Thursday, August 27

Chosen At Nightfall (Shadow Falls #5) by C.C. Hunter

Chosen At Nightfall (Shadow Falls #5) by C.C. Hunter
Release Date:April 23, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  416

Summary: Kylie Galen's life hasn't been the same since her world was turned upside-down in Born at Midnight, Shadow Falls #1, and now an epic conclusion to her journey—not to mention a tough choice between two guys!—is brewing in Chosen at Nightfall:

When Kylie Galen left Shadow Falls, she thought it was the hardest decision of her life. Heartbroken and separated from everyone she loves, she has to embrace her abilities and what it means to be a chameleon. But as Kylie's journey comes to a close, she must return to the camp that started it all... and she must finally chose between the two boys who love her. The werewolf who broke her heart when he chose his pack over her, and the half-fae who ran from their intense attraction before they ever really had a chance. For Kylie, everything will finally be revealed and nothing will ever be the same.

My Thoughts:  Whoa, I’m so sad to see this series end with Kylie! However, I do believe there is a companion series I’m going to have to get my hands on next!

I really loved the Shadow Falls series.  Kylie and her group of best friends were a riot. And the teachers. And the boys. Oh, the boys. Swoon!

Finally Kylie is learning more about herself and her family history. She’s also learning how to forgive and who to choose when it comes to Lucas and Derek. And, I’m ok with how it ended. Honestly, I liked them both so it was always hard for me to choose for her.

A lot happens in this one, but I don’t want to say much. I sure don’t want to give you every single detail and ruin the whole series. So, if you haven’t read this series yet, please pick it up now!!!!

Overall: Loved it! I was glad how things ended and I’m happy how things went down! Love Kylie and her friends and I’m going to miss all the characters that were in this one! Loved!

Cover:  Like it! Always like the colors on these covers!

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Wednesday, August 19

Whispers At Moonrise (Shadow Falls #4) by C.C. Hunter

Whispers At Moonrise (Shadow Falls #4)  by C.C. Hunter
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400  

Summary:  Shadow Falls Camp is back in session with the most explosive installment yet. A shocking new threat will rock Shadow Falls--changing it forever and altering Kylie's journey in ways she never imagined.

Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn't seem to belong to any one species--she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn't…a werewolf. With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who's willing to accept the impossible.

As if life isn't hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante. Trouble is, Holiday isn't dead…not yet anyway. Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it's too late--all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever. In a world of constant confusion, there's only one thing Kylie knows for sure. Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.

The breathtaking fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series from author C. C. Hunter...Whispers at Moonrise.

My Thoughts:  Oh how I love this series so much!! This is probably one of my all time favorite series! I’m almost done with it now though, so that makes me very sad.

We are back with Kylie who is finally finding herself. She is starting to really realize who she is, and what she is. She’s still causing trouble with her two best friends. And, than there are the two guys who love her.  Derek and Lucas. Oh, how I love thee.  I seriously don’t know who I want Kylie with. I like them both for their own reasons, and I just can’t decide. Talk about a love triangle. In Whispers at Moon rise, Kylie is trying to learn more about chameleons. She’s confused by the term and wonders what the heck it really means. She needs to know more about what is going to happen with her and what is already starting too.

And, she has to figure out why she keeps seeing a ghost that looks just like someone she knows! Talk about freaky.

I feel as though I can’t say much else or I give away too much, especially if you haven’t started this series.  If not, you need to now!

And that ending. Whoa! I have to start the next book right away! Talk about a cliffhanger that I need to know what happens with Kylie and a certain boy.

Overall:I just adore this series. And Kylie, and her friends, and her boyfriends, and her teachers. And the plot. I just love it all!

Cover: Cute! I like the colors of this one! Very dramatic!

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Tuesday, August 18

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Dial
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 432

Summary: A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

My Thoughts: I really loved My Life Next Door so I was ecstatic to read this one!

This book centers around Tim! You may remember him as Jase’s friend, and a friend of the Garretts. For some reason, I didn’t like Tim as much as Jase. He was alright and he was a good guy overall, I just didn’t feel as drawn to him. And, Tim has started developing a thing for Alice. Remember her as Jase’s sister? Alice and Tim had some amazing chemistry. They also knew deep down that they probably shouldn’t be together but they were so drawn to each other they couldn’t stay away from one another. And they brought out a lot of hidden qualities in each other. Tim is always the wild one and Alice was always laid back taking care of everyone else’s problems.

And, when Tim finally reveals he has feelings for Alice, another hurdle gets in their way, and it isn’t a small one at all! Its crazy and intense. Tim all of a sudden has a new responsibility and he’s trying to take control of his life.

I won’t go into many details but I just want to say I really did like this one, but I just didn’t love it as much as My Life Next Door.  But, I was happy to see some of the characters from that one make an appearance in this one. Well, a lot of the characters! I still love the big family and all their shenanigans.

Overall:  Glad I got to read this one! I had been waiting a long time! LOL. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I had to read it!!! I will read anything by Fitzpatrick!!! I just adore her books!

Cover: I really do like it! Love the colors and the way they are holding hands!    

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Tuesday, August 4

How To Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

How To Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 224

Summary: Words are strong. Love is stronger.

When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they're related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can't shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.

Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?

My Thoughts:  We are introduced to Jordyn who is a brave young girl. She has a brother who has Autism. This is Jordyn’s big secret. She’s at a new school and when her brother also joins the school, he is her secret. A lot of people talk about him but Jordyn doesn't want anyone to know he’s her brother. She just wanted to be looked at through normal eyes.

This novel was such a joy to read. I really liked it and it dealt with so many deep subjects. Jordyn learns a lot about herself and her friends/family. She also learns how to open up with others eventually.

I also really liked Alex. Oh, Alex. Sweet Alex. I loved Jordyn and Alex’s relationship. They were friends but they also liked each other.  I love all the things Alex did and was interested in! It just made him that much more sweeter.

I really enjoyed this one, and I loved Jordyn’s speech towards the end. I thought this one was a really cute joyful story.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. Its a bit short, but also a fast read! I loved the characters and I loved seeing how Jordyn opened up to others and got past some of her fears.  And, oh Alex, I liked you!

Cover: Cute!  Love how she is writing with chalk. Neat!

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Saturday, August 1

The Moon And More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon And More by Sarah Dessen
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  448

Summary:  Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

My Thoughts: I really liked Emaline! She has a great family, a great boyfriend, a great job. Her life is pretty near perfect. But for Emaline it's really not. She wants more. She wants adventure. She wants to know there is more out there than the little beach town she lives in.

Emaline’s boyfriend Luke was a cutie. But he also came off as kind of a flirt to me. I liked him, but I wasn’t really in love with him. But then in comes Theo. Theo is in town for a project. His boss is trying to make a documentary on a townie.  I really wanted to love Theo. But he had the same effect on me as Luke did. They were just okay. Neither of them really had my heart or spoke to me or won me over. I felt like they were just both normal guys and neither one really stood out for me. Yes, Luke was there when the going got tough but I never really felt that connection with him.

Emaline grows a lot in this novel. I loved her family and I especially loved her little brother.  He was probably the highlight of the story for me. He was funny and just an all around good kid.

I’m glad I read this one! I am trying to slowly make my way through all of the Dessen novels.

Overall:  I loved the idea of The Moon And More. And I loved a lot of parts of it, but it wasn’t my favorite Dessen novel. I liked Emaline and I liked her little brother. I even liked the guys enough but this one was probably between a 3.5 and 4 cupcake rating for me. I can’t wait to continue to make my way through all of the novels!

Cover:  Love it!! Most of these covers are fantastic. Romantic, sweet, and fun!

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