It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 12/30/19

The new year is almost upon us. I don’t know about you but this year felt as if it flew by.

This week I’m going to read a book that I was asked to review on Netgalley, an arc that I received from the publisher, and a book that I just purchased.

What are you reading this week?

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True Story- Kate Reed Petty

49017632A propulsive, dazzlingly original novel about the fifteen-year fallout from a poisonous high school rumor, exploring how stories from the past can come to define who we are.

A gifted and reclusive ghostwriter, Alice Lovett makes a living helping other people tell their stories. But she is haunted by the one story she cannot tell: the story of, as she puts it, “the things that happened while I was asleep.”

Back in 1999, Nick Brothers and his high school lacrosse team return for their senior year in a well-to-do Baltimore suburb as the reigning state champs. The afterglow of their big win is bound to last until graduation; not even the pressure of college applications can get in the way of their fun. But when a private school girl attempts suicide in the wake of one of the team’s “legendary” parties, and a rumor begins to circulate that two of Nick’s teammates sexually assaulted her, it seems like it might ruin everything–until the team circles the wagons, casts doubt on the story, and the town moves on.

But not everyone does. Fifteen years later, four people–Alice, Nick, a documentary filmmaker, and a wealthy entrepreneur–remain haunted by the roles they played, the things they still don’t understand, and how the story has shaped their lives. In sections told from different points of view, each more propulsive than the last, the layers of mystery are gradually peeled back as we barrel toward the truth of what really happened that night . . . and what came after. At once a compulsive page-turner and a thought-provoking exploration of issues both timely and timeless, True Story marks the debut of a phenomenal new voice in fiction.

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Havenfall- Sara Holland

48342370. sy475 A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost. New York Times bestselling author Sara Holland crafts a breathtaking new contemporary fantasy perfect for fans of Melissa Albert and Holly Black.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

Sara Holland takes the lush fantasy that captured readers in Everless and Evermore and weaves it into the real world to create a wholly captivating new series where power and peril lurk behind every door.

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The Rebel of Raleigh High- Callie Hart

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Silver

Hit me.

Kick me.

Hurt me.

Hate me.

There’s nothing that the students of Raleigh High can do to Silver Parisi anymore. Over the past year, she’s had to endure more pain and suffering than most people are asked to bear in their lifetimes. She’s a pariah, an outcast, a ghost. She’s also never been one to take shit lying down, though…despite what half the football team might say. With only one hundred and sixty-eight days left of the school year, it won’t be long until graduation, and Silver’s planning on skipping town and leaving Raleigh firmly in her rearview mirror… Until he comes along…AlexOrphan. Degenerate.Reprobate.Deviant. Alex Moretti’s earned most of his labels, and he’s not ashamed of a single one of them. He’ll earn far worse before he’s finished with his new found ‘friends’ at Raleigh High. Having spent years being ground down under the boot heel of society, it’s time for a little payback. And if exacting revenge upon the heads of the Raleigh elite means he can also help the beautiful girl who hovers in the shadows, then that’s all for the better. Oil and water. Fire and ice. The differences between Silver and Alex are broader than any chasm. To reach one another, they must take a leap of faith and fall into the divide. And falling? Nothing good ever came from falling.

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Harry Potter Christmas Book Tag

The Holidays are right around the corner and I can’t wait to have a few days off from work to relax and get some much-needed reading done.

How are you spending your holidays?

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We were tagged by the amazing Chelsie over at My Reading Escape to join in on the book tag fun. Thanks for including us 🙂

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It’s your first Christmas at Hogwarts. What’s one book you’ve asked for this year?

I’ve asked for a few books that have been on my TBR for a while but the main one I really want and hope to receive is Normal People by Sally Rooney. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about her books and I want to start with this one.

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You spot Hagrid hauling the Christmas tree through the grounds. What is the longest (or heaviest!) book you own?

I get asked this question a lot and we joke around at work about which books we would use as weapons if the occasion arose (yeah, we are kind of morbid). I always go for Stephen King. IT is over a thousand pages long and so worth the damage it does to your hands after holding it while reading.

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It’s time for the famous Great Hall feast. What’s one book you can’t read without snacks?

I usually don’t like to have food/snacks around books because of crumbs or stickiness. But sometimes I make an exception for a cute contemporary book. It puts you in the right mindset for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate with a decent cookie or two.

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Well done, you’ve brewed your first Polyjuice potion. What’s one book you’d change the cover of?

Yes, I know that they changed the cover for this one but it still drives me crazy that they first decided to go with that cover. It made me feel as if they were trying to sabotage her.

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You receive a brand new Firebolt for Christmas. What’s one book you read super quickly?

Anything by V(E)ictoria Schwab is a super quick read for me. Her books draw you in and you sit and read her entire book in one sitting.

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You join Harry for his first proper Christmas. What’s one book you’d love to receive this year?

I know that I’m so late to the party with this book but I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now and I need to own it for my book collection.

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You get hit by one of Fred and George’s flying snowballs. What’s a book you wanted to throw across the room?

I wanted to throw this book across the room because it was one of my highly anticipated reads but it was just awful.

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You’ve just visited Hogsmeade for the first time. What’s one popular book you haven’t read yet?

I own this book but just haven’t read it yet.

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Congratulations, you’ve been invited to the Yule Ball. What book about Christmas do you love?

This book is just the cutest and puts me in a better mood.

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You find Ron’s deluminator. What’s one book that’s helped you through some dark times?

This is not your typical pick me up book but it took my mind off of things that were going on around me.

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We Tag:

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*Blog Tour- Review & Playlist* If I’m Being Honest- Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

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Cover.jpgMean Girls meets The Taming of the Shrew in this romantic follow-up to Always Never Yours

     Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: b*tch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school–she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her brutal honesty. But when she slips up in front of her crush, Andrew, any affection he may have had for her quickly fades. To win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Shakespeare’s infamous shrew, Katherine. If she makes amends with everyone she’s ever wronged, Andrew will have to take notice. Thus, Cameron begins her apology tour with Brendan, the guy whose social life she single-handedly destroyed. At first, Brendan isn’t so quick to forgive, but slowly he warms to her when they connect over a computer game he’s developing. To Cameron’s amazement, she actually enjoys hanging out with Brendan; he appreciates her honesty in a way Andrew never did, and she’s left wondering: maybe you shouldn’t have to compromise who you are for the kind of love you deserve.

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Purchase Links

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

BOOK DEPOSITORY

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My Review:

”If there’s one thing I’ve learned from kissing him- other than how nerdy junior boys can be unexpectedly proficient kissers- it’s that you can’t pick or predict the person you’ll fall for. You can’t figure it out with a list or a plan.”

This is Mean Girls meets Can’t Buy Me Love with a mix of Jenny Han. With a mix like that, this was adorably perfect. If you love romantic comedies, teen drama, mean girls, video games, classic literature, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show then you are in for a massive treat.

Cameron is one of the most popular girls at school and everyone knows that she is the resident top Bitch. She speaks her mind with blunt honesty and doesn’t hold back. Other students follow her opinion like a pack of lost puppies.

The person who she wants the attention from is Andrew but she blew her chance when she belittled a fellow student at a party in front of him. He uttered the words that now consumes her life. “You’re a bitch, Cameron Bright!”

Cameron devises a plan to make amends with the students she has wronged. She thinks that showing Andrew that she’s a good person will change his opinion of her.

As she starts on this process, she realizes that this isn’t as easy as she first thought. Some are easy to forgive but others like, Brendan are making this more difficult. She ruined his life in the sixth grade by giving him a horrendous nickname and he’s putting up quite the fight.

The apologies bring her closer to a group of people she never thought she would hang with. She starts to realize that they bring out the best in her. After spending time with Brendan, Cameron comes to some life-changing realizations.

Maybe love isn’t something you make happen, unexpected love surprises you in the best ways.

This was totally charming and I became addicted to finding out what was coming next. This fresh take on a feminist retelling and all on romantic comedies will make you desperate for more work by these two authors. It was divine!

If I’m Being Honest teaches us that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge someone. Stand up for yourself and others when you see that they are down and out. It’s great to speak your mind and be honest, but keep other people’s feelings in sight. This was super cute and an absolute delight from cover to cover. Teen romantic comedy lovers with rejoice at this interesting spin on a classic remake.

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Playlist:

*Clicking on the title and artist of each song will take you to the video on YouTube!*

Bitch- Meredith Brooks

Bad Reputation- Joan Jett

Popular- Nada Surf

1-2 Crush on You- The Clash

Teenage Dream- Katy Perry

Sweet Transvestite- Rocky Horror Picture Show

Time Warp- Rocky Horror Picture Show

Baby, I Love You- The Ramones

I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Whitney Houston

Toxic- Local H

Maps- Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Fade Into You- Mazzy Star

 

 

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About the Authors:

downloadRaised by a school librarian, Austin’s always had a passion for books, especially books for young people. He met and fell in love with Emily in high school and went to Harvard University as an undergraduate. He studied English (focusing on Shakespeare) and graduated magna cum laude in 2014. Recently, Austin worked as a journalist for The Hollywood Reporter. He is currently a UCLA law student; however, there’s nothing he loves like writing with Emily. Emily, whose parents are screenwriters, has loved writing and story-telling since an age she hardly remembers. Since meeting Austin (she says it was middle school–accounts vary), Emily attended Princeton University as an undergraduate, studied psychology, and graduated magna cum laude in 2014. While at Princeton, she wrote the first novel in her self-published YA fantasy trilogy, The Last Oracle, which was featured in USA Today and was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

 

Thank you, Penguin Teen for allowing us to be a part of this fantastic tour!!

Tour Schedule:

Week One

April 15 – Arzo_yo – Creative Instagram Picture

April 16 – A Court of Coffee and Books – Playlist

April 17 – Book Princess Reviews – Listicle: Disney Heroines that changed themselves for love

April 18 – Readerrewind – Creative Instagram Picture

April 19 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Playlist

Week Two

April 22 – Dazzled by Books – Review + Creative

April 23 – Bookish in Texas – Review + Playlist

April 24 – Amber After Glow Reads – Creative Instagram Picture

April 25 – Read by Tiffany – Review + Rainbow Moodboard/Aesthetic

April 26 – A Court of Crowns and Quills – Creative Instagram Picture

 

Week Three

April 29 – Lindseyybooks – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

April 30 – The Fandom – Review + creative content

May 1 – Forever Young Adult – Review

May 2 – Just Add a Word – Listicle: Top Ten Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday! 3/5/19

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is: Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

  1. Jude- The Wicked King by Holly Black
  2. Donatella Dragna- Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  3. Brynn Hilder- The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons
  4. Scarlett Copeland- Only A Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
  5. Noah Oakman- The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold
  6. Brooklyn Stevens- The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  7. Marla Singer- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  8. Hannah- Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
  9. Quincy Carpenter- The Final Girls by Riley Sager
  10. Emika Chen- Warcross by Marie Lu

Which characters made your list?

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*Arc Review* The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik- David Arnold Blog Tour

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“Well the way I see it, a guy shows up with note cards and a boom box means he’s got some time on his hands. But a guy shows up with snow, that’s either destiny or wizardry.”

David Arnold takes you on an epic journey, one that leaves you gasping while flipping through your vinyl collection. This one was weird but a lot of fun to read.

From the synopsis, you know that you are going to be delving into the world of the weird and the bizarre. And that is what I’m all about. It’s like he looked at what was inside my head and turned those pieces into a puzzle of a book.

Everything about this book was powerful. It was a beautiful bizarre masterpiece and I’m ready to experience it all over again.

Noah is my new coming of age hero. He doesn’t care what people thought and walked to the beat of his own drum. Drum meaning David Freaking Bowie!!!

This is my favorite David Arnold book to date and you seriously won’t regret traveling through these hidden doors with Noah!!

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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik Blog Tour Teaser 6

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“Sometimes I feel like a guest in a house full of loving people I barely know, and I see a wide-open yard out back, and I think, that’s where I want to be, and so I walk outside. But standing alone in the empty yard, i look back inside at a house full of loving people, and I think, why did I come out here again?”