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Review: The 5 Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

Review: The 5 Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson Published by Simon Pulse on January 20th 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Death & Dying, Boys & Men, Comics & Graphic Novels, General Pages: 336 Source: Free for Review Goodreads Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived. Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him. Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts. But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so heÂ’s determined to make things right. HeÂ’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all. But Death is not easily placated, and DrewÂ’s life will have to get worse […]

Posted September 14, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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ARC Review: Rooville by Julie Long

ARC Review: Rooville by Julie Long

Rooville: A Novel by Julie Long Published by SparkPress on September 8th 2015 Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Even after thirteen years in Southern California, Owen Martin can feel the corners of his squareness still sharply evident. HeÂ’s a TV weatherman bored by the beautiful climate. He wants to coach basketball but all the kids play soccer. And he seems to be the only person who thinks a fruit smoothie is a poor substitute for a vanilla shake. When heÂ’s fired from his job, Owen is relieved to head home to Iowa, to the town his ancestors founded and the simple life he knew before his father died. He canÂ’t predict the atmospheric pressure he’s about to encounter, which, as any meteorologist knows, is the key catalyst for change. . . .In his absence, Martinville has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and host to all things alternative. There are golden domes for mass meditations, a vegan café where the burger joint stood, and all the shop doors around Town Square now face east. But far worse than anything is the danger to the Martin family farm. In a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is clear where he stands until he falls for a levitator instead of the down-to-earth girl he had in mind. With old customs and open-mindedness clashing like warm and cold […]

Posted September 8, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

ARC Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 1st 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Westerns Pages: 336 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.      In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.    I had heard a lot about Vengeance Road before I had the opportunity to read it. I’m on Erin Bowman’s street team. To be honest though, I’m not exactly sure how that happened. I wasn’t sure I would be accepted to review this book because I am a newer blogger and I don’t have the impressive history or reader stats. All I have is my enthusiasm and my love of books! So I was thrilled when I got the email of […]

Posted September 2, 2015 by Emily in Review / 4 Comments
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ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey Series: Hunter #1 Published by Disney Electronic Content on September 1st 2015 Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Young Adult Pages: 254 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks. Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes. With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic […]

Posted September 1, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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ARC Review: Breakout by Ann Aguirre

ARC Review: Breakout by Ann Aguirre

Breakout (Dred Chronicles, #3) by Ann Aguirre Published by Ace on August 25th 2015 Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, General, Sci Fi Pages: 336 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads All hell is breaking loose in the edge-of-your-seat follow-up to Havoc and Perdition from New York Times bestselling author Ann AguirreÂ… The prison ship Perdition has become a post-battle charnel house with only a handful of DredÂ’s soldiers still standing and now being hunted by SilenceÂ’s trained tongueless assassins. Forging an uneasy alliance with mercenary commander Vost—who is their only chance at escape—the Dread Queen will do whatever it takes to end her life sentence on Perdition and keep the survivors alive long enough to cobble together a transport capable of getting them off station. If Dred and her crew can win the deadly game of cat and mouse, the payoff is not only life but freedom—a prize sweeter than their wildest dreams. Yet the sadistic Silence would rather destroy Perdition than let a single soul slip from her graspÂ… Ann Aguirre has done it again! Before I get into the review, I should mention that this is the series finale. There are two other books ahead of this one. The other two books in this series are below. Perdition and Havoc, Dred Chronicles 1 and 2 also I’ve been a huge fan of her Sirantha Jax […]

Posted August 25, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Sunday Street Team: Interview with Jessica Verdi

Sunday Street Team: Interview with Jessica Verdi

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi Published by Sourcebooks on August 4th 2015 Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads ItÂ’s all RydenÂ’s fault. If he hadnÂ’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, heÂ’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And itÂ’s not like heÂ’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. SheÂ’s fun and energetic—and doesnÂ’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of MegÂ’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and RydenÂ’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he canÂ’t let go of the past?   I’m so excited to have Jessica Verdi on my blog today. I really liked What You Left Behind. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of it and I wrote a review earlier this month. Thanks for having me on your blog, Emily! 1. Tell us a little about yourself and your […]

Posted August 23, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, interview, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Series ARC Review: Fire Born by Laney McMann

Series ARC Review: Fire Born by Laney McMann

Tied (Fire Born #1) by Laney McMann Published by J. Taylor Publishing on September 9th 2013 Genres: Fantasy & Magic Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They donÂ’t fall in love with boys who donÂ’t exist, either.Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares. Or is that all in her head? Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of thatÂ’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken. No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible? The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural arenÂ’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesnÂ’t kill them both first. Learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction. Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves? The answer may never be far enough… away. I read this series one right after another over the course of a week. I’m going to go through and review […]

Posted August 12, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Arc Review: Two Across by Jeff Bartsch

Arc Review: Two Across by Jeff Bartsch

Two Across by Jeff Bartsch Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 4th 2015 Genres: General, Historical Pages: 304 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Buy on Amazon Highly awkward teenager Stanley Owens meets his match in beautiful, brainy Vera Baxter when they tie for first place in the annual National Spelling Bee-and the two form a bond that will change both of their lives. Though their mothers have big plans for them-Stanley will become a senator, Vera a mathematics professor-neither wants to follow these pre-determined paths. So Stanley hatches a scheme to marry Vera in a sham wedding for the cash gifts, hoping they will enable him to pursue his one true love: crossword puzzle construction. In enlisting Vera to marry him, though, he neglects one variable: she’s secretly in love with him, which makes their counterfeit ceremony an exercise in misery for her. Realizing the truth only after she’s moved away and cut him out of her life, Stanley tries to atone for his mistakes and win her back. But he’s unable to find her, until one day he comes across a puzzle whose clues make him think it could only have been created by Vera. Intrigued, he plays along, communicating back to her via his own gridded clues. But will they connect again before it’s all too late? I really wasn’t sure what to think […]

Posted August 11, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

ARC Review: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 4th 2015 Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley, Free for Review Buy on Amazon ItÂ’s all RydenÂ’s fault. If he hadnÂ’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, heÂ’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And itÂ’s not like heÂ’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. SheÂ’s fun and energetic—and doesnÂ’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of MegÂ’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and RydenÂ’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he canÂ’t let go of the past? Sometimes, when I’m reading, I connect to a book on a very personal level. This book was one of those very personal reads for me. I don’t make a secret of it. I’m a cancer survivor and in March it will be 13 years. Now, at 20, I was a little […]

Posted August 4, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Control by Lydia Kang

Review: Control by Lydia Kang

Control by Lydia Kang Published by Speak on February 5th 2015 Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon “Control blew me away. The twists and turns and suspense made for a thrilling ride . . .  Highly recommended” – James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze RunnerSet in 2150 — in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms — this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it’s not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren’t like any she’s ever seen — teens who, by law, shouldn’t even exist. One of them — an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy — can help Zel reunite with her sister.But only if she is willing to lose him. This book had several things going for it. The main character, Zel, suffers from Ondine’s Curse. This is the nickname for two real disease and could refer to either congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) or primary alveolar hypoventilation. Basically, Zel’s brain doesn’t tell her lungs […]

Posted July 14, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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