April 2, 2017

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Title: The Roanoke Girls

Author: Amy Engel

Publication: March 7, 2017 by Crown

Source: Blogging for Books

Goodreads Summary:
After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.
Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane's first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

The Roanoke Girls 

My Thoughts: I purposefully went into this book without knowing anything because I love Amy Engel's other books, and boy was I surprised.

February 28, 2017

The Mardi Gras Book Tag!

Hey everyone, I originally wanted to do this tag in a video, but I ended up going on vacation for Mardi Gras break and wasn't able to film. I still wanted to do this fun, festive, and creative tag, so blog-form it is! This tag was created by Lauryn's Library on Youtube, and she also tagged me, thank you Lauryn. Click here to see the original video.

February 1, 2017

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton | Book & Movie Review

Title: The Outsiders

Author: S.E. Hinton

Publication: April 24, 1967 by Viking Press, Dell Publishing (Original)
November 1, 2016 (50th Anniversary Edition) by Penguin Books

Source: I received an unsolicited, finished copy of the 50th anniversary edition from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary: Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.
The Outsiders

January 18, 2017

The Reader by Traci Chee | Audiobook Review

The Reader by Traci Chee

Series: Sea of Ink and Gold, #1

Publication: September 13, 2016 by Putnam (Hardcover), Listening Library (Audiobook)

Source: I checked out the digital audiobook from my local library through Overdrive.

Goodreads Summary: Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.

Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.

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January 7, 2017

My Top 10 Most Anticipated Reads of 2017!

There are so many exciting books coming out in 2017, it was hard to pick just 10. I chose some that are sequels and some debuts, as well as new books from authors I've read before. This list is concentrated on release dates in the first half of the year just because those have the most information out right now and the most buzz. I may do an updated list for releases in the last half of the year later on.

I don't have too many "reading goals" for 2017. I want to read more for enjoyment and not stress so much about finishing a certain number of books or just reading books for review. I have enough stress with school and work, so I want reading to be more of an escape and form of relaxation. The only other goal I have is to read more diversely and be more aware of diversity when reading. I've been reading a lot of discussion in the book community on diversity recently and it has been eye-opening and enlightening for me. I am still finding my voice in the conversation, but this year I aim to seek out more diverse books, expand my reading horizon, as well as highlight and support marginalized voices.

With all of that said, here are my top 10 anticipated books of 2017 (in order of release date):

Publication: January 10, 2017

This is a contemporary story about a high school senior, Adam, who is reunited with his foster brother, Julien, after 5 years. Julien is keeping secrets and Adam is determined to help him. This book deals with mental health in different forms, including ADHD. It seems like a very emotional and impactful story. The early reviews are great!

Publication: January 10, 2017 by Tor Teen

This is the sequel to Truthwitch, which I read an advanced copy of in 2015. Therefore, I have been anticipating this continuation for a while! I loved the fantasy and friendship elements of the first book, and I can't wait to see where this crazy story goes in the next book. Check out my full review of Truthwitch here.