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Monday, August 27, 2012

Andy Squared by Jennifer Lavoie

Andy Squared

Seventeen-year-old twins, Andrew and Andrea Morris, have always been close. They share everything—from their friends to a room—and they both enjoy star positions on their high school’s soccer teams. All’s right with the twins...or is it?

When new student Ryder Coltrane moves from Texas to their small New York town, he spins Andrew’s world upside down. All of Andrew’s past relationship troubles begin to make sense and his true feelings start to click into place after Ryder comes out to him. His friendship with Ryder turns secretively romantic, but secrets, they soon find out, are hard to keep. Once rumors start to fly, so-called friends turn on them, and the boys’ relationship turns into a bomb about to explode. But Andrew never expected it would be his own twin, Andrea, holding a lighter to ignite it.

Paperback, 264 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Bold Strokes Books

**My Review**


Well, I really really really liked this book! Andy Squared is about twins Andrew and Andrea (both nicknamed Andy). Andy was never really comfortable in the relationships he was in with females. His reasoning it was they would become too clingy, needy. After a few months he would end it. Then along comes Ryder, a new student from Texas. Andy and Ryder quickly become friends. He starts noticing he feels different when around Ryder, and would automatically have some excuse to it. Soon after Ryder admits to Andy that he is gay.

Then is all starts with a kiss......being in such a small-minded town, how is it going to be once people find out? The other kid that school that is gay is constantly harrassed in one way or another..... Does he really want to come out and let the whole school, and his family know? Or keep is a secret as long as he can? Eventually secrets get out, but the last person he expected to let everyone know was his sister. How would you deal with your sister, your twin, the person that you trust more than anyone, is the one who is behind all the hell that you are receiving at school? In just a few months Andy learns more about himself, his friends, and his family. He knows who really is there for him, and who isn't. His coming out does lead to some surprises with friends and family. That is when you know who is really there for you.

This book was very well written. It didn't go into explicit details on certain things, but gave enough so you would have an idea of what is happening....with out having to read about it happening. There was just the right balance to make this book great! It is something that can be read at a variety of ages.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Tap Out by Eric Devine

Tap Out

Seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch lives in Pleasant Meadows, a trailer park where questions aren't asked since everyone already knows the answers from their own experience. He dreams of rescuing his mother from her constant stream of abusive boyfriends but in reality can barely duck the punches that are aimed at himself.

When Tony is coerced into joining his friend Rob's Mixed Martial Arts class, he is surprised to find that he has a talent that he actually wants to develop. But with a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for recruits and a vicious cycle of poverty and violence that precedes him, Tony is going to need a lot more than blood and guts to find a way out.

Gritty, powerful, and unapologetic, Tap Out explores what it takes to stay true to oneself and the consequences of the choices made along the way in order to do so.
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 11th 2012 by Running Press Kids
Tap Out
***My Review***


Being raised by a single mother, who is abused by each boyfriend she gets, Tony wonders what is going to become of his life. When is the current boyfriend going to turn on him.

Tony's friend Rob is into MMA and wants Tony to join too. In addition to getting into MMA, Tony is sucked into the life of dealing meth of a rough biker gang. He knows he doesn't really want the life of a dealer, but what other options does he have? Even his mom's current boyfriend is a part of the gang.

This book is one that makes you wonder what the main character (Tony) will decide to choose with his life. Does he want to continue with the training, and maybe even getting a scholarship, or even a good job.....or does he want to get into being a dealer and making quick cash. Even more, can he willing get away from the gang to be able to work on getting out of Pleasant Meadow?

Tap Out doesn't sugar coat things that do happen in real life. It is a wonderful tale of realizing you have to make your own decisions if you want your life to go anywhere. There is a lot of abuse (his mother is constantly being beat) and cussing. It is a great read. If you can handle reading this book with the abuse and swearing, do read it! You won't be disappointed!

You can find Eric Devine at the following places:
http://ericdevine.org/


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

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The story of a girl named Chelsea Knot who takes a voluntary oath of silence after her gossip-mongering ways yield unexpected consequences…

Saying she’s sorry isn’t enough.

Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by HarlequinTeen
**My Review**


Wonderful tale of self-discovery!

Could you take a vow of silence?

Sixteen year old Chelsea cannot keep a secret. One night at a party she discovers a secret that nearly gets as classmate killed. If she had just kept her mouth shut, things wouldn't be the way they are now.

People don't always realize that things that they can say can be hurtful or harmful. Following the events of a party one night, Chelsea, inspired by a National Geographic article, takes a vow of silence. She starts her discovery of who real friends are, realizing how other things she had said had hurt others, and learning what she likes (she had learned quickly that many of the things she "liked" she really didn't like, her ex-best friend was the one who really liked it). Having fallen down the high school social ladder, once running with the popular crowd, she is determined not to let the students harrassing her get her down.

I started this book yesterday after 5pm, I read it off and on until 2am when I finished it. I really did love reading this book. I just couldn't go to bed until I had finished the book....even if I had to be at work by 7am.

Other Books by Hannah Harrington
Saving June
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

 Beautiful Lies


Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins-so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong-especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself? Master storyteller Jessica Warman will keep readers guessing when everything they see-and everything they are told-suddenly becomes unreliable in this page-turning literary thriller.

422 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Walker Childrens
 
 Beautiful Lies


Check out the first Chapter here!


**My Review**





Beautiful Lies will keep you guessing from beginning to end. This was the first book I have ever read by Jessica Warman, but it definately won't be my last. This is a story I had a hard time putting down. It kept a steady pace, while not making you think that it's too much for the story.

Rachel and Alice, orphaned twins,  decide to go to local fair and meet up with some friends. Having a special connection with each other, when one twin goes missing, the other knows that something is wrong. When she starts getting unexplained injuries she realizes her sister is not just missing, but in danger. Not knowing who she can trust, she knows that she is the only one that will be able to find her sister.

Jessica Warman
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2921810.Jessica_Warman
http://jessicawarman.com/

Jessica Warman's other books:

BetweenBreathlessWhere the Truth LiesHazard Yet Forward
       Between              Breathless              Where the Truth Lies              Hazard Yet Forward




Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Paperback, 514 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Vintage / Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

**My Review**

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 “This is wrong, but holy hell is it erotic.”

After all the talk I had heard about Fifty Shades, I had to read it. Wasn't as naughty as I was expecting it to be. I really did enjoy the story. Ana meets Christian at an interview that she is giving for a sick friend. After meeting and interviewing, Ana and Christian form their own form of relationship. I really enjoyed being able to know Ana's thoughts from her "Self Conscious" and "Inner Goddess". At the beginning of the book Ana is a late teen that is still a virgin. Her first

Fifty Shades is also getting it's own soundtrack. It will be available digitally this month, and on CD next month.

Here is the soundtrack list (If you click on the name it will take you to the YouTube page to listen to it (not necessarily by the person in parenthesis):
1.) Lakmé (Act I): Flower Duet (Mady Mesplé, Danielle Millet)
2.) Bach: Adagio from Concerto #3 BWV 974 (Alexandre Tharaud)
3.) Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilerias #5 - Cantilena (Barbara Hendricks)
4.) Verdi: La Traviata Prelude (Riccardo Muti / Philharmonia Orchestra)
5.) Pachelbel: Canon in D (Sir Neville Marriner/ Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields)
6.) Tallis: Spem in Alium (The Tallis Scholars)
7.) Chopin: Prelude #4 in E minor, Largo (Samson François)
8.) Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 - Adagio Sostenuto (Cecile Ousset, Sir Simon Rattle / CBSO)
9.) Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Sir Adrian Boult / LPO)
10.) Canteloube: Chants d'auvergne, Bailero (Arleen Auger)
11.) Chopin: Nocturne #1 in B-flat minor (Samson François)
12.) Faure: Requiem - In Paradisum (Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Stephen Cleobury)
13.) Bach: Goldberg Variation - Aria (Maria Tipo)
14.) Debussy: La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin (Moura Lympany)
15.) Bach: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (Alexis Weissenberg)
You can find EL James at:

http://www.eljamesauthor.com/


Other Books by EL James:

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Fifty Shades Freed
       Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)              Fifty Shades Freed


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Rape Girl by Alina Klein



Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl.

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it.

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers.

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same.

Rape Girl is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength to fight back.


Hardcover, 126 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by namelos

**My Review**

"They say that rape is the only crime in which the victim has to prove her innocence."

Valerie, the main character in Rape Girl, is raped inside her own home. Having the courage to even mention it to others, has turned her life even more upside down. The aftermath of the rape leaves Valerie unsure of herself and her life. Although she had lost so much through it all, she gained knowledge she would not have had otherwise. She learned who her real friends were, brought out others true colors. High school can be harsh, but nobody ever expects it to be cruel.

Rape Girl is very well written. It is a short novel that can be read in one sitting. It is a heartbreaking story that shows how even after experiencing such a cruel thing, you are not alone and you can survive. Things may not be the same, but you really learn about yourself and your family.


Rape Girl

 
Alina can be found at:


Friday, August 3, 2012

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.


Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published May 26th 2011 by Jamie McGuire
**Goodreads**
 
 
I LOVED this book! Loved it loved it loved it! Looks can be deceiving, and in Beautiful Disaster you meet sweet good girl Abby Abernathy and bad boy Travis Maddox. This book is captivating. Makes you happy, sad, laugh..... I caught myself so many times either laughing, smiling, or tearing up while reading.  I read Beautiful Disaster in one day, that was how much I LOVED this book!
 
A majority of the book is set at Eastern University. Abby first meets Travis at a floating fight ring, right after he won. His cousin (and roommate) is Abby's best friend's boyfriend. Abby and Travis have their ups and downs throughout this book. Each learning more about themselves as time goes on.
 
Beautiful Disaster is very well written. Half way through the book I was satisfied with the story, and wouldn't have minded if it had ended. I am VERY glad that there was so much more to come.
 
**On a side note, Abby's best friend is named America, the first thing I thought of when hearing this name is Where the Heart Is. In WtHI the baby was named Americus. The movie is set in Oklahoma...and the author is from Oklahoma....see, had absolutely nothing to do with the books, I just wanted to give my thoughts on it..hehe**

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Burn by Heath Gibson

Burn


All it takes is one spark

William Tucker loves being a volunteer firefighter (maybe it's no coincidence that a pastor's son would enjoy saving people). And after he rescues his crush, Mandy Pearman, she undergoes a profound transformation for the better. In fact, it seems like a lot of good comes from the embers of tragedy in his small Alabama town. William may not be able to meet his father's expectations, force his mother to ditch the gin, or protect his gay brother, but for those who need a second chance at life, William isn't afraid to light the match--and become the hero the town needs.

Paperback, 264 pages
Expected publication: August 8th 2012 by Flux

**From GoodReads**



This wasn't a bad book. The main character is William, also known as Wee Wee - for his short stature. Wee Wee is a senior in high school, and a volunteer for the local fire department. He sets fires thinking that good will come out of it.

I read this book on my Kindle, and it didn't seem as if it was 264 pages. Seemed shorter. I enjoyed reading Burn. I think that there could have been some more build up or more explaination as to why William did the things that he did. All in all it was a good read.

Heath Gibson books:



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