Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: How to Disappear - Sharon Huss Roat

How to Disappear
Sharon Huss Roat
Series: n/a
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.

So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.

To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.
This book was such a wonderful surprise! I laughed, I cried, I swooned, but I also found myself relating to so many of the things Vicky did and felt. Roat did such an incredible job telling this tale, marrying social media and social anxiety to produce a pretty special coming-of-age type story.

Things I Liked
  • The positive use of social media: In my heart, I know there are a lot of pros to social media. It just seems as though all the negative uses are getting most of our attention. Therefore, I was elated to see Instagram used in such a positive and awesome way in this book. I hope people will read this, and be inspired to do some good via social media. 
  • Vicky: I so easily related to Vicky. My anxiety is not quite as severe as her's, but I understood her. I was very proud of each step she took, because I understood how difficult it was for her to accomplish each task, which seem so mundane to most. Vicky was by no means cured over the course of this book, but she definitely experienced a lot of growth, and it was a beautiful thing to see. 
  • Lipton❣️: Gosh! If you googled the term "sweet little cinnamon roll", you would find Lipton referenced somewhere in the entry. This boy was so sweet, adorable, and genuine. I loved his persistence when "courting" Vicky, and also found him to have a big beautiful heart. I melted multiple times due to him, and commend Roat on crafting such an amazing book boyfriend. 
  • Vicky's Tribe: It was so difficult watching Vicky struggle with her isolation and loneliness. Therefore, I was so delighted when she finally found her tribe, or maybe they found her. Either way, she ended up with a great circle of friends, who were super supportive and really saw her. They didn't just see her though, they liked what they saw. 
I only have praise for this lovely story of a girl, who while trying to escape herself, she finds herself.   

**I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.









Our hero, Lipton, plays Minecraft. I have not gamed in a while, but I always loved sim type games (like Animal Crossing). 
Do you like playing video or online games?
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: My New Crush Gave to Me - Shani Petroff

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 My New Crush Gave to Me!

My New Crush Gave to Me
Shani Petroff
Series: n/a
Release Date: Oct. 31 , 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Waited on by: Sam
Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, and contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor). Basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: Rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with five perfect gifts. Enter J.D. Ortiz—Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, unorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet the more time Charlie spends with J.D. the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

Three reasons why I want to read this book:

  1. It's set during the holidays, and I love the holidays. Holidays have a certain amount of cheer associated with them, and I also love getting a peek at how others celebrate. 
  2. I love when there are elaborate plans to win someone's heart. When an MC plots in the name of  romance, it usually results in some fun hijinks, and I adore hijinks. 
  3. From the synopsis, it looks like a enemies to more sort of story, and I happen to like those type of stories. 




























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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Recommendation for People who Like to Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is...

Book Recommendations 
for People who Like to Cry!

The other day, I did a post about sad books becoming sad movies, and I had been thinking about all the books which have made me cry. When I was younger, I had some sort of impenetrable heart. I never cried when reading, but once I became a mom, I went soft. This list contains some of the books, that have made me cry, and I am talking about sad tears, not happy tears (which happens too), and maybe they have, or will, make you cry too. **The majority of each of this books is not sad, but they contain some really tragic and sad parts. 

Second Chance Summer
Morgan Matson
Series: n/a
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

You know from the first chapter how this is going to end. You would think, that knowing this was not going to end well would give me time to prepare. That was not the case. I cried something fierce, and I cried a lot. There was snot and my eyes were practically swollen shut, but I still thought this was a beautiful story.

All the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven
Series: n/a
Publisher: Knopf

Gosh darn it! There are tears in my eyes as I try to write about this book. I read this book back in 2014, and I still cry every time I think about it. I fell in love with the characters in this book, and the ending was very difficult, but again, this was a beautiful story. "I was alive. I burned brightly."

The Serpent King
Jeff Zentner
Series: n/a
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Zentner really knows how to deliver the feels. He brought me to my knees with that certain part of this book, and pretty much left me crying for most of  Goodbye Days. He makes me care so deeply about these characters, and then he delivers that tragic blow. I forgave Zentner for what he did in TSK, because it did contribute to moving the story forward.

If He Had Been with Me
Laura Nowlin
Series: n/a
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

This is another book, where you knew how it was going to end, but it still did not soften the blow. I bawled! It was tragic and sad and broke my heart. I think there was a small part of me, which believed that it would end differently, but it didn't and I was still crying days later.

Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver
Series: n/a
Publisher: HarperCollins

You know Sam's ultimate fate from the beginning of this book. She keeps reliving the same day, over and over, every time with the same result. But, over the course of the book, she changes so much, and I just wanted a better ending for her.

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
Adele Griffin
Series: n/a
Publisher: Soho Teen

I am now starting to think that somber stories are Griffin's thing. This is a story of girl, who burned so brightly, that she just burnt out way before her time. Untimely deaths get me every time, but again, because I grew so attached to Addison, her death affected me that much more.

Love and Other Unknown Variables
Shannon Lee Alexander
Series: n/a
Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Young people with illnesses will alway break my heart, but when you get the whole story on this one, your heart will crack open. I openly sobbed during this one, and then full out bawled when I read Alexander's afterword. *wipes tears from eyes.*

The Memory Book
Lara Avery
Series: n/a
Publisher: Poppy

Another young person, who is ill, so sad. But wait! It's a terminal disease. Even sadder. But wait! It is a horrible, terrible disease, and she is recording her memories, because this horrible, terrible disease will rob her of everything eventually, including her memories. I cannot even express how moving this story was, and I am so verklempt right now.

Clockwork Princess
Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices, #3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

I was pretty much an emotional wreck during this book. There were these really beautifully sad moments that I experienced, and wow! Way to resolve a love triangle. I would never have wanted to be in Tessa's position, and here I am, crying again.

Champion
Marie Lu
Series: Legend, #3
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Seriously, the last part of this book abused me. I looked at my review, and it said that I "bit my nails, I gasped for breath, I sobbed, and I smiled." It was an emotional roller coaster, and quite a surprising choice Lu made at the very end. It was beautiful and meaningful, but still a little difficult to accept.


BONUS SAD BOOK:

These are not YA books, but they left me a snotty mess.















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Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: Wicked Like a Wildfire - Lana Popović

Wicked Like a Wildfire
Lana Popović
Series: Hibiscus Daughter #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: out of 5 stars
Goodreads
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?
If I had to sum up this book in one word, I would pick magical. From the very beginning until the very end, this book swept me away. I found myself mesmerized by the the lovely prose, which was so rich and lush. Popović didn't just describe this world, she put it in Technicolor for me. Through all the descriptions, I fell in love with Montenegro. The sounds, the sights, the food was set out for me, and I wanted to sample it all. Most of the books I read are set in the US, a few in western Europe, and it was kind of nice to travel outside of my norm.

And we have witches! I have a soft spot for witches, and really found this coven to be quite interesting. I have to warn you, a lot of the details are kept close to the vest for a good part of the book, but it is all eventually explained. I just enjoyed the rest of the tale as I patiently awaited more information, and I thought it was worth the wait.

Aside from the magic, we had a story of relationships. This book examines the complexities of the relationships that exist between sisters, mother and daughters, friends and lovers. It was very captivating to be an observer of the interactions between these pairs, and to see their relationships grow and change.

There's a mystery too! Malina and Iris take it upon themselves to find out who attacked their mother and why. As they are trying to solve that mystery, they uncover a lot of hidden details regarding their mother and themselves, which force them to confront certain things as what they discover many of their truths were lies.

This was a magical and beautiful journey. I will be counting down the days until the next book is released, and I look forward to many more stories from Popović.

**I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.








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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sundays with Sam - The Sunday Post

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where I can share my wrap up of the past week, as well as plans for the current week.

My Week in Review

What can I say, I live a quiet life. I had been lent out to my old team last week, because they needed additional resources, and now I remember how much I didn't like that job. So, although it was nice to catch up with some old friends, I am happy the week is over.  I am also watching my sister's dog while she is on vacation. You need to understand, that this dog believes my sister gave birth to her, and is physically attached to her at all times. Needless to say, the dog is missing my sister and we are doing our best to cheer the dog up.

On the blog:
I am just going to leave this here for you: 



What I Read Last Week

Doing my old job left me with tired eyes. I did not read as much as I usually do, but I did read some awesome books. My top read of the week was The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love, which was just a whole lot of wonderful. It sweet, funny, charming, heartfelt. I swear, there were tears every time they talked about the mom, and there were times I really felt like I was the con with them. Another standout was A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares. I expected it to be funny, and it was, but this is a family with a lot of issues, and at one point stuff gets real, and I shed a whole lotta tears. I apparently was destined to cry a bunch, because my audiobook caused me to weep as well. However, these tears were mostly happy tears, because The Spire was the best Walsh book yet, and I loved every second of it.

What I Am Currently Reading

My co-blogger's loan for Lord of Shadows came up, so I had to jump on the opportunity to read this. I am about halfway through, and as always, I am delighted to be back in the world of the Shadow Hunters. I was pretty excited to see that Hoopla had Pretty Face on audio. The first book in this series was so much fun, and I have heard a lot of awesome things about this book.

What I Plan to Read

I am going to knock out my two blog tour books and some of my challenge books. I love Marie Lu so much, so you know I am stoked to start Warcross. I liked Vassa in the Night and thought Porter's writing was great, therefore I am interested to see what she does for us in her new book.





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Friday, August 11, 2017

Discussion: When Sad Books Become Films

There has been a lot of talk about all the fantastic adaptations that are in the works. Shatter Me, Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Let It Snow, Fallen, Illuminae, Why We Broke Up. So many adaptations, and  I am excited. But, not I am starting to hear a lot about All the Bright Places, and this got me thinking about what I would like to discuss today:

When Sad Books Become Films

Now, don't get me wrong, I adored All the Bright Places, but this book broke me. It crushed my soul and caused some serious ugly crying. As a matter of fact, tears begin forming in my eyes every time this book comes up, and that is why I know, that I will not be able to see this film in the theatre. Seriously, I watched the trailer and cried.


This has happened to me before. Back when The Fault in Our Stars came out, the WLABBers all went to see it, and I was invited, but I had to decline. Why? Because I cried just about non-stop for the last 30% of that book. I am talking full-on, snotty mess crying. I could never allow this to happen in public. So, I watched this alone, on DVD, in the privacy of my own home. It was as painful as I thought it would be. I couldn't even watch it in one sitting, because I was such a mess.

You would think it would be easier, knowing about the impending tragedy. As if I could fortify myself, prepare myself for the emotional onslaught. But alas, I cannot. I fail every time. It's like when I hear the song, "The Wind Beneath My Wings". Tears. Every. Time.

So, although I am SO EXCITED about ATBP, I will probably will never see this film on the big screen. I read this book back in 2014, and it still stirs such strong feelings of sadness and loss in my heart. I feel like this would be Bambi part 2, when my family was ejected from the theatre, because my sister was hysterical during you-know-what-part.






























What are you feelings on sad books being made into movies?
Do you have a favorite sad book? sad movie?
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: The Authentics - Abdi Nazemian

The Authentics
Abdi Nazemian
Series: n/a
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Coming of Age
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
The Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create.

Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.

But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer.

With infighting among the Authentics, her mother planning an over-the-top sweet sixteen party, and a romance that should be totally off limits, Daria doesn’t have time for this identity crisis. As everything in her life is spinning out of control—can she figure out how to stay true to herself?

Daria and her friends always believed they were being authentic, being true to themselves. However, after experiencing an existential crisis, Daria begins to question what it means to be authentic. While trying to work through this situation, she learns a lot about herself, her friends, and her family.

This story had me hook, line, and sinker from the very beginning. I loved all four of the Authentics immediately, and was thinking how lucky Daria was to have such an awesome group of friends. The title of this book makes you think it is their story, however, this is Daria's story, and I felt fortunate to join Daria on her journey of self-discovery.

I have been lucky enough to read quite a few #OwnVoices books lately, which deal with self-discovery and self-identity. I have also been lucky enough to have enjoyed them all immensely, and am happy to add The Authentics to this list.

Nazemian gave me so many beautiful relationships to be jealous of in this book. Daria's closest friends -- Joy, Caroline, and Kurt -- are each very special in their own way. They had very different strengths and weaknesses, complementing each other quite well. They were steadfast and dedicated friends, but they were not perfect. We find out that some of them may be hiding a thing or two, but these small transgressions never nullify those super strong bonds of friendship the four of them share. The way each will put the other first is lovely, and I could only wish to have friends like them. Daria's family had a lot of things they needed to work through, but you would never question their love for each other. They didn't always make the best decisions, but they made those decisions with the best intentions. I never had a nanny, but I could only wish I could be lucky enough to have a Lala in my life. This woman exuded love through even pore of her body. She was just the epitome of a caregiver, and I loved every second I got to spend with her.

Speaking of family, I love that Nazemian shows that a family is a family even if it is not the traditional family. I equate family with love, and it seems Nazemian agrees with this. Daria's family changed and grew from the beginning of the book to the end of the book, just as Daria herself grew and changed, and all these changes were positive in my opinion.

It was interesting to be a witness to all the changes that both Daria and her family experienced. Daria definitely came of age during this tale. One of the things that hit me hardest, was when her mother broke down those walls of protection, and revealed her vulnerability, shared her pain. This changed the way Daria perceived her mother and actually made her more human.

I found the commentary about Iran quite interesting. I was in single digits during the Iranian Revolution, so I only remember bits and pieces. The insights Nazemian shared prompted me to find out more, and I think it's great when a book elicits that sort of response from me. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to learn more about Nazemian's culture, and felt he thoughtfully wove it into this story. It gave this book extra depth and definitely enhanced my reading experience.

Overall: I have nothing but love for this tale of friends, family, first love, self love, and self acceptance.

**I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.







This book begins and ends with a Sweet 16 bash. I myself did not have a big party for my Sweet 16, and I was able to convince my daughter to celebrate with a trip to London and Paris instead. 

Did you have a big Sweet 16 party?
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Blitz: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo - F.C. Yee


You may have heard how upset I was when my co-blogger absconded with THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee, because I was so excited to read it. Well, release day is finally here, and now we can all read it!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author F.C. Yee, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of the book and a bookmark courtesy of Pique and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Title: THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO
Author: F.C. Yee
Pub. Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo's every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

Excerpt:

“GREETINGS,” HE SAID, HIS ACCENT THICK BUT HIS VOICE LOUD and clear. “I have arrived.”

Now, I’d done my best to describe this guy to the police. They pressed me hard for details, as apparently this wasn’t the first group mugging in recent weeks.

But I’d let Officers Davis and Rodriguez down. Nice eyes and a winning smile weren’t much to go by. I was too frazzled to notice anything before, which meant this was my first decent look at the boy without the influence of adrenaline.

So a couple of things.

One: He was short. Like, really short for a guy. I felt bad that my brain went there first, but he wasn’t even as tall as Mrs. Nanda.

Two: He was totally okay, physically. I didn’t see how anyone could be up and about after that beating, but here he was, unbruised and unblemished. I felt relieved and disturbed at the same time to see there wasn’t a scratch on him.

And his mint condition just made Point Three even more obvious.

He was . . . yeesh.

Nothing good could come of our new classmate being that handsome. It was destructive. Twisted. Weaponized. He had the cheekbones and sharp jawline of a pop star, but his thick eyebrows and wild, unkempt hair lent him an air of natural ruggedness that some pampered singer could never achieve in a million years of makeup.

“Argh, my ovaries,” Yunie mumbled. She wasn’t alone, judging by the soft intakes of breath coming from around the room.

“Arrived from where?” said Mrs. Nanda.

Quentin looked at her in amusement. “China?”

“Yes, but where in, though?” said Mrs. Nanda, trying her best to convey that she was sensitive to the regional differences. Fujianese, Taishanese, Beijingren—she’d taught them all.

He just shrugged. “The stones,” he said.

“You mean the mountains, sweetie?” said Rachel Li, batting her eyelashes at him from the front row.

“No! I don’t misspeak.”

The class giggled at his English. But none of it was incorrect, technically speaking.

“Tell us a little about yourself,” Mrs. Nanda said.

Quentin puffed out his chest. The white button-down shirt and black pants of our school’s uniform for boys made most of them look like limo drivers. But on him, the cheap stitching just made it clearer that he was extremely well-muscled underneath.

“I am the greatest of my kind,” he said. “In this world I have no equal. I am known to thousands in faraway lands, and everyone I meet can’t help but declare me king!”

There was a moment of silence and sputtering before guffaws broke out.

“Well . . . um . . . we are all high achievers here at SF Prep,” said

Mrs. Nanda as politely as she could. “I’m sure you’ll fit right in?”

Quentin surveyed the cramped beige classroom with a cool squint. To him, the other twenty-two laughing students were merely peons on whom his important message had been lost.

“Enough wasting of time,” he snapped. “I came to these petty halls only to reclaim what is mine.”

Before anyone could stop him, he hopped onto Rachel’s desk and stepped over her to the next one, like she wasn’t even there.

“Hey! Quentin!” Mrs. Nanda said, frantically waving her hands. “Get down now!”

The new student ignored her, stalking down the column of desks. Toward mine.

Everyone in his way leaned to the side to avoid getting kicked. They were all too flabbergasted to do anything but serve as his counterweights.

He stopped on my desk and crouched down, looking me in the eye. His gaze pinned me to my seat.

I couldn’t turn away. He was so close our noses were almost touching. He smelled like wine and peaches.

“You!” he said.

“What?” I squeaked.

Quentin gave me a grin that was utterly feral. He tilted his head as if to whisper, but spoke loud enough for everyone to hear.

“You belong to me”

About F.C:


F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted “That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving spreadsheets.

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Giveaway Details:

5 winners will receive Genie Lo prize packs—complete with a finished copy of the book and a special Genie Lo horoscope (that doubles as a bookmark!), US Only.

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Can't-Wait Wednesday: R.I.P. Eliza Hart - Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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 R.I.P. Eliza Hart!

R.I.P. Eliza Hart
Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Series: n/a
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Waited on by: Sam
When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead on the cliffs outside her dormitory, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend.

Never mind that ever since Ellie arrived at school Eliza has spread terrible rumors about her, calling her a liar and a stalker, when all Ellie wanted to do was rekindle their old friendship. Or that Ellie’s claustrophobia limits where she can go and what she can do. Or that Ellie’s suitemate, Sam, is the only one who will help her . . . because to everyone else, Ellie looks like the top suspect.

Can Ellie clear her name and solve the mystery behind Eliza’s death? Her hunt for the truth will uncover secrets she never imagined, sending her deep into her own memories of her childhood with Eliza Hart.

New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel delivers a gripping mystery and a sensitive and moving examination of the secrets that can hold us back—and even destroy us.
This one just came on my radar, and I immediately added it to my TBR. I really liked  Second Star. I thought it was an interesting retelling, and although I read in back in 2014, I hold fond feelings about it. My interest in reading more from this author combined with the description for this book, I sort of couldn't resist.

It is set in a boarding school. I don't know if it's just me, but since I did not attend boarding school, there is this mystique about them that I cannot resist. I also sort of wished I attended the Eastland School on the Facts of Life or Blake Holsey High or House of Anubis or Zoey 101. Wow! I have watched a lot of TV shows with boarding school!

Anyhow, there is also the dead body thing. A well place corpse is always interesting. Finally, we have a person trying to prove her innocence. These the makings of a great YA mystery, and I could use my mystery in my life.











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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Titles That Remind Me of Songs

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is the last week of me having to make up a topic (Thank goodness! How do they do it?!), and I want to talk about

Book Titles That Remind Me of Songs!

I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but there are book titles that make me start singing, because the title reminds me of a song I know. It can sort of make me nuts, but I cannot seem to make it stop. There are series, which I know must intentionally be named after songs, like Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor or Ann Aguirre's 2B Trilogy, but there are some that I am not sure if it was intentional or accidental, and there are others that are just one little word away from a song title. These are all books I have read in the recent past or one's that I cannot escape. Either way, I am sorry if I plant any earwigs. 

Since You've Been Gone
Morgan Matson
Series: n/a
Publisher: Simon & Schuster




Breakaway
Cate Cameron
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders, #4
Publisher: Entangled: Crush



Bittersweet
Sarah Ockler
Series: n/a
Publisher: Simon Pulse



Who's That Girl
Blair Thornburgh
Series: n/a
Publisher: Harper Collin's Children's



More of Me
Kathryn Evans
Series: n/a
Publisher: Amulet Books



Hello?
Liza Wiemer
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Publisher: Spencer Hill Press



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Series: n/a
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Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc



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Publisher: HarperCollins/Blazer & Bray



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Kasie West
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Publisher: Harper Teen






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