Hello, readers! Last week, I said that all those horror-thriller style books seemed to get better trailers overall than the other genres, and this week I was proved horribly, terribly wrong with this new trailer for a book called The Cypress Trap. Usually there's at least one thing that's really good about each trailer, but there's not much here to be impressed by. A bunch of still pictures, the text is uninteresting and a copy of the summary nearly word-for-word, and for a thriller in the wilderness, they decided to use a strange panelly-pixelly transition? The last bit wouldn't matter so much if they didn't decide to do so many of them and keep the grid in place in front of all the pictures! At least the music was okay, and the summary isn't bad for a plot.

     A good vacation delivers you home alive.
     This is not a good vacation.
 
     When Rayanne commandeers her husband’s weekend fishing trip, she knows it’ll take work to adjust Owen’s attitude. She has no choice. Since the tragedy, they lost so much. They need to reconnect. 
     Without her knowledge, Owen texts his best buddy, Daryl, to join the getaway. The three of them aren’t alone in the backwoods of Georgia, though. 
     Owen took something that didn’t belong to him. Something that changed their lives. And now the owner wants it back. By any means -- including a posse led by a killer dog. 
     At first, Rayanne is clueless about the item and its value. One thing becomes crystal clear: If it’s not returned, they might not make it home alive.

     It seems a bit superfluous to have Owen "sneak" Daryl into their trip, instead of just having him coming from the beginning. Wouldn't a good friend be helpful in mending whatever emotional problems they have? And when did Owen take this object, sometime before the trip or during it? It seems a bit like before, since it had time to change all their lives. My favorite bit is the fragment about the posse, as if that's a logical extension of "any means" that anyone would use. Why not just say murder, or is the posse really too important to leave out? But it does definitely interest me. We'll see whatever other means this owner uses on this book's release of August 16! See you all on Monday!

Release Date: August 4, 2015

When Jordyn Michaelson's autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she's determined not to let anyone know they're related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can't shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again. 
Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels--and the truth about her family--before he slips away forever?







Not After Everything by Michelle Levy 
Release Date: August 4, 2015

Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. And Tyler lets it all go. Now he needs to dodge what his dad is offering (verbal tirades and abuse) and earn what his dad isn’t (money): He needs a job. It’s there that he reunites with Jordyn, his childhood best friend, and now the token goth girl at school. Jordyn brings Tyler an unexpected peace and, finally, love. But with his family in shambles, he can’t risk bringing Jordyn too deeply into his life. So when violence rocks Tyler’s world again, will it be Jordyn who shows him the way to a hopeful future? Or after everything, will Tyler have to find it in himself?


All We Have Is Now  by Lisa Schroeder 
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Never date your best friend 
Always be original 
Sometimes rules are meant to be broken 
Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school. 
Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember. 
Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.


                  Title: Premeditated                        Author: Josin L. Mcqein
  Pages: 336
 PublisherEmber; Reprint edition
               Published: March 24, 2015                  Ranking: 4/5    

Reminiscent of Shine by Lauren Myracle and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, you'll race through this YA novel as seventeen-year-old Dinah pieces together the mystery that surrounds the near death of her fourteen-year-old cousin Claire.

While Claire is holding on her for her life in the hospital, Dinah goes in search of the boy Claire writes about in her journal. The boy who forced her to do something she didn't want to do. The boy who caused her such humiliation that the thought of having to live one more day was just too much. 

Dinah is on a mission for revenge, but as things start to unfold, her plan isn't as simple as it seemed.

I am not excited about this whole 'being an adult' thing. 

This whole working-40-hours and making-a-budget and worrying-about-school-loan, like this just isn't cutting it for me. Especially because it means that I'm so busy that reading has practically become a luxury and any time I get to sit down and read without interruptions is absolutely priceless. 

Especially when you have a book like Premeditated. I managed to tear through most of this book while on breaks at work and I kept getting overly annoyed any time I experienced even the slightest interruption. This book moves along at a break neck pace, winding in and out of the lives of different characters, from Dinah who is looking for revenge, to her cousin Claire lying nearly dead in a hospital bed, and even to Bruce, the boy Dinah suspects was the cause of Claire's downfall. The characterization and plotting is intimate and tight, meaning that the surprises revealed at the end felt realistic and right instead of out of left field. There's no better book than the one that has the strings of its ending running through the entire book to tie everything together. 

To be fair though, while it's awesome to see everything tie together in the ending and see the little clues that had been left along the way, the entire feeling of the book gave away what should have been the surprise. It was obvious to me what was going to happen by the middle of the book so instead of gasping at the end, I just nodded. It's not enough to ruin anything, but it did detract from the overall feeling. Not to mention the book could have been considerably longer and given more backstory to some of the relationships between the characters so that I would have been drawn even more into the realisticness instead of just into the suspense. 

The book is good and you will enjoy reading it; there's no doubt about that. And if you're looking for something to pick up with only a little time to read, it's length is perfect. But something is missing that would push it from 'good' to 'great.' The question is, does it make a difference to you if you need something at the last minute to read? 

--Sarah 

Both the synopsis of the book and the picture of its cover come from Amazon. I mean absolutely no copyright infringement and use both, with proper credit given, under fair use policies.  

     Hello readers! I've found something out as of this article- any books based on horror seem to have a better average quality than all the other book trailers I watch, and Survive the Night's trailer supports that little thesis. Or maybe it's because I've just seen less of those than all the other trailers… Nah. Anyway, this trailer manages to do tell what it needs to pretty well. We have New York, a rave, the subway, and something scary hiding under the streets- and look, that's all in the summary! Though I'm not sure about the wall of skulls, it's like they decided to throw some of the Parisian catacombs in there too..:

     We're all gonna die down here. . . .
     Julie lies dead and disemboweled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music.
     In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .     
     . . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.
     Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.
     They’re being hunted.         
     Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .” in this bone-chilling sophomore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless.

    Is this a real thing? Do people find it fun enough to hand around in decrepit sewers for a whole night with echoey rave music banging on your ears? The acoustics can't be that great to warrant music. And what's that note about getting out of rehab for? Do raves generally have many drugs (don't answer that)? And is this Shana inconsiderate enough to bring her rehabilitated friend to a place with a lot of drugs, just for a party? If that's the case, the killer should try to go for her second. Thirdly, I'm pretty sure there are more exits for the subway than manholes, like the normal entryways- unless they're more scared of getting caught than escaping a murderer. However they may escape, the book was released a few days ago, so you can see if they survive or not! Until Monday!





Forever For a Year  by B. T. Gottfred 
Release Date: July 7, 2015

When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other. They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences. When they're together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can't happen twice.
Told in Carolina and Trevor's alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.





Damage Done by Amanda Panitch 
Release Date: July 21, 2015

22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.
Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.
After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.
Now that she’s Lucy Black, her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school. And someone much more dangerous. She thought her brother’s crimes were behind her. But now she’s being forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind. How far will Julia go to keep her slate clean?
One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .
In this deliciously twisted contemporary thriller, family can be a real killer. For fans of We Were Liars and readers who love unique multiple perspectives that leave clues like breadcrumbs until they reach the stunning conclusion.

All We Have Is Now  by Lisa Schroeder 
Release Date: July 28, 2015
What do you do with your last day on earth?
There are 27 hours and fifteen minutes left until an asteroid strikes North America, and, for Emerson and everyone else who didn't leave, the world will end. But Emerson's world already ended when she ran away from home last year. Since then she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.
The city's quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them that he has been granting people's wishes. He gave his car away so a woman could take her son to see the ocean for the first time, and he gives Emerson and Vince all the money he has in his wallet.
Suddenly this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in 27 hours -- maybe even their own.
Hey Readers!

Sorry for my absence, it's been a very long summer as I'm now experiencing the joys of working a more-than-full-time job (yay adulthood....)

But at any rate, I'm back with an awesome surprise! Jason Mosberg's beautiful novel Grift is free where ever you get your e-books. I reviewed this novel a couple of months ago and absolutely loved it, so you should all take advantage of this offer while it lasts. Just in case my word and the ford free isn't enough, I've included some information about the book below. And of course, the quick links where you can buy it.

Happy reading guys,

Sarah

                                  Title: Grift                                    Author:  Jason Mosberg
  Pages: 234
 Publisher: Three Story 
               Published: March 4, 2015                  Ranking: 5/5    

Why would a 17-year-old girl pretend to be a prostitute? 

Piper is a con artist whose canvas is the city of Las Vegas. She rolls with a crew of young grifters including a card-counting genius, a tourist-hustling pool shark, and a pocket-picking magician. Together, this crew of teenage outlaws live with their mentor Max in the penthouse of a hotel casino. They work hard and play harder. But unlike the others, Piper must balance her hyper-real Vegas fantasy with the reality of raising her 14-year-old half-sister Sophie. Disaster strikes when the Las Vegas mafia kidnaps Sophie and demands a multimillion-dollar ransom. With only five days to piece together the money, the crew races the clock to save her. 

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