Book Blast & Giveaway! She Doesn’t Know by Shane Morales

She Doesn’t Know by Shane Morales Publication: March 31st 2017 by Xylem Flow Publishing Category: YA Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age *Purchase links support this blog Chloe Parker has just been uprooted to a tiny American compound in Saudi Arabia. You’d think after fourteen years of being an Air Force brat, she’d be used to being the new kid, but it still sucks. At least until she meets charming, charismatic Alex and falls for him hard. But Alex is a {Read More}

Five Stars! Confessions of an Organ Donor by Shannon McCrimmon

Confessions of an Organ Donor by Shannon McCrimmon Publication: June 21st 2018 Category: YA Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age Source: ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review My Rating: *Purchase links support this blog The last time Trip Wentworth saw the inside of a public school he was six-years-old. Sadly, he’s spent the last twelve years with a private tutor, living the life of a recluse. He wants to fit in, but it’s not easy being the only {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass

The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass Publication: April 17th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams Category: Middle Grade Genre: Contemporary, Death & Dying, Family, Growing Up *Purchase links support this blog There are times we all feel we need more than one heart to get through. When Briana’s father dies, she imagines she has a new heart growing inside her. It speaks to her in her Dad’s voice. Some of its commands are mysterious. Find Her! {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela Publication: April 3rd 2018 by Sourcebooks Category: Middle Grade Genre: Contemporary, Family, Friendship *Purchase links support this blog A heartwarming story about a girl who’s afraid to follow her dreams, and the family who help make them happen. India Wimple can spell. Brilliantly. Every Friday night, she and her family watch the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee on TV. When the Wimples suggest she enter the next Bee, India feels nothing but trepidation. {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane Publication date: January 30, 2018 by Skyscape Category: YA Genre: Contemporary *Purchase links support this blog For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission. They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost. With the {Read More}

Review: 5 Stars for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Publication: February 28th 2017 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen Category: YA Genre: Contemporary, Coming-of-Age, Realistic Fiction Source: Public Library My Rating: *Purchase links support this blog Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! Who She Was by Stormy Smith

Who She Was by Stormy Smith Publication date: May 4th, 2017 Category: New Adult Genre: Contemporary *Purchase links support this blog Trevor Adler loathes the music he used to love, but it’s the key to his full-ride scholarship and the ticket away from his dysfunctional parents. To kick off their freshman year, Trevor’s roommate drags him to a frat party, where he ends up face-to-face with his childhood best friend and finds himself entrenched in memories he’d rather forget. Unable {Read More}

Review: Clean by Amy Reed

Clean by Amy Reed Publication: May 8th, 2012 Category: YA Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health Source: Public Library My Rating: *Purchase links support this blog You’re probably wondering how I ended up here. I’m still wondering the same thing. Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves. None of them wants to be there. None {Read More}

Review: 5 Brilliant Stars for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Publication: September 10th, 2013 Category: YA Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Romance Source: Public Library My Rating: *Purchase links support this blog From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey

The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey Publication: April 5th 2016 Category: YA Genre: Contemporary *Purchase links support this blog What becomes of the girl left behind after the tragic death of her best friend? Sixteen-year-old Farris Sloan is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend Kelsey. But even one year later, Farris can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality. When he {Read More}

Excerpt & Giveaway! In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales

In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales by Various authors Publication: October 25th 2016 Category: YA Genre: Dark, Contemporary *Purchase links support this blog Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books. IN THE BEGINNING, ed. Laureen Cantwell and Georgia {Read More}

#16DABash I am Drums by Mike Grosso

I am Drums by Mike Grosso Publication: September 6th 2016 by Clarion Books Category: Middle Grade Genre: Contemporary, Music *Purchase links support this blog Sam knows she wants to be a drummer. But she doesn’t know how to afford a drum kit, or why budget cuts end her school’s music program, or why her parents argue so much, or even how to explain her dream to other people. But drums sound all the time in Sam’s head, and she’d do {Read More}

#16DABash Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper Publication: July 12th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Category: Middle Grade Genre: Contemporary (Friendship & Social Skills) *Purchase links support this blog A feel-good middle grade debut with just a hint of magic about a girl who has a rare disorder that makes the words other people say about her appear on her body. Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her {Read More}