Friday, February 5, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What's Broken Between Us

by Alexis Bass

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

On his graduation night, Amanda's older brother Jonathan decided to drive drunk. He crashed his car, killing his friend Grace and nearly paralyzing his girlfriend Sutton. Now he is being released on probation, which will make being at school even harder for Amanda. Grace was supposed to be a senior along with Amanda this year, and her absence is felt among the school. Then there is Henry, Sutton's younger brother and Amanda's boyfriend for all of one night (the same night of the accident). When a school assignment as thrown them together as partners and their old feelings start to resurface. Mixed with the drama from her brother's return home, and everybody's feelings from that tragic night, Amanda's life is anything but easy.
An intense book with enjoyable characters. This book will make readers think and understand how one's actions not only have consequences for them, and those directly related to the incident, but to those around them as well.
Fans of Sarah Dessen's Saint Anything should give this book a try.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Dogs

by Allan Stratton

Cameron and his mom have been on the run from his dad, who is crazy and abuses them. Whenever he finds them, they take off again. This time, they are in a small town and renting a house that has a malevolent past. Cameron becomes obsessed with the history of the house, where maybe a boy and his mother were murdered, maybe by the boy's father (strange parallel, right?) Cameron's mom is worried about him, so he feels like he has to keep his research and the story a secret. Sometimes Cameron is worried that he's going crazy - like his dad, or that his dad has found them (or is it the ghost that has found them?). Sounds complicated right? This book is pretty complicated, for sure, but it's super fast paced and a little weird and totally creepy too.
The Dogs is a horror/thriller/mystery with a lot of information coming to you from some very unreliable sources. Fans of other horror novels or who like twists and turns and ghosts will like this story.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Penny Chic

by Shauna Miller

How to Be Stylish on a Real Girl's Budget

The author breaks up the book into three parts - Finding Your Style, Building Your Wardrobe and Putting the Pieces Together. Finding Your Style will help you figure out how you would like to dress, and uses both online/social media tools and an alternate handmade inspiration board. Once your style is identified, the book tries to help you identify what you already have that might work for your new goals. The second part of the book helps the reader build their wardrobe, using as many free or inexpensive ways as possible, including hosting a swap party and remaking some of your clothes. Putting the Pieces Together, the third part of the book, helps with the actual styling and how to get the most out of your wardrobe.
While no one supports the idea that how you look is the most important thing in life, how you look may be very important to YOU and this book will help you present the self that you decide you want the world to see.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Not If I See You First

by Eric Lindstrom

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

After loosing her sight, Parker created a list of rules for everyone to follow. Expect for following these rules, she demands to be treated just like everyone else. She doesn't like it when somebody breaks her rules-- just ask Scott who finds he is STILL paying for breaking one when he reappears in Parker's life. Luckily for him, Parker has other things on her plate besides freezing him out. She's trying out for track, giving out honest advice to her peers along with her best friend Sarah, and adjusting to life with her aunt, uncle and two cousins, who moved into her house after her dad passed away.
Parker is a sarcastic but intriguing character, and not just because she is blind. While her being blind is a big part of who she is, she proves there is more to her than her lack of sight. She has plenty of ups and downs that could happen to anybody.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Famous in Love

by Rebecca Serle

**Guest Post by Amanda B.****

It is every fangirl's dream. The first book in a popular series is being made into a movie with an open casting call taking place in Portland, Oregon for its leading lady. Paige Thompson is just you're average seventeen year old girl who enjoys spending time with her best friends but also dreams of becoming an actress. She decides to audition for the movie and now finds herself in Hawaii filming with a  mega hot male lead and his arch enemy. Things are going well for Paige until she realizes just like her character, she has found herself in a love triangle with the movies male actors, Rainer and Jordan.
Readers who love a good love triangle will enjoy this book. Rainer and Jordan are both intriguing characters and readers will relate to Paige being torn between the two. While Paige herself may not always be likable, her story is an enjoyable one.
With so many popular books becoming popular movies, this book is a fun take on what life is like behind the scenes. This book itself is on its way to possibly becoming a TV show sometime this year on Freeform (formally ABCFamily) starring Bella Thorne as Paige.