Monday, August 20, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Review: We Regret to Inform You - Ariel Kaplan

We Regret to Inform You
Ariel Kaplan
Series: n/a
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Knopf
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she's rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. All the sacrifices her mother made to send her to prep school, the late nights cramming for tests, the blatantly resume-padding extracurriculars (read: Students for Sober Driving) ... all that for nothing.

As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies known as "The Ophelia Syndicate," Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Two Can Keep a Secret - Karen M. McManus

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for Two Can Keep a Secret!

Two Can Keep a Secret
Karen M. McManus
Series: n/a
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Goodreads
The New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus, is back with an all-new, page-turning mystery perfect for fans of Riverdale!

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone's declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she's in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous--and most people aren't good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Buddies

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Blogging Buddies!

This was the HARDEST list to put together, because there are so many wonderful bloggers in this community, who have embraced and supported me, and I am grateful for you all. I am going to start with this list, but I know there will need to be a part 2 (or 3) in the near future.

Monday, August 13, 2018

In a Nutshell Reviews


In a Nutshell Reviews are my version of mini-reviews, because sometimes, you just want the highlights.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Discussion: What's the Con?

After I read a book, I read a lot of other reviews, to see what other people thought. When the reviewer and I are in agreement, I simply nod my head as I read, but when the reviewer is saying unsavory things about a book I loved, I tend to get a little edgy, and I expect them to explain the cons they attribute their low rating to.

This Week’s Topic: What's the Con?


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review: Wild Blue Wonder - Carlie Sorosiak

Wild Blue Wonder
Carlie Sorosiak
Series: n/a
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
There are two monsters in this story. One of them is me.

Ask anyone in Winship, Maine, and they’ll tell you the summer camp Quinn’s family owns is a magical place. Paper wishes hang from the ceiling. Blueberries grow in the dead of winter. According to local legend, a sea monster even lurks off the coast. Mostly, there’s just a feeling that something extraordinary could happen there.

Like Quinn falling in love with her best friend, Dylan.

After the accident, the magic drained from Quinn’s life. Now Dylan is gone, the camp is a lonely place, and Quinn knows it’s her fault.

But the new boy in town, Alexander, doesn’t see her as the monster she believes herself to be. As Quinn lets herself open up again, she begins to understand the truth about love, loss, and monsters—real and imagined.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: On Thin Ice - Julie Cross

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for On Thin Ice!

On Thin Ice
Julie Cross
Series: Juniper Falls, #3
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
New York Times bestselling author Julie Cross completes her sexy, relatable hockey series with a fast-paced, shocking romance perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally.

Jake Hammond is the current Prince of Juniper Falls. He’s also been labeled the next great player to emerge from the Juniper Falls hockey dynasty. When a hundred-year-old hazing tradition at Juniper Falls pond goes all wrong, Jake is left seriously injured, shouldering the blame for the near death of another student and the knowledge that the quiet new girl saved his life.

Maybe if she’d realized how different this small town was from Austin, Brooke Parker wouldn’t have followed her mom here. Not that she had a choice. Same with saving that cocky hockey player from drowning at the pond. Now, she keeps seeing that same guy, wandering the woods between their houses. And they start to regularly meet at midnight in Jake’s old tree house.

Jake realizes that Brooke is full of life, ideas, places, and experiences bigger and broader than anything he’s ever known. Plus, she’s the first person to ever see him as Jake Hammond, a guy who’s not sure what to do with his life, rather than the future hockey star.

Maybe it isn’t enough anymore to just be the town hockey star? For Brooke, relying only on herself might not be enough, either.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Some Favorite Adult Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Some Favorite Adult Books!


I read a lot, but I don't always read YA books. I actually enjoy mixing it up, and I have read some really great books outside of YA. I don't often scream about my adult reads, well not here on the blog at least, but there have been many deserving of my praise. Without further adieu, here are some of my 5-star reads from my adult shelf.

Monday, August 6, 2018

In a Nutshell Reviews


In a Nutshell Reviews are my version of mini-reviews, because sometimes, you just want the highlights.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Discussion: Why I DON'T Reread


This Week’s Topic: Why I DON'T Reread


I do a ton of reading challenges, and every time I see "reread" on the list, I automatically cross it out. I am just not a "re-" person in general. Re-watching movies? Nope. Re-watching TV shows? No, again.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Review: Let Me List the Ways - Sarah White

Let Me List the Ways
Sarah White
Series: n/a
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
A breezy, sexy contemporary YA about falling in love with your best friend, from Wattpad phenom Sarah White.

Mackenzie Clark has been best friends with Nolan Walker for as long as she can remember. She’s shared everything with him, from adventures with their families and days lounging at the beach, to long talks about their friends and her journey with type 1 diabetes. The only thing she hasn’t shared is the fact that she is in love with him.

Now in their senior year of high school, Mackenzie and Nolan know that in a few short months everything will change as they head off to different colleges. Determined to make the most of the time they still have left, they come up with a list of things they want to do together before graduation. But as they make their way through everything from toilet papering the school bully’s house to having a backyard camp-out like the ones they had when they were kids, Mackenzie can’t help feeling that she’s left the most important thing off the list: telling Nolan how she feels. But when confessing her love could jeopardize the incredible relationship they already have, is honesty really the best policy?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Pulp - Robin Talley

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for Pulp!

Pulp
Robin Talley
Series: n/a
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Waited on by: Sam
In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Believe the Hype!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Popular books that lived up to the hype!

I know there are a LOT of readers out there, who are leery of hyped books, because they sometimes are fail to deliver on the stellar reading experience we were promised. The follow are a list of books, which I kept seeing EVERYbody raving about, and when I finally read them, I joined in the chorus of adoration. Each of these earned a 5-star rating and a place in my heart.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: Surviving Adam Meade - Shannon Klare

Surviving Adam Meade
Shannon Klare
Series: Surviving Adam Meade, #1
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire—Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…

With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Odd One Out - Nic Stone

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for Odd One Out!

Odd One Out
Nic Stone
Series: n/a
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Waited on by: Sam
From the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin comes this illuminating exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.

Courtney "Coop" Cooper Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn't mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin I assumed "new girl" would be synonymous with "pariah," but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I'm right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story. Three sides. No easy answers.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: What Comes Next!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

What Comes Next!

So, that's vague, right? What I am eluding to are sequels I can't wait to read. Many of these are continue stories, where previous books left me hanging or were just set in worlds I can't get enough of. Whatever the reason, I am really happy, that the authors have graced me with additional books.

Monday, July 23, 2018

In a Nutshell Reviews - The Summer of Change Edition


In a Nutshell Reviews are my version of mini-reviews, because sometimes, you just want the highlights.

I always like looking for how my Nutshell books are connected. These three books share a common thread of romance, obviously. I mean, I read these books, they must have some romance, but they all also happen to take place during the summer. These are just any old summers for these characters either, these are summers of change.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Discussion: Audiobook Love

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where we discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

This Week’s Topic: What Do You Love About Audiobooks?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Blog Tour: So Glad to Meet You - Lisa Super

So Glad to Meet You
Lisa Super
Series: n/a
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Diversion Books
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Daphne Bowman, a bookish drama nerd in public school, might never have crossed paths with Oliver, the popular, outgoing mascot for his private school's football team, but one event has bound them inextricably. Daphne's older sister, Emily, and Oliver's older brother, Jason, who were high school sweethearts, committed suicide together seven years earlier.

When Daphne uncovers Emily and Jason's bucket list—a list comprised of their "Top Ten" places to visit before they die—she knows she has to tell someone. The one person who might actually get what she's going through and who might not think it's silly that she wants to complete the list, is also someone she's never spoken to—Oliver Pagano. Throwing caution to the wind, Daphne sends Oliver a Facebook message that will come to change the course of both of their senior years—and maybe their entire lives.

Tackling grief with a wry voice and an unflinching eye, So Glad to Meet You tells the story of two people who, in searching for what they've lost, end up finding what they never knew they needed—each other.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Unstoppable Moses - Tyler James Smith

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for Unstoppable Moses!

Unstoppable Moses
Tyler James Smith
Series: n/a
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Waited on by: Sam
In this coming-of-age debut, a seventeen-year-old boy has one week in the aftermath of a disastrous prank to prove to the authorities, and to himself, that he’s not a worthless jerk who belongs in jail.

Moses and his cousin Charlie were best friends, wisecracking pranksters, unstoppable forces of teenage energy—until the night they became accidental arsonists and set in motion a chain of events that left Moses alone, guilt-stricken, and most likely trapped in his dead-end town.

Then Moses gets a lucky break: the chance to volunteer as a camp counselor for week and prove that the incident at the bowling alley should be expunged from his record. And since a criminal record and enrollment at Duke are mutually exclusive, he’s determined to get through his community service and get on with his life. But tragedy seems to follow him wherever he goes, and this time, it might just stop him in his tracks.

“When people say reading makes us more empathetic, they are talking about books like Unstoppable Moses by Tyler James Smith. A lyrical, hilarious, so-real-it-hurts debut that reminds us all just how much we have to lose, and why it’s important to never give up. I’m so happy this book is in the world.” —Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Morris Honor-winning author of The Smell of Other People’s Houses

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: We Are Family!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

We Are Family!


I LOVE sibling stories, and I have read many wonderful books filled with siblings. Since I am a sister and have a sister, I want to talk about books that show us the ups and downs of having and being a sister.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Discussion: I'd Read That!


This Week’s Topic: 
A minor character, who NEEDS their own story

Dani at Perspective of a Writer hosts the meme I Heart Characters, which is a way for people to feature their favorite characters. I often fall in love with minor characters, and couldn't wait to share one I believe needs her own story.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Reviews: And They Both Got Into Harvard!

I was really surprised to read two books, back-to-back, where a character in the book gets into Harvard. The school has like a 6% acceptance rate, but you know, this is fiction. Regardless of the Harvard thing, I really enjoyed both these books. There were a ton of feels to go around, and both left me feeling rather happy in the end.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Home and Away - Candice Montgomery

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for Home and Away!

Home and Away
Candice Montgomery
Series: n/a
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Waited on by: Sam
Tasia Quirk is young, Black, and badass. She's a senior, she's got great friends, and a supportive and wealthy family. She even plays football as the only girl on her private high school's team.

But when a mysterious box arrives, family secrets spill out, and her identity is suddenly called into question. The box is filled with mementos from Tasia’s life, including a birth certificate with a blank paternity line and a photo of her mom in the arms of some white dude... who looks kinda like her. Turns out, the man she always thought was her father isn't. Her brother is really her half-brother. And she's actually bi-racial. ​

Tasia is determined to unravel the lies that have overtaken her life. Which means priority #1 is tracking down her bio dad. Along the way, Tasia discovers that forgiveness is more than an eleven-letter word, and there's a fee for answers. The artsy bisexual boy living with her new grandparents wants to help her find them—if she can stop fighting who she is, beyond the color of her skin.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

My Favorite Books Released in 2018 (So Far)!

This is one of the WORST Questions you can ask a reader. It's so hard to pick a favorite, but after reading more than 200 books this year, I have found some really special ones.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Summer TBR Wipeout


I don't know why I keep letting this happen, but I am sitting with a plethora of unread book, many of which are past due ARCs. As a way to motivate my reading, I thought I would join Summer TBR Wipeout, which is hosted by The Candid Cover

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Five Feet Apart - Rachael Lippincott

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for Five Feet Apart!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: You're a Grand Old Flag!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Red, White, and Blue Covers!


In honor of Independence Day in the US, I am sharing some red, white, and blue covers from some great books I have read, which also feature the idea of freedom in some form.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Accidentals - Sarina Bowen

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for The Accidentals!

The Accidentals
Sarina Bowen
Series: n/a
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Waited on by: Sam
Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.

I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.

My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost. Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul. There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Show Us Your PRIDE

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Show Us Your

As Pride Month winds down, I thought I would share some of my favorite LGBTQIAP+ books.