Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday | These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Expected Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Pages: 352
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Goodreads Description

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

Why I'm Waiting

I love a good adventure. I also love supernatural aspects. I love both together even more and that's exactly what I have in These Vicious Masks. The only thing I've read by Jane Austen is Pride & Prejudice, and because this was described as being a mix between Jane Austen and X-Men I was immediately intrigued. I could see Elizabeth being the main character. I don't know how to explain how excited I am for this read. I think I might end up preordering this so I can get to it as soon as possible!

Is anyone else interested in this release?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at Broke and Bookish. This week's theme is top 10 most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016. I didn't go into detail on each book but I listed the expected release date as well as a link to the goodreads page for the description. Did any of these books make your list? What are some of the other new releases for the first half of next year you would suggest?

January 5 | Goodreads

January 5 | Goodreads

February 9 | Goodreads

February 16 | Goodreads

February 16 | Goodreads

March 8 | Goodreads

April 5 | Goodreads

May 17 | Goodreads

June 7 | Goodreads

June 14 | Goodreads

Monday, December 28, 2015

A Raven's Touch by Linda Bloodworth Release!


  Today I am happy to be helping author Linda Bloodworth spread the word about her new YA Paranormal book release, A Raven's Touch. So, without further ado read on below for more info on the book, and don't forget to stop by the release party for a chance to win a lot of cool prizes!  

A Raven's Touch cover

Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Their only wish is to graduate high school, leave the sleepy town of Fallingbrook and all that happened behind them. The Heavens have other plans. Between growths on her back and being involved in explosive school fights, nothing seems to make sense. When an unexpected encounter with Darien Raventhorn causes worlds to collide it exposes the truth about Justice's real identity.
To avenge a family death, Justice must embrace her birthright, and slay a demon before all Hell breaks loose.


About the Author:

Linda Bloodworth loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon; Linda enjoys camping and getting away from the city on day trips.
Want to stay in touch? Visit Linda on her website here, or Facebook, Twitter, and Google+!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday | Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Expected Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Pages: 464
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Goodreads Description

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

Why I'm Waiting

I can honestly say there has been some good marketing behind this book. I've been interested in this book since I heard the first brief description of it and I just realized I never took the time to see what it was about myself. Putting the description on my blog for this post was my first time actually reading through it and I have to say this sounds really intriguing.

I've never read anything by Alexandra Bracken but I've heard so many good things about her/her writing. I own The Darkest Minds and would like to get to that before I start this series, especially since that series is wrapped up. There have been so many good reviews from people with early copies that have me looking forward to this even more. I might not get to this book as soon as it releases but I'm excited to read it!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want for Christmas!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at Broke and Bookish.

This week theme is:

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

Books and Christmas! If I could get every book that I've been really wanting to reading I wouldn't know what to do with myself. When my mom asked me to make a list of what I wanted for Christmas there were at least 10 books on that lists, and that isn't including the number of books in the series I asked for. I made the list a little bit ago and since I haven't looked at it since then I don't remember everything that was on that list. Here are some of the books I would like for Christmas.

What are some books you would like for Christmas?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday | Riders by Veronica Rossi

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Riders by Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Tor Teen
Expected Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Pages: 384
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Goodreads Description

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen--Conquest, Famine, and Death--are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now--bound, bloodied, and drugged--Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he's fallen for--not to mention all of humankind--he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

Why I'm Waiting

Before I even read the description I was immediately drawn in by the cover. I think it's going to be interesting starting off the book with the main character dying and coming back as one of the four horseman, War. I think it's also interesting that it seems like the four horseman are basically recruited to do something good. I'm a little confused by a part of the description but I'm sure that will all be cleared up once I actually read the story.

I've never read anything by Veronica Rossi so when I pick this up, I will not have prejudged this book.series. I've seen quite a few good reviews of this book already which always gets me even more excited about a new release. Like I say in almost every other Waiting on Wednesday, I can't wait to get this in my hands!

Have you heard about Riders? Are you looking forward to this in 2016?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at Broke and Bookish.

This week theme is:

 Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

I wish this was a topic for right after the end of the year because I'm still getting some reading done and I feel like some of those will make my favorite reads for this year. I got into a bit of a reading slump because of all the required reading I had for school so a lot of my favorites were rereads. My favorite reads for the year are listed in the order I read them.

Monday, December 14, 2015


If you have been reading my most recent post then you know that I've been slowing making my way to finishing my reading goal for the year. I was on twitter one day and saw a lot of people using #HOLIDAYCRAMATHON and I had no idea what it was for. After searching for a while I finally found the post where Jessica introduces the readathon. I have never participated in a readathon before so I figure I would try it out.

I didn't find out about this until more than halfway through the readathon so I figured I wouldn't get much during the time I had left. I mostly did this to see. During this time I managed to finish 5 books and am still currently reading 2.

What I Read

Torment Soul - Finished 11/29 | The Paper Menagerie - Finished 12/13 | Death Note: Black Edition Volume One - Finished 12/5

Oliver's Trantrums - Finished 12/13 | Toads and Tessellations - Finished 12/13

Currently Reading

Friday, December 11, 2015

Linda Bloodworth Cover Reveal!

Today we get to see the cover of A Raven's Touch, by Linda Bloodworth.

Who is Linda Bloodworth?
Linda Bloodworth loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon; Linda enjoys camping and getting away from the city on day trips.

Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Their only wish is to graduate high school, leave the sleepy town of Fallingbrook and all that happened behind them. The Heavens have other plans. Between growths on her back and being involved in explosive school fights, nothing seems to make sense. When an unexpected encounter with Darien Raventhorn causes worlds to collide it exposes the truth about who Justice's real identity. To avenge a family death, Justice must embrace her birthright, and slay the demon before all Hell breaks loose.







Here we go!

A Raven's Touch by Linda Bloodworth

What can you expect in A Raven's Touch?
Adventure, friendship, and bit of romance mixed into a very different kind of paranormal story. It's not the formulaic story where there's one type of paranormal hero. Be prepared for Half Angels, Witches, Elves, demons, and a dragon for good measure.

       Moira squeezes my arm. 
“We need to get up. Come on. We aren’t going to be sitting ducks. He looks like he wants to start trouble.”  
My heart starts beating faster and I stand up. Moira has already packed her bag, and she pushes mine into my hands. With her hand on the small of my back, she urges me along.  
“It’s a public place, Moira, he won’t hurt us here. He’s all talk, right?”
She looks me in the eyes. 
“Don’t underestimate crazy.”  
We hear a low wolf howl that causes a ripple of fear to flow through me. I stop momentarily. No way is that for us, surely not.

Add A Raven's Touch to your TBR pile. Get your Pre-Order on Amazon! 

If you miss the pre-order, don't worry, the official release day is December 28, 2015. 

What did you think of A Raven's Touch?

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday | Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Breaking The Spine.

Shade Me by Jennifer Brown
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books
Expected Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Pages: 448
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Goodreads Description

Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.

Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.

The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?

As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

Why I'm Waiting

Do  I seriously need to explain why I'm waiting on this one? This novel sounds so exciting! Not only is it a thriller/mystery, it's also has some hints of science fiction (because of the synesthesia). The fact that Nikki can see auras is already an interesting concept alone. Then you add in the fact that a girl from Nikki's school, who she doesn't talk to, was almost killed and Nikki is the only person they can contact for her and this story seems like it goes into another level.

It seems like Nikki is going to try to figure out who tried to kill Peyton and why all on her own. She is bound to get into some trouble in the process of her investigation. I've been wanting to read a good mystery lately and I think this will be exactly what I'm looking for!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New to Me Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at Broke and Bookish.

This week theme is:

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

I was starting this week's Top Ten Tuesday when I realized that although most of the books I've read so far this year have been by new to me authors, I can't consider all of them my favorites. This may be because I've only read one book by that author, or it could be because what I was just wasn't my favorite. So instead of my top ten, I'm going to be doing my top 5 favorite new to me authors of 2015.

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout - During a time when I wasn't reading at all because school had was just too busy, I spent a lot of time watching booktube (to supplement my reading in a way). A lot of different people were talking about Jennifer L. Armentrout, especially her Lux series so one day I decided to get the ebook of Obsidian to see if it was as good as everyone was talking about. I was immediately sucked in and ended up reading the entire series over the next few weeks.

2. Julie Kagawa - She was one of the authors I kind of stumbled upon on Goodreads. I kept seeing the first cover of Immortal Rules but kept passing over it because the cover looked cheesy. One day I finally decided to read the summary and since it was on sale on Amazon I got the ebook. Like with the Lux series I was hooked. I also went right into the second book. I have also heard some really good things about her other series, so I would like to get to them at some point.

3. Bella Forrest - I think when it came to her series I read, it was what I needed to read at that time. This was the first thing I had read after going back to college after winter break. The series was fast paced and since they were so cheap I just kept reading until I finally wanted to read something a little different. 

4. Lindy Zart - It is hard for me to say that she is one of my favorite authors because I've only read 2 of her books. If we are only looking at new to me authors in 2015, she is definitely one of them. While they weren't the absolute best books I've ever read they were still enjoyable. I will consider reading more of her novels in the future.

5. Neal Shusterman - Although I only read one book by him so far this year, I can definitely say this is one of my favorite new to me authors of 2015. I read Unwind and it was such an interesting novel, I was intrigued to read the rest of the series and check out some of his other books. I'm not sure if I will get to that by the end of this year but I will make sure to do that.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tormented Soul (Storm Trilogy #1) by Dylann Rhea | Review

Tormented Soul (Storm Trilogy #1) by Dylann Rhea
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 307
Source: Won in a Goodreads Giveaway
Favorite Quote: "Everyone's heart is as fragile as glass. Some people can't help but lock theirs in an iron box for no one to see."
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Goodreads Description

Seattle is best known for its welcoming and diverse culture, but Kaden cannot seem to grasp the life it offers. When Megan, Kaden’s best friend, decides it’s time to hit the night life, it turns into a night they will never forget. Megan mysteriously disappears and Kaden is the only one invested in finding her. Along the way she meets an unusual ally, Finley, who reveals a world beyond the ordinary streets of Seattle. Kaden finds herself pulled into a dark world of fae as the two struggle to locate Megan before it’s too late.

My Thoughts

Whenever I decide to read a self published novel I always get a little worried. I usually think that there might not have been enough editing done or there might not be enough development with the characters and/or the world. This novel surprised me!

When I first started reading I immediately thought of Lost Girl, the TV show. That mainly had to do with the fae world, and there being two different sides (light and dark fae). It also reminded me of the beginning of City of Bones in a few areas throughout the book. I tried really hard not to compare plot points of Tormented Soul to Lost Girl but there were just so many moments that it was obvious that they were very similar. However this story is still unique. 

Looking at the characters, I couldn't say I loved them but I didn't dislike them. I didn't find myself connecting with any of the characters. I felt bad for Kaden when it came to her mom and was happy that she and her sister were so close. I liked Finley but he confused me. I didn't understand why he took interest in and helped Kaden. I get that he wanted to see what the dark fae were up to and stop them but he could have done that without getting involved with Kaden. Although it wasn't the focus of this book, there was a hint that there might be a romantic relationship between Kaden and Finley later on. I didn't have any strong feelings about Megan. She just seemed to be there to give an excuse for Kaden's introduction to the fae world.

I was a little disappointed with the way things ended with Megan. I was expecting that scene to be climactic but it just happened and then was over and nothing else could be done. At some point during the novel there's a flashback of Kaden and Megan, and to be honest it was kind of creepy. Megan gave Kaden some stone and when Kaden said something about liking it Megan said, "You won't." This lead me to believe that there was more to Megan and her family. I thought maybe they were part of the fae world and that was part of the reason she was taken. However, this was never brought up again and neither was Kaden's interest in collecting stones that was mentioned during that chapter. This could have been something to make the story and Megan more interesting. 

This book doesn't seem very long but so much happened. The most surprising thing is that, besides the flash backs, everything that happened took place over the course of over three days! Overall, this book was really enjoyable. There were some things I questioned or didn't like but those moments didn't take away too much from my enjoyment level. I'm interested in picking up the next book in the series and seeing how this story continues.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday | Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Breaking The Spine.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Expected Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Pages: 416
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Goodreads Description

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Why I'm Waiting

I have been hearing some good things about this book so I decided to finally check it out. Once I did I realized it was a book that I would be really excited to check out. There are two friends that just want to live their lives. Of course there is more to it than that. 

I haven't really read any books specifically about witches so I'm really intrigued about them being the focus of this novel/series. I also like that there is a different types of witches instead of just the good and bad witches. I seriously hope I get through my December TBR so I can pick this up not long after it comes out.

Have you heard anything about this book? Are you looking forward to this release?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts I'm Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at Broke and Bookish.

This week theme is:

Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels I'm Looking Forward To

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to CuraƧao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England? 

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance. 

This Is Where It Ends

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won't open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.

The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It's the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.

When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn't come back. Neither Imogene's stepmother nor the police know where he could've gone, but Imogene is convinced he's looking for her mother. She decides to put to use the skills she's gleaned from a lifetime of her father's books to track down a woman she's never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she's carried with her for her entire life. 

Rebecca Podos' debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us - the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to.

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw

Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her pot-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. Scarlett never considers what might happen if they were to find out what she truly thinks about them...until a dramatic series of events exposes a very different reality than Scarlett's stories, forever transforming her approach to relationships—both online and off.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She's a model daughter and sister, she's well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she's dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule. And now faces life-changing repercussions.

She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her-everything.

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