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Book Title:
The Ravenous
Book Author:
Amy Lukavics
Page Count:
299
Publishing Date:
September 26th, 2017
Publisher:
Harlequin Teen
Date Read:
October 26th, 2017
Source:
Purchased

Synopsis

From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn't quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.

When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they'll go to keep their family together.

My Review

I remember being super excited to read Daughters Unto Devils when it first released, because it promised a whole bunch of creepy packed into its pages.  I loved that book so much, and while I still haven’t gotten around to … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Pumpkin Spice Secrets
Book Author:
Hillary Homzie
Book Series:
Swirl, #1
Page Count:
240
Publishing Date:
October 17th, 2017
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Just as Maddie picks up her favorite pumpkin spice drink from the coffee shop counter, she spills it all over the cute guy standing behind her! Luckily, her embarrassment evaporates into a crush when she starts chatting with him -- his name is Jacob, and he's just starting in her grade at her middle school.

But before Maddie can tell her best friend Jana about him at lunch the next day, Jana announces her huge new crush -- on the same guy! Maddie doesn't want to cause trouble, so she keeps her feelings hidden. Jana will get over her crush soon, right?

Add major school stress to Maddie's secret, and it's a recipe for disaster. Can she keep her cool and work things out with both Jacob and Jana before it all turns into a total mess?

My Review

I was having a really hard time getting into a book – I was actually in the middle of four or five books when I picked up Pumpkin Spice Secrets.  I wasn’t sure why this one would be any different … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
The November Girl
Book Author:
Lydia Kang
Page Count:
340
Publishing Date:
November 7th, 2017
Publisher:
Entangled Teen
Date Read:
November 11th, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.

My Review

When a copy of The November Girl showed up in my mailbox, I was pretty excited.  I had fallen in love with the beautiful blue cover and the synopsis was really intriguing to me, so I was really excited to … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
A Line in the Dark
Book Author:
Malinda Lo
Page Count:
288
Publishing Date:
October 17th, 2017
Publisher:
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
October 24th, 2017
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences. When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”

A Line in the Dark is a story of love, loyalty, and murder.

My Review

When I first heard about A Line in the Dark, I was eager to jump into reading it.  With the creepy cover and the synopsis that promised a slightly creepy story that was bound to keep me on the edge … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
All the Wind in the World
Book Author:
Samantha Mabry
Page Count:
288
Publishing Date:
October 10th, 2017
Publisher:
Algonquin Young Readers
Date Read:
September 27th, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.

When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.

My Review

Last year, I had the chance to read Samantha Mabry’s magical debut, A Fierce and Subtle Poison.  That book combined magical realism with relatable characters and an easy to get into plot, making it a real gem in the young … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Dam Keeper
Book Author:
Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi
Book Illustrator:
Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi
Book Series:
The Dam Keeper, #1
Page Count:
160
Publishing Date:
September 26th, 2017
Publisher:
First Second
Date Read:
September 18th, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Life in Sunrise Valley is tranquil, but beyond its borders lies certain death. A dangerous black fog looms outside the village, but its inhabitants are kept safe by an ingenious machine known as the dam. Pig’s father built the dam and taught him how to maintain it. And then this brilliant inventor did the unthinkable: he walked into the fog and was never seen again.

Now Pig is the dam keeper. Except for his best friend, Fox, and the town bully, Hippo, few are aware of his tireless efforts. But a new threat is on the horizon—a tidal wave of black fog is descending on Sunrise Valley. Now Pig, Fox, and Hippo must face the greatest danger imaginable: the world on the other side of the dam.

Based on the Oscar-nominated animated short film of the same name, The Dam Keeper is a lush, vibrantly drawn graphic novel by Tonko House cofounders Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi.

My Review

First off, let me talk about how visually stunning The Dam Keeper is.  It has a hardcover format, and a dust jacket that is absolutely beautiful.  The gold lettering on the cover really adds to the book’s look, and the … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
There's Someone Inside Your House
Book Author:
Stephanie Perkins
Page Count:
289
Publishing Date:
September 26th, 2017
Publisher:
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
September 14th, 2017
Source:
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

My Review

Wow. There’s Someone Inside Your House is the kind of book that just makes you sit back and think “wow” long after you have finished reading.  The book is such a thrill ride and it was so much fun, while … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Spinning
Book Author:
Tillie Walden
Book Illustrator:
Tillie Walden
Page Count:
400
Publishing Date:
September 12th, 2017
Publisher:
First Second
Date Read:
August 24th, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir, Spinning, captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.

Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.

She was good. She won. And she hated it.

For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the figure skating team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. It all led to one question: What was the point?The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.

My Review

Here I am again, in love with yet another graphic novel.  I know, it seems like I really love every one that I read, but I promise, Spinning is so much more than just a graphic novel – it’s a … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
All the Dirty Parts
Book Author:
Daniel Handler
Page Count:
144
Publishing Date:
August 29th, 2017
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Date Read:
August 20th, 2017
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

From bestselling, award-winning author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), an eagerly anticipated, gutsy, exciting novel that looks honestly at the erotic lives and impulses of an all-too-typical young man.

Cole is a boy in high school. He runs cross country, he sketches in a sketchbook, he jokes around with friends. But none of this quite matters, next to the allure of sex. "Let me put it this way," he says, "Draw a number line, with zero is, you never think about sex, and ten is, it's all you think about, and while you are drawing the line, I am thinking about sex." Cole fantasizes about whomever he's looking at. He consumes and shares pornography. And he sleeps with a lot of girls--girls who seem to enjoy it at the time and seem to feel bad about it afterwards. Cole is getting a reputation around school--a not quite savory one--which leaves him adrift and hanging out with his best friend. Which is when something startling begins to happen between them--another kind of adventure, unexpected and hot, that might be what he's been after all this time. And then he meets Grisaille.

A companion piece to Handler's Why We Broke Up, the bestselling Michael J. Printz Honor novel, All The Dirty Parts is an unblinking take on the varied and ribald world of teenage desire in a culture of unrelenting explicitness and shunted communication, where sex feels like love, but no one knows what love feels like. Structured in short chapters recalling Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation or Mary Robison's Why Did I Ever, the novel gives us a tender, brutal, funny, and always intoxicating portrait of an age in which the whole world is tilted through the lens of sex. "There are love stories galore," Cole tells us, "and we all know them. This isn't that. The story I'm typing is all the dirty parts."

My Review

We’ve all read contemporary romance novels that were either slow burn romances or we learned every single detail about the relationship, including the dates, the conversations, and the special moments.  But what happens when we read a book that skips … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
The Wrong Train
Book Author:
Jeremy de Quidt
Page Count:
224
Publishing Date:
July 25th, 2017
Publisher:
David Fickling Books
Date Read:
July 31st, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Synopsis

Light the candles and shut the door, The Wrong Train is a deliciously creepy and scarily good collection of scary stories, complete with terrifying illustrations from Dave Shelton. Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, R.L. Stine, and Emily Carroll.

Imagine you've just managed to catch your train and you realize it's the wrong one. You'd be annoyed of course, but not scared . . . Yet.

Imagine you get off the wrong train at the next station hoping to catch one back the way you came. But the station is empty. Again, you'd be annoyed, but not scared . . . Yet.

Imagine someone comes to the station, a stranger who starts to tell you stories to help pass the time. But these aren't any old stories--they're nightmares that come with a price to pay. And you want them to stop.

Scared yet? You will be.

My Review

While I typically don’t read a lot in terms of short stories, every now and again a short story collection comes along that really grabs my attention.  This is often the case when it comes to horror – so when … Continue reading

4 stars
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