Sunday, March 27, 2016

Meet Cassidy from Quartzfeather!


Hey guys! Today I have an interview with Cassidy from Quartzfeather for all of you! I absolutely adore her blog and her bomb design is totally envy-worthy. 

Let's get on to the questions!

Hardcover or paperback? 
Well I'm a rather large fan of both actually. I like the way paperbacks look, as I prefer the cover directly printed onto the book unlike how on most hardcovers their printed on the dusk jacket instead. But at the same time I prefer reading hardcovers cause their just generally easier to read in my opinion, and they also release first. For me both have their pros and cons I don't really have an exact favorite.
Book or e-copy? 
Definitely the actual physical book. For me reading e-copies is hard, I don't normally get as engrossed in the book as I do with hard-copies. Plus when reading on a device I normally have to take breaks in between reading for some reason so it also often takes me longer to finish ebooks.

Library or book store? 
I like bookstores better cause I adore buying books. However due to do my eternal lack of money and space I end ups sticking to the library a lot.

New books or used books? 
New. I prefer new books. But I don't really mind reading or owning used books, but if it's new vs. old I'd definitely go for a new copy.

If you were in a book, which type of character would you be? (EX: hero, villain, sidekick, etc.) 
Oh that's hard. I'd like to be the hero but I'd probably end up as the sidekick, and if I did I'd probably be that bossy sidekick who can like never shut up.

Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you? 
Oh that would be cool. I've always wondered what it'd be like to seeing someone playing me on screen or my voice coming out of an animated character, wouldn't that be so weird? As for who to play me, I don't really have anyone in mind, just long as they look like me.

If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
I'd go for YA fantasy, or maybe YA retelling (even though most retellings probably fit into the fantasy category anyway) I'd just love to have magical powers or something, long as there isn't some crazy villain person on my tail.

If you could meet any one author, who would you meet and why? 
Oh no you can not force me to answer this question. It's too hard. I would say Marissa Meyer, but I've already met her. So I'd pick J.K. Rowling. I'm just intrigued with how she put such an amazing world together. Though I'd also love to meet Marie Rutkoski or Renee Ahdieh.

If there was a book about your life, what would it be called? 
The Not So Quiet Girl. I'm that person who's shy at first, but once I know you well I never stop talking. Ever. (BTW I got that title copyrighted, so don't steal it. JK. But still it's mine.)

Which character in a novel that you've read most resembles you and why? 
I'd like to say Cinder from well, Cinder. We're both sassy and not real girly girls (yes I adore pink as my blog so plainly screams, but liking a color does not make me girly or anything) Just you know ignore the fact that I'm not a cyborg or a lost lunar princess (I think)

How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again? 
About five times. AND YES! The series just ended and I'm said about that but eventually I'll be rereading it.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all of these questions!

Be sure to check out Cassidy in the following places:

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Half Bad by Sally Green | Review & GIVEAWAY!

22521580Title: Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Giveaway
Edition: Paperback (394 pages)
Series: Half Bad Trilogy #1

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan's father is the world's most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch-or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust-not even family, not even the girl he loves?
**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!** 

I was so pumped when I received an email about Half Bad by Sally Green. I had been wanting to check out the book for such a long time but never got around to it! Now that I've read the book, I'm here to tell you that you're going to want to check it out ASAP.

In the beginning of the book, you're instantly thrown into a world of witches. You immediately meet Nathan and instantly begin to feel for him. Nathan is also a half Black half White witch, which means he's half evil and half good. The reader even gets some history about where he came from and how unwanted he was by his mother. 

I absolutely loved this book. I felt so bad for Nathan because he never asked to be the way he is. He was just dealing with the cards that he had been dealt like anybody else would've done. I can't even imagine what it must be like to be the son of a murderous man who was the baddest witch ever. Everyone even expected him to grow up and be just as bad as his father to the point where they told him he was more of a Black Witch than a White Witch even though he's actually 50/50.

I also thought that I'd comment on the amazing world building in this story. World building is a very important part of rating novels for me and Sally Green absolutely blew me away with hers. I loved the idea of good witches and bad witches because it was such a unique idea. I also really liked how there was some information on how people were categorized as a black witch or a white witch. 

After finishing Half Bad, I can honestly say that I can't wait until I get my hands on a copy of book two. What's even better is book three will be out by the end of the month! If you haven't started this series yet, now is the time to start marathoning!



Don't forget to enter the giveaway!




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Meet Jessica of Lovin' Los Libros!

Hey guys, today I have an awesome interview with Jessica of Lovin' Los Libros! Let's get onto the questions!

1. What got you into reading in the first place?    
I've always loved to read. (I remember being SO PROUD when I got the Bookworm Award in 7th grade. LOL) My reading habits have certainly changed throughout my life and it's so funny to look back on high school and college and see how many classics I was reading. Not just because they were required either, but because I genuinely wanted to be considered well read! Nowadays, I'm all about the YA, NA, and romance books! 

2. To this very day, what's your favorite book and why?  
This is always the most difficult question to answer because naturally I have so many. I would have to say To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee though. I have always loved Scout and Atticus and that book really made a lasting impact on me. 

3. What new release are you most looking forward to reading in 2016? 
Oh gosh. Just one? I would have to say I'm really looking forward to Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry. I love her books and I can't wait to dive back into the motorcycle club world!

4. What's one book that you feel didn't get enough love that you read last year? 
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. I adored that book SO SO much and I want everyone to read it!

5. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation? 
I am going to have to go with Lord of the Rings. I know the movies are vastly different from the books, but I still felt Peter Jackson did a great job with those movies.

6. If there was a book written about you, what would it be called and why? 
"A Day in the Life of a Single Spanish Teacher" I teach high school kids so you can only imagine, but they are constantly trying to get me to talk about my personal life and if I have a boyfriend. And when I just ignore them, they make one up for me and go with that. If only my real dating life was as interesting and exciting as the ones my students create for me!

7. Who's your favorite author? 
Heather Lyons. I absolutely adore her books. She primarily does urban fantasy, but she has dabbled in contemporary romance, and is going to be exploring other genres!

8. What's your favorite couple that you ship? 
Oh boy. I ship SO MANY. I'm going to go with Hector and Elisa from Rae Carson's Fire and Thorns trilogy. I love those two SO VERY MUCH.

9. What's your favorite show to binge-watch or your favorite movie? 
Favorite show to binge-watch would probably be Alias. I could seriously sit and watch episode after episode. And my favorite movie is and always will be Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

10. Besides reading, what do you like to do in your spare time? 
Blogging! :) I also enjoy working out, watching football and basketball, traveling, and playing World of Warcraft.

Thanks so much for answering the questions, Jessica! Be sure to check out Jessica's blog!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Playing Defense by Cate Cameron | Review

29102627Title: Playing Defense
Author: Cate Cameron
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders #2

Sixteen-year-old Claudia Waring has never kissed a boy. Never been popular. Never been to a hockey game. All that's about to change. Assigned to tutor Chris Winslow, a prank-loving, gorgeous hockey player, Claudia's perfectly planned life immediately veers off course. And she kind of likes it. But as fun as Chris is, she knows she'll never fit in his world.
After his latest prank lands him in hot water, Chris has to get serious about school or lose hockey. Not an easy thing for someone as carefree as the defenseman. The biggest problem, though, is how much he wants to help his cute, buttoned-up tutor loosen up a little. But while confidence has never been a problem for him, around Claudia, Chris is all nerves. Why would a girl as smart as her ever fall for a jock like him?

 **Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!**

To start off, I thought I'd praise Center Ice a bit, which was the first book in this series. I loved it so much and it was one of the first Entangled Crush books I read. I was super excited to hear shortly after reading it that there was going to be another book in the series following Chris. I'm so glad that I finally got the chance to read it now! I've been waiting for the longest time!

The story follows two characters, Claudia and Chris. Claudia decides to go into tutoring at the beginning of the book in order to have better stats on her college applications. Of course, she ends up tutoring for Chris, who she can't really stand because he's such a jock and seems to be a trouble maker. Chris has been part of the Raiders for a while though Claudia kind of catches him off guard because of how different she is. He really likes it. 

I loved Chris and Claudia so much! They were so cute. As soon as they met, I could instantly see some chemistry and I absolutely ate it up. I really felt for Claudia and I loved that she was really into writing because I am too. I also loved how she was very much into school and doing well, which probably would have a positive impact on Chris. 

Chris really grew on me, which I was glad about! Also, I was absolutely ecstatic that there was a cameo with Tyler and Karen because they go to the same school. I loved them so much in book one so it was so exciting to get a bit more of them in dialogue and such! I really hope there's another book, because I can't get enough of these books. 


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Meet Eva of All Books Considered!

Hey guys! Today I have an interview with the awesome Eva of All Books Considered. I'm a big fan of her blog and have been following her for a while, so be sure to check out her blog link at the bottom!

About Eva:
Lawyer by day, insatiable book reader by night.  I read (and review) mostly contemporary fiction -- YA, NA and adult.  I love literary fiction, mysteries, and romantic suspense.

Now, onto the questions!

1. What got you into reading in the first place?
My mom is a voracious reader so I was just always around reading.  When I got a kindle, my reading went from 100 books a year to 200 books a year.

2. To this very day, what's your favorite book and why?
The Secret History by Donna Tartt.  Followed closely by The Love Me With Lies series by Tarryn Fisher.

3. What new release are you most looking forward to reading in 2016?
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater!  So excited/nervous/don't want this series to end.

4. What's one book that you feel didn't get enough love that you read last year?
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows (my favorite book of last year!)

5. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (Sofia Coppola did an amazing job!)

6. If there was a book written about you, what would it be called and why?
Wow, that's a hard one.  Maybe "If You Feel Like a Riot . . . " because it's a line from one of my favorite songs.  I wish I had a better answer for this one!!

7. Who's your favorite author?
Donna Tartt

8. What's your favorite couple that you ship? (YES, they can be from different books, or even a TV character with a book character!)
Olivia/Caleb from the Love Me With Lies series (honorable mention to Logan and Veronica from Veronica Mars (the books, movie and tv show))

9. What's your favorite show to binge-watch or your favorite movie?
Arrested Development (tv) ; Petulia (movie)

10. Besides reading, what do you like to do in your spare time?  
Running, Baking, Traveling (especially for shows)

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all the questions, Eva!

Be sure to check out Eva's blog: All Books Considered.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Stacking the Shelves | 94


For Review:
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The Society by Jodie Andrefski
Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley
Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher
True Born by L.E. Sterling
Thank you so much to Entangled Teen! I usually don't request every book in an email, but these all sound so good.

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Thanks so much to Penguin Random House! I got this one for a blog tour.

Library:
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I got this one for my online YA Lit class!

Friday, March 11, 2016

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis | Review

22020598Title: On the Edge of Gone
Author: Corinne Duyvis
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Source: Publisher
Genre: Science Fiction
Edition: ARC (464 pages)

January 29, 2035. That's the day the comet is scheduled to hit-the big one.
Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise's drug-addicted mother is going, they'll never reach the shelter in time.
A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. Denise is autistic and fears that she'll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?
When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

A while ago, I got the chance to read Corinne's debut novel and I loved it SO much. It was one of the best books that I've read and I even recently loaned out my copy to a friend because of how wonderful and unique it was. Because of that, I definitely had high hopes going into her second novel, and, luckily, I was not disappointed. 

In this book, the end of the world is coming from a comet that will hit earth. Everyone on earth has known this was going to happen for a while and even began to prepare by making bunkers so that everyone can survive the very first impact and then try to live from there. The day that the comic is supposed to hit, Denise and her mother wait so long for her sister, Iris, to come. She thought that she'd never be able to make it to the shelter at the rate they were going, and she was right. What's a girl to do with the world's demise looming over her head?

I ATE THIS BOOK RIGHT UP. One of my favorite things about it was the amount of diversity. Denise is autistic and her mother was a drug addict, and those are only just two examples! I was very impressed with the amount of diversity and I was appreciative that the diversity was not completely showy either to the point where it was annoying.

I also love how the world was going to end by comet. Sure, I've read books like that, but just the way that the end of the world was happening was very original for me, and I was impressed. The story was also mainly a story of survival, which I found to be unusually unique. I usually don't read slower paced survival stories but I read this one and loved it. It's not very fast paced all the time though, so be warned of that before you go in. I don't mind pacing, so it was great for me. 

If you have a chance, I definitely suggest picking up a copy of this book. It was just as good as Corinne's debut, if not better!

RATING: 4 lightning bolts 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum | Review

25893582Title: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary


What if the person you need the most is someone you've never met?Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that's what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she's thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?
It's been barely two years since her mother's death, and because her father eloped with a women he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.
In a leap of faith-or an act of complete desperation-Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can't help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?
**Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**


As soon as I first heard about Tell Me Three Things, I knew that it was a book that I'd adore. Despite sometimes being wrong with first impressions, I was completely right this time! Let me tell you why this book is one that you won't want to miss.

(of course, I had to do this along the lines of THREE reasons)

1. It's a contemporary but it's filled with mystery. Almost everyone loves contemporary novels, and if you don't, then I'm sure that you'd still like this book. So, there's the contemporary side to this novel, but there's also the added mystery about who this secret person is that Jessie is talking to. You are rooting for the two of them to be together, but you're also worried about who this person could possibly be. What if the person is a creeper?

2. It's a breeze to get through. I literally read this book in a day, which doesn't happen often for me. That's how I know it was just so good. I couldn't put it down and wanted to see how Jessie's life was going to play out. I blame this mainly because of how awesome of a character Jessie is. No matter who you are, you're going to like Jessie.

3. It's a contemporary without a love triangle. I know that I used to not mind love triangles until the person I was rooting for didn't end up with the protagonist. Luckily, that is not the case in this book because there is no love triangle at all! I know for sure that this is something that you will absolutely adore too.

So, if you didn't catch my drift yet, this is a book that you're going to want to preorder ASAP. April 5 will be here before you know it!


Monday, March 7, 2016

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | Review

17167166Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Source: Library
Genre: Fantasy
Edition: eBook (418 pages)

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances-not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemiah, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
 I read Throne of Glass over the summer and I loved it so much. It was completely worth the hype, and though the size of the book was a bit daunting, I flew right through it. The world that Maas created was ultimately amazing, so I knew that I needed to read Crown of Midnight as soon as I could.

This sequel basically follows the storyline of Celaena being told that she has to kill this guy named Archer who is supposedly in charge of a rebel force working against the King. However, Celaena actually knew Archer from her past, so they have quite a bit of history.
I loved all the characters once again. Nehemia, of course, was one of my favorite characters. She was just so cool! I also really loved all of the parts throughout the story that had to do with Dorian, because I'm definitely team Dorian. I don't know why but I just feel that Dorian is way better for Celaena than Chaol! Chaol can be kind of a butthead at times to Celaena too. If you've read this book, you'll know what I mean, because he's a huge one to her in this one at one part which literally changed her life.
Celaena was just completely badass in this story too. I really like how she pretends to kill the people and actually lets them go. It honestly makes her even more badass because she's willing to stand up to the King, even though he doesn't know it.
The world that Maas has created never fails to amaze me. There's just so much that the world has to offer! All the different lands and jobs... it's just all so interesting and I love it! The ending of this book makes me really want to read the next book and I wish I already had a copy, but sadly, I don't. Luckily, I have it on hold at the library! Hopefully I'll read it soon!


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Meet Roberta from Offbeat YA!


Hey guys, today I have an interview with Roberta for you all! 



About Roberta:
Roberta R. is a senior blogger with a penchant for YA books. Her love of music has landed her a job as a host for a local radio station. Her fancy for TV series, from police procedural to sci-fi to urban fantasy, causes her to experiment wild adventures with too many fictional characters in her night dreams. Her urge to spread the love for overlooked YA novels drove her to start her blog, Offbeat YA, in 2012.

Offbeat YA features refreshing books you don’t often see reviewed. Its aim is to give a spotlight to some less heeded, but often worthy novels – new and, well, newish. (Or even a little older, who cares?). Offbeat YA is the place for Afterlife, Supernatural, Sci-Fi, Multiverse, Thriller, Contemporary, and occasionally Adult Lit. (as long as it’s weird enough!) – with a whole section devoted to Mr. Christopher Pike!


Now, onto the questions!
1. What got you into reading in the first place?
I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t reading. My mom and grandma used to read to me, and I followed the pages hungrily. I knew how to read since I was four.

2. To this very day, what's your favorite book and why?
I will reply with my favourite YA title, since my blog specialises on teen reads. Remember Me by Christopher Pike was the book that reintroduced me to the genre (so to speak) as an adult, and will always hold a special place in my heart. Also, it was the first book I read to feature a dead character still walking the earth (though no one can see her) and investigating her own death. Upon reading this story, I realised I had a strong – and I swear, not morbid – penchant for dead characters in a book…

3. What new release are you most looking forward to reading in 2016?
Talking about dead characters…or dead-but-not-dead ones…I’ve read Deadgirl by B.C. Johnson, and I’m really looking forward to its sequel. In the same vein, I suppose Shallow Graves by Kari Wallace…What can I say. I’m hopeless. *grins*

4. What's one book that you feel didn't get enough love that you read last year?
Hands down The Bad Rescue of Devon Streeter by the aforementioned B.C. Johnson. It’s self-published, but really good. A mix of genres that works wonderfully well, and most of all, two strong leads you won’t be able to help falling in love with…

5. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
I don’t do movies…TV series are my thing. I suppose I need to get familiar with the characters and have their story spanning over a certain period of time…or it’s just the different style of storytelling…

6. If there was a book written about you, what would it be called and why?
Epic Fail? LOL. Or The Professional Procrastinator? Or The Girl Who Always Said No…because I have a tendency of doing the opposite of what people try to talk me into doing…
7. Who's your favorite author?
In the YA field, Christopher Pike and B.C. Johnson (surprised? LOL. Which, if you haven’t heard of him yet, I strongly encourage you to look his books up…).

8. What's your favorite couple that you ship? (YES, they can be from different books, or even a TV character with a book character!)
Um…I don’t ship…I don’t want to sound like a snobbish grinch, but the fact is, I prefer my stories not to deal with romance, or to have just a small dose of it…

9. What's your favorite show to binge-watch or your favorite movie?
Like I said, movies are not my thing…Among the current shows, I’ll have to go with Supernatural. Though it left its best years behind at the end of Season 6…well, that’s my personal opinion, anyway. Feel free to hate me LOL.
10. Besides reading, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Blog, surf the net, listen to music and stres over a bunch of disparate things I should probably leave alone…

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer the questions, Roberta!

Be sure to check her out in these places:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Holding Court by K.C. Held | Review

23589243Title: Holding Court
Author: K.C. Held
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary
Edition: eARC

Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what's in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty--and completely unavailable--Grayson Chandler. Except that it's not quite what she imagined.
For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there's the dead body she finds that just kind of... well, disappears. Oh, and there's the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome"--spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.
The only bright side? The whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson's attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson's interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it's starting to look suspicious...

**Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I've been reading so many contemporaries lately so I was glad to finally read a book with a mysterious twist! I usually start off with a summary in the beginning of my reviews, but I thought this time I'd spice it up a bit and just share my thoughts instead!

I really liked Jules as a character. I thought it was very interesting that she had these sort of premonitions so I thought it was very cool that she got the chance to work as a fortune teller at the medieval theater. I seriously feel like that would be such a fun job to have. That is until someone dies, of course.

Grayson was a pretty great character too. He was the crush of Jules for quite a while which just added to her excitement when she got the job at the local theater playing the part of the psychic. What makes it even better is that the two of them work together after Jules ends up finding the dead body. However, Grayson is dating someone who just happens to be the most perfect girl in town. 

I utterly enjoyed this book! It was a pretty quick read which made it even more awesome. I just kept turning the pages! There was also a lot of humor strewn throughout, which is always an added plus! I'm excited for more from Held in the future.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Some of the Parts by Hannah Barnaby | Review

24680262Title: Some of the Parts
Author: Hannah Barnaby
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher

Sometimes bad things happen, and we are not the same when they are over.
For months, Tallie McGovern has been coping with the death of her older brother the only way she knows how: by smiling bravely and pretending that she's okay. She's managed to fool her friends, her parents, and her teachers so far, yet she can't even say his name out loud: "N-" is as far as she can go. But when Tallie comes across a letter int he mail, it only takes two words to crack the careful facade she's built around herself:
ORGAN DONOR.
Two words that had apparently been checked off on her brother's driver's license; two words that her parents knew about-and never confided to her. All at once, everything Tallie thought she understood about her brother's death feels like a lie. And although a part of her knows he's gone forever, another part of her wonders if finding the letter might be a sign. That if she can just track down the people on the other end of those two words, it might somehow bring him back.
Hannah Barnaby's deeply moving novel asks questions there are no easy answers to as it follows a family struggling to pick up the pieces, and a girl determined to find the brother she wasn't ready to let go of. 

**Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I'm a huge sucker for contemporaries, especially sad ones. That's what originally drew me into Some of the Parts. The story follows a girl named Tallie who has been spending her time working at the local coffee shop instead of attending school because her brother died pretty recently in a car accident. She'd rather not go to school nor stay home, so she prefers to spend her time working at a completely different place with Crazy Andy. She continues to try to heal herself until one day a mysterious guy comes into the cafe and introduces himself as Chase. The thing is, he reminds Tallie crazily of her brother, Nate, who recently died.

I really liked Tallie as a character. She was believable and very realistic in my opinion, which I greatly appreciated. I also loved the whole storyline because I've never read a book with organ donors before. I found it to be really intriguing and riveting. 

I think that my favorite character would have to be Mel. She wasn't scared about hurting Tallie's feelings. She was just the kind of friend that Tallie needed, because she treated Tallie like normal. It wasn't necessarily like nothing had happened, but she wasn't scared to say words like "death", which Tallie appreciated. I also really liked Chase. I thought it was so cool that he had an obsession with biographies. I kind of want to go read more biographies now! 

After finishing this book, I'm definitely looking forward to more by Hannah Barnaby in the future. I loved her writing style and the characters that she came up with. Some of the Parts is a contemporary novel that you won't want to miss!


You Were Here Spotlight!

Title: You Were Here
Author: Cori McCarthy
Release DateMarch 1, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Praise for You Were Here

“The mix of forms as well as the insights each character gleans through their urban explorations render this book both readable and teachable on multiple levels.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, STARRED Review

“Readers who appreciate stories of searching for personal truths will be happy to join this meaningful quest for identity and independence.” –Booklist

“You Were Here  is wrenchingly beautiful in its honest and achingly accurate portrayal of grief and how it breaks us--and the way unconditional friendship puts us back together.” -Jo Knowles, award-winning author of See You At Harry’s and Read Between the Lines

“Through razor-sharp wit, no-holds-barred momentum, and heart-wrenching twists, Cori McCarthy dares you to climb through the broken, abandoned wreckage of the past, stand on the edge of the world, and face something even scarier: the truth.” -K.A. Barson, author of 45 Pounds (More or Less and Charlotte Cuts it Out

"The urban explorers of You Were Here dive deep into the forgotten man-made spaces all around them--and their own feelings of loss, love, and fear. McCarthy deftly intertwines the characters' stories, filling them with authentic pain and heartache as well as soaring moments of grace and humor. I dare you to read it!" --Maggie Lehrman, author of The Cost of All Things

Summary:
Jaycee is about to accomplish what her older brother Jake couldn’t: live past graduation. Jaycee is dealing with her brother’s death the only way she can – by re-creating Jake’s daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She’s not crazy, okay? She just doesn’t have a whole lot of respect for staying alive. Jaycee doesn’t expect to have help on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she’s joined by a group of unlikely friends – all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend, the heartbroken poet, the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome, and… Mik. He doesn’t talk, but somehow still challenges Jayce to do the unthinkable—reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother. Cori McCarthy’s gripping narrative defies expectation, moving seamlessly from prose to graphic novel panels and word art poetry, perfect for fans of E. Lockhart, Jennier Niven, and Jandy Nelson.  From the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum to the skeletal remains of the world’s largest amusement park, You Were Here takes you on an unforgettable journey of friendship, heartbreak and inevitable change.

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About the Author:
Cori McCarthy studied poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for teens at Vermont College of Fine Arts. From a military family, Cori was born on Guam and lived a little bit of everywhere before she landed in Michigan. Learn more about her books at CoriMcCarthy.com

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Excerpt from You Were Here:

“What do I see?” I asked, turning back to the halo effect created by Margaret’s splayed hair. “It was a game. She died because she was playing a game.” 
“Just like Jake,” Natalie said.
“Right,” I quipped, trying to mask not only my annoyance at Natalie’s psychoanalyst tone but also a flare of grief. My chest grew tight. Why wouldn’t it go away? Why did all this still buckle me to the ground? Tears burned my eyes, and I took my hair out of my ponytail. This never happened when I came here with Mik. Mik didn’t talk or prod. Mik let me be while we walked around Jake’s old haunt, wondering if he was actually haunting it. 
“My dad said that OU will raze the TB ward.” Bishop pointed out the window toward the building on the very top of the hill, by far the spookiest and most unkempt in The Ridges compound. “It’s the only fully abandoned building.”
“Raze?” I asked, suddenly angry. “When?”
“End of the summer, I think. My dad said it was going to cost a ton but that leaving the old building there while it was falling in is just asking for lawsuits.” 
“Jake loved the TB ward,” I said. “They haven’t stripped it down like this building.”
“TB?” Zach asked.
“Tuberculosis,” Natalie said.
Bishop squinted at his friend. “TB has been one of the leading terminal diseases in society since the dawn of civilization, Zach.”
“But it doesn’t exist anymore,” Zach said. “Like leprosy.”
“It totally exists,” Natalie said. “And so does leprosy. Where do you learn these things?”
“TB is still the leading cause of death for all people with HIV,” Bishop said. “But don’t worry, Zach. You won’t get it.”
I was surprised to find Zach looking at me. “What kind of things are in there?”
I shrugged. “I’ve never been, but I know it’s more dangerous. All the windows and doors are boarded up to keep drunk undergrads out.”
“So there’s no way in?” Bishop asked.
I shook my head. “Didn’t say that. Every building in The Ridges compound is connected by basement tunnels. If we get into the basement, we can get into any building.” 
We all shuffled to our feet and stood around the last portrait of Margaret Schilling.
“I’m in,” Bishop said, and I nodded. Bishop was cool; we’d been partners for two semesters straight in woodshop. He said odd, grandiose things sometimes, but I liked him for it. Plus there was a pretty good chance that Mik would show himself with only Bishop around.
“I’ll take you two to the exit,” I told Natalie and Zach.
“Well, hey,” Zach said. “What if I want to come?”
Natalie looked at him, stunned. “You want to go? What about Kolenski’s three kegs?”
“Kolenski gets kegs every couple of weeks.” Zach shoved his hands in his pockets. He had sobered up since they’d entered The Ridges, and now he just looked worn down. Even his hair had flattened. I’d written him off years ago, but the way he’d helped me find Jake’s footprint and waylaid Natalie…maybe he wasn’t such a garden-variety “dude.”
“Who else can say that they did this the night after graduation?” he added with a shrug.
“So Natalie’s the loose end?” I said. “Big surprise.”
“Wait a second. It was my idea to follow you in the first place. And I…I want to see it.”
“Really?” Zach asked her. “Even if it’s dangerous?”
“I’m going to minor in history. It’ll be like walking around inside of history.”
I knew Natalie well enough to know that she was deluding herself, but when I opened my mouth to point it out, I saw something instead. Bishop did too. 
“Apple.” He pointed to the ground. “Guys. There’s an apple.”
A shiny, green Granny Smith apple sat in the doorway. I picked it up.
“Where the hell did that come from?” Zach asked, fear trilling his voice. “Is someone else here? That wasn’t there a few minutes ago, right? Right?” 
They all looked up and down the hall. Nothing.
“Maybe Jake’s ghost put it there. Or Margaret’s,” I said. A thump of what could only be described as happiness resounded through my chest. It was foreign and weird, and yet welcome. 
“You’re smiling,” Natalie said. “Why are you smiling? You never smile.”
I rubbed the apple on my shirt and took a huge crunching bite. Natalie looked like she was going to pass out. I winked. “This way to the basement.”




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