Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: Missing

Title: Missing
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Published: April 18th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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"The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?"

Thoughts: Kelley Armstrong is a master storyteller who could make a grocery list somehow riveting. To be honest, I had not heard of her latest novel until asked to review it. I didn't even read the summary, because I automatically knew the answer would be yes. There's always something special about going into a book completely blind, and I'm really glad I did. MISSING is the kind of mysterious suspense novel that will keep you up well into the wee morning hours, far later than anyone should truly be up.

First off, the book is about a small town where the people who leave (usually for college) are never heard from again. Enter Winter. This happened to her best friend as well as her sister. When Lennon, a boy who met Edie (her best friend) at a concert and comes looking for her, goes missing, Winter starts wondering if people are really leaving town or if something is actually happening to them.

Enter Jude. Jude is Lennon's brother and comes looking for them. Together, him and Winter decide to team up and see what is happening to everyone and quite possibly solve is creeptastic mystery.

First off, I really adored Winter. She does not have a good life. She lived with her abusive father and is actually hiding from him when she first meets Lennon. You cheer for her the whole time, because you just want her to finally be happy. She has the kind of strength you can't help but admire. Now, Jude. He's the typical (and I use that term loosely) brooding-hands-off-hard-to-get-to-know-even-harder-to-get-him-to-let-you-in guy that Armstrong is known for. These are the guys you kind of hate at first but start to swoon for. It wasn't always a picnic between these two, but it was most definitely interesting.

It's hard to write a review for a mystery/suspense/thriller without accidentally dropping some spoilers, so I'm just going to end it by saying this book is action packed and addicting. It has just the right amount of spook that'll send slight shivers down your spine but not too much to keep you scared awake at night. I recommend it to those looking for a unique, not so easy to solved story.


4 Stars

Monday, April 3, 2017

Blog Tour: Letters To The Lost

Hi, all! Welcome to the next stop in the Letters To The Lost Blog Tour. Be sure to stay turned, because there's also a giveaway where you can win a finished copy of the book. Trust me, you want to read it!

Title: Letters To The Lost
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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"Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart."

Review: PUSHING THE LIMITS meets YOU'VE GOT MAIL in this fantastic novel about grief and how we all deal with it differently. You guys, I cannot say enough nice things about this novel. It's the first book I've read all year that I just gobbled up and asked for more. Emotions run high in this book, and I feel like the author did a great job of incorporating the similarities and differences between what Juliet was going through and what Declan was dealing with as well.

First off, I have to talk about the characters and how much I adored them. They're both dealing with loss in their own ways, yet they're also dealing with it together through their letters to one another. While neither has any idea who the other person is, they still somehow support each other and help the other grow. The irony in it all is that they both do know each other from school, and neither is a fan of the other. On top of that, you have their best friends Rowan and Rev, who are pretty much the most amazing friends anyone could ask for.

There were so many moments in the book where I just kept saying to myself "How do these people not realize the person they're talking to is right in front of them?", but then I realized I probably wouldn't have been able to see what was right in front of me either.

The family dynamics in this book were also very interesting. Though the novel centers around Juliet and Declan's grief, you also get glimpses of what their parents are going through and how they've dealt (and are still dealing with) their pain. My favorite of the parents were definitely Rev's. They play a small part in the book, but you can see how blessed he is to have been adopted by such loving people and how it played a role in his character.

This book very much has the underlining message of never judging someone based on rumors, and always giving people a chance. You never know what someone is going through. I highly recommend LETTERS TO THE LOST to fans of PUSHING THE LIMITS, SAVING JUNE, and THE SURVIVAL KIT.


5 Stars

BRIGID KEMMERER is author of LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury; April 4, 2017), a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance; THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington, December 29, 2015), a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance; and the YALSA-nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e-novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls “refreshingly human paranormal romance” and School Library Journal describes as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” She lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Week 1:
3/27: Reading Teen - Review
3/28: Teen Lit Rocks - You've Got Mail Feature
3/29: Love Is Not a Triangle - Review
3/30: Lost In Lit - Bookish Inspirations
3/31: The Irish Banana Review - Review

Week 2:
4/3: Addicted 2 Novels - Guest Post
4/4: Alexa Loves Books - Review
4/5: Novel Novice - Top 10
4/6: Bookhounds YA - Review
4/7: Pure Imagination - Review

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