Monthly Archives: October 2016

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Book Title:
What Light
Book Author:
Jay Asher
Publishing Date:
October 18th, 2016
Publisher:
Razorbill
Date Read:
October 10th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher - thank you!

Synopsis

From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

My Review

A few years ago I read Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and fell in love with the book, and since then I have read it multiple times.  It has such a strong message to it, and I always thought it … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Our Chemical Hearts
Book Author:
Krystal Sutherland
Publishing Date:
October 4th, 2016
Publisher:
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
October 6th, 2016
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change.

Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn't your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland's brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

My Review

I don’t give too many 5 star reviews, but if any a book deserves it, Our Chemical Hearts is the one. Our Chemical Hearts is a heart wrenching story of first love and the happiness and grief it often brings, … Continue reading

5 stars
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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to have a stop on the blog tour for Our Chemical Heats by Krystal Sutherland!  I want to mention that this book is incredible…it’s such a heartbreaking novel that really makes you analyze the important … Continue reading

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Hi Everyone! I received a few copies of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood to share with you for a giveaway!  I haven’t had a chance to read this book and review it yet, but I have … Continue reading

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Book Title:
One Was Lost
Book Author:
Natalie D. Richards
Publishing Date:
October 4th, 2016
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Fire
Date Read:
September 13th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher - thank you!

Synopsis

Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…

My Review

This is my first Natalie D. Richards book, although I own Kindle versions of her other three novels (and am excited to read them after loving this book so much).  I also want to point out that I haven’t read … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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Book Title:
The Telling
Book Author:
Alexandra Sirowy
Publishing Date:
August 2nd, 2016
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
October 5th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest reivew - Thank you!

Synopsis

Lana used to know what was real.

That was before when her life was small and quiet.

Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief.

But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.

My Review

The Telling was one of those books that I had been drawn to since I first heard it was coming out, way back in the beginning of the year.  The cover and the title both sounded downright creepy (have you … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Last Cherry Blossom
Book Author:
Kathleen Burkinshaw
Publishing Date:
August 2nd, 2016
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Date Read:
August 7th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

Following the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, this is a new, very personal story to join Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes.

Yuriko was happy growing up in Hiroshima when it was just her and Papa. But her aunt Kimiko and her cousin Genji are living with them now, and the family is only getting bigger with talk of a double marriage! And while things are changing at home, the world beyond their doors is even more unpredictable. World War II is coming to an end, and Japan's fate is not entirely clear, with any battle losses being hidden fom its people. Yuriko is used to the sirens and the air-raid drills, but things start to feel more real when the neighbors who have left to fight stop coming home. When the bomb hits Hiroshima, it’s through Yuriko’s twelve-year-old eyes that we witness the devastation and horror.

This is a story that offers young readers insight into how children lived during the war, while also introducing them to Japanese culture. Based loosely on author Kathleen Burkinshaw’s mother’s firsthand experience surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, The Last Cherry Blossom hopes to warn readers of the immense damage nuclear war can bring, while reminding them that the “enemy” in any war is often not so different from ourselves.

My Review

Middle grade fiction has a tendency to be more powerful and honest than young adult or even adult fiction, and the stories you find within the middle grade level can be stories that stay with you throughout your lifetime.  This … Continue reading

5 stars
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Frost Author: M.P. Kozlowsky Publication Date: October 11th, 2016 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: 352 Formats: Hardcover, paperback, ebook Synopsis: Cinder meets The Walking Dead in a chilling futuristic fairy tale that will reboot everything you thought about family, love, and … Continue reading

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Lost Stars Author: Lisa Selin Davis Publication Date: October 4th, 2016 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 288 Formats: Hardcover, eBook Find it: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  iBooks  |  Goodreads Synopsis: Before her older sister, Ginny, died, … Continue reading

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