Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WoW: Eden West by Pete Hautman

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for. I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!

Pete Hautman
Jan. 3, 2017 

Tackling faith, doubt, and transformation, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman explores a boy’s unraveling allegiance to an insular cult.

Twelve square miles of paradise, surrounded by an eight-foot-high chain-link fence: this is Nodd, the land of the Grace. It is all seventeen-year-old Jacob knows. Beyond the fence lies the World, a wicked, terrible place, doomed to destruction. When the Archangel Zerachiel descends from Heaven, only the Grace will be spared the horrors of the Apocalypse. But something is rotten in paradise. A wolf invades Nodd, slaughtering the Grace’s sheep. A new boy arrives from outside, and his scorn and disdain threaten to tarnish Jacob’s contentment. Then, while patrolling the borders of Nodd, Jacob meets Lynna, a girl from the adjoining ranch, who tempts him to sample the forbidden Worldly pleasures that lie beyond the fence. Jacob’s faith, his devotion, and his grip on reality are tested as his feelings for Lynna blossom into something greater and the End Days grow ever closer. Eden West is the story of two worlds, two hearts, the power of faith, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser:
Los Angeles. The first time I was here, a Yankee usurper, a bumbling almost-there, I snapped a photo of a Hollywood Boulevard street sign and sent it to my mother with a text: guess what i'm famous.

Now I actually was famous, though I didn't text my mother anymore.
This week I am reading Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. I recently read the final book of the Wolves of Mercy Falls and wanted to know what happened to Cole. Here is the description from Amazon:
Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Series.

found.

Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn't just want her. He needs her.

lost.

Isabel is trying to build herself a life in Los Angeles. It's not really working. She can play the game as well as all the other fakes. But what's the point? What is there to win?

sinner.

Cole and Isabel share a past that never seemed to have a future. They have the power to love each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go.

Monday, November 28, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 28, 2016)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme begun by Sheila at Book Journey. Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts have given it a kidlit focus.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Other Than Reading...

Well, my Thanksgiving plans were derailed this week. After three years of remission, I had a Crohn's flare up. I spent 6 hours in the Emergency Room on Monday and then rested at home the rest of the week. I saw my gastroenterologist on Friday and have begun a course of steroids to try to put the disease into remission again. I have twelve weeks of the steroid and then more tests in March. If this treatment doesn't work, we'll have to reassess.

On the positive side, I got a lot of reading done both in waiting rooms and at home. This week I should finish my whole 2016 calendar since the books I'm planning to read will show up on my blogs late in December.

We finally had our first measurable snowfall this past week but warm temperatures have melted it away. Our ground is bare as I'm writing this. We are even expecting a couple of sunny days and warmer than average temperatures for the next few days. I am not a big fan of winter driving and appreciate any snow-free day we manage to have. Winter in Minnesota is long enough even without snow in November.

Read Last Week
Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong completes a trilogy. I had a little trouble getting into this one since it has been quite a while since I read the first two books. I did like the way the series resolved. My review will be posted on Dec. 3.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima was an entertaining contemporary fantasy with a male main character. I enjoyed it and will be reading the rest of the series eventually. Quite a few of them are already on my TBR mountain. My review will be posted on Dec. 8.

Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi was an entertaining teenage vampire novel. The main character and narrator had a great teenage voice. My review will be posted on December 10.
Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was also an entertaining paranormal story about a group of girls who get tattoos that let them battle an ancient evil. While the girls were stereotypes - the klutzy one, the nerdy one, the tomboy, and the fashionista - the story was engaging. My review will be posted on Dec. 15.

Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne was a paranormal story about werewolves hidden among us which happens to be one of my favorite tropes. Kayla, attempting to come to terms with the traumatic death of her parents when she was a child, discovers that they were werewolves and that she is one too. I thought it resolved too quickly and easily but can certainly see how YAs could enjoy the romance. My review will be posted on Dec. 17.

Currently
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee is my only December review book. It is next up on my stack.

Next Week
I'm back to books from TBR mountain to finish out the year. These are hardcovers that will be donated to my Middle School/High School Media Center once I finish them.
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I took advantage of a couple of Kindle Deals this week.

I haven't yet had a chance to read more than Divergent in the Divergent series but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get Four by Veronica Roth which will join Insurgent and Allegiant on my Kindle.

I also purchased The Distance Between Us by Kasie West since I enjoy a good contemporary romance every once in a while.

You can check Inside of a Dog (my other blog) to see what adult books I read, reviewed, and plan to read. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Book Review: Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman

Their Fractured Light
Author: Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Series: Starbound
Publication: Disney-Hyperion (December 1, 2015)

Description: A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now-infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness LaRoux Industries' corruption. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were the only survivors of the Icarus shipwreck, forced to live a double life after their rescue.

Now, at the center of the galaxy on Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players in the fight against LRI.
Gideon Marchant is an underworld hacker known as the Knave of Hearts, ready to climb and abseil his way past the best security measures on the planet to expose LRI's atrocities. Sofia Quinn, charming con artist, can work her way into any stronghold without missing a beat. When a foiled attempt to infiltrate LRI Headquarters forces them into a fragile alliance, it's impossible to know who's playing whom--and whether they can ever learn to trust each other.
With their lives, loves, and loyalties at stake, only by joining forces with the Icarus survivors and Avon's protectors do they stand a chance of taking down the most powerful corporation in the galaxy---before LRI's secrets destroy them all.
The New York Times best-selling Starbound trilogy comes to a close with this dazzling final installment about the power of courage and hope in humanity's darkest hour.

My Thoughts: The Starbound series comes to an end with this book. This time the focus is on Gideon and Sophia. Gideon is the ultimate hacker determined to bring down LaRoux because he blames him, rightly, for the death of his older brother. Sophia is an orphan turned con woman whose main goal is LaRoux's death since she blames him for the death of her father.

The two have their paths cross on Corinth where LaRoux is planning to launch his epic coup and bring peace to the universe - a peace forces by beings inhabiting the rift. Neither Gideon nor Sophia can trust the other. Both are playing roles to reach their goals. If they allowed themselves, and sometimes despite themselves, they are falling in love.

Also converging on Corinth are Lilac LaRoux and her fiance Tarver and Jubilee and Flynn. There paths have been subtly manipulated by the being in the rift who want to learn more about humans and human emotions. All six of them will have to make very difficult decisions through the course of this story.

The story is filled with action but it is also filled with soul-searching and moral decisions. Interludes from the beings in the rift are also sprinkled between chapters from Gideon's viewpoint and chapters from Sophia's viewpoint. 

I thought this was an excellent conclusion to an engaging series.

Favorite Quote:
"It's been a really, really long time since I wasn't alone," she whispers, and when I look across, our eyes meet. "I've missed that feeling."

Her gaze goes straight to my heart. I've missed it too. And there's something about this girl -- so utterly strong, so vulnerable, so implacable in her purpose, but so alone -- she brings all my best intentions undone.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday Memes: Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginning:
The dappled sunlight through the grass is beautiful, though I know it's not real.
Friday 56:
I force my eyes to blink regularly for the screens eye-trackers, when all I want to do is squeeze them shut, to block out everything like an animal hiding its head in the sand.
This week I am reading Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner. This one is from my TBR mountain. Here is the description from Amazon:
A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now-infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness LaRoux Industries' corruption. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were the only survivors of the Icarus shipwreck, forced to live a double life after their rescue.

Now, at the center of the galaxy on Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players in the fight against LRI.

Gideon Marchant is an underworld hacker known as the Knave of Hearts, ready to climb and abseil his way past the best security measures on the planet to expose LRI's atrocities. Sofia Quinn, charming con artist, can work her way into any stronghold without missing a beat. When a foiled attempt to infiltrate LRI Headquarters forces them into a fragile alliance, it's impossible to know who's playing whom--and whether they can ever learn to trust each other.

With their lives, loves, and loyalties at stake, only by joining forces with the Icarus survivors and Avon's protectors do they stand a chance of taking down the most powerful corporation in the galaxy---before LRI's secrets destroy them all.

The New York Times best-selling Starbound trilogy comes to a close with this dazzling final installment about the power of courage and hope in humanity's darkest hour.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

ARC Review: The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir

The Girl in the Picture
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publication: Delacorte Press (November 15, 2016)

Description: One dead body, one photograph, one compromising secret. Everyone's a suspect in this classic "whodunit" murder mystery from Timeless author, Alexandra Monir.
  
Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things—the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick of Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The girl in the picture.

After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police search for the girl snuggled up next to him in a picture discovered among his personal effects. A girl no one knew was even close to him—and whose best friend, Lana Rivera, was his girlfriend.

Nicole is that girl, and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder.

What happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back? Were he and Lana over? Could either of the girls have killed him?

In alternating points of view—that of suspect Nicole Morgan and that of Lana Rivera—and weaving between present-day, flashbacks, and the characters' surreal subconscious, The Girl in the Picture is a unique tale of teen friendship, romance, and deadly secrets.

My Thoughts: This story is a mystery and a story of a secret love and a story of family secrets all taking place at an exclusive school.

The story begins with the discovery of soccer star and Congressman's son Chace Porter's body in the woods. In his pocket is a strip of photos taken at the fair. The problem is that the photos are of he and Nicole Morgan, not he and his girlfriend Lana Rivera, also the daughter of a Congresswoman.

The story jumps back and forth in time from when Chace first came to the school as a junior and meets both Lana, who is a social butterfly, and Nicole, who is a music geek. Lana decides that he would be the perfect boyfriend and someone she deserves. And, despite being attracted to him herself, Nicole can't believe someone so unbelievable would every be interested in her and so she pushes him toward Lana.

Circumstances contrive to throw Chace and Nicole together and their relationship deepens but Nicole doesn't want to hurt her friend Lana. It isn't until the spring before his death that Chace and Nicole come out to Lana who doesn't take the revelation of their relationship well. Her reaction and an accident that scars Nicole's face makes Nicole shy away from Chace.

Now that his body has been found, the hunt is on to find out who murdered him. Nicole is quickly becoming the prime suspect especially since someone seems to be framing her for the crime. Is it Chace's parents who don't want his family secret exposed? Is is Lana's mother who thinks Lana might have had a part in the death? Or is it someone else?

This story had twists and turns and was filled with emotional ups and downs. It also has some appearances of Chace from beyond the grave who isn't going to move on until he is sure that his love Nicole is cleared of any suspicion. Unfortunately, he doesn't remember who killed him but he is there at crucial moments to support Nicole.

This was a fast-paced story that I read in one day. I couldn't stop reading until I found out who killed Chace. Fans of mysteries and love stories will enjoy this book.

Favorite Quote:
The world can take nearly everything away from me--my face, my friends, my love--but as long as I have my music, I have something worth living and fighting for, I have a purpose.
I got this one for review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WoW: The Penalty by Mal Peet

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for. I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!

Mal Peet
Nov. 8, 2016 

From the award-winning author of TAMAR, a time-shifting thriller about a vanishing soccer star, occult secrets, and the dark history of slavery.

As the city of San Juan pulses to summer’s sluggish beat, its teenage soccer prodigy, El Brujito, the Little Magician, vanishes without a trace — right after he misses a penalty kick and loses a big game for his team. Paul Faustino, South America’s top sports reporter, is reluctantly drawn into the mystery of the athlete’s disappearance. As a story of corruption and murder unfolds, Faustino is forced to confront the bitter history of slavery and the power of the occult. A deftly woven mystery flush with soccer and suspense, this gripping novel is a thrilling read not to be missed.

I missed this one in 2007 and 2009. I'll try again.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser:
"I was his girlfriend. He barely even knew her."

Officer Ladge looks taken aback, frowning as he glances from me to Lana and back again. I hold my breath. This isn't happening.
This week I am reading The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir. I got this mystery for review from NetGalley. Here is the description from Amazon:
One dead body, one photograph, one comprimising secret. Everyone's a suspect in this classic "whodunit" murder mystery from Timeless author, Alexandra Monir.  
Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things—the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick of Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The girl in the picture.

After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police search for the girl snuggled up next to him in a picture discovered among his personal effects. A girl no one knew was even close to him—and whose best friend, Lana Rivera, was his girlfriend.

Nicole is that girl, and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder.

What happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back? Were he and Lana over? Could either of the girls have killed him?

In alternating points of view—that of suspect Nicole Morgan and that of Lana Rivera—and weaving between present-day, flashbacks, and the characters' surreal subconscious, The Girl in the Picture is a unique tale of teen friendship, romance, and deadly secrets.

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 21, 2016)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme begun by Sheila at Book Journey. Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts have given it a kidlit focus.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Other Than Reading...

This was a mostly quiet week despite a few meetings. We are just on the edge of a major snowstorm but only expect a little rain and/or a dusting of snow. Right now the winds are really howling and the temperature has plunged. I'm glad I have no plans to leave the house the rest of the weekend. 

We have a short school week coming up. We only work Monday and Tuesday and then break for Thanksgiving. I plan to leave for Duluth around noon time on Tuesday even though the forecast has changed and Duluth is expecting 1 - 3 inches of snow Tuesday afternoon. We're expecting rain at this end of the trip. It should be an interesting drive! At least I'll be doing it in daylight hours.

I'm packing a few book and hope to have some reading time. My brother will be working a lot of the days I'm home. Strangely for someone working in retail, he has Black Friday off but works every other day of my break. I'll be continuing to clear items out of the old house and transporting them to the new. Hopefully, we'll soon have everything we want to keep out of the house and can turn it over to the estate sellers.

Read Last Week

Nothing.

Currently
I'm slowly working my way through Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong. It has been quite a while since I read the first two books in this trilogy and I'm struggling keeping people and relationships straight.

Next Week
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

Nothing caught my eye this week.

You can check Inside of a Dog (my other blog) to see what adult books I read, reviewed, and plan to read. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

ARC Review: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Of Fire and Stars
Author: Audrey Coulthurst; Jordan Saia (illustrator)
Publication: Balzer + Bray (November 22, 2016)

Description: An atmospheric and romantic debut fantasy perfect for fans of Ash and The Winner’s Curse.

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden.

Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought—and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

My Thoughts: This is an engaging fantasy novel that seems to be beginning a series. Princess Dennaleia has been betrothed to the Crown Prince of Mynaria since she was six years old. Now sixteen, she is finally traveling to Mynaria to meet him.

Dennaleia finds a prince who just seems to see her as a trophy and who seems uninterested in her as anything by an ornament. Her years of training to rule are completely disregarded. She also learns that people who have magic are being persecuted in that kingdom. She has been told since she was small that she needs to keep her affinity to fire a secret. Now the secret must be kept even closer which is hard because her gift seems to be growing and getting harder to hide.

Dennaleia finds herself lonely in her new life. The only one she would like to be her friend is her betrothed's sister Princess Amaranthine who prefers to be called Mare and prefers to spend her time training and breeding horses. Mare has also been set aside by her father and brother as having no purpose other than being someone to marry off for political gains.

When the king's adviser is murderded Mare and Denna team up to try to find out the killer despite being discouraged by the king and crown prince. The two also begin a relationship that starts with a tentative friendship and builds into a romance.

The story is filled with action and tension as the country hovers on the brink of war with a neighboring county and deals with rebellions magic users. I loved the way the love between Denna and Mare grew gradually through the story. I liked the world building and would be glad to read more stories set in this world.

Favorite Quote:
My daily life remained a rehearsal for the moment I met my betrothed, and my secret seemed like a trivial thing. I believed that as long as I followed my training, nothing could go wrong.

But some things are stronger than years of lessons.

The draw of fire.

A longing for freedom.

Or a girl on a red horse.
I got this one for review at Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Memes: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginning:
When I was seven winters of age, my mother caught me in the hearth stacking red-hot coals with my bare hands.
Friday 56:
"What in the Sixth Hell was that? Are you all right?" Mare asked, concerned.

I stared at the rubble, too afraid to answer her.
This week I am reading Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. I got this one for review from Edelweiss. Here is the description from Amazon:
An atmospheric and romantic debut fantasy perfect for fans of Ash and The Winner’s Curse.

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden.

Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought—and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

ARC Review: Gap Life by John Coy

Gap Life
Author: John Coy
Publication: Feiwel & Friends (November 22, 2016)

Description: Cray got into the same college his father attended and is expected to go. And to go pre-med. And to get started right away. His parents are paying the tuition. It should be an easy decision.

But it's not.

All Cray knows is that what's expected of him doesn't feel right. The pressure to make a decision―from his family, his friends―is huge. Until he meets Rayne, a girl who is taking a gap year, and who helps him find his first real job, at a home of four adults with developmental disabilities. What he learns about himself and others will turn out to be more than any university could teach him―and twice as difficult.

My Thoughts: Cray has just graduated from high school, has been accepted to the college where his father and grandfather went, and is all set for a career as a doctor like his grandfather, father, uncle and cousins. But there is a problem. Cray doesn't want to go to that college or become a doctor. He gets queasy at the sight of blood!

One problem is that he doesn't know what he wants to do instead. When his father says he needs to find a job and start paying rent if he won't be taking their tuition-free ride to college, Cray starts looking. He meets a young woman named Rayne who steers him into a job as overnight help for a home for developmentally disabled people.

Cray develops a crush on Rayne because she seems to have everything put together. She knows what she wants and is comfortable being different. But Rayne has problems too. She is being pressured by her Italian boyfriend to come to Italy and marry him. She is also dealing with the abandonment of her mother who left her to follow a guru to a commune in South America.

This story tells about the summer after high school when Cray makes some big decisions and learns a lot about what he wants out of his life. I enjoyed the story because I could sympathize with Cray who is dealing with all kinds of pressure. I could also sympathize with his father and could understand his point of view even though I didn't agree with it. I think a lot of high school students feel the same pressure that Cray does.

Favorite Quote:
"I'm doing this for your own good so you see what life's like in the real world. You have an unbelievable opportunity with college and need to change your mind. I'm doing you a favor. You may not like it now, but you'll thank me later."

I pushed chicken around my plate.

Yeah, right. I wasn't thanking him. What he wanted was for him, not for me. I'd never seen that more clearly.
I got this one for review from Macmillan. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WoW: Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for. I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!

Ananda Braxton-Smith 
November 8, 2016 

In this breathless and beautifully crafted tale, twelve-year-old Neen Marrey must separate town gossip from town lore to learn the truth about her mother—and herself.

The people of Carrick Island have been whispering behind Neen’s back ever since her father drowned and her mother disappeared. The townspeople say her mother was a merrow and has returned to the ocean. Neen, caught in her hazy new in-between self—not a child, but not quite grown up—can’t help but wonder if the villagers are right. But if her mother was a merrow, then what does that make Neen?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Gap Life by John Coy

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser:
The manager, whose name badge read KEITH, marched up to the counter. He was about thirty and looked irritated, like I'd interrupted something important.
This week I am reading Gap Life by John Coy. I got this one for review from Macmillan. Here is the description from Amazon:
Cray got into the same college his father attended and is expected to go. And to go pre-med. And to get started right away. His parents are paying the tuition. It should be an easy decision.

But it's not.

All Cray knows is that what's expected of him doesn't feel right. The pressure to make a decision―from his family, his friends―is huge. Until he meets Rayne, a girl who is taking a gap year, and who helps him find his first real job, at a home of four adults with developmental disabilities. What he learns about himself and others will turn out to be more than any university could teach him―and twice as difficult.

Monday, November 14, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 14, 2016)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme begun by Sheila at Book Journey. Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts have given it a kidlit focus.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Other Than Reading...

Grades are done and the second quarter has begun. We are still basking in unusually warm weather for November in Minnesota. There are some long range predictions that this could all change for Thanksgiving Break, of course. It's still a week and an half away and I'm hoping the predictions are wrong.

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without some difficult driving conditions though. I am planning to go home to Duluth for the long weekend which actually begins for me at noon on Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. It will be nice to see how my brother has settled into our new home and what we still have to do to sell our old house.

This will be the first Thanksgiving in a few years that I have actually traveled. I'll have a stack of books going home with me for some reading time since I don't plan to do any shopping. Black Friday crowds will get along without me again this year. This should be the last year I'll have to worry about traveling for Thanksgiving since I should be all retired and settled by this time next year.

Read Last Week
Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is from my TBR stack. It is the conclusion of the Starbound Science Fiction/Romance series. I liked this one and think it did a good job of winding up the series. My review will be posted on Nov. 26.

The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir was an excellent mystery/romance. I liked the characters and enjoyed the way it interwove the past and the present to tell the story. My review will be posted on Nov. 24.

Currently
Having only one review book for December is giving me a chance to dig into my YA TBR mountain. I chose Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong because it is the final book in a trilogy.

Next Week
These are on my list for next week. Both begin new series and I have the rest also on TBR mountain.
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I was sent a NetGalley invitation to read A List of Cages by Robin Roe. It fit into my calendar and so I added it.

You can check Inside of a Dog (my other blog) to see what adult books I read, reviewed, and plan to read.