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WE CAN WORK IT OUT by Elizabeth Eulberg, Review & Giveaway
Feb 2nd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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by Elizabeth Eulberg,

Review & Signed ARC Giveaway

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Goodreads:

When Penny Lane started The Lonely Hearts Club, the goal was simple: to show that girls didn’t need to define themselves by how guys look at them, and didn’t have to value boyfriends over everything else. Penny thought she’d be an outcast for life…but then the club became far more popular than she ever imagined it would be.

But what happens when the girl who never thought she’d date a good guy suddenly finds herself dating a great one? She doesn’t need a boyfriend… but she wants it to work out with this particular boyfriend. And he wants it to work out with her.

Only, things keep getting in the way. Feelings keep getting hurt. Words keep getting misunderstood.

Penny Lane worked hard to declare her independence. Now she needs to figure out what to do with it — and how to balance what she wants with what everyone else wants. In We Can Work It Out, Elizabeth Eulberg returns to the world of her first novel, The Lonely Hearts Club, and gets to the heart of how hard relationships can be… and why they are sometimes worth all the drama and comedy they create.

My review:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Eulberg DOES IT AGAIN! You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll adore these characters, and she integrates the BEATLES to perfection!!!

Though I do recommend that you read The Lonely Hearts Club first, Elizabeth does a brilliant job of filling in the pieces of what happened in book one.

Wow, where do I start? How about a list of everything I loved about this book:

1. Penny Lane brought me right back to my high school years with the friends, the romance, the drama, the demands of schoolwork, and family. She’s strong, she’s a hard worker, she’s loyal to her friends, she cares deeply to for her boyfriend Ryan and struggles to find her place. As the leader of The Lonely Hearts Club, she empowers girls to stick up for themselves and find boys who will give them the respect they deserve.

2. Ryan: He’s a boyfriend that every teenage girl wishes she had. He’s thoughtful, kind, supportive. He’s smart. But he isn’t perfect. He has to deal with family issues that are extremely painful, and there are times he just doesn’t know how to cope. I love how Elizabeth shows his struggles.

3. As awesome as Penny Lane is, she makes mistakes and choices that aren’t necessarily the best, even though she thinks they are. She pushes herself too hard, she has trouble balancing school, a boyfriend, and The Lonely Hearts Club. Watching her navigate through it all can be funny, sad, painful, and most importantly AUTHENTIC!

4. So many fantastic supporting characters. Love our Aussie! (And for those who have read other novels by Elizabeth, you will be in for a surprise.)

5. This is girl power at its finest! Don’t settle for lying, cheating jerks! What an important message.

6. I mentioned the Beatles earlier. Well, I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing the references are, especially during Penny Lane’s birthday celebrations!

7. Overall, this is such a fantastic feel-good novel. It’s a quick read that I know will appeal to those 12 and up!

Highly recommend.

Thank you so much to the publisher for the ARC!

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The FUN!

On January 27th, I attended Elizabeth Eulberg’s book launch with Ally Carter at Books & Company with Heidi from YA Bibliophile.

The next day, I went to the Boswell Books Event:

 

Both events were a ton of fun, and I have to say that most of the time I was laughing so hard that my cheeks hurt. These ladies could do stand-up comedy about authors and writing. Seriously.

Elizabeth is one of those rare individuals who connects to her audience wherever she’s at. I’ve seen her on TV interviews, in person at book signings, and in social events. Without a doubt, what you see is who she is as a person and it reflects beautifully in her novels: funny, interesting, thoughtful, authentic.

Below you’ll see a photo collection of the many faces of Elizabeth. I tried to capture one. Really. But with Elizabeth it was so hard because she has ten thousand expressions (I am only showing you a few). I kept clicking, clicking, clinking. Needless to say, I absolutely adore her!!!

A Signed ARC of WE CAN WORK IT OUT

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Flashback Friday: BLINK ONCE by Cylin Busby
Aug 8th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, Pages: 288

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Buy BLINK ONCE here: Amazon $2.99 ebook, $13.42 Hardcover  | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Book Depository

Awards: Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall (2012)

From Goodreads:

West is a high school senior who has everything going for him until an accident leaves him paralyzed. Strapped down in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, West is terrified and alone. Until he meets Olivia. 

She’s the girl next door-sort of. A patient in the room next to his, only Olivia can tell what West is thinking, and only Olivia seems to know that the terrible dreams he’s been having are not just a result of his medication. Yet as West comes to rely on Olivia-to love her, even-certain questions pull at him: Why has Olivia been in the hospital for so long? And what does it mean that she is at the center of his nightmares? But the biggest question of all comes when West begins to recover and learns that the mysterious girl he’s fallen in love with has a secret he could never have seen coming.

My review:

Cylin Busby’s Blink Once is an engrossing, mysterious novel that will keep you guessing. In many ways, it reminded me of Megan Miranda’s outstanding novel Fracture. The reader learns quickly that West has been in a biking accident and is now paralyzed and unable to speak because of a breathing tube. The description of his hospital experience is at times heart breaking and touching. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to Olivia, a sick girl who’s room is next to West’s. Olivia, a vivacious, sad, bold girl who helps bring West out of his shell. She devises a plan of communication. Blink once means yes, blink twice means no. Her visits provide friendship and courage and hope. And in time, West and Olivia fall in love. 
With every page, the reader is pulled deeper and deeper into the mystery of West and his paralysis. Will he recover? What will happen between Olivia and him?
I loved this novel and I think it is perfect for reluctant readers. Guaranteed to draw them in. 
Definitely a winner, put it on your must-read list!

 

Flashback Friday: WAITING by Carol Lynch Williams
Jul 25th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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WAITING by Carol Lynch Williams

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Pub. Date: May 1, 2012

Pages: 352

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From Goodreads:

After her brother’s death, a teen struggles to rediscover love and find redemption in this gripping novel.

Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Did Zach take his own life? Was it London’s fault?

Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption—in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.

 

My Review: Posted June, 2012

TRUTH I decided to read Waiting because I had read many positive reviews on this site by people I respect. Thank you. 

And here I am wide awake at 1:40 am writing my own review. Because this begs to be done NOW!

Waiting left me speechless. Yes, I knew before I started reading that it was about a beloved brother who had died and how his death impacted his entire family – his mother, father, and sister. But wow. This novel will break your heart because you feel the heartbreak of London, Zach’s sister and the narrator, who feels so much guilt that it jumps off the page. The story is told in verse, sometimes quite detailed, sometimes sparse, but always packing a load of emotion and depth and drama that keeps the story moving forward quickly.
I was deeply touched by the wonderful friends who came to London’s rescue, making sure she knows she’s loved and cherished and alive. I appreciated each one of them, got a sense of their personalities and flaws. In many ways, they were much wiser than some of the adults, particularly London’s mother who is so damaged, so vicious in her pain, that she has not an ounce of kindness or love to give to London. London’s father also is broken, but less so, since he relies on faith to get him through every difficult waking minute.

My only suggestion would be to read this during the day, because here I am, exhausted, unable to sleep because I can’t stop thinking about these characters. 

I highly recommend this novel for all, but especially to librarians and teachers and those who might feel a loved one is at risk with depression. It will definitely appeal to Ellen Hopkins fans who have read Impulse.
This is an important novel. Don’t miss it.

 

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: #WeNeedDiverseBooks – BLACK AND WHITE by Paul Volponi
May 9th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK: #WeNeedDiversity –

BLACK AND WHITE by Paul Volponi

Published November 2, 2006

Publisher: Speak

 

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  • Winner of the IRA Children’s Book Award (Young Adult Fiction)
  • ALA Best Book Young Adult
  • ALA Quick Pick Top Ten
  • New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
  • Tayshas List (Texas Library Association)

From Goodreads:

Marcus and Eddie are best friends who found the strength to break through the racial barrier. Marcus is black; Eddie is white. Stars of their school basketball team, they are true leaders who look past the stereotypes and come out on top. They are inseparable, watching each other’s backs, both on and off the basketball court. But one night—and one wrong decision—will change their lives forever. Will their mistake cost them their friendship . . . and their future? An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Quick Pick “Top Ten”

IRA Children’s Book Award (Young Adult)

My Review:

Volponi, in my opinion, is THE urban YA writer to read. His books should be on every high school reading list. BLACK AND WHITE is one more book by Volponi that depicts the reality facing urban American youth and the justice system. The title refers to his main characters, teammates and best friends who are basketball stars at their high school. Their nicknames are Black and White, which not only represents the color of their skin, but the close connection they have together – one is not without the other. They could be the kids next door, feeling invincible and making choices that will impact them for the rest of their lives. On a deeper level, these characters also represent the racial divide between black and white. This is a gripping, powerful tale reminding us to keep our eyes open to reality, to hold our judgments, and to recognize that injustice prevails, even when two young men are guilty of a crime.

I am a HUGE fan of Paul Volponi! There isn’t a novel of his that I haven’t read. Long before the plea for diversity in YA novels, Paul Volponi was on the scene. If you haven’t read his books, I recommend ALL OF THE TO YOU!

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Blog Tour and Review for FINALLY, FOREVER by Katie Kacvinsky
Apr 30th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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Blog Tour and Review for FINALLY, FOREVER

by Katie Kacvinsky

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FINALLY, FOREVER is Katie’s FIFTH book! To learn more about the other four, including the first two books about Dylan and Gray—FIRST COMES LOVE and SECOND CHANCE, check out her book page.

My favorite quote from Katie’s bio: 

The First Book I Ever Wrote: Was in third grade. It was titled: “The Book of Swear Words,” where I wrote down every curse word I could think of, along with a carefully crafted definition. I showed it to my teacher, beaming with pride. He sent me to the principal’s office and called my parents into school. I was banned from the playground for two weeks and my book was destroyed. It obviously didn’t kill my writing ambitions.

Summary from Goodreads:

Author’s Note: Can be read as book three of the First Comes Love series, or as a standalone .
College baseball player, Gray Thomas, had to go far out into left field to find a girl like Dylan, the ex-love-of-his-life. More than a year later, literally at a crossroads, they find each other together on a journey that is a pause between a painful past and an uncertain future. In this sexy and offbeat summer read, Gray and Dylan discover that a destination isn’t always a place. More often, it’s a person. Now it’s time for them to finally decide, is this forever?

My review: (Five stars. NA, or for mature YA. Themes: Love, soul mates, life’s journeys, family.)

Finally, Forever is the third book about Gray and Dylan by Katie Kacvinsky, but can absolutely be read as a standalone novel. So, don’t think, “Oh, I can’t read this (yet) because I haven’t read the first two books.” Nope, that’s not at all necessary. Katie does a fabulous job bringing readers into the story without any need to summarize what’s going on. Jump right in!

And let me tell you, I love these characters. They are as opposite as day and night, yet their differences bring out the best in one another. I also love that they have an appreciation and respect for those differences. They know each other so well and are so connected, that apart they’re like two people submerged in water, fighting their way to the surface to breathe. Ahh, this is romance/love at its finest.

Dylan (named for Bob Dylan – her mom’s favorite musician) is one of the quirkiest, free spirited, delightful characters I’ve ever read. The fact that she falls for Gray, a more straight-laced, down-to-earth, baseball player, and he falls for her, is . . . well . . . a perfect pairing!

There’s a wonderful cast of secondary characters. Almost immediately, we’re introduced to Nick, who jumps right in as Dylan’s boyfriend. The tales we weave! Then there’s Dylan’s unwed pregnant sister Serena, who adds quite a bit of sparkle to the story. So does Rachel, Gray’s coach’s daughter. I’m being vague, but don’t make any assumptions here. Remember that phrase – If you assume you could make an ass out of you and me? Then there’s Mike, the comedian, Serena’s older-by-ten-years boyfriend.

I can’t begin to tell you how many yummy moments there are in this novel. Like the time Dylan and Gray get caught in a horrific storm, or Dylan picking up a hitchhiker, or the hospital scenes when Serena gives birth. There are moments when you’ll feel your heart jabbed with a icepick and so many more when you’ll be sighing with joy! And yes, you will laugh! If you don’t, well . . . let’s talk. For those who are really into music, you’ll appreciate all the musical references.

This book is geared toward young adults eighteen and older. But there are plenty of young adult novels that are much more graphic than this. So if you’re in high school and have read books Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, then you’re fine. There are details of childbirth, sexual references between soul mates. You decide!

Dylan and Gray definitely make my list for favorite book couples.

If you love a romance with characters with personality, then you’ll love Finally, Forever!

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Here’s a teaser. Graphics put together by Kim, at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Check out her post for more.

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Blog Tour:

Monday, April 28            Kimberleyfaye Reads                    FF playlist/teaser
Tuesday, April 29           Waiting For Wentworth               Post/discussion
Wednesday, April 30     Liza Wiemer (author)                   Post/discussion
Thursday, May 1             Book Nerds Across America        Post/discussion
Friday, May 2                  Actin’ Up With Books                   10 Facts About Gray and Dylan
Saturday, May 3              Please Another Book                     Character interview

Monday, May 5               Heidi McLaughlin (author)          Review/Post
Tuesday, May 6               A Booklovers’ Review                   10 Facts about Finally, Forever 
Wednesday, May 7         The Reading Date                          Guest Post about cover design
Thursday, May 8            Good Choice Reading                    Post/Discussion
Friday, May 9             Katie Kacvinsky, Release Day

Monday, May 12            Reading Teen                                   Teaser/Giveaway
Tuesday, May 13            Stuck in YA Books                          Post/Discussion
Wednesday, May 14      A Backwards Story                         Post/Discussion

BEST SERIES BLOG HOP: My choice: THE DREAM CATCHER’S SERIES by Lisa McMann
Mar 31st, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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My choice: THE DREAM CATCHER’S SERIES by Lisa McMann and International Giveaway!

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It’s always so hard for me to choose just one of anything when it comes down to favorite novels, let alone series! There are so many! So, I decided to go back in time to the FIRST SERIES I EVER READ! It’s the DREAM CATCHER SERIES by Lisa McMann, Wake, Fade, Gone. These books had a profound impact on me as I fell in love with reading YA! So thanks, Lisa!1661957

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Review: Dated January 24, 2010 – The last statement, about sitting down with Lisa McMann? It happened when she came to Milwaukee! I adore Lisa. She’s dynamic, kind, fun to be with! Her books are fantastic. I recommend all of them.

About the series:

WAKE: 

From Lisa’s website: For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can’t tell anybody about what she does — they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant….

FADE:

From Lisa’s website: For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They’re just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody’s talking. When Janie taps into a classmate’s violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open–but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie’s in way over her head, and Cabe’s shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.

Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability. And it’s bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a Dream Catcher sealed, but what’s to come is way darker than she’d even feared…

GONE:

From Lisa’s website:

Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her.

She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves–she has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both.

Then a stranger enters her life–and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out…

He reaches toward her, his fingers black and bloody, his eyes deranged, unblinking. Janie is paralyzed. His cold hands reach around her neck, squeezing tight, tighter, until Janie has no breath left. She’s unable to move, unable to think. As his grasp tightens further around Janie’s neck, his face turns sickly alabaster. He strains harder and begins to shake.

Janie is dying.
She has no fight left in her.
It’s over.

From Goodreads:

I have been thinking about writing a review of WAKE for quite some time. Lisa McMann’s Wake series is absolutely BRILLIANT. I have read FADE too, and felt the exact same way. The situations she presents in the books re: drinking, sex, date rape drugs etc. are definitely right in line with what is happening with many teens today. I have pre-ordered GONE and am looking forward to it. REALLY!
This is strictly an observation – the F word is used a lot. As a writer, I can only assume that this is the voice that Lisa heard from her characters, and I deeply respect that need to be authentic to that voice. At times I found the F word distracting – but that’s me. To swear or not to swear is debated all the time among YA authors.
The bottom line is this – the concept for this series – helping people by changing the outcome of their dreams – is absolutely inspiring. I wish Lisa McMann tremendous success and if I am lucky will some day sit down to a cup of Starbucks coffee with her at some writers’ conference or book fair!

Crazy, but I never reviewed GONE! But readers, you have to know that I loved it! I love this entire series. So, here’s your opportunity to get a paperback copy of each book.

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY (10): THE FINAL FOUR by Paul Volponi
Mar 28th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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Pub. Date: March 1, 2012

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

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From Goodreads:

Four players with one thing in common: the will to win.Malcolm wants to get to the NBA ASAP. Roko wants to be the pride of his native Croatia. Crispin wants the girl of his dreams. M.J. just wants a chance.March Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams left in the NCAA basketball championship. The heavily favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy Trojans meet in the first game in the semifinals, and it’s there that the fates of Malcolm, Roko, Crispin, and M.J. intertwine. As the last moments tick down on the game clock, you’ll learn how each player went from being a kid who loved to shoot hoops to a powerful force in one of the most important games of the year. Which team will leave the Superdome victorious? In the end it will come down to which players have the most skill, the most drive, and the most heart.

My Review:

For those who follow me on Twitter and Goodreads, it’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Paul Volponi’s. I became intrigued by his work when RESPONSE received the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Honor in 2010. After that, I devoured his novels and dubbed Paul the King of Urban YA Fiction.THE FINAL FOUR is one of Paul’s finest novels. Volponi writes about March Madness, the time when the best college basketball teams play for the NCAA Championship. It’s huge money, huge exposer, huge pressure. Volponi tells the story of two teams battling in the Final Four through the eyes of four players. Interspersed are newspaper and TV interviews, commentary. One of the characters is Michael Jordan-imagine what it must be like to love basketball, be named after one of the best players to ever play in the NBA, and always having to deal with being compared to your namesake: THE Michael Jordan. Another character is Malcolm McBride, a young man who’a nickname is “One and Done” because he’s only playing one year of college ball until he’s eligible to enter the NBA draft. Malcolm’s outlook on life has definitely been shaped by poverty and the horrible experiences that have plagued his life. Crispin Rice is a character I really enjoyed, a leader for sure. But his life isn’t as storybook as the media makes it out to be. My favorite character is Roco Bacic who survived some horrific experiences in Croatia to come to the US and fulfill his dream of playing basketball. Some of his story is told through a personal journal that captures unforgettable moments of terror.
The reader becomes immersed in the players’ lives on and off the basketball court. The novel is rife with raw emotion, tragedy, and triumph.
There were several passages where I shook my head in awe. Even if you rarely on never read realistic fiction, THE FINAL FOUR should be your first. Get swept away in March Madness.
I highly recommend this novel for young men – seventh grade and up – who are reluctant readers. THE FINAL FOUR may very well be just the novel to inspire a love for reading

Review: WHISPER FALLS by Elizabeth Langston – 14 Reasons Why I Loved It!
Mar 24th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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14 Reasons Why I Loved It!

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press, Pub date: November 19th 2013

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From Goodreads:

While training for a mountain bike race, high-school senior Mark Lewis spots a mysterious girl dressed in odd clothing, standing behind a waterfall in the woods near his North Carolina home. When she comments on the strange machine that he rides, he suspects something isn’t right. When Susanna claims to be an indentured servant from 1796, he wonders if she’s crazy. Yet he feels compelled to find out more.

Mark enters a ‘long-distance’ relationship with Susanna through the shimmering–and temperamental–barrier of Whisper Falls. Curious about her world, Mark combs through history to learn about the brutal life she’s trapped in. But knowledge can be dangerous. Soon he must choose between the risk of changing history or dooming the girl he can’t stop thinking about to a lifetime of misery

My review: 

WHISPER FALLS had me completely captivated with its integration of history and modern times. I loved learning about a time in American history that I knew very little about, the late 1700s with indentured servants. Susannna’s life is absolutely brutal, yet Langston balances it with her love for the children she works with and her love for her family. In modern times, we have Mark, a young man who spots Susanna through the Whisper Falls after he crashes on his mountain bike. Susanna has never seen a bike and Mark can’t get over the girl dressed in the weird costume.

Things I loved about this novel:
1. The historical information is detailed and interesting.
2. Love the relationship Susanna and Mark develop as they learn more about each other’s lives and centuries.
3. How Mark alters history.
4. Mark’s compassionate, supportive family.
5. Susanna’s strong personality.
6. Mark’s desire to help Susanna.
7. Langston took an unbelievable situation and made it completely believable.
8. The scenery is vivid in my mind.
9. Mark’s work ethic.
10. How Mark dealt with his ex-girlfriend.
11. This novel points out the modern conveniences we take for granted, and then makes us look at them from someone’s eyes from the eighteenth century.
12. Susanna’s protective nature toward her sister and the huge lengths she goes to protect her, including involving Mark.
13. Mark’s relationship with his grandparents – and the descriptions of the food his grandma makes.
14. This is a series, and I’m really glad because I’m very much looking forward to finding out what happens next for these characters.

This is an excellent YA novel for anyone who enjoys mystery, history, time travel, romance. Loved it!

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY (8): THE DAY BEFORE by Lisa Schroeder
Feb 28th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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THE DAY BEFORE

by Lisa Schroeder

Pub. date: June 28, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

307 pages

This is free verse poetry,which I love. The novel is perfect for reluctant readers!

Purchase here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound

FROM GOODREADS: 

One moment can change everything.

Amber’s life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself.

Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell he’s also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets.

The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she’s drawn to him. And the more she’s troubled by his darkness. Because Cade’s not just living in the now, he’s living each moment like it’s his last.

MY REVIEW:

The Day Before is a lyrical YA novel that draws you in line by line and tells a powerful story of fear, love, emotional pain, and change as one girl discovers her family and one boy makes a sacrifice for his family. Ultimately, there is the realization that hope and strength given with love from one person to another can make all the difference when one has to deal with the difficult experiences of life. This is a fast read, one well worth every second of your time. Savor it.

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From her website: Lisa Schroeder is the author of four teen verse novels including I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and its companion, CHASING BROOKLYN, FAR FROM YOU, and the Oregon Book Award finalist, THE DAY BEFORE. Her latest book for teens is a combination of prose and poetry and is titled FALLING FOR YOU. She’s also the author of the middle grade novels IT’S RAINING CUPCAKES, SPRINKLES AND SECRETS and FROSTING AND FRIENDSHIP. Her books have been translated into several languages and have been selected for state reading lists. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two sons.

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY(6) Valentine’s Day Edition – FIRST COMES LOVE by Katie Kacvinsky
Feb 14th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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by Katie Kacvinsky

Published by HMH in 2012

From Goodreads: 

Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what’s next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.

But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they’re going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you’re sorry.

My review – posted May 2013

I was totally captivated by Gray and Dylan, two very different individuals drawn together in a powerful and loving relationship that seems to heal both of them in different ways. Gray is dark and miserable. Dylan is boisterous, happy, enthusiastic. She helps bring Gray out of his shell and live. I love that Dylan doesn’t want to be anything but herself. She’s straightforward and honest. First Comes Love is a fast, enjoyable read. It’s also told from both Dylan and Gray’s perspective, which I love.
Yes, I recommend for anyone who enjoys a love story!

February 14, 2014 – After all this time, these characters continue to stick out in my mind. It’s an unusual love that they share for one another, deep, raw, supportive, and sometimes quite painful as they take on their own adventures in life. But I love them, flaws and all. I am so glad that Katie continued Gray and Dylan’s story. She did so in Second Chances, which I also highly recommend. This May, Katie will be releasing the final book in this series, Finally, Forever. I am very much looking forward to it!

To Purchase:

Amazon

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Amazon (Second Chances)

 

SECOND CHANCES (First Comes Love, #2)15996019

From Goodreads:

Can two drastically different, imperfect people be perfect for each other?

It’s been four months since Gray and Dylan have seen each other. Dylan’s been traveling in Europe, while Gray has college, baseball, and a life rooted in one place. Gray’s determined to forget Dylan, the girl he fell in love with in First Comes Love. Besides, how do you make a relationship work with an independent loner?

Just when he decides he’s over her, Dylan makes an unexpected entrance back into his life, hoping their steamy romance can start right where it left off. Gray realizes you can tell your mind to do one thing, but you can’t always convince your heart to follow. Dylan realizes she finally has to make a choice between freedom and her relationship with Gray.

Hilarious, intense, inspiring, and emotional, Second Chance shows that love is a journey, and there are never clear road signs or maps to guide you along. You can only navigate with your heart.

My review:

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3

What can I say except I once again fell in love with Dylan and Gray and cannot wait for Katie Kacvinsky’s last book in this trilogy, Finally, Forever.

Things that I love about this series:

1. How quirky Dylan is.

2. How Gray accepts and loves Dylan the way she is and doesn’t want to change her.

3. That there is hope for this once-in-a-lifetime, ever-after type of love.

4. Gray’s awesome friends.

5. Sweet romance. Even though my heart was left aching inSecond Chance I have HOPE for Dylan and Gray – see #4.

6. A series that crosses between the YA and NA market!

Thank you, Katie. Looking forward to the last book.

FINALLY, FOREVER (First Comes Love, #3)

Will be released May, 2014

For more information about Katie Kacvinsky, check out her website.  She has a Valentine’s Day giveaway going on right now!!!

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