Month: December 2015

Blog Tour: Thicker Than Water [Review & Giveaway]

Posted December 31, 2015 by Stephanie in Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: Thicker Than Water [Review & Giveaway]Thicker Than Water by Kelly (Fiore) Stultz
Published by Harper Teen on January 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Realistic
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Cecelia Price killed her brother. At least, that’s what the police and the district attorney are saying. And although Cecelia is now locked up and forced into treatment, she knows the real story is much more complicated.
Cyrus wasn’t always the drug-addled monster he’d become. He was a successful athlete, but when an injury forced him off the soccer field and onto pain medication, his life became a blur of anger, addiction, and violence. All CeCe could do was stand by and watch, until she realized one effective way to take away her brother’s drugs while earning the money she needed for college: selling the pills.
Soon, CeCe becomes part drug dealer, part honor student. But even when all she wants is to make things right, she learns that sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcome.
Thicker than Water is an unforgettable dark, harrowing look into the disturbing truth of drug addiction and the desperate love of a sister watching her brother deteriorate before her eyes.

Title: Thicker Than Water
Author: Kelly Fiore
Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 320
Published By: HarperTeen on January 5, 2016
Challenges: Blog Tour for Rockstar Book Tours

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**I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review for this blog tour. This in no way affects my opinions** 

Cecelia Price killed her brother. At least, that’s what the police and the district attorney are saying. And although Cecelia is now locked up and forced into treatment, she knows the real story is much more complicated.

Cyrus wasn’t always the drug-addled monster he’d become. He was a successful athlete, but when an injury forced him off the soccer field and onto pain medication, his life became a blur of anger, addiction, and violence. All CeCe could do was stand by and watch, until she realized one effective way to take away her brother’s drugs while earning the money she needed for college: selling the pills.

Soon, CeCe becomes part drug dealer, part honor student. But even when all she wants is to make things right, she learns that sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcome.

Thicker than Water is an unforgettable dark, harrowing look into the disturbing truth of drug addiction and the desperate love of a sister watching her brother deteriorate before her eyes.
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This book is simply perfection! Just from the synopsis alone, I was super intrigued with this story. I’ve been wanting more books that deal with tough issues (in fact I wrote a post or two talking about this) and as soon as I read that synopsis, I was sold! Kelly Fiore’s writing style is gorgeous and it just kept me reading more. I read this in about 2 sittings because I got distracted by work, but if that wasn’t the case, it would have been a 1 sitting read for me.

The ones who are quiet fall into two categories–introspective and brooding. I like to brood. It gives me an excuse to glower at people and pretend to be surly when I’m actually just counting the pinholes in the ceiling panels in an effort to make the time pass more quickly.

Cecelia, CeCe, is quite the character. I really loved her. I think Fiore did a fantastic job and nailing her character arc. And the way that Fiore did this was by alternating with the present day CeCe and the CeCe in the past prior to her brother, Cyrus’ death. I think seeing this before and after really helps the reader connect on a more realistic level with CeCe.

Not to mention all the stuff that goes on in this gritty, harrowing novel. There is death, rehab, drug addiction, and the reality of paying for college. This novel is a great addition to the Young Adult genre and I think anyone who wants a realistic heart-wrenching tale that is so memorable, should definitely pick up Thicker Than Water.

Kelly Fiore will be on my list of authors that I cannot wait to see their sophomore novels!

Kelly Fiore-Stultz has a BA in English from Salisbury University and an MFA in Poetry from West Virginia University. She received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2005 and 2009. Kelly’s poetry has appeared in Small Spiral Notebook, Samzidada, Mid Atlantic Review, Connotation Press, and the Grolier Annual Review. Her first young adult novel, Taste Test, was released in August 2013 from Bloomsbury USA, and her second, Just Like the Movies, again from Bloomsbury, was releasted in 2014. Forthcoming novels include Thicker Than Water from HarperTeen in 2015.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of THICKER THAN WATER. US Only.

Tour Schedule

Week One:
12/28/2015- Ohana Reads– Interview
12/29/2015- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review
12/30/2015- FICTION FARE– Guest Post
12/31/2015- In Wonderland– Review
1/1/2016- PLEASE FEED THE BOOKWORM– Interview
Week Two:
1/4/2016- Night Owl Book Café– Review
1/5/2016- Fiktshun– Guest Post
1/6/2016- Such a Novel Idea– Review
1/7/2016- YA Book Madness– Interview
1/8/2016- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

Let’s talk about it!

Did you read Thicker Than Water? Or do you want to? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

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Monthly Recap [December 2015]

Posted December 31, 2015 by In Wonderland Team in Wrap Up / 0 Comments

This is a monthly highlight of what we read, our favorites, what happened in our lives, and a list of our posts from the month. This Monthly Recap will be up at the end of every month so that you can see what we’ve been up to and get to know us just a little bit more! 🙂

Events Coming Up

In Wonderland is one of the hosts for the 2016 Steampunk Reading Challenge and we hope to see you all sign up and join in on the fun! 🙂 This will hopefully become a regular thing! So, if you want to see it around next year, join this year! 🙂

Bout of Books
Stephanie will be participating in the Bout of Books Read-a-thon, here’s the sign up, goals, and update post! Will you be participating?

Giveaways Currently Open

Book of Choice (for SSaD Read Along) [Ends 1-8-2016]
Book of Choice (for Welcoming Team In Wonderland!) [Ends 1-16-2016]
Bringing Holiday Cheer (Book Choice from Pics) [Ends 1-25-2016]

ICYMI

We had a Christmas event for the 12 days of Christmas and we did lots of lists and are still doing a giveaway for it, to check out all the posts, click here!

December Reads

Posts

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins    5/5
Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore     5/5

What Happened This Month?

1. I got co-bloggers! In case you missed it, In Wonderland has an amazing team of bloggers right now! I’m also doing a giveaway with the welcome post, HERE!
2. Christmastime <3 I’m not sure if you all know this, but the Christmas season is one of my favorite seasons! I love getting together with the families and all of our friends and eating lots of food and just enjoying everything! Plus, we got to meet one of our newest additions! One of Joe’s cousins had her baby earlier this month and I got to meet him and he is so precious and so tiny! <3
3. I plotted out a couple of my projects for a fake NaNo that I’m participating in with my writing buddies in January. I wrote a post about it and asking if any of YOU wanted to join, HERE <3

Fave Read of the Month

Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published By: Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 1, 2015
Source: Bought, HC 648 pages

 

December Reads

Posts

What Happened This Month?

1. Nori from ReadWriteLove28 and I finally unveiled our project! If you’re a new book blogger who started in 2015, we want to feature YOU! Click here to Sign Up!
2. I’m on winter break, and I’ll be officially joining the In Wonderland team in January. Meanwhile, I’ll be conspiring with my fabulous companions (both here and at Bookwyrming Thoughts). Much blog learning is happening for me. ^_^
3. I got my first physical ARC! It’s Titans by Victoria Scott, and I can’t wait to read it!

Fave Read of the Month

Title: Brazen
Author: Christina Farley
Series: Gilded #3
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Published By: Skyscape on September 29, 2015

 

December Reads

Posts

What Happened This Month?

1. I started my first big-girl, full-time job! While terrifying and stressful the first week, I’m really loving it so far. I also read the entire book I was required to read and discuss with my coworkers. We’re supposed to finish it by the end of the school year as a group buuuuut, I just read the whole thing anyway.
2. Despite catching a cold, I had an amazing Christmas full of books and book related gifts. Most notably, my family scoured the earth to find me a Legend of Zelda T-shirt. My best friend bought me a 221B key necklace, honoring our joint obsession with Sherlock Holmes. And, last but certainly not least, my grandparents gave me an Amazon Kindle!
3. Through some Christmas miracle, I received a Truthwitch ARC and have yet to let it out of my sight.
4. I started co-blogging with 6 of the most amazing ladies! 🙂

Fave Read of the Month

Title: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published By: Tor Teen on January 5, 2016
Source: ARC, 416 pages

December Reads

Posts

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig   5/5

What Happened This Month?

1. I met Stephanie and joined In Wonderland team! <3
2. I realized that I fell in love just this month, six months later after much thought about what’s going on with me. (Yes, it’s ridiculous, I know).
3. I’ve traveled and visited many interesting places!

Fave Read of the Month

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published By: HarperTeen on February 9, 2016

Honorable Mention: Atlas Shrugged by  Ayn Rand

Posts

December Reads

Posts

What Happened This Month?

1. I posted my favorite post I’ve ever written on my blog, Fiery Reads, called Why Girls in Dresses Matter. It means a lot to me, and I’m so happy about all the feedback I’ve received on it!
2. I saw Star Wars with my family! And yes, it was totally awesome and I will forever be in love with Han Solo <3
3. I met my 6 amazing co-bloggers who are some of the best people out there 🙂
4. I hit 100 blog followers on Fiery Reads!!! It’s a HUGE milestone for me and I couldn’t be more thankful for all the amazing people I’ve met so far on this incredible blogging journey!

Fave Read of the Month

Title: Their Fractured Light
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #3
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Published By: Disney-Hyperion on December 1, 2015

Posts

Other Posts/Memes

 Top Ten Twenty-Four 2016 Debut Novels
Top Ten New-to-me Fave Authors
Top Ten Best Books Read in 2015
Top Ten Fifteen Books I Want Santa to Bring Me
Top Ten Fifteen Most Anticipated (Non-Debut) Releases of Jan-Jun 2016
Best Fandoms
Books To ReRead
Best Book Villains
Contemporary Romance Books That Make Us Swoon
Christmas Wishlist
Our Favorite Reads of the Year

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2015 End of Year Survey!

2015 End of Year Survey!

Posted December 30, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner brought the 6th annual End of Year Survey! I wanted to do this last year, but I didn’t really have a great reading year. This year I have done much better! And I hope to do an even better job next year! I encourage you all to participate […]

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WoW [49]

WoW [49]

Posted December 30, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine every Wednesday. It’s about spotlighting some of the releases we are awaiting eagerly. This week I’m waiting patiently eagerly for… Title: The Shadow QueenAuthor: C.J. RedwineSeries: Ravenspire #1Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, RetellingPublished By: Balzer + BrayComing out on February 23, 2016 Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and […]

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Top Ten Tuesday [72]

Top Ten Tuesday [72]

Posted December 29, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun! Top Ten Fifteen Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half Of 2016 (in order by release month):  1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (JAN) 2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken […]

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Bout of Books 15

Bout of Books 15

Posted December 28, 2015 by Stephanie in / 1 Comment

Click the button above to sign up! The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books […]

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My Thoughts: Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey

My Thoughts: Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey

Posted December 28, 2015 by Lizzie in / 0 Comments

Hello, Darlings! As some of you might now, I am currently studying English Literature in school. This past semester, I had to take the most *intense* poetry class I’ve ever taken before. The majority of it was interesting, but nothing to make me go out and seek poetry to read in my spare time. Except […]

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The Girl from Everywhere [Review]

The Girl from Everywhere [Review]

Posted December 27, 2015 by Maria in Review / 1 Comment

Title: The Girl from Everywhere Author: Heidi Heilig Series: The Girl from Everywhere Genre: Fantasy, Time Travel, Historical Fiction Published By: Greenwillow BooksPages: 464 **I received a copy of this from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review.** Where To Get:   Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places […]

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2016 Reading Challenges!

2016 Reading Challenges!

Posted December 26, 2015 by Stephanie in / 1 Comment

These are all the Reading Challenges I have decided to partake in. They will be listed in my Reading Challenges page. But this is the post that I will be giving you my goals and what some of the books I want to read for them are! 🙂 Goodreads Challenge: 100 booksI am not putting […]

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