relationships were far … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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