*Review* Without Merit- Colleen Hoover

33280872     Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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My Review:

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

Well, it looks like I’m in the minority with this book because I really enjoyed this one. A lot of people have warned me away from this but I thought this was really good. It was a lot different than what I was expecting but it still packed that emotional punch.

Merit and her family are anything but normal. They are quirky, broken, and have plenty of problems but they aren’t that supportive. Merit feels left out and she’s been slowly giving up on things in her life. Except for other people’s trophies.

While skipping school one day, Merit finds an incredibly attractive guy watching her every move with a smile that could melt anyone. After she makes her purchase, makes her way outside, she runs into this guy and they have the most incredible kiss. Not knowing who he is, she falls into it. Until she realizes that he thinks she’s someone else, that someone else being her twin sister, Honor.

Keeping this big of a secret should be no problem for her. Her entire life has been nothing but keeping other secrets for her family and away from each other. She also feels invisible. That is until Sagan starts popping up over at their house early in the morning and at dinner. She can’t get away from him but he notices her.

With so many family problems making their way out into the open, Merit finds herself sliding into a deeper hole that she can’t get herself out of. Will someone notice this fast downslide? Or will it consume her?

Without Merit was a book that I knew I was going to love. Dysfunctional families are kind of my thing and I can’t get enough. It makes me realize that my family isn’t the only crazy ones in the world. But this sweet, heart-wrenching story made me weep deeply at the downslide and the love. Let’s not forget all that dry humor that just made me cry even harder. Sagan and Merit’s story was something that touched me deeply and it’s something that I’ll never forget. This memorable story is something everyone should read. It will make the darkest soul shine brightly.

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Happy Reading!

stacy

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*Nerd Blast* The Cold is in Her Bones- Peternelle van Arsdale

The Cold is in Her Bones

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 – 9
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 22, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481488449
ISBN-13: 978-1481488440
SYNOPSIS
 

One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.

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Praise for THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

“A dark and enchanting tale about friendship, pain, revenge, and the power of love, The Cold Is in Her Bones is the perfect read for Greek mythology fans and YA readers alike.” ―Bustle

“Fiercely written and beautifully feminist, The Cold is in Her Bones reminds us of the power of loyalty and love in the face of ignorance and fear. I loved this tale of dangerous girls with wild hair and tangled hearts.” ―Lisa Maxwell, New York Timesbestselling author of The Last Magician

“A fresh, eerily compelling tale of betrayal, revenge, and the ties that bind. When van Arsdale paints a world, you can feel the fog against your skin.” ―Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Frostblood Saga  

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Peternelle van Arsdale     Peternelle van Arsdale grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended public school through the eighth grade. After that she attended three high schools in three different towns in four years, was deeply unpopular, and counted the seconds until graduation. She majored in English literature at Bryn Mawr College, and then landed in book publishing, thinking it was a good way to be paid to do what she liked to do anyway (she was only partly wrong). She worked her way up from editorial assistant to executive editor of adult fiction and nonfiction, and eventually struck out on her own as an independent editor.

Her first young adult novel, The Beast Is an Animal, is being developed by Amazon Studios for a feature film produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and directed by Bert & Bertie. Her essays have been published by LitHub, Hypable.com, and Culturefly, and her short fiction has been published by The Whitefish Review.

Her second novel, The Cold is in Her Bones , will be published in January 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to edit and is at work on her third novel.

PHOTO CREDIT: ELENA SEIBERT 

WEBSITE: http://www.peternellevanarsdale.com/


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stacy

*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Our Year of Maybe- Rachel Lynn Solomon

Happy Friday and welcome to our official stop on the Our Year of Maybe blog tour.

30340865   Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can’t help wondering if after the transplant, he’ll love her back the way she’s always wanted.

But Peter’s life post-transplant isn’t what either of them expected. Though he once had feelings for Sophie too, he’s now drawn to Chase, the guitarist in a band that happens to be looking for a keyboardist. And while neglected parts of Sophie’s world are calling to her—dance opportunities, new friends, a sister and niece she barely knows—she longs for a now-distant Peter more than ever, growing increasingly bitter he doesn’t seem to feel the same connection.

Peter fears he’ll forever be indebted to her. Sophie isn’t sure who she is without him. Then one blurry, heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for.

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My Review:

“I gave Peter a piece of me- but maybe I also gave him the freedom to figure out who he was without me. And I should have realized much sooner that I’d given myself the exact same thing.”

When you love and care about someone so much, you would do anything for them. No matter the cost and no matter what kind of toll it takes on your body. Would you put your life on hold for a friend?

Sophie does that exact thing for her best friend, Peter. Peter is on the kidney donor list and his time is running out. His parents aren’t a match and they are all out of options.

His best friend, Sophie gets tested and she’s a perfect match. She would do anything to save her best friends life and she decides to donate her kidney to him.

After the surgery, she believes that this will bring them closer together. As wounds heal and life tries to go back to normal, relationships take a hit. Peter and Sophie spend time with our people and they grow further and further apart. Until something happens that changes their lives. Will it be for the best or will it ruin everything?

Relationships are a complicated mess but will that be their fall?

Sophie and Peter have a bond that we all crave in a friendship. They also make you want to be a better person. Their witty banter and closeness fill you with such joy.

Our Year Of Maybe is fragile but exquisite. This was a tender book that will make your heart shatter and tears stream down your face. This is one book to look forward to in the new year.

Favorite Quotes from Our Year of Maybe!

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Giveaway:

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   Rachel Lynn Solomon lives, writes, and tap dances in Seattle, Washington. Once she helped set a Guinness World Record for the most natural redheads in one place. She’s the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone (out now from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse), Our Year of Maybe (1/15/19), and Today Tonight Tomorrow (2020). A short story of hers will appear in the anthology It’s a Whole Spiel (Penguin Random House/Knopf, fall 2019).

Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Simon Pulse, and Rachel Lynn Solomon for including us in this amazing Blog Tour. Click on the image below for more information and to check out upcoming blog tours!

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Tour Schedule:

January 9th

January 10th

Charis Rae – Review
It Starts at Midnight – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Clever Reader – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes

January 11th

Read.Sleep.Repeat.org – Interview
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Kait Plus Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

January 12th

Literary Meanderings – Guest Post
Morgan Vega – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

January 13th

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Blunt Book Blog – Review
Amy’s Booket List – Review + Favourite Quotes

January 14th

Utopia State of Mind – Guest Post
Camillea Reads – Review

January 15th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Playlist
The Layaway Dragon – Review

*First Line Friday* The Cold is in Her Bones- Peternelle van Arsdale

Happy Friday! Hope the New Year is treating everyone well so far.

This week we’re going with a book that I’m currently reading and loving. Who doesn’t love a Medusa inspired book?

 

40240290   Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

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“There once was a girl with tangles in her hair. She liked the tangles. She dug her fingers into them, twirled and spun them with curious, searching fingers.”

Happy Reading!!

stacy

*Arc Review* All Your Perfects- Colleen Hoover

“When you meet someone who is good for you, they won’t fill you with insecurities by focusing on your flaws. They’ll fill you with inspiration, because they’ll focus on all the best parts of you.”

I’m such a sucker when it comes to books written by Colleen Hoover. Her books bring so many emotions out of me that her book is the only one I can think about for awhile. This one kind of disappointed me.

Bits and pieces of this book filled me with joy and right after it would drag be below the water and I lost interest. It was a back and forth pull with me eventually losing in the end.

Hoover knows how to write a story where it feels like you were punched in the gut and you’re breathless. I just wish that this one followed in its footsteps.

Graham and Quinn’s relationship is anything but normal. They met under strange circumstances but they knew that nothing would stand in their way of being together. We get alternating chapters between now and then. How they came to be and how their life together now weathers the storm. And I loved that aspect of the story. The Then was the best part of this book. The Now bugged me more than I wanted to admit.

CoHo is such a fantastic writer and I will recommend her books to anyone that’s willing to listen to me gush about her books. This one I would hold off on.

In the end we must ask ourselves, What are your perfects?