Review: Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion

Review: Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay ChampionTitle: Someday, Somewhere
Author: Lindsay Champion
Publisher: KCP Loft
Publication Date: April 3rd 2018

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

"That's the thing about music, I guess. It begins, it consumes you, and then it ends."

Dominique is a high school junior from a gritty neighborhood in Trenton, where she and her mom are barely getting by.

Ben is a musical prodigy from the Upper East Side, a violinist at a top conservatory with obsessive talent and a brilliant future.

When Dom's class is taken to hear a concert at Carnegie Hall, she expects to be bored out of her mind. But then she sees the boy in the front row playing violin like his life depends on it --- and she is transfixed.

Posing as an NYU student, Dom sneaks back to New York City to track down Ben Tristan, a magnetic genius who whisks her into a fantasy world of jazz clubs and opera, infatuation and possibility. Each sees something in the other that promises to complete them.

As Dom's web of lies grows, though, so does Ben's manic need to conquer Beethoven's famous Kreutzer Sonata. Ben's genius, which captivates Dominique, conceals his struggle with mental illness, and the challenges of Dom's life may make it difficult for her to help him.

Alternating perspectives and an unreliable narrator create suspense and momentum, romance and heartbreak. Author Lindsay Champion's deep roots in theater and music are evident on every page --- structured like a sonata with hints of West Side Story, her debut novel hits all the right notes.

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I have always been drawn to books about music, so it’s no wonder that I enjoyed Someday, Somewhere so much. This book is absolutely heartbreaking, but beautiful at the same time. The main characters are so realistic and easy to root for, and the dual perspectives add so much emotion to the story. I would definitely recommend this one, especially to those with an interest in music. Continue reading

Wishlist Wednesday: Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Wishlist Wednesday! Today I am featuring Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka. It is a YA contemporary that sounds like a fun read for spring.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. It is a spin-off of the original meme, Waiting on Wednesday that was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine.

THIS WEEK’S BOOK:

Wishlist Wednesday: Always Never Yours by Emily WibberleyTitle: Always Never Yours
Author: Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: May 22nd 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?

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Series Review: The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series Review: The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Series Review: The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Series Review: The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffTitle: The Illuminae Files
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: Oct.2015- Mar.2018

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Review & Giveaway for Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade

Review & Giveaway for Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade

Welcome to my stop along the blog tour for Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade! I am so excited to share my review of this wonderful novel with you. It is a unique and interesting story of a young adult starting college. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for your chance to win your own copy of Finding Felicity.

Review & Giveaway for Finding Felicity by Stacey KadeTitle: Finding Felicity
Author: Stacey Kade
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 20, 2018

four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Felicity meets Fangirl in this contemporary novel about a young woman who must leave behind her fantasy life—inspired by her favorite WB show from the 1990s—and create a real one at college.

Caroline Sands has never been particularly good at making friends. And her parents’ divorce and the move to Arizona three years ago didn’t help. Being the new girl is hard enough without being socially awkward too. So out of desperation and a desire to please her worried mother, Caroline invented a whole life for herself—using characters from Felicity, an old show she discovered online and fell in love with.

But now it’s time for Caroline to go off to college and she wants nothing more than to leave her old “life” behind and build something real. However, when her mother discovers the truth about her manufactured friends, she gives Caroline an ultimatum: Prove in this first semester that she can make friends of the nonfictional variety and thrive in a new environment. Otherwise, it’s back to living at home—and a lot of therapy.

Armed with nothing more than her resolve and a Felicity-inspired plan, Caroline accepts the challenge. But she soon realizes that the real world is rarely as simple as television makes it out to be. And to find a place where she truly belongs, Caroline may have to abandon her script and take the risk of being herself.

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Friday Reads: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing  a few quotes from Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. This is the third book in The Illuminae Files and I am just about to start reading it.

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.

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