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I enjoyed How Willa Got Her Groove Back, so I was looking forward to Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas. This didn’t work as well for me, and I didn’t find it as engaging as the first book. It was clicking right along until right after the wedding, and then it fell apart for me. Read more
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Up From the Sea is a moving story of a boy who survived the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. The account of his fear during the quake and flight from the deadly ocean surge is suspenseful and very scary. I can’t imagine experiencing it myself. His worries about the fate of his family is also very emotional. Kai has lost everything, and his helplessness and hopelessness resonate through the author’s use of free verse. How can he go on, knowing that his mother, grandmother, and grandfather have all died? Everything he loved and took for granted is gone. His family, his friends, his school, even his soccer ball – gone. Read more
It’s been a while since I read the first two volumes of LIMIT, but I didn’t have any problems jumping back into the series again. This is a survival story; a bus of high schoolers is headed to the mountains for a camping trip. There’s a terrible accident, and the bus plunges off the road and down the mountainside. There’s only a handful of survivors, and they are all girls. Bickering and power struggles begin at once, and Morishige, the only one with a weapon, quickly takes charge. Morishige has issues. She has grudges against the other girls, and establishes herself as the leader of her battered, hungry, and terrified classmates. When Isui changes to power dynamic by running off with Morishige’s scythe, there’s a rebellion against Morishige’s cruel leadership. Read more
Perfect Couple sounded like a cute read, so I was excited to receive an eARC. I had a couple issues with the story right off the get go, and they prevented me from completely enjoying the book. Your mileage will probably vary. When all was said and done, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it, either. It’s a quick read that kept me turning the pages for an afternoon and I don’t regret reading it. Read more
Robin Talley hijacked the virtual dashboard this morning to chat about her research for Lies We Tell Ourselves.
Top 5 most surprising facts I learned while conducting research for Lies We Tell Ourselves:
I had to do a lot of research to write Lies We Tell Ourselves. Read more
I like food so I thought I’d give Food Wars! a try. I thought the first volume was okay, but it didn’t blow me away. Soma’s family owns a diner, and Soma’s number one goal in life is to be a better cook than his dad. I love this storyline; it kept me reading The Prince of Tennis for a long time (and I need to catch up on that one!). I’m not sure why I find this trope so appealing, but it is one of my favorites. The protagonist working to hone his skills, hoping to one day surpass the person who taught him almost everything he knows, yeah, I really like that. Read more
I have a couple cover reveals this morning. First up: I read about The Elementalists last week, and the plot sounds intriguing. Besides, anything with dragons gets a second look from me. What do you think of the cover? Read more
Ann Stampler stopped by the virtual offices with a quick This or That as she celebrates the release of Afterparty. Check it out, and then enter the giveaway below.
City or Country?
City. I like to visit country, especially country with a beach. But I prefer living in town, where there’s a lot going on. And especially in my town, where we have some many different cultures all mixed together.
About the book:
A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began. Read more