|Book Review: You Brought Me The Ocean |

Jake Hyde doesn’t swim––not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it safe.
There’s nothing “safe” about Jake’s future—not when he’s attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he secretly applies to Miami University. Jake’s life begins to outpace his small town’s namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier to come out to his mom, or Maria, or the world.
But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?

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I gave this a four out of five stars. I really enjoyed the art style of You Brought Me The Ocean. I really enjoyed the story, I liked the friendship between Jake and Maria. I also like the relationship between Jake and Kenny. I like the story of Jake accepting his sexuality. I liked the mention of superman and Aquaman. There wasn’t a lot of action in the plot but I still loved this. I want to get more into the new DC Comics. I have read a couple and I have really enjoyed them.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC copy for me to review.

This book features two queer characters and POC.


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|Book of the Month picks: December 2019|

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My main pick was The Wives by Tarryn Fisher, I have been wanting to read it for months now. I then choose Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston I have heard everyone that has read it, loves it. My third and final pick for December is Reverie by Ryan La Sala I have seen this around but not much about it. I like going into books not knowing anything.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher-

Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.

But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married.

What follows is one of the most twisted, shocking thrillers you’ll ever read.

You’ll have to grab a copy to find out why.

Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQueston-What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?

Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

Reverie by Ryan La Sala- 

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.

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|Book Haul: Goodwill finds & Library book sale|

The first place I wanted to go to was Goodwill, I was hoping to find Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. Recently I’ve seen both Gabby from gabbyreads and Kayla from booksandlala

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I didn’t find Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter but I did find another Karin Slaughter.

  • The Girl Before by JP Delaney
  • Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney [I have been wanting this for so long, it’s on my bookoutlet wishlist and amazon wishlist as well.
  • The Lies We Told by Camilla Way [This was a book of the month selection, which I have been wanting to get but there’s always another book I want more. So, I am happy to have found this one.
  • The Kept Women by Karin Slaughter [this may be the eighth book in a series but I am still glad I got this. I guess, I’ll just have to get the first book in the series]

Since that was such a success, I wanted to go to the library and look what they had in their sale section.

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  • Paradise by Toni Morrison [I know Morrison died earlier this year, I believe. But I have read The Bluest Eye by the author and have wanted to read more since I enjoyed that so much.]
  • Beatown by Richard Backman [I have heard youtuber Gabby from gabbyreads talking about it, and she enjoyed it a lot.]
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah [I know this is in series, and I want to get them. Also want to get to finally reading something by Kristin Hannah.
  • American Psycho by Easton Ellis [this is recommended a lot so I thought this was a find I had to pink up.]

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  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath [I have book looking for this cover]
  • Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins [I had heard someone talk about this so I wanted to get it. This one was the movie tie-in with Tom Hanks]
  • The Engless Steppe: A Girl in Exile by Esther Hautzing [the cover intrigued me, if I’m being honest.]
  • Dancing on the Edge by Han Nolan [I don’t remember what brought me into this book, it’s been a few weeks ago]
  • Final Friends Book 3: The Graduation by Christopher Pike [I have heard people say they love Christopher Pike’s works. Even though this is the third book I wanted to snag it so when I get the other two before this one I will have it.]

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  • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
  • Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose
  • The Third Option by Vince Flynn
  • I know my Name by C.J. Cookie
  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

I hadn’t heard of any of these books before seeing them in the sale section of the library. I had only heard or seen Karen Rose and  Liane Moriarty’s names before. I have found a Liane Moriarty at previous library book sale and picked it up but I haven’t read it yet. I was looking for some books online before and had seen Karen Rose.

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I have read some Nicholas Sparks books before and have enjoyed them. I love that he books a tragic twist to it so it’s heart breaking for characters throughout but also they don’t always get their happy ending.

  • A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
  • The guardian by Nicholas Sparks
  • Night in Rondane by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

I think it was a very successful book shopping adventure for a Saturday afternoon. Especially for not having any bookstore in my town.

 


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World Suicide Prevention Day

“The first annual Book Lover’s Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day Tour will kick off on Sunday, September 1st and will culminate in a twelve-hour Facebook Live Event on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th.

The purpose of this event is to spread mental health awareness among the book community, eradicate the stigmas associated with mental health, share our individual journeys in an accepting community, discuss books that effectively represent mental health issues, and raise money for the International Association for Suicide Prevention.” – Eva Pohler

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You can join the facebook event here

And here you can find the line up for that week and a half

You can watch a video here and here is a newer one

 

Evading the Dark by E.M. Rinaldi

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High school sucks. It doesn’t matter who you ask; jock, cheerleader, computer nerd, or band geek, they will all say the same thing: It’s a nightmare. But Casey is still wondering how she got the short end of the stick. Just a Sophomore at the prestigious Luthos Academy for Magical Beings, Casey already knows more about heartache and fear than any almost-sixteen-year-old should. Orphaned and left to be raised by the Academy, she spends her days training to become a Guardian, but that dream is looking dimmer with every day that passes.Unlike the wand-waving heroines in all her favorite books, Witches in her world don’t cast spells, they are born wielding the power of nature: water, fire, earth, or air; powers Casey never developed. She’ll be lucky if they even allow her to take her final exams.

She is top of her training class, but that doesn’t keep her from being looked down upon by every other being at her school. All Casey wants is to be given a chance, instead she finds the only life she’s ever known targeted by an unfathomable evil. Thrust into the center of an age-old prophecy, a war is coming with Casey at the reins.

Will relying on her hard earned training be enough for her to make it out alive?

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I really enjoyed this first book in the series Evading the Dark by E.M. Rinaldi. This story shows how important how friends are to one. This was a fun paranormal book. One of the settings was a magical school, which we all love. The bullying scenes seemed so real and accurate also it reminded me of junior high and high school. There is a prophecy in Evading the Dark which I enjoyed which made me think of Harry Potter. Which I loved the Harry Potter references mentioned. I liked the friendships that Casey has. I gave Evading the Dark a four out of five star. I definitely recommend this book, you should pick it up.


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Bout of Books 25

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I did Bout of Books read-a-thon for the first time a few years ago or more. I saw that this was happening the week after my classes end so I definitely wanted to join in. It will be a great way to start off my summer break. I will most likely posting updates on instagram and make a highlight out of it. I will post a wrapup of the read-a-thon the week after.

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

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Title: The Weight of the Stars

Author: K. Ancrum

Release: 19 March 2019

Format: eARC

 

Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more . . .


The Weight of the Stars is the third book I have read by K. Ancrom. I really enjoyed The Wicker King and The Legend of the Golden Raven which I read both of them in January. When I found out this book was coming out I had to request it from Netgalley, I’m glad they accepted it. When I found out it WLW I wanted to read it even more.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved most of the characters and the relationships. I loved the parts with the recordings they listened to or spoke. I hope there is a next book or novella. I really want to read more about and from these characters. I liked the friend group and  I also liked how the characters were with their families. I read they book so fast, it only took me a little over 24 hours. I’m hoping to be able to get a finished copy soon.


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|Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza

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Author: Shivaun Plozza

Release Date: 12 March 2019

Genre: Contemporary

 

 

Marlowe Jensen is a seventeen year old girl with congenital heart condition is a recipient to a heart transplant by a sixteen year old boy. Since she had the transplant she’s been trying to get a hold of the family but the family doesn’t want contact and ask her not to send anymore letters. She wants to know who the boy was and this is her story of her determination to find out who her heart belong to and who he was as a person. She also trying to figure who she is now.


I won an arc of this from a giveaway on Instagram. I read this book in about a week or so, I took my time reading it. Tin Heart was published in Australia first, which is where the author is from and where the book takes place. I gave this a four out of five stars.

I liked that Marlowe mentions both Will Smith and the Tardis from Doctor Who and other movies and books. I however didn’t like that she told two characters fake names and didn’t tell them who she really was. One of the characters figures out her name but the one it affects more doesn’t. Which probably made that character feel used and betrayed.

When Marlowe goes back to school she makes a friend Zan and we find out she’s gay and there’s also another character that’s at least interested in girls and her name is Kari. The book doesn’t go into detail about that plot point.

I didn’t like that Marlowe thinks that her brother makes himself a target for how he dresses and because the he is. I don’t like how she treats or talks to her brother. She puts everything before her brother and is mean to him. I didn’t like how she treated her mom either when her mom was just trying to protect her and do what she thinks is right for Marlowe. I hope she truly learns her lesson and doesn’t treat her brother or mother like that no longer.

I liked it when Marlowe called Leo butcher boy. She flirted with in ways that were settle but could tell that she was flirting with him. She always acted like she didn’t like him till the last 100 pages or so.


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|February 2019 wrap up|

  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter 3.5/5
  • In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire 4/5 
  • In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais  3.75/5
  • The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller 3/5
  • Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier 4/5
  • One Thing – Then Another by Claire Kelly 3/5
  • Witchcraft and Monsters by Kala Godin 4/5
  • Whispers From the Moon by Lee Broda 3/5
  • Still Lives by Maria Hummel 3/5

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  • Giant Days volume 1. by John Allison 3/5
  • Giant Days volume 2. by John Allison 3/5
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti 4/5
  • Spinning by Tillie Walden 4/5
  • Roomhate by Penelope Ward 4/5
  • The Kiss a Quotient by Helen Hoong 4/5
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis 5/5
  • The Lost Interest by Cale Dietrich 3/5
  • A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert 5/5

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