OwlCrate: November 2016

Hey everyone! Happy Thanksgiving, and happy OwlCrate day!

In case you don’t know what the glorious OwlCrate is, it’s just like Fandom of the Month only.. better? I don’t know, I love them both. OwlCrate gives you a new release in the Young Adult world and a bunch of bookish stuff centered around a specific theme. It’s a subscription box that is worth every little penny – count on that. (You guys can sign up here)

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Passion

I cannot be other than what I am, and I am the choices of all my days.

Title: Passion

Author: Lauren Kate

Series: Fallen # 3

Publication: June 14th 2011 by Delacorte Press

Pages: 420

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way . . . Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.
Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames.


My Thoughts:

Passion is probably my favorite book of the series. Though I haven’t finished the whole series yet, Passion is by far the most exhilarating novel of the bunch. Traipsing all over time? Yes please. I absolutely love historical fiction. Passion seamlessly blends moments of history with the history between Daniel and Luce – and I couldn’t be happier to read it. Passion is a journey of discovery and how knowledge can change everything. It is a journey through a love that has lasted centuries, and it was beautiful.

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Torment

Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.

Title: Torment

Author: Lauren Kate

Series: Fallen # 2

Publication: September 28th 2010 by Delacorte Press

Pages: 452

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future . . . and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened . . . what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?


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Fallen

Trust is a careless pursuit at best. At worst, it’s a good way to get yourself killed.

Title: Fallen

Author: Lauren Kate

Series: Fallen # 1

Publication:  December 8th 2009 by Delacorte Press

Pages: 452

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall


My Thoughts:

One of my favorite things to do is to go back and read a book I really remember liking a long while back. I haven’t touched Fallen since I was in Middle School, which I don’t even want to think about how long that’s been. Sadly, I never got the chance to finish the series – but with the trailer for the film released and the faint memory of how much I loved these stories looming overhead, I figured: what the hell? One of my favorite things to do is go back and read an old favorite. Why? You might ask. Because it reminds me of what I fell in love with in the first place, and it enables me to do so all over again.

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P.S I Like You

You claim you want to be heard.
So you write your hollow words.
You fill your life with deception.
Because it’s all about perception.
The world sees you one way.
And they listen to all you say.
You crave their attention.
To feed your addiction.
You have two sides.
Two faces.
You’re trying to hide.
In two places.

Title: P.S I Like You

Author: Kasie West

Series: Standalone

Publication: July 26th 2016 by Point

Pages: 330

Source: Owlcrate

Summary from Goodreads:

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…


My Thoughts:

My first thought I had upon finishing P.S I Like You was that this book reminds me why I love Young Adult Literature in the first place. It’s happy. It’s sweet. P.S I Like You pulls you out of your own reality and into one of the cutest contemporary novels I have ever had the pleasure of getting my hands on. Having a bad day? Read it. Someone spit in your coffee sort of deal? Read it. P.S I Love You, I have discovered, is the newest universal salve to anything remotely upsetting.

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The Girl in the Picture

No one wants me here. And if I thought or hoped that I might feel Chace with me at this moment…. I was wrong.

Title: The Girl in the Picture

Author: Alexandra Monir

Series: Standalone

Publication: November 15th 2016 by Delacorte Press/Random House

Pages: 272

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things — the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick to Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep.

The Girl in the Picture.

After high school heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police are in search of the girl whose picture with Chace is the only clue found amongst his personal belongings. A girl who no one knew was even close to Chace–and whose dormmate, Lana Rivera, was Chace’s girlfriend.

Nicole is that girl and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder.

But what really happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back; were he and Lana over? Could either of them have killed him?

Told in alternating points of view, that of our suspect, Nicole Morgan, and her former best friend and roommate, Lana Rivera, readers will piece together the story of a starcrossed love, a fractured friendship–and what really happened the night Chace was killed.

From Alexandra Monir, author of the popular time-travel novel Timeless, comes a gripping mystery and a poignant romance in one thrilling read.


My Thoughts:

WHAT A RIDE! Oh my goodness, what a ride. The Girl in the Picture is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It is brilliant, poignant, thrilling, and heartbreaking all at the same time. This book takes off right from the first page, and it never lets you go.  You get sucked into the grief, the suspicion, the confusion, and the fear. The Girl in the Picture is intoxicating and thought provoking – and I am so grateful I was able to review a copy.

The Girl in the Picture follows Nicole and Lana, two girls who are very close to a boy who was found murdered. Lana was his Girlfriend. Nicole the girl he loved and was trying to be with. Then things go horribly wrong, and when a photo surfaces picturing Nicole and Chace together – that’s when the heads turn and the fingers point.

felt for these characters, mostly Nicole, to be honest. I could relate with Nicole. She’s a shy introvert that finds comfort in playing music. She doesn’t like parties, but she tries so hard to be kind and make friends – even at the cost of her own wants and desires. Nicole was sweet, caring, thoughtful, and quiet in all the way’s Lana wasn’t. Lana set her sights on Chace right from the get-go. She pounced on him his first day at school and she wouldn’t let up, even when Chace was trying to pull an opposite direction. There was a very interesting dynamic between all the characters. Not only was Nicole with Chace in all the ways Lana couldn’t, she was also Lana’s roommate (of course Lana bitched about it). I’m not sure if we were supposed to like Lana, because, personally, she drove me nuts. The things she did and the things she let happen are unforgivable, in my eyes. Yet, though I have an immense dislike for her, I did also sympathize. She did just lose her boyfriend, however undeserving she may be of my sympathy.

Reading The Girl in the Picture is tense. It’s a nail-bitter, cling to the edge of your seat, who dun it sort of read. It was fabulous. I knew right off the bat that what everyone was saying was a lie, it’s obvious – and for a good reason. The real beauty of the story here, though, is that I never even suspected the actual culprit. But, when it was revealed, everything suddenly made sense. That’s pretty damn close to magic in my eyes. Honestly, the little threads of information, the delicate details weaved throughout – it’s astounding.

If you are a fan of mysteries, I highly recommend this book. The Girl in the Picture is an addictive, heart-breaking tale of physiological mystery. It is an in-depth thrill ride that will leave your heart pounding and your head spinning. Filled with complex characters, vivid settings, and a slow burn romance that will leave you breathless, The Girl in the Picture is a dark masterpiece of a book.


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Vassa in the Night

Why did it take me so many years to understand that Night is something you can talk to, something that might even decide to watch over you or kiss you just when you’re about to crumple from loneliness?

Title: Vassa in the Night

Author: Sarah Porter

Series: Standalone

Publication: September 20th 2016 by Tor Teen

Pages: 296

Source: Owlcrate

Summary from Goodreads:

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…


My Thoughts:

My brain hurts. Oh my gosh, does my brain hurt. I have no idea what I just read. Do you want an idea of how hard it was? It took me a week. Books never take me a week to read, not like this. I honestly have no idea what to think right now. I liked it, but I really, really didn’t at the same time? Reading Vassa in the Night was sort of like eating really spicy food that is sort of pleasant going down and then really starts to hurt later. The digestion is a process. Vassa in the Night is a process of peeling apart layers and trying to understand each and every one, and failing almost every time.

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