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Waiting on Wednesday (7) When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
Apr 3rd, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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When You Were Here

By Daisy Whitney

Publisher: Little Brown, 257 Pages

Pub Date: June 4, 2013

From Goodreads:

Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity.

Danny’s mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.

Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn’t know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.

When he gets a letter from his mom’s property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother’s memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harijuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.

Why I can’t wait to read this novel: I’ve heard a lot of my blogger friends talking about this book, and even though a few read it months and months ago (they were fortunate to receive an ARC), they still say it was unforgettable. That’s more than good enough for me! Besides, doesn’t the idea of Tokyo as a setting sound amazing? I’m certain this will be quite heart-wrenching, but I’m looking forward to learning about Danny and his mom. Death is never an easy topic to write about or to read about, but it’s an inevitable human experience. From what I’ve heard from my blogger friends, Daisy Whitney shares a powerful story with her readers. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to it.

 

Waiting on Wednesday (6) Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4) by Kimberly Derting
Mar 20th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4)

by Kimberly Derting

 

Date of Publication: April 16, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins, 336 pages

From Goodreads: Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

My thoughts: I read The Body Finder, the first book in this series, back in August 2010 and couldn’t put it down. It was intense, fast-paced. I was hooked! Violet Ambrose and Jay Heaton are two fabulous characters and a wonderful novel couple. With Violet’s special ability to sense the echoes of the dead, Jay has had to come to terms with her special skills. And these two have chemistry. The series has plenty of danger, terrifying characters, and gripping story lines. Violet gets introduced to some quirky gifted teens/interesting characters in the second and third installments including forensic psychologist Sara Priest whose job is to track down serial killers. Together, they work to find murderers and their victims.

I’m looking forward to finding out what happens to Violet and Jay in this fourth installment, which should wrap up this series. (I looked at Kimberly’s website and there doesn’t seem to be any plans for a fifth.) If you haven’t read them, this would be the time to start! Definitely recommend!

For more information about this series and other books by Kimberly Derting, check out her website: Kimberly Derting

For more information on the books, check out Goodreads.

Waiting on Wednesday (5) Infinityglass by Myra McEntire
Feb 27th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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Infinityglass

by Myra McEntire

Date of Publication: July 9, 2013

Publisher: Egmont USA, 336 pages

From Goodreads:

The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn’t an object. It’s a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

My thoughts: I love this series, which begins with Hourglass, then Timepiece, and now the second installment. Once again, Egmont did a fabulous job with the cover. Gorgeous. Here’s what I had to say about Hourglass: Hourglass is a fabulous YA novel that involves fascinating characters, time travel, adventure, and romance. Plenty of good versus evil. And for a pleasant surprise, a cover that fits beautifully with the storyline of the book. McEntire’s writing draws you into the story and the pace keeps you turning the pages. I highly recommend this one!

And Timepiece: Read the ARC, which was loaned to me by a friend. And all I can say for now is WAY TO GO Myra McEntire! Was so surprised to discover that Kaleb narrated this second book in the HOURGLASS series. Loved it. Since the novel isn’t coming out until June, 2012 I will wait to update my review until then. But let me urge everyone to get their hands on and read HOURGLASS asap!!! and add TIMEPIECE to your “to-read” list. This series will completely suck you in.
Oh, and isn’t the cover just gorgeous??? The designer nailed it!

So, now I can’t wait to find out what happens with all the amazing characters and the Hourglass organization!

 

Waiting on Wednesday (4) ALL I NEED by Susane Colasanti
Feb 20th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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ALL I NEED

by Susane Colasanti

Publication date: May 21, 2013

Publisher: Viking Juvenile, 240 pages

From Goodreads:410418

The last night of summer is only the beginning.

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

My thoughts: I’m a huge fan of Susane Colasanti and highly recommend her books to fans of YA contemporary fiction. I have no doubt that I’ll love ALL I NEED. Doesn’t the description sound awesome?! To learn more about her novels, check out her webpage or Goodreads.

Waiting on Wednesday (3) FOX FOREVER (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #3) by Mary E. Pearson
Feb 13th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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FOX FOREVER (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #3)

by Mary E. Pearson,

Publication date: March 19, 2013

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 304 pages

From Goodreads:

Locke Jenkins has some catching up to do. After spending 260 years as a disembodied mind in a little black box, he has a perfect new body. But before he can move on with his unexpected new life, he’ll have to return the Favor he accepted from the shadowy resistance group known as the Network.

Locke must infiltrate the home of a government official by gaining the trust of his daughter, seventeen-year-old Raine, and he soon finds himself pulled deep into the world of the resistance—and into Raine’s life.

Mary E. Pearson brings the story she began in The Adoration of Jenna Fox and continued in The Fox Inheritance to a breathtaking conclusion as Locke discovers that being truly human requires much more than flesh and blood.

My thoughts: I’ve been a huge fan of this futuristic series and can’t wait to read what kind of world Mary Pearson has created. For my review of THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, the first book in the series, look here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/156179072 and for the second book in the series, THE FOX INHERITANCE click here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/156178947

Waiting on Wednesday (2) – THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE By Jennifer E. Smith
Feb 6th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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This is What Happy Looks Like

By Jennifer E. Smith

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Poppy, 416 pages

15790873From Goodreads:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

My thoughts: This looks so like a sweet, romanic novel – a perfect combo as far as I’m concerned. I loved Jennifer’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which had me hooked from page one.

For more information about Jennifer E. Smith, check out her website: http://www.jenniferesmith.com

 

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday (1) – Pivot Point by Kasie West
Jan 30th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Waiting on Wednesday (1) – Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pub date: February 12, 2013

Harper Teen, 320 pages

I am definitely intrigued by Pivot Point. The plot looks interesting with plenty of potential for twists and turns. Love the idea that the MC can “look into the future and see both outcomes.” That she has choices to make. Many of my blogger friends have been raving about this book, so that in and of itself is reason enough. And what a cool cover!

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Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

For more information about the author, visit her website at: http://www.kasiewest.com

 

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