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"Waiting On" Wednesday (#91) Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul

5/20/2015

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm picking:

Underneath Everything by
Expected publication: October 27th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18336982-underneath-everything


From Goodreads: 

Mattie shouldn’t be at the bonfire. She should be finding new maps for her collection, hanging out with Kris, and steering clear of almost everyone else, especially Jolene. After all, Mattie and Kris dropped off the social scene the summer after sophomore year for a reason.

But now Mattie is a senior, and she’s sick of missing things. So here she is.

And there’s Jolene: Beautiful. Captivating. Just like the stories she wove. Mattie would know; she used to star in them. She and Jolene were best friends. Mattie has the scar on her palm to prove it, and Jolene has everything else, including Hudson.

But when Mattie runs into Hudson and gets a glimpse of what could have been, she decides to take it all back: the boyfriend, the friends, the life she was supposed to live. Problem is, Mattie can’t figure out where Jolene ends and she begins.

Because there’s something Mattie hasn’t told anyone--she walked away from Jolene over a year ago, but she never really left.

Poignant and provocative, Marcy Beller Paul’s debut novel tells the story of an intoxicating—and toxic—relationship that blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy, love and loyalty, friendship and obsession.



Why I'm Waiting:

I keep singing the song Jolene in my head when I think about this book.  Besides that, it looks like it will be sad and really good. Having once had a toxic friend in my life, I imagine I will relate to this one.

Top Ten Tuesday (#92) (05/19/15) Top Ten Books I'd Want on a Deserted Island

5/19/2015


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
 

Top Ten Books I'd Want on a Deserted Island


This week is a freebie, so I looked back at the list of topics and picked one I hadn't read before.  I am putting books on this list that I loved enough to read over and over again.  I don't reread many books, just because I don't have the time, but those that I do re-read are really special to me.  So I am excluding the obvious survivor type books (though from a practical viewpoint, I really should have a bunch of those) and limit this to books I want to read again, and again.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99561.Looking_for_Alaska



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6936382-anna-and-the-french-kiss



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745753-eleanor-park



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3.Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4570679-going-too-far



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4374400-if-i-stay



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8013391-real-live-boyfriends



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22205.This_Lullaby



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7958702-not-that-kind-of-girl

This one kind of surprised me.  I think about this book all the time, and I have read it so many times I have lost count.  It has an insanely unlikable MC, but at the same time is totally compelling.  Every time I think about it, I want to read it again.  I'm actually fighting the urge to go grab it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1102040.The_Year_of_Secret_Assignments

This is the only one of the series that I would want on a deserted island with me.  Not the the others are bad, it's just that this one is my favorite by far.  I think it has a lot to do with the relationship between Seb and Lydia.  They remain one of my favorite book couples.

"Waiting On" Wednesday (#90) Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus

5/13/2015

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm picking:

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by
Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23848163-romancing-the-dark-in-the-city-of-light


From Goodreads: 

A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.

Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel.

Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on the right track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day. But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can't shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city-and way out of her depth.

When Summer's behavior manage to alienate everyone, even Moony, she's forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living. With an ending that'll surprise even the most seasoned reader, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unputdownable and utterly compelling novel.



Why I'm Waiting:

I kind of need this book in my life now.  It sounds SO good.  Plus, PARIS.  I love books set in Paris.