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Book – One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

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Toni has grown up as one of the guys. She and her best friends (all guys) Ollie, Cowboy and Loch spend their time looking for the monster in the lake. The summer before senior year Toni gets the bright idea to moon the principal and it gets both her and Ollie in trouble. Now for senior year she must attend an all girls school with plaid shirts and everything! But being away from her boys is hard on her. She doesn’t know how to get along with girls. Then she meets Emma who has boy troubles of her own. Together with the boys they embark on a business adventure to bring Toni’s two worlds together. A Rent-A-Gent service to help provide the perfect cover for girls in need at their school. It gets the boys money and they need it all for different reasons. Everything goes fine until Toni starts to fall for one of her boys.

I couldn’t put this book down and read till about 1am when I finished the book! SO adorable! Toni is clueless about a lot of things, but I fell in love with the boys and their personalities. Emma was the perfect person to help usher Toni into womanhood. Plus Micah is the ultimate boy next door!

Loved this book. Must read more by this author!

Book – The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

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Echo is a thief who was raised by the Owla. Growing up surrounded by the Avicen and getting to be a part of their underground secret world is unheard of for a human. The humans don’t know about the Avicen, but Echo is special. When she steals a gift for the Owla’s birthday Echo has put into motion life changing events. The Drakhain and the Avicen have been at war for centuries. Legend says the only way to end the fighting is to claim the Firebird! Echo will have to go on a hunt for the legendary Firebird, but she is not the only one looking for this myth. The leader of the Avicen military, the Prince of the Drakhain, and his sister that runs the Drakhain military and wants the throne for herself are all looking for the Firebird as well.

A love story reminiscent of Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Loved this book and can’t wait to get my hands on book 2! I listened to the audio and I have to say that I kept getting hungry as i read this book! the descriptions of food are mouth watering. Love the story. Some issues with some of the supporting characters, but that’s to be expected.

Book – Until the Beginning by Amy Plum

Until the Beginning by Amy Plumuntil the beginingAfter I finished book 1 I was ready to have book 2 in my hand. Now after a year of waiting I finally get it and it didn’t disappoint.

When last we left off Miles had just undergone the right and Juneau was trying to save him from dying on the way to save her people from their captors. Now as she waits to see if Miles will wake up Juneau must get them both to safety.  With so many after them these two are on their own and if Miles doesn’t wake up then Juneau will be on her own to save her people.

Book – Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

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Quin grew up wanting to be a hero. A Seeker! Together with her two best friends John and Shinobu they would travel the world saving people. Quin loves John and would do almost anything for him and Shinobu is her cousin and they have been friends since she can remember. Now as the time approaches everyone is trying to talk her out of finishing her training. But when she does, it isn’t what she thought it would be.  John was saved from finishing the training because Quin’s dad never intended for him to finish. Now John is out to get what Quin’s dad stole from his family, even if it means he has to go to unspeakable lengths to get it.

Loved this! The daggers are something that makes it seem more real. Are the 3 Druids? So Many questions! Loved it!


Book – Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer


Jam was sent to a boarding school where all electronics are banned. She has been cut off from the world except by pay phone. Depressed about the death of her boyfriend she doesn’t want to be part of everyday life. She just wants to stay in bed. But this semester may just change everything. She was signed  up for “Special Topics in Literature,” a class that everyone wants, but few get in. When she writes in the journal the teacher gave her she is transported to a place where her boyfriend is still alive. But every time she writes in the journal she fills up 5 pages. What happens when the journal is full?

I listened to the audio of this and was loving the book so much I didn’t want to leave my car! Having read Bell Jar I was prepared to be depressed, but I found this book highly entertaining and a bit of a mystery at times. It didn’t go where I thought it was going to go, but I loved it all the same! It surprised me and had me thinking about how much we depend on technology in our everyday lives as well. Highly recommend for anyone who is having a hard time about something or just likes a good book with a bit of a mystery.

Book – The Calling (Endgame #1) by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

The Calling (Endgame #1) by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

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They came 12 thousand years ago and created man.When they took what they needed from our world they left with the promise to return and start a game. It would determine our future. That game is Endgame. The original 12 lines of humanity have existed since then. Each choosing a player and teaching them all they know in preparation for endgame. On down the lines this education has passed. Together the players are the best and worst of humanity. They are: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. When endgame starts the players will be called.

There are no words! This was a great book and I can’t wait for book 2. You must read this book. It is actually a game itself. in the book are clues to a real live treasure. The hunt is on!

Book – Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

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Leila is driving north to see the northern lights. She takes a meandering path north and finds beauty and kindness as she goes. Meeting people that she could never forget and she hopes never forget her. She doesn’t tell any of them her real story until she gets to where she is going. Hudson is a mechanic/prospective med student. He has a big interview the day after he meets Leila. She drove her fully red car into the garage and straight into his heart. This crazy wonderful girl opens his eyes and has him doing things that he had never thought to do. Bree is a runaway looking for her next ride. She teaches Leila some of her bad habits and end up getting them both into trouble that she has to then get them out of by calling the one person she ran from. Elliot is in love with a girl who ditched him at the prom. Leila seeing that he is on the edge of a divide decides to help him get the girl like in the movies he always watches. Sonia is in crisis. She needs a getaway driver to figure out what she is going to do, but when she runs away with the rings to the wedding and cant get back into Canada she and Leila have to figure out how to cross the boarder without getting caught. 

When you find out Leila’s story you will understand the whole book. I listened to the audio and I’m glad I did. I got to hear the very different stories that all fit together because of one mixed up girl on a road trip to find herself. it is a great book for anyone who believes in love or just needs to figure out who they are themselves. Or for anyone who had to find themselves as a teen.

Book – The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters


After having been hypnotized on her birthday, Olivia’s father decides to get the hypnotist to cure Olivia of her un-feminine thoughts and actions. He wants her to be a good housewife someday and to stop her from wanting the vote. Henri Reverie, the young hypnotist wants nothing more then to help his ill sister and in order to do that he needs money, but when he meets Olivia the second time to cure her of her feminist ways everything changes. Henri knows that what he did to her is wrong and he doesn’t want to hurt anyone with his gift.  Forced to say “All is well” when she is upset or angry. Seeing the world as it truly is she sees people as vampires, ghosts and women in cages. The world is a horrible place and she can’t control when she sees the visions.  The boy courting her turns into a vampire in front of her eyes and bruises her neck and to defend her self she can only say “all is well’ as she pushes him away. So when Olivia begs Henri to undo what he did to her he understands why and wants to help, but in order to get the money to help his sister Olivia must remain hypnotized to her fathers wishes. Together they develop a plan.

I love Cat Winter’s books. They are historical with a bit of the mystical added in. This one didn’t let me down. It kept me enthralled. If you want a good historical fiction novel with just a bit of the magical then pick up one of her books. This one in particular. Set in a time when women were trying to get the vote this book speaks to everyone about right and wrong and who should be able to have a say in their own lives.

Book – This song will save your life by Leila Sales

This song will save your life by Leila Sales

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Elise Dembowski has never been good at making friends. She has always been left out, made fun of, or singled out by her peers. But she has always been good at accomplishing the tasks that she sets for herself in a big way. For example when she was a kid she was given the task to build something and she went above and beyond what was asked. Now in high school she takes the entire summer to learn how to fit in. She read all the fashion magazines and then spent every penny she had on new clothes. She saw all the popular movies and watched all the popular shows. She listened to all the popular music. She tried to become normal like everyone else. On the first day of school she tried sitting in the middle of the bus again. She tried talking to people and sitting with a group at lunch only to be forced to clean up after everyone. So she left school early went to her dads house and contemplated suicide. She created a playlist to die by and then went into the bathroom to get a razor. Wanting someone to talk to she calls the girl she sat with at lunch who was kind of nice who then calls 911 on Elise. Thus begins the school year of Elise walking the nights. She didn’t really want to die. But now under constant supervision she waits until everyone is asleep and then wanders the streets until she gets tired. Until one fateful Thursday when she stumbles onto a nightclub where she meets people who are more like her.

I loved this book. It brought me back to being a teen myself. The feeling of not fitting in and finding your place is what this book is all about. I’m not really into music in the same way as Elise, but her love for it is contagious in this book. Her relationship with Char was something that felt wrong from the beginning and I think her dad would have been a lot cooler about the DJing thing had she just told him what was up. This book just goes to show that keeping secrets from parents is a bad idea, but ALL teens do it because they you have to live and learn from your mistakes. Its a great book! I suggest that everyone read it at some point.

Book – And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

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Emily has just started at a boarding school. She keeps remembering what happened in her last school’s lieberry (library). Paul Wagoner her once boyfriend shot himself. Emily has had to deal with a lot these last few months and starting over fresh at a new school is the least of her worries.

I listened to the audio of this and if I say anymore about the story I will give over some major spoilers. Knowing that…this was not one of my favorite books. I have no real love for the story and think it is very depressing and that the Emily character is not able to express any kind of emotion and that makes her an unrealistic character. The fact that I heard the word LIE-BERRY spoken so often had me getting upset. This isn’t my favorite book, but it was an honor book for the Printz award.