Waiting on Wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: September 26, 2017

From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn’t quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.

When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they’ll go to keep their family together.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  For the month of October, Team Midsummer is celebrating LGBTQ History Month.  So for are WOW posts, all the novels we are desperately waiting to be released that are LGBTQ! This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she’s only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to.

When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki’s mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating.

But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa.

Book Review: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept “separate but equal.”

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Release Date: September 30, 2014

When I heard about this book at Book Expo America this year, I couldn’t have been more excited.  A young adult novel that deals directly with the idea of desegregation in the south, in addition to the outrageous mistreatment of anyone who was of a different race, sexuality, religion, etc is one I definitely needed to read.  A little background:  I was born and raised in North Carolina, just north of Charlotte, and my parents both remember how their schools were desegregated.  So while I’ve heard stories from them and through my history courses, there’s nothing like reading a story that is based in the true facts and events that other people have written about and conveyed to those of us in present day.

Fact: in Charlotte, North Carolina, there was a single African American woman, Dorothy Counts, that was integrated into Harding High in 1957.  Some of you might even recognize her picture:

She had rocks thrown at her, was spit on by her classmates, had trash thrown at her, and lost her first two white friends because they were taunted and bullied as well.  Robin Talley explores all of these things in her novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves.  

While Talley’s novel introduces seven black characters going to the same school, they didn’t have it any easier than Dorothy Counts just because there was more of them.  The story really delves into the deep racisim that existed blindly in the south for years, and how it affected both a black and white female character.

I think the important part is that these girls not only grow to like one another as people, despite the fact that the white girl was raised to believe that segregation is God’s way of keeping the unfit separate, and eventually begin to have romantic feelings for one another.  Wow.  Talk about some intense narrative.  I won’t go into more details, but just know that the change that both characters make throughout the story really shows off Talley’s story telling ability and it showcases how the desegretation movement really changed history in the south.

5 Bards for Talley’s daring and historically accurate novel.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

The coronation is over.

But the battle has just begun.

Nerissa Marin has won her crown. But can she keep it? Already, her ties to the human realm are driving a wedge between Nerissa and her people. When word arrives that her part-human prince consort, Lo, has been poisoned, she makes the difficult choice to leave Waterfell and return landside. As the royal courts debate her decision, even more disturbing rumors surface: a plot is rising against her, led by someone she least expects.

On land, Nerissa learns another shocking truth: Lo does not remember who she is. As her choice to try to save him threatens her hold on her crown, changing loyalties and uncertainty test her courage in ways she could never have imagined. Nerissa will have one last chance to prove herself as a queen …and save the undersea kingdom she loves.

 

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She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was an Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.com.

 

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Book Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

17160608The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

 

I really liked this book.  It didn’t have a whole lot of substance but it was a great beach read.  I think I even read it in one day.  It was every girls fantasy come true, who wouldn’t want to discover they had a rich father?  And go from poor to very wealthy in an instant!  I would have loved that!  And the fact they got to move to Vegas, how cool!

I thought each sister was great, they had their own unique characteristics and voices.  I do think some of the activities that the girls were getting into may have been a bit far fetched for their ages.  I doubt that even with the social elite a 15 year old would be able to get into a club and drink.  But what do I know.  I thought the bond between the sisters and their father was a bit lacking, but that may be explored later in the series.  There was something off about the father and the fiance’s relationship.  It wasn’t explained to any depth, it could be a book with in itself I’m guessing.  That part doesn’t seem like a big part of the plot so I wasn’t bothered that it wasn’t really explored or explained.

Madow did a great job describing the city and all of the unique things to do there, and now I want to go back!  It also left me wanting more from the sisters.  What happens when they start school?  Will they ever get to know their dad?  The good news is that there is another book!  So I will be picking that up soon!  Like I said this is a great beach read, but don’t expect too much from it!  Just enjoy the ride!

 

4.5 Bards

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Characters that would be my Best friend

1. Alice from Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

2. Mac from the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

3. Jessica Darling from Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty

4. Alyssa from Splintered by A.G. Howard

5. Dexter from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

6. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

7. Finley Jayne from the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross

8. Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

9. Rose Tyler from the Doctor Who books by Various Authors

10. Remi from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

 

Who are some of your bookish best friends?

 

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

 

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: September 30, 2014

I have a plan.

We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice ‘Ali’ Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

Book Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

Okay, I definitely should have made sure to read Dare You To before picking up Crash Into You, but I wasn’t all that fond of Beth (the main character in Dare You To) in Pushing the Limits, so I just kind of skipped over her to go to the lovely Isaiah.  But now I’m regretting it because there were a few characters that were evidently from Beth’s story that crossed over into Isaiah and Rachel’s.  Whoops!  Note to self: Just go in order.

I really connected to Rachel as a character.  She was so easy to understand based on her circumstances, and anxiety is a common problem in teenagers and young adults.  I really appreciate McGarry writing her in such a realistic and empathetic way.  In no way did I lose touch with her (okay, maybe when she was acting all weird about him not calling, that was just a little much for me) and her plight.

Isaiah had my heart back in Pushing the Limits, and I’m sure there was more development of his character in Dare You To (facepalm), but McGarry gave this character a heart and soul that I just wasn’t expecting to fall in love with.  I adore the fact that she gave him such a rough exterior, because I always enjoy a story where the outside doesn’t match the inside of a character/person.

As for their meet-cute, it was full of tension and a little bit of danger, but some of that part of the plot was a little far fetched.  Again, it could be because I’ve been so influenced by the crazy stunts in the unrealistic but amazing Fast and Furious movies that I don’t totally believe it could be real.  However, it provided a good amount of entertainment and created some high stakes.

Overall, I just loved the whole story, and McGarry most definitely tugged at my heartstrings.

4.5 Bards

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