Saturday, April 25

City Love by Susane Colasanti

City Love by Susane Colasanti
Release Date:  April 21, 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Summary: Three girls are about to discover the meaning of city love. From bestselling YA romance author Susane Colasanti!

Sadie, a born and raised New Yorker, is hopeful and romantic and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate.

Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources, looking for summer boy adventures.

Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC with a grand total of seventy-three cents so she can reinvent herself and forget about her past.

Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives. Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl’s life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once…in a way it will never be again.

My Thoughts:  City Love was another pretty neat book by Colasanti. I always enjoy her books and I love when a new one is announced.

We are introduced to three different girls. Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna. And the chapters flip back and forth between different perspectives. Usually this does not work for me, but with City Love I had an easy time reading and knowing whose life I was reading about. My favorite girl was probably Rosanna. She was so real and down to earth. Next, I liked Sadie. I liked Darcy but I never really connected with her very well.

Each girl is navigating living in New York. They have their jobs, their love lives, and getting ready for college.  As for the romance aspects, I really liked them all. I think my favorite was probably Austin. He seemed so right for Sadie, and they had so much in common until things got interesting towards the end.  I also liked the guy Rosanna was seeing, D.  

The first part of this was a big slow even though it flowed nicely together. I never felt the shift between girls difficult to change perspectives.

Of course, the wrapping up of the story towards the end was the best part. I wanted to know more, and come to find out there is going to be another book, so that is awesome!

Overall:  I really liked the plot and the girls. I also loved all the New York references. I've never been there but I've heard of some of the things so reading about them was awesome! I loved the little things thrown throughout the story!

And the ending, I need the next one now! My mouth dropped open on Sadie’s story! OMG!

Cover:  Love it! I’m a sucker for the books that show a girl/guy on the front! Very cute!

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Thursday, April 23

Hemlock (Hemlock #1) by Kathleen Peacock

Hemlock (Hemlock #1) by Kathleen Peacock
Release Date:  May 8, 2012
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 416

Summary: Fans of Maggie Stiefvater and the hit television show True Blood will flock to this first book in the supernatural mystery series set in a town where werewolves live in plain sight.

Mackenzie Dobson's life has been turned upside down since she vowed to hunt her best friend Amy's killer: a white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country, and bloodlust is not easy to control. But it soon becomes clear that dangerous secrets are lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, Mac's hometown—and she is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her in grave danger.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling debut novel provides readers with a mystery that Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder, calls "clever and frightening," while Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author ofFirelight, raves: "Forget every werewolf book you've ever read. This one breaks the mold."

My Thoughts:   Honestly, I always find myself having problems with werewolf books. Give me faeries or vampires and I’m all for it. Werewolves, not so much.

But, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Hemlock.  We are introduced to Mackenzie who has a few best friends. Well, one of them is murdered pretty early pretty in the book. Her name was Amy.  Her other best friends Jason and Kyle both have a thing for Mac even though its a pretty well kept secret for a while. As readers we can see it, but Mac doesn’t really know.

When more people start showing up dead, Mac gets worried. She wants to find out what is really going on.

I must also point out that being a werewolf in Hemlock, and around the rest of the world isn’t a secret. People have the disease and its well known. If you have it, you get sent away to a rehabilitation camp. Of course a lot of people try to keep it a secret.

I liked the plot of this one, the friends trying to find out who killed Amy. I also liked the romance aspect of it. I loved the characters. Mac was so spunky and I really liked her personality. I also liked both Jason and Kyle for different reasons.  

I’m excited to read the next one in the series.

Overall: Read Hemlock pretty fast. I liked it. I’m excited to know what will happen next.

Cover: Its pretty. Like how she is sitting there and love her dress.  I think this one is more of a 3.5 cupcake rating for me. I liked it a lot for a werewolf book though!!!

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Tuesday, April 21

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary:  When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

My Thoughts: Man, oh Man I loved this one! Things We Know By Heart was a wonderful novel! I raced right through it! I needed to know what happened next!

We are introduced to Quinn who lost her boyfriend about a year ago. Over this time, while mourning, she has reached out to the people who got his organs. Feeling like he made a difference has helped her cope. It was a way to know it wasn't all for nothing.

There is one last person who hadn’t responded to her letters. His name is Colton and he was very sick until he got the heart. In Quinn’s eyes, the heart is the key to the soul, its important.

Quinn sets out to see Colton. She doesn’t intend to meet him or even talk to him but things don’t go as planned. She runs into him and things go crazy from there. The more time Quinn spends with him the more she realizes how wonderful he is.

I don’t want to say much about this one. I loved it so much. I loved how everything went down, and I loved the plot and the characters. I loved both Quinn and Colton and them together was just amazing. It was such a heartfelt novel but also very very good and deep.

Things We Know By Heart will probably make my favorites of the year, yes it was that great!
Overall: Loved this one! I can’t believe how fast I flew through it! It was such a good one! Oh Colton, I need a boy like you!

Cover:  Love it! It just fits perfectly. If I saw this in a bookstore, I’d pick it up. And once I read the summary, it would be going home with me!

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Friday, April 17

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Release Date:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary: Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with -- secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand -- a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

My Thoughts:  I enjoyed Lying Out Loud but I still liked The Duff a lot more! I connected more to the characters in The Duff.

In Lying Out Loud we are introduced to Sonny and Amy, best friends! Even though the girls are quite a bit different, they just click. When you see one you usually see the other. They have been friends a long time.

When a new guy named Ryder gets the attention of Sonny, things go haywire.  But of course he likes Amy. That is usually what happens, right? As Sonny gets to know him she really starts to fall for him. The catch, he thinks hes been chatting with Amy. See, they have had deep conversations online and through texts, on Amy’s phone.

I thought Lying Out Loud was a funny one! Many times, I laughed and I understand where both Amy and Sonny were coming from on things they did and ways they acted. I liked Ryder too but I never really fell for him. I liked him enough.  At first, I enjoyed reading the chats between Ryder and Sonny but after a while, I just needed to know what was going to happen.

Am I happy the way things turned out? Yes! At parts it was a bit slow but if you're in the mood for something light and funny, try this one out!

Overall:  I liked Lying Out Loud but I didn’t really love it. I liked the plot and how things developed. I liked Amy and Sonny’s friendship most of the time. I think this one is more of a 3.5 cupcake rating for me!

Cover:  Like it! Its cute! Love how they are just hanging out!

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Wednesday, April 15

All The Rage by Courtney Summers

All The Rage by Courtney Summers
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Summary: The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out,All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

My Thoughts:  I really wanted to love All The Rage! And while I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it as much as I have with other Summer’s books!

We are introduced to Romy who is sort of an outcast. She wasn't always this way. Its been a recent thing. She used to have friends and was always doing something but now things are different. Everyone thinks she is a liar.  She has started thinking of herself as the before and after.

A bunch of girls torture her basically. They steal her clothes and do mean things to her.She isn’t safe anywhere from their bullying. Except a small little diner she works at. Nobody there really knows her story. She goes to work and gets the job done. There is also a boy named Leon who works with her that she has an interest in.

I liked All The Rage. It was raw and emotional. But dealing with rape and all the feelings that come along with it, I had a hard time getting into this one. I think its just been my reading mood. Right now, I just need happy romantic reads and this one was very deep for me at the moment.

Overall: I did like Romy as a main character. I understood where she was coming from and I could relate to her anger and the way she looked at life. I also liked Leon and how he wanted to be more than what he was.  I liked the overall tone of this one but I think I liked some of Courtney Summer’s other books a bit more. I'd say this was between a 3.5 and 4 cupcake rating!
Cover: Like it! Its dark and haunting, I’d pick it up!

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