I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest Review

I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina ForestI Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Fierce Reads)

Release Date: June 4, 2019

Pages: 272

Available Through The Book Depository: I Wanna Be Where You Are

Cover Illustration/Design: Alex Cabal and Cassie Gonzales

Summary: When Chloe Pierce’s mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, she devises a secret plan to drive two hundred miles to the nearest audition. But Chloe hits her first speed bump when her annoying neighbor Eli insists upon hitching a ride, threatening to tell Chloe’s mom if she leaves him and his smelly dog, Geezer, behind. So now Chloe’s chasing her ballet dreams down the east coast—two unwanted (but kinda cute) passengers in her car, butterflies in her stomach, and a really dope playlist on repeat.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I Wanna Be Where You Are is a sweet YA Romance that follows dedicated ballet dancer Chloe who goes on a road trip to follow her dreams! There’s not only a road trip, but playlists, also a cute enemies-to-lovers romance that turns into something more! Forest has delivered a must-read YA that features a wonderful journey about growth, is filled with a great cast of characters and a page-turning story!

I’ve had I Wanna Be Where You Are on my TBR for quite a bit and I’m just so happy to have finally read Forest’s lovely debut! Its such a wholesome story and I have been meaning to pick up more YA Contemporaries by Black authors. It balances fun, humor, and more serious topics so perfectly, overall this is just a very cute YA Rom-Com everyone should read. After turning the final page on Chloe and Eli’s story I know I’ll have to pick up Now That I’ve Found You (her newest release) ASAP, she’s become one of my new favorite authors.

Chloe Pierce, a dedicated ballet dancer, dreams of attending the prestigious Avery Johnson Academy (named after one of her idols/inspirations) and an audition is right around the corner. The only problem is, her mother would never let her attend.

Ever since Chloe’s father died when she was young, her mother has become very protective and yet, Chloe knows she can’t let this chance slip away. Now she’s joined by her neighbor Eli who she can’t stand and his dog Geezer on a road trip to not only get to the audition, but also getting Eli to his father’s house for an important university visit.

Luckily the perfect opportunity arises when Chloe’s mom and boyfriend Jean-Marc are headed on a quick spring vacation! But, along the way some unfortunate obstacles get in the way of Chloe’s first audition in DC, now she’s traveling cross-country from Washington D.C. to Raleigh and Atlanta. She’s even reconnecting with her childhood friend Eli and they are learning much more about each other than they expect!

Forest brilliantly sets up the mystery surrounding Chloe and Eli’s past, it leaves you wanting to know more about how they went their separate ways. They grew up together, but there’s a rift between them still. It’s wonderful getting to see them not only reconnect, but work out their past hurt.

Chloe’s journey throughout the book was beautiful to read and Forest delves into the obstacles (both internal and external) that Chloe faces as she learns to not only navigate her freedom, but also her choices! Same goes for Eli as we learn he’s a very talented artist and finds the courage to be honest with his parents about his dreams. At its heat, this novel explores the reach and power of art, from Chloe’s ballet to Eli’s sketches, Forest delves into why these passions mean so much to each of them. I loved hearing about both of their journeys as to why they want to continue pursuing art!!

Each moment of this road trip teaches them not only more about themselves, but each other as they rekindle their past friendships and become much more closer, realizing they may have newfound feelings for each other. There’s all these little pieces they are learning to understand and appreciate about one another, which makes the development so wholesome and adorable!

Forest splendidly delivers such driven protagonists who are inspired to follow their dreams, no matter the cost! Its the kind of story that leaves you feeling so connected with the main character and wholly invested at every moment, knowing it’ll be a joyful experience, your eager to follow them every step of the way!

If you are a fan of road trips, this is a perfect read! Although it is set during Spring Break, it reads like a perfect summer contemporary!

Through a first-person POV, Chloe’s voice instantly pulls you into the story. The deep emotion, passion, enthusiasm, and mystery are given such meaningful depth through Chloe in the entirety of the book. You sense her anxieties, melancholy, but above all its Black joy at its heart.

Forest uses flashbacks and the past to layer in many different meaningful messages and ideas, from fate even exploring philosophy, that gives an explanation for the things that comes our way or that happens throughout our lives! For example, Chloe and Eli’s childhood friend Trey moving away allowed for Chloe to meet Reina (her best friend). Chloe even questions whether things would have turned out differently for her and her ballet had it not been for all the little hurdles along the way.

Featuring a majority Black cast, also Dominican rep (Reina), this novel is a wonderful YA Contemporary about celebrating Black joy, love, and its an absolute-page turner.

My only gripe is that there were moments early on I could predict what would happen and then it was pretty easy for me to see how major points of the plot would play out. Other than that although it just felt like a 4-star read, I absolutely adored it!!

I Wanna Be Where You Are is the kind of heartwarming contemporary that captivates you from the very first page! So full of joy, a splendid cast of characters, a page-turning story, even a journey about independence, Forest’s debut navigates all that and so much more! This YA Contemporary all about Black love and joy, will leave you delighted to see what Forest writes next!

In today’s review I’ll also be shouting out a fellow blogger review! 📚🎉

I recommend WOC Read’s Review!! This review beautifully delves into how ballet is explored in the novel and perfectly sums up what you can expect in the story! This quote also stuck out to me when reading it“Chloe and Eli’s relationship is such a sweet portrayal of black teens that we don’t often see.”

Rebel by Marie Lu Review

Rebel by Marie LuRebel by Marie Lu (Legend #4)

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Fierce Reads)

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Pages: 384

Available Through The Book Depository: Rebel

Summary: Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel.

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: Rebel is a phenomenal addition and conclusion to the original Legend Trilogy! Lu’s finale is filled with politics, action, an incredibly gripping and character-driven story, while also revisiting our favorite characters facing a new, rising threat in technologically advanced Antarctica!

When this book was first announced, I still couldn’t believe it was real! I first read Legend in 2012 and followed the series till its end in Fall of 2013. The connection I felt to these characters, the world, and their cause easily made Marie Lu’s Legend Series, one of my favorite YA Dystopian series of all time, I still vividly remember my reading experience for each book in the series from Legend through Champion and felt June and Day come to life from their very first introductions!

I finished book 4 in less than a day (started it at 2 a.m., finishing by the afternoon on Tuesday) and I still can’t believe it was real!! Rebel was a truly spectacular addition and brought wonderful closure to Day, June, and Eden’s stories (thank you Marie Lu for allowing us to follow these kids and see the ending to their journeys 😭💜💙🦋)!

Introducing a new POV this time around, we follow the the Wing brothers who are now older, where we left them off in Champion! Eden is 19/20 (?) and Day is in his late 20’s!

Day, now working as an agent and Eden, whose one of the top students at Ross University. However, he can’t help but feel overwhelmed with being in his legendary brother’s shadow, who led a revolution back home in the Republic.

For a little bit of background (from what I remember), chronologically Rebel starts 1 month after Champion.

Eden finds the wonder in figuring out the how & why of things and is a brilliant inventor. So, when he and his best friend Pressa Yu (who both feel like outcasts) find adventure in one of the poorest and dangerous parts of Ross City, the Undercity, to take part in drone races, they aren’t expecting to get tangled up in the dangerous dealings of an even more dangerous criminal.

Day (now Daniel) is working for the Antarctican International Services as a secret agent hunting down dangerous criminals and has been looking for elusive crime lord, Dominic Hann. Not only does he have his secretive agent work, but he’s also trying to look after Eden, even as they keep drifting further away from each other.

However, Dominic’s secretive work brings both brothers together, while also keeping a rift between them when Eden begins to finally feel understood and seen by this dangerous criminal. They both go on an emotional journey as they learn to accept their past and bring each other back into their lives again.

What really surprised me about Rebel was that in reality, I was emotionally ruined but ultimately happy with the ending of Champion (though it was bittersweet). Even as we got novellas throughout the release of the Warcross duology, I still would have never imagined to have gotten a fourth book. But, I knew I would absolutely NOT be missing out on it! But in the end,  although I love each and every book in this series with all my heart, Rebel easily stood out as one of my favorite books in the series!!

And let me just say, Marie Lu brought back this series in such a brilliant way! From the individual journeys of the characters, presenting new stakes, and ultimately crafting a story that stands wonderfully on its own apart from the original series while also leaving the reader pondering about the wonderful future of these characters! If Marie ever decides to add more canon to this Legend world, I would not mind at all!! 😭💙

In reality though, this book left me a complete mess emotionally and I’m still not entirely sure what to do (possibly go back a reread it because I loved it so much? ❤❤)

Presenting a new and older side to these characters, you see how much they’ve grown, changed, and are (for the most part) a little more sure of where they want to be in the world as they face new responsibilities and challenges.

Not only do we see Day and Eden again, but also June, Anden, and Tess (though a bit briefly) and it was wonderful seeing the protagonists of this series together and interacting again. What really made this book incredibly special from a reader perspective/experience was noticing how differently I’m seeing this new book from when I initially read the original trilogy in high school to being a university student!

I found myself being even more invested in the politics of the world and could relate to the more adult challenges the cast was facing, like finding your place when you feel a bit lost in the world, reconnecting with people from your past, especially how Lu examined this theme of past following Day and Eden’s perspectives as they reflect on what happened during their time in the Republic (and how they are better understanding to learn and grow from it, not run away).

You see this struggle from both their POV’s (Daniel’s especially) as they attempt to resist letting in their pasts from the Republic! Where Daniel is still regaining his memories and reliving nightmares of the Republic as Day when he sleeps or faces death on the job as an agent. There’s this question that lingers in the beginning of the book whether he can even be Day anymore and can only be Daniel, which was a unique exploration to his character I wasn’t really expecting!

There’s also the contrast to Eden that we delve deep into throughout this book as well (who also has moments of remembrance the Republic during the time of the originally trilogy). Yet, he realizes that seems to be the only place where he feels he can belong. That struggle and contrast between the 2 of them was so brilliantly explored and I was not expecting that dynamic to play such a huge part in their development, but again, Marie does a phenomenal job at exploring and allowing them to move past their traumas.

“Some pasts can’t be left behind. They must be fought…” (259, Rebel by Marie Lu)

According to an interview Marie had with Entertainment Weekly she mentioned a challenge she faced while writing Rebel which was:

“Getting their voices right again. This was my first time revisiting the same characters after a pretty long gap. That was hard, trying to write the same characters in a different tone, with different personalities…”

I personally found she did such a fantastic job at this! You see the characters much older very briefly at the end of Champion and you see the maturity to them throughout Rebel, but there’s still those echoes of their younger selves that we followed throughout the original trilogy!

The new characters we’re introduced to, were all fantastic and I loved them all from Daniel’s fellow ASI agents and director: Jessa and Lara, & Min Gheren/ Eden’s best friend Pressa Yu, her father and our antagonist Dominic Hann.

Delving more into our main characters a bit, I loved learning more about Eden and he is the sweetest boy ever!! He loves flowers and inventing, and is the softest/sweetest―I loved following his POV & Daniel’s so much!! 😭💞💖

We obviously don’t get Eden’s POV in the original series, so to see Marie delve into his voice and character with the background we already knew of him was wonderful! Being able to expand on his character and see that growth to Eden after his struggles in the Republic just offered more insight to him and overall it was great to finally get a chance to read from his perspective! Also can we appreciate the sibling dynamic explored between these POVs??

Also its very subtle but something I noticed was how Marie delivered 2 male protagonists and explored this idea of confronting your emotions, it being okay to cry etc. (If your a fan of podcasts, the sci-fi podcast The Bright Sessions podcast does really well too w/ its male characters!). Breaking down toxic masculinity and highlighting the importance of showcasing your emotions, and normalizing this idea of admitting when you need people by your side 👏💖👏💖

I don’t often talk about villains or antagonists often in my reviews, but let me just say Dominic was a FANTASTIC villain! I found myself beginning to trust him like Eden was when he took him under his wing and found interest in his racing drone. Dominic is up front about his terms with Eden, follows through with his requests, and doesn’t bring harm to him in any way. So you see throughout Rebel, Eden can’t help but finally feel like he belongs in this city in ways he never did before. But of course, there’s much more to Dominic than he reveals in the beginning and I loved getting more to his past, his character as a whole, and overall just found him to be one of my favorite villains throughout this series and book!

Next lets talk world-building, because it was so good! We get introduced to Ross City and its unique point system back in Champion, but in this book we dive much deeper into its inner workings from the politics, danger, innovation, and potential it holds throughout Rebel! There’s a morally-grey side to this city that you uncover with each and every chapter as we follow Daniel and Eden! Ross City seems to put up a facade but as the story progresses you that begin to crumble slowly (but possibly for the better?).

Now onto the romance!! 💞💞 There was never a doubt in my mind we’d see Day & June talk to each other again and just reading Daniel’s POV as he was constantly thinking whether June would want to talk to him/whether they’d have time to be together…the whole time I was thinking: “Day! How could you possibly think that?? Of course she wants to be with you!! 😭💖”  While the Day & June reunion was something I was really looking forward to, I’m glad Marie also made it more of a minor plot thread. What I loved about how the romance was explored between the both of them was that although we know their backstory, it was gradually developed in quiet but intimate ways. We could see how much they really did miss each other, but weren’t sure how each of them would react in wanting to reconnect again!

There’s also 1 other pairing that I loved in Rebel, but I won’t spoil it, let me just say it was the cutest!! 💞

While Rebel is a book I loved with all of my heart, I did want to get into a couple minor critiques (but in no way did this impact my AMAZING reading experience). Firstly, between the Republic & Antarctica I was hoping for just a little more politics to be expanded on/delved into! Mainly, because this series really got me to love politics in storytelling and I was just hoping for more exploration in those threads in the Republic and beyond Ross City. Additionally, I just wanted a little more June/Daniel moments within the underlying conflict!

But overall…this book was SO GOOD! If you loved the Legend Series don’t miss out on Rebel because it concludes the series in such a great way that will leave readers and long-time followers of Legend really happy! It definitely did for me! 💖

Rebel brings readers into the world of Legend one last time as we follow Eden and Daniel’s lives in Antarctica! There’s politics, adventure, action, danger, newer stakes and much more as we follow our favorite characters once again in this latest installment! Wonderfully adding a new layer and depth to the Legend world and its characters, Marie Lu’s Rebel is a must read!

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor Review

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 23Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Pages: 224

Summary: Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: A heartfelt, coming-of-age contemporary about an up and coming actress who must find herself in all the pressures and struggles of Hollywood.

Joss is a 12-yr. old up and coming actress! She’s had quite a few roles but The Locals is her first big (starring) role!

However, difficulties arise when she struggles with her mothers expectations + to pull off a scene she isn’t sure she can preform.

What really surprised me was Joss’s age, considering this is YA! Regardless, she is a very mature main character with an engaging voice/POV throughout the novel!

I love reading YA books surrounding Hollywood/acting and seeing what happens behind the scenes + getting more background on the movie-making process & receiving tidbits/behind the scenes views at what happens off-screen was absolutely fascinating!

The movie set itself plays such a huge role not only in the novel, but also in Joss’s world/life! Ever since she was little, her mother pushed her into acting and hadn’t stopped since. It was interesting to see how Joss viewed herself (mostly lost/unsure) considering most of her life surrounded cameras, scripts, etc.

There are so many mature themes/topics discussed in this novel and really made it feel so  real! Such as Joss’s struggles/triumphs with dyslexia, her mother Viva not being there for her, + her fears/difficulties in a scene that she is unsure if she can handle.

Because its a huge part of Joss’s life, she is essentially supporting herself and her mother, yet doesn’t get her fair share of the pay check (usually spending it without Joss’s permission)  considering she does all the work and her mother is constantly being strict with her.

As for the plot, it was wonderful! You follow Joss on her latest project making friends, learning more about herself and what Hollywood really means for her. With a little over 2oo pages, you feel so connected to Joss and her struggles & really see the character come to life.

Additionally there is no romance which I loved &  was refreshing to see! The characters/connections Joss has with her mother, cast/friends + crew is the highlight of this novel!

There is a beautiful friendship that develops between Joss & Chris (her on-screen brother) and while its clear Joss has feelings for him + is hesitant to approach him in the beginning, the develop such a beautiful friendship and help each other along the way when they reach difficulties in scenes + issues that arise on set!

I did take away 1/2 a star b/c at moments I did feel the pacing was a little slow + I wish there was more development/moments with Joss&Chris!!

Regardless of those minor issues….

This is a YA Contemporary with so much heart! Character development is at the core of this story and is filled with such engaging characters that will keep you reading, curious to see where Joss’s Hollywood career is headed!

I highly recommend this novel if you’ve read Something Real by Heather Demetrios + are interested in reading a contemporary with a behind the scenes look at the bustles of Hollywood life!

Book Bytes I #6

Book Bytes is a monthly feature I created to share news in the world of YA!

Each month posts can contain anything from title reveals, book to movie news, even the latest book deals!!

1.The Young Elites Finds A Screenwriter

On August 2 it was announced that Jessica Sharzer, screenwriter for American Horror Story and the latest YA Adaptation Nerve will be in charge of the script for The Young Elites, Marie Lu’s latest trilogy (which will have its final book released this Fall).

Full article from Tracking-Board can be found Here.

2.Unscripted Joss Byrd Finds A Director/Screenwriter

Lygia Day Peñaflor, author of Unscripted Joss Byrd which will be released August 23, announced on August 3 that Joseph Greco was attached to both direct and adapt her upcoming novel.

3.Daisy Ridley attached to Chaos Walking

Daisy Ridley is set to star in Patrick Ness’s 2008 Dystopian novel Chaos Walking, book 1 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy.

Announced August 4, this project is currently with Lionsgate.

Full article from Tracking Board can be found Here.

4.Wires & Nerves Cover Reveal

On sale January 31,2017 this is a graphic novel centering around Iko from the Lunar Chronicles Series.

Full cover, summary and excerpt can be found on The Lunar Chronicles website Here

As of August 5, Fierce Reads  shared this news on their twitter page:

5.Maggie Stiefvater’s New Trilogy

On August 7 author of The Raven Cycle announced she would be writing a “Ronan-Centered Trilogy.”

6.Renee Ahdieh’s New Dualogy

Bustle revealed on August 9 Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath And The Dawn dualogy, would be releasing a new dualogy titled:

Flame In The Mist

This novel is set to be released May 2017 and has been pitched as Mulan meets 47 Ronin following heroine Mariko, whom Ahdieh calls “an inventor and an innovator,” and it is set in feudal Japan, using legends, myths, and history to tell a unique story.

7.An Ember In The Ashes Gets 2 More Books

Tahir’s Roman-Inspired YA Fantasy, originally set to be a dualogy is now a quartet with 4 books total!

During a periscope live-stream from the author herself on August 16 stated, “I always had the idea in my head of four books.”

After the amount of hype and enthusiasm for Torch, Penguin picked up 3&4!

However fans may have to wait a while after Torch, with Book 3 not set to be released until 2018.

8.By Your Side by Kasie West Cover Reveal

As of August 24, EpicReads shared the cover for Kasie West’s new novel.

By Your Side, her upcoming 2017 YA Contemporary: When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?”

9.Gemina Illustrated by Marie Lu

Announced August 30, author-duo behind The Illuminae Files, a new sci-fi trilogy, revealed that Legend Trilogy/Young Elites author Marie Lu will have illustrations in Gemina, the sequel to Illuminae.

What Book News Have You Heard? 🙂

 

August 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Here are the August Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Nevernight Jay Kristoff August 9
August 9 Thomas Dunne Books

1.Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicles #1)

Summary: In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 23
August 23 Roaring Brook

2.Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Summary: Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

Furthermore Tahereh Mafi August 30
August 30 Dutton BYR

3.Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Summary: There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Girl In Pieces August 30
August 30 Delacorte Press

4.Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Summary: 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.
A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.

A Torch Against The Night
August 30 Razorbill

5.A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember In The Ashes #2)

Summary: A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

What August 2016 Releases Are You Looking Forward To? 🙂

Waiting On Wednesday I #7

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 23Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post originally created by the book bloggers over at

BreakingTheSpines to spotlight upcoming releases!

This week I will be spotlighting…

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Summary: Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

Ever since I read Everything Leads To You by Nina Lacour & Something Real by Heather Demetrios I’ve loved YA books centering around Hollywood/movies/acting etc.

From the summary alone, this book sounds like its up my alley!

+ this sounds like a great summer contemporary!

I will definitely be reading this when August comes!

Will You Be Reading Unscripted Joss Byrd? 🙂