Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Skeleton Tree By Iain Lawrence|Review

The Skeleton Tree
Published by Tundra Books on January 5th, 2016
Genre: Middle Grades
Pages: 288
Format: ARC

Less than 48 hours after twelve-year-old Chris casts off on a trip to sail down the Alaskan coast with his uncle, their boat sinks. The only survivors are Chris and a boy named Frank, who hates Chris immediately. Chris and Frank have no radio, no flares, no food. Suddenly, they've got to find a way to forage, fish and scavenge supplies from the shore. Chris likes the company of a curious friendly raven more than he likes the prickly Frank. But the boys have to get along if they want to survive. Because as the days get colder, and the salmon migration ends, survival will take more than sheer force of will. There in the wilderness of Kodiak, they discover a bond they didn't expect, and through it, the compassion and teamwork that might truly be the path to rescue.

My Thoughts

Even before losing his father, Christopher has always had trouble making friends. Seemingly always in the crossfire of misunderstandings, Chris's shy and reserved attitude makes it easy on school bullies. Then, out of the blue, his uncle invites Chris to accompany him on his way home from Alaska. The catch, Chris knows nothing about sailing. Believing that It would be a great learning experience and character building, Chris leaps at the chance. Upon his arrival, Chris is shocked to see that the trip won't just consist of him and his uncle, but a mysterious teenager as well. The boating trip soon immediately turns into a fight for survival as the three of them brawl with the waves. Matters only get worse when their boat sinks, dragging Chris' uncle with it. Forced to face Alaska's chilly environment alone, the boys stumble upon what appears to be a hunting cabin. Continuously at odds with one another, Chris and Frank will have to get over their petty quarrels if they want to survive. Facing hardships and new friendships, Chris discovers what it truly means to be thankful and alive. First, I must say that the cover is beautiful. The misty forest and rocky mountains give you a great image of where the story it set. I love how it even incorporated Thursday. Immediately, the first chapter foreshadows that both Chris and Frank survive to see their predicted rescue date. Throughout the book, small snippets of the future continually remind the readers that whatever happens, the two boys will somehow survive. I really liked how to flashed to the impending rescue back to the two tromping around on the beach. It is obvious from the start that Chris and Frank will not get along. With the age gap and different lifestyles, the two struggle to find something in common. But when they finally do, their bickering diminishes into laughter. I really enjoyed how they differed from each other. Frank liked to take charge, whereas Chris is used to being in the back of ground, falling along. So when it's time for Chris to stand up and take the lead, Frank has no choice but to trust him and his instincts.
Lawrence perfect stages each scene with painstaking details and emotion. My heart raced sporadically from beginning to end. He does an excellent job with the development of his character as the story progresses. I suggest this book for anyone looking for a new take on teen survival and adventure that is not a dystopia.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Firstlife|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.

Firstlife hits the shelves February 23rd, 2016.




Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…"
The cover is absolutely gorgeous!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten is:

April 19th, 2016

January 5th, 2016

February 23rd, 2016

 February 9th, 2016

May 3rd, 2016 

 February 23rd, 2016

January 5th, 2016

January 19th, 2016 

January 5th, 2016

May 3rd, 2016

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Dawnie @ BooksBeautifyLife  Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser  Barb(boxermommyreads) @ Booker T's Farm  
Tonyalee @ Lilybloombooks  Alexis @ Stay at Home Reader  Nori @ ReadWriteLove28  
Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd  Bookishly Speaking  Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews  
Eve @ Functioning Insanity Reviews  Amanda @ Orandi et Legendi  Sebastian  
Alex @ The Book Banner  Emma @ Awkwordly Emma  Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books  
Grace @ Fictionally  Lisa & Becca @ Lost in Lit  Nikki @ The Bibliophibian  
Tina the Bookworm  Kelly @ Wandering Through Books  Becca @ Reading Teen  
Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure  Stefani @ Caught Read Handed  Bella @ Ciao Bella  
Lynn @ Lynn's Film and Book Review  Lucy @ The Reading Date  Cassie-la @ Bibliomantics  
Rachel  Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages  Jessica @ Fiction Fevers  
Christy @ Novel Ink  Ladies @ Books Charmers  Renee @ A Path of Joy  
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Shallow Graves By Kali Wallace|Review

Shallow Graves
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 26th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 368
Format: ARC

For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes. When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous. Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace.

My Thoughts

Breezy Lin, an aspiring astronaut is reported missing after attending a classmate's party. A year later, Breezy wakes up, under a pile of dirt and in the backyard of a stranger. Neither dead or alive, Breezy is equipped with a strange gift. A sixth sense to see human’s inner demons and true intentions. On a mission to find who and what she is, Breezy stumbles upon all sort of storybook creatures. Through the horrors that await, Breezy builds up the courage and bravery to face her demons. Where do you even begin with this book! There was action, horror, and humor! Kali Wallace’s writing is truly one of a kind. Elegant, yet brutally descriptive. Cleaver, yet mildly vague. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment while reading this book. You cannot simply sit down and few a chapters, you must read as much as you possibly can. Full of hearing tracing suspense and bone-chilling secrets, this book will keep you up at night, admiring the stars. I really enjoyed the secrecy behind Breezy’s murderer, allowing the readers to think creatively until it is revealed in the end. I can’t wait to see what Kali writes next!

Monday, December 28, 2015

New Releases|December 29th, 2015

Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week!

"Expelled from high school months shy of graduation—her acceptance to Columbia revoked due to vigilante justice gone awry—Kassandra Black is sent to work in her great-uncle Brian’s lab at Henley University. She’s helping with his HEAR (Henley Engineering Anomalies Research) program, and hopefully getting him to put in a good word for her to attend Henley instead. She’s got to go somewhere, after all.

But as she gets to know the other HEAR students, it becomes clear that she overlooked the “Anomalies” part of their acronym—these kids are here to help Brian run experiments that gauge ESP capacity. They’ve each been selected and recruited, including, to her astonishment, Kass herself. But ESP? She doesn’t buy any of it. And even if it were real, she definitely isn’t psychic.

Yet with each new test, she finds herself more frightened. Kass really can communicate telepathically; she can even glimpse the future. When one of her fellow HEAR students is murdered, Kass must try to forget everything she knows about herself and her family and learn to trust those who share her remarkable gift."

"On his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years. 

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden… "

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week?