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Friday, March 24, 2017

Most Anticipated YA Releases: April


What Girls Are Made Of
This is not a story of sugar and spice and everything nice.
When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now Nina is sixteen. And she'll do anything for the boy she loves, just to prove she's worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend? What is she made of?
Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are. She's been volunteering at a high-kill animal shelter where she realizes that for dogs waiting to be adopted, love comes only to those with youth, symmetry, and quietness. She also ruminates on the strange, dark time her mother took her to Italy to see statues of saints who endured unspeakable torture because of their unquestioning devotion to the divine. Is this what love is?
Release Date: April 1st, 2017

The Last Thing You Said
Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.
Release Date: April 4th, 2017


Duels and Deception
Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.
Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won't hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert's help, Lydia strives to keep her family's good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…
Release: April 11th, 2017

Letters to the Lost
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
Release: April 4th, 2017


Missing
The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.
The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.
But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?
Release: April 18th, 2017


The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets—strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?

Release: April 4th, 2017



Alex, Approximately
In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately


Release Date: April 4th, 2017 

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

1777. Albany, New York. As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.
Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Fireworks
It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.
Release Date: April 11th, 2017 

Alone in Paris
Breathe, Taylor.
Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem.Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.
Breathe.
She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her.So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.
Just breathe.
Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.
Release Date: April 1st, 2017 

To see more YA books that are hitting shelves in April, click HERE and add them to your TBR!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bookish Tattoos: Part One

Have you ever wanted to take the plunge and mark yourself permantly with your favourite literary character, quote or just declare your love for reading?

Bookish Tattoos are becoming more and more popular, and it makes it more and more tempting for me to finally take the plunge...but we'll see...

For now, let us admire the brave ones who shared their love for books!

Love this literary tattoo. Though, the quote on the bottom is actually paraphrased from Alice in Wonderland, not Walt Disney. I could do without the Wonderland since I'm not a Alice fan. Wonder what I could put in it's place...:
I absolutely ADORE this one! It captures so much in one little design!

I love Literary tattoos !  This is the last line from HP & the Deathly Hallows.:
For those Harry Potter fans. This one speaks volumes but is very discreet. 

An "alternate definition of a bookspine."  From author R.K. Ryals, via Facebook.:
Photo: Unknown
A tattoo of us tackling our 'To be Read' pile!

lorax
The Lorax
Photo: oldpuuurrr
I LOVE this one!

Perks of Being a Wallflower Tattoos.
Photo: Buzznet
I adore the simplicity of this tattoo. The font choice is perfect!

There are so many amazing bookish tattoos out there, so expect to see many posts coming up showing off some literary skin art!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

One Moment by Kristina McBride

One Moment
Release date: January 17th, 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 272 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Sky Pony Press

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.
Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can't she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?
As Maggie's memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?
McBride delivers a novel of secrets that packs an emotional punch, perfect for fans of Sara Zarr and Gayle Forman.

“What if it's as simple as one moment? One tiny thing, like that kiss on the rocks? What if I'd kissed him a little longer? Would he be alive right now? Or what if I'd stayed with him Friday night, what if I'd been with him… wherever he was?” 

One Moment addresses one of our worst fears, the fear that we find out the one we love, aren't really who they say they are. What's worse? You find out the truth after it's too late, and it's up to only you to find all the answers and piece them together.

One Moment is the first book by Kristina McBride that I've had the privilege of reading, but I can tell you that it won't be my last. I absolutely fell in love not only with her delicate writing style, but with the beautiful character cast that she crafted. McBride delivered One Moment in such a way that you simply can't stop reading. She keeps you hanging on to the very edge of your seat until you turn the last page. And once you close the book for it's last time, you mind is left spinning, reeling over the heartbreaking tale you just experience.

One Moment is a character driven novel. It's this circle of friends that drive the story. Each character was a vital component to the book's entire package. I saw a lot of myself in Maggie. She is an average teenager that wears her heart on her sleeve. She not only lives and breathes for her boyfriend, Joey, she also lives for her friends.

We learn before cracking the book open that something mysteriously goes wrong during Joey's cliff jump that leaves him dead. The rest of the story surrounds this tragic incident and the unfolding of deep, dark secrets that test.

I loved every moment I spent reading One Moment. It takes you on a wild ride of mystery, romance and heart break. It is everything you could ask for in a book!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Gardenia by Kelly Sutton

Gardenia
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Publisher: Diversion Books
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery and Thriller
Pages: 260 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website

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Seventeen-year-old Ivy Erickson has one month, twenty-seven days, four hours, fifty-nine minutes, and two seconds to live.
Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been able to see countdown clocks over everyone's heads indicating how long before they will die. She can't do anything about anyone else’s, nor can she do anything about her own, which will hit the zero hour before she even graduates high school.
A life cut short is tragic, but Ivy does her best to make the most of it. She struggles emotionally with her deep love for on-again, off-again boyfriend Myers Patripski. She struggles financially, working outside of school to help her mom and her sister. And she struggles to cope with the murder of her best friend, another life she couldn't save. Vanessa Donovan was killed in the woods, and everyone in town believes Ivy had something to do with it.
Then more girls start disappearing. Ivy tries to put her own life in order as she pieces together the truth of who ended Vanessa's. To save lives and for her own sanity.
The clock is always ticking. And Ivy's only hope is to expose the truth before it runs out completely.

I was immediately drawn to Gardenia by its premise; so intriguing. The idea was completely original to me and I couldn't wait to dive in!

We're introduced to Ivy Erickson. A seventeen year old girl who can see, like a cook timer over your head, the amount of time you have left to live. Would you call this a gift or a curse? Ivy's best friend was murdered and other girls are disappearing. Ivy takes matters into her own hands to try and find the Killer, but will she make it in time?

I was completely enthralled by Gardenia. Once I started, like cast under a spell, I could not put it down, and why would I? Kelly Sutton's writing was pure perfection. She created a very likeable character in Ivy, Myers, Lorna, and the other characters. She also delivered a story that packed so much punch, you simply had to read 'just one more chapter'.

The suspense will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. And Sutton does not give anything up easily. She is gifted at the art of keeping you hanging on! Throughout each chapter she gives you just a perfect little taste of what's coming, leaving you wanting more. She also adds to the definition of a cliff hanger. Each chapter leaving you dying to know what will happen next. Underneath all of this suspense though, is the unfolding of a beautiful love story. A story between sisters, mother and daughter and teenage romance. It was a wonderful undertone to the dark mystery.

Gardenia may come in a small package, at only 260 pages, but it's story is larger than life! It's a heart-pounding reading experience that will leave you wanting to devour Kelly Sutton's other work. Gardenia will give you a serious book hangover, but like other hangovers, this one won't leave you regretting a thing! I've already recommended this book to all of my bookworm friends, and I know that my copy will get lots of love, from me re-reading it, and passing it along to my friends.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Robin Talley Twitter Takeover!!


Robin Talley Twitter Takeover





Who: Fans of YA and Robin Talley!
What: Twitter Takeover. New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley will be discussing some of her "firsts" and answering reader questions about her books! (Lies We Tell Ourselves, What We Left Behind, As I Descended, and her latest release Our Own Private Universe)
When: March 9th, 2-4pm ET

Where: @YoungEntmag

How: Head over to @YoungEntmag on March 9th at 2pm ET, follow along, and tweet your questions to Robin!


Why: Our Own Private Universe (HarlequinTeen; January 31, 2017) is a timely tale of self-discovery and social awareness, hailed by Kirkus in a starred review as “an important and heartfelt contribution to contemporary teen lit about queer women: hopeful, realistic, and romantic.” 






About the Book: Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it's mostly about sex. 



No, it isn't that kind of theory. Aki already knows she's bisexual—even if, until now, it's mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too. 

Actually, Aki's theory is that she's got only one shot at living an interesting life—and that means she's got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It's time for her to actually do something. Or at least try. 

So when Aki and Lori set off on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa—slightly older, far more experienced—it seems her theory is prime for the testing. 

About the Author: Robin Talley, author of Lies We Tell Ourselves (September 2014), What We Left Behind (October 2015), As I Descended (September 2016), and Our Own Private Universe (January 2017), grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. A Lambda Literary Fellow, Robin now lives in Washington, D.C., with her wife, plus an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. When Robin’s not writing, she’s often planning communication strategies at organizations fighting for equal rights and social justice. You can find her on the web at www.robintalley.com or on Twitter at @robin_talley.



Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward Spotlight-Happy Valentine's Day!



BLEEDING EARTH

 In this Stephen King-meets-Kafka debut, author Kaitlin Ward shows the core of human nature with a blood-filled psychological horror novel.

Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete, even in water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones. 

Lea wants to ignore the blood. She wants to spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, in public, if only Aracely wasn't so afraid of her father. Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home. Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and Aracely whatever way she can.

Bleeding Earth


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces
Release Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult | Fiction
Pages: 416 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.


"Everyone has that moment, I think, that moment when something so...momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And then you have to stop. For a long time, you gather your pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there..."

What initially drew me in with this novel was the cover. So simple yet so intriguing. After reading the synopsis, it was no secret that this book was going to be a heavier read. 

Girl in Pieces is Charlie's story. A seventeen-year-old girl that has already lived through and suffered more in her short years on earth than what some of us only see in our darkest nightmares. She is battered and bruised both inside and out. The author, Kathleen Glasgow, delivers Charlie's story in a poetic, lyrical way. At times the story almost reads as if it is poetry or a journal. Some pages are just short paragraphs while other parts of her story require much more space. Charlie's presence is very strong. Her character leaps off the page and she whirls around you, whispering her tragic story and secrets in your ear. Girl in Pieces will challenge you. It will leave you saddened, breathless, angry and absolutely awe-struck. It will make you question the way you see others in the world and will open your eyes so wide. We all know that "everyone has their story" but Charlie really brings that into realization.

Charlie is not the only character in this story that has a dark past...or present for that matter. We also spend a lot of time with Riley, a young man that at first seems to swoop up and save Charlie, only to lose flight in his wings and plunge her deeper into the darkness. Riley is a tumultuous character. He is charming, and it is that quality that seems to bail him out of everything he gets himself into. He has this charisma about him that no matter how wrong he may be, you can't help but want to be with him. Know more about him. I definitely developed a love-hate relationship with Riley.

Girl in Pieces is hauntingly beautiful. Though during this thunderous storm, large rays of sun do shine through. Rays of hope not only peak through the rolling gray clouds, they part the sky completely. It is a coming of age story. A story of self-discovery and growth. But this novel is so much more than just Charlie's story. Every character in this book has their moment. We meet so many colourful people that by the end, we're left with this beautiful mosaic; each character adding their own broken piece that by the end, creates something marvelous.
 

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