Standalone Sunday



Standalone Sunday was created by Megan at It is a post to recommend a standalone book (not a series) that you enjoyed.


One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

This book has some mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it.

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

Hardcover, 361 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press
Add this book to your Goodreads here.

Norse Mythology Tag

I was tagged by Anatomy of a Book Thief for this tag.  Hopefully I can think of an answer for each one.  There are a lot!

The Rules

  • Link back to my original post on Kyera’s Library so I can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my URL)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you…show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!


Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse Gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine, and war, among other things.


Not YA, but my favorite book is The Bell Jar.



Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms, so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful Lady Sif.



I’ve cried twice reading this year and both times were books by Adam Silvera.



Loki is the god of mischief, thieves and thrives on chaos


I can’t say who this is about, but there was a character in this book who wasn’t who they said they were.



Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility and fate.

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I adored Kate and August in This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet.



Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and he is who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds.


I’m not sure if it’s my favorite second book, but it was one I gave 5 stars.  There are still so many popular YA series that I haven’t read yet.



Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.


Another one that was tough for me.  But I really love Adrian Ivashkov.



Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.


Not sure it’s the most beautiful cover, but I love this one.  Maybe not my favorite, but definitely a stand out for me.



Frey is the lord of weather, god of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.


Not sure that it makes me happy, but I do laugh a lot in this series. It’s pretty serious, but the humor is great, too.



Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.


Hard to pick anything other than Hogwarts.  But there are quite a few cool book settings I love.



Uller is the god of death, winter, archery and hunting.


There may be others that bothered me more, but I don’t want to post any spoilers for books.  So I’ll go with this one since we all know they both die at the end.



Njord is the god of the wind and the sea.

I’m not sure on this one.  If I think of one, I’ll come back and edit it. I can think of some I haven’t read yet, but nothing I’ve read is jumping out at me right now.



The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.


There are so many strong female leads that I love, but I went with Rose Hathaway.



The Aesir and the Vanir are two groups of Norse gods, believed to be old and new gods.


Might not be my favorite, but I love the group from the House of Night series.



Seipyrts is Odin’s trusty eight legged steed, yes you heard that correctly – eight legs. I promise that he is the god’s horse companion and not a giant spider that he rides around on…although that would probably strike more fear in the hearts of his enemies than a pretty horse does.


Not really a sidekick, but I love the dragons in this so far (still reading this one right now).  I really want a pet dragon.


I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do this one, consider yourself tagged. Please make sure you post your link in the comments so I can read your answers, too.




Cover Reveal: The Missing by Jerico Lenk



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The Missing by Jerico Lenk

Publication Date:  October 10, 2017

Publisher:  Month9Books


It is 1890, and London has secrets. For sixteen-year-old Will Winchester, born Willow Winchester and raised as a young man, the safety of his own secrets rests one atop the other. Hiding his gender queerness is important. But so is hiding the ghostly voices of the Missing, which Will hears when no one else can … until the Spiritualist Black Cross Order of Occult Occurrences wants him in their service to keep peace between London’s living and dead.


The freedom to be himself may come with a price. Working alongside a patchwork team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about the ghosts who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself. Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?


Jerico Lenk

Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.

Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.

His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6×6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.


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First Lines Friday 8/25/17


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Copy and paste the text and banner (or make your own!) above for your own First Lines Fridays posts.  Make sure to comment your first lines below so that other people can check them out!


I have left everyone I love.  For good.

My mind shoved the thought back into a corner and tried to focus on counting dollar bills, expecting them to decompose any second from the impossible humidity of summer in America. “Good luck here, sweetheart.”  The driver of Princeton’s airport shuttle took the money and thanked me with a wink.  “You’ll need it.”  Then to prove the point, he drove off through the alleys of an empty campus. 

Deep breath.  Ignore the falling dusk.  They know you’re coming, somebody will show up soon.


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Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova


For every world, there is an underworld

Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin finds herself alone, a stranger in a strange land. Away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, she struggles to adapt to unfamiliar American ways and the challenges of college life—including a young man whose brooding good looks and murky past intrigue her. Drawn to the elusive Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother, Jake, she ventures into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous.

In this shadow world that seems to evoke Greek mythology and the Bulgarian legends of the 2, or “wildalones”—forest witches who beguile and entrap men—Thea will discover a family secret bound to transform her forever.

From debut author Krassi Zourkova comes the beginning of a lush, darkly imaginative saga of a world where dead doesn’t always mean gone, and love doesn’t always distinguish between the two.

Published October 13th 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Add it to your Goodreads here.

Guilty Reader Book Tag

I saw this tag on Thrice Read who saw it on Coffee, Cocktails, and Books.  I thought I would give it a try.

The Questions:

1. Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

I’ve given away books, but not really as an official gift.  Sometimes I get books I know I’ll never read.  So they are donated or given to a friend.

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

I don’t think I’ve done this.  At least not on purpose.  Sometimes I can’t remember, especially if it was high school or earlier.  So it’s possible I thought I read something and later realized I didn’t.

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

I’m sure I’ve done this before.  Not recently though.  Probably when I was younger.

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

No.  But I’ve skipped books before or read a book two first and never read book one. Nothing fantasy where you absolutely need to read the first one.  I sometimes get a contemporary book two approved from Entangled Teen and I haven’t read the first book. It usually doesn’t matter because they are focused on different side characters.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Not on purpose, but I’m sure I have.  I try really hard to keep things to myself though.

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

Probably when I was a kid.  But not as an adult that I can remember.  Possibly in my early twenties (I’m 39) with a paperback. But I’m pretty good at having a bookmark or using anything I see as a bookmark.

7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

I don’t think so.  At least not on purpose.  I don’t always remember what I have.

8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Not that I can recall.  I doubt it though.

9. Have you every skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

No.  Only if I dnf a book.  But I can’t skip a section or I feel like I cheated.

10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

I don’t think so.  Maybe a little bit, but nothing major.  If I like it, I generally admit it even if it’s not the popular opinion.

Are you doing this tag?  If so, make sure you comment with your link so I can read it, too.  Do you have any other guilty reader confessions?  

Review of They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera (digital arc)


Summary from Goodreads:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My thoughts:

Adam Silvera makes me cry.  Holy crap.  I hardly ever cry when reading, but I’ve cried twice this year and both books were by Adam.  They Both Die At The End is pretty different from History Is All You Left Me, but it had the same effect on me.  Maybe even more.  I knew they were going to die when the book ended, but it didn’t matter.  I cried.

It all started with the author note.  It was beautifully written and shows what an amazing human being Adam Silvera is.  He has a way with words that just makes you feel.  And the characters start to feel like real people, people you actually know and care about.

I loved the diversity in this book.  Another thing I enjoyed was the extra people.  The short little chapters about different people Mateo and Rufus met or people who had some part in their day.  It reminded me a bit of Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star. That is one of the things I love about her story telling, too.  Deidre was one of the other characters and I really loved her idea on reincarnation. That you can find out when and where you’ll be reincarnated so that your loved ones can find you.  These little stories really added to the book for me.

But the real story was Mateo and Rufus.  The way they brought out the best in each other was so heartwarming.  I knew things would end badly, but I kept hoping that they would live.

There were so many incredible quotes from this book.  I’m going to add a few that really show how incredible and touching this book is.  Since this is an arc, the wording can change, but I hope these stay exactly the same.

“I may not be able to cure cancer or end world hunger, but small kindnesses go a long way.”

“Twelve hours ago I received the phone call telling me I’m going to die today, and I’m more alive now than I was then.”

“You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships.  Some you’ll discover you should put behind you.  Others are worth every risk.”

“You didn’t just keep me alive, you made me live.”

I can keep going on and on.  This book is full of emotion and I hope you all get a chance to read it soon.

They Both Die At The End will be published September 5th (the end day) 2017 by HaperCollins.

Add it to Goodreads here.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for giving me a chance to read this book.

Adam Silvera will be touring this fall.  I am hoping to attend the event at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL on October 5th.   You can pre-order the book here to get in the signing line.


WWW Wednesdays 8/23/17


WWW Wednesdays 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 They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.


I recently finished Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel.


I’m not 100% sure, but I’m most likely reading Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows next. This could change depending on my mood.