Showing posts from May, 2014

After The End

After The End By Amy Plum Published on May 6th 2014
Published by HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows …

I Kill the Mockingbird

I Kill the Mockingbird By Paul Acampora Published on May 20th 2014
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Source: Publisher
When Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to see To Kill A Mockingbird included. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm. So they hatch a plot to get the entire town talking about the well-known Harper Lee classic. They plan controversial ways to get people to read the book, including re-shelving copies of the book in bookstores so that people think they are missing and starting a website committed to “destroying the mockingbird.” Their efforts are successful when all of the hullabaloo starts to direct more people to the book. But soon, their exploits start to spin out of control and they unwittingly start a mini revolution in the name of books. Whenever I saw this book in the publisher's catalog, I knew I had to read it.  To Kill A Mockingbird was one of my favorite books as a kid, one that I would read every …

The Dark World by Cara Lynn Schultz

The Dark World By Cara Lynn Schultz Published on May 27, 2014
Published by Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.   I finished reading The Dark World about a week ago, but every time that I have sat down to write a review for it, I get hung up. I try…

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This list is only ten of the many books that have stolen my heart, and have a special place always!

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
My first contemporary, and still my absolute favorite!

God Save the Queen series by Kate Locke
There is just something about this series. The characters became my friends, and I was completely drawn in to their stories.

Inkworld Trilogy by Cornelia Funke Everything by this amazing author is golden, but this series has a special place in my heart!

Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins Funny, sad, heartbreaking. Fast-paced, adventurous, heart-pounding. Tears, laughter, frustration! This series is topnotch!

Belles series by Jen Calonita I picked the first book up, Belles, not expecting anything other than a cute read. Which it was! But it was so much more than that, too! It was about family, faith and friendship, change and heartbreak and love. I truly love this series, and am thankful I took a chance on it!


Treasure Point Secrets

Treasure Point Secrets By Sarah Varland Published on May 6th 2014
Published by Love Inspired
Source: Author
It's been five years since Shiloh Evans encountered the murderous gold hunters seeking Blackbeard's hidden stash. After they killed her policewoman cousin, Shiloh left town to regroup, and earn her own police badge. Because she would see this case solved—someday. She just didn't expect the killers to attack her new home in Treasure Point, Georgia…on the same day her ex-fiancé arrived in town. Adam Cole has tried to overcome his love for Shiloh. But he won't just sit by when she's in danger. Working together, they plan a trap. But springing it requires getting to centuries-buried treasure before the killers get to them.
Ok, I am going to put it out there- I am biased.  Sarah and I have been friends for a few years and when she said that she was writing a book, I immediately told her I wanted her on my site!  Sarah is an amazing mother and woman and I wanted to supp…

The Shadow Society

The Shadow Society By Marie Rutkoski Published on October 16th 2012
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: Borrowed
Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

As if she were his enemy.

When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world for…

One Man Guy

One Man Guy By Michael Barakiva Published on May 27th 2014
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: Publisher
Funny and heartfelt, One Man Guy brings to mind the raucous family humor and gentle romance of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, as told with David Sedaris–style wit.

Alek Khederian should have guessed something was wrong when his parents took him to a restaurant. Everyone knows that Armenians never eat out. Between bouts of interrogating the waitress and criticizing the menu, Alek’s parents announce that he’ll be attending summer school in order to bring up his grades. Alek is sure this experience will be the perfect hellish end to his hellish freshman year of high school. He never could’ve predicted that he’d meet someone like Ethan.

Ethan is everything Alek wishes he were: confident, free-spirited, and irreverent. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having …

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

The Unnaturalists By Tiffany Trent Published on August 14, 2012
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR
Source: Library
In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.  This is my second time around with this story. I am a big re-reader, especially when the next book in a series is coming out and I need the refresher. Bu…

Stolen Songbird

Stolen Songbird By Danielle L. Jensen Published on April 1st 2014
Published by Strange Chemistry
Source: Publisher
For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to …

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Some of my books about friendship may seem.... different, but I wanted to represent all different kinds of friendship. As usual, no particular order. I hope that you enjoy!

Harry Potter  series by J.K. Rowling
This entire series has one of the best friendships that I have ever come across in a book. Harry, Ron and Hermione's friendship is perfection, but it isn't just their friendship. It is every single friendship that was forged within the pages of these amazing books.

Eragon series by Christopher Paolini
One of the best types of friendships! Friendship between man or woman and beast, be it dogs or cats or, in this case, DRAGONS!

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas The kind of friendships I would run like heck from. Seriously messed up friendships that are still real, even when they seem not to be. (Sorry if that makes no sense. Read it and you will completely understand!)

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale A friendship …

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Hexed By Michelle Krys Published on June 10, 2014
Published by Delacorte Press
Source: eARC from Netgalley
If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a futu…

She Is Not Invisible

She Is Not Invisible By Marcus Sedgwick Published on April 22nd 2014
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Source: Publisher
Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other. Marcus Sedgwick, best known for his haunting, dark stories, takes a turn towards something a little more contemporary with She Is Not Invisible.  This is a different book than you would expect from Sedgwick, but although it lacks the sinister edge of something like Midwinterblood, he still brings a very bright,…

Second Star

Second Star By Alyssa B. Sheinmel Published on May 13th 2014
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: Publisher
A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.
Second Star is a book that sticks with you.  I went into this book knowing that it was sort of a Peter Pan retell…

The Taking

The Taking By Kimberly Derting Published on April 29th 2014
Published by HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of …

Gravity Series Books 2-4 Bundle

Gravity Series Books 2-4 Bundle: Uncertainty, Luminosity, and Velocity By Abigail Boyd Published on December 10, 2013
Published by Abigail Boyd
Source: Kindle eBook

 In Uncertainty, Ariel finds out more information about her grandmother's visions and family secrets. An unexpected reunion turns her life upside down, and she doesn't know who to trust. In Luminosity, Ariel is haunted by reoccuring nightmares that bring her back to the spooky Dexter orphanage in search of something she once lost..but she's not the only one looking for it. In the final volume of the series, Velocity, Ariel finds out the truth behind why she's seeing ghosts, and the depth of what her powers are. She must stand up against the heinous Thornhill Society in their nefarious plot to bring Hell on earth.  I am not going to go into a big, long and drawn-out review of all of the reasons that you should read this series. Good Golly Miss Molly, just go read it!

 There are ghosts, and demons, and Limbo and D…

Jaime's Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't....

Jaime's Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't
(No particular order!):
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Boring... Dragging... BUT, I finished it. It was an interesting premise, but it just didn't work

Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
I struggled through this one, but there were enough interesting things going on that I kept reading. Never finished the series though.

Fracture by Megan Miranda
I know so many people loved this one, but it just ticked me off

Forbidden by Syrie James & Ryan M. James
I didn't really get hooked but I finished it... The cover is pretty!

Auracle by Gina Rosati
I wanted more action, less of the romance. I liked it enough to finish it, though. 

The Dead and Buried  by Kim Harrington
I was expecting more scary, ghosty scenes. Not a bad book though, if you don't go in with those expectations.

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Don't hate me, but I just didn't like it. I tried h…