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Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble Book Review

Seagrass Pier (Hope Beach, #3)In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger's memories . . . before they cost her everything.
Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.
But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks--and vivid dreams of being strangled--she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor's murder.
Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked--by a man she's only met in her nightmares.
The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin's daughter.
Of course, he doesn't know about that. Yet.
Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there's no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her--before she remembers too much.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall Book Review

A Little Something Different
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

Don't Be Afraid of That Big Bad Middle Grade Novel!

I have something to confess. Before I was hired at my local library, I really hated reading middle grade novels. Yeah. I said it. 
I was convinced that I had moved past that time in my life. Even though I had read and enjoyed many JF novels before, these books were obviously childish and I was clearly an adult so there was no reason for me to pick up another ever again. 

Or so I thought.

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise Book Review

The Boyfriend AppGet the app. Get the guy.

Computer-whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. Once popular and fearless, she hasn't been the same since her dad died. And her ex-best friend, gorgeous queen bee Blake Dawkins, has turned i

nto her worst nightmare. Audrey is counting the minutes until high school is over and she can get the hell out of Dodge and go to college-that is, if she can find a scholarship.

So when Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler-with $200,000 in prize money-Audrey is spurred to action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples in high school, and people start to take notice. But it's not quite enough.

To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper. And she does-right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Suddenly the Boyfriend App lands Audrey where she never expected to be: in the middle of the limelight, passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, causing complete and utter mayhem. But can it bring her true love?

August Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up and Giveaway


Hi everyone! Here's the newest linky and giveaway for the contemporary challenge. You're welcome to link up all 2014 contemporary reviews from this month and any contemporary reviews from previous months you haven't linked up before. Good luck :)

No Place to FallA Little Something Different

-No Place To Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
-A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

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Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner Blog Tour Stop


The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu Book Review

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.
But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?
It's true. Ask ANYBODY.
Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.
In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.
But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Review



In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, "Some of the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy." Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

Pages: 512
Source: Barnes and Noble

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer Book Review

Full Steam Ahead Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not
male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?

Be With Me by J. Lynn Book Review

Be with Me (Wait for You, #2)
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real. Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.
As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Pages: 327

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel Book Review


A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

Overlooked Books (1)

Yes! I am an explorer! And so are you!
Unexpectedly stumbling upon and falling in love with an unsung book is like finding money in the back pocket of your jeans. It's exciting because you feel like a pioneer who has uncovered a priceless treasure. I don't discover many "little known" books on my own, but when I do, I want to share what I've found. That's why I wanted to create this meme. Some books just don't get the hype they deserve and I want to remedy that as much as possible. So here is a book that definitely deserves more attention that I want to recommend to everybody.


I'm dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago. Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs - the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again. And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor's only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother - who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road. The moving, joyous and brilliantly compelling new novel from the best-selling, multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca.


Title: On the Jellicoe Road
Author: Melina Marchetta
Released: August 2006
Why You Should Read It: Maybe this book has been on shelves so long that I missed the original hype and excitement it received, but these days, not enough people know about this jewel of a book. I read this book in one session and wanted to cry and laugh and hug Melina Marchetta. It's that good. It's a mystery and a romance and a tragedy and a growing up story and it reminded why I love to read in the first place. AND THE WRITING! There are so many quotes that squeezed my heart and seemed to capture the entirety of what it means to be a human being. But when you figure out what's really happening-- when you figure out how everything is connected, it's like a bomb going off in your head. Few books can really surprise me, and this one did. And I loved every second of it.

I don't know what else to say. I know I'm not doing this book justice. Just know you should look it up and give it a try yourself. 

If you have read the book, help me out! Why should this book be on everyone's shelf? 

If you have any other books you think are too often overlooked, share in the comments! And I'll see you again soon. 

Explore on!

Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!

August Contemporary Releases

August is a pretty quiet release month in general, but Isla and The Happily Ever After is finally coming out! :) Let me know if I missed anything, but here are the contemporary books I found that are releasing this month:

MagnoliaIn Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.
But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.
I recently reviewed this one as part of the blog tour, and it's definitely worth the read. It's so much fun and it has an adorable romance! I couldn't put it down. This one releases on August 5, 2014.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.


This is one that I've been waiting on for years! I'm planning to go to my local Barnes and Noble to buy and read it the day it comes out. I'm looking forward to catching up with Lola, Cricket, Étienne and Anna and finally hearing Josh's story. August 14, 2014

A Little Something DifferentThe creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, somethingis happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

A Little Something Different has a gorgeous cover, and this new imprint sounds like it's going to be amazing! The idea of a book told from 14 povs is super cool, too. This one releases on August 26, 2014.

Other Notable August Releases:

A Blind Spot for BoysThe Unfinished Life of Addison Stone: A NovelSome Boys

A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron Book Review

A Spark Unseen (The Dark Unwinding, #2) The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron's blockbuster gothic steampunk romance,
THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust--if anyone--to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

Depth of Field by Chantel Guertin Blog Tour Stop

Depth of Field
 Two weeks in New York City should be the time of Pippa’s life: she’s attending the prestigious Tisch Photography Camp, her boyfriend, Dylan McCutter (two months and counting!) is coming with her, and their parents are 500 miles away. Talk about lights, camera, (swoony, unchaperoned) action! But what should be 14 unforgettable days of bliss turns into chaos when her one and only nemesis, Ben Baxter, proves to be surprisingly more complex than she could’ve ever imagined, and her Tisch mentor, a renowned photographer, seems to have a lot more to do with her parents’ past than anyone wants her to know. Is Pippa out of her depth?


Upcoming Books From Authors We Love

There's nothing I love more than finding out that an author I love is writing a new series. It's like waking up on Christmas morning. SO MUCH EXCITEMENT!!! This is usually my reaction….



Can you relate?

Not only will I get to read more of their writing, but a new story has so many possibilities! Maybe the author will try a new genre. Or maybe write in a different style. There's so much to love about our favorite authors giving us just what we want: more stories. 

So I thought today I would tell you about a couple of books I've heard about recently that make me want to dash to the bookstore and camp out until they hit shelves. (Yes I know. I'm a dedicated fan)

Omega City by Diana Peterfreund

The new series, called Omega City, was pitched as Goonies meets City of Ember; it follows a group of children as they venture into an abandoned underground fortress filled with technological marvels of the Cold War in order to clear the name of an innocent man. 

Untitled by Rick Riordan

All we know is that it takes place in Boston and will be his first book involving Norse Mythology


Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

A modern retelling of A Tale of Two Cities. With magic!


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Garth Nix meets Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The series is set in a world where three empires rule and every member of the population is born with a magical skill set, known as a “witchery.
Now, as the Twenty Year Truce in a centuries-long war is about to end, the balance of power will fall on the shoulders of two young women, who must accept their fate, and themselves, to survive


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

For Feyre, the downfall of her merchant-class family into poverty wasn’t easy, but after five years, she’s starting to get the hang of things. Hunt, and her family lives; fail to catch anything, and they starve. It doesn’t help that her two older sisters are lazy and ungrateful, or that her father hasn’t bothered to recover from his misfortune, but Feyre is managing.

All that changes when a ferocious beast barges into their cottage, demanding that Feyre come live with him as payment for plucking an ordinary forest rose. Dragged off into the night, the beast brings her to a beautiful manor located in Faerie, the mysterious and deadly lands bordering the mortal world. There, he sheds his animal skin, and reveals himself to be Tamlin, a young, handsome Faerie Lord.

But the estate is overshadowed by a curse: each of its inhabitants wears a mask permanently attached to their face, and Tamlin is no exception. Despite her initial desire to loathe Tamlin and his world, Feyre soon finds herself attracted to the Faerie Lord by more than her curiosity.

Just when Feyre accepts the depth of her feelings for Tamlin, they’re torn apart by forces so dark that there’s little hope of standing against them. But Feyre has endured hardship before, and she refuses to accept that her happiness could be forever stolen from her. Resolving to save her beloved and discover a way to break his curse, Feyre sets out into Faerie, where unknown challenges and dangers await, and where her love and strength will be tested in ways she never imagined.

A retelling of ”Beauty and the Beast,” “Tam-Lin,” and ”East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” A Court of Thorns and Roses tells the story of a young woman growing into herself, learning to love, and understanding the true nature of sacrifice.


Daughter of the Dragon by Kiersten White

A teenage Game of Thrones set in the Ottoman Empire.

What if Vlad the Impaler, the brutal prince, had been Lada the Impaler, the brutal princess? And what if Lada, Radu, and Mehmed had been locked in a poisonous triangle, with their ruthless ambitions second only to their love for each other?
Heads will roll. Bodies will be impaled. And hearts will be broken.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger (book #1) and Wayfarer (book #2) concern a modern teen's accidental discovery of her ability to time-travel, and how her attempts to return home draw her deeper into a dangerous treasure hunt that spans centuries and continents. 

Untitled by Marissa Meyer

This will be the first installment of a trilogy about "super heroes and super villains"

The Goldscryer Saga by Rae Carson

A teenage girl whose magical ability to find gold puts her in a dangerous position during the American Gold Rush.


And there you have it folks. I'm a fangirl at heart. Are you excited for any of these? Or do you have a favorite author who will be writing something new?

I need to go calm down somewhere. 


Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!

Gayle Forman, Jandy Nelson, and Nina LaCour Event Announcement and Giveaway

Gayle FormanIf I StayEverything Leads to YouNina LaCourThe Sky Is EverywhereJandy Nelson

I'm excited to help announce that Gayle Foreman, Jandy Nelson, and Nina LaCour will be having a signing on August 6 at Books Inc. in San Francisco. If you're in that area, this is definitely one you won't want to miss!

Since the If I Stay movie is coming out, Warner Bros. will have both giveaways and screening tickets available at this event.

WHERE & WHEN: Wednesday, August 6 at 7 pm
Books Inc. at Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.776.1111


Penguin has also generously offered copies of the If I Stay movie tie-in edition and Where She Went for a US giveaway:





















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Stacking The Shelves #62

Hi everyone! It's hard to believe it's already the last month of summer, but I'm hoping to get in a lot of good reading before school starts :) Here's what I received this week:

For Review via Edelweiss:

The Last Time We Say GoodbyeRed QueenA Wicked ThingEverything That Makes You

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand: The Unearthly trilogy is one of my all time favorites, and although this one sounds a lot heavier, I'm still looking forward to reading it. Cynthia Hand's writing style is really beautiful, too. 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: This one sounds incredible! The two worlds and the decisions that Mare will have to eventually make have me so intrigued. 

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas: I love retellings, and I haven't yet read a Sleeping Beauty one, so to say that I'm excited for this would be an understatement ;) I think it's interesting that the love interest isn't necessarily going to be the prince, either. 

Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay: I tend to really enjoy books that are told in dual perspectives with "what if?" scenarios (such as Just Like Fate, Pivot Point), so I'm hoping that I'll like this one just as much as those two!

Thank you so much Harper!

I'd love to visit your Stacking The Shelves :) What did you receive this week?

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor Book Review

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.


But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?