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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review: Unfriended

Unfriended Unfriended by Katie Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unfriended by Katie Finn is an easy and dramatic read.

Summery from Goodreads:
Madison MacDonald is glad things are back to normal!

Madison It’s SUMMER at last -- let the good times & pool parties roll!
Location: Putnam Beach. Putnam, CT.

Madison My friends are all together again, and Nate and I are better than ever. Finally, everything in my life is working out. :)
Location: Gofer Ice Cream. Putnam, CT

Madison Even though Nate will be leaving for college in the fall.
Location: New Canaan Drive-In. New Canaan, CT.

Madison And there’s a piece of me that’s still waiting for the other shoe to drop from the prom heist.
Location: Stubbs Coffee. Putnam, CT.

Madison But everything is going to be fine! Right?
Location: On A Blender Smoothie Shop. Putnam, CT.

Madison Oh. Maybe I should take that back --
Location: Undisclosed

THIS ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DISABLED.

Madison MacDonald thinks the other shoe just dropped.


I only read these books because I love Morgan Matson's books. Only 2 weeks and 2 days until The Unexpected Everything is out!

I thought this book had a little too much drama. Isn't there a way that Madison could have just reported Isabell and stayed safe. The whole plot of being blackmailed was a little too dramatic for teenagers. I didn't really like it.

It was an easy read. It was very fast paced. I read it all in one day, which was nice. There was never a dull moment, and it was funny as well. Like I said, the whole scheme was a little too intricate for me.

The writing style in this book was good as well. Morgan Matson kept the reader hooked and reading. It is a perfect summer read, like a book you would read on a beach.

I loved the aspect of friendship. Madison's friends were always there for her in the end. It was a nice surprise.

This book is cute and fun, but a little too dramatic. I give it 3.5 stars.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Book Blitz: Hope




Hope
Grier Cooper
(Indigo Ballet Series, #2)
Publication date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Indigo is living the life she’s always imagined at the famed New York School of Ballet. Or is she? Although she hopes she’ll be chosen for the company, her ballet teachers aren’t talking and their silence is confusing.

When Indigo is singled out for a coveted solo she feels her dreams are finally within reach, until she finds out she’s dancing with Felipe Gonzalez, the school’s smolderingly hot rising star. In the days that follow, Indigo questions everything she thought was true and finds herself making surprising choices.

After a fateful piece of paper reveals the truth, Indigo must ask herself the hardest question of all: can she take control of her own future to create the life she wants?



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EXCERPT:

Maggie plunks her bag down, grabbing the spot next to me. “Ten minutes ‘til the fun begins,” she says. She glances around furtively before adding, “Who knows what torture she’ll dish out today. But inquiring minds want to know: will she reach new levels of cattiness or will we be left sorely disappointed?” She grins wickedly as she finishes tying a ribbon on her pointe shoe.

Neither of us fares well when Alexa Damore teaches class. She’s known for her snide comments and keen ability to pick people apart. “I’ll take disappointment over

outright humiliation any day,” I counter. “But who knows. Maybe one of these days she’ll be miraculously transformed.”

Maggie arches an eyebrow. “What?” I continue. “It’s not too much to hope for–a little prayer can’t hurt. Pray with me. ” I fold my hands together and duck my head down. Maggie smacks me.I stick my tongue out at her while I finish tying my shoes. I refuse to climb on the negativity train with her. It’s never a good way to start class.

The door to the studio glides open and a sudden hush sweeps through the room, as if the oxygen has been sucked away. Alexa Damore has arrived–but she’s wearing street clothes–and she’s not alone.

Benjamin Stafford, Artistic Director of Manhattan Ballet Theater, also known as the man who holds our future in his hands, stands in the center of the room. From where I stand, the ambient light behind him illuminates the outline of his body, as if he’s a living embodiment of a god. Then again, he is a god in the world of ballet. The silence is deafening as he slowly rotates around, gazing at each of us in turn. He flashes a brilliant smile and it’s all I can barely look at him. He’s even larger in life than he is onstage with broad shoulders, chiseled features, dark, tousled hair, and blazing blue eyes. On any given day he’s something to look at, but the glowing outline thing further illustrates the glaring difference between him and everyone else in the room.

His eyes fall on me and my heart flutters in my ribcage. I immediately stand a little bit taller and suck in my gut. My breath gets shallower and tighter. I close my eyes and force myself to breath normally. Passing out in class is not the way I want to make an impression.


I may not survive this class.






Author Bio:

Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.

Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” with “emotional hooks that penetrate deeply.” She writes and blogs about dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and has interviewed and photographed a diverse collection dancers and performers including Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, Glen Allen Sims and Jessica Sutta. She is the author of Build a Ballerina Body and The Daily Book of Photography.






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Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Salt to the Sea is a touching and realistic glimpse of WWII.

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.


I am not a big fan of historical fiction novels. Also, I read Between Shades of Gray for a book competition one year and didn't really enjoy it. That being said, I was pretty hesitant to rewad this book. But since it was getting rave reviews from other bloggers, I tried it anyways.

The characters in this book are all so real and nice. Joana is a sweet nurse who gave up everything at a young age to help others. Emilia is a young girl who is Polish, pregnant, and a run away. Florian is a young adult who just wants to move to safety, and Alfred is a full of himself soldier. They are all so real and connectable. I also liked some side characters such as the "Shoe Poet" and the wandering boy.
I JUST RELIZED THAT JOANA FROM THIS BOOK IS THE SAME AS JOANA FROM BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY. I KNOW WHAT I AM RE-READING NOW.

I didn't know that WWII lasted for so long. I have just finished The Diary of a Young Girl so I thought that the war only lasted a few years.
The war events in this book were so scary and eye opening. It taught me a lot about the war, and I felt like crying in the end of the book. (view spoiler)

One confusing part of this book is the perspective changes. This book switches between 4 different perspectives, but all of the characters are so unique that it isn't too bad.

This is a really touching and heart felt historical fiction novel. I would recommend it to a non historical fiction lover as well as a historical fiction lover.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: Twin Reflections

Twin Reflections Twin Reflections by Elizabeth R. Joseph
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I RECIEVED A COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR THROUGH THE WE HEART YA GROUP R2R PROGRAM ON GOODREADS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY VIEWS OR OPINIONS IN ANY WAY.

Twin Reflections by Elizabeth R. Joseph is a cute and easy fantasy read.

Vera and Mark are twins who are orphans. They live in an orphanage. One day, when their caregiver mysteriously disappears, they find themselves a way into a maze of mirrors. The mirrors trap them. Will the twins be able to survive? Or will they be lost forever?

First of all, the author of this book is 14. I know I shouldn't take that into account, but it is too amazing not too. Most teenagers don't have the initiative to do their homework, let alone write a book. Elizabeth R. Joseph is a skilled writer, and I know most teens can't write as well as her. I sure know I can't. Her writing is descriptive and fun to read.

I loved connecting to the characters. Vera was a sweet girl who was stuck with too much responsibility. Mark is a teenage boy who is kind and caring. It was fun seeing them grow up in the maze.

The world building in this book is very intricate. The maze is very easily described, and I liked how the world, especially out of the maze was easy to enjoy.

There was only one thing I didn't like about this book, and that is the fact that it is confusing. The scenes kind of jump around, and you sometimes don't know what is going on. If the book were a little longer, it would probably be a little easier to figure out. There were also three or four different perspectives in this book, and sometimes it was hard to tell which one was talking.

Overall, this is a fun and fascinating book.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Blitz: Broken Fate


Broken Fate
Jennifer Derrick
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 18th 2016
Genres: Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
Zeus gave her one simple job: Kill every human. Atropos—daughter of Zeus and the third goddess of Fate from Greek mythology —spends her eternal life snipping human lifelines when their mortal lives are over. As if being a killer doesn’t make life miserable enough, she and her Fate-wielding sisters must live amongst the humans on Earth thanks to a long-running feud between their mother and Zeus. Living on Earth means they must mingle with the mortals, attend the local high school, and attempt to fit in—or at least not stand out too much.

Killing and mingling don’t mix, which is why Atropos’ number-one rule is to avoid all relationships with the humans. Caring for the people she has to kill is a fast track to insanity. However, when Alex Morgan walks into her first-period English class, she knows she’s in for trouble. He’s the worst kind of human for her to like—one with a rapidly approaching expiration date. And he makes Atropos want to break all the rules.



EXCERPT:

I turn off my desk lamp and computer, starting to get up, but then sit back down. My curiosity about Alex has been building all day. I’ve tried to tamp it down, to forget him, but I can’t. Even Chloe’s chatter couldn’t take him out of my thoughts. I boot the computer back up and give in to temptation.

I search for Alex’s record in our database. What I’m doing isn’t forbidden, but I rarely bother to check on the humans once I assign their manner of death. I forget them until I

see them again on their date of death. However, tonight, I want to see what kind of fate Lacey devised for him and refresh my memory about how and when he’ll die.

I find his file but just as I’m about to double click and open it, I pull back. Do I really want to know what Lacey has planned for him? He’s already faced grief and loss. What if his fate gets worse than that? Do I want that knowledge?

I think for a few moments and decide it doesn’t really matter either way. He and I aren’t going to become friends. I enjoyed our afternoon together, but that has to be the end of it. If his fate is bad, I can live with it. He is, after all, just another human. Easy come, easy go.

I double click on the file. His entire past and future lies before me. I scroll down to the end of the document, looking for the relevant part, the date of death. I don’t have to scroll far.

May fifteenth of this year.

I read the page again. The date doesn’t change. May fifteenth is a little less than two months from now. I quickly scroll back up, looking for the details on how he will die. I’m furious when I find them.






Author Bio:

Jennifer is a freelance writer and novelist. As a freelancer, she writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her interest in storytelling began when she was six and her parents gave her a typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her $.01 per page for any stories she churned out. Such a loose payment system naturally led to a lot of story padding. Broken Fate, her first novel, earned her $2.80 from her parents.

Jennifer lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading, trawling the shelves at the library, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog. You can visit her at her official website:www.JenniferDerrick.com.






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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: Tone Deaf

Tone Deaf Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I RECIEVED AN ARC OF THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR AND EDELWEISS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY VIEWS OR OPINIONS IN ANY WAYS.

Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers left me with mixed emotions, but all of them were good.

Ali Collins is deaf. She is being abused by her father, and her mother is dead. After being dragged to a Tone Deaf concert by her best friend, she wins a backstage tour with the band. When the lead singer finds out that she is deaf, he throws a fit. Ali feels rejected, but is soon texted and being invited for another try at the tour. She and Jace (the lead singer) butt heads and basically ignore each other, until Jace decides to let Ali run away with them. Will her dad find out? And why does Jace want to do it?

First of all, let me tell you that Ali wasn't a fan of Tone Deaf, which made the book more interesting. She treated the band like they were real people, and not idols.

This book was strangely touching. It was more original than most young adult books. For one thing, there was no insta-love in this book. Jace and Ali ignore each other at first, but slowly warm up to each other. Also, there was no love triangle, which was refreshing. It was also nice to see characters with disabilities.

I loved the relationship between Jace and Ali. Once they get to know each other, it is still more of a friendly relationship. Jace has a backstory too, and it takes him a while to tell Ali about it. Some people might find it strange that he let her on the bus in the first place, but the author explains it.

There were some side characters that made the story more realistic. Arrow was a quiet boy who wanted to be a good musician. I don't really know that much about him. My favorite side character was Killer. Despite his name, he is a funny gay guy who is really nice to Ali and his boyfriend Arrow, and always wants the best for Jace.

The emotions in this book were strong. It was a fun and addicting read, but I felt like crying during some points in the book.

The writing style in this book wasn't the best I've ever read, but the actual story made up for it.

I am so stuck on what to rate this book. If only goodreads had half stars, because this is a solid 4.5 stars.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Cover Reveal: Inspired by Frost

             Inspired by Frost 
        Series: The Crystal Frost Series 
        Author: Alicia Rades 
        Genre: YA, Paranormal
        Release Date June 14th, 2016

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Blurb 
Crystal Frost has grown accustomed to the supernatural, but months of passive paranormal activity have left her believing her mother’s wedding will be a breeze. That changes when a ghost named Melissa shows up in Crystal’s dressing room while she’s picking out her maid of honor dress. Crystal takes on this new psychic mission without question, immediately determined to save Sage, the girl Melissa warned her about. But how do you save a girl from a deadly fate when you don’t know how she’s going to die? 

Author Bio 
Click for OptionsAlicia Rades is an award-winning young adult paranormal author with a love for supernatural stories set in the modern world. When she's not plotting out fiction novels, she's running her own professional writing business, plowing her way through her never-ending reading list, or preparing for the backpacking trips she takes every summer. In college, Alicia majored in communications with an emphasis on professional writing. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two cats.  Don't miss a thing related to Alicia's books. Sign up for her newsletter at http://www.aliciaradesauthor.com/newsletter/ 

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Review: The Boyfriend App

The Boyfriend App The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Boyfriend App is a cute and fun book.

Sommery From Goodreads:
Get the app. Get the guy.

Computer-whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. Once popular and fearless, she hasn't been the same since her dad died. And her ex-best friend, gorgeous queen bee Blake Dawkins, has turned into her worst nightmare. Audrey is counting the minutes until high school is over and she can get the hell out of Dodge and go to college-that is, if she can find a scholarship.

So when Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler-with $200,000 in prize money-Audrey is spurred to action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples in high school, and people start to take notice. But it's not quite enough.

To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper. And she does-right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Suddenly the Boyfriend App lands Audrey where she never expected to be: in the middle of the limelight, passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, causing complete and utter mayhem. But can it bring her true love?


Audrey was a nice and caring character. She was a nerd in school, and ever since her dad died she only found solace in coding. I liked how she was determined to make the perfect app. It was neat how the app worked, yet I found it's purpose to be pretty dumb. I mean, it is not true love if a website or app finds it for you. If this book were really realistic, the couples wouldn't all fall in love immediately.

The Boyfriend App 2.0 was even worse, because treating people like puppets should be illegal. It could be dangerous.

The ending was shocking and a little rushed. The author should have spent a little more time describing the whole incident.

The supporting characters were probably the best part. They were sweet and nice. The enemies were also a highlight of this book, because it made Audrey seem less perfect.

Overall this book was pretty cool, and a light and fun read that could get unrealistic.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Book Blitz: Competing With the Stars



Competing with the Star
Krysten Lindsay Hager
(The Star Series, #2)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: March 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect…

Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams-Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning.

A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated…

After some time dating, Hadley and Nick form a deep bond. But insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend-who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.

The past is the past-or so they say…

Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe-especially when she’s blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school.

Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendship…who needs soap opera drama when you’re busy competing with a star?



EXCERPT:

Then the most beautiful sound in the world came along—the final bell. I grabbed my bag and rushed out the door to my locker, where I ran into Reagan O’Hara, Nick’s gorgeous ex-girlfriend. “Watch where you’re going, spaz,” she said, glaring at me. “Exactly where are you in such a hurry to get to anyway? I can’t imagine that you’d have plans.”

I could have said, “Off to meet my boyfriend, you know, the guy you used to badmouth me to,” but no, I took the high road and said, “Excuse me,” and kept going.

“Whatever, loser,” she said. My shoulders tensed. As I tried to ignore her and tell myself it was just jealousy, I couldn’t pretend that her words didn’t hurt. I had been considered kind of a loser at my old school in Goodacre. I had had one super close best friend who I did everything with, Lexi Irvin, and when she moved to Dallas, it was as if I had been abandoned. So yeah, I had felt like a complete loser in Goodacre, but now I was here in Grand Haven, with new friends and a new positive outlook on life. I had a new best friend, Charlotte Lidstrom, and had become friends with former teen TV star Simone Hendrickson and her best friend, Asia Milanowski.

It could be intimidating hanging out with Simone since she was popular, pretty, and famous. Sometimes I felt invisible next to her, and unfortunately, hanging with Simone sometimes meant spending time with people like Reagan or Simone’s other friends, Pilar Ito and Morgan Kemp. Morgan was the ultimate mean girl. I swear, even if she told me she loved my outfit and was hooked up to a lie detector test saying she was telling the truth, I still wouldn’t want to risk it and I’d go home and change. But today I was not going to worry about Morgan, Reagan, or any of that. I was just going to focus on my first date with Nick.

Until I rounded the corner and ran into Simone, who was waiting for me at my locker with Morgan and Pilar.

“Hey, Hadley,” Simone said. “Wanted to return your lucky bracelet. Let’s hope it helped me pass my math test.”

She handed me my heart and natural stone charm bracelet and I slid it on my wrist. Morgan looked down at my hands and made a face.

“Why are you wearing such dark nail polish?” she asked me.

My face got warm. “I thought the color was pretty when I saw it in the store. I’ve never seen this shade of purple with so much blue in it.”

“Guys aren’t into weird nail polish colors,” Morgan said as she fluffed her long curly blonde hair with her red polished fingers.

Great, so even my nail polish was wrong. Could I do anything right?

“Here comes Nick,” Pilar said, and the girls all got quiet.

“Hey, guys,” he said, coming up and nodding at them. I started to curl my fingers under so he wouldn’t notice my dark polish—the color that up until a few minutes ago I thought was unique and beautiful was now making me feel like a little oddball.

“Cool color,” Nick said.

“Huh?”

“I like the blue. It’s very you,” he said, and then he reached over and intertwined his fingers with mine. Take that, you dark nail polish haters.


“So are we all heading over to Scoops together?” he asked.

Simone played with a strand of her long blonde hair, but didn’t say a thing.

“Yup, we thought we’d go over with you guys,” Morgan said, smiling up at him with her gleaming white teeth.

Wait, what? No, not cool. This was our first date and I knew I’d feel awkward talking to him around a group—a group judging me on what I said, did, and apparently even the colors I wore.



Author Bio:

Krysten Lindsay Hager is a book addict who has worked as a journalist and humor essayist. She is the author of the LANDRY's TRUE COLORS SERIES and the STAR SERIES. TRUE COLORS was her debut novel and the first book in the LANDRY'S TRUE COLORS series. BEST FRIENDS...FOREVER? (Book 2) was #1 in Amazon's hot new releases in teen & young adult values and virtues fiction and #1 in Amazon's hot new release in children's books on values. Landry in Like (Book 3) was #3 in Amazon's Hot New Releases for Girls & Women. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on the talk show Living Dayton. Check out her YA novel, NEXT DOOR TO A STAR (book 1 in the STAR SERIES) and COMPETING WITH THE STAR: Book 2 in the STAR SERIES. You can follow her at: http://www.krystenlindsay.com.






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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: The Memory of Light

The Memory of Light The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Memory of Light is a very touching novel.

Vicky Cruz is suicidal. She tried to overdose and kill herself. When she is saved at the last minute, she is brought to Lakeview Mental Hospital. There, she learns that depression and suicidal thoughts are hard to get rid of, and that there are all sorts of mental illnesses. She meets some friends such as:
-Mona: She is hyper and lost her daughter.
-Gabriel: He hears a voice.
-E.M: He has anger issues.
She also meets Dr. Desai, who helps her. Vicky soon gets better and then goes to a recovery ranch with the group. There, a lot of drama happens.

First of all, let's look at this cover. It is gorgeous and totally fitting. I don't really get what the title has to do with the book though. Any ideas?

I picked up this book because it was on the new releases shelf at my local library. It wasn't something I expected to enjoy a lot. That being said, it was a more fun read than I expected. The characters were fun and nice, and the storyline kept you guessing.

I hadn't known much about mental illnesses before picking up this book. I couldn't understand why people would want to commit suicide, but now I know.

Vicky is a vibrant character who is just trying to be nice and a good girl. She doesn't want to hurt anyone by not being the kid her dad wants her to be, but that is what makes it harder for her to survive. She just wants to live a normal, happy life.

I loved all of the supporting characters. Mona was a perfect best friend to Vicky, and kept her company in the hospital. E.M was a surprisingly smart character with major anger issues. He showed Vicky a lot about herself. Gabriel was probably my favorite character. Francisco Stork really made him an in depth character. His voice he heard in his head made him very trouble.

The ending of this book was shocking. (view spoiler) I really thought the author wrapped up the book perfectly.

Overall, this is a very good book about the shocking truths about mental illness.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Book Blitz: Under My Skin





Under My Skin
Laura Diamond
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam’s torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.


The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man’s heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head.


And then a donor is found…


Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn’t even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents – something Darby has never had.


Darby’s always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.








EXCERPT:


ADAM:


Best to get it over with now. I type: I had the thought today.


I click send.


For a few seconds, I watch the screen, waiting for her to reply. I can’t expect Dr. Shaw to be right there to answer me. She’s probably in session with someone.


A group of students pass by, chattering and laughing, light at bubbles. They halt at the curb to wait for the light to change. They’re all wearing NYU sweatshirts and carrying messenger bags or laptops with silkscreen logos about “being green” and “tolerant of diversity.” Adventurers embarking on the quest known as Life. What it must be like to have a whole lifetime to look forward to, no dead end staring back at you.


My mobile buzzes.


It’s Dr. Shaw. Tell me the exact thought and context.


I had a flutter. After, I saw Mum and Dad. Their backs were turned to me and I thought: They’d be happier without me. They’ll be fine after I’m dead. I click send and try to ignore the gnawing pit in my stomach. My message seems dramatic now that I’ve sent it off for her to scrutinize. It was better left unsaid.


A bubble with three dots surfaces at the bottom of my screen. She’s typing right now. I suck in a dry, exhaust laden breath.


She replies: What evidence do you have that they’ll be happy?


That was simple. They were laughing.


Your death will be devastating to them.


My heart twinges a bit. Will be? Does she somehow know I won’t make it until I find a donor? Maybe the surgeon told her I’m not a candidate. I blink and re-read her statement. No, I’m over-reacting. She’s just countering my argument with logic. It’s her style to challenge me with the opposite idea so I’ll find the reality somewhere between. Still, I’m not ready to admit she’s right. Mum and Dad don’t need me dragging them down. I text, Yes, but they’ll be alright.


Of course they will. Life goes on.


Dr. Shaw is unrelenting in her approach. So different from Mum who tries to comfort me with delusional happy thoughts.


Right. And I’m such a burden on them now.


Whatever you think they’re sacrificing is nothing compared to how much you mean to them.


I’m tired of waiting for my heart to stop.


Do you want it to stop? You won’t suffer anymore.










Author Bio:


Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.











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Monday, April 11, 2016

Book Blitz: Wrecked










Wrecked
Elle Casey
(Wrecked, #1)
Publication date: January 1st 2012
Genres: Adventure, Romance, Young Adult
NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, ELLE CASEY, brings readers the High Seas and High Adventure novel WRECKED.

If you liked The Breakfast Club and The Swiss Family Robinson, you’ll love WRECKED!

An ill-fated Caribbean cruise and four teenagers: a nerd, a jock, a mouse, and a beauty queen…an island, a treehouse, some nefarious interlopers…life and death…fear and loathing…love and laughter.

Follow Jonathan, Kevin, Candi and Sarah as they find their typical high school lives and their worlds totally WRECKED.

Content Warning: Contains some foul language and non-explicit sex scenes between older teens. May not be appropriate for younger, middle-grade teens.



EXCERPT:

“I can’t believe you roped us into this stupid cruise,” Sarah said in a tone of voice that clearly carried her frustration with parents who never appreciated her very important social calendar. She stood in the middle of her parents’ bedroom with her hands on her hips, chin stuck out for emphasis.

“Sarah, we don’t want to hear another word about this. You’re going, and that’s final. Now go pack your bag.” Sarah’s father turned his back on her to walk into his large bedroom closet. She lost sight of him as he turned the corner. The closet, trimmed entirely in dark cedar, was larger than many of her friends’ bedrooms.

Sarah’s mom stepped over and took Sarah’s hands in hers. “I’m sorry, sweetie, but your father is right. We’re all going, and you can’t stay behind. It’s important for your dad’s business that we all be there. But don’t look so glum – it’s going to be fun!”

Sarah knew her mother was trying to sell her on the idea by using her especially chipper, upbeat voice. The annoying one. She rolled her eyes and pulled her hands away. “Oh, please. Like being stuck out in the middle of the ocean with you guys and those loser Buckley kids could ever possibly be fun. Not in a million years, Mom. I’m not in the damn chess club, you know.” The thought of being on a cruise with the two Buckley nerds was too much. Sarah had a boyfriend and a convertible, neither of which was going on this cruise. What was so difficult for her parents to understand?

Sarah’s mom sighed and walked over to the dresser without responding, putting her fingers up to her temples to massage them. Confrontation wasn’t her strong suit, and Sarah used this to her advantage as often as possible.

Sarah’s father, on the other hand, wasn’t one bit shy about going head-to-head. He stepped out of the closet carrying an armload of things for his suitcase. Without even sparing her a glance he said, “Don’t talk to your mother that way, Sarah. Just go pack.”

“But … ”

“Not another word, or you’re going to be very sorry.” He caught her eye, giving her one of his famous warning looks.

Sarah knew what that meant. Either he was going to take away the keys to her car and turn her into a social castaway or forbid her from seeing her boyfriend Barry.

“Fine!”

She turned and stormed from the room in a huff. She tried to stomp her feet for emphasis, but they didn’t make a sound on the heavily padded, ultra thick carpeting. It was very unsatisfying.

On her way down the hall she stopped off at her twin brother’s room and leaned in the doorway. Her eyes scanned the sports posters on the wall, the thirty or so perfectly arranged trophies on the shelves, and the small modern metal and glass desk with a computer sitting on it. He was always so neat with his stuff. “Kev, can you believe this crap? It’s total B.S., right?”

Sarah’s brother Kevin was packing a duffle bag he used for rugby. She watched him move back and forth, grabbing things from different places. He always looked so at ease with himself. His muscled arms and back showed how hard he worked out so he could excel at his favorite sport. He was like most rugby players – he laughed at football players because they had to wear pads and helmets. Rugby players had to worry every game about broken bones and ears being bitten off, or so he said.

He continued to open drawers, pulling out wads of clothes and shoving them into his bag as he responded. “Whatever. I’m gonna go to the all-you-can-eat buffets and put them out of business. Then I’m gonna drink beer until I puke. Then we come home. No big deal.” He didn’t bother looking up.

Sarah snorted in disgust, a look on her face as if she’d smelled something bad. “Is that all you ever worry about? Food and beer?”

“What else is there to worry about?” he asked, dead serious.

“What about Gretchen? She’s not going to be there.”

“But there will be other girls, and Gretchen isn’t the only fish in the sea.” He sniggered at his own poor cruise joke.

“I’ll bet she wouldn’t be so thrilled to hear you say that.”

He looked up at his sister to fix her with his threatening look. “She’s not going to hear anyone say that, or else.”

He sounded just like their dad. Sarah was sick of being threatened, but she knew that Kevin meant either he would share one of her secrets or he’d tackle her and mess up her hair – totally not worth it.

Gretchen probably had no clue that her brother was just using her like he did all the girls before her. The only thing he really cared about was rugby – and food and beer, of course. When he went to rugby parties, there was always beer there, provided courtesy of the older alumni of the team who still came to watch matches and party afterwards.

Sarah continued, “Whatever. I’m not going on this cruise and pretending like I’m having fun. We’re gonna be stuck with those Buckley idiots the entire time, I just know it.”

She paused in her ranting to carefully admire her latest manicure. Her nails were a rosy pink with white tips – flawless. Her skin was already very carefully bronzed to match her summer outfits. Her hair was expertly highlighted. All of it was going to be wasted on this stupid business cruise.

Kevin paused in his packing to spare her a glance. “Don’t worry about it. We’ll ditch ‘em as soon as Mom and Dad aren’t around, and I’ll make sure they keep it to themselves and don’t rat us out.”

Sarah stood up straight and took a step into the bedroom. “Ooh, are you going to threaten them? That should be entertaining.”

“No, I’m not going to threaten the twerp or his sister. I’m just going to explain to them that they’ll have much more fun doing things with other kids more their speed.” He stopped, pointing a finger at his sister. “And don’t take another step into my room, or I’m gonna tackle your scrawny butt and mess up your hair.”

She gingerly stepped back, knowing her brother wasn’t kidding. Then she continued, “Awesome. That’s one issue out of the way, at least.” Sarah was picturing Jonathan and Candace Buckley, who she saw from time to time at school in the hallways or at lunch. What is it with those people who can’t even look in the mirror and see what they’re wearing, anyway? she thought to herself.

“Consider it done.” Kevin finished packing his duffle bag, zipped it up with one quick, practiced motion, and threw it over his shoulder.

“Sounds like a plan,” said Sarah, holding her hand up for a high five as he came towards the door.

Their hands met with a loud crack. “I’m outta here. Tell Mom I’ll be back before four.”

“Tell her yourself. I have to pack for this disaster.” She pushed off the doorframe, stepped around him, and went into her room across the hall.


“You’re a serious pain in the ass, you know that?” he yelled after her, shutting his door behind him.

She didn’t bother to answer, other than to slam the door in his face as he walked by. She could hear him muttering behind the door, walking down the hallway towards the stairs.

She reached under her bed, pulled out her Louis Vuitton suitcase and carry-on make up case and put them on the bed. She turned towards her huge closet, throwing open the doors. So, what does a girl wear on a cruise from hell? As her eyes landed on the short, black skirt her aunt had bought for her on their last shopping spree, an evil glint came into her eye. Well, this little number for starters…

Her parents were going to be sorry they forced her to go on this stupid trip. She laughed out loud thinking about her revenge.






Author Bio:

Elle Casey, a former attorney and teacher, is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling American author who lives in Southern France with her husband, three kids, and a number of furry friends. She has written books in several genres and publishes an average of one full-length novel per month.






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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Review: What I Thought Was True

What I Thought Was True What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

What I Thought Was True is a sweet summer romance with a lot of drama.

Summery From Goodreads
From the acclaimed author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.

Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A magnetic, push-you-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti.


I liked Gwen's character. She was sweet, moody, and interesting teenager. However, she did have a few flaws. She never complained about having to work, and her romance drama was way overdone.

One thing I dislike about Huntly Fitzpatrick's writing is that she considers sex a minor thing. All of the characters in her book do it casually and do not take is as serious as teens should. I think it might set a bad example to teens.

The drama in this book is way overdone, and drags the book on. This book is over 400 pages, and it could fit into about 200. The drama at the end gets overwhelming and makes the book drown on. However, the ending is perfectly fit into the book.

Cassidy is an interesting character. He is so sweet but kind of weird. He always switches moods. One minute he is in love, and the next he hates Gwen.

One thing that is really confusing about this book is that it switches between past and present. It is hard to tell which one is which, and makes you have to reread a lot.

Despite all of the criticism in this review, this is really a really sweet book that would be perfect for a summer romance lover.


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