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WoW [27]

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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: The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe Expected Publication: June 25, 2013 Publisher: Gallery Books Summary via Goodreads... Three sisters reunite on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina after years of separation in this heartwarming first novel in a new trilogy from a beloved author. Eighty-year-old Marietta Muir is a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan’s Island. At the onset of summer, Marietta, “Mamaw,” seeks to gather her three granddaughters—Carson, Eudora, and Harper—with the intent to reunite them after years apart. Monroe explores the depths and complexities of sisterhood, friendship and the power of forgiveness. Why I Can’t Wait.... I love a good beach read and this one seems like a great one, plus I love a trilogy. Th

Review: Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

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Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah Published: February 5, 2008 Format: Bought Hardcover Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Rating: 5/5 stars Challenges: TBR Pile Challenge Summary via Goodreads In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable. So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is

Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

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Golden by Jessi Kirby Expected Publication: May 14, 2013 Publication: Simon & Schuster BYR Format: ARC E-Copy provided by Edelweiss Rating: 5/5 Summary via Goodreads Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance. Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury. Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to sta

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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: Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Ritual of Love and Karaoke by Rob Sheffield Expected Publication: August 6, 2013 Publisher: It Books Summary via Edelweiss... The bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape and Talking to Girls about Duran Duran returns with his newest, funniest, most moving book about the intersection of love, music and memories in our lives. An emotional journey of hilarity and heartbreak with a karaoke soundtrack, in the spirit of Rob Sheffield's bestselling Love Is a Mix Tape. Turn Around Bright Eyes picks up Sheffield's story right after Love Is a Mix Tape. He is a young widower devastated by grief, trying to build a new life in a new town after his wife's death. As a writer for Rolling Stone, he naturally takes solace in music. But that's when he discovers the

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Thought I Would Like More/Less Than I Did

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week topic… Books I Liked More/Less *BOOKS I LIKED MORE... Divergent   - Veronica Roth The Hunger Games series   - Suzanne Collins Shadowlands - Kate Brian Uses for Boys – Erica Lorraine Scheidt Girls Like Us – Sheila Weller The Age of Miracles- Karen Thompson Walker *BOOKS I LIKED LESS... September Girls – Bennett Madison The S-Word – Chelsea Pitcher How I Came to Sparkle Again – Kaya McLaren That’s my Top Ten…what’s yours?

Feature & Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. Q: If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do? A: There are so many! If I had to choose one…Rainbow Rowell. She’s a great author. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Eleanor & Park plus she just seems like a cool person. What are your answers for this week's FF? Leave a comment and I'll drop by and follow back!

Review: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

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The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher Expected Publication: May 7, 2013 Format: ARC E-Copy via Edelweiss Publisher: Gallery Rating: 2/5 Summary via Goodreads First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker. But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie's looping scrawl. Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she's caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie's own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out. Debu

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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: Find Me by Romily Bernard Expected Publication: September 24, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Summary via Goodreads... "Find Me." These are the words written on Tessa Waye's diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa's just been found...dead. Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target. Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick's deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step? Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare. But

Top Ten Tuesday: "Rewind" Favorite Childhood Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a “free” topic week so…I chose… Favorite Childhood Reads My love for reading started at an early age. I have my mom to thank for that. I can remember going to library for hours at a time and thinking it was the coolest thing EVER! So when I picked this topic I could’ve gone in   a lot of different directions. However I decided to pay homage to the one author who defined my tween years. The one and only….. JUDY BLUME!!! So here are my favorite top 10 JB reads… Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Freckle Juice Super Fudge Deenie Blubber Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great The Pain and the Great One Tiger Eyes *The Summer Sisters Ok so The Summer Sisters isn’t one of her early works. However it is one of her books that I love the most. Its adult fiction but it’s just everything to me. If you haven’t read it…please do. It’s rea

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren . It is all about sharing what goodies you received during the week. This haul is a few weeks worth of stuff, been really busy lately. Actual mailbox: Palisades Park by Alan Brennert [Finished copy] And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry [Finished copy] Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine [ARC] Swag- Signed bookmarkers by Lindsey Leavitt No Child of Mine by Susan Lewis Island Girls by Nancy Thayer   Not pictured: Fly Away by Kristin Hannah [ARC] not pictured since my mom “borrowed” it before I could read it. LOL! For Review The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe Expected Publication: June 25, 2013 Gallery Books The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace Expected Publication: September 8, 2013 Flux Find Me by Romily Bernard Expected Publication: September 24, 2013 HarperTeen The Rest of Us : A Novel by Je

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Fire with Fire [Burn for Burn #2] by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian Expected Publication: September 3, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Summary via Goodreads… Jar Island teens Lillia, Kat, and Mary's ongoing revenge plot against Reeve has unexpected consequences. Why I Can’t Wait… Ok so technically I haven’t read the first one, but I will before this is released. Besides its Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian so of course I’m going to read it. Plain and simple. Please share what you’re waiting on.

Top Ten Tuesday: Faves I Read Before I Blogged

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic : 10 Books I read before I blogged Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield Talking to Girls about Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield Clapton by Eric Clapton Scars of Sweet Paradise The Life and Times of Janis Joplin by Alice Echols ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky Jimi Hendrix: VooDoo Child by David Henderson Savage Beauty The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford Child of God by Lolita Files Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price We Were The Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates Memoirs of a Geisha by Authur Golden That’s my Top Ten…what’s yours?

Feature & Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. This week’s Question: Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that? --Honestly I didn’t think I would like The Hunger Games. I was never into dystopian reads before so I didn’t really bother to want to read it. Then when the movie was announced and I was reading and seeing all the hype I thought I would give it a try. Man I was hooked!!! I bought and read all three books in a week. Now I’m more open to different genres and books because of this. What are your answers for this week's FF? Leave a comment and I'll drop by and follow back!

Review: Angel by Mary E. Kingsley

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Angel by Mary E. Kingsley Published: November 14, 2011 Format: Free Kindle book Publisher: Little Falls Press Rating: 4/5   Summary via Goodreads Thirteen year old Angel Bishop is fed up with all the unanswered questions about her life, like why did her daddy run off when she was just a baby? And why has her Aunt Patsy, the only family member she feels she can talk to, been locked up in a place for crazy people all these years? It seems to Angel like her family fell apart right after she was born, which makes her wonder what her coming along had to do with it. Growing up with her mother, Ruth, who is often distant and preoccupied, and her Bible-thumping grandmother, Naomi, Angel is certain there’s more to the story than she’s been told. When her father, Calvin, telephones out of the blue one evening and says he’s coming home for Thanksgiving, Angel thinks her dream of having a normal family is finally going to come true. Instead, she finds herself at the center of a danger

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Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair Expected Publication: September 3, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Summary via Goodreads Now that Leah Kurtz has a place to call home, there’s no way she can tell the truth. That her name is Faith, not Leah. That she’s seventeen, not nineteen. That the baby isn’t hers—she kidnapped her. She had to kidnap Addy though. She couldn’t let her newborn sister grow up like she did, with parties where the drugs flow all night and an empty refrigerator in the kitchen holding nothing but pickle juice and ketchup packets inside. She can’t risk losing Chris—the only guy she’s ever given herself to completely—by telling him she’s been lying. He’s the most generous person she’s ever known, and he’s already suffered the tragic deaths of his mom and infant sister. But being on the run with a newborn catches up with her when a cop starts asking questions, and Chris’s aunt finds a newspaper article about Faith and a missi

Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

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Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight Published: April 2, 2013 Format: ARC E-Copy via Edelweiss Publisher: HarperCollins Rating: 5/5 Summary via Goodreads Stressed single mother and law partner Kate is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call to say that her teenaged daughter Amelia has been suspended from her exclusive Brooklyn prep school for cheating on an exam. Torn between her head and her heart, she eventually arrives at St Grace's over an hour late, to be greeted by sirens wailing and ambulance lights blazing. Her daughter has jumped off the roof of the school, apparently in shame of being caught. A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself: it was just the two of them and Amelia would never leave her alone like this. And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia's private world, into her journals, her email account and into the mind of a troubled young girl. Then Kate re