Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ghost Stories


This week's Ten:

this week it's a Halloween Freebie so my top ten is . . .

10 Ghost Stories




Sisters of Blood and Spirit (#1) by Kady Cross

Dead and Buried by Kim Harington

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee



Texas Gothic (#1) by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Goodreads

The Girl from the Well (#1) by Rin Chupeco

Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

The Restorer (#1) by Amanda Stevens

Silence (#1) by Michelle Sagara



Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

Also? You should watch the Casper movie today. (Or any day really.)


Please leave a comment and let me know your favorite ghost stories - or ghost characters!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Lie to Me ~ JT Ellison (earc) review [@thrillerchick @MIRAEditors ‏ @HarlequinBooks]

Lie to Me
Mira Books
September 05, 2017
426 pages
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They built a life on lies

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. The couple seems made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her.

Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.

J.T. Ellison's Lie to Me leaves readers unsure of who - if anyone - they can trust . The way the story is told from who is narrating it to the jumps between the past and present not only add to the uncertainty of just what is really the truth but serve to increase the tension, as well. It is hard to even be sure which characters you like because no one seems to have quite the same view of anyone else. This person thinks that person is nice and sweet and naive while this second person thinks they're calculating and manipulative.

Some may be lying, some may be trying to implicate (or exonerate) someone else, but some are also telling the truth as they see it. In Lie to Me the author does a fantastic job using all of the different sides of her characters - the different parts of themselves they share with different people - as well as the different way people see each other; the things one person notices and latches on to versus what a different person focuses on.  It makes the characters that much more believable and easier to relate to - while also leaving you less sure of, well, anything.

The narration changes made the story even better. Those different first person insights really show us what the characters is thinking, as opposed to what another narrator attributed to them.

Lie to Me was a thriller that kept me guessing right up to the very last sentence and was full of multifaceted characters and complicated histories. This novel really used all of who each character was, their pasts, their secrets, their hopes and their fears, their relationships with each other to build a mystery that is satisfying and unexpected.







digital review copy received from publisher, via NetGalley

Friday, October 27, 2017

Book Trailer Friday {@penguinteen jessicafreeburg @jayasherguy @JeffStokely]

A graphic novel reimagining of the Pied Piper tale, Piper by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg, illustrated by Jeff Stokely, will be published by Razorbill next week. Here is the book trailer:


about Piper:

Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale love.

When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side.

The boy of Maggie's dreams might just turn out to be her worst nightmare..




Razorbill // October 31, 2017 // 140 pages // Goodreads // Book Depository // Amazon

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [@exrpan @LittleBrownYR]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:



THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by Emily X.R. Pan

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.


published March 20th by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

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Why?

The first part of this book's description had me intrigued: why was Leigh certain that her mother became a bird? And how is that certainty connected to her travelling to Taiwan?

Then, once there was more said about not only what she discovers in her search but also about what Leigh was doing when her mother died, I really wanted to read The Astonishing Color of After. I love that this is a book about family secrets and history and ghosts (be they metaphorical or literal)  but it's also a book about a girl grieving the loss of her mother (not to mention whatever kissing her best friend throws into the mix).

"Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair. The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love." That right there? Sounds so much like a book I should read.

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Hanging Girl ~ Eileen Cook (earc) review [@HMHKids @eileenwriter]

The Hanging Girl
HMH Books for Young Readers
October 03, 2017
320 pages
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Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

The Hanging Girl was another one of those books where I had forgotten what it was supposed to be about by the time I started reading it. Not knowing what was to come for Skye - and not knowing what it was she was getting herself involved in, was a lot of fun.

I liked the setup of a girl who makes money from tarot card readings but who does not believe, at all, that she has some sort of psychic ability. Rather, he readings rely on her ability to read people, to keep things enough open to interpretation to please people - and using any other knowledge she has of them.

It works really well that we get to see not only what Skye does (her tarot card readings, charging for them) but also her financial situation and how desperate she is to get out after graduation before finding out what she's involved in. Though you don't know at first just what it is Skye got into (and maybe she doesn't, either) or why exactly, you can still understand her acquiescence.

Life is not awesome for Skye and this is her way to fix that. Somehow. Maybe.

When things started to go wrong, I both wanted Skye to tell someone- and really be honest, not tell them more of her 'psychic visions' - but I could also understand her hesitancy to do so. Skye was not someone who seemed to make great choices (even aside from the big, obvious one) and I did not think she had really thought through oa lot of the logistics or facts of how things were supposed to go. Still, trying to piece together the mystery, of what Skye should do and what would happen if she did (or didn't) was a thrilling read.

The Hanging Girl definitely, definitely had some surprising and shocking twists and turns. Even the pieces that seemed simple were not and the pieces I was able to guess still added to the mystery because I had no idea how the characters would react if (or when) they put things together. The Hanging Girl is an original, thrilling tread that will keep you guessing right to the last page.






digital review copy received from publisher, via NetGalley

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Book Titles


This week's Ten:
Top 10 Unique Book Titles


The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills



The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock



Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten



The Girl Who Circumvented Fiairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente  & Ana Juan (Illustrator)



Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust



Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson



My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Anmabel Pitcher



The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante



How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford



Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape) (Belle #2) by Carrie Jones





Please leave a comment and let me know your picks for unique book titles!!

Monday, October 23, 2017

We Can't Be Friends ~ Cyndy Etler (earc) review [@SourcebooksFire @cdetler]

We Can't Be Friends: A True Story
Sourcebooks Fire
October 03, 2017
304 pages
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The companion to The Dead Inside, "[An] unnerving and heartrending memoir" (Publishers Weekly)

This is the story of my return to high school. This is the true story of how I didn't die.

High school sucks for a lot of people. High school extra sucks when you believe, deep in your soul, that every kid in the school is out to get you. I wasn't popular before I got locked up in Straight Inc., the notorious "tough love" program for troubled teens. So it's not like I was walking around thinking everyone liked me.

But when you're psychologically beaten for sixteen months, you start to absorb the lessons. The lessons in Straight were: You are evil. Your peers are evil. Everything is evil except Straight, Inc.

Before long, you're a true believer.

And when you're finally released, sent back into the world, you crave safety. Crave being back in the warehouse. And if you can't be there, you'd rather be dead.
 “This is what happened to my mind and my heart and my soul and my relationship with humanity.”
-Cyndy Etler (Mooresville Weekly article, May 31, 2013*)

Everything that you wanted to hope was going to be okay or fixed or normal after the ending of The Dead Inside for Cyndy Etler's life? We Can't Be Friends shows you just how much it is not.

The present tense narration continues in this follow-up/companion to The Dead Inside. Reading it as if it is currently happening, not something from years ago (even as you know it's in 1989/1990) makes everything that much more real. What's happening is something Cyndy - and you as the reader - are experiencing. You feel one less step removed from things.

So, so many times I wanted to ask the people in her life if they really, truly believed what they were saying, what they seemed to think of Cyndy. If they actually thought it was appropriate or remotely logical.  (Though there was one adult I did want to thank or hug or something.)

I appreciated that the author didn't try to just tie a big bow on things and pretend it was all neat and tidy once she left Straight. There is no way to spend sixteen months - especially not as young as the author was - under those circumstances, with that kind of daily treatment and not have it mess with your head. This memoir is incredibly honest and we see all the stupid, misunderstood, painful, confused, naive and needy things she does.

I understood Cyndy's mother even less here than I did in The Dead Inside. Cyndy could have a horribly low opinion of herself, but when people have spent sixteen months convincing you you're 'a druggie whore' and that you're always one step away from slipping back into addiction, it's kind of hard to think you're great. We Can't Be Friends shows you just how much Straight Inc harmed Cyndy Etler (and so many others) but also how much of a difference a few people (or birds, even) can make.

I applaud the author for giving us two such honest, real memoirs. She doesn't shy away from things that might make her look 'bad' and it means we really get the full story, as painful, heartbraking, ahd hopefully, ultimately, hopeful as it is.






*the author originally published her memoir Straightling in 2012


digital review copy received from publisher, via NetGalley

Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Trailer Friday [@candlewick @storybreathing]

Book trailer for A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker:




about A Stone for Sascha:
A girl grieves the loss of her dog in an achingly beautiful wordless epic from the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of Journey.

This year’s summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk along the beach to gather cool, polished stones becomes a brilliant turning point in the girl’s grief. There, at the edge of a vast ocean beneath an infinite sky, she uncovers, alongside the reader, a profound and joyous truth. In his first picture book following the conclusion of his best-selling Journey trilogy, Aaron Becker achieves a tremendous feat, connecting the private, personal loss of one child to a cycle spanning millennia — and delivering a stunningly layered tale that demands to be pored over again and again.




May 08, 2018 // Candlewick // Ages 5-9 // Godreads // Book Depository // Amazon

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dear World ~ Bana Alabed (earc) review [@AlabedBana @SimonSchuster]

Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace
Simon & Schuster
October 03, 2017
224 pages
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“A story of love and courage amid brutality and terror, this is the testimony of a child who has endured the unthinkable.” —J.K. Rowling

“I’m very afraid I will die tonight.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 2, 2016
“Stop killing us.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 6, 2016
“I just want to live without fear.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 12, 2016


When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave a voice to millions of innocent children.

Bana’s happy childhood was abruptly upended by civil war when she was only three years old. Over the next four years, she knew nothing but bombing, destruction, and fear. Her harrowing ordeal culminated in a brutal siege where she, her parents, and two younger brothers were trapped in Aleppo, with little access to food, water, medicine, or other necessities.

Facing death as bombs relentlessly fell around them—one of which completely destroyed their home—Bana and her family embarked on a perilous escape to Turkey.

In Bana’s own words, and featuring short, affecting chapters by her mother, Fatemah, Dear World is not just a gripping account of a family endangered by war; it offers a uniquely intimate, child’s perspective on one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history. Bana has lost her best friend, her school, her home, and her homeland. But she has not lost her hope—for herself and for other children around the world who are victims and refugees of war and deserve better lives.

Dear World is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit, the unconquerable courage of a child, and the abiding power of hope. It is a story that will leave you changed.
Bana Alabed's Dear World does what all of the news reports and articles cannot really do: it shows you what life in Syria was like before the before the war. And how the war impacted people. Not the grand, big picture idea of 'the Syrian people,' but their family, their friends, their neighborhood. It allows you to see things on a more human, individual level.

Of course, many pieces of  life in Syria were different than in the United States or England or France or wherever but reading how Bnaa liked to go to the pool with her father or about their family's bedtime routine shows how much was the same, too.

I really liked that while most of the story was told by Bana, there were sections from her mother, as well. Having that adult perspective on some of the same matters put some things into a different light or allowed you to really see the child's interpretation versus the parent's, the mother's.

There is something unbelievably honest about how children see the world - even those things that they should never have to see. That absolute honesty, the way that Bana's telling of what she experienced, what happened to people in Syria, what her family endured and how it isn't rephrased or muted (nor does it seem overdone or trying to shock) makes things resonate that much more. It makes it all that much harder to read and to grasp that those things could actually have happened.

This is a book you are not likely to forget. It shows us what life in Syria, for one family, was like before the bombings, before the war. And it shows us what life was like during those bombings, how, in particular, one young girls' life was impacted.


"I hope you like my book. I hope it makes you want to help people."
-Dear World Author's Note






digital review copy received via NetGalley, from publisher

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [@harperteen @epicreads @moriarty_laura]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:



AMERICAN HEART by Laura Moriarty

Imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim-Americans are a reality.

Fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams of Hannibal, Missouri, lives in this world, and though she has strong opinions on almost everything, she isn’t concerned with the internments because she doesn’t know any Muslims. She assumes that everything she reads and sees in the news is true, and that these plans are better for everyone’s safety.

But when she happens upon Sadaf, a Muslim fugitive determined to reach freedom in Canada, Sarah-Mary at first believes she must turn her in. But Sadaf challenges Sarah-Mary’s perceptions of right and wrong, and instead Sarah-Mary decides, with growing conviction, to do all she can to help Sadaf escape.

The two set off on a desperate journey, hitchhiking through the heart of an America that is at times courageous and kind, but always full of tension and danger for anyone deemed suspicious.



published by

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Why?

I really love when authors take something incredibly current and pertinent and give us a novel centered around (or at least featuring) whatever that is. Especially in the run up to the US presidential election, there was a lot of talk of a Muslim registry or something similar.  It was all justified as 'keeping America safe,' much in the same way that we interred more than 100,000 Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor.

On paper, that may have, technically, seemed like a good idea, too - and a way of keeping people safe. That it was people down to one-sixteenth Japanese, though (which is having one great-great grandparent who was Japanese) and how selectively it was implemented says it was more fear and racism. (And maybe it's only something I think about because of how my family could have been or was affected, but it's something we should all remember happened.)

I like that American Heart seems to draw some parallels (at least in the broadest terms) between what the United States has already done and  what some think we should do now.

Political anythings aside, I am interested in seeing how Sarah-Mary and Sadaf interact, what they can learn from each other and how the long held beliefs of each may be changed.


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

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Innocence Treatment ~ Ari B Goelman (earc) review [@agoelman @FierceReads @MacKidsBooks]

The Innocence Treatment
Roaring Brook Press
October 17, 2017
304 pages
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You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her--and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren's papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren's story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.
Sixteen-year-old Lauren Fielding lives in ta United States, in 2031, that is a mix of 1984 and The Program; The Department 'keeps everyone safe' and speaking out against them is far from a good idea. It may even be illegal.

As some struggle to accept the Emergency Act, the Department and all they mean for life, others are thankful for the safety and stability. And Lauren? She believes whatever anyone tells her - about the world, about how they feel, about anything. She takes everyone and everything at face value. If you say you're fine, she truly believes you are fine.

Her disorder makes her miss a lot and can be confusing (even watching movies or reading novels isn't enjoyable for her) So when the chance to 'fix' her presents itself< Lauren's thrilled.

Only, she's not a 'normal' person after the surgery, either.

Things get complicated and consing in all new ways and Lauren wonders what's better the ignroance she had or the paranoia she now has.

The Innocence Treatment is a fantastic near future YA thriller. Lauren and her story are the perfect way to present that world to us.  Not only do we get the 'new' paranoid Lauren but though her new understanding, her reinterpretation of past events we really see what 2031 is like, what the Department is like. Beyond that, we also get some great questions about life and knowledge and generally being human. In her struggle with her new self, Lauren wonders and works through things that many will be able to identify with.

I loved that the entire novel is presented as a nonfiction book published in 2041, from the Editor's Note at the beginning all the way through to the end. With this format we get Lauren's journal entries, but also notes (both from her doctor and in footnotes) that give you enough of what's coming for Lauren to up the anxiety and stress level (and the mystery) but not ruin any of the story.

Goelman's imagining of 2031 made for a great read with great social commentary and questions about what to value in life, what's important ("Why is that Dr Corbin? Why would I rather be unhappy than stupid? . .. What does it matter if other people thought I was stupid, as long as I was happy?" -pg 72).  Though, it's not a 2031 I want to see come to fruition.








digital review copy received from publisher, via NetGalley

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Breathless ~ Tara Goedjen (earc) review [@TaraGoedjen @DelacortePress]

The Breathless
Delacorte Press
October 10, 2017
368 pages
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No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

The Breathless is a YA, paranormal, Southern Gothic but what sets it apart from from other paranormal, YA, Southern Gothics is its setting, the characters and their history. I loved that it was set in Alabama, along the Gulf Coast as most seem set in Louisiana or the Carolinas and the addition of the proximity of the water played an important role in the story.

Parts of the novel are set in the mid-nineteenth century giving us a glimpse into the past of Blue Gate, the once grand but now crumbling home of Mae and her family. It was both different and enjoyable that, despite it being the nineteenth century in the Southern United Sates, this story didn't involve slavery. It also gave us a fresh portrayal of magic and how it came into the characters' lives. (If I really think about it, I'm not sure how that family didn't have some kind of help, paid or otherwise but , oh well.)

We have a mystery in not only Ro's death - what happened, how it happened, who's to blame, why - but in where Cage has been for the past year. The questions around Cage's reappearance, where he's been, why he was gone - and why he doesn't seem to know Ro is dead - add an extra layer of intrigue and uncertainty to the story.

I really liked how Mae had to try to figure out if Cage could be trusted, to find out what happened to her sister, to understand the green book and her family's history all while still grieving. It impacts her decisions, how other characters are behaving or would react and why seems 'right.'

The Breathless had an original setting and origins of both the characters and paranormal elements and the mystery was well done and surprising at times. When the book was finished, though, there were a few things left unexplained (Some that could be inferred, maybe, from things said in story but some I just don't know about.). I wish we'd been given more explanation about these things or, if there were answers, that they'd been more prominent.

I am still puzzling out a few things but this was a fun, original read and I would like to read more from Tara Goedjen.







digital copy received for review from publisher, via NetGalley

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October is the Coldest Month ~ Christoffer Carlsson (earc) review [@ccarlssons @ScribeUKbooks @rwillsonbroyles]

October is the Coldest Month
translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Scribe UK
June 08, 2017
192 pages
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Vega Gillberg is 16 years old when the police come knocking on the door looking for her older brother, Jakob.

Vega hasn’t heard from him in days, but she has to find him before the police do. Jakob was involved in a terrible crime. What no one knows is that Vega was there, too.

In the rural Swedish community where the Gillbergs live, life is tough, the people are even tougher, and old feuds never die. As Vega sets out to find her brother, she must survive a series of threatening encounters in a deadly landscape. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s dealing with the longing she feels for a boy that she has sworn to forget, and the mixed-up feelings she has for her brother’s best friend.

During a damp, raw week in October, the door to the adult world swings open, and Vega realises that once she has crossed the threshold there is no turning back.

"The story would refer to Varvet as the 'remote Småland countryside'. It was weird--just because they were far away, we were the remote ones. Even though we were close to the action." *


I really enjoyed October is the Coldest Month: the story, the writing, the characters, the tone. This novel was originally published in Swedish and it felt very different from something set in England or the US - or even set in Sweden but written in English. For lack of a better way to say it (and I have tried to find one) it felt very Scandinavian.

Even as dark or criminal or dangerous or confusing (or a mix of all of the above) were happening, it did not feel as intense or fast paced as other stories I have read. I loved that Vega walked or rode her bike everywhere, that she lived by a giant, old, intimidating forest. I also loved her complicated, confusing relationships with her family members.

"In Varvet, you inherit your house, you way of life, your loyalties.History is your blood whether you want it there or no."*

Both the characters and their lives were very easy to relate to, though. Varvet is a town it is easy to get stuck in; to stay in your whole life. Whether you want to or not. Vega's description of what happens there, of who the people are and why they are there made it sound like a lot of American small towns.  It also feels like the perfect setting for her family: the absence of her father, the way her mother acts, what he uncle does, why he's back in Varvet, where her brother lives, etc. The author gave us the perfect setting and characters who, flaws, good intentions, not-so-good intentions, fit in could really only, all, live there.

As this is a translated work it's hard to know just how much of the writing (phrasing, word choice, etc) is the author and how much is the translator but it was great. Any book that can compare things to soon-to-be-decapitated Barbie heads and to buffalo and have them both work is something pretty special.

Vega and her entries into the adult world, the crime and what trying to figure it out reveals to Vega, Varvet and how living there shapes the characters, the tone and atmosphere of this story which were different and wonderful, and the fantastic writing all makes this a book you should read. I hope more of this author's works are translated into English.






*Quote is from arc and I could not find the section in any of the previews of the finished book online. If you have a finished copy and my quote is incorrect, let me know. (Or if you know a page number.)





digital review copy received from publisher, via NetGalley

Waiting On Wednesday [@lynnweingarten @simonteen]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:


BAD GIRLS WITH PERFECT FACES by Lynn Weingarten

Bad girls get it done.

Sasha’s all-time favorite person is her best friend Xavier. He’s smart, funny, and strange. He’s not just nice but kind. He’s endlessly forgiving, even when maybe he shouldn’t be.

So when Xavier lets his ex, Ivy, slither her way back into his life, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. And not just because she can’t stop thinking about the night she and Xavier almost shared a rum-soaked kiss. No, it’s because Ivy is poisonous. The last time they were together, Ivy cheated on Xavier and he just barely survived.

Sasha has a plan: pose online as a guy to seduce Ivy, proving that cheaters never change. But she soon learns to be careful who you pretend to be—because you can never truly know the darkness inside of someone. Including yourself.

Told in multiple points of view.



published October 31st by Simon Pulse

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Why?

I have enjoyed Lynn Weingarten's previous books (The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls, Wherever Nina Lies).I am interested in  Bad Girls with Perfect Faces because of the different dynamics/relationships it includes: Sasha and Xavier's friendship, the potential romantic possibilities between Sasha and Xavier (plus ho that would/is affecting the friendship), Xavier and Ivy's past, their present, and what there is between Sasha and Ivy.

Then I want to see what all is involved in Sasha's plan - and how things may veer away from what she has planned.

Especially because it is told from multiple points of view, I want to see how this all works, how the relationships and characters are intertwined and how what happens affects each of them.

I also love the title and the book cover. (While I can obviously be completely wrong, I love the lipstick and how, with the whole flies and honey saying, it works with the title.)



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