The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands | REVIEW

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The Blackthorn KeyThe Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (The Blackthorn Key #1)
Published by Aladdin on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Middle Grade, Historical, Action & Adventure
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback

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Book Release Day – July 18th 2017

Book Release Day!

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It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! It’s release day for a lot of major young adult titles for all to read and enjoy. Let’s take a look at what’s being released today into the world!Page Break (1)

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda| REVIEW

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 28th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
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All the Missing GirlsIt’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is a psychological thriller about a woman who returns to her hometown to assist her sick father and to unearth a decade long mystery about her missing best friend. When another local girl goes missing while she’s in town she is thrust back to the past and her secrets come to surface!

The Good

The Way It’s Written

All the Missing Girls is written backwards! Yes, you heard me right, backwards. The first chapter is “present day” when Nic decides to head back to her hometown. Then the next chapter is Day 15 and each chapter after that works its way back.

Miranda does a fantastic job with the storytelling. She must have spent a great deal of time fine tuning the chapters so that they are cohesive and flow properly as if they were to have been written in chronological order. It was definitely quite refreshing to read a thriller like this. Very intriguing storytelling.

Keeps You Guessing

This one will have you guessing from the start. After every chapter I am pretty sure I had a new suspect to look into. All the Missing Girls definitely throws you through some loops along the way until the very satisfying ending.

You would think because the story is told backwards that we would find out the big reveal quite soon in the story, but surprisingly Miranda only let out important information when it was needed. We never knew more than we should and each clue linked back and connected each chapter as we travel in time.

Unreliable Narrator

One of my favorite aspects of a psychological thriller is an unreliable narrator done right. Which is exactly what Nic was. At times through out the story she would not sleep for days. This leads to hazy memories, rash decisions, and crazy high jinks.

The Bad

I Was Confused!

This didn’t bother me too much, but I was getting a bit confused with All the Missing Girls going back in time over a two week period. I was blending information and blurring important discoveries.

At one point we find out something important but I sat there thinking that I already knew this already because they mentioned it slightly in the chapter before. Does that make sense? I’m probably confusing you guys with this awful explanation. Sorry!


I highly recommend this one if you like unreliable characters, a good psychological thriller and an interesting written novel. Let me know what you guys thought of All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Megan MirandaMegan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.

Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | June 12 – June 18

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of June 12 – June 18. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

FANTASY

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking(Valkyrie #1)

Published by Wednesday Books

January 2nd 2018

Between the Blade and the HeartValkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

 

Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

Published by Disney-Hyperion

November 7th 2017

RosemarkedA healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.

 

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The Empress by S.J. Kincaid (The Diabolic #2)

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

October 31st 2017

The EmpressIt’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?

CONTEMPORARY

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Published by Simon Pulse

April 3rd 2018

Starry EyesEver since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Published by Simon Pulse

January 2nd 2018

You'll Miss Me When I'm GoneEighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June

Published by HarperCollins

May 1st 2018

Everywhere You Want to BeMatilda Castillo has always followed the rules, but when she gets injured senior year, she’s sure her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer have slipped away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes—not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly’s mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she’ll give up dancing and go off to college.

Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career—and figure out how to break it to her mother later. Along the way she meets new friends … and new enemies. Tilly isn’t the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can’t help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.

As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly’s future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother’s path to Georgetown or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.

MYSTERY

The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Published by Delacorte

April 3rd 2018

The WindowAnna is everything her identical twin, Jess, is not. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside—it’s hard to believe that the girls are even sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything.

Or so Jess thought.

After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess’s life begins to unravel. Everyone says Anna’s death was a tragic accident, but to Jess, that doesn’t add up. Where was Anna going? Who was she meeting? And how long had Anna been lying to her?

And as Jess digs deeper, she learns that the answers she’s looking for may contain dark truths that no one else wants her to find.

COVER REVEALS WITHOUT SYNOPSIS

Inferno

Inferno by Julie Kagawa (Talon #5) – April 24th 2018


Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

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The Party by Robyn Harding | REVIEW

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The Party by Robyn Harding
Published by Gallery/Scout Press on June 6th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Drama
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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The PartyIn this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.

One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.

Sweet sixteen. It’s an exciting coming of age, a milestone, and a rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah—a sweet girl with good grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant, indulgent affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?

But things do go wrong, horrifically so. After a tragic accident occurs, Jeff and Kim’s flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders’ marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah, is exposed.

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** Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

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The novel, The Party, is about the outcome of a sweet sixteen party gone wrong. The story revolves around Hannah, who had some friends over for a sleepover, on her sixteenth birthday. Her and her friends sneak in alcohol, against her mother’s rules, and one of Hannah’s friends Ronni, get seriously injured.

I enjoyed the way in which the author set each chapter on a different character’s perspective. There’s Kim, Hannah’s mom, her dad Jeff, Lisa which is Ronni’s mom and of course Hannah. The author goes back-and-forth between perspective. However, it is written in third person. I think that if it were written in first person I could have related more to the character or connected with them better.

With that being said, I had a hard time connecting to this novel over all. The author hides information and slowly reveals information, trying to keep you on your toes. I kept reading and going chapter to chapter waiting for that big reveal, that big wow moment, however that moment never came. I believe the moment that was supposed to be the big reveal or the big shocker, was when the author finally revealed that at Hannah’s birthday party, boys showed up. Prior to that moment there’s a scene where Hannah is at school with a friend and the two boys show up and they emphasize to make sure that nobody knows about the party. It was pretty obvious prior to that point, that her boyfriend would show up at the party. As a former 16-year-old girl that’s not a shocker to have boys come to a party. We’ve all seen the teen movies where girls have a sleepover party and boys get snuck in. So to me this just wasn’t shocking.

Overall, I had such a hard time with this novel. For one, I struggled with deciding whether this book was a Young Adult genre or not. The way that the story emphasizes so much perspective on Hannah and her friends at school, what happened at the party, and the aftermath of the party, really led me to believe that this novel should have been categorized as Young Adult. The story ends with Hannah still wanting to be a part of the cool crowd and still wanting to be Miss Popular at school. As a 30-year-old woman, I don’t necessarily care what Hannah does at school. I don’t care if she gets picked on at school. I don’t care that she still wants to be apart of the cool crowd. I care about how broken her parents are now that they’ve settled a 3 million Dollar lawsuit.

I wish the author had written this novel in parts, instead of chapters; Part 1: what happened at the party from Hannah’s perceptive. Part 2: The parents point of view. Part 3: How they come together and complete the lawsuit.


Overall, I did not enjoy this story. It focused too much on Hannah and her friend’s lives for me to really connect to it.

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Robyn HardingI am the author of the domestic drama, The Party published in June 2017, by Scout Press/Simon & Schuster. I have also written four novels of contemporary women’s fiction (AKA chick-lit), a young adult novel, and a comedic memoir with an environmental focus. My books have been translated into seven languages. I am also the screenwriter and executive producer of the independent film, The Steps which premiered at TIFF and was the closing gala film at the Miami International Film Festival. I live in Vancouver, BC with my husband, two kids, and a seven pound dog with no teeth.