Saturday, May 20, 2017

Searching Saturday: Water on the Cover

This honestly took way longer to do than I thought it would. Searching Saturday is challenging you to find new-to-you books every week depending on the theme. Apparently, I know a lot of water based books because all the one's I could find on Goodreads before I found these were one's I've seen before/know of. I decided to participate because I like scavenger hunts and discovering new books. 


Lose Me by M.C. Frank

"Today is not the day I die."

Ari Demos starts every day with this thought. Fresh out of high school, she's landed a coveted role as a stunt double in a new Pride and Prejudice adaptation starring the Hollywood phenomenon Weston Spencer. But this job isn't going to be easy: Ari will be performing complicated water stunts and driving fast cars along the narrow cliffs of Corfu. One false step and she could lose not only her job, but her life.

And then Wes Spencer, Mr Darcy himself, arrives in Greece. He's got dirty blonde hair, a mile-long yacht and a bored look on that gorgeous face. Ari wants nothing to do with the rich actor boy, but on the day she meets him, she has an accident. One that almost claims her life. And now she can't hide from the truth any longer:She might be much closer to losing everything than she thought. She might be dying. And the British actor is the last person she'd expect to save her life.

She's a hard-working island girl. He's adored by millions. Falling in love was never supposed to be a part of the job. Staying alive was never supposed to be a part of growing up.

Was this story ever meant for a happily ever after?

It had been a while searching for books so I decided to go on NetGalley I believe and found this. Absolutely love the cover. I'm very curious about her possible illness although the whole actor thing doesn't appeal to me for some reason.

Trusting & Other Lies 
by Nicole Williams

Phoenix can't imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years--do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?

On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum--the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he's impossible to figure out--and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he's promising Phoenix a summer she'll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?


This is the second book I found on NetGalley. I don't really like the premise since the guy is the hot and cold attitude. I'm tired of those guys in books. 

Alex, Approximately 
by Jenn Bennett

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

I actually TBR'd this book before I went on my search. I look over on the left in my Goodreads and shake my head. This is the one book I really want to read. I love everything about it and expect great things. The cover makes me excited for summer.

Changes in Latitudes
by Jen Malone

A "road" trip romance that takes place at sea!

All Cassie wants is to get some solid ground under her feet following the shock of her parents' divorce. So when she learns of her mom's plans to take Cassie and her brother, Drew, on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico, she's stunned. There is absolutely nothing solid about the Pacific Ocean. 

Cassie is furious. And nervous. It's been hard enough keeping Drew sheltered from what Cassie knows about her mother's role in breaking their family apart, but living in such close quarters threatens to push her anger past its tipping point. Enter Jonah, a whip-smart deckhand who's as gorgeous as he is flirtatious. Cassie tries to keep him at a distance, but the more time they spend together--wandering San Francisco, riding beachside roller coasters, and exploring the California coastline--the harder it is to fight the attraction. 

​Cassie wants to let herself go, but her parents' split has left her feeling adrift in a sea of questions she can't even begin to answer. Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? Should she take a chance on Jonah? With life's unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them... or dive right in.


I just saw this before I was going to make this post. Sarah wrote a review on it. I like the imagery. I don't know about the living on a sailing trip part. I've noticed if I haven't read something similar to it before it's usually a no. 

Have you read or heard of any of these books?
What books with water on the cover have you enjoyed?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

Standalone. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (Feb. 2017) NetGalley
Remember the places you touched me.

The parts of Mira Cillo that Ben touched are etched on his soul.

Palm. Hair. Chest. Cheek. Lips. Throat. Heart.

It was the last one that broke her. After her death, Mira sends Ben on a quest for notes she left in the seven places where they touched—notes that explain why she and her sister, Francesca, drowned themselves in the quarry. How Ben interprets those notes has everything to do with the way he was touched by a bad coach years before. But the truth behind the girls’ suicides is far more complicated, involving a dangerous infatuation, a deadly miracle, and a crushing lie.

Well, I'm done with whatever that was. This is the second time that Kim Savage leaves me baffled. I think she tries to make things so shocking that sometimes it translates to readers and other times it doesn't. I honestly thought the story was going to end differently. These girls are BROKEN to the max. I was in a very confused state of what? after reading this. I wanted to process it a little more before I wrote a review but I still feel lost. 

Ben is our main character and he is written extremely well. I feel like I got into his mind. Something I have to admit is that although Savage's book can get crazy - she knows how to write. I just don't know what to make of her books when I'm done with them. That's a sort of compliment. If you've read this or After the Woods you would know what I meant. Any who, back to Ben. Ben has a lot going on with him. There are things from his past that come up not including the person he loved writing notes about why she and her sister killed themselves. He also starts dealing with things that happened to him as a child. Ben was in love with Mira. Mira started retreating from everyone including him after the death of their cousin and no one knows why except the two sisters. Francesca also started retreating but her and her sister? VERY different people.

As Ben starts finding more and more messages he starts losing himself. While that is happening flashbacks of him with Mira as well as the sisters progression to their deaths are intertwined within the story. You can not guess right now what was going on with the sisters because it is so left field that I still don't understand it. If you constantly want to be in a state of what is going on? boy is this the book for you. It all circles around to Francesca. Francesca doesn't like Ben. Ben doesn't really care for her either but Mira does. She's concerned for her well being but no one in the family talked about what was going on so Ben's mind starts going around the possibilities.

There is no doubt in my mind that Savage can write an incredible story that will keep you guessing. For some reason the ratings on this book are low on Goodreads. I rated it three stars myself because it was even more confusing than the last book which is good and bad. I love this story to an extent. I don't want Savage's writing to change by all means because her endings remind me a little of Robert Cormier who is amazing. I just wish she could be a little more clear.... but also I don't! There's a balance that needs to be met. I just can't describe anything correctly with her books. I do know I will continually look for more of Savage's writings because she's amazing and messes with my head. Although, I've been very contradictory towards my review of this book I do recommend reading it especially if you are looking for something out of the ordinary. 

Beautiful Broken Girls will leave you guessing what's real and what's not.

Antisocial by Jillian Blake

Standalone. Delacorte Press (May 2017) NetGalley
6 hours and 30 minutes

Alexandria Prep is hacked in this whodunit set in the age of social media and the cloud.

Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.

But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public. 

Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives: 

Sometimes we share too much.

Antisocial is the epitome of what teenagers have to deal with in the age of technology and social media. I was never someone who cared for social media in high school or even now and it's not like I was in high school too long ago. It's now that I'm in my twenties that I see what a big impact social media has cost us. People have committed suicide and destroyed lives because of what has been said on their screen. It's something I've only begun to understand until now. How there are people out there who feel isolated and alone with no one to talk to. And when you make a mistake where there was a picture taken - your life could be over. Antisocial helps you see this and more.

Anna, is a complicated person to like. She's come groveling back to her friends after she abandoned them for her boyfriend who happened to be popular. They shared similarities that no one else acknowledged - an intense social anxiety. I just happened to be watching this long video/documentary yesterday where it had multiple people with different forms of mental illness including Social Anxiety Disorder. Now it's different from really not wanting to go to places or see people. It's feeling extremely scared and worried in social situations with feelings of people judging you while you are judging yourself even more than I feel possible. We know the feeling growing up but it's way more intense. So I saw Anna this way and felt for her. But then she just left her friends. Stopped talking to them for no reason. 

See? She's a complicated person to like.

During the story, there is a person or people that start hacking important players and start ruining their lives. I mean, they deserve it but it has a collateral effect on Anna's friend. More and more people's secrets are being exposed. Anna is in fear of what she's written about her friends. Ugly things that she didn't really mean. Her friends are a wide cast of diverse kids (like in real life *shocked face*) including a hacker, a tough girl, a quiet girl, a popular kid, and a sweet guy. Most of them have different backgrounds other than just white which I appreciated. Almost all of them, including Anna, have secrets that they don't want to come out.

I really enjoyed Antisocial for its mystery, diversity, plot, and characters. All of it felt very possible to me. It was a very real story. On the other hand, I also felt there was a lot of generational talk that I didn't particularly care for but when everything came together - I was happy to have read this. There could have been a little more to make this truly amazing since I felt towards the end things began to get weird and sideways. Unexpectedly, I did feel profoundly unhappy reading the last few chapters. Antisocial shows us how mean and cruel we can be. That we are people who carry secrets and lies but we also make mistakes. Despite everything, people aren't just their secrets and mistakes. There is so much more of us than what we or others portray us to be.