Source: Purchased

That Summer Read Along Post

Posted April 10, 2017 by Stephanie in Discussion, Event, Giveaway, Read Along / 0 Comments

That Summer Read Along PostThat Summer by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on January 1 1996
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

I will be posting my review along with my answers for the questions below later this week, so be on the lookout!

Did you read That Summer?

  1. What was your overall view of That Summer?
  2. Did you connect with Haven as a character?
  3. What did you like/dislike the most of That Summer?
  4. Haven goes through a lot of change within That Summer, do you think it’s ever possible to go back and reclaim the time when you thought things were better before the change you went through?
  5. If you could go back before a huge change in your life and prevent that outcome from happening, would you? Why or why not?
  6. If someone came to you for advice about dealing with change, what would you tell them?

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The Giveaway!

If you’re signed up for the Read Along you can enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win 1 of 3 YA Contemporaries of your choice (up to $10 USD)! Giveaway is International as long as The Book Depository ships to your country!
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Stephanie
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The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch [Review]

Posted February 23, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch [Review]The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 1: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus
Series: The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 27th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 656
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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May 7, 1896. Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down on the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected.
His second life will be nothing like his first.
Zebulon’s new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there, he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares—and from poverty—in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood.
Love, hate, hope, and horror—Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption?
Ambitious and heartbreaking, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire is the epic saga of what it means to be human in a world so often lacking in humanity.

My Thoughts

You guys this book hit me in the feels so hard I am actually having a hard time making a joke about it right now. I’m not even sure where to begin talking about it! I guess I will go with the basics. As per usual, books I love get a review that’s short and sweet. So:

Zebulon is a HILARIOUS narrator. Kraus is a phenomenal author, his wit and charm seriously jump off the page. I exclusively bounced between smiling and crying while reading, no in between. Zebulon is also incredibly complex, he’s funny and smart, stupid and crass, hopeless romantic and so freaking deep it hurts. I am adding him to the top of my favorite characters of all times list, because seriously wow. How are more people not talking about this?!

This is not a short book by any means. ~600 pages of some serious time hopping. Kraus takes you on quite the historical ride, it makes the whole book feel more like a collection of related novellas than one big story, and I kind of loved it. This way you got to see a true evolution of Zebulon. All the people he meets and all the trouble he seems to keep finding himself in are so well laid out, it’s impossible for them not to feel like watching a movie of someone’s life.

Have I said it enough? This book was amazing. I’m giving my heart a break and waiting a little before I read the conclusion sequel to this series, but I am so looking forward to it. If you’re looking for something a little different, some good laughs and a serious cry – something with heart: go pick this up.

 

five-stars
Lizzie
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The Queen of the Tearling [Review]

The Queen of the Tearling [Review]

Posted February 16, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

My Thoughts Holy crap: the political intrigue of this book! I must admit, I tried to read it years ago when it first came out and just couldn’t seem to get into it. Then, this month (after binge watching House of Cards on Netflix) I just really wanted moremoremore politics. Looking around my shelves, I […]

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Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Posted January 19, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Holy molly she’s at it again. If you’re a fan of the Shadowhunter world, I am not kidding when I say this was seriously SO GOOD! As per usual, books I love get something short and sweet: here go’s! This collection of short stories was literally EVERYTHING a die hard Cassandra Clare fan could have […]

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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman [Review]

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman [Review]

Posted January 12, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

My Thoughts Well my book nerds, I don’t quite know what to think. Overall, this novel was certainly not what I was expecting. I’m giving it a solid three stars because there was aspects of this story that I enjoyed – the plot was unique, the Asian influence really interesting – but it fell short […]

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]

Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]

Posted January 5, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 3 Comments

My Thoughts Oh my goodness fellow book nerds! THIS BOOK was everything and more. If you’re a fellow Alice in Wonderland freak as the rest of us, Meyer’s contribution to the canon world is fantastic. As per usual, with books I love this will be short and sweet – so let’s dive in! I think […]

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Wallbanger [Review]

Wallbanger [Review]

Posted December 28, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

**Disclaimer: This is an Adult story and should be read by mature audiences only. I’d say ages 17+** My Thoughts This was an entertaining read. I enjoyed Caroline’s story about her moving into a new apartment (still without her “O”) and meeting the wallbanging manwhore who lived next door and made one woman literally purr […]

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Broken Prince [Review]

Broken Prince [Review]

Posted December 10, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts First things first. I love how addicting this series is! If you have read it yet, go check out my review for Book 1 here! We got to know the Royals even more and I have to say I really love this family. Oh Reed, how I adore you! <3 I also really […]

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Paper Princess [Review]

Paper Princess [Review]

Posted December 2, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It got me out of a vast slump I was in. And I have Dana to thank for it. She had read this and mentioned it to me and it sounded awesome so I bought the entire series on my kindle and devoured Paper Princess, book 1, within […]

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