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[Book Review] - Tease by Amanda Maciel

Title: Tease
   Series: Amanda Maciel
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: April 29th, 2014
   My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

     From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.

     Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

     With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

     Supports the Common Core State Standards.

My Review:

     This was a rather had book to finish, not as in it's boring or just difficult to read. The topic of this book is just done so well, and it's done through an unorthodox way. I knew this book was about suicide and bullying, however I didn't know what perspective the book would be told from. This book is told from the girl's perspective who bullied the victim, however in this case both are the victims. It's hard to see, and a lot of people feel sorry for the suicide victim and the bully, that we don't take the time look how we treat the bully.

     Emma Putnam in the case is the victim and it's hard to doubt that, since she did kill herself. On the other hand though Sara Wharton and her friend Brielle are to blame completely. They bullied her pretty ruthlessly but at the same time I think she's a victim (I'll get on to that later). The story takes part after Emma is dead and Sara is part of a large trial in which Emma's parents are hellbent on holding someone accountable.

     I want to take a moment to talk about Sara, frankly I thought she was this girl who went with things. She wasn't very self-confident to tell her friends no, or advise them to do other things. So while, Brielle acted a bit rash and hateful, Sara was just caught up in the moment that she went along with it, but at the same time she knew what she was doing. I find that she is accountable, but at the same time, during the trial she is turned on and torn apart by the media and school.

     While I say that Sara is to blame for part of it, it's what happens to her after and during the trial. Sara is turned on and bullied by far more than just two, her family almost doesn't really recognize her and her friends turn against her. No I'm not saying you pity her or coddle her, but you don't turn and make a martyr out of her. She is ostracized from everything she normally does, and has to find friends and someone to confide in an odd place. This is what I find the main point of the book, how society turns on the bully and in turns becoming the bully themselves and making the life of the person just as miserable.

     What I find surprising in this book is it's told from a girls perspective who is actually sorry and doesn't believe she wanted Emma to die. The perspective is fresh and while the topic may hit a little close to home, it's done so well. If you have a book club, this should be on your list some place. Or you have a class/discussion that talks about bullying, this book is a must. Frankly this book is superb, and is by far one of my favorite books of the year. It made me question how society views the bully afterwards and how they must feel (well most of the bullies), and I am sure it will do the same to every reader.

[Teaser Tuesday] - #30

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Title: The 5th Wave
   Author: Rick Yancey
   Release Date: May 7th, 2013

     Quote: "From what you've told me about the Silencers, it's not logical to rally anywhere."

     "Or stay anywhere long than a few days. Keep your numbers small, and keep moving."

     "Until ... ?"

     "There is no
until," I snap at him. "There's just unless."

--- Page 274

[Stacking the Shelves] - #74

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your bookshelf, be it the physical one or your digital one!

     So this has been an odd week. Of books that have came in late, and books that aren't here yet. I'm glad that these books have showed up, and Anderson's haven't let me down yet, but Barnes and Noble and BookOutlet are lost in transit atm that or The Postal Service really wants YA Fiction, which I can't blame them. Either way, I have been reading heavily again, and putting more time aside to read, I can't wait get into The 5th Wave, and other dystopia/contemporary novels. Further, I am still working on a feature, I just haven't worked out the kinks yet. Oh and how could I forget, this weekend is the opening week for Gone Girl, I am excited for that movie and I hope they can pull it off.

     So without further adieu:

The Winner's Circle
Mortal Danger
The Vault of Secrets
The Infinite Sea
Ink Exchange
The Private School Murders
Red Hill

Shelf Additions:

Title: The Winner's Curse
   Author: Marie Rutkoski
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: March 4th, 2014

     Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

     As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

     Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

     Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Title:  Mortal Danger
   Author: Ann Aguirre
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: August 5th, 2014

     Revenge is a dish best served cold.

     In Ann Aguirre's Mortal Danger, Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

     In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly . . . bad things are happening. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what—she can trust. Not even her own mind.

Title: The Vault of Dreamers
   Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 16th, 2014

     From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

     The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

Title: The Infinite Sea
   Author: Rick Yancey
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 16th, 2014

     How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

     Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

     Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Title: Ink Exchange
   Author: Melissa Marr
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: April 24th, 2008

     Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

     Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

     The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils...

Title: The Private School Murders
   Author: James Patterson
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: July 9th, 2013

     In the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Murder Suspect, James Patterson keeps the confessions coming breathlessly as Tandy Angel delves deeper into her own tumultuous history-and proves that she can rise above the sordid Angel legacy.

     Wealthy young women are being murdered on Manhattan's exclusive Upper West Side, and the police aren't looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. The first case she cracked was the mystery of her parents' deaths. Now, while she's working to exonerate her brother of his glamorous girlfriend's homicide, she's driven to get involved in the West Side murder spree.

     One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy's own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer, but the NYPD isn't listening to her...and Tandy can't ignore the disturbing fact that she perfectly fits the profile of the killer's targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim?

Title: Red Hill
   Author: Jamie McGuire
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: October 1st, 2013

     When the world ends, can love survive?

     For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

     When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

     Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

     Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

Title: Premeditated
   Author: Josin L. McQuein
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 8th, 2013

     A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.

     Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.

     Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.

     Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.

     Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.

     Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.

     By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.

[Flashback Friday] - #72

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Title: The Name of the Wind
   Author: Patrick Rothfuss
   Release Date: March 27th, 2007

     Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

My Stance:

     This seems like the Harry Potter series for adults. I don't know exactly the view of this or perception of his book, but this book was brought to my attention by a friend of mine. He enjoyed the audio book, and said the book was rather intense. I take his opinion pretty good because he introduced me The Dresden Files. So when he suggests this sci-fi book I have to take a look at it.

     So when the synopsis started there is just a lot going on. Kvothe is some ultimately powerful wizard, I am curious about is what is this book is even about. Is it about Kvothe's childhood and him growing up? Or is it about a specific event. Its not that big of a deal, but something about how confusing the synopsis is has be a bit weary. I am intrigued though, there is something about wizards and how a good one is composed and told, I just can't wait to see this book and test its waters.

     I know that this isn't exactly a YA book, but frankly I believe that at times having a good adult novel and a ya novel cleanses the palate and lets me expand my vocabulary and understanding in high novels. I am going to expand my view and my genre base. I'm curious and hope I can find a good copy of this.

[Book Review] - Linked by Imogen Howson

Title: Linked
   Series: Imogen Howson
   Series: #1 - Linked
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 28th, 2014
   My Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0

     Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.

     Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.

     Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.

     Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.

     Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.

My Review:

     So this book was so confusing and almost bland novel hand me rather shocked. This book was on my high hope list, and I hate to say it was decent but at the same time was disappointing. I was hoping for a more contemporary novel about two girls who struggle to work things out and get a life together. I didn't really anticipate the whole sci-fi bit and frankly the character growth/depth was abysmal.

     Okay the world is gone and Elissa and her family live on Sekoia which is another inhabitable world. Frankly it's so technologically advanced with supposed platforms (that move you up and down levels) and subways of sorts. I didn't buy the world at all, it seemed to fresh, clean, and metallic. I just couldn't envision that world at all, and didn't buy into it at all. However it did make for some good cash and action scenes.

     Elissa is this girl who one day has visions of an alternate life supposedly. She takes them as nightmares of sorts and they plague her nights and she's so inhibited by them that she can't do much of anything. She is just this broken girl that randomly gets the idea that maybe that vision is another life. I didn't buy her, there was almost no strength to her, she was dense, and the love interest she had constantly insults her yet she still has feelings for him. It seemed to cheesy and corny that I wanted something more mature and down to earth.

     Lin is the twin that Elissa stumbles upon and begins the first part of the whole dystopian. In which twins/clones are made of people and used by the government or hidden away. I don't want to explain what they are using them for, but that was highly predictable. Lin wasn't all the open, and while I like her as the shy awkward girl she was the complete opposite of Elissa. Frankly she grows so well, but I felt that would be better from Elissa growing that way and not Lin. Its so confusing and awkward.

     The relationship was typical and boring. They ware typical and it's so aggravatingly awkward that I found myself wanting to skip over them. I couldn't get into Cadan at all, he just happened to know what to say and looked so perfect, calm, and controlled that there wasn't any flaw to humanize him. Even Bruce (her brother), was far more entertaining than Cadan and he wasn't in the book that much at all.

     First this book wasn't what I thought it would be and it took me completely by surprise. While I pretty much bashed this book hard, it was decent, okay-ish, but there just wasn't any involvement on my part. I didn't get into any of the bland characters, but at the same time the combination of them were all balanced and played off of each other. The plot was predictable, and while there was a simple twist it was easy to see coming. I wanted it to be better, but it wasn't and there are other books that tell a better story than what this does. It's still an okay book, but I'm warning you it's not what you really think.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #72

     Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Title: Unmarked
   Author: Kami Garcia
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 30th, 2014

     The heart-pounding sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Unbreakable, by New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia.

     He is here... and he could be anyone.

     Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free.

     Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?

My Stance:

     So we all know that whole bit with Amazon and Hachette, my first run in (at the time) was with this book. So when it came time to do this bit, I was going to post a receipt from Amazon saying, "HA, You lost." However, I don't think the debate is over at all, or is completely resolved, because you can't order this book on Amazon at all. So I'll have to go somewhere else, which "Hurts my feelings."

     Unmarked is one of those books that I has been on my list for a while and I have anxiously awaiting. Kami Garcia has this way with the whole supernatural and sci-fi (of sorts). Her work in The Beautiful Creatures was great, and I can't wait to get into more of her novels. Her style is exquisite, that's a big word to use, LOOK MA! Anyways, I don't normally use something that high and mighty for an author, because about the time you do someone will come out and be better. However, Garcia just is that for her style of writing/genre.

     Unmarked is this sci-fi novel/series that seems to have most of your paranormal entities, The whole bit about the demon Kennedy let out is all pertaining to the first book, and I believe that just spoiled my ending. Either way, I enjoy how the demon is coming back to cause problems for the main character, To add to the depth of the plot is some secret that is in Kennedy's family and not some ultra hidden society, I love the concept and can't wait to get my hands on the book!

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #71

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Title: Invisible
   Author: Dawn Metcalf
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 30th, 2014

     Some things lie beneath the surface.


     With the power to change everything.

     Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

     Her choice is balanced on a scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.

My Stance:

     This is book that I believe is the sequel to Indelible by Dawn Metcalf (as well), however from what I have seen from the synopsis this book almost sounds like a separate standalone novel. I hope it's not and I'm imagining things. Okay so I was wrong, this is definitely a sequel, the character is the same. So I haven't read the first book in the series yet, but while I am trying to get into it, there is just that inevitable TBR pile that's too large. I want to feature this book for the idea that I think it's one of those books that goes under the radar but has good potential.

     So, while I haven't read the book, I find this has potential and the whole book seems more of a girl who is some Jedi of sorts who can see or change everything. I wonder why the book makes her seem annoying and a power hungry crazy psycho, but you can tell there is something deeper to her. Maybe she's a Sith Jedi who wants power but also has some sweetness to her. Her character seems in depth and the major part of the story, which has me concerned, where's the plot points, what's the purpose of this book?

[Book Review] - Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Title: Into the Still Blue
   Author: Veronica Rossi
   Series: #3 - Under the Never Sky
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 28th, 2014
   My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

     The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

     Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

     Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

     In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

My Review:

     I was shocked at the mixed reviews to this book and while I am not sure what a lot of the public perception of this novel is. However, on Goodreads the reviews were all over the board and I was just shocked at how this series would end. When I started the novel I cleared my expectations and just opened myself to see how this book played out (which is normal). However, I wanted to make sure this book turned out and give it the best review based on my skeptical review search.

     Now Aria and Perry pick up where they left off and with their love story being an issue at the end of the last novel, that remedies. I love how this novel focuses on their relationship and how well they need to interact to be the leaders between the two differing groups. I loved them in this book, they were conflicted with each other, and acted like a great normal realistic believable couple. However the major portion of the book is them separate or left apart, and I wish Rossi would leave them together and show their unity and love for each other.

     Now this story takes mainly in part to Perry, I feel his story needed to be told. His people are on his mind and shoulders, he's holding the burden for everyone and I feel he is trying to stand tall and do what he can for everyone. I know that Aria feels bad for lying to Perry before and is trying to make amends to him, but Perry's stubbornness is what bothers me most. I loved him in this novel and how he stood out, just not as much as he did in the first novel. It was a new side to Perry that I enjoyed seeing.

     The two Antagonist (Hess and Sable) are just vile and while they don't altogether see eye to eye, there is still one who is smarter than the other (it's apparent). I love how they turn and use different tactics to break up the main cast and any threats that may present them in their perfect new world. They their hate and disdain for Aria and Perry is great and shows just how far they are willing to go. They aren't really that fearing or well evil at all, but they did just fine for this style of book.

     My biggest gripe in this book is the plot. There really wasn't any twist of surprises that caught me in this book. This is a great novel, but at times the points were moved so slow that I wanted to skip parts of it. I wanted some parts or a 1/3 of this book removed, there wasn't much building or character growth  so I don't understand why some of the plot points took so long to develop.

     The ending was slightly anti-climatic and Aria stole the show in that case. I enjoyed it, and I hate to see the series end. Don't worry I'll be waiting on Veronica Rossi's next series/novels to read to get my fill. While I did gripe on this book more than I probably intended, it was still good and I found that it left me satisfied and happy, which you can't ask for better. Give the series a shot and you will enjoy it. It was a great series.

[Teaser Tuesday] - #29

Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
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  3. Post it on your blog with the title and author, so other Teasing Tuesday participants can add it to their To Be Read list.
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Title: Gone Girl
   Author: Gillian Flynn
   Release Date: May 24th, 2012

     Quote: "He laughed and teared up at the same time. "Jesus Christ, I can't keep my head straight," Rand said. He was turning pink, flushed, a nuclear sunburn. "I can't figure out how this is happening. I can't figure it out!" he was still smiling. A tear dribbled on his chin and fell to his shirt collar. "Just say it, Nick."

--- Page 274

[Stacking the Shelves] - #73

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your bookshelf, be it the physical one or your digital one!

     This week has been a bit busy, with a few new books and a new feature that I'm looking into doing (I will do an update about this later in the week). The movie, The Maze Runner on Sunday was a surprise, I posted a review of the movie and I hope you all have checked my thoughts out as well. I am a little lacking on funds for the next week and while I have been trying to save and spend what little I have on the new releases, I just don't have the needed funds to support that idea. I'm okay with doing what I have and my TBR pile is rather large enough the way it is (I need to address this). Anyways, this is what I have this week, and I hope you all enjoy my selections.

     So without further adieu:

Falling into Place
The Rule of Thoughts
The Dolls
The Iron Trial
Two-Way Street

Shelf Additions:

Title: Falling Into Place
   Author: Amy Zhang
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 9th, 2014

     On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

     Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

Title:  The Rule of Thoughts
   Author: James Dashner
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: August 26th, 2014

     From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series comes The Rule of Thoughts, the exciting sequel to The Eye of Minds. Fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games will love the new Mortality Doctrine series.

     Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life—and the world—completely upside down.

     He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine—and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears.

     Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage in turning Kaine’s master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality.

     The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body.

     And the takeover has already begun.

Title: The Dolls
   Author: Kiki Sullivan
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: September 2nd, 2014

     Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

     Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

     But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.

Title: The Iron Trial
   Author: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 9th, 2014

     From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

     From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

Title: Mystic
   Author: Alyson Noel
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 7th, 2013

     Since arriving in Enchantment, New Mexico, everything in Daire Santos life has changed. And not all for the better. While she's come to accept and embrace her new powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire struggles with the responsibility she holds navigating between the worlds of the living and the dead. And with the fate of her boyfriend Dace in the balance, Daire must put aside her personal feelings and focus on defeating Cade, whose evil plans threaten everyone she loves and the world as she knows it.

     MYSTIC is the third book in The Soul Seekers, a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

Title: Two-Way Street
   Author: Lauren Barnholdt
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: July 9th, 2013

     This hardcover edition of Lauren Barnholdt's bestselling Two-way Street is a road trip reminder: There are two sides to every breakup.

     This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

     Then Jordan dumps Courtney—for a girl he met on the Internet. It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days.

     La la la—this is Courtney pretending not to care. But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

     Turns out, he’s got a secret or two that he’s not telling Courtney. And his secrets have everything to do with why they broke up, why they can’t get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

Title: Inheritance
   Author: Malinda Lo
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 24th, 2013

     The triangular spaceship hovered motionless in the sky above Reese Holloway’s house, as inscrutable as a black hole. It had seemed like a good idea when they were inside: to tell the truth about what happened to them at Area 51. It didn’t seem like such a good idea now.

     Reese and David are not normal teens—not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.

     Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend Amber, an Imrian. But her choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe.

     In this gripping sequel to Adaptation, Malinda Lo brings a thoughtful exploration of adolescence, sexuality, and “the other” to a science fiction thriller that is impossible to put down.

Title: Fractured
   Author: Teri Terry
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 26th, 2013

     Perfect for fans of the dystopian settings of The Hunger Games and Divergent, the gripping second installment of the Slated trilogy is a riveting psychological thriller set in a future where violent teens have their memory erased as an alternative to jail.

     Kyla has been Slated—her personality wiped blank, her memories lost to her forever. Or so she thought. She shouldn’t be able to remember anything. But increasingly she can—and she’s discovering that there are a lot of dark secrets locked away in her memories. When a mysterious man from her past comes back into her life and wants her help, she thinks she’s on her way to finding the truth. But this new knowledge lands her in the middle of a tug-of-war between two dangerous adversaries, and despite her misgivings about both of them, she’s forced to choose a side for her own protection.

[Movie Review] - The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Title: The Maze Runner
   Director: Wes Ball
   Author: James Dashner
   Release Date: September 19th, 2014
   Rating: 7.0 Out of 10

     Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

From the Book:
     If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

     When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

     Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

     Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

     Everything is going to change.

     Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

     Remember. Survive. Run.


     So top this week was The Maze Runner and frankly with two rather large-ish movies coming out along with it, I was shocked that it took the lead. The actors while young, they put out a great performance and while I thought the whole movie was rather lackluster, but still enjoyable. I thought while other actors may be better (Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Shailene Woodley, Theo James), the actors that were present brought something different and almost feral to this movie. The movie was solid survival, and while I had my doubts about how well it would have been pulled off, they brought fear and a few good adaptations to this novel.

     So the plot is a rather simple, Thomas awakens in an elevator going up, remembering nothing, The elevator opens up to The Glade, and into the Maze and Grievers. The best part of the movie is how the Grievers show up and rule the maze with fear and suspense. However the plot in the beginning was a bit too fast, and while I thought it didn't get you involved or invested in their lifestyle, but I don't think they had the time to sink into that building.

     Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) was portrayed great, he was done curious and confident but also with this side of humanity and fear as well. However, the realistic or believable characterization of Thomas was a bit lackluster, I didn't believe that a real teenage boy would act that way if that really happened. In the beginning he shied away from everyone and was afraid, and by the end of the day he was so curious he about ran out in the maze. Frankly I don't think any normal person would act that way, and just didn't believe it, but hey we can't be too critical.

     Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) was just original an enjoyable. She was the main highlight of the movie, and Teresa was a believable character that I think we all could relate to. She was curious but not to the extent that Thomas was, but further I thought we needed to see more of her and some of the conversation with Thomas. Gally (Will Poulter) was a surprise to me, I love how he was so tormented and traumatized by their capture, and is invested in staying put. Minho (Ki Hong Lee) was another one I want to highlight, while there wasn't much of him shown (in depth-wise), he just lit up the screen. He was afraid and you believed him. The portrayal was great and I loved how there was an addition to the character that I didn't see myself.

     I want to take a quick second to say one thing. I don't think the casting is what sold this movie or the plot itself. The casting was really a bunch of MTV or almost no-name teens, but it was them, they sold the movie and the plot. I don't think with anyone else, you could have put out this quality of movie. I'll probably get scolded for this, it's a underrated cast (people you don't know and don't expect to do well) putting out an All-Star movie. Now it wasn't great, it wasn't some blockbuster of movie that'll to everyones Must Watch lists, but it's definitely going to make that list someplace.

     There was a few changes that I would like to take time to note, first of all. The first night when Thomas escapes and goes out to help Minho and Alby in the Maze. I didn't care for the fast past and change with how Alby was "saved," however their adaptation afterwards remedied that and tightened up the movie. The change to the Grievers were great, and while they were more mechanical than really organic and oozing blob of organic mass like in the book. However they were too noisy to be suspense, how could they sneak up on someone with their legs made such a lud. Further how can they stand on a wooden hut and not fall through with all that weight. It just didn't make sense.

     While I rated the movie a bit lower than probably some others, the 7.0 is mainly because I am being hard on it. The small hick-ups through the movie just caught me off guard and I couldn't let them pass. There is a lot of good aspects of this movie, and their adaptations were great and spot on, just there wasn't much investment I felt toward the movie. I am not saying the movie is trash or simply okay, I just had issues with pieces of it. Go see it, it's a well compiled movie and done really well, I am just being harsh.

[Flashback Friday] - #71

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Title: Willow
   Author: Julia Hoban
   Release Date: April 2nd, 2013

     Seven months ago on a rainy March night, Willow's parents drank too much wine at dinner and asked her to drive them home. But they never made it--Willow lost control of the car, and both of her parents were killed.

     Now seventeen, Willow is living with her older brother, who can barely speak to her. She has left behind her old home, friends, and school. But Willow has found a way to survive, to numb the new reality of her life: She is secretly cutting herself.

     And then she meets Guy, a boy as sensitive and complicated as she is. When Guy discovers Willow's secret, he pulls her out of the solitary world she's created for herself, and into a difficult, intense, and potentially life-changing relationship.

     Julia Hoban has created an unflinching story about cutting, grieving, and starting anew. But above all, she has written an unforgettable tale of first love.

My Stance:

     Willow just screams intense contemporary. I want this book so bad, I can't contain it. From the cover that's cut in pieces like she must feel her life is, to the synopsis that just breathes heartache. I feel for Willow and how she must feel. I can only assume she blames herself, and feels that her older brother she lives with does as well. I just get the feeling she's drowning in the grief alone and while she starts to take extreme measure of release and comfort there is something that threatens her normalcy.

     Guy is such a weird name I may give him a different name in the book and call him that like Nick or something. Anyways, while he supposed is as sensitive or touchy as Willow is, I wonder why that is. I mean what other event/tragedy could have taken place that even compares to accidently killing your parents and getting nearly blamed for it by everyone? I don't see the comparison and if a relationship is to form based on those tragedies, it better be good.

     This is one of those books I would read because of Willows story alone and have almost no baring on the other circumstances. I want to find more out about will but Nick just doesn't seem to interest me at all. That bothers me somewhat, but there are a lot of books I do that with and they don't turn out bad. In this case though, depending on the story and how it's told it could be.

[Movie Unwrapping] - The Fault In Our Stars

The Waiting is OVER!!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

     So while I did one for Divergent, and unwrapping and uncovering the goodies that came with the DvD/BluRay, this time around it may not be as grand. I picked up the only edition there is of this movie The Little Infinities Extended Edition (not really the only edition, but the only one for die-hard fans). I have been watching it now for the last two days and I can say I've seen it three times (not counting the theater visit). This movie has changed a lot of peoples' view on cancer and just how they view/relate to the world around them. This is by far a must have, no don't debate, just get it.



     Last time I included images of the typical UltraViolet stream page, but I left that out, it's still there. The main thing in this edition is the Infinity Bracelet that is a bit too small/long for me. I will wear it, and the messages are great on it. I love how it captures all the main points of the book and movie and put them on your arm. I just love how it's packaged, whoever came up with this idea, you nailed it on the head.


     The Fault in our Stars discs were simple. and while we have all seen those images over and over, there is something nostalgic in those images. Out of everything this part was the one that kinda shocked me the most, and I don't mean to sound negative of the movie at all. The packaging of the discs could have been better. Some colorful scenic image in place of the normal blue would have been great, something to spruce the inside up would be fabulous. Other than that the extra is what made this packaging worth every dime, and well of course the movie. 

[Book Review] - Reboot by Amy Tintera

Title: Reboot
   Author: Amy Tintera
   Series: #1 - Reboot
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 7th, 2013
   My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

     Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

     Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

     The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

My Review:

     Reboot was unique and frankly there was something about it that caught my eye and I enjoyed thoroughly. However the book may be great and pleasing, there are parts of it that just confuse and bewilder me. I wanted more, but not out of what was provided. Wren was magnificent and while the part of a reboot is almost zombie like. Callum was the weak character that I found I wanted more of, and wished for. Reboot was one of those novels that has possibilities, yet falls just short of the mark.

     Reboot is a disease of sorts. There are those that come down with a sickness or illness of sorts and when they die, they come back alive, stronger and faster, but at the cost of emotions. They cal almost see and do what they please, but at the same time they are toys to humans, and are being monitored in a tower. They are told and trained to be servants, living in glass cages, and living life by orders. The longer a reboot is dead, the stronger and faster they come back, however it's not implicitly stated, there is a time limited one is to be dead.

     Another thing that is to be stated is that the government owns all Reboots, it's illegal to hide them or support them. So the facilities/government hunts them down. The Reboots in captivity are fed a diet to keep them sustained and give them clothing and shelter. It's almost a paradise in a cage. However part of their missions is to hunt down foreign reboots and capture them for the city. It's kind of twisted how they have to capture their own kind of sorts.

     When Callum enters the camp but his number is so low that he's almost not valued as anything. The Reboots form groups based on their number (how long they are dead), and that's what keeps them together, However what I don't understand is what the value of one Reboot is different from another. Neither did Wren, and while she's the highest, however it's Callum that breaks her tough exterior. Callum is full of life and emotion, but he's not like anyone else.

     Reboot was a dichotomy of strength and weakness. What makes one strong, doesn't make another weak. Wren and Callum show that clearly, and while there isn't always that clear cut. The emotion and lack of between the two are what brought them together, and how they complimented each other nearly perfect. What got me most in the book was the lack of strength in Callum, he wasn't really courageous or chivalrous at all. More often than anything it was Callum who hid behind Wren. I wanted more from him.

     While this book was on the better side of decent, as a dystopian I thought there are other books that were better than that. If you are looking for a strict dystopian, this probably isn't the best choice, it's okay. The sci-fi enhanced dystopian (with the Reboots) is what makes this novel unique and enjoyable. I found myself questioning whether the Reboots could be considered zombies or not, still having that debate still, but with some of the emotion from Callum I can say partially no. Reboot is just one of those books where you'll either enjoy it or hate it, there's such a specific taste to this book and I think that's probably going to be it's biggest downfall.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #71

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Title: Messenger of Fear
   Author: Michael Grant
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

     I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.

     And then the games began.

     The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear.

     But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . . .

My Stance:

     Messenger of Fear starts exactly how The Maze Runner does nearly. Mara who remembers nothing of who she is aside her name. Further she only sees The Messenger who apparently can see the evil/darkness in a teens heart. What I don't understand is that the synopsis states that if they go unpunished, what does that mean. I am confused, if you are darkness in your heart that can harm the world, how can they punish you and what happens to you?

     Further there is a bit of confusion on The Messenger. He makes the dark hearted young live through their worst fear, but how? Is there some machine some power that he has, like a sorcerer of sorts? I am confused at the whole synopsis, just what is going on in this novel and what's it  trying to convey. I am intrigued by this novel and what Mara goes through. There is something with this novel, and being written by Michael Grant I am sure that it'll be good. I am curious to see Mara and what Michael Grant conveys in this novel. I just hope my confusion at the synopsis isn't realized in the novel, but more or less makes sense and clears up as the book goes on. I want this to be great, something that rises out of my slumber.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #70

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Title: Remember Me
   Author: Romily Bernard
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

     In the sequel to Find Me, Wick Tate, sarcastic teen hacker, is back and once again dealing with criminals and corrupt cops…and a brooding new love interest. Will Wick persevere when some secrets refuse to stay hidden?

     Wick had thought her troubles were over.

     But she should’ve known better.

     Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.

     The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.

     Remember Me is an edge-of-your-seat thrilling read that’ll have readers turning the pages at lightning speed! The paperback of Find Me is on sale simultaneously, and a digital original novella from Romily, featuring Griff, is on sale just a few weeks before!

My Stance:

     Sequel to Find Me (which I haven't read, it's on my list and will be up soon), this book seems to pick up right where the last one left off. I don't really understand anything about what's going on, and frankly I don't want to read the synopsis in case of spoiling an ending or plot point in the first book. Bare with this though, I am doing a second Waiting on Wednesday this week. I switched to Gone Girl this week because of the Movie coming out soon and with The Maze Runner coming out soon as well, so Find Me got pushed back a tad bit, not much.

     Find Me intrigued me because it was about a hacker who was trying to hide and believed she was hidden. I loved the points of that book, and to see that Remember me picked up shortly afterwards and that this held the same aspects and points that Find Me had. Frankly the aspect of being hidden and trying to stay hidden got me intrigued and I wanted more and more to find what the secrets are, but at the same time to see how Wick handled those secrets. I hope to get to this book soon, if not sooner. 

[Book Review] - Panic by Lauren Oliver

Title: Panic
   Author: Lauren Oliver
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: March 4th, 2014
   My Rating:  5.0 out of 5.0

     Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

     Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

     Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

     For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

My Review:

     Panic was one of those books that lingered on me. I had trouble between rating it a 4.0 and a 5.0 there was no middle ground with this book, it either got it or didn't. Panic from what I gathered is paying attention to the details and catching every nuance of the book. A lot of the confusion and the reviews that I've seen struggle around how the money was gathered, and it's started in the book. I will address than in a bit, but this book takes a new vibe, character growth and a plot that takes things too far.

     Panic is a game in which high schoolers, collect money from everyone (freshmen included) everyday. The judges or participants collect the money, and if someone refuses to pay they are warned and things get progressively worse until they are ruffed up by the judges. The Judges are anonymous and no one knows who they are. The judges take a cut of the money, and than the rest is given to whoever wins Panic. The point of Panic is to overcome your fear and push yourself to the limit. The first obstacle is a leap of faith into a lake, and you can do it no matter how late you are.

     Heather was a complex character that took me on a wild ride. Her boyfriend just recently broke up with her and she joins Panic for the reason to prove to everyone she's just not some nobody. As she continues through the trials, the relationship with her sister and Ann (a farmer she starts to live with) changes and puts her position and competition in Panic in jeopardy. Heather, doesn't know or expect what Panic entails entirely, but she is willing to go that step further to show she's better than the expectation her small city has.

     Dodge is the second main character, and he joins Panic for a complete different reason for Heather. Every act he does is planned out, and his purpose is far more sinister for being part of Panic. His sister was crippled in Panic years prior and the brother of who crippled her is taking part this year. He's out for revenge, and is completely hell bent, and there are times where you can see a brighter side to him when he realizes the friends he has. However, he's built his life around this moment, and changing that view and accepting that things are okay, just doesn't agree with him. He's so troubled and angry, it's heartbreaking to see him struggle.

     A lot of this book has a Before I Fall feel, it's not about the plot completely. The character growth, how each character realizes that the world around them isn't perfect, and what they are doing the game they are playing is slowly taking a step further than everyone intended, but they are willing to take that extra step. The plot and the twists in the story fill the holes that round out the characters and their experience. While it's not as great as Before I Fall, it's so different, unique, and heart-warming to see how they grow and except the world makes this book great.

     My gripe with this book was at times the pacing seemed slow, but Oliver does a great job taking that slowness and making complete use of it. Each part weaves character growth and backstory to everyone that it can't be missed. I found I reread sections of this book just to make sure I understood what was going on, which helped immensely. A lot of gripe comes with how this book isn't what they expected. Frankly throw every expectation of an Oliver book out the window with this novel; Oliver takes a complete different direction with this novel. It's refreshing and I hope she continues doing novels like Before I Fall and Panic.
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