ARC Review: A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

 

Book cover for A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: A Week of Mondays
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Stars: 4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true… 

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

 

Book cover for The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

I received an e-ARC from Fierce Reads via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people-and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win? Continue reading

ARC Review: After the Woods by Kim Savage

Book cover for After the Woods by Kim Savage.

I received an e-ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

Title: After the Woods
Author: Kim Savage
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: February 26, 2016
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

Kirkus calls After the Woods “A riveting exploration of what it’s like when the enemy is much closer than you suspect.” (starred review, Nov. 1, 2015) Continue reading

ARC Review: I See Reality by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Book cover for I See Reality by Kristin Elizabeth ClarkI received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

Title: I See Reality: Twelve Stories About Real Life
Author: Kristin Elizabeth Clark (contributor)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Stars: 3.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Twelve original stories by top MCPG authors explore real issues for real teens.

Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, I See Reality will resonate with today’s teens long after the last page has been turned.

Contributing authors include Jay Clark, Kristin Clark, Heather Demetrios, Stephen Emond, Patrick Flores-Scott, Faith Hicks, Trisha Leaver, Kekla Magoon, Marcella Pixley, James Preller, Jason Schmidt, and Jordan Sonnenblick. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Book cover for The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver.

I received an egalley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Trisha Leaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux: an imprint of Macmillan
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Pages: 304
Stars: 5/5
Kindle Edition

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.  Continue reading