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“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I picked:

 

Midnight Hour

By C.C. Hunter

Publication Date: October 25th, 2016

Midnight Hour (Shadow Falls)

 

Summary From Goodreads:

 

After captivating millions across the globe, the Shadow Falls saga reaches its final—and most unforgettable—chapter yet! Prepare to fall in love all over again...

Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane’s time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she’s finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. As she struggles to make sense of it – and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy – the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing.

Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she’s worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?

C.C. Hunter brings The Shadow Falls saga to a spectacular conclusion in this thrilling finale: Midnight Hour!

 

Why I Picked it:

 

I've read all the other books in the Shadow Falls series. It started out with Kylie, then moved to Della's story, and now here we are with Miranda. You could say that I'm a little invested in the well-being of these characters. I've developed a soft spot for them and I can't wait to see how it all turns out for them. It just leaves me wondering if Derek is going to be the next one to get his own spinoff series. If you would like to check out this book or the ones before them (Midnight Hour is the first book in Miranda's story, and the other books do not have to be read first) click here to put your name on the hold list.

 

 

 

 

There are hundreds of fairy tales, and each has many, many retellings. There's no way I could list them all here, so I'll just list a few of the lesser-known ones that I know all of you will love.

Summary:
High schooler Caden Bosch is a brilliant young man. He is a good student, great artist, and a good brother. But his friends and family are starting to notice some odd behavior from Caden. He pretends to sign up for track, and instead of joining the team he spends hours walking aimlessly. But that isn't everything. Caden spends much of his time on a pirate ship headed for the deepest part of the Marianas Trench called Challenger Deep. There he will find great wealth and riches or lose himself completely. This book focuses on mental illness from the inside, you are with Caden as he sails the rough seas of mental illness, and trying to distinguish the real world from the world his mind has created for him.

Review:
This book is absorbing. It looks at mental illness from the perspective of the patient, not from the family and friends around the patient. It shows how mental illness takes over Caden's life to the point where he can't distinguish reality from the effects of his illness. The writing was amazing, and throughout the novel you hope that Caden can find his way back to the family and friends that wait for him to recover from this unending battle.

Overall:
Overall this is an amazing book that takes a unique approach to a disturbing topic. Shusterman makes the reader Caden's illness with him. You are on the inside looking out at the world through Caden's eyes. Well written book.


Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Language: Some
Violence: Some
Sex: None
Drugs/Alcohol: Caden is on medication to control his illness and he goes to the crows nest to get "cocktails" which are the meds that he needs.

Click here to request Challenger Deep.

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“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I picked:

 

If I Fix You

By Abigail Johnson

Publication Date October 25th, 2016

 

If I Fix You

 

Summary From Goodreads:

 

Readers of Sarah Dessen, Cammie McGovern and Morgan Matson will adore this thought-provoking, complex and romantic contemporary novel from debut author Abigail Johnson, about finding the strength to put yourself back together when everything you know has fallen apart.

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.

Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.

With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .

 

Why I Picked It:

I love Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson, and if this debut author is anything like them, I'm sure I'll love her too. And, I'm really curious to see what really happened to make her mom leave so abruptly, and what happens between Jill and Sean. Does she fix her relationship with him? and what about this new mysterious neighbor? I can't wait to find out! If you'd like to read this book, click here to be redirected to page so you can put your name on the hold list.

 

I absolutely love aliens. I'm a science fiction girl to the core, and there's nothing better than a nerve-wracking alien novel. Here are my favorite alien YAs.

Summary:
Not everyone knows the difference between a Need and a Want. Need, is a new social media network in Nottawa, Wisconsin and everyone Kaylee knows is on it. Kaylee needs only one thing, a kidney for her younger brother D. J. Need will grant people's wishes for a price and soon everyone is signing up for the website and doing things they never thought they would do. As the body count starts rising, Kaylee knows someone must track Need down and stop them before it destroys them all.

Review
This was an interesting read. The tasks the website has the students do are seemingly harmless at first, but then it keeps asking for more. When students start to die because of things Need has people do, you can see how dangerous the website can really be. The story was engaging and keeps the pages flipping to find out what will happen next.

With fast pacing and a likable main character this book has a lot to offer. It is told from multiple perspectives, but Kaylee is the dominant voice.

Overall:
This book hooks you and has you wondering from the very beginning who the culprit is behind the diabolical Need website. Although the ultimate reveal left me somewhat disappointed--it felt too cliche, I still enjoyed the book. I recommend this for teens who like thrillers or books like Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell.

Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Violence: Yes and somewhat graphic
Language: Mild if any
Sex: None
Drugs/Alcohol: no recreational drug/alcohol use, but some characters are drugged to accomplish Need's goals.

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Summary:
Ember Hill and her twin brother are both dragons disguised as humans. Their job for the summer is to try to blend in with other humans and learn from their trainers who will be training them for their jobs in Talon, a secret order of dragons. Their identities must be kept secret, or they risk attracting the notice of Talon's greatest enemy, the Order of St. George. While hanging out with friends at the beach Ember meets Garrett, a human and unbeknownst to her a member of the Order of St. George. She also meets a rogue dragon named Cobalt. Ember is being pulled in several directions, the rogue wants her to leave talon with him, but Ember is falling for Garrett and is loyal to her brother. Choices will be made and loyalties will be tested.

Review:
I really enjoyed this book. Maybe because I love the beach setting and it's summer, I don't know, but I liked it. I typically don't care for dragon books, but this book tackled the subject well. The story is told from multiple perspectives, those of Ember, Garrett, and Cobalt. Ember was likable and relatable. You understand her frustrations with Talon and her desire to be a normal teen for once in her life. Garrett was interesting because he had even less experience at being normal than Ember. Love triangles bother me so that is one strike against the book. The story was well developed and interesting--it definitely made me want to read book 2.

Overall:
This was an interesting and fast paced novel. The author did a good job with the character's stories and I can't wait to learn more. I will definitely be reading more of this series.

Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Sex: Mild sexual references
Violence: Some violence
Drugs/Alcohol: Alcohol consumed at a party.
Language: Mild

Click here to place a hold on Talon.

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Whether you're a fan of the BBC show, the classic stories, or both, I think we all can agree that the world can't have enough eccentric crime-solving people. There are countless mysteries floating around public libraries today, but not too many Holmes-inspired ones (I kid.) As a fan of both the show and the books, I've found a few novels that can satisfy any Sherlockian's hunger for more Watson and Holmes. Check these out, especially while you wait for season 4 of the hit BBC show to hit TV.