Jul 29

What I have been reading this summer…

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This summer I have had a ton of time to read so instead of doing a really long review for each book, I figured I would do lots of mini reviews!

Here are the YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Everything, EverythingSynopsis: 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

There has been so much buzz about this book!!!!! Again not my typical genre but an extremely interesting and great read with a twist at the end.  I never saw the ending coming and it made the book even better.  I recommend this to all YA readers!   

Every Last Word

Synopsis: 

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 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.

This is a really unique book and I could see myself recommending this to many of my students.   I think everyone can identify with this story no matter what point of your life you are in.

Happenstance (Happenstance, #1) Happenstance 2 (Happenstance, #2)Happenstance 3 (Happenstance, #3)

I LOVED THESE BOOKS!  They are a novella series !

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2)

Synopsis: 

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

This series is phenomenal.  I love strong female character  and Meira is just that!

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

Synopsis: 

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love. 

Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2)

Synopsis: 

For the past two months, Kitty Doe’s life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister’s niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she’s accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she’ll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment, #1)

This prequel novella is FREE and available on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble!

DNF

SpelledThe Walled City

 

Here are the ADULT BOOKS:

Deer in Headlights (Hearts and Arrows, #1)Snake in the Grass (Hearts and Arrows, #2)Doe Eyes (Hearts and Arrows, #3)

Synopsis from the first book:

Lex is everything Dean needs — but he can’t have her.

It doesn’t matter that she’s beautiful or that her art and poetry speak to his shredded heart. She’s the new drummer’s girlfriend, the latest in a long line of drummers past. He promised the band he’d stay away to protect their record deal, so he’s left with no choice but to deny his heart for the sake of their music.

Dean is everything Lex wants — but she can’t take the risk.

When Lex meets Dean, she’s sure it’s only attraction that has her so hung up on the dark, damaged lead singer, but the more she learns about him, the more she wants him. Love has never been worth the sacrifice, until now. But she can’t put her heart on the line — she won’t — even though she wants to for the first time.

If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in this game of love, Aphrodite never loses.

These books are sooo great!  I have always loved Greek mythology and I can’t get enough of these books!  I love how the Greek Gods “interact” with humans in a sort of game!

 

With a Twist (Bad Habits, #1)

This is Staci Hart’s newest book.  It has nothing to do with Greek mythology but I still loved it!

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

This is definitely adult compared to her other series!!!! I loved this book! Sarah’s writing gets better and better with each book she writes!

 

Scorched (Frigid, #2) The Werewolf Prince and I (The Moretti Werewolf, #1)Reckless (Forever, #6)

 

I put these in order to how much I liked them! I did not really like the ending of The Werewolf Prince and I or Reckless.

I love everything by Jamie McGuire.  I am not sure why I waited soo long to read these but they were amazing!

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)The Edge of Always (The Edge of Never, #2)

Love the emotion and story of these two books!  I will definitely read more from this author!

The Becoming (The Becoming, #1)

Free Zombie novel on Kindle!!!! 4/5 Stars!

DNF

Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned, #1)  The Demon Mistress (Eva Prim, #1)

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Jul 29

Student Review: The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

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Student Review: The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera CassThe Heir on May 5th, 2015
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

This Selection is definitely much different than Maxon’s. I really like how we get to see through Princess Eadlyn how the Selection works from the inside. Eadlyn is the first girl to have a Selection and it is at a time when her parents need it the most. I think trying to distract the public from the recent uprisings with this is a good tactic to give the King and Queen time to think. Seeing how much Eday cares about helping her parents shows through when she reluctantly decides to go through a Selection. Even though she is completely against the idea, she does it in hopes of getting a break from talking about marriage and of course, to help her parents.
Princess Eadlyn’s is definitely not her mother, America, and I think that piece alone adds a lot to the story. Eadlyn comes off as spoiled and selfish, but she is very independent and she knows what she wants and how to get it. Throughout most of the story, Eadlyn’s personality is very bratty and a little stuck-up. She isn’t very good with socializing with people and is surprised when they become upset with her for offending them. She also has the tendency to be dramatic and over exaggerate situations. Her personality changes a little towards the end of the book as she starts to realize how much her actions affect others. The last few chapters when she makes these realizations show that there might be something more to her character than originally seen.
The interactions between Eady and her family felt very genuine. The scene were they all join some of the Selected in a game of baseball was one of my favorite parts of the book. It was very relaxed and it showed just how normal the royal family actually is. I also loved the relationship between Eadlyn and her twin brother, Ahren. He was one of my favorite characters in the book and his personality really balanced out with his sister’s. There is also a scene where Eady and her brothers are lying on a bed talking and their parents come in to join them in conversation. The scene is very laid-back and shows the family in the same way as when they played baseball.
Now to the Selected. Henri is definitely the sweetest guy anyone could ever meet. He is so kind and genuinely happy all the time. Unfortunately, he and Eadlyn don’t speak the same language; if it weren’t for that, I would be rooting for him to win the Selection. Erik is Henri’s translator, and while he wasn’t picked for the Selection, I think he might actually have a chance at winning the heart of Eadlyn. Hale is has a good fashion sense, according to the book, and he tries to prove himself in a new way every day. I think he could possibly have a chance. Kile has known Eady all her life and they have never really gotten along. She has always thought he was weird because he liked to read and he always thought she was annoying. Knowing that they grew up together, it wasn’t a surprise when his name was picked for the Selection. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about their relationship because it feels a little fake at times. But besides that, I think he might actually have a good chance at winning (there are also some parallels between their relationship and Eady’s parents’ relationship). If he doesn’t win, I could at least see them becoming better friends. The romance between Eady and each of the Selected was a little predictable in my mind, but overall, I think it’s just starting to develop into something better and will hopefully progress in the next book.
Eadlyn’s Selection is nothing like how her father’s was. Hopefully we see more character development in the next book and I hope that Eady at least finds someone that she can get to know better. This book wasn’t my favorite of the series, but I did enjoy reading i
three-half-stars

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Jul 06

Early Review: Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

Contemporary, Review, Reviewed by Michelle, Romance, Uncategorized, Young Adult 1

I received this book for free from Edelwiess in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Early Review: Cut Both Ways by Carrie MesrobianCut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
Published by HarperCollins on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelwiess
Goodreads

Will Caynes never has been good with girls. At seventeen, he’s still waiting for his first kiss. He’s certainly not expecting it to happen in a drunken make-out session with his best friend, Angus. But it does and now Will’s conflicted—he knows he likes girls, but he didn’t exactly hate kissing a guy.Then Will meets Brandy, a cute and easy-to-talk-to sophomore. He’s totally into her too—which proves, for sure, that he’s not gay. So why does he keep hooking up with Angus on the sly?Will knows he can’t keep seeing both of them, but besides his new job in a diner, being with Brandy and Angus are the best parts of his whole messed-up life. His divorced parents just complicate everything. His father, after many half-baked business ventures and endless house renovations, has started drinking again. And his mom is no help—unless loading him up with a bunch of stuff he doesn’t need plus sticking him with his twin half-sisters counts as parenting. He’s been bouncing between both of them for years, and neither one feels like home.Deciding who to love, who to choose, where to live. Whichever way Will goes, someone will get hurt. Himself, probably the most.

This book was .. intense. And unique. It tugged at my heart.. it made me uncomfortable. It made me grin from ear to ear. A book that can do all of that is one that is going to stick with me for awhile.

This book is NOT for young readers. It definitely has some scenes that I wasn’t expecting. But it was brutally honest which made me love it even more. A love triangle that stands our from the YA crowd. It made me hate it.. but still love the story at the same time.

It’s hard to review this book without giving away too much. But let’s just say that It broke my heart. Repaired it. and broke it again. It is an honest story of a young man just trying to understand himself and his feelings when he doesn’t know which way is up.

For readers who like brutally honest stories and don’t shy away from something that may be awkward to read about.
I’m so glad that more LGBT stories are getting noticed. The reading world needs diversity!

Carrie Mesrobian tells a story that will stay with you long after the last page.. and will seriously leave you wanting to know more!

Keep an eye out. Cut Both Ways is available September 1st 2015 !

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Jun 06

Have You Seen this….#booksfortrade June Edition!

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Andi of Andi’s ABCs and Brittany of The Book Addicts Guide have this great new feature called Have You Seen This… It’s to help out bloggers searching for hard-to-find books like old ARCs and international copies. Every month there will be linky where you can link up your post for others to see on Andi’s and Brittany’s blogs.

Linky here: http://www.bookaddictsguide.com/have-you-seen-this/

MY WISH-LIST
ARCs:

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
  • Ensnared by A.G. Howard
  • anything by Jamie McGuire (not sure if these even exist)
  • Fever by Lauren DeStafano
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Paperback, Hardcover, or ARC (for my classroom) 

  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • Charmed by Michelle Krys
  • Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)  by Amy Ewing

If you have any of these that you wouldn’t mind trading, let me know! Comment below or tweet @wordsafterwards!

 

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May 25

Review: Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

4.5 Stars, Adult 0

Review: Love is Red by Sophie JaffLove is Red on May 12th, 2015
Goodreads
four-half-stars

This electrifying, addictive, and hypnotically beautiful debut spins suspense and literary fantasy into a stunning epic—the first volume in the Night Song Trilogy—ablaze with fear, mystery, and possibility.

Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she isn’t aware that this future awaits. However, there is one man who knows the truth: A killer stalking the women of New York, a monster the media dubs the “Sickle Man” because of the way he turns his victims into canvasses for his mesmerizing, twisted art.

Unleashed upon Manhattan after lying dormant for centuries, the Sickle Man kills to harvest the precious hues of his victims. As his palette grows, so too does his power. Every death brings him closer to the one color, and the one woman, he must possess at any cost.

While the city hunts the Sickle Man, Katherine must decide what to do about two men who have unexpectedly entered her life: handsome and personable David, and alluring yet aloof Sael. Though she’s becoming increasingly torn between them, how well does she really know them? And why is she suddenly plagued by disturbing visions?

Told from the alternating viewpoints of Katherine and the Sickle Man,Love Is Red is a riveting thriller that unfolds into an intense story of obsession and control, desire and fate. Katherine may not realize it yet, but with this haunting novel—as arrestingly original as Marisha Pessl’s Night Film, Patrick Süskind’s Perfume, and Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls—her moment of awakening is here. And soon she will find herself fighting a battle at the edges of our world, among forces more dangerous than we can possibly imagine.

LOVE IS RED by debut novelist Sophie Jaff (Harper; On Sale May 12, 2015) interweaves the literary and the supernatural, fantasy and horror, the past and the present. Its intoxicating narrative pulls you in and holds you close.

This is the blurb that I received from Harper Collins about Love is Red.  It didn’t seem like my typical read but I took the chance and I was not disappointed.  There is a dual perspective between the Sickle Man and Katherine and it was brilliant.  I will just say that the dual perspective gave me a close enough look in to the murders that I got nightmares.  I don’t usually read horror for this reason but I couldn’t put the book down.  I had to know how it was going to finish. The Sickle Man reminded me of a bad guy you would find on the show Supernatural….just plain scary.

The entire book kept me guessing; it took paths that I would have never expected it to, especially the end.  I am very glad that it is a series because there are LOTS of unanswered questions at the end.  I definitely think that might bug some readers but I am fine knowing there will be more books.

Overall, this book is a great read.  Love is Red is something really different in a really fantastic way.  The whole book just felt really original and it was a great breath of fresh air!

A big thanks to Harper Collins for sending this book my way! 

four-half-stars

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Have you seen this…..#booksfortrade

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Andi of Andi’s ABCs and Brittany of The Book Addicts Guide have this great new feature called Have You Seen This… It’s to help out bloggers searching for hard-to-find books like old ARCs and international copies. Every month there will be linky where you can link up your post for others to see on Andi’s and Brittany’s blogs.

Linky here: http://www.bookaddictsguide.com/have-you-seen-this/

 

MY WISH-LIST
ARCs:

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • Court of Thorns by Sarah Maas
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard
  • Ensnared by A.G. Howard
  • anything by Jamie McGuire (not sure if these even exist)
  • Fever by Lauren DeStafano

Paperback or Hardcover

  • ANY UK Harry Potter
  • I will take anything cool to do with HP. :)
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • Predestined (Existence Trilogy #2) by Abbi Glines

If you have any of these that you wouldn’t mind trading, let me know! Comment below or tweet @wordsafterwards!

 

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May 01

My latest reads……

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)I waited sooo long to read this, I checked out it from the library at least twice and ended up returning it without reading it.  I finally got into the book and man it was good.  If you loved Graceling, you will love this book! 

Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers, #2)

This book series is my guilty pleasure!  I have loved every story of Jamie McGuire has ever written! 

The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers (Demon Slayer, #2)

Definitely a quirky book series.  I read the first one a while back and fell in love with it’s humor and story line.  It is a really easy read with a ton of action and demons! 

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)

Strangely enough I saw this on a BuzzFeed list and decided to give it a try.  The Goose Girl is a great fantasy story and I of course loved the connection  to the Grimm Fairy Tales! 

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Apr 30

Orenda by Ruth Silver Book Blast!!

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Orenda

Orenda Book #1

By- Ruth Silver

Genre- YA/MG Fantasy

Published By- Booktrope Publishing

 

Join forces with a parallel universe.

 

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for. 

 

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.

 

  

 

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Apr 28

Hunted (Sinners #2) by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

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Hunted (Sinners #2) by Abi Ketner & Missy KalicickiHunted on April 28th, 2015
Goodreads
four-stars

HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.

It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed.

Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better.

But can anyone really be trusted?

Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.

In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted.

Lives will be lost.

Dreams will be crushed.

Fears will be realized.

Secrets will be exposed.

When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one encounter will change everything.

Forever.

This is one of those books that I have waited so long for and couldn’t put down the minute I started.  Abi and Missy donated Branded into my HS classroom and it has been one of the most highly checked out books!  I have multiple copies that are all dog eared and a bit loved.

Hunted started off in a hurry and didn’t let up until the very end.  If I had to sum up Hunted in a few words it would be action, suspense, and Cole.  :) I was really impressed and intrigued by all the twists and turns and I often asked myself how is this going to end, will there be any plot resolution, and please don’t kill Cole.  Abi and Missy are masters at getting your emotions involved.  They have created a believable and relatable heroine.  Much like Katniss, you learn to really care for Lexi and experience the world as she does.

Like most readers, I often wonder is the second book going to live up to the first, am I going to be let down, is it going to have second book syndrome?  Hunted was a really great second book and it definitely lived up to Branded’s expectation!  It does ends rather unexpectedly but it left me even hungrier for Liberated and there isn’t even a release date…………

four-stars

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