December 2015 Wrap-Up

# of Books Read : 4

Fire-Falling-Cover-Only1.Fire Falling by Elise Kova (Air Awakens #2)

Fire Falling Full Review

Publisher: Silver Wing Press

Released: November 19, 2015

Pages: 378 (paperback)

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Incredible sequel! There is so much character development and expansion on the amazing world Elise created in book one! I will definitely be marking my calendar for book 3!

tumblr_nmkditGhQ61snf6rko1_1280 2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #1)

Truthwitch Spoiler-Free ARC Review

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Pages: 416

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: It was a fun read! Sadly this book didn’t connect with me like it has with so many other readers. However, the ending does have me interested to continue. *Possible Full Review To Come*

232084173. This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

This Raging Light ARC Review

Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers

Release Date: December 22, 2015

Pages: 288

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: I flew through this book! It was a beautifully written contemporary and really had many underlying messages about friendship and family! I loved it 🙂

234808444. Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Firsts ARC Review

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Pages: 320

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: This was a great 2016 YA Debut! This book centered around a topic I didn’t think I would normally pick up, but I am so happy I did! This book discusses many topics surrounding sex, such as virginity, pressure to have sex, and much more. This fierce debut is definitely one to check out!

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This Raging Light by Estelle Laure ARC Review

23208417Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers

Release Date: December 22, 2015

Pages: 288

***Received ARC through publisher’s Twitter Giveaway***

Summary: Can the best thing happen at the worst time?  Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: I loved this book so much! Lucille struggled to support herself, take care of her sister , all while unraveling the mystery of where her mom went.

What really made this book stand out from other YA contemporaries I have read, was Estelle’s writing style! There were many quotes/scenes that had eloquent writing and really captured how Lucille felt and showed the raw reality of what this situation was doing to her!

However, along the way she learns to accept help from others like Digby, Eden & her other neighbors!

This book has many underlying messages about family, relationships and the strength we have within ourselves.

With that said, the unanswered questions we have by the end, like “Where is Lucille’s mom?” “Will Lucille and Eden’s friendship patch up?” in my opinion, strengthened this story! It showed that sometimes life isn’t always perfect, but that’s why you have to keep going and not give up when something brings you down!

This lyrical and thoughtful debut left me hopeful and eagerly awaiting what Estelle will be writing next. She is definitely an author to look out for!

 

December 2015 YA Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

frozentides_cover1.Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: December 15th, 2015

The Falling Kingdoms Series really got me into YA Fantasy and I cannot wait to read the 4th installment of this 6 book series!

 

 

 

232084172.This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: December 22, 2015

I am a big fan of YA Contemporary & the synopsis of this book has me interested!

 

 

 

 

9780545654845_094243.See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: December 22, 2015

I am a big fan of Ally Carter! Her books sparked my love of reading and I cannot wait to see where her new series is headed with book 2!

 

 

What December Releases are you looking forward to? 🙂