Sleeper

Title:  Sleeper

Author: Mackenzie Cadenhead

Series: Standalone?

Publication: August 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 272

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

As if surviving high school wasn’t hard enough, Sarah Reyes suffers from REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, a parasomnia that causes her to physically act out her dreams. When she almost snaps her friend’s neck at a sleepover, Sarah and her nocturnal habits are thrust into the spotlight and she becomes a social pariah, complete with public humiliation.

When an experimental drug comes onto the market that promises nighttime normalcy, Sarah agrees to participate in the trial. At first, she seems to be cured. Then the side effects kick in. Why does a guy from her nightmare show up at school? Are the eerily similar dreams she’s sharing with her classmates’ coincidence or of her making? Is she losing her mind or does this drug offer way more than sleep?


Trigger Warning: Problematic Representation of Sexual Assault

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Girl Out Of Water

“For a second, I’m transported back in time, born once more into the water, everything fresh and new yet also filled with an overwhelming sense of home.”

Title: Girl Out of Water

Author: Laura Silverman

Series: Standalone

Publication:  May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 320

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.


Why I Loved It:

  • This book was a much needed breath of fresh air, for starters
  • It’s cute, sweet, and ooey-gooey yet also so powerful with its ideas of family and belonging and what home means
  • Lincon. Just saying.
  • FRIENDSHIP! Ugh, I identified with Anise so damn much. As someone attending college out of state, I have such a hard time keeping in touch and I pretty much hate myself for it. Anise struggled to maintain her relationships with her friends back home after she was gone, she was just so busy. This part really hit home with me.
  • Home isn’t a place, it’s people – and I couldn’t agree more.
  • Strong father-daughter relationship, it was pretty awesome. I miss seeing parents in YA who aren’t overbearing or absentee stereotypes. Genuine familial relationships = happy Sammi
  • Is it too much to say I loved this book simply because I loved this book?
  • ROAD TRIP
  • Such a strong family bond, I mean – Anise spends the whole summer taking care of her younger cousins and her aunt. She complains, but wouldn’t we all if we were torn away last minute from our year long plans to do this? She complains, but she cares, and it shows. I loved seeing her grow and seeing her interact with her cousins. This book made me miss my family, in a good way.
  • Learning new things can be terrifying, I was glad to see how Anise tackled the challenge while also acknowledging how outside of her comfort zone she was. Role Model material guys.
  • The writing was so beautiful, I mean, just look at that quote? I’m in love, seriously.

Overall:

If you’re looking for a cute contemporary that’s both tooth-hurty sweet and an emotional ride, Girl Out of Water is the book for you.


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Pretty Fierce

“My mother had once told me you couldn’t trust people who came into your life at the exact moment you needed them.” 

Title: Pretty Fierce

Author: Kieran Scott

Series: Standalone

Publication: April 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 320

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows true danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there’s no one who makes her feel more normal or more special than her boyfriend, Oliver.

But when she’s jumped by a hit man, and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia’s secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees the small town, taking Oliver with her. With professional killers stalking their every move, can Oliver and Kaia protect each other long enough to uncover the mysteries of her past?


My Thoughts:

Pretty Fierce was one of those books where I went into it not knowing what to expect. I was intrigued by the synopsis, but I knew nothing and I had heard nothing about the book.  Boy am I glad I requested this book on Netgalley. Pretty Fierce is exciting, exhilarating, and a thrill ride in its own right. It’s fast paced, innovative, and surprisingly deep. Pretty Fierce is packed full of action, drama, mystery, romance, and all those little details that make spy films so enchanting. Pretty Fierce is aptly named — it’s fierce.

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Follow Me Back

Title: Follow Me Back

Author: A.V Geiger

Series: Standalone

Publication: June 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…


My Thoughts:

Hmm… this is one of those books where I scratch my head a bit and I still can’t figure out what I think. It’s not in a bad way, I just have some very mixed opinions and feelings on things. I like the format – it’s told through texts, tweets, and whatnot (like Illuminae), but at the same time, the format felt clunky and like an afterthought. Follow Me Back illustrates the frightening power and grip of social media, and that online fantasy of the perfect dream person. Just imagine your favorite artist, pop star, author, actor/actress giving you the time of day. Think about those fans that take things just a bit too far some times. Follow Me Back delves into that world with a tense mystery, surprising care, and tantalizing clues that draw you in even further.

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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

“Cities let you blend in. There are so many people that it doesn’t matter if you’re weird or if no one likes you, because there’s probably someone even worse off. And if you’re really lucky, you might even meet people who are weird in the exact same way you are and feel like you’ve finally found a place where you fit in.”

Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Author: Chelsea Sedoti

Series: Standalone

Publication:  January 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks

Pages: 398

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.


My Thoughts:

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a book that can only be described like an itch you can’t quite get rid of. You can scratch at it, feel momentary relief and pleasure, and then you go right back to having your skin crawling. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett suffers from a mixture of uninteresting plot points and characters, plot holes, a dreadfully slow pace, and a cringe worthy attempt at romance. The one redeeming factor was that Hawthorn, our protagonist, had just enough kick to keep things floating at the surface rather than drowning entirely.

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The Homecoming

Title: The Homecoming

Author: Stacie Ramey

Series: Standalone

Publication: November 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 288

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Forced to return to his estranged family, John discovers how hard it is to truly go home.

It’s been a year since John lost his girlfriend, Leah, to suicide. Living with his uncle keeps his mind from the tragedy and his screwed up family-until he gets into trouble and a judge sends him back home. With a neglectful mother and abusive brother, John’s homecoming is far from happy.

As he tries to navigate and repair the relationships he abandoned years ago, Emily, the girl next door, is the only bright spot. She’s sweet and smart and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. But tragedy isn’t far away, and John must soon face an impossible decision: save his family or save himself.


My Thoughts:

The Homecoming was a detailed adventure through the downward spiral that often follows grief. It illustrates the vivid reality that “no, everything is not okay”, and it does so in a way that makes it impossible to escape from. Death is horrible. Loosing someone you love is horrible. Despite all the well wishes and counseling you might receive, that hole they loved one now lost leaves in your chest is something nearly impossible to plug – so what happens when that hole threatens to consume you? The Homecoming focuses on what happens when that gap in your heart pulls you too far under to breathe, at least until you find something to keep yourself going again.

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One Was Lost

Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Title: One Was Lost

Author: Natalie Richards

Series: Standalone

Publication: October 4th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 320

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…

My Thoughts:

Don’t you just love it when a book lives up to its expectations? Yea, me too. One Was Lost is one such book. I was sort of skeptical going into it. I usually have a difficult time with thrillers, especially when the author tries to include mystery and whatnot. Usually the story line gets jumbled. Usually I can see things coming from a mile away. Usually… usually…usually. Then we have One Was Lost.

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