Beyond The Surface: December Book of the Month Announcement

It’s December and you know what that means! Christmas is coming!!! I’m so excited for the Christmas season and I am happy to be able to spend it with my family and everyone I love.

I am so happy to say I am continuing Beyond the Surface into the new year. We can never have enough platforms to discuss mental illness or even just read about it to get informed. I am currently figuring how to rework the book club to get it working a little better so hopefully in January there will be some new fun book club related things to look forward to.

I am happy to be able to celebrate Christmas by reading our December book of the month: Queens of Geek!

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

Why I picked this book for December:

1. The Geeky Cuteness of what this will be feels like just the right amount of happiness for the Christmas season.

2. It’s one of the first Vlogger convention combo I have seen and I’m so excited to see how much of it I can relate to.

3. There is not one, but two love stories!

4. There is Asperger and Anxiety reps.

5. It feels like an all inclusive come as you are kind of book that I think the world needs to read.

6. I could not resist that cover.

7. Anything described as a feminist love letter is something good to read in my book.

8. I simply want to read it so I can fangirl all over it!

Join the discussion on Goodreads here!

Thanks for reading! Let me know if your interested in reading along with me down in the comments.

-Till next time!

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Fragments of the Lost: A Review

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Publisher: Random House Children’s

Publish Date: November 14th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere–in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things–even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

Opening Sentence:

A Blue Door

“There’s no light in the narrow stairway to the third floor.”

Musings:

Reading Fragments of the Lost is like getting introduced to seeing the world in a subtly different but completely new way. Following Jessa as she cleans out her ex-boyfriends room after his death she goes through his things and with each thing comes a memory that adds to create the story of who he was to her and how she starts to see that he wasn’t the person she thought he was.

What I loved about Fragments of the Lost was how even though the style of the chapters was continuously similar the way each fragment led to some sort of action that propelled the story forward made every moment fascinating. There was betrayal, love, loss, suspense, and tragedy done in ways that felt so new because of how everything was slowly pulled back and revealed. The tension built and built steadily throughout and ended in such a well written climax that both shocked and awed me.

It is incredible how much the random items that Caleb owned connected to him and told his story or at least the story that linked him and Jessa. It felt like a really good thriller/detective story that pieces together a person allowing you to see all sides of them in a way that you rarely get in a novel.

Fragments of the Lost is a gem. It will keep you guessing and wondering about where this is all leading you until you too are lost. Fragments is a wondrous thrill ride that I will never forget.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

-Till next time!

Beyond The Surface Book Club: Little And Lion Author Interview

For the November book of the month our pick was Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert. Today I am super excited to share with you all an interview I got with the lovely Brandy Colbert. Which is also awesome because it is the first interview I have ever got to host with an author!

About Little and Lion:

A stunning novel on love, identity, loss, and redemption.

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she’s isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (as well as her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.

About Brandy Colbert:

(From The authors about page)

Brandy Colbert was born and raised in the Ozarks—more specifically, Springfield, Missouri—and earned a bachelors degree in journalism from Missouri State University. Her debut novel, Pointe (Putnam, 2014), won the 2014 Cybils Award for young adult fiction and was named a best book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, the Chicago Public Library, and the Los Angeles Public Library. She was also chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for spring 2014.

Brandy’s second novel, Little & Lion (Little, Brown, 2017), was named a Book of the Month Club selection and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her work can also be seen in the anthologies Feral Youth; Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World; Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories; and the upcoming collections Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles; Our Stories, Our Voices; and Toil & Trouble.

Her third novel, Finding Yvonne, will be available on August 7, 2018, from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Brandy lives in Los Angeles where she works as a copy editor for magazines and books. Her writing is represented by Tina Wexler at ICM Partners.

Without further ado, here is the interview!

1. First and foremost, what inspired you to become a writer?

I started writing stories when I was seven years old. I’ve also always been a big reader, and great storytelling (books, TV, film) inspires me to get my own stories on the page.

2. Why is mental health important to you?

I think mental health is still largely considered a taboo subject, which is unfortunate. There’s nothing shameful about taking care of our brains, and mental health should be monitored and maintained, same as one’s physical health.

3. Why is discussing mental illnesses important both in writing and in everyday conversation?

I believe that the more we talk, write, and read about mental illness, the less stigmatized it will become. It helps people realize they’re not the only person going through something, and also hopefully helps them realize that they don’t need to be embarrassed to get help if they want it, whether that’s through therapy or medication or both.

4. What did it mean for you to have Lionel be diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

I haven’t had a lot of exposure to bipolar disorder, so writing a character with it was an excuse for me to really dig into the topic. I did a lot of research to better understand and try to create a well-rounded character who, yes, has bipolar disorder and is learning how to live with it, but isn’t defined by it.

5. What was the most difficult part of the writing process for you?

Incorporating all the research into a book that (hopefully) is authentic. I wrote outside of my experience with both the bipolar disorder and bisexuality, and it was very important for me to get this representation right. I put a lot more pressure on myself than if I had been writing from first-hand experience.

6. How long did it take you to write Little & Lion, how was it different from writing your first book Pointe?

I started writing Little & Lion in the fall of 2013, and it’s been through many versions since then, though the brother/sister relationship was always the focal point. Second books are always more difficult because there are expectations and reviews that weren’t there when you were writing the first one. Plus, I sold Little & Lion on proposal, which means I had only written around 50 pages and a loose outline, and I was working with a new editor and publishing house. It was an all-around different experience, but I’m learning that the writing process of each book is generally different.

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write what you want to read! Trends come and go, and they’re so unpredictable that it’s not advisable to write to them. Also, once you do get that beloved project to the point where it’s ready to go out to agents, there will likely be several rounds of revisions with your agent and then editor, so it’s important to love what you’re working on. You’re going to be with those characters and their story for quite a while—including once it’s published and you’re promoting it at festivals, conferences, and in interviews. You have to love the story before anyone else can.

8. What novel genre would you like to write in that you haven’t yet tried?

I’d love to dip my toe into magic realism and verse novels. They are two of my favorite genres, though both are intimidating!

I wanna take this time to thank Brandy for taking the time to answer my questions. She is such a sweet human being and I am so happy to have had the chance to read Little & Lion and become inspired by her and her story.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. Have you read any of Brady Colbert’s works? If so, what did you think?

Also, What novel genre would you like to write that you’ve never tried?

I know that magical realism would have been my choice as well… but I would also like to try my hand at some speculative fiction…. whelp I just gotta finish writing the story ideas I have for now first.

-Till next time!

The Big Lie: A Review

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Publish Date: November 14th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

In a gripping novel set in present-day England under a Nazi regime, a sheltered teen questions what it means to be “good” — and how far she’s willing to go to break the rules.

Nazi England, 2014. Jessika Keller is a good girl — a champion ice skater, model student of the Bund Deutscher Mädel, and dutiful daughter of the Greater German Reich. Her best friend, Clementine, is not so submissive. Passionately different, Clem is outspoken, dangerous, and radical. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend, her first love. But which can she live without? Haunting, intricate, and unforgettable, The Big Lie unflinchingly interrogates perceptions of revolution, feminism, sexuality, and protest. Back matter includes historical notes from the author discussing her reasons for writing an “alt-history” story and the power of speculative fiction.

Opening Sentence: “I am a good girl.”

Musings:

The Big Lie is a novel of heartbreak, protest, oppression, freedom, and choice. It is not knowing what you truly stand for or what the people around you stand for. It is propaganda used at its finest. It is what it means when you have been forced to turn a blind eye for so long that you don’t know what to do when you see the truth.

It’s terrifying to think about what could have been if the German Nazi Regime was still up and running today. However, it is even more terrifying to think of how the people living within the regime would go about their lives not knowing anything was wrong and believing in a lie (and that anyone in any country today that controls what media you can consume and what things are legal and illegal to have could possibly be living in a big lie as well). The Big Lie is a work of speculative fiction that especially rings true in today’s times where the media is constantly questioned and we are always wondering if what we are being told is the truth.

The number one takeaway I got from this was that even though this story follows Jessika and talks about what life is like for her under the German Reich (especially with her sexuality) that this book was showing that it was never going to end with this girl just as much as it wasn’t going to end from Clementines efforts either. Revolutions are a process and it is rare for us to ever see the end of any kind of oppression in our lifetimes.

What I also loved about the choice of Jessika as the main character is that she was never particularly strong, but she was real and made many many mistakes and was still trying to find out who she was in a place where she was only ever breed to be married and have kids later in life. It also left me with a lot of mystery around Clementine as someone who does know what she stands for and believes in (the main mystery being what was her true past).

The Big Lie is an urgent and emotional take at what life would be like now under the nazi regime. For those who are curious about World War 2 and what could have been, this book is for you.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

-Till next time!

This Week in Ya: Four Awesome Releases! November 20-25th

Yesterday I judged the covers of these four up and coming ya releases and told you what I thought they were going to be about. Today it’s time to see what each of these are truly about and if I was accurate in any way with my descriptions.

Here are this weeks ya releases:

Consumed by Abbie Rushton

Myla used to love spending long, hot days on the beach with her sister, Asha. Until the day Asha was taken from her and the sun went out. Forever.

That was two years ago. Myla hasn’t been down to the beach – or even left the house – since. Crippling agoraphobia and panic attacks keep her locked inside a nightmare of the day she can never forget. Her main contact with the outside world is online – until she meets Jamie.

Jamie is new in town and also struggles with things most people find easy. Nobody gets why it’s so hard for him to eat. But, like Myla, Jamie is trapped by his fears and feels anxious, awkward and alone.

Gradually the pair begin to trust each other. Are they willing to reveal their secrets – and risk discovering the truth? Or will they let their pasts consume them for good…

I am so so proud of myself because yesterday while I was looking at this book I said it was summery ya romance with a mental-illness twist and I am so happy that I was right. Not only does our Mc have a mental illness, but it seems that our love interest has one as well. All I can say is I would have picked this book up from the cover alone and I would have been so happy to do so. I really really want to read this book. I’m debating it being my next book buy.

The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang

THE QUEST: To find the lost city of Jingjue, a once-glorious kingdom, along with the burial chamber of its mysterious queen. Both lie buried under the golden dunes of the desert, where fierce sandstorms and blazing heat show no mercy.

THE TEAM:  Teenagers Tianyi, who has the ability read the earth and sky through feng shui, and Kai, Tianyi’s best friend and confidant; Julie, a wealthy American whose father vanished on the same trek a year ago; Professor Chen, who wants to fulfill a lifelong dream; and Asat Amat, a local guide gifted in desert survival.

THE OBSTACLES: Lethal creatures of the desert and an evil force that wants to entomb the explorers under the unforgiving sands of China’s Taklimakan Desert forever.

It seems I was pretty right about this book as well. A cool high fantasy set in China with a group of teenagers with really cool powers. Better be that those lethal creatures are Dragons though, because dragons make everything amazing.

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

First things first this is a sequel and it looks like it’s separate from the first book, but just in case there are actually any spoilers in this synopsis you have been warned.

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer.

1. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

2. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA.

3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mother’s base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender’s Game, Ellie’s seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it’s much less Luke/Yoda/”feel the force,” and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn’t appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she’d be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she’s going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?

I feel like I was very very wrong about my read of this cover. It is not set in the 90’s, but I can get the gamer vibe now that I read the synopsis and look at the cover again. It does still seem like it will be funny, but I can’t tell if there will be any romance as it seems more focused on what Ellie wants to do with her life no matter the consequences and in a way I like that better. I’m very intrigued and I hope I get to read book 1 sometime soon.

Lastly,

Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley

So, this one is definitely a read book 1 before book 2 type of thing so I am going to share book 1 and it’s synopsis here instead:

Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.

When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few friends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.

But with the arrival of the mysterious Saul—a man who seems to be able to control the Phantoms using the same cosmic power previously only granted to four girls at a time—Maia and the other Effigies must learn to work together in a world where their celebrity is more important than their heroism.

But the secrets Saul has, and the power he possesses, might be more than even they can handle…

So this series sounds badass and I need to read it. Also, I like how well the covers seem to match what the stories are going to be now that I see the elemental connection that each of the four effigies have. I feel like I was kinda right with this one, but got thrown off by not looking at the two covers together. Either way this series sounds like a ton of fun.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. What new releases are you looking forward to?

-Till next time!

Judging Ya Releases by Their Covers: November 20th-25th

Welcome one an all to a brand new weekly series where I take the ya releases of each week and say what I think they are about solely based on their titles and book covers. Then the next day I post the books with their true synopsis’s and see if I judged correctly! Who know’s? Maybe I will get a book plot of my own from these covers?

Here are the ya releases of this week:

Consumed by Abbie Rushton

This seems like a ya summer romance with a metal-illness twist. I would say our main character has had a rough time of things and either is consumed by all the outside things that are happening to her or by her emotions and everything that she is afraid of. I think this is going to be a novel about letting go and finding happiness and fun in life tripping over love along the way.

The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang

This book looks like it is going to be either a dystopian or fantasy set in China in which the characters beliefs about themselves are tested as they find themselves destined to do more then they ever thought. In a Perfect World Dragons would be alive in this novel, but sadly I get a vibe that they are not or at least don’t make an appearance till the very end to pass on some sort of wisdom to our MC.

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson (pretty sure this is a book 2)

This cover screams the 90’s family comedy to me and I’m hoping that it kinda embodies that. It looks like a fun summery laugh fest where love is easy only till we ourselves make it complicated. I’m feeling some flirtation happening in this novel, but it is either unrequited or the characters are trying really hard to hide it from the other. Either way, I feel like there are gonna be some deep moments in this book from the cover I’m feeling it’s a laugh till you cry then cry till you find a way to laugh kind of situation.

Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (another book 2)

I have absolutely no context from the first book to help me out with this cover, but I am getting paranormal dystopian horror feels from this cover. Fiery destruction looks like an important theme in this cover and I have a feeling that whatever this book is about it’s characters are going to be in a world of pain. It being the Effigies series I gotta think there is going to be a lot of death and that somehow our characters are going to have to ward away some evil. Plus I’m thinking with the Shadows part that their is going to be some deceit in this book and the villain is going to be the last person you suspect.

That’s all for this weeks releases and I was surprised to see that there were only four. I am so excited for this series because I adore covers and so many times a cover can either be spot on or totally misleading so I know I am going to have a lot of fun with this. I can’t wait to see what these books are actually about with you all tomorrow! I’m so excited!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you guys think these books are about based on there covers.

-Till next time!

The Denounced: Book 1 A Grey Sun: A Review

The Denounced: Book 1 A Grey Sun by SJ Sherwood

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Cameron Publicity & Marketing LTD

Publish Date: November 16th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

A convicted Denounced, sentenced to Death.

When sixteen-year-old Ned is wrongly convicted and kidnapped to a secret location, he meets ninety ‘Denounced’, and a terrifying truth begins to unfold – one that will change the world forever.

Forced to lead a Pod of five, Ned begins to realise thousands of lives could depend upon him. A survivor by nature, he now has to face his past, confront his destiny, and fight a System that has never lost.

A Grey Sun is the first in a three-part series following six Denounced teenagers as they struggle to live in a world where a simple mistake will cost you your life…

A must read for fans of The Maze Runner, Hunger Games and The Testing

Opening Sentence: “In less than an hour my life will end.

Musings:

Denounced: A Grey Sun was a really fun read full of action and intensity following a boy who will do everything he can to survive. Ned and his pod of five get into a lot of sticky situations that strain their relationship and wills to survive.

What I loved most about this book was how everyone’s personalities were a huge part of how well they worked together (which wasn’t very well in Ned’s case). It was interesting to see not only outsiders trying to bring their pod down, but also their own emotions causing rifts between them. Seeing their dynamics and how they change throughout the novel was really cool and unique.

A lot of the content in this novel was very training intensive, but at the same time it added to the suspense of what is going to happen later that they all need so much training for. That mixed in with injuries and doubt adds to the wonder of if they are going to be able to pull together or if they are going to be torn apart.

The Denounced is an action packed story sure to make you question what is going on and how they will ever escape. Read on for a wild ride you do not want to miss!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

-Till next time!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass: A Review

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Flatrion Books

Publish Date: September 5th, 2017

Received: Giveaway win!

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

Opening Sentence: “Lynet first saw her in the courtyard”

Musings:

The best way to describe this book is quietly magical. This is not your typical action packed ya fantasy, but more of a play between two characters and how they connect to one another. Told in duel point of views, I found myself continuously intrigued by Mina’s triumph and empty self-hatred.

The characters are definitely the driving force of this story. Their wayward decisions and emotional conflicts are at the heart of this story line. Most of all the driving emotion is love or in Mina’s case her belief that she is unable to feel or experience love at all.

What drew me to Lynets side of the story was her drive to be the opposite of what she is expected to be (the reincarnation (of sorts) of the dead queen). It creates a beautifully tragic tension between how the people see and treat her and how she sees and treats herself.

What ties this story together is this subtle undercurrent of magic that both gives the characters strength and is what tears at their insides and brings them further apart.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a fantasy that makes you wonder about what makes you who you really are. It is about breaking molds and figuring out what you truly believe to be true deep inside. Beautifully told, Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a story laced in magic that will surely touch your heart.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

Alone: A Review

Alone by Cyn Balog

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publish Date: November 7th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

“A bloody, wonderfully creepy scare ride.” -Kirkus Reviews

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school.

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

Opening Sentence: “Welcome to the Bismarck-Chisholm House—where murder is only the beginning of the fun!”

Musings:

Alone is creepy yet undeniably fun. Seda is probably one of the most insane characters I have ever read about, but I adored her. However, there was no one I adored more then her two little twin sets of brothers and sisters.

What really made this story go over the top for me was the setting. An old hotel that was once used as a murder mystery experience. With all the escape rooms and unique spooky experiences that have been popping up in the last few years I was so excited to find out that an older murder hotel experience was where this book took place.

I felt like I was watching a horrifically strange movie while reading Alone. With a eccentric mom whose a writer, twins who sleep with intestines (not real ones but still), and Seda who absorbed her own twin in the womb (whom talks in her head) Alone has all the ingredients to shock yet lead you along in its otherworldly mystery.

If you love getting the daylight scared out of you and a really good mystery I recommend this book 100%. It’s unsettling, but incredibly unique and I ate it up!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

-Till next time!

WWW- Wednesday

It’s Wednesday! Which means it is time to talk about What I just finished reading, what I’m currently reading and what I will be reading next! I would also love to hear your answers to this done in the comments.

What I just finished reading:

Alone by Cyn Balog

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school.

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

This book was creepy and unsettling, but oddly cute too! My full review will be up for you all tomorrow.

What I am currently reading: I jus

I Like You Like This by Heather Cumiskey

In 1984 Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Hannah Zandana feels cursed: She has wild, uncontrollable hair and a horrid complexion that she compulsively picks, and as if that weren’t bad enough, her emotionally unavailable parents mercilessly ridicule her appearance and verbally shame her.

Wanting to change her pathetic life, Hannah attempts to impress a group of popular girls—an ill-fated effort, except that she captures the attention of Deacon, a handsome and mysterious boy who also happens to be her school’s resident drug dealer. Suddenly, Hannah’s life takes an unexpected detour into Deacon’s dangerous and seductive world—but when her relationship and family unravel around her, she is forced to reexamine what she believes about herself and the people she trusts the most.

I just started reading this book a little bit ago so I don’t have an opinion yet, but I have high hopes for this being a great read!

What I will be reading:

The Denounced: Book 1 A Grey Sun by S.J. Sherwood

A convicted Denounced, sentenced to Death.

When sixteen-year-old Ned is wrongly convicted and kidnapped to a secret location, he meets ninety ‘Denounced’, and a terrifying truth begins to unfold – one that will change the world forever.

Forced to lead a Pod of five, Ned begins to realise thousands of lives could depend upon him. A survivor by nature, he now has to face his past, confront his destiny, and fight a System that has never lost.

A Grey Sun is the first in a three-part series following six Denounced teenagers as they struggle to live in a world where a simple mistake will cost you your life…

I am so excited to be reading this book! It sounds like a fun dystopian adventure that will take me on a really fun journey to remember.

Thanks so much for reading! Let me know your own answers for WWW- Wednesday.

-Till next time!