Fantasy, Informative, WWW Wednesday, Young Adult

WWW (#2)

Hello, lovebugs! Finally getting back to this whole posting things on a regular basis! So  here’s an update since the last WWW I did about a month and a half ago. :p

For those of you who don’t know what this meme is, it started over at Taking on a World of Words  and it really just answers a few simple questions.

Basically, you answer the three W’s each week, which are:

-What are you currently reading?

-What have you recently finished reading?

-What do you think you’ll read next?

So here’s mine!


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What I’m currently reading!

My boyfriend and I are actually reading The Novice together, so that’s been a long work in progress. Just got the ARC for Spark of Light, so I’m about to get more into that! And Furyborn should be finished today.

What I’ve finished reading recently.

Not bad for it being a slower reading period, actually. I know there’s some manga and graphic novels, but that was all I could push myself through for a while.

What I think I’ll read next.

I’ve got all 3 of these beauties sitting on my shelves and I think it’s about time I get to them!


What’s on your upcoming TBR?

-Laurenxx

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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday (#6)- Books Where You Visit School With the MC

Hello, my lovely readers! It’s back to school time and the prompt was just anything school related. I don’t know about you guys, but I go through times where, for whatever reason, I want to read books that involve school in some way because I miss it!

So, just a little background on this whole TTT thing for those who don’t know about it yet (don’t worry, it’s been going for years and I only learned about it a couple months ago!) it started over at The Broke and the Bookish and has since moved to That Artsy Reader Girl and she’s doing a wonderful job!

So, without further ado, here’s some books that involve school!



 

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1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

Definitely a different kind of school than what we’re used to, but it’s one of my favorites regardless just because it is so different.


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2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I know, I know. This one is obvious but visiting this school was a huge part of my childhood with this series and I couldn’t leave it out. Hogwarts really was my home away from home when I was younger and, it kinda still is.


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3. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot

I can’t even count the number of times I read this series. I loved the moments at school too, I mean, they went to school inside a California Mission. If you guys haven’t seen the missions in person, they’re GORGEOUS old buildings. And with this taking place in Carmel, the weather is beautiful and I so badly wanted to see the school and the area. My family visited Monterey a couple years back and they wanted to drive through Carmel. My friend and I had both read this series and used my mom’s love of history to convince her to take us all to the mission. So we got to see where Suzanna went to school, and that was just such a cool moment for me.


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4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Obviously school plays a big part in this one! I love Charlie and I love watching him grow over the course of the book. This is one of my absolute FAVORITE books and I adore the characters and the setting.


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5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

If you guys read the book, you’ll know that there’s literally an entire planet in The Oasis that’s filled with school after school after school because that’s how people went to school now. I was looking forward to seeing that in the movie, but they left that part out and changed the first challenge entirely. I do love the movie as well, but it was completely different from the book.


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6. Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

I know you really don’t go to school with Lola a whole lot, but SOAP plays a big part connecting all of these stories and we do get to see Lola go to school a bit. But I would have LOVED to attend SOAP, the experience of doing that for high school would have been incredible!


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7. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Aghhh. This is seriously one of my favorite books and I absolutely loved the school aspect. I’m actually dying to read this again before I see the movie.


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8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Ugh. This book is so freaking good! And I loved watching Cath grow as she started college. I would have been her almost exactly had I gone away to college.


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9. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Another book that I really want to watch before I finally cave and watch the movie. I’m dying to, but I want to read the book again!


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10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Again, another book I want to read again so badly. This was such a good book though, and I adored these characters so much.


 

Anyone else have any books that involve school that they absolutely love? See any of your favorites on here?

-Laurenxx

Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday

TBR Tackle Thursday! Part 14

Okay, so I know it’s not Thursday, but this week was kind of crazy SO I’m doing it anyways, just a couple days late. :p

For those of you who haven’t done this before but need to get rid of some books from your ever-growing TBR list, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!

Here’s the links to the 3 previous ones I’ve done:

Part 11, Part 12, Part 13



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1. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all – popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the truth about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory – someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Thoughts:

I LOVE Jennifer Armentrout. Absolutely love her. And I’m a sucker for stand-alone books.

Verdict:

Keeping it!


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2. My Life With the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

Synopsis:

My Life with the Walter Boys centers on the prim, proper, and always perfect Jackie Howard. When her world is turned upside down by tragedy, Jackie must learn to cut loose and be part of a family again.

Jackie does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect grades-the perfect daughter. And then…

Surprise #1: Jackie’s family dies in a freak car accident.

Surprise #2: Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters-her new guardians.

Surprise #3: The Walters have twelve sons. (Well, eleven, but Parker acts like a boy anyway)

Now Jackie must trade in her Type A personality and New York City apartment for a Colorado ranch and all the wild Walter boys who come with it. Jackie is surrounded by the enemy-loud, dirty, annoying boys who have no concept of personal space. Okay, several of the oldest guys are flat-out gorgeous. But still annoying. She’s not stuck-up or boring-no matter what they say. But proving it is another matter. How can she fit in and move on when she needs to keep her parents’ memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect?

Thoughts:

This is a contemporary book I can get behind.

Verdict:

Keeping it! I want to see if this is at the library, actually!


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3. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Synopsis:

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side … and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well … doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

Thoughts:

This is apparently told through chats and texts and stuff, and I think that’s super clever, I love when books have different formatting.

Verdict:

Keeping it!


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4. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Synopsis:

For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

Thoughts:

I’ve read a couple books like this… didn’t enjoy them like I thought I would.

Verdict:

Removing!


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5. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Thoughts:

I love Stiefvater’s writing so much and I’ve heard a lot of good things about these!

Verdict:

Keeping it!


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6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Thoughts:

I know, I know. I haven’t read this yet. I’ve been planning on it for ages and even own a copy, I just haven’t read it. :p

Verdict:

Keeping! I definitely want to read this one.


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7. Star of Deliverance by Mandy Madson Voisin

Synopsis:

Born a slave and outcast, the young healer Emi discovers an ancient disease spreading among her people. Desperate, she races to the Capital for a cure and unwittingly finds herself in a competition to win over the Crown Prince’s heart. Staying in the game provides time to search for a cure, but it may cost Emi her life—or her heart.

Thoughts:

That’s one of the vaguest descriptions for a book that I’ve ever read!

Verdict:

Removing it. I don’t know if I’d ever even read it.


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8. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Synopsis:

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

Thoughts:

I honestly loved The Shining and this sounds so freaking good.

Verdict:

Keeping it! I’m a sucker for King’s books.


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9. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Synopsis:

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

Thoughts:

I love Brandon Sanderson’s writing. This does sound super interesting!

Verdict:

Keeping (AND LOOK AT THAT COVER!)


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10. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

Synopsis:

Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Thoughts:

Holy shit. This actually sounds fantastic!

Verdict:

Definitely keeping it!



*** TOTAL KEPT/ REMOVED: 8/2 ***

Not my best, but I’m not going to complain, I’ve got some new books to check out from the library here soon!

-Laurenxx

dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday (#5): Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

For those of you who haven’t heard about this one yet, check out where it originally came from at: The Broke and Bookish and then where it moved to at That Artsy Reader Girl if you’d like to participate in the future!

Okay, I actually kind of LOVE this topic. There are so many books that I personally use in order to get myself out of reading slumps, but I’m excited to see what books other people use in order to do the same thing!

So, let’s get this show on the road!



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1-3. Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Anna Perkins

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve read each of these in order to get myself out of a reading slump. I just adore the characters and I love the progression of each story and relationship.


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4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Ughh I love these ones so much. The humor in all of these never fails to get me out of a slump, especially with them being fairy tale retellings and having that lovely aspect of also being sci-fi related.


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5+6. Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Once again, I love visiting the characters in these books so damn much! The humor and the story lines just make me so happy every time I read them.


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7. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Because, I mean, how fucking amazing are thee books? I could read them any time I’m in a slump and just re-immerse myself in the world and the magic.


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8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I’ve read this book probably ten times at least and I just adore it each and every time. I love Charlie and I love his way of speaking to the reader.


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9. The Firebird Chronicles by Claudia Gray

Because these books are just so. freaking. good. I love the characters and the concept and I love visiting all the worlds within these books.


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10. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Because OH MY GOSH. These books are so damn good and I just absolutely CANNOT wait for the next book to come out. But the first was so good and I read it the first time in the middle of a HARD slump and it worked perfectly.


Any books you use to get out of slumps on this list? 🙂

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Everyone Loves an Underdog

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Warcross by Marie Lu

4.5/5 but it was so close to being 5.

Read: 7.29.18- 8.11.18

Okay, where to even start with this one? The story line is like a mesh of some of my favorite books with random hints of books I despise and yet, it worked. One of my all-time favorite settings is the worlds created by virtual or augmented reality, like this one! The whole world that Lu created was so freaking cool and I loved the idea of the lenses that Emika ended up using and being able to see all those layers added onto the world. I love that business and everything else are able to augment things with the use of glasses or lenses, it’s such a neat idea.

Then there’s the game of Warcross and where the original idea for the game came from. Hideo is a boy-genius who invented the world and the game when he was very young and is now the most famous person in the world, and one of the richest. He finds Emika when she glitches into the opening ceremonies for the annual Warcross tournament and calls her across seas with a job proposal.

Some of the parts with Hideo and Emika reminded me of the relationship from 50 Shades, but as I’m not a fan of those series, that’s something I tried to ignore and I was fairly successful. They did share a connection and I appreciated the way everything between them was written.

The whole hunt for “Zero” and Emika’s talent with hacking was very interesting. I loved reading about each round of the game and trying to figure things out alongside Emika when it came to Zero. But reading about the way the teams interact both inside and outside Warcross and the amount of time and training that goes into the games was so cool, it’s a whole new level of professional sports, and one that I think would appeal to a broader audience vs. the ones we have today.

I’m trying so hard not to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it. I will say that Emika was actually a pretty kick-ass MC and I admire her a lot. I adored her team and some of the players from other teams as well. I loved her dad, and I’m so sad that we didn’t get to see all that much from him, though I understand why.

I read this just in time to read Wildcard when it comes out, and I am so excited!

-Laurenxx

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday! Part 13

Alright, folks. I know it’s Tuesday, but I’m dead from this heat in SoCal and I just can’t bring myself to think about this week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday, which was one I would have put a lot of thought into. And I didn’t do this last week, sooooo we’re doing the usual Thursday post on a Tuesday, because why not?

For those of you who haven’t done this before but need to get rid of some books from your ever-growing TBR list, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!

Here’s the 3 previous ones that I’ve done:

Part 10, Part 11, Part 12



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1. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Synopsis:

“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.”
“Okay.”
“Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?”
“Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?”

According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

Thoughts:

This actually sounds interesting, I like the idea of those after love recovery stories. There’s something tragic but I love watching the characters regain their life after tragedy. Which sounds horrible, but I love the character development in those stories.

Verdict:

Keeping. This would be a good story when I’m in the mood for something more emotional.


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2. The Name of This Book is a Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

Synopsis:

Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he’d love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn’t want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn’t want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.

Thoughts:

Eh. It sounds a little over the top for me and what I’d like to read right now.

Verdict:

Removing.


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3. The 13th Reality by James Dashner

Synopsis:

What if every choice you made created an alternate reality? In The Journal of Curious Letters, Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day he receives a strange letter informing him that dangerous— perhaps even deadly—events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. Tick will be sent twelve riddles that, when solved, will reveal the time and place of an extraordinary happening. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues and discover the life he was meant to live? Tick’s journey continues in The Hunt for Dark Infinity! Mistress Jane and the Chi karda are back. Tick and Mistress Jane race to find the deadly Dark Infinity weapon. But who will destroy it—and who will become its master?

Thoughts:

I mean, it’s got an interesting premise, but not really my cup of tea.

Verdict:

Removing.


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4. The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

Synopsis:

A laugh-out-loud, bittersweet debut full of wit, wisdom, heart, and a hilarious, unforgettable heroine.

When you’re a hypochondriac, there are a million different things that could be wrong with you, but for Izzy, focusing on what could be wrong might be keeping her from dealing with what’s really wrong.

I almost raised my hand, but what would I say? “Mr. Bayer, may I please be excused? I’m not totally positive, but I think I might have cancer.” No way. Then everyone at school would know, and they would treat me differently, and I would be known as “Izzy, that poor girl who diagnosed herself with breast cancer during biology.”

But Izzy’s sense of humor can only get her so far when suddenly her best friend appears to have undergone a personality transplant, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worse, and her beautiful maybe-boyfriend is going all hot and cold. Izzy thinks she’s preparing for the worst-case scenario, but when the worst-case scenario actually hits, it’s a different story altogether—and there’s no tidy list of symptoms to help her through the insanity.

Thoughts:

Ehhh… I don’t know about this one. Doesn’t sound like my cup of tea to be honest.

Verdict:

Removing.


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5. Chain Letter by Christopher Pike

Synopsis:

Two favorite thrillers from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike are now available in one bone-chilling collection.When Alison first got the chain letter signed “Your Caretaker,” she thought it was a sick joke. But then it became clear that someone, somewhere knows about that awful night when she and six friends committed an unthinkable crime. And now that person is determined to make them pay.

One by the one, the chain letter comes to each of them, demanding dangerous, impossible deeds. No one wants to believe that this nightmare is really happening, but then the accidents start. And the deaths.

Finding the truth behind the stalker’s identity seems to be the only option, but even that might not be enough. The Caretaker has a prodigy who is even more frightening than the first, and this time he wants more than retribution. He’s out for blood.

Thoughts:

High school me would have loved this book. Current me, not so much.

Verdict:

Removing.


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6. Taking on the Dead  by Annie Walls

Synopsis:

Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It’s the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it’s not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.

Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.

Thoughts:

Ehh… I like zombie books as much as the next girl, but I don’t like the thought of this one.

Verdict:

Removing.


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7. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Synopsis:

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

Thoughts:

This sounds interesting and I LOVED Between Shades of Gray.

Verdict:

Keeping!


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8. The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan

Synopsis:

Charlie West just woke up in someone else’s nightmare.

He’s strapped to a chair. He’s covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death.

The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things–working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl’s number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really?

And more to the point . . . how is he going to get out of this room alive?

Thoughts:

Not a big fan of these kinds of books, so I’m actually not sure why I added it to begin with.

Verdict:

Removing.


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9. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Synopsis:

Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.

But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself.

Thoughts:

It’s got potential, but I feel like there are so many other fantasy books like this that I need to get to first.

Verdict:

Removing.


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10. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Synopsis:

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept separate but equal.

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

Thoughts:

It sounds really really good.

Verdict:

Keeping!


*** Total kept/ removed: 3/7 ***

Actually did fairly well on this one, so I’m pretty happy about that! Got rid of quite a few this go around. 🙂

-Laurenxx