On My Wishist: September 20, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: September 13, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: September 6, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: August 30, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: August 23, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: August 16, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Pub. Date: October 1st, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
295 pages
Hardcover


Synopsis from Goodreads:

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.


Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.




Being completely enthralled by a book is a very rare experience for me. I like a lot of books, but I absolutely adore very few. From the unforgettable protagonist, to the melding of uproarious humour and a lot of heart, I adored everything about Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. 
 


Simsion hooked me from the very first line - “I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem”. Without knowing how similar the two characters actually are, I heard The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper speaking Geneticist Don Tillman's line in my head. Empirically motivated, Don can memorize and master the production of each cocktail in a bartender's how-to guide, but knows he struggles with emotional relationships, capable of counting the number of people he considers a friend on one hand. Don has Asperger’s, he just doesn't know it.
 
To minimize the amount of wasted time dating elicits in a quest to find a suitable wife, Don creates a survey, with questions related to BMI levels, alcohol consumption, and perceived intelligence. Don believes finding a life partner will be as easy as knowing what he wants, and finding someone who matches those characteristics on paper. While the reader may not be shocked, Don is quite surprised to learn just how wrong this particular bit of logic can be. There are definitely moments where Don’s way of thinking is funny, but I very much appreciate that his Asperger’s wasn't treated as a source of humour, or ‘problem’ to overcome. 

Just like the rest of us, Don is who he is, and he is loved for it.
 
Full of heart-warming moments, funny revelations and the most abnormal courting methods known to man, readers will easily connect with Don’s search to find another person whose personal brand of weird meshes with his. I highly recommend this novel. 

Rating 5/5

ARC Review: Lead Me Not by A. Meredith Walters


Pub. Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
288 pages
Paperback/ebook/audio


Synopsis from Goodreads:


Aubrey Duncan understands loss. She knows what rock bottom looks like, and she is determined to crawl back up to the top after the sudden death of her younger sister. She blames herself for her part in the tragedy, convinced that she could have done something, anything, to help her.

In her effort to gain redemption, Aubrey starts fresh at Longwood University and facilitates an addiction support group, hoping she can support someone else in the way she failed her sister. But what she doesn’t count on is an all-consuming fascination with group member Maxx Demelo, a gorgeous, blond, blue-eyed enigma who hides dark secrets behind a carefully constructed mask. He only reveals what he wants others to see. But Aubrey glimpses another Maxx hidden below the surface—a Maxx who is drowning in his own personal hell.

As Aubrey and Maxx develop an attraction too intense to ignore, he pulls her into the dark underbelly of the city club scene, where she is torn by her desire to save him and an inexplicable urge to join him in his downward spiral. Worst of all, she is beginning to love everything she should run away from—a man who threatens to ignite in her a fire that could burn her alive…




Whenever I read a book with characters I feel are intentionally imperfect and not entirely likeable, I want to give the author kudos for bravery. So, A. Meredith Walters, kudos. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that as a reader I want to root for characters. I want to connect with them. I want to like them. I don’t like not liking the characters I invest my time learning about. But, this was one of those rare books where I disliked the characters and disagreed with just about every choice the they made, but I was kept enthralled by the story, desperate to know how it was all going to end.

What I really liked about the novel was it shows everyone is fallible.  Aubrey knows how quickly addiction can take over, and take, a person’s life. She saw it first hand when her sister overdosed. Yet initially Aubrey is pretty judgmental towards people with addictions, especially her roommate Renee’s addiction to her abusive boyfriend.

On My Wishlist: August 9, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: August 2, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: July 26, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: July 19, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

A Quickie: Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

Pub. Date: April 22nd, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Paperback
304 pages


Synopsis from Goodreads:

All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.


Imogene's mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene's crush saw her "before and after" orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online...until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she's been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.

Don't Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life.



Don't Call Me Baby was a good, light, quick read. It didn't blow me away, but it definitely kept my interest. I felt the characters were wise beyond there years, which gave an unrealistic/ disingenuous feel at time, but the emotions and the character motivations

ARC Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow



Pub. Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Paperback
382 pages


Synopsis from Goodreads:


Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. 

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.




I tried so hard to read this book. I picked it up more than once, but I just could not finish this novel. I found the lead characters to be entirely indistinguishable voice-wise from each other. They weren’t unique at all, and within the first half of the novel, there was virtually no character development. To make matters worse, for the most part the lead characters were vapid and annoying. I kept hoping that the story would pick up and intrigue me in a way that the characters weren’t, but that didn’t happen. The premise of girls gone wild in Vegas took over the mystery element, and when the mystery element was in play, the reveals were flat, predictable, and not enough to keep me interested.

On My Wishlist: July 12, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

Cover Reveal: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmac


I love Cora Carmack's books and I love spreading the love by talking excessively about them. So, clearly if I have the chance to be part of a cover reveal I'm going to. Without further ado, enjoy the cover for All Broke Down, book 2 in the Rusk University series. (And, in case you're interested, here is my review of book 1, All Lined Up!) Enjoy!



We are so excited to get to share the cover for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN today! A New Adult Contemporary Romance, and published by William Morrow-an imprint of HarperCollins, this is the second book in her Rusk University Series, and it is set to be released on October 28, 2014! But you can pre-order it NOW! Check out what it's about and then fall in love with this gorgeous cover!


ABOUT ALL BROKE DOWN:

On My Wishlist: July 5, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

I'm Very Behind!

I know it, you know it, we all know it! Life has gotten in the way of my reading and reviewing lately, but it's about to get better. I have at least six reviews that I'm gearing up to post, I just need some edit time. Thanks for sticking with me, even though I've been so inconsistent lately.

On My Wishlist: June 28, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: June 21, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: June 15, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: June 7, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

ARC Review: I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain by Courtney Robertson


Pub. Date: June 24th, 2014
Publisher: IT Books
Hardcover
272 pages


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Courtney Robertson joined season 16 of The Bachelor looking for love. A working model and newly single, Courtney fit the casting call: She was young, beautiful, and a natural in front of the cameras. Although she may have been there for all the right reasons, as the season unfolded and sparks began to fly something else was clear: She was not there to make friends.


Courtney quickly became one of the biggest villains in Bachelor franchise history. She unapologetically pursued her man, steamrolled her competition, and broke the rules—including partaking in an illicit skinny-dip that sealed her proposal. Now, after a very public breakup with her Bachelor, Ben Flajnik, Courtney opens up and tells her own story—from her first loves to her first moments in the limo. She dishes on life before, during, and after the Bachelor, including Ben’s romantic proposal to her on a Swiss mountaintop and the tabloid frenzy that continued after the cameras stopped rolling.

For the first time ever, a former Bachelor contestant takes us along on her journey to find love and reveals that “happily ever after” isn't always what it seems. Complete with stories, tips, tricks, and advice from your favorite Bachelor alumni, and filled with all the juicy details Courtney fans and foes alike want to know, I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends is a must-read for every member of Bachelor nation.






Review in Five:

     1.   The selling point as a Bachelor tell all is kind of misleading. Only about half of the book is actually about Courtney’s time on The Bachelor.  Also kind of funny is that it is explicitly stated that The Bachelor people operate with a ‘what happens in Vegas’ modus operandi when it come to not revealing details about each other to outsiders (non-Bachelor cast members). But, frequently people are outed for hookups etc. (which let’s be honest – us Bachelor fans are reading to find out more of that what you didn’t know stuff). 

On My Wishlist: May 31, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

Reviews in Five

I've decided to start a new kind of review, the Review in Five. Most of the time I'll write full reviews, but sometimes I'll be doing quick fast reviews in five comments or less.

Let me know if you my lovely readers like this new kind of review or not!

On My Wishlist: May 24, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

That time the blog turned one...

On May 21st 2013, Confessions of an Adult Teen Reader went live with its very first review. On the one year anniversary I thought I'd take a look back at the year, share a few of the millions of amazing things that have happened, and a few of the things I've learned trying out this reviewing thing.

Amazing Thing #1 - Some authors actually read your review!

The first time I had an author interact with me I literally started to cry and jumped up and down. I can't say I've gotten used to hearing from authors, but I have come to more of a realization that they are real people who legitimately get excited when someone loves their book.

Lesson #1 - Some authors actually read your review! (even when you really didn't like their book)

Twitter is an interesting beast. I had an author 'follow' me within about a minute of tweeting out a link to my review of their book. I did not tweet the link to them, and I did not try to make them aware of the review in anyway, but they found it anyway. About five minutes later the author not surprisingly unfollowed me. I did not like their book, and while I tried to respectfully explain why I didn't like the book, I still felt bad they'd read a negative review.

Amazing Thing #2 - Having my review of The First Lie by Diane Chamberlain highlighted on her Facebook page

On My Wishlist: May 17, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

ARC Review: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack

Pub. Date: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Paperback
320 pages


Synopsis from Goodreads:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.




The thing at the top of my ‘what I have love the most about Cora Carmack books list’ is her insanely witty, entertaining dialogue. I’m always a little worried when an author I adore starts a new series. There’s a little bit of fear that the new won’t live up to the old. But within the first pages of All Lined Up, I knew there was nothing to worry about.  All Lined Up lives up to high wit and character bar that Cora’s Losing It series set. The first page introduces us readers to Dallas and her best friend Stella, and I couldn’t help but compare them to Bliss and Kelsey from Losing It. Like Kelsey, Stella’s character shows that while you may not currently be the star of the show (or I guess more accurately, the star of your own book!), if Cora created you, you’re bound to make a lasting impression. I hate finishing one of Cora’s books because I know I’ll have a wait for the next, but All Lined Up only reinforced how worth the wait Cora’s books are. 

All Lined Up has one of the most adorably hilarious ‘meet-cutes’ ever. I found it so refreshing that from the first meeting, Carson (who quite literally has the girl of his dream fall into his lap) and Dallas are honest and vocal about seeing something in the other person that they like. There is so little of romance’s typical will they won’t they drama, and when it is there, there’s an actual reason behind it.

On My Wishlist: May 10, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

ARC Review: Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken



Pub. Date: October 15th, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Hardcover
507 pages


Synopsis from Goodreads:


Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?


Within the first few chapters of Never Fade I began to realize how many significant details from The Darkest Minds I completely forgot. When I say significant, I’m talking major plot points, primary characters, and the ending of the novel. I literally forgot about 90% of the book. What I think affected my memory the most was how Never Fade in no way picks up where The Darkest Minds left off. All of those little memory light bulbs that go off as characters, setting, and plot details become important again, weren’t lit as early into Never Fade as I would have liked, because the story begins in a completely new location, with an almost entirely new set of characters. I really liked Bracken’s style of jumping right into the action, and I would typically applaud the lack of blatant recapping. But, for one of the first times EVER, I actually really needed a recap to orient myself within the story.

On My Wishlist: May 3, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

ARC Review: Three Broken Promises by Monica Murphy



Pub. Date: December 31st, 2013
Publisher: Bantam
Paperback
304 pages

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.


I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.




Disclaimer: I only read about half of Three Broken Promises.

From the beginning of the novel I wasn’t a fan of the characters. I found that the primary characters actions and their words in no way matched up. With neither being exceptionally honest, and with very little build up occurring in their relationship, I found I didn’t care how either was feeling, or honestly, how their story worked out. The further I got into the novel, the more frustrated I became with what I perceived as 'and then this happened, and then this happened' story telling. The flow felt disjointed, with very little happening for a while, and then too much being thrown at you all at once. My disinterest in the characters, and my feeling of too little development in their story may have been because I have not read the other books in the series – though it was my understanding that you could read this one without having read the Drew and Fable stories. For whatever reason, I lost interest pretty quickly, and I will not be attempt to pick this one up again.

On My Wishlist: April 26, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: April 19, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: April 12, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: April 5, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: March 29, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: March 22, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

On My Wishlist: March 15, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

ARC Review: Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington


Pub. Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Soho Teen
280 pages
Hardcover


Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it’s her ticket out of the foster system. Liv isn’t sure what to make of the school’s weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn’t be happier. For the first time ever, she has her own studio, her own supply of paints. Everything she could want.

Then she meets Malcolm Astor, a legacy student, a fellow artist, and the one person who’s ever been able to melt her defenses. Liv’s only friend at Wickham, fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols, warns her not to get involved, but life is finally going Liv’s way, and all she wants to do is enjoy the ride.

But Liv’s bliss is doomed. Weeks after arriving, she is viciously murdered and, in death, she discovers that she’s the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that has claimed many lives. Cursed with the ability to see the many ghosts on Wickham’s campus, Gabe is now Liv’s only link to the world of the living. To Malcolm.

Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham. But Liv must fight alone to come to grips with the ultimate star-crossed love.



Liv, Forever has a timeless feel. Full of art and poetry references, it is a Classicists dream, presented in a completely approachable way. It felt decadent to read. Each Wickham ghost added to the timeless feel with songs, political perspectives, and fashion styles representing their lives and their culture, in the same way Liv’s art represents her. Readers will be able to pick up the novel twenty years from now and not be ostracized by the pop culture references, because the references are from so many decades. From the ghosts, to the current Wickham Hall students, each and every character is unique, memorable, and adds to the story in their own way. I found this novel so unique, and so interesting. As easy as it is to describe a book as ‘unable to put down’, this book was truly that for me. I was compelled to get to the end so that I would know how everything worked out.

ARC Review: Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan


Pub. Date: January 28th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
384 pages
Hardcover


Synopsis from Goodreads:


When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.




I was blown away by Sophie Jordan’s most recent novel Foreplay (see my review). For that reason, coming into Uninvited, my expectations were really high. Overall, I truly did like this novel. The characters and the story were interesting and outside the box. But, I had one major issue. I feel Uninvited should have been two separate novels. The novel is split into two parts, which gave me a really disjointed feeling as a reader. Both parts had unique identities, with separate story focuses, separate tones, and almost entirely separate casts of characters. I was enthralled by part one - excited by the story, the pacing, and the intensity of what was going on in the characters lives – and confused by the abrupt shifts when I hit part two.

I was drawn into the story and Davy’s character immediately. We have a pretty everyday girl – albeit one from a well off family – doing everyday things. The all too common in dystopia’s ‘I’m the different/ chosen/ unique/ only one who could possibly complete this task - one’, in no way exists here. Yes Davy has skills, but they’re more everyday skills, like musical ability, that any one of us could legitimately hold.

On My Wishlist: March 8, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

Blog Tour: Sarah Darlington's He Belongs With Me


Title: HE BELONGS WITH ME
Author: Sarah Darlington
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
He Belongs With Me


Synopsis:

Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather's world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis.



But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo... which girl will win his heart?

Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing's for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong. 



Click inside for a chance to win 1 of 5 copies of Sarah's book, more info about Sarah, and more info about the book! Plus, look for my review on the blog in the very near future. 

On My Wishlist: March 1, 2014




On My Wishlist is a weekly event highlighting a book that I really want to read. The book may be 20 years old, or the pub date may not be until next year, but either way I'm excited about it, and hopefully you will be too!

ARC Review: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens


Pub. Date: February 25th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
336 pages
Hardcover


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author - Courtney C. Stevens.



I’ve done my best to remain spoiler free – for that reason, there’s a bit of vagueness, which I usually try to avoid.

I expected Faking Normal to be a heavy, serious read, and I honestly wasn’t sure I was in the mental space to handle it. While the subject matter is very serious, at it’s core Faking Normal is an uplifting and inspiring story about what being a friend, and being supportive, really means. In a novel where grief and trauma dominates, I found Alexi and Bodee’s slow growth of trust in each other, and the subsequent slow reveal of the traumas they’ve faced, to be a really powerful thing. I had such a strong emotional reaction to this novel. The story will stay with me for a longtime.

Faking Normal has one of the most interesting and heartbreaking opening chapters I’ve ever read. While we have no idea the depth of trauma Alexi has face, we are instantly introduced to a big part of the devastation Bodee is facing.