Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday [@erin_bowman @harperteen @epicreads]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

CONTAGION by Erin Bowman
It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don't set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

published July 24th by HarperTeen

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I really, really, really loved Erin Bowman's Taken - I loved the mystery and the unknown about what was happening to the characters, what they believed and what was really taking place (whether or not those were the same things).

Minus the dead bodies the crew finds, Contagion is like an outer space Croatoan and I absolutely love the possibilities that presents. And that there ware so many of them I likely won't even consider.

There are 'monsters' - and I really want to know if that's meant literally or figuratively, or both -- and it's outer space and there's a mystery and their lives are under threat and I cannot wait to discover Contagion

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Monday's Not Coming ~ Tiffany D Jackson review [@Writeinbk @epicreads @KatherineTegen] @erinferdinand]

Monday's Not Coming
Katherine Tegen Books
May 22, 2018
448 pages
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A gripping, relentless, and timely new novel from critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, about the complex mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

The quote on the front cover of Monday's Not Coming, from Laurie Halse Anderson, tells readers the book is, "A mesmerizing, punch-in-the-gut-story," and that could not be more true.

Claudia's best friend is missing. And only she seems to notice, or care.

"I know what you're thinking. How can a whole person, a kid, disappear and no one say a word? Like if the sun just up and left one day, you'd think someone would sound an alarm, right?" (pg 1)

When we're told on page one of the book that Monday's disappeared and no one, save for Claudia, seems aware, it seems impossible. A girl cannot just disappear with no outcry, no concern. Yet, as the story progresses, we see just how possible it is for that to happen. It is scary how easily someone can be written off - usually because they were written off even while still right there in front of people.

The way the story is told ('The Before,' 'The After,' and some in the present) not only allows readers to gradually learn about Claudia and Monday's friendship, what happens once Monday's missing, but definitely ups the mystery and raises even more questions that you want to figure out.

I really loved that there was an added, unexpected element to Claudia wanting to find Monday. The secret Monday had been helping her keep added a level of immediacy to her need to find her best friend. Paired with the added stress it caused Claudia, it really made the story (and her) about more than Monday.

There are a lot of secrets, a lot of concealment and fear of the truth being found out in Monday's Not Coming. Author Tiffany D Jackson does an absolutely superb job making some things not nearly as bad as a character fears and some things so, so much worse.

This book will grab you from the beginning, yanking you up, down, and around as you experience Claudia's quest to find Monday, to find her best friend; and as you witness people's indifference, learn of the girls' pain, secrets and struggles to not let things be noticed, it truly is that, "punch-in-the-gut story."

("If Monday were a color, she'd be red. Crisp, striking, vivid, you couldn't miss her -- a bully's eyere in the room, a crackling flame." [pg 41].  The designer of the book jacket, Erin Fitzsimmons should be recognized for her awesomeness with this cover. With the way Claudia sees/thinks about/notices colors, the red, red, red cover is such a perfect fit.

After Allegedly and Monday's Not Coming, Tiffany D Jackson is up at the top of my list of authors to pay attention to = and to recommend. Monday's Not Coming is an utterly unforgettable tale of two young girls, their secrets, their truths and what it all says about them, their families, those around them, and society. I loved this book even as it absolutely tore me up.

finished copy received thanks to publisher, for review consideration

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Character Names

This week's Ten:
10 Best Character Names

Jus in Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Maybe, mainly (?) because it makes me think of Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice - but also for how much it fits his/the novel's story

Genesis in Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

Monday, et al in Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson

Sadie Sparrow in The Lake House by Kate Morton

Cloud and Wallfish  in Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Sunday Night in Two Nights by Kathy Reich

and these series.books have collections of names I love/think work well together/do a great job fitting their society:

Karou, Zuzana Nováková in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Blue, Gansey, Ronan, etc The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Book 1 reveiw

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Cinder review

Speth,, et al in All Rights Reserved  (#1) by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Please leave a comment and let me know what character names are your favorite!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Book Trailer Friday [@GetUnderlined @DelacortePress @karatwrites]

The book trailer I chose this week is for Kara Thomas's forthcoming YA, The Cheerleaders. It will be out July 31st:

about The Cheerleaders:
There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

July 31, 2018 // Delacorte Press // 384 pages // Goodreads // Book Depository // Amazon
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