Blog Tour: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin


The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

by Adele Griffin

Music: Recovery by Frank Turner

I wracked my brain trying to come up with something different that I could do for this tour. I decided to focus on Addison and her best friend, Lucy Lim. When I was in high school, my best friend had some depression problems and this book made me grateful that she received the help she needed. I can not imagine life without her now.

Here is to Addison and Lulu!

A few excerpts of Addison’s emails to Lucy:

National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won’t let her go.

From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison’s life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.
—Adele Griffin

Released by Soho Teen on August 12, 2014

Source: ARC for tour

*Thanks Soho Teen

My Thoughts

I was initially intrigued by the blurb of this book and was interested to learn all about Miss Addison Stone. What I learned was that this young girl, so full of life, had her share of problems just like the rest of us.

Addison was an up and coming brilliant artist. One to watch and boy did people watch. When she walked in the room, every eye was on her. It wasn’t that she was beautiful, which she was, but the way that she carried herself with confidence that not a single person was better than her.

This book is chalked full of interviews from every person that had a hand in Addison’s life, trying to piece the time she spent here back together and let the world know whom she really was.

I thought the way the book was written was BRILLIANT!!! I loved every second of it and found myself reading every chance that I could get to find out more about this mysterious girl.

The story itself is very sad and it is kind of a wake up call to all of us to keep an eye on our children, friends and family at all times. you never know when we could lose them and to cherish the moments that we have together.

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Blog Tour: The Horde Without End by Nazarea Andrews


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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00034]The Horde Without End by Nazarea Andrews

Published July 24, 2014

It was supposed to be over…

Returning from Haven 18 was supposed to be the end. But nothing is ever easy—and in a world full of zombies, finding the missing is next to impossible. There are breadcrumbs. Tiny clues. But what are a few tiny clues in a world of the dead?

Nurrin is desperate to find her brother, but that will mean trusting Finn O’Malley. A man shrouded in secrets, who kills as easily as breathing. And the more she learns about him, the more questions she has. But she has learned one thing—the zombies are changing. Adapting. And this time, the Haven walls won’t keep them out.

My Thoughts

I didn’t think that I would enjoy this book more than the first, but I was wrong!!! The book picks up right where the first left off. Nurrin is still on the hunt for her brother with Finn at her side. We get a little more sexual tension in this installment with barely any relief but it was enough to keep my heart sputtering and reading on.

I am still very much enjoying these two characters and the relationship, or lack there of, that they share. There are some shared tender moments and I tried to keep hold onto those while Finn had become a little of a douchebag. Which is totally expected! Nurrin is stronger than ever and I love her character’s fierce, bold, “I am woman” and I can do whatever you do approach to so many different scenarios.

Of course, the book would not be complete without a cliffhanger ending which literally made me growl….grrrrrrr!!! But if you enjoy zombie reads! This one is a definite MUST READ!!!!

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Review: Mirror X by Karri Thompson


mirror xMirror X (The Van Winkle Project #1) by Kerri Thompson

Published on June 30, 2014 by Entangled Teen.

318 pages

E-ARC from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.

But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.

My Thoughts

I do not think that I have been so frustrated with a book that I had been reading like ever! But it was a good frustrating!!! I could seriously feel my blood pressure rise while reading and had to put it down several times because I wanted to just jump on into the story myself and commit murder on a few characters! This book made me feel something and even though it was anger, it left me with a story that I definitely will not forget due to all the mixed up emotions that I had while reading!

Cassie wakes up 1000 years in the future when she is informed that the world that she knew is long gone and everyone that she loves is no longer alive. This is where I first starting having the heart palpitations but believe me…this was only the beginning! Cassie is literally kept a prisoner that is expected to just do what the government tells her even though their plan is so sinister!

I really enjoyed Cassie as a character and was enamored of her strength. If I had to go through even an ounce of what she did in this book, I definitely would have given up. I also love the fact that even though she didn’t want certain things to happen, she welcomed them with open arms because that is just what you are supposed to do and never in the book did she even have a thought of giving that up. (I cannot reveal what I am exactly speaking of because then you will all be spoiled!)

Next we have Michael and I liked him at first but the more the book went on, the more I was not so sure of him???? He had all these secrets that he just kept keeping from Cassie which really was annoying and added to my anger. The biggest ones were revealed right at the end and I wish that Cassie would have given him the boot! I just adored Travel and thought he was the man for Cassie:( He was sweet and really tried to make her happy!

I could probably go on and on about this book but that will deter all of you from reading it….so, go right now and hit up Amazon! I guarantee that you will be as frustratingly happy with it as I am! AND then, come on back and discuss it with me! I am dying to chat with someone about it! I can’t wait for the next in the series!!!!

5-stars

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Review: On the Fence by Kasie West


on the fenceOn The Fence by Kasie West

Published July 1, 2014 by HarperTeen

320 pages

E-Copy from Edelweis with permission from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

My Thoughts

This was the first book that I had read by Ms. West, even though her books have been all over you tube & blog websites for a while now. This one just caught my eye and made me feel like I really needed some contemporary in my life.

There were certain parts of Charlie that I adored:

1. The fact that she was “just one of the guys” and could beat them down.

2. The fact that if she wanted something, she went for it!

Then, on the other hand, there were certain parts of Charlie that I really didn’t like:

1. The fact that she felt that she had to hide her awesomeness to get a boyfriend.

2. The fact that at times, she had no filter and little compassion for other people’s feelings.

I can’t say that if Charlie were a real live person, that we would be friends but, I do understand to some point the reasons of why she did certain things.

This brings me to Braden. Now Braden was almost perfect! Adorable I tell you! He was sweet and kind but had no problem telling Charlie what he thought, even if it hurt her feelings!

I enjoyed the fact that these two had a long history together that had started when they were young. They were friends first, then fell in love. Their fence chats were beautiful and helped the reader learn a whole lot more about these characters.

I also have to mention Charlie’s brothers here! They were awesome and hilarious! I really loved all of them but if I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be……Gabe! He just seemed to always have Charlie’s back and they were really close.

I did enjoy my first Kasie West read and thought this book was a really cute contemporary. I will definitely be checking out more from this author!

4-stars

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Quarantine: The Burnouts by Lex Thomas Review


quarantineQuarantine: The Burnouts (Quarantine #3) by Lex Thomas

To Be Published by Egmont USA on July 22, 2014

Source: ARC from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

272 pages

Lord of the Flies in a 21st-century high school setting.Welcome to Quarantine 3: The Burnouts , where readers of The Maze Runner, Gone, and Divergent go when they’re hungry for more dark, compelling survival stories.

When an explosion rocks David and Will’s suburban high school one morning, a deadly virus is unleashed on the school. After a year of quarantine, with no adults around, the students have created their own society. All of the social cliques have developed into gangs-The Nerds, The Geeks, The Freaks, The Sluts, The Skaters, The Burnouts, The Pretty Ones, and The Varsity-and each gang provides a service with which they can barter for provisions. Without a gang, it’s almost impossible to secure food, water, territory, or supplies. In the final installment in the Quarantine trilogy, the brothers are reunited on the Outside and it appears as if, for once everything is going right. But inside the school, Lucy is alone with no gang and no hope, until the Burnouts welcome her into their filthy arms.

My Thoughts

I LOVED the first 2 books in this series but they do not even compare to the third and final book! The Burnouts was explosive and a great ending to a horrific, yet intriguing apocalypse story.

David and Will are reunited at the beginning of this final chapter, which picks up right where the last book left us off. Will is thinking of Lucy and feeling guilty for leaving her behind but cannot bring himself to tell David about their relationship. He can’t hurt his brother’s feelings. Lucy is left with no group to belong to, she has been cast out by everyone around her and a surprise, makes her more week than she was to begin with.

There is so much action in this book that you have to pay attention closely to every page for fear that you may miss something. The reunion of Will and David had me a smidge teary-eyed. I loved David in the first book and adored Will in the second. I really cannot tell you which character I love more? I was really feeling emotional over Lucy.I was saddened by what happens to her in this book and to how low she actually stoops to not feel anything.

I can tell you that not everyone will survive and you will literally be blown away by some of the action of the characters. the writer was sure to show us just how low life in the school had become. If you enjoyed the first 2 books, YOU HAVE TO PICK THIS ONE UP!!!

5-stars

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One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth


one safe placeOne Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

Published April 29, 2014 by Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill

Source: ARC from publisher

295 pages

In this near-future dystopia with echoes of “The Giver” and “Among the Hidden,” Tania Unsworth has created an unsettling page-turner fast-paced, smooth, filled with dread that s wholly satisfying and startlingly original.

Devin doesn t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it s soon clear that it s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour “The One Safe Place”; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page.

My Thoughts

When I first spotted this book and saw that it was a dystopian, I knew that I had to check it out. I love all dystopian reads and I wasn’t quite sure at first with this one but the more that I read, the more I enjoyed the characters, the mystery and the storyline.

Devin grew up living with his Grandpa on his grandparents farm. He was use to hard work and his grandfather tried to teach him everything he needed to know about life but it is pretty hard when it is just 2 people living all alone of the land.

When Grandpa dies, Devin is left all alone and is unable to take care of the farm on his own. He sets out for the city hoping to find someone who is willing to come back and help him. What he ends up with is a whole lot more than what he was expecting!

I really enjoyed this book! It was so much more than I was really expecting it to be. There is a mystery surrounding the home that Devin gets taken to and it is one that the reader gets hints about but does not find out until almost the end what is really going on. the story line itself was a unique and interesting one that was a rare find in a book. I really enjoyed all the different characters, especially the pig which gave me a few giggles on more than one occasion.

If you enjoy dystopian books, you are guaranteed to enjoy this one. It does read a little like a middle grade but I did enjoy it all the same. the mystery alone kept me reading until the very end.

4-stars

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Teaser Tuesday!


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This a weekly meme held on Tuesday’s that was created by Should Be Reading

Here are the rules:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler


Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her afterpartymother — whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop…

This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler’s spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.

Teaser
Then she was gone.

Maybe.

Maybe she is only temporarily asleep-but more likely, she is only temporarily alive.

Leave your TT links below!

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