It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 3/2/20

Wow, it’s Monday again and I almost forgot to post what I plan on reading this week.

What are you reading this week?

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Flowers in the Attic- V.C. Andrews

43448. sx318 sy475 Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!

It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake—a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.

Just for a little while.

But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work—children who—one by one—must be destroyed….

‘Way upstairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent struggling to stay alive….

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Everything’s Not Fine- Sarah Carlson

49186332. sy475 Seventeen-year-old Rose Hemmersbach aspires to break out of small town Sparta, Wisconsin and achieve her artistic dreams at Belwyn School for the Arts after she graduates. Painting is Rose’s escape from her annoying younger siblings and her family’s one rule: ignore the elephant in the room, because talking about it makes it real. That is, until the day Rose finds her mother dying on the kitchen floor of a heroin overdose. Kneeling beside her, Rose pleads with the universe to find a heartbeat. She does – but when her mother is taken to the hospital, the troubles are just beginning. Rose and her dad are left to pick up the pieces. Now all that matters are her siblings. Rose doesn’t have room to do her schoolwork, let alone pick up a paintbrush. Until Rose is forced to do the homecoming mural with Rafa, a new senior at Sparta High. Rose and Rafa don’t have an ounce of school spirit between them, but Rose discovers her brain still has room to paint. As Rose fights to hold everything together, and her dreams of the future start to slip from her grasp, she must face the question of what happens when – if – her mom comes home again. And if, deep down, if Rose even wants her to.

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Camp Spirit- Axelle Lenoir

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Summer camp is supposed to be about finding nirvana in a rock garden… But Elodie prefers Nirvana and Soundgarden. Can she confront rambunctious kids, confusing feelings, and supernatural horrors all at once?

Summer 1994: with just two months left before college, Elodie is forced by her mother to take a job as a camp counselor. She doesn’t know the first thing about nature, or sports, of kids for that matter, and isn’t especially interested in learning… but now she’s responsible for a foul-mouthed horde of red-headed girls who just might win her over, whether she likes it or not. Just as Elodie starts getting used to her new environment, though — and close to one of the other counselors — a dark mystery lurking around the camp begins to haunt her dreams.

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The Best Week That Never Happened- Dallas Woodburn

48902976What if, when you died, you got to relive The Best Week of Your Life—but you died too soon, and The Best Week of Your Life hadn’t happened yet?

After her parents’ bitter divorce, family vacations to the Big Island in Hawaii ceased. But across the miles, eighteen-year-old Tegan Rossi remains connected to local Kai Kapule, her best friend from childhood. Now, Tegan finds herself alone and confused about how she got to the Big Island. With no wallet, no cell phone, purse, or plane ticket, Tegan struggles to piece together what happened. She must have come to surprise-visit Kai. Right? As the teens grow even closer, Tegan pushes aside her worries and gets swept away in the vacation of her dreams.

But each morning, Tegan startles awake from nightmares that become more difficult to ignore. Something is eerily amiss. Why is there a strange gap in her memory? Why can’t she reach her parents or friends from home? And what’s with the mysterious hourglass tattoo over her heart?

Kai promises to help Tegan figure out what is going on. But the answers they find only lead to more questions. As the week unfolds, Tegan will experience the magic of first love, the hope of second chances, and the bittersweet joy and grief of being human.

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*Arc Review* Mammoth- Jill Baguchinsky

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“You can’t hide from assholes. You just have to learn to deal.”

Women in Stem is a hard thing to come by and this puts women right where they belong. That is obviously at the top!

One thing I wasn’t expecting to happen was me wanting to learn more about Paleontology. It was fascinating about all the hard work they put into something that might not give them anything in return.

The story was one that instantly had me hooked. It flowed beautifully and the characters were instantly likable even if some are more douchey than others. But Natalie is the plus size heroine we all needed in our lives right now. She’s a full-figured gal who didn’t let the haters win. She took that hate and made herself more determined. With the way the world is going, we needed someone like her.

This book is a victory for anyone that needs more encouragement, who needs to feel comfortable in their own skin. This is that extra pat on the back we all need and a must read for everyone.

Natalie’s big heart will win you over immediately. Don’t hesitate when it comes to this book.

 

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Thank you, Turner Publishing!!!

Return Of The Continuums- Jennifer Brody

“Liking… Made you weak. Missing… Made you weak. They made you die.”

Received an arc from Turner Publishing for an honest review.

This picks up right from where the last one ends. No sugar coating and not pulling any punches. It jumps right to the destruction of the Continuums. Doom was quite the evil mistress and ruined life as we knew it.

After Doom was detonated, Myra and her friends lead out to find the First Continuum. With her Beacon leading the way, she has a dream of Aero helping her find her way back. 

This leads them on quite the journey, through the roughest rains and the toughest deserts. They must find their way if they want to survive. Losing almost all of their supplies, they believe all hope is lost. 

That is until Seeker finds them and leads them to an underground world of a lost Continuum. 

They finally realize that Seeker leads them astray and they must fight for their lives. 

The Stong Ones will have the biggest feast they have ever seen with the help of these new found humans.

Aero must find them before it is too late.

This was one hell of a punch. I didn’t think she could outdo herself with the first one and she shocked me with this second one. I felt like I was in the ring with her and she beat to be a bloody pulp. 

There was so much character growth and you actually feel what they are feeling. Between love, terror and hopelessness. You feel it all. 

The way that she describes your surroundings, you feel like you are there and you can visualize being through this Labyrinth of the land. It made it that more intense. 

And let us not forget those big twists at the end! You can’t just leave us hanging like that?

Now we all must wait patiently for the end of the world…..

4/5

The Goblin Crown- Robert Hewitt Wolfe

“The greatest beast crushes the bravest man. The bravest man slaughters the wiliest fox. The wiliest fox preys on the most elusive bird. The most elusive bird pecks up the smallest insect. And with a single diseased bite, the smallest insect brings down the greatest beast. We are all carrion and eaters of carrion, fertilizer for the wheat that makes our bread. Place a crown over it. And call it paradise.”

Received a galley edition of this book from Turner Publishing for an honest review!

They don’t pull punches here and get right to the good stuff. It goes from a page of introducing the teenagers and then bam, goblins galore. (Please note that I’m sick, so if this makes you feel uncomfortable at any time… please step out of the train car.)

Billy is your typical nerdy student, except for these spells that cause him to get dizzy. Once he gets dizzy, he sees things and feels them. Like he’s in another world.

Lexi tries to comfort him, but to no use. He brushes her off and things go from bad to worse. While during lunch, he stumbles again getting dizzy and drops his lunch all over the quarterback Kurt. 

Kurt has special plans on getting them back at the end of the day. And after school, Kurt waits and waits for them to show face. Knowing what’s to come, Lexi and Billy go another way to avoid this escapade. Kurt being who he is, know all and starts giving chase. Lexi and Billy escaping into a tunnel that they didn’t know existed. And poof! They find themselves in a mysterious land. One that they have never seen before. 

Welcome to the land of Kiranok!! The underground world of Goblins and magical creatures a like. 

The Goblins have been at war with the Hanorians and the crown has been unclaimed. It is time for an unlikely creature to come and place the crown on their head. Once it is touched by the chosen one, the ruby jewel with shine bright and the world is to know that the king has returned home.

With some unfortunate events that occur while trying to not only save themselves but also save the Goblin race. One of those three teenagers is heir to the throne. But which one has it in them to save what is rightfully theirs?

This was one heck of an adventurous thrill ride. I felt that I was placed at the Shire waiting for someone to come and steal the ring. But instead of a ring we have a crown that needs to be placed with his rightful owner. 

The pace seemed way out of whack, which took away from the story. It started off at the highest point and towards the middle dropped down, but seemed to pick up more speed before the crown found its owner and then it dropped again. A crazy ride of speeds and bumps in the road. I still look forward to seeing what Billy and his friends have in store. 

Let the games begin!!!

3/5