Jul 022015
 
Early Review: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

New Release Review: Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally Book 6 in the Hundred Oaks series Release date: July 7, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance Book provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis from Goodreads: Practice Makes Perfect. Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol. But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 2, 2015 at 10:07 am
Jun 252015
 
Should You Read This Series? - Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

At the beginning of the year, I decided I wouldn’t center my reading goals around the number of books I read. The pressure to read a certain amount of books in a certain amount of time was too much. I set my goal way too high and got stressed out when I had to lower it. Instead, I’d step outside of my comfort zone, which is primarily Contemporary and Historical Romance. Young Adult is one of the genres I wanted to explore more of, and I discovered the Dairy Queen series when I needed a third book for a challenge I was [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 25, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 172015
 
Early Review: The Stellow Project by Shari Becker

The Stellow Project by Shari Becker Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 23rd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Skyscape Synopsis from Goodreads: When a killer storm unexpectedly hits Manhattan, seventeen-year-old Lilah Stellow’s dad insists that she and her younger sister, Flori, take refuge at their cabin in the mountains. But instead of joining them with the experimental drug that keeps Lilah alive, he disappears just as news reports name him as a prime suspect in an act of ecoterrorism. As days pass without her medicine, Lilah finds herself teetering on the edge, caring for her sister, and growing increasingly certain [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 17, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 112015
 
Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Romance Publication Date: January 1st, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Original title: Severed Heads, Broken Hearts Synopsis from Goodreads: Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life. No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 11, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 092015
 
Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic/Humor Publication Date: March 1st, 2012 Publisher: Amulet Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 9, 2015 at 8:00 am
Jun 032015
 
Early Review: After Hours by Claire Kennedy

After Hours by Claire Kennedy Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Romance Publication Date: June 16th, 2015 ARC provided by Edelweiss and Simon Pulse Synopsis from Goodreads: Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it’s about Tips. Tips–the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember. Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 3, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 282015
 
Early Review - Modern Monsters by Kelley York

Modern Monsters by Kelley York Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 Publisher: Entangled Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: Vic Howard never wanted to go to the party. He’s the Invisible Guy at school, a special kind of hell for quiet, nice guys. But because his best friend is as popular as Vic is ignored, he went… And wished he hadn’t. Because something happened to a girl that night. Something terrible, unimaginable, and Callie Wheeler’s life will never be the same. Plus, now Callie has told the police that Vic is responsible. Suddenly, Invisible Vic is painfully visible, on trial both [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 28, 2015 at 8:00 am
May 272015
 
Review: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee Genre: YA Historical Fiction Publication Date: March 17th, 2015 Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Synopsis from Goodreads: Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 252015
 
Review: Fragile Bones by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Fragile Bones by Lorna Schultz Nicholson Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: March 15, 2015 Publisher: Clockwise Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: Meet Harrison and Anna. One is a fifteen-year-old boy with an uncanny ability to recite every bone in the skeletal system whenever he gets anxious ― and that happens a lot. The meaning of “appropriate behavior” mystifies him: he doesn’t understand most people and they certainly don’t understand him. The other is a graduating senior with the world at her feet. Joining the Best Buddies club at her school and pairing up with a boy with high-functioning autism is the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 25, 2015 at 8:00 am
May 212015
 
New Release Review: Revive by Tracey Martin

Revive by Tracey Martin Book #1 in Redzone Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Thriller Publication Date: May 19th 2015 ARC Provided by Author and Samhain Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: What the mind forgets, the heart remembers. Alone in a train station bathroom, Sophia Hernandez has no memory of who she is or how she got there. All she’s certain of are three things: her college ID is a lie, bad people are coming for her, and no one can be trusted. The only clue to her past is the fellow student who finds her. Although Sophia’s gut tells her Kyle [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 21, 2015 at 11:03 am
May 202015
 
New Release Group Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

End of Days by Susan Ee Book #3 in Penryn & the End of Days Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy Publication Date: May 12th, 2015 Synopsis from Goodreads: After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all. When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 20, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 142015
 
Early Review: A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin

A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin Book #1 in Stranje House Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 19th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 14, 2015 at 8:20 am
May 072015
 
New Release Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Magical Realism Publication Date: April 21st, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins   Synopsis from Goodreads: Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 7, 2015 at 8:00 am
May 042015
 
New Release Review: Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin

Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: April 21st, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark   Synopsis from Goodreads: Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents’ plans for her future, it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away… Racing around the rink allows her to blow off steam after yet another fight with her dad about going to culinary school. So when Jake Gomes, the bad boy who lives [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 4, 2015 at 8:00 am
Apr 172015
 
New Release Review: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage by Courtney Summers Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin   Synopsis from Goodreads: The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 17, 2015 at 8:00 am
Apr 102015
 
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 in March and I’ll let you know whether they were good, (not so) bad, or just plain ugly!     Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Genre: Young Adult Contemporary with Fantasy elements Publication Date: March 3rd 2015 ARC Provided by Balzer [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 10, 2015 at 12:15 pm
Mar 272015
 
Group Review: Wind Catcher by Jeff & Erynn Altabef

Wind Catcher by Jeff & Erynn Altabef Book #1 in The Chosen Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology Publication Date: March 2015 Publisher: Evolved Publishing, LLC Synopsis from Goodreads: Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense. When she stumbles upon a series of murders she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
Mar 252015
 
Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills Genre: YA Contemporary LGBT Publication Date: October 1, 2012 Publisher: Flux   Synopsis from Goodreads: “This is Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, on community radio 90.3, KZUK. I’m Gabe. Welcome to my show.” My birth name is Elizabeth, but I’m a guy. Gabe. My parents think I’ve gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I’m right. I’ve been a boy my whole life. When you think about it, I’m like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 25, 2015 at 8:25 am
Mar 202015
 
Revew: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead Book #6 in Bloodlines series Genre: Urban Fantasy YA Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: Razorbill Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here… Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 20, 2015 at 8:19 am
Mar 132015
 
Revew: There Will be Lies by Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Publication Date: January 6th, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens   Synopsis from Goodreads: In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car. Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon. All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 13, 2015 at 8:37 am