Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #178 - Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Saint Anything
by Sarah Dessen
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Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Viking Juvenile

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Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans. (Goodreads)

Yay!! Another Sarah Dessen novel!
I can't wait to have this in my life. I loooooove Sarah Dessen!
I already have this pre-ordered, and May 2015 is not going to get here soon enough.
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

December 16th: 
Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson - I loved SO much about this book. The characters, the mystery, the setting... It was such a great read, and definitely in my top ten list of best books in 2014!

2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray - I totally didn't know what to expect when I started this book. I was originally drawn in by the gorgeous cover, but in the end it was the story that totally blew me away. It was so great!

3. Open Road Summer by Emory Lord - I am a huge fan of YA contemporaries, so I knew I was really going to enjoy Open Road Summer. Expect.. I ended up loving the book instead! This was such an excellent read!

4. The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare - I'm not a super huge fan of middle grade books, so I didn't know what to expect from this book. However, I ended up really loving it, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

5. Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout - My first experience with Jennifer Armentrout was a great one! I really loved everything about this book. The characters, the mystery, everything. It all blended together for such an incredible read, and I can't wait to read more from this author.

6. Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini - I will read just about anything by Josephine Angelini, including her shopping list! Trial by Fire was such a unique read, I absolutely loved the storyline, and I'm dying to get my hands on the next book in the series!

7. Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor - Melissa Kantor was another new-to-me author, and Maybe One Day is one of those rare books that is going to stick with me for years to come. I adored this book so much, it's one of the few that had me bawling big ugly tears, and I loved every minute of it.

8. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - This is the first book I've read by Matson as well, and I ended up completely loving it. This is one of those books that a friend sent me, and I knew there was a lot of hype around it, but I didn't know why. After I read the book, and loved it, I can see why everyone else did as well.

9. The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa - Omg, this is a series that I just didn't want to end. I was hoping that the final book would be a really great ending, and it totally was!

10. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - Yet another series that I didn't want to end! I anxiously waited and waited for this book to be released, and once I finally got my hands on it, it didn't disappoint at all. I loved it!

2014 was such a great year for YA books!
It was super hard to even come up with this list, 
I loved so many of them!

That's my Top Ten Fave Books of 2014!!
What's on your list??

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Merry Christmas Giveaway 2014!!

Merry Christmas, everyone!
2014 has been such a great year for books!
I've read over 100 amazing books,
and what better way to celebrate Christmas
than to share one of my 2014 favorites with YOU!

ONE lucky winner will get to choose ONE book from my favorites listed above.
There are lots of chances to enter, so please don't be shy!
I can't wait to share one of my faves with you.

Good luck!

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Must be 13 years or older to join.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: On the Edge by Allison van Diepen
On the Edge
by Allison van Diepen
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Publication Date: November 25th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780062303448
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss

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From Allison van Diepen, author of Snitch and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel about a teen who witnesses a murder and gets caught up in the seedy world of Miami’s gangs.

Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back.

But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?

On the Edge is a compelling story about fighting for what’s right and figuring out where you belong. The novel showcases a gritty, realistic voice and earth–shattering romance that will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin and captivate fans of Allison van Diepen's other novels. (Goodreads)
On the Edge is the first book that I’ve read by Allison van Diepen, although I have a few of her other books on my to-read list, just waiting on me to read them. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this author, but I found the story to be a very intriguing read.

On the Edge is the story of Maddie Diaz, who witnesses the murder of a homeless man late one evening by two gang members. Maddie knows that her life is in danger after she talks to the police, especially when the gang members attack her in a public place. But when a rival gang steps in to rescue her, and Maddie starts to fall for the mysterious leader, she realizes that things aren’t always what they seem.

Maddie was an interesting main character. Though she was conflicted at times, and at times I questioned some of the choices that she made, she was still a very headstrong character. For the most part, she wanted to do the right thing, even when that meant her life could be in extreme danger.  I kind of love the things that she did for the homeless man, and how her thinking changed after meeting Lobo.

The romance in the story felt a bit rushed for my liking. Yes, I can see where being in the intense situation that Maddie was in and being rescued by a mystery man would make the feelings she had even stronger, but it moved a bit fast for my taste.

I’ve not read many books that involved gangs in the storyline, so that was definitely a refreshing change of pace for me.  The story was definitely interesting, and it kept me hooked as I turned the pages. It was also interesting to discover that some of the characters in this book were previous books by this author. I like that this book could be read as a standalone, but I’m also interested in checking out the previous books as well.

Overall; On the Edge was a quick, interesting read. I’m really looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #177 - City Love by Susane Colasanti
City Love
by Susane Colasanti
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Publication Date: April 21st 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 9780062307682

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Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.

Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?

Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?

Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn't resist, she may find herself in city love.

Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl's life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again. (Goodreads)

I've read a few Susane Colasanti books so far and have really enjoyed them.
But my daughter is probably her biggest fan!
So we are both looking forward to reading City Love when it's released!
It really does sound like it will be a great read.
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

December 9th
Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

1. Sara Shepard - Believe it or not, The Perfectionist was my very first read by Sara Shepard. Although, I have had her Pretty Little Liars series on my to-read list for a long time now. I'm hoping to start it soon! I can't wait to get my hands on The Good Girls, hopefully soon!

2. Marie Lu -I had heard great things about Marie Lu's Legend series, but I had not yet had the chance to pick the books up. When I read The Young Elites, I was hooked! I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by this author!

3. Mary E. Pearson - This is another author that has already had some books published by the time I was introduced to her. When a wonderful publicist sent me a copy of The Kiss of Deception, I didn't know what to expect. But once I read the story, I fell in love with it! SO glad to have been introduced to this author, and I'm really looking forward to reading her Jenna Fox series as well.

4. Morgan Matson -My lovely friend Kathy sent me a copy of Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson earlier this year. I hadn't heard of the author before, but was excited to check out her story because if Kathy loved it, I knew I would as well. Boy was I right, another great author added to my list!

5. Kass Morgan -I was turned on to Kass Morgan's The 100 when I was approached to review the books. I ended up really loving the book, and it's sequel, Day 21. I SO cannot wait to read the third book in her series, Homecoming, when it is released next year!

6. Emery Lord -I knew Emery Lord's Open Road Summer was going to be a fun read, but I didn't expect to complete adore the writing and story. Lord has definitely earned a spot on my top authors list! I am anxiously waiting to start her upcoming book, The Start of Me and You, which I plan to be my first read of 2015!

7. Jennifer L. Armentrout -So, I had heard a lot of good things about Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I had never read any of her books before. That changed after I received a copy of Don't Look Back. I absolutely adored this book!

8. Marie Rutkoski - Earlier this year I was drawn to The Winner's Curse by the promise of a unique storyline and a stunning cover. I loved the story so much, and I can't wait to read The Winner's Crime, coming out soon!

9. Melissa Kantor -I read my first Melissa Kantor book earlier this year, Maybe One Day, and absolutely fell in love with the story. I'm super excited to read her upcoming book, Better Than Perfect, soon!

10. James Dashner - My daughter drove me crazy until I finally read The Maze Runner, and that was my first experience with James Dashner. I really enjoyed reading this series though, and am looking forward to reading more by him.

All of these authors are super great, and I'm so glad to have been introduced to them all. I can't wait to read more from them all, and if you haven't checked any of them out yet, I highly recommend that you do so!

Who's on your list this week??
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