Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Like a Wildfire

Posted May 10, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

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Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Like a WildfireWicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović
on August 15, 2017
Genres: Magical Realism
Pages: 416
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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

I won’t even lie, I read Roshani Chokshi’s blurb before the synopsis and was sold. She said,

Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.”

HOW COULD THAT NOT MAKE YOU WANT TO READ THIS?!?!

The synopsis describes the twins as having magical abilities, which is awesome enough. But the really enticing part is the fact that they’re forbidden from falling in love. The family curse makes me think of A Million Junes which I absolutely loved. I have high hopes that this will be just as enchanting.

While I’m dying for an arc, I may be thankful for not getting one in the long run because this is a duology and I have a feeling I’ll be desperate for the follow-up. Look out for this summer release!

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Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Posted January 10, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. JacksonAllegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 24th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
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four-stars

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.
Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.
Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.
There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?
In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.

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

My mother is the true crime type and I’ve grown up watching her read books and more recently watch shows about murders. Over time I’ve become a little addicted to them, especially The First 48. Somewhere along the way there have been a couple highlighting children in prison for murder. I think my overall fascination was intensified by these specific shows because I am a teacher and spend my days with not just my daughter, but 42 other kids. The cover of Allegedly caught my attention, but the description is what had me chomping at the bit waiting to read it.

Mary Addison is 16 year old black female. At age 9 she was accused of murdering a 3 month old white baby while she and her mother were babysitting her. After spending years in “baby jail” where she spent most of her time in confinement because the facility didn’t know what to do with her, she has been moved into a group home with other teenage delinquents. Her social skills make her appear as if she isn’t very bright when in reality she is highly intelligent. She rarely speaks and at times is a target for the other girls in the home. Her one reprieve is her volunteer job at a nursing home where she met her boyfriend, Ted, who is also a teenager in a group home.

After experiencing nausea and a late period, Mary finds out that she’s expecting a baby. She quickly realizes that because of her charges from the age of 9 her baby will be taken away from her immediately. After 7 years she finally speaks out about the events that took place the night of the murder. The new girl in the group home brings her to the office of an attorney, Ms. Cora, who coincidentally had followed and doubted Mary’s involvement in the murder for years prior to this. She finally tells the story from beginning to end and an appeal is made.

Along the way she faces several road bumps, but I was always rooting her on, wanting the best for her. While some of the writing was repetitive, I attributed that to the voice of Mary and not so much a lack of writing ability of the author. One part of the story that was eye opening and enlightening was her experience in the state foster system and the fears she had when it came to turning 18 and where she would go from there. It’s sad to consider somebody with no family and no support needing to find their way in this complicated life of adulthood.

Without any spoilers, all I can say is that even if it seems predictable at times, I was surprised by how things ended. I don’t know if a full sequel would be good, but a definite epilogue would be interesting to read to see how everything eventually turned out!

four-stars

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TTT: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

TTT: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

10 Contemporary Books to Buy to add Diversity to Your Bookshelf This book is so relevant to some of the social issues we’re facing in the United States today. I loved the dual perspectives because it made the story not just relatable, but easier to understand because I am white. I highly, highly recommend this one for all ages and races. . This is a middle grades book, but it is so good! If you have kids, are a teacher, or just want some insight on a tween boy who grew up under rough circumstances but found a positive outlet in running track, pick this up. . This is a heart wrenching kind of book. I enjoy a lot of true crime shows and have found myself watching documentaries on kids being accused of committing murder at  young age, so I was drawn to this one immediately. Mary is black and was accused at age 9 of killing a 3 month old baby and now after years of time in “baby jail” and a treacherous group home she finds out she’s pregnant. This book shows that sometimes the whole story isn’t told and you can’t always judge a person based on appearances. . I love this book so much. Definitely top 5 of 2016 for me. A mixture of fate, logic, and interracial love is just the beginning of […]

Posted November 29, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Top 10 / 9 Comments
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Top Ten Tuesday: 1

Top Ten Tuesday: 1

Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish 1. This is the newest book added to my TBR! I was cruising IG and came across a post by Uppercase and read in her comment thread that this was a Robin Hood, but with a female MC. My interest was piqued immediately! I absolutely love retellings and I can’t wait, even though it will be potentially for another 8 months for this one! 2. I heard about this books quite a few months ago and wanted to read it then. The pictures of the new ARCs reminded me that it was coming soon and I officially added it to Goodreads. Black Lives Matter is such an important movement right now and as a white woman I find it essential to read everything I can that will help me understand things that will open my eyes to others’ realities. I’m looking forward to this one. Hurry up February! 3. Wait for Me is by one of the Swanky 17’s author. I love historical fiction with a bit of romance, so when I read the description it was an immediate “Want to Read” for me. I also love reading and supporting debut authors, so it’s a win-win. 4. The cover of this book has caught my attention […]

Posted November 8, 2016 by Kendice in Events and Features, Top 10 / 1 Comment
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MEGP: A Writer Named Charley

MEGP: A Writer Named Charley

I’m moving! Not the blog, actually me! This week and next week I will be working hard to move into our new house and unpack. Luckily the book blog community is beyond awesome and supportive. I put out a call asking for help to keep my blog running for the next two weeks to give myself a buffer while I won’t have internet and you all jumped to help me. I can’t express how grateful I am to have such wonderful friends. I would like to introduce my first Guest Poster, Charley who reviewed Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider. Charley is a reader, writer, and most importantly, blogger. She enjoys discussing the latest fandom news with her closest friends. She tries to make sure everyone has a book in their hands to love. Visit her blog at awriternamedcharley.wordpress.com to find that special book for yourself. This book kind of reminded me of a mix of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in our Stars, but it was also completely independent and different from those two books. Robyn Schneider has held my heart since The Beginning of Everything and continues to hold it even tighter after this book. The premise of this book is there is a case of TB (tuberculosis) which came back around even the vaccine can’t prevent, so all these teenagers are sent to a sanatorium called […]

Posted March 15, 2016 by Emily in Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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FFBC Review: A study in Charlotte

FFBC Review: A study in Charlotte

This book is the perfect combination of a love letter to Sherlock Holmes and a ya novel. It’s obvious that Brittany Cavallaro know her Sherlock stuff. The murderer in this book makes his murders look like the ones that happened in John Watson’s Sherlock stories. If you have ever read the Speckled Band or other stories, you will find yourself immediately drawn in. Not only does she continually allude to classic Sherlock Holmes stories, Cavallaro also makes her Holmes and Watson both absolutely true to the source material and original characters in their own right. I loved Charlotte Holmes. She was brilliant and damaged with a laser focus of the problem at hand. It was fantastic to see the traditional Sherlockian features in a girl! I love that this is a series cause I can’t wait to see what happens in the future. Jamie Watson also has a special place in my heart. He was so sweet and loyal. I loved the dynamic between Watson and Holmes. But then, that ‘ship is always a popular one. This book wasn’t about romance, it was about friendship. Watson doesn’t want to date Holmes, he wants to be her best friend. Watching their friendship grow over the course of the book was a joy. Charlotte is prickly and doesn’t think she wants or needs Jamie at the beginning and he shows her […]

Posted February 25, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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Front Lines Top Ten

Front Lines Top Ten

Front Lines (Soldier Girl, #1) by Michael Grant Series: Soldier Girl #1 Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 26th 2016 Pages: 576 Buy on Amazon Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines. World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war. These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known. LINKS: Goodreads | […]

Posted January 25, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments
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IB Arc Review: The Isle by Jordana Frankel

IB Arc Review: The Isle by Jordana Frankel

My purpose today is to review The Isle. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that The Isle is a sequel. There’s nothing wrong with it being a sequel, I just didn’t know when I first picked it up. I’m unobservant. Still, you want to read this one first. It adds so much to the story. I was lucky because my library had it and I got to read it before I read The Isle. I suggest you do too! Now to the real reason we are all here. LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository This book picks up right where The Ward ends. It’s not a stand alone novel. When I first picked it up, I knew I was missing something. Luckily The Ward was easily available so I was able to grab that up and read it first. This book was so engrossing. It was such a fun and easy read. Even though I suddenly had two books to read, it wasn’t a chore at all. In the world of the Isle, water is a commodity. It is in such short supply that it has become a currency. If you can afford enough clean water, you can stay out of the sickhouses and avoid the plague. Hopefully. Especially since transmitting the plague is outlawed. They couldn’t make being […]

Posted January 22, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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FFBC Tour: Review Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

FFBC Tour: Review Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 26th 2016 Genres: paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 368 Format: ebook Source: Edelweiss Buy on Amazon For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes. When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesnÂ’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that sheÂ’s somehow conscious—and not only that, sheÂ’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous. Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace. The biggest problem with this book is that the synopsis absolutely doesn’t do this book justice. I’m not sure what I was expecting after reading the back but this book is 1000 times better than the synopsis makes it sound. I think the […]

Posted January 19, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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