The Way Back to You

“Grief doesn’t need much space at all. It’s more like it tightens and squeezes until there’s no more of you left.”

Title: The Way Back to You

Authors: Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

Series: Standalone

Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 384

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.

Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her…and to each other.


My Thoughts:

This is a very special book for two reasons. One: it deals with grief in a way that is both realistic and easy to relate to. Two: I managed to pick this book up at the perfect point in my life. (I finished reading it the day after my younger sister’s eighteenth birthday. May 8th was the thirteenth anniversary of her death). I, of course, had a very difficult time reading this novel  – but I managed it, and it made me realize a lot of things about myself. The Way Back to You is special, it is poignant,  and it is powerful in a subtle way. It will make you think, it makes you understand what happens when you bottle everything up and push people away – even if you don’t realize you are doing it. It showcases how different people handle their grief in different ways: be it becoming a busy body, a shut in, and or completely blocking it out of you head all together. Besides that, though, it is also a story about love and realizing that you don’t have to sacrifice your own happiness. It is about discovery, it is about friendship, and it is about family. The Way Back to You was the perfect book in the perfect moment, and I am so, so glad I read it.

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Walk the Edge

“If you want out of the box you hide in, then you need to crack open the flaps and bask in some sunlight.”

Title: Walk the Edge

Author: Katie McGarry

Series: Thunder Road # 2

Publication: March 29th 2016 by Harlequin TEEN

Pages: 426

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.


My Thoughts:

My love for Katie McGarry and her novels is no secret. I’ve been obsessed with her writing since Pushing The Limits and I fell even more head over heels in love with her after reading the first Thunder Road book, Nowhere But Here. I have been eagerly awaiting Walk The Edge, and by eagerly I mean salivating and chomping at the bit. Walk The Edge brings us right back into the crazy world of the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club, and boy am I glad to be back.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books and A Beat

This week’s Teaser Tuesday is for My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows!

“Poor King Edward, now under the ground.
Hacked his lungs out. They’ve yet to be found.”

“Edward couldn’t imagine his cousin Jane with a husband and a child, even though she was sixteen years old and sixteen was a bit spinsterish, by the standards of the day.”

“You’re wrong,” Lord Dudley said. “You’ve always been a fool.”
“The fool thinks he is wise,” G retorted. “But the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”


Summary from Goodreads:

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.


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Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies

“Are you kidding? I totally know you.” Hands on her hips, she regarded me with a gaze that was a little too keen. “You’re the guy who thinks nothing is ever his fault. The guy who gets dumped and then tries to blame his dad for it. You’ll graduate from college and immediately write a memoir about how hard it is to be a twenty-something in the modern age. “

Title: Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies

Author: Lindsay Ribar

Series: Standalone

Publicaton: June 7th 2016 by Kathy Dawson Books

Pages:336

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.

Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he’s affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he’ll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is—and how far they’ll go to keep their secrets safe.

With a smart, arrogant protagonist, a sinister family tradition, and an ending you won’t see coming, this is a fast-paced, twisty story about power, addiction, and deciding what kind of person you want to be, in a family that has the ability to control everything you are.


Some things I have to say about Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies:

  • Extremely unique and waaayy out there. In the best way possible, of course.
  • A quirky take on self examination and what it means to have free will, sacrifice, and what it means to be a family.
  • Inventive asshole of a protagonist that is the epitome of the character you love to hate

  • EVALUATION OF ACTIONS BECOMES A BIG DEAL!

Cersei is a bad example. Don’t be like Cersei.

  • Multiple stories all come together in a dark, gloomy, perfectly unsatisfyingly satisfying fiasco of an ending.
  • The characters are so far from perfect you’ll feel as though you’ve passed by them on the street. (I hope not. They’re freaky, but lovable).

  • SUCH A COOL, FREAKISHLY AMAZEBALLS TAKE ON MAGIC
  • The characters are the bright stars of the book. They shine like the delicious glaze on the top of a doughnut.
  • Inception, mystery, complete and utter balderdash that will scramble your brain while you sit there captivated.

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies is fantastic. No doubt about it. It is fun, entertaining, exciting, and new. It is thought provoking, eye-opening, and an overall wonderful experience I am proud to be a part of.


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The Problem With Forever

“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”

Title: The Problem with Forever

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: Standalone

Publication: May 17th 2016 by Harlequin Teen

Pages: 480

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.


My Thoughts:

I love Jennifer L. Armentrout. Love, love, love her writing. I have yet to find something of hers that I haven’t fallen head over heels in love with – and The Problem with Forever is no exception. Be it New Adult romance, Young Adult fantasy or contemporary, Jennifer L. Armentrout is a masterful manipulator of words and feelings. The Problem with Forever is a hard hitting contemporary read worth every penny.

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The Iron Warrior (Aka: Goodbyes, Sobbing, and Feels)

“This is a war, Ethan Chase. And you are not like your sister. You do not commend the power of Summer and Iron. You do not have the son of Mab and the infamous Robin Goodfellow at your side. You are a mere mortal with no power of your own, a girl who is dying and a gremlin. How do you expect to make things right, Ethan Chase? How do you expect to stand against the Forgotten and their queen?”

Title: The Iron Warrior

Author: Julie Kagawa

Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten # 3

Publication: October 27th 2015 by Harlequin Teen

Pages: 330

Source: Purchased

** I’m not including a summary because it contains spoilers for the rest of the series


My Thoughts:

Hoooollly shiiit batman. I have been putting this book off for quite some time now. I started The Iron Fey series years ago, when it was nothing more than a trilogy that could. I fell in love then. Head over heels in love with Meghan, Ash, Puck, Grimalkin… the entire NeverNever or Faeryland. I have a soft spot for Mab and Oberon, Titania is on her own (but still). And now it has come to a close. I have put off reading The Iron Warrior for two reasons. One: finishing The Iron Warrior would mean the end of the Iron Fey. It would be over. I know there is always hope, but it was the end of something I held very dear and I wasn’t quite ready for it just yet. Two: I was and am still infinitely pissed off at Kierran and I had a hard time convincing myself everything was going to be okay.

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Heartfelt and Honest // The Memory Book by Lara Avery

They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.

Title: The Memory Book

Author: Lara Avery

Series: Standalone

Publication: July 5th 2016 by Poppy

Pages: 368

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.


My Thoughts:

The Memory Book is pure wow factor. It isn’t exciting in the sense of “wow, bam, pow pow” sort of action or anything of the sort – The Memory Book is a slow and subtle journey of determination, devastation, and redemption. It is heartbreaking, waaay out of my comfort zone of books, and ultimately it was sheer perfection and a masterful depiction of the unfairness of the bitch that is life.

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