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. 



    Hello readers! The more poetry-minded of you- or those with any poetry-minded English teachers- have most likely heard of the American poet Emily Dickinson, who is known equally for her poetry and for being really really depressing. All of her famous poems are crazy pessimistic, and she was a recluse in the later part of her life. Which is probably why this upcoming book is mostly focused on those two points. When I found the trailer for Miss Emily, I wasn't too interested, but I was- slightly- more intrigued after my viewing. The graphics are pretty, and it has a few real-life quotes and pictures out of Dickinson's life, set to a not-so appropriate inspirational piano piece- overall interesting, with Dickinson's interesting life behind it:

       Nuala O’Connor’s enchanting American debut novel, Miss Emily, reimagines the private life of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most beloved poets, through her own voice and through the eyes of her family’s Irish maid.
        Eighteen-year-old Ada Concannon has just been hired by the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada strikes up a deep friendship with Miss Emily, the gifted elder daughter living a spinster’s life at home. But Emily’s passion for words begins to dominate her life. She will wear only white and avoids the world outside the Dickinson homestead. When Ada’s safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons in order to help her friend, with shocking consequences.

    I don't remember the friendly servant girl who helped Dickinson improve herself from the poetry units! The most I can surmise from summary is that this book will end very, very badly for all involved- if it's accurate to history. Otherwise we might get some sort of sickly-sweet ending with Dickinson working past her issues. On the other hand, it's not like I have a particular affinity for Dickinson myself, so I don't think I'd mind the change. We'll see whether we have a tragedy or happy ending when this novel releases on the 14th this month! See you all Monday!

     Hello, readers! While I'd be happier with a more eventful trailer than this, you take what you can get. And what do we get for the book Drop?… A butterfly shattering apart and coming back together into a new form, while we read the first two lines of the summary below. Oh, and the second butterfly flutters a bit. And there's a heartbeat as background noise. Didn't have their A-team out for this one, I take it? Ah well, it's still very nice looking for what it gives us, which is a small intro to this upcoming novel:

     I wasn’t always like this. I know what you’re thinking: druggie, junkie, wreckhead, trashbag. But I’m not sticking needles in my arm or sleeping on the streets, or stealing to feed the habit. I’m not one of those.
     Carla has just moved to London and starts at yet another new school; she is desperate to fit in. Though she makes a couple of friends, she soon meets the charismatic, good-looking Finn and their whirlwind romance begins. Carla, an A student and gifted artist, lets her schoolwork slip as she enters Finn's world – a world of partying and drugs. Friends tells her that Finn is no good – even his brother, Isaac. But Isaac has an ulterior motive, doesn't he? Is either brother right for Carla?

     Hmmm, girls should really stop trusting the charismatic bad boys that lead them to bad behavior- I mean, there is enough media of it around for us to get the message! And I can't help but wonder if this is a story about drug addiction or focused around the apparent love triangle with the two brothers. And what kind of person is Isaac that he wouldn't be the type to call out his brother for being dangerous? The shy, goody two-shoes brother who can't stand up to Finn, or who loves him too much to usually criticize him? I feel like we need even more information than we usually do with books for this one, especially since the summary is shorter than usual. I guess we'll have to wait until the 6th of August for our answers! See you all Monday!
Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Pages: 400
Publisher: Tor Books
Published: February 24, 2015
Rating: 5/5

      Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 
      Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.
      Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.
      But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

     Hello readers! Today's book was on one of our release lists from 2014, and I've just gotten my hands on it this week. A Darker Shade of Magic is quite the remarkable book, and a great start to its series- with one big flaw, but I'll get to that in a bit.
     What do our four Londons spoken about in the summary look like? Pretty amazing, actually. It tries to fit in enough exploration for three different worlds and succeeds marvelously. White London gets a bit less exposure than the others, but who wants to spend any time there anyway? Grey and Red London are perfectly shown, as the early half follows protagonist Kell- and separately Lila- through Grey London, with a movement to Red later. Black stays mysterious, though I'd fully believe we'll get to see it before the end of series. The magic itself is also explored, with all the benefits and problems involved- meaning they can't use it to solve all of their problems, especially against other magic-users. You get the control of elements, magic smoke, possession, "anti-magic" magic, spell commands, the inter-dimensional travel mentioned above, all sorts of types to keep the book interesting. As long as we keep getting all this world-building, the series will be set for new stories. If they keep the same cast of characters, they'd be- almost- as set. Kell is wonderful, having to grapple with an addiction to control for most of the book. The minor characters are great, if having the unfortunate tendency to drop off rather suddenly (I have a feeling no one will be safe in these books!). Even the villains, with only one of the three getting a lot of screen time, are easily developed in their appearances cruel mannerisms. The last factor, our second protagonist Delilah/Lila? Hate her. She is probably supposed to be the lovable rogue type who yearns for something more and is desperate for a new life- perfectly fine. The fact we're supposed to be sympathetic when she kills someone in her first appearance, constantly underestimates her magical situations, and tries to boss around Kell despite only listening when she wants to the expert of all these matters. This isn't likable, it's just obnoxious. Worse, there's an obvious twist that one can spot near the end concerning her that seems to be left for the next book to reveal, and it'd ruin the balance between the two protagonists that is established. But if that's not enough to deter me from the rest of the series, nothing is.
     One dark spot on the book's resume doesn't stop A Darker Shade of Magic from being a great read, and a series that I'll be willing to pick up in the future- now only if the next book would be released sooner than 2016… See you all on Friday!




                                                  Title: Until We Meet Again                                                Author: Renee Collins 
  Pages: 226
 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 
               Published: November 3, 2015             

They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time.

Cassandra is a headstrong teenager craving drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and new stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger named Lawrence shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—in jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history—or risk losing Lawrence forever.
Hey Readers!

One of my favorite things about Fall is a). I stop feeling like I'm going to die every time I step out side and b). IT'S NEW BOOK PUBLISHING SEASON! This is just one of the many amazing books to which we can look forward when the weather starts to turn. And just in case that awesome description didn't excite you, I have the beautiful new cover for this book too!


So what do you guys think? Will you be racing to get this book when it comes out November 3? 

-Sarah 
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