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Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines

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Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines
Blurb: To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a f…

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck (Arc Review)

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My Thoughts:
When I first started this book, I was not sure if I would like it, it really reminded me of friend I have and what he went through a few years ago. This story is one every person has felt at one time in their life. The crush that only sees them as a friend and nothing more. The book felt a little juvenile to me, but definitely a good read that I couldn’t put down. Especially after *spoiler* tabby dies in a car accident. The book was well written with good dialogue that a 12+ year old would enjoy, there are a few mentions of sexual content but nothing that isn’t mentioned in a high school health class. It had an aspect that I could relate to it, even as a twenty-four year old. It felt more like if the characters were in college rather than high school, but regardless an early teenager and up would enjoy the book.

October Releases

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I don't know about you but I can't believe it is October. Here are the books the i think are interesting coming out this month:

October 3rd
Blurb: Like its ambitious companion novel, Replica, this far-reaching novel by powerhouse bestselling author Lauren Oliver digs deep into questions of how to be a human being in a world where humanity cannot be taken for granted.

In the world outside the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and neither of them knows where they belong or who they can trust. When Caelum leaves without warning to pursue the dream of a place he belongs, Lyra follows him, convinced that together they will hunt down a cure for the illness that’s slowly consuming her mind. But what they uncover is a shocking connection to their past—even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.

After discovering the uncomfortable truth about her connection to the Haven Institute, Gemma struggles to return to her normal life. But when she learns that …

The Pact by Jodi Picoult

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The Pact by Jodi Picoult
Goodreads Blur:
For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty-- they've grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other's lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soul mates since they were born.

So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There's a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father's cabinet-- a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described.
My thoughts: If you are in need for a good cry read this book. I heard about Jodi Picoult’s writing through other readers an…

The Girl at the End of the Line by Charles Mathes

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Goodreads Blurb:
“Their travels bring adventure and exhilaration as they have the new and wonderful experience of seeing New York and London, and meeting such exotic fauna as professional actors. But it also brings tragedy as “accidents” occur around them.”  

My Thoughts:
I bought this book in a thrift shop when I was visiting Upstate New York. I got it for $2 and honestly it should have been priced higher. Not only was it in good condition, had a life as a former library book, but it was honestly one of my favorite reads from this summer. This book not only had adventure and mystery-it honestly reminded me of the A Tea Shop Mystery books. It was really a cute story about two sister, living an average life, except that one sister has been mute ever since witnessing the murder of her mother. Shortly after finding a secret about their grandmother, she turns up dead. The sisters world erupts into chaos, leaving them wondering who they really are. The structure of the book, writing …

Coming up for Air (hundred oaks 8) by Miranda Kenneally

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Blurb: Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love? My Thoughts: So if you know me one of my obsessions is the Olympics. I am not sure why but it …

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Goodreads Blurb:
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.


Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
My thoughts: I read this book way back when I heard it might be coming to Netflix and Selena Gomez was part of the project. I didn’t read the book because of Selena Gomez but for the story that takes place in the aftermath of a s…

Defending Taylor (Hundred oaks 7) by Meranda Kennedy

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Blurb: There are no mistakes in love.

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start? My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. it took me awhile to get to it but i real…

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

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“Murder, Magic, and Madness at the fair that changed america” My Thoughts:

I found this book at a thrift store for $2 and I’m glad I did. It wasn’t until I got home and re-read the back of the book that I realized it was a nonfiction book about H.H Holmes and his murder castle in Chicago. This book gave a lot of information and had the perfect balance of background and horror. There is a lot of history on the construction and business side of the Chicago World’s Fair, so be prepared for it. I passed this along to my bestie and fellow blogger Emily, so she can read it as well.

Tiny Pretty Things Duology by Sona Charaipotra

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Tiny Pretty Things Duology by Sona Charaipotra

Goodreads Blurb on Tiny Pretty Things: Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.
My thoughts: I have never been a dancer but from what I heard and from what I have seen portrayed in shows and movies is the Dance World is super competitive and some people with stop at nothing to get to the top. This book has some Pretty Little Liar aspects too it, a lot of tricks and such are played on the girls with no clue as to w…

The V Club by Kate Brian

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Goodreads Blurb: “Eva, Debbie, and Kai are best friends. They’re also looking for an escape from high school- where the college scholarship fund comes from. But it’s not just high grades that will result in winning it, they have to prove their virginity too. Is the award worth more than their friendship?”

My Thoughts:
This book was one that you don’t really want to carry around with you, mainly because of the book title. My copy actually says, “The Virginity Club”, which is a little embarrassing. What it does have is a good storyline, characters, as well as character development. It has a few very clique topics found in the book, but that’s what makes it fun. Definitely make sure to read the epilogue. It's a good quick read if you want something light and fun.

American Assassin Vs American Assassin

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Sorry for posting so late today but here it is.

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter

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Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter
Goodreads Blurb:
She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
My thoughts: I love Zombies and I LOVE Alice in Wonderland so the second I saw the title I immediately knew I had to read it. I got completely sucked into the story that I forgot the world around me so I had to wat…

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

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Goodreads Blurb:
“Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real.”
My Thoughts:

This is one of the first Sarah Dessen books I read, which means it will always be special to me, but it is also my favorite one. It’s realistic and shows what it is like to really be in an abusive relationship-that you are in a hole that you just can’t escape. Everything in the story gets resolved but not in a way one would assume. It shows the steps of what to do and how to get better and heal afterwards. Most books show the “I’m overthrowing my abuser and getting out” while the book has a different approach. I am upset that there was not a lot about her healing process at the end of the book and I wish it had more detail but truly one of my favorite books.

That being said there is a physically abusive component to the book so make sure that you or someone you know reading it is comfortable with that …

The Ends of the World (conspiracy of us 3) by Maggie Hall

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Blurb: The Circle is hers. But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series. My thought: This was a really good ending to an amazing series. If you like Alexander the Great and Napoleon lore then…

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
My thoughts: I couldn’t find a good summary explaining at 13 books and putting in a short summary of all 13 individually would be too much so I am just starting with my opinion on the series as a whole. I remember when these books first started to come out and it didn’t seem like something I would be interested it until now. After finding Netflix was going to start a series on it I thought why not pick one up and see what it is all about. I was nervous at first to start reading them because I’m 24 and I was worried people would think I was weird for reading a children’s book but after going through Goodreads and seeing readers my age and older reading them I said the heck with it and plowed through all 13.I really like how each book has its own setting and Olaf’s schemes to get the children are always completely different. The major issue I have with this series is the ending. I wasn’t expecting a happy ending, all the books tell you mor…

Janie Face to Face by Caroline B Cooney (Janie Johnson series #5)

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“Emotional conclusion to the thriller-romance Janie series”
I'm so upset that this is the end of this series, but like all good books series-it must come to an end. It truly is amazing to see the progression of Janie's maturity and decisions of what to do with her life-and how she balances each family. The book opens with Janie in her freshman year of college and how much everything is changing around her-such as her own identity and how she deals with the two families. This book was definitely filled with more drama, crime, and excitement. There were several plot twists and surprises which absolutely shocked me. I really enjoyed the chapters from Hannah’s point of view. It’s surprising how diluted, vengeful, and delusional she truly was. From her *spoiler* writing the book to the true description of what she looked like, everything was just a surprise. Overall, I think it was the perfect ending to the Janie Johnson series. She gets a fairytale ending as well as …

Warcross (Warcross 1) By Marie Lu

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I Recived an advance Readers Copy of this book in exchange for a Honest Review. This book comes out on Sept. 12th 2017.
Blurb: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of…

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Goodreads Blurb:Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
My t…

The Shoe Queen by Anna Davis

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Goodreads Blurb,
“In The Shoe Queen, author Anna Davis immerses readers in the glitter and excitement of 1920's Paris -- where one woman's obsession with shoes leads her into a steamy affair that will make her question what matters most in life”
I found this book at a local thrift store, and I was immediately drawn in by the location of this book as well as the time period. I absolutely love the structure of the book as well as the characters. Even though I found myself wishing there was some bigger plot or that I could find some kind of strand that I would connect with any of the characters, I loved the book and story. I did often find myself wishing for the other shoe to drop or something big to happen towards the end of the book, I was shocked when *spoilers* the realization was made that Paolo fathered two of Olga’s children. In the end I was happy that Genevieve was able to find her self and experience real love, even if there was a lust quality to it, and that she was ab…

The Grift of the Magi (heist society 3.5) by Ally Carter

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Blurb: Katarina Bishop is a thief. To many it wouldn’t matter that she now uses her considerable skills to re-steal valuable works of art and return them to their rightful homes.

She’s still a thief.

So that’s why Kat’s surprised when an Interpol agent comes to her one snowy evening, asking for Kat’s help.

The Magi Miracle Network was set to auction off a very rare, very valuable Faberge egg two days before Christmas, but the egg’s been stolen and now the charity’s reputation—and their future—is on the line.
Kat’s family and Interpol might be opposite sides of most jobs, but someone just stole Christmas.

Now it’s up to Kat and her crew to steal it back.

The Grift of the Magi is a Heist Society novella and is approximately half the length of the other novels in the series. It stands alone, but if you want read more about Kat and her crew check out Heist SocietyUncommon Criminals, and Perfect Scoundrels. My thoughts: I read this series a while ago but i really enjoyed it.I was very excited th…

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

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Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Goodreads Blurb: Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time b…

My interview with a Falling Down band member... Can you guess who?

So today I got to interview one of my favorite character from the RockStar series by Anne Mercier. I was super excited when i got the opportunity to interview this rockstar. This rockstar should not need an intoduction but i will give you some hints. He is quite, smart, and super sexy. Can you guess who it is  Kennedy Cadwell!!! Lets jump into this interview

Leah: Did you always like music or would you like to do something different?  
Kennedy: I've always loved music. I remember air guitaring a lot until I got my first real one from my neighbor. He taught me how to play.L: What is it like working with Blush?K: Amazing. It's like they've always been with us, you know? They just fit.
L: Since you have become a celebrity, who is the best and worst person that you have met?  K: The best person I've met is Cage. He may venture into the darkness but he's always there for everyone, no matter what.  The worst person I've ever met was this chick I hooked up with after a s…