Monthly Wrap Up

March was a pretty quiet month for me. I got to read some great books and there were some great releases that I need to read soon!

Books I Read and Reviewed

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Giveaways

I was part of the Lucky is Reading Giveaway Hop in which I had an AMAZING turnout! Thanks to all who participated!

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The winner of the $15 Amazon Gift Card is Soha H! Congrats!

Most Anticipated Releases for April

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I hope everyone had a great March! Time to get ready for the Easter Bunny and April showers!

Review: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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Title: Bone Gap

Author: Laura Ruby

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Huge thanks to Epic Reads who provided a giveaway, in which I won this book!

I don’t even know where to begin with this review. Sometimes you read books that you enjoy, but somehow you don’t know how you feel about it. I liked the plot and characters, but I was just so confused until the end of the book. Right now I am still slightly confused… I feel like this is one of those books that you have to read multiple times to truly appreciate the story.

The descriptions in this book were outstanding. The author paints pictures like no other. I don’t think I have ever wanted to eat honey so badly while reading any book before now. I love food and when an author incorporates food in his/her novel, I’m a fan.

As for the characters, I really liked Finn. He was the only one who wanted to keep looking for Roza. Sean really grated my nerves. I couldn’t stand the fact that he just couldn’t believe his brother. I can understand how it might be hard to trust someone in that situation, but Finn is all Sean has. One would think that he would at least try to trust Finn.

The magic realism part is where I got really, really confused. I knew we would have a magic element in this book and I was expecting it, but it took awhile for slow, little me to realize what part of the book would actually be considered the “magic realism.”

While I did enjoy this book, it wasn’t over the top for me. I feel like I am out of the majority on reviews for this book because most reviews I have read so far have all been very positive. I liked this book, but I wasn’t blown away. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t read this book again. I feel as if I read this book again one day, I can value the story even more.

3.5 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. Titles include the Edgar-nominated children’s mystery Lily’s Ghosts (now updated for 2011), the ALA Quick Pick for teens Good Girls (2006), and a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I’m Not Julia Roberts (2007). She is also the author of the YA novel Bone Gap (2015) and the middle-grade trilogy York. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.

You can find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and her website.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is top ten books I recently added to my TBR list. Shall we?

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1. Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

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2. Instructions For The End Of The World by Jamie Kain

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3. Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

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4. Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt

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5. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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6. Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

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7. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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8. Paperweight by Meg Haston

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9. Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

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10. A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern

I am pretty excited for all of these books! Most of these don’t come out until the end of the year, so I’ll just be here patiently waiting…

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What are some books you recently put on your tbr list?

Review: Burn Baby, Burn Baby by Kevin Craig

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Title: Burn Baby, Burn Baby

Author: Kevin Craig

Publication Date: December 11, 2014

Excerpt from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Francis Fripp’s confidence is practically non-existent since his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago.

Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.

The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars.

If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions.

Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted.

Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end.

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

Francis has had a very, very hard life. His father abused him as a child and even set Francis on fire until half of his body was burned. Francis is now a teenager and is picked on constantly in school because of his burns. Lucky for him, he has a best friend, Trig, who would tear down anyone he caught trying to hurt Francis.

This book was short. Normally I don’t mind this, but I feel like it worked against the book’s favor. While  I did appreciate the fast pace and wasn’t bored for a second, I really wanted to explore more of Rachel’s and Francis’s relationship. When I saw the cover of this book I figured I was going to be reading a sweet contemporary, but this book was focused mainly on Francis overcoming his bullies. I’m not saying I didn’t mind that part of the story…I just wanted more of Francis and Rachel!

I’m not going to lie, this book is sad. My heart hurt while reading the moments when Francis was abused by his father. The author handled these issues with grace and perfection. I am seriously serious, the feels while reading this book were all too real. Have you ever wanted to step into a book and just give the character a giant hug and tell them it’s going to be alright? This happened to me numerous times while reading this book.

Burn Baby, Burn Baby was such a great read. I couldn’t put it down and it didn’t take me long to finish this book! If you are looking for an emotional and moving read, pick up this book today!

3.5 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Kevin is the author of five published novels: Summer on Fire (MuseItUp Publishing, 2011), Sebastian’s Poet (Musa Publishing, 2012), The Reasons (Musa Publishing, 2013), Burn Baby, Burn Baby (Curiosity Quills Press, 2014), and, Half Dead and Fully Broken (Curiosity Quills Press, 2015)

Kevin is a 4-time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon’s Best Novel Award. He is also a passionate and accomplished playwright. He’s had eight plays produced. Kevin is a member of the Writers Community of Durham Region and was a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Writers’ Conference.

You can find him on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and his website.

Review: Between The Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

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Title: Between The Notes

Author: Sharon Huss Roat

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

*Warning…Spoilers Ahead*

Ivy Emerson is rich, crazy rich. Then one day, her parents sit her down and tell her they are losing their house. Ivy and her family pack up and move to the other side of town. The part of town she wouldn’t want to be caught dead in. Ivy tells her best friend that she moved, but keeps it a secret from everyone else.

Honestly, I couldn’t stand Ivy for most of this book. Ivy was constantly complaining about their situation, she was constantly worried about what others would think of her, and started dating a gut secretly that her best friend, Reesa, liked. I think that it is silly that her best friend called “gibs” on James, but I was more frustrated at the fact that Ivy never told Ressa that she had a thing for James also. I also could not believe how absolutely rude Ivy was to her new next door neighbor, Lennie. Needless to say, Ivy was a spoiled brat.

It wasn’t until I was towards the end of the book that I began to like Ivy. I was finally beginning to see some major character growth! Ivy begins to realize that life isn’t about how much money you have or who your friends are, but what truly makes you happy. Ivy overcomes her stage fright, starts to make up for her past mistakes, and finally chooses the right guy! I was so proud of Ivy!

If it wasn’t for the major character growth, this book would have a lower rating. The main character really pulls through during the later half of the book. This was such a wonderful book and I am so happy to have read Between The Notes! Be on the lookout for this book soon!

4 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Sharon Huss Roat lives in Delaware with her husband and two kids. When not writing books for young adults, you might find her reading (YA of course), planting vegetables in her backyard garden, or sewing costumes for a school musical. Between The Notes is her first novel.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.