ARC Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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Release Date: September 6, 2016

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Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

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4/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Random House Children’s Delacorte Press

+++Triggers: Self harm, violence, assault, sexual situations, graphic scenes

From the first few pages, I knew that this book would be something special. At 10% on my Goodreads update my status was: “This book. That voice.” I haven’t read such an emotionally gripping and poignant book in a long time. Charlie’s voice is rich, broken, and beautifully tragic. She bares her soul to the reader and has overcome so much that you’ll want to weep for her pain.

This book is intense and not for the faint of heart. The subjects are raw and gritty and graphic. There are times when, if you’re even remotely queasy when it comes to blood, that you might feel a little sick. Self mutilation/harm plays a major role in this story and the psychological reasoning behind it is dark, honest, and could be dangerous or cathartic to some readers. 

Sometimes contemporary books can feel contrived, this is seedy, and twisted, and full of anguish and suffering that many young people, unfortunately go through. It feels absolutely real and honest. Heartbreaking and yes, it will make you angry and maybe even open your eyes to all of the hurt around you that you overlook everyday. 

The writing style. Holy sinful writing gods. Beautiful. Potent. Full of soul. It’s imperfect. There’s some poetry thrown in here and there, but that voice. It reads like a diary. 

Girl in Pieces reads like two books. The time that Charlie spent during her recovery and the life she builds after. There are flashbacks sporadically as well. The first half of the book is like therapy. You’re introduced to everything that got Charlie into the position she’s in. You meet other girls who also self harm for whatever reasons. Each character is unique and memorable. You’ll want to know them, to get to the heart of why they feel the way they do. 

The second half was not my favorite. It slows down considerably. Charlie is building a new life for herself and everyday is a struggle not to cut. The memories of her past haunt her, but so is oh so strong. She’s a fighter, through every negative thought, every memory, she battles herself. You see the struggle and wonder how she copes, but there’s hope for a future where she’s better, where she can be and love herself. 

There’s a stunning plot twist. I was so surprised and disgusted. Just wow. You never know people. 

The romance is messed up. Toxic in some instances and good for her in others. Through love, Charlie begins to see a new side of herself, a beautiful side. She begins to truly look at herself, but the risks and decisions she makes, the way she puts herself in danger is most definitely not okay. She sees it, but doesn’t feel worthy or secure in herself enough to say no. THIS is so important. An examination of why people stay in bad situations and how to rediscover your worth. 

Side note: I strongly dislike this cover.

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Jordan

ARC Review: Anya and the Shy Guy-Suze Winegardner

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Anya Anderson doesn’t just need a big break, she needs any break. Living on the streets doesn’t leave a girl many options, so when she scores a gig reporting on the Seconds to Juliet tour, she jumps at the chance to earn enough money to sleep somewhere safe. And the paycheck will get bigger—and keep her off the streets for good—if she can dig up dirt on Will Fray, the irritatingly hot “shy guy” of the band.

Problem is, Will Fray isn’t who everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s not Will at all. Matt, Will’s identical twin, is actually the guy onstage, reluctantly covering for his brother while he’s in rehab. To make matters worse, Matt’s being shadowed by a cute reporter with troubled eyes determined to get the scoop. On him. And he’s having trouble finding the willpower to keep his distance…

But if the secret gets out, it won’t just be his head on a platter—it’ll be the whole band’s.

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains steamy make out scenes, graphic language, and a love story so hot your copy may spontaneously burst into flames. You’ve been warned.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Entanged: Teen.

Anya and the Shy Guy is a special, heart-warming romance. It’s sweet, playful, and powerful.

PROS:

  • Anya is a wonderful character. Spunky, honest, she always says what’s on her mind, is quick-witted, and adorable when flustered. A sweetheart with a strong voice, Anya uses her words to make a difference. Living on the streets has made Anya wary of trusting anyone. She pushes away romantic feelings for fear of sinister intentions. Anya can’t open her heart, it’s a matter of survival that carried through from her time on the streets. Anya’s anxiety, her constant scanning of her surroundings, how she treats food as something that needs to be stored for later, is all powerful and written extremely well. You get the feeling that though Anya suffered, her past is horrible, that she will not let it break her. Anya is incredibly strong and a wonderful role model. Anya is willing to work hard to succeed. 
  • Anya and Will are deliciously awkward together. They’ve both got huge secrets and aren’t sure who to trust. They fumble and make mistakes, it’s embarrassing, sometimes weird, and yeah the flirting gets a little lost but it’s more endearing than anything else. Once they start to learn each other, it heats up crazy quick. The chemistry is not overwhelming, it’s a nice, easy exploration that is laugh out loud hilarious and full of cute blunders. 
  • Secondary characters are fully developed and memorable. The S2J guys are edgy, sexualized, sarcastic, and playful, everything you’d expect from a bus full of boys. Natasha is a dazzling, inspiration lady who makes a great friend for Anya. I would have loved a whole book just on her. 
  • Will (Matt) is flirty, sometimes shy, clumsy, and attentive. The way he moons over Anya is enough to make you melt. Will (Matt) is a kind guy who will go to any lengths to save his family and fool the band. It’s laughable how bad he is at time sometimes, the mistaken lyrics are hilarious, and he’s a romantic. The star-gazing, his casual touching, it’s a tasty combination that draws you in and doesn’t let up. 

CONS:

  • The ending felt rushed and conflict was easily resolved. There was hardly any resistance. The fact that Anya didn’t at least pretend to reject the offer wasn’t like her and conflicted with her character. Issues with Jude, the Cherry members sort of fizzled out at the end without much follow through though they were major plot instigators. 
  • Sometimes Ella’s character was a little confused. The phrasing made her sound British and other times Will (Matt) had an almost Southern accent. Yeah, he’s from Jacksonville, so that’s okay but it wasn’t consistent for either character.

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Release Day Blitz & Trailer: Keepers-Anoosha Lalani

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cooltext1544204149 copySixteen-year-old Isra Kalb has grown up starving in the slums of Islamabad. But hunger is only the beginning. When her father is mysteriously murdered and madness corrupts her mother’s mind, she’s left alone to fend for herself and her sister. Homeless and destitute, the only thing she has to remember her loving family by is a commonplace necklace–an amulet barely worth keeping.

Or so she thinks.

Swept into a web of lies, deceit and turmoil, Isra struggles to find a place for herself and Zaffirah, wondering if the strange creatures and visions she’s seeing are indications of the madness that took her mother. But when Snatchers capture Zaffirah, Isra learns her amulet isn’t so useless after all. Transported to Zarcane–the beastly garden where Adam and Eve were born–Isra comes face to face with her destiny. She’s a Keeper, charged with protecting the borders of Zarcane and keeping the demon hordes lurking in the shadows from taking realms that are not their own. And she’s not the only one; there’s a second Keeper, a boy whose identity hasn’t been revealed.

Now, in order to save her sister and fulfill her family’s legacy as Keeper of the Amulet, she has to find the second Keeper and close the borders. Surrounded by betrayal, trapped between warring factions of angels, and desperate to save the only family she has left, Isra must decide:

Who can she trust when nothing is what it seems?

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Anoosha Lalani has always had an insatiable desire to escape reality. It was a childhood trait that never seemed to fade out. If Anoosha were to make one wish, it would be to have wings to journey off the face of this planet and into the worlds of her stories.

When she’s not writing, you may find Anoosha attending high school in Singapore. Having moved around so much, she has had the wonderful opportunity to be exposed to a vibrant range of cultures, which often seem to find their way into her stories. Anoosha was born in Pakistan, the setting of her most recent novel, The Keepers.

Happy reading,

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Home is Where You Are-Tessa Marie

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RELEASES SEPTEMBER 30 2014

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Straight A’s (Check)

Editor of the school paper (Check)

Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)

Ivy League (So close she can taste it)

Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.

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TessaTessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name, Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Pleasant reading, 

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Q & A with Tessa Marie

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1. What do you think the future for Young Adult literature looks like? What do you think is missing? What are you looking forward to?

Such a great question and at the same time such a hard question to answer because it’s constantly reinventing itself and evolving. I definitely see more diversity in YA books in the future. It’s something that I think is missing and I personally would love to see more of. As far as what I’m looking forward to I’d have to say the next big trend. Trends fascinate me and they also encourage me to read out of my comfort zone.

2. You write both YA and NA. How much of your work comes from personal experience?

I’d say a little less than half is from personal experience. All my characters have little quirks that were inspired by my own or by someone I know. The stories themselves I take bits and pieces from personal experience, but also from stories I’ve heard on the news and my imagination. Home is Where You Are, Anna talks about a gum wall. In the town I grew up in there is a gum wall. A place where people just put their chewed gum. It’s disgusting, but it’s something I remember from my childhood and it’s still there. Also in the book, Anna’s mom is an antique dealer. My mom collects antiques and I grew up in a house with some really cool things. The wooden pogo stick that is mentioned is something my mom still has hanging on the wall and I used to jump on it when I was a kid.

3. How do you come up with your characters?
Most of my characters come to me. They just start talking in my head and as I sit down and write them they begin to develop.

4. What genres are you most comfortable writing? Have you ever thought about paranormal?
Contemporary romance definitely. I have thought about writing paranormal and I’m actually currently working on one. It’s massively different from what I’m used to and completely out of my comfort zone, but I’ve been having fun with it.

5. What are some of your favorite books to read? Favorite TV shows?
I have so many! Anything Sarah Dessen, Simone Elkeles, Toni Blake, Susan Mallery, J. Lynn, Erin McCarthy’s True series, I just read Wallbanger by Alice Clayton and loved it! TV Shows, if you follow me on FB you would know I”m a Dawson’s Creek Fanatic. I also love Vampire Diaries, The Fosters, True Blood, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Hart of Dixie and I’m going to stop now 🙂

6. Tell me about your books and your process.
I write YA and NA contemporary romance. You can check them all out on my Goodreads page. I don’t have a set process. It changes with every book. I have a full time job so writing is usually done at night, the weekends or my lunch break. I squeeze it in wherever I can. I’ve become Pinterest obsessed, so now before I start writing a new story I create a Pinterest board. Visuals always help me when I’m writing and before Pinterest I actually pinned pictures to cork boards.

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
When I started writing seriously I was reading Alyson Noel’s Evermore series. I had checked out her website and she had advice for writers and it was BIC. Butt in chair. I think that is the best advice. You can have a million great ideas, but unless you force yourself into that chair and start writing them, you’ll never turn that idea into something great. Even if you think it’s awful just keep going. You won’t publish everything you write and that’s okay. Some times you need to get those stories out of your system before you can find the one. Also critique partners. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. They are my support team, cheerleaders, and help make my stories the best they can be.

8. Do you have any upcoming releases?
Home is where You Are will be out September 30th and the third book in the Beds series, Lonesome Beds and Bumpy Roads, will be out later this year.

Thank you so much for having me!!!

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Kaylee Sperling is a social butterfly with a million acquaintances, but no real close friends. The closest thing she has is her pet gerbil, Mr. Pippi, and 150 notes from a random classmate who won’t reveal who he is. But she’s crossing her fingers it’s the self-proclaimed magician and total hottie, Nate Hatfield.

Nate needs an assistant for the upcoming talent show. When he spots Kaylee folding herself in half during gym class stretches, he nervously asks for help with his magic act. But after a disappearing mishap, resulting in an accident with one of Kaylee’s only friends, Mr. Pippi, Nate must figure out how not only to keep his assistant, but someone who’s come to mean much more to him than his illusions.

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Anna’s life reads like a check list. 

Straight A’s (Check)

Editor of the school paper (Check)

Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)

Ivy League (So close she can taste it) 

Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.

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Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer under her real name, Theresa Paolo. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Happy reading, 

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