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The Natural History Museum, London, England 2013

This post is dedicated to Steve White. Love you and can’t wait for you to visit!

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Book Review: Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home, edited by Chloe Shantz-Hilkes

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I don’t usually cover non-fiction, but I was interested when this title became available on Netgalley.

This is a moving collection from teenagers that grew up with a family member suffering from an addiction. Covering alcoholism, drug abuse and even workaholics, the fearless stories don’t shame their family but show the negatives of their situation. Not every story has a hopeful ending but the truthfulness is courageous. 

Much like the Chicken Soup for the Soul books of the ‘90’s, Hooked is an excellent source of comfort for teens of today that need to know they are not alone. Well put together and executed right for its market, Hooked has been well worth the read.

Many thanks to the publisher Annick Press for the copy of the book, Chloe Shantz-Hilkes for doing a great editing job and to the authors that contributed powerful yet difficult stories. It takes a lot of guts to write about something so personal and painful.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review; Hooked was published on March 5th, 2013. 

Freshly Published: May 2013

Just a little taste of what’s been hot off the presses this month! First up is a book I’ve been hearing loads about on social media! All summaries are from Goodreads. 

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #1)

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield (Chantress #1)

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Lucy’s Chantress magic will make her the most powerful—and most hunted—girl in England. 

“Sing, and the darkness will find you.” This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness. 

When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England. 

Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion… 

Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer

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Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.

Reboot by Amy Tintera (Reboot #1)

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Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Lastly, it’s finally here! Find my review HERE.

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

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First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie’s looping scrawl.

Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she’s caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie’s own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.

Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for—even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.

That’s it for this month! 

Ashleyisee

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Book Review: Promised by Caragh M O’Brien

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Gaia Stone has successfully lead the people of Sylum out of the dangerous fog and back towards her old home of the Enclave. As the new Matriarc, she plans to build New Sylum next to the unlake. All that’s standing in her way is the fear of the Protectorat.

Yet as Gaia pleads her case to the ruthless leader of the Enclave, she learns that the haemophilia has continued to spread out of control. Worse still, Gaia becomes a piece of a complicated puzzle. The struggle for a brighter future for everyone rests between Gaia and the Protectorat, a frightening situation for everyone involved.

I found Gaia to be strong but still naïve. Which is good when remembering she’s still only sixteen. A sixteen year old should never have to endure all the responsibility, guilt and hardships she faces in this book.

Gaia never gives up and is always trying to do the best for people. Yes she makes rash decisions and sometimes the pace of the book moves a bit swifter than I would have liked, but I enjoyed this conclusion overall. Gaia Stone stands for a determined and independent woman. My only criticism is how she loses the plot whenever Leon is concerned. There could have more to that relationship and I was disappointed to see how their love shifted instead of grow.

Overall the first book, Birthmarked has been my favourite. I’ve enjoyed reading this series as it’s moved in different directions for dystopian YA, but I’ve been left wanting more. Not more books, but more from what’s already been written. I wish the author had done some aspects different. I am sad the ride is over, but I look forward to reading what’s next in O’Brien’s writing future. 

May Reads

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May is going to be a busy month! I have gone a bit overboard with my local library, but I love the access of long awaited books that are now at my fingertips! This month I’ll be reading some completed or soon to be completed series along with freshly published books from my earlier posts!

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It’s lot and it’s probably going to spill over to June, but I’m really excited to have so many options. 

Which do you prefer? Freshly published books? Or a completed series?

Until next time,

Ashleyisee

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