December New Book Releases

Happy December!

How did we get here? We are officially in the final month of 2014. Crazy, right?! As we dress the house with lights and trim our evergreen trees let us not forget that we have some super-radtastic books releasing this month! Get ready to add these on to your Christmas list… (I know they are already on mine.)

1. No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
Release Date: December 9th by Harper Teen

16144570Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hyper competitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

2. Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas
Release Date: December 9th by Harper Teen

20646933Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.

3. Now That You’re Here by Amy K. Nichols
Release Date: December 9th by Knopf Books for Young Readers

18309634In a parallel universe, the classic bad boy falls for the class science geek.

One minute Danny was running from the cops, and the next, he jolted awake in an unfamiliar body–his own, but different. Somehow, he’s crossed into a parallel universe. Now his friends are his enemies, his parents are long dead, and studious Eevee is not the mysterious femme fatale he once kissed back home. Then again, this Eevee–a girl who’d rather land an internship at NASA than a date to the prom–may be his only hope of getting home.

Eevee tells herself she’s only helping him in the name of quantum physics, but there’s something undeniably fascinating about this boy from another dimension . . . a boy who makes her question who she is, and who she might be in another place and time.

And, coming soon, Duplexity, Part II: While You Were Gone flips this story on its head and tells the tale of the alternate Danny and the alternate Eevee, living in Danny’s parallel world.

4. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
Release Date: December 9th by Delecorte Press

18782855Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

5. Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass
Release Date: December 31st by Harper Teen

18480081If you want more, you have to give less.

That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love

What are you reading this month?!

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Review | Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

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Synopsis: 

Outside Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair — the third most popular girl in school. 

Inside, she’s a freak. A mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if false rumors are to believed, vampire DNA.  After all, her father is from Romania. Everyone else in Nebraska is about as American as an apple pie…wrapped in a flag…on the Fourth of July. 

Spider stew. That’s what Anika is made of. But she keeps it under straps to maintain her social position.  One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life a living hell. 

So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika  knows she can’t get involved.  It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd.  So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing-dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life?

Who care if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it….?

Logan. Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? 

Who?


RATING: 9/10
FANTASTIC READ

For a book that offers you a lot of laughter at the turn of each page this one sure does leave you with a tear drenched face at the final flip.

For lovers of The Fault in Our Stars, We Were Liars, and even Mean Girls, Anatomy of a Misfit needs to be on the top of your to-be-read pile.

I am officially in love with Andrea Portes. She is now marked on my list of favorite authors and I am baffled this is the first read of hers that I have gotten my hands on. Her honest and comedic portrayal of Anika is a refreshing twist in the midst of so many YA contemporaries. She captures Anika so beautifully and so authentically it makes it very difficult to get her character out of your head.

Since The Fault in Our Stars I have been looking for a novel that holds a sense of power.  A novel that grabs my attention so firm that even after the last word I am not able to let it go. Anatomy of a Misfit is that story. I beg you to go pick it up-at the library, your local bookstore, or, heck, from Amazon. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and more importantly it will make you aware. It will make you fight for who you are and what you believe in. It will force you to bare witness to the futility of appearance and the extremity of holding what others think of you over your head. This is a coming-of-age story for everyone and it’s one I will not forget for a long time to come.


Quotes I Loved:

Honestly, Portes writes with such a comedic air it is hard to only serve up a handful of my favorites. Really the whole book is like one gigantic thrilling quote, but to write the entire story on this tiny blog would be absurd. So I’ll make due with only a few of my ultra favorites.

  • “If you turned a Labrador into a person you would make Brad Kline. He’s happy and gushy and about as interesting and complex as a tree stump.” (28)
  • “Our house kind of looks like a Pizza Hut, if you wanna know the truth.  We used to have the best house ever, this farmhouse on the outskirts of town, with a barn and everything, but we got kicked off of it so they could build a Walmart. So, now it’s Suburbs City and a house where you might as well just drive up and order breadsticks.” (34)
  • “I just want you to know, I hired a black girl. Don’t be scared.”
    It’s late afternoon at the Bunza Hut and Mr. Baum drops this news like he’s telling us the Rapture has begun. Shelli and I stand in silence at the soda machine.
    “Why would we be scared?”
    Nothing.
    “What’s she gonna do, eat us?”
    Mr. Baum and every other adult I know, seems to actually think this stuff makes some kind of difference.  Even smart people.  It’s weird. And you can never get them to talk any sense about it because it’s like it’s important to them, having something to hold themselves over. Someone to hold themselves over. (61-62)
  • This moment here. This is all you get. Before you are part of the sky. (328)

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