The Disapperances

“What needs darkness to grow instead of light?” she asked me one night when we were younger.
“I give up,” I finally said.
“Isn’t it obvious?” Her eyes flashed more silver than gray. “Secrets”

Title: The Disappearances

Author: Emily Bain Murphy

Series: Standalone

Publication: July 4th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 400

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. 

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.


A Listical of Thoughts:

  • This book is impossible to describe. One can only experience it, trust me.
  • MAGICAL REALISM (Which isn’t a reason, but it really is)
  • Beautifully handled mystery. It doesn’t unfold all at once, and it’s hard to pick up on all the pieces which makes for some really wonderful surprises.
  • The writing is ridiculously gorgeous – seriously. The writing in this book is making me fall in love with magical realism all over again.
  • The Disappearances has it all: heartbreak, thrills, love, mystery, and laughter.
  • The world building alone was mind blowing – the small, little town was so compelling and it crafted the perfect atmosphere for the story.
  • SIBLING RELATIONSHIPS! Ugh. Well done.
  • How many times can I say magical before you read it?

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Definitions of Indefinable Things

How does anyone know they’re depressed? You feel equally alive and dead and have no idea how that’s even possible. And everything around you doesn’t seem so full anymore. And you can’t tell if the world is empty or you are. That’s how I knew. I realized it wasn’t the world that was empty.

Title: Definitions of Indefinable Things

Author: Whitney Taylor

Series: Standalone

Publication: April 4th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 336

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Reggie Mason is all too familiar with “the Three Stages of Depression.” She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in.

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable—especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.


A List of Feelings:

  • Handles depression, angst, and hard topics like teen pregnancy with a snarky, sarcastic, and refreshing voice that doesn’t drown you in it.
  • Beautiful depiction of how everyone wears masks to hide themselves and their feelings despite everything else going on. Very easy to relate to this aspect of the book.
  • Reggie’s voice, while almost overly sarcastic, adds new layers to the novel because of her attitude.
  • It’s not an insta-love romance. It’s a romance born out of feelings – feelings that aren’t even good, but they’re feelings in a sea of nothing and that makes them important and worthy of clinging onto.
  • The writing in this book reminds me of why words are so powerful. A sentence can be so simple on the surface, yet so deep within context.
  • The characters are not meant to be likable, and they aren’t. You don’t like them, their choices, what they’re doing and how they are living. But you can understand them because they are so real. They grow on you, and though you never actually like them, you start to care.


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But Then I Came Back

“We do have to rescue ourselves in the end, no matter how much we learn to lean on other people.”

Title: But Then I Came Back

Author: Estelle Laure

Series: Companion to This Raging Light, can be read as a standalone

Publication:  April 4th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

Pages: 288

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Eden: As far as coma patients go, Eden’s lucky. She woke up. But still, she can’t shake the feeling that she might have dragged something back from the near-afterlife.

Joe: Joe visits the hospital every day, hoping that Jaz, his lifelong friend, will wake up. More than anything, he wants to hear her voice again. But he’s not sure anyone can reach her.

Eden & Joe: Even though she knows it sounds crazy, Eden tells Joe that they might be able to talk to Jaz. Opening themselves up to the great unknown—and each other—Eden and Joe experience life: mysterious and scary, beautiful and bright.


My Thoughts:

I read This Raging Light back in December of 2015, yet I still remember the vividness of the emotions that book dragged from my body. Estelle Laure is a master of crafting heartbreaking, hopeful, and utterly destroying contemporary novels – and But Then I Came Back is no different. But Then I Came Back is unique, charming, and surprisingly profound.

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Coming Soon: March 2017

It’s been too long since I’ve done one of these. Who else is ready for ALL THE BOOKS!

Books are amazing, unique packages of magic and every month there is a whole slew of new additions to the fold. Here are some of my most anticipated books coming out this upcoming month.

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Heart of the Storm

Title: Heart of the Storm

Author: Michael Buckley

Series: Undertow # 3 (Undertow, Raging Sea)

Publication: February 7th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 320

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

After seven months as a captive of Minerva, the insane Alpha queen, Lyric Walker has escaped to the surface. Her only goal is to warn the world about the Great Abyss. When she finally arrives back in Coney Island, she discovers a world she never expected, one where humans and Alpha are finally working hand in hand to rebuild the country. But she soon discovers that an old enemy allied with an old friend may kill them all before the monsters get their turn.

Where will Lyric’s loyalties, and her heart, lead her? With nail-biting action and romance, Michael Buckley’s epic trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.


My Thoughts:

Sometimes, writing reviews for books you love is difficult. Sometimes, it’s even harder to say goodbye to a series you’ve been in love with since day one. Heart of the Storm immediately follows the events of Raging Sea, to an extent. It’s the first book in the trilogy to jump back and forth through time – highlighting Lyric’s time while captive as well as the current events after her escape. Heart of the Storm is a brilliant conclusion to a series that has sunk its claws deep into my being. I’ve been a fan of Lyric and her gang of misfit friends since the start, and now it’s time to say goodbye.

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Ever the Hunted

Our lives are, like these woods, ever changing. Nothing is static. And so you cannot count on an easy, carefree life to always remain that way. Or a harsh existence to stay the same.

Title: Ever the Hunted

Author: Erin Summerill

Series: A Clash of Kingdoms # 1

Publication: : December 27th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 400

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.


My Thoughts:

My gosh! Oh, how I love fantasy. Not only was Ever the Hunted unique, original, and exciting, it also held favorite elements from stories all around. It was brilliant, thoughtful; and I devoured it in less than five hours. I have no idea how to describe the sheer wonder of the experience I just had – everything is so fresh in my brain. It was a virtual reality, visceral, moving adventure.

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Speed of Life

“What I promised is to help you, but you can’t abandon her like this. Goddammit Crystal, you’re her mother! It’s time you stop pretending that she dropped out of the fucking sky when the stork flew over our house by accident!”

Title: Speed of Life

Author: J.M Kelly

Series: Standalone

Publication: October 11th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 352

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Twins Crystal and Amber have the same goal: to be the first in their family to graduate high school and make something of their lives. When one gets pregnant during their junior year, they promise to raise the baby together. It’s not easy, but between their after-school jobs, they’re scraping by.

Crystal’s grades catch the attention of the new guidance counselor, who tells her about a college that offers a degree in automotive restoration, perfect for the car buff she is. When she secretly applies—and gets in—new opportunities threaten their once-certain plans, and Crystal must make a choice: follow her dreams or stay behind and honor the promise she made to her sister.

A Listical of Things:

  • The story is a brilliant showcase of a heartbreakingly realistic sisterhood.
  • There is a set of twins that want completely different things and don’t hate each other for it.
  • FAMILY! Family is everything in this book. It’s amazing.

  • The cutest child ever to grace a YA novel is an active member of the chaos.
  • The narrative is genuine, thoughtful, and unique.
  • Vivid story telling gives way to an equally vivid and impactful plot.
  • Raw, heartfelt, and honest.
  • Any one who has ever had a sibling will relate to a majority of this book in ten seconds flat.

  • You should read this simply because I said so. (It’s amazing. Seriously)

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