From Amazon: If you could read my mind, you
wouldn't be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to the Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.
Praise for Time Between Us
"A beautifully written, unique love story."
-Melissa Marr, New York Times best-selling author of The Wicked Lovely series
"A compelling story of love, fate, and consequences with plenty of sigh-worthy moments, this novel is the perfect choice for readers who want a romance that leaves them with something to think about when it's over."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
When I requested this book it was because I loved the cover and thought that the brief summary sounded interested. I had no idea what to expect from Sarah J. Maas and was I thrilled with what I discovered. Mass has found a new fan in me and I can't wait to read her other books. This story is beautiful, mystical, magical and romantic. It takes you on an adventure with Feyre, a young girl who has been spending time fulfilling her mother's wish to take care of her family. Feyre is hard working and determined to feed her sisters and father, while feeling miserable about how they treat her and losing home in the world around her. When Feyre has a chance to kill a wolf at the beginning she takes it, even though she isnt' sure if it is one of the Fae they live in fear of. This event is the catalyst for the rest of the story. Feyre's actions bring her face to face with a terrifying High Fae name Tamlin. Tamlin takes her with him to be kept in his court as punshiment for the death of the wolf, who was one of his people. Because Feyre has strong character right from the start of this story she goes, leaving behind her home and her family and venturing into the world she has been afraid of for so long. What follows is an adventure and mystery and love story. Maas weaves a tale that is slowly revealing and intriguing to the reader. I couldn't put this book down and when I didn't have a chance to keep reading, I continued to think about it. The descriptions were fantastic and the relationships strong, all while staying in a mystical setting. Loved this book, can't wait to read more from Maas. She has made a new fan in me!
I have been patiently waiting and hoping I would be allowed to preview this text and I'm so glad that I was able too! I read it from beginning to end in a day and I loved every second. Tahir's writing style is so fantastic and reminds me of some of Rae Carson and a little of Tahereh Mafi. It is beautifully told in alternating viewpoints between Elias and Laia. Both narrators and equally strong and well written. They lay out a story of two teens living in the Empire but living totally different lives. Their lives begin to intersect but what I really loved is that this isn't a story of romantic love. Yes, the foreshadowing is there for a future book, but their potential relationship doesn't drive this story. The relationships they have with siblings/friends/parents forces this story forward at a quick pace. I loved the emotional pull and the terrifying challenges that Elias had to face, while Laia also faced emotional and terrifying challenges. Their journey's mirror each other in some ways and it is brilliant the way that Tahir takes the reader on the journey with them. I look forward to more!
I was pretty sad when this book ended and I really hope that there will be another book about Lyric as she navigates the new world she has found herself living in. This is a great story of a future when Coney Island isn't the fun filled place we know, but more of a refugee camp for those from the sea. Lyric has spent three years hiding a secret from those who love her and now as those she has been hiding from begin at her school she needs to figure out the best way to face this challenge. Lyric and Fathom have an interesting dynamic and I was left with hope and desire of more from their relationship. This is a fast read and it will definitely sit well with those who like a little sci-fi and a little romance and a little adventure all rolled into one!
I have to admit my sheer joy in being given the chance to preview this new novel by Julie Kagawa. She is one of my favorite authors and her books are magical. This book was no different. This picks up where Talon ended, with the story of Ember Hill, Dragon who also can appear as a human, and the people she has chosen to join forces with. Ember had escaped the world she has grown up in and is on the run with Riley (Colbalt) with a goal to take down Talon and fight St. George (who are attempting to take down the dragons). Ember is faced with a decision to help free Garrett, the boy she met and befriended in Talon (former St. George solider) before he is killed by the very men who trained him. This starts off a faced paced book full of action, drama and fantasy. The concept is a difficult one to grasp and yet Kagawa writes it in a way that it's believable. The reader is left trusting her and believing in this world she has created where Dragons live among us and are fighting against an order who is meant to kill them (as well as between themselves). The relationships are well written and the simmering passion is done in typical Kagawa style. She gives us bites and pieces and leaves us wondering how these relationships will all be resolved. I loved this book and I truly can't wait to read the final book when it is released. Wonderful read for those who love to explore new ideas based in reality and who enjoy passion and intensity of action!
Carrie Ryan creates a book that is full of intrigue, mystery and romance. I was grabbed by this story right from the beginning and had to read it all in one sitting! Frances is on the Persephone, a doomed cruise ship where everyone is killed by men with guns. She and her friend Libby survive for a short period of time and Libby perishes right before their rescue. When Frances is coherent , she learns that her "boyfriend" Gray and his senator father have also survived but they are saying the ship was destroyed by a giant wave. Frances is distraught and with the help of Libby's father, reinvents herself to try and find out the truth. This story reminded me of the tv show Revenge because Libby/Frances is driven by her desire for revenge. She is looking for answers and four years later she is ready to find those answers, no matter the cost. Loved this story and how fast it unraveled for Libby/Frances. The flashbacks were great juxtaposition to the life she is leading now and adds the quick pace of the text. Highly recommend it!
Sarah Dessen has again created a beautiful book for both teens and adults, that causes the reader to question the way they see and treat others, as well as the way they see and treat themselves. I began this book a little biased because Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors and one I frequently suggest to my teenage students. Even if I had never read a book by Dessen before, I would still have been engrossed with this novel and all of the things that it discusses. Sydney and her family have been through a terrible few months while her brother has been facing charges for hitting a young boy on his way home late one night. This situation is one that is familiar in a lot of families where kids are dealing with substance abuse and other addictions. Unfortunitly, Peyton made a terrible mistake and his has cost him time in jail and his family time together. Broken into pieces, Sydney moves schools and finds herself alone and looking for something. She isn't sure what it is that she needs to feel whole, but she is struggling to survive her family life and be in touch with her friends. She happens into a little pizzeria and finds herself drawn to the family that owns it. Through a turn of events, Sydney finds herself quickly involved in this family the Chathams and finds herself a best friend in their daughter. The novel is about friendship between these two girls, as well as the relationships that Sydney had before her brother's accident. Mac Chatham is Sydney's best friends brother and becomes a calming presence in her life as she navigates the issues with her family and within herself as she tries to deal with her guilt and her relationship with her brother. There are so many levels to this story , all perfectly woven together by Dessen. Sydney is a realistic character and she is a good example of how there is hope to be found for everyone, even when you feel like your world is breaking into pieces. Family issues and sibling relationships, jealousy and substance abuse, physical abuse and emotional strain all come together in a beautifully told story about a teenager who finds out that she doesn't need to just believe in a saint, but to believe in herself and the person that her parents raised her to be.
Can the best thing happen at the worst time?
Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.
I was lucky to read this early, it doesn’t come out till December 2015 but it’s a great read!
Lucille is struggling to keep it all together after her father had a nervous breakdown and her mom can't deal and leaves for an extended "vacation". Months away from being 18, Lucille needs to keep the secret that her mom is gone while trying to take care of her little sister, Wren. In on the secret are her best friend Eden and her twin, Digby, (the object of Lucille's affection. Well written story of a teen struggle that isn't often written about. The parents aren't dead, but they have chosen to leave. The secret keeping and survival struggle can relate to many other issues in the lives of teens which will make this a relatable and readable book. The relationships between Digby and Eden and Lucille are well written and I found my heart breaking for the girls quite a few times. I loved the narration of the text and the way the chapters (or days) were broken down. A lot of heart in this book and a lot of hope. It showed that people will help when others need it and there can be kindess in the world.
What an unexpected treat this book was! This is a story about Grace, Jason and Sophie. I found myself in the world of a pop star in Korea where a senior in high school has run away from her Nashville home to find herself again after problems in her family. The way that Stout delivers the pieces of Grace's puzzle is beautiful. She has created realistic, relatable characters (though they are in a world of fame and fortune) who the reader falls in love with and will root for. Intermixed in the text are letters to Grace's older brother and they add to the complexity of the novel. I am still feeling swept up in this story because it kept me engaged until the very end. It was romantic and lovely and full of heart, friendship and the power of those around you who will help you heal yourself. Beautiful story.
*This is one of the best trilogies of books I have read in a long time. I love these stories the beautiful stories that AG Howard has written. Beautiful cover art as well!
The Review for Splintered from amazon: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl's pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers--precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother's mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice's tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice's mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
I have been waiting for what seems like ages to read a new Matthew Reilly book and this didn't disappoint! I am giving it five stars because the book grabbed me and keep me interested right from the beginning. The idea was intriguing (and I loved Jurassic Park as a kid so the comparison was there early on) and the non-stop pace of the novel keep me thinking about it long after I had put it down for the night. China has spent 40 years creating something to rival what American has in Disney and other spectacular tourist destinations... they have found a nest of dragons and created the "Great DRAGON Zoo of China". It's time for the press to meet the zoo and they are carefully selected and brought it to see the wonders that China has created. CJ is a strong female heroine, someone comparable to many of the great male action stars. She is an expert in crocodiles and was once almost killed by one. CJ is smart and doesn't need anyone to tell her what to do, but with the help of her brother Hamish and a few other men, she is able to fight to survive when things fall apart. Yes, this book did remind me of Jurassic Park but not enough to give it less than five stars. The action was great, the concept was intriguing and the imagery in the book made me hope for a movie! Reilly is a great writer, he proved this to me years ago with Ice Station.
Great book by Josh Sundquist! This is a true story of Josh going back in time to review and reflect on the girlfriends he had (or didn't have) and why the relationships didn't really work (or happen in the first place!) A very cool way to tell a story and a quick read that makes you feel like you know Josh personally! http://www.amazon.com/Should-Hang-Out-Sometime-Embarrassingly-ebook/dp/B00JOTZZPS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421263335&sr=8-1&keywords=we+should+hang+out+sometime
This book by Aimee Carter is the second in a series of books that are called the Black Coat Rebellion books. I read this one first and it still made me want to read the first one in the series. Kitty Doe is filling the shoes of someone else, she has been made to look and act like a very important person while a secret rebellion is brewing. She is facing problems within the world and within her life as she decides who to trust and what is real. http://www.amazon.com/Captive-Blackcoat-Rebellion-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00L0XO2JQ/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421263595&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=captivate+aimee+carter&pebp=1421263597988&peasin=B00L0XO2JQ
Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian—but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance…
Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?
Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.
Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, he takes Salome's life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush, Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin, who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop.
An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives -- but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she's sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she's never considered before -- one in which her mother wasn't perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that's something no tornado can touch. -Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Torn-Away-Jennifer-Brown-ebook/dp/B00EXTQSVO/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409090882&sr=1-1&keywords=torn+away
I read this entire trilogy this summer over four days. I loved it! It isn't my "normal" genre but I loved it! Great characters and great series! http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Fire-Thorns-Rae-Carson-ebook/dp/B004U6URJY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1409759199&sr=1-1&keywords=the+girl+of+fire+and+thorns
Jamie Kain brings us The Good Sister, a stunning debut young adult novel about love in all its joyful, painful, exhilarating manifestations, and about the ties that bind us together, in life and beyond. -amazon http://www.amazon.com/Good-Sister-Jamie-Kain-ebook/dp/B00J6U1DY2/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1409091004&sr=1-4&keywords=the+good+sister
Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.
"You can't touch me," I whisper.
I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.
He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.
From Amazon...For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.