Waiting On Wednesday: 02/17/2016

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I haven’t done a Waiting on Wednesday post in I don’t know how long, so I thought why not do one this week? There are so many books coming out in 2016 that I am highly anticipating but this one may take the top spot. I read this author’s other young adult book that came out last year (2015) and absolutely loved it. I was beyond thrilled to see she had another young adult mystery book coming out as well but was disappointed that I will be waiting until August to read it. Here is my first Waiting on Wednesday book of 2016:

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The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

Expected Publication: August 2, 2016

Lana used to know what was real.

That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder. 

Alexandra Sirowy’s other young adult mystery, The Creeping, came out in August 2015. It was original and kept me turning page after page to find out the shocking ending. If you haven’t read The Creeping yet and you’re into young adult mysteries and thrillers, I’d definitely recommend you read The Creeping and adding The Telling to your TBR list.

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Harmony House by Nic Sheff

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Title & Author: Harmony House by Nic Sheff

Publisher/Year: HarperTeen/ March 22, 2016

Genre: YA Mystery, YA Thriller

Format: ARC Paperback

Source: Around the World ARC Tours

Other Books by Author: Goodreads 

My Rating: 4hearts

What This Book Is About

Jen Noonan’s father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror.

After Jen’s alcoholic mother’s death, her father cracked. He dragged Jen to this dilapidated old manor on the shore of New Jersey to “start their new lives”—but Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a chilling past—and the more Jen discovers its secrets, the more the house awakens. Strange visions follow Jen wherever she goes, and her father’s already-fragile sanity disintegrates before her eyes. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn’t know was haunting her—and the mysterious and terrible power she didn’t realize she had.

A classic horror story finds a terrifying home in Harmony House, drawing on favorite tropes and edgy, modern characters to create a chilling tale of blame, guilt, and ghostly revenge.

(Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts on This Book

I absolutely love young adult thrillers and even though we’re in a happy holiday season at the moment, I jumped at the chance to read Harmony House. I was even more excited to read it because it takes place in New Jersey where I am from and currently live. The summary just sucked me in and I knew the ending was going to be something I hadn’t been expecting.

In my opinion there was different twists in the plot that I hadn’t been expecting and hadn’t seen coming. I was turning page after page to find out what was going on and what would happen next. It took me 2 days to finish reading Harmony House, and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I’m not quite sure why it was a lower rating on Goodreads (currently 2.96) because I thought the plot line was original and was actually thrilling.

The characters were amazing. I was of course rooting for the main character Jen the whole time. She was not only easily likable but easily relatable. It was easy to see where her thoughts and feelings came from and I often noticed I felt the same feelings she was throughout the book. Jen’s dad was quite a character as well. Without giving too much away, it was so easy to not like him from the beginning. There were a few other characters that made small appearances throughout the book who really added to the storyline.

The way the author brought the story all together at the ending was something I didn’t see coming and it surprised me. I thought it was a great way to end the story and to explain everything that had been going on. The descriptions of all the scenery and the house itself was described in good detail to create the perfect mental images I needed in my head as I read the book.

I would definitely recommend reading Harmony House in March when it is published especially if you enjoy a good thriller. I hope Nic Sheff writes other young adult thrillers in the future that are just as amazing as Harmony House.

Mass Book Review

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I know I said sometime last week that I was going to do a post with multiple book reviews and here it is. I have seven books that I have read and do not feel like I could give a good, descriptive review on each one, not to mention that I would get impatient after the first two and most likely not finish the rest. So here are the seven books that I have read within the past month. I will include a paragraph review for each as well as the summary and rating.

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20527879Title and Author: They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

Rating: 4hearts

What This Book Is About

Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed. All because of the list. Kenzie Summerall can’t imagine how she’s been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her. This is the power of the list. If you’re on it, your life changes. If you’re on it this year? Your life ends. The girls on the list have started to die, one by one. Is it a coincidence? A curse? Or is the list in the hands of a killer? Time is running out for Kenzie, but she’s determined to uncover the deadly secret of the list…before her number’s up.

My Thoughts on This Book

I had waited months for this book to come out and when it finally did I tore into it. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting from the summary, but in a good way. It totally took me by surprise and I loved it. The twist was completely unexpected and shocking. They All Fall Down kept me on the edge of my seat and I am praying there will be a sequel.

Review 2

17343998Title and Author: Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Rating: 5hearts

What This Book Is About

She has everything she’s ever wanted. But not her memory…When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her. What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows…  

My Thoughts on This Book

I went to Barnes and Noble for a different book that they ended up not having. Not wanting to leave empty handed I picked up this book (and the book in my next review). I had looked at Six Months Later many times and only just now got around to reading it and I really enjoyed it. I have had a thing for YA mysteries and thrillers lately and this one is definitely at the top of my list. Six Months Later kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.

Review 3

17520996Title and Author: Broken by CJ Lyons

Rating: 4hearts

What This Book Is About

WOULD YOU PUT YOUR LIFE ON THE LINE TO BE NORMAL? Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, Scarlet has come to terms with the fact that she’s going to die. Literally of a broken heart. It could be tomorrow, or it could be next year. But the clock is ticking… All Scarlet asks is for a chance to attend high school—even if just for a week-a chance to be just like everyone else. But Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with each slammed locker and vicious taunt. Is this normal? Really? Yet there’s more going on than she knows. And finding out the truth might just kill Scarlet before her heart does…

My Thoughts on This Book

I rented Broken from the library before and didn’t get a chance to read it before I had to return it. I bought it when I went to Barnes and Noble and as soon as I started reading I was sucked in. My own heart broke for Scarlett and how she was treated. Towards the end of the book I kind of had an idea of what the truth was. I don’t think it was obvious and it was still shocking how the book ended.

Review 4

12665819Title and Author: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Rating: 3hearts

What This Book Is About

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished. A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon. Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.

My Thoughts on This Book

I bought this book over a year ago and read it this year around Halloween because it seemed like a creepy mystery. I was not expecting it to have a paranormal twist to it though and that twist almost made the book confusing to understand. It wasn’t nearly as creepy or thrilling as the summary made it sound but it also wasn’t horrible.

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Rating: 5hearts

What This Book Is About

When a simple round of truth or dare spins out of control, three girls find it’s no longer a party game. It’s do or die. It all started on a whim: the game was a way for Tenley Reed to reclaim her popularity, a chance for perfect Caitlin “Angel” Thomas to prove she’s more than her Harvard application. Loner Sydney Morgan wasn’t even there; she was hiding behind her camera like usual. But when all three start receiving mysterious dares long after the party has ended, they’re forced to play along—or risk exposing their darkest secrets. How far will Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney go to keep the truth from surfacing? And who’s behind this twisted game?

My Thoughts on This Book

I also bought this book a year ago and just read it recently and I absolutely LOVED it. It has definitely been one of the best thriller/mysteries I have read ever. It took me two days to read and I am currently waiting for the sequel to come in the mail and am looking forward to the third book coming out as well.

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Rating: 5hearts

What This Book Is About

Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is. 

My Thoughts on This Book

The Night She Disappeared is so far my favorite April Henry novel. This book gave me chills at some points and I loved how short yet detailed and well written this book was. I loved the characters (strong female lead) as well. It was a quick thriller and I am definitely now a fan of April Henry.

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Rating: 4hearts

What This Book Is About

“Take her out back and finish her off.” She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And that she must run.

My Thoughts on This Book

While not my favorite April Henry book, I still really enjoyed it and it made me understand why people rave about her books. It was quick yet still packed full of action. I also loved the characters and the relationship between the two. I am looking forward to reading her other books now.

So there you go, seven books with seven ratings and small reviews. They are not in the order I read them though. I will be doing individual reviews from now on. I had to do this massive post to get caught up.

Waiting on Wednesday 09/24/2014

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I rarely and I mean RARELY do a ‘Waiting on Wednesday’ post, but I am very excited for a book (quite a few actually) that is being published within the next month.

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Title/Author: They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

Publisher/Year: Delacorte Press – October 14, 2014

Genres: YA Mystery, YA Thriller

What This Book Is About

Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed.

All because of the list.

Kenzie Summerall can’t imagine how she’s been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her.

This is the power of the list. If you’re on it, your life changes.

If you’re on it this year? Your life ends.

(Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts on This Book

SERIOUSLY I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THIS BOOK IS PUBLISHED! Only 25 more days and I can finally buy this book and get completely absorbed in the story. I love young adult thrillers and mysteries so I am certainly excited for They All Fall Down. I feel like it is totally and completely going to deliver the thrill factor and that it will become one of my new YA thriller favorites.

Is They All Fall Down on your TBR-list? If not, now that you read the summary are you interested in reading it? If anyone has read an ARC copy I’d love to know what you would rate it out of 5 stars 🙂 Thanks!

The Bargaining by Carly Anne West

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Title/Author: The Bargaining by Carly Anne West

Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse – February 17, 2015

Genres: YA Paranormal, YA Horror, YA Thriller

Format: ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy)

Source: Edelweiss

Other Books from Author: The Murmurings

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What This Book Is About

The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny. She’s used to being discussed like a problem, a problem her mother has finally passed on to her father. What she hasn’t gotten used to is her stepmother…especially when she finds out that she’ll have to spend the summer with April in the remote woods of Washington to restore a broken-down old house.

Set deep in a dense forest, the old Carver House is filled with abandoned antique furniture, rich architectural details, and its own chilling past. The only respite Penny can find away from April’s renovations is in Miller, the young guy who runs the local general store. He’s her only chance at a normal, and enjoyable, summer.

But Miller has his own connection to the Carver House, and it’s one that goes beyond the mysterious tapping Penny hears at her window, the handprints she finds smudging the glass panes, and the visions of children who beckon Penny to follow them into the dark woods. Miller’s past just might threaten to become the terror of Penny’s future….

(Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts on This Book

I was so excited to be granted access to an ARC of The Bargaining on Edelweiss. I LOVE creepy, scary young adult books and was eager to jump right into this one. The Bargaining definitely delivered the creepy factor and much more. The first night I began reading this, I started dozing off and waking up, so by the next day I had to start all over again because I couldn’t remember anything I had read. I had been about 35 pages in and was just like…

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Once I started rereading the book, I was instantly sucked right in. I will admit that I began reading the book from the beginning for the second time in my Western Civilizations class, and I continued to read through the entire class. (Gotta love crazy old college professors…see Saturday’s post.) Luckily Monday was one of my short days, so I immediately went home and continued reading. In all honesty, and sorry for my choice of words, The Bargaining scared the shit out of me. Already being pretty afraid of the dark, reading this in bed in complete darkness (it was on my iPad so my lights were all off) may have not been my smartest choice. I was actually afraid to roll over because I thought someone or something would be standing next to my bed. I never experienced “scary goosebumps” from a book until I read this one. Seriously, read when it’s still light out!

I really liked the storyline of The Bargaining and how Penny’s and Miller’s pasts tied into it. I was constantly left guessing what was going to happen next and overall what really went on in those woods. Penny seemed like your typical moody, curious teenager. At first she annoyed me a little bit because she made no effort with her stepmom, but I ended up really liking her in the end. Miller on the other hand, we get to know his story in the prologue of the book. Knowing who he was and what he caused I think automatically influenced my feelings towards him. Even as he became friends with Penny, I still didn’t really like him too much. The huge shocking secret Miller finally shares with Penny at the end was so unexpected and surprisingly that I couldn’t believe it.

The Carver House reminds me of the many abandoned, haunted places that are all over the state of New Jersey. I’m a hug scaredy cat, but I’ve always wanted to check some of them out. (There were two specifically that really set the picture in my head for the Carver House and if you’re interested in reading about abandoned places and the rumors behind them here are the two houses. Demon’s Alley and Purgatory House. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a justifying article for Purgatory House.) I think I really was interested in the Carver House because of the mystery behind it. You don’t know what happened there or who previously lived there, just that a lot of people talk and have stories to tell about it. If the Carver House was real I may consider flying across the country to find it.

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(A house from Demon’s Alley, inspiration for what the Carver House looked like in my mind.)

Overall I think The Bargaining was great. It’s labeled as a chilling and suspenseful novel, and that it definitely is. It was truly terrifying at some points and I love when a book can deliver that level of terror. I will be purchasing a physical copy of The Bargaining in February when it is published and rereading it in the future. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in young adult mysteries, thrillers, paranormal, horror genres or anyone interested in local legends and abandoned places. I cannot wait now to read Carly Anne West’s other young adult book that has been on my TBR-list for so long, The Murmurings.

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

So the first week of classes is over and today starts the second week/first full week of classes. I was able to still finish 4 books last week which isn’t saying much. I haven’t had much homework yet, but as classes pick up I imagine I will drop down to 2-3 books a week. This week is only going to feature three of those books. I will schedule the other for next week. If I can keep ahead of myself than I should always have reviews scheduled for the following weeks to come. Thursday I will be hosting a book tour so come check it out. I also have an awesome offer that comes with that book tour that is available both Thursday and Friday. Now enough of my babbling and onto the first review of the week!

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

Expected Publication: December 9, 2014

How I Acquired This Book: ARC Tour

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Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.

(Summary from Goodreads)

When I read the summary I was expecting something completely different than what the book was really about. Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless takes place on Christmas Eve, but for some reason I was thinking she was working the 6:30am shift before school. TTCYC is a funny, quick story with a light mystery mixed in. I really enjoyed this book for numerous amounts of reasons.

First, the characters are all so different and aren’t your usual “cookie cutter” characters you read about in every other young adult book. They all come from completely different backgrounds and that really shapes who their character is and how they act throughout the book. They were also all pretty likeable. Some got annoying, but usually because the character was purposely being annoying at that part of the story. I also liked how even though they didn’t know each other too well, some never even talking to each other before, they all stuck together when getting blamed for the money being stolen.

Second, I loved the lists throughout the book. I myself am a list maker for so many things, some have a point while others are just for fun. I liked how it broke up the chapters every now and then and some of the lists had me cracking up. My favorite was the one around the lines of the weirdest things that Chloe ever experienced at GoodFoods. Some seemed so strange, but I could picture them in my head and I am sure they have happened at stores before. (My first guess would be at a Walmart, I mean have you ever seen the website peopleofwalmart.com?) It also helped up understand Chloe better too because we learned a lot about her from her lists.

Third, I loved although it was a cute romance book, there was a mystery thrown in. This mystery was so much different than most of the mystery books I have been reading lately. While the issue itself wasn’t light, compared to the past mystery books I’ve read, this mystery was light. At first I honestly had no clue what character had done it. Toward the end I was getting suspicious of one character, the right character. I was pretty surprised of who it was as well. It was something I hadn’t been expecting and it gave the book a nice surprise element. I also like the cute romances featured in the book. They weren’t anything serious, but were a cute little touch.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless a lot better than Liz Czukas’ other book, Ask Again Later. It only took me a few hours to finish reading this book which was great considering I’m short on time now with my fall courses. It’s one I’d reread in the future and I have already added it to my birthday/Christmas wish list.

Death Date by Victoria Laurie

I was really pleased with Death Date by Victoria Laurie. I haven’t read any young adult thrillers lately and her book definitely satisfied my needs for one. Death Date was also one of the better young adult thrillers that I have read this past year.

Death Date by Victoria Laurie

Expected Publication: January 13, 2015

How I Acquired This Book: ARC Tour

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Pretty Little Liars meets Medium in this fast-paced thriller and fantastic YA debut from a New York Times bestselling author

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client’s young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who maybe connected to it all, Maddie’s whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it’s too late?

(Summary from Goodreads)

Not only do I enjoy a really great young adult thriller, but I love when they involve ghosts, spirits or psychic abilities. When requested to read and review this book as part of an ARC tour, I had honestly been expecting a lot from Death Date. I have to say, Victoria Laurie definitely delivered. While the plot line itself was a bit different from what I had been expecting from the summary, I couldn’t help but turn page after page until the book was finished. I loved how original the idea for this book was and the idea that someone could see people’s death dates just by looking at them. I also loved how completely shocked I was when I was reading the final few chapters. All throughout the book I constantly thought I knew who the murderer was and every single time I was proven wrong and left guessing again. It’s a personal pet peeve of mine when you can easily out who the murderer is a couple chapters into a book. In Death Date, I didn’t know until Maddie herself knew and I liked the element of surprise that came with it. In the final chapter, I liked how the author tied everything together in a way I also wasn’t expecting.

As for the characters, I liked some and didn’t really like a few others. Without giving too much away, there are a few characters you will get serious mixed feelings for. You go from liking them to disliking them within a few chapters or opposite. I really liked the main character Maddie. To me, she seemed like a strong female lead character. She put up with a lot throughout the book and never once backed down. She was determined to prove her innocence to everyone and no matter how rough or scary things got, she kept going. I also felt sympathy for her as she often blamed herself for her father’s death and would ask herself the infamous question numerous times throughout the novel, “What if?”. In a way I would say Maddie was easily relatable, but in other ways I would say she isn’t (obviously because I don’ see people’s death dates and have never been the suspect of a murder investigation).

Overall, I really enjoyed Death Date; it pulled me in and grabbed my attention from the beginning. It was a quick read for myself since I was unable to put it down for more than a few minutes at a time. Death Date is also original and unlike any other young adult thrillers I have read before and definitely makes my top ten young adult thriller list.

Top Ten Tuesday 08/26/2014

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This week’s topic may be the easiest for me yet. It is going to include both published and non-published books because there are a lot of books that are coming out this fall, winter and next spring that I absolutely cannot wait to read but obviously do not yet own. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and their topic this week is:

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

1.) They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire – This is my top most anticipated releases this fall

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2.) Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin – I own and have read the first and really want to read the sequel

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3.) Nantucket Red by Leila Howland – Same as above

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4.) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – Has been on my TBR list for a few months now

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5.) The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings – Has also been on my TBR list for a few months

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6.) Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn – I love summer based books

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7.) P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – Sequel to To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before (pic of book 1)

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8.) The Perfectionists book 2 by Sara Shepard – Just finished an ARC copy of The Perfectionists and am in love (pic of book 1)

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9.) Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas – Author of Dangerous Girls, need I say more

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10.) Cruel Summer by James Dawson – Sounds amazing, have to order from Book Depository

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There are so many more books that I really want to read but either don’t own the book or haven’t borrowed it from my library yet. These are definitely my top ten though and I am hoping to own all of them by the end of this year (they are all on my birthday/Christmas wishlist).

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

I cannot even begin to describe how happy I was to see Sara Shepard is writing another young adult mystery series. I love Pretty Little Liars so much and The Perfectionists has so much potential to become big like PLL. I loved the similarities, but also how The Perfectionists is also more intense than Pretty Little Liars was in the beginning.

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Expected Publication: October 7, 2014

How I Acquired This Book: ARC Tour

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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

(Summary from Goodreads)

With Pretty Little Liars finally coming to an end, I am so happy to see Sara Shepard coming out with a fresh new young adult mystery series. The summary makes it seem very similar to Pretty Little Liars, but I assure you it is not. Every chapter is in a different character’s perspective (Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie and Parker). I raced through this book because it dragged you into the story and I had to know what was going to happen next to each girl. I feel like The Perfectionists had more action and suspense than any of the first few Pretty Little Liars books. I liked that the story was fast paced and left the end hanging.

Each of the girls, Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie and Parker, are dealing with issues of their own. A lot of their issues are related to Nolan Hotchkiss who seems like that one kid in high school who everyone secretly hated, but were friendly to his face. I was not disappointed that he got what was coming to him. In every chapter, the girls face issues with both their personal problems and problems related to the murder of Nolan. Besides Nolan, there are a few other antagonists that add to the issues in each girls lives. I did love the five girls, but I don’t know if I love them as much as I love Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hannah.

I absolutely loved The Perfectionists. I already added it to my Birthday/Christmas wish list along with the sequel if it’s available for pre-order by then. I did tweet Sara Shepard after finished the book to express my love and asking when I could expect the sequel to be published. Unfortunately we will be waiting until April 2015, but I cannot wait to find out what happens next to this group of characters! The book is also in the works to become a show on the CW (the same channel that aired Gossip Girl and currently airs The Vampire Diaries), so I am also really excited to watch it.

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

I knew right away that Famous Last Words was going to be amazing. I loved the Bad Girls Don’t Die trilogy by Katie Alender and was excited to read another thriller/mystery from her. It was way better than I was expecting it to be as well.

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Expected Publication: September 30, 2014

How I Acquired This Book: ARC Tour, Also was just approved on Netgalley

(Netgalley is a free to join site where bloggers can request digital review copies of upcoming books)

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Willa is freaking out. It seems like she’s seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It’s almost as if someone — or something — is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles — a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa’s strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There’s Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there’s Reed, who’s ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There’s also Wyatt, who’s super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.

All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Wow this book was absolutely amazing. I loved the story line and I loved the characters. It felt like I was reading an episode of Criminal Minds if that makes sense. What I liked most about Famous Last Words was that Katie Alender didn’t wait until the last two chapters for everything to unravel. I cannot stand when the author just tries to throw everything together in the last couple of chapters. When everything really began to get crazy and intense, there was still about 50 pages left. I found myself almost jumping over one paragraph to get to the next because I was so on edge about what was going to happen that I couldn’t even read fast enough.

I really enjoyed all the characters in Famous Last Words, even the annoying/bad ones. They all gave a lot to the story and had one been left out, the story would not have been the same. The main characters were awesome. I loved Willa and Wyatt and the journey they go through together. Marnie had her moments when I liked her and others when I wish I could have reached through the page and slapped her. Reed just seemed like your typical Hollywood heartthrob. What surprised me the most was finding out who the Hollywood Killer was. When I was reading I was going back and forth between two characters and just when I would start to think, “Yes I was totally right!”, something happened to change my mind again.

I loved that there wasn’t just a murder mystery, but ghosts as well. I love, love, LOVE all that paranormal stuff (to an extent I would say…yes to the spiritual, no to the demonic). I thought the ghost part of the book was going to be similar to the ghosts in Liv, Forever, but when I found out who the ghost in Willa’s house really was, I was shocked. The way Katie Alender tied everything together in the end made Famous Last Words one of the best young adult thriller/mysteries that I have read. With the creepy and spookiness of the story, along with the thrills, mystery and ghosts, Famous Last Words would be great to read around Halloween (but is amazing to read at anytime).