one moment.

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i just finished reading one moment by kristina mcbride. i received and ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

this was a really good book. it was a relatively quick read and once you get into it you’ll find it hard to put down.

the story centers around Maggie, our endearing protagonist, and her group of friends. they’re the quintessential group of best friends. 3 boys, 3 girls, all inseparable, with 2 of them romantically involved.

they have traditions, secrets, their “place”. we get to know about all of those things and the 6 of them after a tragic accident that leaves them seriously grieving for what is presumably the first time. The accident along with flashbacks and revealed secrets intertwine to bring a much different, less idyllic reality into the story line.

i could have actually read a few more chapters and was a little sad to see this story come to an end.

throw this book in your bag the next time you’re headed to the beach, or curl up on your couch with a blanket and get ready to lose all track of time and the world around you as you find yourself immersed in this twisty read!

4/5 stars from this girl!

all the missing girls.

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lately i’ve been reading 1 of 2 sorts of books. dark and twisty or colleen hoover. all the missing girls is definitely dark and twisty. this book has been popping up in my recommended reads lists on amazon, goodreads, audible – basically everywhere. so, i finally gave it a read and holy buckets am i glad i did!

i loved this book so much.

when first started it i was prematurely almost put off by the fact that this book works in backwards chronological order with flashbacks throughout. i thought that might make the story line unnecessarily hard to follow, but i actually ended up really enjoying the way megan miranda told this story. i have a knack for figuring out the big twists well before they’re revealed but i credit the reverse order of events in this story for keeping me on my toes.

the characters were real people. i felt like they could be people that anyone would know. normal people in this fantastic plot that while completely nuts and surprising at every turn was absolutely believable.

there were moments in this book where i was right there. megan’s portrayal of the small town dynamic was pretty spot on. swap her north carolina foothills for iowa cornfields and the summer in this story could be any small town american summer. i loved that. i love being able to become completely absorbed in a book. books are my me time and this book had my undivided attention from the very first page.

i highly recommend picking this book up – which you can do here: All the Missing GIrls and i definitely give this book a very enthusiastic 5/5!

 

the alienation of courtney hoffman

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Lightning ripped across the northern California sky, then splintered down through the rain and disappeared behind our neighbor’s house. Letting the door slam shut behind me, I ran away from the warmth of our porch light into the darkness of our backyard. My mom would’ve killed me if she’d caught me outside that late at night. Especially in a thunderstorm, and on the night before my fifteenth birthday, with the big party she had planned for tomorrow. But I had to get out of the house before I fell asleep and they came for me. And they were coming!

A gust of wind blew my hair against my face. I swiped it out of my eyes just in time to see a plastic lawn chair tumbling through the air. I covered my head with both arms, but a leg of the chair smashed against my elbow. Ouch!

I dropped onto the wet grass, pulled my knees into my chest, and rocked nervously back and forth. Water soaked up through my nightgown and my underwear, making me shiver.

None of these things mattered, though. Because something far worse was happening inside my head. A memory of me as a little girl, on the night my grandpa Dahlen disappeared from his cottage, was trying to claw its way into my consciousness.

And I didn’t want to think about that night. Ever.

Still, I couldn’t stop it, which didn’t make sense. I was awake, and outside, where I was supposed to be safe, yet the aliens from my dreams were somehow messing with my thoughts, rearranging things, trying to make me think about that night! But how?

And why? It happened eight years ago, and my grandpa was dead now.

Although, before he disappeared, he’d— No! Stop, Courtney! I yelled at myself.

I bit my fingernail and took a deep breath, hoping to calm down.

No luck. I was remembering the musty old-books smell from my grandpa’s bookcase. Butterflies rushed into my stomach and I sprang to my feet.

“All right. Is that what you want me to do?” I shouted into the rainy darkness. “Remember my grandpa? What happened that night? If I do that, then will you leave me alone?”

I wiped the rain from my eyes, and suddenly it was like I was right there, in the cottage. His notebook sat on the plaid couch, opened to a map he’d drawn of the ancient wormholes linking the alien world to our own.

 

about the book

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman
by Brady Stefani
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller/Scifi
Release Date: June 7th 2016
SparkPress

olivia decoded.

od-6olivia decoded is the sequel to olivia twisted. and if you plan to read twisted – you should probably just go ahead and pick up decoded as well because you will want to read it immediately.

all of the excitement and tension from book 1 carries right into book 2.

olivia decoded is one of the best follow-ups i’ve read in a long time. the length was perfect, there isn’t an unnecessary retelling of details from the first book, and the characters and their story lines progress exactly like i was seeing in my head!

if you’re looking for a good young adult novel that has all the right ingredients – the olivia books are just that. love, action, tension, heartbreak – they’re all there.

5/5 stars for vivi barnes and olivia decoded!

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vivibarnesVivi Barnes was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. After college, she convinced her supportive husband to

move with her to be part of the sunshine and magic in Orlando, Florida. On a good day, she manages to divide her time writing, working, reading, goofing off with her three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. Vivi is a proud member of SCBWI and attends conferences whenever she can.

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olivia twisted.

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i always thought it would be super cool to be a hacker like penelope garcia (criminal minds). some brilliant genius hacker that gets caught but ends up being recruited by the fbi vs going to prison. alas, it is a wonder i can write book reviews on a blog – so my dreams of being an fbi computer nerd will have to stay just that.

hence my absolute love and 1 night devouring of olivia twisted – an action filled story with a hacker plotline. i was totally hooked. i love books where i get to do awesome things through well written characters.

vivi barnes has crafted a modern take on dickens’ oliver twist and it is definitely worth picking up. i loved the characters and their stories. z is the bad boy i think every girl has crushed on at one time or another and olivia is the lost soul you want a happy ending for. the relationships olivia develops in this book are very honest and believable. they aren’t syrup-y or pretentious the way teenage relationships can be portrayed in ya novels sometimes.

i look forward putting a copy of this book on my shelf and give it 5/5 stars.

**if  you plan to read book 2, olivia decoded, i highly recommend not reading the epilogue in olivia twisted!**

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vivibarnesVivi Barnes was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. After college, she convinced her supportive husband to

move with her to be part of the sunshine and magic in Orlando, Florida. On a good day, she manages to divide her time writing, working, reading, goofing off with her three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. Vivi is a proud member of SCBWI and attends conferences whenever she can.

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19161835i had no idea what to expect when i checked this book out. i was getting ready to head out on vacation and thought it sounded like a book i could definitely read on a beach with a slushy drink in my hand.

i was not prepared for this book. not one bit. this book was all consuming. i love the premise of this book. one main event described by several of the key or not so key players. though each of the characters were talking about the same series of events their stories were different. the things they cared about, their upbringings, their roles – everything was different.

minato does a fantastic job of making sure you become invested in her characters. you empathize with them, feel their pain and their rage.

read this book. read all the words. the end will leave you reeling. i definitely give this one a 5/5 and look forward to reading more of kanae minato’s work.

one night.

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they say never to judge a book by the cover. i am absolutely guilty of being a cover snob. i don’t think there is anything wrong with being excited about a book because it has a great cover and this cover is the best. it reminds me of travel agency posters and nostalgia.

deanna cabinian has a gem of a book here. i am not sure what exactly i was expecting after first reading about this book, but one night is a charming coming-of-age story told from a very refreshing perspective. the characters are well crafted and thoroughly developed. it was a wonderful escape to follow Thompson and Johnny on their summer adventure.

my favorite thing about this book was the voice it is written in. it was refreshing to read a book in the YA world that was written from a male perspective. deanna expertly crafted a quaint, endearing story line with characters that you will find yourself wanting to hang out with.

4/5 stars for one night! want a copy so you can see for yourself? enter below to win!

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about the authordeanna-cabinian
Deanna Cabinian has worked in radio, television, and magazine publishing, but her greatest passion is writing. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in sport management. She writes from wherever she happens to be, but the majority of her writing is done from Chicago. When she isn’t writing she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and family.

it ends with us.

27362503this book.

i loved this book.

this book was one of those stay up late – read during any free minute you have sort of books.

this book tackles some really intimate, sometimes uncomfortable subject matter. domestic violence, homelessness, gun safety, parenthood, first loves, and great sex.

this book had so many layers and stories all working to build the nuances and details of lily, atlas, and ryle’s lives in the present. i loved and hated the characters in this book – i found myself conflicted at times. the way this book was written my realist type-a side was often warring with my optimistic, maybe this is that one time things will actually work out side.

i had knots in my stomach, and butterflies at times. this book was twisty and surprising and raw and so believably real.

trigger warning though – if you’ve dealt with or are dealing with domestic abuse – there are some pretty tough situations in this book.

5/5 for this one. read it. it is worth the book hangover, i swear!

wake the hollow.

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Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.

Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.

This town will suck you in and not let go.

Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With thehelp of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.

Find the answers.

Unless, of course, the answers find you first.

first of all – i LOVE historical fiction. second – i LOVE the legend of sleepy hollow. (and totally irrelevant to anything i just so happened to attend washington irving middle school as a kid.)

i had pretty high expectations for this book given my aforementioned loves. and i was not disappointed at all! due to my own inability to manage my time very well i literally had a day to read this book to get this review out – i’m fairly certain that even without the deadline i would have finished this book just as quickly.

all of the pieces were there. there is mystery, deception, a love story, history, and a bit of coming-of-age that wove together a very thoughtful cast of characters. gaby masterfully articulates the nuances and mannerisms of each of the major players. her protagonist, mica, is a girl we’ve all known in some ways. i was invested in mica’s story and her story didn’t leave me feeling short-changed or frustrated or lacking closure.

i give this one 5/5. loved it. hope it is book 1 in a series bc i want to read more!

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about the author

gaby-trianaGABY TRIANA is the award-winning author of six YA novels—Wake the Hollow (Aug. 2016, Entangled), Summer of Yesterday, Riding theUniverse, The Temptress Four, Cubanita, and Backstage Pass, as well as thirteen ghostwritten novels for best-selling authors. Originally a 4th grade teacher with a Master of Science in Elementary Education and ten years teaching experience, Gaby earned Teacher of the Year in 2000, wrote her first novel, Freddie and the Biltmore Ghost, then left teaching to launch a full-time writing career. She went on to publish young adult novels with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, win an IRA Teen Choice Award, ALA Best Paperback Award, and Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads of 2008. She spends her time obsessing about Halloween, Christmas, and Disney World, as well as hosting parties, designing mugs, making whimsical cakes, and winning costume contests. When she’s not writing, she might also be watching Jurassic Park movies with her boys, posting excessive food pics on social media, or helping run the Florida region of the SCBWI. Gaby lives in Miami with her three sons, Michael, Noah, and Murphy. She has one dog, Chloe, and two cats—Miss Daisy, and the reformed thug, shooting survivor, Bowie.

Visit her at www.gabytriana.com and @GabyTriana on Twitter.

about the book

Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana

Published by Entangled Teen

Published on August 2nd, 2016

Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller

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crossing the barrier.

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High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head.

Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.

Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?

i’ve recently started reading books with more of a paranormal story line. when i started reading this book that is what i was mentally prepared for. if you are looking for a book that is more paranormal than teen romance, this is not the book for you. perhaps the subsequent books in the series get a little more paranormal-y in their theme, but i didn’t think this really registered very high on the paranormal spectrum.

that being said i’m ready to tell you what i thought.

this book is long. soooo much longer than i was anticipating. i like long books. i like really, really long books (look up justin cronin if you don’t know him yet and like end of the world, sci-fi, paranormal-y sort of stuff) but this book just didn’t move super quick. now, i know. we don’t read to rush through things and finish books in record time. we read to relax, to escape, to enjoy all the words. i am not mad at all that this book was long. i just feel like i finished this book and after all those pages there were still so many things unresolved for me.

the character development was excellent 90% of the time. lots of the necessary details were included for each of the major players but i still think there should have been more. lily is an empath with a dead father and a mother that hates her. i would have liked to know so much more about her history – much sooner than it was offered up in the book. i would also really like to know what relevance the being an empath has to the story line other than making it hard for lily to deal with things in the day-to-day. are we reading a story that takes place in a time/setting where there are more than one type of person…has something caused empaths to exist or have they always been here? are they everywhere?

parts of this story were slow to get going and then other parts it seemed like an explanation was added last minute for clarity but ended up just causing more questions or confusion.

i really liked this story. i liked the characters and their relationships. i just wanted more. almost 400 pages is a lot for a YA novel – and it ended and i still had so many questions.

i’m curious to read book 2. i like the potential this story line has enough that i’ve jotted down the questions i would like to see resolved and am giving this one a 3/5.

if you want to give this book a read it will be F-R-E-E FREE on amazon.com September 1 – September 5th! and after you read it please, please, please let me know if the malakai in your mind matches the malakai on the cover bc it is driving me nuts!

about the author

Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.

Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.

All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found onfanfiction.net.

Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.

Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.

Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats.

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about the book

Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal

Published on March 22nd, 2016

Published by BMJ Chanapi Press

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