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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Calling Maggie May

Calling Maggie May is the newest addition to the Anonymous Collection. While the others were things that most people have seen or heard about, like drugs, eating disorders, and homosexual kids, Calling Maggie May was about the life of a call girl. That's right, a bunch of young girls and boys work as prostitutes for Miss Irma. It all started with a crush a Tyler to stalking Ada to finally breaking away from her parents overpowering rules. She loses her virginity on her first "date" but decides if Ada does all this and gets paid pretty nicely, she can do it too. Her parents will never know, that is until her grades start slipping... In the end, she pays her and Ada's debt to Miss Irma, but still walks the street with her new "boyfriend" Shawn. Too bad Shawn is really a pimp and Maggie is too naive to see it. Usually the journal ends with police reports saying they've found a runaway or found the body, but this one only had an editor's note and it felt incredibly out of place.

I guess this was not my favorite journal, but I'm always happy to read and see life through someone elses eyes.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Another Day

Once upon a time, I read Every Day by David Levithan. Just now, I finished Another Day, also by David Levithan. Everything about this book made me happy. Another Day is Every Day as told by Rhiannon. In Every Day we got to read through A's eyes. We got to watch him change bodies every single day. We watched him fall in love with Rhiannon. We watched the hope he had for introducing her to Alexander. But in Another Day, we watch Rhiannon fight her feelings. We watch her trying to accept A for whoever he may be. We watch her also fall in love with him. Rhiannon wants them to work, but she can only picture her ideal version of A. She can't accept him as someone else every day. That's A's life, but not hers. When A introduces her to Alexander, she doesn't understand what is going on. She can't wrap her head around A actually leaving her... 

I read Every Day in October 2013... Reading Another Day in July 2015 is an eye opener. There is so much to learn from this book. A doesn't have a gender, and very few people can grasp that concept. This book is heavily loaded with societies acceptance of things other than what they know. It's all about being true to yourself and loving yourself and accepting your differences without question. 16 year old me didn't understand, but now I do. 

Thank you NetGalley and David Levithan for allowing me to read and learn from this!

Mark your calendars, Another Day comes out August 25th! 

Looking for the rest of the series?
Every Day (book one)
Someday (book three)

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Awake

I think I'd like to thank NetGalley for allowing me to remember why I stopped reading teen fiction. Awake was one of the strangest books I've ever read. Scarlett is 15 when she falls madly in love with Noah, whom she's known for maybe 25 seconds. In their second class together, she blurts out that she can't remember anything before her 4th birthday. Her memories are completely wiped. But Noah knows why, because he was sent to her high school to make her fall in love with him so he can kidnap her and take her back to her biological parents who run a cult known as Eternal Light. Scarlett is believed to be The Light, so a human sacrifice is going to give the cult members eternal life with all of their loved ones. When she starts getting her memories back, she's rushed to Ireland for the rituals and preparing herself to die. I wish this book wasn't so predictable. The concept was interesting to say the least, but definitely not something I would ever recommend to others. 

If this interests you more than it did me, Awake comes out August 4th! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Trust No One

Trust No One is the greatest book I've read all year, possibly the greatest book I've ever read. 

Thank you NetGalley for providing me with my newest addiction.

Jerry Grey, crime writer, Alzheimer patient, killer?
Jerry Grey's alter ego Henry Cutter is a dedicated and well known crime writer. He's published 12 books and working on 13 when Dr. Goodstory diagnoses him with Alzheimer's disease at age 49. It's moving quickly and he just can't keep writing.... So he starts what is meant to be his final project, his Madness Journal, which he's also using as a way to stay sane. He remember's the first time he forgot his wife's name, but he doesn't remember killing her at all.... We learn about Jerry and his Journal while following his life in and out of the nursing home. He escapes from time to time and women end up dead. He has an envelope of jewelry in his room with no recollection of where it came from. He confesses to crimes he may or may not have committed, starting with Suzan with a z, from his first novel. He needs to find his Journal, because he knows he's written one, maybe two, maybe even three? But just where did he hide it....
Paul Cleave keeps you reading for hours on end. This psychological thriller will keep you guessing and wondering and questioning everyone in the book. But in the end, you'll never believe what happens. I cannot wait for this to be available to all of you! I highly suggest it!!

Mark your calenders, Trust No One comes out August 4th!

Check out Paul Cleave's newest book: A Killer Harvest!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Collateral

Collateral leads us on a journey of loving someone in the military. Ashley loves Coles, a hard-working marine, whom she has never known as a civilian. It all happened by chance, Ashley and Darian were in a bar when they met two marines, Spencer and Cole. Spence and Dar hit it off pretty quickly but Ashley and Cole were slowly falling for each other. But how hard is it to love someone that is hardly ever there? How do they cope? Well Darian found herself a new "friend," Kenny. That is, until something horrific happens to Spencer.... Ashley, however, loves Cole with everything she has, she goes to college, she waits for him, she plans their wedding, but what about her witty professor, Jonah? The theme throughout this book is war changes you. It changes the soldier, it changes the significant other, it changes everything you've ever known and nothing can be stopped. I really wish it would have ended differently, but not every story has a happy ending. 
Collateral really hit home for me. Being a military girlfriend myself, I found myself crying on almost every page. War really does change everyone involved, especially the soldiers and their support teams. Ellen Hopkins has absolutely portrayed love and war in the best possible way. Thank you so much for this.

"Think long and hard before offering your heart to someone who can only accept it part-time."

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