Jun 292016
 
New Release Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 7th, 2016 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Synopsis from Goodreads: Taylor Simmons is screwed. Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip. Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 172016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | The Truth About Forever

So far I’ve had a great experience with Sarah Dessen books. The Truth About Forever really upped the ante. I just can’t help but wonder what took me so long to dive into the Young Adult genre. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 11th, 2004 Synopsis from Goodreads: A long, hot summer… That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 062016
 
Early Review: The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder Genre: YA Contemporary Publication Date: June 7, 2016 Publisher: Simon Pulse   Synopsis from Goodreads: In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up. Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak. Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak. Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 312016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Saint Anything

It’s back at it with A Year of Sarah Dessen. This is shaping up to be quite the YA year for me, as I seem to keep adding more and more YA books to my to be read pile and review schedule. Does reading Sarah Dessen have anything to do with it? I can’t say for certain, but her books sure don’t make me want to turn away from YA! These books are filled with emotion and make me want to relive parts of my own teenage years. I’m enjoying every moment of them! Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 242016
 
Re-Release Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson Genre: YA LGBT Realistic Publication Date: May 31, 2016 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux   Synopsis from Goodreads: David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 202016
 
Review: The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis Genre: YA Realistic Publication Date: February 29th, 2016 Publisher: e-Penguin   Synopsis from Goodreads: The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them? Will Kostakis, award-winning author of The First Third, perfectly depicts the pain and pleasure of this teenage world, piecing together three points of view with intricate splendour. Wendy’s Review The Sidekicks wasn’t a book that was on my [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 182016
 
New Release Review: Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: May 17th 2016 ARC Provided by Harper and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: Girls on Fire tells the story of Hannah and Lacey and their obsessive teenage female friendship so passionately violent it bloodies the very sunset its protagonists insist on riding into, together, at any cost. Opening with a suicide whose aftermath brings good girl Hannah together with the town’s bad girl, Lacey, the two bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 132016
 
New Release Review: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016 ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis from Goodreads: The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 122016
 
Early Review: Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis

Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis The Order of the Krigers #1 Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: May 17th, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons. For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains. Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 102016
 
New Release Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Cycle #4 Genre: YA Fantasy/Magical Realism Publication Date: April 26th, 2016 Publisher: Scholastic Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. In a starred review for Blue [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 092016
 
Giveaway! A Badass Read-Along: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter is the final book in our Lunar Chronicles Read-along.  It feels like it went by very fast. Please be advised, as this isn’t a review, that since we’re specifically discussing the aspects of the story it’s very likely there will be spoilers.  If you would like to sign up for the Giveaway without reading the spoilers in the discussion, please scroll down to the bottom of the blog post.  We completely understand.  🙂 Winter by Marissa Meyer #4 The Lunar Chronicles Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: November 10th, 2015 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Synopsis from Goodreads: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 032016
 
April Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly

So the month of April kicked my butt reviewing-wise, but I did manage to read a few books.  I’m a little late with this Mini Review installment, but here is  a good sampling of the books I read in the month of April!     Heartsick by Chelsea Cain Read by Carolyn McCormick Book #1 in Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Genre: Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: March 4th 2007 Audiobook Borrowed from Local Library Synopsis from Goodreads: Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 272016
 
On the Hunt |Tracking an Epic Romance!

  Isn’t there no better feeling than finding a book that’s like magic in your hands.  A story that, from page one, sucks you in and holds you hostage.  One that when you get to the end and you can feel your heart squeezing, and your soul aching, and you just clutch the book to your chest because you know that physically putting it down would be like ripping off the toughest of band-aids. I’ve felt that way about only a handful of books and the sad fact is that, despite rereads, I’ll never get that initial feeling again.  There is literally [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 192016
 
Early Review: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood Genre: Young Adult, Romance Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016 ARC provided by Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Synopsis from Goodreads: This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.  Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past: To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 182016
 
New Release Review: Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost

Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost Mortal Eternity #1 Genre: YA Sci-Fi Publication Date: April 5th, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books, LLC   Synopsis from Goodreads:  The future is bright for 16-year-old Ava Holland and the residents of Evereach. They don’t have to worry about old age or even getting sick. In their world, humans regenerate, heal, and live for hundreds of years. Mortality isn’t something to fear. Disease has been all but eradicated. Everything changes when Ava watches her brother die and he doesn’t regenerate. Ava’s genetics are called into question by the government, scientists, extremists, and Ava herself. Could her genes hold [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 082016
 
A Badass Read-Along: Cress by Marissa Meyer

It’s time for book 3 in The Lunar Chronicles, Cress! If you want, please join the discussion in the comment section. We’ve decided not to list the short stories as part of the read along, but please feel free to mention them in the discussion. This includes the prequel Fairest. Please be advised, as this isn’t a review, that since we’re specifically discussing the aspects of the story it’s very likely there will be spoilers. Cress by Marissa Meyer #3 The Lunar Chronicles Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: February 4th 2014 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Synopsis from Goodreads: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder [ Read More of this Review ]

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Mar 312016
 
March Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly

Because of the amount of books I read most months, I don’t get to review everything for the blog. The Mini Review Catch Up is my place to give you a little information about some of my other reads and whether or not I would recommend them without going into tons of detail. These are a good sampling of the books I read this month and I’ll let you know whether they were good, (not so) bad, or just plain ugly!     Borderline by Mishell Baker Book #1 in Arcadia Project Trilogy Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: March 1st [ Read More of this Review ]

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Mar 112016
 
A Badass Read-Along: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Today we are discussing book 2 in The Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet! I hope you’ve read the book and can join the discussion in the comment section.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you liked and didn’t like about the the second book, Scarlet. We’ve decided not to list the short stories as part of the read along, but please feel free to mention them in the discussion. This includes the prequel Fairest. Please be advised, as this isn’t a review, that since we’re specifically discussing the aspects of the story it’s very likely there will be spoilers. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer #2 [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 262016
 
New Release Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Book #1 in The Witchlands Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: January 5th 2016 Book Borrowed from Local Library Synopsis from Goodreads: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands. Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 252016
 
February Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly

Because of the amount of books I read most months, I don’t get to review everything for the blog. The Mini Review Catch Up is my place to give you a little information about some of my other reads and whether or not I would recommend them without going into tons of detail. These are a good sampling of the books I read this month and I’ll let you know whether they were good, (not so) bad, or just plain ugly!     Night Study by Maria V. Snyder Book #2 in Soulfinders Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: January 26th 2016 ARC [ Read More of this Review ]

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