Month in Review: March 2015

G'morning, readers. We've reached that day on the calendar. Here we have the fifth "month in review" which is set to chronicle some of the blog's content and various other random things. Today we're getting ready to turn the page on month three in 2015 (how!?). But enough about that, let's get this month in review started.

Nine Books Recently Added To the To-Be-Read List

As a self-diagnosed book addict, I am always adding books to my to-be-read list or at the very least am intrigued by countless concepts. Needless to say, I had an easy time finding some fun looking novels to add to my ever-changing and growing lists of possible reads.

Some of the books are from seasoned authors who recently announced new books, others are upcoming books or random books I had heard of but haven't been too interested in until recent weeks. Below is the result of my "research" for today's Top Ten Tuesday.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

From the Start by Melissa Tagg

About the Book:
Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author Influencer Copy Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Walker Family, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Though she’s always had a fantastic sense of humor that rolled with her unique style (anyone who reads Melissa’s blog will be able to pull out moments that indicate her fab signature), I don’t know if her books have risen to the level her fourth full-length novel does. Her author note in the back may acknowledge that this was the hardest book she’s yet written, but let me tell you, the results are rewarding. The story is about Kate Walker, a TV script writer who seems to be running out of work. Following her career high as an Emmy-winning writer, she has since declined. Unsuccessful at selling much of anything beyond the odd romance to a TV network, she is lacking in knowing her next step. Then her home town of Maple Valley, Iowa has a tornado rip through and it sends Kate rushing from Chicago to her family’s aid. While there she meets her brother’s best friend, Colton Greene. A former NFL player who is watching his own career slip away, Colton didn’t plan on visiting Maple Valley with Logan, but he is just the same. While there, he’s thrust into helping his hosts recover from the tornado, getting pressure to write a book and in-between it all, cherishing the time he spends with Kate Walker.

Humor still firmly in place, I think what I liked best and what works so very well in this novel’s pages was its capacity to be more than a delightful romantic-comedy. Both of its main characters have burdens in their past that are precluding them from emotional health and in some ways prevents them from fully and richly living their lives to the fullest. If there is one teeny, tiny complaint to cite, it’s in how Colton finds himself (giving up a contract, leaving behind interviews), which took some unexpected twists and played out longer than I anticipated. I felt like this sort of distanced some of Kate and his scenes together. That being said, I can honestly say, this in NO way took away the enjoyment of the book. There is a lot of unique backstory and complexity to these characters, which makes for the kind of read we wish all of our books contained. Where Colton doesn’t want to remember his old wounds, Kate too closes herself off from really letting go and embracing what is within her grasp. Colton and Kate both have emotional scars in their past and both are far more interesting because of that. 

Adding more structure to the story is Kate’s family. I love a good close-knit family bond, and the Walker’s are no exception to that. They are fun-loving, but best of all they look out for each other, while doing so with humor and a passion for life. Knowing the sorrow they have in their past means they appreciate the gift of life – not being willing to waste precious time together, which is special. There is much that could be praised about this book. If all that weren’t enough to excite you to try Melissa’s novels, let me just say, the interactions between Kate and Colton are priceless! I suspect many of the influences are from the oldie era of Hollywood films given Melissa’s partiality to said genre, and they all work so well in these pages. From Colton and Kate’s first meeting (can we say, cutest meet-cute ever) to Kate’s dash to hide being caught in an embarrassing situation, there is a lot to smile at. Melissa’s writing is fresh, sharp, engaging and multifaceted in its range of emotions. From the Start will make you laugh, root for its characters and maybe even shed a tear or two. Plus, the ending is movie-worthy adorable.

If you'd like to meet this delightful family all while getting some notion of Melissa's writing, snag the free novella Three Little Words where we meet Walker cousin Seth as he romances his love, Ava through letters.

Three Little Words: Amazon ǀ Goodreads ǀ Review

From the Start Synopsis: Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?
- Goodreads

Coming Next from Melissa Tagg: Like Never Before (Walker Family, book 2), releasing in 2016

Sincere thanks to author Melissa Tagg for providing an influencer copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

From the Start Book Giveaway

I cannot seem to resist sharing an awesome book with you all. Recently I read (in fact, I just finished the book last night) and reviewed From the Start by Melissa Tagg. I had the honor of being on Melissa's influencer team,  but had the book preordered prior to learning I was able to join the team and since Amazon likes to ship early, I hadn't cancelled my copy yet. Needless to say, I got BOTH books on the same day and instead of returning my extra copy, I want to pass it along to one of you, a reader I know will enjoy the book.

If you like books of the rom-com sort or have read and enjoyed Melissa's books in the past, you might want to look into this pretty. It was a delight from opening pages to final words. And there's a copy one of you could win. But before we get to that, here are the usual listing of RULES and the book's synopsis.

The giveaway(s) is open to U.S. readers. I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not nearly as easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - believe it or not, there have been a couple people that I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget... and good luck everyone! The giveaway ends on April 1st.

Book Synopsis: Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?
- Goodreads , the book is officially in stores March 31st.

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Annie (2014)

Originally I was going to see this in theaters, but that didn’t go according to plan and instead I settled for the eventual release to home entertainment. Though there are some minor quibbles a viewer could argue against this film all in all, it would have been worth said theater trip. The classic story remains intact, but not without a few twists. This version introduces us to young Annie Bennett (Quvenzhané Wallis), a girl in the care of a foster home who refuses to give up on the dream her parents are still looking for her. Every Friday night she visits the one place she thinks she might find them, a restaurant. She has a note written on the back of a receipt tab and armed with half a locket she’s determined they’ll return someday as the note promises. For now, she has to live with the crabby Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) and her four foster sisters. But a twist of fate is about to change her life forever when the wealthy, up-and-coming politician Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) suddenly takes a political interest in Annie's well-being.  

Filmmaking today seems to spend a lot of time reimagining classics. With exception to one or two, I think it’s a brilliant strategy. Not only for selfish reasons - I tend to prefer modern filmmaking, also because the movie business seems to do a really good job re-making the oldies. This darling gem is no different. Annie is every bit as delightful as its trailers promised it would be. As a whole, the production is nearly perfect. When breaking down some likes vs. dislikes, I have to confess that I’d have liked seeing someone other than Jamie Foxx in the role of Stacks (though I don’t know who), but he does a great job regardless of personal feelings, so much so that the film certainly wasn’t ruined. In fact, it is quite the opposite.  
I’m kind of particular about musicals in that I have to be in the right movie-frame-of-mind to watch them. There is just something about seeing characters randomly burst into song that makes me all, “that-looks-so-weird.” That thought is anything but true in this adaptation! The film manages to put in all of the songs we came to love and adore from Annie without seeming awkward or as if it was trying too hard. Instead the music blends effortlessly with the script and dialogue. Then there are the song and dance numbers. Though stylish and cute, these also don’t come across as “too Broadway” or over the top (with exception to the closing credits scene and there is a cutely choreographed "Hard Knock Life" with the girls). Instead they’re integrated into the movie as if they belong rather than be a stumbling block. I’m really unsure how else to describe it other than that. The opening lines of each song were “natural” and every symphonic moment somehow fit each of its appropriate moments, which is exactly what any musical should strive for. One musical adaptation really disappointed me from recent years and since I’m basically alone in that, we’ll leave said musical unnamed.    

Beyond that, the film is just plain and simple darling. The young actress who played Annie was fantastic and I always enjoy seeing Cameron Diaz in films – especially a role like this where she can play the not-so-nice girl and show a different side. The scenes showing the unconditional love the “neighborhood” people have for Annie are sweet as is the relationship that blossoms between her and Stacks. She makes him better and he gives her a place, a home, a family to feel safe with. It’s precious, really. Speaking of the little orphan girl, the attitude Annie adopts in this script is perfect. Somehow she always takes the “higher road” even though she’s the child. Also deserving of a shout-out is Rose Byrne who plays Grace. She's a lovely character who doesn't get as much credit as she should yet “completes” the cast. The musical arrangements and re-imaginings are charm personified and everyone (thankfully) does a nice job with their vocals. In wrapping up, I will say, the ending was a bit… outlandish and too easily finalized in comparison to the rest of the film, though again, it doesn’t tarnish the otherwise sparkling sweetheart story we are left with. It’s got style and reminds us that people can change, while making sure we keep even the bad days in perspective. There is one thing Annie's tomorrow always promises. It's those famous words - you know them - aren't you humming the tune right now? *smile* Annie makes us believe in that and then some.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord - Smart and Heartwarming Sophomore Novel

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About the Book:
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Young Adult/Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5 

Paige Hancock had to say good-bye to her first boyfriend last summer when he drowned. Since then, she’s slowly been trying to recover. A year and a new school year later, she’s still trying to figure things out. Because of this she makes a list. At the top of it is dating her crush, Ryan Chase. When Ryan’s cousin Max returns to their school and Paige is paired up for school projects, she sees this as her perfect opportunity to get close to Ryan. But does fate have something else planned for this 17-year-old? 

Last summer a debut author made a splash in the secular YA genre. Her name was Emery Lord. The book was Open Road Summer. I picked up a copy, but never had the opportunity to read it. When I was able to read her follow-up standalone, I was ecstatic. Naturally, I now get the gushing because Emery’s sophomore novel is really beautiful. It’s not only got a good plot, it also executes its story very well.

The more I read this book, the more I grew to respect and love it. Even months after finishing it, I’m appreciating it more than when I first closed it following its final words. Emery Lord’s first-person narrative flows easily and Paige is really a very well-rounded and believable character. Given that Paige is suffering from emotional fallout, I don’t know what I expected of The Start of Me and You. But what never did cross my mind was the path Paige’s healing process would take. 

How she evolves and changes is nicely transitioned, and I like that Emery didn’t set out crafting Paige as a kind of self-sacrificing “drama queen.” Or in other words, as Paige heals, she realizes that moving on to new love isn’t impossible or disrespectful. Being only 15 when Aaron died means that while she did care for him, losing him doesn’t mean she could never love again. Some characters – teenagers or not, are so full of angst they become like a tragic half of Romeo and Juliet if they’ve lost a lover.  Paige – to my interpretation, does not meet this kind of mourning. For this, I’m glad.  
“You're always preparing yourself for the thing that is most likely to happen, instead of hoping for the thing that you most want to happen.” - Emery Lord
Counter-balancing the emotions are the sweet relationships that develop starting from the first chapter. Ryan isn’t the stereotypical, normal popular guy. Rather he seems to genuinely care for and about Paige. Then there is Max. The friendship that blossoms between he and Paige is darling. Max’s “geek status” endears him immediately and I was such a fan that I don’t think there was ever a moment when I wanted to slap him for some stupid mistake. Paige too is a geek, albeit a lovable one. I liked her “Grammar Girl” quirks as well as the complications (a side story) that arise in her family. 

From the opening pages (it opens in a bookstore!) to the final (ahem, romantic) page, this book is a YA addicts dream. The Start of Me and You has everything, and more, that I look for in this genre. It was sweet, introduced its reader to likable characters and best of all, dug deeper than just a romance. If you liked Open Road Summer, I suspect you’ll like this book. Run out and buy yourself a copy. In the meantime, those of you that have read Emery’s first book, feel free to tell me how awesome it is. I won’t mind.

Content: there are a few instances of profanity – this is sprinkled throughout the book and consists of the commonplace use. There are a few innuendoes (one of Paige’s friends returns from camp no longer a virgin, this is eluded to, but not in great detail); a party the kids attend involves a game of “Seven Minutes in Heaven.” A young couple are put in the closest where they are supposed to “make out,” nothing happens.

Synopsis: Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
- Goodreads

Coming Next from Emery Lord: The new book follows Jonah, who is struggling to move on after his father's death, and Vivi, who comes to town hoping for a fresh start, and what happens when their summer love faces the troubles they've each been hiding. When We Collided, 2016 (via Goodreads)

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Top (7) Books From My Childhood

We all have a list of books that in many ways "shaped" our reading today and perhaps even impacted our lives as children. Though not necessarily meaningful in shaping my reading, as a young child I adored the Berenstain Bears and I am convinced my dad will never let me forget that I had him read 'The Girl with the Curl' story over and over again. (Why, I haven't a clue.)

iZombie Pilot (2015) - From the Creator of 'Veronica Mars,' Rob Thomas' Sassy New Series

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of certain culturally popular elements in storytelling. Vampires and zombies are not my idea of entertainment. So why then am I blogging about a new TV show that is, clearly about zombies? 

iZombie follows the life of Liv Moore (Rose McIver), a promising doctor who is not only showing promise in the medical field, she is also happily engaged to the love of her life, Major. Then, one fateful night, Liv is the victim of a zombie attack - no joke, turning her into one of the “undead.” This changes her life drastically. She lets Major go, becomes a couch potato – according to her bestie Peyton (Aly Michalka) and mother, Eva (Molly Hagan), and switches careers: now she’s a medical examiner. With the help of her co-worker Ravi (Rahul Kohli) and teaming up with homicide Detective Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin), Liv becomes a very unique kind of crime fighter.

The Flash: Out of Time Recap

Ordinarily I wouldn't blog about this. However Tuesday night's The Flash episode was so epically awesome, I altered the normal around here. After three week's being gone from our TV screens, our favorite lightning speeding hero, Barry Allen returned triumphantly and the results were fantastic. The build up and the teasers from EP Andrew Kreisberg really didn't do it justice.

Contained in the episode is everything we expected, yet so much more. There is time travel, a death, splashes of romance and plenty more. This was how a TV show returns. Oh, and on a side note, right now, I approve of Linda.

All of that to say, there is a new recap of it up on Silver Petticoat. If you've seen it - or have theories about the show, come by and chat them up.

The Flash Recap: Out of Time

Cover Candy, Edition 22

With the buzz and excitement for the cover reveal of Winter (the fourth book in Marissa Meyer's acclaimed series), I again got to thinking about book cover art. I discovered a few newbies I had not seen and decided I quite liked some of the pretties. This in turn inspired me to share them with you.

Below are a wide variety of YA novels - some new fiction releasing this fall, some with re-issued covers, but all share (hopefully) a commonality: they offer an interesting array of stories.

Let's begin, shall we?

Public Enemies, by Ann Aguirre

Through a Faustian bargain, Edie Kramer has been pulled into the dangerous world of the Immortal Game, where belief makes your nightmares real. Hungry for sport, fears-made-flesh are always raising the stakes. To them, human lives are less than nothing, just pieces on a board.

Because of her boyfriend Kian's sacrifice, she's operating under the mysterious Harbinger's aegis, but his patronage could prove as fatal as the opposition. Raw from deepest loss, she's terrified over the deal Kian made for her. Though her very public enemies keep sending foot soldiers--mercenary monsters committed to her destruction--she's not the one playing under a doom clock. Kian has six months...unless Edie can save him. And this is a game she can't bear to lose. - Goodreads, August 2015
A Million Miles Away, by Lara Avery
When high school senior Kelsey's identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn't know about the tragedy is Michelle's boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can't bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.

As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can't deny that she's falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want. - Goodreads, July 2015
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To Get to You, by Joanne Bischof

To get to the girl he loves, Riley Kane must head off on a road trip with the father he never knew. Then pray for a miracle.

Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it.

When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past.

A story of new beginnings and second chances. - Goodreads, August 2015
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Once Again, by Liz Braswell and Cameron Dokey 

November 2015 
Tangled Webs, by Lee Bross 
London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.

Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.

But leading a double life isn't easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London's slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city's criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.

Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?
 - Goodreads, June 2015
Manners and Mutiny, by Gail Carriger

When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London...but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing, and always polished New York Times bestselling Finishing School series! - Goodreads, November 2015 
Young Widows Club, by Alexandra Coutts

For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape from her claustrophobic high-school life on the island, and the ultimate rebellion against her father and stepmother. But when Tam becomes a widow just weeks later, the shell-shocked teen is forced to find her way forward by going back to the life she thought she’d moved beyond—even as her struggle to deal with her grief is forcing her to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined. - Goodreads, November 2015
Davinci's Tiger, by Laura Malone Elliott
Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families. - Goodreads, November 2015
Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend,
by Katie Finn
Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence. Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don’t hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends to make amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh—to believe she’s someone else. As though the summer wasn’t complicated enough already.

Can Gemma keep up the charade? Or will she be found out by the very people she’s been hiding from? - Goodreads, May 2015
Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold,
by Katie Finn

The war rages on between Gemma and Hallie in the second installment of the Broken Hearts and Revenge series.

After the humiliating events on the 4th of July, Gemma's trying to handle the fact that Hallie knew who she was all along, and she was the one who stole Teddy from her. Gemma vows revenge, but things get more complicated than she planned. Ford, Gemma’s long-time crush, has arrived in the Hamptons cuter than ever. Josh is refusing to speak to her after she lied to him, and Teddy is playing champion to his beloved Marsh Warbler (in Gemma's backyard, no less).

Gemma and Hallie find themselves locked in an escalating revenge cycle. Just when Gemma thinks she has the upper hand, the biggest bombshell of all is dropped. And it’s one that threatens to change her life forever. This exciting sequel to Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend will leave you begging for the third installment. - Goodreads, May 2015
Boy Most Likely To, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns. - Amazon, August 2015
Signs Point to Yes, by Sandy Hall
The author of A Little Something Different brings you the most adorkable romance ever.

Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She’s babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.

Teo doesn’t dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo’s pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he’ll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane’s house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she’s terrified of how her parents will react.

In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane’s Magic 8 ball can’t give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes. - Goodreads, October 2015
Red, by Alyxandra Harvey
Red is the color of Kia Alcott's hair.

It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it's the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn't stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…- Goodreads, March 2015
One Thing Stolen, by Beth Kephart
Set in Florence, Italy, One Thing Stolen follows Nadia Cara as she mysteriously begins to change. She's become a thief, she has secrets she can't tell, and when she tries to speak, the words seem far away.  - Goodreads, March 2015
Drift and Dagger, by Kendall Kulper
As a boy in the late nineteenth century, Mal's only friend was Essie, daughter of the Roe witch, and it was she who discovered that he is a "blank," not affected by magic, setting him on a career as a con artist, traveling the globe in search of a legendary magical dagger that can steal a witch's power. - Goodreads, March 2015
Spinning Starlight, by R.C. Lewis
Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow. - Goodreads, October 2015

Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world. - Goodreads, September 2015
A Step Toward Falling, by Cammie McGovern
Sometimes one mistake can change everything.

Emily doesn’t know why she froze. Or why Lucas did too. Afterward, she thought of different ways to rationalize it. But the truth is, they could have helped Belinda, and they didn’t. It’s a mistake they’ll both have to live with.

Sometimes doing nothing is the only way to cope.
Belinda doesn’t want to talk about what happened. Because when she does, it feels like it’s happening all over again.

Sometimes good can come from bad.

Emily and Lucas’s punishment is community service at a center for people with disabilities. People like Belinda. Soon they feel like maybe they’re starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. Like they could help not only those at the center but also each other.

But when Belinda returns to school, Emily and Lucas have to figure out if they can do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt most.
 - Goodreads, October 2015
Soundless, by Rachelle Mead
From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...
 - Goodreads, November 2015
Winter, by Marissa Meyer
Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White.

When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.

Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series. - Goodreads, November 2015
Wendy Darling, by Colleen Oakes
Wendy Darling takes readers far beyond the second star to the right and straight on till morning. It is the story of a girl loved by two men—the steady and handsome bookseller's son from London and Peter Pan, dashing, charming, and dangerous. From the cobblestone streets of London to the fantastical world of Neverland's many secrets, readers will love watching Wendy's journey as she grows from a girl into a woman, and realizes that Neverland, like her heart, is a wild place, teaming with dark secrets and dangerous obsessions. - Amazon, October 2015
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Beastly Bones, by William Ritter
In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer. - Amazon, September 2015
Truly Madly Famously, by Rebeca Serle
In this romantic sequel to Famous in Love, new Hollywood "It Girl" Paige must navigate love with her co-stars, both on and off screen and all in the public eye.

Lights, camera, love!

After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.

Rebecca Serle's sequel to Famous in Love is filled with the kind of celebrity drama and swoon-worthy romance fit for the silver screen. - Goodreads, October 2015
Black Widow Forever Red, by Margaret Stohl
This novel features all the thrilling adventure readers will expect from the Marvel brand, backed up by the young-adult cred of #1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe, accessible to old fans and new readers alike, as Stohl weaves an unforgettable story through the world of the Black Widow. - Goodreads, October 2015
Hotel Ruby, by Suzanne Young
When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby. - Goodreads, November 2015
Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world.I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster. - Goodreads, September 2015
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