Gone Crazy In Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

22864816Release Date: April 21st 2015

Publisher: Harper Collins/ Amistad

Series: Gaither Sisters #3

Reviewed In Series: One Crazy Summer 

P.S. Be Eleven

Genres: Juvenile/ Young-Adult/ Historical/ Cultural/ Realistic-Fiction/ African-American/ Coming-of-Age

Format: Digital ARC

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

My Rating: 5 Stars

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Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters, who are about to learn what it’s like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime.

Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles’s half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven’t spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that’s been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

Powerful and humorous, this companion to the award-winning One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven will be enjoyed by fans of the first two books as well as by readers meeting these memorable sisters for the first time.

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Stacking The Shelves #35

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that spotlights the books we are adding to our shelves; whether they be virtual of physical.

Most of my books came during the week, but there are a couple that are delayed because of the snow. We didn’t get snow but Amazon just couldn’t be a good little retailer and send all of my books in 1-2 shipments. I’m not mad because I’m glad they were able to get these out the door. I told you I went on a book-buying binge and if my fingers had not cramped up when they did, I might have went overboard. Now, I definitely have to get that bookcase I was looking at in the furniture store. No more procrastinating on that front because the piles on my floor in front of the shelf I currently have are getting out of hand and I have to keep my cat out of that room.

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ARC Review: Contact by Laurisa White Reyes



Release Date: June 23, 2014

Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Format: eARC

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 3 Stars

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From Goodreads: Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already, and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira, it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated in the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of a miracle drug. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth…but proving it just might get her killed!

Review: Mira Ortiz is in the hospital, yet again, for another suicide attempt. She just wants it all to go away– the memories, feelings, emotions, etc… from touching other people. She realizes that she has always had that feeling of reading ones emotions, but since she recently was immunized with the drug, Gaudium, it has become more enhanced. As she’s leaving her therapist’s office, she trips and falls over David (She literally falls in love with him). Days later she bumps into him again at one of her father’s functions. He’s vying for Governor, and is also under investigation for things that happened over 16 years ago with his pharmaceutical company (It’s a long story). The next morning she finds her mother unresponsive in her bed, and Mira’s life becomes chaos afterwards. She figures out things about her father and soon begins to put more pieces together, but she really has no idea who is behind the madness that is her life.

I really wanted to love this, I really did. Mira was so naive and gullible, it made me sick. One minute she was getting to the truth (sort of), and then she was berating herself for thinking the things she was thinking. In the end, it mattered, but not while trying to put the pieces together concerning her life and the mysterious gift she has. I can say that, if you read this book, don’t trust any revelations because in the end, you will be surprised. I was like, seriously? David is a great guy, with his own secrets. I actually liked his character more than Mira. For the most part, the premise is great. I liked the actual science of how Mira got her gift of reading people through touch. Some of the phrases at the end with her and Jordan, her father’s bodyguard? minion?, was a bit juvenile. Yes this is a YA book, but it was so not cool. Overall, it was okay. I can say that if there shall be a book 2, which the ending hinted at, I want to read it to see where it goes. Just okay, okay.

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