WWW Wednesday 8/16/17

 

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley.

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The last book I finished was We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards.

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The book I’m reading next is The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C. Tansley (physical arc).

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7 ARCs approved today through Edelweiss+

I requested these all at different times.  Before this, I had one approved (which I reviewed) and one declined.  I just received an e-mail with 7 approvals.  Harper must like me today.  I had to share it with others who would appreciate it, too.

 

I already have my next few books planned, but it looks like I’ll be busy reading these soon.  Thank you Edelweiss and Harper!

Review of digital arc We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards

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Summary from Goodreads:

Theo’s always been impulsive. But telling Paige how he feels? He’s obsessed over that decision. And it’s time. Tonight. At the party on the riverbank, under the old walking bridge, site of so many tales of love and death.

Paige has had a crush on Theo since they first met, but she knows her feelings are one-sided. She’s trying to move on, to flirt. A party at the river is just what she needs. Except a fight breaks out, and when Paige tries to intervene–Theo’s fist lands in her face.

All Theo and Paige want to do is forget that fateful night. But strange events keep drawing them back to the bridge. Someone, something is determined to make them remember…and pay for what they each did.

My thoughts:

We All Fall down was pretty hard to put down at times.  It was a strange story, but I just kept wanting to read.  The story is told by two people, Paige and Theo.  Both of them are pretty flawed and the book deals with a lot of mental health issues.  Paige had been in love with her best friend, Theo, for awhile, but he never seemed interested.  One night, they are heading to a party and Theo decides to tell Paige he loves her.  But Paige is at the party to see another boy.  Theo gets drunk, starts to fight with the boy, and hits Paige instead.  Paige loses teeth and has a small fracture in her jaw.

Time goes by and neither of them speak.  Paige goes to a summer program for science and Theo works with his uncle.  They are both right by the haunted bridge from that night.  Theo has to work on it and starts hearing voices.  That night keeps replaying over and over.  Paige starts receiving items she lost that night.  They run into each other and everything gets intense.

Paige is struggling with paranoia, anxiety, and sleepwalking.  She’s struggling to keep it together.  Theo meets a young kid, Gabriel, who starts studying to find out the history of the bridge and its ghosts.

Paige and Theo both still love each other, but they have to decide if their relationship can be healed and if it’s worth fighting for.

“We brought out the worst in each other before.  Enabled all the wrong behaviors.”

They need to relive that night and see if they can move past it.  Both need help that the meds they are on aren’t fixing.

“When are we ever ready to let go?  The past feels safe.  Sometimes you have to push past safe to get to healthy.”

I really enjoyed this book.  There were parts that annoyed me a bit, but overall, it was really good.  I gave this 4 stars.

We All Fall Down will be released October 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire.  I received a digital copy for review from Edelweiss+.

Received a package in the mail this weekend.

I haven’t read this book and I don’t have a copy yet, but it sounds interesting.  I went ahead and signed up for the street team and I’m hoping it’s as good as it sounds.

I received mail from MacMillan this weekend with this fun stuff as part of the street team.

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Hoping to get through the chapter sampler soon.

Berserker by Emmy Laybourne is being released October 10th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends.

Summary from Goodreads:

Are Hanne’s powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It’s not Stieg’s fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous “gift”–she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners to share a book off your TBR list.

This week I’m choosing All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.   It felt like the right book to choose this week.  I have this book here, so I’m hoping to read it within the next month or two.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Rashad is absent again today.

That’s the sidewalk graffiti that started it all…

Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again…and again…stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing.

And that’s how it started.

And that’s what Quinn, a white kid, saw. He saw his best friend’s older brother beating the daylights out of a classmate. At first Quinn doesn’t tell a soul…He’s not even sure he understands it. And does it matter? The whole thing was caught on camera, anyway. But when the school—and nation—start to divide on what happens, blame spreads like wildfire fed by ugly words like “racism” and “police brutality.” Quinn realizes he’s got to understand it, because, bystander or not, he’s a part of history. He just has to figure out what side of history that will be.

Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world.

Cuz that’s how it can end.

This book was published  September 29th 2015 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.

 

Make Me Read It #MakeMeRead Wrap Up

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I participated in this readathon hosted by Tea and Titles and The Innocent Smiley.  My goal was to read the top three books voted on in my poll and I’m happy to say that I finished all three (and another ARC I needed to squeeze in for review).

The book with the most votes was Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I’m so happy this book won because it instantly became a new favorite.  I loved this book.  It was a fun read that I flew through.  I gave this book 5 stars.

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

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The second book I read was History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.  I reviewed this book here.  Another 5 star rated book and another new favorite.  This book made me cry a lot.  It’s a super emotional read.

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

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The final book I read for the readathon was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  This was a good book, but not my favorite.  I gave it 3 1/2 stars (rounded it up for goodreads).  I liked the story and it was interesting, but the writing style wasn’t my favorite.  I did enjoy trying to figure out what happened though.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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I’m pretty happy with my first readathon.  It definitely pushed me to read more than I normally do in a week.  Thank you to all of you who voted to choose these books for me.

 

OMG This Song Book Tag

I was tagged by Kayla for this tag.

MY JAM:
A SONG YOU MUST LISTEN TO EVERY TIME IT COMES ON, NO MATTER HOW OLD OR HOW MANY TIMES YOU’VE LISTENED TO IT / A BOOK YOU’LL NEVER GET SICK OF

I have quite a few songs I never get tired of and always have to listen to.  I’ll just go with a couple.

Issues Stingray Affliction  and Fall Out Boy Sugar We’re Going Down.

A book would probably be The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

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THROWBACK:
A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF THE CRINGIEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE / A BOOK THAT ALSO REMINDS YOU OF THIS TIME (OR JUST SOMETHING YOU WOULDN’T LIKE AS MUCH IF YOU PICKED IT UP FOR THE FIRST TIME NOW)

Maybe not the cringiest time in my life, but definitely a person I don’t like to think about. I still like this song and book, but they do make me remember that time of my life more than I would like.

The song would be Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.

The book is probably Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule.  I really didn’t read much during this time period, but I do remember reading this one then.

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REPLAY:
A RECENT SONG YOU HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW / A RECENT FAVORITE BOOK

Not a super recent song, but one I still listen to constantly (and the video linked is mine from a concert a few months ago).

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A recent favorite book is Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

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GETS ME:
THIS SONG IS ME / THIS BOOK IS ME IN BOOK FORM

I can’t really think of a song that is me.  It all depends on the day. But if I think of one, I’ll come back and edit this.

A book would probably be The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.  Not completely me, but I noticed a lot of things that I related to with Molly.

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WUT:
WEIRD BUT I LIKE IT? – A UNIQUE BOOK THAT STUCK OUT TO YOU FOR WHATEVER REASON

I have a few songs, but I’ll go with Morningwood Sugarbaby.

For my book, I’m going with Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers.

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LET’S GO:
BEST PUMP UP SONG (FOR WORKOUTS OR JUST LIFE) – A BOOK THAT INSPIRED YOU

For a song, I’m going with Harlem by New Politics.

A book that inspired me was Pushing The Boundaries by Stacey Trombley.

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CHILL:
FAVORITE CHILL, RELAXING SONG / A BOOK YOU’D CURL UP WITH AND READ ON A RAINY DAY

Really any song by this band, but I’ll go with this one since there’s a video. This Wild Life History.

For a book, I tend to like more emotional books on rainy days.  So probably Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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ADDICTING:
GUILTY PLEASURE SONG – ONE THAT’S CATCHY AND ADDICTING BUT NOT A WHOLE LOT OF SUBSTANCE / GUILTY PLEASURE/TRASHY/FAST/LIGHT READ

This might be the hardest one for me.  For a song, I’ll go with NOFX Linoleum.  It’s one of my favorite songs.

For books, I love Entangled Teen books.  They’re sweet and fluffy. So any will work, but I’ll go with one I’ve read recently.  The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley.

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I still don’t know anyone well, so I’m just going to tag the most recent bloggers I’ve received e-mails from.  It’s totally cool if you don’t want to participate.

Twin Tales

Treestand Book Reviews

The Orangutan Librarian

Bentley Book Bastion

 

Review of History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Summary from Goodreads:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

 

My thoughts:

The hype around Adam Silvera is well deserved.  I was crying within the first 35 pages of this book.  Adam’s writing style flows and he has such a way with words.  I really felt that I knew each character and exactly how they were feeling.  Be prepared with tissues.  This is a really emotional read.   I definitely related with Griffin and his compulsions.  Not as bad, but I count everything and have a thing for odd numbers (his is even numbers).

Because the book has been out for awhile now, there isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been said before.  So I’m just going to share a few quotes to show you how amazing this writing/book is.

“Is it weird to envy him for that, for witnessing something I would never want to see with my own eyes?  I have all this history with you, Theo,  but he has pieces of your puzzle that would destroy me if I ever had to put them together, and yet I still want them.”

“Even if I only got to spend that first drive to the planetarium with Theo, he broke me in a way everyone should be lucky to be cracked open at least once.  I had the privilege of being destroyed by him until we found a better, real me inside of the person I was pretending to be.  I hope I make him proud.”

“I should’ve guessed.  In the second month of the year, he was here with you.  In the second-to-last month of the year, he’s here with me.  I will never wrap my head around how a single moment can keep throwing our lives around.  I feel like a rock being skipped through the ocean-pain, relief, pain again, relief again, eventually destined to sink.”

 

Honestly, I can just keep going.  The writing is just that good.  If you haven’t read this one yet, you can add it to goodreads here.

History Is All You Left Me was released January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen.

Guest Author Post with Kat Colmer The Third Kiss

I recently read The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer and really enjoyed it.  You can find my review here.

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I was lucky to hear from both Kat and Entangled Teen to do this guest post.  This is my first one, so please forgive me if I do something wrong. 🙂

From Kat Colmer:

Thanks for having me over on Confessions of a YA Reader to share a little about my debut paranormal romance The Third Kiss. As the title suggests, there’s some kissing in this book. One kiss—which happens to be our hero Jonas’s third kiss—is very significant, as it sets into motion a series of events that put Jonas’s best friend and neighbor Cora in grave danger. This kiss is one of those unintended, spur of the moment kisses that happen when tensions run high and emotions bubble over.

Here’s an excerpt leading up to the kiss. Picture a gazebo at the bottom of Jonas’s garden. It’s late evening and Jonas has just interrupted Cora post-date with another guy. I love the tug-o-war banter between Jonas and Cora in this scene. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

 

Jonas snorted. “The guy has a backyard designed to charm girls out of their underwear.”

Did he seriously just say that? When he himself went off with— Unbelievable! I grabbed the rough wood of the gazebo railing so I didn’t lash out with more than my words.

“And you’d know all about that, now, wouldn’t you?”

His jaw clenched even as a wince tightened the line of his lips. “I don’t like him.”

“You don’t know him.”

“Neither do you.” He widened his stance and crossed his arms. “A few online chats don’t exactly mean much when it comes to getting to know someone.”

My fingernails dug into the railing, the wood biting into my skin. “Nice. So all our conversations while I was in Manhattan were meaningless, too, were they?”

“That’s different.” Jonas scowled under his balaclava of shadows. “We have history, a friendship. You hardly knew him before you left and haven’t seen the guy in over a year.”

He took a half step closer. “Ever heard of taking things slower?”

Breathe. Deep and steady, in and out. “Do you hear yourself? You telling me to take things slower?”

His hand twitched, like a gunfighter about to draw. “We’re talking about you, not me.”

“No, let’s talk about you. And how you need to butt out of my life.” Letting go of the safety of the railing, I took a step toward him. “I don’t go around judging how you change

girlfriends more often than your social media updates so where do you get off telling me how fast or slow I should go?”

Jonas stilled. “I’m just trying to stop you from making a mistake.”

My jaw dropped. “What, with your track record? You’re the master of the meaningless hookup. You do not get to lecture me on making mistakes.”

Eyes locked on mine, his pulse punched out a frantic rhythm against the side of his throat. “A mistake for some isn’t necessarily one for others.”

Of all the patronizing— “Are you listening to the garbage coming out of your mouth or has all the bullshit clogged up your ears?” I pressed my clenched hands against

my sides, fighting the urge to grab his headphones and show him exactly what I thought of his double standard.

“The guy is a player, Cora.”

I scoffed. “Not every guy operates the way you do.”

Jonas flinched but didn’t say anything.

“And even if he is, maybe that’s all I’m after.” I wasn’t, but it felt good to bait him.

His eyes narrowed, two glistening slits. “That’s not you.”

I edged closer still, my frame vibrating with anger. “How do you know? Maybe that night a year ago gave me a taste for short and uncomplicated.”

I felt more than saw something in him shift. Then a flash of lightning ripped the shadows from his face, leaving his expression exposed.

Shit.

The light disappeared. And with it the space between us.

His lips came down on mine. Hard. Near desperate. My eyes slid shut, pushing all other senses wide open: the slide of his tongue, hot breath on my too-tight skin. The scent of him surrounded me, all freshly cut grass and licorice.

 

Kat Colmer Bio:

Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young and New Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. The recipient of several writing awards, she has won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, as well as the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance.

Kat has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.

Website | Instagram |  Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Entangled Publishing

Kat Colmer Author

 

The Third Kiss summary:

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

 

The Third Kiss links:

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Entangled Publishing

 

 

Blogger Aesthetics Award/Tag

I was nominated by Bella Blogs Because Books over the weekend and I’m just getting around to this today.

 

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips (included in the tag):

 

 

I still don’t know anyone well enough to tag, but if you want to do this, just put your link in the comments below so I can check it out.