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Book Title:
Been Here All Along
Book Author:
Sandy Hall
Publishing Date:
August 30th, 2016
Publisher:
Swoon Reads
Date Read:
August 10th, 2016
Source:
eARC from publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis

Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…

My Review

I don’t always love sweet, fluffy romances, and I tend to stay away from them, but I was super excited to read this one.  I read Signs Point to Yes when it came out, and I did enjoy that one, … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Museum of Heartbreak
Book Author:
Meg Leder
Publishing Date:
June 7th, 2016
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Date Read:
June 2nd, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.

Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.

Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.

Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.

But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.

My Review

This book was featured on my blog as a Waiting on Wednesday pick a while back, because as soon as I had heard of it I had the feeling I knew it was going to be my new favorite contemporary … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
Invincible
Book Author:
Amy Reed
Book Series:
Invincible, #1
Publishing Date:
April 28th, 2015
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books
Date Read:
April 16th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

The Fault in Our Stars meets Go Ask Alice in this dramatic romance about a teenage girl who survives a terminal cancer diagnosis, only to get trapped in the deadly spiral of addiction. Fans of Gayle Forman and Sara Zarr will be swept away by this gritty romance, the first in a duology.

Evie is living on borrowed time. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago and told that by now she’d be dead. Evie is grateful for every extra day she gets, but she knows that soon this disease will kill her. Until, miraculously, she may have a second chance to live.

All Evie had wanted was her life back, but now that she has it, she feels like there’s no place for her in it—at least, not for the girl she is now. Her friends and her parents still see her as Cancer Girl, and her boyfriend’s constant, doting attention is suddenly nothing short of suffocating.

Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he’s trouble, but she can’t help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly, fully alive. It’s better than a drug. His kiss makes her feel invincible—but she may be at the beginning of the biggest free fall of her life.

My Review

I’d heard about this book a while back, but for some reason I never picked it up, and then to be completely honest, I had forgotten all about it until I heard about the release of the second book in … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
Dreamology
Book Author:
Lucy Keating
Publishing Date:
April 12th, 2016
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Date Read:
April 7th, 2016
Source:
eARC from publisher via Edelweiss

Synopsis

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

My Review

I seldom read a book that I absolutely love so much I have the desire to go out and buy the finished copy of the day it releases.  However, in the case of Dreamology by Lucy Keating, I honestly can’t … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
Rebel Belle
Book Author:
Rachel Hawkins
Book Series:
Rebel Belle, #1
Publishing Date:
April 8th, 2014 (Paperback March 3rd, 2015)
Publisher:
Speak (Penguin)
Date Read:
March 23rd, 2016

Synopsis

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him--and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth. With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.

“As surprising as it is delicious.”—BCCB, starred review

“Fun with a twist of supernatural and Southern charm.” —VOYA

“The romance, coming-of-age aspects, and a well-drawn heroine with a crackling wit will lure in readers.” —Booklist

My Review

Rebel Belle is one of those books that have been on my “to read” list for a really long time, and no matter how many times I had planned to pick up a copy and read it, something always came … Continue reading

4.5 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:
The Serpent King
Book Author:
Jeff Zentner
Publishing Date:
March 8th, 2016
Publisher:
Crown Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
March 14th, 2016

Synopsis

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

My Review

The Serpent King deserves way more than five stars.  This book is YA perfection – I seriously wish you luck trying to find a more well written YA contemporary than this one, because I really don’t think it’s out there.  … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
The Steep and Thorny Way
Book Author:
Cat Winters
Publishing Date:
March 8th, 2016
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Date Read:
February 28th, 2016

Synopsis

A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

My Review

“‘Hate is a powerful demon that worms its way into the hearts of fearful men.’” Hanalee Denney does not have the easiest life.  She lives in Oregon in the 1920’s with her mother, a white woman, and her stepfather.  Her … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
The Way I Used to Be
Book Author:
Amber Smith
Publishing Date:
March 22nd, 2016
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Date Read:
March 4th, 2016

Synopsis

In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

My Review

Before I say anything else, I have to tell you…The Way I Used to Be is one of the most powerful, gripping books that I have ever read – it is full of raw, painful emotion that will make you … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
The Mailman
Book Author:
Bentley Little
Publishing Date:
February 1st, 1991/April 30th, 2015
Publisher:
Signet Books/Cemetery Dance Publications
Date Read:
November 5th, 2015

Synopsis

Once upon a time, waiting for the mail was filled with warm anticipation, but the suicide of the local mailman has left the residents of this tiny Arizona town shell-shocked. Nothing this bad has ever happened here. But now it has and more bad things are on the way.

Soon there's a new mail carrier in town, one who's delivering lethal letters stuffed with icy fear. He's bringing bad news and before too long the killing will begin.

Nothing — not even the most outstanding citizens or the most secret weaknesses — will be safe from The Mailman's sinister power...

My Review

I’m taking a break from my usual young adult genre reviews to review a book that has been a favorite of mine for years. Ever since I was little I had a strange obsession with horror movies, and as I … Continue reading

5 stars
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