Best friends Marine
Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School
since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by
respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body
of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final
year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win
the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s
prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most
talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would
make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.
But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.
Marine and Kate come from very different backgrounds but they forge a friendship that has gotten them through their time at the Paris Ballet Opera School. This friendship is one that they think will get them through anything, but as time goes on and things get more competitive everything changes.
Kate makes decisions and gets close to someone that doesn’t really care about her. All while Marine is determined to do anything she can to get the top spot and stay thin enough.
We get to see their final year at the Paris Ballet school told in both their perspectives. This story isn’t an easy one to read and has mentions of eating disorders and drug use.
Overall I had mixed feelings about this story. I really enjoyed the beginning and the ending of this story. I personally could have done without a lot of what happened in the middle, this part of the story really just dragged for me sadly.
Kate and Marine as characters I went back and forth on liking and not being able to stand them. This part was also what made me like this story, getting to see them grow and change throughout the story was realistic at times. They are young and learning and making mistakes as times go on and living in a very high-pressure environment. The author did a great job of showing how alienated all of the dancers were at times and how they each dealt with this in different ways. This part was really fascinating to me and I loved the ending so much because it really showed how much they had changed from the beginning of the story to the end.
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, YA, LGBTQIA
Source: NetGalley, Publisher, FFBC tours
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair
violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works
hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz
is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can
smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.
Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel
throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few
plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to
slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along,
but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.
Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except for adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.
Ariel is a senior in high school whose main goal for the past four years has been to get into Harvard. He has taken as many classes as possible, dropped a sport he loved and pushed himself harder to get the best grades and to be the best academically. He’s mostly accomplished that and why he knows he’s almost reached his dream he also knows that this last year of school means more than the others combined. He has to keep his grades up and pack in as many AP classes as possible in order to make class valedictorian and make his application for Harvard standout.
“I’m not saying this is Sawyer’s fault,” the prim and proper one said delicately. “But.”
auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to
show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to
participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she
would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her
grandmother’s “society” might mean discovering the answer to the biggest
mystery of her life-her father’s identity-she signs on the dotted line
and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos,
and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn’t expect to
find is friendship, but as she’s drawn into a group of debutantes with
scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers
that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons
in their closet. There are people in her grandmother’s glittering world
who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose
into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her
new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth
about her own origins is just the beginning.
Set in the world of
debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White
Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and
the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull
“This isn’t a fairy tale… This is a revenge story, and it’s going to be epic.”
That this story is. Little White Lies is exactly the book I wanted to start my 2019 finishing. It had mystery, friendships, families and a ton of secrets.
Sawyer Taft is used to having to take care of herself and her mom since she was a child. Because of this when her grandma Lillian offers her the chance of a lifetime for just 9 months of her life she takes it. What she doesn’t expect to happen during these months is for her life to change completely and to finally get answers to questions her mom has always avoided.
Match Me If You Can Tiana Smith Published by: Swoon Reads Publication date: January 8th 2019 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.
Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.
Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?
Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Wild West of Montana. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja boy, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She’d love to be fluent in sign language, but for now she gets by with awkward hand gestures and even more awkward French. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer.
Ask almost any writer and they’ll probably tell you that they can’t not write. They have to do it. Writing Match Me If You Can was a lot like that. The words poured out of me and I had to get them down on paper.
There were so many flirty scenes. And I loooove writing flirty scenes. Almost kisses (and actual kisses) are my favorite, so I had so many fun moments to explore in this book. Plus, my book is a rom-com, which meant I got to do a lot of embarrassing scenes where my characters were put in awkward situations, and those are always a blast to write. I mean, come on, embarrassing my characters is like a personal hobby of mine, and sometimes my main character Mia made it so easy…
Perhaps my favorite character to write was Logan. He’s a lot like my husband, believe it or not, so I felt like I got to capture a part of him and put it in writing. Logan has some of the best lines in the book, some of which I stole directly from my husband when he and I were dating. (Don’t worry, he knows, and he’s okay with it.) Logan is a smooth-talking flirt, so it was fun to get inside his head and think of how he’d react to a situation.
While I loved writing Logan, Mia is a lot more like me, so slipping into her emotions was easy. Her and Robyn are probably the characters I found the easiest to write. My publisher actually had me add more scenes with Robyn because they liked her so much, and I have to agree, Robyn has this snarky low-key kind of humor that you can’t help but relate to.
But even with all that said, I think my absolute most favorite thing about Match Me If You Can is the relationship between Mia and Logan. Put those two together and magic happens.
I hope you’ll agree! If you read the book, I hope you’ll love the fluffy romance and the funny interactions between all the characters. I had so much fun writing it and can’t wait to share it with the world.
You Won’t See Me Coming Kristen Orlando (The Black Angel Chronicles #3) Published by: Swoon Reads Publication date: January 8th 2019 Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
After finally taking down Torres, her mother’s merciless killer, Reagan and Luke have two targets on their backs and are forced into hiding. With new names, looks, and cover stories, they’re living quiet, “safe” lives, but revenge comes at a steep price. Reagan’s actions continue to haunt the pair and put the people they love in danger.
When Reagan discovers her best friend Harper is on the verge of being kidnapped, she and Luke defy Black Angel orders and risk blowing their cover to save their friend. After the rescue attempt goes wrong, the three friends must go on the run with an army of assassins hot on their trail and the list of trust-worthy Black Angels getting smaller and smaller. Will they make it out alive? And at what cost?
Fast-paced and suspenseful, this is the explosive finale of Kristen Orlando’s Black Angel Chronicles series.
Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando’s life and she has been lucky enough to make it her living, first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great love of her life, Michael. You Don’t Know My Name is her debut novel.
Thank you to XpressoBookTours, Netgalley and Swoon Reads for a free copy.
May Contain Spoilers
Going into You Won’t See Me Coming I was extremely nervous. It’s the end of one of my favorite trilogies that never left me disappointed which is some pretty big shoes to fill for the final. I can gladly say though that this book did not disappoint for the most part and It had me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book.
You Won’t See Me Coming starts a little while after You Won’t Know I’m Gone ended. We see the fallout that happened from the choices that Reagan made and how they have affected the people she loves most.
“You know how some people have the golden touch? I have the poison touch. Everything I do turns bad.”
That quote is very true when it comes to most of this book it seems. It’s easy to see how Reagan feels that way when you consider everything that has happened to her in the past year. She’s lost so much and is still dealing with what see saw and made happen in South America. This is also why I’ve loved this series so much, not everything is happy go lucky or oh this bad thing happened but everyone is still okay. Instead we get reality which is some people end up broken because of what they saw and things aren’t instantly forgiven. Reagan has a lot to make up for in this book and while she doesn’t realize it right away she does know what she needs to do.
“She said I wasn’t meant to be happy. I was meant to change the world.”
Luke is still very present in this book, besides Reagan’s dad he is the one current constant in her life and I think the only thing keeping her from completely losing it in the beginning. No, things aren’t perfect between them and it shows, it’s more realistic for a change in real relationships and that’s why I actually truly do like them as a couple.
“I’ve been trained my entire life to maybe die one day for someone else.”
In this book, we also get to see some characters we knew in You Don’t Know My Name. Harper was Reagan’s best friend and when it becomes obvious that she’s in danger Reagan takes things into her own hands again with Lukes help. This sets of a chain of events that really brings the whole trilogy together, by tying up the loose ends that were left from the previous two books.
“Torture of the heart is far worse than torture of the body.”
It lead to some of the most heart-stopping moments of the whole trilogy. I didn’t want to stop reading and I truly couldn’t read fast enough at some points because of what was happening. Orlando did an amazing job of keeping the heart-stopping moments coming while also giving you little reprieves where you could try and figure out with Reagan how they were going to get out of the situation.
Overall You Won’t See Me Coming was the perfect ending to one of my all-time favorite trilogies. I’m going to miss Reagan and Luke so much. I truly do love spy novels and this one was my favorite YA one I’ve ever read. I’m sad to see the trilogy end because I’m going to miss the characters, but I’m also very happy with how everything was wrapped up.
I now leave you with my favorite quote from this book:
“I find it kind of unnerving that this man has anything resembling a normal life down here. Like, it’d be less disturbing to me if this basement was filled with trophies from murder victims and machetes.”
After her father’s
death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of
1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea,
and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she
can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both. Eager to fit
in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth decides to hide her
religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for the handsome and
charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his friends at the
all-white, all-Christian Club.
Does it matter that Ruth’s mother
makes her attend services at the local synagogue every week? Not as long
as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At temple Ruth meets Max,
who is serious and intense about the fight for social justice, and now
she is caught between two worlds, two religions, and two boys. But when a
violent hate crime brings the different parts of Ruth’s life into sharp
conflict, she will have to choose between all she’s come to love about
her new life and standing up for what she believes.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a e-arc copy.
Ruby has recently moved to the south with her mom and little sister after the death of her father. Her mom is originally from the south means that ruby is now expected by her grandparents to become the perfect debutante southern bell to a certain extent. The one big problem with is that she’s Jewish. This is a big no-no for many people in the southern high classes during this time. Which means ruby can either lie and be who her grandmother wants her to be or she can be who she really is and not fit in at her new school.
During her time at school with the rich kids and the time becoming a pre-debutante she meets a boy who she really likes. Davis is the ever so perfect southern gentleman it seems. The only glaringly obvious problem with him from the beginning is his brother Oren who is used to using his charm and daddies money to get what he wants or to get out of trouble.
With Ruby’s big secret weighing her down the more antisemitism happens around her and the more she learns about the true south she will have to make tough decisions that could ruin everything she’s been working so hard to have.
Overall I did really enjoy this book. Ruby is a character that anyone can connect to. She wants to fit in but she also wants to be who she truly is the more time goes on. She’s still grieving the loss of her dad and how her life has changed completely in a very short amount of time. She’s confused and in love and trying to do the right thing. This is such an important book for so many reasons.
The romance part of this book I didn’t really mind for the most part. It did all seem a bit fake though considering they both had secrets and we’re from completely different lives.
I was so proud of ruby by the end and the decisions she made for herself and her family.
Rose is unsettled, curious, and bored. Life in a hippie commune is her parent’s dream come true, not hers. She doesn’t share their passion for living off the land, nor does she enjoy the isolation that is thrust upon her. When she convinces them to send her to public school in the nearby town, a new world opens up to her.
As she pursues her education, Rose chooses a different path, leaving her parents heartbroken at her insistence they are hiding something from her. She’s convinced her father isn’t the man her mother married.
Although she finds love far away from her roots and upbringing, her wounds only deepen as she keeps her family at arm’s length. What she loses during those years can only be retrieved with her understanding that “a Rose by any other name is still a Rose.”
<b>Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for an e-copy.</b> My Name is Rose follows Rose throughout her childhood in into her mid 30’s. We get to see her life change drastically as she grows up. From heartbreak about a boy, she likes to learn the truth about her parents it is an emotional roller coaster. Rose
is a curious child from the beginning and she’s not particularly fond
of her parent’s lifestyle living off the grid. In fact, she hates it for
the most part and can’t wait to graduate and be able to go off to
college somewhere far away. Little does she knows that her choice to
leave takes her on a path that was similar to her mom’s if certain
things hadn’t of happened.
Overall I found this book to be
enjoyable. I was expecting it to be more about her life as a teenager
and early college years, and while those things were covered the book
continued on far past that. We truly get to see Rose grow up and change
as her life evolves. She goes from being the stubborn childhood to the
parent who makes tough decisions and loves her children dearly. One
constant throughout her life is this mystery that she feels about who
her dad could be. She has always called one person dad, while in fact
thinking someone else was actually her dad. This all started when she
was young and learned how eye color worked and started to get curious.
By Rose not letting go of who her dad could be it causes a divide in the
family that isn’t fixed for far too long.
While this book does
have a happy ending I did feel slightly mislead with it being considered
a YA book as the vast majority is actually spent in Rose’s adult life.
Thank you so much for reading this with me Misty! I never minded your mentions of the romance and it was a good reminder that not everything is doom and gloom. Can’t wait to start the next book on Monday!
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.
When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart…
Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.
When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn
to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the
real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his
foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the
As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?
Chloe’s life turned upside down last year when her parents split up. Causing Chloe and her mom to move back to Joyful, Texas. Being the new kid in high school is not fun especially in a small town where everyone has always known everyone else. The good news is that Chloe’s next door befriends her and helps her adjust to her new life. She also ends up getting help from an unsuspecting source Chase. Chase is a foster child and also feels like he knows Chloe somehow but he doesn’t want to bring it up until he has answers.
In Another Life is told in multiple perspectives of Chloe, Chase, and a person we meet later on in the story.
Overall I really enjoyed In Another Life. Chloe and Chase’s storylines were fascinating to me. We have Chase who is a foster kid and has a lot of guilt about things he had no control over in his childhood. Then we have Chloe who up until recently was from a happy family. The more they investigate Chloe’s adoption, and the more they learn the more heartbreaking it becomes.
I’m not going to lie both Chase and Chloe annoyed me at times because of how secretive they were about certain things. But I also get why they were secretive about those things and how they thought they would hurt the other person if they told the truth. This type of situation is a difficult one for an adult to deal with, so for two high schoolers trying to figure this out mostly on their own, it’s got a bit much at times. So many different emotions are involved in this story from Chase’s guilt about things, to Chloe having to come to terms with the reality of her adoption its a lot.
The mystery part of this book wasn’t that big of a mystery in my opinion. It was fairly obvious from the beginning in my opinion because of certain things. The only thing that was really scary or mysterious in my opinion was the part surrounding how she came to be adopted. That got scary the more we learned about it.
I do think this was an interesting book and I liked how the whole focus wasn’t just constantly on her adoption. We have the side story of her adoptive parents drama, and Chloe’s relationship with her parents, and Chase. Chase’s storyline was one that I also really liked because of who his foster parents were and how he had big plans for his future and how he wanted to be better than his bio father was.
I can’t wait to read more by C.C. Hunter in the future!
Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.
And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?
Small Town Hearts is such a fun and sweet summer read that can truly be read anytime of the year.
Babe Vogel is a character that you will immediately fall in love with. She has been on her own for a while now living in a lighthouse that she absolutely loves, and now that she is officially done with high school she can work full time on her passion. Working at the local coffee shop where she gets to showcase her baking and is now the manager of the store. She loves her job dearly and it really shows throughout the story as she makes several important decision for the shop and for her future. We also see Babe’s personal life through friendship struggles, ex’s showing up, and possibly even a new love interest. Babe is bisexual and I loved how this was shown in a very natural way and how it was never made to be a big deal throughout the book and how supportive everyone was about it.
Overall I really liked this story. Babe is a strong character who is also still a teenager trying to figure everything out. She did seem a little bit more mature at times but I blame that on the fact that she is a manager and has been living alone for quite a while. The love interests shown in this story were heartbreaking and also lovely to see unfold. We get to see a failed relationship and how it can still affect someone months after it has ended, and how it makes them uneasy about certain things in future relationships. I’m really glad this was shown because a lot of the time we just see this get pushed to the side and just forgotten in stories. Now for the friendships in this book. There were so many great friendship moments between Babe and Lucy, and how work friends can become best friends over time. I also liked Babe’s relationship with Penny and Chad and how we got to see their friendship evolve over time and how things can fall apart and come back together when times get rough.
Small Town Hearts has so many great friendship moments that made me fall in love with it. Yes, the romance was also a big element of the story, but it wasn’t the main focus and Babe had so many other interests in it without that being the main focus of the story. I’m really excited to see a healthy friendship being showcased more in YA books and I hope this trend continues.
Evalina Cassano’s life
in an Italian-American family in 1941 is everything it “should be” until
she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants.
Despite the scandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is
illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be
together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the
attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up
their farm and move to an internment camp.
make life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi’s only
connection to the outside world are treasured letters from Evalina.
Feeling that the only action she can take to help Taichi is to speak out
on behalf of all Japanese Americans, Evalina becomes increasingly vocal
at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between
different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he
will ever leave the camp alive.
With tensions running high and
their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to their
values and believe in their love to make a way back to each other
against unbelievable odds.
Within These Lines is a fictional story of a very real dark time in American History. After Pearl Harbor Japanese American’s who lived on the coast were sent to camps. Propaganda was put out that made it seem like these camps were nice when in all actuality they weren’t well constructed and never had enough supplies. The government truly was not prepared for the number of people that were put in the camps nor did it seem like they cared. Within These Lines follows two characters (Evalina and Taichi) and we see the story unfold from both of their pov’s. Taichi is a Japanese-American whose family is respectable farmers, and Evalina is an Italian American whose family owns a restaurant. The two have fallen for each other in a time when interracial relationships were not well thought of an illegal in most states. With Taichi being sent away and Evalina being left on her own to deal with the racial tension at home what happens next will change their lives forever. Overall I really loved Within These Lines. Evalina was such a fearless character that was also scared and realistic and followed as many rules as possible. I want more characters like Evalina who are real and have flaws and ambitions and stand up for what they believe in. Besides her relationship with Taichi and how it made her be an activist for the Japanese community in a way, she also fought for a place at her university to work in law. We see her deal with the prejudice that came with that and how she had to learn to curb her opinions on things in papers. Taichi is forced to live in the camps with his family and is dealing with the problems of camp life. Within These Lines really touches on some of the less talked about parts with the Japanese-Americans turning against each other in the camp and feeling like the others were spying on them. This is something I haven’t seen talked about before in a book that focuses on the Japanese camps. I also really liked how it showed an interracial relationship and the repercussions that came with that. Together Taichi and Evalina were such a nice couple, they truly cared for one another and the relationship was fairly realistic for the time period in my opinion when it came to them dealing with being out in public and how their parents dealt with it.
I also liked how they each had different side characters and these were very detailed relationships and weren’t just fillers. You could tell they really cared for each of their friends and wanted them to be a part of their lives even if they didn’t always agree with them.
You can tell Morril really did her research when it came to this book and she was very honest in her authors note in how she did change a few details in order to better share Taichi and Evalina’s story.
I really want to go and read Morrill’s book from last year Lost Girl of Astor Street even more now after having read this one.
Stephanie Morrill writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world. She is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as the 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the WWII era romance, Within These Lines. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children. You can connect with Stephanie and learn more about her books at StephanieMorrill.com, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break
the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the
body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than
The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.
“We are never more ourselves than when we think people aren’t watching.”
Aiden Bishop spends 8 days in 8 different bodies and must solve the mystery of who kills Evelyn Hardcastle. The 8 days are filled with a gala party, secrets, and lots of drama. One person dies every single night, and it is up to Aiden to not only figure out who kills her, but why, and how he can stop it.
A group of young girls descends on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and camp songs by the fire. Filled with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home.
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore traces these five girls—Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan—through and beyond this fateful trip. We see them through successes and failures, loving relationships and heartbreaks; we see what it means to find, and define, oneself, and the ways in which the same experience is refracted through different people. In diamond-sharp prose, Kim Fu gives us a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves—and the pasts we can’t escape.
Thank you to Legend Press for the free review copy in exchange for my honest review.
May Contain Spoilers
A Group of young girls is suddenly left to their own devices on a kayaking trip after a tragedy happens. With them far away from their original destination and no idea how to get home they most depend on one another to get out alive. Told in multiple different perspectives and age ranges we get to see what they went through during those days lost at camp, and how it affects their lives forever.
Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave
explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of
that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself.
One woman. One little girl. The war that changed everything.
1940. In the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly
married Ellen Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an
empty bus. No one knows who little Pamela is.
Ellen professed not
to want children with her older husband, and when she takes Pamela into
her home and rapidly into her heart, she discovers that this is true:
Ellen doesn’t want children. She wants only Pamela. Three golden years
pass as the Second World War rages on. Then one day Pamela is taken
away, screaming. Ellen is no stranger to sorrow, but when she returns to
the quiet village life she’s long lived, she finds herself asking: In a
world changed by war, is it fair to wish for an unchanged heart?
Thank you to Edelweiss and G.P. Putnam and Sons for the e-copy in exchange for my honest review.
We Must Be Brave follows Ellen’s life through the years before WWII and the years after it with the main focus being during the war.
We see Ellen and Selwyn (her husband), and how they were able to keep their mill going, and helped take care of refugee children that they were put in charge of. The main focus of Ellen’s life throughout this time as well is the child she finds on the bus named Pamela. They get left in charge of the child after no family is found, this causes Ellen to remember things from her childhood. While she is remembering and telling her husband about it we also get to see how they met and the things that led to their marriage being the way it is. I had never heard the term used that it was described to Ellen as. I’m glad it was mentioned and talked about, without it being taboo or something Selwyn refused to tell Ellen about.
The many side-characters we get to meet and interact with I loved as well. Her best friend Lucy I really liked and I loved how she made sure to keep their friendship despite them living very different lives. I also loved her friendship with Elizabeth and how they were more like friends rather than employee and employer.
Overall I really liked this book. Ellen was a lovable character, and her story is one that we don’t get to see often. We get to see so many different parts of life in England through her eyes. I found it fascinating to see a side of having taken the children in during this time and one that I had always wondered about. We see the heartbreaking reality of getting attached to this child and raising her as your own for three years and then suddenly having the situation change and the child having to leave. It’s something that was absolutely heartbreaking to read, but one that I also couldn’t stop reading because of how well written it was. The feelings and emotions that Pamela felt were so real and heartbreaking. Liardet deals with a side of the war that is skipped over to the part where the child is just happy with their new family. While we don’t really get to see things through Pamela’s eyes, we do see them through Ellen’s how she was able to help Pamela deal with what had happened and try to do what was best for her. While this was heartbreaking towards the ends it was one that I am so happy she went with because it just made this book feel all the more real to me. I hope to read more of Liardets work in the future as she is able to write in a way that you can feel the emotions as well as being able to see the surroundings.