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A World Without You

Finished A World Without You by Beth Revis. I received a copy for review. 

Oh, this book broke me. 

It’s about a group of teens who are at a special school. Depending on who you listen to, it’s either for kids who have mental illness (serious mental illness, to the point where they can’t live at home anymore) or who have special powers (telekinesis, the ability to become invisible, things like that).
Bo believes he has the ability to alter time, which is helpful because he accidentally lift his girlfriend back in the 1600s. But the school is under investigation (they say Sofia is dead but she’s really just missing) and everyone else denies the special powers. 
This book kept me off guard but I fell for the characters. I was scared for all of them but especially for Bo. 
The premise is weird, I know, and I think Beth Revis is the only one who could pull it off. 
Recommended. 

Copper Veins blog tour

Book information, synopsis and Goodreads link and Pre-order links:

 Title: Copper Veins (Copper Legacy #3)

Author: Jennifer Allis Provost

Release Date: July 27, 2016

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.

Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

 But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.

 After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man—make that elf—for her?

 Was marrying him a mistake?

 
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23550747-copper-veins?from_search=true&search_version=service
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Copper-Veins-Legacy-Jennifer-Provost-ebook/dp/B00RKQDAG8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467399778&sr=8-1&keywords=Copper+Veins#nav-subnav
Barnes & Noble Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/copper-veins-jennifer-allis-provost/1120963884?ean=9781633920101

 
Author Bio and social media links:
Author Bio:


Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

Author Social Media Links:

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2975887.Jennifer_Allis_Provost
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/copperraven/
WEBSITE: http://authorjenniferallisprovost.com/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/parthalan

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Nerve

Finished Nerve by Jeanne Ryan. 

Vee is participating in NERVE, this incredibly popular reality show/dare-based game. Basically, you complete increasingly difficult dares and win increasingly awesome prizes. For example, ask ten people at an abstinence only event for a condom; win expensive shoes from your wish list. They range from embarrassing but funny to truly horrible (point a gun at someone; tell someone’s parents they were in a serious accident). 

It was an incredibly fast and entertaining read but I was never fully invested in the story. I liked Vee enough that I didn’t want her harmed but not so much that I was upset when she was upset. 
I know this is a common complaint of mine, but I think if the book had been longer, I would have had a better handle on her motivations. 
Meanwhile, I recommend the similarly-themed Need by Joelle Charbonneau. 

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

Finished Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler. 

Oh, guys, this book. This book just begs to be read on a beach or by a pool or on a plane. This is the vacation book I have waited for. 

Like her namesake, Harper is a writer. Unfortunately, she’s the dating blogger (and intern) for the biggest, most influential teen magazine. Why unfortunately? She doesn’t actually date. Not for religious reasons or anything; she’s just the most awkward girl known to man. 
So she fakes it. She cribs a story from her best friend and works to get everything else right: the clothes, the flirting, everything. 
You can imagine, I’m sure, what ultimately happens. 
And, like I said, it is a delightful journey. Harper is deeply flawed (mostly careless and selfish; never outright malicious) but also so sweet and endearing that I kept rooting for her anyway. 
Recommended.  

How to Hang a Witch

Finished How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather. I received a copy from the publisher for review. 

This is a smart novel about the Salem witch trials set in present day Salem. The twist: the main character is a descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the villains in said trials (as is the author herself). 

That’s not the only twist, of course, but it’s the least spoilery one. 
I feel like there’s this huge fascination with the trials, and we feel like that could never happen again…except it totally could. We have a major tendency to rush to judgment and while we may not literally kill people for their (real or imagined) transgressions, we certainly can metaphorically do it. 
This was just an incredibly fun read and I hope there are more thrillers to come. 

Revolver

Finished Revolver by Duane Swierczynski.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Three generations torn apart–by bullets fired fifty years ago.

Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops–one black, one white–are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a 12-year-old boy, Jimmy.

Philadelphia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father’s alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. Jim stalks the ex-con, hoping to finally learn the truth.

Philadelphia, 2015: Jim’s daughter Audrey, a forensic science student, re-opens her grandfather’s murder for a research paper. But as Audrey digs deeper, she comes to realize that Stanton probably didn’t pull the trigger–and her father may have made a horrible mistake…”

This is the 150th book I’ve read this year, and it is by far the best I’ve read this year.  I’ve read a lot of fantastic books, but if you’re only going to read one, it should be this one.

As further backstory, I’ve loved Duane Swierczynski’s books for years and every time I get a chance to read a new one, I am very excited.  He’s one of the authors where I know that a five star read is guaranteed.  This is his best book yet.

This story covers three generations of the same family, and spans from the 1960s through today (well, technically last year).  There are a lot of parallels between the 1960s segments and now—riots and racial unrest—but even beyond that, this novel is…there are actually no words to do it justice.  “Gripping” doesn’t even come close.

To put it simply, if you like novels about family secrets, police investigations, racial unrest, deeply flawed people or even just amazing books, this is for you.

Highly recommended.

You Will Know Me

Finished You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott.  I received an ARC for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. From a writer with “exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl,” (Janet Maslin) You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition.”

This book is about obsession.  That doesn’t really count as a spoiler because if you are one of the best at what you do (as Devon is with gymnastics), it’s your life.  It’s a weird combination of your job and your hobby, and it comes first.  And, as we learn quickly, it’s also what her entire family (parents and little brother) does, too.  Devon’s gymnastic career and her chance to make Senior Elites (which will lead inexorably to the Olympics) is basically the only thing going on with the family.  (Yes, the parents have jobs and yes, the brother is good at science but it’s basically filler between training and meets for Devon.)

When it all falls apart, it happens so fast that it’s almost dizzying (both for Katie and Eric and for me as a reader).  Everything shatters and it casts everything else into doubt.

(Good luck doing anything else between the start and close of the novel.)

Highly recommended.

Towers Falling

Finished Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Summary (from Goodreads):

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks.

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?

Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren’t alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.”

This is a sweet middlegrade novel that I think will help children who weren’t alive during 9/11 understand what exactly happened.  Initially I was like, “How could you even reach fifth grade without knowing about it?” but it makes sense.  We don’t really talk about it that much on a regular basis anymore, and if you want to keep it from your kids, it’s probably pretty easy to keep them from the TV on the anniversary.

I love the friendship between Deja, Ben and Sabeen.  Each of them have different reactions (especially Sabeen, who is Muslim and who has to be very careful each year as the anniversary approaches).

This is an incredibly sensitive novel and it never feels gratuitous.  I don’t think it would scare its audience, although parents should probably read it first (and be prepared for a conversation after).

Recommended.

The Season

Finished The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

She can score a goal, do sixty box jumps in a row, bench press a hundred and fifty pounds…but can she learn to curtsey?

Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.

The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.”

You guys, I am totally obsessed with this book.  It’s incredibly smart and funny and also pretty sweet.

It’s being billed as an updated Pride & Prejudice, and believe me, I understand if that makes you roll your eyes.  I rolled mine too, and honestly, I probably wouldn’t have read it if it weren’t for the blurb from Jojo Moyes.  I’m so happy I did because this book is AMAZING.

I’m more than a little in love with Megan.  She’s sarcastic and super smart and obsessed with soccer.  She is NOT a debutante…until her mom secretly signs her up and her dad asks her to go through with it.  She’s not thrilled for herself, but she’s willing to go through with it for his sake.  Given her own choices, though, she’d be happy to let her twin sister handle it.

This book could’ve been horrible.  It could’ve been a YA version of Miss Congeniality, but instead it’s just perfection.

Highly recommended.