“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Walk the Edge

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2) by Katie McGarry

Hardcover, 426 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 29th, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
ISBN: 9780373211623
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

I’m such a big fan of Katie McGarry! Her stories, are always full of drama and tension, but still feel like the characters could step off the page and into this world with no problems! They are that real. The situations and problems they face are true to life and I feel like if I went down to Kentucky I would find these people walking around. With her new Thunder Road series, I liked the first book but wasn’t as into it as her previous series. But now with book 2, I find I’m really excited to read about Razor! We don’t really know too much about him from the first book so I’m kinda glad he’s the focus of this story.

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What are you waiting for this week?

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“Waiting On” Wednesdays: All the Rage

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication Date: Apr. 15th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9781250021915
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

 

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

I haven’t read anything by Courtney Summers before, but this premise pulled me right in when I first read it. With everything that’s going on in the news about violence against women, women’s rights, rape on college campuses and how many schools would rather condone it than lose potential future students… I think there is absolutely room in young adult literature for a book like this. I don’t get political about a lot of issues, but this is one that really speaks to me, both as a woman, and as a citizen. The more awareness there is — that can be generated — about how women are being treated on a cultural and institutional level, the better for future generations. Summers’s book has all the makings of being the next Speak, and I think it could prompt a lot of great, necessary, conversation. It also sounds like it’s going to be an emotional read, so I’m preparing myself now.

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Teaser Tuesdays: Sway and Anatomy of a Misfit

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

 

Sway by Kat Spears

Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
ISBN# 9781250051431
Page: 83

“Maybe you just need to work on your delivery,” I said thoughtfully. “You don’t exactly come across as the wise old prophet. Maybe more like a really, really angry Regis Philbin.”
Uch. Don’t even mention that schlemiel to me,” Mr. D said with disgust. “Why is he famous?”

 

 

 

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Harper Childrens
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
ISBN# 9780062313645
Page: 34

Our house kind of looks like a Pizza Hut, if you wanna know the truth. We used to have the best house ever, this farmhouse on the outskirts of town, with a barn and everything, but we got kicked off of it so they could build a Walmart. So, now it’s Suburbs City and a house where you might as well just drive up and order breadsticks.

Teaser Tuesdays: Get Even

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

 

Get Even (Don’t Get Mad, #1) by Gretchen McNeil

Paperback, 389 pages
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
ISBN# 9780062260857
Page: 125

Olivia’s hands shook so violently she had to sit on them to keep them from vibrating the entire row of chairs. Suddenly it all made sense. Amber’s parents had bought her a role in this production, but they hadn’t been able to guarantee that she’d win the internship. And what was the best way to do that? Eliminate the competition.

 

 

 

Teaser Tuesdays: Banned and Challenged Edition!

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

This week I have foregone my current reads in favor of sharing with everyone two of my favorite books that have, at one point or another, been challenged or banned from libraries in the United States. I’ve read and loved both of them. One as a child, and the other more recently as an adult. I hope you enjoy them enough to take some time and read these and other banned books this week!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Hardcover, 230 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN# 9780316013697
Page: 11

But I can’t blame my parents for our poverty because my mother and father are the twin suns around which I orbit and my world would EXPLODE without them.

And it’s not like my mother and father were born into wealth. It’s not like they gambled away their family fortunes. My parents came from poor people who came from poor people who came from poor people, all the way back to the very first poor people.

 

 
I read this next one in the fourth grade, and it became one of my two favorite books of that year.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Hardcover, 146 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins and Barnes & Noble Newbery Library
Release Date: September 12th, 2008
ISBN# 9781435110953
Page: 54

Terabithia was their secret, which was a good thing, for how could Jess have ever explained it to an outsider. Just walking down the hill towards the woods made something warm and liquid steal through his body. The closer he came to the dry creek bed and the crab apple tree rope the more he could feel the beating of his heart. He grabbed the end of the rope and swung out toward the other bank with a kind of wild exhilaration and landed gently on his feet, taller and stronger and wiser in that mysterious land.

 

Teaser Tuesdays: Nearly Gone and Take Me On

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

 

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Hardcover, 388 pages
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Release Date: March 25th, 2014
ISBN# 9780803739260
Page: 72

I wondered the same thing. Why had I come? I wasn’t close to Emily. And I didn’t owe her any favors. I should have minded my own business. Too late now.

 

 

 

 

Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
ISBN# 9780373211180
Page: 226

My eyes shoot to hers and she steadily holds my gaze. She knows. Dear God, she knows.

 

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Get Even

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


 

Get Even (Don’t Get Mad, #1), by Gretchen McNeil

Paperback, 400 pages
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062260857
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

Okay, so, who hasn’t fantasized about getting even with all those who’ve done you wrong? Especially when you were in high school. I’m sure many people can’t say what they want to in the moment, or have trouble standing up for themselves, and I LOVE the idea that these girls are getting even for them. This book just sounds so delicious and drama-filled and holy-moley a murder to boot? This one, this is gonna be good. I can feel it!

Teaser Tuesdays: The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

 

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer

Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
ISBN# 9780385753784
Page: 6

“I was in a locker.
Perhaps you have some questions for me.

Where was the locker?
It was in the math hallway. The hallway also contained TV cameras and reality stars and the love of my life.

Was the locker locked?
We’ll get to that.

Oh and by the way, WHY? Why in the name of God-slash-Buddha-slash-Zeus, in the name of all things holy, WHY, why, why, why? WHY were you IN A LOCKER?
Yeah, that was going through my head too.”