Friday, July 1, 2016

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Razor is a man without a place or person he feels safe with. Though he considers the motorcycle club, The Reign of Terror, his family, ever since his mom died under mysterious circumstances, he can't help feeling they haven't told him the whole story of what happened. On top of that there's the dangers of working as part of the security contracting business the club runs and then the everyday daggers everyone at his high school thinking he's secretly either a drug dealer or a killer because of his affiliation with the Terror. It's a lot to deal with and Razor is exhausted.

Bre is also tired. She's the fifth of nine children and a peacemaker through and through. Though that might be a nicer way of putting the fact that she can't stand to have anyone dislike her, so she's spent her years at school blending into the background. She doesn't answer questions at school even though she know the answers and she doesn't do anything about the fact that her sister Clara is making her life horrible at home either.

When Razor sees past Bre's invisibility to the smart girl she is, she can't deny she's flattered or that she sees something more in the boy that the entire school talks trash about. But getting involved with him would definitely create conflict and it might even be dangerous. Is the quiet, motorcycle riding boy in her AP Physics class worth throwing away the her years of work at blending in?

As usual in a Katie McGarry book, this book grabbed me and I had to read it in one sitting. Breanna is faced with a villain who is much more dangerous to her than Razor, despite his squeaky clean rep at school and online. Bre and Razor are thrown together to try to stop the plot and sparks definitely fly. There are car chases, cyber-hacking, stand-offs and plenty of kissing. This is the perfect book to take along for your summer roadtrip, beach vacation or anything else where you need some romantic explosions.

More to read:
Author Interview: Katie McGarry Talks to Us About Riding Motorcycles and Writing Chemistry!
Katie McGarry Week: Nowhere But Here
Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Up and Coming: Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Up and Coming: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Read This, Watch That: Fast Cars Edition
Pushing the Limits by Kate McGarry

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia

Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia

Julie is on the run. Her life has been nothing but stress and tears lately and Julie is ready to break free from it all. When her church is sending a youth group trip to New Orleans to do community service over the summer, Julie jumps at the chance. But when she gets there, she's surrounded by people she knows and who know her family's secrets. The trip alone is not enough of a change, she needs something more.

That more is going to come in the forms of one very handsome blue-haired, banjo-playing tour guide to the city she's been visiting without getting to wander. If only she can keep him separate from all the trouble and hurt seems to follow her like a cloud. To ensure that she can have one free night away from her life, Julie decides there will be no names exchanged and absolutely no baggage revealing. Just exploring and being in the moment. Lucky for Julie, she's with "Miles," that's not his real name, but she's calling him it anyway. He's a boy who knows his way around and weaves a great story as he goes along, plus it's mid-summer Mardi Gras and there is an unending amount of things to see.

But there's a storm rolling in and the parade can only last so long, will Julie be able to hold on to Miles when her real life crashes the party? If you love up-all-night romances (and we do), you will want to tag along. It will leave you wanting to eat hot beignets all night with someone you can't stop kissing.

More to read:
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Up and Coming: You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour and David LevithanUp and Coming: Graffiti Moon by Cath CrowleyUp and Coming: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Monday, June 27, 2016

Middle School Monday: As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
Do you ever spend all night thinking of something dumb that you did or said during the day? Maybe you did something embarrassing or made a mistake that you wish you could take back?

If this sounds like you, than you have a lot in common with the lead character in this book. Genie keeps a running list of all the things he wishes he’d done differently. When his parents send Genie and his brother from Brooklyn to their grandparents in southern Virginia for the summer, he just knows that his list is going to get a lot longer.

Sure enough, basically the first thing he does is say something about his grandfather’s eyesight, when it turns out that the big man can’t really see at all anymore. But rather than be offended, his grandad starts trusting him with other secrets.

When one of the secrets is the fact that his mostly blind grandad is keeping a gun with him at all times, Genie has to figure out if keeping these secrets or telling them will be the mistake that keeps him up all night.

This new book by Jason Reynolds (one of our very favorite authors) is a summery book full of secrets, half-truths and Genie’s quest to do the right thing. 

More to read:

Middle School Monday: Soar by Joan Bauer

Middle School Monday: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Brown Girl Dreaming

Friday, June 24, 2016

Perfect Liars by Kimberly Reid

Librarian M has a perfect heist novel for your summer:
Perfect Liars by Kimberly Reid

Drea is a do-everything-right, people-pleasing, top-of-the-class type of gal from a well-to-do family living outside Atlanta. She’s trying her best not to follow in her parents’ footsteps—they accumulated their wealth by conning their way through the antiques world. They’ve gone straight for the last few years, but after a massive heist happens in their neighborhood they disappear and Drea has her doubts.

Mixed up in all of this is Xavier, who gets caught breaking into Drea’s school with his friend Jason. Drea has a crush on him, but he doesn’t trust her. If she only had enough information Drea could surely figure out what’s going on, but she’s going to have to do a little digging to find out what she needs to know.

This book is great if you are in the mood for a fun high-society mystery. Check it out!

More to read:

Endangered by Lamar Giles

The Cipher by John C. Ford

Fandom Fridays: Hey Marshmallows, it's Veronica Mars

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Today we're taking a look at the latest book by one of the founders of our 'Shut Up and Write' series!

Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Ivy has led a very over-scheduled high school career. She comes from a family of extremely brilliant and talented but also extremely troubled women and Ivy can't stop wondering if there's something she's destined to excel at besides being a good daughter. So, that's meant her grandfather has had her in lessons in everything from art to poetry to ballet to swimming, but nothing except the swimming has stuck. This summer Ivy is not going to worry about being the next great Milbourne woman, she's just going to relax, hang out with her friends and go to the occasional bonfire party.

Of course, the second she makes her mind up about the summer, fate steps in to shake things up. Her mother, who Ivy hasn't seen since she was a toddler, blows back into town with two half-sisters that Ivy has never met or known about. Suddenly her quiet house is full of slamming doors, fights between her mom and her ganddad and her new middle sister's teenaged tantrums. Not the relaxing summer she was looking for at all.

If you like stories about complex families and strong women, this latest book from Jessica Spotswood is for you. The Milbourne family has a lot of dark history, but Ivy wants to find a way to make peace with the women who came behind her. This summer she's going to try and find a way to be the Milbourne daughter who is unconcerned with being anyone but herself.

More to read:
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood 
Up and Coming: A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink

Teen Wolf Week: Top 5 Ladies Coming Into Their Powers for Lydia

Checking in With TAB: 10 Books They Recommend

WDYMYNR Week: The Goodnight Family Series by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Monday, June 20, 2016

Middle School Monday: To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson

To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson 

The Problem with being the best at what you do is that there’s always someone who wants to take your spot and knock you off the podium.
Jackson Greene is supposed to be retired from the prank/heist/con business after he and his crew pulled off the best job their middle school had ever seen (which you can read about in book one of this series: The Great Greene Heist). But, now there’s someone out there gunning for Jackson’s reputation.

So, he’s bringing the crew back together for one last job. But can he catch the black mailer, earn back the trust of his friends, avoid the attention of the slightly crazed head of the school’s honor board and still figure out if Gaby de la Cruz wants to kiss him or not, all while pulling off another Great Greene Heist?
Find out in the second book about the hilarious and daring cons led by mastermind 8th grader: Jackson Greene.

More to read:

Read This/ Watch That: The Rat Pack Edition

Middle School Monday: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

E-Only Spotlight: Double Crossed by Ally Carter