Aug 28 2014

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Release date: June 16, 2009
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Print (my own)
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 383
Source for Synopsis: Goodreads
Challenge: (personal) 2014 Reading Challenge
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It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.


I finished reading this book 3 days ago, but wasn’t sure exactly what to say until now.

Gore: No
Magic: No
Romance: Yes

Pacing: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4 stars
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Aug 27 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (83): Winterspell

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by: Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Winterspell 3D Hardcover


By Claire Legrand
Series: N/A (Standalone)
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 30, 2014 (although it says November 1 on TBD, so I’m not sure which one is right)
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The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

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Aug 22 2014

Blog Tour: Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman

Crystal Magic 3D

Series: Clearwater Witches (Book 1)
Release date: March 30, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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Nothing is safe around Kristyl Barnette. Windows break. Books rocket across the room. Lights flicker. Strange occurrences follow the sixteen-year-old everywhere.

When tragedy forces her to move to the small town of Clearwater, Michigan, with her estranged aunt Jodi, Kristyl tries to leave her past behind. But Clearwater has secrets of its own—a mystical history that intersects with Kristyl’s life and might shed light on the inexplicable events that plague her.

When a mysterious illness threatens her aunt’s life, Kristyl will do anything to cure her. Enlisting the help of witches could save Jodi, but is dealing in magic worth the consequences?

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Jul 23 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (82): Magnolia

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by: Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Magnolia 3D Hardcover


By Kristi Cook
Series: N/A (Standalone)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
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In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

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Jul 17 2014

Blog Tour: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones – Excerpt and Giveaway

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Series: Oracle of Delphi (Book 1)
Release date: March 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology

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She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.

Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of “Whack Job” in her home town of Adel, Georgia. Fed up with prescription meds and therapists, she wishes for a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone’s jokes and mockery.

Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.

After a vicious attack and learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. While on a mission to discover the Most Beautiful, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.

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Jul 16 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (81): The Girl From the Well, and Servants of the Storm

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by: Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The Girl From the Well 3D Hardcover


By Rin Chupeco
Series: N/A (Standalone)
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery, Retelling
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
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You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as “Dexter” meets “The Grudge”, based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.


Servants of the Storm 3D Hardcover

By Delilah S. Dawson
Series: N/A (standalone)
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
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A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real … including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

Dovey’s running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can’t see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly … and everything to do with Dovey herself.

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Jul 09 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (80): Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by: Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Welcome to the Dark House 3D Hardcover


By Laurie Faria Stolarz
Series: Dark House (Book 1)
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: July 22, 2014 (Although on TBD it says August 21, so I don’t know which one is the right one, I hate it when there are more than one release dates, it’s so confusing)
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What’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

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Jul 02 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (79): Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by: Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Illusive 3D Hardcover


By Emily Lloyd-Jones
Series: Illusive
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
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The X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of “super” criminals.

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She’s what’s known as an illusionist…She’s also a thief.

After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn’t?

The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.

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