Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Feb 8, 2016

TitleThe Last Time We Say Goodbye
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing Date: February 10, 2015
Pages/Format: 386, Hardcover
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There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

Book in One Word: SAD

Blog Tour: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Feb 2, 2016

Hello, my scallywag readers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Nicole Castroman's debut novel Blackhearts! I first added this book to Goodreads almost two years ago, so to say I've been waiting for it is a bit of understatement. I mean, it's an origin story about Blackbeard, and let me tell you: it's one-hundred percent worth reading. I'll tell you all about its worth in my review, and there's a giveaway for Blackhearts that you really want to win, so please board the ship and prepare to set sail!

Blog Tour: Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Feb 1, 2016

Hello, kickass readers! I'm very excited about today's post because I am on the blog tour for Meg Cabot's Remembrance! I love the Mediator series, and to get a surprise seventh installment--set in the future!--is so freaking cool. My review for Remembrance--and why you should jump on this series if you haven't already--is below, and there's a giveaway for the very first book in the Mediator series--which you really, really want, I promise. So take a break from kicking some ghost ass and check it out!

Blog Tour: Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

Jan 22, 2016

Hello, dear readers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Jan Gangsei's Zero Day! This thriller takes place in the White House after the president's previously missing daughter magically reappears. (And if you happen to see a copy in real life, you'll notice that the pages are very coolly edged in black!) I have an interview with Jan and some fun info behind Zero Day, plus a giveaway. Check it out!

Waiting on Wednesday (160)

Jan 20, 2016

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

So, here's the deal with this book. I liked the first book in this series. I did! But I think it was hard to love it when there was so much hype--some self inflicted--and when I love this author's other series so damn much. All that said, HELL YES, I STILL WANT THE SEQUEL. But it scares me. I fear the romance is going to go a certain way and I really, really don't want it to. We'll just have to wait and see what insane, emotional, gut-wrenching, swear-inducing thing this author does four freaking months.

Top Ten Tuesday (160)

Jan 19, 2016

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Review: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Jan 18, 2016

TitleBone Gap
Author: Laura Ruby
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publishing Date: March 3, 2015
Pages/Format: 368, Hardcover
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Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Book in One Word: Huh.

Waiting on Wednesday (159)

Jan 13, 2016

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

I find books--and movies and shows--dealing with teen pregnancy to be interesting (maybe because it's the closest I get to seeing my ships in the future living happily ever after with little babies?), and I don't see it very much in the former. So when a book like that pops up I want to read it, and this one seems extra compelling because 1) the guy's name is Taco and 2) I think this has a larger focus on the teen father. Plus, the cover suggests this contemporary will be on the lighter, fluffier side, and I love books like that. In other words: this book, I want it.

Top Ten Tuesday (159)

Jan 12, 2016

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Review: Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash

Jan 8, 2016

TitleThree Day Summer
Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: May 19, 2015
Pages/Format: 304, Hardcover
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Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.

Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She's volunteering in the medical tent. She's like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.

When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them...

Book in One Word: GROOVY.
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