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Reid Alexander is used to getting what he wants – and what he wants next is his newest costar, Emma Pierce. The universe is lining up nicely to grant his wish, until he’s confronted with two unexpected obstacles on location: a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for Emma’s affections.
Emma Pierce just got her big break after years of filming commercials and made-for-TV movies. Winning the lead role in a wide-release film – opposite the very hot Reid Alexander – should be a dream come true. But Emma’s heart is hiding a secret fantasy: she wants to be a normal girl.
Graham Douglas doesn’t do romantic relationships, but he was knocked for a loop when he met Emma Pierce on the set of his last film. As they grew closer, he did everything in his power to keep from falling for a girl being pursued by superstar Reid Alexander. Now home in New York, his life is once again under control, until Emma appears and shows him how not over her he is.
Emma Pierce is forsaking an up-and-coming Hollywood career to embark on a life she’s only dreamed of—the life of a regular girl. After spending months burying her feelings for the two night-and-day guys who vied for her heart while filming her last movie, a twist of fate puts her in a coffee shop in the middle of Manhattan with the one she still misses.
Brooke Cameron was a fresh-faced Texas girl when she arrived in LA. Now she’s a beach sitcom star turned conceited heiress on the big screen. Having just survived three months on location with her ex—Hollywood’s reigning golden boy—she’s older and wiser and has set her sights on her close friend Graham. The only thing standing in her way is the girl he can’t forget.
Reid Alexander can sum up his life in one word: boring. Between film projects, there’s little going on outside of interviews, photo shoots, and the premiere of the film he finished last fall. The next-to-last thing he expects is to get a second chance with Emma, the girl who rejected him. The last thing he expects is for his still-bitter-ex to be the one to offer it to him on a platter.
Reid Alexander’s celebrity life is an open book. Every relationship, every error in judgment is analyzed by strangers. His latest mistake totaled his car, destroyed a house and landed him in the hospital. As his PR team works overtime to salvage his image, one thing is clear—this is one predicament he won’t escape without paying for it.
Dori Cantrell is a genuine humanitarian—the outward opposite of everything Reid represents. When his DUI plea bargain lands him under her community service supervision, she proves unimpressed with his status and indifferent to his proximity, and he soon wants nothing more than to knock her off of her pedestal and prove she’s human.
Counting the days until his month of service ends, Dori struggles to ignore Reid’s wicked pull while challenging him to recognize his own wasted potential. But Dori has secrets of her own, safely locked away until one night turns her entire world upside down. Suddenly their only hope for connection and redemption hinges on one choice: whether or not to have faith in each other.
Everyone has secrets.
Some are buried so deep, their existence is forgotten.
But a secret never told can turn into a lie.
And in love, a lie is one thing:
Reid’s in love with Dori, though she hasn’t told her parents that she’s fallen hard for the guy they’d forbidden her to see. Now she’s leaving for college, and Reid’s promise not to push her to go public is wearing thin, especially when she can’t – or won’t – return those three important words he wants to hear.
Five years ago, Brooke and Reid were a Thing. That relationship is long gone, detonated amid allegations of cheating – but they still share a secret that would stun everyone they know and alter public perception of them both if it ever comes out. And it’s about to do just that.
Here Without You is the fourth, final installment in the Between the Lines series, which includes: Between the Lines, Where You Are, and Good For You.
Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High… until vicious rumors about her and her best friend’s boyfriend start going around. Now Regina’s been “frozen out” and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn’t come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend… if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don’t break them both first.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be. (less)
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Some Girls Are is a YA novel you will not forget quickly. The characters stay with you, raw, painful, edgy – the ultimate in girls who bully, and unfortunately totally plausible in today’s society. It’s hard to like the characters who booze it up, down pills, are vicious to the ultimate of bullying just for the sake of being mean, horrid people – POWER over others and using this power to humiliate and hurt. Rumors, lies – those things matter – not the truth. Regina, the MC, goes from being a bully to being bullied by her former best friends. The mentality from all those she tortured is, for the most part, you get what you deserve. A few struggle because they relish in Regina’s downfall, but because they have hearts they also feel sorry for the pain she is going through. Michael is one of these individuals. He is suffering through his own pain because of his mother’s death. His mother’s fine character is an inspiration and he ultimately gives Regina a chance because he knows his mother would have done so. Regina makes some changes in her life, which redeem her character. I like the fact that she still has a long way to go – more work to do – before she becomes a “likable and trustworthy” person. She is on her way.
I highly recommend this YA novel.
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It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.
This is my story.
A letter from nowhere.
Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?
The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
I started this YA novel late last night with one of the worst blizzards to hit Milwaukee in a decade. A perfect setting I may add and a complete contrast to the blistering heat described in this masterful novel about a sixteen-year-old girl named Gemma who was kidnapped from a Bangkok airport and taken to the Outback in Australia. This is a bloody brilliant read that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. It’s probably the most vivid novel I have ever read describing the horror and beauty of the characters and landscape. From reading other reviews I realized there were contrasting perspectives. In my opinion, STOLEN is a extraordinary piece of art. True works of art – masterpieces – I believe evoke strong emotions, not indifference. A masterpiece stirs the soul, gets you thinking, attacks the senses. I loved this book in the way I would appreciate a work of a master artist who painted haunting images or a movie like Schindler’s List directed by Steven Spielberg – no comparison here to the Holocaust, only the mastery of an art form.
I hope people will read STOLEN. Read it with the eyes of an artist and appreciate the brilliance in each and every word.
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Get out your smelling salts, Jane Austen fans will definitely swoon for EDENBROOKE.
Julianne Donaldson did a wonderful job telling a Regency time period novel that pulled me into the pages almost immediately. You’ll find yourself in Bath, England in 1816 greeting an unwanted suitor for seventeen-year-old Marianne Daventry. You’ll feel her longing for the country and he heartache over her absent father. You’ll appreciate the propriety and the sweet banter between Marianne and her cranky grandma. And you will definitely fall in love with Edenbrooke and its beautiful landscape. The handsome Philip had me thinking of Mr. Darcy. Sigh.
This is old-fashioned romance at it’s very best.
I highly recommend this book for fellow hopeless romantics and Jane Austen fans like me! Perfect for all YA and up.
I want to thank Penelope Loholea of Reading Fever for recommending this book to me. To see her fabulous review click here: http://www.thereadingfever.com/2013/0…
Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine – a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it’s undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe – in love, in herself, and even in miracles.
A debut novel from an immensely talented new writer, The Probability of Miracles crackles with wit, romance and humor and will leave readers laughing and crying with each turn of the page.
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Wow, this is an emotional novel packed with some major trauma and happiness and miracles, though not the ultimate miracle. Cam is dying of cancer. So is her best friend Lily. Cam’s mother is looking for a miracle and hears about a town in Maine called Promise. It’s almost impossible to find, but they do. Almost immediately, they meet a young man by the name of Asher who offers the use of his grandparents’ home at no cost to them since the hotel is under renovation. They take them up on the offer and move into a beautiful mansion. Cam continues to work through her list of things she wants to “accomplish” before she dies. (Some of these are similar to Tessa’s list in BEFORE I DIE by Jennifer Downham like: SPOILER **** STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW shoplifting and losing their virginity – both do it with a complete stranger)
CONTINUE: I thought the relationship between Asher and Cam was wonderful, sweet, intense.
Overall, a beautiful, fast-pace, well-written YA novel. Expect to laugh, expect to get angry, expect to cry, expect to be touched, expect not to forget these characters. And finally, expect to think about them after you turn the last page!
The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know-about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
The Near Witch is absolutely FANTASTIC! Victoria Schwab did a masterful job creating a full-length Brothers Grimm style fairy tale or Hans Christian Anderson style fairy tale. A little scary (for small children, perhaps), plenty of intrigue, a lot of adventure. Cole is an interesting stranger who comes to Near and is accused of snatching children out of their beds without a trace. The story unfolds and comes to life with witches and plenty of mystery. The MC Lexi is a wonderful heroine who doesn’t allow fear to keep her away from the unknown. I really appreciate a strong female character, one who goes against the majority for the good of society. Definitely add The Near Witch to your reading list. You won’t regret it.
Clara’s relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it’s almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is and what he’s willing to do to make her stay.
Now Clara has left the city and Christian behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won’t let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough….
Stay by Deb Caletti (Read in August, 2011)
Finished this amazing book in one sitting. Wow. Every person who is not in a relationship should read this book, those of you who are in an unhealthy relationship should read this book! Oh heck, everyone should read this book, there is so much to learn and it might save someone from experiencing the kind of hell the main character Clara went through. It’s a cautionary tale of what one person’s obsession can do to another human being. I loved how Deb Caletti brought light out of darkness. I love how she interwove so many secrets into this book, painful and traumatizing yet also revealing and freeing. Clara gets involved with Christian, a boy who at first seems like the most perfect guy. What unravels is shocking and way realistic. I loved the father, flaws and all, I loved Finn and his family. This is a rich, emotional YA novel. Highly recommend.
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2011), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (2010), The White Ravens (2010), Voya Perfect Ten (2009)
Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.
Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.
My thoughts today: School shoots are still taking place, so this novel is still (sadly) relevant. The novel is brutally honest, eye-opening, emotionally heart wrenching, powerful, memorable. This is an important, insightful novel that should be read by anyone who cares about topics such as bullying, education, friendship.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(Originally read and reviewed April 7, 2010)
This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Teens, teachers, parent MUST read this book. Hate List shows the fragile line between being bullied and bullies and the horrendous consquences that can occur when an individual has had too much or has been pushed over the edge. I’d love to see this as required reading for middle school and high school students.
Sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science. . .and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she’s happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother’s estate.
There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can’t make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship. . .and reality.
Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
I read Sea Change nearly 5 years ago, but I can still remember the details of the island, the ferry, the house, the mystery, the girls Miranda met, so different from her, Miranda getting saved by Leo, the beach, even the meal they shared together – there was seaweed. And the ending! Oh how I still would love a sequel. I loved that Miranda was a strong female character. I loved Leo’s gentleness balanced with strength. If I can remember all these things after all these years, then Sea Change is definitely a worthwhile read. Will you have all the answers by the last page? No. But after all these years, I can imagine what happened with Miranda and Leo. Miranda graduated summa cum laude from a top university (with some kind of degree in science). She hasn’t returned to the island, but Leo is still on her mind. She hasn’t forgotten him at all. This is her summer to go back. Is the magic still there? Is he in a relationship? Do they have a chance at a future? Will Miranda solve the mystery of the island and Leo? *Sigh*
My rating: 5 of 5 stars (Originally read/reviewed this novel March 1, 2010)
When I picked up Aimee Friedman’s book I had no idea what it was about…but I just knew I had to read it. From page one I was absolutely hooked. Extraordinary characters with depth, mystery, and intelligence. The only disappointment was reaching the last page. I hope these characters will continue in a sequel. I don’t want to spoil this review or the joy of reading this book with any details. If you want them, check out other reviews or Amazon. Friedman’s description, characterization, prose, settings, etc are, in my opinion, masterful! I wish I could give this book 10 out of 10 stars.
No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger’s subservient bride banished to the inner quarters.
But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she cannot comprehend. And as pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn’t only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imagined.
Bravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard . . . she will need all of these things. Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She will also need help.
It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under. On a quest of his own, Chen Yong offers that help . . . and perhaps more.
Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
This novel was recommended to me by Heidi @ YABibliophile.com. Thanks Heidi! I got sucked into the folklore immediately and feel in love with the characters. Seventeen-year-old Ai Ling waits for her father to return from the Palace of Fragment Dreams. When he doesn’t return and Ai Ling may be forced to marry a horrible man as his fourth wife, she leaves home alone in a quest to find her father. On her journey she meets Chen Yong. They travel through the Kingdom of Xia and into the Immortal Realms along with Chen Yong’s brother. The action and evil spirits the Ai Ling and Chen Yong encounter are creepy, but not too scary that you’ll have nightmares. I actually loved these scenes for their action and description. The story will keep you intrigued and moves at a fast pace. It’s an incredible adventure. Cindy Pon incorporates all the senses, definitely mastering the taste and smell with mention to food and scents!
I already have the sequel on order! Can’t wait to read it. I highly recommend this novel!