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[Book Review] - Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Oblivion
   Author: Jamie McGuire
   Series: #3 - Beautiful
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: July 1st, 2014
   My Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

     The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

     Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

     Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

     Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

     As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

     In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

My Review:

    This book was downright gorgeous from the cover to the story. Many of you may notice that this is the Hardcover version and frankly if you are remotely a fan of Jamie McGuire this is worth it. I love her work, her style, everything. the hardest part of this book is the whole this won't ever happen to me vibe. While this is a bit of an extreme case, it still pulls at your heart and you believe in their little romance.

     Now this book focus on Trenton and he's far far different than what Travis was. I enjoyed Travis more, but there is a part of me that carved out a whole for Trenton. Trenton yea he's more or less the dream guy, buff, tattooed, and a cocky attitude that does show up every now and than. However there is a romantic side to him, a side that is rash and much like Travis, but another side that's so so calm and collected. Trenton is pretty much the dream guy, and that's the part that I found hard to take about his character and the bit that makes him unrealistic. He's got flaws, being too rash and judgemental at times, but those are small things that in a relationship can be slightly overlooked or talked through nothing deal breaking. He's well rounded and well thought through, I enjoyed him completely.

     The book is told through Cami's perspective and if you liked Abby at all in the previous book, Cami will rip your heart out. She's not your girly girl at all, sorta like how Abby was. Working as a bartender and being part of a nearly broken family with brothers who are more fight than brain, she is more well tom-boyish is the best way I can describe it. Not to say she's misplaced her femininity, but she just won't put up with anyone's crap or let it slide of her shoulder, Every action she takes and move she makes is for a purpose, and that I enjoy through and through with her.

     However Cami is seeing someone, and while people know who she's with you get the sense that the real identity of who she's with isn't known, TJ. He claims to be working all the time and maybe he is, but frankly the main idea I got him was he was stringing her along. Yea he may have cared about her, but his love was his work before her. Any girl wants her man to love her first, if he can't make a moment for her when she demands it or needs it every once in a while, yeah she's going to up and leave you. However in this case Trenton happens to sit down at the Bar next to her and claims to simply want to be friends.

     The romance in this book is fantastic, and maybe a little over the top. However the part I enjoyed the most is Trenton's urge for Cami to break up with or move on from TJ. He states it subtly and sometimes outright, but does so in voicing his opinion and feelings but not neglecting hers either. It's a romance that neither of them really (okay maybe Trent) really thought would happen and it simply goes from there. Cami is just irresistible in the book and while Trent does give her her space, he also pushes when the time is right. He's far far different than the jump and think later Travis in the prior books.

     There's also parts of Travis and Abby that appear, and that's part of McGuire's style of letting everyone know that the books are tied together. There is a similar timeline between the Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster and this novel, and frankly I think there's a little bit off at the end, but it's negligible. The ending to this book will throw you for a loop when you think of who TJ is. I won't spoil it, but it blew me mind, and if you want to talk about it, or let me show why it's not confusing at all, I will gladly oblige, and I don't believe it's gross at all. Maybe a little, but not that much.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #85

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Title: Crashland
   Author: Sean Williams
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: November 4th, 2014

     The Matrix meets the Uglies series in this science fiction thriller, the second in the Twinmaker trilogy by Sean Williams.

     Where is Q?

     Clair and Jesse have barely been reunited when the world is plunged into its biggest crisis since the Water Wars. The d-mat network is broken. The world has ground to a halt. People are trapped, injured, dying. It’s the end of the world as Clair knows it—and it’s partly her fault.

     “The girl who killed d-mat” is enlisted to track down her missing friend Q—the rogue AI who repeatedly saved Clair’s life. Q is the key to fixing the system, but she isn’t responding to calls for help, and even if she did...can she be trusted?

     Targeted by dupes, abandoned by her friends, caught in a web of lies that strike at the very essence of who she is, Clair finds powerful allies in RADICAL, secretive activists who are the polar opposite of anti-d-mat terrorist group WHOLE. However, if she helps them find Q, will she be inadvertently trapping her friend in a life of servitude—or worse, sending her to an early death by erasure?

     Caught between pro- and anti-d-mat philosophies, in a world on the brink of all-out war, Clair must decide where she stands—and who she stands with, at the end.

My Stance:

     I have Twinmaker novel on my shelf and it's on my list to get to. I won't comment much on this book much at all, frankly I want to read Twinmaker first. I really haven't looked at Crashland at all, other than the expectations for this book is rather high. I hadn't really ever heard of Twinmaker prior to an episode of Tea Time over at Epic Reads, The concept of Twinmaker really kind of shocked me, yea it looks and feels like Ugly, but there is something deeper to the novel that makes the book that much better.

     This is a short little look at, but this book shouldn't be given the short glance. There is such great potential and expectation riding on this book, to overlook it at all. Stevens already delivered a book that people have fond over, The reviews have been pretty good with the book and I will get around to the book asap. I am looking forward to Twinmaker honestly, it's been a book that I've wanted to take a risk on, and see where it took me.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #86

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Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
   Author: Claudia Gray
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: November 4th, 2014

     Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

     Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

     Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

     A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

My Stance:

     Claudia Gray comes back to the world with a novel that is is covered is gorgeous colors. I wondered what the cover had to do with the synopsis and frankly I needed to reread it to understand. The whole multiverse is kicking it off this year isn't it? What I fail to see though in this book is how this book is anything like Every Day by David Levithan, am I just missing it?  What is with people killing someone and then running off into another universe/reality and managing to be safe for a while, it just seems like a usual ploy and I am starting to get bored with the overused plot.

     However, this book is a great top release this year. I love how well rounded Marguerite is, even if she just jump off the crazy train casing some guy that supposedly killed her father. I mean I know that the synopsis hints at doubt, but at the potential there could be, realistically she could be dead as soon as she crosses a border. I know that I try not to compare book at all, but what sets this book apart? Does Marguerite fall for another version of Paul (her fathers murderer?) or is there some secret group after him? It is hard to tell, but makes me want to read the book that much more. 

[Book Review] - Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Title: Faking Normal
   Author: Courtney C. Stevens
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 8th, 2014
   My Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

     An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

     Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

     When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

     A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

My Review:

    This book is a monster, and while the cover appears all nice and cuddly there is a part of book that will devour your soul. I love this book, and every ounce that makes me afraid of it. There are stories of psychopaths or murders; demons, werewolves or vampires; the angry ex, vendetta filled rival or the monster escaped from the penitentiary. This book isn't any of those, it's worse, it holds the past. While that's far worse than anything before, it's the past that's the biggest demons. I have to agree with Emily May, this book is just something to be feared, but not for any of the reasons you think.

     Alexi isn't your typical troubled teen, she's far more and the depth of her character makes the tragedy that much harder to deal with. I love how she is portrayed as your normal high school teen, but at the same time there is something that haunts her, to the point where she actually hurts herself. I'm not talking about cutting, pills, or any of that. She digs her nails in to neck, and then tries to hide it with clothing. It's sad to see someone so haunted by her past and something done to her that this is her outlet.

     I didn't intend to read a book about Rape, but I have always wanted to know what women go through and how they deal. If this is any insight, it blew my mind and frankly took my breath away. How Alexi is suppressing her past just so she can cope and not screw up the rest of her family. She loves her sister, and I think that's where some of the animosity comes in. I believe she doesn't mean all the negativity she throws at her sister, it's just a form of reaching out asking for help in her own way.

     The second part of the book that threw me for a loop is Bodee, and he's far different than what I thought he'd be. Any girl wouldn't think of Bodee at all, he's far different and what anyone would imagine themselves winding up with. Maybe he's this other metaphor for what we end up with and everything we dream of. The point being that maybe who we wind up being with, isn't who we would have drawn them twenty years prior. I love how Stevens captures that moment time and time again, makes us realize just what we have in front of us.

     The biggest part is a coming of age part in this novel, it doesn't take part until the end. I am going to cut that, and talk about how the story evolves from not only falling into a relationship with Bodee and confiding in someone she hasn't or trusting someone in general. The story continues and goes further into her not only discussing but opening up and eventually confronting the person. I love how the story evolves and Alexi just matures throughout the book.

     Insight into rape victims is hard to come by, and this book should be an inspiration to anyone whose been abused or raped. It's great to see a book as original and deep, and demands to be read. Courtney Stevens, great work on this novel and capturing the raw essence of Alexi and Bodee. This book needs to be read and I believe afterwards it'll show up on more favorite shelves, It's that kind of book.

[Teaser Tuesday] - #34

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Title: Ruin or Rising
   Author: Leigh Bardugo
   Release Date: June 17th, 2014

     Quote: "I clutched at my torso, heart hammering in my chest, still feeling the slice of shadow through it, but I was whole and unmarked. I stumbled out of bed, trying to find the lantern, then gave up and fumbled around until I found my coat and boots."

--- Page 203

[Stacking the Shelves] - #78

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 week has been rather interesting, I have been rather tight trying to save money here and there. I did buy a few books from BookOutlet and a few of those will show up in this, but mainly most of them will appear later in a BookHaul post. I will work on posting that as soon as I can, things are a mess around here at the moment, I am just looking for some place to move things, for I can take a few photos. I hope to have it up though. I am thinking I may do another bookshelf tour at the end of the year (it's coming up). I am wondering if anyone would be interested in seeing it? Further if I was going to do that I would try to update a physical list of books I have so that everyone can see what I have and what I don't have. Currently I think I am going to stop doing the weekly update here and just focusing on the whole Mailbox Monday theme, and then doing a weekly update post every Monday as well, that would contain what normally would be here. I doubt many people read this part and are more interested in the books and it's getting lost. Let me know what you think. Thanks.

     So without further adieu:

The Paris Mysteries
The Blood of Olympus
Split Second
Perfect Chemistry
Carnival of Souls
Ruby Red

Shelf Additions:

Title: Confessions: The Paris Mysteries
   Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 6th, 2014

     The City of Lights sets the stage for romance, drama and intrigue in the latest Confessions novel from the world's bestselling mystery writer!

     After investigating multiple homicides and her family's decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her? James Patterson leads this brilliant teenage detective through Paris on a trail of lies years in the making, with shocking revelations around every corner.

Title:  Redeemed
   Author: Rick Riordan
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 7th, 2014

     Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

     The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

     The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Title: Found
   Author: Harlan coben
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 9th, 2014

     It's been eight months since Mickey Bolitar witnessed the shocking, tragic death of his father. Eight months of lies, dark secrets, and unanswered questions. While he desperately wants answers, Mickey's sophomore year of high school brings on a whole new set of troubles. Spoon is in the hospital, Rachel won't tell him where he stands, his basketball teammates hate him... and then there's Ema's surprise announcement: She has an online boyfriend, and he's vanished.

Title: Split Second
   Author: Kasie West
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: February 11th, 2014

     Life can change in a split second.

     Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

     When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

     Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

     As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

Title: Perfect Chemistry
   Author: Simone Elkeles
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: December 23rd, 2008

     A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

     When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created 'perfect' life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

     Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

     In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Title: Carnival of Souls
   Author: Melissa Marr
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 4th, 2012

     In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the carnival, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures—if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

     All Mallory knows of The City is that her father—and every other witch there—fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable.While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the carnival.

     From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and Graveminder, comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny.

Title: Altered
   Author: Gennifer Albin
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 28th, 2013

     Life. Possibility. Choice.
     All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

     But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

     In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.

Title: Ruby Red
   Author: Kerstin Gier
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 10th, 2011

     Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

     Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

[Featured Discussion] - Reviewer Stalking and Kathleen Hale

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Featured Discussion:

     So I am sure all of you have heard of this already, the bit where some Author is so angry at a poor book review (no matter what rank or rating, frankly it doesn't matter) that they seek the person out, a la Kathleen Hale style. I want to take my time to throw my hat in the ring and at least voice my opinion. First off I am sad to see what happened to Blythe, it shouldn't have happened and I have heard and read a lot of varying different sides to the story and I don't know which way to go, nor do I know the full details. I am looking for someone to inform me better, and actually just talk about the issue in general.

     Catfishing? Really?
     "Although, like anyone with a tendency for low-grade insanity, I occasionally grow nostalgic for the thing that makes me nuts."  --- Kathleen Hale (in her article)

     I wanted to start there, frankly I believe that both are in check for this. Like I said, I don't know the full details so take what I am about to say with some salt. I am basing my view on this with some overall view of various sources. I have read some of Kathleen Hale's article and some other sources (I will link to), and that's where I'm going.

     What I want to start with is Blythe, I want to round out some overall groundworks for this and what I'm assuming to be true or mostly true:
     1. Blythe is a pseudonym, and may not be an author.
     2. Blythe left a negative review of Hale's book.
     3. Blyth (maybe) left various other negative social interactions on Hale's twitter, facebook, etc. sites.

     Now Kathleen Hale's assumptions:
     1. Admits to finding Blythe's real name and address
     2. Wrote a public article on The Guardian about the incident.
     3. Made numerous attempts and successes talking to "Blythe."

     There are probably more, and I will add to this list as time goes on.

      First I want to address the assumption that Blythe left various negatives responses to Kathleen Hales activities on Facebook, Twitter, etc. I don't know how true this section is, and is the weakest assumption I have on the whole debate. If it is true, it addresses and explains a small (VERY SMALL) portion of Kathleen Hale's interaction. Because frankly it makes Blythe the first initiator and the first bully/stalker in the whole debacle. Now upon going back and rereading some of this, I don't think this holds much if any validity. I keep it as a possibility (I don't know if it's true or not) until someone can verify and prove it (without a shadow of a doubt).

     The rest on the other hand paints Blythe as a blogger that may be a bit more aggressive reviewer and frankly a down to earth person. Now I'm not supporting Blythe so lets get that out there, I don't know him and I haven't read or seen any of his reviews (not that I don't like or dislike him, just never met him). Does that mean she (be honest, Blythe is a female, its everywhere) expected to get a visit or all the calls from Hale? Absolutely Not! I have left some bad reviews in my time, does that mean I am going to get a call from James Patterson and he's going to try to discuss why the book was good to me? No, but I would enjoy that call and gladly accept it. However, him showing up at my doorstep would be a bit creepy, having not warned me or told me in advance.

     So Kathleen Hale, she admits a lot in her article. I have to say the quote from above describes her wonderfully. I want to say one thing and get it out in the open. If Blythe had stalked her online (my weakest assumption), I think it would be okay to say that her reaction and crossing that line is rather absurd, but on a lesser scale. She would be doing it for a purpose not simply because she got a simple negative review.

     However throw that assumption out the window, and the whole debacle hits the fan. Frankly either way there is a certain tact of professionalism that any author should hold, and she crossed that line. I mean she could've call the police or get a restraining order (something) once she knew the real name. There was no point for the background check, no need to go to Blythe's house, and what was she trying to accomplish by going? It makes zero sense and frankly yeah she needs some sort of punishment or something. I mean read her article it's just that deplorable and worth a laugh at her mentality. When you have a dream that a lot of other people wish and dream for, act and respect those who are looking up to you; do not do show this much disregard.

     I want to say one thing though, and probably the one biggest thing I'll probably get flamed for. The book/goodreads community is very passionate and has pretty much raved and lit her page up. She isn't well, and frankly needs help, that's a given. However reviewing the book a one or lower, simply for her action is deplorable and defeats the purpose of Goodreads or Leafmarks. I am going to read the book, not because I am supporting her, but because I am interested in the book; although those that did review it, haven't had much to say about it. However, I may not leave a rating and ignore the whole review process, because she really isn't worth the sort of time.

    What I am torn about though is my own views on the process. I look at Goodreads and Leafmarks as an avenue to express my opinions and reviews of books aside my own blog. However not doing a review kind of goes against that idea, even if I don't want to support the author. The solution may put a big bold type at the time, about the incident and how I don't condone her or her action (like Neil Gaiman said). I don't want to insult the process or the sites. If they want to remove her, that's their decision and I can't make that decision. I will honor it, and I will do my own thing from that point.

     Moral of the story: Authors should hold some professionalism and respect the privacy and opinions of every and all reviews (even if they are a bully or not), regardless of the reviews they leave you. They did buy your book afterall. Reviewers respect the authors as well, they did write the story that you read, and while some books are better than others, they did spend a lot of time and effort on the book. Bloggers and Reviewers as well, be careful what you do, lest you become the bully yourself. Ignoring the person can be just enough and keeps you out of the crosshairs. Giving false reviews doesn't help the system or the site you are on, in fact I think it harms the site more than it does the author (bias and illegitimate reviews). I am not asking you to change or do anything, do what you feel is right. This is just my view and opinion. 

[Flashback Friday] - #76

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Title: Side Effects May Vary
   Author: Julie Murphy
   Release Date: March 18th, 2014

     What if you'd been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

     When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission.

     Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she's said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her—and to the one person who matters most?

     Julie Murphy's Side Effects May Vary is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

My Stance:

     After reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green similar style and harder/deeper novels have been moving up my list of books I want to read. I find the question and the perspectives they give far more entertaining and just pull me in more. I love how they take a unique stance and explore it, while it may not be true or may not be exactly what we all thought would happen, it's a great insight into what it would be like. Maybe the author did a Q&A with someone to get the overall experience right, I won't know, but it doesn't matter. The plot and how the story is told with the given facts is what matters.

     So when a book about a girl is diagnosed with leukemia, and the prognosis isn't all that fantastic. You can bet your ass I would live like it was my last day or month. I wouldn't let anything stop me, and frankly nothing would. As John Green would say, "Cancer Perc." However in this case, she is out for revenge, and manages to offend a few people. However I don't understand how she hurts Harvey? I mean if her sights on are her ex-boyfriend and her rival, than where does Harvey fit in? Makes me wonder about the plot, but I love the plot and the general idea. Its great, I can't wait.

[Book Review] - The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Title: The Hunt
   Author: Andrew Fukuda
   Series: #1 - The Hunt
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 8th, 2012
   My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

     Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

     Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

     When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

My Review:

    So I thought this was going to be an odd turn of dystopians, and it was. This is more of a dystopian that breaths sci-fi. It's got a more sci-fi in the novel than really dystopian, which through me for a bit of a loop, but at the same time has these great build worlds and situations that is life and death constantly. A mystery brews and while I got close to trying to understand what was going on in the book, the conclusion eludes me. Frankly I thought the book did a great job molding two ideas together, and while it's not a top notch book, it's just shy of that mark.

     Gene is your normal boy that lives in a world that's so far from normal that I'm not sure he would even know what the past/regular world would be. Imagine a world in which humans were an endangered species and the ruling group is Vampires. So anything that causes you to sweat, smell different, any emotion, not sleeping upside down, etc. will be a giant neon flag pointing to you as a human and you'll be dead in a few moments. The world is so vicious and violent that it's a miracle that something as simple as a tan hasn't sold Gene out.

     While the world is so vicious there is a second part that hammers that whole bit home. Vampires view humans as a delicacy and The Director (a sort of president) puts together what's called The Hunt in which "randomly" selected vampires go to a compound and hunt down kept and bred humans. It's a game to them, but when Gene gets selected it turns toward anything but a game. However as the candidates are getting prepped, Ashley June is selected in the contest as well and is the crush to Gene.

     The romance is rather a backseat and Ashley actually helps push the whole story forward, keeping the fear, suspense, and thrill going. I loved Ashley's involvement, and I don't want to talk much about her, because she plays a rather large key in some of the mystery going on. She is just so down to earth, but yet there is a rather large bit that is puzzling about her. Gene is capable of hiding amongst all the vampires, but Ashley makes him look ridiculous. She's just so much better at subtlety that there screams more to her character and you don't get to see much of that and I hope she appears much better in the sequel.

     I loved the book, it was great the worlds were perfect. How everything just flowed together, the thrill never really left me and I don't really stay in that suspense for long. Fukuda did a great job in this novel weaving so much complexity in the plot and how the mystery is formed and contoured, that when the cliffhanger came, I wanted to run to his house and demand answers. However there are some that may not find the suspense and thrill all that intense or frankly even there. The way the world just breathes anger and thirst is so great, and I enjoyed it.

     While this book isn't one of my favorites, out of all the sci-fi/dystopians this was just up there. Give it a try, I am sure that some of you will hate this book, but on the off chance, this book has a lot that it brings to the table.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #84

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Title: Atlantia
   Author: Ally Condie
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 28th, 2014

     Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

     For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

     Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

My Stance:

     Atlantia while not being on my most watched list, being by one of my most adored authors and someone that has a lot of responsibility for getting me writing, Ally Condie just nails this book home. If it has anything close to the way Matched worked out, I am sure this book will be a home run, better if she's improved it. The mythology of Atlantia has always interested me, however I couldn't name what it is about the whole aspect that's really got me fired up or the fact that there's nearly nothing there. It's got great potential and the characters seems unique.

     Rio, the main character, is the point of my first issue and it's rather simple. With nothing being known of Atlantia, is she human or mermaid or something else entirely? Not that I'm trying to tell Ally Condie how to write, but with nearly nothing in mythology why not go crazy with it. Maybe that's where the whole siren bit comes in, I am sure to enjoy where that takes off and how it aids her. I just hope that a love triangle more or less stays out of this novel.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #83

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Title: Talon
   Author: Julie Kagawa
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 28th, 2014

     Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

     Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

     Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

My Stance:

     I love dragons and being written by Julie Kagawa only aids in the reason to pick this book up. The cover does a great job conveying what this book is about, if you get the whole scales and title. Also you get this whole duality of Dragonkin and Humans. I love how Kagawa weaves a potential romance or something of a relationship in between what looks to be a war or sorts. However, what I don't understand is how the whole human vs. dragonkin war is being conveyed. I mean we don't understand how cruel or aggressive the dragonkin are, normally the dragonkin are territorial and very aggressive. Which I take in this case isn't it at all.

     However I will say that I enjoy how Kagawa is taking the dragonkin and making the have a human form. The subtlety and infiltration tactic makes them aggressive but in a more intellectual way. I love how they are portrayed as being smarter and brilliant. However, for Xavier the love interest to the main character, it makes his job harder. Trying to track down dragons that look like humans is harder and reminds me of The 5th Wave. I love how the book is setup, and this is a book in which I am not nervous about. Kagawa will ensure this book will be fantastic.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #82

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Title: Waterfall
   Author: Lauren Kate
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 28th, 2014

     From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen books comes WATERFALL, a novel about love, betrayal, and epic consequences—a world-altering tale told by a girl whose tears have the power to raise the lost continent of Atlantis. This second novel in the Teardrop series is intensely romantic, with strong, hot main characters caught up in a thrilling fantastical love triangle. For readers who love Lauren Kate and the worlds of Alyson Noël, P. C. Cast, Maggie Stiefvater, and Veronica Rossi.

     Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringing with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas.

     Once on land, Eureka is taunted by gossipwitches, a group of displaced Atlantean sorceresses, and ambushed by locals struggling to survive amid the destruction her tears have wrought. And she feels no closer to facing Atlas or saving the world when Solon lets slip that love is Ander’s weakness, and that any affection he feels toward her makes him age faster.

     Trying to make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created, Eureka receives startling insight from an enchanted pond. Her bewildering reflection reveals a soul-crushing secret: if she’s strong enough, Eureka can draw on this knowledge to defeat Atlas—unless her broken heart is just what he needs to fuel his rising kingdom...

     In Waterfall, Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up everything—even love.

My Stance:

     Waterfall, another book that I haven't been able to get around to start. I enjoy Lauren Kate, while she may not be one of my top authors, there is a style and storytelling aspect of her novels that keeps me coming back for more. I enjoyed the Fallen series and while some may not, the love interest and how the plot seemed to carry on, and made you want to keep going is what kept me going. I love how her novels urge you to binge read her novels, and I hope to do that with this series.

     I know that this may only appeal to a few, but those that enjoy her novels I hope you check this book out. I would love to hear what people are thinking of this series, but I don't want to ruin the series or spoil anything. Lauren Kate has a great unique style, and frankly I love her romances. She is great at twining feelings together and by the end of the book you are emotionally invested into the characters without realizing it.

[Book Review] - The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Title: The Chaos of Stars
   Series: Kiersten White
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 10th, 2013
   My Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

     Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

     Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.

     Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand's Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.(

My Review:

    This book I read as an introduction into White's novels, but when I finished the book I wondered if there would be a better book to start of with. First I am a big greek and egyptian mythology, so I may not be the best person to judge this book. However, I feel I am fair in that I could have given this a higher rating for that fact. This book focuses on Isadora and her family, plus a love interest, and that gets the book into a fair bit of trouble.

     I love the concept of this book, it sounds so great and well unique. I was hoping to enjoy it, but Isadora is just so hard to relate to. She lives with Osiris, Anubis, Isis, etc. and is unhappy with it. Frankly the lifestyle she lives is rather less than attractive, so I can't blame her there, but at the same time to be so angsty and angry is just hard when she is able to move out. She does grow on you, and how she matures as the novel goes on is the brighter side to her character.

     The love interest was cute and at times rather cliche and hard to just get invested in. I want something more involved or realistic to be interested at all in it or it better be very well thought out and great to be a fantasy romance. In this case, it's just not thought out enough for me, and fell sort. The better part is the whole egyptian and greek mythology that's laced throughout the novel. The mythology is what kept this book afloat, and it was what got me to read further.

     While the mythology was okay, but it just doesn't make this book a favorite or anywhere close to something of that calibre. I was hoping it would be a great intro to Kiersten White, but frankly I am sure there's probably a better book out there that would fulfill that. However, if you are looking for a book that's quick and cute, this isn't bad for a good quick afternoon read. Just be warned, it's not the best book on the shelf, but it should give you that decent read for the afternoon.

[Teaser Tuesday] - #33

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Title: The Eye of Minds
   Author: James Dashner
   Release Date: October 8th, 2014

     Quote: "The visions. Those creepy, terrifying visions. He didn't know if the effects on his mind would be the same in the VirtNet as they were back in the Wake, but he didn't want to find out. He kept his eyes squeezed shut and waited for the pain to fade.."

--- Page 151

[Stacking the Shelves] - #77

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!

     Good morning everyone. I managed to scrounge up a decent amount to pick up some new books for this week. The first four books are the newer ones, and I know that Rooms is a month or so older, but still. I have been working on the calendar and trying to keep it up to date, if you see anything I missed feel free to send me a message. As well, is there any books that I missed that I should have picked up? Drop me a line. I am still looking to get a new skin for the blog, but I haven't found anything that catches my eye. I will be looking tomorrow and may have a new skin/layout next week. Thanks.

     So without further adieu:

Made for You
Endgame: The Calling
Wild Awake
Wild Cards

Shelf Additions:

Title: Rooms
   Author: Lauren Oliver
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

     The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways

     Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

     But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

     The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

     Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

Title:  Redeemed
   Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: October 13th, 2014

     In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.

Title: Made For You
   Author: Melissa Marr
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: SZeptember 16th, 2014

     Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

     When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

     For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

Title: Endgame: The Calling
   Author: James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 7th, 2014

     Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

     This is Endgame.

     For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.

     This is Endgame.

     When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.

     Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.

     People of Earth.
     Endgame has begun.

Title: UnSouled
   Author: Neal Shusterman
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 15th, 2013

     The story that began with Unwind continues.

     Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.

     Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.

     With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.

     Neal Shusterman continues the adventure that VOYA called “poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.”

Title: Indigo
   Author: Gina Linko
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 22nd, 2013

     A gift?

     A curse?

     A moment that changes everything. . . .

     Caught in an unexpected spring squall, Corrine's first instinct is to protect her little sister Sophie after a nasty fall. But when Corrine reaches out to comfort her sister, the exact opposite occurs. Her touch--charged with an otherworldly force and bursting with blinding indigo color--surges violently from Corrine to her sister. In an instant, Sophie is dead. From that moment on, Corrine convinces herself that everyone would be better off if she simply withdrew from life.

     When her family abruptly moves to New Orleans, Corrine's withdrawal is made all the easier. No friends. No connections. No chance of hurting anyone. But strange things continue to happen around her in this haunting, mystical city. And she realizes that her power cannot be ignored, especially when Rennick, a talented local artist with a bad-boy past, suggests another possibility: Corrine might have the touch. An ability to heal those around her. But knowing what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust her gift?

Title: Wild Awake
   Author: Hilary T. Smith
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 28th, 2013

     Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:

     1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
     2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
     3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
     4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
     5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.

     Things that actually happen:

     1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
     2. He says he has her stuff.
     3. What stuff? Her stuff.
     4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
     5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
     6. You pick up a pen.
     7. You scribble down the address.
     8. You get on your bike and go.
     9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
     *also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.

     Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.

Title: Wild Cards
   Author: Simone Elkeles
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 22nd, 2013

     After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

     Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

[Flashback Friday] - #75

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Title: No One Else Can Have You
   Author: Kathleen Hale
   Release Date: January 7th, 2014

     Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 689 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.

     Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.

My Stance:

     No One Else Can Have You, was one of those books that I passed at the time. I wish I hadn't something about the way the murder and how the solving seems to go down is enticing. I am looking at the synopsis and haven't really figured out why I passed on this book. Frankly I think it was maybe because I thought it was going to be more of contemporary romance, or frankly I was told or got the wrong impression of the book. I wish I would have done more research,

     What confuses me most, isn't it ironic that the town is Friendship? I mean you are asking for someone to die in that town. However, I find that Ruth just needs more building, there isn't enough about her to get me interested in her at all, or figure out why she wants to solve her friends murder. She was murdered, going after him/her would more than likely get you killed, so why? Further why can't the police solve it, other than having nothing to do in town for a long while; they should still be trained and caught up to date on the laws and procedures. It just doesn't paint a good picture for the officials and frankly I don't buy into it, but I'll give it a shot and we'll see what happens.
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