Review: Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone

Review: Some Kind of Normal by Juliana StoneTitle: Some Kind of Normal
Author: Juliana Stone
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 5, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

What is Normal?

For Trevor normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves Trevor with no band, no teammates and no chance of graduating. It’s kinda hard to ace your finals when you’ve been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor—those beautiful blue eyes catching every last flaw.

For Everly normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor’s daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed.

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Review: Some Kind of Normal

Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone is a beautiful contemporary novel that will definitely bring out the feels. It has alternating perspectives, plot twits and secrecy. This book will keep you guessing. Continue reading

Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund HodgeTitle: Crimson Bound
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 5, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.) 

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Thanks to The Bookshelf for a copy of Crimson Bound to review!

Review: Crimson Bound

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge is a fairy tale retelling that is so much fun to review. It will excite, surprise and engage its readers. It is a wild ride that would scare your grandmother! This book is one that you will want to add to your bookshelf this spring! Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday #6: The Heir by Kiera Cass

 

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:

Book cover of The Heir by Kiera Cass.Title: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Pages: 352

From Goodreads: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.  Continue reading

Review: Alive by Chandler Baker

Review: Alive by Chandler BakerTitle: Alive
Author: Chandler Baker
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: June 9, 2015

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Stella Cross's heart is poisoned.

After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive. Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment.

Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone's radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable.  Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart? After all, the heart never lies...does it? 

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Review: Alive by Chandler Baker

If you are a fan of an eerie book that will keep you guessing, I recommend Alive by Chandler Baker. This book is so detailed that readers will feel like they are in the main character’s position. The reader will easily be able to imagine the setting and see themselves there. Continue reading

Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha LeaverTitle: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Trisha Leaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life. 

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Review: The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver will keep you up all night because it is one of those books that is hard to put down! It is also one of the best books I’ve read in 2015. It is captivating, clever and relatable. If you are in need of a change from the typical contemporary novel, then The Secrets We Keep is the book for you! Continue reading