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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.

Book: Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard


The summaries and reviews I had read on Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard had me really pumped to read it. It seemed to be the perfect combination of Fantasy and Dystopian.  Mare Barrow is a red in a world that is controlled by silvers. The silvers who control her world have almost inhuman powers that are linked to their silver blood. In this world Mare has learned that silvers will do what they want and that she will always be someone’s pawn in a game she does not understand.  In a stroke of luck Mare scores a job serving the elite silvers saving her from fighting in the war, but before she can even process her luck she finds out something that will  rock not only her world but that of the silvers as well. In front of a crow of silvers she finds out she is special. She has red blood with superhuman abilities. She should not exist. In order to cover up the mistake  she is forced to play the role of a lost silver and is betrothed to the youngest prince.  She has to learn to be a red fitting into a silver world. While all of this is happening she aids The Scarlet Guard ( a group of red rebels). Mare must learn who to trust and who to betray in this dangerous game of chess played with red and silver pieces.

Over all I thought this was a really good story with twists and turns at every corner. It had me on the edge and I really fell in love in love with some of these characters. They are complex each with their own qualities. I like the way Aveyard crafted her world to where the reader is always curious to learn more. She kept me on the edge and I’m very excited to find out what happens to Mare after this. Aveyard kept me excited and left me wanting more

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard


The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? (Goodreads).

Everyone knows that I’m a fantasy enthusiast, and ever since I read the back of this book in the store, I have been drooling at the chance to read it. Well, school is finally winding down and I found some time this weekend to crack it open. Wow.
I’m kind of all over the place with Red Queen. I absolutely love the powers, and Aveyard wastes no time displaying their awesomeness. It has a very strong Game of Thrones vibe. Likereally strong. I was just a bit upset because I kind of had a few things pegged from the beginning, so by the time things climaxed and the end came around, I was just wondering what could be next. As in the next book. Because I was just over the first one. I do love the characters though. Mare is super sassy. I feel like a few of her relationships are a little underdeveloped. But this is going to be a trilogy so I have plenty of time for that I guess. Overall, I was entertained.


Book – 5th wave by Rick Yancey

5th wave by Rick Yancey

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THEY came in waves and nobody has seen what THEY look like. The alien invaders that have exterminated the planet of almost all human life. THEY wont even tell us what THEY want. THEY have just been systematically killing us off. Cassie (Cassiopeia) thinks she may be the last human on the face of the Earth. Her mom died in the plague. Her brother was stolen by THEM (pretending to be soldiers). Her dad was shot and killed by the same ones who took her baby brother. Now she is on her own. Hiding. Waiting. Surviving. Then she is shot by one of THEM. Instead of cowering, she decided to face her enemy, but he is gone. When she meets Evan she doesn’t know if she can trust him. Is he human or is he one of THEM? Who can tell anymore?

Intense! I listened to the audio of this one and WOW! There is so much happening in this book. The cute guy she never had the courage to talk to in school has his own storyline that brings the story together. I can’t wait to read book 2! If you like a good Sci-fi novel then pick this one up. Yes there are some slow points, its a 457 page book, but it is worth the challenge!

Book – Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

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He is a trained assassin. He gets the job done with no one the wiser. In and out of some unsuspecting kids life, there to kill a parent and gone soon after with nobody knowing it was him. He kills his target, no questions asked, until her meets her, Sam. The new mission is to kill her father, the mayor of New York. His normal timeline has been cut down. He has no time to delay. The sooner he completes his mission the better, but why does he have to kill such a great guy? How can Sam see through his lies so easily? Why does this mission affect him so much?

Do not start reading this book thinking you will put it down! You won’t. Instead if you are like me you will be up half the night saying “one more chapter” until the book is done. I loved how you don’t know the main character’s name until you are over halfway through the book and even then its because of a flash back to when he was recruited or kidnapped. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat and there are at least 2 books that come after it so you know that not everything you want to know will be reviled in book one.

Book – Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Swim the Fly by Don Calame

swim the flyMatt and his two best friends Sean and Coop come up with a goal each summer for them to complete. This year the goal is impossible for these 15-year-olds. The goal is to see a real live naked girl before the end of summer. As the boys are attempting this in a number of outrageous ways Matt has managed to set another impossible goal for himself. To swim the 100 butterfly so he can impress a girl. Matt, being who he is, is one of the worst swimmers on the swim team, but when they need a volunteer for the hardest event and nobody steps up, Matt decides that it will impress Kelly West if he could actually do it.

I could not stop laughing. I listened to this in my car and I have to say the person who reads it is a master at the art! The author has made a book that is funny and realistic in a way that took me back to when I was a teen. The boys can be clueless at times, but what 15-year-old boy every understands girls anyway? The story had me laughing, but I have to say I was proud of Matt for sabotaging the boys attempts in the changing room. Even Grandpa Arlo had me laughing as he attempts to woo the recently widowed neighbor. If you want a fun read then pick this one.