The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash

 

When the song ends, we hold on to this moment that, in the space between, feels like a million electrodes have be- gun to rattle and vibrate. I feel it fuse to my bones. It connects us together, grounds us, right here, right now.

 

Title: The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash

Author: Candace Ganger

Series: Standalone

Publication:  July 25th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 320

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Birdie never meant to be at the party. Bash should have been long gone. But when they meet, a collision course is set off they may never recover from.

Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together: to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad, and to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything. But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy soon links Birdie and Bash together—but neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall—hard—the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo. Told in alternating perspectives, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger is a beautiful, complex, and ultimately hopeful teen novel that will move you to the very last page.

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Eleanor & Park

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Series: Standalone

Publication: February 26th 2013 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 328

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


My Thoughts:

Eleanor & Park is a work of art by Park’s own definition. Art isn’t supposed to be pretty, it’s supposed to make you feel something – and that is exactly what this book does. It makes you feel. Not every feeling is good, not every feeling is bad. Eleanor & Park makes you feel things deep down in your chest and you can’t tell whether or not you want to claw those feelings out or relish in their power.

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Wintersong Blog Tour

“Life,” he said softly, “is more than flesh. Your body is a candle, your soul the flame. The longer I burn the candle…” He did not finish.
“A candle unused is nothing but wax and wick,” I said.“I would rather light the flame, knowing it will go out than sit forever in darkness.”

Title: Wintersong

Author: S. Jae-Jones

Series: Standalone

Publication: February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne

Pages: 448

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

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Summary from Goodreads:

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.


My Thoughts:

Wow. I am in awe. I honestly cannot form the words to explain what I feel at this moment. It’s like biting into the perfect apple on a hot summer day, or listening to your favorite song and hitting that point where goosebumps climb across your skin. Wintersong is a musical masterpiece of romance, intrigue, and myth. It ebbs and flows and hits all the right notes with beauty and eloquence. Wintersong tells the tale of the Goblin King and a brave maiden dancing a delicate balance of love and old ways. What a stunning work of art.

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The Radius of Us

“And maybe one day soon, there will be more. But for now this is what we are.”

Title: The Radius of Us

Author: Marie Marquardt

Series: Standalone

Publication: January 17th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages:304

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Ninety seconds can change a life — not just daily routine, but who you are as a person. Gretchen Asher knows this, because that’s how long a stranger held her body to the ground. When a car sped toward them and Gretchen’s attacker told her to run, she recognized a surprising terror in his eyes. And now she doesn’t even recognize herself.

Ninety seconds can change a life — not just the place you live, but the person others think you are. Phoenix Flores-Flores knows this, because months after setting off toward the U.S. / Mexico border in search of safety for his brother, he finally walked out of detention. But Phoenix didn’t just trade a perilous barrio in El Salvador for a leafy suburb in Atlanta. He became that person — the one his new neighbors crossed the street to avoid.

Ninety seconds can change a life — so how will the ninety seconds of Gretchen and Phoenix’s first encounter change theirs?

Told in alternating first person points of view, The Radius of Us is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It offers an intimate glimpse into the causes and devastating impact of Latino gang violence, both in the U.S. and in Central America, and explores the risks that victims take when they try to start over. Most importantly, Marie Marquardt’s The Radius of Us shows how people struggling to overcome trauma can find healing in love.


My Thoughts:

Sometimes you just need to sit down and read a contemporary that does something to you; whether it makes you laugh, cry, or daydream – but just something. The Radius of Us does just that with surprising feeling and consideration. It’s not often that a book handles the not so easy to discuss in society with grace, poise, and a beautiful mixture of language and story.

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Freeks

“We don’t need to waste any more time with these freaks.”

Title: Freeks

Author: Amanda Hocking

Series: Standalone?

Publication: January 3rd 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 400

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.


A Gifset of Thoughts:

Freeks was an entertaining spectacle of a book. It was exciting, interesting, and it flowed together like chocolate syrup and ice cream. It might have been a bit lost at some points, but besides that, Freeks was an overall decent way to spend some time. Read it for Gabe, yeah, definitely read it for Gabe if anything at all.


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The Infinity of You & Me

Title: The Infinity of You & Me

Author: J.Q Coyle

Series: Standalone?

Publication:November 8th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 256

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?

Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.


A List of Thoughts:

  1. FINALLY! A multi-verse fantasy. I was filled with an inexplicable excitement when I saw this. I am glad to say it was not misplaced. MULTI-VERSE FANTASTY! And it was awesome.
  2. Concept and world-building are the stars of the stage.
  3.  It is a brilliant melting pot of genres and it surprisingly works. Much like the multiple realities and worlds,  the genres overlap and create something unique.
  4. It is not character-centric, it is an illustration of how the choices we make affect so much more than we can actually see with our own two eyes. (At least, that’s how I read through it)
  5. There is great potential for even more complexity. I don’t know if this is a series or a standalone, but it can go either way. I would love more stories with Alex and the multiple universes.
  6. IRONY! Oh, how I love irony. It makes little things so much more enjoyable. You’ll know it when you see it.
  7. There is a realistic portrayal of mental illness. Though it is linked to the fantasy element of multiple universes, I think it was handled well.
  8. Missing connections and loose ends do make an appearance or two, but it only adds to the overall mystery of the story.
  9. The romance was cute. It was sudden, but it was cute. I guess that’s all you can ask for in an insta-love relationship.

We Are Still Tornadoes

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Hey guys! So, today’s review is part of the blog tour for this amazing book. Honestly, if you haven’t added it to your wishlist already, do so.

Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you’re walking through a weird dream, where nothing feels right and time seems to move in really strange ways?

Title: We Are Still Tornadoes

Authors: Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

Series: Standalone

Publication: November 1st 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 304

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends their entire lives. Cath would help Scott with his English homework, he would make her mix tapes (it’s the 80’s after all), and any fight they had would be forgotten over TV and cookies. But now they’ve graduated high school and Cath is off to college while Scott is at home pursuing his musical dreams.

During their first year apart, Scott and Cath’s letters help them understand heartache, annoying roommates, family drama and the pressure to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they want to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should be more than friends? The only thing that’s clear is that change is an inescapable part of growing up. And the friends who help us navigate it share an unshakable bond.

This funny yet deeply moving book–set to an awesome 80’s soundtrack–captures all the beautiful confusion and emotional intensity we find on the verge of adulthood…and first love.


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