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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The Best Possible Answer

There are so many unknowns, and so many possibilities. Sometimes there are things you can say, and talking makes it better. But sometimes, there are no words.

Title: The Best Possible Answer

Author: E. Katherine Kottaras

Series: Standalone

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

Pages: 272

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

AP Exams – check
SAT test – check
College Application – check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check

Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan—and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes to a screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure.

Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Viv realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.


A List of Thoughts:

  1. The book contains an authentic and realistic portrayal of anxiety and the pressure many students face.
  2. It is very easy to relate to. I’m sure we all have tales of being told we have to be perfect, get a better score, be first string on a team, get the buzzer beater, etc.
  3. The book itself embodies the cloaking of one of the larger issues at hand with Viv’s pictures having been leaked. I thought the parallelism between structure and plot was beautifully done and innovative.
  4. The family dynamic was complicated as hell, and I applaud it. It was heart-breaking to see the different ways the family members interacted.
  5. The pressure from the family itself, even unintentional, is another factor that is easy to relate to. Younger sister looking up to an older sibling – check. Mother and father not thinking you’re good enough though you do all you can – check. Thinking you’re not good enough because you got an 94% rather than a 100% – check. We’ve all felt some degree of this.
  6. FRIENDSHIP! One of the biggest emotional impacts in this book is between friends. Viv and Sammie have been friends for years, and it showed. It felt real and believable, and I really wanted to worm my way into their friend group.
  7. Viv’s emotional journey/ development throughout the book is one of the biggest highlights.
  8. Self realization, acceptance, and believing in oneself are all main themes.
  9. The formatting of the chapters was brilliant. Some started off as test questions that Viv answered: essay prompts, actual math questions, physics – it’s mind-blowingly brilliant and fantastic. It only adds more and more layers to the story.

The Best Possible Answer is a must read novel for anyone who has ever felt they weren’t good enough, no matter the circumstances. It is a beautiful story of self-discovery and the strength it takes to believe in yourself.


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Coming Soon: November 2016

Who else is ready for another round of books?

That’s right, this girl!

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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How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

Notions of “expected” first moves confuse the male mind, and no matter how clear a stay-away-from-me vibe a girl tries to give out, the majority of the species will make an ill-judged lunge for the lips.

Title: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

Author: Tara Eglington

Series: Standalone

Publication: October 25th 2016 by A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 320

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Sweet sixteen and never been kissed . . .

That’s Aurora Skye’s big secret. And the way she wants it to stay. She’s not going to give away her first kiss to just anyone. Busy dodging suitors and matchmaking for her best friends, Aurora (not so) patiently awaits her prince.


But everything changes when Aurora is coerced into a lead role in the school production of Much Ado about Nothing. Which means she’ll have to lock lips with her co-star Hayden Paris—the smart and funny boy next door who also happens to be the bane of her existence, always around to see her at her worst.

Now Aurora is more determined than ever to have her first kiss with the one who’s truly worthy of it. But first she’ll have to figure out just who that person is.

Romantic and funny, Tara Eglington’s How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a feel-good tale of finding love where you least expect it.


My Thoughts:

Goodness gracious, the contemporaries are fighting back. How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is not only a hilarious, poignant, and rom-com-esque adventure, it is a brilliant statement about expectations pressuring both young men and women. It’s all about first kisses. Should I kiss on the first date? What if I want to save my first kiss for someone special and it’s required in a role? Not to mention there was a crack up of a list on kiss avoidance tactics – which was amazing. Long story short, How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is the most adorable, chick flick of a contemporary book that’s subliminal (not really) message is especially important.

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The Possibility of Somewhere

“My brain was so noisy and opinionated that it drowned out my heart.”

Title: The Possibility of Somewhere

Author: Julia Day

Series: Standalone

Publication:  September 6th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 320

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted– he’s admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There’s only one obstacle in Ash’s path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?

All Eden’s ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college — and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . . When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream — one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?


My Thoughts:

The Possibility of Somewhere was just as delicious and fluffy as a wonderful jar of marshmallow creme. The sheer force of the feelings this book will evoke in you will surprise you, adding to the overall experience. There are those books that take you by surprise, you know? The ones where you initially go: “oh, this seems nice. I hope I like it”. But then, the book just kinda smacks you in the face and suffocates you with its enormous amount of awesomeness. The Possibility of Somewhere is one of those books.

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