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Book Title:
Firsts
Book Author:
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Publishing Date:
January 5th, 2016
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
Date Read:
January 2nd, 2016

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time-the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy - so far. Her mother isn't home nearly enough to know about Mercedes' extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won't even say the word "sex" until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn't bank on Angela's boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn - or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes' perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her own reputation -and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn's Firsts is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

My Review

This was one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2016, and it only seemed fitting that it would be the first book I read in the new year.  When I first learned about this book, it sounded like a … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Violinist of Venice - A Story of Vivaldi
Book Author:
Alyssa Palombo
Publishing Date:
December 15th, 2015
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Date Read:
December 12th, 2015

Synopsis

Like most 18th century Venetians, Adriana d'Amato adores music-except her strict merchant father has forbidden her to cultivate her gift for the violin. But she refuses to let that stop her from living her dreams and begins sneaking out of her family's palazzo under the cover of night to take violin lessons from virtuoso violinist and composer Antonio Vivaldi. However, what begins as secret lessons swiftly evolves into a passionate, consuming love affair.

Adriana's father is intent on seeing her married to a wealthy, prominent member of Venice's patrician class-and a handsome, charming suitor, whom she knows she could love, only complicates matters-but Vivaldi is a priest, making their relationship forbidden in the eyes of the Church and of society. They both know their affair will end upon Adriana's marriage, but she cannot anticipate the events that will force Vivaldi to choose between her and his music. The repercussions of his choice-and of Adriana's own choices-will haunt both of their lives in ways they never imagined.

Spanning more than 30 years of Adriana's life, Alyssa Palombo's The Violinist of Venice is a story of passion, music, ambition, and finding the strength to both fall in love and to carry on when it ends.

My Review

If ever a beautiful, alluring historical novel has been written, The Violinist of Venice, debut novel from author Alyssa Palombo, is definitely it.  Absolutely captivating, this stunning novel will capture your heart with the beautiful descriptions of Venice, the characters … Continue reading

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Nexis (Tricksters, #1) by A.L. Davroe Release Date: Dec. 1, 2015 Genre: YA Sci-Fi / YA Science Fiction Published by: Entangled Summary: In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever … Continue reading

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Against All Odds Author: Patricia Vanasse Publication Date: September 25th, 2015 Publisher: Pants on Fire Press Summary from Goodreads: Sometimes boy meets girl, and the stars align, and their future is laid out neatly before them. Together forever. Meant to … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Emerge: The Awakening (The Awakening #1)
Book Author:
Melissa A. Craven
Book Series:
The Awakening
Publishing Date:
April 1, 2015
Publisher:
Midnight Hour Studio
Date Read:
August 13, 2015

Synopsis

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.

You’re born.

You live.

You die.

She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.

When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.

Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.

As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.

…only Allie hates to fight.

My Review

This book was not what I was expecting at all.  I honestly don’t know what I was expecting, but I didn’t think it would be this good…I was completely blown away by the amount of action and the brilliant plot … Continue reading

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Playing the Player Author: Lisa Brown Roberts Publication Date: September 14, 2015 Publisher: Entangled Teen Summary from Goodreads: The Good Girl Vs. The Player Round one begins… Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she – the most organized, … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Book Author:
Katie Alender
Publishing Date:
August 25, 2015
Publisher:
Point
Date Read:
July 29, 2015

Synopsis

Asylum meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?

My Review

The moment I heard about this book, I was so excited to read it. I absolutely love horror, especially ghost stories, or stories involving any kind of haunting or ghosts.  So when I came across this book, I was pretty … Continue reading

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I have had the wonderful opportunity to do an interview with the author of They Call Me Alexandra Gastone, T.A. Maclagan!  She agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her novel, and if you haven’t read it yet, … Continue reading

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I have had the wonderful opportunity of doing an author interview with Ellery Kane, author of the amazing Legacy series. About Ellery Kane: About Ellery Kane: In my real (non-fiction) life, I work as a forensic psychologist in the San … Continue reading

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