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Review: Grrrls on the Side by Carrie Pack (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Grrrls on the Side

Author: Carrie Pack

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: June 8, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The year is 1994 and alternative is in. But not for alternative girl Tabitha Denton; she hates her life. She is uninterested in boys, lonely, and sidelined by former friends at her suburban high school. When she picks up a zine at a punk concert, she finds an escape—an advertisement for a Riot Grrrl meet-up.

At the meeting, Tabitha finds girls who are more like her and a place to belong. But just as Tabitha is settling in with her new friends and beginning to think she understands herself, eighteen-year-old Jackie Hardwick walks into a meeting and changes her world forever. The out-and-proud Jackie is unlike anyone Tabitha has ever known. As her feelings for Jackie grow, Tabitha begins to learn more about herself and the racial injustices of the punk scene, but to be with Jackie, she must also come to grips with her own privilege and stand up for what’s right.

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Review: Soulmated by Shaila Patel (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Soulmated (Joining of Souls #1)

Author: Shaila Patel

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: January 24, 2017

My Rating: 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

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Cover Reveal: Ultimate Sacrifice by S.E. Green

Hey everyone! I’ve teamed up with author S.E. Green and Oftomes Publishing to bring you the ultra spooky cover for Ultimate Sacrifice, a chilling mystery/horror combo that is sure to send shivers down your spine. This creepy tale hits shelves on October 10, 2017, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Drum roll please…

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Review: Perdition by Lindsey Ouimet (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Perdition

Author: Lindsey Ouimet

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: March 31, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After the death of her stepfather, Michaela Reilly’s family picks up and moves from the bustling city of Miami to a tiny speck of a town in the middle of nowhere Georgia. Starting over is always hard, but when you’re stuck with an emotionally wrecked mother who won’t even look at you and the responsibility of practically raising your younger brother and sister, it’s even more difficult.

Life in a small, rural town is a lot different from what she’s used to. Beaches are replaced with lazy, shaded rivers. Six lane highways with dirt roads. And Levi, the cute preacher’s son, with intentions as pure as his smile, takes the place of a string of shallow, meaningless hookups back home.

Some things remain the same no matter where you go, however. Like the way a cute boy can make things seem not so bad, or how when you fall in love You. Just. Know.

It’s too bad it’s not only the good things that are universal. Bad things can follow you, no matter how far away from them you run. Secrets always end up hurting people. A troubled past will come back to haunt you. Michaela has both.

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Review: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Seafarer’s Kiss

Author: Julia Ember

Genre: NA Fantasy

Publication Date: May 4th, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

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Review: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Names They Gave Us

Author: Emery Lord

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: May 16, 2017

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

When it all falls apart, who can you believe in?

Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.

Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.

It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.

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Review: Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Rose Petal Graves

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Genre: NA Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: March 29, 2017

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

TRIGGER WARNING: While I will not be talking about it in detail in my review, I will say that this book does include the topic of suicide.

Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever.

Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

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Review: Famous by Default by MK Harkins (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Famous by Default

Author: MK Harkins

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: March 24, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

Jax

Buried,
By my family’s fame.
Dying to escape the limelight,
And finally, I do.

Being raised as a Jayne, I’m under constant scrutiny. The rock band my brothers formed makes it impossible to stay under the radar. Paparazzi, tabloids, rabid fans–you name it and I’ve got it. It all makes me sick. But getting shipped off to crazy Aunt Betty’s house in my senior year of high school isn’t any better. After all, there isn’t a stray kid or pet in the world that my aunt wouldn’t take in.

Then I meet her. She’s cautious, suspicious, and not interested in me at all. But that’s fine by me. Sivan Holt may be beautiful and intelligent, but she’s nothing I’m looking for.

Sivan

Drowning,
In my past.
Struggling to feel settled.
And finally, I do.

Growing up in the foster care system, I longed for a sense of belonging. All I wanted was a place to call home.
At the age of seventeen, I’m finally starting to feel it here. Home.

When he comes along, it unsettles me. I don’t want him to ruin everything we’ve built–everything that matters. Jax Jayne is arrogant, privileged, and I want nothing to do with him. But those green eyes of his keep drawing me in. If I let down my walls, will it be my final undoing?

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Playlist: Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

After the seriously awesome news about Tahereh Mafi continuing the Shatter Me series broke, I was immediately launched back into that world. I’ve actually been rereading the series in it’s entirety. While I was rereading, I got the idea to make a playlist to celebrate. Since the last playlist I made went over pretty well, I figured I would share this one also. The idea started off as a playlist encompassing the entire series as a whole, but the more I thought about it, almost all of my songs were more or less screaming WARNER WARNER WARNER sooooo… Whoops.  Think of it as a Shatter Me series with a rather… intense focus on Warner’s character. Musically, it’s all over the board, with a few artists appearing more than once. However, in my opinion, it works.

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My Personal Library/Reading Room Set Up

There comes a time when you know that your book collection has gotten to the point where it needs it’s own dedicated space. Mine had reached that point long before it was possible, so when my husband agreed to allow me to take the second bedroom in our new home as a library, I knew my time had come. Since we moved into this house in October, I’ve been working to get my library set up. Fast forward to now, I have finally replaced the last shelf that broke in the move, and I think I’m set up enough to share with you guys. I love seeing other people’s collections, so I figured why not show mine? Keep in mind these pictures are from my iPhone, so the quality isn’t awesome.

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