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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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Book Title:
Maybe in Paris
Book Author:
Rebecca Christiansen
Page Count:
240
Publishing Date:
June 20th, 2017
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Date Read:
July 18th, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Synopsis

Keira Braidwood lands in Paris with her autistic brother, Levi, and high hopes. Levi has just survived a suicide attempt and months in the psych ward—he’s ready for a dose of the wider world. Unlike their helicopter mom and the doctors who hover over Levi, Keira doesn’t think Levi’s certifiable. He’s just . . . quirky. Always has been.

Those quirks quickly begin to spoil the trip. Keira wants to traipse all over Europe; Levi barely wants to leave their grubby hotel room. She wants to dine on the world’s cuisine; he only wants fast food. Levi is one giant temper tantrum, and Keira’s ready to pull out her own hair.

She finally finds the adventure she craves in Gable, a hot Scottish bass player, but while Keira flirts in the Paris Catacombs, Levi’s mental health breaks. He disappears from their hotel room and Keira realizes, too late, that her brother is sicker than she was willing to believe. To bring him home safe, Keira must tear down the wall that Levi’s sickness and her own guilt have built between them.

My Review

Maybe in Paris was the kind of book that had a really strong premise, and I expected a lot from it.  As a book that features a character on the Autism spectrum, I really hoped for the best here, because … Continue reading

2.5 stars
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Book Title:
The Special Ones
Book Author:
Em Bailey
Page Count:
304
Publishing Date:
July 18th, 2017
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
July 9th, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Esther is one of the Special Ones: four young spiritual guides who live in a remote farmhouse under the protection of a mysterious cult leader. He watches them around the clock, ready to punish them if they forget who they are—and all the while, broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside. Esther knows that if she stops being Special, he will “renew” her. Nobody knows what happens to the Special Ones who are taken away from the farm for renewal, but Esther fears the worst. Like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.

My Review

The Special Ones was one of those really interesting (and incredibly creepy) sounding books that almost completely slipped under the radar for me, but once I heard about it, I knew it was the kind of book that I really … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Girl with the Ghost Machine
Book Author:
Lauren DeStefano
Page Count:
224
Publishing Date:
June 6th, 2017
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Date Read:
June 30th, 2017
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

What if a machine could bring back the ones we love? From New York Times bestseller Lauren DeStefano comes a captivating middle grade of loss, love and hope.

In this beautiful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Lauren DeStefano tells a story of love and loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

When Emmaline Beaumont's father started building the ghost machine, she didn't expect it to bring her mother back from the dead. But by locking himself in the basement to toil away at his hopes, Monsieur Beaumont has become obsessed with the contraption and neglected the living, and Emmaline is tired of feeling forgotten.

Nothing good has come from building the ghost machine, and Emmaline decides that the only way to bring her father back will be to make the ghost machine work…or destroy it forever.

My Review

The Girl with the Ghost Machine is an interesting story about a grieving girl who lost her mother to illness, and who is afraid she is losing her father to a machine that he is trying to build to bring … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Reaper
Book Author:
Kyra Leigh
Page Count:
256
Publishing Date:
May 9th, 2017
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Date Read:
May 15th, 2017
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Rosie Wolf is sure when you die, you go straight to Paradise, until she wakes to discover she has died in an accident and that Paradise isn’t what she thought it would be.

Rosie Wolf was sure that when her dad died, he went to Paradise. After all, isn’t that where everyone went? But when Rosie wakes up in a strange hospital bed and finds out that she’s died in an accident, she learns things aren’t always what you think they will be.

Now her father feels further away than ever, and Rosie is left to deal with the Grim Reaper, who isn’t a man in a black cloak, but a beautiful woman with a bad attitude. The Grim Reaper tells Rosie that before she can move on to Paradise, she has to go back down to Earth and collect three souls. But Rosie quickly realizes it’s not so simple.

To complicate matters, Rosie meets Kyle, a boy who is different than anyone she’s ever known. He’s cute, smart, and funny. Rosie’s been warned to stay away from the living, but she doesn’t want to. What will happen if she doesn’t?

My Review

As far as one of a kind, completely original books go, Reaper is probably one of top ones that I have read over the years.  It was unexpected, and not at all like how I thought it was going to … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Cheesus Was Here
Book Author:
J.C. Davis
Page Count:
272
Publishing Date:
April 11th, 2017
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Date Read:
April 20th, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Delaney Delgado knows miracles aren’t real—if they were, her kid sister wouldn’t be dead. So when the image of baby Jesus appears on a Babybel cheese wheel, she’s not buying the idea that God’s got a dairy obsession. Soon, religious signs begin turning up all over Del’s hometown, tiny Clemency, Texas. Overnight, news vans fill the streets and religious pilgrims start searching for God in the discount aisle of the grocery store.

Hell-bent on proving the so-called miracles are fake, Del convinces her best friend, Gabe, to help her find the truth. While Gabe’s willing to play detective, as a preacher’s son he’s more interested in finding evidence that supports the miracles. But when the whole town becomes caught up in religious fervor and even the late-night talk show hosts have stopped laughing and started to believe, finding the truth might cause more trouble than Del can handle. This novel is neither pro nor anti-religion, and will appeal to fans of contemporary YA novels that explore deep themes with an element of humor. The voice and characters are funny, strong, and full of heart. This is a book for anyone who loved Saved!

My Review

With a title like Cheesus Was Here and a cover that matches perfectly, this book is one of those books that I couldn’t help but want to read.  The entire book – cover, synopsis, and title – all sound like … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Hear the Wolves
Book Author:
Victoria Scott
Page Count:
240
Publishing Date:
March 28th, 2017
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Date Read:
April 2nd, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Synopsis

Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn’t be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it’s been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight — it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she’s already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn’t stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that’s tied there — their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.

But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That’s when the wolves start hunting them . . .

My Review

The first time I heard about this book and saw that stunning cover, I fell in love.  It seemed like such a great story, full of adventure, friendship, and, of course, wolves.  A survival story for middle grade readers?  Yes!  … Continue reading

4 stars
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