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Wicked Charm

Wicked Charm
Amber Hart
Entangled Teen
January 30, 2018
Paperback
304

Nothing good comes from living in the Devil's swamp.

Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn't half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.

Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.

Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell―the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.

But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there's something else that draws Willow to him.

When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they're leading to her own death.

 

Review:

“Wicked Charm” is standard young adult mystery and romance fare.  It’s enjoyable and an extremely quick read, making it a good choice for a beach read. It just isn’t memorable.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

 

Content Warning:

Language, Sexual Situations, Violence

Layover

Layover Book Cover Layover
Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer
Young Adult Fiction
Crown Books For Young Readers
2018
272

From two screenwriters who worked on the Step Up film franchise comes their debut novel--a road trip romance that begins with an unplanned flight layover in L.A. and turns into a wild adventure.

 

Review:

“Layover” is a family drama that tugs at the heartstrings and features a sweet romance.  While the plot is somewhat implausible, the family dynamics are something many of us can identify with on at least some level.  Recommended for the romance lovers out there looking for a story with bite.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 Book Cover The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4
Sue Townsend
Juvenile Fiction
Harper Collins
August 14, 2003
272

Adrian Mole's first love, Pandora, has left him; a neighbor, Mr. Lucas, appears to be seducing his mother (and what does that mean for his father?); the BBC refuses to publish his poetry; and his dog swallowed the tree off the Christmas cake. "Why" indeed.

 

Review:

While it made me laugh out loud on occasion, this book was just not for me.  I know Adrian is supposed to be clueless but he’s also obnoxious and most of the time I wanted to reach through the pages to choke him.  His situation is not a good one, but I get the feeling he would be just as annoying even in the perfect home.  I suppose the humor is just not my style.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

 

Content Warning:

Language, Sexual Situations

The Sweetest Kind of Fate (Windy City Magic #2)

The Sweetest Kind of Fate Book Cover The Sweetest Kind of Fate
Windy City Magic, Book 2
Crystal Cestari
Disney-Hyperion
March 6, 2018
Hardcover
320

GREAT. I've somehow found myself tangled up with a siren, a mermaid, and a homicidal wicked witch who once tried to strangle me to death. Way to go, Amber!

Amber Sand, legendary matchmaker, couldn't be more surprised when her archnemesis, Ivy, asks for her help. Ivy's sister, Iris, is getting married, and Ivy wants to prove her sister is making a huge mistake. But as Amber looks into Iris's eyes, there doesn't seem to be a problem-Iris has clearly found her match.

It seems happily-ever-after is in the cards, but when Iris seeks out a dangerous, life-altering spell, it's up to Amber and Ivy to set aside their rivalry and save the day.

As Iris puts everything on the line for love, Amber continues to wrestle with her own romantic future. Her boyfriend, Charlie, is still destined for another, and no matter how hard she clings to him, fear over their inevitable breakup shakes her belief system to the core.

Because the Fates are never wrong-right?

 

Review:

“The Sweetest Kind of Fate” is a fun follow-up to the original “Windy City Magic.” It is a quick and light read perfect for fans of magical realism.  While there are some intense scenes in terms of magical creatures, there are very few curse words or sexual situations of any kind, making it a good choice for younger readers of the ya genre.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

 

Content Warning:

Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Violence

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

Americanized Book Cover Americanized
Sara Saedi
Young Adult Nonfiction
Knopf Books for Young Readers
2018
288

In San Jose, California, in the 1990s, teenaged Sara keeps a diary of life as an Iranian American and her discovery that she and her family entered as undocumented immigrants.

 

Review:

I can’t sing the praises of this book enough.  It’s written so that it feels like you’re listening to your friend tell you a story filled with humor and emotion.  I learned so much about the immigration process and all of the pitfalls that can happen to families looking for safety and a better life.  At this time, it is the perfect book for young and old alike.  Let’s start trying to understand one another better.  Highly recommended!

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

 

 

The Rules of Rebellion Blog Tour Excerpt and Giveaway

 

Blog Tour Giveaway Link:

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Excerpt from The Rules of Rebellion:

Her dimples popped into place, her smile so bright it about knocked me senseless. She bounced a bit on her tiptoes, and for one hopeful second I thought she’d maybe hug me. Unfortunately, she reined in her enthusiasm.

“That’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me,” she said. “I’ve got to run. My sister is probably pacing in front of my car by now. See you later.”

She scurried off, and I was disappointed the conversation had ended so quickly. I didn’t mind watching her walk away, though. I loved how the girl filled out a pair of jeans. She had more bounce in her step than most of the cheerleaders. Kylie was just plain…perky. She always seemed to be happy and smiling. I’d suspected Kylie was one of those rare people who was always fun to be around. Spending time with her these past few months had proven I wasn’t wrong.

She finally rounded the corner, slipping from my view. As I twisted back around, something crinkled beneath my foot. On the floor, directly where we’d been talking, was a pink slip of paper. It looked suspiciously similar to the one that had been sticking out of Kylie’s notebook earlier today.

I swiped it off the floor as I cast another glance down the hallway. It was too late to call after her. I’d have to give it back to her later. I reflexively glanced at the page, assuming it was a recipe, but wanting to be sure it wasn’t something important. Something she might need immediately.

Senior Checklist.

I glanced down the hallway again, confirming that she was out of sight and that she hadn’t realized she dropped the paper and was coming back. The hallway was clearing out, most of us anxious to get out of here at the end of the day.

With no sign of Kylie, I leaned against my locker and glanced at the sheet in my hand again. I was expecting to see items like Choose date and time for graduation party. Or Tour college campus.

I did not expect to see the items that were actually listed.

 

Senior Checklist

  1. Skinny dip (sort of)
  2. Sneak out (but don’t get caught)
  3. Prank someone (nothing destructive)
  4. Go to a party (no drinking)
  5. Kiss a boy (finally!)
  6. Watch a sunset (so romantic)

 

If I’d had any idea her list was going to be so private, I wouldn’t have read it. But once I’d seen it, I couldn’t exactly un-see it.

So I read it again.

The Rules Of Rebellion Blog Tour

About The Rules of Rebellion:

  1. Skinny dip (her idea)
    2. Prank someone (his idea)
    3. Stargaze (her idea)
    4. Kiss someone (his idea)

    Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy best friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so When he discovers the girl with a flair for baking has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than a self-proclaimed rebel like himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?

    Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “kiss a boy” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.

    But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.

Buy: https://entangledpublishing.com/the-rules-of-rebellion.html

 

About Amity Hope:
Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler.

She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.

Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.

If she’s not writing or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.

 

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The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell Book Cover The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell
Biography & Autobiography
Penguin
2017
352

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you've read about him in the New York Times, which called him "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years." Or maybe from The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable." After all this love and praise, it's time for the next step: a book. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; left-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; white men; his up-bringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

 

Review:

This is an entertaining and informative collection of essays that are loosely tied together.  They cover everything from W. Kamau Bell’s life to pop culture.  At some points I was laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face, while at others I fell into deep thought.  Bonus points to Mr. Bell for publicly admitting to loving Dr. Pimple Popper.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

 

Beyond the Messy Truth

Beyond the Messy Truth Book Cover Beyond the Messy Truth
Van Jones
Political Science
Ballantine Books
2017
256

A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart--by the CNN political contributor and host hailed as "a star of the 2016 campaign" (The New York Times) who tries to "fight the right way" (The New Yorker) Van Jones burst into the American consciousness during the 2016 presidential campaign with an unscripted, truth-telling style and an already established history of bridge-building across party lines. His election night commentary became a viral sensation. A longtime progressive activist with deep roots in the conservative South, Jones has made it his mission to challenge voters and viewers to stand in one another's shoes and disagree constructively. Now, in Beyond the Messy Truth, Jones offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Tough on Donald Trump but showing respect and empathy for his supporters, Jones takes aim at the failures of both parties before and after Trump's victory. He urges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. Calling us to a deeper patriotism, he shows us how to get down to the vital business of solving, together, some of our toughest problems. "The entire national conversation today can be reduced to a simple statement--'I'm right, and you're wrong, '" Jones has said. But the truth is messier; both sides have flaws. Both parties have strayed from their highest principles and let down their core constituencies. Rejecting today's political tribalism, Jones issues a stirring call for a new "bipartisanship from below." Recognizing that tough challenges require the best wisdom from both liberals and conservatives, he points us toward practical answers to problems that affect us all regardless of region or ideology: rural and inner-city poverty, unemployment, addiction, unfair incarceration, and the devastating effects of the pollution-based economy on both coal country and our urban centers. In explaining how he arrived at his views, Jones shares behind-the-scenes memories from his decades spent marching and protesting on behalf of working people, inspiring stories of ordinary citizens who became champions of their communities, and little-known examples of cooperation that have risen from the fog of partisan conflict. In his quest for positive solutions, Van Jones encourages us to set fire to our old ways of thinking about politics and come together where the pain is greatest. Advance praise for Beyond the Messy Truth "Van Jones is a light in the darkness when we need it most. Beyond the Messy Truth breaks with the tribalism of today's politics and offers us a way forward. In the tradition of the great bridge builders of our past, Van's love for this country and all its people shines through."--Cory Booker, U.S. senator, New Jersey "In an age when hardworking families across America are feeling left behind, Van's commitment to letting other voices be heard is much needed in today's discourse."--Rick Santorum, former senator of Pennsylvania and Republican presidential candidate "Whether you agree or disagree with him, Van Jones's voice has become an integral part of our national political debate. He is one of the most provocative and interesting political figures in the country."--Bernie Sanders, U.S. senator, Vermont Includes an invaluable resource of contacts, books, media, and organizations for bipartisan bridge-building and problem solving.

 

Review:

I imagine that seeing the name Van Jones is either going to make people decide not to read this or jump for joy thinking it will validate liberal views.  I hope both sides would rethink their positions and give this a try.

To put it all out there, I am a liberal.  A liberal with a capital L and not afraid to be called a bleeding heart.  However, I do try to keep up with the press and thoughts of conservatives.  Nothing has ever made me understand some of the reasons people voted for Trump like this book.  At some points I felt ashamed, because it was like Van Jones was speaking directly to me.  I can only hope that those conservatives who read the book can find some understanding of liberals, as well.

We may not agree, but we can talk and find a way to listen to one another.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood Book Cover The Hazel Wood
Melissa Albert
Young Adult Fiction
January 30, 2018
368

Welcome to the Hazel Wood—the fiercely stunning contemporary fantasy everyone is raving about: Four starred reviews! “Thoroughly, creepily captivating.” —Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling and Jane, Unlimited “Will be your next obsession.” —Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval “Destined to be a classic.” —Kami Garcia, author of The Lovely Reckless “Breathtaking.” —Seanan McGuire, author of Every Heart a Doorway “Mesmerizing.” —Karen McManus, author of One of Us Is Lying “One of the best books I’ve read in years.” —Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away—by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began—and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

 

Review:

I’ve seen mixed reviews on “The Hazel Wood,” but I am in the loved it camp.

Don’t go into it expecting some happy fairytale retelling.  This is dark.  Original Grimm’s Fairy Tales dark.  Alice, the main character, is spunky and not always likable.  In this case it is a trait that works well.  The stories within the story are wonderful and creepy and vividly painted in words.  I’d love for there to be both a sequel and a companion book filled with only the stories.

Highly recommended for those who love the dark side of things!

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

 

Content Warning:

Language, Minor Sexual Situations, Violence, Disturbing Imagery

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