Review: Hyacinth Girls by Lauren Frankel

22926549Released May 12th 2015 by Crown

Young-Adult Fiction

Coming-of-Age, Parenting

Hardcover (304 pages)

Publisher via Blogging For Books

My Rating 4 Stars

Thirteen year old Callie is accused of bullying at school, but Rebecca knows the gentle girl she’s raised must be innocent. After Callie is exonerated, she begins to receive threatening notes from the girl who accused her, and as these notes become desperate, Rebecca feels compelled to intervene. As she tries to save this unbalanced girl, Rebecca remembers her own intense betrayals and best-friendships as a teenager, when her failure to understand those closest to her led to tragedy. She’ll do anything to make this story end differently. But Rebecca doesn’t understand what’s happening or who is truly a victim, and now Callie is in terrible danger.

This raw and beautiful story about the intensity of adolescent emotions and the complex identity of a teenage girl looks unflinchingly at how cruelty exists in all of us, and how our worst impulses can estrange us from ourselves – or even save us.

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{Review} Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

17310066Authors: Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt, Neil Gaiman, Carrie Ryan, Gene Wolfe, Kelly Armstrong, Rick Yancey, Kami Garcia, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Margaret Stohl, Saladin Ahmed

Published: October 22nd 2013

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young-Adult/  Fairy Tale/ Retellings/ Short Stories/ Anthology/ Classic/ Fantasy/ Paranormal

Format: Hardcover

Source: Won

My Rating: 4 Stars

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

From Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queen to E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops,” literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, the ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them, the ones that have become ingrained in modern culture, and the ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and then reassemble them for a new generation of young adult readers.

Written from a twenty-first century perspective and set within the realms of science fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy and realistic fiction, these short stories are as moving and thought provoking as their originators. They pay homage to groundbreaking literary achievements of the past while celebrating each author’s unique perception and innovative style.

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Review: Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

22926602Release Date: January 20th 2015 (First published January 4th 2014)

Publisher: Hogarth

Genres: Adult/Science-Fiction/Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic/Horror

Format: Paperback (288 pages) Source: Publisher via Blogging For Books

My Rating: 4 Umbrellas

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows.  Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world.  Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness.  Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend.  All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.

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Review: Ask Me Again by Theresa Hodge

23131921Release Date: August 29th 2014

Publisher: Nayberry Publications

Series: Second Chance #1

Genres: Adult Contemporary/ Romance

Format: Kindle

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 1 Star

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon 

It took twelve long years for Alyssa Darden to come home. A place she promised to never revisit again. The loss of a dear friend sent her back to a place of old hurts that she must confront before she can truly live again. Drake Peterson knows he was the cause of so much pain to the only woman he ever truly loved. He wants to set things right and he’s not going to lose the one opportunity to prove that a love like theirs will never die. Alyssa has moved on with her life. She has a man who loves her, a career and friends in a new city that she calls home. She must fight Drake’s charismatic sway to try again…to open up her heart to the possibility of loving him again. Will fate drive two hearts to open up to love again? Can past hurts and betrayal be healed through loving again? Or, will forgiveness open the door to second chances?

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Stacking The Shelves #21

stacking the shelves

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 or physical.

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Traded

The Young World by Chris Weitz (paperback) I traded one of my YA hardcovers for this with Nicole over at The Quiet Concert

Won

The Dreamosphere by Laura Stoddard (paperback) I won this in a giveaway from The Cover Contessa

NetGalley

Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway

Purchased

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey (Hardcover) Excited to continue this story!!

Lie For Me: Griff’s Story (Find Me 0.5) by Romily Bernard (Kindle) Just finished with Find Me and I had to get this

Booklook Bloggers

Rebels (The Safelands #3) by Jill Williamson (paperback) I’ve had the first 2 books for awhile now but I will be binge reading the 3 starting in a few weeks.

Amazon Freebies

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

A few to look forward to reading, especially The Infinite Sea! What books did you add to your shelves this week?

Stacking The Shelves #18

stacking the shelves

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


Won/Traded

IMG_0029Assail (Malazan Empire #6) by Ian C. Esslemont

Harbor Island (Sharpe & Donovan #4) by Carla Neggers

Madame Picasso by Anne Girard

I won these 3 books from The Bookish Babe’s Clearing The Shelves Giveaway.  Thanks Andrea!!

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I traded 2 books for this 1 from Margarida over at The Fault In Our Words. I have read this many times but I didn’t have a copy of my own so I was surprised that she actually wanted to trade this book! I love the Classics and I was never gonna read Passion & Rapture, so I decided that was a fair trade for such a Classic novel. If anyone wants to trade a book for Torment , I have that one as well and I need to get rid of it. Or it will just go in the pile that I will be doing giveaways on soon.


Purchased


20982523Tested (New World #3) by Janelle Stalder

This is a fantastic NA Dystopian series that I love so much. I was chomping at the bit for it’s release and I awoke to it on my Kindle Tuesday morning. Of course, I am already reading it. 

That’s all for me this week. I need to start posting the freebies that I’ve been snagging from Amazon lately also. I’m just getting my groove back from such an overwhelming 2 weeks. Gah, I thought that I would have a stroke from all that was going on. What books did you add to your shelves this week?

ARC Review: Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall

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Title: Land of Shadows

Author: Rachel Howzell Hall

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Forge Books

Source: eARC via Net Galley (320 pages)

Genre: Mystery

Rating: 3 Stars

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From Goodreads

Along the ever changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen year old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton’s new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it’s a teenage suicide. Lou isn’t buying the easy explanation. 

For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self
made millionaire. . .and the man who may have murdered Lou’s missing sister, Tori, thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical. 

Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique’s case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim?

Review

This is a good Crime/Mystery read. One that will keep you up reading all through the night. Not so good in my case, because it had me asking my fiance’ to walk me out to my car in the mornings on my way to work. I was kind of shook up after reading it, but I like reading about decades old cases coming to light, whether it be fiction or real life.

Detective Lou Norton gets assigned a case of a possible suicide. As she and her new partner, Colin Taggert, investigate the case, she is positive that it is no suicide. As they delve deeper into the mystery, she sees links that goes back to the disappearance/possible murder of her sister 30 years prior.

Detective Lou is one tough lady. I really liked her character. She has this no-nonsense air about her, and that’s a great thing to have if you are in law enforcement. Trying to solve the case, and also teach her new partner the ins and outs of the streets in LA, is what she is about. As she gets closer to the mystery behind her sister’s disappearance, she also becomes a target herself.

It really picks up pace after about a quarter into the book. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more about Detective Norton. If you love Crime Fiction, this is a good book to add to your shelf.

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I Found More Books

I found a few freebies while browsing, so I decided to post them for you. I'm not sure how long they will remain free so grab them while you can.

Young Adult

New Adult/ Adult

Historical 
  (I have Uncle Tom’s Cabin & The Scarlet Letter in paperback. I love the classics)

These books are free at the time of posting. PLEASE CHECK THE PRICE before downloading, as it may have changed.