The Smell of Other People’s Houses is set in 1970s Alaska. The world is different to child growing up in the 70s, add in the location, Alaska, and we get something pretty unique. I enjoyed this not so typical look at the struggles of teenagers. This book gives us four different POVs. Each […]
Published by Crown/Archetype on January 20th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Coming of Age, Fiction, Literary
Hardcover provided by Blogging for Books
A heartfelt and wondrous debut about family, fear, and skateboarding, that Karen Russell calls "A bruiser of a tale . . . a death-defying coming-of-age story."
Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and loving, full of art, experiments, and music—but confined to their small house.
But Will’s thirst for adventure can’t be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside. With the help of an artistic loner who introduces Will to the high-flying freedom of skateboarding, Will is pulled far from the confines of his closed-off world and thrust headfirst into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers.
In buoyant, kinetic prose, Michael Christie has written an emotionally resonant and keenly observed novel about mothers and sons, fears and risks, and the lengths we’ll go for those we love.
This is such a difficult book to review. If I Fall, If I Die was poetic and complicated. Although I grew attached Will, his mother, and Jonah, I could not really claim attachment to the mission and to their adventures. Their lives are so strange and far from reality, I could only vaguely […]
Published by Grand Central Publishing on January 6th 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction
eARC provided by Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin's grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.
Medgar is beset by a massive Mountaintop Removal operation that is blowing up the hills and back filling the hollows. Kevin's grandfather and others in town attempt to rally the citizens against the 'company' and its powerful owner to stop the plunder of their mountain heritage. When Buzzy witnesses the brutal murder of the opposition leader, a sequence is set in play which tests Buzzy and Kevin to their absolute limits in an epic struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains.
Redemptive and emotionally resonant, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is narrated by an adult Kevin looking back on the summer when he sloughed the coverings of a boy and took his first faltering steps as a man among a rich cast of characters and an ambitious effort to reclaim a once great community.
This was about as real as a story can get. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth featured small town prejudices, old family rules, tragedy, and the losing/finding of oneself. This book was very engrossing and encompassed every thing I love about a good book. I have to admit that the beginning started kind […]
Published by Swoon Romance on September 16th 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
eBook provided by YA Bound Book Tours
Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.
Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.
Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can't let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm's length.
But by the time Rex's charm wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the "just friends" shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.
With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it's the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.
My Review Awwe! This book was so endearing. I loved the innocence of the romance in this book. It is not all sunshine though. This story covers some really tough issues. Just like real life, this book gets down and dirty with what being a teenager can look like. It is not always […]
Published by Addison Moore on August 12th 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Erotica, Fiction, General, Literary, New Adult, Romance, Sagas, Suspense, Thrillers
(New Adult Romance) From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore: Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison's books, "...easy, frothy fun!" Absolutely BRILLIANT!….hardcore and dramatic to the finest…highly recommend it to any lover of romance, Burning Through Gravity is an absolute MUST-READ!— Lita, Goodreads Review One of the hottest books Addison has written!—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews I abso-freaking-lutely loved it! Addison takes us on a ride…so many twists, turns and jaw-dropping moments I swore my jaw would become detached…I love Addison’s books! I am a huge fan…—Tabby’s Tantalizing Reviews Lust, lies, and secrets equals one amazing book hangover!—Delphina Reads Too Much Book Blog Burning Through Gravity is a wicked, heated chase to the truth. Deception, lies, and scheming abound, with layers upon layers of shocks and twists. From its first page to its last, it's an emotion packed ride! —Three Chicks and Their Books Blog BURNING THROUGH GRAVITY—they soared so high so fast they never expected the fall. Two beautiful souls. Two seemingly innocent deceptions. Once they meet, Stevie and Ford explode into one another in a ball of lust, hotter than a July moon. Ford is assertive, dominate and in control, that is until Stevie brings him to his knees. He thinks she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever met both inside and out. Stevie thinks he’s sweet, and sort of goofy—of course it doesn’t hurt that he drips sex like honey. Stevie is starting to fall hard for Ford. And Ford is all in with Stevie. She wonders if he could ever forgive her for what she’s about to do. She wonders if she wants him to. They say love conquers all. But love never met two liars like Stevie and Ford. His lie cost her a few sleepless nights. Her lie will cost him everything.
Review This book is about a girl named Stevie. We meet her first at the deathbed of her sister, her twin, who dies too young. After several years of loneliness, Stevie decides to take her own life and join her sister. On the night she has set for her suicide, she meets a […]
Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Published by Harlequin on September 1st 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Fiction, General, New Adult, Romance, Western
eARC provided by Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating's the last thing on her mind. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other. The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.
I know my opinion on this book is not going to be popular. I thought the few reviews I read for this book made it look stellar, or maybe it was just this one comment from a fellow reviewer that set me on a mission to read this book for review. Either way, […]
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 2nd 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Fiction
eBook provided by My Wallet (purchased)
When most girls her age attended southern socials to learn proper etiquette and grace, Nikki Seay skipped school, drank booze, and discovered her sexuality. She was a rule-breaker, risk-taker, and unapologetic about it all. In a chance encounter, she caught the attention of the wickedly compelling, town bad boy. Their connection was instant; intense. From deep within her, he drew out desires she didn't know she had; needs she didn't understand. She trusted him, his promises, and she willingly gave him power over her, but he stopped giving it back. He kept her gift and greedily took more, using it to control her, manipulate her, and hurt her.
*Mature readers only. Trigger warning - violence against women
Checking my email last week I got an update from VaginaAntics. I am a big fan of this site. The women that run it are really cool and write very well. The update was about Nikki Blue’s book Broken- a memoir of sorts. I hopped right over to amazon and snagged myself a […]