Monthly Archives: March 2016

Dead Girl by Tessa Marie Release Day Blitz 3/31/16 If her mother wasn’t watching, Kylie Presby would punch Queen Bee, Natalie Silvers, in the face -again. But as Kylie wipes her tears away with the layers of toilet paper encasing … Continue reading

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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. Look Both Ways Author: Alison Cherry Publication Date: June 14th, 2016 Publisher: Delacorte Press Summary: The story of … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Dreaming of Antigone
Book Author:
Robin Bridges
Publishing Date:
March 29th, 2016
Publisher:
Kensington
Date Read:
March 10th, 2016

Synopsis

Every star has its own path…

“I can’t ever be the blazing star that Iris was. I’m still just a cold, dark satellite orbiting a star that went super nova.”

Andria’s twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact—including a drug problem. Six months after Iris’s death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren’t enough to ward off her guilt that she—the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe—is still here when Iris isn’t. And then there’s Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris’s death. The boy she’s unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him.

Heartwrenching, smart, and bold, Dreaming of Antigone is a story about the jagged pieces that lie beneath the surface of the most seemingly perfect life…and how they can fit together to make something wholly unexpected.

My Review

I was first drawn in by Dreaming of Antigone‘s beautiful, star-filled cover that seemed to promise a swoon-worthy romance that would be unforgettable and would make me weak in the knees. While it was a good, contemporary read (that had … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Dark Energy
Book Author:
Robison Wells
Publishing Date:
March 29th, 2016
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Date Read:
March 27th, 2016

Synopsis

WE ARE NOT ALONE

Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest, killing thousands of people. Since then, nothing–or no one–has come out.

THEY HAVE ARRIVED

If it were up to Alive, she’d be watching all of this on the news from Miami, Florida. Instead, she’s the newest student at a boarding school not far from the crash site–because her dad is the director of special projects for NASA, and if anything’s a special project, it’s this.

AND THERE’S NO GOING BACK

A shell-shocked country is waiting, glued to televisions and computer screens, for a sign of what the future holds. But when the aliens emerge, they’re nothing like what Alice expected. And only one thing is clear: Nothing will ever be the same again.

My Review

I do love YA science fiction, even if it doesn’t seem like I read enough of it.  So, in an effort to go about changing that, when I heard about this one, I decided that I was going to read … Continue reading

3 stars
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Book Title:
Stronger Than You Know
Book Author:
Jolene Perry
Publishing Date:
September 1st, 2014
Publisher:
Albert Whitman &
Date Read:
January 5th, 2016

Synopsis

After police intervention, fifteen-year-old Joy has finally escaped the trailer where she once lived with her mother and survived years of confinement and abuse. Now living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in a comfortable house, she's sure she'll never belong. Wracked by panic attacks, afraid to talk to anyone at her new school, Joy's got a whole list of reasons why she's crazy. With immense courage, Joy finds friends and grows closer to her new family. But just when hope is taking hold, she learns she must testify in her mother's trial. Can she face her old life without losing her way in the new one? Will she ever truly belong in a world that seems too normal to be real?

My Review

Stronger Than You Know is a horrifying portrayal of one girl’s struggle to feel normal after facing abuse for her entire life, leading her to severe trust issues, anxiety issues, panic disorder, and fear of the outside world and most … Continue reading

3.5 stars
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Book Title:
Dream House
Book Author:
Marzia Bisognin
Publishing Date:
April 5th, 2016
Publisher:
Atria/Keywords Press
Date Read:
March 24th, 2016

Synopsis

From YouTube sensation Marzia “CutiePieMarzia” Bisognin comes a debut young adult paranormal thriller about a girl whose dream house quickly becomes a nightmare.

When Amethyst stumbles upon the house of her dreams, she can’t help but be enchanted by it, even if there’s something a little…off about the place.

It’s everything she’s ever wanted in a home, so when the Blooms invite her to stay the night to avoid an impending storm, she instantly accepts.

Yet when she awakes the next morning, alone and unable to bring herself to leave, Amethyst comes face-to-face with unexpected twists and turns—like Alfred, the creepy gardener; Avery, the handsome but secretive neighbor, and a little girl who keeps appearing and vanishing within the house.

As Amethyst searches for the Blooms and tries to unravel the truth, her connection to the house only grows stronger. Will she be able to break free of the house’s allure, or will its secrets keep her trapped forever?

My Review

This book gets a rare 5 stars from me, because it was just that absolutely fantastic that it has earned a special place on my “Will probably read again like 20 times this year” shelf. I haven’t seen much hype … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
A Drop of Night
Book Author:
Stefan Bachmann
Publishing Date:
March 15th, 2016
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Date Read:
March 18th, 2016
Source:
eARC from publisher via Edelweiss - Thank you!

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she's been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780's to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.

Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens soon find themselves embroiled in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined. An evil spanning centuries is waiting for them in the depths. . .

A genre-bending thriller from Stefan Bachmann for fans of The Maze Runner and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods.

You cannot escape the palace

You cannot guess its secrets.

My Review

This book was a tad bit…difficult for me to review.  On one hand, I enjoyed it – the mystery, the creepy aspects of it, the way everything seemed to wrap up neatly.  On the other hand, I spent the majority … Continue reading

3.5 stars
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Book Title:
Cotton + Steel Coloring Book
Book Author:
Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Marcelle Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts
Publishing Date:
January 5th, 2016
Publisher:
Fons & Porter

Synopsis

75+ whimsical designs to color and love!

Welcome to Cotton + Steel's innovative world of art, whimsy and wonder! In the Cotton & Steel Coloring Book, the design team from the vintage-meets-mod fabric line brings its one-of-a-kind style to the coloring page.

Explore intricate Japanese-inspired motifs and quirky antique telephones and typewriters. Add a pop of color to primitive wildlife art and rustic feedsack prints--all original, authentic and ready for you to create your own collection!

My Review

I’m going to honestly say that I have never heard of the Cotton + Steel company prior to this coloring book, so I didn’t know that it was an awesome company that designed really cool fabrics until after I had … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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  Cure for the Common Universe Author: Christian McKay Heidicker Publication Date: June 14th, 2016 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Summary: Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab . . . ten minutes after he met a girl. A … Continue reading

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Furious Author: T.A. Ragan Publication Date: March 22nd, 2016 Publisher: Thomas and Mercer Synopsis: Faith McMann comes home to a nightmare: her husband is killed and her son and daughter are taken. Although the intruders leave her for dead, she survives. … Continue reading

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