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WoW Pick of the Week [4]

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Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: White Lines by Jennifer Banash Expected publication: April 4, 2013 Publisher: Patnam Juvenile [Goodreads] A gritty, atmospheric coming of age tale set in 1980s New York City Seventeen-year-old Cat is living every teenager’s dream—she has her own apartment on the Lower East Side and at night she’s club kid royalty, guarding the velvet rope at some of the hottest clubs in the city. The night with its crazy, frenetic, high-inducing energy—the pulsing beat of the music, the radiant, joyful people and those seductive white lines that can ease all pain—is when Cat truly lives. But her daytime, when real life occurs, is more nightmare than dream. Having spent years suffering her mother’s emotional and physical abuse, and abandoned by her father, Cat is terrified and alone—unable to connect to anyon

Top Ten Tuesday [2] Favorite Kick Ass Heroines

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme from thebrokeandthebookish I'm a little short on time so I'm giving ya my Top 6... This weeks topic is... Favorite Kick Ass Heroines [6] Hermione Granger [Harry Potter series] [5] Jo March [Little Women] [4] Lisbeth Salander [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo] [3] Gemma Doyle [Gemma Doyle series] [2] Scout Finch [To Kill A Mockingbird] [1] Katniss Everdeen [The Hunger Games series] That's my top 6...I would love to hear yours...please share.

Review: The Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish

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The Air We Breathe by  Christa Parrish Expected Publication: November 1, 2012 Format: Netgalley Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She's ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Yearning to live free but unable to overcome deep wounds from her past, she stays hidden away. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew six years ago changes everything. Six years ago, newly single Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she strikes up with a young girl--a silent girl who'll only talk to Claire--does she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanish, their house abandoned. What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding a life anew?   My Thoughts The Air We Breathe is a story about Molly, her family, secrets and a woman

In My Mailbox [4]

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren Here's the stuff I got this week. The following courtesy of Netgalley...   The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers February 12, 2013 Atria Books [Goodreads] From the author of the critically acclaimed The Murderer’s Daughters, a compelling novel about three women caught in the aftermath of infidelity.Five years ago Tia fell into obsessive love. The only problem—Nathan was married and the father of two boys. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption. Now, she’s trying to connect with her lost daughter and former lover.   Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany March 19, 2013 Washington Square Press [Goodreads] When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past—and find a long-buried secret they could have never imagined.Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllisterstepmom. After all, the k

Mini Review: Friendkeeping by Julie Klam

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Friendkeeping: A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can't Live Without by Julie Klam Expected Publication: October 25, 2012 Format: ARC from publisher Publisher: Riverhead Rating: 4/5 Synopsis With her inimitable wit and disarming warmth, Julie Klam shares with us her experiences, advice, and insight in Friendkeeping , a candid, hilarious look at some of the most meaningful and enjoyable relationships in our lives: our friendships. Klam relays a mix of brand-new and time-tested wisdom—she finds that longtime friends really can grow up without growing apart; that communication is key; that friendship is one of life’s great, free sources of happiness; that you’re not a friend, just a doormat, if you don’t get back what you give—and her discoveries range from amusing to deeply important. Charming, bracingly honest, and compulsively readable, Friendkeeping is an irresistible book, a treat that you’ll want to share with your best friends right away. Brimming wi

Review: In The After by Ashley Mackler- Paternostro

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  In the After by Ashley Mackler-Paternostro Published: October 16 2012 Publication: Self Published Format: Ebook ARC provided by author Rating: 5/5 Synopsis There is a reason fairy tales end when they do ... because happily ever after is just the beginning of real life. Once upon a time in the quaint, forgotten coastal town of Joyce, Washington Emmy Burns existed in the middle of an inconsequential life that resembled a small-town fairy tale; days filled with caring for her daughter Avery, running her small but thriving pottery store, married to the only man she had ever loved. But all of that changed when the fog rolled out one beautiful morning, leaving emptiness where Emmy had stood only the day before. She had seemingly and without a sound vanished into the thick misty air of the Pacific Northwest, taking with her a lifetime of secrets. In the aftermath Stephen Burns is content telling the police his wife must have simply chosen to walk away from him

WoW Pick of the Week [3]

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Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. My WoW feature is: Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman Expected publication: January 15, 2013 Publisher: Ballantine Books Synopsis Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide. The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoi

Top Ten Tuesday...Halloween Spirit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme from the Brokeandbookish This week's Top 10 Tuesday is... Books to Get You In The Halloween Spirit. [10] Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecuilar Children - Ransom Riggs [9] Rebeccca - Daphne Du Maurier [8] Ten - Gretchen McNeil [7] Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin [6] The Amityville Horror - Jay Anson [5] Psycho - Robert Bloch [4] Dracula - Bram Stoker [3] Rocky Horror Picture Show [movie]... ok its NOT a book but come on...it's not Halloween without it. [2] Anything by Stephen King...hello he's the King of Horror! [1] The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe...freaks me out just thinking about it! That's my Top Ten...what's yours?

In My Mailbox [IMM] [3]

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren   My cam decided to act funny today so I had to go with cover art instead of pictures. Here's what I got... *Mailbox* Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell [2/26/13] Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt [1/15/13] Shadowlands by Kate Brian [1/8/13] [Goodreads] Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye. *NetGalley* Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan [11/12/12]  [Goodreads] Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers

Review: The Milestone Tapes by Ashley Mackler Paternostro

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The Milestone Tapes by Ashley Mackler-Paternostro Published: March 13, 2012   Synopsis Jenna Chamberland never wanted anything more than to be a wife and mother. That is, until she realized that her life was ending after a three-year battle against breast cancer. Now, all she really wants is more time. With 4,320 hours left to live, Jenna worries for her loved ones and what she knows awaits them on the other side: Gabe will have to make the slip from husband to widower, left alone to raise their seven-year-old daughter; Mia will be forced to cope with life without her mother. In a moment of reflection, Jenna decides to record a set of audiocassettes — The Milestone Tapes – leaving her voice behind as a legacy for her daughter. Nine years later, Mia is a precocious sixteen-year-old and her life is changing all around, all she wants is her mother. Through the tapes, Jenna’s voice returns to teach Mia the magic of life, her words showing her daughter how to spread her wings and

Throwback Thursday [2]

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books . My Pick this week... Summer Sisters by Judy Blume Published: May 1998 Publisher: Delacorte Press [Goodreads] When Victoria Leonard answers the phone in her Manhattan office, Caitlin's voice catches her by surprise. Vix hasn't talked to her oldest friend in months. Caitlin's news takes her breath away--and Vix is transported back in time, back to the moment she and Caitlin Somers first met, back to the casual betrayals and whispered confessions of their long, complicated friendship, back to the magical island where two friends became summer sisters. Caitlin dazzled Vix from the start, sweeping her into the heart of the unruly Somers family, into a world of privilege, adventure, and sexual daring. Vix's bond with her summer family forever reshapes her ties to her own, opening doors to opportunities she had never imagined--until the summer she falls passion

WoW Pick of the Week [2]

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Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Expected publication: March 5, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin's Press "Bono met his wife in high school," Park says. "So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers. "I’m not kidding," he says. "You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen." "What about Romeo and Juliet?" "Shallow, confused, then dead." ''I love you," Park says. "Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers. "I’m not kidding," he says. "You should be." Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll re

IMM [In My Mailbox] [2]

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In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren . Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mail/library/bought. Mailbox Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini - I was so happy I got this! It was such a suprise so it made it that much more exciting. I can't wait to read and review this. Plus I LOVE the cover. [Thanks Simon Pulse] Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor/aka Christmas with Holly by Lisa Kleypas - This is part of her Friday Harbor series. I was lucky enough to receive a bunch of her books and plus it's Christmas theme...which is my FAVORITE holiday! It's also suppose to be a holiday tv movie so I'll be sure to look out for this. [Thanks St. Martin's Press]   Netgalley The Air We Breathe - Christa Parrish - The concept [Goodreads] Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She's ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother r

Review: The Elementals by Lia Block

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The Elementals by Francesca Lia Block Expected Publication: October 16, 2012 Format: ARC from publisher Publisher: St. Martin's Press Rating: 4/5 Synopsis The Elementals is on one level an intriguing coming-of-age novel about a young woman, Ariel Silverman, facing the challenges of her first years away at college in Berkeley, California, while her mother battles cancer at home in Los Angeles. But the book takes on deeper, stranger meanings when we realize that Ariel is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice. My Thoughts This book was a little different than what I'm usuall

Throwback Thursday

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books .         My Pick this week... Love is a Mixtape: Love and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield Published: January 2, 2007 Publisher: Crown Synopsis Do you remember the song that was playing when you fell in love for the first time (Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are") or when you suffered your first breakup (Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer")? How about that song from the perfect summer at the beach (Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight")? Memories and music are inextricably linked -- which is why Sheffield's memoir struck such a chord with us. Before becoming the acclaimed rock critic that he is today, Sheffield was a grad student in Charlottesville, Virginia. There, too, lived Renee, a fellow student with whom he began conversing about (what else?) a song. Before long, they were a pair, eating cheap food, renting

WoW

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Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: In The After by Ashley Mackler-Paternostro Expected publication: sometime late 2012 Synopsis There is a reason fairy tales end when they do ... because happily ever after is just the beginning of real life. Once upon a time in the quaint, forgotten coastal town of Joyce, Washington Emmy Burns existed in the middle of an inconsequential life that resembled a small-town fairy tale; days filled with caring for her daughter Avery, running her small but thriving pottery store, married to the only man she had ever loved. But all of that changed when the fog rolled out one beautiful morning, leaving emptiness where Emmy had stood only the day before. She had seemingly and without a sound vanished into the thick misty air of the Pacific Northwest, taking with her a lifetime of secrets. In the aftermat

Review: American Ghost by Janis Owens

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American Ghost by Janis Owens Expected Publication: October 9, 2012 Format: ARC from publisher Publisher: Scribner Rating: 5/5 Synopsis An engrossing novel inspired by a true event about unresolved family history and racial tensions that threaten a Florida community. With American Ghost, Janis Owens offers an evocative southern novel continuing in the tradition originally established by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and brought into the new millennium by writers like Karen Russell and Kathryn Stockett. Inspired by Owens’s extensive research on a real lynching that occurred in the 1930s, American Ghost is a richly woven exploration of how the events of our past can haunt our present. Jolie Hoyt is the daughter of a Pentecostal preacher living in small-town Florida. Disregarding her family’s closet full of secrets and distrust of outsiders, she throws caution to the wind when she falls in love with Sam Lense, a Jewish anthropology student from Miami in town to study the regio

Mini Review: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

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The Age of Miracles by  Karen Thompson Walker Publication: June 26, 2012 Format: Hardcover [Bought] Publisher: Random House Rating: 5/5   Synopsis Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty. On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a govern