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missfortuneMiss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook, 288 pages
Source: copy received from Crossroad Tours

The Blurb

Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy.

It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog—and then acts on her advice. Erin’s efforts to undo the mess will plunge her into adventure, minor felonies, and possibly her very first romance.

What’s a likely fortune for someone no longer completely in control of her fate? Hopefully nothing like: You will become a crispy noodle in the salad of life.

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My Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading this book…it’s true “young adult” without all the gimmicks that the genre brings. 3 girls are about to graduate from high school, they’re worried about their grades, which universities they will be accepted to and, of course, boys.

I loved Erin’s character – she was a little bit sweet, a little bit sassy and VERY funny. She’s the kind of girl that I’d actually want to be friends with if she wasn’t a character in a book. Mei and Linny were a good addition to the story, most of the drama revolved around them more than Erin, actually, but it was pretty true-to-life in that way. I also loved Lincoln, he was so spunky I just wanted to hug him!

I thought the parts with the advice column (Dear Miss Fortune Cookie) were great – Erin’s responses to some of the letters (even ones she didn’t post, but wrote out anyway) were too funny. I also liked the “fortunes” posted at the top of each chapter – they weren’t what you’d hope to find in a fortune cookie! The Chinese theme is explained early in the book, and made me love the book just a little more, since it’s something different than most YA books.

Overall, I thought the book was well-written, so if you’re in the mood for a true YA book with quite a bit of humor in it, you need to check this one out.

My Rating: 4 stars

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I’ve got to say that I’m pretty excited about this book’s release! It’s not set for release until February 2013, but Cameron Jace has something unique to offer while we wait! I’ve previously posted my reviews of The Grimm Diaries Prequels #1-3, and will soon be posting reviews of #4-6. BUT you can get all 6 prequels on Amazon for only $0.99 until December 13! They’re $0.99 each regularly, so it’s a perfect time to grab them and get yourself in the mood to read this book once it’s released! They are nice and short, just enough to make you want a little bit more…

The Grimm Diaries Prequels:

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series. The 6 diaries are told by The Evil Queen, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, the Devil, Prince Charming, and Alice Grimm 

Author Warning: these Grimm Prequels are snap shots of a magical land you’re about to visit soon. I like to think of them as poisoned apples. Once you taste them, you will never see fairy tales in the same light again.

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Anyhow, on to the book…the release date is not finalized yet, but if you like Cameron Jace on Facebook, he will keep you updated AND you’ll be able to get Snow White Sorrow for just $0.99 on it’s release date!

13557166Snow White Sorrow by Cameron Jace
The Grimm Diaries #1

Release Date: February 2013
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Retellings, Paranormal, Fantasy

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that talks to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.

Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White… living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.

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Cameron

Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters. I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV – it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales. I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

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» Excerpt from Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequel #1) «

Dear Wilhelm Carl Grimm,

She is not that giddy, naïve, and helpless princess she pretends to be. Please don’t let her fool you with her innocence if you see her sing to the birds in the forest. Resist her charm from bringing joyful tears to your eyes, and shield yourself from her devious beauty before she deceives you into wanting to kiss her awake. It’ll be a kiss of death. Your death. That’s how she fooled the Huntsman, Prince Charming, and me, her birth mother.

I still remember the original script of the fairy tale, the one you wrote in 1812. It clearly stated that she was my own flesh and blood daughter. I don’t have the slightest idea why you altered it fifty years later.
What was the point of turning me into an evil, narcissistic, and heartless stepmother, blinded by jealousy and envy of the young princess?

For years, I have been looking forward to telling you the truth about her, but you were impossible to reach.

I am glad I found your brother, Jacob. He told me that you wanted to tone the stories down so children could sleep better at night, instead of having nightmares about the Queen who sought to eat her daughter’s heart and liver.

Shame on you, Wilhelm.

You, of all authors, knew why I wanted to kill her. My actions were justified. I was trying to save my kingdom from her wrath, before everything we loved was destined to an end. The same way you had to rewrite the true fairytales after cursing us, so the War of Sorrows would end forever after.

Night after night, and year after year, parents fed their children false bedtime stories, until your lies grew into inescapable memories. Your happily ever after lies, Wilhelm, shaped the so called fairy tale world.

I wondered why you didn’t burn the original scripts, instead of rewriting them. You must have figured out that sooner or later someone would dig up the truth and expose you. Altering it was the smarter solution. You let children believe that the bites were resurrecting kisses, and that torturing glass coffins were made for sleeping beauties, waiting for a prince to come and kiss them awake.

A wise man once said that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he was someone else. You did the same with us, Wilhelm. You turned us into pastiches of the immortals that we really are, and made it harder for us if wanted to persuade the world otherwise.

I know that you did it to save us from her. And I appreciate how you concealed our real names, or we would have ended up like Rumpelstiltskin, tortured by those who knew of his real name.

But sometimes, I can’t help but wonder why no one ever questioned why I was called the Evil Queen, and why I was never given a real name in the books.

Was I so superficial to the world, so stereotypical and mundane? Why was I treated as if I were the monster of the week?

You know what I think? I think that the world never got the time to hate me. It just wanted to hate me long before it met me.

If I tell those who detest me about the true nature of their little princess, would they ever care about me half as much as they care about her?

I know that deep inside, they adore me. They like the way I talk, walk, dress, and even the way I kill.

They are just afraid to admit how much they love me. I am the Snow White Queen, strong enough that I don’t need anyone’s pity or love, because I am loved by the greatest and most majestic heart in the world:

Mine.

I love cover reveals – for me, a book is just a description until I see that cover. Admittedly, I am a “judge a book by it’s cover” type of person, but that habit serves me pretty well. Usually, lol! So, without further ado, I bring you the new cover of Back to You by Priscilla Glenn:

backtoyouBack to You by Priscilla Glenn

Release Date: October 20, 2012
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Adult, Romance

When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?

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Priscilla Glenn

Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three beautiful children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years. Glenn has written three books, although Back to You is her first published novel. Her guilty pleasures include great books, good wine, anything chocolate, and Robert Pattinson 🙂

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lucidLucid by Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass

Release Date: October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 343 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Source: purchased from Chapters
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance

The Blurb
What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn’t be more different–except for one thing. They share a secret that they can’t tell a soul. At night, they dream that they’re each other.

The deeper they’re pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

This is a dazzling debut that will steal readers’ hearts.

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My Thoughts

Maggie and Sloane are two girls living completely different lives who, when they fall asleep, dream of the other person’s day. This concept is never fully explained, but talked about often from each girls perspective. Both girls are going through similar things at the same time – Maggie has lost her father, while Sloane lost her best friend. Suddenly both girls meet THE BOY and both are drawn into love triangles that neither of them see but is apparent to everyone else around them. I loved both of the girls for their completely separate identities and found the supporting characters to be really likeable, if not loveable (I loved Maggie’s little sister, Jude) and well developed.

It was thoroughly engrossing right up until the end, when it got even better. The end was fast-paced and confusing (for both the girls and the reader) but in a good way, I felt the confusion built up the anticipation. And then it was over. Just like that. Which girl won in the end, who was real and who was imaginary? Even though many questions are left unanswered, the book was chilling and real at the same time – it made me wonder if there are people out there right now just like this. It was written honestly, as if these were real girls with real stories. There were holes but the whole read was completely entertaining for me. This is one of those books that I will be thinking about for a long, long time. But then again, I’m the type of person that LOVES it when a book blows my mind at the very end and I’m sitting there wondering what the heck just happened.

My Rating: 5 stars

loveanthonyLove Anthony by Lisa Genova

Release Date: September 25, 2012
Format: Audiobook, 9h 11m
Narrated By: Debra Messing
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Source: purchased from Audible.com

The Blurb

From the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.

Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony’s short life.

Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression—a voice she can share with Olivia—(is it Anthony?)—that brings comfort and meaning to them both.

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My Thoughts

This was a beautiful story. I instantly loved both Beth and Olivia’s characters and felt fully connected with both of them for different reasons. I could feel both of these women as if they were sitting in the seat next to me. Their stories are told separately through most of the book, in alternating chapters, but they do run into eachother at times. Beth’s perfect family is falling apart when she learns that her husband is having an affair. Olivia’s run to Nantucket to get away from her husband and mourn the loss of her son.  Olivia’s backstory is heartbreaking – as I learned about Anthony and how it affected both her and her marriage, I wanted to reach out and hug her. I loved the way that the author worked Beth’s novel into the book – once she started writing, chapters (or parts of chapters) were from Beth’s book, and it was the most beautiful part of the whole novel. Beth writes from an autistic boy’s point-of-view, explaining what is going on inside his head. I actually believe that this is probably the closest anyone has ever gotten to explaining what it’s like to be living with autism. I’ve only had small dealings with autism, but from what I’ve watched in movies, read in books, and observed in real life, I think that this book has hit the mark about what it’s like being a parent of an autistic child and what just may be going on inside that child’s head. Lisa Genova did an excellent job writing an intricate story about such a delicate matter – this book has become one of my favorite books.

As this was an audiobook, I wanted to mention that Debra Messing did a great job in narrating. At first I had a hard time with her voice because she spoke softly and at points when either Beth or Olivia would mutter, so would Messing, and I wouldn’t be able to hear. Either I got used to it, or she started speaking louder and clearer as the book went on. She put just the right amount of emotion into the characters, just the right inflections so you knew who was speaking without the “Beth said”, “Jimmy said” that other books maintain throughout.

I wanted this book to keep going. I wanted to hear more from Anthony’s point of view. I literally wanted to be friends with these two women. After reading this book and her debut novel, Still Alice, I’ve officially put Lisa Genova on my list of favorite authors.

My Rating: 5 stars

learningtoswimLearning to Swim by Sara J. Henry

Publisher: Crown Publishers (a division of Random House Books)
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 289 pages
Source: borrowed from the library

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

The Blurb

“If I’d blinked, I would have missed it. But I didn’t, and I saw something fall from the rear deck of the opposite ferry: a small, wide-eyed human face, in one tiny frozen moment, as it plummeted toward the water.”

When she witnesses a small child tumbling from a ferry into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. Harrowing moments later, she bobs to the surface, pulling a terrified little boy with her. As the ferry disappears into the distance, she begins a bone-chilling swim nearly a mile to shore with a tiny passenger on her back.

Surprisingly, he speaks only French. He’ll acknowledge that his name is Paul; otherwise, he’s resolutely mute.

Troy assumes that Paul’s frantic parents will be in touch with the police or the press. But what follows is a shocking and deafening silence. And Troy, a freelance writer, finds herself as fiercely determined to protect Paul as she is to find out what happened to him. What she uncovers will take her into a world of wealth and privilege and heedless self-indulgence—a world in which the murder of a child is not unthinkable. She’ll need skill and courage to survive and protect her charge and herself.

Sara J. Henry’s powerful and compelling Learning to Swim will move and disturb readers right up to its shattering conclusion.

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My Thoughts

For me, this book was just OK. I went into it hoping for a lot more than it actually delivered. I was expecting a book full of suspense, a thriller – I mean, a little boy is thrown off a ferry, the synopsis hints at a great story, but it completely missed the mark. There wasn’t suspense, and what the synopsis hints at never comes about. I kept anxiously waiting for the big reveal only to be left disappointed. That’s not to say that it wasn’t a good book – it was well-written and the plot was OK, it just misrepresented itself which was a let-down. It was slow in the middle of the book, nothing eventful really happened, but there was a lot of character development done there.

The character of Troy was likeable but I found she made really weird decisions that makes the book as a whole hard to believe. She finds a boy and decides that she loves him so she doesn’t turn him in to the police – then tries to solve the case on her own. She uses Google to find the boy’s father (who has managed to keep a kidnapping out of the media for several months, by the way) and decides to drive up to Ottawa to see if he could kill his own son.  Then moves in with the guy – but not in a romantic sense. She just drops everything and moves in to help with Paul. Because that would be the normal thing to do. I felt the ending was a bit far-fetched but it wrapped up the book nicely, and I suppose in this crazy world it could be plausible.

A small problem I had with the book was all the little asides about Canada and how Canadians live. I felt that it stopped the flow and detracted from the story. The cultural differences between Canada and the USA aren’t that big, so to me it felt unnecessary to stop the story progression in several places to explain to the reader these slight differences. I didn’t have a problem when it was worked into a scene (like Troy’s brother trying poutine for the first time, so Troy had to explain it to him before he tried it), it was the little side comments during narration that annoyed me.

It sounds like I hated this book, lol – I didn’t hate it. I thought it was OK. Enjoyable, even. It was just misrepresented. If you go into it knowing that it’s not going to be a mystery or thriller, and more like contemporary fiction, I think it would be a better read.

My Rating: 3 stars

**EDIT**

Sara J. Henry stopped by the blog to give me an updated synopsis, one that I think is a lot truer to the book, so here it is:

When she sees what looks like a child tumbling from a ferry into frigid Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. When she gets the child to shore she discovers that his name is Paul, he speaks only French—and no one seems to be looking for him. Her determination to protect Paul pulls Troy from her quiet life in a small Adirondack town into an unfamiliar world of wealth and privilege in Canada and then in Vermont. Her attachment to him—and the danger she faces when she tries to unravel the mystery of his abandonment—force her to evaluate everything she thought true about herself. Sara J. Henry’s riveting, award-winning debut will keep readers engrossed right up to its shattering conclusion.

I’m a huge fan of covers – if it’s a beautiful, interesting or unique cover, I’m quite likely to pick up the book – and it’s also very likely that I will read it. Anyway, this is a big reason why I love cover reveals, and now I’m hosting them here on my blog! Now, I don’t get to see these covers before I agree to do the reveals, but I can say I’m pretty excited about this one (both the cover and the synopsis)!

deeperwefallDeeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron

Release Date: January 12, 2013
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to try and forget the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie’s face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can’t help but listen. He loves “To Kill a Mockingbird” as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie’s discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. She must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

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Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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So, what do you think? Will this be making it’s way to your TBR list for 2013? It’s made it’s way to mine already…

It’s the release day of Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy, and I’m here to let you know about it! Veer is the second book in the Clayton Falls series, which I just heard about only recently, and I think I’ll be reading this soon…check it out:

Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Clayton Falls #2

Release Date: November 29, 2012
Genres: Fiction, New Adult, Romance

Only when you let go can you learn to live.

Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it’s been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop,  she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.

Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.

When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.

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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Kiss Me by Jillian Dodd
   The Keatyn Chronicles, Book Two

Genres: Fiction, Mature YA, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: November 28, 2012

I’ve always written scripts for my perfect life.
But no way could I have ever scripted this.
My life is so far from perfect, it’s not even funny.
All because of a stalker.

I’m at a boarding school where I have to lie about who I am.
I can’t see my family.
I’m tutoring a Hottie God that tortures me with his smile.
The most popular girl already hates me.
But there’s this boy.
This hot, sweet, sexy boy.
So I’m going to stop trying to script my life and just live it.
Because who knows how long I have left.

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Jillian Dodd grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She has drank from a keg in a cornfield, attended the University of Nebraska, got to pass her candle, and did have a boy ask her to marry him in a bar. She met her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear, and two Labrador puppies named Camber Lacy and Cali Lucy.

She is the author of the That Boy Trilogy and The Keatyn Chronicles Series.

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Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd

Genres: Fiction, Mature YA, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: September 1, 2012

Gossip Girl meets Hollywood in this steamy new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.

She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because, really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And, deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.

To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker.
A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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He tells everyone we’re tired and drags me into the house.

Then I think his hormones kick into overdrive.

He kisses me, like, fast, hard, long, intensely deep kisses. He pushes me up against the counter in the kitchen, holding my hips tightly in his hands. He kisses hard down my neck and then strips off my shirt and tosses it on the floor.

Then he walks me backward through the house while still kissing me, quickly working his way back to the bedroom. He pushes me against a wall in the hallway, where he pulls his own shirt off, then unties my bikini top, his warm, naked chest pressing against me as he shoves his tongue deeply into my mouth. I suck on it recklessly.

We finally get to the bedroom, where he quickly shuts and locks the door, then pushes me up against it. He’s kissing me and, like, ravishing me. I feel like I’m living a hot romance novel. And this is the kind of thing I have always pictured.

Always dreamed of.

A boy who wants me so bad he can barely stand it.

A boy who pushes me hard against the door and kisses me like he means it. A boy who takes my wrists and holds them above my head, pinning me to the door as he sucks his way down my chest. A boy who kisses me so deeply it makes my head spin. A boy whose one free hand feels like ten because it is everywhere on my body.

Instead he whispers, “Just because sex is good with someone, doesn’t mean you’re destined to be with them. Imagine what it will be like with the guy you’re really supposed to be with. Your true love.”

When he speaks, his lips graze my neck a few times.

“You’re touching my neck. With your lips,” I say raggedly. I can barely breathe when he’s this close to me.

“I’m talking. Not kissing. It doesn’t count.”

And I don’t know where this comes from—not from rational thought, obviously—but I make a little breathless moan and say, “Talk some more.”

I feel his mouth form a smile on my neck.

“Remember what I told you? In French. Your lips are my bliss?”

Then he speaks it in French. His lips grazing my neck with each syllable.

I forget who I am.

I forget where I am.

I have but one solitary thought.

Those lips must be on me.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Release Date: Feb 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover (339 pages)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Source: Borrowed from the library

The Blurb

Oct. 11th, 1943–A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France.

Its pilot and passenger are best friends.

One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

They’ll get the truth out of her. But it won’t be what they expect.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

Harrowing and beautifully written, Code Name Verity is the story of an unforgettable friendship forged in the face of the ultimate evil.

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My Thoughts

All my life I’ve been very interested in stories about wars. I don’t know why. I was *really* bad in history class, except when it came to WWI and WWII, then I was acing essays and tests like you wouldn’t believe. So, whenever I find a fictional book about WWII, I’m all in.

I really liked how this story was told. The book starts with Verity in custody of the Nazis after her and Maddie’s plane crashed in Occupied France. For the first half of the book, readers are told the history of Maddie and Verity’s friendship from Verity’s side. It was mostly light-hearted – even though Verity has been caught by the Nazis and is being somewhat tortured, she writes as if she’s telling a story rather than just plain facts. The part that I found hardest to understand about this half of the book is why the Nazi officers let her get away with the nonsense she was writing, but it was forgivable because it was so entertaining. I loved Verity and Maddie from the beginning because of the way this part of the story was told.

Halfway through the book, the point of view switches to Maddie, and she writes the story about what has happened since they crashed in Nazi-occupied France. Maddie’s tale is more a tale of the Resistance and what it’s like to be hiding from the Nazis, knowing that her friend has been captured and wanting desperately to rescue her. When it all comes together, it’s completely heartbreaking. I had several ideas of how the story would end, but never did I see this one coming.

If you enjoy reading books about WWII, give this one a try. It’s not as serious as some, because these girls are young and lively, the book feels that way too. It’s a good, light-hearted look at friendship during wartime, and an entertaining read.

My Rating: 4 stars

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