I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Review

 

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1524700487

 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.
 
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

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Review:  Once I finished this book I knew it would go down as one of my 2017 favorite books.

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Julia, 15,  loses her sister Olga in a tragic accident. Olga was the model of a Mexican daughter, working and going to college. Julia was the opposite. After Olga’s death her family falls apart. Julia’s mother is now over protective and controlling of her. Her father works long hours and retreats into silence after Olga’s death.

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Julia suffers from depression after Olga’s death and I love how the books shows that and the road to recovery, especially with a quest to discover who Olga really was. The characters were relatable and felt realistic. Sanchez does a wonderful job at making the other supporting characters stand out like Amá and Apá. You want to root for them all.

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This is a wonderful book about Mexican culture, trying to hold onto tradition while exploring new changes, and learning truths about a person you thought you knew. I truly enjoy the diversity of the characters and cultures in this book. It was a refreshing read that was engaging and fast pace.

Should you read it?  Yes! A great book full of diverse characters and a spotlight on a wonderful culture. A refreshing read!

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About the author:

Erika L. Sánchez  Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, essayist, and fiction writer, she is the author of a young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017), which was recently longlisted for the National Book Award, and the poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion (Graywolf, 2017). Her nonfiction has been published in Al Jazeera, Cosmopolitan, ESPN.com, the Guardian, NBC News, Rolling Stone, Salon, and elsewhere. She has received a CantoMundo Fellowship, a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.


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The Suffering Tree Review

 

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 13, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1484726596

 

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family-it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” As the suspicious looks and muttered accusations of her neighbors build, so does the pressure inside her, and Tori returns to the pattern of self-harm that landed her in a hospital back in D.C. It all comes to a head one night when, to Tori’s shock, she witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events-including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin-that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth-and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel-she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried at any cost.

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Review:  This book was a surprise treat. A dark story with a dark ghost mystery.

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Tori and her family inherit a house and the secrets that come with it. One night Nathaniel emerges from a grave under a tree thrusting Tori into an adventure of dark secrets and revealing truths. One peculiar thing to note is that Nathaniel is bound to the tree and must seek revenge!

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This book was a great read with mystery and magic delving into slavery and witchcraft. There was a connection between Tori and Nathaniel that was fun to read. You rooted for them all way and even after the story ends. It does jump from 3 different POV in different time periods and a dreamscape, that kind of confused me but you get use to it. It doesn’t hinder the book but I did like Nathaniel’s POV the best.

Should you read this? Depends on the reader.  It was a great mystery but there was graphic descriptive scenes of self-harm, cutting, in the book that’s not for the faint of heart. This surprised me because I didn’t expect it and there was no warning on the description of the book. So, if that thing bothers you I recommend skipping the book. If not it is an enjoyable read.

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Little Monsters Review

 

 

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 25, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0553521497

 

For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

   Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.
Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.
Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.
But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.
Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

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Review:

Kacey is the new girl to Broken falls. With a new family and friends, Bailey and Jade, this is her time to start over. But when everyone becomes distant and Bailey disappears things aren’t starting to look good for Kacey.

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The story captured my interest from the first page with a chilling plot. The mystery of Bailey’s disappearance drives the reader to want to know what happened to her and who was the villain.

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Thomas does a wonderful job at keeping the pace flowing and the speculating on who did it constant. I liked that Kacey was the main POV but Thomas threw in excerpts from Bailey’s diary, which helped shed the conflict and deepen the mystery.

I felt immersed in Kacey’s life and that of the other teenage girls.  There was a lot of cussing that slowed the reading down a bit. Now I’m not prude but it just seemed like too much for a YA book.

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Should you read it? Yes, a great mystery that with each turn of the page needs to be solved.

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About the Author:

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Kara is the author of the critically acclaimed THE DARKEST CORNERS. Her new book, LITTLE MONSTERS, is coming July 25th from Random House/Delacorte. She’s written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Brothers Television. You can find her on Long Island, bingeing on true crime podcasts and TV shows.

And Then There Were Four Review and Giveaway

Today on Halloween I reviewed a thriller!

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Let’s take a look at And Then There Were Four!


 

And Then There Were Four (Nancy Werlin)

An unlikely group of allies come together to save themselves when their parents seem to be plotting to have them all killed. Bestselling author Nancy Werlin returns to her YA suspense roots for this page-turner that’s sure to be much discussed.

Let’s not die today. Not even to make things easier for our parents.
Five very different students at a private high school are brought together under mysterious circumstances, and just barely escape a building collapse. Little by little they piece together the belief that their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true, and if so how did the plan emerge and what are the parents’ motives? But most important, how can these teenagers save themselves? The urgency builds when one of the five dies and the others flee together. This unlikely group gradually bonds as they struggle to stay safe against all odds.

 


Tawney’s Review:

Right off the start you know that someone wants these teens dead. Is it truly their parents?

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The surviving teens come together to figure out the why and how to survive. There are 2 points of view, Saralinda and Caleb. The only thing I had a problem with was Saralinda’s POV was in first person and Caleb’s was in second. It ruined the flow for me at the beginning but not the story.

The story is fast paced and definitely unique. I was so intrigued as to why the parents wanted to kill their kids…so much drama! And the end left a little surprise.

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Should your read this book? Yes, if you’re looking for a thriller you can’t put down then this book is for you.

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Haven Blog Tour and Giveaway

 

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About The Book

Title: HAVEN

Author: Mary Lindsey

Pub. Date: November 7, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

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Sometimes beauty is the beast…

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

Early Praise:

“Dangerous, dark and a definite page turner. Mary Lindsey rocks this book.”

– New York Times bestselling author C.C. Hunter

“A smoking hot hero and spine-chilling mystery = total win.”

– #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout

“This electrifying tale will take you on an unexpected journey into a secret world of witchcraft and shape shifters. Romance, adventure, and magic! Lindsey leaves you breathless and wanting more.”

– Adriana Mather, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch

“This is not your mama’s paranormal! Sexy, dark and intense. Unputdownable!”

– Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight

“Lindsey writes a hero with fire and gasoline. Then she lights a match with break-neck pacing, and scorches a path to readers’ hearts. Don’t blink for a moment.”

– Victoria Scott, bestselling author of Fire & Flood

“Gripping and gritty, HAVEN had me glued to the pages from beginning to end! Rain is the best kind of hero — tough, sexy, sweet, loyal. He charges through this action-packed tale that had me tearing up more than once, and I was perfectly happy to follow!”

– Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow.

“An utterly gritty and satisfying resurrection of the monster genre.Rain is an intense narrator and you won’t know whether to scream or swoon. Haven is an instant classic!”

– Courtney Moulton, author of Angelfire

“Darkly compelling and deliciously chilling, Haven hooks you from the first line and never lets up. Gritty, spine-tingling, and full of nail-biting tension.”

– Amalie Howard, bestselling author of Bloodspell

“Dark, different, sexy, and edge-of-your-seat intense.”

– Shawna Stringer, bookseller


Review: Haven was a dangerous world full of secrets and thrills which made me fall into the book immediately.

When his mother passes away Rain is sent to live with his Aunt in a small strange town. There he observes a set of teens who seem to be outcasts, separated from the rest of the kids in school. Soon he is thrust into a supernatural world full of magic.

Haven takes the supernatural genre to a whole new level with well developed characters and wonderful description. There was mystery, thrills and suspense that made me turn each page faster and faster. I loved that the book was in Rain’s point of view. It brought a lot of depth and intrigue to this supernatural world.

Should you read it? Yes, it’s the supernatural thriller you didn’t know you needed!

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About Mary:

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.

Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of HAVEN, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/23/2017- Twinning for Books– Review

10/23/2017- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review

10/24/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

10/24/2017- Ex Libris– Review

10/25/2017- Omg Books and More Books– Review

10/25/2017- Novelties- Review

10/26/2017- Deep Dark Feminist Reviews– Review

10/26/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

10/27/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review

10/27/2017- Why I Read– Review

Week Two:

10/30/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

10/30/2017- Betwixt the pages– Review

10/31/2017- For the Lover of Books– Review

10/31/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Review

11/1/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

11/1/2017- Tea With Mermaids– Review

11/2/2017- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

11/2/2017- The Best Books Ever – Review

11/3/2017- Portrait of a Book– Review

11/3/2017- Nerdophiles– Review

There’s Someone Inside Your House

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (September 26, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525426019

It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii.

Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.


My review:

This was a very different type of thriller than I’m use to. More campy teen slasher movie from the 90s type.

Makani has moved to Nebraska from Hawaii because of something that happened there. She now lives with her grandmother and is starting her senior year in high school. Nothing should happen in this small town and Makani can start over…or so she thought. Soon a serial killer is on the loose and the mayhem begins.

I thought it was a good mystery and fast pace. I love thrillers so I was intrigued by this book. The killer is revealed earlier than expected so I was a bit surprised, especially since the killer was barely heard of. And why the killer was killing was a disappointment. The characters that died unfortunately didn’t resonate with me. I felt nothing for them. Just a simple bloody death.

The suspense was dark and gritty but what I truly liked was Makani and Ollie’s relationship. There was definitely chemistry between them. It made a lighter tone to a dark plot. Maybe that’s because Perkins normally rights contemporary romance. So, it seemed like a romance book with occasional killings. This was Stephanie Perkin’s first thriller and it wasn’t bad!

Should you read it? Yes, but it’s a different type of thriller with more romance than slashing. It may not have connected with me but it could with you.

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This Is Not The End Review

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (August 8, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1484750241
  • Order: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

If you could choose one person to bring back to life, who would it be?

Seventeen-year-old Lake Deveraux is the survivor of a car crash that killed her best friend and boyfriend. Now she faces an impossible choice. Resurrection technology changed the world, but strict laws allow just one resurrection per citizen, to be used on your eighteenth birthday or lost forever.

You only have days to decide.

For each grieving family, Lake is the best chance to bring back their child.

For Lake, it’s the only way to reclaim a piece of happiness after her own family fell apart.

And Lake must also grapple with a secret–and illegal–vow she made years ago to resurrect someone else. Someone who’s not even dead yet.

Who do you need most?

As Lake’s eighteenth birthday nears, secrets and betrayals new and old threaten to eclipse her cherished memories. Lake has one chance to save a life…but can she live with her choice?


Tawney’s Review: This book was very interesting and unique because it delves into a world where resurrecting the dead works!

On anyone’s 18th birthday someone can have a family or friend resurrected if they died. It’s a decision that has to be made in a day on one person. This is the dilemma Lake comes across after a car accident with her boyfriend and best friend. Both have died and Lake can choose which one to resurrect but there’s a problem. Lake already made that commitment to her disabled brother Matt, who has a spinal cord injury.

The story wasn’t too science fiction as rather a story about a girl who must make a life alternating decision that affects those around her. I loved the flashbacks of the connection Lake had with her boyfriend Will and her best friend Penny. You can feel the turmoil that Lake deals with in choosing who to resurrect. It doesn’t help that her parents remind her of her commitment to her brother.

The plot takes you up and down with mysteries and surprises. It was a great read that had me wanting to know who Lake picks. There were some instances that I was frustrated with Lake and her parents. But the story moves forward with great pace and you just want to know what happens.

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Should you read it? Yes! A unique story that focuses on the choices we make and how it can affect those around us.


 

About the author:

Chandler Baker got her start ghostwriting novels for teens and tweens, including installments in a book series that has sold more than 1 million copies. She grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe.

You can find Chandler as the books contributor on the YouTube channel Weird Girls.