6.14.2013

Review: CHARM & STRANGE


CHARM & STRANGE
by Stephanie Kuehn


When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . . 
Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself. 
He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.
He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable. 
Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present. 
Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.


5.19.2013

Review: Mystic by Alyson Noel

MYSTIC
by Alyson Noel

320 pages

published by St. Martin's Griffin

published May 7, 2013

read as an ARC

rating: 4 of 5 owls

Summary


Since arriving in Enchantment, New Mexico, everything in Daire Santos life has changed. And not all for the better. While she’s come to accept and embrace her new powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire struggles with the responsibility she holds navigating between the worlds of the living and the dead. And with the fate of her boyfriend Dace in the balance, Daire must put aside her personal feelings and focus on defeating Cade, whose evil plans threaten everyone she loves and the world as she knows it.


Don’t miss book three in Alyson Noël’s pulse-pounding Soul Seekers series!


Stacking the Shelves: 5/19

Yes, what a surprise! I'm alive!

Before you all begin resuscitating the barely-breathing form that is me, I just wanted to let you know that I'm back for good now that the hell that is junior year is coming to a close. AP exams are over, finals are looming, and I'm at a perfect time to pick up the pace with reading. I've only read 29 books so far this year! 29! That's an all-time low for me, probably even since I've been born!

Oh well. That number is going to rise now that summer is about to strike. Here are a couple of books that I've received from gracious publishers this past week. Take a look:


2.03.2013

Showcase Sunday/Stacking the Shelves (Feb. 3)

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicki at Books, Biscuits, and Tea, where we showcase what books we've gotten over the course of the week, whether it be from a book store, bought for your eReader, received from the library, or from the publishers for review.


For Review

The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

1.24.2013

Follow Friday: 1/24



Welcome to Follow Friday! The question this week is:


Q:  What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?

That would have to be Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt. Before that, my re-read of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Both are excellent reads!

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What's your answer to this question? Let me know in the comments! Follow me! Cool stuff!

1.07.2013

Panic by Sharon Draper

PANIC
by Sharon M. Draper
On sale April 4, 2013
Read as an ARC
261 pages
$16.99/$19.99 CAN
2.5 of 5 owls

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Goodreads Summary



This gripping and chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper shows that all it takes is one bad decision for everything to change.
Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.
But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?
Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.
It’s a nightmare come true: Diamond Landers has been kidnapped. She was at the mall with a friend, alone for only a few brief minutes—and now she’s being held captive, forced to endure horrors beyond what she ever could have dreamed, while her family and friends experience their own torments and wait desperately for any bit of news.
From New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, this is a riveting exploration of power: how quickly we can lose it—and how we can take it back.

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1.06.2013

Reading Challenge

Hey, fellow bloggers! How are you today?

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Good! Anyway, I just wanted to say HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you are all doing fabulously.

With every new year comes a new reading challenge. I do mine on Goodreads, but that's not necessary if you want to do one! This year, I'm challenging myself to 175 books. Are you doing a challenge? What's yours?


Hope you're all having a great day!

-Hayden

1.05.2013

USES FOR BOYS by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Check out the book trailer!

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USES FOR BOYS
by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Published January 15, 2013
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Published in Paperback
227 pages
graphic sexual content
5 of 5  owls

Goodreads Summary:

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.
Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical,  Uses for Boys  is a story of breaking down and growing up.

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