Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty AKA Lovefest!

Big Little Lies
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 460 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal interest
Find the Author: Website

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Genius! Pure and utterly genius!  I'm a person that believes there is no such thing a perfection(except for puppies and cupcakes) but this, my bookworm friends, is perfection! It is written gold right in your hands. It is a priceless artifact. It's a masterpiece!

Okay, I know, shut up with the lovefest already, but I can't help it! Like Madeline, I just can't contain my excitement. I cannot believe this book has been out since 2014 and I am only gifting myself the pleasure of reading it now. With all of the hype over the television show I thought I should probably hop on the bandwagon and give it a go. Of course, I wanted to read it first so I hesitantly bought my copy worried that it wasn't going to do it for me. That it wasn't going to "live up to the hype". Dear god, was I wrong! This book not only lived up to the hype, it demolished the hype, there isn't enough hype to hype up this book.

In case it hasn't been made clear, I loved the book. I devoured it in 2 days, but would have happily have given up sleep, food and work to read it in one sitting if I had been allowed. It so wildly entertaining! Big Little Lies is told in the perspective of 3 female characters: Celeste, Jane and Madeline. I haven't seen the show yet but I already know that they could not have done a better job casting. It seems like each actress was made for these characters. I can't wait to watch them come to life on the silver screen. However, these characters are so bold and vibrant that they flourish in your imagination on their own beautifully.

Liane Moriarty is a storytelling mastermind. She weaves this hilariously clever and at times dark, heart wrenching tale so effortlessly that it consumes you. You can't help but keep on reading. Big Little Lies is the most unputdownable book I have come across. I was absolutely hooked from page one all the way through to the end. And that twist! It's cray cray (kids are still saying that right?). I gasped. My jaw-dropped. My eyes bulged out!

Big Little Lies is a decadent read! You'll want to savour every last word!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

When I Am Through with You
Release Date: August 1st, 2017
Publisher: Dutton for Young Readers | Penguin Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 304 Pages
Series: Sins and Scandals #1
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

“This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly how what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains ended the way it did. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. And he’ll tell you about Rose. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.
Wow, just...wow! This book went FAR beyond my expectations! I had no idea that a story of this magnitude was hidden inside of these pages.

WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU tells the story from Ben Gibson's perspective. Ben is your average teenage boy. There is nothing extraordinary about him. He is not popular but he is not unpopular. He is just normal. But far from normal are the events that take place on this camping trip. WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU will take you down its rabbit hole. Sucking you and not letting you go.

Stephanie Kuehn delivered this compelling novel effortlessly. She is the very definition of a story-teller. She took these characters and crafted an outstanding, wild and horrific tale. Each chapter ending on a note that led you further into the darkness alongside the characters.

However, this book is more than just a camping story gone wrong. It is filled with so much more. As we learn the backstory of Ben and the other characters, the book becomes a voice for child abuse, neglect, and addiction. It's been a while since I've read a book that has had me so enthralled!

This is the perfect book to add to your summer reading! And, if you're a gluten for punishment, it's perfect for those nights camping by the fire. I simply cannot wait to see what else Stephanie Kuehn has up her marvelous sleeves!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books | Penguin Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 368 Pages
Format: Advanced Readers Copy
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it's clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won't talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.

Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they're holding tight to painful secrets.When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it's full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.Unless it's leading them toward things that were never meant to be found...
Enchanting and seductive, Spellbook of the Lost and Found will surely keep you on the edge of your seat!

Firstly, can we discuss that cover?! Every single aspect of it is so stunning and inviting. It is just screaming "READ ME!". I'll admit it, when I saw this August release, it was the cover that drew me in and it was the cover that made me want to have it immediately. Then I read the premise and it just made me want it even more. I had to have it. In my hands. Now!

Spellbook of the Lost and Found is a decent sized book, coming in at 368 pages, it's not necessarily a light read, but you will devour it. It will consume you and whisk you away because you just simply need to keep reading. It will cast you under its spell and twine its firm grasp around you. You'll fly through the pages, fighting the need to know how this story unfolds, and if like me, you'll likely eat this book up in one sitting!

Fowley-Doyle does a miraculous job at painting a picturesque setting. Plucking you up and placing you gently in the vivid world of these 6 teenagers in Ireland. Another giant feat the author took on was delivering the story in the perspective of not one, not two, not three, but SIX points of view and she did so flawlessly! We had the pleasure of reading from the POV's of all characters and their colourful personalities and backstories. It was truly a delicious treat!

The story is dark and ominous. I was continuously left feeling like something was lurking around the corner, waiting to jump out. It made for a very lively and theatrical reading experience!

Fowley-Doyle's writing style was impeccable. She delivers the tale in an almost poet and lyrical manner. Making the words just fall delicately off of the pages and into your imagination. She's made me an instant fan! I cannot wait to pick up her debut novel, The Accident Season and I eagerly await her future work!

If you're looking for a dark and magical tale, something that is as equally haunting as it is beautiful than Spellbook of the Lost and Found is the book for you!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Hearts We Sold
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Little Brown | Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 400 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From publisher for review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.
With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Step away from Netflix and discover your new favourite binge, The Hearts We Sold.  I couldn't and wouldn't put this book down. I devoured it hungrily, eager to learn more about these characters, their stories and what would become of them.

The Hearts We Sold is a gothic folklore tale threaded into the modern day and lands right into YA literature, WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE?!

We are immediately introduced to Dee(Deidre) Moreno, a teenage girl who makes a deal with a demon for a chance at a better life. Dee's story unfolds throughout the novel and it becomes more and more clear why she felt the need to make that desperate decision. On the surface, she seems like your average teenage girl who attends boarding school, but Dee has become an expert at keeping her family issues a secret. The book is told from Dee's perspective but Lloyd-Jones does a superb job at making every character shine in this novel. She penned an eclectic cast of characters; all kinds of personalities decorate this eerie tale.

The concept of The Hearts We Sold is so unique. The vibrant characters and rare storyline make it a very refreshing reading experience. What I loved most about this novel though was the strong message that can't help but shine through. This book is about perseverance, resilience, and courage. It's about a group of people that were assigned to each other but become so much more than that. They become a family. The learn to care for each other, love each other and fight for each other instead of just for themselves. These qualities cannot be missed. Emily Lloyd-Jones created a camaraderie between her characters, a togetherness. It is also a coming-of-age story. A story about self-discovery and growth.

I loved every minute of The Hearts We Sold and have been thinking about it every since I put it down. It's a beautiful, dark and at times, disturbing tale that will sink its teeth into you and simply steal your heart.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Welcome The Rattled Bones Author, Shannon M. Parker!

Every so often a bookworm has a total fan girl/boy moment! This, Crazy Readers, is one of them! I had the privilege, the absolute pleasure of speaking with Shannon M. Parker about her upcoming book The Rattled Bones. This was a true fan-girl moment for me! Allow me to introduce author, Shannon M. Parker.

A Little Bit About Shannon:
S.M. Parker
Shannon is an avid traveller who loves filling her passports with stamps(who doesn't!) She is a lover of laughter and chocolate chip cookies. She lives a blissful life of rescuing dogs, chickens and old houses and on top of all of that, she is a writer of epic proportions. While she is not new to the publishing world her upcoming book The Rattled Bones(out August 22nd) will surely be the talk of the book world.

Without further a dรบ, Shannon M. Parker.

Firstly, Thank you so much for stopping by The Crazy Bookworm! Before we begin, I’d like to point out that while working on your interview I was munching away on 2 Chocolate Chip Cookies while listening to Amy Schumer on a comedy Podcast, so I feel like this interview was an act of fate!

Ha, yes! Fated indeed!

Let’s chat about your upcoming book, hitting shelves August 22nd, The Rattled Bones. In The Rattled Bones, you created a strong female lead named Rilla. In 2017 I find it so important to have characters like her in the hands of young girls. She was a beautiful character and a great role model. How did Rilla’s character come to you and how did she become the epic lobsterwoman that she is on the coast of Maine?

I’m so glad you saw (and loved) Rilla’s strength, and the beauty that comes from her strength! As a girl I was led to believe that beauty and strength were mutually exclusive. Growing up, I helped my mother run our small farm and you need to be tireless and determined if you work the soil and raise livestock. I didn’t see the beauty in that hard work or how it shaped (and strengthened) my character until I was several years older and living on my own.

In many ways, Rilla farms the sea. She needs to respect and work in unison with Mother Nature to harvest lobsters from the deep. This work is hard and demanding and has broken many men’s backs. Rilla uses her intelligence, physical strength and determined heart to carve out a piece of an industry in which many feel females don’t belong.

You set the book in Maine and you definitely accomplished the task of placing the reader there. The thick coast accent, the slang and the salty sea air made me feel like I was right on the island! But, I have to admit that I had no idea about Malaga Island and its story. Once Sam’s character was introduced and the story of Malaga Island began to unfold, I eagerly started googling! What I learned was equally fascinating as it was heartbreaking. I can understand why some of the community would want to keep that darkness buried deep down and leave it behind. What inspired you to bring the story of Malaga Island to the surface?

I’m so glad to hear that you Googled the island and its history! I hope readers continue to do this because I believe every story deserves to be told. Malaga’s particular history of cultural erasure—while not singular—is not only an important one to tell, but a necessary one.

Speaking of Sam, I absolutely LOVED him. I said it in my review and I’ll say it again! He is not your traditional YA male character oozing with mystery and brooding qualities. Instead he oozed with normalcy and that’s what I loved most; He was also charming, witty and passionate. There were many times that he made me laugh out loud or left me in awe with his determination regarding Malaga Island. Was Sam's character always part of ‘The Rattled Bones’ plan?

Honestly? Yes. I’m physically incapable of writing a book without a boy who makes me laugh and think—all while helping my protagonists to smooth the edges of our jaded world. Believe me, I’ve tried! I’m so glad you loved Sam’s qualities!! He’s swoon-worthy for the heart and intellect, for sure!

Rilla does have a love interest in the book, but it’s not your typical relationship that you see in most YA novels. I actually adored that quality of the book. Of course, I like a great love story, but it seems Rilla’s true love was her family, searching for the truth and doing what was right for her, no matter who disapproved. Was that always a part of her character? Did you intend to make her love interest almost a secondary part of her story?

Definitely. This is the story of a two girls reaching across time, through the veil of death. I wanted the novel’s narrative focus to remain with Rilla and the ghost. The romance story line/s were always secondary to the mystery Rilla has to solve, and the story the ghost has to tell.

What is one thing you hope your readers take away from The Rattled Bones?

Mostly I hope it’s an entertaining read. It’s always my goal as a storyteller. But for this book in particular, I tried to steep readers in the reality that women (young or old or ghostly) are strong and resilient story makers. We have a unique and powerful lens through which we view the world and that should always be validated.

If you could use only 1 sentence to describe The Rattled Bones, what would you say?

A feminist ghost story.

You live my dream life! You rescue animals, old houses and you write books! What is a ‘Day in the Life of Shannon M. Parker” like?

There’s more laundry than I’d like.

You’re quite the traveler, collecting 37 stamps in your passports...I’m a little jealous….Name one place in the entire world you wish to visit and why?

Australia has my whole heart. The Australian people have this generosity of spirit that is unlike anything I’ve ever encountered. The shores are abundant and so is the kindness. Somehow this makes up for the Box Jelly, The Common Death Adder, the Blue-Ringed Octopus and every other deadly thing on that beautiful island!!

I’ve always had this dream of living in the country on a hobby farm OR living in Costa Rica(or somewhere ridiculously hot and oceany)while selling Ice cream. I know, two completely different things but I’d be happy with either! If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream?

I’d own a handful of small bungalows on the northeast coast of Australia, spending my days on a lazy porch, surrounded by the stories travelers brought to my little spot on the shore.

Are you currently working on any new writing projects? And if so, can you share anything about it or are you going to make us eagerly wait in agony?

Like Rilla, I’m a bit superstitious so I don’t typically talk about what I’m working on next. I will say it’s a novel.

In the meantime, I do have a short story in the YA anthology, WELCOME HOME (releasing September 5th) called “Tunneling Through.” The anthology is on love and adoption, two inseparable topics that are very near and dear to my heart.

Rapid Fire:

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird.

Your latest Netflix binge?
Offspring. An Australian show (zero surprise).

One thing on your ‘bucket list’:
Creating a bucket list.

One guilty pleasure:

Name one favourite book(because we all have more than one favourite!):
The Secret Life of Bees

Favourite junk food?
The one within reach.

One superpower you’d like to have?
Flight. I’d love to see the world the way an eagle sees the world.

Celebrity crush:
Colin Firth.

What song is your jam?
“You’re The One That I Want” ~ Grease soundtrack.

3 things you’d take if stranded on an island:
Duct tape.
My pillow.

Last thing you laughed at?
Answering the “what song is your jam” question and picturing your reaction if you ever saw me rock out to “You’re The One That I Want”.

Last thing you just ate?

Shannon, it has been an absolute pleasure connecting with you! And thank you for taking the time to chat with me!

Thank you for reading Rilla’s story and for helping The Rattled Bones reach more readers! I’m eternally grateful!

The Rattled Bones

Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.
Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

*Extended* Big Little Lies Season One DVD Giveaway!!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

GIVEAWAY: HBO'S Girls Season 6!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Little & Lion
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Little Brown | Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher for honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse. 
This is the book that you didn't know you so badly needed! Little & Lion is a relevant and raw story about love and a bond between a brother and sister. It delves into the depths of mental illness, giving you an inside look at the affect it can have on a family.

The YA book scene has been introducing more and more LGBT characters and I can't put into words how much I love this and how important I think it is. We are living in a world where acceptance is being tested. People are falling back into the shadows with the fear of being ostracized for who they are. The more we have strong role models, in fiction and real life, the more we can rally together, stand strong and live our most authentic life.

The book comes from the perspective of Suzette(Little) who is struggling to define who she is. Brandy Colbert delivers Little's story at a perfect pace. Piece by piece we learn Little's back story and how she was brought to the position she is currently in. Throughout the novel we are also introduced to an outstanding cast of characters. Lionel(Lion) is Little's stepbrother but they share a very deep bond that some straight blood relatives don't even have. They are deeply connected and that radiates off of the pages. Lion was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and we witness throughout the novel the effects this has on Lion, his process on living with this new diagnoses and how the family is coming to terms with it.

Little & Lion is a coming-of-age story. We watch so many characters grow throughout the entirety of this novel, even Little and Lion's parents. Each character has a colourful back story and you won't be able to help falling in love with each one.

If I had to sum up Little & Lion in one word I would say: Diverse. It has a very diverse cast of characters and an even more diverse storyline. It goes there. It gets raw and the author tells it like it is. She crafted bold characters that have very powerful voices; and I believe these voices will speak to all of the readers that have the privilege of reading this story. I believe with books like this, we can change the world. We are taking the right steps but stories like Little & Lion really put things on the map and into action!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rosie, Girl by Julie Shepard

Rosie Girl
Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Teen | Putnam
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 256 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher for an honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

After her father passes away, seventeen-year-old Rosie is forced to live with her abusive stepmom Lucy and her deadbeat boyfriend, Judd, who gives Rosie the sort of looks you shouldn’t give your girlfriend’s step-daughter. Desperate for a way out, Rosie would do just about anything to escape the life she’s been handed. Then she finds a letter her dad wrote years ago, a letter confessing that Rosie's birth mother isn't dead, as she believed, but alive somewhere—having left them when Rosie was a little girl for reasons he won't reveal. Rosie resolves to find her birth mom, and she'll put everything on the line to make that happen. She hires a PI paid for by her best friend, Mary, who turns tricks for money. Unlike Rosie, Mary's no delicate flower and when she sees the opportunity to make some cash and help out her closest friend, she takes it. Romance blooms when the PI Rosie hires hands the case off to his handsome nephew Mac, but Rosie struggles to keep her illicit activities with Mary a secret. Things begin to unravel when Rosie starts getting creepy anonymous texts from johns looking for Mary. And then there's Mary, the one person Rosie can count on, who's been acting strangely all of a sudden. As Rosie and Mary get closer to finally uncovering the truth about Rosie's mom, Rosie comes face to face with a secret she never saw coming. With the ultimate unreliable narrator and twists and turns around every corner, Rosie Girl is an unforgettable tale of identity, devotion and desperation.
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That, fellow bookworms is how you write a book! Bravo, Julie Shepard, bravo!

Rosie, Girl will capture you heart from page one. I finished this book in nearly one sitting; believe me, I tried to slow down and savour every moment, but I simple couldn't peel my eyes away. I devoured it, searching for the answers just as desperately as Rosie. Rosie, Girl stole my heart and has yet to give it back. 

In this character driven novel the author weaves a delicate tale about a young girl and her fervent quest for answers. Shepard also tells the story about fierce friendship and the lengths these girls will go for one another. It's equally heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. There are moments that will make you cringe, gasp and tie your stomach in knots. There are moments that will make your heart flutter, skip a beat and your lips turn up in a smile. 

If like me, you will immediately fall in love with Rosie. Given the hand that she was dealt she is, for the most part, a happy teenage girl. She has a great sense of humour that makes some harsh moments a little bit lighter. Mary is tough as nails. There is some darkness that follows her around, and when reading, you will find out why, but one thing is undeniable, Mary and Rosie are deeply connected, a bond that is unbreakable. 

I adored Mac. Another quick-witted character that lightened up the mood at times. He was also a kind and gentle character that put his soul into helping Rosie. It was a treat watching their friendship and relationship unfold.

Now, I am not one for spoilers, but I will tell you, just when you think the book is going one way, Julie Shepard will blast you with the shock of a life time. A literally gasped and was left jaw-dropped by the last page. 

Rosie, Girl stole my heart!

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker

The Rattled Bones
Release Date: August 22nd, 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster | Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 304 Pages
Format: Netgalley
Source: From publisher for honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this haunting novel from the author of The Girl Who Fell.Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past. 
To say I loved The Rattled Bones would be the understatement of the year. I simply cannot think of the words to describe how much I adored this story. This darkly enchanting novel will creep its eerie words straight down to your bones.

Rilla is not your average teenage girl. She has a strong and stubborn head on her shoulders and can stand equal, if not above, the finest and most seasoned of lobsterman. Her strength and will carry her far beyond the dark and deep Maine waters. Plagued with visions after her father's untimely death, she is fiercely determined to get to the bottom of what may be haunting not just her, but her family.

The characters are the true stars of this novel, but the setting is a very close second. Parker's ability to transport you from your reading nook right into this small, Maine fishing island, right onto its haunting waters is a true talent. She crafted such a beautiful view that you can almost smell and taste the salty air.

I can assure you that you've likely not read a story quite like The Rattled Bones. It's originality and hauntingly beautiful storyline makes for a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

I loved Sam. I can't say that enough. I love, love, LOVED him. You want your way into my heart? Be kind-hearted and have a sense of humor, and that was Sam. He was funny and quick witted, yet cared so deeply for Rilla.

If you're looking for a book that will hook you, that will cast you under it's spell than The Rattled Bones is the book that you want. Beautiful, in-depth characters, a stunning setting and an unforgettable story will leave you reeling at the end...Like what I did there...

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Love that Split the Word by Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World
Release Date: January 16th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill | Penguin Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 396 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Goodreads
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Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

 Firstly, look at that cover...Go ahead, I'll wait...Isn't it eye catching?! I know, I know, never judge a book by it's cover right? But this one gave me some serious cover envy. It's so enchanting. Almost Alice in Wonderland-like. As if the girl in the cover is falling down the rabbit hole; The initial reason I was drawn to this book was it's cover, then came the premise, how mysterious. The Love that Split the World was screaming READ ME! So, I eagerly obliged.

This is one of those books that are really hard to review. I'm not struggling because this book had issues, in fact, it's the complete opposite! This book was unlike anything I've really read before. It is not your average Time Travel book, and I use the term 'Time Travel' lightly because I wouldn't even call it that. World-hopping? I don't know what to call it, but it was great! It's also not your average YA love story. Beau and Natalie share a chemistry that goes way beyond swoon-worthy good looks and butterflies in the stomach. They share a connection that radiates off the pages. A connection vibrates between them, even before their first kiss you can feel the strength of the bond between these 2 characters.

When it came to Natalie, I adored her. She was equipped with a hilarious dry, sarcastic humour, smarts and a heart of gold. She also had the ability to make you feel every single thing she was feeling. Her emotions ran wild throughout the story and she took you with her. She whirled her story around your head and spun you in a sea of beautiful stories, love and, at times, extreme heartache.

Grandmother was another spectacular character. Her beautifully woven stories will be unlike anything you've ever heard. You will devour every single word of each story she shares. She was a true gem.

The Love that Split the World goes beyond time travel and romance. It is a story of a girl trying to find her place in the world and her heart-pounding journey to keep her place in it. It has laughs, thrills and chills. You will fall in love with The Love that Split the World!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Seven Days of You
Release date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: Arc
Source: From publisher
Reason: For review
For Fans Of: Just One Day, Eleanor and Park
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon 

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.
Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

Pack your bags, because you're going on a beautiful trip to Tokyo! Not really, but it sure feels like it with Vinesse's beautiful descriptions and scenery. I could see the bright sparkling lights, I could smell the dew left over from the rain, I could feel and hear the life of the city. She brought the city to life, making it leap off the pages. 

Now, this book would have been good with just what was mentioned above. But, Vinesse's talent doesn't end when it comes to world building. She also has the ability to craft fantastic characters, penning them with their own unique personalities, each one offering so much to the story. I adored Sophia. She had a great sense of humour and got in many jabs to her friends throughout the book that made for some great laugh out loud moments. Yet, beneath her bubbly personality, she was vulnerable and still dealing with the divorce of her parents even though it was years in the past. That comes to light throughout the novel, unfolding slowly, giving you more to the story as it goes on.

The chemistry between Jamie and Sophia radiates off the pages, intensifying more and more as their friendship and romance blossoms.

I devoured Seven Days of You in 2 short hours. I simply could not peel my eyes away. I was cast under a romantic spell and the story of a girl, finding out who she is and where she truly belongs. Where, What or Who she will call home.

This was a March release but it is the most perfect book to spend reading out in the sun! You will not be able to put it down!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Have Piqued Your Interest

10 Fiction Books I have Added to My 'TBR' Pile

The Light We Lost
It's described as Me Before You meets One Day. Say no more!

Cold Summer
Sounds like a modern team Quantum Leap. Yes please!

It's Not Like It's a Secret
Sounds like a great Coming-of-Age!

How to Make a Wish

House of Furies (House of Furies, #1)
Gothic Horror is all I need to know!

That Thing We Call a Heart
This sounds like a very deep story.

Grace and the Fever

It Started With Goodbye

A Million Junes

The Dead List

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

The Only Child

Release Date: May 23rd, 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Horror 
Pages: 304 Pages
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review | Blog Tour
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces—FrankensteinThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula—in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.
As a forensic psychiatrist at New York’s leading institution of its kind, Dr. Lily Dominick has evaluated the mental states of some of the country’s most dangerous psychotics. But the strangely compelling client she interviewed today—a man with no name, accused of the most twisted crime—struck her as somehow different from the others, despite the two impossible claims he made.
First, that he is more than two hundred years old and personally inspired Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker in creating the three novels of the nineteenth century that define the monstrous in the modern imagination. Second, that he’s Lily’s father. To discover the truth—behind her client, her mother’s death, herself—Dr. Dominick must embark on a journey that will threaten her career, her sanity, and ultimately her life.
Fusing the page-turning tension of a first-rate thriller with a provocative take on where thrillers come from, The Only Child will keep you up until its last unforgettable revelation

Andrew Pyper, you did it again! But, should I be surprised? 

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You had me at Hello the day I cracked open The Demonologist. It was shelved on my "Staff Favourites" shelf for months at the little Bookstore I worked at. Then The Damned came out and let's just say that I was a gluten for punishment! That book had me spooked to my bones, yet I couldn't put it down and loved every spine-tingling second!

Pyper's extraordinary talent to weave dark tales with unforgettable characters is outstanding. He has the truest ability to pluck you from your every day life and transport you into whatever tale he has gifted us. 

The Only Child is a book that will appeal to all readers, not just fans of horror and Gothic horror. If you like to be entranced by a compelling story, meet diverse characters and be left on the edge of your seat, nail-biting your way through the pages, then this book is for you. The Only Child is packaged perfectly: Haunting cover, check. Inviting premise, check. And it only gets when you start reading. Leaving you dying to know how this story will unfold. But Pyper will not give it up easily. Keeping you in utter suspense the whole way through! 

When it comes to the delivery of this novel, it is marvelous. Each chapter delivering a new, delicate piece to the story that will leave you with no choice but to carry on. Even if you are bleary-eyed. Even if you know that you have to be up early and need to get to bed. You will read on because you need to get closer to solving the puzzle; and when you're not reading, you'll be thinking about reading it. Well played, Andrew Pyper, well played!

Putting it simply, you'll devour it. Action-packed, dripping with suspense and just a really spectacular reading experience!

Andrew Pyper is an author that I will eagerly stalk follow so I can snag every one of his future masterpieces the minute they hit the shelves!

Don't miss out on what others have to say about The Only Child. Follow along with us on The Only Child blog tour.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins | HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 444 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interst
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Hate U Give ignited something the moment it hit shelves. It sparked conversation. It got the youth talking. It got adults talking. It got youth and adults conversing together. The Hate U Give needs to be on every school's reading syllabus. It needs to be on the shelves of every public library. It needs to be printed in all languages so it can be shared throughout the world.

Angie Thomas created a character that will stand out so strongly among any other character you've ever come across. Starr Carter starts off as your average, fun-loving teenager that lives in 2 different worlds. Everything changes the night she witnesses the murder of her childhood best friend by a cop. Starr's world is then turned upside down and she gets lost in the midst. Questioning the world she lives in the, who she is and where she belongs, we are taken on Starr's journey through grief, anger and growth.

Heartbreaking. So very heartbreaking yet so relevant. Thomas' writing will strip you down to your core and get your own conversations swirling in your head. However, it does not come off preachy or soap-boxey. It comes off so very real. She penned such a diverse cast of characters. Each one standing out on their very own. Each one offering so much to the story being told. In fact, it is a very character driven novel. The character really put this story together.

The Hate U Give teaches us about fear and how to overcome it. How to dive into the dark abyss of the unknown because you know it is the right thing to do. It teaches you to use the most powerful tool you possess: Your voice.

Angie Thomas used her tool, her voice to it's maximum. She got people talking and in my opinion, that has to be the highest compliment as an author. I hope she is very proud of herself because The Hate U Give is a game changer in YA literature. Thank you, Angie Thomas!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Breakthrough Female YA Authors

There have been some outstanding Authors that have burst into the YA scene with a bang! Both male and female YA authors that have tested the boundaries, made us think, made us question and wonder. These authors have proven to us time and time again that we are not alone. There is something so special about the Young Adult Book genre, the stories, the readers and the authors...It's kind of magical!

Today, I want to the spotlight just a fraction of the Female Authors that have impacted the many lives of its readers.

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys: With books like Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy and Salt to the Sea under her belt, she has proven herself a force to be reckoned with. She tackles the tough and the uneasy. She brings to life characters the nest themselves into our hearts. She shines light on pieces of history to educate her readers but to also instill in us more knowledge of that era. Her passion and love for not only the YA genre but for writing radiates off of the pages. She is truly a rare gem of an author.
Jennifer Brown

Rainbow RowellJennifer Brown: Hate List, Thousand Words and Bitter End are just a few of the books that Brown has given us the pleasure of reading. She is not afraid to step out of the "norm" and bring to us true stories. Her characters may be fictional but she brings forward the stories of many, many youth. She tackles bullying, the repercussions of teen sexting, domestic violence in a youth relationship, the list goes on. Her fearlessness as an author is truly inspiring!

Rainbow Rowell: I have yet to come across an author that is like Rainbow Rowell. She stands out among the rest. Her fictional characters become friends to us. She has the precious gift at making her characters not only lovable but relatable. We see so much of us in each character.

Jandy NelsonHer writing is a simple style yet is so bold and memorable. She is witty, quirky and absolutely one of a kind!

Jandy Nelson: Jandy Nelson captured the hearts of her readers every since The Sky is Everywhere and has yet to release them. One of my most favourite books is I'll Give you the Sun. It's so rare that you come across an author that leaves you in awe.

Calling her an author doesn't seem to do her justice. She is an artist. She preciously crafts characters and places them in a world were we can slip away and befriend these beautiful people. She cracks our hearts wide open and makes us feel so deeply. Reading Jandy Nelson will always leave you with a wonderful and memorable reading experience.

Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman: Gayle was one of the first authors that had me really feel and react to the lives of a books characters. Back when I first read If I Stay I was just coming out of the paranormal craze and haven't read much that didn't involve a vampire, werewolf, damsel in distress, etc. She was one of the first authors that showed me the true beauty in feeling. In being hurt and reading through tears. She taught me that you can experience true love in Just One Day. She shows her readers that there is love, loss and love again.

Courtney Summers
Courtney Summers: Summers had her first book published had the age of 22 and it then became the winner of the 2009 Cybil Award for YA. How outstanding is that? With books like Fall for Anything, All the Rage and Some Girls Summers shows us that we are not alone. Whatever we may be suffering with, she brings to live characters that we can relate to and befriend. She shows us that there is someone out there that gets us and that will bring our story to life. She has the ability to make us feel every possible emotion that there is. A true author in every sense of the word!

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling: You mention the name J.K. Rowling to anyone in any part of the world and they will know who you are speaking of. J.K. Rowling changed the game when it came to children's literature. She crafted characters that are still castings their spells over readers. There is no coming back from the Harry Potter Series. You go in it one version of yourself and come out a whole different person. She took the world of Fantasy and turned it on it's head; changing the perspective entirely. She continues to teach the young and old alike what true magic is. The magic lies within yourself and in the friends and support around you. The world has never been the same since Harry Potter entered it. I wouldn't want to live in a where Harry Potter didn't exist.

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins:  Suzanne Collins challenged the YA scene with her epic series The Hunger Games. Her series was met with controversy but that never once detered it's readers from falling in love with it.  She fearlessly created a world that wasn't magical, not enchanting but terrifying. But admist all of the ugliness, Collins still showed us the hope and love will always rise above.

Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins: Crank, Glass and Fallout are just a fraction of the books that Ellen Hopkins has living on our shelves. Whether you've read her or not, you've heard of her. Ellen Hopkins has taken us down the road of drugs, addiction, prostitution and more. She gives us a glimpse into the very harsh realities that too many youth are faced with. There are moments during her books that you may cringe but that is such a noteworthy quality in my opinion. Hopkins makes you feel, she makes you react. She doesn't hid and tells no secrets. Everything is the bitter truth when it comes to her writing.

Stephenie Meyer

Stephanie Meyer: How can I make a list of breakthrough Female Ya authors without mentioning Stephanie Meyer?! Whether you love them or hate them, Meyer's catapulted into the scene with her Paranormal series, Twilight. She ignited a romantic flame into every pre-teen and teen out there. Not only did she put popularize the paranormal genre, but she gave her young readers there first real taste of true romance. And teens were not the only ones falling in love and fueding with fellow Team Edward or Team Jacob lovers, adults were all about this series as well. She united the book scene. She brought readers of all different ages into the same community. She gave us a common groud with fellow readers. If you read Twilight, you were a friend.

These are just a few of the authors that added their bricks to the beautiful path of female authors and YA literature!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Delecorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 310 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reasons: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Ok, y'all. Can someone explain to me why the hell I waited so long to read this book? Like, seriously?! I have a 'Read before I Watch' rule, If any book is hitting the big screen and it's a movie I want to see, then I want to read it before I see it. The minute I heard all the fuss over Everything, Everything, I knew I had to my hands on it.

Now, fast forward 2 hours when I completed this lovely, adorable(and every other positive adjective) story. Each aspect of this novel was so strong. The grand characters: Madeline, Olly, Carla and her mother. The picturesque world that Yoon described throughout the entire novel, from Madeline's white room to the beautiful islands of Hawaii. And then the little doodles that graced the pages throughout the books entirety. Speaking of those doodles, I saw Nicola Yoon on The Social(a Canadian Talk Show program) and she mentioned that her husband is the artist behind the book cover, the doodles and the movie poster, so big kudos to Mr. Yoon!

Everything, Everything reminded me a lot of one of my favourite film's, Penelope(minus the curse and the pig's nose) but more so for the seclusion and the boy who breaks the spell. In it's own way, Everything, Everything is a perfect fairytale. It's not so much that Boy-Saves-Girl but more so Boy-Shows-Girl-Her-Grand-Potential. Boy-awakens-girl. Madeline held the power all along but Olly ignited the flame. LOVE!

Everything, Everything is so much more than your "average" young adult love story. It is a coming of age novel. A girl shedding her skin and learning about herself and who she wants to become. It is about a mother and her relationship with her daughter. The unbreakable bond between parent and child. And it is also about those other meaningful relationships you have with people in your lives. In Madeline's case, Carla. A vibrant character that helped polish Madeline into the beautiful gem that she is.

If you haven't read this novel yet, then what are you waiting for? Don't be fool like me and put it off any longer. There is truly so much beauty in Everything, Everything. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

The Perfect Stranger
Release Date: May 16th, 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Mystery and Thriller
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon 

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

I have been delving out of my reading comfort zone and trying different genres I don't typically read.  Lately, I have been really interested in the Mystery and Thriller genre. Is there anything better than a book causing a chill up your spine or goosebumps to rise from your skin? The Perfect Stranger did all of that and more!

This is my first book by Megan Miranda but I have already gone out and purchased 2 of her previous books: Fracture and Eleven Minutes. Miranda has a true talent for storytelling! Crafting in-depth characters and penning a visual setting that made this book even more addicting and even harder to put down.

This book is being called the follow-up to All the Missing Girls. I have not read this book so do not know if it carries any similarities or if it's just the author's most recent work. But if it does, I can assure you that The Perfect Stranger stands strong as a stand alone. There were no moments where I was left lost or confused in any way!

I really liked Leah Stevens and thought she was a wonderful main character. I've noticed there is a bit of a love/hate relationship with her and other readers, but I for one, loved her!

What I've come to love is a good whodunnit kind of story and The Perfect Stranger definitely quenched by thirst when it came to that! I was flying through the pages dying to get answers to the questions that were popping up in my mind.

Megan Miranda delivered an addictive mystery that had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I can't wait to dive into her previous and future work!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Dangerous Lies
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 384 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
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She does not belong in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small-town locals can never know who she really is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self. She knows that telling the truth will only bring violence to this safe haven.
Despite how hard Stella tries to stay under the radar, danger is fast approaching. Criminals have a way of getting rid of witnesses, and Stella may have made the one mistake that could lead the cold-blooded men hunting for her right to her doorstep.

As crazy bookworms yourselves, you know that we accumulate more books than we read. Because of this I will put myself on a 'book buying ban' from time to time...honestly, it usually ends up in complete failure. That is how Dangerous Lies came in my possession. I frequent the gym every day, but my gym is attached to a mall, so I just walk through the mall every day to get to said gym. They always have their hottest reads displayed and EVERY DAY I would walk by Dangerous Lies. It's cover beckoning me and it's enticing premise intriguing me But, I resisted and would walk away. This lasted a week! A week of pure torture! Finally, it was a gloomy, rainy Friday and while walking to the gym I plucked the book up and carried it with a smile to the cashier. Self control be damned!

With all this anticipation and temptation I had high expectations for Dangerous Lies. I was nervous that that week of pure torture wouldn't pay off. Well, that was a foolish thought! Dangerous Lies was everything I hoped it would be and so much more!

From the very beginning you're thrust right into the middle of Stella's life being turned upside down. Imagine being ripped away from everything you know and being uprooted to someplace new all alone. No friends, no family and scared for your life. Becca Fitzpatrick did a tremendous job at illustrating Stella's anger and isolation. It radiated off of the pages. You're immediately drawn to Stella and develop an almost protective-like relationship with her.

Her relationship with Carmina, her new guardian, a retired cop from the Midwest with a strong faith, begins turbulent. Stella taking out her anger on anyone around her. But, after some time and some strong rules of Carmina's, Stella begins to settle into the small Midwestern town and slowly develops a routine. Enter Chet, SWOON! Chet's character reminded me so much of Garrett Hedlund from Georgia Rule. This couldn't have just been me?!

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He was charming and caring but a little sad behind the eyes. Chet comes with a background story that will leave you reaching for the tissues. Watching Chet's and Stella's friendship blossom was such a sweet treat. The funny insults and tender moments left you falling in love with them. 

Dangerous Lies comes with a lot of thrilling suspense. It is not your average YA novel. It packs a lot of punch and will leave you on the edge of your seat. I found myself wanting to savour the novel, taking my time, but that was impossible because I was flying through the pages utterly devouring it. Dying to know how this story ends!

I am so happy I broke my book buying ban for this one. Totally worth it!

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