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Friday, October 21, 2016

Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot

Sad Perfect
Sad Perfect
Author: Stephanie Elliot
Publisher: FSG

For sixteen-year-old Pea, eating has always been difficult. Some people might call her a picky eater, but she knows it’s more than that, and it’s getting worse. And now there’s a monster raging inside of her, one that controls more than just her eating disorder. The monster is growing, and causing anxiety, depression, and dangerous thoughts.

When Pea meets Ben and they fall crazy-mad in love, she tries to keep the monster hidden. But the monster wants out, and as much as she tries, she can’t pretend that the bad in her doesn’t exist. Unable to control herself, a chain of events thrusts Pea into a situation she’d never imagine she’d find herself in.

With the help of Ben, her family, and her best friend, Pea must find the inner strength to understand that her eating disorder doesn’t have to control her. ~Goodreads

Sad Perfect took me by totally surprise. The characters were complexly written and the plot was emotional a full of depth, I enjoyed reading this one.

 What I liked about Sad Perfect is that not only did it entertain me, it taught me something as well. Never before had I heard of AFRID, so I’m really grateful to have read this story. Something as simple as eating, and food in general, is taken for grated sometimes. Food is everywhere, at birthday parties, work meetings, school, dates—it’s such a social aspect. Well, try being Pea— where you don’t even like food, you don’t crave it and it flat out scares you sometimes. That in and of itself can lead to some pretty nerve-wracking social situations when most of them revolve around food.

I liked Pea a lot, she was honest and completely real. Her thoughts were downright scary at times but this story, Pea’s story, is an important one. Pea feels as though she’s alone and that she’s not normal and she struggles a lot. So when she finds something good in her life, for example, a cute boy—she clings to him.

Pea and Ben’s relationship is intense. I liked the way in which Stephanie captured their moments together. Their puppy love is sweet, gentle, understanding, they have mutual respect for one another. Now, that’s not to say that neither of them make mistakes, because let’s be real, they are both still super young and mistakes are made but overall their relationship was realistic and quite adorable.

I loved how Pea’s parents were involved in her story. Although she may have not have felt as though they were, their presence was strong and important—especially her mom’s. I’d honestly love to read this story told from Pea’s mom’s point of view. (The things we put our parents through—they deserve medals!) 

Another aspect of Sad Perfect that I appreciated was the fact it pointed out coping mechanisms, both positive and negative ones at that. Pea’s mom drinks, her dad busies himself with sports and Pea turns to self-harm. This book is a book about hope and change. Ultimately Peas WANTS to get better. Some people don’t realize this until it’s too late. Pea learns to overcome her demons.

Overall Sad Perfect was a powerful debut and I can’t wait to read more by Stephanie.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Traveler by L.E. DeLano

Traveler (Traveler #1)
Traveler (Traveler #1)
Author: L.E. DeLano
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

How absolutely gorgeous is that cover?! Omg—I could stare at it for days! And man oh man is the story inside just as captivating! Traveler is filled with suspense, romance, and adventure— it’s an absolute must read!

Traveler follows Jessa, a high schooler, who is living a pretty ordinary life. That is, until the guy of her dreams (literally) appears right in front of her. Dun, dun, duuuuuhn! Now, I know what you’re thinking, “this has been done a million times, Brooke,” “That is so cliché.” But oh my goodness gracious you guys, no. Just no. This story is unlike anything I’ve read before.

Traveler deals with the concept of the multiverse theory; where mirrors are portals into different universes! HOW INSANELY AWESOME IS THAT?! Every place Jessa travels to is utterly unique and fascinating in its own way. I loved how L.E. DeLano depicted each reality. Also, each Jessa herself changes drastically too—from being a goth artist to a ballet dancer to even being completely deaf in one alternative universe. The other really cool thing is that Jessa retains the other Jessa’s memory—so, when she switches with deaf Jessa, she already has all the knowledge of that other Jessa, for example, sign language. It’s all pretty darn awesome. The details of the story are so intricately woven and fast paced yet so easy to follow and just GAH! I loved it.

Jessa is funny and smart and awesome. Her best friend Ben is a total sweetie, loyal to a fault. And Finn, oh Finn….he is mysterious and protective and ALSO A FREAKIN’ PIRATE IN ONE OF THE ALTERNATE UNIVERSES. SUH-WOON.

Traveler is an incredible debut and I am desperate for the next installment. *tosses self at bathroom mirror in hopes of traveling to an alternate universe where book 2 is already published* *smacks face against mirror* Looks like I’ll have to wait :P

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Poison's Kiss

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at A Daily Rhythm.

To participate all you have to do is:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
 Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Poison's Kiss (Poison's Kiss, #1)After I finish dressing, while the boys are laughing over a game of dice, I warm two loaves of flatbread, smear them with butter and sprinkle them with cinnamon. Then I pour each of us a tall glass of orange juice.

I make sure Deven gets the poisoned one. ~ARC Pg. 111

This book, you guys. SO. GOOD! 
Do you have a teaser this week? Leave your link below!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i am waiting 
The Disappearances

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. 

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.
DOES THIS NOT JUST SOUND SO FREAKIN' AWESOME?? Can't wait for this one, and that cover?! Gorge!! 

What are you waiting on this week?