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Throwback Time: Once Upon A Kiss

Robin Palmer - Once Upon A Kiss Expected publication : January 5, 2016 by Speak Pages : 304 Genres : Contemporary, Science Fiction, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating: 4.5/5 So much has happened since 1986, and Zoe Brenner is about to find out just how much. From the author of the book that inspired the Disney original movie Geek Charming! It's 1986 and sixteen-year-old Zoe Brenner's world revolves around Depeche Mode, Judd Nelson, exercise-obsessed parents, and her best friend Jonah. Then one day, in a freak Fun-Dip choking accident, Zoe falls unconscious, and awakes in the year 2016. So much has changed, and Zoe needs Jonah to help her make sense of it all. But in this life, Zoe is the most popular girl in school, and she soon realizes this Zoe doesn't associate with nerds like Jonah. As Zoe juggles new technology, attempts to hide her enthusiasm for poet blouses, and manages to keep her super jock boyfriend at bay, she tries

Waiting on Wednesday: The Square Root of Summer

Review: Blackhearts

Nicole Castroman - Blackhearts Expected publication : February 9, 2016 by Simon Pulse Pages : 384 Genres : Historical Fiction, Retellings, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 4/5 Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from

Waiting On Wednesday: Two Summers

Review: How To Disappear

Ann Redisch Stampler -  How To Disappear Expected publication : June 14, 2016 by Simon Pulse Pages : 416 Genres : Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Book Depository , Goodreads Rating : 2/5 This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed? —and the boy who's sent to kill her. Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she's pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette's house. Which is why she has to disappear. Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A's and athletic trophies can't make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him i

Waiting on Wednesday: The Museum Of Heartbreak

DNF Review: Divah

Susannah Appelbaum - Divah Expected publication : March 15, 2016 by Sky Pony Press Pages : 400 Genres : Historical Fiction, Horror, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : A snazzy ol DNF Eloise meets Rosemary's Baby in New York City’s very own Carlyle hotel. Seventeen-year-old Itzy Nash is spending the summer at the exclusive Carlyle hotel in New York City. But the hotel harbors more than the rich and privileged; it is host to a gorgeous fallen angel, reclusive movie stars, and—Itzy soon learns—demons of the worst sort. When the Queen of the Damned checks in, all Hell breaks loose. Itzy is called upon to save herself—and all of humanity—from the ravages of the Underworld. There’s only one problem: Itzy’s possessed. Part gothic thriller, part historical fiction, the novel straddles the Upper East Side and the lush trappings of the Carlyle hotel, and Paris during the Reign of Terror in 1789. Marie Antoinette is the Queen of the Damned. Mar

Review: Seven Ways We Lie

Riley Redgate - Seven Ways We Lie Expected publication : March 8, 2016 by Amulet Books Pages : 352 Genres : Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating: 2.5/5 Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal. When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, their seven ordinary-seeming lives result in extraordinary change.

Waiting on Wednesday: Gemini


Review: The Memory Jar

Elissa Janine Hoole - The Memory Jar Expected publication : April 8th, 2016 by Flux Pages : 312 Genres : Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 4/5 Since the accident, Taylor's memory has been fuzzy. But at least she's awake. Who knows what her boyfriend, Scott, will remember when he comes out of the coma. Will he remember that Taylor was driving the snowmobile when it crashed? Will he remember the engagement ring? Her pregnancy? Will he remember that she tried to break up with him? Taylor doesn't know. And she doesn't know if she wants him to remember. Plenty of things happened that night and before—secrets wrapped in secrets—that she'd prefer be forgotten. Facing choices she'd rather ignore, Taylor searches for something more solid than whispers and something bigger than blame to face the future and forgive herself.

Review: For Real

Alison Cherry - For Real Published: December 9, 2014 by Delacorte Press Pages: 304 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Find on: Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 4.5/5 No parents. No limits. No clue what they're in for. Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister's shadow. While Miranda's life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality TV. When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just before her college graduation, it's Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They'll outshine Miranda's fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome. But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may or may not be just for the cameras.

Review: Some of the Parts

Hannah Barnaby - Some of the Parts Expected publication : February 16, 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages : 304 Genres : Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 3/5 Sometimes bad things happen, and we are not the same when they are over. For months, Tallie McGovern has been coping with the death of her older brother the only way she knows how: by smiling bravely and pretending that she's okay. She’s managed to fool her friends, her parents, and her teachers so far, yet she can’t even say his name out loud: “N—” is as far as she can go. But when Tallie comes across a letter in the mail, it only takes two words to crack the careful façade she’s built around herself: ORGAN DONOR. Two words that had apparently been checked off on her brother’s driver’s license; two words that her parents knew about—and never confided to her. All at once, everything Tallie thought she understood about her brother’s death feels like

Waiting on Wednesday: 26 Kisses

Review: Gossip Girl

Cecily von Ziegesar - Gossip Girl Published : April 1st, 2002 by Poppy Pages : 224 Genres : Contemporary, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 4/5 Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep--sometimes with each other. S is back from boarding school, and if we aren't careful, she's going to win over our teachers, wear that dress we couldn't fit into, steal our boyfriends' hearts, and basically ruin our lives in a major way. I'll be watching closely... You know you love me, gossip girl

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Stephanie Perkins - Lola and the Boy Next Door Published: September 29, 2011 by Dutton Books Pages : 384 Genres : Contemporary, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 3/5 Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Review: Hour of the Bees

Lindsay Eagar - Hour of the Bees Expected publication: March 8, 2016 by Candlewick Press Pages : 360 Genres: Magical Realism, Middle Grade Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 5/5 What does it mean to be fully alive? Magic blends with reality in a stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl, a grandfather, wanderlust, and reclaiming your roots. Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them. . . While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of d

November Dream Reads

Waiting On Wednesday: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

Review: What You Left Behind

Jessica Verdi - What You Left Behind Published : August 4, 2015 by Sourcebooks Pages : 358 Genres : Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 3/5 It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college. The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he ca

Review: Anna and The French Kiss

Stephanie Perkins - Anna and The French Kiss Published : December 2nd, 2010 by Dutton Juvenile (first published January 1st, 2010) Pages : 372 Genres : Contemporary, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 2/5 Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful , Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Review: Dumplin'

Julie Murphy - Dumplin' Published: September 15, 2015 by Balzer + Bray Pages: 384 Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 2.5/5 Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with s

Review: Underwater

Marisa Reichardt - Underwater Expected publication : January 12, 2016 by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Pages : 288 Genres : Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 5/5 Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself. But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school. When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect wi

Review: Dead to Me

Mary McCoy - Dead to Me Published : March 3rd, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion Pages : 304 Genres : Historical Fiction, Young Adult Find on : Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository L A Confidential for the YA audience. This alluring noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop will keep you guessing until the last page. "Don't believe anything they say." Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her--and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away. When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherou

Review: Future Perfect

Jen Larsen - Future Perfect Published: October 6, 2015 by HarperTeen Pages: 320 Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on: Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness. Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is. But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery. As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to d

DNF Review: Black Widow: Forever Red

Margaret Stohl - Black Widow: Forever Red Published: October 13, 2015 by Marvel Press Pages: 304 Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult Find on: Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : Um, DNF? Enter the world of the Avengers' iconic master spy Natasha Romanoff is one of the world's most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow's infamous academy for operatives. Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average. The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn't really the big sister type. Until now. When c

Review: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light

Ann Jacobus - Romancing the Dark in the City of Light Published: October 6, 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books Pages: 288 Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on: Amazon , Goodreads ,  Book Depository Rating : 3.5/5 A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws. Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel. Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages

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Review: Anne & Henry

Dawn Ius - Anne & Henry Published: September 1, 2015 by Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Genres: Contemporary, Retellings, Young Adult Find on: Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 1/5 In this wonderfully creative retelling of the infamous—and torrid—love affair between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, history collides with the present when a sizzling romance ignites in a modern-day high school. Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student body president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of his brother, the pressure for Henry to be perfect has doubled. And now he’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who isn’t Tudor-approved. Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life. Wild, brash, and outspoken, Anne is everything Henry isn’t allowed to be—or want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and ev

Review: This Raging Light

Estelle Laure - This Raging Light Expected Publication: December 22, 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 288 Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on: Amazon , Goodreads,  Book Depository Rating : 3.5/5 Can the best thing happen at the worst time? Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she's about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend's brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure's soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

Review: Since You've Been Gone

Morgan Matson - Since You've Been Gone Published: May 6, 2014 by Simon & Schuster Pages: 449 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Find on: Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 2/5 It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back? Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough. Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a stranger? Um... Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter ( totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find? Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?

Review: See No Color

Shannon Gibney - See No Color Expected publication: November 1, 2015 by Carolrhoda Lab Pages: 192 Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on: Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 4/5 Being a biracial girl adopted by a white family didn't used to bother Alex. All that mattered was being her father's baseball star--until that status slips. Now she's questioning her identity. Black or white--where does she fit in?

Review: Don't Fail Me Now

Una LaMarche - Don't Fail Me Now Published: September 1st, 2015 by Razorbill Pages: 288 Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Find on:   Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 2/5 Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle’s part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them. Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time. Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common : Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little. After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind. Fi

Review: For The Record

Charlotte Huang - For The Record Expected publication: November 10, 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers Pages: 320 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Find on:   Amazon , Goodreads , Book Depository Rating : 3/5 If Almost Famous were a YA novel... a raw, honest debut celebrating music, friendship, romance, and life on the road. Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like... until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated

My Sparkly New Blog

Hello, all! I read, I review, I binge Netflix - a semi-autobiographical novel by ya gurl, Peach. I kinda wanted to debut this like Beyoncé did with her surprise album, like: But in all honesty, it's more like: For those who may not know me, name's Peach. Blogging's my game. I love practically every Disney film inexistence, would undoubtedly endorse a Zoey 101 sequel (if you haven't seen already, please go to YouTube and watch the #WhatDidZoeySay video), and once had goldfish named Otto and Reggie, appropriately named for the surfer siblings in Rocket Power. For those who do  know me, hiiiii. Tell me what you think of the blog. Is it one big fat flop? Is it mildly snazzy? Is it, at least, semi- snazzier than sliced bread? Give me your opinion and I'll be back to reviewing tomorrow.