I’m Moving

Hey everyone. As you probably know, I have been seriously neglecting this blog. I gave it a lot of thought, and I’ve picked up a lot of things in the last few months that have really cut into my reading time and blogging time. I didn’t want to completely give up blogging, but I knew I couldn’t handle it on my own. So, I talked to my friend, Jacque, and we decided to create a blog together, so I am inviting you to follow me over there! Our welcome post is live, and our first post, my Stacking the Shelves, will be up tomorrow! http://twomomsreading.com/welcome

Thank you for sticking with me, and I hope to see you over at the new blog!

This blog will still be up so you can access my old reviews, but I probably won’t be posting to it much, if at all.

ARC Review – Panic by Lauren Oliver

Title: Panic
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: No
Source: ARC Tour from On the Same Page ARC tours

Description from Goodreads:

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Review

This book was received as part of an ARC tour from On the Same Page ARC tours.

I had heard some mixed reviews on Panic, but since I liked Before I Fall and the premise sounded interesting, I decided to give it a chance. At the time that I’m writing this, it’s been about 2 weeks since I finished Panic, and I don’t remember too much about how I felt about it, so it obviously wasn’t wonderful or terrible.

I think I vaguely liked it, though it wasn’t exactly what I expected. I guess I thought, since it’s titled Panic, that it would be more about the game with some contemporary aspects, rather than a more contemporary novel with the game added in.

I had a little bit of a hard time getting into Panic because of the narrators. I liked Heather, but I didn’t really connect with Dodge. I just didn’t find him to be a relatable character, which made it hard to read his sections.

Overall, I guess I just don’t have too much to say about Panic. It was a decent story, but it definitely didn’t reel me in like Before I Fall did.

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Mini-Review – The Blue-Haired Boy by Courtney C. Stevens

Title: The Blue-Haired Boy
Author: Courtney C. Stevens
Series: Faking Normal companion novella
Source: Personal Purchase

Description from Goodreads:

Set before the events of Courtney C. Stevens’s debut novel, Faking Normal, this digital short story focuses on Bodee Lennox, otherwise known as the Kool-Aid Kid.

Bodee Lennox has secrets. About where he got the four-inch scar on his leg. About the bruises on his back. About what it’s really like to live in the Lennox household. These are things he doesn’t share with anyone . . . until he meets Gerry, a girl with bright-green hair and a smile the size of Alaska. When Gerry falls out of a bus in Rickman, Tennessee, and lands at Bodee’s feet, she gives Bodee two things he desperately needs: a friend and a chance to leave Rickman behind, even if it’s just for a few hours.

He joins Gerry on her epic bus trip for as far as his money will take him. And by the end of the day, more of Bodee has changed than just the color of his hair.

Review

It’s really hard to say much about The Blue-Haired Boy because it was so short, but I definitely enjoyed it. I knew I had to read it because I just loved Bodee so much in Faking Normal, so I wanted to know more about him. It was definitely interesting to see a little sneak peek into his personality before he became friendly with Alexi. Also, it was kind of amusing to see why/how he became the Kool-Aid Kid.

However, this glimpse into Bodee’s past was a little heartbreaking. It was hard to see him struggling with his home life with no friends. But his short-term friendship with Gerry was great. He definitely needed something to let loose.

While The Blue-Haired Boy takes place before Faking Normal, I would definitely recommend reading it after Faking Normal, especially if you love Bodee and want to see a little more of him.

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Stacking the Shelves #33


It’s been almost 7 weeks since I’ve done a Stacking the Shelves, so this may be a little long.

For Review

Dangerous Dream by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Netgalley)

Moonless by Crystal Collier (Author)

Divided by Elsie Chapman (Netgalley)

Purchased

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (Audible)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Audible)

Sloppy Firsts by Megan Mccafferty

The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

The Blue-Haired Boy by Courtney C. Stevens

Red at Night by Katie McGarry

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

Water & Storm Country by David Estes (Signed Paperback)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (Audible)

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor (Audible)

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Audible)

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