Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

15728577Title: Side Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Source: Library
Edition: Hardcover (330 pages)
Genre: Contemporary


What if you'd been living your life as if you were dying-only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs-however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission.
Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she's said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her-and to the one person who matters most?
I had heard so many great things about this one, especially from one of my favorite booktubers, so the instant that I saw this one in my library, I ran to the checkout so that I could finally read it. As soon as I got home, I went on Goodreads to see what other people had to say about the book too. I found that there were actually a lot of negative reviews, which kind of brought me down a bit before reading this, but in the end I think it made me like it even more.

My favorite character was definitely Harvey. He was ALWAYS there for Alice, even when she didn't want him to be. He was just so sweet and kind and everything wonderful in the world. Plus, his huge crush that he had always had on Alice was super adorable. I absolutely loved it when I got to the chapters told through Harvey's point of view, just because I loved him so much as a character.

Alice could be annoying at times, but she began to grow on me the more that I read about her. I did find some of her decisions to be iffy at times (I'd say specifically when but I don't want to be too spoilery!). However, in the end, she did seem somewhat okay.

I definitely would recommend giving this one a read sometime. It's a quick read that you won't regret. I'm really looking forward to reading more by Julie Murphy in the future.

Notable Quotes:


Then he left, and with him he took the sun, the moon, the stars, and anything inside of me that might have been good.


In a hundred years, no one would know us, but this moment for us would last as long as we did.


I wanted nothing more than to feel something, but I didn't know how to deal with what came after the feeling.


I'd always heard that when you truly love someone, you're happy for them as long as they're happy. But that's a lie. That's higher-road bullshit. If you love someone so much, why the hell would you be happy to see them with anyone else? I didn't want the easy kind of love. I wanted the crazy love, the kind of love that created and destroyed all at the same time.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Library Jumpers Cover Reveal!

Today I have a super awesome cover reveal for you guys!

Library Jumpers
Release Date: January 2016
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.


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Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her strong love for storytelling. So it was onlyfitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward thefantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

9378297Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: October 17, 2011
Source: Library
Edition: Hardcover (316 pages)
Genre: Paranormal


Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
Yet she spares Cas's life.

Anna Dressed in Blood was extremely creepy yet beautifully wonderful at the same time. I absolutely loved Cas. It was so cool that he traveled around just searching for different dead beings to put to rest. It definitely reminded me of the show Supernatural in a good way, which was so great because I love that show. I found Cas's father's back story to be really interesting as well.

Anna was the creepiest ghost. I felt bad for her tons of times though, especially because she wasn't always in control of what she was doing. It definitely made me want to help her stop herself even though she couldn't! The relationship between Anna and Cas was wonderfully great. I loved the both of them and they made wonderful friends.

I absolutely love that this book is part of a duology instead of a series. It's great to know that I don't have to purchase another 2-5 books just to finally figure out what happens. I just have to purchase one more and sadly that will be the end! I'm not sure if I'm ready to lose all of these wonderful characters once and for all.

This book was quite horrific considering that it's only a young adult novel. I absolutely loved that about this book! It didn't hold back on any gory or gross details that most young adult books do. This is definitely a horror novel, if you know what I mean. It's perfect for Halloween or any time that you're interested in not sleeping at night, because boy will this book keep you up! I've heard that the sequel, Girl of Nightmares, is even better. I can't wait to get my hands on it and finally give it a read!

Notable Quotes:


She's my purpose and we're going to save each other. We're going to save everyone. And then I'm going to convince her that she's supposed to stay here. With me.

You make me want things I can't have.

I've seen most of what there is to be afraid of in this world, and to tell you the truth, the worst of them are the ones that make you afraid in the light. The things that your eyes see plainly and can't forget are worse than huddled black figures left to the imagination. Imagination has a poor memory; it slinks away and goes blurry. Eyes remember for much longer. 

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