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Where You'll Find Me by Natasha Friend

Standalone. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 2016) NetGalley
The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself...
DUMPED by her best friend Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade "hanging out with different people."
DESERTED by her mom, who's in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt.
TRAPPED in a house with her dad, a new baby sister, and a stepmother young enough to wear her Delta Delta Delta sweatshirt with pride.
STUCK at a lunch table with Shawna the Eyebrow Plucker and Sarabeth the Irish Stepper because she has no one else to sit with.

But what if all isn't lost? What if Anna's mom didn't exactly mean to leave her? What if Anna's stepmother is cooler than she thought? What if the misfit lunch table isn't such a bad fit after all? With help from some unlikely sources, including a crazy girl-band talent show act, Anna just may find herself on the road to okay.

Anna finds herself living with her dad, in his new hom…

Blog Tour: The Year We Fell Apart + Giveaway

The Year We Fell Apart
by Emily Martin
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to…

Bout of Books 15: Wrap-Up

Bout of Books was officially over yesterday. I only kept in touch with posts the first couple of days but I did get a good amount of reading done.

Books Read 

Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah ScheierAlmost Home by Joan BauerArto's Big Move by Monica ArnaldoNursery Rhyme ComicsBatgirl by Cameron StewartOzma of Oz by Eric Shanower
So I didn't fulfill any of my goals but I've read twelve books so far this year so that's a win. The new semester is starting so I only hope I'm able to read even more this January. I hope everyone was able to read some great books!

What did you read this past week?

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

The Field Party #1. Simon Pulse (August 2015) Own
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotion…

Bout of Books 15: A Rainbow of Books

So far I've read two books this Bout of Books - Your Voice is All I Hear and Almost Home. Almost Home was exactly the right book I needed to read after the heavy context of Your Voice is All I Hear.
I'm currently reading Into the Grey which looks like it's going to be a spooky and odd book.
Currently Reading
I think the fire changed us – me and Dom. I think that’s how the boy was able to see us. Though he’d been there for every summer of our childhood, we’d only been stupid boys until then. Stupid, happy, ignorant boys. And what in hell would he have had in common with two stupid boys? But after the fire we were different. We were maybe a little bit like him. And so he saw us, at last, and he thought he’d found a home… Rainbow  Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Ranty Runt of a Reader.
R - Riordan, Rick
- Ockler, Sarah
Y - York, Kelley
G - Garcia, Kami
B - Black, Holly
I - Isley, Camilla
V - Velde, Vivian Vande

What's the last spooky book you've read?

Bout of Books 15: Would You Rather

The first day of Bout of Books I got to read one book - Your Voice is All I Hear. It's not as much as I was hoping for but I'm still one book closer to my goal of ten books.
I'm currently reading Almost Home which I decided to read after a fellow blogger reviewed it awhile back. I also love Joan Bauer books too. 
Currently Reading
When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren't so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar's mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can't control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.
Would You Rather
Would You Rather is a…

Bout of Books 15: #insixwords

Bout of Books has officially commenced! I'm going to try to read at least two books today. Currently, I'm reading Your Voice is All I Hear which I expect to LOVE.
Currently Reading

I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key.

And now, I was going to pass down the white tiled hallway, knock on his doctor’s office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen.

April won’t let Jonah go without a fight.

He’s her boyfriend—her best friend. She’ll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters—and…

Reading Like Crazy: Bout of Books TBR

Oh Bout of Books, you always set me up for great reading success. The problem is I'm terrible at reviewing books when it's going on. So my primary goal is to review books and then make sure I read a crazy amount of books. 
Read at least ten booksReview books before moving on to the next oneComment on at least five posts a dayTake part in at least five challenges
Bout of Books TBR

*Note: This list might change depending on what I read on the 3rd and if I can read more.

Finding Seredipity by Angelica BanksThe Tooth Fairy Wars by Kate CoombsA Sudden Crush by Camilla IsleyWitch Finder by Ruth WarburtonNothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence ShenBatgirl on Burnside by Cameron StewartThe Year of the Fortune Cookie by Andrea ChengOzma of Oz by Eric ShanowerBacklash by Sarah Darer LittmanSchizo by Nic SheffBabymouse: Queen of the WorldOnce in a Full Moon by Ellen SchreiberThe Beginning: Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn by C.C. HunterIf I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickleDealing w…

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Standalone. Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 2014) Own
It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss. These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...

If you are looking for dark twisted short stories then look no further. That's exactly what Emily Carroll's Through the Woods is all about along with gorgeous artwork that is a feast for the eyes.

I seriously didn't know how twisted this book would be. I'm laughing now thinking of my naivety but I wasn't laughing reading Through the Woods. I was baffled by how the stories transformed. I felt hope for the innocent characters which was quickly extinguished as I read on. And again I can't help but laugh at how true that statement is.

"We didn't leave the next day either.
But my sister…

A Royal Year

A new year and a new challenge. A Royal Challenge that is. If you don't know about it or want to sign up you can right here. A part of this challenge is optional discussions that I hope some of you can take part in. The first one is to let us all know what you think you'll be reading this year for the challenge. Emphasis on the think because we all change our minds. I'll be going for the Princess level and here are the books I plan to read to get there:
Possible Royal Reads

Princess Academy -- Searching for Dragons -- Dealing with Dragons -- Magic Study-- Entwined -- Fairest -- The Tudor Rose -- Princess Ben

Becoming Queen Victoria -- Cleopatra: A Life-- Talking to Dragons -- The Crown -- The Courageous Princess -- The Lost Tudor Princess -- A Court of Mist and Fury -- Calling on Dragons
What books are you planning to read for the Royal Challenge?

A Royal Challenge

If you don't know I'm hosting a challenge all about reading books with a Royal Theme. To find out more, you can read about and sign up for the challengehere. This will be the place where everyone can link up their reviews and discussions. So every month there will be a new sign up link right here. I hope you all have fun with the challenge! 

This'll be the place where you can link up your reviews all year. You can link up through your Goodreads, blog, or twitter. Here's an example of how you can link up:
Name of the book and then your twitter, blog, or Goodreads account name:
The Crown by Kiera Cass @ BooksOnHerMind