Monday, July 16, 2018

Scream All Night by Derek Milman | Book Review

Scream All Night by Derek Milman #bookreview #contemporary #mystery #cultclassic #debutauthor #fourstarsTitle: Scream All Night
Author: Derek Milman
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published Date:  July 24th, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, YA
Page Count:400
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.

But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and co-star of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.

With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?
 

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 My Review:

“One day you’ll look back on your time here, and all of us, and you won’t feel the pain you do now. When that moment comes, you’ll know you’ve made it through all the darkness God drew for you and come out into the light.”
Thank you to Edelweiss and the Publisher for a free e-arc

Friday, July 13, 2018

Together Forever (Orphan Train #2) by Jody Hedlund | Book Review

Together Forever (Orphan Train #2)  by Jody Hedlund #bookreview #orphantrain #jodyhedlund #bethanyhouse #historicalfiction #christianfiction #series #orphan #train #4.5starsTitle: Together Forever
Series: Orphan Train #2
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Published Date: May 1st, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance
Page Count: 343
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Will the mistakes of their past cost them a chance at love?

Determined to find her lost younger sister, Marianne Neumann takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York. She not only hopes to offer children a better life, but prays she'll be able to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train so they can finally be reunited.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing-out trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with children, firm but tender and friendly. Underneath his charm and handsome looks, though, seems to linger a grief that won't go away--and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden.

As the two team up, placing orphans in the small railroad towns of Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.
 

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 My Review:

"So you're saying that sometimes it takes courage to stop living in the shadows and move into the sunshine."

Thank you to Bethany House for a free physical copy

Thursday, July 12, 2018

How Author SJ Sherwood Came Up With the Denounced | Guest Post

How Author SJ Sherwood Came Up With the Denounced #guestpost #author #howtowrite #creatingastory #creator #youngadult #troubledteen

How The Denounced found me!



I have a small confession – I’ve always been an avid reader, but not of YA Fiction.  In fact, I’d have to scratch my head to remember the last time I read a YA book before I wrote The Denounced.  The genre just wasn’t on my radar until one night everything changed with three simple questions.  They were:

1. Who are your mentors?
2. Who do you turn to when you're in trouble?
3. Who can you trust?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson | Book Review

All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson #bookreview #contemporary #realisticfiction #ya #4stars #hardcover #kindle #razorbillTitle: All We Can Do Is Wait
Author:  Richard Lawson
Publisher: Razorbill   
Published Date: February 6th, 2018
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, YA
Page Count:288
Format: Hardcover/Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital:

Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart…right when they need each other most.

Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows that if he can just see Aimee one more time, if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be all right.

And then there’s Skyler, whose sister Kate—the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler’s everything—was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minute's tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she’s at her weakest.
 

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 My Review:

"Scott never forgot that feeling, though, that desperate wish that things could just be easier. He felt it now, a yearning to go back to when life was less complicated, when it wasn’t so difficult and frightening."

If you remember earlier this year I did a Waiting on Thursday post where I talked about this book, and I actually read the book in the same year I mentioned it!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Down the TBR Hole #40 | Book Meme

Down the TBR Hole #40 #bookmeme #weeklymeme #goodreads #tbr

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia from LOSTINASTORY.

This weekly meme is to help you get your tbr down to a more manageable number, by going through 10 books from your shelves and deciding if you will really read the book or not, and getting rid of the ones you no longer want to read.

Last week went so well with going through books from the past year, that I decided to do it again this week. I'm really liking this format again, and seeing all the amazing books from last year I still have to read. 

So without further ado let's see what 10 books I have to choose from this week!


Down the TBR Hole #40 #bookmeme #weeklymeme #goodreads #tbr

Scream All Night by Derek Milman | Book Review

Title: Scream All Night Author:  Derek Milman Publisher:  Balzer + Bray Published Date:   July 24th, 2018 Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, ...