Advance Reading Copies | MAY 2016

Hello hello!!! Here’s my complete ARCs for May. I’ve got a pretty good list in here. Go check them out! =)


Title: Anything You Want
Author/s:  Geoff Herbach
Publisher/Imprint: SOURCEBOOKS
Publication Date: May 01, 2016
ISBN: 9781402291449
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 3.5/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Anything You Want Book Review

Synopsis

Except all that love? It gets Maggie pregnant. Everyone else may be freaking out, but Taco can’t wait to have a real family again. He just has to figure out what it means to be a dad and how to pass calculus. And then there’s getting Maggie’s parents to like him. Because it would be so much easier for them to be together if he didn’t have to climb the side of the Corrigans’ house to see her…

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Title: Wild Swans
Author/s: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher/Imprint: SOURCEBOOKS
Publication Date: May 01, 2016
ISBN: 9781492622161
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Wild Swans Book Review

Synopsis

Will Ivy fulfill her destiny as a dazzling Milbourn woman? Or will the pressure from her family cause her to crumble?

The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden—all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past…

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Title: The Atomic Weight of Love
Author/s: Elizabeth J. Church
Publisher/Imprint: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: May 03, 2016
ISBN: 9781616204846
Genre: Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Atomic Weight of Love Book Review


Synopsis

For Meridian Wallace–and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s–being ambitious meant being an outlier. Ever since she was a young girl, Meridian had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother’s sacrifices to send her to college pay off. But she didn’t expect to fall in love with her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone. When he’s recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project, she reluctantly defers her own plans and joins him.

What began as an exciting intellectual partnership devolves into a “traditional” marriage. And while the life of a housewife quickly proves stifling, it’s not until years later, when Meridian meets a Vietnam veteran who opens her eyes to how the world is changing, that she realizes just how much she has given up. The repercussions of choosing a different path, though, may be too heavy a burden to bear.

Elizabeth Church’s stirring debut novel about ambition, identity, and sacrifice will ring true to every woman who has had to make the impossible choice between who she is and who circumstances demand her to be.

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Title: The Turning Point
Author/s: Freya North
Publisher/Imprint: Harper
Publication Date: May 03, 2016
ISBN: 9780008163297
Genre: Fiction
ARC Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Turning Point Book Review


Synopsis

Everyone deserves a new beginning. But sometimes fate isn’t on your side…Over one short weekend, when Canadian musician Scott Emerson and British children’s author Frankie Shaw meet by chance, a profound connection is made. Their homes are thousands of miles apart: Frankie and her children live by the coast of North Norfolk while Scott’s roots lie deep in the mountains of British Columbia. Against all advice, they decide to see where this might go.Over oceans and time zones, they make sacrifices and take risks, discovering along the way new truths about love and family. For the first time in a long while, it seems life could be very good. But fate has a tragic twist in store, one that could destroy all that was hoped for.Poignant, engrossing and moving, The Turning Point is a novel about the importance of seizing happiness and trusting that love will always find a way.

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Title: Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Author/s: Chris Cleave
Publisher/Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 03, 2016
ISBN: 9781501124372
Genre: Literary Fiction
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven Book Review

Synopsis

It’s 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.

A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleave’s latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.

 

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Title: Everland
Author/s: Wendy Spinale
Publisher/Imprint: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
ISBN: 9780545836944
Genre: Juvenile Fiction \ Action & Adventure
ARC Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭
My Review: Everland Book Review

Synopsis

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

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Title: Devil and the Bluebird
Author/s: Jennifer Mason-Black
Publisher/Imprint: ABRAMS Kids
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
ISBN:  9781419720000
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭
My Review: Devil and the Bluebird Book Review


Synopsis

Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass.
Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself up to finding family in unexpected places.

In Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black delivers a captivating depiction of loss and hope.

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Title: It’s Okay to Laugh
Author/s: Nora McInerny Purmort
Publisher/Imprint: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
ISBN: 9780062419378
Genre: Autobiography \ Personal Memoirs
ARC Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: It’s Okay To Laugh Book Review


Synopsis

Twentysomething Nora McInerny bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend and job to job. Then she met Aaron, a charismatic art director and her kindred spirit. They made mix tapes (and pancakes) into the wee hours of the morning. They finished each other’s sentences. They just knew. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and married after his first surgery. They had a baby when he was on chemo. They shared an amazing summer filled with happiness and laughter. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms in another hospital bed. His wildly creative obituary, which they wrote together, touched the world.

Now, Nora shares hysterical, moving, and painfully honest stories about her journey with Aaron. It’s OK to Laugh explores universal themes of love, marriage, work, (single) motherhood, and depression through her refreshingly frank viewpoint. A love letter to life, in all of its messy glory, and what it’s like to still be kickin’, It’s OK to Laugh is like a long chat with a close friend over a cup of coffee (or chardonnay).

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Title: The Sisters
Author/s: Claire Douglas
Publisher/Imprint: Harper
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
ISBN: 9780008163310
Genre: Fiction
ARC Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Sisters Book Review


Synopsis

A thrilling debut and winner of the Marie Claire Buest Debut Novel award, The Sisters will have you guessing to the very end.

One lied. One died. When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive: After a tragic accident, still haunted by her twin sister’s death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets siblings Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle.When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs: As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen – precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention?When the truth outs, will either sister survive?

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Title: Before the Fall
Author/s: Noah Hawley
Publisher/Imprint: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
ISBN: 9781455561780
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭
My Review: Before the Fall Book Review


Synopsis

On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy and the backstories of the passengers and crew members–including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot–the mystery surrounding the crash heightens. As the passengers’ intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy: Was it merely dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations–all while the reader draws closer and closer to uncovering the truth.

Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

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Title: The Art of Being Normal
Author/s: Lisa Williamson
Publisher/Imprint: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
ISBN: 9780374302375
Genre: LGBTQIA, Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Art of Being Normal Book Review


Synopsis

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl.

As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.

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Title: Sing
Author/s: Vivi Greene
Publisher/Imprint: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
ISBN: 9780062459831
Genre: Juvenile Fiction \ Performing Arts
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Sing Book Review


Synopsis

America’s most famous pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine—only to fall for a local boy and be faced with an impossible choice at the end of the summer: her new guy, or her music.
Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same):

1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.)
2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.)
3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.)

But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys.

That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel-but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose.

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Advance Reading Copies | APRIL 2016

11 ARCs for this month. This is crazy but I’m so grateful to these amazing Publishers and Authors for providing me copies in exchange for an honest review. Go check them out and I hope you’ll enjoy reading every single one of them as much as I did. =)


Title: The Big Fear
Author/s: Andrew Case
Publisher/Imprint: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: April 01, 2016
ISBN: 9781503952225
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Big Fear Book Review

Synopsis

It’s August in New York, and the steaming garbage littering the streets isn’t the only thing that stinks. Civilian investigator Leonard Mitchell can keep his job as the new head of the Department to Investigate Misconduct and Corruption only by successfully prosecuting veteran cop Ralph Mulino. Mulino shot an armed man on a dark night; he didn’t know the man was a fellow cop. Now, to keep his badge and his freedom, he has to make his case to the investigator. But the gun Mulino saw in his victim’s hand has disappeared.

As Mitchell digs deeper into Mulino’s claim, it becomes clear that the “misconduct and corruption” infecting New York City go far beyond the actions of one allegedly dirty cop. Murder and sabotage force Mulino and Mitchell into an uneasy partnership to uncover the truth and protect the city they are both sworn to serve.
Assuming, of course, they can stay alive…

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Title: Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell
Author/s: Liane Shaw
Publisher/Imprint: Second Story Press
Publication Date: April 05, 2016
ISBN: 9781927583951
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/5 ✭✭✭
My Review: Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell Book Review

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Frederick has a lot of rules for himself. Like if someone calls him Freddy he doesn’t have to respond; he only wears shirts with buttons and he hates getting dirty. His odd behavior makes him an easy target for the “Despisers” at school, but he’s gotten used to eating lunch alone in the Reject Room. Angel, in tenth grade but already at her sixth school, has always had a hard time making friends because her family moves around so much. Frederick is different from the other kids she’s met – he’s annoyingly smart, but refreshingly honest – and since he’s never had a real friend before, she decides to teach him all her rules of friendship.

But after Angel makes a rash decision and disappears, Frederick is called in for questioning by the police and is torn between telling the truth and keeping his friend’s secret. Her warning to him – don’t tell, don’t tell, don’t tell – might have done more harm than good.

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Title: Tell the Wind and Fire
Author/s: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher/Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group
Publication Date: April 05, 2016
ISBN: 9780544318175
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Tell The Wind and Fire Book Review


Synopsis

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.
Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

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Title: The Privileged
Author/s: Emily Hourican
Publisher/Imprint: Hachette Books Ireland
Publication Date: April 07, 2016
ISBN: 9781473628236
Genre: General Fiction (Adult)
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/5 ✭✭✭
My Review: The Privileged Book Review


Synopsis

In an exclusive all-girls’ secondary school, they become friends. They choose the same university, and through smoke-filled nights, lectures, sexual encounters and first loves, their bond deepens: a friendship which seems like it will last forevermore. But then, at an end-of-year party, something happens which changes everything …

Afterwards, they drift apart. Now Stella, a lawyer in New York, lives for her work; Laura, a struggling journalist in Dublin, is still waiting for the scoop to kick-start her career; while Amanda, broken and beautiful, lives a life of slow decay in London. Then the phone call comes which brings them back together, to the friendship they swore would last, and the night when it all went wrong. The Privileged is a haunting tale of friendship, loyalty and how one decision, one night, can decide the future.

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Title: The Summer Flings Travel Club
Author/s: Duffy, Aimee
Publisher/Imprint: HarperCollins UK, HarperImpulse
Publication Date: April 17, 2016
ISBN: 9780008182403
Genre: Romance
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Summer Flings Travel Club Book Review

Synopsis

Armed with a degree that she doesn’t have a clue what to do with, Ciara Bree convinces her two best friends, Elle and Gem to spend their first summer of freedom backpacking across the globe. Now it’s time to shop, sunbathe, think about boys for a change, and party hard…

LA, Miami, Paris, Santorini, Ibiza, Florence and Dublin…these fabulous jet-setters are in for the summer of their lives. From crashing celebrity parties in Tinseltown to grape-squishing in Florence, Ciara globetrots her way to happiness with her friends Elle and Gem by her side. But Elle’s gorgeous cousin Zack keeps showing up, and while Ciara can think of a few ways to have fun with him, she starts to realise that her summer fling isn’t as uncomplicated as it should be…

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Title: Pieces of You and Me
Author/s: Erin Fletcher
Publisher/Imprint: Entangled Publishing,
Publication Date: April 18, 2016
ISBN: 9781633756250
Genre: Romance, Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 3/5 ✭✭✭
My Review: Pieces of You and Me Book Review

Synopsis

Five years.

That’s how long I’ve been gone. Since I left my best friend—the girl I loved—behind.

Five seconds.

That was how long it takes to realize I am completely, utterly, screwed. Because now that I’m back, my childhood crush has turned into so much more. Rylee has changed. We both have. And now I’m drawn to her in a completely different way. To her smile. Her touch. To reliving old memories and making new ones. To the happiness she’s always given me that I haven’t felt since I left. But her friends are hell-bent on keeping us apart. My dad is one drink away from destroying both of our lives, and maybe I am, too. It’s only a matter of time before I have to leave again, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I never get a choice. The one choice I can make? Stay away from Rylee. Because if I don’t, I’ll break her heart—and mine—all over again.

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Title: Eligible
Author/s: Curtis Sittenfeld
Publisher/Imprint: Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
ISBN:  9781400068326
Genre: Literary Fiction
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Eligible Book Review


Synopsis

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray. Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches. Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .
 
And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.
 
Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible both honors and updates Austen’s beloved tale. Tackling gender, class, courtship, and family, Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.

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Title: The Darkest Corners
Author/s: Kara Thomas
Publisher/Imprint: Random House
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
ISBN: 9780553521450
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Darkest Corners Book Review


Synopsis

For fans of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars, The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become. There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them. Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good. Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth. Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

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Title: Life Swap
Author/s: Carol Wyer
Publisher/Imprint: Bookouture
Publication Date: April 22, 2016
ISBN: 9781910751725
Genre: Humor, Women’s Fiction
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Life Swap Book Review


Synopsis

Take a chance on a new life and maybe you’ll find your happy ever after. Because true love is always worth the risk… Handsome prince, beautiful house, fabulous job? Polly has none of these. All she has to her name is a string of failed relationships and she’s up to her ears in debt. She sees herself as a hopeless case and would do anything to change her luck. Simon is approaching the big 50. He’s off his game at work, his kids don’t seem to notice he exists and his wife seems to think he’s made of money. As for sex …what’s that?

So when the opportunity comes for both of them to swap their lives for a life of luxury, they jump at the chance. For Simon a life of helicopters, fast cars and hot babes beckons. For Polly, it’s all diamonds, spa days and celebrity parties. What more could they want? Trouble is, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Is life in the fast lane more than either of them can cope with?

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Somewhere AmongTitle: Somewhere Among
Author/s: Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Sonia Chaghatzbanian
Publisher/Imprint: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
ISBN: 9781481437868
Genre: Juvenile Fiction \ People & Places
ARC Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Somewhere Among Book Review


Synopsis

A beautiful and haunting debut novel in verse about an American-Japanese girl struggling with the loneliness of being caught between two worlds when the tragedy of 9/11 strikes an ocean away.
Eleven-year-old Ema has always been of two worlds—her father’s Japanese heritage and her mother’s life in America. She’s spent summers in California for as long as she can remember, but this year she and her mother are staying with her grandparents in Japan as they await the arrival of Ema’s baby sibling. Her mother’s pregnancy has been tricky, putting everyone on edge, but Ema’s heart is singing—finally, there will be someone else who will understand what it’s like to belong and not belong at the same time.

Dipping and soaring, Somewhere Among is the story of one girl’s search for identity, inner peace, and how she discovers that hope can indeed rise from the ashes of disaster.

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Title: The Art of Not Breathing
Author/s: Sarah Alexander
Publisher/Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
ISBN: 9780544633889
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Art of Not Breathing Book Review


Synopsis

Five years after the drowning of her twin brother, Scottish teenager Elsie Main confronts the tempestuous sea—and her family’s tragic past—in a young adult debut that will appeal to fans of the mystery of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars and the family drama of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun.

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Advance Reading Copies | March 2016

Hi! So here are the Advance Reading Copies that I received for this month. I hope you check these books out and yea, happy reading! =)


Title: Bookishly Ever After
Author/s: ISABEL BANDEIRA
Publisher/Imprint: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: January 12, 2016
ISBN: 9781633920590
Genre: Romance, Teens & YA
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Bookishly Ever After Book Review

Synopsis

In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.

But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

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Title: Nora and Kettle
Author/s:  Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Publisher/Imprint:  Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date:  February 29, 2016
ISBN:  9781634221351
Genre:  Historical Fiction / YA
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Nora and Kettle Book Review

Synopsis

“What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?”

Set in 1953, Nora & Kettle explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories, “a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world.””

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The Passenger

Title: The Passenger
Author/s:  Lisa Lutz
Publisher/Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 01, 2016
ISBN: 9781451686630
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers / YA
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3.5/5 ✭✭✭✰
My ReviewThe Passenger Book Review


Synopsis

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past? With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.

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You Were Here

Title: You Were Here
Author/s: Cori McCarthy
Publisher/Imprint: SOURCEBOOKS
Publication Date: March 01, 2016
ISBN: 9781492617044
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: You Were Here Book Review


Synopsis

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother’s death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake’s favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother’s exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn’t bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.

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Lexington and 42nd

Title: Lexington and 42nd
Author/s: Kim Carmody
Publisher/Imprint: Kim Carmody Books
Publication Date: March 08, 2016
ISBN: 9780994518910
Genre: Romance
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3.5/5 ✭✭✭✰
My Review: Lexington and 42nd Book Review


Synopsis

It was meant to be the job opportunity of a life time.

It turned out to be so much more…

At the age of twenty five, Emma Lexington takes off to New York on a once in a life time twelve-month job exchange with the New York Warriors. Determined to make the most of the opportunity, she prepares herself for life in the big apple—fast paced, exciting and a whole lot of fun. What she hasn’t prepared for though, is meeting him. Getting together might have been hard, but figuring out how to stay together will prove even more challenging as Emma must decide between conflicting loyalties.

Lexington and 42nd is a fun, sexy romance, set in the exciting world of the NFL in the fabulous city of New York.

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The Summer Before the War
Title: The Summer Before The War
Author/s: Helen Simonson
Publisher/Imprint: Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
ISBN: 9780812993103
Genre: Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Summer Before War Book Review


Synopsis

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent sabre rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking — and attractive — than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

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