Thursday, September 3, 2015

Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
The Accident Season
by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
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Publication Date: August 18th 2015
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780525429487
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal
Source: First To Read

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It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free? (Goodreads)
The first thing that drew me to The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle was the absolutely gorgeous cover. It's really irresistible. Then I started reading the book, and I completely fell in love with the story and characters. I didn't know what to expect from the book in the beginning, but by the end, I was absolutely hooked.

Every October, Cara's and her family become victims of The Accident Season, the one month out of the year where no matter how overcautious they are, accidents always seem to happen. These were not just your average accidents either, but very painful ones. But why these accidents continue to happen is a mystery. Or is it?

I really liked the four main characters in the story. The sisters, Cara and Alice, their ex-stepbrother, Sam, and their best friend, Bea, were all so well written, and all so very different and unique. You couldn't help but love them all, even when, at times, you're completely shaking your head at them at the same time. There were also some really interesting secondary characters in the story as well; some that you will like, and some, not so much.

The storyline for the book was really creative and mysterious and completely addicting. While there's an almost mystical feel to the book, there are also real life issues in it, some that are very relatable, and some that are troubling. I love that while you think the story is going one way, it is also going in a completely different direction as well. The storyline and characters blend together in a great way to make this a really interesting read.

Overall; I really enjoyed The Accident Season. I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a book with a pretty cover, and unfortunately, not all pretty books are good books. That's totally not the case with The Accident Season. I really enjoyed it, and I can't wait to read more by Moïra Fowley-Doyle in the future!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

August Wrap Up & Book Haul

*Books Read in August*

Homecoming by Kass Morgan
Most Likely To Succeed by Jennifer Echols
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
First & Then by Emma Mills
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
Firewalker by Josephine Angelini

*August Book Haul*

Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Truest by  Jackie Lea Sommers
Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler
Legacy of Kings by  Eleanor Herman

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Grey
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

August was a super busy month for me with getting the kids back to school and everything.
I somehow still managed to read 10 books, which is not too shabby.
I had a pretty awesome book haul as well; I'm SO freaking excited for all the
eArcs I got. I really can't wait to start them!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #213 - The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
The Killing Jar
by Jennifer Bosworth
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Publication Date: January 12th 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374341374

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“I try not to think about it, what I did to that boy.”

Seventeen-year-old Kenna Marsden has a secret.

She’s haunted by a violent tragedy she can’t explain. Kenna’s past has kept people—even her own mother—at a distance for years. Just when she finds a friend who loves her and life begins to improve, she’s plunged into a new nightmare. Her mom and twin sister are attacked, and the dark powers Kenna has struggled to suppress awaken with a vengeance.

On the heels of the assault, Kenna is exiled to a nearby commune, known as Eclipse, to live with a relative she never knew she had. There, she discovers an extraordinary new way of life as she learns who she really is, and the wonders she’s capable of. For the first time, she starts to feel like she belongs somewhere. That her terrible secret makes her beautiful and strong, not dangerous. But the longer she stays at Eclipse, the more she senses there is something malignant lurking underneath it all. And she begins to suspect that her new family has sinister plans for her…

Oh! A new book by Jennifer Bosworth!
I'm super excited to check this out, as I really enjoyed her last book, Struck!
Does this summary sound awesome, or what??
And, this cover is pretty gorgeous.
I can't wait to check this out!!
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
Until Friday Night
(The Field Party #1)
by Abbi Glines
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Publication Date: August 25th 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781481438858
Genre: Young Adult | Comtemporary
Source: Edelweiss

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To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go… (Goodreads)
Until Friday Night is the very first book I’ve read by Abbi Glines. I’ve had a few of her books on my to-read list for a while now, and I was thrilled to finally read something by her. I went into the book with really high expectations, and unfortunately, the book was not exactly what I expected. Not saying that I didn’t like the book, as there were some things that I really enjoyed in the book, but I really didn’t love it as much as I had hoped to.

One of my main issues in the book was the boys. At the beginning of the book they were all pretty rude and some just downright jerks, especially the male lead, West. I seriously considered DNFing this book not even halfway through because of this; it was a big turn-off for me. Of course, they got better as the story goes along, but their actions in the beginning of the book almost made me set it aside. I am glad that I finished it, however.

And it wasn’t just the boys in the book, but I also didn’t like the way most of the teenage girls were written as well. Almost all of them came off as mean girls, and it seemed like because of that it made it ok for the boys to treat them like crap. I didn't enjoy this at all.

There were a few characters in the book that I really liked. The main character in the novel, Maggie, to be really nice, but she almost seemed too perfect, especially considering all the things that she had been through in her life. I did, however, appreciate how she dealt with some of the things that happened with her in the book, especially some issues between her and West. Her aunt and uncle were pretty awesome, as were West’s mom and dad as well. And there was one guy in the story, Nash, who was nowhere near as bad as the other guys, and I really hope he gets his own story.

If you overlook the issues that I had in the story with the characters, the storyline for the book was interesting and somewhat addictive. While it does have some sweet moments throughout, it also touches bases on some pretty deep issues as well, and it was interesting to see how the characters overcame these issues. I also really enjoyed the football scenes in the book, and would have loved to have seen more, as I really love football. I read this book pretty quickly, all in one day. I liked that it was a pretty quick read.

Overall; while I didn’t completely love everything about Until Friday Night like I expected to, I did enjoy reading the book, and I’m definitely going to read more by Glines in the near future. I also plan to continue with the series as it goes along, as I’m really curious about some of the other characters.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
What I Thought Was True
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
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Publication Date: April 15th 2014
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 422
ISBN: 9780803739093
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Own

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From the acclaimed author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.

Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A magnetic, push-you-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti. (Goodreads)
At the beginning of the summer, I set a goal to finally read ALL of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s books. What better time to read summer themed books than in the summer, right?! Having just recently finished reading My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely To, I absolutely couldn’t wait to get started on What I Thought Was True. I found it to be a very enjoyable summer read.

What I Thought Was True is the story about Gwen and Cass; two teens who live on the same island, but who are also from completely different worlds. Gwen comes from a family full of fishermen and house-cleaners. Cass is from a rich family that lives across the bridge, who never wants for anything. The two had known each other for forever, but have drifted apart after a night gone wrong.  Both Gwen and Cass were pretty headstrong and both more than a bit stubborn, and they spend most of the book walking circles around each other, but then, they have some moments where everything clicks, and it is perfection. Also, Cass is kind of swoon-worthy. Wink.

There were also a lot of interesting secondary characters in the book as well; especially a few that you will really come to love over the course of the story. I especially love Mrs. Ellington, Gwen’s brother, Emory, and her grandfather as well. Something that I’ve noticed in all of Fitzpatrick’s books so far is that she writes really great families, and Gwen’s family is no exception. I loved how really involved the whole family was, even though it wasn’t a perfect family. They were really great.

I really enjoyed that the book has the same setting as the other books by Fitzpatrick. I love the setting, at the beach, in the summertime. This atmosphere makes for a really good summer read. The storyline, while fun and swoon-worthy in some places, also has a lot of sensitive issues in it as well, and because of that the book had a bit of a different feel than My Life Next Door had. That’s not saying that I didn’t like it, just not quite as upbeat as the previous book.

Overall; I enjoyed reading What I Thought Was True.  Of course, My Life Next Door will always be my favorite Fitzpatrick read, but I What I Thought Was True was very enjoyable as well. I am beyond thrilled that I was able to fit these books into my summer reading schedule.  I really can’t wait to see what Mrs. Fitzpatrick has in store for us next, as she is quickly earning a spot on my favorite authors list!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #212 - Riders by Veronica Rossi
(Riders #1)
by Veronica Rossi
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Publication Date: February 16th 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
ISBN: 9780765382542

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For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.
Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.
They fail.
Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
But will anyone believe him? (Goodreads)

So, I'm really looking forward to reading this book.
I loved Rossi's Under the Never Sky series, it was so very original and creative.
I adored the characters and the story.
I can't wait to see what she has come up with in this new series!!
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