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Review: The Replacement

Title: The Replacement

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Date of Publication: September 21st, 2010

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Goodreads Summary:

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

My Review:

So, I had no idea that this book even existed. There was a sale at our local library, and I had a coupon for a free book, so I picked it up on a whim. The cover is ultimately creepy, and I was intrigued!

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The book itself wasn’t as dark as I expected it to be, but it still had some creepy aspects. I normally don’t read a lot of books where it is a guy narrative the whole time, but I did like Mackie. Sometimes he did seem a bit emo, though. Tate got on my nerves at times, and I am still not completely sure if I even liked her.

Overall, it was a quick and easy read, and the idea of children being swapped out by a different creature was interesting, but I just wanted more from this!

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Proof of Lies: Blog Tour + Giveaway

Proof of Lies (Anastasia Phoenix, #1) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Published by Entangled Teen

Published on March 7th, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary/Mystery

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Some secrets are best kept hidden…

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.

She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.

She will find her sister.


Diana Rodriguez Wallach is not the child of super spies, as far as she knows. But she is an avid traveler, and every scene in her books comes from a place she has lived or visited—from her senior year apartment in Boston, MA to the hotel where she stayed in Cortona, Italy. In addition to the Anastasia Phoenix series, Diana is also the author of the award-winning Amor and Summer Secrets series; the Mirror, Mirror short story collection; and essays in both Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories and Latina Authors and Their Muses. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is a Creative Writing Instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two kids. But of course, this all could be a masterly crafted piece of disinformation…

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Review: The Roanoke Girls

Title: The Roanoke Girls

Author: Amy Engel

Date of Publication: March 7th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

My Review:

What. Was. This. Book.

I was drawn to this book for the fact that I loved the author’s other book, The Book of Ivy. I already knew ahead of time this would be completely different. First it is a mystery book which I normally don’t read, but I would give it a chance anyway. This isn’t your normal type of mystery book here.

Lane, our MC, has to go live with her grandparents in a farm town in Kansas. She meets her cousin Allegra (No, not the medicine), and I could not stand her. Allegra was selfish and messed up. I can understand why, but she still did terrible things, especially to Tommy.

Lane has got to be the worst MC I have ever read in my life, and that is saying a lot. The way she treated Cooper was awful, and for whatever reason he liked he. I don’t understand. Her thoughts were just mean a lot of time for example Tommy’s wife… I mean what did she ever do to her? The way she criticized her looks and also doing the same to Jeff’s wife, etc. Also, I feel like Lane needed to be going to AA meetings, she either got wasted a lot or still had alcohol every time. I mean would it kill her to drink some water?

The chapters are told in now, then, and one chapter from each of the other Roanoke girls. The Roanoke girls chapters made me hate all of them too. These characters weren’t meant to be liked I guess? Cooper was the only person in this whole book I could stand. Everyone else just had me feeling icky sticky.

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Now, the writer can write, and I did want to keep reading the story to find out what happened next. There were twists and turns, and I guessed almost every single one except for one. I don’t want to give anything away, but I don’t even know how I feel after reading this book besides sick.

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Cover Reveal: Gardenia

Title: Gardenia

Author: Kelsey Sutton

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“Given the setting of the story and the proximity of Ivy’s home to a train depot, we landed on the headlights of an oncoming train as the perfect visual metaphor for Ivy’s ability to know when she will die.”

About the Book:

Seventeen-year-old Ivy Erickson has one month, twenty-seven days, four hours, fifty-nine minutes, and two seconds to live.Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been able to see countdown clocks over everyone’s heads indicating how long before they will die. She can’t do anything about anyone else’s, nor can she do anything about her own, which will hit the zero hour before she even graduates high school.

A life cut short is tragic, but Ivy does her best to make the most of it. She struggles emotionally with her deep love for on-again, off-again boyfriend Myers Patripski. She struggles financially, working outside of school to help her mom and her sister. And she struggles to cope with the murder of her best friend, another life she couldn’t save. Vanessa Donovan was killed in the woods, and everyone in town believes Ivy had something to do with it.

Then more girls start disappearing. Ivy tries to put her own life in order as she pieces together the truth of who ended Vanessa’s. To save lives and for her own sanity.

The clock is always ticking. And Ivy’s only hope is to expose the truth before it runs out completely

 

About the Author:

Kelsey Sutton is the author of teen novels SOME QUIET PLACE and GARDENIA. She is also the author of two novels for middle grade readers, THE LONELY ONES and BENJAMIN. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She is currently working on a master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore. You can like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @KelseyJSutton.

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The Row: Excerpt + Giveaway

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The Row
by J.R. Johansson
Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: October 11th 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:

A death sentence. A family torn apart. One girl’s hunt for the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent.

Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately, but she cannot forget what he’s told her. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, she discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.

 

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Riley is a people watcher. She regularly escapes from her own problems by going to a mall on the other side of Houston and seeing what other people are dealing with. Sometimes she even pretends to be someone else. But on this particular outing near the beginning of the book, she ends up meeting someone who makes her want to be herself…she also meets his hot older brother, Jordan. Enjoy!

 

On a Wednesday afternoon, the mall isn’t too busy, but there are about ten tables already taken with late lunch customers. I order a thick Oreo milkshake and start studying the people around me. One nearby table is full of teens. I scoot to the edge of my booth and pretend to scroll through my phone as I try to eavesdrop on their conversation. Before I get a chance to hear much, though, I feel an impact against my right sandal.

When I bend over, the first thing I see is a red Matchbox car. I pick it up and squint at it.

“Sorry about that. Driving skills obviously need improvement.” A deep voice speaks from the booth behind mine and I spin to face it. My first thought isn’t exactly articulate: Wow, hotness. His warm eyes are a slightly lighter shade of brown than his dark olive complexion.

Hot Guy extends his hand. I freeze, not sure if I should shake it or stick the car into it. As if he can read my mind, he drops his hand back to his lap and provides me with an alternate option.

“Unless you’re interested in joining our competition? Any experience on a pit crew, by chance?” His eyes now have a wicked sparkle to them that draws me in.

“Pit crew?” I raise my eyebrows.

“Girls don’t like cars.” I hear a small voice from the other side of his booth and slide to the side a bit to see who spoke. A seriously adorable little boy looks up at me. He can only be Hot Guy’s little brother. His Angry Birds T-shirt is just a smidge too big for him. He has the same skin and dark wavy hair, the same athletic build, the same square jawline and Roman nose—he is his brother in miniature. When he beams up at me, one of his front teeth is missing. “Hi!”

“Hi . . .” I can’t help but smile back at him.

“What’s your name? You don’t like cars, right?” He continues to smile at me while I consider my answer. The kid couldn’t be more than six years old. “I’m Matthew.”

“I actually do like cars.”

“Then you’re cool.” He lifts his cupped hands up and releases no fewer than eight cars onto the tabletop. His big brother frantically shoots his arms out, trying to prevent them all from careening off onto the floor.

Matthew slides out of his seat and walks to my table. “You didn’t tell me your name.”

Maybe all of my friends should be six. The questions of children seem to be so much simpler than those of adults. Something deep in me really doesn’t want to lie to this kid. “I’m Riley.”

His brother jerks his head up with an embarrassed expression. “Matthew, she doesn’t have to tell you her name if she doesn’t want to.”

“But . . . she already did.” Matthew looks at his brother like he just said the dumbest thing he’s ever heard. He sticks his small hand out to shake mine.

“Nice to meet you,” he says, sincerely. The gesture melts me and I place my hand in his. All my worry about Daddy’s hearing dissolves as he grips my hand firmly and shakes it like this is the most important meeting each of us will ever have. “Now, tell me what your favorite color is.”

After tossing the cars into a green plastic container, Matthew’s brother gets up and puts his hands on Matthew’s shoulders. “Sorry, he has no filter with strangers.”

“It’s fine. I like being told that I’m cool.” I shrug before lowering my eyes to Matthew. “My favorite color is purple.”

Matthew dives for the green bin and starts digging through it without another word.

“I think that was your official invitation to play . . . in case you didn’t recognize it.” Hot Guy rubs his hand on the back of his neck. His cheeks flush slightly and then he smiles at me. “I’m Jordan, by the way.”

“Your brother is really cute.” I lower my voice so Matthew can’t hear us.

“Yeah, that’s what all the girls say.” Jordan shakes his head.

“Oh, I see.” I lift one eyebrow, deciding these two might be the perfect pair to distract myself with today. “This is part of your game then? Bring your adorable brother to the mall. Hit girls with tiny cars. Have him get them to tell you their names . . . very smooth. Will he ask for my number next?”

Jordan looks horrified for an instant before he picks up on the fact that I’m joking and a grin spreads across his face. “Or maybe we’re part of a research project and he’s just a very small scientist.”

The server comes with my milkshake and I stick my spoon into it. “What would you be researching?”

“The effects of tiny cars on complete strangers.” Jordan sticks his hands into his jeans pockets as his face turns mockingly serious.

“Fascinating.”

Matthew drops a bright purple convertible onto the table in front of me. I pick it up to look at it and before I know it, Matthew is pushing himself and his green bin of cars into the seat on the other side of my booth.

Jordan blinks at Matthew and then me before shaking his head. “Buddy, we need to stay in our booth. I think we’ve bothered Riley enough for one afternoon.”

Matthew freezes in the middle of organizing his cars on my table and looks at me in shock. “I’m bothering you?”

I shake my head fast and firm. “Not at all.”

“He’s fine.” I look up at Jordan and then gesture to the seat beside Matthew. “Looks like I’m officially part of your experiment—or pit crew—depending on where this afternoon takes us. Care to have a seat?”

 

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J.R.  Johansson’s books have been published in a dozen languages and more than twenty countries worldwide. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. She lives in Utah with two sons, a wonderful husband, three cats, and a hot tub named Valentino.
She is represented by the stellar  Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

 

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Review: Shutter

Title: Shutter

Author:Laurie Faria Stolarz

Date of Publication: October 18th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

THE FACTS
• Julian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from the Fairmount County Juvenile Detention Facility.
• His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.
• Julian is wanted for murder.

THE QUESTIONS
• Why is Julian Roman on the run?
• Just how dangerous is he?
• And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?

Seventeen-year-old Day Baker views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur.

Julian is not the “armed and dangerous” escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don’t quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture . . . whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn’t he?

Day digs deeper into the case while Julian remains on the run. But the longer her list of facts becomes, the longer the list of questions becomes, too. It’s also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels for him. Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?

Day is close to finding the crack in the case. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is a master of suspense and romance. In this page-turning thriller, Stolarz tackles dark truths with a powerful, contemporary voice. Shutter will keep readers guessing until the very end.

My Review:

I normally don’t read a lot of mystery and suspense novels. I think the last time was way back in junior high when I read Lois Duncan and Joan Lowery Nixon books.

Day loves to take pictures, and when she runs into Julian by accident in a convenience store and not recognizing him at first as the boy on the run from the cops and wanted back into custody for murder, she follows him without him knowing anyway to get the perfect picture.

Later on she runs into him again and decides to help him and hides him outside in the shed. She believes he didn’t do the crime that he is accused of, but the stuff he says doesn’t add up either.

I really liked the characters in this book even though Day did a lot of things that didn’t make sense like sit here and hide a guy she doesn’t know accused of murder.  I mean it wasn’t like she was even friends with him before, so the situation was weird.

The mystery part was actually pretty good because I did keep going back and fourth with what the outcome could be and even though it was predictable it was a very entertaining read.  I would recommend this one.

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Review: Freeks

Title: Freeks

Author: Amanda Hocking

Date of Publication: January 3rd, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.

My Review:

Mara has been with a traveling sideshow pretty much her whole life with her mother who is a necromancer. This time the sideshow is coming to Caudry which a small town that is going to give a pretty nice payout. Mara meets a guy in town who she is instantly attracted to named Gabe. Mysterious attacks begin to take place at the carnival to the workers, and Mara is going to find out what is going on.

I love this cover! The cover automatically drew me in along with the fact that I love anything that has to do with oddities. Not only that but set in the 80’s??? Count me in!!

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I loved the beginning and learning that a lot of people that worked at the carnival had actual powers, and I really liked all of the side characters. As for Mara the main character I loved reading from her point of view. She was a good character and didn’t make dumb decisions.

Gabe was a very likable character, but as for the romance to me it is what brought the book down a little. There was pretty much no build up to the relationship and every time they were together they were kissing. I really liked Mara and Gabe together I just wanted to see more dialogue and more of them getting to know each other.

The mystery aspect of the book is what had me on my toes and wanting to know what the heck was going on and what was attacking these people and why. The author was great about adding details to the attacks!

The paranormal elements towards the end were a little far fetched for me, but I still enjoyed them. I did however want to see more carnival themed elements throughout the book. This was a quick read and while I did not like this as much as Amanda’s Trylle/Kanin series I still liked it.

 

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