Book Buddies Review: Shadow and Bone

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Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Ratingfour and a half stars
First impression: Let’s see if it lives up to hype
Last impression: Eeeeek can’t wait for the next
Format: Library hardcover / 358 pages
Publishing Info: June 5th 2012 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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Review: One Past Midnight

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One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past MidnightRatingfour and a half stars
First impression: Parallel life – sign me up
Last impression: EEEEEKK
Format: Library hardcover / 352 pages
Publishing Info: July 22nd 2014 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.
With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?

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200 Word Review: The Maze Runner

1basicsThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Ratingfour and a half stars
First impression: Last person on earth to read this
Last impression: Shock, sadness, gimme book two
Format: Audiobook / 10 hr 50 min
Publishing Info: October 6th 2009 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

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If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.1thoughts1200

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Review: The Perfectionists

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The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

The PerfectionistsRatingfour and a half stars
First impression: YAYYYY
Last impression: Holy abrupt ending
Format: Kindle e-book  / 336 pages
Publishing Info: October 7th 2014 / Goodreads
Other books read by authorPretty Little Liars (series), The Heiresses

 

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In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.
From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

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Review: Ask Again Later

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Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

Ask Again LaterRatingfour and a half stars
First impression: Yayyy my favorite kind of book
Last impression: <33
Format: Paperback from Library / 336 pages
Publishing Info: March 11th 2014 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None yet

 

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Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.
Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?
Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?
Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

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[BLOG TOUR+Giveaway] Review: Damsel Distressed

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Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

DD_FNL_FS_FNL.inddRatingfour and a half stars
First impression: SO PRETTY
Last impression: Very nice.
Format: ARC Paperback (Thanks, On The Same Page!)
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Publishing Info: October 14th 2014 / 336 pages
Other books read by author: None yet!

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Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters’ story. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing.
Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.
When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.
While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.
And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.


Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author’s band, Wedding Day Rain.

Imogen UnlockedTracklist:

  1. Heavy
  2. No Goodbye
  3. Something About
  4. Sinking
  5. Don’t Wake Me Up
  6. Let Me Go
  7. My Strength
  8. Unseen
  9. Always Speak Too Late
  10. The End is Just the Beginning
  11. Breathe Easy
  12. Edge of the Fall

CD Info: Damsel Distressed is the story of Imogen, a girl who’s survived the years after her mother’s death by focusing squarely on her best friend, Grant, musical theatre, and lots of cheese. The book is full of humor and heart, and also contains a few surprises. Full page sketches are scattered throughout the novel, and each one contains a QR code that corresponds to a song from the book’s soundtrack. Imogen Unlocked is a 12-song album of original music written by the author and her husband Daron as their indie-pop band, Wedding Day Rain. Together, the book Damsel Distressed and the soundtrack Imogen Unlocked work together to tell the story of a girl who might just make her own Happily Ever After, if she can just hold herself together.

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Review: Just Like Fate

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Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young

Ratingfour and a half stars
First impression: Can’t wait to finally read this
Last impression: GAHHH
Format: Paperback / 304 pages
Publishing Info: August 27th 2013 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

summaryJust Like FateCaroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline’s been at Gram’s bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape–both her family and the reality of Gram’s failing health. So when Caroline’s best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram’s side, or go to the party and live her life.
The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths–and she’s about to live them both.
Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she’s ever wanted.
Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending…

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Review: Eleanor & Park

the basicsEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Ratingfour and a half stars
First impression: I saw this one at the store and wasn’t overly interested, but my friend loved it and forced me to read it
Last impression: That’s it? 😦
Format: Hardcover / 328 pages
Publishing Info: February 26th 2013 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None yet!

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Eleanor & ParkTwo misfits.
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor
… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
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Review: Open Road Summer

the basicsOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord

Ratingfour and a half stars
First impression: This cover though
Last impression: *Content sigh*
Format: Audiobook / 9 hrs 55 min
Publishing Info: April 15th 2014 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

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Open Road SummerAfter breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
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Review: Twenty Boy Summer

the basicsTwenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Ratingfour and a half stars
First impression: This one sounds like a good mix of heavy and light
Last impression: Nice. I haven’t been satisfied with a book’s ending in a while
Format: Kindle e-book / 290 pages
Publishing Info: June 1st 2009 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

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Twenty Boy Summer“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.”
“Okay.”
“Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?”
“Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?”

According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.
TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.
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